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  • New arrest is linked to gun used to kill officer after Boston Marathon attack

    07/23/2014 6:00:02 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | July 22, 2014 | no byline
    A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a college police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number.
  • The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

    07/23/2014 12:20:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 Jul 2014, 2:45 PM EDT | By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
    The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals...
  • Mark Levin reacts to Jon Stewart's response on Israel

    07/23/2014 3:25:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Jul. 22, 2014 - 6:56 - Conservative radio host discusses the comedian's remarks.
  • All The News Hamas Sees Fit to Print

    07/21/2014 9:44:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2014 | Noah Pollak
    Something important is missing from the New York Times's coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry, and use of human shields. It appears the Times is silently but happily complying with a Hamas demand that the only pictures from Gaza are of civilians and never of fighters. The most influential news organization in the world is thus manufacturing an utterly false portrait of the battle—precisely the portrait that Hamas finds most helpful: embattled, victimized Gaza civilians under attack by a cruel Israeli military. A review of the Times's...
  • This weak and timid President talks big and does nothing A devastating attack on Obama by DC insider

    07/20/2014 11:58:51 AM PDT · by free_life · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 19, 2014 | Clark S. Judge
    Clark S. Judge believes Obama's reaction to the tragedy was 'disconnected'. Immediately 'reverted to script' to praise his administration. Former adviser to Ronald Reagan says it confirms 'chaos' of foreign policy.
  • Islamic State overruns Camp Speicher, routs Iraqi forces

    07/19/2014 6:51:37 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | July 19,2014 | BILL ROGGIO
    Two days after repelling an Iraqi military attempt to retake the city of Tikrit, the Islamic State and its allies are said to have overran Camp Speicher, a large base just outside the city that was being used in the failed effort to retake the provincial capital. The Islamic State's Salahaddin Division claimed in an official statement released on Twitter yesterday that it overran Camp Speicher and is in "control of the airport and the base completely." In the statement, the Islamic State claimed it killed "scores" of Iraqi military personnel, including a brigadier general and a colonel. It also...
  • My Neighbor the Terrorist: A Bizarro Cinderella Story

    07/19/2014 7:00:22 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 19,2014 | Anne Evans
    Miss Conley might have had honeymoon visions of romance, but in reality she was in for a nasty fate. Despite embracing radical Islam, she wouldn’t have been able to erase the self-respect she was raised with in only six months. Many of the abuses the other women in the camp would have been used to, (imprisonment in the house, husbandly beatings, unwanted polygamy and a cheating husband), Miss Conley would have rebelled against. This “rebellion” would have given Terrorist Fiancé even more reason to beat her, starve her, or worse. Miss Conley is in an American jail where she’s not...
  • Kurds seize two oil fields, pull out of Iraqi government

    07/11/2014 11:21:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    AFP, BBC, NPR, New York Times via Hotair ^ | 07/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    If Nouri al-Maliki wanted to dissolve the Iraqi union purposefully, he could hardly be doing a better job. While Kurds fight ISIS in the north — and more effectively than Maliki’s politically purged army has — Maliki accused them of being in league with the extremists even as Kurds mull over whether to just go on their own. Now they want Maliki out, or they’ll be leaving for good: Iraq’s Kurds said Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was “hysterical” and not fit to run the country, further dimming the prospect of a new leadership uniting to face jihadist fighters.The...
  • TSA denies claims of undocumented immigrants boarding flights with no ID

    07/14/2014 7:31:24 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    Valley Central ^ | July 14,2014 | Ashly Custer
    Border Patrol agents are dropping off undocumented immigrants at bus stations and now at airports. Some said those who crossed illegally into the U.S are able to purchase plane tickets and board flights without a picture I.D as required for everyone else. National Border Patrol Council said while they are unaware of immigrants boarding planes without identification in the Rio Grande Valley. A union representative out of the Laredo sector told us that it is happening in Laredo and it’s happening quite often. We spoke to National Border Patrol Council #2455 in Laredo, and what they told us was shocking....
  • Does Obama Believe in Terrorism?

    07/13/2014 10:01:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    I've been caught asking myself the same question many times this week. "Does our President believe in terrorism?" No, I'm not asking if he personally believes in the use of terrorism, or the ideology of terrorism, or the effectiveness of the weapon of terrorism. Some of my critics are already condemning me for not asking that question from the start. And as well intentioned as some are who would hold those positions, I feel a need to break things down into even more succinct pieces. Does President Obama believe in terrorism's existence and imminence in the days we live this...
  • Christie blames Obama in part for Mideast unrest

    07/12/2014 9:24:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 10:42 PM EDT | Steve Peoples
    Partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel’s behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. The Republican governor’s remarks came as Israel targeted civilian institutions with suspected ties to the militant organization Hamas and declared it would step up its bombardment of northern Gaza. Israel says it is acting in self-defense against Hamas rockets. …
  • "Roof Knocking", Israel's Courtesy Call Before Bombing.

    07/11/2014 2:55:54 PM PDT · by lee martell · 11 replies
    July, 11, 2014 | lee martell
    Roof Knocking is the Israeli military's tactic of phoning Palestinians it is about to bomb. Before the Israeli Military bombs your house, it is not uncommon for many Gaza Strip residents to get a phone call. Can you imagine getting such a phone call, knowing it's serious, knowing they literally have got your number and have viewed within via drones? It happens a lot in this part of the world. Sawsan Kawarea, a resident of Khan Younis, said she was in her home earlier this week when the phone rang. She answered, and on the other side was 'David', who...
  • Egyptian Cleric: Muslim Brotherhood Authorizes 'Anal Jihad' for Lonely Terrorists

    07/11/2014 3:44:22 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 11, 2014 | Frances Martel
    An Egyptian cleric formerly known as the "preacher of the revolution" during the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak warned Egyptian television viewers this week that Muslim Brotherhood sheiks have issued a fatwa permitting "anal jihad" for terrorists far from their wives, which is exactly what it sounds like.
  • New 9/11 records offer tantalizing puzzle pieces

    07/06/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 5, 2014 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
    An ongoing lawsuit has pried loose new records linked to a family of Sarasota Saudis who left home in a hurry just before 9/11. It was Halloween night, 2001. The horrors of 9/11 were still fresh on the the minds of Americans. At a time when everyone was on edge, the sight of a man disposing documents in a dumpster behind a Bradenton storage facility aroused suspicion. Summoned to the scene, Manatee County sheriff’s deputies confronted the man, who had a Tunisian passport. According to FBI records, authorities searched the dumpster and found “a self-printed manual on terrorism and Jihad,...
  • At least 4 NATO troops reported killed in Afghan suicide bombing [Czech]

    07/08/2014 6:53:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    Updated News [Canada] ^ | July 8, 2014 | N/A
    Four NATO troops have been killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Parwan province, the ISAF confirmed. The blast also killed two Afghan policemen and at least 10 civilians, local police said. Some reports say the NATO soldiers killed in the attack were from the Czech Republic. Earlier Ziaul Rahman Sayedkhili, a senior police officer in the eastern province of Parwan, said the blast had killed six NATO servicemen. He said a joint ISAF-Afghan force was deployed to the village of Qalandar Khil to investigate a rocket attack on a military base, which happened two days ago, and was targeted...
  • CNN sues Blaine County for Bergdahl records

    07/06/2014 4:56:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | July 4, 2014 | By Terry Smith
    Cable News Network has sued Blaine County seeking information from a 1999 police investigation involving the family of Bowe Bergdahl, the Wood River Valley soldier who spent five years in captivity of the Taliban. CNN says the report from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is subject to disclosure under Idaho public records laws. Sheriff Gene Ramsey has twice denied the network's request. The lawsuit was filed June 25 in District Court. A hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. July 21 before District Judge Robert J. Elgee.
  • John McCain, Lindsey Graham: Rethink Afghanistan in light of Iraq unrest [video] Face the Nation

    07/07/2014 5:47:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    CBS Face the Nation ^ | June 6, 2014 | video
    Fresh back from a trip to the Middle East, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-Ariz., discuss what lessons the U.S. can learn from the violence in Iraq as it prepares to leave Afghanistan.[video]
  • Why We Stuck With Maliki -- And Lost Iraq [Important read!!]

    07/05/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by Enchante · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/05/2014 | Ali Khedery
    <p>"The crisis now gripping Iraq and the Middle East was not only predictable but predicted — and preventable. By looking the other way and unconditionally supporting and arming Maliki, President Obama has only lengthened and expanded the conflict that President Bush unwisely initiated. Iraq is now a failed state, and as countries across the Middle East fracture along ethno-sectarian lines, America is likely to emerge as one of the biggest losers of the new Sunni-Shiite holy war, with allies collapsing and radicals plotting another 9/11."</p>
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the jihadist 'caliph'

    07/05/2014 10:15:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/5/14 | AFP
    Baghdad (AFP) - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic self-proclaimed "caliph" of a state straddling Iraq and Syria, is increasingly seen as more powerful than Al-Qaeda's chief. The leader of the powerful Islamic State (IS) militant group was on June 29 declared "caliph" in an attempt to revive a system of rule that ended nearly 100 years ago with the fall of the Ottoman Empire. In a video posted online on Saturday, purportedly the first known footage of Baghdadi, he ordered Muslims to obey him during a Ramadan sermon delivered at a mosque in the northern militant-held Iraqi city of Mosul.
  • Firm That Vetted Snowden Gets New $190M Contract

    07/03/2014 12:16:43 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Newser ^ | July 3 2014 | Kevin Spak
    Newser) – You might think that giving a green light to Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis and allegedly fraudulently submitting 660,000 other background checks without actually completing them would prevent you from getting future government contracts. But you'd be wrong, because the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $190 million contract to US Investigations Services, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why? Because USIS hasn't actually been suspended, and, as one immigration official explained, unless there is such a suspension in place, "by law and policy, we have to go with the lowest bidder." USIS isn't barred, the Office of...
  • The Sons of Iraq Abandoned By Their American Allies

    07/02/2014 10:49:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 1, 2014 | Philip 'PJ' Dermer
    ... Now the ISIS killers are slaughtering them. -excerpt- The Sahwa's decision to ally with us was the primary contributor to the calming of central Iraq from 2007-09. Without the Sahwa, I suspect the outcome of the vaunted military "surge" would have been vastly different. The number of Iraqis in the Sahwa movement grew into the tens of thousands, as U.S. forces' outreach to small groups of armed men evolved into larger circles of family members, friends and tribal groups. " -excerpt- Still, the goal of our office was to find ways to foster life after the fight with the...
  • Reporter who survived Somalia kidnapping connects with former attacker on Facebook

    07/01/2014 7:28:58 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7-1-2014 | MEG WAGNER
    Islamic fundamentalists abducted the freelance reporter in August 2008, and she was released 460 days later. Just months after surviving the ordeal, she established a non-profit to provide education to girls in Somalia. "The fact that they know about the work I'm doing now," she said. "That I have chosen compassion, that they could see that they didn't break me — that's the best justice I could have." A Hollywood production company announced last week that it bought the rights to Lindhout's bestselling memoir, "A House in the Sky."
  • How Did Michael Strange Really Die in Afghanistan?[Extortion 17]

    06/27/2014 6:17:23 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Philadelphia ^ | June 26, 2014 | Jason Fagone
    [Subtitle]"After Northeast Philly’s Michael Strange was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, his father, Charles Strange, went on a quest for answers. It’s a journey that’s brought him face-to-face with Congress, the military bureaucracy, the NSA, a lawyer who believes Barack Obama is a Muslim, and the very dark heart of America in 2014." ***** "They had a whole long list of concerns, but most of them can be boiled down to one word: vulnerability. In reading about how the helicopter went in and went down, the families saw how vulnerable their loved ones had been. They were vulnerable, it seemed,...
  • ISIS Suicide Bomber Blows Up in Beirut Hotel: Official (BREAKING)

    06/25/2014 11:40:42 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 46 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 06/25/14 | Paul Ziad Nassar and Hasani Gittens
    An apparent suicide bomber blew up a section of a Beirut hotel on Wednesday, killing one and severely injuring several Lebanese security officers involved in a raid on the hotel in search of terrorists believed tied to Islamic State of Syrian and al-Sham (ISIS), officials said.
  • Gang of men smashed American tourist's eye socket with bottle of Jagermeister [UK/Religion of Peace]

    06/24/2014 10:23:55 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 24 Jun 2014 | Lizzie Edmonds
    A gang of men attacked an American student while he was drinking in the street - grabbing a glass bottle from his hands and smashing it over his head, a court was told. Francesco Hounye, 23, from Florida, had been in Britain for just three days when he was set upon by the men while he was walking home with a friend in Shadwell, east London. Shaleem Uddin, 20, Shadhat Hussain, 19, Kamrul Hussain, 22, and Massom Rahman, 22, targeted Mr Hounye when they saw him swigging from a bottle of Jagermeister. (VIDEO) They then chased him, beat him, and...
  • Western Jihad Recruits Portend Terror Strikes to Come

    06/24/2014 4:08:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 6/24/2014 | David Francis
    As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continued its advance toward Baghdad this weekend, the group released a new video that shows that it has a wide reach far outside the borders of Syria and Iraq. On Sunday, ISIS militants took overtook the majority of Anbar province, giving the group control of most of Iraq’s western border. The group advanced quickly, with four towns in the province falling in just two days and Iraqi soldiers fleeing before ISIS arrived. The fall of Anbar, Iraq’s larger province, now gives ISIS the platform to launch an assault against Baghdad. Secretary...
  • Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow (As long as he's in charge, it's a cinch!)

    06/22/2014 9:09:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/22/14 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said. The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq's government, but the group still represents a medium- and long-term threat to the United States, Obama said. "We're going to have to be vigilant generally. Right now the problem with ISIS is the fact that they're destabilizing the country," Obama said, using a common acronym for the group. "That could spill over into...
  • Iran rejects U.S. action in Iraq as militants push east

    06/22/2014 9:19:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/22/14 | Kamal Namaa - Reuters
    ANBAR Iraq (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader condemned U.S. intervention in Iraq on Sunday, accusing Washington of seeking control as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from the Syrian border and consolidated positions in the north and west. The statement by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was the clearest statement of opposition to a U.S. plan to dispatch of up to 300 military advisers in response to pleas from the Iraqi government and runs counter to speculation that old enemies Washington and Tehran might cooperate to defend their mutual ally in Baghdad. "We are strongly opposed to U.S. and other intervention in Iraq,"...
  • When drones fall from the sky

    06/20/2014 4:46:39 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    WP ^ | June 20, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation. Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons, according to more than 50,000 pages of accident investigation reports and other records obtained by The Post under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • George W. Bush Was Wrong About Iraq War? ISIS Leader Used To Mock ‘Mission Accomplished’

    06/21/2014 3:08:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | June 21, 2014 | Staff
    Was George W. Bush wrong about the Iraq War? Because of recent events, some in the media have taken pot shots at the former U.S. President by claiming the younger Bush, and not President Obama, is responsible for an unsuccessful “mission accomplished.” In a related report by The Inquisitr, with the ISIS in Iraq having found Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons stockpiles, some people are saying that George W. Bush was right to have pushed for the Iraq War since the original stated goal was to prevent terrorist groups from getting their hands on any WMD materials. Of course, people say...
  • The IRS scandal is tied directly to terrorist funding

    06/21/2014 11:30:56 AM PDT · by drypowder · 22 replies
    The Patriotfactor Blogspot ^ | June 21, 2014 | Posted by Diane Sori
    As for Obama’s foreign policy plan it really is quite simple…by shaming America in the world’s eye he hopes our collapse will surely follow. But least we forget that Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s driving force and allegiance was clear right from the start…never hidden from view but one people chose to ignore…from the his book “The Audacity of Hope” page 261…“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Sadly, those words say it all…and sadly he has done just that.
  • Death Sentence Upheld on Leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

    06/21/2014 3:58:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | June 21, 2014
    CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed death sentences against the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and at least 182 of his supporters, judicial sources at the court told Reuters. The court's decision came two months after it referred the case against Badie and hundreds of others to the state's highest religious authority, the Mufti, the first step towards imposing a death sentence. They were charged over violence that erupted in the southern Egyptian town of Minya in July in the aftermath of the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a senior Brotherhood member, after...
  • Welcome to the White House's Nightmare

    06/21/2014 12:51:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 19, 2014 | James Oliphant
    Already swamped by domestic and foreign crises, Obama finds that even his self-proclaimed successes are at risk. That's just about the last thing he needs now. Of all the things to rise up and bedevil President Obama again, Iraq seemed to be low on the list. But now the White House must live with the reality that, almost three years after the war was declared over, American blood could be spilled anew in a conflict that could readily escalate. Obama's announcement that up to 300 military advisers would be sent to Iraq marks a brutal moment in a brutal stretch...
  • Alliance for a Stronger America (Dick Cheney & Liz Cheney)

    06/20/2014 11:35:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Email ^ | June 20, 2014 | Dick Cheney & Liz Cheney
    Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney StrongerAmerica.com Dear Friend, We stand, right now, at a critical moment in the life of our nation. The policies of the last six years have left America diminished and weakened. Our enemies no longer fear us. Our allies no longer trust us. Empty threats, meaningless redlines, leading from behind, retreat, and "engagement" with rogue regimes have put America on a path of decline. Threats to America's security are on the rise. Al Qaeda is resurgent, establishing new safehavens across the Middle East, including in Iraq, where President Obama withdrew all American forces with no stay...
  • Al-Qeada Historian Says: ISIS's Near-Term Goal Is "Vast War Inside Islam"

    06/18/2014 4:26:24 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 36 replies
    Slate ^ | 17 June 2014 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    [This is] what ISIS would like to happen, in their ideal world. Their ideas on this front are derived from late "al-Qaida in Iraq" founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's thoughts on creating "a vast war inside Islam" that would ultimately eradicate all Shiites: ...for Zarqawi and his network, savagery—particularly when directed at other Muslims—was the whole point. The break between ISIS and al-Qaida over the former's brutality is well-known; Wright's piece puts it in context of the two groups' views of history. Al-Qaida was fighting the West; ISIS is fighting Shiites, and a vengeance that goes back more than a thousand...
  • Soldier: Bowe Bergdahl lodged false war crime allegations against his unit

    06/18/2014 7:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2014 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    An Army veteran who served alongside Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan said Wednesday that the long-captive soldier was deeply frustrated with the mission and had lodged false allegations that their unit had carried out atrocities. Bergdahl “didn’t understand why we were doing more humanitarian aid drops, setting up clinics, and helping the populous instead of hunting the Taliban,” former Spec. Cody Full told lawmakers during a hearing on the exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “He wanted to hunt and kill.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Taliban released Bergdahl to U.S. Special Operations forces May 31 after he had...
  • Terror Group ISIS Declares Guns Illegal in Parts of Iraq They Control

    06/17/2014 6:05:48 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | June 16, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    Terror Group ISIS Declares Guns Illegal in Parts of Iraq They Control June 16 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post isis If you’re a terror group attempting a coup of an unstable country what’s the last thing you want to see? Probably citizens gathering and taking up arms against you. You may be able to scare some uniformed members of Iraq’s military who may not believe in their cause anyway, but eventually enough people are going to get fed up, organize, and fight back. ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) looks like they are attempting to nip...
  • US appeals court reverses ruling that granted defense access to FISA court records

    06/16/2014 7:56:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 16 June 2014 | AP
    <p>Attorneys for a 20-year-old man accused of trying to ignite a bomb in Chicago will not be allowed unprecedented access to secret intelligence court records, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, reversing a trial court and handing a victory to the federal government.</p>
  • ISIL commander Abu Muhammad taking medical treatment in Turkey’s Hatay State Hospital

    06/16/2014 1:51:16 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 19 replies
    ITT Turkey News ^ | 06/16/14 | staff
    IIT Turkey News ‏@_TurkeyNews Photo shows ISIL commander Abu Muhammad taking medical treatment in Turkey’s Hatay State Hospital.WHO IS BEHIND ISIS? pic.twitter.com/Bq9Tg8Nwdr
  • Obama Wants to Reverse Bush’s Iraq Mistake In the Worst Way, and Has Succeeded

    06/16/2014 5:55:45 AM PDT · by No One Special · 27 replies
    The Streetwise Professor ^ | June 15, 2014 | The Professor
    Jeez, I take off a few days for a conference in Amsterdam, a quick trip to Bern to discuss commodity trading firms with the Swiss government, and some R&R, and the world careens to hell in a rocket propelled hand basket. During this brief hiatus, Russian tanks and Grad rocket launchers conducted a probe into Ukraine, and a transport plane carrying Ukrainian paratroopers was shot down, killing all aboard. What’s more, the world’s most vicious, brutal, and crazed jihadist group, ISIL (aka ISIS) captured Iraq’s second largest city (Mosul), where it immediately instituted a reign of terror. Not content with...
  • Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric issues call to fight jihadist rebels (al-Sistani urges followers)

    06/13/2014 9:32:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/14 | Raheem Salman and Isra al-Rubei'i - Reuters
    Baghdad, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged followers to take up arms against a full-blown Sunni militant insurgency to topple Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, escalating a conflict that threatens civil war and a possible break-up of the country. In a rare intervention at Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, a message from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is the highest religious authority for Shi'ites in Iraq, said people should unite to fight back against a lightning advance by militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Fighters under the black...
  • State Department Refers to Taliban 5 as 'Gentlemen'

    06/13/2014 7:53:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 9, 2014 | Michael Warren
    A spokeswoman for the State Department referred to the Taliban operatives released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the deal to retrieve Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as "gentlemen." In a Monday afternoon appearance with Andrew Mitchell on MSNBC, Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson at State and an alumna of the Obama campaign, argued with Mitchell over the question of whether or not Congress should have ben notified about the exchange before it occured. Noah Rothman at Hot Air documents the conversation, and near the end of the interview, Harf defends the deal against questions about whether or not the Taliban operatives...
  • Obama jails American soldiers for killing the enemy and frees the enemy to kill more Americans.

    06/13/2014 5:35:03 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    NoiseyRoom.net ^ | June 8, 2014 | Nelson Abdullah
    It would be stupid to even think about asking the question: Whose side is Obama on? Anyone who doesn’t know by now must have just returned from a very long vacation. For the record, let the evidence stand to prove that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim and as a Muslim he must wage war against anyone who fights other Muslims. So how does the the so-called Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military wage war against American soldiers who are fighting Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan? By making it difficult for them to fight. For one thing, by changing the Rules...
  • Obama’s Iraq

    06/12/2014 9:48:55 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2014 | Post Editorial Board
    When in 2011 President Obama announced, against the advice of his commanders, the complete withdrawal of all US forces from Iraq, he grandly declared “the tide of war is receding.” Two days later, his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, answered critics such as John McCain, who said the president’s announcement was a victory for Iran. Said Mrs. Clinton: “No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward.” This week these promises have been rendered hollow by the humanitarian and strategic crisis unfolding in Iraq. There, key northern cities have been falling...
  • Obama: Iraq will need additional US assistance (considering drones, no boots)

    06/12/2014 6:26:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | June 12, 2012 | Julie Pace- ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that Iraq will need more help from the United States as it seeks to push back a violent Islamic insurgency that has captured two key cities and threatens to press toward Bagdad. Obama did not specify what type of assistance the U.S. would be willing to provide but said he had not ruled out any options. "We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter," Obama said during an Oval Office meeting with Australian Prime Minister...
  • U.S. Quietly Moves Detainees Out Of Secretive Afghanistan Prison

    06/12/2014 5:52:38 PM PDT · by edpc · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 12 June 2014 | Missy Ryan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States' controversial post-9/11 detainee system. President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress released on Thursday, informed U.S. lawmakers that about 38 non-Afghan prisoners remained at the Parwan detention center outside of Kabul, down from around 50 a few months ago.
  • Opinion: Bush, Cheney created the Iraq mess; why not make them try to fix it?

    06/12/2014 5:00:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 155 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | by PAUL WHITEFIELD
    Well, gee, $1 trillion or so just doesn’t buy what it used to. Take Iraq, for example. Or, should I say: Take Iraq, please, someone — and fix it. Fend off the nasty Islamic fighters of ISIS and keep that miserable sinkhole for American lives and money from coming back to bite us — again. Do you understand now, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Bolton and all you neocon nutjobs, why the invasion of Iraq in 2003 wasn’t a very good idea? President Obama sure does. Because now he’s neck deep in another crisis in this place, a country...
  • How can Bowe Bergdahl be a POfWar if he ceased waging war and deserted?

    06/11/2014 9:47:07 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    6/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Bowe Bergdahl: a Prisoner of WAR, a deserter taken hostage by the Taliban or an enemy combatant? If it isn't the first of the three rather the second, why then are all cable news outlets describing this as a prisoner swap? Why aren't they calling this an enemy combatant ( Taliban 5)/deserter or a EC/deserter swap? If Bowe Bergdahl deserted, then would he have then as well forsake the military, and thus his uniform? Would Bowe Bergdahl then be an enemy combatant?
  • Stolen Secret Military Reports from Wiki Leaks: Leaked Cable Describes The Mad Scramble To Find Form

    A field report made public through Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diaries disclosures provides a raw account of the first hours of the search for then-private Bowe Bergdahl, and includes initial Taliban and U.S. accounts of his behavior the night he was captured. “Geronimo reported a B Co missing soldier after he did not show up for the 0900 morning roll call at Mest OP, grid 42SVB 59236 47877 Yahya Khail District, Paktika. A full search was ordered,” the report begins, noting that “all remaining units had reported 100% accountability.” Forty minutes later, “Pathfinder and tracking dog team arrived at Mest OP...
  • As Bowe Bergdahl Heals, Details Emerge of His Captivity

    06/07/2014 8:22:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 67 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told medical officials that his captors locked him in a metal cage in total darkness for weeks at a time as punishment for trying to escape, and while military doctors say he now is physically able to travel he is not yet emotionally ready for the pressures of reuniting with his family, according to American officials who have been briefed on his condition. Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Bowe Bergdahl, left, in 2009. His former platoon mates gave sharply contradictory accounts of how he viewed the war.Bergdahl Was In Unit Known For...