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  • Who Really Discovered America?

    07/14/2002 2:08:47 PM PDT · by blam · 180 replies · 18,652+ views
    Who Really Discovered America? Did ancient Hebrews reach the shores of the North and South American continents thousands of years before Christopher Columbus? What evidence is there for Hebrew and Israelite occupation of the Western Hemisphere even a thousand years before Christ? Was trans-Atlantic commerce and travel fairly routine in the days of king Solomon of Israel? Read here the intriguing, fascinating saga of the TRUE DISCOVERERS OF AMERICA! William F. Dankenbring A stone in a dry creek bed in New Mexico, discovered by early settlers in the region, is one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in the Western...
  • White Girl Burn A Lot: Is Gangsta-Jihad Teenage Store Owner Complicit In Jessica Chambers' Murder?

    12/15/2014 8:55:49 PM PST · by IChing · 34 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 12/15/14 | Donald Joy
    The incredibly resourceful and brilliant unpaid blogger known only as “sundance” at TheConservativeTreehouse.com is doing it again. Just as she (or he) did in the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases, sundance is putting the professional media journalists to shame by methodically analyzing and exposing key details of the recent, still-smoldering Jessica Chambers murder caper in rural Panola County, Mississippi, apparently well before ordinary reporters or even police investigators have even begun to rub the sleep from their eyes. This time, probing deeply into the very disturbing mystery surrounding the gruesome torture and burning death last week of the blonde,...
  • Venezuela’s Maduro Must Adapt to Survive. He Won’t.

    12/13/2014 6:51:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Foreign Polic ^ | December 12, 2014 | Juan Cristobol Nagel
    The international price of oil has dropped by more than 40 percent in the past six months. To put it lightly, this presents a major challenge to oil-exporting nations. Many analysts agree that, of all oil rich countries, Venezuela is the most vulnerable. A combination of persistent fiscal deficits, out-of-control inflation, and plunging public support for President Nicolás Maduro threatens to make the nation of 30 million ungovernable. What can Maduro do to survive? In order to answer this question, we must differentiate between what Maduro can do, and what he most likely will (or, rather, will not) do.
  • US worried about new Syria-Yemen al-Qaeda threat to flights

    06/29/2014 9:31:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 6-30-2014 | LAZAR BERMAN
    US intelligence believes that members of the al-Nusrah Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, have linked up with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in order to develop a plot to down a plane headed to the US or Europe. Officials are worried that jihadist fighters in Syria who hold US or European passports would be central to the plot. A source told ABC that this threat “is different and more disturbing than past aviation plots.”
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • DID OBAMA ORDER US NAVY SEALS IN FAILED YEMEN AL-QAIDA RAID TO DEMAND THEIR SURRENDER FIRST

    12/07/2014 11:16:36 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 69 replies
    Tunda Tabloids ^ | December 7, 2014 | Tunda Tabloids
    Unbelievable if true. He has ordered the FBI to read Islamo-terrorists ‘Miranda rights’ reserved for US citizens, so it’s reasonable to conclude that he ordered his Navy Seal commandos to seek al-Qaida’s surrender first before opening fire. If that’s the case, then he made it that much more difficult for these Seals to carry out their mission.
  • Navy Seals got within 100 yards of Yemen compound - before a dog bark alerted al-Qaeda captors

    12/07/2014 3:49:29 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 06, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A British-born U.S. photojournalist and a South African aid worker held hostage in Yemen by al Qaeda militants have been 'murdered' in a failed rescue attempt. American citizen Luke Somers had been held hostage since September 2013 in Yemen's capital Sana'a having moved to the country two years earlier. The 33-year-old was reportedly shot by his captors as Navy SEAL Team six, made up of around 40 men, carried out a dramatic rescue bid in the Wadi Abdan region of the southern Shabwa province late on Friday night. It is the second attempted extraction by special forces in as many...
  • Court Rejects Claims by Family Members of U.S. Drone Strike Victims

    04/04/2014 8:58:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Friday, April 4, 2014
    A federal court has rejected the claims of family members of Anwar al-Aulaqi and his teenage son, who were both slain by U.S. drone strikes. In a 41-page opinion Friday, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer offered some critical words for the Obama administration’s handling of the case while still concluding the relatives couldn’t pursue damage remedies from administration officials. “(Officials) must be trusted and expected to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution when they intentionally target a U.S. citizen abroad at the direction of the President and with the concurrence of Congress,” Collyer wrote. “They cannot be held personally...
  • Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts

    08/07/2013 5:58:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Eli Lake and Josh Rogin
    The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region. The intercept provided the U.S. intelligence community with a rare glimpse into how al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, manages a global organization that includes affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and southeast Asia. Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned...
  • AQAP releases 10th copy of Inspire; features Adam Gadahn

    03/02/2013 1:44:29 AM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | March 1, 2013 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released the 10th edition of Inspire, its English language propaganda magazine that is marketed to Westerners. The magazine features an article by Adam Gadahn, the American traitor who works with al Qaeda's core leadership cadre in Pakistan." SNIPPET: "Gadahn also advises jihadists in the West to continue "direct engagement [attacks] at home and abroad with America and its NATO parents, particularly France and Britain."" SNIPPET: "Gadahn is believed to be based in Pakistan and is known to work with As Sahab, al Qaeda's primary propaganda production outfit. He also releases propaganda via...
  • How Yemen rescue attempt went wrong

    12/06/2014 9:38:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    United States military and intelligence officials are still piecing together what happened early Saturday that sabotaged an attempt to rescue two hostages from al Qaeda in Yemen. Despite being ready with a roughly 40-man special operations team and days to plan the operation, U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korki both died shortly after the midnight raid. The key problem, officials told the Wall Street Journal, came when some kind of sound alerted militants who were holding the hostages that the special operations team was nearby. The militants were part of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,...
  • Obama says Somers’ life was in imminent danger (slain journalist in Yemen)

    12/06/2014 6:18:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 6, 2014 8:24 AM EST
    President Barack Obama said Saturday he authorized the attempt to rescue American Luke Somers in Yemen because the U.S. had information that the American photojournalist’s life was in imminent danger. Shortly before the White House statement, Yemen’s national security chief said militants had planned to kill Somers on Saturday. […] The president said he “strongly condemns the barbaric murder of Luke Somers at the hands of al-Qaida terrorists” and reaffirmed that the U.S. “will spare no effort to use all its military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located.” Obama said terrorists “who seek...
  • Obama decries 'barbaric murder' of US hostage in Yemen

    12/06/2014 4:31:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    President Obama on Saturday condemned the "barbaric murder" by al Qaeda of U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen during a rescue attempt by U.S. forces. "On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Luke’s family and to his loved ones," he said in a statement. "As this and previous hostage rescue operations demonstrate, the United States will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence, and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located. And terrorists who seek to harm our citizens will feel the long arm of American justice," he...
  • US hostage in Yemen died in failed rescue attempt, sister says. (Luke Somers, photographer)

    12/06/2014 12:19:32 AM PST · by Drago · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/06/2014 | Fox News
    BREAKING NEWS: The sister of American hostage Luke Somers says he was killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen. Lucy Somers said: "We ask that all of Luke's family members be allowed to mourn in peace."
  • Al Qaeda Yemen Branch Threatens To Kill An American After Special Forces Raid To Save Him Failed

    12/04/2014 5:55:43 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-4-2014 | William Maclean
    William Maclean, Reuters December 4, 2014 Al Qaeda's Yemen branch published a video purporting to show an American hostage and threatened to kill him if unspecified demands were not met. In the video, the man identified himself as Luke Somers and said he had been kidnapped well over a year ago. He was looking for "any help that can get me out of this situation". Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was posted on YouTube and social media late on Wednesday and carried by SITE, an organization that monitors militant statements. The man in the...
  • Opinion: OPEC is wrong to think it can outlast U.S. on oil prices

    12/03/2014 11:40:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Dec 2, 2014 5:01 a.m. ET | By Tim Mullaney
    Technology is cheaper and West doesn’t use oil to fund a welfare state Give Saudi Arabia credit: Whoever sets oil-production policy for the desert kingdom has guts. Unfortunately, the sheiks have made what’s likely to become a sucker’s bet.You know this part already, but the 12-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last week declined to cut production, sending Brent crude oil futures tumbling to their cheapest point since 2009. The Saudis appear to be spoiling for a fight, trying to find out exactly how cheap oil must be to force surging U.S. shale-oil production to seize up like an...
  • The Islamic State Widens its Bridgehead in North Africa

    12/03/2014 11:33:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 3, 2014 | Ari Lieberman
    The Islamic State Widens its Bridgehead in North AfricaPosted By Ari Lieberman On December 3, 2014 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments As ISIS continues its brutal occupation of large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, effectively blurring the border between those two pseudo nations, a new, if not more menacing threat is emerging in North Africa where the Islamic State is looking to plant its cancerous roots.In Egypt, the Sinai based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Islamist organization responsible for dozens of terror attacks throughout the country announced on its Twitter account that it had...
  • The Real War on Women

    12/03/2014 11:30:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 3, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    The Real War on WomenPosted By Mark Tapson On December 3, 2014 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 8 Comments It’s been a busy week for the oppression of women under Islam.A day or two before Americans sat down to turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan – President Obama’s best friend in the Middle East, a man who has made it abundantly clear how he feels about moderate Islam and who has warned that women shouldn’t laugh in public – further endeared himself to feminists everywhere at a summit hosted by an Istanbul-based women’s group...
  • Egypt: Islamic State planned to hijack Israeli ship

    12/02/2014 5:20:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Islamic State reportedly hijacked Egyptian missile boat near Suez; 8 Egyptian sailors still missing, Arab media says. An investigation is under way in Egypt into a November 12 incident during which Islamic State fighters hijacked an Egyptian navy missile boat. The insurgents planned to then attack and hijack an Israeli ship and to use it as leverage for the release of Palestinian prisoners, Arab media reported Monday. The hijacked ship departed from Damietta Port in northern Egypt. An Islamic State fighter replaced the boat’s intended captain by staging a car accident in which the latter was supposedly involved in. Islamic...
  • Car bomb hits home of Iran envoy in Yemen, one dead

    12/03/2014 4:51:32 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    maktoob news ^ | 31 minutes ago
    Yemeni security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb which struck the residence of Iran's ambassador in Sanaa. At least one person was killed and 17 wounded Wednesday when a car bomb struck the residence of Iran's ambassador in Yemen, where Tehran is accused of backing Shiite militia.Ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam was not at home when the attack took place in the diplomatic district of Hada in the capital Sanaa, according to a security official. The son of a guard at the residence was killed, according to an interior ministry statement given by the official Saba news agency....
  • Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

    11/09/2014 6:06:10 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 11/07/2014 | Bob Tippee
    Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil. With oil, the Saudi regime always takes the long view. With security, however, its motivations are more immediate. The kingdom faces unusually intense threats: Islamic State (IS) militancy in Iraq and Syria, the chance that Iran won’t agree by a Nov. 24 deadline to suspend its nuclear ambitions, terrorist insurrections from restive Yemen, durability of the menacing government of Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. Falling oil prices hurt the IS and Iran,...
  • Iranian Analyst: Saudi Arabia Is on the Verge of Extinction; We Are the New Sultans...

    10/02/2014 3:27:32 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 46 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 9-24-14 | Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)
    In a TV interview, Iranian analyst Mohammad Sadeq Al-Hosseini called Saudi Arabia "a tribe on the verge of extinction." Al-Hosseini, a former advisor to Iranian President Khatami, further said: "We in the axis of resistance are the new sultans of the Mediterranean and the Gulf... and we will shape the map of the region. We are the sultans of the Red Sea as well. Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on Al-Mayadeen TV on September 24, 2014: Mohammad Sadeq Al-Hosseini: The Bab Al-Mandeb Strait and the Strait of Hormuz tighten the noose on the Red Sea, on Israel...
  • Saudi king warns Iran over alleged attempts to convert Sunnis to Shiism

    01/28/2007 9:29:44 PM PST · by Flavius · 15 replies · 638+ views
    dailystar ^ | January 29, 2007 | Daily Star staff
    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has issued a veiled warning to Iran over the weekend to quit what he said were efforts to spread Shiite Islam in the Arab world, adding that the kingdom was keeping an eye on the issue. In an interview with Kuwait's As-Siyassah daily published on Saturday, the king said that Saudi Arabia told an Iranian envoy that Iran was putting the Gulf region in danger, in a reference to Tehran's conflict with Washington over Iraq and nuclear policy. "We are following this issue [Shiite conversion] and we are aware of the extent of Shiite proselytism and...
  • Obama releases Gitmo detainees, setting up fight with GOP

    11/21/2014 9:32:15 AM PST · by don-o · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers' objections. The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia. The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • 4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of All 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013

    11/19/2014 10:22:24 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60 percent compared to the previous year – from 11,133 to 17,958 – with four Sunni Muslim extremist groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities, according to a comprehensive annual study. Eighty-two percent of fatalities occurred in just five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, although the number of countries that experienced more than 50 terror-related deaths also rose – to 24, compared with 15 the previous year. ... Four Sunni groups were responsible for 66 percent of all terror fatalities in 2013. In order of...
  • Others building fences in disputed areas

    02/21/2004 6:13:44 PM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 22, 2004 | SAM SER
    When the International Court of Justice in The Hague starts hearing complaints against Israel's security fence in the West Bank on Monday, India will be busy constructing a fence of its own. After 15 years of fighting in Kashmir that have left more than 65,000 dead, the Indians are using cement, razor wire, and electronic sensors to stymie a menagerie of Pakistani guerrilla forces. "The fence will be a permanent barrier at the border to prevent militants from entering," the head of India's Border Security Force in Jammu and Kashmir told The Washington Post last summer. "Why should we wait...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iran is your enemy

    11/16/2014 8:28:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 16, 2014, 10:38 AM | Rebecca Kaplan
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered one of his sternest warnings to date about Iran, suggesting the U.S. is failing to see the country's intentions in either the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Iran. "Iran is not your ally. Iran is not your friend. Iran is your enemy. It's not your partner. Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel," Netanyahu said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked whether the U.S. should try to work with Iran in the fight against ISIS. Both countries want to see the jihadist group...
  • Is the Middle East becoming less Arab?(Sunni hate Shia-loving Obama?)

    11/08/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8 November 2014 | Hisham Melhem
    Is the Middle East becoming less Arab? Hisham Melhem Saturday, 8 November 2014 President Obama’s letter to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he laid out the foundation of a new relationship emanating from a nuclear compromise, and stressed shared U.S.-Iranian interests in combatting the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is emblematic of a gradual and subtle shift in Washington’s attitudes towards the region in general and its Arab actors in particular. In this rapidly changing Middle East, the U.S. sees a diminishing Arab influence brought about by the erosion of the state system, lack...
  • Arab League warns of Jerusalem ‘red line’

    11/03/2014 2:38:16 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    The Times of Isael ^ | 11/03/2014 | AFP
    CAIRO — The Arab League warned Sunday that Israel has reached a “red line” after fresh clashes in Jerusalem, urging international pressure to stop what it branded “violations” in the holy city. Clashes around the flashpoint Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound — the third holiest site in Islam and Judaism’s holiest — prompted Israel on Thursday to close the site for a day. The Temple Mount and adjacent neighborhoods have seen months of violence, with the mosque compound a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it...
  • Egypt, Gulf Arab allies eye anti-militant alliance

    11/03/2014 10:29:09 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/03/14 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Arab allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned. The alliance would also serve as a show of strength to counterbalance their traditional rival, Shiite-dominated, Iran. Two countries are seen as potential theaters for the alliance to act, senior Egyptian military officials said: Libya, where Islamic militants have taken over several cities, and Yemen, where Shiite rebels suspected of links to Iran have...
  • Enigmatic standing stele of Al-Rajajil

    12/20/2011 6:42:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | Roger Harrison
    JEDDAH: On a lonely exposed hillside a few kilometers outside the capital of Al-Jouf province, Sakkaka, stand clusters of three-meter high fingers of stone. Etched with ancient Thamudic graffiti, these monuments to a long extinct culture have maintained their lonely vigil for six millennia. Many have fallen over and others lean at bizarre random angles. Al-Rajajil ("the men"), the sandstone stele weighing up to five tons each, is popularly called Saudi Arabia's Stonehenge. They are possibly the oldest human monuments on the peninsula. Some time in the Chalcolithic, or Copper Age, people living in the area where Al-Jouf is today...
  • Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists

    10/31/2014 10:45:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 30, 2014 07:49am ET | Owen Jarus,
    Their purpose is unknown, and archaeologists are unsure when these structures were built. Analysis of the photographs, as well as artifacts found on the ground, suggest the circles date back at least 2,000 years, but they may be much older. They could even have been constructed in prehistoric times, before writing was invented, scientists say. Though the Big Circles were first spotted by aircraft in the 1920s, little research has focused on these structures, and many scientists are not even aware of their existence, something these archaeologists hope the new aerial images will help to change. The "most important contribution...
  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. While the foreign ministers were busily counting how many centrifuges could spin in Iranian facilities, President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran.Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two...
  • Former Iraqi general said to be coordinating attacks

    10/29/2003 6:25:49 PM PST · by TexKat · 9 replies · 95+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former Iraqi general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, is reported to be coordinating attacks in Iraq by foreign fighters and Iraqi regime loyalists, a US defense official said. "There are reports that the al-Douri is coordinating the attacks," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The reports in military channels fingering al-Douri as the coordinator of the attacks probably came from the recent capture in Mosul of a former secretary of al-Douri and two senior members of Ansar al-Islam who were close to the general, the official said. Number six on the US list of 55...
  • Saddam's deputy tells his followers Americans are facing defeat in Iraq (al-Douri)

    07/08/2007 10:46:42 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 685+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD: An audiotape said to be of Saddam Hussein's deputy said his group will keep fighting until the last foreign soldier withdraws from Iraq, saying the Americans are being defeated. The audiotape purportedly from Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was obtained by The Associated Press in Baghdad on Sunday. It was impossible to determine its authenticity, but several Iraqis familiar with al-Douri's voice said they believed it from his. It was also unclear when the audiotape was made but the comments referred to Saddam as a "martyr." He was hanged Dec. 30 for his role in the deaths of more...
  • Obama Is Helping Iran (Obama's handling of ME is playing into the hands of Iran gov )

    02/26/2011 12:50:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Feb 23, 2011 | FLYNT AND HILLARY MANN LEVERETT
    On Obama's watch, the regional balance of influence and power has shifted even further away from the United States and toward Iran and its allies. The Islamic Republic has continued to deepen its alliances with Syria and Turkey and expand its influence in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. And, now, the Obama administration stands by helplessly as new openings for Tehran to reset the regional balance in its favor emerge in Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and perhaps elsewhere. If these "pro-American" Arab political orders currently being challenged or upended by significant protest movements become at all more representative of their populations,...
  • When You've Lost Jimmy Carter...The Final Indictment Of Barack Hussein Obama

    10/10/2014 9:44:17 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Leadership: The former president on whose watch Americans were taken hostage and the mullahs rose to power in Iran gets it right in condemning the current president's failed handling of Syria and the Islamic State. We've often referred to Jimmy Carter as our worst president. But considering the recent IBD/TIPP poll showed 53% of Americans labeling Barack Obama's presidency a failure in just its sixth year, the incumbent may soon claim the title. It's one thing to make mistakes out of gullibility, quite another to foul up the world out of gross incompetence. It is said that Carter's presidency literally...
  • State Department Daily Briefing

    10/09/2014 10:43:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    C-Span ^ | 2014-10-09 | U.S. State Department
    Jen Psaki briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of issues.
  • While you were watching ISIS, Iran took Yemen

    10/08/2014 2:27:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10-8-2014 | David Gerstman
    The Houthis, Iranian backed rebels have taken control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. The comparison to Hezbollah is apt as Reuters is reporting that the Houthi are blocking the appointment of Yemen’s president. So what’s Iran’s interest in Yemen? It was spelled out by Michael Segall of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs two and a half years ago. A couple of Segall’s observations are sobering: "Iran regards Yemen in general, and its Shia northern part in particular, as a springboard for subversion and for creating a tangible threat to Saudi Arabia, its main religious-political rival in the region. Iran also...
  • Shame on You, Walid Shoebat

    05/17/2011 12:28:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/5/11 | Gonen ben Yitzchak
    Mosab Hassan Yousef worked as an Israeli agent for about ten years. When I met him, he was a young and wild Palestinian. Over the years, I watched him become one of the most important players in the bloody intelligence game in the West Bank. Mosab was never a yes-man. He had strong beliefs and character, and he never made any attempt to flatter anyone. Last week, I read an article by one, Walid Shoebat, who claims to have been a PLO terrorist who bombed Bank Leumi in Bethlehem. Yet, I never heard his name before, never saw his name...
  • Disclosures Pried From Government Strongly Suggest Terrorist Awlaki Was an Informant

    10/03/2014 9:30:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-2-14 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    New evidence pried from the government under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) proves the point I have posited here at Ordered Liberty: The federal government willfully intervened on behalf of al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki on October 10, 2002, undoing his arrest on felony fraud charges when he was detained at JFK International Airport in New York, and allowing him to walk away with a Saudi handler. As I argued over two years ago, the government’s story to the contrary – viz., that it was moved by sheer coincidence on the eve of Awlaki’s arrival to pull the plug...
  • Gulf Arabs demand return of state authority in Yemen

    10/01/2014 10:54:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-2-2014
    Gulf Arab states have demanded the restoration of government authority in Yemen, issuing a thinly veiled criticism of rebels with ties to Iran who have taken control of the capital, Sanaa. Fighters from the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement seized Sanaa on Sept. 21 after overrunning an army brigade affiliated to the moderate Islamist Islah party, making them effectively the power brokers in the country. The Houthis have since refused to quit the capital, which they control despite an agreement they signed with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to make them a part of the government. An emergency meeting of Gulf Cooperation...
  • Al Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen fire rocket towards U.S. embassy, say revenge for drone strike

    09/27/2014 12:05:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/27/2014
    (Reuters) - An al Qaeda splinter group launched a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Saturday, injuring several guards, to retaliate for what it said on social media was a U.S. drone strike in a northern province the day before. The rocket landed 200 meters from the heavily fortified embassy, which lies in a compound surrounded by high walls, hitting members of the Yemeni special police force who guard the site. At least two were injured, police said. The attacker fired the rocket from a M72 light anti-tank weapon from a car before speeding away, a police...
  • Yemeni Shiite Rebel Sweep Into Capital Kills 340

    09/22/2014 4:42:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 9/22/2014 | AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    In a stunning sweep of the Yemeni capital, the country's Shiite rebels seized homes, offices and military bases of their Sunni foes on Monday, forcing many into hiding and triggering an exodus of civilians from the city after a week of fighting that left 340 people dead. It was the latest development in the Hawthi blitz, which has plunged volatile Yemen into more turmoil, pitting the Shiite rebels against the Sunni-dominated military and their Islamist tribal allies. The heavily armed Hawthi fighters on Monday seized tanks and armored vehicles from military headquarters they had overrun, and raided the home of...
  • Al-Qaida calls for revolt against Arab rulers

    02/26/2011 1:36:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    AP News ^ | Feb 26, 2011 | AP
    Al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen urged Muslims to revolt against Arab rulers and establish governments based on Islamic law, according to an audio tape posted Saturday on militant websites.
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • AP Enterprise: al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms US

    09/13/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT · by MikeJ · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 13, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN
    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.
  • Saudi Arabia building high-tech fence to secure border with Iraq

    09/06/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 25 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep. 6, 2014 | Staff
    Fence expected to extend along 900 kilometers of the northern border; state press agency says it will secure 'against infiltrators and smugglers.' Saudi Arabia is building a sophisticated fence along its northern border to secure the desert kingdom “against infiltrators and smugglers,” according to the Saudi Press Agency. The first stage of the border security program was announced by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Friday. The first phase will stretch for 900 kilometers (560 miles) on the country’s northern frontier. The project includes five layers of fencing, reinforced by watch towers, night-vision cameras and radar. Control complexes...
  • U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia

    09/01/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Barbara Starr
    Breaking News U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia By Barbara Starr September 1, 2014 (CNN) -- U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he said.
  • Yemen's President Blames Iran for Inciting Conflict

    08/29/2014 8:23:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    VoA ^ | August 28, 2014
    Yemen's president is accusing Iran of provoking current unrest in his country as Shi'ite Houthi rebels advance on the capital Sana'a. -excerpt- He claimed in a statement that Iran was trying to “trade Sana'a for the Syrian capital, Damascus,” a reference to Iranian support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.