Two Canadian ISIS Brides Followed Sharia

Okay, okay, that is not a surprise, but what is a surprise is that CNN is reporting it and using the word “sharia.”  

If Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, or Frank Gaffney uttered the following words, cries of “Islamophobia” would be screamed from the roof tops by the likes of Linda Sarsour!

Ben Wedeman, in a CNN story this morning, reports of his interviews with two Canadian women who followed their men to Syria because of Islamic law.

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Women of the caliphate speak!

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The first woman quoted is Dura Ahmed, 28, originally from Toronto, Canada:

“Did you hear about the slaughter of Yezidis, of Yezidi women being enslaved?” I asked.

“When I came here, I heard. I haven’t seen one, but…” Her answer trailed off with a nervous laugh. “Well, having slaves is part of Sharia,” she finally ventured. “I believe in Sharia, wherever Sharia is. We must follow whoever is implementing the way, the law.”

The second woman is a 34-year-old from Alberta, Canada:

She, too, came to Syria at her husband’s bidding.

“He’s like, ‘it’s obligatory for you to come here. You have no choice, and as your husband I’m telling you to come here.’ And as a Muslim wife you have to obey, even though it was really hard for me to do it.” She takes a deep sigh. “I had to.”

Like Dura, she claims she knew nothing about ISIS or Syria before she made the journey here.

Not that it matters, but the woman from Alberta’s first husband (the one who insisted she come to Syria) was killed in the fighting and then she took another husband who also was killed in the fighting.

Read it all here.  Will Canada be welcoming home its wayward women?

I shouldn’t get too excited that there could be a few truths sneaking into reports from the likes of CNN!

question markIf you see more bits of news that might indicate a diversion from the Leftwing orthodoxy on Islam, immigration, etc. would you send a link my way?  Let me know if you hear the word “sharia” on Fox News or any cable news network!

EDITORS NOTE: This Frauds, Crooks and Criminals column with images is republished with permission.

Julia Ioffe on CNN: Trump has “radicalized more people than ISIS” [Video]

GQ writer Julia Ioffe quickly apologized Monday after claiming President Trump had radicalized more people than ISIS on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper.

“I think, you know, this president, one of the things that he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization, and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did

The Islamic State ideology is one of murder, conquest at any cost, and sheer brutality against women, infidels, apostates and the like. Ioffe could never put her own words to the test by confronting Islamic State jihadists, because she would end up being tortured and killed, yet these are the barbarians to whom she compares the elected President of the United States. Many may merely dismiss Ioffe as unbalanced, but what about the host of the show, Jake Tapper?

“That’s just…it’s unconscionable for you to say that,” CNN’s David Urban shot back….For you not to push back on that, is irresponsible,” Urban said to Jake Tapper. “That’s irresponsible. For her to say that the President of the United States has radicalized more people than ISIS is irresponsible.”

It is obvious that all who do not adhere to Islamic State ideology need protection from them, so Ioffe is implying that American society needs to protect itself from Donald Trump. Not only is her thinking astonishingly delusional; her mindset is also dangerous. Groups such as Antifa and other leftist troublemakers and anarchists are searching for any and every excuse to resort to violence against Trump and his supporters, and they are being egged on by destructive elements in the media, and even by politicians. Recall when Rep. Maxine Waters called for public confrontation and harassment of members of the Trump administration, stating: “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd.” Then there was former Attorney General Eric Holder, who declared: “When they go low, we kick ’em.” Even Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp repudiated Hillary Clinton’s recent comments as “unproductive” and “simply ridiculous” when Clinton advised Democrats to “abandon civility” with Republicans.

Jake Tapper should be taken to the woodshed by CNN, but that is unlikely, as CNN is increasingly moving toward incitement, when its “fake news” was already bad enough. No apology could now undo Ioffe’s or CNN’s recklessness. Ioffe will never be in the position of having to look into the eyes of a tortured Yazidi sex slave or the spouse and loved ones of those who were beheaded by Islamic State jihadists and tell them that Donald Trump — who seeks to protect Americans from the likes of the Islamic State — is comparable to Islamic State jihadists. Her apology was as foolish and reckless as her original statement:

I do want to clarify. I think I spoke in the heat of the moment–this has been a very emotional, and personally painful time for me. I think I exaggerated and I apologize for that.

Ioffe and others of her ilk should contemplate the “very emotional, and personally painful time” for those who have been victimized by Islamic State jihadis. Ioffe’s blind hatred against Donald Trump is longstanding. In 2016, she was fired from Politico for an unhinged tweet that is too vulgar to write here. It was followed by a lame apology. She stated: “It was a tasteless, offensive tweet that I regret and have deleted…..I am truly and deeply sorry. It won’t happen again.” Well, it did happen again, only now she has escalated from vulgarity to incitement.

Julia Ioffe Apologizes After Saying Trump Radicalized More People than ISIS,” by Justin Caruso, Breitbart, October 29, 2018:

GQ writer Julia Ioffe quickly apologized Monday after claiming President Trump had radicalized more people than ISIS on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper.

“I think, you know, this president, one of the things that he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization, and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” Julia Ioffe said.

“That’s just…it’s unconscionable for you to say that,” CNN’s David Urban shot back.

“The way he talks–the way that he allows these…the way he winks and nods to these groups. The way he says, ‘I know I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m a nationalist.’ The way that he hems and haws, when he has to condemn these people, and kind of, gritting his teeth, kind of, says, fine, okay, ‘I condemn this.’”

“For you not to push back on that, is irresponsible,” Urban said to Jake Tapper. “That’s irresponsible. For her to say that the President of the United States has radicalized more people than ISIS is irresponsible.”

Urban continued to push Ioffe on what she based her claim on.

She responded, “ISIS had, like 10,000 members. I think the president has far more supporters who espouse an equally hateful ideology.”

Tapper, as panelist David Urban pointed out on air, did not push back on Ioffe’s assertion whatsoever.

He defended himself on Twitter from critics.

Ioffe apologized on air later in the show. “I do want to clarify. I think I spoke in the heat of the moment–this has been a very emotional, and personally painful time for me. I think I exaggerated and I apologize for that,” she said…..

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with images and video first appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission.

CARAVAN JIHAD? Jihadis among the migrant caravan is not as ridiculous as CNN would have you believe.

CNN on Monday once again posed as the intrepid and impartial fact checker, correcting the falsehoods spread by our ridiculous and hateful President, with the headline: “Trump seizes on right-wing media reports to suggest migrant caravan has been infiltrated by ‘unknown Middle Easterners.’” And as usual, the President is in reality far closer to the mark than CNN ever is. CNN has once again proven itself to be, as Trump has so aptly and indelibly put it, very fake news.

CNN noted that “In a tweet, the President warned that ‘criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in’ the caravan of thousands of Central American migrants fleeing poverty and violence.” Note CNN’s thumb on the scale in its framing of the story: the hordes advancing toward the border are “Central American migrants fleeing poverty and violence,” not “A large cadre of military-age males being transported to the American border to flout immigration laws and create provocations designed to discredit Trump before the midterm elections.”

After that bit of legerdemain, CNN informs the Leftist marks who still take it seriously that Trump is, as expected, all wrong and going off half-cocked yet again: “The President did not support his claim with any evidence. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Monday afternoon that Trump ‘absolutely’ had evidence to indicate there are Middle Easterners in the caravan. Sanders, however, did not provide specific information on the matter and it was still not clear what evidence Trump had to indicate the presence of such individuals in the caravan.”

The evidence is actually abundantly clear; CNN just doesn’t want you to know it exists. The Daily Caller reported Monday that Univision correspondent Francisco Santa Anna stated: “Yesterday when we were traveling through Guatemala, we noticed people from El Salvador and even people from Bangladesh. Can you imagine what they had to do to get here? They infiltrated themselves in this caravan and tried to cross with the crowd. That would have benefited them greatly.”

What’s more, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales stated last Thursday that his security forces had caught “close to 100 people completely linked to terrorist issues, with ISIS and that not only have we arrested them within our territory, but they have been deported to their countries of origin.” Guatemala’s Secretary of Strategic Intelligence, Mario Duarte, confirmed that “the individuals intercepted, detained, prosecuted or returned to their country of origin, is close to 100.” He referred to “several citizens of Syrian origin who were detained with false documents were detained, for which they were prosecuted and subjected to criminal proceedings,” and then deported in 2016.

The establishment media has made a great deal of the fact that Morales did not say that Guatemalan authorities had caught 100 Islamic State jihadis among the throngs approaching the U.S. border now. However, this is a distinction without a difference. If Islamic State jihadis could enter Guatemala previously, they can do it again, and they may have joined this caravan.

Denis Omar Contreras, a leader of this latest march to the border, summarily dismissed this possibility: “There isn’t a single terrorist here.” Claiming that everyone on the way to the United States was from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, he added: “As far as I know there are no terrorists in these four countries, at least beyond the corrupt governments.”

As far as he knows. But how can Denis Omar Contreras be sure? Is there something that would make it impossible for jihadis to infiltrate this migrant group? We do know that jihadis have many times attempted to enter the United States by way of the Southern border. Here are just a few news stories from the last few years, related to such efforts:

There is also considerable Hizballah activity in Latin America – activity that analysts have been warning for years is a threat to the United States.

But CNN and Denis Omar Contreras would have you believe that jihadists could not, simply could not possibly, have infiltrated this latest migrant caravan. Donald Trump is just being racist again to say so.

If some of those on their way to the U.S. get into the country and commit an act of jihad violence, will CNN and Contreras and all the others who are sneering at Trump today apologize? Don’t bet on it. But the best-case scenario will be that no one from this caravan will get in at all, and CNN and the rest can go back to calling Trump “racist” for keeping them out.

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission.

CNN worries that New Mexico jihad compound ‘might contribute to a rise in racism and Islamophobia’

“Many are quick to distance the state’s countercultural vibe from the compound and its inhabitants, who are accused of training the children to commit mass shootings. But they also fear that the publicity around a case infused with allegations of terrorism, child abuse and faith healing might contribute to a rise in racism and Islamophobia.”

Mass shootings, and they’re worried about a chimerical backlash against innocent Muslims that seldom, if ever, materializes. This is why they call CNN fake news.

One wonders if it ever occurred to CNN that if these Muslims had not been stockpiling weapons and training children for school shootings, no one would need to be worried about “Islamophobia.”

“In New Mexico, where life off the grid is common, compound suspects struggled,” by Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, August 26, 2018:

Taos County, New Mexico (CNN)The compound was hiding in plain sight, a white smudge in the dusty green expanse of sagebrush and juniper stretching across the Colorado-New Mexico border.

A few feet past a handwritten “no trespassing” sign on the ground, a box truck sat unlocked. Inside, a wooden bunk bed was propped up against the wall, surrounded by piles of dirty clothing and worn-out books. Identity documents were mixed on the floor with children’s math workbooks, self-help guides and gun manuals. A dusty bulletproof vest lay nearby.

It had been two weeks since law enforcement raided lot 78 in Costilla Meadows, a rural subdivision in Amalia, New Mexico, where homes are off the grid and you can see your nearest neighbor miles over the dry grassland. Police found 11 malnourished children there, shoeless and in tattered clothes, and arrested five adults. Days later, they found the remains of the 3-year-old boy they were searching for.

Two weeks after the raid, reminders of the family’s monthslong stay were piled in heaps of garbage on the property, where they had built the compound on a lot belonging to someone else, adjacent to their own.

Residents of this sparsely populated region of northern Taos County encountered members of the black Muslim family in familiar places: the gas station, the Family Dollar, the hardware store, the body shop. Little about the family members stood out, they said, apart from their dirty clothes and their skin color, a rarity in this area primarily populated by Hispanos — descendants of Spaniards who settled in the Southwest centuries ago.

Otherwise, those who met them said they seemed friendly. A resident recalled how one of the men tenderly wiped the nose of a crying child. What little the residents knew about the compound didn’t raise eyebrows in an area where many people live “in unconventional ways,” as the judge in the case has said.

Individuals from society’s periphery have long sought refuge in this part of the state, where cheap land far from the nearest power line or shopping center is easy to find. The region’s history of welcoming outsiders has contributed to cross-cultural exchanges and a tolerant attitude that locals consider points of pride. Many are quick to distance the state’s countercultural vibe from the compound and its inhabitants, who are accused of training the children to commit mass shootings. But they also fear that the publicity around a case infused with allegations of terrorism, child abuse and faith healing might contribute to a rise in racism and Islamophobia.

“People come here and they want to be left alone and sometimes they do things that are unconventional,” said Malaquias “JR” Rael, whose family arrived in the Taos region in the mid-1800s. Newcomers are drawn to the area for its proximity to nature, breathtaking views and simple way of life, he says. Other families like his — predominantly Hispanos — have been here for generations.

“It can be difficult to be alarmed or judgmental, because people have been doing this kind of stuff for a long time.”
Rael owns North Star Tire & Auto in Questa, a mountain town of some 2,000 people about 30 minutes from the compound and another 30-minute drive from Taos, the nearest “big city.” Given his family tree, it’s a place where Rael can’t go far without being greeted by a customer or relative.

One of the men from the compound, Lucas Morten, visited Rael’s body shop in early spring looking to buy a large quantity of tires. “He seemed real personable, very mild-mannered,” Rael recalled over a smothered burrito lunch on a recent weekday in Questa.

Morten said he planned to build an “earthship,” a self-sustaining home made from natural and upcycled materials, which uses tires packed with earth as bricks. “I said, ‘OK, good luck,’ because it’s real labor intensive,” Rael said. Otherwise, nothing about the request raised any red flags, he said.

Plenty of people live off the grid here in various types of homes that don’t use public energy sources or fossil fuels, he said. Not him, though. “There’s nothing wrong with being normal,” he jokes….

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

More video of CNN’s fake Muslim anti-terror protest

“You see more press than anyone else.”

Of course, because the whole thing was — contrary to CNN’s denials — a media creation from beginning to end. As the President said, CNN is fake news. So is the rest of the establishment media. It is the land of Muslim anti-terror protests and loutish men in Make America Great Again hats committing anti-Muslim hate crimes. It is, in short, a near-total inversion of reality.

An update on this story. “More Footage Leaks Of CNN’s ‘Staged’ Muslim Anti-Terror Protest [VIDEO],” by Amber Athey, Daily Caller, June 10, 2017:

Early this week, CNN was accused of staging a Muslim-led anti-terror protest after the London terror attacks. Now, more footage has dropped that shows what happened on the scene before the CNN shot was taken.

A Youtube video taken by Claire Jordan shows her milling around the scene and “protest” prior to CNN lining up the protesters for their on-air shot.

There is a group of people in the area, both Muslim and non-Muslim, and some of them can be seen handing out bouquets of flowers and posters.

Jordan, narrating the video, observes, “you see more press than anyone else.”

Jordan then crosses the street and shows the Muslim women who were featured on the CNN broadcast. They are located on the opposite side of the street and “they’re taking selfies, none of them have got flowers.”…


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Turks Profiteering from Islamic State oil

There are daily accusations by Putin, jailed Turkish journalists and third parties that illegal ISIS  profiteering  constitute “a family business” benefiting President Erdogan and his son, Bilal. These allegations erupted  in the wake of the downing of a Russian SU-24 November 24, 2015 after allegedly being warned by Turkish military to stop intruding Turkish air space. Premier Davutoglu gave permission to Turkish F-16s to launch a missile to take out the  errant Russian jet fighter. The plane fell into an area inside Syria along the border in Latakia province occupied by rebel Turkmen militias. The pilot of the SU-24 was  killed, while the co-pilot parachuted and was rescued in an operation by none other than “wounded” Iranian Quds Force Commander, Gen. Qasem Soliemani. The Russian co-pilot refuted the Turkish allegations saying that their aircraft had not intruded Turkish airspace.

Putin wasn’t going to take Erdogan’s action lying down. He refused  to return  Erdogan’s calls. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov cancelled  a meeting in Ankara, scheduled the day following  the downing of the Russian jet fighter, Davutoglu rushed aides to brief NATO in Brussels, which was worried about Turkey possibly invoking Article 5.  President Erdogan “regretted “ the episode, opting to reach out by calling Putin. Putin refused his calls; instead seeking an “apology”.  President Obama met with Erdogan on the sidelines in Paris endeavoring to facilitate a dialogue with Putin, while the actors in this drama were all at a UN Climate Change Conference. Reuters reported:

Obama met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Paris, where they have been attending a climate summit, a week after Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane along the Syrian border.

Obama stressed that U.S. support for its NATO ally’s security remained steadfast.

“The United States supports Turkey’s right to defend itself and its airspace and its territory,” Obama said. “We discussed how Turkey and Russia can work together to de-escalate tensions and find a diplomatic path to resolve this issue.”

Obama told Erdogan that the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIL, must be pursued by all sides, echoing a message he delivered to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. “We all have a common enemy, and that is ISIL, and I want to make sure that we focus on that threat,” Obama said.

What is curious about this was Israeli PM Netanyahu met with Putin in Paris at the same Climate Change Conference, extolling the virtues of the deal they cut in Moscow in September that enabled Israel to attack Hezbollah and ISIS targets in Syria and Russian aircraft to intrude  Israeli air space to facilitate bombing operations in Syria. Reuters reported:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the importance of Israeli-Russian military cooperation to prevent “unnecessary accidents” at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris, a Reuters reporter at the talks said.

Putin, likewise, praised the “mechanism of cooperation” which the two sides had established in relation to Russia’s military operations in Syria.

Achieving any détente between Putin and Erdogan at this time was increasingly complicated by announcement of Russian sanctions against Turkey trade in gas, food and other commodities coupled with a virtual stop in Russian tourism in punishment for downing the Russian plane.

However, behind these allegations were a stream of  daily  investigative reports from RT, Zero Hedge and other media  accusing the Turkish President of playing a double game profiting from ISIS and Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) oil sales. Putin maintained that was the real reason behind the downing of the SU-24 jet. The implication was those Syrian Turkmen in the eponymous Mountains in Latakia province  may have been involved in  cross border oil, commodity and weapons deals with ISIS and alleged ‘rebels.

Erdogan  accused Putin of “slander” over the  allegations  about profiting from illegal oil deals with ISIS. Erdogan said he would “resign” if ISIS oil purchases were proven. Putin contended  he had “more proof.”  Erdogan ordered the arrest of two Turkish Cumhuriiyet journalists who maintained they uncovered evidence of the alleged corrupt practice involving his son Bilal and a company, BMZ, Ltd. profiting from  illegal oil purchases and cross border weapons transfers to Syrian opposition groups.  According to Zero Hedge they were accused by the Erdogan government of “political or military spying” by reporting “classified information” and “deliberately aiding a terrorist organization.”

Real Clear Politics reported the Deputy Russian Defense Minister  investigation in the alleged Erdogan “family business”:

“Turkey is the main destination for the oil stolen from its legitimate owners, which are Syria and Iraq,” Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told journalists in Moscow at a special news briefing this afternoon. “Turkey resells this oil. The appalling part about it is that the country’s top political leadership is involved in the illegal business — President Erdogan and his family.”

“In the West, no one has asked questions about the fact that the Turkish president’s son heads one of the biggest energy companies, or that his son-in-law has been appointed energy minister,” Antonov said. “What a marvelous family business!”

He continues: “We understand that some of the Turkish leaders, notably Mr. Erdogan, will not step down and will not admit anything. I would like to emphasize that Erdogan’s resignation is not our goal. It’s up to the people of Turkey to decide.”

Watch this RT You Tube video of the Russian Defense Ministry report on Turkish oil smuggling:

Watch this RT You Tube video of the oil smuggling on the Syrian Turkish border:

After  French President Hollande finished a Washington, D.C. press conference with President Obama on November 24, 2015, Hollande flew off to meet Putin in Moscow, hoping to launch “a grand coalition” to destroy  ISIS. He accused the Islamic State of committing “an act of war” with  Jihadis  perpetrating the massacres in Paris on November 13, 2015 that killed 130 innocent civilians, injured more than 350, including 99 seriously. Russia and France began aerial bombing attacks  against ISIS occupied oil  infrastructure and  interdicting oil transport trucks headed towards an open stretch of the open Syrian border with Turkey. Meanwhile CENTCOM, for its part in its oil bombing raids, dropped  leaflets in Arabic and English suggesting  drivers of these oil tanker trucks to skedaddle giving ISIS 45 minutes of advanced warning.

Bilal Erdogan, principal in BMZ, Ltd.

Bilal Erdogan, principal in BMZ, Ltd.

Bilal Erdogan’s ownership interest in BMZ, Ltd. was a key factor in this illegal oil trade  given operations from the energy terminal  port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean coast.. BMZ has a fleet of oil tanker ships engaging in transfer operations  in the  Mediterranean for  KRG sourced oil. Some of those offshore transfer deals ended up supplying oil to Israel , while other shipments may have gone to Japan and other energy markets.

Bilal has been known to consort with Saudi terrorist financiers. We noted in a January 2014 NER article on the swirl of corruption charges in Turkey surrounding  the Erdogan family:

Connections involved  a shadowy Saudi billionaire who  the US has designated a terrorist financier, Yasin al-Qadi. Also involved was the Turkish intelligence service, (MIT) and Erdogan’s son Bilal. They conspired to use Muslim charities to channel funds to an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Al-Nusrah Front.

. Interesting in light of the current allegations, Bilal left Turkey for Bologna, Italy in mid October to renew a PhD program at the Johns Hopkins U School for Advanced International Studies Center there. Bilal graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School.

But these reports were disputed  according to CNN. It reported allegations that  the Assad regime was engaged in the oil trade with ISIS:

Comments by German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli saying Tuesday that her country has not seen any solid proof of the Russian claims.

“But what we know, for example, is that the Assad regime has received large amounts of oil from ISIL,” said Chebli, using another name for the terrorist group. “We have evidence.”

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions targeting, among others, George Haswani, “a Syrian businessman who serves as a middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from ISIL.”

The Anadolu report pointed to a European Council document from March noting that Haswani “provides support and benefits from” Assad’s government through the ISIS oil purchases.

“He also benefits from the regime through favorable treatment including the award of a contract (as a subcontractor) with Stroytransgaz, a major Russian oil company,” the document said.

There was a purported ace up Erdogan’s sleeve to counter Russian sanctions, and loss in tourism; closing the  Bosporus Straits and Dardanelles to Russian commercial, naval resupply and war vessels traffic. There was another Turkish precedent. During WWI the Young Turks  used reflagged German cruisers along with mining of those Black Sea Straits to block the Straits. That blocked the Czarist Black Sea Fleet and thwarted the British breakthrough leading to the debacle at Gallipoli. To prevent a reoccurrence a  multi-national 1936 Montreaux Convention was signed preventing a similar closure of  the Bosporus Straits and Dardanelles traffic.

Erdogan also sent a warning to the Kurds about not going further West along the border than Kobani. Note the response to this issue in our NER interview with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ernie Audino on the Kurds:

Gordon: Why does Erdogan’s Turkey oppose Syrian YPG forces going further West than Kobani in Syria?

Audino: Because Turkey fears nothing more than a contiguous Kurdish belt stretching along their southern border with Syria. Right now the Kurds have nearly achieved that. Their control extends from the Iraqi border westward several hundred miles to Kobani. They pick up again at Afrin on the west side of Aleppo. The only portion of it not controlled by Kurdish YPG is the 100 km gap between Aleppo and Kobani.

Not so coincidentally, that is the precise location for the so-called ISIS-free Zone the Turks propose to administer. A blind man can see it has far less to do with defeating ISIS than it has to do with blocking further progress to complete the contiguous Kurdish belt. Incidentally, this gap is also the reported avenue for much of the materiel and personnel support for ISIS in Syria. A great deal of it comes in from Turkey, and most of it flows through that gap. The Kurds know this well, and have expressed no opposition whatsoever for an ISIS-free zone in that gap. What they oppose is a Turkish–controlled ISIS-free zone.

To quote Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass:

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review,

CNN Reporter: Parisians shaken because this time not Jews, but “just people” targeted

How monstrous will the mainstream media get before the whole thing breaks apart? No telling. But this indicates that it is certainly descending to the murky depths already.

“CNN Reporter: Parisians Shaken Because This Time It Wasn’t Just Jews Targeted, ‘This Was Just People,’” by Jamie Weinstein, Daily Caller, November 24, 2015:

A CNN reporter says that what really has shaken the people of Paris in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 terror attacks is that this time those killed by Islamist terrorists weren’t just Jews or provocative cartoonists.

Talking to CNN host Don Lemon Monday night, reporter Martin Savidge tried to convey why the people of Paris view the Nov. 13 terror attacks differently than last January’s Islamist terror attacks in Paris that targeted French cartoonists and Jews in a kosher grocery store.

“I think what really has shaken the people of Paris, they’ve grown accustom to the idea that of course the city is a target,” Savidge said from on the ground in the city of lights. “But this particular assault, aside from the sheer numbers of people that were killed or wounded, it was the neighborhoods that were struck. It was the fact that this time no one was spared. It wasn’t that a person was picked out because of their faith. It wasn’t because a person was picked out because of their jobs such as Charlie Hebdo. This was just people — any kind of person. And that has really shaken the people of Paris. This time you could not explain it away as somebody else’s threat.”…

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