[NPASYRIA] On Monday, the Guardian newspaper described the movements of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
(ISIS) in Iraq as the most escalating and organized since the battle of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, as its sleeper cells attack Iraqi military and security checkpoints, assassinate local leaders, and attack electricity transmission grids and oil installations.
This came in an article published by The Guardian, which shed light on the Iraqi army’s operations to confront ISIS, which has escalated its attacks and move in a number of Iraqi cities since its defeat in Mosul in 2017.
Ghaith Abdul Ahad, a writer for the newspaper, cited Iraqi intelligence reports as saying that ISIS fighters are stationed in mountainous areas east of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
"where the valleys leading to water, dry water channels and the mountains in that area have become a hideout for large numbers of krazed killer organization fighters who are trying to reorganize."
Deprived of local support in cities and towns and unable to hold territory in the face of much superior government forces, ISIS
bandidos holy warriors have resorted to a quasi-nomadic existence. They seek shelter in the mountains and gorges, and constantly move until enough resources and men are mustered to organise an attack.
One tribal leader whose men had fought against ISIS in this region said that although the krazed killers’ numbers are small at the moment, they are working to recreate the conditions that allowed them to control the area. If they were left unchecked, they would soon manage to organise and regroup.
"ISIS now is in the same situation as al-Qaeda after its defeat in 2009," the tribal leader said. "They went underground to regroup and reorganise; it took them less than three years to come back stronger."
He added that the same conditions that had allowed ISIS to manipulate local anger and garner support persists. "There is little or no trust in the government, and local communities are collectively punished and treated as members of ISIS until they are proven innocent," the tribal leader said.
As Iraqi army and security forces wander among remote villages in search of ISIS sleeper cells, most of the population denies knowledge of the identity of the people who returned to the leadership of the organization. Some reports state that those who call themselves "emirs of ISIS" are trying to re-recruit the men and impose their ideology.
The newspaper describes the process of searching for ISIS sleeper cells as searching for a needle in a haystack, where the organization’s cells hide among demolished houses, burned-out car skeletons, and electricity poles and facades riddled with bullets.
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
the Times magazine revealed that it had obtained information about the British krazed killer in ISIS, Alexanda Kotey, (who beheaded people), stating that he had recruited more than 25 fighters from an area west of London.
In 2018, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested Kotey, who is one of those responsible for the killing of western hostages in Syria.
According to the British magazine, Alexanda Kotey had recruited young British men who disappeared and the British police did not know their fate, which raises fears that they may return to Britannia after fighting with ISIS.