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ISIS changes name, declares Islamic 'caliphate'
Jun. 29, 2014 - In the midst of its campaign against Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group ISIS has made a bold move. It has renamed itself "Islamic State"
and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as "Caliph" for Muslims everywhere.
The move is a direct challenge to Al-Qaida, and, indeed to all existing Islamic nations from the Mediterranean to the Gulf. A statement from the group says,
"It is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to (him) and support him...The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations,
becomes null by the expansion of the khalifah's authority and arrival of its troops to their areas."
- Source: Haaretz
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
Isis crucifies nine people in Syrian villages - Telegraph
- ISIS plans to smash borders of Mideast map - WND
- ISIS Edging Closer to Israel - Arutz Sheva
Russian Advisers Ready Iraq to Use New Combat Aircraft - Bloomberg
- Obama adviser reasserts U.S. is 'Islamic country' -
Homeland Security senior fellow also touts rise of 'Caliphate' - WND
Israel offers to help Arab nations over Iraq crisis
Jun. 28, 2014 - As ISIS (ISIL), the Islamic terrorists continue their lightning offensive in Iraq and threaten other nations, Israeli Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman offered help from Israel for moderate Arab nations. Lieberman was meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when he said,
"Israel could provide effective and reliable assistance to moderate Arab states who are dealing with extremists."
- Source: Yahoo
Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday for Iraq talks
Jun. 26, 2014 - US Secretary of State John Kerry has added a visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks with King Abdullah.
Speaking on the sidelines of talks at NATO, Kerry announced the extra stop on his current whirlwind tour saying he would stress “the great urgency”
of the conflict in Iraq and brief Saudi leaders on his visits to Baghdad and Erbil this week.
- Source: Times of Israel
Could Saudi Arabia Be the Next ISIS Conquest? - Vocative
ISIS preparing to attack Lebanon - WND
ISIL hell-bent on creating Islamic state to be launchpad for attacks on U.S. - Jewish World Review
- The Ottoman revival that is anything but brotherly
Erdogan’s efforts to bring about the revival of empire’s intellectual, political, economic and social influence viewed as a ploy to subjugate Arab world as was done 100
years ago. - Gulf News
US weighs alliance with Iran to counter ISIS, boosts presence in Gulf
Jun. 16, 2014 - The U.S. may have direct talks with Iran about cooperation in the Iraq crisis. Iran is a Shia nation--opposed to the rebellion by Sunni
terrorists in Iraq.
The deliberations come as the U.S. moved more assets into the region in preparation for a possible mass evacuation of Americans. According to U.S. Navy
officials, the USS Mesa Verde is moving into the Persian Gulf with about 500 Marines on board.
The USS Mesa Verde is an amphibious transport ship. It will be the fourth U.S. Naval vessel to enter the Gulf. The others are the USS George HW Bush,
the USS Philippines Sea, a cruiser, and the USS Truxton, a destroyer.
- Source: Fox
Obama Nears Talks with Iran as Iraq Terrorists Rapidly Advance - NewsMax
Iraq conflict: Sunni militant push on Baghdad 'halted'
Jun. 16, 2014 - The threat to Baghdad by ISIS has been slowed by the mobilization of the Iraqi military and Shia militant groups.
Iraq's most senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has issued a call to arms to fellow Shia, and there are reports that thousands have already
The U.S. has an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The Kurds in the northern part of Iraq and the Iranians are also helping stem the uprising.
- Source: BBC
Note: ISIS stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant--Some are calling it The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It is an offshoot from al-Qaeda.
As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe - Fox
- John McCain: ISIS Will Attack America - NewsMax
Mad dream of dead empire unites Islamic rebels - WND
US scrambles to evacuate Americans from Iraq chaos
Jun. 14, 2014 - Iraq is on the brink of disintegration. Private companies are withdrawing workers who are in danger of kidnappings or attacks.
The United States rushed Thursday to evacuate hundreds of Americans from Iraq and was desperately making plans to rescue thousands of others as advancing
al Qaeda-inspired forces vowed to attack Baghdad and topple the government.
- Source: NY Post
ISIS: The first terror group to build an Islamic state?
Jun. 13, 2014 -
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has thrived and mutated during the ongoing civil war in Syria and in the security vacuum that followed the
departure of the last American forces from Iraq.
ISIS is in the process of creating an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria. Because of the collapse of state authority it has
suddenly taken control of hundreds of square miles from Syria's Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad.
- Source: CNN
ISIS, beheadings and the success of horrifying violence - Washington Post
Iraq crisis: ISIS militants push towards Baghdad - Telegraph - UK
Iran Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq - Wall Street Journal - Ed. Note: Iran is opposed to ISIS because
ISIS wants a Sunni alliance (caliphate), while Iran would build a Shia' alliance.
- Obama pledges US support to Iraq as Isis militants approach Baghdad - Guardian - UK
Realtime Coverage: Crisis in Iraq
Jun 12, 2014 - Follow the rapidly developing revolution in Iraq. Sunni terrorists threaten to overturn the government!
- Source: Google
US mulls air strikes as Iraqi jihadists advance towards Baghdad - Times of India
Iraq Sunni Militant Group Vows to March on Baghdad - ABCNews
- Saudis 'arming jihadists' seizing Iraqi cities - WND
- WSJ: US Caught Off Guard by Iraqi Insurgency - NewsMax
- Obama: All options open on Iraq - BBC
Democrat Dianne Feinstein: Obama Broke The Law With Bergdahl Swap
Jun. 6, 2014 - There is a firestorm of controversy about the Obama administration's decisions to trade five high level Taliban members for Sgt.
Bowe Bergdahl. This was done without the consent of Congress. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein told reporters, "It comes to us with some surprise and dismay
that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following law."
Andy McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and the man who put who put the Blind Sheik in prison for his role in the first World Trade Center, told the Kelly File
that the law is not being followed and this situation could be grounds for impeachment.
- Source: TownHall
Allen West calls for articles of impeachment against Obama - Washington Times
Rubio: Obama ‘Believes He’s Become A Monarch Or An Emperor’ - Daily Caller
- Impeach-Obama movement surges on Bergdahl deal - WND
Exclusive: The story you haven't yet heard about Bowe Bergdahl's desertion - Michelle Malkin - OneNewsNow
Pakistanis rebuke West for appeasing Islam
May 17, 2014 - Several Pakistani columnists and journalists are critical of the way western news sources report the news of the mass
abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls. Even though Pakistan is an Islamic nation, these writers claim that there is a link between Islamic law and the actions
of groups like Boko Haram and the Taiban.
In an article in the Pakistani daily Dawn titled “There is a mini Boko Haram thriving in every Muslim society,” columnist Murtaza Haider warned that such acts
are inherent in Muslim societies
The Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI)noted an article that chastised Western leftists for describing any critique of Islam as “Islamophobia.”
- Source: WND
Ground Zero cross a powerful symbol for 9/11 museum
May 15, 2014 - The 9/11 Memorial Museum is being dedicated today below ground level under the place where the Twin Towers once stood.
It is a massive shrine to honor the memory of the nearly 3000 people who died there.
Thousands of pieces of memorabilia, large and small, are on display in the museum. Among them there is a 17-foot-high cross-section of steel I-beams from the
North Tower, shaped like a cross. It had plummeted into an adjacent office building. Two days after the attack one of the rescue workers spotted the cross:
He spray-painted arrows around the site pointing to "Gods House'' (sic). Recovery and rescue workers came
by on their breaks; some wrote the names of the dead or their units on the cross.
- Source: USA Today
- Watch the Ceremony live - NewsMax
Film at 9/11 Museum Sets Off Clash Over Reference to Islam - NY Times
CAIR: Remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video - CNS
Boko Haram video claims to show kidnapped schoolgirls
May 12, 2014 -
Boko Haram released a new video on Monday claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging the teenagers had converted to Islam and would not be
released until all militant prisoners were freed.
- Source: Times of Israel
- Why the World Is Becoming More Violent - Christianity Today
Nigeria weighs prisoner swap as US sends surveillance planes to find girls - Fox
'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls
May 6, 2014 - In Nigeria Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video explaining about the organization's abduction of more than 200 girls.
"There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women," he continued, according to
a CNN translation from the local Hausa language.
Boko Haram was nammed by the U.S. as a terrorist group in 2013. They are Islamists who are opposed to Western education. The name Boko Haram means "Western
education is sin." The group received training from al Qaeda affiliates.
- Source: CNN
Nigeria abductions: 6 reasons why the world should demand action - CNN
A new low – even for Islamic terrorists - OneNewsNow
Most of Boko Haram Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are Christians, Nigerian Evangelist Sayss - Christian Post
Muslim Officials Condemn Boko Haram Kidnapping of Nigeria Girls - Epoch Times
Top Muslim body demands Boko Haram free girls-news24 - Nigerian Bulletin
Benghazi select committee chair could be named Monday
May 5, 2014 - A select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks might be chosen by House Speaker John Boehner today.
A senior House source with direct knowledge of the development of the committee indicated that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is likely to be named chairman of the panel.
The decision to form such a committee follows last week's release of previously classified emails suggesting that the White House covered up the details of
the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack for pollitical reasons.
- Source: Fox
Al Qaeda-linked jihadists accused of hanging victims on crosses
Apr. 30, 2014 -
Al Qaeda-backed jihadists are hanging the bodies of executed enemies on crosses crucifixion-style in a town in Northern Syria, according to a Syrian opposition group.
- Source: Fox
Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for ‘video’ explanation
Apr. 30, 2014 - Judicial Watch won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, making more than 100 pages of documents available. One example is
an email from Senior White House aide Ben Rhodes. It lists the following two goals:
"To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."
"To reinforce the President and Administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges."
- Source: Fox
Charles Krauthammer on Benghazi emails - The Fox News contributor said the set of documents “exposes a coverup of a coverup,” calling it
a “serious offense.” - Politico
- Gen. Paul Vallely: Impeach Obama for Benghazi 'Cover-Up'
'Massive and unprecedented' attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen
Apr. 21, 2014 - After two days of drone strikes at least 30 militants have been killed in Yemen. A Yemeni official said the strikes were
"massive and unprecedented."
The ongoing operation included a Sunday night ambush in which Yemeni special forces killed militants believed to be high-value targets in al Qaeda in the
The attacks took place in a mountainous area in in the southern province of Abyan, where a recent video showed scores of al Qaeda followers supporting Nasir al-Wuhayshi,
the global organization's "crown prince."
- Source: CNN
Al Qaeda mocks U.S. in ‘extraordinary’ Yemen gathering; experts fear CIA caught flat-footed
Apr. 16, 2014 -
Al Qaeda has released a video of the largest known gathering of the terrorist organization’s members in years, and it appears as though
the intelligence community didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to take out its members, CNN reported.
The video showed Al Qaeda’s “crown prince,” Nasir al-Wuhayshi in the open, apparently unafraid of U.S. retaliation. The organization's #2 man said,
“We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”
CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank compared the statement to former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s: "We’re coming after you.”
- Source: Washington Times
Australia Says New 'Pings' Best Lead Yet in Malaysia Jet Search!
Apr. 7, 2014 -
A "pinger locator"... picked up the signals in an area some 1,680 km (1,040 miles) northwest of Perth, which analysis of sporadic satellite data has
determined as the most likely place [the Malasia Airlines] Boeing 777 went down.
An autonomous underwater vehicle called a Bluefin 21, will be sent to find wreckage on the sea floor to verify the signals.
Fort Hood gunman fatally shoots at least 3, wounds 16 before killing self
Apr. 3, 2014 - Spc. Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental illness, went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood. He
killed three soldiers and injured 16 others before killing himself. The tragedy was a grim reminder of the 2009 killings at the same base when Army Maj.
Nidal Hasan killed more than a dozen people.
Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer at the facility, said at an evening news conference that there was no indication of terrorism, but added
"we're not ruling anything out.
- Source: Fox
Missing Malaysia jet lost in Indian Ocean, officials say
Mar. 24, 2014 - Malaysian Prime Minister Rajib Nazak called a news conference about the missing Malasia Airlines jet to announce that available
data indicates that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean after flying for some seven hours. Families of the missing passengers were notified by the
airlines before the announcement was made.
- Source: Fox
Malaysia PM: Missing jet crashed into Indian Ocean - Times of Israel
How to thwart terrorism at 29,000 feet, by the only pilot who ever did - Times of Israel
Behind the data on missing Malaysian jet, plenty of mystery remains - Washington Post
- Update 3/26/14 -
Satellite spots 122 possible plane objects - USA Today
Satellites spot possible objects from missing Malaysian jet, Australia says
Mar. 20, 2014 - Based on satellite images of two large pieces of debris in the southern Indian Ocean, U.S. and Australian planes searched
the area, but returned without success.
Earlier Thursday, a statement on the Australian Maritime Safety Agency's (AMSA) official Twitter account said that the crew of a Royal Australian Air
Force P-3 aircraft had been unable to locate the debris due to limited visibility as a result of clouds and rain.
Further searches are planned.
Giuliani: 'We're All at Risk' Until Plane Is Found - NewsMax
Israel Fears Attack from ‘Hijacked’ Malaysian Flight MH370
Iran’s Role Still Suspected
Mar. 18, 2014 - The Times of Israel reported that a former global security chief for El AL believes that the disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370
points directly to Iran. Meanwhile, Israel has tightened security in its airspace, fearing that the airplane could launch an attack anytime.
- Source: International Business Times
- Missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'deliberately diverted'
- Prophecy Central Terrorism section
Iranian linked to stolen passports on doomed jet - USA Today
Focus of jet hunt shifts as official says files deleted from pilot's flight simulator - Fox
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'deliberately diverted'
Mar. 15, 2014 -
The communications systems of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were deliberately disabled, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has said...
He said the "movements are consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane".
Accordingly, the plane could have flown as far as Kazakhstan.
- Source: BBC
Missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner could have flown for more than 7 hours - Fox
- Update: Mar. 17, 2014 -
Authorities reportedly looking at flight engineer, plane altitude in missing Malaysia jetliner investigation - Fox
- Court told of plot by Malaysians to hijack plane - The Sun Daily
Investigators reportedly eye 'sabotage' in Malaysian jet disappearance
Mar. 14, 2014 - The latest theory about the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner is ‘sabotage or hijacking.’ This is based on the fact that two
transmitters on the plane shut down minutes apart from each other and evidence that the plate was purposely flown hundreds of miles off course.
The Wall Street Journal reported that aviation investigators were looking into the possible disabling of the jetliner's transponder, which transmits
information on the plane's identity, location and altitude, and another system that collects and transmits data about the plane's key systems.
- Source: Fox
Malaysia Airlines flight: new theory emerges on how long plane kept flying
Mar. 13, 2014 -
A new theory has emerged that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have flown on for hours beyond its last reported sighting – adding a new twist to a
saga of conflicting details and misinformation in the still fruitless search for flight MH370.
The Wall Street Journal reported that automatic data was still sent from the plane's Boeing engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program. If
true, this could mean that the flight continued for hundreds of additional miles.
- Source: The Guardian - UK
- Malaysia plane: China debris images 'released by mistake' - BBC
Officials deny report that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 kept flying for hours - CNN
Chinese government website says it has images of suspected plane debris
Mar. 12, 2014 - Chinese satellite images from the day after the disappearance of Malayasia Airlines Flight MH370 could be debris from the plane.
According to the report, the satellite images from the morning of March 9 appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes in the sea
off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia.
Vernon Grose, a seasoned National Transportation Safety Board investigator, said the location and size of the objects would be consistent with a mid-air
- Source: Fox
Malaysia's military investigating reports that missing plane changed course, made it to country's west coast
Mar. 11, 2014 - The latest theory about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner is that it turned back and flew
across peninsular Malaysia. It could have crashed or landed near the west coast of Malaysia. Authorities have added that region to the search for the
- Source: Fox
- Malaysian plane virtual search party too much for website - Fox
Investigators chase 'every angle,' but signs of missing Malaysia Airlines plane remain elusive
Mar. 10, 2014 - After more than 48 hours, a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane has still not been found. Dozens of ships and aircraft
have been searching for clues. Hijacking is considered a possibility because two of the passengers evidently had stolen passports and there have been
past incidents in Malaysia of men using false passports and carrying explosives.
- Source: Fox
Interpol: Missing Malaysian Jet Unlikely Terrorist Event - Voice of America
Two on missing Malaysia flight used stolen European passports
Mar. 9, 2014 - A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane--a Boeing 777--mysteriously disappeared in flight two days ago. There was no distress call,
and so far, the wreckage of a plane has not been discovered. The flight began in Kuala Lumpur and was headed to Beijing.
It has now been determined that two men listed as passengers were not on board. Both men's passports had been stolen in Thailand.
The disclosure that two people on board were travelling on stolen passports raised questions about a possible terrorist attack, but US intelligence
officials earlier told US media that stolen passports "don't necessarily say to us that this was a terrorism act."
- Source: Haaaretz
FBI Joins Terror Probe for Missing Malaysia Jet - NewsMax
Senate report: Benghazi attackers tied to Al Qaeda groups
Jan. 15, 2014 -A comprehensive report was released yesterday by the Senate Intelligence Committee affirming that individuals tied to Al Qaeda groups
were involved in the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012. It also said that the attack was “preventable.”
The report faulted the State and Defense departments. It also cited the failure of the Obama administration to "bring the attackers to justice."
- Source: Fox
Benghazi Attack Called Avoidable in Senate Report - N.Y. Times
- Obama blamed for rebirth of al-Qaida - WND
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