ISIS Atrocities Spur Ferocious Allied Opposition

If the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) thought its barbaric atrocities would intimidate other nations, it is learning that its crimes against humanity are drawing together an informal coalition of forces involving Muslims, Christians, Yasidis, Jews and Western volunteers.

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Libyan jet attacks ISIS forces in Libya. (Aviationist)

Outrage, rather than fear, has been the response.

In some cases, it’s a question of groups such as Kurds, Yasidis and Christians realizing that they’re not going to be easily pushed out of their ancestral homes and if they’re going die, they’re going to die fighting.

Beheadings, raping and enslaving women, killing of innocent children, stonings, ripping women in half with trucks, throwing people off buildings, organs’ being harvest from victims was topped off by the public burning of a Jordanian pilot, which shocked the world.

Although Americans and others have been executed by ISIS, Jordan’s King Abdullah did the manly thing after his pilot was immolated and personally began airstrikes against ISIS.

In northern Syria, ISIS abducted at least 200 from the ancient Christian Assyrian minority in Syria. Their fate is unknown, This occurred after Assyrian fighters aided the Kurdish YPG militia in an offensive in which several Arab villages in the area were seized from Islamic State. At least 14 ISIS terrorists died.

When Islamic State conquered the Iraqi city Mosul last summer, many Christians fled rather than pay a tax and convert to Islam, or die by the sword. The Christian communities in Syria and Iraq have been halved to some 500,000.

Horrified by ISIS atrocities, dozens of western volunteers are fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga army, Assyrian Christians and Yasidis against ISIS Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.

People from the United Kingdom, America, Germany, Canada and other western countries, including a woman, have reportedly answered recruitment call from Lions of Rojava, a Facebook site run by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, and an Assyrian Christian militia called Dwekh Nawsha (“self-sacrifice”). The Yasidis, a non-Muslim Kurdish minority, are reportedly forming a militia.

“How many people were sold into slavery or killed just for being part of a different ethnic group or religion?” American Jordan Matson told The Associated Press. “That’s something I am willing to die to defend.”

“I’m not going back until the fight is finished and ISIS is crippled,” he said.

“I decided that if my government wasn’t going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something.”

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Kurdish fighters increasingly aided by broad coalition. (onenewspage)

Brett, a U.S. Army veteran, told Reuters that he returned to Iraq to help fight for the Christian faith. He withheld his last name out of concern for his family’s safety.

Scott, a software engineer who also served in the US Army, told Reuters that he was “mesmerized by images of Islamic State terrorists hounding Iraq’s Yazidi minority and became fixated on the struggle for the Syrian town of Kobani.” Scott arrived in the Kurdish city of Suleimaniyah in early February. He joined Dwekh Nawsha’s ranks together with a British volunteer.

In Syria, a Christian militia known as the Syria Military Council, which formed a coalition with the Kurdish YPG, retook the town of Tel Hamis on Friday—the first victory of the Christian militia in Syria, Western Journalism Review reported.

In Iraq, government forces and Shiite militias on Sunday finally launched a ground offensive against Islamic State in Salahuddin province, WJR said. The presence of Iranian forces assisting the Iraqi, however, is drawing some Western fears that Iran sees ISIS as its rival to lead the 12th Caliphate.

ISIS attacks have spurred unprecedented security cooperation between several Arab countries and Israel.

ISIS attacks have spurred unprecedented security cooperation between several Arab countries and Israel.

The London-based paper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported last week that Aguileh Saleh, the president of Libya’s elected parliament, proposed the appointment of General Khalifa Haftar as Libya’s top military commander. Haftar, who has set himself up as a warrior against Islamist terrorism, secretly visited Egypt twice last week. He received weapons from President al-Sisi of Egypt. Haftar is known for his ties with al-Sisi, and his warplanes joined Egyptian jets in bombing Islamic State targets in Libya after the beheading of the Egyptian Christians. Al-Quds al-Arabi also reported that Haftar has plans to meet with Israeli officials in Amman. The report came after Libyan PM al-Thinni criticized the United States, Britain and European Union for failing to supply arms to his army in order to battle Islamic State in Libya while the U.S. has criticized Egypt for interfering in Libya.

On Thursday, Jordan’s King Abdullah conferred Egyptian President al-Sisi, who announced that Jordan and the United Arab Emirates had offered military support to Cairo following the killing of the Egyptian Christians. Jordan and Egypt also worked in the UN Security Council to lift an arms embargo on Libya imposed during the 2011 uprising against Moammar Khadafy.

As WJR reported earlier, Islamic State is working to destabilize Jordan and Egypt. Both countries face huge economic problems and struggle to contain the rise of Islamism. After the Egyptian air strike on Islamic State targets in Libya, the Egyptian Army stepped up its operations against Islamic State affiliate Wilayat Sinai. Dozens of suspected Islamists were killed in an army operation in Sinai last week.

Israeli-Egyptian security cooperation has increased significantly since the beginning of the Islamist insurgency in Sinai and the regime change in Cairo, WJR reported. With Israel’s tacit consent, the Egyptian Army has sent in forces to Sinai of a size and caliber far in excess of what the 1979 Camp David peace agreement allowed. Israel welcomed the return of senior officials in the old Mubarak regime to positions of power and worked to minimize international criticism of the Egyptian regime after the coup against the Muslim Brotherhood. The Israeli government also appreciated how President al-Sisi changed Egypt’s attitude toward Hamas, which is now recognized as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government and has been outlawed in Egypt.

President al-Sisi accuses Hamas of supporting the Islamist insurgency in Sinai and has taken severe measures to end the smuggling of weapons to the Gaza-strip, WJR reported. Both Israel and Egypt place Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in the same category as Islamic State. All of them share the same Islamist ideology that was founded by Muslim Brotherhood leaders Hassan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb at the start of the 20th century.

Although the coalition of forces has put to shame President Barack Obama for his limp-wrist response to ISIS, you can be sure Obama will somehow take the credit if ISIS is smashed.