islamic state of iraq & syria (isis)

I haven’t been posting much but someone asked about that “ha ha go around the whole the US base thing” and it’s about this ^^^

Recently the Syrian Arab Army cut through the Syrian desert to rejoin borders with the Iraqi government for the first time since war broke out and the islamic state carved out most of the border region between the two states, physically erasing the border between the two states.

In the south, a couple years ago, American funded and supported(literally, American soldiers) rebels crossed into islamic state desert north of Jordan (a us ally and opponent of syria) with top of the line Jordanian and American vehicles/munitions to establish a “”“free syrian army”“” toehold in the Syrian desert to try and reclaim eastern syria when the Syrian government began reestablishing control in the east by retaking palmyra. The hopes were for the rebels to take islamic state held eastern syria before the Syrian Arab Army could, in order for assad to be further isolated.

However, the SAA proverbially cucked them as they had with Turkish backed syrian rebels in the north by racing around the bumblefucking multi million dollar US tax payer worth southern rebels and cut them off in the same shitty pocket of shitty desert they originally managed to take from ISIS during their original blitzkrieg.

Now, the SAA can expand north-east in lockstep with their Iraqi allies in their fight against the Islamic State while western puppets can not.

Hiiiiiiilarious

The World According to Trump

The starkest difference between dictatorships and democracies is that democracies are ruled by laws, and dictatorships are ruled by dictators.

The “rule of law,” as it’s often referred to, stands for laws that emerge from a process responsive to the majority, that are consistently applied, and are applicable to everyone regardless of their position or power.

Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand this. Within a matter of days, Trump has bombed Syria and a group of fighters in eastern Afghanistan.

On April 12, Trump authorized the Pentagon to drop a 22,000-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) on people described as “Islamic State forces” in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.

It’s the first time this bomb – nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” and the largest air-dropped munition in the U.S. military’s inventory – has ever been used in a combat.

It’s the largest explosive device America has utilized since dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. (By comparison, U.S. aircraft commonly drop bombs that weigh between 250 to 2,000 pounds.)

Why, exactly? It’s not clear. And what was Trump’s authority to do this? Even less clear.

We still don’t know exactly why Trump bombed Syria. He said it was because Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, including children.

But it wasn’t the first time Assad had used chemical weapons. When he did in 2013, Trump counseled against bombing Syria in response.

And where did Trump get the authority to bomb Syria? Assad is a vicious dictator who does terrible things to his people. But U.S. law doesn’t authorize presidents to go to war against vicious dictators who do terrible things to their people.

The Constitution leaves it up to Congress, not the president, to declare war.

In 2014, President Barack Obama began hostilities against the Islamic State, arguing that Congress’s approval of George W. Bush’s wars against Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2002 provided him sufficient to authority.

Well, maybe. But there’s no way Trump can rely on Congress’s approval of these wars to bomb Syria.

And it’s a stretch to argue that a group claiming or alleged to be connected to ISIS, but located in eastern Afghanistan far away from where ISIS is attempting to establish an Islamic State, is the same as the Islamic State.

In a democracy, the rule of law means that we the people are supposed to be in charge, through our elected representatives in Congress.

It can be a heavy responsibility. It is especially weighty when it comes to warfare, to the destruction and annihilation of human beings.

As Commander-in-Chief, a president is empowered to manage the military might of the nation. But he is not empowered to initiate warfare on his own. That’s our job. 

The world according to Trump is becoming increasingly dangerous, in part because we are not doing our job. 

An Open Letter from British Fighters Against the Islamic State:

“We are some of an increasing number of British nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq as volunteers with local forces against the Islamic State.

We wish first and foremost to express our sorrow and anger at the recent terrorist attack in Westminster, London, and to convey our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. We know only too well what is to lose friends, to treat those horrendously wounded, to pull the dead and dying from the rubble.

We also wish to express sympathy and solidarity with the many ordinary Muslims going to work and school today feeling that they are under special scrutiny, and fearful of what this might mean for them. We share their fear, and we urge anyone who might be tempted to take against ordinary Muslim people to think again. If you associate them with the Islamic State, you are giving such groups exactly what they want: a greater and more violent gap between the Muslim world and ours.

The familiar sounds of hate and bigotry are sounding again – on social media, and in the more guarded mainstream press - where the intent is nonetheless clear. Hate crimes will spike again. There are calls to demolish mosques. The fact that local Muslims raised thousands for victim support, in the immediate aftermath of the attack, is easily drowned out by the bandwagon. The EDL have called a snap demonstration, eager to make hay from the suffering of innocent people.

For all the sound and fury, we don’t remember seeing anyone from Britain First, EDL, UKIP, or their like, by our side in battle. Which is a good thing, because we wouldn’t have tolerated them.

Our ranks are made up of Kurds, Arabs, Yezidis, Brits, Yanks, Canadians, Aussies, Asians, Europeans - Muslims, Christians, Alevis, atheists - too many faiths and races to list. A multi-ethnic, multi-faith entity, standing united against hate and extremism.

The majority are, in fact, Muslims, and not only are we proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them - the truth is, we can’t do this without them.

The only way to defeat the Islamic State, and groups like it, is with ordinary, moderate Muslims on side. The only way to defeat hate and extremism is to not give in to it.

Don’t stand with Britain First, the EDL, UKIP or those who talk and think like them. Stand with us.”

Signed, British fighters of the YPG:

Joe Akerman

Aiden Aslin

Mark Ayres

Botan England

Michael Enright

Macer Gifford

John Harding

Jac Holmes

Steve Kerr

Jim Matthews

Tom Mawdsley

Ozkan Ozdil

Shaun Pinner

Joe Robinson

Josh Walker.

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Raqqa, ISIS ‘Capital,’ Is Captured, U.S.-Backed Forces Say
Loss of the Syrian city is a heavy blow to the militants, but the destruction there is immense, and questions linger about who will govern and rebuild.
By Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad

With the fall of Raqqa, the Islamic State has lost the two most important cities of its self-declared caliphate in three months. It was pushed out of Mosul in July, and now holds only a fraction of the territory it once controlled.

Analysts say the group is already preparing for a new phase, morphing back into the kind of underground insurgency it started as, when it took root among disaffected Sunni populations that were willing to tolerate, if not wholeheartedly embrace, its ultraconservative brand of Islam. And while many Arabs quickly soured on the group because of its brutal crackdowns and unfulfilled promises, their underlying political disaffection has not been addressed.

Another major concern, now that Islamic State-held territory is reduced, is how countries in Europe, in the Middle East and around the world will handle the foreigners who joined the group in places like Syria and might return home and plan attacks there.

A victory in Raqqa has come at a heavy cost. Much of the city has been devastated by American-led airstrikes that killed more than 1,000 civilians, according to tallies by local activists and international monitors. In earlier years, many were killed by Russian and Syrian government strikes. About 270,000 residents have been displaced by the fighting, and thousands of homes have been destroyed.

[…]

The fall of Raqqa threatens to inflame relations between Kurds and Arabs, who have been fighting the Islamic State in an uneasy alliance with the United States-led coalition — but against an enemy that is rapidly melting away. Most immediately, they may be at odds over the future governing of Raqqa.

Similar tensions were on display in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday after Iraqi government forces drove out Kurdish forces to the cheers of Turkmens and Arabs in the ethnically mixed city.

(October 17, 2017)

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#RESIST protesters crash Trump’s speech to construction unions and more: April 4 in photos

Protesters hold up signs as President Donald Trump speaks at the 2017 North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference in Washington; a man carries a child following a suspected chemical attack, at a makeshift hospital in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria; fans arrive during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga.; An Iraqi Federal Police member fires an RPG towards Islamic State militants during a battle in Mosul, Iraq; and, South Sudanese refugee children gather with their  belongings after crossing into Uganda at the Ngomoromo border post in Lamwo district, northern Uganda.

These are just a few of the photos of the day for April 4, 2017.

(Photos: Susan Walsh/AP, Edlib Media Center, via AP, Matt Slocum/AP, Khalid al Mousily/Reuters, Reuters)

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In pictures: South Korea's Sewol ferry emerges from the sea nearly three years after it sank

The wreckage of a 6,800-ton South Korean ferry has emerged from the sea nearly three years after it capsized and sank, killing 304 people – most of them children on a school trip. The Sewol passenger ferry sank off the coast of Jindo island on 16 April 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about public safety and regulatory failures.

Salvage workers started to bring up the vessel, which had been lying on its side at a depth of 44 metres (144 feet), late on Wednesday (22 April), rolling up 66 cables connected to a frame of metal beams divers had spent months putting beneath the ferry. At around 4am, the blue-and-white right side of ferry, rusty, scratched and coated in mud and sediment, emerged for the first time in more than 1,000 days.

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By about 7am the ferry had been raised enough for workers to climb on it and further fasten it to the barges. Once Sewol is raised to the desired point, salvage crews will then load the ferry onto a semi-submersible, heavy-lift vessel that will carry it to a mainland port. The loading process, including emptying the ferry of water and fuel, is expected to take days.

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Aftermath and Victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting

Omar Mateen was a 29 year old married father who worked as a security guard when he carried out the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Armed with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol Mateen entered the nightclub shortly after 2 AM on June 12th, 2016. Mateen opened fire on patrons, killing 49 and injuring 58 before being shot dead by a member of the Orlando Police Department.

In a 911 call shortly before the shooting Mateen declared his motive as his seeking revenge for the killing of ISIS commander Abu Waheeb in a U.S. air strike the previous month. He also declared his support for the Islamic State and his support of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. During Mateen’s brief communications with a police negotiator during his stand off with police, he demanded that the United States cease its bombing missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

A co-worker of Mateen also stated Mateen had spoke of his hatred for “gay or lesbian people”. After his death allegations were also made that Mateen was himself a closeted gay man, supposedly having patronised the nightclub himself previously although the FBI later said there was no evidence to substantiate these claims.

It was the deadliest terror attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001 and the deadliest mass shooting in United States history surpassing the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 which left 33 people dead (including the perpetrator, Seung-Hui Cho). It has since been surpassed as the deadliest mass shooting in American history by the 2017 Las Vegas strip massacre which left 58 people dead (including the perpetrator, Stephen Paddock).

IVE BEEN MEAINING TO “PROPERLY” POST ABOTU THE SAA BREAKING THE SIEGE OF DIER EZZOR FOR DAYS NOW (September 5th!!) AND I KEEP GETITNG TOO BUSY AND NOW ITS THE WEEKEND

IM FUCKING DRUNK!!!! FUCK CONVENTION


aAAAA

LOOKA T THIS!!:

ITS THE MOMENT THE TIGER FORCES AND THE BESIEGED BATTALION IN DIER EZZOR MET FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER YEARS OF ENCIRCLEMENTFROM THE ISLAMIC STATE


ISIS IS FINISHED!!!!


THERE WAS “””ALMOST”””” NO RESISTANCE


IVE BEEN SO HAPPY FOR DAYS NOW AND THERES SO MUCH TO EVEN SAY ABOTU IT???

FUCK!!

After repelling DOZENS OF ISLAMIC STATE SUICIDE ATTACKS to break the connection to the city, the SAA managed to solidify their control long enought to expand their corridor and let reinforcement into the holdout, long enough for independent agencies to report and confirm the break of tje ssiege

dozens of truckload sof supplies and food have arrive din the city and they are now trying to break the siege around the airport!!!

MEANWHILE, sdf forces are rushing to close the gap and capture the eastern shore of the euphrates before the SAA can cross the river abd expand toward Iraq via the northern shore

One tragedy doesn’t need to diminish another. You can stand with Paris, you can stand with Yemen, you can stand with Lebanon, you can stand with Syria, you can stand with Iraq, you can stand with Nigeria, you can stand with Libya, you can stand with BlackLivesMatter, you can stand with the University of Missouri, you can stand with Palestine, you can stand with South Korea, and the South Sudan, we can stand with refugees, we can stand with Muslims, and you can stand with all of them at the same time. You can care about all of them. We don’t need to play “oh you didn’t mention this, or this was worse” competitions with human suffering. It’s sickening, this is not a fucking game, this is the actual loss of human life.

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Syrian Arab Army preparing to encircle retreating islamic state from the remainder of the desert immediately southeast of Aleppo in their landgrab on route to lifting the siege of Dier Ezzor.

American pressure (seE: airstrike) on the SAA is probably a result of wising up to and warding off the SAA strategy of attempting to apply force to and cut off the southern advance of the kurds while they preoccupy themselves with Raqqa, much how the SAA cut off the american rebels near the jordan border and the turkish backed forces in the northwest.

The Syrian Arab Army NEEDS to get around the SDF advance and maintain power south of the Euphrates where highways run along the length of the river if the Syrian government wants to relieve the years long Islamic State siege of Deir Ezzor.

Otherwise, to reach Deir Ezzor before the SDF does or before Dier Ezzor collapses and the Syrian loyalists there get slaughtered by ISIS, all the SAA have besides the Euphrates route is a wide stretch of sparsely populateddesert and a hardened front around the hotly contested Palmyra that has hardly moved in years since the Islamic State has that shit on LOCK. If the SAA get aroun and break the siege of Dier Ezzor, it will relieve Islamic state pressure on Palmyra, which has already fallen before and permitted ISIS to reenter and destroy more of the ancient city

The only other hope for SAA reaching Dier Ezzor is from along the Iraq border, which covert SAA ops have punched through recently, blocking the roads.

At this stage of the war, it’s a fucking landgrab. all combatants on the Islamic State front aren’t so much fighting ISIS as they are trying to strategically rip chunks of it away to deny eachother important strategic gains.

This is the beginning of the next phase of the Syrian civil war, where the Islamic state in syria falls and it becomes a showdown between the kurds in the north, the rejuvenated Syrian government and the rebel pockets, particularly the one in Idlib province.

Controlling the Euphrates valley is CRITICAL because the Euphrates is the only high density population corridor in eastern Syria. Whoever controls this land controls a significantly GREATER stake when it comes to either diplomatic negotiation or continued warfare.

If the Syrian Arab army controls the Euphrates Valley, it allows the Syrian government to comfortably project power and influence north into the modestly populated kurdish lands (and their American bases)

If the SDF manage to control the Euphrates Valley, the Kurds will have a tremendous line of defense and population/tax base to work with. The kurds can begin to push the Syrian desert as far west as Palmyra and Assad will begin to contemplate a future where the entire country gets sliced in half, going to the Kurds, along with all the oil and gas.

If the SDF manages to control the Euphrates Valley, this also presents issure for the Americans, because this would be a GIGANTIC step toward the Kurds asserting their sovereignty and establishing the Kurdish state of Rojava PISSING THE NATO MEMBER STATE TURKEY RIGHT OFF

But additionally, chances are that the Kurds, in control of Euphrates, would initiate ethnic cleansing the way they have in kurdish controlled, arab majority northern syria where the kurdish forces forced arab civilians out of their homes and bulldozed their villages.

The USA would have to struggle with the global responsibility of their primary ally in syria committing war crimes.