Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/25/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

ISIS organization most dangerous terrorist group in the world

The ultimate goal of the Islamic terrorist organization the Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) is to set up an Islamic state to provide a launch point for terrorist attacks against the United States, says a new congressional report.

Considered too extreme for al-Qaeda, the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant has made incredibly gains in Iraq since the early 2014 capture of Fallujah.

Considered too extreme for al-Qaeda, the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant has made incredibly gains in Iraq since the early 2014 capture of Fallujah.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/25/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: International, Middle East, Iraq


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kicked out of al-Qaeda for being too extreme, the terrorist organization has conquered vast swathes of land in Syria and Iraq. The group is less than 40 miles from Iraq's capital Baghdad and continues to fight the Syrian government and the Free Syrian Army in that country's bloody multi-party civil war.

Thousands die of hunger every day. Please take action now.

Four analysts from the Congressional Research Service made this assessment after examining intelligence gathered about the organization and the words of the group's leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

The report made the point that ISIL is a very well organized and extremely well-funded organization which has clear and concrete goals, which include conquering territory, killing unbelievers and attacking the U.S. and other western nations.

"Several leading representatives of the U.S. intelligence community have stated that [ISIL] maintains traning camps in Iraq and Syria, has the intent to attack the United States and is reportedly recruiting and training individuals to do so," says the report which was published on June 20.

The report quotes al-Baghdadi as he threatened the U.S.: "Know, O defender of the Cross, that a proxy war will not help you in the Levant, just as it will not help you in Iraq. Soon, you will be in direct conflict-God permitting-against your will."

The report notes that one of the things which make ISIL so dangerous is the financial backing it receives from wealthy Sunnis in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. These oil-rich, Sunni dominated states consider the Shiite-led regimes a threat, including Iraq, Iran, and the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The organization has also managed to steal millions of dollars, including hundreds of millions in the robbery of a bank in Mosul, Iraq, which made ISIL the wealthiest terrorist organization in the world. ISIL also coerces money from businesses in the cities it conquers, including most of the Sunni-dominated cities in northern Iraq like Fallujah and Ramadi.

Currently ISIL seems unstoppable in Iraq. The Shiite-dominated government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki has been powerless to stop the advance. Iraqi army units have constantly fled in the face of numerically inferior ISIL fighters, and have remained on the defensive since the fighting began in early 2014.

"[ISIL's] attempts to assert control over the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq's Al Anbar province, and its June 2014 offensive in northern Iraq underscored the group's lethality and ability to conduct combat operations and manage partnerships with local groups in multiple areas over large geographic distances," the report stated.

Retired U.S. army officer and military analysts Robert Maginnis made an even darker analysis of the situation.

"It already has many hundreds of jihadists with Western nation passports," he said. "Those battle-proven jihadists will eventually return to their Western homelands to carry on the jihad using the violent ways learned in Syria and Iraq. And now that [ISIL] controls a giant swath of the Middle East, the Western jihadists have a training platform, financing and a cheer-leading state sponsor."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Middle East

St. Nicholas protects 30-day-old baby discovered beneath rubble of building Watch

Image of Rescuers save a 30-day-old baby from beneath the rubble of a building (Exclusivepix Media).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed over 3,800 innocent civilians but one little girl was dramatically rescued from beneath a would-be cement grave of rubble. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Volunteers have been sifting through debris to save who they could ... continue reading


Jerusalem bishop's insights on peacemaking in the Holy Land Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent environment in the land of the Prince of Peace. He graciously sent ... continue reading


ISIS prepares to trigger APOCALYPSE in FINAL BATTLE against U.S. troops Watch

Image of ISIS prepares for final battle.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An ancient prophecy predicted an end-all battle meant to evoke the end of the world - and ISIS is preparing to trigger it. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the extremists' perversion of the Koran, Dabiq will be the site of a "major apocalyptic showdown ... continue reading


India has one of the biggest armies, but doesn't use it -- Why? Watch

Image of India's military has been ordered to take a more diplomatic approach.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Neighboring war torn countries have engaged in three wars since 1947 - but while one attacks relentlessly, the other maintains diplomatic restraint. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pakistan soldiers raided an Indian army base in Kashmir, killing 18 Indian ... continue reading


US President makes touching tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres Watch

Image of Obama offers touching tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres (EPA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, former Israeli prime minister and president, passed away Tuesday at 93-years-old. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - He suffered a stroke, which left him unconscious and reliant on a breathing tube.His condition worsened over ... continue reading


Angelic, blonde child featured as child executioner in terrifying new ISIS video (WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT) Watch

Image of ISIS has a new executioner.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A new propaganda video features a young blonde boy executing a prisoner in Iraq. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 15-minute video, like so many before it, has been deeply edited to give multiple angles as prisoners are beheaded, features footage of bombs ... continue reading


Is THIS the actual tomb of Christ's FAMILY? Watch

Image of The Talpiot Tomb was discovered in east Jerusalem in 1980.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A geologist claims to have new proof that a controversial discovery in Jerusalem is linked to Jesus Christ. The controversy surrounds Talpiot Tomb, which was discovered in 1980 with nine boxes alleged to belong to people closely associated with Jesus. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


'That is the love of God in Christ:' Humanitarian group feeds ISIS MEMBERS outside Fallujah Watch

Image of Christians, Muslims and non-believers join together to offer food and water to ISIS militants (Preemptive Love).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In what is arguably the most righteous act any Christian can ever bestow upon another person, one organization has decided to help survivors of the Syrian Civil war and ISIS devastation - including confirmed militants. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christian ... continue reading


Why is Tom Cruise featured in ISIS' in 'worst ever video'? (WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES) Watch

Image of Tom Cruise shown in ISIS video.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A bizarre video released by the Islamic State features Muslim celebrations for their holy festival Eid al-Adha. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The shocking footage featured clips from Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.The camera focuses on horrific ... continue reading


'The U.S. government was pretty much blind' - How 9/11 impacted Iraqi Christians Watch

Image of Iraqi Christians need help.

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

On the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center terror attacks, we shouldn't overlook how Middle Eastern Christians have suffered from the unintended consequences of U.S. post-9/11 foreign policy, says one expert. Washington D.C. (Catholic Online) - "The U.S. ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
1 Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14
1 [For the choirmaster Of David Psalm] Yahweh, you examine me and know ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:13-16
13 'Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 30th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome
September 30: St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous ... Read More