Khorasan Group: Zawahiri Dispatches Al-Qaeda Veterans From Afghanistan And Pakistan To Syria, Plotting Attacks On US…

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There’s certainly no shortage of jihadis with European and American passports they could use to strike inside America.

JERUSALEM — A new terror organization has moved out of the shadows to take top place on the security threat list of Western countries.

Its name, Khorasan, was spoken publicly for the first time last week when James Clapper, director of U.S. national intelligence, referred to it in a talk at an intelligence conference in Washington. That public reference opened the way to briefings by other intelligence sources about the organization, which is led by a band of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group’s primary focus is said to be attacks on American and other Western aircraft, which has catapulted them to the forefront of Western concern.

Khorasan has ties with the al Qaeda franchise in Yemen, which specializes in producing sophisticated devices intended to explode aboard aircraft, including explosive underwear and explosives in printer cartridges. All attempts to activate these devices have thus far failed.

Members of Khorasan have now linked up in Syria with the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, which is among the militias fighting the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, American officials believe that they were sent by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to Syria not to join in that fight but to attempt to recruit Europeans or Americans in the rebel camp. With their Western passports, such recruits, the militants believe, would find it easier to get by security at airports. While the identity of many of these Westerners is known, some are not known.

Western intelligence has known about Khorasan at least since January but there was no public mention of it for fear that its members would go to ground and vanish from the intelligence radar if they were aware of scrutiny. The leader of the group, according to American officials, is Muhsin al-Fadhli, a former close associate of Osama bin Laden. Al-Fadhli, 33, has been known to Western intelligence for about 10 years and was until recently head of the al Qaeda branch in Iran.

Buried In DOD Syria Press Release: We Took Separate Action To Disrupt “Imminent Attack” By “Seasoned Al-Qaeda Veterans”…

We disrupt an “imminent” terror attack by the Khorasan Group and the Pentagon mentions it in passing on the second to last paragraph?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2014 – U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.

A mix of fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles conducted 14 strikes against ISIL targets.

The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria. The targets included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles, the news release said.

The United States employed 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, which were operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. In addition, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations participated in the airstrikes. [...]

The United States conducted these strikes as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. Going forward, the U.S. military will continue to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq as local forces go on the offensive against this terrorist group, the release said.

Oh, any by the way…

Separately, the United States also took action to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qaida veterans known as the Khorasan Group. The group has established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations, the release said. These strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets.

In total, U.S. Central Command forces conducted eight strikes against Khorasan Group targets located west of Aleppo, to include training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and command and control facilities.

Obama Issues Executive Order Mandating Overseas Federal Programs And Investments Consider Effects “Climate Change”…

Why pass legislation when you can rule by decree.

NEW YORK — Federal agencies will need to factor how the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels, drought, floods and other extreme weather linked to it, would affect international development programs and investments under a new executive order President Obama will issue Tuesday, according to a White House official.

Such actions likely would cover a range of infrastructure and agriculture projects, seeking to bolster the ability to withstand the effects of climate change in developing nations and elsewhere. The administration also announced it would make federal data and modeling available to other nations to give them more tools to adjust to a changing climate.

The move comes as Obama prepares to address the United Nations climate summit, where he will try to leverage his administration’s agenda into securing similar commitments from other nations. Though the summit is not part of the formal negotiating process — that begins next year in Paris — Obama plans to meet with national leaders throughout the day.

ISIS Parades Iraqi Soldiers Kidnapped After Overrunning Their Base…

Update to this story.

BAGHDAD (AP) – Residents in a city west of Baghdad say the Islamic State group has paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in a show of strength in the militant stronghold.

Fallujah residents say about 30 men in Iraqi military uniform were driven in the back of seized military vehicles through the city on Tuesday. Fallujah is about 30 miles west of Baghdad.

Residents say militants driving the convoy blasted songs glorifying the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as they paraded their captives. The residents spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their safety.

On Sunday, Islamic State fighters disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees attacked an Iraqi army camp in the western Anbar province, killing 40 troops and capturing 68.

Biden: Tea Party Followers Are “Not Liberal Or Conservative, They’re Anti-Government”…

Despite this, Biden says “there are a lot of good people in the Tea Party.”

BIDEN: I would say sometimes yes. By and large, its been the tail wagging the dog. There are a lot of good people involved in the Tea Party, their objective is, they don’t want government involved in anything. They’re not liberal or conservative, they’re anti-government, so their ends are met best when nothing happens, but you can not sustain a democracy without arriving at a consensus.

Obama Regime To Give U.N. Agency That Hid Hamas’ Rockets Tens Of Millions To Rebuild Gaza…

Gross.

Via JPost:

The US State Department announced late Monday that it plans to provide over $71 million in humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip, a large portion of which is earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“More than 58,000 people are still sheltering in United Nations facilities and basic necessities like food, clean water, and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory,” the State Department said in a statement.

UNRWA has been a subject of controversy in Israel over its perceived sympathy toward Hamas and its actions during Operation Protective Edge.

UNRWA admitted to finding Hamas rockets in their facilities on a number of occasions during the Gaza operation. It said it handed them over to local authorities “answerable to the national unity government.”

The State Department rebuked Israel after the army struck UNRWA facilities it claimed was used by Hamas as cover to launch rockets and mortars.

FLASHBACK: Obama Wins The Nobel Peace Prize…

In honor of Obama’s latest war.

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Veterans Administration Raising Pay To Recruit Doctors

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While our Veterans and Military Retirees get 1.5 percent COLA bump. The VA needs to read and heed their mission statement.

Via Fayetteville Observer

VA officials are hoping higher salaries can help lure top-notch doctors to communities such as Fayetteville.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would increase the maximum salaries of new VA physicians and dentists to become a more competitive recruiter.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald, a former Fort Bragg soldier, said new doctors could earn between $20,000 to $35,000 more each year than previous pay scales allowed.

That pay hike applies only to physicians who work with patients, officials said. It does not affect the salaries of doctors who work in leadership roles.

The VA announced the decision Wednesday, saying it will publish a notification in the Federal Register that will increase maximum pay in the Veterans Health Administration.

It is all part of McDonald’s nationwide recruitment initiative, which he kicked off at Duke University earlier this month.

“At VA, we have a noble and inspiring mission – to serve veterans, their survivors and dependents. There is no higher calling,” McDonald said. “We are committed to hiring more medical professionals across the country to better serve veterans and expand their access to timely, high-quality care.”[...]

As of Wednesday, the Fayetteville VA was advertising 13 openings in Fayetteville and elsewhere in the region.

Some of the openings included multiple positions, and five dealt directly with physician openings.

According to those openings, the Fayetteville VA needs at least 10 doctors, but many of the notices said the VA has a “few” open positions.

The openings list salaries between $97,000 and $240,000 for doctors who would work in primary care or in the VA emergency room.

Increasing the maximum salary range should certainly turn a few more heads.

Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, interim VA undersecretary for health, certainly seems to think so.

“With more competitive salaries for physicians and dentists, (Veterans Health Administration) is in position to attract and hire the best and brightest to treat veterans,” she said.

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Pic Of The Day: CNN Interviews #FloodWallStreet Official Spokesbear…

Hard-hitting journalism from CNN:

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PB takes one for the cause.

Kerry On Global Warming: “Don’t Take My Word For It, Don’t Take Al Gore’s … Mother Nature Is Screaming At Us”…

Don’t worry, Lurch, nobody takes your word for anything.

Via CNS News:

“You don’t have to take my word for it. You don’t have to Al Gore’s word for it, you don’t have to take the IPCC’s word and the Framework Convention – all those people who are sounding the alarm bells. You can just wake up pretty much any day and listen to Mother Nature, who is screaming at us about it.”

Hispanic Caucus Lets Obama Delay Executive Amnesty Again, This Time To Protect Keg Stand Landreiu

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She is hard at work trademarking the Keystone Keg Stand.

Via NRO

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is giving President Obama some wiggle room on his executive action on immigration, saying it can wait even until after a potential December runoff that could decide control of the Senate.

After President Obama announced he would wait until after the November midterms to move forward with executive action to grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants​, the CHC initially said it still the White House to act by Thanksgiving. But a new resolution passed by the Democratic caucus is now giving him until late December to act.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough reportedly told told the caucus in recent meetings that it was unlikely the president would choose to act by the end of November and wants to wait until after Louisiana’s competitive Senate race, which will probably go to an early December runoff. McDonough reportedly asked the Latino caucus to postpone its demand.

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ISIS Routs Iraqi Army Yet Again In Battle For Key Army Base, “Hundreds Missing”…

The Iraqi army is about as ferocious as a litter of puppies.

BAGHDAD — The army base in Iraq’s western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived.

But this was no rescue attempt. The vehicles were driven by militants on suicide missions, and within seconds on Sunday the base had become a bloody scene of multiple bombings.

On Monday, a day after the attack, five survivors — including three officers — said that between 300 and 500 soldiers were missing and believed to be dead, kidnapped or in hiding. Army officials said the numbers were far lower, leading to accusations that they were concealing the true toll.

If the survivors’ accounts are correct, it would make Sunday the most disastrous day for the Iraqi army since several divisions collapsed in the wake of the Islamic State’s capture of the northern city of Mosul amid its cross-country sweep in June.  […]

The major assault came Sunday. Soldiers interviewed said army commanders had sent word via walkie-talkie that a rescue mission was on its way and had taken control of a nearby bridge.

Shortly afterward, Iraqi army armored vehicles and military trucks arrived, and the men inside were dressed in the uniforms of Iraqi counterterrorism forces, the surviving soldiers said.

“We thought this was the support we were promised was on the way,” said Capt. Ahmed Hussein of the 8th Division. “The first three Humvees were ahead of the rest with some military trucks. We just let them in.”

One Humvee exploded in the middle of the camp. The two others drove to the perimeter and detonated. The rest of the Islamic State convoy was held back at the entrance, where the survivors said the militants carried out several more suicide bombings as they tried to break in.

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Something Is Terribly Wrong With The Secret Service

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Possible the Secret Service has the same ROE as the military and have to get approval from a lawyer.

Via Washington Examiner

President Obama is supporting the Secret Service in the wake of a deeply troubling incident in which a disturbed man jumped the White House fence, sprinted across the North Lawn, and actually entered the White House Friday evening.

The man, 42 year-old Omar Gonzalez, had a folding knife in his pocket and had left 800 rounds of ammunition in his car not far from the White House. Gonzalez had also drawn the attention of authorities at least twice a few weeks ago — once in Virginia, when he was found with a sniper rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, and a map with the White House circled on it, and a second time when he walked near the White House fence with a hatchet in his waistband.

On Friday, Gonzalez was briefly in the White House itself.

Nevertheless, the president had nothing but praise for the agency responsible for his security. “The Secret Service does a great job,” Obama said during an Oval Office meeting Monday. “I’m grateful for all the sacrifices they make on my behalf and on my family’s behalf.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest added that the president has “complete confidence” in the Secret Service.[...]

Calling the breach “totally unacceptable” and expressing amazement that the White House door was open, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, hinted there is more trouble than the public knows about. “This is not the first time Secret Service has shown too much vulnerability,” Chaffetz tweeted after the incident. “There are other unreported incidents. I will continue to push.”

“Been investigating the Secret Service for some time,” Chaffetz continued. “Frustrating. Good men and women but HUGE question marks for their leadership.” Lawmakers could hold a hearing on the matter soon.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent, also believes the Secret Service’s problems go deeper than a new fence. In an interview Sunday, Rogers suggested that a guard’s attention can wane when he is stationed in one place for long periods of time — a lapse that cannot be tolerated when the president’s security is involved.

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UK Labour Candidate: “Evil” Israel Has Embraced Hitler As Their “Zionist God”…

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What a charming young woman.

Via NRO:

The United Kingdom’s Labour party has suspended one of its candidates after she used her Twitter account to attack Israel and compare it to the Islamic State.

According to the Mirror, Vicky Kirby, Labour’s candidate for parliament from a district in Surrey, tweeted, “Apparently you can ask IS/ISIS/ISIL questions on ask.fm. Anyone thought of asking them why they’re not attacking the real oppressors #Israel?”

“We invented Israel when saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher,” she also said, adding that Hitler seems to be the “Zionist God.”

“I will never forget,” wrote Kirby, “and I will make sure my kids teach their children how evil Israel is!”

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Justice Kagan Performs Her First Same-Sex Wedding (Not Hers)

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We know which way she will swing on the vote for same sex marriage.

Via Seattle Times

Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband.

Kagan presided on Sunday over the wedding of former clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland.[...]

The court could decide in its upcoming term whether same-sex couples nationwide have the right to marry under the Constitution.

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BREAKING: U.S. Military Operations Against ISIS In Syria Have Begun…

Most likely in Raqqa.

Update:

Update: DOD press release.

TAMPA, Fla. – The Department of Defense released the following statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby today:

“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.”

“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time. The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.”

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Biden: If GOP Doesn’t Do Something On Immigration, “Obama’s Going To Do It – And He’s Going To Do An Awful Lot”…

You heard him, GOP, do what Obama says or he will unleash the Imperial Presidency on you.

(WASHINGTON AP) – Vice President Joe Biden told frustrated Hispanic leaders Monday President Barack Obama is “absolutely committed to moving forward” on comprehensive immigration reforms “and he’s going to do an awful lot.”

Biden said Obama was determined to move ahead “with or without” Congress and “if they don’t get something done by the end of this year, the president’s going to do it.”

Biden’s remarks came as he and his wife, Jill, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month reception Monday at their Naval Observatory residence.

He honored Hispanic education administrators and counselors, calling them “heroes in the classroom and community.”

CAIR Sends Copy Of The Koran To Every Mayor In Montana To Coincide With 9/11 Anniversary…

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And shockingly, some people weren’t thrilled to find a Koran in their mailbox days before 9/11.

Via Great Falls Tribune:

Last week, I received a copy of the Quran.

During a heightened period of instability in the Middle East, beheadings of Americans by Islamic terrorists, and ongoing national security threats, the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent me a copy of the Quran for my reference library.

In its cover letter, CAIR cites a 2009 speech made by President Barack Obama in Egypt where he declared that America promised “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” CAIR appears to be acting upon that speech literally, and now is taking its message to the local level. In fact, I’ve learned that all major cities in Montana have been receiving copies of the Quran as part of the organization’s public relations campaign.

On its face, the distribution of the Quran may seem innocuous. At any other time, I may not have been so bothered by its delivery. However, the package arrived three days before the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11. This is noteworthy.

CAIR’s cover letter does not acknowledge in any way the anniversary of our country’s worst terrorist attack. It’s not what the letter says, it’s what it doesn’t say. CAIR does not condemn terrorist attacks or recent actions by Islamic terrorists. The expectation appears to be that we’re to simply accept this peaceful gesture and overlook what terrorists are doing in the name of the religious book.

While CAIR would likely say that the Quran was distributed as an educational reference tool and in peace, the timing reflects very poor judgment; so much so, that one could interpret the mailing as an “in your face” overture. Americans could easily misconstrue the campaign as a subtle threat.

The mailing is no coincidence. Americans need to know about this program to consider its meaning, implications and intent as world events unfold around us.

Michael J. Winters, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is mayor of the city of Great Falls.

Slick Videos, Social Media Lure Minnesotans To Fight In Middle East

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Via Minneapolis Star Tribune

From his shabby office in an old Minneapolis theater, Mohamed Farah plunges into a cyber war zone.

With just a few keystrokes, he’s inside the online recruiting world of terrorists. He logs into the Facebook account of a local Somali teen and up pops the iconic black flag for ISIL, the fluttering symbol that beckons the undecided to join the cause. He scrolls down, reading the posts of a boy enamored of terrorists and the promise of martyrdom:

“This life is the sunset. It rises and it sets. Hope we reunite in paradise.”

Farah exhales an audible sigh. “We’ve been trying to stop this thing since 2008, and we’re not even close,” he says.

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has zeroed in on Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the country, as a target-rich recruiting ground for fighters such as the boy on Facebook.

Federal investigators, as well as community leaders like Farah, say a sophisticated new wave of extremism is trying to sell disaffected youth on joining militant brigades in Syria and Iraq.[...]

When Wilson first began investigating the recruitment of Minnesota Somalis by the Al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia — Al-Shabab — the main appeal was patriotism, defending the motherland from invading Ethiopia.

Today, the call to western youth to come fight in Syria and Iraq is based on religious duty; they’re told they must come help establish an Islamic caliphate governed by a radical interpretation of Islamic law.

“It does raise it to a more mature and radical level,” Wilson said.

What hasn’t changed is who is vulnerable. What the recruits of 2007-08 and 2014 have in common is a missing father or strong male religious role model, Wilson said.

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Algerian Jihadists Answers Call From ISIS By Kidnapping French Hiker, Vow To Behead Him Unless France Halts Attacks On ISIS…

Via Daily Mail:

An Algerian group linked to Islamic State jihadists threatened to kill a French hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the IS in Iraq, in a video posted Monday.

Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which has pledged allegiance to IS, said in the video that it carried out Sunday’s kidnapping of the Frenchman in a mountainous region of eastern Algeria where Al-Qaeda is active.

The hostage, Herve Pierre Gourdel, 55, white-haired and bespectacled, is shown squatting on the ground flanked by two hooded men clutching Kalashnikov assault rifles, as he asks for French President Francois Hollande to intervene.

‘It is up to Hollande, president of the criminal French state, to halt the attacks on the Islamic State within 24 hours of this statement, otherwise his national Herve Gourdel will have his throat slit,’ one of his kidnappers says in the video.

In the video, the kidnappers say they are responding to a call from IS, posted just hours earlier, for Muslims to kill citizens of countries taking part in the U.S.-led coalition against the jihadists who have seized of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.