Saudi, Bahraini Isis fighters in Iraq, Syria


This video says about itself:

Al Jazeera Journalist Explains Resignation over Syria and Bahrain Coverage

19 March 2012

Ali Hashem: Al Jazeera [with links to the regime of Qatar] has become a “media war machine” and is “committing journalistic suicide”.

From Gulf Daily News (Bahrain; pro-regime):

5,500 Gulf citizens fighting with ISIS

By Raji Unnikrishnan

Monday, July 14, 2014

ESTIMATES suggest up to 5,500 Gulf nationals are fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a UAE-based expert.

Around 4,000 of them are thought to be from Saudi Arabia, while the rest are believed to be from other GCC countries.

However, Dubai-based Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) research and development director Dr Theodore Karasik said he expected those figures to grow in the coming months.

“Of the GCC states, Saudi Arabia has the highest amount of nationals in ISIS – perhaps up to 4,000 fighters,” he told the GDN yesterday.

“The rest of the GCC states have much lower numbers, between 1,000 and 1,500.

“Those numbers are likely to grow in the coming months given the announcement (by ISIS) of the Caliphate and successes on the ground.

“Young people, who are being termed ‘third generation Jihadis’, are willing to join this gang of religious fighters.” …

The GDN reported yesterday that Bahraini cleric Shaikh Turki Al Ban’ali had allegedly been photographed giving a sermon for ISIS supporters in Mosul, Iraq.

Dr Karasik claimed Al Ban’ali was actually serving in the ISIS “government” as a religious leader and mufti – a Muslim legal expert empowered to give rulings on religious matters – along with Saudi nationals Omar Al Qahtani (aka Abu Bakr) and Osman Al Nazeh Al Asiri.

He said the three clerics had previously been in Syria, where Sunni rebels are waging a bloody civil war against the Shi’ite government of President Bashar Al Assad.

Recruitment

“As Shariat leaders, these three are responsible for religious discourse as well as aspects of recruiting,” claimed Dr Karasik.

British Muslims condemn Isis


This video from Britain says about itself:

We didn’t stop the Iraq war, so was 15 February 2003 pointless?

15 February 2013

Four people, including novelist Ian McEwan, remember the biggest protest in British history, when two million people marched in London to stop Tony Blair taking Britain into an illegal war against Iraq. The marchers in London, and many millions more around the world who marched on 15 February, did not stop the war. So what was achieved by protests?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Britain’s Muslim leaders condemn Isis

Saturday 12th July 2012

MUSLIM leaders in Britain have condemned the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), expressing their “grave concern” at continued violence in its name.

Representatives from both the Sunni and Shia groups in Britain relayed their message that the militant group did not represent the majority of Muslims.

Shuja Shafi, of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, said: “Violence has no place in religion, violence has no religion.

“It is prohibited for people to present themselves for destruction.”

An open letter signed by more than 100 imams from across major theological backgrounds and cultural groups urged British Muslims not to travel to the war-torn regions.

The letter called on communities “to continue the generous and tireless effort to support all of those affected by the crisis in Syria and unfolding events in Iraq,” but to do so “from the UK in a safe and responsible way.”

Justin Welby warns of hysteria over threat of Muslim radicalisation. Archbishop of Canterbury says number of young people travelling to Syria is ‘extraordinarily small’: here.

British right-wing media’s pro-ISIS provocation


Hurray for the Blackshirts, Daily Mail 1934 fascist propaganda

The Daily Mail paper in Britain has a long history of far Right sympathies, as this 1934 article by its owner, Viscount Rothermere, in support of the Blackshirts of British nazi leader Sir Oswald Mosley, shows.

By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:

Daily Mail and Evening Standard in ‘entrapment’ scandal

7 July 2014

‘Islamist extremist’ web post traced back to right-wing rags’ Northcliffe House office

RIGHT-WING hacks were accused of “entrapment” yesterday after an online post by a supposed Islamist extremist was traced back to the headquarters of the Daily Mail and Evening Standard.

A forum post on British Muslim social forum Ummah.com urged others to “pledge allegiance to the caliphate.”

New user “abuaisha10” suggested that people “get out of this evil country and pledge our allegiance to the muslim sharia law and get out of evil west (sic).

“Who wants to join me so we can wage war and jihad against the corrupt west?” the post read.

But the call to arms drew only bemusement from forum regulars.

One traced the IP address back to a known hotbed of extremist rhetoric — the papers’ Northcliffe House HQ in London.

Hope Not Hate researcher Simon Cressy described the revelations as “very disturbing.”

He said: “If it has originated from the Daily Mail, it smacks of a honeypot, it smacks of entrapment.”

The Daily Mail Group did not respond to the Morning Star’s requests for comment, while an operator with Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist hotline confirmed they would investigate the source.

“If someone is obviously trying to rally people together to commit violence, that would be an offence we would look into,” she said.

The inflammatory posting came as police continued to seek the killer of University of Essex student Nahid Al-Manea, who was brutally stabbed to death in June in what investigators believe to be a hate crime motivated by her conservative Islamic dress.

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies president Omar Ali said: “Islamophobic hate speech, be it barefaced or disguised as news or political commentary, is having a real impact on the lives and safety of Muslims in the UK.

“It is high time that those politicians, commentators and institutions that espouse pernicious narratives about Muslims and Islam take responsibility for the terrible consequences of their words,” he said.

The affair also follows a string of attacks on Britain’s Muslim communities since the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby last May.

In the days immediately after Mr Rigby’s death an English Defence League supporter was arrested for attempting to blow up a mosque in Braintree while holding worshippers at knifepoint.

In another attack two ex-soldiers were filmed lobbing firebombs at a Grimsby mosque while a young family was inside.

Four teens were arrested in connection with the torching of an Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst and three arrested over a similar attack on a mosque in Harlow.

In October a High Court judge sentenced Ukrainian national Pavlo Lapshyn to life behind bars for the racially-motivated murder of Birmingham pensioner Mohammed Saleem and a string of nail-bombings that terrorised worshippers in mosques across Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton.

SUSPICIONS, if confirmed, that a journalist located at the Daily Mail headquarters sought to stir up extremist sentiment for the sake of an inflammatory headline drag that paper to a new low: here.

Tony Blair refuted on Iraq


This April 2014 video from Britain is called Tony Blair Would Support Al-Qaeda In Syria.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

WARMONGER: A young writer took his red proofing pen to Tony Blair’s essay on Iraq and the Middle East yesterday, with the marked piece quickly going viral online.

In the essay Mr Blair demands more bloodshed in Syria and tries to wash his hands of sparking the latest round of killings in Iraq.

Marking it, Alex Nunns had to leave it ungraded as it was “not an essay but a collection of unsubstantiated opinions.”

Mr Nunns advised Mr Blair that the piece displayed “lack of effort and vigour.”

It remains to be seen if Mr Blair will attend detention as ordered.

In the last line of his review of Blair, Alex Nunns tells Blair to go to detention at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defence, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki had formally requested that the United States assist its military operations against Sunni rebels with “air power”: here.

Obama to send up to 300 ‘military advisers’ to help Iraqi army: here.

“They are high-ranking officers. They are Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, said retired Marine Sgt. Adam Banotai. Banotai, who scrapped through the brutal battle for Fallujah during the Iraq war, thinks the term ‘adviser’ is misplaced. ‘It is political semantics,’ he said. ‘We are calling them adviser now…instead of combat troops or boots on the ground. They are the most elite fighters we have,’ he added. ‘So, if they aren’t going to be combat troops — I’m not quite sure who the president is going to refer to as combat troops.’”

Saudi Arabia has further fuelled sectarian tensions in the Middle East with comments yesterday by Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal blaming the US-backed Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad for the escalating conflict in Iraq: here.

Saudi Arabia rejects Iraqi accusations of Isis support. Government statement accuses Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki of false allegations in his claims that Saudis are facilitating genocide: here.

The offensive in Iraq of the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not only revealed the destructive character of the US-led imperialist interventions in the Middle East, but also the corrupt and cynical character of its regional allies—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives: here.

Listen: “Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq.” By Amy Goodman: here.

From Alternet in the USA: The Devastating Truth of How We Destroyed Iraq in Order to Save It…For Ourselves: here.

The US occupation opened up religious fault lines in Iraq that have now exploded, writes Ramzy Baroud: here.

The Obama administration is utilizing the crisis in Iraq as an opportunity to escalate the US war drive throughout the Middle East, with Syria in the crosshairs: here.

British government pro-war in Syria, anti-Syrian refugees


This video about the British parliament is called UK’s David Cameron defeated on [his plans for war in] Syria.

By Will Stone in Britain:

Protesters welcome Syrian refugees as Con-Dem resettlement programme helps only 24

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Mass demonstrations hit Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Oxford and London over government failure to support Syrian people

Mass demonstrations took place last night from Glasgow to the Home Office in Westminster under the banner “Syrian refugees welcome here” after the government revealed that only 24 had arrived in Britain under its trumpeted resettlement programme.

Millions of Syrians are seeking asylum after fleeing the conflict in their country but the government admitted last month that its “vulnerable persons relocation scheme” had only pulled in two dozen people.

Campaigners said the figure “confirms their worst fears about the government programme” and held protests in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Oxford and London from 6.30pm yesterday.

Luke Cooper of the Syria Solidarity Movement said the government had “been extremely reluctant to reveal these figures and now we know why: they are embarrassingly low and contradict Britain’s supposed support for the relief effort.

“The Home Office response to this catastrophe is quite disgraceful, especially seen in the context of the generous programmes of the United States, Germany and others.”

To add insult to injury Syrian refugees have reported long delays in their asylum claims when entering Britain.

It comes as Britain marks Refugee Week — an annual celebration of arts and educational events held each June to mark the huge contributions made by refugees.

On Thursday, the White House asked Congress to authorize $500 million for direct US military training and equipment for Sunni insurgents fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad: here.

Syria conflict: UK planned to train and equip 100,000 rebels: here.

British plans developed in 2012 for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to march on Damascus and overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have been exposed: here.

Syrian ‘moderates’ aren’t so moderate in Iraq. Who are the ‘moderate’ rebels President Obama wants to train and arm? Here.

Tony Blair wants still more bloodshed in Syria and Iraq


This video is called An Iraqi child asks Tony Blair and George Bush: Are you happy now?

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Tony Blair Iraq comments: Senior Labour figures distance themselves from former PM after he refuses to accept blame for new crisis

Nigel Morris

Sunday 15 June 2014

Senior Labour figures rapidly distanced themselves from Tony Blair after he supported airstrikes on Iraq and Syria – and refused to accept that he should accept any of the blame for the crisis engulfing the region.

He defended his Government’s backing for the US-led invasion of Iraq, insisting it had been right to oust Saddam Hussein and urging military intervention to halt the advance of extremist Isis forces across the north of the country.

The former Prime Minister’s comments, in a blogpost on his website and a series of television interviews, opened fresh wounds within the party over the 11-year-old Iraq war.

Sources close to Ed Miliband refused to endorse Mr Blair’s analysis. One told the Independent: “What matters now is making the judgements rather than seeking to make points about what happened in the past.”

The shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, echoed the Coalition Government’s view that military action is not contemplated. He said: “The truth is that it is the Iraqis themselves who hold the key to resolving this crisis.”

Interviewed on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Blair made clear he was not advocating the deployment of ground troops, but said western nations should “actively try and shape this situation with our allies in the region”.

Mr Blair, now a Middle East peace envoy, said the West should consider a range of options, including air strikes and the use of remote-controlled drones as happened in Libya.

In the article on his website, the former Labour leader insisted the latest bloodshed in Iraq was not linked to the invasion.

He blamed the re-emergence of extremist fighters on the weakness and sectarianism of the Iraqi government, as well as the failure to intervene in neighbouring Syria, which has been embroiled in civil war for more than three years.

His comments were condemned by his former deputy, Lord Prescott, who spelt out his opposition to Britain’s involvement in Iraq in 2003 and accused him of wanting to launch a “crusade” in the region.

Lord Prescott told Sky News: “I said to him at the time, your great danger, when you want to go and do these regime changes, you’re back to what Bush called a crusade…Put on a white sheet and a red cross, and we’re back to the crusades. It’s all about religion – in these countries it’s gone on for a thousand years.”

He dismissed the use of drones as “not a way for Britain to go in the name of open society”, adding: “Hardly democratic either. So I don’t agree with Tony as I didn’t then.”

Clare Short, who resigned from the Blair Cabinet over Iraq, said: “More bombing will not solve it, it will just exacerbate it.”

She called him a “complete American neocon” who had been “absolutely consistently wrong, wrong, wrong” on the issue.

Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain’s ambassador to the US from 1997 to 2003, said the handling of the campaign to remove Saddam was “perhaps the most significant reason” for the sectarian violence now convulsing Iraq.

“We are reaping what we sowed in 2003. This is not hindsight. We knew in the run-up to war that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein would seriously destabilise Iraq after 24 years of his iron rule,” he wrote in the Mail on Sunday.

The former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown said: “I’m having a bit of a difficulty getting my mind round the idea that a problem that has been caused or made worse by killing many, many Arab Muslims in the Middle East is going to be made better by killing more with western weapons.”

No Mr Blair. Your naive war WAS a trigger for this savage violence, writes CHRISTOPHER MEYER, British Ambassador to the US during Iraq War.

Robert Fisk: How does Tony Blair get away with his lies? Assad’s enemies, whom Blair’s bombing of Damascus would have helped, now threaten Iraq: here.

TONY BLAIR, who is understandably opposed to the full transcripts of all of his talks with President Bush being published in the Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war, has told the BBC that his illegal war with Iraq is in no way responsible for the current collapse in Iraq: here.

Boris Johnson denounces Tony Blair as ‘unhinged’ on Iraq: here.