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  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Other than Egypt, name one Muslim nation intent on destroying ISIS.

    10/20/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    Allen West.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | Allen West
    Besides combat, what’s happening in northern Syria around the town of Kobani offers some interesting indications about the nature of the conflict with ISIS amid the Muslim world. I’m glad to see some dedicated U.S. air strikes in that area, but ISIS reinforcements are pouring in and the Kurdish forces aren’t receiving much in the way of supplies or weapons support. But what I find most interesting are the pictures of the Turkish Army tanks just sitting on a hilltop taking it all in – as interested bystanders. Furthermore, we know the Turks are now bombing the Kurdish people in...
  • Turkey helps Kurds cross into Syria to defend border town

    10/20/2014 7:57:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Breaking News ^ | 20/10/2014
    Turkey’s top diplomat has announced that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a press conference in Ankara, followed the announcement by the US military that it had for the first time airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to the Kurdish forces in Kobani. Sunday’s airdrops followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobani, along the Syrian-Turkish border. There was no immediate...
  • US Airdrops Weapons to Kurds Despite Turkish Opposition

    10/19/2014 11:22:58 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-20-14 | Ari Yashar
    American C-130 military transport aircraft made "multiple" airdrops of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters fending off Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane, despite Turkey labeling the Kurds "terrorists." According to US Central Command on Monday, the drops consisted of equipment from Kurdish authorities in Iraq, and were "intended to enable continued resistance against Isil's (ISIS - ed.) attempts to overtake Kobane," reports BBC. The US-led coalition against ISIS has already conducted over 135 airstrikes against ISIS over the past several weeks to defend Kobane, located strategically along the Syrian and Turkish border....
  • US airdrops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani

    10/19/2014 8:56:42 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | October 20, 2014
    The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area. CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to...
  • US defies Turkey with drop of arms, ammo to Kurds (Obama disregards NATO ally)

    10/20/2014 6:02:22 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 23 replies
    foxnews ^ | 10/20/14
    The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command (CentCom) said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area. CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts...
  • New Iraqi Defense Minister Warns Kurds

    10/19/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    BasNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | unattributed
    New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi. “The Kurdistan Region security forces and Iraqi police should arrest all those criminals, as they are threats to the security and stability of...
  • 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,...
  • At least 70 ISIS bodies dropped off at Syrian hospital, opposition says

    10/19/2014 2:58:03 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/19/2014
    CNN) -- ISIS has apparently taken a heavy hit over the past several days. The bodies of at least 70 fighters for the terror group have been dropped off over four days at a hospital in the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, a Syrian opposition group told CNN. Tal Abyad is on the Turkish border and about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Raqqa.
  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • Bennett Blasts Kerry's Comments Blaming Israel for Rise of ISIS

    10/17/2014 11:11:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-17-14
    Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett fired back at US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, after the latter claimed Israel's failures to forge a peace deal with the intransigent Palestinian Authority (PA) - not the US's failures in the Middle East - are to blame for the rise of Islamic State (ISIS). "Even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews," Bennett stated. "We don't justify terror; we fight terror," he added. "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict statement encourages ISIS, and is a boost to terrorism worldwide." Bennett also...
  • 'We've reduced ISIS to just two pockets of hold-outs' boast Kurds after bloody fightback

    10/17/2014 9:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/17/2014 | John Hall
    Remarkable fightback by Kurdish troops forces ISIS militants out of KobaneAssisted by U.S. and Arab airstrikes, Kurds are reclaiming the besieged citySustained bombing raids have killed scores of militants over the past weekNow ISIS only has two small pockets of resistance in the east of the city Islamic State militants have been almost entirely driven out of the Syrian city of Kobane following a remarkable fightback by Kurdish forces who vowed to either defeat the terrorists or die trying. The extremists have abandoned all of their positions in the city, except for two small pockets of resistance in the...
  • Knockoff Guns, War Buses and Other Embarrassing Iranian Weapons

    10/17/2014 7:02:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    The last week of September marks the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war that began in 1980. Formal ceremonies for Sacred Defense Week include a nationwide parade, war remembrance gatherings and—of the most interest to War Is Boring—theatrical unveiling events for new weaponry. This year Iranian authorities extended the weapons unveilings into the first week of October—national police week in Iran—and then a few days more. The extensive show of military might came amid the growing threat of Sunni militia groups inside Iran. Tehran is eager to project an image of strength. But that doesn’t mean all of this new weaponry...
  • Video: Ron Paul denounces Israel’s flotilla raid, of course

    06/03/2010 7:24:29 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 92 replies · 917+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 3, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    No surprise here. Remember when he called Operation Cast Lead, which was Israel’s response to thousands of Hamas rocket firings, a case of “preemptive war”? America’s Greatest Patriot wants you to believe he’s a study in non-interventionist neutrality, with his knocks on Israel a mere function of the fact that we continue to prop them up with foreign aid. Because the U.S. is kinda sorta responsible for their behavior, goes the logic, they’re fair game for criticism. Why he’d want to maintain a posture of neutrality between Israel and an eliminationist outfit like Hamas, I have no idea, but lay...
  • Clinton Accuses Israel of Being Occupying Force

    06/10/2014 11:09:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 10 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accuses Israel of being an occupying force in her new memoir Hard Choices and claims that the Jewish state denies “dignity and self determination” to Palestinians in the West Bank. Clinton recalls being surprised by what she termed “life under occupation for the Palestinians,” according to the book. Pro-Israel officials and insiders on Capitol Hill have called Clinton’s comments tone deaf and said that her claim that Israel is an occupying force reveals a bias against the Jewish state. “When we left the city and visited Jericho, in the West Bank, I got my...
  • Greek paper: World Jewish plutocracy behind Gaza strife, global financial crisis

    12/29/2008 11:02:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 981+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12/29/8 | Haaretz Service
    A daily newspaper in Greece has blamed Jews both for the world financial crisis and the Israeli operation in Gaza, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported this week. "After the American Jews acquired once again the world's wealth and plunged the planet into an unprecedented financial crisis, they started rehearsing for WWIII," JTA quoted the Avriani newspaper's front-page headline as reading Sunday. "Midway through the paper's story on Israel's operation in Gaza, the story, under the heading 'The Plan,' explains that a Jewish plutocracy, having made the 'wealth of the century at the expense of the economies of the world,' is...
  • Russia says UN weakened by US support of Israel

    08/03/2006 7:25:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies · 1,002+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 02, 2006
    Russia and other UN Security Council members are unhappy Washington is blocking attempts to pressure Israel over its offensive in Lebanon, Vitaly Churkin, its ambassador to the United Nations, said. Churkin told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published today that the US position had weakened the position of the United Nations on the crisis. "Discontent has been rising recently among Security Council member countries with the fact that the US is prepared to block any decision which would bring pressure to bear on Israel," Churkin said. "This discontent is expressed practically every day by many delegations during consultations on...
  • Buchanan defends foreign aid – for Hamas

    02/01/2006 10:09:49 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 280 replies · 4,385+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 02/01/2006 | Patrick Buchanan
    Buchanan defends foreign aid – for Hamas-------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 1, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 Creators Syndicate Inc. Ever since President Bush, sometime after 9-11, converted to neoconservatism, his Middle East policy has suffered from the triple defects of that subspecies of the Right: hubris, ideology and immaturity. Neoconservatives see the world as they wish it to be, not as it is. Like teenagers, they act on impulse and rail against the counsel of experience. "Often clever, never wise," Russell Kirk said of the breed. Repeatedly, Bush was warned by traditional conservatives that to send a U.S. army to...
  • Pat Buchanan, Gaza, and What We Learn from Chris Matthews’ Neo-Communist Propaganda

    06/18/2010 1:24:51 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 4 replies · 571+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | June 18, 2010 | J. Christopher Pryor
    While Chris Matthews’ special “Rise of the New Right” was nothing less than insulting to the intelligence, and pure propaganda, conservatives can learn something from it. If we do not clean our own house, somebody else will. There are many who march under the banner of conservative America, but who have their own agenda. They often keep this agenda to themselves until they are presented with the proper moment or event that provides them the opportunity of revealing themselves without risk of reprisal or censure. Take the example of the Flotilla fiasco. The incident occurred on May 31, 2010 and...
  • Pat Buchanan, Gaza, and What We Learn from Chris Matthews’ Neo-Communist Propaganda

    06/18/2010 11:48:00 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 5 replies · 229+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | 18 June 2010 | J. Christopher Pryor
    Pat Buchanan, Gaza, and What We Learn from Chris Matthews’ Neo-Communist Propaganda 2010 June 18 by J. Christopher Pryor tags: Chris Matthews, Gaza flotilla, Lift the Siege of Gaza, Pat Buchnan While Chris Matthews’ special “Rise of the New Right” was nothing less than insulting to the intelligence, and pure propaganda, conservatives can learn something from it. If we do not clean our own house, somebody else will. There are many who march under the banner of conservative America, but who have their own agenda. They often keep this agenda to themselves until they are presented with the proper...
  • AUDIO: Pat Buchanan defends his anti-Israel flotilla column

    06/10/2010 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies · 707+ views
    Laura Ingraham ^ | 6/10/10 | staff
    From Laura Ingraham's radio show. Buchanan defends his latest broadside on the Jewish state.
  • Smugglers Galore--How Iran arms its allies (Hamas)

    12/27/2012 9:44:56 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 31 - January 7, 2013 | Lee Smith
    An explosion in southern Lebanon last week destroyed what is believed to have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. This latest in a series of mysterious “accidents” in Hezbollah-controlled precincts proved, as one Israeli official wryly remarked, that those who “sleep with rockets and amass large stockpiles of weapons are in a very unsafe place.” With the Party of God’s overland supply route through Syria choked off by the 22-month-long uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and Israel virtually in total control of the maritime route, Hezbollah’s stockpile is being systematically degraded.Yet the arsenal of Iran’s other regional proxy force, Hamas,...
  • Turkey fails in bid to join UN Security Council

    10/16/2014 10:30:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Bennington Banner / AP ^ | 10-16-2014 | Cara Anna
    Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Angola and Malaysia were elected Thursday to coveted seats on the United Nations Security Council, while Turkey failed in its effort to join the U.N.'s most powerful body. Neither Turkey nor Spain got enough votes in the first or second ballot of the election by the General Assembly's member states. Spain made it in the third ballot. Special attention had been on Turkey as it is under growing pressure to do more about the war in Syria pushing up against its border. The winners will join the council on Jan. 1 and serve through 2016. The...
  • Turkish football coach attacked by fans after trainer’s anti-ISIL tweets

    10/16/2014 4:58:38 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | October/15/2014
    A group of Sarıyer supporters attacked coach Turhan Özyazanlar on Oct. 14 outside the club’s facilities as he was trying to defend trainer Erdal Elgörmüş (L). The coach of Sarıyer, a third-division football team headquartered on Istanbul’s Bosphorus, was beaten by fans after the team’s goalkeeper trainer posted messages on social media decrying atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane. A groups of Sarıyer supporters attacked coach Turhan Özyazanlar on Oct. 14 outside the club’s facilities as he was trying to defend trainer Erdal Elgörmüş. Ergörmüş, who was born in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern...
  • Kerry: Iran deal isn't 'out of reach' (the delusions continue)

    10/14/2014 4:32:40 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/14 04:17 PM EDT | Martin Matishak
    A final deal on Iran’s nuclear program is still possible despite the difficulty of the negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. "I don't believe it's out of reach, but we have some tough issues to resolve," Kerry told reporters during a press conference in Paris. Representatives from the United States, Iran and five other world powers have set a deadline of Nov. 24 for reaching a deal. The countries extended the talks after missing a self-imposed July 20 deadline. "We need to continue to have some serious discussions, which we will, and we'll see where we are,” Kerry...
  • Finally, America’s new war in Iraq and Syria has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve

    10/15/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    So says a senior military source to Fox News. Fun fact: The Pentagon rejected “Inherent Resolve” a few weeks ago because it was, in the words of one officer, too “bleh.” The Wall Street Journal, October 3rd: One senior official said Inherent Resolve was a placeholder name and never seriously considered for the overall war effort. Other officials said had the name been better received it might well be the new war’s moniker.“It is just kind of bleh,” said a military officer…The delay over naming the Iraq and Syria mission has led some to suggest politics is at play. The...
  • Shrouds on the Ground Striking Fear Within ISIS ranks

    10/15/2014 9:48:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/15/14 | Judi McLeod
    Determination and raw courage of ‘Shrouds on the Ground' Shrouds on the Ground Striking Fear Within ISIS ranks The dithering U.S.-led ‘Coalition of the Reluctantly Willing’ has been left in the back seat by small groups of Syrian guerillas successfully hunting down and eliminating the terrorists of ISIS. For the worried watching world it’s no longer the frustration of No Boots on the Ground in a non-war operation with no name, it’s the determination and raw courage of ‘Shrouds on the Ground’.
  • Dutch biker gang grabs rifles, joins Kurds in fight against ISIS

    10/15/2014 10:46:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/15/2014
    Members of a massive Dutch motorcycle gang, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, recently joined Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq, vowing to “exterminate the rodents.” The leader of No Surrender -- which has dozens of chapters in the Netherlands and across Europe -- told state broadcaster NOS on Friday that three of its members have traveled to Mosul in Northern Iraq to take up the fight against ISIS, AFP reports. A photo posted on a Dutch-Kurdish Twitter account last week shows a heavily-tattooed man in military garb flashing the “victory” sign alongside a Kurdish fighter inside a bunker. “Ron...
  • The growing influence of ISIS now reaches Pakistan as Taliban leaders pledge allegiance

    10/15/2014 9:55:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/15/2014 | John Hall
    Six senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a symbol of the terrorists' expanding influence among Islamist groups. Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban's leader Mohammad Omar, the men - made up of the group's chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and five regional commanders - said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS. The move is likely to have serious consequences for security in Pakistan, particularly near the Afghan border where all six of the men are...
  • ISIS Militants Fear Being Killed by Woman and Losing 72 Virgins for Martyrdom

    10/15/2014 8:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/15/2014 | Samuel Smith
    As it is believed that many jihadists fear that being killed by a woman would cost them their promised "paradise" in the afterlife, it is worth noting that a Kurdish female is one of two commanders leading the resistance against the Islamic State's quest to capture the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Agence France Presse that a female commander, going by the pseudonym of Narin Afrin, is co-commanding the Kurdish peshmerga forces that have been defending the key border town since the beginning of ISIS' assault on the city Sept. 16. Although...
  • Kurds make grisly discoveries after retaking ISIS-held territory

    10/14/2014 4:52:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    There is mixed news from the two fronts in Iraq and Syria where coalition airpower and indigenous partner forces on the ground are fighting Islamic State militants. Near the Syrian border city of Kobani, reports indicate that Kurdish defenders are beginning to make some gains as they continue to defend the city against the ISIS onslaught. A key hill atop which ISIS fighters famously planted their flag late last week has reportedly been retaken by Kurdish forces. “The advance came as the US said it had conducted 21 air strikes near the town, slowing down the IS advance,” the BBC...
  • Kissinger: ‘Iran Is a Natural Ally of the United States’

    10/13/2014 9:15:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 191 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 13, 2014 - 11:49 AM | Melanie Hunter
    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “Iran is a natural ally” of the U.S. “As long as Iran is ruled by the ayatollah and bases itself on its sectarian philosophy, we have to be careful. But basically, as a country, Iran is a natural ally of the United States. It’s the ideological, religious component that makes it an antagonist,” said Kissinger, who served as Secretary of State for the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations. …
  • 'No discrepancy' over Turkey's role in fight against Islamic State: Kerry

    10/14/2014 2:46:19 PM PDT · by keat · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:13pm EDT | Matt Spetalnick
    PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday there was no discrepancy between the United States and Turkey with regard to what Ankara “will or won’t do” in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Speaking at a news conference in Paris after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry insisted that Turkey was a “valued member” of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, which has taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria, and said Ankara would define its role “on its own timetable.” Kerry spoke after Turkey on Monday denied an assertion over the weekend...
  • Gruesome photos may show ISIS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says

    10/13/2014 1:22:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/13/2014 | Paul Alster
    <p>Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Hussein’s old arsenals, according to a Middle East watchdog.</p> <p>The pictures, obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), show the bodies of Syrian Kurds who appear to have been gassed by ISIS in the besieged Kobani region this July. That fighting came just one month after Islamic State forces surged through the once-notorious Muthanna compound in Iraq, the massive base where Hussein began producing chemical weapons in the 1980s, which he used to kill thousands of Kurds in Halabja in northern Iraq in 1988.</p>
  • Islamic State said to use chemical weapons on Kurds

    10/13/2014 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 13, 2014, 9:04 pm
    Kurdish health officials and activists in the besieged town of Kobani claim to possess evidence that Islamic State operatives have used chemical agents as a weapon on at least one occasion during clashes with Kurdish fighters along Syria’s northern border. According to several reports, which were compiled by the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center’s Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, the use of the toxins by the Islamic State took place on July 12 in the village of Avdiko, 10 days after the rogue Jihadi group launched an offensive on the Kobani enclave, near the Turkish border. Nisan Ahmed, the health...
  • Source: Secret deal could doom 160,000 to ISIS

    10/12/2014 6:04:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 54 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | Oct. 11, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A secret decision apparently has been made by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and even Iran to let the strategic Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border fall to ISIS fighters, jeopardizing the lives of some 160,000 Syrian Kurds, WND has been told by a well-placed Middle East expert. In letting Kobani fall to ISIS, the source said, there was agreement “to deal with ISIS later.” The apparent decision aims to diminish the influence of the Kurds in Syria and weaken the prospect of creating a sovereign Kurdistan, which is sought by the Kurds...
  • Anger as wounded Kurdish fighters die stranded at Turkish border

    10/14/2014 1:28:18 PM PDT · by keat · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:55pm EDT | Ayla Jean Yackley
    SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - With medical supplies depleted in the war-ravaged north Syrian town of Kobani, Kurdish activist Blesa Omar rushed three comrades wounded in battle against Islamic State fighters straight to the border to dispatch them to a Turkish hospital. He said he spent the next four hours watching them die, one by one, from what he thinks were treatable shrapnel wounds as Turkish border guards refused to let them through the frontier. "To me it is clear they died because they waited so long. If they had received help, even up to one hour before their deaths, they...
  • US “ally” Turkey bombs Kurds opposed to the Islamic State

    10/14/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/14/14 | Robert Spencer
    The old Cold War web of alliances is badly outdated. Rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey is no friend of the United States. But to admit the patently obvious reality would be “Islamophobic.” Turkey wants to take advantage of the chaos to reestablish its own caliphate, and for that goal the Islamic State may be useful. “Mideast crisis widens as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants,” by Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters, October 14, 2014 (thanks to Jerk Chicken): (Reuters) – War against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq threatened on Tuesday to unravel the delicate peace in neighbouring Turkey after the Turkish...
  • Rice on Sunday Shows

    10/14/2014 11:05:37 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    10/14/14 | Originalbuckeye
    Susan Rice went on the Sunday shows and lied about cooperation from Turkey in the War on ISIS. Turkey pitched a fit and said she was lying (although I am not sure if they used the word 'lie').
  • Mideast crisis widens as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants

    10/14/2014 9:31:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/14/2014 | BY DAREN BUTLER AND HUMEYRA PAMUK
    War against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq threatened on Tuesday to unravel the delicate peace in neighbouring Turkey after the Turkish air force bombed Kurdish fighters furious over Ankara's refusal to help protect their kin in Syria. Turkey's banned PKK Kurdish militant group accused Ankara of violating a two-year-old cease-fire with the air strikes, on the eve of a deadline set by the group's jailed leader to salvage a peace process aimed at halting a three-decades-long insurgency. At least 35 people were killed in riots last week when members of Turkey's 15-million-strong Kurdish minority rose up in anger...
  • Turkish Fighter Jets Bomb PKK Positions

    10/14/2014 8:18:40 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 16 replies
    Hakkari Daily News ^ | October 14, 2014 | Fevzi K&#305;z&#305;lkoyun
    Sub Categories: » HOMEPAGE / TURKEY/ LOCAL Tuesday,October 14 2014, Your time is 10:15:56 AM Turkish fighter jets bomb PKK positions for first time since start of peace bid Fevzi Kızılkoyun Ankara Print Page Send to friend » Share on Facebook The targeting of PKK positions is the first such bombardment since the start of the Kurdish peace process at the beginning of 2013. The targeting of PKK positions is the first such bombardment since the start of the Kurdish peace process at the beginning of 2013. Turkish fighter jets have bombarded positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)...
  • Turkey 'bombs Kurdish rebels' as tensions rise over Isil advance

    10/14/2014 5:23:37 AM PDT · by McGruff · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Oct 2014
    Turkish jets bombed targets in the southeast of Turkey where members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are based, the first strikes on the outlawed group since a 2013 ceasefire, a security source said.
  • Robinson: You know, we’re losing the fight against ISIS

    10/14/2014 4:58:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Hardest hit: Donna Brazile, who argued on Twitter this week that the criticism over the Obama administration’s handling of ISIS was just a scare tactic for the midterm elections. Eugene Robinson’s essay at the Washington Post shows that concern over the strategy in dealing with Iraq is not limited to one side of the political spectrum, although Robinson has a much different prescription for a strategy. Robinson first points out “the obvious”: It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.U.S.-led air power has barely been...
  • Turkey's Largest City Is Rattled By Growing Signs Of ISIS Support

    10/14/2014 4:58:11 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 10-14-2014 | RAPHAEL SATTER AND ISIL SARIYUCE
    RAPHAEL SATTER AND ISIL SARIYUCEOctober 14, 2014Istanbul University student Aysegul Korkut is outraged by the images coming out of Syria. But these days the Islamic State group's horrors seem closer to home: She recently faced off against masked supporters of the brutal militants on her own campus. "I couldn't understand what was happening at first," the 21-year-old said of the moment she first spotted baton-wielding youths striding across the Department of Literature, shouting: "Allahu Akbar!" Within minutes, she and other leftist students had been sucked into a fight, with both sides hurling glass bottles at each other and trashing a...
  • Archaeologist believes he's found 'Dracula's dungeon'

    09/30/2014 12:34:23 PM PDT · by dware · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.30.2014 | Kate Seamons
    An archaeologist who has been part of the restoration and excavation effort at Turkey's Tokat Castle believes he has uncovered the dungeons where Vlad the Impaler was once held. Ibrahim Cetin tells the Hurriyet Daily News that the two dungeons that were found were "built like a prison." And while he deems it "hard to estimate" which room the man who served as Dracula's inspiration was held in, "he was around here," he says.
  • No, Turkey has not given us permission to use their air bases to attack ISIS

    10/13/2014 8:54:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Yesterday, unnamed administration officials leaked the good news that Turkey would allow us to use their air bases to attack IS forces in Syria and Iraq: Also Sunday, officials confirmed that Turkey agreed to let U.S. and coalition fighter aircraft launch operations against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria from Turkish bases, including Incirlik Air Base in the south. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has been traveling in South America, has said the U.S. wanted access to the Turkish bases. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private talks between the Americans...
  • Turkey Denies Deal Allowing US to Use Its Base For ISIS Fight

    10/13/2014 5:42:48 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 8 replies
    Buisness Insider ^ | 10/13/14 | Ozge Ozbilgin
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has not reached a new agreement to let the United States use its Incirlik air base in the fight against Islamic State militants, and talks are continuing on the subject, sources at the Turkish prime minister's office said on Monday. Turkey had reached an agreement with Washington on the training of Syrian rebels, the sources told reporters, without saying who would train the insurgents or where.
  • The eyes of the world look to Kobani

    10/12/2014 7:46:31 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | 4:34 AM | By Oudeh Basharat
    The Arabs have appropriated Saladin, the Kurdish leader who defeated the Crusaders; yet while they embrace him they have turned their backs on his grandchildren. Four wolves fight each other all day, but at night they unite in their desire to take a bite out of the Kurdish nation. Each one claims the Kurds as if they were its private property, with slogans of nationalism, history and unity, but at the moment of truth they all turn their backs on them. Less than a month after the 2011 revolution began, Syria granted citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Kurds 50...
  • Kurds tell of battle for Kobani

    10/12/2014 7:20:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Daily Hampshire Gazette ^ | Sunday, October 12, 2014 | By RYAN LUCAS
    SURUC, Turkey — The shells were already roaring down on the Kurdish fighters from the hill above Kobani when more than 30 Islamic State militants backed by snipers and pickups mounted with heavy machine guns began their assault across the dusty fields. Holed up in an industrial area of squat, concrete buildings on Kobani’s eastern edges, the outgunned Kurds could do little to repel the attack, recalled Dalil Boras, one of the defenders during the Oct. 6 assault. The Islamic State group’s firepower proved too much, so the Kurds withdrew through the gray streets to a tree-lined park, ceding a...
  • Turkey to allow coalition to use bases, territory in fight against Islamic State

    10/12/2014 5:45:56 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    WA Post via MSN News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Staff
    Turkey has agreed to allow the U.S.-led coalition to use its military bases for the fight against the Islamic State and to use Turkish territory as part of a training program for Syrian opposition fighters, Obama administration officials said Sunday. “That’s a new commitment and one that we very much welcome,” Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”