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Ancient War Manual Said to Be Secret to Jihadi Group’s Success

arabic-msAs one Iraqi city after another has fallen to the jihadi juggernaut that is ISIS (or ISIL), military and intelligence experts have been baffled by the group’s stunning victories on the battlefield. Whether humbling the US-trained Iraqi army, surviving relentless bombardment by the Syrian Air Force, or fighting toe-to-toe with Hizbullah and IRGC special forces commandos, this motley crew of unkempt radicals and rootless cosmopolitans in medieval garb is a YouTube-sharing, hashtag-tweeting, fatwa-issuing paradox.

That is, until now. High-level sources at the Pentagon have confirmed to The Qnion that they have unlocked the secret to ISIS’s (or ISIL’s) success: a medieval Islamic manual on the art of war, long thought to have been lost.

“It’s of a piece with their old-timey kind of aesthetic,” said one source who commented on condition of anonymity. “They wear the clothes, they’ve got the black banner, they’ve got the project to re-establish the caliphate. We’ve seen all this before. But what makes ISIS (or ISIL) different is that they’ve also got this ancient text, which has become a total game-changer.”

Unlike other jihadist groups which have been undone at times by sophisticated counter-insurgency (COIN) strategies deployed by the US and its allies, ISIS (or ISIL) has managed to escape unharmed.

“This text is a kind of counter-counter-insurgency (CO-COIN) manual,” says noted COIN expert Andrew Muxe. “It’s COIN kryptonite.”

The contents of the medieval manuscript are a closely guarded secret. However, Iraqi troops have recovered fragments of its teachings copied into the diaries of fallen ISIS (or ISIL) jihadists. The Qnion’s star reporter Bala Tafnis was able to access these fragments, which we translate below in a Qnion exclusive.


On holding territory upon capturing it – The learned sage Abu Uthman Abd al-Malik ibn Zayd al-Kufi (may he rest in peace) said: “After the conquest of a village or hamlet or town is complete, round up all the men and adolescent boys and give them two choices: (1) either to be put to death in a grisly mass execution; or (2) to pretend to be dead while witnesses from nearby villages are brought to the site of the “grisly mass execution,” at which point many of them will faint from terror and have to be revived and sent back to their homes where they will spread the news of your horrific military prowess. In the meantime, the men and boys whose lives had been saved will be so grateful to you that they will spread word of your mercy and magnanimity. This maneuver is known to the ancient sources as a “win-win”.

Finally, once they have spread word of your mercy and magnanimity, round up the men again and put them to death in a grisly mass execution.”

On confusing your opponentsThe esteemed shaykh and wonder of his age Abu l-Fada’il Ibn Zubayr al-Qayrawani (may he rest in peace) said: “Let there be great confusion about your origins, your creed, your objectives, and especially your name. Let all who attempt to refer to you be struck by a confounding paralysis. Cultivate ambiguity.”

On winning the population to your sideThe learned jurist and poet Abu Hamza al-Balkhi (may he rest in peace) said: “No sooner than you have finished pillaging and rampaging in a given territory, set your sights upon improving the living conditions of its inhabitants. Collect garbage from the street corners, direct mule traffic, sweep the public spaces, organize poetry festivals, and hire entertainers to provide levity and mirth for the villagers. Make their lives so wonderful that they will deplore the return of the Sultan’s rule. Anyone who complains that things aren’t actually so much better than they used to be should be decapitated.”

On material supportThe scholar and preacher Ibn Zakariyya al-Baghdadi (may he rest in peace) said: “The Sultan will contrive to choke off your supply lines and to turn the population against you by starving you of resources. Retaliate by seizing the Sultan’s properties in the countryside and selling his own goods (cattle, musk, camphor, precious gems, and so on) back to him at a premium. He will not be happy about it, but that is not any of your concern.”

On relations with other rebelsThe theologian and astronomer Shihab al-Din Hasan al-Marwazi (may he rest in peace) said: “Your success will inspire other groups to imitate you and follow your example. Make alliances with these groups in the interests of fighting a common enemy. Over time, your ruthless strategies will begin to disturb them. Seize the moment to accuse their leadership of being Byzantine stooges or Sasanian flunkies, and draw their fighters into your ranks.”

On recruitment – The bookseller Jamal al-Din al-Iskandari (may he rest in peace) said: “The Sultan will, from time to time, open the doors of his dungeons to release the foulest, most bloodthirsty, and mentally unbalanced prisoners in the hope that they join your movement and sully your cause with their twisted antics. Welcome these prisoners with open arms, for they make the best fighters.”

On projecting historical gravitas – The historian Abu Ali Ibn al-Zajjaj (may he rest in peace) said: “Each time you pass from one territory to the next, commission a poet to write an ode about the meaningless of old borders, and the dawn of a new imperium. This will impress people, even if they don’t know what you mean.”



110 thoughts on “Ancient War Manual Said to Be Secret to Jihadi Group’s Success

  1. Ah the satire! Loved it!

    Posted by Roger | June 18, 2014, 11:27 am
  2. Reblogged this on Towards Transformative Politics and commented:
    I am not sure, but there is no doubt ISIS is surprising in its success (yet it is unlikely to last, ancient manual or not).

    Posted by aquarenghi | June 18, 2014, 2:05 pm
  3. Lol…Give a copy of the script to the wise one. 😀

    Posted by danny | June 18, 2014, 2:54 pm
  4. This is comparable to a Jew writing about the success of Nazis in killing Jews because they have some secret book. Not funny and in poor taste. Satire and sarcasm are great weapons when used by the like of Jonathan Swift to change public opinion in the UK to do the right thing. ISIS are not sensitive to satire. What you need are Arabs willing to fight them. So far I see few volunteers for that and none among the secular liberals.

    Posted by AIG | June 18, 2014, 3:26 pm
  5. I feel guilty of having enjoyed this reading as the Supreme Zionist White Man In Chief do not approve of this satire.

    Posted by 3issa | June 18, 2014, 3:56 pm
  6. ISIS is not the audience, AIG.

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | June 18, 2014, 4:16 pm
  7. I know, should have written that ISIS is not sensitive to public opinion. Who exactly are you ridiculing in this piece?

    Posted by AIG | June 18, 2014, 4:34 pm
  8. How long before some newspaper or website picks this up as a real news item? Maybe People’s Daily will run a side-by-side graphic comparing the Daish scrolls to Sun-Tzu and the ur-Petraeus text.

    Posted by Thanassi | June 18, 2014, 4:47 pm
  9. Ridiculing history

    Posted by Roger | June 18, 2014, 4:51 pm
  10. Yes, its very funny that Islamist crazies are taking apart the Arab world and there is no hint of a secular and liberal movement to counter them. I am rolling on the floor laughing.

    Posted by AIG | June 18, 2014, 4:59 pm
  11. Satire is not always a political weapon; sometimes it’s the only meaningful response to the absurd. The region’s choices become more depressing by the day. Forget about secular and liberal movements; there aren’t even benevolent dictators to oppose the “Islamist crazies”. In the face of these options — ISIS or Maliki, Nusra or Asad, AQAP or the Saudi monarchy — one wonders what one can do besides laugh bitterly…

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | June 18, 2014, 5:48 pm
  12. AIG,

    It befits the Israelis to brand all revolutionaries as Islamist crazies. Do you for a moment think it is the ISIS(L) the main force behind the revolt? What is better; Assad or the rebels…Maliki (same as Assad with less blood on his hands till now) or the freedom of the Sunnis in Iraq. Wahabi wise king who sponsors terrorism everywhere or Nassrallah (well this is even)?

    This is a backlash against oppression. I guess you did not complain when Begin’s “freedom fighters” massacred people to save your treasured land right? He was a freaking hero who got elected as a PM…and to boot…PEACE.

    Let them sort it out! The outside interference; whether it is Iranian/Saudi or any other is all wrong. Let them burn themselves out…They’ll figure it out in the end…and attack Israel.

    Posted by danny | June 18, 2014, 6:05 pm
  13. QN,

    I understand where you are coming from and cannot argue with your premises. I just don’t agree with your conclusion that laughing bitterly is the only thing that can be done. The Arab diaspora can do a lot to create long term alternatives. Not for tomorrow, but for 10 years down the road.

    Posted by AIG | June 18, 2014, 6:21 pm
  14. Using the list that the owner of the site provided in defence of his desire to solicit laughter as a reaction to what is perceived as an absurd situation, I attempted to prioritize the current choices in a mathematically logical order, to make it easier for the layman to understand what he has to lay down on the table from the least desirable to the highest desirable, each option compared to its opposite, with the option shown to the left of the < logical order as being less desirable:

    Assad < ISIS < Maliki < AQAP < Nusra < Saudi

    Simple mathematics tells us: if we listened to the wise King in 2003, none of this would have happened.

    But, of course, as we all know GWB II and his buddy Tony Blair were eager to Accomplish A Mission, and in the heat of the moment they forgot totally what the mission was all about, hence the use of A instead of THE in Accomplish A Mission

    GWB II owns the problem and now America and Britain own it be default. They need to re-elect GWB and Tony Blair in order to fix the problem. These two guys are the only pair who know exactly what the mission is and we don't know.

    And forget about Hilly Billy Clinton. She is busy selling books telling everyone how wonderful she would be if Obama just listened to her about what she might have said done, and which she didn't even bother to tell us what was that all about at the time.

    Don't forget to bring back the rest of the cast to make the Muppet show real. I am eager to see Cheney, despite heart problems, back in the limelight, the super cute Rumsfeld, and the sexy Condoleezza.

    To owner: please ignore similar comment stuck in the twilight zone

    Posted by Mustap | June 18, 2014, 6:31 pm
  15. Danny,

    ISIS are Islamist crazies. They were the only ones I was branding. And what oppression exactly are they fighting? What are the effective fighting forces in the Arab world: 1) Assad’s militia otherwise known as the Syrian Army, not fighting oppression 2) Iran and Hezbollah, not fighting oppression 3) The Egyptian army, not fighting oppression 4) The fractured Syrian opposition, maybe fighting oppression, more likely fighting for the right to be the oppressors

    As for Begin, he sat 30 years in the opposition in an exemplary manner, all the time playing by democratic rules until he was elected. And when he was PM he continued playing by the rules not like any of the leaders in the Arab world.

    Of course the players on the ground will “sort it out”, but since none of the players represents secular and liberal values, the result will be more of the same.

    As for attacking Israel, what is new? We are fully aware of the great neighborhood we live in. I suspect though that no one will have time for Israel in the next decade or so.

    Posted by AIG | June 18, 2014, 6:36 pm
  16. This refrain about the USA owning the problem is lame, Mustap. It makes no sense. Not in the real world where we live with real consequences and real problems.
    You want to assign the blame game, fine. The USA is to blame (at least in part) for the disintegration of Iraq. That’s fine. No argument there.
    But if you honestly think that in the real world, any government, entity or even person (except for the very few people left with a sense of honesty and morals) will own a problem, then you’re deluded.
    People, and governments, do what’s in their best interest at any given time, with ZERO sense of morality of owing anyone anything. If you think that any politician or governmental person in charge of decision making is thinking or saying “We created this mess, we owe it to the world to fix it.” then you are living in fantasy world.
    This is a world where corporations strip mine the planet with almost zero sense of responsibility. The rich and powerful steal and burn and kill with no sense of responsibility. No one ever repents. No one ever feels they owe anyone anything.
    Grow up.

    Posted by Bad Vilbel | June 18, 2014, 6:45 pm
  17. Does it bother you, BV, if you’re reminded that the US owns the problem?

    Then, don’t tell us that Lebanon should elect anyone, no matter what sect he belongs to, as president because democracy says so. And by extension no one should tell anyone else what form of government and political systems they prefer.

    If the US refuses to own its problems and proceeds into fixing them, then it should refrain from the charade of asking every country to become democratic and mind its own business. Very few people are interested in fighting on behalf of an America which refuses to own problems it creates.

    Posted by Mustap | June 18, 2014, 7:09 pm
  18. I didn’t say that. I don’t think the US or anyone else should be in the business of fixing anyone’s problems or interfering in anyone elses affairs.
    I’m just saying repeating “The US owns the problem” means nothing in the real world.

    Posted by Bad Vilbel | June 18, 2014, 7:18 pm
  19. You did say that, BV, a while back. Not in this thread of course

    Posted by Mustap | June 18, 2014, 7:29 pm
  20. ““The US owns the problem” means nothing in the real world.”

    Define “real word” because in the American discourse as promoted by our media *buffoons, arguments over the subset of whether Bush or Obama “owns the problem” is the most meaningful topic of all questions that are raised by U=Iraq and environs.

    BTW AIG. You and yours are oppressing Arabs and formalizing the use of the State tactics; collective punishment, mass arrests. incarceration of children and extra judicial killings that are accepted as warcrimes by the civilized first world of nations. Get the “liberal” Diaspora to stop attacking the Israelis who are struggling to right the course of Israel before it’s too late to arrest her slide into full on rogue state status.

    *CNN has utilized footage of the tightly scripted toppling of Saddam’s statue during their coverage of Iraq. They no doubt believe that most viewers will take it at face value. Can Mission Accomplished be far behind?

    Posted by lally | June 18, 2014, 9:41 pm
  21. AIG,

    Excellent points. I found it a little odd poking fun at killers.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 18, 2014, 10:22 pm
  22. Lilly’s definition of “Oppression”

    Uh oh, Lally is upset again about Israeli “oppression”. She must be overly tired on other websites moaning about tens of thousands of dead arabs killed by her champion clerics. But I doubt.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 18, 2014, 10:30 pm
  23. AIG,

    Basically I said do not paint all revolutionaries with the broad stroke of ISIS just because it suits your narrative or you really believe that they are the majority of fighters! We all have seen how small their sphere of control is in Syria (after the smoke has cleared). As for Begin, sitting in opposition does not refute my claim that he was a murderous extremist (depending on your view of course of how far will a freedom fighter go)…and then a peacemaker.

    As for the fighters on the ground and their beliefs and values. You must have some inside information that no one else possesses. We are only being shown the “crazies” not the rest. Again; maybe that fits your or media narratives better.
    My guess is; the blow-back in Iraq is partly because of the reverse sectarianism of Maliki against Sunnis. Well it just proves that dictators are the same irrespective of their creed, race or religion for that matter.

    Posted by danny | June 19, 2014, 6:13 am
  24. Asked if the intervention might come too late, Gen Dempsey said: “There is very little that could have been done to overcome the degree to which the government of Iraq has failed its people. That is what has caused this problem.”

    Posted by danny | June 19, 2014, 8:00 am
  25. Here’s another smart guy echoing: Don’t engage in the militia war! let them clean up their own mess…Don’t get involved in the fight between two theocracies…

    Posted by danny | June 19, 2014, 8:19 am
  26. I’ve gotta agree with Petraeus et al. on this one. US intervention, or Iranian-US cooperation (which has been discussed, then turned down by the Pentagon) will only serve to further marginalize the Sunnis in Iraq and give the appearance of the US being “the bad guy” (supporting a sectarian, shia dominated, perceived as Iranian stooge, government). Which is exactly what is allowing ISIS to make the gains they have made in such a rapid manner.
    Small outfits like ISIS cannot have such success or maintain much of it, without the support or at least sympathy of the local population. The fact that they’ve come so far, so fast, tells me that they enjoy a certain degree of support among the Sunni community in Iraq, not for who they are, but out of spite and hatred for the Maliki regime.
    Throwing the US’s weight behind Maliki, at this point, or giving Iran carte blanche to support Maliki (more openly than they are already doing pseudo-covertly) will simply exacerbate the root cause of what we’re seeing now, and throw the Sunni community deeper into the bed of ISIS and its ilk.

    Posted by Bad Vilbel | June 19, 2014, 6:35 pm
  27. Bad Vibe,

    What do you think will happen if the US does NOTHING?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 19, 2014, 6:45 pm
  28. I didn’t say the US should do nothing. I said throwing military weight behind Maliki and/or Iran is the wrong move at this stage.
    I think the US is between a rock and a hard place, and I think doing nothing will result in more bloodshed and for the short term, an Iraqi civil war of sorts, not unlike the one in Syria.
    But I don’t know that the US has many options. Intervening in any kind of military way will simply exacerbate the problem, not make it better. It will give credence to the Sunnis view that the US, Iran and Maliki are ganging up against them and push Iraq more towards the like of ISIS.
    The better approach would be to find a way to have the central government in Iraq engage the Sunni community (much like the Americans did during the Awakening). But for that to happen, Maliki has to go. And don’t really know to make that happen. Iran will never agree to that. Perhaps a coup? I don’t know. But again, I feel the US’s hands are tied for the time being, until some new variables change the current equation.

    Posted by Bad Vilbel | June 19, 2014, 7:37 pm
  29. Unless America owns the problem it unnecessarily created and proceeds into solving it by going into Iraq full time for at least 25 years, no good will come out of its actions or inactions.

    There is only one course of action for Americe: go back to Iraq with 500000 men and start from step one. Anyhthing else America does wil exacerbate the situation and will bite back even more.

    Posted by Mustap | June 19, 2014, 7:54 pm
  30. And before Obama proceeds with the above solution he needs to go to a Royal Desert Ranch, meet the Wise King and practice the traditional swords parade.

    Posted by Mustap | June 19, 2014, 7:59 pm
  31. I have a complaint. I think Prince Charles should attend a Passover seder. He’s too friendly with the Saudis.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 19, 2014, 8:45 pm
  32. Krauthammer does a good job detailing Obama’s conscious effort to F-Up GWB success in Iwaq.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 19, 2014, 10:38 pm
  33. One can only thank god that foreign policy and military ops decisions are not in the hands of the commenters here. 🙂

    Posted by Vulcan | June 20, 2014, 4:20 am
  34. Vulcan,

    I am saddened by your outrageous remark. 😛

    Posted by danny | June 20, 2014, 7:58 am
  35. This ISIS/Iraq saga will long be over and forgotten before the comments on this thread end! QN, something new please…

    Posted by roger | June 20, 2014, 9:09 am
  36. I’m wondering who came up withe cheerful yellow color for the Hezbos flag. I think the black sunni flags are scarier.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 20, 2014, 9:13 am
  37. Something in Glaringly Missing NewZ

    An ISIL jihadist stated,

    “We have participated in battles in Sham, and we will go to Iraq in a few days, and we will fight there, Allah permitting, and come back, and we will even go to Jordan and Lebanon, with no problems,” he said, adding that the best land for jihad was Syria.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 20, 2014, 12:17 pm
  38. Michael Young seems to touch on what I posted yesterday:

    Posted by Bad Vilbel | June 20, 2014, 12:23 pm
  39. Krauthammer cannot be taken seriously. C’mon, who in his right mind would say now that GWB succeeded in Iraq?

    OTOH, you can hardly find an Iraqi today who would not tell you Saddam was good for Iraq and that it was not GWB’s job to invade Iraq and destroy it the way he did. GWB will be branded by historians a war criminal on the same footing as Mugabe and his likes.

    In the battle between right and left in America, the left has the higher moral ground. While, Obama may have committed some mistakes, his behaviour can in no way be compared to the reckless and erratic GWB.

    Having said that, Obama’s mistakes in Syria are now being corrected by the uprising in Iraq. This uprising is becoming a big boon to the Syrians allowing them to clean up more of Assad’s and HA’s terrorists. The leaders of this Iraq uprising may turn out to be just what was needed to support the Syrian uprising.

    Krauthammer is not the only one that cannot be taken seriously. Young also doesn’t know what he’s talking about. As a matter of fact, punditry claimants when it comes to the ME need to be taken with less than grains of salt since they all have proven to be nothing but amateurs.

    Posted by Mustap | June 20, 2014, 2:48 pm
  40. OTOH, you can hardly find an Iraqi today who would not tell you Saddam was good for Iraq and that it was not GWB’s job to invade Iraq and destroy it the way he did.


    By the accounts I’ve read, a majority of voting Iwaqis participated in “democwacy”. Iwaq is a majority shia countwy. Purple fingers for fweedom habibi.

    Now “sour gwapes” has won the day because Iwaqis couldn’t pwotect themselves.

    If I was Iwaqi, I’d be embawassed.

    The election was seen by some as a victory for democracy in the Middle East, but that opinion is not shared by all, especially as most of the Arab Sunnis boycotted the vote. Seymour Hersh has reported that there was an effort by the U.S. government to shift funds and other resources to Allawi and that there may have been similar under-the-table dealings by other parties. Although he did not get the most seats in the Transitional Assembly, Allawi’s delegation jumped from a projected 3-4% of the vote to 14% of the vote, giving him power in the writing of the Constitution.

    Two parties supported by the majority Shi’a (or Shiite) Muslim community between them won a majority of seats, while parties representing the Kurdish community will also be strongly represented. Parties representing the Sunni Arab community boycotted the elections and some armed Sunni groups threatened election day violence. There were 44 deaths around polling stations in at least 9 separate attacks on election day. With a total of some 8.4 million votes cast, a 58% turnout, the Iraqi Electoral Commission considers the election to have taken place without major disruption. Voter turnout ranged from 89% in the Kurdish region of Dahuk to two percent in the Sunni region of Anbar.

    After the legislative elections held in December 2005, where 76,4% of registered voters participated, the Iraqi government is considered by 44 international governments to be a legitimate government. According to the U.S. administration, the judiciary in Iraq operates under the primacy of rule of law, so those convicted of war crimes from the former regime of Saddam Hussein will get an open trial, in which their rights will be subjected to due process and be protected by the scrutiny of a free press, the requirements of modern court proceedings. There has however been considerable criticism of criminal justice system presently operating in Iraq.,_January_2005

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 20, 2014, 3:18 pm
  41. It’s even better that Michael Young AND Anne Marie digs Slaughter aren’t in charge of American foreign policy and especially, military ops.

    Won’t it be droll if Ahmed Chalabi ends up as Iraq’s PM? Reality could out-Onion the Qnion.

    Posted by lally | June 20, 2014, 3:37 pm
  42. The right choice is ALWAYS to have a Sunni in charge. Case closed. long life the wise king!!

    Posted by danny | June 20, 2014, 5:47 pm
  43. The note AC just got, “Parlay that shit mufucker” Uncle Sam forgives.

    Posted by Vulcan | June 20, 2014, 6:34 pm
  44. PM Uncle Ahmed C would be honored and frankly delighted to practice the traditional swords parade at the Wise King’s beckon at the Royal Desert Ranch of his choice.

    Posted by lally | June 20, 2014, 10:11 pm
  45. Ahmed C. is not of a calibre suitable for such great honor as wielding swords in the traditional parade. This practice is reserved for personalities and celebrities who are considered first among their peers.

    Unfortunately, Ahmed C., even if he becomes a so-called PM, nevertheless suffers from being a second or third rate and does not elevate to the ranks of ‘royalties’ known to belong to the breed of masters of their own wills and freedoms.

    Posted by Mustap | June 20, 2014, 10:39 pm
  46. Akbar Palace,

    Turn your R’s into W’s as much as you wish, you will not be successful in your quest to prove GWB is nothing but a war criminal. At the same time, you only succeed in proving you’re being utterly ridiculous.

    It is NOT GWB’s job to go and invade a sovereign country in the name of creating a so-called democracy.

    Understand habibi? or you don’t understand English?

    Next time, tell any potential GWB to shove his democracy up his butt.

    Posted by Mustap | June 20, 2014, 10:57 pm
  47. Remember when CoS Lt Gen Benny Gantz revealed that the IDF had plans to secure the safety of fleeing Alawites by hosting them as human shields in the Golan? That was then. Now it’s the “rebels/opposition/FSA” acting as the latest iteration of the SLA.

    In the past, the IDF was wary of the rebs employing false flags to draw Israeli fire upon the Assad & Co.

    Now, they parrot the technically implausible in order to up the ante from the Israeli Arab casualties caused by mortar fire to “heat-seeking missiles” in order to attack Assad’s headquarters in Qunietra:

    “A number of Syrian opposition members including senior officers in the Free Syrian Army contacted The Times of Israel in the hours following the attack, asserting that opposition fighters had strict orders forbidding any cross-border attacks into Israel.

    One opposition activist, however, doubted that the Assad regime would trust its soldiers with advanced anti-tank weaponry for fear that such weapons would be sold to opposition forces or captured by defecting soldiers.

    “I attribute this attack to Hezbollah and Iranian militias present in the south [of Syria],” the activist said. “Only they would use such weapons and methods.”

    “opposition activist” ? What “opposition activist”? Could be Tony Badran for all we know. Like that label conveys authority and credibility….

    From a commenter:
    Gid On · Top Commenter · Tel Aviv University | אוניברסיטת תל-אביב
    Dear Editor: Anti-tank missiles are either optically or laser guided. No anti tank missile uses “heat seeking” sensors. These are used in air to air missiles. Unfortunately the headline proclaims a certain measure of unprofessionalism, accordingly.

    Is Israel securing a “safe zone” for it’s latest bunch of proxy warriors/freiers of convenience?

    I have seen a claim than Bandar is back.

    Posted by lally | June 22, 2014, 11:52 pm
  48. Apparently, this Israeli commentators is not up to date on military technology regarding the Javelin Anti-Tank HEAT SEEKING missile,

    By the way, HRH Prince Bandar owns a lot of shares in Lockheed-Raytheon. HRH is a strong believer in the value of advanced technology.

    So, what’s HA up to after losing to Argentina?

    Posted by Mustap | June 23, 2014, 1:07 am
  49. When rockets hit Israel, unlike other States, the earliest information is usually the most accurate. Experienced Israeli sappers know their job and can deduce who fires what with great degree of certainty. They should know from where the threats come. If deemed convenient for propaganda purposes at a later date, blame can be placed on Hezbollah, no problem. Early reports are of mortar shells.

    Yossi Melman @yossi_melman · Jun 22
    #Israeli tries to find out who is resoponsible for the #Golan incident which killed 1 Israeli and wounded 3. The rebels controlled the area

    The Prince is not to be trifled with and he also appreciates kornets enough to pass them on to the chosen ones rebelling so hard for democracy in Syria. Kornets are the latest munition suspects.

    Posted by lally | June 23, 2014, 10:42 pm
  50. So, what happened to ‘holy resistance’ all of a sudden?

    They don’t want to fight the zionists anymore?

    Why are they afraid of being the ones who fire at the oppressing zionists?

    One would think ‘resistance’ would be celebrating not hiding!!

    Things just don’t add up.

    First Hassan goes hiding in the sewer, and now he abandons resistance.

    But according to resistance, rebels are Israeli stooges. So why would stooges fire upon their ‘masters’?

    Resistance has to make up its minds. Either rebels are Israeli stooges or they are ‘holier than resistance’.

    Which is it?

    HRH has a master plan which will become clear in due time. Surely, HRH cannot be trifled with.

    Posted by Mustap | June 23, 2014, 11:30 pm
  51. Wesistance Pawlance

    The wesistance pwos awe confwused. Anyway, the wag on my head doesn’t weflect negatively on our cause. Fwee Palestine!

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 24, 2014, 6:27 am
  52. Putting resistance rhetoric aside for the moment, something urgent needs to be done before this country is taken over by Marxist communists.

    The tit for tat battle between GOP’s and Democrats is an extravaganza while communists are plotting their take over.

    $15.00 minimum wage is an insolent conspiracy by the reds that cannot be tolerated!

    The country is broke with trillions of dollars in debt. We need a contingency fund for Iraq II invasion if this country is ever to survive as a functioning democracy. How can we afford $15.00 minimum wage?

    Posted by Mustap | June 24, 2014, 11:03 am
  53. Hey Mustap,

    Does “this country” mean your country or my country? I don’t believe we are citizens of the same country; I could be wrong.

    Whether we have already or possess the ability to be taken over by Marxist Communists is an interesting question. I believe we already have a Marxist/Socialist system in place now. The tipping point has occurred as Obama has succeeded in over-taxing Americans and allowed non-citizens as well as non-working citizens unlimited freebees in healthcare, food stamps, and social welfare. The minority pays to sustain the majority, and that tells the whole story. Sorry I can’t be more positive about our economy.

    Mexican are snapping up minimum wage jobs because this represents an increase in their income. Americans stay at home job searching because they will not take these jobs. Democrats want unlimited immigration to get the votes of those looking for freebees. It is a synergy and marriage made in heaven. Democrats are “Immigrant Party”, legal or not. I just got an email from the ADL to support immigration. Sadly, I had to delete the email with a frown.

    Lastly, being trillions of dollars in debt, don’t hold your breath for a Iraq II contingency fund. As far as I can see, this is low on the level of priorities.


    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 25, 2014, 1:58 pm
  54. Akbar Palace,

    I’ll respond later. But, now you need to watch the video in this link which shows how talented the US-trained Maliki rag tags are,يوتيوب-يكشف-مواهب-غير-قتالية-لجيش-المالكي.html

    These clips were recorded in some hot zones, and while the ‘soldiers’ were on duty.

    But briefly, with regards to your post, if the choice is between $15.00 per hour minimum wage for American workers, and spending money as GWB did in Iraq, the answer is obvious. May be John Kerry should send few of the latest hip hop CD’s to ‘Iraq Central Command’.

    Posted by Mustap | June 25, 2014, 7:39 pm
  55. Mustap,

    Seeing a few military people blowing off steam is one thing. Running away from your post en masse, is another, much more troubling phenomenon. The US should withdraw all support from this part of the world and build stronger defenses, again, against anyone interested in “pulling us back in”.

    Isolating ourselves from the ME, ALSO has a cost.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 25, 2014, 7:54 pm
  56. We need to get the Arab League involved in reducing radicalism in the ME. They need to teach tolerance.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 26, 2014, 9:22 am
  57. It’s always hard to stay indifferent when the no-life Zionist tries to be funny.

    A bit of self esteem maybe?

    Posted by 3issa | June 26, 2014, 2:17 pm
  58. Threesa,

    Zionists don’t joke, we’re very serious beoble.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 26, 2014, 3:10 pm
  59. So funny, amazing

    Posted by 3issa | June 26, 2014, 4:28 pm
  60. Akbar Palace,

    What do you think of Obama’s latest announcement of his plan to give $500 million to the Syrian rebels, only two days after saying there is no opposition capable of defeating Assad?

    By the way, Syrian rebels are telling Obama we don’t want your money. We know your agenda and it is NOT our agenda.

    And Vetnam war deserter John Kerry is in the Kingdom. I don’t believe he will receive any training in the swords parade.

    Posted by Mustap | June 27, 2014, 9:11 am
  61. Mustap,

    The world is so sick right now I don’t know what to say. As I heard it on the radio, the Syrian moderates are now facing battles against the Assad regime AND the ISIS thugs. If they can’t defeat one, they certainly can’t defeat both. Very sad.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 27, 2014, 2:01 pm
  62. Akbar Palace,

    Why doesn’t Obama support the mojahedin of Iran?

    Do you think Obama really has a vision, or is he just clueless?

    Posted by Mustap | June 27, 2014, 10:29 pm
  63. Mustap,

    I never heard of this group; thanks for the article. I also didn’t know Senator Liberman was still in government or active in politics.

    Yes, Obama is both clueless and has no vision.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 27, 2014, 10:44 pm
  64. Akbar Palace,

    There are rumors about the Maliki rag tags having suffered another rout en-rout to Tikrit in an apparently failed attempt to re-capture it. Rumor has it more than 200 armored vehicles and tanks have been destroyed and unknown number of rag tags killed ot captured.

    Maliki has a Sahhaf-like spokesman announcing to the world illusory ‘victories’ of an army in a complete state of total disarray.

    The embattled Mullah vice roy over Iraq was only able to destroy few civilian houses by some gunships he has possession of before four of them were shot down.

    Posted by Mustap | June 28, 2014, 5:35 pm
  65. Mustap,

    Thanks for the news. Ramadan Karen to you and everyone else.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 28, 2014, 10:12 pm
  66. PDA typo…. kareem

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 28, 2014, 10:13 pm
  67. Thanks Akbar.

    Is threesa included in everyone?

    What would he say if he is included? Would he become less anti Zionist?

    Posted by Mustap | June 28, 2014, 10:19 pm
  68. Ramadan Karen? Who is this? Karen who?

    Zionist ignorance has no limits

    By the way wise king, not sure if you are following the latest developments of the Kebab HIV cure in Egypt, courtesy of the Wise enlightened military crackpots.

    Posted by 3issa | June 29, 2014, 8:17 am
  69. And thank you Zionist AP. I’ll extend these greetings to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians rotting in the camps, the thousands of Palestinians in the colonial prisons and the thousands of Palestinians in the grave.

    Posted by 3issa | June 29, 2014, 8:23 am
  70. Threesa,

    You can give my greetings to whomever you wish. Generally, the people I chat with on this website are fairly sane. I hope one day there will be a 2 state solution and a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. The issues that separate the two sides, in terms of land, are a few square kilometers.

    If there are Palestinians rotting somewhere, that is unfortunate. I consider that the fault of the arabs who find it necessary to prevent the Palestinians from living normal lives in the countries where they live. In PA controlled territories, camps remain as political museums while many live in regular homes nearby. In Israel, Palestinians reap what they sow. Many are middle class, many are poor and some are rich. Here are a few pictures of Israeli arab communities in Israel. Arab Israelis live better in Israel than in any other arab country and so, believe it or not, I don’t carry much jewish guilt on my shoulders…

    And although Threesa you talk about “rotting”, and the choice by arabs to continue this state of affairs, that’s still better than being murdered by Arab Baathists, and Shia and Sunni jihadists. Of course, wesistance Pros only fault Joos as a rule…


    My wife continually tells me to take the “high road”. I do what she tells me;)

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 29, 2014, 10:51 am
  71. Akbar Palace

    Your wife is very wise and so are you.

    I appologize on behalf of threesa.

    Posted by Mustap | June 29, 2014, 11:24 am
  72. The Wise King would be very cognizant of threesa’s allusion to the King’s role in apparently bettering the lives of Egyptians when such lives were taking a downward turn at a critical junction of their history. Enjoy,

    Posted by Mustap | June 29, 2014, 11:35 am
  73. Interesting video. How do the Kaffiyas stay on their heads? My cheap Kaffiya falls off with any sudden head movement.

    The many styles of kaffiyas: pic no. 1….0…

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 29, 2014, 12:34 pm
  74. One day we’ll get to edit our posts…

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 29, 2014, 12:39 pm
  75. Why Peace is better than Wesistance:,7340,L-4535925,00.html

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 29, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Posted by Vulcan | June 29, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Posted by Vulcan | June 30, 2014, 3:01 pm
  78. Well at least you read it, that’s good enough.

    Posted by Vulcan | June 30, 2014, 3:32 pm
  79. Just happened to check in. 🙂

    It’s your lucky day.

    Posted by Qifa Nabki | June 30, 2014, 3:48 pm
  80. Thanks! 😉

    Posted by Vulcan | June 30, 2014, 4:13 pm
  81. Hard to make out where most of the commentators on this blog precisely fall on the political spectrum. They mostly fight among each other in the same sphere of where the air reeks with ideologies like those of Zionists, KSA loyalists, right-wingers, extreme right-wingers, religious fanatics. Pitiful.

    There are a few exceptions including the blog owner that I can’t put the labels above on.

    Posted by roger | June 30, 2014, 5:01 pm
  82. Roger,

    Which holier-than touch “ideology” do profess? Wesistance, Baathist, Wassabi, or Meretz?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | June 30, 2014, 8:38 pm
  83. Akbar Palace,

    Those who killed the teenagers are horrible murderers. They must be captured and punished severely.

    Posted by Mustap | July 1, 2014, 4:30 am
  84. Mustap,

    If they ever find the perpetrators. Well, maybe one day Israel should apply capital punishment like they do in the KSA. Then these murders won’t be able to kill again when they’re let out in another lop-sided hostage trade.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 1, 2014, 6:29 am
  85. For those interested in non-wesistance hasbara….

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 1, 2014, 8:23 am
  86. Akbar Palace,

    Here are some differences between KSA and the mullah state of Iran:

    1) The Wise King orders $500 million be sent today through the UN to the people of Iraq who suffered from recent events regardless of their sectarian allegiances.

    2) Mullahs of Iran send Bassij and volunteers to Iraq to fuel up sectarian hatreds.

    3) Mullahs of Iran accuse the US and its Gulf allies of having orchestrated the recent events in Iraq according to Iranian deputy of foreign affairs while visiting Moscow. He finds similaries between what’s happening in Iraq and what happened in Crimea! Apparently, the deputy believes the US and NOT Russia occupies Crimea at the moment!

    Posted by Mustap | July 1, 2014, 10:09 am
  87. The KSA and the Supweme Leader need a Sunni-Shia peace treaty. Could save a lot of lives.

    Worst Pwesident in US Histowy Count-down Clock

    Obama has 1 year 6 months 12 days 21 hours 34 minutes 43….42….41 seconds remaining in office

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 1, 2014, 10:31 am
  88. Akbar Palace,

    The so-called supreme leader is not someone you can trust or do business with – unless you want to stop your countdown of President Obama’s residency at the White House. The KSA has wiser leaders who know better not to fall into a futile pursuit. This should be left to Obama and his chief diplomat to tinker with while you continue your countdown.

    The supweme leader too is counting down with you. He is way too patient to bargain any Obama into a zero sum outcome (i.e. Nukes).

    Posted by Mustap | July 2, 2014, 2:37 am
  89. This should be left to Obama and his chief diplomat to tinker with…

    Oh merde!

    1 year 6 months 11 days 20 hours 11 minutes 05….04…..03 seconds left…..

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 2, 2014, 8:04 am
  90. Akbar Palace,

    There’s no need to worry. The war will soon be in the south of Iraq among Iranian supported mullah’s and the Arab mullah’s,

    The mullah in question is an Arab, presumably from Imam Ali’s line who has more legitimate claims to Shiism than such supweme leaders like Khamenei and Sistani who have anything but murky and possibly stained ‘blood lineages’. 😉

    Happy upcoming 4th of July. May be you should give yourself a break with your countdown at least for one day.

    Posted by Mustap | July 2, 2014, 9:12 am
  91. Here again AP,

    confirmed reports, most probably related to the previous comment, indicate that Maliki ordered his troops, 2500 of them, withdrawn from Saudi and Syrian borders and head towards Karbala. The troops left their weapons in place and some of the poor souls died of thirst on their way in the desert, possibly a deliberate re-enactment of the Imam Hussein’s thirst and tribulations due to being deprived of water supplies just before he achieved martyrdom.

    Well, the faithful must always be reminded of the great sacrifices – the timing, the place, the setting etc.. must all fall into place. 😉

    Posted by Mustap | July 2, 2014, 9:45 am
  92. Mustap,

    Huh? So Mahmud al-Hasani al-Sarakhi is now against Sistani? Shia against shia? It doesn’t get any odder than that. Why are Shia groups fighting each other?

    Iraq is looking like Lebanon circa 1978, with everyone against everyone.

    Meanwhile, all we have left is Threesa to help free the Palestinians.

    And now, while QN participants continue to boycott this website since there isn’t anything much to talk about, I have:

    “Today’s QN Question”

    Which percentage of Arab male adults wear mustaches?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 2, 2014, 12:18 pm
  93. Akbar Palace,

    You’re absolutely right. It doesn’t get any older than that.

    Well, it is not only Al-Hasani (i.e. from Hassan of Ali), but all his cousins are on board against the usurping Iranian pretenders to the throne who can produce no valid proof of any legitimacy to the sacred lineage, except their black-colored head wraps!! Can anyone blame the rightful heirs? Al-Hassani invalidated Sistani’s fatwa calling Shiite to arms on behalf of Maliki

    That’s why, new reports reveal Maliki ordered his troops back to Karbala. Al-Hassani’s supporters along with those of his cousins (we’re talking here about such heavy weights like Muqtada and several others) are in the thousands, are spearheading a popular revolt in the south, and they seem to have gained control of the roads leading to Maliki’s own hometown near Karbala, in addition to several cities in the south.

    No body wants Maliki to become the new martyred Hussein, hence the troops were recalled back and they had to trek through the same journey in the desert as Hussein did. The Iranians have just warned us couple days ago: There will be another Karbala. They know what they’re talking about.

    Things don’t get forgotten so easily in this part of the world. The question now facing Obama is: does he have what it takes to decide Muhammad’s successor? Muslims tried hard over the last 15 centuries. To be fair to them, they’re still trying. But it’s very difficult to convince commoners that Allah has made a special lineage made out of Angelic Light just to take care of them.

    Do you understand now why the supweme leader is infallible? Or for that matter our own Hassan of south Beirut?


    The whole thing was just somewhat of an inconvenience to the Wise King who had to order 30000 troops to the border to fill up the vacuum.

    If the head wrap is black, then underneath it is supposedly a sacred offspring of the angelic lineage.
    If the head wrap is white, then underneath it is just a miserable, ordinary, fallible, wretched commoner you can do easily by ignoring him (sorry there is no her in this case).

    But, the ‘true heirs’ are up in arms now and they no longer buy such claims at face value.

    Posted by Mustap | July 2, 2014, 1:02 pm
  94. Do you understand now why the supweme leader is infallible?


    No, I’m thoroughly confused. I thought the Iraqi mess was the influx of sunni jihadis fighting back against the pwo-shia Pwesident, Maliki. But you’ve just added several angles that I wasn’t familiar with.

    I think it’s time to build a fallout shelter…

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
  95. Akbar Palace,

    You should know by now the Sunni Jihadists are the least of Maliki’s concerns. Why would his army abandon all those positions without a fight? It’s been theorized that he gave the orders in order to force partition or suck in the US, either way in order to save his butt.

    Sorry, if you are getting confused. But I tried to simplify it into the simplest form possible for the layman. You know what supweme is, and you know what head wrap is. These are the simplest terms I can use to explain what’s at play here. May be you should seek advice from threesa.

    If GWB is around the White House right now, what do you think he would do? Do you advise him to build a fallout shelter?

    Posted by Mustap | July 2, 2014, 2:29 pm
  96. Maybe this blog should be renamed. How about “Mustap and Akbar Palace’s love nest”?

    Posted by roger | July 2, 2014, 2:30 pm
  97. Roger,

    I think we should rename the website, “Akbar Palace in the Jihadist Wonderland”.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 2, 2014, 4:11 pm
  98. This is becoming absolutely pathetic.

    Posted by 3issa | July 2, 2014, 5:32 pm
  99. Idiotic Wise King could easily convince Dumb Zionist that the Sunni Shia differences were hard-core militarized confrontations lasting for the 14 past centuries

    Posted by 3issa | July 2, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:07 pm

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:11 pm
  102. Lawd have merceh

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:12 pm

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:13 pm
  104. Why would his army abandon all those positions without a fight?

    a.) Unmotivated
    b.) Afraid
    c.) Trained by UN peacekeepers
    d.) All of the above

    May be you should seek advice from threesa.


    Do you think if Israel goes away, there will be peace in the Middle East?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | July 2, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:19 pm
  106. I wanna run on the Buddhist ticket in Beirut

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:21 pm
  107. Or the heretics candidate

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:22 pm
  108. QN you are a tyrant lol

    Posted by Vulcan | July 2, 2014, 6:22 pm
  109. Hi guys

    This thread is getting to be rather unpleasant. I’m shutting it down. And I’ll ask you to stick to the subject in the newest post, which has just gone up.

    I realize I’ve been neglecting the blog, but I have a good reason (of sorts). I’m working on three books this summer, which leaves little time for any other writing. In the meantime, please feel free to use the comment boards to have discussions amongst yourselves, but if they’re not on the subject of Middle Eastern politics, I’m going to have to start deleting comments and suspending people for improper conduct in the comment section.


    Posted by Qifa Nabki | July 2, 2014, 6:25 pm

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