ISIS defector: ‘Other countries’ may be next

by admin on September 4, 2014

(CNN)

To the outside world, they’re a force of ruthless yet mysterious insurgents bent on terrorizing civilians and expanding Islamist rule.

But as one former ISIS fighter tells CNN, the mentality goes much deeper.

“The main and principal goal of the Islamic State that they tell their new members is to establish an Islamic state that will encompass the Arab world,” the man said in Turkey. “And after that, we go to other countries.”

ISIS and religious justification

 

Who is fighting for ISIS?

Just two weeks ago, the man was in Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in northern Syria. Like many cities across Syria and Iraq, Raqqa has been overrun by ISIS militants who show no mercy for those who don’t follow their hard line.

Crucifixions and public executions take place virtually every day. Women not fully covered in niqabs are lashed with alarming frequency.

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CDC issues highest-level alert for Ebola

by admin on August 7, 2014

USA TODAY

August 7, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its highest-level alert for a response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

“Ops Center moved to Level 1 response to given the extension to Nigeria & potential to affect many lives,” CDC chief Tom Frieden said Wednesday on Twitter.

Level 1 means that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak, officials said. It is the first time the agency has invoked its highest level alert since 2009, over a flu outbreak.

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Algeria passenger plane wreckage found in Mali

July 24, 2014

BBC News Africa The wreck of a plane that disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. The Burkinabe army said the plane, operated by Algeria’s national airline Air Algerie, had crashed about 50km (30 miles) from the Burkina Faso border. BBC […]

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U.S.: Russian troops moving toward Ukraine

July 23, 2014

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said. CNN The pilots ejected, the office said. Information on their condition wasn’t immediately available. An air defense system shot down the jets after the […]

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Pro-Russian rebels hand over black boxes, release Malaysia Air victims’ remains

July 21, 2014

FoxNews.com The bodies of nearly 300 passengers and crew aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine are being turned over to Dutch authorities, while the black boxes from Flight 17 will be handed over to Malaysian authorities, pro-Russian separatists said Monday. The announcement came amid increasing criticism of the separatists’ handling of the […]

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Obama: Malaysian jet shoot-down an ‘outrage of unspeakable proportion’

July 18, 2014

By Laura Smith-Spark and Nic Robertson , CNN updated 12:09 PM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014 President Barack Obama said Friday that the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine was shot down in an “outrage of unspeakable proportion.” He identified one American who died in the crash as Quinn Lucas Schansman. He also said […]

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Rick Perry declines offer to meet Obama at airport

July 9, 2014

Governor accepts offer to meet president in Dallas, instead By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News When President Barack Obama travels, he is often greeted by governors. He won’t be on Wednesday in Texas. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of Obama’s handling of the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, declined an official White House invitation […]

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Rick Perry declines offer to meet Obama at airport

July 9, 2014

Governor accepts offer to meet president in Dallas, instead By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News When President Barack Obama travels, he is often greeted by governors. He won’t be on Wednesday in Texas. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of Obama’s handling of the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, declined an official White House invitation […]

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A deadly game

June 18, 2014

Wednesday 18th, June 2014 / 20:15 Written by Oman Observer The warning signs were there. Security for all public football viewing sites had been beefed up, but Boko Haram attacked once again killing many Nigerian fans, report Akanbi Thani and Kristin Palitza – BOKO Haram had repeatedly warned that it would make World Cup public […]

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Remembering A Phenomenal Woman, Phenomenally

June 18, 2014

By Frederick Reese @FrederickReese | June 2, 2014 MINNEAPOLIS – She never attended college as a student, but everyone that acknowledged her happily called her “doctor.” She lived a life marked by heartache, tragedy and grand misjudgment, but her legacy is one of triumph. She was never modest, but she showed the world how to […]

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