Archive | May 20, 2015

25,000 Shia Gather for the Battle of Ramadi*

25,000 Shia Gather for the Battle of Ramadi*

American advisers, and air support by the U.S., one can imagine how that’ll work-out!

By Juan Cole

Al-Zaman (The Times of Baghdad) reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) as the Iraqi armed forces there collapsed.

Ramadi is potentially a base for attacking the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, with its tomb of the Imam Husayn, the martyred grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Daesh could also use it to gain control of nearby Iraqi military bases and their weapons depots.

The Shiite militias have rallied, now that PM al-Abadi has lifted his earlier injunction against them operating in heavily Sunni al-Anbar Province, and are making plans to push Daesh back from Ramadi.

Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Badr Corps and over-all leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces or Shiite militias, said Tuesday that the military task of taking back Ramadi is actually less complicated than campaigning north of Baghdad in Salahuddin Province (where the militias and the Iraqi Army have taken Takrit and Beiji from Daesh).

He said that 25,000 militiamen were already gathering for the fight, which would begin as soon as the volunteers could be assembled and armed. He said they would be joined by Sunni tribal levies and American advisers, and would be given close air support by the US and its anti-Daesh coalition.

The Badr Corps is the paramilitary of the Badr Organization, a pro-Iran Shiite party. It was founded as a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the 1980s and originally was attached to the what is now the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, a political party founded at the instance of Ayatollah Khomeini.

So that al-Ameri is talking about cooperating with American military advisers on the ground and receiving American, Jordanian and other close air support is quite remarkable and a sign of the strange bedfellows that Daesh has brought together against itself.

Ramadi

Although some observers have stressed Sunni-Shiite unity insofar as some Sunni clans of Eastern al-Anbar have fought against Daesh, the clansmen are dejected about the fall of Ramadi and the ignominious retreat of the Iraqi army.

BBC Monitoring quotes from al-Mada, saying it reported that the head of the Sunni Al-Bu Fahd, Rafi Abd-al-Karim al-Fahdawi remarked:

“Al-Bu Fahd tribes in Al-Khalidiyah areas, eastern Al-Ramadi, deployed around 4,000 fighters to protect their areas from any attack by Da’ish.” He added that they are in a “state of disappointment and despair” and that “the morale of his tribe’s fighters deteriorated after the security forces’ withdrawal from Al-Ramadi and the government’s failure to meets its promises to supply them with weapons…” Another clan leader said, “some tribes abandoned fighting because they did not get any weapons or support” from Baghdad.

At the same time, there are signs of Baghdad coordinating with Iran. PM al-Abadi met with the Iranian defense minister, Brig. Gen. Husain Dehqan, in Baghdad on Tuesday evening and underscored that the security of Iran and Iraq are inseparable as they fight terrorist extremism (i.e. Sunni terrorist extremism), pledging that Iraq would never allow an attack on its eastern neighbor.

Al-Abadi also said, “we do not support the war on Yemen” and urged that the conflict be settled by negotiations among Muslim countries. The statement might underscore his alliance with Iran, but it is sure to anger the Gulf Cooperation Council states led by Saudi Arabia, who see the Houthi rebels in Yemen as agents of Iran.

Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, an ethnic Kurd, visited Tehran and likewise underscored the common security of Iran and Iraq.

Al-Abadi plans to head to Russia, where he hopes for support and weapons from Vladimir Putin. Since Daesh has a Chechen contingent, the Russians want to see it crushed, lest it spill back over onto Chechnya, an ethnic Muslim province in the Caucasus that has repeatedly staged secessionist rebellions against the Russian Federation. They have been crushed brutally, provoking a terrorist backlash.

Russia has already provided some arms to Iraq for its current fight against Daesh.

Source*

300 ISIL Militants Killed

An Iraqi air force F-16 fighter jet

An Iraqi air force F-16 fighter jet

At least 300 members of the Takfiri ISIL group have reportedly been killed in an airstrike by the Iraqi Air Force targeting the positions of the terrorist group in the western province of al-Anbar.

“Preliminary estimates indicated the number of dead to be more than 300 terrorists” in the airstrikes on the the ISIL positions in the regions of Anah and Rawah, west of the province, a statement by Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba, an Iraqi Shia movement fighting the ISIL Takfiri group, said on Tuesday.

It was also said that the Iraqi army conducted “extensive air raids” against the “largest shelters of the Takfiri group between al- Rummaneh area and al-Bagoz district,” west of the provincial capital, Ramadi.

The statement also said,

“The militants were coming from Syria to support the terrorists in Anbar.”

Faisal al-Esawi, a leader of the Albu Esa tribe in the Amiriyat al-Falluja district near Ramadi, also said that as many as 400 Takfiri militants were killed in the Iraqi air raids on the regions of Anah and Rawah.

Since last week, the Iraqi army, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, has been conducting operations southwest of the city of Samarra in an effort to retake Anbar’s provincial capital from ISIL extremists.

Among the other aims of the operations are blocking the advance of Takfiri ISIL terrorists active in the Tharthar region, north of Fallujah, and preventing the Takfiri militants from moving into the northwestern and northern areas of the capital, Baghdad, as well as the Diyala Province.

Al-Anbar Province, which is located in the western part of Iraq, is the major stronghold of the Takfiri ISIL militants in the country. The group controls swathes of land in northern parts of Iraq as well as in eastern Syria.

Related Topics:

Official: Most US Warplanes Never Attack ISIS/ISIL*

Under Israeli Air Cover, and U.S. Stand down, ISIS took Palmyra*

Are ISIS Backers Attempting to Revive the Ailing Beast?*

Syrian Army and Hezbullah Push back al-Qaeda as Christian Militia Mobilizes*

Why Is Israel looking for Imam Mahdi?*

Advertisements

ISIS Loots and Bulldozes Ancient Site of Nimrud*

ISIS Loots and Bulldozes Ancient Site of Nimrud*

 

By Roberto Peron

ISIS has bulldozed the ancient archeological site of Nimrud in Iraq near Mosul according to media reports.  Reportedly heavy military vehicles were used to accomplish the feat.  The Nimrud site was considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and has been compared to King Tut’s tomb in terms of artifacts and the wealth of information derived from the stie.  The ancient city was the second capital of the Assyrians.  However, this is not the only site ISIS has destoyed.

Last week ISIS militants released a video showing militants with sledgehammers destroying ancient artifacts at teh Mosul Museum in Iraq.  Last year they destroyed two mosques in Mosul and they attempted to destroy the infamous Crooked Minaret in Mosul but were prevented from doing so when residents surround the site preventing the militants from carrying out their intention.

One is reminded of the Taliban in Afghanistan when they destroyed the statues of Buddha and what an outrage that was.  ISIS seems to come from the same psychotic mold!  ISIS believes that ancient sites “promote apostasy.”  Say what?  Sorry but I think ISIS is an APOSTASY!! Their flagrant disregard for ancient sites is beyond astounding.  Thanks to ISIS a great wealth of information is now lost forever!  They have no respect….for anything…period!  Should ISIS succeed in their mission to conquer the Middle East I’m absolutely certain that archaeology in the region will cease to exist as ISIS will destroy every ancient site they possibly can.  Oh, and let’s not forget how the Islamic Brotherhood when in control of Egypt were pondering destroying the pyramids at Giza.  Such behavior and such intentions are disgusting!  These people have no respect for and not desire for civilization.  What they desire is simply to conquer and enslave and repeat history by making millions of people live by force in absolute despair and hopelessness.  Really humanity?  Do we need anymore of that or haven’t we had enough already?


Source*

Related Topics:

Are ISIS Backers Attempting to Revive the Ailing Beast?*

ISIS Demolish the Nabi Younes (Prophet Jonah) Mosque*

The Irreligiosity of IS, ISIS/ISIL*

Question to Harvard Students, ISIS or the U.S. the Greatest Threat to World Peace*

ISIS Preserving Jewish Cultural Heritage in Iraq*

The End of Times and ‘The Lost Book of Enki’: Sumeria

Destabilization of South Africa Escalates*

Destabilization of South Africa Escalates*

By Alexander Mezyaev

Domestic affairs in South Africa have sharply deteriorated since April of this year. A wave of violence has erupted against foreigners all across the country.

SOUTH AFRICAN NIS: 1998 TOP SECRET REPORT CONSPIRACY FOR ANC DESTABILIZATION, WEAPONS DISTRIBUTION, ASSASSINATION, REGIME CHANGE, THEFT OF STATE ASSETS + MONEY LAUNDERING

The first incidents occurred during the Soweto riots in mid-January. This marked the beginning of the social upheaval in South Africa – a country with a wealth of natural resources and a population of over 50 million. The violence then made its way to major cities – Durban, Johannesburg, and others. Army divisions were eventually brought into some areas of Johannesburg. Several potential explanations have been suggested for what is happening in South Africa.

Version no. 1. This nightmare stems from the fact that illegal migrants are taking jobs – currently in short supply – away from the local residents. There is much to support this theory. First, the unemployment rate is indisputably high (25% overall, and up to 40% for black South Africans, who make up nearly 4/5 of the country’s population). Second, the country is home to large numbers of immigrants (1.5 to 2 million). And third, the level of crime there is extraordinary (the 4th highest in the world), so any unrest is easy to attribute to criminal activity. Also, the original disturbances were sparked when a factory fired striking workers and brought in immigrants to take their place. But this version cannot account for everything. For example, only migrants with a family background in African countries were attacked, although they were hardly responsible for the country’s economic woes. Chinese workers, for instance, were not assaulted, although they take tens of thousands of jobs from South Africans. What’s more, some migrants are being attacked who are actually creating jobs for native South Africans (for example, by opening their own shops). But no looting has been seen in stores owned by Pakistanis or other South Asians. Thus, other explanations need to be considered.

Version no. 2. The attacks on foreigners are a way to destabilize the country. There are also good arguments in favour of this version.

First, the attacks seem to follow a consistent pattern, with a similar scenario unfolding even in different cities.

Second, many media outlets have taken an active role in inciting hatred toward foreigners. Some newspapers have published inflammatory headlines and photos. The massive campaign to «Photoshop» these events is fuelling both hatred and fear. Photos taken several years ago, in Côte d’Ivoire and other countries, showing victims being killed and burned alive are being published as though those events were taking place in South Africa today. One other detail is worth noting. From the very beginning almost every media outlet has categorically labelled the unrest as a manifestation of «xenophobia». No other view is being circulated. It is very rare to see such unanimity throughout the media.

Third, note should be made of the role of a few leading politicians, who never make off-the-cuff remarks. Before the attacks began, the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, stated that «foreigners should pack their belongings and leave the country». The king’s words added fuel to the fire that was already burning. It is no coincidence that the attacks have been most widespread in the province of KwaZulu-Natal – the Zulu Kingdom.

Fourth and finally, technology has played a key role in orchestrating the hysteria. Many millions of text messages were sent out across the country, encouraging the attacks and causing large numbers of people to flee. The messages included fake warnings, alleging that armed groups were on their way to certain areas. Clearly it was not the dispirited and unemployed masses who were responsible for that. So this version, suggesting that hostility toward foreigners is being used to destabilize the country, seems more plausible, based on the facts.

Hence the question: who benefits? What internal or external forces might be interested in destabilizing South Africa?

Clearly mass unrest is not to the government’s advantage. It might be helpful for the opposition, but unrest is a two-edged sword that could result in the introduction of a state of emergency or martial law, under which the opposition could be suppressed without legal repercussions. It is unlikely that the opposition would want to see the entire country profoundly destabilized. However, it might be of interest to one force in South Africa that opposes the government – the racist criminal communities that exist outside any constitutional frameworks and that have their own military camps and are preparing for war. They might indeed have an interest in unleashing a civil war in South Africa. There is no direct evidence implicating them in these events, but there is one reason they cannot be ignored in the search for a culprit. And that is the breakdown in relations between South Africa and its African neighbours. The governments of many African countries whose citizens have been attacked have begun evacuating their nationals from South Africa. That was followed by angry statements from many capitals on that continent. Nigeria was particularly indignant, recalling its ambassador and placing personal blame at the feet of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. Please note: the amorphous atmosphere of «xenophobia» was not blamed for the attacks; rather it was the head of state who was held personally accountable. As a result, South Africa now finds itself isolated on the continent.

Of all the theories about the causes of the social unrest in South Africa, the most likely version points to some outside influence on the country. One result of the tumultuous events in South Africa has been that the country has been stripped of its moral leadership on various initiatives in Africa, which have been the prime focus of its foreign policy. The attacks on foreigners with roots in almost every country in Africa have largely undermined South Africa’s economic relations with the other countries on that continent. It resembles a large-scale special ops raid carried out by external forces who are watching – with unease and even hatred – the successes of pan-African integration, as well as the economic growth of the continent’s leading countries. South Africa has been the driving force behind those trends, formulating the philosophical foundations of the African Renaissance (the NEPAD program) and proposing specific programs to help Africans resolve their own conflicts in Africa, without having to resort to «international mediators». For example, South Africa was one of the primary sponsors behind the creation of the African Standby Force. There is a good reason why the postponement of the final formation of those forces, previously scheduled for December 2015, was announced during the apex of the riots in South Africa.

All the BRICS countries have been under attack in one form or another

The modern world has seen many examples of a direct tie between internal unrest and external forces. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made explicit reference to this recently when he noted that the attacks by armed groups in Macedonia «was occurring in conjunction with the country’s objections to the sanctions against Moscow and its support of the plans to build Turkish Stream».

We must also note the statement by South African President Jacob Zuma, which he made after his arrival in Moscow to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazism. Zuma stressed that the world leaders «with whom he had met» unanimously assured him that the problem of xenophobia and resulting mass unrest was «not just a South African problem, but a universal one». Of course, Jacob Zuma knew this perfectly well beforehand, but the fact that he waited until his meetings in Moscow to mention it demonstrates how much support the South African president and government have from the heads of state who were gathered in the Russian capital.

***

Of course the unrest and strikes in South Africa come as no surprise to anyone. However, one cannot forget the related tragedy in Marikana that occurred on Aug. 16, 2012. On that day the police opened fire on striking mine workers, killing 34 and wounding 78. What’s most odd is that there was no reason whatsoever for those shootings. There was no threat that would necessitate the use of deadly force. The events in Marikana have still never been explained. And they likely never will, due to the significance of the location of the workers’ strike – the platinum mines. That is a strategic site, not only for South Africa, but for the entire global economy: South Africa owns the overwhelming majority of the world’s platinum reserves. Of the 66,000 tons of platinum available on earth, 63,000 tons are South Africa (Russia holds the second largest reserves of this metal – totalling only 1,000 tons). A special Commission of Inquiry, established by the South African parliament, completed its work and submitted its report to the president a few weeks ago. The report is secret, but regardless of whether it is ever published, there are foreign fingerprints on the tragedy in Marikana.

Recently, the well-known political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki compared South Africa to a bomb «waiting to explode». There have been repeated attempts to detonate this explosive. The current blow being inflicted on South Africa is the third serious such attempt to undermine the country since the democratic South African Republic was established. First there was unrest in 2008 that was blamed on «xenophobia»; then the events in Marikana occurred.

But that bomb doesn’t have to go off. South Africa needs peace between ethnic groups and stability. The latest blow that has sent South Africa reeling is the most powerful yet. The current unrest is not yet over – individual incidents of violence continue. It is important that the government understands the causes of what is happening, and there is hope that it will be able to regain control of the situation.

Source*

Related Topics:

South Africa Delays Court Decision on Black Ownership of Mines*

South Africa’s Fight against Global Corporatization Continues*

Now the Destabilization War Begins in South Africa*

Nestlé Removes GMOs from South African Baby Foods not U.S. Baby Foods*

From the Apartheid South to the Apartheid North: Solidarity of the Spirit with Palestine*

Rothschild’s Anglo American to Sell South African Mines*

220,000 Metal Workers on Strike in South Africa*

South Africa’s Platinum Miners Resume Rothschild’s Work*

The Democracy South Africans Never Voted for*

South Africa: NWO’s Agenda 21 Litmus Test*