Islamic State Now Has Army of More Than 80,000 Jihadists In Syria And Iraq, Recruited 6,000 Fighters Last Month Alone…

ISIS Convoy

50K in Syria and 30K in Iraq.

Via Al Jazeera:

The Islamic State group has an army of more than 50,000 fighters in Syria, and recruited 6,000 people in the last month, a monitoring group has said.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that the group’s recruitment push was gathering pace every month.

“July saw the largest recruitment since the group appeared in Syria in 2013, with more than 6,000 new fighters,” he said.

“The number of IS fighters has passed 50,000 in Syria, including 20,000 non-Syrians,” he said.

Al Jazeera cannot verify the observatory’s figures. However, an Islamic State source backed the statement and told Al Jazeera that the group also had 30,000 fighters in Iraq.

Abdel Rahman said the new recruits in Syria included more than 1,000 foreign fighters from Chechnya, China, Europe and Arab countries. He said most had entered Syria from Turkey.

Other recruits included defectors from the ranks of other armed opposition groups, including 200 from the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.

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Unreal: Dem Gov. Jay Nixon Calls For “Vigorous Prosecution” Of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson…

Nixon apparently not a big fan of “innocent until proven guilty.”

Sen. McCaskill: Move Ferguson Protests To ‘Green Space’ And Screen For Guns

Sounds good Claire, Move ‘em on, head ‘em up, head ‘em up, move ‘em on, move ‘em on, head ‘em … keep them doggies rollin’

Via CNS News

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she’d like to move the ongoing and frequently violent protests in Ferguson to public space that is away from the business district:

“Maybe we can move it to some green space and do some kind of just minimal screening to make sure guns are not going in,” McCaskill told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday.

“But right now, there is surveillance going on, and there is a real effort to try to find the people who are actually wanting the confrontation and causing the violence and seeing if we can’t begin to be more aggressive about making arrests of those people with the guns, with the weapons, and therefore make it safe for everyone.

“We over-policed for a few days, and then we completely under-policed,” she continued. “I think what they’re doing now is what they feel they have to do to keep it safe under these dangerous circumstances with these instigators in town.”

McCaskill said the media is giving a one-sided view of what’s happening in Ferguson.

The confrontations are well-covered, but “nobody’s interested in covering any of the efforts that’s going on with healing,” and that is having a dire impact on small businesses, she said

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Richland County SC, Sheriff Leon Lott: County’s Military-Grade Equipment Mostly For PR

Richland County

I feel better now knowing the MRAP is for parade duty only.

Via WISTV

The situation in Missouri is raising questions about the use of assault weapons and armored vehicles by law enforcement. Those questions have been posed before here in Richland County.

Sheriff Leon Lott appeared before the Columbia Rotary Club on Monday to answer plenty of those questions.

For example, the sheriff’s department has its own mine-resistant, ambush protected, or M-RAP, called “Mojo.”

It’s an intimidating piece of military-grade equipment, but it’s worth its weight in armor when it comes to creating good community relations, according to Lott.

“If the community doesn’t trust us, then we’re not doing our jobs,” said Lott. “And it’s not just about locking people up.”

Lott called in the M-RAP and members of his Special Response Team to demonstrate some of the crime-fighting tools at his disposal. Lott says the former military vehicles, including a tank called the “Peacemaker,” are used mostly for PR purposes.

“I have every piece of equipment there is,” said Lott. “And we’ve had them for years. And you probably see them out every weekend. You go to any church, festival, community group, school, you name it. The number one requested piece of equipment that people want to see is our tank and our M-RAP. They want to see this stuff. We show it, we take it out. We want people to see it. Why? For one we want the bad guys to know that we got it. Maybe that will scare them off.”

Lott says he disagrees with many of the tactics and actions taken so far by law enforcement in Ferguson. He says for instance, police officers should not be aiming weapons at unarmed protesters.

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Spike Lee: Death Of Michael Brown Part Of “War On Black Males”…

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Sorry, Spike, 99% of this “war” is black males killing other black males.

Via Breitbart:

Tuesday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” director Spike Lee argued there is a bigger “war on black males” and that the Michael Brown case is tapping into that larger rage.

Lee said, “Many people thought that the moment that President Obama put his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s bible and took the oath, racism would disappear, gone, for the post-racial era. that is not the case. If you look what happened in Ferguson, it happened in LA with the Rodney King verdict and Liberty City in Miami and happened in Detroit 67, happened in the assassination of Dr. King and happened in the Harlem riots.” […]

“I see it. It’s about Trayvon Martin and Michael Davis and Michael Brown shot a couple days ago in St. Louis a couple blocks away another African-American man was shot, was shot and killed today. They said he had a knife. I think there is a war on the black male and it’s tearing the country apart in my opinion.” he concluded.

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Poll: 16% of French Citizens Say They Have a FAVORABLE Opinion of ISIS…

Which comes out to just over 10 million people.

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France having Europe’s largest Muslim population, I’m guessing that is no coincidence.

Q: From what you know, please, tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant otherwise known as ISIS?

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Via ICM Research

Holder Dispatches 40 FBI Agents To Ferguson To Look For “Civil Rights” Crimes…

Grab the pitchforks!

Via Daily Mail:

The Department of Justice has 40 FBI agents canvassing Ferguson, Missouri to learn whether a white police officer should be charged with a ‘civil rights’ crime for shooting an unarmed black teen, the agency confirmed on Tuesday.

Reporters in Missouri have tallied up stories from at least 12 witnesses who back the account of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, 18, last week.

Still, a civil rights verdict against Wilson could subject him to execution under federal law.

The DOJ is conducting interviews with an eye toward determining if a federal case will be made of the shooting, regardless of whether the state of Missouri charges Wilson with murder or manslaughter.

It’s conceivable that he might not be charged for killing the teen, but still face a trial in federal court for violating his civil rights.

Canada: War With Jihadists Begins At Home

Jihadi’s are joining from Canada in increasing numbers. Click photo for video.

Farah Mohamed

Via Sun News

It’s a growing and worrying scourge in the first world: radicalized young Muslim men going abroad to wage Islamist jihad.

On Friday, QMI Agency reported that Calgary man Farah Mohamed Shirdon was killed in Iraq fighting with the terrorist group ISIS, currently surging in Iraq and Syria.

On June 23 a Twitter account bearing his name proclaimed: “Martyrdom is what I seek.”

Back in April a video surfaced showing Shirdon burning his Canadian passport. “We are coming and will destroy you … this is a message for Canada and for all America,” he said. “I left comfort for one reason alone, for Allah.”

What comfort are we talking about here?

Shirdon was no victim. He came from a prominent family – his uncle was prime minister of Somalia – and was enrolled in post-secondary education.

Calgary has sadly become a radicalization hotspot. Damian Clairmont and Salman Ashrafi are two other Calgarians who have recently died fighting Islamist jihad abroad.

Imam Syed Soharwardy told the Calgary Sun his city is “a breeding ground, I’m expecting more.” He added: “If it’s not properly controlled and monitored by the government, it could be a nightmare for us.”

CSIS is aware of 130 Canadian radicals abroad and around 80 who have since returned. Who knows what they’re up to?

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VILE: Islamic State Beheads American Journalist James Foley – Update: Jihadist In Video Spoke With British Accent…

They are also vowing to behead a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, unless Obama calls off airstrikes.

Via The Blaze:

A new video posted online Tuesday purportedly shows Islamic State militants beheading an American journalist.

The nearly five minute video, titled “A Message to America,” depicts a man believed to be missing photojournalist James Foley being beheaded by a militant.

The video opens with a message from the Islamic State, attacking President Barack Obama for recently directing airstrikes against the terror group.

“Obama authorizes military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims,” the video said.

Then the shot pans over to Foley, who speaks into the camera.

“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers: the U.S. government,” Foley said in the video.

The 40-year-old is then beheaded by the masked militant. A graphic image of his decapitated head is shown sitting on his body.

At the conclusion of the video, an image of journalist Steven Sotloff is shown.

“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” a voice said.

Update: Not even a little bit surprised.

Via NYDN:

An American freelance photojournalist missing since being abducted in Syria some 22 months ago was apparently beheaded by an Islamic State militant in a graphic video released Tuesday.

Titled “A Message to America,” the gruesome clip shows a masked militant saw away at the neck of James Wright Foley, a 40-year-old New Hampshire native captured in Binesh, Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012. [...]

The militant, speaking English with what appears to a British accent, threatens America and President Obama, directly after Foley finishes speaking.

“So any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people,” the man says, gesturing with a knife he then uses to behead Foley.

Bill Maher Hits Fellow Libs For “Pretending All Religions Are Alike” After ISIS Beheads James Foley…

CAIR cries “Islamophobia” in 3… 2… 1…

Holder: No Michael Brown Deaths If We Hire More Minority Police Officers…

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In reality it could be used as an opportunity for the black community to finally address their underlying problems.

Via The Hill:

Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to find out “exactly what happened” in the police shooting of Michael Brown in an op-ed published ahead of his arrival Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo.

“This is my pledge to the people of Ferguson: Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent,” Holder wrote in an op-ed published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“And beyond the investigation itself, we will work with the police, civil rights leaders, and members of the public to ensure that this tragedy can give rise to new understanding — and robust action — aimed at bridging persistent gaps between law enforcement officials and the communities we serve.”

President Obama announced Monday he was sending Holder to Ferguson, which has been gripped by protests since the fatal police shooting on Aug. 9 of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Overnight, more than 30 demonstrators were arrested as police officers reported gunfire.

Holder, addressing some of the complaints raised by protestors, argued that “good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public.”

“Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended,” Holder wrote. “And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.”

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Race Pimping Media Whore Al Sharpton To Deliver Eulogy At Michael Brown Funeral…

Part of his “peace mission?”

Semi-Retired President Heads Back To Vacation…

obama boarding AF!

Life’s a beach.

Via The Hill:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.
Judicial Watch estimates the extra roundtrip cost $1.1 million. Only daughter Malia accompanied Obama back to Washington.

Speculation for why Obama returned focused around the possibility of a secret foreign leader meeting or the roll out of a new administration initiative on immigration or corporate taxes.

But no such explanation materialized.

The most unusual deviation from a normal day at the White House was Obama’s dinner Monday night at Sam Kass’s home. The president, joined by deputy chief of staff Anita Breckenridge, spent nearly five hours at the White House chef’s Dupont Circle duplex apartment.