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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 […]

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 […]