Video: Western Media is Islamic State’s Best Friend

Not just ISIS, but Islam in general. via ▶ Why the Western Media Is Islamic State’s Best Friend

“…with the help of the Western media, ISIS is using fear as a weapon”

…and not the first to say the same thing;

 

U.S. Taxpayers Funding Humanitarian Aid to ISIS (and airdropping weapons to them)

via U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS – The Daily Beast.

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 “caliphate.”

The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.

…the aid convoys have to pay off ISIS emirs (leaders) for the convoys to enter the eastern Syrian extremist strongholds of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, providing yet another income stream for ISIS militants, who are funding themselves from oil smuggling, extortion, and the sale of whatever they can loot, including rare antiquities from museums and archaeological sites.

“The convoys have to be approved by ISIS and you have to pay them: The bribes are disguised and itemized as transportation costs,” says an aid coordinator who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition he not be identified in this article. The kickbacks are either paid by foreign or local nongovernmental organizations tasked with distributing the aid, or by the Turkish or Syrian transportation companies contracted to deliver it.

“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.”

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What becomes even more bizarre is that while aid is still going into ISIS-controlled areas, only a little is going into Kurdish areas in northeast Syria. About every three or four months there is a convoy into the key city of Qamishli. Syrian Kurds, who are now defending Kobani with the support of U.S. warplanes, have long complained about the lack of international aid. Last November, tellingly, Syrian Kurds complained that Syria’s Kurdistan was not included in a U.N. polio-vaccination campaign. U.N. agencies took the position that polio vaccines should go through the Syrian Red Crescent via Damascus when it came to the Kurds.

Western NGO partners of USAID and other Western agencies declined to respond to Daily Beast inquiries about international relief going to ISIS areas, citing the complexity of the issue and noting its delicacy.

Mideast analyst Schanzer dismisses the notion that ISIS can use an aid shutdown as leverage in its PR campaign: “I think this is false. In areas they control, everyone understands they are a brutal organization. This is their basic weakness and by pushing in aid we are curtailing the chances of an internal revolt, which is the best chance you have of bringing down ISIS.”


Update: ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands

At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani.

An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Kobani.” The video was also posted on the Twitter account of “a3maq news,” which acts as an unofficial media arm of ISIS. The outfit has previously posted videos of ISIS fighters firing American made Howitzer cannons and seizing marijuana fields in Syria.

ISIS had broadly advertised its acquisition of a broad range of U.S.-made weapons during its rampage across Iraq. ISIS videos have showed its fighters driving U.S. tanks, MRAPs, Humvees. There are unconfirmed reports ISIS has stolen three fighter planes from Iraqi bases it conquered.


 

Just because liberal rags and news outlets found some Muslims they sort of oppose doesn’t mean this insanity is new.

USAID has been robbing U.S. taxpayers to fund Muslim terrorists for many years.

Lessons from the U.S. Airstrikes on Aleppo

…they ain’t working. Or read Stratfor’s take.

When the United States began its campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 22, it also used Tomahawk cruise missiles to attack a series of al Qaeda-related facilities in the Aleppo area. The strikes targeted al Qaeda’s regional franchise in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as personnel belonging to the al Qaeda core who were in Syria working with Jabhat al-Nusra and other jihadists. The U.S. government has referred to the al Qaeda personnel it attacked in Syria as the “Khorasan Group,” but they are clearly personnel from the al Qaeda core who have been dispatched to Syria and not from some other organization.

 It appears the strikes caught the al Qaeda militants by surprise, and there are reports that al Qaeda operative Muhsin al-Fadhli, reported to be Ayman al-Zawahiri’s senior operative in Syria, was killed in the strikes. The United States also claimed that al-Fadhli and his fellow al Qaeda members were working on plots to strike the United States and Europe from their base in Syria. The group reportedly was the reason for an alert issued on July 2 warning that al Qaeda elements in Syria were working with bombmakers from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in a new plot to smuggle concealed explosive devices onto U.S.-bound aircraft.

 The fact that al-Fadhli and his companions were dispatched to Syria to plot attacks against the United States should not be surprising. The group and other jihadist militants have long operated in lawless areas in countries such as Yemen, Algeria, Somalia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mali, Libya, Iraq and Syria. The al Qaeda core also has a long history of seeking to attack the United States. We have seen the al Qaeda core dispatch operatives to work with groups of local jihadists to conduct attacks in New York (1993 World Trade Center bombing) and Africa (1998 East Africa embassy bombings.)

 The U.S. strikes against al Qaeda targets in Aleppo are noteworthy because they highlight the need of al Qaeda groups to seek sanctuary in places such as Syria. The strikes also serve as a reminder that while the campaign against al Qaeda has weakened the group since 9/11, the group can revive if it has time and space within which to operate.

  It is important to understand that sanctuary alone is not enough to produce sophisticated transnational terrorist attacks. Indeed, there are many jihadist groups that are operating in lawless areas across a wide arc of the world stretching from West Africa to the Sulu Archipelago. However, only a small number of these groups possess the requisite combination of intent and capability needed to conduct transnational attacks. Many of these groups are nationally or regionally focused and therefore have no aspiration of striking targets beyond their areas of operation. Friction between nationally focused and transnationally focused jihadists has resulted in rifts and infighting among the members of groups such as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and al Shabaab. But even those jihadist groups that aspire and threaten to commit transnational attacks have been constrained by their limited capabilities. Projecting terrorist power across continents is not as easy as it appears in the movies.

As we have previously discussed, fighting an insurgency and conducting transnational terrorist attacks are two distinct things, and possessing the ability to conduct insurgent warfare does not mean that a militant group can automatically use its insurgent capabilities to carry out terrorist strikes. To project terrorist power transnationally, a militant group needs to develop the capability to employ advanced terrorist tradecraft.

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Terrorist groups like al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have also sought other ways to extend their reach from places of sanctuary to attack the United States and Europe. One way they have sought to do this is by using concealed bombs to attack aircraft. For example, in the 2009 underwear bomb plot and the 2010 computer printer bomb attempt, the perpetrating group sought to use innovative and imaginative explosive devices created in its Yemeni bases to attack international aviation targets. This is because making explosive devices in areas where there is access to military-grade explosives and bomb components is easier than sending an operative to create a device from improvised components in a hostile environment.

 In response to the group’s failed attacks, security agencies have dramatically increased the scrutiny of people and cargo originating from Yemen. The country was already a fairly isolated place due to its geography, making it difficult to dispatch people and bombs without detection. The area along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where the al Qaeda core is believed to be hiding, is also quite isolated and under heavy scrutiny by intelligence agencies. Because of this, relocating cells to Syria to plan and execute plots against the West makes sense. There is also an immense amount of traffic going both ways across the Syria-Turkey border, facilitating travel to Turkey as the far more convenient location to get to the United States and Europe than Yemen or Pakistan. Continue reading

Who Is Buying The Islamic State’s Illegal Oil?

Jordan, Iran, Turkey, Kurdistan…i.e., Obama’s coalition. And even Assad. via Who Is Buying The Islamic State’s Illegal Oil?.

…if the regional narrative of IS’s rise is to be believed, the group is universally loathed. How, then, is it so readily finding customers to buy its oil abroad?

Oil smuggling is hardly new in Iraq and Syria — Iran and Turkey have been major conduits for illegal oil exports since the days of Saddam Hussein. Those smuggling rings are still very active, and are now working with IS and contributing to its exploding wealth.

In an interview with CNN, Luay al-Khatteeb, the director of the Iraq Energy Institute, explained that “IS smuggles the crude oil and trades it for cash and refined products, at a refined price,” thanks to its own refineries in Syria.

One important reason that smugglers have been so eager to work with IS is that the terrorist group sells its oil on the cheap. A barrel of oil that would ordinarily sell for over $100 can be discounted as much as 75 percent. But it’s still a profitable sale for IS, as the money it loses from such a discount is more than made up for by the readiness of customers to buy its oil and the plethora of routes through which it can export it.

“The crude is transported by tankers to Jordan via Anbar province, to Iran via Kurdistan, to Turkey via Mosul, to Syria’s local market and to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where most of it gets refined locally,” Khatteeb explained. “Turkey has turned a blind eye to this and may continue to do so until they come under pressure from the West to close down oil black markets in the country’s south.”

More: How Islamic State Uses Oil To Fund Its Onslaught

In a remote area along the Turkish-Syrian border, a line of oil trucks materializes seemingly from nowhere. Quietly, the vehicles line up to purchase oil. The drivers will pay about $18 a barrel, well below the average market price of $93.45.

Still, for the seller — the Islamic State — the price represents a 100 percent profit since it has no investment in the oil production.

the group continues to sell oil from Syrian wells back to the regime of President Bashar Assad, with whom it is engaged in a fight to the finish.

In fact, most of the illegal trade carried out by IS is oil from fields in eastern Syria, and more recently from fields captured since June in Iraq. The terror group is creating its own economy through a series of pragmatic trades, as Turkey’s Zaman newspaper recently detailed.

And to make matters worse, FT reports:

Oil has proved crucial to financing Isis’s operations, netting several million dollars a day. But the observatory said the refineries struck early on Sunday, in and around Raqqa, were owned by civilians and not Isis.

Leaked Video of Imam Teaching Muslims How To Cut Off Heads

How many U.S. mosques, storefronts and backrooms is this being taught in? via Shoebat.com.

What we stated from the Manifest was the term Ihsan and “Ihsinu Al-Qatla” (Perfect Your Killing).

أن الأصل في القتل الإحسان:
فقد ثبت في الصحيح عن شداد بن أوس رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى

الله عليه وسلم: (إن الله كتب الإحسان على كل شيء؛ فإذا قتلتم فأحسنوا القتلة، وإذا ذبحتم فأحسنوا الذبحة، وليحد أحدكم شفرته وليرح ذبيحته).

In English:

“It was shown in Sahih … the Prophet said “Allah wrote everything we need to know about Ihsan (kindness) so if you kill perfect your killing and if you slaughter, perfect your slaughter and sharpen your blade and comfort your sacrifice” (also see Hadith Muslim 107/13)


It’s being taught in Canada too, Toronto Mosque teaches 4-5 year olds beheading.

Taliban resurgence

While Obama is golfing, fund raising, demoralizing the U.S. military and covering other illegal acts behind constant ISIS fear-mongering, the Taliban keep fighting. via Taliban resurgence.

Not content with probing attacks, the Taliban this week launched a large scale assault on Afghan National Army (ANA) and police forces in Ajrestan District of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, where commanders say their units have been cut off and are battling for every inch of ground.

By Friday the Taliban had killed over 100 people in the district and beheaded 12, a terror tactic they have used before. Reports say that around 700 militants are engaged in the fighting. Afghan officials say the goal of the attack is control of a crucial highway between Kabul and Kandahar that runs through Ghazni.

Earlier this month the Taliban attacked a regional intelligence compound in Ghazni, using two massive truck bombs to force their way into the facility. Eight security personnel, two civilians and 19 militants were killed and 160 people were injured. The size and intensity of these attacks indicates the importance the Taliban place on controlling Ajrestan or wider parts of Ghazni province, which would allow them to disrupt Kabul’s communications with the south and south east of the country. Whether this is a strategic manoeuvre before winter sets in or whether there will be more attacks in coming days is unclear, but it may have been prompted by news of a political compromise in Kabul that ended months of political tension. The government will now present a united front against the Taliban. While fighting in Afghanistan traditionally takes a breather during the winter, the Taliban are not known for adherence to military timetables. Will they launch a surprise offensive before or soon after NATO troops fully withdraw? This current attack shows they are ready to begin fighting as soon as NATO’s presence is no longer a factor for them to calculate. Afghan officials have already admitted that the lack of air cover NATO usually supplies is proving a critical factor in the outcome of the battle. Afghan military units will need to be constantly prepared.

NATO’s departure in the light of this offensive is looking increasingly like a hasty retreat. Whether ANA units will be able to withstand such assaults is a life and death question given the performance of US-trained Iraqi army units who effectively handed militants the north of the country in July. After disbanding the professional Iraqi army because of its Baathist roots, the US raised a new army that crumbled despite the funds poured into it, over $ 25 billion. US President Barack Obama’s policy to end the wars begun by his predecessor George W Bush suffers from the same shortsightedness, i.e. instead of seeing the job through in Afghanistan he is choosing to abandon the government the US helped establish to its own fate. Does this mean the US will have to return to Afghanistan as it is now being forced to do in Iraq? That remains to be seen. What is clear is that in the interval the Kabul government will be fighting for its life.

 More: Shift in tactics shows growing confidence of Afghan Taliban

KABUL // A large-scale assault by hundreds of Taliban fighters in Ghazni province has provided a glimpse of the severe security challenges facing Afghanistan as foreign troops prepare to withdraw.

The ongoing attack, which has killed as many as 100 people, is just the latest example of nationwide offensives in recent months that have left several districts on the brink of collapse.

The shift from hit-and-run tactics to more conventional combat is seen as a sign of the militants’ growing confidence almost 13 years after the war began.

Seddiq, 25, said the Taliban were at one stage so confident of success they made careful preparations to govern the district and to announce their victory to the media.

In the end, Nato airstrikes, which have become increasingly rare, were needed to push them back.

“It showed we can’t do anything without Nato help and support,” he said. “If they are not with us, we could be defeated in one day.”

The real fear many Afghans have is that the rebels are just one element of a combustible mix that could plunge the country deeper into chaos after the withdrawal.

Mr Omarkhil estimated there are now thousands of armed men “with no title and no name” in Kunduz alone, many of whom once belonged to pro-government militias. “Anyone who has a gun has taken it out now.”

Afghanistan is another war that Obama wanted and FUBAR, killing more than twice as many U.S. soldiers as his predecessor. He didn’t finish the job, the Taliban will take over, and more U.S. troops will likely be sent back in the future.

So what do some governor’s who refuse to protect their own citizens from illegal aliens and a corrupt federal government do? The NYT reports: a Delegation, Arrives in Afghanistan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation of governors visiting troops and receiving briefings on counterterrorism and security issues, his office said.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, traveled to Washington on Friday and met with Defense Department officials, according to his office. He then flew to Afghanistan, stopping first in Germany to meet with wounded soldiers.

Also on the trip, which was sponsored by the Defense Department, were Govs. Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, both Republicans, and Jay Nixon of Missouri, a Democrat.

Haslam and Nixon are sharia-supporting fools.

Islamic militia says it has ‘secured’ US compound in Libya

Just one more reason Obama could and should be tried for high crimes and misdemeanors.

via Islamic militia group says it has ‘secured’ US compound in Libya

An Islamic militant group said Sunday it has “secured” a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli.

American personnel evacuated the area roughly a month ago amid ongoing fighting in the country.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside.

Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group said his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week.

Fox News as of late Sunday morning has not been able to independently confirm the group’s claim.

No U.S. military or assets were guarding the property after the State Department pulled out.

On Sept. 11, 2012, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Department information management officer Sean Smith were killed in a terror attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy’s residential annex.

However, two sources with first-hand knowledge of the embassy and other U.S. facilities in Libya say the YouTube video in which the militia members are diving from a roof into pool was taken at the CIA annex in Tripoli that was abandoned when U.S. Embassy personnel and the ambassador pulled out July 26. It is about a mile away from the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

When CIA abandoned the annex in July, it would no longer be considered sovereign US territory.

Jones also said the compound appears to be “safeguarded,” not “ransacked.”

The fighting prompted diplomats and thousands of Tripoli residents to flee. Dozens were killed in the fighting.

On July 26, U.S. diplomats evacuated to neighboring Tunisia under a U.S. military escort. The State Department said embassy operations would be suspended until the security situation improved.

The Dawn of Libya militia is deployed around the capital and has called on foreign diplomats to return now that the fighting has subsided.

In case you were wondering:

the newly elected parliament described the Dawn of Libya militias as “outlawed” and “terrorist groups” who fight to undermine the legitimacy of the state.

Coincidentally or not, just weeks ago, Ansar al Sharia, allies seize Libyan special forces base in Benghazi.

Smart power!!

 

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