Category Archives: Terrorism

Major terror attack against India could trigger nuclear war: Experts – The Economic Times

Pakistan may use nuclear weapons against India if the latter goes for a large scale military assault against it in retaliation for a major terror attack emanating from across the border, two top American experts have warned US lawmakers.

Given the presence of a strong government in New Delhi and the pressure on it from Indian citizens in the event of a repeat of 26/11 type terror attack, the ties between the two neighbours have greater danger of escalating towards a devastating nuclear warfare, in particular from Pakistan.

Major terror attack against India could trigger nuclear war: Experts – The Economic Times

Why Russia Should be Added to the State Sponsors of Terrorism List | Foreign Affairs

Ukraine has also requested compensation from Russia for its aggression and asked the United Nations to condemn the country for breaking the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, which was adopted by the UN in December 1999. It has likewise demanded that the International Criminal Court and European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) charge Russia with financing and supporting terrorism. Indeed, the government has already sent three specific claims to the ECHR charging Russia with supporting and arming violent groups in the Donbas, annexing Crimea, and tampering with Ukrainian-owned businesses and state structures there. Ukraine’s government believes that Russian occupation authorities have stolen billions of dollars of Ukrainian state and private assets.

Ukraine’s demands for justice should not be ignored. The Donbas separatist groups do, indeed, fit the definition of terrorist groups, especially after the Mariupol rocket attack. And there are multiple sources that point to Russian training and military support for them.

Of course, Washington has been reluctant to call the Donbas separatist groups terrorists or recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as terrorist states, as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requested during his October visit to Washington DC. Doing so would inevitably push the Untied States to put Russia on its list as a state sponsor of terrorism alongside Iran, Sudan, and Syria. The EU would be obliged to follow suit, and tougher sanctions would follow. For the last few months, the West has viewed the further escalation of tensions with Russia as unwise.

But the Mariupol attack could change that calculation. Soon after it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Russia for the carnage, as did the NATO general secretary. With Russia blatantly ignoring every article of the Minsk peace accords it signed with Ukraine and with it supporting a two-pronged military and terrorist campaign against and inside Ukraine, the United States and the European Union should reassess their stance. It is time to call Russia what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism.

Taras Kuzio| Why Russia Should be Added to the State Sponsors of Terrorism List | Foreign Affairs

MI5 Boss Warns Al-Qaeda Is Planning ‘Mass Casualty Attacks’ Against The West | Business Insider

In the aftermath of recent terror-related attacks across the globe, MI5 Director General Andrew Parker has warned of al-Qaeda extremists in Syria planning “mass casualty attacks against the West”.

Parker said British security authorities had “stopped three UK terrorist plots” in recent months but added that “we still face complex and ambitious plots” by extremists who want to “cause large scale loss of life” by targeting transport networks and iconic landmarks.

“We know, for example, that a group of core al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West,” Parker said.

MI5 Boss Warns Al-Qaeda Is Planning ‘Mass Casualty Attacks’ Against The West | Business Insider

FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism – Fox Nation

Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists
     
The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.

FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism – Fox Nation

‘Significant increase’ in terror chatter as 9/11 nears

The U.S. intelligence community has observed a “significant increase” in chatter among terrorist organizations as the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks nears.

“We’ve noticed a significant increase in chatter among Islamic terrorist organizations overseas both on the Internet and phone lines,” a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Blaze.

“The threat is two-fold because ISIS is in war with core al Qaeda,” former CIA case officer Brian Fairchild told The Blaze. “ISIS was kicked out of al Qaeda in February and they’ve been fighting each other internally for leadership. ISIS is winning right now. They have captured the imagination of young Muslims from around the world and depriving al Qaeda of its own fighters. Al Qaeda is split down the middle and now you have 9/11 [anniversary approaching]. It would be beneficial to both camps that on 9/11, some great attack in the United States takes place,” he added.

‘Significant increase’ in terror chatter as 9/11 nears; Islamic State’s rise complicates analysis – Washington Times

Why Is Britain a Breeding Ground for ISIS Terrorists? – NBC News.com

Britain has a “deeply entrenched problem,” according to the Quillam Foundation, an anti-extremist think tank. “London historically has had Islamist ideology being taught openly without being challenged and there are many people who have grown up knowing and believing that the only way to be Muslims is to create this Islamic state,” said Harris Rafiq, Quilliam’s head of outreach. “It’s not surprising that jihadis have been able to cherry-pick these people.”

However, the numbers are inevitably higher in European nations with large Muslim populations. “When you look at the raw numbers, it’s not the best way to get a sense of how deep the problem is,” said Shiraz Maher, senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at London’s King’s College. “What we’ve done is to wade through the numbers of foreign fighters in relations to the Muslim population of those countries. When you do it like that, Belgium is actually way off the chart. But the Scandinavian countries feature very highly, and Britain as well.”

Why Is Britain a Breeding Ground for ISIS Terrorists? – NBC News.com

When you let monsters into your society then this is what happens. They eventually turn on you.

The problem is serious and fundamental. The rise of modern liberalism makes people blind to danger. While you and I can see monsters, the modern liberal is completely blind to it. In fact, it is worse than blindness. They view you and I as the problem, and the Muslim as a victim. Therefore, the problem of monster (Muslim) terrorism is going to get worse. Just wait until Iran gets nuclear weapons. Welcome to the age of nuclear terrorism. You will see nuclear terrorism within a decade.

Wait! You know Muslims and the ones you know aren´t monsters. That´s true. I´ve had Muslim friends too, and they were not monsters. So what gives? First, they were not good Muslims. Most Muslims are not good Muslims because they do not follow the Quran faithfully. Second, if the number of Muslims in an area is small then they will not generate a lot of trouble. Once their number get big enough, then things change. The monsters take over the Mosque and lead the people in a new direction. Gradually more and more Muslims will turn into monsters.

I just can´t see things getting better. In fact as I just said, the age of nuclear terrorism is coming. Terrorism is about to get a lot worse with no end in sight. Sorry, I know this is depressing. I would love to be wrong too, but I don´t think I am.

Fixing the problem of Muslim terrorism will basically mean eradicating Islam from the planet. Is that going to happen any time soon? No. That is a delusion and is never going to happen. In fact, it will be the other way around in my opinion. Islam will eradicate all the other religions.

US is no safer after 13 years of war, a top Pentagon official says – CSMonitor.com

The nation is no safer after 13 years of war, warns a top US military official who leads one of the nation’s largest intelligence organizations.

“We have a whole gang of new actors out there that are far more extreme than Al Qaeda,” says Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which employs some 17,000 American intelligence collectors in 140 countries around the world.

That the United States is no safer – and in some respects may be less safe – even after two wars and trillions of dollars could prove to be disappointing news for Americans, noted the journalist questioning General Flynn at the Aspen Security Forum last week.

US is no safer after 13 years of war, a top Pentagon official says – CSMonitor.com

US Flying Blind To Looming Terror Plots | Breaking Defense

The fact that terrorists have succeeded in a series of recent terrorist attacks overseas that the intelligence community failed to detect, however, suggests that something other than luck is at play. Increasingly, senior U.S. intelligence officials believe that a blind spot has been identified in U.S. defenses by ascendant Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups. If these experts are right, then the risk of another major attack on the U.S. homeland has increased significantly.

“Imagine if the United States was under attack by a wave of warplanes that we had on our radar, and then those planes turned off their transponders and suddenly became invisible to us. That’s the analogy I would use to explain what is happening with terrorist plots,” General Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency, said in an interview. He cites statistics released by the State Department earlier this year showing that the numbers of terrorist attacks and resultant deaths worldwide spiked nearly 40 percent between 2012 and 2013. “Believe me, those terrorists didn’t just decide one day to give the United States and Europe a pass. They are still trying to kill us. Only now, thanks in large part to Edward Snowden revealing our intelligence collection techniques and procedures, the terrorists know better how to get around our defenses.”

US Flying Blind To Looming Terror Plots « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that ‘terrorist groups’ seized nuclear materials | Reuters

Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”

Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”

Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that ‘terrorist groups’ seized nuclear materials | Reuters

Islamist plot to blow up Eiffel Tower, Louvre and nuclear power plant foiled, say French police – Telegraph

France foiled an Islamist terrorist plot to target the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and even a nuclear power plant, it emerged on Wednesday, as the country unveiled new, tougher anti-terror rules.

French police stumbled on the plans after decrypting coded messages between a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in the Vaucluse, southern France, known only as Ali M, and one of the highest-ranking members in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, in April last year, the married father of two who went by the pseudonym Abu Jaji was asked by his AQIM contact, whose web alias was Redouane18, to make “suggestions concerning how to conduct jihad in the place you are currently”.

Islamist plot to blow up Eiffel Tower, Louvre and nuclear power plant foiled, say French police – Telegraph