ISIS: War in Sydney Imminent; Rebel Group Hard to Eliminate – US Officials Admit

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By Athena Yenko | August 18, 2014 12:40 PM EST

A war in Sydney is brewing as ISIS goes head-on in recruiting people around the world; even US officials admit the group is impossible to contain.

The ISIS is going full head-on in its recruiting activities for new members around the world and according to unnamed sources, recruiting in Western Sydney had been successful.

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Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazer August 14, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the Islamist militant siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar had been broken and most of the U.S. military personnel sent to assess the situation would be pulled out of Iraq in the coming days.

A considerable number of supporters of the rebel group were known to have been coercing some of the Sydney Muslim businesses to declare their loyalty to the Islamic State through rendering monetary contributions.

To this, the large Lebanese community in Sydney is said to be readying its members to a possible retaliation against the ISIS supporters.

The Lebanese Community in Sydney, with Shia and Sunni Muslim as well as Christian members, were outraged as news of the ISIS aiming to invade parts of southern Lebanon, declaring the region as another caliphate have reached Sydney, the Daily Telegraph reports.

According to reports, fight between the Lebanese army and the Islamic State forces took place on Aug 2 and lasted for five days with the rebel group killing dozens of Lebanese soldiers.

The incident and reported coercion of ISIS supporters is stimulating the Lebanese community in Sydney.

"The confrontation has thrown kerosene on the already combustible community relations in Western Sydney," one unnamed source observed.

Meanwhile, US officials admit that the ISIS had developed into a "potent force" that even tested counterterrorism strategies had now became futile for its abolishment.

The officials said that the group was able to recruit foreign fighters and now had grown to approximately 10,000 in number.

"It has pitched itself as the true successor to Osama bin Laden. This is not a problem that can simply be dealt with by bringing out some of the counterterrorism tools we have used in the past. The idea that the group can just be rooted out somehow is probably not the right way to think about it," a US intelligence official said.

The official added that it will not be easy to abolish the group until broader issues within the Arab communities are addressed. He underlined that ISIS is a well-organised group and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is leading a team of hard-core fighters who had known each other from jail.

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(Photo: Reuters / Azad Lashkari)
Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazer August 14, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the Islamist militant siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar had been broken and most of the U.S. military personnel sent to assess the situation would be pulled out of Iraq in the coming days.
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