To listen to Barack Obama, the ISIS terrorist world-wide army is on the wane. But despite the best assertions and dulcet tones from the former community organizer, various headlines from around the globe tell a much different story.
According to Fox News on Apr. 14, 2016, Obama admitted while touring CIA headquarters that the effort against the Islamic jihadists have suffered a “few bad months.” However, he failed to mention the ISIS attack in Brussels, Belgium just three short weeks ago that killed or wounded over 300 men women and children.
But putting his best foot forward, the Chief Executive assured the American people that the terrorists are in fact on the defensive and that he intends to “keep that momentum.” To hammer the point home Obama emphasized, “Every day, ISIL leaders wake up and understand that it could be their last.”
However, such diverse news sites such as Time magazine, al-Arabiya/Agence France-Presse, and Judicial Watch have all reported on Apr. 14, 2016 that ISIS is very much on the move. As it turns out, not just in the Middle East.
As reported, the Moro insurgents in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao have announced that Sheik Mujahid Abu Abdullah al-Filipini has been appointed ISIS’s leader in the Philippines. While the ISIS franchise in the Philippines goes by the nom de guerre of Abu Sayyaf (Translation: Father of the Sword), they certainly have done all they can to live up to their rather sanguine war name.
Their latest in a long history of killing unarmed hostages is the beheading of two Filipino captives. As noted, the killers are currently holding 10 Indonesians, two Canadians and a Norwegian captive.
Meanwhile in the Middle East, ISIS militants have seized a string of opposition-held villages in northern Syria’s Aleppo province. Just the proverbial stone’s throw from the Turkish border, the region has seen a spike in both violence and ISIS victories “on several fronts in recent days.” As noted by AFP, “Fierce clashes are raging between rebels and ISIS after the jihadists secured an advance and seized control of six villages near the Turkish border.”
Closer to home, Judicial Watch is claiming that anonymous sources to include “a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector” have revealed that ISIS “has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as ‘Anapra’ situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.” Also brought to light was during the course of a south of the border joint operation last week between the Mexican Army and Mexican federal law enforcement officials, various documents in Arabic and Urdu (the language widely spoken in Pakistan and western India), as well as “plans” of the US Army’s sprawling Fort Bliss were discovered. Additionally, “Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.”