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The Caliphate

Arab League Meets with Arab Foreign Ministers to Discuss the Caliphate

September 7th 2014

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby called for broad-based action to confront the growing threat of Islamic State militants, as he met with Arab foreign ministers to discuss the growing list of conflicts across the Arab world during their annual September session Sunday in Cairo.

Elaraby said the number of threats facing the Arab world were unprecedented and of an existential nature.

He said the threats include social and economic troubles, revolutions, and armed insurgencies with extremist and terrorist ideologies that threaten the unity of nations and their political, social and economic orders. Read more ..

The Edge of Health

Israeli Company Reports It is Ready to Mass-Produce Ebola Cure for All of Africa

September 7th 2014

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Professor Yoseph Shaaltiel, Protalix Executive VP Research and Development stated that his company can immediately begin producing the experimental anti-Ebola ZMapp drug, the only drug that has proven to be an effective Ebola cure. Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who contracted the disease while treating Ebola patients in Liberia made a rapid recovery after being given the drug.  Unfortunately the drug is still in an experimental stage, and experiments done after Dr. Brantly was treated exhausted supplies. The manufacturer, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., a small San Diego based biotech company requires several months before they can manufacture a new batch of the drug. Protalix, located in the northern Israeli town of Karmiel has developed biological agents effective in combatting Gauchr disease and Fabry disease.  Read more ..

Obama's Second Term

Obama Says 'Rapid-Reaction' Force is Ready to Go to Ukraine

September 6th 2014

President Barack Obama said Friday that the creation of a NATO "rapid-reaction" force will serve as a signal to Russia to avoid any future potential aggression similar to the ongoing fighting in Ukraine. The force, which will consist of several thousand ground troops, with naval, air and special forces units in support, will be staffed on a rotating basis by member countries, and will be ready to deploy on a few days’ notice.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said earlier the force would be designed in particular to bolster the security of the former Soviet satellite states that are now part of the 28-member alliance, such as Poland or the three Baltic nations of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Read more ..

America on Edge

NORAD Shadows Unresponsive Aircraft

September 5th 2014

F-15E Refuels

As of 11:30 a.m. EDT today, September 5, 2014, two F-15 fighter jets under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command launched to investigate an unresponsive aircraft currently flying over the Atlantic Ocean. The Socata TBM-700 light business and utility aircraft departed Rochester, NY with a flight plan filed to land in Naples, FL, however the plane’s occupants did not respond to attempts to communicate.

The aircraft continues to be followed by NORAD jets. NORAD continues to monitor the situation in close coordination with the FAA. More information will be made available as it emerges. NORAD's mission – in close collaboration with homeland defense, security, and law enforcement partners – is to prevent air attacks against North America, safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada by responding to unknown, unwanted and unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within these airspaces, and provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America.


Obama's Second Term

Republican Paul Ryan Dares Obama to use Veto Power

September 5th 2014

Republicans plan to test President Obama’s willingness to use the veto pen if they capture control of the Senate in November, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in an interview with The Hill.

The Budget Committee chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee said Obama hasn't had to make tough decisions on vetoing legislation because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has shelved most of the bills sent over by the GOP-led House.

“Right now, Harry Reid is protecting the president from making difficult decisions,” Ryan said Thursday, “and I believe that we can unblock a number of things that should at least get to the president’s desk and make him make a decision.” Read more ..

The Edge of Terrorism

Al-Qaeda Leader Announces New India Branch

September 5th 2014

Ayman al-Zawahiri

In a new video, al-Qaeda announced the establishment of Qaedat al-Jihad or al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent. The new organization comes as rival Islamist groups, including Islamic State (IS), have gained attention from graphically violent operations in Iraq and Syria. Analysts say al-Qaeda is trying to remain relevant as IS makes territorial advances and has released video of the executions of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. In the hour-long al Qaeda video, current leader Ayman al-Zawahri said the terrorist organization would take back land "occupied" by unbelievers.

Al-Zawahri also explained that "This entity was not established today, but it is the fruit of a blessed effort for more than two years to gather the mujahideen in the Indian subcontinent into a single entity to be with the main group," suggesting extremists have already established roots in the region. Read more ..

Palestinians on Edge

Abbas Reportedly Tells Emir of Qatar: Hamas Tunnelers Tried to Assassinate Me

September 3rd 2014

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At a recent Qatari-hosted summit, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly asserted that rival group Hamas has attempted to assassinate him in the past, Israel’s NRG News said on Monday.

“In 2006, they tried to take my life, placing a bomb on the route I was supposed to have traveled – they tried to blow me up,” he claimed. “They dug a tunnel that reached beneath my residence in Gaza – I have photographic proof!” Abbas contended, suggesting that the evidence was on a CD he held.

The embarrassing newly leaked details of the August 21st summit between Fatah and Hamas leaders hint at the sour state of relations behind the “Palestinian Unity Government,” NRG said. Read more ..

The 2016 Vote

Will His Father's Bribery Scandal Dim Rand Paul's Presidential Prospects?

September 3rd 2014

The bribery scandal surrounding former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) 2012 presidential bid is threatening to damage his son’s 2016 White House prospects.

The saga took down Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) likely campaign manager, Jesse Benton, who was running Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reelection bid. And the implications of wrongdoing two years ago could still further trickle down and hobble the younger Paul’s developing presidential campaign apparatus.

Benton, a longtime aide to both Pauls, resigned Friday from the GOP Senate leader’s campaign amid controversy sparked by former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson’s admission in court that he accepted tens of thousands of dollars from representatives associated with Paul’s and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) campaigns for his endorsement. Read more ..

The Caliphate

ISIS Militant Vows to Return Home to 'Conquer' Spain

September 2nd 2014

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Calling himself Abu Tasnim al-Magribi, a combatant fighting for the Islamic State says he is ready to return to Spain in order to “conquer it.” According to ABC, a Spanish daily, the young man is originally from Ceuta – one of the two cities controlled by Spain on the Mediterranean shore of north Africa. Also known as Kokito Castillejos, the Muslim terrorist was married by proxy to a young Muslim women who, reportedly, asked for a suicide explosive belt as part of her wedding endowment.

The 28-year-old Muslim has shared his exploits on various social media. In one of his most recent appearances on social media, he is seen photographing a smiling boy who holds a head of a decapitated victim for all to see. Read more ..

The Caliphate

Islamic State Terrorists Behead Another American

September 2nd 2014

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Members of the Islamic State or Caliphate, also known as ISIS and ISIL, have reportedly beheaded another American. The latest victim is believed to be U.S. reporter Steven Sotloff. A video that emerged on September 2 on the internet appears to show Sotloff's beheading by the Muslim group.

When asked by the press corps, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that he had no information about the incident. The mutiliation is believed to have turned up the pressure for President Barack Obama to take more military action in the Mideast where, in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State holds sway.

Before his mutilation by the knife-wielding masked man in the video, Sotloff was heard to address Obama directly. In the video, Sotloff said, "I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing. Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?" He had been missing since August 2013. Read more ..

The Battle for Ukraine

Russia Says No 'Military Intervention' Foreseen in Ukraine Despite NATO Fears

September 1st 2014

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on September 1 that the Russian military would not intervene in Ukraine, something Kyiv and the West say it has already done. Lavrov told students and teachers at Russia's premier international affairs university that there would be no "military intervention" in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian government forces since April in a conflict the UN says has killed more than 2,600 people.

NATO said last week it believed more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had entered Ukraine in what U.S. President Barack Obama called an "ongoing incursion" by Moscow.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on September 1 that the events of the past few days show Russia has launched a "direct and open aggression" against Ukraine. He suggested a shake-up of the Ukrainan military leadership could be imminent. Read more ..

The Battle for Ukraine

Russian Armored Units Battle Ukrainian Forces for Control of Eastern Ukraine

September 1st 2014

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Troops loyal to the Ukrainian government battled Russian tanks in Lugansk, a city in the eastern part of the country that is the apple of discord between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin declared on his Facebook page on September 1, "The battle between Ukrainian paratroopers and a reinforced tank battalion of the Russian armed forces is continuing with the goal of controlling the Lugansk airfield.”

Defense Ministery Valeriy Geletey said that Russian troops are advancing towards other towns and cities in the disputed region, including Donetsk. "We are fighting Russia and it is Russia which is deciding what will happen in Donbass," he said on television on the evening of August 31. Donbass is the informal name of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. "We are holding talks not with terrorists but with representatives of the Kremlin," he added. Read more ..

Operation Protective Edge

Israel Downs UAV from Syria and is now 'Ready for Any Scenario

August 31st 2014

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The Israeli Air Force’s downing of a UAV from Syria that strayed into its airspace over the Golan Heights on Sunday underlined remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Jewish State was “ready for any scenario both in [the Gaza region] and in others including – of course – the Golan Heights.”

Speaking at the outset of the weekly Cabinet session, held in rocket-battered Ashkelon in identification with its residents, Netanyahu said Israeli forces had “struck Hamas very hard,” during the 50-days of Operation Protective Edge, meant to foil both rocket fire and terror tunnels into Israeli territory.

“The IDF and the ISA (Israel Security Agency – the Shin Bet) killed almost 1,000 terrorists, struck at the heads of the organizations, and struck at their network of tunnels and their terrorist high-rises. We foiled their rocket attacks, and their aggression from land, sea and air. We hit their command centers and delivered blows that Hamas has not experienced since it was founded. At the same time, Hamas withdrew from all of its demands for a ceasefire, with neither time constraints nor other conditions,” Netanyahu said. Read more ..

The Caliphate

U.S. Airstrikes Hit Islamic State Combatants Near Iraq's Mosul Dam

August 31st 2014

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The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.

In a statement issued on August 30, U.S. Central Command says the five latest U.S. air strikes were in support of operations conducted by Iraqi security forces. Officials say the air strikes destroyed an armed vehicle, a fighting position, and weapons and heavily damaged an Islamic State building. Central Command says it has conducted a total of 115 air strikes across Iraq.

Elsewhere, Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on August in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the northern Shi'ite town of Amerli. Read more ..

The Battle for Ukraine

Ukraine Approves of New EU Sanctions on Russia

August 30th 2014

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the EU summit in Brussels has agreed to prepare new sanctions on Russia, conditional on progress of his peace plan.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels as EU leaders meet on August 30, he also said he thinks the crisis over Russia's intervention in Ukraine is "very close to the point of no return, [of) full-scale war."

He said he hoped the contact group meeting on September 1 with Russia, Ukraine, and the OSCE in Minsk could result in a cease-fire.

Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier on August 30 in a telephone talk with Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka that it was important to organize consultations of the contact group in Minsk with the participation of representatives of Kyiv, of Ukraine's southeastern regions, the OSCE, and Russia. Read more ..

The Battle for Ukraine

EU Offers Strong Words for Putin over Ukraine Imbroglio

August 30th 2014

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the EU is ready to take "very strong and clear measures" against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Barroso told a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Brussels on August 30 that he would propose a broad range of options to member states. "What I can tell you now on behalf of the European Commission is that we have already prepared some options, so we have done our work in case the member states decide to go for further levels of sanctions," he said. Barroso added that the EU was "keeping our doors open to a political solution" and that any tightening of sanctions was intended not to escalate the crisis but to push Moscow to negotiate.

"Sanctions or restrictive measures are just ways, means, or instruments to show to the Russian leadership that the current situation is not acceptable and that we urge them to come to reason, to work constructively," he said. Read more ..

The Battle for Ukraine

NATO Chief Demands Cessation of Russian Activity in Ukraine

August 29th 2014

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NATO has called on Russia to cease its "illegal military operations" in eastern Ukraine, which it says are aimed at destabilizing the country.

The comments by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday followed an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss the worsening crisis.

Rasmussen, referencing satellite images released by his organization Thursday, said it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern Ukraine. He said this is not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern over many months to destabilize Ukraine as a sovereign nation. Read more ..

The Edge of Terrorism

Paycheck for Terrorism: $5,300 for Suicide Attack

August 29th 2014

Money Bands=Happiness

For the first time, startling details are being made public about the millions of dollars funneled from Middle East charities to Islamic terrorists and their families. The money was used to reward terrorists and their families after attacks on Israelis and U.S. nationals visiting Israel between 2000 and 2005 during the second intifada or Palestinian uprising.

The evidence was presented today in a landmark case in New York federal court. Three hundred U.S. nationals claim Arab Bank knowingly provided financial services to terrorists and their financiers in violation of the U.S. anti-terrorism law. Arab Bank contends it did not knowingly serve terrorists.

Bank documents reveal an elaborate system for which Amman, Jordan-based Arab Bank served as the center point. Some Israelis refer to the bank as the “Grand Central Station of terrorist financing.” Read more ..

The Battle for Baghdad

U.S. Forms Coalition Against the Islamic State and Investigates Reports of Second American KIA

August 28th 2014

The United States Wednesday said it is seeking to build an international coalition to confront the threat posed by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq. U.S. officials are also trying to determine whether a second American fighting alongside jihadists in Syria has been killed.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States is working to put together a coalition of countries in Europe, the Arab world and beyond who might contribute to taking on the threat posed by IS Sunni militants. She said there are many ways for nations to contribute. Read more ..

Ebola Outbreak

CDC Director Friedan Says Ebola Outbreak is Getting Worse

August 28th 2014

According to Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will get worse before it gets better, needing an "unprecedented" response to bring it under control.

Dr. Frieden met Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on August 27 to discuss ways to fight the disease. "The cases are increasing. I wish I did not have to say this, but it is going to get worse before it gets better," he admitted.

"The world has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this. Consequently, not only are the numbers large, but we know there are many more cases than has been diagnosed and reported," he said. Read more ..

The Way We Are

Bus Fever is Spreading

August 27th 2014

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Until recently, John Alday either drove or flew the 200-mile trip between his company’s headquarters in Dallas and its satellite office in Austin.

But too many times, he said, when he flew it ended up taking far longer than he planned, whether it was a problem in getting to the airport or checking in, or a weather delay. Now he has switched to a simpler and, he says, more reliable means of transportation — a bus, specifically an executive coach.

“It’s more luxurious than any first-class seat I’ve ever been in,” said Mr. Alday, the chief executive of the Cima Solutions Group, an information technology company. The Vonlane bus Mr. Alday rides has 16 reclining leather seats, Wi-Fi, an attendant who serves meals and beverages, a wireless printer, office supplies and a conference table with additional seating. Read more ..

Operation Protective Edge

Israel and Hamas Trade Blows on 50th Day of Operation Protective Edge

August 26th 2014

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Israeli missiles hit one of the tallest buildings in Gaza early Tuesday, wounding at least 20 Palestinians.

The missiles struck the 13-story office and apartment tower after dark following Israeli warnings that an attack was coming.

Israeli airstrikes killed at least eight people Monday while the army said 80 Hamas rockets fell on Israeli territory, causing no casualties.

Egypt, which led failed peace talks earlier this month, is again appealing to Israel and Hamas to call a truce and reopen negotiations.

Cairo is proposing opening key crossings into Gaza to let in humanitarian aid and material to repair damaged buildings.

On Monday, Palestinian officials appeared to accept the Egyptian proposal. There was no word from the Israelis.

Nearly two months of Israeli airstrikes in response to Hamas has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including close to 500 children. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians have been killed. Read more ..

The Battle for Syria

Obama Authorizes Drone Flights over Syria

August 26th 2014

A senior White House official says President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria.

The official said late on August 25 that Obama has not approved any military action, but that the U.S. is preparing military options for combating the Islamic State fighters who have taken over large areas in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

U.S. planes have been carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces take back territory from the militants, including a dam in Mosul that is key to providing power to many in Iraq.

Pentagon officials have expressed the need to go after the Islamic State group on both sides of the border. Read more ..

The Shaking Earth

California Declares Disaster Following Worst Quake in 25 Years

August 24th 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for portions of the state, following the biggest earthquake to shake the San Francisco Bay area in 25 years.

The 6.0 magnitude quake struck in the middle of the night Sunday, jolting people out of bed and knocking merchandise off store shelves.

More than 100 people were reported injured.

The quake was centered between San Francisco and Sacramento. Most of the damage is in and around the town of Napa, in northern California's picturesque wine-making region.

The quake was centered between San Francisco and Sacramento. Most of the damage is in and around the town of Napa, in northern California's picturesque wine-making region. Read more ..

The Battle for Libya

Amidst Renewed Turmoil, Libyan Rebels Claim International Airport

August 24th 2014

Libya is engulfed in new political turmoil, with an Islamist militia openly challenging the legitimacy of the country's elected parliament, after its fighters took control of Tripoli's battered international airport.

After seizing the airport in the Libyan capital, the militia from the coastal city of Misrata called Sunday for the old General National Congress to be reinstated.

It alleged the parliament elected in June was complicit in mysterious airstrikes on Misrati positions at the airport as its militiamen fought rival fighters from the mountainous region of Zintan for six weeks for control of the key facility. Read more ..

The Battle for Baghdad

Suicide Bombings Leave Dozens Dead in Iraq

August 23rd 2014

Bombings across Iraq have left at least 30 people dead, a day after an assault on a Sunni mosque killed at least 60 worshipers as they attended weekly prayers, in the government-controlled village of Bani Wais in Diyala Province, north of Baghdad.

Officials say a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into an Interior Ministry building in Baghdad on August 23, killing at least eight people and wounding several others. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on the ministry's intelligence headquarters.

Iraqi officials say three bombs erupted in Kirkuk, killing at least 18 and wounding more than 100 others. Another bomb rattled the normally quiet city of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region.

The Reuters news agency also reports a deadly bombing in Tikrit. Read more ..

The Caliphate

Biden: ISIS Can be Defeated Without US Boots on the Ground

August 23rd 2014

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Vice President Biden expressed confidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could be defeated without U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq, calling the militant group "far from invincible."

In a Washington Post op-ed published Friday, Biden described the threat as a "long-term challenge" but said the United States is prepared to increase its support in the fight.

"ISIL has no legitimate cause or grievance to espouse,” he said, using an alternate name for the group. "And as we saw at the Mosul dam, when its fighting strength is eroded, it can be routed by local forces without U.S. boots on the ground."

The United States launched 60 airstrikes — two-thirds of all U.S. operations — in helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake the Mosul dam, which the adminisration said could have been catastrophic if it was breached. Biden called the mission last week the first operation where the Kurdish pesh merga and Iraq security forces worked together. Read more ..

Department of State Denies Partnership with Syrian Dictator Bashr al-Assad

August 22nd 2014

The United States would not consider partnering with the Assad regime to address the threat posed by Islamist militants who have seized areas within Syria and Iraq, the State Department said Friday.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical militant group operating across the border, has been fighting both the Syrian and Iraqi governments in a bid to create a radical caliphate carved out of those two countries.

The U.S. has joined with Iraqi and Kurdish forces to target ISIS fighters in Iraq, and vowed to pursue the group more vigorously following the taped execution of American photojournalist James Foley.

But those efforts will not include partnering with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Nearly 200,000 Syrians are estimated to have died in that country's civil war, and the administration has previously said that Assad should be removed from power over his role in that conflict. Read more ..

The Battle for Ukraine

Russian Incursion into Ukraine--Fires Artillery without Resistance

August 22nd 2014

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Russia has emplaced army artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukraine and is firing at Ukrainian military units. NATO officials averred the report on August 22. This is the first time NATO has announced that it had evidence of the direct involvement of the Russian military in the fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists. Currently, Ukraine is fighting a pitched battle with the separatists in the eastern cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.

The former has been without water, electricity or phone services for nearly two weeks. This report came on the same day that a convoy of Russian trucks, ostensibly carrying only humanitarian supplies, crossed from Russia into Ukraine without official permission from the government in Kyiv. A statement from the Ukrainian government concurred that Russian artillery support — both cross-border and from within Ukraine — is being employed against the Ukrainian armed forces. Read more ..

Operation Protective Edge

American and European Diplomats Working on UN Security Council Resolution on Gaza War

August 22nd 2014

Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations

U.N. diplomats say the United States and European nations are working on a Security Council resolution to end fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

A two-page document circulated Thursday calls for an immediate end to Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli military operations that have killed over 2,050 Palestinians and 67 Israelis in the past six weeks.

The document also calls for lifting the long-standing Israeli blockade of Gaza, opening all border crossings into the coastal enclave, and returning the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority to control there.

An international monitoring mechanism would be established in order to verify those steps, as well as to ensure the flow of goods entering Gaza does not include weapons or tunnel-building materials for Hamas. Read more ..

Terrorism at Home

Defense Department is Increasingly Worried about Radicalized Muslim Americans and Europeans

August 21st 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel briefed reporters on August 21 at the Pentagon on the major threat that the Islamic State poses to the United States. "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else," Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon. When asked if the Islamic State, which is dominated by Sunni Muslims, poses a threat comparable to that of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hagel said it was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen." He added, "They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."

This assessment of Islamic State, whose strength has snowballed throughout the year as it moved from Syria to northern Iraq, came just days after the group posted a video on social media showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Read more ..

Operation Protective Edge

Hamas Admits to the Kidnapping and Murder of 3 Teens, Calling it "a Blessed Heroic Act"

August 21st 2014


A senior Hamas official indicated on Wednesday that Hamas was responsible for the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens near Hebron. The three were picked up while hitchhiking at a junction in Judea south of Jerusalem, sparking a nationwide manhunt that ended when their bodies were discovered several weeks later.

The admission by Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri came during a conference of Muslim scholars. In a recording of the conference, al-Arouri is heard praising the "kidnapping to Hebron of the three settlers," describing it as “blessed heroic action” which was “carried out by the al-Qassam Brigades,” Hamas's military wing.

The terror group has a large political and military presence throughout Judea and Samaria. Hebron has long been a Hamas stronghold, leading Israeli intelligence to suspect Hamas operatives located in the vicinity of the attack, and to the subsequent roundup of hundreds of Hamas members throughout the region. Hamas retaliated to the arrests with a continuous barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza strip aimed at Israeli civilians throughout the country, compelling Israel to launch Operation Protective Edge to defend its population. Read more ..

Broken Government

AG Holder Meets with Parents of Michael Brown of Ferguson MO

August 21st 2014

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Attorney General Eric Holder met with the parents of Michael Brown Wednesday afternoon at the Eagleton federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

They met at the office of the U.S. attorney investigating the Aug. 9 shooting of the African-American teenager, whose death at the hands of police has sparked riots.

Holder also met with Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has huddled in recent days with community leaders in Ferguson, where the shooting took place. Reps. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) joined the meeting along with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

Blunt has pressed Holder to allow state and local officials to complete their investigation of the shooting. Read more ..

Obama's Second Term

Obama's Failed Attempt to Free American Journalist Beheaded by Islamic State

August 21st 2014

U.S. special forces attempted an unsuccessful rescue operation in Syria earlier this summer to free American journalist James Foley and other hostages being held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), administration officials said Wednesday.

The administration disclosed the mission one day after ISIS released a video showing a member of the extremist group beheading Foley. The group is threatening to kill another U.S. journalist in captivity, unless the U.S. halts airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.

“The President authorized action at this time because it was the national security team’s assessment that these hostages were in danger with each passing day in ISIL custody,” said Obama Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco in a statement, using an alternate name for the terror group. Read more ..

Bordering on Crisis

Catholic Bishop Condemns Mexico's Treatment of Migrants

August 20th 2014

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that affects mainly women and children", said Catholic Bishop Raúl Vera of Saltillo, the capital of the Mexican state of Coahila. He denounced that the number of people who are victims of human trafficking and exploitation is on the rise while Mexican authorities do little about it. This comes while thousands of Central American migrants, fearful of narcotics-fuelled violence, lackadaisical govrenment, and poverty continue to seek refuge in the United States. Relying on smugglers, migrants cross the border into the U.S. while many fall victim to violent smugglers and drug gangs, or succumb to the heat of the desert.

"Migrants are the sector that suffers the most in Coahuila, and they are part of the population who are completely unprotected." said Bishop Vera López on August 19. He noted that the problem of human trafficking stems from the migration of people (especially El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) who are seeking a better life or reunion with family members in the U.S.  Read more ..

The Battle for Baghdad

White House is 'Appalled' by ISIS Murder of American Journalist

August 20th 2014

James Foley, RIP

The Islamic State militant group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a American journalist. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites on August 19. A man dressed in black, with a covered face, demanded in the video to a cessation of the current air strikes against IS positions by the United States.

The victim was identified by the militants as James Foley, a freelancer who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. In the five-minute video, a masked militant who speaks with a British accent says Foley was killed in revenge for recent U.S. air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq. Moments before his death, Foley was heard to say on the video "I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again." Read more ..

Operation Protective Edge

Israel Strikes at the Heart of Hamas as Ceasefire Breaks Down

August 20th 2014

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Israel attempted to assassinate Hamas commander Muhammed Deif in an airstrike on Gaza following a series of rocket volleys originating in Gaza. Deif’s wife and child were killed, while a third unidentified body was found. Israel, however, Israel has not confirmed that the body is Deif’s. He had survived an earlier attempt on his life by Israeli defense forces. Deif has topped Israel's wanted lists for years, as mastermind of deadly suicide bombings more than a decade ago. He is currently believed to be a behind-the-scenes leader of Hamas's campaign against Israel.

Palestinian health officials said the strike on a house in Gaza City killed three people but did not provide any details about the third victim. Palestinian medical sources claim that at least 16 Gazans have been killed since August 19.

The air strike was one of a series of responses by the Israeli air force to renewed attacks from Gaza. The strikes have killed 11 Palestinians, according to Hamas. For its part, Israel has recalled 2,000 reservists who had been sent home during a truce between the sides. Read more ..

Operation Protective Edge

Gazan Terrorists Kill Ceasefire - Rockets Fired at Beer Sheva Area

August 19th 2014

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Terrorists from Gaza fired three long-range rockets at the Beer Sheva area this afternoon, thus ending the 8 day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. No terror organization has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

An IDF spokesman confirmed that the three rockets fell in open areas, causing no damage or injuries. Reports indicate that no warning sirens were sounded when the rockets exploded in Israel. Further initial reports indicate that Israel's government has ordered the IDF to resume its strikes against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. 

Shai Hajaj, Head of the Merchavim Municipal Council in the Negev, voiced concern and disappointment on the current situation: "The terrorist organizations lead by Hamas do not respect agreements time after time. We will not accept fire on our communities and the government must care for the safety of its citizens. The school year is scheduled to commence in the coming days and the buildings are not properly fortified. There are only a few bomb shelters which cannot properly facilitate the student population, and they are too far away to reach in time," he said. Read more ..

Broken Government

Despite the Missouri National Guard, Disturbances Still Wrack Ferguson

August 19th 2014

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Protesters and police engaged in fresh clashes late on August 18 in Ferguson, Missouri, amid tensions linked to the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Police in riot gear fired stun grenades and tear gas at protesters who gathered on the streets of Ferguson, which had descended into chaos following peaceful protests. Molotov cocktails were thrown in the direction of heavily armored police, and gunshots were fired.

A police official, Captain Ron Johnson, told reporters early on August 18 that police came under heavy attack but did not fire a shot. He said two people were wounded by shots fired from within the crowd of protesters. Many protesters seemed to be defying orders from police to disperse, and Johnson said 31 people were arrested. Read more ..

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Obama is Sending Attorney General Holder to Ferguson MO

August 18th 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as part of the Justice Department’s investigation of the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager.

Holder will meet with law enforcement and other officials about the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer, President Obama announced Monday.

The shooting has set off two weeks of demonstrations, as well as rioting and looting, in the St. Louis suburb. Police and witnesses have given different stories about how Brown was killed. An initial autopsy by Brown’s family revealed he had been shot six times. Read more ..

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