Northern Iraq is considered the homeland of the Êzîdî community, as Êzîdism’s holiest sites are located in Iraq. Between 700,000 to 750,000 Êzîdîs lived in Iraq in 2005. By 2014, this had decreased by 200,000 and then by a further 90,000 between 2014 and 2017. Already from 2003-2013, 150,000 Êzîdîs fled Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. It is also the homeland of the Assyrians. Since the 2003 Iraq war, Assyrians have fled from the country and their population has collapsed under the Government of Iraq. Majority of them have either fled to the Kurdistan Region or abroad.
Systematic persecution of the minorities was a consistent feature under successive Iraqi governments, especially the former Baathist regime - including Arabization.
Oppression continues in the Kurdistan Region (KRI) for both, Êzîdîs and Assyrians. There is also an ongoing Kurdish expropriation of Assyrian lands, and in general a Kurdification of historical Assyrian and Êzîdî homeland.
Whether in the Kurdish region or in the rest of Iraq, hardly any Êzîdîs or Assyrians feel secure there. The types of discrimination against Êzîdîs and Assyrians transformed as conflicts in Iraq gave rise to new actors and new regimes. As Iraq became gripped with an increasingly violent and disparate insurgency, the Êzîdîs and Assyrians were specifically targeted by Sunni extremist groups such as Al-Qaida and IS, and like-minded groups. This culminated in full scale genocide, perpetrated by IS, from 3 August 2014 to today.
The following High profile figures have been claimed to have been assassinated by the Free Syria Army in Damascus today:
The Head of intelligence, minister of interior, and minister of defence and many more.
The significance of the assassination of these filthy men means that the Assad regime is coming to an end.
I predict that a full blown war like Libya will not occur since the territories in Syria mean less to who is commanding these armies.
It is a battle of figureheads and man power at this point, and intelligence battles.
The Assad regime has been notorious for fabricating “Terrorist” attacks on civilians and blaming it on the Free Syria Army. Their propaganda campaign is vicious.
The great part about assasinating these guys before getting rid of Bashar Al Assad, is Bashar, unlike Gaddafi does not centralize all of the power in him and is merely a figurehead of the Baathist Regime.
Unless you actually kill off all these figures, you will not be able to rid yourself of Tyranny.
Next, should be the Hama Massacre Generals that are infesting in the lands of Douma and Daraa.
The Êzîdîs are among the world’s most marginalized communities. As adherents of one of the oldest remaining religions, they continue to suffer varying degrees of persecution in their native lands in Iraq, Turkey, the KRI and Syria.
Historically, the Êzîdîs have suffered persecution on a large scale, having faced uncountable genocidal campaigns against them throughout their history and periods of severe oppression during the past centuries.
Large numbers of Êzîdîs were forced to convert during the Ottoman Empire by Turks and Kurds. It is estimated that more than 80,000 Êzîdîs lived in Turkey until the 1970s, but only 350 Êzîdîs remain there today, the rest having fled to Western Europe. This exodus arose for a number of reasons, including persecution on the basis of religion, denial of Êzîdîs rights, and forced Islamization of Êzîdîs.
In Syria, more than 150,000 Êzîdîs inhabited 110 villages and towns in the Aleppo and Hasakah regions until unrest erupted in 2011. Several factors caused the Êzîdî inhabitants to flee, including of course, civil war and the emergence of fundamentalist Islamist groups. But importantly, this was also the result of systematic persecution under successive governments in Syria, especially the Ba’ath party. Institutional discrimination pervaded every sphere of life for Êzîdîs, from being prohibited from building religious centers or practicing their faith freely, to being forced to study Islam at school. In the legal system, Êzîdîs were forced to follow Islamic Sharia law and their testimonies were not accepted in court. Êzîdî-made products are not considered Halal and are therefore not eaten by almost all Muslims including Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen.
Further, Êzîdîs are not allowed to obtain Syrian nationality and therefore live as foreigners despite their long history in Syria. Following the war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by IS against Syria’s Êzîdîs, today there are fewer than 5,000 ‘free’ Êzîdîs remaining in the country.
Iraq and KRI
Northern Iraq is considered the homeland of the Êzîdî community, as Êzîdism’s holiest sites are located in Iraq. Between 700,000 to 750,000 Êzîdîs lived in Iraq in 2005. By 2014, this had decreased by 200,000 and then by a further 90,000 between 2014 and 2017.
Systematic persecution of the Êzîdî minority was a consistent feature under successive Iraqi governments, especially the former Baathist regime which came to power in the late 1970s. During Saddam Hussein’s rule, efforts were made to strip the Êzîdî minority of their true identity, as Êzîdîs were formally designated as Arabs and Êzîdism was considered as a sect of Sunni Islam. These policies were contrary to the views of the Êzîdî community, and to historical, social, and linguistic facts. Êzîdîs were excluded from any political and social involvement. According to Islamic law, they were not allowed to hold any positions of authority over Muslims (such as judges, police officers, etc). Êzîdî faith is considered by the majority of the Iraqi population as illegitimate; Êzîdîs ares falsely and commonly referred to as “devil-worshippers”, and not “People of the Book”. As a result, Êzîdî religious sites are often neglected, with a lack of funding for their care and maintenance remaining an ongoing issue.
The discrimination continued in the KRI. It is difficult for an Êzîdî to get work in cities such as Duhok, Zakho or Erbil. The shops of Êzîdîs are often avoided or even attacked. Many Êzîdîs suddenly disappear; arrested, kidnapped or even killed. Whether in the Kurdish region or in the rest of Iraq. Hardly any Êzîdîs feel secure there. The types of discrimination against Êzîdîs transformed as conflicts in Iraq gave rise to new actors and new regimes. As Iraq became gripped with an increasingly violent and disparate insurgency, the Êzîdîs were specifically targeted by Sunni extremist groups such as Al-Qaida and IS, and like-minded groups. This culminated in full scale genocide, perpetrated by IS, from 3 August 2014 to today.
i was given a list of pedophiles/pedophile apologists by an anonymous follower on my main blog.
keep in mind that because there are so many here on this list, i did not check them all for content showing their pedophilic support or actions. this is just a list of people to block just in case, stay safe everybody.
The torture in Kirkuk was the worst, even worse than we’d seen in Dahuk. All Kurds captured in northern Iraq were sent to Kirkuk. In Kirkuk, the Iraqi secret police used heavy steel fan blades, electricity on your privates, and there was a deep dungeon in the Kirkuk prison. In the dungeon, the Iraqis put a snake near us. They wanted us to fear the snake, and make it angry, so that it would strike out at us and kill us. The Iraqis killed some of us, in this way. The Iraqis also used criminals to beat us, in Kirkuk. The Iraqis had no dignity or sympathy toward us—they were far from humanity.
Amin Ismail, Political Prisoners
and President, Kurdistan Political Prisoners’ Union, on Iraqi brutality under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial baathist regime
IRAQ. Saladin governorate. Tikrit. September 24, 2003. American soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the Fourth Division of the U.S. Army blindfold men suspected of being arms and explosive dealers in Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein and stronghold of his Baathist party. Baathists began associating with al-Qaeda in Iraq (among others) after the ousting of Saddam Hussein around a common enemy, the U.S.-led coalition. Al-Qaeda in Iraq was the forerunner of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Amman, Jordan: Protest against the ongoing Israeli bombing of Gaza, March 14, 2014.
“Today we came together in Jordan again to demonstrate against Israel. The Zionist entity bombed the Gaza Strip yesterday in the toughest attack since 2012. In addition, a Jordanian judge was murdered by Israeli border troops a few days ago. The left forces, Nasserist, Baathist and Communists marched together. The Jordanian police defended the Israeli embassy and chased some people through the streets.”
“We burned their religion, and we’re coming back to burn it”
“We will cleanse the Earth from Ahlul Sunnah”
“God gave us a doctrine to abide. The Kaa'bah in Saudia is ours, and not for the Saudi bastards”
In all honestly, I don’t like sharing stuff like this, but it is what it is. I saw this video a couple months ago and ignored it, but got it again this morning on WhatsApp – and after seeing recent events of the mujahideen evacuating from Homs, I thought it would be totally appropriate to share. THIS IS THE TRUTH. This is what’s happening in Syria. This is the Haq. If you are of the manhaj of Ahlul Sunnah (or if you claim so), and it bothers you that we are sharing this, then by Allah, I call you a منافق and a واطي. Let me tell you why..
In this video, there are Shia militants of hezbulshaytaan (AKA hezbillah Shia Lebanese forces) inside Syria, pompously celebrating their victory upon slaughtering our mujahideen and “burning our deen”. The man at one point says “We will cleanse them until the final Sunni man on Earth..”. Furthermore, they curse the Sahaba and the wife of the Prophet (SAW). How low are we, if we cannot publicly condemn these sectarian insurgent lowlifes? Why are we so scared of telling these guys off, when in front of our eyes they are “burning our deen”, telling it to us in our face, and slaughtering our families, all in the name of their religion? These Shia militias aided Assad like hell in Al Qusair, al Houla, al Khaildiya, and all of a sudden, we become sectarian for putting the truth out?
These guys aren’t like Alaawites or Druze or other minorities that are with the regime. Their battle is different. It has a history to it. How so? Because this is Jihad for them. This is a Maqdisi battle for them, i.e., this is a holy war for them against Ahlul Sunnah. If you don’t realize this, you seriously need to get your head out the gravel. Read the Shia manaahij. See what they say about the blood of A'yesha. See what they call the daughters of Ahlul Sunnah. See what they compare and contrast the Sahaba to in their books. Don’t study your innocent shia friends in the west (who are free from all this because they themselves don’t even know) – study their aqeedah. Sheik al Islam Ibn Taymiyah Rahimuhu Allah exposed these rawafidh in the utmost pinpoint manner, yet over the years, we’ve continued to dilute the issue for the sake of civility and social comfort. We can’t sell our religion to guys like this. Things like this MUST be condemned.
This Shia militant curses Oathman and Abu Bakr and A'eysha, (RAA). Alaawites don’t know the names of the Sahaba. Alaawites are a totally different brand – before 1979, Shia’s themselves considered Alaawites Kuffar (infidels). It was only until the Iranians and Baathists took control simultaneously, that they then yielded the Alaawites to be a branch of shi'ism (for the purpose of their safety since they were a minority) as advised by the French who colonized Syria.
Wake up ya Ahlul Sunnah. We are NOT promoting violence against the Rawafidh; however, we want you to know what’s happening inside Syria. We want you to who those are with a sectarian agenda against Ahlul Sunnah. Know who is butchering your family. This is our message.
IRAQ. Al Anbar governorate. 2006. A memorial service for Kevin Jessen, killed the previous day at the age of 28 by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He died in the restive former Baathist stronghold of Rawah, in the Al-Anbar governorate. He left behind a wife, Carrie, and a 2-year old son, Cameron. It was his third tour to Iraq. He was a recent arrival to the unit, and not well known to most of the other soldiers. At the memorial service, bagpipes played a mournful hymnal, while the 400 soldiers that manned the base each filed past and saluted the memorial.
In a tent reserved for passengers in transit, a lone civilian sat and wept after the funeral. He was an internet service technician working in Iraq as a contractor for a Halliburton subsidiary, lured by the high pay and the opportunity to ‘do his part.’ He had arrived the previous day by helicopter, and Kevin had picked him up at the landing pad. They had a friendly talk, and decided to continue the chat over dinner at the chow hall that night. The next day, Kevin went out on a patrol and was killed. The technician’s job usually insulated him from the daily realities of the war. Kevin was the first soldier he’d known who died. He pledged that at the end of his contract he would leave Iraq and never come back.
I will tell you something that most people do not know about the situation in Syria.
90% of the brothers and sisters who have travelled to ISIS from Europe and America deeply regret their decision. They have travelled with pure hearts and pure intentions, but have seen the unfortunate reality for themselves.
Those who request to leave are not allowed. If they are caught leaving, they are executed and their wives are married off against their will. In sharia this is rape. If they manage to leave, they still face life in prison in the UK. Because of this dilemma, they suppress their thoughts and keep quiet. This is why you have never heard of this reality.
The middle management are “ex” baathists from Saddam Hussein’s regime. The state operates in a gang system; you prove your loyalty by committing certain acts, and you are promoted, regardless of religiosity. The low ranking people are those who have travelled from the West, after being persuaded on twitter, and are now stuck.
If you express your desire to leave, you are monitored. And if you are caught leaving, you are imprisoned, questioning (read: tortured), and then killed. These are not stories, these are first hand accounts of people who travelled half way across the world for Jihad. What does that tell you? Even people who are willing to risk their lives for the cause, after seeing the reality, are desperate to leave. What kind of state kills their own members for wanting to leave?
The only reason I am writing this is for the brothers and sisters, who due to their lack of knowledge of the situation, have intention to leave, thinking there is an Islamic safe haven. I am saying this with all my heart: people went before you with your intention, and are now really stuck. Please dont make the same mistake. The most oppressed people there are their own members.
The women are treated especially bad; they have no rights. I’m not talking about random women, I’m talking about the wives of the fighters themselves. They are treated very badly by the guards at checkpoints even though their husbands are fighting.
Please send this to people you know on twitter/kik/ask.fm/surespot and any other social media where young brothers and sisters are being duped. Their love for Islam and their lack of sharia blinds them from the reality. Young people actually think that they will travel and will be received by religious Muslims.
All the religious westerners in Syria who joined ISIS are stuck and cannot get out. If they speak out they face death, and if they escape they face prison in the West. Please warn your brothers and especially sisters
Without a strong, galvanizing Syrian leader with a compelling unifying vision, backed by the international community, getting rid of Assad will not bring order to Syria. And disorder in Syria will not have the same consequences as disorder in other countries in the region.
Syria is the keystone of the Middle East. If and how it cracks apart could recast this entire region. The borders of Syria have been fixed ever since the British and French colonial powers carved up the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. If Assad is toppled and you have state collapse here, Syria’s civil war could go regional and challenge all the old borders — as the Shiites of Lebanon seek to link up more with the Alawite/Shiites of Syria, the Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey try to link up with each other and create an independent Kurdistan, and the Sunnis of Iraq, Jordan and Syria draw closer to oppose the Shiites of Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
We could be entering a new age of Middle East border-drawing — the do-it-yourself version — where the borders of the Middle East get redrawn, not by colonial outsiders from the top down but by the Middle Easterners themselves, from the bottom up.
Friedman doesn’t say whether this redrawing of the borders is good or bad. I sense that he favors stability rather than the chaos that change can bring. But the lines left behind by the French and British after dismembering the Ottoman empire make no sense, and power politics – like the Alawite takeover of the Syrian Baath party – should cede to democracy.
The subtext is perhaps that Friedman doubts that democracy is coming. Maybe we’ll see new lines drawn, new alliances made, but that this will simply open a new era of sectarian violence and despotism, another front in the seemingly endless struggle between Shiites and Sunnis across the Islamic world, but now an especially violent front in Syria.
u gotta be nice to the military. our current stable of wars are good and about protecting american freedoms and have nothing to do with resource extraction and if we werent over there.......well, lets just say if the attacks of 9/11 had somehow been parlayed into the american state being replaced by a regime imposed on us by the afghan taliban or iraqi baathists we wouldnt be having this conversation