Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Basic points of the Turkish support to the Islamic State, by Ioannis Michaletos

The rise and rapid expansion of the Islamic State (I.S.) since mid-2014 up to date has been concurrent with a notable support from Turkish state circles. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Illegal Immigration Industry in Greece in 2015: a Strategic Overview, by Ioannis Michaletos & Chris Deliso

The much-discussed illegal immigration phenomenon in Greece presents a security challenge to the country and to Europe in general, and this is the aspect of the issue most discussed in the national and global media.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bosnia and the European Jihadist movement, by Ioannis Michaletos

The latest reports streaming from ongoing investigations in Bosnia, point out on elaborate and long-term relations between the local Mujahedeen cells and Al Qaeda, amongst other terrorist groups.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The ISIS Expansion in Libya and Threats to the Mediterranean and North Africa

By Chris Deliso, Ioannis Michaletos and Matteo Albertini


ISIS-affiliated militants’ recent attacks on oil fields in Libya, coupled with the gruesome murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by terrorists there earlier, confirms that the terror group is expanding operations in a new theater, far from its home turf of Iraq and Syria; there it is under more concentrated attack from the Iraqi army, backed by Iran’s military and Shiite militias. 

After its rapid gains last summer, ISIS has been on the defensive following months of allied bombardment, and needs to expand to new theaters to sustain its momentum and perpetuate the apocalyptic theology that, as a recent study by Graeme Wood in The Atlantic revealed, comprises the ideological core of the whole ‘Islamic State’ project.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Muslim Brotherhood Operatives in Turkey Call For Killing Egyptian Officials, Threaten Egypt.

Muslim Brotherhood Operatives in Turkey Call For Killing Egyptian Officials, Threaten Egypt; Turkish MP: Turkey Shelters 'Many MB And Hamas Members'

MEMRI, Special Dispatch No.5959

Monday, March 16, 2015

Σε συναγερμό η Ιταλία, του Ιωάννη Μιχαλέτου

Σε συναγερμό βρίσκεται η Ιταλία λόγω ορισμένων ενδείξεων για είτε προετοιμασία τρομοκρατικού εγχειρήματος με βάση αυτή τη χώρα, είτε εκδήλωση επίθεσης μέσα σε αυτήν. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

France mulls ban on Gulf funding of mosques

France is considering a prohibition against foreign funding of domestic mosques. This is a sensible proposal given that Saudi funds have been coming with Wahhabi or Salafi strings attached for decades, and Qatar has joined the fray.

Albanian Islamists smuggled Italy's "Lady Jihad" to Syria, by Aleksandra Bogdani


Aldo Kobuzi was an average teenager in a forgotten village of central Albania before he took the fateful path towards Islamic radicalization and joined Islamic State, or ISIS.

Before then, his main passions were motorbikes and Tony Montana, the lead character of the 1983 crime flick Scarface.

On the other side of the Adriatic, in Italy, Maria Giulia Sergio, was a Neapolitan Catholic who, after converting to Islam in 2007, appeared in TV shows under the name of Fatima az Zahra, defending the wearing of the veil.

In the summer of 2013, Kobuzi, 23, and Sergio, 25, met in Milan through common contacts and married. The wedding photos, which made the rounds of Italian magazines, show the bride covered from head to toe from a white satin hijab.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Νέες έρευνες για Τζιχαντιστές στη Βοσνία, του Ιωάννη Μιχαλέτου

Το κράτος της Βοσνίας-Ερζεγοβίνης,αντιμετωπίζει νέες προκλήσεις σε σχέση με τη Τζιχαντιστική απειλή, καθόσον, έρευνες την παρούσα περίοδο αποκαλύπτουν μεγαλύτερα δίκτυα εξτρεμιστών, τα οποία μάλιστα έχουν άμεση σχέση και με την Ιταλία, μία χώρα που πλέον απειλείται ανοιχτά, μεταξύ των άλλων και από το λεγόμενο "Ισλαμικό Κράτος".

The Future of the Middle East, by Thierry Meyssan

For several months, Barack Obama has been trying to change US policy in the Middle East in order to eliminate the Islamic Emirate with the help of Syria. But he cannot do this, partly because he has been saying for years that President Assad must go, and secondly because his regional allies support the Islamic Emirate against Syria. However, things are slowly evolving so he should be able to do so soon. Thus, it appears that all States that supported the Islamic Emirate have ceased to do so, opening the way for a redistribution of the cards.
The world awaits the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between Washington and Tehran -under the ridiculous pretext of ending a military nuclear program that has not existed since the end of the war waged by Iraq (1980-1988) -. It would focus on the protection of Israel in exchange for recognition of Iranian influence in the Middle East and Africa.
However, this should only take effect after the Israeli elections of March 17, 2015. The supposed defeat of Netanyahu would renew ties between Washington and Tel Aviv and facilitate agreement with Tehran.
In this context, the US elite are trying to agree on future policy, while the European allies of the United States are preparing to align with what will be the new US policy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Internal divisions inside north Caucasus’ Islamist insurgency, by Giovanni Giacalone

In the summer of 2014 ISIS released a video containing a threat to start a war in Russia’s Chechen Republic and the whole Caucasus region. The footage showed an insurgent speaking from a fighter’s cockpit at the al-Tabaka Airbase near the city of Raqqa, Syria, claiming that the extremist group was going to “liberate” Chechnya and the Caucasus.[1]
In October 2014 Omar al-Shishani, one of ISIS’ military commanders, threatened that Russia would become one of the group’s next targets. On the phone with his father in Georgia, al-Shishani said that he would have revenge on Vladimir Putin and that he would infiltrate Russia with thousands of followers. [2]

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

List of People and Organizations Financing Terrorism

The following list is a 2011 one, compilled by Russian MFA and provides a good mapping of mostly Caucasus based terrorist networks.

From the 1510 individuals:

-117 from Grozny

-795 from areas of the Chechen–Ingush Autonomous SSR

The post Arab Spring period, should have changed/altered the records.

Originally the list was presented as "[Organizations and individuals included in the list by virtue of subsections 6 and 7 of paragraph 2.1 of Article 6 of the Federal Law of 7 August 2001 N 115-FZ “On Combating Legalization (Laundering) of Proceeds from Crime and Terrorist Financing”] "

P.S. Complete database with all names and organizations in: http://rg.ru/2011/07/06/extremism-dok.html