September 15, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria answered President Obama’s Sept. 10 primetime address announcing a new U.S. strategy to defeat the terrorist army by beheading British aid worker David Haines.

Washington and London immediately denounced the ISIS and pledged to step up efforts to destroy it, but questions remain about whether either country is prepared to do enough to stop the brutal juggernaut with as many as 30,000 fighters who control an area the size of Britain and rake in about $3 million a day from black-market oil sales.

ISIS Delivers Brutal Response to Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Speech
Iraq girls in Basra on Saturday hold signs appealing to the U.S. to "help women who are abused by the ISIS." (Haidar Mohammed/Getty Images)
Syrian Rebels Facing Defeat in Leningrad-Type Siege
August 21, 2014
Syrian rebels are facing their biggest challenge of the three-and-a-half-year civil war in a battle that could determine the fate of the revolution and close the books on the Free Syrian Army. Regime forces and the sinister terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have almost surrounded Syria’s largest city, Aleppo – setting the stage for a horrendous siege and blockade not seen since World War II.
Beheading of Journalist Spurs Western Action Against ISIS
August 21, 2014

SITUATION REPORT


The cold-blooded decapitation of an American reporter by a jihadist with a British accent has galvanized the West this week into increasing support in the fight against the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi’s Kurdish forces are the immediate target for Western military aid, but the spread of ISIS brutality and influence is likely to lead to greater international involvement, particularly through multilateral alliances such as NATO.
Europe’s Economy in Chronic Crises With Misguided Policies
August 21, 2014
Contrary to widespread expectations, the economy of the European Union remains stagnant, as growth rates teeter between the anemic to the negative with the sole exception of Ireland. Unemployment in the 28-nation bloc ranges from depression rates of 25 percent in Greece and Spain to 10 to 20 percent in most of the other countries.
Muslim Brotherhood Not Terrorists, British Report Concludes
August 20, 2014
Heard in London
by Jeremy Bradshaw

A British government report on the Muslim Brotherhood has been delayed because of fears of upsetting Britain’s Gulf allies, which are pressing Britain to outlaw the group. But a special investigation led by Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, has apparently concluded that the Brotherhood should not be labeled a terrorist organization in UK. The investigators, using a joint team from Britain’s foreign and domestic intelligence services, found “little evidence” that the Islamist organization was involved in terrorism.
Israel Facing War Crimes Probe by Notorious UN Commission
August 20, 2014
Although the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza is yet not over, the United Nations is already preparing to investigate Israel for war crimes with the appointment of a committee overseen by a notorious UN commission that includes human-rights abusers such as China and Cuba.
 ISIS Training Western Terrorists to Attack Europe, US
August 20, 2014
A growing army of Islamist fighters, thousands of whom carry European passports, is busy learning the terror trade in areas of Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. European-born fighters have been instrumental in the organization’s stunning military successes so far, but their greatest contribution to the jihadist cause may come when they return home.
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