Obama Mideast efforts hard hit as Yemen ally flees
Mar25

Obama Mideast efforts hard hit as Yemen ally flees

President Barack Obama’s main ally in Yemen, the country that hosts al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), fled in a boat today to avoid capture by forces controlled by the strongman Washington helped to dislodge in 2012. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is also backed by the Saudi and Gulf regimes, was holed up in Yemen’s strategic southern port city of Aden, his hometown. He fled after Yemeni military units loyal to former...

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Report: Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel
Mar22

Report: Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel

ISIS is urging its followers to help it expand its campaign of beheadings that it has conducted on such a big scale and with such brutality that it’s become the 21st century incarnation of the Nazis. According to Reuters, the Islamic State is calling on its backers to kill 100 U.. military personnel but military official suggest the info ISIS is giving out is available on the Internet anyway. But that isn’t the point....

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Teheran, Washington, ISIL and the nuclear deal
Mar21

Teheran, Washington, ISIL and the nuclear deal

Despite remaining gaps, the momentum for a nuclear deal with Iran is becoming irresistible and next week could see start of a new page in Middle East politics. The reasons for momentum in favor of a deal go far beyond the arm wrestling among negotiators on nuclear issues. Above all, they concern steadily rising Sunni Islamic terrorism across the Middle East and along a large crescent stretching from China to North Africa’s Atlantic...

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Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility
Mar20

Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility

Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility SANAA, Yemen — Suicide bombers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa blew themselves up during noon prayers at two mosques on Friday, killing at least 126 people and wounding scores, medical sources said, in a major escalation of the worst wave of violence in the country in years. The attacks, in which bombers wearing explosive belts targeted… graphic via...

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Islamic State may have committed genocide and war crimes – UN monitor
Mar19

Islamic State may have committed genocide and war crimes – UN monitor

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has committed atrocities that could amount to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations monitor reported today. An investigation team of the UN Human Rights Office found that ISIL has committed killings, torture, rape and sexual slavery, forced religious conversions and the conscription of children — which are usually seen as crimes against humanity and war...

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4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Terrorist Attack
Mar19

4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Terrorist Attack

4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Attack Four people have been arrested by the Tunisian army in connection with Wednesday’s attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis that killed 21 people, British news outlet ITV reported Thursday, citing the office of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. So far, no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the incident, the deadliest attack on...

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Cartoon: ISIS new killers
Mar17

Cartoon: ISIS new killers

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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ISIS Child Soldier Allegedly Executes Israeli Hostage
Mar11

ISIS Child Soldier Allegedly Executes Israeli Hostage

The Islamic State group on Tuesday released a video purporting to the show the execution of an Israeli citizen it claimed was a member of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. Mohamed Said Ismail Musallam, 19, was captured by the ISIS militants after they allegedly discovered he was a spy. Unlike previous videos of hostage executions...

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Don’t blame just religion for extremist violence—UN expert
Mar10

Don’t blame just religion for extremist violence—UN expert

Religion is just a mask some extremists use to justify violence that has many other causes, according to a United Nations human rights expert. Violence committed in the name of religion does not simply ‘erupt’, but stems from interrelated drivers that provide the fertile ground for hatred, said Heiner Bielefeldt, rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on preventing violence committed in the name of religion. It typically originates...

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ISIS Launches ‘Kilafahbook’: The Facebook for Terrorists (Bild, Germany)
Mar09

ISIS Launches ‘Kilafahbook’: The Facebook for Terrorists (Bild, Germany)

Apparently tired of Western restrictions on their blood curdling Tweets and Facebook posts, Germany’s Bild reports that the throat-cutting geeks of ISIS launched their own social network three days ago. Looking suspiciously like Facebook, the ISIS jihadis have dubbed it ‘Kilafahbook’. They have shared their cruel deeds on the Web in order to attract the world’s attention to themselves. Now the jihadists seek to push...

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Plain Talk On The Criminal Justice System, The Obamacare Challenge & That Bad Old CIA
Mar09

Plain Talk On The Criminal Justice System, The Obamacare Challenge & That Bad Old CIA

WASHINGTON STATE POT GROWERS FACE PRISON WHILE TRAITOROUS FORMER GENERAL WILL WALK On March 3, 2015, there was brutal cold and the hangover from several major snow storms to contend with in the Northeast and Midwest, unseasonably chilly weather in Florida that had natives and tourists alike bundling up, and intermittent rain and fog in the Pacific Northwest, but none of this kept the American criminal justice system from grinding...

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To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace
Mar05

To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace

To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace By Jason Stanford After huddling with his war council in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says we’ve got the “ingredients of the strategy” to achieve a “lasting defeat” over ISIS. Some Senate Republicans claim that ISIS is going to kill us all in our sleep even as the U.S.-led coalition has the Islamic State forces playing defense for a change, but killing bad guys is the...

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Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Mar01

Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more...

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Guantanamo: Interview with Nancy Hollander
Feb28

Guantanamo: Interview with Nancy Hollander

Nancy Hollander is a partner at the law firm of Freedman, Boyd, Hollander, Goldberg, Urias & Ward in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her practice is largely devoted to criminal cases, including those involving national security issues. She has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hollander also...

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Replicas and at Least One Treasure Destroyed by ISIS in Museum
Feb27

Replicas and at Least One Treasure Destroyed by ISIS in Museum

On Thursday, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video purporting to show members of the group destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq. A group of men takes sledgehammers, drills and chain saws to the statues, leaving them in ruins. “The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same...

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Je Ne Suis Pas Scott
Feb27

Je Ne Suis Pas Scott

I generally like the political cartoons by talented Mike Peters, our guest cartoonist. However, I feel somewhat uncomfortable with his “National Security Threat” cartoon posted at TMV today. The cartoon shows a young kid dressed in ISIL-like attire, wielding a knife à la “Jihadi John,” saying — while standing where his parents, who are reading books, cannot see him — “I’m joining a group that threatens homeland...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: National Security Threat
Feb27

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: National Security Threat

National Security Threat by Mike Peters Of Related Interest: –Why Did Boehner Make This Awkward Kiss Face at a Reporter? –GOP leaders set to swerve DHS off the cliff –Jackson Lee: GOP threatens to shut down Homeland Security --GOP’s shutdown mess a ‘comedy of errors,’ Pelosi says –House Republicans Not Ready To Cave On DHS Funding Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon...

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Daryl Cagle Cartoon: GOP Threatens Dept of Homeland Security
Feb27

Daryl Cagle Cartoon: GOP Threatens Dept of Homeland Security

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Jihadi John Finally Identified: What We Know About Mohammed Emwazi
Feb26

Jihadi John Finally Identified: What We Know About Mohammed Emwazi

The masked Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’, named earlier today by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, grew up in West London, wore Western clothes and graduated in computer science from Westminster University. Emwazi has appeared in seven confirmed execution videos, including those showing the beheadings of British aid workers Alan Henning and...

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West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Feb26

West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

When it comes to combating the Islamic State, what is the West missing? For de Volkskrant, author Adjiedj Bakas writes of what the word ‘Caliphate’ means to followers of so-called ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: ‘It is the duty of a caliph to conduct war and continue to conquer territory until a select group of chosen believers establish utopia on earth. An important part of this jihad is the terror...

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