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  • Bush invites Poland to Iraq conference

    04/11/2003 6:54:32 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 82 replies · 303+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 11, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    US President George W. Bush has invited Poland, a staunch ally in the Iraq war, to help organize a "rolling dialogue" planned for next week on the future of the country, an aide to the Polish president said Friday. Bush made the invitation to Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski by telephone Thursday, said Marek Siwiec, Kwasniewski's top security aide. Speaking on Polish state radio, Siwiec quoted Bush as saying that "we are inviting you because we have confidence in you." Poland contributed about 200 troops, including 56 members of its elite GROM commando, a logistics vessel and anti-chemical warfare unit to...
  • Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat

    02/16/2019 10:46:41 AM PST · by gandalftb · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2019 | Rodi Said
    U.S.-backed fighters are poised to capture Islamic State’s last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates. The remaining militants in a neighborhood of Baghouz village near the Iraqi border, under fire from all sides. Civilians fled the few square miles of hamlets and farmland that remain within Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’, along with defeated jihadists trying to escape unnoticed. Most of the fighters left in Baghouz are foreigners, in an encircled pocket some 700 meters square. Army General Joseph Votel said the end of the territorial caliphate would lead to a more dispersed, harder-to-detect network of fighters waging guerrilla warfare. That should require...
  • With Iran squeezed out, U.S. oil takes on new rivals in Europe

    02/11/2019 10:04:09 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 11, 2019 | By Olga Yagova and Devika Krishna Kumar
    Only a few years ago, before the hydro-fracking and shale revolution overturned the economics of U.S. oil production, the United States was the world's largest oil importer by far and prohibited exports of oil by law. Now shipments of U.S. crude into Europe have just hit a new record. January imports were 630,000 barrels per day, still - behind Russia and Iraq but above other OPEC producers including Nigeria and Libya. Higher U.S. crude exports have been helped by lower supplies of Iranian and Venezuelan crude, which Washington has put under sanctions, scaring buyers across the world. In the whole...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 2/4/2019

    02/04/2019 5:18:49 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/4/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    France's leading opposition politician says President Emmanuel Macron is ultimately responsible for the Yellow Vests protests and any violent incidents surrounding them. National Rally leader Marine Le Pen told BFM-TV Sunday that new elections for the National Assembly and the Citizen Initiative Referendum are needed.... A Syrian army artillery position attacked in an air strike by the US-led coalition late Saturday night followed by an ISIS ground attack..... President Trump says the US military is "slowly" withdrawing from Syria...... If there's an invasion of Venezuela as some say is coming it looks like the first wave is humanitarian relief.... Today...
  • Trump pushes withdrawal from ‘endless’ Afghanistan, Syria wars

    02/03/2019 5:49:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manila Bulletin ^ | February 4, 2019 | Agence France-Presse
    Pushing back against Republican opposition, US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his determination to pull US troops out of “endless wars” in Syria and Afghanistan, in an interview that aired Sunday. But he said they would stay in Iraq to watch Iran. Trump cited the high cost in blood and money after years of fighting in Afghanistan, in arguing for a US withdrawal from the place where the 9/11 attacks were hatched. “It’s time,” he said in the interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And we’ll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They’re tired. Everybody’s tired.” Trump’s comments...
  • Political alliance with Venezuela and Cuba speculated: Brazil's da Silva, critic of U.S.

    08/15/2002 2:08:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 2,187+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug. 15, 2002 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Alternating harsh anti-American rhetoric reminiscent of the 1960s with efforts to moderate his language in pursuit of middle-class voters, the Workers' Party candidate tried to distance himself from the Forum de Sao Paulo, a group of mostly hard-line communist and leftist parties from around the world that he helped found in 1990. Its last meeting was held in Havana in December. SAO PAULO - Luiz Inacio ''Lula'' da Silva, a longtime critic of the U.S. role in Latin America, could become Brazil's next president, but he rejects speculation that he would form a political alliance with Venezuela and Cuba...
  • Democratic Congresswoman Condemns Religious Bigotry, Standing up to

    02/02/2019 11:39:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2019 | David Glosson
    In a surprising op-ed, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who has announced she is running for President, called out fellow Democrats for fomenting “religious bigotry” during the confirmation of some of President Trump’s recent judicial nominees. Although she did not call them out by name, Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) were undoubtedly in Gabbard’s crossfire, as both Democrat Senators recently (and repeatedly) asked Brian Buescher, a nominee to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, about his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, a faith-based, service organization that supports the Catholic Church’s historical teaching on marriage, abortion, and human sexuality. With around two...
  • Knee Pad Journalism: NY Times’ Peter Baker Absolves Obama in Secret Service Lapses

    10/01/2014 10:26:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Gatway Pundit ^ | 10/1/14 | Kristinn Taylor
    The same newspaper that crucified President George W. Bush for the Abu Ghrab scandal even though Bush was many, many layers of government removed from the American military guards at the heart of the Iraqi prison scandal has given President Barack Obama absolution for the gross incompetence of the Secret Service even though Obama is in direct contact every minute of every day with the agency charged with protecting his life. Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times has written a churlish, excuse-making article published Tuesday night that at once hints Republican lawmakers want to see...
  • Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

    01/29/2019 2:52:35 PM PST · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    Department of State ^ | January 29, 2019 | Office of the Spokesperson
    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host a day of meetings with the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on February 6 in Washington, D.C. The full 79-member Coalition will meet for in-depth discussions on the impending territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria... Ministers will discuss the next phase of the campaign in Iraq and Syria, which will focus on protecting against a resurgence of ISIS through stabilization and security assistance.
  • US-led coalition: Recent strikes destroyed nearly half of ISIS 'propaganda' cells

    01/06/2019 3:24:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 06, 2019 04:46 PM | Diana Stancy Correll
    Recent precision strikes and coordinated attacks targeting the Islamic State's media cells have diminished the group’s communications capabilities by nearly half in less than six months, according to the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve announced Sunday that strikes conducted by Operation Roundup between Dec. 23 and 29 hit Islamic State fighters, media cells, and a general service building in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley region. As a result, the coalition said the Islamic State's communications capabilities have been reduced by approximately 45 percent since September. “The degradation of ISIS in both...
  • It's time to designate Turkey as a sponsor of terrorism

    01/18/2019 4:26:11 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2019 01:43 PM | Michael Rubin
    On Tuesday, Islamist terrorists affiliated with the Somali group al-Shabaab attacked an upscale hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 21. It wasnÂ’t the groupÂ’s first attack in Kenya. The radical group, which at one point was affiliated with al Qaeda, has used KenyaÂ’s heavy Somali refugee presence as cover for a number of attacks in Kenya and against Kenyans, most famously at the Westgate Mall in 2013. That Kenya remains a contributor of both soldiers and police to AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia which seeks to defend the country against al-Shaabab, only puts it further in the...
  • MSNBC's Joy Reid Called for Ethnically Cleansing Jews from Israel

    06/01/2018 2:17:56 PM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    Front Page ^ | June 1, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    MSNBC continues to maintain its red wall of silence on Joy Reid. But the ugliness just keeps rising. The old blog posts by the progressive personality reek of every bigotry that the left claims to condemn. And, as Bre Payton at the Federalist notes, there's even a call to ethnically cleanse Jews from Israel. Iran's pres strikes again Says "move Israel to Europe" "You believe the Jews were oppressed, why should the Palestinian Muslims have to pay the price? You oppressed them, so give a part of Europe to the Zionist regime so they can establish any government they want....
  • White House sought military strike against Iran

    01/14/2019 1:50:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Rappler ^ | January 14, 2019 | Agence France-Presse
    <p>The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq last year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, January 13.</p> <p>The report said the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy in September. No one was hurt by the shells, which landed in an open lot.</p>
  • Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they...

    01/13/2019 5:36:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 Jan 2019 | Nicole Darrah
    FULL TITLE: Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they attack Kurds President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that the "long overdue pullout from Syria" is starting, and threatened that the U.S. will "devastate Turkey economically" if they attack Kurdish forces in the war-torn country. Trump said the removal of troops, which he announced via Twitter in December, is happening "while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions." The president also vowed that the U.S. "Will attack [ISIS] again from existing nearby base if it reforms." Trump promised the...
  • Trump administration seeks to transfer unnamed enemy combatant within 72 hours

    04/17/2018 3:33:47 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/17/18
    The Trump administration intends to transfer a U.S. citizen held in Iraq as an enemy combatant for over six months to an unnamed foreign country within 72 hours, it revealed in a court filing on Tuesday afternoon. The detainee has declined to consent to the transfer, according to the government, and a hearing has been set for Thursday morning. The government did not name the country, but a U.S. official confirmed to The Hill that officials are seeking to transfer him to Saudi Arabia. The detainee, known publicly only as John Doe, also holds a citizenship there, The Hill has...
  • How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse

    01/07/2019 10:15:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Phys dot org (relying on non-science source for science article) ^ | January 3, 2019 | Vasile Ersek, The Conversation
    Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago... It appears that the empire became increasingly dependent on the productivity of the northern lands and used the grains sourced from this region to feed the army and redistribute the food supplies to key supporters....
  • Turkey seeks 'major' US military assistance in Syria: WSJ

    01/05/2019 9:38:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 01/05/2018
    The substantial request for military support included air raids, logistics and transportation so Turkish forces could finish off the remaining fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria, senior US officials were quoted as saying by the WSJ on Friday. "The Turkish requests are so extensive that, if fully met, the American military might be deepening its involvement in Syria instead of reducing it," the newspaper reported. The unidentified American officials told the Journal there was little chance Washington would agree to Ankara's requests in full. US President Donald Trump announced...
  • The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

    01/01/2012 4:28:48 AM PST · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    About the only people having a Happy New Year in the Muslim world aren't the Christians who are huddling and waiting out the storm, but the Islamists who use a different calendar but are having the best time of their lives since the last Caliphate. The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia's elections, Turkey's Islamist AKP Party purged the...
  • New acting Defense secretary on first day: I look forward to carrying out Trump's vision at Pentagon

    01/01/2019 6:31:24 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/01/19 | Ellen Mitchell
    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan started his first day on the job Tuesday with a welcome memo that asserted the Pentagon “remains focused on safeguarding our nation” under the direction of President Trump. “As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders including the service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” Shanahan wrote. “The Department of Defense continues to be one of our nation’s bedrock institutions. Our foundational strength lies in the remarkable...
  • Syria's Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in Syria

    12/30/2018 10:14:51 AM PST · by be-baw · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2018 | ALBERT AJI - Associated Press
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad authorized Iraqi forces on Sunday to attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus, the state news agency SANA said, as the two allies coordinate their fight against extremists ahead of a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria. ... On Saturday Assad received a letter from Iraq’s Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi calling for both countries’ coordination in “fighting terrorism.” ... In Tehran, Iran and Syria signed Sunday a long-term strategic and economic agreement as the war winds down in Syria where Iran and Russia were the main...