Okay I worried that there is little speculation of the ISIS crisis in the Middle East here on tumblr. So I have decided that I’m going to make a post about. This may be a bit biased, and Aussie-centric but I think it’s important to know how my country is affected from this as well.
Warning: violence, death, blood, and gruesome stuff will be mentioned.
So, What is ISIS?
ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is a group of extremists, created by Al-Qaeda. The group has been around for about 10 years, but only recently they have proven to be a real threat, due to the atrocities they are committing. This group has grabbed attention of governments and superpowers, such as the US, however it was only very recent the people in power have come to a realisation that something must be done.
Okay, but what has ISIS exactly done to grab attention?
For the past couple of years, ISIS has taken over Iraqi and Syrian land, in attempt to establish a caliphate within these nations, but predominantly Iraq. In recent months, ISIS has been taking over Yazidi villages in Iraq, and demanding the people to convert or face execution, which is often public. ISIS has publicly executed Yazidi men, women, and even children - only to then post such brutal crimes onto social media for the world to see. ISIS has also been taking Yazidi women and turning them into Jihadi brides. They have also beheaded westerner’s, including an American journalist and a British aid worker. With the be-heading of Westerner’s, Obama and other political figures have declared ISIS as a global threat.
We can just send in some troops, right?
It’s not so simple to send in troops. Though, the US and Australia have been working together to aid the Yazidi population who have fled from the genocide, Obama doesn’t want to send in troops into Iraq, as they have dispatched the last of the men in 2011. Australia is sending 600 aid troops to the country, but so far it is believed that there will be no official military action, only humanitarian and protection. The US have been airstriking territories ISIS have occupied, but it has only slowed the group down. Iraq also don’t want the US in the country. Iran is taking military action, but it will take more than Iran to bring the group to an official stop.
How does this group affect my country?
Many Westerner’s, particularly in Australia, have been leaving their countries to join ISIS. Others have been funding the group and some are even planning on committing terrorist acts in countries outside of the Middle East. Most of you may not be aware, but Australia is (for the first time) on a terrorist high level. This means that a terrorist act is likely to occur. Why is this important to know? With the G20 Summit being held in Australia in November, police and ASIO have been very cautious about this. We have at least 150 Australian’s currently in the Middle East, fighting alongside ISIS. Not only this, but we have at least 60 jihads and terrorists who are connected to ISIS in Australia. Today (18.9.14) we had anti-terrorist raids throughout Sydney and Brisbane. At least 15 arrests have been made, and one of the men is facing charges for planning terrorists acts; with plans to kidnap a random person down the streets of Sydney, be-head them in a busy public center, and wrap their remains in an ISIS flag - while recording to post on social media. They had actually found a sword during these raids, and this plan was to happen at any given moment.
Why is this important to know?
To put it simply, people are dying. An extremist group is trying to rise to power, with intentions to convert anyone to Islam, or face execution. This is a disgrace to Muslims across the world, as their religion is being an excuse to commit genocide. It is real and happening right now, and it needs attention.
I’d love for this to be reblogged and spread around, and if I have any misinformation, I deeply apologise and feel free to correct me. This is a serious and major threat that needs to be spoken about. I hope this post was useful and you may have learnt something new.