Ten Arab nations have announced they are to join a US-led coalition against Isis (known as Islamic State) militants.
In a joint statement, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said they “will do their share” to fight against the jihadist group that has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
None have said what they will do. Many are concerned that weakening ISIS will strengthen Iran. Between a choice of defeating ISIS or containing Iran, many Arab nations would prefer the later. The Arab nations in this coalition many are rivals and at odds with each other. Will this coalition accomplish anything?
Qatar is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and is at odds with Egypt, Emirate, and Saudi Arabia.
Wealthy donors from Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia funded ISIS for years.
In a televised address on how to address the Islamic State this evening (Sept 10), President Barack Obama declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be “not Islamic.”
“Anyone with eyes and ears realizes that the Islamic State, like the Taliban and al-Qaeda before it, is 100 percent Islamic.”
In making this preposterous claim, Obama joins his two immediate predecessors in pronouncing on what is not Islamic. Bill Clinton called the Taliban treatment of women and children “a terrible perversion of Islam.”George W. Bush deemed that 9/11 and other acts of violence against innocents “violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.”
None of the three has any basis for such assertions. To state the obvious: As non-Muslims and politicians, rather than Muslims and scholars, they are in no position to declare what is Islamic and what is not. As Bernard Lewis, a leading American authority of Islam, notes: “It is surely presumptuous for those who are not Muslims to say what is orthodox and what is heretical in Islam.”
IDF soldiers saved a contingent of 130 Irish UN soldiers from being killed or taken hostage by Islamic militants in the Golan Heights ‘senior sources’ told the Irish Independent on Sunday.
Senor military sources said that Irish soldiers would have been killed or captured if it weren’t for the action of the IDF on August 30th. The IDF guided the Irish soldiers to safety along a route that avoided the Syrian militants. Also, there were “unconfirmed reports that the Israelis directed fire at the Islamists to stop them from attacking the Filipino and Irish soldiers.” About 45 Fijian soldiers are still missing, and are believed held captive by Islamists.
Australia has joined other Western countries sending light arms to the Kurds in Iraq.
An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia’s prime minister said on Sunday.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments.
“While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us,” Abbott told reporters.
“None of us want to get involved in another Middle Eastern war, but it is important to do what reasonably can be done to avert potential genocide,” he added.
Australia will use air force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster planes based at al-Minhad Air Base outside Dubai to deliver weapons and ammunition provided by East European countries.
Australia has said it has F/A-18 Hornets standing ready to join U.S. airstrikes in Iraq if requested by the U.S. and Iraqi governments.
Abbott said Sunday the United States had not requested that Australia play a combat role. If such a request were made, Abbott said it would be considered if it fits the criteria of an achievable overall objective with a clear role for Australian forces. Safety risks must be considered and an overall humanitarian purpose must be in accordance with Australia’s national interest, he said.
People are dying and more will die unless the dithering about with half measures stops.
Unprecedented in modern times, a pope calling for an armed response
On Sunday, Pope Francis said he held “dismay and disbelief” over what is happening in Iraq. He called the Islamic State fighters terrorists and said there was a need for “a professional, well-equipped army.” “The situation is going from bad to worse,” he warned. Catholic Online
France and Britain are supporting the U.S. led humanitarian operation to help Iraqi civilians fleeing the murderous ISIS, all three Western countries are providing emergency aid. The U.S. is also engaged in limited airstrikes. Both the humanitarian aid and airstrikes are needed to prevent a genocide.
The U.S. has a stake in Iraq’s future and the stability (somewhat) of the region, and containing and stopping the spread of ISIS terrorism . Weapon-wise it is up to the U.S. France can’t do much as it is “heavily committed in Africa, where the bulk of our military equipment is needed”, said Eric Denécé, of the French Centre for Intelligence Research (CF2R) think-tank. Retired French General Dominique Trinquand agreed that it is vital to help the Kurds and that France could achieve more by supporting Lebanon with its defense against ISIS. France maintains close ties to Lebanon, even training its officers. By helping Lebanon Trinquand also said there was “less chance of weapons falling into the hands of the jihadists”. Continue reading “Arming The Kurds”
Kurdish officals said, “Thousands of members of a religious minority group under attack by Islamic extremists have fled across the border from Iraq to seek refuge with the Kurds of northeastern Syria.” The Kurds “used diggers, donkeys, tractors and trucks to escort persecuted minority from Sinjar mountain range.”
Mohammed, a spokesman for the local administration in the Syrian city of Qamishli said, some women have lost their children on the way because of exhaustion and fear. Talking about Yazidis who were able to make it into Syria he said they are arriving “in miserable conditions. They are barefoot, tired and left everything behind.”
“If we don’t help those people they will be subjected to genocide,” said Mohammed referring to the people who are still in Iraq.
Mohammed said more than 20,000 Yazidis are on their way to Syria through the safe route but they and Kurdish fighters are coming under attack by Islamic State group fighters. He said that so far nine Kurdish fighters have been killed since Friday between Iraq and Syria while protecting the fleeing Yazidis.
Hasso, an official at administration of the Syrian Kurdish region known as Jazeera, said Kurdish fighters with the People’s Protection Units were able to open the safe route Thursday night after intense clashes with the Islamic State that left dozens dead or wounded. He said the majority of Iraqis arriving are Yazidis in addition to a smaller numbers of Christians.
Two rockets have apparently landed in southern Israel after being fired from Gaza, the IDF reported on Friday morning.
The rockets violate the current cease-fire in place, which stands to expire at 8:00 a.m. Delegations negotiated in Cairo for a long-term solution throughout the night Thursday and into Friday morning.
On Thursday night, the armed wing of Hamas called on Palestinian negotiators in Cairo not to extend a 72-hour truce unless their demands, in particular for the opening of Gaza’s port, were met and warned it was ready to engage in a long war.
“We urge the Palestinian delegation negotiating not to renew the truce except after the acceptance in principle, particularly to the port (opening), and if there is no acceptance then we ask the delegation to withdraw from talks,” a fighter, his face hidden behind a Palestinian scarf, said in a televised statement from Izz a-Din al-Kassam Brigades. The statement was aired on the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news network.
President Obama addressed the crisis in Iraq Thursday night by authorizing humanitarian airdrops of food, authorizing “targeted airstrikes”, and promoting the removal of Nouri al Maliki who is blamed for alienating large sections of Iraq’s population.
The U.S. has airdropped meals and water in Iraq, sending aid to minority groups trapped by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.
The issue in Iraq is not a political issue that can be resolved by Iraq forming a new inclusive government. The issue is ISIS, that terrorist horde needs to be stopped. A horrifying cruel terrorist group that is slandering men, women, child; and destroying whole communities. Continue reading “Half Measures”
The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, acknowledged that in Iraq “religious minorities are being targeted and their members subjected to abductions, killings or the confiscation of their property by extremist groups.”
And yet, the world body continues to focus disproportionate (they like word) attention on Israel and its conflict with Hamas, a fact that had Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor fuming as he addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
“It might be too much to ask you to stand on our side in this battle between civilization and barbarism, but at least have the decency to swallow your selective outrage while Israel wages war against the extremist groups seeking to eradicate the values that we all hold very dear,” he said.
Prosor accused the UN of complicity in the slaughter taking place in Iraq and elsewhere thanks to its “allowing organizations like Hamas to continue to exist in the Middle East.”
President Hollande pledged “support” for Kurdish forces battling ISIS terrorist in Iraq after speaking Massud Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government.
The president confirmed that France was available to support forces engaged in this battle,” President François Hollande’s office said in a statement, after the French leader spoke about Iraq by telephone with the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massud Barzani.
Hollande did not specify what form the “support” could take. However, a French diplomatic source said the country was prepared to offer technical support to the forces of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, but would stop short of military assistance.
“France envisages support of a technical nature and no military assistance properly speaking is on the agenda,” the source told Reuters.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has issued an order to give Lebanon one billion dollars to fight the terrorist onslaught in the north of the country. This week ISIS terrorist stormed across the Lebanese border with fighting in Arsal, where many have taken refuge from the Syrian war.
Lebanese Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Lebanon is facing an unprecedented terror attack at the hands of takfiri militants, saying that the $1 billion Saudi grant is meant to support the efforts of the Lebanese Army and other security apparatuses in crushing terrorism.
“In the name of the Lebanese state and Lebanese people, I would like to extend my thanks for this generous grant, and accordingly I will start contacting the prime minister and the state’s officials to meet the urgent needs of the Army and security forces,” Hariri told a press conference in the Saudi port city of Jeddah…
The former premier renewed accusations that Hezbollah’s military role in the Syrian civil war drew retaliatory action by Sunni militants and blamed their actions for a series of car bomb attacks and security escalations across the border, the latest of which was the overrunning of Arsal by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen from Syria’s Nusra Front and Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).