“Nothing says let’s go kill some Moooselims like country music,” says MSNBC guest

During a conversation about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s statement that he became a country music fan directly after 9/11, Ebony Senior Editor, Jamilah Lemieux, opened up the conversation with this remark: “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music.”

Mediaite  While co-panelists Joan Walsh and Michael Steele could be heard laughing at Lemieux’s remark, guest-host Melber responded: “Well, I mean there’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?” A few minutes later the MSNBC host apologized for her inappropriate remark.

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PHEW! CIA DIRECTOR John Brennan is reassuring the world that the Islamic State (ISIS) momentum has been virtually halted

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CIA director John Brennan on Sunday gave an optimistic assessment of U.S. efforts against the Islamic State, saying that the terrorist group’s expansion has been “blunted.”

Washington Examiner  “Clearly, ISIS momentum inside of Iraq and Syria has been blunted, and it has been stopped,” Brennan said in an interview with Fox News, using another name by which the Islamic State is known.

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“They are not on the march as they were several months ago,” he said. “And so, our working with the Iraqis and the Iraqis now trying to push back against it, it is having some great, I think, progress.”

The U.S. has been engaged in a campaign against the Islamic State using air power and training regional forces to engage Islamic State militants.

ISIS starting to gain a foothold in Afghanistan:

Groups affiliated with the Islamic State, however, have branched into North Africa in recent months, and took responsibility for terrorist attacks this week in Yemen and Tunisia.

Brennan acknowledged those gains by the Islamic State, saying that the U.S. “cannot relent” in working with regional partners against the terrorists.

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But he defended his past comments in 2012 that the U.S. had Al-Qaida on the run, saying that the Islamic State is a new and separate phenomenon.

“There was no sense that I think either I or the president or others gave to the American people that terrorism was going away,” Brennan said. “But we’ve made great progress against a lot of these groups that had plans in place to carry out attacks.”

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Despite his assessment that the Islamic State’s progress had been stopped, Brennan still placed the group equal to Iran in terms of the threat it posed the U.S.

Earlier this week, former CIA director David Petraeus warned that Iran’s influence, not the Islamic State, was the greater threat to stability in the Middle East.

ISIS stages a deadly terrorist attack in Yemen:

Brennan stopped short of agreeing with that assessment, and also said that Iran was not an ally against the Islamic State. “I wouldn’t say that Iran is an ally right now,” he said.

“The Iranians are pursuing their interests inside of Iraq, some of which include efforts against Daesh and preventing that phenomenon from growing,” Brennan said, using another name identifying the Islamic State.

ISIS has its eye on Europe next:

 

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After Jihadi John apologist tells SKY News reporter her questions are “Islamophobic” and “racist,” she snaps back: “Nonsense! Get over yourself”

Asim Qureshi, research director at the Muslim rights group CAGE has described the ISIS executioner as “beautiful, extremely kind and gentle and the most humble young person I ever knew.” He then blames British Security Services MI5 for radicalizing him and pushing him towards his beheading spree in Syria.

h/t Larry A

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DENMARK’S ‘Rehab’ program for radical Islamic jihadists

meme6c23a06913759bffDenmark has launched a controversial program aimed to rehabilitate rather than punish violent Islamic jihadists. “We are helping terrorists to find jobs and go back to school, but if they want to remain radicalized, we won’t try to take that away from them.” Nope, you can’t make this stuff up, folks.

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Understanding that the Obama Regime is not a reliable ally in the war against Islamic terrorism, Jordan and Egypt join forces with Israel…yes, ISRAEL

UnknownThe two countries that share peacetime borders with Israel, Jordan and Egypt, are dealing with a historic challenge presented by Islamic State, also Flag-Pins-Jordan-Israelknown as ISIS, and its local extensions. The two countries, which over the past year have strengthened their ties with Israel in light of regional instability, could rely even more on the strategic support their neighbor gives them.

Haaretz via Arab America  (h/t Mike F) Only occasionally is information released by foreign media. Thus, according to a report on CNN last week, Israel sent drones to the Jordanian border with Syria to assist Amman in collecting intelligence with the goal of stopping possible attacks by ISIS from the northern border.

King Abdullah of Jordan and PM Benjammin Netanyahu of Israel

King Abdullah of Jordan and PM Benjammin Netanyahu of Israel

The conflict between Jordan and ISIS worsened following publication last week of a video showing ISIS members immolating the Jordan pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, which actually was carried out more than a month ago. A wave of demands for revenge swept over Jordan following the gruesome murder of the captured pilot.

The Jordanian air force has already conducted dozens of sorties against ISIS targets in Syria. In Sinai, the Egyptian army has undertaken a major operation against the extremist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, following the murder of 32 Egyptians, most of them members of the security forces, in a series of coordinated attacks by the group in the northern Sinai Peninsula on January 29. The organization announced it was moving its support from Al Qaida to ISIS in November.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President al-Sisi of Egypt

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President al-Sisi of Egypt

The murder of the Jordanian pilot and recent terror attacks in Sinai have created expectations from both regimes to take strong steps. The Hashemite kingdom sees to it that every aerial assault on ISIS targets in Syria gets maximum media coverage. In Sinai, the Egyptian army is attacking Ansar strongholds with infantry and combat helicopters, some of which penetrate Gazan air space in blatant disregard for the Hamas regime in the Strip.

Cairo, which squarely blames Hamas for giving logistical and operational backing to groups working against it in Sinai, has renewed its threats against Hamas and plans on continuing its demolition of thousands of homes in Egyptian Rafah to create a “security zone” two kilometers wide on the border with the Strip. The purpose of the security zone is to reduce to a minimum the number of smuggling tunnels to the Palestinian side.

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Israeli and Egyptian flags fly side by side

The Egyptian and Jordanian moves implicitly strengthen what might be called the “unity of the threatened” between those two countries and Israel. 

But from the Israeli perspective, not all the results of recent developments are necessarily positive. Organizations affiliated with the Islamist political party Islamic Action Front in Jordan oppose the assaults on ISIS, and the open war King Abdullah has declared on that group is expected to heighten internal conflict and lead to ISIS revenge attacks from the Jordanian-Iraqi border as well.

Jordanian and Israeli flags fly side by side

Jordanian and Israeli flags fly side by side

In Egypt there are two possible negative implications. Renewed Egyptian pressure on Hamas, along with delays in rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, increase the risk of a renewed outbreak of Palestinian violence from Gaza against Israel. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has already mounted attacks against Israel, could once again attack Israeli targets as a means of drawing more attention to the war of attrition it is waging in Sinai against the Egyptian security forces.

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WHITE HOUSE SpokesIdiot says: “The Taliban is NOT a terrorist organization”

091008-taliban-coinDeputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz responded to a question about whether Jordan’s plan to make a prisoner trade with ISIS was similar to the U.S. swapping five Taliban members for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. First, Schultz said that the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. Then he said, “I don’t think that the Taliban is a terrorist organization…it is an armed insurgency.”

FOX News  “It slits throats, it attacks buses, it drives car bombs into markets, it slaughters hundreds of schoolchildren, and it’s not a terrorist group? Look, you can’t parody this administration,” Charles Krauthammer said this evening on “Special Report.” This comes at the same time as Al Jazeera English’s directives not to use words like terrorist, extremist, Islamist or jihad.

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says the Muslim terrorist massacre in Paris had nothing to do with Islam

…and I am an idiot!

…and I am an idiot!

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that the terror attacks in Paris, in which Muslim terrorists targeted a Jewish market and a satirical newspaper that mocked Mohammed, were “criminality” that had nothing to do with the Islamic religion.

Breitbart  Signing a condolence book for the victims of the terror attacks, Ban said: “this is not a country, a war against religion or between religions–it is not anything on religion or belief by somebody or some country. This is a purely unacceptable terrorist attack–criminality.”

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Similarly, on Thursday, Ban told reporters at the UN that the terror attacks “should never be seen as a war of religion … for religion … or on religion.” He noted, as evidence, that one of the police killed outside the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris had himself been a Muslim.

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French President François Hollande expressed similar sentiments on Friday, telling the nation: “Those who committed these acts have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.”

Ban appealed Friday for tolerance and for people to resolve differences through dialogue.

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HUH? Palestinians are fleeing Gaza, asking Israel to put them in prison

Some Palestinian Muslims prefer to spend time in an Israeli prison rather than live in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The situation has become so miserable that several Palestinian youths are prepared to endanger their lives by approaching the border with Israel.

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“I’m sad that I’m back in the Gaza Strip. I went through happy times [in Israeli detention], where I had food, calm, good work, although I did not receive a salary. Those were unforgettable days where I had delicious food that we don’t have in the Gaza Strip.” — Rabi, 16, who crossed the border from Gaza and was held in detention for three months before being sent back home.

Not only is Hamas unwilling to accept any kind of responsibility, but it continues to hold everyone but itself responsible for the tragic situation n the Gaza Strip.

Instead of working to improve the living conditions of its people, Hamas is continuing to prepare for the next war against Israel. In recent weeks, Hamas increased its rocket and mortar firing tests out to sea.

Gatestone Institute  Over the past two months, more than 20 Palestinians have been arrested while trying to cross from the Gaza Strip into Israel, according to Palestinian sources

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The Palestinian news website, Al-Watan Voice, interviewed two of the youths who embarked on the dangerous adventure. The two young men said they prefer the “comfort” of Israeli prisons to life in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

The increase in the number of Palestinians who try to infiltrate Israel comes as Egypt continues to keep the Rafah border crossing closed. It also comes as the power struggle between Hamas and Fatah intensifies, hampering international efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip and improve Palestinians’ living conditions in the aftermath of last summer’s military confrontation with Israel.

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Rabi said, “The situation in the Gaza Strip is very difficult. My father, who once worked in Israel, told me it was beautiful there.” The last war between Hamas and Israel has resulted in a sharp rise in the number of Palestinians seeking to escape from the Gaza Strip. Last September, scores of Palestinian migrants attempting to flee the Gaza Strip died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of northern Egypt.

It was a sight that shocked the world — the corpse of Ribhi Badawi being dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by a motorcycle as Hamas gunmen fired into the air. His crime? Collaborating with Israel to pinpoint Hamas targets. But the charge wasn’t true, the militant’s grieving widow told The News.

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Actually, Badawi, 37, had spent the last four years in a Hamas prison under armed guard. He was tortured for seven months into confessing that he was working for Israel. “They burned (him) and broke his jaw and teeth,” said his widow, Kholoud Badawi. “He was hanged for 45 days by his arms and legs to make him confess. He confessed because of the torture.

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The closure of the Rafah border crossing and strict Egyptian security measures in Sinai, following a spate of terror attacks on Egyptian soldiers, have forced some Palestinians to seek work and a better life in Israel. Thousands of Palestinians remain stranded on both sides of the Rafah border crossing despite repeated appeals to the Egyptian authorities to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

The case of the two Palestinian youths who said they prefer Israeli jail to life in the Gaza Strip shows that some Palestinians are no longer willing to tolerate Hamas’s deadly adventures and oppression. That is why the coming weeks and months could see a rise in the number of Palestinians knocking on Israel’s door and asking to be imprisoned rather than return to the Gaza Strip.

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