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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from BIG PEACE: Reports coming out of eastern Syria Monday revealed that several factions within the Syrian opposition force known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have pledged services to the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Sources and eyewitnesses said that the FSA has ...

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from THE WEEK: Roosevelt Lafontant had a dream. A Marine Corps officer assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office at the Pentagon, Lafontant had a back-row seat in late 2001 as the Marines spearheaded the invasion of landlocked Afghanistan. To reach Kandahar from their assault ships, the Marines had to fly more than 400 miles ...

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: The Pentagon has a plan for dealing with Islamic State “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: send in the drones. Several defense officials spoke to the news network and said that the circumstances that would allow President Obama to order a drone strike are being deliberated. “He is a person of great interest to us,” ...

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from JPOST: Three rockets were launched at Dimona in southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon. The Iron Dome intercepted one rocket before it could land, while two other rockets landed in open areas. Dimona is the location of Israel's nuclear reactor. There was no indication that rockets damaged any part of the reactor. Hamas claimed responsibility for ...

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from BLOOMBERG: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at a possible ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. “We have decided to intensify even further our attacks on Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza,” Netanyahu said in a text message, as barrages of rockets from Gaza reached as far as 88 miles (142 kilometers) ...

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: The military wing of Fatah sent a message on Wednesday in Hebrew to Israel that “death will reach you from the south to the north,” and advising the Israeli government and people to “flee our country and you won’t die.” The video, made available by Palestinian Media Watch, was produced by the ...

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

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Jul 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Via WFB Earlier Tuesday, five Hamas “naval commandos” came ashore in Israel north of the Gaza border, where they were promptly eliminated in an IDF helicopter strike. The IDF spokesperson’s unit released dramatic footage of the strike. The introduction text says in Hebrew, “Prevention of an infiltration attack from the sea by a group of ...

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Jul 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from BBC NEWS: At least 15 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip as Israel launches a major air and sea offensive against the militant group Hamas. It comes in response to Hamas firing more than 130 rockets at Israeli cities since Monday night. On Tuesday evening, militants launched several rockets towards Jerusalem but did ...

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Jul 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Via LIVELEAK Footage from some of the previous night attacks against some 50 Hamas targets around Gaza as part of operation "protective edge", these show IAF targeting Hamas operatives Hassan Abdullah and Ei'ad Sakik, both connected to rocket firing on Israeli cities. Residents were given a warning and a chance to evacuate before the bombing ...

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Jul 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: Israeli television reported Tuesday that a rocket aimed at Tel Aviv was intercepted by its "Iron Dome" defense system after the country carried out airstrikes on at least 100 sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as part of a new offensive aimed at halting rocket attacks by militants. The apparent rocket attack ...

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Jul 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

Excerpted from The Jerusalem Post: The IDF struck 50 targets throughout the Gaza Strip overnight between Monday and Tuesday, marking the start of Operation Protective Edge, launched to extinguish Hamas rocket fire on Israel. Forty seven targets were hit by Israel Air Force aircraft, and an additional three were hit by Israel Navy ships off ...

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Jul 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

Associated Press: Militants in the Gaza Strip unleashed dozens of rockets on southern Israel late Monday, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to stay indoors as the military rushed more forces to the border and warned that even heavier fighting looked likely. The latest violence came as Israel pressed forward ...

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Jul 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from THE WEEK: The bad news first. The People's Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing. Now the good news. China is wrong — and for one major reason. It apparently disregards ...

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Jul 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Military calls up 1,500 reservists; IDF beefing up Gaza border infantry forces; source: 7 Hamas members killed when their own explosives went off in attack tunnel; Hamas behind Gaza rocket fire. Excerpted from The Jerusalem Post: The IDF is taking "significant steps" to prepare itself for a stepped up campaign of attacks against Hamas in ...

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Jul 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Via Funker350 A M240B gunner quickly locates the Taliban firing position and lays down a few bursts to suppress the enemy. The fighters broke contact and abandon their ambush position immediately after. Generally a 240 gunner will only have a "teaser belt" of about 50 rounds loaded during a patrol and his #2 is responsible ...

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Jul 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

(AINA) -- The water purification plants in Mosul supply water for the city and surrounding areas. After taking control of Mosul on June 10, ISIS severely limited the water supply from al-Rashidiya and al-Slamiya water projects, which provide the Northern and Southern Nineveh Plain with potable water (AINA 2014-06-27, 2014-06-18). According to a report by ...

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Jul 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

The "State of the Islamic Caliphate” is inscribed at the top of the passport. At the bottom, it says: “The holder of the passport if harmed we will deploy armies for his service.” (Photo courtesy: Twitter) Excerpted from Al Arabiya: Militant members and sympathizers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have ...

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Jul 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: In more than a decade on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, American forces have never been routed. American combat units have suffered extensive casualties, but they have never disintegrated into a helpless mass of individual soldiers, capable of nothing more than a desperate flight for safety. This achievement should not be ...

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Jul 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Liveleak: Seven people were killed and more injured in fighting between the Ukrainian military and militia on Wednesday over the settlement of Staraya Konsrashovka, located 20 km from Lugansk. According to witness reports, bombs were dropped on the village from an Su-25 fighter jet. The attack hit a residential area, causing widespread death and injury among ...

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Jul 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers abandoned the area, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday, but Baghdad denied this and said the frontier remained under its full control. The world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia shares an 800-km (500-mile) border with Iraq, where Islamic State insurgents ...

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Jul 2, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

(CNN) -- Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held captive for five years by militants before his release a month ago, has ventured several times off an Army base in Texas as part of the effort to get him used to everyday life in America, a military spokeswoman said. His release on May 31 in exchange for ...

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Jul 2, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

“I don’t want to be alarmist…but I’ve spoken to many officials…and it [ISIL] is very dangerous. It has thousands of members, hundreds at least with European passports, and it is extremely ambitious. It is not simply interested in carving out a little mini state…. It has global ambitions. This is not just a regional problem, ...

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Jul 1, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

Agencie France Presse: The nearly 500 American troops sent to Baghdad to bolster security for the US embassy are equipped with Apache attack helicopters and small unarmed surveillance drones, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama on Monday ordered 200 additional troops to the Iraqi capital to ensure the safety of American diplomats and other personnel ...

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