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.
NEW YORK-The United States and several Middle East partners pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday with waves of warplanes and Tomahawk cruise missiles in an aggressive and risky operation marking a new phase in the conflict.
In the days between a string of inhuman beheadings, involving two American journalists and a British aid worker, by the Islamic State, President Barack Obama displayed stunning glibness in attributing some of the outrage over these tragedies to the proliferation of social media.
“The world has always been messy,” the president said at a $32,000 per plate fundraiser in one of New York’s toniest suburbs. “In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media.”
U.S. intelligence officials believe the chances of an attack on the U.S. homeland or on American assets overseas are growing exponentially with a Syria-based group comprised of veteran Al Qaeda members intent on developing the capability and resources to plan a successful terrorist attack against America.
KONFRONTASI - Syria has once again slammed the Israeli regime’s support for the Takfiri ISIL militants operating inside the Arab country.
A Syrian military official, whose name was not mentioned in the reports, made the comments on Tuesday after Tel Aviv said earlier in the day that it had shot down a Syrian warplane as it attempted to fly over the ceasefire line into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The official confirmed the shooting down and underlined that the move was based on Tel Aviv's policy of supporting ISIL Takfiris.
KONFRONTASI - Syria says the US had informed Damascus before carrying out airstrikes against the Takfiri ISIL militants’ positions inside the Arab country.
According to Syrian state media, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement released early on Tuesday that Washington informed Syria's permanent envoy to the United Nations that strikes would be launched against the ISIL terrorists in the province of Raqqa.
TEL AVIV- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would be “absurd” to ease the pressure on Iran’s nuclear program in order to engage its help in fighting the Islamic State militant group.
Speaking at an event honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Jerusalem Sunday night, Netanyahu said, “Menachem Begin would completely reject it and I am doing the same,” the Times of Israel reported.
SULAIMANIYAH- Radical Islamists who decide to embark on suicidal missions often do so with the expectation they will be rewarded with 72 virgins if they die in battle; however, it turns out there is one major caveat to the scenario, according to a U.S. lawmaker.
That is, if they are killed by a woman, the deal is off.
WASHINGTON DC- Some American citizens who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State militants have already returned to the United States, White House officials reportedly confirmed on Monday.
A senior White House official told reporters that the FBI is currently “looking at” the individuals, including “those who’ve gone, those who’ve tired to go, some who’ve come back and are under active.”