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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.

Who by the Sword, Who by Wild Beasts, Who by Hunger, Who by the Plague

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

In the supplemental prayer of The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, we say these words almost mechanically, theoretically, because this is the text. But in Syria this is reality. The regime’s war against the citizens’ demonstrations, which began two years and seven months ago, has become a dirty, despicable and accursed war, where everyone is fighting everyone else. People from both sides have lost the likeness of man, thrown human values to the winds, lost any semblance of humanity, and have become predatory animals, (“and who by a wild beast”).

Assad’s army has besieged the eastern neighborhoods of Damascus because they serve as a corridor of passage to the capitol for the jihadists who come from Jordan and Iraq. In these neighborhoods in recent weeks, tens of thousands of people have been besieged, cut off from all sources of life: food, water, electricity, and from Asad’s point of view they might as well all die from starvation. These were the neighborhoods that suffered the great attack of chemical weapons on the 21st of August in which approximately 1500 people were killed, men, women and children. As a result of the hunger, a group of Muslim religious arbiters issued a ruling that allows the residents of these neighborhoods to eat cats, dogs and donkeys, in order to survive the siege and the starvation.

There are reports about places like Mu’adhamiyat al-Sham where there have been many cases of death by starvation because of the siege imposed on these places, in addition to cases when injured people have died because they did not receive treatment in time. In addition, there are places where diseases like cholera are rampant, which are caused by spoiled food, contamination of water and the environment, and from pests such as mice, rats, and snakes that multiply alarmingly in ghost towns and ruins of cities like Homs, Hama and Idlib.

Approximately seven million Syrians are destitute refugees in neighboring countries and within Syria. The approaching winter threatens to pose great harm to their health and their lives, as if the misery that people – if it is possible to call them people – have caused them was not bad enough. Because of the distress and poverty, the refugees do anything they can in order to live: the men work for pennies, and many women are forced to do unethical things in order to earn a piece of bread. Families sell their daughters in forced marriages, to get a handful of dinars and reduce the number of mouths that they must feed.

Asad’s army systematically refuses humanitarian aid organizations to operate in the besieged cities, claiming concern that the lives of the volunteers will be endangered by fire from the opposition. But soldiers of the opposition to the regime are not guiltless either: they fight with each other over ideological differences, mainly regarding the future of Syria: will it be a civil state or an Islamic state. In the city of Aleppo “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” is in control and the city is run by an Islamic court that imposes Islamic Shari’a by force of arm, whip and sword. Lately several tribes that live around Aleppo have announced that they have joined “The Islamic State” organization, in order to shelter in the shadow of the dominant force, and stay out of trouble.

The fact that children are present in the battle areas causes them severe emotional damage because of the terrible sights that they are exposed to. Children join the battle and take an active part in killing anyone who is thought to be an enemy. Asad’s militias, the “Shabiha”, are constantly on the lookout for the families of soldiers and officers who have deserted the army so that they can kill the men and abuse the women. In many cases they document and photograph this abuse to show it to those who are still serving, to discourage them from deserting.

This past month several dozens of jihad organizations operating in Syria came to the conclusion that the disagreements among them harm their fighting cause and strengthen Asad. This conclusion led dozens of organizations to put aside their differences and unify under an organizational umbrella by the name of “Jaysh al-Islam” – “The Army of Islam”. The other large organization – “The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” – is considering joining the “Army of Islam”, and it may be that “Jabhat al-Nusra”, which blessed the consolidation with “The Army of Islam”, will also join in the future.

Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility for Iraq Bombing Wave

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A subsidiary of al-Qaida has claimed responsibility on Monday for Saturday’s bombing wave that killed more than 60 people and injured more than 200 in Iraq, according to the SITE group which monitors online terrorist messages.

A statement by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posted online said it carried out the attacks.

“The Islamic State mobilized… in Baghdad and the southern states and others to convey a quick message of deterrence on the third day of Eid (Muslim holiday)” as a response to the Iraqi government’s recent crackdowns on terrorists.

“They will pay a high price for what they did, and they will not be secure day or night during Eid or other times, so they should watch their footsteps…” it said.

On Saturday, a total of 12 car bombs went off in Baghdad, in markets, restaurants and cafes, killing more than 30 people and injuring at least 100, as Iraqis were celebrating the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Some 16 car bombings and other attacks rocked Iraq on that day, making this one of the deadliest Ramadan months in recent years.

Saturday’s attacks also followed major crackdowns on terrorists and terrorists in Iraq, among the biggest security operations since the pullout of U.S. troops in December 2011.

It appears the U.S. is ignoring the “Pottery Barn rule,” we broke it and put it back on the shelf…

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/al-qaida-claims-responsibility-for-iraq-bombing-wave/2013/08/12/

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