islamic state of iraq and the levant

3 years, no territorial limits: Obama asks for formal war authority to target Islamic State

US President Barack Obama has asked the Republican-led Congress for formal authorization for use of military force against jihadist group Islamic State and associated forces in order to “show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat.”

 Obama’s  proposal calls for a three-year authorization to combat  militants, with no specific geographic limitations applied to US  forces and “flexibility” regarding the number of ground  troops involved.

 The authorization targets Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS  or ISIL) and “associated persons or forces,” or those  who fight on behalf or with the group, as well as “any  closely-related successor entity in hostilities against the  United States or its coalition partners.”

Well, the latest Iraqi developments have officially confirmed the fact that American and British imperialistic military endeavors served no purpose other than to further radicalize religious fundamentalists and other militants; it’s almost like they were entirely cognizant of that fact and did it anyway, so as to perpetuate the supposed “necessity” of Western intervention in the region. WEIRD, HUH?!

Women in the Islamic State – manifesto and case study

Excerpts from an ISIS document for Muslim women.

We must correct that which has become entrenched in our minds since we were small, what we were told by ourteachers that Muslims must prove to the disbelievers of Europe and elsewhere in glorious days gone by, that he hadbuilt material civilisations, its heroes the atheists and libertines like Ibn Sina the esoterist, Ibn Nafis [who discovered the circulation of blood] and Ibn al-Haitham [optics and physicist] and others. The civilisations of these people were built upon the ruins of those before it. Now, we must disavow these heretics, these “geniuses” of Europe - they are friends and protectors of each other. Muslims do not need what these people provided. Muslims do not need to spend long parts of his short life learning of the worldly sciences that give no spiritual reward, apart from that which repulses the might of the infidels and benefits Muslims. This issue is known and clear – Muslims do not need any of the above.

Only learn enough about science to build a bomb.

It is well-known that the material societies today are built upon the ideology of an atheist

Richard Dawkins?

the ideal Islamic community should refrain from becoming caught up in exploring [science,] the depths of matter, trying to uncover the secrets of nature and reaching the peaks of architectural sophistication

I don’t want knowledge; I want certainty!

women have this Heavenly secret in sedentariness, stillness and stability, and men its opposite, movement and flux, that which is the nature of man, created in him.

>tips keffiyeh

a woman studies these worthless worldly sciences in the farthest mountains and the deepest valleys. She travels, intent upon learning Western lifestyle and sitting in the midst of another culture, to study the brain cells of crows, grains of sand and the arteries of fish!

Do animals have brains? WHO CARES, NERD!

From ages seven to nine, there will be three lessons: fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and religion, Quranic Arabic (written and read) and science (accounting and natural sciences). 

From ten to twelve, there will be more religious studies, especially fiqh, focusing more on fiqh related to women and the rulings on marriage and divorce. This is in addition to the other two subjects. Skills like textiles and knitting, basic cooking will also be taught. 

From thirteen to fifteen, there will be more of a focus on Shariah, [Sirk: you can never have too much Shariah!] as well as more manual skills (especially those related to raising children) and less of the science, the basics of which will already have been taught. In addition, they will be taught about Islamic history, the life of the Prophet and his followers. 

It is considered legitimate for a girl to be married at the age of nine. Most pure girls will be married by sixteen or seventeen, while they are still young and active. Young men will not be more than twenty years old in those glorious generations

Women gain nothing from the idea of their equality with men apart from thorns. Under “equality” they have to work and rest on the same days as men even though they have “monthly complications” and pregnancies and so on, in spite of the nature of her life and responsibilities to their husband, sons and religion.

Hey, ladies! Under Shariah you get a week off during your period. You’ve got nothing to lose.

The situation in Northern Iraq remains deeply worrying and we condemn the barbaric attacks waged by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) terrorists across the region. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced across the region and in need of aid supplies.

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On Islam and ISIS/ISIL

I hope that this is no news to you:

The terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, (ISIL) is not an “Islamic” state. The values that it upholds are Islamic in name only.

For example:

“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” [Qur’an 60:8]

On waging war? The first Caliph, Abu Bakr, issued ten rules to his troops:

"O people! I charge you with ten rules; learn them well! Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone."

In addition, the Qur’an forbids surprise attacks, torture, burning an enemy combatant alive, boasting once a battle is won, use of weapons which kill cruelly, robbing travelers while campaigning, or killing POWs.

ISIS? They’ve killed journalists who were non-combatants. They have taken lands from civilians without compensating them for the worth of their property, which is required by Islamic law. ISIS fighters have executed POWs and killed thousands of civilians. These fighters have forced civilians — non-combatants — through torture and threats to convert to Islam, a serious infraction in Islamic law. ISIS is guilty of ethnic cleansing and killing children, as well as kidnapping and raping women.

126 Muslim scholars wrote a letter to the head of ISIS, rejecting his interpretation of Qur’an and Hadiths, and calling his actions and the actions of the organization “abominable.”

ISIS/ISIL is not an Islamic state.

Do not blame Muslims. Do not blame Islam.

Instead of calling this organization ISIS/ISIL or the Islamic State, referring to it with the Arabic acronym “Da’ish” will remove any doubt from English-speakers’ minds that this is somehow an Islamic organization.

Da’ish is not Islamic. I am saying this for all my Muslim friends, who are worried that Islam will be targeted because of Da’ish.

But I’m saying it for all my fellow non-Muslims too, because we have to stand against oppression and the misinterpretation of a holy book and a religion that preaches peace.

Stand up for Islam. Stand against Da’ish.

With tolerance, we shall prevail.

Honestly, solidarity with Kurdistan and the various paramilitary forces that are gradually repelling the Islamic State (otherwise known as ISIS/ISIL); this latest batch of fundamentalist religious radicals are inherently repressive and exploitative, as evidenced in their participation in the erection slave markets, the utilization of their latest appropriations of oil to economically leverage international recognition/legitimacy, the imposition of their religious laws and customs on those of other cultures and religions, and their specific targeting of cultural and ethnic minorities throughout the region. 

Islamic State in Syria seen under strain but far from collapse

By Tom Perry and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State’s defeat in Kobani and other recent setbacks in Syria suggest the group is under strain but far from collapse in the Syrian half of its self-declared caliphate. Islamic State’s high-profile defeat by Kurdish militia backed by U.S.-led air strikes capped a four-month battle that cost Islamic State 2,000 of its fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war. Further from the spotlight, Islamic State has also lost ground to Syrian government and Syrian Kurdish forces elsewhere. Its foes have noted unusual signs of disorganization in its ranks, while reports of forced conscription may indicate a manpower problem as the group wages war in both Syria and Iraq.

Tens of thousands of members of one of Iraq's oldest minorities have been stranded on a mountain in the country's north-west, facing slaughter at the hands of jihadists surrounding them below if they flee, or death by dehydration if they stay.

UN groups say at least 40,000 members of the Yazidi sect, many of them women and children, have taken refuge in nine locations on Mount Sinjar, a craggy mile-high ridge identified in local legend as the final resting place of Noah’s ark.

Sinjar itself has been all but emptied of its 300,000 residents since jihadists stormed the city late on Saturday, but an estimated 25,000 people remain. “We are being told to convert or to lose our heads,” said Khuldoon Atyas, who has stayed behind to guard his family’s crops. “There is no one coming to help.”

Another man, who is hiding in the mountains and identified himself as Nafi’ee, said: “Food is low, ammunition is low and so is water. We have one piece of bread to share between 10 people. We have to walk 2km to get water. There were some air strikes yesterday [against the jihadists], but they have made no difference.”

At least 500 Yazidis, including 40 children, have been killed in the past week, local officials say. Many more have received direct threats, either from the advancing militants or members of nearby Sunni communities allied with them. “They were our neighbours and now they are our killers,” said Atyas.

"The situation is slowly tipping in their favour," said Dr Hisham al-Hashimi, Iraq’s leading expert on Isis. "They won’t take the dam near Mosul, but Haditha [at the centre of Iraq’s water and energy supply grid] will be very hard to defend.

"They are very close to Baghdad airport. If they breached the perimeter, even with a symbolic attack, it would be enormous propaganda value for them."

Iraq’s beleaguered military has been unable to muster a meaningful push-back against the jihadists and is under intense pressure to support the Yazidis with air strikes and food drops. A series of spectacular defeats has seriously eroded its credibility. Baghdad claimed on Wednesday that its military had carried out an air strike on a Mosul prison which killed scores of jihadists and freed an unknown number of prisoners. The area was impossible to access and the numbers of fatalities could not be verified. However, witnesses reported damage to the prison and relatives rushed to the gates in the hope of rescuing detained family members.

Kurdish Peshmurga troops, long regarded as a more formidable fighting force, had been defending Sinjar, but they too were forced to withdraw as Isis advanced. Kurdish officials say their forces were seriously outgunned by the jihadists, who were using heavy weapons looted from Iraqi bases.

The same weapons are being used to consolidate Isis’s hold on much of western Iraq. The group has significantly boosted its numbers by tapping into Iraq’s estranged Sunni population, which has been marginalised by the Shia majority government since the US overthrow of Saddam Hussein more than 11 years ago.

"I would say there are now between 30,000 and 50,000 of them," Hashimi said. "Of those, I would say 30% are ideologues. The others have joined out of fear or coercion."

Look at Egypt. Look at the way it ended for Muslims who cast their vote for [deposed President] Mohammed Morsi and believed in your democracy, in your lies," The unnamed fighter said. "Democracy doesn’t exist. Do you think you are free? The West is ruled by banks, not by parliaments, and you know that. You know that you’re just a pawn, except you have no courage. You think of yourself, your job, your house … because you know you have no power. But fortunately, the jihad has started. Islam will get to you and bring you freedom.

"M." railed against the aspirations for democracy in the Arab world.

On Sunday, the ISIS militants who are leading the Sunni insurgency in Iraq announced the creation of the Islamic State (IS), or “Caliphate,” with its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “the Caliph” and “leader for Muslims everywhere.”

You can read the a quoted excerpt announcing the creation and the full text here. The file is in PDF format.

I urge those who believe that if we left ISIS/ISIL/IS alone, they will go away, to change their views.

The last time we thought with such an isolationist policy, Pearl Harbor happened, and we got dragged into World War 2. I urge you to see the problems of an entire region dominated by a group that claims to be a nation and is hostile to everyone outside of it, especially those who are not of the same religion, and even of those who are in the same religion as them. We would be dealing with a group with millions of residents, enough money to build an actual military, and over several hundred thousand fighters, not to mention thousands of special ops fighters that would be sent over to terrorise the West. They will also gain access to the region’s weapons of mass destruction, currently owned by Israel (nuclear, chemical, biological), Syria (chemical), and Egypt (chemical, possibly biological).

Do you want another 9/11 to happen? Do you want to see people falling from those towers again? Do you want to see those towers fall and kill thousands of us again? Do you want to receive a notification that one of YOUR relatives or friends was on one of those flights or in those buildings and died again? Because if ISIS was left to those devices, that is exactly what will happen, and me and everyone else who knew about how dangerous ISIS is will say, "I told you so. I told you that THIS catastrophic death and destruction would be waged upon us even if we did nothing to them, and you did not listen. You have only yourselves to blame apart from these monsters in human clothing."

I urge Congress to vote yes. We need to bomb and shoot these pigs into the sand, and then drag them to the gates of Hell where they belong alongside Osama Bin Laden, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Timothy McVeigh, and countless other murderers, terrorists, and despots.