ISIS attacked Russian military barracks – Business Insider

The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in the Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for its first official attack since it was established earlier this year.

In a statement released online — seen above — and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, the group says “the soldiers of the Caliphate were able to mount an attack on barracks of the Russian army in southern Dagestan, in Magharamakint village.”

The raid allegedly “led to the killing and wounding of a number of them.” Afterward, “the soldiers of the Caliphate returned to their positions safely and with spoils, and unto Allah is all praise and gratitude,” SITE’s translation reads.

ISIS attacked Russian military barracks – Business Insider

Iranian general: Will keep bolstering our military Israel overthrown – Business Insider

Escalating Iran’s rhetoric against Israel, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps vowed Wednesday that the regime would boost its military capabilities relentlessly until Israel was destroyed.

“The Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” the IRGC’s Tehran province commander, Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, said in an address in Tehran, the semi-state Fars news agency reported.

Iranian general: Will keep bolstering our military Israel overthrown – Business Insider

Financial globalization at warp speed – and the threat of contagion

A fascinating but little-noted aspect of the recent financial turmoil is how much it’s been an international event. It started with doubts about China’s economy, symbolized by a tumbling stock market and a surprise devaluation of the renminbi. But the worry quickly spread to all major stock markets, along with a growing unease that the global economy suddenly faced new – though not well-defined – perils.

By contrast, financial globalization can operate at warp speed. With a few keyboard strokes, investors can dump stocks in one country and buy in another or do the same for bonds and currencies. Since the 1980s, this type of globalization has spread. Most countries have dismantled the restrictions that limited or prevented individuals and companies from moving money across borders. After World War II, these “capital controls” were widespread.

As a result, large and unexpected events can trigger panic buying and selling around the world, as traders react to what they think other traders will do. China’s unexpected devaluation, coupled with its stock market decline, apparently constituted this sort of trigger. But the effects of financial globalization go further.

Still, globalization is quietly rewriting the economic rules in ways that suggest we may be losing control over events. We are not entirely at the whim of international markets – but we’re drifting in that direction. Not a comforting thought.

Globalization lives. | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Swedes Lean Toward NATO, Await Moscow’s Response | Foreign Policy

A powerful voice in Swedish politics has for the first time come out strongly in favor of joining the NATO alliance, a move that Russian officials have already warned against in no uncertain terms.

The leadership of Sweden’s Center Party said Tuesday the time had come for a more serious consideration of joining the military alliance in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine and increasing fears in the Baltic states about Moscow’s intentions.

In an opinion article in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, a group of party leaders wrote “we lack the ability to defend ourselves” if Russian forces attacked. Additionally, they wrote, “NATO is very clear about the fact that Sweden cannot expect military support if we are not full members of the organization. We can no longer close our eyes to that.”

Swedes Lean Toward NATO, Await Moscow’s Response | Foreign Policy

Russia Puts Boots on the Ground in Syria – The Daily Beast

One active U.S. intelligence official told The Daily Beast that while no one is “surprised to see reports of new Russian military equipment in the region—which would also suggest Russian forces training on that equipment—the line between training and taking part in combat is fuzzy. But the intelligence community also hasn’t seen anything to indicate that Russians are not taking part in the fight.”

Much discussed in U.S. defense circles is what the Israeli news portal YNet reported Monday, that a new “expeditionary force” of the Russian military has arrived in Damascus and converted a Syrian air force installation into its own forward-operating base. Russian pilots will also apparently start flying their own combat missions. “In the coming weeks,” YNet’s Alex Fishman wrote, citing Western diplomatic sources, “thousands of Russian military personal [sic] are set to touch down in Syria, including: Advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.”

The goal is said to be purely counterterrorist in nature and conforms to a new period of bilateral cooperation between Moscow and Tehran in salvaging a common ally—Assad—while also amplifying the fight against ISIS. That war, as prosecuted by a U.S.-fronted coalition for a year now, has not been going so swimmingly.

Russia Puts Boots on the Ground in Syria – The Daily Beast

Hillary Clinton emails compromised spy satellite data on North Korean nukes – Washington Times

One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites.

Multiple intelligence sources who spoke to The Washington Times, solely on the condition of anonymity, said concerns about the movement of the North Korean information through Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured server are twofold.

Hillary Clinton emails compromised spy satellite data on North Korean nukes – Washington Times

Iran Vows to Violate UN Restrictions on Ballistic Missiles | Washington Free Beacon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed that the Islamic Republic would violate outstanding United Nations restrictions governing the country’s ballistic missile program and that the behavior would not violate the recent nuclear accord, according to a translation of the leader’s remarks performed by the CIA’s Open Source Center.

Iran is “not committed to the restrictions on its missile program,” according to a recent comment made by Rouhani, who said  a violation of  international restrictions would not impact the nuclear accord recently reached with global powers.

“We have formally announced that we are not committed to these provisions [related to missiles] mentioned in [the] U.N. resolution,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in an Aug. 29 Persian language speech broadcast on Iran’s state-controlled television networks.

Iran Vows to Violate UN Restrictions on Ballistic Missiles | Washington Free Beacon

Gaza Strip Could Be Unlivable By 2020: Israel Blockade And War Takes Its Toll On Palestinians

After years of war and crippling economic blockades from Israel, the Gaza Strip could be uninhabitable for current residents as soon as 2020, according to an annual United Nations report released Tuesday. The 139-square-mile strip of land tucked between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea is home to 1.8 million Palestinians, many of whom could be displaced if conditions remain severe.

“The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unlivable by 2020,” the annual U.N. Conference on Trade and Development wrote. “Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 if current economic trends persist.”

The blockade was established by Israel in 2007 to disrupt the flow of goods and supplies into the Palestinian territory, which is a heavily disputed swath of land. While Egypt has allowed occasional movement across its border with the Gaza Strip, Israel has worked to stop transportation by air, land and water. Most of Gaza borders either Israel or the Mediterranean.

Gaza Strip Could Be Unlivable By 2020: Israel Blockade And War Takes Its Toll On Palestinians

Doomsday Prophecy As Told By ISIS

The ISIS believes that the end of the world will take place when a battle erupts in four likely locations – Aleppo, Damascus (both in Syria), Jerusalem and Rome. According to the group’s prophecy, the end of the world will come when nations gathering under 80 flags confront the Muslim armies. To date, there are already more than 60 countries working hand-in-hand in conducting airstrikes against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Particularly chilling about the prophecy is that the group vowed to bring the war in Rome, taking down the Pope in what they believe is culmination of their reign of the world; and from there, the world shall end. “The Muslim armies are supposed to take over Rome, and eventually they are supposed to take over the whole world,” McCants explained.

“The group believes that Muslims will conquer the Italian capital in the course of conquering the entire world. There will be an ultimate victory for Islam and then the end of the world comes,” MCants stated.

Doomsday Prophecy As Told By ISIS – Morning News USA

“the world shall end” – This means the world as we know it shall end. Islam takes over the world.

The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State Hardcover – September 22, 2015

Islamic State apocalypse: The battle sites ISIS predict will herald the end of the world | World | News | Daily Express

The savage terror group was founded on the belief that all civilisations will crumble in an imminent apocalypse, with their wild theory also identifying four likely locations for a battle they claim will bring about the end of the world.

Three of those sites exist in the Middle East, including two in Syria and one in Israel.

But the fanatics have also pinpointed Italy’s capital Rome as the site of another great clash between their soldiers and the West.

The Muslim armies are supposed to take over Rome, and eventually they are supposed to take over the whole world,” explained William McCants, a US expert on jihadism, who has written a new book on the ISIS obsession with the apocalypse.

And ISIS supporters believe the final battle could be coming sooner rather than later.

Islamic State apocalypse: The battle sites ISIS predict will herald the end of the world | World | News | Daily Express

Here we are getting more confirmation that Rome is a key target for Muslims. And after Rome is conquered then the world shall fall to Muslim domination. Although, in my view it won’t be the Muslim armies that directly take over Rome. It will be Muslim nuclear terrorism that does it. Once Iran gets nuclear weapons then I think nuclear terrorism becomes a possibility.

Russian Lawmaker Asks Ban Ki-Moon To Move UN Headquarters From US To Switzerland

A Russian lawmaker has made a suggestion to move the United Nations headquarters to a neutral country like Switzerland. Igor Zotov, a member of the defense committee of the lower house of Russia’s parliament State Duma, requested Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the headquarters of the intergovernmental organization should be moved from the U.S.

Zotov said that placing the U.N. Headquarters in the U.S. was a mistake of the Soviet foreign policy. According to him, the decision might have been a result of a good personal relation between the former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his American counterpart, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“I do believe that the deployment of the UN in one of the member countries of the Security Council was a mistake in the number of Soviet foreign policy mistake of Stalin,” Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted Zotov as saying. “The organization should be placed in a neutral country, and then the problems faced by many countries, not only Russia, with regards to participation in UN activities, it would not be.”

Russian Lawmaker Asks Ban Ki-Moon To Move UN Headquarters From US To Switzerland

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