The Islamic state

Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by brogdale, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Most ISIS funding always came from taxing populations and trade/movement/protection - that, of course, was also dependent on control of territory and populations.
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  2. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    Amazing how the free market works.
  3. likesfish

    likesfish officaly hardest and most tooled up urbanite:)

    i.s. will probably die jihadist headchoppers will continue for a long time to come need a pissed off muslim who thinks paradise awaits kind of difficult to stop a plot that reloves around grab a knife and hire truck and start stabbing:(.
    the more convulated the plot the easy it is to foil.
  4. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

  5. hot air baboon

    hot air baboon Well-Known Member

    missed this story at the time...still on-going

    Former CEO of Lafarge under investigation over Syria terrorism funding

    David Keohane DECEMBER 8, 2017

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    Bruno Lafont, the former head of Lafarge, was placed under formal investigation by French prosecutors over allegations the company helped finance terrorism in Syria*.

    Mr Lafont, who was CEO of Lafarge until 2015, is being investigated in relation to possible terrorism financing, endangering the lives of others and customs offences on Friday evening in Paris, according to a judicial source. His successor at the head of the company, Eric Olsen, was placed under formal investigation on Thursday night.

    The investigation is part of a scandal that already led to the exit of Mr Olsen as chief executive of LafargeHolcim earlier this year. It surrounds a Lafarge plant the company kept running as Syria descended into civil war during 2013 and 2014.

    LafargeHolcim, which was formed by a €41bn merger between France’s Lafarge and Switzerland’s Holcim in 2015, has previously admitted that “unacceptable measures” had been taken to keep the Syrian plant running, including payments to intermediaries to avoid disruption by local armed groups. The company has said “selected members of group management” were aware of possible violations of business conduct standards. However, despite an internal investigation, the company has not been able to say if funds ultimately ended up with militant group Isis.
  6. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Interesting in-depth piece directly related to the above:

    The Factory: A Glimpse into Syria’s War Economy

    After the October 2017 fall of Raqqa to U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab guerrillas, the extremist group known as the Islamic State is finally crumbling. But victory came a cost: Raqqa lies in ruins, and so does much of northern Syria.1

    At least one of the tools for reconstruction is within reach. An hour and a half’s drive from Raqqa lies one of the largest and most modern cement plants in the entire Middle East, opened less than a year before the war by the multinational construction giant LafargeHolcim. If production were to be resumed, the factory would be perfectly positioned to help rebuild bombed-out cities like Raqqa and Aleppo.

    However, although the factory may well hold one of the keys to Syria’s future, it also has an unseemly past.
  7. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Leila Al-Shami and Robin Yassin-Kassab have also just used it to end their new chapter of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War but somehow manage to put an optimistic spin on the terrifying thoughts of what comes next.
  8. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

  9. likesfish

    likesfish officaly hardest and most tooled up urbanite:)

    You could make the argument they deserve a fair trial and consulate representation but as they rejected the Uk went to join the Islamic state and then committed atrocities which even the Koran forbids people who bring Muslims aid can’t be murdered frankly look to IS for legal support.
  10. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    He ain't late no more. He has just re-surfaced yet again (been on run since 2003) declaring a new resistance against the Safawid occupation. In his baath gear - it seems he is still party leader.

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  11. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Originally published yesterday.

  12. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Huge two days of attacks in Iraq under a new name but in old areas. And re-badged as anti-Safawid resistance. How odd that Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri re-appears from the dead and declares a resistance against the safawid just before.
  13. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

  14. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    I am guessing that the Russian logic behind this is that they will be somebody else's problem when they go, most likely the SDF and the Americans.

    ISIS accepts withdrawal from southern Damascus - Observatory

  15. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    i think there could be plenty of other things that could be talked about here including how IS have predictably reverted to guerrilla warfare (who saw that coming?) but this is pretty crazy. How come these guys are now in Germany wandering around at large?

  16. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

  17. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I watched Path of Blood the other day which is a pretty dark look at Al Qaida, its all made from home videos shot by themselves, and then captured.

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  18. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Seagulls are cunts

    Was wondering earlier if anything has been heard of John Cantlie. No news almost certainly bad news :(

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