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  • House passes resolution to condemn Hamas for Israel rocket attacks

    07/30/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014, 03:20 pm | Cristina Marcos
    The House on Wednesday passed a resolution to condemn the extremist group Hamas for its recent rocket attacks against Israel. The measure, passed by voice vote, specifically denounces Hamas's use of civilians as "human shields" during combat. "Hamas is engaging in a crime of enormous proportions, perpetrated by those who are deliberately hiding among civilians to protect themselves," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). "The world can't let terrorists embed their forces among the civilian population, using them as human shields, without speaking out." It also expresses support for Israel to defend itself against Hamas, as well...
  • Three Israeli soldiers killed in action in Gaza and 27 injured. Cabinet orders operation expanded

    07/30/2014 12:01:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 30, 2014, 9:30 PM (IDT)
    Three Israeli soldiers were killed and 27 injured in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 30, on the 23rd day of Israel’s counter-terror operation Defensive Edge against Hamas. A bomb planted in the wall of a building in Khan Younes blew up as the soldiers went in to examine a tunnel shaft. Maj. Gen. Sami Torjeman, OC Southern Command, told reporters that the soldiers had fought “stubbornly” and “seriously impaired” Hamas’ strength. Hundreds of enemy fighters have been killed, he reported, including scores of Hamas’ elite troops and some of the commanders hunkered down in their hideouts. Dozens too had been...
  • The Truth About the War in Israel

    07/30/2014 6:07:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Sarah Palin Channel ^ | 7/29/2014 | Sarah Palin
    Governor Palin uses two unlikely sources to get to the truth about what’s happening in Israel.
  • Report: Obama Was Rude and Hostile During Phone Call With Netanyahu (transcript leaked)

    07/29/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 263 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 7/29/14 1:48pm | Jacob Kombluh
    The conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama was tense and tough, according to a report on Channel 1 Tuesday evening. Based on a transcript of the conversation, obtained by Israel’s channel 1, Obama “behaved in a rude, condescending and hostile manner,” the network’s foreign correspondent concluded. During the 35-minute conversation on Sunday, the president reportedly demanded that Israel should immediately and unconditionally end the operation. When Netanyahu asked what Israel would get in return for unilaterally ending the strikes, Obama replied: “I believe Hamas will stop firing rockets – quiet in return for quiet.” To which...
  • Nine out of 10 Israel’s war dead Monday died on Israeli soil – a microcosm of the IDF operation

    07/29/2014 11:12:24 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 29, 2014, 3:25 PM (IDT)
    That nine of the 10 Israeli servicemen who died in the counter-terror operation against Hamas Monday, July 28, were killed on Israeli soil was a wake-up call for Israel’s war leaders. It meant that Hamas had used the 22 days of combat to carry the contest from its own home ground into Israel by grabbing the tactical advantage of surprise. The Nahal Oz encounter was a tragic microcosm of the current face of Operation Defensive Edge. The tunnel, from which a band of Hamas infiltrators jumped out – and about whose existence the IDF admits to have known – ran...
  • Senior IDF officer to government: The troops must go forward or quit

    07/29/2014 10:59:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 29, 2014, 2:43 PM (IDT)
    IDF chiefs have asked the government for a clear decision on whether to expand their counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip which entered its 22nd day Tuesday - or terminate it. This was reported by a senior IDF officer Tuesday. He put it this way: “Decide now whether we go in or out.” DEBKAfile: This comment reflects the mounting criticism in the IDF high command of the government’s slowness in reaching a decision about the next stage of the operation against Hamas. This irresolution, they say, exposes the troops to danger and point to the 10 fatalities the IDF suffered...
  • High IDF death toll in Hamas upsurge of violence on “ceasefire” day.

    07/28/2014 2:43:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 11:55 PM (IDT)
    Israel expands counter-offensive In the past 48 hours, Israel was pressured to accept its fifth “humanitarian” ceasefire in Gaza by President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came close to folding, whereas Hamas saw the truce as applying only to Israel and therefore used it as a call to arms. The slogan Israel broadcast: Quiet will be met with quiet and fire with fire, was seen by Hamas as a sign of Israel weakening. This impression was confirmed on Sunday when...
  • 100 years ago today Austria declared war on Serbia, the first declaration of World War 1

    07/28/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    VA Viper ^ | July 28, 2014 | VA Viper
    Although many consider the opening act of World War I to be the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo - its centennial was just a month ago (28 June) - the first actual declaration of war took place a hundred years ago today, when Austria-Hungary initiated hostilities against Serbia, after the latter rejected a draconian Austrian ultimatum intended to give Austria a free hand in bringing Franz Ferdinand's killers to account. As a result, Russia - self-appointed protector of the "South Slavs" - mobilized against Austria, which panicked the Germans (fearful of a two-front war against both France...
  • Israel rejects UN Sec Council call for Gaza ceasefire

    07/28/2014 6:43:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 4:39 PM (IDT)
    Israel Monday rebuffed the UN Security Council’s call for an immediate and humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. In a call to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Binyamin Netanyahu said that the text relates only to the needs of “a murderous terrorist organization which attacks Israeli civilians.” It fails to address the harm inflicted on Israeli citizens and Hamas’ misuse of UN facilities for launching attacks on those citizens. Netanyahu delivered his reply as Hamas renewed rocket attacks at noon Monday, with Israeli resuming air strikes on rocket targets towards evening.
  • Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House

    07/27/2014 9:00:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:50 PM 07/27/2014 | Reza Kahlili
    The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge against Israel for its ongoing military incursion into Gaza, which has already killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. “You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots which were planted in the Islamic lands by the British,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said at this week’s Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported. That statement referred to the Balfour Declaration, which led to the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the eventual creation of the state Israel in 1948. “We will chase you house...
  • Who's Winning the War in Ukraine? Answer May Shock You!

    07/27/2014 6:25:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Here's the question, not of the day, but of the month: Who's Winning the War in Ukraine? That may sound like a simple question, but it isn't. That question leads to a second question "In whose eyes?" It also depends on the definition of "war". And it also depends on the definition of "win". And finally it depends on which media source you believe. Military Aspect From a military aspect, I have seen reports from both sides. The Western media portrays Ukraine on the march with the rebels surrounded, and losing ground. Is that accurate reporting? I will let you...
  • Hamas resumes shelling after agreeing to new 24-hour ceasefire

    07/27/2014 4:33:25 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-27-2014 | RT
    Fighting briefly subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Strip. Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, however, slammed the group for failing to accept its own ceasefire and continuing to fire. "In response to UN intervention and considering the situation of our people and the occasion of Eid, it has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm, starting from 2 pm on Sunday," Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman said in a statement. Eid al-Fitr, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide...
  • The Next Great War

    07/27/2014 7:26:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Alan Caruba
    In the July 24 edition of The Wall Street Journal there was a commentary, “Wanted: Converts to Judaism” by the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Arnold M. Eisen. I thought to myself that this was an extraordinary time to be suggesting conversion to a faith that is literally under attack in Israel and being attacked by the reemergence of anti-Semitism in Europe. Here in America we are witnessing the most pro-Islamic and anti-Semitic administration in the history of nation.
  • Kerry ‘completely capitulated’ to Hamas in ceasefire proposal, say Israeli sources

    07/26/2014 5:17:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 26, 2014, 8:48 pm
    Israeli ministers, who on Friday unanimously rejected US secretary’s offer, reported to describe him as ‘negligent, incapable of handling the most basic matters’ Israeli government sources on Saturday night accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of “completely capitulating” to the demands of Hamas and its champion Qatar in drafting the Gaza war ceasefire proposal that Israeli ministers unanimously rejected on Friday. The unnamed sources, quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 TV, said Kerry “dug a tunnel under the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” — which Israel accepted and Hamas rejected last week — and presented the Israeli government with a text that...
  • US Official: Israel Declares 12-Hour Cease-fire in Gaza Saturday

    07/25/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 56 replies
    Voice of America ^ | July 25, 2014
    News / Middle East US Official: Israel Declares 12-Hour Cease-fire in Gaza Saturday OA News Last updated on: July 25, 2014 3:19 PM A U.S. official says Israel has declared a 12-hour-long cease-fire in Gaza for Saturday. The pause in fighting would take effect 7:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT).
  • 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com · 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com
    http://risu.org.ua/ua/index/expert_thought/interview/57007/ ^ | 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com · 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    censor.net ^ | 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com
    https://www.facebook.com/vladislav.synyahovskyy ^ | 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com · 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...