Tag: ISIS

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Raqqa Falls, ISIS Reels

 

Osama bin Laden famously said, “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, they will naturally want to side with the strong horse.” These days, ISIS is looking more like a dead horse.

US-led forces have liberated Raqqa, the so-called capital of the terror group. Mop-up operations continue, but the city is swarmed with coalition fighters.

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Richard Epstein analyzes President Trump’s new plan for Afghanistan, the threat from
North Korea, and how the US should respond to trade tensions with China.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review is back! Today, after some sage insights on today’s solar eclipse, he and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud alumni and parents of college-age students for ending donations and sending their children to other schools after administrators there caved into the demands of social justice warriors in 2015. They also get chills in learning just how close ISIS came to blowing up an international jetliner and have a newfound appreciation for the weight limits for luggage. And they discuss the end of Steve Bannon’s time at the White House and what he means by saying the Trump presidency he worked for is effectively over.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome reports of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death and Jim offers some super helpful tips to anyone looking to take his place. They also address Fox and Friends’ retraction after they overstated the level of classified information that former FBI Director James Comey revealed in his memos. And they ridicule Sen. Bernie Sanders for his outrageous and hysterical claims that the GOP healthcare bill will result in thousands of deaths every year if it passes.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the liberation of Mosul from ISIS control and the tightening of the noose around ISIS in Syria as well. They also discuss reports that former FBI Director James Comey’s memos on conversations with President Trump contain classified information. And they lightheartedly critique Donald Trump Jr.’s account of a fruitless meeting between top Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton but really wanted to talk about adoption policy.

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Bill discusses Pres. Trump’s big win before the Supreme Court after it upholds most of his travel ban. Bill also weighs in on the latest news regarding Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Then, foreign policy expert Michael Del Rosso joins Bill to discuss the war against ISIS abroad in Mosul and Syria as well as at home in the fight against the spread of radical Islam. Finally, he talks with David French about the legal and political implications of the Supreme Court upholding the travel ban and what comes next for Trump’s immigration plan.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud new developments in the Middle East as ISIS loses its grip on Mosul and its defeat appears increasingly likely. They condemn the appalling Charlie Gard decision in which a London court decided that a terminally ill child will be removed from life support — against the wishes of his parents — and reflect on the implications of single-payer healthcare. They criticize President Trump’s latest Twitter barrage against Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, claiming Trump’s language debases the culture. Plus, a follow-up revelation in the McEnroe-Williams tennis controversy.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America react to news of yet another terror attack in the UK which targeted British Muslims outside of a London mosque after their evening prayers for Ramadan. They also discuss the Supreme Court’s announcement that they will take up the partisan gerrymandering case in the state of Wisconsin to determine whether or not the act is unconstitutional. And they respond to Erick Erickson’s sensationalist comments as he refers to the left as “America’s ISIS” and advocates for state secession.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America discuss the legitimacy of Russia’s claims that they killed top ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May. They also express frustration over more heated tweets from President Donald Trump today in which he angrily states that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice. And they have a field day with the news that Alex Jones of Infowars released secret recordings from behind the scenes of his interview with Megyn Kelly, an interview which sparked major controversy and outrage across the nation.

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“Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May.  More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Latest on the ISIS Attacks in Iran

 

With the press limitations in Iran, details remain sketchy, but here’s what we know about the first terror attack in Iran by ISIS.

On Wednesday morning, gunmen dressed as women entered the Iranian parliament carrying Kalashnikovs. They fought their way into the highly secured building an waged an hours-long assault. Government forces surrounded the area as TV coverage showed people, including children, escaping from windows. Audio has been released indicating heavy intermittent gunfire from a variety of weapons.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start the day reacting to reports that former FBI director James Comey will not accuse President Trump of trying to obstruct justice. They also sigh as tensions mount between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. And they are a bit surprised to see ISIS attacking Iran, but also see some benefit in two detestable entities focused on each other rather than targets in the West.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Responding to Islamist Terrorism: Are We Too Late?

 
Dearborn, MI Ordinance Officer Amal Chammout.

As I assess the US attitude toward Islamism and terror, I’m concerned that we are deluding ourselves about the dangers of terror in this country, and how soon we may find ourselves in deep trouble. John Kluge wrote an excellent post on how the US assesses Islamism. I believe this post takes his ideas even further, providing evidence that the danger is even more immediate than we realize. My biggest issue, however, is that I’ve had to rely on the mainstream media, whose overall credibility has been challenged to some degree, to counter-balance the information I’ve discovered. For that reason, in two out of three of my major points of evidence, I leave it to you, the reader, to decide where the truth lies.

First, in assessing our terrorism risk, many people claim that once we defeat ISIS, we will be much safer. I’d like to suggest that defeating ISIS is probably a pipe dream. ISIS may eventually be defeated in Syria, but the organization is already preparing to expand its territory. Thursday’s Wall Street Journal reported that as they lose territory, ISIS will return to Europe and their home countries, while other ISIS operatives are sent to join Syrian populations in Germany where they will blend in. Another European counter-terrorism expert is investigating whether they will be able to re-locate to countries where they currently have no presence. ISIS also is adept at using the internet for recruitment, and although authorities continually take down their websites, new sites continue to crop up.

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Fewer Tears, Fewer Lies, and More Righteous Anger, by Kurt Schlichter, on Townhall today. (on my tablet, tried to copy and paste, didn’t work). Seems others ‘get it’, as I tried to write in my post, Why Not Be Human? Kurt does it better, and with more detail, than I did, but the core sentiment […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ISIS Fighting in the Philippines

 

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It began on Tuesday. The Philippine government received word that Isnilon Hapilon, the emir of the local ISIS branch in The Philippines, was in the city of Marawi to meet with other militants. Government forces moved in to try to capture him, and that’s when things … went badly.

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  The most shocking thing about President Trump’s Middle East tour is not the Arab League speech exhorting them to drive-out jihadists from their mosques. Nor, that Melania and Ivanka dressed in Riyadh as if they were in Rome, while in Rome they dressed as if they were […]

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Today’s cartoon, Cowards in Hell, by Michael P. Ramirez. As per Dave Sussman’s  powerful essay, if we become inured to the death of innocents and calculate it out as the cost of living in a modern society, then our civilization is already dead.

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Rotherdam, Paris, Florida, Germany, Sweden, California, now Manchester—much of this chaos and tragedy has happened, and is still happening—because people are afraid of being called ‘racist’! Hey, what about being called ‘dead‘, ‘widowed‘, or ‘orphaned‘? Feelings, eh? Here’s some feelings for you—I feel sick. I feel angry. I feel betrayed. When will people stop with […]

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Richard Epstein looks at the political and legal fallout from allegations that President Trump may have disclosed classified information to Russian diplomats, and that he may have had an improper conversation with then FBI Director Jim Comey.

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Richard Epstein weighs the merits of President Trump’s decision to strike Syria after the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

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