#Obama was ‘skeptical’ of #Syria rebel #boondoggle

The failed $500 million program to set up a proxy army in Syria was a test, US President Barack Obama told ’60 Minutes’, adding that he had doubts about the project from the start. He also ruled out sending US troops to Syria. “I’ve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of Syria,” Obama said in the interview. “My goal has been to try to test the proposition, can we be able to train and equip a moderate opposition that’s willing to fight ISIL?” Broadcast Sunday night, Obama’s interview … Continue reading #Obama was ‘skeptical’ of #Syria rebel #boondoggle

Two rockets hit #Russian embassy compound in #Damascus

  Two rockets struck the Russian embassy compound in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria, AFP journalists said. Some 300 people had begun to gather for … Continue reading Two rockets hit #Russian embassy compound in #Damascus

Franklin Graham: World silent on #Christian genocide #ISIS

Franklin Graham, the chief of both Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is raising the question about why the world is silent while ISIS carries out genocide against Christians. “It is genocide,” he wrote on Monday in a post on Facebook on a topic he has previously addressed. “And the world seems largely silent about it.”     Source: Franklin Graham: World silent on Christian genocide Continue reading Franklin Graham: World silent on #Christian genocide #ISIS

#ISIS Threatens to Kill #Christians in Video Showing Executions in #Syria

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) late last month killed three Assyrian Christians, presumably in Syria, according to an execution video released Wednesday (Oct. 7). In the video, the group threatened to kill some 200 … Continue reading #ISIS Threatens to Kill #Christians in Video Showing Executions in #Syria

#Russia targeting #NorthCaucasus jihadis linked to #ISIS

WASHINGTON – While the United States insists that Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeting “moderate” opposition forces and not ISIS fighters, a Middle East expert claims the targets are jihadists from Russia itself, many of whom have joined various Sunni jihadi groups, including ISIS, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Middle East expert Mairbek Vatchagaev told G2 Bulletin the concern for the Russian government is North Caucasus fighters in Syria returning home to continue waging jihad. “It is unclear why Russia sat back for so long and allowed the militants in Syria to consolidate,” said Vatchagaev, … Continue reading #Russia targeting #NorthCaucasus jihadis linked to #ISIS

ROFL John #Kerry among top contender for Nobel Peace Prize  

, Norway — Europe’s record-breaking refugee crisis was a hot topic ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement on Friday, but a Saudi blogger, a pope who reveres the Earth and its poorest people and the key players in the Iranian nuclear deal were also generating buzz. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has given no clues but those bringing relief to the hundreds of thousands of desperate people arriving in Europe have attracted interest from gamblers and pundits. Here are some names being mentioned in the annual Peace Prize guessing game: Source: Kerry, Zarif said among top contenders for Nobel Peace … Continue reading ROFL John #Kerry among top contender for Nobel Peace Prize  

#Breaking #Russian Missiles Fall Short, They Hit #Iran

Four Russian cruise missiles aimed at targets in Syria instead crashed in Iran, a US official said Thursday, declining to comment on whether there were any casualties.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the missiles landed in Iran on Wednesday, but did not provide details about where they might have landed. The official was confirming a story first reported by CNN. Russia conducted its first airstrikes in Syria last week, and on Wednesday Moscow ramped up its war by unleashing cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea. Source: Russian Missiles Fall Short of Syria, Hit Iran – Global Agenda – News – Arutz Sheva Continue reading #Breaking #Russian Missiles Fall Short, They Hit #Iran

#Russian jets ‘intercept’ US predator drones over #Syria

Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. “We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said. He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox News the drone encounters took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its … Continue reading #Russian jets ‘intercept’ US predator drones over #Syria

#Syrian Rebels Unite against #Russian Occupation

In an unprecedented show of unity, more than 40 Syrian rebel factions issued a joint statement condemning Russia’s intervention in the ongoing civil war and vowing to fight Russian “occupiers. “Russia claims it launched its massive air campaign last week to target the jihadists ISIS terror group, as well as Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Al Nusra Front. However, while Russian jets have struck ISIS positions in their northern stronghold of Al-Bab – which the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says resulted in “a large number” of casualties – the vast majority of strikes have been directed against other rebel groups seeking to topple … Continue reading #Syrian Rebels Unite against #Russian Occupation

#ISIS in #Syria using human shields and mosques as shelters

Islamic State militants are hiding in mosques and using locals as human shields because they know that Russian jets would never target civilian areas, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed at two briefings on Tuesday. Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces are sheltering in mosques and trying to hide their vehicles around them, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters Tuesday, citing video evidence.“Knowing our careful, respectful attitude to mosques they understand that we would never – under any circumstances – carry out airstrikes against civilian facilities,” he said, following a meeting with Defense press attachés from several countries, with a US representative … Continue reading #ISIS in #Syria using human shields and mosques as shelters

#Russia says it hit 12 #ISIS group targets in latest #Syria strikes

Russian jets carried out air strikes on 12 Islamic State (IS) group sites in Syria on Tuesday, the defence ministry in Moscow said. The Russian warplanes hit the region around the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and in the provinces … Continue reading #Russia says it hit 12 #ISIS group targets in latest #Syria strikes

#IslamicJihad Claims #Israel Attack: “Intifada 3 Has Begun?” 

  The Islamic Jihad terrorist group has claimed responsibility for sending the 19-year-old Arab terrorist who murdered two Israelis and wounded two others in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday night.The terrorist was named as Mohannad Shafik Halabi, a resident of Al-Bireh located adjacent to Ramallah in Samaria.”Mohannad Shafik Halabi, 19, is a member of Islamic Jihad,” a senior member of the Gaza-based terror group told AFP on condition of anonymity, after the group issued a statement hailing the attack and saying it was in response to Israeli “terrorist crimes” against Palestinian Arabs.Just days before the attack, Halabi posted on … Continue reading #IslamicJihad Claims #Israel Attack: “Intifada 3 Has Begun?” 

#Breaking US to review Colorado prisons for Guantanamo detainees #Gitmo In Your Backyard!

DENVER (AP) — A team from the U.S. Defense Department will visit both a state and a federal prison in Colorado to assess their possible use for housing detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior U.S. officials said Friday. The visit comes as the Obama administration struggles to shut down the Guantanamo detention center and find a location within the U.S. to house its detainees. Within the next two weeks, the team will visit the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City and a medium-security federal prison in Florence, officials said.The Pentagon team also has surveyed the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, … Continue reading #Breaking US to review Colorado prisons for Guantanamo detainees #Gitmo In Your Backyard!

#Netanyahu Asked #Kerry: Where’s #Abbas’s Condemnation Thursday’s terror attack?

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday met in New York with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and expressed his dismay over the fact that Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned Thursday’s terror attack in Samaria in which Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered in front of their children.At the start of the meeting, Netanyahu stressed that Israel plans to respond to the cruel murder.”I wish to extend my condolences to the family. This murder will not pass without a response,” he said, adding, “We’ve increased the presence of our forces on the ground, we are … Continue reading #Netanyahu Asked #Kerry: Where’s #Abbas’s Condemnation Thursday’s terror attack?

#German city to seize empty commercial space for #refugees

  BERLIN (AFP) – The northern German city of Hamburg has passed a law allowing it to requisition empty commercial properties to house asylum seekers, authorities said Friday.”The parliament of the city of Hamburg adopted the law yesterday,” said city spokesman Ulfert Kaphengst.Private apartments are not affected. Like the rest of the country, Germany’s second city Hamburg has been struggling to find lodgings for the record influx of migrants.As favoured destination for many of those arriving in Europe, Germany is expecting up to a million migrants this year. Some local authorities have been forced to put up tent cities to host the … Continue reading #German city to seize empty commercial space for #refugees

#Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

  (CNN)Russia’s airstrikes in Syria “do not go beyond ISIL (ISIS), al Nusra or other terrorist groups recognized by the United Nations Security Council or Russian law,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday. Pushed to define “other terrorist groups,” … Continue reading #Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

Couple Murdered By #Islam #Terrorists in Terror Road Shooting #Israel

  A shooting attack took place just after 9 p.m. on Thursday night, with initial reports indicating two people in their 30s were killed in the gunfire. MDA volunteers said that the victims were a man and a woman and that they were dead when the volunteers arrived on the scene. They had suffered wounds in the upper body. Four children were in the vehicle. The children are aged four months, four years, 7 and 9. They were unhurt and did not require evacuation to hospital. Source: Couple Murdered in Terror Road Shooting – Defense/Security – News – Arutz Sheva Continue reading Couple Murdered By #Islam #Terrorists in Terror Road Shooting #Israel

#Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants

Lavrov said that Russia would not go if they were not invited, looks like the invitations are in the mail…   Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told FRANCE24 in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he is open to allowing … Continue reading #Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants