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!!

 

The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns

via Raymond Ibrahim

Despite how unsavory and barbaric Islamic groups and persons around the world have been behaving—whether Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Mesopotamia’s Islamic State, Somalia’s Shabaab—perhaps few things are as disgusting and cowardly as the Muslim rape of nuns: defenseless Christian women who sacrifice much of their lives to help sick and needy Muslims.

The latest such attack comes from Bangladesh, which is over 90% Muslim in population.  In early July, dozens of men armed with machetes, knives and iron rods attacked the convent of PIME (Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions nuns in Boldipuku), a village mission in north Bangladesh.

“The nuns were beaten and molested, ending when police arrived,” reported Bishop Sebastian Tudu.

Catholic Online has the complete story:

[S]ome 60 men attempted to loot the building and rape the nuns… The attackers first tied the hands and legs of the mission’s two night watchmen and gagged them in the early morning hours. They then broke down the door of the room where the assistant pastor Father Anselmo Marandy was sleeping. They then raided the convent located in the mission campus…. Three PIME nuns suffered attempted rape and were sent to their provincial house in Dhaka, the national capital where they are trying to overcome the shock and mental suffering.  “It’s very sad that the sisters cannot continue to work for the people, but our sisters are no longer safe,” Rosaline Costa, a Catholic human rights activist lamented.  Local Christians are currently living in fear since the attack. Christians form only 0.8 percent of Dinajpur district’s three million people.

Although some of those quoted in the Catholic Online report portray this attack as “unprecedented,” the fact is, nuns raped by Muslims is a phenomenon that goes back centuries.   According to Muslim historian Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (1364-1442), during his raids on then Christian-majority Egypt, Caliph Marwan II (r.744–50) “made captive a number of women from among the nuns of several convents. And he tried to seduce one of them.”

The account describes how the enslaved nun tricked him into killing her, by claiming she had a magic oil that make skin impenetrable: “She then took some oil and anointed herself with it; then stretched out her neck, which he smote with the sword, and made her head fly.  He then understood that she preferred death to defilement.”

Writing in the tenth century, the Coptic chronicler Severus ibn Muqaffa records that “the Arabs [i.e., Muslims] in the land of Egypt had ruined the country….  They burnt the fortresses and pillaged the provinces, and killed a multitude of the saintly monks who were in them [monasteries] and they violated a multitude of the virgin nuns and killed some of them with the sword.”

After the Islamic conquest of Constantinople in 1453, according to eyewitness accounts, “Monasteries and Convents were broken in. Their tenants were killed, nuns were raped, many, to avoid dishonor, killed themselves. Killing, raping, looting, burning, enslaving, went on and on according to tradition.”

Such is history—expunged as it is in the modern West—even as it repeats itself today. Thus, in August 2013, after torching a Franciscan school in Egypt, “Islamists,” in the words of the AP, “paraded three nuns on the streets like ‘prisoners of war’” and “Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.”

Indeed, the rise in attacks on Christian nuns throughout the Islamic world further demonstrates that they are no more inviolable than other “infidel” women:

  • Somalia: In response to Pope Benedict’s historical quotes which, like so many other things so enraged the Islamic world, Muslims in Somalia shot Leonella Sgarbati—a 66-year-old nun who had devoted 30 years of her life working in Africa—in her back.  Her last words before dying in hospital were: “I forgive; I forgive.”
  • Pakistan: In September 2012, gunmen on motorbikes dressed in green (Islam’s color) opened fire on the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad, murdering at least 28 people.  Their immediate target was a nun, Mother Christina.
  • Libya: In February 2013, after the fall of Col. Gaddafi, Islamic rebels threatened nuns into fleeing the nation. They had been there since 1921, focused primarily on helping the sick and needy.
  • Palestinian Authority: Last year, nuns of the Greek-Orthodox monastery in Bethany sent a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urging him to respond to the escalation of attacks on the Christian house, including the throwing of stones, broken glass, theft and looting of the monastery property.
  • Philippines: In an article discussing a Christmas Day church bombing in a Muslim-majority region, we learn that the jihadi group responsible “has been blamed for several bomb attacks on the Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo since the early 2000s and for kidnapping priests and nuns.”
  • Guinea: In June 2013, during a mob-led frenzy, Christians and their churches were savagely attacked in the Muslim-majority nation—with some 95 Christians slain and 130 wounded—including “the quarters of the nuns, [which] was looted before being torched.”
  • Syria: Islamic rebels forcibly abducted 13 Christian nuns and three maids, holding them captive for three months.  They were finally released after the Bashar government agreed to release some 150 female criminals in exchange.

The above examples come from several countries that have little in common with one another—neither race, language, culture, nor economics—only Islam.

That alone should say something.

But no matter.  Far from discussing Islamic history and doctrine, and how they tie to current events—especially the subhuman treatment of non-Muslim “infidels”—the predominant Western mentality simply dismisses Muslim violence as the West’s fault, or, in the words of ex-nun Karen Armstrong and Islamic apologist extraordinaire, “We did this.”   Armstrong—who quit the nunnery only to engage in pro-Islamic mummery—insists that what’s needed is for us to focus more on “Muslim pain, Muslim suffering.”

Such, according to the leftist mentality, are the “real” reasons why, wherever Muslim-majorities live near non-Muslim minorities, from the dawn of Islam till today, the latter are being attacked into extinction.

Misconceptions about the Crusades

via The Real History of the Crusades | Shoebat.com.

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.

So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.

Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. Christianity—and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion—has no abode. Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in traditional Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered. When Mohammed was waging war against Mecca in the seventh century, Christianity was the dominant religion of power and wealth. As the faith of the Roman Empire, it spanned the entire Mediterranean, including the Middle East, where it was born. The Christian world, therefore, was a prime target for the earliest caliphs, and it would remain so for Muslim leaders for the next thousand years.

With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed’s death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt—once the most heavily Christian areas in the world—quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.

Understand the crusaders
That is what gave birth to the Crusades. They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.

Pope Urban II called upon the knights of Christendom to push back the conquests of Islam at the Council of Clermont in 1095. The response was tremendous. Many thousands of warriors took the vow of the cross and prepared for war. Why did they do it? The answer to that question has been badly misunderstood. In the wake of the Enlightenment, it was usually asserted that Crusaders were merely lacklands and ne’er-do-wells who took advantage of an opportunity to rob and pillage in a faraway land. The Crusaders’ expressed sentiments of piety, self-sacrifice, and love for God were obviously not to be taken seriously. They were only a front for darker designs.

During the past two decades, computer-assisted charter studies have demolished that contrivance. Scholars have discovered that crusading knights were generally wealthy men with plenty of their own land in Europe. Nevertheless, they willingly gave up everything to undertake the holy mission. Crusading was not cheap. Even wealthy lords could easily impoverish themselves and their families by joining a Crusade. They did so not because they expected material wealth (which many of them had already) but because they hoped to store up treasure where rust and moth could not corrupt. They were keenly aware of their sinfulness and eager to undertake the hardships of the Crusade as a penitential act of charity and love. Europe is littered with thousands of medieval charters attesting to these sentiments, charters in which these men still speak to us today if we will listen. Of course, they were not opposed to capturing booty if it could be had. But the truth is that the Crusades were notoriously bad for plunder. A few people got rich, but the vast majority returned with nothing.

What really happened?
Urban II gave the Crusaders two goals, both of which would remain central to the eastern Crusades for centuries. The first was to rescue the Christians of the East. As his successor, Pope Innocent III, later wrote:

 How does a man love according to divine precept his neighbor as himself when, knowing that his Christian brothers in faith and in name are held by the perfidious Muslims in strict confinement and weighed down by the yoke of heaviest servitude, he does not devote himself to the task of freeing them? … Is it by chance that you do not know that many thousands of Christians are bound in slavery and imprisoned by the Muslims, tortured with innumerable torments?

“Crusading,” Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith has rightly argued, was understood as an “an act of love”—in this case, the love of one’s neighbor. The Crusade was seen as an errand of mercy to right a terrible wrong. As Pope Innocent III wrote to the Knights Templar, “You carry out in deeds the words of the Gospel, ‘Greater love than this hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friends.’” Continue reading

Iraqi Archbishop: ‘I Have Lost My Diocese to Islam; You in the West Will Also Become Victims of Muslims’

 

archbishop-nona-vatican-radioIn short, end all immigration of Muslims. via Exiled Archbishop of Mosul: ‘I Have Lost My Diocese to Islam; You in the West Will Also Become Victims of Muslims’.

The exiled Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, is warning westerners about welcoming an increasing number of Muslims into their countries, naively believing that they too believe in democratic principles.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said Archbishop Amel Shimoun Nona in an interview by Corriere della Sera. “I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.”

The archbishop’s interview was reported by the blog Rorate Caeli.

Nona, whose Eastern Rite church is under the authority of Pope Francis, now lives in Erbil, in Kurdistan, Iraq.

The archbishop warned:

Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.

CNSNews.com observes the Chaldean Catholic Church can be traced back to Thomas the Apostle, one of Jesus’s original twelve apostles. The actual diocese of Mosul was established in 1967, with the main church being St. Paul’s Cathedral.

As Breitbart News reported last month, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee Iraq because of persecution by radical Islamists.

Breitbart News National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka explained: “ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.”

Muslim Family Values via Gaza (video)

h/t Twitter follower @ElLatinArabia

Jimmy Carter pushes U.S. to recognize Muslim terror group Hamas, again

Fresh off a keynote engagement with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood ISNA in Detroit, Hamas’ defacto spokesman in the U.S. – Jimmy Carter – pushes Obama to recognize the Islamic terror outfit. Again.

Jimmy Carter pushes US to recognize Hamas, slams Israel in op-ed | Fox News

via Jimmy Carter pushes US to recognize Hamas, slams Israel in op-ed

Former President Jimmy Carter once again is getting way out in front of the U.S. government on the Middle East, co-authoring an op-ed in which he calls for Washington to recognize designated terror group Hamas as a legitimate “political actor” — while blasting Israel for its military campaign in the Gaza Strip.

The scathing column on ForeignPolicy.com was written by Carter and Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson.

The two “elders” (a group of former statesmen and activists) also pushed the West to formally recognize Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip but is considered a terror group by the U.S. They lauded the recently announced unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah, which controls the West Bank — an agreement that Obama’s State Department has voiced serious concerns about.

“The international community’s initial goal should be the full restoration of the free movement of people and goods to and from Gaza through Israel, Egypt and the sea. Concurrently, the United States and EU should recognize that Hamas is not just a military but also a political force,” Carter and Robinson wrote. “Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise. Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor — one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people — can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”

Carter has voiced support for Hamas in the past, and in 2009 visited with Hamas leaders on a high-profile trip.

And he’s long been a supporter, creator even, of Islamic terror.

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