Forces From Him Will Arise: Asshur also has joined them they are the strong arm of the children of Lot
A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.For, behold, Thine enemies make an uproar; And those who hate Thee have exalted themselves.They make shrewd plans against Thy people, And conspire together against Thy treasured ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”For they have conspired together with one mind; Against Thee do they make a covenant:The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites;Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah.Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera [and] Jabin, at the torrent of Kishon,Who were destroyed at En-dor, Who became as dung for the ground.Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,Who said, “Let us possess for ourselves The pastures of God.”O my God, make them like the whirling dust; Like chaff before the wind.Like fire that burns the forest, And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire,So pursue them with Thy tempest, And terrify them with Thy storm.Fill their faces with dishonor, That they may seek Thy name, O LORD.Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever; And let them be humiliated and perish,That they may know that Thou alone, whose name is the LORD, Art the Most High over all the earth. (Ps 83:1-18, NASB77)
Al Jazeera explores the origins and evolution of the world's most feared and powerful insurgent group - ISIL.
26 Oct 2015 04:51 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been truly devastating to those it comes in contact with and bloody to those under its control.
Its sudden rise and expansion in 2014 has perplexed many. It has humiliated its enemies, including those in Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran and Washington. Armed with extensive weaponry, boasting an international fighting force and adept in the art of digital media propaganda, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has become the de facto authority across an area the size of Jordan.
This two-part series peels back the rhetoric to examine how a volunteer organisation managed to rise up from the ashes of post-invasion Iraq and defeat standing armies many times its size and capacity.
How did it begin? How did it grow so astonishingly quickly? And how is it being used by global and regional powers to change the geopolitical map of the Middle East?
With critical testimony from informed insiders and experts from across three continents, as well as original footage from Syria and Iraq, this series mixes documentary and discussion to unravel the interweaving nexus of events and alliances, at once aligned and conflicting, that have given rise to the world's most notorious, and powerful, insurgent group.
Al Jazeera's former Middle East correspondent, Sue Turton, narrates the documentary and also moderates a studio discussion between Iraq's former national security adviser, Mowaffak al Rubaie; Ali Khedery, special adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq; and Australian journalist and Middle East correspondent, Martin Chulov.