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The Department of Defense Almost Gets it Right on Jihad

posted by Christopher W. Holton

The news has been dominated recently by the withdrawal of U.S. special operations advisers from northern Syria ahead of the Turkish invasion of the region.

Those advisers were primarily charged with training and assisting indigenous forces in battling Islamic State jihadists, who, despite reports to the contrary, are still very much active in the area.

The Department of Defense released a statement emphasizing that the withdrawal does not mean that U.S. forces have abandoned the fight against the Islamic State:

U.S. Will Continue Defeat-ISIS Campaign, Official Says

The United States will continue its campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from outside Syria, said a senior defense official…

“The Defeat-ISIS campaign will continue,” the official said. “The enduring defeat of ISIS remains one of our top security priorities. We have significant assets and personnel as well as coalition capabilities throughout the region that will continue to prosecute that campaign.”

Here is the most important part of the DOD statement. I don’t agree with the terminology, but the substance is important:

It is important to remember that ISIS is not just a Middle East/Central Asia phenomenon. The terror group is attempting to foment extremism in many other areas including Somalia, Niger, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and elsewhere.

This statement is important because it acknowledges the fact (without coming right out and saying so) that we are in a global jihadist insurgency. The Islamic State was not defeated when its caliphate was rolled up in Syria and Iraq. Its affiliates operate in West Africa, East Africa, Southeast Asia (most likely referring to Thailand), the Philippines (where just a few years ago ISIS took over an entire medium-sized city for months) and elsewhere.

What is meant by “elsewhere?”

We can’t be sure what DOD means by this, but there is no doubt that the Islamic State has sympathizers and operatives throughout Europe and here in the USA. Periodically we read of plots, attacks and arrests. Mostly our media has relegated these reports to the “back pages” of the news, in my opinion because they seek to downplay the threat because it doesn’t resonate for Leftist politicians most of the media covertly support.

https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1990196/us-will-continue-defeat-isis-campaign-official-says/

Horrible: The French Family Held Hostage By Boko Haram

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This story is absolutely heartbreaking.

A French family has been taken hostage by the Jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram.

Being held by Jihadists would be bad enough, but to see your own children held and no doubt terrified would be unbearable. This is yet another stark illustration that the Jihadist enemies we face are in fact subhuman. And they must be stopped. The world must be rid of this scourge, no matter how long it takes, or else there will never be even a glimmer of hope for peace.

Four children are among the family taken hostage in the African nation of Cameroon, but multiple news sources are speculating that the hostages have already been moved into Nigeria.

Some news reports claim that Al Qaeda is responsible and there is no doubt that there is some level of communication, if not outright cooperation, between Boko Haram and Al Qaeda, but they are two separate terrorist organizations.

The family were taken on Tuesday by gunmen on motorbikes. Following the abduction, the French government said it believes the couple, their children aged five, eight, 10 and 12, and an uncle were taken across the border into Nigeria.

The family lives in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, where the father worked for the French gas group Suez. 

They had been returning from a visit to Waza National Park when they were kidnapped.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284346/Video-kidnapped-French-family-Cameroon-appears-YouTube.html

Islamic jihad and dawah operations continue to spread throughout the African continent, which is clearly the central theater in the global Jihadist insurgency at this point. There are active operations across the dark continent.

Probably the bloodiest Jihadist organization in Africa is Boko Haram, who have made a practice of slaughtering Christian worshippers in Nigeria on Christian holy days, such as Christmas and Easter.

We can only pray for the poor family in the video below. Pray for their safe return to freedom and hope that justice will come down on their captors swiftly and decisively.

 

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