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What Obama Didn’t Mention in Counterterror Speech: Iran, Hezbollah Activity Surging Worldwide

State Department report to Congress comes day after Argentinian prosecutor drops massive indictment accusing Iran of plotting attacks from Latin America: "These are sleeper cells. They have activities you wouldn't imagine."

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Bridget Johnson

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May 30, 2013 - 6:31 pm
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A Congress in recess received the State Department’s country-by-country annual report on international terrorism today with a warning that sponsorship of terror by Iran and Hezbollah has surged to “a tempo unseen since the 1990s” with attacks spanning three continents.

The assessment comes just a day after an exhaustive, scathing report by an Argentinian prosecutor accusing Iran of planning attacks from Latin American soil.

And as President Obama tried to do in his national security speech last week, Secretary of State John Kerry’s department tried to highlight a weakening al-Qaeda core in Pakistan “as its leaders focus increasingly on survival” while acknowledging that the terror organization has metastasized with active affiliates in North Africa and beyond.

The report noted al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s plunge into Mali, Boko Haram’s continued attacks in Nigeria, and Al-Shabaab’s “asymmetric tactics” after being driven out of some southern population centers in Somalia.

“Suspected [Boko Haram] attackers killed Nigerian government and security officials, Muslim and Christian clerics, journalists, and civilians. Of particular concern to the United States is the emergence of the BH faction known as ‘Ansaru,’ which has close ties to AQIM and has prioritized targeting Westerners – including Americans – in Nigeria,” the report states.

AQIM was “largely limited” to Algeria’s rural areas, the State Department noted, but “have increasingly taken advantage of chaos and rebellion to expand their areas of control and assert autonomy of action.”

While painting a picture echoing Obama’s claim that “the AQ core is on a path to defeat,” a fact sheet  accompanying the report notes “recent events in the region have complicated the counterterrorism picture.”

“The dispersal of weapons stocks in the wake of the revolution in Libya, the Tuareg rebellion, and the coup d’état in Mali presented terrorists with new opportunities,” it said.

“AQ affiliates are increasingly setting their own goals and specifying their own targets…we are facing a more decentralized and geographically dispersed terrorist threat,” the State Department continued. “…In the long term, we must build the capabilities of our partners and counter the ideology that continues to incite terrorist violence around the world.”

Obama’s speech, which largely advocated a return to pre-9/11 threat strategy, last week described the new threat as “more diffuse.” The president didn’t mention Iran once in the lengthy counterterrorism strategy address at the National Defense University. In its single mention, he painted Hezbollah as a politically motivated actor. “In some cases, we continue to confront state-sponsored networks like Hezbollah that engage in acts of terror to achieve political goals,” Obama said.

“And while we are vigilant for signs that these groups may pose a transnational threat, most are focused on operating in the countries and regions where they are based,” the president added.

The State Department recorded terrorist attacks in 85 countries in 2012, with 10 U.S. citizens killed and more than half of all the attacks occurring in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan.

The report walks a distinct political line, including crediting Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government with being “opposed to violent extremism” and tipping a hat to Saudi Arabia for continuing “its long-term counterterrorism strategy to track and halt the activities of terrorists and terrorist financiers, dismantle the physical presence of al-Qa’ida, and impede the ability of militants to operate from or within the Kingdom.”

It’s a bit tougher on Iran, implicating the Islamic Republic in attacks in India, Thailand, Georgia, and Kenya, as well as the plot to murder the Saudi ambassador in Washington. “The thwarted plot demonstrated Iran’s interest in using international terrorism – including in the United States – to further its foreign policy goals,” the State Department said.

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Soon we will all have to understand that 'all of Islam is exactly the same, there is no moderate and there is no peaceful, there is only ISLAM'.
The Muslim is taught form birth who he must be, he is taught at the Mosque, which is the Center and heart of Islam. They are steeped in the thought of never ending war on all of humanity until there is only Allah and Islam.
If we plan to survive this diabolical creed then we must get serious and separate ourselves from this terror. We must deport all of this ideology from our shores and never let one Muslim back on our soil, ever.
There is no other way to survive...... And if we want Israel to survive, then we must have a 51st State and plan on a never ending war forever with the Muslim people. Read the Koran and pay attention to the words.....
Obama is our worst enemy and we must survive his administration.... first.
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Would obama have said anything differently if he was/is a closet muslim?
46 weeks ago
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What Obama and apparently not a few Americans fail to understand is that, while they must be fought wherever they fester Islamofascists are not the primary, existential threat we face.

China already has nuclear weapons, an increasingly powerful and outspoken military, and a cultural memory of 300+ years of humiliation at the hands of the West. They are actively preparing to fight the US; some would argue that the current hacking attacks are in fact the first phase of their war against us.

We seem to be in a way repeating the same mistake the Athenians did in the second phase of the Peloponnesian War. They attacked Syracuse, which in some ways did pose a threat, but they ignored the real threat -- Sparta's alliance with Persia -- and went down in defeat.
46 weeks ago
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China? Wha..?

The U.S. is China's #1 go-to for selling their crummy, well, everything.

Orders from China to the EU have all but collapsed with the Euro nonsense.

China's trade surplus is flush because of the U.S.

“ It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. ”
— Benjamin Disraeli

Barack Kardashian LIVES by the above quote. Sadly he's not critical of our plain as day enemies. Instead the dude's on the attack of but our Constitution, Bill of Rights and the tens of millions of law abiding citizenry whom hold our liberties sacred. That's the tens of millions of U.S. Independents, Conservatives, Libertarians and Blue Dog Democrats, respectively.

The pinhead's said, instigated as much multiple times. The kool-aid drinkers at the IRS, DoJ, State Department have done our empty vessel's bidding.



46 weeks ago
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At the rate he is going, soon now, Barack Obama will know nothing about everything and everything about nothing. He seems to be evolving into a potted plant.
46 weeks ago
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Sleeper cells. Isn't that like the Boston Bomber brothers, or the Fort Hood Maj. I could give more examples, but it is the Mosques that they got their arse in the air at that I want.
46 weeks ago
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"He [that would be Muhammad, the founder of Islam and Islam's "Perfect Man"] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion [that would be Islam, not "Islamism", nor "Radical Islam", nor 'Islamists" nor "Islamofascism", nor "Hijacked Islam", but ISLAM!], against all the rest of mankind." (John Quincy Adams - who unlike both Obama and Bush had a brain and a clue)
46 weeks ago
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Muslim activity in general is surging world wide.
46 weeks ago
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Meanwhile Barry is off on a nationwide tour of discovery about what Muslims really want from him - first stop Chicagostan. Iran and the OIC really DO think that they have a true friend in the WH. I'm miffed because Barry's executive order and resulting committees and tours cost taxpayers millions of dollars at a time when our country needs healing.
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----- "What Obama Didn't Mention ... "

Yes. That's right. So we simply cannot wage a war on radical Islam so long as Obama and the leftist-progressives hold power. The best thing to do is to stand down. Secure the homeland. And play the defensive until such point as we have a pro-American, pro-military, anti-jihadi government to extend American power and protect the American people. We have 3 & 1/2 years of Obama rule to endure before we have any chance of turning this national security disaster around. In short: I say: bring the troops home and keep them home until we have a president and a Congress that is worthy to RISK them in defense of the country. Remember that stupid cartoon guy who held the placard: We have met the enemy and it is us? What he meant to say was "...and it is spineless elites who pretend to represent us."
46 weeks ago
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well, you have to admit that he has repeatedly sold a dripping, smelly sack of schit to the amerikan people for top $$. why would he worry that his rocket scientist followers would catch on now?

he could photo-shop himself into the last supper, present it at the oscars to a standing ovation, and polls would attest that 17% of the general population believed it was real. don't laugh, they already believe there were computer generated everyday legal documents produced in 1961, because he says so; and, everybody knows he would never lie to the American people.

what a bunch of maroons.

46 weeks ago
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There are certainly some appallingly ignorant people in this country. A couple of years ago, I read an anecdote told by an employee in a book store. A customer came in and asked if they carried books on tape where the author read his/her own work. The employee ensured the customer they had such books. The customer was relieved and said great, take me to the Shakespeare books on tape. Apparently the customer actually thought that Shakespeare had been recorded reading his own works, even though he died three hundred years before the invention of anything that would record voices.

Somebody like that - and I fear there are more such people than we would like to think - could be made to believe just about anything Obama said.
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