Monday, October 5, 2015

Analysis: Palestinian rebellion underway

Israel, the West Bank - the fuse is lit, the explosion is about to be unleashed.  My the Lord keep Israel safe, may the swift sword strike the vermin and be mighty.

The story comes from The Jerusalem Post.

Analysis: Palestinian rebellion underway

Any incident, even the most marginal, can turn into a strategic mega-terror attack that will draw an Israeli response which will send the situation spiraling out of control.

The experts in the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the IDF, as well as media analysts, continue to argue over the definition. What should we call the violence? Intifada? Not an intifada? Grassroots terror? Stone intifada? The sad truth is that the name doesn't matter. What's important is the reality, and no less important - the recognition of that reality.

And the reality is that the West Bank and Jerusalem are burning. They have been burning for several months, even for as long as a year.

The Palestinians are on a path to confrontation. There are already clear signs of an uprising. It started with stone-throwing - an average of more than 100 incidents a month. And stones can kill, as we have seen on a few occasions in the past year, including in the latest incident in Jerusalem on Rosh Hashana eve. It continued with the addition of Molotov cocktail throwing - about 10-15 incidents a month. And most recently, there has been increased use of firearms and knives, as in the case of the murder of the Henkin family and the attack on Saturday in Jerusalem's Old City.

In short, the situation is extremely volatile. Any incident, even the most marginal, can turn into a strategic mega-terror attack that will draw an Israeli response which will send the situation spiraling out of control.

We can only imagine the horror scenario that would have developed if the Henkin's four children were killed along with their parents, or if Iron Dome were to miss a rocket from Gaza that lands on a southern town and causes multiple injuries. These are scenarios that could lead to an Operation Defensive Shield 2 or Operation Protective Edge 2. Not to mention what would happen if Jewish extremists were to carry out another terror attack like the murder of the Dawabshe family in Duma.

The Israeli government continues to stick to the status quo as if nothing has changed. Some government ministers - chief among them Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked - have attacked the government for not doing enough. Meaning, they are blaming themselves for this helplessness without taking responsibility.

At most, they offer solutions which are akin to offering chicken soup to a dead man or Tylenol to a cancer patient. Such as to increase the number of checkpoints or to prevent Palestinian cars from traveling on certain roads (which is a bad idea that will make it easier for terrorists, who will know that every attack is an attack on a Jewish car). These are the tactical solutions of the small-minded. There is no willingness to deal with the bigger picture - the strategic reality.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has extended his hand and offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet and start negotiations without pre-conditions. But we've already been in this movie. Abbas and the Palestinian leadership do not believe Netanyahu. They remember the Netanyahu that speaks in favor of the two-state solution, and later, prior to elections, takes it back, and has now once again gone back to the starting point. The Palestinians have had enough of these suggestions or minor "good will gestures." They want to know where the negotiations will lead.

Abbas and the Palestinians have also contributed to the situation. They did not take advantage of the settlement freeze some five years ago. Just like Israel, they are not willing to compromise. However, it is still a mistake for the Israeli government to take the position that there is no solution to the situation.

It's clear that the status quo is dying, one way or the other. It may be a massive Palestinian uprising or the resignation of Abbas, or the Palestinian Authority dismantling itself, or announcing the canceling of the Oslo Accords, as Abbas has threatened, or all of these things together, at the same time.

Five female suicide bombers strike in Nigeria

Islamic State, Boko Haram, call them whatever you want - they are the Muslim rampage in Nigeria that never ceases to make every weekend of every month a blood bath.

The story comes from The Long War Journal.

Five female suicide bombers strike in Nigeria

Five girls have reportedly detonated themselves in the northeastern city of Maiduguri today, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 30 others. Using female suicide bombers is a common tactic of the Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWA), formerly known as Boko Haram.

According to the BBC, the five bombers targeted a mosque and the house of a local vigilante leader in the city. The British news agency quoted local witnesses and officials as saying that some of the girls “were as young as nine.” Additionally, the death toll is expected to rise as Nigerian officials gather more information from the scene. Last week, the city was hit by coordinated improvised explosive device attacks which left at least eight people dead.

Maiduguri has seen several attacks by female suicide bombers this year. On June 24, a pair of women who were thought to be in their twenties killed 30 people in separate attacks at a market and a prayer area in the city. Three days earlier, another woman detonated a device at a bus station in Maiduguri, killing at least 20 people.

The suicide bombings in Maiduguri also come a week after two female suicide bombers detonated themselves in Mora in northern Cameroon. According to Reuters, a police officer and two civilians were killed in that attack. Earlier last month, the jihadist group used two teenage girls to attack a local market and an army camp in Kerewa, killing 30.

The ISWA’s deployment of women as suicide bombers has been a common tactic in Nigeria over the past two years. In one of the deadliest attacks, on Nov. 27, 2014, two women killed 78 people and wounded scores more at a market in Maiduguri. The group’s first known instance of using a female suicide bomber was on June 8, 2014, when a middle-aged woman on a motorcycle detonated near a Nigerian military barracks in Gombe, killing one policeman.

The ISWA has deployed at least 52 female suicide bombers in Nigeria and Cameroon since June 2014, according to data compiled by The Long War Journal. The use of women can make it easier for jihadist groups to conduct suicide attacks, as explosives may be easier to hide, and men are less likely to search women due to cultural sensitivities. The ages of the bombers have ranged from just nine years old to middle-aged.

Despite a coordinated military offensive by Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon that has targeted ISWA strongholds in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, the jihadist group has maintained its attack tempo. ISWA has launched two suicide attacks in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, over the past months, and has conducted multiple military assaults in Niger, Cameroon, and Nigeria. In one particularly gruesome attack, ISWA gunmen assaulted two mosques in the town of Kukawa in Borno as worshippers were praying. At least 97 people, many of them children, are reported to have been killed. Around 800 people are suspected to have been killed since Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari came into power in May.

List of Islamic State West Africa/Boko Haram suicide attacks utilizing women since the beginning of June 2014:

Oct 2, 2015 – Five female suicide bombers kill 9 in coordinated attacks on a mosque and a vilgilante leader in Maiduguri.

Sept 20, 2015 – A police officer and two civilians were killed when two female suicide bombers detonated themselves in Mora, Cameroon.

Sept 3, 2015 – Two female suicide bombers killed 30 and wounded over 100 in an attack on a local market in Kerawa, Cameroon, and close to a nearby army camp.

Aug 25, 2015 – A 14 year old girl suicide bomber killed 5 in an attack on a bus station in Damaturu.

July 25, 2015 – A 40 year old woman, described as “mentally unstable,” detonated herself in a crowded market in Damaturu, Nigeria, killing 14.

July 25, 2015 – A 12 year old girl killed 20 people in a suicide bombing on a popular bar in Cameroon.

July 22, 2015 – Two girls killed at least 20 people in separate suicide bombings in Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s Far Northern Region.

July 17, 2015 – A 10 year old girl and an elderly woman killed 50 people in separate suicide attacks in Damaturu, Nigeria.

July 16, 2015 – A young woman suicide bomber killed at least nine people as they gathered to mark the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr in Damaturu.

July 12, 2015 – Two women suicide bombers killed 10 civilians and a Chadian soldier in an attack in the Cameroon border town of Fotokol.

July 7, 2015 – A woman killed at least 20 people after detonating her vest in a crowd of Nigerian government workers in Zaria.

July 7, 2015 – A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives after she was stopped at a roadblock in Zaria.

July 5, 2015 – A woman suicide bomber killed five people at a Christian church in Potiskum, Nigeria.

July 3, 2015 – A teenage woman suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in Malari in northeastern Nigeria.

July 3, 2015 – The Nigerian military said that six women suicide bombers killed scores of civilians and one soldiers in separate attacks in the village of Zabamari Muna near Maiduguri.

June 24, 2015 – A girl, who is thought to have been 12-years-old, killed 10 people after detonating her explosive vest at a market in Yobe state, Nigeria.

June 23, 2015 – A teenage girl killed 20 people at a bus station in Maiduguri after detonating herself.

May 16, 2015 – A woman killed 10 people in a suicide attack in Damaturu, Nigeria.

March 12, 2015 – A woman killed at least 34 people after detonating an explosive device at a market in Maiduguri.

Feb 22, 2015 – A young girl killed five people and wounded dozens more in a bombing at a security checkpoint outside a market in Potiskum.

Feb 15, 2015 – A woman killed at least seven people in a bombing at a crowded bus station in Damaturu.

Feb 12, 2015 – A woman killed seven people in a suicide attack at a crowded market in Nigeria’s Borno state.

Jan 10, 2015 – A female suicide bomber killed 19 in an attack in Borno.

Dec 10, 2014 – Two female suicide bombers kill four in Kano.

Dec 1, 2014 – Two women suicide bombers kill five in Maiduguri.

Nov 26, 2014 – Two women suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in Maiduguri.

Nov 16, 2014 – A woman suicide bomber killed at least 12 in an attack at a cellphone market in Azare, Nigeria.

Nov 12, 2014 – A woman suicide bomber detonated her vest at a teacher training college in Kontagora in Nigeria’s central Niger State.

July 31, 2014 – A woman killed three people after detonating her explosives at a college in Kano, Nigeria.

July 30, 2014 – A teenage girl killed six people after blowing herself up among a crowd of students at a college campus in Kano.

July 28, 2014 – A young woman killed three people after detonating her bomb at a kerosene queue in Kano.

July 28, 2014 – A teenage girl injured six people after detonating a bomb at a shopping centre in Kano.

July 27, 2014 – A teenager with an explosive device concealed under her veil detonated her bomb up at a university campus in Kano, injuring five police officers.

June 25, 2014 – A woman detonated her bomb after parking her car next to a gasoline tanker at a fuel depot in Lagos, Nigeria.

June 8, 2014 – A middle-aged woman killed a policeman in a suicide attack at a military barracks in Gombe, Nigeria.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

24 killed in Baghdad suicide attack claimed by ISIS

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

24 killed in Baghdad suicide attack claimed by ISIS

Blasts killed at least 24 people in one of Baghdad’s main Shiite neighborhoods Saturday when suicide bombers tried to breach a checkpoint in an attack claimed by ISIS.

“Three suicide bombers tried to cross the checkpoint at Adan Square” in the Kadhimiyah neighborhood, said Baghdad Operations Command spokesman Saad Maan.

The attack took place at around 5:30 pm (1430 GMT) on the square, one of the main access points for the Shiite shrine of Kadhimiyah, which attracts many visitors on Saturdays.

Saad Maan said security forces at the checkpoint engaged the attackers and shot dead one of them, while the other two blew themselves up.

A police colonel said one of the explosions was caused by a suicide car bomb.

He said at least 24 people were killed and 61 wounded. A source at the nearby Kadhimiyah hospital and an interior ministry official confirmed the casualty toll.

Baghdad Province of ISIS, which has controlled swathes of Iraq since last year, claimed responsibility for the attack, said a U.S. monitoring group.

The ISIS affiliate tweeted that two bombers, Abu Hudhayfa and Abu Aisha, detonated their explosive belts, one after the other, at Shiite gatherings in Kadhimiyah, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Adan Square has been repeatedly hit by attacks. More than 20 people died in a suicide bomb blast there in February.

According to figures released by the United Nations Mission in Iraq on Thursday, a total of 717 Iraqis were killed and another 1,216 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in September.

The Baghdad governorate alone accounted for 257 of the deaths.

The U.N. says its figures only account for the casualties that can be verified and are likely far below reality.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Obama's perfect storm to destroy Israel

The story comes from American Thinker.

Obama's perfect storm to destroy Israel

As the country’s electorate focuses on the Roseburg shootings, three very important items leaked onto the news wires on Thursday that deserve broad, nationwide attention.

Sadly, I am not referring to the drip, drip, drip of Hillary’s emails, the deaths of our service members in a plane crash in Afghanistan, or the attack by a Palestinian terrorist who murdered the parents of four young children.

I awoke to a breaking story in Politico with the headline “Exclusive: Obama brushed off Reid’s plea on Palestinian State.” From that story we learn:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on two different occasions this year went to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough seeking a public commitment from President Barack Obama that he would veto any U.N. resolution calling for an independent Palestinian state.

Both times, Obama did nothing.

While this would be unprecedented, so would abstaining from, rather than vetoing, a U.N. resolution condemning the United States for its embargo on Cuba. But that is exactly what the administration is threatening to do. This is arguably treasonous, given that Obama swore to uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the country, but given the fact that he has not been impeached for all of his other unconstitutional offenses to date, what does he have to lose by screwing over our most important ally in the Mideast?

Shortly after reading the Politico article, I turned my attention to watching Bibi Netanyahu’s much awaited speech before the U.N. General Assembly. Noticeably absent was the United States’ U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, and Secretary of State John Kerry, both of whom were in New York City for the UNGA events this week. Later in the day Breitbart broke the story with the headline “Obama Pulled John Kerry and Samantha Power from Netanyahu UN Speech.”

“Ambassador Power and Secretary Kerry were unable to attend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before the General Assembly because they were called into a meeting with President Obama, which they participated in via video teleconference,” a State Department Official told Breitbart News.

Is it possible for our president to get even smaller with his vindictive, childish, and unpresidential treatment of Israel’s prime minister? Presumably he decided that pulling our ambassador and SOS would destroy any credibility that Bibi had and detract from his compelling message. And sadly, this is not the first time that Obama has spit in Netanyahu’s face; unquestionably, it will not be the last. But watching Bibi’s speech, it was clear that the only grown-up in the room, the only hero in these first decades of the 21st century, the only world leader history will look back upon without shame and condemnation is Israel’s prime minister.

Finally, despite thinking that things could not get worse, someone sent me an article with the following headline: “Argentine President: Obama Administration Tried To Convince Us to Give Iran Nuclear Fuel.”

Kirchner said that two years into Obama's first term, his administration sent Gary Samore, former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Argentina to persuade the nation to provide Iran with nuclear fuel, which is a key component of nuclear weapons.

There is no doubt that the White House will deny this accusation. In fact, Kirchner stated that when she asked Samore to put his request in writing, “he disappeared” – so there is no smoking gun. But given what we have learned about Obama’s outreach to the Iranians from his first moments in office in 2009 and his capitulations throughout the Iran deal negotiations, this story is more than plausible, although lord knows what he was thinking.

While those of us who were actually paying attention to who and what the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was are not surprised that an unleashed second term has led to Obama bringing chaos and violence to the Middle East as well as Israel’s survival to the brink, we did not expect that he would do everything in his power to hand to Iran a nuclear weapon on a silver platter. But that is exactly what he is doing.

And he has handed over the Middle East to Russia and Iran to run amok, decimating any remaining stability or ability for America to protect its interests. But it is Israel that will pay the most expensive price in the near term as ISIS moves on Gaza, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank and Hezb’allah’s power is buoyed by our enemies’ projection of their own military might.

In an appearance on The Kelly File Thursday evening, Charles Krauthammer issued a devastating critique of Obama and his Syrian policy. Kelly asked if we are watching the end of our status as a super power. Krauthammer replied

We are watching the culmination of a policy begun by Obama when he came into office to get out of the Middle East. That’s all he cared about….

You leave, everything implodes and our allies…are in absolute panic over the fact that the umbrella America has held over the region for half a century has been folded – deliberately by Barack Obama.

Watch the full interview here.

Netanyahu concluded his UNGA speech pointing out that Israel is on the front lines of the war for the survival of Western civilization. He beseeched the world to “[s]tand with Israel because it is not just defending itself. More than ever, Israel is defending you.” Would that the world’s leaders, Barack Obama, and the American people wake up before it is too late.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Gun Grabbing Conspiracy in America

With the new shooting incident at the Oregon college campus, it has become obvious that a concerted and orchestrated effort is underway in this country to force gun confiscation on America's citizens.  Check out this excerpt from the NY Post:

“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset."

If you look at the all of the major shooting incidents in America in the last few years, they were all performed by left leaning radicals.  When you look at the similarities in the mass shootings, the only real "trend" is the fact that these shooters were all radicals and mentally unstable and susceptible to  suggestion.  Yes, I am making the statement that there is a well-organized, elaborate plan to force America into a complete ban on guns through multiple shock and awe shooting rampages, trying to mimic the events in Great Britain that forced the issue there.  The difference here is that these shootings are manufactured, they are pre-meditated by the activists.  Do you think it is just a coincidence that every region of the country has had a mass shooting?  Think about it.....Arizona, then let's move to the center of the country with Aurora, Colorado....okay, so now we have to hit the East Coast so we have New Town....then we need to move to Dixieland and thus we have South Carolina and oops....we missed the West Coast so far, so now we have Oregon.

Set up.  All a bogus set up.

Here's the full story.

Oregon gunman singled out Christians during rampage

The gunman who opened fire at an Oregon community college was forcing people to stand up and state their religion before he began blasting away at them, survivors said Thursday.

A woman who claimed to have a grandmother inside a writing class in Snyder Hall, where a portion the massacre unfolded, described the scene in a tweet.

“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset.

The Twitter user, @BodhiLooney, then recalled how her grandmother attempted to save the life of one of her close classmates.
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Two women wait outside Umpqua Community College campus after a shooting.Photo: AP

“She tried to perform CPR on her friend, but it was too late,” the woman said. “I hope nothing like this ever happens again.”

Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old student at Umpqua Community College who was also in the room, told Oregon’s News Review that the shooter was indeed on the hunt for Christians.

Moments after hearing a bullet come flying through a window, she said the 20-year-old shooter made his way inside and targeted their teacher, pumping a single round into their head.

As the young man ordered people to the ground, Moore laid patiently with her classmates and waited, according to the News Review.

Once they all got down, she said the gunman began asking people to rise and say what their religion was. After they stood and gave their answer, he started shooting.

As the chaos continued, students began scrambling “like ants,” according to Brady Winder, a 23-year-old student from Portland who was in the room next door.

“People (were) screaming, ‘get out!,” he told NRToday, adding that he witnessed a girl frantically swimming across a nearby creek to escape.

Hannah Miles, another Umpqua student, was also sitting in a class room next door and said she initially heard a pop that sounded like a yardstick slapping on a chalkboard when the shooting broke out.

She said that when her class heard the noise again, her teacher went to see if everything was all right. Minutes later, shots rang out repeatedly and they all fled, leaving their belongings behind.

Jared Norman, a nursing student, was locked down in the cafeteria with 50 other students when he heard gunfire — which prompted a mass panic, he said, with his voice trembling.

UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O’Neill was also on campus during the shooting and said him and other school officials were running around and securing classrooms as the gunman made his way through Snyder Hall.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Russia's At War, Obama's Trying To Find the Door

The article below talks about America in "disarray."  I'm not sure I would use that term.  I would call it more like a blindly led cluster fuck.

Oh well, as a young woman said back in 2008, she was excited that Barack Obama would pay her rent and pay for her car.  That's all that matters, baby.

Elections have consequences.  I heard that somewhere.

The story comes from Yahoo News.

Russian strikes again expose US disarray

New York (AFP) - Russia's dramatic entry Wednesday into the Syrian war put the United States on the back foot once again and left Washington struggling to regain the military and diplomatic initiative.

As US Secretary of State John Kerry was in New York trying to coordinate with his Kremlin opposite number Sergei Lavrov, a Russian officer contacted the US embassy in Baghdad.

His message was simple: Russian jets are about to launch air strikes in Syria, please stay out of their way.

Kerry quickly protested to Lavrov that this was not in the spirit of Moscow's promise to agree a "de-confliction" mechanism to ensure Russian flights do not interfere with US-led operations.

But the strikes were already underway, potentially altering the balance of power in Syria back in favor of Bashar al-Assad's regime, and Washington was looking at a fait accompli.

Lavrov's next move was to promise to bring a motion before the UN Security Council to coordinate "all forces standing up against Islamic State and other terrorist structures."

This would be a plain victory for Assad, who invited the Russians to join his battle to cling on to power, and a defeat for the United States, which has demanded he step down.

The attacks came despite President Barack Obama sitting down with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday at the United Nations for 90 minutes of what both camps called "business-like" talks.

One week ago, Kerry -- despite being in frequent contact with Lavrov -- told reporters that Russia's deployment of war planes was consistent with their only defending their own base.

And just hours before the strikes began he appeared on CNN to say that Russia's involvement could be an "opportunity" to persuade them to apply pressure on Assad to moderate his behavior.

After the strikes Kerry addressed the UN Security Council, but even here his message was mixed.

He said the United States would welcome the Russian action if it reflected a "genuine commitment" towards destroying the IS group and not the moderate opposition rebels threatening Assad.

Even as he spoke, a US defense official in Washington briefed journalists that: "We have not seen any strikes against ISIL, what we have seen is strikes against Syrian opposition."

Defense Secretary Ash Carter was cautious, saying: "It does appear they were in areas where there were probably not ISIL forces."

- Perils of inaction -

The US administration's domestic critics, such as hawkish Senator John McCain, leapt on the apparent confusion.

"This administration has confused our friends, encouraged our enemies, mistaken an excess of caution for prudence and replaced the risks of action with the perils of inaction," he said.

"Into the wreckage, into the wreckage of this administration's Middle East policy has now stepped Vladimir Putin."

Frustration is also mounting among Washington's allies in the Middle East, who support moves to defeat the Islamic State group, but also want to see Assad kicked out of office.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeiri, speaking to journalists in New York on Tuesday, was cautious not to criticize the United States alone, bemoaning a "lack of robust action by all of us."

But he was clear on why the Russians had found an opening to insert themselves into the conflict.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Obama Tries To Explain To the World Why He Hasn't Done Jack Shit To Exterminate ISIS

I looked at the headline below from ABC News and just laughed.  Mr. Barack "Containment" Obama tries to rally the nations of the world in this battle against ISIS.

Do you suppose any of these world leaders stepped up to the reality plate and asked Pussy Obama what he was thinking with his "contain ISIS" instead of "defeat or destroy ISIS" strategy?  Did anyone point a finger at Obama and repeat his claim that ISIS is a jayvee team?

ISIS is entrenched.  They are growing their area and their influence.  They have taken root in areas where they may NEVER be defeated.  They were given the time they needed by the only man on this planet who could have seen that they were blown out of the water.  The plan worked.  The plan for Obama to assist ISIS and instill true Islam to Syria and replace what Obama considers a farce in Assad has worked to perfection.  The world now lives with the horror of ISIS, just like the citizens of America have lived with the horror of Obama for seven bloody years.

President Obama Hosts UN Summit on ISIS, Violent Extremism

President Obama hosted a group of world leaders today at the United Nations in a summit to discuss the ongoing fight against the terror group ISIS and the global spread of violent extremism.

"There are going to be successes and there are going to be setbacks," Obama said, beginning his remarks to the leaders of the more than 100 nations present. "This is not a conventional battle. This is a long-term campaign."

Obama and Putin's First Formal Meeting in Two Years Described as 'Businesslike' Despite Tensions

President Obama Rejects 'Notion That the West Is at War With Islam'

Similar to his speech Monday to the United Nations, Obama reiterated that he was ready to work with countries like Iran and Russia to fight ISIS.

Obama stressed the long-term nature of the fight against ISIS, and said that while law enforcement must not profile or target people based on their faith, countries must be aware that ISIS is making unique efforts to target Muslim communities.

“This is not going to be turned around overnight because it is not just a military campaign that we are involved in,” Obama said. “There are problems that have built up over decades that are expressing themselves and manifesting themselves in organizations like ISIL,” another name for ISIS.

In his remarks sitting alongside Obama, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said significant improvements have been made in the fight against ISIS over the past year, and thanked the more than 60 coalition countries who have come to assist in the fight. He pressed neighboring countries to increase enforcement to stem the flow of foreign fighters and stop outside financing for terrorist groups.

Obama gave a brief preview of his meeting in his confrontational speech to the UN Monday.

"Part of our job, together, is to work to reject such extremism that infects too many of our young people," Obama said. "Part of that effort must be a continued rejection by Muslims of those who distort Islam to preach intolerance and promote violence, and it must also a rejection by non-Muslims of the ignorance that equates Islam with terror."

Just prior to the summit, both the Treasury and State Departments announced new sanctions against foreign terrorist groups and ISIS fighters. In all, the new sanctions target 25 new individuals and five terror groups.

Taliban storm Kunduz city

Taliban.  Afghanistan.  Count the days people, count the days.

Story comes from The Long War Journal.

Taliban storm Kunduz city

The Taliban assaulted the northern provincial capital of Kunduz from three directions and seized control of areas in the city. Unconfirmed reports from residents and Taliban fighters inside Kunduz indicate that Afghan forces have been driven out of the city and the Taliban are in full control.

According to the BBC, hundreds of Taliban fighters launched their offensive today from three districts: Imam Sahib to the north, Khanabad from the southeast, and Chardara from the southwest. All three districts are thought to be under Taliban control.

The Taliban confirmed they launched a three-pronged assault on Kunduz city. “The operations have commenced on the city center from 3 directions with Mujahideen quickly taking enemy positions and the enemy is retreating from their positions,” according to an initial statement that was posted on Voice of Jihad.

The Taliban later stated that their fighters have “reached the main city intersection, are targeting the governors [sic] compound and clearing the small remaining pockets from enemy presence.”

Afghan security officials have denied that the Taliban are in control of the city and have stated that the fighting was largely confined to the outskirts of the provincial capital.

But reports from the Afghan media, as well as Taliban fighters and residents from inside the city, indicate that parts if not all of the city are now under Taliban control.

According to TOLONews, “Taliban insurgents have taken control of Kunduz city’s provincial council building and the local High Peace Council offices.”

Ehsanullah Ehsan, a stabilization manager at the international development agency DAI who is based in Kunduz, has said that the Taliban have seized the city and Afghan National Security Forces [ANSF] have retreated.

“Kunduz city is completely with taliban ANSF are out,” Ehsan tweeted. “[T]he city is completely with taliban now, taliban walking inside streets, i am trapped at home.”

Ehsan posted photographs purportedly showing Taliban fighters walking the streets of Kunduz and prisoners who have been freed from the city’s main jail.

Kunduz province has been hotly contested since the Taliban and its allies launched an offensive to seize control of the province at the end of April. The districts of Imam Sahib, Aliabad, and Qala-i-Zal were overrun in the initial assault, while Chardara and Dasht-i-Archi fell in mid-June. Khanabad fell under Taliban control the same day that Kunduz fell. The status of the six districts is unclear, but the Taliban is still thought to be in control of Imam Sahib, Aliabad, Chardara, Khanabad, and Dasht-i-Archi.

The Taliban and allied jihadist groups based in Kunduz have been flexing their muscles in the province in recent weeks. In August, hundreds of fighters from the Taliban and the allied Islamic Jihad Union massed in the open, in daylight, to swear allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new emir of the Taliban. Last week, the Islamic Jihad Union claimed it controlled large areas of the border with Tajikistan and a border crossing from Kunduz into the northern Afghan neighbor.

The loss of Kunduz city, if confirmed, would be a major blow to the Afghan government and military, which have struggled to maintain security after US and NATO forces have drawn down to a token presence. Kunduz city would be the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban.

Additionally, the fall of Kunduz would invalidate the entire US “surge” strategy from 2009 to 2012. The US military focused its efforts on the southern Afghan provinces of Helmand and Kandahar, claiming that these provinces were the key to breaking the Taliban. Little attention was given to other areas of Afghanistan, including the northern provinces, where the Taliban have expended considerable effort in fighting the military and government. Today, the Taliban are gaining ground in northern, central, eastern and southern Afghanistan, with dozens of districts falling under Taliban control over the past year.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Iraq Turns To Russia and Iran For Support Against ISIS - America Is Ignored Like a Third World Player

 Moscow’s involvement in Iraq could mean increased competition for Washington from a Cold War enemy. (File photo of Russian President Vladmir Putin: Reuters)

Barack Hussein Obama has gotten what he wanted - America is now not even considered a player in world affairs, our military might is dismissed as nothing because it is in the hands of a pussy footing yellow belly revolutionary global warming wimp.

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

Russia, Iran, Syria ‘cooperating’ on Baghdad security

Iraq said on Saturday that its military officials were engaged in intelligence and security cooperation in Baghdad with Russia, Iran and Syria to counter the threat from the ISIS militant group, a pact that could raise concerns in Washington.

A statement from the Iraqi military’s joint operations command said the cooperation had come “with increased Russian concern about the presence of thousands of terrorists from Russia undertaking criminal acts with Daesh (ISIS).”

The move could give Moscow more sway in the Middle East. It has stepped up its military involvement in Syria in recent weeks while pressing for Damascus to be included in international efforts to fight ISIS, a demand Washington rejects.

Moscow’s involvement in Iraq could mean increased competition for Washington from a Cold War enemy as long-time enemy Iran increases its influence through Shiite militia allies just four years after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

By raising the stakes in Syria’s four-year-old civil war, Russia has prompted its Cold War foe to expand diplomatic channels with it.

Western officials have said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wants to launch a new effort at the U.N. General Assembly this week to try to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

Diplomacy has taken on new urgency in light of Russia’s military build-up in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a refugee crisis that has spilled into Europe.

Critics have urged U.S. President Barack Obama to be more decisive in the Middle East, particularly towards the Syrian conflict, and say lack of a clear American policy has given ISIS opportunities to expand.

Russian news agency Interfax quoted a military diplomatic source in Moscow as saying the Baghdad coordination center would be led on a rotating basis by officers of the four countries, starting with Iraq.

The source added a committee might be created in Baghdad to plan military operations and control armed forces units in the fight against ISIS.

A Russian foreign ministry official told Interfax on Friday that Moscow could “theoretically” join the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS if Damascus were included in international efforts to combat ISIS and any international military operation in Syria had a U.N. mandate.

Iraqi officials on Friday had denied reports of a coordination cell in Baghdad set up by Russian, Syrian and Iranian military commanders aimed at working with Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq.

The armed groups, some of which have fought alongside troops loyal to Assad, are seen as a critical weapon in Baghdad’s battle against the radical Sunni militants of ISIS.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in New York on Friday that his country had not received any Russian military advisers to help its forces but called for the U.S.-led coalition to bomb more ISIS targets in Iraq.

Despite more than $20 billion in U.S. aid and training, Iraq’s army has nearly collapsed twice in the last year in the face of advances by ISIS, which controls large swathes of territory in the north and west of the OPEC oil producer.

Sunday, September 27, 2015