Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lebanon and the ISIS Threat, by David Daoud

The advance of the Islamic State in Syria and al-Sham (ISIS), currently known as the Islamic State, has focused the international spotlight over Syria and Iraq, as ISIS has taken control over huge swathes of the two countries. Although Lebanon has managed to stay off the international radar, instability and sectarianism leave the country equally vulnerable to this growing threat in the region.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jihad "Made in Kosovo", by DW

Deutsche Welle (Germany)   Aug 24, 2014

Over the span of two days, 43 Islamic extremists were arrested in Kosovo. Dozens more are under watch, both at home and in the Middle East. As fears of terror attacks grow, Kosovo is clamping down.

International terrorism and Al Qaida: I have finally got out to light, by Ali Hammad

About the author

Ali Hammad was born in 1971 and has Bahrainian citizenship. He has married a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation and has two juvenile children with her. He is currently imprisoned in the Zenica jail (BH), since 1997, because of a crime which he may or may not have committed. He had left secondary school, chemical and biological program, but omitted the final year for the grave situation which he was then experiencing. Then, he had continued to attend the unrecognized and forbidden Military Academy in Ossama bin Laden's training camp "Cooliet Javer el-Askhariye" in Afghanistan and finished it in BH from 1992 to 1995. He is former military officer in the counter-attack infantry in the terrorist network "Al-Qaida", and thereafter he resigned from it after the terrorist attack on September 11th. Now, he has become an active member of international counter-terrorist organization and participant in the campaign in the battle against international terrorism of any sort. He has forever taken off military uniform, and now he entertains regular trade activities, i. e. he plans to practice those activities after leaving the prison.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Libya’s Ansar al-Shari’a Declares the Islamic Emirate of Benghazi, by Andrew McGregor

Only weeks after Sunni jihadists in Iraq declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate covering parts of Syria and Iraq, Libya’s Ansar al-Shari’a movement has declared an Islamic emirate in eastern Libya after driving government forces and their allies from the city of Benghazi. The defeat of the strongest pro-government forces in eastern Libya has provided the Islamists with an impressive victory, but Ansar al-Shari’a and its allies are still struggling to obtain the support of Benghazi’s urban population and the powerful tribes dwelling in its hinterland.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

James Foley murder: inside the mind of Britain’s jihadis, by Matthew Francis

The chilling video showing the apparent murder of the journalist James Foley by the Islamic State has reinforced the terrible risks involved in the brave and important role that journalists play in reporting from overseas conflicts. In a 2012 interview with the BBC, Foley said: “I’m drawn to the drama of the conflict and trying to expose untold stories.” However, as we know from recent accounts, many other foreigners are also drawn to the conflict in Iraq and Syria and indeed it appears that Foley’s murderer was British.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Το Ισλαμικό Κράτος αλλάζει την πολιτική των ΗΠΑ στη Συρία;

Οι ΗΠΑ μπροστά από μεγάλη αλλαγή πλεύσης στην εξωτερική πολιτική τους. Τόσο ο στρατηγός Μάρτιν Ντέμπσευ αρχηγός των Αμερικανικών Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων, όσο και ο Γενικός Γραμματέας Άμυνας των ΗΠΑ με δηλώσεις τους έκαναν σαφές ότι η Αμερική προετοιμάζεται να χτυπήσει μέσα στη Συρία το Ισλαμικό Κράτος. Χωρίς να κάνουν καμία νύξη όσο αφορά την πολιτική των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών στο συριακό θέμα, είναι προφανές ότι έστω και σιωπηρά η Αμερική, προσωρινά τουλάχιστον, θα συμμαχήσει με τον Σύρο Πρόεδρο Μπασάρ Αλ Ασαντ εναντίον του Ισλαμικού Κράτους.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

British extremists among 'most vicious' in Isis

Jihadism expert says Sunni Muslims from the UK do everything from suicide bombings to executions in Syria and Iraq conflicts

British extremists are among the "most vicious and vociferous fighters" in Islamic State (Isis) ranks in Syria and Iraq, a jihadism expert has said.
Sunni Muslims from the UK are taking part in the conflicts "in every way", according to Shiraz Maher from King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.
That includes acting as suicide bombers and executioners, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday after a video purporting to show a US journalist being beheaded by an Isis fighter with a British accent was placed online.