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How to defeat ISIS

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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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‘Disturbing spike’ in Afghan civilian casualties after peace talks began

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A family runs across a dusty street in Herat, Afghanistan. (file photo) UNAMA/Fraidoon Poya

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan witnessed a sharp rise since peace negotiations started in September last year, even though overall deaths and injuries dropped in 2020, compared to the previous year, according to a UN human rights report launched Tuesday. 

In their annual Afghanistan Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Annual Report, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) documented some 8,820 civilian casualties (3,035 deaths and 5,785 injuries) in 2020, about 15 per cent less than in 2019.  

It was also the first time the figure fell below 10,000 since 2013. 

However, the country remains amongst the “deadliest places in the world to be a civilian”, according to Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

“I am particularly appalled by the high numbers of human rights defenders, journalists, and media workers killed since peace negotiations began in September”, she said. 

At least 11 rights defenders, journalists and media workers lost their lives since September, resulting in many professionals exercising self-censorship in their work, quitting their jobs, and even leaving their homes and the country – in hope it will improve their safety. 

Rise in ‘targeted killings’ 

According to the report, the overall drop in civilian casualties in 2020 was due to fewer casualties from suicide attacks by anti-Government elements in populated areas, as well as drop in casualties attributed to international military forces.  

There was, however, a “worrying rise” in targeted killings by such elements – up about 45 per cent over 2019. The use of pressure-plate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by the Taliban, air strikes by the Afghan Air Force, and ground engagements also resulted in increased casualties, the report said. 

According to the report, anti-Government elements bore responsibility for about 62 per cent civilian casualties, while pro-Government forces were responsible for about 25 per cent casualties. About 13 per cent of casualties were attributed to crossfire and other incidents. 

2020 could have been ‘a year of peace’ 

Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, called on all parties to take immediate and concrete action to protect civilians, urging them “not to squander a single day in taking the urgent steps to avoid more suffering”. 

“2020 could have been the year of peace in Afghanistan. Instead, thousands of Afghan civilians perished due to the conflict”, Ms. Lyons said

The “overriding objective” of the report is to provide the parties responsible with the facts, and recommendations, so they take immediate and concrete steps to protect civilians, she added. 

Ms. Lyons highlighted that “ultimately, the best way to protect civilians is to establish a humanitarian ceasefire” – a call consistently made by Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council

“Parties refusing to consider a ceasefire must recognize the devastating consequences of such a posture on the lives of Afghan civilians.” 

UNAMA-OHCHR report: Women casualties (killings and injuries) documented between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2020

‘Shocking toll’ on women and children 

The report went on to note that the years-long conflict in Afghanistan “continues to wreak a shocking and detrimental toll” on women and children, who accounted for 43 per cent of all civilian casualties – 30 per cent children and 13 per cent women. 

“This report shows the acute, lasting needs of victims of the armed conflict and demonstrates how much remains to be done to meet those needs in a meaningful way”, High Commissioner Bachelet said. 

“The violence that has brought so much pain and suffering to the Afghan population for decades must stop and steps towards reaching a lasting peace must continue.” 

Attacking civilians ‘serious violations’ 

With the conflict continuing, parties must do more to prevent and mitigate civilian casualties, the report said, urging them to fully implement the report’s recommendations and to ensure that respect and protection of human rights is central to the ongoing peace negotiations. 

It also reminded the parties that deliberately attacking civilians or civilian objects are serious violations of international humanitarian law that may amount to war crimes. 

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Is Blacklisting on Cards for Pakistan?

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Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has been an integral part of the economic decision making and regulatory procedures of the country. The days of the ultimate decision are finally on cards as the Global Watchdog is expected to evaluate and review the performance and strategies of Pakistan via virtual meeting tentatively scheduled for February 22-25, 2021. This would be a much-anticipated review since a keen eye would be payed following a long hiatus to the litigations recently undertaken by the country to eliminate the risks and gaps in the financial framework which might earn Pakistan, a way out from the grey list. However, while the preceding meeting only guided more hopes for better litigation and measures to curb terror financing, brimming foreign propaganda and nefarious rulings within the country itself might hamper the way out but instead could dig the trench further towards a harrowing financial turmoil.

Pakistan was placed on the grey list back in June 2018 due to strategic deficiencies. Just before the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in the world, Pakistan was allowed a breather of 4-months to comply with the 27-point action plan; of which Pakistan met only 14 targets while missing out on the rest of 13 targets. Moreover, Pakistan could only satisfy 10 of a total of 40 recommendations devised by the task force. These lags led to a major pitfall in the Pakistan’s Stock Market; PSX plummeting bellow 30,000 points. Furthermore, a bitter narrative started blooming regarding arch-rival India pulling all the strings to push Pakistan down further, even in the blacklist. This was largely shunned by the Indian representatives but the failure of the economic and diplomatic front of Pakistan was evident by now.

The FATF plenary was scheduled, like traditionally, in June. However, all scheduled evaluations and review procedures were deferred for 4-months in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing yet another unforeseen yet thoroughly welcomed relief span to Pakistan to strive more actively to meet the requirements.

In the preceding 4 months, Pakistan acutely worked to amend the contradicting laws and policies, the parliament playing an agile role to introduce new bills relating to counter-terrorism and countering money laundering as an act to expedite compliance to the international laws and ultimately meeting up all 27 points in the action plan. Almost all the bills presented, albeit some political resistance, were eventually passed which even led to optimism in the stock market; PSX climbing back over 40,000 points after more than half a year, rallying to record high levels despite of the pandemic wreaking havoc on the investors’ mentality across the globe.

The meeting held, after a steep deferral, back in October 2020; the FATF committee observed and commended on the vigilant stance assumed by Pakistan to crawl out of the Grey list. Pakistan has since delivered on 22 out of the 27 core points of the action plan defined. However, the meetings adjourned till February, retaining Pakistan in the grey list under the tag of ‘jurisdiction under enhanced monitoring’ whilst praising the steps of counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering adopted by Islamabad.

Pakistan was warned back in February last year that if not complied by the 27-point action plan, it could be a great threat to the foreign mechanism and would be eventually moved to the monitored jurisdiction, notoriously also known as the ‘Blacklist’. Later this month, FATF would examine if Pakistan meets the 8 key categories of the action plan; remedial actions taken against money laundering, counterfeit terrorism while also reviewing the vigilance of the institutions in countering Terror Financing and actively managing risk. The committee representing Pakistan would perpetually convince the plenary that the country in-fact meets the criteria and transitioning over the next month, the fate of the tormented economy would finally prevail in light of the decision made.

However, Pakistan has been sluggish in taking action against the notorious entities linked to terrorism around the region. The meeting nears with the pinned watch of UN regarding Pakistan’s role of providing a safe haven to Lashkar-e-Taiba founder, Hafiz Saeed, or the notorious acquittal of Ahmed Omer Sheikh, the prime culprit of the Daniel Pearle Murder case of 2002. Pakistan, however, claims to have made virtue on 22 of the defined 27 points while has garnered ‘Substantial progress’ on the remaining 5 points. Thus, the optimism brews that the meeting would push the country out of the list and would open more financial avenues especially in these distressful conditions.

Although Pakistan’s Foreign Office including the Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, appears optimistic to climb out of the grey list after 3 years, the infamous decisions passed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the excessive money laundering cases surging against the ex-office holders of Pakistan and the determined efforts of India to subvert Pakistan in global politics, all thwart down that optimism bit by bit. And while some of the economic experts claim that the decision of advancing Pakistan off the Grey list would be naïve move and would arguably impact regional dynamics, the decision could fall in tandem with the preceding outcome of sustaining the grey list status or could deteriorate the level further as gauged by a political expert, opining his narrative: “The facts demand that Pakistan remain on the grey list. The FATF shouldn’t just keep Pakistan on the grey list. It should rather warn Islamabad that absent rapid and wide-ranging reform; blacklisting is coming”.

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Europe Must Confront Iranian Regime’s Terrorism

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After a two-and-a-half-year investigation, on 4thFebruary 2021, a Belgian court sentenced four culprits for attempting to bomb a large gathering of tens of thousands, including politicians and dignitaries, at a global summit organized by the Iranian opposition – the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) – in Villipinte, France in June 2018.

The perpetrators who attempted to attack the global summit included Assadollah Assadi, a senior accredited Iranian diplomat, who received the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on attempted murder and terrorism charges – and his three accomplices who were imprisoned for 15,17, and 18 years, respectively. This was the first time that an Iranian diplomat was convicted in Europe.

The conviction and the sheer scale of the crime requires the EU to reconsider its approach to the Iranian regime.

The 2018 global summit was attended by tens of thousands of people who advocate for democracy and freedom in Iran. If the foiled terrorist plot had been successful, thousands of innocent people, including European citizens and prominent political figures, would have been killed or injured. The head of Belgium’s national security has blamed the Iranian regime for orchestrating the attack, including Iran’s Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Intelligence and Security who played a significant part in the execution of the attack.

Such terrorism-related trials are not new for the regime. In 1997, the regime was tried for a major terrorist act in Germany. The proceedings were called the Mykonos trial after a Berlin restaurant in which regime agents gunned down several opponents.

In a report dated April 10, 1997, the European Union’s Presidency stated: “The High Court of Justice’s findings in Berlin in the Mykonos case indicates Iranian regime officials’ involvement at the highest level.”

On April 29, 1997, the Council of the European Union reaffirmed that progress in normalizing relations between the EU and Iran would only be possible if Tehran’s officials respect international law and cease terrorist acts, including those against Iranians residing abroad. When the regime refused to comply,Europe made a declaration to expel Iranian nationals with intelligence and security ties. Twelve countries that were not members of the European Union at the time also complied with the declaration.

21 years after the Mykonos trial, Assadi used his diplomatic cover to take a high-powered explosive on a passenger plane from Iran to Austria. He then personally handed it over to two intelligence agents to detonate it at the NCRI rally in Paris. The irrefutable evidence in this case shows Iranian regime officials’ involvement at the highest levels.

Separately, the regime’s ambassador and three diplomats were expelled from Albania (January 2020), three diplomats were expelled from France and the Netherlands (March 2018), and a diplomat was expelled from Denmark (October 2018) in the wake of the regime’s terrorist plots. All of these expulsions reveal the involvement of the regime’s embassies, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Intelligence and Security to create terror in the European region.

Despite all of this, the EU has not taken any serious measures to counter the regime’s belligerence.

Europe’s failure to take appropriate actions has emboldened Tehran. Inaction reassures the regime that it can act with impunity, even in Europe. Europe has essentially communicated to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism that not even an attempt to bomb a peaceful gathering, which could lead to the killing of hundreds of European citizens, would bear any consequences. Thus, Europe’s appeasement is in large part fueling the regime’s aggression.

It is naive to speculate that Tehran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif did not know about this conspiracy. Zarif sits on the Supreme National Security Council, which approves all such major security decisions. Additionally, his ministry and embassies serve as logistical and operational centers for terrorism and espionage.

Those who hatched and approved this terrorist plot, none other than senior Iranian leadership, must be brought to justice. This step is a necessary deterrent against Tehran, the godfather of international terrorism.

German security officials are reportedly still investigating the numerous trips that Assadi made throughout Europe, where he helped establish an extensive Iranian regime spy network across the region. At the time of his arrest, he had received several receipts for payment of money. The identities of money recipients have yet to be determined. The regime has always used its embassies and so-called religious and cultural centers abroad as centers of espionage against its opponents.

Normalizing diplomatic relations with the Iranian regime must be made contingent on disbanding its terrorist apparatus in Europe and ensuring that it will never again engage in terrorism in Europe. By taking this critical step, European leaders will protect their own citizens and effectively counter the regime’s terrorist threats.

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