Group does not offer “empty” words like other Arab nations who speak and do not act
by JACK MOORE | INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES | JULY 31, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has told the Palestinian people that it is “only a matter of time” before they reach Palestine to join the fight against “barbaric Jews”.
The Islamic militant group, who last month announced a “Caliphate” straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border and renamed themselves the Islamic State, released the provocative statement on an Isis-affiliated Twitter account.
“It is only matter of time and patience before it [Islamic State] reaches Palestine to fight the barbaric Jews and kill those of them hiding behind the gharqad trees – the trees of the Jews,” the statement read.
The group said it would do “everything within its means” to continue the fight against any obstacle on the way to “Palestine”, alluding to the Middle Eastern territory before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
“As for the massacres taking place in Gaza against the Muslim men, women and children, then the Islamic State will do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its paths towards Palestine,” the group said.
The group and its “Caliph”, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have faced criticism from some quarters for not coming to the aid of Palestinian civilians being killed in the Israeli Defense Forces’ Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
U.S. has rushed hundreds of the missiles to Iraq
Washington (AFP) – The United States plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $700 million deal, officials said Tuesday, as Washington tries to help Baghdad retake ground captured by Sunni militants.
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The US government, which has been reluctant so far to take military action in support of Baghdad, has rushed hundreds of the missiles to Iraq to help the Shiite-led government counter jihadists, who have seized areas north and west of the capital.
The proposed sale is the largest yet of the lethal missiles, which the Iraqis fire from AC-208 Cessna Caravan planes and other aircraft.
The deal calls for 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles and related equipment, parts, training and logistical support worth a total of $700 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement Tuesday.
“Iraq will use the Hellfire missiles to help improve the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support current on-going ground operations,” the agency said.
The State Department has approved the deal and US law requires the government to inform members of Congress of a possible weapons sale. Lawmakers are not expected to try to block the sale.
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Washington in July alone has delivered 466 Hellfire missiles to Iraq, and has shipped 780 since January, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.
Another 366 missiles will be delivered in August, he said.
The missiles, manufactured by US defense giant Lockheed Martin Corporation, have been used on American Predator and Reaper drone aircraft to take out suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.
President Barack Obama has sent more than 200 US military advisers to Iraq to “assess” the state of the Iraqi army, while leaving open the possibility of US air strikes in the future.
The advisers delivered their initial evaluation earlier this month and Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel and top officers are still reviewing their findings, Kirby said.
The Obama administration has signaled reluctance to be drawn into major military action, and has argued that the jihadists exploited a failure by the Shiite-led government to forge cooperation with Sunni and Kurdish leaders.
“There’s not going to be a US military solution here. It’s just not going to happen,” Kirby said.
He also rejected the idea that the administration was “dithering” in its review of the assessment by military advisers.
Kirby said there was a sense of urgency but “whatever recommendations flow from these assessments have got to be the right ones, have got to be sound, and have to be based on logic, and not done in a rush.”
by ERIC ZUESSE | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 28, 2014
Typical is TIME Magazine, which headlined on 24 July 2014, “In Russia, Crime Without Punishment.”
The sub-head, from Simon Shuster, “reporting” for the Russia-hating regime of Barack Obama, in the Russia-hating Ukrainian capital Kiev, was the even-more-slanted, propagandistic: “Vladimir Putin backs the rebels suspected of shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Why each new crisis makes him stronger.” Then, to stir the fear in its gulls even more, TIME’s propaganda (though they call this sort of thing “news reporting”) opened: “The scene was almost too horrible to take in, and yet in a world of bristling threats no scene has been more revealing: under the baking July sun of eastern Ukraine, hundreds of bodies lay rotting as pro-Russian militiamen, some of them apparently drunk, brandished their weapons to keep European observers away.” The “Crime Without Punishment” was here alleged to have been such men’s shooting down of the Malaysian jet.
No one yet actually knew whether that passenger plane was shot down by any “pro-Russian militiamen,” or perhaps by the Ukrainian regime who were trying to exterminate as many residents in the “pro-Russian” areas as possible and were seeking support from other countries in their effort to eliminate the people in Ukraine’s regions where the new Obama-installed regime was unpopular, or perhaps even by Russian soldiers across the border inside Russia who were trying to help to protect those Russian-speaking Ukrainians from Kiev’s bombers, or what. But any “news” report that opens with such a loaded phrase as “suspected of shooting down,” without simultaneously saying who is alleged to have “suspected” those individuals, and why, and what the evidence against and for them is, is sheer rabble-rousing propaganda, not actual news-reporting at all, and it’s taking cheap “patriotic” shots, to bolster the allegations and agenda of one’s own government, even if that government might happen to be despised by many of the people who voted for it (people such as the present writer is), who might think that our government has shown too often that it lies through its teeth, like the U.S. media and government routinely do — and like “our” government did in 2003 about the “need” to “eliminate Saddam’s WMD.” How much credibility do the U.S. “news” media, and government, actually have, after that sordid, costly, and bloody waste, in and of Iraq? Perhaps among millions of ignorant people, our regime’s leaders and media still are believed, but not among anyone who followed and analyzed the “news reports” closely during the months leading up to our shameful, scandalous, invasion of Iraq. It was one lie, and distortion, and stenographic “news report” from White House sources, after another – all really just lying propaganda, all designed to win enough suckers so that George W. Bush could claim that “everybody knows he’s hiding something.” And, as the Democratic Party’s “Media Matters” documented as late as 25 October 2010, headlining, “Déjà vu: Right-wing media absurdly claim ‘Bush was right’ about Iraq’s WMDs,” the lies were still being circulated by Republican Party mouthpieces such as Fox “News,” even years later, constantly trying to rewrite history, constantly lying about it. But the Democratic Party’s propagandists are only slightly less untrustworthy themselves, and you won’t find out about that by reading “Media Matters,” which lies only for “Democrats,” even for fake ones, such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — pro-Wall-Street “Democrats,” who protect banksters (at the public’s expense) as much (and as effectively) as self-declared Republican politicians do.
This two-faced, two-conservative-party, system, is mere mockery of a “free press” in a “democracy.” Americans should be outraged, no longer accept it, but just reject the conning of America by the aristocracy’s two political parties, and by the “news” media that the aristocracy control. The independent national-award-winning investigative reporter Robert Parry took the aristocracy’s “news” media to task on 20 July 2014 by headlining “What Did US Spy Satellites See in Ukraine?” and he reported that what they saw and showed at the NSA was Ukrainian Government troops operating the missile-launcher that almost certainly brought down the Malaysian plane, and that this fact was being hidden from the U.S. public by the government, the Washington Post, and the aristocracy’s other propaganda-operations called “news organizations.” Parry closed by noting that, “this sort of recklessness is careening the world toward a very dangerous moment, conceivably its last.” But it wasn’t “recklessness”: it was highly professional propaganda, entailing virtually all of the U.S. “press.”
As I documented on 18 July 2014, “Obama Definitely Caused the Malaysian Airliner to Be Downed.” Read that, and then read the TIME “report,” and make your own judgment (it won’t be either mine, or TIME’s, but yours) as to whether this country has the free and honest press that one would expect in an authentic democracy. I contend that we do not (far from it), and that this country’s citizens should no longer accept the propaganda-factory that we do have. We should boycott it, and tell its advertisers that we don’t trust them or their commercials, because America’s democracy is gone: the whole system now is just rigged against the public – it’s rigged to lie.
For example, how did it happen that “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance.” And, on July 18th, “Senate Approves Transfer Of Additional $351 Million To Israel,” at the very time when our government was pretending to be an honest broker in Israel-Palestine negotiations, and hundreds of Palestinian civilians were being bombed to death with U.S. bombs. Is this democracy? Or is it lobbying, and cash-purchase of “our” politicians? “There has been virtually no debate about such huge payments to another nation’s defense budget when cities and schools continue to cut back on programs.” You can read about “America’s Nazi Allies in Israel and Ukraine,” but not in places such as The New York Times, or the Times of London. Nor (at least till now) even in places such as alternet, commondreams, and truthout. The propaganda-net is broad and deep, as it has to be in a fake-“democracy.” A fuller description of the background of these events is given in the lengthy article “Who Profits from Ukraine’s War.”
This news report is distributed, free of copyright or any charge, to all U.S. “news” media. We’ll see which ones are honest enough to publish it. (And past experience suggests they’ll be only few and small.)
Will they still blame Israel?
JUSTIN KOSKI — JULY 25, 2014
After all of the Iraqi Christians were forced to flee the embattled city of Mosul in the last week, this video shows Islamic militants destroying the tomb of Jonah. According to officials and residents of Mosul, this holy site, also known as the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus (Jonah), was destroyed yesterday.
Residents were prevented from entering the mosque–where the biblical prophet from the Book of Jonah, known for being swallowed by a great fish, is believed to be buried.
After banning worshippers, militants reportedly spent an hour wiring and placing explosives throughout the tomb. The video shows the detonation as the building instantly becomes nothing more than a cloud of dust and rubble.
Since their takeover of northern Iraq in June and their establishment of a new caliphate in the region, ISIS has launched an attack on Israel and has taken over the homes of Christians. Just this past week, they forced all remaining Christians out of the Islamic state, threatening them with death if they didn’t convert, pay a tax, or flee.
Syria is probably the number one threat
By Douglas Ernst -The Washington Times Thursday, July 24, 2014
The concentration of radical Islamic fighters in Syria, coupled with the length of time they’ve been training and fighting, has led U.S. officials to put the terrorism threat they pose to the U.S. on par with organizations operating out of Yemen.
“Syria is probably the number one threat — or, with … threats out of Yemen — to the American homeland right now and elsewhere in the west,” Michael Vickers, the Pentagon’s Under Secretary for Defense Intelligence, said while speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, ABC News reported.
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Mr. Vickers, a former special forces operator, added that foreign fighters “who are Western passport holders, including Americans — a subset of that numbers in the four digits.”
Security experts expect a percentage of those passport holders to try and attack the American homeland.
“The number of foreign fighters that are already in place in Syria, and a number of other Westerners in that group, is one that is unprecedented and is a larger number than we ever saw in ungoverned spaces in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said John Carlin, the assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department, ABC News reported.
Members of the panel also discussed one of their biggest concerns, which is the prospect of terrorists using nonmetallic bombs in a terrorist attack.
On July 1, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, reported that Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the master bomb maker who helped Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab with his failed 2009 Christmas Day terror attack, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is serving a life sentence as a result of his guilty plea to all eight counts of a federal indictment charging him for his role in the botched bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 over Detroit.
“ISIS’s rapid advance from Syria into Iraq is … winning the group new recruits and the admiration of some other terrorists, including one of the world’s most notorious bomb makers,” Mr. Engel said.
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Written by Allen West on July 23, 2014
Over the weekend I posted a statement about the latest actions of the Islamic terror group ISIS, now known as the Islamic State (IS). The group has resorted to the time-honored tradition of jihadists to force conversion, subjugation by collecting a the “jizya” tax, or death.
That, my friends, is the Islamist version of “coexist.” Therefore, Iraqi Christians, Assyrians and Chaldeans, who have lived in those lands centuries before the emergence of Islam and Mohammed, are now being forced to flee for their lives. Their homes and possessions are being taken by these Islamic jihadists — those wonderful emissaries of the “religion of peace.”
As confirmed by ijreview.com, “The Iraqi city of Mosul that was quickly taken by ISIS terrorists is now free of Christians for the first time in history, after they were given a warning to either convert, pay the al-Jizya tax that non-Muslims pay to live under their rule, or “face the sword.”
A similar report comes from the Islamist-friendly Al Arabiya:
“Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said. “Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil,” in the neighboring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians.”
“We were shocked by the distribution of a statement by the Islamic State calling on Christians to convert to Islam, or to pay unspecified tribute, or to leave their city and their homes taking only their clothes and no luggage, and that their homes would then belong to the Islamic State,” Sako said.”
So, I must ask, where are the statements of condemnation from CAIR, ISNA, MPAC, MAS, and the other U.S.-based Muslim Brotherhood front organizations? I think you all know the answer. Heck, where is the condemnation from President Barack Hussein Obama? You can bet that if the situation were reversed, the entire world would be screaming and condemning Christians — but hey, these are Muslims, they’re free to do as they wish. Just look at the condemnation of Israel, a sovereign state, being attacked by an Islamic terror group, Hamas. Whose side is conducting protests in Paris, London, and in front of the White House?
Oh, I know, I’m the “islamophobe” because I refuse to just sit back and take it. I’m a warmonger because I believe one must fight for survival, especially against an enemy sworn to your destruction. Say what you will, but I will not be called an apologist and certainly not a dhimmi.
We saw this before in the 20th Century when Jews were driven from their homes, given notices, and labelled — the same is happening now in Iraq. Those who say they don’t care and that it’s not our problem represent that which is the worse amongst us. You can see here pictures and Twitter posts evidencing the targeted labeling of homes. Churches are being destroyed. And this is not just happening in Iraq as Boko Haram continues to murder Christians in Nigeria.
Where is our media on this? Where is the outrage? Silence is consent.
To my Christians brothers and sisters I apologize. I apologize that we have a progressive, socialist, and Islamist sympathizer as a president, leader of a party that is godless and has enacted a war on Christianity all in the name of secular humanism. I apologize that the efforts of my fellow warrior brother and sisters who served and fought in Iraq now appear to have been for naught, at the expense of our freedom, security and safety. I apologize that these historic enclaves, nearly 2000 years old, are being erased from the face of the earth by these Islamic jihadists.
From my humble home in South Florida I lift you up in prayer before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But know you may find strength in the words of Romans Chapter 8, verses 28-39 — especially, verses 36-39, ” As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God be with you all!