CNN ponders why Turkey has not gone after ISIS?

Well, duh! Maybe it’s because Turkey, along with Qatar, has been the among the biggest enablers of ISIS, allowing their jihadists from all over the world access in and out of Syria via Turkey, while providing ISIS with funding as well as weapons supplied by Barack Hussein Obama from Benghazi.

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SYRIA: Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists crucify 17-year-old boy

Pictures being shared online show a banner attached to the teenager’s chest saying the boy has been crucified for taking photos of ISIS military bases and receiving 500 Turkish lira for any footage taken.

Independent  The message describes the ruling for the alleged crime as “apostasy” and states the teenager has been “killed and crucified for a period of three days” as the punishment. The alleged execution comes after it emerged Isis militants had beheaded their own fighters for spying and espionage.

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It is not known who took the picture, which was circulated across social media by some Isis supporters on Friday. Charlie Winter, Programs Officer at counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, said crucifixion is a prescribed punishment meted out by Isis for specific crimes.

He told The Independent: “Crucifixion has been used many times before – it’s an age-old punishment dealt out to people who have committed treason.” All photos below are ISIS crucifixions:

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SYRIA: New head shots from ISIS

The description says, “The men in these pictures used only home made riles with a combination of sword and beheading technicues passed down from generations of Muslim barbarians to take out these Assadist dogs. They are in hell now.”

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Gee, ya think Turkey might want to enter the war against ISIS after ISIS invades Turkey?

Turkey has been funding, arming, and facilitating ISIS fighters’ crossing into Syria from Turkey to fight against the Syrian government and this is the thanks they get? Guess that old Winston Churchill saying, “An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last,” might be playing out here soon.

ISIS has released a propaganda video in which the group attacks Turkey and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whom ISIS refers to mockingly as the Caliph of the Muslim Brotherhood. The group threatens to conquer Turkey and put an end to Erdoğan’s rule. Turkey has been accused by several regional and Western countries of providing aid to Sunni terrorists, including ISIS.

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KOBANE MASSACRE has begun

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UK Daily Mail  Thirteen-year-old Dillyar cannot get the image of his cousin being beheaded out of his mind. The pair were fleeing Kobane and running down a street when Islamic State fighters blocked their exit.

Dillyar managed to slip through their grasp but his cousin Mohammed, 20, was seized, and gave a blood-curdling scream as one of the black-clad maniacs drew out a knife.

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‘They pushed him to the ground and sawed his head off, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’,’ the schoolboy told me yesterday. ‘I see it in my dreams every night and every morning I wake up and remember everything.’

Many spoke of headless corpses now littering the streets of Kobane, with other townsfolk having their eyes gouged out. Amin Fajar said: “I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off. Others with just their hands or legs missing. 

“I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out – I can never forget it for as long as I live. They put the heads on display to scare us all.”

Refugees who made it to Suruc, just across the border in Turkey, tell of witnessing appalling horrors in hushed tones, as if they can barely believe it themselves.

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Father-of-four Amin Fajar, 38, said: ‘I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off. Others with just their hands or legs missing. I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out – I can never forget it for as long as I live. They put the heads on display to scare us all.’

ISIS showing off some of their dead trophies in Kobane:

Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani? Photographs have been published which experts claim show the hideous wounds caused by chemical weapons used by Isis militants in an attack on Kurdish fighters.

Obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs, the pictures allegedly show the dead bodies of three Kurdish fighters killed by Isis militants during an attack on a village near Kobani, Syria.

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Kobani is currently in the international spotlight, after Kurdish fighters resisted the onslaught of Isis fighters for weeks. Kurdish activists claim that the weapons were used in an earlier attack on the village of Avdiko on 12 July, reports the Jerusalem Post.

Mustard gas suspected: Nisan Ahmed, health minister of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria, said that the wounds could not have been caused by bullets or conventional explosives, and consisted in “burns and white spots… without any visible wounds or external bleeding.”

The journal quotes an Israeli expert claiming that the wounds suggest the use of mustard gas, but adding that the evidence was inconclusive and further research was needed. It suggests that the chemical weapons could have been acquired following Isis’s capture of the Muthanna complex about 36 miles northwest of Baghdad, which was used by the government of Saddam Hussein to produce chemical weapons.

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SYRIA: As Obama toasts, the city of Kobane ‘is’ toast

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While Barack Hussein Obama attends yet ANOTHER fundraiser, ISIS claims to have taken control of Kobane on the Syrian – Turkish border. Now calling themselves the ‘Preferred Party,’ ISIS releases photos of dead Pershmerga PKK (Kurdish) soldiers, male and female.

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At least 12 dead as pro-Kurdish protesters angered by Turkish government’s total inaction against ISIS on the Kobane border turn violent

Thousands of pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey’s empty promises to join in the fight against ISIS militants on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country on Tuesday, leaving at least a dozen dead and many wounded.

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New Hub.Shafaqna  Five people were killed in Diyarbakir, the largest town in Turkey s majority-Kurdish southeast region, according to press reports. Several other deaths were recorded in other southeastern towns, including three killed in Mardin, two in Siirt, one in Batman and another in Mus, while police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse angry protests in Istanbul and Ankara.

Thousands of people had joined the demonstrations called by the main pro-Kurdish party, the People s Democratic Party (HDP), against Ankara s failure so far to intervene militarily against Islamic State militants fighting for the Syrian border town of Kobane.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed that Turkey will do whatever necessary to prevent the fall of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab. But Kurds bitterly accuse Ankara of merely looking on as the town risks being overrun by jihadists despite dozens of Turkish tanks being deployed on the border.

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Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala accused the pro-Kurdish protesters of betraying their own country and warned them to disperse or face unpredictable consequences. Violence will be met with violence … This irrational attitude should immediately be abandoned and (the protesters) should withdraw from the streets, Ala told reporters in Ankara.

Kurds have been particularly irked by the reluctance of Turkish authorities, who are concerned by Kurdish separatism, to allow Kurds over the border to fight Islamic State.

Turkish police to Kurdish protesters: “Long Live ISIS.”

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While Obama attended three more Democrat fundraisers in New York, ISIS has reportedly hit Baghdad’s Green (International) Zone with mortars

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The so-called Green Zone is in the heart of the city and lies along the Tigris River. The U.S. Embassy is located there, along with several Iraqi government buildings.

Defense One  CNN’s Ben Wedemen, reporting from Baghdad, said several mortar rounds landed in the Green Zone, also known as the international zone. Officials with U.S. Central Command referred Defense One to the State Department. “We’ve confirmed there was NO mortar attack today in the IZ,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf tweeted late Monday. “Security systems that detect/warn of incoming indirect fire activated apparently by approaching friendly aircraft – but was no incoming fire.”

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Several news outlets said the Islamic State is now operating in Abu Ghraib, a city just west of Baghdad and only a few miles from the Baghdad International Airport, where U.S.troops are positioned. It’s possible the mortar attacks were launched from Abu Ghraib, based on the proximity of its location. Pro-Shiite militias are also operating in the area.

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The Islamic State, aka ISIS or ISIL, continues to hammer Kobani, a key Syrian city on the Turkish border, with tanks and heavy artillery. There were reports Monday that an ISIL flag has been raised on a major building there. In June, the State Department beefed up security and relocated some diplomatic staff to consulates in Basra and Irbil. The Pentagon has a Joint Command Center in Baghdad to help advise and assist the Iraqi military.

In July, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said he was confident that Iraqi security forces could hold Baghdad, saying that “they would be challenged to go on the offense—mostly logistically challenged—and that the call that the Ayatollah Sistani put out for [Shiite] volunteers is being answered and it complicates the situation, frankly, a bit.” 

As NATO member Turkey sits it out on the sidelines, they are demanding that the U.S. send in ground troops to fight ISIS.

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Massacre possible by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists as Syrian Kurds plead for help

ISIS fighters entered the besieged Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, situated near the Turkish border, that is already suffering the effects of militants cutting its water and electricity supplies. Alan Minbic, a fighter with the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit, or YPG, told CNN that ISIS now controls the southwest corner of the city, known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab.

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CNN  If ISIS takes Kobani, it will control a complete swath of land from its self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, on the Euphrates River to the Turkish border, more than 60 miles away.

Thousands of civilians have fled the predominantly Kurdish city in northern Syria in recent days as ISIS forces apparently have advanced inexorably toward it.

Kurdish fighters still have not received the heavy arms they have requested from the U.S.

Kurdish fighters still have not received the heavy arms they have requested from the U.S.

The Sunni extremist group’s reported entry into the city comes a day after Turkish lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to authorize military force against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (Gee, that’s odd, considering that Turkey has been arming them and allowing them entry to Syria via Turkey for the past two years. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to help the Kurdish fighters defend Kobani from ISIS. (Oh right, as if Turkey gives a crap about what happens to the Kurds)

On Friday, Syria accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of turning his country “into a springboard of aggression against Syria under the false claim of fighting terrorism and protecting Turkey’s national security,” according to letters from the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry to the United Nations, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

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Tanks belonging to ISIS seen firing on Ayn al-Arab city (Kobani) during clashes with Kurdish armed groups

The ministry said Turkey was responsible for “every single drop of blood that has been shed in Syria” because it provided political, military and logistical support to terrorist organizations and was a conduit for militants traveling to Syria.

U.S. airstrikes have been directed against ISIS positions in the Kobani area this week. But U.S. Central Command said there were no further strikes in the area overnight into Friday.

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Islamic State (ISIS) shoots down Syrian warplane carrying out airstrikes

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet conducting airstrikes on the group’s stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. “It is the first aircraft shot down since the regime launched air strikes against the jihadists in July following their declaration of a caliphate in late June.” 

Al-Arabiya (h/t Susan K)  Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that the plane was carrying out strikes on the ISIS stronghold of Raqa when it was hit. It crashed into a house in the Euphrates Valley city, the sole provincial capital entirely out of Syrian government control, causing deaths and injuries on the ground, he added. A photograph posted on a jihadist Twitter account purported to show the burnt-out wreckage of the plane.

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“Allahu Akbar (God is greater), thanks to God we can confirm that a military aircraft has been shot down over Raqa,” another account said, congratulating the “lions of the Islamic State.”

The plane is far from the first Syrian government aircraft downed by opposition forces, but it comes after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime stepped up its air campaign against ISIS in eastern Syria. In recent weeks it has repeatedly targeted the group’s Euphrates valley strongholds in Raqa and Deir Ezzor provinces and jihadist-held areas of the northeastern province of Hasakeh.

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An Islamic State militant (L) stands next to residents as they hold pieces of wreckage from a Syrian war plane after it crashed in Raqqa

U.S. President Barack Obama said last week he would not hesitate to hit ISIS in Syria. Senior U.S. officials have said that the Syrian military’s air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. airstrikes that are expected against ISIS targets in Syria. One official said if the Assad military were to demonstrate that it was a threat to the U.S. ability to operate in the area, it would put Syrian air defenses in the region at risk.

The United States has stressed it will not coordinate with the Assad government in any way in its fight against ISIS. Obama’s position has long been that he would like to see Assad leave power, particularly after using chemical weapons against his own people last year. But airstrikes against ISIS in Syria could have the indirect effect of benefiting Assad because the extremists have been fighting the Syrian government during what is now a three-year civil war.

Washington wants to train and equip (non-existent) Syrian rebels who are deemed to be moderate to hold territory cleared by U.S. airstrikes.

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EGYPT’S Foreign Minister takes John Kerry to school re: Islamic terrorism

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Egypt tells John Kerry that ISIS brand of Islamofascist terrorism isn’t limited to Syria and Iraq, it’s all over the Middle East and should be dealt with everywhere.

CNS News  During Secretary of State John Kerry’s weekend visit to Cairo, his Egyptian counterpart pushed for the new international focus on countering terrorism to go beyond Syria and Iraq, arguing that the same ideology espoused by the jihadists there is driving other Islamist extremists, including those in Egypt’s neighboring territories.

During his current travels in the Middle East and Europe, Kerry is seeking support for a coalition to tackle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), and he said Sunday he has received offers from some countries to take part in the military element of that campaign. But while the administration’s focus has been largely centered on ISIS, Cairo sees the problem as a far broader one.

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A spokesman for President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi said that in talks with Kerry the president had “stressed that any international coalition against terrorism must be a comprehensive alliance that is not limited to confront a certain organization or to curb a single terrorist hotbed but must expand to include all the terrorist hotbeds across the Middle East and Africa.”

During a joint press appearance with Kerry, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri underlined the point, calling for a fight against Islamist terrorists “wherever they may be.” “I support the international efforts to fight terrorism and work on supporting these efforts, and support the necessary measures to put an end to this phenomenon, whether in Iraq, Libya, any part of the Arab world, or in Africa,” he said.

In reply to a question about possible links between ISIS and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a terrorist group based in the Sinai peninsula, he said the two organizations were linked through a common ideologically and vision, even if they portray themselves differently. “We definitely monitor these relationships between the various organizations, and in the end, this – ideologically speaking, this organization is linked and these organizations share that common vision,” Shukri said, speaking through a translator.

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“And we don’t believe there’s a different – perhaps just in the tactics used by these organizations and the way they depict themselves to the international community,” he continued. “We believe that this extremist, exclusionary ideology is common among all terrorist organizations,” Shukri said, adding that Egypt monitors cooperation between such groups and recognizes that they pose threats across borders between national states.

“They want to eliminate these states so that this extremist ideology will prevail.” Shukri said Egypt believed defeating terrorism was “a collective responsibility.” “There should be agreement between members of the international community to eliminate these phenomena wherever they may be.”

The U.S. and Egypt have also differed over the Muslim Brotherhood, a veteran Islamist organization which the former views as a legitimate political force and the latter as a terrorist group.

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Sisi, in his then capacity as military chief, toppled the Islamist organization’s ruling administration in July 2013 and cracked down on its leaders, from former President Mohamed Morsi down.

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The Obama and Sisi administrations have not seen eye-to-eye over the turmoil in Libya, where Egyptian and Emirati airstrikes against Islamist militia last month drew a reprimand from Washington.

Egypt, the UAE and others like Saudi Arabia regard the chaos in Libya, where Islamist militias seized control of Tripoli airport on August 23 and are supporting an alternative government, as a major security challenge. 

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