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Turkey Bombs Kurdish Village, Killing 10 Civilians

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Turkish war planes bombed Kurdish village of Zergele in northern Iraq Saturday morning, killing 10 civilians and injuring approximately 18. Turkish jets started bombing the village at 4:00 a.m.  The area is located in the Federal Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The planes were bombing the village as part of an assault on the Medya Defense Zones, […]

North Korea Upgrades Missile Launch Site

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Remember these guys? Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said on Wednesday that analysis of the new pictures showed that construction begun in […]

Official: Links Between ISIS and Turkey ‘Undeniable’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Never any good news about these guys. A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State’s “chief financial officer” produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently. The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror […]

McCain Accidentally Speaks the Truth About Iraq Army’s Anti-ISIS Campaign: ‘They Can’t Do It Themselves’

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, interrupted colleagues and had a testy exchange with Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who has been nominated by President Obama as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. But during the exchange between the committee chairman McCain and Neller, McCain […]

White House: Trump Owes Veterans an Apology

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House today agreed with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for saying Donald Trump should apologize to all veterans for his comments that POWs aren’t automatically war heroes. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump on Saturday Iowa. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured… He’s a […]

White House Dispatches Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep to Sell Iran Deal to Dems

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Not a done deal? The Obama administration on Wednesday kicked off its push for approval of the Iran nuclear deal by dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to Congress, where he assured Democrats nothing in the pact would preclude military action if Tehran violated the agreement. “He stated clearly that nothing in the agreement takes the […]

Let the Pro-Tehran, Pro-Obama Bullying of Congress Begin!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) warned members of Congress yesterday on the Hill that “some may try to intimidate and demonize critics of the agreement by arguing that a vote against this deal is a vote for war.” “I will say, as a former member of Congress, I know how difficult the following weeks will […]

‘Our Military’s Strength Depends on It’: Carter Orders Six-Month Review of Transgender Troops

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Arguing that the future strength of the nation’s military depends on it, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter ordered a six-month review of transgender service members — starting from the assumption that they’re welcome in the armed forces. “Over the last fourteen years of conflict, the Department of Defense has proven itself to be a learning organization. […]

Three Women Make It Through to Next Round of Ranger School

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Three women fighting to serve their country as Army Rangers have made it through to the next phase of training and began the Mountain Phase on Saturday, reports Army Times: A total of 362 men and three women started the two-month Ranger School June 21 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Fifteen of those students did not […]

Army Plan to Cut 40,000 Soldiers Was a Surprise to Congress, Senate Chairman Says

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said members of Congress weren’t notified of the Pentagon’s planned cuts in Army restructuring until they were made public. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he hopped on the phone with Army Secretary John McHugh and, after discussing the cuts in “great detail,” found that 4,350 soldiers will […]

The Dirty Five Dozen: Obama Aware of Paltry Syrian Training Stats When Declaring Progress

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today that President Obama was aware of the low training numbers when he said Monday “we’re starting to see some progress” in the fight against ISIS. Obama, surrounded by generals at the Pentagon, said “we continue to ramp up our training and support of local forces” that […]

Al-Nusra Coalition Decries ‘Great Pain and Suffering’ Caused By Islamic State in English-Language Magazine

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A coalition of jihadist groups led by the al-Qaeda-allied al-Nusra Front issued its first English-language magazine, rivaling ISIS’ media operations while going after the Islamic State. The magazine, Al-Risalah, admits that the groups under the Jaish al-Fath umbrella have some differences, but nothing that they can’t overcome since “the coming together of the Muslims is […]

Obama at Pentagon: ‘Twisted’ ISIS Must Be ‘Discredited’ as ‘Ideologies Are Not Defeated with Guns’

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Flanked by the nation’s top generals, including the leaders of CENTCOM and AFRICOM, as well as the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Obama acknowledged “we’re going to have to pick up our game” to prevent attacks from ISIS. But, Obama stressed, “we’ll constantly reaffirm through words and […]

Dempsey: Threats ‘Will Have Increasing Implications to the U.S. Homeland’

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Warning of a “difficult future” ahead, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey began the National Military Strategy, released this week, on an ominous note. “Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable I have seen in 40 years of service. Since the last National Military Strategy was published in 2011, global […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kurdish Fighters Closing in on ISIS Stronghold in Syria (Video)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

ISIS is losing ground in Syria thanks to the efforts of Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units aka YPG and coalition airstrikes.  The jihadist group has faced one defeat after another to Kurdish forces since being forced to withdraw from the town of Kobane back in in January. In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, […]

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 […]

WH Takes Credit For Kurdish Gains in Syria (Video)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Kurdish fighters took control  of Tal Abyad near the Turkish border Tuesday, dealing a major blow to ISIS by cutting off a key supply line to its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest gave the president credit for the string of victories Kurdish fighters have had against ISIS in Northern Syria – claiming their […]

Kurdish Forces Retake Tal Abyad (Video)

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

With the help of coalition airstrikes, Syrian Kurdish fighters succeeded in routing ISIS out of the border town Tal Abyad Monday, cutting off the jihadis’ main supply line between Raqqa and the Turkish border. The BBC reported: Reinforcements are being sent by the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) to help secure the main road south to […]

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 […]

Thousands of Syrians Flee to Turkey as Kurdish Forces Advance on ISIS (Video)

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

  It was utter chaos on the Syrian/Turkey border Sunday as thousands of Syrians fled coalition bombs and intense fighting between Kurdish fighters and ISIS militants near the border town of Tal Abyad. Last week, the Erdogan government ordered the Turkish Army not to allow any more of the refugees to cross the border.  Turkish troops fired water […]

For $75 Grand, Patton’s Revolver Could Have Been Yours

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

  Speaking of American badasses, none badder than the great Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., America’s most effective fighting general in World War II Europe. Style, courage under fire, tactical skill — the man had it all, including swell accessories: A Colt .45 revolver once owned by General George S. Patton sold for $75,000 at […]

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 […]

Guantanamo Liquidation: Six Yemeni al-Qaeda Shipped to Oman

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Defense Department announced just after midnight that a six-pack of Guantanamo detainees was transferred to Oman. Idris Ahmad ‘Abd Al Qadir Idris , a Yemeni, used to be a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and an al-Qaeda recruiter. A 2008 review found him to be a high risk to the United States. Sharaf Ahmad […]

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.” […]

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 […]

Claim: British Actor Who Joined the Kurds in the Fight Against ISIS Is Annoying the Heck Out of Everyone

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

A former U.S. Army serviceman who has been in Northern Syria fighting ISIS with the Kurds since September of last year says that a minor British actor who recently joined them in the fight is a liability and in danger of losing his life — and not necessarily at the hands of ISIS. He’s calling […]

Pentagon Official Reacts Angrily to Obama’s ISIS Strategy Claim: ‘What the F— Was That?’

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

According to Fox News, a military official is taking issue with the president’s claim that he is waiting for a plan from the Pentagon to come up with a complete strategy to degrade and defeat ISIS. On Special Report tonight, Charles Krauthammer noted that Obama occasionally stumbles on the truth, as he did when he admitted […]

Obama in Germany: ‘We Don’t Yet Have a Complete Strategy’ to Defeat ISIS (Video)

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

It’s hard to keep Obama’s ISIS strategy straight. In August of 2014, after the Islamists had spread like cockroaches throughout Syria and Iraq, he admitted that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with the crisis. It took the spectacle of ISIS militants brutally beheading two Americans on video for our commander-in-chief to announce a strategy in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Video: Watch These Jubilant Syrian Women Tear Off Their Burkas After Escaping ISIS

Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

A video released to the Daily Mail Friday shows a number of jubilant Syrian women shedding their outer garments as they enter Kurdish-controlled territory in Syria. The women pulled off their drab, black robes to reveal colorful dresses after escaping the clutches of the Islamic State. The incredible moment was captured by Shervan Derwish, a cameraman and […]

U.S. Trained Tajik Commander Defects To ISIS, Threatens Americans

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

A Tajik fighter who received training in counterterrorism tactics in the United States, has defected to the Islamic State,  the State Department has confirmed. Col. Gulmurod Khalimov is a former commander of the Tajik Special Police unit that was tasked with taking out crime syndicates and terror cells. Now Khalimov, who was vetted by the U.S. and Tajikistan governments,  has joined the very type of terrorists […]