Seventy-one years ago on June 6, 1944 the Allied armies waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe in what was the greatest American invasion of all time. The night before, on June 5th, American airborne forces (82nd and 101st) had landed on the western flank of the invasion area near St. Mere Eglise while British airborne forces secured the eastern flank and Pegasus bridge. They jumped out of C-47 Dakota Skytrain transport planes through darkness and into glory. Some arrived by glider. Private John Steele of the 82nd airborne landed on the steeple of the church at St. Mere Eglise where he played "dead" and survived.
They came ashore the next morning on five different beaches. Brigadier General Ted Roosevelt jr. (the son of President Teddy Roosevelt) landed with his men on Utah facing relatively little German opposition. Having missed their designated landing area by about a mile, Roosevelt was asked whether his troops should re-embark. He replied, "We'll start the war from right here."
The Canadians stormed ashore on Juno beach and included James Doohan who would later find fame as "Scottie" on Star Trek. Sword and Gold were reserved for the British forces. A tiny contingent of French commandos joined the British on Sword and helped capture Ouistreham destroying the Casino. The worst Allied casualties took place on bloody Omaha partly due to an abbreviated naval bombardment of the German positions. more >>
A terror suspect shot dead in Boston on Tuesday was apparently planning on decapitating police officers and the activist behind the "draw Muhammad" contest in Texas, which was attacked by gunmen in May, reports have said.
Police reports on Wednesday revealed that 26-year-old Usaama Rahim had plotted an attack for at least a week, and had recently bought three fighting knives and a sharpener.
"I'm just going to go after them, those boys in blue. 'Cause it's the easiest target and the most common is the easiest for me," Rahim told alleged co-conspirator David Wright in a phone call Tuesday. more >>
President Barack Obama reluctantly signed into law the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. He was forced to accept, by overwhelming votes in both chambers, Congress's constitutional role in reviewing any nuclear deal with Iran and the lifting of any congressionally imposed sanctions.
Now the toughest work begins.
The U.S. and Israel both understand that the Iranians, despite their repeated denials, continue to pursue a nuclear weapons capability. We also both understand that Iran has a long and troubled track record of sharing military technology with terrorist organizations. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group is being accused by local government officials of kidnapping over 500 children from the Anbar and Diyala provinces in Iraq, and there is fear that some of the children could be forced to carry out suicide bomb attacks.
Farhan Mohammed, a member of Anbar's Provincial Council, told the Turkish news organization Anadolu Agency on Saturday that the Islamic State abducted approximately 400 children in the Anbar towns of Ar Rutba, Al-Qaim, Anah and Rawa in raids that took place over the course of a week.
Mohammed further added that he believes more children in the area will be recruited to join ISIS and that they could be used to carry out jihadi attacks. more >>
After a recent Islamic State English magazine article claimed that the terrorist group could buy nuclear arms from Pakistan, India's defense minister warned last weekend that ISIS does have the connections and resources needed to purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan.
At a security conference in Singapore last Saturday, Rao Inderjit Singh, India's Minister of State for Defence, said he's "afraid" that ISIS could possibly gain nuclear capabilities, Bloomberg reported.
"With the rise of ISIS in West Asia, one is afraid to an extent that perhaps they might get access to a nuclear weapon from states like Pakistan," Singh asserted. more >>
The designer of the iconic "Hope" poster used during President Barack Obama's 2008 election campaign has said that Obama has failed to live up to the promise, adding that America's entire political system needs an overhaul.
Shepard Fairey, a street artist who's also famous for designing items for clothing line OBEY, said in an interview with Esquire magazine that Obama has "not even [come] close" to living up to the promise behind the "Hope" poster.
"Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]," Fairey said in the interview published on Thursday. more >>