Despite mental images of a no-longer-existent Ireland that was once a bulwark of Catholicism, the Emerald Isle has become the crown jewel of secularist post-modern and post-Christian Europe. Thanks a lot, Vatican II.
Anyhow, to prove how tolerant and progressive today’s Hibernians are, Islam has become the fastest growing religious belief in Ireland, according to IBT (International Business Times).
“The Navy itself has ordered the same men to be armed only with bare hands and/or improvised weapons of opportunity, such as a sharp stick or a rock…”
One of only two Navy SEAL training bases was the recipient of a phone threat ostensibly from the ISIS global Islamic Jihad terrorist network. As reported by the right-of-center Breitbart.com news portal on Sept. 28, 2014, a rather terse call was received at the San Diego SEAL training base late last week, but Navy officials were quick to discount the call as simply a “non-credible” prank. However, be it a prank or otherwise, the news report brings to light that the highly trained and equally lethal Navy special operators are expressly forbidden by the same Navy they serve from carrying personally owned firearms while aboard any given Naval installation, even if the sailor in question should have a civilian Concealed Carry Permit/License (CCP/CCL)
Just days ago, the estimated number of al-Qaeda vs. al-Qaeda killed during their in-fighting has gone from less than 500 to well over 700, as reported by The Daily Star (of Beirut, Lebanon) on Jan. 16, 2014.
Within 48 hours, a local human rights group has updated its estimate from “at least 482” killed since the fighting between rival groups intensified earlier this year, to more than 700 killed in that past 12 days of fighting between alliances.
The Russian Times reported on Jan. 13, 2014 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has been tracking the death toll so far in the al-Qaeda civil war in Syria.
Early in the two-year-old Syrian Civil War against the central government of dictator Bashir al-Assad, there was a loose confederation of the many anti-Assad rebel groups.
As months turned into years and as a slow but steady flow of foreign jihadists into the Middle Eastern nation, the BBC has estimated as many as over 1,000 various heavily-armed factions, or “militias” as many like to call themselves.
Despite many of the groups swearing allegiance to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, an Islamist civil war within the Syrian civil war has broken out.
The heaviest bloodshed has been between the 5,000 strong Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) [also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)] battling the combined forces of Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya (Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant) with upwards of 20,000 armed members and their allies in the smaller but far more radical and bloody al-Nusra Front who boast of having 7,000 fighters.
The groups are battling over an area known as “The Levant” which is a local term for the geographic swath of land stretching from Lebanon to western Iraq.
As American, European, Saudi and Iranian weapons and money continue to flow to the hundreds of various jihadi groups, the body count is expected to rise, especially among those who the Islamists have a particular hatred for, such as the mostly unarmed Christian minority in the region.