ISIS-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers Countering ISIS

The list includes names, home addresses and email addresses. Some of the information appears to be outdated, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

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ISIS-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers Countering ISIS

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A group of hackers linked to Islamic State has posted online a list of thousands of New York residents and urged followers of the militant group to target them, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Federal agents and New York City police officers have been contacting the individuals on the list to inform them of the posting, but the source said law enforcement does not believe there is any credible threat.In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, “While our standard practice is to decline comment on specific operational and investigative matters, the FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of information collected during the course of an investigation that may be perceived as potentially threatening in nature.”

The list includes names, home addresses and email addresses. Some of the information appears to be outdated, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

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Iranian state TV broadcast message to recruit kids for Syria war- AkademiPortal

Published on Apr 29, 2016 Iran calls for boys to fight as CHILD SOLDIERS in Syria alongside Assad’s troops: Shocking propaganda video tells youngsters to defend the dictator Iran has released a pro…

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Iranian state TV broadcast message to recruit kids for Syria war- AkademiPortal

Published on Apr 29, 2016
Iran calls for boys to fight as CHILD SOLDIERS in Syria alongside Assad’s troops: Shocking propaganda video tells youngsters to defend the dictator

Iran has released a propaganda video which aims to recruit child soldiers.

Clip encourages boys to take part on the Syrian civil war and defend Assad
The children sing: ‘In this just path I am wearing my martyrdom shroud’
Comes after army chief said the forces it had deployed were volunteers

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Pentagon to Benghazi panel: Back off

“The department has spent millions of dollars on Benghazi-specific congressional compliance, including reviews by four other committees, which have diligently reviewed the military’s response in particular,” Stephen Hedger, the department’s assistant secretary of Defense for legislative affairs, wrote in a Thursday letter addressed to the Select Committee on Benghazi.

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Pentagon to Benghazi panel: Back off

RUD TAKALA

The Pentagon is sick of a House panel’s demands regarding the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, and sent a letter to the committee Thursday night calling on them to do a better job with their urgent requests for interviews.

“The department has spent millions of dollars on Benghazi-specific congressional compliance, including reviews by four other committees, which have diligently reviewed the military’s response in particular,” Stephen Hedger, the department’s assistant secretary of Defense for legislative affairs, wrote in a Thursday letter addressed to the Select Committee on Benghazi.

“The department is working diligently to accommodate your staff’s multiple and changing requests,” Hedger said. “[H]owever, we are concerned by the continuous threats from your staff to subpoena witnesses because we are not able to move quickly enough to accommodate these new requests.”

The letter was released by committee Democrats, who have charged that the investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on American facilities in Libya is aimed at impugning former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Republicans have suggested they hope to finalize their report on the issue by mid-summer, revealing what the State Department knew about the issue and whether officials responded appropriately.

“The number and continued pace of these requests since February 2016 are in tension with your staff’s statements that the committee expects to finish its investigation in the near term,” Hedger wrote. “Perhaps because of this conflict, the committee’s requests are accompanied by unrealistic timelines for the department to identify the correct service members (who are often only identified by positions), locate them if deployed or retired, and schedule interviews, which in some cases require them to return from overseas.”

The letter concluded with a complaint that Pentagon officials were being asked to talk about issues they deemed speculation, and a request that the department be left out of it.

“DoD interviewees have been asked repeatedly to speculate or engage in discussing on the record hypotheticals posed by Committee Members and staff, regardless of the interviewee’s actual knowledge or expertise to provide appropriate analysis or insight … I would respectfully request that you ensure pending interviews remain focused on obtaining facts rather than encouraging speculation,” Hedger wrote.

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Counter-ISIL Operations and Middle East Strategy

So based on what Carter and Dunford said, the Islamic State is in trouble — but there is currently nobody willing and able to commit a large-enough force to finish the job. On the diplomatic side, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to coax Assad out of power anytime soon. Thus, the priorities of the Pentagon (defeating IS) and the State Department (a negotiated settlement) may remain in conflict until the White House can figure out how to get them untangled.

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Counter-ISIL Operations and Middle East Strategy

“Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 Time: 09:30 AM
Location: Room SH-216, Hart Senate Office Building

Agenda: Testimony on counter-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) operations and Middle East strategy.”

Ray Faith

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter joined the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, before the Senate Armed Services Committee held forth at great length about the fight against the Islamic State (IS) and all its attendant messiness.

The committee, led by Republican Senator John McCain, asked a slew of questions revolving around the central matter of what’s happening at the operational level, how it relates to strategic objectives, where all of this is supposed to be going, and how it’s going to get there.

Carter and Dunford said, in very basic terms, that IS was being squeezed and that progress was being made, but that it’s not over yet. Notably, all the attention right now seems to be on the parts of war that don’t actually involve shooting. This is generally what the military refers to as “enablers.” Not the parts of the military that fight directly to take control of or hold territory, but all the components — logistics, communications, etc. — that make it possible for the military to fight.

Most of what goes into war — or at least winning a war — is unseen. It’s natural to focus on the heroics of individual soldiers on the front lines, but before those soldier become the key to success or victory, a slew of other things ranging from intelligence to supply to leadership have already set the stage. And so when it comes to controlling territory, trigger-pulling is like the finish line of a race: Without a finish line there is no race, but ignoring lead-up to the finish misses the substance of the whole contest.

“[The coalition has] reduced ISIL’s territorial control, undermined its brand and aura of invincibility, and destroyed much of its war-fighting capability,” Dunford told the committee. “The enemy’s resources and freedom of movement have also been significantly reduced, and the pressure we are applying is degrading the enemy’s morale.”

That laundry list doesn’t amount to winning or losing the war, but when you’re losing on all those fronts, the deck will be stacked against you in the fight to come.

If the assessments provided by Carter and Dunford are accurate, then the deck is getting stacked very heavily against IS indeed. And if the deck is that stacked, then we’re just waiting for an inevitable rout of IS when the trigger pulling begins, right?

Not exactly. Later on in testimony, Senator Lindsey Graham asked how many troops local commanders would be able to muster for the final push to drive IS out of the group’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqah. Dunford claimed that the forces arrayed against IS included 30,000 Kurdish Peshmerga, 6,000 Syrians, and another 12,000 people currently undergoing a background check before being sworn in as official coalition members.

Graham, for his part, didn’t seem especially impressed by those numbers. And while lack of good preparation and enablers can get you killed, all the support in the world won’t do a lick of good unless there are enough troops at the pointy end, actually fighting the fight.

Carter did note that the stream of IS recruits had been slowed from 2,000 per month last year to 200 per month now, and that the attacks on financial infrastructure are making it harder for IS to keep people in the field fighting. That said, there’s no telling when IS will run so short that the coalition as it stands now could put an end to all this nonsense.

While the Obama Administration was criticized at the hearing for tending to dance around the question of whether US forces on the ground in Syria and Iraq are “in combat,” McCain took exception to Carter’s suggestion that any future major ground force would be largely US-led. Neither man appeared to relish the idea of sending tens of thousands of US soldiers into the fight, but while McCain thought it could be possible to get other Arab countries to chip in thousands and thousands of troops, Carter figured that the lion’s share of the heavy lifting in a major combat operation would have to be done by the US.

Here’s why there’s a disconnect: McCain noted that there are a lot of Arab countries that want to see both the Assad regime and IS buried in the desert. The problem is that the international community is currently doing its level best to broker first a cease-fire and then a subsequent peace that would involve Assad retiring and leaving behind the rest of the government, which, with the cooperation of moderate forces, would rule the country.

As far as the Saudis are concerned, this would mean that the Syrian government would still be an Iranian proxy — and there’s no way in hell the Saudis are going to contribute more forces just to maintain Iranian power in the region. Therefore, the only country that has the necessary forces and might step up to the plate to help is a country that has developed an allergy to major ground combat operations in the region: the United States.

So based on what Carter and Dunford said, the Islamic State is in trouble — but there is currently nobody willing and able to commit a large-enough force to finish the job. On the diplomatic side, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to coax Assad out of power anytime soon. Thus, the priorities of the Pentagon (defeating IS) and the State Department (a negotiated settlement) may remain in conflict until the White House can figure out how to get them untangled.

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Israel is Hunting Chemical-Armed ISIS Terrorists in the Golan

According to a Channel 10 report, Israel is hunting the cell, located on the Syrian side of the border, amid fears the jihadists have imminent plans to use the chemical weapons in their possession.The report added that the jihadists are not believed to be planning on using the chemical agents against Israel, but against their enemies inside Syria, of which there are no shortages. ISIS in Syria is currently fighting a multi-pronged war against the Assad regime, rival jihadists from Al Qaeda, other Syrian rebels, and, in northern Syria, against Kurdish forces.

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Israel is Hunting Chemical-Armed ISIS Terrorists in the Golan

Ari Soffer

Israeli intelligence agencies are in a race against time with an ISIS cell located just across the Syrian border.

Israeli intelligence officials are concerned that an ISIS terrorist cell operating in the southern Golan Heights – along the border with Israel – has obtained chemical weapons.

According to a Channel 10 report, Israel is hunting the cell, located on the Syrian side of the border, amid fears the jihadists have imminent plans to use the chemical weapons in their possession.

The report added that the jihadists are not believed to be planning on using the chemical agents against Israel, but against their enemies inside Syria, of which there are no shortages. ISIS in Syria is currently fighting a multi-pronged war against the Assad regime, rival jihadists from Al Qaeda, other Syrian rebels, and, in northern Syria, against Kurdish forces.

Nevertheless, the prospect of an apocalyptic Islamist terrorist group possessing chemical weapons along Israel’s borders has naturally raised serious concerns in Jerusalem.

The Assad regime was supposed to destroy its massive chemical weapons arsenal under a Russian-brokered deal, but UN inspectors believe Damascus maintained reserves of nerve agents and other deadly chemical weapons. Fears have also been repeatedly raised of jihadists seizing chemical and even biological weapons depots from former regime positions.

 

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