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Post  polka23dot on Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:14 pm

Dabiq is said in the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah, a companion of the prophet Muhammad, to be the site of some of the events of the Muslim Malahim – equivalent of the Christian apocalypse – and a great battle between Muslims and infidels. He quoted the prophet as saying: “The Last Hour would not come until the Romans land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina.” ISIL were said to have deployed 1,200 fighters to defend Dabiq, however Turkish military sources say that the jihadist group has mostly left the area. source: http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/16/prophesied-apocalypse-a-myth-as-dabiq-recaptured-from-isil

In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region. source: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/05/25/shock-poll-81-of-al-jazeera-arabic-poll-respondents-support-isis/

Islamic State burns Jordanian pilot (Muath al-Kasasbeh) alive in a cage: https://archive.org/details/IslamicStateBurnsJordanianPilotMuathAlKasasbehAliveInACage

Islamic State beheads Syrian soldiers: http://videos.videopress.com/2bvZPwin/syrian-soldiers-beheaded_hd.mp4

Islamic State kills security guards in Tikrit, Iraq: https://archive.org/details/ISISPropagandaTikritIraqiSecurityGuards

Islamic State beheads 21 Christians in Wilayat Tarabulus, Libya: https://archive.org/details/IslamicStateBeheaded21ChristiansInWilayatTarabulusLibya

message from 17 year old, white Australian IS mujahid (Abu Khaled): http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b53_1413843302

Islamic State destroys Mosul Museum (Nirgal Gate, Iraq): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ9wvHq3eQ8

No Respite (Islamic State propaganda video): https://archive.org/details/NoRespiteB1

Islamic State video, Crush Your Enemies, Wilayat Aden Abyan, Yemen: http://goreboard.com/videos/brutal-video-from-isis-showing-them-crush-a-mans-skull-with-a-boulder-1981.html

brutal beheadings from ISIS: http://goreboard.com/videos/new-brutal-beheadings-from-isis-1965.html

ISIS executes man by running him over with a tank: http://goreboard.com/videos/isis-executes-man-by-running-him-over-with-a-tank-1941.html

ISIS beheadings & pistol executions: http://goreboard.com/videos/new-isis-beheadings-pistol-executions-1931.html

ISIS execution - 4 men burn alive: http://goreboard.com/videos/new-isis-execution-they-hang-4-men-up-like-meat-burn-them-alive-1897.html

ISIS execution is real bang: http://goreboard.com/videos/new-execution-from-isis-is-a-real-bang-1576.html

ISIS execution of 6 men: http://goreboard.com/videos/new-isis-video-showing-the-execution-of-6-men-1142.html

Islamic State video - making of illusion: http://heavy.com/news/2016/09/new-isis-islamic-state-amaq-news-video-the-making-of-illusion-iraqi-army-soldiers-shia-shiite-eid-al-adha-meat-hook-execution-throat-slitting-full-uncensored-youtube-video-download-mp4/

The ISIS is stated to have been formed by Abu Musab Al Zarqawi in 1999. During the 2003 Iraq War, it joined other Sunni insurgent groups. The Islamic State, as it is known today, seems to be an outcome of the vacuum created by the US invasion of Iraq — first for a regime change and later in search of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). But IS roots can be traced back much deeper into history... It claims to have religious authority over Muslims across the world and aspires to bring most of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its control beginning with Iraq, Syria and other territories in the Levant region, including Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and part of southern Turkey... ISIS grew significantly under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gaining support in Iraq as a result of alleged economic and political discrimination against Iraqi Sunnis. Then, after entering the Syrian Civil War, it established a large presence in the Syrian governorates of Ar-Raqqah, Idlib, Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo. In June 2014, it had at least 4,000 fighters in its ranks in Iraq. It has claimed responsibility for attacks on government and military targets and for attacks that killed thousands of civilians. In August 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the number of fighters in the group had increased to 50,000 in Syria and 30,000 in Iraq. Like al-Qaeda and many other jihadist groups, ISIS is believed to have emerged from the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s first Islamist group dating back to the late 1920s in Egypt... A caliphate was proclaimed on June 29, 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — now known as Amir al-Mu’minin Caliph Ibrahim — was named as its caliph and the group was renamed the Islamic State... By declaring a caliphate, al-Baghdadi demanded the allegiance of all Muslims according to Islamic jurisprudence — fiqah... In mid-2014, Iraqi intelligence extracted information from an ISIS operative which revealed that the organization had assets worth US$2 billion, making it the richest jihadist group in the world. About three quarters of this sum is said to be represented by assets seized after the group captured Mosul in June 2014; this includes possibly up to US$429 million looted from Mosul’s central bank. The group is widely reported as receiving funding from private donors in the Gulf states, and both Iran and Iraq have accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding ISIS. source: tns.thenews.com.pk/the-emergence-of-islamic-state/

The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic... The Koran specifies crucifixion as one of the only punishments permitted for enemies of Islam... “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women,” Adnani, the spokesman, promised in one of his periodic valentines to the West. “If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market...” To be the caliph, one must meet conditions outlined in Sunni law — being a Muslim adult man of Quraysh descent; exhibiting moral probity and physical and mental integrity; and having ’amr, or authority... Without a caliphate, for example, individual vigilantes are not obliged to amputate the hands of thieves they catch in the act. But create a caliphate, and this law, along with a huge body of other jurisprudence, suddenly awakens. In theory, all Muslims are obliged to immigrate to the territory where the caliph is applying these laws... The caliph is required to implement Sharia. Any deviation will compel those who have pledged allegiance to inform the caliph in private of his error and, in extreme cases, to excommunicate and replace him if he persists. (“I have been plagued with this great matter, plagued with this responsibility, and it is a heavy responsibility,” Baghdadi said in his sermon.) In return, the caliph commands obedience — and those who persist in supporting non-Muslim governments, after being duly warned and educated about their sin, are considered apostates... The Islamic State has attached great importance to the Syrian city of Dabiq, near Aleppo. It named its propaganda magazine after the town, and celebrated madly when (at great cost) it conquered Dabiq’s strategically unimportant plains. It is here, the Prophet reportedly said, that the armies of Rome will set up their camp. The armies of Islam will meet them, and Dabiq will be Rome’s Waterloo or its Antietam... After its battle in Dabiq... anti-Messiah, known in Muslim apocalyptic literature as Dajjal, will come from the Khorasan region of eastern Iran and kill a vast number of the caliphate’s fighters, until just 5,000 remain, cornered in Jerusalem. Just as Dajjal prepares to finish them off, Jesus — the second-most-revered prophet in Islam — will return to Earth, spear Dajjal, and lead the Muslims to victory... Without a caliphate, offensive jihad is an inapplicable concept. But the waging of war to expand the caliphate is an essential duty of the caliph... Islamic law permits only temporary peace treaties, lasting no longer than a decade. Similarly, accepting any border is anathema, as stated by the Prophet and echoed in the Islamic State’s propaganda videos. If the caliph consents to a longer-term peace or permanent border, he will be in error. Temporary peace treaties are renewable, but may not be applied to all enemies at once: the caliph must wage jihad at least once a year. He may not rest, or he will fall into a state of sin... One way to un-cast the Islamic State’s spell over its adherents would be to overpower it militarily and occupy the parts of Syria and Iraq now under caliphate rule. Al-Qaeda is ineradicable because it can survive, cockroach-like, by going underground. The Islamic State cannot. If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate. Caliphates cannot exist as underground movements, because territorial authority is a requirement: take away its command of territory, and all those oaths of allegiance are no longer binding. Former pledges could of course continue to attack the West and behead their enemies, as freelancers. But the propaganda value of the caliphate would disappear, and with it the supposed religious duty to immigrate and serve it... The foreign fighters (and their wives and children) have been traveling to the caliphate on one-way tickets: they want to live under true Sharia, and many want martyrdom. Doctrine, recall, requires believers to reside in the caliphate if it is at all possible for them to do so. One of the Islamic State’s less bloody videos shows a group of jihadists burning their French, British, and Australian passports... Muslims can say that slavery is not legitimate now, and that crucifixion is wrong at this historical juncture. Many say precisely this. But they cannot condemn slavery or crucifixion outright without contradicting the Koran and the example of the Prophet. The only principled ground that the Islamic State’s opponents could take is to say that certain core texts and traditional teachings of Islam are no longer valid... That really would be an act of apostasy... In reviewing Mein Kampf in March 1940, George Orwell confessed that he had “never been able to dislike Hitler”; something about the man projected an underdog quality, even when his goals were cowardly or loathsome. “If he were killing a mouse he would know how to make it seem like a dragon.” The Islamic State’s partisans have much the same allure. They believe that they are personally involved in struggles beyond their own lives, and that merely to be swept up in the drama, on the side of righteousness, is a privilege and a pleasure — especially when it is also a burden. Fascism, Orwell continued, is psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life… Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a more grudging way, have said to people “I offer you a good time,” Hitler has said to them, “I offer you struggle, danger, and death,” and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet… We ought not to underrate its emotional appeal. source: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

The Islamic State (ISIS): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw613M86o5o7ELT6LKyJFKawB6gUsZSf7

ISIS caliphate and Jabhat al-Nusra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFZhQ4u2Cbg

ISIS caliphate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvE-ZYTziTU

George Mason University students support ISIS caliphate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqY4oesYSPo

Andrea Tantaros talks about ISIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgiN_FGjtu4

Flames of War (ISIS propaganda video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUFLxUz2gho

One crucial lesson to be drawn from Flames of War is that the film utterly destroys Obama’s and John Kerry’s ridiculous assertion that ISIS is not Islamic. From beginning to end, Allah’s presence is inescapable – he could even be said to be the movie’s protagonist. The film is suffused with religious commentary and Koranic justification for waging war on unbelievers. “Nothing can stand against the weapon of unshakeable faith,” the narrator assures potential recruits. Similarly, there is absolutely zero mention of the colonial “grievances” that Obama claims are motivating ISIS. Instead, the narrator very clearly proclaims that “we only fight to bring back the Khalifah and establish the shari’ah of Allah. We fight in order to rule the entire world with Allah’s revelation.” source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/mark-tapson/isis-ignites-flames-of-war/

A post in an ISIS message board, created three weeks ago and resurfaced in the last 24 hours with renewed urgency, includes a comprehensive guide to building pipe bombs using easily obtained materials like match heads, sugar and Christmas lights. Titled “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets,” the post suggests attacking Times Square and Las Vegas in particular, but also says tourist sites in Texas and metro stations throughout the U.S. would make good targets... The guide was allegedly used by the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013... “This is a viable [bomb] recipe,” the bomb expert says. source: https://www.vocativ.com/world/isis-2/isis-pipe-bomb-attack-america/?page=all

Islamic State (IS) is a deliberate assault on Western civilization and values, and humane behavior and human rights... It uses classic Islamic texts, the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, and symbolism to explain the nature of the caliphate... Like extremist groups of the past – the French Jacobins in 1789, the Bolsheviks in 1917, the Maoists in 1947 – IS uses terror and inculcates fear as a step in what is supposed to be revolutionary turmoil toward the creation of a “pure” society of true believers. source: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/09/president_obama_this_is_the_islamic_s tate.html

During his nationally televised speech on Wednesday night, Barack Obama told the entire nation that “ISIL is not Islamic”. Well, then what in the world are they? Atheists? And what is Obama going to try to convince us of next? That the Pope is not Catholic? source: http://www.rightsidenews.com/2014091234833/editorial/us-opinion-and-editorial/isil-is-not-islamic-is-obama-completely-insane.html

If ISIS is not Islamic, then the inquisition was not Catholic: www.newrepublic.com/article/119433/

Children trapped on a mountain by Islamic State militants in Iraq are drinking blood from their parents to stay alive. source and pictures: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2723712/

Six steps of making a caliphate: http://www.eurasiareview.com/08072014-six-words-need-know-successful-jihadi-establish-caliphate-oped/

first public speech of caliph Ibrahim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxawa6VnSTM

Syrian town of Raqqa is ruled by ISIS caliphate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkvDvXArzjo

ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674736/

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) has declared itself a caliphate, renamed The Islamic State, named its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph, and demanded that all Muslims worldwide pledge allegiance to him. Al-Baghdadi has called upon all Muslims to relocate to his caliphate to wage war against non-Muslims... The restoration of the caliphate has for decades been the central goal of jihad groups worldwide. The caliphate (khilafa) was from the beginnings of Islam until the early twentieth century, at least among Sunnis (who constitute eighty-five to ninety percent of Muslims worldwide), the center of the supranational unity of the global Muslim community (umma). The caliph, who was theoretically chosen from among the most pious and capable men of the community, was considered to be the political, military and religious successor of Muhammad as the leader of the Muslim community. He ruled according to the dictates of the Sharia (Islamic law), implementing Allah's decrees of justice on earth. The caliphate was abolished by the secular Turkish government in 1924. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 partly as a reaction to the end of the caliphate, and from the beginning a central part of its program has been the need to work toward restoring it and then recovering lands that had been lost to Islam. Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna explained: "Thus Andalusia, Sicily, the Balkans, the Italian coast, as well as the islands of the Mediterranean, are all of them Muslim Mediterranean colonies and they must return to the Islamic fold..." The kind of government that would then be established would not be a pluralistic democracy by any stretch of the imagination. Hamza Tzortzis of the Britain-based Islamic Education and Research Academy has stated this plainly: "We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom. We see under the Khilafa [caliphate], when people used to engage in a positive way, this idea of freedom was redundant..." In Islamic law, only the caliph is authorized - and indeed, has the responsibility - to declare offensive jihad against non-Muslim states. In his absence, all jihad must be defensive only, which is why Islamic jihadists retail laundry lists of grievances when explaining and justifying their actions: without these grievances and a caliph, they have to cast all their actions as responses to Infidel atrocities. With a caliph, however, that obligation will be gone. source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/robert-spencer/the-caliphate-restored/

Islamic State (ISIS caliphate) has become the wealthiest Islamist organization. According to western intelligence estimates, its net worth has risen to more than $2 billion. Its assets are larger than the sovereign wealth funds of nations like Nigeria, Panama and Vietnam. Most is hidden in bank accounts and vaults within Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and at safe houses within IS (Islamic State) territory. Recently, IS looted more than $500 million in currency and gold bullion from Iraqi and Syrian banks. Yet its long-term revenue streams are more mundane. IS’s videos on holy war attract Americans and Europeans disenchanted with the status quo. Those recruits hand over their passports, which are then sold to illegal immigrants heading westward. Ransoming captured and kidnapped opponents, landowners, merchants and western journalists is another small fiscal source just as for Boko Haram in Nigeria. Funds for equipment and fighters came on a much larger scale from Sunni donors in Gulf nations like Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Lax banking regulations, traditional money-transfer networks and influential sympathizers there have been central to subsidizing IS, suggests the US Department of the Treasury. Fundraising is often public; contributors attending subscription dinners and charitable auctions make zakat, or charitable contributions. Donor campaigns and merchandise outlets have been launched via Twitter, Facebook and the Islamic State Report and Islamic State News of Al-Hayat Media Center. According to US intelligence sources, “hundreds of millions of dollars” are then transferred to these jihadists via internet banking, hawala privateers and couriers. Even when donors are identified, they usually have been beyond the reach of western law enforcement... Like the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Al-Shabab in Somalia and the Tuareg in Mali, IS entered the narcotics, human-trafficking and food-supply chains. When refugees, heroin and nutritional staples move across IS territory, the militants provide safe passage in exchange for currency, gold, jewelry, even electronic equipment and automobiles. As IS establishes a bureaucracy, state-like activities provide sustainable income. The organization collects income, customs and other taxes and tariffs from residents. Al-Rutbah provides income from the Baghdad-Amman highway. Oil and gas from Syria’s Dayr al-Zur region and Iraq’s Ajil field are openly sold to Turkish, Jordanian and Lebanese dealers. A water-pumping station at Al-Khafsah and dam at Al-Thawrah facilitate control of the Euphrates. Hydroelectricity generation at Hadithah is targeted too. Monthly revenues of several millions of dollars are used to train fighters at $2500 each, billet them at $10 to $50 per day, and buy the loyalty of local populations with food, housing and municipal services. Like the Taliban, IS subscribes to the iconoclasm of Wahhabi Sunnism. Yet, as artifacts from ancient and medieval civilizations of Iraq and Syria fall into its craw, IS sees profit from parlaying historical loot into cash – including at least $36 million from Al-Nabak in Syria. Likewise, IS commanders extend safety to non-Muslims in exchange for payment of the jizya poll tax, as medieval caliphate administrators once did. IS has been assisted immensely by outsiders. Yet, its Wahhabi fighters are unlikely to be acquiescent toward their benefactors just as the Taliban turned on Pakistani patrons. Irrespective of whether donors fund IS for piety or profit, for community or politics, they cannot control ideologues and fighters. IS already speaks of overrunning the Arabian Peninsula: “oppressive idolatry rulers of the Muslim world will begin to fall one-by-one to the fighters’ swords.” If they control substantial energy resources, IS and its backers may have clout on the world stage. But the United States, Russia and Venezuela among others can compensate for oil and gas embargoes. So, energy prices have not surged in response to the organization’s threats. Thus far, religious zeal seems to be the primary motivation for IS funders, echoing the tension within Islam over whether the umma or community should be religious or secular. Not surprisingly Al-Qaeda affiliates in Arabia and North Africa are supporting the nascent caliphate. IS rewards them by showing no hesitation in bloodily stamping out widely held moderate versions of Islam and other faiths, too. source: http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/how-turn-isis-tap


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Post  polka23dot on Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:28 am

On June 29, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani al-Shami, the official spokesman for the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS), announced the establishment of the “Islamic caliphate” in the lands the organization controls in Syria and Iraq. On July 4, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance at the Great Mosque in the city of Mosul, and led Friday prayers under the name of Caliph Ibrahim, emir of the faithful in the Islamic state. In his sermon Friday, Baghdadi called on all Muslims in the far-reaching points of the world to join the recently formed Islamic State, to support it in extending its authority over all Muslim territory. Previously, his group had announced a map for an Islamic caliphate, to include large areas from India to southern Europe, and expressed its plan to seize this region within five years. Various parts in the Muslim world have witnessed demonstrations in support of the establishment of the Islamic caliphate, from Jordan — which neighbors the area — to Indonesia and the Philippines in the far east of the Muslim world. Protesters pledged allegiance to the caliph and expressed their willingness to immediately support him when demanded. Moreover, large groups affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra, which competes with the Islamic State, declared their allegiance to the caliphate after the establishment of the Islamic state was announced. This was coupled with Syrian and Iraqi tribes who rushed to pledge allegiance to the Islamic caliphate in Islamic State-controlled areas. In another context, the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, denounced Islamic State's announcement of the caliphate in a statement issued on July 4. However, he stressed that restoring the caliphate is an original Islamic principle that “we are all eager to [achieve] and we all think about with all of our minds, and our hearts beat with passion for it. We all dream of an Islamic caliphate upon the prophetic example, and we wish for it to be established sooner rather than later from the bottom of our hearts.” It is worth mentioning that Qaradawi is a spiritual leader and theoretician of the Muslim Brotherhood, which shares the basic fundamentalist principles with jihadist Salafist groups, although they have different doctrines... The Islamic State's extensive propaganda has played a prominent role in professionally marketing this idea, in order to attract larger numbers of fighters to the global jihadist project to establish an Islamic caliphate. The Islamic State media team constantly posts videos showing fighters coming from different parts of the world, be they Muslim-majority countries or not. The arrivals speak about their faith and jihadist experience that brought them to the battlefield. Then, they burn their passports, and warn their governments that they will return with their weapons for the Islamic caliphate to exert its control there. The focus is often placed on fighters coming from Western countries, to encourage and entice citizens of Muslim countries to join the jihad. They also conduct military parades in Islamic State-controlled cities to show their strength, and prove that their project of establishing the caliphate is real. source: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/iraq-isis-salafist-nostalgia-islamic-caliphate.html

As far back as March, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding ISIS as his troops were fighting them. "I accuse them of inciting and encouraging the terrorist movements. I accuse them of supporting them politically and in the media, of supporting them with money and by buying weapons for them," he told France 24 television. source: http://www.businessinsider.com/isis-funding-us-allies-2014-6

ISIS propagandists have even produced a map showing the ultimate borders that their Islamic State lays claim to. Spain and Portugal will be part of it, because they were ruled by Muslim conquerors during much of the Middle Ages. Iran, too (although something will have to be done about all those Shia Muslims). All of India except the southern tip should be under the rule of the Caliph, because Muslim invaders also ruled there as minorities for many centuries – and of course Serbia, Croatia and Hungary will be part of the Islamic State, for the Ottomans conquered all the Balkans up to there. Not to mention half of Africa, and Indonesia, and southwestern Siberia (which was once ruled by the Sibir Khanate for a century or so). There’s no point in protesting that Muslims were never more than a small minority in many of these places, for the lads of ISIS believe that only Muslims – indeed, only Sunni Muslims – have rights. “The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organisations becomes null by the expansion of the Caliphate’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,” al-Adnani helpfully explained. (Abu Muhammad al-Adnani al-Shami the official spokesman for the ISIS caliphate.) source: http://www.aawsat.net/2014/07/article55333843

Under Article I Sec. 9 of the Constitution, the “war power”, Congress has the power to issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal. Under international law, a Letter of Marque and Reprisal is an authorization from a government to specific persons to engage in hostile actions against that government’s enemies. The actions can be a seizure of property (capturing a ship) or mayhem and pillage generally. Since the “Islamic State” has declared war against us, we are, by long practice, at war with it. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/22/mcclaughry-finish-islamic-state-quickly-and-cheapl/

The Islamic terrorist group known as the "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) is making itself more visible in the West now. Newsweek is reporting Pro-ISIS demonstrators calling for “death to Jews” in the Netherlands. German news outlets reported ISIS supporters in Saarbrucken hung the ISIS flag from a balcony of a private home for several weeks. source: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/01/New-ISIS-Magazine-Takes-Aim-at-McCain-Promotes-Stoning-Mass-Executions

Indonesian Muslims support ISIS caliphate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwEdf8wXKI8

ISIS — the Islamic militant group that’s on a scorched-earth march to overthrow the government of Iraq — is known for being as savvy on social media as it is deadly on the ground. The group’s online marketing had helped turn ISIS into a global brand, and now the terrorist network even boasts its own clothing line. That’s right: Online retailers have begun selling ISIS-themed T-shirts and hoodies. source and photos: http://www.vocativ.com/world/iraq-world/can-now-buy-isis-hoodie-online/

Despite the rapid spread of ISIS from its expanding bases in Syria back into Iraq where ISIS had begun its operations, President Obama essentially sat on his hands. Iraqi officials began requesting almost a year ago that the U.S. carry out drone strikes against ISIS while ISIS was still in the process of mobilizing its forces. U.S. intelligence and military experts also warned of ISIS’s rising threat. Drones could have struck ISIS fighters as they were establishing bases in Iraq’s western desert and then moving convoys across the desert – all before ISIS reached any major civilian population areas. Obama refused to take action... President Obama’s assertion last week that U.S. intelligence had under-estimated ISIS is patently false and just a cover for his own indecisiveness. source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/joseph-klein/obamas-indifference-to-the-islamic-state-nightmare/

A New York congressman shocked his Long Island audience on Sept. 12 by saying that as many as 40 Americans have returned to the U.S. after fighting for the ISIS terror army overseas. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2762897/

The (U.S.) Democrats blocked... a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS. source: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/18/Ted-Cruz-Senate-Democrats-Abandon-Hillary-Clinton-s-Support-For-Revoking-U-S-Citizenship-From-Terrorists

How ISIS works: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/world/middleeast/how-isis-works.html

The Islamic State... announced a new curriculum banning the study of a wide variety of subjects... Students will be forbidden to learn math, music, social studies (especially anything about elections or democracy), and even sports... Any reference to evolution will also be forbidden. source: http://www.newsweek.com/islamic-state-bans-math-social-studies-evolution-classrooms-271096

Pamphlets backing ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) have been appearing in northwestern Pakistan. They appeal to local tribesmen to join ISIL, either in Syria or in Pakistan and fight. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/india/articles/20140918.aspx

Islamic State - Do we believe Obama or Mohammed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt51LTLTKm4

The Arab world has decided that an Islamic radical organization, ISIL ((Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is a major threat. Saudi Arabia in particular is extremely hostile to ISIL. The problem here is that most Westerners misunderstand why the Saudis oppose ISIL. It’s not about violence or power but religious authority. In July ISIL declared a caliphate. This is a religious dictatorship that is the supreme religious and civil authority for all Moslems. This was the earliest form of government in Islam but the last real caliphate disappeared over a thousand years ago and numerous efforts to revive it since then have failed. The closest thing to a caliphate is whoever controls the most holy Islamic shrines in the cities of Mecca and Media. These are in Saudi Arabia and the Saud family justifies its rule because it is the custodian (and a pretty competent one) of those shrines. But that rule does not extend outside of Saudi Arabia. For that the Saudis use the prestige from being custodian to exercise some influence over all Moslems. ISIL wants to take that away and kill all members of the Saud family it can get to... Since Islam doesn’t have a central religious authority, a powerful leader can “influence” (bribe or threaten) lots of Islamic scholars and clerics to support him. Those who become a problem either disappear or flee into exile and, usually, become irrelevant. This approach works, after a fashion, for domestic affairs but is a bust when it comes to uncooperative foreigners. For example Arabs have always had a hard time dealing with the reality of Israel. Thus Arab leaders calling for Israel to renounce its identity as a "Jewish State," blithely ignore the fact that virtually all Arab states enshrine Islam in their constitutions in some fashion, thereby essentially making them "Moslem States." The basic problem is that Islam believes it not only has the right to be intolerant but that no one else can do that, especially if it means treating Moslems as anything less than the master race. This preference for illusion over reality leads to things like Arab support for the slaughter of Moslems in Darfur, and wide scale Arab belief that the September 11, 2001 attacks were a CIA/MOSSAD plot, and that the Nazis didn't kill six million Jews during World War II. The most current absurdity is the increasingly popular (in Iran and Arabia) that ISIL is actually the creation of the West or Israel. Note that most Arabs (at least the majority who are Sunni) had no problem when ISIL was killing non-Sunnis and non-Moslems. But once ISIL declared that no Moslem was a real Moslem unless they recognized ISIL as their ruler in all matters that support evaporated. source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htiw/articles/20140926.aspx

After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group’s territory. The extremist fighters have melted into urban areas when needed to elude the threat, and they have even succeeded in taking new territory from an Iraqi army that still buckles in the face of militants. In neighboring Syria, days of airstrikes have been unable to stop militants on the verge of capturing a strategic town on the Turkish border. The limited results show the central weakness of the campaign: There is only so much that can be done from the air to defeat an extremist force that has swept over much of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State fighters have proven elusive and flexible, able to reorganize to minimize the blows. And more importantly, there are almost no allied forces on the ground able to capitalize on the airstrikes and wrest back territory from the militants. source: http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/world/islamicstateaircampaignanalysis_58302364

A Wisconsin man decided that enough is enough and joined the forces fighting the terrorist group ISIS (or ISIL) in Syria. Following what he saw as inaction by the American government, Jason Matson from Racine took matters into his own hands, literally. The 28-year-old American citizen traveled to Syria to join in the fight against ISIS, the brutal al-Qaeda offspring, which has been promoting at least four-gruesome beheading videos of innocent American and British journalists caught up in the conflict brewing in the Middle East. The tall, slender man from Wisconsin conceded that his friends and family think he is crazy for taking up arms against ISIS, but he just could not sit idle while the propaganda machine for the savages raged on. Matson was very critical of the Obama administration for reacting so slowly to the atrocities committed by the terrorists... “I couldn’t just sit and watch Christians being slaughtered anymore. I got sick of giving online sympathy. Five minutes of lip service does nothing. These people are fighting for their homes, for everything they have. It wasn’t until an American was beheaded did we do anything. We just let the monster grow and grow. For the U.S. government, it’s not about human life. It’s about how they look in the opinion polls...” The horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley in August prompted the Wisconsin man to take up arms against ISIS and join the Kurdish forces fighting the terrorists. Unfortunately, the former U.S. Army infantryman was injured by shrapnel from a mortar attack by Islamic State thugs in Jazaa, close to the Iraqi border and is now recovering in a hospital in Syria... Matson traveled from Wisconsin to Chicago and then to Warsaw, Poland, where he boarded a flight to Istanbul. He then drove to Turkey, where he was picked up by a YPG member who drove him to Iraq where he crossed the border into Syria pretending to be a doctor. The intrepid fighter doesn’t regret coming to the battlefield to fight ISIS and communicates by speaking a few words in Kurdish and with sign language, with his fellow fighters and the doctors at the damaged local hospital. “They don’t pay me, but they treat me like family. If I need anything, they look after me,” he said adding that the Kurdish forces are extremely young, kids really, and lack any kind of sophisticated equipment. They are also very bad shooters... Even though he can’t join the fight at the moment, the Wisconsin man is committed to the cause of defeating the ISIS and is ready as soon as he recovers. “Once I can put a boot back on I’m back there.” source: http://www.inquisitr.com/1530337/wisconsin-man-joins-fight-against-isis-in-syria/

It’s time to take the Islamic State seriously: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/its_time_to_take_the_islamic_state_seriously

The British Muslim convert known as the 'White Widow' has joined ISIS and is training a female suicide bomber squad in Syria, it has been reported. Samantha Lewthwaite, 30, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire has spent the past two and a half years on the run and has been repeatedly linked to terrorist plots in East Africa. The mother-of-four - who is the widow of one of the 7/7 suicide bombers - is charged with plotting a bombing campaign across Kenya in 2011. Now she is allegedly overseeing the training of the women in Islamic State's headquarters, as well as teaching militants how to manipulate western media... 'IS have plenty of fighters but they lack someone who really understands how to exploit the western media and this is where her strength is. 'She is a female version of Joseph Goebbels (the Nazi minister of propaganda under Adolf Hitler).' Lewthwaite, who converted to Islam at the age of 17, was identified as a main recruiter for Al Qaeda in East Africa and is an official spokesman for terror group Al Shabaab. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2772566/

The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate... "Oh our brothers, we are proud of you in your victories. We are with you in your happiness and your sorrow," Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement sent to Reuters by email from an unknown location. source: http://news.yahoo.com/pakistani-taliban-declare-allegiance-islamic-state-global-jihad-152459276.html

In a nationally televised statement made by President Obama on September 10, 2014 he said, "ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents." Considering that neither the President nor his principal national security advisors are practicing Muslims, while Abu Bakr a-Baghdadi holds two advanced degrees in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad, including a PhD, it is an astonishing display of naiveté for America's Commander-in-Chief to engage in a contest on the relative expertise of the two leaders in the field of Islamic jurisprudence and Koranic exegesis. The brutal truth is that the Caliph of the Islamic State has the credentials and expert knowledge to base all of his military decisions on Islamic principles, and that is a defining strength of al-Baghdadi that enables him to inspire his followers to a fanatical religious devotion. The President's ill-founded characterizations reveals a lack of ability to comprehend the glue that binds together the military prowess that defines the Islamic State... President Obama lacks a grand strategic vision for confronting the Islamic State... Thus far, the President does not appear to fully recognize the nature and scope of the threat being posed to America by al-Baghdadi and his army... Obama apparently sees the conflict as one involving a confrontation with "terrorists" as opposed to a structured entity, the Islamic State, with an army, battlefield commanders, an effective military staff and strong leadership. source: www.huffingtonpost.com/b_5933642.html

The key Syrian border city of Kobani will fall to ISIS, but that's not a major U.S. concern, several senior U.S. administration officials said. source: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/26731414/us-officials-isis-will-capture-kobani-but-its-not-a-big-concern-to-us

On the Turkish border, the world stands idly by as ISIS threatens a massacre in a Syrian town. The theme of the week in the Syria conflict—that airstrikes are of only limited use in the struggle to degrade and destroy the Islamic State terror group—is about to be underscored in terrible fashion in the besieged border town of Kobani, which is under sustained, and mainly unanswered, assault by as many as 9,000 ISIS terrorists armed with tanks and rocket launchers. I just got off the phone with a desperate-sounding Kurdish intelligence official, Rooz Bahjat, who said he fears that Kobani could fall to ISIS within the next 24 hours. If it does, he predicts that ISIS will murder thousands in the city, which is crammed with refugees—Kurdish, Turkmen, Christian, and Arab—from other parts of the Syrian charnel house. As many as 50,000 civilians remain in the town, Bahjat said. "A terrible slaughter is coming. If they take the city, we should expect to have 5,000 dead within 24 or 36 hours," he told me. "It will be worse than Sinjar," the site of a recent ISIS massacre that helped prompt President Obama to fight ISIS. There have been reports of airstrikes on ISIS vehicles, but so far, Bahjat said that these strikes have been modest in scope and notably ineffective. Kobani is located on the Turkish border, but Bahjat said he is receiving reports that Turkey is pulling its troops back, rather than risk armed confrontation with ISIS. "It's unbelievable—Turkey is in NATO, so you literally have NATO watching what is happening in this town. Everyone can see it—the TV cameras are there, watching. It's terrible." He went on, "This just can't be allowed to happen. I'm upset personally as a Kurd, seeing my brethren killed. I'm upset as a secularist seeing the hope of freedom being murdered and I'm upset as a human being, watching these monsters commit genocide." Kurdish fighters are outnumbered by ISIS, and they have no heavy weaponry. There are reports coming out of Kobani that at least one female Kurdish suicide bomber has struck at ISIS terrorists already. The situation is grim, growing grimmer, and one in which hesitation by the international community may not be easily forgiven. source: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/a-terrible-slaughter-is-coming/381157/

The likely fall of Kobani may mark an irrevocable breach between Turks and Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Many of the 30 million Kurds in the region believe that, if Kobani falls, it will be because Turkey refused to help its defenders as they faced repeated Isis assaults and cut them off from reinforcements and fresh supplies of weapons and ammunition. “We are besieged by Turkey, it is not something new,” said Ismet Sheikh Hassan, the Kurdish Defence Chief for the Kobani region. source: www.independent.co.uk/news/9780941.html

The sense of betrayal is palpable. The Kurds on Turkey’s southern border with Syria are embittered as the tragedy of Kobani unfolds before their eyes on the other side of a wire fence... The forces might be in the terminal stages of failing to prevent a massacre, but Ankara refuses to allow Kurdish fighters to cross into Syria to relieve the neighboring city. As Turkish troops and tanks stand guard at the border, many Kurds are desperate and angry, assaulted by Turkish teargas, water cannon, and police violence... There have been clashes and killings in a dozen towns across the south-east in recent days, in Istanbul and Ankara as well as in western Europe, leaving at least 19 dead. Countless buildings are being torched and curfews imposed, including in Diyarbakir, the biggest city in the south-east. source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/08/kobani-isis-turkey-kurds-ypg-syria-erdogan

The Kurds are running out of ammunition, the Turks are refusing to resupply them and the murderous Islamic State militants are bearing down on Kobani — and sharpening their knives... ISIS is armed largely with U.S.-made weapons they seized from the disintegrating Iraqi Army. By contrast, the Kurds are lightly armed with mostly Russian-made weapons like Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles and DShK heavy machine guns that were used as anti-aircraft weapons during World War II. Despite being heavily outgunned, the Kurds — mostly militiamen from the People's Protection Units, or YPG — have been the only ground force in Iraq that has been able to stave off ISIS. Angered by their resistance, ISIS has taken to chopping off the heads of captured YPG fighters —men and women alike — and displaying them in the Kurdish towns they occupy. source: www.nydailynews.com/news/1.1968782

To degrade the Islamic State, U.S. airstrikes need the cooperation of ground forces, but reliable Syrian rebel forces are scarce. So the Syrian Kurds should be America’s best allies. Located mainly in the north and northeast, along the Turkish and Iraqi borders, Syrian Kurds have fought fiercely against the Islamic State, whose so-called caliphate abuts their areas. Until now, however, U.S. help has been too little, and possibly too late. This week, U.S. airstrikes finally hit Islamic State positions in Kobani, which has been besieged for a month. But until now, there has been no contact with Kurdish forces on the ground to coordinate on targets. “There has been no U.S. communication with the PYD,” said Muslim, using the acronym for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which he heads. It is the largest political grouping in the Kurdish region. “We have sent letters saying we are willing to coordinate. We are the only force in Syria ready to stand against (the Islamic State) until now. We are on the ground, we have the experience. But they (the U.S.) are not communicating with us...” The Turks have blocked the movement of military aid to Kobani. The Kurdish fighters are desperate for anti-tank weapons and more manpower. Kurdish fighters elsewhere in Syria who are separated from Kobani by Islamic State-held territory could reach the besieged town via Turkey. But the Turks won’t let them, or heavy weapons, across... President Obama needs to convey an urgent message to Erdogan this week: The fall of Kobani will further embolden the Islamic State, which in turn will threaten Turkey, Europe, and America. It will make the allied air campaign look feckless. As a serious ally in the anti-Islamic State coalition, Erdogan cannot let this happen. He must let men and weapons in, and Washington must start coordinating with the Kurds. Equally important is the moral issue. The fall of Kobani would convince the Kurds that Washington is ready to use them as cannon fodder but has no real desire to work against the Islamic State. source: http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2024742433_trudyrubincolumnislamicstateairstrikes10xml.html

Ankara claims that it opposes ISIS, even as the organization recruits in Turkey, transits through Turkey and sells its smuggled oil through Turkey. Every year hundreds of Kurds get imprisoned in Turkey for smuggling cigarettes across the mountains on the Iranian and Iraqi borders, yet we do not hear of any ISIS smugglers getting caught on the flat terrain of the Syrian-Turkish border. Instead Turkey prevents food and water from being sent to Kobane’s defenders, at the same time that it pretends it does not wish to see Kobane fall. source: http://rudaw.net/english/opinion/091020141

The air campaign against ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) has not been extensive enough to stop ISIL from moving around and attacking. American and other Western nations can use air bases in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) so there is no shortage of bases, or aircraft. There is a shortage of aggressiveness based on a fear of civilian casualties that would be used by ISIL to generate more public support in Moslem countries. The cult of victimization in the Islamic (especially the Arab) world ensures that any Moslem civilians killed by non-Moslems is heavily criticized. Moslems killing Moslems is also condemned but that happens all the time so it is not really news. Despite the fact that all Moslem states have condemned ISIL, there is no such unanimity on whether the non-Moslems states being called on to save the Moslem world from ISIL can be permitted to unintentionally kill Moslem civilians along the way. This is much less of a problem for Moslem warplanes, but the Moslem world has far fewer capable pilots to carry out a large scale and sustained air campaign against ISIL. This situation cannot be discussed openly, but everyone knows it exists and the behavior of Moslem leaders and media over the last few decades provides ample proof... American military leaders are disappointed at not being allowed to go after the mobile ISIL units as is the case in Afghanistan against the Taliban. Civilian casualties are less of a problem in Afghanistan because Afghans admit such deaths are very low and that over 95 percent of civilian deaths are the result of operations by the Taliban (mainly) and Afghan security forces. Arabs, however, are notoriously more sensitive about non-Moslems killing civilians so U.S. commanders who know what works in Afghanistan cannot use their forces that way in Iraq, at least not yet. The Western generals know that the world would not end if their political leaders allowed the use of “Afghan rules” but so far the politicians are more afraid of bad press than of ISIL victories. The generals believe this will change if ISIL continues to make gains in western Iraq and eastern Syria. But in the meantime the Western warplanes can mainly watch and only really attack areas where ISIL is stuck in one place long enough for the generals to get permission to attack... News stories that the U.S. has insufficient aerial surveillance UAVs and aircraft over Iraq because most are tied up in Afghanistan ignores the fact that the U.S. Army has over 50 MQ-1Cs in divisional aviation brigades that could be sent. The army has manned electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft as well. Several NATO countries also have UAVs and manned aircraft they could send... The Kurds are also more enthusiastic about working with foreigners. Thus American advisors are welcome. At one point the Kurds wanted Israeli military advisors to return. The last ones left in 1975 because of American pressure and a return of the Israelis, at least officially, was still blocked by the Americans. The Kurds and Jews go way back and have always gotten along, usually because both saw themselves as minorities in Iraq and before that the Turk Empire. The Kurds always practiced a more mellow (Sufi) form of Islam and still do. Most Kurds are very hostile to all forms of Islamic radicalism. Thus the Kurds are getting a larger number of Western special operations troops and military advisors than the Iraqi Arabs. The Kurds are simply easier to work with and absorb the training better. At the same time the Kurds do not get along with the Arabs (or the Turks) and as a result have had difficulty getting new weapons because Iraqi Arabs as well as the Turks refuse to allow it. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iraq/articles/20141010.aspx


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A new petition has been launched on the White House's official website asking the Obama administration to officially supply arms to the People's Protection Units (YPG) of Syria to defend Kobani from the Islamic State. The petition so far has around 17,482 signatories. If this number reaches 100,000 the White House is required to give an official response. The petition is here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/officially-arm-peoples-protection-unit-ypg-syria-defend-isis-destroying-kobane-community/MqkGM32Y

Kobane: As ISIS continues to unleash terror, some who escaped recount the horrific tales of the brutal militant group. Thirteen-year-old Dillyar cannot get the image of his cousin being beheaded out of his mind. The pair were fleeing Kobani and running down a street when Islamic State fighters blocked their exit. Dillyar managed to slip through their grasp but his cousin Mohammed, 20, was seized, and gave a blood-curdling scream as one of the black-clad maniacs drew out a knife. ‘They pushed him to the ground and sawed his head off, shouting “Allahu Akbar”,’ the schoolboy said. ‘I see it in my dreams every night and every morning I wake up and remember everything.’ According to those who escaped, the jihadis’ savagery is more hideous than anyone feared. Headless corpses litter the streets of the besieged Syrian border town, they say, and some of the mainly Kurdish townsfolk have had their eyes gouged out. Refugees who made it to Suruc, just across the border in Turkey, tell of witnessing appalling horrors in hushed tones, as if they can barely believe it themselves. Father-of-four Amin Fajar, 38, said: ‘I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off. Others with just their hands or legs missing. I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out – I can never forget it for as long as I live. They put the heads on display to scare us all.’ This ‘scorched earth’ policy is being waged by jihadis whose most brutal members seem to be Europeans. Another man, Khalid, a teacher, claimed he had seen two fighters involved in the crushing of Kobani, and he had been told by a friend that the pair were boasting they were British. source: http://daily.bhaskar.com/news-hf/WOR-kobane-crisis-jihadis-lie-in-wait-for-foreign-hostages-survivors-recount-horror-4774492-PHO.html

Kurds describe fierce battles on streets of Kobani: townhall.com/news/world/2014/10/12/-n1904147

Inside Kobane: drug-crazed ISIS savages rape, slaughter and behead children: http://www.irishmirror.ie/inside-kobane-drug-crazed-isis-savages-4423619

America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad... President Obama’s plan to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting... Unfortunately for the US, Kobani isn't the only place air strikes are failing to stop Isis. In an offensive in Iraq launched on 2 October but little reported in the outside world, Isis has captured almost all the cities and towns it did not already hold in Anbar province, a vast area in western Iraq that makes up a quarter of the country. It has captured Hit, Kubaisa and Ramadi, the provincial capital, which it had long fought for. Other cities, towns and bases on or close to the Euphrates River west of Baghdad fell in a few days, often after little resistance by the Iraqi Army which showed itself to be as dysfunctional as in the past, even when backed by US air strikes... The battle for Anbar, which was at the heart of the Sunni rebellion against the US occupation after 2003, is almost over and has ended with a decisive victory for Isis. It took large parts of Anbar in January and government counter-attacks failed dismally with some 5,000 casualties in the first six months of the year. About half the province's 1.5 million population has fled and become refugees. The next Isis target may be the Sunni enclaves in western Baghdad, starting with Abu Ghraib on the outskirts but leading right to the center of the capital... The US's failure to save Kobani, if it falls, will be a political as well as military disaster... President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would prefer Isis to control Kobani, not the PYD (Kurdish defenders of Kobani). When five PYD members, who had been fighting Isis at Kobani, were picked up by the Turkish army as they crossed the border last week they were denounced as "separatist terrorists". source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/war-against-isis-us-strategy-in-tatters-as-militants-march-on-9789230.html

Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat, one of the founders of Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has argued that the Turkish government has armed extremist groups in Syria, including the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). source: http://www.todayszaman.com/latest-news__361342.html

Women fighters make up one third of all Kurdish resistance, numbering between 7,000 and 10,000 of the Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. As urban guerrilla warfare starts on the streets of Kobani, on the Turkish-Syrian border, Kurdish resistance is increasingly relying on its female fighters to save the town on what appears to be a desperate fight for survival. The female Kurdish fighters are feared by Islamic State militants, who believe that they'll go straight to hell if they are killed by a woman. A women fighter explained "This is not a myth but reality. I personally met IS fighters face-to-face. Women fighters infringe on their psyche. They believe they won't go to paradise if they are killed by women. That is why they flee when they see women. I saw that personally at the Celaga front. We monitor their radio calls. When they hear a woman's voice on the air, they become hysterical." source: www.ibtimes.co.uk/1469569

It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing. source: http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/10/13/17213393/

U.S. military officials including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey warned all along that air strikes alone will not defeat or even degrade ISIS to the point where anybody can claim any kind of significant progress or victory. source: http://www.westernjournalism.com/pentagon-correspondent-obama-warned-all-along-airstrikes-alone-wouldnt-work-against-isis/

The U.S. military can barely contain its frustration with President Obama’s patently defective strategy. General Dempsey’s latest comments on ground forces prove he knows that the Islamic State won’t be defeated by the present reliance on air power alone. source: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390155/sowing-civil-war-tom-rogan

“Where is the air campaign?” Charles Krauthammer wants to know. “Where are the B-2s? Where are the B-52s? Where is the concentrated air campaign that could actually drive ISIS back? It is nowhere to be seen...” Krauthammer noted that “when you look at the Afghan campaign, the first 73 days, we dropped over 17,000 ordnances.” The U.S. has dropped less than 1000 bombs in the campaign against the Islamic State. source: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/390211/krauthammers-take-where-air-campaign-nro-staff

Author and columnist Tarek Fatah reported on Sunday that the ISIS magazine Dabiq justifies the rape, enslavement and sale of non-Muslim women – as following Islamic tradition... According to ISIS:  "Before Shaytān reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak-hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffār (non-believers of Islam) and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharī’ah." source: http://www.ijreview.com/2014/10/187212-isis-magazine-says-rape-enslavement-non-muslim-women-follows-islamic-tradition/

Researchers, piecing together reports of attacks, have now concluded that more than 5000 Yazidi were gunned down in a series of massacres by jihadists...  A further  5000-7000 women are also being held in makeshift detention centers, where they either been taken away and sold into slavery or handed over to jihadists as concubines. Five detention centers in the town of Tal Afar is thought to hold around 3500 women and children. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2792552/

The Islamic State group has substantially less support in Arab nations than it does in European countries, including Britain. source: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/10/16/_5995548.html

Members of a German motorcycle gang have travelled to Syria to join Kurds fighting against Islamic extremists (ISIS), raising the prospect of Germans fighting Germans in Syria and Iraq. source: http://www.thelocal.de/20141017/german-motorcycle-gang-joins-kurds-against-isis

Al-Qaeda has called on Muslims worldwide to join Islamic State in their quest to create a caliphate. source: www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=381541

How can such a numerically small force as ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, have taken control of vast swathes of Syria and Iraq, and how can it hold the ground taken while simultaneously conducting multiple offensive actions in both countries?... When it comes to offensives against prepared positions, ISIS forces can certainly deploy heavy artillery, modern weapons and tanks that give it greatly enhanced capabilities and completely outgun Kurdish Peshmerga forces in particular. Unconfirmed reports have suggested that ISIS even deployed a captured M1A1 Abrams in its takeover of the Mosul Dam, before eventually being driven back by repeated U.S. airstrikes. This is where airpower can make a difference since heavy artillery, tanks and armoured vehicles are vulnerable to airstrikes when concentrated in the open such as at the Mosul Dam and in the current offensive to take Kobani. What air power cannot do is easily degrade or neutralize ISIS's core advantages which are strong battlefield leadership, significant tactical autonomy and aggressive tactics. Their battlefield tactics are somewhat reminiscent of the German Blitzkrieg campaigns in the early part of World War II. They use fast, well-coordinated forces with vehicle support to attack enemy weak points in strength under the cover of long range artillery and mortar fire. A particular speciality is outflanking defensive positions and then mopping up defenders who attempt to retreat. The tactic is as much psychological as it is kinetic, and is greatly magnified by the horrendous and public brutality ISIS has systematically exhibited wherever it has gained control. Even well-motivated and equipped troops are likely to contemplate tactical withdrawals if outflanked and in danger of being surrounded by an unknown number of fanatical mass murderers with apparently superior weaponry and tactics. Where, as in Mosul, the defenders are poorly motivated, even small ISIS attacks are capable of provoking mass panic and routs. Kobani is an unusual operation for ISIS fighters in some respects, in that they appear committed to what has become a pitched battle in the open where they are vulnerable to airstrikes. Despite having surrounded Kobani and conducting aggressive and apparently well-coordinated infiltration attempts from multiple approaches, the sort of street-to-street "meat grinder" that Kobani has become does not play to ISIS's strengths. Against an enemy with nowhere to retreat to and air support, a numerically limited force such as ISIS that normally relies as much on psychological effects as firepower to take ground faces a tough challenge. This is just as well since on the ground, it is only the bravery of lightly armed Kurdish fighters standing between ISIS and control of the town. Airstrikes are essential but could not keep ISIS out of the town alone. In terms of defending the ground it has, ISIS appears to be efficient at quickly moving forces in strength to meet particular Iraqi and Peshmerga offensives. However, along most of the "frontlines" across Northern Iraq and Syria, a relatively small number of ISIS forces appear capable of pinning potential attackers in their defensive lines with a combination of reputation and sporadic mortar, sniper and machine-gun fire. Given the disorganized state of the ground forces arrayed against them, and the limitations of airpower for rolling back such an enemy, this may well be enough to allow ISIS to maintain control of most of its newly declared Caliphate for a long while yet. source: edition.cnn.com/2014/10/17/opinion/bronk-isis-guerillas/index.html

Palestinian parody of ISIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF1BGMHKssY

Kurdish TV ridicules ISIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7vXLVAyuAs

Iraqi TV ridicules ISIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBNbH-Fpnns

ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) has suffered heavy losses (thousands of casualties) in the last month and their recruiting efforts have become more energetic. This is especially true in Syria, but losses are mounting in Iraq as well. ISIL has also become more reliant on terror attacks, as using large groups of gunmen to seize territory or attack security forces simply provides an excellent target for air strikes. The heavy losses in Kobani (Syria) is a painful reminder that when the opposition has air support, you have to slow down and take more time to weaken and defeat the enemy. So now there are more terror bombings, assassinations and small scale ambushes and roadside bombs in play... ISIL is very vulnerable if it has to operate among a hostile population. Most of the territory ISIL controls is populated by Sunni Arabs. ISIL prefers to kill or drive non-Sunnis out of areas they govern... ISIL deliberately employs terror as a tactical and strategic weapon. This has been the custom of the Iraqi and Syrian Sunni Arabs for centuries. The Iraqi Sunni, who dominate the ISIL leadership, consider this terror a necessity. The late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was notorious for his use of terror (by his secret police and criminal gangs working for the government) to control the Shia majority as well as the Kurds (who were about as numerous in Iraq as the Sunni Arabs). This meant publically murdering or mutilating opponents. The killers were encouraged to be creative in order to enhance the fear their actions generated. After Saddam was overthrown in 2003 his followers continued to use these tactics in a terror campaign to regain control of the government. ISIL is the current manifestation of that effort. ISIL also embodies the long sought (by Sunni Arabs) unification of Iraq and Syria. That has not happened so far because the non-Sunnis in the two countries have opposed such a merger and still do. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/iraq/articles/20141023.aspx

most powerful people (Caliph Ibrahim is 54th. He is more important than prime minister of Japan and president of Mexico.): www.forbes.com/powerful-people/list/

Kojo village is the place where IS militants have committed brutal atrocities and mass killings against Yazidi Kurds... After the takeover of Sinjar by IS militants since early August, the residents of the village did not leave due to the promise they got from Yazidi Sheikh of Albu Mtewt tribe that told them not to be worried and not to leave the village... This promise only continued for a few days. After that, they called Jaso for a meeting with the presence of Mtewt Sheikh that threatened them and asked them to gather all the villagers. “When the villagers met, IS leader announced that all Kojo people have three choices; first, to be Muslim, secondly, stay as Yazidi but fight with IS against Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, or thirdly, we will kill you all,” the girl told BasNews. source: basnews.com/en/News/Details/The-/41311

ISIS leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi called for attacks in Saudi Arabia... "O sons of al-Haramayn (Saudi Arabia)...the serpent's head and the stronghold of the disease are there... draw your swords and divorce life, because there should be no security for the Saloul," Baghdadi said, using a derogatory term to refer to the leadership of Saudi Arabia. source: www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Nov-13/277519-baghdadi-everywhere.ashx

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Friday that the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS) militants is a third world war. source: http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/53519-141206-jordan-king-warns-fight-against-islamic-state-militants-is-a-third-world-war

Islamic State (ISIS) released pamphlet about female slaves: http://www.memrijttm.org/islamic-state-isis-releases-pamphlet-on-female-slaves.html

A reluctant former communications technician working for Islamic State, now going by the pseudonym ‘Sherko Omer’, who managed to escape the group, told Newsweek that...  “ISIS saw the Turkish army as its ally especially when it came to attacking the Kurds in Syria. The Kurds were the common enemy for both ISIS and Turkey. Also, ISIS had to be a Turkish ally because only through Turkey they were able to deploy ISIS fighters to northern parts of the Kurdish cities and towns in Syria. ISIS and Turkey cooperate together on the ground on the basis that they have a common enemy to destroy, the Kurds.” source: http://www.newsweek.com/isis-and-turkey-cooperate-destroy-kurds-former-isis-member-reveals-turkish-282920

ISIS has developed colonies in areas as far as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria, and in the Sinai Peninsula through jihadist groups declaring loyalty to the Islamic State. source: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/11/25/Analysts-ISIS-Developing-Colonies-in-Middle-East-as-it-Gains-Credibility-Among-Jihadists

Despite warnings that the brutal terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) is targeting Pope Francis for assassination, the pope on Tuesday came out in favor of "dialogue" with the group that has committed countless atrocities while conquering large parts of Syria and Iraq. source: www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/187876

A Syrian girl has been stoned to death for opening a Facebook account... Fatoum Al-Jassem was sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Al-Reqqa after it ruled having a Facebook account was immoral behavior. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2562051/

The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realizes... Each day, hundreds of willing fighters arrive from all over the world... Most concerning of all, he said, was Isis fighters’ belief that “all religions who agree with democracy have to die”. He said the view that kept being repeated was that Isis want to “conquer the world” and all who do not believe in the group’s interpretation of the Koran will be killed. source: www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/-9938438.html

Slick Islamic State videos depicting functioning governing offices and the distribution of aid fail to match the reality of growing deprivation and disorganized, erratic leadership, the residents say. A trumpeted Islamic State currency has not materialized, nor have the passports the group promised. Schools barely function, doctors are few and disease is on the rise... Much of the assistance that is being provided comes from Western aid agencies, who discreetly continue to help areas of Syria under Islamic State control. The United States funds health-care clinics and provides blankets, plastic sheeting and other items to enable the neediest citizens to weather the winter. source: www.washingtonpost.com/world/bfbf8962-8092-11e4-b936-f3afab0155a7_story.html

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ISIS has almost doubled the land it controls in Syria since the US-led coalition began airstrikes. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2914475/

Islamic State has formed a new fighting battalion composed entirely of English-speaking militants with orders to carry out attacks in the West. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2923783/

An ISIS operative traveled across the Syrian border late last year, settled in a Turkish port city, and began work on a mission to sneak jihadis into Europe. It has been successful, he said... The operative claimed that ISIS had sent some 4,000 fighters to Europe. source: www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/isis-operative-this-is-how-we-send-jihadis-to-europe

'I beg you – send troops’, Iraqi archbishop tells British parliament: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11402354/I-beg-you-send-troops-Iraqi-Archbishop-tells-Parliament.html

U.S. intelligence officer told NBC News the Islamic State will not team up with Boko Haram due to Islamic State's racism against black Africans. source: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/19/us-official-isis-will-not-join-boko-haram-due-to-racism/

Islamic State is planning to use Libya as gateway to Europe: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11418966/Islamic-State-planning-to-use-Libya-as-gateway-to-Europe.html

The UN is criticizing ISIL for marking foreign (mostly UN and mostly paid for by the U.S.) food aid as coming from ISIL. Before ISIL allows food aid to be distributed the boxes and sacks must be marked as a “gift from ISIL”. The UN also criticizes ISIL for selling some food on the market to raise cash. ISIL tells the UN to shut up and be grateful that ISIL allows the food aid in and generally does not abuse UN staff. Currently the UN food aid program feeds about four million Syrians, which is nearly a third of the population still in Syria. Nearly half of those aid recipients are either in ISIL controlled territory or the food must pass through ISIL controlled areas (in which case the food must be marked as from ISIL before allowed to pass).  source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/syria/articles/20150219.aspx

Islamic State orders Muslim invaders of the West to masquerade as Christians:
summary: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/58780/top-six-isis-tips-for-lone-wolf-terrorists-middle-east/
complete handbook: https://cryptome.org/2016/01/lone-wolf-safe-sec.pdf

"Our enemies are clever and determined. What we can do is to make sure the body of the state is strong, so that it can heal no matter how far they weaken it. So even if they destroy us in one area, you can be sure we’re still there. We don’t have to be exposed and visible. Do you think, America, that defeat is by the loss of towns or territory? Were we defeated when we lost the cities in Iraq and retreated to the desert without a city or a land? No, true defeat is losing the will and desire to fight." - Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the Islamic State’s spokesman, source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/opinion/is-the-islamic-state-unstoppable.html

ISIS tunnels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UREb0rGy3OA

Former members of the Islamic State have revealed that Pakistan’s military provides weapons and training to group’s fighters in Afghanistan and instructs them to kill the “infidel” Afghan forces. source: www.hindustantimes.com/world/p-s/story-P9LJStitGP1aVUptT3cAPL.html

Islamic State is using wooden replicas of tanks and Humvees in a bid to subvert an air campaign by the U.S.-led military coalition supporting Iraqi forces in the Mosul operations, even using bearded mannequins to simulate jihadist fighters. source: www.reuters.com/article/us-idUSKBN1380RB

Caliph Ibrahim (leader of the Islamic State) lives underground and has tunnels that stretch to different areas. He doesn't sleep without his suicide bomber vest so he can set it off if he's captured. source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/19/increasingly-paranoid-isis-leader-reportedly-refuses-to-sleep-without-suicide-vest.html

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group — also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- is believed to be dead, with the group having called a meeting of its leaders in Iraq to choose a successor to Baghdadi. source: www.ibtimes.co.in/b-707005

The Islamic State buys bulk quantity of weapons from Turkey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvoU4zz7Dp4

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