Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Lashes out at Critics (30 September 2013)

Posted by Joshua Landis

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, released an audio recording Monday September 2013 to defend ISIS against recent attacks in the media.

Everyone has been waiting for this statement ever since the ISIS kicked the North Storm and FSA militias out of Azaz, north of Aleppo. The speculation was that ISIS was preparing to take over the border crossing with Turkey in order to capture the revenue and place a strategic chock-hold on goods moving to Aleppo. Turkey closed the border crossing in response.

An English translation has yet to be published. Here are a few quick points:

  • He denies responsibility of the explosions that targeted Sunni Mosques in Iraq. Says the Rafidi(Iraqi) army is responsible for the attacks.
  • Support for the ISIS in Iraq is growing, even among the tribes.
  • He says the media is twisting facts. One example of this is the accusation that ISIS of staying in the liberated areas (this was an accusation repeated by Elizabeth O’Bagy and quoted in Kerry’s Senate hearing) and stabbing the FSA in the back to keep them away from the front, when the opposite is the truth:
    • Liwaa Ahfad al-Rassoul opened a front with ISIS in Raqqa and Deir ezZor to distract ISIS from pursuing its front in Latakia and the coast. When they were close to conquering Qirdaha, Bashar’s hometown.
    • Adnani said that the leader of Liwaa Ahfad al-Rassoul went to France and brought back money and a plan to face the ISIS, and Ahfad al-Rassoul members started instigating the fight by swearing at Allah in public and on the walki-talki. He says, “don’t get fooled, not all groups fighting are good, some are known to be shabiha,” an example is a group in Aleppo countryside called al-Nasir, which they caught planting ….. in their bases. He also calls Senator McCain an American pig.
    • Liwaa Asifat al-Shamal opened a front with ISIS in Azaz over a crusader spy, distracting them from the Hama front where ISIS is making amazing progress that is not being reported
  • Adnani blames the media for casting them in a bad light by spreading lies, not reporting on their successes, and attributing what successes they do report to other groups.
  • ISIS does not want to exclude anyone but a lot of groups want to exclude the ISIS. The ISIS welcomes anyone that extends a hand to them.
  • An example of this false attribution is the victorious capture of Menagh airbase, which was carried out mostly by ISIS with little help from other groups. All the same, the media reported this as an accomplishment of the FSA to the point that the Supreme Military Council leaders claimed responsibility for it.
  • Adnani is also annoyed that not enough attention was given to the ISIS operation on Dirii Hama.
  • He says ISIS does not think that most people are Kufar. They believe that the majority of the people in Iraq and Syria are Muslim. ISIS does not declare anybody an apostate without clear evidence. And when one of its members is found to be making such a generalization, that member is penalized and if he repeats his actions, he gets expelled from the group. And they’ve expelled a lot of Ansar and Muhajirin because of such statements.
  • Adnani insists that the media constantly plays up the few altercations that ISIS has had with other militias, while completely ignoring the frequent and on-going fights that set other groups against each other.
  • Adnani points out that many insisted that fighting between the ISIS and its defectors – here he is referring to Jabhat al-Nusra – would break out, but it did not. Not a single drop of blood was shed and no fighting took place, even though every reason for it existed. This upset the infidels and proved to everyone that ISIS is not out to attack those who disagree with their views. The ISIS has not fought anybody in Syria except the Nusayris, unless it was forced into a fight. ISIS believes it is stupid to fight on multiple fronts.
  • He reminds the FSA that the goal of this campaign of distortion is to provoke internecine fighting between the two groups.

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51. ziad said:

Chillean Lady Terrorist Member of FSA

The following is an interview done by the Syrian TV with an arrested lady member of the FSA, Free (from) Syrians Army, she’s from Chile who came all the way to help liberate the Syrians from their lives with the help of the Obama regime and its regional stooges.

She joined Obama’s death squads in their revolution and was positioned in Latakia’s countryside where the Wahhabi Sex Cannibal anti-Islamic Islamist Jihadists released all their sectarian hatred against the villagers there. Most were smuggled by NATO Caliph wannabe Erdogan, the prime minister of Ottoman Turkey.

English subtitles are the translation of the Arabic subtitles.. It seems some text might be missing, not sure though.

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October 2nd, 2013, 1:21 pm


52. ziad said:

Netanyahu’s UN speech: Sounds like a sociopath?

Iranian missiles will hit New York in “three to four years”. A nuclear Iran is like “50 North Koreas”.

This could be the sound of a deranged, dangerous sociopath, or this could be the sound of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu addressing the UN General Assembly.

Compare for yourself. Last week we had Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calling for the world to surf a WAVE (as in World Against Violence and Extremism).

This week we had Bibi saying that was a “cynical” and “totally hypocritical honey trap”.

In the world according to Netanyahu, “Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Rouhani tried to present himself as “pious”, but he’s always been involved with “the terror state of Iran”. He’s like “a serial killer going to court dressed in clerical attire and giving testimony to his nature as an ‘ethical’ and ‘religious’ man.”

Ranting aside, Bibi did change his game. Now it’s not silly cartoons and begging the US to bomb Iran virtually on a weekly basis. Now it’s Iran’s “military nuclear program” that must be shut down – a program, by the way, that the alphabet soup of US intelligence agencies says does not exist.

And this after Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama to forget – forever – UN Security Council resolution 242, which determined total Israeli withdrawal from all lands occupied after the 1967 war.

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October 2nd, 2013, 1:24 pm


53. ziad said:

Biden: If there were not an Israel, we would have to invent one

The United States would have invented Israel if it did not exist already, said US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, highlighting the depth of Israel’s influence on the American political system.

Biden made the remark during a speech at a pro-Israel lobbying organization called J Street in Washington D.C. He also pointed out several times to President Barack Obama’s commitment to Israel.

There’s a moral connection between the US and Israel, Biden said, but there also are clear national security interests.

“If there were not an Israel, we would have to invent one to make sure our interests were preserved,” Biden said. “America’s support for Israel’s security is unshakable, period, period, period.”

He added, “The president and I are absolutely devoted to the survival of Israel.”

The vice president claimed that Iran’s nuclear energy program is a threat to Israel’s existence and said we can’t accept such a threat to global peace and security. Iran has repeatedly rejected such allegations saying its nuclear program has peaceful purposes only.

Biden’s speech comes as Israel reportedly possesses hundreds of nuclear warheads.

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October 2nd, 2013, 1:27 pm


54. ziad said:

Foreign extremists dominate Syria fight

Foreign fighters from across the Arab world and beyond are playing an increasingly dominant role in the battle for control of Syria, which has emerged as an even more powerful magnet for jihadist volunteers than Iraq and Afghanistan were in the past decade.

The number of Syrians battling to overthrow the regime led by President Bashar al-Assad outstrips by a large margin the thousands of Arabs and other non-Syrian Muslims who have streamed into Syria over the past two years to join in the fight.

But the flow of jihadist volunteers has accelerated, and non-Syrians have begun taking the lead in a variety of roles as the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attempts to assert control over large areas of the rebel-held north.

Foreign fighters man checkpoints, serve as commanders on the battlefield and have become the de facto rulers of towns and cities in areas under rebel control, giving them a visible and much-feared presence across large swaths of territory, according to Syrians living in the north as well as analysts.

Saudis, Tunisians and Libyans are among the most frequently encountered nationalities, the residents and analysts say, but men from Chechnya, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates also are present. The Pakistani Taliban announced in August that it had established a presence in Syria. Among those killed in recent battles was a Moroccan commander who had spent years as a prisoner of the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was eulogized in one of the many videos prepared by the foreign volunteers to advertise their presence.

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October 2nd, 2013, 1:30 pm


55. ghufran said:

The Kingdom of Sandy Arabia (KSA) royal sheikhs are throwing Bedouin-style temper tantrums right and left, they did not allow Ibrahimi to visit their blessed country, refused a seat at the UNSC, and criticized their big daddy, USA, over Syria and Iran.

Here is a piece on Mad Sandy from The Telegraph by Con Coughlin:

Anxious to head off any possible hint of anti-government dissent in their own country, the Saudis have embarked on a carefully orchestrated campaign to shore up the Arab world’s anciens régimes, rather than allowing revolution to flourish. They helped to overthrow the short-lived Islamist government of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, and are working hard to ensure that other monarchies in Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates survive the tremors sweeping the region.
The mastermind of this strategy is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former darling of Washington’s cocktail party circuit, where he served for many years as Saudi ambassador before becoming the country’s intelligence chief. By alienating long-standing allies such as the US, he and his colleagues are clearly taking a huge gamble, since it is unlikely that the likes of China and Russia would ever give them the same level of protection. But with the entire Arab world in such a state of flux, the Saudis are taking the fight to protect their interests very seriously indeed.

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November 2nd, 2013, 3:48 pm


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