Syria's Assad Exploits US War Against ISIS
Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government.
As U.S. and allied jets swoop freely over towns and cities under control of extremists in northern Syria, the Syrian army has scaled back its air activity over areas of IS control, doing as ...
FBI: Denver Girls May Have Tried to Join Jihadis
The FBI in Denver says it is investigating the possibility that three girls from the Denver area were trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists.
An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back to Denver after FBI agents stopped them in Germany. Spokeswoman Suzie Payne says they are safe and reunited with their families.
She didn't give the identity of the girls or any other details.
The announcement comes one month after 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Denver ...
Pentagon: Counter-IS Campaign Costs $424 Million
The Pentagon says it has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
That estimate was provided Tuesday by the Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, who said the Pentagon has spent an average of about $7.6 million a day on airstrikes and support missions like surveillance flights.
Kirby also said that in Iraq, local security forces are beginning to make some headway against Islamic State forces, while in the Syrian town ...
Homeland Security Orders New Screening For Ebola
Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports started screening people arriving from West Africa. The screening includes using no-touch ...
VIDEO: Rav Eli Sadan: Too Soon for a Frum IDF Chief or PM
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"I don't want there to be, not even for one moment, a feeling in the country that the religious are forcing themselves on the public and leading the country to a place that most people don't want to go. That would be terrible, it would destroy the state" Rabbi Eli Sadan told Channel 10 News. Rabbi Sadan is the founder of the Bnei David IDF Preparatory Yeshiva located in Yishuv Eli in Shomron. He is regarded by most at the ‘father of the mechinot’, the ...
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Urges Brooklyn D.A. To Treat Attack on Kings Bay Y Director as Bias Crime
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) has asked Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to charge the suspect arrested in the attack on Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y, with a bias crime.
The suspect, identified as Shawn Schraeder, was charged with assault in the third degree in the October 7th attack outside Barclays Center that left Petlakh with a broken nose and severe lacerations. Petlakh had just left the Nets-Maccabi Tel Aviv exhibition game with his ...
MASHAV Helps the fight against Ebola
On Sunday 2 Marcheshvan, a meeting will be held at the Israel Foreign Ministry establishing the Israel Forum to Combat Ebola, in the presence of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and under the auspices of MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation. The meeting will be held in cooperation with SID-Israel, the Israeli branch of the Society for International Development, a global forum of individuals and organizations working in the field of sustainable economic and ...
Top Subprime Mortgage Firm Accused Of Abuses
The nation's largest servicer of subprime mortgages has engaged in abuses that could potentially harm hundreds of thousands of borrowers, according to the New York Superintendent of Financial Services.
The state regulator issued a letter Tuesday to Ocwen Financial Corp., documenting many of the same kinds of abuses that worsened the housing crisis and the Great Recession.
Ocwen inappropriately backdated foreclosure warnings and letters that denied mortgage loan modifications, making it ...
Bennett: Something New is Beginning in Yerushalayim Too
Bayit Yehudi party leader Minister Naftali Bennett is celebrating his victory as the candidates backed by his dati leumi party were victorious in the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate race.
After hearing of the success of Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita and Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita, Bennett applauded the victory, which he called an important one for Yerushalayim, his party and dati leumi tzibur.
Bennett’s party released a message “Yerushalayim is in the hands of the Zionists”, adding “this ...
CVS Develops Tobacco-Free Prescription Network
First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes.
The nation's second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network for clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business.
The network would slap an extra co-payment on patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that still sell tobacco. That payment won't apply to ...
World Jewish Congress Calls For Stopping Social Security Payments To Nazi War Crimes Suspects
An influential Jewish advocacy group no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in a statement sent Tuesday to The Associated Press that U.S. law should be changed to stop the payments.
Lauder's statement follows an AP investigation that found dozens of Nazi suspects collected millions of dollars in benefits after being expelled from the United States.
The AP reported that payments ...
NY AG Warns Against Ebola Scams And Solicitations
New York’s attorney general is warning consumers about scammers preying on Ebola fears with fundraising scams claiming to benefit victims and dubious offers of so-called preparedness kits that claim to contain preventive medicines.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there is no approved vaccine.
He says scammers are “shamefully exploiting” heightened concerns since a few cases have been documented in the U.S. following an outbreak earlier this year in Africa.
The U.S. ...
Arab Rock-Throwing Attacks Continue in Yerushalayim
The windshield of an Egged 177 bus traveling from Yerushalayim to Maale Adumim was smashed in yet another Arab rock-throwing attack. That same bus line was attacked on the same road on Monday night as well and the bus’ windshield was smashed in that attack too.
Not too far away, on Uzi Narkiss Blvd in the northern capital, another bus was targeted by Arabs hurling rocks on Monday night too. Windows were smashed. B’chasdei Hashem there were no injuries.
At Kalandia, on Jerusalem’s ...
Snowden: Bombing Shows Limits of Mass Surveillance
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says the Boston Marathon bombings are an example of how threats can be missed even under blanket surveillance.
Snowden, who leaked millions of documents to journalists, talked to Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig on Monday online from Russia, where he is in exile.
The Boston Globe reports that Snowden referenced the suspected marathon bombers, saying "we knew who these guys were" but "we didn't follow up or watch these guys."
DM Ya'alon Explains Israel's Red Line To 'The Moon'
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in a meeting in New York City that while Israel wishes to assist Gaza in rebuilding its economy, if Jerusalem learns materials are being used to rearm instead of rebuilding, it will halt deliveries at Gaza crossings.
The senior minister reminded the UN leader that Hamas this week announced its plan to reconstruct terrorist tunnels, and announcement that has government officials in Israel concerned and ...