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Report: Major Offensive Under Way To Retake Iraq's Tikrit From ISIS


The Iraqi army, backed by Shiite and Sunni fighters, has begun a major effort to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from ISIS militants, a likely prelude to a move on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul.

AFP Reported:
Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds.

"Security forces are advancing on three main fronts towards Tikrit, Ad-Dawr (to the south) and Al-Alam (to the north)," an army lieutenant colonel on the ground told AFP by telephone.

Iraqi forces are also "moving along side roads to prevent Daesh's escape," he said, using an Arab acronym for IS, which has controlled the hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussein for nearly nine months.

The operation, which is one of the most ambitious undertaken by Baghdad to roll back the gains made by IS last June, began in early morning after being announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi the previous evening.

The army officer said the forces involved in the battle were from the army, police, counter-terrorism units, a government-controlled volunteer group known as the Population Mobilisation units and local Sunni tribes opposed to IS.



 

WSJ’s Jason Riley: Dems Not Attending Netanyahu Speech ‘Giving Comfort to the Enemy’




Jason Riley on Fox News Sunday says Netanyahu is worried about his country and the people boycotting his speech are making a show




 

Former McCain Aide Calls Scott Walker a 'Dumbass'



Inquisitr

Current Wisconsin Governor and 2016 Presidential Candidate hopeful Scott Walker can’t seem to catch a break… least of all from his own party.

On Thursday, Mark Salter — who was a top GOP adviser for 2008 presidential candidate John McCain — took to Facebook to write a scathing article concerning a comment Scott Walker recently made about ISIS. Walker had recently said that if he could handle 100,000 protestors in Madison (Wisconsin), he could certainly handle ISIS.
“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Salter then went on Twitter and made a harsh observation about the potential presidential candidate.

“I want to like him but Scott Walker is kind of a dumb a**.”

The remark about the protestors in Madison was directed at the onslaught of Wisconsinites who flocked to the Wisconsin state capitol after Walker seemingly overnight dismantled the state’s union’s right to collectively bargain




 

Surveillance Video Appears To Show Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Shooting Outside Kremlin



A Russian government owned television station claims it has footage of the murder of a leading opposition politician.

The slaying of prominent Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in the heart of Moscow has shocked Russia and the wider world.

His murder, two days before a planned opposition march, has also outraged fellow opposition figures and prompted a slew of speculation over who could be behind it.

Some government critics pointed fingers in the direction of President Vladimir Putin or one of his supporters. State media reported Nemtsov had received threats linked to his stance on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

Watch the surveillance video here---



 

'SNL' Draws Criticism With Sketch Showing Dakota Johnson Leaving Home To Join ISIS (VIDEO)





A "Saturday Night Live" sketch featuring host Dakota Johnson as a teenager leaving home to join ISIS has people on social media wondering whether the sketch went too far in the name of comedy.

Parodying a Toyota commercial where a young woman's father drops her off at the airport to presumably join the military, the "SNL" sketch shows Johnson's father in the sketch telling ISIS, "Take care of her," to which the character replies, "Death to America."


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Dem Congresswoman Struggles To Name Hillary's Accomplishments as Secretary of State

Face the Nation Host: 'Republicans say, you want to stump a liberal, ask them what Hillary Clinton achieved as Secretary of State. What's the answer?

Dem Congresswoman Maria Cardona says that Hillary Clinton kept lines of communication open between foreign countries and the United States (what?).
The panel pushes back.

Watch:



 

Oh Great: U.S. Rethinking Plan To Retake Mosul From ISIS

Operation Enduring Confusion...

One week ago: Pentagon announces plan to use 20,000 – 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish military troops to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters in April or May

Today: You know, maybe these Iraqi forces are not yet ready for an offensive operation to take out ISIS, we better wait 'til the fall...


Wall Street Journal

The U.S. military is considering a months-long campaign of airstrikes to squeeze Islamic State fighters in Mosul before inserting Iraqi ground forces to retake the city, officials said Friday.

The on-the-ground fight to retake Mosul isn’t likely to start until the fall at the earliest, after an intensified air campaign to target Islamic State leaders and cut off supply lines in and around the city, the officials said.

The emerging plan is at odds with a briefing by a U.S. military’s Central Command official in February in which he said the U.S. and Iraq were looking at starting a campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, by April or May.

Afterward, Iraqi and American officials cast doubt on the likely readiness of Iraqi forces.

U.S. military officials now say they believe that Iraqi’s best military units are many months away from being in a position to successfully conduct such an operation. Those forces haven’t yet begun their training at the bases set up by American military officers in Iraq.

“When we feel that the Iraqi forces are ready to go and win decisively, we will go and advise the Iraqis to begin the operation,” a military official said.


 

CPAC 2015 Straw Poll Results:






Rand Paul wins

3 years in a row for Rand Paul--

2013, 2014 and now 2015

Here are the results for CPAC 2015


 

DNC Targets Scott Walker

Just like clockwork.
The Democratic National Committee is already asking its supporters to "Stop Scott Walker" in an email sent out today.


A call to action is in reference to remarks Walker made at the Conversative Political Action Conference days ago outside Washington, D.C.

"I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil," Walker told the crowd. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world."

These words alone apparently reason enough for the Democrats to try to "Stop Him" from becoming president of the United States.

via weeklystandard



 

Mark Levin Speech at CPAC: 'We Are Here Today Because We Are Losing Our Republic'


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Levin listed the ways in which Barack Obama has violated the Constitution, addressing grievances against Obama directly:

1. “You have violated the Separation of Powers.”

2.”You have seized unto yourself Legislative Power granted unto the Congress alone.”

3. “You have unilaterally appropriated monies to fund your radical agenda.”

4. “You have contravened Congress’ authority over Immigration and Naturalization.”

5. “You repeatedly defy the Senate’s confirmation power over your appointments.”
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Levin ended his speech with 2 words...

"KILL ISIS"

more here...

 

North Korean Leader Kim Tells Army: 'Prepare For War'


'Tear to pieces the Stars and Stripes'


AFP Reported:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills.

Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a US Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises that have enraged the North.

"The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People's Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially", he was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.

North Korea regularly ratchets up hostile rhetoric at times of joint US-South Korea military exercises that spark a sharp surge in tensions on the divided peninsula.

Kim called on the military to train hard in order "to tear to pieces the Stars and Stripes", in comments made while opening a new hall at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, KCNA said
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Leading Putin Critic, Shot And Killed In Moscow

Shot 4 times...

Boris Nemtsov  "Was walking with a female acquaintance  when a vehicle drove up and unidentified assailants shot him dead"


Fox News
A top political nemesis of President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed early Saturday in central Moscow, Russian police said, one day before an opposition rally was scheduled to take place.

Boris Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister, was shot four times from a passing car as he was walking on a bridge just outside the Kremlin. The Kremlin said that Putin will personally oversee the investigation into his death.

The shooting potentially could create a political crisis in Russia, regardless of the motive or who was behind the shooting.

A sharp critic of Putin, Nemtsov assailed the government's inefficiency, rampant corruption and the Kremlin's policy on Ukraine, which has strained Russia-West ties to a degree unseen since Cold War times. The Washington Post reported that Nemtsov had angered Putin's government two years ago when he charged that billions of dollars had been stolen from funds designated for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, his hometown.

He served as a deputy prime minister in the 1990s, and once was seen as a possible successor to Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first elected president.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva told reporters on the scene that Nemtsov was walking with a female acquaintance, a Ukrainian citizen, when a vehicle drove up and unidentified assailants shot him dead. The woman wasn't hurt

Here is a photo of the crime scene ---Right in front of the Kremlin



 

Laura Ingraham Slams Jeb Bush at CPAC: Why Don't We Just Put Hillary and Jeb on the Same Ticket ?



Laura Ingraham unloaded on Jeb Bush, the Bush family and Republican elites on Friday morning at CPAC, hours before the former Florida governor is set to take the stage for a question-and-answer session with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“How many of you in the room are skeptical of a Bush, another Bush term?”  Ingraham asked, prompting cheers and whistles in the audience

"Why don’t we just call it quits, and Jeb and Hillary can run on the same ticket,” she said, to laughter in the hall, noting that the pair agree on Common Core educational standards, immigration reform and trade issues.