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<b>US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State</b>

The United States government is tracking as many as 300 Americans supposedly fighting with Islamic State, the jihadist group with a heavy presence in parts of Syria and Iraq, according to senior US officials.

Washington is worried that radicalized foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned overseas to carry out attacks, anonymous US officials said, according to the Washington Times.

“We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” a senior US official said. “It’s hard to tell whether or not they’re in Syria or moved to Iraq.”

http://rt.com/usa/183192-americans-islamic-state-intelligence/

<b>US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State</b>

The United States government is tracking as many as 300 Americans supposedly fighting with Islamic State, the jihadist group with a heavy presence in parts of Syria and Iraq, according to senior US officials.

Washington is worried that radicalized foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned overseas to carry out attacks, anonymous US officials said, according to the Washington Times.

“We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” a senior US official said. “It’s hard to tell whether or not they’re in Syria or moved to Iraq.”

http://rt.com/usa/183192-americans-islamic-state-intelligence/

&lt;b&gt;ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast - Iraqi govt adviser&lt;/b&gt;

The number of Islamic State recruits is much higher than that estimated by foreign observers – around 100,000, says one of Iraq’s foremost security experts with unique access to intelligence. The terrorists are swallowing up other insurgent groups.

Foreign estimates put the figure between 20,000 and 50,000.

“[The] Islamic State didn’t come from nowhere,” according to Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises Iraq’s intelligence services and analyzes raw information gathered on the ground. He has studied the group’s progression for years.

The organization “is an extension of groups that existed before – historically and ideologically,” al-Hashimi told Mashable.

http://rt.com/news/183048-isis-grow-expand-jihadist/

<b>ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast - Iraqi govt adviser</b>

The number of Islamic State recruits is much higher than that estimated by foreign observers – around 100,000, says one of Iraq’s foremost security experts with unique access to intelligence. The terrorists are swallowing up other insurgent groups.

Foreign estimates put the figure between 20,000 and 50,000.

“[The] Islamic State didn’t come from nowhere,” according to Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises Iraq’s intelligence services and analyzes raw information gathered on the ground. He has studied the group’s progression for years.

The organization “is an extension of groups that existed before – historically and ideologically,” al-Hashimi told Mashable.

http://rt.com/news/183048-isis-grow-expand-jihadist/

16 April, 2007. A girl becomes embarrassed after giving flowers to a female US soldier on duty in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

16 April, 2007. A girl becomes embarrassed after giving flowers to a female US soldier on duty in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

A new study out of Maine suggests that residents across the New England state are regularly subjected to drinking water containing double the amount of fluoride considered to be dangerous by federal guidelines.

Residents from across the Pine Tree State were asked to voluntarily take samples from the private wells they rely on for drinking water, and ten different towns—including eight within a single county—tested higher than hoped for.

Scientific American published the results of the study last week, and the article&#8217;s author, Dina Fine Maron, wrote that the details suggest many Mainers are introducing dangerous amounts of fluoride to their bodies due to an absence of regulation.

http://rt.com/usa/182716-maine-water-fluoride-tests/

A new study out of Maine suggests that residents across the New England state are regularly subjected to drinking water containing double the amount of fluoride considered to be dangerous by federal guidelines.

Residents from across the Pine Tree State were asked to voluntarily take samples from the private wells they rely on for drinking water, and ten different towns—including eight within a single county—tested higher than hoped for.

Scientific American published the results of the study last week, and the article’s author, Dina Fine Maron, wrote that the details suggest many Mainers are introducing dangerous amounts of fluoride to their bodies due to an absence of regulation.

http://rt.com/usa/182716-maine-water-fluoride-tests/

The funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer, concluded on Monday with a powerful eulogy by the veteran civil rights campaigner, the Rev Al Sharpton, who declared the response to the killing demonstrated that “something is wrong in America”.

“Michael Brown must be remembered for more than disturbances,” Sharpton said to the thousands of mourners who filled Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St Louis. “He must be remembered for: ‘This was when they started changing what was going on.’ This is one of those moments. And this young man, for whatever reason, has appealed to all of us.”

To cheers from the crowd, Sharpton repeated his criticism of the riots that marred the aftermath of Brown’s deaths, saying of the teenager’s parents: “They had to break their mourning to ask folks to stop looting and rioting &#8230; Can you imagine? They have to stop mourning to get you to control your anger.

“Like you more angry than they are. Like you don’t understand that Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot. He wants to be remembered as the one who made America deal with how we going to police in the United States.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/25/al-sharpton-michael-brown-funeral-eulogy

The funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer, concluded on Monday with a powerful eulogy by the veteran civil rights campaigner, the Rev Al Sharpton, who declared the response to the killing demonstrated that “something is wrong in America”.

“Michael Brown must be remembered for more than disturbances,” Sharpton said to the thousands of mourners who filled Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St Louis. “He must be remembered for: ‘This was when they started changing what was going on.’ This is one of those moments. And this young man, for whatever reason, has appealed to all of us.”

To cheers from the crowd, Sharpton repeated his criticism of the riots that marred the aftermath of Brown’s deaths, saying of the teenager’s parents: “They had to break their mourning to ask folks to stop looting and rioting … Can you imagine? They have to stop mourning to get you to control your anger.

“Like you more angry than they are. Like you don’t understand that Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot. He wants to be remembered as the one who made America deal with how we going to police in the United States.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/25/al-sharpton-michael-brown-funeral-eulogy

A follow-up post on Facebook later announced that: “An all clear has been issued by the Fort Lee installation operations center at 9:50 a.m. The law enforcement event is over.”

A Pentagon spokeswoman announced shortly after the incident that the shooter did not injure anyone. However, she was not immediately certain of the status of the shooter, reported AP. It later emerged that the shooting was instigated by a female soldier, and she had suffered injuries after turning the gun on herself.

The Sergeant had 14 years experience and had served in Iraq. She reportedly barricaded herself in her office and shot herself after conversations with soldiers, after which she was flown to hospital.

http://rt.com/usa/182660-shooter-fort-lee-lockdown/

Happy 50th Day of Bombings

Monday marks the 50th day since Israel started its campaign in Gaza on July 8 and the death toll has already reached 2,120 people, of which 577 are children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

MCALLEN, Texas — Border Patrol agents seized more than $650,000 in cash that had been left behind near the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico.

The seizure was made Thursday night when U.S. Border Patrol Agents following a set of footprints near Sullivan City ended up coming across four backpacks filled with bulk cash and a little more than a kilo of cocaine, an agency news release shows. 

Inside the four backpacks the agents ended up finding a mixture of dollars and pesos that added up to $650,000 as well as the cocaine which had a value of $90,000. 

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/08/24/South-Texas-Authorities-Seize-Over-600000-In-Cash-Weapons-And-Grenades

MCALLEN, Texas — Border Patrol agents seized more than $650,000 in cash that had been left behind near the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico.

The seizure was made Thursday night when U.S. Border Patrol Agents following a set of footprints near Sullivan City ended up coming across four backpacks filled with bulk cash and a little more than a kilo of cocaine, an agency news release shows.

Inside the four backpacks the agents ended up finding a mixture of dollars and pesos that added up to $650,000 as well as the cocaine which had a value of $90,000.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/08/24/South-Texas-Authorities-Seize-Over-600000-In-Cash-Weapons-And-Grenades

Islamic radicals have seized most of an airbase in eastern Syria and are tightening a stranglehold on a minority Turkoman community north of Baghdad, as their pillage of the heartland of the Levant gains further momentum.

Militants from Islamic State (Isis) had breached the borders of the Tabqa base, which was the last base east of Aleppo still held by the Syrian regime, and now appeared certain to seize full control within days in another blow to all sides trying to slow the group’s progress through Iraq and Syria.

About 300 miles to the east, a community of 18,000 Shia Turkomans holed up in the town of Amerli, north of Baghdad, said they were running out of food and hope after a two-month siege by Isis, which is trying to starve them to death or force them to convert to the militants’ hardline brand of Sunni Islam.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/24/islamic-state-syrian-airbase-isis-tabqa-turkmen

The leader of Boko Haram, Abubaker Shekau, has proclaimed an Islamic caliphate in the north eastern Nigerian town of Gwoza, which was seized by the Islamic militants earlier this month.

The United Nations humanitarian office (OCHA) confirmed reports earlier this month that Gwoza was under Boko Harem control.

In a 52-minute video obtained by AFP Shekau said: “Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate, by the grace of Allah we will not leave the town. We have come to stay.”

Boko Haram is also believed to be in control of other areas of north eastern Nigeria including the southern part of Borno state as well as much of the territory of northern Borno and one town in neighboring Yobe state.

http://rt.com/news/182492-boko-haram-nigeria-caliphate/