Category Archives: Terrorism

Iran attacks: Revolutionary Guards blame Saudis for Tehran attacks – CNN.com

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say Saudi Arabia supported ISIS in the deadly twin attacks in Tehran on Wednesday, an accusation likely to infuriate the Saudi kingdom amid high tensions in the region.

At least 12 people were killed when six attackers mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s Parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder, in one of the most audacious assaults to hit Tehran in decades. The targets were highly symbolic.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vowed revenge for the attack, and tied it to the visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia in May.

Iran attacks: Revolutionary Guards blame Saudis for Tehran attacks – CNN.com

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Tehran Terrorist Attacks Risk Unleashing All-Out War Between Iran And Saudi Arabia | HuffPost

The twin assault, the worst terrorist attack Tehran has seen in more than a decade, also came at a time of heightened regional tension, with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir calling for Iran to be punished for what it deemed interference in regional affairs and various politicians weighing in on an escalating Qatar crisis. The shocking strike, coupled with the chaos, could mean an exacerbation of several bad situations if tensions aren’t quelled.

Tehran Terrorist Attacks Risk Unleashing All-Out War Between Iran And Saudi Arabia | HuffPost

Manchester: Europe Still ‘Shocked, Shocked’

After hearing of the Manchester terrorist attack, politicians once more communicated their by now old-routine of “shock” and “grief” at the predictable outcome of their own policies.

Most dumbfounding of all, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was watching the developments in Manchester “with grief and horror” and that she found the attack “incomprehensible”.

Every time a European leader publicly endorses Islam as a great faith, a “religion of peace”, or claims that violence in Islam is a “perversion of a great faith”, despite massive evidence to the contrary, they signal in the strongest way possible that with every devastating attack, the West is ripe for the taking.

Manchester: Europe Still ‘Shocked, Shocked’

Six out of 10 People in France ‘Don’t Feel Safe Anywhere’

Fearing terror attacks, the majority of people in France are pessimistic about the nation’s security situation, with six in 10 saying they no longer feel safe anywhere according to an IFOP-FIDUCIAL poll.

The survey found that 93 per cent of French believe the threat of more terror attacks is high, and 71 per cent feel the security situation in France has got worse over the last five years.

Six out of 10 People in France ‘Don’t Feel Safe Anywhere’

What nuclear war would look like, according to an expert – VICE News

As Secretary of Defense under President Clinton, Bill Perry has spent most of his life watching the world prepare for nuclear war. And given the current political climate, he thinks the world isn’t nearly as scared as it should be.

All of this has experts, including Perry, worried about an era of renewed nuclear threat from jittery states and rogue actors. Perry often talks about his nightmare scenario: a small amount of enriched uranium falling into the hands of a terrorist group.

“I think of all of the nuclear catastrophes that could happen, this is the most probable,” the 89-year-old said. “I think, I would say, there’s probably an even chance, this would happen sometime in the next 10 years.”

What nuclear war would look like, according to an expert – VICE News

Terrorism Is Not The Only Reason To Be Skeptical Of Muslim Immigration

When we debate Muslim immigration—as we are again, as President Trump prepares to re-instate a revised travel ban—we mostly think about terrorism. This is a mistake, in part because it can border on fearmongering. Very few Muslims are terrorists, and the proposed restrictions are not well-tailored to stopping terrorists.

But fundamentally, it is a mistake because of what it ignores. Focusing only on terrorism—rather than on the beliefs, habits, and mores of potential immigrants—creates a false dichotomy, in which the opposite of “terrorist” is “moderate.”

Terrorism Is Not The Only Reason To Be Skeptical Of Muslim Immigration

James Mattis suggests the U.S. military isn’t strong enough to handle threats from Russia, China, and terrorists

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s defense secretary nominee, said at his confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he believes the world order is “under the biggest attack since World War II.” “That’s from Russia, from terrorist groups, and with what China is doing in the South China Sea,” Mattis said, acknowledging that the U.S. must “recognize the reality” of what we are dealing with when it comes to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mattis said he believes Putin is trying to “break” NATO and said the U.S. should maintain the “strongest possible relationship” with the treaty organization, diverging sharply from Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

James Mattis suggests the U.S. military isn’t strong enough to handle threats from Russia, China, and terrorists

How the Iran deal, Syrian civil war prepares Hezbollah for future war with Israel and terror

In a candid moment, a Hezbollah special forces commander recently admitted to VOA that, “in some ways, Syria is a dress rehearsal for our next war with Israel.”

The new cadre of fighters Hezbollah is bringing in is also professionalizing what was previously an explicitly guerrilla-oriented organization. The fight for Syria against the nominally Sunni “Takfiri” (apostate) ISIS, has been a gift to the Shia Hezbollah, spurring recruitment efforts. Put simply, Hezbollah is not just getting better at fighting, its army is also getting bigger.

Finally, the political fallout from the Obama administration’s often aloof posture toward Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has encouraged Iran and Hezbollah to consolidate political power in Beirut.

How the Iran deal, Syrian civil war prepares Hezbollah for future war with Israel and terror

The Terrorist “Wing” Scam :: Middle East Quarterly

Modern terrorist organizations have managed to flourish despite their enemies’ attempts to squash them and have often done so by hiding in plain sight behind a nominal disguise. The most successful groups have achieved a kind of parity with the countries they attack by masquerading as complicated and diverse establishments for which terror is but one facet of their true—and variegated—nature. Nearly all terrorist organizations operating today have learned to conduct effective subterfuge by pretending to diversify.

On the rhetorical level, the illusion is advanced when a terror organization claims for itself an ancillary “wing,” “arm,” or “branch.” Most often it is either a “charitable wing” that operates orphanages and hospitals and distributes aid to the poor, or a “political wing” devoted to achieving the group’s aims through negotiation. In reality though, the group and its newly-sprouted wings are never separate but rather integral, interdependent parts of a whole. The pose allows them to prosper by legitimizing their continued existence as aid providers or embryonic governments rather than terrorist groups.

The Terrorist “Wing” Scam :: Middle East Quarterly

Israel acknowledges helping Paraguay in fight against Hezbollah – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Israel is helping Paraguay take actions against Hezbollah in the Tri-Border area with Argentina and Brazil, the Foreign Ministry acknowledged on Wednesday while announcing the opening of the new embassy in Asuncion.

“Israel cooperates with Paraguay in the battle against terrorism and maintains a supportive role in actions against Hezbollah at the tri-border region,” the ministry said in a background statement on relations with Paraguay.

Israel acknowledges helping Paraguay in fight against Hezbollah – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Terrorists in our backyard: the Hezbollah threat in Latin America | The Cipher Brief

In Latin America, the combination of weak governments, porous borders, widespread corruption, and the lack of adequate legislative tools to combat terror finance creates an ideal environment for transnational organized crime. Drug trafficking, trade-based money laundering, and terror financing can no longer be treated as distinct phenomena. Terror organizations help drug traffickers move merchandise, then launder revenues through sales of consumer goods. Profits then return to the terrorists to fund their activity. In Latin America, Hezbollah plays a central role in this new landscape.

Hezbollah generates loyalty among local Shi’a communities by managing their religious and educational structures. It then leverages that loyalty to solicit funds to its own advantage – including, critically, to facilitate interactions with organized crime.

Terrorists in our backyard: the Hezbollah threat in Latin America | The Cipher Brief