The Islamic state

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  1. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Yeah she's done some all-round top notch reporting.
     
  2. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    What the hell are they going to do with the Daesh prisoners?

    Says a lot about the Kurds that theyre even bothering.
     
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  3. teqniq

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  4. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    In The NYT Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’
    And this is a country the young Islamic Republic fought a brutal WWI like war with a few decades ago. Long article details how Iran's influence is pervasive across a spectrum of activities. It's similar to what they did in Lebanon. It's much like what they are doing in Syria with commerce often being as important more cliched revolutionary activities. Points out Iran's heavy hand does cause a good deal of resentment. US influence has increased during the war with IS but not as much as Iran's. Baghdad plays a game of balancing these two competitors to maintain some autonomy.
     
  5. Anudder Oik

    Anudder Oik heinous pointless bellend/fucking gobshite muppet

  6. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

  7. NoXion

    NoXion Eat leaden death, demon...

    Do you think it would be justice if you got murdered because of shit one of your cousins did?
     
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  8. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily


    Ironically IS's greatest achievement. Sistanis's unifying fatwa in 2014.
     
  9. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On Niqash.org Iraq After The Islamic State: No Unity On The Sunni Side Of The Street
    As in Syria foreign backers divide an already fragmented Sunni Arab population. The al-Nujaifi's are also close to Turkey.
     
  10. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

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  11. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 6 Jul 16 2017
    Still ongoing.
     
  12. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On TNI I Interviewed the War-Weary Residents of Mosul. The Fight for the City Is Far from Over.
    IS was undoubtedly well rooted in and especially around Mosul. IS often splits tribes on class and generational lines. IS offered a dole of bread and cultivated its base amongst the poor and its Salafi ways attracted some. Rural folk from around Mosul were reported to have flowed into the city after IS took it. That's where IS regrew its support after defeat in 08. This class/rural-urban tension was also evident in civil war Aleppo. It's an old pattern; when the revolutionary Baath came to Mosul it was also from the Rif around it.

    As in the snip above the poor also lacked the resources to leave and had to make tough choices. Young men will have opportunistically collaborated with the city's new main employer just as folk in France pragmatically collaborated with the Nazis. A lot of people will be compromised by this. As in post-Nazi France innocent people and relatives will also be falsely accused and targeted.

    This also isn't France but a rough country of hard people where internecine retribution is common. With tribal folk in Iraq there's an obligation to avenge injuries that can only be headed off by paying blood money. The Americans were busily doing that after the last round. I assume the Iraqis are now though its not been reported.

    After the initial recapture of cities it's really been this background violence of traumatised Sunni division and distrust that has more characterised post-IS Iraq in areas like al Anbar than sectarian trouble which you do see in mixed, Badr ruled Diyala if on a smaller scale than in the far bloodier first stage of the civil war.
     
  13. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On Defense One How Can Iraq Rebuild?
    Like a lot of petro-states representatives of voters are essentially bought with oil revenues that they then redistribute to consolidate there position. Rather than paying taxes and demanding the state serve them the basic political transaction runs in the other direction. That model's at the root of a lot of corruption but hard to escape. This piece compares Iraqi reconstruction to the Marshall Plan but it's probably inevitable the $100 billion post-IS reconstruction effort will be an Ali Baba boondoggle.
     
  14. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Weird stuff going on here looks to be Turkish propaganda being repeated by the BBC as fact



     
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  15. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

  16. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On Rudaw US officials, SDF report continued progress against ISIS in Raqqa
    All these outlets have their biases. Rudaw is KDP state press but that's also CENTCOM talking and later than Col. Dillion whose also quoted here. CENTCOM is also known to be prone to optimistic porkies on op progress. Sometimes the situation on the ground just isn't very clear and next steps are being disputed. A pause would not really be big news. Sources making a big noise about that is odd.

    Davis was also saying they are taking a lot of casualties. It's to be expected. The Iraqis admit to losing a thousand guys taking Mosul and far more were injured. Raqqa is much smaller but the defensive force is maybe half the size of that in Mosul and it's been densely sown with IEDs in places. Medical facilities were often swamped with casualties and here they seem far more limited. Losses are to be expected if they're not simply flattening the place with air strikes and artillery. There's civilians they should try to avoid killing. ISW in general is reporting slowing progress in Raqqa due to the assault encountering dense defences. There are also clear problems with holding forces. The SDF has really limited reserves of veteran PKK cadres who can take urban ground. It appears they're conscripting ever Kurdish lad they can lay hands on just like when Manbij was ongoing. A Turkish attack in their rear can't be ruled out. In these circumstances pausing would often make military sense as Davis suggests above. The Iraqis with a massively bigger better equipped and trained assault force did that more than once in Mosul. So did the R+6 in East Aleppo. IS is a very dangerous and far from passive enemy in this sort of fight. They'd be wise to take their time.
     
  17. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi blog Islamic State Treatise: Ruling of Shari'a on the Shi'a Sects
    Of course apostasy is punishable by death.
     
  18. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 8 Jul 18 2017
    Just for scale the battle of Aleppo lasted four years and recorded 31K dead in the whole provence, by some counts 76% of the dead were civilians.

    These figures are also probably low but Mosul was clearly a far more intense battle and perhaps more appalling in some ways. Prosecuted to rescue a trapped civilian population that too often became collateral damage. They endured the additional risk of large punitive massacres by the defenders. IS executed more civilians here than AQ murdered at 9-11. And a residual IS presence probably will remain in the area planning a return as they did before. It can't even be said to have been mercifully short but a continuation of a much smaller battle in 08 that proved inconclusive.
     
  19. likesfish

    likesfish officaly hardest and most tooled up urbanite:)

  20. CrabbedOne

    CrabbedOne Walking sideways snippily

    On Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's blog The Myth of ISIS's Strategic Brilliance
    Makes a strong argument that IS fucks up and then spins an unfortunate situation as well they can. Actually like a lot of other human entities.
     
  21. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

  22. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Thread with 15 or so posts lots of pics with explanations also some filmed reportage but in Arabic

     
  23. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Well-Known Member

    I can't help but find that all a bit Daily Mail outrage. Beheadings? Torture? Homophobic murder? Terrible.

    But DRUG ABUSE! Honestly, is there nothing these beasts won't do.

    (Not that all that paraphernalia is evidence of fuck all drug abuse anyway, all those have legitimate medical usage.)
     
  24. mather

    mather Well-Known Member

    No need to overreact and get all hysterical. I have heard of ISIS abusing drugs on and of for the last few years, everything from prescription drugs to speed. Is it any surprise, whether you need to come down from all the stress of being in a brutal, psychopathic, totalitarian organisation or to pep yourself up for battle or to commit a massacre, that many ISIS members abuse drugs?

    I use drugs myself but I am not going to deny that some people use drugs as a means to lower their moral inhibitions to commit acts they otherwise wouldn't do. Why should ISIS be the exception?

    Also, ISIS executed people for smoking tobacco and drinking, so highlighting their hypocrisy regarding their own drug use is more than fair game in my opinion.
     
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  25. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Well-Known Member

    Yeah, wasn't commenting on the posting of the link. Just struck me as a funny issue and very BBC/outraged of Tunbridge Wells. Funny peculiar, not funny haha.
     
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  26. teqniq

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  27. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Ordnance expended by one A-10 on a six month det.

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    Bulldog One. You are Weapons Free.
     
  28. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

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    teqniq DisMembered

  30. mather

    mather Well-Known Member

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