Gaza to be declared ISIS 'caliphate'

TEL AVIV - Marking a significant development in Mideast affairs, Salafists in the Gaza Strip plan to officially pledge allegiance to ISIS and openly fight under its banner, a senior Salafist militant in Gaza told WND in a phone interview.

The news immediately followed the release of a video from ISIS insurgents in Syria threatening to turn the Gaza Strip into another one of their Middle East territories and accusing Gaza' Hamas rulers of selling out Islamic values.


Re: It's not the money that bothers me; it's the "merely."


It's not the money that bothers me; it's the "merely."

According to the Pentagon, Syrian "rebels" being trained and "vetted" by the United States are receiving "compensation" to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America' proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these "new" terrorists are receiving a stipend.

Reuters also reported on alleged obstacles the Pentagon claims it is facing regarding the ability to train the death squad volunteers due to a lack of ability to "vet" them appropriately as well as a bizarre incident where fighters abandon the mission after having received training from the US military. The reason provided by the Pentagon was that the fighters did not want to sign a contract to avoid fighting Assad. But, in the same report, the Pentagon states that there was no such contract - only one requiring them to "respect human rights" and "the rule of law," so the reason provided for the disappearance of these fighters lacks legitimacy. One can only speculate as to where these "trainees" disappeared to.


Does anyone remember the summer before 911...

Shark attacks dominated the mainstream news. Shark attacks and Bush jokes. The Bush jokes went away for a while after he made that speech at the still smouldering ruins of the World Trade center attacks.

Just something to think about.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -  Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

Shark attacks in the U.S. reached their highest level in more than a decade last year, reported scientists with the University of Florida.

The University of Florida's International Shark Attack File, released on Monday, says the U.S. experienced 53 attacks in 2012, the most since 2000 -- and surged over a low of 31 last year. But don't make too much of that year to year surge, explained George Burgess, curator of the File and a scientist with the University of Florida.


Wave Of Attacks Kill 30 Soldiers In Egypt

At least 30 Egyptian soldiers have been killed in a wave of simultaneous attacks unleashed by Islamist militants, military officials say.

Security sources say 15 died when a car bomb exploded at a military post in North Sinai, one of five targeted along with a police station.

Witnesses report hearing blasts in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, with many residents fleeing their homes over fears of grenades.

Al Jazeera reported as many as 70 people were involved in the attacks.


Argentina Plans Asset Seizure Of Falkland Oil Companies ::

Is it just election fever, or is Argentina serious about reclaiming the Falklands Islands?

Presidential elections loom in the country in October, so perhaps it' not surprising that a Lilian Herraez, a federal judge in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina' southernmost region, ordered the seizure of $156 million in property and bank holdings of oil drilling companies, including Noble Energy of the United States.

The government in Buenos Aires said on June 27 that the other targets of asset seizures were Edison International of Italy and three British-based companies, Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd., Premier Oil Plc and Rockhopper Exploration Plc.


Turkey prepares Syria invasion to break ISIL . and the Kurds

Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe' borders.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers.




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