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  • Syrian Kurds: We captured terrorist who planned 9/11 attacks

    04/19/2018 12:09:30 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/4/18 | Ben Ariel
    A Syrian-born German national accused of helping to plan the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria, a senior Kurdish commander told AFP on Wednesday. “Mohammed Haydar Zammar has been arrested by Kurdish security forces in northern Syria and is now being interrogated,” the top official said, but did not provide further details. Zammar, who is in his mid-fifties, has been accused of recruiting some of the September 11 hijackers. He was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian...
  • Ex-official in Bremen suspected of illegally approving 1,200 asylum cases [Germany: Yazidis]

    04/20/2018 6:46:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 April 2018 12:32 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    A senior official at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) allegedly granted asylum to more than 1,200 applicants without valid legal reasons for their approval. She has since been removed from her position. The employee headed the BAMF office in Bremen and worked with three lawyers who assisted her in wrongfully granting asylum to refugees from other federal states, according to joint research conducted by Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), NDR and Radio Bremen. Many of the applicants were said to have been Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority living mainly in northern Iraq and northern Syria. During the reign of...
  • THE AMERICAN “INABILITY TO UNDERSTAND” JIHADIS-It has hamstrung our foreign policy for decades

    04/20/2018 5:30:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 20, 2018 | Robert Spencer
    One of the biggest ongoing problems of U.S. foreign policy is a failure to understand what we’re really up against. This problem is nothing new, although Barack Obama took it to new heights by banning all mention of Islam and jihad from counterterror training, with many of his loyalists still in place and hampering our ability to deal realistically with the jihad threat today. This myopia goes back decades. In Theodore H. White’s America In Search of Itself, there is this telling passage about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979: Of the negotiating effort, the most biting summary was...
  • Iran Warns of New 'War' As It Boosts Ties With Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

    04/20/2018 1:17:52 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 18 Apr 2018 | Tom O'Connor
    Iran's supreme leader warned top officials Wednesday that their country was facing threats of espionage and subversion from foreign foes who sought to undermine the Islamic Republic and its increasingly large sphere of influence in the Middle East. {snip} Iran has also shored up its relations with neighboring Iraq, where a 2003 U.S. invasion installed a Shiite Muslim government much friendlier to Iran and spurred a Sunni Muslim insurgency that ultimately helped to form ISIS... With ISIS largely defeated, these paramilitary fighters were made official members of the country's armed forces and they have threatened to expel the U.S. military...
  • Randa Jarrar, Linda Sarsour Racist Arab Muslims racialize defense against bigoted Jihad

    04/19/2018 11:46:32 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 17 replies
    Time to call out the phony militant racists Arab Muslims who cry "racism"... Some pose as "leftists socialists", only to jump on their hate wagon. latest, Fresno State professor stirs outrage, calls Barbara Bush an 'amazing racist' BY BRYANT-JON ANTEOLA bjanteola@fresnobee.com April 17, 2018 09:13 PM Updated April 18, 2018 04:05 PM A Fresno State professor called former first lady Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal,” and expressed no concern that she could be fired or reprimanded for her outspokenness on social media. Randa Jarrar, who in her Twitter messages describes herself as an Arab-American and...
  • Oil and Gas Sales to Syria's Assad Are Propping Up ISIS

    04/17/2018 8:20:56 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 22 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | January 20, 2017 | Feliz Solomon
    Revenues from oil and gas sold to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are now the largest source of funds for the Islamic State (ISIS), as the militant group faces mounting military pressure in both Iraq and Syria. The Wall Street Journal reports that officials from the U.S. and Europe said the Assad regime, despite pronouncements that it is fighting the extremist group, is directly supporting ISIS through the purchase of energy, needed to power the Syrian capital Damascus and other parts of the country. Amos Hochstein of the U.S. State Department told the Journal that the group’s “revenue...
  • WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA POSTREL? Who speaks for libertarianism the Old Right or the Neocon Clones?

    04/08/2002 10:13:00 AM PDT · by H.R. Gross · 25 replies · 17+ views
    Antiwar.com ^ | April 8, 2002 | Justin Raimondo
    Behind the Headlines by Justin RaimondoAntiwar.com April 8, 2002 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA POSTREL?Post-9/11: Who speaks for libertarianism – the Old Right or the Neocon Clones? A note from the author: I apologize, in advance, for the sheer length of this column, but since it addresses the sell-out of basic libertarian principles by people and institutions who purport to speak in its name, I thought it important to address these questions thoroughly, with extensive quotations from those I name. Too bad, in attacking Antiwar.com, these pathetic losers didn't do the same – but then what can one expect from craven...
  • Russia-West 'alienation' is worrying: German president

    04/15/2018 10:16:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 April 2018 15:51 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday voiced alarm over the growing “alienation” between Russia and the West, stressing the need for dialogue as post-Cold War tensions peak. Speaking to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Steinmeier said last month’s poisoning of a former Russian spy in England, which Britain and its allies blame on Moscow, was “a very serious incident”. “But we should be at least as worried about the galloping alienation between Russia and the West, the consequences of which stretch far beyond this case,” the former foreign minister said. Moscow vehemently denies involvement in the nerve agent poisoning of...
  • Trump is not the president to lead America into a war(barf Alert)

    04/14/2018 1:58:47 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 13th 2018 | Elizabeth Bruenig
    I was born during a war, though you wouldn’t have known it. There was clean water and electricity and nutrition enough to see an eight-pound baby girl into the world on a cold December night in Texas. It was the Gulf War . The devastation was somewhere over there, not here. Two more wars began before I went into middle school; one ended — formally, anyway — after I had gone to college, the other continues to this day. While I was in college, we took military action in Libya, too. Again, there was no rupture on the home front,...
  • US Judge Rules Assad Helped Al-Qaeda Kill Americans

    04/14/2018 6:59:33 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Monday, May 8, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    A district court judge ruled the Syrian regime — and specifically its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad — are liable for the murders of three Americans by al-Qaeda because of the regime’s massive support for the terrorist group’s branch in Iraq. In addition to those three Americans, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and others have been killed or injured due to Assad’s sponsorship of al-Qaeda and other jihadists. The lawsuit was filed by the families of Laurence Michael Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2002; Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, killed in Iraq in 2004...
  • Israel edges to NATO as Turkey pivots to Russia. (Should Turkey leave NATO?)

    04/06/2018 10:57:16 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 21 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | Mar 2018 | Arie Egozi
    For a while, Turkey and Israel were the unexpected couple, the increasingly Muslim state buying the Jewish state’s weapons and Israel offering Turkey a potentially strategic gas and oil pipeline. That all changed when Israeli commandos raided the so-called Gaza Freedom Flotilla in May 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean. Nine activists were killed, including eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish American, and many were wounded. That was a turning point in the relations between the two countries. But three years later, the two sides appeared to mend relations. But as the Syrian civil war spiraled out of control...
  • Energy minnow Bahrain just found 80 billion barrels of oil, as much as Russia's entire reserve

    04/05/2018 7:32:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Reuters via Financial Post ^ | April 5, 2018 | Davide Barbuscia
    A new discovery off the coast of Bahrain is estimated to contain at least 80 billion barrels of tight oil, the kingdom's biggest ever find, its oil minister said on Wednesday. Independent appraisals by U.S.-based oil consultants DeGolyer and MacNaughton and oilfield services company Halliburton had confirmed Bahrain's find of "highly significant quantities of oil in place ... with tight oil amounting to at least 80 billion barrels, and deep gas reserves in the region of 10-20 trillion cubic feet," Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Khalifa said. Russia's entire oil reserve is 80 billion barrels. Tight oil is a...
  • Ruthless Erdogan Will Show No Mercy on the Kurds

    03/27/2018 12:09:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2018 | Paul Greenberg
    It is a terrible thing to be a people without a state or province to call its own. Just ask the Kurds, who now find themselves under the hell of Turkey's ruthless ruler, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who may as well be one of the Turkish sultans of the past. For he has unleashed a campaign of genocidal fury against people of his ever-expanding realm. And no one can say the world hasn't been given fair warning of his genocidal intentions. At latest report, his troops and some Syrian puppets under his control were driving farther and farther east, planning to...
  • Latest Turkey-EU talks end with no progress

    03/28/2018 6:00:55 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 27, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    The latest high-level attempt to normalize Turkish-EU ties has failed. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s much publicized meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in the Bulgarian seaside resort of Varna on March 26, did not produce any results on issues that have been clouding ties.There was no indication that fresh life would be breathed into Turkey’s bid for EU membership. All Turkey obtained was an assurance that its dormant bid remained on the table and that dialogue between Turkey and the EU would continue, even though there is little chance that stalled negotiations will resume...
  • Syria war: France offers to mediate between Turkey and Kurds

    03/29/2018 9:28:10 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | Mar 29, 2018
    France has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria, where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January. Ankara is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). President Emmanuel Macron met members of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, including the YPG. Mr Macron expressed hopes for dialogue between Turkey and the militia. His office said he had "paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role" of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. France...
  • Anti-Semitism is running rampant in Turkey

    03/29/2018 6:30:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | (3-29-18) 29/03/18 07:10 | Uzay Bulut
    An MP of the ruling party (in Turkey) blames a Jewish bank for JFK's assassination, Jews are blamed for the Kurdish referendum and for planning last year's failed coup. There is much more.The writer is a Turkish journalist and political analyst formerly based in Ankara. She now lives in the United States.More from the author ► When the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria fell to Turkey on March 18, many Turkish Twitter users celebrated it, using anti-Semitic epithets that referred to the Kurdish PKK fighters there as “servants of Jews”, “bastards of Jews,” “underbred Armenians and Jews” and...
  • Justice Dept. charges Minnesota FBI agent for leaking secret document to news outlet

    03/28/2018 2:36:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | March 28, 2018 | By Stephen Montemayor
    A former Minneapolis FBI agent has been charged after allegedly leaking secret documents to a national news reporter, according to federal criminal charges filed in Minnesota this week. The charges, filed by prosecutors for the Justice Department’s National Security Division, are the first to come in Minnesota since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a broad crackdown on government leaks last year. A two-page felony information, a charging document that typically signals an imminent guilty plea, outlines two counts filed against Terry J. Albury of unlawfully disclosing and retaining national defense information. Albury is accused of sharing a document on assessing...
  • Turkey hands out 'warnings' to US, Iraq, Kurds, Cyprus, and Greece

    03/28/2018 2:18:25 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | 3-28-18 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s National Security Council headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened that Ankara would “take action” to drive out Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq if the United States and Baghdad failed to do so.The council’s monthly meeting in Ankara, comprised of civilian and military Turkish leadership, lasted four hours.“Turkey will not hesitate to use initiative if terrorists in Manbij are not driven away,” a statement on Erdogan’s presidential website read, warning the US whose special forces there in the northern Syrian town continue to work with Kurdish-led groups. .. In sterner...
  • Displaced Kurds from Afrin need help, activist says

    03/26/2018 4:55:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 26, 2018 02:02 | Seth J. Frantzman
    Rebels threaten historic diversity in province where Jews once visited Kurdish, Yazidi neighbors. Kurds often say they have “no friends but the mountains.” However, after the Turkish and Syrian rebel offensive took over most of the Kurdish area of Afrin in northern Syria in the last two months, they’ve been saying even the mountains cannot protect them against Turkish warplanes. Kamal Sido, the Middle East department director for the Society for Threatened Peoples, is in Israel this week seeking to raise awareness of suffering in Afrin. He describes in detail the suffering which Kurds, displaced by the conflict, now face....
  • TEL AVIV DIARY: IN HINDSIGHT, IRAQ WAR ONLY BENEFITED IRAN

    03/24/2018 3:53:57 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 22, 2018 | Marc Shulman
    March marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. At the time of the invasion, Israel remained in the midst of the Second Intifada—a period during which over 1,000 Israelis were killed by terrorists. Israelis still had vivid memory of the first Gulf War, during which Iraq had launched dozens of missiles at Israel, many striking Tel Aviv. Most Israelis, like the majority of Americans, were enthusiastic about the American attack. Israelis all had gas masks stored in the their homes, in case Iraq were to fire chemical weapons at Israel, as it was clear to everyone that...