CHARLOTTE, NC, October 16, 2014 – According to accounts by the London paper “The Guardian,” American-led airstrikes have slowed the Islamic State’s advance to a limited degree, but they have done little halt the massacre of innocent Kurds in the gateway city to Turkey along the Syrian border.
The atrocities have become magnified by the hundreds, says Sam Greenhill who reports that, “Headless corpses litter the streets of the besieged Syrian border town, they say, and some of the mainly Kurdish townsfolk have had their eyes gouged out.”
One Kobane resident spoke despairingly in hushed tones as he described the horrors that children in the village were witnessing. “The children saw the headless people. They saw them,” he said.
Greenhill relates the story of Ahmed Bakki who was once a farmed in a village close to Kobane. Bakki said his 48-year old cousin, the father of seven, remained in Kobane after his family fled. In an attempt to make contact, Bakki called his cousin but ISIS answered the phone.
The voice at the other end of the line said, “We’ve got his head and we’re taking it to Jarabulus.” Jarabulus is an ISIS stronghold.
If the beheadings and dismemberments were not horrible enough, another disturbing new revelation from Kobane are reports that the most brutal member of the jihadis appear to be Europeans.
According to Ahmed Bakki, “They are Chechen, they are English, they are from all over Europe. We know because we can hear their accents.”
Greenhill adds that a teacher from Kobane claimed he heard two fighters in the city who were bragging about their British heritage.
The British Foreign Office is currently investigating how easily British jihadis can cross the border from Turkey into Syria where they can instantaneously join the Islamic State’s Caliphate.
If the reports are true, it could mean that London and other cities throughout Europe with large Muslim communities could be in danger of future attacks either on a massive scale or by lone wolf extremists.
The United Nations estimates that if Kobane falls in the siege by the Islamic State that some 13,000 people could be massacred in the aftermath.
Meanwhile, Greenhill reports that the latest “invention” of the Islamic State in the region is the establishment of “Jihadi Snatch Squads” which are described as ISIS fighters lying in wait in Turkey to grab unsuspecting Westerners as hostages. The captives are then sent to Syria where they are confronted by “Jihadi John” who delights in beheading innocent victims such as Alan Henning and the other highly publicized social media decapitations.
The frontier town of Akcakale, located 40 miles east of Kobane, is said to be the most dangerous place for the Jihadi Snatch Squad captures.
Thus far, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan had made virtually no effort to combat the Islamic State in Kobane.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry has further emphasized that the long-range American strategy will eventually eliminate the importance of Kobane as a key city in the battle against ISIS.
“Kobane is one community, and it’s a tragedy what is happening there, but we have said from day one it is going to take a period of time to bring the coalition thoroughly to the table,” said Kerry.
Kerry’s response follows the Obama administration’s typical reaction to any crisis by being too slow to take action. Be it Islamic extremism, Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, the ebola crisis or countless other events, the president has been incapable of making a decision within a reasonable period of time to put forces in motion to resolve any given situation.
In the earliest days of Obama’s presidency, his aloofness was seen to be a sign of strength by the media as they marveled at his ability to remain cool and calm while he “weighed all his options” in matters of critical importance.
With the passage of time, those impressions have long since faded as it has become obvious that the president cannot make a decision without first analyzing the political implications.
Barack Obama is no longer cool. He is indecisive and, in the process, his ineffectiveness allows terror organizations such as the Islamic State to thrive without opposition.
ISIS is strong because it has no resistance. The larger it gets, the more dangerous they become.
It is time to put our heads together and use them before we lose them instead.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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