The rise of civilized human history’s most bloodthirsty Jihadi Militant militia on the bosom of the Middle East..and on the earth now!
When some gangs of murderers are roaming around scot free, killing innocent citizens, shouting slogans full of hatred against people hailing from other religious minorities, what would you call them – killers, brutes or terrorists? or all the three names ?
Yeah, this is what is happening on the surface of earth now when the humanity is journeying through so called twenty first century. The land on the Middle East periphery of earthly world is witnessing the havoc full of blood on the streets, walls and on the deck. The centre-point of the pointless inhuman bloodshed is Iraq to begin with. Iraq has been a scary place for a while now, for a number of reasons, but it’s currently scary with the heinous emergence of the terrorist group we’ve all gotten to know about in the past four months —ISIS.
Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city, only 30 miles west of the existing main refugee camp—and has been an ISIS stronghold. After taking over, one of the first orders of business for ISIS was rounding up government workers for execution. People fled from homes, are stuck in small tents with their families and kids having tears in eyes and terror on the face.
Just to know exactly how upsetting the scenario here is, just one fact is enough – people have no thought of getting back ever to their cities to their houses facing all kinds of problems here having helplessly watch their babies born in the tents with no basic amenities available around. The sick remain untreated because there are no doctors. People sleep empty stomach since there is not enough food supplied to them. For want of water they have not taken bath from the day they have arrived here. No help can be expected apart from God by whose mercy they are still alive for real. And these are the people who two months earlier were living their normal lives in their normal homes. The can’t remember the time they complained about anything? Thinking of that would be dumb.
The area of Syria and Iraq they had conquered (and are still in control of) is the size of Belgium. Al-Qaeda never conquered anything—they just killed people. So how did ISIS do it? In addition to the perfect storm of factors discussed above, including far more tacit support from masses of civilians than al-Qaeda ever had, ISIS has three qualities that make them so effective. The first is their brutality. They’re brutal. No regard for human life is a helpful quality when trying to conquer a nation. This Amnesty International report details real accounts of ISIS brutality so scary it doesn’t seem real.
A witness to the reports of ISIS’ one such mass killing in Solagh, a village south-east of Sinjar city, told Amnesty International that on the morning of 3 August, as he was trying to flee towards Mount Sinjar, he saw vehicles with ISIS fighters in them approaching, and managed to conceal himself. From his hiding place he saw them take some civilians from a house in the western outskirts of Solagh. Listening to what he says about the incident gives an idea what kind of humans the ISIS are “A white Toyota pick-up stopped by the house of my neighbour, Salah Mrad Noura, who raised a white flag to indicate they were peaceful civilians. The pick-up had some 14 IS men on the back. They took out some 30 people from my neighbour’s house: men, women and children. They put the women and children, some 20 of them, on the back of another vehicle which had come, a large white Kia, and marched the men, about nine of them, to the nearby wadi [dry river bed]. There they made them kneel and shot them in the back. They were all killed; I watched from my hiding place for a long time and none of them moved. I know two of those killed: my neighbour Salah Mrad Noura, who was about 80 years old, and his son Kheiro, aged about 45 or 50.”
What’s going on here in this part of the world?
Let’s go back to the emergence of The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria i.e. ISIS. The mission was founded in 2004 to create a hardline Islamic state crossing over the borders of Syria and Iraq. Their goal is to create a new religious state. and in this direction with the hardcore motive ISIS has emerged from radical Sunni jihadists in Iraq who fought under the banner “al-Qaeda in Iraq”.
Their goal since being founded in 2004 is to create a hardline Islamic state crossing over the borders of Syria and Iraq.
If they achieve their aim, the new state would be a caliphate led by a supreme religious leader called a caliph.
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was in custody at a US detention facility in Iraq until 2009 when he was handed over to the Iraqi authorities. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi leaving the Camp Bucca, near Iraq’s southern border with Kuwait, he told his US army captors: “I’ll see you guys in New York.”
The beginning year of the Sunni jihadist group ISIS can be traced back to 1999, when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian jihadist, started the group because he was pissed off about a lot of things. After Zarqawi swore allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2004, this evolved into what became known as “al-Qaeda in Iraq,” and was one of those shadowy insurgent groups you kept reading about the US fighting during the war. When insurgent activity died down after the US troop surge in 2007, ISIS seemed on the decline and disappeared from relevance for a bit.
In 2010, after ISIS’s second leader was assassinated, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—a former scholar of Islamic studies and a US war prisoner back in 2004 to 2005—took over and got the group back on track. He replenished their partially-killed-off leadership with dozens of Saddam’s old Ba’athist military personnel, who brought key experience to the group. Then in 2011, when the Syrian Civil War broke out, ISIS joined in as a rebel force—which helped to train and battle-harden the group. ISIS’s behavior in Syria was so brutal and severe that they even started creeping out the other bad guy groups, including al-Qaeda, who finally had a tantrum in early 2014 and cut all ties with ISIS.
Things changed drastically from June 2014 about ISIS. On June 5th ISIS stormed into Iraq, taking control of the border, and started systematically conquering towns in the western part of the nation. And suddenly, everyone had heard of ISIS.
Two things were especially shocking about ISIS’s advance into Iraq. First, the horrifying, Changez Khan-style way they conducted business—i.e. immediately round up and execute all men of authority, in this case anyone who was ever on the government payroll, and then execute anyone else who resisted their takeover. Second, the fact that in city after city ISIS attacked, the Iraqi military would flee the scene. This was partially because they were horrified of ISIS and partially because, as mentioned above, the Sunni members of the army weren’t that into fighting against a Sunni group to defend a government they hated. So western Iraq was folding quickly to ISIS, and by June 9th, they had captured Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city.
Three main reasons make ISIS the most successfully growing terror engine. Firstly its being ruthless in nature is the prime help cause. ISIS has officially been the deadliest terrorist group in history. Out of the world’s most prominent terrorist groups if you search in google or at any other search engine you filter by “Most Victims,” then ISIS comes up first, despite being around for less than a decade (their death count is more than double al-Qaeda’s lifetime total). Secondly, they’re sophisticated.
ISIS functions like a well-run company—it knows how to recruit (ISIS forces are supposedly up to 50,000 in Syria and 30,000 in Iraq), it knows how to fundraise, and it’s incredibly organized. ISIS produces a thorough and professional annual report that details its killings and conquests in the same way a company would report on its revenue and gross margin.
They’re also pros at social media. Aaron Zelin, an expert on jihadis at the Washington Institute, said that when it comes to social media, ISIS is “probably more sophisticated than most US companies.”
Third is the last but not the least effective reason for the successful growth of the ISIS, they’re incredibly rich. According to Iraqi intelligence, ISIS has
assets worth $2 billion, making it by far the richest terrorist group in the world. Most of this money was seized after the capture of Mosul, including hundreds of millions of US dollars from Mosul’s central bank. On top of that, they’ve taken oil fields and are reportedly making $3 million per day selling oil on the black market, with even more money coming in through donations, extortions, and ransom. ISIS has also gotten a hold of an upsetting amount of high-caliber, US-made weapons and tanks that were for the use of the Iraqi army but left behind when the army fled. They’ve even gotten their hands on nuclear material that they found at Mosul University.
As per the geo-political history of Iraq, the instability in the region appears to be the route cause for the ISIS to come into being. An unstable and divided new government with an amateur, questionably-loyal army and an angry minority population who feels sympathy for anyone who will resist the government; the interests of a giant neighbor, Saudi Arabia, aligned with a government overthrow; a civil war next door; and a group of western powers who have been determined to stay out—you have the perfect storm for the fiercest of terrorist groups to emerge from the fringe and conquer.
The concept of Darul Harab and Darul Islam goads and guides the mindset of the ISIS. On June 29th, ISIS just fully went for it and proclaimed itself a caliphate—i.e. a global Islamic state—and commanded all the world’s Muslims to obey Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the grand caliph.
Those living in ISIS-captured cities are getting a taste of what life in the new caliphate is like. Women have about as many rights as a goldfish, barely allowed to leave the house and forbidden from showing their faces in public. No smoking ever, and also no tampering with or disabling the smoke detector in the airplane lavatory. If they’re not just rounded up and executed on the spot, Christians and other non-Muslims are forced to convert to Islam, pay a hefty non-Muslim tax, become a refugee, or die. The doors of Christian houses are marked with a ن, a symbol that signifies that they’re Christian.
Some reports say a fatwa (an Islamic law ruling by an authority) has also been issued declaring that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 would undergo genital mutilation, a tradition meant to suppress a woman’s sexual desire in order to discourage “immoral behavior.
As for future goals, the short term goal is to establish an Islamic nation in the areas it currently controls, with some expansion of the boundaries. In the medium term, al-Baghdadi has declared that “this blessed advance will not stop until we hit the last nail in the coffin of the Sykes–Picot conspiracy”—i.e. until those pencil and ruler lines drawn after WWI are gone and all the nations are part of the new caliphate. In the long run, ISIS wants to expand its caliphate to the reaches of the first Muslim dynasty in 750 AD, and beyond.
As far as the future targets of the ISIS are concerned the chief has made it very clear to the world. In July, Al-Baghdadi put out a message to Muslims that assured them that ISIS “will conquer Rome and own the world.”
That is for tomorrow but for today, the scenario in Iraq is not reaching clearly to the world as the media has also been almost murdered. Over the past three months, as ISIS has marched through Iraq, 1.2 million Iraqis have become refugees. 700,000 of them are hiding under the protection of Kurdistan’s Peshmerga army. One of those 700,000 refugees is eight-year-old and now badly-damaged Mohammad, who was living a normal life in Mosul when ISIS attacked. Future western solution to the middle earth problem is overtly fishy. The US plan to rally proxy ground forces to complement its air strikes against Isis militants in Syria is in tatters after jihadis ousted Washington’s main ally from its stronghold in the north over the weekend.
On the other hand bombing has damaged Isis only to a limited extent and it is hard to see how it could be defeated except by fierce fighting on the ground. Even this is far from certain: war might simply encourage the growth of other terrorist groups. And it seems doubtful that either the Kurds, the Iraq Army, or any military force in Syria can win against Isis either.
So ISIS might continue to hold more or less the territory it now has. That would mean more butchery and terrorism, and periodic filmed beheadings.
Therefore the case for sending Western troops to fight is fraught and arguably weak. Perhaps the best that can be hoped for is that Isis will split – fanatics lack the spirit of co-operation – and some of its tentacles will wither. In the meantime, New Zealand and the West will need to continue to fight the propaganda war, try to cut off Isis’s flow of funds, track and arrest terrorists wherever they are, and meet imminent Isis atrocities with merciless bombing. That might be the most that can be done.