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  1. Picdelamirand-oil

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    French jets to begin Iraq reconnaissance flights

    French aircraft will begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq on Monday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said before a conference bringing together some 30 countries to discuss how to fight against Islamic State militants.
    “We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation (to fly over Iraq),” Fabius told Europe 1 radio, confirming that the first flights from a French base in Abu Dhabi would begin on Monday.
    Foreign ministers from the main European states, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Iraq’s neighbours and Gulf Arab states Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, are in Paris to discuss broad political, security and humanitarian aspects of tackling Islamic State.
    “They must intervene quickly because they are late,” Iraq President Fouad Masoum told Europe 1 referring to military support in Iraq. “If this intervention and support to Iraq is late, that means that Islamic State could occupy more territory and threat it poses will be even bigger.”
    French officials say the coalition plan must go beyond military and humanitarian action, arguing there must also be a political plan for once Islamic State has been weakened in Iraq.
    They argue that the 2003 US-led intervention in Iraq, in which Paris did not participate, ultimately contributed to the current crisis because it lacked a long-term vision for the different strands of Iraqi society.
    France has said it is ready to join U.S. air strikes in Iraq but says legal and military limitations make it more difficult in Syria, where Islamic State’s main powerbase lies.
    Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was in the United Arab Emirates on Monday where Paris has a military base including six Rafale fighters jets.
    “The cost of inaction would be to say to these butchers ‘go ahead, you have a free pass’. We won’t accept that,” Fabius said.
     
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    Britain Raises Terrorism Threat to 'Severe'
    By Reuters
    Filed: 8/29/14 at 4:00 PM
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    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a news conference in Downing Street, central London August 29, 2014. Paul Hackett/Reuters
    Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of "severe" on Friday in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said.
    "That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent," May said in a statement.
    "The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West. Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have traveled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts."
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    It is the first time since mid-2011 that Britain has been placed on this grade of alert following an assessment carried out by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center, the body responsible for setting the national threat level.
    It comes less than two weeks after a video released by Islamic State (IS) showed the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, apparently by a masked knifeman speaking English with a London accent. An investigation to identify the suspected attacker is ongoing.
    Foley's gruesome murder prompted demands for extra security measures to tackle Britons traveling to the Middle East to join militant groups after officials again warned that some of those who had gone to Syria or Iraq to fight might return to Britain to carry out attacks.
    Soon afterwards, May promised tougher new laws against Islamists to stop them going abroad and to tackle radicalisation among Britain's 2.7 million Muslims.
    "We have already taken steps to improve our powers and increase our capabilities for dealing with the developing terrorist threats we face," May said on Friday.
    "That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security."
    The national threat level was first published in August 2006, just over a year after four British Islamists carried out suicide bombings on London's transport network killing 52 people.
    It has twice been raised to the highest level of critical - meaning an attack is imminent - after a plot to blow up trans-atlantic airliners was thwarted in 2006 and the following year following attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow.
    Security chiefs say they have managed to stop at least one major terrorism plot every year since the 2005 bombings, known as the 7/7 attacks, but last year an off-duty soldier was murdered on a London street by two British Muslim converts in what the government described as a terrorist killing.
    Officials estimate at least 500 Britons have traveled to Syria or Iraq, where IS has seized large swathes of territory, and London's police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe said on Wednesday it was believed some 250 had since returned.
    A day earlier, Britain's top counter-terrorism police officer Mark Rowley said there had been 69 arrests linked to fighting in Syria this year, a fivefold rise in the arrest rate compared to last year.
    "The growth of dangerous individuals poses challenges for policing, especially when nearly half of Syria travelers of concern were not known as terrorist risks previously," he said.

    http://www.newsweek.com/britain-raises-terrorism-threat-severe-267459
     
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    Australia to deploy 600 troops, fighter jets to help battle Islamic State – PM
    Published time: September 14, 2014 10:35
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    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.(AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan )

    Australia is set to deploy hundreds of troops against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The task force, which will include Special Forces military advisors and assault jets, will be stationed in UAE as part of a “humanitarian operation.”
    Five years after the complete withdrawal of Australian troops from Iraq in July 2009, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the country’s military would be returning to the Middle East, this time to help defeat militants from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS / ISIL). The decision was preceded by a formal request for help from the government of new Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi, as well as from the United States, which has already “declared war” on Islamic State.
    “It is right for Australia to do what it prudently and proportionately can to support international efforts to prevent the spread of ISIL, roll back its gains and alleviate suffering in Iraq,” Abbott said in Darwin after meeting with the Cabinet and the National Security Committee earlier Sunday, where the decision on sending troops to the Middle East was taken.
    It was the beheading of British aid worker David Haines by an Islamic State militant that has finally compelled the Australian authorities to make the decision, said Australia’s PM. He added that this act of terror “should make all of us more resolved than ever to do whatever we reasonably can to disrupt, degrade and if possible destroy this movement.”
    Most of the personnel to be deployed to the United Arab Emirates will be servicemen of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
    The Australian task force to be deployed against the Islamic State will consist of eight F/A18 Super Hornet jets, one E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, one KC-30A multi-role aerial tanker and transport aircraft, 400 Air Force personnel to support air deployment and 200 military officers, including a Special Forces team to operate as “military advisers” to Kurdish Peshmerga self-defense fighters and other forces fighting the jihadists.
    The RAAF already has C-17 Globemaster and C130 Hercules transport aircraft deployed at al-Minhad Air Base south of Dubai, UAE, which have joined a multinational force providing airlift assistance with transportation of military equipment, arms and munitions to Iraqi forces, Abbott announced two weeks ago. The new force coming to the UAE is expected to be deployed at the same airfield.
    PM Abbott insisted that Australia is “not deploying combat troops but contributing to international efforts to prevent the humanitarian crisis from deepening.”
    “Again I stress that this is essentially a humanitarian operation to protect millions of people in Iraq from the murderous rage of the ISIL movement,”
    he said.
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    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants executing members of the Iraqi forces on the Iraqi-Syrian border.(AFP Photo / Albaraka NEW)

    Abbott said that at least 60 Australian citizens are believed to be fighting in the ranks of Islamic State and other terrorist groups, while about 100 others are supporting these extremists.
    “Australia is prepared to engage in international operations to disrupt and degrade ISIL because of the threat that this murderous death cult poses not just to the people of Iraq, not just to the people of the Middle East, but to the whole world, including to Australia,” he said.
    “Again I stress that this movement is neither Islamic nor a state. It is a death cult reaching out to countries such as Australia,” Abbott said, adding that presence of the country’s troops in the Middle East is about “taking prudent and proportionate action to protect our country and to protect the wider world against an unprecedented terrorist threat.”
    “There are obviously further decisions to be taken before Australian forces will be committed to combat operations in Iraq,”
    he said.
    The force being formed against the Islamic State is “not simply something that is an American-Australian operation,”Abbott said, stressing that the Australian military would be acting as part of an international coalition comprising “the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Australia.”

    Australia to deploy 600 troops, fighter jets to help battle Islamic State – PM — RT News
     
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    Paris conference to plan fight against Islamic State

    Senior figures from a US-led coalition are to meet in Paris on Monday (Sep 15) to discuss how to defeat Islamic State militants, as the latest shocking beheading of a Western hostage strengthened their resolve.

    An image made available by media outlet Welayat Raqa allegedly shows members of the IS (Islamic State) militant group parading with a tank in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. (AFP/HO/WELAYAT RAQA)

    PARIS: Senior figures from a US-led coalition are to meet in Paris on Monday (Sep 15) to discuss how to defeat Islamic State militants, as the latest shocking beheading of a Western hostage strengthened their resolve.

    Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on the eve of the conference that Britain will hunt down those responsible for the gruesome killing of hostage David Haines, describing them as the "embodiment of evil". Haines was the third Western hostage to be beheaded by the militants in less than a month. Islamic State (IS) released a video on Saturday showing his killing and issued a death threat against another British captive, Alan Henning.

    President Barack Obama offered US support for its "ally in grief", after two Americans were killed by the militants, while the UN Security Council condemned the "heinous and cowardly murder."

    Obama has set out a strategy to defeat IS that would include air strikes in Syria and expanded operations in Iraq, where US aircraft have carried out more than 160 strikes since early August. The US leader also foresees training "moderate" Syrian rebels to take on IS and to reconstitute the Iraqi army, parts of which fled an IS blitzkrieg across northern and western Iraq.

    ALL BASES ARE COVERED

    Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been touring the Middle East to drum up support for the coalition before travelling to Paris for the talks, said "all bases are covered" regarding the US-led international coalition.

    He told CBS's Face the Nation that there were allies willing to join the United States in air strikes. Some had offered to put troops on the ground, he said in the interview aired on Sunday, adding: "But we are not looking for that at this moment anyway." "Every single aspect of the president's strategy, and what is needed to be done in order to accomplish our goal, has been offered by one country or multiple countries, and all bases are covered," Kerry said.
    Opposition forces would do the fighting on the ground in Syria, augmented by US and allied air support, he said. Washington would not coordinate air attacks with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, but would ensure their forces do not come into conflict.

    Representatives of 20 nations will take part in the Paris conference, including Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Kerry's Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in talks aimed at defining the role each member will play in the fight to destroy IS.

    Australia is among the latest to make a concrete commitment to the growing coalition, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying Canberra would deploy 600 troops to the United Arab Emirates, a regional Washington ally. Ten Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, are among the countries backing the coalition. Speaking in Paris, a US official said the number of countries signing on was "going up almost every hour," from Europe and the Middle East right across to Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

    HEINOUS KILLING

    Britain has begun sending weapons to Kurdish fighters battling the militants in northern Iraq, but has faced accusations of confusion over its strategy. Cameron is facing growing pressure at home to take military action against IS, but he made no commitment to join the United States in launching air strikes. The office of French President Francois Hollande, who will host Monday's talks, said the "heinous killing" of Haines was another reason why a global push was needed.

    Haines, 44, who was taken hostage in Syria last year, had previously been shown alive in the video of US journalist Steven Sotloff's killing. Haines' attacker - apparently the same man in the videos showing the killing of the US hostages - told Britain the alliance with the US will "accelerate your destruction" and will drag the British people into "another bloody and unwinnable war".

    Haines' brother Mike paid tribute to a man who was "most alive" when doing aid work. He had worked in conflict zones in the Balkans, Libya, South Sudan and Syria.

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    Paris conference to plan fight against Islamic State - Channel NewsAsia
     
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    India must contribute its military or is this coalition just NATO?
     
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    Australia is among the latest to make a concrete commitment to the growing coalition, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying Canberra would deploy 600 troops to the United Arab Emirates, a regional Washington ally. Ten Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, are among the countries backing the coalition. Speaking in Paris, a US official said the number of countries signing on was "going up almost every hour," from Europe and the Middle East right across to Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

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    Only see China and Russia missing.....or it might have looked like a planetary coalition against Alien invasion.
     
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    Guess China , Russia & India or any other SCO country will involve militarily in ISIS issue . But they might supply Arms to Iraqi & Kurdish forces to fight against ISIS

    Russia has already supplier MI-28 gunship & Su-25 frogfoot , not sure what China & India did about it
     
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    hijabis are getting out of hand
     
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    Use cluster munitions not cruise missiles.

    Save money save resources maximise damage.
     
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    Apache is a cruise missile with cluster munitions:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_(missile)
    The version describe in wikipedia is against runway but it exist also an anti tank version.
     
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    1.6 million Euro.

    Not exactly saving money.

    The battle against IS will be long drawn unless the air campaign can turn the tables fast. It might be cheaper to get boots on the ground than to launch 100's of of these Apache missiles.
     
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    These scumbags will be perfect target practice for 'Aliens from Hell' exercise:devilwork:
     
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    [WATCH] Terrorists’ Truck DESTROYED By Military, Body Parts Go Flying
    Mad World News[WATCH] Terrorists' Truck DESTROYED By Military, Body Parts Go Flying

    A handful of terrorists took the ride of their lives recently as their truck was literally blown to smithereens by military forces. According to the description of the video, members of the Free Syrian Army had modified a truck and decided to take it to the war front.

    Lucky for us, Muslim extremists love to record their attacks on film for propaganda purposes, so when this one blew up in their faces – literally – it was able to be seen and enjoyed by everyone.

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    Who says there’s no such thing as a happy ending?
     
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