Saturday, November 22, 2014

Qatar and Terror, by Denis MacEoin

Although outwardly more liberal than the Saudis, the Qataris have surpassed them as financiers of extremism and terrorism.
U.S. officials reckon that Qatar has now replaced Saudi Arabia as the source of the largest private donations to the Islamic State and other al-Qaeda affiliates.
Qatar, the world's wealthiest country per capita, also has the unsavory reputation for the mistreatment and effective slavery of much of its workforce.
Leaders of Western states threatened by jihadi advances are happy to sit down with the largest financiers of terrorism in the world, offer them help, take as much money as they can, and smile for the cameras.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

UK Salafist Group Linked to British ISIS Fighters,by Samuel Westrop

"Islamic radicals [are] hiding behind the scenes, influencing the minds of young people. ... Someone is persuading them, brainwashing them." — Ahmed Muthana, father of the jihadist Muthana brothers.
Mehdi Hassan is the fourth British man from the coastal city of Portsmouth to be killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria. Hassan was just 19 when he left with four friends for Syria in October 2013. They named themselves the "Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys." Four of the five have been killed.
Much of the media has, over the last few years, attempted to explain why British Muslims are being radicalized, and why some wish to fight for a terror group known and feared for its brutality.

Some commentators blame the darker corners of the internet; some point to the supposed glamour and glory of war, and others attribute part of the blame to "government policy" and the "persecution" felt by British Muslims living in a country allegedly full of "anti-Islamic feeling."

Those concerned with the practical workings of radicalization, however, look to the initial involvement of Western recruits to ISIS with extremist preachers and organizations. Even while crediting the allure of the internet, it seems improbable that anyone would join a cult or extremist group without some encouragement or introduction.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Σημαντικές βομβιστικές επιθέσεις στην Αθήνα μεταξύ 2010-2014, του Ιωάννη Μιχαλέτου


Η Αθήνα κατέχει  Πανευρωπαϊκό ρεκόρ στις βομβιστικές επιθέσεις με σημαντική ποσότητα εκρηκτικής/εύφλεκτης ύλης από τις τοπικές τρομοκρατικές ομάδες, στις περισσότερες περιπτώσεις δίχως θύματα.


Η παρακάτω λίστα περιέχει τις πιο σημαντικές από αυτές.



Η Επέκταση του Ισλαμικού Χαλιφάτου, του Ανδρέα Μπανούτσου

 Το άρθρο αυτό γράφτηκε για το rizopoulospost.com και αναδημοσιεύεται από το RIMSE

Στις 10 Νοεμβρίου μια μερίδα Τζιχαντιστών της Αλγερίας, της Λιβύης, της Αιγύπτου, της Σαουδικής Αραβίας και της Υεμένης έδωσαν όρκο πίστης και υποταγής στον αυτοαποκαλούμενο χαλίφη του «Ισλαμικού Κράτους» Αμπού Μπακρ Αλ Μπαγκντάντι διαψεύδοντας κατά αυτόν τον τρόπο έμμεσα τις φήμες που κυκλοφόρησαν προ δεκαημέρου ότι ο «χαλίφης» τραυματίστηκε θανάσιμα από τις αεροπορικές επιδρομές των ΗΠΑ και των συμμάχων τους.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Analysis: Islamic State snuff videos help to attract more followers, by Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria, has claimed to have beheaded yet another Western hostage, along with more than a dozen captured Syrian soldiers. In a newly-released video, a henchman for the group stands over what appears to be the severed head of Peter Kassig, a former US Army Ranger turned aid worker who was kidnapped in Syria in late 2013.
From the Islamic State's perspective, such videos serve multiple purposes. They are meant to intimidate the organization's enemies in the West and elsewhere, show defiance in the face of opposition, and to convince other jihadists that Baghdadi's state is the strong horse. Al Qaeda, the Islamic State's rival, long ago determined that graphic beheading videos do more harm than good for the jihadists' cause, as they turn off more prospective supporters than they earn. But the Islamic State has clearly come to the opposite conclusion, cornering the market on savagery.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Sunni Hezbollah? by Jonathan Spyer

Jabhat al-Nusra, like the Lebanse Shi'ite organization, is emerging as a movement that combines uncompromising jihadi ideology with tactical flexibility. Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamist group which constitutes al-Qaida's "official franchise" in Syria, this week carried out a successful offensive against Western-backed rebel militias in northern Syria. Key areas were captured.
Islamic State and its activities further east continue to dominate Western media reporting on the war in Syria. But in northwest Syria, Lebanon and the area immediately east of the Golan, it is Nusra which is becoming the main Sunni jihadi force on the ground.
There are significant differences in the praxis of these two movements, despite their near-identical ideological stances. Islamic State prefers to rule by straightforward terror – see its slaughter of 322 members of the Albu Nimr tribe north of Ramadi this week.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Coalition Divided Over Goals, by Thierry Meyssan

Washington seems to have abandoned its Levant remodeling map for another. However, the failure of the first project and the strength of the Syrian people do not bode well for the implementation of this new plan. Thierry Meyssan reviews the adjustments it requires and the division it has created within the coalition: on one side, the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, on the other, France and Turkey.