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Contents: (summaries below)
  1. Kerry: Anti-Islamic State effort must 'begin to put real Islam out there', Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer
  2. Islam and the 'Killing of Innocents', gatestoneinstitute.org, Denis MacEoin
  3. House Gives Obama Authority to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels in Fight with the Islamic State, foreignpolicy.com, John Hudson , Shane Harris , Elias Groll
  4. Will Oil Make or Break the Islamic State?, Clarion Project, Ben Cohen, Gatestone Institute
  5. Australia commits SAS, F/A-18s, Wedgetail and more to anti-IS coalition, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, Julian Kerr
  6. UN's flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front, ap.org, Aron Heller
  7. Islamic State urges Muslims to attack Times Square with pipe bombs, Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer
  8. What Now for the United States?, mosaicmagazine.com, Michael Doran

Kerry: Anti-Islamic State effort must 'begin to put real Islam out there'
Robert Spencer

Jihad Watch, September 16, 2014

This will be interesting. The Islamic State preaches and practices the same Islam that the Saudis have been spending billions to spread throughout the world for decades. The idea that this vision of Islam is un-Islamic is an absurd politically correct fiction, unsupported by the Qur’an, Muhammad’s example, Islamic law, Islamic tradition, and Islamic history. Muslim countries that may join this effort against the Islamic State don’t have a different understanding of Islam, they just don’t fully implement Islamic law. They may join the coalition for pragmatic reasons: Egypt threw off its Islamic government last year and is still moving against the Muslim Brotherhood, and may see action against the Islamic State as a prudent move to neutralize Islamic supremacists at home, and rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey may want to take out a competitor for the caliphate — which is not to say that either is certain or even likely to join the coalition. The point is that if they do, they will not be able to offer “the real Islam” as an alternative to the Islamic State’s version, and will not do so.

Ironically, I found this in The Weekly Standard, where the article about Kerry’s remarks concludes: “Five years out from his Cairo speech and conflict bubbling up through the Middle East and the world, the reality on the ground may be far from what the president hoped or anticipated, but the rhetoric is unchanged: Islamic extremism is not real Islam. Given the rise of ISIL, the Boko Haram, and the continued tenacity of al Qaeda, President Obama may find this message to be an increasingly hard sell.” Maybe he will, although he seems good at ignoring reality. The funny thing is that for years, The Weekly Standard insisted that “Islamic extremism is not real Islam,” and resisted all discussion and debate about this issue. It is good to see reality breaking through even there....

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Islam and the 'Killing of Innocents'
Denis MacEoin

gatestoneinstitute.org, September 17, 2014

...British Islamist Anjem Choudary, for one, however, in a 2010 interview with CBN News flatly rejected such interpretations of Islam:

"You can't say that Islam is a religion of peace," he said, "Because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. So the Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam."

Choudary is right. Although the Arabic word for peace, salam and the word for submission (islam) come from the same three-consonant root, they have quite distinct meanings and come from different forms of the verb. No-one who knows Arabic could mistake one word for another.

Islam does not mean "peace." Islam means "submission." Its root, salam, means peace, but not in the Western sense of the word. It means the peace that will prevail in the world once mankind converts to Islam, although which branch of Islam is apparently still in dispute.[1]...

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House Gives Obama Authority to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels in Fight with the Islamic State
John Hudson , Shane Harris , Elias Groll

foreignpolicy.com, September 17, 2014

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In a crucial vote of support for the White House's declared war on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the House of Representatives voted to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the war-torn country.

The plan passed 273-156 despite concerns by House Democrats about a new U.S. military commitment in the Middle East and Republican concerns that the president's proposal is far too limited.

The administration's request was an amendment to a must-pass, stopgap measure to keep the government running through mid-December. Although the amendment had the early support of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., a number of lawmakers in both parties began defecting, prompting a last-minute push by party leaders to build support.

New York's Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said a range of top Democrats worked to the last minute to gather votes for the president's plan, which would train some 5,000 Syrian rebels in the first year at facilities in Saudi Arabia....

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Will Oil Make or Break the Islamic State?
Ben Cohen, Gatestone Institute

Clarion Project, September 18, 2014

America's failure to achieve energy independence over the last 30 years has resulted in exponential oil price increases that have hurt our nation. Trillions of dollars have left, and billions more continue to leave our economy to purchase oil from countries that seek our destruction, and to support madrassas [Islamic religious schools] that teach new Muslim generations how to hate -- and worse.

Now, with the self-proclaimed caliphate of the Islamic State [IS] having captured key oil wells in the Middle East this year, foreign oil has become an even more lethal financial weapon-of-choice for those seeking to destroy democracy and further escalate the War on Terror.

Recent reported developments: The Islamic State accelerated its rampage through northern Iraq at the beginning of the summer. Its terrorists quickly captured seven oil fields in the region with the capacity to produce 80,000 barrels of oil per day – assets worth, at international market prices, around $240 million per month....

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Australia commits SAS, F/A-18s, Wedgetail and more to anti-IS coalition
Julian Kerr

IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, September 14, 2014

Australian special forces, who have partnered with Afghan National Security Forces in the past to remove Taliban insurgents, will be participating in the effort to combat the Islamic State.
(Credit: Australian DoD)

Australia is pre-positioning combat aircraft and special forces in the Middle East ready to participate in the US-led effort in Iraq to degrade the Islamic State (IS).

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on 15 September that this followed a formal request for assistance from the US and the government of new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Adabi.

No decision had yet been made on sending the force into action, "but obviously that's something we have in contemplation," Abbott said.

The Australian contingent includes up to eight Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole fighters, a Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, and a KC-30A multirole tanker transport. They join a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy transport and a Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport used earlier to deliver supplies to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq....

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UN's flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front
Aron Heller

ap.org, September 18, 2014

CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) — For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights — providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.

But as Syria has plunged into civil war and the peacekeepers themselves have become targets of al-Qaida-linked rebels, the U.N. observer force has begun to fall apart, leaving its future — and the prospects for ever establishing peace in this rugged area of the Middle East — in doubt.

Since Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, a withdrawal from the strategic plateau was seen as the key to any peace agreement. But as Syria continues to disintegrate, the odds of Israel giving up the Golan — never a popular prospect among Israelis — appear to be dimming by the day.

The downfall of the international mission known as UNDOF is a vivid illustration of the uncertain situation across the border — and in the eyes of many Israelis, it underscores why they can never relinquish the Golan....

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Islamic State urges Muslims to attack Times Square with pipe bombs
Robert Spencer

Jihad Watch, September 16, 2014

To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets.” Why would they want to “create scenes of horror”? Could it have anything to do with the Qur’an’s command to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah (8:60)?

“ISIS supporters urged to attack Times Square with pipe bombs,” by Bruce Golding and Erin Calabrese, New York Post, September 16, 2014:

Supporters of the Islamic State terror group are being urged to attack Times Square and other popular American tourist attractions with easily assembled homemade bombs, according to a disturbing report Tuesday.

A message posted on an ISIS Web forum lists widely available ingredients needed to build a pipe bomb, and includes photos showing how to combine them into a deadly explosive device, Vocativ reported.

The Arabic-language message cites Times Square — the scene of a failed car-bomb attack in 2010 by al Qaeda sympathizer Faisal Shahzad — and the Las Vegas Strip as prime targets, but also suggests striking sites in Texas and mass-transit stations across the country.

The message is titled “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets,” and was written three weeks ago.

But it “resurfaced” on Saturday afternoon, around the same time ISIS released a video of the beheading of British aid worker David Haines on the same Web forum, according to Vocativ....

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What Now for the United States?
Michael Doran

mosaicmagazine.com, September 18, 2014

...Before anything else, American leaders need to repudiate, once and for all, what Abrams calls the “epicenter” theory: that is, the notion that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the central strategic question in the Middle East. While no American president has embraced this theory in any formal sense, almost every president since Jimmy Carter—and every secretary of state since Cyrus Vance—has taken it as axiomatic that to formulate a Middle East policy means initiating and presiding over a “peace process.” We can now see that peace in this sense—that is, an allegedly final agreement, however tenuous, sealed with a handshake on the White House lawn—will be unattainable for the remainder of the Obama administration and probably much, much longer.

More to the point, even if such an agreement were possible, its benefits to the United States would be much less significant than American leaders have tended to assume.

What explains the grip of the epicenter theory on the American imagination? There are many reasons for it, but one of the most important is also one of the simplest: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stirs up passions worldwide and attracts unparalleled attention from the global media. Presidents have unconsciously conflated this political heat with strategic significance. If a conflict generates this much electricity, it must have an explosive influence on the most profound questions of national and international order.

But it is not so. The core threats to American national security in the Middle East today are the rise of the Islamic State (IS), the advance of the Iranian nuclear program, and the spread of Iranian influence throughout the region. They are almost entirely disconnected from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If a peace agreement were signed today, the political landscape of the Middle East would remain more or less the same, and so would the most consequential challenges it poses to the United States....

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