Mishkat Al Moumin | June 17th, 2012 | True Stories About Security | 26 Comments »
I am inviting you to another cup of my homemade Arabic coffee. It is a special type of coffee that I only offer to my readers. Please sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, while I ground my medium roasted coffee beans to extra fine.
While I am making the coffee, why don’t we talk about the lasted statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) ? You are right. ISI is Al-Qaeda linked group that is active in Iraq.
Issuing the statement on the same day reflects ISI ability to better organize themselves and communicate effectively with their members despite the security measures taken by the Iraqi government.
It seems that ISI overcame whatever difficulty that was facing earlier. Additionally, ISI took an advantage of the recent political turmoil in Iraq.
The statement utilizes verbal nouns in the first paragraph rather than verbs. Using verbal nouns (rather than verbs) indicates the continuity of the action regardless of time. While, verbs are associated with tenses such past, present, future, verbal nouns reflects an action that will continue for ever.
The current statement indicates that the ISI utilized the financial and legitimate means to launch the attack, while the previous statements indicates that the ISI utilized the available means. Comparing the two sentences suggests that the ISI received some funding and more recruits.
Let me make the coffee I promised you. I am brining my Arabic coffee pot Ibrik. The Ibrik is a unique coffee pot, which is made of copper. It is wide from the bottom, narrow at the top, and it has a long handle.
I add 1 1/2 teaspoon per Arabic cup of water ( similar to the espresso cups only smaller) I’ll add a half teaspoon of crushed cardamom. Cardamom will add an earthy taste to the coffee and release a sweet aroma. I am adding one teaspoon of sugar for two cups.
I will mix the water, coffee, sugar, and cardamom using a tiny whisk, while the pot is on medium heat. When it comes to a boil, I’ll lower the heat and wait for the forth to develop, then I pour it equally into our two cups.
Let’s sit in the back yard, drink our coffee, and enjoy the refreshing breeze. When you are done with your coffee, I’ll “read’’ the coffee stains on your cup to tell your fortune. As you know, coffee reading is a folkloric tradition in the Arab world.
 The previous statement was issued seven days after the attack.
 Unfortunately, ISI doesn't consider Shiites to be Muslims, thus they frequently launch attacks to kill them as part of their “holy war”. Shiites Muslims visit the shrines of twelve Immams known to be descendants of Prophet Mohammed. Shiites Muslims believe that the rightful heir of prophet Mohammed should be a descendent from his bloodline, while Sunni Muslims believe that his friend Abu Baker is the rightful heir. Unfortunately, Sunni extremists consider Shiites to be infidels
 Opponents of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are trying to muster enough support to bring him down in a vote of no confidence.