Islamic State Murders 30 Christians, Advances In The Direction Of Israel

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Islamic State continues to make headlines. On Sunday, the terrorist organization released a new video purportedly showing the gruesome mass killing of a group of thirty Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The footage that includes the logo of the group’s Al-Furqan media arm is more than 29 minutes long. It begins with a description of Christian churches and then calls the Holy Trinity – the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit – a form of polytheism whose worshipers deserve punishment.

At the end of the video, two groups of men dressed in orange and black are shown being escorted by armed IS members in two different locations. A masked man addresses the camera and gives a warning to viewers.

“Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap,” the man says. “We swear to Allah the one, who disgraced you by our hands, you will not have safety even in your dreams until you embrace Islam.”

The video then cuts between the two groups as one group is shot, and the other decapitated with knives.

The video also shows IS members breaking and defacing Catholic and Christian iconography, including crosses on top of churches and pictures and statues of the Virgin Mary. As the crosses fall, IS militants are shown replacing them with the group’s black flag.

At the same time Islamic State released the video, the United Nations reported that at least 90,000 people have fled the advance of IS fighters in Ramadi, Iraq.

“Our top priority is delivering life-saving assistance to people who are fleeing — food, water, and shelter are highest on the list of priorities,” Lise Grande, the deputy special representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, said in a statement.

Ar Ramadi is a city east of Bagdad. The report on Islamic State advances close to the Iraqi capital contradicts a recent Pentagon announcement about the progress being made by coalition forces.

U.S. Colonel Steve Warren told reporters last Monday that the group had been pushed out of 25-30 percent – around 5-6,000 square miles – of the Iraqi land under their control. However, a simple look at a map released by the US Department of Defense shows that this is simply not true.

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Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said that the percentage figure was “nonsense” because much of the territory mentioned is unpopulated. “They don’t control empty stretches of Anbar desert where they have no forces, where no-one does.”

The Islamic State offensive in Ramadi could be a prelude of an assault on Bagdad. On Wednesday, it seized several villages close to the provincial capital of Ramadi after launching a series of dawn assaults.

Islamic State fighters have been pushing towards Ramadi since Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi launched a major offensive to drive them out of the majority Sunni province of Anbar last week. Government efforts were intended to build on the victory in Tikrit; but IS forces have now pushed to within three miles of Ramadi, according to various reports.

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In Syria, Islamic State has advanced in the direction of the capital Damascus. The Assad regime, Hezbollah, and Iranian forces suffered setbacks last week after Islamic State took over the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmuk. Almost all of the 120,000 Palestinians who lived in the camp before the war have now fled.

There were conflicting reports about a supposed withdrawal of Islamic State from Yarmouk; but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said on Thursday that clashes were still ongoing. The Observatory reported that 80 percent of Yarmouk was under the combined control of Islamic State and Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra. Palestinian factions accuse al-Nusra of colluding with Islamic State. The attack on Yarmuk began on April 1st  after the group quietly build its presence through clandestine networks and its Sunni supporters in the area.

Elsewhere in southern Syria, Islamic State and al-Nusra are trying to take over territory held by regime forces and the Western-backed Southern Front. On April 1st, Al-Nusra took over the Nasib border crossing from Assad’s army. This was the last regime-controlled border crossing between Syria and Jordan.

The events in southern Syria could signal a new phase in the Syrian war. The era where Islamic State was a safe distance from the area in Syria closest to Israel seems to be over.

The renewed cooperation between al-Nusra and Islamic State furthermore indicates that they have realized that the escalating Sunni-Shiite war demands they overcome their differences if they want to become a central power in the Middle East.

Islamic State is very well organized; and although it is driven by religious fanaticism, it has clear goals and is coldly calculating how to achieve them.

As Western Journalism reported last month, the organization is trying to destabilize Egypt and Jordan.The Islamic State affiliate Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is at war with the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula and has set up camp adjacent to Israel’s southern border.

Today, Stratfor reported that Hamas is clamping down on Islamic State offshoot Wilayat Gaza (Province Gaza).

Wilayat Gaza has made several statements and has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks since late 2014. The group claimed responsibility for an attack on the French Cultural Center in Gaza City in October 2014. The following month, the group issued a statement demanding that women abide by Sharia rules of dress. In December, the group issued a statement threatening to kill a number of writers and poets in Gaza if they did not stop “insulting Islam”, Stratfor reported.

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UN Ducks Responsibility For Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

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The United Nations refuses to compensate hundreds of thousands of Haitians infected with cholera, which UN aid workers introduced into the island’s water supply. There had been no instances of the disease on the island in decades.

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan held that the United Nations is shielded from having to pay compensation due to governmental immunity. Under the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, the international body possesses broad immunity worldwide to carry out its functions without the possibility of being held civilly liable if it is negligent.

The Haitian claim arose in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation on January 12, 2010, which killed over 100,000 of its people. International aid workers flowed into the nation to help in the humanitarian crisis. Among the workers came a contingent from Nepal. The Nepalese improperly handled human waste at their base, causing the bacterial disease to enter the Haitian water supply.

To date, nearly 9000 Haitian have died from cholera; and over 700,000 have been infected with the disease. The UN has pledged to help fight the disease; but rather than bring the number of infected down, the spread of the disease has actually ticked back up this year.

As reported in Business Insider:

The UN has refused to acknowledge its culpability even as it became apparent that if it weren’t for the UN’s deficient screening of its peacekeepers and the negligence of its Nepalese peacekeeping contingent in Haiti, there wouldn’t be any cholera in Haiti at all.

The UN is required to set up alternative mechanisms within the UN system so that it can redress complaints without waiving immunity. But it hasn’t done this yet for Haitian cholera victims, since it doesn’t think it’s responsible for the outbreak.

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Shocking! When Even The UN Cannot Say Iran Has Peaceful Nuclear Intentions, What Is Obama Doing Giving Away The Nuclear Store To Iran?

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On Monday, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN atomic watchdog investigating Iran’s nuclear capabilities, said that they could not verify at this point whether or not Iran’s nuclear facilities were being used for peaceful intentions.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

The UN nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday the agency still was not able to conclude whether all nuclear material in Iran was being used for peaceful purposes.

“We continue to verify the non-divergence of nuclear material declared by Iran but we are still not in a position to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful purpose,” International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said at a conference in Washington on Monday.

This is a shocking announcement considering the deal leaked to the press recently stated that Iran could continue to spin thousands of centrifuges in order to enrich uranium while getting relief from sanctions that have driven them to the negotiating table in the first place. These sanctions were put in place at the insistence of Congress and not the Obama administration, who tried to delay them as long as possible and now is trying to weaken them at every turn.

What this tells you is the Obama administration is trying to get a deal at any cost. The goal is to enhance Obama’s legacy rather than to protect the long-term security of the United States and our allies.

I also don’t believe the narrative put out by the Obama administration in the last couple days that there might not be a deal with Iran as they have not provided enough concessions. Obama will make a deal with Iran. This latest false flag is just to make the American public think he’s tough so we will swallow whatever eventual bad deal he commits our country to.

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Senators Call For Defunding The United Nations If Obama Goes To The UN Against Israel

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The Obama administration made a lot of noise over the weekend about its displeasure at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments over the future of Palestinian statehood. Even though Netanyahu walked back his comments in an olive branch to the administration, the White House’s negative, threatening rhetoric towards the Jewish State has not diminished; in fact, it has increased.

What concerns many lawmakers in the House and the Senate are the administration’s threats to possibly change the level of support that America gives Israel in the United Nations. Historically, the United States has been the nation that prevents adverse action against Israel such as the United Nations proclaiming Palestinian statehood. Some senators over the weekend fired a shot across the administration’s bow on this issue.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The US Congress should reconsider funding for the United Nations if the Security Council approves a resolution on Palestinian statehood, Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday.

McCain, in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, said President Barack Obama should not even be considering such a resolution.

Breitbart also reported:

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threatened to cut off funding to the United Nations if President Obama uses it to bypass Congress on Iran sanctions on Thursday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel.

“Here’s what the president needs to understand. If you go to the UN Security Council and you try to bypass the Congress to get this deal approved by the UN Security Council, but not come to your own Congress, then you’re going to risk Congress cutting off money to the United Nations” he stated.

The rubber is hitting the road here at the tail end of the disastrous Obama presidency. This is a very dangerous time for our nation. Our Congressional leaders are going to have to step up and defend the American way of life and our allies in the face of threats to injure them from our treasonous White House.

This may be the last opportunity for an old warrior like John McCain to rise to the occasion when his country needs him.

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Obama Compares Republicans To Iranian Killers

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Ok, now I’m really angry, as if I wasn’t before.

In an address to the Iranian people for the Nowruz holiday, OUR president compared Iranian terrorists and killers to Republicans in the Senate who are attempting to ensure he doesn’t sell-out the United States. After the big love-fest celebration at the White House for the Iranian new year with Michelle Obama, the French standing up to the Iranians instead of the United States, and the childish, pathetic administration’s response to Netanyahu’s victory in the election, and now this, the writing is on the wall—our president is an Iranian sympathizer.

He wants them to get a nuclear weapon. I am convinced of this now.

The Weekly Standard writes today of Obama’s address:

President Obama uses his Nowruz statement to speak directly to the Iranian people. In doing so, he compares Iranian hardliners to those Americans who are skeptical the president’s deal with Iran will prevent the rogue nation from getting nuclear weapons capability.

“The days and weeks ahead will be critical. Our negotiations have made progress, but gaps remain. And there are people, in both our countries and beyond, who oppose a diplomatic resolution. My message to you—the people of Iran—is that, together, we have to speak up for the future we seek,” says the president.

I’m going to attempt to refrain from cursing right now about this.

If you notice, there is also a veiled reference to Israel’s concern over Iran’s intentions as well. Yes, the Israel that has to live with daily threats to its very existence from Iranian Hezbollah terrorists on its borders.

Thank goodness we have a Republican Congress that can pass a bill to ensure Congressional oversight on this “agreement,” or whatever it is.  There is even word that the Senate may have enough votes to override a certain presidential veto on such a bill.

We can only hope. Obama needs to leave the presidency and America and go to the UN, where he belongs.

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