IRAQ: ISIS jihadists’ systematic destruction of Shiite shrines and mosques

Islamic militant sect, ISIS, which has been rampaging across the north and west of Iraq since last month, has been demolishing sacred sites such as shrines and mosques around the historic northern city of Mosul in Nineveh province. (Say farewell to any remaining churches in Iraq)

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RT  Photographs from the area posted online under the banner “Demolishing shrines and idols in the state of Nineveh” depicted mosques being turned into piles of rubble – explosives deployed against Shiite buildings – and bulldozers flattening the shrines.

At least four shrines to Sunni Arab or Sufi figures have been destroyed by the bulldozers, according to AFP. The structures had been built around graves of Muslim saints. Six Shiite mosques have also been destroyed using explosives.

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Local residents verified that buildings had been destroyed and two cathedrals occupied to the agency. Crosses at the front of Mosul’s Chaldean cathedral and Syrian Orthodox cathedral were removed and replaced with the black flag of the Islamic State.

The city of Tal Afar, approximately 70km west of Mosul, was also targeted, with a Shiite Huseiniya temple being blown up.

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“Dozens of men, women and children formed a human wall and surrounded the sacred shrine of Sheikh Fathi in al-Mushahada neighbourhood of western Mosul and prevented the terrorists from storming it,”Ninawa tribal council deputy head Ibrahim al-Hassan told Al-Shorfa shortly after the incident.

Sheikh Fathi’s shrine – one of Mosul’s most important, dating back to 1760, was among those destroyed.

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Mosul was captured on June 10 when Sunni militants drove Iraq’s army out of the city. Thousands of civilians fled as jihadists took control of the city against the Shi’ite majority Baghdad government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Maliki has sworn to defeat the jihadists; on Friday he stated publicly that: “Pulling out of the battlefield while facing terrorist organizations that are against Islam and humanity would show weakness instead of carrying out my legitimate, national and moral responsibility.”  “I have vowed to God that I will continue to fight by the side of our armed forces and volunteers until we defeat the enemies of Iraq and its people,” he said. (Assuming the rest of your Army doesn’t also defect to the other side)

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Behold the new Caliph of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria

Excerpts from the speech at the Grand Mosque in Mosul by ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the al-Qaeda terrorist released by Barack Hussein Obama from a U.S. prison in Iraq in 2009.

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MMEMonitorMideast  SIS emir and newly, self-appointed Caliph for all Muslims Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, emerged from the shadows to lead Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque, calling on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate declared by the Sunni jihadist group. The notoriously secretive jihadi, who has never before been seen in public, chose the first Friday prayer service of Ramadan to make an audacious display of power in the city that Salafist Islamists have now controlled for three weeks.

Speaking from the balcony in his new incarnation as self-anointed “Caliph Ibrahim”, al-Baghdadi announced himself as “the leader who presides over you”, urging Muslims to join him and “make jihad” for the sake of Allah.

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The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq & Syria) threat to Jordan may not be as bad as the threat from within

U.S. ally King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania and their son, the Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah

U.S. and Israel ally King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania with their son, the Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah

As ISIS continues its violent jihad through Syria and Iraq, many fear that Jordan will be next. Although Jordan is one of the most modern and Westernized Muslim nations in the Middle East, it has a large contingent of radicalized Salafists who want to see Jordan turned into an Islamic fundamentalist hellhole.

At two rallies in Maan this week, scores of young men, some in black masks, raised their fists, waved home-made banners bearing the logo and inscriptions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and shouted, “Down, down with Abdullah,” the king of Jordan. Abdullah II, a close U.S. ally, is widely viewed as a moderate in a country considered an oasis of stability in the Middle East.

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ISIS jihadists are planning to destroy the Kaaba in Mecca and kill the King of Saudi Arabia

Muslims circle the Kaaba at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. ISIS Islamists promised to work destroy the Kaaba after its conquest of Saudi Arabia.

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Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia.  APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of Arar city of Saudi Arabia and start operations here.

ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca: “If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.”

The ISIS terrorist group has a reputation for destroying ancient artifacts and religious monuments.

APA reported, via Free Republic: (h/t GP)

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Oh my! ISIS jihadists in Iraq mock brother Obama

ISIS has just released a new English language music video called ‘The End of Sykes Picot.’ At the end of the video, one of the ISIS spokes-terrorists, cruising around in a Ford 350 truck says, “Obama, did you prepare enough diapers for your soldiers?”

Gateway Pundit  Abus Saffiya, the Anderson Cooper of  this video, shows off the spoils of war (American military equipment) and raises the black flag of jihad at a former Iraqi military base. ISIS announced yesterday they had formed a caliphate in Syria-Iraq and implemented Sharia law.

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Free Syrian Army (FSA) ‘rebels’ high command has been disbanded a day after Barack Hussein Obama promised to send them $500 million

Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but the money was always intended for the ISIS jihadists, with whom most of the former FSA rebels who are still fighting have joined.

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Friends of Syria  The Obama-backed Syrian rebel movement fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime was in disarray on Friday after its military high command was sacked over corruption allegations a day after the Obama administration earmarked it for $500 million in financial support.

The country’s self-styled opposition government took the dramatic step amid repots of rampant malfeasance within the ranks of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) Ahmad Tohme, head of the government-in-exile, said it had “decided to disband the Supreme Military Council and refer its members to the government’s financial and administration committee for investigation.”

Brigadier General Abdelilah al-Bashir, the FSA’s chief-of-staff, is also being fired in the purge, the opposition government said in an announcement posted on Facebook.

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It isn’t only Egypt that thinks al-Jazeera is a mouthpiece for Islamic terrorists

al-jazeera-wins-america-journalism-award-february-20-20121Apparently, many in Iraq, do, too. Not in the U.S., however, where Hillary Clinton endorsed them as one of the best, most honest news outlets in the world. It’s time for Iraq to start jailing al-Jazeera reporters as Egypt has been doing.

Iraqi journalist Abu Firas Hamdani has acquired worldwide recognition after visiting the Aljazeera studio in Qatar where he accused the Qatari government and its main state television Al Jazeera of manipulating news and thereby ‘regulating’ terrorism in Iraq. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are frequently referred to as the primary source of revenue for ISIS in Iraq and Syria. On June 18, Abu Firas was invited to hold a debate at the Al Jazeera studio in Doha. While speaking at the Al Jazeera show, Hamdani questioned Al Jazeera’s intentions and directed criticism toward the Emir of the country. A pen was thrown at Hamdani by his opponent during the diatribe but Hamdani was arrested and jailed for his remarks by State Security Forces loyal to the Emir.

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Did Obama intentionally engineer the ISIS attack on Iraq from Syria?

We know Barack Hussein Obama has been funding and arming ISIS in Syria in order to topple the secular government of Assad. But perhaps he pulled out all our troops in order to destabilize Iraq and force regime change with the goal of putting in a Sunni government in order to weaken Syria and Iran?

After all, Obama’s loyalties seem to lie with the Sunni/Wahabi/Muslim Brotherhood contingent. Maybe what the media call “sectarian violence” is really just a cover for the Obama Middle East radical agenda?

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IMAGINE ISIS Islamic terrorists with their own Air Force

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AP_IRAQ_BALADIn its march to Baghdad, ISIS seized the heavy weapons of a modern army. Now, the jihadists are attacking Iraq’s biggest air base – and could soon be able to attack from the sky. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria is threatening to take control of Balad Airbase, Iraq’s largest airfield and one of America’s most important military outposts during its occupation of the country.

TheDailyBeast  Today, Balad still has plenty of vehicles and aircraft on the base that any terrorist group would covet, including Russian-made transport helicopters, surveillance planes, and a fleet of pickup trucks fitted with heavy machine guns.

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Now, that airbase is coming under fire—and is in danger of falling into the hands of ISIS, according to U.S. intelligence officers, internal reports from Balad, and outside analysts. Reuters reported Wednesday that the base was now surrounded on three sides by insurgents and taking heavy mortar fire. 

“We assess the group continues to threaten the air base and Iraqi Security Force control of the air base as it moves south towards Baghdad,” a senior U.S. intelligence official told reporters Tuesday.

Of course, even if ISIS were to gain control of Balad, there is no guarantee its fighters would know how to operate or maintain the aircraft that are stored there. But an ISIS takeover of Balad would be significant nonetheless. As NBC News reported Tuesday, Iraqi officers say without air support they are on an equal footing with ISIS fighters.

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Jessica Lewis—the research director for the Institute for the Study of War and a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who served in Iraq—told The Daily Beast, “It would mean that ISIS can beat the best that the Iraqi Army can muster, not just the northern units that have been ignored. It would mean strategic defeat for the Iraqi Army.”

Lewis estimates that Balad and neighboring Taji base are likely some of the next targets of the ISIS campaign. “Both of these bases are critical military sites for the Iraqi Army. Neutralizing one or both would demonstrate that ISIS can beat the Iraqi Army strategically.”

This is in part because a defeat for Iraq’s army at Balad would also deprive Iraq’s military of the air assets it already has—and is set to acquire. In December, Russia began to deliver Mi-35 attack and transport helicopters. The first of 36 American F-16 fighters were scheduled to be delivered to Balad in September 2014.

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Some attacks on Balad already began this month. The last American contractors at Balad—many of whom were working to modernize the base to be ready for the F-16s—were flown by the Iraqi Air Force to Baghdad on June 13 in a dramatic airlift operation reminiscent of the fall of the U.S. embassy in Saigon

If ISIS were to gain access to Balad, they would be able to acquire a significant arsenal to add to their already impressive stock of vehicles, weapons and equipment. James Codling, who served as a contractor and senior engineer on the base between 2008 and 2012, told The Daily Beast that when the U.S. forces left in 2011, they left at least 1,000 trucks and vehicles, some of them armored, along with 500 to 600 portable power generators. He also said the base housed Russian-made Mi-8 transport helicopters, small surveillance planes, military tactical vehicles, Humvees and a fleet of pickup trucks with machine guns mounted in the truck beds.

For ISIS, however, the lower-tech equipment will likely prove most useful—in part, because they are easier to operate and maintain. The group posted photos on its social media accounts this week showing a parade of its fighters in Mosul driving Iraqi Humvees and even a vehicle towing mobile artillery. The senior U.S. intelligence official who briefed reporters Tuesday said the military capabilities for ISIS have “dramatically improved” because of the weapons and equipment it has obtained from the Iraqi and Syrian bases the group has overrun.

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