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Supporting them against Iran is akin to supporting Hamas against Al Qaeda, as someone who has been supportive of overthrowing Assad for years before the civil war, it pains me to say that overthrowing him today would only lead to much more bloodshed. The best scenario is the division of the country between the Assad regime, the Syrian Democratic Forces and Arab forces that are as close to secular-democratic as possible. And from there, we can hope that a safe alternative to Assad’s rule can eventually rise and support liberal elements to make it happen.
It's very possible for someone to take a trip to a country like Saudi Arabia and declare it as their destination when it is in actuality just a pit stop to a different country like Yemen, based on his blatant extremism and ties to a convicted Orlando imam known for facilitating international jihadists traveling, the strong likelihood is that these trips were not benign.
ISIL's focus on justifying killing Shiites is because it is being pressed by Shiite forces in Iraq and Syria, iSIL is hoping to enlist Sunnis by framing its jihad as part of a prophetic battle where the Shiites and Jews eventually unite behind the Antichrist. Fanning the flames of the Sunni-Shia split, which dates to shortly after the death of Mohammad, benefits ISIS by helping it recruit Sunnis, Mauro said. And the terror group's leadership appears to believe a final battle has been prophecized. Worldwide, Sunnis make up about 85 percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. Sunnis, who believe the true lineage of Mohammad lies with those who most closely followed his teachings, control powerful Muslim nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan. In addition, most Muslims in Africa are Sunnis. Shia Muslims are a relatively small minority of Shia Muslims, concentrated in Iran and Iraq. Shia Muslims believe bloodlines, not devotion, dictate the prophet’s line of successors. Throughout history, Shia Muslims have rejected the authority of Muslim leaders elected by the people, instead following a line of clerics Shia Muslims consider to have been appointed by Mohammad or Allah. The divide goes back to the period following Mohammad’s death in 632, when his close confidante Abu Bakr became the first Caliph of the Islamic nation. Shias believed the rightful heir was Mohammad’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali bin Abu Talib. Both sects have spawned more than their share of terrorists, though the terror organizations operate differently. Al Qaeda, ISIS, Al-Shebab and Boko Haram are Sunni organizations, while Iranian-sponsored terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, are Shia. The 13th issue of Dabiq, a copy of which was provided to FoxNews.com by the Middle East Media Research Institute( MEMRI), is titled The Rafidah : From Ibn Saba' To the Dajjal. The Rafidah is derogatory term for Shia Muslims that translates to.
Current arguments over terrorist recidivism upon release from Gitmo focus vary based on what it means to ‘rejoin’ the terrorist cause, the rate is lower if you only consider those who went back to physical fighting and it is higher if you include those who rejoined terrorist groups. But we often miss another factor: What about those who use their rock star status to radicalize without engaging in violence? We must remember this is an ideological war.
Closing Guantanamo Bay will have no impact on terrorist recruitment and radicalization, there is not a single case that I am aware of where a moderate, peace-loving Muslim became angry over the Gitmo issue and suddenly decided to wage violent jihad, behead innocent people, implement theocracy and commit human rights abuses like executing gays and abusing women.
ISIS is making it very clear that it will attack Russia, specifically Moscow, and a failure to do so will be a big blow to their prestige, we should assume they'll succeed because bombing a Russian airliner over Egypt is more difficult than attacking a random target inside Russia because ISIS only needs a small group of supporters among the 15 percent of the Russian population that is Muslim.
ISIS is bridging the gap between modernity and its outdated theocratic vision, making its ideology easier for young recruits to accept and embrace, it's hard to imagine Usama Bin Laden making a music video like this and that's another reason that The Islamic State is shaping the future of jihad, not Al Qaeda.
The Islamic State men put themselves and their romantic interests in jeopardy by wiring the money, it could be argued that this shows that the Islamic State is confident in its ability to secretly transfer funds, but the more simple and realistic explanation is that Islamic State men are still men and our judgment can be undermined by attraction.
The women genuinely believe their oppression is Allah's will and true freedom, on multiple occasions, I've seen Islamic State supporters online make the argument that females who cover their faces and bodies free themselves from the West's objectification of women. Their line is that the covering means you're judged and loved for who you are as a person, rather than what you look like.
The barbaric acts committed by ISIS make the majority of Muslims and Arabs hate them and what they stand for, but ISIS isn’t concerned with expanding their appeal -- they have millions and millions of supporters. Their immediate objective is to get the radical minority to actually pick up a gun and come join them.
The ISIS' Ramadan message specifically preaches that jihad is 10 times more obligatory during Ramadan and that those who die in jihad will be rewarded by Allah ten times as much as during the rest of the year, there will be The ISIS ' supporters who have waited to strike until now in order to get the maximum award and those who were considering an attack and will now feel more pressure to actually do The ISIS '.
The Islamic State supporters view an attack on July 4th as being as legitimate as an attack on any other day but the day's parades and crowded events make it a tempting day to strike, especially during Ramadan, iSIS as a whole does not put more emphasis on July 4th over any other holiday but The ISIS ' terrorists who decide that now is the time to die are likely to prefer the holiday for added impact.
By showcasing its slavery, ISIS is boasting that it practices Islam in its most literal interpretation, doesn't capitulate to public opinion and rejects modern interpretations, it is also showing it has a functional Islamic educational system and therefore is a real caliphate. The timing of the announcement is significant as Ramadan is a time of year where Muslims are charged with rejuvenating their faith.
You won't see a significant backlash to ISIS' crimes because there is no gay rights movement in the Muslim world and the gay rights advocates in the West are usually silent when it comes to persecution overseas, from ISIS' perspective, they only stand to gain from executing gays and telling the world about it.
The new Nigerian president will have to fight Boko Haram because the group cannot be dealt with any other way, boko Haram has even alienated fellow Islamists who believe in Sharia governance. That doesn't mean that these Islamists opposed to Boko Haram are moderates; just that they are less ferocious than Boko Haram.
These acts stem from Islamic interpretations that are more broadly held than just within ISIS and these interpretations need to be addressed, more modern Muslims say [the hadith cited by ISIS] was an instruction for a specific time and purpose and is not applicable to today, but ISIS is acting upon a widely-taught interpretation.
There are two messages being sent by ISIS besides the obvious shock factor : First, their caliphate is an actual functioning and legitimate state. Second, this is long-term struggle, this is a way of saying that ISIS has succeeded( in creating a state) where Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists have failed.
One of the purposes of these photos is to show that they didn't just seize territory ; they transformed it into an attractive caliphate that is a viable alternative to other civilizations, iSIS and other Islamist groups are at odds over the legitimacy of al-Baghdadi's caliphate, but they are in agreement that this is a ‘ civilizational jihad ’ against other systems influenced by the West.
It does nothing to persuade jihadists to support Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda instead of ISIS and its brutality will only further alienate Muslims, when ISIS brags about massacring civilians, it is self-aware enough to include lengthy justifications. Al-Shabaab fails to do that and just looks like serial killers.
Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda desperately need to convince jihadist audiences that it is effective and not yesterday's news, especially after fellow Al-Qaeda affiliate Boko Haram in Nigeria swore allegiance to ISIS, it is known that a prominent American member of Al-Shabaab has defected to ISIS, so the group should assume that many other supporters are thinking of doing the same thing.
This successful strategy has enabled ISIS to win over the next generation of jihadists, a young radical can feel as if he or she is part of an actual community in the jihadist online world and, unlike Al Qaeda, ISIS can actually claim to be seizing ground and making progress. These videos help ISIS supporters feel as if they are part of an exciting turning point in Islamic history.