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Article: “Canada does not engage in death squads,’ while allies actively hunt down their own foreign fighters”

… says lackey:

Stewart, a former diplomat, continued: “These are people who are executing people … who have held women and children hostage, who are torturing and murdering, trying, by violence, to impose their will. Our response has to be, when somebody does that, I’m afraid, to deal with that.”

Those words may sound chilling, but they reflect a country that’s suffered several brutal jihadi attacks in recent years, and sees jihadi returnees as a threat. Other countries have come to the same conclusion.

But Canadians who join the militant group have so far had little to fear from their own government, either at home or abroad.

The British government has co-operated with the U.S. on drone strikes that killed two of Britain’s most notorious ISIS members: Mohammed Emwazi (aka Jihadi John) and Junaid Hussain.

The Sunday Times reports that Britain’s Special Air Service, SAS, has been given a “kill list” of British jihadis, including  notorious ISIS recruiter and convert Sally Jones, and a dozen others with British university degrees in technical fields such as electronics.

Brett McGurk, former U.S. president Barack Obama’s special envoy for the fight against ISIS, who retains his post under Donald Trump, stated it explicitly on a recent visit to Syria. “Our mission is to make sure that any foreign fighter who is here, who joined ISIS from a foreign country and came into Syria, that they will die here in Syria.”

“They’re not just talking about it,” said Christian Leuprecht, an expert on terrorism and security at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. “Australia is another country that’s taken the same approach — that they would prefer that those individuals who’ve been identified as foreign fighters not return home.”

France, too, is working to eradicate its jihadis overseas. A Wall Street Journal investigation published in May quoted French and Iraqi officials describing French special forces co-operating with Iraqi units to hunt down and kill French jihadis.

But Canada is taking a different approach. 

“Canada does not engage in death squads,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CBC’s Power & Politics on Friday. 

“With the battlefield activity winding down, there is a very real question about where the foreign fighters go, and all of our allies, whether they’re in the Five Eyes or the G7, we’ve all agreed to collaborate very carefully.”

Goodale said anyone who poses a terrorist risk, homegrown or from elsewhere, is viewed “with the greatest of seriousness” by Canada’s intelligence, security and police agencies.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said his department’s job is ensuring foreign fighters don’t become a threat.

“We will make sure that we put every type of resource into place so Canadians are well protected,” he told a crowd at the Halifax International Security Forum on Friday.

These thugs don’t become a threat once they are vapourised.

But I repeat myself.

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Pictures reveal Iraqi forces holding Isil suspects 100 to a room outside Mosul

Hundreds of suspected Islamic State members swept up by Iraqi forces in Mosul are being held in a cramped and stifling prison just outside the city.

Associated Press reporters visiting the facility saw more than 100 prisoners packed into a dark room, lined up shoulder to shoulder on the floor. There was no electricity or ventilation, despite daytime temperatures well over 45 C.

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French Woman Accused of Collaboration With ISIS

(Insert own Vichy French joke here)

A French woman captured in the Iraqi city of Mosul with her four children is facing possible prosecution in Iraq for allegedly collaborating with the Islamic State group, in a test case for how governments handle the families of foreign fighters now that the extremists are in retreat.

The fate of the children, ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years old, is in legal limbo. The father’s whereabouts are unknown.

How Iraq and France choose to handle this family’s case could set a precedent for the many other foreigners who joined the IS cause. France alone estimates that 750 French people are among extremists in Iraq and Syria — including up to 450 children.

Two Iraqi intelligence officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the woman is being investigated in Baghdad and could face terrorism charges for illegally entering Iraq and joining IS, and that the French government wants the children handed over to France.

Leave her there.

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Civilians Killed Fleeing Mosul

What a pack of cowards ISIS is:

The bodies of dozens of civilians killed in the past two days while fleeing an Islamic State-held neighborhood in Mosul lay on Saturday in a street close to the frontline with Iraqi armed forces, a Reuters TV crew reported.

The dead included men, women and children. Bags in which they had carried their belongings were strewn around the road leading out of the Zanjili district, one of three still in the hands of Islamic State in Mosul.

“Over the past two days ISIS has been shooting people escaping this area,” said Dave Eubank from the Free Burma Rangers relief association, referring to Islamic State, speaking from a building overlooking the frontline in Zanjili.

“I saw over 50 dead bodies yesterday, we worked with the Americans to get smoke and an Iraqi tank, and followed behind them and we rescued one little girl and one man,” he told Reuters. “But there are still more.”

Hundreds of others managed to reach the government lines, some wounded and some carrying apparently dead bodies in blankets, crying and shouting. A man carried an unconscious child.

 

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Reports About ISIS Were Distorted, Investigation Finds

What a surprise:

5 – CENTCOM established an intelligence “fusion center” for IS-related intel, but kept out analysts whose views conflicted with senior intelligence leaders.

In June 2014, with the ISIL threat apparent, CENTCOM established an intelligence “fusion center,” a specially equipped JIC facility staffed around-the-clock, to serve as a “focal point” for ISIL-related intelligence. Interviewees recalled only informal communications noting the center’s establishment, and some were also uncertain about the center’s organizational structure, responsibilities, and how it was determined which JIC analysts would participate. The establishment of the Intelligence Fusion Center also removed some analysts who had the most experience with respect to ISIL and Iraq, including those whose analytic views often conflicted with those of CENTCOM’s senior intelligence leaders, from the production of daily intelligence products. This impact was especially significant given the critical analytic tasks of the Intelligence Fusion Center at this time of paramount importance in the theater.

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Did Obama Found ISIS?

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Let the fustication begin!

Before the hyperventilating begins, let me stipulate that neither President Obama or Hillary Clinton ever sat down with Islamic State chieftain Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and signed the articles of incorporation. But were it not for their actions and inactions in facilitating a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, creating a vacuum ISIS would gladly fill, the terrorist groups’ caliphate arguably would not exist. …

Sarcasm or not, he is on the money. ISIS would not be the threat it is today were it not for the policies of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They should at least rate an honorable mention. The fact is that President Obama, who famously dismissed ISIS as a “JV team”, ignored the intelligence reports of the rise of the Islamic State and the danger it posed. As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized, Obama’s later promise to “degrade and destroy” ISIS was an empty threat by a President who could have destroyed ISIS in the cradle but didn’t…

What is more outrageous: Trump’s sarcasm or Obama’s willingness to let ISIS flourish?

Discuss.

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Russia Has a Warship That Will Launch Strikes Against ISIS in the Fall

ISIS won’t be around to see the colours:

Russia’s largest warship, an aircraft carrier capable of carrying dozens of fighter jets, will launch airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, according to a source.

The military diplomatic source told TASS, a Russian news agency, the Admiral Kuznetsov will be stationed in the Mediterranean Sea. Close to Syrian shores, Russia will work with pilots from Syria’s Khmeimim airbase to deliver the attacks.

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ISIS Fighters Try Defecting and Returning Home

Leave. Them. There:

Increasing numbers of disenchanted Western ISIL fighters are appealing to their governments for help to return home, diplomats have reported.

As fighting around ISIL’s strongholds intensifies and the group begins to lose swaths of territory, foreign jihadists are trying to defect in record numbers.

More than 150 from six countries have in the past few months contacted their embassies in Turkey, which neighbours the Islamist group’s territory in Syria and Iraq. Western officials said they had received calls from inside Raqqa, ISIL’s self-styled capital, and even messages requesting help smuggled out on scraps of paper, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It is thought that up to 1,700 French jihadists have returned home from fighting in Syria and Iraq since 2012. Britain and Germany have both seen around 800, a major cause for concern for European intelligence agencies.

 

 

 

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And Now….

That’s a nice gesture but it would have been better that the arch had never been destroyed in the first place:

A replica of a 2,000-year-old Syrian arch which survived blasts by Isis will be erected in Trafalgar Square after being recreated using the world’s biggest 3D printer.

The full-size recreation of the entrance to the Temple of Bel, one of the city of Palmyra’s most important monuments, is reportedly being built as a symbol of defiance against terrorists’ attempts to erase the Middle East’s pre-Islamic history.

The monument was largely reduced to rubble by Islamist fighters, but one of its arches survived and the 15m-high structure, which stood at the temple’s entrance, remains standing.

It’s a well-meaning hashtag at this point.

 


 

 

How a symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich was played by a starving orchestra:

When conductor Karl Eliasberg received instructions to rehearse Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony he had a problem.

After a performance the previous December of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – which depicts the Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s invading army – the only remaining orchestra in the city, the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, had shut down.

A note in the ensemble’s log records: “Rehearsal did not take place. Srabian is dead. Petrov is sick. Borishev is dead. Orchestra not working.”

So it was no surprise that when Eliasberg recalled his musicians for a rehearsal, only 15 turned up.

Read the whole thing.

 

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Catholic Cardinal: Muslims Believe They Will Conquer Europe Through Faith and Babies

In a stunning (who would this “stun”, exactly? We all know it’s the truth – ed) interview, the Maronite patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, has contended that Islam has a clear, two-pronged strategy to take over Europe: religion and procreation.

(By Thomas D. Williams, 6 November) The cardinal said that Muslims look on Christians as weak and believe that since they have no children and barely practice their faith, Islam will easily conquer them. Sadly, he said, Muslims take their faith more seriously than most Christians, and they are gaining ground because of it.

“I have often heard from Muslims that their goal is to conquer Europe with two weapons: their faith and their birthrate,” al-Rahi said in a recent interview with Famiglia Cristiana, an Italian Catholic weekly magazine.

…The Cardinal also said that Muslims “identify anything that comes from the West as Christian per se. All Western politics is Christian politics, it is a new crusade. They say that Christians are the remains of the Crusades and of Western imperialism,” he said. 

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ISIS Threatens Israels In Hebrew

They claim there won’t be any Jews left alive:

The Islamic State has declared war on the Jewish people, a man from the jihadi group declared in fluent Hebrew, in a new video released by the terrorist organization.

The threatening message, which appeared on social media Friday morning, was titled, “A message to the Jews, the first enemy of the Muslims.”

“This is a message to all the Jews, who are the Muslims’ number one enemy,” the masked jihadi says, wearing combat fatigues and holding an automatic weapon.

“The real war has not begun and everything you have experienced so far has been child’s play — nothing compared to what will happen to you soon enough, inshallah [God willing],” he added, according to a translation by the Times of Israel.

He continues, threatening the Jewish people with extermination: “We promise you that soon, not one Jew will be left in Jerusalem or across Israel and we will continue until we eradicate this disease from the world.”

This is Israel you’re talking to, ISIS.

Good luck with that.

Egyptian Army prisoners surrendering to Israeli forces during the Six Day War.

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American Airstrike Has Killed Top British Hacker Who Worked For ISIS

No loss:

A 21-year-old hacker from Birmingham, England, who tapped into U.S. military networks and was a central figure in the Islamic State militant group’s online recruitment campaign has been killed in Syria by a U.S. airstrike, according to three senior U.S. officials.

The hacker, Junaid Hussain, was a leading member of the CyberCaliphate, an Islamic State unit that broke into the U.S. Central Military Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts this year. He was considered to be the second-most prominent British member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after Mohammed Emwazi, a fighter often referred to as “Jihadi John” because of his role in the videotaped killings of Western hostages.

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Legitimacy for ISIS?

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A Toronto Star editorial on Monday slammed Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not doing enough to alleviate the refugee crisis in Syria, and called upon the future elected government to “open the gates to more refugees” and to accept the existence of the Islamic State (ISIS) as a fait accompli. …

Supporting a “political settlement to Syria’s destabilizing civil war” means that all parties involved in the conflict should be regarded as legitimate entities for brokering a new political order. After four and a half years, the Syrian regime has lost control over large swaths of the country to ISIS, which established its own Islamic State with Raqqa as its unofficial capital, and other radical Islamic groups such as Jabhat a-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

The position made by The Star implicitly suggests that the Canadian government should abandon the international military coalition against ISIS, and alternatively use its “moral leverage” to support international effort to bring ISIS to the table of negotiations with the Assad regime in order to hammer out a political deal that may provide legitimacy to its Islamic rule.

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