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Under the Black Flag: An Exclusive Insight Into the Inner Workings of ISIS By Sami Moubayed

"As recently as last week, as the chairman alluded to, Stuart Levey, who is the Under Secretary of the Treasury Department, publicly remarked, “If I could somehow snap my fingers and cut off funding from one country, it would be Saudi Arabia.” In recent years, of course, Saudi-based individuals have provided support specifically to Sunni extremists in Iraq. Some of that money is believed specifically to support opponents of Prime Minister al-Maliki. For years the Saudi Government turned a blind eye to the financing of al-Qaeda by prominent Saudi-based religious and business leaders and organizations. Only after al-Qaeda bombed targets within Saudi Arabia in 2003 did the Saudis finally focus on the problem, and began a meaningful dialogue with the United States to combat it." U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia: Oil, Anxiety, and Ambivalence : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, September 18, 2007, Volume 4 Page 19 (Extended quote)

"Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan" US embassy cables: Hillary Clinton says Saudi Arabia “a critical source of terrorist funding”’, Guardian, 5 December 2010, WIKI Leaks

"The BBC's Lucy Williamson reports from Indonesia, where tens of thousands of Islamists have gathered to push for the creation of a single state across the Muslim world." Lucy Williamson, ‘Stadium Crowd Pushes for Islamist Dream’, BBC News, 12 August 2007

"We are Syrian mujahideen, back from various jihad fronts to restore God's rule on the Earth and avenge the Syrians' violated honour and spilled blood," a masked man declared in the video."Jabhat al-Nusra has taken upon itself to be the Muslim nation's weapon in this land." Profile: Syria’s al-Nusra Front’, BBC News, 10 April 2013

"Whoever's with us should get everything," Lieberman said, in reference to the loyalty of Israeli Arabs, who make up some 20 percent of Israel's population. "Those who are against us, there's nothing to be done – we need to pick up an axe and cut off his head. Otherwise we won't survive here." Ishaan Tharoor, ‘Israeli Foreign Minister says Disloyal Arabs Should Be Beheaded’,Washington Post, 10 March 2015

"A “staggering array” of gross human rights abuses and “acts of violence of an increasingly sectarian nature” were committed by the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over a period of nine weeks, the United Nations reported today…

The UN human rights officers describe serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross abuses of human rights that have been perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups, “with an apparent systematic and widespread character.” These include “attacks directly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, executions and other targeted killings of civilians, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual and physical violence perpetrated against women and children, forced recruitment of children, destruction or desecration of places of religious or cultural significance, wanton destruction and looting of property, and denial of fundamental freedoms,” according to the report" ‘Staggering array’ of gross human rights abuses in Iraq – UN report October 2nd 2014 UN News

"The executioner appears to be the same man who killed Foley – known as ‘Jihadi John’ - and tells the camera:… 'I’m back Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic state, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and … on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike out people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.'We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone" James Nye, Michael Zennie and David Martosko, ‘I’m Back, Obama’, Daily Mail, 2 September 2014

Interviews With The Author

"Sheikh Abdullah was the real imam. He was the real leader. Sheikh Osama was the person you see on TV. He was always kind, but the rich boy in him could still be felt – not in appearance, but in attitude. Sheikh Abdullah was more humble; more down-to-earth. He treated us as a father, and we were his obedient children. Sheikh Abdullah drew grand inspiration from glorious figures in the history of Islam, and from contemporaries like Imam Hasan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, and Mustapha al-Sibaii. Sheikh Osama felt threatened by these big names. He preferred not to talk about them, so that he would remain the focus of everybody’s attention. He was immensely egocentric, may God have mercy on his soul" Author interview with Farouk Abdul Rahman (Damascus, March 2014)

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