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ISIS Kidnaps 10-year-olds for Army, Ultimate Aim: Jerusalem

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

In Syria and Iraq, the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) is now kidnapping boys as young as 10 years old to “recruit” them for a Shari’a (Islamic law) army whose ultimate goal is to “liberate” Jerusalem.

Some of the boys are joining up voluntarily, according to a report posted on the RT website. But many more are being conscripted against their will, and forced to fight in a jihad (Islamist holy war) they barely understand.

The two terrorists killed last Friday in Gaza in a surgical air strike by Israeli fighter pilots were both members of ISIS who had infiltrated the region. The terrorist group has begun to make its way towards Israel via the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and Hamas-ruled Gaza. It has already seized control of the sole border crossing between Jordan and Iraq — a victory that prompted the United States to send troops overseas to “advise” officials in the Iraqi army, and quietly assist its ally, Jordan.

The report in RT quoted The Daily Beast, which described the youngest known ISIS fighter, 10-year-old ‘Abdullah,’ fighting with the group in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The report described the young boy – who in this case joined up voluntarily, following his father and brother — as being masked and toting a heavy machine gun that was “about as big as him.”

But equally disturbing was the declaration by a gunman with the boy who told the news outlet, “We believe they will conquer all of Iraq and Persia and that they will liberate Jerusalem.

“They have a dream and their dream is to establish an Islamic state.”

Children in the ISIS bases undergo a 25-day course in which they are taught an extremist form of Islam and Shari’a law in daily classes, as well as the principles of jihad ideology. In addition, they are given field and combat training and are taught to use weapons, ITV reported.

The United Nations has apparently confirmed at least some of the above, noting in its annual report published in May, “children fighting in Syria with ISIS are reportedly paid like adults (35,000 Syrian pounds, approx. $200) and undergo both weapons and jihadist indoctrination training.”

Some of the children are subsequently sent on suicide bombing missions, according to a report published on June 24 by the Human Rights Watch organization.

The ISIS force currently fighting in Iraq is comprised of some 7,000 to 10,000 guerrillas.

FM Liberman Asserts Jordan’s Safety an Israeli Priority

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Jordan’s safety is an Israeli national priority, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told reporters at a briefing in Berlin on Monday.

The Israeli government will do everything possible to preserve Jordanian stability, Liberman said following his meeting with Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

“Jordan’s stability is a vital interest for the State of Israel,” Liberman said. “Without going into details, we will do everything to maintain the stability of Jordan.”

It was the strongest public statement of commitment made to Jordanian security by a senior Israeli official to date.

The German foreign minister concurred, adding that the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) – also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams or Syria (ISIS) “constitutes a serious threat to the territorial integrity of Iraq and the entire region… “Steinmeier underlined it was essential to ensure that “ISIS cannot tighten its grip [on the region] and the caliphate it declared does not turn into a center for terror and violence… We have seen from clashes in the Golan Heights how events in the region can affect the security of Israel. We must ensure that a solution is found for the internal problems in Iraq, and establish a government that will represent proportionally all communities and factions to detract support for ISIS from the Sunni population.”

ISIS-ISIL Changes Name to ‘Islamic State,’ Declares Worldwide Caliphate

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ISIL has learned the basics of 21st century public relations.

The Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams or Syria (ISIS) – also known as the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) – has shortened its name.

Unfortunately, the news comes along with a chilling announcement: ISIS announced that it has changed its name to just ‘Islamic State’, claiming the “legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null and void by the expansion of the caliph’s authority.”

In plain English, on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, the Al Qaeda-linked group declared the establishment of a new Islamic state across the territories it now controls in Iraq and Syria, and is demanding worldwide Muslim allegiance.

The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was declared the new Caliph. Muslims around the world have been ordered to support and swear allegiance to him.

“The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,” said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, ISIL spokesman, in an audio statement posted on the Internet on Sunday.

“Listen to your Caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day.”

The new Islamic state, as defined by Adnani, is described as running from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala, along the border and already under the group’s control.

It remains to be seen how many observant Sunni Muslims around the world will comply.

But the broad global jihad movement sparked years ago by Al Qaeda has already inspired thousands of young Muslims via the Internet to hop on to planes and head to the Middle East. Those who are local to the region – not to mention those across Europe — also stream across borders to “join the fight.”

One key question is, how will international Al Qaeda terrorist chief Ayman al-Zawahiri – who publicly disengaged his group from ISIL back in February – react?

Another is how the United States and other Western nations will respond.

“ISIL’s strategy to develop a caliphate across the region has been clear for some time now,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing. “That is why this is a critical moment for the international community to stand together against ISIL and the advances it has made.”

On Sunday, meanwhile, the Iraqi government appeared to have succeeded to taking back control over the city of Tikrit, hometown of former dictator Sadaam Hussein. Clashes continued in the city, however, and it was uncertain how long the Iraqi military would be able to hold off ISIL forces.

Meanwhile, ISIL remains in control of the largest oil field in the country – a major asset for the terrorist organization.

Al-Nasser Salah Al-Din Terrorists Take Claim for Rocket Strikes

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Al-Nasser Salah Al-Din Brigades terror organization has taken credit for 6 or 7 of the rockets that have hit Israel yesterday (Sunday).

Al-Nasser Salah Al-Din is a military wing of the Gaza PRC (Popular Resistance Committees). This terror organization claims it has no connection to the terrorist groups that are active in Judea and Samaria.

The two terrorists killed Friday were part of their rocket crew.

This is the first time in a few months that a specific terror organization has taken credit for the rocket launches.

Al-Nasser Salah Al-Din terrorists participated in the operation that captured Gilad Schalit.

Photos from the funeral of the two rocket terrorists link this terror organization to ISIS (Daash in Arabic), the terror organization that has taken over Iraq, and trying to establish a caliphate over the entire Middle East.

Hamas denies that ISIS is active in the Gaza Strip.

Ultimately, following the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatahm the Palestinian Unity Government (PUG) is responsible for all terror activities in Gaza and other areas they control.

The Islamist Plague

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Many Western commentators have adopted the narrative that al Qaeda and its ilk are the exception to the “religion of peace” — Islam.

However, the rise of “political Islam,” the brainchild of the Muslim Brotherhood, is more akin to a highly infectious disease. No vaccine is available; its spread can only be halted by identifying and eliminating the sources of infection. Yet, despite the mortal danger posed by the increasingly violent global jihadist movement, willful blindness persists in the United States and the West.

Once the Soviet Union imploded and Islamist fundamentalism exploded, Muhammad replaced Marx and Lenin, and radical Islam replaced the socialist-nationalist doctrines of the Arab revolutionaries.

The collapse of the Soviet Union served as the catalyst for an alliance between radical Sunni and Shiite movements that helped to revive Islamist fundamentalism. The spread of the Islamist ideology was paid for by the oil-rich Arab/Muslim states, which also used their money to buy Western “opinion makers,” including businessmen, politicians, the media, and academics.

New communication technologies allowed the increasingly vitriolic Islamist rhetoric to spread instantaneously. Instead of taking measures to stop the instructive incitement for murder, the West sank further into appeasement, thus encouraging the spread of the jihadist agenda.

While the bloody attacks of ISIS and Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria are portrayed as a Sunni vs. Shiite struggle, the role of Ayatollah Khomeini, as the leader of the “Islamic Revolution,” should not be forgotten.

After successfully taking over Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini began calling for the unification of Muslims throughout the world, and for exporting his Muslim Revolution to wherever Muslims live so that Muslim domination could be achieved. “We are at war against Infidels,” the Ayatollah told a large group of Pakistani military officers on a pilgrimage to Qom in January 1980. “Take this message with you … I ask all Muslims [emphasis added] … to join the Holy War. There are many enemies to be killed or destroyed. Jihad must triumph.” He stressed that the “Iranian Experiment” should be followed, and that the realization of the true Islamic State should be carried out forcibly and without compromise.

These plans for Islamic unification were accelerated by the Gulf War. The war helped the leaders of Islamist groups throughout the globe to enforce their vision that jihad, holy war, is the only formula for protecting Islam from extinction by the West — led by the U.S. This opinion was and is repeatedly voiced by every Islamist leader.

“Bush and Thatcher have revived in the Muslims the spirit of Jihad and martyrdom,” wrote the Palestinian leader of the Islamic Jihad, Sheikh As’ad Bayyud al-Tamimi. He promised that all Muslims “will fight a comprehensive war and ruthlessly transfer the battle to the heart of America and Europe.” Despite the advancement of the ISIS, many in the West continue to dismiss such statements as pure rhetoric. Instead, they are hanging on to statements, made by Muslim and Arab leaders and politicians, that ISIS and the other jihadists are aberrations that should be eliminated.

Yet, the U.S. and other Western countries are trying, again, to negotiate, i.e., submit to demands of their mortal enemies, supposedly to avoid further escalation, often accepting statements the like of which were made by Egyptian Sunni theologian Mahmud Shaltut (1893-1963), in his al-Qur’an wal-Qitāl:

Muhammad revealed a book [the Quran] containing the principles of happiness. It commands to judge by reason, it propagate science and knowledge, it gives clear rules, it proclaims mercy, it urges to do good, it preaches peace, it gives firm principles concerning politics and society, it fights injustice and corruption.

He also declared, “The Islamic community is commanded to do only what is good and are forbidden to do what is reprehensible and evil. The Islamic mission is clear and evident, easy and uncomplicated. It is digestible and intelligible for any mind. It is a call of natural reason, and therefore not alien to human intellect. This is the mission of Muhammad to humanity.”

Strategic Coalition Forming: Russia Supplying Iraq

Monday, June 30th, 2014

This news item involves more than meets the eye.

Western media picked up on it when Nouri al-Maliki stated publicly this week that he should have bought war planes from Britain, France, or Russia, because the planes would have been delivered faster than the U.S. aircraft Iraq is waiting for:

Mr Maliki was speaking to the BBC’s Arabic service in his first interview for an international broadcaster since Isis – the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – began its major offensive.

“I’ll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the US],” Mr Maliki said.

“We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had air cover we would have averted what had happened,” he went on.

Maliki’s government has a contract for 36 U.S. F-16s – the contract for which the civilians who had to fight their way out of Balad Air Base were in Iraq. There has been no delay in fulfilling the contract, but the planes aren’t scheduled to arrive in Iraq until the fall of 2014.

The first group of 10 Russian jets arrived on Saturday 28 June, however. The aircraft are Su-24 “Fencer” ground attack jets.*

Of perhaps more importance is the point that you don’t just buy jet war planes and have someone hop in and go. Iraq doesn’t have a ready cohort of trained Su-24 pilots or ground crew. Someone else will have to fly the planes in combat, prepare them for each sortie, maintain them – and plan their use in the overall fight.

This means that another nation – probably Iran, possibly Russia and/or Syria – is entering the fight in Iraq in a new and fully committed dimension.

Strictly from the point of view of aircrew expertise, there aren’t actually that many air forces that currently maintain proficiency with the Su-24. If it isn’t Iran, Syria, or Russia, Algeria and Kazakhstan are the only other realistic possibilities: nations that use the Su-24, may have the pilots to spare, and might volunteer to get them some real-world experience in this particular fight.

One reason Iran is the best bet is that Maliki is also reportedly negotiating the return of dozens of Iraqi air force aircraft that were evacuated to Iran in the days before the Desert Storm invasion in 1991. Su-24s were among those aircraft, which also included MiG-29s and French F-1 Mirage fighters.

There are three factors in Iraq’s lack of experienced jet aircrew. One is the substantial loss of aircraft in 1991, which left the Iraqi air force with very little to fly. Another is the enforcement of the UN no-fly zone from 1991 to 2003, which severely limited the scope of what Saddam’s remaining jet aircraft could do even after Desert Storm was over. The third is the fact that most of the elite aircrewmen of the Saddam era were Sunni loyalists, whose services were not necessarily sought or accepted after 2003. Those who are still alive are, in any case, 23 years older now.

But even from a more general perspective – air campaign planning, day-to-day combat direction – the Iraqi air force doesn’t have the infrastructure to manage or man an air war against ISIS using jet planes. Bringing in jets and incorporating them in the fight represents a significant expansion of the campaign, and it’s one that Iraq’s government literally cannot run by itself or retain control of.

In fact, the investment being made by Russia and Iran is what I envisioned nearly three weeks ago when I wrote this:

But conditions in the region are almost certain to change, as much as they need to, to defeat ISIS. All three of Bashar al-Assad, Tehran’s mullahs, and Russia have reason to intervene to beat back the ISIS insurgency. (There’s a significant presence of Chechens and Dagestanis – bane of Moscow – in the ranks of ISIS. For the security of her entire southern flank, Russia needs to see the ISIS effort crushed.)

The air war functions now as a lens focusing the priorities of Moscow, Tehran, and Damascus into a unified strategic view. The Maliki and Assad governments have a common objective in using air power against ISIS, and the geographic elements of their common fight are too obvious to be missed. Syria and Iraq form a single battle space: especially so from the perspective of Assad’s patrons in Moscow and Tehran. Assad and Maliki have an obvious need to coordinate the air war against ISIS, and their (now) common patrons, Russia and Iran, are the obvious means to facilitate that.

ISIS Makes Headway into Gaza and Sinai

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The Egyptian Army claims that 15 ISIS operative infiltrated into the Sinai over the weekend, but were captured.

Egypt has also claimed that ISIS terrorists have infiltrated into the Sinai from Gaza via the tunnels.

In an unrelated attack, four Egyptian policemen were killed in clashes with Jihadists in northern Sinai, on Saturday.

The Hamas terror organization is denying that ISIS is active in Gaza, despite ISIS flags being waved at the Gaza funeral of the two rocket terrorist killed in a targeted strike on Friday. The two terrorists were members of Al-Nasser Salah Al-Din Brigades, and the flags appear to link the organizations together.

Gaza’s Ministry of the Interior spokesman Iyad Al-Bezem said the only organizations [terrorists] active in Gaza are Palestinian organizations [terrorists] and not ISIS, according to an NRG report.

When terrorists are killed, their compatriots use that opportunity to wave the organization’s flags at the funeral to show which organization’s members were martyred fighting Israel.

The presence of ISIS in Gaza puts pressure on Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which until now were the leading terrorist organizations active in Gaza, after kicking out Fatah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isis-makes-headway-into-gaza-and-sinai/2014/06/29/

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