islamic state of iraq and the levant

Canadian Parliament backs air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

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Canadian legislators on Monday voted to back the government’s plans to bomb Islamic State positions in Syria, a move that opposition parties say threatens to drag Canada into a long war. The House of Commons approved the plan 142-129. The result was never in doubt, since the ruling Conservatives have a majority in the chamber. The vote also approved the extension of Canada’s six-month mission by a year to the end of March 2016. http://dlvr.it/9BGXgc

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.

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ISIS War Powers Resolution Text

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.

Hunted Hazaras travel 'Death Road' through Afghanistan

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West of the Afghan city of Maidan Shahr is a 40-kilometre stretch of paved highway known as “Death Road”, where drivers say the country’s ethnic Hazara minority are slaughtered by militants “like sheep and cows”. “The spit dries in our mouths from fear when we pass it,” says Mohammad Hussain, who ferries passengers along the road from Kabul to Hazarajat, a region in the central highlands of Afghanistan where the Hazaras have traditionally settled. Over the years, Hussain says, he has seen the headless bodies of so many people he claims were killed by the Taliban that “I have become ill and have nightmares”. http://dlvr.it/CwZ895

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. 

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Tears, and Anger, as Militants Destroy Iraq City’s Relics

BAGHDAD — When the Sunni extremists ruling Mosul destroyed the shrine of a prophet whose story features in the traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism — the most important of nearly two dozen marked for destruction by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the first seven weeks of its reign — small groups of residents gathered to mourn.

“We were crying when they detonated it,” said Abdulmalik Mustafa, a 32-year-old unemployed man who lives near the site, believed to be the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah, which was razed last week. “We couldn’t believe that the history of Mosul has disappeared. I wanted to die.”

Then rumors swirled that the next goal of theISIS militants would be toppling the city’s ancient leaning minaret, which is older than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and is pictured on Iraq’s 10,000-dinar bank note. Residents gathered at the minaret and, according to witnesses, confronted the group’s fighters.

For now, the tower is still standing.

The angry public reaction to the attacks on Mosul’s cultural history — including the eviction of Christians by militants, which outraged many Muslim residents who celebrate Mosul’s reputation for tolerance — appears to be the first spark of rebellion against harsh Islamic rule. Although population figures in Iraq are notoriously unreliable, Mosul is considered the country’s second-largest city, with a population of about 1.5 million.

When militants swept into the city on June 10 and Iraqi soldiers shed their uniforms and fled, many residents seemed to cheer their arrival. Much of Mosul’s Sunni Arab population had become increasingly resentful of abuses suffered at the hands of Iraq’s Shiite-dominated central government. For a time, people welcomed the new authority.

It is too early to declare that a wide-scale rebellion is underway, or that ISIS, whose brand of ascetic Islamic law deems shrines heretical, is losing its grip of control on the city. But it suggests that the militants are wearing out their welcome to some degree.

Informal armed gangs of residents have already clashed with ISIS militants over the destruction of the tombs and shrines, residents say. Some militants have been killed in the clashes, they say, which have also led to the arrests of residents and could result in their executions.

“There are unorganized groups fighting ISIS now,” said Khalis Jumah, 32, a Mosul resident interviewed by phone. “If we had the power and the supplies, we could have kicked ISIS out of Mosul by now.”

Mr. Jumah said the rising anger in Mosul was directly related to the destruction of historical sites. “This is a huge disaster for Mosul and Iraq,” he said. “It’s a crime against the city and its history. We have been crying since the first day they started destroying our religious and historical landmarks.”

The rising public anger also resonates with a strategy being pushed by American officials and some moderate Sunnis here: working to win over some of the Sunni insurgent groups that have allied with ISIS.

Those groups — which include former Baathists who were once close to Saddam Hussein’s government and have already, in some places, fought with ISIS — are opposed to what they regard as the authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government. But they are also seen as unsympathetic to the stated goal of ISIS to establish an Islamic caliphate under hard-line theocratic rule.

The strategy of trying to peel off the non-ISIS Sunni groups is a familiar one in Iraq, with a decidedly mixed legacy. It was born with the so-called Sunni Awakening program the Americans established in 2007, when Sunni tribal groups were paid to switch sides and fight against Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the forerunner of ISIS.

The Awakening found success after Al Qaeda had alienated Sunni communities with its brutal rule. But its gains were unsustainable, particularly because Mr. Maliki’s Shiite-dominated government was unwilling to widely integrate Sunni militias into the country’s security forces.

Still, there is no doubt that ISIS has begun alienating some in Mosul.

Almost immediately after capturing the city, militants began imposing Islamic law. They banned smoking, forced women to wear full-face veils and carried out some summary executions of government employees they deemed disloyal to their authority.

But it has been the destruction of more than a dozen mosques, shrines, tombs and statues that has seemed to galvanize public anger within Mosul, an area that was once the capital of the Assyrian Empire and is believed to have first been settled in 6000 B.C. Over the centuries, various conquerors — Persians, Arabs, Turks and others — have come and gone, each leaving an imprint.

With so many shrines being destroyed, this week relatives of Saddam Hussein removed the former dictator’s body from its burial place in Awija, a village near Tikrit, and moved it to an undisclosed location, one of Mr. Hussein’s cousins said in a brief interview. Relatives worried that the grave, which had become something of a shrine for Mr. Hussein’s sympathizers, would become a target for government airstrikes or for the Shiite militias active in the area.

It is not just religious monuments like the prophet Jonah’s tomb that have been destroyed, but also statues of Abu Tammam, a famous Arab poet, and Mullah Othman, a beloved 19th-century musician and poet.

Militants even removed a statue of a figure representing an old Mosul profession: a man selling a drink of licorice, for which the city is famous. Even today, men walk the streets with a pouch of the drink slung over their shoulders and clang copper goblets to signal their presence.

“We realize the licorice man from the music he plays,” said Talal Safawi, a sculptor who carved the statue in 1973 and has remained in Mosul.

“This statue is part of my body as I am part of him,” he said. “He is my friend. He is everything to me. I can’t forget the face of my statue.”

More than a century ago, when Mosul was loosely governed by the Ottoman Empire, Gertrude Bell, a British traveler and writer who would later help establish modern Iraq after World War I, toured the ancient sites and reflected on the city’s traumatic history.

“Upon the unhappy province of Mosul hatred and the lust of slaughter weigh like inherited evils, transmitted (who can say?) through all the varying generations of conquerors since first the savage might of the Assyrian Empire set its stamp upon the land,” she wrote in 1909.

She was happy to report, though, that despite what she called Mosul’s “turbulent record,” the city had “lost nothing of its quality during the past few years.”

The same cannot be said now, with ISIS determined to erase a heritage that many previous conquerors left intact.

Bashar al-Kiki, the chairman of the Nineveh Provincial Council, who tracks events in Mosul from the Kurdish region in the north, said that armed civilians had recently attacked ISIS and that four militants had been killed.

“The people of Mosul are intensely angry at ISIS,” he said. “They can’t bear them anymore. This volcano of anger will explode soon.”