Friday, July 1, 2016

Al Qaeda boss warns "gravest consequences" if Boston Bomber is executed


REUTERS:  Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has warned the United States of the "gravest consequences" if Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any other Muslim prisoner is executed.

Tsarnaev, named in a new online video message from Zawahri, was sentenced last year to death by lethal injection for the 2013 bomb attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

“If the U.S. administration kills our brother the hero Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any Muslim, it ... will bring America’s nationals the gravest consequences,” Zawahri said.

Zawahri, who became al Qaeda's leader after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, urged Muslims to take captive as many Westerners as possible, especially those whose countries had joined the "Crusaders' Campaign led by the United States".

The veteran Egyptian-born Islamist, shown wearing white robes and sitting in front of green velvet drapes, said the Western captives could then be exchanged for Muslim prisoners.

Western powers "are criminals and they only understand the language of force", he added.

The nearly hour-long video, which included images of Tsarnaev, gave no indication of the location of Zawahri, believed to be based close to the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Isil takes credit for Orlando mass shooting.

The Islamic State's official media arm, Amaq News Agency, issued a statement taking credit for the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., that killed 50 people and wounded dozens more.

"The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter," Amaq said, according to Reuters.


According to a report by NBC News citing "law enforcement sources," the gunman responsible for the shooting pledged allegiance to ISIL leader Omar al-Baghdadi in a phone call to 911.

NBC named the shooter as 29-year-old Florida resident Omar Mateen


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/isil-takes-credit-for-mass-shooting-in-orlando-224242#ixzz4BPVtGt5d
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

BREAKING: Three dead in terror attack in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV — Israeli police say three people are dead and several injured in a shooting in Tel Aviv Wednesday night.
Police spokesperson Meirav Lapidot says the attack took place near a popular open-air market.
Initial reports indicated that at least nine people were injured in the shooting.
Police say two gunmen have been “neutralized.”
Israel has been struggling to cope with eight months of Palestinian attacks that have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans. About 200 Palestinians have been killed during that time, most identified as attackers by Israel.
This is a developing story, refresh for updated information.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Russian SU-24 jet buzzes American ship again ...



Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very-low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016, in the Baltic Sea near Poland. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
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CBS NEWS: 

Yet again Russian jets made provocatively close passes to an American warship, as tensions continue between Moscow and Washington over the conflicts in Ukraineand Syria.

A senior defense official told CBS News that two recent incidents were "more aggressive than anything we've seen in some time."

The first, on April 11, involved two Russian SU24s, when the USS Donald Cook left the Polish port of Gdynia and was about 70 nautical miles from Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea. The official said the Russian jets made 20 passes of the American ship and flew within 1,000 yards at an altitude of just 100 feet.

In the second incident on April 12, two Russian KA27 Helix helicopters flew several circles around the Donald Cook, apparently taking photos, after which two jets again made numerous close passes of the ship in what the official described as "Simulated Attack Profile."


It's not clear how many times this type of incident has happened, but in 2014 Pentagon officials publicly decried a similar incident in the Baltic

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kirtland/Boeing Directed Energy Lab awarded 275 million.

Boeing's Directed Energy and Strategic Systems business has won a $275 million U.S. Air Force award to advance ground-based space superiority capabilities.

The contract is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract issued by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, the Department of Defense said in reporting the award.

Under terms of the contract, the company will research, engineer, and manage a program to advance scientific and technical knowledge of ground-based space-superiority capabilities and technology. It will then apply and transition that knowledge to achieve Air Force and national goals.

Work on the project will be conducted at Kirtland AFB and in Maui, Hawaii. Three task orders for the program are expected to be completed by late November 2020.

Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $987,000; and operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $1.513 million are being obligated at the time of award.

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