Funding of ISIS

The previous years many where convinced that Saudi Arabia was behind the funding of ISIS.

Also in the United States was division about the role of certain Arabic Countries. The State Department and the Pentagon have themselves been divided over Saudi Arabia’s foundational role in Salafist violence – the former happy to stroke the monarchy as a pro-Western “moderate force for good”, the latter suspecting that all Islamist roads lead to Riyadh – may now have to recalculate its relationship with the Kingdom.

Isis fighters have been accused of widespread abuse and torture of youngsters – Photo The Independent

We knew already that ISIS did not mind bombing and burning mosques and Qurans, but now it has given enough evidence not to be afraid to burn alive other Muslims. They did  not mind to use Muslim children to let them be martyrs for the faith, using them as suicide bombers and human shields. But they also use them for selling those abducted children as sex slaves and killing others, including by means of crucifixion and burying them alive. Children from minority communities were particularly vulnerable.

Women who do know too much are also not liked by ISIS and what we have seen in the past with the Khmer Rouge in Vietnam and Cambodia, the communist killing all doctors in medicine, rights a.o.. People who have other feelings than the mainstream are also not safe. Alleged homosexuals are thrown from a roof and those who are considered an adulterous woman are stoned.

Renate Winter a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was one of 18 independent experts who helped compile a report for the UN watchdog that revealed stark and widespread abuse of children in areas controlled by the militants.

“There was a video placed online that showed children at a very young age, approximately eight years of age and younger, to be trained already to become child soldiers.”

she said.

The report, reviewing Iraq’s treatment of children for the first time since 1998, drew attention to what it said was the

“systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities by the so-called Isis, including several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive”.

Though we can see that it where not only non-Muslims being treated badly. Many of the large numbers of children been killed or badly wounded during air strikes or shelling by Iraqi security forces or by the rebels can not be called hazardous victims. . Others had perished from “dehydration, starvation and heat” and Isis had carried out widespread sexual violence including “the abduction and sexual enslavement of children”.

After the brutal murder of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, whose killing by the Islamic State (IS) was aired in an online video late Jan. 31, two days after the deadline for a swap deal for his release, earlier this week, Isis released another video that showed some people in Raqqa chanting

“God is great”

as they watched footage of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive.

The image of a Muslim burned alive is more terrible for millions of Muslims than that of an “unbeliever” burned alive.

For Anwar Tarawneh, wife of Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh, was in the hands of Isis, after being shot down while flying an F-16 over Syria on 24 December, it must have been a terrible shock not to hear the news privately carefully brought to her.
She had place her hope on the negotiation for his freedom, trading his life for a female al-Qaeda prisoner Isis wanted to have released, the Jordan government was willing to make. She also held a sit-in protest at a university in Amman where students were expressing their support for her husband when she took the call of her mother. Immediately she knew that something was wrong.

She wasn’t convinced by her mother’s explanation for her tears – that two of her siblings were quarrelling.

“It was only when I opened Facebook on my phone that I saw the post, ‘Rest in peace, Muath,’”

she said, her voice croaky with emotion.

Pilots chalked messages on to missiles before the planes set off to strike Isis in Raqqa (REUTERS/Petra News Agency)

Pilots chalked messages on to missiles before the planes set off to strike Isis in Raqqa (REUTERS/Petra News Agency)

Jordan which said in September it was joining the US-led coalition against Isis, along with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, now has become furious to the ones who claim to be Muslim but bring such a horrible death to another believer.

The point of burning alive Jordanian pilot First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh was to outrage onlookers, including his family—but especially the members of his large tribe, the Bararsheh, in southern Jordan. The Jordanian tribes form the core of support for the Hashemite kingdom against the Palestinian West Bankers, who may constitute the country’s majority. The East Bankers are also the bulwarks of Jordan’s internal and external security, with both the armed forces and security services made up almost exclusively of tribal members. {Nuclear Dreams: Iran Now Controls Four Arab Capitals, Plus Washington, D.C.}

Anwar Tarawneh (center), the wife of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured and murdered by Islamic State (IS) group militants on Dec. 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Western countries are very dependant on oil and our governments have detailed the production of oil wells in Isis territory and the vast amounts of cash supposedly stolen from Mosul banks after Isis took over, but smuggling fuel and ransacking vaults can hardly sustain an Islamist “nation” which controls an area larger than the UK.

Millions of dollars must be arriving in Isis hands from outside Iraq and Syria, and the question must be asked:

if it doesn’t come from within Saudi Arabia – or Qatar – who on earth is providing the wherewithal? Iceland? Peru?

According to Lee Smith it is

worth understanding how the Hashemites and their loyal tribal subjects understand the new threat. From their perspective, the Islamic State is only one part of a larger regional movement, a Sunni rebellion trying to beat back the Iranian security apparatus that now represses them mercilessly throughout the Levant while controlling four historic Arab capitals—Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and Sana’a. The wider Sunni rebellion against Persian domination comprises not only lunatic foreign fighters (Chechens, Saudis, Swedes, etc.) but also former elements of Saddam Hussein’s regime as well as—and this is the central fact of the Sunni rebellion—Sunni Arab tribes. In other words, Jordan’s Arab tribes have been enlisted to fight Arab tribes who are fighting against Iran and its allies—who are coordinating their anti-Sunni campaign with the United States.

Jordan’s tribes are hardly alone at this moment in their torment and confusion. The United States has alienated its former Sunni tribal allies in Anbar province and throughout Iraq by conducting air strikes on behalf of sectarian Shiite militias loyal to Iran, which murder Sunni tribesmen with seeming impunity whether they are associated with IS or not. {Nuclear Dreams: Iran Now Controls Four Arab Capitals, Plus Washington, D.C.}

Many in Saudi Arabia do not like the U.S. support for Iran’s role in Yemen, where the Shia Houtha tribesmen backed by Iran now control the country. Also the support to Israel of many Western countries worries a lot of Muslims and brings more unrest by Hezbollah’s ongoing attempt to implant itself on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, where the Iranian-backed sectarian Lebanese Shia militia operates under cover of U.S. airstrikes and implicit political backing that support the regime of Bashar al-Assad, an Iranian client.

In Egypt we can see the problems around the Muslim Brotherhood and that county’s war against IS and al-Qaida-backed tribes in Sinai. The White House shuns the country’s leader Gen. al-Sisi in favor of meeting in Washington with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, who have sworn to overthrow his regime. for some this looks like America might turn upside down the Middle East.

Lee Smith finds:

The Iran deal that Obama has in mind is going to be so awesomely epic and world-changing that it will easily be worth all the chaos the region is now undergoing—from broken alliances and promises, to the high and rising death toll, massive population transfers, the destruction of ancient cities, and the trauma of an entire generation for whom beheadings and human barbeques have become a normal part of life.
The United States is on its way out of the Middle East, which is why we need a reliable regional partner like Iran, with the muscle to make its dictates stick. Yes, the dominant partner in that arrangement will obviously be Iran—especially once the Iranians are free of the sanctions that have crippled their oil industry, and can control the oil resources of their client state in Iraq, as well as provide security in the once-and-future Persian Gulf. But Obama would always have the photographs of his triumphant visit to Tehran to remember his role in crafting a new world order from the tribal mayhem of a region in which Americans once fought and died. {Nuclear Dreams: Iran Now Controls Four Arab Capitals, Plus Washington, D.C.}

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Please do read:

War with Isis: If Saudis aren’t fuelling the militant inferno, who is?

Isis militants are ‘using mentally challenged children as suicide bombers and crucifying others’, says UN body

Captured pilot serious challenge for Jordan’s king

Jordanian jets strike Isis targets with missiles bearing the message: ‘For you – the enemies of Islam’

Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh’s wife: I found out on Facebook that my husband had been burned alive by Isis

Nuclear Dreams: Iran Now Controls Four Arab Capitals, Plus Washington, D.C.

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  • 12,000 skulls exhumed at Khmer Rouge prison (nation.com.pk)
    Cambodia’s UN-backed court on Monday heard a former prisoner say he helped dig up more than 12,000 skulls in mass graves outside Phnom Penh, as the genocide trial of two Khmer Rouge leaders continued.

Nuon Chea, 88, known as “Brother Number Two”, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, face charges over the killing of ethnic Vietnamese and Muslim minorities, forced marriage and rape during the 1975-1979 regime.
In August the pair was given life sentences for crimes against humanity – the first top Khmer Rouge figures to be jailed – after a two-year trial focused on the forced evacuation of Cambodians from Phnom Penh into rural labour camps and murders at an execution site.
The pair have been accused of playing a critical role in the “Killing Fields” era, a genocide which left up to two million people dead in the late 1970s.

 

Forced marriage is one of a raft of Khmer Rouge crimes in the trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, both senior leaders of the regime.

  • ISIS – Echoing the Purges of the Khmer Rouge? (newamericamedia.org)
    This week, ISIS released a video showing the captive Jordanian pilot First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh being burned alive, the latest act of brutal violence that has earned the group the wrath of the world.

 

The group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has decapitated foreign journalists and aid workers, terrorized towns and villages, enslaved women and girls, and murdered anyone they deemed as standing against their tenet — all in the name of purity.

Four decades ago, in a different part of the world, another bloody regime sought to purge the impure.

During the Khmer Rouge reign of terror in Cambodia (1975–1979), barbarity had neither limits nor borders. Skin torn, bones broken, heads smashed, throats slit, limbs amputated, soldiers shot. And many torturers were tortured in turn, perceived by the new crop of interrogators as “tainted” and “impure” due to their long exposure to their victims’ confessions.

Even high-ranking party members of the radicalized communist regime were imprisoned, interrogated and killed during its many purges. At the infamous Tuol Sleng detention center in Phnom Penh, now a museum, some 20,000 prisoners were estimated to have been mutilated and murdered, among them a few well-known former Khmer Rouge members themselves.

 

In April that year, hundreds of Cambodians and foreigners piled into the French embassy in Phnom Penh, seen as the last remaining safe haven as the Khmer Rouge took over the capital, kicking off a bloody four-year regime that left up to two million people dead.

Even though France had recognised the new regime, the Khmer Rouge demanded that Paris hand over all Cambodians and threatened to enter the embassy by force.

 

She also described the murder of two Vietnamese families and two families of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom minority by regime cadre. She also told the court two friends had been raped by Khmer Rouge soldiers.

Taken together, her testimony touches on some of the major crimes the second and final phase of the trial of the two men is focusing on.

 

He attended the hearing Wednesday but shortly before court was adjourned received permission to follow proceedings from a holding cell, like Nuon Chea, with both men citing ill health.

The prosecution’s first witness, Meas Sokha, told the court that he saw Khmer Rouge soldiers kill hundreds of inmates at Kraing Ta Chan prison in Takeo province, around 80 km (50 miles) south of Phnom Penh, where he was detained along with 11 other family members.

“While I was tending cows and buffaloes, I could see how prisoners were killed. Most of them had their throats slit,” said the 55-year-old.

“Two (Khmer Rouge guards) would hold a prisoner tight and another would slit the throat of the prisoner,” he said, adding that the Khmer Rouge played music through a loudspeaker “to hide the sounds of the killing”.

 

They deny all charges against them and are appealing their life convictions.

Somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 ethnic Cham Muslims and 20,000 Vietnamese are believed to have been killed during the regime’s rule.

Led by “Brother No. 1,” Pol Pot, who died in 1998 without ever facing justice, the Khmer Rouge dismantled modern society in Cambodia in their quest for an agrarian Marxist utopia.

In its historic debut trial, the court in 2010 sentenced former Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav to 30 years in prison — later increased to life on appeal — for overseeing the deaths of 15,000 people.

 

He also told the court that Khmer Rouge cadres would eat the gall bladders of executed prisoners after drying them in the sun.

“Whenever there were killings, the guards would drink wine together with gall bladders,” Meas Sokha said.

“I knew these gall bladders were from humans. There were many gall bladders dried in the sun near the fence.”

Scenes of cannibalism committed by Khmer Rouge soldiers have previously been described by other witnesses at the tribunal during the leaders’ first trial, including of cadres eating the livers of murdered inmates.

The complex case against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan was split into a series of smaller trials in 2011 to try to obtain a faster verdict against the pair given their advanced ages and frail health.

 

In its historic debut trial, the court in 2010 sentenced former Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav to 30 years in prison – later increased to life on appeal – for overseeing the deaths of 15,000 people.

 

From 1975 until 1979, Cambodia experienced one of the most savage genocides of the 20th century, during which around 1.7 million people — a quarter of the national population — perished as the Khmer Rouge, the nation’s communist party led by the French-educated Pol Pot, pursued its agrarian utopia.

The court is currently investigating genocide charges against Khieu Samphan, 83, the regime’s head of state, and Nuon Chea, 88. Both were sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity in August.

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