There is a common thread behind so called “homegrown extremists” in France, England, and even in the USA. Surviving family members and friends who had no idea their children, friends or even siblings had become radicalized.
There the mother who had no idea that her child or children met extremists online. The wife who thought her husband was just taking the day off from work, or the sister who realized she had never met her brother’s new gang of friends. Transformations, especially in young people can be subtle, taking place over months and eluding relatives along the way.
Mia Bloom of the University of Massachusetts says groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda go after young women in the West by using other young women as online recruiters. The tactics they use are similar to that of an online sexual predator: establishing a rapport and building trust.
“It’s another woman. She’s cool. She’s just a few years older. And so this is how they will initially approach,” Bloom says. It’s an attempt to dupe unsuspecting young women in places like the United Kingdom, France and United States into joining. But it begs another question: Are the young women who end up being recruited victims or terrorist masterminds?
Countries in Europe, like the England, are often arresting “fighters” who return from Syria or Iraq and sentence them to prison trying to avoid more home-grown terrorist attacks. When their families cooperate with authorities and their children are imprisoned, it could discourage other families from working with police or security organizations to bring their kids back home.
“In the same way that we have former gang members talking to high school students to prevent them from entering gangs, we may be missing out on an invaluable resource to have these girls speak to other young women not to get involved,” she says.
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20-year-old Aqsa Mahmood from Glasgow is a case in point. She traveled to Syria in 2013 and married an ISIS fighter. She then starting promoting terrorism back home via Twitter. Dr. Bloom says they try to recruit others by selling an idealized version of what life will be like in Syria.
“She’ll be online extolling the virtues of living in the Caliphate and how wonderful it is to have this sisterhood, especially if you are the second or third wife,” Bloom says.
Some of the other tactics used to recruit young men and women to ISIS and al-Qaeda resemble those used by cults or online sexual predators who prey on children. One technique is ironically called ”love bombing.” They attempt to influence a person with continuous and lavish demonstrations of affection and attention. Expecially to people who already feel alienated in their local city, town or culture. They also can work by putting some kind of prize in front of potential recruits in exchange for an agreement.
In many cases, ISIS themselves could be considered sexual predators as many of the women recruited to marry ISIS fighters are under the legal age of consent. Some of the “officers” in the ISIS military groups take multiple wives, many of them as young as 14 year of age.
People drawn to both terror groups, online predators and cults tend to be seeking something missing from their lives. ”They’re not necessarily going to be damaged individuals,” Bloom says. “But I do think that the terrorist organizations do prey upon a certain kind of individual, especially converts to Islam who, because they converted, tend to overcompensate.”
Sometimes that compensation, especially for Western recruits, is for a lack of success in life. ”They are tired of being objects of history and want to be agents of history,” Bloom says. “Being in the caliphate is a way of being someone important. You’re making a difference — even though it’s a terrible difference.” (Source: OPB)
Radio Interview with Dr. Bloom:
As crazy and it sounds, these people are going to be coming back from Syria, Iraq and other countries and in some cases, there is no way to know who they are. In Europe, some experts are suggesting there could be potentially thousands of extremists who were fighter or conspirators of ISIS. Without programs to “de-radicalize” these people, the potential for acts of terrorism is a matter of “when”, not “if” it will happen.
A representative from France (unidentified in the radio interview) said, “the [government] is starting to realize they cannot capture or kill them all. IS Fighters could be coming back tomorrow or a year from now, but they are returning. And when they return, they have the will, the training and the contacts to coordinate attacks. Our best hope may yet lie with de-radicalization programs, like those currently used in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.”
Regardless of the consequences, the increasing threat may be slowed or stopped by using tactics that are currently employed to fighter online sexual predators. The US government and many local police forces already have programs in place to find online predators and these programs may be able to be used to track ISIS recruiters because they are taking their game plan from existing tactic used by online pedophiles and predators.
ISIS Nostradamus Anti Christ Rising in the Middle East ?
As a boy I watched a very disturbing documentary narrated by the great Orson Wells that foreshadows perhaps an ISIS Nostradamus Anti Christ Rising in the Middle East ? Remembering the dark forecast by this medieval seer gave me chills as he described the vision concerning the 21st century and beyond. Growing up in the 70s and 80s the cold war was still effecting everyone’s subconscious and Hollywood perpetuated the fomentation with Red Army Russian film after another. Red Storm Rising! The Hunt For Red October! Red Heat! “Rush ‘n’ Attack” the video game! The fear of nuclear attack was always in the back of our minds day in and day out. I had numerous books on the topic with granular detail and scenarios outlined first response timelines calculated for counter attack etc etc etc.
Biological and Thermonuclear war were now terms we became familiar with thanks to films like “Wargames’ with Mathew Broderick and Ally Sheedy of the “Breakfast Club” Rat Pack. The Main stream was wired into the fear factor of DECOM 5 and Sphincter Factor 10! Then a documentary about Michelle Nostradamus predicting a 3rd Anti Christ rising out of the east. Out of Babylon supported by a Soviet Warsaw Pact supplying this Persian Warlord with the ability to hurl javelins into the New City. Presumably “New York” is the target of this Islamic Tyrant who first threatens the west before launching a sortie of Soviet ICBMs.
ISIS Nostradamus 3rd Anti-Christ Rising in the East
Perhaps ISIS is this rising Babylon in the East supported by old school Soviet patriots that wish to see the west fall. Watch this video on Nostradamus and find out more and see what you think?
Inherent Issues With Inherent Resolve USA Announces
The United States government announced Friday that ISIS could get as far as the Baghdad airport potentially threatening Baghdad. The coalition in name is created but in terms of long term strategy. The coalition agrees that ISIS must be defeated but agree on little else.
So inherently there are major problems that continue to sap the strength of countries engaged with ISIS.
1. There is no military objective or collective solution among participating countries.
2. The solution appears to be what to do with the political system in ISIS held areas and presently there is no idea of how best to solve the poltical isue due to the cultural and ideological differences between Europe, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
With these issue the US has announced the name of a new Task Force “Inherent Resolve” with a forward headquarters located possibly in Kuwait. The idea with this Task Force is to control more effectively military forces from the region and not Washington. We feel this is a direction towards what will ultimately mean boots on the ground. You can’t win a war in the sky alone.
The air warfare continues and with ISIS striking forward at locations like Kolbani, this coupled with other cities it has already invaded the US and its colation allies have stepped up the air warfare.
The Word On The Street ~
Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom are wondering the obvious hasn’t already been done? Why aren’ we already on the ground hitting them in the face over and over and over again. The opinion is that we armed Iraq’s military and its their fight. Either they step up and take care of business or they allow us to do so without any issues as to the outcome. They cannot have their cake and eat it too.
Other passions turn to anger when after we hundreds of millions of dollars that we are right back where we started with little to show for it except a sizeable bill our kids get to pay. Not fair. Not right.
A resonating joke!
Interested in purchasing an Iraqi made rifle? Never used and only dropped once? OIF veterans have said it for a long time and perhaps they are right!
The Butcher’s Bill ~
“As of Thursday the U.S. had launched nearly 300 airstrikes in Iraq and nearly 200 in Syria, and allies had tallied fewer than 100, according to Central Command. Those figures don’t capture the full scope of the effort because many airstrikes launch multiple bombs on multiple targets. Central Command said that as of Wednesday, U.S. and partner-nation air forces had dropped early 1,400 munitions.” (Source: Foxnews.Com)
No Present Solution ~
So the American public continues to receive reports of this city or villiage being overrun by ISIS and the fighter strike packages sent to upset and throw a blow in the face of ISIS but little is being discussed about what the end game is. Just like Afghanistan 1, Iraq 1 and Afghanistan 2 there is more than ever a need for the United States to finally make a decision on how to best handle the fallout these countries expeience when airplanes and troops leave and a country is left in a void of uncertainty.
Terrorism is now becoming the norm and not the exception in downtown Baghdad!
Know that sound a vacuum makes when it is sucking air and nothing is being sucked in? Kind of like when the US military departs fun and exciting tropical vacation settings like Baghdad and then finds that all the rooms it has left occupied in the luxurious Baghdad Embassy Suites are now occupied with black pajama wearing ISIS cutthroats! So now that ISIS attacks at the gates of Baghdad are close the world turns to this high level terrorism threat.
Been there. Done that!
Baghdad beckons and now with US military interests no longer there the US and her allies plan, brief and disucss in the halls of military power, the Pentagon, another possible boots on the ground scenario that most Americans feel will be an eventuality.
So what is it going to be? Cluster bombs? Maybe a little Napalm for those cool desert nights? How about a little firefight in downtown Bagdad?
When Search, Target and Acquisition (STA) Marine Snipers were in Baghdad heads were down and terrorism felt the sting of a trained long distance sniper round!
5 Years and a few grains of sand ago!
Time to get your American Jihad on and join the ranks of the ISIS Hunting Club.
Transcript from President Obama on the subject of ISIS!
“My fellow Americans — tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.
As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.
Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL — which calls itself the “Islamic State.”
Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists — Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.
So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East — including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region — including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners — including Europeans and some Americans — have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.
President Obama: ‘ISIL is not Islamic’
I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.
Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.
First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.
Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work — and Iraq has formed a government — we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission — we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.
Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.
Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into — and out of — the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.
Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.
This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.
My Administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.
Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved — especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.
My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back — America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.
Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history. Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day — and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.
Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America — our scientists, our doctors, our know-how — that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people — or the world — again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.
America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia — from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East — we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding. Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform — pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our partners on the ground.
When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”
That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety — our own security — depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for — timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.
May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.” (Source: www.cnn.com)
Some wait a lifetime for their 15 seconds of fame and it is the feeling of just about every normal human being with a sense of right or wrong that when someone or something crosses the line then it needs to be called out. ISIS your 15 seconds is up!
Let’s first identify who are real enemy is. Let’s give them a face and let’s identify who they are just so there is no question or ambiguity.
ISIS – Who Are They!
“The Islamic State (IS) (Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية ad-Dawlah l-ʾIslāmiyyah), formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (داعش) (ISIL/ˈaɪsəl/) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ˈaɪsɪs/),is a Sunnijihadist group in the Middle East. In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the worldand aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control,beginning with Iraq, Syria and other territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and part of southern Turkey.It has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, and has been described by the United Nationsand Western and Middle Eastern media as a terrorist group. The United Nations has accused the Islamic State of committing “mass atrocities” and war crimes, and Amnesty International has accused it of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.” (Source: Wikipedia)
When a dog bites the hand that feeds it you put it down. When it beheads an innocent and unaffiliated adult male you destroy it to the fullest extent possible. The Nazi’s killed, tortured, mutilated to gain power in pre-World War 2 Germany. ISIS and its threats, decapitations and ethnic cleansing is no better. A world went to war to stop Hitler and Nazi Germans. When will we as humans demand the end to the same with ISIS? How many concentration camps and deaths must we suffer again before we take action. Millions of Jews might have been spared if the Allies took action sooner. Sadly that did not happen. How many innocent children and families must suffer while those with the ability to stop this mayhem allow its continuation?
Steven Sotloff, James Foley American innocents beheaded by the filth called ISIS now sees a third hostage, a Brit, is now being threatened with a brutal death. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron vowed that “a country like ours will not be cowed by barbaric killers” (Source: NBC News)
Again how long will it take before we see raw naked military power aimed at this evil! While the politicians rhetoric froths at their politically vote oriented mouths the time has come where this dog needs to be put down!
Simply put now is the time to stop these radical Islamist groups from their forced march across the Middle East and Europe.
Now is the time for America to step up and do the right thing. We fought Nazi Germany because they were evil incarnate. We had the support of the world when we went to war. Now we are faced with the same problem and a far nastier and menacingly evil group. America the time for your Crusade is upon you.
Now at last with heads finally turning in the direction of ISIS we can focus our attention on a military game app that brings back the excitement of blowing the crap out of large chunks of hurtling frozen chunks of planetary sized asteroids and guess what the best part is? You can blow them to bits just like the US military is about to do to a group about to be formerly known as ISIS.