As Mosul Burns

As the Iraqis take back Mosul, a diminished but not extinct ISIS continues to operate on other fronts. Today it released Rumiyah 7, the seventh issue of its English magazine. Some takeaways:

No two Muslims would disagree that preparing for jihad for the cause of Allah is an obligation. Allah urged people to this duty in His book when He said, “Prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged” (Al-Anfal 60). So there is no doubt that preparation is a factor that contributes to victory and success against the enemy.

By Allah’s grace, the soldiers of the Khilafah have complied with this divine command. They prepared as much as Allah has made possible for them, a good amount of which the enemy has seen, and what is coming is more severe and bitter, by Allah’s permission.


Towards the end, ISIS lists some of their more recent operations that have succeeded in either "expanding the territory of the Khilafah, or terrorizing, massacring, and humiliating the enemies of Allah."

The list includes 7 attacks in Turkey, 4 in the Philippines, 2 in Syria's Qalamun Mountain area northeast of Damascus (the Syrian capital), 3 in Somalia, 2 in Baghdad, 1 in North Baghdad, 1 south of Baghdad (Shurtah Khamisa) 1 in Raqqah, 1 in Pakistan, 1 in southwestern Mosul (Mamun).

This issue also features a promo for what looks to be a new book (rather than a video) called "The Path to Victory" by Shaykh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, who I think was the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the first military leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (predecessor of ISIS aka al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq) who was killed along with I.S.I. leader Omar al Baghdadi in 2010. (al-Muhajir is also called Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and his real name may have been Abdul Munim al-Badawi.)ISIS named a training camp for him in Fallujah, and released a video showing the training camp in 2014.

When they were killed in 2010, a U.S. spokesman had this to say in a press release:

General Ray Odierno, the commander of US Forces Iraq, said the killing of al Masri and Baghdadi “is potentially the most significant blow to al Qaada in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency.”.... “There is still work to do but this is a significant step forward in ridding Iraq of terrorists.”

Earlier today, ISIS launched an attack on a military hospital in Kabul, killing 30 and wounding 50, using guns and grenades. It is the first time in their two years in Afghanistan they have directly engaged security forces.

But at the hospital they used an approach more commonly associated with the Taliban - blowing the gates open to allow gunmen to enter. This suggests they now have the resources and the military training to expand their attacks.

If that's the case, the security forces could face more such assaults in the coming months.

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    As long as Iraqi and Syrian forces have (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Mar 08, 2017 at 01:44:31 PM EST
    The Russian TOS-1 and the thermobaric rockets for it, ISIS and their Caliphate us over. They will soon become just gaggled and stranded bands calling themselves ISIS at best. You can't even hide in a tunnel Jeralyn and not be killed by a TOS thermobaric rocket going off anywhere near the entrance. It overpressurizes the air where it goes off. It explodes your lungs and other organs. ISIS is over, it's just count down now.

    who exactly are (none / 0) (#2)
    by linea on Thu Mar 09, 2017 at 08:35:36 PM EST
    the enemies of Allah

    some people on TL routinely post that ISIS and islamic terrorists in general are simply reacting to america's support of israel and america's military attacks on muslim countries.  thar's not the sense i get from reading the statements of ISIS posted here.

    If history teaches us anything (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by jondee on Fri Mar 10, 2017 at 01:36:11 PM EST
    it's that constant strife and war and trauma unhinges many people..

    And unhinged people tend to gravitate to unhinged ideologies.

    Any (perceived) port in a storm..

    I have no idea what would happen to me internally and how my thinking would change if say, I saw my children, or my community of friends killed and my world uprooted, due in large part, to the actions of some "intervening" foreign power and neither does anyone else here..

    This isn't some simplistic "the Koran makes people violent fanatics" situation.

    And formulaic remedies are hard to come by.