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Media NoteOffice of the SpokespersonWashington, DCSeptember 5, 2014The following is a Joint Statement by Secretary Kerry and Secretary Hagel on the ISIL meeting:Begin text:This morning we had a meeting with some of our key allies and partners on the serious threat that ISIL poses to Iraq, the entire region, and the international community.We and the Ministers agreed here today that there is no time to waste in building a broad international coalition to degrade and, ultimately, to destroy the threat posed by ISIL.The formation of a new and inclusive government in Iraq will be a critical step in this effort. We are hopeful that this process can be completed over the coming days, and we discussed in detail how NATO allies can extend immediate support to a new government in its efforts to unify the country against ISIL.To be effective, an international coalition to defeat ISIL must coordinate across multiple lines of effort. These include:Military support to our Iraqi partners;Stopping the flow of foreign fighters;Countering ISIL's financing and funding;Addressing humanitarian crises; andDe-legitimizing ISIL's ideology.We discussed each of these lines of effort today, and how to build on the contributions that many NATO allies and partners are already making in Iraq.We agreed to engage in an immediate conversation with a new Iraqi government about accelerating these efforts, including the potential for additional training and equipping of the Iraqi Security Forces at the federal, regional, and provincial level.We also discussed further cooperation to address the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, and noted the shared effort by the military forces of the United States, France, Australia, and the UK to deliver humanitarian supplies to the citizens of Amerli in northern Iraq. This town had been surrounded for two months by ISIL, but today is receiving humanitarian aid and supplies led by a UN team on the ground. Such a common effort will be essential as we move forward.Across the other lines of effort, we and the ministers noted the strong Chapter 7 UN Security Council Resolution enacted last month that calls on all member states to take decisive action to stop the flow of foreign fighters, counter ISIL's financing, and combat its incitement. We agreed today that NATO allies in particular should work in concert towards these goals.Specifically, we will form a multinational task force to share more information about the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and from Syria into Iraq. These foreign fighters represent an acute threat to our NATO allies. We also agreed to work in concert to stifle ISIL's sources of revenue, including any trade in petroleum products, and hold accountable those who violate international prohibitions on such trade.As President Obama has said, the effort to degrade and destroy the threat posed by ISIL will take time and persistence. It will also require a unified approach at the international, regional, and local level – combining military, law enforcement, intelligence, economic, and diplomatic tools. Our NATO allies and partners today have confirmed their readiness to be a full part of this coordinated approach, and over the coming days, we will continue the discussion with our partners in the region, who have an important role to play across these lines of effort.This effort will also be a focus of the UN General Assembly later this month as we work to establish a truly global coalition. Acting together, with clear objectives and common purpose, we will degrade and destroy ISIL capabilities – and ensure that it can no longer threaten Iraq, the region, and the world.






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New York Times At Summit, U.S. and Allies Form Coalition Against ISIS NEWPORT, Wales — The Obama administration said Friday that it had formed a coalition of countries to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, unveiling a military and political campaign that officials said could eventually serve as a model for fighting extremist groups around the world. In a hastily organized meeting on the outskirts of the NATO summit meeting, diplomats and military officials from the United States, Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark huddled on what they called a two-pronged strategy: working to bolster allies fighting on the ground in Iraq and Syria, while the United States, alone so far, bombs Sunni militants from the air, so long as they are in Iraq. “There is no containment policy for ISIL,” Secretary of State John Kerry said at the beginning of the meeting, referring to the militant group by another acronym, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. “They’re an ambitious, avowed, genocidal, territorial-grabbing, caliphate-desiring quasi-state with an irregular army, and leaving them in some capacity intact anywhere would leave a cancer in place that will ultimately come back to haunt us.” But he and other officials made clear that at the moment, any ground combat troops would come from either Iraqi security forces and Kurdish fighters in Iraq, or moderate Syrian rebels opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. “Obviously I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground,” Mr. Kerry said. ... Enlisting the Sunni neighbors of Syria and Iraq is crucial, experts said, because airstrikes alone will not be enough to vanquish ISIS fighters. The Obama administration is also seeking to pursue a strategy that begins with gathering intelligence, followed by targeted airstrikes, more robust and better-coordinated support for moderate rebels, and finally, a political reconciliation process.
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I am not "someone upthread".
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http://upload.democraticunderground.com ... .jpgDidn't see it. What was the president's reaction?
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I am not "someone upthread".
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JESUS, give the goddamn show to Luke Russert already and kill it once and for all.
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Hee, Letterman saw it.http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/lette ... -new-showI haven't been able to get the podcast yet. Anyone see it and the Presidents' reaction to Todd? I had hopes for the show, but right out of the gate....arrrrgggh. (Move to Media Moves?)

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New York Times Arab Nations Vow Help to Fight ISIS ‘as Appropriate’ JIDDA, Saudi Arabia — Arab nations vowed on Thursday to “do their share” to confront and ultimately destroy the Sunni extremist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The promise came after the nations’ foreign ministers met here behind closed doors with Secretary of State John Kerry. A joint communiqué issued by the United States and 10 Arab states endorsed a broad strategy to stop the flow of volunteers to ISIS, curtail its financing and provide aid to communities that had been “brutalized” by the militants. It also called for a coordinated military campaign in which nations would contribute “as appropriate.” Mr. Kerry, who was the only Western foreign minister at the meetings here, sought to use the talks to mobilize support against ISIS, a day after President Obama declared that the United States was prepared to carry out airstrikes in Syria in an effort to degrade and eventually defeat the Sunni militants. None of the Arab participants said precisely what they would do, and it remained unclear whether any would join the United States in mounting the airstrikes.
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BBC News Obama: No US combat mission against IS in Iraq President Barack Obama has told an audience of US troops their comrades fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq will not have a combat mission. Mr Obama said he would not commit "to fighting another ground war in Iraq". His comments at a military base in Florida came a day after a top US general said he would recommend ground troops if the air strikes failed. ... During testimony at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey confirmed that under the current plan, US military advisers would help the Iraqi army to plan attacks against IS, also known as Isil and Isis. But Gen Dempsey also said he would recommend a ground troop operation to the president if the international coalition failed to destroy IS.
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Bloomberg Anti-Terror Officers Detain 15 in Australia’s Largest-Ever Raids Australian police detained 15 people in the nation’s largest-ever counter-terrorism operation, disrupting a group that was allegedly planning to carry out random attacks on members of the public. One person was charged following the pre-dawn raids by 800 officers in 12 suburbs in northwest Sydney, Australian Federal Police Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters today. The operation, along with raids in three suburbs in Queensland state, came days after the government raised Australia’s terror alert to the highest level in a decade, citing the threat posed by local supporters of Islamic State extremists. A Sydney-based money transfer company was suspended from trading yesterday on suspicion it was involved in terrorism financing. ... Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the National Terrorism Public Alert System to high from medium on Sept. 12, the second-highest level, indicating the government and intelligence authorities believe an attack is likely. Abbott, who will host world leaders at November’s Group of 20 summit in Brisbane, is strengthening laws against domestic supporters of extremist groups and says at least 60 Australian citizens are fighting with militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
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The Australian Terror attack feared ‘within days’, as Parliament House security is stepped up ISLAMIC State supporters were “within days” of committing an “atrocity on the streets” of a major city, the government said, as it ramped up security at Parliament House in response to a terror threat. ... Mr Abbott said Australian Federal Police were now being placed in charge of securing Parliament House in Canberra, which routinely houses about 5000 workers and is a major attraction for tourists and schoolchildren. “There certainly has been chatter amongst the terrorist support networks of an attack on government and government people and Parliament House has been specifically mentioned,” he told ABC Radio. “As a result a week or so back there was an urgent review of security at the national parliament and subsequent to that we are placing the Australian Federal Police in charge of security not just outside the building but inside the building as well.”
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BBC News France launches first air strike on IS in Iraq French jets have carried out their first strike against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, the office of President Francois Hollande says. A statement said planes had attacked an IS depot in north-east Iraq, and there would be more raids in the coming days. The US has carried out more than 170 air strikes against the jihadist group in Iraq since mid-August. ... Friday's air strike comes a day after President Hollande said he had agreed to an Iraqi request for air support, but it would only target IS in Iraq and not in neighbouring Syria. He also insisted that he would not send ground troops.
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Juan Cole Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US ForcesThe pan-Arab, London-based daily, “Al-Sharq al-Awsat” (The Middle East) reports that the major Shiite militias of Iraq are denouncing Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi for welcoming US air support in the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Prime Minister al-Abadi himself rejected conventional US ground troops for Iraq on Wednesday, even as Gen. Dempsey said that they might ultimately be necessary. The militias are going further, saying Yankees go Home altogether.Hamza Mustafa reports from Baghdad that Hadi al-Amiri, head of the Iran-backed Badr Corps, warned that the American plan is to take credit for the victories of the Iraqi armed forces and the popular militias. He called for a rejection of the plan and dependence solely on Iraqi military and paramilitary to defeat ISIL. The Badr Brigades are the paramilitary arm of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), led by Shiite cleric Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim. Al-Hakim condemned the exclusion of Iran from the international coalition opposing ISIL. The new foreign minister, Ibrahim al-Jafari also objected to the exclusion of Iran . His party, the National Reform Trend, is close to al-Sadr.The Bloc of the Free (al-Ahrar) led by Shiite cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr called on al-Abadi to reject the US plan. Muqtada al-Sadr warned the US against trying to reoccupy Iraq and threatened, “If you return, we will return.” This was a reference to his Mahdi Army, which had subsided in importance after the US withdrawal. Muqtada boasted that the militia had inflicted heavy casualties on US troops and forced the US out. He also said that if the Mahdi Army “Peace Brigades” discovered an American presence in any province where they were fighting ISIL, they should immediately withdraw from the fight. (For the US Air Force to give close air support to Iraqi troops, there have to be US Special Operations forces on the ground to paint lasers on the targets and to coordinate with the Iraqi Army).
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BBC News Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released Dozens of hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been freed and are back in Turkey. ... The 49 were employees from the consulate - 46 Turks and three local Iraqis - officials said. They included diplomatic staff, children, and special forces police. ... Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, quoting sources, said there had been no clashes with militants and the operation was based on negotiations. ... More than 30 nations have joined a US-led coalition to take on IS militants, but Turkey has said it will only allow humanitarian and logistical operations from a Nato air base on its soil.
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Reuters Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic StateARBIL, Iraq, Sept 20 (Reuters) - On a warm evening at Arbil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan some 150 mostly Christian refugees anxiously waited to flee their homeland aboard a French government plane. ... France has led European efforts to bring humanitarian aid to refugees. The government plane, an Airbus A310, delivered 10 more tonnes of blankets, tents, jerry cans and hygiene kits before transporting the refugees back to Paris. "There are people sleeping outdoors at the moment, but the focus of this delivery is to prepare for the thousands who will still be here in the winter," a French diplomat said. "It's a veritable ethnic cleansing that we've witnessed here." French fighter jets on Friday launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time as part of an international coalition that will initially focus on pushing Islamic State back from Iraq to its power base in Syria. It has also delivered weapons, mostly machine guns and ammunition, to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. ...An estimated 200,000 Christians have fled their homes in the Nineveh region of northern Iraq since Islamic State swept through their villages this summer, demanding they convert to Islam, pay taxes for being Christians or face death.
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Associated Press Kurds head to Syria from Turkey to fight militants BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants, activists said Saturday. Fighting there led another prominent Kurdish official to appeal for international assistance in their battle against the extremists.The movement of hundreds of Kurdish fighters into Syria reflected the ferocity of the fighting in the northern Kobani area, which borders Turkey. Militants of the extremist Islamic State group have been barreling through the area over the past three days, seizing villages and forcing tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee. ..."Kobani calls on all those who defend humane and democratic values ... to stand by Kobani and support it immediately. The coming hours are decisive," he said in a message sent to reporters. ... Syrian Kurdish fighters had been successfully fighting off the militants for the past two years. They even clashed with the Islamic State group's fighters in northern Iraq, carving a safe passage for thousands of embattled Iraqis of the Yazidi minority, whom the militant group sees as apostates. But the tide changed in September. Islamic State group fighters, using weapons and armor seized from Iraqi soldiers who fled the militants' advance in June, are now sweeping through the Kobani area.
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AFP ISIS jihadists urge killing of citizens from US-led coalition The Islamic State group called on Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means, in a statement posted online Monday. "If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever... including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him," said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group's spokesperson. "Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military," he said in the message, which was released in multiple languages. ... "We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted."
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AFP ISIS jihadists urge killing of citizens from US-led coalition :snip: "We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted." Nothing like wearing your "medieval" and ignorance.
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BBC News Turkey clamps down on Syria border after Kurdish unrest Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after about 130,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country over the weekend. ... Before the latest influx, there were already more than one million Syrian refugees in Turkey. They have fled since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad three years ago. ... On Friday Turkey opened a 30km (19-mile) section of the border to Syrians fleeing the town of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab.But on Monday only two out of nine border posts in the area remained open, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said. ... The fact that Turkey is accepting tens of thousands of Kurds is a sign of how allegiances are being forced to change with the onslaught of Islamic State. But deep-seated tension between Kurds and Turks have again come to the surface, leading to Sunday's border clashes.
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AFP left a little something out: Addressing Obama directly, Adnani added: "[hlyellow]O mule of the Jews[/hlyellow], you claimed today that America would not be drawn into a war on the ground. No, it will be drawn and dragged ... to its death, grave and destruction." AFP ISIS jihadists urge killing of citizens from US-led coalition :snip: "We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted." Nothing like wearing your "medieval" and ignorance.
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Adnani's message — which was released in an Arabic audio recording and transcripts in other languages including English — gave instructions on how the killings could be carried out without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over. - Wanting to destroy us all is one thing but imagining that Americans need instructions about how to kill other Americans is just insulting. ;) And what's that about Rome? Rome? Sure Rome was a big deal 2000 years ago but now its just a bunch of ruins and fountains.
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Wanting to destroy us all is one thing but imagining that Americans need instructions about how to kill other Americans is just insulting. ;) And what's that about Rome? Rome? Sure Rome was a big deal 2000 years ago but now its just a bunch of ruins and fountains. I rather enjoyed Fellini's take in Roma.
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Guardian David Cameron to meet Iran leader over Isis campaign


PM to meet Hassan Rouhani in New York for first bilateral talks in decades, signalling improvement in countries’ relations





David Cameron is to hold the first bilateral talks between a British prime minister and an Iranian president since the 1979 revolution when he has a face to face meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in the next two days in New York.





The meeting, a significant thaw in diplomatic relations between the countries, is designed to explore the support the Iranians can give to the fight against Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq and Syria.





The Iranians were not allowed to attend the recent Paris talks on building an international coalition against Isis, and have also been excluded from all talks about dislodging President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, including the two conferences in Geneva.





Rouhani has been a fierce critic of Isis, but has derided the US air strikes campaign as it involves no commitment to ground forces.
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Damascus says Washington informed Syrian UN envoy before striking Islamic State group in Syria


DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's foreign ministry says the United States informed Damascus' envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.





Syrian state media carried a brief statement from the foreign ministry early on Tuesday, saying that "the American side informed Syria's permanent envoy to the U.N. that strikes will be launched against the Daesh terrorist organization in Raqqa."





The statement used an Arabic name referring to the Islamic State group. The city of Raqqa is the militant group's self-declared capital in Syria.





It was Damascus' first official reaction after the U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes on Islamic State group's targets in Syria late Monday, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.
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LA Times Islamic State targets "destroyed or damaged," Pentagon says ... The attacks, U.S. authorities said, were aimed at Islamic State targets in the vicinity of four Syrian cities -- Raqqa, in north-central Syria, considered the nerve center and operational base of the Islamic State; Dair Elzur, southeast of Raqqah along the Euphrates River; Hasakah, a provincial capital in northeast Syria; and Abu Kamal, along the Iraqi border. All four towns are known Islamic State strongholds. Participating in the strikes were fighter jets, bombers, armed drones and Tomahawk missiles launched from U.S. vessels in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, the statement said. Taking part in the operation, the U.S. said, were five Arab nations—Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The Arab countries’ contribution was not specified, though the Jordanian government said its Air Force had destroyed “terrorist” targets. All the planes inolved returned safely to their bases, U.S. officials said. The strikes “destroyed or damaged” multiple Islamic State targets, the Pentagon said, including “fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles.”
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