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Iran Says ‘Only a Few Items Left’ to Tackle as Latest Nuclear Deadline Nears

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

An Iranian minister says “there are only a few items left which need to be tackled” in P5+1 nuclear negotiations as opposed to “a number of unresolved issues” three months ago, as reported by AFP. The U.S. has said sanctions against Iran will “snap back” if they violate the agreement, but Iran apparently wants that […]

Missing UK Family of 12 Surfaces in Islamic State, Urges Others to Rebel Against Democracy ‘Forced Down Our Throat’

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A missing family of 12 has turned up in the Islamic State — and confirmed their move with a statement urging others to pack up and make the same family vacation. The family ranges in ages from a 1-year-old baby to a 75-year-old patriarch. The Mannan family were reported missing to British authorities after they […]

Just in Time for Summer, Step Inside the ISIS Ice Cream Shop

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Like a stranger luring a kid into a car with a candy bar, ISIS has previously touted its sweet treats in its recruitment efforts. “If you were worried about leaving behind your local Costa Coffee then you will be happy to know that the Caliphate serves some of the best lattes and cappuccinos around,” British […]

U.S. blocking Attempts by Arab Allies to Directly Arm the Kurds

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Why in God’s name will Obama not arm the Kurds? Charles Krauthammer asked that question eleven months ago on Fox News and the question remains relevant today. The Obama administration not only refuses to directly arm the most successful anti-ISIS fighting force, they reportedly block attempts by our allies in the Middle East to arm them. […]

Hillary’s Emails: Clinton Asked Iran Man to Dig Into Who’d Been Sent to Face AIPAC

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A curious email among the batch of Hillary Clinton’s correspondence released by the State Department late last night reveals the former secretary of State wanting to know the history of who has been assigned to speak at Washington’s biggest pro-Israel conference. The White House traditionally sends at least one administration representative to the American Israel […]

Massive Terror Attack on Military Checkpoints in Egypt’s Sinai Kills Dozens

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

A coordinated attack by terrorists on multiple Egyptian military checkpoints in north Sinai has left dozens dead with fighting still ongoing in some areas, according to multiple reports. #UPDATE IS attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 70 soldiers and civilians: officials http://t.co/ffgdV0q0oL — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) July 1, 2015 Egypt's army says it's still fighting IS […]

Dem Warns He’ll ‘Make Certain’ That Iran Deal Is Blocked If Ayatollah’s Demands Met

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

As the Obama administration extended the deadline for nuclear talks to July 7, some in the president’s own party are more nervous about what the ayatollah is saying than they are reassured by the White House. Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.), the top Democrat on the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe, said today that […]

Iran Preparing for Failure of Nuke Talks After Washington’s ‘Buyer’s Remorse’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Iran announced today –  the deadline that had been set for a nuclear deal with the P5+1 but was extended indefinitely, according to the White House — that it doesn’t see a deal to its liking coming through. Thus, reported the semi-official Fars News Agency, the Islamic Republic is formulating plans to weather tougher expected […]

Terrorist Plots Against U.S. At Highest Level Since 2001

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Man, it sure is a good thing that we got Saddam and bin Laden! The United States is experiencing its highest level of terrorist activity since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Heritage Foundation report published last week advocating Congress to take the U.S. terrorism threat “much more seriously.” The report detailed the FBI’s arrest of […]

White House Downplays Extension of Iran Nuke Deadline: ‘Not Surprising or Uncommon’

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Calling it “not surprising or uncommon,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed today that Iran nuclear negotiations will extend past the June 30 deadline. “What our negotiators are currently engaged in is an effort to try to complete negotiations consistent with the political framework that was agreed to in the first week in April. […]

Prosecutor Who Went After Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Assassinated in Cairo

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Egyptian prosecutor who led the prosecution of former President Mohamed Morsi and many of his Muslims Brotherhood compatriots was assassinate in a Cairo bombing today. Terrorist groups have had their eyes on Egypt since the ouster of Morsi, but calls to attack Egypt have stepped up since Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed […]

ISIS Using U.S. TOW Antitank Missiles in Latest Syrian Offensive

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Just days after Western analysts were updating their obituaries for ISIS after the group’s setback in Tel Abyad, which is about 100km north of the ISIS capital of Raqaa, ISIS has lashed back with two offensives: a small-scale raid on Kobane on the Turkish/Syria border, and against Hasakah in Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria. And pictures distributed […]

Menendez to Kerry: Hey, Did You Happen to Notice All Those Red Lines from the Ayatollah?

Friday, June 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) dropped a line to Secretary of State John Kerry, who landed in Vienna today for the final Iran nuclear negotiations ahead of a Tuesday deadline, to see if the top diplomat just happened to notice Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s red lines. Khamenei’s speech on state television, which was tweeted to […]

ISIS Attacks Liberated Kobane as Accusations Fly About Terrorists’ Turkey Access

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

ISIS fighters have attacked the border city of Kobane, which had been liberated by a Kurdish offensive and supportive coalition airstrikes in January. Reports say there have already been multiple casualties in a village near Kobane, including the slaughter of Syrian Kurdish women and children. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS attacked after […]

Is the Pentagon Trying to Lose the ‘War’ Against ISIS?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Nothing this administration does surprises me any more, but perhaps its worst sin has been corrupting the U.S. military: U.S. and coalition air forces are aiming for zero civilian casualties in airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), frustrating some lawmakers who say the military campaign is progressing too slowly. While officials say […]

White House on Khamenei’s Sanctions Red Line: Don’t Listen to What They Say

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House today downplayed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s red line on sanctions relief, with press secretary Josh Earnest telling reporters that the administration is not focused on Iran’s words. Khamenei said yesterday that “all economic, financial & banking sanctions, either by UNSC, US Congress or administration must be lifted on same day deal […]

Boldly Going Wherever Headlines Are Making Noise, Hillary Tells Retailers to Ban Confederate Flag

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

She’s a brave one. Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged all businesses to stop selling products with Confederate flag images, and praised Wal-Mart Stores Inc and other retailers for pulling flag-related items. The businesses stopped selling the products after last week’s racially motivated attack on black worshippers at a church in Charleston. Leaders […]

Seven Days from Deadline, Ayatollah Says No Nuke Deal Without Sanctions Lifted Immediately

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Seven days out of the final deadline for a P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran, the supreme leader reiterated on Twitter what Tehran has been demanding all along: all sanctions lifted immediately. All economic, financial & banking sanctions, either by UNSC, US Congress or administration must be lifted on same day deal is signed. 1/2 — […]

Will the U.S. Stand By Israel After the UN’s War Crimes Accusations?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The government in Jerusalem and Israel advocates in Washington denounced a United Nations report accusing the Jewish state of war crimes, while the White House had a muted “wait-and-see” reaction. “In relation to this latest round of violence, which resulted in an unprecedented number of casualties, the commission was able to gather substantial information pointing […]

Netanyahu: Wake Up and Listen to the State Department’s Own Assessment of Iran’s Terrorism

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday that the State Department’s own annual terrorism report should serve as a wake-up call against a bad deal with Iran. “In 2014, Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), its Ministry […]

Kerry Not ‘Fixated’ on Iran Nuke Military Dimensions; State Dept. Fixated on Slamming Reporters Warning of Concessions

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

State Department press secretary John Kirby chided reporters today for “absolutely, completely false” coverage indicating “that there’s a change in our policy with respect to possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program or that it’s a concession about to be offered or changed.” But the story was fed by Secretary of State John Kerry. In […]

AQAP Confirms Leader Killed, Vows to Make U.S. ‘Taste the Bitterness of Defeat’

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirmed in a statement released through its media arm, Al-Malahem, that leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi was killed in an American airstrike in Yemen. “We in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula mourn to our Muslim nation … that Abu Baseer Nasser bin Abdul Karim al-Wuhayshi, God rest his soul, passed away in […]

Jewish Americans Prefer Netanyahu to Obama in Latest Poll

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

As the Mad Voter Roger L. Simon contemplates whether or not Michael Oren’s new book will change the Jewish vote, the latest J Street poll shows that Obama’s latest attempts to “woo” the Jewish community have had zero impact. Despite a less-than-schmoozy synagogue visit and the interviews granted to the usual Jewish suspects, the president’s approval […]

Legal Eagle Slams Supreme Court’s Jerusalem Decision for Wrongfully Empowering the President

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From Mondoweiss: Alan Dershowitz has been giving a few interviews this week lambasting Mondays’ Supreme Court decision overturning an unconstitutional 2002 law on Jerusalem. Predictably, he doesn’t like it. According to Dershowitz, the ruling is not only “silly” and “utterly unnecessary“–it’s also “dangerous to the world”. Why? because Dershowitz thinks it gives too much power […]

American ‘Ally’ Beheads Hundredth Person This Year

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

That would be Saudi Arabia, of course: Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this year. The number of executions has surged in 2015 compared with the 87 recorded by AFP for all of last year. But it […]

Erdogan Lends ISIS a Hand, Pushes Fleeing Human Shields Back Into Their Hands with Water Cannons

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

After the Islamist AKP party cruised to defeat in last weekend’s parliamentary elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government announced the border would be closed to Syrians fleeing ISIS as “there is no longer a humanitarian tragedy,” in the words of Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş. Kurtulmuş further claimed Wednesday that people were “fleeing strikes by […]

Rangel on Additional Troops to Iraq: ‘This Is Exactly How Vietnam Started’

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) accused President Obama of leading the country into another Vietnam with his decision to send 450 troops to Iraq as advisers. “This is exactly how Vietnam started,” Rangel told reporters on the Hill. “And if you don’t think you’re putting them in harm’s way, you’re not living in the real world.” […]

ISIS Prepares To Turn Historic Mosul Church Into Mosque

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

ISIS fighters have announced that they will convert a historic church in Mosul into a mosque. And now, virtually no Christians remain in what was once Iraq’s hotbed of Christianity. The church threatened with conversion is the Syrian Orthodox Church of St Ephraim, according to Fides, the Vatican’s news service. It was taken over by […]

Israel Insider Chronicles Obama’s Hatred

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is releasing a book based on his four-year stint. Due out on June 23, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide promises to be a landmark text for two reasons. Firstly because all the major players are still in office. Secondly, because the decidedly centrist (if not liberal […]

Child Abuse in the Name of Jihad: Shocking Images from an ISIS ‘Cubs’ Training Camp

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

ISIS released video today of a training camp of “caliphate cubs” in Mosul that shows boys being groomed for jihad with live-fire exercises and abusive adult trainers. The boys are masked in the video except for mealtime, when the camera pans away from their faces. Their higher voices and average heights suggest mostly pre-pubescent boys […]

State Department Spokesman: Can Everyone Get Over Ramadi Already?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The State Department’s new spokesman, fresh from a tenure as the Pentagon’s spokesman, said it doesn’t do much good to look back on the fall of Ramadi — less than a month ago, on May 17. John Kirby told CNN that President Obama, who told reporters at the G-7 summit yesterday “we don’t yet have […]

Dep Sec State Pushes Iran Deal in One Breath, Vows to Fight Anti-Semites in Next

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken today told the American Jewish Committee Global Forum that rising anti-Semitism in the world needs to be battled — right after advocating for a nuclear deal with Iran. Blinken never included the Iranian regime in his mentions of anti-Semitic hotbeds in the world, sticking to Europe instead and avoiding […]

Obama on ISIS, Iraq: ‘We Don’t Have a Complete Strategy Yet’

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama did a good job of ignoring Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi after a G-7 photo shoot in Germany, while telling the media that they’ve yet to arrive at a “complete strategy” against ISIS. Obama was captured on video never turning to the prime minister next to him even as Abadi waited with his […]

Video Shows ISIS Using U.S. TOW Anti-Tank Missiles in Capture of Palmyra

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

A two-part video published earlier today shows ISIS using U.S. TOW anti-tank missiles during the capture of the Syrian town of Palmyra last month. Entitled “The Raid of Abu Malik Tamimi,” the videos also show ISIS using tanks, rocket launchers, howitzers and other heavy weaponry in their attack on the town. The TOW makes its […]

ISIS Supporters Provoke Israel, Rest of World Says ‘Eh, It’s the Weekend’

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

.@IsraeliPM @netanyahu scathing against intl comm for hypocrisy & silence in wake of #Gaza rocket attacks on #Israel! pic.twitter.com/BMotJIzKRg — Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) June 7, 2015 Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel has resumed intermittently over the past week and into the weekend. The third attack came on Saturday, June 6, when a […]