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Turkey Approves Military Action in Iraq, Syria

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The Turkish Parliament has authorized its nations leaders to send troops into battle in Syria and Iraq.

The measure, overwhelmingly approved in a 298-98 vote today (Oct 2), also permits the deployment of foreign troops on Turkish soil, according to a report published in the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

The two moves have authorized the Turkish government to join the international Alliance against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Canadian ISIS Fighter Threatens to Behead Netanyahu [video]

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

A Canadian who joined ISIS in Iraq threatened to behead Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Abu Usamah Somali, thought to be Canadian Farah Mohamed Shirdon of Calgary and who had been considered killed showed up in an interview with ViceNews.com and said “maybe” ISIS will stop fighting after lopping off the Prime Minister’s head.

Somali, 21, added, unsurprisingly, that President Barack Obama also is targeted.

He mocked Canadian authorities as “imbeciles” for not preventing him from leaving the country. “I can’t believe how someone that has extremist terrorist ideologies was sitting in front of you and you didn’t catch them. The next time they saw me, they saw me ripping up my passport,” he said in the video interview conducted by Vice News’ Shane Smith, who aid the ISIS terrorist was located in Mosul, Iraq.

Somali claimed he left Canada on his own initiative. “No one spoke a single word to me. All I did, I opened the newspaper I read the Qur’an — very easy,” he said.

Much of what ISIS’ new YouTube star can be discounted as exaggerated, such as his claim that the terrorist group has 15,000 foreign fighters.

He boasted that ISIS has “a lot of brothers are mobilizing right now” in New York who are “mobilizing for a brilliant attack, my friend.”

One statement was 100 percent true. When Smith asked Somali who is ISIS’ enemy, answered, “The world.”

His threat to behead Netanyahu can be seen and heard at 7:40 in the video below.


 

Iran, US Equip & Finance Lebanese Army to Fight ISIS

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Wartime makes the strangest bedfellows. Iran and the United States are both equipping the Lebanese army so its soldiers can protect the nation from encroaching cross-border attacks by terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Iran announced Tuesday that it has decided to boost Beirut’s coffers with an extra gift of cash for the Lebanese Army, which will also strengthen Tehran’s ties with the country as well.

Ali Shamkhani, director of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, made the announcement during a visit to meet with Lebanese officials in Beirut.

“The Islamic Republic has decided to give a military grant to the Lebanese Army,” Shamkhani told reporters at a news conference, Associated Press reported. This is the first time Iran has announced an offer of military assistance to Lebanon, although it has generously supported the country’s Hezbollah terrorist organization for many years.

Tehran will supply the country with military equipment to be used in fighting radical Islamist factions, according to Shamkhani. “The state of Lebanon welcomed this grant,” he told reporters, but did not reveal which equipment Iran was planning to supply.

At least 20 Lebanese soldiers and a police officer were kidnapped by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization in a cross-border raid from Syria in early August. ISIS has since beheaded two of the soldiers, and another was murdered separately, also while in captivity. Of the group, eighteen are still being held hostage in Syria.

Lebanon’s military and other security forces are also supported by funding from the United States and Saudi Arabia, and have been for some time.

Recently the United States also sent several shipments of arms to the country’s army in order to help Israel’s northern neighbor protect itself from ISIS, which has just formed a new alliance with the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organization.

Jabhat al-Nusra currently controls the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing — the sole border crossing between Israel and Syria. ISIS controls the Iraqi side of two border crossings between Iraq and Syria, and that belonging to the sole crossing between Iraq and Jordan.

Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra Joins ISIS In Syria

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terror group in Syria is reconciling with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The two groups have been at odds for most of the past year. However, last week’s U.S.-led air strikes in northern and eastern Syria have prompted Jabhat al-Nusra to renew its ties with ISIS, declaring the strikes a “war on Islam” in an audio statement released this past weekend.

Scores of al-Nusra members were killed in the first wave of U.S.-led air strikes, leading the group to vow retaliation for the attacks. The two terror groups are now holding war councils together, according to a senior source quoted by Britain’s London-based newspaper, The Guardian.

A spokesperson for the group told the paper that 73 members had defected to ISIS on Friday alone. More are planning to do the same this week. “We are in a long war,” al-Nusra spokesperson Abu Firas al-Suri said in a statement posted on social networking sites. “This war will not end in months or years; this war could last for decades.”

U.S. President Barack Obama admitted the intelligence community had underestimated the situation in both Iraq and Syria.

In an interview on “60 Minutes” broadcast on the CBS network, Obama said, “Over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves. And so this became ground zero for jihadists around the world.”

That ‘ground zero’ is barely a fired mortar shell away from Israel’s northern border with Syria. “Spillover” from the Syrian civil war raging between government troops and rebel forces has resulted in shell fire landing not only in Israeli territory but also in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.

Of more concern is the fact that Jabhat al-Nusra controls the Quneitra border crossing — the sole crossing between Israel and Syria — and that ISIS now controls the border crosssings between Iraq and Syria, and the Iraqi side of the crossing with Jordan.

Israeli military officials are monitoring the situation closely.

An Alternate 4-point Strategy For The President

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The words ricocheted worldwide a few weeks ago: asked about his plans for dealing with ISIS, the president of the United States admitted that “We don’t have a strategy.”

And then last week the president announced to the world a four-point plan. Unfortunately, there’s little buy-in from our European and Middle Eastern allies who would presumably participate in the fight against ISIS.

Here’s my own four-point plan that may be more palatable to our allies. The key is (borrowing Apple Inc.’s famous slogan) to “Think Different.”

Strategy 1: The Hippie Crusade: Airlift a jet full of hippies into the central square of Mosul, Iraq, singing “All we are saying, is give peace a chance” while waving antiwar posters. Mass sit-ins will be organized, and thousands of flowers will be handed out to all ISIS boys and inserted inside their gun barrels for photogenic effect.

Staying on message is a priority: it’s all about the power of love and peace.

The underlying assumption is that ISIS militants are simply misunderstood, that they are just people like you and me. For beneath the hard veneer lurks a tired warrior merely looking for the delicate hand of friendship.

Pivot to Strategy 2: The Salaam Aleykum Sequel. President Obama follows up on his sensationally effective 2009 masterpiece of a speech to the Muslim world with an even bigger blockbuster.

Delivered live via all media outlets worldwide, the president speaks in front of a black background (designed to provide subliminal comfort to the Islamist audience.) Obama forcefully reiterates his deep respect for Shariah law and his admiration for the rigorous methods employed by ISIS to defend the modesty of women.

Obama’s Muslim “street cred” will be fortified with amusing childhood anecdotes from his time in Indonesia and repeated mention of his affection for Malik Obama, his Islamist half-brother from Kenya.

The speech ends with a powerful fist-to-lectern vow that the U.S. intends to lead the Western World in overcoming the scourge of Islamophobia and seeks nothing less than a “dialogue of civilizations” with ISIS.

Time to move to Strategy 3: The Marshallah Plan; modeled on the U.S. Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after World War II, this is a multi-billion dollar U.S. and EU cash infusion into any area controlled by ISIS.

Here’s the thinking: rather than alienating a new and emergent polity being established by what are clearly spiritually ambitious souls, we ought to – in non-judgmental fashion of course – enthusiastically join them in developing their dynamic and exciting new country, Islamic State.

Under the Marshallah Plan, the U.S. and EU will devote their enormous resources to building mosques, madrasas, Shariah courts, and harem centers. Wielding counterintuitive thinking, weaponry will be promptly shipped to Islamic State in order to demonstrate goodwill and trust.

So with the hippies dispatched, the Salam Aleykum speech delivered, and a massive EU-U.S. investment in the nascent state underway, it’s time for Strategy 4: Levantribute.

This strategy borrows heavily from both the wisdom of antiquity and the Realist school of international relations, and can politely be described as a regular stipend.

Some historical background: the Late Roman and Byzantine Empires paid a so-called subsidy to Barbarian tribes, securing their agreement to desist from attacking imperial territory. True, this could be seen as protection money, but it actually seemed to work – at least until the inevitable assassination of this or that emperor or chieftain.

The Levantribute strategy, then, is a monthly fee to be paid by the U.S. and EU to the ISIS provisional government. In exchange, ISIS solemnly promises not to behead any more Americans or Europeans. European governments have already exhibited interest in this particular strategy, though the jury is still out as to its efficacy.

ISIS Living High Life in Raqqa, Using Yazidi Females as Human Shields

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are preparing to defend areas they captured in northern Iraq after scores were killed last week in U.S. and French air strikes. The group has evacuated command-and-control centers in Mosul, Iraq and in Raqqa, Syria, according to a report posted by The Telegraph. They have also begun to use Yazidi women captives as human shields in other places, according to the report.

Raqqa is the informal “capital” of the ISIS “caliphate” and the site where the group has carried out three high-profile beheadings in recent weeks.

But it also turns out that in Raqqa, ISIS terrorists are still pretty much living the high life, when they are not busy with mass beheadings and capturing territory. It’s not a privilege they share with the locals, however.

The terrorists have taken over the governor’s ornate palace, and they are enjoying Western comforts brought to the palace by foreign fighters.

“Although there is a war on, Swiss chocolate is very popular with them,” one resident observed. “And you see some shops reserving Western food for the jihadists. I know that one of them asked a store to get an iPhone 6 for him. It cost $2,500 and was brought in from dealers in Turkey.”

Meanwhile, up to 100,000 Kurds and other local residents in the northern city of Kobane have fled to the Turkish border, where at least 70,000 had made it across by Monday morning in advance of a takeover of the city by ISIS.

Kurds who were moving in the other direction, however, to fight against ISIS, were equally concerned about the air strikes – not wanting to become targets themselves.

Abu Mohammed, a local activist quoted by the National Post and who runs the “Raqqa is being slaughtered silently” website, said, “People are afraid of the air strikes, that they might be used as human shields or be bombed.

“Many people fled to the countryside or to Turkey… When small planes for reconnaissance appear, the jihadists hide. They even lock the doors of their headquarters. They also moved their families, their women and children, outside Raqqa.”

Abu Mohammed added that locals don’t trust America any more than they trust ISIS. “If the U.S. is really against ISIS why did they leave them all that time, and why did they turna blind eye to Bashar al-Assad? He is a terrorist who is bombing us,” he asked.

The Ally No One Wants In War Against ISIS: The Jews

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

This article first appeared in Jewish Business News

In last week’s speech, President Barack Obama said, “American military power is unmatched, but this can’t be America’s fight alone.” Good enough. And so, a very large group of nations has emerged over the past month or so, to support—in varying degrees of energy and enthusiasm—the American new effort to bring civilization to Mesopotamia.

The list includes many nations who, when you look into it, are listed for doing next to nothing. Which was the case with Bush II as well. One country which is eager to help and able to do a lot, will never be mentioned: the Jewish State.

“The truth is, Israel would love to be in the coalition,” Paul Pillar, a former U.S. national-intelligence officer for the Middle East, told the Voice of America, adding, “And that would strengthen even more, if it could be done overtly, their argument that they are a strategic asset to the United States,” he said.

But it’s never going to happen, that overt thing. Because, in the end, most of America’s allies would walk away if Israel were on board officially.

“Because of the well-known politics of the Middle East and the continued high salience of the unresolved conflict with the Palestinians, any Israeli involvement in multilateral efforts in that region tends to be counterproductive,” Pillar said.

Israel is very interested in the outcome of the fight against ISIS, which is happening on its doorstep. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington last week, and told him Israel is willing to help out, if invited to do so, “taking into consideration sensitivities.”

Isn’t it amazing how everybody, including the Jews, accepts the fact that no one wants the Jews?

So here’s the list of those who have allowed their names to be listed alongside America’s, as of Sunday morning, and the things they’re prepared to do for the cause:

Australia: although Australian combat troops will not participate in ground fighting, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office.

Great Britain: Prime Minister David Cameron promised to help arm Kurdish forces, support the Iraqi government, keep supplying humanitarian help and coordinate with the United Nations. Now, that’s the battle spirit…

France: Two (count them 2) Rafale air force planes flew over Iraqi space today. Sounds menacing.

Germany: dedicated to curbing ISIS propaganda and recruitment, and sending military assistance to the Kurdish region to fight ISIS.

The Netherlands: helping to curb the flow of foreign fighters coming back from Syria, might even pass a law revoking their citizenship. That’ll learn them.

Turkey: nothing, really.

Canada: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced just days ago that more than 50 Canadian special operations troops are being deployed to Iraq as part of an adviser mission but that there would be no direct military intervention by the country.

On Sunday, State Department officials also mentioned Italy, Poland, Denmark, Albania and Croatia as providing equipment and ammunition in the fight against ISIS. New Zealand, Romania and South Korea are providing humanitarian assistance.

Jordan: Former Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher said on CNN on Sunday that he doubts Jordan will commit ground troops in the fight against ISIS. “The U.S. will have to take the lead in providing military strikes,” he said.

Jordan’s provides intelligence on ISIS, which they can gather easily by looking across their borders and counting heads.

Saudi Arabia: offered to train rebels on its soil. Now, that’s friendship. It also contributed $500 million to the UN humanitarian aid agencies in Iraq.

Egypt: Its grand mufti condemned the terror group, saying that its actions are not in line with Islam. There you go, feeling safer already.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/the-ally-no-one-wants-in-war-against-isis-the-jews/2014/09/22/

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