Top Obama Officials Disagree Over Whether U.S. At War With ISIS


The use of the W-word could have both legal and political implications.


Top Obama Administration officials have publicly given conflicting accounts in recent days over a fundamental question of the new U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria: Is the nation at war?

Egypt Trying to Reposition Itself as Bastion of Stability

El-Sisi will use the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting to present Egypt's position on regional stability

Next week, when President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrives in New York at the head of the Egyptian delegation to the UN General Assembly he will likely seek to put an end to questions of his legitimacy as head of state. He will also, according to the same diplomatic argument, be ending the “diplomatic isolation” that “some countries” – the reference is always made to Qatar and Turkey – have tried to impose on Egypt. 

Report : ISIS, Syrian Rebels Reach Ceasefire

‘Moderate’ Syrian rebels and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly struck a cease-fire deal on Friday, according to a group that has monitored Syria's civil war. 

The groups agreed to a non-aggression pact in which they promised not to attack each other.

US House Hearing Focuses on Christian Persecution in Iraq

A hearing on the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria was convened yesterday at the U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing, titled Genocidal Attacks Against Christian and Other Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq, was sponsored by Chris Smith, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district, and was attended by other members of the House.

Egyptian Daily: U.S. Planning 9/11-Style Attack Using ISIS - Like It Did Using Al-Qaeda In 2001

“The Western Intelligence Agencies Have Prepared Public Opinion For An ISIS Attack in Early 2015.”

In advance of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, on September 7, 2014, Al-Wafd, the online newspaper of the Egyptian secular political party by the same name, published a series of articles on the attacks, by different writers. Some of the articles stated that Western security apparatuses, mainly the CIA and the Israeli Mossad, were responsible for the attacks.[1] One of these articles, which is the topic of this report, stated that the U.S. had carried out the 9/11 attacks using Al-Qaeda, and that it is now planning an attack on a similar scale using the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In the article, the author, Zainab Al-Qurashi, assesses that this attack will come in early 2015, possibly just prior to the president's State of the Union Address, and that it will include a biological or chemical attack on New York's subway system as well as a rocket attack on the White House - both of which will be blamed on ISIS.

The article claims that this upcoming attack is the reason why Western media are grossly inflating ISIS's importance and working to establish the global perception that the organization could constitute a major threat to the U.S.


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