8/24 Finding Foley in 2013; Iraq Sectarian Tensions Heighten ;ISIS and Social Media:"Prototype 21 C. Strategic Communications"

US strategy in the Muslim World after 9/11
Dec. 2004 Rand Corporation Study on behalf of US Air Force www.rand.org/ pubs/ research_briefs/ RB151/ index1.html
...identify key Sunni, Shiite, Arab, non-Arab sectarian, ethnic, regional, and national cleavages and fault lines... to promote US policy objectives in the Muslim world...

Baghdad and Kirkuk bombs kill at least 42 Saturday...as Iraq investigates Friday attack on Sunni mosque killing over 64...heightening sectarian tensions amid fragile political transition... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/23/explosions-kirkuk_n_5702786.htm...

Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack
8/22/14 AP http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-08-22/iraqi-cleric-urges-leaders-not...
It was not immediately clear if the attack was carried out by Shiite militiamen or the Islamic State...

Islamic State Sends Video message to Americans Via Social Media 'We will drown all of you in blood"
http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/08/18/islamic-state-message-to-america...

"...ISIS is a prototype of 21st century media strategies and communications..."
8/21/14 Bruce Hoffman, director Georgetown University National Security program

Finding James Foley
May 3, 2013 http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/james_foley_globalpost_syria_k.php
GlobalPost tracked down its missing reporter in Syria—now to bring him home
Surrounded by Foley’s family during a speech in Boston marking World Press Freedom Day, GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said
We have obtained multiple independent reports from very credible confidential sources with both indirect and direct access confirming our assessment that Jim is now being held by the Syrian government in a detention facility under the control of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence service in the Damascus area..

Obama to speak on execution of American journalist James Foley
8/20/14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/live/Obama_addresses_execution_of...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/islamic-state-clai...
“A Message to America”, the online video posted Tuesday produced by the Islamic State media arm, according to US Site Intelligence Group...

Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley
...Obama briefed on the video aboard Air Force One returning to his Martha’s Vineyard vacation...he will be updated on further developments White House said...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/islamic-state-clai...

Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq
12/8/03 Julian Borger, Washington, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/dec/09/iraq.israel
Israel helping train US special forces in aggressive counter-insurgency (CI) operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military sources said yesterday...The new CI unit made up of elite troops being put together in the Pentagon is called Task Force 121, New Yorker magazine reported... One of the planners, highly controversial ..Lt. Ge. William "Jerry" Boykin...with calls for his resignation after he told an Oregon congregation the US was at war with Satan who "wants to destroy us as a Christian army".

German Der Spiegel reported U.S. training Syrian rebels in Jordan.
3/10/13 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/10/us-syria-crisis-rebels-usa

Officials: U.S. trained ISIS at secret base in Jordan
8/15/14 http://www.special-ops.org/officials-u-s-trained-isis-secret-base-jordan...
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials...as part of covert aid to insurgents targeting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime. (All information on this site comes from open sources and does not represent any official group, unit or agency)

Pentagon Records show how Iraqi extremists withstood U.S. anti-terror efforts
6/23/14 http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/06/23/231223_records-show-how-iraqi-extr...
Insurgent records suggest the United States will find it difficult to rout an organization whose structure and attention to detail allowed it to prosper even during the toughest U.S. counterterrorism efforts of the last decade...This rare, in-depth look into the seed money and organizational structure of the militant organization comes from the U.S. Department of Defense classified Harmony Database, a repository of more than a million documents gathered from Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones. Some 200 Iraq-related documents _ personal letters, expense reports, membership rosters were declassified in the past year through West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center for the use of RAND Corp. researchers looking into the evolution of al Qaida in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq, the precursors to ISIS....Because the documents obtained by RAND end in 2010, there’s still no complete picture of how Baghdadi has built on the business model to finance his group’s current involvement in Syria and Iraq. Estimates of the group’s current war chest go all the way to $2 billion, factoring in new revenue from Syrian natural resources and other battlefield spoils, making ISIS the richest militant group in the world....

After the Iraq War the US appointed two Kurd leaders and several Arab leaders to govern...the Kurdish people were exploited by US sanctioned occupiers...Meanwhile incumbent Kurdish leaders Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani, both linked to US, Israeli, and European oil partners ,look to Turkey and Iran to help ...
5/13/13 http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2013/05/13/why-massoud-barzani-of-ku...

 Kurds: ISIS captured enough US weapons to arm 200,000 soldiers
7/1/14 Israel http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/8732/
Sources of the autonomous Kurdish government of Iraq say ISIS plundered in the past fortnight enough advanced US-made weapons to arm 200,000 combat personnel. They include the arsenals of the four Iraqi divisions that were supposed to defend Mosul, Kirkuk, its oil fields and the Saluddin province. The LA Times said US armored Hunvees, artillery pieces as well as truck rockets from Iraq were seen on the Syrian battlefield. 

made-in-usa death squads ISIS, Al-Qeada et al
U.S airstrikes "will make sure" ISIS can't take key northern Iraq city of Erbil
8/8/14 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-airstrikes-will-make-sure-isis-cant-take-...
Both jets returned to the US aircraft carrier...US embassy, military advisors, diplomats and staff RECENTLY relocated to Erbil .. considered relatively safe from ISIS ....

US PROMOTES ITS NEW PROXY ISLAMIC STATE " thinking and acting like a state."
From Electricity to Sewage, U.S. Intelligence Says the Islamic State Is Fast Learning to Run a Country
8/18/14 http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/08/18/iraq_isis_terror_obam...
...U.S. intelligence says IS leaders are becoming as good at governing territory as they are at conquering it... IS generally allows local bureaucrats in charge of hospitals, law enforcement and other municipal services to stay in their jobs, in some areas, sitting mayors and other top local officeholders also keep their posts according to intelligence officials.
David Kilcullen, counterinsurgency expert...a top aide to Gen. David Petraeus during the height of the Iraq War, said "It's clear they have a state-building agenda and an understanding of the importance of effective governance." In some areas under their control, the Islamic State is opening hospitals, building new roads, launching bus services, rehabilitating schools (at least for boys), and launching small-business programs designed to juice local economies. In Syria, where bread is a core staple, the militants focus on managing local wheat mills and bakeries to ensure supplies remain high enough to feed a population that in some areas was on the edge of starvation.
The focus on good governance by militant standards, starts at the top. In his first public comments after conquering Mosul, the self-proclaimed IS caliph al-Baghdadi, called on "scientists, scholars, preachers, judges, doctors, engineers and people with military and administrative expertise" to help govern... Those weren't just words: Shortly after taking control of Mosul, Baghdadi transferred the Islamic State hospital administrator for the Syrian city of Raqqa to Mosul to take that job there, Kilcullen said....A local goldsmith told the NYT taxes are far cheaper than bribes residents had to pay when Syrian strongman Assad was in control. "I feel like I am dealing with a respected state, not thugs."
The IS launched a "hearts-and-minds" campaign...in one jarring example, a "fun day" in Mosul where it passed out soccer balls and held Quran memorization and recitation contests.

Intelligence gaps could fell U.S. action against Islamic State
8/23/14 5:01 PM http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-strikes-in-syri...
Assad's forces guard Syria's airspace with missile batteries and fighter aircraft...The Islamic State seeks to overthrow Assad,...Senior U.S. intelligence and military officials — speaking on the condition of anonymity — said U.S. spy agencies have not yet assembled the capabilities needed to target Islamic State leaders and provide reliable-enough intelligence to sustain campaign of strikes. “Our intelligence is improving...but we still have only modest visibility into what is going on in Syria”...

US mind-and-reality-fucking strategic communications
US Gives Intelligence To Assad Target ISIS Commanders
8/23/14 http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-gives-intelligence-assad-targetting-isis-com...
Reports claim the US has been secretly passing locations of ISIS forces to Assad regime via German intermediary, BND intelligence service to fight ISIS (IS) providing details on location of militant leaders for targeted air strikes...the Syrian army is currently in a fierce battle to hold Tabqa airbase in Raqqa... Its fall would leave Syria's fourth largest city, Hama,open to IS attack...

Islamic State Takes Over Parts of Syrian Tabqa Air Base
8/24/14 10:00 AM http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-islamic-state-takes-over-parts-of-syr...
IS fighters stormed Tabqa airbase Sunday, capturing parts of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location..the Syrian army's last foothold in an area controlled by the IS ...There were fierce clashes between IS and government forces within the walls of the air base according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
The Syrian army sent reinforcements to the airbase overnight Friday to fight IS...

'ISIS' OPERATIONS INTENSIFY U.S. DEADLY 'SECTARIAN DIVIDE' STRATEGY IN THE NAME OF 'UNITY'
Sunni-Shi’ite Divide Threatens Middle East Stability
8/23/14 VOA http://www.voanews.com/articleprintview/2424584.html
...Experts say sectarian conflicts in Syria and Iraq threaten to redraw the map of the Middle East, creating fractured states and displacing millions of civilians causing humanitarian crisis....The American FBI director James Comey warned that thousands of foreign fighters from Europe and the U.S. attracted to fight in the war in Syria are posing a long-term threat to Western interests because they create a potential “terrorist diaspora”.“What we see in Syria is the creation of a safe haven, a training ground, and potentially a launching ground for terrorists." U.S. forces have become involved in the fight, using air strikes to curb Islamic State fighters in Iraq and help refugees spawned by militants violent assaults on parts of Iraq. Following the beheading of a U.S. journalist by members of the Islamic State in Syria in apparent retaliation for U.S. strikes, President Barack Obama equated the Islamic State with cancer "whose spread must be contained. It has and will continue to torture and kill civilians, massacre religious minorities, and rape women,” he said. James Jeffrey, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said IS is difficult to contain because its support is based on funds and volunteers from the Islamic world...so the only option is for the Obama administration to lead an international fight against the Islamic State. “The U.S has to form a three-way regional coalition to rise up against ISIS...many Sunni Arabs are fighting against ISIS” he said... the coalition would include U.S. support for an an upgraded Iraqi army and training, equipment and airstrikes, for international coalition....

Is a free Kurdistan, and new Israeli ally, upon us?
http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-a-free-kurdistan-and-a-new-israeli-ally-...
Ties between Israel and the Kurds run deep.Mossad officer Sagi Chori was sent to help his close friend, the late iconic Kurdish leader Mulla Mustafa Barzani, manage the Kurds’ battles against the Iraqi army in the 1960s... reports of Israel training Kurdish commandos continue...an independent Kurdish state in the Middle East would be a gift for Israel...Nationalist Kurds tend to see Israel as a role model for an independent Kurdistan, a small nation surrounded by enemies and bolstered by a strategic partnership with the United States. Israel has long developed alliances with non-Arab countries on the periphery of the Middle East.

US Sending Weapons Directly to Kurdish Forces
U.S.State Department said it is working "in coordination" with the Iraqi central government via covert channel established by the CIA to supply Kurdish forces with arms to fight Islamist militants in the Kurdish region...In addition to airstrikes, U.S. military officials said they are conducting 50 to 60 reconnaissance flights a day over Iraq to get a clearer picture of the refugee crisis and IS movements...said the Pentagon and State Department are discussing other possible ways to deliver weapons to the Kurds via open sources...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-sending-weapons...

'why can't us capitalists just be friends...'
A Plea for Caution From Russia What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria
OP-ED By VLADIMIR V. PUTIN Published: September 11, 2013
9/12/13 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-ru...
From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law...The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance... military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”
A new opportunity to avoid military action has emerged in the last few days. The United States, Russia and all members of the international community must take advantage of the Syrian government’s willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction. Judging by the statements of President Obama, the United States sees this as an alternative to military action.I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria. We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations. If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues....