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  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza

    07/23/2014 4:59:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 7/23/14 | Robert Spencer
    “Once again, this Council fails to address the situation in Israel and in the Palestinian territories with any semblance of balance. There is no mention of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas into Israel or the tunnels used to cause mayhem.” It is good to see someone from the Obama Administration actually speaking the truth about Israel. “U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza,” by Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles, Reuters, July 23, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth): GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may...
  • Poll: 73% say Israel more successful than Hamas in Gaza op (only 16% want ceasefire)

    07/22/2014 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 7/22/14
    Support for Operation Protective Edge among the Israeli Jewish public remains strong, and a majority say that Israel has racked up more successes than Hamas since the beginning of the campaign, which entered its ground phase last week, a poll conducted by Israel Hayom and the New Wave Research firm shows. When asked if they supported or opposed Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, 80 percent of respondents replied that they supported it, 12 percent said they opposed it and 8 percent said they didn't know. When asked if Israel should expand its current ground operation, 71 percent of respondents said...
  • Ex-Israeli envoy to US: Kerry wasn’t invited, shouldn’t be coming

    07/21/2014 1:47:33 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 21, 2014, 3:27 pm | Lazar Berman
    In a notably critical interview, Michael Oren emphasizes that Israel would prefer Egyptian, not American, mediation Michael Oren, who until recently served as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, said US envoy John Kerry was coming to the region “to our chagrin.” US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in Cairo Monday for discussions surrounding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The White House said Kerry would seek “an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” and stressed the need to protect civilian life both “in Gaza and in Israel.” In strikingly outspoken comments...
  • Exploding donkey in Gaza, dead cows in Israel (but both caused by Hamas)

    07/20/2014 5:33:06 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 19 at 10:31 AM | Ruth Eglash
    JERUSALEM – The belt strapped onto the donkey's body was laden with explosives, the Israeli military said in a statement. The animal was urged forward by Hamas militants, the army said, toward troops stationed near Rafah, inside the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces "engaged the donkey and it exploded at a safe distance,” the army wrote in a blog post. The statement condemned the use of “animals as explosives couriers.” Such beast-borne attacks have been seen before within the bitter confines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first such incident appears to have been in Gaza in 1995. But there were frequent...
  • After MH17 shot down, video shows Buk missile launcher allegedly being moved from Ukraine to Russia

    07/19/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT · by free_life · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tom Parfitt & David Barrett
    A missile launcher allegedly used to destroy Flight MH17 has been smuggled across the Ukrainian border into Russia to cover up its role in the strike, Ukraine’s interior minister claimed Friday. Amid mounting evidence that Russian-backed separatists were behind the disaster, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said “technical assistance” from Russia could not be ruled out. In a pointed reference to Moscow, Samantha Power added that the perpetrators should not be “sheltered” by any UN member state. We cannot rule out technical assistance from the Russians. The perpetrators must be brought to justice, they must not be sheltered...
  • Hunting Separatists in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 56)

    07/16/2014 9:51:57 PM PDT · by wetphoenix
    Vice News via Youtu.Be ^ | July 17, 2014
    Although Pro-Russia separatists have been largely driven out of Donetsk and Luhansk, they still control significant parts of eastern Ukraine. In this dispatch, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky goes hunting for separatists with Oleh Lyashko, a Ukrainian politician who placed third in the most recent presidential election. Ostrovsky embeds with Lyashko's personal security forces as they successfully track down Viktor Rybalko, a pro-Russia separatist who organized the referendum in Luhansk calling for independence and allegiance with Russia. What Lyashko does is technically illegal, but he believes that the police are not doing their job and has taken it upon himself...
  • Unilateral Gaza ceasefire collapses. Israeli air strikes resume after dozens of rockets in hours

    07/15/2014 9:56:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 15, 2014, 3:48 PM (IDT)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israeli Air Force to resume strikes over Gaza Tuesday afternoon, six hours after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas, was due to go into effect. During those hours, dozens of Hamas rockets raked town after town and village after village. DEBKAfile: The White House called off US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Cairo visit upon finding Tehran’s hand behind the rockets. Netanyahu goes on the air at 8 p.m. to explain what went wrong. Straight after the ceasefire was due to go into...
  • Kerry to hold 2nd day of talks with Iran over nuclear deal

    07/14/2014 9:18:31 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 14, 2014, 5:02 am
    With just 6 days left to a July 20 deadline, US secretary of state makes a push to overcome major differences in negotiations US Secretary of State John Kerry was due Monday to hold a second day of talks with Iran seeking to overcome major differences blocking what would be a momentous nuclear deal. With just six days until a deadline to strike an accord, the differences appear considerable, however, with Kerry and other Western ministers failing on Sunday to achieve a breakthrough. Such an accord is aimed at ending once and for all worries that Iran might develop nuclear...
  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
  • Donetsk: a ghost town waiting for Ukraine's final battle

    07/12/2014 6:25:32 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 20 replies
    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Donetsk, one of the last bastions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, has become a ghost town as residents clog the roads and railway stations in a desperate scramble to escape advancing government troops. The self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Oleksandr Borodai, claims more than 70,000 of the city's 900,000 inhabitants have already fled as Kiev's forces move within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the city. Every train was full on Friday as residents calmly joined long queues to buy tickets. "I have lived here more than 40 years and it is very...
  • Sorry, Libs: The War On Women Is A Complete Fiction

    07/12/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jul 11, 2014 | Ashley McGuire
    We are the female plaintiffs, activists, lawyers, and judges working to dismantle this monstrosity, which threatens our First Amendment rights.There is no “war on women” in America. But there absolutely is a war among women. And the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate is its biggest battlefield right now. The latest shot was fired by the National Organization for Women (NOW), who set all tact aside when they named the Little Sisters of the Poor among their “dirty 100” list for the nuns’ opposition to the mandate. The Little Sisters run more than 200 homes for the poor and...
  • The Selective Service Just Reminded 14,000 Men Born Between 1893 and 1897 to Register for the Draft

    07/11/2014 1:04:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Are you a man born in Pennsylvania between 1893 and 1897? If so, a government agency may have just reminded you to register for the draft. The Selective Service System, which keeps a roster of potential men who can be enlisted in the military, inadvertently sent out mailings to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born in those years, reminding them to register. These letters were sent due to a computer error, the agency said in a message posted online, and the Selective Service has apologized to the families who have received these letters. The problem occurred following an automated data...
  • Kerry to Join Talks on Iran as Deadline Draws Near (Peace In Our Time!)

    07/11/2014 12:24:40 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 10, 2014 | David E Sanger
    VIENNA — With the Vienna negotiations over Iran’s nuclear activities making halting progress at best and a deadline looming, the Obama administration announced Thursday that Secretary of State John Kerry would fly here this weekend to assess whether a deal is possible — and perhaps to begin negotiating an extension in the talks that both sides said they had wanted to avoid. Mr. Kerry will be joined by the foreign ministers of several, but probably not all, of the other nations engaged in the talks, which include Germany, Britain, France, China and Russia. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has...
  • UKRAINE: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov threatens Ukraine with nuclear weapons

    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov promised that Russia will use all forces and means against Ukraine if the latter decides to go to war for Crimea. RIA NOVOSTI reports that Lavrov made this statement on Wednesday after a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Federica Mogherini. “I would not advise anyone to do that (attack Crimea – Ed.). We have a doctrine of national security; it very clearly prescribes actions that our country must take in such cases.” said Lavrov. In 2009, the National Security Concept was revised in Putin’s Russia. According to this concept, Russia has the right to “use...
  • Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Plays Air Raid Siren at Security Council Meeting (VIDEO)

    07/11/2014 10:39:31 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 10, 2014 10:01 pm
    Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor played an air raid siren from a cell phone during a Security Council session on Thursday in order to highlight Israel’s plight as a nation under fire from Gaza rockets. “As I speak, there is a storm of rockets being fired by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza,” Prosor said. “Hamas is intentionally and indiscriminately threatening the lives of three and a half million innocent men, women, and children in Israel from north to south – from Beersheba to Tel Aviv to Haifa.” The Ambassador added, “In the last three days, 442...
  • Obama Causes Another War

    07/10/2014 11:17:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/10/14 | Ben Shapiro
    President Obama is not responsible for every conflict on the planet; he has nothing to do with the ongoing battles in Sudan or Somalia, for example. But the Obama administration is almost solely responsible for the latest outbreak of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. The reason for that is simple: Obama showed more daylight between the United States and Israel than at any time in the history of the State of Israel. In 2011, the Fatah Party – the military wing of the Palestinian Authority – began working with Hamas. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “We will...
  • UKRAINE Luhansk: Stray dog 'Zsuzsa' three times saved the life of an officer

    07/10/2014 10:58:48 AM PDT · by · 8 replies
    EuroMaydan ^ | 10/7/2014
    In Luhansk stray dogs Zsuzsa thrice saved the life of an officer Last night checkpoint "Dovzhansky" was again shelled. Unfortunately, this time 5 guards injured, 2 of them - serious, but losses could be much higher if not for the local dog Zsuzsa. When the guards entered the checkpoint, Zsuzsa immediately appeared. On which side of the border it came - no one knows, but poor dog, as the man sought attention and food. Border guards immediately took it to the team. Jujuy is well fed and one of the officers adopted it. Ďĺńĺí pryzvychayilosya [not sure believe it means...
  • UKRAINE: "This war...perhaps the beginning of our recent human history" Anatoly Kalyuzhniy

    07/10/2014 6:19:24 AM PDT · by ^ | July 10, 2014, 10:54 | Tatiana MUHOMOROVA
    Anatoly Kalyuzhniy: "This war - it is not only the beginning of the end of Putin, and perhaps the beginning of our recent human history" Interviewed by Tatiana MUHOMOROVA Kaliuzhnyj.jpgPodiyi Square and risky negotiations with the government leaders of the Church have been left behind, giving way to an armed conflict in the East. However, the mission of the Church is only compounded, since religious organizations are trying to help the people during such hardships that have befallen the country. On the prospects of service on the current situation in Russia, the war in the east and on the spiritual...
  • Sloviansk recaptured by the Ukrainian military, driving out Russian terrorists.

    07/08/2014 11:31:25 PM PDT · by free_life · 5 replies
    Vice News ^ | July 8, 2014
    Look what these Russian b*st*rds have done to these people and their city. On July 5, the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk was recaptured by the Ukrainian military, driving out pro-Russia rebels and ending their three-month occupation. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels back to Sloviansk and visits the cell in which he was held for days by those rebels in April. The city is in shambles and residents are struggling to find food and water despite a considerable humanitarian effort. The pro-Russia rebels have retreated to Donetsk, but the Ukrainian government is determined to pursue its anti-terror operation until...
  • HAMAS Terrorists Attempt Amphibious Assault on Israel [Bad Ending]

    07/08/2014 2:28:20 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/8/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    Israel came under a heavy barrage of rocket fire on Tuesday night, with code red sirens sounding off in central Israel, the Jerusalem area and as far North as Binyamina. More than 40 rockets were fired into Israel in the biggest ever salvo of long-range fire from Gaza. The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted a number of rockets and no significant injuries have been reported in the attacks. Meanwhile, 5 Hamas gunman attempted to infiltrate Israel at Zikim beach, near Gaza where they exchanged fire with IDF forces. All five terrorists were killed...
  • Rocket fire reported north of Tel Aviv as Hamas dramatically ups range

    07/08/2014 1:38:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 59 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7-8-2014 | By Spencer Ho and Yifa Yaakov
    No initial reports of injuries or damage after massive barrage across country; Netanyahu vows to widen Gaza operation, as cabinet okays call-up of 40,000 troops; rockets shot down over Tel Aviv; terrorists killed in firefight at Zikim army base; Gazan death toll in double digits. Israel launched a major operation against Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, following heavy Hamas rocket fire over the preceding days. The fast-escalating situation in the south comes in the shadow of spiking Jewish-Arab tensions in Israel over the brutal killings of four...
  • Obama praises Abbas, but not Netanyahu in opinion piece published by Israeli newspaper

    07/08/2014 9:37:05 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 08, 2014
    President Barack Obama offered strong praise for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an opinion piece published Tuesday in an Israeli newspaper, but had little to say about the other key player in the crisis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "In President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel," Obama wrote in the daily Haaretz. The president offered no parallel praise for Netanyahu, who is only mentioned by name once in the piece.
  • The Interpreters who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan, abandoned to die by US Govt.

    07/07/2014 9:58:40 PM PDT · by free_life · 33 replies
    ViceNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | Ben Anderson
    The interpreters who worked for American and NATO forces during the recent Afghanistan war are among our bravest and most loyal allies. They played an essential role educating foreign troops about the local culture they so badly needed to understand, and sourcing intelligence. As the US withdraws from Afghanistan, the tens of thousands of Afghans who put their own and their families’ lives at risk, because they believed US promises would be fulfilled, should now be offered safe haven. Instead, a majority of the interpreters are being denied transit to the US, or left in limbo for years on end....
  • UKRAINE Artemovsk: Saboteurs were Preparing an Assassination Attempt on Avakov

    07/07/2014 12:19:42 PM PDT · by · 8 replies
    Chief Editor of Censor.NET ^ | 7/7/2014 | Yuri Butusov
    The ambush of the subversive group was uncovered near Artemovsk. Two hours ago, our soldiers spotted the subversive group near Artemovsk which prepared an ambush for the attack on the convoy of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Avakov is rushing through the liberated territories being constantly in combat formations, talking on the streets and squares to the people thus showing the overall arrival of the Ukrainian authorities. Today he arrived to Artemovsk. This city is situated in just 20 kilometers from Horlovka where the gang of the Lieutenant Colonel of main intelligence directorate of the Russian General Staff Ihor Bezler aka...
  • UKRAINE Separatists sent to Russian Training Camps

    07/07/2014 6:49:53 AM PDT · by · 3 replies ^ | 07.07.14 14:37
    Security Service Detains Girkin’s Communication Agent who Sent Separatists to Russian Training Camps. PHOTO On July 6 the Counterintelligence Department together with the Kherson regional Security Service detained one of the leaders of the so-called DPR, Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kovalchuk, born 30 April, 1967, nicknamed Sosna (Pine) who is a communication agent of head of the terrorists Girkin (Strelok). The terrorist was detained while attempting to cross the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the agency. Sosna is an active partner of the creation of the Donetsk People's Republic. He participated in...
  • UKRAINE: Citizens donate military food & supplies for Armed Forces of Ukraine (NGU Reserve)

    07/06/2014 7:39:33 AM PDT · by ^ | 6/7/2014 1 hour ago | Vladyslav Synyagovski
    Vidzvezly goods, police NSU. This section covers the Ukraine-Russia border. There are losses. Many of the wounded. Morale at altitude [high] in spite of real terror attacks despite mortars and loss bojvih comrades. Spoke with nachmedom. Primary needs-that actually saves the life of a soldier on the front lines: tourniquet (200 pcs.), Butorphanol tratrat (syringe/injection tyubik) even though 20 pcs., Individual dressing packet in a sealed airtight cover prorezynyniy (200 pcs.) ) Need stretchers-at least 6 units S battalion commander says There is a need bronikah. Found two options. The one thing need - more overlapping body. Price is about...
  • UKRAINE: Anti-Terrorist Operation Summary for July 5, 2014

    07/06/2014 6:25:33 AM PDT · by · 1 replies
    BurkoNews ^ | July 06, 2014 | Roman Burko
    ATO Progress On July 5, cities of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Druzhkivka, Kostyantynivka were taken by security forces. Or, more precisely, even not taken but – and that is especially alarming – were left by terrorists. Breach by militants that happened on July 4 from encircled Slovyansk to Kramatorsk with further access to Donetsk and Luhansk may indicate either the decision to leave the territory of Ukraine (this is for the reader to decide who made this decision) or move to more densely populated cities (because it becomes very hard for militants to make pictures with victims among civilians in devastated Slovyansk)....
  • Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP

    07/02/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014
    Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP Published June 30, 2014 Associated Press DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – A decision by one Panhandle sheriff's office to purchase a military surplus MRAP is being criticized by some residents. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the Walton County Sheriff's office bought the mine-resistant and ambush-resistant MRAP for just the $2,500 cost of delivery. Sheriff Mike Adkinson says the heavy-duty vehicle will protect his officers in dangerous situations. But some residents told the newspaper that the military vehicle is an unnecessary show of force in their largely rural county.
  • Pro-Russian rebel volunteers ready to take fight to Ukraine front lines

    07/02/2014 12:15:55 AM PDT · by wetphoenix
    The Japan Times ^ | Anna Malpas
    DONETSK, UKRAINE – They may not get proper uniforms or much training but from former policemen to Soviet Army veterans a growing number of volunteers in east Ukraine are signing up with insurgents to battle government troops. Vladislav, dressed in a black bulletproof vest and cradling a Kalashnikov rifle, guarded the entrance to his rebel barracks in the rebel controlled-city of Donetsk. On his chest was a sticker saying: “I’m from Donetsk and I’m proud of it.” The 25-year-old ex-cop said he had joined the pro-Russian separatist movement just two weeks previously. The self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” is actively recruiting...
  • Tell the Imperial President: No More Wars!

    07/01/2014 1:44:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army who seek to overthrow the government. Before Congress takes up his proposal, both houses should demand that Obama explain exactly where he gets the constitutional authority to plunge us into what the president himself calls "somebody else's civil war." Syria has not attacked us. Syria does not threaten us. Why are we joining a jihad to overthrow the Syrian government? President Bashar Assad is fighting against the al Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the even more extreme and vicious Islamic State of Iraq...
  • 'We will attack': Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists

    07/01/2014 7:40:11 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process.
  • 100 years later, remembering the crucible called World War I

    06/28/2014 7:33:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    la times ^ | 6-28-14 | Henry Chu
    The shot that changed the world rang out on a sunny summer's morning in Southeastern Europe. No one knew then that the assassin's bullet would spell the death not just of an Austrian aristocrat but the entire global order, with four empires and millions of lives lost in a conflict on a scale never before seen.. Exactly 100 years ago Saturday, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and his wife, Sophie, were shot at close range by a young Serbian nationalist on the streets of Sarajevo. The assassination set off a chain reaction that, barely a...
  • What it would look like if the Syria war were happening in America

    06/27/2014 3:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Vox ^ | June 27, 2014 | Zack Beauchamp
    The entire city of Syracuse killed. The entire population of New York City displaced. That's what it would be like if Syria's war was happening in the United States, according to non-profit group If We Were Syrian. In attempt to hammer home the horrific human cost of the Syrian civil war, If We Were Syrian calculated what it would be like if 160,000 people were killed and 9.3 million people evicted from their homes in the United States and the other six G7 countries. The results are horrifying: If you wanted to make it proportional to the size of America's...
  • Child Soldiers Found by Rights Group in Syrian Rebel Camps

    06/23/2014 10:08:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Malaysia Sun ^ | Monday 23rd June, 2014 | Malaysia Sun
    Islamist rebel groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 14 years, under the guise of offering them education, in their battle against the forces of the government of President Bashar Al Assad, a Human Rights Watch report said Monday. The rights group released its 31-page report "'Maybe We Live and Maybe We Die': Recruitment and Use of Children by Armed Groups in Syria", documenting the experience of 25 children and former child soldiers in Syria's armed conflict. "The groups have used children as young as 14 in support roles. Extremist Islamist groups including the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • Services for Army Private Aaron Toppen, killed in Afghanistan June 9th

    06/22/2014 6:20:56 AM PDT · by usconservative · 2 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 6/21/2014 | ABC-7 News Chicago
    Army Private Aaron Toppen and his family are members of the same church I attend. I don't know the family personally, I do remember our church praying for Aaron as he attended his last service at our church. Visitation Services for Private Aaron Toppen are tomorrow, June 23rd from 1-9pm. Funeral Tuesday starting at 10am. Any/All Chicago area Freepers who would like to help support Aaron Toppen's family are welcome to attend. Our church is a very large one, expect (and hope) that the turnout will be huge to support the family. My family will be attending the wake tomorrow...
  • Russia puts forces in central part of the country on combat alert

    06/21/2014 5:23:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 35 replies ^ | June 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert as well as a drill of airborne troops, a day after Ukraine ordered a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. [....] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week, the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the fighting that has killed hundreds. The Kremlin dismissed the plan, saying it sounded like an ultimatum and lacked any firm offer to open talks with insurgents.
  • Iran slams IAEA failure to abide by previous deal

    06/20/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT · by Dave346
    Press TV ^ | Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:57PM GMT
    Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has censured the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its failure to abide by its previous agreements with Tehran. In a Thursday interview with Inter Press Service, Ali Akbar Salehi said pursuant to the February 2014 “Framework for Cooperation” agreement between Tehran and the IAEA, the UN nuclear supervisory body should have ended the investigation into Iran’s “exploding bridge-wire (EBW) experiments.” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has so far refused to finalize the issues regarding the fast-functioning detonators, despite the fact that the EBW was the first issue that the two sides...
  • Iraq conflict: Forty Indians abducted in Mosul

    06/18/2014 8:33:29 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 June 2014
    India has confirmed that 40 of its citizens have been kidnapped in the violence-hit Iraqi city of Mosul. The men were construction workers, a ministry of external affairs spokesman said. India had not received any ransom demand, he added. A 24-hour helpline has been set up for the families and a special envoy is being sent to Baghdad. On Tuesday, the government said it was in touch with 46 Indian nurses stranded in a hospital in Tikrit. Tikrit and Mosul are under the control of the militant Sunni group ISIS. They are among a number of Iraqi towns and cities...
  • Welcome Our Newest Ally! Iran!

    06/17/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    The United States is considering airstrikes against Islamic rebels with our newest ally, um, Iran. from Reuters: Joint action between the United States and Iran to help prop up the government of their mutual ally would be unprecedented since Iran's 1979 revolution, demonstrating the urgency of the alarm raised by the lightning insurgent advance. As a courtesy to those readers who don't speak Obama, let me provide a translation: "We've screwed up so badly that we have to have enemies like Russia, China, and Iran bail us out in foreign policy and war, over and over and over again." This...
  • War Was Interested in Obama

    06/16/2014 6:56:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/15/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Leon Trotsky probably did not quite write the legendary aphorism that “you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” But whoever did, you get the point that no nation can always pick and choose when it wishes to be left alone.</p>
  • Obama, Don't Get Sucked Into Iraq III

    06/15/2014 2:19:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat June 14, 2014 | Aaron David Miller
    The Obama administration likely will succumb to growing pressure to "do something" kinetic and dramatic in Iraq, and when it does, it will most likely be air and missile strikes against ISIS targets. This could relieve the political pressure on the President: His critics continue to blame him for abdicating U.S. leadership in Syria and in Iraq --which now faces the advancing extremist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But answering the political mail in Washington is not the same thing as dealing with, let alone resolving, the complex issues on the ground that have led...
  • Obama: ‘The best hammer doesn’t mean every problem is a nail’

    06/12/2014 7:30:14 PM PDT · by Red6 · 50 replies
    al jazeera ^ | 28 May 2014 | To many to list
    As the commencement speaker at West Point, President Barack Obama told the 1,000 cadets in their dress uniforms that the U.S. must always lead on the world stage and the military is the backbone of that leadership. But "U.S. military action cannot be the only or even primary component of our leadership in every instance," said Obama. "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." Though United States forces are out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan, the president emphasized that the lessons of Sept. 11 are still with us and terrorism remains...
  • 4500+ Iraqi Soldiers Captured by ISIS (video)

    06/12/2014 6:14:59 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/12/2014 | Youtube
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  • John Boehner Slams President Obama for ‘Taking a Nap’ on Iraq

    06/12/2014 4:48:41 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 12, 2014 1:16pm | John Parkinson
    As al Qaeda-linked terrorists wreak havoc across Iraq, House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on President Obama for ignoring the escalating crisis there, contending that the president has been “taking a nap” while the situation rapidly deteriorated. “It’s not like we haven’t seen over the last five or six months these terrorists moving in, taking control of Western Iraq. Now they’ve taken control of Mosul. They’re 100 miles from Baghdad,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a news conference at the Capitol. “And what’s the president doing? Taking a nap!” Earlier this year, on Jan. 9, Boehner publicly urged Obama to “maintain a...
  • Wait! Who Surrendered?

    06/12/2014 5:51:13 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 9 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | June 12, 2014 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    White House Claims ‘Ending War in Iraq’ As Major Accomplishment:: By: Larry Walker II ::Borrowing from the Lonely Conservative, this week terrorists have taken over the cities of Mosul and Tikrit in Iraq. They had already taken control of Fallujah and the entire region is spiraling out of control. But, that didn’t stop White House spokesman Josh Earnest from proclaiming that ending the Iraq war is one of the administration’s major accomplishments.The only problem with this unsound proclamation is that a war isn’t over until someone surrenders. Where’s the peace treaty? Have Al-Qaeda and its affiliates surrendered? Has the Taliban...
  • Ukraine Opens Talks with Russia; Bombing of Slavyansk Continues Anyway

    06/09/2014 12:13:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | June 9, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Financial Times reports Poroshenko opens talks with Russia. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s new president, has opened talks with Russia on restoring peace in two breakaway eastern provinces a day after taking office, vowing to negotiate an end to the three-month-old pro-Russian insurgency. Mr Poroshenko took part on Sunday in a three-member “working group discussion” on a proposed peace plan with Mikhail Zurabov, Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine, and a representative of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Iryna Friz, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian president said. The opening of dialogue came a day after the billionaire oligarch took office...

    06/09/2014 11:18:11 AM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 6 replies
    My FOX news Dallas ^ | 9 June 2014 | FOX news Dallas
    video interview with author/film maker Sebastian Junger on sequel film to his award nominated documentary "RESTREPO" that followed a years worth of embedded filming with one Platoon in the high Hindu Kush Mountains of north eastern Afghanistan.
  • Obama releasing 'reformed' Guantanamo prisoners for reasons including having taken up yoga

    06/08/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 52 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 13:22 EST, 8 June 2014 | By Alex Greig and Associated Press
    President Barack Obama is moving ahead with his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison despite the uproar over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for a captured American soldier, an administration official said Thursday. The Periodic Review Board has determined that more former 'forever prisoners,' including one who says he has been reformed by practicing yoga and another who was a bodyguard for Bin Laden but now wants to start a 'milk and honey farm' are fit for release to their homelands or repatriation. Ghaleb Nasser al Bihani, 35, told a parole board in April that he had read...
  • China Plans Artificial Island In Disputed Spratlys Chain In South China Sea

    06/08/2014 10:36:36 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 6-8-2014 | Kristine Kwok and Minnie Chan
    The move indicates a shift from defence to offence in the East and South China seas Sunday, 08 June, 2014, 10:32amKristine Kwok and Minnie Chan China is looking to expand its biggest installation in the Spratly Islands into a fully formed artificial island, complete with airstrip and sea port, to better project its military strength in the South China Sea, a Chinese scholar and a Chinese navy expert have said. The planned expansion on the disputed Fiery Cross Reef, if approved, would be a further indication of China's change of tack in handling long-running sovereignty disputes from a defensive stance...
  • Classified Briefing on Bergdahl Trade Doesn't Answer Questions for Critics

    06/04/2014 6:01:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 4, 2014 | Elahe Izadi and Sarah Mimms
    Administration officials showed senators video of Bergdahl to support claims that his health was failing. The Obama administration gave senators a classified briefing Wednesday night on just what thinking went into the prisoner trade to recover Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. But that won't end questions from Congress. "This gentleman needs to be looked into, quite extensively," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., following the briefing, referring to questions about whether Bergdahl deserted the military. During the classified briefing, senators were shown a roughly minute-and-a-half-long "proof of life" video of Bergdahl, which the Taliban had provided, in which the soldier "didn't...