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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 […]

Iraq lost 2,300 Humvees to ISIS in Mosul

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 U.S.-supplied Humvee armoured vehicles, among other spoils of war,  when ISIS seized the northern city of Mosul a year ago, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi admitted on Sunday. This revelation comes as Kurdish fighters in the north clamor for more weapons, but receive only a small amount because the Obama administration insists […]

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 […]

Qatar Extends Travel Ban on Taliban 5 (Video)

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The five former Gitmo detainees who were set to be released from close monitoring in Qatar on June 1 will have to wait a little longer to join their fellow Jihadis on the battlefield, as Qatar has agreed to hold them for a little while longer. The question is – for how long? Via Fox News: Qatar has […]

Christian Fighter in Syria Beheads ISIS Militant in Revenge for Group’s Atrocities UPDATE: Aleppo Bishop Denies Beheading

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

UPDATE: The Catholic Bishop of Aleppo denies the report of a revenge beheading. The Catholic Bishop of Aleppo has rejected reports of the alleged “revenge” beheading of an Islamic State jihadist by an Assyrian Christian soldier in northeast Syria as “unreliable and unverifiable” rumors. Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, the Catholic Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo, called […]

Frustrated Pilots Vent About Obama’s Ineffective Air War Against ISIS (Video)

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Frustrated members of the U.S. Air Force are venting because their commander in chief has been keeping them from fighting an effective air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Within the U.S. Air Force, there’s mounting frustration that the air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq is moving far more slowly than expected. Instead of […]

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 […]

ISIS Militants Publicly Execute 20 Men in Ancient Roman Theater in Palmyra

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

  After ISIS seized the ancient town of Palmyra in central Syria, it was widely feared that the terrorists would destroy the Roman-era ruins. Now the Guardian is reporting that the terrorists have no plans to destroy the city’s archaeological treasures. Islamic State has released new footage depicting unscathed ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra, and activists say […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Day of Remembrance Is Nothing Without Poetry

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

I have always been deficient in expressing emotion through anything other than the written word. It’s one reason I always return to poetry when the occasion calls for some depth of feeling. My favorite American poet, the late Richard Hugo, is a forgotten figure. You will not see his sinewy free verse quoted during special […]

Obama Uses Memorial Day Address to Explain That Our Soldiers Are No Longer Fighting a Real War

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

On Memorial Day, a day that we remember and honor our fallen heroes, those who gave the “last full measure of devotion” for their country and for the cause of freedom, President Obama took a few minutes out of his busy day (which no doubt will include some time on the golf course) to make […]

Kurdish Fighters Recapture Dozens of Syrian Towns From ISIS (Video)

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

While Obama’s 60-nation coalition dithers,  Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG (People’s Protection Units) are making gains against the Islamic State (aka Daesh). In a two-week long offensive, they routed the jihadis, retaking dozens of Christian villages and towns. Via the Voice of America, Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer was on the frontlines in Tal Shamiran […]

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 […]

After Fall of Ramadi, U.S. Vets of Bloody Battles Express Anger and Frustration

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The first kick in the gut came in January of 2014 — when the “JV team” took Fallujah. Since then, they’ve been falling like dominoes — one Iraqi city after another. Remember that almost 4,500 U.S. troops paid the ultimate sacrifice during the eight-year war. Now that ISIS has planted its black and white flag in the center […]

State Dept. ‘Deeply Concerned’ as Ancient City Palmyra Falls to ISIS

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

There was  good news and bad news on the ISIS battlefront today. I’ll give you the bad news first. The Islamic State seized total control of the  ancient oasis city of Palmyra in central Syria Wednesday,  threatening to destroy  ”its its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world’s most magnificent remnants of antiquity.” This comes […]

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 […]

White House Spox Josh Earnest: Obama’s Strategy Against ISIS Has ‘Overall’ Been a Success (Video)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

At his daily press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told skeptical reporters that despite some “setbacks,” the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS has been a success overall. ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl had questioned Earnest about the administration’s assessment of their overall track record in Iraq. “You said, ‘we’ve seen […]

Boehner to Obama: Rip Up Your AUMF Request and Start Over

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said today that President Obama needs to trash his weak authorization for use of military force (AUMF) request. In February, Obama submitted his plan to Congress for an AUMF against “the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” Obama’s AUMF plan specifically “does not authorize the use of the […]

Huge ISIS Convoy Parades Out in the Open in West Anbar Province in Iraq, Providing Target-Rich Environment for Coalition

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

According to a Twitter account that explores  ”the domestic and regional challenges facing Iraq’s security,” a massive convoy of ISIS fighters paraded out in the open desert in Western Anbar on Monday, providing a target rich environment for the U.S.-led coalition. But where was the coalition?  Da’ish convoy in Rutbah, W. #Anbar province, celebrating events […]

As Ramadi Falls to ISIS, POTUS Goes Golfing, Gets New Twitter Account

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

As ISIS fighters were storming Ramadi, seizing U.S. military equipment, including missile launchers and tanks – enough to  “take 3 more Mosuls and about 10 Ramadis,” according to one ISIS supporter – the president of the United States was enjoying some “me-time” on the Andrews Air Force Base golf course. Sunny and warm. Pres Obama playing golf […]

Kerry: Don’t Worry About Fall of Ramadi, ‘Daesh Has Been Driven Back’

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry said today not to worry, we’ll probably get Ramadi back from ISIS. ISIS took the city 80 miles east of Baghdad on Sunday despite a campaign of coalition airstrikes. Kerry said at a joint press conference with South Korea’s foreign minister today that the administration has “always said from day […]

Evangelicals to Bring Christian College Students to Israel

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Birthright Isn’t Just for Jews! Covenant Journey 2 bring 100′s of Christian students 2 #Israel http://t.co/OlJGk6NgS9 pic.twitter.com/eQnn9Vw1Oc — Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) May 17, 2015 Christian? In college? Want to go to Israel for $500? Haaretz reports: Conservative Jewish funders and Christian donors of Hobby Lobby fame have joined forces to launch a Christian Birthright trip, modeled after […]

Ramadi Falls, More U.S. Weapons Seized: See the Gains ISIS Made in Just Two Days

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Via Islamic World News, this was Ramadi on Friday. The red represents Iraqi forces, the dark gray ISIS, and the magenta areas, including bridges, were contested. On Thursday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey was asked about Ramadi’s imminent fall. “The city itself is — it’s not symbolic in any way. […]

Obama to Arab World: Negotiations With Iran Are Useless

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In the wake of this past week’s summit with Arab States at Camp David, President Obama granted his first-ever interview to an Arabic language newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab daily headquartered in London that publishes in 14 locations worldwide. In his attempt to pander to his Arab audience, Obama reveals the inefficacy of negotiations with […]

Did the U.S. Just Agree to Support Arab Forces in a War Against Israel?

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

On Thursday, the White House released the rather long-winded “U.S.- Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Joint Statement” as an appeasement to our Arab allies in the region in the wake of negotiations with Iran. Mainstream outlets reported the statement using the following language: President Barack Obama has vowed to back Gulf allies against any “external […]

U.S. Special Forces Kill ISIS Commander in Syria (Video)

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

A key ISIS commander and an estimated dozen ISIS fighters were killed by United States Army commandos in Syria on Friday. No Americans were killed or wounded during the raid. The commander, Abu Sayyaf, oversaw the Islamic State’s illicit oil and financial operations, was involved with the group’s military operations, and had apparently enslaved a young Yazidi woman […]

Obama Grilled on His Rwanda, Says He Didn’t Want to Violate International Law

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama got slammed on his Syria inaction — with an Al Arabiya interviewer asking if it will go down as his Rwanda — and claimed yet again that he disposed of Assad’s chemical weapons in a sit-down interview after his Camp David summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. When asked exactly what he […]

Smartest President Ever Says Weaponized Chlorine Is Not a Chemical Weapon

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Here is some video of the press conference (complete with a classic Obama snippy reply to a reporter). Here is a tweet from a reporter quoting him if you don’t want to watch the video: #Obama: #Assad gave away his Chemical weapons,no longer in possession of stockpile.We saw reports on Chlorine,not CW pic.twitter.com/UK7F3O3Tox — Joyce […]

Here Comes the Red Line Again as Syria Found Lying About Sarin

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House expressed no eagerness today about coming up against — again — President Obama’s red line on chemical weapons in Syria. The administration repeatedly asserts that President Bashar al-Assad disposed of his chemical weapons stockpile in a deal brokered by Russia to avoid military action at the last red line, when more than […]