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Off Topic Discussion => Chit Chat => Topic started by: scarface on July 15, 2016, 10:19 AM
This topic is meant to talk about the events in Syria...and elsewhere.
An exceptional video to watch the truck during the attacks of Nice which made 84 victims.
The attack has not been claimed by Daesh. At least not yet.
In this old message, I was reminding you of the deadliest enemies you should be afraid of.
And mosquitoes are still the worst threat, and yet the media don't talk a lot about them. If you have not done it yet, do like me: put a mosquito net on your windows.
Tonight it seems a military coup d'état is underway in Turkey.
A group within Turkey’s military has engaged in what appears to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul.
All flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport cancelled after events in Turkey:
For any coup d'etat to succeed, the announcement as to be made after fact and once everything his said and done. Any time you hear "a coup d'etat is under way" it is doomed to failure.
Too bad it failed. Erdowan is an Islamist and a traitor to everything Araturk stood for.
Well, I know that most people on the forum are not interested, but tonight I’m going to talk about the attack of Nice. And for those who don’t want to hear some news about Isis, well they can skip this article and go to nbcsports or l’équipe, they may find some easy-to-read contents. Don’t stay with informed people if your intellectual level does not allow this. I will delete this message anyway, the forum must stay a source of entertainment, notably for the youngest users.
We now know that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the driver of the truck, was not a devout Muslim. He was not fasting during ramadan, nor did he go to the mosque to do his prayers. For these reasons he could not go to Iraq, he would have been crushed like a fly by his little friends. And it was not possible for him to stay in France. Life in here is harsh, without job, without money, it’s not possible to live.
Obviously enough, he should have gone back to Tunisia where his family was waiting for him. by the way, I’ve been to Tunisia once. It’s a marvellous country and the couscous in the restaurants are delicious.
Now, we know, thanks to several newspapers, the man who claimed the attack.
Bearded, wearing a military uniform and a black turban, Rashid Kassim was identified in the video, posted by Daech on Wednesday, which claimed the attack in Nice. In this document, this 29 years old man praises the action of the killer of Nice (I had first written the Nice killer but some people would have mixed up information and propaganda). Then the video ends up in a bloodbath, Kassim and an accomplice beheading two hostages with a knife.
Originally from Roanne in the Loire, Kassim left France in 2012 for Egypt and then the Middle East, after several months marked by a deep radicalization. Before his departure, his family had seen him change, returning from a stay in Algeria. Transformed and obsessed with the Koran, he had become undesirable in mosques, where his extremist speech was embarrassing the faithful.
Too bad it failed. Erdowan is an Islamist and a traitor to everything Araturk stood for.
Have you notice the massive purge Erdoğan is doing in Turkey. Joe Stalin couldn't have done it better.
Have you notice the massive purge Erdoğan is doing in Turkey.I guess there are more serious problems than Turkey, not very far.
In Syria, the purge of the Islamic state continues, as shown by the attack in kamechliye.
However it seems that they are not choosing any longer the profile of their soldiers, judging by the profile of the attackers in Nice and Orlando. Soon enough they will probably claim attacks made by travestites. If the number of mujahid is dwindling, I guess any psychopath shouting god is great will be granted a honorary title.
In France, the media are hassling us almost everyday. They don't talk about Syria or Turkey, the events of Nice and the priest killed yesterday surely hit the headline. The young attacker of the church tried to go to Syria twice. Had he been able to go there, he would have probably learnt some interesting and basic concepts about survival. Judging by the photos, he would have been probably happier over there. It's a bit astonishing to notice there are more French fighters over there, than Egyptians, Palestinians or Turks. Something must be wrong here.
As I see it, a purge can be created out of hysteria or purposely for political gain. The French government is acting out of hysteria. Syria is somewhat different because there has been a war going on for several years now. During war you must employ harsh tactics. Turkey is a different story. Despite the fact that the coup was crushed, Erdoğan is sending his goons everywhere and arresting people left and right. This is nothing more than a Stalinist purge done for no other reason that to consolidate power and eliminate any opposition.
The newspapers are giving us enough vivid details about the situation in Syria. And the former topic about Syria, that was deleted, provided us with interesting photos of the situation over there. But I was afraid some ill advised persons reading my messages might be eager to go to the Syrian jungle.
Tonight, I’m going to tell you the real truth. And you are lucky, because you won’t find this in any newspaper.
Some users of the forum are living in deserts, and as bedouins they are used to seeing sand storms. But they are harmless because their prophet is protecting them. Unfortunately, it’s not the case in the Syrian jungle. That’s why a group of people became very angry at their prophet. As they observed they could not rely on prophet Mickey any more, they decided to elect a new prophet, named babu babar al babooni. Exceptionally, we can see his photo here. But usually, he’s talking to his believers with a mask, it makes him more charismatic.
As sand storms became more and more powerful, they summoned workers from all around the world, because banana production was threatened.
Unfortunately, the bananists who went to the Syrian jungle took advantages of the situation, and since they have to hibernate for one month every year, when sand storms are becoming out of control, they made a bad habit out of eating too many bananas.
One of them was French. He was known to be particularly stupid because of his lack of education. Named babu Maryam al babooni, he used to eat hundreds of bananas every day. Here we can see his photos where he seems very menacing. Quite probably another bananist robbed him of his bananas.
It’s not hard to find other photos with him wearing big knives on the internet. He was using them to cut bunches of bananas off the trees of the Syrian Jungle. He had a preference for Iraqi bananas, easy to cut, juicy and tasty, they are undoubtedly the best ones. he had a whole collection in his palace.
And one day the unthinkable happened: as babu Maryam al babooni was driving his truck to go to work, he exploded: he had become too fat and his belt was too tight. At this moment, he was probably weighing one ton. The explosion was so violent that some users of the forum may have heard it.
Lately, we have seen that other persons pleaded allegiance to the new prophet, despite the fact that only the name of prophet Mickey is quoted in the Jungle book. And they are more and more numerous, in France and elsewhere, because the new prophet is promising them moon and stars in his speeches. If you want to go to the Syrian jungle and eat bananas all day long, why not, after all maybe you will be happier, but chances are you might end up like babu maryam.
Lately, the shambolic state released another leaflet, stating why they don’t like Christmas baboons.
The bananists are explaining that the trinity of God, a central element of Christianity, is mere nonsense. For a bananist, there is no god, except Tarzan. From this slant, Jacky, the Christmas baboons’ prophet, can’t be the son of Tarzan.
Whether they are true or wrong, no matter, because nobody knows the answer, even the scholars of the forum. That’s also why some Christmas baboons have been protesting and struggling for hundreds of years against the Catholic, they don’t believe that Jacky is the son of Tarzan either.
For years Catholics have been watching the American soap opera the bold and the beautiful, to find the truth, to no avail.
The same thing is true for Prophet Mickey: the Fuchsia baboons believe he was wearing fuchsia trousers, while the sunny baboons believe he was wearing yellow trousers, causing major conflicts between the communities.
The bananist are also criticizing grandpa Francis and Mamadou Al-Azhar, both of them being seen as enemies. However, they seem well documented and they recognize that grandpa Benoit was right when he was saying that democracy contradicts the essence of the Jungle book, which just does not have the separation between politics and religious sphere that Christmas baboons have from the beginning. For the shambolic state, everything must be messy, that’s why they sent another bananist who had eaten way to many bananas to the big city of Iraq so that he could explode and put some banana rot everywhere on the walls.
A photo of the bananist who stained the walls of the big city of the Iraqi Jungle. He was weighing 10 tons and his belly exploded, leaving many baboons abashed.
Prophet babar does not really care about the death of his faithful, he knows that many of them are ready to eat many babanas and follow the same fate.
The loot of a dangerous bananist
PS: the French version of the bold and the beautiful:
In the nineties, I was watching some of these series (Beverly Hills, Melrose place), but not this one.
Well...for those who want to see the man who claimed the attack of Nice, an article in French and a video can be found on this website.
On the video we can see 2 men, from France of course, spewing hate and challenging François Hollande to watch the video...
They say that France is financing the army of Tsahal, the bombings in Iraq...
The public seems to be a bit stunned. It's probable they don't understand what the terrorists are saying.
The death toll of Isis in the world, besides Iraq and Syria: roughly 3000 deaths in 2 years. With 700 000 deaths a year due to various diseases, the mosquito is still the biggest threat.
The most affected towns (the number of attacks since 2014)
And a few unusual images, in exclusivity on the forum:
A frightened Parisian looking behind him, a predator might be hiding everywhere. Pay attention to his remarkable poise: we can congratulate his hairdresser (not his dentist).
It's now known that Lahouaiej Bouhlel was in contact with some coordinators. His firm was bankrupt, he was divorcing his beaten wife, and as a bisexual he had serious problem of sexual identity: when he was wearing trousers he was called Mickey, and Minnie when he had a mini skirt.
This exceptional pedigree drew the attention of his recruiters who were seeing in him a new Messiah. He just had to perform a miracle to prove his identity: crossing the Mediterranean sea with his truck. A huge crowd was waiting for him in Judea, a meeting reuniting Netanyahu and Abbas was also scheduled on his arrival. But bouhlel was nobody less than a wimp and while dozens of thousands of people were waiting for him in Raqqa, it is a disaster that was unfolding in Nice...with 85 victims.
But there is another casualty. In the previous topic we had seen that while having an affair with another man is forbidden, having an affair with a donkey is allowed in the Syrian emirate (the next day the donkey was on top but the video of the drone was censured, oddly enough). That's why the Jihadists chose a new husband for Bouhlel. The choice was rather difficult: between a crocodile, a seal, a chicken or a donkey, but the latter was the most adapted to meet the needs of the future king of Syria.
Unfortunately mister donkey had a nervous breakdown after the failure of his master and was sent to Tel Aviv to see a shrink. Maybe he's going to appear in the next TV reality show to tell the world his predicament.
A selfie of the new husband, taken before the accident, of course.
Some interesting news read in the Figaro:
His name had appeared on social networks alongside the Kouachi brothers after the unveiling of the wanted notice on Wednesday 7 January 2015 evening, launched after the massacre of Charlie Hebdo. Mourad Hamyd, the brother's wife of Chérif Kouachi, had indeed been suspected of being the third man of the commando who attacked the satirical newspaper. But thanks to a solid alibi (he was attending classes at that time in his Charleville-Mezieres school) and the mobilization of his classmates, he was quickly cleared by police.
Mourad Hamyd was not heard of again until 25 July 2016, the day his family came to declare his disappearance. His relatives were afraid he might have gone to Syria or Iraq to join the ranks of the Islamic State. Charleville-Mezieres parquet seized the police of Reims which noted that the young man has a S card and immediately issued a wanted notice. He had just completed his first year of college in Science and Technology. The answer came rapidly. On 28 July, he was arrested by the Turkish authorities and placed in a detention center in Bulgaria. In the process, the terrorism prosecutor of Paris opened a judicial investigation in order to issue a European arrest warrant for him.
The article of the newspaper is a bit incomplete as for his motives. Probably the young man had to make a choice between a radicalized family, the overpopulated jails of France, or the executioners of Isis. I guess violence is the common point for every choice.
Like Bouhlel, we can imagine that huge crowds are already waiting for this new Messiah, spiritual brother of Jesus Christ, descendant of Prophet Muhammad and savior of an embittered and dehumanized humanity. In Aleppo, the people began to sing and dance with garland of flowers as soon as they heard the news. Meetings were scheduled to discuss this exceptional event: Abbas is meeting general Sissi to talk about the repercussions of the arrival of such an important person in the Middle East. As for Netanyahu, who is personally taking care of mister donkey (reassured by the arrival of a new suitor), he opened the Palestinian border so that every Palestinian may be able to flock to the Israeli coasts where the redeemer is expected to appear.
Tonight, I’m going to talk about Syria. If you are interested in the events unfolding in Aleppo, you can read my exceptional intervention. Otherwise, well, the forum contains other good articles.
It’s Impossible to predict who, between the troops of the regime and the rebels, will win in the second city of Syria. But, according to Lebanese journalists, the big winner of the siege is the jihadist group Fateh Al-Cham for now.
The war in Syria will not end in Aleppo. Whatever the outcome of the fighting in the multi-millennial town, no actor can now win the peace all over Syria. But never the object of a battle had been so important since the conflict began in 2011. A battle that is now in its infancy, but three different scenarios can emerge.
First possibility: the troops of the regime and their allies manage to repel the rebel offensive and besiege the new headquarters of the eastern part of the city controlled by the opposition forces. Hundreds of thousands of people still living inside the town would be trapped and forced, sooner or later, to lay down their arms. If he takes entirely the second largest city of Syria, Bashar Al Assad will be strengthened in its desire to regain the lost territory and it will be even harder to plan his departure. The external opposition would lose its greatest asset. Rebel forces on the ground would have to surrender or join more radical groups like Fatah al-Sham (Formerly called Al-Nosra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaida), especially in the province of Idleb.
Second possibility: the rebels manage to finally break the siege of Aleppo and besiege in turn, the western districts of Aleppo held by the regime. This victory would relaunch the war since it would completely demonstrate the weakness of loyalist troops and their inability to win the most important territories. The rebels would then make Aleppo the capital of their revolution and reopen the debate on a partition of Syria. Their regional and international allies would put pressure to accelerate the diplomatic negotiations. The Russians, and to a lesser extent the Iranians could then make concessions to reach a compromise with other external actors in the conflict.
Third possibility: neither side succeeds in taking over and a dividing line is emerging gradually. If the fighting lasted, with varying intensity, diplomatic negotiations are likely to intensify. But the outcome would be very uncertain, as the leeway would be extremely reduced. Neither side will give up its ambitions on Aleppo. The situation could be prolonged over time, seriously jeopardizing the peace process.
It is too early to say which of these three scenarios is most likely to occur. But the first days of fighting have already delivered information. The power struggle, which is widely thought in favor of the Syrian regime, with the air support, seems much more balanced than expected.
Despite the backing of the Iranians, Hezbollah, Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani militias, government troops have real difficulties to make a difference on the ground, while the rebels have no international support. It is an admission of weakness that contradicts the regime's reconquest projects. For now, the big winner of the battle of Aleppo is undoubtedly the jihadist group Fateh Al-Cham.
The group, which recently severed its ties with Al-Qaida, by agreement, without denying its ideological references and its political objective (establish an emirate in Syria), has won the heart of some of the inhabitants of Aleppo and approached the other rebel groups in favor of the offensive that allowed to break the siege in Ramoussa sector. It is now seen as a liberator by a part of the inhabitants of Eastern Aleppo, who previously did not allow its fighters to enter the town.
The inaction of the international community, particularly the United States, is directly responsible for this development. These are confronted with a new problem: either they bomb the positions of Fatah al-Cham and set all armed groups in Aleppo province against them, or they do nothing and let an extremely radical movement grow, which, contrary to the Islamic State, develops a long-term strategy in Syria. Like the action, inaction has a price. And it could be very high.
After an air strike on the area controlled by the rebels in Aleppo, Syria, on 15 August, 2016
A photo of Mourad hamyd from le Monde. He was arrested a few days ago in Turkey. It’s unclear as to whether he wanted to be another soldier of IS.
Some funny news about Daesh...
West Yorkshire’s anti-terror police announced on Sunday its fears of a former British model being led on for recruitment by Daesh. The model was being recruited through Facebook.
The Sunday Times has discovered that Kimberley Miners, 27, has been reached out to by the ultra-hardline group through social media, Facebook. A British Daesh member fighting in Syria appearing under the alias Abu Usamah al-Britani had been contacting her.
The recruiter has been grooming Miners to become a bride to one of the militants abroad and has been preparing for her departure from the United Kingdom.
Miners codenamed herself as Aisha Lauren al-Britaniya and has posted images of women brandishing rifles and other weapons.
Once again the users of the forum are lucky tonight, since I’m going to hold a lecture about Daesh...and more particularly about the growing concerns with regard to the return of the Jihadists, while the Islamic State organization seems to be losing ground in Syria.
Manuel Valls set the tone about security on Tuesday: "Nearly 700 French jihadists or residents in France are currently in combat zones in Iraq and Syria. Their return is a further threat to security (...) we must prepare to resist, the fight will be long. "Especially long as Belgium, close to France and intimately related to the preparation of the attacks that have struck Paris, estimates at 500 the number of its nationals gone to fight in the ranks of Daech.
According to its services, 195 French are presumed dead on area and more than 180 in transit, while the Interior counted "over 900 undecided", evidence that the jihadist flame is far from dying. The specialists emphasize the "net decline of French Jihadist flow to and from the Syria-Iraq zone". Which, contrary to appearances, is not good news.
The flagship service of the French counter-terrorism warns: "The level of the terrorist threat in the country could be aggravated by these trends. Indeed, the Islamic State has adapted its strategy by urging his supporters to take action in their country of origin. Several recent attacks committed in European countries, including France, are attributable to these instructions of the organization. "
According to its analysts, "several factors combine to explain this trend": "The deterrent effect on the least committed volunteers of the deteriorating security situation on the area (...)"; "Calls of the IS to encourage its supporters to carry out attacks in their country of origin, as an alternative to emigration to the Syria-Iraq zone" and then "the implementation of administrative measures obstructing the departures to Syria, that strengthened early 2015 and coincides with the beginning of the arrivals inflection to the area. " The "enhanced coordination between European security services" and the "enhanced cooperation with Turkey" are also highlighted.
The service notes that in parallel, during the first half of this year, only "12 people have regained the national territory". This "confirms, according to its experts, the desire of many foreign jihadists to settle on a permanent basis in the territory of the Caliphate." They added that "the potential departures of people disappointed by their experience or fleeing the fighting are in turn hampered by the IS, which exercises strict control over its territory and implements a brutal crackdown on" deserters" or "alleged" traitors.
The war of the drones, in Syria.
Some members of the Islamic Movement Muthanna inspecting what they say is a Russian military surveillance drone they claimed to have shot in Sheikh Meskeen near Daraa, Syria.
And yet, we have seen that some are still packing their suitcases to go to Syria, certainly looking forward to wearing the Victoria Secret burka, that really comes in handy to see a gynecologist. But first the husband has to give its permission.
Maybe some of you heard about the foiled car attack in Paris gare de Lyon, guided by Isis in Syria.
Three women arrested near Paris on Thursday night had been planning an attack on the Gare de Lyon, an official has said.
The women, aged 19, 23 and 39, were arrested in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, a small town 19 miles (30km) south-east of Paris, after they were linked to the discovery of a car packed with gas cylinders parked near Notre Dame cathedral last weekend.
French police stand guard in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, where the three women were arrested
The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said the women were “radicalised and fanaticised” and believed to have been preparing “new and imminent violent action”. He said there had been a “race against time” to stop them involving a vast police and intelligence operation.
“France is confronted with a terrorist threat of unprecedented scale,” Cazeneuve said. The changing threat took different forms and was very hard to detect, he added, calling for the “vigilance of all citizens”.
Speaking on Friday morning, an interior ministry official told Reuters: “An alert has been issued to all stations, but they had planned to attack the Gare de Lyon on Thursday.”
The Gare de Lyon, one of the busiest train stations in Paris, is in the south-east of the capital.
The discovery of a Peugeot 607 near Notre Dame carrying seven gas cylinders, six of them full, led to a terrorism investigation and revived fears about further attacks in a country where Islamic militants have killed more than 230 people since January 2015.
The 19-year-old French woman arrested on Thursday night was named by Associated Press as Ines Madani. Her father, who has been known to police in the past for radicalisation, was the owner of the car. On Sunday, he told police that his daughter had disappeared with the vehicle.
Madani had been classed as dangerous by police. Newspaper Le Monde reported that she had been known to police since 2015 for wanting to leave for Syria, where hundreds of people of French and other nationalities have gone to join Islamic State. She had reportedly written a letter pledging allegiance to Isis.
During the arrest, one of the women stabbed a police officer, injuring him in the shoulder, before officers shot and wounded her. TV footage showed an officer leaving the scene carrying a large knife.
The investigation into the discovery of the car continues. Police sources said no detonator device was found in the vehicle, but the diesel canisters raised concerns that the car was planned to explode. Documents with Arabic writing were found in the Peugeot, which had no number plates and was left with its hazard lights flashing.
Several people continue to be questioned. A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were detained on Wednesday south of Paris and a second couple, a 34-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, were detained on Tuesday.
Investigators are trying to establish whether any of those arrested and questioned have links with Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a police officer and four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris in January 2015. Boumeddiene left France just before the attacks on the capital and is believed to have headed to Isis-held territory.
Police are also investigating any possible links between the people who have been arrested and Larossi Abballa, who murdered a police commander and his partner at their home outside Paris in July in the presence of their three-year-old son.
Ines Madani also knew Rachid Kassim, one of the extremists suspected of being connected to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel in northern Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in July, RTBF said.
19-year-old IS sympathizer Ines Madani known to French & Belgian intel
I would like this not to be a temporary message/topic. I think it will be good to have it archived for future referenses. Maybe some crazy people in the future will gather information and stumble upon this site?
I do enjoy reading your perspective of things, and your thoughts. Even when its basic information. :)
A short story, that can also happen in your neighborhood.
A family drama with undertones of radicalization took place on Monday 12 September at Le Havre. A man, aged twenty years old, killed his mother who opposed his departure to Syria to wage jihad. The incident occurred in the early morning around 5:30. The young man used a shoelace to strangle his mother, aged sixty years old.
After this insane gesture, the attacker himself contacted the police, which quickly arrested him after the incident, reports the USAinformations site. The site information includes details that the man acknowledged his gesture and his intention to join Syria to fight with Daesh. According to police sources, he would suffer from psychiatric history.
This tragedy came a day after the arrest in Paris of a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack. The home of the young man, under house arrest, had been searched last April as part of the state of emergency declared after the attacks of 13 November.
Tonight, I’m not going to talk about boko Haram as I said because I don’t have enough time. Instead, I’m going to tell you a little story about the men who were arrested in Germany lately.
Three holders of Syrian papers arrived in Germany using the same network as the perpetrators of the 13 November in Paris, were arrested Tuesday.
Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière announced that the three men came to Europe, probably from Syria, with the help of the "same smuggling organization as the attackers of Paris."
"So far there is no indication that concrete planning for an attack was underway. Therefore, it could be a sleeper cell, "the minister said.
Several attackers in Paris and Saint-Denis, who made 130 dead in attacks on 13 November 2015, came from areas controlled by the jihadists of Daech, including their leader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian-Moroccan of 28, and two men with fake Syrian passports presented as Iraqis by Daech.
According to the German Minister, the three men have been under surveillance for months and at no time "have represented a danger."
He could not say for sure whether the suspects were actually Syrians.
The operation, which mobilized 200 police officers took place in northern Germany.
The three men, presented as Mahir Al-H., 27, Mohamed A., 26, and Mr. Ibrahim 18, arrived in Germany in November 2015.
"The three accused are suspected of being here in Germany on order of organization Islamic State to execute a mission” according to prosecutors, who decided to prosecute them on account of their membership of a "foreign terrorist organization".
Mahir Al-H. is believed to have joined Daech in September 2015 and benefitted from a "short" weapons training in Raqqa, the stronghold of the group in northern Syria.
The following month, he and his two alleged accomplices took the road to Europe via Turkey and Greece on the orders of an official of Daech responsible "for the attacks out of the Islamic State territory."
"No precise mission or statement has so far been demonstrated by the investigators," according to prosecutors.
And for those who want to have some news of Mohamed Abrini…
The prison of Nivelles would not be suitable for the terrorist of Zaventem according to the newspaper The Last Hour.
It is a transfer that has been done discreetly this summer. While most of the staff of the Nivelles prison was on holiday, a prisoner like no other has done his arrival in this prison of Walloon Brabant known for sheltering Marc Dutroux for several years.
And it is also in the same wing, two or three doors away, that one of the most notorious man of the country now lives: Mohamed Abrini. He who confessed to be the man with the hat in the attack in Zaventem on 22 March, is in regime said extra.
A very special diet that requires to block the whole prison at the slightest movement of the prisoner in question. The terrorist is so slowing in turn the Nivelles prison since he arrived. He is not only blocking every movement as soon as he leaves his cell, what Marc Dutroux was already doing, but it's getting too much for the staff at this prison.
Thus, for each visit he receives, Mohamed Abrini must pass all the prison to go to the parlor without meeting any other inmate. Therefore, all activities are stopped. And sometimes it takes a long time. Too much for the prison staff who also wondered what an inmate with such a profile was doing in Nivelles.
Unlike the Bruges prison, the Nivelles establishment does not have much security. Some see a greater risk for escape than if he had been incarcerated in a high-security wing.
Finally, note that as far as his behavior is concerned, Mohamed Abrini is against all odds very quiet. The agents have, as was the case for Salah Abdeslam in Bruges, nothing to reproach him, since he’s very discreet.
Here are two soldiers of the Islamic State. Why is the older one wearing an orange suit? What is going to happen?
Tonight, I'm going to answer these questions with a lecture.
Daesh is visibly disappointed with his descent into hell and kills just about anybody, innocents as its own members. According to sources from terrorist groups of the so-called "opposition", the Islamic State group has summarily executed two of his top commanders, in the governorate of Deir Ezzor, this week.
They said that these executions for "unknown reasons" are not isolated. The terrorist group has always done so, but these executions appear to be explained by the setbacks that are increasingly important in combat.
According to information that came directly from the governorate of Deir Ezzor, the two commanders killed, awful Maysar Al-Kalizi and Anas Al-Abdon, were summarily executed by the security branch of the Islamic State, just for "incompetence".
In the former topic, I had put the photos of the Jihadist Abu Tamima showing him taking some good time:
one with a good red bull
a dive into a swimming pool, but it's probable that the former owners of the house were not paying their electricity bills any more.
With his friends, at this time the man on the left, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was not yet famous.
And unfortunately a dive into a grave
It seems that the time of innocence is over for the little Jihadists. And yet, it’s too early to know if the reign of Assad will be lasting or temporary from now on.
Here, Assad visiting the town of Daraya, at least what is left of it, a few days ago.
The strategy of Assad explained...
Once again, there is an exceptional conference about Syria on the forum this evening.
Syria: the terrible fool's game of the great powers at the UN
Editorial. Credible sources have reported nearly 500 000 deaths. The number of injured exceeds 2 million. Of the 22 million Syrians, not fewer than half are considered "displaced persons", inside or abroad. Some cities with more than 100 000 were flattened in the bombing. The flood of unhappy fleeing fighting around the second largest city of the country does not dry out.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister talking about the situation in Syria, at the UN Security Council on 21 September 2016.
The refugee camps at the borders are overflowing, in Jordan and Turkey: the machine for producing the jihadists of tomorrow is running at full throttle.
We will spare the adjectives meant to provoke indignation or despair. They are useless. Syria entered the war five years ago. It remains there. Tons of bombs, explosives, shells loaded with chlorine will continue to fall on the besieged cities. We did not expect much about the conversation on Syria during the fall meeting of the General Assembly of the UN. We were served beyond expectations.
Americans and Russians, who "sponsor" these talks, noted the failure of the cease-fire they had concluded on 9 September. It took less than ten days. A previous ceasefire negotiated in February lasted nearly two months. A regression.
Americans and Russians are yelling at each other about their responsibilities in the renewed fighting. The first claimed to have sufficient influence over Qatar, Saudi Arabia and even Turkey to cease to support and isolate the jihadist factions in the Syrian rebellion. It is not certain that Washington really has the will of it.
As for Russians, who became the air armed wing of the regime of Bashar Al-Assad that is supported on the ground by an immense soldiery of Iranian, Lebanese, Iraqi and Afghan mercenaries, they promise to put pressure on Damascus. Hypocrisy: Russians can not ignore that the "strategy" of Bashar al-Assad is to regain the country by the war – even by creating generations of jihadists in one part of the population, which is the least of the worries of Damascus.
Syrian wars can not be reduced to a binary confrontation between, on one hand, Damascus, and, on the other hand, jihadists groups. They are many. Iran wants to keep and strengthen its foothold in the Arab world in Syria. Hezbollah wants to stay in Syria, too, to develop a second front against Israel if needed. Afghan and Iraqi militias, Shiites, obey Tehran. Turkey, now present on the ground, is fighting the Kurds. Saudis and Qataris want to contain the rise of Iran in Mashreq, by using interposed Islamist rebellions. Simple and clear minds, welcome to the Middle East.
The combined action of the United States and Russia remains the only way to reach a ceasefire in Syria before considering a common front against the jihadists. But let Moscow and Washington clash beforehand, their local protégés, to force them to respect a cease-fire. Their own credibility is at stake. And the lives of Syrians.
Syria: Regime troops launch new Aleppo offensive after "the heaviest air strikes in months"
A photo that I took last week, in Drancy. A Syrian woman panhandling.
I'm starting to believe allowing Assad to continue in power is the best (or least bad) alternative for Syria. Under Assad there is no sharia law and, to my knowledge, if you simply went about your business and not interfere with the government nobody will bother you. The other alternative is a country rules by jihadists or other extremists. If this were a perfect world, we could oust Assad and replace him with something similar to what you have in Tunisia. Sadly, the chances of that happening are slim to none.
Today, I'm holding a conference to talk about a leading theoretician of Jihad.
A broad smile on the face of Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi welcomed us in the family apartment overlooking Rousseifeh, a disadvantaged town in the northern suburbs of Amman, Jordan. With his Imposing stature, the man does not look his age -57 years old. His long sparse beard and a few wrinkles on the forehead struggle to age him. The gaze is frank, even laughing. His family has left on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, it is he who serves coffee with cardamom, cake with dates made by his wife and chocolates - "Swiss," he precised - before sitting down again. His computer on his lap, he welcomes visitors with unfeigned pleasure. The man said a few sentences in English, and apologized to pursue in Arabic. "The few opportunities to practice were the visits by the International Red Cross Committee in prison," he said. His playful tone almost makes you forget the ambiguities of the character.
Since he was released in early 2015, the Palestinian-Jordanian preacher lives almost secluded in the midst of his religious books and souvenirs brought by his disciples from Yemen, Iraq and Chechnya. When he is not in prison, where he spent fifteen of the past twenty-three years, he receives guests almost continuously.
His neighbor and sidekick Abu Qatada Al-Filistini, former representative in Europe of Osama bin Laden, comes to visit him almost every day. Hours pass and thought unfolds, sharp, often complex, sometimes ambiguous, in an endless stream of anecdotes and confidences.
The man likes to please, argue and persuade. His world extends far beyond the four walls of his living room. Through social networks and secure instant messaging, on the forum of his website "Monotheism and Jihad Chair", he keeps in constant contact with hundreds of disciples, scholars and leaders of the jihadist Salafist movement who request it, seeking advice or controversy.
He has trained hundreds of apprentices jihadists. Personal friend of the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, he has among his disciples some leaders and theologians of the jihadi nebula of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abu Sayyaf in Indonesia through al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), or the Afghan Talibans.
Since he entered the closed circle of jihadist Salafism thinkers in the late 1980s, “he has become one of the most important thinkers of his generation” says Jordanian expert Hassan Abu Haniyeh.
Since the Palestinian village of Barca, where he was born in 1959 under the name Assem Mohamed Taher Al-Barqaoui, and then in Kuwait where he grew up before going to study in Saudi Arabia, his vision of the world is shaped in a synthesis between the thought of Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, the first theorist of Jihad and the Wahhabi theologians.
He laid the foundations for a "jihad da'wa" - a conquest of minds by preaching - turned primarily towards the near enemy Israel but also Muslim countries that have failed to rule according to Islamic law.
He also owes his fame to his disciple Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, before becoming the Emir of al-Qaida in Iraq. The two men met in the late 1980s in the training camps of Al Qaeda in Peshawar (Pakistan), from which Osama bin Laden led the "holy war" against the Soviet Union, which had invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
Originally from the disadvantaged town of Zarqa, close to Rousseifeh, poorly educated and eager to redeem his criminal career by jihad, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi quickly found in Maqdisi a mentor.
For the intellectual, who came to Pakistan to test his preaching power amongst young candidates for jihad, Zarqawi has this ability to take actions, that he lacks. Back in Jordan, in 1992, the two men form, with jihadists returning from Afghanistan, Bayat Al-Islam group. They are imprisoned for plotting attacks against the Hashemite Kingdom and an Israeli border post.
Their differences will be seen in prison. "Maqdisi had the reputation of being nice to the guards while Zarqawi was hard. The other prisoners chose Zarqawi and named him emir of the group. Things became even clearer when Zarqawi went to Peshawar after their release in 1999, said Hassan Abu Haniyeh. Zarqawi found a new mentor, Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir who convinced him to adopt whatever Maqdisi rejected as suicide attacks and the fight against the Shiites. "
Zarqawi became head of al-Qaida in Iraq shortly after the US invasion of 2003, and began a bloody campaign of antiShiite bombings.
Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi picked up a pen in 2005 to formulate, on the tone of the council, criticism against the excesses and mistakes of his jihad: the excommunication of Muslims, the killing of Shiites, its passion for the slaughter and attacks against civilians, women and children. These criticisms aroused misunderstanding within the ranks of jihadist fighters.
Zarqawi denied his "old sheikh". Al-Qaida no longer had to tolerate the excesses of his emir in Iraq and Maqdisi became silent, on behalf of the unity of the jihadist movement.
The distance from the heir of Zarqawi is even more marked. Indeed, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the organization Islamic State, who, after failing to take control the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda in 2013, caused the break with the organization and challenged its hegemony over the international jihadism.
In June 2014, shortly after the conquest of Mosul, Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate on the territories he conquered straddling Syria and Iraq. Maqdisi remained loyal to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda and heir of bin Laden, as a majority of leaders and jihadi theorists worldwide.
He accused the "caliph" of Mosul to subvert "Islamic project" and create the "fitna" ( "Division") in the jihadist Salafist movement. But even among his relatives, some chose to join the IS, like his brother Salaheddin and his disciple, the Bahraini Turki al-Binali, whom some already nicknamed "little Maqdisi." Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi sees today his teaching challenged by the rise of Isis. "If the Islamic State wins, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi will have no role in the jihadist movement," predicts the French expert Romain Caillet.
For two years, the preacher observed helplessly as the group of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was attracting in the "caliphate" hardened jihadists and new converts. "The IS takes young people with emotion, those who do not have the patience to read books, who want something right away” he says.
This is particularly true in the West where they do not read books. These newcomers converted to Islam watch videos and are attracted by the fighting of Isis. They want to fight against atheism and the United States. They plunge headlong, overwhelmed by their emotions. "
His preaching jihad is not attractive any longer compared to the Jihad of the Islamic State, which is violent, blind and sectarian. "The problem is that many of our brothers are not convinced by the preaching of jihad, he says. They feel an attraction for weapons, they want action. " Maqdisi talked about Macharfé Mahmoud, who killed, on June 6, 2016, five members of the Jordanian intelligence in the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqaa on behalf of Isis: "He was very emotional and wanted to wage jihad. I do not defend his action but he was brave and desperate not to go to Syria. We had to let him go. "
When Isis announced on 24 December 2014 the capture near Rakka of the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh, the Jordanian Kingdom relied on Maqdisi, despite its fundamental hostility against the Hashemite monarchy.
The jihadist group was quick to respond. In the next issue of its monthly newspaper Dabiq, A photo of Abu Mohamed Al-Maqdisi hit the headlines, under the title: "The heads of misguided", with a death sentence. Isis accused him of collaborating and being an "agent of the Mukhabarat" (Jordanian intelligence) ."How can this work? I was a prisoner! I do not know what's wrong with them, " argued Maqdisi.
But the man never clearly condemned the attacks nor those perpetrated on behalf of Isis in France and elsewhere. "I have repeatedly said that I was opposed to the killing of women, children and civilians who are not fighters," he simply recalled. The Jordanian researcher Hassan Abu Haniyeh, who knows the man, explains: "Maqdisi has not approved the attacks of Sept. 11 but once committed, he did not condemn them.
Deep down, he supports the attacks but that is beyond the theory he developed. "For the uniqueness of the Salafist current”.
A year and a half after the Kassasbeh case, Maqdisi has lost none of his bitterness towards the leaders of the Isis - "they are not fair and they lie" - but he still refuses to declare the organization "heretic "as Abu Qatada Al-Filistini or Ayman Al-Zawahiri were able to do.
An interesting piece of news concerning a Malian Jihadist...
On 27 September, the judges of the International Criminal Court found the Malian jihadist Ahmed Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi guilty of the destruction of nine mausoleums classified as World Heritage in Timbuktu, and the secret door of the Sidi-Yahia mosque during the occupation of the town by the jihadists.
He was sentenced to nine years in prison “considering his direct involvement in numerous incidents and his role as spokesperson for the media", said the judges.
Here are some news concerning the Al-Assad family. My own expression to describe them is "pourri jusqu'à la moelle"
According to a resolution submitted to the vote of the Council of Paris yesterday, social housing will be built on a wasteland of the 16th district of Paris that belonged to Rifaat al-Assad, uncle of the current president of Syria Bashar Al-Assad . The land of 788 square metres located in Jasmin Street should welcome 29 family housing, 14 parking spaces and a manger by 2020, said Ian Brossat, Deputy of Socialist Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.
The land that is occupied only with "weeds", according to the elected official, had been subject of an expropriation procedure after a declaration of public interest proceedings initiated by the Town of Paris in 2015. The court had set the compensation for expropriation at 9.5 million euros, which were deposited at the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.
Brother of former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, who ousted him from power in 1980, Rifaat al-Assad, 78, was indicted on June 9 in France for concealment of stolen assets and laundering of organised tax fraud. The investigation was opened after a complaint by the Sherpa association, civil party in several cases of ill-gotten wealth. Investigators estimated at approximately 90 million euros the assets held in France by the former vice president of Syria and his family, through companies, some of which are installed in Luxembourg. The inventory included a castle and a stud farm in the Val-d'Oise and several properties in the wealthiest neighborhoods of Paris, particularly private hotels on the avenue Foch and avenue de Lamballe, two buildings on the avenue of President Kennedy and dock André-Citroën, a field situated in Jasmin street or offices in Lyon. First heard in 2015, Rifaat al-Assad had replied that the funds came from the heir and future king Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, while ensuring not to have made himself these acquisitions.
But for the judge, Rifaat Assad only provided a justification for a donation of ten million dollars in 1984, "unrelated to his current fortune and his lifestyle" that can "only be explained by very large hidden resources, "said a source close to the investigation.
I have another funny theory concerning the attacks of Paris...
Quite probably, Abdelhamid Abaaoud was aiming to overthrow Assad and announce the end of the war in Syria. Who knows, maybe he could have become President of Syria and won the Nobel Peace Price. Had it been the case, he and his caliph would have ruled the country. Probably every Syrian woman would have had the obligation to wear a burqa, and every man, long trousers, but we can imagine that wearing pretty much the same clothing would facilitated the reconciliation between the different communities.
Due to a lack a preparation, he was given a wrong address in Paris and his verbal confrontation with Assad has not been possible. Instead of going to the headquarters of the Assad Family, on the avenue Foch, where the bombing operations are decided, he found himself in front of the Bataclan. He and his friends were not surprised to find so many people though, since it’s not rare to have Syrian families with 200 or 300 members.
And here are little videos dealing with the current situation in Aleppo, Syria:
In Syria, the war continues...And Russians are more and more present in the conflict. The project of pipeline involving Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Russia just before the war broke out probably explains their presence in Aleppo, while they are totally absent from Yemen.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State is now using some dreadful machines to kill its oponents.
What are those machines? Here are clues if you don't know.
Is it a baboonator?
Is it a secret weapon sent by the prophet himself?
Those are just drones, modified by Isis to carry explosive charges.
This one killed two peshmerga:
In Syria, the war continues...And Russians are more and more present in the conflict. The project of pipeline involving Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Russia just before the war broke out probably explains their presence in Aleppo, while they are totally absent from Yemen.
I'm under the impression Putin has gotten himself into a conflict that's going to be difficult to win and next to impossible to get himself out of. He is becoming a pariah just like ISIS.
The Islamic State claimed a suicide attack that killed at least 34 people and wounded 36 in the Shiite neighborhood of al-Shaab, located north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Saturday, Oct. 15. The death toll, according to medical and security officials may increase in the coming hours.
The Sunni terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack via its propaganda agency, Amaq. Iraqi officials provided different versions of the attack, some of them asserting that the bomber had detonated his explosive belt in a tent where Shiite Muslims were receiving condolences, others telling he had targeted food distribution during annual religious commemorations.
Saturday's attack was the bloodiest in the Iraqi capital since the beginning of July, when a suicide bomber had targeted a shopping area, leaving more than 300 dead.
The jihadist group considers the Shiites, who are the majority in Iraq, as “heretics” and frequently launches attacks against this community. The Islamic State seized in 2014 large parts of the Iraqi territory.
But with the help of the international coalition led by the US, Iraqi forces have regained ground in recent months. They are now preparing to take the stronghold of the jihadists, Mosul, where the battle should begin in the coming days.
For several days, Iraqi forces have been deploying near Mosul, apparently announcing an impending battle. If Fallujah, another bastion of the jihadists, fell, taking Mosul, Iraq's second agglomeration, is more complex.
According to the UN, the battle ahead is also likely to trigger a humanitarian crisis of major proportions given the large number of civilians still caught in the trap inside the city. The UN estimates that one million people could be displaced by the fighting, a situation made even tougher by the arrival of winter.
The recapture of Mosul, however, may not be the end of the war against the Islamic State, which still holds significant swathes of Iraqi territory and is likely to increase the use of suicide attacks as it is losing ground.
Here is a little conference about the Abdeslam case...Note that it was written by myself, I'm not sure about the grammar in the following sentence: will not cooperate with justice and "apply the right to silence". Since there is no negation with the second expression, maybe humbert or somebody good at english may correct it if it's wrong.
Today, Mohamed Abdeslam asked his brother Salah, a key-suspect of the Parisian attacks of 13 November 2015, to "express himself", while the latter chose to remain silent, according to his lawyers.
"I ask my brother to speak," said Mohamed Abdeslam on the radio. "During my visits to Belgium, I really saw a Salah Abdeslam who was willing to speak (...) A few months after, that's another person I have in front of me, I actually found that Salah was staying in the background, he was more uncommunicative and withdrawn" he added. Salah Abdeslam, A French of 27 years who grew in Belgium, was at the heart of the preparations of the deadliest attacks ever committed in France which made 130 dead, according to investigators. After four months on the run in Brussels, he was arrested on 18 March before being handed over on 27 April to the French court, which indicted him, notably for terrorist assassinations. He is the only living member of the jihadist commando of 13 November.
Convinced that Salah Abdeslam, placed in solitary confinement and monitored 24h / 24 in the prison of Fleury-Merogis, near Paris, will not cooperate with justice and "apply the right to silence" until the end, his lawyers announced last week that they were giving up his defence.
And yet, in his prison of Fleury-Merogis regularly communicates with non-radicalized inmates of Fleury-Merogis, either by speaking aloud or through the bars of his cell, according to his prison warders.
Shortly after his arrest, when he was imprisoned in Bruges, Salah Abdeslam would have used the same technique. Some prison guards stated in the Belgian press that he had communicated with Mehdi Nemmouche, the alleged gunman of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, who could have told him to remain silent.
"This incarceration, all these difficult detention condition make him cut himself from the world and I sometimes feel that he’s somehow more radicalized than de-radicalized," said Mohamed Abdeslam about his brother, confiding he was visiting him every three months. He explained he had high expectations from the trial, but "if it is to have a Salah Abdeslam behind a box where he does not tak, it will be a disappointment for us all." The other brother of Mohamed and Salah, Brahim, blew himself up in a Parisian cafe in the evening of 13 November.
Tonight, I'm going to present a book, titled "the Jihad and the death", by Olivier Roy (in French, you can translate with google), wich may be of interest to the scholars of the forum.
De Khaled Kelkal en 1995 à l’attentat de Nice en 2016, pratiquement tous les terroristes se font exploser eux-mêmes ou tuer par la police, sans vraiment chercher à fuir et sans que leur mort soit nécessaire à la réalisation de leur action.
Mohammed Merah reprendra la phrase attribuée à Oussama ben Laden et systématiquement reprise avec des variantes : « Nous aimons la mort, vous aimez la vie. » recueillie par un journaliste de CNN en 1997. Ben Laden semble résumer ce qui fait l'ADN du djihadisme contemporain : une fascination pour le suicide et la figure du martyr. La mort du terroriste n’est pas une possibilité ou une conséquence malheureuse de son action, elle est au cœur de son projet. L’on retrouve cette même fascination pour la mort chez le djihadiste qui rejoint Daech : l’attentat-suicide est la finalité par excellence de son engagement. Et si c’était cela, le vrai danger ? Non pas les dégâts infligés, mais l’effet de terreur. Car la force de Daech est de jouer sur nos peurs. Et cette peur, c’est la peur de l’islam. Le seul impact stratégique des attentats est leur effet psychologique : ils ne touchent pas la capacité militaire des Occidentaux ; ils ne touchent l’économie qu’à la marge ; ils ne mettent en danger les institutions que dans la mesure où nous les remettons nous-mêmes en cause, avec le sempiternel débat sur le conflit entre sécurité et État de droit. La peur, c’est celle de l’implosion de nos propres sociétés.
Dans son dernier ouvrage, Le Djihad et la mort, Olivier Roy poursuit cette analyse et cherche à comprendre les attentats qui ont touché la France et la Belgique en 2015 et 2016 et ce qui pousse les jeunes à rejoindre ces organisations terroristes. Pour l'auteur, c'est avant tout leur dissidence sociale que des jeunes de la deuxième génération d'immigrés, rejoints par des convertis, expriment en rejoignant une cause sanguinaire. Ils font partie d'une génération en rupture avec les parents, qui fréquente peu la mosquée et méconnaît le Coran.
Pour Olivier Roy, les terroristes sont avant tout fascinés par la radicalité et la violence, et non pas par l'Islam en tant que tel, l'attentat-suicide étant la finalité par excellence de leur action, alors que le salafisme condamne le suicide. Cette dimension nihiliste, au cœur de leur projet, montre pour Olivier Roy ce qu'il a appelé "l'islamisation de la radicalité", à savoir une révolte, une radicalité extrême qui épouse le discours apocalyptique de Daech, qui en emprunte les formes, mais n'a rien à voir avec une "radicalisation de l'Islam", conception défendue par Gilles Kepel, autre spécialiste de l"Islam...
Tonight, there is an exceptional documentary available on the forum : Enquête exclusive, du 11 Septembre au Bataclan.
In French, with English Subtitles.
From the Afghan mountains, where Bin Laden was operating, to the Iraqi and Syrian Chaos, to the roads of Jihad followed by the Jihadists of 13 november 2015, you will discover the transformation of the Islamist terrorism.
I still have to finish the translation: The original file was a TS file (captured from TV), The DVB subtitles was extracted with subtitles edit and an ocr engine (tesseract-ocr-3.02) then converted to .srt and muxed into a mkv file (I also transcoded the TS video) but the translation is not yet over. For the moment only the first 30 minutes were correctly translated. The rest is a very approximate translation of google translate, I will do it later.
Tonight, I'm going to hold an exceptional conference to give you the latest news concerning the Islamic State.
First and foremost, Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in iraq, with 50,000 inhabitants before the war, was liberated from the Islamic state.
House by house, Iraqi soldiers are inspecting the items left by Daesh.
In this house a soldier says they found the shells Isis use to shoot the Iraqi army.
Here one can see one of the oldest monasteries in Iraq which has been profaned.
All biblical faces were lacerated and the Bible was replaced by the Koran in the chapel.
Another soldier explained that the wall inscriptions describe Christians as infidels (kuffar). He then showed manuals and said they were written by caliph Baghdadi. They were used to lead their faithful into believing that blowing themselves up would send them to heaven, even by killing Muslims.
The first appearance of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi in the great mosque of Mosul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R09FmLnWC8E
Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi would have fled from Mosul approximately one month ago with 2 heavily armed men according to my information.
However, the battle of Mosul could be very difficult, because There are still between 3000 and 5000 Jihadists in the town, and they are ready to do anything to save their self-proclaimed caliphate.
"Lately Isis killed 232 civilians" UN rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.
"Of these there were 190 former Iraqi Security Forces officers," she said. "These reports have been corroborated to the extent possible," she added, stressing the number of people killed in recent days could be higher.
Up to 900 Isis militants have been killed in the offensive to retake the city, according to the US.
Furthermore, Here are a few pictures of the golden division and the preparation of the battle of Mosul.
At nightfall, the outskirts of Mosul are drawing a halo of light from the front line held by Iraqi counter-terrorism forces. The stronghold of the Islamic State organization is just 5 kilometers to the west. Two days of operation were enough for the Golden Division to recapture the village of Tarbazawah and the suburb of Mouaskar Jenin, at the entrance of Bazwaya, with air support from the international coalition. Without loss. The jihadist group had only left a handful of fighters on the front line.
The infantry soldiers of the “caliphate” have evaporated with part of their arsenal in tunnels they have dug between Mosul and Bartella, about ten kilometers to the east. They have had all the time, since the capture of the city in June 2014, to build the network plunging seven meters deep and three meters wide.
On the way to Mosul
oxygen tanks of in a craft mines factory of the Islamic State.
We don’t talk a lot about Bresil, and yet the death toll due to homicides is higher than the war in Syria.
According to figures from the Brazilian NGO Forum for Public Security, Brazil counted nearly 300,000 victims of killings between 2011 and 2015. Or 160 per day and one every 9 minutes.
The number of homicides in Brazil identified by the Brazilian Forum of Public Security NGO amounted to 278,839 between 2011 and 2015. In Parallel to this report, according to statistics from the SOHR, the war raging in Syria killed 256,124 people over the same period. Homicides in Brazil have therefore caused more deaths than the war in Syria over the last 4 years.
PS: I'm going to keep translating the documentary above.
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Today, I’m going to talk about the town of Al-Qayyarah.
The Iraqi army recaptured this town located near Mosul in Iraq at the end of August. When they left, the Islamic State soldiers blew the surrounding oil wells. Since then, the residents live in a huge and permanent fire, of wich the fumes are indicating the town, in the distance.
Flocks of sheep with blackened wool try to make their way between large oil spills.
The civilians are fleeing the Islamic State organization and try to get on the available trucks to join a neighboring mosque and then move to camps on the outskirts of the city.
Young men armed with Kalashnikovs have just taken possession of a house, where they intend to open a checkpoint. On the roof, they hoisted the Iraqi flag from the era of Saddam Hussein.
On a wall, some inscriptions of the inhabitants of the town against the Islamic State.
Here is a little story about the battle of Mosul for the little users of the forum who are interested in the situation in Iraq.
Outside, the elements rage. An ocher sand wind sweeps Gogjali, the first neighborhood at the entrance of Mosul, just liberated from the fighters of the Islamic State organization, mid-afternoon, on Tuesday, November 1. It blurs the outlines of houses, already crushed by a milky gray blanket of dust. The air is saturated with particles. Tires finish burning in the streets. Smoke puffs rise under the shelling and the strikes of the international coalition. Dust Flies as black armored Humvee are driving along.
The Golden Division is trying to hit one more time before nightfall. It comes to titillate the jihadi fighters on the main road that links Erbil to downtown Mosul, opposite the cemetery Al-Karama. A car bomb welcomes it in a apocalyptic crash, damaging a tank and a bulldozer. The replica is immediate. Gunners and elite gunners go on a rampage against the jihadists, who harass them from the west.
Sitting on the floor in a small house near the building of the local radio and television - Al-Mawsil - Major Salam Jassim Hussein, of the first division of the ICTF, leads the operation. A GPS map open on his tablet, he transmits the coordinates of the jihadist positions to artillery and aircraft.
As advancing Iraqi troops prepare to enter the key city of Mosul, ISIS' media arm has released audio purportedly featuring the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, attempting to rally ISIS fighters.
Addressing the estimated 5,000 ISIS members holed up in the city, anticipating the arrival of Iraqi forces, al-Baghdadi says that "holding your ground in honor is a thousand times better than retreating in disgrace."
The tape, the first recording of al-Baghdadi released since late 2015, features the ISIS leader claiming to be "confident of victory" in Mosul, the group's Iraqi stronghold, despite the presence of Iraqi troops just meters away from the city's border.
Released by ISIS' media wing al-Furqan, the message carries a vicious sectarian tone, with the animosity toward Shia Muslims and other, non-Muslim groups more pronounced than in previous recordings.
The voice, which CNN cannot independently verify, says that "God's enemies from the Jews, Christians, atheists, Shiites, apostates and all of the world's infidels have dedicated their media, money, army and munitions to fight Muslims and jihadists in the State of Nineveh after they witnessed it became one of the bases of Islam and one of its minarets under the Caliphate."
Nineveh is an ancient name for the modern day Mosul region.
The audio, which is nearly 32 minutes long, references Turkey's massing of armaments along the Iraq-Turkey border, suggesting that the recording was made very recently.
Along with rallying ISIS-affiliated fighters across the globe, he warns jihadists against "conflict and disagreement."
Here is a little lecture about the battle of Mosul.
Some Iraqi elite forces who entered Mosul, for the first time since the beginning of the offensive to retake the second town of Iraq, had to retreat partially in the face of a "fierce resistance" of the Islamic State group fighters .
A military official told an AFP journalist present in the vicinity of the city that the elite forces entered the streets of Al-Karama on 4 November, an eastern district of Mosul, with armored vehicles and bulldozers under the heavy and blood-craving fire of the Jihadists, who had set up barriers and bombs in the streets. The fighting continued after sunset.
But some of these tanks were removed after a few hours. "We did not expect such a resistance, the jihadists had blocked all the roads," said an officer. "The jihadists are numerous. It was better to withdraw and make a new plan" he added, while military officials assessed the opportunity to try a new breakthrough into the largest town in northern Iraq.
Progressing towards the city from three directions (south, east and north), tens of thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish fighters involved in the military operation have come across civilians fleeing the fighting. Most of them are from the villages around Mosul because few people in this town with a population over one million, could leave it.
Friday, 12 Iraqi civilians fleeing the area of Hawija, 180 kilometers southeast of Mosul, were killed when a bomb destroyed their vehicle. One policeman was also killed.
The special forces of the golden division are patrolling the streets of Gogjali. They seek the presence of members of the Islamic State, house by house. The population, first afraid of the army, turned out to be friendly.
The Golden Division surrounded the fighters of the Islamic State, who died trapped in their own trenches.
The first contact between civilians and Iraqi soldiers always begins with a tense confrontation. For a few seconds, it’s as if time was standing still.
Some houses have been clearly occupied by the warriors of the Islamic State.
The men of the Golden Division first shoutto the residents to stay away. They train their gun on them, taking the time to ensure they don’t wear an explosive belt: there is perhaps among them a suicide bomber. Once the risk is over, the guns are lowered and they engage the conversation while soldiers search every room of the house.
Sooner or later DAESH will be crushed. The whole world is against them. Surviving on your own with no allies is just not possible.
Notice in the picture the soldier are wearing hi-tech cams on their helmets. Obviously courtesy of the USA.
Tonight, I'm going to talk about the town of Raqqa in Syria.
Kurdish-led Syrian forces began an offensive Sunday to liberate the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa, clashing with the extremists north of the Syrian city and warning neighboring Turkey not to interfere in the operation.
The United States, France and Britain said they would provide air support for the offensive, which was announced at a news conference in Ein Issa, north of Raqqa, by a coalition of Kurds and Arabs known as the Syria Democratic Forces. But it lacked details on how the group dominated by Kurds plans to oust the militants from the city, home to nearly 200,000 mostly Sunni Arabs and an estimated 5,000 IS fighters.
Unlike several successful military efforts to drive Islamic State militants out of cities in Iraq, the Raqqa offensive faces several political obstacles and is likely to be much more complex.
Iraq's Hezbollah Brigades, one of the main Shiite militias taking part in the government-led push to drive IS from Mosul, said Wednesday its men had taken control of a highway linking Mosul and Raqqa, severing a key supply route between the two militant strongholds.
Here are a few interesting elements concerning the attacks in Paris and Brussels.
"Abu Ahmad". This war name has been hovering over the attacks in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March 2016 for several months. Behind this kunya (Muslim nickname), an originator established in Syria could be hiding, according to traces of his involvement in the wave of attacks in the two capitals. Investigators are almost certain that Abu Ahmad is actually Oussama Atar, a Belgian of 32, veteran of Jihad.
His identity was recently disclosed by French investigators thanks to a board with several photographs discovered on one terrorist who was sent to Europe.
Osama Atar is suspected of having coordinated these two operations from Syria: he was designated as the recruiter of two Iraqi suicide bombers who blew up their belts near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on 13 November 2015 and is suspected to be the man to whom the terrorists have submitted their plans before exploding in the Belgian capital on 22 March 2016.
Today, I'm suggesting this exceptional documentary about the Jihadists of the attacks of Paris.
To understand who these people were, this video retraces their lives. We can learn that they were not poor, nor homeless, but most of them became radicalized because they experienced difficulties during their lives. That's the case of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who broke into a car shop with his little friend Salah Abdeslam who became his logistician for the attacks. The latter was running a bar in Molenbeek with his brother, the Cafe Des Beguines, which served alcohol. Brahim used to smoke haschich in front of it. A few months before the attacks, the mayor of Molenbeek ordered the bar's closure, three months after police had found young men inside dealing drugs and smoking dope.
As for little Abdelhamid, after some time in jail he wasn't the same and his father sent him to Egypt to attend religious courses, but from there he went to Syria. He came back once to Belgium to kidnap his younger brother, without their parents' knowing it. That's also the case of Najim Lachraoui, the only one of the group who had received higher education. According to his former teachers and one of his hostages who are interviewed in this documentary, he was brilliant. He was "senior executive" and pyrotechnician for Daesh. He blew himself up at the Airport of Brussels.
Documentary in French. No subtitles available.
If I have time, maybe tonight I will present the program of Trump, as I said yesterday. Or the conference will take place during the week end.
I hope that Maher and all the little users of the forum are fine. After a morning session in positive territory, stocks are now declining. I earnt money with an inverse equity ETF bought this morning. Everything is falling right now, even gold stocks, or Vergnet, that I'm recommending again since the Vergnet stock is now standing below 1 euro.
Tonight, I’m going to give you some brief news about the Middle East and elsewhere
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States seems to satisfy the jihadist circles. A spokesperson of Daesh in Afghanistan said it would be easier to recruit candidates for jihad once the billionaire is officially installed in the White House.
When questioned by Reuters, Abu Omar Khorasani said that Donald Trump was "a madman". "His undisguised hatred of Muslims will make our work easier, we will be able to win thousands of recruits," he added. Our leaders followed the American election carefully, but no one expected the Americans to dig their own graves. "
European intelligence is preparing for a wave of 3,000 to 5,000 Daesh recruits who could return to the old continent due to the retreat of the terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria, said Belgian Minister Jan Jambon.
"Daesh is under pressure with the attacks in Raqqa and Mosul. Either the Belgian fighters stay there to help defend the Islamic state. The other hypothesis is that the Islamic State sends these fighters back [from where they come]. And not just the 200 Belgians on the spot, but the 3,000 to 5,000 Europeans there.”
On 12 November, The Bataclan concert hall in Paris reopened with a performance by Sting, a year after some Jihadists killed 90 people at the venue.
But in a sensational turn of events, the concert hall's co-director said he had prevented two members of the US group Eagles of Death Metal, who were on stage when the bloodshed started on November 13, 2015, from entering.
"They came, I threw them out -- there are things you can't forgive," Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos told AFP, furious at Eagles frontman Jesse Hughes for his claims that some of the venue's Muslim security men were complicit in the attack.
Hughes, a rare right-wing rocker and supporter of US president-elect Donald Trump, has also said without evidence that Muslims were celebrating outside the venue during the siege.
In Tehran, a mysterious threat killed several thousand people. Are there Palestinian or Iraqi Jihadists invading the capital of Iran? No, this threat is much more lethal and pernicious than mere weapons.
The strong air pollution is back in Tehran. On Tuesday 15 November, for the second day in a row, the doors of Tehran's nursery and primary schools, a town with a population of 8.5 million, remained closed. November 14 was reported as the most polluted day of the year, the rate of particle with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) was 156 micrograms per m3, while according to the World Health Organization(WHO), normal values are between 0 and 50.
The Iranian authorities have asked the "sensitive" categories of the population, including children, and elderly citizens to avoid going out as far as possible.
The Emergency Committee on Air Pollution in Tehran Province, which initiated the decision to keep the schools closed, also ordered the suspension of the sale of the access permit to the town center, valid for one day . Some mines and factories around Tehran stopped their activities and construction works in the capital were also suspended. Ambulances are now deployed in the capital's main squares.
"Unfortunately, at the moment, in Tehran, 100,000 old taxis are constantly circulating when they have to be removed from the streets, which is a priority. However, the means [to replace them] are limited, "explained the governor of Tehran, Hossein Hashemi.
Tehran has five million cars, many of which are defective, polluting and non-compliant, producing an enormous amount of PM 2.5.
Located in a basin and surrounded by mountains and skyscrapers, the geographical situation of the city of Tehran does not favor the rapid rise of pollution towards the sky.
Studies by the Environmental Defense Organization, under the authority of President Hassan Rohani, show that between March 2015 and March 2016 - in the year 1394 in the Iranian calendar - 5,834 people lost fife in Tehran because of air pollution. According to the same studies, these deaths are due more precisely to a very long exposure time to particles of 2.5 microns in diameter.
Tonight, I’m going to hold a short conference to talk about Daesh.
Devastated by Daesh, "there is nothing left" on the ancient site of Nimrod
"There is nothing left now," a tribal commander said, noting the extent of the destruction on the famous ancient site of Nimrod that the Iraqi forces Recaptured from Daesh.
Ali al-Bayati climbed on the remains of a giant sculpture of a winged bull with a human face that once served as a protector of the city, before the arrival of Daesh in 2014.
"When you came here before, you could imagine life as it had been"in antiquity in this Assyrian city” said the commander on Tuesday.
A team of the AFP was able to visit the site two days after the announcement of its recapture by Iraqi forces as part of the offensive supported by the international coalition to reconquer Mosul, about thirty Kilometers to the north.
Located on the banks of the Tigris River, Nimrod is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Iraq, a country often described as the cradle of civilization. Founded in the 13th century BC, the city is considered the second capital of the Assyrian empire.
After their lightning offensive in 2014 that had allowed them to seize Mosul and large areas of territory, the jihadists had sought to destroy what remained of the ancient city. Daesh had shown images depicting jihadists destroying monuments and bas-reliefs with bulldozers or explosives. For the Sunni extremist group, statues or mausoleums are considered as idolatry that must be fought.
Today, it seems that they have spared nothing. Statues lie on the ground, destroyed. The reconstructed palace is devastated and what remains of a ziggurat - a 50 meter-high building - has been reduced to a fraction of its height.
Tonight, I’m going to hold a conference about Daesh.
The Isis warriors seems to be very pissed off, since they seem to be losing ground in Mosul. A mass grave discovered by Iraqi security forces as they made their assault on the Isis stronghold of Mosul is believed to hold the bodies of hundreds of local policemen who were summarily executed by Isis.The grave, which was discovered by its stench as Iraqi troops liberated the villages and hamlets held by the Islamic State on the outskirts of Mosul, could have been dug as recently as October.
According to the latest videos released on youtube, things are not too well for the Islamic State fighters In Mosul.
I was afraid some of you might be eager to join the Islamic State, even if you are more likely to succumb to a mosquito bite, cholera, rabbies or even a car accident.
In this one, we can see the corpses of fighters, probably from daesh. Little shadow.97 and the youngest users of the forum should avoid it though.
In this one, we can see some Iraqis dragging some dead Islamic State fighters with their trucks and slapping them.
However it won’t deter the ones who are willing to fight from going there, I assume.
And if you didn’t know it, here is the video with Abaaoud, dragging some “Syrian miscreants and enemies of Allah”. According to witnesses, the Abdeslam brothers were watching the videos with Abaaoud over and over again in their bar, they had gone to their heads.
And here is an unusual photo...of the mansion of Baghdadi, taken a few months ago.
The sprawling desert mansion belonging to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been found abandoned amid claims he is still alive on the run.
A picture of the compound in Manbij, Syria, was posted online by Iraqi fighter Serdar Mahmud who said it featured a swimming pool and even a zoo with camels and horses.
It shows how walls have been built around the estate while the pool has been drained and animals can be seen roaming around in the background.
Mahmud pictured himself on the roof of the mansion along with the caption: 'note the camels and a few horse… Al Baghdadi had a zoo.'
The photo you showed about Al-Baghdadi's mansion is nothing new for world leaders, dictators in particular. They all live a life of luxury while their subject and oppressed and/or live in poverty. I have yet to see a dictator who doesn't follow this pattern.
Tonight, I'm going to give you a few interesting videos.
Here is the first video, some members of Daesh interviewed in jail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFt-T2Udw0Y
Here is the second video, once again, some members of the Islamic State organization captured by the Kurdish forces are interviewed.
Here is another video, some Palestinians are asked if they think Israel is supporting the Islamic State group...
This video has nothing to do with the Isis and yet it's interesting: Are Israeli people kind to Palestinians? Some Palestinians are answering the question.
Mc Solaar - obsolete
Dj Antoine-This Time (klass remix)
As Isis is losing ground, particularly in Iraq, its fighters are becoming more and more violent. In case you are already fighting over there maybe it’s high time you made a donation to Maher before your burial. And even if you are not there, which is more probable, you can make a donation if you want to support the forum, or you can send some money directly to Palestine. I guess it's not free for Maher who has to pay for the server of the forum.
Lately, the Islamic State has reportedly buried alive dozens of its own militants, after the jihadists refused to fight and fled the battlefield in the face of the Iraqi government’s push to retake ground in northern province of Nineveh, ruled by the terrorists since 2014.
The overall number of militants who have been executed remains ambiguous. AhlulBayt News Agency is reporting that 35 fighters were killed, while Iraqi News is reporting that Islamic State buried 45 of its members alive on charges of fleeing the battlefield.
The executions took place on the outskirts of Qayyarah, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) south of the militant-held city of Mosul, an anonymous provincial source told ABNA. According to reports, those who were buried alive were accused of fleeing clashes with government forces in the village of Bashir, just south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
By the end of the week, there will be several conferences in the "New photos topic", about various matters. The new version of windows 7 is progressing, it will be available soon.
Tonight, I'm going to talk about the Jihadist's return to their countries of origin in this topic.
Two hundred French have already left the organization Islamic State. With the deterioration of the military situation in Iraq and Syria, nearly 700 could come back.
He is one of the pioneers of the Jihad made in France: Kevin Guiavarch, a 23-year-old Breton, joined Syria at the end of 2012, a year and a half before the proclamation of the caliphate by the Islamic State Organization. After years of civil war, he finally decided to return to France, accompanied by his four wives and their six children.
After more than a year of negotiations, this French fighter obtained in June the green light from the French consulate in Istanbul to cross the border and go to the Turkish police. Incarcerated for four months in Turkey, his wives and children were recently deported to France: three of his wives were placed in pre-trial detention under judicial supervision. The six children - four of them born in Syria - have been placed. As for the jihadist, he is waiting in the Turkish jails until the justice of the country decides on his case.
2 years ago, an article was explaining how Kevin set up a recruitment system financed by his mother
At 21, the young man was considered a "big fish" by the terrorist services, classified on the black lists of the UN or the EU. The Frenchman had set up a system of financing its activities in Syria, including making "emotional blackmail" to his mother, reports Le Parisien. Named Axelle by the daily newspaper, the forty-year-old and his companion were thus put under investigation for "financing a terrorist enterprise".
They are called "ghosts". Like Kevin Guiavarch, nearly 200 French have deserted the ranks of Isis since the beginning of the Syrian conflict. Disappointed by their jihadist experience, anxious at the thought of falling into disgrace in the eyes of the increasingly paranoid administration of the caliphate or simply anxious to flee the war.
Lately, five terror suspects arrested over the weekend in France had allegedly received orders to attack Paris on Dec. 1 from a Daesh militant based in either Iraq or Syria, a public prosecutor said Friday.
Speaking at a press conference in the French capital, Paris Chief Prosecutor Francois Molins said the four French and Moroccan suspects – arrested in the French cities of Strasbourg and Marseille – had received their orders from a Daesh member based in Iraq or Syria.
"A Strasbourg [based] commando team and also a man arrested in Marseille were given instructions to acquire arms. The instructions were given by a commander from the Iraqi-Syrian region via encrypted apps," Molins said.
“The Strasbourg group was planning to move in, act and strike in the Paris area on Dec. 1st, but the target had not been decided yet,” he said.
The four French nationals, aged 35 to 37 years and unknown to intelligence services, had been arrested in Strasbourg city. Two of them are suspected of having stayed in Syria sometime in 2015.
The fifth suspect – arrested in Marseille – is said to be a 46-year-old Moroccan who was known by intelligence services for “radicalization” in Portugal where he originally resided.
Mr. Molins identified the suspects arrested in Strasbourg as Yassine B., 37, a school employee; Hicham M., 37, a warehouse worker; Sami B., 36, a French-Tunisian father of three who worked in a grocery store; and Zacaria M., 35, a French-Moroccan whose employment status was not disclosed.
The four men were longtime friends who saw “each other on a regular basis” and communicated via a dedicated telephone line, Mr. Molins said.
The fifth suspect, arrested in Marseille, was identified as Hicham E., a 26-year-old Moroccan citizen who left his country in 2013 to emigrate to Portugal, from where he took multiple trips back and forth within Europe using fake identification papers. (The prosecutor earlier gave his age as 46.)
Referring to evidence found (they were using google maps), the militants were targeting the Disneyland Paris amusement park outside the capital, the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and several other places.
The suspects will be presented before a judge on Friday where they are expected to be charged for terrorism offences.
Tonight, I'm going to hold a conference to talk about the leader of the Islamic State group.
One month ago, some newspaper revealed ISIS tyrant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was sleeping in tunnels with a suicide vest after becoming increasingly paranoid about his closest team, it has been claimed.
Baghadi was cowering beneath besieged Mosul while continuing to send jihadists to their death in the battle for the city, according to an informant.
As paranoia continues to grow within the top ranks of the group, dozens have been executed after being accused of spying. More than 50 were reportedly drowned in cages after SIM cards showed they had been contacting coalition forces.
According to the SOHR, “commander of Jaysh al-Sham and commander of Al-Raqqah State” were asked to partake in the process of choosing a successor of the so-called “Caliphate of Muslims”.
It is unclear why ISIS is searching for a new leader to Baghdadi but some speculate that the leader was killed in a Mosul offensive.
Others believe he is still alive but in mortal danger.
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights has documented in the past months the killing of a number of prominent Islamic State military leaders , most notably The Chechen Abu Omar, the Tunisian Abu Hija Tunisian, the Iraqi Abu Osama and a number of leaders in Syria.
A soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces takes a selfie on a street in the Aden district of Mosul after troops almost entirely retook the area from ISIS
Contracts, birth, marriage or death certificates: Iraqi families who leave Mosul have sometimes had time to take some papers. But they are wondering today who will recognize these documents, all struck with the acronym of the Islamic State group.
Oum Ahmed, covered with a black niqab, brandishes the death certificate of her husband which was recently given to her by the jihadists. She learnt that he had probably been executed after spending almost two years without news of him.
Under a flag of the EI, the act buffered by a judge has as header "Islamic State - Caliphate" and was established by the "Diwan of Justice".
A soldier from the 9th Armored Division of the Iraqi Army holds a death certificate issued by the Islamic State Group.
When you really think of it, the eventual goal of the Caliphate is laughable. It reminds me a little of Hitler. Only a deranged mind would believe that one nation could declare war on the rest of Europe, not to even mention the USA and Canada, and win. OK, so he had one ally (Italy), but Mussolini's military was notoriously inefficient. The Italians were defeated when they tried to take the Balkans, and the Ethiopians were all but unarmed. ISIS is even worse when it comes to lunacy. They have no allies and whole world is united against them. al-Baghdadi was living a life of luxury, almost really believing he's going to defeat the whole world.
If and when ISIS decides to abandon this crazy idea and become a terrorist organization hiding in caves (like Al Qaeda), even there they will eventually be defeated.
The intervention of humbert is really interesting, and I firmly believe that the audience is aware of that. That’s why I’m going to answer him, because even if the purposes of Isis and Hitler have similarities (the construction of a totalitarian empire), I guess their means are not comparable. While the army of Hitler was a real threat for Europe, Russia, and maybe some other parts of the world, the Islamic State group has only been a local threat, so far at least.
The huge difference between the 3rd Reich and the Islamic State is the fact that the whole of Germany was following the orders of the Reich Fuhrer. At this time The Germans had been humiliated by the treaty of Versailles at the end of ww1, and they considered that the Alsace Lorraine region was German, as well as several German-Speaking countries like Austrich (when Austrich was invaded they called it “Anschluss” or annexation). Also, don’t forget that every European man was involved in this war. My own grandfather killed 2 nazis during ww2. He told me “I did not hesitate. It was me, or them”. If you are wondering if he has gone to Syria to wage Jihad the answer is no, he succumbed to leukemia 15 years ago. Had it been the case in Syria and Iraq, the death toll would have been significantly higher (maybe several million casualties). What’s more, the Islamic State has no legitimacy, no real strategy, and is considered as a rogue group.
At the beginning of World war 2, hitler had an army of 8 million men and conquered half of Europe in a few days (this event was called Blitzkrieg, or lightning war). I guess that Baghdadi could not have the same claims with his 30 000 Jihadists, some of whom had only gone there to shoot some videos and were totally unable to fight.
In the case of Hitler, I think that his army was way more powerful than the armies in the other countries of Europe, but he was a bad strategist. Opening two fronts, on the West and on the East, was a suicidal idea that cost the Germans their victory. Indeed, the most dramatic and most significant reversal of German fortunes came on the eastern front. The sheer scale of the conflict between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army dwarfed anything seen anywhere else during the second world war. From 22 June 1941, the day of the German invasion, there was never a point at which less than two-thirds of the German armed forces were engaged on the eastern front. Deaths on the eastern front numbered more than in all the other theatres of war put together, including the Pacific. Hitler had expected the Soviet Union, which he regarded as an unstable state, ruled by a clique of "Jewish Bolsheviks" (a bizarre idea, given the fact that Stalin himself was an antisemite), exploiting a vast mass of racially inferior and disorganised peasants, to crumble as soon as it was attacked.
But it did not. On the contrary, Stalin's patriotic appeals to his people helped rally them to fight in the "great patriotic war", spurred on by horror at the murderous brutality of the German occupation. More than three million Soviet prisoners of war were deliberately left to die of starvation and disease in makeshift camps. Civilians were drafted into forced labour, villages were burned to the ground, towns reduced to rubble. More than one million people died in the siege of Leningrad; but it did not fall. Soviet reserves of manpower and resources were seemingly inexhaustible. In a vast effort, major arms and munitions factories had been dismantled and transported to safety east of the Urals. Here they began to pour out increasing quantities of military hardware, including the terrifying "Stalin organ", the Katyusha rocket-launcher. In the longer run, the Germans were unable to match any of this; even if some of their hardware, notably the Tiger and Panther tanks, was better than anything the Russians could produce, they simply could not get them off the production lines in sufficient quantities to make a decisive difference.
As for the Islamic State, with a (much) bigger army, we can assume they could have built a strategy in accordance with their claims. Even if Isis has been accused of Genocide, its army is way too weak against the Kurdish soldiers, the Shia rebels, or the international coalition.
To kill the “bad Muslims” (the Shiites!), and build a sunni caliphate, I guess that concentration camps around raqqa and Mosul would have been necessary, but it requires an enormous organization. It seems totally unthinkable. As for the liberation of Palestine, we can imagine that a mass propaganda, and a forced recruitment of Palestinians soldiers would have been necessary. But once again, there was nothing behind the words of the self proclaimed caliph. From this slant, I guess that the administrator of the forum would have been forcefully enlisted as a “Kapo” to exterminate the "enemies of god", as Baghdadi calls them, in some camps (the Shiites, the Christians, the Jews...) Well, that's not a wish, just a few elements to show the difference between the facts and the speech of Isis.
Some photos of the 3rd reich army:
Some nazi soldiers in Nuremberg
Hitler in Paris
I have a few old coins, amongst them, those ones, the one on the left is dating back from the 3rd reich, the one on the right is dating back from the Vichy regime.
For the little users of the forum who like playing video games, well guess what, it's possible to kill Hitler in Zombie army trilogy.
As far as BigDaddy is concerned, I'm afraid we won't have anything anytime soon.
There is no question that the Third Reich was a far more formidable enemy than ISIS. However, despite their military blunders I do not believe Germany could not have taken over the entire world. At the pinnacle of their power in 1940 they failed to invade England. If they had taken Moscow in 1941, I'm convinced we would have seen a repetition of 1812. Even if they had succeeded in conquering Europe, and invasion of the Western Hemisphere would have been no easy task - simply getting past the US Navy would have been notoriously difficult. And of course, as the Americans learned the hard way in Iraq, taking over a country is one thing, holding on to it is a different matter entirely. Hitler would have to deploy a considerable part of his military to simply hold on the the newly occupied countries.
Hitler's ambition of taking over the world was nothing more the fantasy of a drug-fueled madman who believed his own propaganda.
As you can see on this map, After the annexation of Poland and Austrich, the German Reich had become quite big.
Note that Hitler clearly indicated, in his book, "Mein Kampf", that he wished for an expansion of Germany towards the East of Europe, which was called "Living space" (Lebensraum). What's more, Hitler wanted the concentration camps to be outside Germany. Indeed, in the early years of World War II, the Jews were sent primarily to forced labour camps and ghettoised, but from 1942 onward they were being deported to the extermination camps under the guise of "resettlement". For political and logistical reasons, the most infamous killing factories were built in occupied Poland, where most of the intended victims lived; Poland had the greatest Jewish population in Nazi controlled Europe. On top of that, the new death camps outside the prewar borders of the Third Reich proper could be kept secret from the German civil populace.
Thus you can notice that the German army was occupying a significant part of Europe (Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Northern France, Ukraine, Eastern Russia...). Shadow.97 may be surprised Sweden was not occupied by the German army. Indeed, the Nazi regime also considered Sweden's future submission to the Nazi "New Order". Himmler asserted that the Swedes were "the incarnation of the Nordic spirit and man," and eagerly awaited the integration of the center and the south of Sweden into the German Reich. The Reichsführer-SS proposed to offer to Finland the north of the country, with its Finnish minority, as well as the Norwegian port of Kirkenes; But he came up against the refusal of Finnish Foreign Minister Rolf Witting. Felix Kersten argued that Himmler regretted that the German forces had not occupied Sweden during Operation Weserübung, but that he was reassured by knowing that it would be rectified after the war. In April 1942, Goebbels expressed a similar point of view in his diary, writing that Germany should have occupied the country during its campaign in the North, since "this state has no right to exist."
As far as Syria is concerned, so called "Friends of Syria Group" meets in Paris to talk about the month-long attack in Aleppo that killed 400 civilians and prompted 80 thousand to flee. 85% of the eastern area of Aleppo previously held by the rebels is now controlled by the regime.
But unlike Russia and Iran, this group is against Assad and some are afraid there may be vested interests.
Tonight, I’m going to hold another conference about the Islamic State
The American propaganda was declaring that the Army of the Caliphate would be defeated easily in Mosul and in Syria. Truth is they are back, perhaps more powerful than ever. Tonight, the Jihadists are marching again in Palmyra, which was recaptured despite the bombings led by the Russian aircrafts of General Putin.
The city has an importance to the IS as it connects areas under the terror group’s control in Deir al-Zour with Homs province.
The recapture of Palmyra is also important as the group’s fighters in Iraq have started entering Syria recently after suffering great losses in battles against the Iraqi army and the US-anti-terror coalition.
What’s more, in Mosul, the battle turns out to be much more difficult than expected.
The startling progress of the first few weeks of the campaign to take Iraq’s second city, the terror group’s last urban stronghold in Iraq, has given way to a numbing reality: Isis will not surrender Mosul, and Iraq’s battered military will struggle to take it.
Since Iraqi forces entered Gogali, a light industrial neighbourhood, in mid-November, the advance has slowed. “When we started, we were talking weeks,” said Hussein. “Now, we hope it will be by early in the new year. But these guys are not cowards. They kill as easy as they breathe.”
Forces deployed beyond nominal frontlines, marked by heaped piles of dirt, are around five miles from the Nour mosque, where the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the leader of a caliphate nearly 30 months ago. But every street and sector towards the mosque – a highly symbolic target of the fight – is claiming an increasing toll in blood and treasure.
Car bombs – of the type that ravaged the dozens of humvees in the makeshift wrecking yards – continue to take a withering toll on the US-supplied vehicles, which form the staple of the Iraqi military’s armour.
The toll they are taking on morale is more difficult to gauge. Iraqi troops stationed in Gogali and the roads leading to it insist they will win the war, no matter how long it takes. Some however concede that they could still be fighting in Mosul’s tunnels and alleyways as late as next summer.
People shopping at a street market in the Gogali neighbourhood of eastern Mosul
Everywhere in the world the non Muslim people are praying because they know their end could be near, particularly in the Middle East and in Africa. In Egypt, several attacks took place during the week-end, showing evidence of the presence of the Islamic State in the vicinity.
On 10 december, at least six people have been killed in a bomb attack on a road leading to the Great Pyramid of Giza - a tourist attraction popular with British holidaymakers. The explosion appeared to have come from a rubbish bin in Cairo along a route used to access the entrance to the world heritage site, which lies in a western suburb of the capital.
And today a bomb blast at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral has killed at least 25 people and injured 35 others on Sunday. Egyptian state TV reported that the bomb exploded in a chapel close to the outer wall of St Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church and home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II.
Some people gathering in front the cathedral
There are some Egyptians on the forum and if I can give them advice, well I would tell them to avoid places of cult (especially churches, but also mosques), dens of vice, touristic sites and finally overpopulated market places.
I also advise against going to Turkey since the attacks of the Kurdish fighters but also the Islamic State could be more and more violent against President Erdogan who is cracking down on them.
Indeed, A twin bomb attack on police officers outside a football stadium in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, has killed 38 people and injured many more.
A car bomb hit a police vehicle and a suicide bomber detonated a suicide vest in quick succession late on Saturday.
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5teH2-iGEA
Tonight, I’m going to give you a quick insight of the latest news concerning the Islamic State.
In Egypt, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed 24 people at Cairo’s main Coptic Christian cathedral this weekend, in what would be the first militant attack on a Christian house of worship in Egypt since 2011.
It is the deadliest attack on civilians claimed by the terror group in Egypt since the October 2015 crash of a Russian passenger jet shortly after takeoff from the Red Sea resort city Sharm El Sheikh that killed all 224 people aboard.
Islamic State vowed to continue its war against “polytheism” in a statement circulated late Tuesday by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activity online. One of its suicide bombers had detonated an explosive belt inside a “Christian temple” at the cathedral complex, it said. Isis named him by what appeared to be a nom de guerre, Abu Abdullah al-Masri.
Sunday morning’s blast struck the female worshipers’ side of the small church of St. Paul and St. Peter, attached to the Coptic Cathedral in the capital’s Abbassiya district. Most of the dead were women attending a weekly sermon. Another 49 people were wounded.
After leading a state funeral for victims on Monday, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi declared a three-day mourning period and promised the perpetrators would be brought to justice.
He named the bomber as 22-year-old Mahmoud Shafiq. Egypt’s military is battling a growing insurgency based in the northern Sinai Peninsula, with Islamic State and other extremist groups regularly targeting military and government installations. But militant attacks on Copts in Egypt are rare. Islamic State in June took credit for killing a Christian priest in the northern Sinai.
In France, Ayoub El Khazzani, heard Wednesday 14 December before the examining magistrate, "assumes his responsibilities" in the jihadist attack against a Thalys between Amsterdam and Paris in August 2015, but refuted any will to commit a "mass massacre", said her lawyer at the end of the hearing.
On 21 August, the 27-year-old Moroccan, with a Kalashnikov and nine full magazines, opened fire on a Thalys Amsterdam-Paris shortly after his entry into French territory near the town of Oignies (Pas- De-Calais). He had seriously injured a passenger before the intervention of several travelers, including American soldiers, who had prevented a massacre.
The suspect, heard for more than five hours before an anti-terrorist investigating judge, "explained in detail all the facts" and "outlined his journey from Syria, Turkey to Europe. With Abdelhamid Abaaoud, "one of the coordinators of the attacks of November 13, said his lawyer Sarah Mauger-Poliak.
"He explains that it was as a jihadist he got into this Thalys (...) but what he wanted to say is that he was not there to (...) kill anyone in this Thalys. Not at all, "she said. The lawyer referred to "a precise, determined target" before adding without further detail: "He was there for specific reasons. It is no coincidence that he came up in first class"
Ayoub El Khazzani, who was indicted for "terrorist assassination attempts", had at the time delivered a fantastic version, explaining that he wanted to ransom the travelers of the Thalys and found by chance the weapons in a park in Brussels where he slept with homeless people. Since then, "he had remained silent", according to his lawyer.
a little video about Aleppo in Russian with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNXaL1x9Yg4
For those who want to go there to wage Jihad, I admire your courage, you'll have to cope with hunger, cold, and your chance of survival is slim.
A little video about the rise of the Islamic State group in London, United Kindgom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DsG9yQrdD4
Tonight, a Jihadist attack took place in Berlin.
At least nine dead, 50 injured as lorry ploughs into crowd at Christmas market.
The driver is still at large after fleeing scene.
Today, in Turkey, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in what Russia called a terrorist attack.
The gunman, described by Ankara’s mayor as a policeman, also wounded at least three others in the assault on the envoy, Andrey G. Karlov, which was captured on Turkish video. Turkish officials said the assailant was killed by other officers in a shootout.
The assassination, an embarrassing security failure in the Turkish capital, instantly vaulted relations between Turkey and Russia to a new level of crisis over the Syrian conflict on Turkey’s southern doorstep, now in its sixth year.
Tonight, I’m going to hold a conference to talk about the attacks in Berlin.
The Islamic State organization claimed Tuesday, December 20, the attack perpetrated on Monday in a Christmas market of the German capital. "A soldier of the Islamic State committed the Berlin operation in response to calls to target people from countries of the international coalition" , said the propaganda organ, Amaq, while an identified suspect is still on the run.
It’s an exceptional fact, even though there have already been at least two precedents. In the attacks of 13 November, the claim of the IS is broadcast just after the attacks, while Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the operations coordinator, is on the run. In October, two teenagers were stabbed in Hamburg, one of whom died. Four days later, the IS claimed responsibility for the assassination, but the perpetrator was not found.
"The method of the IS is still the same, says Wassim Nasr, France 24 journalist and author of Islamic state, the accomplished fact. Amaq indicates that a "soldier" of the IS responded favorably to "our call". Then there can be a video, or an audio message. "
This was the case for many attacks. Fabien Clain, a friend of Mohammed Merah, who joined in 2014, the ranks of the IS, broadcast an audio message on November 14 in which he claimed the attacks of the previous day on behalf of the jihadist organization. It’s the same with the murder of the policeman Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his partner Jessica Schneider, both killed in their home in Magnanville, June 13 by Larossi Abballa. The claim is signed Adrien Guihal, a garage worker who joined Isis in February 2015.
A license plate of the Islamic State found in the neighborhood of Saddam in Mosul, on 6 November.
Another conference is going to take place tonight.
This time, I’m going to talk about little Saeed, whose name means happy in Arabic. Saeed is probably one of the most important person in Syria but he’s unique. Unlike Al-Bashir or Bigdaddy, who already have successors in case they would die before the end of their term of office, little Saeed is the only creature left in the zoo of Aleppo, all his friends died during the war.
And the loneliness of being the last surviving animal in the zoo has taken its toll on baboon Saeed, whose keeper says the animal has turned into a shadow of his former self.
Abdullah al Jaghal, who has looked after Saeed for 18 years said: 'He's not as happy as he was before the war.
'He used to be cheerful and happy but now he seems old, and he's sad because he doesn't get visitors like before.
'Whenever Saeed hears the sounds of shelling or gunfire, he gets scared and tries to climb to the highest point in the cage.
Even in the context of war, Saeed's enclosure is grim as he lives in a yellow-painted circular cage with nothing inside but a dirt floor sprinkled with remnants of food, including dried scraps of bread.
'But with the war, he's gotten sick, and his wife died. After that he started to isolate himself and stopped interacting with visitors'.
Thanks to a temporary truce in hostilities in Aleppo, children were able to go the Sabil Park Zoo and visit Saeed
Tonight, I'm going to hold a conference about the Islamic State.
In Tunisia, some people took to the streets today, to protest against the return of the Jihadists. They are afraid one thousand fighters may come back to Tunisia, due to the pulling back of the army of the caliphate in Syria. 5000 Tunisians joined the Islamic State, essentially in Syria and Iraq, but also in Libya.
For those who like the interesting videos, here is the story of the serial killer Merah, an exceptional report in French. Oddly enough, Merah and the Jihadist Kevin Chassin were going to the same mosque in Toulouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ2T-OeQrbk
And for those who want to discover the Israeli Palestinian conflict, here is an exceptional report, in French, about Jerusalem. You can find a HD version of this video on the torrent site t411.li: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxVlynSfh8U
Today in Syria, there has been another deadly attack in the town of Azaz, near the Turkish border.
The attack was not claimed yet, but some believe it is the Islamic State.
video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CFsFpEJIFY
In France, the former leader of the Buttes chaumont Jihadist group (who knew Cherif Kouachi and also Boubaker El Hakim who was killed in Raqqa lately by the American) just wrote a book to explain himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opHSA1lqQow
As for Palestine, there is still the unsolved question of the 2 states, and I guess Maher, the administrator of the forum, is aware of that. Today I was eating in a restaurant with my father and I told him I was a bit depressed, maybe I should leave France to go to Palestine (avec m'sieur baboon). With 300k euros, I was thinking I would be able to spend one century without working over there.
I gathered information about the Palestinian real estate and it's a catastrophe, there is a bubble and the ones who have bought are living abroad, notably in the US, but the real Palestinians can't afford accommodation any more. My father told me it was probably not the best place. What's more, the Jews are gaining ground, in disregard of international law, and the arrival of Donald Tramp does not bode well.
I know that some of you are watching the little videos of the Islamic State, like humbert. I was browsing youtube when I stumbled upon those 2 videos.
Despite the American propaganda predicting a imminent victory, we can see on those videos that the Jihadists are still alive.
In this one, they are apparently in an extermination camp, killing the Christians, one after the other. This video may be shocking for some users: viewer discretion advised. Note that this video is extremely recent. The methods to kill every Christian seem to have improved. It's probable they will reach their objectives soon. In Iraq, the Christian population have been divided by 4 since the invasion of Bush and the fall of Saddam Hussein, in 2003. Let's thank president Bush for his clear-sightedness.
Another video with a kurdish hostage who don't want to say what the Isis soldiers want him to say.
Note that tonight, a new version of windows 7 will be uploaded.
It seems that the first video of the previous message was deleted. Actually, I find a bit difficult to believe that the dozens of men killed by the white emirs of the caliphate were all Christians in that video. Since the Christian people don't represent more than 1% of the Iraqi population (against 10% in the sixties), in all likehood, some were probably Muslims, probably some Iranian or Kurdish fighters, the bad Muslims that were brought to power by the US after the fall of Saddam. During the mandate of Saddam, everything was not going smoothly, but since Saddam was Sunni, it was easy for him to uphold the laws, and there was no Shiite rebellion (He did not like them but he was protecting them anyway).
Here you can find another video of Isis, a soldier explains why they are fighting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBBvMVM6X6U
But in Mosul there may be a bigger threat than ISIS.
The Mosul Dam is failing. A breach would cause a colossal wave that could kill as many as a million and a half people according to the New Yorker
On the morning of August 7, 2014, a team of fighters from the Islamic State, riding in pickup trucks and purloined American Humvees, swept out of the Iraqi village of Wana and headed for the Mosul Dam. Two months earlier, ISIS had captured Mosul, a city of nearly two million people, as part of a ruthless campaign to build a new caliphate in the Middle East. For an occupying force, the dam, twenty-five miles north of Mosul, was an appealing target: it regulates the flow of water to the city, and to millions of Iraqis who live along the Tigris. As the ISIS invaders approached, they could make out the dam’s four towers, standing over a wide, squat structure that looks like a brutalist mausoleum. Getting closer, they saw a retaining wall that spans the Tigris, rising three hundred and seventy feet from the riverbed and extending nearly two miles from embankment to embankment. Behind it, a reservoir eight miles long holds eleven billion cubic metres of water.
A group of Kurdish soldiers was stationed at the dam, and the ISIS fighters bombarded them from a distance and then moved in. When the battle was over, the area was nearly empty; most of the Iraqis who worked at the dam, a crew of nearly fifteen hundred, had fled. The fighters began to loot and destroy equipment. An ISIS propaganda video posted online shows a fighter carrying a flag across, and a man’s voice says, “The banner of unification flutters above the dam.”
The next day, Vice-President Joe Biden telephoned Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdish region, and urged him to retake the dam as quickly as possible. American officials feared that ISIS might try to blow it up, engulfing Mosul and a string of cities all the way to Baghdad in a colossal wave. Ten days later, after an intense struggle, Kurdish forces pushed out the ISIS fighters and took control of the dam.
But, in the months that followed, American officials inspected the dam and became concerned that it was on the brink of collapse. The problem wasn’t structural: the dam had been built to survive an aerial bombardment. (In fact, during the Gulf War, American jets bombed its generator, but the dam remained intact.) The problem, according to Azzam Alwash, an Iraqi-American civil engineer who has served as an adviser on the dam, is that “it’s just in the wrong place.” Completed in 1984, the dam sits on a foundation of soluble rock. To keep it stable, hundreds of employees have to work around the clock, pumping a cement mixture into the earth below. Without continuous maintenance, the rock beneath would wash away, causing the dam to sink and then break apart. But Iraq’s recent history has not been conducive to that kind of vigilance.
In October, Iraqi forces, backed by the United States, launched a sprawling military operation to retake Mosul, the largest city under ISIS control. The battle has sometimes been ferocious, with Iraqi soldiers facing suicide bombers, bombardments of chlorine gas, and legions of entrenched fighters. Although some Iraqi leaders predicted a quick success, it appears that the campaign to expel ISIS will be grinding and slow. And yet the biggest threat facing the people of northern Iraq may have nothing to do with who controls the streets.
In February, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued a warning of the consequences of a breach in the dam. For a statement written by diplomats, it is extraordinarily blunt. “Mosul Dam faces a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning,” it said. Soon afterward, the United Nations released its own warning, predicting that “hundreds of thousands of people could be killed” if the dam failed. Iraq’s leaders, apparently fearful of public reaction, have refused to acknowledge the extent of the danger. But Alwash told me that nearly everyone outside the Iraqi government who has examined the dam believes that time is running out: in the spring, snowmelt flows into the Tigris, putting immense pressure on the retaining wall.
If the dam ruptured, it would likely cause a catastrophe of Biblical proportions, loosing a wave as high as a hundred feet that would roll down the Tigris, swallowing everything in its path for more than a hundred miles. Large parts of Mosul would be submerged in less than three hours. Along the riverbanks, towns and cities containing the heart of Iraq’s population would be flooded; in four days, a wave as high as sixteen feet would crash into Baghdad, a city of six million people. “If there is a breach in the dam, there will be no warning,” Alwash said. “It’s a nuclear bomb with an unpredictable fuse.”
Since civilization dawned in the Middle East, five and a half thousand years ago, the region’s politics and economy have centered on its two great rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates. The rivers, which enter Iraq from the north and converge two hundred and fifty miles south of Baghdad, form an extraordinarily fertile valley in an otherwise dry part of the world. For centuries, populations flourished by tilling the rich alluvial soil left behind each spring by floodwaters receding from the plains between Baghdad and the Persian Gulf. But the rivers also wreaked havoc, delivering too much water or not enough, and the settlements on their banks lurched between periods of drought and flood.
In the nineteen-fifties, governments in the region moved to assert greater control over the rivers with aggressive programs of dam construction. Dams regularize the flow of water, discourage floods, and, by storing water in reservoirs, minimize the impact of droughts. They also give whoever controls them power over the flow of water downstream, rendering other countries vulnerable.
In 1975, when both Syria and Turkey were completing dams on the Euphrates, and the reservoirs behind them began to fill, the river downstream dried up, forcing tens of thousands of Iraqi farmers to abandon their land. “You could walk across the Euphrates, it was so dry,” an Iraqi engineer who worked on the Mosul Dam told me. The same year, Turkey began surveying sites for another dam, just north of the border it shares with Iraq, on the Tigris River. Iraqi officials feared that, during the months or years when the new dam’s reservoir was being filled, many thousands of acres of farmland would have to be abandoned.
At the time, Saddam Hussein’s government was launching a hugely ambitious program of infrastructure development. The regime was awash in money; a previous government had nationalized the oil industry and renegotiated its relationships to the Western companies that had once controlled it. Saddam decided to build dams on both the Tigris and the Euphrates.
Western specialists began making surveys to find the most favorable site, but few places had the right topography for a reservoir: low-lying land, preferably surrounded by mountains. The geology presented even greater problems. Water in dam reservoirs creates tremendous pressure, and only solid rock can stop it from leaking underneath the dam. The surveys revealed a multilayer foundation of anhydrite, marl, and limestone, all interspersed with gypsum—which dissolves in contact with water. Dams built on this kind of rock are subject to a phenomenon called karstification, in which the foundation becomes shot through with voids and vacuums. According to former Iraqi officials who worked on the project, successive teams of geologists reached the same conclusion: no matter where they looked, the prevalence of gypsum would make maintaining a dam difficult.
The government settled on a site north of Mosul, which had the largest potential reservoir of any of the locations the geologists had scouted. “The engineers wanted to show Saddam that they could build something huge,” an Iraqi official who had worked on the dam told me. The location also offered the opportunity to open up tens of thousands of acres north of the dam to irrigation and agriculture, in a series of projects the government called al-Jazeera, or “the peninsula.”
In 1981, Saddam ordered the construction to begin—urged on, according to another former senior Iraqi official, by the military situation. (The official, who lives in Baghdad, spoke to me on condition of anonymity, fearing that he would lose his pension if he spoke out.) A year before, Saddam had launched a huge invasion of Iran, hoping to seize its oilfields and possibly to overthrow its government. But the Iranians pushed back, and the war became a bloody stalemate, with fighting concentrated along the border, near the southern city of Basra.
As the Iraqi soldiers dug in, they were vulnerable to the fluctuations of the Tigris. In 1954 and again in 1969, floods had swept through the south of Iraq, separating Basra from the rest of the country. “Historically, when there is above-average flooding on the Tigris, southern Iraq becomes one large lake,” the retired official told me. Iraq’s leaders feared that they were due for another flood, which would strand the Army. “It was of the utmost importance to begin construction of the dam as quickly as possible,” the official said.
The decision to build the dam started a decades-long argument over who is responsible for the looming disaster. Nasrat Adamo, a former senior official at the Iraqi Ministry of Irrigation, told me that a consortium of Swiss firms hired to oversee the process assured government officials that the gypsum problem could be managed. “We listened to the top experts,” he said. “Everybody agreed that this would not be too serious.” Adamo remains bitter. “The Iraqi government—in a way, I think they were cheated,” he told me. But other people who were involved in building the dam argued that the Iraqis should have been more cautious: the Swiss explained clearly that the site was problematic, and geologists working in the area had raised concerns for decades. They also noted that Soviet and French companies bidding on the project had asked for further surveys and been told that there wasn’t time. Iraqi officials were terrified of disappointing Saddam. Adamo told me that the Minister of Irrigation feared for his life: “If the dam failed, he would be hanged.”
The dam was built in three years, largely by workers from China. Today, a stone memorial on top of the dam commemorates nineteen Chinese nationals who died during its construction; the memorial, inscribed in English and Chinese but not in Arabic, does not give the cause of their deaths. Alwash, the Iraqi-American hydrological engineer, told me that, in Iraq, when laborers fell into wet cement during large infrastructure projects, it was common for the work to carry on. “When you’re laying that much cement on a dam, you can’t stop,” Alwash said. In 1985, the reservoir filled up, and the structure—named the Saddam Dam—began holding back the Tigris.
Shortly after the dam went into use, Nadhir al-Ansari, a consulting engineer, made an inspection for the Ministry of Water Resources. “I was shocked,” he told me. Sinkholes were forming around the dam, and pools of water had begun bubbling up on the banks downstream. “You could see the cracks, you could see the fractures underground,” Ansari said. The water travelling around the dam, known as “seepage,” is normal in limited amounts, but the gypsum makes it potentially catastrophic. “When I took my report back to Baghdad, the chief engineer was furious—he was more than furious. But it was too late. The dam was already finished.”
To control the erosion, the government began a crash program of filling the voids with cement, a process called “grouting.” Meanwhile, Iraqi officials rushed to build a second dam, near a town called Badush, which could help prevent flooding in case the Mosul Dam collapsed. By 1990, just six years later, the new dam was forty per cent complete. Then Saddam sent his Army into Kuwait, sparking the Gulf War, and he ordered all the earthmoving equipment stripped from the Badush site and sent to the front lines. When the United States and its allies arrived to expel the Iraqis from Kuwait, they bombed all the equipment. After the war, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Association discovered stockpiles of nuclear materials near Badush, apparently part of Saddam’s secret weapons program. The U.N. imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, impoverishing the country for a decade. Work on Badush never resumed. “Nobody wanted to go anywhere near the place,” Adamo told me. “This is the story of Iraq.”
When the Americans invaded in 2003, they discovered a country shattered by sanctions. Power plants flickered, irrigation canals were clogged, bridges and roads were crumbling; much of the infrastructure, it seemed, had been improvised. The U.S. government poured billions of dollars into rebuilding it, and in 2006 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began several assessments of the Mosul Dam. The first report was dire, predicting “mass civilian fatalities” if it failed. “In terms of internal erosion potential of the foundation, Mosul Dam is the most dangerous dam in the world,” it said.
When ISIS fighters took the dam, in 2014, they drove away the overwhelming majority of the dam’s workers, and also captured the main grout-manufacturing plant in Mosul. Much of the dam’s equipment was destroyed, some by ISIS and some by American air strikes. The grouting came to a standstill—but the passage of water underneath the dam did not.
Iraqi and American officials are reluctant to discuss how long the grouting was suspended. Naemi, the dam’s director, maintained that it stopped for less than three weeks, while the battle for the dam was raging. American officials said they weren’t sure. Jabouri, the deputy director, said that work had ceased entirely for about four months. Adamo, who said that he’d been in regular contact with the engineers at the dam, said, “The grouting work stopped for eighteen months.”
It’s one of the ironies of Iraq’s political situation that the dam’s turbines still provide electricity to Mosul, which is now under ISIS control; intelligence reports indicate that ISIS has earned millions of dollars by taxing the electricity. After the peshmerga captured the dam two years ago, Kurdish officials intended to shut down the turbines, but American officials told them that this would add more water to the reservoir, making the dam more likely to burst. So ISIS continued to profit from the dam. “We wanted to strangle them, but we weren’t allowed,” a Kurdish official told me.
When the dam was recaptured, American engineers and scientists worried that the lapse in grouting had hastened the erosion of the dam’s foundation. Using satellite photos and data from gauges around the dam, they tried to assess its condition. According to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, numerous voids had opened up below the dam—as much as twenty-three thousand cubic metres’ worth. “The consensus was that the dam could break at any moment,” John Schnittker, an economist who has been working on water issues in Iraq for more than a decade, said.
In the language of hydraulic engineering, the process eroding the foundation is known as “solutioning.” If that problem is not addressed, what happens next is “piping”: water begins to travel between the voids, moving horizontally beneath the dam. To illustrate, American engineers have devised a triangular chart. The process begins, at the apex, with solutioning, advances through cavity formation and piping, and ends with core collapse and, finally, dam breach—like a Florida sinkhole opening up, unannounced, beneath a shopping center. Engineers jokingly refer to the chart as the “triangle of death.” “Once piping begins, there is no going back. In twelve hours, the dam is gone.”
Tonight, another video of the Islamic caliphate is available on the forum.
On this video, we can see a the presentation of the kamikazes, and a lot of suicide bomber cars.
It is showing no less than 38 martyrdom operations in 40 min.
there have been more than 1000 martyrdom operations throughout 2016.
And here is a funny video, where a man explains how to smoke cigarettes or shisha in the Islamic State since it's strictly forbidden.
Tonight, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference to talk about the Islamic State. I’m pretty sure that Ahmad or humbert are interested in these little stories.
When the Islamic State Organization took over Oumarkan in June 2014, the villagers quickly understood what was ahead. Twenty-seven members of this village near Nimroud, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire, disappeared from the first days, according to several residents. "We never saw them again," said Haidar Abdullah Haidar, a 36-year-old peasant. Later, they killed my cousin and his wife: they accused them of being Shia. "
Before the arrival of the Islamic State, Oumarkan had some 500 Chabak families, an Iraqi minority in a dozen villages on the Nineveh plain and present in Mosul. "Some say we are Kurds, some say Arabs. It's not very clear. And for religion either” said Haidar Abdullah, jokingly, he who took refuge in mid-November 2016, after the liberation of his village, in Khazer camp in Kurdistan.
The Chabaks speak Arabic and Kurdish, as well as the Gorani, an Iranian language. They can identify themselves as Shia or Sunni, depending on the time, the external influences and their interests. Their religious background is a mysticism linked, apparently only, to Shiism: they revere Ali, the first Shia imam, and his descendants as an incarnation of the sacred on Earth, among others.
The Islamic State dislikes these nuances. They said " You are Shabaks, so you are all Shia” according to the imam of the village, Nadim Souleiman Hassan. However, some families have not fled: a hundred according to Haidar, 70 according to the imam. "We tore our books and Corans printed in Iran, burned our photographs of the mausoleum of Ali [the main holy place of Shiism, located in Najaf, Iraq], and we stayed," said Haidar Abdullah.
The Chabak then proclaimed themselves Sunni. And if the Islamic State was fooled, or willing to believe them - it was thanks to a man: the imam. "I told the people of Daech: I am Sunni and the village too, said Nadim Souleiman. I built the only mosque in the village twenty years ago. "
The imam is genuinely shocked when he is told that chabak villagers claiming to be Shia stated that he lied to the Islamic State to save them: "They became Shia? But since when? Even those young men whom the Islamic State had killed in the early days: "They had studied the Koran with me, they were Sunni! "
It was the priesthood of Nadim Souleiman: for twenty years he had been trying to convert the village to Sunnism. Some young people of the village, said the Imam, went on a pilgrimage to Najaf, "to entertain themselves ... But they did not understand it." A more or less Shia prayer room - the Chabaks traditionally have no places of worship - had opened the village. "The Islamic State destroyed it," he said, laconically.
The jihadists drove Nadim Suleiman out of his mosque and named another imam, but they did not worry him. "They ransacked our houses six times, looted them and stole our cars," said Raad Khalil Ismael, a 38-year-old worker. Haidar Abdullah was arrested by hooded men - possibly Arab neighbors, he said - and tortured for eight days. "We were going to burials, even to those of the Islamic State fighters, out of obligation," Haidar Abdullah added. Some Sunni neighbors secretly told them of their compassion. "But they could not do anything," said Chakar Jemil Haidar, 67.
The Shabak refugees in Khazer do not plan to return home until the end of the Battle of Mosul. They fear retaliation raids, revenge. "We will not be able to live near the other villages," Chakar Jemil said. We should build a wall around Oumarkan ... "Imam Nadim Suleiman finds the idea laughable. In fact, the Islamic State may have ruined the work of his life. The villagers are disgusted. Nadim will have to convince them that Sunni Islam has nothing to do with the barbarity of the Islamic State.
During the war against the Islamic State, two Chabak militias were formed, one sponsored by the Kurdish authorities and the other by Shia militias.
I’m going to hold another conference now to talk about Jawad, the accomodation provider of Abaaoud during the attacks of November 2015 in Paris.
According to information of LCI, Jawad Bendaoud, the alleged landlord of several members of the commando of 13 November, wrote on 1 October from his cell to Jean-Marc Herbaut, judge at the antiterrorist section of Paris, pleading his innocence. He is currently detained in the solitary confinement of the jail of Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis).
In three handwritten pages, full of spelling mistakes, Bendaoud says "it’s driving him nuts” and he never ceases to proclaim his innocence: "You are an investigative judge, we could think you are a screenwriter (...) What are you waiting for, I’m losing it".
"I smelled something dodgy"
The suspect relates in detail his evening of November 13, 2015: "I was in the living room with my father, I was eating lentils with beef". He also recalls his meeting with the killers a few days later, on November 17: "I felt a shady thing but I never could have imagined a single second that I had just shaken hands and offered a cherry coke, a roof, to the individuals who had just committed the worst attacks perpetrated in France".
Jawad Bendaoud tried to burn his cell on 16 September. He demanded the lift of his placement in solitary confinement and his transfer to another prison: "What are you looking for exactly, I could do something irredeemable, I am a violent person since very young (...) If I commit a violent act, some will say Jawad is a terrorist but lol ".
Tonight, I’m going to hold another conference about the Islamic State.
I know that humbert, Maher, vasudev and many users of the forum must be eagerly waiting for some accounts of the epic adventures of the little Jihadists.
The Islamic States has launched a major offensive in Deir ez-Zor in Syria 2 days ago.
The jihadists would have sent reinforcements from their "capital", Rakka.
The Syrian regime dispatched military reinforcements and fighters of the Lebanese Hezbollah to Deir-Ez-Zor on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January to try to contain the most violent attack of the organization Islamic State in one year against this town, that remains under siege.
The army of the caliphate, which began the attack on Saturday (January 14th), cut the government enclave, which still has a population of 100,000, according to the UN. More seriously, the air base, which houses HQ and army stockpiles of ammunition, is now encircled and isolated from the rest of the government-controlled territory, which has less than 150 square kilometers. Two Colonels and a brigadier general of the Syrian army were killed during the fighting, according to Syrian media. At least 37 civilians have died since the beginning of the jihadist offensive on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
It is not the first time that the jihadist group has attempted to take over the biggest town in eastern Syria (200,000 inhabitants), of which it has been controlling the eastern part for two years, but according to government militia witnesses on social networks, this jihadist offensive is "the most serious and best prepared" they have seen. And the Islamic State would have brought reinforcements in recent weeks from Rakka, its Syrian "capital" located 150 km to the northwest.
To try to hinder the offensive, dozens of Russian and Syrian air raids targeted jihadist positions. According to local militants of the moderate opposition, these bombings would have destroyed the bridges that span the Euphrates, the river running along the two loyalist enclaves. The Islamic State army also asked the residents to go to the front lines, and would enlist teenagers by force, according to opponents. The IS army exhibited the military identity cards of soldiers barely aged 16 years old.
The World Food Program has also suspended its food drops: "We suspended our air operations. There is fighting in and around the zone where the food is dropped ... it's just too dangerous, "the spokesman said from Geneva.
For the Islamic caliphate, Deir ez-Zor is a strategic target. This provincial capital is at the junction of the territories it still controls in Syria and Iraq. Its conquest, like the recapture of Palmyra in December 2016, would improve the image of the organization while in Iraq the forces of Baghdad have recaptured a few neighborhoods in the town of Mosul.