He may be a lone voice, but there are a lot of Egyptians standing with Israel now, including the President of Egypt. The Western media refuse to report this.
The United States suspended operations at its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.
FOX News The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration’s concern about the heightened risk to American diplomats abroad, particularly in Libya where memories of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in the eastern city of Benghazi are still vivid and the political uproar over it remain fresh ahead of a new congressional investigation into the incident. A senior military official told Fox News the Pentagon has been advising the State Department leave the post for weeks.
“Securing our facilities and ensuring the safety of our personnel are top department priorities, and we did not make this decision lightly,” Harf said. “Security has to come first. Regrettably, we had to take this step because the location of our embassy is in very close proximity to intense fighting and ongoing violence between armed Libyan factions.”
American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left the capital around dawn and traveled by road to neighboring Tunisia, according to Harf. Roughly 70 embassy staffers were driven out of the city in a caravan by 80 Marines, Fox News has learned.
“At the request of the Department of State, the U.S. military assisted in the relocation of personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli,” a spokesman from the U.S. Department of Defense said.
“During movement, F-16′s, ISR assets and an Airborne Response Force with MV-22 Ospreys provided security,” the statement said. The evacuation was not announced in advance in order to ensure the staffers safe departure. The department said embassy operations will be suspended until a determination is made that the security situation has improved. Tripoli has been embroiled for weeks in inter-militia violence that has killed and wounded dozens on all sides.
The department said embassy operations will be suspended until a determination is made that the security situation has improved. Tripoli has been embroiled for weeks in inter-militia violence that has killed and wounded dozens on all sides.
The fighting has been particularly intense at the city’s airport where militias are fighting for control. Residents near the airport have been forced to evacuate their homes after they were hit by shells. On Friday, the official Libyan news agency LANA reported that explosions were heard early in the day near the airport area and continued into the afternoon.
The U.S. evacuation follows Turkey, which on Friday announced that it had closed down its embassy, as the United Nations, aid groups and foreign envoys also chose to leave the region.
The State Department also issued a travel warning for Libya urging Americans not to go to the country and recommending that those already there leave immediately. “The Libyan government has not been able to adequately build its military and police forces and improve security,” it said. “Many military-grade weapons remain in the hands of private individuals, including antiaircraft weapons that may be used against civilian aviation.”
FSA, ISIS, and al-Nusra jihadists in Raqqah City are slaughtering Syrian soldiers as well as each other and as you can see here are filming their victories.
ISIS has claimed that they have seized a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa and have beheaded several captured soldiers.
Liveleak Apparently, the infighting between the two al-Qaeda linked jihadist groups has been going on since 2012 when the US began funding, training, and arming these rebel groups.
Welcome to the new and improved Egypt, thanks to newly-elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
h/t Susan K
Israeli news website, Kooker posted undated German footage, shot in Gaza, of what it said were Hamas enforcers violently beating and coercing residents to remain in their homes, despite their pleading that the IDF called on them to evacuate the area.
Algemeiner (h/t Liz) In the video, armed enforcers, some wielding batons, are seen beating and punching recalcitrant residents, and, at several points turn on the camera crew, and try to cover the lens. Some of the dialogue in the video is also telling:
(00:41) Man: “Camera out! Turn the camera off!”, (00:51) Man: “Stop the film!”, (00:53) Man: “You’ve filmed enough!”, (1:26) Woman to enforcers: “This is a crime – I’ve already paid for this!”.
(1:29) Interviewer to man in black shirt: “Are you afraid? Man: “I’m more than 90 percent sure that this is not a real event. Normally, I don’t have a lot of fear about this, but when they tell us to get out, then we’ll do it together.”
Narrator: “Hamas police are pushing back against the protesters.” (Police seen trying to break up a prayer session)
Enforcer to protesters: “You’re always getting in our way!”
(2:18) Woman to security official: “You’re worse than the Jews!”
Security official: “What are you saying? We’re not the Jews!”
Woman: “You can go beat the Jews more! We are not bad people; what have you done here?”
The so-called “moderate” rebels that Obama wants to give $500 million of US taxpayers money recently filmed themselves blowing up a gas pipeline that runs along the Damascus-Qaryatein road in the eastern Homs countryside. The gas pipeline is vital to many industries operating in the area.
And these are the “moderate” rebels according to Barack Hussein Obama and John McCain.
Instead of one dead Muslim, lots!
And while we’re in Syria, here’s what the terrorists do with a dead body:
Obviously supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, it must really stick in their craw that Sisi is supporting Israel’s offensive against Hamas.
“Nothing would please Allah more than dying for him,” say these ‘men’ in white dresses. Algerian Muslims are rioting for Hamas in the streets of Paris, too.
Hey, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy - still happy you took out Ghaddafi? Clashing militants take out the airport in Tripoli.
After terrorist group IS (previously called ISIS) captures a natural gas field, a video surfaced featuring the German speaking jihadist, Abu Lukman al-Almani. In a mixture of German and Arabic, he says: “The Hanasir (pigs), the hajawanat (Animals) we have slaughtered.” He asks god to be rewarded with paradise for the killing of infidels.
Close-ups of the dead.
The son of an imam, Hamed Abdel-Samad, Egyptian-German critic of Islam who believes “Islam is a danger to society,” has indicated that he intends to leave the country, as it is becoming ever more uncomfortable and risky for people like him in Germany now.
DMF That is not an accusation, but a warning. “Yes, I am tired and can no longer bear the pressure, but I am not bitter. It was ultimately my decision to act as I have acted. And I don’t regret it!” It is time to look for a new home where he can find a bit of “normality” and peace and move without police protection, he said.
Abdel-Samad is well-known for his sharp criticism of Islam, which, among other things, he compares with fascism. For that he has received several death threats. Last year, for example, the Egyptian preacher Assem Abdel-Maged called for Abdel-Samad to be killed after he gave a speech in Cairo, because he apparently insulted the prophet Mohammed. Since then the Islam critic has been under police protection.
Wiki Abdel-Samad became known to the German public through his book Mein Abschied vom Himmel (My Farewell from Heaven) (2009). It is neither a settlement with his culture, nor a call to abandon the Muslim faith. According to Abdel-Samad, he just wanted to understand the contradictions of his life. Following the book’s publication in Egypt a group issued a fatwa against Abdel-Samad and he was put under police protection
He calls for an “Islam light” in Europe without shari’a, jihad, gender apartheid, proselytism and “entitlement mentality.” He criticized the German political establishment for appeasing Islam, while ignoring fears about Islam. According to Abdel-Samad, this behavior created resentment in the German population. In an interview aired on Al-Hafez on June 7, 2013, hardline Egyptian cleric and Al-Azhar professor Mahmoud Shaaban accused Abdel-Samad of committing “heresy” and stated that “he must be killed for being a heretic…if he refuses to recant.”
ISIS has ordered government workers to stop giving rations to Christians and Shiites in Mosul, according to a report by Younes Thonon for ankawa.com.
AINA The official in charge of distributing rations in the Rifaq neighborhood said he had received orders from ISIS to cut the rations.
Mr. Fadel Younis, the official in charge for the Kifaat neighborhood, said that he had received a similar order and a threat from ISIS, and was warned that if he gives rations to Christians and Shiites he will be charged and prosecuted according to sharia law.
The Ministry of Commerce had recently decided to give citizens three ration items, including flour, for the month of July.
Jordan, where the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian jihadist rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction program, funded by Obama’s $500 million request to Congress, U.S. officials said.
But first, watch this video from Fareed Zakaria of CNN. Normally, I disagree with everything he says, but he is exactly right about Obama throwing fuel on the fire in Syria:
GRAPHIC PHOTOS BELOW SHOW WHAT THESE JIHADIST REBELS ARE DOING IN SYRIA
REUTERS Jordan’s reticence, confirmed by four U.S. officials, is a potentially serious setback for President Barack Obama’s proposed $500 million initiative, announced in June, to train and arm moderate rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups. It could signal a larger challenge in finding suitable nations willing to host the U.S.-led training at a time of heightened tensions across much of the Middle East.
While U.S. officials have not made a formal request to the Jordanian government, the country was widely considered a top choice to host the training due its close security relationship with Washington, proximity to neighboring Syria and pool of more than 600,000 Syrian refugees.
U.S. officials and analysts said Jordan fears violent retaliation from Syria if its territory is used for overt training conducted by U.S. military units. “Jordan told the U.S., ‘No boots on the ground’,” said one of the officials, who all requested anonymity because they were discussing sensitive U.S. military arrangements.
Other current and former U.S. officials described the Jordanian position as less ironclad, however, and said they still hoped to convince Jordan to participate in the program, which must still be approved by the U.S. Congress.
The Jordanian government, through its Washington embassy, declined requests by Reuters for comment. A Jordanian official in Amman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was “premature to even suggest the Kingdom has rejected any such plan that even the Americans have yet to flesh out.”
IF NOT JORDAN, THEN WHERE? While there are other potential sites where the training could take place, including Turkey and Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, no agreements have been struck, U.S. officials said. Turkey and the Saudis also have sensitivities about the presence of large numbers of U.S. troops.
“There’s been no decision on location, at all. Or even … what the character of the program itself would look like, if we get the money” from Congress, said a second U.S. official. Jordan already hosts a small and ostensibly covert, effort by the CIA to equip and train small groups of Assad’s opponents.
But it faces increasing threats to its stability from the Syrian civil war and rise of extremist groups such as the Islamic State. The United States has already increased its military presence in Jordan to around 1,300 soldiers. It has also stationed Patriot surface-to-air missiles there.
Jordan’s King Abdullah met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on Thursday for talks that included Syria, the White House said in a statement. U.S. and Jordanian officials declined to give further details.
If approved by lawmakers, the $500 million fund to arm and train rebels will not be available until Oct. 1 at the earliest, or possibly months later depending on potential delays in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Other important details, including how “moderate” rebels would be vetted to weed out those with records of human rights abuses or ties to extremist groups, have yet to be finalized, the U.S. officials said.
U.S. law requires the State Department to screen foreign military members and units being trained with U.S. funds. Assistance is barred when credible evidence of human rights abuses turns up. But it is unclear how the law applies to a proxy force like the Syrian rebels.
“I’m not seeing any evidence, as of yet, that there’s any sense of operational urgency here,” said Fred Hof, a former State Department official involved in formulating Syria policy before he joined the Atlantic Council think tank in 2012.
Rather than asking Congress for new funds for the fiscal year from Oct. 1, Obama could have requested urgent money from the Pentagon to get the effort started quickly, Hof said. Pentagon officials said the military’s U.S. Central Command drew up plans for a training program some time ago in anticipation of a White House request, and efforts had begun to flesh out the details.
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