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How to defeat ISIS

Alexander Athos

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Show them ‘humiliation and degradation’ at their strongholds and so God’s judgment of their apostasy and inhumanity.

The agenda of ISIS:
The stated objective of ISIS apart from imposing a Caliphate based on their version of Sharia law is “enmity and hatred for the ‘cross worshippers (Christians), the apostates (Shia), their crosses, their borders and their ballot-boxes and pledge allegiance to the Khilafah” enforcement of strict Sharia law.” (see magazine Daqiq Issue 3 1435 Shawwal)” https://ia801401.us.archive.org/11/items/Dabiq03_en/dbq03_en.pdf

The greatest fear of ISIS:
The greatest fear of ISIS apart from bombs is to be seen as illegitimate on the wrong ‘path’, committing ‘Kabira’ (gross sin), to be exposed as “dogs of hellfire”, Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadi or the “Horns of Satan” as Mohammed described them and the sect from Najd, modern day “Khawarij” Arabic: خوارج‎ The Wahhabi movement has been referred to as the modern Khawarij by 18th century Hanafi scholar Ibn Abidin. Kharijites insist that any Muslim could be a leader of the Muslim community and had the right to revolt against any ruler who deviated from their interpretation of Islam. The Kharijites believed that the act of sinning is analogous to Kufr (disbelief) and that every grave sinner was regarded as a Kāfir (disbeliever) unless he repents. Kharijite’s like ISIS have a strong desire for martyrdom and dying for the sake of their cults beliefs. ISIS are modern day Kharijite’s. Continue the bombing but concentrate it on their military and spiritual leadership and strongholds on the ground.

What the world needs to do:
Call them out for what they are:
A heretical bloodthirsty sect on their own murderous path, apostates, not true Muslims, “dogs of hellfire”, Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadi or the “Horns of Satan”, “Khawarij” so the Muslim youth are not brainwashed to support Satanic cult as they surrender to Shaytan and their suicide sends them straight to hell as their deeds are sinful (Kabira ) and evil.
The Muslim communities are already having the courage to speak this out (no doubt as most of ISIS supporters have left for the battlefield unable to harass and physically intimidate the Mosque leaders). The recent Fatwa issued by the Islamic Council of UK’s in a statement issued on 31 August 2014, by mufti Abu Layth along with 5 other Muslim leaders.  

To defeat ISIS we must psychologically target their ideological strongholds and those physical places that have ideological significance. Beat them like the Red Army beat the Nazi’s at Stalingrad. Utterly destroy their will at key strongholds. Attack them at places that mean so much to them ideologically and destroy their power and so discredit them in the eyes of the Ummah. For example take them out in key cities and regions that they hold dear like: Dabiq in the northern countryside of Halab which they see as central to their fight against the West (al-Malhamah al-Kubra). Deal with them at their strongholds so the Ummah sees that Allah has abandoned them as apostates and not ‘brothers’. The Muslims will see Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi as a self-proclaimed false Caliph, someone who does not submit to Allah but arrogantly sets himself up as God murdering innocents in His name and so is a minister of ‘Shaytan’ and a false Messiah and the ideology of ISIS as ‘shirk’ and heresy. Destroy them ideologically so the Islamic world sees ISIS destroyed ‘like salt melts into water’ so too evil will be cleansed from the earth. Destroying ISIS is commanding the good and forbidding the evil that they do wherever their black flags stain the desert with the red blood of innocents.
ISIS described the beheading execution of journalist James Foley as “ a cooling balm for the believer’s hearts.” Anyone who felt that can only be described as “apes and swine”…the worst of people. They will be cast out. Allah will hate them. Allow the Muslims to execute Allah’s judgment on their gross sin, expose their leaders as apostates. ‘Arm’ the true Muslims, equip them to fight ideologically and militarily.

Learn about ISIS plans by studying ISIS heroes?
Abu Dujana al-Khurasani aka Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi aka  Homam Khaleel Mohammad Abu Mallal aka  (25 December 1977 – 30 December 2009) is praised in the recent ISIS magazine Dabiq.

In 2009, this Kuwaiti born suicide bomber terrorist murdered 9 Western, Jordanian and Afghan intelligence personnel at Camp Chapman Eastern Afghan city of Khost, which is about 10 miles northwest of the Pakistani border.
al-Khurasani trained in Istanbul as a doctor of medicine and married a Turkish journalist. He trained and was radicalized at the Islamic Brotherhood’s University of Jordan hospital in Aman Jordan. He worked at a clinic for Palestinian refugee women and children in the Marka refugee camp near Amman, Jordan He was a contributor to al-Hesbah, an online forum run by Islamist extremists.
He was a known associate of Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh aka Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (“Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers” )as the two were from the same Jordanian town of Zarqa. al-Zarqawi  grew up as a drunkard and thug in Jordan before experiencing a religious conversion to Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadism, al-Zarqawi then was enlisted by the Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri’s to run terrorist (Jund al-Sham , al-Tawhid wal-Jihad later named AQI now called ISIS)  camps in Herat Afghanistan and Iraq. He was said to be behind the hotel bombings in Amman Jordan in 2005 Hotel Radisson). Zarqawi also helped plan a series of deadly bomb attacks in Casablanca, Morocco and Istanbul, Turkey in 2003. This terrorist, organized the February 2006 attack on the Al Askari Mosque in Samarra., On 7 May 2004, he beheaded American civilian contractor in Bagdad,  Nick Berg .  

Zarqawi stated :
“We have declared a bitter war against democracy and all those who seek to enact it…Democracy is also based on the right to choose your religion [and that is] against the rule of Allah.”

He died when a US F-16 500 pound bomb was dropped on him on 7 June 2006 in Baqubah Iraq (Baqubah is a Sunni stronghold http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baqubah  and also part of the story of the Assyrian genocide by Ottomans Sunnis and Kurds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_genocide ).  
On June 23, 2006, Al-Jazeera aired a video in which Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, stated that
“Zarqawi was “a soldier, a hero, an imam and the prince of martyrs, [and his death] has defined the struggle between the crusaders and Islam in Iraq.”

al-Khurasani had been invited to FOB Chapman after claiming to Jordanian secret service (as their supposed double agent) to have information related to senior al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
 Instead he detonated explosives sewn into his vest. The Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, saying they helped al-Khurasani with the attack…. Out of the 9 people murdered, 7 were CIA personnel. It was the second largest single-day loss in the CIA’s history, after the 1983 United States Embassy bombing in Beirut, Lebanon killed eight CIA agents.
ISIS in their magazine Dabiq Issue 3 praise al-Khurasani as someone whose love for Jihad should be emulated. He left his home Kwait, travelled extensively for Jiad ( a call to hijrah) .Featuring  al-Khurasani may also be code for the way in which Wahhabi Salafi Takfifi Jihadi’s may be encouraged  to commit lone wolf suicide (fi sabilillah) attacks on Western targets when returning to their Western cities (bombs sewn in vests or Burkas) after their ‘Hijrah’.

So this is how one defeats ISIS.
Learn from history. How were the Nazi’s defeated in WWII? How could they have been defeated earlier before killing millions? How were the Japanese fanatics defeated in WWII? Follow the lead of The Association of British Muslims, encourage similar statements by Muslim leaders in every country. Show up the Kharijite nature of ISIS. Attack their ideological strongholds and discredit their heroes. Defeat them heavily in the places they think they are strongest and thus humiliate them.  They laugh and joke as they behead, play soccer with heads or bury alive Christian children. They are not human. Take out their Chechen military leadership. Switch off their twitter accounts. Isolate them. Support all Counter Terrorism laws from UN to nation states. Prosecute every ISIS member who survives the battlefield for War Crimes and prosecute everyone who supports them directly or indirectly. Support all Muslim groups who oppose them but be careful whom you arm. Not even the Kurds can be trusted. Learn from history and remember the Assyrian genocide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_genocide. The only people the West should arm are the Christians, no one else can be trusted given their historical track record. Consider allying for limited military defeat of ISIS with ISIS enemies, the Shia in Iran who have in the past helped Christian communities from genocide. Encourage transition in Iran to democracy for long term stability in the Middle East. Allow Turkey a greater role in leadership of Islamic countries conditional on their abiding by International Law, including a U N Security Council unanimous resolution 2170 (2014). Perhaps a joint military operation between Turkey, the Kurds, Iraq and Iran with NATO air support but under UN command could quickly and effortlessly destroy ISIS and conduct War Crime Tribunal hearings on the ground as soon as towns are liberated so as to thwart insurgency.

https://ia801401.us.archive.org/11/items/Dabiq03_en/dbq03_en.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khawarij
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Berg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humam_Khalil_Abu-Mulal_al-Balawi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Chapman_attack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Musab_al-Zarqawi
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-06-23-zarqawi_x.htm?csp=34
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_genocide
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2014/sc11520.doc.htm

Alexander Athos is a writer and businessman.He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (European History) Personal background Alexander was christened Orthodox brought up Catholic and now Evangelical Christian with an acceptance of the best in Christian tradition and a respect for genuine people of faith from other cultures. Political inclinations: Christian intellectual who has an eclectic predisposition to understanding global and national political and social trends and seeking to influence them for good by thoughtful and persuasive discourse.

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Turkey begins the return of ISIS fighters to Europe

Iveta Cherneva

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Today, Turkey started sending ISIS fighters back to Europe, as it promised last week.

Europe needs to take responsibility for its ISIS fighters. US President Trump is right on that.

As Turkey’s minister of internal affairs said last week, Turkey is not a hotel for foreign terrorists. Europe’s jihadists are its own problem to deal with.

What is interesting however is that Turkey has been releasing ISIS fighters from the region that it held in custody. But not when it comes to European jihadists.

With this move, Turkey’s aim is to actually punish Europe. Erdogan is doing this out of spite because he knows that this is what Europeans fear the most. It is not Erdogan’s priority to try ISIS, as he has shown previously. To piss off the Europeans, yes, that’s a different story.

This recent development comes to remind us that Western Europe has a big problem to deal with. The evidence from conflict zones will not hold in European courts which means that authorities might have to let ISIS fighters that still have their citizenship walk free. That is a European nightmare.

This serves to remind French President Macron that France not Bosnia is the biggest jihadist force in Europe. Macron called Bosnia a jihadist ticking bomb in that unfortunate Economist interview but France is the real problem. No other European country has such a high number of jihadist fighters in the Middle East.

Today a Greek ISIS fighter whose citizenship had been stripped was not allowed in Greece upon return from Turkey. We will see that a lot in the coming weeks. The situation of no citizenship will create a legal question of statelessness which will make the return of ISIS fighters also a human rights question.

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The Rise OF ISIS and its Aftermath in Afghanistan

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“I will see you guys in Newyork”.Abu Du’a, the leader of ISIS, whose nom de guerre (war name) was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, told his American captors as he was released from a brief detention during Iraq war. After American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Al Baghdadi joined the Arms Resistance against the U.S led coalition troops in Iraq but he was captured and detained in a US. – run Iraqi prison in 2006. Following al Baghdadi’s release in the late 2000s, he joined the predecessor to ISIS: the Islamic State of Iraq(ISI). This group initially affiliated themselves with AL- Qaeda, but was later rejected by AL Qaeda due to their brutal acts and it became Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). IN 2010, al Baghdadi became the leader of ISI and changed the name of the organization to Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2013.

On 29 June 2014, ISIS declared the worldwide caliphate under the leadership of “caliph Ibrahim” with publishing a statement of supporting al Baghdadi’s designation as caliph.  This concept of caliphate is mainly based on the universal religion and its ultimate goal is the establishment of Islamic state. This political idea of Islamic state is embodied in the concept of the ummah (community) which says that all the Muslims wherever they reside are bounded by a common faith which transcends all geographical, political or national boundaries.

Many other groups had pledged allegiance to ISIS like the Boko haram in Nigeria, the bait al Maqdis in Egypt, the Islamic movement in Uzbekistan, andthe previous leader of TTP Hafiz Saeed, also pledged allegiance to al Baghdadi in Oct, 2014 renaming themselves as the Islamic state of Khorasan (ISK) in Afghanistan. IS-K’s early membership included a contingent of Pakistani militants who emerged in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province around 2010, just across the border from the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.  Many of these militants were estranged members of TTP and Lashkar-e Islam, who had fled from Pakistan to escape pressure from security forces.

ISK emerged in different provinces of Afghanistan bordering Pakistan but outnumbered in the eastern province of Ningarhar, Achin district, due to some specific reasons. Achin district is one of the backward, underdeveloped and illiterate regions of Afghanistan which makes its population vulnerable to recruitment as new militants. Moreover, peopled welling in this district joined and supported this new group not only for their Islamic ideology but also for the high salaries of $500 paid by this organization.In the beginning of their journey in the region, ISK dealt people in a soft manner and always refrained from offensive language to encourage and inspire the people to join this militant group.

But with the passage of time, ISK changed its behavior and started the forceful imposition of sharia law. People were prevented from the cultivation of opium which was the main source of revenue for the locals of that region, seized drugs and sentenced drug addicted people, however, majority of their own militants were drug addicts and sold drugs seized from the locals to meet their own financial needs. They introduced numerous fabricated laws that were neither in conformity to national, Islamic nor in conformity with the locals laws. The militants of the group were indoctrinated to such an extent that they were willing to sacrifice everything for the interest of the group. One of their militants, involved in a robbery case, accepted his crime in front of the group’s judicial committee. As per the Islamic rules, anyone involved in the robbery would have their hands cut off. Therefore, When the militants were cutting hands, he was chanting ‘’Allah ho Akbar’’-Allah is the greatest.

Taliban and Afghan forces have attacked the Achin district many times  but no one of them succeeded in retaking the district from ISK. This region was completely monopolized by this group and they ruled the people according to their own so called sharia law. People started displacement from the region towards Jalalabad, the provincial capital because they were unable to abide by these brutal laws and tolerate the atrocities. Following is a short story which a person told in anonymity about the excessive brutalities perpetrated by ISK in Achin.

“We all flocked outside after Friday prayer, according to announcement in sermon. They brought seven detainees belong to Emirates a Taliban group, Afghan national Army member and spies. All were covered with black ski masks. Meanwhile, an ISIS militant rode on a trained horse, having sharp sword in hands and reached to the spot. He decapitated all of them and shouted “Allah ho Akbar”. With the sound of Allah ho Akbar, we all scattered like flies in the air and no one knows what happened. But later on it was realized by people who delivered us to hospital that the place was targeted by a US drone. Many people were injured, and the ISIS militant who was beheading the prisoners was burned by drone attack. I still have the scene in my mind which has really affected me mentally and can’t take out those thuds of the sword from my mind when he was beheading those innocent people”.

Furthermore, they knelt innocent elders of the Shenwari nation belong to the same district on the bombs accused of in affiliation to the Taliban.  A gruesome video also uploaded by them to the YouTube. These kind of brutal acts were the routine of everyday in Daesh or ISK controlled areas.

Afghan Commando assisted by US special forces have been fighting with the ISK in Achin for the last few years and have made significant progress contributing to the liberation of some villages but there are speculations that united states itself is assisting this militant group and supplying food and weapons to them through helicopters which has put the Afghans in doubt.  US dropped the ” mother of all bombs” – the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal formally known as GBU-43/B massive ordnance air blast on 13 April 2017 on ISIS Khorasan cave complex in Achin district, Ningarhar.  According to a statement from the United States military in Afghanistan, the bomb hit a tunnel complex but they didn’t say how many militants were killed or whether the bombing caused any civilian casualties. The fact is that it was only an experience of their conventional bomb which is clear from the following statement of the Ex-president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai:

“This is not the war on terror but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and dangerous weapons”. This claim of Ex-president was further forged by the locals of Achin who stated that there was neither weapons depot nor any single ISIS fighter in the targeted region.

Currently Achin district has been cleared by Afghan Forces from this group but there are opportunities of their return to the region. Afghan Forces should show their strong presence, build the region and rehabilitate former militants. We are the veterans of many regions where US and Afghan forces have operated and lost hundreds of their soldiers for clearing the region but have left the region vulnerable to the insurgents return. Moreover, America should equip Afghan forces with sophisticated weapons to counter these threats. Afghan National Directorate can play a vital role in the dissolution of this group by infiltration of their own spies in disguise.

 Moreover, in comparison to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which have oil resources of about $2 billion and financed by different Arab states, this group is very much dependent on local revenues and neighboring state Pakistan. Pakistan may not be able to support two insurgent groups-Taliban and ISK-simultaneously for a single goal. And the so called jihad vacuum is also filled by Taliban which never want any rival jihadi group in Afghanistan.

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Imprisoned ISIS Wives and Children Have Nowhere to Run To, Nowhere to Hide

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D

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The guards have said if the war comes close, then they will leave here,” a Western ISIS wife texted me today from Camp Roj in far northeastern Syria, a detention center that houses 500 ISIS wives and 1,200 of their children.  “What to do if we are left alone?” she asks. “There’s nowhere to go and too risky to get caught by Bashar [al-Assad].”

As she writes, I’m in Belgium sitting next to an FBI agent. I ask him what she should do, but amid all of this chaos, he doesn’t have an immediate answer.  

The ISIS wife continues: “I like how America thinks it’s too dangerous for them [the U.S. military] to be here but safe for us to remain with Assad.”

Over the past two years I’ve been in and out of the northeastern territory of Syria held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) six times with staff from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). We have conducted in-depth interviews with 217 ISIS men and women, 100 of them in SDF held territory, for our project countering the ISIS brand, which the SDF has supported fully. 

The woman texting me today gave us an interview last year and has managed to stay in touch via illicit phones other detainees allow her to use.

At the same time she is texting me, our Kurdish translator texts that they are living under the sound of bombs and troops advancing. Assad’s troops are marching eastward, while Turkey is barreling in from the north. Which soldiers will reach Camp Roj first and what the women should do if the Kurdish YPJ-Women’s Protection Units guarding them decide it’s too dangerous to remain in place, is something the guards have told the inmates to think about. 

The female inmates of Camp Ain Issa, farther west, faced a similar dilemma earlier in the week when the Turks began shelling. Until Sunday, Ain Issa Camp housed a total of 12,000 women and children, but according to one Belgian woman, it descended into “complete chaos” as fires broke out, the guards left, and the women escaped in the hundreds. 

Among the women housed there, 265 were wives of foreigner terrorist fighters, alongside 1,000 of their children. On the second day of the Turkish air assault, Belgian ISIS wives Bouchra Abouallal and Tatiana Wielandt decided it was better to go on the run with their small children than remain in place to learn what next disaster might befall them.

We interviewed Bouchra Abouallal in September 2019.  Completely exhausted from her experience with ISIS, she said that life inside the Caliphate was “the best possible deradicalization program ever.” Already prosecuted in absentia and facing a five-year sentence in her home country of Belgium, she told ICSVE researchers she would prefer to return home even to serve a 20-year sentence rather than remain in the camp under the menace of the cruel ISIS-inmate enforcers who threatened all European women who no longer wanted anything to do with the ISIS Caliphate.

Now Bouchra Abouallal is on the run with her three small children. In audio messages punctuated in the background by shelling she told a Belgian journalist that she was headed toward the front lines in hopes she could make it to safety in Turkey, where she wishes to turn herself into the Belgian consulate and make her way home. 

While European officials here in Brussels have stated that Turkey agrees to help any escaped ISIS cadres that end in their hands to be returned to their homelands, up until recently, Belgium was refusing to let her come back. Instead of seeing her as someone victimized by the Islamic State’s propaganda and lies, and fooled by the “Shariah for Belgium” group that had radicalized many in her native city of Antwerp, Belgian politicians see her as a threat.

But it is not difficult for Belgian authorities to turn past posts on her social media accounts against her.

“Your system has failed oh Belgian state,” Bouchra’s Facebook page read after she slipped out of Belgium to go live under the Islamic State. Referring to the way the Belgian police had hassled her upon her first return home from Syria, her posts taunted them, saying “You were watching us 24/7 and you still haven’t managed to stop us. Why? Because Allah is the best planner (…)” Her threats continued with, “We have left because we believe that it is a duty for every Muslim. To the policeman who threatened to take our children away, I can say that my children will turn yours into orphans, with the will of Allah.”

Bouchra claims that it wasn’t she, but one of her ISIS husbands, who authored these hate-filled posts. She says he used to lock her up at home and post on her Facebook page without her permission. Indeed, when we interviewed Bouchra in September she spoke gently as she denounced ISIS, giving us permission to use both her image and her name in a counter narrative video—this, while knowing the ISIS enforcers in the camp would likely punish her for it.

The woman texting me today from Camp Roj does so fearing that if it becomes known it was her texting she will be punished by her YPJ guards. Yet pure terror drives her to try to stay connected with the outside world as she makes wrenching decisions for herself and her young child. 

Americans are also in this camp. We have interviewed two American passport holders—Canadian dual-citizen Kimberly Pullman and disputed American citizen Hoda Muthana. 

When I ask today’s texter about Americans in the camps, she tells me there are five in all, two more in Camp Roj and another in Camp Hol. She states that there are also two American children in Camp Roj. We’ve met one of them, Adam, the two-year-old son of Hoda Muthana. Both times we interviewed his mother, Adam was struggling with chronic bronchitis. Today the woman texting me from Camp Roj tells me that the air is thick with fumes from the bombings, which is causing many of the children to have breathing difficulties.

“Going to jail right now won’t be great,” this woman writes as she imagines her future in the West—if she can ever manage to get home. Then she envisions another future: “I could get lost among all of this trouble.” Then again she realizes that fleeing the camp, if her guards do abandon their posts, might also prove disastrous. 

“Please let the governments know that we are not happy with the escape of the women [who have left the camps]. We are actually scared and want to just be safe in our own embassies,” she texts. “We don’t want to keep running away. We want to be tried. I’ve already had the chance to run away before and I decided to be tried in my own country.”

Now the pressing question, amid all of this chaos unleashed by Trump greenlighting the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria: Is anyone going to do anything to get these former ISIS wives and their children back home where they can face justice and live in safety or do we just leave them to face whatever fate turns up as hostile armies converge?

Author’s note: first published in the Daily Beast

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