The ISIS threat and what it means for Georgia...
04 September, 2014
The ISIS threat and what it means for Georgia...
“Any formation or territory that will not be loyal to the ‘Islamic State’ will be considered as our legitimate target,” - Statement from the terrorist organization “ISIS,” 2014

“Dear Joseph (FIFA President)

…Now, as Islamic Caliphate State exists, I declare to you that the World Championship 2022 will not be held in Qatar, because by then Qatar will have already become part of “Islamic Caliphate.” That is why
I propose to you to substitute some other country for Qatar, otherwise I would like to let you know that the “Islamic State owns a ‘SKAD’ ballistic rocket, which, as Americans are already aware, can reach all the way to Qatar.” (From the statement of ISIS, August 2014).

When the images of the execution of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were spread across the media, the world was shell-shocked. One of the fiercest and most powerful terroristic organizations “Islamic Caliphate” stands behind the journalists’ execution. Before that, they became known by mass killings of the civilian population in the Syrian war…
Nobody knows how ISIS managed to become the number one threat for the world in such a short time. Few even know who the black flag fighters are and how they ended up on Near East soil...
The aim of the Sunni organization ISIS is to establish a theocratic state, which should unite Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and peripheral territories of Palestine. By its radicalism and fierceness ISIS even surpasses Al-Qaeda. Under the black flags of Islamic State stand 15,000 armed Mojaheds… ISIS owns a unique secret execution service which is headed by former colonel of Sadam Hussein’s army. The secret execution service mainly works on liquidating dissidents, deserters, local leaders and those in general who stand in the way of ISIS’s activities…
On 30 May, 2014, the population of Raqqah province north of Syria witnessed a massive military parade. Armed Mojaheds came out on the streets of the towns and villages of the province waving their black flags. It became known to the world right then and there that “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”(ISIS) announced the creation of “Islamic Caliphate”, the caliph(leader) of which was chosen Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi…
The real name of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is Ibrahim Awwad ibn Iragim Bou Badri bin Armushia. They say he is from the Qurashi tribe, which is one of the preconditions to becoming the leader of the Mojaheds. Abu Bakr considers himself a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He became the leader of ISIS in 2010 after Americans killed Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS… As it is known, he does not trust “emigrants,” people from foreign lands, and consequently the leadership of ISIS (8-13 men) consists only of Iraqis and all three members of ISIS council are experienced military men, former officers of Saddam Hussein’s army…
However, ISIS’s superiority for some time became threatened in Syria, in the form of the Jabkhat Al-Nusta Battalion, where along with the Mojaheds from various countries Georgians were fighting (Abu Omar Al-Shishani aka Tarkhan Batirashvili and Sayfullaq Al-Shishani aka Ruslan Machalikashvili).

ISIS, Syria and Georgian Leaders

When the war broke out in Syria, ISIS leadership specifically addressed the Iraqi fighters not to get involved in it, and that whoever would not listen, they would be pronounced as traitors… The organization thought that whoever would go to Syria, they would sooner or later betray it... However, they decided to create a non-Iraqi battalion in Syria that would be headed by a Syrian. “That’s how Jabhat Al-Nusra was created, whose leader became a certain Julan… The battalion gained popularity very quickly and it was rushed to from Jihadists from all sides, including Georgia. Soon ISIS leadership began to dislike the popularity of Julan and asked him to recognize Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as the highest authority. After discussing the issue with his circle, Julan notified ISIS that this was not in the interests of Syrian revolution. On top of that, jabhat Al-Nusra was recognized as a terrorist organization by U.S. and Julan became the most famous person in Syria. It was clear that ISIS faced a competitor in the form of Mojahed Battalion…
ISIS leadership sent Julan a severe warning requesting he dismantle the battalion, but this time too they received silence from the other end. After this event Abu-Baqr Al-Bagdadi was forced to go to Syria in person and meet with the leadership of the battalion. At the same time, there was a rift between Georgian leaders within the Battalion – Tarkhan Batirashvili blamed the known fanatic Ruslan Machalikashvili for severe mistreatment of local Christians… Meanwhile, the Battalion Jabhat Al-Nusra was divided into three parts, one part of it stayed loyal to Julan, including Sayfullaq Al-Shishani- Ruslan Machalikashvili, the second part joined under the flag of ISIS with the leadership of Abu Omar Al-Shishani-same as Tarkhan Batirashvili, and the third part kept neutral position.
It was by the leadership of Omar Al-Shishani, a Georgian from Pankisi that ISIS fighters took Mosul, Iraq’s richest city. The barbarity and cruelty committed by them was compared to living hell by the Arab world… While taking the city, the Mojaheds looted the local central bank, stealing 429 million dollars. Apart from this, ISIS boasts of generous sponsors in the form of oligarchs from Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. According to some data, ISIS is the richest terrorist organization. Its budget exceeds 2 billion dollars, which gives them the possibility to contemplate purchasing nuclear, chemical or other weapons of mass destruction. ISIS fighters are highest paid soldiers, their monthly remuneration equals USD 1500, plus bonuses after successful military operations can amount to USD 10,000. This is the reason why entering ISIS is every Mojahed’s dream. Aside from donations, ISIS controls oil fields in Syria and Iraq and sells black gold in Turkey and other countries for competitive prices.
The mass killings of military personnel and the civilian population in Syria and Iraq led the President of Egypt to declare that an Arab Alliance would be created to combat ISIS; however, his idea did not gain popularity. Furthermore, even though USA conducted several airstrikes on ISIS command locations, the organization did not suffer significant losses. Many European countries sounded an alarm because many citizens from European countries are within the ranks of ISIS, who are not limited in access across Europe and committing a terrorist attack or execution does not represent a hardship for them…
And while the world contemplates how to combat the “threat of Islamic Caliphate,” Abu Baqr Al – Bagdadi’s fighters are getting ready to take on Bagdad.

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