Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi says the country is facing a threat to its existence from jihadists after the military suffered the biggest loss of life in decades in attacks in Sinai. At least 31 soldiers were killed in two attacks on Friday, the deadliest a bomb blast near the town of El-Arish.
BBC (h/t Colin W) A three-month state of emergency has been declared in parts of the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt’s Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was closed. There will be three days of mourning. In a live TV address, Mr Sisi said a huge plot was being waged against Egypt “by external forces”.
“This is meant to break up Egypt and the Egyptians …. Egypt is fighting a war of existence.” No group has said it carried out the attacks, which came as the army continued an offensive against jihadists in northern Sinai.
Militants have stepped up attacks since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the army last year amid massive opposition protests. In the deadliest attack, 28 soldiers were killed and a similar number injured in a suicide bomb blast at a checkpoint near El-Arish, the main town in the north of the restive peninsula. Three more soldiers died in a separate shooting at a checkpoint in the town itself.
“The army and the police will take all necessary measures to tackle the dangers of terrorism and its financing, to preserve the security of the region… and protect the lives of citizens,” the statement said. Communications have been cut, and helicopters and special forces are now searching for militant hideouts, she adds. In their continuing offensive in northern Sinai, security forces have recently killed and captured dozens of suspected members of jihadist groups.
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.
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.
— الرقة تذبح بصمت (@Raqqa_Sl) October 17, 2014
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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Gateway Pundit (h/t Rob E)
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— State of Islam (@Dawla_account) October 9, 2014
— State of Islam (@Dawla_account) October 8, 2014
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Several mortars have landed in Baghdad’s international (green) zone within the last 20 minutes. #Iraq
— benwedeman (@bencnn) October 6, 2014
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*’CRUSADERS’ being the pilots from Jordan, the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, according to Sheik Ahmad Badran in Jatt, Israel. But it’s the Muslim FEMALE pilot from the UAE that really seems to stick in his craw.
“Allegedly” because this could be the work of ISIS.
ISIS allegedly steals millions of dollars and gold ingots from the home of Osama Al-Nujayfi.
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.
“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.
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.