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With Nigeria’s announcement of a peace agreement with Boko Haram, there was revelry in the streets:

Whoops!

Despite government claims of a ceasefire, gunmen believed to be Boko Haram fighters attacked two villages and a town near the border with Niger, killing at least 8 and kidnapping others, residents told CNN Saturday.

Boko Haram has not yet responded to the government’s announcement Thursday of a ceasefire, which an official said heralded peace in the country after some five years of conflict with the Islamic extremist group.

In one attack, militants ambushed travelers in the Borno state village of Shaffa, residents of the area said, killing eight people and abducting others.

Boko Haram gunmen also stormed the village of Waga in Adamawa state, abducting a number of residents, including women, residents there told CNN.

Insurgents also occupied the town of Abadam, near Niger, after killing an unknown number of residents in their attack, residents said.

Nigerian officials said Friday that the government had reached a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency in the country’s north since 2009.

To launch one raping and pillaging raid after a peace settlement may be regarded as a misfortune, to launch several looks like carelessness.

Does this mean no #girls? That’s going to make a lot of narcissists very sad

Which almost makes it worth it. Almost.

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Benghazi Blues

Over at NRO, something is bothering Andy McCarthy’s mind—and mine:

Why Won’t Republicans Get to the Bottom of Benghazi?
It’s not just Democrats who don’t want a full public airing.

In the midst of Libya’s civil war, the United States government decided to switch sides — we went from support for the Qaddafi regime that had been regarded as a key counterterrorism ally to support for “rebels” who very much included the anti-American jihadists Qaddafi had been helping us track. That was not just an Obama-administration policy preference; it had strong support from prominent senior Republicans in Congress. The toppling of Qaddafi that resulted enabled jihadists to raid the regime’s arsenal. That has greatly benefitted both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State terrorists currently rampaging in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and much of northern Africa.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration, again with significant Republican support, decided to aid and abet Syrian “rebels” who, as in Libya, very much included anti-American jihadists. There is colorable suspicion that this assistance included the gathering up of arms in Libya for shipment to Syrian “rebels.” Abdelhakim Belhadj, the al-Qaeda operative who was Ambassador Stevens’s “rebel” point-man in Benghazi, was clearly involved in at least one major shipment of weapons that went to Syrian “rebels” — including to some of the jihadist groups the United States is now bombing. That shipment was coordinated by Turkey, a country with which Ambassador Stevens, Secretary Clinton, and President Obama worked closely — a country whose ambassador was the last diplomat Stevens met with in Benghazi before being killed.

There will be no accountability for the Benghazi massacre absent a full public airing of what the United States government was doing in that most dangerous of places: Setting up shop among anti-American jihadists and staying there like sitting ducks even as other countries and international organizations pulled out. What was the benefit? Trying to limit the damage caused by switching sides in Libya? Fueling a new jihadist threat in Syria and Iraq — the very one we are now struggling to quell?

In Washington, there seem to be a lot of people resistant to a full public airing of the policy. They may not all be Democrats.

Libya, Syria, Turkey, Obama, Clinton, Stevens…and Republicans?

I’m as partisan as the next man—more, much more—and I love to see Clinton twisting in the wind, but if that’s all Benghazi is to Republicans in Congress, shame on them. If Stevens was part of some shady, dirty operation, maybe he knew what he was in for. Maybe Sean Smith did too. But Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died trying to save them. I’d say their sacrifice deserves a little more than cheap point-scoring, regardless of where the story leads.

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Not-Muslims Attracted to Not-Islam in London

Not kidding:

Four men, two aged 20 and two 21, were held in the dawn raids at addresses across London yesterday.

One of those held was revealed today to be a medical student who has written online that “Allah rewards those who kill in his name”.

The 21-year-old was seized at a flat in North Kensington where he lived with his mother and sister, according to neighbours.

He has allegedly posted on the Ask.fm website that he “wants people to fight and kill” in the name of Allah and describes how Allah rewards those who fight in his name “with paradise”.

The suspect was arrested with another man at a tower block in North Kensington. Neighbours described hearing explosions — thought to have been stun grenades fired by armed police as they stormed the flat.

Friends described how the man had grown increasingly “isolated and detached” in recent years as he travelled abroad alone without his family. He told friends he was travelling to Morocco but it is also thought he may have gone to Syria.

One family friend said: “In about the last two to three years we all noticed a change in him. He used to just wear a tracksuit and then he started wearing the white religious dress clothing over the top of it, and then he just no longer had the tracksuit and would just wear the clothing and sandals.

“He also started growing a really big beard and was travelling a lot. He said he had gone to Morocco by himself. The family also used to go for about a month every year on holiday to Morocco.”

Of course he went to Morocco. He liked the food. And the beaches. But as a medical student and a Muslim, he would value life. That’s what they tell us.

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Shell Game

Those who have seen David Mamet’s brilliant movie, Wag the Dog, think they have seen the depths of cynicism and human degradation.

But they haven’t seen anything until they’ve seen the sequel: Eat the Dog (tough).

With respect to the so-called Khorasan Group, the overarching objection here is that we are really just talking about al-Qaeda. No one doubts that al-Qaeda, being an international terror network that has been at war with the United States for about 20 years, has an internal organizational structure as well as both franchises and smaller cells throughout the world. But the units, franchises, and cells are not independent, autonomous operators; they are al-Qaeda. That, in fact, is what separates them from the Islamic State, which has broken away from the mother ship, at least for the time being.

The Obama administration portrayed the abruptly emergent “Khorasan Group” as if it were a standalone terrorist organization — a jihadist-combat entity targeting the United States. In reality, the threat the administration was talking about was from al-Qaeda. The administration does not like to admit that al-Qaeda is still a formidable enemy because President Obama has made a habit of falsely claiming to have defeated it. That is why we are hearing about the “Khorasan Group.”

Khorasan may be new to us, but it’s old news to the Obama regime:

The upshot of Mr. Lake’s report is that back in June, U.S. military and intelligence officials assessed that “a shadowy network of al Qaeda veterans in Syria were planning to attack airliners flying to the United States.” The officials thus formulated combat plans for strikes against this terror cell’s key locations. These “targeting packages,” however, were not submitted to the president because, according to an unidentified senior intelligence official, military brass knew Mr. Obama would not authorize the strikes. They did not want to ask if the answer was certain to be “no.”

I have no doubt that this is the case. My focus, however, is on Mr. Lake’s description of the Khorasan controversy. As he frames it,

Some critics on the left and right have questioned whether the White House invented the threat from the so-called “Khorasan Group” in order to justify airstrikes that began in September against al Qaeda and ISIS targets in Syria.

Let me help you out: Khorasan is Al Qaeda, and Al Qaeda is Khorasan—like a McDonalds is always a McDonalds, regardless of where it is or who the manager is. But ISIS is neither; it’s Wendy’s, with a side of decapitation. Obama claimed to have put the former out of business (by terminating the CEO); the latter he dismissed as the JV team. He similarly changed his mind when he accepted the very same terms covering our troops in Iraq that he rejected in 2011.

But if such counter-terrorism sleight of hand seems irrelevant to you, let me introduce you to the new definition of “theater of war”:

U.S. airstrikes in Syria in September that were aimed at a faction of al-Qaeda militants said to be plotting attacks against the West failed to deliver a decisive blow against them, U.S. officials familiar with the operation said late this week.

While U.S. intelligence agencies are still assessing the results of the Tomahawk cruise missile strikes, three U.S. officials said indications are that many suspected leaders and members of the Khorasan Group escaped, along with high-tech explosive devices they were said to be preparing to attack civil aviation or similar targets.

‘They thought people were there but they were not there,’ said one U.S. official familiar with the Obama administration’s plan.

At the time of the strikes, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said they were conducted to ‘disrupt imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western targets’.

Federal Bureau of Investigations director James Comey told reporters on September 25 that he was ‘not confident’ that the plots against the United States had been disrupted.

In the aftermath of the strikes, U.S. officials have dialed back their warnings, saying that any planned attacks by Khorasan may not have been imminent.

The U.S. government still maintains that the group is sufficiently skilled and well armed to launch a surprise attack against the West.

The sources who spoke about the strikes said that since the raids apparently missed their main targets, Khorasan members are likely still actively planning attacks.

The U.S. attack on the Khorasan Group’s base was part of the first night of air strikes that were launched in Syria last month by the United States and allies.

Subsequent strikes have primarily targeted militants from Islamic State, which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq.

Again, let me help: we staged some very splashy bombing raids on Al Qaeda cells (by another name) who weren’t even there. And the imminent threat they (McDonald’s) posed may or may not have been so imminent. But it’s all okay because we’re now bombing the other terrorists, ISIS (Wendy’s), once dissed and dismissed by Obama.

Oh, and as we previously reported, ISIS probably wasn’t there either: reports on the ground say that they got while the getting was good as Obama dithered. In any case, they’re still serving decapitations.

Any questions?

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Whose Caliphate Is It, Anyway?

Or is it one at all?

A campaign to unite Australians against hatred, racism and bigotry and say “not in my name” has drawn bipartisan support, but the organiser warns that political rhetoric is part of the reason it’s needed in the first place.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, president of the Youth Without Borders organisation, said the European “not in my name” campaign, in which Muslims publicly state their opposition to the actions of Islamic State (Isis), resonated with her “because it was about taking ownership a little bit.”

“People are doing things in the name of Islam and Islamic State, but it’s neither Islamic nor are they a state,” Abdel-Magied told Guardian Australia.

So you say.

This guy says differently:

A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has appeared in a video, just a week after the Nigerian military reported that he had been killed.

The video that emerged yesterday shows a man purporting to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, surrounded by other Boko Haram soldiers mocking the Nigerian government and military.

In the video he says: “Here I am alive, you talk so much about your killing of me but that is not the point, we are still in our Islamic caliphate, reigning, we are doing the teachings of the Qu’ran.”

No, they don’t act in your name, Yassmin, they act in the name of Mohammed. And while they might not be a state, no state dares go where they are.

The Nigerian government and military continue to struggle to control Boko Haram, with attacks, killings and kidnappings becoming commonplace in the north of the country as the militant group work towards achieving their goal of creating their own Islamic caliphate.

The group whose name translates directly as “Western education is forbidden”, caused international outrage in April when they kidnapped 276 girls from a school in the northern town of Chibok.

Following the kidnapping, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, promised that he would find the girls and “crush” Boko Haram.

Nevertheless, the majority of kidnapped girls are still missing and the ill-disciplined Nigerian army seem to be making little progress.

Within the last month, Boko Haram have stated that they now control of remote areas on the Nigerian border with Cameroon.

If having a fearsome military makes one a state, Boko Haram is a state, and most of Western Europe is not. As for being Islamic or not, I think a fearsome military decides that too.

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Grim Milestone Watch

Boy, it’s been a while since we had one of these.

Good times:

The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.

So, the 1,119 dead Iraqis are only those killed by non-ISIS forces. Well, that sucks.

Iraq has been facing an unprecedented crisis — the worst since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011 — after the Sunni extremist group seized a third of the country in a lightning offensive over the summer.

Bush’s invasion of Iraq led to many deaths, American and Iraqi. Can’t the same be said of Obama’s surrender—at least of Iraqis? I realize no number of Iraqi deaths justifies one American death, but we had Iraq won. They had an ineffectual army, crooked politicians, sectarian violence—all you need for a modern Arab state. And Obama pi**ed it away.

The August death toll stood at 1,420. In June, 2,400 were killed as the Islamic State fighters launched their blitz. It was the highest figure since at least April 2005.

Silly me! If I had only read further, I would have noted that 1,119 is a marked improvement. My apologies. Carry on.

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As We Were Saying

Well, we were.

The rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air—all for show:

US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS or ISIS) in Syria continue Saturday night, but are failing to slow the jihadis’ advance on the Kurdish border town of Kobane.

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Unit (YPG), backed by fighters from the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), have been engaged in a fierce battle with ISIS, as the Islamists seek to seize control of the key town on the border with Turkey.

But though US airstrikes – which President Barack Obama pledged would “degrade and destroy” ISIS – have extended from Iraq to Syria to aid the defense of Kobane, local sources say the strikes have been largely ineffective.

“They struck empty buildings,” YPG’s chief of defense for Kobane, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, told The Independent. “ISIS fighters used to be there but they left, so they haven’t helped us. If anything, they are now fighting harder to push forward before there are more strikes.”

Maybe if Obama put the latte down when he saluted the men who serve at his command, he’d see how badass they are, and how a few of them might actually scare ISIS. Fireworks don’t seem to be doing the trick.

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Who Wants to Play “Islam/Not Islam”?

President Obama assures us that ISIS (which he pronounces ISIL in his “Negro dialect”) is “not Islamic”.

I always thought Islam was like pornography. No, not that way! Heavens, not, not in the…pornographic sense. Rather as in you know it when you see it. But if Obama is to be believed (I think I see your problem, BTL), if Obama is to be believed, Islam is not always in the eye of the beholder. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), sometimes ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), or just IS (Islamic State), is not Islamic. Not no way, not no how. So what else is not Islamic?

Ready to play?

Boko Haram (“Western education blows chunks”): Islam/Not Islam?

Not Islam, very good! Where are their turbans and robes? Besides, what Muslim would take an underage girl as his bride? (Don’t answer that.)

Hezbollah (Party of Allah), not to be confused with Ebola: Islam/Not Islam?

Not Islam again! Say, you’re good. Despite the name, the Party of God is no party at all. Party-poopers of God is closer to the mark. No Fun Boring Sourpuss Drags of God would be closer still, but unwieldy as a name. So when you hear Party of Allah, think instead Party of ethno-religious hatred and genocide.

Al-Shabaab, or Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Punk-Ass Bitches): Islam/Not Islam?

Nope, still Not Islam. These wet behind the ears jihadists wouldn’t know Islam if it strapped on an explosive vest and blew up their crosstown bus. They’re just full of youthful exuberance, blowing off steam. And rockets, grenades, and mortars.

Hamass, an acronym for Harakat al-Muqwamah al-Islamiyyah (Islamic Bowel—sorry, Resistance Movement): Islam/Not Islam?

Is that your final answer? Cause it’s not—Islam, that is. Hamass is like the Elks or the Lions, a fraternal order of civic leaders, mad men, and psychopaths. But not a single holy man among them. Not one.

I’m afraid that’s all we have time for today. Thanks for playing. Comeback next time when we ask: are the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar al-Sharia, Ansar al-Islam, Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, and the Army of Islam (just to pick from the As) Islam/Not Islam?

Study hard!

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Oklahoma Beheader Has Ties To Al Qaeda, Also To Boston

Small world.

PS – do not open link anywhere you don’t want noise.

Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen — the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Just two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Webb spoke at a fundraiser with Awlaki with hopes to raise funds for Atlanta-based H. Rap Brown, a man that shot and killed two police officers. The FBI documents also found that “Webb and Awlaki may be associated with the Muslim American Society,” which is a group described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism as being “founded as the United States Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Boston, beware:

Imam Webb’s bio from his new place of employment, the Islamic Society of Boston, states:
While pursuing his bachelors degree Imam Webb studied privately with a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. After intense private training in various Islamic sciences, Imam Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he not only provided Khutbas (Sermons) and religious classes but also counseled families and young people.
The Islamic Society of Boston, which was attended by the Tsarnaev brothers during his tenure as Imam, has several within their ranks who have been charged with committing acts of Islamic Radicalism. The founder of the Mosque, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his role for financing terror.

Boston is foolish enough to be hit again.

– Aggie

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Why Boots on the Ground Matter [UPATED]

Because boots on the ground lead to heads on the ground:

[N]ew details emerged about the killing of up to 300 Iraqi soldiers in Iraq’s western Anbar province after ISIS fighters overran the base near Falluja this week.

A handful of survivors who escaped from Saqlawiyah, which had been under siege for a week, accused the Iraqi government of failing to respond to pleas for help in the days leading up to Monday’s final ISIS assault on the base.

One soldier recounted in a video posted to YouTube how he and his comrades battled the fighters for hours before starting to run out of ammunition and then being shot by a sniper.

“I called the commander … for support, but no one responded,” he said.

While CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of the claims in the video, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into what happened and why the soldiers were left to fend for themselves.

At least 113 soldiers were killed and another 78 are missing, according to Iraqi security officials.

The report has raised questions about whether the Iraqi military can defeat ISIS on the ground even with help from the United States and its allies in the air.

Yeah, but we bombed oil terminals! KABOOM! (Well, Arabs did.)

Choke on that, you ISIL dogs!

ISIS has likely dispersed much of its command-and-control capabilities in Syria, and leaders are now “mixed in with the civilian population,” Mansoor said.

“So it’s unlikely these airstrikes have crippled ISIS,” he said. “As the President has said, it’s going to be a long campaign, and it will be months — perhaps years — before ISIS is dealt a serious blow absent any sort of ground force to go in and root them out on the ground.”

Hush your mouth! Not one Doc Marten, not one Ugg shall trod upon Iraqi soil (sand).

“We cannot confirm any particular leadership that might have been killed in any of these strikes,” Kirby said Wednesday.

And as far as how many ISIS militants have been killed, “we don’t know that, either,” Kirby said.

So what? We’ve got optics! KERBLOOEY!

I don’t know about ISIS, but this “war theater” leaves me feeling pretty degraded.

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Israel should condemn this:

Syrians are blaming the US military for the deaths of civilians.

Opposition activists say the US was responsible for hitting a residential building not far from a known headquarters of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, the Nusra front.

They say 11 people, including four children, were killed – a claim Al Jazeera cannot verify.

Israel had the balls to put boots on the ground, in part to avoid this very thing. Obama has only a couple of Noodles where his balls ought to be.

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Is This Still Smart Power?

It’s no surprise that that most self-celebrating of social media, Twitter, is this regime’s go-to method of foreign policy.

There was Michelle:

Then Jen Psaki:

Of course, Barack’s selfie:

With such a record of success, it’s no wonder they brought the hashtag to bear in the war on terror:

The State Department social media initiative designed to engage with ISIS terrorists and jihadist sympathizers is “embarrassing,” “ineffective” and “distressing,” the head of a prominent intelligence group wrote Tuesday in a scathing editorial.

The “Think Again Turn Away” campaign and Twitter account, launched by the State Department in December, in part, to dissuade on-the-fence jihadists from joining the fight against the West is actually serving to embolden and legitimize the social media presence of bloodthirsty terrorists already on the ground, Rita Katz, the director of the SITE Intelligence Group, wrote in a Time magazine article published online Tuesday.

The State Department’s “English-language outreach program is not only ineffective, but also provides jihadists with a stage to voice their arguments,” Katz claimed, calling the initiative’s Twitter account a “gaffe machine that “walks dangerous ethical lines.”

“Thirteen years into the war on terror, it is distressing to see certain ways the U.S. government is combating domestic radicalization by groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State,” Katz wrote. The account regularly (engages) in petty disputes with fighters and supporters of groups like IS (also known as ISIS), Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab, and (argues) over who has killed more people while exchanging sarcastic quips.”

“In order to counter a problem, one must first study it before adopting a solution. Had the people behind Think Again Turn Away understood jihadists’ mindsets and reasons for their behavior, they would have known that their project of counter messaging would not only be a waste of taxpayer money, but ultimately be counterproductive,” she wrote. “I would much rather see the State Department’s online ventures involved in projects that explain the great things American policies have achieved — not arguing with jihadi fighters on who killed more innocent Muslims.”

I don’t think they’re getting any smarter:

The U.S. State Department ratcheted up the online propaganda war on Wednesday, tweeting a photo composite showing four dead ISIS jihadis who it suggested were killed in overnight airstrikes in Syria.

The ‘Think Again Turn Away’ program’s Twitter account blasted out the image to nearly 8,000 followers. The initiative’s goal is to dissuade would-be jihadis, including so-called ‘foreign fighters,’ from joining up with ISIS.

One ISIS-linked Twitter account with nearly 10,000 followers claimed Tuesday night that the ‘first victims of air strikes by US on Syria’ were ‘children and women.’

Another tweeted news stories from dubious sources claiming French fighter jets mistakenly bombed Kurdish allies, killing 75 fighters in a friendly-fire cockup.

Separately, a weeks-long Twitter campaign centered around the hashtag #AMessageFromISIStoUS spread a series of chest-puffing boasts, including direct threats against the U.S. homeland.

We rightly condemn ISIS for broadcasting their executions of innocents hostages. But posting pictures of dead terrorists? In a Twitter account? By our government? Not only is it juvenile, it’s unseemly. Kill ‘em, kill ‘em all. Just don’t act like them.

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Blowing [Bleep] Up [UPDATED]

You know me, I love blowing [bleep] up. Well, you don’t know me, not really, and I don’t blow [bleep] up myself (not even on the 4th of July), but I like it when my government does. When it comes to munitions, I say nothing succeeds like excess.

But give me a break:

Col. Peters is decrying the bombing of buildings at nighttime, when they would be empty, instead of mid-morning, when they would be full of bustling adjutants and corpsmen (pronounced core-man, Barack).

But they already were empty:

Reuters reported Wednesday that ISIS has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes on the group in Syria, disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and cutting down its media exposure.

In the city of Raqqa, 450 kilometres northeast of Damascus, residents say Islamic State has been moving equipment every day since Obama signalled on Sept. 11 that air attacks on its forces could be expanded from Iraq to Syria.

As the United States tries to assemble a coalition to fight ISIS, the jihadist group appears to be trying to leave as much uncertainty as possible about its strategy.

Facing U.S. air strikes in Iraq, ISIS fighters abandoned heavy weaponry that made them easy targets and tried to blend into civilian areas. In anticipation of similar raids in Syria, the group may already be doing the same.

In Raqqa, the group has evacuated buildings it was using as offices, redeployed its heavy weaponry, and moved fighters’ families out of the city.

“They are trying to keep on the move,” said one Raqqa resident, communicating via the Internet and speaking on condition of anonymity because of safety fears. “They have sleeper cells everywhere,” he added.

“They only meet in very limited gatherings.”

That report was from a week ago. So all those cool shots of building being blown to smithereens? For show. All that shock (“without awe”, they assure us, to differentiate from Bushitler)? Window dressing. All that b-roll of cruise missiles being launched from American warships? A dog and pony show.

Without the pony:

A documentary filmmaker who spent time with the Free Syrian Army said that moderate rebels are “laughing” at President Obama’s plan to arm them against the Islamic State, claiming they simply “don’t take this seriously.”

VanDyke warned that removing the Islamic State from vast swathes of Syrian territory will create a “vacuum” that Assad-regime forces will rush to fill, leaving moderate rebels powerless to stop them. “When the administration announces that they intend to train 5,000 soldiers in Jordan, of the Free Syrian Army, to go and claim these territories, that figure doesn’t make any sense,” he said.

“It’s actually quite ridiculous,” the filmmaker continued. “I’m not sure how the administration even expects people to believe it.”

So, if we don’t put “boots on the ground”, and if Syrian boots on the ground aren’t going to get it done, whose boots will?

Hello…? Hello…?

I reiterate: you can’t blow up enough [bleep] to please me. I don’t even need a reason. But does it seem to you that ISIS needs an office building? Does it strike you that they operate from cubicles with desktops—Dilbert with Kalashnikovs?

And will the media flunkies cheerleading the president’s hawkishness still be waving the pom-poms when the next two hostages get their heads hacksawed off on HD video? Becuase if you put on a show, ISIS will top it.

PS: Could it not be said we engaged in “disproportionate” force? Israel put boots on the ground in Gaza; indeed, many thought (including me) that they should have marched those boots all the way to the Mediterranean and annexed the benighted Strip (or at least toppled Hamass). We’re just bombing [bleep] from the air without any thought for what’s happening on the ground.

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As I was saying: And will the media flunkies cheerleading the president’s hawkishness still be waving the pom-poms when the next two hostages get their heads hacksawed off on HD video? Because if you put on a show, ISIS will top it.

French hostage Herve Gourdel was abducted and beheaded, a killing shown on video, French President Francois Hollande told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Gourdel was kidnapped over the weekend in Algeria’s Tizi Ouzou region east of Algiers, the French Foreign Ministry said. The video was posted online Wednesday. It shows armed men who claim to belong to Islamist militant group Jund al-Khilafa — or Soldiers of the Caliphate — in Algeria. They pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The U.N. Security Council issued a statement condemning the “heinous and cowardly murder.”

Oh, shut up.

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