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Will Iraq Become the Next Syria?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Baghdad’s new leader faces a fight from his predecessor and a raging tornado from the tornado of ISIS raging across his land. Will Iraq be able to weather the storm or will it become the next Syria?

Two-term Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lost his job yesterday (Monday) to Haider al-Abadi, but he has yet to concede defeat.

Al-Maliki had cherished hopes of serving a third term in office. But the consensus of world leaders was that Iraq was badly weakened by an existential threat from the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It was, however, equally weakened by its own folly, having thrown out American troops in 2011, thus assuring a lack of support from the United States, which pulled its forces from the region as demanded, leaving al-Maliki and the largely unprepared Iraqi army to wrestle with the terror threat alone.

Iraq’s new president, Fouad Massoum yesterday formally appointed al-Abadi, a former finance minister and moderate Shi’ite politician in a nationally televised address and gave him 30 days to form a new government.

The move was supported by US President Barack Obama, who congratulated al-Abadi in brief remarks delivered from his holiday retreat in Martha’s Vineyard. Obama said that both he and Vice President Joe Biden had already spoken with al-Abadi.

Al-Maliki could, however, make trouble for al-Abadi since he still controls a number of military units who are personally loyal to him. A political or even military civil war in Iraq a la Syria, given the current terrorist war already raging there, would ignite the tinderbox that would blow the country to Kingdom Come.

The Al Qaeda-linked ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terror organization has swept through much of northern Iraq, conquering the region’s largest city, Mosul. In addition to trapping tens of Iraqis at the top of a mountain and threatening to exterminate them, ISIS is now threatening Baghdad itself.

The United States sent some 400 ‘military consultants’ to the country several weeks ago to help the overwhelmed Iraqi army reorganize its forces to meet the threat. Last week the US also air-dropped food, water and other essential humanitarian supplies to those trapped on the mountaintop.

But the Obama administration has been adamant about where the military line will be drawn: ‘No boots on the ground,” said White House spokesman John Earnest. Instead, the US began carrying out targeted air strikes against the terror group last week. Obama justified the move in a statement in which he said the American people could not stand by and watch a terror group attempt “genocide.”

It is not clear how ISIS – an extremist Sunni Muslim group – differs in its intent from attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas and other Palestinian Arab terrorists — other than the relative success of Israel to defend itself. The only difference seems to be the identity of the victims, and the fact that oil is involved.

ISIS has seized Iraq’s valuable oil fields, raking in some $3 million per day. The terror group is also rampaging through central parts of the country and continuing to spread through the region into Syria and now even into Lebanon, where the group is proving to be a threat now to the Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah terror organization as well.

Several months ago ISIS seized control of two border crossing with Syria, and one with Jordan, where its guerrillas began to trickle in to the Hashemite Kingdom. Even Iran is expressing concerns over the impending threat to its borders. And ISIS operatives have already been spotted in Gaza.

Jordan’s Arab Bank Goes on Trial in NY for Terror Financing

Monday, August 11th, 2014

A worldwide legal earthquake is about to begin in Brooklyn, where the Jordan-based Arab Bank goes on trial today (Monday) for authorizing money transfers from terror entities to Hamas members abroad.

The case, a lawsuit by the families of US victims of terror, has been 10 years in the making and revolves around ‘martyr payments’ to the relatives of Hamas suicide bombers via the Jordan-based Arab Bank through its New York branch during the second intifada.

The plaintiffs claim in their suit the Bank has violated Section 2339B of Title 18 of the US Code, which makes it illegal for an entity within the United States to provide material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations. Hamas is included on that list. Attorney Gary Osen of Osen LLC is the lead attorney in the case.

This is the first-ever civil trial targeting terrorist financing, one that has dragged on for a decade because Arab Bank has worked just that hard to fight it — or at least to delay the proceedings as long as possible. When the Supreme Court rejected the Bank’s petition to hear the case in June, the way was paved for today’s hearing in Brooklyn.

In April 2013, a New York Federal Court penalizing the Bank with an order imposing sanctions for refusing to submit documents for review by the plaintiffs to determine whether they could be used as evidence in the case.

That order raised Cain between three agencies at the federal level in the Obama administration – the US State Department, the Justice Department, and the Treasury Department – as officials tried to decide just how to deal with this delicate but dirty matter that affects not one, but at least two or more of America’s closest allies in the Middle East.

The Bank claimed it refused to submit the documents because it could have violated bank secrecy laws in Jordan and Lebanon. The lower US court was having none of that and ruled a jury could interpret that to mean an automatic admission of guilt on the part of the Bank.

In a pre-trial statement to Forbes, the Bank commented, “The facts show that Arab Bank provided routine banking service in compliance with applicable counter terrorism laws and regulations, and had no intention of providing support to Hamas or any other known terrorist organization.”

The Bank is accused of facilitating massive money transfers from 1998 to 2004 to Hamas leaders and institutions, as well as to the families of jailed Hamas members and suicide bombers. The money allegedly came from insurance benefits provided by the Saudi Committee and the Hezbollah al-Shahid Foundation. Both supported the intifada by providing benefits to the families of those who “martyred” themselves or who became injured or captured by the IDF in the process.

The insurance was “ultimately designed to provide substantial material support to Palestinian terrorist organizations and to provide a meaningful incentive both to prospective recruits and to individuals contemplating the commission of independent acts of violence in the name of the ‘popular resistance’,” according to the complaint, as quoted by Business Insider.

There were five attacks specified in the complaint in which Arab Bank allegedly facilitated money transfers to the relatives of Hamas terrorists. One was the October 2003 case of John Linde Jr., murdered with two other security officers while escorting US diplomats to interview Palestinian Arab candidates for Fulbright Scholarships. The three were killed by an IED (improvised explosive device, also known as a ‘homemade bomb’) in northern Gaza. A second involved 3-year-old Tehilla Nathansen, killed while sitting on her mother’s lap when terrorists blew up the No. 2 bus in Jerusalem in August 2003. A third child, 8th grader Jacob Mandell, was killed in a hail of rocks hurled by attacking Palestinian Arabs along with another friend while hiking in May 2001. And so on.

Former Human Shield: Palestinians Perfected Propaganda War [video]

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

A former 10-year-old Lebanese girl used as a human shield by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon told Fox News “Kelly File” last week, “The Palestinians have perfected using children to win the world’s sympathy, and this goes back 30 years. The Palestinians have perfected the propaganda war.”

“My mother begged the Palestinian leader who used to park their rocket launchers in front of our homes, launch Israel fully knowing that when Israel retaliates, we will make the evening news,” she told Kelly File.

Gabriel added, “They would move their rocket launcher from home to home, fire one rocket and move away. When Israel retaliated,…guess what was on Lebanese television that night? People wounded because of Israel, and Lebanon television was saying look how horrible Israelis are. They are killing children.

“The Palestinians…cannot win militarily against Israel so they use their own children as disposable collateral in order to win the war of public opinion against Israel.”

Gabriel, an American journalist and activist, was born as Nour Saman in Lebanon. She has said that her life was saved by Israeli soldiers in the Litani maneuver in 1978, when she had been warned by someone of an Islamic attack on Christians.

Her constant condemnation of Islam has made her bait for criticism not only by Muslims but also by The New York Times. In an article by Deborah Solomon in 2008 its magazine, she called Gabriel a “radical Islamophobe,” a label that was protested by 250 people.

In 2007, she told Christians United for Israel annual conference, “The difference, my friends, between Israel and the Arab world is the difference between civilization and barbarism. It’s the difference between good and evil… They have no soul, they are dead set on killing and destruction. And in the name of something they call ‘Allah’, which is very different from the God we believe….”

Hamas Abduction Attack Mirrors Hezbollah Training

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Hamas has become Hezbollah. The Islamist terrorist group has learned well from its Iranian proxy benefactor, a fact Israel’s military leadership must adapt to quickly if they are to win this war.

For war it is.

At 9:30 am Friday, less than two hours after the start of a 72 hour humanitarian truce agreed to by both sides – arranged by the United Nations and the United States – Hamas violated the cease fire.

That is not news, because Hamas has violated every cease fire since the war began.

But this time, Hamas terrorists opened fire on IDF troops in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah and then succeeded in kidnapping one of the soldiers during the attack.

It was a classic Hezbollah move, similar to that carried out by the Lebanese terrorist group in the cross-border raid that launched the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Two IDF reservists, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, were abducted and murdered in that attack, but it took two more years to learn about their deaths.

Two years, a German negotiator, a prisoner swap, thousands of hours of agony and talks and a nation torn apart. During that entire time, no one knew the status or condition of either one until the day their bodies crossed the border back into Israel, in two metal coffins.

The price was the release of one of the most savage terrorist child-killers Israel had ever imprisoned, Samir Kuntar, in addition to four other live terrorists and the remains of 199 dead Lebanese and Palestinian Arab terrorists.

A third IDF soldier, Gilad Shalit, had also been abducted — by Hamas — and spirited away to Gaza just a few days earlier. But that terror group eventually made it known that he was alive, at least. For Shalit, the price was even higher; more than 1,000 Palestinian Arab terrorists, including hundreds with ‘blood on their hands,’ were freed in exchange for his return to his family.

Hamas has learned a lot from Hezbollah since 2006. The Lebanese terror group has served as the conduit for generous patronage from Iran in the form of funding, equipment, weapons and special training.

From Hezbollah, Hamas learned how to create its underground bunkers and terror tunnel network, which now honeycombs the entire Gaza region. It’s a little bit like the New York subway system, except that it benefits only terrorists.

Mostly, it facilitates various forms of attacks on Israel, especially abductions of soldiers.

U.N. special envoy Robert Serry told reporters early Friday afternoon in a statement that two IDF soldiers and a number of Palestinian Arabs were killed during the attack by Hamas, which he referred to as a “serious incident.”

Serry added in his briefing, “The United Nations is not in a position to independently confirm these reports,” but added that if true, “this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian cease fire in place … by Gazan militant factions, which should be condemned in the strongest terms.”

Lebanon Shoots at Israel Again [video]

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Three rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon on Saturday night, and hit within Israel.

IDF responded with artillery fire.

Lebanon arrested 2 Palestinian-linked Arabs who fired at Israel yesterday (Friday).

One of the terrorists had serious burns over his body, after his rocket exploded on launch.

Lebanon – 6 Rockets Almost Landed in Israel

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Lebanon’s Daily Star reports that Lebanese terrorists planned to launch 6 rockets into Israel, but only one of them managed to land in Israel.

Lebanese Army Intelligence and UNIFIL soldiers found traces of 6 rockets 2 kilometers from the border with Israel.

Of the four launched at Israel, two apparently landed short, in Lebanon, while one exploded at launch, injuring the terrorist trying to launch it. Blood and a ripped shoe were found at the site.

The Lebanese Army defused the remaining two 107mm Grad rockets that were set to go off.

Lebanon’s Daily Star reports that Israel fired 25 artillery shells in response, causing no casualties.

UNIFIL is also looking into the incident.

Israel believes the attack came from an independent terror group, and not Hezbollah.

Lebanon Terrorists Join Gaza Attacks

Friday, July 11th, 2014

 

Early Friday morning, Lebanese terrorists seemed to be joining the conflict with Israel launched by the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza.

IDF Spokesperson Lt.Col. Peter Lerner told journalists it is not clear whether the rocket fire was “symbolic or something more substantial” at this point. However, he said, Israel has suspected for some time that terrorists in Lebanon might open a second front in the conflict with Islamist terrorists Gaza.

At least three rockets have been fired at Israel from Lebanon since midnight, the first having been launched at about 2 am. That one didn’t make it to Israel and apparently landed within Lebanon.

Two more missiles were fired from a southern Lebanon village into Israel at about 6:30 a.m.

One of the missiles exploded in an open area on the outskirts of the northern Israeli city of Metullah, located on the border with Lebanon.

The second missile – reported by Lebanese media but unconfirmed at this point by Israel — apparently malfunctioned and landed inside Lebanese territory.

Forces from UNIFIL (United Nations International Force in Lebanon) and Lebanese security personnel immediately began to search for those who launched the missiles.

Within the hour the IDF responded with its own barrage of artillery fire, aiming at targets across the northern border.

The Islamist Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon is generously funded, equipped and trained by Iran, and in recent years has been actively involved in teaching its skills to the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror groups in Gaza. Hezbollah terrorist cells have been found in the Sinai Peninsula and in various other locations around the world, particularly in Europe – in many cases where Hamas also has mini-bases and “satellite headquarters.” Likewise, Hamas and PIJ have received much funding and weaponry from Iran over the past several years.

All three groups are also linked to Syria; in the current conflict, Hamas for the first time began firing a new longer-range M302 missile, produced by Syria.

 

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