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Truce Signed in Syria by Assad Regime, Rebel Forces – Excludes ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

As the gunshots and sounds of mortarfire grow closer to Israeli communities in the Golan Heights, the Syrian regime has signed a truce with representatives of the rebel forces.

The truce, however, excludes Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda and the Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organizations, according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon by the state-run SANA news agency, which raises the issue of how long it will actually last, and how relevant it really is.

“The Syrian Arab Republic accepts the cessation of fighting actions on the basis of continuing the military efforts for combating terrorism against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organizations according to the Russian-U.S. agreement,” said an official source at the Syrian Expatriates and Foreign Ministry.

The military picture in Syria is far from simple.

Both Russia and the U.S.-led coalition are still claiming to be bombing ISIS terror targets in Syria, but one can hardly separate those out from the general population, let alone from other combatants.

The Syrian regime forces include the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist guerrilla fighters and Russian military personnel on the ground and in the air.

The U.S.-led coalition forces in the air have been bombing targets on behalf of the more moderate Syrian opposition forces. But there have been overlaps and on more than one occasion the “moderate” rebels have united with radical Islamists when they deemed necessary to overcome an enemy target. In this way, weapons, ammunition and other foreign ordnance changes hands, and Da’esh (ISIS) and/or Al Qaeda-linked terrorists end up possessing American arms and military technology.

Moreover, Ankara — also a member of NATO along with the United States — has been bombing Kurdish sites in northern Syria, claiming the PYD and YPG groups are related to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group. Turkey alleges the PKK perpetrated last week’s horrific suicide car bombing in the capital city, Ankara, together with a PYD-linked Syrian national.

Regardless of who is dropping the bombs, after five years of one of the most savage civil wars in the Middle East very little is left of the “Syrian Arab Republic” that the world — or President Bashar al-Assad himself — once knew. At present, even the outlying districts of Damascus have been bombed into rubble in many areas, as seen in the video below, filmed by RussiaWorks.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry source noted that the cease-fire is set to begin on Saturday Feb. 27. In order to ensure the success of the cease-fire, “the Syrian government affirms readiness to continue to coordinate with the Russian side for identifying the areas and the armed groups that are to be included in the cessation along the period it is in effect,” the source said.

“The Syrian government stresses the importance of border curbing, halting support provided by some countries to the armed groups, and preventing these organizations from boosting their capabilities or changing their positions so as to avoid anything that may undermine this agreement,” the source warned.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that he and U.S. President Barack Obama had agreed on a joint statement announcing their plans to stop military operations in Syria. The U.S. State Department announced the agreement, which it said includes “plans to stop the military operations in Syria, [but] which exclude the Islamic State (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations.”

Hana Levi Julian

In First Public Visit to US Mosque, Obama’s Choice Hosted Global Jihadist Leaders

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Barack Obama is in the final stretch of his time as President of the United States. It was announced on Sunday that Obama will make his first public appearance at a U.S. mosque to show solidarity with Muslims, whom many blame for all those terrorist attacks they commit.

The White House announced that Obama would be visiting the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which is located in Woodlawn, Maryland, just west of Baltimore. The ISB started in 1969 as a prayer group at Johns Hopkins University, which is located in Baltimore, according to the mosque’s website. A little more than a decade later, the community purchased an eight acre plot of land where the mosque is now located, as well as a school and a multi-purpose hall.

The vision of the ISB is “to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbors in an Islamic exemplary manner.”

Background information about the ISB uncovered a singularly alarming fact: two of the greatest supporters and promoters of a global Islamic caliphate spoke at ISB at least once, according to a “former regular.” This person commented that because it is located near Washington, D.C., “often celebrity guest speakers show up out of the blue. Like Dr. Israr Ahmed, Anwar al-Awlaki and many others.”

So who are those two celebrity guest speakers mentioned by the commenter on Salatomatic, which describes itself as “the most comprehensive guide to mosques and Islamic schools?

None other than two of the most influential jihadists this planet has ever seen.

ANWAR AL-AWLAKI

Most Americans will recognize the name Anwar al-Awlaki, the recruiter for al Qaeda who was responsible for so much terrorism that he was the first American the U.S. has ever put on the  CIA’s “kill or capture list.”

Al-Awlaki preached to several of the 9/11 bombers; was in contact with the Fort Hood military psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, just before the shootings; and was believed to be involved in the planning of the attempted bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “underwear bomber,” as well as having numerous other terrorist credentials.

At various times al-Awlaki was believed to be working with Hamas. He also stated online, just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, that Israeli intelligence agents may have been responsible for the attacks.

Al-Awlaki “is a magnetic character,” said Philip Mudd, a veteran of the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorism Center who spent nearly five years as a top F.B.I. intelligence adviser. “He’s a powerful orator in a revolutionary movement,” Mudd said in 2010.

This charismatic jihadist was also the one who, in 2010, put a fatwa on the life of a Seattle, Washington cartoonist who dared to launch “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day.” That reporter, Molly Norris, was forced to change her name, move and go into hiding.

Numerous terrorists said their inspiration came from al-Awlaki, and many incidents of terrorism were traced to al-Awlaki whose charisma and ability to use the internet to influence followers around the world was unequaled. This terrorist was killed in a U.S. drone attack in late Sept., 2011.

ISRAR AHMED

The second “celebrity guest speaker” mentioned by the ISB commenter was Israr Ahmed. Who was Ahmed? A Pakistani with ties to two of the major Pakistani Islamic jihadist groups, Tanzeem-e-Islami and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Israr Ahmed believed in the use of revolution to bring about the caliphate, and withdrew from Jamaat-e-Islami when it chose to engage in “electoral activities,” which was fundamentally contrary to his own revolutionary views.

Tanzeem-e-Islami seeks to establish a global caliphate, is anti-modernity and wants Sharia to control all spheres of life.

According to a report in Asia Times, Ahmed spoke in 1995 at an Islamic Society of North America convention in Columbus, Ohio. At that convention, Ahmed said:

The process of the revival of Islam in different parts of the world is real. A final showdown between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world, which has been captured by the Jews, would soon take place. The Gulf War was just a rehearsal for the coming conflict.

Just because two leaders of several different radical Islamist jihadist groups spoke at the ISB does not mean that the mosque promotes the ideologies of those two men.

But it is worth finding out how carefully this mosque was vetted.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Obama Seeks to Reassure Frightened US With Recycled Pablum

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In a rare speech to the nation from the Oval Office, on Sunday evening, Dec. 6, U.S. President Barack Obama sought to use the solemn setting to calm a frightened nation, one that no longer trusts his ability to respond to the barbaric terrorism of a now unified-in-hatred-and-modi-operandi global radical Islam.

It is hard to imagine a single person who was nervous about the security of this country before Obama’s Sunday night speech who felt reassured by the President’s pablum.

There was virtually nothing in the President’s speech Sunday night that wasn’t already trotted out during his recent three other speeches during which the President sought to convince the American people that his is the right approach to dealing with terrorism.

On Nov. 16, just three days after the Paris massacre, the President spoke about the threat of global terrorism from the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. In that speech, the President was adamant that his was the right strategy. He refused to consider the possibility that he may have misjudged ISIS and may have pursued the wrong strategy thus far with the growing barbaric and now global threat to civilization, ISIS.

In Antalya, Obama referred to the Paris massacre as a “setback,” and described ISIS as a “handful of people” with “not wildly sophisticated weapons.”

On Nov. 24, President Obama and French President François Hollande held a joint press conference at the White House. That day Hollande uttered a litany of limited steps the coalition forces intended to employ in order to “destroy Isis.”

These measures, Hollande said, and Obama concurred, would not include sending in ground troops. Instead, the renewed commitment to fighting ISIS would consist of  “intensifying strikes, with more specific targets.” They will “focus on cutting off Daesh resources, taking out their command and training centers, reducing the flow of foreign fighters, targeting the hearts of the cities where Daesh is,” and helping to ensure the local forces on the ground are able to complete the tasks of destroying ISIS.

That litany was closely tracked in President Obama’s speech on Sunday night, when he described what his plans include for fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

And Obama spoke to the nation again, on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, in what appeared to be a hastily-arranged statement to allay the fears of holiday travelers in the face of recent terrorist threats and attacks. Obama entered the briefing room through a side door, accompanied by his national security advisers: FBI Director James B. Comey, Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.

Obama spoke to the American people following a briefing in the situation room from those advisers. His major point was that “there is currently no specific intelligence indicating there is any plot on the homeland, going into this holiday season.”

Well, here we are, still in the throes of that holiday shopping season. Despite the assurances, the homeland has indeed endured a major terrorist attack, one perpetrated by at least two Americans, one of whom pledged her loyalty to ISIS, and both of whom used bombs apparently built according to instructions found in the online Al Qaeda magazine, Inspire.

The female half of the San Bernardino terrorist couple who slaughtered 14 people and wounded nearly another two dozen came into the United States on a special “fiancé” K-1 visa, and had reportedly supplied a false address on her papers — a home address that was apparently never checked when her eligibility for that visa was being assessed. That doesn’t do much to reassure the American people that the Homeland Security and national security networks are doing their job well enough to rely on their assurances that there are no indications that “there is any plot on the homeland, going into this holiday season.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Non-Essential Staff Told to Leave US Embassy in Mali

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The U.S. State Department has authorized the voluntary departure from Mali of all “eligible family members and non-emergency” personnel at the Embassy in Bamako. U.S. citizens have also been warned not to travel to Mali, the eighth-largest country in Africa.

The advisory comes following an Al Qaeda attack on a hotel in the capital Nov. 20 that killed 20 people, including an Israeli educator and one American.

Shmuel Benalal, 58, of Tzur Hadassah, was CEO of “Telos,” a consulting firm specializing in educational and social international development. He was staying in Mali as part of his work when he was killed. Another Israeli who was in the hotel at the time of the attack was rescued, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Some 170 guests from the U.S., Israel, France, Turkey, and China, along with the staff, were held by 12 gunmen at the Radisson Blu hotel during the attack.

Approximately 40 French special operations police officers, along with U.S. special forces and United Nations “quick reaction” forces joined together to fight the 12 terrorists who had shot their way into the hotel.

The security situation in Mali “remains fluid,” the State Department said in its statement, and the potential for more attacks throughout the African nation remains.

The U.S. Embassy in Mali said it will provide only emergency consular services to U.S. citizens for the forseeable future.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Claims Russia Bombed Rebels Near Golan Heights

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

 

 

 

Russian warplanes bombed Islamic State (ISIS) and rebel positions near Golan Heights this week for the first time since Moscow directly sent its aircraft to defend the Assad regime, according to the Iranian regime-controlled Fars News Agency.

Fars, which is a propaganda tool, added:

The Russian fighter jets’ attacks have an important message for Israel while Tel Aviv is trying to pretend that it has reached an agreement with Moscow on Syria’s Southern skies.

That may or not be true.

Israeli and Russian defense officials have been meeting quietly on a weekly basis to coordinate aerial activities and prevent each air force from downing a plane from the other side. Israel has made it clear to Russia it will fly into Syrian air space if a mission is needed to bomb weapons being smuggled into Lebanon for Hezbollah.

Neither Moscow nor Jerusalem wants a conflict, and although no one will admit it, Russia’s attacks on Al Qaeda and ISIS positions near the Golan Heights Syria gives Israel a better sense of security, at least in the short-term.

Since the Russian Air Force began carrying out bombing attacks in Syria, gunfire and mortar shell attacks on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights have dropped sharply.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel Will Revoke Citizenship of Arab ‘Paraglider’ – If He Returns

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

The Israeli citizenship of the Arab who glided from the air into Syria Saturday night will be revoked, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.

The Arab, as reported here, set off a crisis after the IDF discovered that someone had paraglided from the Israeli side of the Golan Heights into Syria.

The IDF began a search for the man, but once it was clear that the paraglider had crossed into Syria to join the enemy, either the Islamic State (ISIS) or the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front, the search was called off.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Cabinet:

We are constantly fighting Daish, Jabhat – Al Nusra and other terrorist organizations.

Yesterday an Israeli civilian crossed our border in the Golan Heights into Syria to join the ranks of the enemy. We will act to nullify his citizenship. That is what is done in any such case.

Whoever joins the ranks of the enemy to fight against Israel, will not be an Israeli citizen.

Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria and Hamas officially are enemies or illegal in Israel. Does that mean that the citizenship of any Israeli who joins Hamas, or Islamic Jihad, will be revoked?

Don’t bet on it.

And how about Mahmoud Abbas’ “resistance” terrorists working for his Fatah party?

No chance. Israel has not declared Fatah an illegal terrorist organization.

It is headed by Israel’s “peace partner.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Assad Flies to Moscow to Thank Putin

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Dateline, Moscow, Syria – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew from Damascus to Russia Tuesday night to thank president Vladimir Putin for saving his life and keeping in power, for the time being.

Assad has not left Syria since the Arab Spring swept through the country in 2011. He rode out the storm for a couple of months, backed by the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who called him a “reformer,” before his heavy hand of suppression boomeranged into civil war.

So far, the alternative to Assad is a worse barbarian.

President Barack Obama says there will be no peace in Syria so long as Assad is in power. Fortunately, what he says means less and less in the world, especially in the Middle East and particularly in Syria, where Putin has outfoxed and out-smarted President Obama to fill the vacuum of power.

Putin’s massive military support for Assad, ostensibly to attack the Islamic State (ISIS) but in reality to protect the Assad regime from revel groups, Al Qaeda and a host of other enemies, has erased the overdone predictions that Assad is about to disappear, one way or the other.

Everyone has been saying that for four years, including Israel’s then Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who public stated that he would be toppled within six months. That was three years ago.

News of Assad’s visit was kept secret until Wednesday morning, when the Kremlin released a transcript of the Putin-Assad meeting. The Syrian president may have returned to Syria already.

Moscow is just about the only place on earth he could have visited without fearing that he might never return to Syria, unless in a coffin, if he were lucky.

The world’s “most dangerous man,” as Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joel Brinkley once described Assad, was given a royal welcome by Putin, for whom Assad is a pawn.

Assad said during the visit:

First of all I wanted to express my huge gratitude to the whole leadership of the Russian Federation for the help they are giving Syria.

If it was not for your actions and your decisions the terrorism which is spreading in the region would have swallowed up a much greater area and spread over an even greater territory.

Putin stated:

We are ready to make our contribution not only in the course of military actions in the fight against terrorism, but during the political process

The United States is the big loser in the Middle East chess game. It lost credibility long ago with the make-believe “peace process” that has left Kerry somewhere on another planet.

It remains to be seen whether Russia one day will be sorry for trying to be in charge of the Syrian-Iranian axis if the eternal Muslim hatred of outsiders trying to tell them what to do explodes in Moscow’s face.

For the time being, strange as it seems, Israel is a winner, despite the constant threat of Iran’s nuclear development that Russia has helped fund.

Assad is a butcher, dictator, a despot and corrupt, just like almost every other Middle East ruler. However, it was clear from the fall of Hosni Mubarak that the alternative of anarchy is even worse.

If Assad can remain in power, especially if Putin calls the shots, Israel can feel more secure that the Syrian his hatred of Israel and his threats to capture the Golan Heights will remain rhetoric.

Another bonus is that with Russia in charge, the United States will make less trouble.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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