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  • Twitter Escalates ISIS Battle: 2,000 Accounts Suspended

    03/03/2015 6:11:27 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    ABC7 Eyeball News ^ | 03/03/2015 | BRIAN ROSS
    ISIS has been under attack in the last few days from Twitter, which has quietly suspended at least 2,000 accounts linked to the terror group and its supporters, according to people with knowledge of the operation. The sites shut down include some of the most important distributors of ISIS messages in a major escalation against ISIS's propaganda and recruitment efforts, according to J.M. Berger, a terrorism analyst who monitors ISIS online messaging. "Twitter has been doing a whole lot over the past week. They've slammed them pretty hard, including the official media distribution guys," Berger said. He said 13 of...
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 7 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘delusional’

    03/02/2015 5:57:26 AM PST · by McGruff · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2015
    Sen. John McCain is charging the Obama administration’s foreign policy is “delusional” and says Secretary of State John Kerry’s global diplomacy has “accomplished nothing except mileage.” In an appearance on MSNBC, the Arizona Republican also calls Russian President Vladimir Putin a “meglomaniac” and “pariah.”
  • First Iranian flight arrives in rebel-held capital of Yemen

    03/01/2015 7:00:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2015 8:39 AM EST | Ahmed Al-Haj
    The first direct flight from Iran to Yemen’s capital arrived on Sunday, as the Shiite rebels holding Sanaa formalize ties with the regional Shiite powerhouse. The flight underscores how the rebels, known as Houthis, are strengthening their grip over state institutions and exercising sovereign power in Sanaa, even as the country’s president insists he is still in charge after fleeing to the south. […] The rebels signed an agreement with Iranian authorities in Tehran on Saturday to establish 14 direct flights per week between the two countries.The rebels, who overran Sanaa last September, are widely believed to have support from...
  • Kerry’s Attempted Netanyahu Nuke Eviscerates Obama National Security Team

    02/25/2015 5:24:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-25-2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Fenruary 25. 2015 Kerry’s Attempted Netanyahu Nuke Eviscerates Obama National Security Team by Jamie Weinstein Secretary of State John Kerry sought to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s views on what needs to be done to stop Iran Wednesday — but in so doing, he set a standard that discredits the top national security officials in the Obama administration, himself included.Appearing before the House Foreign Committees hearing Wednesday, Kerry suggested that Netanyahu’s support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq invalidated his current position on what needs to be done to stop Iran’s nuclear program.“The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the...
  • WaPo: “Jihadi John”, ISIS beheader, identified by intelligence as … a wealthy dilettante

    02/26/2015 6:56:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    So much for the jobs program. The ISIS terrorist who became known as “Jihadi John” for his British accent in videos depicting the brutal beheading of Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff has been identified today by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, based on information from intelligence sources. Emwazi’s life was hardly Dickensian: The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case,...
  • Iran Fires At Mock US Targets As Obama Attacks Israel

    02/26/2015 6:39:44 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 26, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — February 26, 2015 … When people ask why is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu coming to Washington to discuss Iranian nuclear weapons, the answer should be - Google Iran. The first news item to appear is an Iranian military attack on mock US warships. A fiery attack on mock US warships as Obama and Kerry try to negotiate a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran? Let’s make this vividly clear, as US Secretary of State Kerry sits in Geneva at peace talks with Iranian leaders, Iran hangs Obama in effigy at a huge Tehran-sponsored...
  • What a shock: Pollard imprisonment based on lies

    02/24/2015 2:50:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/24/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I really feel like slamming some of the chickens**t American Jews who regularly comment - both on this blog and on Twitter and Facebook - that Jonathan Pollard should rot in jail because what he did was so terrible they're afraid of being accused of having 'dual loyalties' if they actually question Pollard's life sentence. Much of the infamous Cap Weinberger memo (that Pollard's lawyers were never allowed to see) has been declassified, and it shows that much of the US government argument for keeping Pollard imprisoned is based on lies and mischaracterizes what Weinberger (an anti-Semite in his...
  • Report: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process

    02/24/2015 12:35:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post / Reuters ^ | February 24, 2015 | Staff
    In private talks with European sources, the Saudis have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on Iran, including use of Saudi air space by the IDF for a possible air strike, according to a report by Channel 2. Cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not come free, however. According to the report, the Saudi officials said they would need to see progress between Israelis and Palestinians before having enough legitimacy to allow Israel to use their air space. Arab governments, not only Israel, have been expressing concern over the development of a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, the...
  • Suspect Describes Ordeal of Slain Reporter

    01/22/2003 10:54:23 PM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 446+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/22/03 | DAVID ROHDE
    ARACHI, Pakistan — The nursery where they killed him, one year on, is oddly peaceful. Lush mango, palm and pomegranate trees are in bloom, their thick, green leaves whispering in a gentle breeze.The cinder-block storehouse where he was executed is empty, save for some flower pots, a cot and crumpled packs of cigarettes strewn across the floor. The 10-foot by 15-foot main room still has a metal door and metal shutters that can be padlocked. Sounds of life reach the room: birds chirping and cars driving past to a nearby religious school run by Al Rashid Trust, an organization...
  • Poll: 77% of Americans See a Nuclear Iran As a ‘Critical Threat’ (Gallup poll undermines Zero)

    02/19/2015 10:12:45 AM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 19, 2015 12:33 pm | Sam Munsun
    A significant majority of Americans — some 77% of those polled — see the “development of nuclear weapons by Iran” as a “critical threat”; another 16% see it as “important but not critical”, according to new numbers from Gallup. With US-Iran talks reportedly set to resume Friday, the poll, which asks Americans to assess a variety of threats to U.S. interests as “critical”, “important but not critical”, or “not important” — will likely take on a new and ominous significance. The poll placed the question of Iranian nukes near the top of the list of threats Gallup asked about, behind...
  • Herridge: Internal Gov’t Emails Show ‘Genuine Panic’ During Yemen Evacuation

    02/18/2015 10:17:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 18, 2015 11:15 am
    Internal State Department emails appear to show “genuine panic” during last week’s evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported exclusively this morning. After reviewing internal State Department emails, Herridge said that standard procedures to protect sensitive information were not followed during the hasty evacuation from Sana’a. She described panicked emails circulating at the highest levels of the State Department despite spokeswoman Jen Psaki downplaying the situation at her Feb. 11 briefing. …
  • Get Ready for $10 Oil

    02/17/2015 10:29:59 AM PST · by Duke C. · 65 replies
    Bloomberg | A. Gary Shilling
    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Here’s why.
  • Jordan Gives Prison Term for Criticism on Facebook

    02/16/2015 6:52:06 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    ny times ^ | 2-15-2015 | RANA F. SWEIS
    AMMAN, Jordan — The deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was sentenced on Sunday to 18 months in prison for criticizing the United Arab Emirates in a Facebook post. The state security court, a special body that has jurisdiction over Jordan’s internal and external threats, found the Brotherhood leader, Zaki Bani Rushaid, guilty of “acts harmful to the country’s relations with a friendly nation.” On his personal Facebook page, Mr. Bani Rushaid wrote on Nov. 17 that the Emirates, an important ally of Jordan and one of several countries in the region, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, that...
  • US officials deny report of freezing Israel out of Iran nuclear talks

    02/15/2015 11:16:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    JPOST.COM ^ | 2/15/15 | staff
    Washington's policy of briefing Israel on progress in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program has not changed, senior US officials told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, despite reports to the contrary in Israeli media. Channel 2 reported earlier in the day the US would halt its briefings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in light of his planned speech to Congress. Netanyahu is expected to criticize the state of the global diplomatic effort, which is geared towards crafting a comprehensive nuclear agreement. "Conversations continue with Israel on the Iran nuclear negotiations," one senior State Department official said. "Under Secretary [of...
  • State Department's Jen Psaki Explains Why The U.S. Will Trust Yemeni Rebels Chanting "Death to

    02/15/2015 12:00:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    townhall.com ^ | february 13, 2015 | katie pavlich
    Earlier this week the United States and other western powers evacuated Yemen, citing concerns about security in the rapidly deteriorating country. On the way out of the country, U.S. Marines were instructed to destroy their weapons and U.S. vehicles were taken over by Houthi rebels.  Now, without a presence there, the State Department is arguing rebel Houthis can be trusted to keep their word and to respect the U.S. embassy until it can be reoccupied. Houthis have been seen on video calling for "death to America," just brought down the U.S. backed Yemeni government and have ties to terrorism.  Last...
  • FLASHBACK: OBAMA TOUTS YEMEN AS SUCCESS STORY

    In an address on September 10, 2014, President Obama touted Yemen as a counterterrorism success story and said it would be the model for the US’ strategy against ISIS. “This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this...
  • Barack Obama: Hand-washer-in-chief

    02/14/2015 8:57:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 12, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    Executives are supposed to deal with or avoid problems. Barack Obama, elected U.S. president with essentially no executive experience, prefers to wash his hands of them. He washed his hands of Iraq, though now he has been forced to dirty them there again. He’s trying to wash his hands of Afghanistan. He just washed his hands of Yemen, presiding over an ignominious U.S. exit during which, reportedly, American Marines turned over their weapons, apparently, as a condition of their withdrawal [see UPDATE below]. Today, Obama washed his hands of a totally predictable consequence of Obamacare — reduced staffing and reduced...
  • Iran's top leader tells foreign minister not to shout during nuclear negotiations (bad deal alert)

    02/14/2015 9:40:11 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    US News ^ | Feb. 14, 2015 | 11:05 a.m. EST | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister has been told by the country's supreme leader to control his temper during nuclear talks with Western diplomats, Iranian media reported Saturday. Mohammad Javad Zarif admitted that he has often raised his voice during meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - sometimes so much their bodyguards would enter the room to make sure everything was all right. Zarif said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, told him to speak softly and with a smile - the same as he would in public. Zarif said...
  • Everyone Lies About Foreign Relations

    02/14/2015 9:18:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-14-2015 | MOTUS
    Do you remember the old Bush color-coded terror alert level?Big Guy got rid of it for public consumption butt we’ve always maintained a super-secret internal color-coded system.Following an analysis of Jen Psaki’s interview with Ms. Megyn regarding the unplanned evacuation of the Yemen embassy from yesterday’s post, I think I’ve finally hacked it. The give away was when Jen explains why the U.S. still  trusts Yemeni rebels chanting "Death to America" to be our allies. That’s what’s known in the foreign affairs trade as a little white lie to prevent the citizens from thinking the State Department is run by a...
  • Yemen Huthis disperse protest with live rounds as more embassies shut

    Shi'ite militiamen behind a power grab fired live rounds to disperse thousands of protesters in central Yemen on Saturday, as security fears prompted more foreign governments to close their embassies in Sanaa. In the Saudi capital Riyadh, foreign ministers of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries were holding an extraordinary meeting, with Gulf sources saying they would discuss developments in their impoverished neighbour. Home to Al-Qaeda's deadliest branch and a key US ally in the fight against the group, Yemen has descended into chaos since the militia, known as Huthis, seized Sanaa in September.
  • “Well, Barack, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into”

    02/14/2015 8:05:04 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 14, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    To Paraphrase Oliver Hardy, Americans Need To Tell the Obama Administration “Well, Here’s Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Us Into”. Last fall, Mr. Obama praised Yemen for being a supportive partner on the front line in the “War on Terror.” He went as far as calling the drone war against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) a success and a model for his Administration’s approach to counterterrorism against extremists. But the Iranian backed Houthi rebels didn’t appreciate their sovereignty being violated by American drones targeting AQAP killing Yemeni civilians. Another catalyst for the upraising is the little reported humanitarian crisis...
  • Germany to close Yemen embassies

    02/13/2015 3:05:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Feb 2015 14:14 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany announced Friday it had temporarily closed its embassy in Yemen and were pulling staff out because of ongoing violence in the troubled country. […] “The situation is anything but stable,” said a German foreign ministry spokeswoman, calling the ouster of the government by Shiite militiamen known as Huthis “unacceptable, dangerous and with consequences for the region”. …
  • Cui Bono?

    02/13/2015 10:37:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Mona Charen
    "Cui bono?" Who benefits? It was the question ancient Romans asked when hoping to cut through a fog of possible causes for a problem. As of this morning, U.S. Marines were evacuating Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. We've seen this movie before: the bonfires of documents, the hammer blows to equipment, the disabling of weapons, the rush to the helicopters. Think Saigon 1973 or Tehran 1979. Only five months ago, President Obama touted his policy toward Yemen as a success: "This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we...
  • Obama goofed around with a selfie stick on the same day Kayla Mueller confirmed dead

    02/13/2015 9:46:51 AM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    we might soon come to regret enabling the world’s most powerful narcissist by handing him a selfie stick. Those who are concerned that Obama’s antics – mugging into a smudgy mirror, failing to successfully dunk a cookie into a glass of milk, and pantomiming free throw shots for no particular reason, all in the hopes of increasing the number of young Obamacare enrollees (with BuzzFeed’s complicity) .. ... this video was shot mere hours after the United States government confirmed that another of its citizens, Kayla Mueller, died in ISIS custody. The day that this video was shot, February 10,...
  • US official: US was surprised by collapse of Yemen govt

    02/13/2015 8:01:58 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Feb 12, 2015 | KEN DILANIA
    The Obama administration's senior counterterrorism official acknowledged Thursday that U.S. intelligence was surprised by the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen.
  • Biden: Running away from Obama in 2016 would be ‘mistake’ for Dems

    02/12/2015 9:52:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Democratic presidential candidates in 2016 should embrace President Obama’s economic policies and “run on what we have done” instead of running away from the administration. “In my view, those seeking to lead the nation should protect and defend and run, yes run, on what we’ve done and own what we have done,” Mr. Biden said in a speech in Des Moines, Iowa. “Stand for what we have done. Acknowledge what we have done. And be judged on what we have done, if we have any chance for continued resurgence in 2016.” He added, “Some...
  • AQAP seizes Yemeni military base in Shabwa

    02/12/2015 11:53:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 12, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Oren Adaki
    AQAP fighters waving al Qaeda's black flag in front of the Yemeni Army's 19th Infantry Brigade Base, which it captured earlier today. Early this morning, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) seized control of the Yemeni Army's 19th Infantry Brigade Base located in the Bihan region of Shabwa province. According to a statement released by AQAP, the assault on the military base began at 4:00 a.m. when clashes between AQAP fighters and Yemeni soldiers initially erupted. AQAP penetrated the base using a well-established tactic of ramming a vehicle packed with explosives into the perimeter, then "storming" it with...
  • Jihadists mourn slain AQAP sharia official (Killed by drone strike in Yemen )

    02/12/2015 9:39:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    .longwarjournal.org ^ | February 6, 2015 | y Thomas Joscelyn
    Yesterday, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that one of its senior sharia officials, Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, had been killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31 in southern Yemen. Jihadists aligned with al Qaeda's international network quickly issued their condolences upon hearing the news. "He was a worthy son of Islam who worked towards the establishment of a caliphate on the path of the Prophet," Vilayat Dagestan, a "province" of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE), said in a statement on its official web site. "This brother left us exactly at a time...
  • LISTEN: An Islam scholar politely unloads on Obama’s ‘terrible deeds in the name of Christ’ remarks

    02/09/2015 8:32:42 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 5 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-02-09 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "Let me start with the Civil War — I mean this is a president who — we can excuse him for his ignorance of Islamic theology and Islamic history, you know despite his nominal background in Islam as a child. But excuse me, but the abolitionists were Christians, and the United States literally went to war with itself, unlike any other society before, to extirpate the longstanding, thousand year longstanding evil of slavery in virtually every human civilization. It’s just appalling that he doesn’t even grasp that fundamental decency about this country..."
  • UN warns that Yemen 'is collapsing before our eyes'

    02/12/2015 12:56:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Efforts were underway on a draft Security Council resolution to address the crisis in the Arab world's poorest country. Britain and Jordan were working on a resolution that British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said would be ready "in the next few days." A separate draft resolution by the Gulf Coordination Council of Arab states on the Persian Gulf, obtained by The Associated Press, strongly condemns the Houthis and their seizure of power and demands that they "immediately and unconditionally withdraw their forces from government institutions and from all regions under their control." The draft also demands that the Houthis "return...
  • "The Other Islamic State We Should Be Most Worried About"

    02/12/2015 7:41:59 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 14 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 12, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Imagine catching a lethal, fast-growing, yet operable cancer in a child before it’s spread. The doctors assure a high survival rate, assuming traditional protocols. Meanwhile, a third opinion proposes no treatment, believing the child can coexist normally with cancer. Entrusted with the awesome responsibility of ensuring the child’s healthy future, how long would you Think Again before opting to remove the cancerous “Sword of Damocles” — and fear — hanging over precious life? Alas, too often leaders charged with safeguarding life have sacrificed it on the altar of “normalization,” preferring inaction to threat-mitigating, albeit difficult, operations. Regretful that Western powers...
  • Clarity on Marine Security Force departure from Yemen (Official USMC Statement)

    02/12/2015 11:30:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies
    USMC.mil ^ | February 11, 2015 | USMC Public Affairs
    HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, WASHINGTON — The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of the "ordered departure" with only personal weapons. All crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy prior to movement. None of them were 'handed over' in any way to anyone. The destruction of weapons at the embassy and the airport was carried out in accordance with an approved destruction plan. Upon arrival at the airfield, all personal weapons were rendered inoperable in accordance with advance planning. Specifically, each bolt was removed from its weapons body and...
  • Al Qaeda fighters seize Yemen army base, U.N. warns of civil war

    02/12/2015 6:18:43 AM PST · by McGruff · 13 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Feb 12, 2015 | Mohammad Mukhashaf
    Al Qaeda-linked fighters seized a large army base in a dawn attack in southern Yemen on Thursday, militants and residents said, hours after the United Nations warned that the country was on the brink of civil war. The base in the southern province of Shabwa, housing a brigade of up to 2,000 government soldiers, fell after several hours of heavy clashes, residents and local news sites said.
  • Analysis: Obama’s successor could inherit Mideast conflict

    02/12/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 6:24 AM ET | Julie Pace
    Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East. Passing on an active military mission in the region would be an unexpected and unwanted legacy for Obama, a president who once appeared poised to fulfill his campaign pledge to end U.S.-led conflicts in the region. […] The president has long said the campaign against the Islamic State militants would be lengthy, suggesting it could extend beyond his presidency. But his authorization...
  • Yemen Falls Apart: Marines Forced to Destroy Weapons, U.S. Embassy Evacuated,

    02/12/2015 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite President Obama claiming in September that U.S. strategy used to combat terrorism in Yemen has been a "success," so successful in fact that it should be used to defeat ISIS, the country continues to fall apart. Late yesterday the United States evacuated the U.S. embassy in Yemen and Marines were bizarrely ordered by the State Department to destroy issued weapons on their way out. The British and French also closed and evacuated their embassies yesterday citing safety and security concerns. The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of...
  • Pentagon loses track of weaponry sent to Yemen in recent years

    02/12/2015 4:44:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Guardian ^ | 2-12-15
    Chaos in Yemen has left the US military unable to monitor the vast arsenal it has spent years providing to its Yemeni counterpart. Yemen is now functionally leaderless after Houthi rebels took over the capital of Sana’a last month, prompting the resignation of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The rebels are said to control the Yemeni military’s arms depots and bases, giving them effective control of US-provided and other heavy weaponry, including tanks and artillery. The unrest has “limited our ability to conduct routine end-use monitoring checks and inspections we would normally perform”, a US defense official told the Guardian....
  • US Marines ordered to SURRENDER WEAPONS before evacuating Yemen Embassy.

    02/11/2015 6:14:17 PM PST · by Toespi · 209 replies
    The Kelly File/Fox News
    Meghan Kelly just reported that Marines were ordered by the state department to remove clips and surrender weapons before leaving the Yemen Embassy. She reports that it is unprecedented, backed up by Jack Keene. Marines under that order are furious.
  • U.S. Marines handed over their guns before leaving Yemen

    02/11/2015 6:11:24 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/11/2015 | phil stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed over their remaining weapons to Yemenis at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, on Wednesday before boarding commercial aircraft to leave the country following the closure of the U.S. embassy, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said the Marines destroyed heavy weapons in their embassy arsenal, including machine guns, before leaving for the airport but remained armed with smaller weapons until the end to ensure a safe exit from the country. "The movement from the embassy to the aircraft required armed Marines," Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said at a briefing. The U.S....
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:10:24 PM PST · by blueyon · 112 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Warren said the Marines destroyed their machine guns and other crew-served weapons before leaving the Embassy for the airport. He also said that it was unclear who now had custody of the weapons and vehicles that were surrendered. A Marine spokesman could not immediately say...
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:09:17 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 26 replies
    military.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
  • Official: Houthis seize U.S. Embassy vehicles, Marines' weapons at airport

    02/11/2015 8:06:56 AM PST · by McGruff · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2015 | Hakim Almasmari and Greg Botelho
    Houthi rebels took all U.S. Embassy vehicles parked at the Yemeni capital's airport and wouldn't allow departing U.S. Marines to take their weapons with them, a top airport official in Sanaa said Wednesday. The actions come after the United States, along with Britain, suspended operations at their respective embassies and moved out staffers because of the instability in the Arab nation.
  • Officials: US closing embassy in Yemen due to unrest

    02/10/2015 11:08:10 AM PST · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said. The officials said diplomats were being evacuated from the country on Tuesday and the embassy will suspend operations until conditions improve. Yemen has been in crisis for months with Iran-linked Shiite Houthi rebels besieging the capital and then taking control. The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the closure publicly on the record.
  • The Coup Is Complete: US Embassy In Yemen Shutting Down, Ambassador To Leave By Wednesday

    02/10/2015 9:36:58 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-10-2015 | Durden
    Another US-friendly regime has folded completely, and after bumbling US foreign intervention in Libya and Egypt made the countries into terrorist breeding grounds where Americans are kidnapped on sight or worse, it is now Yemen's turn: another country in the Middle East whose president until recently was backed by the US government, and which will now be nothing more than civilian casualty fodder for remote-controlled US drones. YEMENI EMPLOYEES SAY US AMBASSADOR IN YEMEN INFORMS STAFF THE EMBASSY IS CLOSING DOWN COMPLETELY, AMBASSADOR TO LEAVE BY WEDNESDAY For those Americans who are still on location, fear not: you are in...
  • Has Iran Conquered Yemen?

    02/09/2015 1:03:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2015, 8:02 AM | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    The “Arab spring” continues in Yemen, where the Shi’ite Houthi militia loyal to Iran has completely taken control of the government in the capital city of Sana’a, after forcing the disbanding of the previous government and parliament by besieging the seat of government. The Houthi “transition government” has been established for a two year period, and has already published a “constitutional declaration” adding to Yemen’s constitution. Iran’s proxy group took control of Sana’a last September, forcing the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in January. […] Not all are taking kindly to the Houthi takeover, however; in the south...
  • Dershowitz: Obama Set to Make 'Dreadful Mistake' With Iran

    02/08/2015 4:28:01 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 45 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 2/6/2015 | Courtney Coren
    President Barack Obama is about to make a "dreadful mistake" by cutting a deal with Iran on its nuclear program without approval from Congress, which not only puts the United States in danger but the whole world, renowned legal expert Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax TV. "This is a very serious crisis about separation of powers — the president mistakenly believes that the executive has the authority to make this deal with Iran without any input from Congress," Dershowitz, professor emeritus from Harvard Law School, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Friday. "He's wrong constitutionally, he's wrong historically, he's wrong...
  • Houthi Yemen coup moves Iran’s Middle East hegemonic ambitions forward - upheld by Washington

    02/08/2015 1:01:44 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 7 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | February 8, 2015
    Houthi Yemen coup moves Iran’s Middle East hegemonic ambitions forward - upheld by Washington"The strings of the pro-Iranian Houthi rebels’ coup which toppled the Yemeni government in Sanaa were pulled from Tehran and Washington. US intelligence and shared US-Iranian support helped the Houthis reach their goal, which is confined for now to parts of central Yemen and all of the North.... Friday, Feb. 6, the rebels dissolved parliament and seized power in the country of 24 million. They propose to rule by a revolutionary council. ... debkafile’s Saudi intelligence sources reveal that the dominant figure of the uprising was none...
  • Why Netanyahu Must Address US Congress

    02/07/2015 8:39:43 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 29 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 7, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — February 7, 2015 … There is only one entity that truly does not want Netanyahu to address the US Congress. Iran now has 19,000 centrifuges and admits it has 1,008 IR2m machines that can produce nuclear bomb grade material five times faster. Israeli Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, former military intelligence chief and executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies, states that the Iranian program is currently three to six months away from a bomb. Israel faces its worst threat since its rebirth in 1948. The Jewish people face their worst...
  • Netanyahu vows to scuttle world powers’ Iran deal (60 Dems now expected to skip speech)

    02/08/2015 5:26:51 AM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2015, 12:46 pm | Stuart Winer
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday he would continue to try to defeat an expected agreement between the US and Iran over the latter’s nuclear development program as Washington predicted a handshake on the matter in the coming weeks. “The [international] powers and Iran are racing forward with an agreement that will allow Iran to arm with nuclear weapons, something that will threaten the existence of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said before the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Netanyahu declared that he was ready to go head to head with US Secretary of State John Kerry in order...
  • Tehran's master terrorist Iman Mughniyah and the road to 9/11

    02/08/2015 5:24:35 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7 Feb 2015 | By Stephen Hughes
    part one: http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/The-Iran-Threat/Tehrans-master-terrorist-Imad-Mughniyah-and-the-forgotten-road-to-911part-I-of-II-390278 Before Bin Laden and 9/11 Tehran’s master terrorist had killed more Americans than any terrorist in history, Imad Mughniyah was America’s most wanted with a 5 million dollar bounty. With the Islamic Republic of Iran’s help he built a global nexus of militant warfare and terrorist operations. The road to 9/11, it was Imad who introduced Osama Bin laden to Khomeini’s cult of the Islamic Suicide Bomber. In late July 1996, American warships, a full complement of military hardware, and nearly 4,000 Marines, sailors and SEALs, were praying they could pull off the mission of their lives....