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  • [Iraqi] Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani [Syria]

    09/20/2014 1:06:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Kurds from Kobani fleeing the city and head to Turkish border News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Ready to Support Syrian Kurds Will Head to Kobani 20.09.2014 Hawar AbdulrazaqBasNews, Erbil Kurdish Peshmerga forces have announced that they are ready to help their brethren across Syria, who have faced fierce attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants in recent days. In a statement, the Kurdistan Regional Government Peshmerga Ministry has said that they are willing to help their brothers in Kobani. Thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled Kobani in recent days, after IS insurgents captured a number of Kurdish villages close...
  • Kurdish President Urges World to Help Syrian Kurds against IS Attacks [FSA "on the way"]

    09/19/2014 11:05:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 13 hours ago | RUDAW
    Barzani warned that inaction would lead to terrible consequences and he called on the international community to prevent another humanitarian crisis. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani called on Kurdish parties and the international community today to assist the people of Kobane against the Islamic State (IS) attacks on the town. “We appeal to all Kurdish forces to put aside their differences and unite to defend the dignity, the land and the lives of the citizens of Kobane,” Barzani said in a statement. “The defense of the land and the people of Kurdistan is the...
  • Turkish hostages seized by ISIS in northern Iraq set free

    09/19/2014 10:13:47 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters via Times of India ^ | Sep 20, 2014, 10.24 AM IST
    ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June have been brought safely back to Turkey by the country's intelligence agency.
  • Masked man with AMERICAN accent appears in latest ISIS propaganda film 'Flames of War'

    09/19/2014 9:45:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 21:34 GMT, 19 September 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    The latest suspected ISIS propaganda film has been uploaded to YouTube and appears to feature a jihadist with an American accent. The 55-minute 'Flames of War' video was posted online today and bears hallmarks of previous Islamic State tapes including Hollywood-style effects and bloodthirsty, call-to-arms language. The clip bears the stamp of the al-Hayat Media Centre, ISIS' English-language propaganda arm. An ISIS jihadist spoke with an American accent on the Flames of War propaganda film which was uploaded to YouTube today. In the video, the masked extremist stands before Syrian soldiers, loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad who are digging their...
  • White House says training Syrian rebels to take months (Susan Rice)

    09/19/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan. "We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Barack Obama. "This will be a process that takes months," she said, adding it will not "happen overnight." "This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping," Rice emphasized. "It is...
  • Syrian Kurds, Arabs flee toward Turkey border as Islamic State advances

    09/19/2014 3:52:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/19/2014 | By Rebecca Collard
    Thousands of Syrian Kurds and Arabs pushed through the Turkish border Friday as they fled the Islamic States latest advance in Syria. By sundown, the militants had taken more than 60 villages in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Islamic States rapid tear through these villages in recent days, toward the city of Kobane on the Turkish border, prompted calls for international military support, and specifically from the United States, for the Syrian Kurdish fighters. We are in desperate need of the American strikes, said Redur Xelil, the spokesperson of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG),...
  • The Israelization of Anti-Semitism

    09/19/2014 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Angela Merkel is the stand-up lady of Europe. The German chancellor is forthright in calling anti-Semites to account. She spoke this week to a rally of 6,000 Germans at the Brandenburg Gate, denouncing the documented increase of anti-Semitism in their country. The evil of the Nazi regime, which killed 6 million Jews in Europe 80 years ago, is marked everywhere, with bronze plaques on sidewalks where Jews were taken from their homes and dispatched to death camps, to the five acres dedicated to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in the very center of Berlin. And yet, as the chancellor...
  • Dozens killed as Boko Haram fighters attack Nigerian market

    09/19/2014 9:19:29 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2014-09-19 23:07:45
    ABUJA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of people were killed by Boko Haram militants Friday at a local market in Mainok area of northeastern Nigeria's state of Borno, survivors and security sources said. The attackers hit the market, located some 56 km from Maiduguri, capital of the restive Borno State, while buying and selling was at its peak, Bello Adamu, an eyewitness told Xinhua. Traders who were more affected in the attack noted the attackers struck at about 1:30 p.m. local time. A security source who pleaded for anonymity said at least 21 people were killed in the attack which...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • ISIS is Barack Obama's mess and now he wants Canada's help

    09/19/2014 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | September 17, 2014 | Marc Patrone
    ISIS is Barack Obamas mess. He made it and now he wants our help to clean it up. What do Canadians owe him? Hes turned his back on allies such as Israel, having proven himself a bigger friend to the likes of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than to the Jewish state. Hes no friend of Canadas. Instead of working with his friends, hes tried in vain to appease such longtime enemies as Iran. His rush to pull out of Iraq without leaving a reserve force behind has led to the disaster we see unfolding there now. Now Obama needs...
  • The Jihadi Logic: Lure the U.S. into the fight that Obama will quit, as in Iraq

    09/19/2014 7:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One is that these terrorists are more depraved and less savvy than we think. They so glory in blood that they could not resist making an international spectacle of their savagery and did not quite fathom how such a brazen, contemptuous slaughter of Americans would radically alter public opinion and risk...
  • New York man accused of trying to recruit, aid ISIS militants

    09/19/2014 6:00:29 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 12 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | FoxNews
    An upstate New York man has been indicted for allegedly trying to recruit fighters for the Islamic State, paying for their travel and even buying guns, according to federal prosecutors. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said late Tuesday. Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of...
  • Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

    09/19/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian rebels he was pictured last year with werent ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominees story. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticismmedia fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded himfor questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCains office or the mainstream media have pushed. The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when...
  • France Has Begun Bombing ISIS In Iraq

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

    09/19/2014 5:22:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-19-2014 | Caroline Glick
    Ahead of US trip, media continues to present Iranian president as a moderate, and natural ally for the US. Iranian President Hassan Rouhanis trip to New York next week will be a welcome relief for the Iranian leader. Finally, hell be somewhere where hes appreciated, even loved. Ahead of his trip to America, the US media continued its practice of presenting Rouhani as a moderate, and a natural ally for the US. NBC News Anne Curry interviewed Rouhani in Tehran, focusing her attention on his dim view of Islamic State. Rouhani told Curry, From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets...
  • Terrorists at the Border

    09/19/2014 5:20:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 19, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Terrorists at the BorderPosted By Matthew Vadum On September 19, 2014 @ 12:48 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment A Democratic congressman tried to use the might of the federal government to crush an investigation into reports that an Islamic terrorist group is using the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez as a base for launching an attack on the U.S. using car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs).The Islamofascist group in question is the extraordinarily brutal Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that has been conquering swathes of the Middle East with the...
  • Saving Private Kerry

    09/19/2014 5:18:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Secretary of State John Kerry didnt appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lay out an offensive strategy for defeating ISIS. Instead his real mission was a defensive strategy to protect Obama from critics on the right and the left. Obamas delayed strategy hasnt won over liberals and conservatives. It certainly hasnt won over the American people. For the first time, Obamas counterterrorism policy no longer has the support of a majority of Americans. Americans dont believe that Obama can keep them safe. They suspect that hes just trying to protect the last shreds of his fading popularity by...
  • John Kerry Says U.S. At War With This Enemy Of Islam ISIS

    09/19/2014 4:29:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/19/2014 | Ben Barrack
    Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) came to prominence and notoriety when he famously shouted, You Lie at Barack Obama during the presidents speech to a joint session of Congress. If ever there was a prime opportunity for a reprise, it occurred during an exchange between Wilson and Secretary of State John Kerry.Wilson asked Kerry if the U.S. was at war. If Kerrys response had been a yes or no, the clip below would be no more than five seconds. As it was, Kerry took a more circuitous route to his answer, which was beyond ridiculous. After several seconds of hemming and...
  • ISIS Calls For Radicalized Americans To Go To Homes Of U.S. Soldiers, 'Slaughter Them'

    09/19/2014 3:52:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 9/18/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    ISIS is calling for radicalized "lone wolves" in the United States to go to the homes of U.S. soldiers and "slaughter" military personnel.This is part of what is expected to be "a continued call" for American military personnel to be targeted within the United States.According to Fox News, one British jihadist "encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and Linkedln to find and target soldiers." The jihadist tweeted: "You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for addresses in Yellowbook or something. Then show up and slaughter them." Militants in Syria have...
  • Do-It-Yourself Jihadism

    09/19/2014 3:42:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | 9/18/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australias attorney general said that the massive raid, the largest counterterrorism operation in the nations history, involving more than 800 police officers and raids of at least twelve properties, was necessary because, If the . . . police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened. Australian prime minister Tony Abbott confirmed that the raids were prompted by intercepted phone calls, from an Australian of...
  • Grim Luhansk wary of Ukraine's shaky truce

    09/19/2014 3:39:11 AM PDT · by wetphoenix
    BBC ^ | 17 September 2014 | Paul Adams
    Luhansk is licking its wounds. After a long summer of bombardment by government forces, it is mourning its dead and slowly coming back to life. But it is a grim, pessimistic place, full of hardship and queues. Under a green tent, a quiet line of grateful citizens waits for a decent plate of food, courtesy of one the few soup kitchens operating across the city. There is still no electricity or water in the city, so thousands of people depend on handouts. Rebellious past I find Anatoly Bukhalov sitting alone in the corner. When he finds out we're from Britain,...
  • The American Left and ISIS

    09/19/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/19/2014 | J.R. Dunn
    Since the appearance of ISIS, the usual suspects on the left -- those in politics and media in particular  -- have bent over backwards to argue that it has nothing to do Obama, that his silly foreign policy, undergrad strategic considerations, and infinitely collapsible notion of American responsibilities unfolded in a vacuum and could not possibly have had any effect on anything.  No, the fault, of course, is that of George W. Bush and his neocon camarilla.  If it weren’t for Bush, a strong, wise, and humane Saddam Hussein would be present to destroy this Jihadi upsurge, exactly the way...
  • Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State

    09/19/2014 3:16:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/18/2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship. Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the presidents approach against the Islamic State militant group. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served under Obama until last year, became the latest high-profile skeptic on Thursday, telling the House Intelligence Committee...
  • France says its jets launch first air strikes in Iraq

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

    09/19/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/19/2014 | Robert Spencer
    It is a popular aspect of media mythmaking about the Islamic State that it is so extreme that even other extremists such as al-Qaeda shun and repudiate it. But this claim, like the many declarations by both Muslim and non-Muslim leaders that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, is always left unexplained and unsupported.The recent Saudi statement against terrorism is yet another example of this. The credulous and ignorant will wax enthusiastic over this display of Saudi moderation, but in reality yet again the closer one looks, the less there is to see.The Associated Press...
  • Saudi Arabias Phony Anti-Terrorism Fatwa

    09/19/2014 2:35:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/19/2014 | Robert Spencer
    It is a popular aspect of media mythmaking about the Islamic State that it is so extreme that even other extremists such as al-Qaeda shun and repudiate it. But this claim, like the many declarations by both Muslim and non-Muslim leaders that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, is always left unexplained and unsupported.The recent Saudi statement against terrorism is yet another example of this. The credulous and ignorant will wax enthusiastic over this display of Saudi moderation, but in reality yet again the closer one looks, the less there is to see.The Associated Press...
  • Australian PM: Public execution terror plot foiled

    09/18/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 10 replies
    cnn.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Ashley Fantz
    Two men were charged Thursday in connection with a terror plot that Australia's prime minister said involved plans to carry out a public execution. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities obtained intelligence about a "demonstration killing" -- a killing, Australian media reported, in which alleged assailants planned to kidnap a member of the public, behead the victim and then drape him or her in an ISIS flag. The foiled plot comes just days after the country raised its terror alert to high and in the midst of Australia committing to helping the United States and a broad international coalition to...
  • Homegrown jihadist shoots N.J. teen 8 times, calling it a just kill: report #BrendanTevlin

    09/18/2014 7:10:56 PM PDT · by Diago · 84 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-18-14 | Jessica Chasmar
    A brutally murdered 19-year-old New Jersey man was allegedly targeted by a self-proclaimed homegrown jihadist who called it a just kill, Fox News has revealed. Brendan Tevlin, of Livingston, was stopped at a red light driving home from a friends house on June 25 when Ali Muhammad Brown allegedly walked up his car and fired ten rounds, striking him eight times. Mr. Brown then drove the car, with Tevlins lifeless body still in it, to a parking lot in West Orange and left him there, Fox News reported. Police initially announced the arrest of three suspects in Tevlins murder, calling...
  • Venezuela's Maduro Deems Outbreak of Deadly Disease 'Terrorism'

    09/18/2014 6:42:07 PM PDT · by bd476 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 9:09 p.m. ET | By JUAN FORERO
    CARACAS, VenezuelaPresident Nicols Maduro said he ordered the prosecution of doctors who had alerted the public to the recent deaths of nine people in a public hospital from an unidentified but possibly infectious disease. "They wanted to impose a scheme of alarm, of psychological terrorism," Mr. Maduro said Wednesday in a speech broadcast on TV. "There is no other name for this, it's terrorism." He said he had spoken with Attorney General Luisa Ortega "so that our organs of justice work with severity, with all the firmness and severity that the law permits. You have to punish these people." Mr....
  • Hidden partners? How much Russia, Iran could help US against Islamic State

    09/15/2014 3:39:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 15, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    More than three dozen nations have signed on to the anti-Islamic State coalition, US officials say. But Russia and Iran are also likely to play roles, and some Arab countries will prefer to keep quiet about their help.
  • US Senate candidate uses campaign to spread slogan: With Jews We Lose (Kentucky)

    09/18/2014 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    WLWT, NBC 5, Cincinnati ^ | 2:56 PM EDT Sep 17, 2014 | Alison Montoya
    A write-in candidate for the US Kentucky Senate is bringing his controversial message to voters. Robert Ransdell said he knows he cannot win against Republican Mitch McConnell or Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes but wants to use the campaign to spread his slogan, With Jews We Lose. The signs placed at US 25 and Mount Zion Road in Florence caught one driver off guard. [] I believe that there is no such thing as racial equality. You see that in our cities everyday, Ransdell said.
  • Democratic Lawmakers Call Benghazi Security Officers Liars

    09/18/2014 3:53:07 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 9-18-2014 | Editor
    September 18, 2014 Democratic Lawmakers Call Benghazi Security Officers Liars Scandal: The California Democrat who suggested that his party boycott the Benghazi Select Committee as a waste of time now accuses those who fought on the CIA annex roof of lying "to promote a new book." ..... Calling the yet-to-be-approved committee a "tremendous red herring," Schiff said: "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate." Well, the Democrats participated in the committee that conducted its first hearing on Wednesday, and Schiff, along with Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., finds himself one of the Democrats picked by ...Nancy Pelosi...
  • Immigration worker union warns serious threat of ISIS entering US (Kelly-Chaffetz VIDEO)

    09/18/2014 2:46:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2014
    <p>The union representing America's immigration caseworkers warned Thursday of the "real and serious threat" that Islamic State terrorists could gain entry to the United States, either by slipping through the southern U.S. border or exploiting "loose and lax" visa policies.</p>
  • Immigration Agents: ISIS May Exploit America's Weakened Immigration System to Attack U.S.

    09/18/2014 2:23:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/17
    Kenneth Palinkas, the head of the union that represents more 12,000 officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) bureau, says that terrorists from ISIS and other extremists are likely to try to exploit the immigration system that President Barack Obama has systematically weakened for over the past several years.
  • Bomb Explodes in Bolivian Jewish Cemetery

    09/18/2014 1:37:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 9/18/2014, 8:23 PM | Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar
    In the latest shocking example of rising global anti-Semitism, anonymous criminals on Wednesday detonated an explosive in the Jewish cemetery of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Residents living adjacent to the site reported to the police of hearing a strong explosion from the Jewish graveyard. After arriving on the scene, local police discovered the remains of an explosive. Representatives of the Jewish community came immediately to the cemetery and found considerable damage caused by the blast. Fortunately the cemetery was empty at the time, meaning no injuries were caused.
  • Obama's ISIS Policy is a Total Joke

    09/18/2014 12:38:57 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 9-18-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So I checked the e-mail again, and I can guarantee what's gonna happen. When I quote an e-mail asking me, "Why aren't you doing X?" then the, "Why aren't you doing Y?" crowd shows up, and the next crowd asks, "Why aren't you spending more time talking about what Obama's doing in Syria with ISIS and ISIL?" I'll tell you why. Because I don't think he even cares what he's doing! This is an absolute joke. John Kerry gets up there and says absolutely inane things. He was taken to down by Bob Corker yesterday, sent Boxer shuttering away...
  • Australia anti-terrorism raid underway with more than 800 police

    09/18/2014 11:33:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/18/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Australian police are conducting what they called the largest counter-terrorism operation in the nation's history, with more than 800 police officers participating. Officials announced early Thursday that 15 people had been detained and one person charged "with serious terrorism-related offenses" allegedly related to plans for at least one beheading. The action comes less than a week after the Australian government raised its National Terrorism Public Alert level to "high" from "medium." Officials did not immediately offer details about what prompted Thursday's mass operation in the northwest suburbs of Sydney and in Brisbane. The suspects were planning to grab a random...
  • How Islamic State uses Syria's oil to fuel its advances

    09/18/2014 10:57:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters. ^ | Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:39pm IST | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    "Islamic State makes not less than $2 million daily that allows them to pay salaries and maintain their operations," said a former Western oil executive who worked in a foreign oil firm operating in Syria before the crisis and who is familiar with the nascent oil market. The United States, which has been bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq, has said it is prepared to extend the campaign into Syria, which has been racked by civil war for more than three years, and has said it will train more than 5,000 Syrian rebel fighters to counter the advancing group. But...
  • Iraq Premier Nixes US Ground Troops

    09/18/2014 10:33:16 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 9/18/14 | VIVIAN SALAMA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country. "Not only is it not necessary," he said, "We don't want them. We won't allow them. Full stop." Instead, al-Abadi urged the international community to expand its campaign against the extremists in neighboring Syria. "The only contribution the American forces or the international coalition are going to help us with is from the sky," al-Abadi said. Al-Abadi, however, said that Iraq doesn't have the luxury of refusing cooperation with (Syria) Damascus, and instead pushed for some sort of coordination. "We cannot afford to fight our neighbor, even...
  • Obama is defying the Constitution on war

    09/18/2014 10:31:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2014 | By George F. Will
    The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Todays issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. Promising to destroy this group with the help of a broad coalition of partners, President Obama said last week, I welcome congressional support for this effort. He obviously thinks such support is optional, partly because this effort, conducted by U.S. combat aircraft,...
  • U.S. ready to strike ISIS in Syria [waiting president's authorization]

    09/18/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    CNN via WDSU ^ | Sep 18, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    WASHINGTON (CNN) The U.S. military has everything it needs to strike ISIS inside Syria and is awaiting President Barack Obama's authorization to do so, U.S. military officials tell CNN. For weeks, intelligence and military targeting specialists have been working around the clock on a list of targets. It's expected the list will be presented to the President one more time, with some analysis of the risks of bombing inside Syria, as well as possible rewards in terms of destroying and degrading ISIS, according to the officials. It is most likely that the target list will be broadly described to the...
  • WSJ: Obama will require military to get his personal approval for U.S. strikes in Syria

    09/18/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    A man who’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political directors, and who knows more about policy than his policy advisors must surely also be a better general than his generals, no? The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than...
  • ISIS video featuring captured UK journalist seeks to dispel Western media's manipulated truths

    09/18/2014 9:18:21 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 18 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 09/18/14 | Lisa Daftari
    In a new ISIS video released this morning, abducted British journalist John Cantlie, criticizes the West for its portrayal of the jihadi group and the danger of heading toward the abyss of another war with the Islamic State. In a three-minute 20 second clip posted on YouTube called Lend Me Your Ears, Cantlie, 43, who formerly worked as a reporter for The Sunday Times, The Sun, and The Sunday Telegraph, is sitting in a dark room in an undisclosed location, where he says he seeks to dispel manipulated truths conjured by the Western media regarding the Islamic State. Cantlie, who...
  • Islamic State group seizes 16 villages in northern Syria

    09/18/2014 8:14:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    AP via Mass Live ^ | September 18, 2014 | BASSEM MROUE
    BEIRUT (AP) Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 16 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said. For more than a year, the Islamic State group and Kurdish militias have been locked in a fierce fight in several pockets of northern Syria where large Kurdish populations reside. The clashes are but one aspect of Syria's broader civil war a multilayered conflict that the U.N. says has killed more than 190,000.
  • Did Saddam Hussein Do a Better Job Fighting Radical Muslims Than America?

    09/18/2014 7:53:44 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 84 replies
    Americans have to face the painful reality that Arabs are, when judged by 21st century Western Standards, a crazy people. This is not meant as an insult. Early this year, the Iraqi parliament proposed a law that would permit men to marry 9 year old girls. The law had the support of a majority of parliament. The law would also permit men to beat up and rape their wives, and prevent women from leaving the house without the permission of the husband. These SOBS are supposed to be the allies of America in the fight against ISIS. The Shia regime...
  • Iranian President Blasts ISIS But Says US No-Troops Strategy Is 'Ridiculous'

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

    09/18/2014 7:05:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    It is becoming difficult to escape the impression that President Barack Obama heads an administration at war with itself over the appropriate strategy to combat the ISIS threat. Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday, the president made a point of conspicuously noting again that American troops sent to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission. The clarification was not unexpected; it came just one day after Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the U.S. Senate in a public hearing that there were circumstances which would lead...
  • Israel believes Syria kept 'significant' chemical munitions

    09/18/2014 6:56:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-18-2014 | DAN WILLIAMS
    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians' surrender of their declared chemical arsenal, the official said they had kept some missile warheads, air-dropped bombs and rocket-propelled grenades primed with toxins like sarin. "There is, to my mind, still in the hands of Syria a significant residual capability ... that could be used in certain circumstances and could be potentially very serious,"...
  • House approves Obamas Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism

    09/18/2014 5:33:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/17/14 | Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane
    The House on Wednesday approved President Obamas plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels.... ...it put lawmakers on record approving U.S. engagement in the years-long Syrian civil war. It delivered Obama much-needed domestic political support... ....Obamas proposal was opposed by more than 40 percent of Democrats...Republicans provided the lions share of support, but many are worried that Obamas plans are too limited....
  • The United Nations: World's Leading Purveyor of Antisemitism

    09/18/2014 5:26:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 16, 2014 | Anne Bayefsky
    Anne Bayefsky speaking at the United Nations, New York, on September 8, 2014. Why couldn't the UN... sponsor a conference on combating global antisemitism? In theory the UN Charter demands equality of... nations large and small. In reality the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation. The UN has launched a "legal" pogrom against the Jewish state. A "legal" pogrom is a license to kill. Modern antisemitism targets Israel's exercise of the right of self-defense because self-defense is the essence of sovereignty. My time is short, too short to try to emulate the diplomatic sophistry that passes for...