Tag Archives: ISIS/ISIL/The Islamic State

ISIS is Collapsing…What comes in it’s place?

Let’s get past the Republican Bull Shit….

President Obama is on his way to acheving what he promised…

Defeating the group called ISIS/ISIL or the Islamic State….

The Amnerican President has used American Special Forces in combat and as ‘military adviosors’ to do this….

These action are across two countries….

Syria and Iraq….

Neither of these countries have the military might or resolve across relgious (Shia vs Sunni) views to hold on their recapured land themselves….And to deal with outside influence  of  those like Iran, Russia, and Yes …America and the West….and of course al Qaeda….

What comes Next?

It may be tempting fate to ask the question, but it must be asked all the same: What happens once Islamic State falls? The future of the Middle East may well depend on who fills the void that it leaves behind both on the ground and, perhaps more important, in the imagination of jihadists around the world.

As we mark the 15th anniversary this weekend of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, one likely consequence of the demise of ISIS (as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is often known) will be to revive its ideological rival, al Qaeda, which opposed Mr. Baghdadi’s ambitions from the start. Al Qaeda may yet unleash a fresh wave of terrorist attacks in the West and elsewhere—as may the remnants of Islamic State, eager to show that they still matter.

“Simply having ISIS go away doesn’t mean that the jihadist problem goes away,” said Daniel Benjamin of Dartmouth College, who served as the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator during the Obama administration. “Eliminating the caliphate will be an achievement—but more likely, it will be just the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end.”

What made Islamic State unique—and, until recently, so appealing to many young, disaffected Muslims—is that it managed to create an actual state in Syria and Iraq……

Trump… President Obama The ‘Founder Of ISIS’…Hillary the Co-Founder…

More Crazy Shit from Donald Trump…..

He IS back to running his campaign dfrom the gutter…..

Forget the ‘Presidential’ part….

During a rant about the Middle East at a Wednesday night rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Donald Trump called President Obama the “founder of ISIS.”

“In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama,” Trump said. “He’s the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be Crooked Hillary Clinton.”

He made the comment after charging that Obama made a “mess” in the Middle East during his presidency…..

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Clinton on Thursday hit back in a series of tweets, saying it spoke to Trump’s inability to lead the US.

“It can be difficult to muster outrage as frequently as Donald Trump should cause it, but his smear against President Obama requires it,” Clinton tweeted. “No, Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS. … Anyone willing to sink so low, so often should never be allowed to serve as our Commander-in-Chief.”…

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Trump later called Obama by his full name, “Barack Hussein Obama,” in a jab at his handling of the Russian involvement in Crimea.
Conservatives opponents of the Obama administration have used the president’s middle name to highlight what they see as Muslim sympathies and Trump had for a long time claimed Obama was not born in the US.

In fact, Obama is a Christian who was born in the US….

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Pro-government Libyan militias backed by American air power said Wednesday that they had seized the Islamic State’s last stronghold in the country, in the seaside city of Surt.

If confirmed, the capture would be a severe blow to the militant organization’s expansion into North Africa, and extend the string of territorial retreats it has suffered this year in Syria and Iraq….

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ISIS vs al Qaeda….

Yes….There is a internal battle going on between the two….

As in many things in the Midddle East….

It’s complicated….

The Islamic State has stolen the spotlight from its fore­father, al-Qaeda. But al-Qaeda-linked groups have escalated the fight to take it back.

In recent months, the older group’s affiliates have stepped up attacks on Westerners, expanded control over territory in war-torn countries and used propaganda and reprisal killings to weaken their adversary, analysts say.

The moves not only reflect the global threat still posed by al-Qaeda, they also signal an intensifying rivalry with the Islamic State that is fueling conflicts and breeding radicalism from South Asia and Africa to Paris.

That competition has helped further destabilize countries such as Yemen and Syria, where the extremist Sunni organizations have exploited unrest to capture sprawling tracts of land with the goals of indoctrinating local populations with extremist ideologies and possibly staging attacks against the West, analysts say.

“It’s a race of destruction, and it’s clear the battlefield for jihadists is expanding dramatically,” said Theodore Karasik, a Dubai-based expert on Middle Eastern security issues.

After splitting with al-Qaeda more than a year ago, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has gone on to steal hearts and minds of would-be militants…..

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ISIS wouldn’t mind a ground war with the America and the West…

Lets get past the media noise on this…..

Some American’s are pushing hard for the American President to wade back into a military campaign back into Iraq and Syria….

‘Boots on the Ground’…..

I have pointed out here that the fighting in the Middle East is really just a continual religious war….

Sunni vs Shia Muslims…..

ISIS/ISIL/The Islamic State wants to for its own Sunni State across Iraq and Syria……

It has not been very successful at it up to now…..

President Obama’s efforts to contain the group has actually done exactly what needs to be done….To contain the group….

George Bush’s Iraq invasion destabilized the region which  had a Shia Iran battling a Sunni Iraq…..

As the US has supported the Kurd’s in their effort to protect their territory a interesting thing has happened ….

The Kurds have NOT gone into Sunni territory…..

Why NOT?

Because Sunni’s ARE Sunni’s…..

The Iranians have a close relationship with the Shia RUNNING Iraq’s government which is presiding over a majority Sunni Iraq…..

People forget that the Shia Iraqi government asked the US and its military to LEAVE their country  a few years ago…..

President Obama is WELL aware that sending American combat troops BACK into Iraq would NOT make Iraq’s government , and the Iranian’s happy…..

It would also poison the American and the West in the eyes of the majority of Iraqi’s who are SUNNI like ISIS/ISIL…..

And THAT would play well for ISIS…..

And ten minutes after the first American is hurt?

Would help turn the same America public clamoring  FOR a fight against ISIS AGAINST its President……

How to undo the Islamic State is a matter of intense debate. As the United States prepares for a general election, Republican contenders are pushing for a ground invasion, with Senator Ted Cruz vowing to “carpet-bomb them into oblivion.”

“I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we are going to find out,” Mr. Cruz said at a campaign stop on Saturday.

Regardless of a ground intervention’s potential to succeed, some veteran analysts caution that the act of invasion would play handily into the group’s prophetic vision.

“To break the dynamic, you have to debunk the prophecy,” Mr. Filiu said. “You need to do so via a military defeat, like taking over Raqqa. But it needs to be by local forces — by Sunni Arabs.”

That so far has been the approach of the Obama administration, which has armed as well as provided air support to a number of militias in northern Iraq and Syria, hoping to give a local veneer to the tip of the sword. The result has been mixed, with gains only in areas that are outside the main Sunni Arab strongholds that the Islamic State controls.

The effort has been limited by the fact that the only viable partners so far have been Kurdish militias, who are willing to fight only in a ribbon of land in northern Syria, which is predominantly Kurdish…..

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The Islamic State Update…People running away…The American’s helping ISIS?

On one hand we have a NY Times piece out that gives a vivid view of a group that pays people then need well….

But its use of fear and the ever increasing campaign by the West of bombing has made the groups possible goal of statehood something that moves farther away everyday….

……the promise of statehood on land it controls in Syria and Iraq remains the main factor distinguishing it from Al Qaeda and a powerful draw for recruits from around the world.

That call to join the Islamic State is still going out, and having an effect, on social media and within jihadist circles. But its promises ring increasingly hollow as residents living in ISIS-controlled areas flee deprivation, an intensifying barrage of airstrikes and an organization that many Sunni Muslims say has acted more like an organized-crime ring than their defender. Even some residents who chose to stay when the jihadists took over are now paying smugglers to get them around checkpoints designed to keep them in.

“So many people are migrating,” said a teacher from the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour who fled to Turkey last month. “ISIS wants to build a new society, but they’ll end up all alone.”

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In Iraq?

The Iranians are using a campaign to CONTINUE the factional political push/pull FOR America…And AGAINST it by different Iraq’s….

The Shia minority in the country, with ally Iran’s help is push a view that the American’s are HELPING ISIS to many….

The perception among Iraqis that the United States is somehow in cahoots with the militants it claims to be fighting appears, however, to be widespread across the country’s Sunni-Shiite sectarian divide, and it speaks to more than just the troubling legacy of mistrust that has clouded the United States’ relationship with Iraq since the 2003 invasion and the subsequent withdrawal eight years later…..

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This , as Iran continues it’s efforts to win Iraq in a war that with that country that has been going on for decades…And that George W. Bush helped the Iranian’s by getting rid of Saddam Hussein and thus destabilizing the natural order in the region…

The President’s new move to insert American Special Ops troops* into the fight against the Islamic State will help stem the group from gaining more territory, but will NOT erase the group….

But as it shrinks in size?

The natural ebb and flow of the Middle east WILL kick in…..

And the ISIS group will find itself fighting OTHER local groups for its existence ….

And YES….

As what happened before on Presodent Obama’s watch….

The American military will be asked to leave….

Obama was right that ISIS is “contained”…But they aren’t stopped…..

As the ISIS people ARE boxed in with battlefield loses?

They will resort to a different fight….

On Thursday, one day before terrorists who appear to have been linked to ISIS launched a series of devastating attacks across Paris, President Obama went on ABC and made a comment that now looks pretty bad:

What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them.

In the wake of Paris, it looked to many like Obama had badly overhyped his administration’s efforts against ISIS. At Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate, moderator John Dickerson asked Hillary Clinton if the quote meant that the Obama administration’s legacy will be “that it underestimated the threat from ISIS.”

Obama’s comments don’t look quite as bad in context. Rather, as PolitiFact points out, Obama was saying that ISIS’s territorial expansion in the Middle East has been contained — that, partly as a result of US actions, its march across Syria and Iraq had been halted. That’s both a much more modest claim and factually correct.

“The statement is, in the context of the interview … almost entirely correct,” Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told me.

But as the Paris attacks show, that in itself is hardly cause for triumphalism. And it’s not necessarily a coincidence that this attack occurred as ISIS has been losing ground in Syria and Iraq. Perversely, the world’s success in containing ISIS territorially actually makes the group more dangerous internationally, at least in the short term.

Some analysts worry that as ISIS suffers battlefield losses, it may shift more of its energy away from the battlefield and into international terror attacks like what happened in Paris……

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With US backing the Kurds move on ISIS suppy lines

Now if the different groups fighting the Islamic State can stop worring about who gets to control the retaken land?

They might be able to HOLD what they have and advance further….

Kurdish forces aided by thousands of lightly armed Yazidi fighters captured a strategic highway on Thursday in northern Iraq in the early stages of an offensive to reclaim the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State, which seized it last year and murdered, raped and enslaved thousands of Yazidis.

As many as 7,500 Kurdish pesh merga fighters were moving on “three fronts to cordon off Sinjar City, take control of ISIL’s strategic supply routes, and establish a significant buffer zone to protect the city and its inhabitants from incoming artillery,” the security council of the Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq said in a statement, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

Describing the unfolding battle, Kurdish officials said that pesh merga forces had taken the village of Gabara, west of Sinjar, and had cut the supply line, Highway 47, the major east-west road that connects Syria to Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and that serves as a lifeline for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

But continuing the factional tensions that plagued the planning of the operation and had created delays, troops with the government pesh merga units and fighters from the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., fought in separate theaters and made competing claims — all with an eye to establishing control of the area if it is liberated….

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Jeb Bush goes after Hillary on Iraq?

Does he REALLY want to go THERE?

Arguing that Clinton, as secretary of state, “stood by” while Iraq fell apart and as the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, took root across Iraq and Syria puts Bush on offense, shifting the conversation away from whether the war itself was a mistake. (Bush admits now, after stumbling on this question for four days in May, that the invasion was a bad idea.)

“ISIS grew while the United States disengaged from the Middle East and ignored the threat,” Bush will say, according to excerpts of his speech released Monday by his campaign. “And where was Secretary of State Clinton in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge … then joined in claiming credit for its success … then stood by as that hard-won victory by American and allied forces was thrown away.”

Bush’s speech is also an attempt to harden negative perceptions about Clinton’s globe-trotting tenure as America’s top diplomat.

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“If Jeb Bush wants to spread blame for the situation in the Middle East, he doesn’t need to look much further than his next family reunion,” said Brad Woodhouse, president of Correct The Record, the organization tasked with running Clinton’s rapid-response operation. “Jeb championed former President George W. Bush’s destructive foreign policy from Day One, from the invasion of Iraq based on faulty intelligence to the strategy regarding ISIS.”

Clinton’s official campaign held a conference call Tuesday afternoon, putting senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan on the line with reporters to argue that Clinton’s tenure in Foggy Bottom was spent rebuilding relationships with allies after George W. Bush’s “policies that for eight years set the cause of American leadership back.”

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Whose BROTHER got America into Iraq… and THOUGHT we had won there?

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With his call for support of Sunni allies, he echoes a main theme of the Obama approach. And his support for increasing the Pentagon budget reflects to a considerable extent the policy of the Obama administration. But that has faced opposition from some Republicans in Congress who have sought to freeze military spending as part of efforts to cut back the size of government…

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Turkey, The US, The Kurds and ISIS…It’s complicated….

The American media is breathlessly announcing that US Air Force Fighters have been finally allowed to make strikes against Islamic State targets from Turkish air bases….

Great?

Turkey helping the US against ISIS?

Well, Not so fast….

You see Turkey has had an ongoing issue with the Kurds for decades….

The Kurds, with US assistance are making against ISIS, Good gains….

That has gotten the Turkey worried….

And THAT is probably the reason why the Turk’s have let the US in….

Oh, and the Turks are bombing those Kurds the US has been helping going after ISIS….

Talal Raman, a 36-year-old Kurdish fighter, worked on a Samsung tablet, annotating a Google Earth map marked with the positions of the deserted apartment buildings and crumbling villas from where his colleagues were battling Islamic State fighters south of this northern Syrian town. He pinpointed in yellow the positions where his men were hunkered behind a wall, and highlighted in red the coordinates of a building next to a mosque where Islamic State fighters had taken cover.

“Our comrades can see the enemy moving at the GPS address I just sent you,” he wrote in Arabic to a handler hundreds of miles away in a United States military operations room. Then he waited for the American warplanes to scream in.

The strike that ensued soon after blasted a crater at exactly the coordinates provided by the Kurdish fighter. It left a circle of bodies, including one of an Islamic State fighter who died slumped over his AK-47. An urgent message came in from the coalition war room: “Please confirm our comrades are O.K.?”

The tight coordination of American air power with the militia, known as the Y.P.G., from the Kurdish initials for People’s Protection Units, has dealt the Islamic State its most significant setbacks across an enormous strip of northern Syria near the Turkish border in recent months.

Now, the United States air campaign is poised to expand, aided by a deal with Turkey to allow American aircraft to fly bombing missions from bases closer to the border.

Yet at a time when the militia, the Americans’ most effective ally in Syria, would otherwise be celebrating the increased help, its members are sounding a note of worry. That is because Turkey is making some moves of its own.

Until last month, Turkey had resisted calls to do more to support the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, mindful that it might further Kurdish ambitions to eventually carve out an independent state. The Kurds, who number roughly 30 million and are spread out over Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, have been described as the world’s largest ethnic group without a homeland….

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US gets a deal with Turkey to fight ISIS/ISIL that leaves the PKK Kurds out in the cold….

It seems that the US has switched sides in its fight against the Islamic State….

They are leaving the Kurdish PKK Kurdish militants on their own….

Turkey is now flying air missions against ISIL AND the PKK….

The US had been working with the PKK AGAINST ISI and the Kurds have been successful against the Islamic State…This has scared the Turks, who have had an ongoing terroritorial battle for decades….

All of this on the Syria border….

Turkish fighter jets, which on Friday attacked Islamic State targets in Syria, have launched a wave of airstrikes in northern Iraq, targeting camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party for the first time in four years, the prime minister’s office said Saturday.

The Iraq raids, which began late Friday and continued into Saturday, effectively ended an unstable two-year cease-fire between the Turkish government and the Kurdish militants, also known by the initials of their Kurdish name, P.K.K. After a three-decade conflict that claimed at least 40,000 lives, the two sides reached a fragile peace in 2013, though there have been a few minor clashes since then.

Fighter jets also struck Islamic State targets in Syria for a second day, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office said in the statement on Saturday. The jets entered Syrian airspace to do so, the statement said, unlike during the previous strikes, which the government said were carried out from the Turkish side of the border.

“No one should doubt our determination,” Mr. Davutoglu said, speaking to reporters in Ankara, the capital, on Saturday. “We will not allow Turkey to be turned into a lawless country.”

In the past week, Turkey began taking a more active role in fighting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, agreeing to let the United States use its air bases to attack the militants in Syria as well as carrying out its own strikes. The moves came after a suicide bomber suspected of having ties to the Islamic State struck a cultural center in the Turkish border town of Suruc on Monday, killing at least 32 people, in one of the worst cases of spillover violence from the war in Syria.

In a series of counterterrorism raids over the past two days, Turkish authorities have arrested 590 people suspected of being members of the Islamic State or the P.K.K., Mr. Davutoglu said.

In the past year, Turkey, a longtime American ally and NATO member, has faced increased pressure from Western governments to take a more active role in the American-led coalition formed to fight the Islamic State.

Turkey’s reluctance stemmed in part from the fact that the government did not want to embolden Kurdish militias, who have been making gains across its frontier with Syria, having received increased military support from the United States to fight the Islamic State……

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The Islamic State starts to work on Saudia Arabia…

With two suicide bombings in that country….

The Islamic State will seek to use it’s asymetical warfare of terror, boosted by the media to turn Shia and Sunni against each other in another country, as it is doing across the Midddle East…

And Saudai Arabia IS the bedrock Sunni Country of the Middle East….

Two weeks. Two suicide bombings. Both targeting Shiites in a Sunni land. And both claimed by ISIS.

If this were Iraq or Syria, these attacks – sadly – wouldn’t be surprising. But it’s not. It’s Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s most precious sites and the region’s most powerful Sunni rulers — a relatively vast territory, kept remarkably stable by the ruthless application of authoritarian rule while its neighbors teeter under the destabilizing weight of popular revolution and terrorist intervention.

And that’s just the way the U.S. government likes its friend, Saudi Arabia. Because Washington needs stability there more than it needs to feel good about how the House of Saud achieves it.

But today, in Dammam, a city on the Saudi eastern coast, a man dressed as a woman blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque and killed three others. (The attack would have been far more devastating had guards not stopped the bomber from entering the mosque, forcing him back into a parking lot.) ISIS now is bragging that their man reached his target despite heightened security after the group’s first attack in the kingdom just eight days ago. That one, on another Shia mosque in a village called al Qadeeh, killed 21.

“They certainly are significant,” says Mike Singh, former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration. “These attacks seem designed to exacerbate sectarian divisions, precisely as ISIS has sought to do elsewhere.”

Singh’s right; ISIS wants to encourage Sunni-Shia hostility throughout the Muslim world (perhaps as much as it wants to encourage violence between Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide) because it fits its caliphatic goals.

But for the United States, there’s more significance to read into this emerging ISIS assault on Saudi Arabia…..

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US Defense Secretary admits problems with Iraq Military…

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says Iraqi troops lost their “will to fight” during the recent battle at Ramadi that dealt a stinging blow to the Obama administration’s war against the Islamic State and the Levant.

“What happened in Ramadi was a failure of the Iraqi forces to fight,” Carter said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“They vastly outnumbered the opposing force and, yet, they failed to fight, they withdrew from the site,” he said. “That says to me and, I think, to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves.”

The defense secretary was responding to the surprise ISIL victory at Ramadi, which embarrassed the Obama administration as it was promoting a story of progress against the terrorist organization.
Carter dismissed, however, recommendations from some members of Congress for U.S. ground air controllers or other combat troops in Iraq to fight ISIL.

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The battle lines actually move back and forth in Iraq….Iraqi forces and militia’s have already taken back certain area’s….But the ANY gain in territory by Islamic troops shows how the situation is back and forth and no winner….

The Shia (Iran)  backed central government seems to NOT want to arm the local Sunni and Kurd’s groups….

In the end?

Iraq needs to be divided into Shia, Sunni and Kurds area’s….