Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Current Events And Commentaries

15 Shocking Numbers That Will Get You To Pay
Attention To What ISIS Is Doing In Iraq

Lead Story by Justin Koski, Western Journalism —
They Make Al-Queda Look Like A Wannabe Jihadist Group...

Over the past several months, the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has been expanding its territory with brutal tactics in Syria and Iraq. With the goal of establishing a Sunni caliphate, the terrorist group is racking up a heavy toll on the Kurds and Christians in the area.

The Islamic state has been seen carrying out mass executions, placing severed heads on pikes, viciously ordering mass conversions leading to evacuations, and now have sparked U.S. military involvement leading to President Obama issuing authorized airstrikes.

Here’s an update on the terrorist group by the numbers:


The number of square miles thought to be in control of the Islamic State. It is a stretch between Syria and Iraq that is roughly the size of Belgium. Other estimates suggest the real number is closer to 35,000 square miles.


The number of people killed in Iraq in June according to government figures. Figures show that of the 1,922, 1,393 were civilians, 380 were soldiers, and 149 were police. Another 2,610 people were wounded.

30,000 – 50,000

The number of militants now fighting for the Islamic state, according to a recent estimate by Dr. Hisham al-Hawshimi, an expert on the group.


The number of nations where the Islamic State has engaged in fighting. Terrorists have attacked soldiers in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.


The approximate value of the Islamic State’s cash and assets, according to estimates from terrorism experts. In June, Islamic fighters captured the city of Musul, looting hundreds of millions of dollars from banks and more from Iraqi military assets.


The estimated daily revenue of the Islamic State from its oil and gas resources alone. The militants have taken over oil and gas fields across Iraq and Syria. “It now controls a volume of resources and territory unmatched in the history of extremist organizations,” wrote defense expert Janine Davidson of the Council on Foreign Relations. She went on to note that if they continue this pattern, they will be able to exert the same force “far beyond the immediate area.”


The number of high-profile jailbreaks carried out by the Islamic State, which led to the freeing of 1,500 insurgents–likely including leaders, bomb-makers, and other militants, according to reports.


The number of Christians thought to be left in the city of Mosul, where practicing Christianity now is punishable by death.

Up to 40,000

The number of civilians initially estimated to have been trapped on Mount Sinjar last week. At least 20,000 were reportedly rescued over the weekend by Kurdish rebels; the remaining are still trapped.

At Least 500

The number of Yazidis killed so far by Islamic fighters in northern Iraq. The militants buried some of the Yazidis alive, while others were killed in a mass execution.

At Least 300

The number of Yazidi women taken as slaves, according to human rights minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. Sudani said there are concerns that many victims will be moved outside the country, making it harder to rescue them.


The expected number of civilians to die should the Mosul dam in Iraq stop working, according to a 2011 report in Water Power magazine. Just last week, The Islamic State reportedly seized the dam, which feeds power and water to Mosul. It is unclear what they intend to do with it, but doing nothing with it can be just as detrimental.


The amount of water (in feet) that would rip towards Mosul should the Islamic State destroy the Mosul dam, according to a 2007 letter from the U.S. generals.


The estimated population of Erbil, the capitol of Iraqi Kurdistan. The number takes into account an unknown number of foreign workers, some of whom are American military personnel who were dispatched to help with resistance against the Islamic State. Last week, American warplanes launched airstrikes to help the Kurds.


The number of towns reclaimed by Kurdish forces on Sunday after U.S. airstrikes were used to protect the area from the Islamic militants.

» Exclusive: Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism Of His Syria Policy Is ‘Horsesh*t’
By Josh Rogin , The Daily Beast —
Hillary Clinton and congressmen alike have called on Obama to arm Syria’s rebels. But the president fumed at lawmakers in a private meeting for suggesting he should’ve done more. President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have armed the Syrian rebels, calling the criticism “horseshit.”...

» EXCLUSIVE: ABC, CBS Ignore Christian Genocide In Iraq
By Albert Merrick, Truth Revolt —
The systematic execution and persecution of Christians in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic militant group ISIS was ignored on two major network newscasts Monday night, while the plight of the Yazidis was mentioned in all three. All three networks led with the looting and civil unrest in St. Louis on the heels of the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. From there...

» The One Question About Ebola That Nobody Can Seem To Answer
By Michael Snyder, The American Dream —
How in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus? That is the one question about Ebola that nobody can seem to answer. The World Health Organization is reporting this as a fact, but no explanation is given as to why this is happening. We are just assured that Ebola “is not airborne” and that getting infected “requires close contact...

» Ferguson Is A Perfect Example Of How Quickly The Streets Of America Can Descend Into Chaos
By Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse —
Rioting, looting, burning down stores and shooting police officers - is this about to become the "new normal" in America? What we just witnessed happen in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri is a prime example of how quickly the streets of America can descend into chaos. There is so much anger and frustration in this country, especially among our young people, that all it...

» Hamas Executes Tunnel Diggers To Protect Site Secrecy
By The Clarion Project —
To prevent the diggers of Hamas’ tunnels from revealing their locations, Hamas recently executed dozens of diggers, according to a report. The report sites sources in Hamas-controlled Gaza, who revealed that the executions took place even after the terrorist organization took a number of steps to prevent site locations from leaking out...

» Glenn Beck Says World War III Is At The End Of The Highway And We Have ‘Missed All The Exits’
By Erica Ritz, TheBlaze —
Glenn Beck on Monday warned that “we have missed all the exits,” and World War III is at the end of the highway. Beck took his audience back 15 years to all of the predictions he has made, starting with his warning in 1999 that Osama bin Laden posed an enormous threat to the United States. “I talked about a guy [Osama bin Laden] — I couldn’t even pronounce his name,” Beck recalled...

» Study Reveals Most American Pastors Silent On Current Issues Despite Biblical Beliefs
By Heather Clark, Christian News Network —
Most pastors believe that the Bible addresses the current issues of the day, but few speak about them from behind the pulpit, according to a recent study from a prominent research organization. George Barna was a guest on the American Family Radio program “Today’s Issues” on Thursday, where he explained a research project that he has been working on for the past two years...

» Israel Uninterested In UN ‘War Crimes’ Sideshow
By Ryan Jones, Israel Today —
Israel, the United States and the European Union have all dismissed a UN commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed during the Gaza war as little more than a sideshow with a foregone conclusion. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday named a three-man panel to investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes during the Jewish state’s month-long battle...

» Pope: ‘More Martyrs In Church Today Than There Were In First Centuries’
By Michael W. Chapman, CNS News —
Pope Francis, who has condemned the ongoing persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq by the Islamic State jihadists, recently said, citing the Middle East, that there are “more martyrs in the Church today than there were in the first centuries.” “There are many martyrs today, in the Church, many persecuted Christians,” said Pope Francis. “Think of...

» ISIS Brutally Subdues Rebellion In Syria, Beheading And Crucifying Tribesmen Who Resisted Their Rule
By Associated Press, The Vancouver Sun —
BEIRUT — Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in a string of villages near the border with Iraq, beheading and crucifying opponents along the way, activists said Monday. The fighters from the Al-Qaeda breakaway Islamic State group control huge swaths of territory in eastern and northern Syria and are...

Top 10 Robin Williams Performances

Watch Mojo — Whether you first met him when he was an alien from Ork, or when he was a defected Soviet saxophonist, or when he was a supportive but controversial English literature professor, or when he was a father so desperate to see his kids he dressed in drag, there’s a good chance you’ve seen – and loved – at least one Robin Williams movie. Obviously, the man has endless comedic talent and his brain runs a mile a minute; but his dramatic skills might be even more impressive. For proof of that, check out his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting." In honor of the release of his movie "The Big Wedding" on April 26th, 2013, WatchMojo.com counts down our top 10 favorite Robin Williams performances.

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