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  • SYRIAN ARMY & ALLIES ADVANCE DEEPER INTO MILITANT-HELD AREA IN ALEPPO CITY

    12/08/2016 5:44:47 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    South Front ^ | 8 Dec 2016 | Southfront
    The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, Liwa al-Quds, the National Defense Forces, Hezbollah and other pro-government formations have been continuing adavance against al-Qaeda linked militants (Jaish al-Fatah/Fatah Haleb) in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Government forces are dveloping the offensive in the areas of Zebdiyah and Bostan al Qasr. There are also reports that Liwa al-Quds and Hezbollah have made significant gains in Sheikh Saeed. But they have to be confirmed. All “ceasefire proposals” sent by militants yesterday were reportedly rejected.
  • {Oct 3, 2015} Obama warns Russia's Putin of 'quagmire' in Syria {remember this?}

    12/08/2016 3:50:29 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 Oct 2015 | Alister Bell
    U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that its bombing campaign against Syrian rebels will suck Moscow into a "quagmire," after a third straight day of air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad. At a White House news conference, Obama frequently assailed Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he accused of acting out of a position of weakness to defend a crumbling, authoritarian ally. .."An attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire and it won't work," Obama said. .."Mr. Putin had...
  • Aleppo battle: Assad says victory in city would be 'huge step'

    12/08/2016 1:40:01 AM PST · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/8/2016 | BBC
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said a victory for his army in Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending the country's five-year civil war. But he added that the defeat of rebel groups in the northern city would not end the conflict. The rebels called for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians, after withdrawing from their last strongholds in Aleppo's Old City. But Mr. Assad ruled out any ceasefires, as his army continues its offensive. This is despite new calls for an immediate truce from the US and five Western powers.... Utter ruins in recaptured districts-the...
  • Goodbye John Kerry, we won't miss you

    12/07/2016 5:20:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    INN ^ | 12/06/16 20:47 | Attorney Stephen M. Flatow
    John Kerry just couldn’t resist. Even though his public career is about to end—even though the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” is long dead—even though he has absolutely nothing to gain from it—the 73 year-old Kerry just could not resist unleashing one final blast at Israel. Kerry’s disingenuous and mean-spirited attack on Israel at the Saban Forum on Sunday served as a powerful reminder of how good it is that he is about to leave office—and how dangerous for Israel it would have been if he had remained as secretary of state. […] Kerry also rambled off into a long denunciation of...
  • ISIS rise surprised Obama, US intelligence

    12/07/2016 2:07:46 PM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 12/7/16 | Kevin Liptak
    "The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen," Obama told Zakaria, using the administration's term for the Islamic State terror group.
  • Freed Pastor Saeed Abedini Says Donald Trump Helped His Family While He Suffered in Iranian Jail

    12/07/2016 11:07:15 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 15 replies
    christian today ^ | 26 October 2016 | Hazel Torres
    ranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini is brimming with gratitude for one U.S. presidential aspirant: Donald Trump. In a surprising revelation, Abedini said the Republican presidential nominee helped provide for the needs of his family in Boise, Idaho while he was locked up in an Iranian prison for his faith. The pastor said Trump gave his family $10,000 while he was imprisoned for three and a half years. "I am finally free in a free country. Last year on the same day I was sick and in chains for Christ, and now I can vote to choose my next president," Abedini said...
  • Donald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security secretary

    12/07/2016 7:40:27 AM PST · by Enchante · 141 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7 2016 | CBS Staff
    Donald Trump is tapping Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News confirms. The final request and acceptance, sources told CBS’ Major Garrett, occurred while Kelly was traveling in Europe. His pick for DHS secretary will be announced by the transition staff in the coming days. Kelly is the third general tapped by the president-elect, joining Gen. James Mattis, Mr. Trump’s pick to become the next secretary of Defense, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s incoming national security advisor. Like Mattis, Kelly is a Marine with a reputation for bluntness.
  • Muslim Men Threaten British Schoolgirls With Brutal Rape and Beatings DAILY

    12/07/2016 4:53:27 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 86 replies
    Geller Report ^ | 12/5/2016 | Pamela Geller
    (Watch Videos at link) Reports are coming out of schools from young schoolgirls in areas within the North of England that they are being repeatedly terrorized and threatened with beatings and rape on a daily basis from Muslim men and other Muslim (“Asian”) youths. These Muslim men and youths wait outside of schools every day taunting and threatening the young, non-Muslim girls on a DAILY basis, threatening them with with brutal rapes and attacks. Can you imagine how terrifying it must be for them to have to live this kind of school life and run this daily gauntlet under constant...
  • Five Afghan teenagers arrested after a boy is gang-raped at knifepoint in Sweden

    12/07/2016 12:12:37 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 44 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6 December 2016 | Julian Robinson
    Five Afghan teenagers have been arrested after a boy was gang-raped at knifepoint in a forest in Sweden, it has emerged. The victim, who is under 15, was filmed during the attack, which happened in woodland in Uppsala, south east Sweden. He was beaten and dragged out to the forest at knifepoint before being subjected to an ordeal lasting more than an hour, prosecutors say. One of the attackers filmed parts of the assault, overnight on October 24 and 25, and posted the footage on social media, it is claimed. The child, also from Afghanistan, went to police before five...
  • Iraqi army launches fresh assault toward Mosul center

    12/06/2016 7:21:47 PM PST · by Mariner · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 6th, 2016 | By Ahmed Rasheed and Patrick Markey | BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq
    Iraqi army units surged toward the center of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold. Campaign commander Lieutenant General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah was quoted by Iraqi television as saying troops had entered Salam Hospital, less than a mile (1.5 km) from the Tigris river running through the city center. If confirmed, that would mark a significant advance by the Ninth Armoured Division, which had been tied up for more than a month in close-quarter combat with Islamic State on the southeastern...
  • Syrian troops enter Aleppo's Old City, poised for war's biggest victory

    12/06/2016 7:10:47 PM PST · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 6th, 2016 | By John Davison and Stephanie Nebehay | BEIRUT/GENEVA
    Syria's army and allies pushed into rebel-held parts of Aleppo's Old City on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, looking closer than ever to achieving their most important victory of the five-year-old civil war by driving rebels out of their last urban stronghold. A rebel official said they would never abandon Aleppo, after reports that U.S. and Russian diplomats were preparing to discuss the surrender and evacuation of insurgents from territory they have held for years. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said talks with the United States on a rebel withdrawal would begin in Geneva as soon as Tuesday evening or...
  • Obama defends counterterror record in parting security speech, amid new warnings

    12/06/2016 5:07:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Fox News/AP
    President Obama, in what was billed as his last major national security speech in office, defended his counterterrorism record and strategy Tuesday while warning “the threat will endure” well into the future – and taking a glancing shot at his successor’s approach. Even as a new congressional report declared the U.S. is facing its highest threat from Islamist terrorists since 9/11, Obama claimed progress in the fight against terror in his address at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, home to U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command. While calling Al Qaeda a shadow of its former self,...
  • Ellison Calls Farrakhan ‘The Mistake In My Past’

    12/06/2016 5:39:31 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/6/16 | Pat Kessler
    Minnesota Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison is once again expressing regret for his past association with Louis Farakhan and the Nation of Islam. Ellison explained in a Star Tribune op-ed why he cut his ties many years ago to the Nation of Islam, which some say is anti-Semitic and homophobic. It’s a story that bogged Ellison’s first Congressional campaign in 2006. Now he’s running for Chair of the Democratic party. Ellison was a Nation of Islam supporter 25 years ago as a young civil rights lawyer and organizer. He condemns the group now, and says he “should have listened more, and...
  • Local Democrats Express Solidarity With Islamic Extremists in Wake of Election

    12/06/2016 5:18:48 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 6 | John Rossomando
    Some Democratic politicians, eager to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and speak out against hate in the wake of the recent heated presidential election, have thrown their support behind some of the Islamic community’s most extreme elements. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and some local Democratic politicians from Northern Virginia, made this evident when they showed up at a Veterans Day event at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia. Dar al-Hijrah stands in infamy as the mosque attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers, and as the mosque where the late terrorist leader Anwar Awlaki...
  • Obama Gives Speech on Terrorism

    12/06/2016 3:24:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 68 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 7/12/16
    Blah blah blah, Al Qaeda's a shadow of its former self...I'm the man who shot Usama bin Laden... Terror not an existential threat to our country...don't let the fear of it make us forget who we are...Congress should renew authorization to use force... Let drones do the shooting...Let lots of refugees into the country to prove you're not a racist...blah blah blah blah blah...
  • Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

    12/06/2016 12:11:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Dec 2016 | CARLOTTA GALL
    Fifteen years, half a trillion dollars and 150,000 lives since going to war, the United States is trying to extricate itself from Afghanistan. Afghans are being left to fight their own fight. A surging Taliban insurgency, meanwhile, is flush with a new inflow of money. With their nation’s future at stake, Afghan leaders have renewed a plea to one power that may hold the key to whether their country can cling to democracy or succumbs to the Taliban. But that power is not the United States. It is Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is critical because of its unique position in...
  • Likud leaders see Amona first-hand

    12/06/2016 11:08:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16 | Shlomo Pyotrakovsky
    A day after the removal of Article 7 - which would retroactively normalize the status of Amona and prevent the destruction of the community - from the Regulation Law, some 20 Likud activist leaders took a tour this afternoon of Amona and met with community leaders. Avichai Buaron, one of the leaders of Amona and its struggle to prevent the destruction of the community, said that, out of the 124 acres (500 dunam) on which Amona is built, only half an acre (2 dunam) is subject to an ownership claim. Buaron also noted: “The Likud members realized that we’re talking...
  • Obama to Make Push For Transparency in Florida Speech

    12/06/2016 9:30:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Newsmaxx ^ | 12/6/16 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    President Barack Obama will deliver a major address Tuesday in Florida to explain the policies his administration established over the past eight years on suspected terrorists, while making a push for the transparency his critics have said for years does not exist. Obama will explain in his speech, being delivered at the military's Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, also the home of Special Operations Command, the legal and policy rationale used by the administration to decide whether terrorists should be killed, interrogated, or detained, reports The Los Angeles Times, which notes the president will be...
  • India-Israel science and innovation pact

    12/06/2016 6:49:25 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16
    Science Minister Ofer Akunis signed a new agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and innovation with India while on a visit there. The agreement calls for each of the two countries to budget a million dollars in 2017 for mutual research projects. There will also be joint initiatives...
  • Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America?

    12/06/2016 3:47:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Where does American Jewry stand on the Obama administration’s admittance of 10,801 Syrian refugees to the United States in fiscal year 2016? A poll hasn’t been conducted, ostensibly because the mere conception of one would convey an improper presumption that Jews, by virtue of being Jews, should feel differently than other Americans about a predominantly Muslim wave of Middle Easterners arriving in the country. The Jewish community, though, has made it clear that opening America’s doors to Syrian refugees is one of its defining priorities. The recent attack at Ohio State University, however—perpetrated by a refugee who lived in Pakistan...
  • Why You Should Worry About Virgins in Paradise

    12/06/2016 3:38:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-6-16 | William Kilpatrick
    Why You Should Worry About Virgins in Paradise Will our ideological war against Islamic Supremacism ever get out of first gear? In the wake of Abdul Artan’s car and knife attack at Ohio State University, the usual questions are being asked:  What was his motive?  Did he have psychological problems?  Will there be a backlash against the Muslim community? But to those of us who suspect we already know the motive, the most pertinent question is the question of what can be done to defeat Islamic terrorism.  The answer according to many experts is that you can’t defeat jihad without...
  • Kerry: Iran deal made Israel safer

    12/05/2016 10:41:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry argued on Monday that the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers last year had made the world – including Israel – safer. Kerry rejected President-elect Donald Trump's references to the agreement as a "disaster" and "the worst deal ever negotiated". "The region is safer, Germany and the United States are safer, Europe is safer, Israel is safer and the world is safer... It depends on all of us to keep this alive," he said at an event at which he was awarded the German Order of Merit, according to Reuters. The Secretary of...
  • John Kerry’s Dangerous Ignorance On The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    12/05/2016 9:32:31 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/5 | Aaron Klein
    “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world – I want to make that clear to all of you,” Kerry lectured, “without the Palestinian process and without Palestinian peace.” Perhaps the esteemed diplomat forgot that Israel already signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, two moderate Arab countries that enjoy normalized relations with the Jewish state despite the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian deal. And Kerry may have missed that under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there have been numerous reports of security cooperation between Israel and Sunni Arab states like Saudi Arabia that are deeply concerned by...
  • AFGHANISTAN WILL BE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S FIRST FOREIGN POLICY CRISIS

    12/05/2016 3:52:12 PM PST · by jcon40 · 36 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | Dec. 5, 16 | Jonathon Schroden
    Many hotspots and geopolitical adversaries are constantly in the news and likely at the forefront of the foreign policy issues President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is focused on. Yet the issue that is most likely to be the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump administration is the one that received no discussion at all during the presidential debates – Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? The longest war in U.S. history? Where the United States, its allies in NATO, and several partner nations still have in excess of 13,000 troops on the ground? Where the United States last year spent approximately...
  • NYPD sees 'huge spike' in hate crimes post-election

    12/05/2016 6:22:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16 | JTA
    The New York Police Department said it has seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump, with the majority of incidents directed at Jews. There has been a 115 percent increase in bias crimes in New York City following Election Day, with Jews being targeted in 24 of the 43 incidents during that nearly monthlong period. The anti-Semitic incidents represented a threefold increase from November 2015, The New York Observer reported. In total, hate crimes have increased 35 percent from 2015, the NYPD's chief of detectives, Robert Boyce, said Monday morning. "We had a huge...
  • Freiburg murder: Germans urged not to scapegoat migrants

    12/05/2016 3:20:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/04/2016
    Germans have been urged not to scapegoat migrants, after an Afghan youth was arrested over the rape and murder of a German student. A 17-year-old Afghan boy is under suspicion because a DNA test appears to link him to the spot in Freiburg where the woman was attacked in October. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned Germans not to exploit the crime "for incitement and conspiracy propaganda". Last year's massive influx of migrants fuelled tensions over immigration. The 19-year-old medical student disappeared in mid-October on her way home from a party in Freiburg, south-western Germany. Her body was found in the...
  • Man accused of threatening Muslim officer faces hate charge [NYPD]

    12/05/2016 3:18:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 6:07 PM EST
    A man who authorities said shouted “go back to your country” at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer. Officer Aml Elsokary, a New York City native who joined the force after the Sept. 11 attacks, said she was off duty in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday when she encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son. When she intervened, she said, the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her throat. …
  • Federal appeals court upholds Mohamed Mohamud conviction (Porland, OR)

    12/05/2016 12:50:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 5, 2016 | Maxine Berstein
    A federal appeals court Monday upheld the conviction of Mohamed Osman Mohamud for attempting to detonate a bomb during downtown Portland's holiday tree-lighting ceremony, rejecting his argument that federal authorities had entrapped him. While the three-member panel of judges in the 9Th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the government's conduct was "quite aggressive at times,'' they concluded it fell short of a due process violation, according to the 50-page ruling. "The complete lack of reluctance on Mohamud's part to participate in the bombing - indeed his immediate zeal to see it through - separates this case from those in...
  • THE HEART OF TERRORISM: Pakistan named and shamed. Will it reform?

    12/05/2016 12:29:19 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Editorial
    THE HEART OF TERRORISM Pakistan named and shamed. Will it reform? At the Heart of Asia (HoA) summit which concluded on Sunday in Amritsar, Pakistan was well and truly cornered for promoting terrorism. Its isolation can be understood from the fact that for the first time, a HoA declaration named the Pakistan-based terror outfits, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, as forces that are working to destabilise the region. This is a severe indictment of Pakistan, since not only do the two organisations operate from Pakistani soil but they also get overt and covert support from the establishment, especially from the Army there....
  • How...to Defeat a Knife-wielding Terrorist

    12/05/2016 8:29:23 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    World Israel News ^ | 4/12/16 | Kfir Itzhaki
    Kfir Itzhaki, a courageous expert in Krav Maga defense, shows exactly how he neutralized a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist and explains why he chose to take a chance on his own life. Video
  • U.S. Set to Take Refugees Rejected by Australia

    12/05/2016 8:25:29 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 12/2/2016 | Staff
    Republicans in the House and Senate sent a letter to Obama administration officials this week, demanding more details about nearly 2,500 refugees the U.S. is taking from Australian. The refugees, who originate from some of the world’s most dangerous countries, have apparently been rejected by the Australian government. Now, lawmakers want to know why these refugees – too dangerous for Papua New Guinea and Nauru – are perfectly welcome inside the United States. From Fox News: In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, key lawmakers Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and...
  • In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

    12/05/2016 5:41:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 5:03 AM EST
    The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Beijing that the seven nations who agreed to the deal in July 2015 “have the obligation to fully implement” it. “Iran will not allow any country to take unilateral action to violate the agreement and Iran has the right to take action against that,” Zarif said at a news conference after...
  • Kerry: Bennett's ideas are 'profoundly disturbing'

    12/05/2016 5:37:47 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/12/16 | David Rosenberg
    Video (hear his brain actually farting; youtube link below) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey6SaEZFZNs Secretary of State John Kerry made a foray into internal Israeli politics on Sunday night, slamming the Israeli cabinet and singling out Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) by name, saying that Bennett’s recent statements on the future of Judea and Samaria were “profoundly disturbing”. Kerry spoke Sunday evening at the annual Saban Forum, hosted by the left-leaning Brookings Institute, one of whose overseas branches is in Qatar. The Secretary spoke at length about his feelings towards Israel and Zionism, and his belief that Israel is headed in the wrong...
  • UN humanitarian aid agency: Record $22.2B needed in 2017

    12/05/2016 5:15:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 4:53 AM EST | Jamey Keaten
    The U.N.’s humanitarian aid coordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from this year. The appeal announced Monday from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs seeks to help nearly 93 million people in 33 countries — nearly two-thirds of them in Africa. More than one-third of the total appeal — $8.1 billion — aims to help people in Syria and refugees from it, and another $4.4 billion would support people inside or fleeing war-torn Yemen and South...
  • SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATES MORE AREAS OF ALEPPO CITY, TO SPLIT REMAINING REBEL-HELD AREAS INTO TWO PARTs

    12/05/2016 4:17:29 AM PST · by Cronos · 46 replies
    South Front ^ | 5 December 2016 | SF
    By December 5, ther Syrian army and pro-government militias liberated Karm Tahan and al-Qaterrji neighborhoods and the National Hospital in about 800m from the Aleppo Citadel. In coming days, the army and its allies will likely able to reach the Aleppo Citadel and militant defenses north of it will collapse.compared with this image from yesterday
  • Mother of OSU jihad attacker says her son was killed “for no reason”

    12/04/2016 7:27:03 PM PST · by Lera · 34 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 12/4/16 | Robert Spencer
    Abdul Razak Ali Artan last week set off a fire alarm on campus, the drove his car into the crowd of students evacuating the building. Then he jumped out of his car and began stabbing people with a butcher knife. But he was a "nice young man" and "a good student" who "had a dream to be someone to help his community and serve his community. So obviously he was killed "for no reason" because, you know, Muslims are always and in every case victims, no matter what they do. As the mother spoke, doubtless Van Jones was nodding in...
  • Secretary Kerry: 'settlements' obstacle to peace

    12/04/2016 4:11:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/16
    Outgoing US Secretary State John Kerry expressed disappointment Sunday that his efforts over the past four years have not put an end to the construction of homes in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Speaking at the Saban Forum, Kerry said that Israel is "heading to a place of danger" and that the chances for peace are eroding "by virtue of this continued settlement process." "I don't agree with him that settlements are not an obstacle to peace," Kerry said. "Let's not kid ourselves here– you can't just wipe it away by saying it doesn't have an impact. It has...
  • UK bans three bishops from Iraq and Syria from entering the country

    12/04/2016 11:00:19 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 4, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    The UK Home Office recently admitted Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the country, despite the fact that he has said: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above.” The Home Office also recently admitted two jihad preachers who had praised the murderer of a foe of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. One of...
  • Trump's New Defence Secretary Was Obama's Go-To Man to Keep Pakistani Generals Happy

    12/04/2016 8:26:38 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Wire, thewire.in ^ | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Devirupa Mitra
    <p>In the aftermath of the Raymond Davis and bin Laden affairs, General James Mattis was key in maintaining ties with top Pakistani military leadership.</p> <p>New Delhi: The next US secretary of defence was the Obama administration's main man to keep a line open and bring ties with the top Pakistani military leadership back on an even keel in the dark days following the arrest of a CIA contractor and the killing of Osama bin Laden.</p>
  • Teenage Afghan immigrant is arrested in Germany after 19-year-old who worked at refugee centre [tr]

    12/04/2016 6:18:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2016 | Allan Hall
    A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested in Germany for the rape and murder of the 19-year-old daughter of a senior EU official. Medical student Maria Ladenburger, who volunteered at a refugee home in her spare time, was found dead in the university city of Freiburg, near the border with Switzerland in mid October. Her father is Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, a lawyer who works as the right hand man to the legal director of the European Commission. 
  • SAS sniper racks up 100th ISIS kill during battle for Mosul

    12/04/2016 7:22:30 AM PST · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 4, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    AN SAS sniper has picked off his 100th Islamic State militant during fighting for the Iraqi city of Mosul. The impressive tally makes him one of the most successful snipers in the British armed forces. His latest kill is said to be a “high valued target” in the terror group, which has put up fierce resistance as the US-backed coalition attempts to recapture Iraq’s second city from the extremists. . . . Taking his position outside a compound that was once a base for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the sharpshooter needed just a single bullet to punch through the...
  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    12/03/2016 11:23:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 12:31 PM EST | Eric Tucker and Darlene Superville
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who’s accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. …
  • 'If you love Jesus, you will die like Jesus' ISIS savages crucify Christian for FIVE HOURS

    12/03/2016 6:38:12 PM PST · by aquila48 · 40 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Friday, December 2, 2016 | KATIE MANSFIELD
    Christians who fled their homes when ISIS took control of large swathes of Iraq have revealed the sickening torture those who were left behind were forced to endure. The jihadis gave Christians four options - leave, convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or die. Now one Christian, named Esam, has revealed how his brother-in-law was crucified following five hours of torture. Speaking to charity, ADF International, he said: “My wife’s brother was crucified by Daesh. “He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They told him that if he loved...
  • Arabs insist activists stop visiting Amona

    12/03/2016 3:26:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/12/16
    Activists from the Arab village of Silwad, with help from leftists NGO Yesh Din, sent a letter to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit requesting the government stop activists stop heading to Amona. They also asked that the temporary structures built to house activists be destroyed immediately. According to the Arabs, activists go to Amona for the express purpose of resisting the Israeli Supreme Court's orders. The Supreme Court has ordered that Amona's residents be expelled and their homes destroyed on December 25. In the letter, the Arabs "reminded" Mandelblit that he had requested to delay the expulsion and destruction of Amona,...
  • Ellison Considers Leaving Congress if Picked for DNC Chair, Dean Drops Out

    12/02/2016 10:02:39 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 51 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/3/16 | KSTP/AP
    Howard Dean took himself out of the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, while the frontrunner in the contest, Rep. Keith Ellison, said he may leave his Minnesota congressional seat to serve in the position. The two dramatic announcements came during the first public forum in the race to lead the DNC after Democrats lost the White House in November's election. Ellison, a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary, has the backing of much of the party's liberal wing and that of incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Ellison is one of...
  • Iran Threatens to Walk Away From Nuke Deal, Retaliate Against U.S. for New Sanctions

    12/02/2016 10:05:57 AM PST · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 2, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is threatening to walk away from the nuclear deal with the United States and pursue forms of retaliation, including a national boycott of American goods, as a result of Congress’s overwhelming vote on Thursday to level new sanctions against Iran for another 10 years, according to multiple comments by senior Iranian officials. ... Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani hotly criticized the United States during Iran’s weekly national Friday prayer service, urging the country’s leaders to retaliate against America. “Nothing but hostility is expected from the U.S., but as said before, now it’s time for retaliation,” the cleric was quoted...
  • Muslims Rally in Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Punished for Blasphemy

    12/02/2016 6:41:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 2, 2016 | 4:21 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    The capital of the world’s biggest Islamic country was the scene Friday of the latest in a series of mass demonstrations by Muslims demanding that the Christian governor of Jakarta be punished for “blasphemy.” More than 22,000 police officers were deployed to maintain control of the “Defend Islam” rally, which drew an estimated 150,000 people. The protesters already chalked up one victory earlier this week, when the Attorney General’s Office announced that it will proceed with a trial against Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Unappeased, they continue to demand his immediate arrest. The U.S. Embassy closed its consular section Friday and...
  • ISIS Newspaper Hails Ohio State Terrorist, Calls for 'Continuation of Attacks on America'

    12/02/2016 6:35:51 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/1/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    The Islamic State prominently featured the Ohio State terrorist in their weekly newspaper today along with a call for others to continue jihad on America, highlighting the Orlando nightclub attacker as their ultimate guide. ISIS released Al-Naba with Abdul Razak Ali Artan on page 3 of the 16-page issue. They used the photo from the Ohio State student newspaper, The Lantern, which accompanied an interview Artan gave as a new student in August. The photo caption in Al-Naba called Artan a "brother" who was "accepted by Allah." The article began by calling the first-year student "one of the Mujahideen of...
  • Keith Ellison, The Wrong Man at the Wrong Time

    12/02/2016 4:45:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 46 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 12-1-16 | Alan Dershowitz
    What should a political party that has just lost its white working class, blue-collar base to a “make America great again” nationalist do to try to regain these voters? Why not appoint as the new head of the party a radical Left-wing ideologue who has a long history of supporting an anti-American, anti-white, antisemitic Nation of Islam racist? Such an appointment will surely bring back Rust Belt voters who have lost their jobs to globalization and free trade! Is this really the thinking of those Democratic leaders who are pushing for Keith Ellison to head the Democratic National Committee? Keith...
  • Obama set to give ‘final’ counterterrorism speech to troops

    12/02/2016 4:42:21 AM PST · by kevcol · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    But the announcement that Mr. Obama will deliver a speech to U.S. Special Forces to confirm the wisdom of his counterterrorism strategy looks like validation of an effort that is far from settled. . . . “This speech will be a final opportunity for him to discuss at length how he has effectively, durably, and successfully implemented reforms to keep us safe,” Mr. Earnest said. The preview strongly hinted that Mr. Obama will defend his counterterrorism strategy, which has been sharply criticized by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, as the correct path forward for the incoming administration.