Imagine if we’d known.
"Special Operators firing upon unarmed civilians, using human intelligence from sources widely considered untrustworthy… instructing their Somali counterparts to collect weapons …placing them beside the bodies of those killed prior to photographing" https://t.co/3scQefTfoi
— REIGN OF TERROR is coming (@attackerman) November 29, 2017
I’m sure the Trump administration wouldn’t dream of ginning up evidence of a connection between Iran and Al Qaeda — would they?
The trove also provides new insight into the often adversarial relationship between al Qaeda and Iran — the Sunni Muslim terror group and the Shiite republic — in the form of a 19-page report described by the Long War Journal as “a senior jihadist’s assessment of the group’s relationship with Iran.”
Two U.S. intelligence officials characterized the document to NBC News as “evidence of Iran’s support of al Qaeda’s war with the United States.”
According to the officials, the document traces the history of the relationship starting with the escape of a group of Al Qaeda officials and their families from Afghanistan following the U.S. invasion in September 2001. Bin Laden dispatched the group of Al Qaeda leaders, known as the Al Qaeda Management Council, to Iran.
At various points in the relationship, the document reveals, Iran offered Al Qaeda help, in the form of “money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in exchange for striking American interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.”
But at other points in the relationship, according to the document, there were angry rifts, leading to forced detention of key Al Qaeda officials.
The files confirm previous reports that Bin Laden wrote Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei demanding the release of family members held in Iranian custody. Bin Laden himself considered plans to counter Iran’s influence throughout the Middle East, which he viewed as pernicious, according to the Long War Journal, an account confirmed by the U.S. officials.
People saw this coming. In the aftermath of the attack in lower Manhattan yesterday, I was reminded of a conversation I had almost a year ago with a veteran counterterrorism chief in Madrid. He had just written a report to his superiors warning about the urgent threat that terrorists would use trucks or cars to mow people down in public places. Continue reading “Truck terror attacks are very hard to stop”
NYC incident 2 Update, October 31, 2017 4:45 p.m. As many as six casualties are being reported following a violent incident that police say appears to be a deliberate attack in New York City on Tuesday. Continue reading “As many as 6 dead after a truck mows down pedestrians in New York City”
By Kate Harveston
When we hear of terrorist groups in the news, we often only see the people directly responsible for the latest atrocity. These people, often men, have their own reasons and motives for joining these organizations. Despite what we may think, women also play a substantial role in terrorist organizations. But how are women recruited, and what part of the ideology attracts them?
We tend to see women involved with terrorist groups portrayed as victims — coerced, threatened or kidnapped and forced to join. And that’s not to say that those situations don’t happen. However, just like their male counterparts, quite a number of women join of their own free will, and their reasons are often multifaceted.
There is no exact figure on how many women are members of ISIS, though an estimated 10 percent of their Western recruits are women. As recruits, these women play many roles. Some play key roles in planning attacks, while others take a more direct approach as members of the all-female ISIS police force Khansaa Brigade.
Many women are motivated — internally or by recruiters — to join ISIS by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and to protect themselves from Syria and Iran. Some of them adhere strictly to Sharia law, and feel that legislation imposed by some nations interferes with it.
Simply put, while there are undoubtedly women forced into terrorism, many join for the same reason men do — because the group’s ideology resonates with them. A higher level of danger can often accompany these situations, as women are less likely to be suspected of criminal activity due to gendered stereotypes, so they may find it easier to “fly under the radar.”
The issue of women’s secretive presence in crime is not unique to terroristic groups. Time and time again, we see women used as bait in robbery, kidnapping and murder schemes all over the world. The roles of women in terroristic groups are often even more involved and hands-on than the “baiting” setup.
Historically, women have always played an active role in terrorism — as leaders, recruiters, followers, symbolic wives and even suicide bombers. Their roles within ISIS are similar. Take, for example, several terror attacks from 2016. In one instance, police apprehended four women affiliated with ISIS who intended to set off makeshift bombs near Notre Dame Cathedral. In Kenya, women hiding explosives under their hijabs attacked a police station.
It’s becoming evident that more and more women are willingly drawn by ISIS’s message. Some come because female recruiters have perpetuated the message that they’ll be empowered. Others join because they want to protect their family and home.
Some women even join from the UK and beyond, showing that serious change needs to happen to counterterrorism programs. These programs are usually modeled from male profiles. As a result, women have the advantage of semi-invisibility. Officials don’t see women as capable of carrying off an attack, and thus overlook a potential threat.
As the threat of ISIS grows more apparent, it’s important that we understand how the group operates and functions. Although the general consensus is that terrorist groups are dominated by males, women play an active role in nearly every aspect of operations. By understanding their roles and motivations, we will be better able to rehabilitate endangered women and weaken the organization.
Sure looks like it. This is scary:
The following statement was posted online in Arabic by the Qatari foreign ministry on Monday. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar expressed its deep regret and surprise at the decisions by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain to close their borders and airspace, and… Continue reading “Is Trump trying to start a war over Qatar?”
Fox News contributor Nigel Farage, a former British politician who campaigned for Brexit, suggested on Sunday that Muslims in Britain could be put into internment camps because of terrorist attacks in Britain. During an interview on Fox & Friends, host Pete Hegseth asked Farage “how the borderless world that London lived in for so long –… Continue reading “Fox’s Nigel Farage suggests camps for 3,000 British Muslims: ‘Calls for internment will grow’”