About 1900 members of the Iraqi Federal Police recently completed five weeks of basic combat training at Camp Taji, bringing to more than 20,000 the total number of Iraqi security forces trained by a combined New Zealand-Australian training task group.
The graduates comprise the first batch of police trained by Task Group Taji, which comprises about 100 New Zealand and 300 Australian soldiers.
“This is not just a training milestone,” Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said. “The latest batch of trainees to march out now form part of stabilisation forces who are working to ensure that the gains made against Daesh – in Ramadi, Fallujah, east Mosul and other parts of Iraq – are sustained.
“By providing world-class training to the Iraqi Army and police our personnel help ensure there is a steady flow of capable fighters who can sustain the Iraqi military’s counter-offensive operation against Daesh and keep the militants from regaining footholds in areas that have been cleared,” Major General Gall said.
New Zealand has been contributing to the international effort to increase the capacity of the Iraqi security forces since May 2015. The fourth rotation of Task Group Taji deployed last November to help the Iraqi military develop capable forces to defeat Daesh and reclaim Iraqi territory from the terrorist group. Read more »
Islamic State’s chief executioner, who has beheaded more than 100 people, has been stabbed to death in an ambush in Iraq.
Nicknamed Abu Sayyaf, he was dubbed one of the terror groups scariest decapitators and was paraded in their sick videos for his huge frame.
He was also said to be leading ISIS in the Nineveh State, where he was killed by an unknown group who swarmed terrorist territory. Read more »
This is the full text of President Donald Trump’s executive order.
See if you can find any mention of the words Muslim, Islam, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen in the text below.
A real $1,000 to anyone who can and prove it.
PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows: Read more »
Murray McCully won’t respond to the hundreds, if not thousands of requests for an explanation over the back-stabbing of Israel.
But President Trump honours an election pledge, the media and luvvies scream blue murder and Murray McCully is responding in public on behalf of his Islami and terrorist mates.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully says US President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from Muslim-majority countries is causing “considerable concern” but he has stopped short of directly criticising it.
The National-led Government and Prime Minister Bill English are being urged by Opposition parties, support partner United Future and the Human Rights Commission to follow other international leaders in condemning Trump’s policy.
In a statement this morning, McCully said: “It is clear that the immigration announcements out of the US are causing widespread confusion and considerable concern.” Read more »
If the United Nations was a legitimate organisation then you would expect it to elect countries with the best Human Rights records to the 2017 Human Rights Council. You wouldn’t expect countries with systematic suppression of free speech, arbitrary detentions, death sentences for apostasy and extrajudicial killings to be elected. Shockingly the United Nations has selected countries with exactly those human rights abuses to serve on its 2017 Human Rights Council.
The Human Rights Council, mind you, is supposed to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” according to its mandate…
Let’s take a closer look at the new members of the 2017 Human Rights Council.
An SAS sniper’s 100th hit killed the Islamic State chief during the battle for Mosul, it has been revealed.
The sniper, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, took out the ‘highly valued target’ as Iraqi special forces and teams of SAS troops probed the outskirts of the city.
According to Patrick Williams for the Daily Star Sunday, the terrorist was killed with a single bullet through his body armour.
A source told the paper: ‘The sniper had a two second window to shoot the IS commander.
‘He took the shot and the bullet almost cut the terrorist in half. Read more »
How many NZ based fighters are currently fighting with Daesh?
The government doesn’t really know. Even one is a concern, but it appears it may be way more than that…and they will coming home soon as Daesh collapses. Hopefully, many of them will die in the process of being defeated.
New Zealand has a “broad sense” of the number of Kiwis fighting with Islamic State and has monitoring in place in case they tried to return home, Prime Minister John Key says.
Key met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the weekend during her brief visit to Auckland.
Afterwards, Bishop told the Herald that about 110 Australians are fighting with isis in Iraq and Syria, and concern is turning to what to do with them if they survive and return home.
Isis was under increasing pressure, particularly because of the Mosul offensive, and there was a “high risk” that more foreign fighters would try and return to Australia, Bishop said. Read more »
The media sickens me, they are trying to get the government to confirm if our NZSAS troops are in Iraq and helping put bad wogs in the ground.
The Government has denied reports that the SAS is in a combat role in Iraq calling in airstrikes.
The Guardian is reporting that New Zealand is among several SAS units active in northern Iraq.
“The British, Australian and New Zealand SAS are all active in northern Iraq, along with US forces, where they have been calling in airstrikes to support both Kurdish and Iraqi advances. Their role at the frontline has not been well documented, however.”
But Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee insists they’ve got it wrong. Read more »
Poor old Tony Blair is being slammed in the Chilcot Report, which is just saying what we have all known for years. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein was removed as revenge for 9/11. The failure of the US intelligence system and airline security led to the humiliating attack of 9/11 and someone had to pay.
As for 9/11, I have flown El Al flights and the cockpit doors have been secured against hi-jackers for decades. They have also had armed security on planes for decades as well. For whatever reason the yanks thought they were safe on their own soil. 9/11 changed all that.
I was working in the US in late 2002 to 2003, and what struck me as interesting was that the American people were being prepared for war by the MSM on a daily basis. The MSM were acting as cheerleaders for the upcoming retribution. It was quite odd for me as a Kiwi watching this process unfold as it was a subtle process of getting the people used to the idea that we were going in to sort this out. As history has shown, the evidence for going in was flawed. But, a reason to justify it to the people was necessary to have public opinion on the side of the politicians. Read more »
An Auckland man has been convicted over ISIS-related activities in Auckland.
And you want refugees from Daesh central coming here?
An Auckland man has become the first person in the country to be jailed for possessing and circulating objectionable material related to extreme violence.
Imran Patel, 26, has been jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to making, distributing and possessing videos depicting cruel violence perpetuated by terrorist group Isis.
As he was sentenced Patel stood up and screamed, “Tell John Key to stop being a slave to America!” He had to be pulled from the courtroom by security guards. He continued screaming as he was escorted to custody cells.
According to a summary of facts Patel was known to police to be an Isis sympathiser. He was one of two men with Isis sympathies sentenced in Auckland on Thursday.
His ISP network provider cautioned him about the content he was sending but he sent a second message to the same people, with a similar video showing prisoners being beheaded. An Isis logo was visible.
This prompted the network to bar his number from sending further messages.
He obtained another number and sent a further text to the same recipients chastising them for getting his number disabled.
“Remember that you are a Muslim so behave like one,” he texted them. Read more »