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Undaunted ISIS Begin Building Their New Caliphate Into a State

Recruiting not just fighters but doctors, engineers, secretaries and translators as Washington still assessing.

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Bridget Johnson

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July 1, 2014 - 10:10 pm
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WASHINGTON — Since establishing their Islamic state, the terrorists who obliterated the border between Iraq and Syria have set about the business of turning their caliphate into an actual state.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) — now, since Sunday, known as the new caliph — issued a message Tuesday to the mujahidin and Muslim community chock full of Quranic verses and calls to arms.

“Muslims’ rights are forcibly seized in China, India, Palestine, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Caucasus, Shām (the Levant), Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Ahvaz, Iran [by the rāfidah (shia)], Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco, in the East and in the West,” al-Baghdadi, or Caliph Ibrahim, said. “So raise your ambitions, O soldiers of the Islamic State! For your brothers all over the world are waiting for your rescue, and are anticipating your brigades.”

“Soon, by Allah’s permission, a day will come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master, having honor, being revered, with his head raised high and his dignity preserved. Anyone who dares to offend him will be disciplined, and any hand that reaches out to harm him will be cut off,” he continued. “So let the world know that we are living today in a new era. Whoever was heedless must now be alert.”

“Whoever was sleeping must now awaken. Whoever was shocked and amazed must comprehend. The Muslims today have a loud, thundering statement, and possess heavy boots. They have a statement that will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism, and boots that will trample the idol of nationalism, destroy the idol of democracy and uncover its deviant nature.”

But in addition to the standard battle cry, the new caliph also got down to the brass tracks of trying to stock his new state with the necessities and infrastructure beyond just a dusty lot roped off for terrorist training.

“O Muslims everywhere, whoever is capable of performing hijrah (emigration) to the Islamic State, then let him do so, because hijrah to the land of Islam is obligatory,” al-Baghdadi said. “…We make a special call to the scholars, fuqahā’ (experts in Islamic jurisprudence), and callers, especially the judges, as well as people with military, administrative, and service expertise, and medical doctors and engineers of all different specializations and fields.”

On Twitter, where ISIS-affiliated accounts have grown like weeds, there was a call for translators to come and join the new Islamic state: “Speakers of #Urdu, #Hindi, #Bengali and other languages will be welcome.”

“Is their any other nation on earth that cares enough 4 its citizens to burn $100 000′s worth of cigarettes, rather than reap the profits?” tweeted another ISIS-affiliated account.

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You're wrong on every count. Morsi was elected and far less radical than ISIS. It was nothing like a caliphate. El-Sisi is a devout Al-Ahzar Sunni Muslim, not a Sunni Qutbist like the MB. El-Sisi is not anti-Western or a supremacist. He is not an Islamist. What he is is a man who's learned from Mubarak's mistakes and has really cracked down on dissent. Basically Egypt is right where it started and most of the people are content to see the economy dealt with, not Islamic doctrines.
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This actually makes it easier. Now that there's a caliph, we can drone him.
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Obama can be their first Caliph. Why not?He likes them more than America as founded.
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How is ISIS any different than Morsi's Islamic Brotherhood led Egypt of a couple of years ago? The Egyptians have already seen their caliphate come and go in the past 3 years. I see no reason why ISIS will be any different.

Indeed, I see little difference between ISIS and the United Arab Republic of the 1960's. The Arabs have never been able to create effective political organization.

BTW, the general currently in charge of Egypt is as much an Islamist as Morsi. The difference is that he is smart enough to know that Islamism cannot create and maintain an effective economy.
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You're wrong on every count. Morsi was elected and far less radical than ISIS. It was nothing like a caliphate. El-Sisi is a devout Al-Ahzar Sunni Muslim, not a Sunni Qutbist like the MB. El-Sisi is not anti-Western or a supremacist. He is not an Islamist. What he is is a man who's learned from Mubarak's mistakes and has really cracked down on dissent. Basically Egypt is right where it started and most of the people are content to see the economy dealt with, not Islamic doctrines.
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People should be aware there are 3 great strains of Sunni Islam at work in the Middle East at present. Sunnis are perhaps 85% of all Islam, with anti-Arab colonial Shism being most of the rest, and mostly in Iran.

The first is the Sunnism based on Al-Ahzar University in Cairo and its religious dogma and authority. This is the source of most Sunnism in the Middle East, and Egypt is considered the main source of orthodox Islamic law. Al-Ahzar Sunnism tends to be less political and inwardly focused, less supremacist and Islamist. It does not default to anti-Westernism.

The second is S. Arabian Wahhabism. It is centered on the other great source of Islam, this time the spiritual, not legal force - S. Arabia. It too is less politicized but more fundamentalist, Islamist and supremacist. Like Al-Ahzar, it has its own religious clergy, but with less international credence. It tends to express itself in terms of its perceived enemies and so is more outward looking and anti-Western. It has many branches in other countries known as Salafis.

The third is the highly politicized Qutbist Muslim Brotherhood, so-called because of its great intellectual leader, Sayd Qutb who was hanged by Egyptian President Nasser in the 1960s. The MB has no organic religious clergy, only social workers, business leaders, lawyers and politicians. In the place of religious clergy the MB has what it refers to as "guides" who are often not MB members but sympathetic to its aims. The MB is fundamentally anti-Western, Islamist and supremacist. The MB projects the presence of nation-states whose politics are guided by politicized Islamic principles. The MB was formed in Egypt but has many international versions.

Al-Queda tends to get it principles from a hybrid of political Qutbism and religiously fundamental Wahhabism.
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For a considerable period, I have stated that our decapitation strategy is ineffective, and further actually helps train our enemies. The arguments against are moralistic twaddle, but here are mine.

1. Decapitation purges the leadership of incompetents.

2. Allows the organization to survive helps them train, and gain hard to get experience.

3. By fragmenting the movement, but removing the top people, it creates competition and allows the winners to attract more and better followers by their success.

The key would have been to destroy the organizations, including their support structure, be it 'allied nationals' or 'innocent civilians'. As it is, we are just helping them train, and win converts by success.
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Your argument collapses because it fails to take into account morale.
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Dead have no morale.
With that type of people, only solution is death with extreme prejudice.
Or they fight with you against them or they are with them.
There is no such a thing as a civilian for Islam, so there must be not such a thing as a civilian for the forces fighting Islam.
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Similarly, I've thought that specific drone attacks on specific individuals doesn't accomplish much and, in fact, encourages greater enthusiasm and participation.
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We had abundant warning and did nothing to stop the jihadists after 2008. See http://clarespark.com/2014/06/28/bat-yeors-eurabia-more-relevant-than-ever/. Now we will have to live with the errors of this administration, which could be fatal.
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Give them time to gather their experts.....the bigger the target the better.
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Most muslims have rejected the Caliphate and the Caliph. Abu Bakr al Baghdadi a former al Qaeda man is a terrorist thug. He is working for the Syrian and Iranian military intelligences. This is a suspect project that is designed by Damascus+Tehran to scare the West and to inflate the power of ISIS. In Syria only the Free Syrian Army is fighting the ISIS. ISIS is serving the agendas of Iran and Syria to divert international attention from the crimes of the Assad's regime>
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Seems to me they just declared war against all of us. A strategic assault needs to happen quickly to put them in their place.
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Nah. They'll self-destruct soon enough without our help.
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Stupid comment system, double posted.
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I have asked this question elsewhere, hoping for an answer. Is Abu Bekr al Baghdadi a direct descendant of the Prophet, and can he prove it? Age-old Islamic tradition is that the Caliph must be a direct descendant of the Prophet. otherwise, he is a fake. If he had called himself Sultan, this would not apply. Also, must a Caliph be learned in Islamic law, jurisprudence, and theology?
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He's not. A Caliph is not a direct descendant of Mohamed. Caliphates have stretched and bent reality itself to prop up their claims to religious authority but the reality has been they are the heads of military empires who use the name much like a Tsar is from Caesar. Perception is a powerful tool and if you have a sword and big army and say you're Mohamed's relative then you are.
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He's not a direct descendant of the prophet (but is claiming himself to be Mohammed's legitimate successor) and, though he has some religious background, lacks the proper chops to legitimately be a Caliph.

Or so I've read.

Mohammed wasn't kind enough to leave a surviving male heir, which might have (only might have) obviated the whole Sunni/Shia thing.

The Caliph thing could be funny if this jerk and his merry band weren't such slaughtering a$$holes.

Al Baghdadi's territorial ambitions are rather large, to put it mildly. (map)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674736/ISIS-militants-declare-formation-caliphate-Syria-Iraq-demand-Muslims-world-swear-allegiance.html
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You could be right, but with the likes of a radical left Obama, who knows what they have planned within America. As President Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.". "We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." God help us, this corruption should have been overthrown years ago. WAKE UP!
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I'm not asleep warriorgal.

And you're not the only one awake.
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I wonder if there is any connection between these 2 stories ?
Sharia in America: Minneapolis Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners
http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/07/02/sharia-america-minneapolis-offers-sharia-compliant-loans-muslim-business-owners/
Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/02/medical-staff-warned-keep-quiet-about-illegal-immigrants-or-face-arrest/

This statement slaps ya in the face !

“My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps”.

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Let the Iranians and their Shia allies deal with ISIS. We can sit back, eat popcorn, and watch the drama.
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Well said.

If we continue to insert ourselves in this Muslim cesspool which is West and Central Asia we'll find ourselves in the crossfire of each of these butchering Muslim factions.

Our equipment which we ship over there based upon our colossal naiveté in choosing which of these literally inscrutable factions to back will in due course be used against us.

We should've [in hindsight] left there as soon as we rid the World of the dangers presented by Saddam. "Vacuums" be damned.

[As an only slightly off topic item here, observe the Syrians' use of the gaseous WMD's which Saddam promptly trucked over into Syria as our military were closing in on him. We were very fast, but not quite fast enough.]
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Be careful what you wish for. Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences.

A Trinitite necklace was a popular gift at Los Alamos, until the scientists found
it was radioactive enough to burn the skin or perhaps produce Thyroid cancer.
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