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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Obama Betrays the Kurds
Posted by g(r)omgoru 09/30/2014  14:45 6 Comments 222 words Read the whole thing on page 1
H/t Instapundit
...As these lines are being written, some 400,000 Kurds in and around the town of Kobane in northern Syria, on the Turkish border, are being besieged and assaulted by massed legions of Islamic State killers armed with scores of tanks, armored personnel carriers, and heavy artillery.

Against these, the Kurdish defenders have only AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades. The Kurds have called on the U.S. to send in air strikes to take out the jihadist forces. In response, the administration sent in two fighter jets Saturday, which destroyed two Islamic State tanks and then flew away. The Kurds are begging for arms. The administration has not only refused to send arms, but is exerting pressure both on our NATO allies and on Israel not to send any either. Over 150,000 Kurds have fled their homes to try to escape to Turkey, but they are being blocked at the border by Turkish troops. Meanwhile, Turkey is allowing Islamist reinforcements to enter Syria to join the Islamic State, while Islamist elements of the Free Syrian Army, funded and armed by the United States, have joined forces with the group in the genocidal assault on the Kurdish enclave.
Every POTUS should betray the Kurds at least once---this is practically in the job description
#1: Champ must be careful not to offend his Iranian and Turkish coalition partners.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 14:55 ||Comments

#2: #1 Champ must be careful not to offend his Iranian and Turkish coalition partners handlers.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 15:22 ||Comments

#3: Good catch John. Thanks !
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 15:25 ||Comments

#4: Not surprising to those of us that have been paying attention.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-09-30 15:45 ||Comments

#5: No doubt 'top men' in the Turkish Gov't will keep Ambassador Chris Stevens the Champ informed of developments.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 15:56 ||Comments

#6: Obama Betrays the Kurds

Well, they can get besides the rest of us under the bus. Hey, why should they be treated any different than America or the Constitution. The list of who he won't betray is mighty short.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-30 16:17 ||Comments

Science & Technology: Boeing HEL MD The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator
Posted by GolfBravoUSMC 09/30/2014  13:25 1 Comments 12 words Read the whole thing on page 3
#1: Amazing what you can do with a flashlight, magnifying glass and lots and lots of batteries...

Posted by: Crager Barnsmell2947|| 2014-09-30 13:50 ||Comments

Science & Technology: The Aircraft That Inspired the A-10
Posted by GolfBravoUSMC 09/30/2014  12:52 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Government: State's Marie Harf: ISIS couldn't even have predicted how powerful ISIS would become
Posted by Beavis 09/30/2014  10:34 6 Comments 271 words Read the whole thing on page 4
"The president said, for a long time we've known about the serious threat from ISIL, but everyone -- us, the Iraqis, even ISIL itself probably -- was surprised by how quickly earlier this summer they were really able to take territory in Iraq," Harf said.

You see, even the Islamic State was shocked by their own capabilities. Thiers was a wondrous journey of self-actualization in the form of a campaign of crucifixions and beheadings.

"They moved more quickly than anyone could have imagined," she added, forgetting apparently that many did imagine ISIS's blitz across Iraq in specific detail.

�"You know, assessing the will of a force to fight -- the capability is one thing you can assess -- but the will is a tough thing to assess," she added. Because everyone really knew that ISIS had the capability to mount a smashing offensive across the Middle East, but no one knew that they had the stoutness of character to achieve it!

What an embarrassing display.

How much damage could the president have avoided doing to his administration if he had just said, "I underestimated ISIS and I overestimated the Iraqis." His critics would have had a field day with it for 48 hours, but the media would have quickly moved on to another story. It would have disappeared in short order. Now, the intelligence community is out for blood, and the president has sparked a bureaucratic war inside the Beltway. Much like his response to ISIS, Obama's underestimation of the intelligence community will likely prove to be shortsighted.

#1: Yes, yes, yes.... "having worked there" meaning, During my extensive beltway career, I was once a Klingon analyst. Now I'm a Foggy Bottom talking head media plant. "Challenging assessments".....yea, well, they're massing on the border in staging areas adjacent MSR's (major supply routes), lots of technical vehicles with mounted heavy machineguns. Looks methodical, well organized and funded. People are flying in from all over Europe and Minnesota ..... could it be a parade in the making possibly? Should we be fusing imagery and signals with Kurdish reporting? Oh why bother.

"Challenging assessment"..... my aching arse.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 12:46 ||Comments

#2: Years ago I can remember General Tommy Franks favorite line to intelligence briefing officers:

"Great run-down LTC Whozzit, now give me the fok'n.... so what."

Telling Franks that there were 235 HETS (heavy equipment transports) out of their motor pools or 'out of park.' HET reporting meant nothing to him without the so what. Everything means something, or it means nothing. Which is it? He weighed possibilities, asked for opinions from the peanut gallery, and seldom totally discounted anything out of hand. The prevention of strategic surprise was what he wished to avoid, and he did, quite artfully I might add.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 13:02 ||Comments

#3: "The prevention of strategic surprise was what he wished to avoid, and he did, quite artfully I might add." As opposed to what happened early in 1968 when a distant relative of mine gave rather detailed intelligence found on the body of a North Vietnamese army officer, with the outline of the Tet offensive, on the verge of happening, personally to Gen. Westmoreland. Westy waved his hand at this and said, "They can't do that!"
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-09-30 13:34 ||Comments

#4: When the focus is winning the "Long March" and everything is viewed through a domestic lens, this really shouldn't be surprising.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-09-30 13:39 ||Comments

#5: What Long March? You mean...? Oh, crap!
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-30 15:46 ||Comments

#6: couldn't even have predicted

When you live in an alternate universe that believes the dogma of Marx and Islam as the 'religion of peace', of course you'd have a problem 'predicting' human behavior (let alone economics*). Did you ever study how Mo spread the word?

* always that word about the economy - "unexpectedly".
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-30 16:26 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: Mooslims banned from Gun Cave Indoor Range, Hot Springs, Ark.
Posted by Besoeker 09/30/2014  10:21 7 Comments 21 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Interesting discussion of the decision at the link.
#1: Read about this in TheTruthAboutGuns site, yesterday. Strong support, but also concern about the illegality of discriminating on the basis of religion. Could argue Islam is political/legal system so no legal problem; if that flies, then could also ban Democrats which might be closer to solving the problem.
Posted by: Mercutio|| 2014-09-30 14:33 ||Comments

#2: They've gone about it in entirely the wrong manner.

Central Texas Gun Works in Austin
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 14:52 ||Comments

#3: I like that second article, Besoeker. Also, it seems to me that, without barring an entire religion, that Hot Springs shopkeeper would be justified in refusing to deal with someone in the country illegally or someone who didn't understand the language well enough to follow safety instructions.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-09-30 15:08 ||Comments

#4: Ironically TW, 'Gun Cave's' real challenge isn't from Mooslims, it's from our own government.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 15:17 ||Comments

#5: Recent polls (2009) by CNN indicate less than 4 out of 10 support stricter gun control laws. Here. Among Democrats, about 6 in 10 want stricter gun control laws.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 15:34 ||Comments

#6: Anyway, it seems like a prudent thing to do--that is ban Muslims from shooting ranges--stops sudden jihad although it seems like a really dumb place to suddenly go jihadist. Good way to get shot. As I understand it the Muslims have their own shooting ranges in the U.S. I'm not sure we know about all of them.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 15:36 ||Comments

#7: This would have been easy to cast in a religion neutral light. Ban anyone who advocates violence against other religions. Done. And, while it may disproportionately affect one certain religion, it is not on its face discriminatory.
Posted by: Thavilet Dribble7222|| 2014-09-30 17:50 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings
Posted by DarthVader 09/30/2014  09:34 14 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6

Home Front: Culture Wars: Obama Invites Indian Leader to Dinner at time of Hindu Religious Fast
Posted by g(r)omgoru 09/30/2014  08:42 8 Comments 119 words Read the whole thing on page 3
h/t Instapundit
The Obama administration was grilled on Monday for inviting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a state dinner while he is fasting as part of a Hindu religious observance, a move that has been criticized by some as insensitive.

Obama will host Modi Monday evening at the White House “for a private dinner” that will also be attended by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House announced Monday morning. The event is closed to the press.

However, the administration appears to have forgotten that Modi is in the middle of carrying out a religious fast in observance of the Hindu navratri, in which the faithful abstain from food, according to reports.
#1: The State Dept protocol office thought that meant he wanted 'fast' food.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 09:22 ||Comments

#2: "They (State) didn't give me the intelligence/protocol on this matter." "O"
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 10:28 ||Comments

#3: Modi should invite Obama to lunch while he (Obama) is observing Ramadan.

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-09-30 10:44 ||Comments

#4: These people are so self absorbed and willfully ignorant of everything else.

Typical liberal.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-09-30 11:59 ||Comments

#5: I'm pretty sure Michelle approved of the guest's dinner selection.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-30 12:43 ||Comments

#6: Procopius2k

Michelle did approve of the guest's dinner selection of Beef Bourguignon
Posted by: Crager Barnsmell2947|| 2014-09-30 14:03 ||Comments

#7: Does seem like amateur hour in DC, at every level.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-09-30 14:22 ||Comments

#8: Dang Rambler, that's funny.
That would be the topper there CB2947.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-09-30 17:05 ||Comments

Arabia: Sanaa: suicide bomb attack leaves 15 dead and over 50 injured
Posted by g(r)omgoru 09/30/2014  05:27 0 Comments 92 words Read the whole thing on page 1
h/t Gates of Vienna
Sanaa (AsiaNews / Agencies) - the death toll from a suicide bombing that took place yesterday in the town of Majzar, in the province of Maarib, east of Sanaa, capital of Yemen has risen to 15. A suicide bomber linked to al Qaeda, on board a car packed with explosives, hit a hospital used as a logistics and operational base by the rebel Shiite Houthi movement, which have laid siege to the capital in recent weeks and obtained the formation of a new government.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: US disagrees with Netanyahu on Iran, ISIS and Hamas
Posted by g(r)omgoru 09/30/2014  04:51 14 Comments 86 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The US State Department said Monday in a press conference that it disagrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's assertion during his UN speech on Monday that "ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree."

"Obviously, we've designated both as terrorist organizations, but ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. "And that's just a fact."
This is not what they taught us at Harvard---so it can't be true!
#1: "Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations, but ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. "And that’s just a fact."

And "obviously" both would seek your eventual rape and death due to your status as an infidel, that's assuming you didn't convert first. These feckless, adolescent ideologues in Foggy Bottom are so transparent. They simply cannot endure the wisdom or common sense of a man [yes man] like Netanyahu.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 06:48 ||Comments

#2: It's hard to agree with your enemy and dis your allies.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 07:03 ||Comments

#3: Netanyahu gave the speech I'd like to hear from Obama. It is just not in Obama's DNA. He is not a warrior intent on defending this country. He is focused on global warming, trying to insure that no one ever gets profiled, and being racial (and IMO it seems Muslim). I guess he must think Mormans, Methodists and 80-year old ladies might be a threat. He attended 42% of the intelligence briefings in the last year--about par for the course before this year also. It is no surprise he gets blindsided by terrorism movements. He is a pathetic failure as a president. He has surrounded himself with people of the same ilk. South of Carter yet?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 09:00 ||Comments

#4: AlanC, it's not hard for this administration. It's what they do.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-09-30 09:03 ||Comments

#5: Matter of fact, they're pretty sure there's other things they disagree on, but just can't name one that quick.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 09:10 ||Comments

#6: Psaki should go back to Sorority Events Coordinator
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-09-30 09:14 ||Comments

#7: Rambler, you misunderstand.

This regime won't agree with their enemy, Israel; or dis their allies, Iran, MoBros, et. al. For them that's easy.

The fact that their enemies and America's enemies are NOT the same is the problem.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 09:36 ||Comments

#8: Alan, you're right. For some reason I was thinking that Israel was our ally, and ISIS was our enemy. Silly me. I denounce myself. I will report to the re-education camp.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-09-30 10:41 ||Comments

#9: It doesn't help that those briefings are in a written report that is put on his desk for him to read. IF he reads them, he has no means to get clarification of details, priorities. IF he reads them.
Posted by: tipover|| 2014-09-30 11:13 ||Comments

#10: I guess he must think Mormans, Methodists and 80-year old ladies might be a threat.

Well, he is certainly a threat to them.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-30 11:38 ||Comments

#11: Netanyahu was chasing Arabs, soldiering and serving his country before Psaki and her Foggy Bottom cadre were off the tit. Where do these disrespectful, wet-nosed urchins get off? Damn every one of their sorry, preppy, fat arses.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 12:35 ||Comments

#12: Our "Best and Brightest" -- aren't!
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-09-30 13:35 ||Comments

#13: Their arrogance will never allow them to see that they really don't know much and have little experience.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 15:20 ||Comments

#14: Of course, Israel is the only one to get it right in all these areas.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-09-30 16:23 ||Comments

Down Under: Australia destroys individual liberty but does nothing to stop home-grown Islamist fascists
Posted by anon1 09/30/2014  03:30 3 Comments 584 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Australia has changed radically since last week though it might not look like it on the surface.

Late Thursday night the Senate passed the National Security Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 giving unlimited power to spies and secret police.

The laws have been maimed.

Unimaginable things can happen now, things that Australians have only read about in books.

Not books like Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man. Those principles have been thrown away.

Books like Stasiland, by Anna Funder, where the "puzzlers" of East Germany piece together secret police files shredded when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Strand by strand they find the secret horrors done to missing people.

They will never finish.

Germany now has a glass cupola over its Reichstag. The symbol was deliberate: the government is transparent and the people walk above them.

Sunlight disinfects the debating chamber of the Bundestag below.
East Germany learnt what happens when you give up individual liberty and privacy to the state...
Australia has just voted in the opposite direction.

Now officials can break the law with immunity from prosecution - and without having to answer to a court.

They can act in total secrecy.

They will decide what they do and to whom and when.

They do not have to ask permission.

They will choose when to interfere in your life and when they won't.

They can dip into your most private communications and they don't need a warrant to do so.

Sometimes they will do it because it is necessary to fight crime. Sometimes because they enjoy it.

Nobody will be watching them.


Armed police patrolled the halls of Parliament in the days leading up to the vote so the Senators and MPs could physically see their lives were protected from imminent danger.

A sense of urgency was deliberately created by the media wing of the security forces to get the powers they want.

Media Watch exposed how NSW Police director of public affairs Strath Gordon's office provided professional video footage and photographs of massive Sydney terror raids to the media in the week before the vote.


The much-maligned PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie at least noticed the coincidence.

"We would not be in this position, where there are armed guards on high alert patrolling our national Parliament and where we are debating legislation that undermines personal rights and freedoms, if we had cracked down and taken a harder line with the enemy we face today - the sharia law extremists of 10 years ago," she said.

She correctly grasped a nettle avoided by the rest of the world since 2001 - and for which she has been attacked.

The war on "terror" is a euphemism for the war on "Islamist fascism".

The fear of inciting hatred against moderate, secular Muslims �-- who are themselves the first victims of Islamist fascists �-- has caused the entire Western polity to avoid the truth for more than a decade with the weasel word "terror".

Politicians have preferred to destroy civil liberties ahead of offending minorities no matter how reasonable or necessary to limit the spread of a theocratic, totalitarian, violent political ideology.

Islamist fascists Hizb-ut-Tahrir, banned across the Middle East, are free to roam Lakemba. Despite openly declaring itself as a political party with an ideology of Islam that is trying to establish a Caliphate under Sharia, Australia has not banned them.
#1: Laws passed in haste by people who didn't read them?
Many Senators clearly hadn't read the 128 pages of major legal changes in the NSA Bill.

We have a health care bill of around 3000 pages which was rushed through a Democratically-controlled Congress which was unread. It is is still highly unpopular. It sounds like the same scoundrels are behind your heavy-handed law which threatens liberty as were behind Obamacare.

anon 1: Too bad you don't have a 2nd Amendment to provide some checks against the possibility of a tyrannical government. Although, our present far left-wing government is trying to neuter this amendment here.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 08:47 ||Comments

#2: And just how does the new situation in Oz substantially differ from the current 'secret police' powers being exercised in the USA with its secret court system beyond the review of its 'regular' court system?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-09-30 13:30 ||Comments

#3: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-30 16:29 ||Comments

Good Morning
Posted by badanov 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 11 words Read the whole thing on page 1

Home Front: Politix: Nunn-Linked Group Under Investigation for Voter Fraud Starts Handing Over Documents
Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 118 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[NationalReview] The New Georgia Project, a group currently under investigation for "significant illegal activities" regarding voter-registration applications, began handing over subpoenaed documents on Friday, and says it's reached an agreement to limit the scope of the documents it's required to turn over.

Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp launched the investigation of the New Georgia Project earlier this month after receiving "numerous" complaints regarding applications submitted by the group, including forged signatures and applications. The investigation has turned up 33 fraudulent applications thus far, ahead of the thousands of pages of documents set to be turned over. The group is run by a close ally and campaign confidante of Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, state-house minority leader Stacy Abrams.

Iraq: Iraqi Army Forces ISIL Out Of Villages
Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 2 Comments 195 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IranPressTV] Soldiers of the Iraqi army and volunteer troops have recaptured over a dozen villages by pushing back the ISIL forces of Evil in the east.

On Monday, the soldiers launched mop-up operations in the province of Diyala and managed to drive the forces of Evil out of 16 villages there.

The army also diffused bombs planted by the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
s following festivities which killed more than 100 of them.

According to reports, the soldiers captured two dozen vehicles from the ISIL.
#1: The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

This line seems to be in every story about ISIL coming out of Iran. Meanwhile Iran continues to buy more time to build their nukes.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 09:05 ||Comments

#2: Proxy war. Gotta wonder about the exact nature of those "volunteer troops". They wouldn't happen to have a few IRGC among them, would they?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-30 11:44 ||Comments

Africa North: Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Among 112 Acquitted In Egypt
Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 372 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IranPressTV] Egypt has exonerated tens of Moslem Brüderbund supporters, convicted of staging illegal protests on the third anniversary of the country's 2011 revolution against former dictator Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...

On Sunday, an appeals court acquitted 112 people, including Moslem Brüderbund supporters, out of the 1,079 placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
during the crackdown on nationwide protests on January 25.

At least 49 people were killed after security forces clashed with demonstrators on that day.

The 112 had originally been given one-year jail terms by a lower court.

The demonstrators had been charged with breaking protest laws, illegal gathering, stirring violence, blocking roads, assaulting coppers, and vandalizing public and private property.

Last November, Egypt placed more restriction on demonstrations by adopting new laws that only allow police-sanctioned protests.

On Saturday, a different court in the capital Cairo postponed Mubarak's verdict to November 29.

Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since Mohammed Morsi, the country's first democratically-elected president, was ousted on July 3, 2013. Hundreds bit the dust in the ensuing violence across the country.

Egypt's military-backed government launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi's supporters and arrested thousands of Moslem Brüderbund members, including the party's big shots.

The Egyptians launched a revolution against Mubarak's pro-Israeli regime in January 2011, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of the former president in February 2011.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israeli Forces Raid Palestinian Homes, Arrest 10
Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 3 Comments 419 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IranPressTV] Israeli forces have carried out fresh raids on homes in the occupied West Bank, abducting arresting at least 10 Paleostinians there.

They stormed a number of Paleostinian homes in the cities of Bethlehem, Husan and al-Khalil (Hebron) in the early hours of Sunday.

Local residents say the Paleostinians were taken to an unknown location.
No doubt the local police or Shin Bet processing center, but whatevs.
Israeli forces have been carrying out similar raids in the occupied territories on an almost daily basis. The raids have intensified since the deadly war on the Gazoo Strip in July.
Gee, I wonder why! Wait, no I don't.
Rights organization Paleostine Prisoners' Club says 560 people have been detained so far this month, as the regime holds more than 7,000 Paleostinians in its prisons.

According to another Paleostinian human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
organization, Israel is also holding 540 Paleostinians without trial. The Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies said on September 26 that the number of Paleostinians in Israeli administrative detention is the highest since 2008. According to the group, Israeli authorities have extended the detention of 70 prisoners in the past three weeks and transferred dozens more to administrative detention.

It said Israel has used the administrative detention policy for scores of Paleostinians locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
since June, following the disappearance and death of three Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Paleostinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

Human rights groups often criticize Israeli prison authorities for rampant rights abuses in jails and reports of mysterious deaths of inmates in jug.
#1: Local residents say the Paleostinians were taken to an unknown location.

To be decapitated on video?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-09-30 05:23 ||Comments

#2: g(r)om, once again you're confusing the bloodthirsty Juices with the peaceful Muslims.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-09-30 09:11 ||Comments

#3: Gaza
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-09-30 09:19 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: US War Against ISIL Could Cost Up To $22 Billion Per Year
Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 4 Comments 430 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IranPressTV] The US war against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria may cost up to $22 billion per year, according a report released Monday by a Washington-based think tank.

If Arclight airstrikes against ISIL continue at the current level and 2,000 ground combat troops are deployed to Iraq, military operations could cost between $200 and $320 million per month, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) estimated.

If the US air campaign intensifies and 5,000 troops are put on the ground, the operation will cost between $350 million and $570 million per month for US taxpayers, the CSBA said.

by candlelight every wench is handsome...
the think tank estimated that if Arclight airstrikes are expanded substantially and 25,000 US ground troops are deployed, the military campaign may cost between $1.1 and $1.8 billion per month.

"On an annualized basis, the lower-intensity air operations could cost $2.4 to $3.8 billion per year, the higher-intensity air operations could cost $4.2 to $6.8 billion per year, and deployment of a larger ground contingent could drive annual costs as high as $13 to $22 billion," CSBA predicted.

The US military has already spent between $780 million and $930 million in its campaign against the terrorist group so far, the think tank said.

The US and several of its allies began striking ISIL targets in Syria on September 23. American warplanes have already conducted hundreds of strikes against ISIL in Iraq since mid-August.

US President Barack Obama
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
has ruled out American boots on the ground in a combat role, a promise many experts say might soon be broken.

Top military officials have said an air campaign alone would not be sufficient to achieve the announced goal of defeating ISIL, and that the US might ultimately be forced to send ground troops to combat.

According to a new survey, the majority of active-duty troops in the US military are opposed to sending ground soldiers to Iraq to battle ISIL, and believe the US war in Iraq was not successful.
#1: $22 Billion - Piffle - Just keep rolling the money presses

Posted by: Wheresh Croluck9192|| 2014-09-30 01:36 ||Comments

#2: How much in total with these RoEs vs. a win NOW attitude?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 07:21 ||Comments

#3: The really important thing is to keep things going until after the year end profit statements go out.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 09:20 ||Comments

#4: If you wipe them off the face of the earth, any reoccurring annual costs drop dramatically.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-30 12:46 ||Comments

Iraq: ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad' despite Western airstrikes
Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 12 Comments 117 words Read the whole thing on page 1
  • Fierce festivities between jihadists and government forces one mile from Iraqi capital
  • Militants understood to be attempting to enter and seize control of Baghdad
  • Reports of murderous Moslems' proximity to Baghdad came from Canon Andrew White, vicar of the city's St George's Church - Iraq's only Anglican church
  • News comes despite ongoing Western Arclight airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq
  • #1: Nice article. Sad we have to turn to the Brit media for good coverage.

    As for "Obama added that breaking up the terrorist cell will be a complicated battle involving both military and political action.", I'd say we're somewhat beyond the "terrorist cell" phase when we are talking about large swaths of two countries.
    Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-09-30 01:05 ||Comments

    #2: Move into Baghdad, nullifies air power, and a mass exodus of shiites cause chaos further south.
    Posted by: phil_b|| 2014-09-30 01:40 ||Comments

    #3: Why am I not feeling alarmed or sad?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-09-30 05:22 ||Comments

    #4: This could be the beginning of the end of the system of Sovereign States and a reversion to the era of empires circa Ghengis Kahn.

    How much of this can be blamed on FDR's internment of the Japanese for WWII? The distaste for that policy seems to have tipped us over the top of the mountain and we've been rolling down the hill of PC fear ever since to the point where we can't call Islam a fascist system bent on world conquest.

    How much time do we have left?
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 07:08 ||Comments

    #5: The US and other countries are wary of robust airstrikes because it will result in civilian casualties. This wariness is in turn due to years and years of obsessing on this and to the idiotic comments of the WH and State dept during the 50 day Protective shield op.
    Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-09-30 10:07 ||Comments

    #6: AlanC, never heard the internment as a motivator for PC. I'd understood the PC system as a post-Vietnam operation as American red's took to controlling the university.
    Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-09-30 14:19 ||Comments

    #7: Nice article. Sad we have to turn to the Brit media for good coverage.

    One thing that concerns me, SteveS, is that every story I've seen on this goes back to Canon White. Hopefully there will be a confirming source soon.
    Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-09-30 14:51 ||Comments

    #8: What exactly is going to happen to our 7000 citizens/soldiers in the Green Zone if ISIS gets into Baghdad?
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 15:04 ||Comments

    #9: Obama going to do anything re the Green Zone or is he going to be golfing?
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 15:05 ||Comments

    #10: What exactly is going to happen to our 7000 citizens/soldiers in the Green Zone.

    One possible scenario.
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 15:12 ||Comments

    #11: rjs, I was thinking of the reaction to FDRs internment policy circa '60s. I was there and that became the touchstone in a lot of ways for the "noble savage/poor oppressed minority" type wailing from the anti-war crowd.

    There were lots of arrows in the quiver of the PC dictator wannabes including anything having to do with Vietnam, Jim Crow, the Trail of Tears, Japanese internment, etc. I just picked on the one that seemed to me to be appropos but there're are plenty to go around.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 15:18 ||Comments

    #12: What exactly is going to happen to our 7000 citizens/soldiers in the Green Zone.
    Orders are being sent that they must take off their boots before defending themselves.
    Posted by: irishrageboy|| 2014-09-30 16:30 ||Comments

    Terror Networks: Islamic State releases 2nd video with UK hostage
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 657 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [IsraelTimes] The Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    group on Monday released another video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the terrorist group.

    The video featuring John Cantlie, a photojournalist, is the second in a series IS calls, "Lend me your Ears."

    The slick, five-and-a-half-minute video mocked US President Barack Obama
    Ready to Rule from Day One...
    's September 10 speech laying out his strategy for countering IS.

    "When exactly Gulf War III will start and how long it will take isn't covered," said Cantlie, clad in an orange jumpsuit and sitting in front of black background. "US advisors working with the Iraqi Army have described their performance as 'consistently grim.'"

    "The Free Syrian Army
    ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
    are proven to be an undisciplined, corrupt, and largely ineffective fighting force...Giving the FSA 500 million [dollars] now is a completely pointless exercise," he continued. "Never mind the fact that the FSA sells the weapons the West gives them to arms dealers and smugglers, and much of it then ends up with the Islamic State."

    UK journalist John Cantlie speaks in an IS video released Thursday, September 18, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube)

    Cantlie also mocked Obama's language as "simplistic" and said that support in the US for his efforts against IS remains low. He also claimed that IS was not responsible for the slaughter of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, and that it does not consider Shi'ites to be Moslems.

    "For their part, the Islamic State say they welcome meeting Obama's under-construction army, " he ended. "Join me again for the next program."

    In the first video, released a week and a half before, Cantlie said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to Syria in November 2012 where he was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group.

    The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two US journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage.

    The clips released by the Islamic State group's media arm, Al-Furqan, were different than previous videos.

    Entitled "Lend me your ears," they are part of a series of lecture-like "programs" in which Cantlie says he will reveal "the truth" about the Islamic State group.

    No Islamic State fighters appear in the videos, which were posted online by users associated with the Islamic state group and reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, a US terrorism watchdog.

    In addition to beheaded US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines, the Islamic State group has threatened to kill Alan Henning, a British former taxi driver who was taken captive in December shortly after joining an aid convoy and crossing the border from Turkey into Syria.

    Europe: Belgian Official: Muslim Custom Puts All Ritual Slaughter At Risk
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 476 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    Because punishing the law-abiding for the crimes of the miscreants is how things should be done.
    [IsraelTimes] The Moslem custom of killing sheep at temporary slaughterhouses jeopardizes all ritual slaughter in Belgium, a cabinet minister there warned.

    Ben Weyts, Belgium's minister for animal welfare, made the warning Sunday during an interview with the VRT broadcaster about a ban that will go into effect next year throughout most of Belgium on the slaughter of conscious animals at improvised abattoirs.

    The ban is believed to be designed to prevent the slaughtering of some 20,000 sheep annually at impromptu slaughterhouses operated by Moslems for their coreligionists ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

    The practice, Weyts said, violates European Union
    ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
    legislation "which permits the slaughter of conscious animals only for religious reasons and in authorized slaughterhouses," and therefore could jeopardize all slaughter of conscious animals.

    "Because of motions by animal welfare organizations that hang over our heads, there is uncertainty," Weyts said. "If they go to court, they will win right away and that will be a total situation of chaos because then only stunned animals may be slaughtered."

    Moslem and Jewish religious law both require animals be conscious when their necks are cut, a practice animal rights activists describe as being cruel.

    The ban announced by Weyts is expected to have no effect on the Jewish community, which performs kosher slaughter, or shehitah, "only in permanent and licensed slaughterhouses," Michael Freilich, editor in chief of the Phlegmish-language Jewish monthly Joods Actueel, told JTA.

    Still, Rabbi Menachem Margolim of the European Jewish Association, a Brussels-based lobby group, vowed to fight to repeal the ban because it "endangers freedom of worship in Belgium," he wrote in a statement.

    A front man for the European Jewish Association told JTA, "Most of the proposed laws against ritual slaughter are usually proposed against Moslem slaughter as there are a lot more of them. But issues such as these have a tendency to turn into laws against kosher slaughter as well."

    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: US Resumes Supply Of Hellfire Missiles To Israel
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 499 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] The US has now supplied some of the Hellfire missiles that Israel requested in the course of the conflict with Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, this summer, and more are on the way, The Times of Israel has learned.

    Washington had halted a transfer of the missiles in mid-August, with the State Department saying that weapons shipments to Israel would be undergoing additional review due to the war in Gazoo.

    Supplies of ammunition used by Israeli tanks were also affected by the review procedures, but those and other affected supplies have also now been resumed.

    The military supplies, including the Hellfire precision air-to-surface missiles, were not urgently needed for battlefield use, The Times of Israel understands.

    There was no formal confirmation that Hellfires had been delivered.

    The US government is further said to have made clear to its Israeli counterparts that the review process was not a signal of disapproval, confirming a report on Israel's Channel 10 news last month that quoted a senior Israeli official as saying Israel had been assured that the suspension of the supplies "was just bureaucracy."

    The news came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to the US Sunday to address the UN General Assembly on Monday, and to meet with US President Barack Obama
    I inhaled. That was the point...
    on Wednesday.

    The decision to hold off on the transfer of the missiles has been widely seen as a consequence of increased diplomatic tension between Washington and Jerusalem, as noted in a Wall Street Journal report in mid-August that broke the news of the suspension.

    The State Department subsequently said that weapons shipments to Israel would be undergoing additional review due to the war in Gazoo. Spokeswoman Marie Harf described an inter-agency process, including the Pentagon, White House and State Department, to review such transfers, and said that she "would disagree" with the report in the Journal that said that the State Department and White House were "surprised" that the Pentagon continued to provide weapons to Israel.

    "There has been no change in policy" regarding Israel's security assistance, Harf insisted. She added, however, that given the situation, it was natural that there would be "additional care" taken in the review process. She emphasized that "additional steps" were not tantamount to an official "review" of US military aid for Israel.

    "It's not an unusual step," Harf said. "The general principle is that when there is an ongoing crisis or conflict in which we are providing weapons, we would take an additional look at it," she said.

    Iraq: IS Pillaging Iraqi Artifacts, UNESCO Warns
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 706 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    A new source of funds to supplement reduced oil revenues... and demonstrate anew to the dhimmis that they are a conquered people.
    [AnNahar] Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    jihadists occupying parts of Iraq are destroying age-old heritage sites and looting others to sell valued artifacts on the black market, experts gathered at UNESCO's Gay Paree headquarters warned Monday.

    The hard boy group has destroyed shrines, churches and precious manuscripts in djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    , Tikrit and other areas of Iraq it controls and excavated sites to sell objects abroad, in what UNESCO chief Irina Bokova described as "cultural cleansing".

    In July, for instance, IS rigged the Nabi Yunus shrine in the northern city of Mosul -- revered by both Moslems and Christians as the tomb of Prophet Jonah -- with explosives and blew it up.

    The radical group advocates an brutal and strict interpretation of Islam, and considers worshiping at graves to be tantamount to idolatry.

    "There were kabooms that destroyed buildings dating back to the Assyrian era," Baghdad museum director Qais Rashid said according to a translation from Arabic into English, referring to the once powerful, ancient empire.

    "Assyrian tablets were stolen and were suddenly found in European cities," he added, warning that the sale of such artifacts was being used to "finance terrorism."

    "There are international mafias... that inform Daesh of what can be sold," he said, referring to an alternative name for IS.

    Rashid acknowledged that nothing could yet be done to prevent further destruction and looting in IS-controlled territory. "We have to wait and do everything to retake it," he said.

    Iraqi authorities have yet to put together a detailed list of what exactly has been destroyed or looted, but Rashid gave a few examples of recent incidents.

    "The Mosul museum, the second most important in Iraq, suffered an attack from Daesh and they also attacked the staff from the museum," he said.

    In another incident, "Daesh gathered over 1,500 manuscripts from convents and other holy places and burnt all of them in the middle of the city square," he added.

    Bokova said she had alerted all UNESCO member states, "as well as the main museums around the world and the art market, Interpol, the World Customs Organization... by calling for the utmost vigilance over objects that could come from the current looting of Iraqi heritage."

    She added that UNESCO had handed over the geographical coordinates of all key heritage sites to countries engaged in air strikes over Iraq to fight IS, to prevent further damage.

    The jihadists have also committed widespread atrocities against locals, and experts acknowledged that warning about heritage sites when people were dying could raise eyebrows.

    "When people die in their tens of thousands, must we be concerned about cultural cleansing?" asked Philippe Lalliot, La Belle France's ambassador to UNESCO.

    "Yes, definitely yes.... It's because culture is a powerful incentive for dialogue that the most extreme and the most fanatical groups strive to annihilate it."

    Iraq: Kurds go it alone without US airstrikes
    Posted by badanov 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 113 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    Kurdish militias in northern Syria continued to clash with Islamic State militants on Monday as coalition forces capped off their first week of airstrikes with fresh attacks on militant positions in Syria and Iraq.

    U.S. jets and drones, along with Arab-allied planes, hit a staging area near a Syrian grain storage site, officials said Monday, one of 11 targets hit as part of the effort to rollback Islamic State battlefield victories.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported civilian casualties in the attack on the grain silo near the town of Manbij. Coalition forces appeared to also hit Islamic State targets in Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir el-Zour provinces, the group said.
    #1: I believe its about time the kurds get their own "recognized" state in northern iraq.
    Posted by: chris|| 2014-09-30 04:05 ||Comments

    Home Front: Politix: Republicans Have Edge 5 Weeks From U.S. Mid-Terms
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 23 Comments 509 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    But only if each of us holds his or her nose and votes in November for the least bad option on the ballot.
    [AnNahar] President Barack Obama
    If you like your coverage you can keep it...
    's Democrats rejoiced when early September polls gave them a fighting chance to hold the U.S. Senate in November's mid-term elections, but new data Monday suggests they are slipping.

    With just five weeks before Americans decide who will represent them in Congress, election modelers at The New York Times
    ...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
    , FiveThirtyEight.com, The Washington Post and Huffington Post show Republicans making important gains in their bid to retake the upper chamber of Congress.

    Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win back the Senate. The Times forecast boosted those chances from 55 percent last week to 67 percent Monday, while the Washington Post Election Lab's prediction went from 65 percent to 76 percent Republican.

    And the model operated by FiveThirtyEight.com statistician guru Nate Silver, the most respected election prognosticator in the business, bumped its Republican takeover odds from 55 percent to 60 percent.

    "This election is ours to win," the Republican National Committee's chief operating officer Sara Armstrong wrote in a weekend fundraising email, one in a mounting pile of pitches by both parties to their supporters.

    With Democrat-held seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia essentially being conceded to Republicans this cycle, the GOP needs to grab just three more seats -- and hold their own -- to win control of the 100-member Senate.

    That puts the focus on a handful of tossup states like Alaska, Arkansas and Colorado, all of which feature embattled Democrats who polls show have recently lost ground to their Republican challengers.

    And in the breadbasket state of Iowa, Democrats risk losing a seat that retiring Senator Tom Harkin has held for 30 years. The race was seen as a dead heat recently, but a weekend poll by the Des Moines Register showed conservative Joni Ernst leading Democratic congressman Bruce Braley by six percentage points.

    Democrats are finding themselves in a tough political spot; Obama is unpopular, especially in swing states, meaning candidates there are not expected to hit the campaign trail with him.

    Complicating a Republican path to majority, Democrats are eyeing a possible flip in Republican stronghold Kansas, where veteran Senator Pat Roberts faces an unexpectedly strong independent candidate.

    Republicans already control the House of Representatives and are expected to keep it. Lawmakers elected in November take their seats in January and serve through the final two years of Obama's term.
    #1: I have a little story to tell you about Democrats Damocles. perhaps you have heard it before, maybe not...

    According to the story, pandering to his king, Dionysius, Damocles exclaimed that, as a great man of power and authority surrounded by magnificence, Dionysius was truly extremely fortunate. Dionysius then offered to switch places with Damocles, so that Damocles could taste that very fortune firsthand. Damocles quickly and eagerly accepted the king's proposal. Damocles sat down in the king's throne surrounded by every luxury, but Dionysius arranged that a huge sword should hang above the throne, held at the pommel only by a single hair of a horse's tail. Damocles finally begged the king that he be allowed to depart because he no longer wanted to be so fortunate, realizing that with great fortune and power come also great peril and anxiety.

    The anxiety rests with the Democrats.

    Please have a seat, six to be exact.

    By the way that's Harry Reid standing at the back left muttering, "WTF am I going to do next to not loose this election and the majority autocratic position I hold over the rubes in this nation ?"
    Posted by: Timaeus of Tauromenium || 2014-09-30 01:21 ||Comments

    #2: Always remember - they don't call it "the stupid party" for nothing.

    The RNC is obsessed with reelecting doddering RINO incumbents who are already subservient to RNC favored elements - which is a good start toward seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.
    Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2014-09-30 01:23 ||Comments

    #3: Do you prefer to vote for Ron and Rand ie the guys who will be concerned about ISIS only when its troops will be within one block of the White House?
    Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-30 02:46 ||Comments

    #4: You didn't want to ,hold your nose for McCain and Obama handeled victory to Al Quida in Lybia. You didn't want to hold your nose for Romeny and Obama is on the vetge of halndling Iraq and Afganitsan to Isis and the Taliban. Give a thoird victory to Dems if yopu lioke but then don't complain when gas prices multiply by five and when you will have to bring your daughter to the Female Genital Mutilation Center.

    Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-30 05:58 ||Comments

    #5: Somehow, I'm skeptical: of both Republican party AND the possibility of free elections.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-09-30 06:09 ||Comments

    #6: Plenty of time yet to blow it.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 07:32 ||Comments

    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-09-30 07:52 ||Comments

    #8: Jane Austen is back.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-09-30 07:54 ||Comments

    #9: As I recall much the same was said bout 5 weeks before the '12 election. Romney had a slight edge.
    Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-09-30 08:02 ||Comments

    #10: I'm voting for the evil of the two lessers. I trust the Pubs more than the Donks. Hopefully, the Pubs will take the Senate. Reid will be out of a position of leadership in the Senate although the Pubs will not have a super-majority. Obama will still be able to veto whatever get passed by the Pub-controlled House and Senate--the Pubs will not be able to over-ride a veto. Obama still has executive orders to cause problems.
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 09:29 ||Comments

    #11: "Great, kid! Don't get cocky."
    Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-09-30 10:14 ||Comments

    #12: JFM, as bad as Obama is, and I voted for McCain, I held my nose for McCain, I look back on McCain's behavior over the past few years and think maybe it's a good thing Obama beat him. McCain is a reckless, crooked old fool. There is no telling what kind of trouble he would have gotten us into. He goes to Syria and stokes trouble there. He goes to Kiev and stokes trouble there. He'd open the border just like Obama has. He's a nut (that means he's out of his frickin' mind).

    With Boehner and McConnell capitulating every time Obama wants something, from amnesty to raising the debt ceiling to another war in Iraq, I have to wonder what difference this election will make. If they pass amnesty the Republican Party will be kaput anyway. I'm so disgusted with the whole lot of them I will probably vote Libertarian if I vote at all.
    Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-30 12:02 ||Comments

    #13: With Boehner and McConnell capitulating every time Obama wants something, from amnesty

    Stopped at the grocery this morning. Chubby Latina in front of me with two kids. She pays with state food voucher.... I pay with a $20. bill. Always heartwarming to see my tax dollars at work.
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 12:11 ||Comments

    #14: One more thing, JFM. If ISIS ever gets here, and that's a pretty big "if", they will either ride in on a commercial jet liner with visas that the US State Department has granted them or else they will simply walk across our southern border with Mexico. Nothing we do in Iraq or Syria will prevent that and Republicans wouldn't do anymore about it than Obama has.
    Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-30 12:14 ||Comments

    #15: The southern border is secure. Our very well armed amigos in the Mexican cartels will alert us to any mooslim uitlanders [foreigners]. Our 'top men' have seen to it.
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 12:23 ||Comments

    #16: EU, had Romney being elected there would be no ISIS. He would have naplamed it a looooong time ago.

    T=BTW: Hasn't Barcak Hussein Obama have repeatedly gone out of his way to praise Islam? Hasn't he written a book about his father, some kind of philanderiong drunkard who abandonned him and his mother, but still a devout Muslilm and don't you find a bit funny Obama's veneration for such a father?
    Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-30 12:37 ||Comments

    #17: "don't you find a bit funny Obama's veneration for such a father?"

    Actually, JFM, no. I find it absolutely typical of the little b@st@rd. >:-(
    Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-09-30 12:56 ||Comments

    #18: Which potential 'father' are we speaking of ?
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-09-30 13:03 ||Comments

    #19: JFM, I did not mention Romney. I still have some respect for him and if he runs again in 2016 I will vote for him again.

    But the Republican power brokers who made sure Romney prevailed over Perry are the same outfit who gave McCain the nod in 2008 and it puts a chill in me.

    Let me put this to you very plainly, McCain and his buddy Lindsey Graham are a couple of stark, raving lunatics. Furthermore, John Boehner is a wussy man. Which ever party wins the upcoming election, I fear for the future of this country.
    Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-09-30 13:59 ||Comments

    #20: Republicans are better at the economy, on crime, and foreign policy. Not perfect but a lot better and the world needs a lot better right now.

    We need a Reagan and I just don't see it among the Republicans. too corrupted, inexperienced, or generally small thinking.
    Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-09-30 14:29 ||Comments

    #21: rjschwarz Do you see a Reagan between the Democrats? Nuff said.
    Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-30 16:26 ||Comments

    #22: I'd vote for Cruz.
    Posted by: bman|| 2014-09-30 16:39 ||Comments

    #23: I agree with you bman. Everything I have ever heard Cruz say makes sense. Unfortunately, the establishment rinos are so threatened by him that they take every opportunity to shoot him down. I also like everything I hear from Ben Carson. I sense that the "Grand Ole Party players" aren't too keen on him either. Too bad. I think they are what "We the People" could really use.
    Posted by: warthogswife|| 2014-09-30 16:51 ||Comments

    Afghanistan: New Afghan President Ghani Takes Oath, Seeks Peace Talks
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 171 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] Ashraf Ghani
    ...former chancellor of Kabul University. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
    , a one-time U.S.-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban turbans to join peace talks after 13 years of war.

    Officials said Ghani's first major policy move would be the signing of a long-delayed agreement allowing 12,500 U.S.-led troops to remain in Afghanistan into 2015 to support and train the national police and army.

    Bangladesh: Bangladesh Arrests Briton over 'IS Jihad Recruitment'
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 667 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] Bangladesh police said Monday they have tossed in the slammer
    Book 'im, Mahmoud!
    a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit gunnies for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....

    Officers said Samiun Rahman, a 24-year-old Londoner of Bangladeshi origin, was picked up from a railway station in the capital around midnight on Sunday.

    "During primary interrogation, he told police he was staying in Bangladesh to recruit jihadists for the IS and Nusra brigade (an affiliate of Al-Qaeda)," Dhaka metropolitan police said in a statement.

    "He took part in fighting in Syria from September to December last year as a member of Nusra brigade," Dhaka police front man Masudur Rahman told AFP, adding that Rahman had traveled to Syria with a friend from Britannia.

    He said Rahman, alias Ibn Hamdan, planned to send Bangladeshi gunnies to Syria and also wanted to set up an Al-Qaeda network inside Bangladesh and neighboring Myanmar.

    Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri
    ... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is...
    announced plans earlier this month to launch a South Asian branch of the hard boy network.

    Just last week, two other suspected gunnies were arrested for allegedly attempting to set up an Al-Qaeda network in Bangladesh.

    Asif Adnan, 24, and Fazle Elahi Tanzil, 26, were members of the local Ansarullah Bangla Team, blamed for the murder last year of a blogger who was critical of Islam.

    Several banned Islamist hard boy groups operate in Bangladesh and have been blamed for a series of deadly attacks since the late 1990s. But none of them have been linked to Al-Qaeda.

    Rahman, dressed in a long robe, was paraded before the media at a police press briefing.

    Police said he was born in London.

    "He came here as he thought it was possible to send people from Bangladesh (to Syria)," said Dhaka police joint commissioner Monirul Islam.

    China-Japan-Koreas: U.S. Envoy: N. Korea Moving 'Further Away' from Denuclearisation
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 596 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [AnNahar] The U.S. diplomat in charge of North Korea policy said Monday a speech by its foreign minister at the United Nations
    ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
    shows the country is moving further away from a return to six-country nuclear talks.

    Glyn Davies, the special representative for North Korea policy, spoke with news hounds in Beijing as he began a nearly week-long trip that will also take him to Seoul and Tokyo.

    He cited "troubling further signs" that North Korea "is even more directly rejecting its responsibilities to live up to its obligation to denuclearise.

    "We saw this again in a speech given by the foreign minister at the U.N. General Assembly in New York."

    "It is essential that North Korea begin to take steps that move in that direction," he told news hounds. "Instead, they're moving further and further away from that requirement."

    In the first U.N. address by a top Pyongyang official in 15 years, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong -- in a speech to the General Assembly on Saturday -- defended his country's nuclear weapons program, which he said was necessary due to the "hostile policy" of the U.S.

    The day Ri spoke, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a speech at the assembly called for a resumption of talks on the North's program as soon as possible.

    China -- along with Russia, the U.S, North Korea, South Korea and Japan -- is a participant in the aid-for-denuclearisation talks, which have been stalled since 2009.

    Davies said the purpose of his visit to the region was to stress "the importance of getting back to the necessity of denuclearisation" which he called the centrepiece of the talks.

    He added that North Korea's repeated efforts to blame the U.S for its nuclear program resembled a "broken record".

    Davies' visit to Beijing comes amid North Korean state media reports that leader Kim Jong-Un is suffering a bout of ill health. Kim has not been seen in public since September 3.

    The U.S. envoy played down Kim's absence from the public eye.

    "For us, what's important is not so much where the leader is but what North Korea's position is on the issues that are of deep concern to us," he said, declining to take part in what he described as "a game of 'Where in the World is Kim Jong-Un?'"

    Davies also said the U.S. was "very concerned" about three U.S. detainees in North Korea -- Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller -- and was doing everything it could to gain access to them.

    "I think it's unfortunate that North Korea continues to use these Americans ... as pawns," he said.

    "They simply won't engage us," he said of North Korea. "It's very frustrating. It's unhelpful. And I think it puts the lie to the contention of the regime in Pyongyang that they want to have a relationship with us."

    India-Pakistan: India Police Arrest over 200 for Religious Violence in Gujarat
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    [AnNahar] Indian police in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat
    ...where rioting seems to be a traditional passtime...
    have locked away
    ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
    more than 200 people after violence between majority Hindus and minority Moslems, a senior officer said Monday.

    The festivities in the western city of Vadodara were sparked by a distorted image posted on social media that offended Moslems, prompting authorities to block mobile Internet and bulk text messaging, the officer said.

    The violence coincides with Modi's visit to the United States where he is expected to meet President Barack Obama
    I am the change that you seek...
    during a trip to push for foreign investment to promote economic growth.

    Members of the two communities threw stones at each other and set vehicles alight in several days of festivities that started on Thursday, while one person was stabbed.

    "We have now arrested over 200 people from both the communities in the last three days," said D.J Patel, additional commissioner of Vadodara police. Police said Sunday 40 arrests were made.

    "The man, a teacher, who posted the controversial message on WhatsApp has also been arrested," Patel told AFP.

    Patel declined to describe the offending message and image but local newspapers have reported that a distorted photo of the Moslem holy land of Mecca was circulated on social media.

    Modi contested and won Vadodara when his Hindu nationalist party swept to power at the general election in May, although he gave up the seat after the polls for another that he also secured.

    Gujarat was hit by religious riots in 2002 that left more than 1,000 people, mostly Moslems, dead. Modi, the state's chief minister at the time, has rejected criticism he failed to stop the bloodshed. He was cleared by a Supreme Court-ordered probe of wrongdoing.

    The US had shunned Modi for years over the riots, a move that was dropped when it became clear he would win power nationally.

    Patel said some of the 200 people were detained for taking part in the low-level violence, while others were arrested to prevent further unrest.

    He said the city was back to normal on Monday with markets open. Another senior police officer said mobile Internet services would remain suspended as a precaution until Tuesday.

    One person was stabbed in the unrest, the Press Trust of India news agency has reported, but all of the handful of injuries have been minor.

    -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Record 3,072 Migrants Killed Crossing Mediterranean in 2014
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 92 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [AnNahar] More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the previous peak in 2011, the International Organization for Migration said Monday.

    Europe is by far the most dangerous destination for "irregular" migrants, the organization found in a report, with 3,072, or 75 percent, of the 4,077 registered migrant deaths worldwide since January happening in the Mediterranean.

    In the 216-page report titled "Fatal Journeys: migrant fatalities across land and sea", IOM said more than 40,000 people had perished since 2000 while migrating -- 22,000 of them while trying to reach Europe.
    #1: It's a big body of water. Plenty of room. (I know, I know...)
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 07:36 ||Comments

    Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Truce ends as battles rage in Donetsk, Lugansk
    Posted by badanov 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 616 words Read the whole thing on page 3

    For a map, click here. You can enlarge the map, if you open it separately.

    By Chris Covert

    Although representatives of Ukraina, Russia and the two breakaway republics in southeastern Ukraina are due to meet this week, news reports indicate that the truce is ending as battles between Ukrainian military units and pro Russian separatists grow in intensity.

    Since last Friday separatists have been attempting to drive Ukrainian military units from the Donetsk city airport. Since July Ukrainian units have had artillery positioned there and have fired on Donetsk city.

    Fighting between the combatants has taken place in outlying areas north and southwest of Donetsk and the airport, including locations such as Peski and Avdeyevka, the end result being the militias claimed to have control of at least part of the airport.

    Ukrainian military units are supposed to be withdrawing from the lines towards the west, as are militia units in the area. But neither side has budged and, according to information supplied by the pro Russian militia Voice of Sevastopol news outlet, militia units have been sent to the airport to seize the location.

    Even though Ukrainian military units, notably the remnants of the 93rd Brigade were offered terms of surrender, artillery units have continued to fire into Donetsk city as well as firing on militia units at the airport at ranges of less than 250 meters.

    Despite the close quarters combat, according to a pro militia report, 850 Ukrainian effectives managed to slip into the airport, said to comprise 250 paratroopers with the 25th Airborne Brigade and 600 from an unidentified Ukrainian territorial defense battalion. Other reports say the larger unit was in fact an armor unit.

    The latest militia reports are that militia armored units also have been moving towards and already may be at the airport as of this writing.

    Militia rocket artillery units have been firing into areas at the airport from the south, aiming at Peski, to the southwest of the airport, and at Ukrainian fortifications at the airport itself.

    During the night of September 26th - September 27th Ukrainian artillery units started firing into locations in Donetsk city including the Kalininsky, Kievsky and Petrovsky districts. Ukrainian artillery has also struck in Peski, Spartak and Telmanovo.

    According to the militias' report Ukrainian artillery guns used included 152mm tube, 120mm mortar, 122mm rocket and 300mm rocket artillery. Current reports do not indicate civilian casualties, although several civilian areas were hit by artillery strikes.

    Ukrainian news sources claim that militia artillery have been causing civilian casualties. In an online report posted Sunday, Ukrainian blogger Roman Burko said that militia artillery strikes were reported at Mariinka and Krasnohorhvka Saturday, and that Ukrainian artillery units did not counterfire to the artillery, saying it was a provocation from the militias. Mariinka is a western suburb of Donetsk city.

    Burko said that civilian casualties were recorded but failed to detail more information.

    Meanwhile fighting continues in areas north of Lugansk city, according to pro Russian militia news reports.

    The fighting in and near the town of Schastye continued as both sides try to seize the bridge over the North Donetsk River. A few weeks ago Ukrainian armor and airborne units which previously had occupied the airport at Lugansk were subsequently withdrawn to Schastye as well as other locations in northern Lugansk.

    Militia artillery units claimed to have hit and destroyed a Ukrainian ammunition dump and armored vehicles marshaling yard, presumably inside Schastye itself.

    Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com
    #1: That's really surprising , being as neither side actually seemed to want a truce.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 07:34 ||Comments

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS Jihadists Within 5 km of Key Syria Border Town
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 367 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    jihadists advanced Monday to within five kilometers (three miles) of the key Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab on Syria's border with Turkey, a monitor said.

    "They are five kilometers to the south and southeast of Kobane," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, using the Kurdish name for Ain al-Arab.

    "It is the closest distance IS has come so far," he added.

    As they advanced, the jihadists fired a volley of at least 15 rockets, hitting the center of Ain al-Arab for the first time and killing at least one person, Abdel Rahman said.

    "It's the most violent bombardment of the town," he said.

    Additional rockets also slammed into the Syrian-Turkish border area, he added, an account confirmed by an AFP photographer on the Turkish side of the frontier.

    The photographer said at least one mortar shell had landed on Turkish territory near the Mursitpinar border post, a day after fire from Syrian territory hit the Turkish border town of Suruc, injuring three.

    IS murderous Moslems launched a bid to capture Ain al-Arab nearly two weeks ago, and have since captured 67 villages surrounding the town.

    The fighting has prompted at least 160,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey, and the group's advances have continued despite several strikes by a US-led coalition around the town.

    Ain al-Arab is Syria's third-largest Kurdish town and would be a key prize for IS, allowing its fighters to complete their control over a long stretch of the Syrian border with Turkey.

    Arabia: 9 Bahrainis Jailed for Life, Stripped of Nationality
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 243 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] Nine Bahraini Shiites have been tossed in the calaboose
    Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
    for life and stripped of their nationality for smuggling arms to be used in "terrorist acts", the Gulf kingdom's prosecutor general announced on Monday.

    A Manama court also found all nine guilty of having contacted an agent of an unnamed foreign country "to carry out acts hostile to Bahrain", he said in a statement.

    The case dates back to February 2013 when authorities in the Sunni-ruled country announced they had dismantled a "terrorist cell" with links to Shiite Iran.

    Members of the group spied for Tehran and its elite Revolutionary Guards, the interior ministry said at the time, and had set up an armed organization called Jaish al-Imam, or the army of the imam.

    Dozens of Bahraini Shiites have been given lengthy prison terms after being convicted of involvement in protests which have shaken the country since February 2011.

    The tiny but strategic kingdom, just across the Gulf from Iran and home base for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, remains deeply divided three years after authorities crushed the uprising.

    Protests in Shiite villages around the capital still spark festivities with police.

    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel Fears Unrest as Jewish, Muslim Holy Days Coincide
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 312 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] Israeli police are to deploy in extra strength in mixed Jewish-Moslem areas on Saturday, fearful of trouble as the two faiths mark major holy days, police said.

    In a rare concurrence of the calendars of the two religions, this year the main Islamic feast of Eid el-Adha falls on the same day as the solemn Jewish fast of Yom Kippur.

    While Moslems celebrate with outings to friends and family and feasting, Jews spend 25 hours in prayer and fasting and refrain from driving.

    Anyone driving on Yom Kippur is likely to face stone throwing by observant Jews who have even been known to attack Israeli ambulances and police vehicles.

    "Police reinforcements will be deployed in all areas where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other, to prevent friction and allow the two communities to observe their holidays without problems," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said Monday.

    "Regional police commanders will be in touch with political and religious leaders of the two communities to encourage mutual tolerance and respect," she told AFP.

    "The police will act with an iron fist against anyone who might engage in provocation, incitement to violence or disturbing public order."

    Authorities will be keeping an especially close eye on the ancient port city of Acre in northern Israel, where riots erupted on Yom Kippur 2008 when an Arab resident drove through an observant Jewish neighborhood blaring music from his car stereo.

    A group of Jewish youths assaulted the driver and false rumors of his death brought hundreds of angry Arabs onto the streets in protest, damaging cars and property.

    Clashes went on for four days and at least three people were maimed.
    #1: Because nothing says "Honoring High Holy Days" like a rise in the local carnage.
    It's the gift that keeps on giving.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 09:15 ||Comments

    Arabia: Guns 'n Grammar: Yemen Pupils Find Classes Full of Ammo
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 4 Comments 672 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] Back to school for young Yemenis in Sanaa Monday was a stark reminder of why many missed classes in the first place -- rebels were using it as an arms dump.

    Iranian catspaws had swept into the north of the city from their northern mountain stronghold, pressing the authorities for reforms and a greater say in the impoverished country's affairs.

    After days of brief but bloody fighting, mainly in the north of the city where the Shamlan school is located, the Houthis, known as Ansarullah, occupied it after overrunning Sanaa on September 21.

    Children who turned up on Monday after the school was supposed to have reopened found the gates firmly shut and ended up having classes in the street outside.

    Appropriately, when it was time for drawing, many sketched pictures of tanks and machineguns.

    "We have a war at school," explained one pupil about the picture he had made.

    Rebels remained tight-lipped when some parents of the hundreds of students at Shamlan school asked when they would vacate the building.

    Ansarullah has lined up armored vehicles in the playground and filled the classrooms with ammunition.

    The rebels, who captured key state installations and military bases and now hold sway over most of Sanaa, seized large amounts of weapons during their offensive.

    Headmistress Fawzia al-Ashem appeared torn between a ministerial decision to reopen the school on Monday and the Lion of Islams' refusal to move out.

    "It was decided to reopen the school without thinking what's inside it," she told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

    Schools in the area had closed temporarily because of heavy fighting between the rebels and Sunni Islamists of al-Islah (reform) party.

    And although rebels continue to rule the roost in Sanaa's streets amid an almost total absence of mainstream security forces, the education ministry went ahead and told schools to reopen on Monday.

    "The Huthis are justifying their occupation of the place by saying that they have the right to stay," one parent said.

    "They claim they're trying to find somewhere else to stock their weapons, but I don't believe them," he added, asking not to be identified for security reasons.

    The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said twice during the fighting that it was concerned about schooling in the capital, urging all parties to respect the right to an education and to vacate occupied schools.

    Hours after taking over the capital eight days ago, the Huthis signed an agreement to end the fighting, mediated by U.N. envoy Jamal Benomar.

    And after initially hesitating, on Saturday the rebels signed the accord's security protocol, stipulating the withdrawal of their forces from Sanaa once a new prime minister is named.

    But President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has so far failed to name the new premier.

    Yemen's authorities have in the past accused Iran of backing the rebels, who also appear influenced by Leb's Hizbullah
    ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
    The rebels now roaming freely in Sanaa had battled the government for years, complaining of marginalization.

    Many lessons remain to be learned in the Arab world's poorest country, but for the children of Shamlan school in Sanaa they will just have to wait.
    #1: Yemen Pupils Find Classes Full of Ammo

    That's nothing, at recess the pupils found the AK-47 in the lunch room, I believe the classes let out early that day... for Shia Target practice lessons.

    Posted by: Wheresh Croluck9192|| 2014-09-30 01:42 ||Comments

    #2: So, it's like a vocational school, then?
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 07:27 ||Comments

    #3: The cliques are brutal.
    Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-09-30 09:44 ||Comments

    #4: Just prepping the young jihadists?
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 15:49 ||Comments

    Africa North: Tunisia's Islamists Urge U.S. Help to Support Democracy
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    [AnNahar] Tunisia's moderate Islamist party Ennahda appealed Monday for U.S. support as the country heads into vital elections, warning democracy remains fragile in the nation that triggered the Arab Spring.

    Tunisians ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011 and Ennahda emerged at the head of the pack in elections nine months later with 37 percent of the vote.

    With looming legislative elections on October 26, followed by a key presidential vote the following month, the party's leader Rached Ghannouchi said Ennahda was "preparing for the second test."

    "One flower cannot make the spring," Ghannouchi told a small group of news hounds at the U.S. Institute of Peace at the start of a visit to the United States during which he will also meet key U.S. administration officials.

    Ennahda last week unveiled an ambitious platform for the parliamentary elections, saying it was confident of a greater victory than the one achieved three years ago.

    "By the end of this year we can guarantee that Tunisia will be the first Arab democracy," Ghannouchi said, speaking in English.

    "But we need the support of the United States for this experience, which can be considered as the alternative of extremism and terrorism and war," he said.

    Ghannouchi pointed to cooperation over the past three years between moderate Islamic parties and moderate secularists in Tunisia as "a very rare experience in the Arab world" and one which can serve as an example that "democracy and Islam can work together, are compatible."

    "There is a part of the Middle East (where) there is a candle still shining," he said.

    Ennahda rejects any form of what he called "terrorism," but Ghannouchi insisted that to fight groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    group, a program of social justice was needed to ensure there was food on the table and jobs.

    Tunisia was hoping to attract Western investment to boost the north African country's economy.

    "In this context of chaos and violence and mistrust... we are here to carry a note of hope, of positive horizons still existing," said Ennahda MP Amel Azzouz.

    "We need the U.S. and all our friends to be with us, and to be consistent in supporting this nascent democracy. And Tunisia will be a showcase for the rest of the Arab world," she said.

    International observers would help ensure that results from the upcoming elections would be "recognized and respected by everybody," she added.

    Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, who is a secular ally of Ennahda, announced earlier this month that he will stand for re-election in November.

    Ghannouchi's aides revealed that there were already some 70 people who have expressed hopes of joining the presidential fight, and so Ennahda was not putting up its own candidate and would wait for the run-off before deciding who to back.

    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Most Palestinians Back Rocket Fire at Israel if Gaza Blockade Stays
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 6 Comments 473 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] Most Paleostinians would favor resuming rocket fire at Israel if it does not lift its Gazoo blockade, although support for armed confrontation is dropping off, according to a poll published Monday.

    "An overwhelming majority of 80% supports the launching of rockets from the Gazoo Strip at Israel if the siege and blockade are not ended," said the survey of 1,200 Paleostinians in Gazoo and the West Bank conducted by the Paleostinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).

    Conducted a month after the end of Israel's 50-day Gazoo military offensive to stop rocket fire, the poll says 44 percent of respondents saw armed confrontation as the best way to end Israeli occupation and set up a Paleostinian state.

    It said that 29 percent believed negotiations were the best option, while 23 percent favored non-violent resistance.

    But the poll, carried out between September 25-27 and with a margin of error of three percentage points, reflected a falloff in support both for the Islamist bad boy movement Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, which rules Gazoo and for violence.

    PSR said that in a similar survey a month earlier, in the immediate aftermath of the war, 53 percent backed armed confrontation.

    Asked how they would vote if a general election were held now, 39 percent of those polled said they would support Hamas, down from 46 percent a month ago.

    The rival Fatah of President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
    ... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
    would win 36 percent, up from 31 percent in August, the survey found.

    But in a presidential race, Hamas' Ismail Haniya would romp home with 55 percent support compared to 38 percent for Abbas.

    Asked if Israel with its massive air, sea and land bombardment of Gazoo had won the July-August war, or Hamas -- which fired rockets deep into Israel -- 69 percent handed victory to the Islamists in the latest survey, down from 79 percent last month.

    The war killed more than 2,140 Paleostinians, most of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers.
    #1: I'm sure there are plenty of israelis that will back more pounding of said paleoshitians.
    Posted by: chris|| 2014-09-30 04:09 ||Comments

    #2: And most would back rocket fire even if Israel removed the blockade - only this time they will have better missiles from Iran.
    Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-09-30 07:58 ||Comments

    #3: An overwhelming majority of 80% supports the launching of rockets from the Gazoo Strip at Israel if the siege and blockade are not ended.

    And 80% support the launching of rockets even if the siege and blockade are ended.
    Posted by: mossomo|| 2014-09-30 12:42 ||Comments

    #4: "And 80% 95% support the launching of rockets even if the siege and blockade are ended"

    FTFY, mossomo.
    Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-09-30 12:59 ||Comments

    #5: They might find other Arab governments aren't so willing to part with munitions at the present.
    Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-09-30 14:20 ||Comments

    #6: And I doubt Palestinian industry could produce a bottle rocket.
    Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-09-30 14:20 ||Comments

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian Observatory: U.S.-led Strikes on IS Hit Entrance to Main Gas Plant
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 628 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] The U.S.-led coalition against jihadists in Syria struck late Sunday the entrance to the country's main gas plant, in an apparent warning to Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    (IS) bully boyz to abandon the premises under their control, a monitor said.

    "The international coalition has for the first time struck the entrance and prayer area of the Coneco gas plant. It is under IS control, and is the largest in Syria," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

    The United States and a group of mainly Gulf Arab allies launched strikes against jihadist positions in Syria on Tuesday, a month and a half after strikes against IS jihadists began in neighboring Iraq.

    Strikes also hit IS targets both in its Raqa province stronghold and in Aleppo province further west.

    The coalition strikes hit jihadist targets outside Raqa city, the de facto headquarters of IS in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

    They also hit targets around the town of Minbej, east of second city Aleppo, that reportedly included IS-controlled grain silos, it said.

    The coalition already hit IS targets around Minbej on Saturday.

    Up until Sunday, the strikes had targeted mainly jihadist bases and makeshift oil refineries used by the murderous Moslems, in a bid to weaken one of their main sources of financing.

    The strike against the Coneco gas plant's entrance and prayer area "did not kill any jihadists, though it did injure some of them", Abdel Rahman told Agence La Belle France Presse.

    "It appears as though the international coalition is trying to force the jihadists to leave the plant," he said.

    The Coneco gas plant is located in eastern Syria's Deir Ezzor province, which is the country's richest in oil and is located on the Iraq border.

    The strike could have significant consequences not only for the jihadists, but also for areas under Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
    's control.

    "The Coneco gas plant feeds the Jandar power station located in (regime-held) Homs province," said Abdel Rahman.

    "If the Coneco plant stops functioning completely, several regime-held areas, as well as IS-controlled Deir Ezzor province will be left without electricity," he warned.

    Before the IS bully boyz took over Deir Ezzor province earlier this year, jihadists from the rival Al-Nusra Front and local tribes had an agreement with Assad's regime to keep the Coneco gas plant up and running.

    In exchange for gas, the regime allowed electricity for Deir Ezzor province.

    "That agreement was maintained when the IS took over," said Abdel Rahman.
    #1: It's becoming more obvious that President Redline is using the ISIS pile of excrement excuse to take out Assad's infrastructure at the same time. No declaration of war needed for the free fire zone of Syria. "Oops" covers the collateral results.
    Posted by: Mugsy Glink|| 2014-09-30 09:41 ||Comments

    The Grand Turk: Turkey Deploys Tanks to Border as Lawmakers to Consider Anti-IS Action
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 837 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] Turkey on Monday deployed tanks and armored vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria amid escalating Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    violence, as parliament is set to consider whether to authorize military action against IS jihadists.

    The army moved tanks and armored vehicles to the border town of Mursitpinar which lies across from the key Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab after some stray bullets hit Turkish villages, sparking retaliation from Turkey's military under its "rules of engagement."

    The government said Monday it would shortly submit motions to parliament authorizing the armed forces to take action in Iraq and Syria, so Ankara can join the U.S.-led coalition against the IS fighters.

    "The motions have not yet been sent to parliament. They may come tomorrow," parliamentary speaker Cemil Cicek was quoted as saying by NTV television.

    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the motions will be debated on Thursday.

    Turkey had refused to join a broad anti-IS coalition led by the United States while dozens of its citizens including diplomats and children were being held by IS turbans having been kidnapped from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
    ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
    After securing their freedom in a top-secret operation which reportedly resulted in the release of 50 IS fighters, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
    said the country's position had changed, signalling a more robust stance towards the IS group.

    "We will hold discussions with our relevant institutions this week. We will definitely be where we need to be," Erdogan said on Sunday.

    "We cannot stay out of this."

    The government hopes parliament will approve the military action before the Moslem Eid holiday which begins on Saturday.

    On Monday, Erdogan said the Islamic State -- blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Ankara since October 2013 -- has nothing to do with Islam, which he said "does not legitimize such savagery or violence."

    "Attributing terrorist actions in the Middle East to Islam means nothing other than distorting the truth," he said in a speech in Istanbul. "Our religion is a religion of peace."

    In a rare move, Turkey's top general, Necdet Ozel, will speak to the cabinet on Tuesday followed by a security summit chaired by Erdogan.

    Turkey has so far accepted over 160,000 Syrian refugees who fled the IS assault near the town of Ain al-Arab, and has called for creating a safe buffer zone to help civilians inside Syria.

    Turkey has already taken in more than 1.5 million refugees who fled the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Scourge of Qusayr...
    On Monday, at least three mortar shells fired from Syria landed in Turkish soil -- up to two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the border gate at Mursitpinar, an AFP photographer reported. They caused no damage or casualties.

    But a mortar shell that hit a house in a Turkish village on the Syrian border late Sunday left three people maimed, the military said on its website, adding that the armed forces had responded in kind.
    The Times of Israel adds:
    Some 15 tanks took up positions on a hill near a military base opposite the besieged town of Kobani that IS has been trying to capture from outgunned Syrian-Kurdish forces for over a week, Rooters reported.

    Arabia: Qaida Attacks Shiite Rebels in Yemen
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    [AnNahar] An al-Qaeda group in Yemen has launched three attacks against Iranian catspaws, vowing a tough fight against the gunnies who overran the capital last week, officials and witnesses said Monday.

    Gunmen from Ansar al-Sharia
    ...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
    opened fire on Sunday night at a vehicle in the central Baida province, killing all six rebels on board, witnesses said.

    In Sanaa, two rebels were maimed when an bomb went off, also on Sunday night, near a checkpoint, a security official said, accusing al-Qaeda of being behind the attack.

    The attacks followed a suicide kaboom earlier in the day that targeted a small hospital used by Houthis in Majzar, 80 kilometres east of Sanaa, tribal sources said.

    Ansar al-Sharia, a group linked to al-Qaeda, said on Twitter that it carried out the attack which had caused "dozens" of casualties.

    The rebels swept down from their stronghold in the rugged northwestern mountains last month, demanding economic and political reforms.

    On September 21, they seized key state installations without resistance, most of them in northern Sanaa, after festivities on the city's outskirts with Islamists killed more than 270 people.

    Al-Qaeda vowed on Wednesday to fight the rebels in defense of Sunni Moslems, three days after the gunnies overran Sanaa.

    "We have unsheathed our sharp swords to defend you," Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said in a statement, warning the Iranian catspaws of the "unbearable."

    "Your heads will fly off," the statement threatened the rebels, charging that the Huthis' takeover of Sanaa was the "outcome of a Persian plot in Yemen."

    Sanaa has repeatedly accused Shiite Iran of backing the rebels.

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Engine Failure, Overloading behind Tehran Plane Crash
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 4 Comments 241 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [AnNahar] A plane crash in Tehran that left 39 people dead last month was caused by engine failure and overloading, local media quoted Iranian authorities as saying on Monday.

    The An-140 turboprop headed for the eastern city of Tabas crashed moments after takeoff from Tehran on August 10, triggering a fireball when it smashed into the capital's Azadi neighbourhood.

    Many more deaths were narrowly avoided as the plane came down only a few hundred metres (yards) from a busy market.

    The head of the probe into the crash, Mohammad Shahbazi, was quoted in daily Khorasan as saying the plane's right engine failed two seconds after takeoff.

    The failure was not detected right away because of a faulty cockpit signal and the pilot was unable to react quickly enough, he said.

    The investigation found that the plane was also overloaded given the hot temperatures of the day and the altitude of Tehran -- both factors that can affect the performance of an airplane, including its rate of climb.

    "Initial information indicates that the pilot tried to keep the plane horizontal but the aircraft fell from a height of 45 metres (150 feet)," the newspaper quoted the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation, Alireza Jahangirian, as saying.

    President Hassan Rouhani ordered the grounding of all domestically produced An-140s following the accident.

    Iran has suffered several air crashes in recent years, blamed on ageing planes, poor maintenance and a shortage of new parts because of international sanctions.
    #1: Hint forget the AN-140 you'd have more luck getting to your destination if you used one of these

    Posted by: Wheresh Croluck9192|| 2014-09-30 01:32 ||Comments

    #2: Ah, that troublesome air/ground interface.
    Gravity's a bitch.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 07:30 ||Comments

    #3: Sounds like the aircraft was below Vmc (minimal controllable airspeed with one engine out) when they lost an engine. Then the aircraft stalled on the wing with the dead engine and rolled over toward that wing and that was the end. High density altitude from the high air temps just accelerated the process. Inshallah attitude contributed to their demise.
    Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-09-30 09:57 ||Comments

    #4: "blamed on ageing planes, poor Inshalla maintenance"

    Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-09-30 12:23 ||Comments

    Europe: Belgium Tries Suspected Syria Jihadist Group
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 406 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] Forty six people, most of them still on the lam, went on trial in Belgium on Monday for suspected membership of a group believed to be sending jihadist fighters to Syria.

    Armed police guarded the court in the northern port city of Antwerp where 16 people alleged to be part of Sharia4Belgium, including its head Fouad Belkacem, are being tried on charges of leading a terrorist organization.

    If convicted, they could face 20 years in prison.

    The remaining 30 are being tried on charges of belonging to Sharia4Belgium.
    I wonder how many will turn out to be connected to other terror organizations as well...like ISIS and al Nusra.
    Present for the trial were Belkacem, a Salafist ideologue known for his sermons in the streets and on the Internet, and seven others.

    The defendants who are on the lam are believed to be in Syria where some of them may have been killed, according to the federal justice office.

    Investigators said Belkacem never traveled to Syria, unlike most of the members of the group, but he was the "catalyst" who prompted many to go and fight there.

    Sharia4Belgium, based in Antwerp, campaigned for the introduction of Sharia Islamic law in Belgium.

    In 2012, it said it was disbanding but the authorities suspect that it has continued to recruit dozens of volunteers to fight in Syria.

    Officials say that up to 400 Belgian nationals may have gone to fight in Syria, with about a quarter having returned home.

    The trial comes five months after a deadly attack on the Jewish museum in the center of Brussels raised fears of a resurgence of anti-Semitic violence in Europe and of terror strikes from imported muscle returning from Syria.

    The main suspect in the attack which left four people dead is a Frenchie, Mehdi Nemmouche, who spent more than a year fighting with Islamist Death Eaters in Syria and is now also being held in Belgium on charges of "murder in a terrorist context".

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian Man Indicted on Terrorism Charges
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    [AnNahar] Military Examining Magistrate Judge Fadi Sawan indicted on Monday a Syrian national for involvement in terrorist activities in Leb, the state-run National News Agency reported.

    Sawan said in his indictment that Sami Baqir, a member of an armed terrorist organization, had smuggled Syrian citizens from Leb to Syria and the other way around.

    Baqir was also indicted for involvement in the arms trade and for harboring bandidos Lions of Islam and providing them with weapons.

    The judge issued an arrest warrant against him and referred him to the permanent military court for trial.

    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Medics: Israeli Fire Wounds Gaza Teenager
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 314 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] Israeli troops shot and maimed a 14-year-old boy in the northern Gazoo Strip on Monday in the second such incident in 24 hours, medics said.

    The boy suffered injuries to his foot after coming under fire in his village close to the border, emergency services front man Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement.

    On Sunday, Israeli fire maimed a farmer near the border fence, Qudra added.

    Under Israel's blockade of the coastal territory, residents of Gazoo are not allowed to come within 100 meters (yards) of the border fence on foot, or 300 meters in a vehicle.

    Israeli soldiers often fire at Paleostinians who stray closer.
    The answer, of course, is not to poke the tiger with a sharp stick when the cage door is not locked, but boys will be boys. And then boys will complain because they got shot in the feet, just like the Koran requires.
    The Israeli army said that it was looking into the latest reported shooting which comes just over a month after a fragile ceasefire went into force between Israel and Gazoo's Islamist de facto rulers Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,.

    The 50-day war killed more than 2,140 Paleostinians, most of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers before the ceasefire went into effect on August 26.

    Africa North: Islamist Gunmen Kill Two Soldiers in Western Algeria
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    [AnNahar] Islamist gunnies have killed two soldiers in western Algeria less than a week after jihadist-linked snuffies beheaded a French hostage they kidnapped east of the capital, press reports said Monday.

    The two soldiers were ambushed on Sunday as they inspected a power plant in the town of Telagh, 150 kilometers (95 miles) south of Algeria's second city Oran, the reports said.

    Islamist holy warriors, some of them loyal to Al-Qaeda, remain active in several areas of Algeria more than a decade after the end of the country's devastating 1992-2002 civil war.

    On Wednesday, a jihadist splinter group sparked world outrage by executing French hostage Herve Gourdel in retaliation for French air strikes on the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    group in Iraq in video footage it posted online.

    Gourdel was kidnapped while hiking in the Djurdjura National Park, east of Algiers, once a major tourist attraction but a hideout for Islamist snuffies since the 1990s.

    The army says it has killed at least 71 suspected snuffies in operations so far this year.

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Army Repels Jihadist Infiltration Attempt as Gunmen Try to Spread Chaos in Lebanon
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 533 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [AnNahar] The Lebanese army clashed with jihadists trying to infiltrate Lebanese territories at dawn Monday, leaving many dead and injured among their ranks, Voice of Leb radio (93.3) reported.

    The infiltration attempt was made on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, which last month witnessed bloody festivities between the army and holy warriors from al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
    ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
    Front and the Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....

    The jihadists took with them hostages from the military and police, and killed three of them.

    The military has so far stopped several infiltration attempts after it blocked dirt roads near Arsal to stop the Lion of Islams, who are taking refuge in the town's outskirts and on the porous Lebanese-Syrian border, from receiving supplies.

    VDL also reported that Lion of Islams, taking the Syrian border towns of Serghaya and Asal Alward as their base, are trying to smuggle arms to Leb.

    The gunnies are led by a Paleostinian identified as Hatem al-Hassan, the radio station said, adding that his deputy is Ahmed al-Rifai, a Syrian.

    The gangs are taking the weapons and ammunition to caves in the town of Maaraboun, which similar to Arsal lies in Baalbek district, to hand them over to Lebanese fighters, VDL stated.

    Their intention is to spread chaos in Leb, it added.
    How would anyone tell the difference?
    #1: Wow, sounds like a tough assignment.
    Give 'em a string of Black Cat firecrackers and roll of Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage and I'd call it good to go.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 09:07 ||Comments

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Operator of Fake Terrorist Group Account Faces Trial at Military Court
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    [AnNahar] First Military Examining Magistrate Judge Riyad Abu Ghida issued on Monday an indictment against the operator of the Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade's twitter account.

    The judge also called for Hussein al-Hussein to be tried at the military court.

    Al-Hussein was charged last month with operating the "fake" account for the purpose of creating sedition.

    The 19-year-old has been accused of threatening the residents of Baalbek, politicians and security figures and the Lebanese army, in addition to claiming suicide kabooms and the launching of rockets on Baalbek and Hermel.

    He has also been held responsible for inciting sedition among nationals in an attempt to create hatred and hostility and provoking rift between sects.

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Jihadists Make Oral Pledge not to Kill More Arsal Hostages
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 3 Comments 862 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    A promise worth the paper it's written on.
    [AnNahar] Qatar
    ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
    's mediator has received oral pledges from the jihadists who have taken Lebanese soldiers and coppers captive that they would not kill more abductees, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

    The daily said that the envoy, who is a Syrian and who has not been identified yet, met over the weekend with Lebanese officials and the representatives of the kidnappers of the troops.

    Last month, the Lebanese army fought fierce battles in the northeastern border town of Arsal with al-Nusra
    ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
    and Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    group jihadists who streamed in from Syria.

    The Lions of Islam withdrew after a truce, but took with them the hostages, three of whom were later executed.

    Lebanese officials have repeatedly said that they would not negotiate with he jihadists unless they receive written pledges that they would not harm more captives.

    Al-Akhbar quoted informed officials as saying that "Qatar's envoy reached an important breakthrough in the negotiations after receiving an oral pledge from the kidnappers that they would not execute more soldiers."

    The officials said the mediation with al-Nusra Front is easier because Qatar has an influence on the group. But the IS leadership in the Syrian al-Qalamun region and the outskirts of Arsal needs a decision from the the group's general command over every step it takes.

    Speaking before the U.N. General Assembly, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Friday that Leb is determined not to give in to "pressure and blackmail" by the Islamic holy warriors.

    The jihadists have made various demands in exchange for the soldiers' release, including the release of Islamist prisoners in Roumieh.

    "We will never give in to such pressure, and will remain focused on the release of our soldiers, while preserving our country," Salam said.

    But he told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Sunday that he supports holding negotiations with the captors to release the hostages.

    Leb has long been split over the war in neighboring Syria, with Sunnis supporting the Sunni-led rebellion against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Horror of Homs...
    and Shiites supporting his government, fearing the rise of turbans among the rebels' ranks.

    ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
    has infuriated many Sunnis by sending thousands of fighters to battle alongside Assad's troops.
    #1: And if you can't trust a self described terrorist, who can you trust?
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 07:38 ||Comments

    #2: An oral pledge isnt worth the paper it's written on.
    Posted by: Reneck Jim|| 2014-09-30 12:25 ||Comments

    #3: I'm stealing that one, RJ.
    Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-09-30 12:56 ||Comments

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Nusra Front Leader Calls on Lebanese Sunnis to Defect from Army
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 863 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [AnNahar] The leader of al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, has called on Leb's Sunnis to defect from the army.

    "Sunnis, take your sons away from the army that serves your enemy, and make them join the ranks of the jihadists," al-Jolani, who heads al-Nusra
    ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
    Front in Syria, said in an audio recording on Sunday.

    Sunni faceless myrmidons perceive Leb's army as being controlled by Shiite Hizbullah
    ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
    , which has sent thousands of fighters into Syria to support Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Terror of Aleppo ...
    's troops in a war that has killed more than 180,000 people in three years.

    The Syria war has stoked existing tensions in Leb, where Sunnis tend to support the uprising against Assad while Shiites generally support the Damascus regime.

    Last month, the Lebanese army fought pitched battles in the border town of Arsal with al-Nusra and Islamic State
    ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
    jihadists who streamed in from Syria.

    The jihadists withdrew after a truce, but took with them police and military troops as hostages, three of whom were later executed.

    Al-Golani also warned that his group would "use all possible means" to fight back against Arclight airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would reach Western countries joining the alliance.

    The U.S. views al-Nusra Front, as a terrorist group, but Syrian rebels have long seen it as a potent ally against both the IS -- which is the main target of the coalition -- and Assad's forces.

    In the 25-minute audio recording, al-Golani portrayed the U.S.-led coalition as a "Crusader alliance" against Sunnis and vowed to fight back.

    "We will use all that we have to defend the people of Syria...from the Crusader alliance," al-Golani said. "And we will use all possible means to achieve this end," he said, without offering more details.

    He went on to warn Western countries against taking part in the alliance in words that echoed those of the late founder of al-Qaeda, the late Osama bin Laden
    ... who is now beyond all cares and woe...
    "This is what will cause the battle to be transported to the hearts of your own homes; because Moslems will not stand idly by and watch Moslems be bombed and killed in their countries, while you are safe on your countries. The price of war will not be paid by your leaders alone. You will pay the biggest price," he said.

    The recording appeared genuine.

    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: PA Arrests Palestinians For Facebook Comments
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 152 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    Increasing secular totalitarian behaviour in the West Bank...
    [Ynet] The Paleostinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) says the number of West Bank residents incarcerated
    Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
    by Paleostinian Authority (PA) security forces for anti-PA comments on social media is on the rise. While precise statistics are hard to pin down, MADA says the number has doubled in the first six months of 2014 compared to the year before.

    While the total numbers are still small, the increase is a cause for concern, they said, urging the Paleostinian Authority to protect journalistic freedom of speech.
    #1: Hillary & Obama drool at the possibility of following suit.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 07:33 ||Comments

    Arabia: Doha Deal: Buy A Ferrari, Donate To Gaza
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 728 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Ynet] Qatar
    ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
    Red Islamic Thingy's public auction raises $3 million for rehabilitation of Strip by selling luxury vehicles and cycle of violences.

    Doing "good" by doing well.
    The Qatar Red Islamic Thingy Society hosted a public auction last weekend in Doha to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Gazoo Strip. Cars and cycle of violences from 2012 to 2014 were on offer, including 14 luxury vehicles, as well as three parts from the cover which wraps the holy Kabaa in Mecca.
    I s'pose one could make a tent of it, for playing Bedouins & Slave Girls in a convenient patch of desert..
    According to Qatari media outlets, the organizers successfully raised 11 million Qatari riyals ($3 million), a part of which was designated for the rehabilitation of the Strip, including the construction of homes, mosques, schools, and hospitals, as well rebuilding and fixing the infrastructure damaged during Operation Protective Edge.
    A part of US$3 million isn't going to go very far toward all of that, even if they needn't pay union wages and overtime.
    A press release by the organization said that a quarter of the sum raised by the public auction would be invested in the rehabilitation effort, while some of the money would be returned to the owners of the auctioned property.
    A quarter of $3 mil is $750,000. Will that get as much as site clearing for one apartment building?
    The top billed item in the auction was a 2013 Lamborghini sold for 8 million Qatari riyals ($2.2 million); two 2013 Ferraris and a 2012 McLaren were sold for 580,000 Qatari riyals ($159,000).

    The Kabaa coverings were sold for 50,000 Qatari riyals ($13,730).

    Qatari media outlets claimed the event was attended by businessmen and sponsors from the ruling elite. Despite the recent expulsions of several senior Moslem Brüderbund officials from the Gulf state, the organization's spiritual leader, Yusuf al-Qaradawi
    ...crackpot Egyptian Islamist theologian. He is best known for his program Shariah and Life on Al Jazeera, with an estimated audience of 60 million kindred souls worldwide. He is also well-known for IslamOnline, which occasionally advocates things like slavery and thumping the old lady with a rod no thicker than an inch, and has published more than 120 books, including Islam: The Future Civilization. Joe has long had a prominent role within the intellectual leadership of the Moslem Brüderbund. Some of his views have been controversial in the West, though less so among the rubes of the Mysterious East, and he was refused entry to the United Kingdom in 2008. In 2004, 2,500 Muslim academics from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and from the Palestinian territories condemned Qaradawi, and accused him of giving Islam a bad name....
    , spoke at the auction.
    Naturally. Hamas is a MB organization, and the expulsions weren't to take immediate effect. Best he got out from under foot while the womenfolk handled the packing.
    #1: Pretty good price for two of gawd' sown car and a Mclaren. Probably all sans maintenance.

    Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-09-30 09:48 ||Comments

    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Teacher Arrested For Bringing ISIS Material From Jordan
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 259 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Ynet] Police tossed in the slammer
    Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
    a 24-year-old teacher from Umm al-Fahm on Monday, who is suspected of affiliation with a terror group or an illegal association. An ISIS flag, computers, and jihadi literature was found in the suspect's home.

    During his interrogation the suspect admitted that he brought the material from Jordan. A Hadera court extended his detention through Wednesday.

    Last week, another resident of Umm al-Fahm was arrested. Ahmed Shurbaji, a 23 year old, was convicted of illegally entering Syria and partaking in banned military training, including with the bully boy group ISIS.

    The defense said that the court had no jurisdiction on the matter, claiming it was selectively enforcing the law.

    a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
    the court accepted the position of the prosecutor, ruling that "leaving to take part in military training in any rival nation, in general, and in Syria, in particular, under the authority of ISIS specifically, presents a security offense which carries great danger to the defense of Israel."

    Olde Tyme Religion: The Arab World Versus Islam
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 13 Comments 130 words Read the whole thing on page 4
    [Ynet] Islam has helped to destroy Arabic civilization, argue two Arab intellectuals in emotive essays in separate Western publications, and only intensive introspection by the followers of the faith can lead out of the century-long abyss.

    It is perfectly feasible that this time it will really happen. It is perfectly feasible that this time, in light of the black fanaticism and the rivers of blood and death, the Arab intelligentsia will embark on some genuine introspection.

    It is this soul-searching that Fouad Ajami demanded in his book "The Dream Palace of the Arabs" after the 1967 Six-Day War. It is this soul-searching that seemed to be inevitable in the wake of the attacks of September 11, but immediately turned into a long list of gripes against America and the West.
    #1: It is perfectly feasible that this time it will really happen.

    Maybe. Maybe not. How many divisions do the Arab intelligentsia have? Like the man said, the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but it's a good way to bet. My money is on tribalism and violence.

    As for Arab civilization (pfft) having reached a nadir, that won't happen as long as the oil money holds out.
    Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-09-30 00:40 ||Comments

    #2: Arab Civilization. Arab Intellectuals.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-09-30 05:17 ||Comments

    #3: You can argue about "Islam versus the Arab world" ie Islam destroying civilization in Syria, Egypt, the valley of the Euphrates, Tunisia (in Arabia there was not that much of civilization to be destroyed) but not "the Arab world against Islam" since the Arab worlld is not fighting it. It keeps supporting it.
    Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-30 05:36 ||Comments

    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-09-30 07:38 ||Comments

    #5: Um, I keep missing this great Arab Civilization that they talk about.

    They going back to Babylon or the Hittites?

    Once Mo took over, it's my understanding that the great civilization was consturcted by dhimmis under the threat of the sword and by the appropriation of knowledge from the conquered.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 07:55 ||Comments

    #6: steve, etc.

    Like the man said, the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but it's a good way to bet

    the underlined part is approximate quote from Damon Runyon

    also a favorite quote of mine
    Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-09-30 08:00 ||Comments

    #7: The article focuses only on the "dark Arab" regimes. There is also the "dark Persian" regime (which is most of theocratic dominated Iran).

    The population of the planet is ~ 7B. Muslims constitute about 2B. Christians about 2B. The rest are spread among Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and other. Estimates are that about 10-30% of the Muslims support jihad/radical Islam. That is a huge number and a huge world problem. It is not the Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, or the Jews who are lopping heads and have notions of world-wide supremacy.

    IMO many Muslims tend to go for the strong-horse, i.e. the "moderates" would tend to go towards radical Islam should they become the strong horse. This might alter the 10-30& percentages to higher numbers. When 911 occurred, many Muslims across the world danced in the streets and were sympathetic towards the 911 hijackers. Much like the good German/bad German paradigm during WWII. Good Germans were silent onlookers who went along to get along in a country of extremism? Unknowing residents of a country with very dark notions? Doubtful. There was more to it than that. There are other modern day examples of the strong horse phenomena such as the rise of Putin.

    The ideology which spawns such notions of world-supremacy and domination is the problem. Anjem Choudary, the radical Muslim cleric who was arrested in the UK (also appeared on Hannity last night) articulated the threat clearly--he thinks the world should live under Sharia law.
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 10:20 ||Comments

    #8: Good Germans were silent onlookers who went along to get along in a country of extremism?

    Say that thse Good Germans(Tm) were quite happy as long as easy victories brought them higher living standards through the plundering of defeated countries. Later when their sons began to fall, their ships to sink and their skies filled with Allied bombers then and only then did they grow unhappy about the regime.
    Posted by: JFM|| 2014-09-30 11:39 ||Comments

    #9: Yes, g(r)omgoru - Arab Civilization. Arab Intellectuals.

    1/3 of the world is filled with oxymorons and paradoxical statements - Islamic Kindness, Islamic Civility, Islamic Peace, well you get the gist.

    Posted by: Clem McGurque2888|| 2014-09-30 12:10 ||Comments

    #10: Estimates are that about 10-30% of the Muslims support jihad/radical Islam.
    I think this number is highly variable, depending on what government they live under & what pressures have been applied. What %-age of Muslims in occupied Mosul support the Jihad?
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-09-30 13:41 ||Comments

    #11: I'd read that much of what we dislike in Islam is more or less Arab Imperialism/culture that was brought along with Islam in the early days. Most cultures retained some sense of themselves within islam until recently when Wahabbi oil money started radicallizing everyone again in the power vacuum left behind after the Cold War.
    Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-09-30 14:25 ||Comments

    #12: Ah, these Good Germans. What JFM said.
    Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-09-30 15:53 ||Comments

    #13: In that bit of wisdom by JFM of, namely " Later when their sons began to fall, their ships to sink and their skies filled with Allied bombers then and only then did they grow unhappy about the regime." most likely lies the key to resolving the current conflict(s). However, it can't be done on the cheap and requires leadership and will.
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 16:18 ||Comments

    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Abbas' Strategic Threat Could Be More Dangerous Than Hamas
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 59 words Read the whole thing on page 4
    by Michael Oren

    [Ynet] Paleostinian leader's initiative to isolate Israel is not aimed at achieving a better starting point for future negotiations -- but at putting an end to the Zionist enterprise.

    In his address to the United Nations

    Africa North: Rival Libyan Lawmakers Hold UN-Brokered Talks
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 173 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Ynet] Rival Libyan politicians have held talks brokered by a United Nations
    ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
    envoy, in the first attempt to bridge the gap between warring groups that left the North African nation torn between two governments and parliaments.

    In a presser held in western city of Ghadamis, Bernardino Leon said the goal of the talks is to reach a "complete ceasefire." He described Monday's round of talks as "historic" and said that the two parties were sitting together "in brotherly atmosphere" and engaging to "overcome their differences through a political dialogue."
    #1: I'm calling "cage match!"
    (At least they could be entertaining about it.)
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 09:17 ||Comments

    -Short Attention Span Theater-: Israeli Cargo Ship Heads For L.A. To Unload After Oakland Protest
    Posted by trailing wife 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 100 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [Ynet] An Israeli-owned container ship that was blocked from unloading its cargo at the Port of Oakland by pro-Paleostinian protesters over the weekend was headed to Los Angeles on Monday, according to a ship-tracking website.

    The Zim Shanghai left Oakland with its cargo still onboard on Sunday evening, according to the website marinetraffic.com. It was expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
    Really, at this point they might as well scrap their contract with the Port of Oakland and write a new one with LA.

    Down Under: More Terror Raids Down Under
    Posted by Northern 09/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 152 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [news.com.au] VICTORIA Police and Australian Federal Police officers are raiding a property in Melbourne’s suburbs.

    One person has been taken into custody during the raids which AFP has confirmed are terror-related.

    “The Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police Joint Counter Terrorism Team can confirm that a number of search warrants are being conducted as part of an operation in the following suburbs: Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington,” a statement to news.com.au read.

    The raids follow the biggest ever counter-terror operation in Australia earlier this month involving joint operations between the AFP and NSW police.

    A spokeswoman for AFP said the raids were not related to the incident involving a terror suspect shot dead in Melbourne last week.

    “This operational activity is not in response to a threat to public safety nor is it related to last week’s incident at Endeavour Hills,” a statement read.

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: AP INTERVIEW: Syria 'OK' with US airstrikes
    Posted by Besoeker 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 369 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that his government is satisfied with the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, adding that the airstrikes should be expanded to include all other militant groups in Syria.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Walid al-Moallem said the fight against terrorism has aligned Damascus with Western and Arab opponents in fighting the same enemy.

    Al-Moallem said the U.S. does not inform Syria of every strike before it happens, "but it's OK."

    "We are fighting ISIS, they are fighting ISIS," he said, referring to the group by one of its acronyms.

    He spoke as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted towns in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that Syrian activists said hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians.

    Washington and Arab allies opened their air assault against the extremist group last week in Syria, going after the group's military facilities, training camps, heavy weapons and oil installations. The campaign expands upon the airstrikes the United States has been conducting against the militants in Iraq since early August.

    Some of the initial strikes targeted the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syria affiliate, hitting several of its facilities and killing dozens of its fighters. Washington said it was trying to take out an al-Qaida cell known as the Khorasan Group that was actively plotting attacks against Americans and Western interests.

    The U.S.-led coalition includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan.

    Al-Moallem said he considered the Islamic State group, the Nusra Front and all Islamist groups fighting in Syria to be essentially on the same side and should all be hit.

    "Without doubt, because they have the same ideology. They have the same extremist ideology," he said.

    Asked whether the strikes should include the loose umbrella rebel group known as the Free Syrian Army, a Western-backed group, he said the group "does not exist" anymore.

    Al-Moallem said Syria heard from the United States 24 hours before it launched its initial airstrikes last week.

    "Until today, we are satisfied. As long as they are aiming at ISIS locations in Syria and in Iraq, we are satisfied," he said.
    #1: Assad must adhere to the principle "When your enemy is bombing your enemy, let them keep bombing."
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 10:29 ||Comments

    -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Strategy Page: The Axis Of Outcasts
    Posted by Grunter 09/30/2014  00:00 3 Comments 41 words Read the whole thing on page 4
    Threats of war are coming from a new alliance. Led by Russia and China this “Axis of Outcasts” also contains such troubled stakes as North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Venezuela and anyone else who is an outcast in the international community.
    #1: All the outcasts except Israel.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-09-30 04:55 ||Comments

    #2: Outcasts or self-exiled?

    The only real outcast is, as noted by g(r)om, Israel.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-09-30 07:58 ||Comments

    #3: Russia and China are large "outcasts." Back to the cold war of the last century? Seems like Romney said something like this in the 2012 debates.
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-09-30 09:34 ||Comments

    Afghanistan: U.S., Afghanistan to sign bilateral security deal Tuesday
    Posted by Besoeker 09/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 146 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Washington Examiner] Afghanistan will sign a deal to allow U.S. troops to remain in that country beyond the end of the year, a senior White House official said Monday.

    The deal will be signed Tuesday, White House senior adviser John Podesta told reporters in a news conference after the swearing-in of new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

    Podesta, who led the U.S. delegation to the ceremony, said he would sign it on behalf of President Obama.

    Though the U.S. plans to end its combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of the year, Obama announced May 27 that he would leave 9,800 troops as advisers through 2015 and half that number through 2016 — if Kabul agrees to sign a bilateral security pact negotiated between the two countries.
    But, but, but I thought we were to be all finished in AFG this year ?
    #1: After signing the 'Bilateral Agreement', Afghanistan will officially understand that it's on it's own.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-09-30 09:16 ||Comments