FBI to American military: social media could set up you up for ISIS attack
Dec01

FBI to American military: social media could set up you up for ISIS attack

Beware of social media. Be careful when communicating online. That’s part of the warning the FBI has issued to the American military which fears ISIS could inspire or order attacks on the U.S military: The FBI on Sunday issued the strongest warning to date about possible attacks by the ISIS terrorist group against the U.S. military inside the homeland, officials tell ABC News. In a joint intelligence bulletin issued overnight by...

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Hagel: Foreign Policy Failure Symptom
Nov26

Hagel: Foreign Policy Failure Symptom

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Nov. 25: ——— Recent events have not cast a flattering light on President Barack Obama’s approach to military and security matters. The rise of the Islamic State has forced him to reverse his withdrawal from Iraq. Vladimir Putin has seized Crimea from neighboring Ukraine and...

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Remember Benghazi? (Update)
Nov24

Remember Benghazi? (Update)

Updated — at bottom — with Senator Graham’s elegant “full of crap” comments over the weekend from the Huffington Post. Original Post: Remember the Benghazi tragedy? Of course you do. But do you remember the other tragedy? The one where Republicans attempted to “turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal.” The one where Republicans tried their darndest to discredit — destroy is a better word — the...

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Seventh Investigation Debunks Republican Benghazi Conspiracy Theories
Nov23

Seventh Investigation Debunks Republican Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

Yet another investigation has debunked the Republican claims about Benghazi, this one run by House Republicans. AP reports: House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama...

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On Pope Francis’ Secret Service: Confronting the ISIS Threat (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)
Nov22

On Pope Francis’ Secret Service: Confronting the ISIS Threat (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)

He rides in an open car amid hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and abhors being seperated from his flock. Imagine the heart-stopping difficulty of protecting one of the most popular pontiffs in a generation from terrorists bent on killing anyone not a Sunni fundamentalist – particularly a man with the title ‘Vicar of Christ’? Offering a glimpse behind the scenes is Corriere Della Sera’s man...

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ISIS Terror: Are We Desensitized?
Nov20

ISIS Terror: Are We Desensitized?

When the Islamic State group released a new video Sunday showing a series of bloody beheadings, including that of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, newspapers, TV networks and news sites once again featured blaring headlines detailing and decrying the latest piece of ISIS propaganda. But the stories of militant terror seem to be having diminishing...

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More and More ISIS resembles the Nazis
Nov19

More and More ISIS resembles the Nazis

More and more ISIS resembles the Nazis in Nazi Germany and how they treated occupied terrority. Vox has a report on how its brutality is institutionalized, has a point — and may be working. Yours truly is a World War II buff and is now reading “Hitler: A Study in Tyranny” by John Toland. I read reports like this and there is a sense of deja vu. To wit: Scattered reports from inside ISIS-controlled territory have...

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World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel
Nov19

World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel

NEW YORK (Press Release) –The American Jewish Committee praised world leaders who have spoken out against Tuesday’s deadly Palestinian terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers. Four worshipers were killed and at least six others wounded by the two terrorists who struck with guns, axes and knives. “Jerusalem is on edge, thanks to Palestinian incitement from the top of the Palestinian Authority, as well as its unity...

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Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)
Nov18

Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)

It seems it has finally happened. The thing we all feared. We appear to have entered into a religious war; a religious war that looks like it was inspired by the brutality of ISIS. This morning, a little before 7:00 AM, two terrorists entered the Kehillat B’nei Torah Synagogue in the religious neighborhood of Har...

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ISIS’s spread (Guest Voice)
Nov17

ISIS’s spread (Guest Voice)

The chickens are really coming home to roost. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest sponsor of Sunniled militancy and terror groups across the region, will have to fortify itself against the threat of attacks by the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In a recently released speech by the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr alBaghdadi has… See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this...

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ISIS beheads  US aid worker Kassig
Nov16

ISIS beheads US aid worker Kassig

The Islamic State group on Sunday released a video claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig in a warning to Washington as it prepares to send more troops to Iraq. The same video showed the gruesome simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel, the latest in a series of… graphic via...

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Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Nov16

Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Why is the Muslim world such fertile ground for every conspiracy theory imaginable? Using the attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolts of 2011 (the Arab Spring) and the recent offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a jumping off point, Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour consulted authors, politicians and economists to investigate. The upshot: while anti-imperialism, a narcissistic wish to blame others, and a sense...

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ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard
Nov16

ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard

GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Saddam Jamal held the mother and father at gunpoint and forced them to watch as his jihadist comrade murdered their children, one by one. The ISIS commander felt no remorse for killing this Syrian family, his bodyguard said, nor did he believe he was fulfilling a God-given creed: for him being a...

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Cartoon: Fighting Isis
Nov16

Cartoon: Fighting Isis

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Cartoon: Islamophobia
Nov10

Cartoon: Islamophobia

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Navy SEAL Describes How Osama bin Laden Died As A Coward
Nov09

Navy SEAL Describes How Osama bin Laden Died As A Coward

Member Login Username: Password: Robert O’Neill, reportedly the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden, was interviewed by CNN and had some comments on how bin Laden died. Gawker summarizes: In a previously unreleased audio interview aired last night on CNN, O’Neill told freelance journalist Alex Quade that he had used details of bin Laden’s death to bring closure to the families of 9/11 victims, saying: “[O]ne thing I tell them is ‘All...

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US Airstrike Targets Senior ISIS Members
Nov09

US Airstrike Targets Senior ISIS Members

U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State targeted a meeting of area ISIS officials, possibly killing leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Two witnesses told Reuters the strike targeted a house where senior Islamic State officers were meeting. Local television channel al-Hadath said dozens were either wounded or killed, and ISIS fighters evacuated a hospital to treat survivors. Area… US Airstrike Targets Senior ISIS...

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(Update) Slinking Out of Afghanistan?
Nov04

(Update) Slinking Out of Afghanistan?

UPDATE: Read the touching reflections on the end of our mission in Afghanistan by a person who was in Helmand, here. Ryan Evans quotes an Afghan farmer, “There was war before the foreign troops arrived, there was war while they were here, and there will be war after they leave” and concludes: Helmand is where I came to know the world, my fellow man, myself and the messy realities of all three. I came home three years ago a different...

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U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)
Nov03

U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)

President Obama is facing a ‘thumping’ as President Bush called his public rejoinder after the 2006 midterm elections. Unlike Bush, though, President Obama is judged to be not only weak and ineffective at home, but ineffective and indecisive abroad. For Le Monde, journalist Dominique Simonnet and historian Nicole Bacharan outline the danger to the West and the world when an American leader is as weakened as the current...

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ISIS’ Foreign Recruitment ‘Unprecedented’
Nov01

ISIS’ Foreign Recruitment ‘Unprecedented’

More foreign jihadists are traveling to Syria and Iraq to take up arms alongside militants of the Islamic State, or ISIS, than ever before, according to a new report from the United Nations that was obtained by the Guardian Thursday. The recruits came from more than 80 countries, including ones that had previously not had...

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