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  • ISIS - THE NEW ENEMY?
    Yesterday, 04:20 AM
    While extremist groups are generally amorphous organizations, ISIS can trace its history directly back to the Sunni terrorist organization al Qaeda, specifically the Iraq faction, al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). AQI, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was responsible for scores of bombings, kidnappings and in Iraq following the U.S. invasion there. After al-Zarqawi was killed in 2006 by an American airstrike, leadership of the group eventually fell to an experienced Iraqi fighter, Abu Du’a, better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. AQI was weakened in Iraq in 2007 as a result of what is known as the Sunni Awakening, when a large alliance of Iraqi...


  • LOTS OF CHATTER, KEEP FROSTY
    Aug 25 2014 10:09 AM
    House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul said today he believes that ISIS, the jihadist army that has taken control of large part of Iraq and brutally murdered American journalist James Foley, has external operations under way to hit the West. "Their focus right now is establishing the caliphate. But don't kid yourself for a second, they [are] intent on hitting the West. And there are external operations, I believe, under way," McCaul, R-Texas, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." "We have tens of thousands of foreign fighters from all over the world pouring into this safe haven that's now been established, i...


  • SOUNDS LIKE SYRIAN TARGETS WILL BE NEXT
    Aug 22 2014 07:10 AM
    The Obama administration insisted Thursday that the U.S. will avoid mission creep in freshly war-torn Iraq, even as its Pentagon chief warned that the Islamic State poses a terrorist threat to Americans “beyond anything that we’ve seen.” “Get ready,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared in an ominous warning, even as the White House tried to tamp down speculation that stepped-up airstrikes might lead to a greater ground troop intervention. Some lawmakers are dubious of the Obama administration’s balancing act, arguing that the stated mission — to protect American personnel in Iraq, provide humanitarian assistance to displaced...


  • UKRAINE CLAIMS TO HAVE STOPPED RUSSIAN FORCES FROM ENTERING
    Aug 09 2014 08:43 AM
    Ukraine said on Saturday it had headed off an attempt by Russia to send troops into Ukraine under the guise of peacekeepers with the aim of provoking a large-scale military conflict, a statement Moscow dismissed as a "fairy tale". A senior aide to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said a large Russian military convoy had been heading for the border on Friday under a supposed agreement with the Red Cross, but had stopped after an appeal by Kiev to Russia.Ukraine has made several similar statements about Russian aggression during months of conflict with separatists on its eastern border with Russia that it says are backed by Mo...


  • INTO THE IRAQ BREACH AGAIN, MY FRIEND
    Aug 09 2014 07:55 AM
    Within hours of President Obama’s heads-up to the American public that he authorized the Pentagon to use military force in Iraq to counter the advance of Islamist militants there, the Pentagon did just that. As Washington woke up Friday morning, it learned that two US F-18 fighter jets had started their campaign, dropping 500-pound laser-guided bombs near Erbil, the de facto Kurdish capital of northern Iraq. A second round of strikes was carried out later in the day, the Pentagon said.Now, many are asking what the US can reasonably hope to accomplish with this bombing campaign. And more pointedly, could it become a slippery slope...


  • HOMELAND SECURITY IT BREACH
    Aug 06 2014 07:11 PM
    A company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it was the victim of a cyber attack, adding in a statement that "it has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack." The computer breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) probably involved the theft of personal information about DHS employees, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story.DHS said it had suspended all work with the company amid an investigation by the FBI. A "multi-agency cyber response team is working with the company to identify the scope of the intrusion,...


  • GROWING THREAT OF RUSSIAN INVASION
    Aug 06 2014 11:06 AM
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says there is a growing threat that Russia will invade Ukraine, pointing to the increased buildup of Russian troops along the border. Hagel says he agrees with Poland's foreign minister, who said Wednesday that the increase in Russian forces near Ukraine's border heightened the risk of an invasion. Hagel says the longer Russia perpetuates tension and escalates its military activities along the border, the situation will only get worse.Hagel was speaking to reporters after meetings with U.S. military leaders in Europe, including the top commander, Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove. U.S. and NATO officia...


  • MORE CONCEALED CARRY - LESS VIOLENT CRIME
    Jul 09 2014 01:09 PM
    A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.“When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals," said the center’s pr...


  • THIS IS GETTING STRANGE NOW
    Jul 03 2014 08:11 PM
    The skies of Iraq are getting crowded. U.S. Apache attack helicopters and unarmed drones are beingdeployed along with the 500 American troops already ordered to the country. They're just the latest foreign aircraft to join the fight against ISIS, the jihadist group that's swept through northern and western Iraq in recent weeks. The Syrian Air Force bombed targets that were allegedly ISIS positions in western Iraq last week. Iran has reportedly sent its entire fleet of Sukoi-24 fighter jets to Iraq. And Russia has sent jets and "advisers" to assist Baghdad.The U.S. military is now in a situation where it likely has to work out mil...


  • SAUDIS DEPLOY 30K TO IRAQ BORDER
    Jul 03 2014 06:12 AM
    Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers abandoned the area, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday, but Baghdad denied this and said the frontier remained under its full control. The world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia shares an 800-km (500-mile) border with Iraq, where Islamic State insurgents and other Sunni Muslim militant groups seized towns and cities in a lightning advance last month.King Abdullah has ordered all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against potential "terrorist threats", state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.The U.S.-allied kingdom overcam...


  • WHAT DO I SAY?
    Jul 02 2014 07:19 PM
    The following is a message by Jack Tobin, President of the Special Forces Association, that he posted coincident with Independence Day weekend. I think it will resonate with many of our readers:What Do I Say?As I watch the news, each day it seems the Republic sinks deeper into the abyss that has taken so many great countries. Each day another of our freedoms disappears, taken by faceless bureaucrats, controlled by those who disregard our laws.A neighbor’s son, just graduated from high school, ask about joining the military, I was in a hurry and ask him to come back, what do I say?Two of my son’s, both wounded veterans ask me on...


  • SCOTUS REMINDS OBAMA ABOUT PESKY CONSTITUTION
    Jun 26 2014 02:52 PM
    The Supreme Court delivered a blow Thursday to President Obama, ruling that he went too far in making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. In a unanimous decision, the high court sided with Senate Republicans and limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments. It was the first-ever Supreme Court test involving the long-standing practice of presidents naming appointees when the Senate is on break. In this case, Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break when he filled slots at the NLRB in 2012. He argued the brief sessions it held every three da...


  • PUTIN ISSUES HIGH ALERT FOR URAL FORCES
    Jun 21 2014 07:00 AM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert as well as a drill of airborne troops, a day after Ukraine ordered a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. NATO said earlier this week that Russia has resumed a military build-up on the border with Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting government forces for weeks in a conflict that has left about 300 people dead and displaced over 34,000.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week, the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the fight...


  • HOW BAD IS THE BORDER?
    Jun 16 2014 12:12 PM
    Want a basic idea of how bad our border security is? Then watch this?http://video.foxnews...v/3622280227001


  • CHINA RISING
    May 29 2014 01:52 PM
    China is flexing its military muscles, in large part to satisfy its insatiable demand for resources. The consequences and resulting competition with other nations will be felt far and wide.China’s military modernization is integral to the country’s ambitions to expand its global economic and political power. Already the world’s second-largest economy—and forecast to become the largest by 2021—China sees its continuing growth and prosperity as being linked to its ability to secure energy and mineral resources, expand trade and access new markets.Since embarking on its most recent modernization in the late 1990s, China has exhibite...


  • UKRAINE FORCES GETTING THEIR ASSES HANDED TO THEM
    May 23 2014 09:26 AM
    In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the upcoming election for a new president to lead the divided country out of its crisis. A rebel commander said one of his fighters also died in the raid in eastern Ukraine, which left a gruesome scene of charred military vehicles and scorched bodies near the town of Volnovakha, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the city of Donetsk.Witnesses, including a medical worker, said more than 30 Ukrainian troops were wounded, with some in gra...


  • THAILAND FACING A COUP?
    May 21 2014 07:41 AM
    BANGKOK—A day after Thailand's military imposed nationwide martial law, the country faced uncertainty over whether a coup d'état was imminent or if its civilian leaders could broker a deal to end months of bitter and often violent feuding. The military urged calm and insisted the declaration—made under a 100-year-old constitutional decree that gives the army sweeping powers to maintain order—wasn't a coup. No curfew was imposed, and residents were encouraged to go about business as usual. Some Thais were seen taking pictures of themselves posed against soldiers who were deployed to the capital's posh shopping districts.Avoiding...


  • STEALTH SUBMARINES
    May 13 2014 07:54 AM
    Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic impact. The submarine is not made for a show of force. Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it—rapidly and probably with much loss of life. It’s a sure way to shift the trajectory of any conflict in a more violent direction. The best deterrent against submarine attack is robust defense—but as little as surface sailors like to discuss it, that defense has seldom been less as...


  • NoK TESTING ICBM ENGINE
    May 02 2014 11:11 PM
    North Korea has recently conducted engine tests for an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States, a U.S. think tank said on Friday. North Korea conducted at least one engine test for the KN-08 missile in late March or early April, the think tank 38 North said, marking the latest in a series of tests for a missile believed to have a range of more than 10,000 km (6,000 miles).Following the engine tests, the next stage for North Korea would be a test launch of the missile, according to 38 North, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University's U.S.-Korea Institute."...


  • UKRAINE HAS GONE HOT - MILITARY ACTION IN THE EAST
    May 02 2014 10:53 AM
    Two Ukrainian helicopters were shot down Friday as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against the pro-Russia forces that have seized government buildings in the east. The Kremlin said Kiev's move against the insurgents "destroyed" hopes for peace in the region. Fighting broke out around dawn near Slovyansk, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Russian border that has become the focus of the armed insurgency against Ukraine's interim government. Two helicopter crew were killed in the crashes, both sides said, and a pro-Russia militiaman was reported killed.One of the helicopters was hit by a surface-to-air missile,...