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                Tsutomu Miyazaki was one of the worst of the worst pedophile serial killers I had ever read about. After observing and analyzing his character, I got reminded of The Joker in the Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight (2008)’. The Joker in that movie was described as "psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy." Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly (but not limited to) anime and manga. Tsutomu Miyazaki was called the Otaku Murderer, but I nicknamed him the ‘Japanese Joker’. I described Miyazaki as “psychopathic, satanic, obsessive, disobedient, perverted, pedophilia serial killer with 100% pornography fixation.” 

    The Joker (Left) and Tsutomu Miyazaki (Right)

                Please read Part 1& Part 2 of the case before reading my opinion on him.

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    Newt Gingrich
    QUOTE:I think that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and I think it's a very significant issue to say to people, Should your tax money go to pay the leading abortion provider in America?”
    [Presidential candidate, May 2011.]

    AUTHOR: Newt Gingrich A.K.A Newton Leroy"Newt"Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson; June 17, 1943) is an American politician, historian, author and political consultant. He represented Georgia's 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation in 1999, and served as the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Gingrich was a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.

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    Georgy Zhukov on using more force in battle

    QUOTE:The longer the battle lasts the more force we'll have to use!”

    AUTHOR:Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (Russian: Гео́ргий Константи́нович Жу́ков; IPA: [ɡʲɪˈorgʲɪj kənstɐnʲtʲinəvʲtɕ ˈʐukəf]; 1 December [O.S. 19 November] 1896 – 18 June 1974), was a Soviet career officer in the Red Army who, in the course of World War II, played the most pivotal role in leading the Red Army drive through much of Eastern Europe to liberate the Soviet Union and other nations from the occupation of the Axis Powers and, ultimately, to conquer Berlin. He is the most decorated general officer in the history of the Soviet Union and Russia.

    Amongst many notable generals in World War II, Zhukov was placed at the top due to the number and scale of victories, and his talent in operational and strategic command was recognized by many people. Many famous military leaders in the world such as Bernard Montgomery and Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized Zhukov's great contributions in many important victories in the Second World War. His combat achievements significantly improved humanity's military knowledge, exerting great influence on both the Soviet and the whole world's military theory.

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    70 years ago on this date, June 22, 1945, an Imperial Japanese Lieutenant General Isamu Chō, committed seppuku in Okinawa. Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about him.


    General Isamu Chō (Chō Isamu)


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  • 06/21/15--13:50: GENERALPLAN OST
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  • 06/21/15--13:50: SOVIET WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II
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                Please enjoy these two videos about women volunteer corps of Novorossiya, they do remind me of Soviet Women in World War II. The first video is about interviews with many women of Novorossiya and the second video is about a female sniper named Vasilina. 

    Women Soldiers of Sparta Battalion
    Ополченки Новороссии | Women volunteer corps of Novorossia | War in Ukraine
    Published on Nov 3, 2014
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    These fragile and unprotected, at first glance women, sometimes have a "spirit of war," which is so lacking for many "defenders of the fatherland."
    Their stories are all as one starts with pain, tears and compassion. But these women found strength to clenches a fists.
    Clenched teeth, they are simple soldiers, pull the strap, in the trenches, forests and dilapidated buildings.
    Look at their faces, they are the pride and example to follow!
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    Ополченки армии Новоросии.
    Эти хрупкие и беззащитные на первый взгляд женщины, порой имеют "дух война"которого так не хватает многим "защитникам отечества".
    Их истории все как одна начинаются с боли, слез и сострадания. Но эти женщины находили в себе силы сжимать кулаки.
    Стиснув зубы они, простые солдаты, тянут лямку в окопах лесах и полуразрушеных зданиях. Смотрите в их лица, они гордость и пример для подражания!
    http://youtu.be/BvLzXDDR8cg

    1:25:55СМОТРЕТЬ ЕЩЁ * Watch more
    00:10 - Ополченка Алена * militiaman Alena
    03:26 - Девшука воин * girl warrior
    06:21 - "Ветерок"бригада "Восток" * "The breeze" team "East"
    09:54 - Боец ЛНР Влада * Fighter of LPR Vlada
    10:13 - Пулеметчица "Лама" * machinegunner "Lama"
    16:26 - Маша "Амазонка" * Masha "Amazon"
    20:14 - Наталья раненый боец * Natalia Wounded soldier
    23:02 - Стихотворение ополченки * Militant poem
    25:32 - Ополченки на блокпосту * Militia at the roadblock
    27:38 - Женщина ВДВшница * Airborne Forces woman
    31:22 - девушка снапер * the sniper woman
    35:38 - Снайпер Веселина Черданцева * Veselina the sniper
    39:57 - Обращение ополченок * appeal militia girls
    42:27 - Боец ДНР Станислава * The fighter of DNR Stanislava
    47:16 - Жена Моторолы * Motorola wife
    51:32 - Инна читает стихи * Inna recites poems
    55:21 - Девушка пограничник * the border guard woman
    59:55 - Ополченка Айрина Вдладимировна * Militiaman Irina
    01:03:06 - Немка Маргарита зайдлер * German Margaret Seidler
    01:08:43 - Скорбящая мать * The Grieving Mother a militiaman
    01:12:57 - Позывной "Племянница" * The callsign "Niece"
    01:16:23 - Отряд "Русь" * Detachment "Rus"
    01:19:16 - Привет "39 сотне" * Greetings "39 hundred "
    01:19:48 - Ополченка "Рыжик" * Militiaman girl "Little Red"


                Please go and learn about Women Soldiers in the Sparta Battalion on this previous blog post


    Female Sniper Vasilina of Novorossiya Armed Forces with Dragunov sniper rifle, she has a squad under her command.
    2014 Новости сегодня – Донбасс. Девушка-снайпер Веселина Черданцева (позывной «Вася»)
    Published on Oct 26, 2014
    Донбасс. Девушка-снайпер Веселина Черданцева (позывной «Вася»)



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                Similar to the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, the Soviet Red Army had child soldiers too. A number of child soldiers served in the Soviet Union’s armed forces during World War Two. In some cases, orphans also unofficially joined the Soviet Red Army. Such children were affectionately known as "son of the regiment" (Russian: сын полка) and sometimes willingly performed military missions such as reconnaissance. Officially, the age of military conscription was lowered to 18 for those without secondary education and 19 for those who had been educated beyond that.


    Child Soldiers in Stalingrad.


    Picture from a 1930s-40s Soviet movie about a boy who wants to join the Army
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                As I had post a blog post on Child Soldiers of Novorossiya, I will now post information about child soldiers in Donetsk. I got the information from Vice News.



    Putin's Teenage Army: Inside Donetsk's Youth Warrior Training Camps

    June 8, 2015 |
    Amvrosievka is a small sleepy town in eastern Ukraine around 40 miles from Donetsk and only 12 miles from the Russian border. Yet the conflict that has been raging in this region for the last year has come close to Amvrosievka only once, on June 15, 2014. Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia rebels continue to blame each other as to who was responsible for the shelling that night.

    Since then, most locals here have only found out about the world through Russian TV. But they have also seen military vehicles travel through on their way to the frontlines — vehicles they also believe come from Russia.

    VICE News traveled to Amvrosievka to meet children in a patriotic youth club that we first encountered on a Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) anniversary parade earlier this year, where they were marching, dressed in paratrooper uniforms, and waving a large DPR flag.

    They have been trained in fighting with knives, hand-to-hand combat, and how to operate guns at the local school in Amvrosievka for the last five years. And they invited us as to see them participate in a regional competition called "Future Warrior."



    The idea of these subjects on a school curriculum might seem strange to Westerners, but in Ukraine and Russia it is just heritage from a former reality. During the Soviet Union years, every citizen was supposed to be "prepared" for a nuclear attack and able to protect the motherland if was needed.

    Over the past 25 years, the patriotic lessons have slowly disappeared, but it seems like the conflict in eastern Ukraine has given them a new lease of life.

    Many things have changed since Amvrosievka became a part of the self-proclaimed DPR last year, the school principle told VICE News. "We always felt more Russian, it only makes things easier now," she said, smiling to me, knowing that I'm Russian.

    I asked about education in the Ukrainian language, but she turned away and said that none of the parents wanted their children to study in Ukrainian. "We've also done away with Ukrainian geography lessons, and teach instead the geography of Donbass," she said. Is that limited to the current DNR-controlled territory, I asked. She smiled: "It is our real borders, the whole region as it used to be!"

    Oleg Alexandrovich, the youth club trainer and a Soviet army veteran who served in Afghanistan, met VICE News in front of the school. Oleg founded the club in Amvrosievka with his wife Nataliya five years ago — when the motherland was still Ukraine.

    "Of course our main goal is to instill an idea of patriotism in our children, because it is necessary for the young generation," said Nataliya, who used to be a history teacher. "The young generation must be brought up using heroic examples. Every human story is a great example! Around 150 people have been through our club in five years, [and] many of them became soldiers," she added with pride.

    A song was played at the club. "What is a Soviet paratrooper? A Soviet paratrooper is power, beauty, and honor!" it went. The children showed off their military prowess as Nataliya continued, displaying a colorful book full of pictures of soldiers holding babies, hugging their wives, and receiving flowers from the happy people around them. I asked if there is a danger of romanticizing war, especially now, when the streets of Donbass are full of soldiers and guns.

    She seemed confused. "We needed patriotism always. Not only now. Love for your motherland always existed and always will exist. It is a holy thing we are doing!"

    And yet, I questioned, the children were previously taught be patriotic to Ukraine. "Oh yes…" said Nataliya, with disappointment. After a thoughtful pause, she continued: "Some of the children who we used to teach are now serving the army of Russian Federation. We are proud of our former pupils. Their military careers make us feel we do not live for nothing, we have a continuing generation."

    Before we left Amvrosievka, Nataliya showed us a video she and Oleg made with the children. In some of the footage they are all standing with flowers near a local Holodomor monument, dedicated to the man-made famine of the Ukrainian nation in 1932-33, which Russia has never fully accepted. I asked Nataliya how she would explain the probable disappearance of the Holodomor from future history books.

    "Russian text books have a little bit about it," Nataliya replied. "I know not everything is great, but we are moving in the right direction," she said, before changing the subject.




    The All-Girl Soldier Club: Child Warriors of Donetsk

    June 5, 2015 |

    Once a relic of the Soviet era, patriotic youth clubs in the Donetsk region of Ukraine are gaining new popularity, offering military training to their members. As young people practice assembling guns, marching, and military drills, a strong sense of allegiance flows through the ranks, with some members holding high aspirations of joining the Russian Federation army.

    Up to 15 of these clubs compete in the annual Future Warrior Contest held in a local military academy, which is judged by the academy's members and former Russian military. The contestants battle each other in displays of military prowess, vying for the prize of a visit to a training camp near Moscow.

    VICE News follows the Vityaz Squad as they compete against other patriotic youth clubs at the Future Warrior Contest in Donetsk.



    The All-Girl Soldier Club: Child Warriors of Donetsk
    Published on Jun 4, 2015
    Once a relic of the Soviet era, patriotic youth clubs in the Donetsk region of Ukraine are gaining new popularity, offering military training to their members. As young people practice assembling guns, marching, and military drills, a strong sense of allegiance flows through the ranks, with some members holding high aspirations of joining the Russian Federation army.

    Up to 15 of these clubs compete in the annual Future Warrior Contest held in a local military academy, which is judged by the academy's members and former Russian military. The contestants battle each other in displays of military prowess, vying for the prize of a visit to a training camp near Moscow.

    VICE News follows the Vityaz Squad as they compete against other patriotic youth clubs at the Future Warrior Contest in Donetsk.

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                I will be posting this blog post to compare child soldiers and Juvenile killers. Those who are under the age of 18 are considered juvenile and child soldiers to me. Here is a question: Between a juvenile killer and a child soldier, which one of them is worse when comes to killing?

    (1) Juvenile Killers
    (2) Child Soldiers
    (3) They are both the same.

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             Today is the 10th year commemoration of a counterterrorism mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan, involving four U.S. Navy SEAL members, took place. Three of the SEALs were killed during the operation, whilst a fourth was protected by local villagers and was rescued by the US military. In addition, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter carrying 8 Nightstalkers - members of the Army's elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) - and 8 US Navy SEALs was shot down while attempting to come to their rescue to provide extraction in the mountains of the Kunar province, Afghanistan.

                I will post information about this mission from Wikipedia.

    050628-N-0000X-001 United States Navy file photo of Navy SEALs operating in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From left to right, Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, of Cupertino, Calif; Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Daniel R. Healy, of Exeter, N.H.; Quartermaster 2nd Class James Suh, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell; Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Shane Patton, of Boulder City, Nev.; and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, of Patchogue, N.Y. With the exception of Luttrell, all were killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces while supporting Operation Red Wings.

    SEALs prior to Operation Red Wings (L to R): Matthew Axelson, Daniel R. Healy, James Suh, Marcus Luttrell, Eric S. Patton, Michael P. Murphy

     
    Memorial plaque in memory of the U.S. Army Night Stalkers killed in Operation Red Wings.

    Operation Red Wings
    Part of the War in Afghanistan
    Date
    June 27, 2005 – mid-July 2005
    Location
    Sawtalo Sar Mountain, Shuryek (Matin) Valley, Korangal Valley, Pech District, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
    Result
    Temporary U.S. Pyrrhic victory; long-term insurgent victory
    • Insurgent forces temporarily withdraw from the area while U.S. forces sustain heavy casualties
    • Insurgent forces return three weeks later
    Belligerents
    United States
    • U.S. Navy
    • U.S. Army
    • U.S. Marines
    Local anti-coalition militants
    • Local pro-Taliban nationals
    Commanders and leaders
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew MacMannis (USMC)
    LCDR Erik S. Kristensen 
    LT Michael P. Murphy 
    Strength
    12 Navy SEALs
    8 Night Stalkers
    additional helicopter crews
    2 MH-47 Chinook
    2 UH-60 Black Hawk
    2 AH-64D Apache helicopters
    Ranging from 8–10 fighters to 70–100 depending on source
    Casualties and losses
    19 killed, 1 wounded,
    1 Chinook helicopter shot down
    Unknown, with the highest estimate 35 killed
    Unknown number of wounded

    Operation Red Wings (often incorrectly called "Operation Redwing" and/or "Operation Red Wing") was a combined / joint military operation during the War in Afghanistan (2001–present) in the Pech District of Afghanistan's Kunar Province, on the slopes of a mountain named Sawtalo Sar, approximately 20 miles west of Kunar's provincial capital of Asadabad, in late June through mid-July 2005. Operation Red Wings was intended to disrupt local anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) activity, thus contributing to regional stability and thereby facilitating the Afghani Parliament elections scheduled for September, 2005. At the time, anti-Coalition Militia activity in the region was carried out most notably by a small group led by a local man from Nangarhar Province, Ahmad Shah, who had aspirations of regional Islamic fundamentalist prominence. He and his small group were among the primary targets of the operation.

    The operation was conceived by the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3) of the U.S. Marine Corps based on an operational model developed by 2/3's sister battalion, the 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3) which had preceded the 2nd Battalion in their combat deployment. It utilized special operations forces (SOF) units and assets, including members of the U.S. Navy SEALsand the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's160th Special Operation's Aviation Regiment (Airborne)(SOAR(A)), for the opening phase of the operation. A team of four Navy SEALs, tasked for surveillance and reconnaissance of a group of structures known to be used by Ahmad Shahand his men, fell into an ambush by Shah and his group just hours after inserting into the area by fastrope from an MH-47helicopter. Three of the four SEALs were killed and a quick reaction force helicopter sent in for their aid was shot down with a rocket propelled grenade fired from an RPG-7, killing all eight U.S. Navy SEALs and all eight U.S. Army Special Operations aviators on board.

    The operation then became known as "Red Wings II" and lasted approximately three more weeks, during which time the bodies of the deceased SEALs and Army Special Operations aviators were recovered and the only surviving member of the initial team, Marcus Luttrell, was rescued. While the goal of the operation was partially achieved, Ahmad Shah regrouped in Pakistan, and returned with more men and armament, aided by the notoriety he gained from the Red Wings ambush and helicopter shootdown. Several weeks later, Shah's group in Kunar Province was stricken to a point of inoperability and Shah was seriously wounded, during Operation Whalers, in August 2005.


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                On this date, June 27, 2006, a Mexican Serial Killer, Angel Maturino Reséndiz A.K.A The Railroad Killer, was executed by lethal injection in Texas. Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about him. 

    Photo of Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, who was an FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive.


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                On this date, June 28, 1971, Franz Stangl died of heart failure in Düsseldorf prison. I will post information about this Nazi War Criminal from Wikipedia and other links.

    Franz Stangl


    Birth name
    Franz Paul Stangl
    Nickname(s)
    The White Death
    Born
    March 26, 1908
    Altmünster, Austria-Hungary
    Died
    June 28, 1971 (aged 63)
    Düsseldorf, West Germany
    Allegiance
    Nazi Germany
    Service/branch
    Schutzstaffel
    Years of service
    1931–1945
    Rank
    Hauptsturmführer, SS (Captain)
    Service number
    NSDAP #6,370,447
    SS #296,569
    Unit
    SS-Totenkopfverbände
    Commands held
    Sobibór, April 28, 1942 – August 30, 1942
    Treblinka, September 1, 1942 – August 1943

    Franz Paul Stangl (March 26, 1908 – June 28, 1971) was an Austrian-born SS commandant of the Sobibór and Treblinka extermination camps during the Operation Reinhard phase of the Holocaust. He was arrested in Brazil in 1967, extradited and tried in West Germany for the mass murder of 900,000 people, and in 1970 was found guilty and sentenced to the maximum penalty, life imprisonment. He died of heart failure six months later.

    Early life and Nazi affiliations

    Stangl was born on March 26, 1908 in Altmünster, located in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. He was the son of a night-watchman and had such an emotionally distressing relationship with his father that he was deeply frightened by and hated the sight of the elder Stangl's HabsburgDragoons uniform. Stangl claimed that his father died of malnutrition in 1916. To help support his family Franz learned to play the zither and earned money giving zither lessons. Stangl completed his public schooling in 1923.

    In his teens he secured an apprenticeship as a weaver, qualifying as a master weaver in 1927. Concerned that this trade offered few opportunities for advancement – and having observed the poor health of his co-workers – Stangl sought a new career. He moved to Innsbruck in 1930 and applied for an appointment in the Austrian federal police. Stangl later suggested that he liked the security and cleanliness that the police uniforms represented to him. He was accepted in early 1931 and trained for two years at the federal police academy in Linz.

    Stangl became a member of the NSDAP in 1931, an illegal association for an Austrian police officer at that time. Post-war, he denied having been a Nazi since 1931 and claimed that he had enrolled as member of the party only to avoid arrest following the Anschluss of Austria into Nazi Germany in May 1938. Records suggest that Stangl contributed to a Nazi aid fund but he disavowed knowing about the intended party purpose of the fund. Stangl had Nazi Party number 6,370,447 and SS number 296,569.

    In 1935, Stangl was accepted into the Kriminalpolizei as detective in the Austrian town of Wels. After Austria's AnschlussStangl was assigned to the Schutzpolizei(which was taken over by the Gestapo) in Linz, where he was posted to the Jewish Bureau (German: Judenreferat). Stangl joined the SS in May 1938. He would ultimately reach the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer(Captain).

    T-4 Euthanasia programme

    After the onset of World War II, in early 1940, Stangl was instructed to report for work at the Public Service Foundation for Institutional Care (Gemeinnützige Stiftung für Anstaltspflege), a front organization of the T-4 Euthanasia Program. Stangl purposely solicited for a job in the newly created T-4 program in order to escape difficulties with his boss in the Linz Gestapo. He traveled to the RSHA in Berlin, where he was received by Paul Werner. Werner offered Stangl a job as supervisor in charge of security at a T4 killing facility, and in the language commonly used during recruitment, described Action T4as a "humanitarian" effort that was "essential, legal, and secret". Next Stangl met with Viktor Brack, who offered him a choice of work between Hartheim and Sonnenstein Euthanasia Centres; naturally, Stangl picked Hartheim, which was near Linz. Through a direct order from Reichsführer-SSHeinrich Himmlerissued in November 1940, Stangl became the deputy office manager (Police Superintendent) of the T-4 Euthanasia Program at Hartheim Euthanasia Centre, and in late summer 1941 at Bernburg Euthanasia Centre, where mentally and physically disabled people, as well as political prisoners, were sent to be killed.

    At Hartheim, Stangl served under Christian Wirthas assistant supervisor in charge of security. When Wirth was succeeded by Franz Reichleitner, Stangl stayed on as Reichleitner's deputy. During his brief posting to Bernburg Euthanasia Centre Stangl reorganized the office at that killing facility.

    In March 1942, Stangl was given a choice to either return to the Linz Gestapo or be transferred to Lublin for work in Operation Reinhard. Stangl accepted the posting to Lublin in the General Government, where he would manage Operation Reinhard under Odilo Globocnik.

    Nazi concentration camp Treblinka. Concerning the arrest of the former commandant Franz Stangl in Brazil.

    Not far from the Malkinia railroad station, northeast of Warsaw, lies Treblinka where the Nazi war criminals built one of the worst concentration camps, in which they murdered by industrial methods in the neighborhood of 750,000 people. The prisoners had to work here under the hardest conditions and the strictest supervision of Nazi policemen.

    Punishment camp Treblinka II was ready for operation when the mass deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto began. A special railroad station with an undressing hall was built. The victims were given soap led to the the "baths" where the gas chambers were installed. Daily the transports came in, the people were in freight cars, so called cattle cars, jammed together had neither food, water nor fresh air. When the transports backed up the victims were driven to the gas chambers under blows from riding crops.

    Shown here: Camp plan of the Treblinka death camp.
    1) Loading dock-rail platform. 2) fake rail station. 3) Barracks, in which the victims were compelled to undress. 4) Gas chambers. 5). Pits where the gassed victims were burned.
    Extermination camps

    Sobibór

    Stangl was appointed by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler to be the first commandant of Sobibór extermination camp. Stangl was Sobibór's commandant from April 28 to the end of August 1942, at the rank of SS-Obersturmführer. He claimed that Odilo Globocnik initially suggested that Sobibór was merely a supply camp for the army, and that the true nature of the camp became known to him only when he himself discovered a gas chamber hidden in the woods. Globocnik told him that if the Jews "were not working hard enough" he was fully permitted to kill them and that Globocnik would send "new ones".

    Stangl studied the camp operations and management of Bełżec, which had already commenced extermination activity. He then accelerated the completion of Sobibór. Around that time Stangl also had further dealings with Wirth, who was running extermination camps at Bełżec and Chelmno. On either May 16 or May 18, 1942, Sobibór became fully operational. Around 100,000 Jews are believed to have been killed there while Stangl was the administrator until the furnaces broke down in October, by which time Stangl had left. Stangl was succeeded as Sobibór commandant by his Hartheim colleague, Franz Reichleitner.

    Treblinka

    On August 28, 1942, Odilo Globocnik ordered Stangl to become Kommandant at the newly opened but disorganized death camp, Treblinka, then under the incompetent command of Irmfried Eberl. Globocnik trusted that Stangl could restore order at Treblinka since Stangl had a reputation as a highly competent administrator and people manager with an excellent grasp of detail.

    Stangl assumed command of Treblinka on September 1, 1942. Stangl wanted his camp to look attractive, so he ordered the paths paved and flowers planted along the sides of Seidel Street, near camp headquarters and SS living quarters. Despite being directly responsible for the camp's operations, Stangl said he limited his contact with Jewish prisoners as much as possible. Stangl rarely intervened with unusually cruel acts (other than gassing) perpetrated by his subordinate officers at the camp. Stangl usually wore a white uniform and carried a whip, which caused prisoners to nickname him the "White Death". He later claimed (while in prison) that his dedication had nothing to do with ideology or hatred of Jews. He said he matter-of-factly viewed the prisoners as material objects rather than people, including their extermination: "That was my profession. I enjoyed it. It fulfilled me. And yes, I was ambitious about that, I won't deny it." Stangl accepted and grew accustomed to the killings, perceiving prisoners not as humans but merely as "cargo" that must be destroyed. Stangl accepted the extermination of the Jews as a fact. At about this time, Stangl began drinking heavily. He is quoted as saying:


    To tell the truth, one did become used to it...they were cargo. I think it started the day I first saw the Totenlager [extermination area] in Treblinka. I remember Wirth standing there, next to the pits full of black-blue corpses. It had nothing to do with humanity — it could not have. It was a mass — a mass of rotting flesh. Wirth said 'What shall we do with this garbage?' I think unconsciously that started me thinking of them as cargo....I rarely saw them as individuals. It was always a huge mass. I sometimes stood on the wall and saw them in the "tube"— they were naked, packed together, running, being driven with whips....


    In September 1942, Stangl supervised the building of new, larger gas chambers to augment the previously existing gas chambers. The new gas chambers became operational in early autumn 1942. It is believed that these death chambers were capable of killing 3,000 people in two hours, and 12,000 to 15,000 victims easily every day, with a maximum capacity of 22,000 deaths in 24 hours. According to Jankiel Wiernik: "When the new gas chambers were completed, the Hauptsturmführer [Stangl] came and remarked to the SS men who were with him: 'Finally the Jewish city is ready' (German: Endlich ist die Judenstadt fertig)."

    Erich Bauer would later remark:


    I estimate that the number of Jews gassed at Sobibor was about 350,000. In the canteen at Sobibor I once overheard a conversation between Karl Frenzel, Franz Stangl and Gustav Wagner. They were discussing the number of victims in the extermination camps of Belzec, Treblinka and Sobibor and expressed their regret that Sobibor "came last" in the competition.


    After Treblinka

    In August 1943, along with his superior Odilo Globocnik, Stangl was transferred to Trieste. There he helped to organize the campaign against Yugoslav partisans and local Jews. Due to illness, he returned to Vienna in early 1945, where he served in the "Alpine Fortress" (Alpenfestung).

    Post-war escape

    At the end of the war, Stangl fled without concealing his name. He was detained by the American Armyin 1945 and was briefly imprisoned pending investigation in Linz, Austria in 1947. Stangl was suspected of complicity in the T-4 euthanasia programme. But on May 30, 1948, Stangl escaped to Italy with his colleague from Sobibór, SS sergeant Gustav Wagner. The Roman Catholic Bishop Alois Hudal, a Nazi sympathizer forced in 1952 to resign by the Vatican, helped him to escape through a "ratline" and to reach Syria using a Red Cross passport. Stangl was joined by his wife and family and lived in Syria for three years before they moved to Brazil in 1951. After years of other jobs, Stangl found work at the Volkswagen plant in São Bernardo do Campo with the help of friends, still using his own name.

    Arrest, trial, and death

    Although his role in the mass murder of men, women, and children was known to the Austrian authorities a warrant was not issued for Stangl's arrest until 1961. In spite of being registered under his real name at the Austrian consulate in São Paulo, it took another six years before he was tracked down by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and was arrested by Brazilian federal police on February 28, 1967. He never used an assumed name during his escape, and it is not clear why it took so long to apprehend him. His ex-son-in-law may have informed Wiesenthal of Stangl's presence in Brazil. After extradition to West Germany by Brazil, he was tried for the deaths of around 900,000 people. He admitted to these killings but argued: "My conscience is clear. I was simply doing my duty..."

    Stangl's own attempt at justification of his murderous actions as being non-criminal in the face of German law (or so he thought) was subsequently quoted by Arad:


    What I had to do while I continued my efforts to get out was to limit my own actions to what I — in my own conscience — could answer for. At police training school they taught us that the definition of a crime must meet four requirements: there has to be a subject, an object, an action and intent. If any of these four elements is missing, then we are not dealing with a punishable offence....I could apply this to my own situation — if the subject was the government, the "object" the Jews, and the action the gassing, I could tell myself that for me, the fourth element, "intent", (I called it free will) was missing.


    Philosopher John Kekes discussed Stangl and the degree of his responsibility for war crimes in chapter 4 of his book, The Roots of Evil. The court Schwurgericht Düsseldorf found Stangl guilty on October 22, 1970, and sentenced him to maximum penalty, life imprisonment. While in prison, Stangl was interviewed extensively by Gitta Sereny for a study of him published as Into that Darkness. She wrote, quoting him:


    "My conscience is clear about what I did, myself," he said, in the same stiffly tone he had used countless times at his trial, and in the past weeks, when we had always come back to this subject, over and over again. But this time I said nothing. He paused and waited, but the room remained silent. "I have never intentionally hurt anyone, myself," he said, with a different, less incisive emphasis, and waited again - for a long time. For the first time, in all these many days, I had given him no help. There was no more time. He gripped the table with both hands as if he was holding on to it. "But I was there," he said then, in a curiously dry and tired tone of resignation. These few sentences had taken almost half an hour to pronounce. "So yes," he said finally, very quietly, "in reality I share the guilt. . . . Because my guilt . . . my guilt . . . only now in these talks . . . now that I have talked about it all for the first time. . . ." He stopped.


    In his prison interview with Sereny – she later wrote – Stangl "had pronounced the words 'my guilt': but more than the words, the finality of it was in the sagging of his body, and on his face. After more than a minute he started again, a half-hearted attempt, in a dull voice. 'My guilt,' he said, 'is that I am still here. That is my guilt.'" He died of heart failure nineteen hours after the conclusion of that interview, in Düsseldorf prison on June 28, 1971.


    Franz Stangl (March 26, 1908 – June 28, 1971) was an SS officer, commandant of the Sobibór and of Treblinka extermination camp. His role in the mass murder of men, women and children was known to the Austrian authorities but Austria did not issue a warrant for Stangl's arrest until 1961. In spite of his registration under his real name at the Austrian consulate in Brazil, it took another six years before he was tracked down by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and arrested in Brazil. After extradition to West Germany he was tried for the deaths of around 900,000 people. He admitted to these killings and was found guilty on October 22, 1970. Stangl was sentenced to life imprisonment. He died of heart failure in Düsseldorf prison on June 28, 1971.

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    • My guilt is that I am still here...I should have died. That is my guilt.
      • Quoted in "Into that Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder" - Page 364 - by Gitta Sereny - History
    • I rarely saw them as individuals. It was always a huge mass...they were naked, packed together, running, being driven with whips.
      • When asked how he felt about the execution of children. Quoted in "The Healing Wound: Experiences and Reflections on Germany" - Page 125 - by Gitta Sereny - History - 2001.
    • No, no, no. This was the system. Wirth had invented it. It worked. And because it worked, it was irreversible.
      • When asked if he could have gone against his orders. Quoted in "The Healing Wound: Experiences and Reflections on Germany" - Page 125 - by Gitta Sereny - History - 2001.
    • Cargo. They were cargo. I think it started the day I first saw the Totenlager in Treblinka. I remember Wirth standing there, next to the pits full of blue-black corpses. It had nothing to do with humanity-it couldn't have; it was a mass-a mass of rotting flesh. Wirth said, 'What shall we do with this garbage?' I think unconsciously that started me thinking of them as cargo.
      • About the victims. Quoted in "Good and Evil After Auschwitz: Ethical Implications for Today" - Page 96 - by Jack Bemporad, John Pawlikowski, Joseph Sievers - History - 2000.
    • He was a Dragoner (one of the imperial elite regiments). Our lives were run on regimental lines. I was scared to death of him.
      • About his father. Quoted in "The Healing Wound: Experiences and Reflections on Germany" - Page 96 - by Gitta Sereny - History - 2001.
    • My conscience is clear. I was simply doing my duty...
      • Quoted in "The Bormann Brotherhood" - Page 182 - by William Stevenson - 1973.
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                I will post information about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria also known as ISIS from Wikipedia and a video link from Vice News.


    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
    الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام (Arabic)
    ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fī 'l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām




    Primary target of the Global War on Terrorism and of the Military intervention against ISIL: in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Nigeria.


    Flag of the Islamic State (IS), also known as "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) or "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). This flag is also used by al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP), al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb(AQIM), and Boko Haram.
    Motto: باقية وتتمدد
    Bāqiyah wa-Tatamaddad
    "Remaining and Expanding"
    Anthem: أمتي قد لاح فجر
    Ummatī, qad lāḥa fajrun
    "My Nation, A Dawn Has Appeared"

    Administrative center
    Ar-Raqqah, Syria
    (de facto capital)
    35°57′N39°1′E
    Largest city
    Ideology
    Type
    Military strength & operation areas
    Inside Syria and Iraq
    200,000 (Kurdish claim)
    20,000–31,000 (CIA estimate)
    Outside Syria and Iraq
    32,600–57,900 (See Military of ISIL for more-detailed estimates.)
    Estimated total
    52,600–257,900
    Leaders
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    Leader
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    Deputy leader
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    Deputy leader in Syria
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    Deputy leader in Iraq
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    Military chief
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    Governor of South & Central Euphrates
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    Chief spokesperson
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    Chief of Syrian military operations
    Establishment
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    1999 
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    Joined al-Qaeda
    October 2004 
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    Declaration of an Islamic state in Iraq
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    Declaration of caliphate
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    Claim of territory in Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
    13 November 2014 

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ˈaɪsəl/; Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام‎), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS/ˈaɪsɪs/), or simply as the Islamic State, is a Salafi jihadi militant group and self-proclaimed caliphate and Islamic state that as of March 2015 has control over territory occupied by ten million people in Iraqand Syria, as well as limited territorial control in Libya and Nigeria. The group also operates or has affiliates in other parts of the world including southeast Asia.

    The group is known in Arabic as ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fī 'l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām, leading to the acronym Da'ish, Da'eesh, or DAESH (داعش, Arabic pronunciation: [ˈdaːʕiʃ]), the Arabic equivalent of "ISIL". On 29 June 2014, the group proclaimed itself to be a worldwide caliphate, with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being named its caliph, and renamed itself "Islamic State" (الدولة الإسلامية, ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah). The new name and the idea of a caliphate has been widely criticised and condemned, with the United Nations, various governments, and mainstream Muslim groups all refusing to acknowledge it. As caliphate, it claims religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide and that "the legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organisations, becomes null by the expansion of the khilāfah's [caliphate's] authority and arrival of its troops to their areas". Many Islamic and non-Islamic communities judge the group to be unrepresentative of Islam.

    The United Nations has held ISIL responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes, and Amnesty International has reported ethnic cleansing by the group on a "historic scale". The group has been designatedas a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Egypt, and Russia. Over 60 countries are directly or indirectly waging war against ISIL.

    The group originated as Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999, which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2004. The group participated in the Iraqi insurgency, which had followed the March 2003 invasion of Iraq by Western forces. In January 2006, it joined other Sunni insurgent groups to form the Mujahideen Shura Council, which proclaimed the formation of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in October 2006.

    Under the leadership of al-Baghdadi, the ISI sent delegates into Syria in August 2011 after the Syrian Civil Warbegan in March 2011. This group named itself Jabhat an-Nuṣrah li-Ahli ash-Shām or al-Nusra Front, and established a large presence in Sunni-majority areas of Syria, within the governorates of Ar-Raqqah, Idlib, Deir ez-Zor, and Aleppo.

    In April 2013, al-Baghdadi announced the merger of his ISI with al-Nusra Front, and announced that the name of the reunited group was now the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). However, both Abu Mohammad al-Julani and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leaders of al-Nusra and al-Qaeda respectively, rejected the merger. After an eight-month power struggle, al-Qaeda cut all ties with ISIL on 3 February 2014, citing its failure to consult and "notorious intransigence".

    ISIL is known for its well-funded web and social media propaganda, which includes Internet videos of beheadings of soldiers, civilians, journalists and aid workers, as well as the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage sites.

    The group gained prominence after it drove Iraqi government forces out of key western cities in Iraq. In Syria, it conducted ground attacks against both government forces and rebel factions in the Syrian Civil War. It gained those territories after an offensive, initiated in early 2014, which senior US military commanders and members of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs saw as a re-emergence of Sunni insurgents and al-Qaeda militants. Iraq's territorial loss almost caused a collapse of the Iraqi government and prompted renewal of US military action in Iraq.


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    The Islamic State (Full Length)
    Published on Aug 14, 2014
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    The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced its intention to reestablish the caliphate and has declared its leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph.

    The lightning advances the Islamic State made across Syria and Iraq in June shocked the world. But it's not just the group's military victories that have garnered attention — it's also the pace with which its members have begun to carve out a viable state.

    Flush with cash and US weapons seized during its advances in Iraq, the Islamic State's expansion shows no sign of slowing down. In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching on Kurdish territory and sending Christians and other minorities fleeing as reports of massacres emerged.

    VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks embedded with the Islamic State, gaining unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria as the first and only journalist to document its inner workings.

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  •                 I will post two articles and two videos which speak of the difference and similarities between the two Jihadist Groups, Al Qaeda and ISIS.


    ISIS vs. al Qaeda: The Jihadist Divide

    We're getting to know just how different ISIS is from al Qaeda
    Natasha Bertrand

    Osama bin Laden’s personal letters and day-to-day correspondences — found by US special forces during a 2011 raid on his compound in Abbottabad — reveal a very different approach to waging jihad than that adopted by the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda in Iraq offshoot booted out for its excessive brutality.

    There are several similarities between al-Qaeda starting with their ideological opposition to the West. Both also espouse an extremist narrative, but they differ significantly in their approach to violence, how they choose to capitalise on anti-Western sentiment, and their ultimate aims as terrorist organisations.

    Unlike the self-proclaimed Islamic State, al Qaeda — led by bin Laden until his death in 2011 — was never overly concerned with the immediate formation of an Islamic caliphate.

    Rather, al Qaeda has always portrayed itself more as a militant group comprised of highly trained operational masterminds whose successful attacks on America and Europe would ultimately gain them enough key followers to form a global movement of Muslims and detain the onslaught of the West.

    “You should ask them to avoid insisting on the formation of an Islamic State at the time being, but to work on breaking the power of our main enemy by attacking the American embassies in the African embassies,” bin Laden wrote in a letter (presumably) to al Qaeda’s future operations chief, Atiyah Abd l-Rahman. “We should stress the importance of timing in establishing the Islamic State.”

    Educated in the history of Islam and wary of how sectarianism could compromise his vision for an international jihadi movement (or a cohesive Islamic state), bin Laden urged his affiliates to focus on the real enemy, the US, and wage war only on American, Israeli, or European soil.

    “Please remind the brothers in Somalia to be compassionate with the people and remind them of the Hadiths on this,” bin Laden wrote in 2007 to his operational commander, referring to al Qaeda’s blood-thirsty affiliate in Somalia. “Please talk to the Somali brothers about reducing the harm to Muslims at Bakarah Market [in Mogadishu, Somalia].”

    The Islamic State — also known as ISIS, ISIL and, to the group’s disdain, “daesh” — has adopted virtually the opposite approach to consolidating power across the Middle East and beyond.

    Whereas al Qaeda’s primary enemy has always been the United States, ISIS targets are much closer to home: Namely, apostate Shi’ite regimes such as Bashar Assad’s government in Syria and Haider al-Abadi’s in Iraq that impede the creation of a “pure”, radically sectarian Islamic state.

    The stark contrast between Al Qaeda’s large scale, dramatic attacks and ISIS’ slow territorial conquest also reflects the differences between the two organisations’ ultimate goals: Whereas Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda viewed global jihad as more of a long game, ISIS wants a Muslim state, and it wants it now.

    ISIS’ mastery of social media and online propaganda has given it the ability to recruit tens of thousands of young jihadists in a way that al Qaeda was never able to do with its written statements and bland, made-for-tv proselytizing.

    Daniel Byman and Jennifer Williams said it best in Newsweek: “Which do you think is more likely to attract the attention of an 18-year-old boy dreaming of adventure and glory: a badass video with CGI flames and explosions, or a two-hour lecture on the Koran from a grey-haired old man?”

    Al Qaeda cut ties with its Iraqi affiliate, al-Qaeda in Iraq, over worries that AQI’s excessive brutality might repel potential followers. Ironically, “the number of converts streaming to aid the Islamic State … is far greater than in any other modern conflict in the Islamic world,” the Washington Post noted earlier this month.

    The ideological and strategic differences between al-Qaeda and ISIS are reflected in a 2005 letter from the current leader of al Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri to the now-deceased forefather of ISIS, Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, in which Zawahiri urges Zarqawi to foster unity among the Muslim masses in order to further solidify al Qaeda’s influence in Iraq.

    “If we look at the two short-term goals, which are removing the Americans and establishing an Islamic emirate in Iraq, or a caliphate if possible,” Zawahiri writes, “then we will see that the strongest weapon which the mujahedeen enjoy – after the help and granting of success by God – is popular support from the Muslim masses in Iraq, and the surrounding Muslim countries.”

    “As for the sectarian and chauvinistic factor, it is secondary in importance to outside aggression, and is much weaker than it,” Zawahiri continues.

    In 2013, Zawahiri sent another letter — this time to the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — imploring him to end ISI’s ambition to become “ISIL” (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and resolve its dispute with al-Nusra front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

    In a June 2013 speech that cannot be authenticated, but has been widely attributed to al-Baghdadi, the ISI leader rebuked Zawahiri’s calls for reconciliation.

    His words were foreboding:

    “Rise, oh lions of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and cure the frustration of the believers and attack the hateful Rafidah [Shi’ites], the criminal Nusayris, the Party of Satan [Hezbollah] and those who come from Qum, Najaf and Tehran. Show us from them blood and body parts and tear them apart, for we have known them when we have met them to be cowards.”

    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant remains as long as we have a pulse or an eye that blinks.”

     

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi contested al-Zawahiri's ruling and the group continued to operate in Syria. (AFP)

    ISIS vs. Al Qaeda: The good news and the bad news
    Published January 16, 2015

    The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), has become a bitter rival of Al Qaeda, its parent organization. Its leaders represent a new generation of Islamist militants who have broken with Al Qaeda in a power struggle over Syria and the future of the global Islamist revolution.

    Both groups share the same ultimate goal: the establishment of a global caliphate, to be ruled under a harsh brand of sharia (Islamic law). But they clash over what strategy and tactics are best, as well as who should lead the global jihad (holy war) to build the caliphate.

    Al Qaeda today is a far different organization than it was during Usama bin Laden’s heyday. The network is more decentralized and far-flung. Its expansion was fueled, in part, by absorbing other Sunni Islamist extremist groups.  

    Al Qaeda and ISIS increasingly are competing for recruits, funding and leadership of the global Islamist revolution.

    One of these groups was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Palestinian Islamist extremist born in Jordan—one of the estimated 25,000 foreign Muslims who flocked to Afghanistan after the 1979 Soviet invasion to fight the Soviet and Afghan communists. Zarqawi was a close associate of Osama bin Laden, although he did not formally join Al Qaeda until 2004 when he was recognized as the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

    Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006. Subsequently, his organization was decimated by a U.S.-led counterterrorism campaign after many Sunni Iraqis revolted against its brutal tactics. But the group made a comeback in Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011. The absence of U.S. troops took the pressure off the organization. Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shia-dominated government alienated Sunni Iraqis, driving many of them to see ISIS as the lesser evil.

    The 2011 outbreak of civil war in Syria presented Al Qaeda in Iraq with an opportunity to fill a vacuum in a failed state.  It expanded operations into Syria, rebranding itself as ISIS.  It proclaimed itself to be the champion of Syria’s Sunni Arab majority against the Assad regime, a secular dictatorship which was dominated by the minority Alawite sect.  

    The ultra-ambitious leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is an Iraqi who professes to have more religious credentials than previous Al Qaeda leaders.  He claims to be a descendant of the prophet Muhammad and has proclaimed himself as Caliph (successor) of Muhammad.  He also sees himself as the true successor of Osama bin Laden and has bristled at attempts by bin Laden’s chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to assert leadership over ISIS.

    The expansion of ISIS into Syria sparked friction with Al Qaeda’s official franchise in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra (the Victory Front).  In April 2013, ISIS leader Baghdadi unilaterally proclaimed a merger with Al-Nusra, which was led by one of his former lieutenants.  But Al-Nusra rejected the merger, supported by Zawahiri.  

    The rivalry over leadership of the Islamist revolution in Syria has led to violent clashes between the two groups. These internecine battles have left thousands of militants dead.  

    In February 2014, Al Qaeda disowned ISIS. It fears that Baghdadi’s extremely ruthless and brutal tactics will tarnish its brand and alienate many Muslims.

    ISIS, for its part, claims that Al Qaeda has deviated from bin Laden’s path.  And ISIS enjoys several important advantages over the Al Qaeda core group led by Zawahiri.

    While Zawahiri is hiding—supposedly in the remote tribal badlands along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border—ISIS controls territory the size of Maryland in the heart of the Arab Middle East.  This has given it access to oil resources and war booty—spoils that have made it the richest terrorist group in history.  

    The increasingly sectarian nature of the civil wars in Iraq and Syria also has been a recruitment boon to ISIS, helping it attract Sunni militants from many Arab countries, Europe, Asia and the West.  The younger generation of Islamist militants finds the mysterious ISIS leader Baghdadi far more appealing than the dour and elderly Zawahiri.  And ISIS cleverly amplifies Baghdadi’s appeal with a sophisticated propaganda apparatus that spews slick videos on multiple social media platforms favored by young Muslims.  

    This has enabled ISIS to recruit the lion’s share of the estimated 15,000 foreign fighters who have flocked to Syria and Iraq.  Al Qaeda, which emerged from the war in Afghanistan against the Soviets, has established its own pipeline to exploit the war in Syria to funnel foreign fighters to its Al-Nusra franchise.  It also has deployed a cadre of veteran operatives, dubbed the Khorasan group by U.S. officials, which seeks to recruit foreign fighters in Syria for terrorist operations in their home countries.

    The bottom line is that Al Qaeda and ISIS increasingly are competing for recruits, funding and leadership of the global Islamist revolution.  

    The good news is that this power struggle may weaken both of them.  

    The bad news is that their rivalry may spark a competition to see who can launch the most spectacular terrorist attacks against Western targets.  Moreover, Syria has emerged as a terrorist sanctuary that potentially poses a greater threat to the United States than Afghanistan did before 9/11.


    Isis has beheaded a senior Nusra leader in Raqqa.Twitter/Isis
    ISIS vs. al Qaeda: How they're different
    Published on Aug 31, 2014
    The Pentagon says the terror group is beyond anything we've seen. They're also threatening to kill three more American hostages. President Obama's top mili.

    Dr. Anat Hochberg-Marom, an expert on global terrorism and marketing, at i24News TV analyzes & explains the geopolitical situation in Iraq and the Middle Eas.

    Bobby Ghosh, Managing Editor of business news website Quartz discusses why he thinks ISIS is a threat to the U.S..

    ISIS have launched out on Al Qaeda's leadership Ayman Al Zawahiri and Jabhat al Nusra stating that they no longer represent the Jihad in Syria. JN Al Joulani.



    Inside ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s Battle for Brand Supremacy | TIME
    Published on Feb 12, 2015
    They may share similar goals but the two groups are bitter rivals




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