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ISIS oil infrastructure under United States fire


On September 6, 2012, Obama boasted at the Democratic National Convention that "al-Qaida is on the path to defeat".

U.S. and European officials have played down the suggestion that Islamic State has the technological capability to produce nerve gas or biological agents, pointing out that its mustard gas production thus far has been in small quantities and of low quality.

We know and bear in mind that there is also a risk of chemical or bacteriological weapons, Valls told parliament.

It speaks to the magnitude of the problems in the Middle East that we have three different people with three different worldviews and three different immediate political goals coming up with essentially the same plan to this latest terrorist threat - more or less, the status quo.

Then on Thursday, Obama did it again, telling ABC News, "I don't think 1/8 the Islamic State is 3/8 gaining strength" and promising "we have contained them".

More than 20 state governors want to close the doors to Syrians, citing fears that terrorists posing as refugees crossed into Europe to commit the Paris atrocity that killed at least 129 and wounded more than 350. "It's going to take time".

Numerous military experts have proposed that the United States stiffen the Iraqi forces attempting to retake the town of Ramadi, and Arabs and Kurds advancing toward the Islamic State capital of Raqqa, by deploying more Special Operations forces who could act as forward air controllers and advise on battlefield tactics. Even if he did, that is also wrong.

Q: I heard that ISIS hates the word "Daesh".

Mr Obama said most of differences among his political opponents on how to fight IS is about tone not tactics. Because the US apparently believed the real money for Islamic State came primarily via selling refined oil, rather than crude, last year's strikes heavily targeted refineries and storage depots, says Bahney. "It's focused intently on trying to create a caliphate now in Iraq".

MANILA - President Barack Obama moved to dent Russia's optimism that a deal is near with the USA and France to co-ordinate the fight against Islamic State. The practice is immensely helpful as it tells people what the organization does and what it stands for, and ISIS is pretty clear.

If ever a single sentence summed up a media mindset, it was when CNN's Jim Acosta, in language simply not used in White House news conferences, asked Obama today in Turkey: "Why can't we take out these bastards?" "It also might help the United States craft better policy". Because that may be where we are headed. The administration has said from the start that dealing a lasting defeat to IS will take years, that a pell-mell military approach will not work because IS is not a conventional army. To put that figure in perspective, al-Qaida spent about $500,000 to carry out the September 11, 2001, attacks.

It is still unknown if this recent crackdown on "dumping oil", or crude which dramatically lowers the price of oil in global markets - it certainly is an odd coincidence that the price of Brent and WTI began its tumble last fall, just when the Islamic State made its dramatic appearance on the world scene - will have an effect and cut off the primary source of funds to ISIS.


In the wake of the Paris attacks claimed by ISIS, France's prime minister Manuel Valls warned of the potential for an attack by chemical or biological weapons. (Think non-kosher or taboo when you hear haram.) a few Muslims refer to ISIS and followers as khawarij - people who have left Islam to pursue an extremist agenda, named after a historical secessionist movement. If he fails to do so, it is only a matter of time before the Islamic State follows through on its threats to bring the violence we just witnessed in Paris here to our shores.