Pakistani terror group swears allegiance to ISIS
Tehrik-i-Taliban threatens to overthrow Islamabad government, seize nukes
WASHINGTON – The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan – the Taliban group that seeks the overthrow of the Pakistani government – has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, and has directed jihadists across the region to help ISIS set up its caliphate.
ISIS declared its caliphate from territory seized last June from northeastern Syria to western and central Iraq, and threatens to take over all of the Levant that includes Jordan, the rest of Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
ISIS and its caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, already have received backing from Abdul Maulana Aziz, a follower of the Afghan Taliban supreme leader Mulla Mohammad Omar who led the infamous Red Mosque rebellion in Pakistan.
Aziz also is close to the Tehnik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, as WND recently revealed.
The TTP seeks to overthrow by violent means the Pakistani government, which possesses nuclear weapons.
Aziz’s support for Baghdadi and ISIS comes as Pakistan, a predominantly Sunni country, faces yet another political crisis that threatens the existence of its democratic secular government. Political opponents of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have demanded his resignation, which he has refused.
His opponents want sweeping constitutional reform to replace parliamentary democracy and to confront alleged corruption that has crept into the electoral process.
However, jihadist groups see an opportunity now to assert their influence as Pakistan’s political crisis grows worse.
Until now, the Afghan Taliban had been aligned with al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
As further evidence of the TTP’s allegiance to ISIS, the jihadist group’s supporters have been seen in the Pakistani city of Peshawar distributing pamphlets praising ISIS.
In addition, ISIS flags have been seen in street rallies in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The TTP announced its support for ISIS in a message celebrating the Muslim holy festival of Eid al-Adha.
“Oh our brothers, we are proud of you in your victories,” the message said. “We are with you in your happiness and your sorrow.
“In these troubled days, we call for your patience and stability, especially now that all your enemies are united against you. Please put all your rivalries behind you. … All Muslims in the world have great expectations of you,” the message added. “We are with you, we will provide you with mujahideen (fighters) and with every possible support.”
The message was released following posting of a video on Friday of the beheading of ISIS’ latest victim, British aid worker Alan Henning.
Like ISIS, the TTP is funded by supporters in Gulf Arab countries to include Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
TTP’s swearing of allegiance to ISIS potentially extends the jihadist groups influence and potential for a caliphate from the Middle east into South Asia.
Although the TTP and the Afghan Taliban are separate entities with differing goals, they have been known to collaborate on occasion. The Afghan Taliban seeks to take over Afghanistan itself.
With the Afghan Taliban biding its time until U.S. forces completely leave Afghanistan by 2017, ISIS has the opportunity to extend its influence in that country as well.
The TTP’s support for ISIS is just the latest indication that a number of jihadist groups, previously affiliated with al-Qaida, are calling for a truce between the two groups to unite against the western “Crusader attacks.”
The call comes in the form of a proposal titled “An Initiative and Call for a Ceasefire Between Factions in Syria.”
“Due to the Crusader attacks on our Muslim brothers in Syria and Iraq,” the proposal called on all jihadist groups to put aside their disagreements, many of which have resulted in fighting among the various factions.
“We call on all factions in Syria and Iraq to cease fighting among themselves no later than the evening of (Oct. 3, 2014), for perhaps Allah most high will descend his mercies upon Syria and its people in the prayer of Muslim crowds on that great day.
“And we request from all the factions that they announce their position regarding this initiative in their manner in three days from the date of the publication of this statement, so that it can be made known and clear who rejects this blessed initiative.”
The jihadist proposal pointed out that 40 countries had united “and gathered together to wage war against” Islam itself.
“So, does our loyalty to Islam and its people not require of us to stop the infighting under the bombardment of this Crusader campaign at the very least if a permanent end to it is not possible?” the proposal asked.
Since last year, ISIS has been in a pitched battle with al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, although there have been increasing indications that many fighters from al-Nusra are joining ISIS due to its declaration of a caliphate over territory it has captured and occupied. Al-Qaida similarly seeks a caliphate but hasn’t taken over territory as ISIS has.
F. Michael Maloof, senior staff writer for WND/ G2Bulletin, is a former security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUSTIN TURDEAU ANNOUNCES LIBERALS WON’T SUPPORT ANTI-ISIS ACTIONS:
This afternoon, Mr. Harper introduced a motion calling on Parliament to support Canada’s going to war in Iraq.In response, I gave a speech making it clear that the Liberal Party of Canada cannot and will not support this Prime Minister’s motion.
Given the significance of this issue, I felt it was important for you to have a copy of my speech:
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Remarks by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau
3 October 2014
With this motion, the Prime Minister has finally said in Canada what he said in New York City more than a week ago. He is intent on taking Canada to war in Iraq.
ISIL is a threat both to the region and to global security.
ISIL murders ethnic and religious minorities across Iraq and Syria.
They murder innocent civilians, humanitarian workers, and journalists.
These awful acts have been fully documented – often by the perpetrators themselves.
This is why the Liberal Party supported a 30-day, non-combat role on good faith and on which we were briefed.
This time, instead of briefings, there has only been overheated rhetoric.
Liberals will take the following core principles into the debate next week.
One: That Canada does have a role to play to confront humanitarian crises and security threats in the world.
Two: That when a government considers deploying our men and women in uniform, there must be a clear mission overall and a clear role for Canada within that mission.
Three: That the case for deploying our Forces must be made openly and transparently, based on clear and reliable, dispassionately presented facts.
And four: That Canada’s role must reflect the broad scope of Canadian capabilities. And how best we can help.
Unlike the Prime Minister, Liberals believe Canada can make a more helpful contribution to the international effort to combat ISIL than aging war planes.
I think Canadians have a lot more to offer than that. We can be resourceful, and there are significant, substantial, non-combat roles that Canada can play.
i.e: “We have MORE to offer than that, so we WON’T EVEN OFFER that.”
And some we can play better than many – or perhaps any — of our allies.Whether they are strategic airlift, training, or medical support.
We have the capabilities to meaningfully assist – in a non-combat role – a well-defined international mission.
The fact remains: the Prime Minister has not been upfront with Canadians about his plans.
The Prime Minister and the government have given us no reason to believe that once in combat they will be able to limit our role.
How and why not, Justin? Why can’t we just leave again, once there?
Please, DO at least TRY to explain your attempted slanders premises!
Their overheated and moralistic rhetoric is being used to justify more than just air strikes.It is an attempt to justify a war.
So, just by noticing ISIS has started an evil war, Harper is justifying it?!
For Canadians it’s all too familiar, particularly from this Prime Minister.
The 2003 Iraq war was waged on false pretenses and flawed intelligence.
It was a mission that destabilized the region, sowed further conflict, cost our allies three trillion dollars, and cost thousands of people their lives.
The world is still dealing with the consequences of that mistake.
Yes, by Obama squandering those expensive gains by giving it all away.
Let us never forget how that mission was sold to the public.Back in 2003, this Prime Minister called President Bush’s Iraq war a matter of “freedom, democracy and civilization itself.”
We know the Iraq fiasco haunts the choices we have to make today. But we cannot make the wrong decision now because the wrong decision was made then.
And yet, we Canadians did NOT “make the wrong decision” back then!
Canada has asked a lot of our men and women in uniform over the last decade. And too often they have returned home only to be let down.
If we are to ask more of them now, our deliberations in this house should be honest and forthright to show ourselves worthy of the valour and strength we know our Forces always show in the field.
We owe it to them to show them their strength by NOT-sending them?!
We owe them that.We think there is a role for Canada to be involved in the fight against ISIL.
But there is a clear line between non-combat and combat.
Justin, a “non-combat role in a fight,” is NOT a role in that FIGHT.
It is much easier to cross that line than to cross back.
It always is easier to get into a war than to get out of one.
The Prime Minister has a sacred responsibility to be honest and truthful with people, especially about matters of life and death. At the end of every decision to enter combat is a brave Canadian in harm’s way. We owe them clarity. We owe them a plan.
Most of all, we owe them the truth.
The Prime Minister has offered none of those.
The simple truth that Stephen Harper offers us all in this case, is this:
“ISIS is an evil threat, so we should go forth and stop them!”
The Liberal Party of Canada cannot and will not support this Prime Minister’s motion to go to war in Iraq.
Turdeau, the war in Iraq caused by ISIS already exists there. To ignore it is pure cowardice, especially since, once they get the nukes, it’s coming HERE, too.
Bottom line: the liberal’s Trudeau and the NDP’s Mulcair both want Canada to supply only “humanitarian aid” to the victims of ISIS; in other words, give them enough food and medicine to remain alive until ISIS can finally manage to behead them and their children!
Here’s a perfect – and quite recent! – example of Justin Trudeau’s “Deep Thoughts” processes: