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Obama Signs New Hezbollah Sanctions Law

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

The Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist organization is facing a new battle after Golan Heights chief terrorist Samir Kuntar was killed in an Israeli air strike on the outskirts of Damascus.

The terrorist group has lost nearly a third of its total number of guerrillas fighting in the savage civil war on behalf of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, backed by Iran and Russia.

But now the terror group also faces new financial problems in the United States.

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 was formally signed into U.S. law on Friday afternoon by President Barack Obama.

The legislation, which imposes tough sanctions on banks that do business with the Iranian proxy terrorist organization, reached the president’s desk after its unanimous approval Wednesday in the House of Representatives. The legislation was passed unanimously by the Senate last month.

The law is a “strong, bipartisan bill,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday. “We continue to work with Congress in a bipartisan way to ensure that we maximize the tools available to us to thwart Hezbollah’s network at every turn, and we look forward to working together as we implement these new authorities,” Earnest said.

“The U.S. government has made significant progress and will continue to further disrupt Hezbollah’s terrorist capabilities by targeting the group’s financial support infrastructure.”

Israeli Arab IDF Givati Veteran Joins ISIS

Monday, December 14th, 2015

An Israeli Arab citizen who completed service in the IDF Givati Brigade has traveled to Syria and joined Da’esh, the ISIS terror organization, Israeli security officials confirmed Sunday.

The report was first made public by the Hebrew-language Walla! news site. The man, a resident of a village in northern Israel, was not named and there was no information on when he left for Syria.

He was discharged from the IDF in January 2014 and was not in contact with his family, according to the report, which added that he was Muslim.

Israeli officials confirmed to Reuters, “We are familiar with this case,” but gave no details.

Dozens of Israeli Arab citizens have traveled illegally to join the terrorist group. In October, Da’esh released two videos in which self-identified members narrated in Hebrew with Arabic accents, threatening to attack Israel.

Russian Defense Minister: ISIS Controls 70% of Syria

Monday, December 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) According to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, the area under the Islamic State’s control is expanding to about 70% of Syria’s territory, TASS reported. “The Islamic State area of influence is expanding. Militants have seized about 70% of the Syrian territory. The number of terrorists amounts to about 60,000 people,” Shoigu said, adding, “There is a threat that their actions will be transferred to Central Asia and the Caucasus.”

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said earlier that between 25,000 and 30,000 foreigners, including Russian nationals, are fighting in the ranks of Islamic State. The CIA also estimated the number of ISIS soldiers at about 30,000 people, while the Iraqi government insists there are 200,000 Islamic State fighters out there.

The Russian Air Force has destroyed more than 8,000 terrorist military facilities since the start of its operation in Syria, September 30, Defense Minister Shoigu noted. “In all, our combat aircraft made some 4,000 sorties and destroyed more than 8,000 facilities of the terrorist military infrastructure,” he said. He believes the Islamic State is suffering major damage after the Russian air strikes.

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces delivered its first targeted airstrikes at anti-Assad positions on Sept. 30—although at the time it wasn’t clear which of the Syrian president’s many enemies they were after. More than 50 jets and helicopters take part in the operation, including Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets, Su-25 aircraft, Su-30SM fighter aircraft, and Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, TASS reported.

Putin Orders Coordination with Israel on Flights over Syria

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered his Defense Ministry to coordinate actions in Syria with Israel’s command post and the US-led international coalition, TASS reported.

“It’s important to develop cooperation with all countries who are really interested in destroying terrorists. I am talking about contacts on ensuring flight safety with the command post of Israel’s air force and forces of the US-led coalition,” Putin said.

Putin also had ordered the Russian military to destroy any targets that threaten Russian Armed Forces in Syria. “I order you to act very tough,” Putin told a session of the Defense Ministry’s brass. “Any targets that threaten Russian forces or our infrastructure on the ground should be immediately destroyed.”

Putin warned against “those who will again try to organize any provocations against our servicemen. … We have already taken additional measures to ensure the security of Russian servicemen and air base. It was strengthened by new aviation groups and missile defense systems. Strike aircraft will now carry out operations under cover of fighter jets,” Putin said.

He noted that the Russian military have caused a substantial damage to terrorists in Syria, adding that the actions of the Russian Armed Forces are praiseworthy. “The combined operation of the Aerospace Defense Forces and the Navy, the use of newest high precision weapons systems has caused a serious damage to the terrorist infrastructure, thus qualitatively changing the situation in Syria,” Putin said.

With about 20 million Russian Muslims and many more in the former Soviet republics to the south of Russia, Putin stressed that representatives of various ethnic groups, not only from Russia’s North Caucasus but also from other regions, are taking part in the combat actions against ISIS in Syria, and also boast of their participating in “punitive actions.”

“All this is a direct threat to Russia and our military in Syria first of all protect their country. Our actions there are not due to any unclear and abstract geopolitical interests, or the wish to get training and test new weapons systems,” Putin said, adding, “This is not the most important thing. The goal is to avert the threat to the Russian Federation itself.”

European Union: ISIS Has Chemical and Biological Weapons

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) is armed with biological and chemical weapons but Europeans don’t take the existential threat seriously, according to a European Union parliament document.

Israeli experts last week also said ISIS is armed with weapons forbidden by the Geneva Convention and that it is a state in every sense of the word, with its own currency, a university and even license plates.

The London Express reported that the parliamentary report states that ISIS “may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks.” The document was prepared by the Parliament’s political analyst following the ISIS massacres in Paris last month.

ISIS has been trafficking in chemical weapons and also is able to manufacture them by putting together a team of experts with degrees in chemistry and physics.

The EU report, quoted by the Express, states:\

Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear substances (CBRN) have been carried undetected into the European Union. Interpol’s monthly CBRN intelligence reports show numerous examples of attempts to acquire, smuggle or use CBRN materials.

At present, European citizens are not seriously contemplating the possibility that extremist groups might use chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) materials during attacks in Europe. Under these circumstances, the impact of such an attack, should it occur, would be even more destabilizing.

Experts at an Israeli conference said that ISIS is a genuine state even if it not recognized by others, Globes reported.

It controls approximately one-third of Syria’s land, nearly 10 million people and earns approximately $300 million in day from the sale of oil it has confiscated in Iraq and Syria.

Besides its well-publicized black flag and army of barbaric terrorists, ISIS runs courts, schools, welfare agencies and even issues license plates. One of the experts said, “There is no precedent for anything like this in the past 100 years.”

Dr. Ronen Yitzchak, head of the Middle East Dept. at the Western Galilee College, said that the Western coalition has succeeded in seriously damaging the infrastructure of ISIS and in limiting its expansion. However, he added:

Despite weaknesses in the organization, it will not disappear and will continue to be present for many years. The Islamic State is not a temporary episode. It will continue to present a danger to the West and the entire world.

Terror will worsen in Europe, whether it is because of terrorists who are there now or because of those who be recruited in the future.

ISIS has succeeded in recruiting cells in dozens of countries, “something that has never been seen in terror groups,” Yitzchak said.

ISIS has its own currency, has minted gold and silver coins and soon will introduce bronze coins.

Its radical Islamic school system forbids studies in music, arts and Western subjects such as psychology.

The expert panel also revealed that every family is required to “contribute” one male adult to fight in the ISIS army, which comprises estimated 35,000-50,000 men.

Carmit Valensi, a research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies, said that ISIS has to be fought on several fronts and that active involvement of Middle East Muslim countries would create an alternative for the local population so they won’t feel totally dependent on ISIS.

Multiple Stabbings in London Underground Terror Attack [video]

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

A man yelling, “this is for Syria” stabbed 3 people in a London subway station on Saturday evening.

The attack happened at the Leytonstone station. One of the victims is in serious condition.

London police attempted to taser the stabber, but failed at first, and ended up having to taser the attacker 6 times.

After the stabber was captured, someone (unclear who) can be heard yelling that someone else is not a real Muslim.

Scotland Yard declared the east London incident a terror attack.

Perhaps related to this attack, a few days ago the UK began bombing ISIS positions in Syria, following a parliamentary decision.

In an unrelated story, the UK’s Telegraph reported that following a personal invitation by PM Netanyahu to Prince Charles to visit Israel, the British Royal Family will never visit Israel.

The Foreign Office declined to comment, but British officials say there are too many political landmines in the way of a visit to a country that occupies Palestinian territory and lives within disputed borders.
“Until there is a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Royal family can’t really go there,” said one Whitehall source.
“There have been inward State Visits by Israel, which just involves dealing with the Head of State, but in Israel so much politics is caught up in the land itself that it’s best to avoid those complications altogether by not going there.”

US Contends: ISIS Oil Industry in Syria Crippled by Coalition Air Campaign

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

US military leaders say Syrian oil revenues to ISIS have been drastically cut by US-led coalition air strikes.

The Da’esh (ISIS) oil infrastructure in Syria has been crippled as a result of the attacks, according to a briefing by U.S. military spokesperson Col. Steve Warren Tuesday in Baghdad.

And yet, those oil facilities are only crippled — they’re still not out for the count, Warren acknowledged. “It’s not a knockout,” he said. “It’s a body blow.”

A month of air strikes has largely shut down the oil facilities at Deir ez-Zor, which provides about two-thirds of the oil revenue for Da’esh, Warren said.

But the goal is not really to destroy the structures anyway.

According to Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aim is to prevent Da’esh from producing and shipping oil while keeping the infrastructure relatively intact so it can be restored once the war in Syria is over, USA Today reported.

The black gold once provided billions of dollars to the Syrian government, which charged fees to companies from Russia, Britain, China, and the Netherlands. Syria also owned and operated its own oil wells as well, most of which were located in Deir ez-Zor, in the eastern part of the country.

That region is now controlled by Da’esh, which the Treasury estimated sells discounted oil on the black market for half a billion dollars a year. At least half of the terror group’s revenue is raised from the sale of oil, according to the Pentagon. Da’esh also controls oil-producing regions in Iraq.

On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry held a briefing in Moscow to present maps, photographs and other materials as evidence to support accusations by President Vladimir Putin that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family are importing black market oil from ISIS-controlled territories in Syria and Iraq.

Erdogan denied the allegations, aimed at him during a conversation with reporters on the sidelines of the COP-21 climate change conference in Paris. The Turkish president vowed to resign if Putin could prove his claims were true.

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