Did the Muslim Terrorist Group ISIS Identify a Target City in America?

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August 22, 2014 By TPNN Staff Writer

Although Barack Obama downplayed the Muslim terrorist group ISIS as ‘JV’ in January of this year, their actions have shown that they are anything but. The terrorists have been leaving a bloody trail behind of victims who have been beheaded, sliced in half, or buried alive. On Tuesday, the beheaded American photojournalist James Foley. While many have said that action is an act of war against America, the Obama State Department insists that it is not.

Meanwhile, Obama is busy at the golf course, having played eight rounds in 11 days including one within 10 minutes of his 5 minute speech regarding the beheading of Foley. As he is fist bumping his buddies and high fiving, WGN in his hometown of Chicago conducting an investigation which revealed some frightening news.

A few weeks ago, a tweet was put out with the ISIS flag being displayed on a smartphone in front of the White House with the threat that they will one day fly their flag there. Obama was silent on that threat. But, WGN noticed another tweet that others did not.

On June 20, a tweet was sent out with a message being held in Arabic in front of a building. The building caught the eye of someone at the news station and, upon further investigation, they identified it as the Old Republic Building in Chicago located at 307 N. Michigan Ave.

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The message along with the picture states “soldiers of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.” Other tweets add ““we are in your state/ we are in your cities / we are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere” and “we are here #america near our #target :) sooooooooooooon.”

The station notes that there is a Chicago connection between these actions by ISIS because Foley was a graduate of Northwestern University. Although they attempted to get a statement from numerous agencies and officials, no one from the security team at the Old Republic Building would comment, nor would the FBI, CIA, or the Chicago Police.

Earlier this week, TPNN reported on a flag being held at the site of one of the Ferguson riots that said, “ISIS is here.”

Despite these numerous threats on America by ISIS, Obama remains on vacation and on the golf course.

Pentagon Official: White House Foley Leak Endangers Future Operations, American Hostages

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Joseph Miller

Joseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in strategic planning.

On Wednesday, the White House leaked a classified special forces operation to rescue American hostages in Syria. The reason: political cover. The cost: so far, unknown.

But this much, we know: The politicized leak of this operation cut through the fog of war to let our enemies know exactly what happened that day in the desert, and because of that, future attempts to free American hostages will be more difficult to plan, farther between, and more dangerous to carry out.

On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed reports of the U.S. military’s failed clandestine hostage rescue operation in Syria. The operation was designed to rescue a number of Western hostages, including American journalist James Foley, that were being held by Islamic State terrorists in Syria. Details of the failed raid were leaked by senior White House officials earlier that day after the Obama administration came under intense scrutiny about what actions it had taken to free Foley following, who was beheaded . The leak was designed to provide political cover for President Barack Obama, who has been taking fire from the press for failing to take more decisive action against the Islamic State in either Iraq or Syria.

The operation involved an extremely large number of U.S. special operations forces moving over long distances. It has been described as the largest U.S. hostage rescue operation undertaken since the famed raid on the Son Tay prison camp in Vietnam – meaning it was larger in scope than the mission to free the U.S. hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1980.

Unfortunately, the parallels between this operation and the Son Tay raid did not stop at the size and scope of the mission: Just as in Son Tay, the hostage rescue force arrived only to find that the hostages were not there.

When the hostage rescue force arrived at the target location in Syria, they encountered a handful of fighters on the ground, which they quickly neutralized. As has been previously reported, one U.S. helicopter pilot transporting the rescue force suffered a gunshot wound during the operation. He completed the entire mission before informing anyone that he had been shot. It was an act of heroism that would have gone unknown before yesterday’s leak.

Following the mission, it was determined that the Islamic State did not know that it was the United States that had conducted the raid. This was confirmed Wednesday by media outlets, who quoted the leaker saying the “[Islamic State] did not know who they were fighting that night, and we assess Syria did not know.”

As such, the decision was made to maintain absolute secrecy in the event that hostages could be located again, and another rescue operation could be undertaken. After Wednesday’s leak by the White House, this seems highly unlikely. The Islamic State is now aware that the United States is tracking the whereabouts of the Western hostages, and that the U.S. has shown a willingness to take military action to free them. They will likely increase their operational and communication security postures in order to prevent a repeat operation. (MILLER: The Facts Are In, And Obama’s Policy Is A Direct Danger To The United States)

Wednesday’s selfish, politically motivated leak has reduced the chances for a successful second rescue attempt, and has likely increased the risk to the lives of the hostages still in the Islamic State’s possession. For that, someone should be fired.

I wish I was surprised by the decision to leak information that would endanger the lives of additional hostages in order to provide the administration with a few political points, but I am not. This is par for the course for an administration that is more concerned with domestic politics and opinion polling than they are with taking the actions necessary to safeguard American national security. (MILLER: Obama’s Afghanistan Fantasy Today Is America’s Nightmare Tomorrow)

As I have predicted for several months in pieces published here at The Daily Caller, the Islamic State has grown in size and strength, and has declared the creation of an Islamic caliphate under the governance of the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — who now goes by the name Caliph Ibrahim. The area currently under the control of the Islamic State includes large sections of territory in Iraq and Syria. It is the largest territory ever to be controlled by a terrorist organization. Every day, the area under the control of the Islamic State more closely resembles pre-9/11 Afghanistan. Every day the U.S. waits, the larger the commitment to destroy the Islamic State will be. The threat to the United States is real, as the Islamic State has both the intent and the capabilities to attack the U.S. homeland. (MILLER: An Islamic Caliphate Across Syria, Northern Iraq)

For three years, the Obama administration has sat idly by while the Islamic State grew in size and strength across the Iraqi border in neighboring Syria. In that time, Syria has become a failed state, which has allowed the Islamic State to thrive while 160,000 Syrians have been killed. Syria remains the heart of the problem. Iraq is just one of its symptoms.

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Chicago A Top Terror Target; Ominous Tweet Connects ISIS Threat In City

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UPDATE: ISIS THREAT ON CHICAGO

By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Over the past six years, Chicago has become a top potential target for international terrorists, a top security expert said Friday, making the posting of a veiled threat by Islamic radicals on Twitter a higher cause for concern.
“Many organizations refer to Chicago as Obama Town,” said CBS 2 security expert Ross Rice, a former top FBI agent in Chicago. Under President Obama, the U.S. took out Osama bin Laden, and used repeated drone strikes to weaken terror networks.
In the meantime, the U.S. government on Friday issued a security bulletin to all U.S. law enforcement in light of the overall threat posed by Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL.
The ominous post on Twitter, purportedly from somebody connected with Islamic State, shows a photo of the Old Republic Building, 307 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago and the White House.
The text reads:
#AmessagefromISIStoUS
We are in your state
We are in your cities
We are in your streets
You are our goals anywhere.

The handwritten note is dated June 20.
The security bulletin issued Friday cautioned that there is no known threat to any U.S. cities
The Twitter message seems to imply that Islamic State operatives are in Chicago and other U.S. cities.
Rice said the photo was likely taken by an American male, in his 20s or 30s, who has been radicalized by extremists via the Internet, much like the Boston Marathon bombers.
“That has been our biggest concern,” Rice said. “Individual attacks by one or two sympathizers of ISIS’ or other groups.
Islamic State is responsible for executing kidnapped journalist James Foley. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said ISIS an “imminent threat to every interest we have.”
They are well-funded, and bigger than al Qaeda ever was, Rice said.
Making things more complicated is the fact that these radicalized men are U.S. citizens or foreign nationals here legally, making it easy for them to travel and avoid suspicion.
Islamic State released a horrific video this week showing the beheading Foley, who was a graduate of Northwestern University.

UP TO 20 WESTERNERS ARE IN THE HANDS OF THE MURDEROUS ISIS MILITANTS WHO BEHEADED U.S. JOURNALIST

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Families of those being held defended their loved ones’ decisions to travel to Syria

Up to 20 Western hostages are being held by the jihadi group that beheaded James Foley.

As well as the journalist Steven Sotloff, who was threatened with beheading by the same man who murdered Mr. Foley, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is holding a number of aid workers, thought to include Italians Vanessa Marzullo, 21, and Greta Ramelli, 20.

Three aid workers employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross are also being held hostage after they were abducted last October.

As fears grew that ISIS could make good on its threat to murder more hostages, families of those being held defended their loved ones’ decisions to travel to Syria.

Ms. Ramelli’s mother Antonella said her daughter had been determined from an early age to look after others, starting by helping out in a retirement home when she was 12. Responding to claims that she should not have allowed her daughter to travel to Syria, Mrs. Ramelli said, “When you hear your daughter say ‘Mamma, in that country they are killing children, I must go and help,’ what can you say?”

“Can you go back on all the teaching and the values you have tried to instil for a lifetime?” she told Italian newspaper Prealpina. “Can you change your daughter, who has these values and has strong ideals about solidarity and human empathy?”

The two women went missing near Aleppo in Syria at the beginning of this month, and yesterday the Italian foreign office declined to comment on whether they were now in the hands of ISIS.

The Red Cross has not released details of the nationality, gender or age of their aid workers currently being held hostage. The three were among a group of seven who were kidnapped, four of whom were released shortly afterwards.

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A doctor from East London who was previously accused of kidnapping western journalists in Syria may hold the key to identifying the jihadist who beheaded James Foley, intelligence sources have disclosed.

Shajul Islam was arrested and charged with kidnapping a British journalist, John Cantlie, in 2012 but was later released after his trial collapsed when Mr. Cantlie was unable to give evidence.

His brother Razul, 21, also travelled to Syria and is currently believed to be fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), the terrorist group which murdered Mr. Foley.

Razul Islam is understood to be on a list of British Jihadis whom the security services are comparing with the footage of Mr. Foley’s killer, a British man known as John described as the leader of a British cell of jihadists known as “The Beatles.”

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A spokesman for the charity said: “Intensive efforts are ongoing behind the scenes to secure the release of the remaining three colleagues, through the ICRC’s broad network on the ground. We cannot provide details about this for the sake of the ongoing safety of our colleagues still abducted.”
Meanwhile former hostages who had been held with Mr. Foley described how he had been singled out for beatings because he was an American.

Didier Francois, a 53-year-old reporter with the French radio station Europe 1, said Mr. Foley was tortured after his captors found pictures on his computer of his brother, who works for the US Air Force.

Mr. Foley was subjected to mock executions, including one in which he was “crucified against a wall.”

Paying tribute to the American, Mr. Francois said: “He was an extraordinary guy – a companion in imprisonment who was very agreeable, very solid.”

Mr. Francois spent eight months held hostage in Syria with Mr. Foley, mostly in underground cells with no natural light.

For two-and-a-half months, Mr. Francois was chained to fellow French hostages, Nicolas Henin, Edouard Elias, and Pierre Torres. Mr. Francois said he had never spoken publicly about Mr. Foley or Mr. Sotloff before because of threats of reprisals.

Mr. Henin paid tribute to Mr. Foley, saying: “James was a very good friend and a great support. He was always there when you were feeling not so well with some kind words. He managed to make seven months of captivity easier.”

Mr. Henin, however, was skeptical about reports that a group of British jihadists nicknamed “The Beatles” were the prime culprits. “If investigators were to go in that direction, they would be misleading themselves,” he said.

Etienne de Malglaive via Getty ImagesAmerican journalist Steven Sotloff (Centre with black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata on June 02, 2011. Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria and was recently shown on a jihadist video in which fellow U.S. journalist James Foley was executed.
Jeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch journalist who was held hostage in Syria with a British colleague, John Cantlie, for nine days last year before the two men were freed, said Mr. Foley had worked tirelessly trying to secure their release.

He said: “The colleague with whom I was abducted was good friends with James. When we missed our appointment with him, somewhere in Syria, alarm bells immediately went off for Foley. He pulled back across the border to Turkey, and put all his journalistic contacts gathering information on us.”

When the two men were freed by opposition forces, he said: “James was the first to hug me. I did not know him, but because he had been so closely involved with our liberation he knew me well.”

Mr. Oerlemans decided Syria was too dangerous to return to, saying: “You must know very well who you go into business with, your contacts must be 100% reliable. And even then, James was hugely experienced and had those contacts. Yet it happened to him.”

ISIS BOSS ABU BAKR AL-BAGDADI ALLEGEDLY FLEES IRAQ AHEAD OF U.S. ATTACK

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Claim is yet to be independently verified.

by THE SHIA POST | AUGUST 22, 2014

As the US has warned that it would be intensifying its campaign against Islamic State insurgents in the wake of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, the militant group’s chief Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi is reported to have fled Iraq for Syria.

A senior Kurdish official has been quoted as saying that al-Bagdadi escaped as part of a convoy on 10 August.

Said Zinni, a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party, told the World Tribune: “According to our intelligence sources, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi travelled to Syria as part of a convoy of 30 Hummer vehicles after fearing being targeted by US airstrikes.”

The claim is yet to be independently verified.

Kurdish officials suspect al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Islamic caliph, has been forced to flee after the killing of many top commanders of the insurgent group in the ongoing US offensive.

Al-Baghdadi was believed to have been operating from Mosul, the first city captured by the takfiri extremists in Iraq.
The US has been pressing ahead with its aerial offensive in the northern parts of Iraq in coordination with Kurdish Peshmerga ground forces which are being equipped with weapons by Nato members.

The attacks are reported to have forced IS to move some of its fighters from northern Iraq to areas in Syria.

“Whoever has authorisation from ISIL is transferred to areas near Mosul. Others are sent to the fighting in Syria after three days of military training at the Kindi training camp,” a Kurdish security source was quoted as saying by World Tribune.

Pentagon calls Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’

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US Defense Secretary said on Thursday that Islamic State militants could possibly pose an even bigger threat to the United States than Al-Qaeda, and pledged efforts to weaken the group would continue.

Speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon, Hagel also said that potential airstrikes in Syria are on the table, and defended the unsuccessful attempt by American Special Forces to rescue murdered photojournalist James Foley and other Western hostages.

“[Islamic State militants] are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else,” he said, as quoted by Reuters.

Responding to a question on whether or not the extremists are a threat on the scale of Al-Qaeda, which carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Hagel noted that “ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen.”

“They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. Oh, this is beyond anything that we’ve seen. So we must prepare for everything,” he added.

The comments come in the wake of a graphic video released by Islamic State earlier this week, which showed a masked, English-speaking man beheading Foley and threatening to murder another one if President Barack Obama did not halt his renewed airstrike campaign in Iraq. The individual is thought to be British born, and a member of a trio of hostage caretakers known by the group as ‘The Beatles,’ in reference to their shared UK nationality.

The militant Sunni group IS represents an extreme take on Islam, and began increasing its strength as civil war raged through Syria over the last three years. When the group initiated its campaign in Iraq, it was able to quickly take over territory in the western and northern parts of the country, in part thanks to the toleration of Sunni communities disaffected with the Shia-led government in Baghdad.

Its brutal tactics began making headlines around the world as it targeted religious and ethnic minorities, threatening them with death if they did not convert to their own brand of Islam. When militants forced tens of thousands of people up a mountain in order to avoid death, the US reacted by renewing humanitarian and military action in Iraq. At the press conference Thursday, Hagel said this effort has been effective so far.

“American air strikes and American arms and assistance helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces blunt ISIL’s advance around Arbil, where American diplomats and troops are working, and help the Iraqis retake and hold-Mosul dam,” he said.

At the same time, however, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, cautioned that the Islamic State could not be defeated without international efforts aimed at its base in Syria.

“This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated,” he said, according to the Huffington Post. “Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no.”

Meanwhile, the Global Post published the letter sent by IS to Foley’s family about one week before his death. In the letter, the group called its hostages “the scum of [US] society,” and said it would execute Foley “as a direct result” of American “transgressions” in Iraq.

The letter states that the Foley family was given “many chances to negotiate” his release, but the Post disputed this statement, saying the journalist was missing for more than a year before IS even made its initial contact with the family. After demanding about $132 million, it did not send another message until August 12, just one day before the video of Foley’s murder was released.

As RT reported previously, US and UK intelligence agencies are working on identifying Foley’s killer, with British Prime Minister David Cameron already admitting on Thursday that the individual seen in the video appeared to be British. One of the IS member’s former hostages claimed his name was “John,” saying he is a key negotiator for the militants and is “intelligent, educated and a devout believer in radical Islamic teachings.”

EX-CIA OFFICER: ‘THERE ARE ISIS SLEEPER CELLS IN THIS COUNTRY’

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CIA officer Bob Baer told the network ISIS is already on this side of the Atlantic

By Cathy Burke

A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil.

An unnamed U.S. intelligence official told CNN there’s already an indication of ISIS sleeper cells in Europe that could target U.S. embassies and other American interests.

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A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil.

An unnamed U.S. intelligence official told CNN there’s already an indication of ISIS sleeper cells in Europe that could target U.S. embassies and other American interests.

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But former CIA officer Bob Baer told the network ISIS is already on this side of the Atlantic.

“I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country,” he said.

Though CNN said two U.S. officials had refuted the claim, they’re worried ISIS militants with passports might travel to the United States to launch attacks on American soil, CNN reported.

One ISIS fighter already has hinted as much.

In several telephone conversations with a Reuters reporter over the past few months, Islamic State fighters suggest their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is planning something for the West – and that attacks could take place through sleeper cells in both Europe and the United States.

“The West are idiots and fools,” one fighter taunted, according to Reuters. “They think we are waiting for them to give us visas to go and attack them or that we will attack with our beards or even Islamic outfits.

“They think they can distinguish us these days – they are fools and more than that they don’t know we can play their game in intelligence. They infiltrated us with those who pretend to be Muslims and we have also penetrated them with those who look like them.”

About 100 Americans are being tracked by the FBI because of their travels to Syria, some to join ISIS, analysts say. And ISIS is actively recruiting Westerners and European Muslims who could easily enter the US.

“Clearly ISIS, if you’re interested in that ideology, that’s the most exciting thing to go and join right now,” CNN analyst Peter Bergen told CNN.

But Haras Rafiq of the Quilliam Foundation told CNN al-Baghdadi is “a narcissistic psychopath” on a barbaric mission.

“He wants to be bigger than Osama bin Laden, and one of the ways he will measure that is how effective and how big the terrorist activities he can carry out in the West are compared to what bin Laden was able to do,” he said.

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