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Jun 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Hill: Internet users in Iraq have been blocked from visiting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites out of fear that extremists are using the services to plot attacks, according to multiple reports on Friday. The apparent outage comes amid heightened tensions in the nation, which seems to be heading towards a ...

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Jun 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON — The State Department confirmed on Friday that Russia has sent tanks and other heavy weapons to separatists in Ukraine. A convoy of three T-64 tanks, several BM-21 “Grad” multiple rocket launchers and other military vehicles crossed the border near the Ukrainian town of Snizhne, State Department officials said. Reports and images of the weapons’ ...

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Jun 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Al Qaeda burning church in Mosul last week Related - WATCH, WARNING, HORRENDOUSLY GRAPHIC: Syria Christian Forced To Convert To Islam, Then Beheaded Anyway (CNSNews.com) – The startling gains made by jihadist fighters in Iraq are placing the region’s already extremely vulnerable Christians in even greater peril, Christian advocacy groups are warning. While hundreds of thousands of Iraqis ...

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Jun 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interior minister says that three tanks have crossed into Ukrainian territory from Russia and were attacked by his country's forces. The Interfax news agency quoted Arsen Avakov as saying that a "column" with armored vehicles crossed from Russia through border control points controlled by pro-Russian separatists near the Dyakove village in ...

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Jun 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: With U.S. forces out of Iraq and the nation spinning out of control, the nation has turned to someone else to help quell the violence: the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Two battalions of the Quds Forces have been sent to the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al ...

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Jun 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

ISLAMABAD/MIRANSHAH (Reuters) - U.S. drones fired missiles at Taliban hideouts in Pakistan killing at least 10 militants in response to a deadly attack on Karachi airport, officials said on Thursday, in the first such raids by unmanned CIA aircraft in six months. Two top government officials said Islamabad had given the Americans "express approval" for the ...

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Jun 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Daily Beast: It seems like only yesterday that Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was celebrating as the last American soldiers left Iraq. Now, with an al Qaeda offshoot threatening to take Baghdad, Maliki’s government is quietly asking at least some troops—specifically airmen and drone pilots—to return. It seems like only yesterday that Iraq’s ...

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Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

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Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Moscow Times: There are a few key components that make a Ukrainian separatist, among them Kalashnikov rifles, Cossack hats, golden crosses around their necks, America bashing, orange-and-black “World War II” ribbons … and Dixie flags. You did not misread that: pro-Russian separatists have adopted the Confederate flag. The flag of the unrecognized Novorossia confederation ...

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Jun 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

“There is not any doubt in my mind that there are going to be costs, lost lives associated with what came out of this.” - John Boehner

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Jun 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

BAGHDAD — Al Qaeda-inspired militants seized control of Iraq's second-largest city on Tuesday in a brazen military operation that underscored the weakness of the Baghdad government across vast swaths of the country. Hours after government forces fled Mosul in disarray following four days of fighting, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki declared a nationwide "state of maximum preparedness" ...

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Jun 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

ACCRA, Ghana - Nigeria's Islamist insurgency on Monday kidnapped some 20 girls just miles from a small town where the group abducted several hundred schoolgirls in April, local officials said, in an attack that exposed the military's absence in an area the president pledged to protect. The village of Garkin Fulani was preparing for its weekly ...

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Jun 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Excerpted from The New York Times: In a ferocious terrorist assault that stretched into Monday morning, suspected Islamist militants infiltrated Pakistan’s largest international airport in Karachi, waging an extended firefight against security forces that resulted in 23 deaths and shook the country’s already fragile sense of security. Explosions and gunfire rang out across the airport through ...

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Jun 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Which means they will behave for one year, at most, since that's the total term of time that they have to remain in Qatar. They're doing this just to make Qatar not look bad, since they owe the gulf state that much, but then will return to battle once the 12 months that Qatar is ...

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Jun 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

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Jun 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

(CNSNews.com) – During his first official visit to the Middle East, Pope Francis repeatedly told Muslim audiences that religious freedom is “a fundamental human right” and that governments must allow people to choose their own faith. “Religious freedom is in fact a fundamental human right and I cannot fail to express my hope that it will ...

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Jun 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

KABUL (Reuters) - Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan's presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people. The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah's convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead ...

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Jun 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Excerpted from The Telegraph: An online petition has been launched by animal rights activists to ban Metallica from performing at Glastonbury later this month. Since it was announced last month that the American heavy metal band would headline alongside Kasabian and Arcade Fire, the booking has been met with controversy, with artists and commentators claiming that ...

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Jun 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

(CNSNews.com) - The State Department will not say whether it made any effort to authenticate the marriage and birth certificates that U.S. citizen Daniel Wani says he gave to the U.S. Embassy in Sudan to verify the U.S. citizenship of his son, Martin. Martin is now in a Sudanese prison along with his one-week-old sister, Maya, ...

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Jun 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Excerpted from TTA: The artificial island at Fiery Cross Reef will be an unreplaceable military base with great strategic significance due to its location and size. Such a base will realize the value of the South China Sea for China and ensure China’s status in South East Asia. It is planned that the military base built ...

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Jun 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from YAHOO NEWS: Pro-Russian separatists posted videos purportedly showing the shooting down of a Ukrainian military reconnaissance plane flying over Slovyansk on June 6. Some details of their claims appear in local news reports. Other reports said the Antonov-30 plane was steered away from Slovyansk’s city center to make a crash landing in nearby ...

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Jun 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — When men wearing military fatigues and carrying weapons showed up in pickup trucks, villagers thought Nigerian soldiers had finally come to protect them from Boko Haram. But it was a disguise. The gunmen rounded up everyone in the village center and then started shooting. Altogether, Boko Haram militants slaughtered hundreds of people in ...

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Jun 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Daily Mail: President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly ignored each other today as they stood just feet apart during a for state leaders' commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. World figures met in France in the midst of a current geopolitical crisis, with Putin standing alongside leaders, including Obama, who are ...

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Jun 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said Friday that U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was treated well during the five years they held him captive and was even allowed to play soccer with the men holding him. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, told The Associated Press by telephone that Bergdahl was held ...

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Jun 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE LOCAL: The same day President Vladimir Putin was to arrive in France for D-Day anniversary events, radical feminist protest group Femen destroyed the Russian leader's statue in a Paris wax museum. A topless member of the radical protest group Femen used a metal chisel to stab and bash in the face of Putin's ...

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