US raid uncovers trove of intelligence on how ISIS operates | Fox News

A raid last month by American commandos on the home of an ISIS leader in Syria turned up a trove of valuable information, reportedly including the role played by the leaders’ wives, who sometimes acted as couriers in delivering information.

Fox News has confirmed that laptops, computers and sim cards were recovered during the May 16 raid on the home of Abu Sayaaf. His wife, who was captured in the operation, is reportedly providing valuable information and is being interrogated by the Iraqis.

The trove also yielded important information on ISIS financing, contact networks and tactics.

According to the New York Times, information collected during the raid also shows how ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stealthily conducts his business.

Among other tactics, the paper said, al-Baghdadi’s wife and other spouses of key ISIS leaders played an important role in passing on information to each other to give their husbands.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report

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UN report says #Eritrea committed widespread abuses

“Systematic and gross human rights abuses” on scale seldom seen may include crimes against humanity, report finds.

The Eritrean government may have committed crimes against humanity and was responsible for systematic and gross human rights abuses on a “scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere”, a year-long United Nations inquiry has found.

The UN commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in Eritrea also found the government was responsible for forcing hundreds of thousands of Eritreans to flee their country, and detailed extrajudicial killings, widespread torture, sexual slavery and enforced child labour, according to the report released on Monday.

The UN probe named the main perpetrators of the violations as the Eritrean Defence Forces, in particular the Eritrean army, the National Security Office and the country’s police force.

The ministries of information, justice and defence were also accused in the report, in addition to the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) party and President Isaias Afwerki.

Its wide-ranging 484-page report details how the country, under Afwerki’s government for the past 22 years, had created a repressive system in which people were routinely arrested at whim, detained, tortured, killed or went missing.

“It is not law that rules Eritreans – but fear,” the report said.

A system of indefinite conscription of all Eritreans forced many to toil in slave-like conditions in the military and other state jobs, sometimes for decades.

Sexual violence against women and girls was also “widespread and indeed notorious in military training camps”, the report said.

“The commission finds that systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed in Eritrea under the authority of the government,” the report said, adding that some of the abuses “may constitute crimes against humanity”.

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Relive Pope Francis’ visit as you drink your coffee

Relive Pope Francis’ visit as you drink your coffee.
Now for some words of my own re Pope Francis.In the first months of his pontificate i criticized Our Holy Father a number of times.Not a lot but not the point. I quit.The thought occurred to me;maybe i ought to spend more time praying for him and less time criticizing. From the beginning of his Pontificate, Francis asked for our prayers. Evidently he knows better than we do how badly he needs them.

Yes,i know St Catherine of Sienna often wrote letters to her Pope, referring to him affectionately simply as Papa (“Pope”), instead of the formal form of address as “Holiness” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Siena.Well,I’m not a Saint and she certainly wasn’t disrespectful. I’m going to assume they were letters of advice as opposed to criticism.

Pope Francis did not ask to be Pope.Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI stepped down. When men enter the seminary they don’t go in thinking,”WOW,maybe someday I will be elected Pope.”
Not to my knowledge anyway.
He was elected and asked to be Pope.
Pope Francis is often compared to Pope Emeritus Benedict. Pope Benedict the XVI was not a clone of Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis is not a clone of either of them.Saint Pope John Paul II has a somewhat similar historical,cultural and political  background as Benedict. Francis’ background is totally different.The one thing all 3 have in common is their Catholic faith and being elected to the papacy in a time of great moral crisis. Although that’s probably true of ALL Popes.

francis says HIThe day Pope Francis was elected and stepped out on the balcony  i remember 3 things:

1. It seemed to be a very  long time( hours?) before they made the announcement,Habemus Papam! More than usual i thought (but I could be wrong).

2. my reaction-WHO?

3. when he asked the crowd assembled in St Peter’s Square to pray for him. An incredible silence fell over the square. I will never forget that.

As i said,he’s been asking for our prayers from the beginning.

It wasn’t but a few days later i heard grumblings. He’s going to throw Monsignor Guido Marini under the bus. He’s still there.He asked the people to pray over him. He did not. He clearly asked the people to pray FOR him.

It wasn’t but a few months later there were people going crazy. The usual. Maybe he’s going to change doctrine and permit same sex marriage,women priests and divorced Catholics to receive communion. It wasn’t just the media either.

He’s done NONE of the above and he’s not going to do ANY of the above.For my non Catholic readers, not a single Pope-not even the most immoral-has ever changed doctrine.

I do know this about Pope Francis(for those who are wondering what he’s up to),he wants us to take the gospel  into the world and live it so fervently that the world can’t possibly miss it.

( I think that’s been called the Francis Effect)

Not left me alone

A Marriage prayer

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A prayer from the Book of Tobit by Tobias the son of Tobit:

“Blessed are you, O God of our ancestors; Blessed be your name forever and ever!Let the heavens and all your creation bless you forever. You made Adam, and you made his wife Eve to be his helper and support; and from these two the human race has come. You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a helper like himself. Now, not with lust, but with fidelity I take this kinswoman as my wife. Send down your mercy on me and on her, and grant that we may grow old together. Bless us with children.” Tobit 8: 5-7

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It is not easy being green…

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Well, up here, spring sprung! It is amazing to barely be able to see through thick stands of trees, where two weeks ago, there were still “sticks.” It happens so quickly here. And now that we’ve had a drop in temp accompanied by some much needed rainfall, the greenery is all over the place. I was worried about newly planted flowers and some berries drying out, and now they’ve been flooded with water. We could not believe how hard it rained yesterday, which definitely put the damper on bar-be-queing. So we didn’t! Ha-Ha! They always say that if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes because it will change. I think I’ve heard that about several places we have lived, but here in Alaska, the changes can seem almost quantum! We have had temps run from the the zeroes in the morning to well over 60 by the day’s…

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We’re Rolling Allright

At this point we’re incredibly overwhelmed by the size of the job we have;and neither one of us is in the best of health.

We’re moving.After some 60 yrs i’ve spent in the hometown i grew up in and the 20 some years my husband has shared it with me, we are spending the last years of our life by a lake.

A kind gentleman offered to rent his house. He felt it was more than he needed. I also had the feeling business might be slow for him and the extra income will help him out. Things are tough for everyone,working people included.

However, it all happened on very short notice and we have everything to pack before the movers come on Tues. We leave Wed.

My husband went down in the basement and found the little notebook we kept the days before our marriage. He got a real kick out of that. It is hard to imagine the age we were then.

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein

Our marriage has not been a smooth path. The key word is forgiveness and it can be miraculous.

I’ve also learned that even when you ask for someone’s forgiveness-and the wrong committed warrants their unforgiving  response-they are not obligated.

I went on with life a long time ago. You have to. Of course,PRAY.
What is your story and how did YOU handle it?

Now we begin another chapter in our life. I never thought i’d leave here.

wish my eyes