Antichrist Declares War On ISIS

Iraqi Shiites Declare War on Islamic State Group

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Muqtada al-Sadr commands one of the largest militia groups in Iraq today. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 December 2014

One of Iraq’s largest militias says it’s preparing to fight the Islamic State group.
Iraq’s most prominent Shiite militia will join the fight against the Islamic State group within hours, according to Iraqi media reports on Friday.

“Given the exceptional conditions and imminent danger to the sacred city of Samarra from the legions of terrorists, our leader (Muqtada) al-Sadr has ordered the Peace Brigades to prepare within 24 hours for jihad,” Sumaria news agency reported a top brigade leader stating, according to the Middle East Monitor.

The tens of thousands-strong Peace Brigades (PB) were formed in June by al-Sadr – a charismatic Shiite cleric that once led an insurgency against U.S. occupation forces.

Between 2006 and 2008, al-Sadr’s previous paramilitary group – the Jaish al-Mahdi (JAM) – was widely viewed as the most serious threat to U.S. forces in Iraq. Al-Sadr vowed to disband JAM in 2008, though the cleric remained a powerful figure in Iraqi politics.

When he established the PB, he claimed the new militia would exist to defend Shiite holy sites. Earlier this week, al-Sadr declared his troops were on alert to fight the Islamic State group near Samarra.

The Islamic State group is an extremist organization with Sunni membership that has seized control of vast territories in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Samarra is currently held by the Iraqi army, though the Islamic State group holds positions to the east and west of the city.

Samarra was the site of the bombing of a Shiite shrine in 2006 that sparked years of sectarian war across Iraq.

On Wednesday, al-Sadr claimed the “sacred city” was again in “imminent danger.”

The following day, an Iraqi army colonel in Samarra told Reuters that the Islamic State group appeared to be on the verge of an assault on the city, or were digging in for a war of attrition.

Shiism Stands Up To ISIS (Daniel 8:3)

Shia pilgrims give ISIS a slap across the face with mass turnout in Iraq

Photo: Shia pilgrims outside of the Imam Husayn Mosque in Karbala, Iraq.
 
There has probably been some exaggeration about just how many Shia Muslims descended upon the Iraqi holy city of Karbala in order to mark this years Arbaeen commemoration. Arbaeen is the time of year when Shiites mark the end of a forty day period of mourning over the death of their revered Imam Husayn, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed who, according to Shite theology, was infamously martyred at the hands of the brutal Umayyad caliph Yazid I in Karbala in 680CE whose rule he defiantly refused to submit to. A defining moment for adherents of the Shiite branch of the Islamic monotheism.
 
What was clear this year from various reports is not how many millions attended this ceremony but the fact that millions surely did. While it might not be as high as 17 million, the number the Iraqi defense minister claims, it is undoubtedly a massive number. One cannot help but be exalted by this fact given the point in time in which it is taking place.
 
The horridly sectarian and violent Islamic State group, which promulgates a very obscurantist form of Sunni Islam, despises the Shiites more than it does anyone else. They refer to them as ‘Safavids’, a reference to the dynasty which promulgated Shiism in neighbouring Iran. As with al-Qaeda from whence they emanate this group would doubtlessly slaughter Shiites wherever they can as well as desecrate and destroy their places of worship.
 
Which is why even a secularist can be exalted at the turnout in Karbala today which is a real slap in the face of these savage sectarians. I’m not implying Shiites do not have sectarians in their ranks, on the contrary. But there are some important distinctions which are of vital importance to take into account.
 
In Samarra many Shiites are standing in defiant defense of the Al-Askari Shrine. An important shrine in Shiite Islam which al-Qaeda blew-up back in 2006. They obviously they don’t wish to see Islamic State forces get within range of that site. Accordingly they are taking a stand. But many of those taking that stand are members of Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia who refer to themselves as ‘Peace Brigades’ (aren’t euphemisms great!), Sadr is calling for an anti-Islamic State jihad. While undoubtedly a sectarian in the past Sadr has nevertheless spoken-up for the rights of Sunni Arab Iraqis who were being discriminated and sidelined by the former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
 
And then there is the most salient case of the most prominent, by far, Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali-Sistani. This Najaf-based cleric, the most senior Shiite cleric by far in Iraq, has a very secular outlook and has urged Shia adherents against joining sectarian militias and instead called on them to join the regular state security forces. A sober call to take up arms in order to preserve a secular multi-denominational Iraq instead of a call to draw more sectarian lines in the dirt. Very level-headed and helpful considering Islamic State have mostly killed other Sunnis, who we mustn’t forget are as much a victim of Islamic State than other minorities and ethnicities, who clearly find their rule reprehensibly violent and fascistic.
 
Similarly the turnout in Karbala isn’t solely a religious one. It also constitutes a defiant stand by members of Iraq’s largest community who are demonstrating through their turnout numbers that they are not going to be terrorized by such a group. Quite an encouraging spectacle to watch unfold when one views it in that context. Even though its the largest community in Iraq and some of its members have been responsible for counterproductive sectarian violence it is quite evident that the majority of Shiites of Iraq are fighting to preserve a peaceful multi-denominational Iraq with their Sunni brethren. It is also clear that this can only be realized when the forces of barbaric reaction are stood up against. And instead of cowering in fear or second-guessing whether or not to venture out, due to potential threats to their safety, the Shiites at Karbala made quite the symbolic stand with this mass turnout this Arbaeen showing that, not unlike their revered Imam, they would rather death to submitting to a tyranny.

Antichrist Tells Followers To Prepare For Jihad

Iraq’s Moqtada Al-Sadr Orders Followers to Join Jihad against ISIL Terrorists

The Antichrist's Makes a Surge

The Antichrist’s Prepares His Followers For Jihad

Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iraqi Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to prepare for jihad, or holy defense, against the ISIL terrorist group, which is reportedly preparing to attack the city of Samarra.

“Our brothers the Mujahedeen (holy warriors) in the Peace Brigades must be ready to meet the call of jihad within 48 hours,” Abu Du’aa al-Issawi, al-Sadr’s assistant for jihad affairs, said in a statement on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

Earlier in the year, Sadr called on his followers to form a new militia of “Peace Brigades” to protect Iraq’s shrines and holy sites as the ISIL pushed forward in Northern and Central parts of the country.

The predominantly Sunni city of Samarra, some 120 km North of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, is home to the Shiite shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi. The shrine contains the tombs of Ali al-Hadi and his son Hassan al-Askari, the 10th and 11th of the Shiites’ 12 most revered Imams. Shiite pilgrims visit the shrine from all over the world.

On Feb. 22, 2006, the Samarra shrine, also called the Golden Mosque, was hit by a bomb attack in which its 100-year-old Golden Dome was badly damaged.

In 2007, insurgents again bombed two minarets of the shrine. The attacks sparked killings between Shiite and Sunni communities that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

Sadr’s statement came amid intelligence reports that the ISIL group was preparing for major attacks on several cities and towns in Salahuddin province, including the sensitive religious city of Samarra, which remains under government control.

Large parts of the province have been under the ISIL control since June 11, a day after bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and the group which took control of the country’s Northern city of Mosul and later seized swathes of territories in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces.

US Will Fail To Stop The Pakistani Horn

Dialogue with Pakistan focuses on non-proliferation, says US

Pakistani Nuclear Arsenal
— By IANS | Dec 12, 2014 04:06 pm

Washington: Non-proliferation is an important part of dialogue between the US and Pakistan, a top American official has told lawmakers.

“We are very focused in our dialogue with Pakistan on keeping them (nuclear weapons) away from any kind of proliferation,” Jarret Blanc, deputy special representative of State for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told lawmakers in a Congressional briefing here.

“However, as of now, there seems to be no indication of proliferation of nuclear weapons from Pakistan,” Blanc said when Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen inquired about reports of nuclear co-operation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

“We would look very negatively on any indication of proliferation of any kind, including that. Certainly, a large part of our national security dialogue with Pakistan is focused on non-proliferation issues,” Blanc said.

However, lawmaker Ros-Lehtinen, had reservations about Pakistan’s commitment to non-proliferation and during the Congressional hearing, she drew attention to the former CIA Director Michael Hayden, who has posed the scenario of “a Pakistani nuclear guarantee for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the face of an Iranian nuclear weapons programme”.

Posing a series of questions to the US official, Ros-Lehtinen asked, “Do you think that Pakistan would sell Saudi Arabia a nuclear weapon? What can you tell us about their nuclear cooperation? What would other players in the region acquire the technology for? We have heard reports that other countries in the region might be interested as well?”

Blanc replied that the US is not seeing proliferation concerns of that nature.

“Within the limits of what we can discuss here, I would just say non-proliferation is an important part of our dialogue with Pakistan,” he said.

Ros-Lehtinen and other lawmakers had yesterday also expressed concern over Pakistan’s growing nuclear stockpile.

“Pakistan’s nuclear weapons stockpile is reportedly growing faster than any other in the world and is notoriously insecure,” Ros-Lehtinen has said, while chairing a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan.