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Pentagon: Turkey’s attacks on Kurds in Syria ‘are a negative thing’

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As Turkey continues its attack on Kurdish forces along the Syrian border town of Afrin, the Defense Department says the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is the common threat in the region, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White told reporters today.

Published reports say Turkey launched the Afrin military operation Jan. 20.

“[We] are working very closely with Turkey,” White said. “They are a NATO ally, and they have legitimate security concerns, so we’re going to continue to engage with them. It’s very important for all parties to remember that the common threat is ISIS, and we need all parties to focus on that mission.”

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“Turkish operations in Ephraim and all operations in Ephraim that have the effect of inducing friction into the equation, of making it hard to focus on why we’re in Syria — which is the defeat of ISIS in the Euphrates River valley — are a negative thing,” Joint Staff Director Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said.

“[We] also recognize Turkey has a legitimate national security interest and they’re very close to the problem. They’re the only NATO ally that actually has an active insurgency operating on their territory, so we understand all of those things,” the general said.

McKenzie emphasized that the United States has not trained or provided equipment for any of the Kurds in the Ephraim pocket, adding, “We’re focused on the Euphrates River valley operations to the south and to the east.”

The United States is trying hard to accommodate Turkey’s national security interests with the reasons why the U.S. military is in Syria, the general said.

Continuing discussions

“And we think to a large degree, there’s overlap,” he added. “There [are] certainly areas that we disagree with, but we think we have an opportunity to perhaps come together and those discussions are continuing.”

The situation between Turkey and Kurdish fighters is a “distraction,” White said. “We have to focus as allies on the mission at hand,” she added, “and that’s defeating ISIS.”

The United States is helping Turkey with its active insurgency, she said. “We’re talking to them about those security concerns. We take them very seriously.”

But again noting that the common threat is ISIS, she said, the job is not done. “[We] need to get everyone focused on that,” she added. “And we will continue to talk to Turkey. We ask that Turkey de-escalate. But again, the focus, the priority for us, is to defeat ISIS.”

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TERROR: Naval Base Shooter was Radicalized and Trained in Saudi Arabia’s ‘College Of Sharia’

Laura Loomer broke the story.

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The Islamic terrorist who reportedly shot up a Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Tex. has been revealed as a Jihadi who was radicalized at Saudi Arabia’s “College of Sharia,” according to reporting done by Laura Loomer.

Adam Salim Alsahli was shot dead after allegedly committing a mass shooting on the Naval base. He shot at security guards and injured one of them on Thursday mroning. The FBI has confirmed that Alsahli committed his mass shooting as an act of Jihad.

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The police scanner audio that took place when law enforcement was responding to the shooting can be heard here:

Loomer obtained information indicating that Alsahli received training at Saudi Arabia’s Umm Al-Qura University, which translates to the College of Sharia in English.

The Sharia Dean posted the following message in English on the official university website, indicating the university’s dedication to promoting Muslim values to students who attend the university:

Thanks be to Allah, Peace be upon the seal of prophets, UQU College of Shari’a has a seventy- year long history of dedication, spreading knowledge, and sustaining Islamic teachings.

The history of College of Shari’a goes back to 1369 H. It was founded by the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud to mark a new systematic form of education and Shari’a and Islamic studies, aside from the religious lessons that were offered in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque and Kaaba. Throughout its rich history, UQU College of Shari’a have been a home for several esteemed religious scholars and students from KSA, Arab World, Islamic countries, Europe and the USA.

Presently, the college makes strides to apply quality standards and acquire academic accreditation through its Shari’a program and other programs that are being designed.

I hope that our website helps fulfill the college mission and gives insight about its state of affairs. In conclusion, I pray to Allah, the Supreme-Answerer, to grant success to the college and everyone who has made an effort to contribute to its development and progress.

The U.S. is dedicated to their relationship with Saudi Arabia despite the nation’s history of harboring terrorists who hate and kill Americans.

The Trump administration had to deport 21 Saudi cadets last year following a mass shooting by another Saudi-radicalized Jihadi. The anti-American sleeper cells were receiving military training in the U.S. while supporting radical Islam and collecting child pornography:

Barr determined that the man who shot up the Naval Air Station last month was “motivated by Jihadist ideology.” He announced the findings at a press conference alongside FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

The Attorney General confirmed that the 21 cadets who were being deported back to Saudi Arabia had child pornography or Jihadist and anti-American material on their computers. None of the men apparently had foreknowledge of the shooting, however.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien said the shooting clearly “showed that there had been errors in the way that we vetted” the foreign cadets. He said that the action to boot the 21 cadets is being done to “protect our service men and women,” but the practice of training foreign cadets at the Pensacola facility is likely to continue.

The suspect for the terrorist shooting is 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, who served as a 2nd LT in the Royal Saudi Air Force. He allegedly murdered three U.S. sailors in cold blood and injured others before a sheriff’s deputy was finally able to intervene and kill the shooter before he could continue his rampage.

Alshamrani’s alleged case has caused many to question the “special relationship” between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which is an Islamic dictatorship that operates under strict Sharia law and has one of the worst human rights’ records of any country in the world.

The U.S. must cut off all financial and strategic ties with this Islamic despotism in order to protect national security interests and put America first.

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