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Monday, July 06, 2015

Islamic State Resilience

"The significant air strikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq."
"This was one of the largest deliberate engagements we have conducted to date in Syria, and it will have debilitating effects on Daesh's ability to move [from Raqqa]."
Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Gilleran, U.S. airstrike coalition

Raqqa in Syria has been the headquarters of the Islamic caliphate for the past year. From Raqqa the Islamic State elite plan strategy and direct moves to confront and challenge for further conquest in the interests of enlarging their caliphate. Their actions are deliberate and they are tried-and-true, since they worked during the 7th Century for the Prophet Mohammad, who massed his troops and led charges against tribes unwilling to swear allegiance to Islam, until miraculously, they did, beaten into submission.

The latest wave of air strikes unleashed by the U.S.-led coalition warplanes is meant to demonstrate that these allies mean business. And to enable Kurdish forces to get on with their own challenges to ISIL. No fewer than 18 air strikes were carried out throughout Raqqa province. A number of Islamic State vehicles were destroyed and 16 bridges. Important Islamic State-controlled structures and transit routes in Syria also came under successful attack, according to Lieutenant-Col. Gilleran.

Islamic State took to Facebook to announce that women and children were killed and wounded in the airstrikes, along with the destruction of several bridges. That will certainly go far in influencing any vacillation on the part of would-be jihadists, to convince them once again that the West is out to destroy Islam, and the duty of all those of faith is to confront their enemies by joining Islamic State militias.

The ISIL Aamaq news agency featured a video purporting to document the shelling effects by a U.S. drone on Raqqa, showing several wounded men on stretchers and three young boys treated for wounds at a hospital. On the opposite end of the spectrum an anti-Islamic State activist network located in Raqqa reported eight civilians killed by coalition air strikes which included a 10-year-old.

Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered network stated that one air strike targeted a group of Islamic State fighters in the city centre while another aimed at an Islamic State checkpoint, and a third destroyed large portions of an Islamic State-held brick factory in the city. In the northeast city of Hassakeh, Islamic State suicide bombers detonated a truck close by a main power plant. The violence forcing tens of thousands of people to decamp.

Aerial view of amphitheatre, Palmyra
The Roman amphitheatre in Palmyra has been the scene of atrocities since the city was captured by Isis. Photograph: Christophe Charon/AFP/Getty Images
Islamic State has not been idle in the face of their long-range plans and the inconvenience to achieving their goals presented by the coalition bombing, however. A newly released video shows the amphitheatre in Palmyra put to use, as 25 Syrian military men who had been violently beaten were shown being simultaneously shot to death by teen-age boys acting for Islamic State, while a crowd of civilians were instructed that this was a theatrical event put on to privilege them in its entertainment value.

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