Yadizis, Christians, and other minorities fled villages in northern Iraq after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) defeated Kurdish fighters. ISIL, which controls much of …
Stuff like this isn’t getting enough attention on the news. The Gaza crisis is very important but if the media gave more attention to these terrorist attacks and the persecution of Christians then maybe more would be done to stop it.
Even into Lebanon?
These stories do make the news but not so much the mainstream left wing broadcast media.
There needs to be a concentrated military effort made by the US and Europe to stop these terrorists, because they are guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They have already indicated their intention to “convert” (by force) and/or kill all Christians, Jews, and Shiite Muslims who live in the territories they occupy.
Well said, if they are in Lebanon, Israel is not far. What a pity this story is.
How do those alliances work? Hamas is allied to Iran? Something to study.
A concerted effort to stop the terrorists has already been tried in Iraq.
World opinion was against that effort, and it ultimately failed due to lack of interest.
Christians in the ME are not a high priority.
How is this army being fed and supplied? Where do they get all their weaponry? They have no air force for support yet they win battle after battle against several foes. It is like a repeat of the 7th century when a band of Arabs defeated empires and conquered much of the ancient world.
And Obama let the new Iraqi terrorist leader out of prison.
He was released by President Obama from the Iraqi prison in 2009, and since then he’s had time to form a plan and collect and train an army of terrorists – an estimated 7,000 men.
Late last year Baghdadi announced that he was creating a new group to be merged with a rival al Qaeda affiliate, active in Syria.
The President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in their short-sighted attempts to make good on campaign promises, have unleashed a monster unto the people of Iraq who worked so hard to help the Americans free their nation. Baghdadi is not only a threat to Iraqis, but also to our country and our way of life.
They are one the most well funded terrorist groups and most vicious. Now Obama is faced with a return trip to Iraq.
Obama on Isis
President Barack Obama compared Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq and Syria to junior varsity basketball players, downplaying their threat as small-league. He also shared what he thought were the chances of reaching Middle East peace agreements.
New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
The world is less violent than it has ever been.
Not really. As I understand it, the town in Lebanon is somewhat isolated from the rest of the country, on the border with Syria, and already had many Sunni refugees (naturally including some sympathetic to IS, or even IS fighters themselves) temporarily residing there. To get to Israel, IS would have to go through the Lebanese Shia heartland in the south, home of Hezbollah. Not going to happen.
The Dam though, Baghdad is just downstream.
Militants from the Islamic State are battling ferociously to control one of Iraq’s most vital resources: water.
Fighters with the group launched a three-pronged attack over the weekend in a drive to capture Haditha Dam, in western Iraq, a complex with six power generators located alongside Iraq’s second-largest reservoir. At the same time, they are fighting to capture Iraq’s largest dam, Mosul Dam, in the north of the country.
Seizing the dams and the large reservoirs they hold would give the militants control over water and electricity that they could use to help build support in the territory they now rule by providing the scarce resources to residents. Or they could sell the resources as a lucrative source of revenue.
They could also use the dams as a weapon of war by flooding terrain downstream to slow Iraq’s military or disrupt life. They have done that with a smaller dam they hold closer to Baghdad. But with the larger dams, there are limits on this tactic since it would also flood areas that the insurgents hold.
The JV Basketball team is creating havoc.
President Obama is said to be considering a range of options, including airstrikes, to address a crisis among Iraqis who have been dying on a mountain after receiving threats from Islamist insurgents.
IS is now the largest, best funded terrorist organization the world has ever seen. With its thefts and extortions throughout its captured territory, it has liquid funds in the multi-billions; heavy military weaponry (much of it US) that it has captured; tens of thousands of fighters; many billions of assets in controlled territories; and the ability to enslave and force people to fight for them (the common choice they give to others is convert AND fight–if a man; if a woman, be a sex slave–or die).
By any measure in a post 911 world, we and all our allies should be taking them head on and annihilating them.
But, of course, that doesn’t fit the feckless, do-nothing, cowardly Leftist agenda or Western apathy (which is much more distracted by its own anti-Semitism and anti-Chrsitianism and doesn’t want to talk about terrorism anymore, much less anything that could possibly paint Islam as anything other than a “religion of peace”). Doesn’t fit the media narrative, either.
We destabilized the Middle East, then abandoned it, leaving terrible power vacuums. We ran away, and now millions of people are paying for our irresponsibility–possibly with their lives. Why haven’t we learned from our mistakes? It’s not like we haven’t seen this cycle happen many times before. They only time we are actually successful is if we maintain a presence in a country/region that we have defeated and work to build it up again into an ally. We have to stick with it until we restore stability, peace, prosperity, and alliance in the area. That’s the only peace strategy that has been successful.
But I would sooner put my money on Obama focusing on and weighing in on the new shooting death of an 18 year old black kid in St. Louis rather than any of this. He has never had any perspective (he can’t see beyond his own narcissism for one thing). As unfortunate as that case may be, it’s nothing compared to the crisis in the Middle East.