FEATURED:Islamic State Claims Beheading of Croatian Hostage

This image made from a militant video posted on a social media website on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, Hostage: Tomislav Salopek A Croatian working in Egypt

This image made from a militant video posted on a social media website on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, Hostage: Tomislav Salopek A Croatian working in Egypt

The desert road kidnapping and claimed beheading by Islamic State (IS) fighters last week of a Croatian citizen, 30-year old Tomislav Salopek, temporarily working for a French geoscience company, CGG Ardiseis, as oil and gas surveyor, who was snatched in broad daylight on the outskirts of Cairo, is the first of its kind involving a foreigner in Egypt. The fact that this atrocious act is sure to deal an almost irrecoverable blow to Egypt’s government’s efforts to project stability, which would attract foreign investment and influx of foreign skills needed to support an economic turnaround following years of unrest in the wake of Egypt’s Arab Spring, is not what the West should be worried about. In the big scheme of worldly affairs Croatia is a small country but the fact that the capture and reported beheading of Salopek “for his country’s participation in the war against the Islamic State” reverberates the terrible truth that IS’ has counted on and is counting on using individuals wherever they are for targets whose death spreads immobilising fear. Such method of terror, as we know, can occur on the territory where IS fights or on “our” territory through.

Tomislav Salopek and his wife Natasa Photo: Facebook

Tomislav Salopek and his wife Natasa Photo: Facebook

In a brief statement, CGG said: “His car was stopped by an armed group who forced the driver to leave the car and then took off in an unknown direction.”

Initially, Salopek’s captors did not demand money but set a 48-hour deadline for the release of “Muslim women” from Egyptian jails – a reference to the hundreds of female Islamist prisoners (considered to be members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood) detained in a sweeping government crackdown following the 2013 ouster of the country’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

On Thursday, 13 August 2015, the Islamic State group’s radio station, Al Bayan, announced that its Egyptian affiliate had killed Salopek, the first word from the extremist group – media reported.
Authorities, though, still have not confirmed the authenticity of the claim and are continuing the search for Salopek in isolated areas of Egypt, including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate is based, and the vast Western Desert, which is a gateway to volatile and lawless Libya, home to its own Islamic State branch. Croatians all over the world and friends pray that Salopek is still alive.

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic

Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic travelled to Egypt amid this terrible time and said she has met with representatives of about 80 other Croatian citizens working in Egypt and the Croatian government has demanded stronger security measures for them, including the protection of the Egyptian army.
Croatia’s Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said that Tomislav Salopek was captured by a different group than the Islamic State and was only given to ISIS once a ransom wasn’t paid by Salopek’s company, General Geoscience (CGG), reports Al Arabiya.

According to Croatian newspaper Vecernji List, the terrorist organisation responsible for the kidnapping and reported beheading of Croatia’s Tomislav Salopek is the Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna. However, it would seem that not enough relevant information about this group has been published there that would place it into the Islamic State fighters that it seems to now be.

Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna group like jihadi groups traces via its supposed heritage an ideology of explicitly espousing the restoration of the Caliphate and, according to reports, politically the group tended to take a more ‘moderate’ stance in affiliating with the insurgent nationalist ‘Iraqi Resistance’ political council until last year.
The reassertion of Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna’s jihadi identity and roots has been made more clear during 2014 with a tract from the group’s leader calling for the unity of the ‘mujahideen of the Ummah’ and the late-2014 statement marking itself out as a ‘jihadi faction’ rather than a mere ‘armed Sunni faction’.

And so, it would seem that the Croatian foreign minister Pusic needs some more lessons in Islamic State and all the groups and ways it operates with. Islamic State is the ultimate result for the Mujahideens and all other groups committing terror and murder in the name of IS. And didn’t the Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina experience the terror and the insufferable brutality of Mujahideens that made up a part of the Muslim led, Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990’s war!

Tomislav Salopek

Tomislav Salopek

In July 2015, an ISIS video (taken off Youtube) encouraged Muslims in the Balkan countries to take up arms and establish Sharia Law in the region. Meanwhile in March 2014, Brown Moses reported that ISIS had taken control and was using Croatian weaponry the group hijacked from convoys meant for the Free Syrian Army. “…it seems extremely likely these weapons are the same ones purchased from Croatia, by Saudi Arabia, and smuggled through Jordan. Now, despite the best intentions of those who were involved with providing these weapons to the Free Syrian Army, these weapons are being used to attack Iraqi government forces inside Iraq, a clear indication that attempts to control the spread of weapons beyond the borders of Syria and the groups that initially received them has failed in a spectacular fashion…” Moses wrote. Surely, Croatia’s foreign minister Vesna Pusic can do better in dealing with the way Islamic State has targeted a Croatian citizen for its latest display of terror by beheading! ISIS has pointed its murderous finger at Croatia through the kidnapping and beheading of Tomislav Salopek and it is very irresponsible of foreign minister Pusic to suggest that the incident was not originally planned by IS but by some unnamed, non-IS group seeking ransom! Whether ransom was sought before the release of female Islamists from prison it does not matter – both tactics are evidently tied to the IS and it was not by chance that a Croatian citizen was taken!

The kidnapping and reported execution of a foreign national (Croatian Tomislav Salopek) adds a new dimension to an environment of hostility toward outsiders that has taken root in the country. Entrenched military and security political forces have blamed Egypt’s unrest on foreign influences.
This is already an insular moment for Egypt and it’s quite possible that the country could be seen as not only an inhospitable environment for foreigners, but a dangerous one—and that is [Sinai Province’s] intention,” said Michael Hanna, an Egypt analyst with the Century Foundation in New York.
Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic’s evident playing down the role of IS in Tomislav Salopek case could be seen as an attempt to try to help Egypt’s government salvage some of the reputation it lost in this attack for foreign investors and travelers. Such an attempt would be unforgivable for its effect can only incite further IS attacks rather than reduce them. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

First published on August 16, 2015 by inavukic

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How Long, Mr. President, How Long?

For over 6 months the US has been playing tag with ISIS and its allies.……and all the reports I see states that it will be a long, long war……I know “doom and gloom”….but what else could be be when there is NO recognizable plan for dealing for ISIS other bomb the crap out of them

Really?  Has anyone heard a bright optimistic assessment of this conflict?

How about a few of those “in the know”?

U.S. counterterrorism officials and experts, never known for their sunny dispositions, have entered a period of particular gloom.

In congressional testimony recently, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. went beyond the usual litany of threats to say that terrorism trend lines were worse “than at any other point in history.”

Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in the Middle East, told participants on a counter­terrorism strategy call that he regarded the Islamic State as a greater menace than al-Qaeda ever was.

Speaking at a New York police terrorism conference, Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, said he had come to doubt that he would live to see the end of al-Qaeda and its spawn. “This is long term,” he said. “My children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation will still be fighting this fight.”

Yep all that gives me an extreme feeling of confidence (that is called SARCASM)….

Is anyone looking beyond Iraq and Syria?

Since the consensus by many military leaders predict a long trudge against extremism… if true….where will we be in 10 years?  Who or what land will US troops be forced to deploy?

Libya is kicking becoming a failed state….even though we have successfully installed a CIA operative as the military leader….extremism is on the rise as well as ISIS affiliates.  The atrocities have begun.

If not Libya how about Yemen?  Yemen has always been a hot bed of AQ….and now ISIS is gaining a foothold.  The recent coup by Houthis has set the country into a downward spiral…..the economy is in the crapper and violence is becoming a daily occurrence.  Will US troops be asked to become the referee in this situation?  If so, that will take troops and that will increase the chances of violence and death…..which in return will heat the situation up to a boil.

The one that few are talking about is Lebanon…….ISIS has made rumblings toward Lebanon…..the political situation is delicate and is always on the verge of collapse…..this will empower ISIS as soon as they decide that it would be in their favor to start work on Lebanon.

This one question needs answering and soon.…..How far are you willing to go, Mr. President?

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AMERICA: ‘ US Funding IS Terror on Pakistani Soil ‘

Last month, Pakistan shared crucial information with top US officials, including Mr. John Kerry on the matter of international funding for ISIS, Pakistan group on what is actually my home soil. The Washington financing of terrorism is nothing new, but these startling revelations come at point in time, when Obama and most of the first world are actually contemplating a full-scale global war against Islam.

Among the details shared with US include the mandate of a Pakistani-Syrian, Yousaf al Salafi, an IS operative and highly dangerous suspect.  Al- Salafi is alleged to have been arrested last year in Lahore, Pakistan, but this information was kept confidential throughout this time. And during the investigations, “Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria.” 

Al Salafi also allegedly confessed to recruiting jihadists for the Syrian jihad and has received about $600 per person. It wad further revealed that he had operated inside Pakistan with the help of a local accomplice, who was reportedly the Imam of a mosque. It also emerged that Al Salafi entered Pakistan through Turkey five months ago. Earlier, it was reported that he crossed into Turkey from Syria and was caught there. However, he managed to escape from Turkey and reached Pakistan to establish IS in the region.

Also citizens from different countries including Afghanistan, India, Libya and Pakistan itself are being recruited by IS to fight in Syria. Interestingly, the IS is also paid from a torrent of fighters, arms, equipment, and cash flowing from NATO territory in Turkey.

The exact nature of the monetary funding sources still remains to be seen and these matter has been discussed among the top officials of both Pakistan and USA recently with US Secretary of State John Kerry on his recent trip to Islamabad.

With the growing ISIS terror on global front, local media has discussed the rising influence of Islamic State and the several incidents in cities of Lahore and Multan where Islamic State flags and graffiti were seen publicly. While Pakistani authorities indicate that local militants including Pakistan Taliban TTP would be opposing the Islamic State, it does nothing for the fact that IS operatives like Al Salafi and other are becoming successful due to foreign funding.

The IS terror is a major problem that the Muslim world must urgently address for our own sakes, and on the pother hand the West can help by stopping its historical pandering and support of Middle East’s Wahabi tyrants who spread this extremism that is destroying countless countries, including Pakistan.

Al Salafi’s arrest is a lip service, catching and eliminating an occasional militant leader in raids, drone and special-forces strikes is not really the solution.

The fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda is deeply ironic since these organizations were created and are sustained, in part, by Western funds that are handed over to the Saudis and Gulf Arab nations for oil purchase. And if we continue down this road, it may well be a never-ending war.

The House of Saud is working against the best interests of the Muslim world, it has helped to unleash its Wahabi agenda and is blatant support for the Salafi movements that are a huge obstacle for a poor and fragile Muslim state like Pakistan, and for Muslim communities worldwide.

As US had to dispel the impression that it is financing the group for its own interests, continues to portray itself as “at war with ISIS,” going as far as bombing Syrian territory while claiming it must now train more militants to topple Assad’s regime, but on other hand, it’s ineffectual in stopping the funding of these organisations, which is being routed through the US  from its own borders into the hands of its implacable enemy. This also reminds of a similar conundrum in Charlie Hedbo’s free France that is participating in military operations aimed at both toppling the Syrian government and allegedly fighting ISIS – yet claims to be unable to stop thousands of its own citizens from leaving its borders to join ISIS’ ranks.

It will be interesting to note if US reacts to the Pakistani leaks on Yousaf Al Salafi and the rise of IS terror, however it seems unlikely. The unfortunate probability is that the farce of War on Terror” will continue, with the US propping up ISIS, using it both as impetus to funnel more cash and weapons that shall intentionally and intentionally – end up in ISIS’ hands.Point to ponder? 

Yousaf al Salafi getting funding routed through America to run IS organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria.  

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ISIS: Who Will Do The Dirty Work?

Do you listen or watch the news?  If so then the war on ISIS is going as planned and the Coalition is having great successes and few misses……if you are one of those people then you are sadly mistaken and maybe you should pull your head out of your butt and face reality.

There is NO one in the global community that believes a word of what Kerry and Obama has to say….the only ones that will play along are the ones that are getting their fair share of the goodies to fight ISIS.

I know that the Coalition has won the battle for Kobane…..and I know the media wants the world to believe that ISIS is bleeding from all the air-strikes….if all that is true then someone show me where ISIS is reeling……pick a spot and let it fly!

Now if the US is unwilling to do what is necessary…..then who?

Recently Jordan stepped up in retaliation for the death of their pilot……but how long will that last?  Plus Jordan, while a massive army is not capable of fighting ISIS on their own.  They can contribute but they cannot lead.

Now on to the monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula….one is ass deep in the extreme form of Islam and will be worthless for they will play both sides against the middle…..and another who does more whining that action to fight the bad guy……and the South end of the land is dealing with turmoil and rebellion…they will be useless.

How about our so-called western allies?  UK will only be a token force….so will Germany and France……Canada….well its Canada.  They will do as little as possible to fulfill any agreements made in the past.

Even the Arab League has weighed into the situation…..they offered up a statement concerning ISIS………Arab League foreign ministers agreed to take all necessary measures to confront ISIS and cooperate with international, regional and national efforts to combat militants who have overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria.

The Arab League also endorsed in the closing statement of its meeting in Cairo a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last month calling on member states to “act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Good statement.…but this group has all the authority of me over my daughter…..NONE!  They are a non-player in this drama.

Who does that leave to do the heavy lifting?

It boils down to the countries most effected by ISIS…..Turkey, Iraq and Syria.  Let’s start with Syria……the clarity of mission here is about as clear as a glass of mud.  There is NO one capable of defining this situation accurately.

That leaves Iraq and Turkey……we will tart with Turkey…..they have the capability to take on ISIS….they have a good air force and a large army…..just do not possess the resolve.  Turkey has a Kurd problem so anything they do to help the Kurds be successful will be seen as a weakness at home.  Now Iraq….they should be the most concerned and the most active, after all it is their country that is being ripped apart..  The problem there is in-fighting……….sect against sect……….ethnic group against ethnic group……..government against the population.

They will need more time and training to be capable of fighting the good fight.

We could always call in a favor from Kuwait for the Gulf War….but they would be worthless and probably do not care as long as the royal family keeps their bucks.

All that out of the way…..brings us back to the original question……Who will do the dirty work?

After looking at the situation and doing a little fundamental analysis the only answer is….……...U S of A!

A case could be made that we, America,  screwed the pooch in Iraq and we should clean up our mess.  Plus we are the only entity capable of inflicting the amount of pain on ISIS to claim it defeated………but then someone needs to define “defeated”.

Best estimate unless something drastic happens is that this will continue as is until there is a new prez in DC.  Why?  Obama ran as an anti-war candidate and h will not want to ruin his legacy.  Keep in mind decisions are made by leaders with their own agenda and the people play little part in their decisions.

In conclusion, the dirty work will be done by the US….just not right now….after all the Military-Industrial Complex has not decided how all this situation should play out.  When they decide…..so will the president.

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ISIS Strategy: K.I.S.S.

First are  you aware of what the acronym K.I.S.S. stand for?  In case it has eluded you…Keep It Simple,  Stupid!

That would be excellent advice to our policy makers.…..they have been all over the map with their assessment of the ISIS operation……they appear to be a dog chasing its tail……

This all started with a stutter step when Syria turned ugly…..and then there was a humanitarian effort for people trapped on a mountain…..escalated into airstrikes after the Iraqi army failed to live into its high marks that the admin was giving it…..then the US realized that we could not do it alone and we put together a coalition to hide our true intent……more airstrikes in Iraq and then expanded those into Syria….all the while ISIS kept getting stronger and expanding its control.

The whole time we, the public, were told that we had a plan and it was working well…..the problem was that No one could elucidate just what that plan was and how it was proceeding….other airstrikes were being effective while ISIS continued to expand….

Now the dialog is turning…….

The nation’s top military leader told Congress Thursday that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Iraqi forces are doing a better job, but he said an effort to move into Mosul or to restore the border with Syria would require more complex operations.

There you have the beginning of the end of the BS that NO American ground forces will be used……

Sec. of Defense, Hagel to Congress……

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will intensify and that the American people must prepare for a long and difficult struggle.

Hagel defended the U.S. strategy during a House of Representatives hearing, saying, “As Iraqi forces build strength, the tempo and intensity of our coalition’s air campaign will accelerate in tandem.”

“A long and difficult struggle”….setting the stage……the perfect timing is amazing…….

And then the news from today……US will go after Assad…….

The Obama Administration today realized what everyone else has known for some time, that their strategy in the new ISIS war in simply not working. Unfortunately, they seem to be shifting toward even deeper escalation of the war, particularly in Syria.

Officials are now describing the “Iraq first, then Syria” strategy for destroying ISIS as “untenable,” and while continuing to present the war goal as the destruction of ISIS, they seem to be heading down the road of less direct conflict with them.

Interesting turn…..we must deal with Iraq first….the sectarian problems….the problem of ISIS…..and the need to keep an eye on Iran……and praying that the Iraqi military will stand up when needed.

Then we bite off the head of another worm with Syria…..Assad forces, Khorasan (SEAL team of AQ), al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, ISIS and Kurds that are about as dependable as a rattlesnake in heat…..

All the while this strategy is working itself out……we need to keep an eye on Lebanon, Turkey…..Jordan is hinting at problems….and then the bully of the neighbourhood, Israel…..all it will take is this group to do something stupid and all this strategy will go to crap and in a hurry.

At what point does this strategy start making sense?

Apparently I have missed it.

The more complexity built into the plan the more possible for a complete breakdown…….and this is where K.I.S.S. comes into play!  Maybe a better strategy would be to set small attainable goals before moving onto a total picture.

K.I.S.S.!

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Just How Important Is The Battle For Kobane?

Opinion from the desk of Chuq…… There has been much said and written about the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane……I have even heard the question ask …so how important is the town of Kobane?….it is a good question but I think most of the answers are not completely truthful……….

The NY Times wrote a piece explaining the importance of this fight…….

It’s a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani, Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, “As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS.” In an editorial today, the New York Times declares that the fight for the town near the Turkish border has emerged as a crucial test of US strategy. “A setback in Kobani would show the fragility of the American plan and hand the Islamic State an important victory,” says the editorial. If ISIS wins there, it puts the group in position to cross into Turkey “and directly threaten a NATO ally, a move that could force the alliance to come to Turkey’s defense.”

I will admit that the battle is important for the media…..they can cover the war from the safety of Turkey and still get great pics for the evening news….they,  the media,. can interview people about the conflict without having to venture into a war zone…..makes good copy.  They can film airstrikes as they are taking place….again….good copy.

I have other thoughts on this situation.

Kobane is the perfect propaganda tool…….the reports of successful airstrikes

and the fighting toughness of the Kurds make a great tool to see this conflict as a success in the making.

Kobane can be used extensively to have the public fixate on a pending success while ISIS makes great advancements in Iraq especially in al-Anbar province……

Kobane is a diversion from the reality that Baghdad is in the cross hairs of ISIS….there have even been some artillery fire hitting the western outskirts of the capital..

ISIS,  if they win at Kobane,  is of NO threat to Turkey, contrary to popular belief.  Why?  Turkey has a substantial army, well-trained and equipped it would prove to be a solid obstacle….rather ISIS operates better in a region where there is chaos and instability….Turkey would be a poor choice of conflict.

Then there are the numerous “think tanks”….they send their “experts” out to give their analysis and most of it is just a reflection of the governments story line……they are acting as agents of the government’s propaganda machine.

For those that study propaganda techniques…Kobane is technique #11–saturation and #14– diversion….and it is working……….polls show that the American people are confident that this strategy is  good with the exception that they feel that ground troops will finally be needed to successfully rout ISIS from the Middle East…..but do not want them to be American.

Polls are taken almost daily and the government then adjusts its predictions and storyline that will be more in line with what the polls show.  This not something new….it has been used many times…..especially in 1991 then in 2003 and now today.

The answer to the original question is that it is important but not for the reasons the media would have you believe….its only importance is for the amount of propaganda that can be gleaned from it.

This battle will continue as long as either side can keep the message flowing.  This situation is nothing but the media and the government selling a bill of goods to the public.

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