November 22, 2013
I'm a Racist! Zo's A Racist! Oprah's a Racist!
And that goes for the rest of you racist scallywags too!
Oprah has raised the debt ceiling on the race card. Even though she's got enough money to swipe that card 'til it smokes. Funny how the wealth she has mostly comes from her white fans, but somehow it's racism that's causing Obama to fail. It can't possibly be his policies.
November 20, 2013
At Last Good News From Iraq
Iraq’s Kurds plan to start pumping oil to Turkey next month via a pipeline controlled by the central government in Baghdad, signaling an easing of their dispute over resources, according to two people familiar with the plan.Sweet!
The new line will take Kurdish oil into the existing pipe that runs from Kirkuk in Iraq to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, initially carrying 150,000 barrels a day starting in December, according to the Turkish energy industry officials who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. An Iraqi energy industry manager, who requested anonymity for the same reason, said the state oil company has accounted for the extra oil in 2014 plans.
November 18, 2013
Brown Moses' New Yorker Profile
As rockets fell in Syria, Eliot Higgins was asleep at his house twenty-three hundred miles away, in Leicester, England. He woke a few hours later, roused his toddler daughter, Ela, and padded downstairs to make her porridge. It was August 21st, and it had been ten months since Higgins was laid off from his job as an administrator at a nonprofit providing housing for asylum seekers. His days now consisted of looking after Ela and writing blog posts. As he made breakfast, he checked Twitter on his phone, and noticed reports of a possible chemical-weapons attack in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.Read the rest.
...“Immediately, I gathered as much information as possible,” Higgins told me recently. Online, Higgins is known as Brown Moses, and, as Ela played, he assembled videos from Ghouta, preparing to post them on the Brown Moses Blog
Pretty bad day, either you were hurt or you saw storms followed by sunshine and rainbows, tornadoes are truly an act of God, so fickle, terrible damage one place then so close to the destruction normality. Its surreal.
CNN:Washington, Illinois (CNN) -- Hundreds of thousands of people were without power and hundreds were without homes across the Midwest on Monday after powerful storms wreaked havoc in three states.Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, especially those who lost loved ones.
The worst damage appeared to be in Illinois, where six people died.
An umbrella found undamaged in a remote area 10 miles from Brookport IL tornado
And three people in far southern Illinois died from what was believed to be a tornado there, two in the Brookport area and one in Unionville.
al-Shabbab Offers Comfort to Mullah Omar Over Mehsud Droning
habaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, has issued a statement offering its condolences for the death of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the former emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Hakeemullah was killed by the US in a drone strike in North Waziristan on Nov. 1.Oh how cute.
November 13, 2013
Sandcrawler PSA: Death Star More Popular Than ObamaCare
Sebelius Announces Healthcare.gov's Numbers
Less Than 27,000
Hat Tip: Leah.
November 07, 2013
Saudis with Nukes: What could possibly go wrong?
Well, it looks like nuking Mecca might be on the table after all:
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.It sounds to me that what they're trying to say is this:
Earlier this year, a senior Nato decision maker told me that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.
Last month Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, "the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring."
Saudi Arabia has bought and paid for nuclear weapons, but which Pakistan has agreed to hold on to and to be delivered if and when the Iranians go nuclear.
But still, a nuclear armed Saudi Arabia? I don't know about you, but I'm still up in the air on whether or not the Kingdom should be allowed airplanes let alone nukes.
Thanks to Laura.
A Southern California high school sports' team is not scoring any points for its name, the "Arabs."The problem is that the mascot is not an Arab, its a Genie. A badass menacing looking Genie. I think I should always captitalze the word Genie to ward off, you know, curses and stuff. But I digress.
In a letter this month, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee accused the school of stereotyping and demanded a name change.
The group is also seeking a change of the Coachella Valley High School mascot.
The group said it was "shocked to learn that the Arab" is the official mascot of the high school in Thermal.
"Continued use of the 'Arab' mascot perpetuates demeaning stereotypes of Arabs and Arab Americans," it said. "Coachella Valley High School's gross stereotyping cannot be tolerated."
The school has a mascot that "depicts a man with a large nose, heavy beard, and wearing" a traditional head covering, the group said.
During halftime, "a female dressed as belly dancer entertains the mascot by dancing for him," it added.
Wait a minute, did they say Belly Dancing?
Um, yeah yeah they did.
I had something profound I was going to say about this issue, Tusken Raiders and Princess Leia in a metal Bikini.
But I forget now what the hell it was?
October 30, 2013
Assad Imposses Unpossible Conditions on Peace Talks
He demanded we stop supporting those terrorists in the resistance who slowly and brutally behead people on video.
October 25, 2013
Nigeria Slaughters Boko Haram
Rusty's posts were such a letdown, I mean Iran with nukes, pirates, the western world all spying and making war in themselves rather than bloodthirsty terrorists.
Well turns out that one country still has its priorities strait, ironically its Nigeria.
- More than 70 members of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram have been killed during a Nigerian military operation in the northeastern state of Borno, an Army spokesman told CNN Friday.That's right 70 dead terrorist savages and more on the way.
The military "remains on the offensive," according to Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who said the operation began Thursday and was continuing Friday.
See, don't you feel better now? I know I do.
No remorse baby!
October 23, 2013
Way to Go Jose
That's one fine boy right there.
He's more of a man than that thief will ever be.
October 22, 2013
Sandcrawler PSA: If They Who Wrote the Software Don't Trust It
Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.I know a little something about writing software. Different platform, but I digress.
Such as... in a hurry against an insane deadline is um not, not good.
More people "fixing" actually kind of slows things down on major issues, not the other way around.
And also if they didn't have time to test to "see if it works" how much time do you think they had to test to see "if its secure?"
I'm not saying its a disaster yet, its just broken. But there is a strong potential for disaster in my opinion.
Russian Militant Straps Bomb To His Cougar Wife
Dmitry Sokolov is 22 and chickenshit she WAS 30.
"Sokolov, who went missing in July 2012, converted to Islam and is believed to have developed an interest in explosives." What a coincidence!I know there's a joke here somewhere, but I'm having a block.
Divorce might have been easier, but not nearly as satisfying: "Husband 'prepared' Russian bomber for fatal bus attack...
Put yours in comments and the best gets the new "Our Hajj will be complete once we rape your women" Fatwa.
Update: The brand new super exciting Our Hajj Will Be Complete Once We Rape Your Women Fatwa issued against Papa Whiskey for:
A Muslima was prepped for a blow-up
In small chunks and hunks she did go up
Killing bus riders
Like poor flies by spiders
This odious creed makes me throw up.
October 21, 2013
Turkey Outs Spies
They fight Iran in Syria, but turn in any Iranian who speaks to an Israeli to a government thy call war criminals?
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdoğan's hostility toward Israel and embrace of Hamas terrorists is well established. He has called Zionism, the belief in a Jewish state, "a crime against humanity."Which is why the entire nation of Turkey is banned from Jawa Report. If you thought this NATO ally was secular or against al-Qaeda, I've got some comments for you to read.
But a report published Wednesday evening by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius raises the question of whether Erdoğan, head of a NATO state, deliberately sabotaged efforts to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program out of spite for Israel.
Erdoğan's government reportedly gave the Islamic Republic the names of up to 10 Iranians who were meeting Mossad officers inside Turkey last year.
October 18, 2013
Where's Rusty? Imperial Credits Edition
A federal air marshal was arrested Thursday morning at Nashville International Airport after being caught taking multiple upskirt pictures of female passengers boarding a plane, police said.Don't worry I'm bailing him out.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and held on $10,000 bail.
So how much is that in Imperial credits?
My powahs are weak.
Taliban vs. Squirrel
I knew there would be a downside to Youtube banning MosqueWatch.
October 11, 2013
Meanwhile in Libya ....
Taliban Mocks US, US Mocks Talibans Inability to Build Proper Sewer
Its easy to mock a US government shutdown when the Taliban's budget consists entirely of Chinese rifles, black sackcloth and goat feed.
October 10, 2013
In Saudi Arabia they Kill You for Being a Witch ....
... but they only give you 8 years for brutally raping your own five year old daughter.
Video: Zoomed in - Biker punches Alexian Lien's SUV after collision
Hat Tip: Jeff.
Update By DMartyr: That biker is Christopher Cruz. He is the one who instigated the whole chain of events by "brake checking" the SUV.
Good job, kote2!
October 08, 2013
Sandcrawler PSA: May the Craziest MOFO Win
They say don't bring a knife to a gunfight, but do bring the crazy.
October 07, 2013
NO!!@!@!@@ NOT THE BEER!
Help is on the way, justice will triumph! Da Da daaaaaaa!
I suggest a compromise, just refuse to truck anything at all to Washington D.C. and the surrounding area. That way the rest of America will work and D.C. .... Well, come to think of it, not that much will change.
October 02, 2013
American University in Iraq Full of Kurds
Within the Kurdish region of Iraq Americans are welcome... The Kudrish they are so enthusiastic, they want to ask us all about the United States and speak English with you. They are just wonderful, I (Dawn Dekle ) feel very welcome here.Why was it we didn't give the Kurds their own state again? I mean they do more with their freedom than any of the rest we've tried to help. At this time 50% of the students in American University in the Kurdish region are female.
The Kurds, they rock.
Update: I missed the NPR link, added and also Dawn Dekle who is interviewed is the President of the University which is located in Sulaymaniyah.
September 27, 2013
The Sex Jihad?
Is some of the propaganda about the Sunni Sex Jihad or Jihad al-Nikah just propaganda with little credibility produced by the Syrian regime to make Sunnis look bad.
The only real evidence of women embarking on "sex jihad," comes not from Syria but from Tunisia's Chaambi Mountains, an area in the west of the country that has often been the site of clashes between the military and jihadists. Tunisian security forces there arrested several girls who were allegedly involved in the practice. Guellali said that she spoke to the mother of an 18-year-old female who was involved -- the mother said that a woman close to the Tunisian militant group Ansar al-Sharia got her daughter tangled up in a network of girls in the area.But do the Sunni terrorists really need any help to look bad.
But the scope of the problem -- and whether it is related to Syria in any way -- remains a complete mystery.
"It's a bit disturbing that we have these kind of declarations and then there is no follow-up," said Guellali. "[The authorities] threw out this information that they had several cases of women coming back pregnant, but there is no tracking of the cases either by the Ministry of Women or the Ministry of Interior. And they won't give any further information.
Terrorism advocates are similar to some market traders. They do not hesitate to promote certain beliefs for the sake of marketing their products. Al-Qaeda used all means, including sex, to recruit young men and women from anywhere they have a recruitment network. They promise them martyrdom, gardens of delight and 72 virgins after death and they seduce them with female slaves while alive. Algerians suffered from these barbarous groups for two decades. They took refuge in the mountains and then attacked towns and city suburbs in order to loot, kill and kidnap women to use them as sex slaves and maids.Its like Rusty says, on one side you have a bunch of evil lying semi civilized anti-American Shai butchers whereas on the on the other you have a bunch of evil lying so bloodthirsty we don't even pretend Anti-American Sunni butchers.
Let us remember that raping the mind poses the biggest threat. It is through this act that brainwashed people can be directed to commit any crime. These victims of brainwashing enter Syria, where people are either besieged or pursued and the world has given up on them. They have deceived many people into joining them under the slogan of fighting the Syrian regime. People have thus found that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is not any less evil than the Assad regime which they revolted against.
You must choose.
September 23, 2013
Muslim Brotherhood Totally 100% Banned!
An Egyptian court Monday ordered a ban on activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and froze its finances, according to state-run news website EgyNews.
The move is the latest in an anti-Muslim Brotherhood crackdown that began when the military ousted President Mohamed Morsy, who was backed by the Brotherhood, in early July.
The country's Ministry of Social Solidarity said earlier this month that it was considering punishing the group, accusing it of violating a law regulating non-governmental groups, EgyNews reported. The law prohibits such groups from operating as political organizations and forming militias.
The Brotherhood has a political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, and the current government has accused the Brotherhood of inciting violence.
September 17, 2013
Cornhole Watch: Yassin Ahmed Laarbi
The alleged leader of an Islamic militant cell in Spain who escaped arrest in June when eight of his suspected colleagues were detained has been taken into custody, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Monday.Well that's what he gets for hanging out with Yousef al-Khattab, no?
The suspect, Yassin Ahmed Laarbi, a Spaniard, was arrested Monday in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Morocco's north coast, where the eight other suspects also were detained on June 21, an Interior Ministry statement said.
The suspected cell was "a structure based in Spain, with connections in Morocco, Belgium, Turkey and Syria, dedicated to radicalizing, recruiting and sending mujahedeen (fighters) to Syria with the aim of conducting jihad and achieving martyrdom," according to a court order issued in June.
Hat Tip: Intel Girl.
The Terrorist and the Analyst
Somehow I cannot avoid thinking that I'm the annoying yet unnamed terrorism writer.
Toward the end of May, Omar stopped tweeting. With no new information, except for a steady stream of contradictory rumors about his status that flew around Somali media and government circles, people began to lose interest. I periodically emailed him trying to find out if he was still alive, but I received no response. After several efforts to keep the conversation going, I gave up and assumed we were finished.Yeah I'm annoying, call it a gift.
In October, Omar surfaced again with another urgent video about the danger he faced with al-Shabab. After posting the video, he went silent again in public but responded to a few direct messages on Twitter. He said he no longer had access to email (he was using Twitter on his phone) and complained about another terrorism writer's clumsy attempts to bait him into a conversation.
But Jawa Report and my now defunct Howiejawa Youtube channel quickly put more eyeballs on Omar's message than anyone. At a time when the only journalists lending weight to the story were Christof Putzel and myself.
In private even Rusty questioned the veracity of the Abu_M twitter feed but deferred to my "Its him ,I swear!" protests.
But to be fair, I was pretty sure Omar was captured and it was a Zionist false flag operation. Christof Putzel was ahead of the whole crowd.
Shortly after everyone wanted to chit chat with Omar. I just regret that the story didn't end better despite my, you know, annoying front page personality.
Can't win them all ;-)
Regrets not so much for Omar, he made his bed, but for his parents Debra and Shafik. And also for the children of his Somali wives, born of an American, who are now in the hands of al-Shabbaab. Because his stubbornness and selfishness to be a martyr Omar denied his children their birthright as Americans, education, food, a better life. Which to me is the greatest tragedy of this entire mess.
Islamic Fatwa Issued Against al-Shabaab for Murder of Omar Hammami
American jihadi Omar Hammami was murdered "in cold blood," a Somalia-based Islamic center said, backing up reports that the militant from Alabama was killed Thursday by his rivals within the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.The Islamic penalty for murder is death.
The Islamic World Issues Study Center published a tribute online in which it describes the killings of Hammami, 29, and two other militants as a "tragedy," saying al-Shabab should be "directing their arrows at the enemies of the group," according to a report issued Saturday by SITE Intel Group, an American private company that analyzes terror threats.
"Here they are today being killed in cold blood at the hands of those who belong to jihad ... and the world is watching," the tribute said, according to SITE Intel Group.
"One wonders who will be next," the eulogy said. "And more importantly, who will be responsible for the blood of those brothers?"
Death to Shabaaab!
I always wanted to say that ;-)
August 30, 2013
Truthloader on al-Assad Chemical Weapons
I don't doubt that the regime or elements the regime have at times used gas against rebel forces that resulted in civilian casualties.
But our intended military actions are not a solution. In fact the al-Assad regime thinks we're out to destroy that capability what's to stop him or a rouge general from using them on a mass scale before that capability is destroyed or against western or American targets?
August 22, 2013
Good News! DHS Employee In Charge of Weapons Procurement's Website We're Going to Have to Kill a Lot of White People
A Department of Homeland Security employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meet Ayo Kimathi, a.k.a. “the Irritated Genie," who told his bosses at the DHS that his anti-white, anti-gay site, "War is on the Horizon," was just an entertainment site that sells concert and lecture videos.Breitbart:
You see, DHS employees, even those with office jobs like Kimathi's, have to get outside activities approved by their supervisors, according to the SPLC. Kimathi's former supervisor told the watchdog group, which tracks hate speech and groups in the U.S., that despite her former employee's banal description of his extracurricular activities, the actual content of the site left her "stunned." She continued: “To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me." She added that had Kimathi's site been accurately described to the agency, there's no way the DHS would have signed off on it. Possibly to keep his bosses from looking up his work, Kimathi used only the site's acronym, WOH, in his permission request. In addition to his involvement in the purchase of ICE supplies, Kimathi also had a public profile for the agency, speaking at vendor events. As "Irritated Genie," Kimathi also has a public profile as a black supremacist advocate.
in order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count." Kimathi also says that whites are attempting to “homosexualize” black men to somehow make them weaker, and therefore easier pickings for racism. He also offers helpful hints on how “Black women in the world [can] understand what she needs to do to keep a strong Black man happy.”What is it, National Kill Da White People Week?
August 20, 2013
The Jihad Down Under
This report provides an in depth examination of the rate and extent of Islamic radicalisation in Australia. First discussed will be a brief overview of the history of Muslim immigration to the country, there will be an examination of the demographics of Muslims in Australia, including an analysis of Muslim political participation. Following this, the theoretical explanations of the causes and process of radicalisation will also be examined. The Australian government’s response to terrorism will also be explored. This report will also examine unfamiliar sources of Islamic radicalisation, including Indigenous Australians, as well as Saudi Arabia’s secret funding of Australian universities. Following this overview of the context and history of Islamic radicalisation in Australia, this report will survey numerous case studies of radical groups, individuals, incidents of violence, and the four planned terrorist attacks in Australia since 9/11. The report will conclude with a discussion on possible ways to prevent further incidents of radicalisation, as well as forecast future developments.Full Report.
I Remember Back in the Day When a Man Had to Memorize His Own Phone Numbers
A West Java man reportedly strangled his girlfriend to death in Bogor after she deleted all the numbers from his cell phone, police said on Tuesday.
The two reportedly met for a date on Thursday, said Comr. Antonius Agus Rahmanto, the head of Jakarta Police’s violent crimes division. Ali took Siti to his home after stopping on the way to have sex in a bush, Agus said.
Siti then asked to see Ali’s phone and deleted his entire phone book.
The argument became heated and Ali reportedly killed Siti and dumped her body in the river, Agus said.
August 16, 2013
Up to 5000 Muslims Brothers Dead
Bismillah. Maybe up to 5000 dead and more then 20.000 wounded in massive crime against humanity in democratic Egypt.You know what you call that? A good start.
Featured POS of the Day Christopher Dillingham
Washington state fireworks seller pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he killed his dog by strapping explosives to the Labrador retriever's neck and setting them off, according to the Skamania County prosecutor's office.Hopefully one of the inmates can fix this problem and save the taxpayers some money. Because this guy just can't get to hell soon enough for me.
Christopher Dillingham, 45, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of a bomb or explosive device with intent to use for an unlawful purpose, a felony in the state carrying a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Dillingham also pleaded not guilty to charges that include animal cruelty, fireworks violation and reckless endangerment, prosecutors said.
Trolling the Jihad For Fun and Profit
Terrorism researcher J.M. Berger sparked a minor Internet sensation on Tuesday when he invited his followers on Twitter to troll a hashtag used by jihadists — which they did, in great numbers, with debatably humorous results.And the greatest lesson learned from the whole episode is that the Jihadis and the counter Jihadis get along better than Democrats and Republicans, dog and cats or the entire nation of Egypt.
August 14, 2013
Shenannigans: The Big NC Voter ID Lie
When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. But now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one thing, she may not qualify for the voter ID card required under the new law, because the name on her birth certificate is different from the name on her driver’s license and voter registration card. Reconciling this difference will be a costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor. For another, she has participated in early voting since it was instituted in the state. Now, it’s been cut back a week.The big lie is that Rosanell Eaton can't vote or will be required to get a special ID under the law.
limiting acceptable IDs to driver's licenses, passports, veteran's ID, or tribal cardsAnd yeah I took that requirement quote from another hand wringing liberal. So even they know Ms. Eaton can still vote.
She is registered to vote and carries a driver's license. Under the new law that is all that is required. Also her registration, driver's license and one utility bill would be enough to get a free state photo ID should she not renew her license.
So I don't even see how she has standing to sue in court to start with as she is not at all damaged.
Does blatant political BS lies even bother "Progressives"?
Um, no. No its doesn't. Not in the slightest.
I wouldn't say anything but this is like the fourth report I've heard that notes she has proper ID but claims she is being oppressed.
Mentally Ill Bank Robber's Very First Like on Facebook Was Islam
A man who authorities said was mentally unstable and believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police shot and killed him.I wonder who put the device in his head, I'd bet $100 he thought it was the Juice.
The hours-long standoff began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when a gunman — identified by police as 20-year-old Fuaed (FOO-od) Abdo Ahmed — took two women and a man captive at Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph, which sits near Louisiana's border with Mississippi.
During hostage negotiations, authorities were able to get Ahmed on the phone with a friend in Alaska, Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said. That was crucial in convincing Ahmed to eventually release a female hostage.
Ahmed had written a letter "detailing exactly what he was going to do," Edmonson said.
"He was mad at people that he said were mean to him," he said. "He had voices in his head."
Fuaed joined Facebook on May 21st.
Pretty much every post was pictures of himself or about violence.
On July 7th he posted this image. Depicting an Islamic warrior riding a lion.
Lions of Islam is a common meme among Jihadis as well although he doesn't seem to be an overt Jihadis. Much like the Tsarnev Brothers he has other interests which include Hip Hop and Sandwiches.
So its appropriate to note that mental illness, Islamic Jihad or violence and Jewish conspiracy theory are not, you know, mutually exclusive categories.
His brother Amen seems much more active on the Islamic side of things, including activist pages such as "Remove Everybody Burn the Koran", "Remove false pictures of the Prophet", "United States of Arabia" and "Facebook admins are racist against Islam"
Hat Tip: B'emet Or.
August 13, 2013
Hey Obama Took Out Gaddafi
And al-Qaeda has been decimated, here's what comes after in Libya. Obama once criticized Bush for having no plan on how to exit Iraq and Afghanistan.
It seems Obama had no plan at all..... unless maybe it was let the Jihadis murder Gaddafi on video, then follow with a Taliban like failed state.
Aaron Y. Zelin via Foreign Policy — A rebranded version of Iraq’s al-Qaeda affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent more than a decade fighting to prevent in Iraq and Afghanistan.Then again, Bronco Bamma can't see Libya from his golf cart.
In the four months since the Iraqi al-Qaeda group changed its name to reflect its growing ambitions, it has forcefully asserted its presence in some of the towns and villages captured from Syrian government forces. It has been bolstered by an influx of thousands of foreign fighters from the region and beyond.
More here on the Jihadist expansion into Syria at WAPO.
The group, now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is by no means the largest of the loosely aligned rebel organizations battling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and it is concentrated mostly in the northern and eastern provinces of the country. But with its radical ideology and tactics such as kidnappings and beheadings, the group has stamped its identity on the communities in which it is present, including, crucially, areas surrounding the main border crossings with Turkey.Obama, you're doing a heckova job. Maybe next you can totally ruin US relations with Russia?