Category Archives: Terrorism

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.

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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

A darkness over Europe – The Globe and Mail

Only one thing is certain. The terrorist attacks won’t stop. Jihadism is a movement that has metastasized around the world. Jihadis do not depend on Islamic State for support, and jihadism will probably survive after IS has been defeated and replaced by something else.

The problem of self-radicalizing young people who find self-actualization in destruction will be with us for many years to come. But whether moderate pragmatism will prevail is very much in doubt. An end to immigration, mass deportations, harsh restraints on civil liberties – all are possible. What happens in Europe could make Donald Trump seem like a nice guy.

A darkness over Europe – The Globe and Mail

It’s time to stop playing around with Muslims. Boot them out and ban Islam.

Islam is more than just a religion. It’s a political system too. Banning Islam is banning a political system that is anti-western.

 

Syrian Refugee Machete Attack in Germany

Syrian Refugee Machete Attack in Germany

Syrian Refugee Machete Attack in Germany | True News – YouTube

When you cannot recognize danger then your society is finished. And that is where the West finds itself today. The solution to the terrorism problem is not that hard: Expel all Muslims. But that is never going to happen. In fact, all signs point to the West continuing in its current direction. For now that means more terrorist attacks. I expect later there will be war. This is what happens when you are unable to recognize danger.

If there is war I fully expect the West to lose.

 

Why Germany—and the World—Is Arguing Over the Munich Shooter | TIME

The motivation of the man who killed 9 people in Munich is still up for debate

Still, it seemed a bit early to call the case closed. When we spoke at police headquarters on Saturday afternoon, the chief conceded that his officers had not yet analyzed all the gunman’s computers and social media accounts. Nor had investigators been able to question all the witnesses of the rampage, one of whom told CNN that the gunman shouted Allahu Akbar – “God is great” – while firing his Glock into a crowd of people near a McDonald’s restaurant. Pressed on this point, Andrae was dismissive. “Even if he would have said this, it would not automatically indicate anything,” he told me. “Not everyone who uses this saying, which is now famous around the world, is automatically linked to ISIS.”

Why Germany—and the World—Is Arguing Over the Munich Shooter | TIME

Here’s what we now know about Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11

As it turns out, there are 29 pages, not 28, numbered 415 through 443 in the congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. And deletions on the pages — sometimes words, often whole lines — add up to the equivalent of a total of three pages. So we still are not being given the full story.

It is instantly apparent that the widely held belief for why the pages were not initially released — to prevent embarrassing the Saudi royal family — is true.

The pages are devastating:

Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11 – Business Insider

France Suppressed Testimony of Torture in Bataclan Concert Hall

The French government suppressed police testimony describing torture, including mutilation and disembowelment, during the November ISIS terror attacks at the Bataclan Concert Hall in Paris, according to an exclusive report released by Heat Street on Friday.

Police who investigated the carnage told France’s Commission of Inquiry that ISIS terrorists disemboweled, beheaded, and castrated some victims, shoving the cut off testicles into their mouths. Militants also gouged out eyes and stabbed women in the genitals, authorities told the commission.

Survivors of the Nov. 13 attack that killed 130 people told police the terrorists had filmed the torture to use for ISIS propaganda.

France Suppressed Testimony of Torture in Bataclan Concert Hall