McCarthy: The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist

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By: Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review Online

We’re being had. Again.

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.

The who?

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What’s a Khorasan?

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By: Brent Parrish

There’s a terrorist group called “Khorasan,” and it’s super-secret. Apparently, it’s “double-secret probation” secret (if you know what I mean) … until now.

According to the New York Times, “There is almost no public information about the Khorasan group”:

It is difficult to assess the seriousness and scope of any terror plots that Khorasan, the Nusra Front or other groups in Syria might be planning. In several instances in the past year, Nusra and the Islamic State have used Americans who have joined their ranks to carry out attacks inside Syria — including at least one suicide bombing — rather than returning them to the United States to strike there.

Reportedly, the murky “Khorasan group” is an extremely dangerous terrorist organization planning imminent attacks against “American installations” and “U.S. interests,” yet the Obama Administration carefully avoids mentioning threats made by ISIS to attack America and its allies.

The administration is on-record numerous times saying ISIS did not pose a direct threat. DHS director Jeh Johnson recently reiterated this position in an interview, stating there is “no credible information ISIS planning to attack the United States.” By claiming the “Khorasan group” presents an “imminent threat,” the White House is engaging in a bit of semantic manipulation to cover themselves both politically and legally, in my opinion.

The Obama Administration cites the War Powers Resolution passed in 2001 as the legal authority to engage in hostilities in Syria and Iraq. Laughably, the administration recently argued for the repeal of the 2001 War Powers Resolution.

Gateway Pundit reported:

On Tuesday September 23, 2014 President Obama sent this letter to Congress explaining his legal justification to bomb terrorist targets inside of Syria. Obama cited Public Law 107-40 from 2001 as justification for the attacks.

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But, just two months ago – as The Conservative Treehouse noted – Obama asked Congress to repeal the law saying “the 2002 Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any government activities”.?

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One shadowy figure being associated with the Khorasan group has been on the intelligence community’s radar for quite some time.

His name is Muhsin al-Fadhli.

(Screencap credit: Biyokulule Online)

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The “wanted poster” above shows Muhsin al-Fadhli and his deputy Adel Radi Sakr al-Wahabi al-Harbi.

“Fadhli also is leveraging his extensive network of Kuwaiti jihadist donors to send money to Syria via Turkey.”

Reuters reported on al-Fadhli and his deputy in October 2012 (emphasis mine):

Oct 18 (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it was offering millions of dollars for information leading to the location of two al Qaeda members accused of facilitating the movement of funds and operatives through Iran.

The Obama administration is offering up to $7 million for information leading to the location of Iran-based financier Muhsin al-Fadhli, who was among the few al Qaeda leaders who received advance notification of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the State Department said.

Up to $5 million is being offered for al-Fadhli’s deputy, Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi, who is accused of working with a network that served as a pipeline for al Qaeda to move operatives and funds in South Asia and the Middle East.

The U.S. Treasury also took action against al-Harbi, imposing financial sanctions that will prohibit U.S. citizens from dealing with al-Harbi and freezing any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

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According to the National Counterterrorism Center, both Muhsin al-Fadhli and Adel Radi Sakr al-Wahabi al-Harbi are two of the top most-wanted terrorists. And, according to the Saudi Ministry of the Interior (MOI) website, Adel Radi Sakr al-Wahabi al-Harbi is also on the list of 47 most-wanted terrorists in Saudi Arabia.

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Now, this is where it gets interesting. Muhsin al-Fadhli has been operating out of Iran. I brought up the issue of Iran’s hand in helping to support ISIS in an earlier article.

 Via Michael Ledeen:

Remember that ISIS was supported by Iran and Syria as a weapon against anti-Assad and anti-Iranian forces (from the Kurds to the FSA), none of whom is receiving serious American support.

It is exceedingly unlikely that Mr. Obama will do anything that would threaten Assad’s rule or Iran’s power. 

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Another al-Qaeda operative linked with al-Fadhli and operating out of Iran is financier Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, also known as Yasin al Suri.

Mojahedin.org reported (emphasis mine):

The State Department named the men as Muhsin al-Fadhli and his deputy Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi, saying both ‘facilitate the movement of funds and operatives through Iran on behalf of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.’

‘Al-Qaeda elements in Iran, led by Fadhli, are working to move fighters and money through Turkey to support Al-Qaeda-affiliated elements in Syria,’ the department said in a statement.

‘Fadhli also is leveraging his extensive network of Kuwaiti jihadist donors to send money to Syria via Turkey.’

Fadhli, 31, was among the few Al-Qaeda leaders who was given advance notice that the group planned to strike the United States on September 1, 2001.

He is also alleged to have raised money to fund the October 2002 attack on the French ship MV Limburg off the coast of Yemen in which one person was killed, and four crew members injured.

‘Fadhli reportedly has replaced Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil (better known as Yasin al-Suri) as Al-Qaeda’s senior facilitator and financier in Iran,’ the statement said, offering up to $7 million for information on his location.

Fadhli is on Saudi Arabia’s most wanted list after a series of Al-Qaeda attacks in the Gulf kingdom.

Harbi, 25, a Saudi national, was put on the Saudi list in 2011 charged with traveling to Afghanistan to join Al-Qaeda and providing Internet support to the group. The US is offering up to $5 million for his arrest.

I’m not the only one scratching their head concerning Iran’s role in Iraq and Syria, and Iran’s murky relationship with al-Qaeda.

The Long War Journal wrote:

With respect to Syria, there is an interesting twist in the State Department’s report. The al Qaeda network inside Iran, which operates as part of an agreement between al Qaeda and the Iranian regime, is sending fighters to Syria. It is not clear why Iran has allowed al Qaeda to facilitate these fighters’ travel to Syria, where al Qaeda’s Al Nusrah Front opposes the Assad regime, Iran, and Hezbollah.

“Iran remained unwilling to bring to justice senior al Qaeda (AQ) members it continued to detain, and refused to publicly identify those senior members in its custody,” the report reads. While some al Qaeda operatives are in detention, others are allowed to continue their work.

The report continues: “Iran allowed AQ facilitators Muhsin al Fadhli and Adel Radi Saqr al Wahabi al Harbi to operate a core facilitation pipeline through Iran, enabling AQ to move funds and fighters to South Asia and to Syria.”

“Al Fadhli is a veteran AQ operative who has been active for years,” State explains, and “began working with the Iran-based AQ facilitation network in 2009 and was later arrested by Iranian authorities.” Al Fadhli “was released in 2011 and assumed leadership of the Iran-based AQ facilitation network.”

Al Fadhli replaced an al Qaeda operative known as Yasin al Suri as the head of the Iran-based network. Al Suri was designated by the Treasury Department in July 2011 and the State Department issued a reward of $10 million for information leading to his capture in December 2011. [See LWJ reports, Treasury targets Iran's 'secret deal' with al Qaeda and US offers $10 million reward for Iran-based al Qaeda financier.]

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What adds to the bafflement for the casual observer is the fact the Obama Administration has made overtures to Iran to ally themselves against ISIS in Iraq, while, at the same, time  arming Syrian “rebels” who are dominated by groups like Jahbat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria). Muhsin al-Fadhli is allegedly closely connected with Nusra Front.

What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is senior leadership—core al-Qaeda … the Shura Council, if you will. Or, as fellow Watcher’s Council member GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD crunkishly calls them–“al Qaeda’s einsatzgruppen nom d’guerr’d ‘Khorasan Group.’” Which just might explain why the Obama Administration prefers the nom d’guerre “Khorasan Group,” as opposed to “al-Qaeda” proper, considering Obama has claimed on countless occasions al-Qaeda has been “decimated” and “destroyed” and “on the run.”

Whoever made the video below (posted August 2013) has a far better handle on the situation than the current administration. His predictions about al-Qaeda are spot on:

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The flag of Khorasan (also spelled “Khurasan”).
(Image source: MuslimBaniIsrael)

While researching what little is known about the Khorasan group, I decided to dig a little deeper into the symbolism behind the Khorasan flag, and the origins of the term “Khorasan.” What I discovered is rather fascinating, to say the least.

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According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Khorasan is an ancient “historical region spanning northeastern Iran, northern Afghanistan, and the southern parts of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan”:

[Khorasan], also spelled Khurasan, historical region and realm comprising a vast territory now lying in northeastern Iran, southern Turkmenistan, and northern Afghanistan. The historical region extended, along the north, from the Amu Darya (Oxus River) westward to the Caspian Sea and, along the south, from the fringes of the central Iranian deserts eastward to the mountains of central Afghanistan. Arab geographers even spoke of its extending to the boundaries of Hindustan (India).

One website I stumbled upon while searching “Khorasan” contains a wealth of information concerning historical Khurasan, and is replete with numerous cited sources and references. One of the links describes the “Journey of the Ten Lost Tribes from Israel to Khurasan,” my emphasis:

After the destruction of the Holy Temple at Jerusalem (Beyt al Muqaddas), the Assyrian king Nebuchadnezzar enslaved the Children of Israel and took them to Media. From there onwards, the Tribes themselves and under the guidance of the Holy Prophet Tobit sought refuge in the mountains of Ghowr and Ghazni in Khurasan or Arachosia. Some parts of this journey are clearly recored in historical texts and others easily deduced like missing links in a chain of events.

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The same site quotes Moshe Gil writing in A history of Palestine (p. 623): “People from distant Khurasan also reached Jerusalem.”

During the times of Muhammad, “the term Khurasan was used for the region comprising of modern day Afghanistan, the North Eastern parts of Iran, the Western parts of Pakistan and parts of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan,” quoting from MuslimBaniIsrael.com (emphasis mine):

Early Islamic usage often regarded everywhere east of western Persia, or what was subsequently termed ‘Irak ‘Adjami, as being included in a vast and ill-defined region of Khorasan, which might even extend to the Indus Valley and Sindh.

However, sources from the 14th to the 16th century report that Kandahar, Ghazni and Kabul in Afghanistan formed the frontier region between Khorasan and Hindustan.

  • [Travels in Asia and Africa, 1325-1354, Ibn Battuta, 2004 publisher Routledge, isbn=0415344735, 9780415344739, page=416]
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In pre-Islamic and early Islamic times, the term “Khurassan” frequently had a much wider denotation, covering also parts of what are now Soviet Central Asia and Afghanistan; early Islamic usage often regarded everywhere east of western Persia, sc. Djibal or what was subsequently termed ‘Irak ‘Adjami, as being included in a vast and ill-defined region of Khurasan, which might even extend to the Indus Valley and Sind.

  obama-logoThe etymological origins of the word “Khorasan” is derived from Middle Persian “khor” (sun) + “asa”—literally, “like or akin to, but usually meaning arising from,” hence the meaning “land where the sun rises.” The word “Khavar-zamin,” meaning “the eastern land,” is the Persian equivalent for “Khorasan.”

It is noteworthy the names of ancient regions like Khorasan are starting to reemerge. There has been a fair amount of discussion as of late concerning why President Obama always refers to ISIS (or the “Islamic State) as “ISIL.”

Is this a big deal? Well, not to most Americans.

The reason I use ISIS instead of “ISIL,” or the “Islamic State,” is because my enemy doesn’t want me to use “ISIS.” Recently ISIS changed their name to “Islamic State” and demanded everybody refer to them as such. Well, my strategy: try to determine what the enemy wants, then don’t give it to them. So, I’ll stick with “ISIS.”

The acronym ISIS stands for “Islamic State in Syria and Iraq,” which more accurately describes the terrorist group, as far as I’m concerned. But ISIS is also known as ISIL, like our president is wont to call them. ISIL stands for “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.”

So, once again, we see the return of an ancient term, i.e. the Levant, which describes a multinational region encompassing the whole of Israel. The Levant comprises a land bridge from Egypt to Turkey, with Israel stuck smack-dab in the middle. Although the term Levant may not mean much to a number of Americans, it has profound meaning to Muslims, as does the word “Khurasan.”

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The U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, not to mention Iran’s duplicity in the region, certainly illustrates some glaring conflicts of interest, to say the least. Saudi Arabia has been a major financier of Sunni jihadi groups fighting the Assad regime in Syria. Qatar has also been playing both sides of the fence as well.

If there is a common thread among all the major players in the Middle Eastern “region,” it would be their utter disdain for the nation state of Israel. And another common thread in the Middle East is the U.S.A., Russia and China, et al., are arming them all.

Furthermore, what concerns me greatly is the fact the U.S. is training people that are not thoroughly vetted, and may very well, and most often do, turn their expertise which the U.S. provided them against us. One would think that would be a no-brainer. But that’s what I get for thinking.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 9/26/14

The Watcher’s Council

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. — George S. Patton

He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue… In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. — Sun Tzu, the Art of War

This weeks’ winning entry, Bookworm’sSocialized medicine and passive-aggressive genocide, lays bare the evil agenda of the State concerning end of life decisions. It is a tremendous expose on how Progressivism does not care about the individual, it cares about the Collective and the bottom line. Here’s a slice:

Long ago in China, a boy coming home from school met up with his father, who was carrying on his back a basket holding the boy’s grandfather.

Chinese-man-carrying-his-mother-225x300“Oh, father,” asked the boy, “where are you taking Honorable Grandfather?”

The father signaled that the boy should come closer, and then whispered in his ear, “I’m taking grandfather up to the waterfall. If I throw him over the edge suddenly, death will greet him so quickly, it will be painless.”

Aghast, the boy asked, “Why would you do that to Honorable Grandfather?”

“Because I must,” his father whispered back. “Honorable grandfather is too old to help in the field or around the house. Instead, he just sits in the corner, eating our food, drinking our tea, and requiring us to care for his needs. A quick, painless death will be better for everyone.”

The son nodded sagely upon hearing his father’s words. Then, as he turned to continue the walk home, the boy reminded his father of one thing. “Dear father, please make sure to bring the basket back, because I’ll need it for you one day.”

Although I was only around 12 when I first read that story, it resonated with me. Aside from admiring the boy’s cleverness, I was so grateful that I didn’t live in a country in which poor people had to make those kinds of choices. I didn’t realize back then that it would take a mere forty years for my country to creep ever closer to justifying the genocide of the old and the sick.  Even more ironically, I didn’t realize that this ugly choice would come about, not because individual poor people could no longer afford to care for their elders, but because our own government has decided that the nation as a whole should no longer care for its old people.

Old people certainly requiring a lot of care. With every passing year, our bodies become more fragile. While we love seeing videos showing very old people doing amazing physical feats, the reality for most people is that the journey to old age is marked by one bodily system after another breaking down. Our skin’s breakdown is the most immediately demoralizing (“I look so old”), but the real damage from aging happens under our skin, as our joints, muscles, and internal organs just stop working very well. Eventually, every cold has the potential for pneumonia; every fall has the potential to end in a broken hip; every chest pain could be a heart attack; and the joint pains that slowed us down in our 50s can render us immobile by our 70s.

Modern medicine, thankfully, can do a lot to ward off some of aging’s worst effects. Putting aside plastic surgery, which heals the spirit not the body, modern medicine offers everything from quick diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia; to hip repairs so effective that the old person can be home in a day or two, rather than confined to a wheelchair or hospital bed for weeks; to an amazing array of heart treatments, whether pills, pacemakers, bypasses, or transplants; and joint fixes that range from pills, to shots, to surgery, to replacement. All of these are the wonders and miracles of the modern age . . . and all of them are very expensive.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Angelo Codevilla at The Federalist with Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State, submitted by Joshuapundit. Codevilla bluntly, succinctly and masterfully spells out how our elite ruling class fails at eradicating the enemy — the Islamic State, while stirring up more hatred for America abroad. This cancerous flaw in foreign policy strategy is endemic on both sides of the political aisle. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Simply Jews and The Independent Sentinel were unable to vote this week, but they were not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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The Watcher’s Council Weasel of the Week!!

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Drum roll, please!! It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slime-worthy, but one stood head and shoulders above the rest as the overwhelming winner.

No surprise here… it’s John Boehner, RINO extraordinaire, crybaby, Tea Party basher and all-around Progressive Speaker of the House!

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Virginia Right!: Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But often, the enemy of my enemy is simply another enemy.

John Boehner led the House to pass the appropriations for Obama’s plan to arm and train “moderate” Syrian fighters, who are Muslims to fight other Muslims on behalf of America.

There is no way this turns out well for anyone but the “moderate” rebels who will soon turn the weapons on us, or hand them over to ISIS.

The Right Planet: Speaker John Boehner for attempting a rule change to squelch dissent among more conservative members of the GOP, who he refers to as “knuckleheads.” It sure would be nice to see folks like Boehner direct such vitriol at the Democrats, but apparently he’s too spent after going after his own.

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John Boehner is the very definition of a crony capitalist. He is a man who loves smoking, tanning, drinking and golfing with other Progressives from both sides of the aisle. He is known for his bullying tactics and his almost mob-like rule of the House.

He is currently looking to ‘squelch’ the influence of the Tea Party in the House. How very Soviet of him. Under the plan, any Republican who votes on the House floor against the nominee for House speaker that is chosen by most of the GOP members during their private leadership elections would be stripped of their committee assignments for that Congress. This is the House that Boehner built and rules with an iron fist. But there are intrepid, true Conservatives afoot who are seeking to dethrone the orange one. Enter the likes of the esteemed Louie Gohmert and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar:

“In tough times, it doesn’t mean you play timid, it means to play bold, and I don’t see that. And you know what? Time’s up,” Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar told The Hill, insisting he would vote against Boehner, 64.

“I’m tired of the status quo of what’s going on in Washington, D.C. America’s tired, America’s angry, and they’re scared because they don’t have leaders in Washington, D.C.”

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who was one of a dozen Republicans who voted against Boehner in 2013, told The Hill, “I’ll give him every bit as much support as I did last time.”

Here’s to the Tea Party unseating a man who has actively kept Barack Obama in power and is angling to bring the greatest nation on earth to her knees. May he get his Collectivist butt kicked out the door.

Boehner is supporting Obama’s moves in Syria as well, arming the rebels to the teeth. Someone really should explain to him who the rebels are – al-Qaeda and ISIS. John says that the intelligence is good. What intelligence? The lot of them has been wrong at every turn and by all accounts nothing Obama is proposing, has done, or will do, will actively deter ISIS or the rise of the Caliphate. But John Boehner wants to arm evil Jihadists and supports the President, yes… indeedy. You can count on Obama making the whole mess worse, while benefiting the Islamists and Boehner will continue to pour gasoline on the spreading, global fire, rather than eradicating the threat.

When he’s not weeping on the Floor or golfing with Obama, bromancing it up on the links… he’s supporting everything Conservatives hate. He is pro-Amnesty, pro-regulation, pro-big government and pro-spending like a drunken Congressman. Working with one of his best buds, Nancy Pelosi, he just passed a Continuing Resolution that includes the funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and Obamacare. Tell me again, what the difference is anymore between the establishment parties – please.

For cronyism, spinelessness, corruption, caring more about power and his bottom line than America and his monumental hypocrisy, John Boehner has earned the Golden Weasel many times over. Boehner is the face of the demise of the Republican Party and he has knowingly aided and abetted the Marxist Democrats in their rush to destroy the Constitution and the Republic. Enjoy your infamy and your well-deserved award, Mr. Speaker.

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Obama Praises Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on Killing of U.S. Soldiers

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

If this so-called president is playing for our team, somebody better inform Obama. I suspect he would be inclined to disagree.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Obama in his remarks offered praise to controversial cleric Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and referred to him as a moderate Muslim leader who can help combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) radical ideology.

However, Bin Bayyah himself has long been engulfed in controversy for many of his views, including the reported backing of a 2004 fatwa that advocated violent resistance against Americans fighting in Iraq.

This is not the first time that the Obama administration has extoled Bin Bayyah, who also has served as the vice president of a Muslim scholars group founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans,” according to Fox News and other reports.

The State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau (CT) was forced to issue multiple apologies earlier this year after the Washington Free Beacon reported on its promotion of Bin Bayyah on Twitter.

“This should not have been tweeted and has since been deleted,” the CT Bureau tweeted at the time after many expressed anger over the original endorsement of Bin Bayyah.

However, it appears that Obama and the White House are still supportive of Bin Bayyah, who, despite his past statements, is still hailed by some as a moderate alternative to ISIL and al Qaeda.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah posted this photo of his June 13 White House meeting.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah posted this photo of his June 13 White House meeting.

Bin Bayyah is a deputy of radical cleric Yusuf Qaradawi. The United States banned Qaradawi from entering the country, yet the White House held a meeting with Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah in June 2013.

Via IPT (emphasis mine):

Radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi is considered so radical that the United States bans him from entering the country.

Qaradawi, considered the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, has called for the killing of Jews and Americans.

That history makes the June 13 White House meeting with Sheik Abdullah Bin Bayyah all the more inexplicable. Bin Bayyah is vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a group founded by and headed by Qaradawi. The IUMS has a long history of supporting Hamas –a top Hamas leader is an IUMS member – and of calling for Israel’s destruction.

Bin Bayyah’s website claims that he met June 13 with senior Obama administration officials at the White House.

Nonetheless, it was the Obama administration which sought the meeting with Bin Bayyah, his website’s account said.

“We asked for this meeting to learn from you and we need to be looking for new mechanisms to communicate with you and the Association of Muslim Scholars (another name used for the IUMS),” Gayle Smith, senior director of the National Security Council, reportedly said.

Bin Bayyah’s June 13 account placed other senior officials in the meeting, including: Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and White House spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri. But the account was later changed to delete the reference to Donilon’s presence at the meeting.

Smith also thanked Bin Bayyah for “his efforts to bring more understanding amongst humanity” during the meeting, the Bin Bayyah account said.

The White House did not respond to repeated requests for comments between June 14 and Tuesday.

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One of the White House’s Favorite ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebel Groups Condemns Obama for Bombing ISIS

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Well, imagine that! This shouldn’t surprise anyone. The goal of the Syrian opposition is to take down the Assad regime. But the Obama Administration expects them to fight a two-front war?

Via LA Times:

… One of the administration’s favored moderate rebel factions, Harakat Hazm, part of the Free Syrian Army alliance and a recipient of U.S. missiles and training, issued a statement Tuesday denouncing the “external intervention” — that is, the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Syria — as “an attack on the revolution.”

The group said its main goal was toppling Assad. It is demanding “unconditional arming” of the Free Syrian Army, yet its members also acknowledge fighting alongside Al Nusra Front, the official Al Qaeda force in Syria.

Still, the country’s motley bands of fighters labeled as moderates may well be the White House’s best hope for now. It has few other options.

On a sidenote, you might recognize the individual in the photo above (see video below). It’s Gen. Salim Idris, the same guy Sen. John McCain met when he secretly traveled to Syria last year.

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The New Axis of Evil’s Latest Military First

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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
NoisyRoom.net

Remember the New Axis of Evil I’ve told you about previously? Well, Russia, China and Iran are busy little demons these days, as you can see in my latest article: The Bear and the Dragon Encircle the Eagle. It’s obvious we are at war and I say that America should bring the action. But with Obama, the Marxist at the helm, I have zero hope that will happen.

The latest chess move is by the Chinese Navy, who has for the first time in history docked their destroyer in a southern Iranian port. The media reported it — briefly in passing with a paragraph or two, hoping the world would ignore it and not notice. Ah, but I noticed as did a number of others. America better wake up – we’re now rocking with the dragon and it is on the move:

Adm. Hossein Azad, naval base chief in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, said the four-day visit that began Saturday saw the two navies sharing expertise in the field of marine rescue.

“On the last day of their visit while leaving Iran, the Chinese warships will stage a joint drill in line with mutual collaboration, and exchange of marine and technical information particularly in the field of aid and rescue,” said Azad.

The report said the destroyer was accompanied by a logistics ship, and that both were on their way to the Gulf of Aden as a part of an international mission to combat piracy.

You might vaguely recall that a Russian Naval group docked in this same port last year on its merry way back from a Pacific Ocean mission. Iran is forming an iron alliance to solidify their hold on the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of the world’s oil is shipped.

You would think the media would be all over this. So many first moves between Russia, China and Iran are occurring and they are forming a menacing alliance against the US, financially and militarily. There’s no other way to view this than as an existential threat against our world presence and in fact, against us as a free nation.

The details of the visit and exercises are scant as you can tell. But just the fact it is ongoing should raise our spidey senses immensely and put us on a war footing. Instead we pretend this isn’t happening. It’s like watching the Nazis march across Europe sucking up countries and acting like it isn’t our problem. Oh, wait…

The ghost of Neville Chamberlain haunts the US currently:

– We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.

— I believe it is peace in our time.

— We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth.

— How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.

— However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbours, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in a war simply on her account.

This is not some foreign war I’m speaking of. This is our war in our time. We’re not some small, distant nation or foreign city. We are the last super power… the last truly free bastion on the planet and we are in the cross hairs of a new, rising evil spreading rapidly across the globe. Oh, for the wisdom of Winston Churchill:

– Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

— You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.

— One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

Turning our back on this Axis is not only foolhardy, it is suicidal. Daily, we are doubling the danger our country is in by not confronting our enemies and letting them build their military might. I hope we don’t wait for the New Axis Of Evil’s latest military first to be nukes launched against America in the near future. America, grow a set and get ready to fight.

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President Obama Salutes Marines with Coffee Cup in Hand — Semper Latte

YouTube/SocialistMop: September 23, 2014 – President Obama exits Marine One and is flanked by two members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

In what is being dubbed the “Latte Salute,” the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces demonstrates the honor and respect that he has for the military by saluting these two young men with a coffee cup still in his hand.

Semper Latte, Mr. President.

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Watcher’s Council Nominations — Executive Disorder Edition

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Whether its war in Syria or Libya or Lebanon or Iraq,  illegal migration, those whom shall be targeted by the IRS or the wonders of climate change,Our Dear Leader has the answer, with no need to consult anyone or anything,  especially not congress. He has, in his wisdom, the phone, the pen and the executive order to cut through the senseless blather of a Constitution written by old dead white men.

The people have spoken ( more or less). Down with the Republic and on to the new age of pottage, food stamps, idleness and the absolute rule of our elite progressive betters!

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, Seraphic Secret and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

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Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: ‘The Measure of Success Should be ‘Acres and Acres of Dead Terrorists’

Retired Army Officer: Success Is Not Broken Windows, But ‘Acres and Acres of Dead Terrorists’

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