“One of the issues with the archipelago, these guys who came out of Abu Sayyaf Group, they’re very accomplished mariners, able to move around from place to place, so it’s difficult to clamp down on them,” Scott Stewart, Vice President of Tactical Analysis of American geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor,We have seen drastic reductions in the Christian populations in many nations in the Middle East.
Iraq might very well have lost 80 percent of their native Christian people,” Edward Clancy, director of outreach, told The Christian Post in an email interview on Wednesday. “Syria might have lost 50 percent. This is compounded by the fact that Christian families have not been secure enough to have many children.
The loss of population and the very low birth rate will put great pressure on the Christian communities.Some church leaders in the Middle East expressed in the report that they feel forgotten by the international community. ACNUSA director of outreach argued that many in the West do take the Church and Christian communities for granted.
Even when Christians are in the minority, they consistently show themselves to be a positive force in those communities. For example, throughout the Middle East and around the world, Christians provide opportunities for better education for Christians and non-Christians alike. This is because it is part of the witness of the Gospel,” Clancy continued.Western leaders need to understand that these Christian communities are key for peaceful coexistence among Yazidi, Sunni, Shia and Kurds in Iraq and will be likewise in Syria among the different ethnic and religious groups.The vast majority of media organizations around the world that don’t specialize in the Middle East didn’t report this, but it’s important. The OIC includes 57 member states and extends far beyond the Middle East, from Sub-Saharan Africa through South Asia and all the way to Indonesia. Everything it says emerges from a broad consensus among governments ruling Muslim-majority nations, including most of the Arab states. (Syria has been suspended for reasons that are probably obvious.
year ago, Iraqi forces launched a military campaign to oust the hardline extremists from Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province. By the time Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in the city in July to declare victory, nearly 900,000 people had been displaced from their homes and Mosul was destroyed.ISIS burned books and bombed ancient sites, including the famed al-Nuri mosque and its leaning al-Hadba minaret that had graced the Mosul skyline for decades and engendered a sense of belonging for its native sons and daughters. The mosque was to Moslawis what the Eiffel Tower is to Parisians.
Now residents say they hail from the city of the bombed mosqueIn Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Saeed had been persecuted for his words. He eventually fled and found freedom as a writer. But he was forced into the hard life of a refugee in Chicago, and the longing for home grew.He describes a city that has no rule of law, no coordinated traffic flows. A city that is divided — all the bridges linking the west and east banks were destroyed.
Although some temporary bridges have been put up, they are not enough for Mosul, which once boasted 2 million people. It can take hours to cross the Tigris these days.East Mosul is a paradise compared to the west, where people lack clean water, electricity and access to health care. The need to handle traumatic injuries has shifted to rehabilitation and longer-term care, but few hospitals and medical facilities have the resources to step in.East Mosul is a paradise compared to the west, where people lack clean water, electricity and access to health care. The need to handle traumatic injuries has shifted to rehabilitation and longer-term care, but few hospitals and medical facilities have the resources to step in.
During this time they were quite active in waging a sectarian war against Iran-backed Shiite militias in central Iraq and bombing hotels in neighboring Jordan. Many of their members were imprisoned in U.S.
-run “Camp Bucca,” where they were able to meet up and radicalize.Fast forward to the U.S. “surge” in 2007: The U.S.-installed, Shiite government in Baghdad began reaching out to Sunni tribes, encouraging them to reject AQI.
By this point, AQI was basically defeated and it looked like peace was coming to the Middle East,Fast forward again to the Arab Spring and the uprising against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.During the Iraq War, AQI would frequently go back and forth between Syria and Iraq to resupply, so it had a lot of contacts in the country. When Assad began shooting and gassing his own people, and the peaceful uprising turned into a civil war, AQI saw an opportunity to establish a presence there,It quickly moved into Syria, renamed itself as The Islamic State of Iraq .No one can tell the good guys from the bad ones , the people will always call you names, they will always disown you. SIS is really the first group that even had a hacking wing,” David Kennedy, a Marine veteran and the founder and CEO of cybersecurity consulting firm told Tech Insider. “Al Qaeda to some extent, but ISIS is really one that’s taken hold of that.
“After taking over vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, ISIS declared itself a state in June 2014, with Raqqa, Syria, as its capital. While many of its fighters were proudly displaying captured heavy equipment and weaponry on the battlefield, the new “caliphate” attracted others with soft skills that have arguably been more beneficial in the years since.”Al Qaeda and ISIS do things much differently,” Jim Christy, a former cybercrime investigator for the Department of Defense, told Tech Insider. “Al Qaeda leveraged technology for protection and ISIS uses it for propagation.”Al Qaeda had a web presence, and even released its own version of for terrorists to communicate, but it hardly ever launched cyberattacks.
ISIS, on the other hand, has learned it can strike far outside its borders with laptops and internet connections, defacing websites, taking over Twitter accounts, and spreading its propaganda to swell its ranks