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ISIS Threatens to Invade Jordan, 'Slaughter' King Abdullah
by Khaled Abu Toameh


June 12, 2014
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4354/isis-jordan


The recent victories in Iraq and Syria by the terrorists of ISIS -- said to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda -- have emboldened the group and its followers throughout the Middle East. Now the terrorists are planning to move their jihad not only to Jordan, but also to the Gaza Strip, Sinai and Lebanon.

Failure to act will result in the establishment in the Middle East of a dangerous extremist Islamic empire that will pose a threat to American and Western interests.

"The danger is getting closer to our bedrooms." — Oraib al-Rantawi, Jordanian political analyst


Islamist terrorists in Iraq and Syria have begun creeping toward neighboring countries, sources close to the Islamic fundamentalists revealed this week.

The terrorists, who belong to The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS -- known as DAESH in Arabic] and are said to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda, are planning to take their jihad to Jordan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula -- after having already captured large parts of Syria and Iraq, the sources said.

The capture this week by ISIS of the cities of Mosul and Tikrit in Iraq has left many Arabs and Muslims in the region worried that their countries soon may be targeted by the terrorists, who seek to create a radical Islamist emirate in the Middle East.

According to the sources, ISIS leader Abu Baker al-Baghdadi recently discussed with his lieutenants the possibility of extending the group's control beyond Syria and Iraq.

One of the ideas discussed envisages focusing ISIS's efforts on Jordan, where Islamist movements already have a significant presence. Jordan was also chosen because it has shared borders with Iraq and Syria, making it easier for the terrorists to infiltrate the kingdom.

Jordanian political analyst Oraib al-Rantawi sounded alarm bells by noting that the ISIS threat to move its fight to the kingdom was real and imminent. "We in Jordan cannot afford the luxury of just waiting and monitoring," he cautioned. "The danger is getting closer to our bedrooms. It has become a strategic danger; it is no longer a security threat from groups or cells. We must start thinking outside the box. The time has come to increase coordination and cooperation with the regimes in Baghdad and Damascus to contain the crawling of extremism and terrorism."

The ISIS terrorists see Jordan's Western-backed King Abdullah as an enemy of Islam and an infidel, and have publicly called for his execution. ISIS terrorists recently posted a video on YouTube in which they threatened to "slaughter" Abdullah, whom they denounced as a "tyrant." Some of the terrorists who appeared in the video were Jordanian citizens who tore up their passports in front of the camera and vowed to launch suicide attacks inside the kingdom.


A Jordanian ISIS terrorist wearing a suicide bomb belt and holding his Jordanian passport declares his willingness to wage jihad in an ISIS video. (Image source: All Eyes on Syria YouTube video)

Security sources in Amman expressed deep concern over ISIS's threats and plans to "invade" the kingdom. The sources said that King Abdullah has requested urgent military aid from the U.S. and other Western countries so that he could foil any attempt to turn Jordan into an Islamist-controlled state.

Marwan Shehadeh, an expert on Islamist groups, said he did not rule out the possibility that ISIS would target Jordan because it views the Arab regimes, including Jordan's Hashemites, as "infidels" and "apostates" who should be fought.

The recent victories by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria have emboldened the group and its followers throughout the Middle East. Now the terrorists are planning to move their jihad not only to Jordan, but also to the Gaza Strip, Sinai and Lebanon.

This is all happening under the watching eyes of the U.S. Administration and Western countries, who seem to be uncertain as to what needs to be done to stop the Islamist terrorists from invading neighboring countries.

ISIS is a threat not only to moderate Arabs and Muslims, but also to Israel, which the terrorists say is their ultimate destination. The U.S. and its Western allies need to wake up quickly and take the necessary measures to prevent the Islamist terrorists from achieving their goal.

Failure to act will result in the establishment in the Middle East of a dangerous extremist Islamist empire that will pose a threat to American and Western interests.

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I think we need the West to wake up and start realizing we need a strong Kurdish state to help control this as a counterbalance... It is also the right thing to do...
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I think we need the West to wake up and start realizing we need a strong Kurdish state to help control this as a counterbalance... It is also the right thing to do...
Obama knows what is happening so you have several choices as to why he is acting the way he is:

1. He is the most the most Incompetent Commander-in-Chief in history that has refused to listen to his Generals and gutted the American military to the point he has committed Treason. Obama is such a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer that he has allowed this to happen by his actions in withdrawing as he ordered in Iraq against the advise of the senior commanders of his military which Obama then silenced by removing them from active military service.

2. The Obama Administration is incapable of governing the United States as they are asleep at the Ship of State. Obama is constantly saying he only learns of crises in his government in the news and not from his intelligence, his justice department, or internal investigative arms of his administration so he is either asleep at the Wheel of State or a LIAR. Example:In 2008, He campaigned on the problems at the Veterans Administration and yet in his sixth year of his administration he is caught up in a major scandal in the VA not properly treating Veterans. This shows Obama's total lack of proper oversight and supervision of the agency until it became public that veterans died!

Obama's single largest achievement is Obama Care which is the Democratic Party's and Obama's largest push toward the day when American will see the same type of care the Veterans are getting; Single Payer Health Care. Behold your future and the care you will get America under the Government along with the Diligence they will take care of you!

Consider carefully before you make your choice but then it just could be both!
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Sunni militant success in Iraq brings Islamic caliphate into focus

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, backed by other Sunni militants, now controls swaths of northern Syria and northwestern Iraq in which it can impose its harsh rule.
By Scott Peterson



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ISTANBUL, TURKEY — A transnational jihadist group now controls a swath of territory across northern Iraq and Syria, creating a de facto Sunni Islamic “caliphate” in its wake as it pushes south toward the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

The group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) endangered the oil refinery of Baiji and yesterday seized Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, 80 miles northwest of Baghdad. The advances came just a day after ISIS shocked observers by easily taking full control of Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, where Iraqi soldiers trained and equipped by the US shed their uniforms as they fled. On Thursday the militant group claimed to have surrounded Samarra, bringing it closer to Baghdad.

ISIS is dramatically changing the map, often seizing ground without a shot being fired, and working with other Sunni militants and Saddam-era military officers.

It is a “golden moment” for ISIS “because their whole idea is based on territory; every [captured] city becomes an emirate,” says Fawaz Gerges of the London School of Economics, an authority on Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups.

“Militarily, territorially, financially and practically speaking, ISIS’ Islamic State is very much nearing genuine realization,” said Charles Lister, a specialist on insurgent groups at the Brookings Doha Center, in a tweet after the fall of Mosul.

Al Qaeda outgrowth

ISIS is an outgrowth of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which reached its peak amid the Iraqi civil war but was severely weakened by the time the US left in 2011. Al Qaeda in Iraq eventually broke with Pakistan-based Al Qaeda central and renamed itself the Islamic State in Iraq – stressing its intent to create a caliphate as soon as possible inside the country.

That effort failed, but the dream did not, and when the war against President Bashar al-Assad broke out, the group expanded its vision to become the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Disavowed earlier this year by Al Qaeda's central leadership for its brutality to local populations and fierce anti-Shiite sectarianism, ISIS gradually worked its way back across the border into Iraq, capitalizing on political and social divisions exacerbated for years by the heavy-handed sectarian rule of Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

“Al-Maliki’s authoritarian tactics, the way he has mismanaged both the security forces and the political system – his role is pivotal, in allowing [ISIS] space and shelter, and also in motivating, providing ammunition to disaffected Sunnis to join,” says Mr. Gerges.

Mr. Maliki has called on Iraqis to “regain the initiative” and said the fall of Mosul would be reversed. “Even if the battle is a long one, we will not let you [Iraqi citizens] down, because we are facing a ferocious terrorist campaign,” he said.

One draw for ISIS is the relative simplicity of its ideology, compared with other Islamists, says Hassan Hassan, an analyst at the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi. “The fact that ISIL has already announced an ‘Islamic State’ that Muslims can join, and fight for its survival and expansion, appeals to a considerable number of people – even though its brutal tactics have alienated others,” writes Mr. Hassan in The National. “ISIL is quietly expanding its following in the villages and towns dotting the Iraqi-Syrian border mostly because of the perceived reality of an Islamic state."

Proximate enemies, proxy war

In contrast to Al Qaeda central and Yemen-based offshoot Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which have concentrated on distant enemies such as the US, ISIS and other jihadists in Syria and Iraq focus on proximate enemies, such as Mr. Assad and Maliki.

“Iraq right now is a proxy for Iran,” David Phillips, a former senior adviser to the US State Department, told the BBC. “Countries like Saudi Arabia, which oppose Iran’s influence, are supporting these extremist groups in order to limit Iraq’s power, and to try to put the brakes on Prime Minister Maliki’s grab for a third mandate as prime minister. So Iraq is a battleground between Sunni and Shia, as it has been all along.”

Their aim, said Mr. Phillips, is to use a caliphate that does not recognize formal borders as a “launching point for radicalization through the region."

For the fighters themselves, the idea of a national home is dissolving as they push for that broader Islamic state. There have been reports of some burning their passports in Syria.

“Everybody’s renouncing their affiliation with their countries, because we are now trying to establish the caliphate. … Our citizenship means nothing to us anymore,” a British foreign fighter by the name of Abu Sumayyah al-Britani said from the northern Syrian town of Idlib, in a May 25 broadcast of “The ISIS Show,” posted by EAWorldview.

Even the Syrians, the ISIS fighter said, are “distancing” themselves from their national identity. The porousness of the Syria-Iraq border – through which ISIS drove some of the US-made hardware it captured in Mosul into Syria – has reinforced that point. The Economist cites one estimate that ISIS has some 6,000 fighters in Iraq and 3,000 to 5,000 in Syria, among them 3,000 foreigners.

Extreme violence stirs challenges

Although ISIS can draw on the "deep rift" between Sunnis and Shiites, their track record in Syria “shows how they are their own worst enemy," Gerges says. Any level of violence is acceptable because “these limited victories all accumulate to bring about the Islamic caliphate as a strategic goal," he explains.

The group's extreme violence in Syria – beheadings and public crucifixions, directed at rival Islamist rebel groups, as well as civilians and suspected “traitors" prompted other Islamist groups to take them on. Their path mirrored that of Al Qaeda in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, whose brutality spurred many Sunnis of Anbar Province to challenge them themselves, with US help.

Though gaining territory in Iraq, ISIS is already sowing the “seeds of their own self-destruction,” Gerges says. “The question is: How long will it take? And how much damage will it do in the meantime?”

The crisis, ironically, could be a wake-up call to unify Iraqis.

Maliki “is the leader, he is the strong man, he built himself up as the most qualified – in fact the only one – who could take [ISIS] on, and it exploded in his face,” adds Gerges. “That’s why there is hope … that this really scary, dangerous moment will serve as a catalyst to bring Iraqis together, to begin the process of reconciliation.”

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With latest onslaught, Islamic state vision takes shape in Iraq
In the absence of strong, central governments in Iraq and Syria, the Western strategy in the region is in urgent need of revision.
By Zvi Bar'el


http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-e...emium-1.598282


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has chalked up two strategic victories. He built a command stronghold in Syria, which became an independent target, thus splitting the rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad. By doing so, he has managed to give Assad the status of fighting against radical Islam, which would make him of strategic value to the West. In Iraq, Baghdadi has taken control of the country’s largest province, Nineveh, and its capital Mosul, and threatens the newly elected democratic government there.

Al-Baghdadi represents the third generation of jihadists trained by Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, a generation that poses a new strategic threat as it searches for a new leader, after Osama Bin Laden’s death and the apparent blindness of Ayman al-Zawahiri. Unlike the mass terrorist attacks that characterized Al-Qaida activity under Bin Laden, or the small-scale attacks on cities or neighborhoods in Iraq under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, this third generation of leaders is not content with terror attacks or guerilla warfare. Instead, they look to rule.

In Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, the four states in which Bin Laden’s successors are based, there are no longer any Western targets to hit directly. There are no longer any American forces (save for in Afghanistan, where the foreign troops will be gone by the end of the year) to serve as legitimate targets of occupiers. Their presence used to assist the terror organizations with recruitment. Now, the targets in these countries are the regimes themselves, which are mostly without military power, public support or the ability to stop the terrorist organizations.

Groups like Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have in the past been cut off from the civilian infrastructures that they’ve damaged. They’ve generally been supported by the Sunni populations in Iraq or Syria, and have used their infrastructure as bases from which to wage their wars against the regimes. Now, however, it seems that tactic is changing, as in many provinces and cities they’ve captured, the groups have been establishing themselves as governments.

In Syria, for example, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has become responsible for distributing food, as well as the school systems, and it has styled itself the defender of the Christian minority. The group regulates traffic, levies taxes and puts criminals on trial. It took Mosul unopposed, with its population of 2 million, as well as the oil producing city of Baiji, with the country’s largest refineries. After it seized government offices in Nineveh, it was quick to call government officials back in to work. It has resumed public services and is guaranteeing safety and security for the hundreds of thousands of citizens who fled their homes and are currently waiting on the border between Nineveh and the independent Kurdish area.

Mosul isn’t the first city captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The group previously occupied Fallujah and parts of Anbar in western Iraq. This is the first time, however, it has attempted to assert control over an entire province. As its ideological vision — founding an Islamic state — becomes reality, it is learning the importance of managing a population.

Due to the lack of a strong central government in Iraq and Syria, and especially due to both nations’ lack of military strength — thousands have defected from the Iraqi army, and the Syrian army is bogged down trying to regain control of territory it has lost to rebels — Western strategy in the region is in need of revision.

Until now, the United States believed it could provide support to local armies, as an intelligence provider and remote attacker with drones, while allowing the locals to make the primary moves. The United States also believed that assassinating terrorist leaders would strip fighters of their ability and motivation to fight. Both assumptions were wrong. Countless terrorist leaders have been killed, but both motivation and infrastructure remain.

Unlike with rogue states, there is no way to level sanctions on jihadist organizations. Also, they have independent sources of finance, and sustain themselves during fighting. In Syria, they’ve managed to take over Syrian army caches. In Iraq, they’ve taken over property and imposed protection taxes on local citizens. They receive donations from ideological supporters or those who wish to see the local governments overthrown. In the absence of a military solution, the result is likely to be de facto recognition of these organizations’ rule, and perhaps even cooperation with them.

This wouldn’t be an entirely new phenomenon. The U.S. cooperated with the Taliban while it ruled Afghanistan, and sought to reconcile it and the Afghan government. In Syria, Washington has been open to cooperating with the “moderate organizations,” which include some that are religiously extreme. Paradoxically, the West decided that the Nusra Front, which is actually linked to Al-Qaida, is preferable to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Although some believe the Syrian crisis will continue for a decade, the real threat comes from Iraq, which is likely to lose a significant piece of territory, which will threaten Turkey, the Kurdish strip, Iranian interests and perhaps even Iraq’s very existence.

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Worsening Violence in Iraq Threatens Regional Security


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Summary

Battles continue to rage across northern Iraq, pitting jihadist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant against Iraqi security forces and their allies. The growing reach of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has escalated an already brutal campaign in Iraq. Alarmingly quick advances by the militants across an important region of the Middle East could draw in regional powers as well as the United States.

Analysis

Using hit-and-run tactics, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL, has sought to keep Iraqi security forces dispersed and under pressure. ISIL has achieved this by striking at areas where security forces are weak and withdrawing from areas where Baghdad has concentrated its combat power. The jihadists have been working hard to improve their tradecraft by developing skill sets ranging from staging complex ambushes to using Iraqi army equipment effectively in surprise raids. ISIL has also sought to better develop its ties with local Sunni communities.

As far back as the days of al Qaeda in Iraq and its predecessor, Jamaat al-Tawhid and Jihad, founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, militancy has had a presence in Anbar province -- and indeed in Mosul. During the Iraq War, the U.S. military considered Mosul one of the key gateways for foreign al Qaeda in Iraq fighters to enter the country. ISIL operations in Mosul and the wider Nineveh province are unsurprising. What is surprising is the degree of success that ISIL has managed to achieve in its latest offensive in the region.

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This success undoubtedly has much to do with local forces and tribes who have either facilitated ISIL or elected not to fight the group's incursion into Mosul. In a city of almost 2 million, had ISIL received no local sympathy, it would have been unable to rout the Iraqi forces in the area with only 1,000 to 2,000 fighters. Social media contains several reports of local Sunnis welcoming ISIL forces, and even of local fighters supporting ISIL in attacks against government positions.

Furthermore, Iraqi security forces reportedly had around 10,000 personnel in and around Mosul. Despite the ferociousness of the ISIL attack, the fact that a significant portion of these forces fled -- abandoning their uniforms, equipment and vehicles -- indicates serious structural and morale issues within the force, which could be attributed in part to a high number of Sunni soldiers in the ranks who are unwilling to stand up to ISIL for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Having succeeded in its Mosul operations, ISIL will continue to take advantage of its momentum and push its gains at a time when the Iraqi government is scrambling to recover from significant losses. As well as taking large portions of the city, ISIL militants seized many weapons and military vehicles as well as the contents of Mosul's central bank. They also freed several thousand prisoners from a local prison, potentially adding more fighters to their cause.

Stretching from the north of Mosul through Tikrit to the south and toward Baghdad along the Tigris River Valley, ISIL is striving to maintain a continuous line of pressure running through what is practically the northern spine of populated Iraq. The Tigris River Valley contains a number of key strategic energy areas, including the oil refinery near Baiji. Although the refinery is still under state control at this time, the areas where ISIL is operating largely match areas where al Qaeda in Iraq was active during the height of the Sunni insurrection in Iraq from 2004-2006. As opposed to a first-time assault or new offensive, ISIL's actions speak more of a resurgence into historical areas of operations.

As well as continuing to push forward, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant will largely seek to avoid stand-up fights against well-equipped and determined Iraqi army units, though they have held their ground against such forces in Al Fallujah and Ar Ramadi. The wide-ranging, mobile and rapidly dispersed ISIL forces have a key advantage when it comes to maneuvering in battle over the slower, mechanized units of the Iraqi army. While ISIL maximizes its impact against a disorganized Baghdad, the jihadist group seeks to consolidate its control over territory in heavily Sunni areas, where it has already made significant inroads with the local population. Ambitiously, these areas of control could include large portions of the north as well as Anbar Province. More realistically, it would mean greater ISIL presence in the longer term and, in some cases, direct control in Anbar and possibly other provinces such as Nineveh and Salah ad Din. Working toward this goal, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant will continue to focus on its revitalized effort to dismantle the Awakening movement, a coalition of tribal elements that was instrumental in pushing al Qaeda in Iraq out of Anbar the first time, drawing Sunni tribes back into its fold in the process.

The Iraqi army is attempting to contain the ISIL threat that is rapidly spreading into Salah ad Din and Kirkuk provinces. Iraqi forces, supported by allied tribal elements, have reportedly struck back against ISIL outside As Samarra and in Tikrit. A number of Iraqi army units are also supposedly withdrawing from Anbar province, which will further reduce pressure on ISIL-held cities there. These forces are reportedly focusing on the northern approaches to Baghdad, while the Iraqi government is attempting to pull together all reserve units capable of quickly moving to the fight. For all intents and purposes the Iraqi army is overstretched, the geographic dispersion of threats outmatching its resources. This means that Baghdad must prioritize its goals in the fight against ISIL.

Protect the Core

The most important priority for Baghdad right now is to secure its capital and oil infrastructure and begin pushing north to meet ISIL units approaching from Mosul down the Tigris River Valley. This does not mean that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant can be eradicated from these areas: Small ISIL cells will continue to operate across the region, and indeed in Baghdad itself. It does mean, however, that the Iraqi army will try to disrupt large mobile ISIL columns seeking to raid and to establish control over towns and cities. By concentrating its forces, the Iraqi army campaign in Anbar, especially around Ar Ramadi and Al Fallujah, will inevitably be at a disadvantage as it falls to a level of secondary importance. The campaign to rid Iraq of ISIL, which was never realistic so long as the jihadists held a virtual sanctuary in eastern Syria, becomes even more tenuous over the long term.

Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga force secure an area west of the northern city of Kirkuk, on June 11.

In the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Baghdad holds a potential advantage, but one which the al-Maliki government has been loath to use so far. This advantage is a greater reliance and cooperation with the Peshmerga (Kurdish security forces) in a combined fight against the jihadists. For political reasons ranging from disputes over territory to energy resources distribution, the central government in Baghdad had sought to maximize its direct control over the north, while minimizing the Kurdish security presence beyond Kurdistan Regional Government-administered areas. With ISIL making alarming gains in the north, it is now far more possible that the central government in Iraq would seek to cooperate with the Peshmerga in a combined push on ISIL in Kirkuk and Mosul. To that end, the Iraqi parliamentary speaker reportedly mentioned the possibility of coordinating with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani. Kurdish Peshmerga forces are reportedly mobilizing in preparation for defensive as well as offensive operations against ISIL.

The Bigger Picture

Beyond Iraq, a number of countries are immediately affected by ISIL. The Syrian battle space bleeds heavily into Iraq due to a porous border, accelerated by the almost total collapse of Syrian army border crossing posts. Since January, ISIL has been heavily involved in fighting with more moderate Syrian rebel factions, as well as with Jabhat al Nusra, the official al Qaeda franchise in Syria. As the fighting has worn on, ISIL has gradually released its hold in western Syria and turned its attention to the Raqqah and Deir el-Zour governorates. Deir el-Zour was particularly important for ISIL as it allowed it to maintain a direct supply link with its established presence in western and northern Iraq, especially in Anbar province. Through this supply link, ISIL has been able to transfer experienced foreign fighters and captured Syrian army equipment to Iraq, including vehicles and anti-tank guided munitions. It has also replenished its stock of ammunition and explosives, greatly aiding operations in Iraq.

The Syrian conflict is affected by the ISIL push in Iraq in two ways. The first is that the jihadists may divert large numbers of fighters from Syria to its Iraq push, which would open ISIL to more pressure in Syria. The second impact is the withdrawal of large numbers of Iraqi Shiite militants -- men that have been fighting alongside the Syrian army -- leaving to concentrate their efforts back home against ISIL. Such a withdrawal would be unpopular in the Syrian regime because it would take away an important source of manpower.

Regional Interest

Ankara is also watching the events in Iraq with considerable attention. Not only are Turkish citizens directly implicated in the conflict, with a number of Turks reportedly seized by ISIL militants, but the Turkish government also maintains an important stake in energy development in northern Iraq. Ankara has long been involved in politics between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government on issues surrounding the delivery of energy. Turkey is also increasingly concerned about the growing reach of ISIL and has already clashed with militants on its border with Syria. Turkey is especially wary of the potential for attacks by ISIL -- attacks that would exploit the long border that runs from the Mediterranean to Iran. While Turkey has been hesitant to directly send forces against ISIL in Syria, the fact that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has seized large numbers of Turks -- including the consulate staff from Mosul -- may push Ankara to become more directly involved in the crisis.

Iran has long sustained the regime in Syria, as well as indirectly supporting al-Maliki's government in its fight against Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq. The growing reach of ISIL, and its ever-closer presence to Iran, is sure to raise considerable anxiety in Tehran. Iran can therefore be expected to further bolster its support for al-Maliki as well as for Shiite proxies across Iraq. In supporting al Maliki's fight, Tehran finds itself very much aligned with Washington.

The United States will avoid sending significant forces back into Iraq, but Washington will ramp up its efforts to contain the ISIL threat by delivering vital equipment such as helicopter gunships, Hellfire missiles, communications equipment, large volumes of small arms and ammunition. This assistance, coupled with a common regional interest to contain the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, will likely contain the threat to northern and western Iraq. Though Iraq's southern energy corridor will probably be spared, the Sunni belt in central Iraq and the territories disputed between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government will face rising sectarian stress, in line with ISIL's designs for the region.

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Shakir Wahiyib, the bare faced ISIS executioner spreading terror w/ his open killing in Iraq

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Obama sits on his laurels while the Middle East Burns! Obama has been briefed by his intelligence for months on the growing crisis in Iraq and Syria. Just like Obama's RED line in Syria he can't seem to take decisive decisions or action he alone takes responsibility for!!! Obama wants someone else he can blame or obfuscate about as he is not capable of taking personal responsibility for making a decision.
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An 'Islamic State' Is Born
by Jonathan Spyer


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June 12, 2014
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In a stunning and deeply significant development, the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization this week captured the city of Mosul. They then moved on to take Tikrit unopposed and according to reports yesterday were headed toward the capital, Baghdad.

Five-hundred thousand people have fled Mosul in the wake of its conquest by the jihadis. The city, which has an Arab majority population along with large Kurdish and Turkmen minorities, is Iraq's second largest. Its capture was the latest and most significant success in an offensive launched by the ISIS jihadis a week ago.

It also represents a calamitous defeat for the US-trained security forces of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

ISIS is the most brutal and best-organized of the jihadi elements that have emerged in Iraq and Syria over the last decade. It now controls a contiguous area of territory stretching from deep into western Iraq and including the cities of Mosul and Falluja, across the border into Syria, taking in the province of Raqqa, including its capital Raqqa City, and continuing until the border with Turkey. The movement has a presence as far as the southern suburbs of Baghdad.

The ISIS offensive into Iraq was well-planned, and its execution shows the extent to which ISIS sees its activities in Iraq and Syria as part of a single conflict.

The movement withdrew forces from outlying parts of Syria's Idlib and Aleppo provinces in January.

At the time, this was presented by Syrian rebels as a defeat they had inflicted on ISIS, but eyewitnesses confirmed that hardly any fighting took place.

The offensive operations against the Kurdish YPG militia in the Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) area also tailed off.

The reason is now clear: ISIS was withdrawing forces and consolidating the western border of its "Islamic state," in order to focus on expanding the eastern border deep inside Iraq.

The "Syrian" civil war long ago burst its borders, to become a sectarian conflict taking in the territory of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. ISIS's tactical offensive has cast this fact into bold relief.

It is also, by necessity, bringing about cross-border cooperation between those elements targeted by ISIS.

The area to the north of ISIS's "Islamic state" is controlled by the Kurds. But relations between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Massoud Barzani in northern Iraq and the (PKK)-associated PYD's three areas of control in northern Syria have worsened in recent months. Intra-Kurdish violence has not occurred, but the KRG has kept the border between the two areas tightly sealed – leading to PYD accusations that the KRG's close strategic relations with Turkey were causing it to support the Turkish position against Syria's Kurds.

The ISIS offensive appears to have repaired relations between the two Kurdish areas.

The latest gains by the movement in Mosul bring it within a few kilometers of the first checkpoints of Barzani's Peshmerga forces. Thus, there is a common ISIS-Kurdish border stretching across PYD and KRG-controlled areas.

The result: YPG and Peshmerga commanders have conducted meetings at the border crossings over the last few days, to coordinate their defensive actions against ISIS. The Samalka border crossing, closed for three months, was opened this week to allow refugees to travel back to Syrian Kurdistan, according to Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a Dutch journalist and researcher at the Jamestown Foundation, currently reporting in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.

So the cross-border Islamist entity is facing a renewed Kurdish alliance to its north. But what of the Baghdad government? Maliki's armed forces may have performed atrociously in recent days, but he remains part of the Middle East's single most powerful functioning alliance – the Iran-led regional bloc.

The emerging reality in western Iraq creates difficulties for the Iranians. Their client in Damascus, the Assad regime, has largely recovered its fortunes in recent months. Aided by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah, Syrian regime forces are close to encircling rebel-controlled eastern Aleppo.

This little-reported process is causing deep alarm among supporters of the rebellion. Should Syrian President Bashar Assad succeed in besieging and starving out Aleppo, this will definitively end the long stalemate between the regime and the Sunni rebels, possibly paving the way for a regime attempt to roll up the remainder of rebel-controlled Syria.

But even as one Iranian client triumphs, another – Maliki – has lost large portions of his territory to a jihadi force, in the opening moves of what could be a renewed sectarian war on the soil of Iraq. And while the Syrian rebels may be disunited and poorly organized, this is not true of ISIS – a disciplined, determined and savage force.

This means that the Iranians may in the weeks and months ahead be forced to increase support and attention to their beleaguered client in Baghdad, even as he struggles to form a new government following the parliamentary elections in April.

Maliki's declaration of a general mobilization is more likely to produce a Shi'ite sectarian military response, and hence continued sectarian fighting against a background of political paralysis.

Therefore, the key point is that the "Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham" is no longer the name of a movement, or the expression of an aspiration. As of now, it is a descriptive term applying to a de facto sovereign space, taking in a large swath of western Iraq and eastern and northern Syria.

The powerful Iran-led Shi'ite alliance will in the period ahead undoubtedly seek to destroy this state.

The Kurdish entities to the north will seek to defend themselves against both sides.

The result of all this cannot be known. The reality is one of sectarian war over the ruins of Iraq and Syria.

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So the Sunni have proclaimed themselves an Islamic republic...best thing that could have happen to them...wonder it fthey'll reagain ppower in Iraq -minus Kurd Republic in the north and the little Shia enclave in the south...i only hope that it makes the US policey makers REALIZE THAT A US SPONSERED/DOMINCATED MIDDLE EASTand asia COnsisting OF Egypt; Lebanon; Turkey, Syria, Sauda Arabia; Jordan, Iran, Iraqi, Afghanastain, Pakistan India will never come to be....
Oh by the way Obama sent a aircraft carrier to the persian Gulf to help prop up the Iraqi Govt---and the GOP is still talking LOUD AND Long to send HELP TO IRAQI ....I might as well have left my pen corked before writing this..CHENEY Out of office BUT HIS POLICES ARE STILL GOING STRONG...

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So can I assume you voted for Obama, Noman and are disappointed?

I know many that have don't want to say they have so of course you do not have to answer that question. I voted for Jimmy Carter (the Champion of Hamas), a shame I must bear for the rest of my life. But then Carter was not exactly honest about who he was toward Israel. I should have gotten a hint from his reaction to the attack from the "killer" bunny rabbit.

Today in History: Jimmy Carter Attacked by Killer Rabbit (April 20, 1979)
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Jimmy Carter fishing in GeorgiaToday in Odd History, President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit during a fishing trip in Plains, Georgia. The rabbit, which may have been fleeing a predator, swam toward his boat, "hissing menacingly, its teeth flashing and nostrils flared." President Carter was forced to swat at the vicious beast with a canoe paddle, which apparently scared it off.



Upon his return to the White House, Carter told his staff about the furry amphibian's assault. Most of them refused to believe him, insisting that rabbits can't swim (although since most mammals can swim, there's no reason to believe that rabbits cannot), and that even if they could, they certainly wouldn't attack humans, and certainly not presidents. Fortunately, a White House photographer had been on the scene, and had recorded the bizarre attack. The photograph showed Carter with his paddle raised, warding off a small creature which might, or might not, have been a rabbit. One staffer was quoted as saying, "You couldn't tell what it was." Undaunted by their skepticism, Carter had the image enlarged, and there it was--a killer bunny rabbit, apparently bent on assassinating the president.

The story might have ended there, except that White House Press Secretary Jody Powell mentioned the incident to Associated Press reporter Brooks Jackson in August. JawsThe Washington Post ran it as front page news. The original photograph was not available (until the Reagan administration leaked it in 1981), but the paper filled the gap with a cartoon modeled on the poster for the movie Jaws, starring the rabbit and entitled Paws. Powell made a belated attempt to impress the public with the seriousness of the attack, calling the creature a "swamp rabbit," but since Carter had to appease his rabbit-loving constituents by insisting that he had not actually smacked his buck-toothed opponent with his paddle, but only splashed water at it to drive it away, it seemed unlikely that he had been in danger. The entire episode became a I'm a Bunny for Cartersymbol of Carter's floundering presidency. According to Powell, "[i]t shows the extent to which an insignificant incident can snowball and end up in newspapers and news shows across the country.” Carter biographer Douglas Brinkley says, “It just played up the Carter flake factor.... I mean, he had to deal with Russia and the Ayatollah and here he was supposedly fighting off a rabbit.”

Note: While some presidential apologists have suggested that Carter might actually have been attacked by a nutria, a large, aggressive aquatic rodent, others have insisted that the President's assailant was a simple, if unusually vicious, bunny rabbit. Fulk, the 12th century king of Jerusalem, was killed by a rabbit. (Well, really he was killed by a fall from his horse, but the horse had been startled by a rabbit.) And many years ago, I was the owner of a Blue Dutch rabbit named Sequin. One of my friends still bears the scars of an encounter with Sequin--a perfectly matched set of parallel teeth marks, where Sequin's fangs closed on her hand and ripped through the flesh when she pulled her hand away. Bunnies are, indeed, fiercer than anyone but Monty Python has generally given them credit for.
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Well I did vote for Obama because I was tired of Bush and Cheney running this country into the ground....when reelection came--I Never Voted for Obama again....still carring on Cheney Polices......
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Well I did vote for Obama because I was tired of Bush and Cheney running this country into the ground....when reelection came--I Never Voted for Obama again....still carring on Cheney Polices......
How is that working out for you so for?

You have to remember that there are progressives in both the Democratic and Republican parties and they both do not have the best interests of the American people at heart but the Fabian Progressive Agenda. Obama is following the Cloward-Piven Strategy to collapse the American System of Government. Look up the Cloward–Piven strategy for yourself and see how it parallels what Obama and the Democratic Party Progressives have fostered on party lines over the last six years upon America.



I don' know if you have read my posts before about being a former Conservative Democrat that attended county Democratic Conventions as a delegate that finally had enough of Progressive Democrats telling me they did not want to hear our conservative views and left the Party. Being a conservative is something I do not try to hide as it is who I am however I have always tried to work with people of other views. When they stopped listening I stopped attending. As an Independent I vote and support the people I see that I think will do the best job for the American People; period.
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The newly declared ISIS Sunni Islamic sharia Caliphate, is a direct result of Obama's pathetic and cowardly Presidency.

Obama's 'red Line' farce proved , to all the Islamic fundamentalist's
( both Sunni and Shi-ite ) , that the once 'mighty' USA was now a toothless tiger under Obama's destructive military polices.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the 'Moslem Brotherhood" are fully involved with ISIS in the birth of this 'Sunni' Caliphate.

Lets no forget for one moment that although the 'Muslem Brotherhoods' power in Egypt has been great diminished in Egypt thanks to General Sisi's military Coup, the 'Muslem Brotherhood' tentacles are right across the Sunni Middle East, and most frighting of all, the 'Muslem Brotherhoods' massive infiltration of the USA Obama's Governance, especially of 'Hillary's' State Department., plus the well known fact of Obama's African family members intimate connections of the 'Muslem Brotherhood' note 'their' open visits to the White House with 'Obama'.

At the end of the day, as I see it, I have no doubt whatsoever that if this ongoing 'Balkanization' of Syria and Irak, results in an ISIS Sunni Caliphate being born in to a State, the main purpase of this ISIS Caliphate will be the destruction of Israel.

There is no other reason other than the 'destruction of Israel' for the 'birth' of this Caliphate.

However, the good news is, the the endemic hatred of 'Sunni' Moslem against Shi-ite' Moslem will eventuate in the destruct of the ISIS before thei psycotic delusions of a 'Sunni' Caliphate eventuate.

Plus the even better news is that Israel would pulverize any ISIS attack on Israel.
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So the Sunni have proclaimed themselves an Islamic republic...best thing that could have happen to them...wonder it fthey'll reagain ppower in Iraq -minus Kurd Republic in the north and the little Shia enclave in the south...i only hope that it makes the US policey makers REALIZE THAT A US SPONSERED/DOMINCATED MIDDLE EASTand asia COnsisting OF Egypt; Lebanon; Turkey, Syria, Sauda Arabia; Jordan, Iran, Iraqi, Afghanastain, Pakistan India will never come to be....
Oh by the way Obama sent a aircraft carrier to the persian Gulf to help prop up the Iraqi Govt---and the GOP is still talking LOUD AND Long to send HELP TO IRAQI ....I might as well have left my pen corked before writing this..CHENEY Out of office BUT HIS POLICES ARE STILL GOING STRONG...
A change in policy is indeed needed. Cheney was VP, they have no authority in policy formulation except that relegated by the President, and the policy seemed right at the time it was formulated, but hindsight is 20/20.

The A/C being sent is USS George H.W. Bush

Obama has a Ron Polesque policy of not interfering in any world affairs except he is worse than Jimmy Carter at the implementation and thinks of himself as somewhat a combination of Lincoln and Roosevelt
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Postscript--"lost" the oil wells in Iraqi....
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