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‘ Paul’s Veterans Day Reminder ‘


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Veterans Day Reminder

You Are Not Alone

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Our military service members are ever in our prayers, past, present and future. Those who go in harm’s way to protect our nation and society, who willingly give a blank check to our nation (who frequently waste those checks for political gain or personal ambition) up to and including their very lives and futures. Despite the danger, they bravely stand (or have stood) for the ideals upon which our Republic was created. May God bless you all.

This day always makes me reflect upon one such soldier, who fought against tyranny and for American ideals. He put his life on the line and was grievously wounded in the hedgerows of France on the 15th of June, 1944. Many of his men did not make it home, paying the last full measure of their lives in the defense of freedom and liberty, pouring out their life’s blood on a foreign shore so that we would not pour out our own on the streets of America. May eternal light shine upon them all, including my father, SGT. Reese N. Lemmen, 79th Infantry (Cross of Lorraine), who rejoined the heroes of his platoon on 09JUN1974. Gone these forty years, he is still alive in the hearts of his seven children, of whom I am the least.

Dad

Rest in Peace Dad

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Trying to Understand Journey of Glasgow Girl to an ISIS Bride


With the recent surge of ISIS terror spreading across the globe, yet again we are left to pick the pieces after the chaotic collusion of the rising religious fundamentalism.

Before I go further, let it be clear that I DO NOT, REPEAT DO NOT support any form of terrorism in particular that which is done with the name of anybody’s God, Allah, Bhagwan and Superior Being.

Be it the historical bloody Crusades waged by Christianity or the current futile Jihad trolling by Islamists, all this is wrong and let it be understood once and for all.

As a Muslim feminist, the news that many sisters are leaving their lives to join ISIS as recruit brides is extremely depressing and equally disturbing. When I heard of this 20-year-old British woman of Pakistani origin, left her home in Glasgow to move in Syria where she joined the ISIS and got married to an and ISIS fighter, I was really stunned into silence (something that doesn’t happen very often, I am told).

What made Aqsa Mahmood do what she did? What made her choose what she has chosen?

I want to comprehend this. I tell you I am just trying to understand her reasoning.

Why Did Aqsa Mahmood Go to Syria?

According to reports, Aqsa was reported missing in November but contacted her parents after reaching Syria and had maintained the connection through social media until stories of her involvement with the ISIS came out. It is understood that she traveled with a Canadian Muslim woman known only as Umm Haritha.

I fear that like Dr. Shams, Aqsa Mahmood too have had led different lives had they not set out on a never-ending path of violence and militancy. Did this young woman fall into the trap of helplessness that is being experienced by many angry Muslims on behalf of the wrong doings that are going on against Islam in this idiotic war of terror?

I fear much more greatly that Aqsa Mahmood too has ended up wasted her precious life for fake words and false promises. Her new life is leading into nothing but what she probably set out to change: death and destruction.

The parents of Aqsa Mahmood have been public is voicing their concerns and making a plea for her return. They say that one day Aqsa was home and next she was gone, in a poof. There was no involvement of recruiting tactics, no such organization brainwashing their daughter to do this. Yes, coming from a Muslim family, she was practicing usual religious norms and studying Islam at home.

Her peers too have come out to say that she was normal fun-loving woman, well-integrated into Scottish society and a remarkable college student.

In short, Aqsa Mahmood’s future looked as bright as the sky stars on a clear night.

SO. Why a young bright woman like Aqsa left Scotland to become a Jihadi bride?

In a recent press meeting, her father Muzaffar Mahmood, said that “Our daughter is brainwashed and deluded and helping those engaged in genocide. She may believe that the jihadists of Isis are her new family but they are not and are simply using her.”

Further more; they have made an emotional appeal recently stating that Aqsa’s actions have not just betrayed them, but also Muslim community and the whole people of Scotland. They have urged their daughter to come back from the path she has chosen. The path she chose leads to destruction and despair only.

Aqsa Mahmood’s family members were of the opinion that like many other young Muslims, their young daughter was naturally angry and frustrated at the loss of innocent life in the Middle East and the Syrian conflict. But, they are at a loss to fathom her choice of path for lending a helping hand.

It is heart breaking at so many levels, because Aqsa Mahmood was someone who might have ended up with an opportunity to achieve so much constructively, including helping war-struck Muslims, through volunteering, emergency assistance work or refugee aid with some humanitarian organization. The possibilities were endless, but only if we had no lost Aqsa to the ISIS.

In my mind, there is no doubt of the depth of compassion and strong will of justice that made the very fabric of Aqsa Mahmood’s character.

To me, the whole case of Aqsa Mahmood points at a bigger more unspoken of issue at global level. Aqsa is one of the countless recruits that are young, disillusioned and yearning for a better change.

Only God knows how many more Aqsa’s will be lost to this irreversible destination before the we the world will really wake up. Wake up to the fact that our global youth are forced through a feeling of political and social hopelessness to embrace extremism and fight.

And that we all have our role in forcing them towards this darkness and destruction.

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‘ Once Obama Was Treated Like A Superstar on the Worlds Stage ‘


Following on sharply behind Vladimir Putin’s visit to China, and the signing today of that momentous gas agreement, is President Obama.

With all of his flag waving days a thing of the past and his influence at home fading, he is looking abroad to China. The next three days of this abroad trip, will test his ability to play a commanding global role during his final two years in office.

Once Obama was treated like a superstar on the world stage.

But the president will arrive in Beijing on Monday, under far different conditions, with his most powerful days behind him. No longer is America in the commanding lead for world trade, but they are holding onto the coat tails of China. 

This is much more of a cap in hand visit, than a state one, though the world is watching and he needs a miracle, to pull the next two years of his presidency into line. 

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SEA: ‘ Featured Writers Comment On Drones Strikes ‘


Ace News Room: I received these comments daily from my featured writers group, this one l thought was outstanding and will eventually add a featured writers comment section on this site.  

I have taken factual data for my stories on Pakistan’s drone strikes at this organization that does  independent investigation.

I also met one team member to discuss in-depth as what’s really going on. I am appalled to say that I was shown data of several months timings which showed civilian deaths, civilian population targets by unmanned drones.

Then I went to research the intl/local news of and around those same dates, I saw that most western media following western establishments conducting these strikes were publicising stories of this versus that, X,Y,Z number of militants and terrorists being killed in those exact same strikes that have proven data records showing civilian deaths.

I agree that duplicity is also on part of governments that agreed to allow their countries be droned, so I am being sane and I don’t think that all blame is to be laid at the western powers. But, I will never agree to drone strikes in all my life, even if certain groups try to coerce me, intimidate me and create problems.

In my meetings with some drone strike victim families, I have witnessed the terror and anger these counter productive strategy is resulting into. Many of my western colleagues laugh at my drone-a-phobia as they like to ridicule me, I don’t think any western people would enjoy other parts of the world sending drones over their skies and countries.

Respect is two-way and that is. I apologize for taking this space to speak up,but I know that this is a forum that supports freedom of speech.

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Nobel Or Not: ‘ Celebrating Courage of Anti Drone Activist Nabila Rehman ‘


Pakistan a country that is reported most often in western media and quite effectively in negative light – after all gory Pakistan sells. Now a days, international attention is going ga ga on “only one positive thing” that comes out of this insane land and that is Nobel Prize winner-Pakistani child-icon Malala Yousafzai whose getting  feted by westerners in their civilized media, for simply being the single most courageous and brave little girl to have thwarted the big bad enemy – Taliban.

53f32db394a75Pakistan a country that is reported most often in western media and quite effectively in negative light – after all gory Pakistan sells. Now a days, international attention is going ga ga on “only one positive thing” that comes out of this insane land and that is Nobel Prize winner-Pakistani child-icon Malala Yousafzai whose getting  feted by westerners in their civilized media, for simply being the single most courageous and brave little girl to have thwarted the big bad enemy – Taliban.

Honestly there is much more to Malala and Pakistan. But. There is no shortage of strange ideas that west has about Pakistan.  A terrorist country where poor Muslim women are subservient to their men, that drive their camels through its deserts committing suicides in name of Allah. The rest of Pakistanis cum jihadists are busy plotting the strategy for going to war with the whole world, after all they are lunatics with nukes. ………………… Need I go on?

Basically, Pakistan is HELL on earth. After all there is nothing peaceful about this useless country in their opinions.

Hey. Wait a second. I ask, “Do you know there are so many peace activists in my country, Pakistan. There are many even children as little as 10 years of age?”

Really, that’s not possible, comes back the disgruntled response.

I say, but does not media in your country ever speak of that little girl called Nabila Rehman?

Err…. Nabila who? ‘

The who part did it for me. Off course 10-year old Nabila Rehman, survivor of drone strike in North Waziristan wouldn’t be really noticed in the west.

She’s just spoils of war.

Nabila Rehman didn’t sought to become anti-drone strike activist because it took her fancy. The 10-year-old girl survived a drone attack in 2012 (she was eight then). Exactly on October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother while they were in their village fields learning to pick ocra from grandma Momina Bibi. The approaching Eid festival preparations were in swing.

Thanks to the American Predator Drone, that Eid was submerged into funeral of her grand-mother Momina Bibi and injured Nabila and her siblings. At that same moment, many American children were playing netball, surfing on their Kindles books, but child of a lesser God and nation, Pakistan’s Nabila was writhing in pain and terror for the unmanned aircraft protecting the future of the American children released its deadly payload onto Nabila Rehman’s family, changing their lives in a mere second.

I don’t know what drone approving authorities told their public back home about this incident. But. In this strike, seven children were wounded and Nabila’s grandmother was killed before her very eyes. Till date we see no official apology, explanation or justification.

But western people and media are constantly asking 1.6 Muslims to become accountable and apologize for the bad events, we are repeatedly “told” to say SORRY AND APOLOGIZE  for the Boko Harams, ISISes, Al-Qaedas, LeTs etc and etc.

I am interested to know if there will be an apology made by the Drone Strikes approving establishments, its supporters and western media to anti-drone child activist Nabila Rehman?

The answer comes back like this: Well, you know Pakistanis support militants therefore such collateral damages are taking place. A Pakistani yourself knows how you people support these bad guys and give them heavens.

Really? I or this traumatized nation will support the total destruction of our homeland and its people. Would any sane person want that?

Err.. but you know better Islam is backward and it treats women badly.

I see myself being attacked by a Non-Muslim right now, like countless other times. And excuse me. What of the treatment meted to little Nabila, plus thousands others killed in the so called war on terror?

Laughs out Loud and tells me, “Oh please, don’t be such a drone-a-phobic.”

This takes me back five years ago, during a work trip somewhere in Europe; some colleagues laughing their heads off with words  “ALLAHHUAKBAR” these ass holes are dead while watching a television news clip of a drone strike in Pakistan, during work hours. In a way this was quite an enlightening incident and I was not sorry to have overheard this while working in the room next door.

OK. Lets get real, my country is partly responsible for fighting a war that had been initiated with international partners and thanks to this folly, this war is in my backyard and you tell me to stop being paranoid or drone-phobic?

The building up of false narratives in the coverage of western wars and their agendas of women’s rights is nothing new. Western media, especially American media, has had a race problem for centuries when it comes to covering issues related to women of colour and the Saving Muslim Women Syndrome continues.

In any-case, this annoying conversation comes to an end. Thanks God. I am not sorry to say this, but to me both child activists; Malala Yousafzai and Nabila Rehman are really important persons as both have serious messages that will have long term consequences on millions of children in this world. In their divserse ways, they both speak of PEACE.

Little Nabila’s testimony at last year’s US Congress was largely ignored, dismissed and gulps-deemed unnecessary. Why so? Because it casts the heroic western champion into a dark and bitter light. The unfortunate reality is that we will see thousands more of Nabilas who might not live to see the day, in this quest of being at war with Islam. A living Nabila (Thanks God, Allah All-Mighty) is a testament that we are being duped into some one else’s version of democracy and justice.

No Nobel fiasco for Nabila, no Hollywood endorsements, no big dollar funds, no sympathy and no acknowledgement for this little girl that travelled all the way to the other part of the world to share her drone strike experience and message of peace. So much for the hypocritical child rights claims, seriously we are not impressed.

Yet. For today.

I celebrate both Naliba Rehman and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Two Pakistanis.

  • Two voices representing courage and resilience.
  • Two victories against terrorism.
  • Two survivors. Two little girls.

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UK’s Forced Marriages, will Legislation help?


“Forced marriage is abhorrent and little more than slavery. To force anyone into marriage against their will is simply wrong and that is why we have taken decisive action to make it illegal,” said David Cameron, UK’s premier.

Adhering to the gravity of the situation, UK government is adamant to criminalize the controversial practice. Under the proposed legislation, expected to be put before Parliament after 2013, forced marriage will become a criminal offence and parents who coerce their children into marrying would be facing the prospect of a prison sentence.

UK is home to a large migrant community hailing from South-Asian including Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. This problem is brought  by them into the UK through the existing culture of these countries, where parents by and large control the decision of marriage and spouses. But local research shows that “forced marriages” also happens in the Irish traveling community, Chinese, North African and Somali communities.

UK believes that proper legislation might be the right cure. But campaigners like Sameen Ali and others are already raising the red flag about possible adverse effects of the government plans to criminalize forced marriage in England and Wales.

Opinion: Sameen Ali is a forced marriage victim and campaigner of Pakistani descent. She was forced to marry in Pakistan at the age of 13 to a man she did not know, and gave birth to a boy aged just 14. Her ordeal of humiliation and abuse continued even after her return to the UK. She shares her story in her memoir “Belonging”, which has become an inspiration for many victims. Her courage and determination to fight for her rights is helping others in constructive ways.

She raises plausible concerns related to the up-coming legislation. She says that “Criminalizing the practice would only drive this practice underground, in more secretive manner. The numbers may go down because the victims will probably not come forward any more, because no young person really wants to say ‘arrest mummy and daddy’ because it is mummy and daddy who force the young person into marriage in the first place.”

She also argues that the new law will also create confusion in the minds of young people and cause rifts not only within families but within the different communities living in the UK.  The proposed law is already causing stirrings into the migrant community hailing from S.Asia and others, probably because it’s perceived to have offended their culture. Soon the practising communities might take dire steps leading towards more negative repercussions  for women, at large.

Sameen has a point when she says young people need to be educated about the good and bad elements of their culture. They do not need to be told that their culture is all bad, so therefore they should disrespect it and be given a mechanism such as this law.

She is struggling to advocate that forced marriages may be part of culture, but have more to do with patriarchal control over children.

Her own life serves as a role model for people because she upped and left that marriage with her young child. After her escape, it took years of struggle to put her life together. She states that a victim’s life does not end at a forced marriage; it’s about finding a method of how to get out of the abuse and try to start over. She agrees that it’s not as easy as it sounds, but that’s where institutional and government’s support comes in.

It’s important to provide opportunities to the victims to get out of the abuse and resume their lives again. For instance; resuming the education and vocational training can be practical in helping abused girls to stabilize socio-economically.

The government is resolute at trying to solve the problem through drawing a strict legislation without acknowledging these cultural diversities.

A most ridiculous aspect of this law is that first victims will be forced into marriage they did not want, and then they will be forced to come into court and give evidence against their parents. Are they on auto-pilot? Not one inch of consideration about the trauma that the victim would already be coping with.

For all her critique, Sameen has raised valid points and also suggested ways for tackling the problem. She says that the power for negotiation lies within young people who need to be equipped how to be a catalyst in all this.

The power lies within the young people. And they need to be empowered to stand up against this abuse and educate their parents about forced marriage. 

The practice of forced marriage is deeply rooted and change has to come from within. Awareness needs to come at the root of this cause and young people can create that change, and they can educate their parents against the pitfalls of such marriages.

It is not about criminalizing their parents. And it is not about scoring points either.

Ironically, the rising numbers is an indication that countless youngsters are starting to feel safe and confident, and are speaking out against this abuse. These numbers also provide significant evidence that the young generations are integrating better as compared to the earlier immigrants.

This journey from isolation and parallel reality towards a healthier assimilation requires continued institutional-back-up so young generations can take forward the process in a constructive manner. The forced marriage issue will not vanish over-night from the UK or elsewhere.

But UK government should try intelligent lobbying with community leaders before introducing a law that might not really work.

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Israel: ‘ Back On It’s Heels ‘


Opinion from the desk of Chuq: Israel has had a special warm spot in the hearts of those in the West……basically because the West has been feeding their guilt for looking the other way in the days of World war 2….that the Jews had to suffer so much at the hands of the Nazis.

The rest of the ‘civilized’ world has looked the other way just about every time Israel has decided to obliterate  its neighbours in the name of self-defence.  Several wars and several excursions into different neighbouring countries..  But in their last attempt to kill off the opposition they destroyed Gaza in the name of self-defence.

If that statement about self-defence was true then why did Israel wait about 3 weeks into the destruction to take out the command and control for Hamas?  A good battlefield general will tell you that is the first targets in any operation….but yet Israel waited to attack them…..why?

That is easy……the point was to destroy as much of Gaza as possible before public opinion caught with them.

Since the end of the latest conflict Israel has run around trying to find anyone that will support them in the criticism they are facing because of that destruction…….and their efforts are not going very well…..of course the lap dog of theirs….the US….will do as they are told so they have a friend there….a strong ally that will do whatever they need to prevent Israel from being harmed too much.

The world wants the Palestinians to compromise but lets Israel continue the steal land, vandalize crops and unwarranted detentions……there will be a peaceful negotiations when Israel is forced to do some compromise until then this cycle of violence will continue.

The Palestinians have a bright hope…….Israel is losing it……..their cool his waning…..why?  Palestine has taken to social media to demand recognition and Israel is livid……

“Sweden’s new left-leaning government today recognized a Palestinian state—a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. As expected, the EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom says Sweden made the move because Palestine had fulfilled the international law criteria required for such recognition. “There is a territory, a people, and government,” she says.””

“Israel was quick to condemn Sweden’s announcement, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman describing it as “a miserable decision that strengthens the extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism.” Israel says Palestinians can gain independence only through peace negotiations, and that recognition of Palestine at the UN or by individual countries undermines the negotiating process. Palestinians counter that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t serious about the peace negotiations. The latest round of US-brokered talks collapsed in April. Meanwhile, British lawmakers earlier this month voted in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, a symbolic move that didn’t change London’s official diplomatic stance.”

Even the UK has voted in favour of recognition……but nothing official as of yet………Israel is losing all its influence over the civilized world.  At this rate the only ‘friend’ Israel will have left is the good old US….see what money can buy?

Israel will ALWAYS have the USA in their pocket…..for there is NO one person in DC that has the cajones to go against the wishes of Israel……no matter what the rest of the world does.

To me it looks like the rest of the world is coming to their right mind…….and any debt owed Israel for mistakes of the past have been paid and now Israel must face the music of their actions…..even if it has the protection of the US.  Soon there will no place for them to hide and they will be made to answer for their crimes….and yes many of their actions are just that….CRIMES!

As long as they, the Palestinians, can temper their passions they will win this debate………the children of Palestine will have their day.

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‘ East & West Disagree over Legitimacy of Donestsk & Luhansk Elections ‘


As hundreds of people flocked to the polls on Sunday the East and West were squaring up for a battle over the legitimacy of such elections and today EU leaders would discuss the election of heads. Though the peoples republics have their own ideas who should be elected.

' Donetsk citizens queuing outside one of the polling stations during the elections '
‘ Donetsk citizens queuing outside one of the polling stations during the elections ‘

Atlantic Council said that the Russian-backed, miniature, “people’s republics” declared in south-eastern Ukraine are preparing to elect parliaments and heads of state on Sunday, a step backed by Moscow the BBC reported.

 Elections in self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics

'Donetsk militia commander and prime minister of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ Alexander Zakharchenko, center, visits a coal mine October 29 as he campaigns to be elected head of state. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev) '
‘Donetsk militia commander and prime minister of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ Alexander Zakharchenko, center, visits a coal mine October 29 as he campaigns to be elected head of state. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev) ‘

On Sunday, the DPR and LPR held elections of the self-proclaimed republic’s heads and parliament members. In DPR its incumbent head Aleksandr Zakharchenko won the polls, and in the LPR – incumbent leader of the republic Igor Plotnitsky.

The self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk took to polling stations to vote for their leaders and MPs on Sunday.

Over 360 polling stations were open in Donetsk for three million potential voters. Meanwhile, 102 polling stations for approximately 1.5 million voters were open in Luhansk.

EU countries are ready to discuss the elections of heads and parliamentarians in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics this week, the EU foreign policy chief’s spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, said on Monday Tass reported. 

This was following a previous comment by EU’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, earlier who called these elections illegitimate and said the EU will not recognize their results.   

Those elections promise to further undermine the already wobbly political deal that underpins the half-effective ceasefire in the war some have said, though Moscow says they will recognise the election results reported Tass.

Does that increase the risk of a new surge in fighting?

The ceasefire is part of the Minsk Protocol, a Sept. 5 agreement signed by Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE and representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.

The protocol is written as a roadmap for restoring Ukrainian control over the south-east. It provides for the removal of “illegal military formations,” the re-establishment of Ukraine’s control over its territory and its border—and (Ukraine’s concession) a special status, with extra local government powers, for the region the Atlantic Council reported. 

It also calls for “the holding of early local elections in accordance with the Ukrainian law” to establish that special status.

The ceasefire already is in trouble. Gun battles, mortar shelling and other combat continues on a daily basis, and killed more than 330 people in the truce’s first month, the UN human rights agency said in early October.

Western journalists have met Russian troops deployed in Lugansk, despite Moscow’s denial it has sent its forces in. Disparate Militias continue to rule the Russian-controlled zone (Donetsk’s prime minister and leading candidate to become head of state is the commander of one such militia, called Oplot.)

Either way the people voted in their hundreds and the outcome will affect both the Ukrainian people’s of Donestsk and Luhansk and will very likely open up another debate between East and West Governments.   

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How Did ISIS Come to Be and Just WHOM Do We Aim The Finger?


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The terrorist group ISIS is located in Iraq and sporadically throughout parts of the globe. ISIS Terrorists has many World Leaders scrambling to get a handle on them while their citizens fearfully wait and wonder how and when they will strike next. Others, however, are trying to figure out just how they came to be, and who to blame for them.

It would be opportune for the present Iranian regime to first put blame for ISIS on Iran but if you look closely at the facts you will see a very different story unfold.

If a finger must be aimed then it may need to be aimed right back at us, the United States of America. Western Europe, and their allies also have fingers pointed at them as well. This may not be a popular stance for some Americans but the facts speak for themselves.

Before the U.S.’s disastrous incursion and occupation, which was markedly supported by Britain, there was no al-Qaeda or allied Salafi fanatic existence in Iraq under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Once the U.S. invaded, the extremists took control of most of the northern and western parts of Iraq, despite claims to the contrary by the Bush administration.

HusainHussein’s regime prevented Al Qaeda from operating out of Iraq, according to a Senate Intelligence report. “Iraq had also been supported by the West before the 1991 Gulf War as a counterbalance against the revolutionary Islamic Republic during the Iran-Iraq War,” reports The Diplomat. “The U.S.-led invasion changed all of that.”

Once Hussein’s rule was taken down the country was destabilized. Both the Armed forces and civil service were eliminated and “replaced by partisans of sectarian Shiite parties and factions, some of which were closely allied to Iran,” reports The Progressive. “Sunni extremists, believing Iraqi Shias had betrayed their country to Persians and Westerners, began targeting Shia civilian neighborhoods with terrorist attacks. The Iraqi regime and allied militia then began systematically kidnapping and murdering thousands of Sunni men. The so-called ‘sectarian’ conflict, then, has been a direct consequence of U.S. policy.”

Al-Qaeda, ISIS’s forerunner, was established in 2004. But when the U.S. stepped in to help institute Iraq’s new government it constantly supported Iraqi’s Prime Minister Maliki’s unending persecution of civil protesters and dissidents. The Sunnis became alienated and discriminated against both in government and the armed forces.

Protesters were slaughtered and journalists were either assassinated or imprisoned. Thousands were tortured and/or detained, without trial, for years. The Sunnis, faced with uncontrolled discrimination, looked upon the Maliki government with mounting disdain as the rest of the world looked on understanding it to be one of the most corrupt regimes in the world.

ISIS-3Armed with weapons made by the U.S., in 2013 Maliki’s troops ravaged Sunni protest camps. It was too late by the time the U.S. and Western Europe decided to take Maliki seriously and end his regime. The groundwork was already in place for a strong ISIS-led Sunni uprising in Western Iraq and became the latest offspring of al-Qaeda-fashioned radicals.

In a move that seemed to indicate the Maliki regime was not worth dying for, the Iraqi army failed to fight.

Let’ go back to 2011 for a moment and see what was happening in Syria during that same time frame. Peaceful pro-democracy protests began to be silenced by the Assad regime. It wasn’t long before the civilians transformed themselves into an armed rebellion.

The reason for this rebellion was that “In the early stages of the war, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey began funneling arms to opposition forces, seeing an opportunity to destabilize a key ally of Iran and Hezbollah, their geopolitical foes,” reports The Diplomat. “As the civil war deepened, extremist groups joined the fight against what they saw as an odious secular regime. The also became the beneficiaries of large amounts of arms and funding from Americas regional allies.”

So, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the U.S. knowingly financed extremist groups, such as al-Qaeda’s affiliate group, Jabhat al-Nusra who became one of the most efficient insurgent groups going up against Syria’s regime. Many of the al-Nusra rebels began fusing with ISIS.

In short, it is the belief of many that the $25 billion spent in American taxpayer money training and arming the Maliki regime in Baghdad has a direct correlation to the rise of the ISIS terrorists.

ISIS has grown exponentially since its seemingly meager beginnings, not only in numbers but in wealth as well.

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CIA estimates that the ISIS group is 20,000-50,000 strong and growing. As they take over cities and territories they focus on the prisons and release as many as possible who are then recruited or killed. In lieu of the fact ISIS are few in comparison to the 250,000 Iraqi troops, not to mention armed police, it shouldn’t be a problem to hold them off, right? Wrong.

The Iraqi army is a mess, at best. Even though they had 40 to 1 odds, the Iraqi troops ran from 800 ISIS rebels. As stated earlier, they did not wish to fight or die for a government they did not believe in so they ran.

Jayson Lyall, a Yale University insurgency expert, said, “It appears that the Iraqi Army is cleaving along sectarian lines…The willingness of Sunni soldiers to fight to retake Mosul appears limited.” What Lyall is saying is that the Sunnis are under a government that oppresses them and they don’t wish to fight each other over it. That being said, the end result is the same and ISIS runs rapid.

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With the lack of opposition, ISIS has been able to not only secure enormous wealth from taking over eastern Syrian oilfields in 2012 but has also acquired income from smuggling raw materials and priceless antiquities from different archeological sites. It is estimated that ISIS’s wealth was around $875 million before the Mosul takeover. After the city was captured and all taken into consideration, money from banks and other supplies, ISIS is estimated to be worth $2 billion.

It would seem this long ago, small group of fed-up individuals has not only surpassed all expectations in growth, but in wealth as well.

We now know how ISIS came to be and just who needs fingers aimed at them for starting the terrorist group, but just who is going to stop them?

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‘ Pakistan Child Soldiers A Growing Asset For Radicals ‘


The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children.  The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more. I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that believe that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

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The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world. It’s in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

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The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonoured by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind:

What the hell happened Pakistan?

And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

Say No To Use of Child Soldiers. NOW.

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