July 25, 2014

Young, Uneducated, Uninformed Democrats

A new Gallup poll indicates that a majority of people who believe Israel is unjustified in attacking Hamas are young, uneducated Democrats:

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The survey also shows that those who are the least informed about the conflict tend to support the Palestinian side.

(Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers)

By DMartyr at 01:37 PM | Comments |

July 24, 2014

High Tech Hamas Land Based Missile Launcher

LOL. Can the Palestinian moon shot be far behind?

Thanks to Webradius.

By Howie at 10:13 AM | Comments |

July 23, 2014

A Mitigating Factor?

Is it just a coincidence that since Bowe Bergdahlhas been back in the US there has been a sudden rash of dead Haqqani Network, Uzbek and al-Qaeda operatives?

A U.S. drone strike is said to have killed at least a dozen militants in Pakistan’s volatile North Waziristan region, where the Pakistani military is engaged in a counter-terrorism offensive that could include targeting extremists involved in deadly cross-border raids in Afghanistan.

Local intelligence officials say the pre-dawn attack took place in the Datta Khail area where a U.S. drone fired several missiles into a sprawling militant compound. Most of the dead were said to be fighters of the outlawed Pakistani Taliban and its Uzbek allies

I'd like to think so anyway.
hree of the six al Qaeda operatives were identified by Sanafi al Nasr, the head of al Qaeda's "Victory Committee." Nasr, a Saudi whose real name is Abdul Mohsin Abdullah Ibrahim Al Sharikh, is a top leader in al Qaeda. As the leader of the Victory Committee, Nasr is responsible for developing and implementing al Qaeda's strategy and policies. [See LWJ report, Head of al Qaeda 'Victory Committee' in Syria.]

Nasr, who is a prolific online jihadist, tweeted on July 14 on the "Martyrdom of six of the dearest comrades of the path in Khorasan, among them my brother and loved one and apple of my eye Taj al Makki and my brother the kind and generous Abu Abdurahman al Kuwaiti yesterday in a bombardment of spies," according to a translation by Oren Adaki. The Khorasan is a geographic area that includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, where al Qaeda's senior leadership is based.

...The US has conducted two other strikes in the Datta Khel area since July 10. In the early morning of July 19, US drones launched eight missiles at a compound in the same village, killing at least 11 jihadists, including two commanders in the Punjabi Taliban. And on July 16, the US reportedly killed 18 jihadists, including 12 "of Central Asian origin," in a strike in the village of Saidgai.

YOU WILL now forget I ever said this.

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By Howie at 07:36 AM | Comments |

July 07, 2014

Boko Haram #Winning

Boko Haram lost 63 female hostages as well as 53 fighters killed vs the Nigerian Government's six, count em, six casualties.

But I'm sure the Jihadis will call it "Victory". I mean no matter how badly they get beaten, how many are killed, or how much history and heritage are destroyed.

Its all Victory to them. So why not help them achieve victory.


By Howie at 01:41 PM | Comments |

July 02, 2014

Ahmed Abu Khatallah Indictment: Video? What Video?

Washington Times:

The Obama administration’s just-released criminal complaint against the alleged mastermind of the Benghazi terrorist attacks provides a final contradiction to its own evolving explanations for what happened that day.

The Justice Department’s indictment spells out a calculated conspiracy by Ahmed Abu Khatallah and associates to attack the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex, which killed four Americans. The indictment might be viewed as a death knell for a theory that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest against a U.S.-produced video.

...To retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a member of the ad hoc group Citizens Commission on Benghazi, the information reflects what the White House knew all along.

“The administration knew it was a conspiracy from the start due to all-source intelligence and the warning from al Qaeda to avenge the death of al-Libi in June 2012,” Gen. McInerney said.

He was referring to a CIA drone strike that killed al Qaeda deputy Abu Yahya al-Libi in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri publicly called for revenge against America.

Obama also helped the so-called Libyan Rebels after the Libyans threw a huge funeral honoring Abu Yahya al-Libi. Not to mention Gaddafi's warning that the rebels were al-Qaeda.

But I'm sure he didn't know.....

I mean The Jawa Report knew the Libyan rebels were al-Qaeda as early as 2009. But the f*cking president didn't? Sweet Jesus, we're so screwed.

The indictment is here at the Wall Street Journal(pdf) and embedded here at the Washington Post.

Read it for yourself.

By Howie at 08:31 AM | Comments |

June 25, 2014

Sandpeople Throwing Jawas to Sarlacc Literally

ISIS fighters murdering Muslim FSA fighters and throwing their bodies into a large pit in a gorge located near Slouk Syria.

A leaked video showed ISIS fighters publicly executing three men in at a square in the town of Slouk, located on the outskirts of the Syrian province of al-Raqqa.

The three executed men, allegedly fighting alongside Syria's free army remain anonymous, but their final burial place was revealed in the video.

Truth is truly stranger than fiction.

Update: You'll have to follow the link to see the video because al-Arabia's embed code sucks.

Update: Another copy thank to Brown Moses.


Warning very graphic

By Howie at 08:21 AM | Comments |

June 20, 2014

The Guardian Still Whining About America as ISIS Takes Iraq

The Guardian:

US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found.

Coordinates revealing where US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 DU rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003

Which upsets this boring little, you know.

Official Jawa Editorial Position is as follows.


By Howie at 09:39 AM | Comments |

June 13, 2014

While Honorable Veterans Wait For Care, Deserter Assigned Own Personal Psychiatric Team

(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)

While retired and honorably discharged veterans wait months for psychiatric care that too often never comes, deserter PVT Bergdahl has his own psychiatric team:

A flight carrying Bergdahl from a military medical facility in Germany will land at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland prior to his arrival at BAMC.

Onboard the flight with Bergdahl is the officer in charge, a physician's assistant, psychiatrist, and a personal recovery specialist.

Even the pilots have been involved in the training for Bergdahl's reintegration.

I'm not suggesting Bergdahl should be denied necessry treatment. I'm suggesting our veterans deserve, at least, the same.

By DMartyr at 11:35 AM | Comments |

June 06, 2014

D-Day In Color

By DMartyr at 12:22 AM | Comments |

Surviving D-Day

Watch in full screen.

Bonus video - The beach scene from Saving Private Ryan. Probably one of the most memorable depictions in cinema.

By DMartyr at 12:19 AM | Comments |

June 05, 2014

Boko Haram Burns Churches Kills Babies in the Name of Islam

Just another day at the office for Boko Haram. After all they have pledged to soak Nigeria with the blood of Christians:

Hundreds of people were killed in raids by Boko Haram Islamic militants in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, on the border with Cameroon, with some sources putting the death toll at 400 to 500.

..."The killings are massive. Nobody can say how many people were killed, but the figure runs into some hundreds," said Peter Biye, a lawmaker in Nigeria's lower parliament representing the Gwoza region.

The attackers, who posed as soldiers, told residents they had come to protect them from Boko Haram and asked them to assemble. They singled out men and boys and opened fire on them, Biye said.

A local leader in Attagara village, who fled to nearby Madagali town in neighboring Adamawa state, said the death toll was staggering.

"The death is unimaginable. We have lost between 400 and 500 people in the attacks in which men and male children were not spared," said the local leader, who asked not to be named for security reasons.

"The gunmen pursued on motorcycle people who fled into the bush in a bid to escape and shot them dead.

"Even nursing mothers had their male infants snatched from their backs and shot dead before their eyes," the local leader said.

Religion of something somthing, its coming to me...... give me a minute.

By Howie at 03:02 PM | Comments |

June 03, 2014

Bob Bergdahl Just Hanging With Specially Designated Terrorists on Youtube

Hey there's Bob hanging out with Anwar. Crispy crispy Anwar.


But that's not the only terrorist Bob follows on Youtube.

Here he is hanging out just watching pro Taliban propaganda, including one user suspended for repeated violations of Youtube's policy on violence.


* I don't know why you people can't follow the rules!

Here he is commenting on Anham Jabril's official Youtube channel. Ahmad is the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command.


Ahmad's organization is recognized as a specially designated terrorist entity by the United States.

Now I'm not really sure about Bob, I mean he wouldn't be the first false flag troll blowing smoke up the Taliban's ass over the internet now would he?

But if that's so once Bowe was "safe" why not drop the act? At least to some extent. Is he trying to protect others? I dunno. But....


* And one more thing, The Rule is not that Jawas can't blog about the Bergdahl. Its just that if you do, you must post bewbs.

Bergdahl what? Who?

** Another rule....

** Huh? What'd you want?

By Howie at 08:28 AM | Comments |

June 02, 2014

Sandcrawler PSA: Forecast Bowe Bergdahl Sh*itstorm Will... Oh Look! Boobies!

Forecast is for every single pundit to endlessly repeat a story that no matter how you slice it is a win win for the Taliban and a lose lose for US.

Although on the bright side it did result in this post.

HIGH SPEED SHIT STORMS ARE OCCURRING OR ARE FORECASTED TO OCCUR WITHIN 10NM OF TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND ALL ASSOCIATED SOCIAL MEDIA. FORECASTED WINDS ARE FROM 230°V290° AT 12-18 WITH GUSTS TO 23-27KT ISOLD 30KT. THE POTENTIAL FOR VISIBILITY REDUCED TO LESS THAN 5SM BUT GREATER THAN 3SM EXISTS DURING PERIODS OF BLOWING SHIT. TAKE PRECAUTIONS THAT WILL PERMIT ESTABLISHMENT OF AN APPROPRIATE STATE OF READINESS.
But seriously there was no way to resolve this in a manner where we saved any face.

Saving that we had executed the five high value prisoners in a timely fashion, they were war criminals and committed crimes against humanity but for some reason our army doesn't shoot people much anymore. Especially ones as deserving as the freed Talibs. Then we could have at least exchanged a low value idiot for some other low value idiots.

If we left him behind, we look bad. We recover him in a trade, we look bad. Save a rescue with a big pile of dead Taliban there was no win win for the US

So I get the criticism, but to me to there is no way to salvage the story other than to let it die. We're just talking up a loss, serving the Taliban's propaganda machine.

So my suggestion, whenever you get the urge to write about Bowe Bergdahl just think of these and repeat "Cool blue ocean. Cool blue ocean."

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Because this is the only propaganda victory we're going to get out of this one.

I don't know about you but at least I feel better now. Bowe who?

Update: Girl loses 100 lbs, still has great tits. Unpossible!

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Jawa Report! Running the distractions America needs most when America needs them.

By Howie at 01:43 PM | Comments |

Obama Lies And Coverups

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One family of a fallen soldier is outraged after they are just discovering the truth about the way their son died in Afghanistan:

The furious parents of an officer who they claim was killed while searching for freed Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl today said that they have been lied to as part of a 'cover up just like Benghazi'.

The mother and father of Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews are angry that they have been told different stories about how their son died.

First his commanders said that their son was blown up while hunting a Taliban commander - but only now that Bergdahl has been freed after five years in captivity are they learning the truth.

Lt Andrews' parents told MailOnline that their own son branded Bergdahl a 'deserter' before he was killed.

In an exclusive interview his father Andy Andrews told MailOnline: 'For his family it's good to get him back but we will never be able to get our son back because of the actions of this guy (Bergdahl).

'I think people need to be aware that the guy was not a hero and American lives have been lost trying to save this deserter'.

Lt Andrews was one of six men who died while apparently searching for Bergdahl, who is said to have voluntarily left his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

By DMartyr at 01:24 PM | Comments |

Many Died Searching For A Deserter

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(top row, left to right) Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20; Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34; Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29; (bottom row, left to right) Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25; Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27; and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23.

When Bergdahl walked away from his post in 2009, his actions set off a chain of events that resulted in the deaths of at least seven eight soldiers. There is no telling how many were wounded.

Though the 2009 Afghan presidential election slowed the search for Bergdahl, it did not stop it. Our battalion suffered six fatalities in a three-week period. On August 18, an IED killed Private First Class Morris Walker and Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen during a reconnaissance mission. On August 26, while conducting a search for a Taliban shadow sub-governor supposedly affiliated with Bergdahl's captors, Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss was shot in the face and killed. On September 4, during a patrol to a village near the area in which Bergdahl vanished, an insurgent ambush killed Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews and gravely wounded Private First Class Matthew Martinek, who died of his wounds a week later. On September 5, while conducting a foot movement toward a village also thought affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey stepped on an improvised land mine. He died the next day.

It is important to name all these names. For the veterans of the units that lost these men, Bergdahl's capture and the subsequent hunt for him will forever tie to their memories, and to a time in their lives that will define them as people. He has finally returned. Those men will never have the opportunity.

Those who lost their lives during search operations for Bergdahl (thanks to Gateway Pundit for list):

  • PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Died September 11, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 20, of DeKalb, Ill.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Sept. 11 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds sustained in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 4 when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire.
  • Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, Died August 26, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 27, of Murray, Utah; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 26 in Sar Howzeh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot while his unit was supporting Afghan security forces during an enemy attack.
  • SSG Clayton Bowen, Died August 18, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 29, of San Antonio; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 18 in Dila, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed was Pfc. Morris L. Walker.
  • PFC Morris Walker, Died August 18, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 18 in Dila, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Clayton P. Bowen.
  • SSG Michael Murphrey, Died September 6, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 25, of Snyder, Texas; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Sept. 6 in FOB Sharana, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
  • 2nd Lt. Darryn D. Andrews, Died September 4, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom, 34, of Dallas; was assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; was killed Sept. 4 in Yahya Khail District, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade.
  • Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl.

Others died indirectly from Bergdahl's desertion. Private First Class Aaron Fairbairn and Private First Class Justin Casillas were just two of them. Their unit lacked much needed air support that had been redirected to search for Bergdahl.

Had Obama made this swap last week, we would have been reminded of these deaths on Memorial Day. But this Administration shrewdly delayed the exchange.

By DMartyr at 11:05 AM | Comments |

May 25, 2014

Must-See Memorial Day Movies

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If you haven't seen them, rent them, stream them, buy them. You won't regret it.

(In no particular order)

1. Flags of Our Fathers

2. We Were Soldiers

3. The Longest Day

4. My Boy Jack

5. Glory

There are plenty of others out there. List your favorites in comments.

UPDATE by Rusty:

Let me add three to DMartyr's list:

1) Saving Private Ryan

2) Band of Brothers -- Not a "movie" per se, but it's still a must watch. And if you have Amazon Prime you can watch it for free. Which I do and I'm actually watching the whole series over the weekend. I'm up to episode 11.

3) The Pacific -- I haven't seen this series yet but I plan on watching it after I'm done with Band of Brothers. It's also available for free to Amazon Prime members. Given that my maternal grandfather died in the Pacific Theater, this one's a must and I can't believe I haven't taken the time to watch it yet.

By DMartyr at 08:58 PM | Comments |

May 23, 2014

Top Us General: Al Qaeda Not on the Run

It's almost like our Commander in Chief was lying to get elected. Nah, that's just right wing paranoia. Won't you unpatriotic wingnuts stop criticizing mu President!?!?

Depmsey warned that instability in the Middle East and North Africa had allowed the al Qaeda to take advantage of it with an “arc” running across the region starting from Pakistan.

“Now you find these groups are spread across an arc that runs roughly from Pakistan across the Arabian Peninsula, across the Middle East and North Africa and all the way down into Nigeria with Boko Haram,” Dempsey said.

“But we also have to realise something has changed close to home – the eastern flank and southern flank – and that requires us to refocus on the threats that are real,” Dempsey said.

It's tragic to think that people actually believed that killing bin Laden constituted defeating al Qaeda.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:58 PM | Comments |

May 20, 2014

Will Pending Libyan Civil War Be Bush's Fault?

I mean Barry probably doesn't even know we're staging to evacuate, unless he's read CNN:

he U.S. military is preparing to evacuate American citizens out of harm's way in Libya, as more military might appears to rally behind a renegade local general who is taking the fight to Islamist militias.

Hostilities have spread since Gen. Khalifa Haftar bombed the bases of Islamist groups on Friday, including the one blamed for the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The retired officer, who fought to overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, launched a land and air offensive in Benghazi against Ansar al-Sharia and Islamist militias loyal to the interim national government.

Barry, you're doing a heckuva job!


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By Howie at 09:58 AM | Comments |

May 16, 2014

Body of Missing Combat Medic Found

Nicholas Michael Holbert who is charged with the murder of U.S. Army combat medic, Kelli Bordeaux led police to her body.

As you might recall there was a large search for Kelli when she went missing around April 14, 2012.

If Mr. Holbert is found guilty we pray he faces the stiffest penalty.

And may Ms. Bordeaux finally rest in peace with dignity.

By Howie at 09:36 AM | Comments |

May 07, 2014

Islamic State of Losers Lose Homs Syria: Rebellion Crushed

End result of all that terrorist red on red infighting. Assad takes the birthplace of the rebellion.

Syria Direct:AMMAN: An agreement to allow safe passage to rebels and civilians out of Old Homs has left regime opponents divided, with some saying the battle will move to the provinces and others yearning to move on with their lives after two years of a strangling encirclement of their districts.

The estimated 2,500 fighters and citizens inside the 13 rebel-controlled districts of Homs agreed in principle on Friday to hand over to the government its territory in Syria’s third-largest city. A UN-supervised departure is scheduled to begin this week, Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi told AFP on Monday, adding that the ceasefire is holding.

With a ferocious government military campaign in recent weeks and gnawing hunger from a regime blockade in place since June 2012 that allowed almost no movement in or out, regime opponents said they had little choice but to surrender.

“We must put ourselves in the place of the people who lived in the siege and saw their children die from hunger, they saw their brothers die because of infected wounds due to shelling,” Suhaib Ali, a Homs-based FSA spokesman, told Syria Direct.

Rebels inside had little choice given “the neglect from the political opposition and the international community,” Ali said.

“What would you do?” he asked.

Pussies! You were so close to achieving martyrdom?


By Howie at 07:56 AM | Comments |

March 25, 2014

This is What you Get for Thinking Outside the Box in Today's Military: A Reprimand

I don't have a lot of time to post as I'm headed out to a family vacation for spring break, but I didn't want to leave without posting about this article on Maj. Jim Gant. If the facts here are true, then the military brass really should be ashamed of themselves for the treatment this hero got.

I'm not going to post a lengthy excerpts, but I'll instead point you to the article which really needs to be read from start to finish.

The one reservation I have about the article is that it is written entirely from the point of view of one of Gant's supporters with a bunch of "declined to comment" coming from the brass that drummed him out. I had enough reservations about it that I emailed a couple of milbloggers to get their take on it. They seem to think that Gant was the real deal, and one of them said it didn't surprise him that the post-Patraeus/McCrystal powers that be treats anyone that doesn't follow the rule book like this.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:46 AM | Comments |

March 18, 2014

Abdul Rahman al-Qadhi of Hezbollah Like Totally 100% Dead Jim

The Red on Red violence between al-Nusra and Hezbollah is transpiring according to design.

A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least four people in a Hezbollah-dominated area of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, near the border with Syria.

Among those killed in the attack, which struck the village of al-Nabi Othman late on Sunday, was Hezbollah's local leader Abdul Rahman al-Qadhi, according to Al Jazeera's Ehab al-Okadi, reporting from Lebanon.

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"The blast was carried out by a suicide attacker. Hezbollah members knew he was about to carry out the attack, and tried to stop the vehicle. That was when the attacker detonated the vehicle," a Lebanese security source told AFP.

Hezbollah-dominated areas in eastern Lebanon and south Beirut have suffered a series of deadly attacks, many of them suicide car blasts, since the powerful Shia movement acknowledged sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad's troops as they battle rebels.

The latest attack was claimed by Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon, as well as by the little-known Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek, a Sunni Muslim armed group opposed to Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Energize!


By Howie at 06:50 AM | Comments |

March 17, 2014

How Badass are the SEALs? This Badass

Navy SEALS: is there anything they can't do?

A team of Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker from Libyan rebels, the Pentagon announced early Monday....

"No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans,” said Kirby in a statement.

"The boarding operation, approved by President Obama and conducted just after 10 p.m. EDT on March 16 in international waters southeast of Cypress, was executed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs attached to Special Operations Command Europe,” he added.

HT HA's headlines

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:11 PM | Comments |

March 11, 2014

ISIS Commander Abu Khaled Smoking Too Much Crack?

After making Syria into the new Afghanistan Abu Khaled, an ISIS commander, says in interview he intends to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria:

"The aim of the ISIL is to set up an Islamic Caliphate that will attract Muslims from all over the world"
Attract Muslims from all over the world?

Surely, he just means like only the Muslims who are really super eager to be tortured and beheaded for calling their Great Aunt in Ultra Zionist Dearbornistan Michigan?

Good luck with that.

By Howie at 09:27 AM | Comments |

March 06, 2014

Tales of Torture Murder in ISIS Prison

Hey but at least they didn't subject this poor fellow to loud music or nor force him to maintain an uncomfortable position.

It had been 20 days since Mohammed's arrival in Turkey, after having spent more than three grueling months inside prisons run by the notorious Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria. Mohammed, 20, came to Gaziantep from the Syrian town of Al-Bab in Aleppo province, where ISIS has imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia since capturing it in September 2013. Smoking is prohibited, women must wear black niqabs and arbitrary trials and detentions take place daily.

The large bump on his forehead is one of the many scars that provide a glimpse into Mohammed’s story.

“I can still remember four Syrians from Damascus who got out of the bus and started smoking. They were immediately beaten by ISIS militants,” Mohammed, not his real name, said while smoking a cigarette in a coffee bar in the Turkish city.

...Torture methods included electricity shocks and hanging him upside down from the ceiling. The cries and screams of other inmates were constant, but he doesn’t know exactly how many people were detained, as he was put in a separate cell with only one other person. There was no electricity, only a small window without bars.

“I shared a cell with an Alawite officer. They were beating him so severely that the whole cell was covered in blood," Mohammed said. He had been forced to watch.

He added that he was forced to sleep in his cellmate's blood, who told him that he hadn’t seen his three children for more than two years.

“Outside the prison I would probably hate him like I hate Bashar, but inside the cell we supported each other. God bless him."


By Howie at 10:02 AM | Comments |

February 18, 2014

Jaish al-Adl Kidnaps Five Iranian Border Guards -- Iran Threatens Pakistani Invasion

Reuters:

Pakistan warned Iran on Tuesday not to send troops across the two countries' shared border to retrieve five kidnapped Iranian border guards, an incident that threatens to exacerbate regional and sectarian tensions.

On Monday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli was quoted as saying Iran might consider sending its forces onto Pakistani soil if Pakistan did not take the steps necessary to fight against militants.

"Iranian forces have no authority to cross our borders in violation of the international law. We must respect each other's borders," the Pakistani government statement said.

Predominantly Shi'ite Iran says militants seized the guards about 5 km (3 miles) inside Iran on February 6 in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan and took them into Pakistan.

A Sunni insurgent Iranian group calling itself Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, according to a Twitter account purporting to belong to the group. Its authenticity could not be immediately verified.

Saudi Arabia's al-Arabiya TV broadcast this clip of the kidnapped guards.

This isn't the first time the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has resulted in the death of Iranian border guards. More than a dozen were murdered by Jaish al-Adl in November 2013.

In addition to the above linked Twitter account Jaish al-Adl maintains a website on Google's blogspot here. As well as a Facebook account here.

Update: Yes they're also on Youtube.

Update II: This particular kidnapping may be revenge for Iran hanging several members in early February. Looking further, the hanging post was published on February 10th, these men were taken on February 6th.

UPDATE by Rusty: I posted on this the day they got taken hostage, but can't find the post. But I think the real take-away here is that the Iranians are threatening to invade Pakistan, and Pakistan is threatening maximum resistance if they do.

The only thing that gives me wood quicker than the thought of an all-out war between India and Pakistan? An all-out war between Iran and Pakistan. If there was war between India and Pakistan at least I'd be rooting for the Indians. But between Iran and Pakistan? It's win-win, baby!

By Howie at 10:46 AM | Comments |

January 23, 2014

Ok, this is kinda cool: New Uniform for Sikhs in US Army

More power to 'em...

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It's all good, except ....

Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Wiccan soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen can now request exemptions to strict military uniform and grooming policies.
And I don't really mind any of these people wearing slightly altered uniforms or maybe exempted from shaving.

But ... what about the female soldiers? What if a Muslima insists that her version of Islam requires her to cover from head to toe? That I'd have a problem with.

Yes, this exists.

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Also, Wiccans have special clothing they wear? What is that, a pair of Doc. Martins, black eye liner and nailpolish ... for the guys?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:30 PM | Comments |

November 18, 2013

Nigerian Terrorst Group Ansaru Kisses Mullah Omar and Zawahiri's Hand

I dunno, but sounds kind of like a bad gay man crush to me.

he leader of Ansaru, a Nigeria-based jihadist group that was added to the US' list of global terrorist organizations just days ago, recently called Ayman al-Zawahiri "our good emir" and Mullah Omar the "Emir of the Believers."

Abu Usama al Ansari, the leader of Ansaru, praised al Qaeda and the Taliban's top leaders in an Eid al Adha statement that was released on jihadist forums on Nov. 14. His statement was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Al Ansari described the leader of al Qaeda as "our good emir, and dear sheikh, the doctor of the Ummah [Muslims community], the man of dignity and determination."

Additionally, al Ansari described Mullah Omar as the "Emir of the Believers" [the title is also known as "Emir al Mumineen," or the Commander of the Faithful]. Mullah Omar's title has religious significance among jihadists; the Commander of the Faithful is designated the leader of their Islamist caliphate. Osama bin Laden had sworn allegiance to Mullah Omar.

Like my Pakistani friend explains to me, al-Qaeda does not do Jihad "for the sake of Allah or Muslims, be because they want to be Kings, or Emirs as they are called in the Islamic world.

Its good to be king you know.

By Howie at 10:06 AM | Comments |

October 04, 2013

Nicholas Oresko, Oldest Living Medal of Honor Recipient Has Passed

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Image is of Nicholas Oresko and the youngest CMOH recipient Dakota Meyer

M/Sgt. Oresko was a platoon leader with Company C, in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned down his unit. Realizing that a machinegun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets which struck about him, until close enough to throw a grenade into the German position. He rushed the bunker and, with pointblank rifle fire, killed all the hostile occupants who survived the grenade blast. Another machinegun opened up on him, knocking him down and seriously wounding him in the hip. Refusing to withdraw from the battle, he placed himself at the head of his platoon to continue the assault. As withering machinegun and rifle fire swept the area, he struck out alone in advance of his men to a second bunker. With a grenade, he crippled the dug-in machinegun defending this position and then wiped out the troops manning it with his rifle, completing his second self-imposed, 1-man attack. Although weak from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until assured the mission was successfully accomplished. Through quick thinking, indomitable courage, and unswerving devotion to the attack in the face of bitter resistance and while wounded, M/Sgt. Oresko killed 12 Germans, prevented a delay in the assault, and made it possible for Company C to obtain its objective with minimum casualties.

By Vinnie at 09:14 PM | Comments |

October 02, 2013

Bikers Terrorize Family On NY Highway (Update: Biker Family Needs A WAAAmbulance)

UPDATE III: Charges dropped against biker Allen Edwards, who was seen in the video punching the Range Rover's rear window near where Lien's 2 year old child sat. Police had received over 200 complaints about the aggressive bikers prior to the attack.

Speculation is the bikers were trying to force vehicles off the road so Hollywood Stuntz participants could perform their stunts on the empty highway. [Ed: Updated with link.]

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(Alexian Lien unconscious in street after being dragged from vehicle, beaten, and slashed.)

Facebook page to support Alexian Lien HERE and HERE.

Facebook page to support Rover HERE.

Facebook page to support the biker who got his ass handed to him HERE. (Comments are great reading!)

Rest of post moved below the fold.

UPDATE II: Second rider Allen Edwards arrested , facing reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing charges.

UPDATE: The rider who obstructed the SUV's path has been arrested.

Motorcyclist Christopher Cruz, 28, allegedly sparked the wild ordeal after he swerved in front of Alexian Lien, 33, on the Henry Hudson Parkway and stopped short, causing Lien to rear-end Cruz on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Cruz, of Passaic, N.J. — who was riding with a swarm of dozens of motorcycles that surrounded Lien's Range Rover — allegedly cut the driver off and caused an accident, police said.

The biker was charged with menacing, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a child. He was waiting to be arraigned Tuesday.

One of the jerks who attacked the SUV ended up getting what he deserved pretty much.
Lien hit the gas to escape, plowing into at least three motorcycles and striking one of the bikers, Jeremiah Mieses, 26 - breaking both the man’s legs, sources said.

"The rider was bleeding out of his mouth and nose even though he had a helmet on," said a witness, who asked to remain anonymous. "He was conscious but couldn't move at all."

His dad thinks he a victim.
Meises, the 26-year-old biker, was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was being treated for two broken legs. Friends and family said that doctors feared the biker may never walk again.

"My son just got out of surgery. Now we have to contend with his situation that he will never walk again," Meises' father, the Rev. Edwin Mieses of Hazleton, Pa., posted on Facebook.

Well, WTF did he think would happen? Ooh he didn't think did he. Sorry Bub, tough lesson to learn the hard way, the very very effing hard way. But um, yeah.


Mieses' wife insists her husband was just trying "to help someone." Riiight. ;)

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When I first heard about this story, I sided with the bikers. It originally came out as an SUV plowing down motorcyclists, killing one, then fleeing the scene.

But after viewing the video, clearly the bikers were out of control. Also, it is reported there were only minor injuries, with the driver of the SUV receiving the worst of it from the beating at the end.

The incident starts when one of the bikers closely (and deliberately) cuts in front of a black Range Rover and then slams on brakes in what is known as a "brake check." The SUV can't stop quick enough and taps the bike's rear wheel.

Watch the video to see what happens next:


By DMartyr at 06:53 AM | Comments |

October 01, 2013

2 Marine Generals Forced to Retire for Taliban Attack

Two Marine Generals are on the hook for a Taliban attack on a Marine base in Afghanistan that left two Marines dead. I've no idea if these guys deserve some blame, however I will say that in general we are far too reluctant to fire people anymore.

And as I write this I know I'm typing Afghanistan but if I'm honest with myself then I'm really thinking Benghazi:

In a rare move, the top Marine on Monday forced two generals into retirement after concluding they should be held accountable for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan against a Taliban attack that killed two Marines.

Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said that Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant "did not take adequate force protection measures" at Camp Bastion, a sprawling British-run airfield in southwestern Afghanistan that was the Taliban target.

The Sept. 14, 2012, attack by 15 Taliban fighters caught the Marines by surprise and resulted in the deaths of Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27. The Taliban also destroyed six Marine Harrier fighter jets valued at $200 million and badly damaged others. It was one of the most stunning and damaging attacks of the war. Fourteen of the 15 attackers were killed; one was captured.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:02 PM | Comments |

September 27, 2013

Out: Flipping Bird at Commie While Flying Inverted
In: Robot Flipping Bird at Commie While Flying Inverted

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The history books will record that on Sept. 27, 2012 Skynet became self-aware:

The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have sent their first unmanned F-16 jet plane into the air — a drone craft test that promises to change the shape of battlefield missions in years to come.
Yeah, I know, Tom Cruise flew an F-14 Tomcat in Top Gun. But the joke only works if you suspend belief that Tom Cruise could fly any plane.

Parenthetically, I was way ahead of the curve on Tom Cruise. While all of my friends -- some to this very day -- loved the movie, I came out of it saying, That guy, Maverick .... is he gay or what?

Thanks to BenK.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:41 AM | Comments |

September 13, 2013

Its a Financial War Silly: Those Who Forget the USSR Are Doomed to be The Next USSR

Now after 9/11 we needed to get some payback. I'm all for payback.

But were we ever going to turn Afghanistan into New Mexico? No probably not.

Would the toppling of Sadam Hussien result in dominoes of western freedom falling all over the middle east? Um, no. No it didn't.

In fact when the despot dominoes fall they are more often replaced with a more radical Islamic Sharia state rather than freedom. You know, like Tunisia which is probably the most successful of the Arab Spring states. Its now a state where your daughters are not safe to be let out alone.

I know a lot of folks are resisting the warnings Vladimir Putin is giving about intervention in Syria. But maybe, just maybe we should give it a little more consideration. I mean considering the USSR. You know, what USSR?

Russia cannot even keep the peace in Syria, which was a responsibility of the former USSR. Mainly because they were trolled into an overreaction and invasion in Afghanistan.

Tough lesson.

Two days ago al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said.

- Al-Qaida's leader on Friday marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by calling on Muslims to strike inside the United States, with big attacks or small, using any opportunity they can to "bleed" America financially.

"We should bleed America economically by motivating it to continue its huge expenditure on its security as America's weak point is its economy, which already has begun stumbling because of the military and security expenditure," he said. "America is not a mythic power and the Americans, after all, are humans who can be defeated, felled and punished."

So there you have it, al-Qaeda's strategy is the same as the strategy that caused the fall of the Soviet Union. Russia has faced Islamic insurgency ever since, in Chechnya , Beslan . And has a lot less resources to do so since the breakup of the USSR.

Islamic terrorists allied with al-Qaeda murder Russian soldiers just as savagely as any American civilian in Iraq.

That's not to say we and Russia should not fight al-Qaeda and their allies. But we should be much smarter about it and work together much more than we have.

Because al-Qaeda does not seek to defeat either of us in a strait up battle. In fact in many cases when western forces show up, the Jihadi crowd moves on to the next lowest hanging fruit. The next anarchic region where they can impose their will free of forces that can truly oppose them. al-Qaeda are the ultimate oppressors despite their narrative, they chose to impose themselves on the people least able to defend themselves. Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali, Libya, Yemen. Wherever there is a vacuum they can fill. Most people, even Muslim peoples do not want to live under the radical 6th century butcher's state al-Qaeda is selling. Its why they prey those who can't resist.

They troll us not into acting, which we should, but into overreacting. To over expend blood and treasure in the swatting of a fly.

More war and anarchy is always in al-Qaeda's interest. So to interfere further in Syria and get ourselves expending blood and treasure on a non solution is not only folly, its what al-Qaeda wants.

If the US and Russia can work together to end the Syrian conflict, well that's not in al-Qaeda's interest. Its never in their interest for us to act smartly, but to act out of hast and emotion.

Because their ultimate defeat and our victory depends not so much on how many we kill nor how many invasions we can pull off. But on the financial health of the west combined with the long term ability to strike al-Qaeda's and their allies as needed. Denying them control and safe havens, yet not giving them a gift of a larger wars that help breed experienced and resistant Jihadist pests while also assisting them in their goal to run us broke.

al-Qaeda seeks to make us financially unable to interfere where and when needed. Deny them that and al-Qaeda and the jihadist movement become a minority that cannot win.

It certainly makes a lot more sense than doing exactly as bin-Laden and Zawahiri predicts and wants us to do.

Thanks to Intelwire.

By Howie at 10:43 AM | Comments |

July 29, 2013

What Do You Mean America Not Helping in Syria?

We sent this dude? What more do you want?

A Pittsburgh man may be the latest American killed as part of the global Muslim jihad against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The man, identified as Amir Farouk Ibrahim, 32, was reportedly killed July 22 in fighting between Syrian Kurdish forces and those linked to the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida affiliate.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based Syrian opposition group, posted pictures of Ibrahim's American and Egyptian passports on its Facebook page. Ibrahim's passport appeared alongside about a dozen others belonging to men from around the Islamic world, underscoring the fact that the Syrian conflict has become a transnational one.

"The documents were found after the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) retreated from the town after intense clashes last week with the YPG (Yekineyen Parastina Gela Kurdish faction)," the Syrian Observatory wrote on its Facebook page. "We do not know the fate of the owners of these documents, whether they are dead or alive and still active in Syria."

I'd like to personally thank the Islamic State of Iraq for helping him seek Jihad in the way of Allah and to Bashar al-Assad a Kurdish militia for making sure he didn't get any bright ideas about returning to Pittsburgh.

All's well that ends well I always say.

Thanks to MAKAYA for pointing out that it was most likely a Kurdish militia who dislike al-Qaeda's um, imperialism that offed Ibrahim.

Even better, as Rusty always asks, "Why don't we give them, a state?"

By Howie at 11:03 AM | Comments |

July 18, 2013

The Zimmerman We Should Really Be Talking About

KPBS:

rmy Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, was killed July 16 in Mushaka, Afghanistan when a rocket propelled grenade hit his vehicle, according to the Department of Defense.

Zimmerman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

Zimmerman was from Waynesfield, Ohio

First, we thank him for his service fighting the Taliban.

We pray God accept him and give him rest and comfort his loved ones.

By Howie at 08:00 AM | Comments |

June 21, 2013

Spain Arrests 12 Recruiting for al-Qaeda

Time

Spanish police say they have arrested eight people suspected of recruiting jihadist militants for al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.

The Interior Ministry said the arrests were made early Friday in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, which is located on the northwest African coast, surrounded by Morocco on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other.

A ministry statement said the group was suspected of sending dozens of potential fighters from Spain Morocco to Syria, some of whom had carried out suicide attacks. It says others had been sent to training camps.

Just then Obama walked in from the G8 summit and said, "I don't think these freedom fighters can kill infidels with those handcuffs on?"

Shut up kid.

By Howie at 08:25 AM | Comments |

June 20, 2013

US Helped in Libya, Why not Syria?

Um..... uh...

Bombs destroy police station in Libya's Benghazi

The al-Hadaiq station in downtown Benghazi was completely destroyed by explosives at around 0300 a.m. (0100 GMT). The blast was so loud it could be heard across the city.

On Saturday, six soldiers were killed and five injured in clashes between Libyan special forces and armed protesters outside a special forces base in Benghazi.

Yeah.

By Howie at 09:07 AM | Comments |

June 13, 2013

Confirmed Edward Snowden Shopping US Spy Data to China

Nope he's certainly not a hero.

Alleged NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed today to have evidence that the U.S. government has been hacking into Chinese computer networks since at least 2009 – an effort he said is part of the tens of thousands of hacking operations American cyber spies have launched around the world, according to a Hong Kong newspaper.

The newspaper, the South China Morning Post, reported it had conducted a lengthy interview with the 29-year-old former NSA contractor, who is hiding out in Hong Kong after revealing himself to be the source of a series of headline-grabbing stories about the National Security Agency's secret, vast surveillance programs. After their unveiling, those programs were acknowledged and defended by top Obama administration officials.

The Post said Snowden provided documents, which the paper described as "unverified," that he said showed U.S. cyber operations targeting a Hong Kong university, public officials and students in the Chinese city. The paper said the documents also indicate hacking attacks targeting mainland Chinese targets, but did not reveal information about Chinese military systems.

I'm certainly now surprised that Glenn Greenwald's scoop came from a traitor. Birds of a feather you know.

By Howie at 07:52 AM | Comments |