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Gaza Strip: ISIS Intent on Palestine and Murder of Jews
Aug. 31, 2014 -
ISIS said it will first “do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its path towards Palestine.”
This area is composed of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, as well as other places.
- Source: Guardian
Ted Cruz: Bomb ISIS 'Back to the Stone Age' - NewsMax
Prophetic Significance of Terrorism
DHS considering new security measures to intercept ‘foreign fighters’ returning from Syria
Aug. 30, 2014 -
The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that officials are considering “additional security measures” to intercept foreign fighters who have
joined up with radical militants overseas, on the heels of reports that two Americans have died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria.
At the same time, the British government raises its threat level to “severe” because of the Middle East crisis.
- Source: Fox
President Obama, U.K. Prime Minister Cameron Polar Opposites On ISIS And World - People's Pundit Daily
Expert: ISIS Could Carry Out ‘Mass Slaughter In The United States’ - CBS
- Saudi King: West Will be Jihadists' Next Target - NewsMax
Online posts show ISIS eyeing Mexican border, says law enforcement bulletin - Fox
Obama: ‘No strategy yet’ on Islamic State
Aug. 29, 2014 -
US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants
boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops — the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked the world.
- Source: Times of Israel
White House Scrambles: We Have 'Comprehensive Strategy' for ISIS - NewsMax
GOP Slams Obama on ISIS: 'He Has Never Had a Good Strategy' - NewsMax
- CIA expert: Obama switched sides in war on terror - WND
Here’s a game plan to stop ISIS & the jihadists in the epicenter. The President admits he has no strategy. Thank God others do. - Joel Rosenberg
Islamic extremists pose a threat to streets of Britain, David Cameron warns - Express - UK
- UK terrorist threat level raised to 'severe' - BBC
Obama and Congress Play Hot Potato With War Powers in Syria
Aug. 28, 2014 - President Obama faces a difficult decision about military action in Syria. If he attacks ISIS, a new War Powers Act will
require Congress to validate continued action by Oct. 7th -- just before midterm elections.
Few savor the idea of voting for military action with the midterm elections looming.
With this political pressure it will be difficult to make the right decision about the ISIS threat.
- Source: Time
McConnell: Congress Would Back Obama on Action Against ISIS - NewsMax
- ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast - Iraqi govt adviser - Russia Today
How Ragtag ISIS Became Military Machine - NewsMax
West Point Report: Islamic State Threat 4 Years in the Making - NewsMax
Al-Qaida Lists Times Square, Las Vegas as Terror Targets - NewsMax
Syria conflict: Islamic State seizes Tabqa airbase
Aug. 24, 2014 -
Fighters from Islamic State (IS) have taken control of a key Syrian government airbase, activists say.
There have been days of fighting around the airport with hundreds of soldiers killed on both sides.
The Tabqa airbase was the last remaining stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's government in Raqqa province.
- Source: BBC
US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley
Aug. 24, 2014 -
A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old London rapper Abde Majed Abdel Bary is the suspect believed to be Foley's
Bary's father, who was born in Egypt, is in prison in the United States for his alleged connection to Osama bin Laden and the 1998 U.S. Embassy
bombings in Africa.
Bary traveled to Syria last year to fight with ISIS.
- Source: Fox
Netanyahu: Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas
Aug. 23, 2014 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congressman Darrell Issa that the US and Israel must unite in their fight against
terrorism. He said:
“Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas. You saw the gruesome beheading of James Foley. We see the gruesome murder and execution of three teenagers which
Hamas has just admitted that they did."
- Source: Israel National News
ISIS 'beyond anything that we've ever seen,' Hagel warns
Aug. 21, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a press conference,
"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. . . They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry
ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. '
Hagel added that this threat is beyond anything that we've seen, and because of that, we must prepare for everything.
- Source: Fox
Republican: ISIS developing means to ‘blow up’ a US city - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said ISIS members are “rapidly developing a method of
blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.” - The Hill
Analyst doubts Obama has the guts to destroy ISIS - OneNewsNow
WSJ Editorial: Will Obama Do What it Takes to Defeat ISIS?
Aug. 21, 2014 - An editorial in the Wall Street Journal commended President Obama for his passionate rebuke of the Islamic State (or ISIS) after
the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The president denounced the jihadists for rampaging across cities and villages and killing innocent
civilians, including Sunni and Shia Muslims as well as religious minorities and Christians.
"All of this is horribly true," the Journal editorialized. "It was also true a year ago. The question now — what the world wants to know now,
Mr. President — is what are you going to do about it?"
The article opined that the President must turn from his fixation on ending President Bush's wars, and do what is necessary to defeat ISIS, which has
declared war against us.
Beheading video prompts calls for US to escalate campaign against ISIS
Aug. 20, 2014 -
Military analysts and U.S. lawmakers say the apparent beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State terrorists should be a wake-up call to the
need to dismantle the organization which has taken root in Iraq and Syria.
A video has been released purportedly showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley. This is the first time the Islamic State has killed
an American citizen. They are now threatening to kill another American journalist if President Obama continues to conduct air strikes against them.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, told reporters that the video underscores the need to develop a clear strategy for defeating the
terrorist group. He said the Islamic state is dangerous and should be dismantled.
- Source: Fox
- James Foley 'beheading': West condemns 'barbaric' murder - BBC
Iraq crisis: Military claims control of Mosul dam
Aug. 18, 2014 - According to Iraqi military spokesman Lt-Gen Qassim Atta, Kurdish forces, supported by US air strikes, have reclaimed the dam near Mosul
- Iraq's largest.
However, journalists in the area said fighting was continuing and jihadists remained in control of the main gate.
An Islamic State statement also contradicted the military's claim, saying it had repelled Kurdish fighters and inflicted heavy losses.
- Source: BBC
Sunni tribal leaders offer to battle Islamic State if Baghdad makes concessions - Sydney Morning Herald
- David Cameron defends 'clear' Iraq strategy - BBC
'Islamic State' Message to America: 'We Will Drown All of You in Blood' - NewsMax
Iraq crisis: Maliki to step aside to end deadlock
Aug. 14, 2014 -
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has agreed to step aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents.
Reports say he will back Haider al-Abadi, who has already been asked by Iraq's president to form a government.
- Source: BBC
130 more U.S. military advisers arrive in northern Iraq
Aug. 13, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the deployment of an additional 130 "advisers" to northern Iraq. He said,
"This is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation." The personell are Marines and special operations forces. Their task is assess
the humanitarian crisis in the Sinjar mountains and ways to end it.
- Source: USA Today
US likely to arm Iraq's new government with weapons to fight Isis - The Guardian
Officials: Pentagon considering rescue mission for Iraqis trapped on mountain - Fox
Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Christian persecution in Iraq - Thke Guardian - UK
- Iraq crisis: France to deliver arms to Iraqi Kurds - BBC
ISIS Adapts To US Airstrikes – Much Like Vietnamese - Breaking Defense
How ISIS and other jihadists persuaded thousands of Westerners to fight their war of extremism - Washington Post
British brothers fighting for Isis in Syria were groomed by extremists using Violent Video Game "Call of Duty" - Daily Mail
Western Sex Slaves for ISIS: The Twisted Psychology of Jihad Brides - Breitbart
Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Christian persecution in Iraq - Prophecy Central - Islam Section
ISIS Abducts over 500 Yazidi Women, Girls as 'War Booty' - Breitbart
US air strikes in Iraq will have minimal impact on Isis – Pentagon
Aug. 12, 2014 - Army Lt Gen William Mayville, a senior Pentagon planning officer says that the current air strikes will not stop ISIS (ISIL).
"So I in no way want to suggest that we have effectively
contained or that we are somehow breaking the momentum of the threat posed by Isil.”
He believes that ISIS will "look for other things to do, to pick up and move elsewhere."
Maryville did say that the US strikes have given US-backed Kurdish irregular forces, known as Peshmerga, “time to fortify their defensive positions.”
- Source: The Guardian
ISIS Swallowing Iraq: 'They're Beheading Children' - CBN
Wahhabi preacher teaches ‘beheading with pleasure’ - InSerbia
- Telegraph - UK
Iraq crisis: 'It is death valley. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead' - IJReview
5-year-old Christian boy cut in half by ISIS - WND
Iraq: Islamic militants 'buried women and children alive in attack that killed 500'
Aug. 11, 2014 - In Iraq, a government official lamented the plight of civilians who are being slaughtered by the ISIS terrorist group.
Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said his government had evidence that 500 Yazidi civilians had been killed so far, and that some of the victims had been
buried alive. A further 300 Yazidi women have been kidnapped as slaves, he added.
- Source: Belfast Telegraph - UK
- Iraq president asks Abadi to succeed PM Nouri Maliki - BBC
US Dispatching 100 Missions a Day Over War-Torn Iraq - NewsMax
7-year-old jihadi poses with severed head - WND
Maliki Rejects Pick of al-Abadi to Form New Iraqi Government - Bloomberg
URGENT STATEMENT OF THE CHALDEAN PATRIARCH - On Alarming Situation of 130,000 Refugees and Other Grave Matters - Chaldean Catholic Patriarch
ISIS Swallowing Iraq: 'They're Beheading Children' - CNN
Aug. 10, 2014 - Hal Lindsey explains the seriousness of the rise of the powerful terrorist group ISIS. He says it may signal the "complete
reshaping of the situation in the Middle East." General Jack Keane, former Army Chief of Staff, said, “This is the most significant threat to the Middle
East that I’ve ever observed.”
ISIS claims to be a new Islamic caliphate and is now calling itself simply “The Islamic State.” Lindsey warns that if they take complete control of
Syria, or its other targets -- Jordan and Lebanon -- this radical caliphate will be next door to Israel.
At this time Lebanon's Hezbollah is helping Syria resist ISIS.
Hezbollah is Shi’ia Muslim while ISIS is Sunni Muslim, which makes them practically mortal enemies. Since ISIS is now stirring in Lebanon, Hezbollah may
have to withdraw and return home to defend Lebanon. If that happens, Syria’s fall is more likely.
- Source: Hall Lindsey
US conducts 2nd airdrop of food, water to Iraqi refugees after airstrikes
Aug. 9, 2014 -
On Friday, the U.S. military launched two more rounds of airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, taking out two mortar positions and a
seven-vehicle convoy, the Pentagon said.
A second airdrop of food and water was also accomplished by U.S. forces. Three planes dropped more than 28,000 meals and more than 1,500 gallons of water
for refugees stranded in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.
- Source: Fox
Obama on Iraq: 'This is going to be a long-term project' - Obama warned Americans that the new campaign to bring security in Iraq requires military and political
changes and “is going to be a long-term project.” - The Globe and Mail
- Obama 'doesn't know what to do in Iraq' - WND
US launches four airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq - Fox
- Update: 8/10/14 -
Report: 'Islamic State' Terrorists Killed 500 Yazidis, Buried Some Victims Alive - NewsMax
- The Yezedi - Religion Facts
- Who are the Yezedis? - Yezedi Truth
First Air Strike Against Islamic State
Aug. 8, 2014 -
The Pentagon said American aircraft attacked artillery that was being used in northern Iraq against Kurdish forces defending
the city of Irbil.
President Barack Obama authorized air strikes on Thursday, but said he would not send US troops back to Iraq.
- Source: BBC
- Iraq: US air strike on Islamic State militants in Iraq - BBC
US Begins Carrying Out Airstrikes against Islamic State - Tens of thousands of religious minorities targeted by IS, also known as ISIS,
are trapped in the mountains, including the Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism. - CBN
Obama authorises Iraq strikes to protect Christians, prevent 'genocide' - Reuters
- U.S. Aircraft Bomb Militants in Iraq After Obama Opens Door for Strikes -
Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. . . the site of a U.S. consulate
and where dozens of American military advisers are stationed. - Time
- President Obama's statement on the Crisis in Iraq - White House
- Who Are the Yazidi, and Why Is ISIS Targeting Them? - NBC
Obama approves mission to drop humanitarian aid in Iraq
Aug. 7, 2014 -
President Obama has approved a mission to to drop humanitarian aid in Iraq for the 40,000 or so religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop in the
country's north after Islamic militants forced them to flee.
The air drop has already taken place. C-130 and C-17 cargo aircraft participated, escorted by F-18 fighters.
- Source: Fox
Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq to stop genocide - USA Today
Official: Kurdish forces fend off ISIS fighters, hold Mosul Dam
Aug. 7, 2014 - It had been reported that militants from the newly formed Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS)
had taken control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam, which is on the Tigris River just north of Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. However, fierce
resistance by the Kurdish forces there kept the dam from being overtaken, and reinforcements arrived early Monday morning.
- Source: CNN
Man arrested for hoax bomb threat on plane escorted by fighter jet to Manchester Airport
Aug. 5, 2014 -
British police have arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after two fighter jets escorted a Qatar Airways plane into Manchester Airport.
The pilot had reported a possible explosive device was on board.
- Source: Sydney Morning Herald
US evacuates embassy staff from Libya due to militia clashes
July 27, 2014 - The staff of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya has been temporarily evacuated to the city of Tunisia because of
"ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias."
- Source: BBC
UN 'may include' Isis on Syrian war crimes list
July 27, 2014 - A special UN commission is working on a confidential list of war crimes suspects in Syria. People from both sides of the
three-year Syria conflict are to be included.
Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down as Kiev accuses Moscow of sending more arms to separatists
July 23, 2014 - Today two Ukrainian military fighter jets were apparently shot down by the pro-Russian separatists, who are suspected of
downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last Thursday. The Ukraninian government says that Russia is supplying heavy weaponry to the separatists.
- Source: CNN
Iraqi militants crush resistance and continue towards Baghdad
July 23 - Having established a reputation for extreme violence, the Islamic State jihadist group continues to capture more areas in its
march toward Baghdad. They capture key families in an area and then threaten to kill them unless the local government give up control of their towns.
U.S. military and Iraqi security officials estimate the Islamic State has at least 3,000 fighters in Iraq, rising towards 20,000 when new recruits
since last month's blitzkrieg are included.
Putin Risks ‘Pariah’ Status as Pressure Mounts After Crash
July 20, 2014 - U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and other European leaders are trying to pressure Russia's Vladimir Putin to release control
of the eastern Ukraine region where chaos surrounds the crash site of the Malaysian Air jet. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said,
“Russia risks becoming a pariah state if it does not behave properly,” Hammond said in a television interview on Sky News. “We now need to use the sense
of outrage that is clear to get a further round of sanctions tightening against Russia.
- Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
The Tragic Airline Crash Reveals That the Chaos in Ukraine Is a Real War - Slate
Feinstein: US Now in a Cold War With Russia - NewsMax
- Russian media on downed airliner: CIA did it - WND
Rubio: Putin Guilty of 'Murder'; Sees New 'Frankenstein' - NewsMax
Ukraine rebels 'destroy MH17 clues'
July 19, 2014 - For the second day, the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have blocked an international team of experts from access to the
fields where the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) complains that the rebels blocked
their access, and were removing bodies and evidence of what really happened.
The Ukrainian government statement also said the rebels were trying to transport the plane's wreckage to Russia.
- Source: BBC
US believes Russia provided separatists with missile that shot down airliner - Fox
ISIS to Iraqi Christians in Mosul: Convert or Die
July 18, 2014 - Leaflets were distributed to Christians in Mosul, Iraq, requiring them to convert to Islam or pay extra taxes to the Islamic Sharia courts.
According to a message from ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
non-complying Christians were permitted to "evacuate themselves only from the caliphate state" by 12 p.m. local time on Saturday or their "only option is the sword."
Meanwhile ISIS has reportedly turned parts of Mosul over to another Sunni militant group, the Naqshbandi Army (also referred to as JRTN - led by Saddam Hussein-era
Baathists). ISIS has gone on to fight Iraqi armed forces in Tikrit
- Source: Breitbart
Facing fines, conversion or death, Christian families flee Mosul - Breitbart
After 2,000 Years, the Last Christian is Forced to Leave Mosul - Breitbart
Russian-Made Missile Hit Malaysian Jet, U.S. Officials Say
July 18, 2014 - It is believed that the weapon used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane yesterday was a Russian-made SA-11 (or Buk)
missile. Ukrainian government officials in Kiev blamed pro-Russian rebels for the disaster, but the separatists denied the accusation.
“Terrorists used a Buk missile system kindly provided by Putin to shoot down a civilian plane,” Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said
on Facebook. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied supplying the Ukrainian separatists with weapons.
- Source: Bloomberg Business Week
Live Video: Malaysia Airlines plane crash: latest reaction - Telegraph UK
MH17: Ultimate responsibility lies with Putin - Sydney Morning Herald
McCain: 'Profound' Consequences If Russia, Separatists Caused Crash
- MH17 plane crash: Ukraine rebels give up 'black boxes' - NewsMax
Authorities scramble to determine who launched missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 aboard
July 17, 2014 - A Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 aboard Thursday was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian Border today. The plane was a
Boeing 777 heading to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.
A Reuters correspondent near the scene reported seeing burning wreckage and bodies strewn across a nine-mile debris field. A Ukrainian Emergency official
told the news agency body parts and at least 100 bodies were seen in the area.
A Russian Buk launcher evidently was used to destroy the plane. It was the third aircraft to crash in the area since Monday. The other planes were a Ukrainian
cargo plane and a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet.
- Source: Fox
Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials
July 12, 2014 - Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north.
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
The terrorists might use the materials to produce "dirty bombs."
- Source: Yahoo
Iraq confirms rebels seized Muthanna chemical arms site
July 9, 2014 -
Isis-led Sunni rebels are in control of a disused chemical weapons factory, Iraqi officials have confirmed...
The UN and US say the munitions are degraded and the rebels will be unable to make usable chemical arms from them.
- Source: BBC
Ben Carson sounds alarm on growing terror nukes
July 9, 2014 - Ben Carson is beginning to look like a serious contender for the presidency. He has strong opinions about important issues such as
the ISIS danger:
"If they are able to establish a whole new state, in which they have control, in which they have the potential to develop nuclear weapons,
obviously we’re not doing anything about Iran developing their nuclear weapons … Lord help us, is all I can say.”
- Source: WND
- See the first two parts of this series about Ben Carson:
- Ben Carson: America now in 'pre-fascist' era - WND
- Rescuing America's health care from Obama - WND
Group: ISIS takes major Syrian oil field
July 4, 2014 - ISIS, now calling themselves the "Islamic State" caliphate, captured the al-Omar oil field, Syria's largest and most important oil
facility, with a capacity to produce 75,000 barrels of oil daily. They continue to ravage Syria and Iraq, and have demanded all Islamic nations to accept their
- Source: CNN
- Maps: Crisis in Iraq - CNN
Beirut, Hezbollah brace for Islamic State strikes - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian jihadists seek unity with ISIS - WND
Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq - Yahoo
ISIS Threats to Kingdom of Jordan May Require US and Israeli Troops - Breitbart
- Kurds Fight ISIS, as Iraqi Army is Halted Outside Tikrit - RUDAW
Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants - The Guardian UK
ISIS Releases Map of 5-Year Plan to Spread from Spain to China - Breitbart
Syria-Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war
July 2, 2014 - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claiming to be caliph of the new "Islamic State," carved out from the terrorist advances in Syria and
Iraq, issued a call to Muslims everywhere to join the jihad [holy war] and be part of a "new era" in which Muslims will ultimately triumph.
Baghdadi, who has assumed the mediaeval title of caliph, used the message to seek to assert authority over Muslims everywhere. He called on them to rise
up and avenge the alleged wrongs committed against their religion, from Central African Republic to Myanmar (Burma)
- Source: Reuters
ISIS Leader: 'Soon... A Day Will Come When the Muslim Will Walk Everywhere as a Master' - Breitbart
Sunni militants declare Islamic state in Iraq and Syria - Fox
Sunni rebels declare new 'Islamic caliphate' - Al Jazeera
- Official Document claiming to establish a caliphate
Here's What We Know About The 'Caliph' Of The New 'Islamic State' [
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi] - Business Insider
U.S., Israel aid Jordan amid ISIS threat - Aaron Kline - WND
See the Terrifying ISIS Map Showing Its 5-Year Expansion Plan - ABC
Successors to the prophet: Islam's caliphates - Yahoo
- Iraqi Kurds dig frontier around disputed areas - Times of Israel
- Jay Smith and Sid Cordle at Speaker's Corner - Hyde Park - What is ISIS? - YouTube
ISIS Poses 'Extremely High' Threat to US With New Bomb Technology
July 1, 2014 - Counterterrorism officials claim that the ISIS terrorists are creating undetectable bombs to target the United States.
They say ISIS is developing advanced bomb making skills and cultivating a roster of foreign suicide bombers who could target the U.S. and Europe —
and they're bragging about it,"
Al-Qaida terrorists in Yemen have developed bombs with no metal and undetectable explosives, posing an "extremely high" threat to American interests.
- Source: NewsMax
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