Something you will never see!

by Gramfan on August 11, 2014

in al-Qaeda, Gramfan (team member), Islamic State (of Iraq and ash-Sham/Levant/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), Kurdistan

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Daily Mail (UK): So wicked that even Al Qaeda disowned them: Letter found at Bin Laden’s hideout warned of Islamic State’s extreme brutality

  • 21-page letter found at the Pakistan hideout where Bin Laden was killed
  • Note said Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could damage Al Qaeda’s reputation
  • Memo documented acts of barbarism including bombing mosques
  • ISIS, now called Islamic State, has control of area larger than Great Britain

Lying among a pile of papers at the hideout in Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was shot dead was a carefully worded 21-page letter.

It warned of the rise of a new and ruthless group of Islamic extremists capable of such extreme brutality that Al Qaeda should sever all links with them.

In fact, it claimed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS) had such complete disregard for civilian life that it could damage the reputation of Al Qaeda – if such a thing were possible for an organisation that has long traded in murderous terrorism.

The document, written by one of Bin Laden’s senior officials in 2011, went on to catalogue some of its acts of barbarism – including the use of chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, bombing mosques  and a massacre in a Catholic church  in Baghdad.

In essence, the letter said that ISIS was simply too extreme even for the group that killed thousands in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Today, ISIS, which now styles itself as simply Islamic State (IS), has become a powerful military force that has control of an area larger than Great Britain.

Living under its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam are six million people, a population larger than that of Ireland, Denmark or Finland.

Its trademark black jihadi flag has  fluttered in the background of chilling ‘promotional’ videos of executions – including crucifixions and beheadings – as the militia seizes vast areas of Iraq and Syria. In short, the ‘caliphate’ – or Islamic state – it claims to have established represents the biggest shift in the political geography of the Middle East since  the borders of modern Iraq and Syria were drawn under the Sykes-Picot  agreement drafted between Britain and France in 1916.

To understand the threat Islamic State poses to the region, it first needs to be appreciated how it has grown into a force to rival Al Qaeda.

The group was founded by 43-year-old Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a firebrand cleric held prisoner for four years by American troops in Iraq.

The leader, a Sunni Muslim who despises the Shia-run Iraqi government, now commands more than 10,000 fighters, many of them former Saddam Hussein-era soldiers or disenchanted Sunnis who lost power and influence after the fall of the dictator’s regime.

More worryingly, foreign Islamic extremists, including about 500 Britons, have joined IS to fight in Syria and Iraq.

The group controls valuable oil fields and, with the help of wealthy Sunni backers from the Gulf states, is estimated to have amassed a staggering £1.2billion. It has even sold 8,000-year-old antiquities it has seized.+

But its real assets lie in the fanatical loyalty of its fighters (they all swear allegiance to IS) and the state-of-the-art weaponry they now possess.

Much of its armoury was seized during a lightning advance several weeks ago, when fleeing Iraqi  troops abandoned the artillery and armoured vehicles that they had been given by US forces.

With captured American Humvees and the latest precision firepower,  it is more than a match for the  formidable Kurdish peshmerga – which defends the Kurds’ semi-autonomous region in the north – and its 12.7mm Soviet-era machine guns and outdated Russian  T-55 tanks.

As Ali Khedery, a former American official who advised US generals in Iraq, has said: ‘They are literally outgunned by an IS that is fighting with hundreds of millions of dollars of US military equipment seized from the Iraqi Army, which  abandoned it.’

So it would be naive in the extreme to think of Islamic State as a motley crew of scrappers.

A force capable of meting out so much wanton violence is invariably led by commanders who rule with an iron will.

But what marks them out as being particularly savvy is the way they have used social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to create a digital ‘public relations’ machine to promote their jihad and strike fear into the hearts of their enemies.

Any fighter on the ground can film an act of brutality and upload the footage in a matter of minutes – although some videos of botched amputations or killings have led to a clampdown by IS commanders. One Spanish fighter promised  to upload a film of a man being  crucified for his friends back home, but was quickly reprimanded by  his superiors.

His later contrite posting simply read, ‘Our leadership forbade anyone filming it.’

However, the videos already in  circulation have already created a climate of terror.

Some opposition soldiers, particularly in Syria, are defecting to the group. After all, IS has money – some of which is said to have come through private donations from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Equally, those captured by the militia face a stark choice – defect or die.

Despite being trained by American troops, the Iraqi army has proven worryingly ineffective in taking on this threat.

It’s why the terrorists now control much of the north of the country. They have also seized a former chemical weapons plant and a large dam that could be blown up to flood the regions downstream.

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1 lwesson August 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

Even Muslims are circumspect as to is allowed into a family, into a nation of theirs, but here in The West, in the US, there is nothing but Full Retard going on. Everyone, no, EVERYONE that can haul their scabies, plague… riddled body, their complete ALIEN identity, their inability to speak the language… can FLOOD on in.

Forget about the little poem on The Statue of Liberty. Why? It was not written by a little girl, and for what ever reason that makes if THE LAW, see Full Retard, no, it was written by Socialist Progressives that wanted to Change America by repopulation. Far sighted thinkers could visualize the effect of decades of unbridled, thoughtless immigration. They were RIGHT!

Someone from Michigan wrote me, that I could scarcely realize what country I was in if I came to parts of Michigan, as per the teaming, swarming multitudes of Muslims! I suggested that the same could be said in many parts of Texas and other Border States per the Hispano Toltec Aztec invasion. “Hey, but we have cheeaaap lawn care…”

All of those Greatest Generation people still alive, LOOK at your country now. Did you fight for this? I bet not.

Could ROME see its demise? Some thoughtful Romans could, to the rest, such troubling thoughts were always placed on some distant horizon just as we are doing now.

2 Gramfan August 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I read somewhere that many members of Al Qaeda are joining ISIS and that 70% of the Yazidi are now dead.

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