Skip to comments.ISIS Gains First Ground in Lebanon
Posted on 08/05/2014 5:54:44 AM PDT by NYer
Lebanese army soldiers outside Arsal near the Syrian border in Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the Lebanese city of Arsal in fighting that began on Friday and continued Monday.
According to The Telegraph, a Syrian rebel group set up check-points in the border city but have not yet declared the area as part of the caliphate. In addition to 40,000 residents, there are roughly 120,000 refugees living in Arsal.
The conflict broke out after the Lebanese Army arrested Abu Ahmad al-Jumaa, a former commander in the Free Syrian Army who later declared allegiance to ISIS. Officials said they arrested Jumaa because he planned to attack an army outpost.
Since the Syrian Uprising began in 2011, an estimated one million refugees have crossed the nearly 250 mile border from Syria into Lebanon, a number expected to hit 1.5 million by the end of 2014 The United Nation's Refugee Agency predicts.
The Sunni insurgents said they will leave Arsal if the government releases Jumaa, something Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Slama flatly rejected on Monday.
There is no political solution with extremist groups who are manipulating the Arab communities under religious obscurantism and strange titles, seeking to transfer their sick acts into Lebanon...Today, the only solution is the withdrawal of the gunmen from Arsal and its surroundings.”
Located along Lebanon's northeastern border, the town of Arsal is majority Sunni, a group that overwhelming backs rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, which controls the area to the west of Arsal, has vowed to help the Lebanese Armed Forces retake the city from the insurgents.
When they’ve taken over the whole of the Middle East and North Africa, have Iran and Pakistan’s nuclear arsenals and half the world’s petroleum and are headed for Sicily, Spain, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, will it be time to worry?
"There is no political solution with extremist groups who are manipulating the ...."
Obama MUST be removed and every enemy inbed with him ... now.
c’mon 2ndDivisionVet, these are only jayvees!!!! /s
A three front battle? Yeah, that’s smart.
> When theyve taken over the whole of the Middle East and North Africa, have Iran and Pakistans nuclear arsenals and half the worlds petroleum and are headed for Sicily, Spain, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, will it be time to worry?
Soros and Obama are very pleased at how ISIS is proceeding. The Anti-Christ will be revealed soon.
Lincoln, JFK, and Nixon are rolling over in their graves wondering why the current POTUS hasn’t been removed from office when he has committed so many more atrocities...
Let them kill each other off. Hezbollah has already been neutralized because of Syria. Notice how they didn’t get involved this time with Israel/Hamas.
Egypt is now gearing up to go against them. ISIS won’t far so well with them.
If Obama does not send in B-52s to kill off ISIS, (which eh won't because it is against his religion and Peace prize) the whole region will be a Caliphate UNTIL they hit the brick wall of Israel.
Then, all the whiner, two-faced Europeans and West will suddenly support DISPROPORTINATE responses by he Israelis.
Poor Lebanon now, poor Jordan actually believing Obama had their back just as for Israel...what a sham, what a new Dark Age brought on by Obama’s Global Retreat.
That's the part that worries the global ptb. The rest of it....chaos in refugee camps and war-torn areas, the spread of potentially pandemic disease out of Africa and into those areas, Obama and his friends still conspiring to over throw stable govs that can stop the spread of barbarism, is still going on. But if these radical muslim groups take over the oil? Mygosh, the global ptb will have to negotiate with them.
The global elite are culling the herd. The bad news is, we're all part of the herd.
They are definitely proceeding with the speed of the original saracen conquerors relative to modern technology. We are now, not some time later, in a real World War. The longer it takes for us to recognize that fact the harder it will be to survive. It doesn’t help that we are ruled by a sultan already.
This bull has horns.
Let them kill each other off like they killed each other off in the beginning 14 centuries ago? The more they slaughter each other the stronger they become. Islam is political ebola.
This might wind up as Jordan, Egypt and Israel against the rest of the Arab world.
We are in a World War—we are just not calling it that. The problem is that many on our side believe that the problem is the Jooos, not the Muslims. They will eventually find out the hard way.
“what a new Dark Age brought on by Obamas Global Retreat.”
His “global retreat” was really his “slight of hand”. Obama’s first, true, and absolute goal was and is to completely reincarnate the Ottoman empire. Obama is an anti-colonialist who has delusions of grandeur in returning borders to pre-colonialist days. OBAMA HATES the WEST.
It’s making for strange bedfellows in the ME. All the poison is coming out it seems. From the photo the Lebanese Army looks woefully under supplied. Where is ISIS getting all the arms and ammunition? From captured Syrian or Iraqi stocks? Logistics wins wars.
We’ve been at war with them at least since the oil embargo. We need both domestic energy and trade policies to reflect that. We also need a foreign policy that is coherent and pro-American.
To be expected when everyone is your enemy.
Not sure if serious but.... the supply of the new caliphate goes back to Amb. Stevens running arms to them in thier infancy. And continued support from our current administration to combat Asad’s power in Syria. We armed them while they burned churches and murdered Christians in Syria because - you know, Asad is bad ‘n stuff.
Israel will simply hand to ISIS their rearends.
You got it. We are in a new world war, PERIOD.
That’s very true, you can probably add Saudi Arabia to that odd list. ISIS is targeting their intelligence agents.
The goal is takeover of the world and killing all who won’t convert to their subhuman savage ideology.
Is that too much for the American mind to grasp? Guess so.
Suppose the Pope announced tomorrow that his goal was converting the whole world to Catholicism, and that all who wouldn’t convert would be burned at the stake. How much outrage would there be?
The world had better get its head out of its anal exit passageway.
Sadly, until a bomb is dropped in an American's backyard, few are willing to be concerned. There is a tremendous lack of foresight. This morning on Fox & Friends, they were discssing the ramifications of this news story.
Their guest pointed out how these majors have precisely the type of experience we need at this point in time. Essentially, when fire has broken out, you don't remove the experienced professionals who know how to extinguish it. We know from experience how this will play out.
Which means they’re also getting rid of the E-5 through E-7 service-members, with less fanfare.
I expect the Turks would also slide into that group. Even tho Erdogan has shown himself to be a dumbass numerous times it’s easy to see that he might view ISIS as a problem. Turkey is mostly mooslim but so far they aren’t nuts in the fashion of jihadis. And they are also NATO which might bring the occasional bit of good sense to bear.
So you got a guy with a rifle and his ammo humper? Or maybe he’s just a humper? Hard to tell who’s who with the goat herder crowd.
for liberals, never, the stronger isis gets, the more they will appease
Lebanon’s crappy army is the least of ISIS’ worries. If they lock horns with Hezbollah, they’re in a world of hurt. Hezbollah twice chased Israel out of southern Lebanon. What does that tell you?
Nah! Not as long as we still have the Messiah at the helm and an adequate supply of toilet paper. When the toilet paper runs out, that will be the time to worry as there will be no way to clean up the S-it!
ISIS is the most vicious and ruthless. Sort of like Ghenghis Khan.
Because of that, they’re winning. They’re filling the vaccuum