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10 Taken Hostage in Terror Attack on Tunisian Consulate in Libya

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Ten people have been taken hostage in a terror attack Friday on the Tunisian Consulate in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Libyan officials were not available for comment, Reuters reported.

The Tunisian Foreign Ministry issued a statement Friday calling the incident a “blatant attack on Tunisian national sovereignty and a flagrant violation of international laws and diplomatic norms. The ministry said it is monitoring the situation and working to secure release of the consulate workers.

An Al Qaeda terror affiliate group attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, murdering Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three U.S. diplomats. A number of other foreign diplomats and consulates in the country were also attacked, leading most nations around the world to withdraw their personnel from Libya.

Tunisians have been warned by the ministry not to travel to Libya due to the current situation; at least 60,000 Tunisians are employed in the country.

Tripoli is currently under the control of a government not recognized by the international community. Libya itself is in utter turmoil, having been torn apart in a brutal revolution in the 2011 Arab Spring.

After rebel forces deposed 40-year dictator Muammar Qaddafi, the nation went through two weak governments and battles between hundreds of militias that left the country ripe for seizure by terrorist forces.

At present, Libya’s internationally-recognized parliament convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk after having been forced out of Tripoli by the Islamist government backed by militas who seized the capital last August.

Much of the country, however, is already under the control of the radical Islamist Da’esh (ISIS) terror group. Da’esh has captured Sirte, the former hometown of Qaddafi, the nearby electricity power plant and Libya’s sole international airport.

Tunisia, which borders Libya, is one of the few countries that had still maintained a mission in the country.

ISIS Terrorists Seize Power Plant in Libya

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists are going to be considerably richer – and more dangerous – after having seized an electric power plant west of Sirte.

According to ISIS and a military source quoted by France 24, the plant, which is located west of the city, supplies central and western Libya with power.

The terror group announced on social media that it had captured the entire city, the former hometown of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Earlier this year, ISIS seized the Libyan international airport and claimed responsibility for the brutal beheading of dozens of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christian laborers in the country. The terrorists have also attacked embassies and oilfields in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya as well.

ISIS Could Buy Nukes from Pakistan, Warns India

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The world is fretting over the Islamic State’s (ISIS) destruction of artifacts from the past, but the future of a nuclear-armed Islamic State lurks on the distant horizon.

Indian Defense Minister Rao Inderjit Singh told Bloomberg:

With the rise of ISIS in West Asia, one is afraid to an extent that perhaps they might get access to a nuclear arsenal from states like Pakistan.

ISIS boasts that it has “billions of dollars in the bank” and that it called on its Pakistani-based official “to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers” have been discounted as unlikely, but Western and Arab leaders also did not foresee the rapid rise of the radical Islamist terrorist juggernaut.

While the West talks, the Islamic State stalks. It controls more than half of Syria, parts of Iraq, has made inroads in Libya and is linked with cells in the Sinai Peninsula, but much more worrisome is its cancerous spread to Southeast Asia.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday:

Southeast Asia is a key recruitment center for ISIS. [It] has so many Indonesian and Malaysia fighters that they form a unit by themselves — the Katibah Nusantara — Malay Archipelago Combat Unit.

Loong estimated that more than 500 Indonesians and dozens of Malaysians have joined ISIS.

He added:

This is why Singapore takes terrorism, and in particular ISIS, very seriously,” Lee said. “The threat is no longer over there, it is over here.

The “over there” attitude is what left the Obama administration in an illusion that “it can’t happen here” until it only lately has begun to wake up to the possibility that just because something is unimaginable doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

It sounds a bit like the head-in-the-sand attitude during the Holocaust.

The scenes of ISIS beheadings of American journalists horrified U.S. officials and the general public, which has voiced its fear in a Gallup poll earlier this year that revealed that 84 percent of Americans think the terrorist entity poses a critical threat to the United States.

President Barack Obama last year spoke in public more about separating the Islamic State from Islam than he did about fighting it, while it simply continues to gain ground.

It would seem insane that Pakistan would deliver nuclear weapons to the ISIS, but if that is the price it takes to buy off the ISIS not to take over the country, so be it.

It is too easy to be a scaremonger and warn that the ISIS is about to bomb Washington tomorrow, but believing it never will happen is even scarier.

Here is what Paul Waldman, a contributor to The Plum Line blog and a senior writer at The American Prospect, wrote n the Washington Post two months ago:

Now, let’s entertain a truly radical notion: Even if the Islamic State could launch a successful terrorist attack in the United States, that still wouldn’t make them much of a threat. How many Americans could they kill? A dozen? A hundred? That would be horrible. But car accidents kill almost a hundred Americans each and every day….

The Islamic State has done ghastly things.We should work to eliminate them in any way we can.

Even so, they are not actually much of a threat to the United States.

So what if a hundred Americans are killed? And that would be the first and last attack because the U.S. Army would immediately bomb Syria, Iraq, and southeast Asia and God know where else to smithereens?

The Islamic Sartre is succeeding because it has instilled a will, albeit a death wish, into its believers, while no one has the will to defeat them.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote on Sunday:

Four defense officials told The Daily Beast that there’s still strong resistance within the Obama administration to making any serious changes to the current strategy for fighting ISIS—despite mounting skepticism from some in the Pentagon about the current U.S. approach to the war.

The newspaper wrote in an editorial last Friday:

The Obama administration has responded to the recent gains by the Islamic State in Iraq with several remedial measures…. but some senior administrative officials have adopted a defensive crouch, blaming the Iraqis for failing to defend the city of Ramadi and insisting that there is no alternative to current U.S. strategy….

The administration boasts of 3,000 strikes carried out by U.S. planes since last summer. But as The New York Times recently reported, the pace of air operations is far below that of the 2001 Afghan campaign, when there were nearly six times as many daily strikes on average ….

Obama should make his priority eliminating the Islamic State — as opposed to limiting U.S. engagement in Iraq.

The Islamic State has proven so far that once it establishes a presence in an area, it cannot be defeated.

That is what worries Singapore’s Prime Minister Loong, who said that an ISIS caliphate state in Southeast Asia seems like a “grandiose, pie-in-the sky dream” but is possible.

Bloomberg journalist Josh Rogin wrote last week:

Unless the anti-Islamic State coalition does more to cooperate with countries in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, the terror group will just expand its recruiting and attacks across the globe.

Anyone doubting the Islamic State’s desire to have a nuclear weapon should read what The JewishPress.com reported here earlier today.

So long as everyone thinks it is “far-fetched” that the Islamic State can lay its hands on a nuclear weapon — and it would be a lot easier for it obtain “dirty bombs” — and so long as Washington thinks “it can’t happen here,” the likelihood grows that it indeed will happen.

The United States stopped Hitler before he could conquer the word, but it waited until his regime slaughtered, gassed and touted 6,000,000 Jews.

History will record how many people, especially Christians, are beheaded before the Islamic State is stopped, assuming there will be someone around to write history.

ISIS Takes Over Qaddafi’s Home Town in Libya

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Obama’s foreign policy continues to go up in deadly smoke as the he Islamic State (ISIS) savage steamroller takes control of another city in Libya and the strategic and ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

The Libyan city of Sirte, the home town of former dictator Muammar Gaddifi before he was killed in the 2011 rebellion. President Barack Obama said after his death:

One of the world’s longest-serving dictators is no more. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.

The black-flagged Islamic State makes Gaddafi look like a democrat, with a small “d.”

Three years later, the ISIS has taken over Sirte, a major city in the center of the country where it has significantly strengthened its position to help it fulfill its ambition to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East.

After that, it is off to Europe, the United States and the rest of the world to fulfill its radical Islamic thirst to rule the world, at least what is left of what it does not obliterate.

ISIS has taken advantage of the civil war in Libya just as it exploits the same situation in Iraq and Syria, where it has taken over the city of Palmyra from the Assad regime, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It said ISIS has executed at least 50 civilians the past week, in which more than 100 Syrian soldiers were killed before survivors fled the city. The barbaric terrorist death machine now controls half of Syria.

If the ISIS can retain Palmyra, a strategic site in central Syria, it will have a clear path to Damascus.

Judging by previous ISIS destruction of pagan culture, Palmyra’s heritage sites will go the way of ancient statues that the ISIS has joyously destroyed in Iraq.

Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, is an ancient Roman city, is home to pagan temples and idols and once was a tourist attraction, in the days then there was such a thing as tourism in Syria.

Mamoun Abdulkarim, the Syrian head of antiquities, said, “If only five members of ISIS go into the ancient buildings, they’ll destroy everything.”

 

 

Clinton Said She Will Speak on Benghazi but Only Once

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Select Congressional committee on Benghazi requested that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agree to appear twice before the committee.

Mrs. Clinton has rejected that request, and instead said through her lawyer, David E. Kendall, that she will only appear before the committee once. That rejection was made public through the release of the Kendall letter by congressional Democrats.

“The committee has consistently shown it is interested in getting the facts and doing so in a deliberate and diligent manner,” said Jamal Ware, the committee’s spokesperson. “As a result of the Benghazi Committee’s efforts, the American people now know about Secretary Clinton’s unusual email arrangement with herself, something that would not be known had the committee rushed to call the former secretary in November as committee Democrats pushed.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the head of the Benghazi probe, said the probe could have been finished more quickly had Clinton and the White House cooperated more fully.

Kendall said Clinton could appear as soon as May 18, if that is the wish of the committee.

The committee is seeking to determine what actually happened on September 11, 2012, when the American government compound in Benghazi, Libya was attacked and four Americans were killed, including the American Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

The administration, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, initially blamed the violence on a small budget American film that was critical of Mohammad, the Muslim prophet. It was only after facts began to mount that the assault was not a spontaneous riot, but a planned attack, that Clinton and others finally admitted it was an orchestrated attack.

It has since been revealed that American officials in Libya, including Amb. Stevens, had requested additional security for the compound, but that had been rejected. Also, no military efforts were undertaken to rescue the Americans caught in the Sept. 11 Benghazi rampages.

An earlier State Department review into the episode, headed by former Amb. Thomas Pickering, never spoke with Clinton. Instead, the Pickering probe limited its investigation to lower-level employees, and it was upon those lower-level employees that it placed the blame.

The congressional committee wanted Clinton to testify at one time about the Benghazi matter and a second time about her unauthorized use of a personal email server, rather than the government server, during the time she served as Secretary of State.

Nearly two years after she left office, Mrs. Clinton turned over about 30,000 emails she said she had determined were government business. Another 32,000 emails were discarded by her because, she claimed, they were her private emails. She said she then wiped her server clean.

Clinton has refused requests to turn over the server to a neutral third party.

African Christians Slaughtered by ISIS-Affiliates

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

In a new video that appears to be produced by the media arm of the terrorist group ISIS, two groups of what are described as Ethiopian Christians are brutally murdered by ISIS members.

The 29 minute video was released on Sunday, April 19.

At the beginning of the video, a masked terrorist makes a lengthy statement.

Then the video shows two clips. The first clip is described as showing ISIS-affiliated terrorists shooting to death a group of African captives in the south of Libya.

The second clip purports to show African captives who are beheaded by ISIS-affiliated terrorists on a beach in eastern Libya.

Approximately 12 men were beheaded in the second clip and at least 16 were shot to death in the first one.

A masked man standing behind the hostages says in English, “our battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy,” according to a Russian site.

Christians are reportedly blamed for the death of Muslims throughout the world, but are told they will be allowed to live peacefully in the Islamic caliphate if they accept Sharia law and pay a special tax, known as the jizya.

The video bore the official logo of the ISIS media arm Al-Furqan and resembled previous videos released by the group.

A text on the screen identifies the men as “followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church.”

Israel Attacked Iranian Weapons in Libya, says Gulf State Newspaper

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force bombed several weapon storage depots in Libya, according to the Oman-based Al Watan newspaper.

Israel has not confirmed or denied the report.

The bombing mission destroyed the weapons that Al Watan said were flown through Egyptian air space to Libya.

Israel has been credited with bombing several sites in Libya and other north African countries the past several years in an effort to stop the flow of Iranian weapons to Hamas.

 

 

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