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Deputy SecState: Don’t Take Our Estimate of ISIS We’ve Taken Out So Literally

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken said he’s standing by his assertion that “we recorded an enormous loss for Daesh, also known as ISIS, more than 10,000 since this campaign started, and this will eventually have an effect” — but added this morning that “the number in and of itself alone doesn’t mean much.” “Here’s […]

ISIS Affiliate in Gaza Says It Fired Rockets at Israel After Spat with Hamas

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A posting from what claims to be a newly formed ISIS affiliate in Gaza claimed responsibility for firing rockets into Israel tonight. The IDF reported that two rockets were launched at southern Israel from Gaza. Sirens went off in Ashkelon and Netivot, but no injuries were reported. Israel struck three Hamas targets in Gaza after […]

Stupid Foreign Policy MEME OF THE WEEK: You’re Helping ISIS If You Talk About Their Ramadi Victory

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

UPDATE: One of the Foreign Affairs writers has responded to this article, and I’ve responded in kind below. Imagine the following headlines during World War Two: December 1941: “If you talk about Pearl Harbor, you’re aiding Japanese imperialism.” December 1944: “If you talk about the German encirclement of Bastogne, you’re aiding the Nazis.” August 1940: […]

NYT Dares to Report on Iran’s Stockpile, Harf Goes Ballistic

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is in a Twitter battle to refute a New York Times report that Iran is growing its nuclear stockpile as the P5+1 negotiates a lucrative nuclear deal. The story, by David Sanger and William Broad, reports on International Atomic Energy Agency findings that Tehran’s nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over […]

Muslim Brotherhood Steps Up Terror in Egypt, While U.S. Provides Cover

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

In recent weeks, the Muslim Brotherhood has stepped up their terrorist activity and made unmistakable calls for more violence in Egypt, effectively dropping the “moderate” mask that gave cover to Western analysts and government officials going back to the Bush administration. This policy has nonetheless stayed intact — the Obama administration continues to meet with and […]

Israel Performs Nation-Wide Drill to Prepare for 3-Front War

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Times of Israel: Rocket sirens sound across country in civil defense drill http://t.co/c37JbIWYXr pic.twitter.com/ckcWigIxtO — The Israel Project (@israelproject) June 2, 2015 The Times of Israel reports: Turning Point 15 will test the preparedness of the country to deal with a massive coordinated rocket attack on population centers across Israel, including damage to essential infrastructure, as […]

TSA Missed Weapons and Explosives In Almost All Test Cases

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Feel safer now? ABC News is reporting that, in an internal investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed to detect banned weapons and fake explosives smuggled in by undercover agents posing as passengers 95% of the time. The trials were conducted at the busiest U.S. airports and agents […]

Why Do People Hear Only Half of Rand Paul’s War Policy?

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The hubbub surrounding recent comments by Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul regarding the origin of ISIS has been deafening, reviving old accusations of isolationism. But the more you listen to Paul, the less accurate that characterization becomes. Watch this interview with Paul on Hardball with Chris Matthews. If you’re in a hurry, just hang through […]

American ISIS Propagandist Ahmad Abousamra Reported Killed in Iraq Airstrike

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

An American, Ahmad Abousamra, who was wanted by the FBI since 2009 and listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list since 2013,  was killed today according to a statement published by the Iraqi government. He was reportedly one of the top ISIS media propagandist officials and involved in the production of videos showing the […]

Does Rand Paul Have a Point About the GOP and ISIS?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

You win a war by winning, not by negotiating. My PJ Media colleague Andy McCarthy gets it exactly right. After pointing out the serious flaws in the Kentucky senator’s screwball, isolationist foreign policy prescriptions, McCarthy observes: All that said, if Paul’s point was that Republican policy contributed to the Islamist bedlam now exploding across the […]

Are ‘Hawks’ the Real Reason for ISIS?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

Rand Paul wants to talk about causality. Fine. Let’s talk about it. I’m not going to get bogged down in arguing whether we should have invaded Iraq in 2003. But I don’t think you need to agree with U.S. foreign policy in general, and U.S. policy in the Middle East in particular, to reject Paul’s […]

New GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum Blasts Obama’s Strategy Against ISIS: ‘A PR-War, Not A Real War!’

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

Rick Santorum kicked off his campaign for president by blasting President Obama’s horrendous strategy to fight ISIS. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the former senator said that Obama is more interested in fighting a “public relations war than a real war.” “This is a public relations war that the president is fighting, he’s not fighting a […]

As Iraq Falls to ISIS, Whose Side Is Obama On?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

I think we all know the answer to that question. Eli Lake reports: The U.S. watched Islamic State fighters, vehicles and heavy equipment gather on the outskirts of Ramadi before the group retook the city in mid-May. But the U.S. did not order airstrikes against the convoys before the battle started. It left the fighting […]

SHOCK VIDEO: Widespread Support for Sharia and Blasphemy Laws…in Minneapolis

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Going back to 2007, I’ve reported on the growing problem of terror recruitment in the Twin Cities, particularly in the Somali community there. In December 2007 I reported here at PJ Media on a well-attended terror fundraiser held in a prominent hotel in downtown Minneapolis that Homeland Security was warned about, but did nothing to […]

VIDEO: Actor Answers ‘Call to Humanity to Obliterate’ ISIS, Fights Alongside Kurds

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

An actor with a fair share of action projects opened up to an Arabic TV network today about his decision to leave Hollywood and fight ISIS alongside the Kurds. “ISIS, they need to be wiped off, completely, the face of this earth. They’re a stain on humanity, and this is a call. It’s not just […]

Lead U.S. Nuke Negotiator with Iran Leaving State Department

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The lead U.S. negotiator at the table with Iran in the P5+1 nuclear talks is leaving the State Department. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman traveled to Vienna yesterday to resume negotiations, and will meet Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva on Saturday for additional talks with the Iranians. The fourth-ranking […]

Harf Explains Why Fall of Mosul, Ramadi Were Kinda Different

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the fall of the Mosul and the fall of Ramadi are pretty much different because of the amount of time it took for ISIS to seize the Iraq cities. “I think Mosul and Ramadi are a little bit different,” Harf told CNN. “And what we saw in Ramadi is […]

Chairman: What If Iran Takes Nuclear Inspectors Hostage, Too?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee mused what would happen if the U.S. inks a nuke deal with Iran and takes the nuclear inspectors hostage — just like the Americans held for years now. The families of Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini and Bob Levinson will for the first time all testify […]

Paul: ‘ISIS Exists Because of the Hawks in Our Party’

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said today that ISIS essentially exists because of his colleagues. Paul was responding on MSNBC to comments by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that ISIS exists because of the party’s noninterventionists who didn’t want to intervene in Syria early on. “I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists […]

Crocker: Iran Meddling in Iraq ‘About the Worst Thing I Could Imagine’

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan warned that Iran’s involvement in Iraq “would be about the worst thing I could imagine, from the point of view of U.S. interest.” Iran is insisting that it’s the only country serious about going after ISIS, backing Shiite militias to move in on ISIS strongholds. “This is […]

Psaki: ‘If We Spent Every Day Worrying About What Iran Said, That’s All We Would Focus On’

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

White House communications director Jen Psaki said they’re just brushing off Iranian criticism about the fall of Ramadi, as they do most rhetoric from Tehran. Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, said Sunday that the U.S. did nothing to stop the sacking of Ramadi and “there is no […]

While D.C. Downplays Risk, U.S. Sees Shocking Rise in Terror Arrests This Year

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

The arrest of two southern California men last week who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State brings the number of U.S.-based individuals involved in international terror-related cases this year to 40. (UPDATE: with the arrest of Houston-area Asher Abid Khan late Monday for supporting ISIS, the tally is now 41.) […]

Was the Iraq War a Mistake? Let’s Ask the Democrats, Too!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

I happen to think it was. But not because “Bush lied,” as Bob Woodward has noted, but because Bush neither finished the job nor ensured a plausible successor to do so. But just for the hell of it — and as long as the Democrat Media is peppering GOP candidates to call the game after […]

White House Graduates Sacking of Ramadi from ‘Setback’ to ‘Not Unsubstantial Setback’

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House was calling the sack of Ramadi last week a “setback” in the war against ISIS, and got roundly criticized by some lawmakers on Capitol Hill for downplaying the ISIS victory. Today, it was still a setback — just with a few qualifiers. “I think there are a variety of contributors to what […]

ISIS Likes to Talk About Sex, Baby, as a Terror Tactic

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Zainab Bangura headed a United Nations unit of sex crime investigators that recently completed a five year study of “the world’s war zones for evidence of forced marriages, slavery and mass rape.” Guess which area not only topped, but set new “standards” for gross crimes against women? The region infiltrated by ISIS. Bangura remarks: During […]

‘No Will to Fight’ Iraqis Faced Multiple Oklahoma City-Sized Bombs in Ramadi Fall

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A former military planner in Iraq said that Baghdad has a right to react indignantly to Washington’s suggestions that they ran away from Ramadi in the face of the ISIS assault. “What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told CNN in an interview aired […]

The 33 Radical Islamic Problems Obama Chooses to Ignore

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

#US conducts raid on #ISIS in #Syria, kills top official http://t.co/DqDvE6OQWV #obama #radical #islam pic.twitter.com/ybjIbki8AE — ~~~mððnie (@mmmoonie) May 16, 2015 In need of a little light reading on Islamic terror at home and abroad? Check out the ZOA’s litany of incidents of radical Islamic terror at home and abroad that President Barack Obama has […]

Touching Reunion Between Teen and the Soldier Who Saved Her Life

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Once in a while among the horror stories of war, we hear stories that touch the heart. One of those occurred last week in a suburb of Atlanta when a former soldier reunited with the infant he rescued from Iraq in 1996. Awaz Barwari found her name on Saddam Hussein’s kill list in 1996. The […]

Defense Sec at Arlington: ‘Troops of Such Caliber’ Have ‘Great Leader’ in Obama

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

At today’s Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day observance, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said “troops of such caliber demand great leaders, and there’s no doubt they have one in our commander in chief.” “I see that every day,” continued Carter, who assumed his post in February. “He knows well the challenges we must face, the obligations […]

Obama’s Big Brass Clanging Tablets on Display at D.C. Synagogue

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

President Obama lectured Jews on Jewish values. Apparently he thinks being exterminated is a key Jewish value. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 22, 2015 Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: This Friday, hours before Shabbat is set to begin and one day before the holiday of Shavuot starts, President Obama walked into a D.C. synagogue […]

Obama Explains How It’s Acceptable to Broker Deal with Regime That Wants to Annihilate Jews

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama told The Atlantic that ISIS is not winning, but “the training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country.” “I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said. “There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been […]

Top Intel Dem: ‘No Sugarcoating’ Gravity of Ramadi Seizure by ISIS

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said there can be “no sugarcoating” the fall of Ramadi despite administration assurances that the ISIS victory isn’t as serious as it appears. “It’s a serious setback… It means, I think, we really have to redouble our efforts to get the Baghdad government to incorporate the Sunnis […]

ISIS Seizes One Third of the Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra (Video)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Islamic State fighters seized part of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday after heavy clashes with the Syrian military and allied combatants. They are now, the New York Times reports, “within blocks of one of the world’s most magnificent ancient sites.” As they have swept across Syria and Iraq, the extremists have destroyed or damaged numerous ancient sites and […]

Taliban Launch ‘Free Morsi’ Movement After Former Muslim Brotherhood President Sentenced to Death

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Taliban is calling upon every “influential” Muslim to try to save Mohamed Morsi from the death penalty in Egypt. The former president, along with 105 other defendants, was sentenced for the bloody Natroun jailbreak after the 2011 revolution, which allowed Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah prisoners to escape — one of those was Morsi. […]

Headline of the Month: ‘Fall of Ramadi Raises Doubts About US Strategy in Iraq’

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

What strategy? The Islamic State group’s capture of Ramadi, a key provincial capital in western Iraq, calls into question the Obama administration’s strategy in Iraq. Is there a Plan B? The current U.S. approach is a blend of retraining and rebuilding the Iraqi army, prodding Baghdad to reconcile with the nation’s Sunnis, and bombing Islamic […]