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Journalist Kidnapped by Muslim Militants Exposes Shocking Truth About Obama

I found this article about a British journalist who escaped the clutches of some ISIS terrorists in Syria. His knowledge of events are slightly different then Barack Obama`s accounts of what these people are.  I remember when a couple of the journalists were beheaded on video, and this man was extremely lucky to get away. RSC

Anthony Loyd is a British journalist who was kidnapped, tortured, and forced to watch as other hostages were beheaded by Islamic militants before he miraculously escaped. However, not long after fleeing to safety, Loyd had shocking information that exposes the Obama administration in the most horrifying way.

In May 2014, Times reporter Anthony Loyd and photographer Jack Hill incredibly made a daring escape from a gang of Syrian rebels after they were abducted, mercilessly tortured, and held for ransom. Knowing that journalists and activists are often beheaded and shot by the militants for Islamic propaganda, the pair knew they had little chance of survival unless they tried to flee captivity. Unfortunately, they failed on their first try.

Loyd will never forget as Hakim Anza, AKA Hakim Abu Jamal, looked into his eyes and shot him twice at point-blank range in the ankle as punishment for fleeing. Luckily, the men survived the torture and successfully fled a second time to Turkey where they were treated at a hospital.

However, it wasn’t until 2 years later that Loyd saw something that instilled the same stomach-churning feeling he felt while in captivity. The Times reports that Loyd was watching a video of U.S. President Barack Obama’s “newest ally in the war against ISIS” and saw the face of his kidnapper and torturer. Loyd reveals that the footage highlighted his Muslim kidnapper, Anza, as one of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels which Obama’s CIA claims are vetted as “moderates.”

In the video, which describes sub-commander Anza and the Syrian fighters as a CIA-vetted “moderate” rebel group, the kidnapper was celebrating a victory in northern Syria on August 17.
It was the face of a man I last saw in May 2014 when he leant forward to shoot me twice in the left ankle at almost point-blank range while my hands were tied. It was punishment for having attempted to escape his gang of kidnappers in northern Syria who had hoped to sell me on.

He shot me in the middle of a crowd of onlookers, after a savage preliminary beating, denouncing me as “a CIA spy”. Now, it seems, he works with them.

 

 

Loyd’s horrifying revelation proves that Obama is financially backing these rebels who are just as dangerous and extreme as the ISIS jihadists he’s pretending to combat. It also shows that CIA-vetted rebels are directly involved in the kidnapping and murder of innocent civilians, including U.S. citizens.

Last month, however, video surfaced of Hakim Anza proving that he was not only free but was also serving in a CIA-vetted Syrian rebel group, First Regiment (al-Fawj al-Awwal), which was receiving US weaponry, including Tow missiles, as well as air strikes in support of their operations. In between times he appears to be based in southern Turkey, where he takes orders from the Hawar Kilis Operations room.

Loyd revealed that Centcom, the U.S. Central Command, refused to explain how an infamous kidnapper effortlessly passed Obama’s screening process. However, an anonymous Pentagon official acknowledged that U.S. air support was repeatedly offered to Anza and his men.

Of course, there’s no denying that the Obama administration was well aware of Anza’s background, as the New York Times reported on his war crimes from his camp four years ago. It was during this time that Anza reportedly wired a vehicle to explode once it reached a Syrian Army checkpoint, only to watch the explosives fizzle.

Obama’s Syrian rebels are responsible for a long list of war crimes, including the kidnapping and deliverance of American journalist James Foley. The rebels handed Foley over to ISIS militants as a token of allegiance to the Caliphate and the journalist was later beheaded.

PJ Media provides an extensive compilation of reports condemning the Obama-backed Free Syrian Army rebels, which reaches as far back as July 2014, many of which include abductions and ransoms. Perhaps the most shocking report contains a video of Syrian rebels beheading a child soldier.

When Obama took office in 2008, Bush had left his predecessor with just “700-or-so” scattered jihadists to easily decimate. Thanks to Obama’s incompetence and Islamo-sympathizing, the group grew to over 30,000 well-organized militants in 2 countries by 2014.

Obama still continues to laud the effort of his so-called “moderate” rebels and continually sends financial support and military equipment to the very men responsible for kidnapping, torturing, and killing American citizens and Western journalists. He might as well be directly funding ISIS, although his pandering and refusal to effectively combat the terrorist group seems to be assistance enough.

h/t: madworldnews.com/journalist-kidnap-muslim-obama/

Journalist exposes Obama

Journalist Kidnapped By Muslim Militants Exposes Shocking Truth About Obama

Journalist Kidnapped By Muslim Militants Exposes Shocking Truth About Obama

British journalist Anthony Loyd escaped kidnapping and torturing by Muslim militants only to discover that his abductor now has a new sponsor.

Anthony Loyd is a British journalist who was kidnapped, tortured, and forced to watch as other hostages were beheaded by Islamic militants before he miraculously escaped. However, not long after fleeing to safety, Loyd had shocking information that exposes the Obama administration in the most horrifying way.

In May 2014, Times reporter Anthony Loyd and photographer Jack Hill incredibly made a daring escape from a gang of Syrian rebels after they were abducted, mercilessly tortured, and held for ransom. Knowing that journalists and activists are often beheaded and shot by the militants for Islamic propaganda, the pair knew they had little chance of survival unless they tried to flee captivity. Unfortunately, they failed on their first try.

Loyd will never forget as Hakim Anza, AKA Hakim Abu Jamal, looked into his eyes and shot him twice at point-blank range in the ankle as punishment for fleeing. Luckily, the men survived the torture and successfully fled a second time to Turkey where they were treated at a hospital.

However, it wasn’t until 2 years later that Loyd saw something that instilled the same stomach-churning feeling he felt while in captivity. The Times reports that Loyd was watching a video of U.S. President Barack Obama’s “newest ally in the war against ISIS” and saw the face of his kidnapper and torturer. Loyd reveals that the footage highlighted his Muslim kidnapper, Anza, as one of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels which Obama’s CIA claims are vetted as “moderates.”

In the video, which describes sub-commander Anza and the Syrian fighters as a CIA-vetted “moderate” rebel group, the kidnapper was celebrating a victory in northern Syria on August 17.
It was the face of a man I last saw in May 2014 when he leant forward to shoot me twice in the left ankle at almost point-blank range while my hands were tied. It was punishment for having attempted to escape his gang of kidnappers in northern Syria who had hoped to sell me on.

He shot me in the middle of a crowd of onlookers, after a savage preliminary beating, denouncing me as “a CIA spy”. Now, it seems, he works with them.

Journalist Kidnapped By Muslim Militants Exposes Shocking Truth About Obama

Loyd was horrified to see Hakim Anza (center of right photo) the man who kidnapped and shot him working as a CIA-vetted “moderate” rebel.

Loyd’s horrifying revelation proves that Obama is financially backing these rebels who are just as dangerous and extreme as the ISIS jihadists he’s pretending to combat. It also shows that CIA-vetted rebels are directly involved in the kidnapping and murder of innocent civilians, including U.S. citizens.

Last month, however, video surfaced of Hakim Anza proving that he was not only free but was also serving in a CIA-vetted Syrian rebel group, First Regiment (al-Fawj al-Awwal), which was receiving US weaponry, including Tow missiles, as well as air strikes in support of their operations. In between times he appears to be based in southern Turkey, where he takes orders from the Hawar Kilis Operations room.

Loyd revealed that Centcom, the U.S. Central Command, refused to explain how an infamous kidnapper effortlessly passed Obama’s screening process. However, an anonymous Pentagon official acknowledged that U.S. air support was repeatedly offered to Anza and his men.

Of course, there’s no denying that the Obama administration was well aware of Anza’s background, as the New York Times reported on his war crimes from his camp four years ago. It was during this time that Anza reportedly wired a vehicle to explode once it reached a Syrian Army checkpoint, only to watch the explosives fizzle.

Obama’s Syrian rebels are responsible for a long list of war crimes, including the kidnapping and deliverance of American journalist James Foley. The rebels handed Foley over to ISIS militants as a token of allegiance to the Caliphate and the journalist was later beheaded.

PJ Media provides an extensive compilation of reports condemning the Obama-backed Free Syrian Army rebels, which reaches as far back as July 2014, many of which include abductions and ransoms. Perhaps the most shocking report contains a video of Syrian rebels beheading a child soldier.

When Obama took office in 2008, Bush had left his predecessor with just “700-or-so” scattered jihadists to easily decimate. Thanks to Obama’s incompetence and Islamo-sympathizing, the group grew to over 30,000 well-organized militants in 2 countries by 2014.

Obama still continues to laud the effort of his so-called “moderate” rebels and continually sends financial support and military equipment to the very men responsible for kidnapping, torturing, and killing American citizens and Western journalists. He might as well be directly funding ISIS, although his pandering and refusal to effectively combat the terrorist group seems to be assistance enough.

Photo Credit [Times]

Article Credit [Mad World News]

Journalist Kidnapped By Muslim Militants Exposes Shocking Truth About Obama

 

 

Radical Islam

The Most Important Film Ever Made on Radical Islam

From Israel Video Network web site

You may say what you like about the Clarion Project’s movie “The Third Jihad”, but you can’t deny that there have been some horrible terrorist activities propogated by radical Muslims in North America and Europe.
It is definitely an issue of cultures. Western culture is at a loss as to how to react to such inhuman and cruel activities and radical Islam has the advantage. The radicals know what to do and continue to do it.
The question remains as to how civilized society should confront this phenomenon. As governments grapple with this issue, the terrorist activity become harder and harder to control.

Published: May 15, 2016

Police Bunk Veteran Prisoner With Muslim Cellmate

Police Bunk Veteran Prisoner With Muslim Cellmate, Then They Hear Screams

Article from Mad World News

Police Bunk Veteran Prisoner With Muslim Cellmate, Then They Hear Screams

Guards at Kempsey prison in New South Wales walked in on a gruesome scene after placing a veteran and Muslim together in a cell.

Officials placed an army veteran inmate in a cell with a Muslim prisoner, somehow believing that a seasoned serviceman and devout jihadist would do well behind closed doors. However, as soon as they heard blood-curdling screams coming from the room, they immediately knew they never should’ve bunked the two together.

The New York Times reports that the general manager of the Kempsey prison in New South Wales, Australia, has been suspended pending an investigation after an 18-year-old Muslim inmate brutally tortured and “severely beat” a 40-year-old former soldier with whom he shared a cell.

Guards reportedly heard the screams of the veteran inmate, which led them to discover that Bourhan Hraichie had carved an Islamic State inscription on the soldier’s forehead on Thursday afternoon. The message read, “e 4 e,” short for the phrase “an eye for an eye,” a recurring theme in ISIS propaganda.

The Muslim prisoner had also badly beaten the victim before placing a towel over his cellmate’s face and pouring boiling water over him in a horrific torture session, according to ABC News. The Public Service Association described the scene as “very gruesome,” and added that officers “were quite disturbed by what they were confronted with in that cell.”

The teen inmate was an ISIS supporter and had been caught sending beheading photos to other fellow Muslims prisoners. Authorities admitted that he had displayed a hand-drawn ISIS flag in his cell, but denied that graphic images were distributed among the inmates.

The veteran was rushed to Port Macquarie hospital to be treated for serious burns to the face and severe head wounds. Hraichie had also broken the man’s sternum, leaving him with such critical injuries that medical specialists were forced to place the victim in an induced coma.

Police Bunk Veteran Prisoner With Muslim Cellmate, Then They Hear Screams

Bourhan Hraichie brutally tortured and beat his former-soldier cellmate.

New South Wales Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin confirmed the torture and openly admits his disgust that the two were placed in a cell together.

“I have decided to suspend the general manager of the correctional centre pending the outcome of this investigation,” NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin told reporters in Sydney on Sunday. “If you are radicalised and at risk of engaging in violent extremism, you need to be locked up. You need to be very highly controlled.”

Correction services stated that the teen hadn’t been previously charged with terrorism, but was a known extremist who self-identified as a radical. The teen is now in solitary confinement, where he awaits trial on May 23 for causing grievous bodily harm and choking an inmate until he was unconscious, two charges that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years each, according to 9 News.

“This was a serious mistake and is under investigation,” Mr Severin said. “At face value, he shouldn’t have been sharing a cell with anybody,” Severin added, referring to the teen.

Public Sector Association spokesman Steve McMahon agreed with Severin that not only should the Muslim inmate have been far away from the former-soldier, but that he should’ve been segregated due to bad behavior.

“The 18-year-old, in our belief, had presented enough information and bad behaviour to have been segregated, or at the very least, been put in a single cell,” Mr McMahon said.

The Daily Mail confirmed that the victim was a former soldier based in Toowoomba, who had been convicted on a series of assault charges and a history of breaching protection orders.

This terrorist won’t have his deep-seeded ideological beliefs transformed by prison, as is proof of his treatment of his cellmate. In fact, being holed up with infidels only gives him the opportunity to do as his prophet did — convert them or kill them. What will happen when this Muslim felon is released? How will the prison prevent him from “radicalizing” other inmates through conversion to Islam? Why was a known radical inmate allowed to display terrorist propaganda within his cell? These are not only legitimate concerns, but are already a reality in prisons around the West.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons was found to have admitted a Muslim imam to preach to federal prisoners who held radical views. The imam reportedly called for the deaths of critics of Islam, particularly Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a female convert who speaks against Sharia law.

Inmates are converting to Islam in prison in droves, forming “no-go zones” and forcing weaker cellmates to convert or suffer the consequences. It is a vicious cycle of prison conversion, radicalization, and release to the public. While some newly trained converts are sent back into society to do their religion’s bidding, Muslim prisoners with longer sentences stay behind to continue converting and terrorizing. It is only a matter of time before our own prisons are considered the largest terror cells in the West.

H/T [Breitbart]
Photo Credit [Daily Mail, Medium]

ISIS beheads 15-year-old Iraqi boy

ISIS beheads 15-year-old Iraqi boy for listening to pop music

ISIS operative decapitates a young boy

ISIS operative decapitates a young boy. (photo credit:ARAB MEDIA)

Just when you think the Islamic State had reached its limit of depravity, it manages to outdo itself.

According to Kurdish media reports, the jihadist group that has captured wide swaths of Syria and Iraq beheaded a 15-year-old boy in Mosul for the crime of listening to Western pop music.

Reports cite officials in the northern Iraqi city as saying that the boy, Ayham Hussein, was discovered by ISIS henchman as he was listening to a portable compact disc player.

Hussein was detained by ISIS operatives as he sat inside a shop owned by his father in an open-air market in western Mosul. The boy was beaten and tried in a local sharia court, which sentenced him to be executed.

“The boy was executed by beheading in a town square in the center of the city,” a source told Kurdish media.

The execution shocked and angered Mosul residents, some of whom staged a protest at the home of the victim’s family.

Israel kills notorious terrorist

Israel kills notorious terrorist Samir Kuntar in air strike

Kuntar Nasrallah

Kuntar, who committed one of the most gruesome terrorist attacks in Israeli history in 1979 and freed in 2008 as part of a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah, was killed with other terror leaders in a Damascus suburb, reportedly in an IAF strike.

By: World Israel News Staff

Notorious terrorist Samir Kuntar was killed in an Israeli Air Force (IAF) air strike in a suburb of Damascus in Syria on Saturday, Arab source reported.

The Hezbollah affiliated Al-Manar TV reported that Kuntar was in a building that was struck by four long-range missiles, causing complete destruction of the building and partial damage to the surrounding buildings.

“At 10:15 p.m. on Saturday December 19, Zionist warplanes struck a residential building in Jaramana city in Damascus countryside,” Hezbollah’s Media Relations said in the statement.

“The Dean of liberated detainees from Israeli prisons, brother Mujahid Samir Kuntar, was martyred along with several Syrian citizens in the strike,” the statement added.

 Kuntar’s brother Bassam confirmed the death on Twitter. “With pride we announce the martyred death of the commander and jihad fighter Samir Kuntar. We are proud to join the ranks of the shahid families after 30 years of waiting among the ranks of the prisoners’ families.”According to reports in the Arab media, eight other terrorists were killed in the attack, including Farhan Shaalan, another senior terrorist who planned terror attacks against Israel in the Golan Heights.

Al-Manar‘s correspondent in Damascus reported that the rebels fighting the Syrian government have been operating in the area and claimed that the Israeli strike was coordinated with them.

The Israeli military did not comment on the reports, as has been its policy in the past when such reports of Israeli strikes in Syria have surfaced.

Decades of Activity Against the Jewish State

Kuntar carried out one of the most gruesome terrorist attacks in Israeli history. In 1979, he infiltrated northern Israel by boat with three other members of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF). The group killed a police officer in Nahariya before breaking into the home of the Haran family and taking hostage 31-year-old Danny Haran and his four-year-old daughter Einat. According to the official account, Kuntar shot the father in the back, then beat the daughter to death while retreating to the beach.

The wife, who quickly hid, accidentally smothered her younger daughter to death while trying to prevent her from crying out and giving away their hiding spot.

In 1985, members of the PLF hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship demanding the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners, including Kuntar. The terrorists killed a disabled Jewish passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, before throwing his body and his wheelchair overboard. Israel did not release Kuntar.

Israel freed him in 2008 after 29 years in prison and sent him to Lebanon as part of a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah. Israel traded Kuntar, four Hezbollah terrorists and the remains of some 200 Lebanese and Palestinians in return for the bodies of IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Kuntar was greeted in Lebanon as a hero by the top members of government and awarded the Syrian Order of Merit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He returned to terror activities against Israel and was reportedly involved in recruiting members of the Druze community to carry out attacks against Israel.

Roni Haran, Danny’s brother, told Israel’s Ynet news he “waited for this moment for seven years, since Kuntar was released from prison.”

“Samir Kuntar never regretted his actions, and there is a small consolation in this [his assassination], although it doesn’t take away the pain,” Haran said.

“I hope that this gets the message across that whoever murders Jews in Israel and in the world will end up like Samir Kuntar and the Munich murderers [of Israeli athletes],” he added. “As it stands, in the Middle East, this seems like the only language they understand.”

ISIS: Planning terror attacks in Europe?

Isis: Former German militant claims group is planning co-ordinated terror attacks in Europe

Former German Isis militant Harry S claims he witnessed executions carried out by Austrian Islamist, Mohamed Mahmoud (pictured), in Palmyra (Picture: [copyright])

© Provided by The Independent Former German Isis militant Harry S claims he witnessed executions carried out by Austrian Islamist, Mohamed Mahmoud (pictured), in Palmyra (Picture: [copyright])

A German jihadist who fled Isis after witnessing beheadings and executions in Syria has claimed the group is trying to plan a Europe-wide terror attack.

The 27-year-old former militant, named as Harry S, said he and other foreign fighters had been asked if they would “bring jihad to their homeland”.

“They want something that happens everywhere at the same time,” he said.

Harry S witnessed Isis massacres after the group seized Palmyra in May

Harry S was speaking to Der Spiegel from prison, where he is still being questioned by police and the intelligence services after being arrested at Bremen airport on his return in July.

He claimed he fled Isis because he could not stand its brutality after three months with the group in Syria and is now telling German authorities all he knows.

The former extremist appeared in a propaganda video filmed shortly after Isis seized the city of Palmyra in May.

Wearing camouflage, he carried the flag of the so-called Islamic State across the screen before German-speaking militants called on supporters across the world to kill “infidels” before shooting two prisoners dead.

“All you need is to take a big knife, and go down to the streets and slaughter every infidel you encounter,” they urged.

The video, entitled “The lions of the Caliphate: A message signed in blood to Angela Merkel” featured notorious Austrian Islamist Mohamed Mahmoud, who founded a banned Salafist group called Millatu Ibrahim.

Since travelling to join Isis in Syria, Harry S said he had been leading mass executions and holding weekly ideological training sessions in Raqqa.

Reports that Mahmoud and former Berlin rapper Denis Cuspert (aka Deso Dogg), who went under the name Abu Talha al-Almani, have been killed in air strikes have not been confirmed by the German government.

Harry S said he met both men for the first time in Syria, having apparently been radicalised after meeting German Islamist René Marc Sepac in prison as he served a two-year sentence for robbery.

After attempting to join Isis in 2014, when he was arrested and returned to Bremen by Turkish authorities, he had his passport confiscated and was ordered to check in at a police station twice a week, Der Spiegel reported.

But in the spring of his year he managed to travel under someone else’s passport to Syria, where he says he was trained to become part of a special unit intended to carry out urban combat missions before detonating suicide bombs. But he fled before being sent into battle.

Harry S stands accused of membership of a terror group and faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.

His lawyer, Udo Würtz, said his client did not directly take part in any atrocities, calling him a “lackey who allowed himself to be misled by the propaganda of Isis and who misled himself”.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency believes more than 700 Germans have joined Isis in Iraq and Syria.

“REFUGEES” CAUGHT WITH IMAGES OF ISIS FLAGS

HUNDREDS OF “REFUGEES” CAUGHT WITH IMAGES OF ISIS FLAGS, SEVERED HEADS ON THEIR PHONES

Police raise alarm about asylum seekers entering Norway

From infowars.com website

Trudeau is wrong

Article from the Toronto Sun

Canuck’s experience fighting ISIS shows Trudeau is wrong

 DILLON HILLIER, Special to the Toronto Sun

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Dillon Hillier

Dillon Hillier fighting ISIS in Rashad, southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq.

It was one year ago that I left Canada and boarded a plane for the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.

After completing five years in the Canadian Forces and serving a tour in Afghanistan, I decided to embark on a personal mission to fight against the Islamic State.

My plane landed in the city of Sulimaneyah and within one week I was on the front lines alongside Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling jihadists fighters.

In the months prior to my arrival, ISIS had stormed out of their Syrian strongholds and routed the Iraqi National Army at Mosul, capturing nearly half of the country in the process. Were it not for coalition air strikes against ISIS in the late summer and autumn of 2014, the Kurdistan region would have likely been overrun by the forces of the caliphate and the black-and-white flag of jihad would be flying over the cities of that nation.

Thankfully, Kurdish forces held out while the rest of the Iraqi army fled and managed to roll back some of the gains made by the Islamic State. I saw first hand that the success of the Kurdish Peshmerga in their fight against evil can be attributed to two things: Their superior training and the help of Western air power.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks of the ineffectiveness of air power in the war against ISIS, I cannot help but shake my head at his ignorance.

During my time at the front, I witnessed on multiple occasions the effectiveness of coalition air strikes. At small towns and villages like Tal al-Ward and Rashad, where fighting on the ground was fierce, I saw Western air strikes brutalize and punish ISIS fighters when they were in the open and reduce their strongholds to rubble.

On another instance, my unit was made ready for battle late one January night because ISIS was launching a massive offensive on our position. However, the arrival of just two coalition jets destroyed the enemy attack and we were able to stand down without firing a shot.

Western air power has allowed Kurdish forces to liberate cities, towns and vast tracts of territory that were once under ISIS control. These are places where women and girls are no longer gang-raped by ISIS fighters, children no longer conscripted into the jihadist ranks, and men no longer summarily shot.

In a sense, civilization has returned to these places, but as long as the flags of the Islamic State fly on the horizon, the country and the world will never be safe.

Pulling Canada’s fighter jets from this war is a severe tactical mistake. Canadian sorties have made a difference; they have saved lives and prevented countless atrocities.

Air power alone isn’t going to win the war in Iraq and Syria, but we sure as hell aren’t going to win the war without it. Our allies are counting on us to continue the fight. The world needs us and now is not the time to run.

Trudeau talks about compassion and saving 25,000 refugees. But it’s a token gesture in the grand scheme of things. Keeping our CF-18 fighter jets in the skies above Iraq, Kurdistan and Syria will not only save thousands of lives, it will save millions and help end the war.

I stay in touch with the Kurdish fighters I met while in Iraq. They put their lives on the line not just for Kurdistan, but for civilization itself. These brave soldiers have asked me to pass a message to Canadians: Thank you for your help in this war. And please, keep the CF-18s in the air.

— Dillon Hillier is Canadian Forces veteran of Afghanistan and served alongside Kurdish forces in the war against ISIS.

Strategic Limits of ISIS

From New York Times

The Attacks in Paris Reveal the Strategic Limits of ISIS

Mourners gather to lay flowers outside Le Carillon restaurant.CreditTomas Munita for The New York Times

FLORENCE, Italy — As President François Hollande of France has declared, the country is at war with the Islamic State. France considers the Islamist group, also known as ISIS, to be its greatest enemy today. It fights it on the front lines alongside the Americans in the Middle East, and as the sole Western nation in the Sahel. It has committed to this battle, first started in Mali in 2013, a share of its armed forces much greater than has the United States.

On Friday night, France paid the price for this. Messages expressing solidarity have since poured in from all over the Western world. Yet France stands oddly alone: Until now, no other state has treated ISIS as the greatest strategic threat to the world today.

The main actors in the Middle East deem other enemies to be more important. Bashar al-Assad’s main adversary is the Syrian opposition — now also the main target of Russia, which supports him. Mr. Assad would indeed benefit from there being nothing between him and ISIS: That would allow him to cast himself as the last bastion against Islamist terrorism, and to reclaim in the eyes of the West the legitimacy he lost by so violently repressing his own people.

The Turkish government is very clear: Its main enemy is Kurdish separatism. And a victory of Syrian Kurds over ISIS might allow the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., to gain a sanctuary, and resume its armed struggle against Turkey.

The Kurds, be they Syrian or Iraqi, seek not to crush ISIS so much as to defend their newfound borders. They hope the Arab world will become more divided than ever. They want to seize Sinjar because it is in a Kurdish area. But they won’t attack Mosul, because that would be playing into Baghdad’s hands.

For the Kurds of Iraq, the main danger is seeing a strong central government emerge in Baghdad, for it could challenge the de facto independence of Iraqi Kurdistan today. ISIS stands in the way of the creation of any such power.

The Shiites of Iraq, no matter what pressure they face from America, do not seem ready to die to reclaim Falluja. They will defend sectarian borders, and will never let Baghdad fall. But they are in no hurry to bring the Sunni minority back into Iraq’s political mainstream; if they did, they would have to share power with it.

For the Saudis, the main enemy isn’t ISIS, which represents a form of Sunni radicalism they have always supported. So they do nothing against it, their main enemy being Iran.

Photo

Police patrol the Place de la République in Paris. CreditPierre Terdjman for The New York Times

The Iranians, for their part, want to contain ISIS but not necessarily to destroy it: Its very existence prevents the return of the kind of Arab Sunni coalition that gave them such trouble during their war with Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

Then there is Israel, which can only be pleased to see Hezbollah fighting Arabs, Syria collapsing, Iran mired in an uncertain war and everyone forgetting the Palestinian cause.

In short, no regional player is willing to send out its forces, bayonets at the ready, to reclaim land from ISIS. Then again, unlike after 9/11, neither are the Americans. The United States’ strategy today relies on waging a war from afar, based on aerial strikes; Washington does not have the political will to send ground troops. Containment will have to do, and so, too, will killing terrorists by way of bombs and drones.

But war is not won without infantry.

France is perhaps alone in wanting and trying to annihilate ISIS. Only it doesn’t have the means to wage such a war on two fronts, in both the Sahel and the Middle East.

Yet if France lacks the means to live up to its ambitions, fortunately for its sake, so does ISIS. Much as with Al Qaeda earlier, the successes of ISIS increasingly amount to its grabbing headlines and the attention of social media. The ISIS system has already hit its limits.

It had two prongs: lightning-quick territorial expansion, and shock and awe. ISIS is hardly an Islamic “state,” if only because, unlike the Taliban, it claims no specific territory or boundaries. It is more like a caliphate, forever in conquest mode — occupying new lands, rallying Muslims from around the world — like the Muslim expansionist movement during Islam’s first century. This feature has attracted thousands of volunteers, drawn by the idea of fighting for global Islam rather than for a piece of the Middle East.

But ISIS’ reach is bounded; there are no more areas in which it can extend by claiming to be a defender of Sunni Arab populations. To the north, there are Kurds; to the east, Iraqi Shiites; to the west, Alawites, now protected by the Russians. And all are resisting it. To the south, neither the Lebanese, who worry about the influx of Syrian refugees, nor the Jordanians, who are still reeling from the horrid execution of one of their pilots, nor the Palestinians have succumbed to any fascination for ISIS. Stalled in the Middle East, ISIS is rushing headlong into globalized terrorism.

The attack against Hezbollah in Beirut, the attack against the Russians in Sharm el Sheikh and the attacks in Paris had the same goal: terror. But just as the execution of the Jordanian pilot sparked patriotism among even the heterogeneous population of Jordan, the attacks in Paris will turn the battle against ISIS into a national cause. ISIS will hit the same wall as Al Qaeda: Globalized terrorism is no more effective, strategically, than conducting aerial bombings without forces on the ground. Much like Al Qaeda, ISIS has no support among the Muslim people living in Europe. It recruits only at the margins.

The question now is how to translate into action the outrage sparked by Friday’s attacks in Paris. A massive ground operation by Western forces, like the one conducted in Afghanistan in 2001, seems out of the question, if only because an international intervention would get mired in endless local conflicts. A coordinated offensive by local powers seems unlikely, given the differences among their goals and ulterior motives: It would require striking a political agreement among regional actors, starting with Saudi Arabia and Iran.

So the road ahead is long, unless ISIS suddenly collapses under the vanity of its own expansionist aspirations or tensions between its foreign recruits and local Arab populations. In any event, ISIS is its own worst enemy.