Friday, September 30, 2011

Who might be hiding Gaddafi?

Interesting Article: Gaddafi may be hiding on border with Algeria, say rebels by IAN BLACK / Tripoli published Wednesday 28 September 2011
A recent article by Ian Black, mentioned that Muammar Gaddafi may be hiding in a town on the border of Algeria and Tunisia. What was interesting was he mentioned that Gaddafi might be sheltered by Tuareg tribesmen. So who are they?

Anwar al-Awlaki is dead! Great news, but who will be his replacement?

Interesting Article: Anwar al-Aulaqi, U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaeda, reported killed in Yemen by SUDARSAN RAGHAVAN / Sana'a published Friday, September 30, 2011
The Yemen Defense Ministry has reported that the terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki (spelt Anwar al-Aulaqi in the article) is dead. The Obama administration in turn, confirmed that he was killed Friday in an Air Strike in northern Yemen. With this substantial hit to the terrorist network, the question comes who will likely replace him?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why is Waziristan the new front in fighting terrorism?

Interesting Article: Pakistan Assures China Over Waziristan Insurgents by / Xinjiang published Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Giliani, recently assured the Chinese government that Pakistan was doing everything in its' power to eliminate any terrorist group based out of Waziristan. This comes after China blamed Islamic terrorists based in Pakistan for carrying out attacks in Urumqi, Kashgar and Khotan recently. China stated that Pakistan-based camps had been training Uighur insurgents, suspected of being part of the banned East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The ETIM is a Waziri-based mujahedeen organization, with its stated goals being the independence of East Turkestan and the conversion of all Chinese people to Islam. The media, for the last couple of years, have covered many stories coming out of Waziristan and lately the numbers of drone attacks in the area have significantly risen. Now the question is why is Waziristan suddenly everyone's problem?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Al Qaeda in the Philippines!

Interesting article: Al-Qaida-linked militants kill 6, wound 5 on southern Philippine island by Associated Press / Manila published Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A recent article in the Washington Post mentioned an attack in the Philippines that came on the heels of another assault which had taken place two days earlier where armed gunmen had attacked a U.S funded school construction project. The assault was linked to Abu Sayyaf. So who are the Abu Sayyaf?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Where is Al Qaeda emerging lately?

Interesting article: The Long Arms of al Qaeda: The terror group is increasingly looking to its affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula and east Africa by ROBIN SIMCOX / Lodon published Monday, September 26, 2011
A recent article by Robin Simcox mentioned al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula as an emerging threat. Why are they emerging and will they be a security threat to the region?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Who could possibly replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

On September 22nd, 2011, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the third straight year addressed the United Nations gathering in New York. His typical inflammatory speech ensured that the U.S and Israeli delegations walked out of the speech. Every speech he has given at the United Nations has been hateful, anti-Semitic and just plain disgusting (he suggested that 9-11 was the work of the U.S government). Ahmadinejad has been the President of Iran since August 3rd, 2005, and has consistently been a thorn in the world's side. Why has he not been replaced? Who is even there to replace him?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Will Algeria be the next to fall? If so, by whose hand?

Interesting Article: Al-Qaeda Flourishes in the Sub-Sahara by FRANK CRIMI / San Diego published Thursday, September 22, 2011

A recent article by Frank Crimi mentioned a little known division of al Qaeda known as Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The article spoke about the possibility that the organization might look to disrupt the status quo in Algeria. Who are they and what can they do?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What is Lashkar-e-Taiba?

Interesting Article: Diversified, Not Diminished: Al Qaeda in Pakistan since 9/11 By REZA JAN / Washington, DC published Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A recent article by Reza Jan speaks about the mutation of al Qaeda-esque organizations to adapt to its new environment in Pakistan. One of the organizations-Lashkar-e-Taiba-has seen a rise in prominence after their 2008 Mumbai attacks. So what is this terror group about?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A quick look at Britain's Muslim youth!

Interesting Article: Seven arrested over al-Qaeda bomb plot by By ANDREW PARKER and SIMON HUGHES / Birmingham published Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Six men were seized in Birmingham recently who had been planning a major terror atrocity in the UK. According to the neighbor, all men were known as devout Muslims, who kept to themselves.

Monday, September 19, 2011

What is Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen?

Interesting Article: Experts: Pirates abducted English tourist, hold her in Somalia By DAVID MCKENZIE / Nairobi published Monday, September 19, 2011
An English tourist was recently kidnapped from a remote Kenyan resort. Her husband was killed trying to resist the kidnappers, and she is believed to be in Somalia. Early reports indicated that it might have been the work of Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, an al Qaeda-linked militant group, but now the belief is that it might be the work of armed gangs or pirates. In any case, why was Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen mentioned? Who are they?

Friday, September 16, 2011

West Africa: Is this the new front in piracy?

Interesting Article: Armed Pirates Hijack a Fuel Tanker off Benin and Take 23 Crew Members Hostage by RICK GLADSTONE / New York published Wednesday, September 14, 2011

23 crew members were taken hostage off the West African nation of Benin from a Cyprus-flagged vessel laden with oil as it was trying to transfer some of its cargo to a Norwegian-flagged vessel. The confrontations took place in the Gulf of Guinea, about 70 miles from Cotonou, the commercial capital of Benin. Will West Africa see an uptick in copycat piracy in the coming months?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What is Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and why has it emerged as "the most dangerous regional node in the global jihad," according to retired Gen. David Petraeus?

Interesting Article: Yemen sees resurgence of violence from militants, tribal fighters By Ariel Zirulnick / Boston  published Thursday, September 15, 2011

In his first prepared testimony for a joint House-Senate committee hearing, retired Gen. David Petraeus spoke about the future of global terrorism and Al Qaeda linked jihadists in Yemen that are of major concern for the United States. So what is AQAP?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What is the Haqqani network? Who are they? What will this new organization bring to the terrorist network?

Interesting Article: US ambassador: Haqqani group behind Kabul attack By HEIDI VOGT and AMIR SHAH / Kabul published Wednesday, September 14, 2011

According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, US ambassador to Afghanistan alleged that a Pakistani-based organization by the name of "Haqqani network" was behind a well coordinated attack against the American embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul. The 20-hour insurgent attack was the first time insurgents had organized a complex assault against multiple parts in the Afghan capital. So what is the Haqqani network?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How influential is Muqtada al-Sadr and his Iranian ties?

Interesting Article: Moqtada al-Sadr orders halt to attacks on US troops stationed in Iraq: Cleric tells militias to stop operations until end of US withdrawal by Associated Press / Baghdad published Sunday, September 11, 2011
With US troops withdrawing from Iraq, what power vacuum will be left in Iraq? Who has the influence and power within the country to take over politically? What other regional players will come into the arena and change the  pro-US stance that we enjoy in Iraq today?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Could Libya's revolution be hijacked by potential Al Qaeda linked jihadists?

Interesting Article: Jihadists plot to take over Libya: U.S. steps up surveillance of suspects among rebels By Bill Gertz /  Washington, DC published Sunday, September 4, 2011

With the Arab spring comes a chance for the Middle East to see a new era in democracy and freedom. The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria have the potential to eliminate dictatorships that were neither pro-west nor pro-freedom. Yet, what if  certain factions of the movement are looking to create islamist states within the country?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Is there a link between Pakistan and the latest New Delhi Bombing?

Interesting Article: The New Delhi Bombing: Is There a Pakistani Link? By Omar Waraich / Islamabad published Wednesday, Sept. 07, 2011

Is there a pakistani link to the latest act of terror that took place in Delhi, India on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 at 10:14 outside Gate No. 5 of the Delhi High Court? Interestingly enough, Omar Waraich for Time World, recently wrote a great news piece in which he highlighted a little known organization by the name of Harakat ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI), which had claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. HuJI started their operations in 1984 led by Fazalur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Akhtar, as the first Pakistan-based jihadist group to fight the soviet occupation of Afghanistan. After the fall of the soviet occupation, HuJI exported their know-how in combat to Jammu and Kashmir and continued jihadist operations in Pakistan. In fact, in 1995 the group was connected with jihadist elements in Pakistan's Army, so much so that HuJI's leader at the time-Saifullah Akhtar- was named and implicated in a plot that was directed by islamist Army officers, Major General Zahirul Islam Abbasi and Bigadier Mustansar Billah, who at the time, wanted to remove Benazir Bhutto, eliminate the top military and civilian leadership and establish an Islamic dictatorship in the country. The most recent operational leader of HuJI was Ilyas Kashmiri, Kashmiri hailed from the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and he became a member of the elite Pakistani Special Service Group where he was an active participant in the 1980s Soviet-Afghan War, training the Afghan mujahideen in mine warfare in Miranshah on behalf of Pakistan. He continued his militant activities in Kashmir and after the war, joined HuJI, but because of disagreements with the leader (Qari Saifullah Akhtar) in 1991 he established his own new unit within HuJI known as the 313 Brigade. Kashmiri was reportedly killed in a U.S. Predator drone strike in South Waziristan on June 4, 2011. It was a significant loss for HuJI at the time. According to the writer it is suspected that the bombings were revenge for his death and also the announcement on September 5, 2011 that Sheikh Younis al Mauritani and two other senior Al Qaeda operatives, Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami (Bachar Chama) and Messara Al Shami (Mujahid Amino), were captured in the southwestern city of Quetta in a joint raid carried out by the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), the military's intelligence service, and the Frontier Corps Balochistan. The arrests were conducted with the technical assistance of the United States Intelligence Agencies. Last year al Mauritani, who was previously an unknown figure, jumped into the spotlight after he was identified as directing a plot by al Qaeda to attack multiple targets in Europe in a Mumbai-like terror assault. Mauritani is a senior member of al Qaeda's external operations council. Al Mauritania, Adnan el Shukrijuma, and Ilyas Kashmiri were believed to be the senior-most members of the external operations council.  Members of various terror groups allied with al Qaeda in the past couple of years, including HuJI and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM),  who work with al Qaeda's external operations committee and shares a safe haven in northern Pakistan. This alliance allows al Qaeda to regenerate its external operations network despite being heavily targeted by the covert US air campaign in the tribal areas. What was once Taliban sympathy in Afghanistan has now become 'Pakistan-Tribal' area's sympathy to foster these groups. Pakistan ISI for many years have had a casual relationship with extremist groups, certain elements within ISI are extremely paranoid that a stable Afghanistan is a 'pro-Indian Afghanistan', and a stable India is much greater threat to Pakistani national security than one that is unstable. Based on the historical and current connections of ISI and certain radical elements in Pakistan, I think it is safe to say that there is a pakistani link between the New Delhi bombing and the terror organizations operating out of Pakistan.

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