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Kurdish YPG fighters survey the damage from Turkish bombings of their positions near Derik, Syria (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images) The Syriac Military Council, a Christian militia in Syria opposed to the Assad regime, condemned Turkey for bombing its U.S.-backed Kurdish allies who are fighting ISIS. The Christians accused Turkey of continuing the genocidal and anti-democratic campaigns of the Ottoman Empire. The statement reads in part: “This attack came at the 102nd commemoration of the Syriac Assyrian, Armenian and Greek genocide ‘Sayfo,’ while Turkey is continuing the same policies against the people living in the Middle East, trying to overthrow the democratic project that our people are working together to reach a political and administrational system based on pluralism, justice, equality and democracy.” Turkey’s airstrikes killed 40 Kurdish fighters in Iraq and 30 in Syria. The Kurds in Syria belonged to the People Defense Units (YPG). The Syriac Military Council (MFS) and its female wing, the Beth Nahrin Women Protection Forces, are allied with the YPG Kurds in a U.S.-backed alliance named the Syrian Democratic Forces. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is a multi-ethnic coalition and it is leading the fight against ISIS as it prepares to attack Raqqa. Despite historical ethnic tensions, the Kurdish-led SDF was able to recruit so many Sunni Arabs that a top U.S. commander estimates that 60% of the fighters are Arab and 40% are Kurds. Earlier this month, the Syriac Military Council published a letter asking for the U.S. to provide more direct military aid as it prepares to participate in the attack on ISIS’ capital, Raqqa, alongside its Arab and Kurdish allies. The Council said that the U.S. aid had favored the Arabs and Turkmen. Turkey considers the YPG—the Kurds in the U.S.-backed SDF—to be part of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which the Turks and the U.S. State Department identify as a Marxist terrorist group. Although there are ideological ties between YPG and PKK, YPG says it is a separate group and the U.S. government agrees. In Iraq, five members of the Kurdish Peshmerga military force were killed by the Turkish airstrikes in the Sinjar area. The Kurdish Regional Government said that Turkey did it by mistake and blamed the PKK for the deaths by operating in the area. The Syriac Military Council reiterated that it is “standing next to our brothers-in-arms against this barbaric attack against our forces that had been and still [is] sacrificing their lives to defeat ISIS and liberate Syria from their tyranny.” It asks the international community to oppose Turkish “aggression.” In October, the Syriac Military Council threatened to fight Turkish forces and its Islamist proxies with the Free Syria Army banner when Turkey intervened to stop SDF advances. The Christian militia accused President Erdogan’s regime of having an “ISIS mentality” by pursuing an “Islamic regime” and supporting extremists. The U.S. attitude towards Turkey is long overdue for a reversal. We must face the reality that Turkey is now in the Islamist camp and we are in an undeclared proxy war with Erdogan. One of the first things the U.S. should do is grant the Syriac Military Council’s request that the U.S. stand firmly against Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman jihad and adequately support the Christians and Kurds in the Syrian Democratic Forces. Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. To schedule an interview, please contact Jackie@TruthPR.com or 662-259-0988.
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The National Council of Resistance of Iran holds a press conference to reveal its new findings. (Photo: courtesy) The National Council of Resistance in Iran, a group that wants to replace the current regime with a secular-democracy, publicly released detailed information about alleged covert nuclear activities in Iran. The accusation immediately followed the Trump Administration’s determination that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. NCRI says that the newly-identified site is in the Parchin military base, the place that Iran has been most resistant to granting outside access to. It is known that Iran working on the high explosives necessary for a nuclear weapon’s “trigger” at Parchin. NCRI says that the effort was simply moved from one location within Parchin to another because the regime believes there is an “extremely low” chance of the IAEA inspectors entering the area. The new location is vaguely referred to as a “Research Academy” by regime personnel, NCRI claims. It is located at the 500-acre “Plan 6” part of the Parchin site. The regime began building tunnels there in 2005 so it can serve as a backup site to the high explosives work in Parchin that was happening at the time. “In order to avoid the leaking of intelligence and information on the Research Academy, the location is under heavy surveillance and control by the IRGC Intelligence’s protection service,” the deputy-director of NCRI’s U.S. office said. FOX News asked two highly-regarded nuclear experts about the NCRI’s information and satellite photography of the site. Both agreed that the site appeared to be related to high explosives work, but that isn’t necessarily a violation of the nuclear deal. Nonetheless, both suggested that the IAEA ask for access to the site. The METFAZ unit is part of a broader entity known as SPND that the U.S. government sanctioned in 2014 for secret nuclear activity. NCRI says that SPND has 7 components, of which METFAZ is one. Other components focus on uranium enrichment; laser research; shaping the nuclear warhead and body; the interior of the warhead; the production of the warhead body and the missile fuel and other chemical components. NCRI says that an Iranian Revolutionary Guards brigadier-general named Dr. Hassan Mohseni, also known as Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, is the leader of SPND and, therefore, the “main leader” of the covert nuclear program. Other secret SPND sites are in Tehran, just outside Tehran and outside Karaj. The opposition group asks the international community to demand access to all SPND sites, even if Iran claims they are off-limits as military sites. The National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI) is a highly controversial opposition group because it was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department for 15 years. The group went to court and successfully fought to be delisted in 2012. The NCRI has amassed a mountain of bipartisan supporters. It is led by a woman and its stated objective is “a secular democratic republic in Iran, based on the separation of religion and state.”Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of 23 senior U.S. officials wrote a letter to President Trump asking him to directly engage the NCRI. Obviously, the U.S. intelligence community needs to verify the information and we need to consider the agenda of the group providing the information, as well as the timing of its release (immediately following the U.S. government’s confirmation that Iran is complying with the deal). However, NCRI has a strong track record and it would want to avoid a self-inflicted wound by being caught in a lie. In 2002, NCRI accurately revealed two secret nuclear sites; the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and the heavy water facility at Arak. A nuclear expert with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Frank Pabian, said in 2010 that NCRI is “right about 90 percent of the time.” In February 2015, NCRI identified an alleged secret uranium enrichment site that has been operating since 2008. The revelation happened as the U.S. and Iran came close to agreeing to the nuclear deal. In June 2015, NCRI disclosed joint Iranian and North Korean work on ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal will lead to an Iranian regime on steroids (through sanctions relief) and a United States disarmed of options to stop it. If NCRI’s allegations are true, then Iran has the best of both worlds: The benefits of compliance while continuing non-compliant nuclear weapons work. Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. To invite Ryan to speak please Jackie@TruthPR.com or 662-259-0988
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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:54

Iran Tried to Strike US Naval Base: Bahrain

The U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense) The Iranian regime may have backed off of a ballistic missile test following President Trump’s sanctions and threats, but its jihad through proxies continues unabated. The U.S.-allied government of Bahrain just wrapped up another Iranian sleeper cell network that was planning to attack the base of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, according to the Bahraini government. The announcement came after Bahrain arrested 14 terror suspects, 11 of which were allegedly trained directly by Iran and its barely concealed puppets. Six were trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), five by the Iraqi branch of Hezbollah and three got their training inside Bahrain. The cell was led by two Bahrainis operating inside Iran, Qassim Abdullah Ali and Mortada Majid Al-Sanadi. The U.S. State Department designated al-Sanadi as a terrorist on March 17, confirming he was acting as an Iranian agent in backing the Al-Ashtar Brigades terrorist group in Bahrain. The cell was planning assassinations of various public officials, according to the announcement. Explosives and communications devices were seized from their residences. The same network allegedly committed a bombing of a bus used by the Bahraini police in February that injured four police officers. The bombing came after the Bahraini authorities killed three suspected terrorists in a shootout as they tried to flee to Iran. In January, two Bahraini police officers were killed in attacks. Bahrain also claimed to arrest 54 suspected terrorists in early March for attacking security personnel, stealing weaponry and committing a jail break. Iran’s attacks on Bahrain and plotted attacks on the U.S. presence there is more than just the usual jihadagainst Sunni Arabs and the U.S. military. Iran has said explicitly that it ultimately seeks to conquer Bahrain—not influence its behavior, not expel the U.S. military, not overthrow the Sunni royal family so the 70% Shiite population is fairly represented—but conquer. The founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, declared that Bahrain is the 14th Province of Iran and that stance remains unaltered. In 2009, a top aide to Iran’s current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the same. Only weeks ago, the leader of the IRGC called on his country to annex Bahrain, saying, “Bahrain is an Iranian province that was detached from the Islamic Republic of Iran due to Western colonialism.” Last summer, he explicitly said there would be “armed resistance” inside Bahrain that would topple the royal family in response to a crackdown on the Shiite opposition. The Iranian regime sees Bahrain as stolen territory and, more importantly, is ideologically committed to annexing it as a means of fulfilling End Times prophecies. “[Bahrain is] the best opportunity to begin setting the stage for the emergence of the 12th imam, our mahdi,” said a representative of Khamenei in 2011. The 12th imam or mahdi is a figure that appears in Shiite End Times prophecies to bring about a final victory over the enemies of Islam during a bloody war. The regime believes it is fulfilling a sequence of prophecies to trigger this apocalyptic event. The civil war in Syria is likewise seen as a stepping stone towards the mahdi’s appearance. Destabilizing Saudi Arabia is another big step and annexing Bahrain (or at least turning Bahrain into a battlefield) would go a long way into making that happen. In 2011, massive protests erupted in Bahrain, which Iran rooted for and tried to turn into a violent uprising, hoping that the 70% Shiite population would kick out the ruling Sunni royal family that is already facing internal divisions. The Bahraini regime was saved by military intervention from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Iran responded by sending a flotilla to deliver aid to the protestors, which the Arabs threatened to fire upon. It turned back at the last moment. Iran’s unofficial war with Bahrain continued nonetheless, including a plot to kill the king and other senior officials in 2012. Look at the extent to which Iran is fighting to save the Assad regime in Syria. It has undertaken enormous expense it can ill afford. If that’s what Iran is willing to do to protect its most important ally, imagine what Iran is willing to do to “reclaim” its territory next door and, in the process, expel a critical U.S. base, enhance its strategic position (such as by threatening the Strait of Hormuz), potentially destabilize Saudi Arabia and set the stage for the prophesied appearance of the mahdi. As long as the Iranian regime is in power, we must consider Bahrain as a flashpoint with the potential to replicate the horrors of the Syrian civil war. Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.     
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The aftermath of the subway bombing in St. Petersburg on April 3, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images) Russia says that the suspect behind a subway bombing in St. Petersburg that killed at least 11 people is from Central Asia and has links to radical Islamic terrorist groups. Here are six ways the Russian government may respond to the attack. Blame the WestWhy? Because that’s what the Russian government-controlled, conspiratorial media always does. In fact, Pravda almost immediately published this interview with the heading, “CIA Involved in St. Petersburg Terror Act?” The source was an individual with the background of “government and business consultant.” Double-Down on Alliances with Shiite Wing of Radical Islam Russia is a long-standing ally of the Shiite wing of radical Islam represented by the Iranian and Syrian regimes and their Hezbollah terrorist proxy. The civil war in Syria has tightened this alliance, making Russia a direct ally on the battlefield.If ISIS or any other jihadist group based in Syria is behind the bombing, Russia’s resolve to keep Assad in power and expand the regime’s territorial holdings will only stiffen. The bombing makes it less likely Russia will pressure Assad and his inner circle out of power (even if a pro-Russian regime remains), as that’ll give the appearance that Russia caved in to the jihadists.Expect Putin to tempt the West into a laxer policy towards Iran and Hezbollah, claiming that their anti-American hostility is a byproduct of U.S. aggression that will disappear when the U.S. changes its tune and abides by Russia’s strategy for the region. Use It as a Pretext for Action Against a NeighborPutin has a dual strategy conquering neighboring territory under the guise of protecting and unifying Russian minorities while depicting Russia as the best hope of the civilized world as America declines.Putin has been setting the stage to once again seize Georgian territory ever since he had Russian forces rip away Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008. Russia has been slowly taking more land, eliciting a condemnation from the European Union and a complaint from Georgia about “creeping annexation.”In March 2015, Vasil Rukhadze of the Jamestown Foundation warned that Russia “might be preparing for a final assault on Georgia.”Russia consistently accuses the pro-U.S. government of Georgia of responsibility for Islamist terrorist attacks on its soil. The Russian foreign minister said in January 2016 that ISIS has a training base in the Pankisi Gorge region of Georgia. The region is indeed a hotspot for ISIS recruitment, but the accusation that ISIS has a training base implies Georgian acquiescence. There are other neighbors that could be in Russia’s sights, but Georgia is most likely to be blamed for the bombing of the subway. Retaliate with Syrian KurdsRussia has been arming Syrian Kurdish forces that have a Marxist orientation and are accused of being part of the PKK terrorist group. Increased assistance and coordinated action with them is a likely form of retaliation.The Turkish government, which views PKK as a terrorist threat of the highest order, is furiousabout this but eager to grow its military ties with Russia. Increased Support to the Taliban in AfghanistanSenior U.S. military leaders say that Russia is backing the Taliban in Afghanistan. Iran is likewise helping the Taliban fight ISIS in Afghanistan.Increased support to the Taliban is an option for retaliating against ISIS (if ISIS is deemed responsible for orchestrating or inspiring the bombing) and also serves other interests.The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan believes Russia wants to undermine the U.S. and NATO mission in Afghanistan.  Russia has also sided politically with the Taliban in opposing long-term agreements for U.S. and NATO involvement and demanding the departure of foreign forces from the country. Suppress Massive ProtestsPutin has been facing the biggest protests in five years with demonstrators fueled over frustration over corruption. The U.S. State Department condemned the arrests of hundreds of protestors, including a major opposition leader.Putin warned the protestors that they risked making Russia follow in the footsteps of the Arab Spring, referring to mass violence and chaos. He obviously wants to use national security as a justification for shutting down the opposition. Both Russia and the West are threatened by Islamist terrorism and should be natural, full-fledged partners in this struggle against both Sunni and Shiite extremism. Unfortunately, Putin is—and always will be—a former KGB spymaster. Not withstanding Russia’s pledge to join forces with Trump to fight terror, Putin’s intense desire to challenge the West means opportunities for international cooperation that would otherwise be obvious will be missed. ### Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. To invite Ryan to speak please contact us.
Last modified on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:54
Friday, 24 March 2017 09:50

Clarion Project: Current News & Updates

TruthPR.com Guests Ryan Mauro and Jennifer Breedon: Summary of latest News and articles from the Clarion Project. Podcast London Attack: ISIS' Blueprint for Murder The Clarion team examines the ramifications. Listen  Send Your Condolences to Family of Murdered Police Officer Your letter will be forwarded to the London police. Send Letter Poll Should Media Include Terrorists In Casualty Figures? Some media outlets include terrorists killed while carrying out their attacks when providing figures. Vote News Salafists Control All Mosques in Brussels: Mayor Mayor Yvan Mayeur said this must change. Read Video The Abuse of Two ISIS Child Soldiers Children are used and abused by ISIS Watch   Video Muslim Reform Movement Needs Our Support Clarion's Jennifer Breedon explains why Watch Opinion Turkey's Extremism: What You Said & What You Can Do We asked readers to sign a petition asking Washington to stop Turkey from becoming another radical Islamic state. Take Action News Kosovo Turns to Women to Help Fight Radicalization Counterterrorism experts in Kosovo now think women are the key to stopping radicalization. Read   Media Contact: Tel. 662-259-0988 Email: Jackie@TruthPR.com Skype: Jackie.Jones18
Imagine withstanding torture so severe, your only recourse is to douse your own body in gasoline and light a match.  Sixteen-year-old Yasmin lived this nightmare. Yasmin, who set herself on fire to avoid a brutal attack by ISIS, is shown with Dr. Jan Kizihan. (Courtesy: Jan Kizihan). Fox news.com   As one of over 2,000 girls currently held as sex slaves for Islamic State (ISIS) militants, Yasmin knew that if she survived scorching her body, her “captors might no longer find her attractive.” She was right. Her appearance today was the cost of freedom from the continued rape and sexual torture she endured at the hands of ISIS.  World leaders have officially declared Yazidis and Christians are being systematically wiped out in Iraq and Syria. So why did Yasmin have no recourse for escape from ISIS besides self-mutilation? The UN Human Rights Commission released a report adding the crime of genocide to the list of ISIS atrocities carried out since 2014 (including crimes against humanity and war crimes). According to the Genocide Convention and the UN “Responsibility to Protect,” leaders are required to protect the victims of genocide first and to prevent, at whatever cost, the continued genocidal campaign. What is the purpose of designating as genocide the atrocities against Yazidi and Christian populations in Iraq and Syria if we continue to refuse to do nothing and purposely deny our legal obligations? Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) noted that “Christian refugees don’t go into UNHCR-run camps for a number of reasons[among them] concern about the intimidation they face because of their different lifestyle...dress code and the strict Muslim environment dominating camps.”  NGOs such as CSW noted that strong “evidence has emerged of extremists infiltrating refugee camps.” UN workers are unwilling to provide details of the situation. So although the UN has clearly stated the religious identities of genocide targets, its workers are unwilling to discuss religion within the areas of that genocide. Minorities like Yazidis and Christians need their own safe refugee camps. They need their own security force to “protect” and help “prevent” the ongoing genocide. The UN is able and legally obligated to provide both. Additionally, of the 10,800 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States, only 56 are Christian. Of the July refugee arrivals, 1,501 (99%) were Sunnis, and 3 (0.19%) were Christian. The UN Refugee Resettlement Agency that vets the refugees for resettlement to the US begins its very lengthy vetting process within these UN camps, so it is no wonder that less than 1% of the actual targets of genocide are being admitted to the United States.  Though there are 700,000 displaced people currently living in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, 10,000 to 15,000 Yazidi Iraqis chose to flee to war torn Syria. They escaped the genocide to find “refuge” in a country ravaged by civil war and ISIS in order to stay in the \Newroz Camp run by local NGOs, not the UN.  The vast resource of the Hague and international attorneys need be utilized to bring ISIS leaders to justice. ISIS is guilty of genocide: a crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and all 193 Members of the United Nations.ISIS leaders and operatives should stand trial before worldwide courts for the vast array of international criminal offenses they have perpetrated including Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, and the Crime of Genocide.“Killing them was like killing a chicken.” In a prime example of someone that must be charged in the Hague for international crimes, ISIS militant Abu Chiad discussed openly with no remorse, how he made daily trips to behead people and rape Yazidi women, saying “Killing them was like killing a chicken.”  This ideology has been documented at length in former eliminationist and genocidal campaigns according to the book “Worse Than War” by Daniel Goldhagen. Chiad, himself, admitted ISIS tactics mirrored the Nazi justification of Jewish annihilation during the Holocaust.  Amal Clooney is slated to become the first attorney to bring the Islamic State to justice in the international courtroom. (Photo: Flickr/Dying Regime) I applaud Amal Clooney for being the first Human Rights Attorney to take up arms in the legal arenas in defense of the Yazidis to sue members of ISIS for their genocidal atrocities, but Ms. Clooney cannot take down ISIS alone.  We must continue the fight and pave this untrodden road to give strength to the victims by setting legal precedent that ideologies possessed by ISIS and its progenies are, in fact, criminal ideologies and no discussion on religion can impugn those who don’t speak out against them. Jennifer R. Breedon Legal Analyst for the Clarion Project, Human Rights & Foreign Policy Expert Focused on Religious Extremist Ideology & International Law  
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The ancient Iraqi city of Qaraqosh, one of the country’s largest Christian areas, remains unlivable months after it was liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). Footage obtained by Professor Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst at the Clarion Project, shows the destruction in Qaraqosh sparing little, certainly not many of the once glorious churches and ancient monasteries that once adorned the city. “It’s very hard to see your house [of 20 years] destroyed,” an unnamed resident of a destroyed house in Qaraqosh told Mauro. The Assyrian Christian and Mauro talked as they walked through piles of rubble, stepping over all of his family belongings scattered on the ground, broken into pieces. “We see destruction all around us,” notes Mauro as the resident gave him a tour of what is left of his home. “This home was taken by ISIS and subsequently hit by a U.S. airstrike.”   Assyrian Christians from Qaraqosh “emphasized that ISIS’ urge to destroy Christian buildings was a sign of weakness and fear; insecurity about their own faith as if Islam, or at least ISIS’ version of it,” noted Mauro to Breitbart News. “On a few occasions, I heard the line, ‘We don’t worship a God of buildings. Our God is in here,’ while pointing towards their hearts.”  Read More.
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Female fighters from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), including the oldest and youngest soldiers. (Photo: Courtesy) In America, some attention-seeking activists purposely got arrested by blocking traffic outside the Trump International Hotel so they could later become the face of so-called gender oppression. Their PR stunt stole attention from the most powerful symbols of feminism: women in the Middle East—Christians, Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis—risking their lives to vanquish Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) as a step towards starting a new era for women in the region. The Iraqi and Syrian Christians who stare daily into the darkness of genocide have, after a long and bloody period of patience and non-violence, formed self-defense forces, including an all-female force in Syria. The Beth Nahrin Women Protection Forces is a branch of the 2,000-strong Syriac Military Council, a Christian militia that says it includes Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs. The Christian force is part of a U.S.-backed coalition named the Syrian Democratic Forces that includes Kurds and Sunni Arabs and is marching on Raqqa, the “capitol” of ISIS’ “caliphate.” Watch a video about this force titled “Meet the Christian Women Fighting ISIS,” which shows a camp with 50 female recruits in the Kurdish area of northern Syria: ISIS is believed to still be holding many Yazidi women and girls as sex slaves and the other female Yazidis are determined to put an end to it. The Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq has trained at least two female Yazidi forces, the 1,700-strong Sun Ladies and the Sinjar Women’s Units. The Iraqi Kurdistan government is proud of how its Peshmerga forces put men and women on equal footing. The same goes for other Kurdish groups in Iraq that are fighting both ISIS and the Iranian regime, like the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI). Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro in Iraq with female fighters from the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK). The Syrian Democratic Forces include the Kurdish YPG group, with a female component known as the YPJ Women’s Defense Units. The Kurdish YPG is accused of being a branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by the U.S., E.U. and Turkey. The U.S. government nonetheless backs the YPG, disputing the claim that YPG and PKK are synonymous. A Twitter posting from ANF News shows female Kurdish fighters purportedly handing out flowers to women in villages freed from ISIS and is accompanied with a quote: “We’ll liberate women from slavery, atrocity and make every day March 8 [International Women’s Day].” Sunni Arab women are also in on the action. The U.S. military has proudly distributed pictures showing female fighters who belong to the Syrian Arab Coalition, another component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), being trained and armed ahead of the planned attack on Raqqa. For the female Kurdish commanders, they are not only risking their lives to defeat ISIS but for the sake of the next generation of girls. The commander of the female Kurdish forces in Syria, Rojda Felat, has vowed to free the Yazidi women enslaved by ISIS as part of a broader struggle for women’s rights. She said, “Wherever a man is threatening a woman, our forces will struggle against this,” according to a report referenced in a PJ Media article. In an interview published on International Women’s Day, Felat spoke words that should stiffen the spine and inspire every women’s right activist: “In the Middle East women are assigned traditional roles such as wife, mother, house-worker. With the establishment of the SDF, however, this has changed and traditional roles have been turned upside down … With the SDF, the women of our region have taken developments by the scruff of the neck and left their imprint on the direction of the battle. As a result, women have re-established themselves in every sphere of life.” International Women’s Day would have been better honored by broadcasting those words and telling these stories than by skipping work, politicizing the day or getting arrested for blocking traffic as the radical Muslim-American activist and left-wing star Linda Sarsour was. ### Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. To invite Ryan to speak please contact us.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 18:24

Jennifer Breedon: Iraq who's fighting who?

Everything You Need to Know About Iraq in Under 10 Minutes Recently returned from war-torn Iraq, Clarion's Legal Analyst Jennifer Breedon explains in simple terms.  
Last modified on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 18:40
National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro Available for Analysis    (New York, NY) November 14, 2016 | TruthPR | -- Donald Trump will work to pass legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, said Walid Phares, a foreign policy advisor for the president-elect. Speaking to the Egyptian news outlet Youm7, Phares said the legislation, which was already approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was held up due to the Obama administration's support of the group. Clarion Project spearheaded a campaign to educate legislators and move the bill forward over the past year.  The bill currently has bipartisan support. The bill included is an unprecedented opportunity to educate members of Congress about the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement in terrorism.  It reviews the Brotherhood's terrorist history and how it is banned by the governments of Egypt, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. Egypt released videos showing the Brotherhood's involvement in terrorism and the Egyptian government's website warns about the Brotherhood lobby in the United States. The bill also outlines how the Brotherhood is linked to CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). ### INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: PROFESSOR RYAN MAURO, NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST, CLARION PROJECT Professor Ryan Mauro National Security Analyst, Clarion Project Associate Producer, Faithkeepers Professor of Counter-Terrorism, Liberty University Professor Ryan Mauro is the National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the threat of Islamic extremism and provides a platform for voices of moderation and tolerance within the Muslim community. He is also a consultant to various government agencies, political campaigns and policy-makers and a professor of homeland security, counter-terrorism and political science. Mauro has made over 1,000 appearances on international radio and TV programs from both the left of the right, including frequent segments on FOX News Channel, Al-Hurra, CCTV, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal Live, etc. He's been widely published and quoted in outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, Roll Call and the Daily Caller. He has served as a strategic analyst for the Wikistrat consultancy and as an intelligence analyst and director of the Asymmetric Warfare and Intelligence Center. Mauro has a Bachelor's Degree in Intelligence Studies, Master's in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies, all from American Military University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security specialization. To interview Ryan Mauroemail: Jackie@TruthPR.com or Schedule here 
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NEC-SE has stated repeatedly that current U.S. foreign policy is neither beneficial to U.S. interests, nor to the future of global peace. On 18 JUN 2016 NEC-SE posted an article entitled, “The Fall-Out of the New Model of Power Relations for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East“, with a detailed analysis of how the current policy was causing the U.S. to lose its footprint and also spread distrust amongst members of the global community. Part of the US’ policies have included backing and funding powers that are – at best – not particularly fond of the U.S. or its culture of freedom, and – at worst – have actually been the cause of direct attacks against U.S. citizens, personnel, and troops. One of the efforts that were attempting to gain muster along with support of the U.S. was the PMF (People’s Mobilization Forces/Units) umbrella network in Iraq. While on the surface, this appears to be an official Iraqi “state-sponsored” organization; it is actually a network of around 40 militias, most of which are Shia Muslim groups. Amongst these militias is Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Shia militia group, which was responsible for U.S. deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi which is lead by Falleh Al-Fayad who’s deputy is Abu-Mahdi Al-Mohandes who was one of the top High Value Targets for the U.S. Forces in Iraq when Americans were shedding blood against his insurgent forces. Falleh Al-Fayad is also in control of the Ministry of Defense in Iraq and the National Security Adviser for the Iraqi Prime Minister. In other words, the PMF is a force outside the Iraqi regular armed services. Its goal at best seems unclear, and at worst is mainly for the advancement of Ali al-Sistani’s policies. Sistani is a “grand ayatollah” with the authority to make legal decisions, and originally from the majority Shiite nation of Iran. In fact, Sistani’s original fatwa (an Islamic religious command or edict) that led to the creation of the PMF structure called for the defense of primarily the city of Baghdad, not all of Iraq. The origins of the PMF structure have always been the advancement of the Shiite cause and not for the advancement of a secular Iraq that serves all. Finally, the majority of these militias are directly backed by Iran. Not long after the fatwa, an alternative narrative was immediately pushed in explaining the emergence of the PMF structure. The minutes of a 7 APR 2014 National Alliance (Shia Bloc) meeting have former PM Nouri al-Maliki stating: There is a real and clear security danger that threatens the country and I have told you more than a year ago that the situation is dangerous. Our army cannot be counted on since it is a combination of Sunnis and Shias and Kurds. Some Sunnis are unconvinced, while some Shias are there for the salary, and it is an army that has not waged such battles before and its armaments are basic compared to that of Islamic State… This narrative bolsters the fact that when Mosul was invaded by the Islamic State on 9 JUN 2014, both Sunni Muslim Kurds and Sunni Muslim Arabs were no where to be found in protecting the Assyrians and other Christians, whom the former had just disarmed and had for a long time claimed to have dominion over in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). However, the narrative also bolsters the fact that the retreat of both the Sunni Muslim Kurds to the KRG and the Shiite Muslim Arabs to Baghdad via their C-130s during the Islamic State’s invasion just two months later was one that had been pre-meditated based on the date of this statement. Given this lack of loyalty to country and unwillingness to fight despite the huge supply of U.S. weaponry and equipment that had been left to the Iraqi government after U.S. withdrawal, coupled with an incorporation of much of those deserters into the new PMF structure, one must wonder just why the U.S. would support such a structure. U.S. is still taking hard earned taxpayer monies and is funneling it to the Ministry of Defense in Iraq, which has no loyalties to the United States. Worst of all it is requiring the Assyrians and other Christians to register and serve under the command and control of these forces to receive any funding and training support in Iraq in-order to keep up the false narrative that Iraq is a unified nation. So at a time when the Assyrians and the root of Christianity is being eradicated in the Middle East the current administration is working hard to funnel our taxpayer monies into the hands of anti-American and anti-Israeli militias who have openly asked for the targeting of U.S. forces in Iraq and have protested American intervention in Iraq by burning the American flag. Worst of all the same administration is asking the Assyrian and other Christians in Iraq to join these forces to receive support and training from the United States. LTC (R) Sargis Sangari CEO, NEC-SE Request Guest Sargis Sangari https://nec-se.com unitedassyrianappeal.org
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