MESOP FLASH : Court Documents Show Turkish Government Armed Islamists in Syria

By Dustin M Braden – 2015-05-21 – Newseveryday / Reuters – For the first time, there appears to be concrete evidence that the Turkish government was arming Islamist fighters in Syria.

Reuters reports that confirmation of the long held suspicions came in the form of prosecutor and police statements made in court, documentation of which was seen by a Reuters correspondent. The evidence contradicts Turkey’s insistence that it has provided aid directly to Syrian Islamists battling the regime of Bashar al Assad.

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Islamic State: How it is Run

By Aidan Lewis (BBC) 2015-05-22 – IS is believed to operate a “one-plus-four” command structure in Syria and Iraq. From Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the top, down to provincial and district levels, IS is headed by a leader and four councils. (BBC) — In a ground mission in eastern Syria last weekend, US special forces killed Abu Sayyaf, a man they described as playing a key role in Islamic State’s oil and gas operations. The American commandos were quickly engaged in a firefight, during which Abu Sayyaf was killed. But their original goal was to capture and interrogate him, apparently in an effort to improve their understanding of how IS works.

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MESOP KURDISTAN / SYRIA NEWS ON THE HOUR : ISIS senior commander killed during clashes near Kobane

May 22, 2015 – ARA News – Urfa, Turkey – On Thursday, the joint forces (the People’s Protection Units “YPG” and Burkan al-Furat rebels) were able to kill a senior leader in the ranks of the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) during clashes in the southern countryside of Kobane, northern Syria. Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Noureddin Kaban, fighter in the YPG’s ranks, confirmed that the joint forces killed the IS senior leader Abu Jabel Ansari along with several other militants accompanying him on Thursday.

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 Anyone heard from De Mistura lately? After meeting with Salih Muslim (PYD/PKK) + others?

Absent ability to stop fighting, at least UN should try to protect civilians as much as possible

Ridiculous Recommends of an Imperial Think Tank: The Case of the International Crisis Group & the Kurds


By Dr. M. Koohzad , 21 May 2015 – Kurdistan Tribune – The website of the so-called International Crisis Group, ICG, claims that it “is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.” Yet, it is fair to observe that their conclusions will only lead to further crisis and conflict. The company is neither “independent” nor non-profit. Instead, it is “for-profit,” and it represents Western imperialist governments, it has not and cannot “prevent or resolve” any conflict, deadly or not. If nearly half of their budget of $25 million comes from Western countries, according to their own statistics, it is not allowed to have any independent, impartial thinking or plans. The leadership, the Board of Trustee of the company, is made of a group of very old and excessively rich men with an 19th century mentality that, unfortunately, encourages colonialism formula for the realities of the 21st century.

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MESOP INSIGHT : New Dabiq Issue Reiterates Justifications for Yazidi Enslavement

Dabiq issue 9, They Plot and Allah Plots

A new issue of Dabiq was released today (#9, They Plot and Allah Plots), which contains another article justifying the practice of slavery against enemies. (Thousands of Yazidi women were kidnapped and enslaved as concubines when IS attacked Sinjar in Northern Iraq, in August 2014. See: 1, 2, 3. A previous issue of Dabiq presented IS’ first public justification for the practice; see this post.) Scores of survivors have described how Yazidi women (including prepubescent girls) are subjected to continual rape by the jihadists who took them captive, and are sold or exchanged among multiple men. This new article seeks to present IS’ response to the world’s discussion of this atrocity.

The article (entitled “Slave-Girls or Prostitutes?”) is purportedly written by a female author, contains religious justifications for the enslavement of Yazidis, and is designed to inflame the anger and sorrow of the reader through provocative language. Some excerpts follow.

The article presents IS’ assertion that it is religiously permissible to take slaves of women whose husbands were enemies:

… The right hand’s possession (mulk al-yamīn) are the female captives who were separated from their husbands by enslavement. They became lawful for the one who ends up possessing them even without pronouncement of divorce by their harbī husbands.

Sa’īd Ibn Jubayr reported that Ibn ‘Abbās (radiyallāhu ‘anhumā) said, “Approaching any married woman is fornication, except for a woman who has been enslaved” [Al-Hākim narrated it and said, “It is an authentic hadīth according to the criteria of al-Bukhārī and Muslim”].

Saby (taking slaves through war) is a great prophetic Sunnah containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits, regardless of whether or not the people are aware of this. The Sīrah is a witness to our Prophet’s (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) raiding of the kuffār. He would kill their men and enslave their children and women. The raids of the beloved Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) convey this to us. Ask the tribes of Banī al-Mustaliq, Banī Quraydhah, and Hawāzin about this.

… The Sahābah and their followers in goodness treaded upon the path of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) after him. Therefore, we almost cannot find a companion who didn’t practice saby. ‘Alī Ibn AbīTālib (radiyallāhu ‘anh) had nineteen slave-girls.

After all this, the ramblers dare to extend their tongues with false rumors and accusations so as to disfigure the great shar’ī ruling and pure prophetic Sunnah titled “saby”? After all this, saby becomes fornication and tasarrī (taking a slave-girl as a concubine) becomes rape? If only we’d heard these falsehoods from the kuffār who are ignorant of our religion. Instead we hear it from those associated with our Ummah, those whose names are Muhammad, Ibrāhīm, and ‘Alī! So I say in astonishment: Are our people awake or asleep? But what really alarmed me was that some of the Islamic State supporters (may Allah forgive them) rushed to defend the Islamic State – may its honor persist and may Allah expand its territory
– after the kāfir media touched upon the State’s capture of the Yazīdī women. So the supporters started denying the matter as if the soldiers of the Khilāfah had committed a mistake or evil.

… I write this while the letters drip of pride. Yes, O religions of kufr altogether, we have indeed raided and captured the kāfirah women, and drove them like sheep by the edge of the sword. And glory belongs to Allah, to His Messenger, and thebelievers, but the hypocrites do not know!

… Therefore, I further increase the spiteful ones in anger by saying that I and those with me at home prostrated to Allah in gratitude on the day the first slave-girl entered our home. Yes, we thanked our Lord for having let us live to the day we saw kufr humiliated and its banner destroyed. Here we are today, and after centuries, reviving a prophetic Sunnah, which both the Arab and non-Arabenemies of Allah had buried.

… some slave-girls in our State are now pregnant and some of them have even been set free for Allah’s sake and got married in the courts of the Islamic State after becoming Muslims and practicing Islam well.

… Rather, let me add to the heartache of the spiteful. Indeed, from the slave-girls are those that after saby turned into hard-working, diligent seekers of knowledge after she found in Islam what she couldn’t find in kufr, despite the slogans of “freedom” and “equality.” Indeed it is our pure Islam, which upraises every lowly-one and puts anend to every deficiency.

The author claims that Yazidi women are not forced to convert to Islam, while ignoring the fact that Yazidi men in IS captivity (to the best of our knowledge) are able to remain alive only by converting:

Yes, this is our – as they allege – “savage” Islam, ordering us with kindness even towards slaves. This is demanded even if they were to remain upon their kufr. This is demanded even if they were to remain upon their kufr. And I swear by Allah, I haven’t heard of nor seen anyone in the Islamic State who coerced his slave-girl to accept Islam. On the contrary, I saw all of those who accepted Islam had done so voluntarily, not against their will.

The author then tries to justify enslavement by making a comparison with prostitution in other countries:

Are slave-girls whom we took by Allah’s command better, or prostitutes – an evil you do not denounce – who are grabbed by quasi men in the lands of kufr where you live? A prostitute in your lands comes and goes, openly committing sin. She lives by selling her honor, within the sight and hearing of the deviant scholars from whom we don’t hear even a faint sound. As for the slave-girl that was taken by the swords of men following the cheerful warrior (Muhammad – sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam), then her enslavement is in opposition to human rights and copulation with her is rape?! What is wrong with you? How do you make such a judgment? What is your religion? What is your law?

In a further attempt at provocation, the prospect of Michelle Obama being sold at a slave market is suggested:

And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama’s price won’t even exceed a third of a dīnār, and a third of a dīnār is too much for her!


MESOP : TOGETHER WITH OBAMA HUSSEIN IN IRAQI WONDERLAND / ‘Iraqi forces not driven from Ramadi, they drove out of Ramadi’

 BY BILL ROGGIO | May 21st, 2015 | | @billroggioThe US Department of Defense continues its bizarre stream of statements concerning the collapse of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi in the face of the Islamic State offensive. Last week, as Ramadi was under assault and the government center was overrun, General Thomas D. Weidley, the chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, talked about how the strategy to defeat the Islamic State was working and Ramadi was “contested.” Two days later, Ramadi collapsed, and today, Palmyra in Syria also fell to the jihadist group. – Today, General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military leader in the country, said that Iraqi forces weren’t driven out of Ramadi, they drove out on their own. From DoD News:


Dempsey: Iraqi Forces Not Driven From Ramadi, They Drove Out of Ramadi

By Jim Garamone – DoD News, Defense Media Activity – BRUSSELS, May 20, 2015 – Iraqi security forces weren’t “driven from” Ramadi, they “drove out of Ramadi,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

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Syria Feature: Top Aide of Iran’s Supreme Leader Pays Sudden Visit to Assad

By Scott Lucas – 21 May 2015 – Amid defeats and economic crisis for Syria’s regime, the top aide of Iran’s Supreme Leader has paid a sudden visit to President Assad in Damascus. Ali Akbar Velayati, a former Foreign Minister, held scheduled meetings with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Prime Minister Tammam Salem in Beirut on Monday, but a discussion with Assad was not announced before Syrian State media revealed yesterday’s encounter.

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MESOP ALERT: ISIS Posts Photos THANKING Obama for What They Just Got From Him [WATCH PHOTOS]

21 May 2015 – Ramadi, one of the few remaining cities under Iraqi government control until recently, was widely reported Sunday to have fallen to the radical Islamic militants of the Islamic State, who not only gained a city, but a host of free weaponry — courtesy of President Barack Hussein Obama.

Thanks to Obama’s lackluster approach to securing important cities in the war-torn Middle East, such as Ramadi, Islamic State militants were able to fully seize the western Iraqi city and began posting pictures on Twitter of what they gained in the form of weaponry — American equipment left behind by fleeing Iraqi forces. The “Ghanima,” otherwise known as “spoils of war,” included multimillion-dollar minesweeper vehicles that the group used to mock the Whitehouse through social media with a #BringBackOurMinesweeper hashtag campaign, showing off their new vehicles.


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