Seemingly there is no end to the advancement of ISIL and their quest to take the Levant (The Levant today consists of the island of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey). ISIL ha now taken the giant, hydroelectric Mosul Dam. If Baghdad falls, IS will control the whole country of Iraq.
The IS has captured the hydroelectric dam on the Tigris River, which provides northern Iraq with power and is the largest in the country. Its failure could send a 65-foot wave across large areas of Iraq including a flood one meter deep in Baghdad.
Also Thursday, Islamists overran 14 towns with Christian majorities in northern Iraq, putting tens of thousands to flight with an ultimatum: Convert to Islam or die. Church leaders have appealed for immediate help.
IS has captured 2 more Iraqi cities and thousands of children are stranded without food or water.
According to Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, terror group ISIS has occupied two Kurdish towns in northern Iraq, Zumar and Sinjar. Thousands are reported to have been forced to leave, Fox News reports.
A map shown on America’s Newsroom on Monday now shows 17 cities completely taken over by ISIS in Iraq, Jordan, and Syria.
Peters considers ISIS more than just a terror group now, becoming a more “well organized militia.” He also says that the Kurds are “the one people in the whole region we should be supporting”…..
ISIL has now entered into Lebanon taking the city of Arsal and moving ever closer to Israel.
The radical Islamic terror organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has gained a larger foothold in Lebanon as it faces off against the Lebanese army.
Hezbollah announced on Wednesday that for the moment, it has no plans to confront ISIS. Hezbollah leaders told the Lebanese Daily Star that it has only agreed to provide logistical support to the Lebanese army. However, should ISIS capture significant territory, Hezbollah leadership implied that it would enter the fray.
Since Monday, Lebanese forces and members of ISIS have been squaring off in northern Lebanon. According to reports, ISIS has captured the city of Arsal.
Today IS took over the city of Qaraqoush in Iraq, the largest Christian city in that country.
Iraqi militants seized control Thursday of the country’s largest Christian city — reportedly telling its residents to leave, convert or die….
In 2009 at Camp Bucca in Iraq, a US military detention camp, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi now leader of ISIL was released, but made a startling statement before he left.
The Islamist extremist some are now calling the most dangerous man in the world had a few parting words to his captors as he was released from the biggest U.S. detention camp in Iraq in 2009.
“He said, ‘I’ll see you guys in New York,’” recalls Army Col. Kenneth King, then the commanding officer of Camp Bucca.
King didn’t take these words from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a threat. Al-Baghdadi knew that many of his captors were from New York, reservists with the 306 Military Police Battalion, a unit based on Long Island that includes numerous numerous members of the NYPD and the FDNY.
The camp itself was named after FDNY Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca, who was killed at the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
King figured that al-Baghdadi was just saying that he had known all along that it was all essentially a joke, that he had only to wait and he would be freed to go back to what he had been doing.
“Like, ‘This is no big thing, I’ll see you on the block,’” King says.
King had not imagined that in less that five years he would be seeing news reports that al-Baghdadi was the leader of ISIS, the ultra-extremist army that was sweeping through Iraq toward Baghdad.
ISIL has continued to make good on their promises. Next to Iran, they are the biggest threat to the Middle East and possibly the world today; acting on their threats. There are even reports that Iran (shia) is supporting ISIL (Sunni) and helped to develop them. ISIL is currently in other parts of the Middle East that has not yet made the headlines such as Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, and has allegiance from some African country terrorist groups such as Boko Haram. Will ISIL be the instigator of Psalms 83? A tumult is defined as “a loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people” and “confusion or disorder”. Currently that is the case in the Middle East with all the various wars and confusion between the various Muslim groups as Sunni is now fighting Sunni and Shia supporting Sunni……
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. Psalms 83