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Iraq crisis: US strikes aid
Kurdish bid to retake dam

BBC News [UK], by Yalda Hakim

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 8/16/2014 6:52:51 PM

Kurdish forces supported by US air strikes are battling to retake Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Iraq. The operation to recapture the country´s largest dam began early on Saturday with raids by F-18 fighters and drones, US officials said. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have shelled militants´ positions, and there is an unconfirmed report of a ground attack. Meanwhile, reports are coming in of new massacres by IS. The extreme Sunni group, which overran Mosul this summer and seeks to build a new state spanning Iraq and Syria, has been accused of a new massacre of non-Muslims on Friday, in a village

      


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Iraq crisis: US strikes aid
Kurdish bid to retake dam
BBC News [UK], by Yalda Hakim    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 6:52:51 PM     Post Reply
Kurdish forces supported by US air strikes are battling to retake Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Iraq. The operation to recapture the country´s largest dam began early on Saturday with raids by F-18 fighters and drones, US officials said. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have shelled militants´ positions, and there is an unconfirmed report of a ground attack. Meanwhile, reports are coming in of new massacres by IS. The extreme Sunni group, which overran Mosul this summer and seeks to build a new state spanning Iraq and Syria, has been accused of a new massacre of non-Muslims on Friday, in a village

   

 

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Isil poses a direct and
deadly threat to Britain
Telegraph [UK], by David Cameron    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 5:30:22 PM     Post Reply
Stability. Security. The peace of mind that comes from being able to get a decent job and provide for your family, in a country that you feel has a good future ahead of it and that treats people fairly. In a nutshell, that is what people in Britain want--and what the Government I lead is dedicated to building. [Snip] True security will only be achieved if we use all our resources--aid, diplomacy, our military prowess--to help bring about a more stable world. Today, when every nation is so immediately interconnected, we cannot turn a blind eye and assume that there will not be a cost for us if we do.

Islamic State Slaughters,
the World is Silent
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 5:09:49 PM     Post Reply
Reports Saturday indicate that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces in Iraq have killed 700 members of a tribe in eastern Syria over the last two weeks, and killed hundreds of the Yazidi ethnic minority on Friday and Saturday in massacres in northern Iraq. The terror group fell upon the Iraqi village of Kocho on Friday, after local Yazidi´s refused their ultimatum to convert to Islam or be murdered, according to reports by local Yazidis and Kurds. [Snip] The violence continued on Saturday, as another 312 Yazidis were slaughtered in northern Iraq, apparently in the same village.

PM: Our generational struggle
against a poisonous ideology
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Hope    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 4:54:55 PM     Post Reply
The West is embroiled in a generational struggle against a poisonous brand of Islamic extremism that will bring terror to the streets of Britain unless urgent action is taken to defeat it, David Cameron warns today. [Snip] Warning that Islamic State fighters already control thousands of square miles of territory, Mr Cameron says that if these “warped and barbaric” extremists are not dealt with now, they will create a “terrorist state” on the shores of the Mediterranean. He warns that Britain will have to use its “military prowess” to help defeat “this exceptionally dangerous” movement, or else terrorists with “murderous

Hamas Rejects Egyptian Ceasefire
Proposal, Threatens ´Long War´
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 3:52:57 PM     Post Reply
Hamas has sounded a belligerent tone as negotiations for a long-term truce continue in Cairo. In a message posted on his Facebook page, Hamas´s "foreign affairs" chief Osama Hamdan said the Islamist terror group rejects the current Egyptian proposal, and pledged a "long war" of attrition against Israel. "Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war," he said. Other Hamas officials issued similar statements over the course of Saturday. Hamdan´s Facebook message was posted not long before a message on the Twitter account of the "military wing" of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in which the group vowed

Tens of Thousands Protest
Pakistan´s Government
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 9:14:29 AM     Post Reply
ISLAMABAD--Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan´s capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country´s government. Imran Khan, a famous cricketer who now leads the country´s third-biggest political bloc, and a fiery anti-government cleric called for the rallies in Islamabad, focused on making Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leave office and holding new elections. Sharif, who took office just a year ago in the first democratic transfer of power in a country long plagued by military coups, has said he´ll stay in power, raising fears of possible

   

 

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Hamas threatens ´war of attrition´
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 8:59:20 AM     Post Reply
Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan stated that the terms proposed in negotiations in Egypt thus far have been inadequate, reported Israel Radio on Saturday, and that the Palestinian people are ready for a "long war of attrition." [Snip] The official added that Islamic Jihad would continue to support Egyptian efforts to establish a permanent ceasefire. In Cairo, Israel Radio quoted Palestinian delegation member Basam al-Salhi as saying that on-going negotiations have a 50% chance of succeeding. He did mention that the Palestinians were willing to delay negotiations over a sea port and airport in the Gaza Strip.

´We are in your streets´: Secret Service
investigates ISIS Twitter taunt that
included terror group´s flag in photo*
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 1:48:35 AM     Post Reply
United States Secret Service is investigating a photograph blasted out on Twitter which seems to show someone holding up a smartphone, displaying a picture of the ISIS flag, in front of the White House. The photo appears to have been taken at night on the pedestrian mall occupying what used to be part of Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House´s north portico can be seen in the background. It was first tweeted on August 9 by an account that was later deleted. ´[W]e are here #America near our #target :) sooooooooooooon,´ read the message that accompanied it. Later that day another pro-ISIS Twitter user

Arab World: Failing to
see the broader picture
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Zvi Mazel    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 1:19:14 AM     Post Reply
Arab countries are foundering, as a jihadi Islamic caliphate is strengthening its hold in the heart of the Middle East. The West seems intent on venting its frustrations on Israel, which is defending itself against Hamas, another radical Islamist group; Egypt is also feeling the brunt of it. Yet only a few years ago, Cairo was leading the charge of pragmatic Arab states backed by the US, fighting extremist Shi’ites under Iranian leadership. [Snip] The fact is that today the US has no ally in the Middle East, having deserted or offended every Arab country in the region. Yet had

Israel Welcomes EU´s Call
on Gaza Groups to Disarm
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Bernari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/16/2014 1:04:04 AM     Post Reply
Israel’s Foreign Ministry welcomed on Friday the call by the European Union (EU) for terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm. The EU’s call came in a statement in which the bloc offered to take charge of Gaza´s border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows. “Israel, like the foreign ministers of the European Union in their statement tonight, places great importance on the Egyptian initiative to achieve a long and steady calm,” said the Foreign Ministry’s statement. “Israel welcomes the ministers’ repeated calls for the terrorist organizations in Gaza to disarm. A commitment to the principle of demilitarization, which

EU Offers to Take Charge
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Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/15/2014 3:51:48 PM     Post Reply
The European Union (EU) on Friday offered to take charge of Gaza´s border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, according to The Associated Press (AP). The EU is prepared "to play a strong role" in managing the crossings while assuring that Israel´s security is guaranteed, said the 28-nation bloc´s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. The EU offered to reactivate and extend its monitoring of the Rafiah crossing with Egypt and other border posts, provided there will be a UN Security Council mandate for the mission and a sustainable cease-fire in place, according to AP.

   

 



 
Ferguson police Name officer who shot
Michael Brown - but claim dead teen is
primary suspect in 'strong-arm' robbery*
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle, Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/15/2014 11:58:48 AM     Post Reply
Police today named Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown and released video stills and an incident report on a robbery shortly before the shooting that named the teenager as the ‘primary suspect’. In a shocking twist to the killing which sparked riots in St Louis over the last few days, the officer investigating the convenience store robbery also attended the scene of the shooting and said the suspect and Brown were the same person. According to the police report, video shows Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson having an altercation with store staff and allegedly stealing box of Swisher Sweets,



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