IN THE WORDS OF THE ENEMY

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This month, Patrick Cockburn – a kāfir journalist and citizen of Britain, a member of the crusader coalition against the Islamic State – wrote an article titled “Isis Hostage Crisis: Militant Group Stands Strong as Its Numerous Enemies Fail to Find a Common Plan to Defeat It.” In this article, the author contrasts the successes of the Islamic State with the overall failure of the crusaders in their war against the Khilāfah. Although the article contains exaggerations of the “abilities” and “advances” attributed to the murtaddīn from amongst the Safawī forces, the PKK, and the peshmerga, the author makes a number of sensible points. He had the following to say:

“Isis is surviving attempts to defeat it and holds about the same amount of territory in Iraq and Syria – an area larger than Great Britain – as it did at the end of its blitzkrieg offensives last year. Its enemies are numerous, but disunited and without a common plan. Neither the Iraqi nor the Syrian armies, its chief military opponents, are strong enough to over-run the jihadi state.”

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“So long as Isis continues to exist, it retains the capacity to dominate the political and media agenda for days at a time by threatening the public execution of hostages. These grizzly events, as we have seen with the Japanese and Jordanian hostages, are stage managed in order to gain maximum publicity and inspire general terror.”

“Isis has suffered setbacks, but has also had successes. This week, its forces were f inally driven out of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani after a siege lasting 134 days, in which it suffered heavy losses from 606 US air strikes. But elsewhere in Syria, Isis has been advancing towards the city of Homs as well as gaining strength south of Damascus and at alQalamoun, close to eastern Lebanon. By one account, Isis has won control of territory since last September where one million Syrians live, in addition to the area it already held.”

“In Iraq, government forces have made advances in the provinces around Baghdad, but earlier this week bullets hit a plane and wounded passengers over Baghdad International Airport, forcing major airlines to stop flying there. This isolates the Iraqi capital and, though the airport is not completely closed, Isis could probably achieve this at any moment.”

He then went on to say:

“According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, the number of foreign fighters joining Isis in Iraq and Syria has risen from 15,000 last October to 20,000 today. A fifth of these come from Western Europe. Isis has also conscripted fighters in the territories it controls.”

“Isis is being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of it imploding. Even its loss of Kobani is not necessarily a sign of weakness, since it held on for months despite fighting … [the] Syrian Kurds, backed by an intensive US air bombardment in a confined place.”

“Western analysts are encouraged by the number of experienced Isis commanders killed last year, but its ideology is built around martyrdom, and the high casualty rate among leaders shows that they fight in the frontline. President Obama says America’s main effort is in Iraq but unless it can rebuild the Iraqi army then it will be near impossible to defeat Isis there. And so long as Isis continues, so too will high profile hostage-taking and executions.”

The Washington Post Editorial Board also commented on the “victories” of the coalition, saying:

“A small victory in Syria is no reason to celebrate as the Islamic State gets stronger. US officials are celebrating a modest victory in the war against the Islamic State in Syria – the apparently successful defense of the Kurdish town of Kobane, on the border with Turkey. Under siege since early October, Kobane has little strategic value but came to be seen as a test of whether the United States and its allies could stop the expansion of the Islamic State … With the help of Kurdish ground forces, the extremists were turned back. But perhaps the most significant fact about Kobane is that it consumed 75 percent of the nearly 1,000 airstrikes carried out by allied planes throughout Syria since September … In the rest of the Syrian territory it controls, including its capital of Raqqa, the Islamic State … is growing stronger rather than weaker.”

Or in the words of the crusader Eric Shawn of Fox News:

“The president promises ISIS will be destroyed. Instead, it is only spreading … Coalition forces did finally beat back ISIS in the key border town of Kobani … It reportedly took 75 percent of all the air strikes launched there so far to accomplish it. And despite that one glimmer of hope, the Islamic state vows to recapture the town as it scores successes elsewhere … The Islamic state’s territory has grown in the last five months … despite all of the coalition air strikes.”

[Taken From Dabiq issue 7 page 52 and 53]

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