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December 19, 2015, 02:54:59 PM
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I wonder what ISIS will do when all their oil feilds have been bombed and they run out of gas to keep the 2000 hummers running.
At that point they'll worthless to ISIS and I bet they'll just leave them in the middle of the street after this war is finished and the Amercians can come back and pick up their hummers again.
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December 19, 2015, 03:03:22 PM
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I wonder what ISIS will do when all their oil feilds have been bombed and they run out of gas to keep the 2000 hummers running.
At that point they'll worthless to ISIS and I bet they'll just leave them in the middle of the street after this war is finished and the Amercians can come back and pick up their hummers again.

There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of oil rigs in the ISIS controlled territories of Syria and Iraq. It is not possible to destroy each one of them. If by some miracle the coalition forces are able to destroy all these oil wells, then the ISIS will use crude oil hidden away in residential areas to run these vehicles. So which one is easier? Bombing 100,000 oil wells, or bombing 2,000 Humvees?

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December 19, 2015, 03:04:35 PM
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I wonder what ISIS will do when all their oil feilds have been bombed and they run out of gas to keep the 2000 hummers running.
At that point they'll worthless to ISIS and I bet they'll just leave them in the middle of the street after this war is finished and the Amercians can come back and pick up their hummers again.

Those Hummers and incidentally 40 tanks and lots of other goodies in that Mosul package are from 2014. Uncle Sam has shipped megatons of stuff and then some over there since then. Also, it has been bombing those terrorists and their oil fields for a year and a half with limited results it seems.

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December 19, 2015, 03:09:21 PM
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Uncle Sam has been winning the war on terror for fourteen freakin years now, according to itself. And for fourteen years morons, sorry the clinically intellectually challenged, have been lapping up this bunk. Others have noticed the growing chaos and mayhem and destruction (and of course ballooning terrorism) that this war scam keeps bringing.

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December 19, 2015, 06:05:42 PM
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Those Hummers and incidentally 40 tanks and lots of other goodies in that Mosul package are from 2014. Uncle Sam has shipped megatons of stuff and then some over there since then. Also, it has been bombing those terrorists and their oil fields for a year and a half with limited results it seems.

Yeah... all these stuff captured by the ISIS during their "lightning attack" on Mosul. Where were the Americans back then? Had they provided some air support to the Iraqi army, then this fiasco could have been avoided. Never mind, the Russians are doing the job for them, supported by the regime forces, Iran, Hezbollah and the Kurds.

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December 19, 2015, 10:17:24 PM
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I wonder what ISIS will do when all their oil feilds have been bombed and they run out of gas to keep the 2000 hummers running.
At that point they'll worthless to ISIS and I bet they'll just leave them in the middle of the street after this war is finished and the Amercians can come back and pick up their hummers again.

There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of oil rigs in the ISIS controlled territories of Syria and Iraq. It is not possible to destroy each one of them. If by some miracle the coalition forces are able to destroy all these oil wells, then the ISIS will use crude oil hidden away in residential areas to run these vehicles. So which one is easier? Bombing 100,000 oil wells, or bombing 2,000 Humvees?

My guess is the 2000 Hummers.
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December 20, 2015, 11:33:08 AM
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Meet ISIL’s Most Dangerous Affiliates

By HARLEEN GAMBHIR December 14, 2015

With startling speed, the Middle Eastern terrorist organization known as ISIL has burst into the local news in Western nations, associated with attacks in Paris and now, if indirectly, with the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

This might have shocked Americans and Parisians for whom the group was long a distant-sounding threat, but for close observers of the organization, ISIL’s global strategy should come as no surprise. In fact, ISIL has pursued an international expansion campaign from the moment it declared its “caliphate” in June 2014. While the group solidifies its proto-state in parts of Iraq and Syria, it also is expanding its would-be caliphate regionally—and preparing for the apocalyptic war it desires with the West.

To do that, it’s fostering affiliates in Muslim-majority areas and directing and inspiring terror attacks in the wider world. And for the U.S., this means that defeating ISIL will require not just combatting the group in Iraq and Syria, and countering its messaging and recruitment of foreign fighters. It also will require serious attention to ISIL’s growing affiliates in other nations.

How widespread are these affiliates? This is a crucial, if underappreciated part of the challenge ISIL now poses. Our counterterrorism research team has been tracking ISIL’s activity through everything from social media to satellite imagery, and we’ve begun assembling a detailed portrait of ISIL’s formal affiliates in Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Russia and Nigeria. Looking ahead, ISIL also appears to be preparing to establish entities in Bangladesh and Tunisia, where it has launched a spate of attacks, and another in Somalia, where some militants have declared allegiance to ISIL.

Its growth strategy is sophisticated and systematic, much like a multinational corporation expanding by acquisition. Rather than build affiliates from the ground up, ISIL co-opts and changes existing militant groups or networks, some of which have splintered from Al Qaeda. Potential affiliates must consolidate factions, select a leader and present a military plan to ISIL's leadership for approval, according to ISIL's own standards. ISIL then chooses whether to establish a wilayat, or province, in the affiliate’s operating area. ISIL’s leaders help these affiliates to become more brutal and effective by exporting military training and expertise. ISIL calls for international recruits to reinforce its strongest partners; it also provides military training and funding to some affiliates.

The relationship benefits both parties. ISIL gains a responsive global network, while the affiliate receives an influx of capabilities and cash.



The affiliates are tremendously damaging to the nations where they take root, either undermining relatively stable states as ISIL did in Iraq, or exploiting governance vacuums to expand, as it did in Syria. The affiliates’ military operations increase regional disorder and create security gaps that will help ISIL grow beyond Iraq and Syria. Affiliate commanders impose brutal forms of Shari’a governance on the local populace, enabling ISIL to claim that it has delivered on its promise of a trans-regional caliphate. ISIL benefits from its affiliates without needing to micromanage their operations.

Not all the affiliates are created equal, though: Some pose a meaningful strategic threat, while others are barely formed. As the U.S. shapes the next phases of its policy against ISIL and its affiliates, it will need to triage by analyzing the international threat posed by each one. Our research suggests they fall into three broad tiers, plus a wild card.

Most dangerous tier: Egypt and Libya

ISIL’s most dangerous affiliates are those that give the group strategic resilience: They’re strong enough that they could help the group survive even if the group were to be wiped out in its home territory of Syria and Iraq. These affiliates can extend ISIL’s global reach, increase the organization’s fighter pool, and provide safe-haven to ISIL’s leadership. They maintain strong ties to ISIL’s network and have demonstrated an increase in military capability since their affiliation with ISIL. Defeating ISIL in the long term requires degrading these affiliates.

ISIL’s affiliate in Egypt, Wilayat Sinai, has already conducted a major act of international terrorism. The group claimed responsibility for downing Russia’s Metrojet flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, killing all 224 individuals onboard.

The group’s capabilities should not come as a surprise. ISIL has been giving this affiliate training and expertise since July 2014, shortly after declaring its caliphate, when the Egyptian jihadist group formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis reportedly sent a representative to ISIL’s stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. This envoy pledged allegiance to ISIL and agreed to send ABM members to Syria for military training. ABM exhibited a concrete growth in capability soon after this pledge. The group launched one of Egypt’s deadliest attacks in decades on October 24, 2014, killing 33 security personnel. Three weeks later, ABM formally rebranded itself as Wilayat Sinai, or ISIL’s Sinai Province.

Now ISIL has transferred signature capabilities to Wilayat Sinai, which has steadily increased the frequency, scope and effectiveness of its attacks against Egyptian security forces. In particular, Wilayat Sinai expanded its vehicle-borne IED campaign in the North Sinai in the spring of 2015, increasing its use of ISIL’s signature tactic. VBIEDs require significant expertise to deploy successfully, suggesting that ISIL’s leadership provided Wilayat Sinai with resources and training. Wilayat Sinai also initiated a house-borne IED (rigging a house with concealed explosives) campaign against Egyptian security personnel in the summer of 2015, resembling the “Soldier’s Harvest” campaign ISIS conducted to degrade Iraqi Security Forces in 2013. The group has increasingly claimed attacks on Egypt’s mainland since this past summer, signaling its intent to attack the Egyptian state as a whole rather than just security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

In Libya, meanwhile, ISIL’s affiliates on the central coast control territory, administer Sharia law, and run militant training camps. These affiliates are exploiting Libya’s civil war to recruit and expand. ISIL initiated operations in Libya through the al-Battar Brigade, a jihadist group that fights with ISIL in eastern Syria. ISIL-trained militants returned home to Libya and pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October 2014. ISIL subsequently sent several senior leaders to Libya to cultivate the group, including Iraqi Abu Nabil al-Anbari, who recently was killed by a U.S. airstrike.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/isil-paris-san-bernardino-affiliates-213438

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December 20, 2015, 12:07:35 PM
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^^^^ I am surprised that there are no "future affiliates" in countries such as India and Indonesia. There is a lot of support for the ISIS from the native Muslims in these countries and hundreds of Indian and Indonesian nationals have traveled to Syria and Iraq, in order to join the Caliphate. Considering the huge Muslim population residing in these countries, these two nations can become the main focus of the ISIS in the near future.

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December 20, 2015, 01:19:16 PM
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^^^^ I am surprised that there are no "future affiliates" in countries such as India and Indonesia. There is a lot of support for the ISIS from the native Muslims in these countries and hundreds of Indian and Indonesian nationals have traveled to Syria and Iraq, in order to join the Caliphate. Considering the huge Muslim population residing in these countries, these two nations can become the main focus of the ISIS in the near future.

I´m sure they´re working hard in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It may be more at a subversive stage at this point than actual terrorist attacks and destabilization, these people work very systematically for their goals. What works greatly in their favour is that the public generally seems pretty much oblivious to how dangerous and sophisticated this organisation is. Maybe they´ll wake up later.

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ISIS NEWS: SWEDEN ON LOCKDOWN; TERROR ATTACKS PLANNED FOR EUROPE; ISIS IN US;

“Feds don’t have a clue where 1,000’s of immigrants with terrorist ties are in the US.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzjVKDaq7Lo

https://www.youtube.com/user/WCJournalism/featured

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/01/politics/isis-in-united-states-research/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/isis-former-german-militant-claims-group-is-planning-co-ordinated-terror-attacks-in-europe-a6778151.html

http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/14/u-s-repeals-propaganda-ban-spreads-government-made-news-to-americans/

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I´m sure they´re working hard in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It may be more at a subversive stage at this point than actual terrorist attacks and destabilization, these people work very systematically for their goals. What works greatly in their favour is that the public generally seems pretty much oblivious to how dangerous and sophisticated this organisation is. Maybe they´ll wake up later.

In Bangladesh they have carried out a few high profile attacks in the past few months, but they have mostly remained dormant in the other countries. As you said, it is a worrying sign that the law enforcement and intelligence agencies in countries such as India and Indonesia are not taking the threat from the Islamic State seriously.

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I´m sure they´re working hard in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It may be more at a subversive stage at this point than actual terrorist attacks and destabilization, these people work very systematically for their goals. What works greatly in their favour is that the public generally seems pretty much oblivious to how dangerous and sophisticated this organisation is. Maybe they´ll wake up later.

In Bangladesh they have carried out a few high profile attacks in the past few months, but they have mostly remained dormant in the other countries. As you said, it is a worrying sign that the law enforcement and intelligence agencies in countries such as India and Indonesia are not taking the threat from the Islamic State seriously.

Yeah yeah, how could I forget BanglaDesh. Now; that´s very fertile ground I´m sure. They´ve been attacking secular forces there and foreigners and Shia clerics etc.

ISIS unveil the Philippines as their new breeding ground for jihadis with their latest propaganda video featuring a secret Filipino jungle training camp

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3368646/ISIS-unveil-Philippines-new-breeding-ground-jihadis-latest-propaganda-video-featuring-secret-Filipino-jungle-training-camp.html

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^^^^ I am not surprised. Islamic extremism has a long history in the Philippines (especially in the southern island of Mindanao). The situation has been exacerbated in the recent years, with the huge inflow of Filipino Muslims to Saudi Arabia and Qatar in search of blue-collar jobs. These laborers are brainwashed in Saudi Arabia, and once they return home, they are likely to join any of the local terrorist organizations.  

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December 23, 2015, 06:30:00 AM
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Syria’s Kurds Have Nearly Tripled Their Territory Fighting the Islamic State in 2015

By Avi Asher-Schapiro

December 22, 2015 | 8:59 pm

Amid the chaos in Syria, the country's Kurds have managed to resist the advances of the Islamic State and carve out a zone of unprecedented autonomy in their own lands.

Over the past year, the YPG Kurdish militia beat back the Islamic State (IS) and nearly tripled the size of Kurdish-controlled territory in Northern Syria, all the while helping shrink the size of the IS caliphate by around 14 percent.

That's according to a new report by the IHS Jane's, a private intelligence company that analyzes international security issues,  and has been tracking the ground war in Syria.

As a result, the Kurds are essentially in control of their own mini-state — which they call Rojava — that runs across the Turkish-Syrian border. Administered by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) the political arm of the YPG, the government in Rojava has reached an understanding with the Assad regime that allows the Kurds to govern their own territory, while beating back IS from the borders.

"The Kurds have had autonomy thrust upon them," explained Michael Gunter, a professor of political science at Tennessee Tech University, and the author of Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, a recent study of Kurdish politics in Syria. "There's no way they will go back to a subservient position of not controlling their own lands anytime in the future."

Syria's Kurds had long been denied self-determination by president Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafez, who both discouraged celebration of Kurdish identity — Hafez even banned their language from schools. But the Syrian Civil War forced Assad to focus his energies elsewhere. And as the Syrian military was re-deployed away from Kurdish territory beginning in 2012, the Kurds seized the initiative, mobilizing militias and asserting control over their own territory with the tacit approval of the Assad regime, which is much more focused on shoring up its major cities than butting heads with the Kurds.

Assad and the Kurds now jointly administer the city of Qamishli, and share control of the oil rich region of Hasakah. That uneasy alliance has been made possible by a mutual enemy: The Islamic State. Since the Islamic State captured Raqqa — the city it consider its capital — back in 2013, the Kurds have shared a long border with the group that stretches across most of northern Syria. Over the past year, the Kurds have fought — and won — two key battles against IS, shoring up their own territory, and cutting off much of IS access to the Turkish border.



Related: Protests Erupt in Turkey as Military Campaign Intensifies in Country's Southeast

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, a Kurdish city on the western edge of Rojava. Kurdish fighters, backed by US airpower, lifted the siege and pushed IS back, effectively liberating the area by the end of January, 2015. In the following months, as IS focused its energies on major cities in Iraq and Syria, the Kurds were able to capture the villages and countryside outside the city, dealing a major territorial blow to IS.

The IHS Jane's report explains that IS lost so much ground to the Kurds because it did not have the military resources to fight on all its fronts.

"Geospatial analysis of our data shows that Islamic State activity outside areas it controls is heavily concentrated around Baghdad and Damascus, but much less so in Kurdish territory," explained Columb Strack, senior Middle East analyst at IHS, and lead analyst for the IHS Conflict Monitor. "This indicates that the Islamic State was overstretched."

WIth IS fighting a multi-front battle against a dizzying array of adversaries —al Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army, the Assad regime and its allies — the Kurds continued to seize the initiative.

In the Spring of 2015, the YPG launched an offensive to take out the IS-controlled border crossing of Tal Abyad, a strategic key city that lies between Kobani in the West and the bulk of Kurdish territory in the East. Fighting between IS and the Kurds — who were backed by US air support — displaced more than 16,000 people.

This past October, Tal Abyad was officially cleared of IS fighters, and integrated into Rojava. The Kurdish victory was made possible, Strack said, because IS had redeployed its forces to far-flung battles in western Syria and Iraq. "The remaining forces in Tal Abyad were so depleted that they had to be re-enforced with... religious police units from Raqqa," Strack explained.

Related: Caught Between the Islamic State and Erdogan: Turkey's Most Important Opposition Politician Talks to VICE News

For the Kurds in Syria, the fight against IS has been existential. "It's a struggle for their very lives," Gunter said.

But it's also been an opportunity to forge an entirely new political culture in the burgeoning lands under their control. Rajava is governed by a co-presidents Asya Abdullah and Salih Muslim Muhammad, who espouse a secular, leftist, and unabashedly feminist worldview drawn from the writings of the Kurdish nationalist thinker Abdullah Ocalan, who sits in a Turkish jail.

"They see themselves as a post-state, utopian project," Gunter explains.

But so far, building a new society sandwiched between IS, Assad, and Turkey is far from utopian. IS continues to launch deadly suicide raids into Kurdish territory, and Turkey has more than once bombed YPG positions across the Syrian border as punishment for Rojava's links to the Turkish Kurdish militant group the PKK.

With no end in sight in the Syrian Civil War, the Kurds are hunkering down. "They live amidst a series of broken states," Gunter said. "There's no way to know what the future will be."

Watch VICE News' documentary PKK Youth: Fighting for Kurdish Neighborhoods:

https://news.vice.com/article/syrias-kurds-have-nearly-tripled-their-territory-fighting-the-islamic-state-in-2015

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December 23, 2015, 06:32:45 AM
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Iraqi Troops Attack Central Ramadi, Vow Victory in a Few Days
Ferocious Fighting Reported Against Remaining ISIS Forces


by Jason Ditz, December 22, 2015

Still hoping to fulfill their pledge to capture the Anbar Province capital city of Ramadi by the end of the year, Iraqi troops advanced against the central part of the city, with reports of fierce fighting against ISIS forces who are still defending the district where the government buildings are.

ISIS captured Ramadi back in May, and Iraqi troops have spent the last seven months attempting to surround it, with the hope of eventually retaking it. Officials now say they believe they will have a full victory in “a few days.”

Details are still emerging, but Iraqi Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool claimed “dozens” of ISIS fighters had been killed. He refused to provide any casualty estimates on the government side, but they reported facing sniper fire as well as suicide bombers.

The US has offered “advisers” and attack helicopters for the battle, but Iraq refused. Iraqi officials say the primary difficulty was crossing the Euphrates River after ISIS blew up the bridge, but their army engineers have since repaired it and advanced again.

http://news.antiwar.com/2015/12/22/iraqi-troops-attack-central-ramadi-vow-victory-in-a-few-days/

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At least 17 people were killed when Islamic State militants attacked a shopping mall in Baghdad on Monday night, the New York Times reports. Five members of the Iraqi security forces were among the dead. Forty people were wounded.

From the Times:

Amid a gun battle that raged for nearly two hours, officials initially feared a hostage crisis was in the works. But when the battle was over, they said most of the deaths had been caused by a car bomb that initiated the attack and by two suicide bombers who struck at the entrance to the mall, which houses mostly women’s clothing stores known for discount prices.
According to SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS took responsibility for the attack on social media, saying that a total of four militants had been involved.

http://gawker.com/at-least-17-dead-in-isis-suicide-attack-on-baghdad-mall-1752392844?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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UN Reports ‘Staggering’ Civilian Toll in ISIS War in Iraq
Faults Human Rights Violations by All Sides


by Jason Ditz, January 19, 2016

A new report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is warning of a “staggering” civilian death toll in the ISIS war in Iraq, with their own accounting putting the toll at 18,802 civilians killed and 36,245 wounded since the beginning of 2014.

Officials acknowledge that this is almost certainly a dramatic under-count, with the death tolls in the Anbar Province, where all the heaviest fighting has happened, coming straight from the provincial health directorate, and generally not covering the broad territory held by ISIS within the province.

While the report focuses heavily on human rights violations by ISIS, it also reports continued evidence being amassed of violations by the Iraqi security forces and its militia allies, along with the Kurdish Peshmerga.

The report also accuses ISIS of holding an estimated 3,500 people as slaves across Iraqi territory, using many as human shields, and also pressing 800-900 children into military service for the conflict.

It particularly concludes that it is important for the Iraqi government to ensure that its associated factions are fighting under government control and being held accountable for their actions, particularly if they move against civilians. This has been a long-standing problem for Iraq, which heavily relies on the Shi’ite militias but has been forced to more or less give them the run of Sunni towns they conquer, leading to widespread revenge killings.

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/01/19/un-reports-staggering-civilian-toll-in-isis-war-in-iraq/

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January 21, 2016, 08:49:57 AM
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i thought it was gifted to the ISIS  Grin
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January 21, 2016, 09:38:23 AM
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i thought it was gifted to the ISIS  Grin

I think it was. Over 2000 Humvees, 40 tanks, artillery batteries and enough smaller arms for an army. If you don´t blow all that up before leaving it´s a gift.

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