The Islamic State’s temporary leader is a former Iraqi physics teacher located in the country’s second-biggest city, Mosul, the adviser to the Iraqi government on ISIS has revealed.
Yesterday, it was reported by the Guardian that the terror group’s caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was seriously wounded in a U.S. coalition airstrike in western Iraq in March, leaving him with injuries which allegedly rendered him incapable of carrying out the day-to-day duties as caliph. The revelation raised questions about the leadership structure of the group and reportedly led to frantic meetings between senior ISIS officials on life after Baghdadi.
Speaking to Newsweek, Dr Hisham al Hashimi, the Iraqi government adviser, confirmed that Abu Alaa Afri, the self-proclaimed caliph’s deputy and a former physics teacher, has now been installed as the stand-in leader of the terror group in Baghdadi’s absence.
2. Pat Condell: on the gullibility of the British electorate
(I believe one volcano eruption is roughly equal to all the human carbon output since before the industrial revolution showing once again that global warning from CO2 does bony happen)
5. Some heavy artillery
6. Where do they get this stuff
(Another Gomer Pyle moment for Obama. Not a single bookie lost money on this one)
Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama, wary of damaging relations with Turkey amid growing unrest in the Middle East, won’t use the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire to declare the brutal episode a genocide.
Despite Obama’s campaign promise in 2008 to “recognize the Armenian Genocide” as president, the White House on Tuesday issued a carefully worded statement on a high-level administration meeting with Armenian groups that avoided using the term “genocide.”
An administration official said Obama, who will mark the centennial this Friday, would similarly avoid using the word. The term angers Ankara, which denies that Ottoman Turks carried out a genocide.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed Wednesday his belief that 1.5 million Armenians were killed in a ‘Genocide’ nearly a century ago during the First World War. For decades, previous Canadian governments refused to call it ‘genocide’ for fear of upsetting Turkey, which is blamed for the massacre.
Thank you M., Wrath of Khan, Richard, ML., and so many more. More to come as well.