Iraqi Christians Begin Taking Up Arms Against ISIS…

Finally.

Via AINA:

Of all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq’s Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors.

But today Iraq’s Assyrians, and its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative Islamist group the Islamic State (IS).

It isn’t the first time that Iraq’s Christians have faced such a foe. The IS’s earlier incarnation, al Qaeda in Iraq–a group that formed after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003–also menaced Christians, and others, prompting tens of thousands to flee into exile.

Now, the particularly harsh nature of the IS’s assault on Christians, Yazidis, Shiite Muslims, and others who do not share allegiance to the IS’s brand of ultraconservative Sunni Islam has led some of Iraq’s Christians to take the unusual step of shedding their historical passivity and consider taking up arms to defend and eventually govern themselves.

The Assyrian Patriotic Party, one of several Assyrian political organizations, has armed and dispatched a symbolic, rather than an active, force of some 40 members to join the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting the IS in the northwest of Iraq, according to party official Henry Sarkis.

The 40 men constitute what Sarkis calls the “first wave,” and the unit has adopted the name Dukha, an Assyrian word that means “sacrifice.”

The party bought weapons with money donated by members in the diaspora, Sarkis said, and is looking to raise more funds through donations to increase its stockpile.

Sarkis’s men are mainly behind the front line, around the town of Sharfiyah, not so much fighting alongside the Peshmerga as holding territory the Kurdish forces have gained or are pushing forward from.

Still, it marks a significant shift in the attitude of Iraq’s Christians, a shift that’s fraught with peril.

Since 2003, Iraq’s Christian community has been viewed by other Iraqis as a passive victim of the country’s many conflicts, not an active aggressor.

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Holder DOJ To Supervise Ferguson Police Department On How To Not Be Racist…

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Maybe he can appoint Al Sharpton temporary chief of police.

FERGUSON, Mo. — The head of the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services is planning to return to St. Louis in the next few weeks with the goal of helping to ease the tensions between police and black residents in the greater St. Louis area.

COPS Director Ronald Davis said in an interview with The Huffington Post this week that his office will offer training not only to police in the small town of Ferguson, where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white officer earlier this month, but also to various other law enforcement agencies in the region.

“The community voice has been loud and clear, and I heard the same thing on the ground as far as the community having little to no trust in the police in general in that area. And in talking to the police leaders, I think there was an acknowledgement that that is the feeling of a section of the community,” Davis said. He explained that his office’s assistance would be “more long-term” and that it would address the “strained relationship between law enforcement and the community.”

White House Doubles Down, Says Obama Still Has No Strategy To Deal With ISIS In Syria…

Because yesterday’s “I have no strategy” comment by Obama went over so well.

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Check out this disgraceful (and grammatically incorrect) t-shirt people are wearing in Ferguson:

Update: Lunch time bump.

Talentless offspring of “dead broke” Bill and Hillary Clinton quits her $600,000 “job” at NBC News.

Also, check out our friend Stephen Gutowski’s latest edition of Games And Guns.

Jihadi High USA: Two Dead American Jihadists Went To Same Minnesota High School…

And always, everyone is shocked they became jihadists.

Via ABC News:

With the news that an American was among those killed recently while fighting on the side of the terror group ISIS in Syria came the revelation that he was classmates and close friends with another U.S. citizen who died in battle alongside a different anti-American extremist group on a different front line five years before.

Douglas McAuthur McCain, a 33-year-old rapper, was identified by the White House Tuesday as having been killed in the bloody conflict in Syria. The Free Syrian Army, an opposition group that fights the government of President Bashar al-Assad as well as competing rebel groups, claimed on social media McCain had been fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a brutal al Qaeda breakaway organization.

A public records search traced McCain’s youth back to the Twin Cities in Minnesota and to Robbinsdale Cooper High School, which is the same school attended in the same time period by Troy Kastigar. Kastigar’s image appeared in news reports around the world in 2009 after he was killed fighting with jihadist group in Somalia, this one an al Qaeda affiliate called al-Shabab.

Prior to both their fatal trips halfway across the world, McCain and Kastigar briefly shared an address after high school, records show, and news reports today said the two were close friends.

David Brom, who was principal at the high school when the young men attended, told ABC News there was “no indication whatsoever that these two students would eventually end up fighting for al-Shabab or ISIS.”

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CAIR Holds Training Workshop For Law Enforcement To “Dispel Myths About Islam”…

Nihad Awad

Repeat after me: “Islam is a religion of peace”

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/29/14) — The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) recently held a one-of-a-kind cultural competency training workshop for law enforcement personnel.

The day-long workshop, titled “The Muslim Community and Law Enforcement,” attracted more than 60 law enforcement personnel and featured sessions on dispelling myths about Islam and Muslims. A portion of the training emphasized community engagement.

The workshop was designed to promote and enhance understanding between law enforcement and the Muslim community. This training comes at a critical time, amid reports of widespread spying of American Muslims by the New York Police Department and the use of anti-Islam materials in law enforcement training.

Obama To Spend Friday Frantically Trying To Develop A Strategy For ISIS… Just Kidding, He’s Attending 3 Fundraisers…

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Unbelievable.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama is interrupting a weekend trip to return to the White House.

The White House says Obama has changed his plans for Friday and will return to Washington late in the evening after fundraisers in Rhode Island and New York. He had planned to spend the night in New York. Presidential aides say the change in plans was not related to any current events and was the president’s personal choice.

Obama will spend Saturday morning in Washington, then return to New York later in the day for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

The trips come as Obama considers how to respond to the Islamic State terrorist threat and Russia’s apparent invasion of Ukraine.

Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two are just north of New York City in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island.

Pelosi: Women “Starved,” “Force-Fed,” “Could Barely Speak In Their Homes” In The Islamic World America…

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A Democrat bashing America? I guess there’s a first for everything.

Via CNS News:

Victims then, and victims now: American women were not “given” the right to vote. They had to fight for it, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a conference call on Thursday.

“It was a struggle all the way,” she said. “Women marched. Women starved. Women were starved. Women were force-fed. Women could barely speak up in their own homes.

“Women left their homes to take the message. And it was successful, and the right to vote, again, so precious, so hard fought…We hope women will continue to exercise forcefully, because then all of the issues we care about, whether it’s equal pay for equal work, paid sick leave, affordable quality child care, raising the minimum wage, women’s health and — and safety issues will all be well-served.”

The point of the conference call was to promote the Democrats’ agenda, dubbed “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.” Democrats aim to win the female vote by casting women as victims who — 94 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified — are still in need of government help.

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University Of Iowa Professors Dress As Robots To Protest “Sexist,” “Homophobic” Pink Locker Room…

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God bless you, moonbats, you’re always a source of amusement in a dreary world.

Via Campus Reform:

A University of Iowa (UI) professor is protesting the venerable football team’s “sexist” pink locker room by marching around in a robot costume Friday afternoon.

Kembrew McLeod, director of graduate studies at the university, organized Friday’s march in order to draw attention to criticism of the locker room as some students and faculty have deemed its pink paint job sexist. McLeod also says the color condones homophobia.

“This trend away from hypermasculinity in sports makes it all the more unfortunate that the University of Iowa still hosts visiting teams in pink locker rooms,” McLeod wrote in a recent editorial.

The “ Million Robot March” falls on the annual celebration which honors former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry, the winningest football coach at the university. In 1979, Fry had the visitor locker rooms painted pink as the calming nature of the color could “put [the] opponents in a passive mood,” according to his memoir.

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New ISIS Video Titled “2nd Message To America” Shows Kurdish Soldier In Orange Jumpsuit Being Beheaded…

Allah-approved.

Via Daily Mail:

Islamic State have released a new decapitation video, threatening America for the second time and urging the Kurds to break from their alliance with the West against the caliphate.

Just hours after Islamic State released shocking footage of the mass execution of 300 Syrian national army soldiers in the Syrian desert, Islamic State have issued a second warning to the United States.

The grainy video, accompanied by the hashtag ’2ndAmessagetoAmerica’, shows the vicious beheading of a Kurdish soldier, who was part of a group of 15 fighters likely to have been captured by Islamic State during the fighting in Iraq.

In the latest video, the captors first issue a warning they will continue to decapitate prisoners should America continue to support the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State.

They then behead one of the captives on a sandy roadside in Iraq, where the Great Mosque of Mosul can be seen in the background.

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Think Holder’s DOJ Motivated By Politics…

Which has been blatantly obvious since day one with his refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers.

Via Washington Examiner:

A growing number of Americans say they believe the U.S. Department of Justice is motivated primarily by political interests and not by the pursuit of the truth, according to a survey from Rasmussen Reports.

The poll, which was conducted on Aug. 26-27 and contains a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, found that only 38 percent of U.S. voters hold a favorable opinion of the department headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, while a much larger 53 percent hold an unfavorable opinion.

Further, of these respondents, only nine percent hold a “very favorable” opinion, while 26 percent hold a “very unfavorable” position.

But this is the really unsettling discovery in the survey: “Just 35% think the Justice Department is more concerned with making sure justice is done when it decides to investigate a local crime independent of local police. But 54% think instead that the Justice Department is more concerned with politics when it makes those decisions.”

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UNREAL: White House Says We Are Not At “War With ISIS”…

Which I’m guessing will come as quite surprise to ISIS.

Via Business Insider:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on MSNBC’s “All In” program.

The White House is insisting the U.S. is not at war with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, despite an aggressive air campaign and previously labeling the jihadist group an “imminent threat to every interest we have.”

“Before getting into the strategy though, there seems [to be] a fundamental, existential question: Is the United States presently at war with ISIS, yes or no?” MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked President Barack Obama’s top spokesman, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, on Thursday night.

Earnest went with “no.”

“No, Chris. What we are doing is we are working very aggressively with international partners, with Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, to take the steps necessary to mitigate the threat that’s posed by ISIL,” he responded

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ISIS Laptop Belonging To Operative With Chemistry Background Had Instructions On How To Weaponize Biological Agents…

Well that’s just a little bit . . . terrifying.

Via Foreign Policy:

Abu Ali, a commander of a moderate Syrian rebel group in northern Syria, proudly shows a black laptop partly covered in dust. “We took it this year from an ISIS hideout,” he says. [...]

The laptop’s contents turn out to be a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organizations — and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State’s deadly campaigns. They include videos of Osama bin Laden, manuals on how to make bombs, instructions for stealing cars, and lessons on how to use disguises in order to avoid getting arrested while traveling from one jihadi hot spot to another.

But after hours upon hours of scrolling through the documents, it became clear that the ISIS laptop contains more than the typical propaganda and instruction manuals used by jihadists. The documents also suggest that the laptop’s owner was teaching himself about the use of biological weaponry, in preparation for a potential attack that would have shocked the world.

The information on the laptop makes clear that its owner is a Tunisian national named Muhammed S. who joined ISIS in Syria and who studied chemistry and physics at two universities in Tunisia’s northeast. Even more disturbing is how he planned to use that education:
The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.

The document includes instructions for how to test the weaponized disease safely, before it is used in a terrorist attack. “When the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours,” the document says.

The laptop also includes a 26-page fatwa, or Islamic ruling, on the usage of weapons of mass destruction. “If Muslims cannot defeat the kafir [unbelievers] in a different way, it is permissible to use weapons of mass destruction,” states the fatwa by Saudi jihadi cleric Nasir al-Fahd, who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. “Even if it kills all of them and wipes them and their descendants off the face of the Earth.”

When contacted by phone, a staff member at a Tunisian university listed on Muhammed’s exam papers confirmed that he indeed studied chemistry and physics there. She said the university lost track of him after 2011, however.

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