October 11th, 2014
An infidel horde flying 80 banners meets a Muslim army at the Syrian town of Dabiq in an apocalyptic battle. The Muslims are decimated but ultimately prevail and conquer the world.
This ancient Sunni Muslim prophecy — mentioned in canonical accounts of the Prophet Mohammed’s sayings — has become a rallying cry for Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, especially since they seized Dabiq in August.
The town itself has negligible military value compared with the strategic Islamic State-controlled cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.
But as Islamic State jihadists come under a U.S.-led aerial onslaught to stop their advance, its importance as a symbol has become clear.
“It raises morale,” said Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institute. “It is fair to assume that the vast majority of (Islamic State) fighters believe in this type of talk.”
Among Islamic State supporters on social media, Dabiq has become a byword for a struggle against the West, with Washington and its allies bombing jihadists portrayed as modern-day Crusaders.
The Islamic State has even named its official magazine simply “Dabiq.”
“The lions of Islam have raised the banner of the Caliphate in Dabiq,” one Tunisian Islamic State supporter wrote recently on Twitter. “Now they await the arrival of the Crusader army.”
The prophecy has been passed down in different versions, but in all cases it features a great battle between a Muslim army and the forces of nonbelievers.
Recent weeks have seen Islamic State supporters interpreting a wide range of events as further evidence of its truth.
Some keep a close count of the U.S.-led coalition’s members — now at more than 60 countries — in anticipation of when the prophecy’s “80 banners” are reached.
Others have interpreted comments by top U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on the possible need for ground forces as a signal of the foretold battle, writing on Twitter using the hashtag “It is Dabiq, by God.”
The foretold ‘caliphate’
One Islamic State supporter wrote on Twitter: “When you despair of your air power, you will find us waiting in Dabiq.”
Some versions of the prophecy mention the Muslim army moving on after the great battle to take Constantinople, the former capital of the Christian Byzantines, now named Istanbul.
When Turkey decided last week to join the fight against the jihadists, that too was greeted as an omen by some Islamic State supporters.
Prophecy has played a role in the movement’s ideology since its early days as al-Qaoda in Iraq under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Before Zarqawi was killed in Iraq in a U.S. airstrike in 2006 — and long before his movement evolved into the Islamic State group — he was already referring to the epic battle in Dabiq. “The spark has been ignited in Iraq, and its flames will grow until they burn the Crusader armies in Dabiq,” he once said.
When the Islamic State group earlier this year seized large parts of Iraq and proclaimed its current leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as “caliph,” it again turned to prophecy to rally supporters to its cause.
One of Mohammed’s prophecies is of the rise of a “caliphate on the path of the prophet.” Shortly before the proclamation, Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani pledged that “God’s promise” was imminent.
Some Islamic State supporters on social media have rallied behind Baghdadi as the foretold caliph but have been more circumspect regarding the advent of the battle in Dabiq.
“God knows, maybe. The hadith (prophetic saying) says they will fight you under 80 banners. At the moment there’s 60 banners I think,” said a British Islamic State fighter in Syria in a private message to AFP on Twitter.
“It could happen now; it could happen in the future,” said Anjem Choudary, a radical British Islamist preacher who has expressed support for the Islamic State. “I don’t think any Muslim strives to bring it about,” he said of the battle in Dabiq.
Yet some Islamic State supporters are convinced the destined battle is near.
“Dabiq will happen for certain. The U.S. and its allies will descend on Syria once they see that the air campaign has failed. That is a promise by God and his Messenger,” wrote one on Twitter.
October 11th, 2014
According to noted Luciferian Albert Pike's uncanny predictions, WW3 will be fought between Islamists and political Zionists (Comprised of Modern day Christians and Jews)
Tonight, on the political news show Hannity, Bob Beckel put forth the question many of us were waiting for " Why is it that the US has to be the one that wipes out Islamic Extremism?" (Paraphrased)
So, Beckel has just unwittingly laid out the exact prophecy we have watched rather quickly, unfolding before our very eyes.
Now, we have a story from Russia which should chill everyone.
An ISIS commander, in a conversation related by his father, promised that ISIS has plans to invade Russia.....
In a telephone conversation with his father, an Islamic State (IS) commander, Tarkhan Batirashvili, also known as Omar al-Shishani or Omar the Chechen, stated that the militant group plans to invade Russia, Bloomberg reported.
"He said "don't worry dad, I'll come home and show the Russians,'" Bloomberg quoted Temur Batirashvili, the father of the IS commander, as saying Thursday.
"I have many thousands following me now and I'll get more. We'll have our revenge against Russia," Omar the Chechen told his father, according to Bloomberg.
In September, the IS issued a video threatening to include Chechnya into its self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate.
In late September, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram account that Russia had enough power and the means to stop terrorists from crossing its borders. "Taking all responsibility, I declare that those who have voiced a threat against Russia or who have mentioned the name of our President Vladimir Putin will be destroyed right where they made their statement. We will not wait for them to get behind the steering wheel of a plane. They will go where his fellow terrorists are rotting," Kadyrov wrote.
Several hundred individuals from the United States and Canada, as well as about 500 Britons are believed to be fighting for the IS. There are also militants from other countries among IS fighters.
The IS, a sectarian Sunni Muslim militia, is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the areas under its control. Its rapid advance in northern Iraq triggered a response from Washington, which launched airstrikes against the insurgents fighting on the Iraqi soil in August. The military campaign was subsequently extended to Syria, with an international coalition set up to defeat the extremists.
According to the US State Department, the coalition currently comprises more than 60 countries, including Arab League members and a number of European countries.
Related News from RIA Novosti)
October 10th, 2014
CNN / By Jim Acosta, Senior White House Correspondent
CR NOTE: ALSO read...no, no...really, nevermind, DON'T read...Gwyneth Paltrow's OMG...you're so handsome I can't speak...BLAHHHHH...REALLY?!?!?!
Washington (CNN) -- At pricey fundraisers -- where there's plenty of freedom to offer an unvarnished view of the world away from the cameras -- President Barack Obama is sounding increasingly pessimistic about his party's chances in the midterm elections.
At a Thursday fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Obama complained Democrats have a "congenital disease" during midterm cycles, repeating a diagnosis he has used before. "We get depressed too easily," Obama joked. "We're terrible at paying attention to midterm elections," he continued.
The gloomy mood is understandable. Former top Cabinet secretaries, and even Jimmy Carter, are hammering his policies. Key Democratic candidates are avoiding him, and in at least one case, unwilling to say if she voted for him.
Next month's elections loom at a moment of great hand-wringing for the president's party. Understanding full well Obama's unpopularity is a drag on some Democrats in tight congressional races, White House officials are signaling to party leaders and campaign managers alike there will be no consequences should they run away from the president in order to win.
Obama has yet to acknowledge his own weak standing with the public at any of his political events. Instead, the president appears to blame what he describes as obstructionist Republicans and a polarized, vapid news media.
"We live in such a cynical time, partly because of how the media is now structured," Obama said at Paltrow's home. "We only listen to folks who feed our biases and our inclinations. And bad news tends to attract the most attention," he added.
At an earlier event in the day, Obama used stark language to label House Republican refusals to pass immigration reform "suicide."
The president seemed to retool at least part of his midterm pitch, after declaring his policies are "on the ballot" in November, a line that his former strategist David Axelrod called a mistake. In Hollywood, there was a re-write to that declaration.
"My name is not on the ballot," Obama said in Los Angeles. "But our values and our ideals... are at stake," he added, avoiding any reference to his "policies."
Democratic candidates in critical races across the country are scrambling to distance themselves from both Obama and his policies, especially in the south where the president remains deeply unpopular.
In Kentucky, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to answer whether she had ever voted for Obama during an appearance before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board Thursday.
"You know, this election isn't about the president," Grimes said. "I was actually, in '08, a delegate for Hillary Clinton," she added.
As he starts his own midterm push, the president is sticking to friendlier turf. In California, he made an unannounced stop at the campaign office of Democratic congressional candidate Ted Lieu, a state senator running for the seat vacated by outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman (D) California.
"California is right at the heart of the battle for control of the House," Obama said to volunteers at Lieu's call center. "Because of just the day-to-day work you're doing, making phone calls, making sure our voters turn out, answering people's questions about what the issues are, it makes a difference -- that's how I was able to get elected."
White House officials reject the notion that the president's mood is grim. Obama's message at upcoming public campaign events will likely differ in tone and substance from remarks he makes at fundraisers, another official added.
Obama will campaign with Connecticut governor Dan Malloy on October 15, White House officials announced Thursday. Obama's advisers argue the president still has the ability to excite base Democratic party supporters who were instrumental to his two successful runs for the White House. Steering clear of Obama, they argue, is also a gamble.
"We're not bringing him in to suppress voter turnout, if that's what you're asking," Malloy quipped to the Connecticut Post.
As soon as the president steps onto the stage in Connecticut, the president's rhetoric will be placed under a microscope.
"Not a great way to go out of office, angry and blaming the system," former presidential adviser and CNN political analyst David Gergen said. "My sense of it is he's on an emotional roller coaster," Gergen added.
Once the midterms are over, Gergen suggested a reshuffling of top White House staff to buoy the president's prospects for his final years in office.
"If he shook it up a little bit, that would help," Gergen said.
October 10th, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS Houston/AP) — An Oklahoma City hospital is reportedly treating a patient exhibiting possible Ebola symptoms.
KOKH-TV reports that Deaconess Hospital has isolated the patient after arriving to the hospital Thursday night. The Oklahoma State Health Department tells KOKH that the patient’s landlord was recently in West Africa.
A hospital spokesperson states that it is not yet a confirmed case of Ebola and that they are acting with caution while following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..
This Ebola scare comes as airline passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will face temperature checks using no-touch thermometers and other screening measures at five U.S. airports, starting with New York’s Kennedy International on Saturday. The measures, aimed at identifying sickly passengers from countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak, will expand over the next week to Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airports.
Though airline passengers may find it intrusive to have their temperature taken or directed against their wishes to seek medical care, the government has wide power when it comes to public health and border control, experts say, including quarantine and isolation. Courts would likely defer to the judgment of public health professionals in the event someone sued over what they saw as an intrusion of civil liberties.
“You are subject to an entrance screening per the laws of the land,” said Rebecca Katz, an associate professor of public health policy at George Washington University. “You can choose not to be screened, but then you don’t get to come into the country.”
The CDC cite as legal authority the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, under which the government regulates trade with foreign countries. Separately, the 1944 Public Health Service Act also allows the federal government to take action to prevent communicable diseases from spreading into the country or between states.
A U.S. citizen who presents a heightened risk of disease upon arrival at the United States has a legal right to re-enter the country and be safely quarantined, said Lawrence Gostin, a public health law expert at Georgetown University. That same guarantee would not apply to non-U.S. citizens, but as a practical matter, giving them immediate treatment might be safer than putting them on a plane back home.
The list of diseases for which quarantine is authorized by law includes cholera, smallpox, plague and viral hemorrhagic fever, which includes Ebola. It can be extended to include other illnesses, as has occurred in the past decade with presidential executive orders authorizing quarantines to deal with outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, and later, bird flu.
The CDC has said it issues a few isolation orders a year — which separates sick people from those who aren’t ill — and usually for individuals arriving from other countries with infectious tuberculosis. A federal quarantine, which separates people exposed to a communicable disease but who aren’t showing symptoms, is very rarely used.
October 10th, 2014
WELDON SPRING, Mo) A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.
Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007 and soon afterward started seeing brown recluse spiders everywhere, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . Once when showering, Susan Trost dodged a spider as it fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain.
She told St. Louis television station KMOV-TV in 2012 the spiders "started bleeding out of the walls," and at least two pest control companies were unable to eradicate the infestation.
The couple filed a claim in 2008 with their insurance company, State Farm, and a lawsuit against the home's previous owners for not disclosing the brown recluse problem.
At a civil trial in St. Charles County in October 2011, University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge — considered one of the nation's leading brown recluse researchers — estimated there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in the home. Making matters worse, he said, those calculations were made in the winter when the spiders are least active.
The jury awarded the couple slightly more than $472,000, but the former owners declared bankruptcy, the insurance company still didn't pay anything and the couple moved out two years ago.
The home, now owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, was covered with nine tarps this week and workers filled it with a gas that permeated the walls to kill the spiders and their eggs.
"There'll be nothing alive in there after this," said Tim McCarthy, president of the company hired to fix the problem once and for all.