11:07 AM, Sep 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A New York man was indicted last night for helping ISIS, the terrorist army President Obama has pledged to "degrade" and "destroy."
"Federal prosecutors Tuesday charged a Rochester, New York man with trying to recruit people to join the ISIS terror group overseas and to shoot people in the United States, including Shia Muslims and American military personnel returning from the Middle East," NBC reports.
"Court documents say Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old naturalized citizen from Yemen, was arrested in May after he tried to buy two handguns with silencers from someone who turned out to be an undercover informant working with the FBI."
The feds "say he tried to persuade that undercover operative — plus another undercover source cooperating with the FBI and a third person in Yemen — to go to Syria 'and fight on behalf of ISIS.'"
House Homeland Security chair Rep. Michael McCaul mentions this indictment in a hearing today on Capitol Hill.
"The ideological struggle against Violent Islamist Extremism is taking place not just overseas, but also here at home. There have been more than 70 homegrown violent jihadist plots or attacks in the United States since 9/11, according to the Congressional Research Service. More than two-thirds of them have been uncovered or have taken place in only the past five years. Many of the suspects were radicalized at least in part by online Islamist propaganda, including the Boston Marathon bombers and the Fort Hood attackers, a tool ISIS excels at utilizing," said McCaul.
"Additionally, last night federal authorities indicted a U.S. citizen from Rochester, NY for raising money, recruiting and facilitating travel for ISIS."
10:31 AM, Sep 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
We have learned much about ISIS in the last few weeks, virtually all of it troubling. The CIA has upped its estimates of the number of ISIS fighters to something in the neighborhood of 30,000. And from Ken Dilanian of the AP we learn that through various methods, it can raise the money it needs to fund operations.
Sep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Barack Obama’s foreign policy is in shambles. He had a dream, expressed in Cairo, of “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,” of “a world where extremists no longer threaten our people.” So he got out of Iraq and failed to follow through in Libya, seeing no need for American boots on the ground in such a brave new world. He wanted to reset relations with Russia, expecting reciprocal behavior from Vladimir Putin. He indulged the hope that talking about a pivot to Asia would make it so.
The jihadists’ insurgencies may look like ‘ local power struggles,’ but their ambitions are far grander Sep 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 01 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
During a press conference on August 28, Barack Obama had a rare moment of candor. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” the president said in response to a question about the prospect of using military force against the Islamic State in Syria. Obama’s declaration drew widespread criticism, as the Islamic State (often referred to by its previous name, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL) has made stunning advances this year. Administration officials sought to deflect critics by noting that the president was referring solely to Syria, and not to neighboring Iraq.
5:26 PM, Sep 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
House Homeland Security Committee chair Michael McCaul said this afternoon on CNN that 100-200 Americans are currently fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria:
Said CNN host Wolf Blitzer, "The numbers we've heard, and you're the chairman of the committee so you probably have more precise numbers, maybe a dozen Americans have actually gone over to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. Is that right?"
11:22 AM, Sep 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN host Brian Stelter told terror-supporting cleric Anjem Choudary that he "respect[s] that you try to get your message out however you can." He made the comments after Choudary said sharia was coming to America:
Stelter made the comments after Choudary said, "I believe that the sharia is the best way of life. I believe one day it will come to America and the rest of the world."
Obama: 'A Change in the Order in the Middle East'; It's 'Scary.'7:50 AM, Aug 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a fundraiser last night in Newport, Rhode Island, President Obama played down the threat from the terrorist army ISIS. "We have to be vigilant," he told the group of donors, "but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland."
Obama also claimed to be "seeing a change in the order in the Middle East." He called it "scary."
3:24 PM, Aug 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is publicly criticizing President Obama's response to the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the terror group ISIS.
Jindal explains "the crux of the matter." The U.S. has "a president who is disturbingly naïve and holds a dangerous utopian view of the world and the dangers therein."
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:36 PM, Aug 21, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributor Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on the White House's approach to the War on Terrorism.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:45 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's comments on the horrific killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terror group ISIS.
8:07 AM, Aug 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Western nations should intervene militarily in Iraq to stop ISIS, argues Max Boot in a new article for the Spectator (UK). Boot cautions against the "wrong-headed" belief that intervention, not the retreat of Western forces, is the cause of the current problems in Iraq:
3:11 PM, Aug 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While a ceasefire between Hamas and Israeli military forces continues, a Thursday rally in Gaza City organized by the terrorist group featured plenty of young children, some of whom were carrying toy guns. Associated Press photographer Lefteris Pitarakis captured the scene:
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
9:02 AM, Aug 5, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter takes to ForeignPolicy.com to argue that the key to ending the current war in Gaza is "recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor." Writing along with f