BREAKING: Egypt Suffers String Of Attacks…As ISIS Reveals New Terrifying Video

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Today, Islamic State launched a string of massive attacks on Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula. Islamic State affiliate Ansar Bayit al-Maqdis (Waliyat Sinai) simultaneous attacked at least five military checkpoints and a police station in Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai this morning. At least 100 people died in the fighting that was still continuing hours later.

Army spokesman Brig-Gen Mohammed Samir reported that more than 70 terrorists fired mortar rounds and detonated a car bomb in attacks on five checkpoints in the Sheikh Zuweid area of North Sinai province. “Ten soldiers were killed or wounded along with 39 assailants,” he added.

Reshet Beth, however, reported that 60 Egyptian soldiers died in the assault by Waliyat Sinai. The Israeli radio station said that the Egyptian government was trying to deflate the number of dead soldiers to avoid the impression that the army is losing the war against ISIS in Sinai. AP later confirmed the Reshet Beth report and reported that in total, 64 Egyptian soldiers were killed by the terrorists. Thirty-eight terrorists also died in the fighting.

Ever since the Egyptian army ousted the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Mohammed Morsi, Islamists in Sinai have escalated their attacks on Egyptian security personnel. At least 670 soldiers and policemen have died in the fighting so far.

The situation in Egypt further deteriorated after the assassination of the state prosecutor (Attorney General), Hisham Barakat, in Cairo on Monday. Barakat was hated by the Muslim Brotherhood and Wayilat Sinai for the prosecution of thousands of Islamists since the ouster of the Morsi regime in 2013.

Hours after his assassination, a wave of terror attacks hit Egyptian cities; and at the same time, Islamists in the Sinai launched a new offensive aimed at taking over the Peninsula.

There have been eyewitness reports saying that members of ISIS branch Waliyat Sinai are trying to take over villages and cities in Sinai and then raise their black flag on buildings.

Like the attacks that Islamic State staged last Friday, the assault on Egypt has been predicted by both Islamic State and the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

ISW published a report on June 7 in which it predicted that ISIS would execute a ‘mass casualty attack’ in Tunisia during Ramadan. Egypt was one of the countries in the Middle East that would be targeted during the Muslim holy month, ISW experts predicted. They based their predictions on articles that were published on ISIS’ website and on what ISIS members wrote on social media.

Image credit: Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

Image credit: Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

Other countries Islamic State has announced as targets during Ramadan are England (where an ISIS plot for a terror attack was foiled last week), France (which was attacked last Friday), Italy, Spain, Caucuses in southern Russia, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Egypt (attacked today), Yemen (also attacked last week), Afghanistan (ISIS has seized large swaths of territory from the Taliban over the past week), Pakistan, and the United States. The United States will probably be attacked during Independence Day at the end of the week.

The goal is to capitalize on religious tensions and war to plunge a large part of the world into chaos by July 18, which marks the end of Ramadan. ISIS has sleeper cells in many countries and has now ordered these cells to become operative. In other countries, Muslim citizens who joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq and have now returned home will operate as lone gunmen in the coming weeks.

ISIS also published a new video today in which it threatened Hamas in Gaza and Israel.

A masked member of the group said: “We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you (Hamas) and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be overrun by our creeping multitudes.”

The release of the video came hours after Yoram Cohen, the head of Israel’s internal security agency, Shin Bet, informed the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that “Hamas is losing control over the Gaza Strip and its ability to govern there is eroding.”

“One of the challenges Hamas is dealing with is the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following the destruction caused during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge. A major component of which is the lack of foreign funding due to infighting between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority over control of border crossings,” Cohen said according to Ynet News.

In reaction to the ISIS threat, Israel decided to close the border crossings with Gaza and Egypt except for the crossing in Taba in south Israel.

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SHOCK VIDEO: See Why This Political Panel Just Ridiculed Obama As ‘Insane,’ ‘On Drugs,’ Henpecked

As Western Journalism reported last week, President Obama told the latest graduating class at the Coast Guard Academy that the really big security threat they’re facing in today’s troubled world is climate change. Even as ISIS continues its relentless rampage across the Middle East, Iran pushes toward obtaining a nuclear weapon, even as Russia threatens to destabilize Europe, North Korea is again acting out and China modernizes its military — among many other global threats — Obama points to global warming as the big, ominous storm cloud hovering over America’s security interests.

Reaction to the president’s claim that the Coast Guard and other branches of the U.S. military have to go forth and fight climate change has been, at least among right-leaning Americans, swift and sharply critical. As Cal Thomas observed in an opinion piece for The Washington Times: “If ‘climate change’ made terrorism possible, how does the president explain violent jihadism dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, long before carbon was a concern, or even a footprint? If unemployment causes terrorism, millions of jobless Americans would be taking up arms.”

Now in Egypt — a nation that got rid of a Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government led by a man Obama both praised and supported — a political panel has taken to TV to go farther in their criticism of Obama than even the president’s most vocal TV critics would dare to go in this country. It’s a remarkable two-minute-twenty-second segment translated by the folks at MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

You can watch these Egyptian commentators tear into Obama, questioning his sanity, wondering if he’s on drugs, even going so far as to say that it’s Michelle who wears the pants in the first family. Click on the video above to hear these three guys utterly destroy Obama as a weak and fearful man who is intent on destroying the United States.

h/t: American Thinker

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Of Defense: Obama’s Middle East Policy Is Creative Fiction

Michael Doran, a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director in the National Security Council, wrote a devastating critique of Obama’s Middle East policy that was published today.

In the article, Doran quotes a telling story about the way Obama shapes U.S. policy in the Middle East. He took the story from former U.S Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ mémoire, Duty. 

Gates described in his book a meeting at the Obama White House in February 2011. The meeting was attended by the members of the National Security Council and Obama’s White House staff and dealt with the situation in Egypt where crowds occupied Tahrir Square in Cairo and demanded the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

The question before them was how the U.S. should respond to the turmoil in Egypt.

Here’s what Doran wrote:

On one side stood Gates and the other principal members of the National Security Council. Mubarak, they argued, though a dictator, had been a reliable ally for 30 years, and toppling him would unleash chaos in Egypt, with no guarantee that the forces replacing him would be sympathetic to Washington, to America’s regional allies, or to democracy. On the other, pro-ouster side stood White House staffers vocally represented by Ben Rhodes—who, though only in his early thirties, bore the grand title of Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication and Speechwriting. In addition to his youthfulness, Rhodes had limited experience in international politics; his master’s degree was in creative writing, and his official role was that of a “communicator,” or spinmeister.

In the end, the president sided with the Rhodes faction, thus placing himself, in a phrase that soon emerged from the White House, “on the right side of history.” That side led, as Gates had warned, to a political vacuum in which the only established and well-organized party was the Muslim Brotherhood, which soon took power.

One might conclude from this story that Ben Rhodes has a deep influence over the president, but in truth he is simply his mouthpiece, or his clone. As Obama’s own two memoirs attest, he himself has long practiced a literary approach to his profession, acting simultaneously as author and as heroic protagonist. In this conception, the exercise of foreign policy is not simply about safeguarding American interests abroad; it is also about fashioning a creative and compelling personal narrative of the effort.

To be sure, all politicians impute pure motives to themselves and malign ones to their rivals. But Obama, raising the practice to the level of art, has recognized a simple but profound truth about political life: if you can convince people that you are well-intentioned, they will tend to side with you even if you fail to achieve your stated aims. In the Middle East, especially, the list of the president’s failed efforts is already long and growing longer by the day; it includes, among many other debacles, solving the Arab-Israeli conflict, launching a humanitarian intervention in Libya, and promoting a political solution to the Syrian civil war. Becoming painfully obvious is the last and greatest item on this list of pious failures: the president’s promises on Iran, embodied most recently and dramatically in the deal struck in Lausanne on April 2.

Obama has presented this deal as an effort to solve, through entirely peaceful means, the most consequential dispute in the Middle East. At the same time, he is signaling that his Iran gambit heralds much more than that. It is nothing less than the birth of a new vision of the American role in the world—an antidote to the military approach that allegedly characterized our foreign policy for decades.

This vision, however, is a fiction. Just as Robert Gates could see clearly in February 2011 that ousting Mubarak would deliver chaos and not democracy, it is clear to sober observers on all sides that the agreement with Tehran will fail to establish the elementary conditions for preventing the regime’s development of a nuclear bomb. Yet most people still do not appear to regard the president as either the cause of this disaster or as the solution to it. Will they ever?

Doran then continues to list three obvious defects of the emerging deal with Iran:

The emerging deal with Iran has three obvious defects that will be impossible to solve in the final round of negotiations.

First, instead of phasing out, over a decade’s time, the existing diplomatic and economic sanctions on Iran, the deal, practically speaking, will lift the sanctions immediately.

Second, the president’s assurance that sanctions will “snap back” in the event of Iranian misbehavior is absurd on its face. Re-imposition of sanctions will require concerted action by the United Nations Security Council, a body that no one has ever accused of being either speedy or efficient.

Finally, Iranian leaders have asserted, repeatedly and explicitly, that they will never allow the United States and its partners to conduct the kind of “anywhere, anytime” inspections that the Obama administration has disingenuously claimed are part of the deal; without such a guarantee, international inspectors will be incapable of verifying Iranian compliance.

Doran concludes that the deal will most certainly lead to new Iranian deceit and will certainly not change the nature of the Iranian regime as Obama believes:

Thanks to these core deficiencies, the deal will enable the Iranians to pocket enormous benefits—diplomatic, economic, and military—up front. And once they have enriched themselves by playing nice, there will be nothing to prevent them from beginning to cheat again. Does the president believe otherwise? If so, he must assume that just by signing the deal, the Islamic Republic will be transformed into something other and better than the aggressively hostile and repellent regime we have come to know over the last 36 years.

This is like the legitimate businessman who assumes that his new Mafioso partner will abandon his criminal ways once he develops a taste for honest profit. Even if the businessman manages to get out of the deal alive, it will be only after an arsonist’s flames have engulfed his shop and he’s been fleeced of the insurance money.

At the end of the article, Doran quotes Greg Sheridan, Australia’s leading foreign-affairs columnist, who said this about the emerging nuclear deal with Iran:

This agreement guarantees (emphasis added) Iran will acquire nuclear weapons eventually. Perhaps the key analytical question is this: is the fecklessness of present American policy entirely the fault of Obama, or does it reflect a deeper malaise in the U.S. and in Western civilization generally?

“Sheridan’s question is apt,” says Doran. “That it has to be asked says bad things about us, who have gone so far as to allow our president to blur the distinction between foreign policy and creative fiction.”

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Former Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced To Death

On Saturday, an Egyptian court preliminarily sentenced Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and dozens of other Muslim Brotherhood members to death in connection with a massive jailbreak in 2011.

Israeli media reported that Morsi and 105 fellow defendants, including the Brotherhood’s top leader, Mohammed Badie, were convicted for killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities, and breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

The court, expected to make a final ruling on June 2, also sought capital punishment for Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and 15 others for conspiring with foreign militant groups against Egypt.

The cases, like all capital sentences, will be referred to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for an opinion before any executions can take place.

The U.S. administration expressed concern over Saturday’s verdict, saying it has “consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences.”

“We continue to stress the need for due process and individualised judicial processes for all Egyptians in the interests of justice,” a State Department official said.

A crackdown under Egypt’s new President al-Sisi has seen hundreds of Morsi’s Islamist supporters killed, thousands jailed, and dozens sentenced to death after mass trials the United Nations called “unprecedented in recent history.”

Ties between Washington and Cairo hit rock bottom after Morsi’s ouster, with President Barack Obama’s administration freezing its annual military aid of $1.3 billion to Cairo. Most of the aid was unblocked in late 2014.

Prominent Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi is among those sentenced to death.

“The death sentences have no value and cannot be implemented because they are against the rule of God and people’s laws and customs,” Qaradawi told Al-Jazeera.

Only one death sentence out of a total of 602 has been carried out since the Egyptian Army, headed by current President al-Sisi, ousted Mohamed Morsi.

Hours after the verdict, three Egyptian judges were shot to death near the city of al-Arish in the northern part of the Sinai desert. The judges were traveling in a car that was ambushed by Islamist gunmen. A fourth person was killed, and three others were wounded in the attack.

This was followed by an Air Force strike on the Islamic State affiliate Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in northern Sinai. Seven Islamist fighters were killed when Egyptian Apache helicopters fired missiles at their positions. On Sunday, five members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis were killed by an air strike on their vehicle in the vicinity of the town of Sheikh Zuweid, close to the border with Gaza in northern Sinai.

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Drug Addicts In Gaza Forced Into Cold Turkey After Egypt Destroys Smuggling Tunnels

Thousands of Gaza residents addicted to a popular painkiller have been forced into cold turkey withdrawal after Egypt destroyed thousands of smuggling tunnels on the Egypt-Gaza border.

According to the Health Ministry in Gaza, there has been a 50 percent increase in recent months in the number of patients seeking treatment for giving up Tramadol, a prescription painkiller sold illegally on the black market.

The opiate has similar addictive qualities to the hard drug heroin–and has became popular with thousands of residents, including children as young as 13 who are desperate to escape the misery of daily life in Gaza.

Tramadol addicts typically require hospital treatment to deal with the withdrawal symptoms, which include severe abdominal pains, insomnia, chronic joint pain, and, in some cases, suicidal urges. Aid agencies are struggling to provide the necessary support because of a lack of funds.

Khadra Said, a senior official in the health ministry’s psychiatric unit, said that since the Egyptian military set out last year to destroy more than 2,000 of the illegal tunnels, Tramadol had become ever harder to find on the black market, driving up prices. “In the worsening economic conditions in the aftermath of the summer war [with Israel] we are seeing double the patients needing our services, after being forced to give up.”

Tramadol first appeared in Gaza in 2007. It was easily obtainable from Egypt and cost less than $0.13 a pill. In 2010, the Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority reported that 15,000 males in Gaza — about 30 percent of those aged from 14 to 30 — were users.

The 51-day war with Israel last year, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 homes destroyed, boosted the popularity of the “escapist” drug.

The Egyptian Armed Forces stepped up efforts to clear the tunnels last October, pushing Tramadol prices to $2.50 a pill — even as unemployment has soared, making the pills unaffordable to users (most of whom hail from poorer communities).

Yesterday, Ma’an News Agency in Bethlehem reported that the Egyptian army has destroyed 69 tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip since March. 28. This puts the total number of tunnels destroyed at 285 since February, according to the Egyptian Army.

h/t: The Times

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