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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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Operation Inherent Resolve
Oct31

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Operation Inherent Resolve

As some 1,400 U.S. troops continue to provide security and advice to Iraqi government and Kurdish troops in Iraq, as Air Force and Navy pilots and crew members continue to fly hundreds of humanitarian missions over Iraq and Syria and continue to conduct airstrikes against ISIL in those two countries and while “thousands of troops” are supporting those operations from various locations in the Middle East, the Defense Department (DOD)...

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Interview with Major Todd Pierce
Oct31

Interview with Major Todd Pierce

Major Todd Pierce (U.S. Army, Retired) is an attorney who served as a Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) officer in the United States Army. In that capacity, he has served on the defense teams for two Guantanamo military commissions defendants. On October 13, 2014 I had the privilege of interviewing Maj. Pierce by telephone. What follows are my interview notes, as corrected by Maj. Pierce. The Talking Dog: The customary first question is...

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Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point
Oct30

Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point

TORONTO, Canada — The live TV coverage on CBCNN brought back memories of another assassination — the assassination of JFK. A funeral procession punctuated by drumbeats and bagpipes. Only this time, a country’s grief focused on Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Only this time, the haunting image of a child that’ll be reproduced forever was Carrillo’s 5-year-old son Marcus, bravely walking in the parade, his life...

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Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey
Oct29

Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey

Update as of 5:10 a.m. EDT: At least 150 fighters of the rebel Free Syrian Army, or FSA, entered Syria overnight from Turkey on Wednesday to help Kurdish fighters battling militants of the Islamic State group in the town of Kobani, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, reported, citing local Turkish officials. Last week, Turkish President Recep...

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Do Americans deserve this?
Oct29

Do Americans deserve this?

In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector...

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Cartoon: Lone wolf, eh?
Oct28

Cartoon: Lone wolf, eh?

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