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Islam 101 ~ Statement in the House of Commons by P.M. Stephen Harper
« Reply #240 on: October 03, 2014, 09:41:02 PM »
Statement by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons

October 3, 2014, Ottawa, Ontario,Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks on Canada’s contribution, in coordination with our allies, to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

“Mr. Speaker, in recent months, the international community has reacted, with virtually unanimous outrage and alarm at the rise of ISIL, the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.’

“ISIL has established a self-proclaimed Caliphate, at present stretching over a vast territory roughly from Aleppo to near Baghdad, from which it intends to launch a terrorist jihad not merely against the region but on a global basis.

“Indeed it has specifically targeted Canada and Canadians, urging supporters to attack, quote, ‘disbelieving Canadians in any manner’, vowing that we should not feel secure even in our homes.

“It would be convenient to dismiss such statements as the mere rambling of lunatics were it not for the fact that ISIL’s deeds have been fully in line with its words.

“More shockingly, ISIL’s words are matched by its actions.

“In the territory ISIL has occupied it has conducted a campaign of unspeakable atrocities against the most innocent of people.

“It has tortured and beheaded children, it has raped and sold women into slavery, it has slaughtered minorities, captured prisoners and innocent civilians whose only crime is being or thinking differently from ISIL.

“Indeed by late last summer, ISIL stood on the brink of committing large-scale genocide in Northern Iraq.

“It was at that moment that Canada’s allies in the international community, led by President Obama, decided to intervene.

“Canadians have joined in this response.

“On September 5th, I announced that members of the Canadian Army, in a non-combat role, would advise and assist security forces in Iraq battling the terrorists.

“We had already begun, through the Royal Canadian Air Force, moving weapons and supplies donated by our allies to security forces in Northern Iraq.

“And we indicated that Canada was prepared to do more.

“Today we are bringing forward a motion asking this House to confirm its confidence for a government decision to join our allies and partners – the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and likely others – in launching air strikes against ISIL.

“In addition to these air strikes, the Government of Canada will, in response to requests from Iraqi authorities as well as other allies and partners, continue to assist in other, non-combat, counter-terrorism roles.

“We will also contribute one air-to-air refuelling aircraft, two Aurora surveillance aircraft, and the necessary air crews and support personnel.

“In addition we are extending the deployment in a non-combat role of the up to 69 members of the Canadian Army advising and assisting security forces in Iraq.

“There will however be no ground combat mission, which is explicitly ruled out in the resolution.

“These contributions are for a period of up to six months.

“Let me be clear on the objectives of this intervention.

“We intend to significantly degrade the capabilities of ISIL.

“Specifically, its ability to either engage in military movements of scale, or to operate bases in the open.

“This will halt ISIL’s spread in the region and greatly reduce its capacity to launch terrorist attacks outside the region.

“To be clear, this will not eliminate ISIL nor automatically ensure that alternative governance is able to occupy its space in Iraq or Syria.

“It will, however, open the opportunity for others to do so.

“But again to be clear, while ISIL will not be eliminated, the risks presented from the territory in which it operates will be significantly reduced to those of other similar ungoverned spaces in the broader region.

“There are, Mr. Speaker, two other matters on which I wish to elaborate.

“First, the resolution confirms the Government of Canada’s intention to strike ISIL and its allies.

“We will strike ISIL where and only where Canada has the clear support of the government of that country.

“At present this is only true in Iraq.

“If it were to become the case in Syria, then we will participate in air strikes against ISIL in that country also.

“The revulsion of the Government of Canada to the actions of the Assad regime is well known.

“But we are participating only in a counter-terrorism operation against the terrorists around ISIL.

“We have no intention of participating in a war against the government of any country in the region.

“Second, let me assure Canadians that the government is seized with the necessity of avoiding a prolonged quagmire in this part of the world.

“The actions we have announced are ones that could be ended with relative ease.

“Indeed, we and our allies are acting now precisely to avoid a situation that was clearly headed to a wider, protracted and much more dangerous conflict.

“Let me also say that the military measures we are taking do not in any way preclude humanitarian actions.

“There is no either/or here.

“In response to horrifying human suffering, we have already been providing emergency shelter and urgent health care for thousands of civilians in Iraq through support to humanitarian organizations on the ground, and substantial assistance to the Government of Iraq.

“This is in addition to large scale financial assistance already being furnished to the significant number of countries in the region that have been impacted by the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

“Let me also assure Canadians that the Government will continue to be seized with the broader terrorist threats against Canada.

“We have strengthened laws in this country to deal with the issue of so-called Canadian foreign fighters.

“We have broadened the grounds for passport revocation against such people as well as allowing for the stripping of citizenship from dual nationals who engage in terrorist activities.

“We will soon bring forward additional measures to strengthen the ability of our security services to monitor aspiring terrorists to where possible prevent their return to Canada or to where that is not possible give greater tools to be able to charge and prosecute.

“Mr. Speaker, to return to the matter before us today, I urge all members to consider and to support the motion we have presented.

“I do this, Mr. Speaker, in recognizing that in a democracy, especially one approaching an election, there is rarely political upside in supporting any kind of military action and little risk in opposing it.

“Nevertheless, for regional and global security and, of course, the security of Canadians, this action is necessary.

“The evidence of the necessity of this, Mr. Speaker, there is none better than the fact that the mission has been launched by President Obama, the leader who had withdrawn American troops and proudly ended the war in Iraq.

“Of course, Mr. Speaker, one could say that while the mission is evidently necessary, we don’t have to be the ones doing it because others will.

“But, Mr. Speaker, throughout our history that has never been the Canadian way.

“It has never been the Canadian way to do only the most easy and praiseworthy of actions and to leave the tough things for others.

“Indeed, Mr. Speaker, colleagues, we should be under no illusion.

“If Canada wants to keep its voice in the world, and we should since so many of our challenges are global, being a free rider means you are not taken seriously.

“The threat posed by ISIL is real.

“And it is grave.

“And it is explicitly directed, in part, against this country.

“Left unchecked, this terrorist threat can only grow and grow quickly.

“As a government we know our ultimate responsibility is to protect Canadians and to defend our citizens from those who would do harm to us or our families.

“We also know that our country, like our allies, shares the duty and burden of all free peoples, to act against wider global threats when it is in our capacity to do so.

“And when our allies recognize and respond to a threat that would also harm us, we Canadians do not stand on the sidelines.

“We do our part.

“On Monday, this House will debate the motion put forward for an air combat campaign against ISIL.

“I call on all members of this House to show their support for this mission and of course our support for the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who are now and always ready and willing to answer the call of their country.”

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Islam 101 ~ U.S. Conducts Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
« Reply #241 on: October 09, 2014, 07:29:55 PM »
U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

U.S. Central Command News Release,October 9, 2014 ,Release #20141011

http://www.centcom.mil/en/news/articles/oct-9-u.s.-military-conducts-airstrikes-against-isil-in-syria-and-iraq

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 9, 2014 - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria today using bomber aircraft to conduct nine airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft today to conduct two airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.

In Syria, six airstrikes south of Kobani destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, one ISIL tank, one ISIL heavy machine gun, and damaged an ISIL fighting position. These strikes also struck one large and two small ISIL units. Three airstrikes north of Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

In Iraq, an airstrike south of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL bunker and ammunition cache, and a small ISIL unit. Another airstrike, south of Sinjar Mountain, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and a small ISIL unit. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.


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Islam 101 ~ CF-18 jets won't join anti-ISIS fight for 3 weeks
« Reply #242 on: October 11, 2014, 01:30:18 PM »
CF-18 jets to based in Kuwait, but won't join anti-ISIS fight for 3 weeks

6 fighter jets being deployed from Alberta; 3 other planes coming from Ontario and N.S.

CBC News  ,  Oct 08, 2014

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cf-18-jets-to-based-in-kuwait-but-won-t-join-anti-isis-fight-for-3-weeks-1.2792826

Canadian generals are preparing an early draft of a two-track bombing campaign designed to pick off ISIS fighters when they come out from under the cover of civilian enclaves, and then to ramp up offensive operations in the ensuing weeks, as part of Canada's newly approved military mission against the Mideast militants.

Canadian jets won't be in the air in the region for up to three weeks, CBC News has learned. Generals have to prepare for a fight that will see fewer hard targets after weeks of allied bombing of ISIS from the air.

Multiple sources told CBC News the government has not yet decided whether its policy will be to assert a legal basis for bombing targets in Syria as well. Those targets could be added to Canadian pilots' hits list once the government makes it decision.

Reconnaissance teams are on the ground now in Kuwait and will report back to the government in a week on infrastructure and weaponry needs for the co-ordinated coalition effort.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons Wednesday that the six CF-18 fighter jets will come from the Canadian Forces base in Cold Lake, Alta., while a refuelling plane and two surveillance planes will be deployed from bases in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

"I can confirm to the House that six CF-18s will be deployed from the 4 Wing Cold Lake [Alberta], the Polaris will be deployed from 8 Wing Trenton [Ontario] and two Auroras will be deployed from 14 Wing Greenwood [Nova Scotia]," Harper told MPs in response to a question from Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair during the House of Commons daily question period.

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Re: Islam 101
« Reply #243 on: October 13, 2014, 12:50:01 AM »
Three weeks? Sounds like that airport's traffic is backed up pretty far.
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Islam 101 ~Ring of steel around Queen to foil 'terrorist plot'
« Reply #244 on: November 09, 2014, 09:00:29 PM »
Remembrance Sunday: ring of steel around Queen to foil Cenotaph 'terrorist plot'

Security around the Queen and senior politicians attending today’s Remembrance Sunday events will be at its highest level since 2001

By Patrick Sawer, Gordon Rayner, Tom Whitehead , 09 Nov 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11219150/Remembrance-Sunday-ring-of-steel-around-Queen-to-foil-Cenotaph-terrorist-plot.html

Security around the Queen and senior politicians attending today’s Remembrance Sunday events will be at its tightest for more than a decade after police and the intelligence services claimed to have foiled a plot by Islamists to mount a terrorist attack.

Armed police, undercover officers and soldiers will form what security experts described as a “multilayered” cordon around the Royal family, the Prime Minister and leaders of the main political parties as they prepare to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, following the traditional two-minute silence at 11am. Security will also be stepped up at other war memorials around the country, where services are also taking place.

Security will be at its highest level since 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. It follows the arrest of four men – in High Wycombe and west London – who were feared to have been planning a gun attack on servicemen and civilians gathering for today’s Remembrance Sunday events.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) were last night continuing to question the four men under the Terrorism Act 2000, on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

The arrests, in a series of armed raids, came after the police and intelligence services grew increasingly concerned that the men were planning to stage an attack during Remembrance Sunday using “knives or blades”, with fears they were intending to stage a killing similar to that of Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich barracks, in May last year.

It emerged last night that one of the men, 19-year-old Yousaf Syed, was detained in April after security officials suspected he was intending to travel to Syria. He was not charged after that arrest, but weeks later his passport was revoked by Home Office officials.

Mr Syed, was arrested by armed officers at his mother’s house in High Wycombe at 8.45pm. At precisely the same time another group of armed officers, along with colleagues from SO15, arrested a 22-year-old man at an address in Hounslow.

Fourteen minutes earlier a 27 year-old was arrested after his car was surrounded by armed officers in a street in Southall. A fourth man was held in the early hours of Friday morning at an address in Uxbridge.

Sources said the arrests came after a surveillance and intelligence operation mounted by MI5 led to concerns that “subjects of interest” were involved in “attack planning”.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11219150/Remembrance-Sunday-ring-of-steel-around-Queen-to-foil-Cenotaph-terrorist-plot.html

 


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Islam 101 ~ P. M. Stephen Harper condems terrorist attack in Nigeria
« Reply #245 on: November 10, 2014, 07:04:56 PM »
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper condems terrorist attack in Nigeria

November 10, 2014 , Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement condemning a terrorist attack in Potiskum, Nigeria:

“I was deeply saddened to learn that a suicide bomber attacked the Government Technical Science College earlier today in northwestern Nigeria, killing at least 48 and injuring dozens more.

“Canada strongly condemns this murderous attack. Such heinous and cowardly acts only strengthen the will of the international community to fight terrorism in all its forms and hunt down its perpetrators. It also reminds us that no country is immune to such acts of depravity.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those affected, and our prayers for a speedy recovery to those injured.”


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Islam 101 ~ Canada Condemns Brazen Attacks in Israel
« Reply #246 on: November 10, 2014, 07:32:25 PM »
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Condemns Brazen Attacks in Israel

November 10, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement:

“Canada condemns today’s brazen attacks that have claimed the lives of an Israeli woman and a member of the Israel Defense Forces.

“These terrorist attacks come after last week’s deplorable violence where vehicles were intentionally driven into innocent bystanders.

“Perpetrators of these acts of violence are responsible for further aggravating an already volatile situation.

“Any statements of incitement are irresponsible. Those leaders who regularly issue them cannot plead ignorance when terrorist attacks like today’s occur.

“On behalf of all Canadians, we stand with the people of Israel and offer our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.”

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Islam 101 ~ no-go zones
« Reply #247 on: January 26, 2015, 05:35:22 AM »
Ezra Levant on France's no-go zones - part 4

Ezra sums up the profusion of no-go zones in France.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEwHUPP2vw0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEwHUPP2vw0</a>


Ezra Levant on France's no-go zones - part 3

21 Jan 2015
Ezra explains that France calls them "sensitive economic zones" and "priority security zones," not no-go zones.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPpyW5DlP4A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPpyW5DlP4A</a>


Ezra Levant on France's no-go zones - part 2 (England's no-go zones)
21 Jan 2015
Ezra covers the no-go zones in David Cameron's England.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUt10UOjNXY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUt10UOjNXY</a>

Ezra Levant on France's no-go zones - part 1
21 Jan 2015
Apparently the clueless Left are in a state of glee over some Fox News observation that France has no-go zones.

No-go zones? Why to the reality-averse Left things are as they wish them to be, not a they actually are. Car-b-ques? Gang rapes? Attacks on Jews? Mon Dieu, cover zee eyes, zee multiculturalism can do no wrong!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoSlx7jf608" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoSlx7jf608</a>





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Islam 101 ~ Canadian special forces return fire again
« Reply #248 on: January 27, 2015, 01:32:17 PM »
ISIS fight: Canadian special forces returned fire 2 more times

Canada's role has 'evolved' beyond advising and assisting Iraqi troops, but still within mandate

By Susana Mas, CBC News , Jan 26, 2015

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/isis-fight-canadian-special-forces-returned-fire-2-more-times-1.2931848

Canadian special forces have returned fire against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a total of three times, Capt. Paul Forget from Canadian Joint Operations Command said in Ottawa on Monday.

Brig.-Gen. Michael Rouleau, commander of the Canadian special operations forces command, said last Monday the forces had come under "immediate and effective mortar fire" and responded with sniper fire, "neutralizing the mortar and the machine-gun position."​

"Two similar events have occurred over the last week and in both cases Canadian special operation forces, again acting in self-defence, effectively returned fire, neutralizing the threat," Forget said today.

ISIS fight: Canadian special forces returned fire in last week
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/isis-fight-canadian-special-forces-returned-fire-2-more-times-1.2931848

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Stephen Harper 'proud' of troops who fired back at ISIS in Iraq http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-proud-of-troops-who-fired-back-at-isis-in-iraq-1.2927706
Stephen Harper 'did not tell truth' on ISIS combat mission: opposition http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-did-not-tell-truth-on-isis-combat-mission-opposition-


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Islam 101~ Islamic State Justifies Burning Pilot Alive,Execution video
« Reply #249 on: February 03, 2015, 10:04:23 PM »
Fatwa: Islamic State Justifies Burning Pilot Alive

by Raymond Ibrahim , February 3, 2015 , (RaymondIbrahim.com)
http://www.raymondibrahim.com/from-the-arab-world/fatwa-islamic-state-justifies-burning-pilot-alive/
 
Once again, the Islamic State performs an atrocity that boggles the mind of the West, and once again the Islamic State points to its namesake—Islam—to justify its act.

The Islamic State has just released a video showing captive Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh in a cage being burned alive (image above).  It also posted a fatwa on various jihadi websites that permits the immolation of human beings.

The main point of the fatwa is that “the Hanafis and Shafi‘is [two of Sunni Islam’s four orthodox schools of jurisprudence] permit burning” people.  The fatwa also cites the tafsir, or exegesis, of Muhalab ibn Safra concerning a statement attributed to the prophet of Islam:  “Fire does not punish them but Allah.”  According to the tafsir, Muhammad’s assertion is not a ban on burning people but rather meant to demonstrate humility—pointing out that only Allah can truly torment.

Next the fatwa quotes Hafiz ibn al-Hajar who comments that “the deeds of the companions [of Muhammad] evince the permissibility of burning, and the prophet put out the eyes of the men of Urayna with heated iron, and Khalid bin al-Walid burned some of the people who apostatized.”

As for Khalid—the revered “Sword of Allah”—I wrote about him here, including how he once beheaded an “apostate,” raped his beautiful wife, and then set the man’s severed head on fire before cooking his dinner on it.

None of this is surprising.  As discussed here, for every atrocity the Islamic State performs—beheading, crucifying, raping, enslaving, and now immolating—they have precedents from Islam, whether in the behavior of Muhammad or his companions.


Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh ,video still

Video of Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh being murdered...

https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=6fb0c5382160b5b3&id=6FB0C5382160B5B3!116&ithint=video,mp4&authkey=!AFxVnzvdGHH2X2Q




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Offline Jesso Yewno

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Islam 101
« Reply #250 on: February 03, 2015, 10:24:25 PM »
UN alarmed by ISIS logo on food aid

WFP says ISIS raided Red Crescent warehouses where food rations may have been stored

CBC News , Feb 03, 2015

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-alarmed-by-isis-logo-on-food-aid-1.2943115

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has declared itself "extremely concerned" by photographs showing its food parcels being handed out in Syria with ISIS logos on them.

Images circulating on social media show food being distributed from cardboard boxes with "Islamic State in Syria" labels pasted over the WFP logo.

ISIS rules over millions of people in Syria and Iraq, and keeping the public fed is part of its effort to portray its "caliphate" as a genuine government.

To get food and medicine to areas ruled by ISIS, the UN says it relies on partner humanitarian organizations such as the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), which told Reuters on Tuesday that it negotiates access with ISIS but distributes all aid itself.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-alarmed-by-isis-logo-on-food-aid-1.2943115


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Islam 101~Islamic State selling, crucifying, burying children alive
« Reply #251 on: February 05, 2015, 02:45:53 PM »
Islamic State selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq - UN

BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY ,GENEVA ,Feb 4, 2015 ,Thomson Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/02/04/mideast-crisis-children-idINKBN0L828E20150204

(Reuters) - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

"We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities," committee expert Renate Winter told a news briefing. "The scope of the problem is huge."

Children from the Yazidi sect or Christian communities, but also Shi'ites and Sunnis, have been victims, she said.

"We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding," Winter told Reuters. "There was a video placed (online) that showed children at a very young age, approximately eight years of age and younger, to be trained already to become child soldiers."

ISIL has committed "systematic sexual violence", including "the abduction and sexual enslavement of children", it said.

"Children of minorities have been captured in many places... sold in the market place with tags, price tags on them, they have been sold as slaves," Winter said, giving no details.

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http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/02/04/mideast-crisis-children-idINKBN0L828E20150204

 



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Islam 101 : Finally, Fort Hood victims to receive Purple Hearts
« Reply #252 on: February 06, 2015, 02:09:59 PM »
Army to award Purple Heart to Fort Hood victims

February 06, 2015 , FoxNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/02/06/army-to-award-purple-heart-to-fort-hood-victims/

The U.S. Army has decided to award the Purple Heart to victims of the Fort Hood massacre, sources told Fox News on Friday.

Three sources confirmed the decision, to be announced by next week. Victims of the 2009 shooting and their families have been pressing the military to award the Purple Heart, and the benefits that come with it, for years.

They got a boost when Congress passed recent funding legislation requiring the Defense Department to reconsider whether the victims qualify for the honor. At the time, a lawyer for victims of the shooting and their families told Fox News that some victims are still so damaged physically and mentally they are unable to work five years after the massacre -- and the benefits that come with the Purple Heart would be a lifeline.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/02/06/army-to-award-purple-heart-to-fort-hood-victims/


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