Sunday, May 31, 2015

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White House | Phoenix Mosque Protest

White House | Phoenix Mosque Protest
Posted by     Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 9:00am
The question is “why?”

A protest at a Phoenix mosque was held late Friday afternoon in response to two Phoenix residents driving to Texas last month looking to engage in violence because of a “Draw Mohammed” contest that was going on there:
Police officers lined barricades separating protesters and counter-protesters who gathered outside a Phoenix mosque Friday evening in response to a planned “freedom of speech” demonstration where attendees were encouraged to bring weapons and “draw Mohammed,” an act offensive to many Muslims.
Police presence increased by 6:30 p.m. to physically separate the two sides outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.
About 20 cars and 15 motorcycles traveled from a protester meeting point at a nearby park to the mosque around 6 p.m., where people from the two sides used megaphones to yell at each other and were at times nose-to-nose.
A large group of counter protesters held signs reading “Love not Hate,” as others waved American flags and one man ripped the Quran in half.
The protest went off without any acts of violence. There were no fights and no riots.
One area where even supporters of the protesters split was in the decision of some to carry firearms. Arizona is an open carry state, and some of the protesters were openly carrying firearms, including rifles that would naturally be mistakenly referred to “assault weapons” or “automatic weapons.”
White House spokesman, Josh Earnest was asked about the protest. Here is what he had to say:
Here are some of his comments:
Even expressions that are offensive, that are distasteful, and intended to sow divisions in an otherwise tight-knit, diverse community like Phoenix, cannot be used as a justification to carry out an act of violence, and certainly can’t be used as a justification to carry out an act of terrorism.
The Department of Homeland Security is aware of this event, and as they were in advance of the previous event that was convened earlier this month, I believe, the Department of Homeland Security has been in touch with state and local law enforcement authorities, and we’re going to continue to monitor this situation.
Whether one agrees with what the protesters did, nothing they did was illegal. They were engaging in the right to peacefully assemble, engage in free speech and were exercising their second amendment rights and keeping with Arizona law.
So the question has to be asked: Why is the government “monitoring” any of this? There are plenty of people the DHS should be monitoring. People engaging in perfectly legal behavior should not be among them.

The Mosques should be monitored  not the anti Islam protesters. Its Muslims that tried to kill Geller and those who attended the draw Muhammad contest. The two savages that were eventually killed trying to carry out their jihad, came from the Mosques that was being targeted by the protesters. So once again why doesn't Obama and his regime consider Mosques and the savages that attend them as potential threats . To Obama, were the bad guys and not the savage Muslims that are wanting to destroy our culture and country. Obama is leading that effort by denying Islam has anything to do with any terrorism that takes place in this country. ? Mosques are off limits yet the government wants to monitor yours and my phone records. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Phoenix: Muhammad cartoon contest planned outside Garland jihadi’s mosque | Creeping Sharia

Phoenix: Muhammad cartoon contest planned outside Garland jihadi’s mosque | Creeping Sharia

Somalis in Sweden evicted, demand free housing and more money.

Its the same everywhere these leaches migrate to. They want you and I to pay for everything. Isn't it time we say no more to them. You try going to your neighbors and demanding more money and free housing and see where that gets you. Somalis are also taking over large parts of Minneapolis. There they have formed rape gangs where they prey upon our daughters. Savages don't belong in a civilized society.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Video: CAIR-AZ Working with Law Enforcement on Armed Anti-Muslim Rally, ...

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ARIZONA: Bikers plan armed anti-Islam protest outside mosque that hatched the two Garland, Texas would-be Muslim jihadist assassins | BARE NAKED ISLAM

ARIZONA: Bikers plan armed anti-Islam protest outside mosque that hatched the two Garland, Texas would-be Muslim jihadist assassins | BARE NAKED ISLAM

On Friday, May 29, 2015, a group of bikers in Arizona plan to host an anti-Islam demonstration outside of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. Dubbed as “Freedom of Speech Rally Round 2,” a reference to American blogger Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoon contest in Garland, Texas earlier this month, the event, organized on Facebook, is described as a “response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorists with ties to ISIS, attempted to kill a bunch of people.”


Bridge Georgetown  Prior to gathering outside of the mosque, the motorcyclists say they’ll meet in a nearby Denny’s parking lot, where they’ll have a “Muhammad cartoon contest.” They plan to take the images of Islam’s prophet to the Islamic Community Center at 6:15 that evening — a time when the Muslim community is expected to gather inside.

BikerRideThe rally’s organizer, Jon Ritzheimer, has called on the group to “to utilize there [sic] second amendment right at this event just incase our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.” He warns on the event’s Facebook page that the mosque is “a known place that the 2 terrorists frequented.” The would-be ambushers of Pamela Geller’s event in Garland are said to have worshiped there.


As of Wednesday morning, 128 people had signed up to attend the Phoenix rally.

Below are a few important points that the radical left wing fringe at Georgetown University want to emphasize: 

  • First, this rally shows how figures like Pamela Geller have (even unintentionally) inspired copycat demonstrations across the country. Geller and company don’t tote weapons, but biker gangs who sympathize with her views often do. Ahead of a Muslim event in Garland, Texas back in January, some motorcyclists showed up with long guns.. Though the bikers at these events did not fire their weapons, the possibility of violence increases when armed demonstrators swarm a group of people they dislike.

  • For Ritzheimer and his fellow bikers, Islam is a religion that inspires violence among its followers. Muslims are a dangerous threat. At this latest protest in Phoenix, Geller’s supporters are taking what — in their minds — is the logical next step: possibly resorting to violence. (If necessary to defend themselves, of course. Never know how many Muslim terrorists might be there)

  • Next, this event is yet another reminder of the degree to which “free speech” demonstrations are often veneers for deep-seated animus. The point that the Phoenix bikers are making with this event is less about free speech than it is about expressing their hatred of Islam directly to Muslims. (Expressing hatred for Islam is a First Amendment right)

Gee, I wonder what the censored word says?
Gee, I wonder what the censored word says?
  • This is evidenced by the obscene comments on the group’s page, the vulgar t-shirts that the group will sell (and wear) ahead of their gathering, and the fact that the organizers have chosen to intentionally antagonize Muslims at their mosque  (Oh, here we go, free speech = incitement of Muslim terrorists) by arriving en masse, insulting their religion to their faces, intimidating them with their weapons, and expecting that they quietly embrace all of this in the name of the First Amendment. (That’s what Americans do, unfortunately, not what Muslims do)

  • Lastly, it highlights the degree to which Islamophobia (Oh. please, is that the best you can do?) runs rampant on the Internet, and how social media has become a breeding ground for groups like this who, in addition to fomenting their views online, use the virtual space to plan and organize actual events. This is central to the effectiveness of groups like Geller’s, who time and again have nurtured online bases and issued calls to action.

  • In 2010, the hue and cry in the streets of Manhattan over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” was Geller’s work, and in the past five years dozens of bloggers and web-goers have translated armchair enthusiasm about issues related to Islam into on-the-ground activism against Muslim groups. (And the Ground Zero mosque was never built thanks to the efforts of Geller and associates)04c6067b15cd733cd668cf5a6ed432af

The FBI is currently investigating threatening letters that were sent to the mosque, and an entourage of armed people gathered outside of it on Friday evening will only make matters worse. (Ewwwww, maybe muslims should stay home from the mosque that day)


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Muslims Won't Listen to Hirsi Ali :: Middle East Forum

Muslims Won't Listen to Hirsi Ali :: Middle East Forum
by Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun
May 26, 2015

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the incredibly courageous, Somali-born author, has written a new book, Heretic, in which she calls for "nothing less than a Muslim Reformation."
Her Muslim critics may spew vitriol at her, but they cannot take away from the unflinching resolve she has demonstrated — in the face of death threats — as she critiques Islam, the religion of her childhood that she has abandoned.
She is reaching out to Muslims, but I feel her gesture will resonate only with those who have already abandoned Islam, not those who remain inside its cauldron.
Hirsi Ali identifies her audience as "Mecca Muslims", her label for non-radical, religious Muslims, a category few Muslims will understand unless they read her book.
She writes: "I hope to engage (Mecca Muslims) ... in a dialogue about the meaning and practice of their faith. I hope that they will be one of the primary audiences for this book."
No Muslim will pay heed to someone who has referred to the Prophet Mohammed as a "pervert" and a "tyrant."
Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen. I say this because no Muslim will pay heed to someone who has referred in the past to the Prophet Mohammed as a "pervert" and a "tyrant."
Of course, Hirsi Ali has the right to pass judgment on any historical figure, and I support her right to her opinion, despite disagreeing with her.
But Hirsi Ali today identifies more with the American literati than with the secular dissidents dying in Bangladesh or Pakistan, jailed in Turkey and Iran, or the persecuted Rohingya Muslims adrift in the Bay of Bengal.
As she acknowledges to the reader:
"I am now one of you: a Westerner. I share with you the pleasures of the seminar rooms and the campus cafes. I know we Western intellectuals cannot lead a Muslim Reformation. But we do have an important role to play."
As for a "reformation" in Islam, if religions could be reformed through reason and logic, then the biblical belief that God appeared in the form of a burning bush on Mt. Sinai to talk to Moses would at best be considered a fairy tale, not a fact. Similarly, the story in the Bible and Qur'an of God asking Abraham to slaughter his own son (Jews say this was Isaac while Muslims insist it was Ishmael) as an act of sacrifice can only be believed if one has blind faith in one's religion, not because of any rational thought process.
Yet, hundreds of years after the Reformation, Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment, this reported encounter on earth between God and man is considered an indisputable foundation of not just Judaism and Christianity, but Islam.
Christians believe a snake in the Garden of Eden could speak to a human. Hindus are convinced a monkey once flew holding a mountain on the palm of his right hand. Muslims are certain Mohammed flew on a winged horse (undoubtedly inspired by Pegasus).
The difference between Muslims and other religious believers is that many Muslims still believe in the mixing of religion and politics, whereas the rest of the world now uses faith mainly as a moral compass, rather than a basis for legislation.
Hirsi Ali misses this point completely in her latest book. She is right in her call for Muslims to abandon sharia, but guilty of invoking that very sharia to pass judgment on Prophet Mohammed as a pervert and tyrant.
She can't have it both ways.​
Tarek Fatah is a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, a columnist at theToronto Sun, and a Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum. He is the author of two award-winning books: Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State and The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Speech by President Ronald Reagan

Reagan puts Obama to shame. Instead of a President who honors our fallen, Obama could care less about our military. Obama is doing his best to weaken it. 

Obama "Remembers" Ramadi | Zero Hedge

Obama "Remembers" Ramadi | Zero Hedge

Israel Matzav: US branch of Muslim Brotherhood, Obama confidantes: 'Honor Islamic terrorists, not US troops'

Israel Matzav: US branch of Muslim Brotherhood, Obama confidantes: 'Honor Islamic terrorists, not US troops
The Council on American-Islamic Relations - the US branch of the Muslim Brotherhood - urges Americans to honor Islamic terrorists this Memorial Day, and not US troops. Yes, you read that correctly....
You read that right. As nearly all Americans come together on Memorial Day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country’s freedom and safety, two CAIR officials spent the holiday weekend differently: questioning whether U.S. troops deserve to be honored and tweeting that the country was “established upon white supremacy.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group labeled by the Justice Department as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and “un-indicted co-conspirator” in a terrorism-financing trial, disingenuously claims that it is a moderate organization.
Yet, on May 23, Zahra Billoo, the radical executive-director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, tweeted that she “struggles with Memorial Day each year” about whether to honor American soldiers who died in wars:

She also quoted another CAIR official, Dawud Walid, the executive-director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, as questioning whether they should honor American soldiers that died in “unjust” wars and occupations.
That’s a direct insult to American soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan and those that have returned from Iraq, as CAIR officials consistently describe those wars with that terminology. Billoo quoted Walid as saying:

 Billoo did, however, find one “soldier” she felt comfortably honoring. On May 26, she promoted an article from the anti-Semitic and anti-American Nation of Islam that asked for help for a “black liberation soldier” named Imam Jamil al-Amin:

Al-Amin was a member of the Black Panthers terrorist group and was convicted of murdering a police officer in 2000. He is also anti-American, stating “if America doesn’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down,” and “I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.”
Al-Amin also said the U.S. Constitution is “diametrically opposed to what Allah has commanded.”
THIS is who CAIR wants to honor on Memorial Day? A racist, anti-American cop-killer?
There's more. Read the whole thing
For those who have forgotten, the Obama administration has admitted tohundreds of meetings with representatives of CAIR.

ISIS Planning US Nuclear Attack In Next 12 Months: Report

ISIS Planning US Nuclear Attack In Next 12 Months: Report
Three weeks after the first supposed attack by Islamic State supporters in the US, in which two ISIS "soldiers" wounded a security guard before they were killed in Garland, Texas, the time has come to raise the fear stakes.
In an article posted in the terrorist group's English-language online magazine Dabiq (which as can be see below seems to have gotten its design cues straight from Madison Avenue and is just missing glossy pages filled with 'scratch and sniff' perfume ads ) ISIS claimed that it has enough money to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and "carry out an attack inside the United States next year."
In the article, the ISIS columnist said the weapon could be smuggled into the United States via its southern border with Mexico.
Curiously, the author of the piece is John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who was abducted by ISIS in 2012 and has been held hostage by the organization ever since; he has appeared in several videos since his kidnapping and criticized Western powers.
John Cantlie
As the Telegraph notes, "Mr Cantlie, whose fellow journalist hostages have all either been released or beheaded, has appeared in the group’s propaganda videos and written previous pieces. In his latest work, presumed to be written under pressure but in his hall-mark style combining hyperbole, metaphor and sarcasm, he says that President Obama’s policies for containing Isil have demonstrably failed and increased the risk to America."
Cantlie describes the following "hypothetical" scenario in Dabiq :
Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table. The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wil?yah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region.

The weapon is then transported overland until it makes it to Libya, where the muj?hid?n move it south to Nigeria. Drug shipments from Columbia bound for Europe pass through West Africa, so moving other types of contraband from East to West is just as possible.

The nuke and accompanying muj?hid?n arrive on the shorelines of South America and are transported through the  porous borders of Central America before arriving in Mexico and up to the border with the United States.

From there it’s just a quick hop through a smuggling tunnel and hey presto, they’re mingling with another 12 million “illegal” aliens in America with a nuclear bomb in the trunk of their car.
 Cantlie continues:
Perhaps such a scenario is far-fetched but it’s the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago. And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive?

That’s easy enough to make. The Islamic State make no secret of the fact they have every intention of attacking America on its home soil and they’re not going to mince about with two muj?hid?n taking down a dozen casualties if it originates from the Caliphate. They’ll be looking to do something big, something that would make any past operation look like a squirrel shoot, and the more groups that pledge allegiance the more possible it becomes to pull off something truly epic.

Remember, all of this has happened in less than a year. How more dangerous will be the lines of communication and supply a year on from today? If the West completely failed to spot the emergence of the Islamic State and then the allies who so quickly pledged allegiance to it from around the world, what else of massive significance are they going to miss next?
One can, of course, debate just how much the West "failed to spot the emergence of ISIS" considering it was not only the CIA which initially trained the terrorist organization in Jordan in 2012, but according to recently declassified Pentagon documents, the US was well aware the outcome its attempt to overthrow Syria's Assad would have on the region, in the process "creating" ISIS, aka al Qaeda 2.0.

In other words, even the "hypothetical operation" involving a nuclear attack on US soil would implicitly have the blessing of the US government. Which, considering the way the stock market surges every time the US economy deteriorates further on its way towards recession, probably means that a mushroom cloud appearing in some major US metropolitan area is just what the E-mini algos would need to send the S&P500 limit up.
Finally, we leave it up to our readers to decide for themselves just who is behind the production of the Islamic State's magazine Dabiq, whose latest issue, #9, is shown below. One thing is clear: unlike the Greek finance minister and the European Commission, ISIS knows all about purging metadata after posting a pdf to avoid identification of the original author.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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ISIS Suggests It Can Smuggle a Nuke Into US Through Mexico - Minutemen News

ISIS Suggests It Can Smuggle a Nuke Into US Through Mexico - Minutemen News
The Islamic State is using the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to pose the “far-fetched” hypothetical of purchasing its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year and getting it into the United States through the porous Southern border.
The terrorists raise the issue in an op-ed piece entitled “The Perfect Storm” that it attributes to John Cantlie, the British photojournalist whom ISIS took hostage in November 2012, The Independent reports.
Cantlie has since appeared in many of the group’s propaganda videos.
Here are the key sections of the piece, according to the Independent Journal Review:
  • “Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table. The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilayah (Province) in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region. The weapon is then transported overland until it makes it to Libya, where the mujahidin move it south to Nigeria.
  • “Drug shipments from Colombia bound for Europe pass through West Africa, so moving other types of contraband from East to West is just as possible. The nuke and accompanying mujahidin arrive on the shorelines of South America and are transported through the porous borders of Central America before arriving in Mexico and up to the border with the United States.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Obama Executive Orders Number 1000 and Counting

Take 1 minute to comprehend what you read below. 

During our lifetimes, all Presidents have issued Executive Orders. For various reasons, some have issued more than others.  These things will directly affect us all, in years to come.

Question is:  Do YOU care enough to send this, 'shocking info,' to people you love

Ike - 2 in 8 year

Kennedy - 4 in 3 year

LBJ - 4 in 5  years

Nixon - 1 in 6 years

Ford - 3 in 2  years

Carter - 3 in 4 years

Reagan - 5 in 8 years

Bush - 3 in 4 years

Clinton - 15 in 8 years

George W. Bush - 62 in 8  years

  Obama - 923 in 3 1/2 years!  More than 1000+ and counting Executive Orders in 6 years...

Read some of them below – unbelievable!

Next step -dictatorship. (Looks like we are there already!).

  If you don't get the implications, you're not paying attention.  How come all the other presidents in the past 100 years have not found it necessary to INCREASE GOVERNMENT’S POWER OVER THE PEOPLE with more than 1,000 Executive Orders?  This is really very scary.

And most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening.

Even some Democrats in the House have turned on him, plus a very small number of Democrat Senators have questioned him. Rightfully so. -

Remember what he told Russia 's Putin: "I'll be more flexible after I'm reelected?  Now look at these:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 --allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports. 

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 --allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 -- allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 --allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 --allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 -- allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare function
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 -- designates the registration of all persons.  Postmaster General to operate a national registration.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 -- allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 -- allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 -- allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 -- assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 -- specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 -- grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 -- allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energ y sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. Financial institution in any undefined national emergency.

It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.
Feel free to verify the "executive orders"  at will.....and these are just the major ones.
I'm sure you've all heard the tale of the "Frog in the Pot"...  Watch Obama's actions, not his words!  By his actions he will show you where America is headed.

Obama has issued executive orders that seek to "harmonize" U.S. Economic regulations with the rest of the world.  These executive orders are yet another incremental step that is pushing us closer to a North American Union and a one world economic system.

Obama used the stage at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech to announce two new executive orders infringing on your second amendment rights..

The first bans the importation of antique military firearms for sale to sportsman and collectors.  He intentionally mislabels them military grade weapons to deceive the sheeple, but make no mistake . . . The order was written specifically to ban the importation of surplus M1 carbines, M1 Garands, 1903 Springfields and other antiques coveted by collectors and sport shooters.

This order is the death knell for the civilian marksmanship program.

Congress had previously passed the sportsman protection act in 1986 which among other things guaranteed that the importation of the historic relics for collectors and the CMP would not be impeded by unreasonable regulations.

Unfortunately, most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening.
The American people need to understand that Barack Obama is constantly looking for ways to integrate the United States more deeply with the rest of the world.

The globalization of the world economy has accelerated under Obama, and this latest executive order represents a fundamental change in U.S. Economic policy.  Now federal regulators will be required to "harmonize" their work with the international community.


France: Anti-immigration protesters occupy EU Commission office

All of France and Europe should be protesting against the immigration of more Muslim savages. Muslims dont assimilate into our culture, Muslims want us to bow down and accept their ideology or else die. Its written in that rag called the Koran.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Obama Swears by the Quran to Speak the Truth

Obama has continued to lie to the American people as well as our allies ever since then, evidently taking a page from Islam that permits deception and lying to the unbelievers on behalf of jihad. 

"The TIL Project" with Shahram Hadian: True Goal of Islam

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Possum Closet Clutter

US Special Operations Forces kill Islamic State commander in Syrian raid | The Long War Journal

US Special Operations Forces kill Islamic State commander in Syrian raid | The Long War Journal

US Special Operations Forces killed an Islamic State military and financial leader and captured his wife during a raid in eastern Syria last night, the US military confirmed today.
The operation, which included airstrikes followed by an air assault conducted by special operations troops, was designed to capture Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader in the Islamic State, and his wife, Umm Sayyaf.
The raid took place “in al-Amr,” or the Al Omar oil field in Deir al Zour province in eastern Syria,Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement released by the US military. The oil field is under the control of the Islamic State, which uses the extracted resources to fund its operations in Iraq and Syria.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 19 Islamic State fighters were killed “due to carrying out airstrikes by warplanes on IS [Islamic State] positions in the oilfield.” A “paratrooper landing followed the strikes.”
“Abu Sayyaf was killed during the course of the operation when he engaged US forces,” according to Carter’s statement. A US official told told The Long War Journal that communications equipment, a computer, and other documents were seized during the raid.
No US troops were killed or wounded, Carter noted.
Abu Sayyaf was “involved in ISIL’s military operations and helped direct the terrorist organization’s illicit oil, gas, and financial operations as well,” Carter said, referring to the Islamic State by its outdated acronym. Abu Sayyaf was also known as Abu Muhammad al Iraqi, a US military official told The Long War Journal.
Umm Sayyaf was also a suspected member of the Islamic State and “may have been complicit in what appears to have been the enslavement of a young Yazidi woman rescued last night.” The Islamic State places great importance on recruiting women and then marrying them off to jihadists. Additionally, the group often enslaves women captured during the fighting in Iraq and Syria. [See LWJ reports, The oppression of women and girls in the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’Islamic State al-Khans’aa Brigade publishes manifesto for women, and Islamic State’s female jihadists use social media to lure women recruits.]
Second special operations raid in Syria in the past year
Last night’s raid is just the second US special operations mission using ground forces that has been reported in Syria in the past year. President Barack Obama has vowed not to deploy combat forces on the ground to help defeat the Islamic State in Iraq or Syria.
In August 2014, two squads of Army Delta Force troops along with accompanying air support attempted to rescue American journalist James Foley, who was being held inside Syria by the Islamic State. Foley was not at the target site, and he was later beheaded by his captors.
The US has launched at least one other special operations raid in Syria since 2008. In October 2008, special operations forces killed Abu Ghadiya, a senior al Qaeda leader who had been in charge of the group’s Syrian network since 2005, and several aides during an operation in Albu Kamal. The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has subsequently named a training camp after Abu Ghadiya.