- Map Situation as of February 3rd
- Is it time for China and Russia to engage actively into the war against ISIS?
There has to be a global fight which has to include Russia, has to include Syria, Iran probably, as well as China and the developing sector to deal with the “ISIS problem”, deal with those sources who are sponsoring it which points from people into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Therefore, we have there a whole package which should be led by the major countries in the world and must include major forces in Asia absolutely.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has killed three Chinese militants who joined its ranks and later attempted to flee, a Chinese state-run newspaper reported, the latest account of fighters from China involved actively in the Middle East conflict.
China has expressed concern about the rise of ISIS (Daech), nervous about the effect it could have on its Xinjiang region with an important Muslim population, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.
However,until today Beijing has also shown no sign of wanting to take part in the U.S.-led coalition’s efforts to use military force against the militant group. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong said China was opposed to “all forms of terrorism”.
“China is willing to work with the international community to combat terrorist forces, including ETIM, and safeguard global peace, security and stability,” Hong said.
The foreign ministers of China, India and Russia met in Beijing this week, where they called for ‘all states to be involved in creating a “modern security architecture” in the Asia-Pacific’.
Russia introduces UN resolution on cutting funding to ISIS
Russia will propose a draft resolution in the UN Security Council targeting to limit cash flow to ISIS, the press secretary of Russia’s UN Mission, Alexei Zaitsev, told this week. The resolution will focus on restricting the three main sources of revenue for the Islamic State: oil, the sale of antiquities and ransom from kidnappings. The resolution will demand that countries not purchase oil from Islamic State, stop paying ransoms and not buy items looted by the group.
“We are preparing [the resolution] and we hope it’ll be adopted by the UN Security Council in the coming days,” a spokesman for Russia’s UN mission said.
As Reuters reported, Russia must be concerned about ISIS (Daech) power, since a number of militants from the Republic of Chechnya in southern Russia are reported to have joined the group. On Jan. 30, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation classified ISIS as a terrorist organization whose activities are banned in the country.
A solution must be “boots on the ground”as senator McCain claimed last month?
ISIS will never become a serious and credible “state” in the world. They have made it clear that they don’t care much for international diplomacy or law and that only Shariah can be used to govern their new state. A fanatical force like this does well at first; they carry out brutal acts, capture swaths of land, steal, murder, rape, perform forced conversions to Islam and run a well-oiled recruiting machine – but this can only last for a while, because sooner or later their resources are depleted and the circus over.ZIAD K. ABDELNOUR
Jordan goes more active in the war after its pilot burned alive in a video.
Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back. They claimed hits on ISIS training centers, arms and ammunition depots:
“All targets were completely destroyed and all the planes returned to their bases safely.This is just the beginning and you shall know who the Jordanians are,” the armed forces said in a statement on state TV.
Syria to Jordan: Help us fight ISIS and al-Qaeda :Syria urged Jordan to work with it to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda’s Syria wing, condemning what it described as the “heinous” killing of a Jordanian pilot by militants, Syria’s state news agency SANA said on Wednesday.
Japan’s ISIS next plans
Japan’s constitution doesn’t leave any windows open for a military intervention in the Middle East. Things are much more complicated here than simply ‘taking part in conflict situations’. Abe wants to launch counter-terrorism offences in cooperation with Israel.President Abe pledged to offer US$ 200 million to Egypt to battle with the ISIS.Egypt is in turmoil. An economic aid package of US$ 360 will be offered to Egypt. Abe pledged US$ 100 million for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Earlier, Japan offered US$ 2.2 billion assistance to the Middle East two years ago. Additionally, Japan would provide US$ 2.5 billion assistance to the region.
Japan had never been an anti-Islamic country. Since the Japanese rise, there had been more interactions of Japan with Muslims especially the Turks, Russian Tatars, and Subcontinent’s Muslims.The spade of violent actions in the Middle East has been changing the fabric of relations between Japan and the Middle East. Japan needs to carefully review its Middle East policy.
ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s Battle for Terrorism Brand Supremacy
Despite clear antagonisms when it comes to strategy, Al-Qaeda and ISIS can be thought of as ideological siblings. According to analysts, the disagreement between the two is over what the group should be doing to bring about the caliphate: the tactics and strategies adding that ISIS and Al-Qaeda both want global jihad, but the way they go about it is very different. While Al-Qaeda’s strategy under Osama bin Laden focused on preaching its form of Islam and toppling regimes aligned with the West before trying to establish a caliphate, ISIS believes in simultaneously establishing a state — a strategy first championed by Al-Qaeda in Iraq’s deceased ideologue, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
ISIS using kids as human shields, suicide bombers: UN
Islamic State militants are using children — including the mentally challenged — as suicide bombers and human shields, according to officials from a UN watchdog that also reported the terror group is killing, torturing and raping Iraqi kids.
ISIS video may show woman linked to kosher grocery attack
CNN reported that French authorities said a woman in the latest video calling for new attacks in France “Blow Up France 2,” released by French-speaking ISIS fighters may be Hayat Boumeddiene, who is believed to have knowledge about the deadly January 9 attack on a Paris kosher grocery. The video shows a woman standing next to the speaker, wearing camouflage clothing and holding a weapon.
- Syria conflict: Dozens killed in heavy Damascus fighting
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least four children were among 35 people killed in nearly 40 air raids on Thursday in a Damascus province.At least five people were also killed in a series of rebel mortar attacks on the capital, state media report. Rebels sworn to take revenge after government attacks on the nearby town of Douma.
Turkey to lose big if ISIL wins against coalition :Hurriyet Daily News
“If ISIL goes on and we don’t deal with it properly, it will be a problem destabilizing one of your borders for a long time. It is Turkey’s interest, as well as our interest, to maintain a strong coalition and speak as a single voice as much as we can while dealing with this problem. If we don’t; the consequences for us all will be fairly dreadful,”former British Defense Secretary and a prominent member of the governing Conservative Party, Dr. Liam Fox has said.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey has prohibited a total of 9,915 foreigners from entering the country over suspicions that they might cross into Iraq or Syria to join the ranks of militant groups, in response to a question on a TV show on Wednesday. On Feb. 5th, Turkish authorities disclosed that have detained a man alleged to be a member of Islamic State in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, the army said on Thursday, bringing the number of suspected militants seized this week to five.
The U.S. military is moving more military assets into Iraq to fight the Islamic State terror group and repositioning search-and-rescue assets to help in the event of downed planes, U.S. officials told Fox News Wednesday.The moves come after reported criticism from the United Arab Emirates over the United States’ handling of the downing of a Jordanian plane in Iraq by ISIS in December.
The Christian minority revenge: When Islamic State rampaged through Iraq last summer, the country’s Christian minority says it was left defenseless by fleeing Iraqi army troops and Kurdish peshmerga fighters, and Sunni neighbors largely supported the ISIS capture of Christian villages. Now, reports Nour Malas at The Wall Street Journal, hundreds of Iraqi Christian men are training for their own militia to recapture or defend Christian villages from ISIS.
Peshmerga forces report that about 300 militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) were killed or injured as a result of strikes launched by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces on the villages of Maktab Khalid, Mullah Abdullah and Tel Ward in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Kurdish military commander Kamal Kerkukli said Monday.
- Britain must play a greater role in fighting Islamic State in Iraq, as theGuardian.com referred
Britain needs to play a greater role in the fight in Iraq against Islamic State, according to a scathing report published on Thursday by the cross-party Commons defence committee, which describes the UK contribution so far as “strikingly modest”.
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