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Aug. 5, 2015

War On ISIS: Defense Is Not a Winning Strategy


In the aftermath of the attack by two ISIS orcs on the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas (source) news is emerging how close ISIS actually is to a major assault on the US.



Aug. 5, 2015 Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: What Will Happen If U.S. Continues Playing ‘Defense’ Against Islamic State.

Ralph Peters says what every sportsman, soldier and proper philosopher knows: defense is not a winning strategy!
Amid fresh revelations about the Islamic State threat from FBI Director James Comey, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters warned on Wednesday that the U.S. merely doesn’t have the resources to defend every single U.S. target from the terrorist group. The only way to win, he said, is to take the fight directly to the Islamic State. “You cannot win playing defense,” Peters said. “We just don’t have the resources to defend every possible target in the homeland at all times. You have to take the war to the enemy, and the place to kill them isn’t in Memphis, it’s not in St. Louis, Missouri, it’s not in Massachusetts. The place to defeat them, to kill them, to destroy them is the greater Middle East.” He added, “If you don’t go after them, they will certainly come after us.” Peters agreed the U.S. needs to destroy both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, but are currently not aggressively going after either. “The Obama administration’s efforts have been largely cosmetic — some have made a slight difference. But they have been woefully and consistently inadequate to address the threat to the United States and to the world,” he said. (Source)



April 19, 2015

The Hidden Hand Behind Islamic State IS Revealed


It is now emerging what is the hidden hand behind the terror organzation with state building capabilities and the spy network reminiscent of East Germany's Stasi secret operators.


Nov 2, 2014 In June 2003, the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq, banned the Iraqi Ba'ath party and all its members. This upset the fragile balance of power that existed in the Middle East.

After the story in the Washington Post, it's now Germany's Der Spiegel to come up with revelations about the Saddam Hussein origin of IS. But to jump to conclusions that the Syrian revolution against Assad was somehow democratic, or that Islam has nothing to do with the terror spree, is premature. The former Ba'athists involvement must be seen as simply jumping on a bandwaggon that was already in full force. But it does explain IS' success of IS' three pronged stategy: it's state building capacities, it's use of Stasi-like spy networks and the application of institutionalized terror.
Within IS, there are state structures, bureaucracy and authorities. But there is also a parallel command structure: elite units next to normal troops; additional commanders alongside nominal military head Omar al-Shishani; power brokers who transfer or demote provincial and town emirs or even make them disappear at will. Furthermore, decisions are not, as a rule, made in Shura Councils, nominally the highest decision-making body. Instead, they are being made by the "people who loosen and bind" (ahl al-hall wa-l-aqd), a clandestine circle whose name is taken from the Islam of medieval times. Islamic State is able to recognize all manner of internal revolts and stifle them. At the same time, the hermitic surveillance structure is also useful for the financial exploitation of its subjects. The air strikes flown by the US-led coalition may have destroyed the oil wells and refineries. But nobody is preventing the Caliphate's financial authorities from wringing money out of the millions of people who live in the regions under IS control -- in the form of new taxes and fees, or simply by confiscating property. IS, after all, knows everything from its spies and from the data it plundered from banks, land-registry offices and money-changing offices. It knows who owns which homes and which fields; it knows who owns many sheep or has lots of money. The subjects may be unhappy, but there is minimal room for them to organize, arm themselves and rebel. As the West's attention is primarily focused on the possibility of terrorist attacks, a different scenario has been underestimated: the approaching intra-Muslim war between Shiites and Sunnis. Such a conflict would allow IS to graduate from being a hated terror organization to a central power. Already today, the frontlines in Syria, Iraq and Yemen follow this confessional line, with Shiite Afghans fighting against Sunni Afghans in Syria and IS profiting in Iraq from the barbarism of brutal Shiite militias. Should this ancient Islam conflict continue to escalate, it could spill over into confessionally mixed states such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Lebanon. (Source)



April 5, 2015

The Root Origin of the Islamic State ISIS

The upheaval in the Middle East caused by ISIS can be reduced to the fight for hegemony over the region between Sunnis and Shia. That is not to say a gang of death cultists does not exist. But it has its proper place. It isn't the cause, but a weapon. There is a hand that moves IS. They must be seen as useful idiots rather than the movers themselves. The video and this story explain the roots. Here more about the Al Bu Nazir tribe of Saddam Hussein for more insight - H/t @AynRandFan
(...) Even with the influx of thousands of foreign fighters, almost all of the leaders of the Islamic State are former Iraqi officers, including the members of its shadowy military and security committees, and the majority of its emirs and princes, according to Iraqis, Syrians and analysts who study the group. They have brought to the organization the military expertise and some of the agendas of the former Baathists, as well as the smuggling networks developed to avoid sanctions in the 1990s and which now facilitate the Islamic State’s illicit oil trading. In Syria, local “emirs” are typically shadowed by a deputy who is Iraqi and makes the real decisions (...) 
All the decision makers are Iraqi, and most of them are former Iraqi officers. The Iraqi officers are in command, and they make the tactics and the battle plans,” he said. “But the Iraqis themselves don’t fight. They put the foreign fighters on the front lines.” The public profile of the foreign jihadists frequently obscures the Islamic State’s roots in the bloody recent history of Iraq, its brutal excesses as much a symptom as a cause of the country’s woes. 
The raw cruelty of Hussein’s Baathist regime, the disbandment of the Iraqi army after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the subsequent insurgency and the marginalization of Sunni Iraqis by the Shiite-dominated government all are intertwined with the Islamic State’s ascent, said Hassan Hassan, a Dubai-based analyst and co-author of the book “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.” “A lot of people think of the Islamic State as a terrorist group, and it’s not useful,” Hassan said. “It is a terrorist group, but it is more than that. It is a homegrown Iraqi insurgency, and it is organic to Iraq.” (Source)



March 8, 2015

Jihadism, From Ibn Taymiyya to the Islamic State


Haydar al Khoei has a link to an article (PDF alert) compiled by Integrity researchers mapping the evolution of Jihadist ideology from Ibn Taymiyyah to the present Caliph Ibrahim.



Feb. 26, 2015

ISIS CONFIRMED 3 DEAD IN AIRSTRIKES, MAYBE BAGHDADI




Feb. 22, 2015

Funding Of IS Is Often A Pay Off, Not Sympathy



Where does the funding come from? The reason is not always well understood. 

UPDATE: Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of the Kurdish President, Massoud Barzani, told The Independent on Sunday: “There is sympathy for Da’esh [the Arabic acronym for IS, also known as Isis] in many Arab countries and this has translated into money – and that is a disaster.” He pointed out that until recently financial aid was being given more or less openly by Gulf states to the opposition in Syria – but by now most of these rebel groups have been absorbed into IS and Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate, so it is they “who now have the money and the weapons”. Dr Mahmoud Othman, a veteran member of the Iraqi Kurdish leadership who recently retired from the Iraqi parliament, said there was a misunderstanding as to why Gulf countries paid off IS. It is not only that donors are supporters of IS, but that the movement “gets money from the Arab countries because they are afraid of it”, he says. “Gulf countries give money to Da’esh so that it promises not to carry out operations on their territory.”




Feb. 13, 2015

Obama's False Narrative In the War On Islamic State





Retired General Jack Keane explains the lack of strategy and the false narrative that supports it. Obama's aim is a deal with Iran, not to defeat IS.

UPDATE: Iraqi security forces on Friday repelled an attack by Islamic State insurgents against an air base in Anbar province where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, Iraqi and U.S. military officials said. Militants from the jihadist group had attacked the Ain al-Asad base and the nearby town of al-Baghdadi a day earlier, leading to sporadic clashes in the town overnight. Al-Baghdadi has been besieged for months by Islamic State, which captured swathes of northern and western Iraq last year, prompting a campaign of U.S.-led air strikes and the deployment of hundreds of U.S. military advisers to the country. A U.S. defence official said the Iraqi forces had stopped the attack and re-secured the facility. "Coalition forces were several kilometres from the attack and at no stage were they under direct threat from this action," the official said. (Source)





Feb. 12, 2015


Obama Leaves Strategy Against IS To Next President





Obama Asks Congress For 3-Year War Authorization Against IS.

President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for approval to formally wage war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Obama’s proposal would limit the military authorization to three years and prohibit "enduring offensive combat operations,” an intentionally broad description. "If we are going to defeat this enemy, we need a comprehensive military strategy and a robust authorization, not one that limits our options," said Speaker John Boehner. "While I believe an AUMF against ISIL is important, I have concerns that the president’s request does not meet this standard," he added. By limiting the latest authorization to three years, Obama would essentially leave it to the next commander in chief to decide how best to fight the Islamic State. (Source)

The following are the absolute figures of Jihadists from Europe, as well as the percentages as part of the population. P.S. Remember Kosovo? That tiny Muslim enclave at the heart of Europe that became independent from Serbia after Bill Clinton made a deal with the Greater Albanian propaganda machine on the basis of the lie of genocide? With a little help from the media, we might ad.


Feb. 6, 2015

Highly Trained Special Service Men Joining IS




Feb. 5, 2015

Crowds Cheering Pilot Burnt Alive on IS Screens

Even the UN - which in theory is supposed to be a 'neutral organization', but which in practice is heavily loaded on the side of Islamic countries - is indicting the Islamic State's atrocities against children. The whole thing is evil to the core. It is really very hard to explain how people can reach this extent of depravity.



Feb. 4, 2015

Your Guide To Understanding Why IS is Burning Humans Alive



Jamie Glazov and David Wood: Top Ten Quran Verses to Understand ISIS. Why did IS burn the pilot alive? 




Jan. 29, 2015

American Drone In Action In ISIS land




Amazing video: American drone in action in ISIS land. H/t @4NuckyThompson

Payback at it’s finest – Centcom attack on ISIS fighters. What level of sophistication without collateral damage. Even the mules & donkeys are spared. Note how clear the bad guys are seen – great advantage in this type of war. And the guy behind the camera and guns is not even flying! (Source)




Jan. 14, 2015

ISLAMIC STATE UNLEASH THEIR 'CITY WOLVES'





Jan. 6, 201


IS Send Cruel Message To Family Of Jordanian Pilot




IS Attacks Saudi Arabia, Kills General




Jan. 4, 2015


Interview With Captured Jordanian Pilot in IS Glossy


UPDATE: Muath al-Kasaesbeh claims to fear for his life in interview with IS propaganda magazine. The Islamic State (IS) on Monday released an interview with captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh in their magazine "Dabiq". In an article called "The Capture of a Crusader Pilot" Kasaesbeh is asked about the weapons used and operations carried out by the "crusaders" and their "murtadd airforce". “There are American bases in Qatar where the missions are planned, targets are decided, and assignments are distributed,” Kasaesbeh tells the interviewer.  (Source)




Dec. 24, 2014

Islamic State Downs Jordanian Fighter Jet


IS has shot down and captured a Jordanian fighter pilot this morning. It's not immediately clear what weapon was used. Initially they said having used anti-aircraft artillery, then it became anti-air missiles, only to be upgraded to laser guided anti-air missile and even heat seeking missiles. Anything can be expected it this point: the US has been training "moderate" rebels that have since joined IS, either officially or unofficially. And there's the war loot. Coalition planes are generally thought to fly too high to be in direct danger of MANPADS (Stingers).

Jan. 1, 2015


And the Hymn of the Year 2014 Is...


The Left just can't help it, can they? Admiration for tyrants, slave traders and mass murderers, from Stalin to Mao and now the Islamic State. Read the soft spoken tones in which The New Republic describes..
"My Ummah, Dawn Has Appeared," to give it its English name, is perhaps the most beguiling, hypnotic, disturbing piece of music you might have heard all year." (Source)
"Tailored for smart, curious, socially aware readers, The New Republic covers politics, culture and big ideas from an unbiased and thought-provoking perspective. (...) The New Republic is led by its Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Chris Hughes. A Facebook co-founder and digital campaign strategist for the 2008 Obama Campaign... (Source) Disgusting!



Dec. 23, 2014

Islamic State Wants  Mass Genocide Of Apostates and Infidels



Todenhofer tells the BBC of what he found in Mosul.

A German veteran reporter who spent ten days with ISIS says the West 'has no concept' of how dangerous the group is and says they want to 'kill all non-believers and enslave their children'
  • Jürgen Todenhöfer, 74, spent most time in Mosul, but also traveled in Syria
  • He said the West has underestimated the risk posed by ISIS 'dramatically'
  • Also warned that ISIS plans for mass genocide and 'religious cleansing'
  • Said group is 'much smarter and more dangerous than our leaders believe' 




Dec. 13, 2014

@ShamiWitness is Arrested, IS Fan Boys Start Hashtag




Dec 12, 2014 CNN affiliate ITN reveals the man behind the Shami Witness Twitter account, which was used to recruit for ISIS.

UPDATE: Let's start of with stating that one guy isn't interesting. But the attitude of his followers is. And they happen to be mainstream journalists. Their reactions speak volumes. In the meantime the IS fan boys have started a hashtag, #FreeShamiWitness, supposedly a new recruitment tool.
 

Dec 13, 2014 Bengaluru Police has arrested Mehdi Masroor Biswas, the man believed to be behind the ISIS campaigning Twitter account 'Shami Witness'.



Dec. 10, 2014

What's Halal and Haram in Female Slavery?

Islamic State explains what's halal and what's haram in Female Slavery. (Source)


Islamic State Has Its Eyes On Jordan

Yesterday we posted a report on the predicament of Jordan and it's royal house. Don't miss it. ("Jordan's Monarchy Sold Its Soul to Islamism")


Dec. 7, 2014

Islamic State Wants A Navy, Hijacks Warship

Apparently the Islamic State had its eye on a navy. They'll try again!


Dec. 2, 2014


Update:



Lebanon Detains Baghdadi's Wife and Son

Conflicting reports this morning about the detainment of one of Baghdadi's wives and son in Beirut. It was rumored that the DNA of the son was confirmed, to be followed by the news that it wasn't Baghdadi's spouse, but a wife of Nusra Front's Chechen leader, Abu Ali a.k.a. Anas Jarka.



Dec 2, 2014 Lebanon’s army has detained Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wife and one of his sons, Lebanese security officials said on Tuesday.


Nov. 29, 2014

SHOCK! IS Most Popular With Western Jihadists 

Starling figures: if they are representative it means that the 'popular uprising' against Assad has no basis, at least among the media savvy. Note also that none of the critics opposed the Caliphate on principle; "one out of three (32.8%) criticises Isis for abusing Islam and using the faith as a cover for pursuing power and other “private” interests. Almost a third (29%) expressed horror about IS' violent methods and 17% had fears of the group’s hostility to religious and political freedoms. Nearly all of IS supporters – making up just over 20% of the 2m posts – championed the group for defending or unifying the Ummah. Only 8.3% were supportive of the group for being an enemy of the west.
Support for Islamic State (Isis) among Arabic-speaking social media users in Belgium, Britain, France and the US is greater than in the militant group’s heartlands of Syria and Iraq, a global analysis of over 2m Arabic-language online posts has found. In what is understood to be the first rigorous mass analysis of those for and against the world’s largest jihadist organisation, Italian academics found that in a three-and-a-half month period starting in July, content posted by Arabic-speaking Europeans on Twitter and Facebook was more favourable to Isis than content posted in those countries on the frontline of the conflict. In Syria, Isis appears to be dramatically losing the battle for hearts and minds... (Source)


Nov. 28, 2014

Islamic State Protesting Bombings at the UN

You have to hand it to them! Islamic Statists do have chutzpah! Committing mass murder on an unprecedented scale, enslaving women and children, committing atrocities not seen since the Khmer Rouge's killing fields; and then having the cajones to go to the UN's International Criminal Court in The Hague to protest against Assad bombing the shit out of them in Raqqa! But it's no coincidence of course: the UN is IS' best friend. Having bought the gas attack as perpetrated by Assad as a justified cause for war, a plethora of countries making up the OIC, is also covertly supporting IS.


Nov. 24, 2014

British Special Forces Silently Killing IS 

SAS quad bike squads kill up to 8 jihadis each day... as allies prepare to wipe IS off the map: 'Daring raids by UK Special Forces leave 200 enemy dead in just four weeks
  • Targets are identified by drones operated by SAS soldiers 
  • Who are then dropped into IS territory by helicopter to stage attacks
  • The surprise ambushes are said to be 'putting the fear of God into IS'
  • The raids are attacking IS's main supply routes across western Iraq 


IS Have Military Representation in 11 Countries




Nov. 20, 2014

Freed Teen Jihadi Bride Arrested By Dutch Authorities




Nov. 18, 2014

Mum Frees Dutch Teen Jihadi Bride From IS

A woman from Maastricht has freed her 19-year-old daughter from the Syrian city of Raqqa but is unable to get her back into the country because her passport has been cancelled, Dutch media report on Tuesday. The girl, named as Aïcha, is a convert to Islam and travelled to Syria in February when she was 18 to marry Dutch jihadi Omar Yilmaz, a charismatic former soldier with a high media presence.  (...) (Source)
This guy is somewhere hanging out in Raqqa or Kobane. The media has been painting him as a 'freedom fighter' against Assad, whereas in fact he's no more than a IS terrorist who wants to kill our Kurdish allies. 


Nov. 14, 2014

IS and Al Qaeda, a Marriage Made in Hell

The Islamic State and Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria) join forces. And finally footage of the airstrike on the Caliph which shortly resulted in the rumor he was killed.


Nov. 12, 2014

Party Time in the Islamic State! 

Party time in the Caliphate! They have released an audio file as proof that the Supreme Orc is still alive. The Islamic State wants to mint its own halal currency to liberate users from the "satanic usury based global economic system". And the Sinai orc division have pledged allegiance to Baghdadi. This calls for a party: in celebration three Syrian soldiers were sacrificed to the mob.




The Caliphate mint: 1 gold Dinar is $139, 1 silver Derhim is $1.




Sinai Mandate. 



Nov. 9, 2014

Centcom Can't Confirm Fate Of Caliph After Raids

ISIS terror chief 'believed dead': Iraqi military confirm warlord WAS injured in US-led airstrike as speculation grows feared jihadist perished in attack
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said to be among several hurt or killed ISIS leaders
  • Fighters struck town of al-Qaim on Iraq-Syria border, witnesses said
  • They say jihadis emptied hospital and demanded blood donors for wounded 
  • U.S. security sources would not confirm or deny al-Baghdadi is dead 
  • Terror chief's right hand man, Auf Abdulrahman Elefery, perished in the assault


Oct. 15, 2014

Islamic State Glossy Reports on Yezidi Slave Market

For more information about Dabiq Islamic State inhouse glossy and downloads, scroll to Oct. 12.


Oct. 14, 2014

The Postmodern Nazis of the Islamic State

Here is some cultural evidence that Islamic State are the Nazis of our day: the glorification of  war and violence, the morality of pragmatism in which the aim justifies the means, the subjective group truth of polylogism, the collectivism of the Ummah and the grandiose sense of supremacy that justifies the slaughter of anyone deemed inferior. It's incomprehensible this is going largely unnoticed. Wagner of course, was the Nazi's favorite composer.
Here a YouTube version of Wagner's Walkurenritt (Wiki)
Music and the Holocaust - Wagner (Source)


Oct. 12, 2014

Dabiq, the Caliphate's Own Glossy


Islamic State has its own glossy, Dabiq. Here a number of issues for the students of the Caliphate. Stay tooned with the Clarion Project: will provide further issues of Dabiq here when they are released. Download here H/t @Seccie.



Oct. 8, 2014

Islamic State University Mosul

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced its desire to open a University in Mosul, a Sunni-populated city, situated in northern Iraq which was seized by the Islamist militants during the past summer. “
…Inshallah ( if God wills) we are going to construct our first University which will be established based on divine Sharia guidelines and there would be no place for western deviant ideologies and we shall be tenacious in our efforts to build a society exactly according to Islam’s lofty teachings,” said Abu-Walid al-Maghrebi , ISIS’s appointed municipal in Mosul.
Meanwhile ISIS published an announcement in its official website, calling on local volunteers to join Mosul University’s nuclear research center to ‘help patients suffering from terminal cancers,’ reported Qatari news Agency (QNA). (Source) - H/t @@EN_AWDNEWS




Islamic State: United In Islam, Divided By Culture 

Following are a few interesting observations from Kurdish IS watcher @r3sho in reference to the defense of Kobane:



Oct. 7, 2014





“Western jihadist explains why he fights in Syria,” CBS News, October 7, 2014




Sketches From Raqqa, Capital of the Caliphate
































Na'eem Square by Molly Crabapple.


Vanity Fair has an interesting cultural topic, "Scenes from Daily Life in the de Facto Capital of ISIS". A anonymous source in Raqqa, the self appointed capital of the Islamic State, describes how the city has been transformed since it became the center of the Caliphate. The article is illustrated with sketches by Molly Crabapple.  We give you here just one of the city landmarks you may have seen on some of the more gory photo material that has transpired from the Caliphate, Na'eem Square.

Na’eem in Arabic means “paradise,” but ISIS changed this beautiful public place into the complete opposite. The square that was a favorite place for boys and girls to have dates, for little kids to play, and for the elders to relive their youths by taking in the activity of the city, is now the awful place of spikes upon which chopped-off heads are placed. The story of this square sums up the dark story of the whole city. In the drawing, damage appears on the fence due to the Assad regime’s airstrikes. Assad’s forces targeted it as a symbolic way of retaliating for the many times heads of soldiers from within its force were horrifically placed on the fence.


July 17, 2014



ISIS' enigmatic terror leader.

Wife of ISIS Caliph Revealed 




'Jihadi Vogue' Lampoons ISIS Caliphate









July 7, 2014

Caliph Wears $6,000 Looted Rolex Watch During Sermon




July 5, 2014

FIRST VIDEO OF CALIPH OF THE ISLAMIC STATE

There is a first video going with the first picture of the Caliph of IS. It is a chilling document calling on all Muslims to obey him. Al-Baghdadi preaches from a mosque pulpit in the Iraqi city of Mosul before a black Islamic flag. The video was released on at least two websites known to be used by ISIS. They have declared al-Baghdadi the leader - Caliph Ibrahim - of the Islamic State. He tells assembled the group: 'Obey me as far as I obey Allah'. (Source)

Update:



‘The mujahedeen have been rewarded victory by Allah after years of jihad, and they were able to achieve their aim and hurried to announce the caliphate and choose the Imam,’ he says in the video, referring to the leader.  



FIRST PICTURE OF CALIPH OF THE ISLAMIC STATE





June 14, 2014

ISIS LEADER'S LAST WORDS: "SEE YAH IN NEW YORK" 




GITMO DETAINEE SWAPPED FOR BERGDAHL KEY TO AL QAEDA'S 9/11 PLANNING

Mohammad Fazl, one of the five Guantanamo Bay detainees whom President Obama traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, did not have a hand in planning the September 11, 2001 attacks but was key to Al Qaeda's pre-9/11 planning and "served as the Taliban army chief of staff" prior to his capture and detention. Moreover, The Weekly Standard reports "Fazl and one of Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenants... [did play] key roles in the setup for 9/11." Fazl was specifically involved in a September 10, 2001 Taliban attack "against the Northern Alliance" which Al Qaeda considered a "necessary [component] of the 9/11 plot." This information is based on the 9/11 Commission report (Source)



June 13, 2014

LEADER OF ISIS IS AN EX US CON

The FBI “most wanted” mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it. Taken during his years as a detainee at the US-run Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, this is the only known photograph of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the new leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). (...)



FBI Most Wanted fact sheet

On Tuesday, his forces achieved their biggest coup in Iraq to date, seizing control of government buildings in Mosul, the country's third biggest city. Coming on top of similar operations in January that planted the black jihadi flag in the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi, it gives al-Qaeda control of large swathes of the north and west of the country, and poses the biggest security crisis since the US pull-out two years ago. 

(Source)

Here a reminder who are the 5 traded Taliban terrorists traded for the deserter/traiter Bowe Bergdahl: "Worst of the Worst". 


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