Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put to rest on Monday any speculation that his country would be partnering in anyway with the U.S. and its allies in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Even though U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Monday that Iran was not invited to join the coalition of countries wanting to take down ISIS, Khamenei's remarks on Twitter seem to imply that Iran was invited to, at least, participate in helping resolve the crisis.
In a series of tweets posted to his English translation Twitter account beginning Monday morning and continuing into Tuesday, Khamenei has not only rejected the United States offer to help resolve the ISIS threat, but heavily chastised the coalition which has 26 participating nations and blamed the United States for the world of terror. more >>
Although a group closely monitoring the Syrian civil war claimed last Friday that moderate and Islamist Syrian rebels near Damascus agreed upon a ceasefire with Islamic State militants, a Syrian National Coalition official said Saturday that no such truce has been reached between ISIS, also known as ISIL, and U.S.-vetted rebel forces.
With the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebel forces paramount in President Barack Obama's outlined strategy to defeat ISIS, the British group called The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that rebel forces have reached a non-aggression pact with ISIS forces in the ward of Hajar al-Aswad, just south of the nation's capital city of Damascus.
Per the agreement, which was first reported by Agence France Presse, "the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime." more >>
It's good to see President Obama move beyond the "we don't have a strategy yet" phase in the fight against the Islamic State.
On the plus side, he seems to have a good grasp of just how serious a threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and much of the free world. The fact that an attack on the U.S. homeland won't occur tomorrow is no excuse for inaction today.
Waiting until an attack is imminent is foolhardy in the extreme. That's especially true when you're dealing with a relentless foe that has demonstrated an alarming thirst for savagery and a penchant for theatrical murder. When butchers like that send a "message," you reply with an emphatically lethal message of your own. more >>
Twenty-six foreign ministers pledged that their countries will do everything necessary to stop terror group ISIS during a major summit in Paris on Monday. The meeting came as the U.S. launched its first airstrikes in Iraq since President Barack Obama's announcement last week the expansion of operations.
French President François Hollande said that there is "no time to lose" in the fight against the Islamic militants, who have captured several cities across Iraq and Syria, carrying out beheadings and mass persecution of religious minorities.
"The cost of inaction would be to say to these butchers 'go ahead, you have a free pass.' We won't accept that," added French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. more >>
We can't delegate our war fighting to jihadists.
The New York Times piece that Rich Lowry links to below makes for singularly depressing reading, and it illustrates that the Obama administration has learned nothing. We're barely removed from a Libyan conflict featuring American air strikes in support of a rag-tag jihadist army, and now Libya is a jihadist playground, where our former "allies" kill our own ambassador and gleeful terrorists YouTube themselves swimming in our diplomats' pool.
So, now, here we are again aiding rebel groups like the "Army of the Mujahideen" in a fight against other mujahideen while the Islamic State gathers its strength and mocks us with beheading after beheading. more >>
German authorities have imposed a ban on all Islamic State propaganda, symbols and activities that support the terror group, which is also knows as ISIS and ISIL.
The country's Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said the decision will close a legal gap that has made it difficult to prosecute supporters of the militant group.
"As Minister of the Interior, I forbid the operation of the terrorist group Islamic State in Germany, with immediate effect," said Maiziere at a press conference in Berlin last week. more >>