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Story 1: Islamic State Provoking The Crusaders For A Rematch in Syria and Iraq —  Neocon War Drums Booming On Potomac — American People Demand The Closing of U.S. Borders  — France One Big Gun Free Zone Seals Borders — Trump: “you know the toughest gun laws in the world, Paris” — “Nobody had guns but the bad guys. Nobody had guns. Nobody,” — Send Syrian Refugees To Sunny Guantanamo Bay — Obama’s Refuses To Change Islamic State Strategy of Patience and Leading From Behind — Videos

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Origins of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

Feasibility of the US strategy against ISIS

ISIL: The Prodigal Son of Muslim Brotherhood & Salafism

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Paris Attacks Plotted by Belgian Who Fought for ISIS, French Officials Say

 

President François Hollande of France, addressing a rare joint session of Parliament in Versailles, urged lawmakers to extend for three months the state of emergency he declared after the attacks on Friday night. That designation allows the government to strip the citizenship of French natives who are convicted of terrorism and hold a second passport.

Declaring that “France is at war,” he said the attacks had been “planned in Syria, organized in Belgium, perpetrated on our soil with French complicity.”

He described Syria as “the biggest factory of terrorists the world has ever known,” and said France would continue the airstrikes it launched on Sunday night against Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

The French authorities said on Monday that they had conducted 168 raids across the country in an effort to root out possible terrorist threats. The raids extended from the Paris region to the major cities of Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, they said. They also said they had arrested 23 people and detained 104 others under house arrest.

But a Frenchman believed to be involved in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, 26, a brother of Ibrahim Abdeslam, remained at large, eluding a series of raids conducted by the authorities in Molenbeek, the working-class Brussels neighborhood where the brothers lived.

A third brother, Mohamed, and four other men who had been detained in Belgium were released on Monday. At a news conference in Brussels, Mohamed said he did not know Salah’s whereabouts and added, “My parents are under shock and have not yet grasped what has happened.”

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Salah Abdeslam.CreditFrench Police, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The alleged architect of the plot, Mr. Abaaoud, who traveled to Syria last year and even persuaded his 13-year-old brother to join him there, is from the same neighborhood, Molenbeek, as the Abdeslam brothers.

Mr. Abaaoud was already a suspect, according to officials and local news reports, in a failed terrorist plot in Belgium in January and an attempt in August to gun down passengers on a high-speed train to Paris from Brussels. The official said the authorities feared he might be in Europe.

At noon, France observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the attack, which killed 129 and wounded about 350 others. The Métro and cars stopped and crowds gathered at a makeshift memorial at the Place de la République and at the Eiffel Tower. Mr. Hollande stood with students at the Sorbonne. Many recited the national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” after the moment passed. In other cities — Delhi, Doha and Dublin — crowds gathered at French embassies to pay their respect.

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How Belgium Became Home to Recent Terror Plots

Several recent terrorism cases in Europe have had some connection to Belgium.

As France observed its second of three days of national mourning, the authorities in both France and Belgium raced to track down suspects and chase leads.

At one house in the Rhône department in the southeast, around Lyon, the police found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, three automatic pistols, ammunition and bulletproof vests. Officers then obtained a warrant to search the home of the parents of a man who lived in the house, where they found several automatic pistols, ammunition, police armbands, military clothing and a rocket launcher.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised to keep up the search.

“We are using all the possibilities given to us by the state of emergency, that is to say administrative raids, 24 hours a day,” Mr. Valls said, vowing to keep intense pressure on “radical Islamism, Salafist groups, all those who preach hatred of the Republic.”

The authorities also confirmed on Monday that one of the attackers had entered Europethrough Greece on a Syrian passport last month, posing as a migrant.

The man was identified on his passport — found at the soccer stadium north of Paris where he blew himself up on Friday night — as Ahmad al-Mohammad, 25, a native of Idlib, Syria. The holder of the passport passed through the Greek island of Leros on Oct. 3 and the Serbian border town of Presovo on Oct. 7, according to Greek and Serbian officials. It remained unclear if the passport was authentic.

All told, at least four French citizens were among the seven attackers. Ibrahim Abdeslam; Mr. Mostefaï, who met with the suspected planner of the attacks; and two men identified on Monday as Samy Amimour, 28, a Paris native who lived in the suburb of Drancy, and Bilal Hadfi, 20, who lived in Brussels.

Mr. Amimour was known to the French authorities, having been charged in October 2012 with terrorist conspiracy, according to the authorities. He was placed under judicial supervision but violated the terms of that supervision in the fall of 2013, prompting the authorities to put out an international arrest warrant.

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The Turkish government confirmed on Monday that Mr. Mostefaï, 29, had entered Turkey in 2013 but said “there is no record of him leaving the country.”

A senior Turkish official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the government flagged Mr. Mostefaï twice — in December 2014 and again in June of this year — but that “we have, however, not heard back from France on the matter.” He added, “It was only after the Paris attacks that the Turkish authorities received an information request about Ismaël Omar Mostefaï from France.”

The official added that “this is not a time to play the blame game” but added that governments needed to do better at sharing intelligence to prevent terrorism.

The United States has provided logistical support for the French airstrikes in Syria, but President Obama on Monday again ruled out a ground intervention. “Let’s assume that we were to send 50,000 troops into Syria,” he said at a gathering of leaders of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market economies in Antalya, Turkey. “What happens when there’s a terrorist attack generated from Yemen? Do we then send troops into there? Or Libya, perhaps?”

Elsewhere in Europe, the authorities tightened security. Britain on Monday announced that it would pay for an additional 1,900 intelligence officers, and review aviation security, as part of its response to the attacks.

The home secretary, Theresa May, said there would be tighter surveillance of those arriving in Britain and that border guards were making targeted checks of passengers and vehicles leaving for France.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who like Mr. Obama attended the Group of 20 meeting, said he would consider speeding up the legislative timetable for a proposed law to govern electronic surveillance by the intelligence agencies, though he added that it was important to bring Parliament and public support with him.

In Washington, John O. Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said on Monday that both the Paris attacks and the crash of a Russian jet over the Sinai Peninsula bore the “hallmarks” of the Islamic State.

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mr. Brennan called the group an “association of murderous sociopaths” that is “not going to content itself with violence inside the Syrian and Iraqi borders.”

Wading into the debate over surveillance, privacy and encryption, Mr. Brennan said he hoped the Paris attacks would be a “wake-up call,” adding “hand-wringing” had weakened the ability of Western intelligence services to prevent attacks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/17/world/europe/paris-terror-attack.html?_r=0

Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries

Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.

The video, which appeared on a website used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday’s Paris shootings in which at least 129 people were killed.

The message to countries involved in what it called the “crusader campaign” was delivered by a man dressed in fatigues and a turban, and identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian.

“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” the man said.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the video, which purports to be the work of Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi province of Salahuddine, north of Baghdad.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security would not comment on the video but said it has not received information indicating a potential attack.

“While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific credible information of an attack on the U.S. homeland,” a DHS official said on condition of anonymity.

The French government has called the Paris attacks an act of war and said it would not end its air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date on Sunday, targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in the city of Raqqa, in coordination with U.S. forces.

Police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight following the Paris attacks.

“Al Ghareeb the Algerian” also warned Europe in the video that more attacks were coming.

“I say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and (gun) silencers and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger than before,” he said.

Apparently referring to international talks to end the Syrian war, another man identified in the video as Al Karrar the Iraqi tells French President Francois Hollande “we have decided to negotiate with you in the trenches and not in the hotels.”

(Reporting by Ahmed Tolba and Lin Noueihed; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington; Editing by Ahmed Aboulenein, Michael Georgy, David Stamp and Jonathan Oatis)

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/islamic-state-threatens-attack-washington-other-countries-122051922.html

Obama rules out U.S. troops on ground to fight Islamic State

Obama: Anti-ISIS strategy will not change

 

President Obama said the recent terrorist attacks on Paris will lead to an “intensification” of the fight against Islamic State militants, but will not fundamentally change his strategy nor his reluctance to put more U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

“We have the right strategy and we’re seeing it through,” Obama said Monday at a news conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the close of a summit of 20 nations.

For now, the Pentagon has made no significant changes to ongoing operations in Iraq and Syria and there have been no new deployments of people or weaponry into the region during the past several days, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday.

Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris killed at least 129 people and were blamed on Islamic State militants. The attacks have raised new questions about the future of the American-led military operation in Iraq and Syria, where daily airstrikes are targeting territory controlled by the Islamic State but the size of the U.S. ground force remains small.

Obama reiterated his commitment to the military campaign against the militant group, but said he plans to make no major changes to the mission’s current parameters.

“There will be an intensification of the strategy we put forward, but the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. But as I said from the start, it is going to take time,” Obama said.

Concerns about follow-up attacks in Paris prompted the U.S. European Command to prohibit American military personnel from undertaking any unofficial travel within a 50-kilometer radius of the city. Personnel on official travel or emergency leave to Paris or elsewhere in France will need approval from a general officer, according to EUCOM.

Military officials are making no across-the-board changes to force protection measures at domestic military bases. In February, U.S. Northern Command ordered the nationwide force-protection level elevated from Alpha, the lowest level, to Bravo, the second of four rungs on that scale. It remains at Bravo.

In response to the attacks Friday, the U.S. and France agreed on “concrete steps” to ramp up the fight against the Islamic State group during a phone call between U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday.

That will include an expanded intelligence-sharing agreement between the two nations, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

Carter and his French counterpart discussed other measures and additional announcements may be forthcoming, defense officials said.

In Iraq, about 3,500 U.S. troops are supporting Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. In Syria, the Pentagon is providing military supplies to rebel groups fighting ISIS on the ground and recently authorized several dozen U.S. special operations troops to deploy there to support those rebels.

The Paris attacks come at a time when the White House and Pentagon have shown a new willingness to put troops on the ground for targeted missions. U.S. forces joined Kurdish troops last week during a major operation to seize the Iraqi town of Sinjar and block a major Islamic State supply line.

Yet Obama said Monday that he strongly disagrees with critics who say he should authorize a large ground force of combat troops for deployment into Iraq and Syria.

“It is not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers, that that would be a mistake,” Obama said. “Not because our military could not march into Mosul or Raqqa or Ramadi and temporarily clear out ISIL, but because we would see a repetition of what we’ve seen before, which is [that the extremists will] resurface unless we’re prepared to have a permanent occupation of these countries.

“This is not, as I said, a traditional military opponent. We can retake territory. And as long as we leave our troops there, we can hold it. But that does not solve the underlying problem of eliminating the dynamics that are producing these kinds of violent extremist groups,” Obama said.

Obama said he continues to carefully weigh the cost of military operations and the impact of deployments on U.S. service members and their families.

“I just want to remind people: This is not an abstraction,” he said. “When we send troops in, those troops get injured, they get killed, they’re away from their families. Our country spends hundreds of billions of dollars. And so, given the fact that there are enormous sacrifices involved in any military action, it’s best that we don’t, you know, shoot first and aim later. It’s important for us to get the strategy right and the strategy that we are pursuing is the right one.”

Expansion in Turkey

The Paris attacks came at a time when the U.S. is expanding its fleet of combat aircraft near the Syrian border.

In September Turkey signed a historic agreement to allow U.S. combat aircraft to use its Incirlik Air Base to fly missions against ISIS.

Since then, the U.S. has deployed about two dozen combat aircraft to the base. Twelve A-10s from the 75th Fighter Squadron out of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, have been stationed in Incirlik since Oct. 20.

Six F-15Es arrived Nov. 12 to take part in airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, according to U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Six F-15Cs from the 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath, England, also arrived at Incirlik on Nov. 6 to conduct combat air patrols aimed at protecting Turkish airspace.

Four A-10 warplanes and two AC-130s on Monday attacked over 100 oil trucks in eastern Syria in hopes of limiting the militants’ access to crude oil, according to reports.

While the military mission at Incirlik is expanding, the U.S. is removing some American family members due to security concerns.

The Air Force has extended the deadline for families of U.S. military and civilian personnel to leave Incirlik, a spokeswoman for U.S. Air Forces in Europe said. Those dependents now have until Dec. 2 to voluntarily depart Adana, where Incirlik is located.

No carrier in the Gulf

Talk of intensifying the fight against ISIS comes at a time when the Navy does not have an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Central Command region.

The carrier Theodore Roosevelt left the area in mid-October, leaving CENTCOM without a sea-based air wing for as long as three months, which has raised concerns among some U.S. lawmakers. In the meantime, the Air Force is carrying out the bulk of the airstrikes along with coalition partners.

The Navy’s Truman Carrier Strike Group left Norfolk, Virginia, on Monday. Its five ships include the cruiser Anzio and destroyers Bulkeley, Gravely and Gonzalez. Officials sped up the group’s deployment date to minimize how long CENTOM would go without a flattop, while airstrikes against the Islamic State militants intensify.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, officials are discussing the possibility of the Truman flotilla lingering longer in the Mediterranean, as a platform from which to launch additional strikes against ISIS.

Guard steps up in New York

Over the weekend, the National Guard increased its presence at New York City’s transportation hubs.

Soldiers and airmen from Joint Task Force Empire Shield patrolled the city’s busiest transportation sites, including Penn Station, Grand Central Station, the PATH terminal linking Manhattan with New Jersey, and LaGuardia and JFK airports, said Eric Durr, a spokesman for the New York Guard.

“Over the weekend, we had more soldiers and airmen on than we might normally have during a weekend,” Durr said. “We’re continuing to maintain an increased visibility.”

JTF Empire Shield has been in place since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and the troops augment local authorities across the city, Durr said.

“Our soldiers and airmen are another pair of eyes and ears in these transportation hubs that work with police,” he said. “They’re armed and visible, but our folks don’t have law enforcement authority, so they assist the police.”

The task force, at the discretion of New York’s governor, is currently authorized 500 troops. The number of troops out and about at any given time varies depending on the security situation, Durr said.

The soldiers and airmen in the joint task force are on duty 24-7, rotating in shifts to make sure there are always personnel on duty.

In addition to JTF Empire Shield, the Guard has two other key homeland security missions that have been in place continuously since the 9/11 attacks.

The Guard’s Aerospace Control Alert units provide round-the-clock protection of U.S. airspace across the country.

The detachment in the Washington, D.C., area, part of the Air National Guard’s 113th Wing, in March hit a milestone: it had responded to 5,000 alert events, the first unit in the country to do so, according to information released by the wing.

“We have had ‘Capital Guardians’ on point, vigilant and ready to do what is necessary to defend this nation and the National Capital Region,” said Lt. Col. John Vargas, commander of the 113th Wing’s ACA detachment, in a statement released at the time. “Our operational tempo is more than any other alert center in the country.”

The 113th Wing’s ACA mission round-the-clock alert teams ready to launch aircraft at a moment’s notice to respond to airborne threats and air emergencies.

The Guard also has air defense artillery soldiers from Mississippi in the D.C. area. About 200 soldiers from Mississippi’s 1st Battalion, 204th Air Defense Artillery Regiment arrived in D.C. in October for their rotation. Their mission is to provide air defense and early warning to the region against any air attack, officials said.

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, “I’m not aware of any plans to expand, enhance or bolster any of these missions,” said Rick Breitenfeldt, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/war-on-is/2015/11/16/obama-large-us-troop-deployment-against-islamic-state-mistake/75866046/

 

President Obama Calls Rejection of Syrian Refugees a “Betrayal of Our Values”

The US isn’t changing its plans to let in 10,000 Syrian refugees.

President Obama said on Monday morning that the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed more than 100 people on Friday should not affect the small intake of Syrian refugees into the United States. “Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values,” he said during remarks at the G20 economic summit in Antalya, Turkey.

The comments were a direct rebuke to the governors of Alabama and Michigan, who announced over the weekend that their states would no longer resettle Syrian refugees because of security concerns. They were joined by the governors of Texasand Arkansas on Monday morning. While no Syrians have settled in Alabama since the start of the country’s uprising in 2011, Michigan is home to a large Arab and Middle Eastern community and at least 200 Syrians have found homes there, according to data compiled by the New York Times. That number was likely to rise after the Obama administration’s announcement in September that the US would take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, a nearly tenfold increasein the number of Syrians who have settled here since 2012.

Obama also took a clear swipe at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, both of whom said on Sunday that the US should focus on taking in Christian refugees rather than Muslims. Their comments echoed those of Eastern European leaders who pushed back against accepting refugees over the summer by saying their countries weren’t prepared to accept Muslims. “When I heard political leaders suggest that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing a warn-torn country is admitted…that’s shameful,” Obama said, growing visibly heated. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

Opponents of refugee resettlement have called for more stringent security checks on Syrians to make sure they have no connections to ISIS or other terrorist groups, but Syrians currently undergo a lengthy screening process that resettlement experts say is already sufficient to uncover terrorist ties. “Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States,” wrote Danna Van Brandt, a spokeswoman for the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, in an email to Mother Jones. “Screening includes the involvement of the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense.”

A Syrian passport bearing the name Ahmed Almuhamed was found near the remains of a suicide bomber at Paris’ Stade de France on Friday night. The passport was used by a refugee who entered Greece just six weeks ago, stoking fears that ISIS members may be using the refugee crisis as cover. But Syrian passports, both stolen and forged, are popular on the black market, and it’s still unknown if Almuhamed himself was the bomber. Obama cautioned on Monday about drawing quick links between terrorist groups and refugees. “It’s very important that…we do not close our hearts or these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism,” he said.

Obama also fielded several questions about his strategy in Syria, which he defended as the only “sustainable” strategy available to the United States. While he said there will be an “intensification” of the current US actions, which include a long-running bombing campaign against ISIS and the recent deployment of special operations soldiers to northern Syria, he rejected any possibility that the US will deploy a large ground force to take on ISIS. “It is not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisors, that that would be a mistake,” he said. “We would see a repetition of what we’ve see before: If you do not have local populations that are committed to inclusive governance and who are pushing back against ideological extremists, that they resurface unless you’re prepared to have a permanent occupation of these countries.”

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/11/obama-calls-rejection-syrian-refugees-betrayal-our-values

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