Last Sunday, the USS Theodore Roosevelt was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Yemen ostensibly to deter or stop the flow of Iranian weapons and material support to the Houthi rebels that have taken control of Yemen by bloodthirsty aggression. Iran has been supporting those radicals who ousted the government through a campaign of terror last month and continue to send weapons, ammunition, money and other support to the rebels as fighting continues for the control of this troubled but strategically important country.
It has also been reported that a convoy of 9 Iranian ships, including 2 warships, were on a direct course toward Yemen, but not without having to get past the U.S. Navy carrier group. U.S. officials said the Iranians have diverted away from Yemen but may not turn back to Iran. It’s possible the Iranians might try to sail around the USS Theodore Roosevelt and into Yemen, but the U.S. ships are capable of intercepting them.
|U.S. official: Iranian cargo ships turn away from Yemen
April 23, 2015
WASHINGTON — The convoy of Iranian cargo ships that had been headed toward war-torn Yemen — possibly with advanced weaponry for Houthi rebels — has reversed its direction, a U.S. defense official tells CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.The official said it remains unclear where the nine-ship convoy may be headed now, whether back to Iran or toward another port.Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the Iranian ships might be carrying weapons to the Houthis, but he would not say whether the U.S. would forcibly stop and board one of the Iranian ships if it entered Yemeni waters.
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|Move America Forward,That [address] is actually perfect! I’ve been in the Navy 2 years and 11 months. I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 10 years and before that Minnesota, Twin Cities. I was born in Thailand near a refugee camp where a lot of my race were seeking refuge from the Vietnam War. I don’t know much about my own [past] because I grew up in the US since I was 1, and became a naturalized citizen. Well thats a lot about me already, I hope to get to know you and your supporters soon as well.AN [Redacted] Yang
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ISIS has just released a new propaganda video, a cartoon depiction of ISIS jihadists capturing and beheading President Barack Hussein Obama! The video is translated by MEMRI, a research organization that monitors and translates media from all over the Muslim world focusing on exposing propaganda that supports terrorist and anti-semitic ideology.
Hat tip goes to Pamela Geller for giving us a heads up. Go here to her blog for more commentary.
You have to wonder what ISIS has against Obama…I mean sure he has bombed them a little bit here and there, but not enough to hurt them and I guarantee it’s far less than the shock and awe they would have got if Bush was still president.
ISIS really ought to be grateful, they owe their very existence to President Obama. If he had not first, pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq and then chosen to stay completely out of the Syria civil war, ISIS would not even exist. Nor would they hold so much territory in Eastern Syria and huge parts of Iraq today.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., warned Jordan against their plan to conduct a prisoner exchange with the terrorist group calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, or ISIL. Jordanian officials made public a plan to trade for a Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS in exchange for freeing an Iraqi terrorist convicted of taking part in several hotel bombings in 2005 and sentenced to death for her terrorist crimes.
“This is a dangerous path that the Jordanians are going down, and I would urge them to immediately back out of this deal and completely sever all diplomatic channels with ISIS,” said Danny Gonzalez, Communications Director for Move America Forward.
“There is a fundamental problem at the core of this controversy that says you should never, ever negotiate with non-state actors like ISIS. Though they call themselves the Islamic State, they are not a country and should never be treated with the legitimacy that we treat a nation-state. They are a group of terrorists, Islamic extremists, and they have no diplomatic standing. Once you start negotiating with them as you would a nation-state, you give them legitimacy and that gives them power.”
“Jordan should focus on joining the United States and other Arab countries to hunt down and eradicate ISIS, not parley with them,” said Gonzalez. “This also sets a very dangerous precedent because if ISIS gets what they want this time, they know there is future potential for more ransoms or exchanges and that will lead to more people being kidnapped. It immediately raises the value of any potential kidnapping target such as any Americans that may be in Iraq, be they aid workers or members of our military,” warned Gonzalez.
“The United States should also not be negotiating with ISIS, and President Obama has to share some of the blame for this after he was willing to negotiate prisoner exchanges with the Taliban in return for releasing Guantanamo Detainees.
“That set a bad precedent that contributes to this situation and we need to roll that back and re-affirm our policy that the United States and Her allies do not, and will never be willing to negotiate with terrorists regardless of what name they call themselves by,” said Gonzalez.
Move America Forward has been an advocate in favor of Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2004 and has sent representatives to Iraq multiple times including trips in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Before the rise of ISIS in Iraq, MAF staffers and spokespersons spent weeks embedded with American troops, met with local Iraqi military and political leaders to build diplomatic relations, and reported back news from the front lines.
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