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December 21, 2016, 11:57 AM
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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.

December 21, 2016, 12:50 PM
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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

December 27, 2016, 04:09 PM
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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:

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

January 07, 2017, 01:58 PM
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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:

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:

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.
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January 10, 2017, 02:58 PM
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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.
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January 12, 2017, 04:49 PM
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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:

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.”

January 13, 2017, 04:12 PM
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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.

January 16, 2017, 02:35 PM
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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 ".

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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.