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  • US report confirms nine Abrams tanks ended up with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

    02/07/2018 7:31:40 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | 2018/02/07 | Baxtiyar Goran
    US report confirms nine Abrams tanks ended up with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Nine Abrams tanks the United States had provided to Iraqi forces for the battle against the Islamic State (IS) are now in the hands of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias, a US military audit confirmed. A quarterly inspector general report for the US mission in Iraq and Syria, released on Feb. 2, confirms that M1 Abrams battle tanks and other lethal equipment provided to the Iraqi government by Washington have ended up with the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular...
  • Study: 2 of 12 Americans Who Joined Islamic State and Returned to U.S. Remain Free

    02/07/2018 6:06:51 AM PST · by davikkm · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | PENNY STARR
    George Washington University’s Program on Extremism released a study Monday focused on Americans who traveled to Iraq or Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS). The study, titled “American Jihadists in Syria and Iraq,” provides details on 64 of the 300 or so jihadists the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified as those who attempted to or did travel abroad to join the radical Islamic group. The 64 on whom the study focused made it to the Middle East, and 12 of those returned to the United States. Of those twelve, nine were arrested, one returned to Syria and died...
  • Saddam Hussein's Daughter Tops Iraq's 'Most Wanted' List Government Says Suspects Aided Terror

    02/05/2018 2:06:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The National ^ | February 5, 2018 | Mina Aldroubi
    Toppled dictator Saddam Hussein's exiled daughter is among dozens named on Iraq's "most wanted" list of people accused of supporting acts of terror. Those on the list are wanted for belonging to or having an affiliation with ISIL, Al Qaeda or Saddam's Baath Party regime. Raghad Saddam Hussein responded on Monday by pledging to take legal action against those who have "insulted her". Iraq's government has been seeking to prosecute Ms Hussein since 2006 for allegedly supporting violence in the country. The list echoes the US set of 55 playing cards, released in 2003, that depicted the most wanted members...
  • Erdogan to discuss Jerusalem, terrorism, Islamophobia with Pope Francis on Vatican visit

    02/04/2018 9:50:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan will travel to Vatican City on Sunday evening to meet with Pope Francis. During a news conference at Istanbul's AtatĂĽrk Airport State Guest House, ErdoÄźan called the visit a "significant opportunity" to convey messages of peace. "I see this visit as a significant opportunity in terms of drawing attention to common human values, friendship and peace messages," the president told reporters. "We will discuss Palestine, Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq, the fight against terrorism, the problems of refugees, humanitarian aid and the fight against rising Islamophobia and cultural racism in the West," he said, referring to his...
  • After defeat of ISIS, US redeploying forces from Iraq to Afghanistan

    02/05/2018 2:39:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/5/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The U.S. military is pulling its forces from an American-led coalition base in Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan following the defeat of Islamic State group militants in the country. Western contractors at the base say U.S. troops began the drawdown over the past week, with groups of soldiers leaving the base on daily flights. The exact scale of the redeployment was unclear. According to various estimates, as of 2016, there were more 5,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Iraq, with nearly 4,000 deployed to support and assist local groups fighting ISIS militants. The remaining personnel included special operations forces,...
  • Iran Protests Continue - in fact they have re-ignited

    02/03/2018 5:45:43 PM PST · by nuconvert · 25 replies
    IranWire,Twitter,assorted others | Feb. 3, 2018
    Feb. is the Iranian regime's celebration of "The Revolution". Protesters have taken to the streets to call for the end of the regime and death to Khamenei. They are tearing down posters & banners celebrating the Revolution and burning them. The protests are happening in cities throughout the country. The women are still taking off their head scarves in protest and being arrested. Just because the media doesn't report it, doesn't mean it isn't happening. There are many photos & videos on Twitter @iranprotests, and #iranprotests
  • Greenfield: How Putin is Winning and Losing Syria

    10/08/2015 9:10:35 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 1 replies
    FrontPage ^ | October 8, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    How Putin is Winning and Losing Syria No one is in Syria because of ISIS. October 8, 2015 Daniel Greenfield    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. The Russian line is that they’re in Syria to fight ISIS. But the Russians, like the Turks, Iranians and Europeans, don’t care about ISIS. By declaring itself a Caliphate, ISIS made itself non-aligned. The fighting in Syria isn’t about ISIS. It predated the rise of ISIS as a major player. It’s about Syria. ISIS has become a convenient excuse for...
  • Remembering Who Our Friends Are

    02/02/2018 11:09:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American ^ | February 2, 2018 | Sarah N. Stern
    In what has ironically been designated “Operation Olive Branch,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been trying to put the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin into a stranglehold. Turkey is now in its second week of bombardment over Afrin from the air and heavy tanks are now carrying out a ground offensive into the Kurdish region. Erdogan is a brute and a thug, who has made a habit of trampling on the human rights of his own people. He used the failed military coup of July, 2016 to arbitrarily arrest and imprison anyone whom he considers to be his opposition,...
  • See the handiwork of Erdogan the Islamit and his NATO ally Army in Efrin

    02/01/2018 2:38:43 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Twitter ^ | Feb 1, 2018 | Mutlu Civiroglu
    Mutlu Civiroglu‏ @mutludc YPJ fighter Barin Kobani whose body was mutilated by Turkish-backed forces in Qurna village of Bilbil in #Afrin Remember both ISIS and al Qaeda fighters are now part of the FSA Turkish Militia who invaded Efrin, Syria -- Rojava; @AzadiRojava YPJ heroine Barîn Kobane defended her homeland Efrîn from invading Al Qaeda Mercenaries & your ally Turkey. They got her. They mutilated & dismembered her body. Don’t condone these warcrimes. Break your silence @theresa_may @EmmanuelMacron @sigmargabriel @HalbeZijlstra-- Jenan Moussa; @jenanmoussa There’s also another video going viral which is too graphic to share. But I’ll try...
  • TIME FOR GREENBLATT TO WALK AWAY-Will Trump, chief peace negotiator accept "peace process" is dead?

    02/02/2018 4:14:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 2, 2018 | Caroline Glick
    Unless Trump intends to humiliate himself and America and sell Israel down the river like his predecessors did, the peace process will not be resuscitated. On Tuesday in Bethlehem, the Palestinians demonstrated the choice the Americans now face in their dealings with Fatah – the supposedly moderate PLO faction that controls the Palestinian Authority and the PLO. President Donald Trump and his advisers can play by Fatah’s rules or they can walk away. On Tuesday a delegation of diplomats from the US Consulate in Jerusalem came to Bethlehem to participate in a meeting of the local chamber of commerce. When...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Korean Games of Thrones

    07/25/2017 7:32:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    The time for pious American lectures is over. North Korea North Korea seeks respect on the cheap — and attention and cash — that it cannot win the old-fashioned way by the long, hard work of achieving a dynamic economy or an influential culture. Over the last quarter-century, it has proved that feigned madness and the road to nuclear weapons (Pakistan is another good example) provide a shortcut to all three goals: It is now feared, in the news, and likely to receive another round of Western danegeld. Setting off a bomb (as opposed to merely bragging that it soon...
  • Veteran tells of near-death experience in new book

    01/29/2018 9:48:12 PM PST · by beaversmom · 6 replies
    The Daily Item ^ | January 8, 2018 | Rick Dandes Rick Dandes
    When the final history of America’s war on terror and the combat role in the Middle East is told, it will be the individual stories of veterans like Sunbury’s Joshua Mantz, a 2001 Shikellamy High School graduate, that resonate long after our soldiers have come home. Few who knew Mantz in high school would be surprised that after surviving a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad, and following his recovery, 10 years of insidious trauma including thoughts of suicide, he would now be transformed by his experiences into a nationally known speaker, dedicating his life to helping others understand PTSD through lectures,...
  • British Teen Gained Access to Intelligence Ops in Afghanistan, Iran Pretending to Be CIA Head

    01/25/2018 1:18:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Jan 2018 | Hayley Dixon
    British 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA, court hears A 15-year-old gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA to gain access to his computers, a court has heard. From the bedroom of the Leicestershire home he shared with his mother, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” – where a person builds up a picture of information and uses it manipulate others into handing over more – to access the personal and work accounts of some of America's...
  • Trump to urge Turkey to de-escalate its campaign against Kurds in Syria

    01/24/2018 7:23:24 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 24, 2018, 7:06 AM | Jamie McIntyre and Travis Tritten
    THE TURKISH THICKET: President Trump will wade into the latest point of tension between the U.S. and NATO ally Turkey, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to press ahead with his attacks against Kurdish fighters in the north of Syria, who are among America’s chief allies in the fight against the Islamic State. Trump is scheduled to speak by phone with Erdogan today in an effort to persuade one U.S. ally to stop attacking another. “We want them to de-escalate. I think you can expect that to be part of the conversation,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders,...
  • Mixed Messages From U.S. as Turkey Attacks Syrian Kurds

    01/24/2018 8:38:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 23, 2018 | MARK LANDLER, CARLOTTA GALL and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — The White House sent out a message aimed at mollifying Turkey’s president on Tuesday, suggesting that the United States was easing off its support for the Syrian Kurds. That message was quickly contradicted by the Pentagon, which said it would continue to stand by the Kurds, even as Turkey invaded their stronghold in northwestern Syria. The conflicting statements appeared to reflect an effort by the administration to balance competing pressures. Turkey, which has been furious over American support for the Kurds, is a NATO ally, while the Kurds have been critical American partners in the war against the...
  • Where Is Assad Getting His Fighters From? (It's Not Just Lebanon and Iraq)

    01/23/2018 7:12:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    National Interest ^ | January 2, 2018 | Colin P. ClarkePhillip Smyth
    Where Is Assad Getting His Fighters From? (It's Not Just Lebanon and Iraq) Colin P. ClarkePhillip Smyth January 2, 2018 In early December, senior Trump administration officials suggested that approximately 80 percent of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s defense against insurgents in the country’s ongoing civil war is being provided by forces imported from outside of the country. The lion’s share of these fighters is being trained and equipped by Iran, the Assad regime’s most ardent supporter. Interestingly, however, these foreign fighters, almost of all which are Shia Muslims, are not merely comprised of Lebanese and Iraqis, but include significant numbers...
  • Could the Kurds beat Turkey in Syria?

    01/22/2018 8:10:29 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 22, 2018, 4:46 PM | Michael Rubin
    After a multi-day artillery barrage, the Turkish Army has begun its push into Afrin, a district of Syria which has been governed by Syrian Kurds ever since they defeated al Qaeda and Islamic State terrorists. Turkish officials say they plan to set up a buffer zone extending almost 20 miles into Syria from the Turkish border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a blistering speech threatening Turkey’s Kurds if they speak up on behalf of their Syrian counterparts and promising victory within “a very short period of time.” That may be a fatal miscalculation, one which could cripple Turkey. Erdogan’s...
  • THE PIZZA JIHAD-The terrorist pizza place next door

    01/23/2018 4:10:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 23, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    The New Jersey pizza place that may be the closest link to an ISIS leader doesn’t look like much. There are red café umbrellas out front and its menu offers the usual tangled multicultural fast food mess of Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Greek food. You can pick up the same Hawaiian pizza or baked ziti there or at the dozen other Albanian pizza places dotting this part of the Jersey Shore. "Are you incapable of stabbing a Kafir [non-Muslim] with a knife, throwing him off a building, or running him over with a car? Liberate yourself from hellfire by killing...
  • Sipan Hemo: Russia betrayed the Kurds, but victory will be ours

    01/22/2018 8:37:55 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 22 Jan 2018, 11:25 | ANF QAMISHLI
    Sipan Hemo stated that their “rightful and legitimate” resistance will continue in the face of the attempted invasion of Afrin, where the Turkish state commits civilian massacres and said: “Victory will certainly be ours.” YPG Commander General Sipan Hemo stated that the Turkish media’s job is “to create the foundations for the invasion of Afrin” and that they insisted on portraying the massacred civilians as fighters. Hemo said, “But the truth is, Erdogan is targeting villages and towns and massacring civilians.” The invading Turkish army launched an attack on Afrin on January 19 with 72 fighter jets. The invasion attack...
  • The World’s Longest Sniper Kill: The Enemy Shot Dead at 3,871 Yards

    01/22/2018 5:44:52 AM PST · by billorites · 76 replies
    National Interest ^ | January 20, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    In mid-2017, the sniping community was rocked by incredible news: a Canadian sniper team operating in the Middle East had made a successful kill at a distance of more than two miles. The team, deployed to fight the Islamic State, killed an ISIS fighter at a distance of 3,871 yards. The shot was a record breaker and more than a thousand yards farther than the previous world record. The shot, which bordered on the impossible, was made only slightly less so by the skill of the snipers involved. On June 22, 2017 the Globe and Mail [3] reported that two...