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Iraq crisis: Shia militia show
of force raises tensions

BBC News [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/21/2014 6:50:22 AM

Thousands of Shia militia loyal to the powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have paraded through the streets of Baghdad, raising sectarian tensions amid continued fighting in areas of Iraq. The cleric, whose Mehdi Army fought the US in Iraq for years, had called for a military parade across the country. Correspondents say the show of force will be seen as a very disturbing development by the Baghdad government. Sunni extremists have seized control of large swathes of territory across Iraq. On Saturday, the militants--led by jihadist group Isis--were reported to have seized a strategically important border crossing to Syria, near the town of Qaim, killing

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Iraq crisis: Shia militia show
of force raises tensions
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/21/2014 6:50:22 AM     Post Reply
Thousands of Shia militia loyal to the powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have paraded through the streets of Baghdad, raising sectarian tensions amid continued fighting in areas of Iraq. The cleric, whose Mehdi Army fought the US in Iraq for years, had called for a military parade across the country. Correspondents say the show of force will be seen as a very disturbing development by the Baghdad government. Sunni extremists have seized control of large swathes of territory across Iraq. On Saturday, the militants--led by jihadist group Isis--were reported to have seized a strategically important border crossing to Syria, near the town of Qaim, killing

   

 

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Court confirms Egypt Muslim
Brotherhood death sentences
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/21/2014 6:45:17 AM     Post Reply
An Egyptian court has confirmed death sentences for 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters accused of a 2013 attack on a police station, lawyers say. A judge had recommended the death penalty for the 683 defendants, in a widely-criticised mass trial in April. Mohammed Badie, leader of the banned group, was among those whose sentences were upheld. Appeals are now likely. The military-installed government has sentenced at least 1,000 of its opponents since December. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since former President Mohammed Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, was removed by the military in July 2013 following mass

A guard of honour and a meeting with
the Queen, but Chinese Premier still
complains about his UK visit - because
his red carpet at Heathrow was too SHORT
Daily Mail [UK], by John Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/21/2014 1:02:39 AM     Post Reply
When the Chinese premier visited London this week he was greeted with an honour guard, a Downing Street reception and a meeting with the Queen. But one aspect of Li Keqiang’s welcome fell somewhat short in the eyes of Chinese officials – the red carpet rolled out for his arrival at Heathrow. After plans for Mr Li’s visit were shown to the Beijing government, aides complained that the carpet leading from the steps of his plane was not long enough. ‘They saw a diagram of the arrangements at Heathrow and complained that the carpet was three metres too short,’ said one of

Virginia community confronts feds
over plan to house immigrant
kids at shuttered college
FoxNews, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/20/2014 12:20:43 PM     Post Reply
Federal officials apologized to angry residents of a small southern Virginia town Thursday night for "communication challenges" as they prepared to bring in hundreds of Central American children and teenagers to a shuttered college. [Snip] Many residents arrived at the school carrying small signs that read "No illegal immigrants," but they were told to leave them outside. Numerous law enforcement officers were on hand.One man at the meeting asked the panel, "When did the U.S. government go into the orphanage business?" The question drew a loud applause, WNEM.com reported. The crowd heard immigration and refugee resettlement officials describe their

Margaret Thatcher and the
champions of liberty
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/20/2014 7:27:22 AM     Post Reply
The problem with socialism,” said Margaret Thatcher, “is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” It is one of her many aphorisms that so irritate the Left because it not only has the merit of being true but is provably so: just look at the record of the Labour government. It is more than a political slogan, however: it captures the essence of her belief in individual liberty and disdain for state paternalism. Her ambition was to give people back control over their own lives. Yet while this view of the world is one that many today take

Australia to stop ´killer´ jihadists
returning, PM Abbott says
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/20/2014 6:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Australian jihadists fighting overseas who are "trained killers" and "hate our way of life" should be stopped from returning home and detained if they do, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. Australia has concerns that its citizens are fighting alongside Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria, including with the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. [Snip] "And if they do come back into our country they are taken into detention because what we can´t have is trained killers--who hate our way of life, who hate us--making mischief with the potential to cause mayhem in our country."

   

 

  


 
The threat to Britain
that can’t be ignored
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/20/2014 6:30:28 AM     Post Reply
Across the Middle East and Africa, it is an uncomfortable fact that the cries of jihad accompanying the latest attack or terrorist outrage are often uttered in a British accent. Al-Shabaab, militants who ransacked towns in northern Kenya this week and left 60 people dead, were led by a white man speaking “fluent British English”, according to witnesses. In the Commons yesterday, David Cameron estimated that 400 British Muslims are currently in Syria or Iraq, mainly attached to the Isis organisation marching on Baghdad. “The people in that regime, as well as trying to take territory, are also planning to

Lowcountry agencies join
forces in terrorist attack drill
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Katie West    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/20/2014 6:25:35 AM     Post Reply
The flashbang went off with a deafening BOOM, and green smoke began to waft through the air. Bystanders yelled for help as emergency responders rushed to the scene, walkie-talkies crackling. There wasn´t actually a terrorist attack in the Lowcountry on Thursday morning--it was all just a drill, but what if it weren´t? That´s why more than 20 public safety organizations, hospitals and local and state government agencies joined forces for an annual emergency response exercise. This year, instead of a natural disaster, the focus was a terrorism incident reminiscent of last year´s Boston Marathon bombings.

US air strikes will sign the death
warrant of our Muslim neighbours
Telegraph [UK], by Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/20/2014 6:14:10 AM     Post Reply
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Kenya al-Shabaab attack ´was led by white
man speaking fluent British English´
Telegraph [UK], by Mike Pflanz    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/20/2014 6:06:05 AM     Post Reply
A white man speaking "fluent British English" led suspected al-Shabaab commandos who ransacked towns in northern Kenya leaving 60 people dead, witnesses have said. Several people in Mpeketoni, which was attacked by as many as 40 Islamist gunmen on Sunday, told The Telegraph that the gang´s leader was pale-skinned and spoke English and Arabic. One of the witnesses is a primary schoolteacher who speaks good English, unlike many people in the remote corner of Kenya near the Lamu archipelago that earlier this week became the country´s latest terror target. The accounts strengthened suggestions that the attackers were part of a

Is this what would happen if cannabis
was legal in Britain? Suicides. Killings.
Toddlers in hospital with overdoses.
TOM LEONARD visits Colorado, where
marijuana has just been legalised
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Leonard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/19/2014 11:59:38 PM     Post Reply
Peter Williams waves a hand regally over a sea of dazzling green that seems to stretch off into infinity. These are the marijuana plants—room after brightly lit room of them—that have suddenly made him a very rich man. I don’t need to inhale any of the stuff to get light-headed over the figures he quotes me. Using high-pressure sodium lights to grow a more potent product, he produces some 6,000lb of ‘weed’ every year which he sells for anything between £1,770 and £3,000 a pound. That’s potentially as much as £18 million a year .?.?. until he finishes a giant greenhouse which

   

 

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Petraeus says the US MUST launch
military strikes against ISIS terror army
as former general claims to be massively
´disappointed´ Iraq has descended into chaos
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko, Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/19/2014 11:51:21 PM     Post Reply
The United States military should launch ´targeted´ strikes against the ´terrorist army´ of ISIS in Iraq--if the situation deteriorates so that it threatens the security of the West said David Petraeus. The retired general--who led commanded the surge eight years ago that rid the war-torn nation of al-Qaeda--said that he does support limited military action to stem the flood of ISIS troops. Former CIA chief Petraeus made these remarks on Thursday, the same day that President Obama declared he was sending 300 special forces advisers to Iraq in addition to the 275 ´combat ready´ troops he has deployed to protect the US



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