ISIS beheading: Militants ‘represent a direct threat’ to UK security says Foreign Sec.

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Islamic State militants, who released a video allegedly showing the beheading of a US journalist, ‘represent a direct threat’ to UK security said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. David Cameron has cut short his holiday to respond to the incident.

American photojournalist James Wright Foley went missing almost two years ago while covering the conflict in Syria as a freelance photographer. The militants proclaimed the violent act as “a message to America” for its decision to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq.

Islamic State militants behead missing American journalist

In the grisly film, Foley appears kneeling beside a masked man who speaks with a British accent. Foley read a letter which blames the US government for “hammering the final nail into his coffin” before his beheading with a short blade.

A linguistics expert, Dr Claire Hardaker, who has studied the audio from the short film, told LBC Radio listeners she believes the killer is from London.

The Islamist group also threatened to kill another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff of World Affairs and Time, stating his life“depends on Obama’s next decision.” Sotloff has been missing since mid-2013, and his Twitter account indicates his last known location was Libya.

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Hammond said intelligence agencies were trying to unmask the fluent English-speaking militant. Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, SO15, also launched an investigation into the video.

“We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation,” the specialist operations unit said in a statement.

Leading figures in the counter-terrorism field said it would be possible for intelligence services to identify the militant, despite it being filmed in an unknown location with the fighter dressed head to toe in black.

Many of the British fighters in Syria and Iraq had left criminal pasts in the UK so were likely to be known to police. Intelligence agencies would also be using linguistics technology to track down the man.

Meanwhile, leading terrorism experts warned that the video was a highly orchestrated recruitment tool to lure “psychopathic individuals” to fight alongside Isis militants in Syria andIraq.

Hammond said further analysis of the footage was needed, but said he believes it is genuine. “We’re absolutely aware that there are significant numbers of British nationals involved in terrible crimes, probably in the commission of atrocities, making jihad with Isil [now known as IS] and other extremist organizations,” he said.

“We haven’t absolutely verified the video yet, but all the hallmarks point to it being genuine – an appalling example of the brutality of this organisation.”

“This is a poison, a cancer, what’s going on in Iraq and Syria, and it risks spreading to other parts of the international community and affecting us all directly.”

“We have policies aimed at deterring people at risk of radicalisation from being radicalised and going out to Iraq and Syria,” Hammond added.

It is estimated that the Islamic State, which has seized large parts of northern Iraq and Syria, has up to 400 recruits from the UK in its ranks. Some 69 people suspected of Syria-related jihadist activities have now been arrested in the UK.

Hammond said the involvement of British nationals with extremist groups was one of the reasons that the IS “represents such a direct threat” to the UK’s security. “Many of these people may seek at some point to return to the UK and they would then pose a direct threat to our domestic security.”

Hammond provoked confusion among some listeners when he used the term ‘moderate jihadist’ while speaking on BBC Radio 4. The term suggests there are various extremes of violent radical Islam, rather than condemning all jihadists equally.

“The emergence of ISIL [IS] as a successor organization to AQ [Al-Qaeda] with an absolutely poisonous ideology, hoovering up moderate jihadist, if you can have such a thing as moderate jihadist, activity in Syria, drawing support from the more moderate Syrian opposition is a major challenge primarily to region but also to West,” said Hammond.

“Partly because they are trying to establish a caliphate from which they would launch attacks against the West, and partly because they have amongst their number significant elements of Western fighters.”

Meanwhile, returning from holiday, David Cameron said on Twitter: “If true, the murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved. I will today chair meetings on the situation in Iraq/Syria.”

In a statement, Number 10 said: “The prime minister is returning to Downing St. this morning. He will meet with the foreign secretary and senior officials from the Home Office, Foreign Office and the agencies to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by Isil [now known as IS] terrorists.”

Over the weekend, the PM wrote in The Sunday Times that if the UK didn’t act to stem the onslaught of the “exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement,” it could grow strong enough to target Britain. “We already know that it has the murderous intent,” he said.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)

The UK’s involvement in the crisis has been limited so far to delivering air drops of aid to stranded refugees and surveillance flights of Tornado jets and Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft over battle zones. London is reportedly mulling joining the US and France in delivering arms directly to the Kurds.

Cameron said a “humanitarian response is not enough” and a “firm security response” was needed to ensure “a long-term plan for our security.”

15% OF FRENCH PEOPLE BACK ISIS MILITANTS, POLL FINDS

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Largest percentage of those blaming instability in Iraq on military intervention

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Up to 15 percent of French people said they have a positive attitude toward the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The share of ISIS supporters is largest among France’s younger generation, a new poll says.

Twice as many French people expressed a positive reaction to Islamic State (IS) militants than in Britain, where the number of people favorably disposed to the IS stands at 7 percent, and Germany, where a meager 2 percent of the respondents sided with the IS, according to a poll carried out in July among 1,000 people aged over 15 years (over 18 in Britain) in each country. The poll was conducted by ICM Research for the Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya.

The Islamic State is a jihadist group, widely regarded as a terrorist organization and designated as such by the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia and several other countries.

It aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control, beginning with territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus, and southern Turkey. In the past few months, IS militants have seized a number of towns in Iraq and Syria.

In France, the share of IS supporters is the largest among people aged between 18 and 24, and it is the smallest among those aged over 45. The largest share of IS opponents is composed of people aged 45 to 54.

“This is not a result of sympathy of a significant number of French people for this extremist terrorist organization,” Yury Rubinsky, the head of the Center of French Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Rossiya Segodnya. “This is simply a manifestation of the country’s accumulated potential rejection of the existing system as a whole. This is a form of rejection of the elites, a form of protest.”

The French government said in late July it was ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by IS fighters, saying it was “outraged” by their persecution.

“France is outraged by these abuses, which it condemns with the utmost firmness,” Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister, and Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said in a joint statement. “We are providing aid to displaced people fleeing from the threats of Islamic state and who have sought refuge in Kurdistan.”

In Britain, the only two-digit number of IS supporters – 11 percent – is to be found among people aged between 35 and 44, and in Germany among young people of 16 and 17 years old – 10 percent, the same poll found. No Germans between 55 and 64 years old back the IS and an overwhelming majority of German people in this age group denounce it. In Britain, the largest number of IS opponents – 70 percent – is to be found among seniors over 65.

Among the three countries, France, whose population numbers 68 million people, has the largest Muslim community (7.5 percent), whereas the UK’s Muslim population is 5 percent and that of Germany is 4.6 percent, according to a Pew Research study published in January 2011.

Earlier this year the British press cited Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood as saying that at least 1,500 British nationals are likely to have been recruited by IS extremists to fight in Iraq and Syria. Then-Foreign Secretary William Hague earlier this year claimed that around 400 young British nationals have gone to the Middle East to join the fighting.

Through the same ICM research poll, respondents were asked which of the statements is closer to their viewpoint, that instability in Iraq is a result of the military intervention in that country, or that it is a result of Iraq’s political development. Around one-third named the military intervention as the main factor of instability, while 41 percent of French, 47 percent of British and 59 percent of German people said it was a result of national politics.

The largest percentage of those blaming the instability in Iraq on the military intervention is to be found among French people aged between 18 and 24, and the smallest percentage among Germany’s youngest generation. The other variant, that instability stems from national politics, was least popular among French people aged 18 to 24, where 25 percent of the respondents chose it, and most popular with Germany’s teens, of whom 66 percent chose that option.

Guess what the most popular boy’s name is in England right now:

Is it Islamophobic to mention “Muhammad” is now the most popular name in Britain?

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Written by Allen West on August 18, 2014

The military teaches commanders to look at not only what is obvious, but to anticipate second and third order effects based on indicators and warnings. So on the surface, the fact that Breitbart has reported that Muhammad is the most popular boy’s name in Britain will cause most Islamist apologists’ heads to explode as they cry “Islamophobia,” because what should it matter? But it does.

As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, “Muhammed has been crowned Britain’s most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name beat Oliver as the most popular boy’s name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013. As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that “Muhammad” came in 15th with 3,499 children but “Mohammed” was 23rd with 2,887 and “Mohammad” was 57th with 1059 given the name. Added together, the top three spellings alone accounted for the names of 7,445 boys, easily beating the second most popular name, Oliver, which got just 6,949. Also the statistics are only published for the top 100 names, so the even more obscure spellings of Mohammed are likely to push the total even higher.”

The real issue to consider is the demographic shift occurring not just in London, England, but across Europe overall. As a matter of fact, this was very well examined in Mark Steyn’s book, America Alone. This migration phenomenon is based on a tradition of Mohammed known as Al Hijra. It occured when the first phase of Islam ended and the second began after Mohammad was ridiculed and rejected, because the populace in Mecca did not believe in his “night ride” to Jerusalem — which had many similarities to Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem. As a result, Mohammed joined fled Mecca to Medina and there joined violent raiding gangs as the theme of the verses in the Koran took a more violent turn.

But this idea of Hijra came to mean migration in order to further the spread of Islam — which is what Britain and Europe is experiencing. There are neighborhoods in London where regular police officers don’t even venture. These neighborhoods are under sharia law governance – which should be antithetical to English law.

And this phenomenon is evident in the massive anti-Israel protests we’ve recently witnessed which have a political effect as well. As we reported here, more Britons are signing up to fight in Syria and Iraq with ISIS than are joining the British Army Reserve. And it returns to cause unimaginable violence at home, as with the savage massacre of British soldier, Lee Rigby.

Back to Breitbart’s report, as a means of comparative analysis, “Muhammad was No. 61 on the ONS list in 2002. The number of Muslims in Britain has doubled since then. The choice of Muhammad is widespread among the three million Muslims who live in Britain Many of them name at least one son a variance of the name” — the question is how many sons are they having? (And if it’s anything like the Tsarnaev brothers here in the U.S I wonder how many are living on government assistance?)

After all, it was the late Libyan President Muammar al-Gaddafi who is said to have predicted, “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest. We don’t need terrorists, we don’t need homicide bombs. The 50-plus million Muslims in Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”

If the popularity of the name Mohammad in England is any harbinger, his prediction may unfortunately be coming to fruition, with the demise of western civilization, its the long-intended goal.

Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/08/islamophobic-mention-muhammad-now-popular-name-britain/#FpSTe0s8tcewdSpw.99

Cameron fears ISIS terror attacks in UK, pledges crackdown on jihadist recruitment

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A stronger Islamic State can pose direct threat to Britons at home, British PM David Cameron said. His solution is to clamp down on the Islamists’ recruitment drive in Britain, but not to send ground troops to Iraq.

In a strongly-worded article published in The Sunday Telegraph, David Cameron warned that if the Islamic State grows stronger and creates a caliphate in the Middle East, the group would project threat to Europe.

“If we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us on the streets of Britain. We already know that it has the murderous intent,” he said.

Cameron, who has been criticized for the coalition government’s cautious approach to the security crisis in Iraq, called the fight against IS “a generational struggle against a poisonous and extremist ideology” adding that it may take “the rest of my political lifetime.”

The Islamic State is gaining strength after taking control of large portions of Syria and Iraq. It is now fighting in northern Iraq against Kurdish militias while massacring and ousting religious and ethnic minorities. The goal of the group is to create a Caliphate ruled by a fundamentalist version of Sunni Islam.

“If it succeeded we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO member,” Cameron warned, referring to Turkey, which borders northern Syria and Iraq.

The UK’s involvement in the crisis has been limited so far to delivering air drops of aid to stranded refugees and surveillance flights of Tornado jets and Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft over battle zones. London is reportedly mulling joining the US and France in delivering arms directly to the Kurds.

In the article, which was short on specific commitments, Cameron reiterated his position that Britain should no send troops to fight against the militants on the ground.

“I agree that we should avoid sending armies to fight or occupy, but we need to recognize that the brighter future we long for requires a long term plan for our security as well as one for our economy,” he said.

ISIL fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province (AFP Photo / HO)ISIL fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province (AFP Photo / HO)

The prime minister, who said that UK had to use all its resources – “aid, diplomacy, our military prowess” – to solve the problem, said his government should take action to hamper IS recruitment drive in Britain. He said the Metropolitan Police is working to address incidents like the flying of a jihadist black flag in east London this month.

“The position is clear. If people are walking around with ISIL flags or trying to recruit people to their terrorist cause, they will be arrested and their materials will be seized,” the PM wrote in the article.

Cameron’s government is being criticized by some UK politicians for not doing enough to stop the Islamic State’s advances in Iraq and Syria.

“This government is terrified of any form of intervention involving boots on the ground before an election next year,” Sir Richard Shirreff, a retired general who was Britain’s most senior officer in NATO, said earlier this month. “We have politicians who want to posture, who make a lot of noise but do not have any stick.”

In the latest example, on Sunday the Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Nicholas Baines, blamed Cameron in an open letter of failing to produce “a coherent or comprehensive approach to Islamic extremism as it is developing across the globe.”

The fighting in Iraq over the weekend focused on the Mosul dam, the biggest dam in the country, which fell under IS control earlier this month. With the help of US airstrikes, Kurdish forces managed to gain ground, but not completely secure the facility. The militants can potentially destroy the dam, flooding cities down the stream, or cut off crucial water and electricity supplies.

UKRAINIAN FORCES DESTROY RUSSIAN CONVOY

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Ukraine says destroys Russian armour as NATO slams ‘incursion’

Kiev (AFP) – Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that crossed onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions soaring.

The two countries have also been wrangling for days over a Russian convoy that Moscow says is carrying aid for besieged rebel-held cities but which Kiev suspects could be a “Trojan horse” to provide military help to the insurgents.

Fears that the border clash could spill into all-out war between Kiev and Moscow sent major share markets tumbling across Europe and the United States.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that government artillery had destroyed a “considerable part” of a small military convoy that entered the country, the presidency said in a statement.

The European Union demanded that Russia put an “immediate stop” to hostilities on the border, while Britain summoned Moscow’s ambassador to Ukraine to “clarify” the situation.

“If there are any Russian military personnel or vehicles in Ukraine they need to be withdrawn immediately or the consequences will be very serious,” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Moscow has rejected the charges it sent military hardware across the border, its latest denial of Western accusations it is funnelling weapons to the pro-Kremlin separatists who launched an insurgency against Kiev in April.

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But NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen backed reports of the “Russian incursion”.

“It just confirms the fact that we see a continued flow of weapons and fighters from Russia into the eastern Ukraine,” he said.

“It is a clear demonstration of continued Russian involvement in the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine.”

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Russia’s foreign ministry ominously accused Ukraine of “attempts to derail the supply of humanitarian aid” as doubts swirled over what will happen next to almost 300 Russian trucks parked up some 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Ukraine’s border.

Moscow accused Kiev of stepping up military operations with the “obvious goal” of blocking the agreed route.

It had appeared earlier that the two countries might reach a deal to allow the convoy into Ukraine to help people in the east who are without water, food or power.

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But the ICRC said they were still ironing out details over the shipment.

“People are struggling to cope with limited access to basic services such as water and electricity, so speed is of the essence,” said Laurent Corbaz, ICRC head of operations for Europe and Central Asia.

Ukraine fears the convoy could be used as a pretext to invade, as a pro-Moscow rebellion shows signs of unravelling after four months of fighting that has left more than 2,000 people dead including children and sent around 285,000 fleeing their homes.

Moscow has insisted the white-tarpaulin trucks are hauling aid and officials tried to prove that by showing off the contents of 10 lorries baby formula, rations and bottled water to journalists.

“We’ve shown you everything. You see that we have nothing to hide — these trucks are carrying nothing but humanitarian aid,” said Sergei Karavaytsev, from Russia’s emergency situations ministry.

- ‘Deeply concerned’ -

British newspapers reported Thursday that their correspondents had seen a column of some 20 armoured personal carriers and military trucks crossing into Ukraine

Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said the EU — which with the United States has imposed a raft of sanctions against Russia — was “deeply concerned by Russian behaviour over the last months but also the last hours.”

“We think that the Russian authorities should be aware that both in the EU and the US we have a very strong commitment to respond to any new aggression from Russia,” he said.

Meanwhile Ukraine said it was forging on with an offensive that has sent rebel forces reeling, retaking three small town overnight.

Top rebel military chief Igor Strelkov and another key commander announced Thursday they were quitting after Ukraine’s military said it had completely surrounded Lugansk, cutting all links to the border with Russia.

An AFP journalist in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk in the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine heard sporadic shelling from a suburb and saw rebels driving howitzer cannons into the city centre.

The death toll continues to climb, with mortar fire in Donetsk killing 11 civilians over the past 24 hours, local authorities said. Five soldiers were also killed in fighting over the same period.

As the Russian aid sat at the border Ukrainian officials say their own aid convoys to the east — some 75 lorries with 800 tonnes of aid — had also started to arrive at a government-held town some 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Lugansk.

Islamic State supporters leaflet Central London, declaring ‘dawn of a new era’

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Supporters of the extreme militant group, Islamic State (formerly ISIS), handed out leaflets in central London calling on Muslims to pledge religious allegiance to their cause, witnesses say.

One flyer circulated by the fundamentalists on Monday reportedly urges Muslims to “spread the Khalifah [Caliphate] across the world” by creating a new Islamic State ruled by an Imam under Sharia law.

Asma Al-Kufaishi, a young British-Iraqi student, tweeted pictures of the incident, which occurred near London’s busy Oxford Circus shopping district. The pictures reveal the group displaying posters donning pro-Islamic State black flags.
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Al-Kufaishi claims the men who were “promoting ISIS on Oxford Street” were racially abusive when she encountered them Monday. “They don’t know true Islam,” she said.

The leaflets dispensed by the Islamic State supporters argue it’s the responsibility of followers of Islam around the globe to pledge devout allegiance to the “Khaleef” – or head of a new Islamic State.
In the wake of extreme violence, the Islamic State now controls extensive parts of Syria and northern Iraq. Fundamentalist IS militants also recently clashed with forces in Lebanon following their efforts to annex a border town in the state. The militants’ strategy failed, however, as Lebanese authorities regained control over the region.

The director of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism London think tank, believes the men dispensing IS flyers hailed from Luton in Bedfordshire. They were potentially linked to a UK-based sect of al-Muhajiroun fundamentalists, he claims.

Ghaffar Hussain, whose research at the think tank analyzes extremist trends in western societies, expressed concern over Monday’s pro-Islamic State demonstration in London.

“This is a very disturbing development but one that should not come as a surprise, since we are aware that around 500 British nationals have joined up with ISIS already”, he said. “We need to have a zero tolerance policy towards ISIS supporters and recruiters in the UK.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told RT on Wednesday the force was aware of the incident, but that no arrests had been made at this juncture.

“The Metropolitan Police Service has been made aware, via social media, of leaflets which reports state were being distributed in the Oxford Street area. We are assessing the content of the leaflets to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed,” he said.

The Islamic State’s iconic black flags first were first publicly flown in Europe at demonstrations in The Hague. The Dutch government subsequently declared public displays of the provocative flag illegal. This recent pro-IS demonstration follows a similar parade of extremism early last week in east London where a Jihadi flag was mounted at the entrance of the Wills Crooks estate on Poplar High Street.

NATO BAITING RUSSIA INTO WAR

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West continues attempt to manipulate the public

by TONY CARTALUCCI | INFOWARS.COM | AUGUST 12, 2014

Russia is consistently portrayed in the Western media as the “aggressor” amid the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, however, it is clear through overt moves by NATO’s proxy regime in Kiev, that attempts are being made to intentionally provoke, not defend against Moscow’s ire.

The New York Times, in a recent article admits that the military campaign Kiev is carrying out against its own citizens in eastern Ukraine is overt brutality carried out by literal flag-waving Nazis, with the all but stated goal of provoking a Russian invasion.
Brutal Provocations
The New York Times in an article titled, “Ukraine Strategy Bets on Restraint by Russia,” states:

Buoyed by successes against the separatists over the past two months — and noting that the Russians have threatened an invasion in the region before without following through — Ukrainian commanders have pressed ahead with an offensive to drive the rebels from their stronghold in Donetsk in the east.
The army continued to fire artillery into the city nightly, and paramilitary groups raided outlying villages despite warnings from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that he could intervene at any time to protect Ukrainians who favor closer ties with his country. And the Ukrainians have flaunted their victories.

Shelling populated centers and raiding villages far from its tenuous base of support, does not appear to be Kiev “defending itself,” nor in line with the “international norms” frequently cited by Washington, London, and Brussels when justifying “humanitarian interventions” elsewhere throughout the world.

The NYT also notes that Russia “threatened” to intervene amid Kiev’s brutality, but never did – calling into question the notion that Russia is being “aggressive.”The NYT continues, with what appears to be language designed to provoke Russia into crossing its border with Ukraine to intervene:

But Western leaders and analysts remain unconvinced Mr. Putin will be willing to be taunted endlessly or to permit extensive deaths of pro-Russian civilians. The United Nations said recently that at least 1,543 civilians and combatants on both sides have died since mid-April.
And in this statement, the NYT admits that indeed the Banderite Nazis NATO is aiding, funding, and soon to be training and arming , are carrying out a campaign of brutality causing “extensive deaths of pro-Russian civilians.”Nazis and Western Complicity The NYT also explicitly admits that Nazis line the ranks of the “militias” fighting for NATO’s regime in Kiev, and carrying out this campaign of provocation:

Officials in Kiev say the militias and the army coordinate their actions, but the militias, which count about 7,000 fighters, are angry and, at times, uncontrollable. One known as Azov, which took over the village of Marinka, flies a neo-Nazi symbol resembling a Swastika as its flag.
While the NYT attempts to cast as an ambiguous light as possible upon the connections Azov has with Nazism, the Azov Battalion does not simply fly a “neo-Nazi symbol resembling a Swastika as its flag.” The symbol is in fact the Wolfsangel used by Adolf Hitler’s various SS military divisions during World War II and is as good as saluting Hitler himself to affirm allegiance to his toxic ideology and to celebrate the Nazis’ numerous, notorious atrocities.

The BBC would elaborate on the nature of militias like “Azov,” who are undoubtedly the recipients of US, British, and other NATO member states’ aid, cash, and political support, in its article, “Ukraine conflict: ‘White power’ warrior from Sweden.” In it, it profiles a member of Azov Battalion, Mikael Skillt, and states:

“I have at least three purposes in the Azov Battalion: I am a commander of a small reconnaissance unit, I am also a sniper, and sometimes I work as a special coordinator for clearing houses and going into civilian areas.”
As to his political views, Mr Skillt prefers to call himself a nationalist, but in fact his views are typical of a neo-Nazi.
Dismissed by the West as “Russian propaganda,” it is clear that even the most “Western” media outlets cannot report on the Ukrainian conflict without coming across literal Nazis fighting for Kiev and operating in “civilian areas” in eastern Ukraine. The BBC would admit the Azov Battalion is far from a fringe group and was raised by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry itself. When NATO members announce “aid” to the regime in Kiev, they are also, by default, announcing aid to literal Neo-Nazi militant groups raised by Kiev’s Interior Ministry, like the Azov Battalion.

Using Humanitarian Concerns to Provoke War

It was in 2011 that the US, UK, NATO, and its regional partners carried out a coordinated propaganda campaign including the fabrication of atrocities to justify the military invasion of Libya and Syria. It would later turn out that the “civilians” the Libyan and Syrian governments were fighting were in fact heavily armed terrorists hailing from Al Qaeda. The deceit in Libya unraveled but not before NATO began military operations in support of these terrorists.

In Syria, the deception was exposed and attempts by the West to intervene directly have thus far failed.Conversely, in Ukraine, the West is backing literal Nazis who are admittedly mass murdering civilians in eastern Ukraine, in an attempt to intentionally provoke Russia into war.On one hand, humanitarian catastrophes are fabricated by the West to justify its own military interventions, while on the other, real humanitarian catastrophes are created to provoke military action from the West’s enemies.

While the NYT notes that Russia has thus far not taken the bait, “experts” it interviewed for its story claim such patience is not likely to last. In reality, Moscow has weighed its strengths, weaknesses, and the strategic lay of not only Ukraine, but the region and the world, and has made the decision that will, in the long-term based on reason, produce the best outcome for Russia, the Russian people, and its compatriots beyond its borders.

While the West continues its attempts to manipulate the public and the political circles intersecting amid the Ukrainian crisis, Moscow has already proven it will not take the bait unless it is sure it can swallow the fisherman as well.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Russian Navy ‘forces US submarine out’ of Arctic boundary waters – report

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A supposed US submarine was detected and “forced out” by the Russian anti-sub forces after it violated the country’s boundary waters in the Arctic, a high-ranked source within the Russian Navy’s headquarters said.

“On August 7, a foreign submarine, presumably belonging to the US Navy’s Virginia class, was detected in the Barents Sea by the alert forces of the Northern Fleet,” the source told Russian media.

According to the source, a group of anti-submarine vessels and an anti-submarine Il-38 aircraft were sent into the area on a search and trace mission.

“The vigorous action of the anti-submarine forces of the Northern Fleet resulted in the submarine being forced out of the boundary waters of the Russian Federation,” the source said.

“Contact with the submarine lasted for about 27 minutes and then the American sub left the area,” he added.

The source gave a reminder that it’s not the first case recently of a foreign submarine being spotted in the Barents Sea.

Such actions by the NATO undersea fleet have led to a number of navigation incidents in the Arctic.

“A collision with US nuclear submarine, Toledo, was one the main explanations of the Kursk submarine tragedy in 2000,” the Navy source said.

All 118 crewmembers died after Russia’s Kursk nuclear submarine sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000.

In 1992, USS Baton Rouge collided with Russia’s K-276 submarine, while 1986 saw a crash between the British Royal Navy’s HMS Splendid and the Soviet Taifun vessel.

US STEPS UP AIR STRIKES ON IS MILITANTS

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The US has launched two additional air strikes against militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Iraq, the Pentagon has said.

US drones and Navy fighter jets attacked targets near the Kurdish city of Irbil – a similar location to the first strike earlier on Friday.

The Sunni Muslim group IS has taken control of swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Tens of thousands of people from minority groups have fled their homes due to the militants’ advance.

IS, formerly known as Isis, has also seized Iraq’s largest dam.

These air strikes are the first time the US has been directly involved in a military operation in Iraq since American troops withdrew in late 2011.

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In the second wave of strikes, US drones destroyed a mortar position and killed a group of militants, the Pentagon said.

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Analysis by BBC Washington correspondent David Willis

President Barack Obama hasn’t set a timetable for the current intervention and White House spokesman Josh Earnest said simply that the length of the campaign would be determined by events on the ground.

He said that, ultimately, a solution to the current violence rests with the formation of an Iraqi government that is representative of all the Iraqi people. Yet the course of this engagement is difficult to predict.

White House officials concede they are concerned about the Islamic State fighters’ proficiency – they are said to be well armed and well trained – hence it remains to be seen whether air strikes will be effective.

All of which raises the prospect of “mission creep” if the current campaign doesn’t halt their advance.

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Then just over an hour later, F/A-18 jets used laser-guided bombs to hit a seven-vehicle convoy of IS vehicles, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

Earlier on Friday, two 500lb (227kg) bombs were dropped on IS artillery being used against forces defending Irbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region.

A handout picture provided by the US Navy shows sailors guiding an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the US aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Arabian Gulf, 08 August 2014
The first air strike came from a Hornet, which was launched from a US aircraft carrier in the Gulf
Islamic State militants stand guard after taking control of a government building in the Christian town of Bartella, Nineveh province – 7 August 2014
Islamic State fighters have taken control of large parts of northern Iraq since launching an offensive in June
Kurdish at Khazer checkpoint
Kurdish fighters have been defending the approaches to Irbil – their biggest city – from IS militants
Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the US state department, told the BBC that the immediate goal of the strikes was to “prevent the advance” of IS towards Irbil.

“Then longer term obviously we want to work to provide some time and space for the Kurdish forces to get back on their feet and fight this threat on their own,” she said.

“There’s not really a long term US military solution here.”

IS recently seized towns held by Kurdish “Peshmerga” forces, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee into the mountains.

Although the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region have been at odds for months, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki sent a plane load of ammunition to Irbil on Friday, Reuters reported.

Mr Maliki has previously ordered the air force to support Kurdish fighters in their fight against IS.

The White House said Vice-President Joe Biden had called Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Friday and reiterated President Obama’s commitment to help Iraqi civilians and bolster Iraq’s ability to fight IS forces.

Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the world needed to wake up to the threat posed by the IS group.

Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, 07/08/2014
Meanwhile thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled to the Kurdish region
Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect fleeing the violence in Iraq, 06/08/2014
Tens of thousands of Yazidis have also fled, many of whom are now stuck on a mountain
He said its “campaign of terror against the innocent, including the Yazidi and Christian minorities” showed “all the warning signs of genocide”.

British government sources told the BBC the air strikes were entirely “a US operation” and the UK was currently focused on humanitarian efforts.

While future participation in air strikes had not be ruled out, it had not been discussed by the UK government’s emergency committee Cobra on Friday, and would not be over the weekend, the sources said.

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IS fighters seized Qaraqosh, Iraq’s biggest Christian town this week, causing thousands to flee. The militants’ advance also forced tens of thousands of Yazidis to escape to mountains near Sinjar.

Late on Thursday, US military planes dropped food and water to help the displaced Yazidis.

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Ali Herfot, who has fled to the Sinjar mountains, says he is worried and frightened
Iraq’s human rights ministry says the militants have seized hundreds of Yazidi women.

Ministry spokesman Kamil Amin, quoted by AP news agency, said some were being held in schools in Iraq’s second largest city Mosul.

Back in June, when Isis took over Mosul, Mr Maliki requested US air strikes to halt the militants’ advance – but Washington did not intervene.

Analysts say the relentless advance of IS fighters, together with the continuing failure of Iraqi politicians to agree on a new government after an election in April, may have swayed Mr Obama.

Mr Maliki has faced calls from Sunni Arab, Kurdish and some Shia Arab leaders to step down because of his handling of the crisis.

But as leader of the bloc that won the most seats in April’s parliamentary elections, he has demanded the right to attempt to form a governing coalition.

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Iraq’s minorities
Candle Lighting – at a home “shrine” in Iraqi Kurdistan
Christians

The majority are Chaldeans, part of the Catholic Church
Numbers have fallen from around 1.5 million since the US-led invasion in 2003 to 350,000-450,000
In Nineveh, they live mainly in towns such as Qaraqosh (also known as Baghdida), Bartella, Al-Hamdaniya and Tel Kef
Yazidis

Secretive group whose origins and ethnicity are subject to continuing debate
Religion incorporates elements of many faiths, including Zoroastrianism
Many Muslims and other groups view Yazidis as devil worshippers
There are estimated to be around 500,000 Yazidis worldwide, most living in Iraq’s Nineveh plains