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Boko Haram and ISIS: Is there a difference?

by 1389AD ( 103 Comments › )
Filed under Iraq, Islamic Terrorism, Jihad, Libya, NIGERIA, Syria at July 2nd, 2015 - 10:23 am

Guardian: Isis welcomes Boko Haram’s allegiance and plays down US coalition ‘victories’

March 12, 2015: The Islamic State welcomed a pledge of allegiance made to it by Boko Haram and vowed to press with its expansion, according to a recording on Thursday purportedly from its spokesman.

“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to west Africa because the caliph … has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad,” Isis spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in the message, using the Arabic name for Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist group.

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BBC Kidnapped Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls slit Christians’ throats under orders from Boko Haram

June 29. 2015: Chibok girls ‘forced to join Nigeria’s Boko Haram’

Some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria have been forced to join Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the BBC has been told.

Witnesses say some are now being used to terrorise other captives, and are even carrying out killings themselves.

The testimony cannot be verified but Amnesty International says other girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been forced to fight.

Boko Haram has killed some 5,500 civilians in Nigeria since 2014.

Two-hundred-and-nineteen schoolgirls from Chibok, are still missing, more than a year after they were kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria. Many of those seized are Christians.

Three women who claim they were held in the same camps as some of the Chibok girls have told the BBC’s Panorama programme that some of them have been brainwashed and are now carrying out punishments on behalf of the militants.

Seventeen-year-old Miriam (not her real name) fled Boko Haram after being held for six months. She was forced to marry a militant, and is now pregnant with his child.

Recounting her first days in the camp she said: “They told to us get ready, that they were going to marry us off.”
She and four others refused.

“They came back with four men, they slit their throats in front of us. They then said that this will happen to any girl that refuses to get married,”

Faced with that choice, she agreed to marry, and was then repeatedly raped.

“There was so much pain,” she said. “I was only there in body… I couldn’t do anything about it.”

While in captivity, Miriam described meeting some of the Chibok schoolgirls. She said they were kept in a separate house to the other captives.

“They told us: ‘You women should learn from your husbands because they are giving their blood for the cause. We must also go to war for Allah.'”

She said the girls had been “brainwashed” and that she had witnessed some of them kill several men in her village.

“They were Christian men. They [the Boko Haram fighters] forced the Christians to lie down. Then the girls cut their throats.”

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Independent (UK): Isis executed scores of children in a year of its caliphate

An image posted on 21 October by an Isis-linked Twitter feed, with a caption in Arabic calling these children 'new graduates of Jihad School'
An image posted on 21 October by an Isis-linked Twitter feed, with a caption in Arabic calling these children ‘new graduates of Jihad School’

June 29, 2015: Others executed by the violent Islamist group include 86 women and 143 of its own members, according to report

The full scale of Isis’s year of terror has been detailed in a new report that claims the jihadist group has executed more than 3,000 people in the past 12 months – a tally which includes 74 children.

According to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights produced to mark the first anniversary of the establishment of the group’s “caliphate”, Isis has carried out 3,027 execution killings in a year.

Among the thousands of Arab and Kurdish civilians executed by the group in Syria in the last year, 86 were women.

But the violent Islamist group appears to demonstrate a particular interest in children, releasing videos of children fighting in cages and undertaking military training.

The report also details moves undertaken by the group to entice children to join, which include setting up offices ‘cubs of the caliphate’ that recruit children to fight for Isis.

Earlier this month the group reportedly crucified two children for not fasting during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

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Daily Mail (UK): ISIS’s ‘father of the year’: How Australian jihadi took wife and five children to Syria, posted pictures of his son, 7, holding a severed HEAD… and then married his daughter, 13, to monster who ‘raped Yazidi girls’

July 1, 2015:

  • Khaled Sharrouf left Australia to join ISIS in Syria with Mohammed Elomar
  • Then married his 13-year-old daughter Zaynab off to his fellow jihadi fighter
  • Jihadi shared image of his then-seven-year-old son holding severed head
  • Sharrouf and Elomar are accused of beheading Iraqis, raping Yazidi slaves

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Yahoo! News: Fears after Islamic State group mines Syria’s Palmyra

ISIS flag over Palmyra ruins

June 22, 2015 – Damascus (AFP) – Islamic State group jihadists have mined the spectacular ancient ruins in Syria’s Palmyra, an antiquities official and monitor said Sunday, prompting fears for the UNESCO World Heritage site.

The reports came one month after the extremist group overran the central Syrian city.

Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said that the group had laid mines and explosives in Palmyra?s Greco-Roman ruins.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground, said the explosives were laid on Saturday.

“But it is not known if the purpose is to blow up the ruins or to prevent regime forces from advancing into the town,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

He said regime forces had launched heavy air strikes against the residential part of Palmyra in the past three days, killing at least 11 people.

“The regime forces are to the west outside the city, and in recent days they have brought in reinforcements suggesting they may be planning an operation to retake Palmyra,” he added.

A political source told AFP that a leading commander had been dispatched to the region to organise an offensive to recapture and secure Palmyra and several key gas fields nearby.

Abdulkarim also said Sunday he had received reports from Palmyra residents that the ruins had been mined.

“We have preliminary information from residents saying that this is correct, they have laid mines at the temple site,” he told AFP.

“I hope that these reports are not correct, but we are worried.”

He urged “Palmyra’s residents, tribal chiefs and religious and cultural figures to intervene to prevent this… and prevent what happened in northern Iraq”, referring to IS’s destruction of heritage sites there.

“I am very pessimistic and feel sadness,” he added.

– ‘Irreplaceable treasure’ –

IS captured Palmyra, which is famed for its extensive and well-preserved ruins, on May 21.

The group has regularly heavily mined its territory to make it more difficult to recapture.

The city’s fall prompted international concern about the fate of the heritage site described by UNESCO as of “outstanding universal value”.

Before it was overrun, the head of the UN cultural body urged that the ruins be spared, saying they were “an irreplaceable treasure for the Syrian people, and the world”.

IS has released several videos documenting its destruction of heritage sites in Iraq and Syria.

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Libya, the gift that keeps on giving:

CNN: ISIS executes more Christians in Libya, video shows

April 20, 2015: ISIS operatives have executed two groups of prisoners, believed to be Ethiopian Christians, in Libya, according to a video released Sunday by the terror network’s media arm.

The Ethiopian government confirmed Monday that 30 of its citizens were among the two groups, according to the Ethiopian News Agency.

The al-Furqan Media video — which is highly produced and titled “Until There Came to Them Clear Evidence” — shows two groups of men, one in orange jumpsuits and the other in black, being killed at different locations in Libya, according to the video’s narrator.

One group is beheaded on a beach along the Mediterranean Sea, while the other group is shot in Southern Libya, hundreds of miles away.

“All praise be to Allah, the Lord and cherisher of the world and may peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Mohammed. To the nation of the cross, we are back again on the sands, where the companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him, have stepped on before, telling you: Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap,” the narrator says in Arabic on the 39-minute video.

The narrator continues, “In fact, their blood is the purest blood because there is a nation behind them (which) inherits revenge. And we swear to Allah: the one who disgraced you by our hands, you will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you embrace Islam.”

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But wait, there’s more!

ISIS & Al Qaeda Franchising

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 183 Comments › )
Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Islam, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, Jihad, Middle East, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Terrorism at April 9th, 2015 - 8:45 am
Members of the al Qaeda affiliated group al Shabab in Somalia in 2013.

Members of the al Qaeda affiliated group al Shabab in Somalia in 2013.

The face of terrorism is morphing. Here are excerpts from an interesting (yet not surprising) report by John Grady in USNI News:

Creating franchises among groups claiming affiliation with al Qaeda or the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is among the biggest change in international terrorism, two leading experts told the Atlantic Council on Thursday.

Bruce Hoffman, director of security programs at Georgetown University, said the United States missed that shift of terrorist groups willing to “hitch their fortunes to al Qaeda’s star” after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. “We made exactly the same mistake” with groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria, al Shabab in Somalia and others in Egypt and Libya now claiming affiliation with ISIS.

With so many groups — possibly 17 — operating out of geographically diverse strongholds, Bruce Riedel, director of intelligence programs at the Bookings Institution, asked the Washington audience where does the United States place “its finite number of analysts, its finite number of drones” to keep tab on them.

For al Qaeda — who plan large dramatic attacks for its long-term benefit — and ISIS — who act for immediate gain and shock — terrorism appears to pay off as it did with the bombings of the American embassy and Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983. Those operations cost little, but succeeded in having the Marines leave Beirut a few months later. Similarly, the 2001 attacks cost about $500,000 and the United States spent $5 trillion in response, including fighting long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, both said.

Hoffman said that while al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al Zawahiri has been quiet for months the group is clearly working to attract support in South Asia — from the Indian subcontinent to Burma to Indonesia.

He cited a recently spoiled al Qaeda plot to infiltrate the crew and officer cadre of a Pakistani guided missile frigate, seize it, steam into areas where coalition navies are conducting anti-piracy patrols and then fire on an America warship “preferably an aircraft carrier” an attack that “that would have provoked a naval war” between the two countries.


Among the questions facing a new American government [sic] when it takes office in 20 months will be whether ISIS will go underground in Iraq as al Qaeda did and what will conditions be like in Afghanistan and Pakistan when coalition forces leave.

[Complete story at USNI News.]

Minor critique of an otherwise interesting read – I hope that we don’t have “a new American government when it takes office in 20 months.” Instead I hope we elect leadership that recognizes and deals with real threats, and does so with action, rather than fighting global and domestic terrorism with inane rhetoric.

ISIS continues its march

by Phantom Ace ( 267 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, British Islamic Jihadists, Chechnya, Gaza, Hezballah, IDF, Iran, Iraq, Islamic Invasion, Islamic Supremacism, Islamists, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, NIGERIA, Syria at August 4th, 2014 - 10:02 am

ISIS continues to expand its reach in the Middle East. In Iraq they seized a major dam and several villages from Kurdish forces. In Lebanon ISIS along with their rival Nusra Font have combined to seize territory in Lebanon centered around the town of Arsal. They are now clashing with the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah.

ISLAMIC State (Isis) fighters have seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June.

Capture of the Mosul Dam after an offensive of barely 24 hours could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major Iraqi cities, sharply raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki’s Shi’ite-led government.


sis fighters have also been involved in violent exchanges with Lebanese armed forces around a border town in a push to dislodge the biggest incursion by militants into Lebanon since Syria’s civil war began.

At least ten Lebanese soldiers have died in the fighting, which erupted after Islamist gunmen seized a local police station on Saturday in response to the arrest of their commander, security officials said.

An unknown number of militants and civilians have also been killed, and security sources say at least 16 members of Lebanon’s security forces have been taken captive.

The gunmen in Arsal include fighters linked to the Islamic State (Isis), the al Qaeda offshoot that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, as well as Syria’s al Qaeda branch, the Nusra Front.

ISIS and its allies are now battling on multiple fronts Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Nigeria where Boko Harram has pledges allegiance and Libya. The self describe Caliphate has shattered the Iranian led Shiite crescent and are threatening Jordan. This organization is a cancer that is spreading. ISIS believes it is reliving the 7th Century Jihad.

How Does The Hashtag Compare With The Big Stick?

by Flyovercountry ( 132 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Islamic Terrorism, Islamists, NIGERIA, Progressives at May 14th, 2014 - 10:00 am

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

On May 18, 1904, The American diplomat to Morocco, Ion Perdicaris was kidnapped by a flamboyant Berber chieftain who called himself The Raisuni. Few people knew this at the time, including by the way President Roosevelt, the American Ambassador to Morocco had renounced his American Citizenship almost 40 years prior to being kidnapped. In the movie based on this event, so expertly acted out by Sean Connery and Candice Bergen, it was believed that a 64 year old balding fat pampered man would not be a compelling enough story to exact full fare from movie goers to see the 1970’s version of an action adventure flick. So Ion Perdicaris was changed to Eden Pedecaris, the Raisuni was changed to the Raisuli, and the rescue suddenly became a love story of sorts, complete with making it all about Roosevelt’s reelection.

It is true that at the Nominating Convention in which Teddy secured his first GOP nod to be our President, (his first term in office resulted from the death of William McKinley on September 14, 1901, and not the result of winning in a general election,) that this campaign slogan was unveiled, “Perdicaris alive or the Raisuni dead.” Unlike the movie however, it was not Roosevelt who had initially used this slogan in a political context. During the convention his Secretary of State, John Hay, read the communication that Roosevelt had secretly sent to the Sultan of Morocco as his keynote address to the Convention. The telegram was a means to explain exactly what those 7 war ships Roosevelt had dispatched to Morocco meant, and what their intended business would be upon their arrival. Roosevelt’s doctrine on foreign policy you see was somewhat different than what we see today from the current State Department. Teddy’s philosophy was, “speak softly and carry a big stick.” He didn’t deliver well articulated speeches, he didn’t pontificate about all peoples coming together to live in peaceful coexistence, and he didn’t offer up theories about nations never seeking to dominate other sovereign nations. He merely sent the full capability of our fighting force to inflict his will upon people who he felt were purposefully provoking the American People with clear acts of war.

Two things happened prior to the arrival of those 7 warships. First, the Sultan of Morocco, probably interpreting Roosevelt’s telegram as a personal threat against himself, paid the Raisuni’s $70,000 ransom demand. Second, Ambassador Perdicaris was returned, unharmed along with his stepson who had also been kidnapped. Years later, while living in Britain, Perdicaris admitted to forming a friendship with the Raisuni, in what has to be the earliest case of Stockholm syndrome ever recorded.

In the years following this earlier-than-Israel’s-existence act of Islamic Terrorism, many theories about Roosevelt’s motivation as to how he handled the crisis have emerged. Many feel that the whole thing was nothing more than a slick campaign ploy, and that he was more interested in using the debacle to ride to reelection. Many people have postulated that he was embarrassed by the fact that Perdicaris was not a U.S. citizen, and that Roosevelt himself paid the ransom to the Raisuni once this was learned, so that the whole thing could be resolved prior to anyone in America finding out. One thing is obvious however, and that is that even one century later, nobody doubts the American Strength that was projected by Theodore Roosevelt, and that it also marked for quite some time, the end of our troubles with the crazy membership of that Cult known as Islam.

I am not suggesting that in today’s world, simply dispatching America’s military capability about the globe every time our President feels provoked should be our new foreign policy doctrine, but there are other ways in which our President can project American strength, rather than weakness. Maybe we should discuss some of pieces of low hanging fruit that already exist for this endeavor. Not announcing to the world that we will be slashing our military defense budget to levels not experienced since prior to WWII would help immensely. Many of our enemies, which still exist around the globe, can in fact read, and often do. They are also equipped with the skills necessary to perform basic math. When you slash the military’s budget while at the same time demand that they retrofit and fuel many of the vehicles used to run on bio-diesels, which are 600% more expensive than those based on crude oil, you are ill equipped to project any kind of strength within your own borders, let alone abroad. Many from the political left labeled Ronald Reagan as crazy or stupid for his, “Star Wars,” missile defense shield. Not a single one of them apologized to the 40th President when he was proven correct. It was a deterrent to further hostility, and in fact did more to contribute to the collapse of the Soviet Union than any other single factor. It projected American strength around the globe in a way that can only be described as defensive in nature. The missile shield does not have an aggressive capability, but can only be used to prevent unwarranted attacks against us or our allies. Removing that shield from Eastern Europe and preventing its inclusion amongst other allies around the globe can only be described as the worst sort of idiotic naivete. Yet, here we are, and that is exactly the unilateral action taken by our President. If your goal were to purposefully destroy the United States and hang all of her allies out to dry, there would be no greater course of action than these two things alone.

Now, compare all of the above with this:

This is weaker tea even than economic sanctions, which couldn’t even convince the world to stop trading with Iran while she threatened and nearly achieved the capability to build her very own nuclear bomb. (I’m guessing that Iran hasn’t achieved this yet, since there’s not been errant detonations anywhere. We, all of us, know that Iran will use one as soon as she has sufficient quantities to perform evil.) Nothing says toothless former giant more than a First Lady begging as a part of a photo op. Clearly, the Kumbayah school of diplomacy has reached its only possible end, which is a disastrous level of failure not seen since Neville Chamberlain announced, “peace in our time.” I don’t know if it our place as Americans to do anything at all about Nigerians kidnapping Nigerians, or conducting their acts of evil anywhere else in the world against anyone but those people with whom we are interested. I do know however that they have been emboldened to these new heights of hubris by a suddenly ineffective and toothless United States of America. The progenitors of evil around the globe have taken the measure of our President and found him to be lacking resolve, ability, maturation, and a desire to oppose them in any fashion. To say that they are singularly unimpressed with hashtags is itself one of the great understatements of the century. They see a man who, while speaking to our enemies, used that time to vainly plead for a cessation in provocative action until after his reelection bid. The sheer shallowness of this man alone must have seemed like candy to Vladimir Putin, who is clearly not in the slightest bit concerned with winning elections.

During the days between our election of the least qualified man in any room that he enters and his inauguration to become our nation’s chief executive, President George W. Bush authorized, against the protestations of Barack Obama by the way, the launch of one of our missiles from a Submarine stationed in the Pacific Ocean to bring down an obsolete satellite in lower Earth orbit. We not only hit the satellite with the missile, but hit the specific part of the satellite that we intended to hit. The message to the world at large was plain, (and judging by the week long temper tantrum thrown by Chinese diplomats and high ministerial officials, was also plainly received,) you may have Barack Obama and his desire to weaken America for a President now, but his effects upon our capabilities will be temporary. We will still have our toys and we will still know how to use them once his regime has been replaced. Thank goodness for George W. Bush, if for no other reason than that action alone. We’d certainly all be speaking Arabic or Chinese now were it not for that.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.