Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Boosting Turkey as It Backs Terror, by Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s lax border policies have enabled ISIS to finance and arm its fighters in Syria; ISIS cells are now operating throughout Turkey.
And Turkey also helped Iran, a state sponsor of terror, evade sanctions to the tune of billions of dollars in 2012 and 2013. Yet this week, Turkey chaired the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum in New York.
It could be an item from The Onion — except it’s not satire.
Launched in 2011 after the failure of previous multilateral groups to tackle terrorism, the 30-country GCTF has itself become a farce — not least because Turkey is the co-chair, along with the United States.
Turkey holds this honor because of its rare qualities: It is a Muslim country that is a trusted US and NATO ally.

But it has also become a hub for terrorist recruiting and support — most definitely including ISIS recruiting and support, as The New York Times has reported.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Misunderstanding al Qaeda, by Thomas Joscelyn

On Tuesday, September 23, the U.S. government announced that a new bombing campaign was under way in Syria. The Obama administration had been building the case for airstrikes for weeks. The president and his surrogates repeatedly highlighted the threat posed by the Islamic State (often called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL), which has captured large swaths of territory across Iraq and Syria. Unexpectedly, the administration announced that American missiles had also struck something called the “Khorasan group,” which was in the final stages of planning attacks in the West. The group may even have been close to striking inside the United States.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Απίστευτη γκάφα σε δημοσίευμα του defencenet για το Jihad Watch και το Μητροπολίτη Αμβρόσιο, του Ανδρέα Μπανούτσου

Το defencenet.gr το διαβάζουμε και εμείς στο RIMSE και είναι όντως μία από τις κορυφαίες σε επισκεψιμότητα και αξιοπιστία ιστοσελίδες στην Ελλάδα. Σήμερα όμως κάποιοι άσχετοι με το Ριζοσπαστικό Ισλάμ συντάκτες του υπέπεσαν σε μια πρωτοφανή και συνάμα απίστευτη γκάφα. Αναφέρουν σε δημοσίευμα τους ότι δήθεν ο Μητροπολίτης Καλαβρύτων Αμβρόσιος στοχοποίηθηκε από δημοσίευμα ιστοσελίδας του ISIS. Ουδέν αναληθέστερο από αυτό.

Νεκρός ο στρατιωτικός ηγέτης της Boko Haram (;) του Κωνσταντίνου Παντελή

Ο νιγηριανός στρατός δήλωσε την Τετάρτη ότι σκότωσε έναν άνδρα ο οποίος εμφανιζόταν σαν τον ηγέτη της Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau και επιβεβαίωσε ότι ο Shekau είχε ήδη σκοτωθεί νωρίτερα. Η ανακοίνωση έρχεται μετά από προηγούμενες δηλώσεις για το θάνατό του, το 2009 και το 2013.

War against ISIS Headed for Failure, by Tarek Fatah

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, surrounded by the leaders of 10 Arab states, to build a coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), the scene dripped with irony.
For decades, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Arab billionaires in Gulf Arab states, have financed the breeding grounds of Islamic extremism in the tens of thousands of madrassas spread around the world, from Philippines to Philadelphia.
Take the case of the al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, whose death President Barack Obama boasted about at the Wales NATO summit as an example of America's approach to dismantling al-Qaida-affiliated groups.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Jihadists' Promise: Power over Death, by Louis René Beres

Jihadi violence serves not only to advance the terrorist's delusion of immortality, but also to add, however perversely, an apparent and desperately needed erotic satisfaction, using religion as the justification.
Persuasive promises of immortality -- the desperate hope to live forever -- underlie virtually all major religions.
Washington and Jerusalem should finally address what needs to be done in addition to military remediation -- reinforcing efforts to convince these terrorists that their expected martyrdom is ultimately just an elaborate fiction.

Islamic State Atrocities: Products of 'Grievances'? by Raymond Ibrahim

While many have rightfully criticized U.S. President Obama's recent assertion that the Islamic State "is not Islamic," some of his other equally curious but more subtle comments pronounced in the same speech have been largely ignored.
Consider the president's invocation of the "grievances" meme to explain the Islamic State's success: "At this moment the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL—which calls itself the Islamic State."