Islamic State: The short and the long of it


In this very concise video (One Minute ISIL, Al Jazeera, 10 June 2015), Zeina Khodr gives us a basic primer on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Many countries have vowed to destroy them, but they failed. What can stop them? Three words … Sunni, Shia, unity.

For a long and illuminating read, see  How Isis crippled al-Qaida (The Guardian, 10 June 2015).

Isis has not simply eclipsed al-Qaida on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, and in the competition for funding and new recruits. According to a series of exclusive interviews with senior jihadi ideologues, Isis has successfully launched “a coup” against al-Qaida to destroy it from within. As a consequence, they now admit, al-Qaida – as an idea and an organisation – is now on the verge of collapse.

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5 Responses to “Islamic State: The short and the long of it”

  1. anne cameronJune 15, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    So…what part of “Thou Shalt Not Murder” do they not understand?

  2. markottawaJune 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    And effort at a reasoned approch:

    “How to Counter the Caliphate in Iraq: Give Up Destroy, Just Contain? Part 2”


  3. SnafubarJune 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    What is being played out in the middle east and the Ukraine today is a combination of the outcomes from the insane and devious “war on terror” and the objectives of Israel, the USA, their western partners and Saudi Arabia. All these parties want chaos in the region in order to carry out their own particular agendas. It is simply about hegemony and control of energy resources, while maneuvering puppets in controlling positions. It is now a familiar pattern that we’ve seen before in Central and South America. It is sick and utterly destructive but the implicated so-called “saviours of democracy” don’t really care about the horrors of their objectives. Now they have Russia in their sights (because Vladimir Putin is interfering with their plans). He is the new evil dictator of the year. Steven Harper is a two-faced disingenuous partner in this, and I am embarrassed to have him as a prime minister of Canada. He has to go!

    Between the Corporations and the Governments, there are nefarious plans unfolding and we are being kept in the dark about all this horror. The controlled media and its sycophantic journalists have no intention of rocking the boat.

    There is so much desperation in the world today, more than at any other time. It is being carried out collectively in our name and It must be stopped!

    All this pretense about fighting ISIL is just a big fat turkey shoot. As long as they are only killing other Arabs, the only threat to the West is its weakened control of the region. Hell no! We can’t have that, eh?

  4. Douglas JackJune 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    Canada, US, NATO, Saudi-Arabia & Israel are on side with Rothschild oligarch’s Oded-Yinon plan with its funded New-World-Order & Project-for-a-New-American-Century children. War-crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, plans for Iran, the false Arab-spring & 100s of Israel’s Finance-Media-Education-Military-Industrial-Legislative-Complex arming of mercenaries for destabilization are all on the schedules outlined, ultimately for a greater Israel between the Tigris & Nile rivers. AIPAC, Mossad, Hasbara funding & power channels are effective.


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