At the G20 summit in Turkey on November 15th and 16th, where Vladimir Putin found himself the centre of attention. In the wake of the attacks in Paris, the Russian president huddled for private chats with the American president, Barack Obama, and British prime minister, David Cameron. David Cameron: gap with Russia over Assad rule in Syria narrowing. Government sources said the hour-long meeting was the first between the two leaders for a year and that it was measured and dominated by the Syrian question. They said progress had been made. Now rather Putin is seen as holding the key to resolving the bloody civil war in Syria which has given rise to ISIS fanatics. Most of the world leaders now accept there is little hope of degrading and destroying ISIS without the co-operation of Russia.Britain is prepared to make ‘compromises’ with Russia to secure the defeat of ISIS, David Cameron said today as he met Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Turkey
In the face of a common threat from Islamist terror, Russia and the West may be moving closer, if not exactly standing shoulder to shoulder. In response to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people and wounded a further 352, Russian warships have been ordered to work “as allies” with their French counterparts in the Mediterranean. Putin’s announcement of naval cooperation highlights how relations with France have improved. Syria.” Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande are to meet in Moscow on November 26.”Life indeed moves on, often very quickly, and teaches us lessons,” Putin said. “It seems to me that everyone is coming around to the realization that we can wage an effective fight only together.”
Speaking at a security meeting , Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country’s air campaign in Syria would intensify. “The combat work of our aviation in Syria should not only be continued, but it should be intensified to make the criminals understand that vengeance is imminent,” Russia is understood to be transporting paramilitary forces to frontlines across Syria, in a new sign of the superpower’s growing behind-the-scenes role in the four-year conflict. military plane transported GPF (Gozarto Protection Forces), soldiers to the Christian town of Sadad in the fight against ISIS . GPF (Gozarto Protection Forces), an Assyrian/Syriac Christian Force in Al-Hasakah Province, Syria .Russia’s Tu-95, Tu-22 and Tu-160 strategic bombers have been brought into the operation, while the Air Force command added that the strike group has been bolstered with 37 new planes, including Su-34 bombers and Su-27 fighter jets. The head of the General Staff reported that the new phase of the anti-ISIS campaign will involve 25 long-range bombers flying out of airfields in Russia.
Why the Islamic wars today?
About 1,300 years ago after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, a succession crisis divided Muslims; and the widening schism continues to play out today. The dispute over how to replace Muhammad as the leader of the Muslim world after his death in 632 — and increasingly after the deaths of subsequent leaders — led to competing iterations of the Islamic faith, diverting followers into two major branches — the Sunni and the Shia with doctrinal distinctions created the schism. In History we also did have the non violent Catholics and the Orthodox split.
The Islamic split began very early history of Islam. Those pushing for selecting successors as caliph of the Islamic State and as the religious authority only from among the family of Muhammad became known as the Shia, from the Arabic for “the followers of Ali,” a reference to Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali ibn Abi Talib. Those pushing for a selective process based on seeking the most qualified from the wider tribal context became known as the Sunni, from the Arabic for “people of the tradition.” This was really a political dispute, but that political dispute early on over who should continued over centuries and a theological sectarian split. A study in 2009 by the Pew Research Center says there were more than 1.57 billion Muslims around the world, about 23% of the world’s population. Of those, 10 to 13 percent were Shia and 87-90 percent were Sunni. It is largely where those Shia live that has become important. The majority of Shias (between 68 to 80 percent) live in just four countries: Iran, Pakistan, India and Iraq. In many other countries in the Persian Gulf, Shia remain a minority within Sunni dominated states. That makes theology increasingly also political.
The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), follows a distinctive variety of their own Islam whose beliefs do differ from the regional Sunni-Shiite tensions They literally want to over throw the world and replace it with their own Islamic view of the future. In 2014, after taking control of territory in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, ISIL proclaimed itself a caliphate, calling other states illegitimate and placing itself as the exclusive authority over the Islamic world, as if the world was the same as it was 1,300 years ago. ISIL targets Shia Muslims as well as the West as it imposes its strict interpretations within territory it controls. ISIL wants to convince everyone the struggle is one epic clash of civilizations between the false Western religions and the Islamic World — with themselves as the true representative of the world’s Muslims and as their religious authority — their caliph, the scholars said. The ISIL also carves its bloody notion of a new Islamic State world wide lashing out at targets both within the Muslim world and in the West. They claim they do have restored the Islamic empire called the caliphate as they believe that the caliphate is required in order to properly implement Islamic law and Islamic governance. They consider other systems of governance, even if there’s a Muslim sitting at the top, as illegitimate as long as the caliphate is absent. Members of the two branches if Islam, Sunni and the Shia had originally lived together peacefully and intermarried, but this highly politicized, the divide also becomes next “very heated” and now lead to calls for excommunication from the Islamic faith. In the current context of the self-declared Islamic State, that means death to all, even the Sunni and the Shia Islamists
The notion of Shia now being the dangerous iteration shifted through fundamentalist Sunni groups such as the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also referred to as ISIS). For a while, exploiting the Sunni-Shia split served the interests of nations controlled by either branch. Saudi Arabia, is also guilty of forcefully exportating it’s Sunni Islamist ideology. The ISIL, Shia-Sunni split is important when the major backers of each branch are dominating influences in the same, sensitive region: Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The ISIL, Iran and Saudi Arabia has aquired loads of money and are now also able to acquire, and to finance many ISIL recruits.
Britain is to step up security checks on Syrian refugees as they arrive this week over fears of terrorists sneaking into the country. Home Secretary Theresa May said Syrians offered sanctuary in the UK would face multiple screenings as calls grew for Europe to tighten border controls after it emerged two of the Paris gunmen arrived in Greece posing as refugees from Syria.
After the Paris Attacks, a Darker Mood Toward Islam Emerges in France. The relationship between France and “its Muslim community” is now “tipping toward outright distrust, even hostility” in the aftermath of last Friday’s Paris violence..
In the wake of Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, more than 20 US governors have said they won’t allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their state. The growing list of states that will not accept Syrian refugees currently includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. An additional five governors have called for increased screening and security around Syrian refugees, but not gone as far as saying they’ll block these them from settling in their states. This list includes Idaho, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Oklahoma .