"They are armed with bow and spear; they are cruel, without compassion; their sound is like the roaring sea, as they ride forth on horses." Jeremiah 50:42

"Islamic State" or "Daesh" *

Image by ISIL, showing execution of Iraqi soldiers - showing and celebrating their cruelty

Image from ISIL, showing the execution of Iraqi soldiers - showing and celebrating their cruelty

Eight Islamist fighters from a rival group were crucified by ISIS in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Their corpses were left on display in the town square, Deir Hafer. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights noted that the men were executed because they belonged to more moderate organizations. ISIS accused them of being "Sahwa" fighters, puppets of Western powers. ISIS began as an offshoot of Al Qaeda. However, Al Qaeda disowned ISIS because the organization was too indiscriminate and inhumane in its attacks for even its taste.

ISIS appears to be a defeated force, as of 2018, but many of its fighters may now be fighting under another flag.

So much of this page has been deleted as out of date, but some things may be worth remembering.

This page was previously titled - "Gulf War III"

Remember that, like the borders of Israel, the borders of the other Middle East states were drawn up by politicians in the early twentieth century (CE) with little regard to the ethnic groupings of those living there. www.foxnews.com - see also International Law

the Islamic State is intentionally waging a war of genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria. The jihadists are systematically trying to exterminate the Christian population in both countries by forcing followers of Jesus Christ to convert to their brand of Apocalyptic Islam or enslaving them, murdering them, starving them, and/or driving them out of the region."

The group, first known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ( ISIL ), wants to establish a Shariah-ruled mini-state bridging both countries, in effect uniting a Sunni heartland across the center of the Mideast.

The ISIL is commonly referred to in the (UK) media as ISIS - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

The Levant according to Wikipedia, is also known as the Eastern Mediterranean, and is a geographic and cultural region consisting of the "eastern Mediterranean littoral between Anatolia and Egypt". The Levant today consists of the island of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and part of southern Turkey

The significance of this difference?

The media calling them Islamic State of Iraq and Syria suggest that these nations are the limit of their aspirations, but by calling themselves Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, they set out their aspirations much wider!

Map from Islamic State showing their aspirations; even beyond the Levant

ISIL declared itself an Islamic "caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on Islamist websites. The group has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state. A statement proclaimed, "Accordingly, the "Iraq and Sham" (Levant) in the name of the Islamic State is henceforth removed from all official deliberations and communications, and the official name is the Islamic State from the date of this declaration,"

Map shows the conflict in Syria and Iraq - from June 2014 - may soon be out of date, but a starting perspective.

ISIL (ISIS) is a Sunni grouping and the war is developing as Shia leaders issue calls to arms to the world's Shia Muslims. Islam denominations.

"I don't see any attention from the rest of the world," a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq told the New Yorker . "In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, 'Save Gaza, save Gaza.'"

ISIS was too brutal for Osama bin Laden, letter reveals

Hezbollah's Nasrallah said of Islamic State the group is a "monster that has come to devour the region's people," and he claimed that if Hezbollah had not participated in Syrian fighting the group would have reached Beirut. "If someone steps up to fight this monster… should they be thanked or condemned?" he asked rhetorically, attempting to defend Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian conflict.

 

ISIS Issued Rules for Journalists; Punishment for Violation being Crucifixion

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a list of rules that journalists must abide by on penalty of death, Business Insider reported.

The list of 11 rules start:

1. Correspondents must swear allegiance to the Caliph [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi . . . they are subjects of the Islamic State and, as subjects, they are obliged to swear loyalty to their imam.
2. Their work will be under the exclusive supervision of the [ISIS] media offices.
3. Journalists can work directly with international news agencies (such as Reuters, AFP and AP), but they are to avoid all international and local satellite TV channels. They are forbidden to provide any exclusive material or have any contact (sound or image) with them in any capacity.

The news website Syria Deeply, which first uncovered the rules, noted that independent journalists and other activists were threatened with crucifixion if they failed to abide by the rules. Even reporting on the existence of the rules themselves may be grounds for a death sentence.

This is not the first case in which a terrorist organization has attempted to control how the media reports on it. This summer, during Operation Protective Edge, Hamas released "guidelines" for how Palestinians should use social media, demanding that they not post photos of rockets being fired. The Foreign Press Association condemned Hamas for "blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza,"

Financing IS

As it intensified militarily, the Islamic State also become a financial powerhouse, making millions from ransom paid by the West. - (United with Israel report)

The Islamic State terror group operating in Iraq and Syria accumulated a vast sum of $35-45 million in oneyear in ransom money, an expert on the issue told a UN commission this week.

orbes Israel has ranked the Islamic State as the richest terror group in history, with $2 billion in annual revenues. Hamas came in second with a $1 billion yearly income.

"The financial power incurred by an organization like ISIS poses a threat to the Western states and to the moderate Arab countries," IDF Major-General (Res.) Giora Eiland told Forbes. "ISIS needs cooperation with other countries for its financial endeavors to succeed. ISIS, with all its accumulated financial assets, requires cooperation from a second party. Its oil, for instance, it sells to Turkey, so ultimately there is cooperation with it [ISIS], and that is disturbing."

 

Christian casualties

ISIS conducted a brutal campaign against Christians as part of their campaign; amounting to Genocide.

Dave Bohon

Islamic terrorist group ISIS continues its effort to eradicate the Christian faith in Iraq, as reports come out of the nation's besieged Nineveh province of wholesale executions of believers, including crucifixions and the beheadings of children.

In July the terrorists overran the Nineveh capital of Mosul , which had had a strong Christian presence for over 1,700 years, prompting families who had lived there for generations to flee under threat of death. ISIS thugs systematically looted Christian homes and businesses in the city, desecrated cemeteries, destroyed the tombs of biblical prophets, ruined churches, and pulled down crosses, all in an effort to establish control and intimidate Christians and religious minorities throughout Iraq.

CNN reported that the community of Qaraqosh in Nineveh, identified as Iraq's largest Christian city, was overrun by ISIS terrorists August 7, prompting thousands of Christians to flee. Joseph Thomas, the archbishop of Iraq's Chaldean Christian group in Iraq, confirmed that "the towns of Qaraqosh, Tal Kayf, Bartella, and Karamlesh have been emptied of their original population and are now under the control of the militants."

Twenty miles southeast of Mosul, Qaraqosh is a historic Assyrian city of 50,000 people with a long-time, vibrant Chaldean Christian community, and many of those who were forced to flee Mosul took refuge in Qaraqosh. When ISIS terrorists invaded the city, both refugees and the community's Christian residents quickly fled north, as ISIS continued with its effort to create an Islamic caliphate taking in both Syria and Iraq.

The U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper reported that over 200,000 Iraqis have fled from Nineveh to the north as the ISIS campaign of murder and mayhem continues.

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP News that Iraqi Christians "have fled with nothing but their clothes, some of them on foot, to reach the Kurdistan region" - which borders Nineveh Province. He added that it was a "humanitarian disaster. The churches are occupied, their crosses were taken down," with out-of-control ISIS thugs burning as many as 1,500 ancient Christian manuscripts.

On the heels of the ISIS assault, some reports have placed the Christian population of Iraq, once estimated at approximately 1.5 million, at fewer than 200,000.

"Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst," said Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American businessman living in California, in CNN in a televised interview . He warned that a "Christian genocide" is being conducted by ISIS. "Children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being [hanged]," he said. Arabo emphasized that ISIS terrorists "are systematically beheading children, and mothers and fathers. The world hasn't seen an evil like this for generations."

He related that "there's actually a park in Mosul where they beheaded children and put their heads on a stick.... They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of."

YouTube shows the truth - there are gruesome videos of heads on spikes, and many of live beheadings." One video shows an individual, apparently a Christian, "forced to say the Shahada 'there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet,'" reported CNS News, "and then beheaded anyway." Warned the news site: "Don't Google these things unless you have a strong stomach."

Vicar Andrew White of Baghdad's St. George's Church, the only Anglican congregation in Iraq, reported on his Facebook page that he has seen "images too awful to show" of atrocities committed by ISIS. "The photo I was sent today was the most awful I have ever seen," he reported. "A family of 8 all shot through the face laying in a pool of blood with their Bible open on the couch. They would not convert; it cost them their life. I thought of asking if anybody wanted to see the picture but it is just too awful to show to anybody. This is Iraq today."

In an article posted July 31 on the Anglican Communion News Service , White noted that ISIS had boasted: "We can do anything now the world is just looking at Gaza." It is as if hell has broken out here and nobody cares."

The West suddenly took notice when American Journalist James Foley was beheaded and the video of the murder was posted on You Tube. The Jihadi murderer came from Britain.

Mohammed Emwazi was a British Arab - Born: 17/08/88 in Kuwait - Died: 12/11/15, in Syria

 

Horrific though this is, it is no more horrific than all the previous beheadings carried out by IS jihadists upon Iraquis and Syrians - including Christians.

Yazidis

In addition to the assault on Christians, Fox News reported that ISIS had also besieged the northwestern Iraqi village of Sinjar, "forcing tens of thousands of people from the ancient Yazidi minority to flee into the mountains and the Kurdish region." Reports from experts on the ground estimated that between 35,000 and 50,000 had fled to nearby Mount Sinjar and other areas, with armed ISIS terrorists in pursuit.

When relief came, it appeared that the journalists had exaggerated the scale of this particular problem.

Islamic State militants have killed 500 members of the Yazidi ethnic minority, including some women and children who were buried alive, Iraq's human rights minister said on Sunday. Mohammed Shia al-Sudani told Reuters that another 300 women were kidnapped and forced into slavery as the Sunni jihadist fighters rampaged across the north of the country.

The plight of the Yazidis, thousands of whom have managed to escape into Kurdish-held territory in northern Iraq, prompted an international outcry.

ISIS Cruelty was not just religious; it was drug fuelled

From an article by BY 21WIRE - OCTOBER 30, 2015

It's the untold and often hidden history that underpins many of today's proxy wars, conflicts and the horrific activities of death squads the world over.

The strategic dispensing of narcotics in the military theatre and in guerrilla warfare is more common than many people realize. In many cases this is the X-factor that fuels the mayhem and terrorizes vulnerable bystanders on the ground.

Examples of the narco-guerrilla warfare phenomenon are numerous and well-documented. A UNICEF report explains:

"Children are often deliberately brutalized in order to harden them into more ruthless soldiers. In some conflicts, children have been forced to commit atrocities against their own families. In Sierra Leone, for example, the Revolutionary United Front forced captured children to take part in the torture and execution of their own relatives, after which they were led to neighbouring villages to repeat the slaughter. Elsewhere, before battle young soldiers have been given amphetamines, tranquillizers and other drugs to "increase their courage" and to dull their sensitivity to pain."

Drugs are also coupled with sexual exploitation in order to help war planners retain cadres of militant recruits.

the result is almost always the same: the most brutal death squads imaginable. The terrorist wave taking place in Iraq and Syria is no different. The drug of choice for ISIS and other CIA-backed terrorist confabs like Al Nusra Front, seem to be an amphetamine called Captagon.

Because of Turkey's "look the other way" policy, northern Syria border cities like Kobani and Raqqa serve as major international Heroin and Captagon smuggling corridors. Kurdish gangs are also a key link in the chain, helping ferry narcotics to lucrative European markets.
Last year, 21WIRE also covered possible links between Dutch organized criminal gangs and Kurdish operations in northern Syria. The Gulf States, full of wealthy, non-working, disaffected youth, are also a growing drug consumer market.

The following analysis by Burning Blogger of Bedlam is one of the best compilations we have seen to date on this subject . . .

The Drug-Smuggling Saudi Prince: And the Story of Captagon, NATO, ISIS, Libya/Syria & the Nazis…

So here's a question: who remember's Gaddafi's claim back in 2011 that the jihadists and NATO-backed 'rebels' fighting to overthrow his government were feeding young Libyan men hallucinogenic drugs to fuel their violent activity?
"Bribed, drugged, and supporting the Devil…" was one of the late Gaddafi's more colourful descriptions of the armed gangs that were terrorising the Libyan people in early 2011.
Based on subsequent evidence, that seems a rather pertinent description; and all the media commentators and journalists who made fun of him for saying it are now the ones with egg on their face. The utter absence of proper, investigative journalism or fact-finding in regard to Libya in 2011 was utterly astounding.

Police in Lebanon had arrested a Saudi prince (identified by the media as Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz), on allegations he was attempting to smuggle two tonnes of amphetamines on his private jet, simply reinforced the reality that much of the rabid, ultra-violent jihadism we've seen from 2011 onwards has been linked to illegal drugs.

Mainstream media commentators and journalists laughed at Gaddafi in 2011, dismissing his claims as the delusions or lies of an old man trying to cling to power. Yet evidence has since emerged from the fighting in Syria that many Syrian (and foreign) rebels were fueled by illicit substances. Syrian rebels have been captured and video-recorded clearly in drug-induced frenzies and altered states.

'Captagon', an amphetamine and psycho-stimulant said to be widely used in the Middle East but mostly unknown elsewhere, was reported to be keeping fighters (in Syria) on their feet during grueling battles and generating money for more weapons. As this video attested, evidence was starting to emerge that the brutal conflict in Syria, despite having various causes, was also being fueled by both the export and *consumption* of rapidly increasing quantities of illegal drugs. Again, footage exists on-line of various Islamist militants, including Al-Qaeda, in Syria or Iraq where they are noticeably deranged: their behaviour and their mannerisms are visibly a type of 'mania'.

Remember Abu Sakkar, the crazed Syrian rebel who was filmed ripping the heart out of a Syrian soldier and eating it? Reminiscent, it has to be said, of the 'Libyan rebels' who publicly tore out the internal organs of Libyan army soldiers in Misrata early in the 2011 uprising.

This page is not including suggestions about who is sourcing these drugs, but those wishing to see more should seek out the 21Wire page.

If true, these accusations would provide a very different context to some of the more inhuman, shocking behaviour of jihadists and extremists; including mass beheadings or, for example, the setting alight of the Jordanian pilot or even the sadistic rape and murder of Gaddafi himself in October 2011.
These substances and their proliferation would have, in all likelihood, been intended to create manic behaviour and possibly increased susceptibility to following morally-questionable orders.
It seems possible that some of the particularly barbaric crimes were being committed by people on these substances; though in truth many of those involved in the armed uprisings in Libya and Syria were simply brutal people anyway, as is the nature of most Salafist groups and is certainly the nature of Al-Qaeda.

But considering how many of those who's blood-lust was deliberately amplified and utilised for the purposes of the bloody revolutions in Libya and Syria then subsequently would've joined ISIL/Daesh either in Syria, Iraq or Libya, it tends to beg the question of whether ISIL itself owes more to drug-induced mania than it does to religious ideas. In truth, probably an ugly and distinctly unholy mixture of both.

This element of 'Captagon' in the violent jihadism from 2011 onwards (and, in turn, in the rise of ISIL/Daesh) is interesting for another reason too.
You will have heard numerous people over the last year or so compare ISIS to the Nazis or the SS in terms of their brutality and their fascistic ideology, right?  Well, a German author and researcher, Norman Ohler, recently published a book in which he revealed a new dimension to the rise of the Nazis: specifically that Hitler's armies had carried out their "Blitzkrieg" invasions of Poland and France while high on a version of crystal meth which kept them wide awake, feeling euphoric and invincible.

Norman Ohler reveals the key strategic role of the methamphetamine-based drug, manufactured from 1937 onwards by the Nazis under the brand name of "Pervitin" and distributed among the Nazi armed forces. According to these findings, based on months of research at military archives in Germany and the United States, the Nazi leadership was well aware of Pervitin's value as stimulant during combat. After having tried it in 1939 during the invasion of Poland, the German army subsequently ordered 35 million tablets of Pervitin for soldiers before advancing on France in the spring of 1940.

This invasion of France shocked the world at the time. In just four days, the radicalised and zealous Nazi forces had captured more French territory than German troops had managed to secure in four years of the First World War. 'Pervitin', it is now claimed, helped the invading Nazis stay awake, keep going and, apparently, "feel great".
It's true to say that ISIL/Daesh's 'lightning' capturing of key Iraqi cities last year also 'shocked the world' in precisely the same way and was considered by most neutral observers as having been unprecedented.

Mr Ohler of course draws no parallels between the Nazis and ISIS; his research is purely historical. But when I saw this story, it was immediately obvious to me that there's a clear parallel. And given that the rise of the so-called 'Islamic State' has certainly been a cynically manufactured event for geo-political purposes, I tend to wonder if knowledge of how the Nazi soldiers proved so effective early on has been used as a blueprint of sorts for the early successes of the ISIL/Daesh terrorists and Islamo-Fascists. The question being frequently asked last year of why the various Iraqi forces had been defeated 'so quickly' by the marauding ISIL hordes perhaps is a little easier to answer when we consider that those under-equipped and unprepared units found themselves under attack from hordes of insanely zealous jihadists who here high on psycho-stimulants, feeling utterly invincible and who were already known to be barbaric.

The drug-induced feelings of invincibility, as with Hitler's troops and their lightning invasions, would also explain how these gangs of maniacs have been able to defeat the non-drug-taking Syrian Army and, earlier, the overwhelmed Libyan army soldiers.

The Burning Blogger of Bedlam is Independent journalist, culture lover, student of history and professional pariah and troublemaker, stranded in the 21st century and plummeting the depths of various aspects of our culture, politics, art, the controversial and the weird. Also a writer, a musician and songwriter and part-time freelance, involuntary human being.

 

Kurdistan

Allow Kurdistan to become a state rather than just a region?

Some interesting information that did not come from the BBC; or any other media.

The Kurdistan region of Iraq is the one success story of the earlier Gulf Wars.

Refugees poured into Kurdistan - a safe haven from the conflict.

Kurdistan is a Muslim country, but it is the only Islamic state in which conversion from Islam is not the capital offence of apostasy and converts are protected from persecution.

Evangelical missionary organisations are welcome and encouraged to go in to help the refugee crisis and to preach the Christian Gospel. Information from World Compassion, led by Dr Terry Law. (support here )

In Kurdistan, if you ask someone whether he is Sunni or Shia, he will tell you, "I am a kurd." Kurdish Pashtun are the best fighters in the Middle East, after Israel. The DNA of the Pashtun is so closely related to the DNA of the Israeli Jews that it seems highly likely they are from one of the "lost tribes"

OR - maybe this is correct

Prophetic implications; the Kurds, known as the Medes in the Bible, seize oil-rich region of Iraq. What does this mean? from Joel C Rosenberg - includes a map.

 

 

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The term "Daesh" (or Da'ish) has gained currency, both in the Middle East and further afield, and has been used as a way of challenging the legitimacy of the group due to the negative connotations of the word.

Daesh is essentially an Arabic acronym formed from the initial letters of the group's previous name in Arabic - "al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa al-Sham". Although it does not mean anything as a word in Arabic, it sounds unpleasant and the group's supporters object to its use.

Daesh also sounds similar to an Arabic verb that means to tread underfoot, trample down, or crush something.

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