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Forget Zero Dark Thirty; ISIS Launches "The Clanging Of Swords" Propaganda Movie

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Aerial shots, slow-motion explosions, scenes filmed through a rifle’s crosshairs... As France24 reports, you might think this is footage from a new summer blockbuster, but you would be wrong. It is, in fact, a new propaganda video produced by Sunni jihadists from the armed group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The extremely violent hour-long film was published online just days before ISIS launched a massive offensive in northern Iraq. The film is called “The Clanging of the Swords IV" because it is part of a series much like other Hollywood blockbusters. Given their funding (via stealing Iraq's central bank's cash), and we pre-suppose from the ISIS annual report that they get generous tax breaks on the production, we await "The Clanging of the Swords V" next summer.

 

Via France24,

The film is called “The Clanging of the Swords IV”. The Roman numeral is there because, much like with Hollywood blockbusters, the film is part of a series. This one was first published on Internet forums heavily frequented by ISIS members, and was then reposted on the group’s official Twitter account on May 17, 2014.
 
The opening sequence pans in on a map of the fictitious geographic zone that the ISIS fighters call the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”, which encompasses Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Iraq. This is followed by footage from a drone flying over Fallujah, an Iraqi city that ISIS has controlled since early 2014. Then, a rocket launch is heard, as if to mark the start of the “action”. (The full-length, original video can be viewed here).

A message for the Iraqi army

The three videos that came before “The Clanging of the Swords IV” primarily consisted of footage filmed by ISIS during its fighting in Syria. However, on May 17, the organisation aired this action-oriented montage of scenes filmed in Iraq, which includes real footage of, for instance, official Iraqi vehicles being machine-gunned full of holes, the execution of Iraqi soldiers and the destruction of tanks. This footage came as a warning, three weeks before the start of the ISIS offensive on the cities of Mosul, Tikrit, and Kirkuk.

On an Iraqi road, fighters shoot at vehicles that Iraqi officials are allegedly riding in.
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The film, which includes many graphic images, has been taken off YouTube multiple times, but is each time uploaded anew by different users. It is hard to say how often it has been viewed and whether it has impacted the morale of Iraqi soldiers. Some Twitter online commenters predicted that “this video will cause 10 to 15% of [Iraqi] soldiers to desert.” And indeed, many Iraqi soldiers did not fight back when the jihadists arrived, opting instead to take off their uniforms and disappear into the crowds of fleeing civilians – even though in northern Iraq, soldiers outnumbered jihadists ten to one.

A tank explodes on a mine, as ISIS fighters cheer.

 

When reality looks like fiction

In this video, ISIS fighters shy away from the face-to-camera statements normally made by jihadist groups, instead focusing on action and combat. A CNN journalist even noticed similarities between certain parts of the montage and scenes from the US film “Zero Dark Thirty” on the search for Osama Bin Laden.
 

Even though the production style is reminiscent of Hollywood blockbusters, ISIS insists that everything depicted is real. To this end, the names of fighters appear on the screen when they come into view, as well as the names of fighters who died in combat. In the same way, the film points out the locations of much of the footage.
 
The cruelty of ISIS’s execution scenarios are chilling. At the 38 minute mark, men accused of having worked for the United States are filmed digging their own graves.
 

 

ISIS and Sunni civilians

By selecting these particular pieces of footage, ISIS aims to show that they are primarily attacking officers of the Iraqi army and those who collaborated with the United States or with the Iraqi government, which is controlled by the country’s Shiite majority. At the 27 minute mark, ISIS soldiers, dressed up in Iraqi army uniforms, film themselves standing at a fake army roadblock they’ve set up on a road in Iraq. The passenger of one cars, who believes he is addressing soldiers, informs them that he is a high-level Iraqi bureaucrat. He is promptly executed.

By focusing their propaganda on these targets, ISIS is letting Sunni civilians in northern Iraq know that they will be spared by the fighting. It is crucial for the jihadists to convince the residents of Sunni cities not to flee, because having them around allows the jihadists to conceal themselves behind a veritable human shield. However, these videos do not mention the fate that could befall civilians in the region’s Shiite areas.

Following an astounding advance in the Sunni north, columns of ISIS fighters are allegedly less than 100 km away from Baghdad. This jihadist group, which is about ten thousand strong, aims to create a huge Sunni caliphate in the region.


An ISIS operation by ngiht.

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It seems The US State Department has been made redundant since ISIS provides its own YouTube evidence of horrific violence.
Forgiven the somewhat comedic angle to this but it is simply incredible to us that this is occurring and markets everywhere are just ignoring it.

 

 

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:40 | 4887118 StacksOnStacks
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Not the "clanging of swords" I was expecting.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:47 | 4887136 hedgeless_horseman
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it is simply incredible to us that this is occurring and markets everywhere are just ignoring it.

Normalcy Bias.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:54 | 4887155 gh0atrider
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So does anyone find it interesting how "ISIS" has as much time to produce videos and Twitter feeds as they do launch asymmetric warfare?  Plus the fact their "execution" photos have been digitally altered?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:04 | 4887182 SpanishGoop
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Just using the "beheaded" filter in Photoshop.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:05 | 4887191 gh0atrider
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Can you do my camel in sepia (and take out the blue screen)?  It looks better with the AK...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:18 | 4887222 SafelyGraze
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weird thing is -- the storyboards for this movie were on the hallway walls a year ago at the DC studio

some guy in a grey suit was pitching the plot line to a bunch of people wearing black suits

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:37 | 4887255 0b1knob
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< Le choc des e'pe'es.

< Le merde frappe le ventilateur.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:32 | 4887436 max2205
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Man, don't cross dicks, I mean swords, I mean beams. Never cross beams, ok?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:53 | 4887514 CheapBastard
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<< “this video will cause 10 to 15% of [Iraqi] soldiers to desert"...30% to pee in their pants ... and 99% to have PTSD before they even fire a gun .... >>

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 20:23 | 4887652 Buck Johnson
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It's because there is major money backing these guys and the Sunni's are backing their brethren also along with Saudi Arabia.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:56 | 4887163 kito
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hedgeless are you now saying there are "markets"?

 

and perhaps you have "non stories that are blown into zh headlines" bias? the middle east has been a festering violent sectarian hellhole longer than there have been markets. why is this new? or why is this news? 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:42 | 4887274 thamnosma
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You're an idiot if you don't think this is news.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:45 | 4888385 what's that smell
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a terrorist organization that publishes a 400 page annual report and releases a blockbuster movie just in time for their summer offensive?

really? really? really?

the sheer stupidity is colossal.

what's next? a new york times editorial jihad against global warming, obamacare, gun control, and apple pie?

gargantuan idiocy beyond our wildest dreams.

 

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 04:26 | 4888483 StychoKiller
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Eat yer heart out, CNN!

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:50 | 4887143 CrashisOptimistic
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There is talk of ISIS having oil wells in syria and are selling around sanctions.  That's where the funding comes from, long before any banks were taken.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:15 | 4887214 crazzziecanuck
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I suspect sympathetic sleazy Saudi sociopaths more.

Sometimes I wish I could be wrong because often I feel like I'm ganging up on them.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:31 | 4887237 Canadian Dirtlump
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Their funding comes from primarily gulf state private donors. Isis does have a stronghold in Raqqa in Syria and they do indeed get some funds for it but The oil is crudely extracted and more than a few times tankers have been incinerated by the noble SAF. So it is not efficient, dangerous and an environmental nightmare.  They ( as well as the others ) resort to banditry, kidnapping, wildcat checkpoints - essentially organized crime. Their production is a pittance of what it was and some areas have just shut down because of damage being done to arable land and animals. That being the case, bastard dress wearing bronze age assholes in the gulf states are where the primary cash comes from and incidentally the saudi funded learning centers and mosques all over the world is how the ideology is spread.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:43 | 4888071 tony wilson
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Their funding comes from primarily gulf state private donors.

nice name canuck shit lump.

funding is the jewish royal hous of saud,qatar,us tax payers and helmand heroin monies.

this is a french,british,cia and mossad run operation training in centcom jordan incirlik turkey not private you fucking tool total government.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 02:25 | 4888414 Renewable Life
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Are you people being serious?? These fucking guys are taking over cities, blitzkrieg style! 5 million people in the 4 cities they "captured" last week, they are looting the banks, police stations, government buildings, and fucking individual homes of rich and prominent citizens in those areas!!

The number I read was they stole 450 million USD and other currencies in the first 5 days they were in Mosul! That doesn't count the billions in military equipment, which in that part of the world, is more valuable then gold, silver, or oil!! American taxpayers dumped 3 trillion in equipment and cash into that shithole in the last 12 years to "passify" it! The British another 1 trillion, you think these bitchez are gonna have funding problems with that floating around???

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 20:25 | 4887186 JuliaS
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The state department is to release an official response titled: "Swooshing of golf clubs V".

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:35 | 4887248 rubiconsolutions
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A lot of boys have sword fights. They just don't release full length feature films of the goings on.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:23 | 4887406 firstdivision
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When is McCain heading over for his photo-op with them?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 20:14 | 4887621 Squid Viscous
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at least this one is non-fiction, zero-dark-thirty not so much...

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:59 | 4888580 PaperWillBurn
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Is it "man love thursday" already

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:42 | 4887122 Stoploss
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My balls clang when i walk..

Does that count?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:46 | 4887132 Quinvarius
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That is how they will find you.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:30 | 4887866 Stoploss
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That's the plan.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:55 | 4887158 gh0atrider
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gh0atrider's balls are virtually empty.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:58 | 4887166 813kml
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Your BitBalls are as virtual as BTC.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:02 | 4887177 gh0atrider
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....it only takes one spermtoshi to reach the queen.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:49 | 4887133 IridiumRebel
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Meh....we get propaganda every freakin night on the Alphabet Nets. I doubt they can outdo the slobbering and cajoling over Dear Leader like MSDNC and the like...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:46 | 4887135 Rainman
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I have every confidence Oblameo's force of 300 advisors will straighten this mess out. 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:52 | 4887145 kowalli
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mission accomplished

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:53 | 4887147 SpanishGoop
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Trained by the CIA or Steven Spielberg ?

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:56 | 4887159 ENTP
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CIA trained them, Spielberg shot the footage of them in action.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:18 | 4887221 knukles
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Where's Stanley Kubrick when we need him?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:50 | 4887303 22winmag
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Kubrick's faking of the moon landings would be hard to beat.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:52 | 4887311 Piranhanoia
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These guys have studios just as big and well funded as hollywood.  They can make anything with green screen.   The chemical weapons plant could have been CG, Everything could be fake.   As we know it that is.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:56 | 4887162 813kml
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Don't let George Lucas put his hands on the sequel, his dialog would suck even more in Arabic.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:04 | 4887180 ENTP
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You saying lines such as "I don't like sand, its rough and course and it gets everywhere"......aren't perfect for Clanging of the Swords - Episode V:  The Shiite Strike Back 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:58 | 4887165 kowalli
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both - its new type of war of 21 century- small wars with high numbers of video records

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:01 | 4887172 SpanishGoop
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Soon in a theatre near you "Small Wars - the return of mohammed".

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:54 | 4887148 ebworthen
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A Sunni Islamic state, not an Islamic state.

That would be like saying a Christian state in Ireland without specifying Catholic or Protestant.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:53 | 4887152 nmewn
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"What difference does it make!"

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:53 | 4887153 NOTaREALmerican
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Is there a sequel planned?    I'm thinkin Bruce Willis is called out of retirement in order to kill Sheik Urbooty.   Have your people call my people.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:56 | 4887161 SpanishGoop
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Soon to be followed by crowdfunding and popup adds on fartbook.

 

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:57 | 4887164 JuliaS
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"The Nobel Peace Prize must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of democratically elected leaders."

- Thomas Hussein Jefferson

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:01 | 4887171 navy62802
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Multi-cam uniforms, lasers on their rifles and night vision. This has a distinctly different feel than the ragtag insurgency that the American military faced in Iraq previously. These guys are well-equipped, thanks to the US government.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:11 | 4887184 Iocosus
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Million dollar question: where are they receiving their financing from?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:16 | 4887219 crazzziecanuck
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HSBC?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:50 | 4888091 tony wilson
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the bbc said isis are the richest most bad ass terror group in the world today.

billions of dollars amazing experience and logistics they are on a roll.

why are they hangin around spent iraq full of depleted uranium dust.

 

why are they not liberating israel or jordan,qatar or saudi arabia un broken countries full of fresh uncontaminated meat.

seems kind of weird yes no.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:11 | 4887207 BruntFCA
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Welcome to last week? This vid was posted all over youtube/liveleak last week.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:55 | 4887258 sunaJ
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Yeah, the full-length 1.02 hr video has been removed from this ZH post, but I watched the whole thing about a week ago and it bears witnessing.  It was brutal to watch, but interesting to see what light they send out for the moths they wish to attract.  Here is the full length:

 

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=efe_1403037495

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:41 | 4887465 thamnosma
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That was a tough hour, but I sure as shit learned something.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:22 | 4888155 Rootin' for Putin
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agreed. dont think i want to watch any others in the series.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:17 | 4887220 are we there yet
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I'm starting to think that all islam is a bat crazy cult that should be handeled by the CDC as a disease of mental health.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:36 | 4887249 Reptil
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CNN has found the heir to Osama Bin Laden
hahaha
so obvious! unimaginative even.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYXXcwuJtbQ

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:40 | 4887260 One And Only
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Holy shit. Look at them, it's like we armed them. Wearing all American gear.

lol.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:44 | 4887283 orangegeek
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Middle east herd thinning.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:45 | 4887285 thamnosma
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Unleashing the dogs of war doesn't always go as planned, does it Barry?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:05 | 4887321 22winmag
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Finally, a story with some credibiility. Nobody was "captured and killed" and then buried at sea.

 

Working link please?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:07 | 4887357 SameAsItEverWas
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Go Team!

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:36 | 4887448 rosiescenario
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"The extremely violent hour-long film..."

 

Pleez....obviously the writer has not gone to the movies during the past decade or two....Quentin could give these ISIS film wannabe's some real direction....

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 20:02 | 4887568 reTARD
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They haven't quite called themselves "a global force for good" just yet. Give them some more time.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 20:17 | 4887631 molyneux
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Haven't Seen this posted here yet. Seems like everthing is progressing as planned.

Http://www.globalresearch.ca/plans-for-redrawing-the-middle-east-the-pro...

And some russian commentary...

http://russiancouncil.ru/en/inner/?id_4=449#top

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 20:56 | 4887751 Itch
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Religion of peace. 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 21:07 | 4887788 bonin006
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It was already gone from youtube. I found it here:

http://justpaste.it/fs6c

- it is pretty gruesome

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:38 | 4888060 tony wilson
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hollywood is full of jews am i right or am i right.

the news and tv is full of jews am i right or not.

 

if all you got was israeli news and israeli movies made by arabs you may get a slightly slanted view.

so why should we except the arab news made by jews.

i do not need to watch those clips above too know they are 100% kosher.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 04:42 | 4888493 BruntFCA
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It's very real, but also very Kosher. If you read the Global Research article above, it points out that the Ralph Peters map was discussed in 2006 in Tel Aviv by Condoleeza Rice.

Also, the amount of "positive" coverage ISIS are getting is insane, compare it to say Ukraine...

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 03:41 | 4888443 Jjake
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I remember watching Iraq war news segments. One time there was a victory arch shown in baghdad with two swords clanging. Upon some Google reasearch the arch was  slightly destroyed. However, four years ago the arch was, "restored quietly by authorities" (Seattle times) (A possible connection to the fourth movie). Reading more about the arches I discovered an Iraqi stating the arches were a symbol of " The baathist experience". According to wiki the baathists were the leading party from 1963 to the death of Sadam. The baathists in Iraq were only half of a larger party. The other half existing in Syria, originating in the 60's. The baathists in Syria currently hold about One half of the parliament. Talk about an "islamic state in Iraw and Iran". It makes sence now how Isis found the chemical weapons stash so fast. They probably knew exactly where it was. Does this mean that Isis "authorities" were already in Iraqi government before the takeover?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:13 | 4888593 Last of the Mid...
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Let 'em bleed. When they're done  we'll find them all living in caves and offer them something shiny for their oil. Works for me.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:55 | 4888633 AdvancingTime
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The catalyst for war has not been diminished as many people have hoped it would once the world matured. National pride, political agendas, religious and ethnic hatreds are some of the biggest roadblocks to world peace.

Often we seem to forget as we look back to World War II and past a dozen "lesser Conflicts" that peace has been the exception rather then the rule for hundreds and thousands of years. The true reality is that across the world few mothers want to see their children killed and most farmers want to be left along to raise their crops and earn a living. More on the subject of war as a solution to conflict in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2014/05/war-and-what-is-it-good-for.html

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 22:08 | 4891816 TheReplacement
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Oil has been over $100 for years now.  Saudi Arab has been rolling in dollars and now they have an excess of cash and men with no real prospects in the height of their hell raising youth.  The sum of two plus two depends on what the meaning of Isis.

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