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Islamic State secretly near Israel border, Syrian rebel group says


This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP)

Free Syrian Army spokesperson says brutal jihadi group quietly making inroads in villages near Golan by offering aid in exchange for services to be named later

The Islamic State terror group is operating sleeper cells in southern Syria near the border with Israel, a spokesman for the opposition’s Free Syrian Army charged Sunday.

The spokesman, speaking to The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to communicate with Israeli media, said that some of the 6,000 Islamist fighters who fled southward toward the borders with Israel and Jordan in July actually belong to the Islamic State, not to the less extreme Nusra Front as previously believed.

The two Islamist organizations had clashed militarily in a struggle for control over oil-rich northeastern Syria, in which the Islamic State triumphed. The Times of Israel could not confirm the information, which was recently conveyed to the spokesman from a number of different sources.

Iran's Rouhani Blasts ISIS and 'Ridiculous' U.S.-Led Coalition

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in an exclusive interview with NBC News' Ann Curry, denounced ISIS for its savagery but also branded the U.S.-led coalition against the terror group as "ridiculous." Speaking from the presidential palace in Tehran ahead of his visit to the United Nations, Rouhani questioned President Obama's decision to go after ISIS with airstrikes.

"Are Americans afraid of giving casualties on the ground in Iraq? Are they afraid of their soldiers being killed in the fight they claim is against terrorism?" Rouhani said.

"If they want to use planes and if they want to use unmanned planes so that nobody is injured from the Americans, is it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship, without any sacrifice? Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice.

Immigration worker union warns
‘serious threat’ of ISIS entering US

The union representing America's immigration caseworkers warned Thursday of the "real and serious threat" that Islamic State terrorists could gain entry to the United States, either by slipping through the southern U.S. border or exploiting "loose and lax" visa policies.

Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, issued the warning in a written statement. He's the latest to raise alarm that the Islamic State may be planning to infiltrate the U.S., though top security officials have said they see no evidence of such a plot at this stage.

Palinkas specifically alleged the administration has made it easier for terrorists to "exploit" the country's visa policies and enter the homeland.

He complained that the administration has "widened the loophole" they could use through the asylum system, and has restricted agents from going after many of those who overstay their visas.

General Dempsey:
ISIS Fight Will Not Be 'Shock and Awe'

President Barack Obama’s top military adviser said Tuesday that the campaign against ISIS “won’t look like ‘shock and awe’” but will be “persistent and sustainable" as the U.S. and its allies work to degrade the terror group's capabilities.

In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey also suggested that American military advisers could accompany Iraqi troops on raids against ISIS, despite promises from the White House of no American 'boots on the ground.'

"Our military advisors will help the Iraqis conduct campaign planning, arrange for enabler and logistics support, and coordinate Coalition contributions," Dempsey said. "If we reach the point where I believe our advisors should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the President."

“Within a coalition of capable, willing regional and international partners, I believe we can destroy ISIL in Iraq, restore the Iraqi-Syrian border, and disrupt ISIL in Syria,” he said.

Islamic State responds to Obama
with Hollywood-style video

The Islamic State issued a video in response to President Obama's vow to "degrade and ultimately destroy it," displaying a preview that it would kill American ground forces even though he ruled out putting boots on the ground, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The 52-second clip produced by the Al Hayat Media Center, the Islamic State's media wing, boasts high-quality images and filming techniques. It shows tanks blowing up in slow motion, injured American soldiers and explosions superimposed over images of U.S. military figures.

The video also features shots of President George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" banner, President Obama and the White House and militants about to carry out executions.

Fighter jets take off, land on freeway in Taiwan,
a drill simulated an attack from China

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) Taiwan's main combat aircraft practiced emergency takeoffs and landings on a freeway Tuesday as part of the military's annual Han Kuang series of exercises that kicked off Monday.

The drill was held on the Minxiong section of the No. 1 National Freeway in the southern county of Chiayi. It is one of four sections of Taiwan's main north-south freeway designated as emergency runways in the event of war.

All three types of fighter jets in Taiwan's combat aircraft fleet -- an F-16 A/B fighter jet, a Mirage 2000-5 and an Indigenous Defensive Fighter (IDF) jet -- were used in the drill.

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'Koenig's Eye View from the White House'
September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17 edition:

Audio Report: An interview with an Israeli government official, Q&A with Bill Salus and Bill Koenig on Israel and the Middle East and a video on the Sharia showdown in Belgium

The origin of the Islamic State

Why Qatar supports Hamas

Foreign powers buy influence at U.S. think tanks

The end of Evangelical support for Israel?

One if by land, two if by deceit – Bill Wilson

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The biggest threat to the U.S. economy is from outer space

Obama’s self-defeating fight

Women have left Chicago, London and other cities to join ISIS in Syria

Iranian backed Shiite militias are now more powerful than the Iraqi security forces

Alan West: House resolution to fund Syrian rebels: pure unadulterated madness

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