First modern jihadist state forming in central Syria and Iraq

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By Mark Ellis

Images from the fall of Mosul, with ISIS leader in lower left
Images from the fall of Mosul, with ISIS leader in lower left

With breathtaking speed, the creation of the first jihadi state in modern times is almost a fait accompli, stretching from central Syria to central Iraq – led by a Sunni terrorist group considered too radical even for al Queda.

“This is shaping up to be the biggest Arab-jihadi victory since the 12th Century – 1187 – with the fall of crusader Jerusalem,” Lt. Col. Ralph Peters told Fox News. “This is momentous! I can’t overstate the importance,” he said.

Boundaries and borders seem meaningless to the jihadists. “That line on the Rand McNally map dividing Iraq from Syria is gone,” he added. “It’s now a true jihadi state.”

In the last few days, the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, fell to the offensive conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Iraqi troops trained by the U.S. abandoned their weapons and fled the city, along with 500,000 refugees. Since Wednesday, the militants rolled into Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, and seized oil fields further to the south.

ISIS forces also looted the central bank in Mosul of $420 million, took 48 employees of the Turkish consulate as hostages, and seized American Humvees, helicopters and weapons. They are only 80 miles from Baghdad and vow to take the city.

So far, President Obama has denied requests by the Iraqi government for airstrikes against the militants, according to the New York Times.

“Airstrikes could help impede the jihadi movement…but it won’t stop the assault on Baghdad,” Lt. Col. Peters noted. “The Iraqis have to do that. The Iraqi army is in collapse. I hope it can gather together.”

There is one telling contrast between the militants and the government troops – a readiness for martyrdom. “If you’re a jihadi militant you believe in your cause and are willing to die for it. The Iraqi military isn’t willing to do that,” Lt. Col. Peters observed.

ISIS is currently led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in 2011 by the U.S. State Department, and the government offered a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture or death.

His group is considered more extreme than al-Qaeda. “It is even more brutal than al-Qaeda,” Lt. Col. Peters noted. “It is ‘Son of al-Qaeda’ on steroids.”

“As I pointed out a few years ago, what if Osama bin Laden is not the terrorist messiah? What if he is just John the Baptist? And Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS, is chilling in his resolution, brutality, and hatred for civilization.”

The U.S. spent $14 billion on the Iraq war and suffered 4,487 dead and over 32,000 wounded. “All the death, all the bleeding, all the money, was for naught,” according to Lt. Col. Peters, because the administration failed to grasp the strategic importance of Iraq and bowed to political pressure to end U.S. involvement.

He believes a residual force of 10,000 to 20,000 troops should have been left in Iraq to serve as a deterrent. “The Obama administration doesn’t want to do anything militarily in Iraq, no matter what the price is,” he maintained.

“The only way to do airstrikes and make it work would be to put special ops spotters on the ground and we’re not going to do that. The only way to stop this onslaught would be to put troops on the ground and we’re not going to do that,” he told Fox News.

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  1. NAIVE APATHY WILL KILL US

    LOOK AT WHAT EVEN FOX NEWS IS PUSHING RIGHT NOW:

    ‘RADICALLIZED’ MUSLIMS.

    THIS IS ‘EXACTLY’ WHAT THEY WANT US TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO.

    THAT IS ‘NOT’ THE DANGER. THE DANGER IS ALL THOSE ‘CLAIMING’ TO BE PASSIVE, PEACEFUL MUSLIMS. THOSE MUSLIMS DON’T EXIST.

    THE GOAL OF ‘ALL’ ISLAM IS FOR ‘ALL’ INFIDELS TO BE EITHER CONVERTED TO ISLAM OR ‘DIE’. THERE IS NO GRAY AREA. THERE ISN’T COHABITATION. THEIR GOAL IS TOTAL DOMINANCE. THEY WON’T BE SATISFIED UNTIL ALL CREATION IS UNDER THE COVER OF SHIRIA LAW.

    THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID. THEY ARE HAPPY THAT ALL THE ‘RADICALS’ ARE GETTING ALL THE ATTENTION. THE MORE THE MEDIA, INCLUDING FOX NEWS, IS LOOKING AT THE ‘CRAZIES’, THE MORE THEY CAN INFILTRATE THE SOCIETY SUBTLEY.

    EXAMPLE:

    HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU SEE ISALM BEING BOWED TO THROUGH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS?

    A FAMILY REMOVED FROM A BUS FOR THE NURSERY RHYME ‘THIS LITTLE PIGGY’.

    YOU CAN LOOK UP MANY OTHERS.

    WHAT HAPPENS ONCE THEY HAVE OVERCOME US? WILL THEY STILL BE THE DOCIL, PEACEFUL MUSLIMS THEY CLAIM TO BE? THE ANSWER IS ‘NO’.

    LOOK AT SAUDI ARABIA. THIS COUNTRY IS CONSIDERED A ‘MODERN’ ISLAMIC COUNTRY. IT’S WOMEN ARE UNDER STRICT SHIRIA LAW. LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER ‘MODERN’ ISLAMIC COUNTRIES. SAME THING.

    THINK IT WON’T HAPPEN HERE? THINK AGAIN.

    FIRST, OUR OWN EXAMPLE: THE REMOVAL OF ALL THINGS CHRISTIAN FROM OUR SOCIETY:

    DO YOU NOTICE THAT ‘ANYTHING’ CHRISTIAN IS SUBJECT TO SECRUTINY BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? DO YOU SEE ANYTHING MUSLIM OR SATANTIC OR OTHER THAN CHRISTIAN (OR JEWISH) BEING TARGETED? NOPE!

    HOW DID THIS HAPPEN WHEN MOST OF THIS SOCIETY IS SUPPOSED TO BE CHRISTIAN? REMEMBER THE ‘SILENT MAJORITY’? THAT’S HOW. WE JUST SIT BACK AND LET IT HAPPEN. ‘APATHY’. WE JUST THINK THAT, BECAUSE WE ARE RIGHT, IT’ S GOING TO BE OKAY. REMEMBER THAT WHEN YOU ARE ASKED TO DENOUNCE THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD OR DIE.

    CAN’T HAPPEN HERE? THAT IS WHAT THEY THOUGHT IN FRANCE. THE LANGUAGE MOST SPOKEN IN FRANCE RIGHT NOW IS ARABIC, NOT FRENCH. THEY COME IN AND HANG ONTO THE WELFARE OF THE GOVERNMENT AND BLEED IT DRY AND MAKE THE LAWS AND TAKE OVER SLOWLY AND QUIETLY, UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE.

    AM I GOING OVERBOARD. NO. HOW IS IT GOING TO HAPPEN? ALL THESE ‘MODERATE’ ‘PEACEFUL’ MUSLIMS WHO EVEN FOX NEWS IS BRINGING ON TO TALK ABOUT HOW IT’S THE ‘RADICALIZED’ MUSLIMS WHO ARE THE ONES WHO ARE THE TROUBLEMAKERS AND THEY, THE ‘MODERATES’ ARE THERE FOR US TO HELP US IN FIGHTING THOSE ‘RADICALS’.

    IN THE END, THEY ‘ALL’ HAVE THE SAME GOAL: TOTAL DOMINATION OF ALL CREATION BY ISLAM. THAT’S IT. NO COMPROMISE. AND WE WILL, AS IT’S GOING NOW, TAKE THEIR HANDS AND WALK WITH THEM AND ACCEPT THEM INTO OUR SOCIETY AS THEY CHANGE, LITTLE BY LITTLE (THE SAME WAY THE SOCIALISTS DID. {REMEMBER NIKITA KRUSCHEV? WE WILL TAKE YOU WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT.}) WE LET THEM, AND IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN IF THESE PEOPLE AREN’T ‘EXPOSED’ AND ELIMINATED.

    EXPOSED: YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR ENEMY. IT WILL ‘NOT’ BE A WELL ACCEPTED FACT, BUT IT MUST BE PUSHED. THE CHRISTIAN U.S. ‘MUST’ KNOW THE ENEMY. THE REST OF THE U.S. WILL BE A HURDLE TO CROSS.

    BE VOCAL AND ‘DON’T BACK DOWN’. WE MUST BE STRONG. WE WILL HAVE MOST OF THE MEDIA AGAINST US ALONG WITH A GOVENMENT WE HAVE ALLOWED TO GO WRONG FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS. WE ‘MUST’ BE STRONG AND FEARLESS.

    FINALLY, AS CHRISTIANS, WE NEED A REVIVAL IN THE CHURCH AND A GREAT, PERPETUAL (AS JESUS INTENDED IT) SOUL WINNING CRUSADE. GOD SENT US HIS SPIRIT TO EMPOWER US TO PREACH THE GOSPEL ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE NEED TO DO JUST THAT. WE NEED TO SHOW THESE MUSLIMS THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD, AND HE WILL MANIFEST HIMSELF IN THEIR HEARTS, AS THE SPIRIT GIVES THEM HIS EVIDENCE. THIS IS GOING TO BE GETTING DANGEROUS AS WE NOT ONLY FIGHT THE WAR IN THE HEAVENLIES BUT WE WILL BE ATTACKED PHYSICALLY HERE ON OUR ON LAND.

    THANKS FOR LOOKING AT THIS. I TRULY BELIEVE TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

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