Syria- ISIS (ISIL) war update as of January 3rd, 2015


  • Kurdish forces get back Kobani’s industrial zone from ISIS

According to In a series of attacks on ISIS positions in Kobani on Friday (2nd of January) Kurdish forces managed to retake the city’s industrial zone from the militants and build a defense line.

YPG (Peoples Protection Units) stated that, fighters attacked the zone that lies in the northern part of the town and expel the militants who had been positioned there for three months.  21 ISIS militants were killed in the clashes.

Kurdish fighters battling the ISIL terrorists in Syria’s northern town of Kobani have managed to kill a senior commander of the Takfiri group.

On Friday, the Kurdish forces engaged in fierce battle with ISIL in Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic.

Osman al-Nazeh of Saudi origin was killed along with a number of ISIL militants in the fight.

  • ISIS seizes dozens of northern Iraq residents and destroys Shiite religious shrines in Iraq

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group seized dozens (approximately 170 people) of men from two villages in northern Iraq on Friday (Kirkuk province),as reported while searching for people who burned its flag, officials and residents said.

At the same time, Abbas Saeedi, the secretary general in charge of state-run Shiite shrines, said the group reduced to ruins a total of 17 shrines, four of which were in Mosul, with the others located in Diyala, Kirkuk and Saladin provinces.

  • ISIS publishes ‘interview’ with captured Jordan pilot

ISIS published -as what it says is- an interview with a Jordanian pilot it captured after his plane crashed in Syria last week.

In the comments attributed to the pilot, he says his plane was hit by a heat-seeking missile, endorsing the jihadist group’s version of events, which has been rejected by both Jordan and the United States.

  • New massive airstrikes against ISIS

The United States and its allies conducted 29 air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq on December 31, according to a Joint Task Force Statement on January 1. Seventeen strikes in Syria targeted IS positions near Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, and Kobani, while 12 strikes in Iraq targeted positions around Mosul, Fallujah, and Sinjar.

  • New Zealander Jihadi militant shares his #position in #Syria on Twitter

Tweets sent by New Zealander Mark Taylor, believed to be fighting with the Islamic State, appear to include location data accurate enough to track his travel and place him in a house in central Syria.

IMG_3384.PNG Military situation as of 31 December 2014, in Iraq and Syria. Image courtesy of Wikipedia . Read more : Who is Isis ? An open source investigation




The US and Israel in complete contradiction regarding ICC Palestinian Bid

The United States and Israel opposed the accession of Palestine to the International Criminal Court (ICC) raising arguments that do not hold water.

The two countries have even proclaimed their indignation following the steps taken by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.

It is difficult to understand the position taken by the US government, because the United States  refused systematically to sign the Treaty of Rome by which a state recognizes the jurisdiction of the ICC . How then Washington can oppose the application of Palestine to a court that  United States itself as a country do not recognize ?

. If the court accepts the application, the ICC prosecutor could open an investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed on Palestinian territories by any party. “The ICC would have jurisdiction to prosecute both Israelis and the Palestinians,” Eugene Kontorovich, a professor of international law at Northwestern University in Chicago and an expert on the conflict, told Al Jazeera.

The position of the Israelis is also at  least i could say contradictory because the spokesman of the Israeli Foreign Affairs said:

“The Palestinians themselves will be subjected to the judgments of this court as well , which will allow the world to be aware of Palestinian terrorism and war crimes committed in the name of the Palestinian Authority . “

If so  the Palestinians could be sentenced by a judgment of the ICC, Israel has not logically “an interest” as to Palestine to be subjected to the authority of this international court ?

The resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is obviously very complex and convoluted , but the attitude of the United States and Israel is far from being characterized as an improvement.

The only winner in this new confrontation is Hamas which will use United States and Israel’s opposition  for membership of Palestine to the ICC to say that any agreement is impossible with the Israelis.

This is unfortunately another example of  unfortunate diplomacy in politics, which certainly is one of the worst.

. Related: International recognition of the State of Palestine

Des regards croisés sur l'Europe et le Moyen Orient

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