Russia Wants To Fight ISIS: 3-Way War Consequences


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Russia is looking into furthering its military support of the leader of Syria, who is fighting ISIS.

These are the two main sides of the war – fundamentalist Jihadi rebels (such as ISIS) on one side, and Bashar al-Assad (the ruler of Syria) on the other.

The U.S. wants to support “moderate” rebels, who are supposedly against both Assad and ISIS, creating a 3-way war.

A 3-way war is an interesting concept.  How is this working out in real life?

Glenn Beck Unaware That Shi’ite Iran Is Fighting Sunni ISIS


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Glenn Beck posted a message on Facebook about the Iran deal and warned of dire consequences, including “a Holocaust, perhaps bigger than the last.”  Beck is currently on medical paid medical leave from his radio show.

Beck wrote how people “mocked him” for warning about the “rise of the caliphate,” but now he’s more convinced that the U.S. has done a deal with a nation that believes in the “end times,” writes MediaITE.

Keep in mind that Sunni ISIS and Shia Muslim Iran are mortal enemies in the Middle East.  They are not on the same side of the war.  Beck:

“For years I have warned the world against turning a blind eye to those who run Iran. They are beyond radical Islamists. They, like ISIS are psychotic Islamists.

“When I predicted the rise of the caliphate, those who had not done their homework on what was really happening in the Middle East spent their time mocking me. Once again, I warn the American people and the people of the world again. This particular strain of Islamists, like ISIS, believe they can “hasten the return of the promised one”, and usher in the literal end times.

“No one in their right mind would sign treaties with a Christian country that believed these things. Remember, it does NOT require you to believe it, just that you fully understand that THEY believe it.

“What this president has done will be remembered as something far worse than Neville Chamberlain. It will only be a matter of time before millions cry out his name in despair and contempt. A Holocaust, perhaps bigger than the last, where millions of Christians and even Muslims who are not Muslim enough will die at the hands of the Islamic State.

“Anyone who believes ‪#‎lovewins‬ must let their voice be heard. This is a nation that denies homosexuality even exists in their country and they whip or kill any that they find. This is a country that is holding Americans in prison now for political or faith crimes. This is a nation that kills those who leave Islam and stone women.

“This is a sad day for the right of conscience and the freedom and safety of not only us but the entire world. It is a tragic day for our ally Israel.

“‪#‎neveragainisnow‬. It is time for good, decent and God fearing Americans stand and be counted. This deal yet again proves that our governments are not the solution to our problems. For me, my family and my team we will serve the truth and against injustice no matter the price. We will serve The Lord.

“This must not stand but you must.”

ISIS Attacks In Egypt?

Early Morning ISIS Attacks Leave Dozens of Egyptian Soldiers Dead

Update: The Times of Israel now puts the number at “over 70” people dead. 

A wave of attacks on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt left at least 38 dead and dozens more injured this morning, writes Gawker.  The attacks were at Egyptian army checkpoints.

The New York Times puts the number of dead at 64 Egyptian troops.

According to the AP, the terrorist group ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the attacks on Facebook.

Also over the weekend, the Egyptian state prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed at point blank range with a roadside bomb tied to an ISIS group.  The name of the ISIS group is the Sinai Province, writes Gawker.

Yesterday, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi publicly promised to step up efforts against the group, apparently prompting a “swift response.”

The morning assault was reportedly launched by around 70 ISIS operatives, who used mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and car bombs in “near simultaneous assaults” on several army checkpoints.

According to the an Associated Press report:

“An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attacks, saying its fighters targeted a total of 15 army and police positions and staged three suicide bombings, two of which targeted checkpoints and one that hit an officers’ club in the nearby city of el-Arish.

“The authenticity of the claim could not be immediately verified but it was posted on a Facebook page associated with the group.

“Except for the attack at the officers’ club, the rest took place in the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, the officials said. The militants also took soldiers captive and seized weapons and several armored vehicles, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.”

(Updated article)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/01/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt.html?_r=0

John Oliver Discusses ‘ISIS Flag’ At London Gay Pride Parade


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The black “ISIS flag” spotted at a gay pride parade in London was not what CNN thought it was…

Oliver also looks at the recent Supreme Court decisions.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142221/CNN-confuses-black-white-flag-covered-sex-toy-symbols-ISIS-London-gay-pride-parade.html

Car-Bombs In Baghdad

Baghdad attack

Is ISIS in Baghdad, Iraq? At least 10 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad on June 27th. Some sources claim 12 have died.

In the deadliest attack, five people were killed and 13 wounded in a car bombing near shops selling car parts in southeastern Baghdad. Another bomb went off at an outdoor market on Baghdad’s eastern outskirts, killing three and wounding eight. An explosion at a fruit and vegetable market in southern Baghdad killed two people and wounded three, writes Radio Free Europe.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Prime Minister – Haidar al-Abadi – announced on June 27th that security forces arrested Abdel Baqi al-Sadun, a senior official in Saddam Hussein’s former Baath Party.

Sources claim no one has as of yet claimed responsibility for the car bombings.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/deadly-blasts-hit-baghdad-fugitive-baathist-captured-20150628-00036

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/0627/Baghdad-bomb-blasts-targeting-public-places-kill-12-people

http://www.rferl.org/content/at-least-10-dead-in-baghdad-blasts/27097025.html

Is ISIS In Kuwait?

A Kuwaiti man reacts at the site of the suicide bombing.

A suicide bomber killed 25 people and wounded 202 when he blew himself up inside a packed Shi’ite Muslim mosque in Kuwait city on Friday, according to Reuters.  It was the first attack of its kind in the major oil-exporting country.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in the eastern part of the Kuwaiti capital.

Parliament member Khalil al-Salih, who was at the mosque when the attack occurred, said worshippers were kneeling in prayer when the bomber walked into the Imam al-Sadeq Mosque and detonated his explosives, destroying walls and the ceiling.

“It was obvious from the suicide bomber’s body that he was young. He walked into the prayer hall during sujood (kneeling in prayer). He looked…in his 20s…” he said, according to Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/26/us-kuwait-blast-idUSKBN0P618L20150626

Infamous Australian ISIS Terrorists Killed By Drone Strike

CNN claims that two infamous terrorists from Australia who have been fighting with ISIS have been killed by a drone strike.  A relative of the terrorists reported on it.

One man became infamous last year when he tweeted a picture of his 7-year-old son holding a severed head along with the sentence “That’s my boy.”

Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar died in a drone strike in ISIS-controlled territory, according to Zaynab Sharrouf, 14, a relative of the two.

The teen is Khaled Sharrouf’s daughter and Elomar’s wife, having married 31-year-old Elomar, her father’s best friend, in March.

Australian media reported that the men were in the stronghold of Mosul, Iraq.  Australian authorities are working to confirm the deaths.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told CNN affiliate Channel 7 Wednesday there was a “high degree of confidence” that Elomar had been killed, but with regard to Sharrouf, “we can’t say.”

Sharrouf made the infamous tweet with his son.

It is unclear what nation the drone was from.

British Teen Was Suicide Bomber In Iraq, Another British Person Killed In Kenya

Talha AsmalA British teenager is among four suicide bombers alleged to be behind an attack in Iraq on Saturday that killed at least 11 people, illustrating the front-line role foreign fighters from the West are playing in the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Saturday, the family of 17-year-old Talha Asmal, from Yorkshire in North England, said their son was one of four men that Islamic State supporters alleged were responsible, writes the Wall Street Journal.

In separate news, a senior Kenyan official told The Wall Street Journal on Monday that Kenyan authorities believe another British man, Thomas Evans, had died while fighting for the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.

A collect picture of Thomas Evans

Authorities are waiting for forensic confirmation that Mr. Evans was among 11 militants and two Kenyan soldiers killed in an al-Shabaab raid on an army base close to the country’s northern border with Somalia, the official said.

(Updated article)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/15/dewsbury-in-utter-shock-at-over-talha-asmals-death-in-iraq-suicide-bombing

http://www.wsj.com/articles/british-teenager-among-four-suicide-bombers-in-iraq-1434382079

CNN: Why ISIS Is Winning?

CNN recently asked “Why is ISIS winning?”

Earlier, Iraqi government troops and / or Kurdish fighters defeated ISIS at the border town of Kobane, near Turkey, and took control of the Baiji oil refinery, the largest oil refinery in Iraq.  CNN was referring to the recent take-down of the Iraqi army at Ramadi.  Still, does the CNN headline comes across as biased?

Earlier this year, The Fiscal Times reported that ISIS has been “defeated in every front in Iraq in unprecedented way – from Mosul to the north to Anbar to the west and Diyala to the east…”  Iraqi government forces, Shiite militias, Sunni tribes and Kurdish forces were all victorious in battle, read the report.

In April, ISIS was beat back from the city of Tikrit.  “ISIS just suffered its worst defeat yet – losing the Iraqi city of Tikrit,” reported Vox.

In March, The Washington Post stated:  “Reports of rising tensions between foreign and local fighters, aggressive and increasingly unsuccessful attempts to recruit local citizens for the front lines, and a growing incidence of guerrilla attacks against Islamic State targets suggest the militants are struggling to sustain their carefully cultivated image as a fearsome fighting force…”

So, the question is:  Who’s right?  Is CNN being biased by stating that ISIS is winning?  Or is ISIS being defeated, as other publications have stated?

Just as important – are some news outlets more likely to claim ISIS is “winning” than other media? Does politics come into play? For example, is Fox News more likely to report that ISIS is winning because it makes the President look bad? Just a thought…

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/isis-suffers-heaviest-defeat-iraq-101500786.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/middleeast/isis-how-to-stop-it/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/18/iraq-beji-refinery-isis-attack_n_7092080.html

Hot Air: ‘Good news: ISIS ‘showing a good degree of tactical awareness”

Is anyone familiar with the website Hot Air?  The website is apparently right-wing, and is stocked with right-wing bloggers as well as Fox News contributors.  The “About” page states it was founded by Michelle Malkin, also a Fox News host.  Malkin also founded the right-wing website “Twitchy.”

Hot Air recently wrote an article titled “Good news: ISIS ‘showing a good degree of tactical awareness,” which seemingly implies that they think it is good news that ISIS has tactical awareness.  Are they on the side of ISIS?  Whose side are they on?

What does tactical mean?  Let’s double-check.

Tactical – of, relating to, or constituting actions carefully planned to gain a specific military end.  “As a tactical officer in the field he had no equal.”  Also:  (of bombing or weapons) done or for use in immediate support of military or naval operations.

This is a very strange title coming from a conservative U.S. magazine.  Imagine the outrage on the right if a left-leaning website had an article with the same title.

(Updated article)

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/05/27/good-news-isis-showing-a-good-degree-of-tactical-awareness/