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4 Mortars Strike Turkey

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Four mortars launched by ISIS landed in Turkey on Saturday, injuring 2 people, according to a Reuters report.

The mortars appears to have been spillover from fighting between ISIS and Kurdish troops. The Kurds are defending the Syrian town of Kobane near the Turkish border.

An Alternate 4-point Strategy For The President

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The words ricocheted worldwide a few weeks ago: asked about his plans for dealing with ISIS, the president of the United States admitted that “We don’t have a strategy.”

And then last week the president announced to the world a four-point plan. Unfortunately, there’s little buy-in from our European and Middle Eastern allies who would presumably participate in the fight against ISIS.

Here’s my own four-point plan that may be more palatable to our allies. The key is (borrowing Apple Inc.’s famous slogan) to “Think Different.”

Strategy 1: The Hippie Crusade: Airlift a jet full of hippies into the central square of Mosul, Iraq, singing “All we are saying, is give peace a chance” while waving antiwar posters. Mass sit-ins will be organized, and thousands of flowers will be handed out to all ISIS boys and inserted inside their gun barrels for photogenic effect.

Staying on message is a priority: it’s all about the power of love and peace.

The underlying assumption is that ISIS militants are simply misunderstood, that they are just people like you and me. For beneath the hard veneer lurks a tired warrior merely looking for the delicate hand of friendship.

Pivot to Strategy 2: The Salaam Aleykum Sequel. President Obama follows up on his sensationally effective 2009 masterpiece of a speech to the Muslim world with an even bigger blockbuster.

Delivered live via all media outlets worldwide, the president speaks in front of a black background (designed to provide subliminal comfort to the Islamist audience.) Obama forcefully reiterates his deep respect for Shariah law and his admiration for the rigorous methods employed by ISIS to defend the modesty of women.

Obama’s Muslim “street cred” will be fortified with amusing childhood anecdotes from his time in Indonesia and repeated mention of his affection for Malik Obama, his Islamist half-brother from Kenya.

The speech ends with a powerful fist-to-lectern vow that the U.S. intends to lead the Western World in overcoming the scourge of Islamophobia and seeks nothing less than a “dialogue of civilizations” with ISIS.

Time to move to Strategy 3: The Marshallah Plan; modeled on the U.S. Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after World War II, this is a multi-billion dollar U.S. and EU cash infusion into any area controlled by ISIS.

Here’s the thinking: rather than alienating a new and emergent polity being established by what are clearly spiritually ambitious souls, we ought to – in non-judgmental fashion of course – enthusiastically join them in developing their dynamic and exciting new country, Islamic State.

Under the Marshallah Plan, the U.S. and EU will devote their enormous resources to building mosques, madrasas, Shariah courts, and harem centers. Wielding counterintuitive thinking, weaponry will be promptly shipped to Islamic State in order to demonstrate goodwill and trust.

So with the hippies dispatched, the Salam Aleykum speech delivered, and a massive EU-U.S. investment in the nascent state underway, it’s time for Strategy 4: Levantribute.

This strategy borrows heavily from both the wisdom of antiquity and the Realist school of international relations, and can politely be described as a regular stipend.

Some historical background: the Late Roman and Byzantine Empires paid a so-called subsidy to Barbarian tribes, securing their agreement to desist from attacking imperial territory. True, this could be seen as protection money, but it actually seemed to work – at least until the inevitable assassination of this or that emperor or chieftain.

The Levantribute strategy, then, is a monthly fee to be paid by the U.S. and EU to the ISIS provisional government. In exchange, ISIS solemnly promises not to behead any more Americans or Europeans. European governments have already exhibited interest in this particular strategy, though the jury is still out as to its efficacy.

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Sukhoi-24 Fighter Jet In Israeli Airspace

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The IDF downed a Syrian fighter jet, a Russian-made Sukhoi-24, near Quneitra, along the Syrian-Israel border. The plane, which flew into Israeli air space near Tzfat, was initially misidentified as a MiG-21.

At about 9:30 am Tuesday morning, according to the IDF, “A Syrian aircraft infiltrated into Israeli air space. The IDF intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defense system. The circumstances of the incident are being reviewed.”

The Syrian crew parachuted to safety, and landed on the Syrian side of the border.

READ: Both sides in Syria respond to Israeli downing of Syrian fighter jet.

“The fighter jet crossed into Israeli territory in a very threatening manner,” said Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. He added, “We can’t allow any source to violate our sovereignty and we’ll respond aggressively to any such attempt, whether it’s a mistake or a purposeful act.”

The IDF followed standard operating procedure when it shot down the invading plane, which had reached 800 meters in Israeli territory before the decision was made to shoot it down. From that moment to impact, one minute and 20 seconds passed before the surface-to-air Patriot missile struck and destroyed the plane.

Civilians in Israel captured the fighter plane’s interception on camera.

Photo by: Pirch / Rotter.net

Photo by: Pirch / Rotter.net

The last time Israel shot down a Syrian warplane was in 1985. At that time, Israeli pilots were on a surveillance mission over Lebanon when they became involved in a dogfight with two Syrian MiG-23s.

In this case, the Sukhoi-24 was shot down over the Golan Heights while flying at an elevation of 10-14,000 feet — a comfortable height for an air strike, a military source noted.

“A fighter jet can reach the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) in less than a minute from the position that jet was in, and anywhere else in five,” the IDF senior military official said.

“The discovery, identification and interception of the jet was quickly and professionally executed and the Israeli Air Force stood its guard,” the source added.

The broken parts of the plane landed near Quneitra in Syria. Initial findings indicate the plane was en route to attack rebel forces around the Quneitra crossing, where the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terror group is currently in control.

Syrian Groups Respond to Israel’s Downing of Jet

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Syrians on both sides of the civil war responded to Israel’s downing of a Syrian Sukhoi-24 fighter jet that had infiltrated into Israeli airspace on Tuesday morning.

A senior member of the Syrian opposition told the Hebrew-language NRG website, “We thank Israel for knocking down the plane, and we hope it is the start of a new situation, where the airspace in Syria, and in particular, the Golan Heights are clear of any of Bashar al-Assad’s jets.”

The opposition member added that the plane was on its way to attack Syrian rebel positions.

Syrians supporting Assad’s side of the civil war blamed Israel for taking sides and cooperating with the rebels, and specifically Da’ash (ISIS) and the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organizations.

US, Allies Bomb ISIS in Syria

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The United States and allies began bombing fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the city of Raqqa on Monday, near the northern Syrian border.

Raqqa is considered to be the “capital” of the ISIS attempt at a caliphate (state ruled by Islamic law.)

Both Russia and Iran, who are firm allies of the Syrian government, have warned the United States and others not to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria without first securing permission from President Bashar al-Assad.

However, according to a report posted Tuesday morning by the New York Daily News, Damascus said that “Washington informed Syria’s United Nations envoy before bombing the country.”

ISIS has swallowed a huge swathe of territory across Iraq and northern Syria, and is hoping to continue its bloodthirsty campaign to conquer as much territory as possible across the Middle East in order to establish an Islamic caliphate. The group simply slaughters those it calls “non-believers” wherever it goes – including other Muslims — usually by shooting or beheading them.

The military campaign, conducted by air with fighter jets and by warships at sea, is open-ended, the Pentagon told journalists in a briefing Monday. Buildings and arms depots were the primary targets.

The attack marks the first time the U.S. has carried out air strikes against the global jihad terror group outside of Iraq. U.S. air strikes against ISIS began in Iraq on August 8.

“U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk land attack missiles,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time,” he added.

Several Arab nations participated in the operation, although the Pentagon did not identify them. According to CNN and other international outlets, there were four: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Kurds Block ISIS Advance on Syrian Town

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Kurdish fighters in Syria say they have blocked an advance by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) towards the town of Kobani near the border of Turkey.

“Fierce clashes are still underway but the ISIS advance to the east of Kobani has been halted since last night,” said Redur Xelil, spokesman for YPG, the main Syrian Kurdish group.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that ISIS fighters have made no significant advance in the past 24 hours. The Observatory tracks violence in the Syrian civil war.

Report: US Sending Indirect Military Aid to Hezbollah

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The United States has reportedly sent indirect military aid to the Hezbollah terrorist organization, according to information released in a New York Times interview with Hezbollah public relations liaison Mohammed Afif.

The aid, which came in the form of new weapons, was channeled via the Lebanese Army, which closely coordinates with the Hezbollah terrorist group, according to Afif. In addition, U.S. intelligence is being channeled to Hezbollah as well, according to Lebanese sources. This would explain how the terrorist organization was able to pinpoint its first UAV bombing so precisely against the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group, which is not associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group and which in fact currently is fighting against the organization. Al Qaeda has denounced ISIS as “too brutal.”

The assistance to Hezbollah, which appears on America’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, comes in stark contrast to the block placed by the Obama White House on a needed transfer to Israel of Hellfire missiles during this summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Shield in Gaza. The transfer of any weapons and other military hardware to Israel, even routine munitions requests, was temporarily blocked by the State Department and the White House, which required a double signature on any delivery. The hold was released following an intense protest against the action by Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle. However, any form of American military aid – once a ‘given’ by Israel’s “closest friend and ally” – continues to be scrutinized by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry; an unprecedented situation in relations between the two countries.

“We need to open up a new page with world media, with the Arabs and internationally,” Afif told NYT. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has referred to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a “monster.” He equated the battle with ISIS as “a battle of life and death no less important than fighting the Israeli enemy, as [its] actions and objectives only serve Israel.”

Afif, meanwhile, has blamed the United States for creating ISIS in the first place by supporting opposition forces in their fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Hezbollah supports with guerrilla fighters. “This beast you which you raised up, as in past cases, you find it’s dangerous for you,” he commented in the report.

While U.S. President Barack Obama has talked about starting air strikes against ISIS in Syria as well as in Iraq – where American attacks have been taking place for several weeks – he has yet to carry out the threat. Both Russia and Iran, which generously supports both Syria and Hezbollah, have warned the U.S. not to venture into Syrian air space without permission from Assad. Since the U.S. has been arming rebels to oppose him, such authorization is unlikely.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/report-us-sending-indirect-military-aid-to-hezbollah/2014/09/22/

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