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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kayla Mueller in Captivity: Courage, Selflessness as She Defended Christian Faith to ISIS Executioner 'Jihadi John'

American hostage Kayla Mueller was tortured, verbally abused, forced into slave labor for ISIScommanders in Syria and raped by the group's top leader, but her fellow hostages say she never surrendered hope, she selflessly put the welfare of fellow captives above her own and she even stood up to executioner "Jihadi John" to defend her Christian faith.
Four former hostages who shared cells with Mueller, speaking publicly for the first time about their shared ordeal for ABC News' "20/20" broadcast, "The Girl Left Behind," airing Friday, say the Prescott, Arizona, humanitarian aid worker was a courageous 25-year-old who inspired them.
Their ISIS guards were overseen by the British tough Mohammed Emwazi, who would later be dubbed Jihadi John, as he carried out the beheadings and killings of 10 hostages. The Londoner led three other Britons who oversaw the hostage operation. Their prisoners called them "The Beatles." READ MORE

Exclusive — Ret. Lt. Gen. Flynn: Terror-Linked Nations ‘Cutting Deals’ with Mexican Cartels to Enter U.S.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), tells Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM that countries that are known to support radical Islamic terrorism are “cutting deals” with Mexican cartels for access to human smuggling routes into the United States.

Citing photos from the U.S. Border Patrol component of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency on Friday, Gen. Flynn also told Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle, host of Breitbart News Daily, that there are signs in Arabic posted along human smuggling routes at the section of the border that lies in Texas providing directions for how to sneak into the United States.
Moreover, the former DIA chief said that the Shiite Lebanese narco-terrorist groupHezbollah, an Iranian proxy, is illegally trafficking humans, drugs, and other contraband into the United States.

His comments echo recent warnings from the U.S. military, suggesting that criminal groups in Latin America may be collaborating with Islamic extremist organizations. READ MORE

Argentinian pupils wearing Nazi armbands attack Jewish students in 'Mengele village'


Children from a German school in Buenos Aires wearing swastika armbands and fake Hitler moustaches attacked pupils from a Jewish school in a resort where several Nazi war criminals lived for decades after the Second World War, including Dr Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death”.
The incident drew swift condemnation for the pupils and the parents who were accompanying them during the school’s end-of-course trip to San Carlos de Bariloche, in the Andes. 
The town became a haven for fleeing Nazis who were welcomed by the sympathetic Peronist regime. 
According to witnesses, pupils from the LanĂºs German School arrived at a party in a nightclub dressed as Nazis. 
“Some of them were in leathers with swastikas painted on their chests and backs,” Dan, one of the students who was attacked, told Argentina’s TN television channel.
“We wanted them to be thrown out of the club but they shouted 'f------ Jews’ at us and proudly showed off their symbols.” READ MORE

Poll: Hamas will win the Palestinian elections

Public opinion polls conducted by the Arab World Institute for Research and Development indicate that Hamas-affiliated lists will triumph in the Palestinian Authority's upcoming elections.
The Palestinian Authority is set to run local elections in its cities on October 8th.

Despite recent crackdowns by the ruling Fatah party on Hamas members and affiliates, Hamas seems to be gaining support among the voters of the PA.
By the numbers:

60 percent of PA voters are expected to participate in the elections.

In Judea and Samaria, Fatah is expected to receive 34 percent of the parliament seats, tied with Hamas at 33 percent, while 9 percent of votes are expected to go to independent parties, and 4 percent to other Islamic organizations.

In Gaza: Fatah would garner 32 percent of the vote, Hamas would take the election with 37 percent, Leftist organizations would win 9 percent, and other Islamic factions would bring up the rear with 6 percent.

66 percent believe the elections will be clean and fair.

74 percent believe that voters will make their picks based off of family and organizational affiliations.

Only 21 percent believe that the elections will lead to a reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, while 46 percent insist on the opposite.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

US: Clinton calendars won't be released until after election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won't finish the job before Election Day.
The department has so far released about half of the schedules. Its lawyers said in a phone conference with the AP's lawyers that the department now expects to release the last of the detailed schedules around Dec. 30, weeks before the next president is inaugurated.
The AP's lawyers late Friday formally asked the State Department to hasten that effort so that the department could provide all Clinton's minute-by-minute schedules by Oct. 15. The agency did not immediately respond.
The schedules drew new attention this week after the AP analyzed the ones released so far. The news agency found that more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. The AP's analysis focused on people with private interests and excluded her meetings or calls with U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives. READ MORE

Iran blasts Kerry for saying it supports rebels in Yemen

Iran on Friday denied American accusations it has delivered missiles to Yemeni rebels, retorting it was U.S. support for a Saudi-led coalition backing the government that had prolonged the conflict,AFP reported.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the comments by Secretary of State John Kerry on a visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday were "completely baseless".

"Iran has repeatedly said that Iranian military power will never be a threat to any country and is merely for defense purposes," Zarif said in a statement on the ministry's website and quoted by AFP.

"The U.S. administration with such remarks is itself becoming a partner in the child killings and war crimes committed by the Saudi regime against the innocent people of Yemen,” he charged.
"Undoubtedly, Mr. Kerry knows better than others that the Saudi government in the past year and half has consistently and seriously blocked all efforts made to establish a ceasefire in Yemen," added Zarif. READ MORE

Here is incontrovertible proof of Israel's title to this land

Legal proof once and for all, of Israel's internationally recognized right to this land in general, and the legality of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria in particular.

This is the most comprehensive collection of international treaties and commitments referring to the establishment of a Jewish State in what was British mandated Palestine. READ MORE

White House: Iran's actions in the Gulf a cause for concern

Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with U.S. warships in the Gulf this week are cause for concern and increase risks of miscalculation, the White House said on Friday, according toReuters.

On Thursday, it was revealed that a U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship fired three warning shots at an Iranian ship that sailed within 200 yards in the Northern Persian Gulf.

That incident was one of four close calls this week involving U.S. and Iranian vessels.
The intentions of the Iranian vessels in the incidents is not clear, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing, but the behavior is unacceptable and "in a compressed space like the Strait of Hormuz it increases the risk associated with possible miscalculations."
This week’s incidents are not the first time that Americans and Iranians have clashed in the Persian Gulf.

In January, Washington said Iran launched rockets near an American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. While Iran initially denied doing so, footage was later released that proved it had indeed fired on the American carrier.

Later that month, Iranian media claimed the country flew a surveillance drone over an American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf and took "precise" photographs of it as part of an ongoing naval drill.

In January, Iran infamously briefly detained 10 U.S. Navy sailors who mistakenly steered into Iranian waters.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Syrian Kurds clash with Turkish forces

Syrian Kurdish militia commanders are flouting the ultimatum US Vice President Joe Biden handed them Wednesday, Aug. 24 to retreat to east of the Euphrates or else forfeit US support.  Instead, DEBKAfile’s military sources report, they decided to stand their ground and fight it out with the Turkish army.

The first clash occurred Thursday overnight, when Kurdish forces from Manbij attacked the positions taken by Turkish tanks in Jarablus, hours after Islamic State forces were put to flight from this border town.
The battles continued into Friday morning, Aug. 26.


The US ultimatum to the Kurds was the outcome of understandings US Vice President Joe Biden reached with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday, hours after the Turkish army crossed into northern Syria.


"Syrian Kurdish forces will lose US support if they don't retreat to east bank of Euphrates,” the US vice president stated at a news conference. READ MORE

CA to Ban Gov’t Travel to States That ‘Discriminate’ Against Gays

A new bill likely to become law in California bans state-funded travel to states that the California Attorney General decides have laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexualt, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.


New law-to-be AB 1887 passed through the state legislature and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. READ MORE

Shots Fired in Persian Gulf; Iran Warns Encroaching U.S. Ships Will be ‘Severely Punished’

(CNSNews.com) – Iran’s defense minister vowed Thursday that any U.S. or other warships that enter Iranian waters would be “severely punished,” as the Pentagon confirmed that a U.S. patrol vessel had fired warning shots after being approached by an Iranian attack boat in an “unsafe” manner.
“It is a natural and routine program of the border patrol to do surveillance in the southern waters and to collect intelligence on foreign ships’ operations,” the Mehr news agency quoted Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan as telling reporters in Isfahan.
Whether American or otherwise, he said, “any destroyer of any sort would be severely punished if they are found to encroach our waters in Persian Gulf.” READ MORE

Syrian Jews secretly evacuated to Kentucky

Three of the last Jewish families in Syria have been resettled in the United States after posing as Christians to enter Sweden earlier this year, Point of No Return has reported.

The Jewish refugees, numbering some 13 people, including 7 children, had been living in Damascus, in the midst of a bloody civil war raging since 2011.

Four months ago the three families were accepted into Sweden while posing as Christian Arabs. The refugees were described as multi-lingual and financially successful.

Recently the refugees were quietly resettled in Louisville, Kentucky, following the efforts of a local Conservative synagogue, which worked with local and federal authorities to streamline the operation.

Louisville has absorbed thousands of refugees from the Middle East over the past five years. It is also home to a small but thriving Jewish community with five synagogues, a kosher butcher, and even a kollel.