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Hmmm ... so an Iraqi pilot couldn't recognize Iraqi soldiers from ISIS/ISIL/IS/xyz jihadis? Was the pilot really an Iraqi or someone not from the region and not a Muslim?
Mix-up sees Iraq pilot drop aid, ammo for ISIS instead of govt troops
An Iraqi pilot accidentally dropped aid and ammunition into territory controlled by the Islamic State. They were intended to help government forces in the west of Iraq, but instead the blunder ended up aiding the enemy.
The mistake was confirmed by two Iraqi officials, who said the airdrop of food, water and ammunition was meant to take place in Anbar province. However, the inexperienced pilot got his bearings a little mixed up and unloaded the cargo in the wrong place, according to NBC News.....
Strange bedfellows! And, things have just got started.
Has the ISIS Crisis Pushed the CIA into Bed with Hezbollah?
few months ago, a former top CIA operative applied for a Lebanese visa to do some work in Beirut for an oil company. While he was waiting for approval, a package arrived at his client’s office. Inside was a full dossier on his CIA career. “It included things on where I had served, well back into 1990s,” said Charles Faddis, who ran the CIA’s covert action program in Kurdistan during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, among other top assignments. “It had details on my travels to Israel and Lebanon—years ago.”
Faddis took it as a blunt message from Hezbollah, the Iran-backed partner in Lebanon’s coalition government that is equal parts political party, social service agency, occupying army and terrorist group. “It was their way of saying, ‘We don’t want this guy here, but we want business with you to go forward,’” Faddis told Newsweek. It also was a way of underscoring—as if any emphasis was needed—that to do business in Lebanon, you have to go through the “Party of God.” And today that business includes the U.S. drive to recruit regional partners to wage war on the Islamic State, the group more commonly known as ISIS.
Washington wants Lebanon to stop ISIS at its borders. So does Hezbollah, whose entry into the Lebanese government last February did not get it removed from the State Department’s list of terrorist groups...........
.....“Relations between [Hezbollah] and the U.S. are developing positively,” a Lebanese newspaper quoted a pro-Western parliament member as saying......
#France, with 63 jihadi women in the region, has the highest number of female jihadi recruits, about 25% of the... http://t.co/9HRBZvPX64
— CMAIS (@CmaisStrat) September 30, 2014
13 soldiers killed, dozens wounded in Libya's Benghazi
At least 13 Libyan soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded Thursday in car bombings and clashes with Islamists around the airport in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, military sources said.
Two car bombs targeted an army convoy, killing three soldiers, while at least 10 others died in fighting with Islamist militiamen who control most of the city, they said.........
#Important #USA Embassy calls all journalists in north #Iraq to return to #Baghdad immediately. Few reportedly left #Erbil. #ISIS #Turkey
— Rami(ط) (@RamiAlLolah) October 2, 2014
French troops edge closer to Libya border to cut off Islamists
France is setting up a base in northern Niger as part of an operation aimed at stopping al Qaeda-linked militants from crisscrossing the Sahel-Sahara region between southern Libya and Mauritania, officials said.
Paris, which has led efforts to push back Islamists in the region since intervening in its former colony Mali last year, redeployed troops across West Africa earlier this year to form a counter-terrorism force.
Under the new plan, about 3,000 French troops are now operating out of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad -- countries straddling the vast arid Sahel band -- with the aim of stamping out Islamist fighters across the region. Another 1,000 soldiers are providing logistical support in Gabon and Senegal.
Inside the the Tobruk five-star resort where Libya's fugitive parliament is taking refuge: http://t.co/n5twF6VOms pic.twitter.com/oSYzYyPUFi
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 2, 2014
Like many Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, 56, is crazy about sports. He is a passionate cyclist, an Ironman triathlete and a former boxer. The zeal that Mr. Abbott has shown on the track and in the ring is now on display as he directs Australia’s efforts against the militants of the Islamic State, abroad and at home......
.......Mr. Abbott followed up with sweeping counterterrorism raids in two cities, aimed at followers of the Islamic State. The raids resulted in just two arrests, but they helped the government look tough in confronting homegrown Muslim radicals........
Anti-Houthi and Pro-ISIS protestors in the streets of Yemen
From Syria360 blog:
Turkey: One Step From Invading Syria
On September 30, Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak reported that 36 Turkish soldiers in Syria were in danger. The tomb of Suleyman Shah (XII-XIII), the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire Osman I, on the Euphrates River, 35 km from the Turkish-Syrian border, is Turkish territory under the Ankara 1921 treaty and still guarded by a few dozen Turkish troops. The Islamic State militants were advancing on a tiny exclave where the guards were encircled. The very same day on September 30 the Turkish government held an emergency session. Vice Premier Bulent Arinc confirmed that the memorial and the Turkish servicemen were threatened…
English speaking #ISIS terrorist upset over their house being bombed - says its a school (in middle of nowhere) http://t.co/qhTZDha0qG
— Syricide (@Syricide) October 2, 2014
...According to Turkish media, during the recent four months the Turkish General Staff of the armed forces have demanded to evacuate the guards, but the government refused to take the decision.
Earlier there was a political scandal tied to YouTube. The conversations of Turkish officials discussing how to manufacture a pretext to invade Syria were leaked through YouTube on March 27, 2014. The details of the plan were discussed on March 13 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by then Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, the current Prime Minister, Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Deputy Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler and Hakan Fidan, Head of Turkish Intelligence Agency. Some time after the recording was posted the access to the YouTube service was blocked. On August 5, 2013, Prime Minister Erdogan said that the tomb of Suleiman Shah [in Syria] and the land surrounding it is our territory. We cannot ignore any unfavorable act against that monument, as it would be an attack on our territory.........
Iraq Denies Reports ISIS Seized Another Key Anbar Town
Fighting Is Ongoing, Militia Says
ISIS is advancing against the strategically important town of Hit, in Anbar Province, but local tribal militias aligned with the government denied reports from ISIS that the town has been overrun completely.
Iraqi state media reported ISIS has seized the town’s police station as well as the mayor’s office, but the tribal fighters say that the battle is ongoing, and that ISIS can’t move freely inside the town.
Just northwest of Ramadi, Hit is along the main highway leading to Haditha, and Haditha Dam has been an important target for ISIS in recent months. The loss of the town would give them another route through which to target the dam........
We've been explaining international humanitarian law to armed groups in #Mali: pic.twitter.com/vryblzzg8V
— ICRC (@ICRC) October 1, 2014
Things might be getting out of hand in Australia. This is the reason why curbs on Muslim immigration should have been put in force at least a decade ago. People like moi who advocated for such moves were termed anti-muslim. Is this better? I believe in prevention, because the cures can be violently inhumane.
A 26-year-old Muslim woman suffered injuries after being racially abused, assaulted and thrown off a moving train in Australia's Melbourne last week, in an alarming Islamophobic attack.
Detective Senior Constable Michael Potter was quoted by 9News on Monday saying the attack had a “massive effect” on the victim, calling it “totally unacceptable.”
The victim had her head bashed into the wall of the train a number times by an unknown woman who was shouting abuse before being pushed off the train, a Victorian police spokesperson told the Daily Mail......
‘Dead’ Boko Haram leader tells Nigeria: ‘I’m still alive’
Last month, Cameroonian authorities released a grainy photograph that they claimed showed Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian group Boko Haram, lying dead from a gunshot wound. If the claim was accurate, it would appear to have been a major blow to the Islamist extremist group, which gained worldwide infamy with the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in April.
Among those who knew Boko Haram well, however, there was significant skepticism. There had been reports of Shekau's death at least twice before, and both times he had resurfaced, apparently very much alive. "I have it on authority that Shekau is well & alive," Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida tweeted after the news came out, "the picture going round is NOT the person who torments us with his group.".....
No end to the madness of British politicians. UK will be Europe's first caliphate like I have been saying from the time I started this blog. Time will prove I was right.
War against Isis: British troops likely to train Syrian rebels nearly three years after similar plan failed
Britain is likely to provide training for rebels in Syria fighting on two fronts against Bashar al-Assad’s regime as well as Isis, The Independent understands.
.The UK already has a team training the country’s military in Jordan, which is one possible location for the programme. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the umbrella group for the ‘moderate’ opposition fighters, is already in camps there receiving instructions from CIA-funded security contractors.
But a number of other countries are under consideration for providing training bases for both the Peshmerga Kurdish militia and Syrian revolutionaries under plans being drawn up by the Pentagon.
Around 150 British military personnel are on the ground in Iraq, including members of the SAS and SBS. But it is believed that the UK is disinclined to place personnel in the country on a long-term basis for training; any courses, it holds, must be run in a third country....
No idea if this is 100% true as I had never heard of this website before now. However, with a mad warlord like Stephen Harper at the helm of the Conservative Party, anything is possible.
Canada more involved in new Iraq war than previously reported
Documents suggest Canadian Forces have been present at base in UAE which is now central to US air strikes against ISIS
The frenzy of debate surrounding Canada's role in the military campaign against ISIS is missing one key ingredient: Ricochet has learned that our troops are already involved in the war effort, and will continue to be regardless of the decision made by Parliament.
That’s because, be they combat or other types of ancillary operations, the conduct of the war is not confined to Iraq or Syria.
Clarity on the question of precisely how many Canadian Special Operations soldiers are being deployed to assist the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq's Peshmerga forces is important. Just as important, however, are the number of preexisting arrangements which find Canadian Forces personnel serving in capacities which could involve them in operations against ISIS. These arrangements are part of what has been termed the US-based “Gulf Security Architecture.”
Are Canadian troops already stationed at a secretive US base in UAE?
Take the little-discussed US military base at Al Dhafra, near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Facing the Straits of Hormuz, it is ideally situated to keep tabs on Iran and the flow of some 40 per cent of the world's crude oil, as well as support a variety of military operations (including combat) from Afghanistan, to Iraq and Syria.
In operation since the early days of the “global war on terror” — it was only publicly revealed in 2005, when a US pilot crashed a spy plane nearby — the US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James recently called it, “truly a hub for everything we are doing in this part of the world.” The base's value for its support to intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, and combat operations has been described by US military experts, and in diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. A 2012 Senate report also highlights the importance of the Al Dhafra base, and that it hosts US “fighter, attack, and reconnaissance aircraft,” as well as batteries of Patriot Missiles.
In addition to the US, France has had air and naval “settlements” at Al Dhafra since 2009. Recently, both the US and France have launched air strikes against ISIS from their UAE bases.
What has never been explicitly reported, or publicly acknowledged by successive governments, is how a small contingent of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel have served, and may very well currently be serving alongside US forces, at Al Dhafra, UAE.......
Cartoons The price for the Black Oil is the Black Flag! #ISIS #SaudiArabia pic.twitter.com/QzwdSyCx8d
— orit perlov (@oritperlov) October 2, 2014
They keep saying North America is overtaking Saudi Arabia's oil output and yet North America will sell their souls to protect Saudi oil. Why?
The U.S. benchmark oil price dipped below a key threshold Thursday: $90 a barrel. Global demand is soft, and on the supply side the world seems awash in petroleum.
That’s put some key supplier countries in a tough position, with some choosing a potential price war. On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company indicated it's still pumping — and selling at a discount to customers.
“They cut those prices across the board,” says HIS Energy analyst Jamie Webster. “And in particular they have cut them very sharply for Asia.”
It reflects a changing world. In the words of a frequently cited 2012 report from Citibank, North America may be a new Middle East......
The official Jabhat Al-Nusra Spokesman, “Abu Firas”, issued a statement in a video broadcast on YouTube encouraging Muslims to join their cause. The video began with excerpts showing rubble in an unknown location and dead bodies. The Jabhat Al-Nusra Spokesman, Abu Firas, then began to speak, considering the Anti-ISIS Coalition airstrikes a “war on Islam” and a war that will not end in months, but rather, years from now. He further added that Jabhat Al-Nusra was surprised by the air raids, calling the Anti-ISIS Coalition an “axis of evil Zionist-Protestant countries led by a cowboy (reference to the United States).”
According to Abu Firas, 57 members of Jabhat Al-Nusra have been killed by the Anti-ISIS Coalition airstrikes over the course of one week. ......
Why are so many young French people turning to jihad?
The scrapbook is filled with photographs and tributes: they show Dominique Bons' son Nicolas growing from a teenager into a young man.
Offering brief glimpses of past holidays and family moments, clues to his passions and personality, the book is one of Bons' few souvenirs of her son's short life.
Nicolas, from Toulouse, converted to Islam four years ago, gradually becoming more and more devout.........
Teen girls recall horrors of ISIS captivity
Teenage girls who escaped the brutal clutches of ISIS terrorists have recounted a harrowing nightmare of beatings, torture, rape and degradation that included being forced to watch videos of men being beheaded.
The girls, members of the persecuted Yazidi minority from northern Iraq, say they were captured and sold or given as gifts.
“We would try to make ourselves look ugly,” an escaped girl, 15, told the Global Post news service. “Some women would cry or scream or fight, but it made no difference. They were always taken anyway.”
She said they were debased so badly that death, even by suicide, was more appealing than living under ISIS’s barbaric control............
Turkish lawmakers OK military action against ISIS
Turkey's lawmakers voted Thursday to authorize military force against the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq, opening the door to cooperation with a U.S.-led coalition going after ISIS as its fighters laid siege to towns just south of the Turkish border.
The Turkish Parliament voted 298-98 to not only to let the country's military leave its borders to go after ISIS and other terror groups, but also allow foreign troops to launch operations from Turkey. The authorization takes effect Saturday........
AND, lastly the amazing irony of it all. These Muslim states would rather that USA and "white" allies do all the killing and the stupid "white" allies are all too ready to take the bait. Sheesh!
Baghdad ‘totally against’ Arab anti-ISIS airstrikes in Iraq
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said he is “totally” against Arab nations’ involvement in airstrikes against the Islamic State on the country's soil, while absolutely welcoming this kind of action in Syria, according to a BBC interview.
While rejecting aerial bombings of targets in Iraq, Abadi called the same type of warfare a “bonus” when it comes to Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria.
“Because without that I cannot defeat ISIS in Iraq. To defeat ISIS, its basis need to be destroyed in Syria, they must be eliminated and that is part of the process,” Abadi told the British channel in Baghdad on Wednesday.
“I cannot as an Iraqi Prime Minister launch an attack on Syria or be seen as a part of the attack on Syria because it is a neighboring country to us. But, I welcome any international effort to remove that threat from Syrian territory, which is threatening Iraq,” Abadi said.
At the same time, Abadi refused any foreign ground troops in Iraq. “We are very clear we will not accept any troops on the ground except Iraqi troops,” he said...........