Intel Official: American Muslims Have Joined Jihad Group ISIS
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs
The Obama administration says they were “caught off
guard”. John Kerry has repeatedly said “no one expected” what happened
in Iraq. So they got Syria wrong. They got Libya wrong, They got Egypt
wrong. They got the Hamas-Fatah unity government wrong. They got
Afghanistan wrong. They got Boko Haram wrong.
And it’s safe to say the Obama administration got it wrong in the
homeland especially when they scrubbed jihad and Islam from counter
terror training material. And Obama’s DoJ refused to prosecute Muslim
Brotherhood groups (like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MSA etc) named as
co-conspirators in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation’s
So it’s safe to say the Obama administration got it wrong importing whole Muslim communities from jihad countries. Importing jihad. Importing hostile invaders.
Last week, I reported here at Atlas that NYPD terror chief John Miller said that he is very worried about American jihadists from “Chicago, Minnesota, Portland, you name it.”
“If their mindset is to return to America and to engage in terrorist
activities, they’re likely going to end up in New York anyway,” Miller
Moderate Muslims until …. they’re not. Like Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a
29-year-old dad from Minneapolis who personifies “Jihad Cool” and who is
in Syria and maybe now Iraq to kill the kufar or 22-year-old Moner
Mohammad Abu-Salha, a Floridian who was photographed petting a kitty
shortly before he died in a suicide attack on Syrian troops in May.
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Intel Official: Americans Have Joined Militant Group ISIS,” CBS News, June 25, 2014
ERBIL, Iraq (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) —The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a
force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior
intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday.
The majority of fighters in the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are of Iraqi and Syrian origin.
In all, up to 10,000 are fighting with the group, 3,000 in Iraq and
another 7,000 in Syria, the intelligence official said. Between 3,000
and 5,000 are foreigners, though how many of those are in Iraq is
difficult to assess.
The fighters view Syria and Iraq as one battlefield and have been
able to move swiftly inside Iraq with the help of local Sunnis, ties the
intelligence official described as more of a “relationship of
convenience” than a formal alliance.
The official said the group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant, was well-positioned to keep the territory that it has
captured but would be stretched thin if it tried to push south into
Baghdad. It has intentions to target U.S. interests, the official said.
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Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, rose through the ranks of the
organization before becoming emir some time in 2010-2011. The group
relies on a handful of senior decision makers, but al-Baghdadi has the
final word, according to the intelligence official. Most of its funding
comes via robbery, extortion and smuggling, with a small percentage
coming from donations.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday
that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has already created “a new reality
and a new Iraq,” signaling that the U.S. faces major difficulties in
its efforts to promote unity among the country’s divided factions.
The U.N., meanwhile, said more than 1,000 people, most civilians,
have been killed in Iraq so far this month, the highest death toll since
the U.S. military withdrew from the country in December 2011.
Massoud Barzani, whose powerful minority bloc has long functioned as
kingmaker in Iraqi politics, did not directly mention Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki, who is facing the strongest challenge to his rule since
he assumed power in 2006. But al-Maliki has made little effort beyond
rhetoric to win the trust of his critics, who are led by disaffected
Sunnis, Kurds and even several former Shiite allies.
Instead the Kurds have deployed their own well-trained security
forces known as peshmerga and seized long-coveted ground of their own in
the name of defending it from the al Qaeda breakaway group and other
Sunni insurgents who have swept through the north. The Kurds are
unlikely to give up that territory, including the disputed oil-rich city
of Kirkuk, regardless of the status of the fighting.
Al-Maliki has been entirely focused on the security situation,
spending hours each day in the main military command center, rather than
politics, officials close to his inner circle say, speaking on
condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release such
details. Despite the attention, Iraq’s mainly Shiite security forces
have failed to wage any successful counteroffensives against the
A weeklong fight for control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery continued Tuesday
with helicopter gunships attacking what appeared to be formations of
Sunni militants preparing for another assault on the facility in Beiji, a
top military official said.
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Chief military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi has denied reports that the facility has fallen to the rebels.
Government air forces also reportedly bombed the town of Qaim near the Syrian border on Tuesday,
days after it was seized by Islamic extremists in Anbar province, west
of Baghdad. Provincial government spokesman Dhari al-Rishawi said 17
civilians were killed.
Kerry traveled to Erbil, the capital of the self-rule Kurdish region on Tuesday,
a day after meeting with al-Maliki and other Iraqi officials in
Baghdad, where he pushed for them to adopt new policies that would give
more authority to Iraq’s minority Sunnis and Kurds.
Kerry said after the Baghdad meetings that all the leaders agreed to
start the process of seating a new parliament by July 1, which will
advance a constitutionally required timetable for naming a president,
prime minister and a new cabinet. Al-Maliki’s political bloc won the
most seats in parliamentary elections in April but must assemble a
majority coalition in the legislature in order to secure a third term
for the Shiite leader.
Kerry has repeatedly said that it’s up to Iraqis – not the U.S. or
other nations – to select their leaders. But he also has noted
bitterness and growing impatience among all of Iraq’s major sects and
ethnic groups with al-Maliki’s government.
Barzani’s support will be crucial for resolving the political impasse
because Kurds represent about 20 percent of Iraq’s population and
usually vote as a unified bloc.
He told Kerry that Kurds are seeking “a solution for the crisis that
we have witnessed.” But, he said, “we are facing a new reality and a new
Barzani did not elaborate, but he was apparently referring to the
Kurds now controlling Kirkuk and other areas in northern Iraq that they
have long sought to incorporate into their region.
Kerry said at the start of an hour-long meeting that the Kurdish
security forces have been “really critical” in helping restrain the
“This is a very critical time for Iraq, and the government formation
challenge is the central challenge that we face,” Kerry said. He said
Iraqi leaders must “produce the broad-based, inclusive government that
all the Iraqis I have talked to are demanding.”
The U.S. believes a new power-sharing agreement in Baghdad would
soothe anger directed at the majority Shiite government, a rage that is
thought to have fueled the ongoing insurgency. Iraq’s population is
about 60 percent Shiite Muslim, whose leaders rose to power with U.S.
help after the 2003 fall of former President Saddam Hussein and his
Two senior State Department officials who attended the meeting said
Kerry pre-emptively brought up the issue of the Kurdish region’s
“self-determination” – its years-long desire to create an independent
state – and told Barzani that Iraq will remain stronger if it is united.
They spoke on condition of anonymity in exchange for releasing the
details of the private meeting.
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Iraqi Kurds had no love for Saddam, and were allowed to carve out a
semi-autonomous region in Iraq’s north to protect themselves from his
policies. But Barzani for years has feuded with al-Maliki, most recently
over the Kurdish regional government’s decision to export oil through
Turkey without giving Baghdad its required share of the revenues.
The Kurdish region is home to several vast oil fields and has enjoyed
security and economic stability unmatched across the rest of the Iraq.
Control of Kirkuk and Kurdish pockets elsewhere in northern Iraq has
been at the heart of tension between the Kurdish region and the Baghdad
government. Al-Maliki’s supporters frequently suggest that the Kurds did
nothing as the Sunni militants swept through most areas in the north
because they stood to gain from chaos in the region. The Kurds have
insisted they moved to Kirkuk and other areas to fill a security vacuum.
Al-Maliki has for months requested U.S. military help to quell the
insurgency, and the Obama administration has said it must respond to the
insurgent threat before it puts the West at risk of attack.
Obama is reluctant to send American military might back to the war
zone, although U.S. special forces have been ordered to Baghdad to train
and advise Iraqi counter-terror soldiers.
The U.N. findings were the first concrete sign of the toll the chaos is taking on civilians and Iraqi security forces.
Its team reported at least 1,075 people killed, including 757
civilians in the Ninevah, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces in northern
and central Iraq, from June 5 through Sunday.
U.N. human rights office spokesman Rupert Colville cautioned however
that the figure “should be viewed very much as a minimum,” and said it
included “summary executions” and extra-judicial killings of civilians,
police and soldiers who had signaled that they were no longer
In violence Tuesday, assailants killed
Munir al-Qafili, the head of the Kirkuk city council and a politically
active member of the Turkmen minority group, police chief Torhan
Abdul-Rahim said. It was the first such attack since Kurdish forces
seized control of the city.
West of Baghdad, authorities found the bodies of 12 policemen killed
as militants seized the Anbar town of Rutba this weekend. Militants also
stole at least 6 billion Iraqi dinars, about $5 million, from the
town’s state-run bank, the authorities said, declining to be identified
because they were afraid of retaliation by the militants.
The bodies of three men who were shot in the head and chest and had
their hands and legs bound also were found on the streets of three
Shiite neighborhoods in and around Baghdad, according to police and