July 6, 2015
Dubbed the “caliphate cubs” ISIS terrorists kidnapped more than 500 young children in Iraq and created their sick version of the Nazi youth, according to the Iraqi government. Over the 4th of July weekend, 25 of the caliphate cubs were paraded before a throng of twisted fans in the “Greco-Roman” amphitheater in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and proceeded to execute 25 Syrian government sympathizers/soldiers with a single bullet to the head.
The radical Islamic terror group captured the historic city of Palmyra in mid- May and has planted numerous explosives that destroyed much of the city’s ancient monuments. The Greco-Roman ruins where mass executions regularly take place have prompted international concern by coalition partners for the region’s historic artifacts, not to mention the barbarous loss of life.
Contrary to White House propaganda suggesting the US “plan” is working, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues its rampage in the Middle East unleashing Roman style mass executions in the birthplace of civilization at Palmyra.
Meanwhile US airstrikes pounded ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria over the 4th of July weekend. The American-led air assault hit 16 operational and transit targets, reportedly killing 10 militants as well as six women and children.
“July Fourth, coalition forces (the US) launched the most sustained set of air strikes to date against ISIL/ISIS terrorists in (Raqqa) Syria,” Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs (Iran and Iraq) said.
“The significant air strikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh (ISIS) the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq,” said Lt. Col Thomas Gilleran spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. “This was one of the largest deliberate engagements we have conducted to date in Syria, and it will have debilitating effects on Daesh’s (ISIS) ability to move from Raqqa, Syria.”
Weighing in on America’s perpetual war from the Pentagon, President Obama (who still refers to ISIS as ISIL despite the Pentagon’s adoption of ISIS) said, “ISIL (ISIS) is opportunistic, and it is nimble. In many places in Syria and Iraq, including urban areas, it’s dug in among innocent civilian populations. It will take time to root them out.”
The president also said his administration must rely on its coalition partners to train and provide air support in the region, although he reiterated that local fighters must fight the terrorists on the ground. “As with any military effort, there will be periods of progress but there are also going to be some setbacks, as we’ve seen with ISIL’s gains in Ramadi in Iraq and in Central and Southern Syria.”
However, the violence plaguing the Middle East could get much worse if the US seriously considers a new Iranian regime demand – lifting the UN arms embargo against the Shite regime. After at least four missed deadlines, the US is considering lifting the arms – embargo as part of the nuclear deal.
“What has been the reason for the inclusion of the arms embargo in the first place? This is one of the important issues we are discussing,” a senior Iranian negotiator claimed according to a Monday Wall Street Journal article. “There should not be a place for the arms embargo.”
However, US officials have expressed doubts about the lifting of the weapons ban that would require the U.N. Security Council resolution to be modified. “They added that the resolution must maintain elements of the arms embargo and other restrictions,” WSJ reported.
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