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  • Iraq Pilots Mistakenly Gave Food, Ammunition to ISIS Militants

    09/30/2014 9:33:41 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 23 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 09/30/14 | staff
    An investigation was underway Tuesday after Iraqi military pilots mistakenly gave food, water and ammunition to enemy ISIS militants instead of their own soldiers, a senior security official and a brigadier told NBC News. The supplies were supposed to help besieged Iraqi army officers and soldiers who had been fighting Islamist extremists for one week in Saglawyah and the village of Al-Sijar in the country’s western province of Anbar.
  • Pentagon: Most of ISIS’ oil refineries in Syria have been destroyed

    09/30/2014 8:53:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    The Pentagon says that it has demolished the majority of the oil refineries the Islamic State has been using to fund its terrorist activities and now is systematically destroying the Syria-based stockpiles that support the terrorist network’s fighters in Iraq. Over the past several days, the U.S. military and its Arab nation partners have pummeled eastern Syria with missiles, razing 16 of about 20 Islamic State-controlled oil refineries, a senior Pentagon official said. Now, the multinational operation will focus on hindering the extremist group’s ability to conduct combat in Iraq.
  • Peshmerga Forces Free Rabia and Head Towards Sinjar

    09/30/2014 8:02:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 30.09.2014
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Rabia on Tuesday morning News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Forces Free Rabia and Head Towards Sinjar 30.09.2014 BasNews, Erbil   Early Tuesday morning, Kurdish Peshmerga forces attacked Islamic State (IS) militants in Rabia and Zumar in Northern Iraq and were able to take control of Rabia, a strategically vital town on the Iraq - Syria border.   According to Peshmerga in the area, Kurdish forces have begun an operation to re-take the areas surrounding Sinjar. They plan to open a route that will facilitate the liberation of the majority-Yazidi town in northern Iraq.   BasNews has...
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign Launches - Introductory Letter

    09/30/2014 6:04:31 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 10 replies
    Right Side News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Qatar Awareness
    To the American Public: In light of the wars and violent turbulence that currently engulf the Middle East and parts of Africa, a coalition of concerned citizens, journalists, and activists are launching a campaign to expose a most infamous and pernicious sponsor of Islamic terror: the Gulf state of Qatar. Qatar, (pronounced “cutter,” or "gutter"), is, per capita, the richest country in the world ($93,352 in 2013). This is partly due to the fact that they control the third largest natural gas reserves in the world, the North Dome field in the Persian Gulf. It is also because Qatar has...
  • Chiefs' Husain Abdullah penalized for post-touchdown prayer

    09/30/2014 12:05:57 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 72 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 9-30-14 | Sid Saraf
    Did the referees cross the line? Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah came up with a big play during Monday night's win over the New England Patriots, as he intercepted a Tom Brady pass and took it to the house for a touchdown. However, once he reached the end zone, Abdullah dropped to his knees and did this ["pray"]: Abdullah is a practicing Muslim and it's common for people of that faith to pray from their knees. However, this drew a flag from the officials for excessive celebration. But should it have? FOX Sports NFL rules expert Mike Pereira pointed...
  • ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad'

    09/29/2014 6:06:50 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 28 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 09/29/14 | John Hall
    ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad': Islamic militants fighting 'just one mile from Iraqi capital' despite days Western airstrikes ***** The fighting is taking place just one mile to the west of the city, with government forces desperately trying to hold off the militants, who allegedly killed up to 1,000 soldiers during clashes yesterday. ISIS have held a number of towns and villages close to the Iraqi capital since earlier in the year, when government troops melted away following a lightning advance in the west of the country - enabling the terrorist group to seize further swaths of...
  • Still No Statement from White House on First Islamic Terrorist Beheading in U.S.

    09/28/2014 10:21:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 27, 2014 | Rick Moran
    It’s been 48 hours since Jah’Keem Yisrael — AKA Alton Noel — perpetrated a horrific terrorist attack on 54 year old co-worker Colleen Hufford, stabbing her repeatedly and then sawing her head off with a knife, and we have yet to hear any acknowledgment from President Obama of this worrisome incident. Why not? All the elements of an Islamic act of terror are present: the savagery,the shouting of Islamic verses during the act, the stated determination to carry out jihad, and a fanatical belief in Islam that, in his mind, justified everything. From a political standpoint, it’s a bad idea...
  • Muslim leaders play victim in Oklahoma beheading

    09/28/2014 9:08:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Thomas Lifson
    Colleen Hufford of Moore Oklahoma may be missing her head, but the real victims are Muslims, or so we are being asked to believe. In fact, according to the Imam of the Islamic Institute of Boston, Islam suffers a “double hurt.” And here I thought Ms. Hufford had it bad. The imam should know, after all, it was his Institute’s “resident scholar” who was reportedly the former imam of the Oklahoma mosque attended by Alton Alexander Nolen, aka Jah’Keem Yisrael, who wielded the knife separating Ms. H’s head from her body. And the leadership of that Oklahoma mosque agree that...
  • US-led strikes hit jihadists attacking Syria Kurd town [Kabone] on Turkish border

    09/27/2014 5:50:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AFP via Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Saturday,September 27 2014
    The U.S.-led coalition hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets around a Syrian town on the Turkish border Sept. 27 where tens of thousands have fled a jihadist assault, a monitoring group said. The reported strikes around the mainly Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane in Kurdish, came as the U.S.-led coalition widened its air war against ISIL targets in Syria as part of "near continuous" raids against the jihadists. It was the second time that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had reported U.S.-led air strikes around the town since the launch of the...
  • US Airstrikes Pound Islamic State Targets

    09/27/2014 5:43:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII
    VOA ^ | September 27, 2014 6:12 AM | VOA News/Carla Babb
    September 27, 2014 US Airstrikes Pound Islamic State Targets by VOA News A Syrian watchdog group says airstrikes, likely carried out by U.S.-led forces, hit Islamic State targets Saturday in Syria. The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights says coalition warplanes struck Aleppo province near al-Etihad University; an Islamic State headquarters.   The Observatory says "31 massive explosions" were heard in the province of Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold, and casualties were reported. The monitoring group reported warplanes also struck areas east of the desert town of Palmyra in Homs province Saturday. American fighter jets, drones and other aircraft also pounded...
  • Khorasan 101: What You Need To Know

    09/26/2014 4:42:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Khorasan is al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda is Khorasan. To date, nothing has been established to suggest a distinguishing difference in ideology between the two separately named entities. Instead, experts suggest that Khorasan should be viewed as an elite unit, largely consisting of members from al-Qaeda's "core" group, who are predominantly focused on plotting attacks against the West.
  • ISIS-Allied Militants Behead 15 During Afghanistan Offensive

    09/26/2014 7:09:54 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 14 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 06/26/14 | staff
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants aligned with ISIS have launched a brutal offensive in Afghanistan alongside Taliban fighters that has left more than 100 people dead, local officials said Friday. Insurgents carrying the black flag of ISIS captured several villages in Ghazni province, according to Deputy Governor Ali Ahmad Ahmadi and Deputy Police Chief Gen. Asadullah Ensafi. Fifteen family members of local police officers were beheaded and at least 60 homes were set ablaze, Ahmadi said.
  • The Iraqi Kurds: The Islamic State's Nemesis and Globalist headache.

    09/25/2014 1:20:44 PM PDT · by Noremac · 13 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 25, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    The only bright spot in the train wreck the United States and their Gulf States allies have created in Iraq, is a brave people, whose accomplishments in kicking ISIS ass, are impressive to say the least. But, not surprisingly, our government doesn't have a hand in this success story. The Kurdish people in Iraq, have taken the fight to the Islamic State with meager resources and have prevailed. All the Obama administration has done until just recently, was to lean on other countries to not purchase Kurdish oil, thus depriving the Kurds of much needed economic resources with which to...
  • Islamic State crisis: 'More than 3,000' Europeans join IS

    09/25/2014 9:17:49 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    bbc ^ | 9-26-2014
    The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU's anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC. Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe. US-led forces have launched nearly 200 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq since August and on Monday began targeting IS in Syria. The UK parliament is due to vote on possible air strikes in Iraq on Friday. IS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria in recent months. Mr de Kerchove said the...
  • US has identified masked man in beheading videos

    09/25/2014 11:50:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says. FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau's headquarters he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The beheadings are not shown in the videos
  • FLASH: Turkish tanks at ISIS controlled border - VIDEO

    09/25/2014 6:06:03 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 34 replies
    Kurdish Question ^ | 09/25/14 | staff
    Kurdish news channel MED-NUCE has received footage of Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles crossing into Syria through the ISIS controlled border crossing of Karakamis, Jarablus. The video, published today by MED-NUCE (also embedded at the bottom of this page), clearly shows large military lorries carrying tanks and armoured vehicles into Syria through a border crossing that has been under the control of ISIS for some time now. The Karakamis border crossing near Jarablus falls right between the Rojava cantons of Kobane and Afrin; it is 45km to the West of Kobane where the Kurds have been resisting against an ISIS...
  • Peshmerga Bring Mosul Dam Back Online

    09/24/2014 10:08:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 22.09.2014 | Hoshmand Sadiq
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces guarding Mosul dam News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Bring Mosul Dam Back Online 22.09.2014 Hoshmand SadiqBasNews, Erbil After retaking control of it in the middle of August, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, have re-activated Mosul Dam. “On Monday Peshmerga forces re-activated Mosul Dam and brought all  employees, engineers and experts back to work,” the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official in Mosul Saed Mamuzini told BasNews. “The dam now provides water and electricity to local residents. A large number of villagers, refugees and as some other towns around will be benefit,” he added. Mosul Dam is one of the biggest...
  • Pentagon to deploy 12 A-10s to Middle East

    09/24/2014 9:19:48 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/22/14 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is deploying 300 airmen and 12 A-10 combat jets to the Middle East in early October, according to the Indiana Air National Guard.
  • With ISIS arrests, Australians wishing they had guns

    09/21/2014 8:39:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Nick Adams
    Never before have I felt so naked. Now more than ever, I wish I was armed. And I’m not alone. Any and all home-grown Islamic terrorism should be able, if need be, to be met by a well-armed civilian militia. The United Kingdom has had two beheadings of members of the public in the last two years, with neither police nor civilians able to prevent it. It has prohibitive gun laws. With news of the ISIS plot to randomly abduct members of the Australian public and behead them, Australian sentiment on guns is dramatically shifting. It appears Australians are finally...
  • U.S.-Led Air Campaign Against Islamic State in Syria Resumes, Monitors Say

    09/24/2014 7:39:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated Sept. 24, 2014 10:11 a.m. ET | Ayla Albayrak in Sanliurfa, Turkey
    The U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria hit suspected extremist sites near the country's border with Iraq Wednesday, local residents and a monitoring group said. At least 13 air raids were carried out by non-Syrian aircraft against sites on the outskirts of the town of Albukamal, near the Syrian-Iraqi frontier, the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Purported Islamic State positions also were hit overnight near Menbej, in the northeastern province of Aleppo, the Observatory said. The airstrikes near Albukamal began at 10 a.m. local time and the buzz of reconnaissance aircraft flying overhead could...
  • Breaking: Tomahawks and Airstrikes Against Syria Commence

    09/22/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 334 replies
    Fox News | 9/22/2014
    No link now, they are just announcing it now.
  • Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    09/22/2014 10:32:27 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 22, 2014 | Yara Bayoumy
    Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the insurgents' hands.
  • Pro-ISIS Fighters Threaten to Behead French Hostage Hervé Gourdel in Next 24 Hours (Video)

    09/22/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/22/14 | Jim Hoft
    Pro-ISIS fighters in Algeria released a video today of a hostage who was kidnapped this weekend. The hostage delivered a message to President Francois Hollande: “I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group. This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Francois Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq. They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you.” The pro-ISIS group gave France twenty-four hours to stop “the aggression against ISIL” or they will behead their...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • Caliphate: Islamic World's 'Dream Come True'

    09/21/2014 5:27:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CBN News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Chris Mitchell, CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- When ISIS leader Abu al-Bagdadi established a new caliphate this summer called the Islamic State, it sent shock waves through the Middle East. The so-called Islamic State became the first caliphate in nearly 100 years. When al-Bagdadi made his announcement, other Islamist groups, like al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned it. Regardless of the internal competition, the caliphate would be a dream come true in the Islamic world. "This dream holds together some kind of feeling that under the caliphate there is going to be a wonderful Islamic world," professor Moshe Sharon, an expert on Islam,...
  • Dem Rep: 40 American ISIL Fighters Have Already Returned to the United States

    09/20/2014 4:57:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 19, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    These individuals under surveillance, 'being tracked' by the FBI.Rep. Tim Bishop (D., N.Y.) warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat. Bishop claims that of the 100 or so Americans who have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIL’s ranks, some 40 have returned and are currently being surveilled by the FBI, according to his remarks, which were filmed and uploaded to YouTube last week. “One of...
  • Security upped at Vatican over attack fears: report

    09/20/2014 2:23:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    ROME, Italy – Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported on Saturday, September 20, increasing fears that Pope Francis could be in danger. A foreign security service alerted Italy this week after intercepting a conversation between two Arab speakers which referred to "a demonstrative act, Wednesday, at the Vatican," Il Messaggero daily reported. Wednesday is the day the pope holds his weekly general audience in the square in front of Saint Peter's Basilica. Checks by Italy's anti-terrorism unit revealed that one of the speakers passed...
  • Obama’s 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...
  • Military Leaders Increasingly at Odds With Obama Over ISIS Strategy

    09/19/2014 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Obama's strategy on how to combat ISIS is confusing at best, but one thing is clear: the battle brewing between Obama and America's top generals about how to move forward against the terror army. Earlier this week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said there is potential he will recommend ground troops should the coalition with Arab countries against ISIS fail. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are...
  • Flames of War (ISIS propaganda video)

    09/19/2014 11:18:08 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 09/19/14 | isis
    Flames of War
  • 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 · 32 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...
  • BREAKING: Four Terrorists Captured on US Border on September 10 – Day Before 9-11 (Video)

    09/17/2014 8:34:48 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 111 replies
    Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.” Johnson dodged the question.
  • 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...
  • Iraqi Cleric Urges Vigilance Against Western Interference

    09/19/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and DAN BILEFSKY
    The influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday urged vigilance against Western political interference in Iraqi affairs but stopped short of opposing the American-led military campaign against the Islamic State extremists. “All political leaders of the country must be aware and awake to prevent the external assistance against the Islamic State from becoming an entrance to breach Iraq’s independence,” Ayatollah Sistani said. “Cooperation with the international effort shall not be taken as a pretext to impose foreign decisions on events in Iraq, especially military events.”
  • 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 · 15 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...
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill  to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them.  I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this.  It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Times penned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State

    09/19/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    TheBlaze TV The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State Sep. 18, 2014 8:45pm Erica Ritz Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution. Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of...
  • Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State cross border into Turkey

    09/19/2014 5:45:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Reuters via Euronews ^ | 19/09 14:08 CET | Seyhmus Cakan
    DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) – Several thousand Syrian Kurds began crossing into Turkey on Friday fleeing Islamic State fighters who advanced into their villages, prompting warnings of massacres from Kurdish leaders. Islamic State (IS) fighters have seized villages in northern Syria over the past two days and are besieging the mainly Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, on the Turkish border. Their advance comes as the United States draws up plans for military action in Syria against the Sunni Muslim extremist group which has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and seeks to set up...
  • IS Girding for Anticipated US-Kurdish Assault on Mosul

    09/19/2014 5:11:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    RUDAW ^ | yesterday at 12:50 | RUDAW
    AFP file photo of an entryway to Mosul. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Major military preparations are underway by Islamic State (IS) militants in their stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq in anticipation of a major assault by US and Kurdish forces, according to sources inside. The militants are in full military gear and seen digging trenches and building barriers, said a source in Mosul, capital of Nineveh province. They are also reinforcing defenses on major roads connecting Iraq’s second-largest city to Kurdish-held areas.  Fighters – particularly foreign jihadis – are believed to have been deployed around the city, said...
  • Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

    09/18/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month. The measure...
  • 'Security Moms' Are Back—and That's Bad News for Democrats

    09/17/2014 4:54:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 17, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    In a time of national anxiety, women voters are again turning to Republicans to protect the country. Suddenly, it feels like 2002. Democrats got creamed in midterm elections that year because the women voters they had relied on throughout the Clinton years deserted them. In 2000, women favored Democratic congressional candidates by nine points. In 2002, that advantage disappeared entirely. The biggest reason: 9/11. In polls that year, according to Gallup, women consistently expressed more fear of terrorism that men. And that fear pushed them toward the GOP, which they trusted far more to keep the nation safe. As then-Senator...
  • Over 100 killed in Iraq airstrikes, clashes [Basic Training Camp Hit]

    09/18/2014 10:11:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Zee News ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Baghdad: Over 100 people were killed and 79 others wounded in Iraq Thursday in US air strikes and clashes between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including those with the Islamic State(IS), officials and security sources said. In Iraq`s northern province of Nineveh, US airstrikes hit an IS training centre at the college of agriculture in Hamam al-Alil area, some 25 km south of Nineveh`s provincial capital Mosul, leaving 59 militants dead and some 70 others wounded, according to the head of the security committee of Nineveh`s provincial council. "Some of the dead and wounded were recruits who...
  • 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...
  • 75% of Assyrians Return to Their Town in North Iraq [Thanks to the Kurds: Celebrate Mass]

    09/17/2014 8:09:06 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-16 22:31 GMT | Revan Hakim
    Alqosh, Iraq (AINA) -- More than 75% of the residents of Alqosh, an Assyrian town 37 miles north of Mosul, have returned to their town after fleeing from the threat of ISIS on August 7. On September 12 the residents celebrated the festival Mar Qardakh, the patron saint of Alqosh, at the Saint Qardakh the Martyr Church. The Holy Mass was led by Bishop Michael Muqadissi of the Alqosh Archdiocese and was attended by hundreds of people from the town. After the mass, the people walked around the Church in a procession lead by children and deacons. Improvements in security...
  • Freedom Council Militia Formed in Mosul [Vive La Resistance!]

    09/17/2014 8:02:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    BasNews, Khazair ^ | 16.09.2014 | Hazhar Mamuzini
    Opposition Militia has been formed against IS Militants in Mosul News / Kurdistan Freedom Council Militia Formed in Mosul 16.09.2014 Hazhar Mamuzini BasNews, Khazair   A group of Mosul residents have formed a special militia group to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in an effort to free the city from the extremist group.   “IS opponents have united and formed a council to liberate Mosul,” said a spokesman of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) branch in Mosul.   “On Monday, opponents of ISIS formed a union called the Mosul Liberation Council,” said Saied Mamuzini, KDP spokesman.   Mamuzini also stated...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Kill Top IS Military Commander

    09/16/2014 9:18:36 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 6 hours ago
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish security officials said that Peshmerga forces had killed senior Islamic State (IS) commander Yasin Ali Suleiman Shlash known as Abu Abdullah near Khazir on Tuesday. “He was killed with a number of other terrorists during a military operation by Peshmerga forces in coordination with the US air force to liberate Hassan Sham and its vicinities,” Kurdistan Region’s Security Council said in statement. According to the statement, Abu Abdullah was a senior military commander and a top IS official in the state (Wilayat) of Mosul. “Abu Abdullah was the mastermind behind the 2007 explosion in front of...
  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • Heavy Weapons Reach Peshmerga Forces on Frontlines

    09/16/2014 9:15:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 16.09.2014 | Shwan Barzinji
    Kurds has received much needed some heavy weapons News / Kurdistan Heavy Weapons Reach Peshmerga Forces on Frontlines 16.09.2014 Shwan Barzinji BasNews, Erbil A large number of heavy weapons have been distributed to Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the frontlines. Peshmerga forces are expected to start using them against the Islamic State (IS) insurgents soon.   A source told BasNews that on Tuesday, a cache of heavy weapons was transported from Erbil to the frontlines to be distributed among Peshmerga forces.   The source also confirmed that the shipment includes mortars, tanks, and machine guns among other weapons delivered in...
  • Iraqi troops retake [more] villages, US jets pound IS positions

    09/16/2014 8:50:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Big News Network (IANS) ^ | Tuesday 16th September, 2014
    Iraqi security forces Tuesday recaptured several villages in heavy clashes with extremist insurgent groups, while US warplanes expanded their airstrikes and pounded Islamic State militants near Iraq's capital Baghdad. A senior Iraqi security spokesman said the US air force carried out the first airstrike under a new anti-IS plan on positions of the IS militants in Sadr al-Yousifiyah area, southwest of Baghdad, according to Xinhua. "The airstrike was important and was carried out in coordination with Baghdad Operations Command," military spokesman Qasim Atta told reporters in Baghdad. Sadr al-Yousifiyah is located on the Euphrates river between the militant-seized city of...
  • While World Watches ISIS, Boko Haram Declares Its Own Caliphate In Nigeria

    09/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/15/2014 | Robert Windrem
    the leader of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has established the world's second Islamic "caliphate" this summer and is seeking to cement his bloody rule on a territory that is now roughly the size of west Virginia. While much of the world has been focused on the brutal reign of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the forces of Boko haram have been racking up victories in northern Nigeria and have been violently imposing an equally harsh version of Islamic law on approximately 3 million civilians - including beheadings, forced marriages and the forced induction of children into its military...