Warlords from extremist group ISIS have released a “Terror Incorporated” annual report, which details the horrifying extent of their reign over huge swathes of the Middle East.
The chilling document, called al-Naba, or “the news”, reads like a company report for investors, but instead of sales figures and projections, it boasts of bloody murder and terrorism.
It shows how in just two years al-Qaeda offshoot ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria and “taxed” local communities millions of pounds to fund its murderous trade.
The report emerged as the militants celebrated another victory when they smashed into Iraq’s largest oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad. It could make the terror network more millions.
A senior security source said last night: “This group is growing by the day and the document is truly astonishing in that it shows a level of organisation previously unseen.
“This is the most ruthless, mobile, powerful and well-funded terrorist organisation the world has ever seen.
“The implications of this group holding ground and earning so much money is terrifying.
“Even the intelligence community is wondering what will emerge from Isis – they keep surprising the world with their achievements and thus far have not received any major blows.
“Forget al-Qaeda. Isis is now the biggest and fastest-growing terror network and leaves bin Laden’s organisation in its wake.”
Last month we exposed how ISIS had been selling stolen oil to Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime in Syria.
On the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, many Americans are wondering whether the risk of a terrorist attack against America has been reduced. The picture is mixed. With the death of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda is weaker. With revolutions in several Arab countries, frustrations with unpopular autocratic governments — a recruiting theme for terrorist groups – have been mitigated. But one important contributing factor has not improved – widespread anger at America in the Muslim world. While views have improved in Indonesia, throughout the Middle East and South Asia, hostility toward the United States persists unabated.
This does not mean that most Muslims support terrorist attacks on America. On the contrary, overwhelming majorities reject terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks, as morally wrong. Al Qaeda is quite unpopular.
However, anger at America does contribute to an environment in which it is easier for anti-American terrorist groups to recruit jihadists, to generate funding and to generally operate with little government interference – witness how bin Laden operated in Pakistan and the widespread anger there when the Pakistani military failed to prevent the United States from taking him out.
Trying to understand Muslims’ feelings toward America has been the focus of a five-year study I recently completed that included conducting focus groups and surveys throughout the Muslim world. I sat for many hours trying to understand as Muslims explained to me why they are so mad at America.
Muslims have much they do not like about how America treats them. But there is one thing that is the most fundamental: their perception that America seeks to undermine Islam – a perception held by overwhelming majorities.
The fact that many Americans blithely brush off this accusation without really understanding it is one reason this anger persists. To understand it one must go deeper into the Muslim worldview.
…the U.S. has supported oppressive, authoritarian, harsh regimes, and blocked democratic initiatives. For example, the one I mentioned in Algeria. Or in Turkey. Or throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Many of the harsh, brutal, oppressive regimes are backed by the U.S. That was true of Saddam Hussein, right through the period of his worst atrocities, including the gassing of the Kurds. U.S. and British support for the monster continued. He was treated as a friend and ally, and people there know it. When bin Laden makes that charge, as he did again in an interview rebroadcast by the BBC, people know what he is talking about.
Barack Obama, America’s Conjurer-in-Chief, is trying to entertain the world with a new smoke-and-mirrors trick, with the announcement that his government is recognizing the Syrian National Coalition as “the sole representative of the Syrian people”.
The chemical weapons trick seems to have fizzled like a damp squib. So, now it’s time for another illusion – the “worthy Syrian opposition”.
Anyone who has read the Doha Protocol that the SNC willingly signed up to while seduced in a luxury hotel last month by their Qatari sponsors should be under no misapprehension. This group of self-serving opportunists has been cobbled together with the sole purpose of selling Syria’s sovereignty to the highest, or even lowest, bidder. The people of Syria have been spared no treachery low enough in the imperialists’ manifesto of regime change, including surrender of wealth, natural resources and all of Syria’s independent foreign policy principles.
Under the regime of the SNC, if it ever gets into power, Syria will become a shell of a once-proud nation, in hock to Western and Persian Gulf investors and schemers, betraying its people and its regional neighbours.
Even if the Israelis regard the Palestinians as strangers, their holy writings the Torah commands them to treat them as themselves and to love them as equals. So where does Israel get the idea that they may treat the Palestinians so badly?
The same Torah that Netanyahu quotes as giving to David and his descendants the land of Israel, is the Torah that requires Israel to treat foreigners as equals.
There is nothing more to this issue – it is a simple as that. Accepting the Palestinians as equals in Israel is as real as the land being given to David’s descendants.
Israelis can possess and live in the land, but they are not the only ones permitted to be there. The LORD commands the Israelis to treat the Palestinians as equals in Israel.
This must therefore now be carried out forthwith. No more delays, no more wars, missiles, attacks, camps, Israeli only areas/roads, etc. The Palestinians must be free to move and live throughout Israel and be given full Israeli citizenship.
This is the only solution to the present problems in Israel. The Palestinians are not going away. They cannot be kept in hovels like rats forever. Free them to be equal Israelis and thus strengthen the Kingdom of Israel with God‘s blessings.
God wants Jews and Palestinians to live together as equals, loving each other and caring for each other and the new generation of citizens (the children) who will inhabit the land hereafter.
Indeed, among the many victims of 9/11 were several dozen innocent Muslims, ranging in age from their late 60s to a couple’s unborn child. Six of these victims were Muslim women, including one who was 7 months pregnant. Many were stockbrokers or restaurant workers, earning a living to care for their families. There were converts and immigrants, hailing from over a dozen different countries and the U.S. There were heroes: a NYPD cadet and a Marriott hotel worker, who sacrificed their lives attempting to rescue others. The Muslim victims were parents to over 30 children, who were left orphaned without one or both of their parents.