Interesting Article: " How ISIS grew from al-Qaeda "By Owen Boss, published Thursday, September 11th 2014. An interesting article Mentioned the growth of Islamic State (IS) as a whole. Therefore, today being September 11th, I thought I shall providence a quick overview of this to understand where this group came from. It all began in 2004 When Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi forms an al-Qaeda splinter group in Iraq. After his death in 2006, Al-Zarqawi's successor, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, announces the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq. It comes under pressure from other Iraqi groups That seek to have al-Qaeda rein in its violence, as many insurgents start to turn against jihad in the Anbar Awakening. After Bin Laden's death in 2011, Islamic State in Iraq Absorbs the Syrian group Jabhat al-Nusra (in 2013). ISI leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls the new group the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham. It is also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the
Interesting Article: " ISIS mops up around Tabqa airport ” by The Daily Star published Tuesday, August 26th 2014. Latest ISIS news from Syria is that Militants from ISIS engaged in mopping-up operations around the Tabqa military airport Monday, one day after seizing the facility from government forces and cementing the group’s control over Raqqa province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime monitoring group based in Britain, said Islamic State (IS) fighters battled with regime troops in a farm on the outskirts of the military base, and appeared to seize the area. Observers following the conflict noted that ISIS militants, when they seized the air base Sunday, also captured quantities of sidewinder missiles and shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS), as well as military aircraft. IS militants, who are believed to have killed around 170 government soldiers and captured another 150, posted photographs of the captured equipment and ammunition on soc
Interesting Article: " US Missed Chances to Head Off Islamic State " by Travis J. Tritten-Stars and Stripes, Published Thursday, July 24th, 2014. An interesting article mentioned that the Obama administration missed key opportunities over the past six months to beat back the Islamic State assault on Iraq with targeted drone strikes. The Islamic State successes, first in Syria and now in Iraq, have left the group flush with cash, weapons, territory and fighters, and caused widespread concern of a new Islamist safe haven that could be used to stage terrorist attacks against the United States. The U.S. has ramped up intelligence gathering, military advising and diplomatic efforts within Iraq over the past two months as the group took much of the north and threatened the capital, Baghdad. Would you like to know more?
Interesting Article: " ISIL Fighters Seize New Iraq City amid Reports of Massacre " by RFE/RL, published June 16th, 2014. An interesting article mentioned that The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) says it has seized another city in northern Iraq shortly after claiming to have massacred hundreds of Iraqi soldiers. Residents and officials in Tal Afar, some 420 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, told the media that the city fell to Sunni militants from ISIL early on June 16 after a fierce battle. The fall of Tal Afar comes only days after Al-Qaeda offshoot ISIL overran two main cities in the north -- Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, and Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein. Would you like to know more?
Interesting Article: " French police arrest four over suspected jihadist links " by RFI, Belgium. Published Monday June 2nd, 2014. An interesting article mentioned that French police arrested four people suspected of links with jihadist networks on Monday, three days after arresting a man over last week's fatal shootings at a Jewish museum in Brussels. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced the sweep on Europe1 radio but did not specify if the arrests in the Paris region and southern France were linked to the suspect in the Brussels attack, Mehdi Nemmouche. Described as a "lone wolf" by the Paris prosecutor, became radicalized in prison and left for Syria on December 31, 2012, just three weeks after his release from jail. He is believed to have fought there alongside fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and returned to Europe in March this year. Would you like to know more?
Interesting Article: " Abduction of Girls an Act Not Even Al Qaeda Can Condone " by Adam Nossiter and David Kirkpatrick, Abuja, Published Wednesday, May 7th 2014. An interesting article mentioned that Boko Haram, the cultlike Nigerian group that carried out the kidnappings, was rejected long ago by mainstream Muslim scholars and Islamist parties around the world for its seemingly senseless cruelty and capricious violence against civilians. But this week its stunning abduction appeared too much even for fellow militants normally eager to condone terrorist acts against the West and its allies. The dismay of fellow jihadists at the innocent targets of Boko Haram’s violence is a reflection of the increasingly far-flung and ideologically disparate networks of Islamist militancy, which now include the remnants of Bin Laden’s puritanical camps, Algerian cigarette smugglers and a brutal Somalian offshoot. Would you like to know more?
Interesting Article: " Egypt arrests Islamist close to Al Qaeda's Zawahiri " by AFP, Cairo, Published April 7th 2014. An interesting article mentioned that Egyptian police have arrested a senior Islamist militant close to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. Thirwat Salah Shihata was arrested in a Cairo suburb, the sources said, adding he had been sentenced to death in absentia in the 1990s for an attempted assassination of a minister. Shihata was reportedly detained in Iran following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks in 2001, which routed Al-Qaeda and forced its leaders into hiding. The Egyptian officials said he had been in Libya and then Turkey before returning to his homeland. The arrest of Thirwat Shihata is now one of the closest mechanisms foreign intelligence units have of finding Zawahiri. Would you like to know more?
Interesting Article: " Top Kenyan Islamist, Al Shabaab recruiter assassinated in Mombasa " by Jim Kouri, Examiner, Mombasa An interesting article mentioned that A well-known Kenyan Islamist, who supported Somalia's deadly terrorist group Al Shabaab and advocated killing Christians, was shot and killed in the city of Mombasa on Tuesday, according to Theresa Belgrave, a former police intelligence analyst specializing in Muslim terrorism. The 61-year-old radical Muslim leader Abubakar Shariff, a/k/a Makaburi, was met by a hail of bullets as he left a court building where he was attending a hearing with a still unidentified man. According to reports, a car approached the two men waiting for their transportation and they were gunned down by at least two men using automatic weapons. In September 2013, an Al Shabaab attack on the largest shopping mall in Nairobi left 67 people was dead and scores were wounded, according to an Examiner report. The following December, as repo
Interesting Article: " Link Grows Between Terrorism, Organized Crime, Officials Say " by Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service, Washington, D.C. An interesting article mentioned that the two missions of fighting terrorism and combating global organized crime are increasingly linked. “Terrorism, drug trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime are increasingly intertwined,” Michael A. Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict noted, adding that his office -- which is responsible for overall supervision of special operations forces -- is uniquely positioned to provide policy guidance and program oversight to the department’s efforts in both missions. William F. Wechsler, deputy assistant secretary of defense for counternarcotics and global threats noted trends in terrorism and transnational crime: -- Terrorist groups are adopting criminal techniques, including drug trafficking, to raise funds; --
Interesting Article: " Russian forces hunt Dagestan militants, 'black widows' ". By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, Published Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. An interesting article mentioned that police killed a suspected militant leader in a shootout in Russia's restive republic of Dagestan, state media said Tuesday, amid increasing security concerns ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. It's also emerged that Russian authorities are hunting two more 'black widow' suspects -- a notorious type of terrorist that's emerged in Russia's clashes with Chechen separatists. There have been years of unrest linked to an Islamist insurgency in Dagestan and the North Caucasus region, and Islamist militants have vowed to strike at the Games. So who are these black Widows?