of southeastern of Turkey and north of Syria, roughly speaking the
area of Paddan-Aram, is being considered as the cradle of the Aramean
more on this.....)
Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are the only
countries where the Arameans and non-Arameans can practice their religion in freedom.
Iraq has already been destroyed by the Western colonial powers,
Syria is in the process of destructions, what remains is Lebanon.
===================Arameans of Syria===================
It is estimated
that there are around 2.0 million Aramean and non-Aramean Christians in
Syria. Below we will provide our beloved reader with some background
information on the various Aramean denominations present in Syria.
At the early beginning of
Christianity, the Aramean nation was geographically termed as West- Arameans
and East-Arameans. Roughly
speaking, river the Euphrates was de border. The Arameans living Eastern of
Euphrates, the Persian Empire, were called East- Arameans or East-
Syrians; thus "Nestorians" who later became known as Chaldeans (1553) and
again later as Assyrians (19th century).
living Western of Euphrates, the Roman Empire, were called West- Arameans
or West- Syrians or in short just Syrians. And sometimes both the East-
as well as the West- Arameans are called Syrians; if not specifically
indicated! In Syria the following Aramean denominations are present:
In the 16th century, the
colonial powers started to interfere with the Middle-East and in particular
to create divisions within the Aramean nation and incite them against one
unimaginable methods were employed to incite the Arameans against one
another on the national as well as on the religious level. To explain this,
below we present to you some events as observed by the American Presbyterian
Rev. Justin Perkins who visited the East- Aramean Nestorians of Urmia in
In the report of Perkins,
who lived for 8 years in Persia among the East- Aramean Nestorians,
we read about the activities of Vatican among the Aramnean
measure will be left untried by them, for leading away the
Nestorians from the religion of their fathers and subjecting them to
Papal control. A few years ago, a Jesuit
offered to the Nestorian Patriarch $10.000, on condition that he
would acknowledge allegiance to the Pope; to whom the
patriarch replied, in the emphatic language of Peter to Simon Magus,
"Thy money perish with thee."(Acts 8:20) (Justin Perkings, A Residence Of Eight Years In Persia Among The Nestorian
Christians, 1843, page. 23).
On page 278 he mentions
more examples, saying: "The
Nestorians often relate the particulars of their past conflicts with
Papists,-particularly the career of the last one who has visited
them on this side of the Koordish mountains. His first attempt -
daring one- was to bribe the Nestorian
Patriarch. He went directly to his residence, in the
Koordish mountains, and as a fully empowered legate, promised him,
as I have elsewhere stated, four thousand tomans, ( $ 10,000,)
on condition that he would declare himself and
his people subjects of the Pope.
mercenary motives ineffectual to accomplish his object, the Jesuit next
appealed to the ambition of the Patriarch, telling him that should he become
allied to Rome, he would be exalted to be the
Pope's lieutenant in all the East. "Tell your master," said the
Patriarch, "that I shall never become a Catholic;
and should you even induce my whole people, to the last man, to do so, I
would sooner become a Dervish, or a Koordish Moollah, than degrade myself by
alliance with the Pope.
Patriarch inflexible, the Romish emissary next tried
his artifices on the people of this province. A prince, a brother
of Abbas Meerza, was then governor of Oroomiah, and had in his employ an old
French lady in the capacity of an instructress of European languages. This
old lady had acquired a measure of influence with her royal pupil,
and the Jesuit found it very convenient to make her
his coadjutor. When therefore the Nestorians spurned the rites of
Rome as urged upon them by the Papal legate, the old lady, at his
instigation, was accustomed to petition the prince
to coerce them to submit to the 'Jesuit's dictation. This system
was pursued, until the Nestorians were on the point of rising in determined
resistance, and the prince was thus deterred from his oppression.
In some instances, the Papal
emissary entered Nestorian churches, declared them
property of the Pope, and hung their walls
with images and pictures, which the Nestorians as often indignantly tore
down and destroyed. In one case, the Jesuit paid a yet dearer price for his
temerity than the loss of his" gods." Entering a
church in Geog-tapa, he commenced adorning it witb Romish tapestry, when Mar
Elias, the venerable Nestorian bishop resident in that village, came into
his church and ordered the intruder to desist. The
Jesuit told the bishop that the church was not his, but the Pope's, and in
the name of "his holiness," commanded Mar Elias to go out. The
worthy Nestorian prelate, though aware that a bishop must be" no striker,"
yet regarding the emergency such as to justify an exception, took the Jesuit
in hand, and gave him such a corporeal castigation, that he was glad to to
escape with broken images and torn pictures; and this was the last attempt
to establish the reign of Popery at Oroomiah before our arrival. Since that
period, similar efforts have been renewed, but hitherto with as little
success, as we shall have occasion to notice, in subsequent chapters. "
mentioned above are written down by a Protestant. And
most probably Mr. Perkins was very well pleased to be informed about
and to be witness of such
events in order to discredit the other party. The Protestants however have
availed themselves of such nasty methods as well and continue to do so until today.
It does not mean
however that this kind of unholy and extremely harmful technology
unfortunately was employed to not only brainwash, blackmail, bribe, and
persecute the East- Aramean Nestorians, but also other Aramean churches
like the West- Aramean Syrian orthodox and West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox
As a result of this kind of unholy and nasty "evangelizing", the following Aramean Catholic groups were created:
Aramean Syrian Catholic Church (1662)
Aramean Melkite Greek Catholic Church (1724)
Aramean Syrian Maronite Catholic Church (1182)
Aramean "Nestorian" Chaldean Church of Babylon (1553)
In addition to
that, the majority of Catholics in the Western world are
deliberately being kept blind and this important information withheld from
them on the unholy and nasty methods that have been employed on their behalf
to divide, incite against one another and finally exterminate other nations.
For this reason, this faithful Western Christian Catholics have all the
rights to be informed about what has been done to other nations in their
behalf and with their money.
The majority of
Catholic schools, Seminars and Universities withhold deliberately students of
this unsavory events taken place in the past. On the contrary, in these
institutions, the "good works" of missionaries are emphasized on the fact
that these "lost sheep" have come back to the "only holy Catholic Church"
and that these "Unites" should be offered aid and assistance. They rather
would prefer to bring back "the rest of the lost sheep" to the "only
truthfully holy Catholic Church".
And the madness
of all this is that this kind of blackmail, bribe, persecutions, brainwash and sorcery is
placed under the umbrella of "Christianity", while in reality, it totally has
nothing to do with Christian faith as explained in the Bible. And this kind
of evilness is continued until our days and is the cause of the misery our
people is facing in the Middle-East and has resulted in their Diaspora. See
more on this horrific spiritual genocide of jesus of the west:
West- Aramean Syrian Orthodox
Church of Antioch.
Patriarch: Ignatius Afrem II Karim. Residence in Damascus,
This Church was the first Church established outside
Israel and is the mother of all the Syrian Churches. Unfortunately
this church has also immensely been terrorized by the Western
Christianity, in particular the Catholic Church. In the Western
literature you will frequently come across the heretical terms "Jacobite
Church" and " Monofysite Church" with which the Syrian Orthodox Church
of Antioch is being demonized.
Patriarch: Joseph Younan. Residence in Beirut,
The Syrian Catholic
Church was split off from the Syrian Orthodox Church in the 17th
century. On this separation, Sebastien de Courtois writes:
" The first [Syrian]
Catholic Patriarch had been consecrated in Aleppo in 1662 with
French help through the
mediation of Ambassador Francois Picquet (page 33) . .. which
was encouraged by
French diplomats present in Aleppo at that time. The
the separation in the hope of one day uniting the Eastern
Churches with that of Rome
(XiX).. The Catholic mission activities were strongly
supported by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs policy, which had
been reinforced in the region by creation in 1856 of a
vice-consulate in Diyarbekir at the request of the Vatican(page. 36).
Patriarch: John Yazigi. Residence in Damascus, Syria.
The West- Aramean Melkite
Greek (Rum) Orthodox Church was established after the Council of Chalcedon
held from 12 October - 1 November 451 AD. The Council was organized
by the Pope and the Byzantine / Roman Emperor.
The Syrian Orthodox
Church, the Armenian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church
rejected Chalcedon. That is why these Churches are being called "
Anti - Chalcedonian Churches".
The Arameans who did
accept the decisions made in Chalcedon became allies of Byzantine
/Roman Emperor and implemented in later times (from 11th century on)
the Byzantine liturgical rite. Hence the name "Greek Orthodox
These Arameans became
known as " Melkites"; this term is derived from the Aramaic word "Malko",
that means " King/ Emperor"; thus those who went along with the
king/emperor, his followers. This Church is sometimes also called "
Antiochian Orthodox Church".
The term "Greek" is only
ecclesial term, not ethical one.
In the Middle-East,
sometimes also the term " Rum" is being used in reference to these
Churches, that is abbreviation of " Rumoyee" a reference to
Byzantine Orthodox rite.
The on 18th of July 2012 killed Syrian minister of defense, general
Dawoud Raja, was a West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox.
West- Aramean Melkite Greek Catholic
Patriarch: Gregorios III Laham. Residence in Damascus,
Thanks to the tireless
efforts of Vatican, as explained above, to divide, to weaken and
finally finish off, the West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox Church
was split off in 1724 and consequently the Melkite Greek Catholic
Church was established.
There is no one Catholic
Syrian church established without blackmail, bribe and brainwashing
(Needless to says of course, however, this has nothing to do with
West- Aramean Syrian Maronite Catholic
Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi . Residence in Bkerke,
This Church was named
after the Aramean ascetic St. Maron and was established in 410 AD.
The Aramean Maronites are subjected to the pope since 1182 AD. The
Aramean Maronites are in terms of numbers, the biggest Aramean
East- Aramean "Nestorian"
Apostolic Assyrian Catholic Church of the East.
Chicago, United States.
Aramean Church is the famous Church of Seleucia -
Ctesiphon (32 km northeastern of Baghdad).
A.D. the East- Arameans were connected with the ecclesiastical seat
of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. However for reasons of
persecutions, geography and politics, during the synod of 424 the
East- Arameans decided to take independent position towards Antioch
and from then on they themselves took care for ecclesiastical
Aramean Church of Seleucia- Ctesiphon became strong and dedicated
missionary church that enlightened many nations with the message of
Jesus Christ. The
church produced spiritual giants who passionately spread the torch
of Christianity. One of them is Patriarch Timothy I from eight century.
Professor Sebastian Brock writes on page 194, Volume II, of Hidden
Pearl this about Timothy I: "The key figure
of the Eight- Century Persian Church was their extraordinary
Patriarch Timothy I, who was not only a fine scholar of gentle
temperament whose defense of the Christian faith earned him the
respect of the Abbasid caliph with whom he debated, but who was also
passionate supporter of Christian evangelism. In 781 Timothy could
write to a Maronite correspondent that:
the king of the Turks, with
nearly all (the inhabitants of) his country, has left his ancient
idolatry and has become Christian, and he has requested us in his
letters to create Metropolitan for his country, and this we have
course was not happy with the activities of this church and tried in
many ways to destroy the church by means of persecutions, massacres,
implementation of fake teachings, fake identities etc.. etc..
deathblow that effectuated the downfall of this, once majestic
church, was interference of colonial powers and in particular
the United Kingdom and diffusion and
implementation of colonial fake name "Assyrians" on religious,
national, academic, social and cultural level through which the rich
glorious history of this church was destroyed. And with that Satan
achieved his goal and finalized the downfall of the East- Aramean church
of Seleucia- Ctesiphon.
Western- Aramean or Eastern- Aramean, one gets tears in the eyes and
our heart is burning of what satan has done to this magnificent Church
and degraded the church to the present hopeless state where even the
colonial name "Assyrian" has been added to the name of the Church. There is a
Aramaic saying from Tur Abdin that sounds like this:
"The foundation laid by Lions has been
turned into chaos by foxes"
In the course of time the East- Aramean church of Seleucia-
Ctesiphon became known under various name, namely:
Church of Persia"
East- Syrian Church".
Church of the East" and more recently (since 1976) as:
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East"
The term "Catholic" has
no relation with Rome. It means something like " General/
From this Church
The Chaldean Catholic
Church of Babylon in 1553 AD.
The Ancient Church of the
East since 1968.
East- Aramean "Nestorian"Ancient
Church of the East.
Patriarch: Addai II. Residence in
The Ancient Church of the East
was established in 1968 by the East- Aramean "Nestorian" bishop Toma
Darmo. The reason had to do with the tradition of patriarchal
succession within the East- Syrian Church of Seleucia- Ctesiphon and with decisions
taken during a synod.
Within the East-Aramean
nation a tradition was crept in whereby succession of Patriarch
took place within the same family. And this caused church
problems, amongst others the split off in 1968.
The Ancient Church of the
East is sometimes also referred to as " Assyrian orthodoxe Church".
"Orthodox", because the church rejects the teaching of Nestorios.
The Ancient Church of the East is independent Church.
East- Aramean "Nestorian" Chaldean
Church of Babylon.
Raphaλl I Sako.
Residence in Bagdad, Iraq.
The Chaldean " Nestorian"
Church of Babylon was established in 1553 following the activities
of the Catholic missionaries among the East- Aramean "Nestorians".
The Chaldeans are subjected to the Pope of Rome.
The East- Aramean "
Chaldeans", the west-Aramean Syrian Maronites, the West-Aramean
Syrian Catholics and the West- Aramean Syrian Melkite Catholics are
called "Unites" in the Catholic literature, that means something
like " Those who came back to the True Catholic Mother Church".
Of course they will never say a word about the way these churches
Indirectly of course this
implies that the rest which has not joined the "true Catholic
Church" is heretic. Beloved reader, please do not be fooled by words
like " Christian cooperation", " Christian unity",
"ecumenism" and other terms that should give the reader the feeling
as if talking or discussing about these words they are very serious
about the Christian cause, while in reality it is not.
The antichrist will also
use these "nice" terms to unify "Christianity" to accept him.
Without acceptance of antichrist by the majority of "Christianity",
he will not be able to start his work on this world. Those among
Christians who refuse and revolt against him will be labeled as
"antichristians" and killed by the antichrist.
The abhorrent demonic
hatred injected in the hearts of Aramean Catholics prevents any kind
of cooperation. To the Aramean Catholics the Vatican is above
everything whereby Jesus Christ totally is not of interest. These are the fruits
of the way these churches came into being.
to the Aramean Orthodox and East- Arameans, that is to say:
The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, The
Syrian Melkite Greek orthodox Church, The Ancient Church of the East and The
Assyrian Apostolic Catholic Church of the East,is this one:
From the very
beginning of Christianity until today you constantly
are flying at each other, whereby you have put aside Jesus Christ. You think
that it is okay and nobody cares about what you are doing? And that the Lord
God can't see your quarrel whereby you all have created your own private
kingdoms and don't care about the real King, namely Jesus Christ? The God YAHWEH, the God of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob says, "Can any hide
himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I
fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 23:24)
All this is okay, nothing to worry about?
How can you complain that you are being persecuted, killed, your churches
blown up, burned, your sons killed, your daughters and wives dishonored and
assumed by strangers while you have completely put aside Christ Jesus, the Holy and Almighty God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob?
Almighty God YAHWEH, Gloria to His Holy Name, the God of Abraham Isaac and
Behold, the Lords hand is not shortened,
that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have
separated between you
and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you,
that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:1-2)
2.Shameless nation, come to your senses
2 before you are driven away like chaff blown by the wind, before the
burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day when he shows his
3."However, if my people, who are called by my name, will
humble themselves, pray, search for me, and
turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from
heaven, forgive their sins,
and heal their country." (2 Chronicle 7:14)
It was because
of our iniquities that the horrible jesus of the West was able to
fragmentize us, to diffuse fake names within our nation, to destroy our heritage and faith and to cause our
into Diaspora. No, don't blame others for this and other misfortunes. We are
only and exclusively the guilty ones, and no one else. We are responsible
for what is happening to us! The Lord God had blessed
the Arameans of Aram-Nahrin to be the first nation to accept Christ Jesus
and together with the apostles of the Lord Jesus and the converted Jews they
established the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. What is left of the
original glorious church of Antioch? Nothing, completely destroyed because of internal
quarrel and centuries old hatred and imputations.
to the Aramean Catholics, that is to say:
The Syrian Catholic Church, The Syrian Melkite
Catholic Church, The Syrian Chaldean Catholic Church, The Syrian Maronite
Catholic Church , is this one:
You may call
yourself whatever you want to, but please do not lose your senses. There are
thousands Western Catholics who refuse to be manipulated by the Vatican.
They are Catholics, but they take independent position, they read and study
the Bible on daily basis and try to dedicate themselves to Jesus Christ.
These are the true Christian Catholics.
You as Aramean
Catholics will definitely not go to the hell if you set yourself a bit free
from Vatican and take more independent position. And please stop immediately
to be used as remote control. The salvation of your soul does not come
from Vatican, but from Jesus Christ. The Bible says:
I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you] [as] a chaste
virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). Therefore, please put
Jesus Christ on the first place and read the Bible in which He reveals
For those among
the Aramean Catholics who want to know more about the covenant they have
made, we refer to a top specialist on this field, Mr. William (Bill) Schnoebelen
who has produced a DVD on this matter:
Appeal to all the Aramean denominations
Please have a detailed look at the decadent
behavior of your children, men and women in Diaspora. No sense of shame!
would think that when a person has escaped war, bloodbaths and massacres, he
would behave modest and respectable. Unfortunately, the real life is quite
different than one would imagine and wish. They simply go with the
decadence, immorality and enjoy thoroughly the luxurious life in the West.
On the broadcasting channels Ishtar,
SuryoyoSat and SuroyoTv, sometimes wedding parties, new year, Christmas,
eastern and other parties are broadcasted where you see some people dressed
so perversely, that they look like prostitutes. They give the eyes the
impression as if they have something to sell! The obnoxious behavior is that
some of them wear a cross between their half-naked breasts. And the most
ungodly is that these kind of people are being associated with Christianity.
And that is absolutely no good advertisement, for other nations are watching
us and judge us according our behavior!
The worst thing is that from child
to adult they do not want to know anything about the errors and treason they
committed towards the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and act as if
nothing is wrong. Many of them are even boasting on their good deeds,
Christian faith and self-satisfaction. What is worse is that many of them
have removed Christ Jesus from their lives, without being aware of it, and
call themselves "Christians" for the show.
Even now they are refugee at other
mans doors, they do not have slightest reason to ask themselves: Why did we
become refugee at other mans doors and make our hands open for them? Why
did not our God protect us against evil forces that have invaded and assumed
our indigenous homelands? What is the cause
of our Diaspora and why we lost everything? On the contrary, they enjoy the
luxurious life in the West, act like drunkards, and do not want to be
bothered with these difficult questions they simply dont want to hear
The various Aramean Diaspora
communities (including Chaldeans, Assyrians) in the West should not fool
themselves and make any illusions for they have been entrapped by the
luxurious decadent life in the West. For their survival it is necessary to
wake up and reflect on what is coming. Thirty years ago nobody in Iraq would
have imagined in their wildest dreams what is now happening to them, for
they were entrapped in the carefree and luxurious life. Ten years ago
nobody had imagined what is now happening with Syria. Therefore we appeal to
all of the Aramean denominations as follows:
saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the
dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye
walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise"
For those among
you who want to learn more about centuries old persecutions, the lose of our
ancestral homelands, and the reasons behind Diaspora, we refer to the
13-12-2011:Climax of Madness: The unholy colonial product Assyrians wants together
with Muslim brotherhood to topple the regime of Bashar Assad. How the
odious demonic colonial powers maneuver their spiritual children and
creation into the abyss to exterminate the Aramean nation of Syria
3-12-2011: The use of mercenaries, death squads and snipers by
Western intelligence agencies is well documented,, Will the
ethnic cleansing of the Arameans of Iraq serve as a example to the future
ethnic cleansing of Arameans of Syria?
Kurdish forces have regained control
of around 70 percent of the Syrian town of Kobani
near the Turkish border after pushing back
that have spent months besieging it, a group monitoring the war said on
"There are air strikes every day,
they have destroyed many ISIS
bases in Kobani. If there
had been no air strikes then I think Kobani would have been controlled by
[ISIS] by now,"
Practically and psychologically,
[Isis] are now broken .
By mid-December, according to
Kobani's Minister of Defence, Ismat Sheikh Hasan, Kurdish forces had retaken control of about 70 per cent
of the town although the
frontlines are fluid and are shifting all the time ..
TOW anti-tank missiles have ended up in the
hands of Jabhat Al Nusra, Syrias branch of Al Qaeda. The US provided the
missiles to CIA vetted Syrian rebel faction Harakat Hazm in May. A video
posted by Al Nusra shows the weapons being used to take over Syrian military
bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh in Idlib province ..
.it is known that the US armed
and trained Harakat Hazm group had signed a ceasefire agreement with
Jabhat AL Nusra in November in
the same region of Idlib Province. At that time Al Nusra had claimed TOW
and Grad missiles were now in their hands
Anyhow we are buying weapons from the FSA.
We bought 200 anti-aircraft
missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons.
We have good relations with our brothers in the FSA
"Russia condemns the use of
extremist groups in efforts to change
the regime [in Syria]," Lavrov said, .
Russia will keep advising Syria and
other countries under terrorist threat on their
military efficiency, Lavrov added, saying the fight against growing
extremist forces in the Middle East is the international community's top
The Islamic States vaunted
exercise in state-building appears
to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its
control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its
energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules
Slick Islamic State videos
depicting functioning government offices and the distribution of aid do not match the reality of
growing deprivation and
disorganized, erratic leadership, the residents say ..
doesnt know how to do this stuff, said the U.S. official, using an
acronym for the group. When stuff breaks down, they get desperate.
It doesnt have a whole lot of engineers and staff to run the cities, so
things are breaking down. ..
There are so many foreigners now I have met guys from Uzbekistan,
Ukraine, Libya. It makes me feel like it is not my country any more. Once,
I was walking around my home town when a man drove up to ask me for my
papers. He was Tunisian. Whats his business ordering me around in my own
country, in my town?
He accuses foreign powers of supporting
without question anyone fighting against Assad. So many foreign players
have their hands in Syria; they
are responsible for this. I pray every day that there
will be a time when the same troubles will befall them.
A UN security council report obtained by the Guardian says at least 15,000 people from more
than 80 countries have travelled to Iraq and Syria in
recent years to become jihadi fighters .
The foreigners fighting in Syria had little trouble entering the country
through the 550-mile border with Turkey via what
Turkish pundits called the jihadi highway ..
The Israeli top priority is to
dictate its terms to Syria to sign a peace treaty with Israel before
withdrawing its forces from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Palestinian
territories and Lebanese southern lands
Therefore, it should not come as
a surprise that the (Benjamin) Netanyahu government has not yet taken any immediate steps
against IS, according to
Amos Harel, writing in Foreign Policy on September 15 .
Israel certainly does not see the group as an external
threat and the Islamic
State also does not yet pose an internal threat to Israel, according to Israeli
journalist and Associate Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign
Relations, Dimi Reider, writing in a Reuters blog on last October 21
While Israel is willing and
getting ready to interfere in Jordan , it is already deeply interfering in
Syria , where the real
battle has been raging for less than four years now against terrorists led
by the IS
A political public agreement between
Israel and the Gulf Arabs
has developed on a mutual understanding that the dismantling of the Syria
Iran alliance as a prelude to a regime change in both countries is the
regional priority, .
Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in
Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of
civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United
Nations' training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesday ..
The terrorists murdered, decapitated and crucified four
civilians in the city of al-Bukamal, situated near
the border with Iraq and 650 kilometers (403 miles) northeast of the capital
Damascus, earlier this month,
Meanwhile, ISIL terrorists have killed and crucified six civilians at
a roundabout in al-Subekhan town of Syrias
eastern province of Deir ez-Zor
A 74-year-old German author who gained unprecedented access
Islamic Statemilitants in Iraq has
described the terror group as having "the
power of a nuclear bomb or a tsunami" .
The German author said he was most disturbed by his
conversations with Isil militants, who insisted that "all
religions who agree with democracy have to die", and
that Isil intends to "conquer the world" .
"This is the largest religious cleansing
strategy that has ever been planned in human history", he told RTL
"Both advancements by the Kurdish rebels were very key
and I can tell you our fighters are gradually gaining important grounds
from the [so-called] Islamic State," Idriss
Nassan, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters in Kobani, said
According to the WHOs Syria representative, Elizabeth
Hoff, the vaccination rates in the Arab country plummeted to 52 percent in 2014 from
90 percent before the crisis while contaminated
water has led to the advance of typhoid and hepatitis ..
The situation has worsened
since regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients in the crisis-hit
The first Western journalist in the
world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq
has returned from the region with a warning: the group is much
stronger and much more dangerous
than anyone in the West realises
Once within Isis territory,
Todenhφfer said his strongest impression was that
Isis is much stronger than we think here. He said it now has dimensions larger
than the UK, and is supported by an almost ecstatic enthusiasm that I
have never encountered in any other warzone ..
Four years ago, Aleppo was a thriving, cosmopolitan place,
but everybody has suffered in Syrias terrible war. The rich have left, the middle classes
have become poor, and the poor have become miserable. Four out of five people here dont have a job.
When I walk the streets, I feel attacked by the poverty by the sight of
sick, tired, desperate people with no hope for the future .
It is desperately cold this winter, with no heating or
electricity across the city. Every evening it gets dark early. Here in my
bishopric, we light a stove, using chairs for firewood, chopping up and
burning one per night. When I go to bed, it is often so cold that I struggle to
Turkey, a NATO member since 1952,
has played a pivotal role in
the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria.
Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian
terrorists flowing from around the world
and into Syria in what could be described as a defacto NATO invasion by
In addition to literal terrorists
being harbored in NATO territory, security agencies of NATO members including the US and UK, have been
active along the Turkish-Syrian border arming, funding. and equipping what
they call moderate rebels.
These moderate rebels have recently been revealed as affiliates of or
organized directly organized beneath both Al Qaeda and ISIS
The source highlighted that those
groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat
al-Nusra, are receiving
unlimited support by
some regional countries and international major powers
While the EU is shedding crocodile tears on the
humanitarian suffering of the Syrians,
the source said, it overlooks that it is the EUs policy of backing terrorism in
Syria, the economic
sanctions imposed on it and the repeated attempts to abort the efforts
seeking a way out are the causes behind having Syrias crisis still dragging
The U.N. humanitarian chief accused the warring parties in
Syria on Monday of ignoring Security Council demands to protect civilians,
citing a doubling of the number of people killed from 100,000 in February
to close to 200,000 today and around 1 million
The number of children in need of immediate assistance has
jumped from about 4 million in
February to over 5.6 million today, and children
have been murdered, tortured and subjected to sexual violence by all parties
to the conflict, she said
There are many reasons not to back
these rebel groups, not least of which is the likelihood that U.S.-provided
arms will end up in the wrong
hands. That has already happened and will very
likely keep happening in the future. There are no good reasons to provide
this support, and this may just now be starting to dawn on a few more
members of Congress. It is reasonable to withhold support for a proxy that
has no chance of winning .
French police on Monday dismantled a network sending jihadist
fighters to Syria in a series of dawn raids that
saw them nab 10 suspects across the country, said Interior Minister Bernard
Almost 1,000 French nationals
from a wide range of backgrounds are estimated to have left to join
jihadists in Iraq and Syria, including some 400 thought to be currently
fighting on the ground and almost 50 who were killed .
A self-declared police force loyal
to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria decapitated four men in western Syria
after accusing them of
blasphemy, a rights group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on
Residents and activists say ISIS has beheaded and stoned to death
many people in areas it
controls in Syria and Iraq for actions they see as violating their reading
of Islamic law, such as adultery, homosexuality, stealing and
The $1.1 trillion federal spending
bill rammed through Congress
provides a half-billion dollars to arm and train ISIS-linked Syrian rebels
who could potentially launch terrorist attacks against the U.S
are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front
by attacking the Syrian Armys gatherings in Qalamoun, Bassel Idriss, the
commander of a moderate rebel brigade, told the Lebanese
Daily Star .
Australia is a significant source
country for foreign fighters and has a rate higher
than other comparable countries, the Australian Security Intelligence
Organisation (Asio) has warned .
Asio has identified around 70 Australians currently fighting
in Iraq or Syria, out of an estimated 3,000 western fighters.
It says a further 20 Australians
have already died in the conflict, and another 100 in
Australia are suspected of providing material support for extremists, such
as making donations and recruiting fighters
"It is permissible to have sexual
intercourse with the female captive.
Allah the almighty said: '[Successful are the believers] who guard their
chastity, except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their
right hands possess, for then they are free from blame [Koran 23:5-6]'..."
"It is permissible to buy, sell, or give
as a gift female captives and slaves,
for they are merely property, which can be disposed of [as long as that
doesn't cause [the Muslim ummah] any harm or damage."
is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn't reached
puberty if she is fit for
intercourse; however if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to
enjoy her without intercourse."
Turkeys second concern is related to
Syrias Kurds who have, over the course of the
civil war, carved out an autonomous territory across northern Syria called
Rojava. Although Turkeys relationship with the Kurds of Iraq is
surprisingly friendly Ankara is actually training their militia, the
peshmerga it views the leading
Syrian Kurdish group as a branch of the separatist PKK,
and worries that getting rid of Isil could inadvertently enable a hostile
Kurdish bloc to crystallise on its doorstep ..
The coalition has been ignoring Assads air defence network
so far, but establishing a no-fly zone could involve destroying a good chunk of
it through sustained cruise missile strikes and
bombing raids. The presence of Russian advisers at the likely targets is a
further complicating factor. Finally, artillery within the range of the
buffer zone might also have to be targeted, which would mean a huge jump in
the number of sorties ..
Isis have beheaded four Christian
children in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, a British vicar based in
the country has claimed
Canon Andrew White, who is known as
the vicar of Baghdad,
told Orthodox Christian
Network that the killings happened in a Christian enclave close
to Baghdad which has been taken over by Isis (formerly known as Islamic
Chilling new images have emerged from inside Islamic
State-run terrorist training schools in Syria, showing child soldiers being trained
to kill using assault rifles.
'Caliphate Cubs', the children appear little more
than 10 years old and are dressed in full combat gear as they
struggle to hold weapons while standing in front of ISIS' infamous black
In the VICE footage, ISIS' PR man Abu Moussa - who has since
been killed - describes how every
male child is forced to attend Sharia camps to be
taught the militants' radical interpretation of Islam ..
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF),
which has monitored the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights since 1974, said in
the report that Israeli
officers and the foreign-backed terrorists have direct cooperation on the Syrian border over the past 18 months, Haaretz
reported on Sunday
observed at least 10 wounded persons being transferred
by armed members of the opposition from the Bravo side across the ceasefire
Alexander Prokhanov told Press TV that Mossad is also
likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL
leadership, adding that Israels military advisors could be assisting
the Takfiri terrorists ..
"ISIL is a tool at the hands of the
United States. They tell the Europeans that if we
(the Americans) do not intervene, ISIL will cause you harm," he said, adding
that Iran and Russia are the prime targets of the ISIL
Prokhanov said the United States and Israel are one and
the same when it comes to
supporting a terror organization like the ISIL ..
Syrian government forces repelled an
attack by the Islamic State group
on a major air base in the country's east on Saturday, in fighting that
killed dozens on both sides, activists and state media said
outside the city of Deir el-Zour,
has been used by the government in the past months to launch air raids on
areas held by the Islamic State group bordering Iraq .
Terrorism is being exported to the
Middle East from Europe, especially from France, said
Syrias President Bashar Assad in an interview to French media. He also
criticized Western states for politically supporting terrorists in the
had Qatar not paid money to those terrorists
at that time, and had Turkey not supported
them logistically, and had
not the West
supported them politically, things
would have been different. If we in Syria had problems and mistakes before
the crisis, which is normal, this doesnt necessarily mean that the events
had internal causes, .
truth is that ISIS was created in Iraq in 2006.
It was the United States which occupied Iraq, not Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
[IS leader] was in American prisons,
not in Syrian prisons. So, who created ISIS, Syria or the United States? ..
Western countries are stoking extremism
in the Middle East with their
support for anti-government opposition movements, Chinas top newspaper has
said, repeating a call for non-interference in the regions
But it has also condemned efforts by western countries
to arm certain groups fighting against the Syrian government,
and has shown no sign of wanting to join US efforts to use military force
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview
published on Thursday he expected his country's conflict to be long and
difficult but vowed to defeat the insurgents
battling to oust him and said he would not be driven from power .
"The Syrian army cannot be everywhere at once. Where it
is not present, terrorists
take the opportunity to cross borders and infiltrate in one area or another," .
He also rejected a suggestion that
Syria had allowed Islamic State to flourish earlier
in the war to wipe out other insurgents and accused the United States of
creating conditions for the emergence of the group through its occupation of
Yet they allowed Iran to go ahead and
strike Isil unmolested. In the process, America
demonstrated the eternal relevance of the old dictum that my enemys enemy
is my friend
Many of Americas most powerful Arab allies would answer
with an emphatic yes. Saudi
Arabia and the Gulf states nurse a visceral suspicion of Iran.
America duly kept them in the dark last year when US diplomats held secret meetings with their Iranian
counterparts. Those talks eventually produced an
interim agreement to constrain Irans nuclear programme
Privately, diplomats from the Gulf fear that the
rapprochement between America and Iran has gone much further in secret than either
side has acknowledged in public. The fact that
Washington is, at the very least, prepared to tolerate Iranian air strikes
in Iraq will be taken as further evidence of this theory ..
"It is in the Syrian people's interest for us to sit down together once and for
all, and to find a way to save the people from this pain and suffering,"
AFP quoted the former leader of the so-called Syrian National Coalition
opposition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, as saying on Tuesday
"We want to solve the problem, because the problem now affects each
and every Syrian... The regime is suffering, the
opposition is suffering and the people are suffering," he added
With the bitter winter months approaching bringing with
them a set of acute hardships food shortages will be disastrous
for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian families
in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq who are entirely dependent on
international aid to survive, the WFP said in a statement .
The timing of the most devastating
aid cutback to date couldnt be worse. As
temperatures drop, living expenses warm clothing, gas for heating units
rise. At the same time, the informal labor market that is available to
refugees, such as seasonal
agricultural or construction work, tends to dry up .
What's worse, the U.N. shortfalls have been compounded
by mirroring cuts from host
governments, who have begun to buckle under the weight of the Syrian refugee
crisis. Last week, Jordan quietly repealed its offer of
free healthcare services for registered refugees,
leaving most with no avenue for medical treatment but to pay out of their
Under the pretense of stopping
an ISIS attack on Turkey, the
Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobani with tanks and artillery,
Kurdish newspaper Rudaw quoted Anwar Muslim, the co-chairman of Kobani, as
saying on Saturday
The Obama administration is weighing the opening of a new
front in the air war
against the Islamic State in Syria, ..
Turkish special forces would move
into the area to assist the targeting
and help Syrian opposition fighters consolidate their hold on the
The proposal would at least partly
address Turkeys long-standing desire for a protected buffer zone
inside Syria along the entire 511-mile border,
while providing the faltering rebel fighters with a much-needed
If implemented, the plan would
require significantly more
U.S. resources than are now devoted to the fight against the Islamic State
in Syria, including more
planes and more money .
At least 50 ISIL elements were killed
in the embattled border town in suicide bombings,
clashes with Kobani's Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish defenders, and in airstrikes,
said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which gets its information
from a network of activists and professionals on the ground
Pope Francis has condemned the
persecution of Christian communities in the Middle East,
blaming the fanaticism of terrorist groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant (Isil) .
On the final day of his visit to Turkey, the Pope warned that Christians were in
danger of being wiped out in the region. Turkey has
been accused of failing to stop Islamist extremists from crossing its
borders into Syria .
The United States led coalition fighting against Islamic
State (IS) in Syria has increased its attacks in the IS capital Raqqa with 30 airstrikes
overnight, said the London-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights .
At least 50 fighters of the Islamic
State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) have been killed
in the past 24 hours in Syria's Kobane, the biggest loss endured by the
group since it launched its assault on the strategic border city on
September 16 .
A spokesperson of the Kurdish YPG said fighters of the
Syrian Kurdish armed group had the Kobane border crossing with Turkey completely under its control ..
Mustafa Bali, a Kobani-based
activist, told the Associated Press news agency that Isis fighters were
positioned in grain silos on the
Turkish side of the border and
were launching attacks toward the border crossing point. "It is now clear
that Turkey is openly cooperating with [Isis]," Bali said ..
Turkey has been previously accused of taking a soft line
against Isis in order to damage Kurdish forces.
The regional power has fought a decades-long battle against Kurdish
separatist militants in is eastern territory and worries that events in Iraq
and Syria could increase the power of the Kurds in the region .
Pope Francis said Islamist militants were carrying out a
profoundly grave sin against God in Syria and Iraq,
calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to
help end conflicts there .
The Islamic State group
launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border
Kurdish official and activists said, although
Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the
Mustafa Bali, a
Kobani-based activist, said by telephone that Islamic State group
fighters have taken
positions in the grain silos on the Turkish side of the border
and from there are launching attacks toward the border crossing point. He
added that the U.S.-led coalition launched an airstrike Saturday morning on
the eastern side of the town
It is now
Turkey is openly cooperating with Daesh,
Bali said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State
"The US State Department should
rather have shown respect for the souls of American victims at the hands of
terrorists from the Daesh (ISIL) organization and not directed fabricated
accusations towards the Syrian state which has been facing terrorism for
years," added the Syrian
official in reference to three US nationals who were beheaded by ISIL
Takfiri terrorists .
Zoubis remarks came in reaction to the accusations made
by Jen Psaki, the spokeswoman of the US State
Department, that Syrias airstrikes on the city of Raqqa killed dozens of
civilians and demolished residential areas. .
Three cases of myiasis have been
reported near Damascus, marking the first appearance
of the flesh-eating maggot disease in Syria, UN health experts said
affliction caused when flies lay their eggs in wounds,
is not lethal for humans, but its appearance says a lot about worsening
living conditions in war-ravaged Syria, the World Health Organization
It has already issued an alert about the reappearance of
polio in the north of the country, where tuberculosis, typhoid and scabies
have again become endemic .
Speaking at the start of a
three-day trip to Turkey, Francis said "terrorist violence" showed no sign
of abating in Turkey's southern neighbors, where Islamist
insurgents had declared a caliphate and persecuted Shi'ite Muslims,
Christians and others who
do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam ..
Turkey has been a
reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State,
refusing a frontline military role but backing the Syrian opposition and
calling for President Bashar al-Assad to be toppled ..
The bombing of the ISIL or ISIS in
Syria is part of a brinkmanship campaign leading up to a potential
non-conventional invasion, parallel
to the re-introduction of the US military to Iraq .
A few days after the US began the
bombing of Syria, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin
Dempsey made it clear that the
Pentagon also planned on creating a viable anti-government army in Syria
consisting of 12,000
to 15,000 insurgents .
The US goal of training rebels in
Saudi Arabia and Turkey is
an indication of this too. On September 10, about two weeks before it
started bombing Syria, Washington declared that Saudi Arabia had given it
the green light to train a rebel army in the Arabian Peninsula
Mohommod Nawaz and Hamza Nawaz from London become the first Britons to be jailed for terrorism
training in Syria .
Mohommod Nawaz, 30, and Hamza Nawaz, 24, both from
Stratford, east London, were
sentenced to four-and-a-half years and three years
Thousands of European Muslimshave reportedly flocked to
join the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria, at least several
hundred from the UK - although some estimates put that figure at 1,000, and
officials have admitted the precise figure is not yet known .
At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training
rebels with U.S. help to fight both President
Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and may include more overtly Islamist
insurgent groups, sources close to the matter say .
The camp, south of the capital between Saudi Arabia's
border and Al Udeid, the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East, is being
used to train the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other moderate rebels, the
Every day, trucks laden with food, clothing, and other
supplies cross the border from Turkey to Syria. It is unclear who is picking
up the goods. The haulers believe most of the cargo is going to the "Islamic
State" militia. Oil, weapons, and
soldiers are also being smuggled over the border, and
Kurdish volunteers are now patrolling the area in a bid to stem the
Despite being in the heart of the
Syrian capital, the Old City - a Unesco World Heritage site and
stronghold of the country's Christians - is one of the last parts of
government-held Damascus still
afflicted by the civil war
The Old City has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years,
and today residents still try to go about their daily business. But they do
so knowing that their lives are in constant danger ..
Many Christians see it as part of an offensive against their
sect by jihadist groups. While Christians tried to remain neutral in the
war, many have been kidnapped and
churches have been desecrated by extremist members of the opposition
A lot of
members of our community have left because they
lost their jobs and because of terror of Daesh (ISIL)," said Georges
Bakhache, public relations officer for Aleppo's Christians, adding that
"Despite it all, we will not leave our land. Impossible."
"We will celebrate Christmas We will celebrate with a
mass for peace," he said
Jihadist organisations in Iraq and in
at least 46 military training camps, designed to
indoctrinate and train recruits, an investigation has found ..
The Islamic State has operated 25 camps:
14 in Syria and 11 in Iraq. Al Qaeda's Al Nusrah
Front has nine camps in Syria. Various allied jihadist groups, including
Ansar al Islam, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, and Junud al Sham, have
operated 12 camps (11 in Syria and one in Iraq).
For the first time in two years, protests broke out Nov.15 in the
rebel-held stronghold of Douma, 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) northeast of
Damascus. Yet, this time the demonstrations werent
held against the Syrian regime, but against
Jaish al-Islam and the traders collaborating with it. The protests have
been dubbed The Hunger Demonstrations.
According to a series of interviews conducted by The
Guardian, fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other Islamic
military groups have either
shifted their loyalty to the IS or have formed tactical alliances
and struck truce deals with it
In the two months since the United States and coalition
allies first launched airstrikes against ISIS targets inside of Syria,
the missions have killed more
than 900 people, nearly all militants, a
monitoring group said Saturday .
Of the 910 deaths the observatory has linked to the
airstrikes, some 785 were ISIS
fighters. That number is likely even higher
because of incidents in which the group had difficulty documenting .
"If the West wants Syria to remain a country for Christian
people, then help us to stay here; stop arming terrorists. ..
Exactly how many Christians have left Syria is difficult to
say, but according to the
Christian charity Open Doors, some 700,000 have left the country,
which equates to some 40 per cent of Syria's pre-war Christian
Looking around his 1,500 year old church, Mr Hanout warned:
"In this land the Word started.
And if you delete the Word here, then Christianity across the world will
have no future.
Residents from other sects have been able to return to their
homes, even when they are in rebel control, but Christians fear that if they
leave and their town is then captured by the opposition - even one led by western trained groups -
they will never be able to return ..
Exactly how many Christians have left Syria is difficult to
say, but according to the Christian charity Open Doors, some 700,000 have left the country,
which equates to some 40 per cent of Syria's pre-war Christian
Looking around Izraa's 1,500 year old church, Father Elias
Hanout warned: "In this land the Word started. And if you delete the Word
here, then Christianity across the world will have no future."
Two members of a column of killers
seen cutting the throats of 12
captured Syrian pilots in the
Isis video released this week were French. Both have been identified. Both
are 22. Both are European ..
One is Maxime Hauchard, a former
cinema lover and pizza delivery man from suburban Normandy. The other is
Mickael dos Santos, a French-born, once devoutly Catholic
son of a Portuguese immigrant family settled near Paris ..
Turkish border guards have abused and even killed refugees trying to
escape the fighting in Syria, according to an Amnesty
International report ..
"Turkey is clearly struggling to meet even the most basic needs of
hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. The result
is that many of those who have made it across the border have been abandoned
to a life of destitution,"
More than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to
Turkey are struggling to survive
on their own as overfilled government-run refugee camps
operate at full capacity, the report finds ..
The remaining 1.38 million more than 85 per cent are living outside the camps, mostly in
communities along the Turkey-Syrian border. An
estimated 330,000 live in Istanbul, the Turkish commercial
More than 1 million Syrian refugees
who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to
survive on their own, .
In many cities and towns bordering
Syria, tension is rising due to
an ever-increasing Syrian population.
Turkey does not grant Syrians official refugee status, labelling them as
guests who enjoy temporary protection, but in many Turkish cities with a
large Syrian population, local people increasingly feel that refugees have
outstayed their welcome, .
The report points out that the estimated
1.38 million Syrians who live
outside the government-run refugee camps struggle to secure a minimum of social
and economic rights, such as
education, housing and healthcare
counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the
Number One State Sponsor of Terrorism
protected by the US and its allies.
If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could
have carpet bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed
the desert from Syria into Iraq in June
The US is tracking as many as 150 people
who traveled from the United States to Syria
in recent months, a significant number of them to fight, FBI director
James Comey told reporters at a briefing in Boston on Tuesday ..
A rights group says the
Kurdish forces battling the Takfiri ISIL militants in the northern Syrian
city of Kobani have advanced in the heart of the flashpoint city and expelled the
terrorists from several buildings .
The Kurds captured a large amount of weapons and
ammunition, including RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) rounds, light weapons,
sniper guns and thousands of heavy machine gun rounds, the Britain-based
group said .
Kurdish fighters captured six
buildings used by
besieging the Syrian town of Kobani Tuesday, and seized a large amount of the jihadist
group's weapons and ammunition,
an activist group monitoring the war said .
The buildings were in a strategic location close to
Kobani's Security Square
where the main municipal buildings are based .
At least 200,000 Islamic State militants
are reportedly fighting in Iraq and Syria against the
international coalition, far larger than what has previously been estimated
by the CIA, a senior Kurdish leader revealed
"I am talking about hundreds of thousands of fighters because they are able to mobilize Arab young men in the
territory they have taken," .
The ISIL terrorist group has
released a video apparently showing the beheading of
US aid worker Peter Kassig by a Takfiri militant
The ISIL militants first showed Kassig in the video of
the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning in early October. The
terror group has posted numerous videos of its atrocities as a terror tactic
The Iraqi forces have found out that the US aircraft
usually airdrop arms and food
cargoes for ISIL militants who collect them on the
ground, Asia news agency quoted Iraqi army's intelligence officers as
On Saturday, Iraqi security sources disclosed that the
ISIL terrorist group is using
the state-of-the-art weapons which are only manufactured by the US
and each of their bullets are worth thousands of dollars ..
The Obama administration has been
weighing plans to escalate the
CIAs role in arming and training fighters in Syria,
a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions
while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, U.S.
The agency now vets and trains about
400 fighters each month
as many as are expected to be trained by the Pentagon when its program
reaches full strength late next year ..
A decision to expand the CIA
program would deepen U.S.
involvement in Syria, where
the United Nations says 200,000 people have been killed during more than
three years of civil war
A single airstrike targeted the
Khorasan group, Centcom said in a statement,
referring to a network of senior Al Qaeda operatives that U.S. officials
have said is plotting terrorist attacks against targets in the West
Syrian opposition activists said, however, that the true target of the strikes
against Khorasan is Al Nusra Front, which has
considerable support in Syrian opposition zones
Many opposition activists in Syria and elsewhere doubt the existence of Khorasan,
contending that the targets being attacked are actually Al Nusra Front
First of all, I don't agree that the Syrian crisis
can be interpreted as a ruthless dictator against a helpless population
and that the population will become democratic if you remove the
We could never fight with Assad. That would be a denial
of years of what we have done and asserted. But frankly, I think we should have had a dialogue
with Russia and asked what outcome we want in Syria,
and formulate a strategy together. It was wrong to say from the
beginning that Assad must go -- although it is a
desirable ultimate goal. Now that we are locked into that conflict with
Russia, a deal regarding the Iranian nuclear program becomes more
Kurdish fighters with the assistance of Iraqi Peshmerga
fighters, who crossed into Kobani on October 31, managed to retake the strategic hill
of Mistanour and the road that runs along the side of the hill on Wednesday .
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on
Sunday that at least 1,013
people had been killed in the fighting in Kobani,
known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, since the beginning of the offensive two
months ago .
They are some of the hundreds of
volunteers, predominantly Turkish Kurds,
who have traveled from villages, towns and cities across southeastern Turkey
and even from Istanbul, to
keep watch on the border.
They are on the lookout for potential fighters of the extremist Islamic
State group attempting to
cross into Kobani, besieged
since mid-September by IS and defended by Kurdish Syrian fighters known as
the People's Protection Units
"To be honest, we don't trust (the Turkish border
guards), because we have
seen many occasions that the Turkish government has loosened its borders for
ISIS fighters, weapons and logistical support to cross," said Ibrahim Binici,
Reports from the city of Raqqa have said that children as young as 10 were made to
behead captured Syrian soldiers, as a compulsory
test to graduate from the ISIS boot camp
The Islamic State militants, who have been running
several boot camps referred to as 'Cubs of Islamic State' or 'Cubs of
al-Baghdadi', brought in a
fresh batch of graduating students and told them to perform the beheadings ..
Over 100 captured Syrian soldiers loyal to President
Bashar al-Assad were executed
by the 'Cubs of Islamic State.'
The city, isolated in the far
north-east of Syria, has a cordon
of army regiments and local militias to defend it, and the land to the east is held by
armed Syrian Kurds. But the Turkish border is closed, and the rest of the
land around the city is held by Isis and its fellow Islamists .
This exodus of Christians from the
Middle East as they themselves attest only began after the Anglo-American invasion of
Iraq, whose architects, as
we all know, are born-again Christians .
They all condemned Isis and several
claimed as many Syrian government supporters often suggest that the Islamic State is an
American product, intended
to break up the countries of the Middle East
This loss of Christians is a very
negative thing. The countries
which encourage them to leave do not have their best interests at heart.
They want to dissolve them in
their societies. The Orient is a mosaic of different peoples and the West
does not like this. If the West really wants to help us, they should help us to stay here and
live in dignity. But as long
as there is a crisis, our people want to leave. ..
In central Syria, these clergymen
estimate that as many as 80
Christian Syriacs have been murdered,
and a far larger number were killed serving in the Syrian government
The West is not receiving us because
they are Christian countries. They are secular countries. They want to destroy the Christian
community here because they
know that the Syriacs have deep roots here. In a couple of generations, the
Syriacs in the European communities will have disappeared
Syrian Kurds backed by fighters from northern Iraq have
gained ground towards breaking the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani
but are drawing heavy fire
from Islamic State insurgents and have yet to win back control
Idris Nassan, a local official in Kobani, estimated that
Islamic State now controlled
less than 20 percent of the town and that heavy
artillery salvoes by peshmerga had helped the Kurds to advance to the south
Mr Bayik accuses Turkey of having covert links
with Jabhat al-Nusra and
encouraging the jihadis to threaten Afrin ..
He believes that Turkey has
sufficient influence over Jabhat al-Nusra to prevent it attacking Afrin.
Kurds will not accept Kobani and Afrin being under threat of genocide and
The battle for Kobani and the PKKs
role in helping the Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar resist Isis has increased the movements popularity
and prestige among Kurds in Turkey and elsewhere.
The determination of their fighters to resist Isis successfully is in
contrast to the failure of the Iraqi army, Syrian army, Syrian rebels and
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, all of whom had been routed over the last five
months by the jihadis
Mr Bayik sees much of what happens in
the region through the prism of Turkish-Kurd relations and is convinced Turkey has a strong
influence over Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra
and has been able to manipulate them against the Kurds .
Hadi al-Bahra, president of the
Syrian National Coalition (SNC), warned in an interview on Monday that air
strikes against Isis by the international coalition assembled by Barack
Obama were weakening support
inside Syria for already embattled non-extremist anti-Assad forces
The FSA is being ignored completely
and this is weakening the international coalition operation because it is
not able to achieve results on the ground, he said.
Its position has worsened recently
because the Isis security threat has led some western governments to consider
reopening channels to Assad
and dealing with him as the lesser evil to the jihadis
In the most savage act of vandalism
against Syrias Christians,
Islamists have blown up the great Armenian church in Deir el-Zour,
which is dedicated to the one and a half million Armenians slaughtered by
the Turks during the 1915 genocide ..
Jabhat al-Nusra rebels appear to have
been the culprits this time, but since many Syrians believe that the group has received arms from
Turkey, the destruction will
be regarded by many Armenians as
a further stage in their historical annihilation by the descendants of those
who perpetrated the genocide 99 years ago ..
least 1,013 people have been killed in fighting in Ain al-Arab
from the beginning of the offensive till last night, ..
More than 360 people who lost their
lives in the battle over Kobani were said to be
members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). The so-called
monitoring group added that 16 volunteers who joined the Kurdish fighters
and 24 civilians are also among the dead ..
The ISIL Takfiri
terrorists have shut all schools
in areas they control in eastern Syria, pending a revision of the
curriculum, residents say ..
ISIS informed them that teachers shall undergo a
religious instructional course for one month, and
that ISIS officials were currently developing a new curriculum instead of
the current infidel education, ..
The militants have already annulled
history, literature and Christianity courses in
the Iraqi city of Mosul, situated some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest
of the capital, Baghdad .
weekend, Jabhat al-Nusra made sweeping gains in Idlib province, taking key towns
and villages controlled by
two U.S.-backed rebel groups:
leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, said that his fighters intend to
eliminate the Syria Revolutionaries' Front (SRF)
and released a video message
saying the 'so-called moderate (Syrian) factions are better called
Western Iraq saw more brutal bloodshed this weekend after
the Islamic State massacred322 people of the Albu Nimr
tribe, a Sunni group, including women and children ..
In Syria, the United States faced another setback in its
battle against terrorist groups, when weapons distributed to anti-government
rebels ended up in the hands
of an al-Qaeda splinter group, Jabhat al-Nusra .
It is unclear if the moderate
rebels who had been trained by
the United States surrendered or defected to the
..northern Syria is in danger of becoming fully ISIS-controlled.
Now, the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and
Iraq has dragged the US and its allies into what
appears to be an open-ended
Many Syrian activists and rebels complain that the tempo
of the Syrian Air Forces strikes
in opposition areas has
increased since the start of US-led air strikes.
In the past fortnight, the Assad regime undertook nearly 800 aerial bombardments,
dropping no fewer than 401 barrel bombs across the country ..
The airstrikes, limited in scope and largely centered in
Kobane, have had little impact
on the Islamic States command and control structure,
or its ability to operate in Syria and Iraq .
In the northwestern
province of Idlib, US-backed
moderate rebels have lost men and ground to Al QaedasJabhat al-Nusra. In
a major blow to Jamal Maarouf, commander of the Syria Revolutionaries Front,
of his men allegedly defected to join al Nusra,
triggering fighting that culminated in the loss of his hometown. Al-Nusra
also seized military bases in Idlib from major US arms recipient, Haraket
Syrias special forces troops are
strung out across a pinnacle of hills here just north east of Lattakia on
one of the countrys most dangerous front lines, under daily missile attack from
reinforced rebel forces now supported by Isis
There are concerns that weapons supplied by the
USto Syrian rebels may have fallen into
al-Qaeda's hands following reports that two of the main rebel
groups receiving arms in
Syria have surrendered to the terror group ..
Syrian Kurds welcomed the arrival in Kobani of Iraqi Kurdish fighters with their
heavy weapons, hoping they might tip the balance
in the battle to defend the town against Islamic State, as U.S.-led air
strikes continued to bomb the ultra-hardline group in Iraq and Syria ..
inspection, these marauding
paramilitary ISIS gangs are nothing new. Theyre being paid for, and directed at the highest levels by
powers outside of Iraq and Syria.
So its no surprise that the
US, UK, Saudi, Qatar and Turkey all share the exact same
objective as ISIS the
destabilization of secular nation states in the Middle East and the removal
of Bashar al Assad in Syria. With the same objectives and agenda, the
Western Coalition and ISIS work together like a well-oiled machine
The trouble with this justification for destroying
Syrias oil pipelines, is that ISIS does not have the capability
to use the pipelines to transfer oil. ISIS transports the stolen oil on the back of trucks,
and sells it on the black market in Turkey ..
If the US truly intended to stop ISIS oil profits, they would bomb these oil convoys,
which are easily spotted via conventional surveillance flights already
allegedly taking place as part of ongoing Western operations
Foreign fighters are continuing to pour into Syria and Iraq
at the rate of 1,000 a month in a
global movement of jihadists that exceeds even that
into Afghanistan in the 1980s, new assessments from the United Nations and
US intelligence have shown ..
Ten Iraqi Kurdish fighters crossed
into the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane from Turkey on Thursday,
drawing an angry response from
the Damascus government,
which accused Ankara
of violating national sovereignty by allowing foreign troops to enter
peshmerga wont change the military balance, said
Kurdish activist Barzan Iso, speaking from the Turkish border. But it shows
that Kurds are not alone, and that we are united in the fight against
terrorism and the Islamic State.
is the first time foreign troops will be deployed publicly to Syria
since the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011
A report by the UN security council, obtained by the
Guardian, finds that 15,000
people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State
(Isis) and similar extremist groups. They come from more than 80 countries,
the report states, including a tail of countries that have not previously
faced challenges relating to al-Qaida.
Qatars tilt towards radical Islamist
groups started in 2009 when, in protest at Israels
military incursion against Hamas extremists in Gaza, Doha broke its trade
ties with Israel, having earlier enjoyed the distinction of being the first
Gulf sheikhdom to have official relations with the Jewish state ..
But by far the most damaging allegations of Qatari support
for radical Islamic groups have
been made in Washington, where Treasury officials
have publicly outed a number of prominent Qataris whom they accuse of
channelling funds to Isil militants the very militants that the Qatari
regime is supposed to be fighting
Clearly, the rise of the so-called Islamic State or
ISIS, did not happen
overnight, nor by accident. It was not only the
logical result of the United States continuing its strategy of proxy warfare
it had carried out against Libya, now unfolding in Syria, it was also the
premeditated, documented result of what veteran journalist Seymour Hersh had
warned about in 2007
The US has found itself revising
history, attempting to explain the existence of
ISIS lurking in the footprints of its massive support of so-called
moderates in Syrias ongoing conflict. The US has attempted to claim ISIS
has built itself on donations, selling oil to the black market, and by
taking hostages for ransom. If only building a multinational terrorist
mercenary force was that easy, we could imagine Syria, Iraq, and Iran would
likewise have vast mercenary armies to outmatch ISIS in an afternoon .
But now that Syrias Kurds are leading the fight in northern Syria against the
jihadists calling themselves Islamic State (IS), they are gaining support. The
American air force has repeatedly bombed IS forces besieging the Kurdish
border town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab in Arabic, pictured above) and is
providing weapons to Syrias Kurds to help the fight .
All this could boost Syrian Kurds'
campaign to establish greater self-rule over the
three Kurdish-majority enclaves in northern Syria .
Schools are open and although lessons are still taught in
Arabic, the administration plans
to introduce a new curriculumpossibly to be taught
in Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac
The truth is that ISIS's momentum is
stalled: in both Iraq and
Syria, the group is being beaten back at key points. There are initial signs
uncertain, sketchy, but hopeful that the group is hurting more than you
may think, and has stalled out in
the war it was for so long winning.
ISIS isn't close to being destroyed ..
In late October, ISIS suffered a defeat in an even more
crucial area. Iraqi government
forces took Jurf al-Sakhar, a town (in the area labeled Northern
The loss of prestige and of personnel
compound one another. The more
people ISIS loses, the more it needs new fighters. But the defeats make
people less likely to volunteer ..
A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's
president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters
enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic
State insurgents ..
"We have already established a connection with FSA but no such agreement has been
reached yet as Mr. Erdogan has mentioned," Moslem
told Reuters by telephone from Brussels
Turkey's unwillingness to send its powerful army across the
Syrian border to break the siege of Kobani has angered Kurds,
and seems rooted in a concern not to strengthen Kurds who seek autonomy in
adjoining regions of Turkey, Iraq and Syria ..
Kurds battling Islamic State
militants for control of Kobani
fear the extremist group may have used an unidentified chemical weapon,
according to officials and one of the few doctors still working in the
besieged Syrian town .
Some had red patches and blisters on
their skins, others had difficulties breathing and
others were vomiting, with painful throats, and others with burning eyes and
noses. There was one patient, all
his body was covered in red patches and blisters.
The suspicious death of US-born journalist Serena Shim, and
the deafening silence on the story in the US, is merely the latest example
of the blatant double standard
employed by the Western media
While Turkish authorities quickly contended that her death
was an accident, many around the world, including executives and senior
staff members of Press TV the Iranian news agency for which Shim was
working have expressed doubts
about the circumstances of her death, describing it as suspicious.
This revealing interview highlights the fact that Shim,
unlike many Western journalists reporting on the Syrian conflict, was
actually involved in a serious investigation, including documenting the collusion
between Turkish intelligence and militant extremists to smuggle fighters and
weapons into Syria
The details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid
Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called IS. It
involves oil and gas control
of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran
by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were
concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and
the Saudi King.
What has happened is that the long-time US ally inside
OPEC, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been flooding the market with
deep discounted oil, triggering a price war within
OPEC, with Iran following suit and panic selling short in oil futures
.the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS) claims it has captured weapons and ammunition dropped by the U.S. military
that was intended for Kurdish forces defending an embattled Syrian city near
the Turkish border .
Idris Nassan, a senior Kurdish official from Kobani who
is now in the Turkish town of Mursitpinar, confirmed the Kurdish fighters
received the airdrop and asked for more weapons
A reporter working for Britains Sky News has obtained documents showing that the
Turkish government has stamped passports of foreign militants
seeking to cross the Turkey border into Syria to join the ISIL terrorists
Passports from different countries were recovered in a
village near Syrias strategic town of Kobani across the Turkish border
The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made
brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria
in early August. Over a three-day period, vengeful fighters shelled, beheaded,
crucified and shot hundreds of members of the Shaitat
tribe after they dared to rise up against the extremists ..
We saw what the Americans did to help the Yazidis and
the Kurds. But they have done
nothing to help the Sunnis against the Islamic State,
he said .
A photo essay on an Islamic State blog boasted of the
different ways tribesmen were
killed, including beheadings, mass shootings and a crucifixion .
While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the
so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and
Western aid has been flowing into territory
controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring
And there are fears the aid itself isnt carefully
monitored enough, with some sold off on the black
market or used by ISIS to win hearts and minds by feeding its fighters and
its subjects. At a minimum, the aid means ISIS doesnt have to divert
cash from its war budget to help feed the local population or the displaced
persons, allowing it to focus its resources
exclusively on fighters and war-making, say critics of the aid
I am alarmed that we are
providing support for ISIS governance, says Jonathan Schanzer, a
Mideast expert with the Washington D.C.-based think tank Foundation for
Defense of Democracies. By doing so we are
indemnifying the militants by satisfying the core demands of local
people, who could turn on ISIS if they got frustrated.
After weeks of what seemed to be an
unstoppable Isis onslaught, Kobanis fighters are steadily pushing back to
save their town
In part due to US-led coalition air
strikes, the Kurdish forces, who are outgunned and outmanned, have made progress and are now holding
their positions, despite Isis
using suicide bombers to infiltrate the city. All three of the citys hospitals have
been destroyed, according to
sources inside Kobani. They wounded now rely on a mobile clinic, which has
run out of medicine
While Isis retains approximately 30 to
40 per cent of the eastern part of the town,
Kurdish forces have pushed the militants back to the western side and now
control a hill to the west called Tel Shair and battles continue in the
The plight of the Syrian Kurds in Kobani provoked riots among Turkey's 15 million Kurds
last week in which at least 35 people were killed
Turkish warplanes were reported to
have attacked Kurdish rebel targets in southeast Turkey
after the army said it had been attacked by the banned PKK Kurdish militant
group, risking reigniting a three-decade conflict that killed 40,000 people
before a cease-fire was declared two years ago .
In particular, U.S. officials have expressed frustration at Turkey's
refusal to help them fight against Islamic State.
Washington has said Turkey has agreed to let it strike from Turkish air
base. Ankara has said that is still under discussion
And yet, rather than helping its Western allies, the Turks seem to be doing everything in
their power to frustrate the international effort to eradicate the Isil
threat a campaign that politicians on both sides of
the Atlantic have warned could last for many years to come ..
The same obstructive attitude can be seen in Ankaras less-than-enthusiastic response
to Washingtons repeated requests for permission to mount air strikes
against Isil positions from Turkish bases. As a
result, US fighters are inconveniently operating from aircraft carriers in
the Mediterranean, which severely impedes their ability to respond quickly
to the constantly changing battle landscape
Claims that the Turks are actively supporting Isil fighters with arms and training
indicates that there now exists a sharp divergence
between Turkeys priorities in the conflict and those of the Western powers
Old geopolitical rivalries are
throwing a wrench into U.S. efforts to bring Turkey on board with the
mission to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State in a Syrian border
To do so, Turkey would have to attack
the group fighting its biggest
enemy in the region -- the Syrian president. And it would have to help a group --
the Kurdish fighters -- tied to the PKK, which in turn allegedly is backed
by Assad .
Terrorist organisation Islamic State is now under attack
from guerrillas itself,
it was revealed today. Small groups of Syrians are hunting down ISIS fighters in one of
their main strongholds in eastern Syria in a new
guerrilla campaign that has emerged as a response to the Islamists' growing
Islamic State is eying Rome as the latest installment
to its self-declared caliphate, which now covers
large chunks of territory in northern Iraq and Syria .
The Islamist organization claims it will one day conquer Rome, threatening to
"break [the] crosses" of infidels and sell and trade their women .
Islamic State has killed and driven
out large numbers of Christians and other religious groups
in area they've seized including Shi'ite Muslims who do not abide by
their strict version of Sunni Islam ..
Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley said at a Press TV
debate that the US mercenaries
have been working closely with the terrorist groups fighting against Syrian
President Bashar al-Assads government ..
We do have boots on the ground
but they are wearing black masks and black uniforms, so they look just like
ISIL fighters, Kelley said
Kelley also noted that the US has shipped billions of dollars
worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in recent years
with the knowledge that the ammunition would end up in the hands of
Recent photos of Kurdish
fighters killed in battles with ISIL Takfiri militants in the Syrian town of
suggest that the terrorists have used chemical weapons against the Kurds
The photographs, published by the Middle East Review of
International Affairs (MERIA) on Sunday, show that the bodies of three
Kurdish fighters were not
damaged by bullets, but instead were marked by burns and white spots
without any visible wounds or external bleeding .
Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist,
from Orlando told Press TV that the airstrikes by the US-led coalition
against the ISIL have not been effective, as the bombing campaign does not target the militants
Rickard added that there has been an understanding between Washington and Ankara not to
lend any kind of support to the Kurdish fighters
battling the ISIL militants in the northern part of Syria ..
Turkey alongside NATO and [Persian] Gulf partners is responsible of building this
mercenary force that has been operating with
impunity along the Turkish border for well over three years, ..
Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds
killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army
may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Husseins old arsenals,
according to a Middle East watchdog
Erdogans dealings with the ISIS
are unacceptable. I could not believe that Turkey harbors an ISIS militant camp in Istanbul,
Roth said. Turkey has also allowed weapons to be transported into Syria
through its borders. Also
that the ISIS has been able to sell its oil via Turkey is extraordinary,
she added .
Turkey categorically denies any
dealings with ISIS. But there are many reported accounts of foreign jihadi
fighters crossing from Turkey to Syria,
wounded militants treated in Turkish hospitals and Ankara turning a blind
eye to ISIS selling smuggled oil .
Syrias UN envoy has accused Turkey and
Saudi Arabia of giving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) to terrorist
groups fighting in the country. The charge precedes
reports Kurdish fighters battling ISIS militants have been attacked with
chemical weapons ..
He further accused the countries of
helping finance groups attempting to overthrow Syrian
President Bashar Assad. He
singled out Turkey in particular for allegedly supporting over 100 militant
organizations currently active in Syria
Speaking before the First Committee on Disarmament and
International Security at the UN General Assembly on Friday, al-Jaafari
further censured the two
regional countries for supplying weapons and funds to the foreign-backed
militants in his country, alleging that Turkey
alone has been backing 106 militant groups operating within Syria ..
The ISIL terrorists have advanced deeper into the
flashpoint city of Kobani,
capturing the security quarter which includes several headquarters and
administrative buildings belonging to the local
Kurdish government, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
reported on Friday
The ISIL terrorists have taken control of more than a third of
the Syrian border city of Kobani, a monitoring
According to a UK-based Syrian opposition group, over 400 people have been killed in
the three weeks of battle in the border city. The
fatalities reportedly include 220 ISIL terrorists, 170 Kurdish fighters and
over 20 civilians
According to reports, the intense fighting for the
strategic town has also forced
nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in
At least 26 people were killed and
scores of protesters, as
well as policemen, were injured in clashes throughout Turkey on Oct. 7.
The highest toll was in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır
with eight deaths. Other eastern provinces including Van, Batman, Siirt,
Muş, Mardin, Şanlurfa, Bitlis, Adıyaman, Hakkari, Tunceli and Şırnak also
witnessed protests that led to casualties and arrests
An analysis of cartridges used by Islamic State militants in
Iraq and Syria shows that their
newest ammunition is of American origin. China and
the Soviet Union were identified as the biggest sources of munitions, but
with bullets made 25 years ago ..
Carnage may soon befall the people of
Kobani, a Syrian enclave hosting Christian, Kurdish and Turkmen refugees
of the Syrian civil war, as Islamic State fighters pincered the city limits
on Tuesday with the stated intention of killing its inhabitants .
Up to 45,000 civilians are reportedly
besieged there without an escape route, raising
fears in Western capitals of a massacre should Islamic State take the city
in the coming hours .
ISIS militants trained by US Special
Forces have been used as a lever to create disorder
and organize a Sharia state along the lines of an Islamic caliphate to the advantage of the US military .
Look at what General Petraeus did in Iraq to create this
holy war between Shia and Sunni there with his strategic Hamlet-kind
of insurgency, trainings, secret
police, and what not. And now we are reaping the
result. ISIS has been trained by
US Special Forces in Georgia. Theyve recruited
Chechens as soldiers, they
trained them in secret NATO bases inside Turkey and Jordan.
For the last year and a half, they have been developing what we now call
ISIS (IS, ISIL or DASH) or whatever moniker you want to give it. Its all made in Langley, Virginia (the
CIAs seat) and [by] the affiliates of Langley inside
the Pentagon ..
Turkeys security forces have fired tear
gas at dozens of Turkish and Kurdish activists trying
to cross into Syria. On the other side of the border, a major city in Syrian
Kurdistan is under increased assault from Islamic State militants ..
The activists were reportedly trying to
cross the border into Syria to help defend the city of Kobane against IS
militants. The border city, located in Syria's north,
is a strategic point for the jihadists; if the city falls to the militants,
it would provide a direct link to their captured territories in Aleppo and
The Kurdistan Workers' Party announced
general mobilization to defend Kobane on Friday, as
the city was under heavy shelling from IS, the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV
channel reported. It also said that IS fighters claimed the southern and
eastern approaches to the city
Turkey has been widely criticized for
turning a blind eye to foreign radicals passing
through the country en route to Syria ..
US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused Americas key allies in the
Middle East of allowing the rise of the Islamic State (IS), saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in
their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria
Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria,
he said, explaining that Turkey,
Saudi Arabia and the UAE were so determined to take down Assad,
that in a sense they started a proxy Sunni-Shia war by pouring
hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of
weapons towards anyone who would fight against Assad .
And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying
them, said Biden, thus disassociating the US
from unleashing the civil war in Syria ..
Wisconsin high school graduate is reportedly in the Middle
East with two other Americans,
fighting ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
Jordan Matson of Wisconsin, a former American solder, has joined the Kurdish People's
Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling
advances by Islamic State militants close to Syria's borders with Turkey and
Iraq, a spokesman for the Kurdish group said on Thursday
U.S. officials say about 100 Americans
have gone to Syria to join groups fighting there
against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Those groups include the extremist
Islamic State as well as a U.S.-backed rebel force and the al Qaeda-linked
al-Nusra Front .
Turkish soldiers and tanks took up position along the
border with Syria on Tuesday as its government debated whether to deploy
troops to battle the Islamic State terror group, a move that comes as tens
of thousands pour into the country to escape ISIS fighters
.as ISIS fighters armed with tanks and heavy weapons
advance on the predominantly
Kurdish town of Kobani, known in Arabic as Ayn al
Arab, destroying villages in their path .
ISIS fighters were just three
kilometers (nearly two miles) east of the northern Syria
town late Monday, a civilian in Kobani told CNN on condition of
The Obama administration is being
accused of coining a new name for
an old nemesis by dubbing an
Al Qaeda offshoot The Khorasan Group.
"You haven't heard of the Khorasan
Group because there isn't one,"
he wrote. "It is a name the
administration came up with,
calculating that Khorasan the Iranian-Afghan border region had
sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president
The bombing of the so-called
Khorasan-group in Syria is a
mystery to the world,
said Moussa, according to an English translation. The only thing we know is
the location and that at least
two main Al Qaeda operatives,
top sniper Abu Yousef Al Turki and Abu Hajar Al Masri, were killed.
Yet, the US and the UK make no secret that this is not just a campaign to
debilitate ISIS positions. The US is openly declaring
alliance with the moderate opposition forces inside Syria, which
essentially means those forces that are fighting to overthrow the government
of President Assad ..
Now when the ISIS went out of control,
and began gaining territory in both Iraq and Syria, their brutality and military success are used
as justification for direct intervention in Syria
Several pro-Western Arab regimes that are co-responsible for
the situation in Syria and Iraq - Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates - have joined the
campaign, by offering their jets. This way, there is some illusion of legitimacy
- their handlers in Washington can trumpet to the world that they are
not in it alone
ISIS did not fall from the sky.
They were armed, financed and
trained in the refugee camps built for Syrian refugees, in Turkey
and Jordan. Both countries are staunch allies of the
West; Turkey is on top of it a member of NATO
Of course you do realize that
those people are not really Syrian opposition. They are modern-day
legionnaires collected from various Arab countries, including Qatar and
Saudi Arabia, paid by
Western imperialist powers. Some are members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist
organizations. Most are militant Sunni Muslims. One could describe them as
rogue elements hired to fight the Assad government.
All this is not unlike how al-Qaida was born. It mutated from Western-trained and
financed Mujahedeen that were first involved in the
fighting against the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA) and later the
Soviet Union .
At a Pentagon press conference, both Major General Martin
Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and defense secretary Chuck
Hagel said that a no-fly zone
over Syria was under consideration, along with a buffer zone on the
Turkish-Syrian border near the town of Kobani, the
scene of mass flight by Syrian Kurds under attack by ISIS forces ..
There is a glaring contradiction between Obamas claims to be fighting ISIS,
and discussion of a no-fly zone, since this would
be directed against the Assad
regime, which controls the Syrian Air Force. ISIS
has no planes, no helicopters and no aerial assets of any kind. A no-fly zone would mean scrapping
the pretense of a war with ISIS and openly
acknowledging the real purpose of the US intervention all along: the
destruction of the Assad government and the establishment of a US puppet
regime in Damascus .
We should make no bones about it, he said. It
first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses
and those people who are manning those systems.
And then it entails destroying the Syrian air force, preferably on the
ground, in the air if necessary. This is a violent combat action that
results in lots of casualties .
Now the US claims it must raise another army of
moderate ground troops to augment its aerial bombardment of ISIS. But in
reality, attacks on phantom enemies in the desert serve the singular purpose
creating a no-fly zone and no-drive zone for Syrias military, preventing the final annihilation of
the Wests terrorist mercenaries in Syrian territory
and in fact giving them a second chance to finally march on the gates of
Damascus with US airpower in tow
For all intents and purposes, the US through its airstrikes has
carved out a defacto buffer zone protected by US airpower ..
While in all actuality ISIS and other extremist factions already
constitute the ground component of the Wests campaign against Damascus,
now enjoying sanctuary under the cover of US airpower, the general public
neither knows this, nor would ever accept this should they find out .
In addition to harming civilians by raising the price of
gas, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday accused America
of killing seven civilians in
Syria's northern Idlib province last Tuesday ..
is a real recipe for the increase of violence and terrorism,
shedding of Syrian blood, [and] prolonging of the Syrian crisis," Muallem
said, adding, "This behavior creates a fertile ground for the growth of these terrorist groups
that commit the most heinous crimes
on Syrian territory.
Muallem added that some of the key supporters of
"armed terrorist groups are among the countries
which have joined the
so-called coalition led by the US against ISIL,
adding that the foreign-backed militants have been "unleashed like a
monster" against Syria, Iraq and Lebanon
This is a massive public relations scam to burnish the image of America and
Britain the two countries that, rightly, are
most associated with illegal
war making over the past decade, from Afghanistan
(2001), Iraq (2003) and Libya (2011) to ongoing deadly drone warfare in
Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. Between them, Washington and London are responsible
for the deaths of more than 1.5 million people over the past 13
Yes, you heard right, the country that helped to destroy Afghanistan
and Iraq based on wholesale lies, is telling you
that it will do its part for the cause of freedom, democracy and justice
the extremists in the network of death are the creation of American and
British intelligence, evolving out of the covert
war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan during the 1980s when al-Qaeda
the evil that Washington and London have so pontificated about in
self-serving moralistic terms can best be illustrated by the destruction of
Syria over the past three years. IS and related
Western-sponsored proxy armies
have terrorized the entire Syrian population by
waging a war that would not have happened without the overarching direction
of Washington and London ..
The Arab component of the anti-ISIS coalition is the material and ideological
wellspring for IS and related extremist groups; so
while Americas despotic Arab
friends may be bombing their surrogates on the ground
for now such action does not bestow any integrity or lawfulness. ..
The campaign against IS is a front
for the criminal agenda of regime change in Syria and the region.
This real, criminal agenda should be exposed and condemned at every
opportunity. To consort with this mob is to corrupt international law and
US-led air strikes have targeted Isis
fighters and other Islamist
groups in Syria's Homs province,
activists said on Saturday morning ..
The US and Arab coalition, which
began its aerial campaign against Islamic State fighters in Syria early
Tuesday, aims to roll back and
ultimately crush the extremist group,
which has created a proto-state spanning the Syria-Iraq border .
The Western mass media are silent in the face of the
Saudi Kingdoms common practice of public decapitation.
Not one among the major news corporations, the BBC, the Financial Times, the
New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, CBS and NPR, have questioned the
moral authority of a US President who engages in selective condemnation of
ISIS while ignoring the official Saudi state beheadings and the
Obamas hysterical and very
selective presentation of ISIS crimes forms the pretext for launching
another war against a predominantly Muslim country, Syria, while shielding
his close ally, the royal Saudi decapitator from US public outrage.
ISIS crimes have become another excuse to launch a campaign of mass
decapitation by drones and bombers. The mass propaganda campaign over one
crime against humanity becomes the basis for perpetrating even worse crimes
The US is creating in Syria a perpetual state of war, funding jihadists on one side and then
attacking them on the other, while the civilian
casualties are just a part of the game, ..
In the long term, it is going to have a very strong effect.
I heard someone said yesterday that the administration should just come out and
say what they are trying to do, which is go ahead and
launch the strikes against Assad
as well because that is what they are really there for ..
The US, and there is plenty on the record to demonstrate
on the record that the US,
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have all been financing these rebel forces
that have then been turning and defecting to ISIS. And they have been doing
this in Syria for about three years, over the last year we have seen a large
number of defections to ISIS
We have come here to protect Kobani
and to watch over this border, Nasrettin, 47, says. We dont trust Turkey
to do this right. They would be
happy if Isis wiped Kurdistan from the map.
Like the majority of Kurds here he
firmly believes that Ankara is
actively supporting Isis with heavy weaponry, medical care and money
a charge that the Turkish government vehemently denies ..
The PKK said 400 of its fighters from
Qandil in northern Iraq have
joined the armed resistance in Kobani, and hundreds of young men and women
from Turkey are thought to have crossed the border to fight
What is not
mentioned in the media reports is that the heads of State and heads of
government who have endorsed Americas campaign against the Islamic State,
advised by their respective secret services, are
fully aware that US intelligence is the unspoken architect of the Islamic
which is part of a vast network of US supported
jihadist terrorist entities.
Countries are either coerced into supporting the US sponsored resolution
are complicit in the US terror agenda ..
Lest we forget, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, have been
financing and training the ISIL terrorists on behalf of the United States.
Israel is harboring the Islamic State (ISIL) in the Golan Heights,
NATO in liaison with the Turkish high command has since March 2011 been
involved in coordinating the recruitment of the jihadist fighters
dispatched to Syria. Moreover,the ISIL brigades in both Syria and
Iraq are integrated by Western special forces and military advisers
Forbidden Truth is that the Islamic State is an instrument of
Washington, a US intelligence asset.
ISIL is not an independent
entity, nor is it an
outside enemy which threatens global security, as conveyed by the Western
The ISIL are the foot soldiers of
the Western military alliance. Their unspoken mandate is to wreck havoc and destruction in Syria
and Iraq, acting on behalf
of their US sponsors. The
endgame is to transform countries into territories ..
Turkey and Jordan have borders
with Syria. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have borders with Iraq. The direct military involvement of these
countries points to a scenario of escalation
and sectarian warfare extending from the Mediterranean to Central Asia
What is at stake is a so-called no
fly zone in disguise, a
justification to bomb Iraq and Syria under a counter-terrorism mandate,
largely targeting economic infrastructure as well as the civilian
population. The political architects of the Islamic State including
president Obama, prime minister Cameron and their counterparts in France,
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, et al, are now waging a military campaign
against the Islamic State, which they themselves created. Boots on the
ground are also contemplated. According to Iraqi government sources, the US
will sending some 13000 troops to Iraq
Addressing a UN General Assembly during a meeting on
Wednesday, Bashar Ja'afari
spoke against dividing terrorists into good terrorists and bad terrorists
and distinguishing moderate terrorism from extremist terrorism, saying,
Terrorism is terrorism. ..
further blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the flow of foreign terrorists
to Iraq and Syria ..
The flagrant deception of claiming and camouflaging the fact
that the militant jihadist groups
are a tool of U.S. foreign policy and claiming that NATO and five Arab
Nations, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates
must stop ISIS after the CIA armed the group
utilizing Saudi and Qatari
military cargo aircraft and, along with Al Nusrah,
used these militants for several years to attack Bashar Al
Assad and cut the heads off of
supporters of his government, shows the deadly hypocrisy of the American exceptionalist
foreign policy to which Barack Obama so rigidly
adheres. U.S. Special Forces trained ISIS fighters in Jordan. Some would
call this the doctrine of hypocrisy and others would say it is just plain
criminal. U.S war criminals and
Arab petro-monarchy capitalist elite terrorist financer nations now conduct
airstrikes in Syria to brutalize civilians including
half a dozen victims that include three children who are now dead and
certainly many more will die in the days and weeks to follow. Arent these
deaths of innocents just as bad as the purported beheadings we have seen of
western journalists over and over in the corporate mainstream media to
engineer support for yet another deadly futile war
Certain intelligence agencies have put
blades in the hand of madmen,
who now spare no one, Mr. Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly.
Currently our peoples are paying the price. Todays anti-Westernism is the offspring of yesterday's
anti-Westemism is a reaction to yesterdays racism. .
The strategic blunders of the West
in the Middle-East, Central Asia, and the Caucuses have turned these parts of the world
into a haven for terrorists and extremists,
President Rouhani declared. Military aggression against Afghanistan and
Iraq and improper interference in the developments in Syria are clear
examples of this erroneous strategic approach in the Middle East.
The FBI believes it has identified the
masked Islamic State militant responsible for beheading
Westerners in ISIS videos, but law enforcement will not reveal the identity
of the man known only as Jihadi John, agency director James Comey told
A former hostage told the Guardian in August that the
English-speaking militant was the
ringleader of three British jihadists thought to be
the main guards of foreign nationals in Raqqa, a stronghold of Islamic State
In a special camp in Syrias Raqqa
province, between 200 and 300
children are understood to be
receiving training by Isis militants to become fighters and executioners for
the terrorist group
The Al Shareal camp is reserved for
children under the age of 16 who are taught to support Isis (also known as
Islamic State) militant ideology, and are reportedly trained to handle
Kalashnikov rifles and RPGs as part of their initial training .
The extremists that Washington is supposedly hunting now
down are the progeny of
American covert war in Syria that the Syrian
government has been battling against for the past three years. The Saudi and Qatari allies
now joining US warplanes to pound Syria are the financiers and weapons
suppliers of the very terrorist networks that they are claiming to attack ..
The Persian Gulf monarchies have funneled over $10 billion into
arming the mercenary networks that have descended
on Syria since March 2011, according to a Financial Times report
The overt US-led war on Syria has
begun despite its flagrant criminality and fraudulence.
Thanks to the Western and
Arab-sponsored terror networks in Syria and latterly Iraq,
and the mendacity of Western media not highlighting this connection but
rather saturating the airwaves with barbaric scare stories, the criminal US-led war on Syria is
being conducted with a grotesque image of humanitarianism and lawfulness.
This surprising admission by CNN
would mean that the US
military may have only destroyed empty buildings in Raqqa,
and that Washingtons inflated claims of dead ISIL fighters are probably
exaggerated. In other words,
it was all a big show, and ISILs capabilities were not degraded at all
by Obamas celebrated US blitzkrieg in Syria ..
So how much can the public trust US
reports of its own bombing campaigns?
As far as gathering and verifying intelligence goes, how can we know if US
operatives knew who was where? Usually Washington can say anything and the
mainstream press will not question it .
The Western powers that fostered Islamic extremists to
incite them against Middle Eastern regimes should
stop dividing terrorists into good and bad, Russias foreign minister,
Sergey Lavrov, said in a TV interview
Now that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been
appointed United States archenemy, Id like to recall that [ISIS militants]
are the very same people that
evolved and got powerful sponsorship and material support from abroad
at the time of the regime change efforts in Libya and later on when the same
process was attempted in Syria
When we called their attention to the fact that there were
a large number of terrorists and extremists fighting the regimes,
[the Americans and Europeans] essentially told us that all such things would
pass once they overthrew the regimes, and that they
would deal with this later on, Lavrov said.
But all this turned out to be wrong
The US plan to weaken and ultimately
destroy Isis has several political and military weaknesses undermining its
long-term success. Air campaigns not supported by ground forces can damage
the other side but they do not
win wars on their own .
Turkey now says that it is joining
the anti-Isis coalition, but it
does not want to strengthen the Syrian Kurds and the YPG
or help to keep the Assad government in power .
Isis is strong because of its military expertise and
religious fanaticism but there
are more general reasons why it will be difficult to defeat. Many Sunnis in
the areas controlled by Isis do not like it, but they are terrified of the return of
the Syrian or Iraqi armies and
accompanying sectarian militias
Nothing better illustrates the
bankruptcy of the Obama administration's
foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the US again and again, a
neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of
ever-shifting "enemies." .
This Frankenstein-like experiment of
arming the alleged freedom-seeking Syrian opposition created the monster
that roams the region. ISIS and the US have a curious relationship -- mortal
enemies that, at the same time, benefit from some of the same events ..
Phase two of the war against Syria is
the introduction of 5,000 "moderate" mercenaries
(as opposed to immoderate ones),
who were trained in Saudi Arabia, the hotbed of Wahhabism,
at an initial installment cost of $15 billion. These new "moderates" will
replace the old "moderates," who became ISIS, just in time for
Qatar and Saudi Arabia can now overtly
join with the US in striking Syria,
after they have been covertly attempting for years to take down the last
secular state in the region .
This attack on Syria, under the guise
of striking ISIS, is by definition, a war of aggression. It is a violation of international law.
It could lead to crimes against humanity and the deaths of untold numbers of
innocent civilians. No amount of public relations or smooth talking can
They described the desperate battle
to stop the Isis advance on Kobane which shelters a population of at least
But the US-led air strikes which
began on Monday have been ineffective, according to the chief of defence for
Kobane, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, speaking to The Independent by phone
from his base inside Kobane. They
struck empty buildings. Isis fighters used to be there but they left, so
they havent helped us. If
anything, they are now fighting harder to push forward before there are more
strikes, he said ..
We only heard they had happened on
the public radio - behind Isis lines the villages are empty, said Mr
Hassan. The people who stayed
have been killed and everybody else has left
So when you hear the words imminent
attack, civilians, militants or ground troops from now on, be careful:
if the government says theyre not misleading you, it might only be because
theyve secretly changed the
definition of misleading
U.S. military leaders said Tuesday
their aerial bombardment of Syria
was only the beginning of a
prolonged campaign that
will continue intermittently for months and will become more difficult as
targeted militants seek refuge in populated areas ..
At the same time, as the U.S.
military and its Arab partners
prepare more airstrikes in Syria
in the coming days, they will have to contend with another adversary: Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad
Nato ally Turkey, which is alarmed by
Isis but also worried about
Kurdish fighters and opposed
to any action that might help the
Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad,
had so far refused a military role in the coalition ..
At minimum, we certainly want their full cooperation
and effort to crack down on the flow of foreign fighters in and out of Syria
He said Turkey had been a transit point for
foreign fighters so weve had
discussions with them on that issue.
The United States and Arab allies hit
Islamic State targets including training camps, headquarters and weapon supplies in northern and eastern Syria in dozens
of air and missile strikes on Tuesday, the U.S. military and a monitoring
group said ..
Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates had "also participated in or
supported the air strikes against (Islamic State) targets," it said. "All
aircraft safely exited the strike areas.
The United States and its allies carried out 14 airstrikes
against ISIS targets in Syria,
according to a Centcom statement released early this morning. The operation
marks the first time the United States has launched strikes in Syria, a new
front in the battle against the terror group .
Abu Mohammed al Adnani urged the
groups supporters: If you can
kill a disbelieving American or European especially the spiteful and
filthy French or an
Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers
waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a
coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in
any manner or way, however
it may be, he said
his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or
throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. ..
At least 100,000 Syrian refugees
flooded across the border into Turkey over the
weekend as Sunni extremist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and
Greater Syria (ISIS) launched an offensive against Kurdish communities in
northern Syria .
[ISIS] are continuing to advance, Welat Avar, a doctor,
toldReuters from Kobani.
Every place they pass through they kill, wound and kidnap people. Many people are missing and we
believe they were kidnapped.
"If you can kill a disbelieving
American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an
Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in
any manner or way however it may be," .
The freeing of the hostages comes
at the same moment as 70,000
Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey
to escape an Isis offensive against the enclave of Kobani, also known as Ayn
al-Arab, which has seen the capture of many villages
Many Kurds are expressing bitterness
towards the Turkish government,
claiming that it is colluding with Isis to destroy the independent enclaves
of the Syrian Kurds, who number 2.5 million, along the Turkish
Nevertheless, the strange circumstances of both the
capture of the 49 Turks and their release shows that Ankara has a different
and more intimate relationship with Isis than other countries
More than 70,000 Kurds fled from northern
Turkey at the weekend and tens of thousands more are trying to cross the
border as the terror group
Islamic State (Isis) intensified its assault on a crucial Kurdish safe
haven near the border .
Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have
crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an
advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close
to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town ..
The Islamic State group's advances in
northern Syria have prompted calls for help by the
region's Kurds who fear a massacre in Kobani .
Kurdish lawyer Farhad Bakr said up to 60,000 refugees may have
already fled their villages through the Kurdish town
of Ain al-Arab and into Turkey ..
The brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group has been
conquering massive swathes of
Syria and Iraq, and recently extended
a foothold in Lebanon - now
the push of the group's over 30,000 jihadsts has brought them to the very
gates of Turkey in Syria's north
The ISIS fightersalso beseiged the Kurdish city Ayn
al-Arab (Kobani in Kurdish) located a mere 12 miles
from the Turkish border, reportsAl Jazeera as
cited by Walla!.
In conquering the villages IS reportedly attacked with heavy weaponry including tanks,
according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
The US Central Intelligence
Agency is frustrated for being asked to train the
ISIL terrorist group and at the very same time to combat it,
a former CIA contractor says .
The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA
in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Syria's northern territory. ISIL
sent its fighters into Iraq in June, quickly seizing large swaths of land
straddling the border between the two countries
They [the CIA] are very openly still
supporting the very same group that they are trying to combat,
and this is why theyre showing such exasperation for being asked to combat
the group and at the very same time feeding it with the other
The Takfiri militants managed to seize 40 villages within
hours during Friday by launching a lightning advance in the Kurdish
More than 191,000 people have been
killed in over three years of fighting in the
war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable underestimate of the real
total number of people killed
In a secret office near the Syrian
border here, intelligence agents from the United States and its allies
are laying the groundwork for what they hope will
become an effective force of Syrian rebels to serve as ground troops in the
international battle against the extremist Islamic State
Just as the priority of the international community is to
fight ISIS, our priority is to
fight Assad, said Hamza al-Shimali, the head of the
Hazm Movement, which has received arms and salaries from the Military
So far, the program has focused on a small number of vetted
rebel groups from the
hundreds that are fighting across Syria, providing them with military and
financial help, according to rebel commanders who
have received support
The process is run by intelligence officials from a number
of countries. The United States
provides overall guidance, while Turkey manages the border, and Persian Gulf states like Saudi Arabia provide much of
The U.S. military has everything it needs to strike ISIS
inside Syria and is awaiting President Barack Obama's authorization to do
so, U.S. military officials tell CNN
CENTCOM's plan includes targeted actions against ISIL safe
havens in Syria -- including its command and
control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure," Hagel said. "Our
actions will not be restrained by a border that exists in name only."
The United States has been flying
drones over Syria, looking at areas where ISIS
operates. The drones are looking for personnel, equipment depots, training
camps, and the locations of the group's leaders. U.S. officials
Intelligence is also collected by intercepting cell phone
calls and monitoring social
media sites that ISIS frequents
The US is creating an alliance to end the pandemonium in
Iraq and Syria. What America has assembled is a coalition of the guilty,
the same players that created the
forces menacing Iraq and Syria, and hides Americas
role creating the disorder
This whole coalition-building process is a disingenuous deception.
Two of the major regional players, which are at the forefront of fighting
the cross-border insurgencies in Syria and Iraq, did not even attend the
Were the head choppers, cannibals, rapists, and criminals
that are trying to fragment Iraq and Syriawhatever you want to call them:
Al-Qaeda/Al-Nusra/ISIL/ISIS/DAISH/IS/DInot trained by the US and its allies in places like
Jordan and Turkey?...............
These fighters are the same foreign-supported forces that
the US, Britain, France, Turkey,
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel have been propping up
against the Syrians since 2011 as part of their bid for regime change in
Senators gave tacit blessing to
president Barack Obamas strategy for fighting the Islamic State on
Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a budget bill that also granted him authority to arm
and train rival Syrian rebel groups
Islamic State (Isis) fighters have captured villages and besieged a
Kurdish city in northern
Syria near the border with Turkey in a major assault that prompted a
commander to appeal for military aid from other
Kurds in the region .
In an advance near the border with Turkey, Isis fighters
using heavy weaponry including tanks seized a group of Kurdish villages near
the city of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. The Observatory said 21 villages had fallen to Isis
fighters advancing on the city
Women told us they fear for the safety of their
daughters and often make choices meant to protect them in the short-term,
knowing these decisions could harm them in the long-term. The reality is
these women do not have clear or easy choices to make for themselves or for
their children. Safety eludes women and girls, as violence and the
ever-present threat of violence follow them from the conflict into their
place of refuge - the home
French police have arrested six people
including two minors suspected of recruiting female jihadis to fight in
There are fears
they may carry out terrorist attacks in their home countries or in
Europe when they return. Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been charged
with killing four people in an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels in
May, is believed to have fought with Isis in Syria
A United Nations sponsored measles
vaccine program in northern Syria resulted in 36 children suffering
according to doctors in the area held by U.S. and Saudi mercenaries who are
administering the program .
Its very bad. The figures of
dead we are getting go into the 30s. Children are dying very quickly,
said the coordinator of the medical charity, Uossm. We think it will get
A nurse who
works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the
Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament
is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),
which now calls itself the "Islamic State.
treat them, and they go on to decapitate people. I am sick of treating wounded ISIL
militants. E.G. has also written a letter to Parliament and the National
Police Department, saying she and her colleagues are extremely disturbed by
the fact that they have to treat people who chop off heads.
has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold
since President Barack Obama authorized US air strikes on the group in
Syria, disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and
cutting down its media exposure .
Facing US air strikes in Iraq,
Islamic State fighters
abandoned heavy weaponry that made them easy
targets and tried to blend into civilian areas. In anticipation of similar
raids in Syria, the group may already be doing the same .
In Raqqa, the group has evacuated buildings it
was using as offices, redeployed its heavy
weaponry, and moved fighters' families out of the city
The decision announced by the U.S.
president cannot be taken out
context of Americas intense tensions with Russia
The criticism is based on one key
point: without the Syrian
governments agreement and a UNSC mandate,
the U.S. strikes in Syria would be a gross violation of international law
and should be considered an act of aggression .
But now there are deep concerns
that the U.S. will bomb not only
ISIS positions in Syria, but also the Syrian government forces .
Leaders and diplomats from more than 20 countries have
gathered for a crisis meeting in Paris as the
prospect of Britain joining military action against the
Islamic State (Isis) jihadi group moves closer
"The US attempts to create an anti-terrorism coalition in
collaboration with certain states which are themselves the main sponsors and suppliers of
the terrorists are suspicious and lack transparency,"
Shamkhani said, addressing a gathering of Iranian clerics in the Central
city of Qom
"The US seeks to continue its unilateralism and violate the countries'
sovereignty under the pretext of fighting terrorism," ..
Some analysts have cast doubt on the
veracity of these videos, claiming that they are
fakes. But the foreboding demeanour of the victims and their final words
spoken to the camera lend authenticity to the recordings
But ISIL is a creation of American,
British and Saudi covert intelligence, stemming
from the early years of US-led occupation in Iraq from 2003 when the network
stoked sectarian strife to the advantage of the occupying armies
But that does not lessen the grim conclusion that Washington and London are
complicit in murdering their own citizens in order
to facilitate geopolitical objectives
Graphic videos showing British and American hostages being
Islamic State (Isis) fighters are stirring support among foreign
jihadis who are excited by a new confrontation with
the west, monitoring of Islamists' social media activity suggests
"Your evil alliance with America, which continues to strike
the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha dam, will only accelerate your destruction,"
the masked man said
The militants of Islamic State have reportedly struck a deal with moderate Syrian rebels
not to fight each other and focus on toppling the government. Some reports
say the deal was brokered by the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda branch in Syria
Ankara is a notable absentee among the
nations that signed a joint communiquι at a
Thursday meeting in Saudi Arabia, where US Secretary of State John Kerry was
drumming up support for the US anti-Islamist effort. Turkey refused to join 10 Arab nations,
who vowed to contribute as appropriate to the fight against the
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants, who have taken over swathes of
Syria and Iraq in a bid to create a fundamentalist Islamist caliphate
There is also a
more strategic consideration for Ankara to weigh up
amid the anti-IS campaign. The US and some European countries have started
arming Iraqi Kurd militias, who found themselves one of the few armed forces
on the ground that can fight back the Islamists .
Yes, US and NATO guns and equipment
have moved from FSA hands to ISIS hands,
and US special forces have knowingly or unknowingly (only they know) trained
and armed future ISIS terrorists in Jordan. Thats not a theory, thats a
fact. Still, no comment from Washington ..
U.S. special operations forces will be
needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded
air war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force
commander told USA TODAY .
commandos have been in Syria as recently as July.
They took part in a failed attempt to rescue American hostages held by ISIL
terrorists. It's not clear if the White House defines them as "combat
Eastern Christian leaders meet Obama**********
Eight Eastern Christian leaders
spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of
Christians and other minorities in the Middle East
The Christian leaders who met with Obama and rice were
Cardinal Rai; Catholicos Aram of Cilicia, patriarch of the Armenian
Apostolic Church; Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan;
Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham; Syriac Orthodox Patriarch
Ignatius Aphrem II; Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox
Church of Alexandria; retired Chaldean Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim of St. Thomas
the Apostle of Detroit; and Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Joseph of New
York and All North America
Obama met with the delegation in the White House for 35
minutes, during which the patriarchs presented a paper in which they exposed
the situation of Christians in the Middle East and the threats and
challenges they are facing, due in part to the expansion of the Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group .
US President Barack Obama surprised his visitors, the
delegation of Eastern Christians patriarchs, on Thursday when he told them
that Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad protected the Christians in Syria. .
U.S. intelligence says the Islamic State militant group
has between 20,000 and 31,500
fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria .
Earlier Thursday, ministers from 10 Gulf and Arab nations
said Thursday they are committed to joining the United States in a
"coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters who have
seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria
ever-influential neoconservatives and their liberal interventionist allies
see President Barack Obamas decision to extend U.S. airstrikes against
Islamic State terrorists into Syria as a new chance to achieve the
long-treasured neocon goal of regime change
in Damascus .
That would get the neocons back on their original track
of forcing regime change
in countries seen as hostile to Israel. The first target was Iraq with Syria
and Iran to follow .
Moscow have denounced possible unilateral US air raids against ISIL
terrorists in Syria,
saying the attacks without a UN mandate would constitute an act of
In the absence of an
appropriate decision of the UN Security Council, such a step would become an act of
aggression, a crude violation of the norms of international law,
Lukashevich said while referring to an announcement by US President Barack
Obama on the possibility of strikes in Syria
An ultraconservative Syrian rebel group named a new leader
and military chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an explosion killed
nearly a dozen of its senior figures in a potentially fatal blow to one of
the most powerful factions in the countrys armed opposition ..
Did you know that the US governments
counterterrorism chief Matthew Olson
said last week that theres
no credible information that
the Islamic State (Isis) is planning an attack on America and that theres
no indication at this point of a cell of foreign fighters operating in the
United States? Or that,
as the Associated Press reported, The FBI and Homeland Security
Department say there are no
specific or credible terror threats to the US homeland from the Islamic
State militant group?
Facts or consequences have never gotten in the way of
Congress lust for war before
this political body was,
There are reasons to suspect that
air strikes on Syrian territory may target not only
areas controlled by Islamic State militants, but the government troops may
also be attacked on the
quiet to weaken the positions of Bashar Assads army,
Lavrov said Tuesday
Up until the Syrian conflict, Russia and the West were
unanimous that terrorism cannot be justified no matter what motive was
behind them, Lavrov said. But in case with Syria the West had a different, two-faced
stance. It was only when the terrorism
threat which originated in Libya crept to Lebanon and then Iraq that Western
countries realized it was time to deal with that, Lavrov said
ISIS is not, as the American government and mainstream
media insist, an inexplicable evil force or a cancer. The success of
ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups in Syria and Iraq is very much a product of American foreign
policy in the Middle East
The relationship of the American government to ISIS
follows a traditional pattern,
including its relationship to Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden
The US, the major European powers, and their regional
allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have all lent substantial military,
political and financial support to anti-Assad groups in Syria,
much to the benefit of ISIS and other extremist outfits
The UN Security Council plans to demand countries "prevent and suppress"
the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to
join extremist militant groups like Islamic State by ensuring it is
considered a serious criminal offence under domestic laws ..
It would compel countries to make it
illegal for citizens to travel abroad, collect funds
or facilitate the travel of other individuals abroad "for the purpose of the
perpetration, planning, or preparation of, or participation in, terrorist
acts, or the providing or receiving of terrorist training.
.All they think about is how to feed their family,
how to make ends meet. These arrangements might seem like the only way out,
and men exploit this," says one activist from Gaziantep, who wished to
remain anonymous. "At the same time, local women feel helpless and anxious
about their own families breaking apart. Women on
both sides of the border become victims this way."
trafficking and all problems associated with it abuse, rape and
exploitation have increased since 2012," says the
women's rights activist from Gaziantep. "We hear of more and more cases of
'temporary marriages', basically
sex work, but women are afraid to talk about this openly. It is worrying that the idea of temporary marriages is now being
normalised in Turkey. It puts the veneer of
respectability and religious approval on sexual abuse and exploitation."
"You can't defeat ISIS with airstrikes only in Iraq;
ISIS has a stronger base in
Syria and controls large parts of the
Fighters who have been trained
covertly in Qatar by the CIA spend days if not
weeks scoping out a target for the TOWs .
But the attack merely delayed the government advance.
In July, government forces seized control of the strategic Industrial City
neighborhood and are now only a few miles from surrounding rebel
The troops were defending a UN-run
refugee camp in Makhmour,
which has been home to more than 12,000 Turkish Kurds for the last 15 years.
The refugees had to flee
their own country because of their allegiance to the PKK, which Turkey
like the US, EU and Nato considers a terrorist organisation
"Now there are no borders between the
different parts of Kurdistan.
Kurds from Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq are here. We've all crossed the borders to
fight the Isis. The Kurds are united to bring our land back under our
Kurdish forces successfully retook
Makhmour a few days later and the
PKK have now deployed to Sinjar and Jalawla, Kurdish areas in the west and east of
the country where extensive fighting continues. But divisions between the
different factions are starting to re-emerge, with the Kurdish authorities apparently distancing
themselves from the PKK
As alarm mounts about British men
who have joined the militants, including the
man thought to have murdered the journalists
Steven Sotloff and James Foley, experts say much less attention
is being paid to an explicit recruitment drive by Islamic State members at
the behest of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to lure women and girls to the cause.
And that too little is being done to challenge online accounts such as the
one above on the frontline of this propaganda war ..
What they are proposing is an all
encompassing NATO mandate to
Go after Terrorist Entities which they themselves created
as part of an insidious
intelligence operation to
destabilize and destroy both Syria and Iraq ..
What we are dealing with is a
criminal agenda under NATO auspices.
The evidence amply confirms that the US and Britain in liaison with the
Atlantic Alliance have
relentlessly supported both the creation as well as development of an
Islamic Terror Network
which now extends from the Middle East and North Africa into sub-Saharan
Africa, South and Southeast Asia
Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria is attacking one of the country's
remaining Christian strongholds, as it presses its
offensive against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad ..
However, in addition to Mhardeh, Christian residents
Suqalbiyeh and other Christian settlements in the province are also being
threatened, Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Assistant Bishop Luca al- Khouri told
The Telegraph .
British jihadists fighting in Syria
are increasingly disillusioned
and want to come home, it has
The jihadists have become frustrated
that instead of fighting President Assads forces they are finding themselves in
fire fights with rival rebel groups
We came to fight the regime and
instead we are involved in
gang warfare. Its not
what we came for but if we go back [to Britain] we will go to jail,
More than 500 British citizens are
believed to have travelled to Syria as jihadists
and 20 have been killed there, at least six of them in fighting between
rebel factions. About 260 have returned, with 40 awaiting trial .
In the cities and towns across the desert plains of
northeast Syria, the ultra-hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly
every aspect of daily life ..
While its merciless battlefield tactics and its
imposition of its austere vision of Islamic law have won the group
headlines, residents say much
of its power lies in its efficient and often deeply pragmatic ability to
Activists critical of the group were killed, disappeared, or escaped
to Turkey. Alcohol was banned. Shops closed by
afternoon and streets were empty by nightfall. Communication with the
outside world - including nearby cities and towns - was allowed only through the Islamic
State media center ..
Residents say Baghdadi also approves beheadings and
other executions and punishments for criminals
convicted by the group's Islamic courts
According to sources in Raqqa, the group maintains three weapons
factories mainly designed to develop missiles.
Foreign scientists - including Muslims from China, fighters claim - are kept
in a private location with bodyguards ..
The United States is concerned that the Islamic State group
and other terrorists could get a
hold of chemical weapons if Syria is hiding any stockpiles,
the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday
released by the Islamic State (Isis) on Tuesday, features a voiceover
delivered by a British jihadi with
a distinctive London accent,
apparently the same man who was filmed beheading Foley two weeks ago. It
ends with the killer threatening another hostage, identified as a
After ISIS released the second video Tuesday, Obama
authorized an additional 350 military personnel to
be sent to Iraq, but has yet to make a decision about ISIS strongholds in
Syria. Both beheading videos appear to have been
shot in Syria and multiple U.S. military authorities have said attacking
ISIS in Syria is the only way to defeat the militant group .
"I really want to go to school, I
like school," he says, now balancing a basket full of firewood. "But my
mother won't enrol me. She says
we need the money to eat."
His two child colleagues, brothers from Hama, are 12 and 13.
been working in the bakery ever since they came to Turkey more than six
months ago. "I would rather go to school," said
"There is a massive increase in
child labour here. It didn't used to be that way. The authorities try to
fight against it, but in many cases families have little choice," said a
Turkish human rights activist who wished to remain anonymous
Almost 900,000 children are estimated to
be working in Turkey, around 300,000 of them between
the ages of six and 14, according to official figures. The legal working age
is 15. Hakan Acar, a children's rights expert from Kocaeli University,
underlined that the real numbers were probably much higher: "Children
working on the streets are not included in these statistics, for example
children selling water, tissues or those who are begging."
The French president's
insistence on pursuing his
campaign of lies since the beginning of the crisis in Syria ...
has made his country ... responsible for the bloodshed in Syria," the
ministry said in a statement on Sunday
The latest developments come
after the French President Francois Hollande rejected cooperation with
Damascus in the fight against the ISIL. Hollande also called Syrian
President Bashar Assad an ally of the terrorists.
Latest figures show at least 3,000 militants of
European origin had
been active in several militancy-riddled regions across Syria.
A recent US Intelligence
report says 12,000 militants
from 81 nationalities,
including Americans and Europeans, have joined terrorist groups fighting
against the Syrian government
The Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm,
estimated in June that at
least 3,000 militants of European origin had been
active in several militancy-riddled regions across the Arab country,
Washington Post reported
US media reports say more than 100 US citizens have
also traveled to Syria to fight President Bashar
The clashes came after Syrian rebel groups, including the Nusra Front, overran
the Quneitra crossing located on the frontier
between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights on
Wednesday, seizing at least 44 Fijian peacekeepers
Syria is now the biggest
humanitarian emergency of our era with almost half of all Syrians
forced to flee their homes,
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said
One in every eight Syrians
has fled across the border,
fully a million people more than a year ago.
A further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. Over half of those
uprooted are children, it said
The President said that although he had ordered up
options for striking ISIS in Syria, the administrations priority was shoring up the integrity
of Iraq, instead. Syria would have to wait. He
also said he would send Secretary of State John Kerry to the region because
We dont have a strategy yet, to confront ISIS on a regional level .
There were deep divisions
inside the administration's deliberations over Syria .
Inside the intelligence community,
there is a dispute about whether the Free Syrian Army,
which has been fighting ISIS in Syria all year with little international support,
can be a reliable partner for any military mission inside Syria ..
Syrian rebels, including fighters
from an al-Qaida-linked group,
have seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights
after heavy clashes with President Bashar al-Assads forces, activists and
rebels said .
In areas of Syria under ISIS
control, particularly in the north and northeast of the country, Fridays
marked by executions, amputations and lashings in public squares,"
the four-member commission said in a statement. Bodies of those killed are
placed on display for several days, terrorizing the local population. Women
have been lashed for not abiding by ISISs dress code. In Ar-Raqqah,
children as young as 10 are being recruited and trained at ISIS camps. ISIS
has forcibly displaced Kurdish communities in northern Syria. Journalists
and other media workers are systematically targeted
The United States is preparing military
options, including surveillance flights, to pressure
Islamic State in Syria, US officials said last night, but they cautioned no
decision had been made to expand US action beyond the limited airstrikes
under way in Iraq .
"With Central Command, (Gen. Dempsey) is preparing options to address ISIS
both in Iraq and Syria with a variety of military
tools including airstrikes,"
What we do know from previous
airfield seizures is that these places are a source of MANPADS and similar
The SA-18 is one of eight MANPADS
variants in militant hands that have been documented by Small Arms Survey.
While most are Soviet-era models, the Russian Federation SA-24 and Chinese
FN-6 have been sighted in the almost four-year-old conflict ..
Jihadist fighters captured a major military air base in
Syria on Sunday, removing the last
government-held post in a province the extremists claim as part of their new
The storming of Tabqa air field, a major government military
facility containing several
squadrons of planes, helicopters, tanks and artillery,
is a significant victory for the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant
Large numbers of jihadists from Islamic State (formerly
Isis) are moving this weekend
towards the Turkish border area, about 60 miles north
of Aleppo, in columns of armoured trucks that they looted from abandoned
Iraqi military bases. The area is
now one of the most active front lines in the group's
attempt to redraw the borders of the Levant, a campaign that will have huge
ramifications for Turkey
"The Turkish border is the only way to smuggle oil, weapons and foreign
fighters into [Iraq and Syria]," . "If
it's closed, it will cut three things: funding, an entrance for the foreign
fighters and links to Europe which they are trying to open. If those plans
are destroyed, they will aim for another gate to Lebanon."
"This time Turkey will do something and block the borders
because they don't trust Isis any
more after they attacked Kurdistan. They understand
now that Isis could turn on them." ..
Were not going to be restricted by
borders, said Ben Rhodes,
President Obamas deputy national security adviser, speaking on Marthas
Vineyard, where the president is vacationing
But faced with the Islamic
terrorists, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, making gains across the region
and the beheading of Boston-based journalist James Foley this week,
the administration appears to be looking to extend their assaults ..
The US has already covertly assisted the
Assad government by passing on
intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the
German intelligence service, ..
Determined to get rid of President
Assad, the Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kept Turkeys 550-mile border with Syria
open, giving the
jihadists, including Isis, a safe haven over the last three years. The Turks
are now saying Isis is no longer welcome, but Ankara has not moved seriously
to close the border by deploying troops in large numbers
In reality, US special forces and other Western
operatives have been inside
and operating in Syria for years. The only missing ingredient the US seeks
to justify is direct, open military intervention including airstrikes on
It was the United States itself
that intentionally created
ISIS, beginning as early as
2007 for the expressed purpose of overthrowing the government of
Syria and confronting pro-Iranian forces across the Middle East
from Lebanon to Irans very doorstep ..
The United States has intentionally created regional
genocide and now proposes
direct military intervention
across multiple national borders as the solution an arsonist left to fight fires
of their own creation ..
That the public never asks just how ISIS could achieve such
regional prominence despite
hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, weapons, and military backing
allegedly being funneled to moderate opposition in Syria indicates a vast
chasm between reality and where public opinion stands .
......................the "sudden" appearance of the
Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in northern Iraq weeks ago, has
created the rhetorical
framework within which the United States and
its regional partners will
attempt to militarily intervene in both Iraq and Syria.
It should be remembered that ISIS itself is a creation of the United States,
Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, and has been harbored
and provided material
assistance by NATO-member Turkey for years .
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks about the
"imminent threat" ISIS poses to the US and the World.. .and pulls
no punches in his total fearmongery..."ISIL poses a
threat greater than 9/11.ISIL is as sophisticated and well funded
as any group we have seen. They're beyond just a
terrorist group. They marry ideology with a sophisticated strategic and
tactical military prowess and they're tremendously well-funded. This is way beyond anything we have seen. We must
prepare for everything. Get Ready!"
Time for some QE-funded deficit-busting war spending
The US war machine is accelerating at
a lightening pace. As in the 2003 attack on Iraq, there are few voices of
caution, and those who do speak out are drowned out by the many screaming
that we must crush ISIS now! ISIS is the greatest threat to the United
States, and so on, they say. Precisely
the things they said about Saddam Hussein just 12 years ago
Then, suddenly there emerged a single
unifying event that horrified even many skeptics into calling for a US war
on ISIS: a dramatic video purporting to be of a British ISIS member
beheading American journalist James Foley. It was a strange and suspicious
video, however. We are told on the one hand that ISIS is the most ruthless
and bloodthirsty organization the world has seen. We are told they were
kicked out of al-Qaeda for being too brutal. But somehow the actual decapitation of
the journalist is edited from the film which was purportedly shot by ISIS
itself. That sequence begins
with the knife applied to the
throat and then skips to a still shot of what appears to be a dead body
with a head resting on its chest.
This is an organization that has
an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be
defeated, the chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said in his most expansive
public remarks on the crisis since American airstrikes began in Iraq. Can
they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that
resides in Syria? The answer is no. ..
Last week I spoke with an Islamic
State official, a man inflicting his corrupted religious beliefs on hundreds
of kidnapped Yazidi women and children. He calmly explained his
organisations aims: to drive
non-Muslims out of its self-declared caliphate and fight the US because it was using
Arab rulers to attack them. He was polite, refusing only to discuss the
foreign fighters thought to make up one-third of their forces, but chilling
as he discussed the sale of
women as slaves and the theft of children for conversion
Yes, it makes sense to use western special
forces on the ground, not
least to shore up the beleaguered Kurds whose accidental state is the one
beneficial thing to have emerged from recent incursions. But we must banish
for ever the idea that we can impose simplistic solutions ..
Iraqi officials say U.S.
airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group
Islamic State from northern
Iraq across the border into Syria .
Some Iraqi military and security
officials say they believe he
recently did go to Syria.
U.S. officials believe his movements are fluid .
Gen. Barzani referenced
intelligence reports from Mosul that he said pointed to a split in the group on
how to proceed now that
American airstrikes were in the mix. Most of the Islamic State fighters
retreating from the dam took refuge in Mosul .
One is to create plausible deniability for the West which
created the Islamic State in
Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a
further pretext to justify a
resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region .
While the West feigns an
adversarial position regarding ISIS,it
was the West itself that created it, specifically to confront the Iranian
arc of influence stretching
from Tehran, through Baghdad, Damascus and along the Mediterranean in
The terrorist group posted a gruesome video on social
media on Tuesday titled A Message to America, allegedly showing the
decapitation of James Foley, 40, who was abducted by unknown gunmen on
November 22, 2012. He had reported in the Middle East for five years .
This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen, of your
country. As a government, you
have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,
the masked man said with a British accent, using the name that the ISIL
terror group took on after announcing a so-called caliphate in the swathes
they have overrun in Iraq and Syria
The beheading of an American
journalist by an extremist
with a London accent
prompted deep reckoning among Britons on Wednesday over the particularly
vicious role their countrymen are playing in the destabilization of the
Middle East .
Foreign fighters are often used for the most brutal acts
because they are the most ideologically motivated, said Peter Neumann,
director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization. The
locals may say, Thats not the kind of thing we do here. But the outsiders dont know that.
James Foley, an American journalist who had gone missing in
Syria nearly two years ago, is
presumed dead after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants
posted a video online Tuesday that it said was of his execution
Kurdish militants have trained hundreds of Yazidi
volunteers at several camps inside Syria to fight
Islamic State forces in Iraq, a member of the armed Kurdish YPG and a
Reuters photographer who visited a training camp said on Sunday
the Yazidi volunteers train in weapon use and fighting tactics for several
days before being sent back to Mount Sinjar to
fight, a member from the media office of the Kurdish YPG told
"On the top
of the Singar mountains, in cooperation with
locals and the YPG, the Yazidis have established what they call the Singar
Resistance Units," ..
The YPG are one of the few militant groups that have been
able to stem the advance of
the Islamic State, the most powerful rebel
group in Syria and Iraq ..
The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe
it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the
majority of them civilians
An activist in Deir al-Zor who spoke on condition of
anonymity told Reuters that
300 men were executed in one day in the town of Ghraneij,
one of the three main towns of the al-Sheitaat tribal heartland, when
Islamic State stormed the town earlier this week
We appeal to the other tribes to stand by us because
it will be their turn next ... If (Islamic State)
are done with us the other tribes will be targeted after al-Sheitaat.
They are the next target, ..
Calling on all United Nations Member States to act to
suppress the flow of foreign
fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq
and Syria, the Security Council this afternoon put
six persons affiliated to those groups on its terrorist sanctions list
Through the resolution, the Council demanded that ISIL,
Al-Nusra Front and all other entities associated
with Al-Qaida cease all violence and terrorist acts, and immediately
disarm and disband. Recalling that their attacks
against civilians on the basis of ethnic or religious identity might
constitute crimes against humanity, it stressed the need to bring those
perpetrators, including foreign fighters, to justice
To disrupt al-Baghdadi's advance, the United States and its
allies should start by addressing the source of the problem the conflict
Syria. They can begin by
negotiating a truce with President
Bashar Assad to stop the fighting in Syria. At
the same time, an international stabilization force should be mobilized to
create humanitarian safe zones in Syria so humanitarian aid can be
delivered. This force, made up of NATO and Arab forces, could also be
instrumental in taking back territory lost to the Islamic State, and in
countering the spread of jihadist influence by the Jabhat al-Nusra front and
its al-Qaeda affiliates. This will show the people of the region that
al-Baghdadi's new Islamic State is not invincible and that it does not speak
for the majority of other Muslims in the region or beyond. Assad might
accept such an arrangement because it would allow him to retain power over
at least a portion of Syria
A young British jihadist who appeared in a chilling ISIS
recruitment video has posted
photographs of the destruction caused to a Syrian army base by one of his
Nasser Muthana - the 20-year-old former Cardiff schoolboy
who featured prominently in ISIS' first professionally produced English
language propaganda video - uploaded before and after images of a military building being
destroyed in an ISIS-controlled area in the north of the country ..
'Kuffar [non-believers] are afraid we will slaughter Yazidis,
our deen [religious path] is clear we will kill their men, take their women
and children as slaves insha Allah,' he posted on
Wounded jihadists from the
and the al-Nusra Front an
al-Qaeda offshoot also fighting the Syrian government were treated at
Turkish hospitals. Most
important, the Turks winked as Reyhanli and other Turkish towns became way
stations for moving foreign fighters and arms across the
welcomed anyone against Assad,
and now they are killing, spreading their disease, and we are all paying the
Alarmed by the growing might of
the Islamic State, Turkey
has started cracking down.
Working with the United States and European governments, Turkish officials have enacted new
safeguards to detain foreign fighters trying to get into Syria
and launched a military offensive aimed at curtailing the smuggling of
weapons and supplies across the border
But in a region engulfed by a
broadening conflict, Turkey is
also reaping what it sowed.
It is engaging in border shootouts with rebels it once tactically
Of massive concern are thousands of
increasingly radicalized foreign fighters,
including many carrying U.S. and European passports, who have gone to fight
in Syria .
US Secretary of State John Kerry has described a
photograph of a Sydney-born
seven-year-old boy clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier as "disturbing" and "grotesque," and called for
international co-operation against the threat posed by foreign fighters
returning home from Iraq and Syria
Australian police announced last month that they had
arrest warrants for Sharrouf and his companion Mohamed Elomar, another
former Sydney resident, for "terrorism-related activity".
Muhammad Hamidur Rahman one of around 500 Britons who went to
Syria He joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham
which in now the Islamic State Rahman, from Portsmouth, was shot dead in a gun fight a fortnight
ago His father said family received text
message from a friend of Rahman in Syria Rahman is the second British
jihadist from Portsmouth to die in Syria The first was his friend Iftekhar
Jaman, 23, who died in December
A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a
large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters brought in
the woman, clad head to toe in black, and half buried her in the ground
Then they told residents who had gathered around the scene
to carry out the sentence:
Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress
The July 18 stoning was the second in a span of 24 hours. A
day earlier, 26-year-old Shamseh Abdullah was killed in a similar way in the
nearby town of Tabqa by IS fighters .
The jihadis recently tied a 14-year-old boy to a cross-like
structure and left him for several hours in the scorching summer sun before
bringing him down - punishment
for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ..
'People were shocked and couldn't understand what was going
on. Many were disturbed by the
idea that Saudis and Tunisians were issuing (such) orders,'
Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants
stormed one of the Syrian
governments last outposts in the northern province of Raqqa
in an overnight attack and battled troops holed up in the area Thursday,
killing dozens of soldiers, activists said .
Raqqa is a major stronghold of ISIS,
which took control of the provincial capital and expelled rival Syrian rebel
groups at the start of the year ..
ISIS fighters killed at least 50
soldiers when they took over a base outside Raqqa
city about two weeks ago. They
also killed around 270 soldiers, guards and staff
when they overran a gas field in central Syria about a week before that,
according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights ..
What is happening today is precisely that scenario. ISIS
started targeting the Syrian regime after it no longer needed Assad.
So, what's next? Above all, support for Assad will increase in Syria. With a
growing fear of ISIS,
people may settle to live under his rule. The
Syrian opposition might also compromise as jihadists gain more and more
Iran, Turkey and the U.S. may soon find themselves with Assad on their side
The regime's strategy was to
ignore ISIS and allow it to
take over the east in the hopes it would horrify and spook the West into
supporting Assad. But now
that ISIS has gotten its feet on the ground and consolidated its hold, it's
become a real danger in a way the other militias never were
The Syrian army will eventually
defeat ISIS, because they're a real army,
and because most of the world is spooked by ISIS. ISIS has taken the logic
of the Syrian army, which is a sectarian logic, and a take-no-prisoners
logic that you have to destroy your enemy, which the Syrian army embraced
The trucks that were
intercepted by security services on Jan. 19 in Ceyhan district of Adana have
been hotly debated in Turkey, only months before key local elections, and
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the incident as "treason."
Turkish prime minister and President Abdullah Gόl said what the trucks were
carrying is a "state secret,"
but said it was only humanitarian aid to Turkmens in Syria ..
The truck incident in Adana
resulted in a separate investigation and Erdoğan publicly lashed out at a
court, which released
detained members of police officers who participated in the raid of the
trucks. Prosecutors who ordered the interception of trucks were later removed from their posts
and appointed several times to less influential positions,
a widely used tactic by Ankara to force bureaucrats to resign
Some of these militants groups have been able to establish
their networks over the years, at the time the Turkish government
turned (a) blind eye to many of these opposition groups.
It just shows you Turkey is not going to be safe from all the instability
Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party is one of the main supporters of the
rebel groups fighting the Syrian regime. The
arson attack on the Istanbul mosque has not been the only such incident.
Shi'ites in Istanbul claim they have been the target of increasing sectarian
Still, ISIL flags and bandanas are
increasingly visible at protests organized by Islamic groups,
indicating that at least some Sunnis in Turkey have sympathy for the group.
Analysts warn that ISIL's increasing presence is likely to test the
cohesiveness of Turkish society
Every room in his second-floor apartment in the old city
of Homs bears the scars of war
On the street outside, a poster warns returning residents
to beware if they come across
any of the many kinds of munitions and weapons mortar bombs, rockets,
Still, milestones of recovery are being marked. This
month the first wedding since what Assad loyalists call the liberation
was celebrated in the
quarters first-century Syriac Orthodox church, Umm al-Zennar .
The latest effort to supply the
rebels is part of a covert
support program, authorized
by President Obama last year, under which the United States participates alongside Persian
Gulf Arab and European allies
in sending deliveries of
arms, ammunition and money across the Turkish and Jordanian borders. A separate, openly
acknowledged program to provide nonlethal aid such as vehicles, food and
medicine has also gathered pace in recent months, U.S. officials say
We are gathering as much information as we can about ISIS (ISIL) and about
the violations they commit in the same way that we
do about everyone else, by interviewing people who have been their victims.
And we do have information on all of these things. Its a bit newer, so we
have a bit less information than about earlier groups, but I am assuming
that it will accumulate quickly,
According to the UN commission, there are between 10,000 and 15,000
foreigners working with militant groups
fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
An al-Qaida-linked group fighting
in Syria has released video of
the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war,
showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven
"I want to rest in the afterlife,
in heaven. There is nothing here
and the heart is not resting,"
.. "Heaven is better. When people die they either go to heaven or hell.
There is happiness beyond
The conflict has killed at least
170,000 people, nearly a third of them civilians, according to activists.
Nearly 3 million Syrians have
fled the country
The Islamist fighters have
released images of captured soldiers being beheaded after the battle for
The Raqqa base, manned by Division
17 of the Syrian army, is said to have been captured overnight after coming
under siege from Isis fighters
Scores of Isis fighters and
government soldiers were killed or hurt in the attack, the group said. The
base is the largest of its kind in north-eastern Syria, and is said to be
well-stocked with weapons and ammunition
In Syria most of the violence is along the Sunni-Alawite
fault line, but stories of rape and murder directed at the Christian minority,
Even before this latest exodus, at least two-thirds of Iraqi
Christians had fled since the fall of Saddam. Christians were concentrated
in Mosul, Basra and, especially, Baghdad which before the US invasion had
the largest Christian population in the Middle East. Although Iraq's 750,000
Christians made up only 7% of the pre-war population, they were a prosperous minority under
the Ba'athists, as symbolised by the high profile of
Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister,
"The Islamic State carried out its first sentence of death by
stoning against a woman in Tabaqa, accusing her of
adultery," said the Britain-based Observatory, referring to a town in Raqa
province, most of which is under IS control
"The situation is unbearable. Stoning
is the worst punishment history has known. A
quick death is more merciful," Salameh told AFP via the Internet, using a
pseudonym for security reasons
While international attention has
been fixated on the disintegration of Iraq and the expansion of the
so-called caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Sunni insurgents have moved their
offensive back into Syria with a newly acquired haul of US-made weapons and
"The attacks from Isis have reached an acute level
following their recent acquisition of heavy artillery," warned the
presidency of the three Syrian Kurdish cantons
"We know that some 300-400 Turkish Kurds
are fighting with us in Syria against Isis," said Mr Muslim. "It is very
difficult. We are short on weapons and our rocket-propelled grenades are not effective against [Isis']
Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory
military service for their men to ward off a push
by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern
The fighting between the Syrian Kurds and the jihadis,
which broke out on July 2,
left dozens dead on both sides, according to activists.
Hundreds of Kurds have flocked from neighboring Turkey to help their
brethren, the activists said
"Early and forced marriage among Syrian refugee girls in Jordan has doubled since the
onset of war," said the report, adding that 48
percent of them were forced to marry men at least 10 years older than them
"Child marriage is devastating for
those girls concerned," said Saba al-Mobaslat, the
NGOs country director in Jordan, noting,
"Girls who marry before 18 are more likely to experience domestic violence
than their peers who marry later, and they have much more limited access to
sexual and reproductive health, putting their young bodies at extreme risk
if and when they become pregnant."
Western governments are sending millions of pounds of aid to
areas held by the radical Islamic group Isis in northern Syria ..
The aid, which is paid for by the UK,
European and US governments,
consists of food, medicine and hygiene kits. It is brought into the country
through the war-torn north from the two last remaining border posts open
with Turkey in Reyhanli and Kilis .
Britain's policy towards
Syria has been "stupid" and it should apologise for supporting rebels
who are fighting to overthrow president
Bashar al-Assad, and work with him to combat terrorism, the country's
deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, has said. Mekdad told the Guardian
that it was up to David Cameron to stop Britons coming to fight in Syria
an increasing preoccupation for UK authorities in recent months. "We regret
that British people are coming
here to be killed and to kill Syrians," he said.
"But we believe it is the
responsibility of the British government to
stop such an onslaught." ..
government is extremist in its views on Syria and
they are still thinking and dreaming that their agents, the Muslim
Brotherhood and the other takfiris (violent jihadis) can make the
change they want
When I used to visit Muslim countries such as Turkey, Egypt,
Syria and Iraq, I was impressed at how far their secular regimes, however
dictatorial, guarded religious tolerance. The
Ba'athists and others might be politically brutal, but they were foes of
religious extremism: from Ataturk and Nasser to Assad and Saddam, they held the fundamentalists at bay ..
The Islamic scholar
Malise Ruthven has warned that while most religions tend to mature out of textual literalism,
the idea of the Qur'an as a handbook of pluralism and democracy is fanciful.
It is permeated with the language of struggle (jihad) and victory over
unbelievers. It insists on the oneness of the
political and the religious realm, of this world and "the next"
Another writer in the same vein,
Hans Kόng, points out that jihad was never just a defensive concept but
"a struggle to advance God's
cause among the unbelievers"
The imperial revivalism of George Bush,
Tony Blair and the neocons was catastrophic.
a trillion dollars of intervention, America and Britain have left the
Muslim world as far from liberal democracy as ever. It is easy to say the
agonies now being experienced from the shores of Lebanon to the borders of
Pakistan and India are self-inflicted and "Muslim on Muslim", but all have been fuelled by western
A handful of Singaporean citizens
have gone to Syria to participate in the conflict there,
raising concern about a terrorist threat in the city-state, a senior
government official was quoted by a state-owned TV network as
A female Singaporean is also believed to have gone to
Syria with her husband and two
teenage children. Several others, including Abdul
Basheer Abdul Kader, Zakaria Rosdan and Khairul Sofri Osman, were stopped
before they could leave, Teo added
Two 16 year-old twin girls who have travelled to Syria to
join the jihad have told their
families they have no intention of returning home
The girls, said to be deeply
religious, have ignored the largely Somalian familys pleas for them to
return home and are believed to
have joined an older brother who joined the extremist militant
group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis).
Heres the truth people: the term
"moderate" when applied to the violence in Syria is a piece of meaningless fiction ..
No party in the Syrian conflict has a
squeaky-clean record in that regard. Is it meant to signify that these
people make a principled distinction between civilians and combatants? Not a
The moderates are just as extreme in
their violence as those we condemn and oppose,
and Im pretty sure that they are just as religious or irreligious as
killers. The term "moderate" then
translates simply as "someone we support,"
in contrast to the people of Syria who made it abundantly clear in their
recent election that they dont support the rebels at all moderate or
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has gained notoriety in recent
weeks as the group captured
city after city in Iraq. Its goal: To create a
caliphate, or Islamic state, spanning Iraq and Syria
All the cities between Deir Ezzor
city and the Iraq border-- a stretch of 90 miles (150 kilometers) -- have fallen
to ISIS, said Omar Abu Leila, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army
The captures include the al-Omar oil field, Syria's largest oil facility that can
produce 75,000 barrels of oil a day. ISIS has
also seized a military airport and a local army base.
The land grabs by ISIS now stretch from
Syria's Deir Ezzor province to the group's recently gained territories in
Iraq's Sunni heartland, the opposition Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said
Two Birmingham men admitted on Tuesday to linking up with an extremist group
fighting jihad in
Syria, after a family member reported them to the police.
School friends Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, both 22,
pleaded guilty to terrorism
offences before their trial could start at
Woolwich crown court
The pair admitted preparing to carry out terrorist acts and the
maximum sentence they face is life
Both travelled to Syria via Turkey.
Sarwar, a computer science student at Birmingham City University, even faked
a leaflet for his family saying the trip was part of his studies. Ahmed, a
former postal worker, was unemployed. They had spent months planning the
trip, buying one-way tickets and paying off debts
Foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian
government say they have
received the second batch of US-made anti-tank missiles.
The Takfiri militants have reportedly received TOW anti-tank rockets
in the strategic Qalamoun region
Two Danes lie in the back of a pickup truck on the
Turkish-Syrian border waiting for a call. They're with a young British jihadi and a group
of ultra-conservative Syrian Salafi Islamists. Soon
they'll be smuggled into
Syria to join the fight against the Assad regime ..
Back in the Danish capital, Benarabe collects about £50,000 through
donations and, it is rumoured, through "taxing"
local drug dealers. He buys three mini-vans and fills them mostly with
medical equipment, but he also says he's transporting some hi-tech military
paraphernalia, including night-vision goggles and heat sensors
Kingdom drew up plans to train and equip thousands of militants at bases
across Turkey and Jordan
to fight against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, reports
The scheme was reportedly similar to the one that toppled
former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
However, it was put aside after being considered too risky.
Sources have also revealed that US military instructors trained
Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) at a secret base in Jordan in 2012. At
least one of the ISIL training camps is in the vicinity of Turkish air base,
Incirlik, which houses American personnel and equipment
A Briton who claims he has been fighting alongside
jihadist militants in
Syria has told the BBC he would not return to the UK until he could raise "the black flag of
Islam" over Downing Street and
The comments were broadcast as religious leaders called
on British Muslims not to
travel to Syria and Iraq, amid fears of jihadists
fleeing the country to take part in terrorism
Concerns have also been raised about homegrown involvement in
terrorism after Britons appeared in a propaganda
video for insurgent group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis).
A secret plan to train a
100,000-strong rebel army to wage war on Syria's President Bashar Assad
was drawn up by a leading British general, according to a report ..
Extreme Islamist militants have
gained strength within the rebel force,
partly because they are well equipped using funds sent from like-minded
people and groups in the Middle East. Isis recently moved into Iraq, taking
significant territory ..
We, the leaders of the brigades
and battalions... give the National Coalition, the (opposition) interim
government, the (rebel) Supreme Military Council and all the leading bodies
of the Syrian revolution a week to send reinforcements and complete aid,
the statement said
Should our call not be heard,
we will lay down our weapons
and pull out our fighters,
The factions that signed the
statement are local rebel groups based in Raqa, Deir Ezzor and parts of
Aleppo province where fighting
against ISIS has been most intense,
and which are now under ISIS control
ISIS has kidnapped thousands of
Syrians, many of them political activists and rebels,
and carries out summary executions in areas under its control
The UN Refugee agency estimates that there are 1 million internally displaced
people and 110,000 stateless people in Iraq alone,
and the Red Crescent Society pegs over 80 per cent of them as women and
He is filmed showing abandoned
Iraqi army badges and vehicles left by fleeing soldiers. "There is no army
in the world that can withstand the soldiers of
Adnani said the group's chief,
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the leader of the new caliphate and called on
Muslims everywhere, not just those in areas under the organisation's
control, to swear loyalty to him
Islamic State fighters crucified eight men said to
be rival rebel fighters in the town square of Deir Hafer in Syria's Aleppo
province on Saturday as a warning to others .
In the same week that US President Barack Obama asked
Congress to fork over $500 million to support the Syrian opposition in its
three-year battle to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, the American leader also warned on the
possibility of European passport holders in Syria
slipping into America to wreak unholy havoc ..
We have seen
Europeans who are sympathetic to their cause traveling into Syria and
now may travel into Iraq, getting battle-hardened,
Obama told ABCs George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. Then they come back.
They've got European passports. They don't need a visa to get into the
Why Syrian rebels would attempt an attack on US interests at
the same time Washington is supporting their anti-government efforts was not
touched upon in the interview. In fact, much of Obamas anxiety over some
imminent attack on the US homeland appears to stem less from solid evidence
out of Syria and more from Republican doom-mongering ..
Right now, sources tell us, at this moment in Syria,
Al-Qaeda bomb makers are trying to design a new generation of explosives,
including nonmetallic bombs. And the US government is wrestling with how to
respond, Pierre Thomas, ABC senior justice
correspondent, warned out of the gates.
The fiends of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,
also known as ISIL) publicly hung
nine men on crosses at the weekend in Syria ..
The crucifxions came amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of
Damascus between ISIS and other anti-Assad rebels, according to the UK-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
ISIL executed eight men in Deir Hafer
in the east of Aleppo province on Saturday because
they belonged to rebel groups that had fought against the jihadists as well
as Assads forces, it said. The group then crucified them in the main
square of the village, where their bodies will remain for three days.
They have become so important to the official fightback
effort that some say the government is afraid to stand up to them, leaving the
shady militiamen free to wreak their own brand of
More than 7,000
people have been killed since January
in infighting among foreign-backed Takfiri militants who are wreaking havoc
on Syria, a report says
include 650 civilians who lost their lives in the
fighting between militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL) and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in the north of the
The Britain-based group further reported that the names
of 5,641 militants have been confirmed while the names of another 1,200
dead militants have not been verified
Earlier this month, ISIS
killed a 102-year-old man along with his
whole family. In one case, members of the group beheaded a person they said was a member
of an Iraqi Shiite militia fighting for Assad, only
to discover they had accidentally beheaded a fighter belonging to an allied
The shocking video of which we have published just a few
still frames, below reveals the fate of three such men .
Captured army troops were shown being bundled into the back
of trucks before being lined up in front of pits cut from the deserts
sands. While the ensuing massacre of 1700 troops has not yet been
verified, ISISs own boasts and high-definition video
recordings of the event appear damning
They will kill every Shiite man, and they will burn every
Shiite house. Nobody has stayed in Quba. Every single Shiite has
The most vicious and unnerving US support of religious
extremists goes to the Sunni militants in the Middle East who the
Americans have been funding in order to destabilize otherwise functional
governments. During the Iraq war, the Bush
administration began paying Sunni militants to work with the US in a program
called Sons of Iraq. ..
Meanwhile, a new insurgent artillery offensive against Christian villages in
the north of Iraq sent thousands of Christians fleeing from their homes,
seeking sanctuary in Kurdish-controlled territory, .
The involvement of Syria and Iran in Iraq suggests a growing cooperation among the
three Shiite-led governments in response to the raging Sunni insurgency.
And in an unusual twist, the US, Iran and Syria now find themselves with an
overlapping interest in stabilising Iraqs government
They asked us whether we wanted to join jihadis or not,
to join Isis," Mustafa recalls. "No one did. If the students were loud or
chaotic, they were beaten with an electrical cable.
"Ten boys were beaten every day. But most of us were well
behaved, to not get beaten. Some of the boys were crying, some turned yellow
with fear. They showed us a documentary film from Iraq: of people being
The kidnapping of 186 teenage boys in
Syria on 30 May has gone largely unreported in the
wider world, a curious omission given the outcry over the teenage girls in
Nigeria. The abduction was no less sinister ..
Ministry of Endowments stressed on
Thursday that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and all
takfiri terrorist organizations are trying to mislead many youngsters with
their extremist thought under the title of religion and other sectarian
titles and they are seeking to establish their Islamic state while in fact
it is an attempt to distort religion and destroy countries .
became normal; daily life became a scary film,
said Abdullah, an officer with the Tawhid Brigade of the Islamic Front, who
preferred to go by his first name only for security reasons. They created
rules with no purpose. They just wanted to see how much we would obey to
feed their power.
We beat [ISIL] and we can do it again, if we have the
right weapons, Abdullah said, scratching his head with the barrel of his
The Isis recruitment video that emerged on the internet last
featuring two men from Cardiff and another from Aberdeen has caught the
media's attention across the UK. However, the issue of young British Muslims travelling to
Syria has been a real concern to those working on the
counter-terrorism agenda for many months now ..
.Well, it is not something that happens overnight.
It is a process of influence and
persuasion that eventually leads to a change in world
view and beliefs. It is an extremely complex phenomenon, and many factors
are likely likely to play a role in it
An alliance has been building inside
war-ravaged Syria, with al Qaeda-linked terrorists
there now working alongside hardened operatives from the prolific al Qaeda
affiliate in Yemen to develop
a new generation of bombs that could be smuggled aboard commercial planes,
ABC News has learned
The horrors of
Iraq are helping shake Britain's Muslims and other communities out of
the "complacency and
passivity" that has allowed young Britons to be radicalised
and has led to hundreds of jihadists travelling to the conflict, Britain's
police officer has said .
Downing Street said that as many as 15,000 items of "jihadist
propaganda" had been taken down from the internet
as a result of government pressure since December 2013
According to the 31-page report,
various factions in the countrys compex civil war have recruited minors,
including the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, the Islamic Front, the Nusra
Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
"Syrian armed groups should not prey on vulnerable
children who have seen their relatives killed,
schools shelled, and communities destroyed by enlisting them in their
forces," said Priyanka Motaparthy, the author of the report.
"The horrors of Syria's armed conflict are only made
worse by throwing children
into the front lines."
The father of one of the British men who appeared in a video urging westerners to
join him and his colleagues to fight in
Syria has spoken of his devastation after seeing
the film and said that his son had betrayed Britain
According to Muthana, Nasser left the family's yellow-brick
maisonette in Butetown a multicultural area between the city centre and
Cardiff Bay in November. He told his family he was going to an Islamic
seminar in Shrewsbury. "That was normal," explained Muthana. "He said,
'Goodbye, goodbye', and off he went. He's done that several times before. It
was a public open meeting to
hear a visiting cleric from Saudi or the Emirates, there
was nothing radical about it. If there had been, I would not have let him
Hundreds of veteran fighters from Syria
and Iraq are already back in Britain,
among them radicalised jihadists intent on mounting terror attacks .
Further evidence of the British links
with jihadists in Iraq emerged yesterday with confirmation that gap-year student
Nasser Muthana, 20, from Cardiff,
was one of a number of Britons who feature in a film posted online to
recruit fighters .
In a statement, ISIL Takfiri
terrorists warned that they
would soon launch an attack on Kurds in al-Baraka region,
especially the town of Qameshli in northeast Syria, to punish them.
This came after the Kurdish
National Council in Syria convened a meeting in the city of Amouda in north
of al-Hasakah Province in Syria to elect a ruler in a bid to secure
their rule in Kurdish-inhabited areas. Kurdish groups had in July
announced plans to create an autonomous government
The narrative, repeated across the Western media, illustrates how the US finishes up a
lost war. First, it makes excuses as to why
deviations from the Wests original narrative have manifested themselves in
demonstrable and undeniable events, like Syrias elections and the
overwhelming support Damascus visibly commands across the country.
Next it revises history to account for how and why events unfolded
differently than expected. In Syria, the protracted warfare that eventually
revealed Syrias freedom fighters to be armies of foreign-funded
terrorists flowing over the nations borders is explained as extremists
hijacking or derailing the revolution .
The third and final step the US must take upon losing a
war is to leave chaos where
victory was denied, and attach responsibility
for the conflict to a disposable elected politician in this case US
President Barack Obama ..
The insidious, premeditated nature of
Syrias destabilization and destruction is a hard
lesson learned for the Syrian people, and a lesson other nations around the
world must learn from in order to prevent
a similar scenario from unfolding within their borders. While the US may
have lost its proxy war with Syria, the Syrian peoples victory has come at
a great cost.
Fighters of the Islamic State in
Iraq and Greater
Syria (ISIS) captured
Friday key towns in eastern Syria adjoining
Al-Qaeda splinter group has seized in Iraq, a monitoring organization
The Islamists, whose stated aim is to create a strict
Islamic state straddling national borders, took over the towns of Muhasan,
Alboulil and Alboumar, the British-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
A car bomb in Syria's western
Hama province Friday killed 34
and wounded more than 50,
A hate-filled British jihadist
fighting with Isis in Syria has called on his crazed comrades to wreak havoc when they return to
the UK .
He has claimed that he and other
Brits fighting in Syria intend
to cause mayhem in the UK
under orders from
Isis warlord Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi .
Kurdish intelligence chief Lahoor Talabani, director of
counter-terrorism for the Kurdistan Regional Government, said as many as 450 British
extremists have joined Isis, which is waging a
bloody assault across Iraq as well as battling in Syria .
Two men in central Texas have been
arrested on charges of trying
"to provide material support to terrorists", with one of the pair seeking to
aid extremist groups fighting in
Syria, US prosecutors said this week .
also ensuring that the wars for
Syria and Iraq have merged
into one, each feeding on, affecting and sustaining
the other ..
Control of territory in north-eastern Syria helped Isis capture Mosul,
Iraq's third-largest city. Money and arms flow easily. Croatian-made anti-tank weapons sent by
Saudi Arabia via Jordan to mainstream rebel
forces in southern Syria found their way to Isis fighters in Anbar province
Iraq Shia militiamen deployed to Damascus to guard the
revered Sayyida Zeinab shrine along with Iranian revolutionary guards -
are soon likely to be protecting
the Shia holy places of Najaf and Karbala from Isis
and other Sunni groups seeking to ignite a sectarian civil war .
In another twist in the fast-moving situation, last weekend
the Syrian air force staged its
first raids on Isis bases in Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir al-Zor.
That was noteworthy because Assad's enemies have often accused him of tolerating Isis or tacitly
cooperating with it in order to split rebel ranksand present himself as a secular bulwark against
al-Qaida and jihadi fanaticism
Syrian regime has funded Isis by buying oil from its fields
in northern Syria; and the Syrian
military have refrained from attacking Isis, allowing it to consolidate
control of the regional capital of Raqqa and turn it
into a "safe haven" from which to launch recent operations .
Members of the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S.
instructors working at a secret base in Jordan,
according to informed Jordanian officials ..
Guardian newspaper also reported last March that U.S. trainers were
aiding Syrian rebels in Jordan along with British and French
WND reported last week that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime
sources, Saudi Arabia has been
arming the ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving
force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group
the Obama administration has been aware for two months that
the al-Qaida-inspired group that has taken over two Iraqi cities and now is
threatening Baghdad also was training fighters in Turkey .
at least one of the training camps of the group Iraq
of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria, the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air
Base near Adana, Turkey, where American
personnel and equipment are located .
UKs Foreign Secretary William Hague has revealed that as many as 400 British citizens
may be fighting for terrorist groups in Syria ..
Hague made the announcement while speaking in the Commons
on Monday, adding that a number of the 400 British nationals may be going back and forth from
Syria to Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant (ISIL) is also carrying out acts of terror ..
Syrian and Iraqi terrorist
forces obtained significant
numbers of tanks, trucks, and U.S.-origin Humvees
in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms are being shipped to al Qaeda rebels in Syria,
according to U.S. officials ..
The insurgents raided all the arms depots and
vehicles belonging to Iraqs Second Division,
based in Mosul, which included a motorized brigade and several infantry
Iraqi military forces, many of
them trained by the U.S. military prior to the pullout of forces in December
2011, suffered widespread
desertions during the ISIL invasion.
Iraqi special operations forces, however, are said to be engaged in fighting
the terrorist group ..
The initial group that took
over Mosul included between
3,000 and 4,000 militants led by former senior officers of the Iraqi
"These people use different names, so if
one is defeated the other can claim victory,"
says Col. Mohamed Saleh of the Syrian army as he surveys the wreckage of a
factory in which 27 of his soldiers were killed.
"They call themselves ISIL, al-Nusrah
Front, Deach, but they are all
Their aim: to
establish an Islamic state across both Iraq and Syria,
hence the name ISIS (though some call them ISIL for the Islamic State of
Iraq and Levant, one of the initial translations) .
"We're fighting an organized army, an elite army, with advanced weapons."
In some of the areas it lost to the Syrian army, the local population had revolted
against ISIS and the al-Nusra Front. Even though
Syrian civilians had suffered under Assad's rule, they appeared to prefer the ruthless
Syrian government over the establishment of an Islamic caliphate ..
and Syria combined are going to be the staging area for the next 9/11
if we dont do anything about it,
Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN Sunday.
The Obama administration may
use the turmoil in Iraq as
a pretext to launch attacks in Syria.
Pentagon officials told
The Guardian on Friday the administration is looking at air
strikes on targets in both Iraq and Syria
Israel and the West have been propping up terrorism in
the Middle East to create hurdles in the path of
solidarity among regional nations, a political analyst tells Press TV.
In a Saturday interview, Randy Short criticized the
global powers for sponsoring
terrorism in the Middle East, adding, Israel, the UK, the United States
and those parties do not want a unified Middle
East. And of course that would include stability for Syria.
He pointed to the long lasting problems in the Middle
Eastern countries and noted, The imperialism and injustice of external
forces make any existing problem worse.
The Obama administration is
urgently considering an air
assault on Islamic extremists that
officials told the Guardian could be directed at targets in Syria as well as
Options under discussion include an air campaign,
using either or both air force or navy warplanes, the potential duration of
which has yet to be determined. Drone strikes remain under consideration, ..
The FBI is investigating men of Somali background who
have travelled from the United
States to Syria to fight with rebel groups against
President Bashar al-Assad
Another US official said most Americans and many other
foreigners who had gone to Syria to fight had joined one of the two rival
self-declared jihadist groups, the official
al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant, a former al-Qaeda affiliate which lately had been denounced by
al-Qaeda leaders for excessive violence
Although illegal in Lebanon, child labour is becoming
increasingly common. Many of the large numbers of refugees who have fled the
conflict in Syria are very
poor, and forced to rely on sending their children out to work ..
prefer to hire kids because they can do anything they want to them.
They can hit them if they want, they can make them work long hours ..
Fighting is raging in eastern
Syria as a jihadist group rooted in neighbouring
Iraq pushes a fresh bid to create an "Islamic state" along the border,
an activist group said Tuesday.
Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS)
launched a new offensive in
Deir Al-Zor province 40 days ago, 634 people, mainly fighters, have been
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ..
Fresh fighting between the
Islamic State of
Iraq and Greater
Syria (ISIS), a coalition of
rebels and an
Al-Qaeda affiliate in eastern
Syria has left at least 45
fighters dead, an
activist group said Monday .
.the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant known as ISIS,
which was disowned earlier this year by the al-Qaida leadership, has launched an offensive against Syrian
Kurds, both in the far northeast adjacent to the
borders with Iraq and Turkey, and in Kurdish areas in Aleppo province ..
But just days ago, ISIS fighters abducted 193 Kurds, mainly
teenagers and students, from the village of Al Qbasin
northeast of Aleppo
Much of the fighting between the jihadists and Kurds is centered on strategic towns along the
border with Turkey and Iraq .
President Barack Obamas National Security Adviser, Susan
Rice, hinted on Friday that the
United States was sending weapons to the Syrian rebels,
when she said Washington was taking important steps in Syria by offering
and non-lethal" aid to the moderate opposition .
The comments appear to confirm recent speculations that
Washington was ready to arm the
Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar
The sweeping election victory of Bashar Assad not only
shows the depth and breadth of
popular support for his government, but also it
demands an objective interpretation of events inside Syria ..
There are many reasons to explain why Assad though
internationally condemned and characterized as a dictator is able to
conjure up mass support at the ballot box. After three years of brutal
fighting that has left many areas of the country devastated, Assad is seen as the only figure that
can stabilize the country and ensure a stable,
secular rule that respects all minority communities .
Countries that have supported the
rebellion against Assad, including the United States,
along with several European and Gulf countries, entirely reject the elections
and argue that the results are illegitimate
Despite the clear majority support that Assad enjoys, the
Obama administration is ramping
up efforts to aid Syrian rebel groups with a $27 million aid package,
and by granting formal diplomatic mission status to the Syrian Opposition
Councils offices inside the US .
While Western countries shed crocodile
tears over the dead in Syria, their policies further
prolongs the conflict and endangers more civilian lives. The armed
opposition isnt winning on the battlefield, and they do not have popular
Syria's presidential election has underscored the considerable
support that President Bashar Assad still enjoys from the population,
including many in the majority Sunni Muslim community
Without Sunni support, however,
Assad's rule would have collapsed long ago amid a
civil war that activists say has killed more than 160,000,
displaced at least a third of Syria's prewar population of 23 million, and
destroyed wide swaths of the country
"But because the majority (Sunnis) are standing behind
him, they have kept Syria
standing," she said at a voting booth set up in
Damascus' ornate, century-old Hijaz train station.
Assad's supporters offered insights into why they still
back him. These include
fatigue over the conflict, mistrust among many toward a disorganized
opposition, and the growing power of terrorist
groups in the rebel ranks
Many credit the 48-year-old British-trained eye doctor
with opening up the economy.
Under free-market reforms, Damascus and other cities saw a flourishing of
malls, restaurants and consumer goods, increasing tourism
Before the uprising, "we
would have been embarrassed to ask somebody what their religion was.
We aren't raised that way in Syria," Saleh said. "We are like a mosaic (of
faiths) in Syria."
Victory celebrations erupted all over
the country as Bashar al-Assad was re-elected for a third seven-year term,
with joy welling up in the Syrians who took to the streets and thronged into
squares exalting the success of Syria's first multi-candidate presidential
On Wednesday, Syrian People's Assembly speaker Jihad al-Laham
announced that Assad won 88.7
percent of the vote, or 10,319,723 of 11,634,412
votes cast in Tuesdays election, the official SANA news agency reported.
The countrys Supreme Constitutional Court also announced that 73.42% of the 15.8
million eligible voters had taken part in the
Syrians voted on in a tightly
controlled election Tuesday that reinforced President Bashar
al-Assads tenacious hold on power,
underscoring the failure of U.S. policies aimed at inducing him to step
Obama announced an unspecified
increase in aid to moderate rebels in his foreign policy address last week.
But Ford said he saw no evidence the extra support would make a difference
to the rebels ability to confront the better-armed government
But the live footage of
enthusiastic voters proclaiming their love for Assad in various locations
nonetheless served as a
reminder that he still controls much of the country,
along with the loyalties of at least some of its citizens .
I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American
policy, he said. We have been unable
to address either the root
causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the
balance on the ground, and we have a growing
The United States and our friends, we have tools that
could put greater pressure on Bashar al-Assad, Ford claimed. Especially as the extremist threat
to the United States and to our friends emanating out of Syria grows,
I think we really must consider carefully whether or not we are doing all we
can to help our friends in Syria.
Turkey listed the al-Nusra Front, a branch of al-Qaeda
operating in Syria and Lebanon, as a terrorist organization in a sign
that it is growing more concerned about the rise
of radical militants across its border.
Turkey has long championed robust
support for Syria's fragmented militant groups,
but the growing influence of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in the war-torn
country has left it open to accusations that it is backing terrorist groups.
Lale Kemal, a security expert from Ankara, said that Turkey has provided at least
tacit support to terrorist groups like al-Nusra by treating their wounded
and providing logistic support, as well as by
allowing their forces to use Turkish territory to regroup.
But these groups have now started posing threats to Turkey
itself and Turkey has already suffered from their
activities, she added.
"Jabhat al-Nusra was a terrorist group, no doubt. They
were killing people. And [it is a] radical group. What is the explanation?
In my understanding, Turkish
government is under very big pressure from international community because
of authoritarian debate, its foreign policy. So
the government is trying to change its image by giving this kind of symbol,"
The US has helped Qatar and Saudi
Arabia to fund Takfiri extremist groups in Syria
which are currently considered a huge problem and an enormous monster
causing deep concern for Washington, a political analyst tells Press TV.
Obviously, the United States supported Osama bin Laden
and his people during the Soviet occupation and it wasnt just his
organization, it was many such organizations. The United States did nothing to stop
the Saudis from doing this, Tehran University
Professor Dr. Mohammad Marandi said in an
interview with Press TV.
An American citizen fighting for a hardline Islamist
group carried out a deadly
suicide bombing in Syria, US officials confirmed Friday, in the first such
case in the war. The State Department did not
identify the man, said to have been behind a truck bombing on Sunday in the
northern province of Idlib, but acknowledged concerns about the flow of
foreign fighters into Syria.
I can confirm that this individual
was a US citizen involved in a suicide bombing in Syria.
We dont have further information beyond that to share at this time, State
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said
As Moner Mohammad Abusalha packed explosives into a truck last
month to embark on a suicide attack,
his family in Florida was apparently unaware that he had even wandered into
Syrias civil war ..
U.S. officials said that dozens of fighters from the
United States, and much larger numbers from Europe and the Middle East,
all but disappear from view once they are inside Syrias borders
Amid estimates that as many as 12,000
foreigners have flocked to Syria,
the opaque nature of the conflict has complicated efforts to determine how
many might have become dangerously radicalized or to account for them if and
when they return home .