The new Caliphate and an Islamic Messiah

Having conquered much of Syria and Iraq, the terrorist army known as ISIS has proclaimed the restoration of the Islamic caliphate.  The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new Caliph, to whom, as the successor of the Prophet Muhammad, all Muslims must submit.   ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] has changed its name to the Islamic State, which will eventually include all Muslim lands.

This Messianic proclamation will undoubtedly inspire jihadist terrorists, but it is also a declaration of war against all other Islamic nations, who, presumably, must be conquered and brought into the “Islamic State.” [Read more...]

Terrorism by beheading and crucifixion

ISIS has reportedly slaughtered 1700 captives in Iraq, using beheadings and even crucifixions.  Experts say the goal is to ramp up the “shock value” of jihadist terrorism. [Read more...]

US troops sent to defend Baghdad embassy

President Obama is sending 275 back to Iraq to protect the embassy and American personnel from ISIS insurgents. [Read more...]

Shi’ite militias defend Baghdad

The U.S. trained and equipped Iraqi army is much bigger and better armed than the ISIS insurgents, but in combat they have been running away in droves.  So the chief Shi’ite cleric has called for volunteers and a reconstituting of the militias to fight back against the Sunni insurgents.  And that seems to be working.  The ISIS forces have been stopped for now on their march to Baghdad and some of the territory they won is being recaptured.

In the meantime, Iran is offering to help their Shi’ite brethren.  And President Obama has said that we won’t send in troops, but leaves the door open for air strikes. [Read more...]

Iraq and the war between Sunnis and Shi’ites

It looks like we are approaching the helicopter-on-the-roof phase in Iraq, as Americans are being evacuated as the rebel army moves closer and closer to Baghdad.  (To add insult to injury, the rebels are apparently making use of American equipment that was left behind.)

But the situation there is not just about us.  The rebel organization is called ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They are Sunni Muslims, which was Saddam Hussein’s denomination, seeking to overthrow the Shi’ite Muslims, who make up 60% of the population and who assumed power in the American-imposed democracy.  The Sunnis are also opposed to Iran and to the Shi’ite dictatorship in Syria.  Iran might actually support the existing government, as ISIS–which includes Syrian rebels ostensibly supported by the United States–seeks to create a pan-Sunni state in the region.  Both factions have their jihadist terrorists and consider the USA their enemy, but they also hate each other.  So this is not only a war against the West, but also an intr-Islamic religious war.    [Read more...]

Islamic militants are retaking Iraq

Islamic radicals are scoring victory after victory over the Iraqi government left in place by departing American forces.   Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein,  is in rebel hands, as is  Mosul, the nation’s second largest city.  Now the insurgents are 70 miles away from Baghdad. [Read more...]


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