Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pakistani Muslims to Christian Refugees: Convert, or Become Slaves

 Christians in the Middle East (file)

Remember those Pakistani Muslims in America who demand that Americans become more tolerant of Islam?  Well, let's look at Muslim tolerance of Christians in Pakistan, shall we?

The story comes from Israel National News.

Pakistani Muslims to Refugees: Convert, or Become Slaves

Heavy flooding in Pakistan has washed away thousands of homes – and the Pakistani government has responded curiously: It has offered aid to homeless Muslim families, but ignores hundreds of Christians facing the same plight.

As if that were not enough, Muslim charities then stepped up to the plate with an offer they hoped the Christians couldn't refuse: "Convert and we'll help you, or you'll remain homeless and we'll enslave you to boot." Specifically, the Muslims are threatening to turn the homeless Christians into bonded servants, essentially a form of modern-day slavery.

The Clarion Project, whose logo states it "challenges extremism and promotes dialogue," reports that the Pakistani government has apparently decided to ignore the suffering of the country’s Christian communities.

"When it comes to responding to the flooding of Christian communities," Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post, "the government seems to back off. Whereas with Muslim communities they respond immediately, as do the Muslim charities… It is not unusual for the government to overlook helping the Christian communities."

Among the thousands of homes destroyed by flooding this summer in the Kasur region of Pakistan were those belonging to more than 60 Christian families. The Muslims were provided with temporary shelter, clean water and food by the government and Muslim charities – while the Christians were not.

Chowdhry said the Christians were told to renounce their religion and convert to Islam if they wanted to receive aid, but that they rejected this choice. The Muslims then offered them another option by which they could receive aid: "Become our bonded servants."

This offer was not categorically rejected, and in fact, Chowdhry said, "several families have already now signed contracts, which have now made them slaves for their Muslim landlords."

He bemoaned the fact that his organization arrived too late to help these families and save them from becoming slaves.

Clarion reports that though Chowdhry’s organization is stepping in to help the families, it has limited resources, as do the churches in Pakistan.

In other news from Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the government appears to be leaning towards the Islamist elements and even facilitating the establishment of an Islamist militia in Karachi. Radicals from the Islamist Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) are moving into secularist strongholds; far from facing any obstacles, the Islamists’ leader, Ahmed Ludhianvi, has police protection, as do other senior ASWJ officials.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Six Palestinian Terrorists Killed By IDF Forces - BREAKING :UPDATED: No Palestinians Killed?

 UPDATE:  Now, the word is coming out that NO Palestinian terrorists were killed in this gunfight in Jenin.  Good grief.  I guess that is what happens when news sources try to be first to the punch.

The updated Times of Israel story is HERE.

This is just out.  The report comes from Times of Israel.

6 Palestinians said killed in gunfight with IDF in Jenin

IDF troops performing an arrest in the northern West Bank city of Jenin came under fire on Monday night. In the ensuing gunfight with wanted Palestinians, at least six Palestinians were reportedly shot dead.

Heavy gunfire was reported in one of the refugee camps outside town.

Video footage taken by local Palestinians purported to show multiple IDF vehicles rushing into the city.

IDF troops reportedly encircled the homes of Bassem Saadi, a formerly imprisoned senior Islamic Jihad terrorist, and Hamas affiliates Majdi and Alaa Abu al-Hija. The Hija brothers are the sons of imprisoned Hamas leader Jamal Abu al-Hija; their older brother Hamza Abu al-Hija was killed in a shootout with the IDF last year.

Jamal Abu al-Hija is a convicted Hamas leader who is currently incarcerated in Israeli prison. He was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to nine life sentences for involvement in at least six bombings, including the Meron Junction attack that killed nine Israelis in 2002 and the Jerusalem Sbarro pizzeria bombing that killed 15 in 2001.

Hamza Abu al-Hija was killed in a shootout with IDF troops in Jenin last year while allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on Israel. The IDF said he was wanted for a number of shooting and bombing attacks against Israelis.

John Kerry Gave the Keys To Nukes To THESE Guys

From Israel National News.

A day earlier, the Iranian Parliament Speaker's Adviser for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam blasted Hammond for what Fars described as his “interfering” remarks, and said Tehran's positions against Israel have not changed at all.

"Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan," Sheikholeslam told reporters in Tehran.

Khamenei Aide: Fighting the 'Zionist Regime' is Our Policy

Iran is continuing its verbal attacks on Israel, with the latest remarks coming on Saturday by a close aide to the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The aide, Seyed Mahmoud Nabavi, was replying to British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond's recent remarks that Tehran has changed its policy on Israel, and underlined that fighting the “Zionist regime” is Iran’s everlasting policy.

"Fight against the illegal Zionist regime is one of the immutable policies of Iran which has always been maintained," Nabavi told the semi-official Fars news agency.

He blasted Hammond's comments and said, "Such words are incorrect since one of the driving goals of the Islamic Revolution has been campaign against the arrogant powers."

"We haven’t recognized the Zionist regime since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution and such a policy will continue," Nabavi stressed.

Hammond comments last Sunday came as he reopened the British embassy, four years after it was ransacked by an Iranian mob, forcing its closure.

Nabavi’s dismissal of the comments marks the third time that an Iranian official has commented on Hammond’s remarks since they were made.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday stressed that the “Zionist regime” had no place in diplomatic talks between Tehran and London.

"We have rejected such media hype (before) and during Mr. Hammond's trip to Iran, we just discussed potentials of bilateral relations, fighting extremism and terrorism, etc.," said Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham.

"There were no talks on the Zionist regime and the report that Iran has changed its position is denied," she stressed.

A day earlier, the Iranian Parliament Speaker's Adviser for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam blasted Hammond for what Fars described as his “interfering” remarks, and said Tehran's positions against Israel have not changed at all.

"Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan," Sheikholeslam told reporters in Tehran.

Despite the nuclear deal that was signed between Iran and the West, Khamenei has continued to bash Israel and the United States.

Recently, Khamenei went so far as to publish a new book on the topic of outwitting the United States and destroying Israel.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Taliban Admit They Covered Up the Death of Mullah Omar 2 Years Ago

So, why did the Taliban not disclose that their top leader, Mullah Omar, had died back in 2013?  Well, probably because they knew they had a complete doofus in the White House in America and simply holding back that information would help lead to the ultimate American surrender in Afghanistan.  And the Obama administration never even sought to look into the fact that no one had heard a peep from Omar in about 3 bloody years.

Elections have consequences.

The story comes from The Long War Journal.

Taliban spokesman admits Mullah Omar’s death was covered up

In an interview published on the Taliban’s official English-language website, the organization’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, admits that Mullah Omar’s death was covered up. And a careful reading of the interview indicates that Omar either died in 2013, as was first claimed by Afghan intelligence, or was otherwise incapacitated at that time.

The Taliban interviewer asks Mujahid: “Exactly whose decision was it to hide the passing away of Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid? [A]nd what were its advantages to the Taliban?”

“The family of Amir ul Mumineen [Emir of the Faithful]…the responsible personnel of [the] Islamic Emirate’s Judiciary and some members of the leadership council including the leader decided on this matter together,” Mujahid responds. “Its positive effect was that there were some critical matters and conditions of that time which could have been exacerbated with the announcement but all praise is due to Allah, we have now come out of that phase.”

The “leader” of the Taliban’s “leadership council” is Mullah Omar’s successor, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who has been described as the “acting head” of the council in official statements.

The follow-up question includes an implicit admission that Omar was no longer in command of the Taliban as of sometime in 2013. Afghan intelligence and other sources said he passed away in April of that year.

The interviewer asks how the Taliban can prove that Omar “commanded the war for 12 years,” meaning from 2001 to 2013.

Mujahid replies that Omar “was physically undertaking military activities along with several of his commanders for one year following the American invasion,” or until 2002. “He then began issuing audio statements to the Shura due to security reasons which are still present with the concerned members of the Emirate and some have even been published online.” In addition, “written letters were sent to the leadership and messengers also made rounds.”

The admission that Omar no longer led the insurgency as of 2013 is supported by other Taliban propaganda. On Aug. 24, the Taliban released audio statements in Pashto from Mawlawi Mohammad Sharif, its sharia court chief, and “renown scholars” Khalifa Din Mohammad and Mawlawi Ismail, who discussed the “passing away of Mullah Omar Mujahid.” The three Taliban officials said that Omar died in April 2013. They said that Mullah Omar’s family members, including his brother, Mullah Manan, were made aware and that Omar’s family supported the decision to keep his death a secret. Omar’s family also pledged allegiance to Mullah Mansour, these Taliban officials claimed. (There are reports of a disagreement between Omar’s kin and the new Taliban leadership.)

Despite Mujahid’s claim that there is enough evidence of Omar’s leadership role for twelve years after 9/11, doubts are sure to linger.

The Taliban’s story is also sure to fuel additional questions about the role of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate, which is suspected of harboring the dead Taliban emir and his comrades for years.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which was formerly allied with the Taliban and al Qaeda, officially pledged allegiance to the Islamic State’s Abu Bakr al Baghdadi after Omar’s death was confirmed. The IMU repeatedly questioned Omar’s status beforehand.

Mujahid denies that the IMU is “based in Afghanistan,” saying “this is a false presumption.”

“Those who are waging Jihad in Afghanistan are doing so under the flag and policy of the Islamic Emirate,” Mujahid claims. He adds that the “people” operating under the Islamic State’s name (referred to as “Daesh,” a derogatory shorthand) in Afghanistan are in only “one or two districts of Nangarhar” and “are mostly Pakistani nationals with a very small number of young locals.”

“They cross over the border from Pakistan and there is no one else operating anywhere under this name in Afghanistan,” Mujahid says.

The IMU has long had a significant presence throughout Afghanistan. Despite Mujahid’s claims otherwise, the IMU’s defection to Baghdadi could potentially give the Islamic State a bigger foothold in the region than it has had in the past. It is not clear, however, if the entire IMU has now broken with the Taliban, or if parts of the group remain in the Taliban’s camp. Another Uzbek-led jihadist organization, the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), is still part of the Taliban-al Qaeda axis.

Shortly after the Taliban conceded that Omar had passed away, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri recorded an audio message in which he pledged allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. Two weeks later, al Qaeda released Zawahiri’s oath online and Mansour publicly accepted the oath.

The Taliban’s decision to cover up Omar’s death raises a potential problem for al Qaeda, at least with respect to its effort to counter the Islamic State’s narrative. Zawahiri’s organization repeatedly proclaimed Mullah Omar to be the “Emir of the Believers,” portraying him as the rightful leader of jihadists everywhere. In July 2014, al Qaeda released a video of Osama bin Laden explaining his pledge of allegiance to Omar in mid-2001. Al Qaeda then publicly reaffirmed its allegiance to Omar shortly thereafter. This was part of al Qaeda’s attempt to rebut Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s self-proclaimed status as the “caliph,” or “Emir of the Believers.”

Mujahid’s admission that the Taliban hid Omar’s death raises a host of questions. Did Zawahiri and al Qaeda’s other senior leaders participate in the disinformation operation as well? It increasingly seems possible, if not likely, that they did. Both the Taliban’s and al Qaeda’s actions in recent weeks indicate that the two longtime allies remain closely knit. Mansour has been brazenly pro-al Qaeda in his statements. And Siraj Haqqani, the de facto leader of the Haqqani Network, has been appointed to serve as one of Mansour’s two top deputies. Siraj’s tight working relationship with al Qaeda has been amply documented.

Therefore, while the circumstances surrounding Omar’s mysterious death cause a narrative problem for al Qaeda, Zawahiri and his men still have an indispensable ally in the Taliban.

Mujahid is asked about the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda. “The international community has always emphasized that the Taliban renounce all ties with terrorist outfits (international armed groups),” Mujahid’s interviewer states. “The Taliban have also over the past years declared in their statements that there are no foreign armed groups present in Afghanistan and neither do the Taliban have any ties with them. Now that the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri pledged his allegiance and was accepted by Mullah Mansur, does this not mean that a gulf has once again appeared between the Taliban and the international community?”

Mujahid offers a muddled response, saying the Taliban has always “had a policy of non-interference since the rule of the Emirate,” but maintains relations with those countries that recognize its legitimacy. The Taliban “cannot forget the oppressed Muslims and individuals worldwide,” Mujahid says, because it “is our religious and ethical responsibility to sympathize with the oppressed Muslims.”

“People can label them whatever they want but they are still our brothers in religion,” Mujahid says, implying that al Qaeda represents the downtrodden.

“We have not asked anyone from outside of our country to pledge their allegiance to us, but if they do so due to their own affection then we have no religious grounds to reject their pledge rather we must respond reciprocally to their affection,” Mujahid continues. “But this does not mean that our soil can be used against anyone else without our knowledge. It is a need and necessity of our time to not make the world our enemy and foolishly increase the allies of America with our policies. It is wisdom and necessity that the outside world does not feel threatened by us.”

Mujahid’s interview touches on other issues as well, including the resignation of Tayyab Agha, who previously headed the Taliban’s political office in Qatar. There was a time when the US pinned its hopes for a peace deal on Agha, seeing him as direct line to Mullah Omar. The US State Department even negotiated directly with Agha. It was during those talks that the Taliban demanded the release of five senior commanders in US custody at Guantanamo. The “Taliban Five” were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May 2014.

Mujahid says that Agha has indeed resigned his post, but claims that he will continued to serve in an “individual capacity with the Taliban.”

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Spread of the Islamic State In Afghanistan is Slow

The story comes from DAWN.

IS struggle to make progress in Taliban bastion Afghanistan

KHOGYANI: The self-styled Islamic State (IS) group had ambitious plans for Afghanistan, but Taliban resistance, US drone strikes, and a society less scarred by sectarianism mean the extremists have so far failed to repeat their Middle Eastern breakthrough.

The jihadist group, which controls large areas of Syria and Iraq, has been trying for months to establish itself in Afghanistan's eastern badlands, challenging the Taliban on their own turf.

Its franchise in the war-torn country has managed to recruit disaffected Taliban fighters, as the fractious Afghan militant movement wrestles with a bitter power transition.

But the loss of senior commanders in drone strikes and the group's signature brutality, which repels many Afghans, has helped stem its advance.

Frequent clashes and firefights with Taliban insurgents have also hampered its bid to capture significant territory.

"In Iraq and Syria, you might say (IS) are in stage six or seven or eight," top US military officer General Martin Dempsey said last month. "In Libya, they are in stage three or four, and in Afghanistan they are in stage one or two."

His views are echoed by other NATO officials who say that IS in Afghanistan are not yet capable of carrying out the sort of coordinated operations they are conducting in Iraq and Syria, although the potential exists for them to evolve into a bigger threat.

Also read: Taliban warn Islamic State not to interfere in Afghanistan
IS: flavour of the month?

Some Taliban insurgents, particularly in the restive eastern provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar, have adopted the IS flag to rebrand themselves as a more lethal force as NATO troops depart after 14 years of war.

The risk of defections grew after the July announcement of Mullah Omar's demise, with many angry Taliban fighters accusing the leadership of covering up the supremo's death for two years.

Some top cadres including Omar's son and brother have refused to pledge allegiance to new leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, saying the process to select him was rushed and even biased.

"The Taliban have no redeeming features," said Mullah Mirwaos, a former Taliban militant who is now an IS commander in the Kajaki district in the southern province of Helmand.

Michael Kugelman, Afghanistan expert at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said Islamic State is the "flavour of the month right now. It has a dramatic appeal to a lot of alienated militants."

But the Taliban are attempting to counter that, with an aggressive drive north from their southern and eastern strongholds, as well as a wave of fatal bombings in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Experts say the escalating violence demonstrates Mullah Mansour's bid to boost his image within the Taliban, which could halt the defections to IS.

"The Taliban remain a formidable fighting force. It is in a position to fight back and push back against IS inroads," Kugelman said. "The Taliban has been able to keep IS at bay in eastern Afghanistan."
"IS are cruel"

US drone strikes in recent weeks have also dealt a significant blow to IS in Afghanistan, killing dozens of suspected cadres, including the group's Afghanistan-Pakistan regional chief Hafiz Saeed.

NATO spokesman Colonel Brian Tribus said IS is an "operationally emergent" group but the Taliban pose a "greater threat" to the Afghan government and foreign forces.

Crucially, beyond the battlefield the Taliban have been far more successful than IS in attracting the support of local Afghans. "Daesh (IS) militants are cruel — they kill without reason," explained a resident of the volatile district of Achin in eastern Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan.

The Taliban, who have themselves often been accused of savagery during their 14-year insurgency, are seeking to appear as a bulwark against IS's rein of brutality and as a legitimate group waging an Islamic war.

Earlier this month the Taliban condemned a "horrific" video that apparently showed IS fighters blowing up bound and blindfolded Afghan prisoners with explosives. "This un-Islamic act... can never be justified," the Taliban said.

One other reason IS have struggled to gain a firmer foothold in Afghanistan, Kugelman said, is because of the lack of a deeply sectarian environment. "It's sharp sectarian divides that IS is exploiting in Iraq and Syria," he said. "IS simply cannot use any sort of sectarian divide as traction to gain a foothold in the region. You simply don't have a sharp divide in Afghanistan."

Friday, August 28, 2015

Islamic Terror Hits Bahrain

The country of Bahrain has always been mostly insulated from Islamic terror attacks but that is changing and a Bahrain security officer is dead due to a terrorist bomb attack.

You know, for such a small, miniscule number of radical Muslims doing these terror attacks they sure seem to get around to every country on the planet.  Don't they?

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

Bahrain security officer killed in bomb attack

One Bahraini security officer was killed and several others injured as a result of a homemade bomb attack in the village of Karana, Al Arabiya News Channel.

“The terrorist attack also resulted in wounding four other security officers, one of them critically. A citizen and his wife were also injured while they were passing as the attack happened and a child was also hurt,” Bahrain ministry of interior said on their Twitter account.

The attack comes a month after two policemen were killed and a six were severely wounded in a bomb attack in the mainly Shi’ite village of Sitra on July 28.

Sporadic protests and small-scale clashes still persist in Bahrain, while bomb attacks have increased since mid-2012.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Islamic State kills 2 senior Iraqi generals in suicide assault near Ramadi

 Three of the vehicles used by the Islamic State in the suicide assault that killed two Iraqi generals near Ramadi. One of the vehicles is an up-armored Humvee that was given to the Iraqi Army by the US.

Didn't I say that the retaking of Ramadi would be a bloody nightmare for the Iraqis?  Well?  Didn't I?

The story comes from The Long War Journal.

Islamic State kills 2 senior Iraqi generals in suicide assault near Ramadi

The Islamic State killed two senior Iraqi generals in a coordinated suicide assault on a military headquarters in Anbar province. Six suicide bombers, including a German and a Tajik, executed the deadly attack.

The Islamic State claimed credit for killing Major General Abdel Rahman Abu Raghif, the deputy commander for the Anbar Operations command, and Brigadier Safin Abdel Majid, the commander of the 10th Iraqi Army Division, in an assault on “the main headquarters where the operations are managed,” according to a statement that was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. The base is located in the Al Tarrah area near Lake Thar Thar, which is north of Ramadi, according to the jihadist group. The Iraqi military is attempting to wrest control of Ramadi, Fallujah, and other cities and towns that fell to the Islamic State between January 2014 and the end of May 2015.

The suicide assault was carried out “in revenge for our brother Abu Radhi al-Ansari (emir of the rural sector of al-Khaldiya),” the Islamic State said. It was executed by six fighters, who were identified as “Abu Hamza al-Ghazawi, Abu al-Darda’ al-Tunisi, Abu Muqatil al-Almani, Abu Muhammad al-Jazrawi, Abu al-Farouq al-Shami, and Abu Anas al-Tajiki.” The nom de guerres indicate that the fighters were from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Syria. The jihadists used “four explosives-laden vehicles and two DShK-mounted vehicles” in their attack. Additionally, the Islamic State claimed it shot down an Iraqi military headquarters.

The attack and the deaths of the two Iraqi generals were confirmed by news reports from the region. According to RFE/RL, three Iraqi soldiers were killed along with generals Raghif and Majid. The Islamic State said that “dozens of officers and soldiers” died in the assault, but this claim cannot be confirmed.

The Islamic State has targeted and killed senior Iraqi generals in suicide operations in the past. In December 2013, one month before taking control of Fallujah and other towns in Anbar province, a suicide assault team killed the commander of the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division, the commander of the 28th Brigade, and 16 officers and soldiers in an attack in the of Rutbah in Anbar. The decapitation strike put the Iraqi military in Anbar in disarray, and helped the Islamic State, which at that time was still part of al Qaeda’s network, take over territory in the province.

The suicide assault, or coordinated attack using one or more suicide bombers and sometimes a follow-on assault team, is a tactic frequently used by the Islamic State, al Qaeda and its branches, as well as allied groups such as the Afghan Taliban, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Suicide assaults are commonly executed by jihadist groups in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Nigeria.

The Islamic State has used the suicide assault to demoralize and strike fear into the hearts of Iraqi troops, and often uses five or more suicide bombers during a single attack. This tactic has allowed the jihadist group to overwhelm Iraqi forces. Between May 15 and May 17, the Islamic State deployed 30 suicide bombers during its operation to take control of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar. Two months prior, the Islamic State deployed 13 suicide bombers in Ramadi in a single day. Many of the bombers were foreigners, and included a Belgian, an Australian, a Chechen, an Uzbek, a Moroccan, a Tunisian, an Egyptian, and two Syrians.

The Islamic State has touted its foreign suicide bombers that have executed attacks in Iraq. Suicide bombers from Western countries such as France, England, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Australia, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China, and Russia have carried out numerous attacks for the jihadist group in Iraq.

British Computer Hacker Whiz Working For ISIS Eats a Hellfire

There are some people in this world who really need to be dead and Junaid Hussain was one of them.

And so he's dead.  The world is happier now. Good riddance, jihadi.

The story comes from Times of India.

British hacker for Islamic State killed in US drone strike in Syria: Sources

WASHINGTON: A British hacker who US and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a US drone strike, a US source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

It was the second reported killing of a senior Islamic State figure in the last eight days. Islamic State's second-in-command was killed in a US air strike near Mosul, Iraq, on Aug 18.

The source indicated that the US defence department was likely involved in the drone strike that killed British hacker Junaid Hussain, a former resident of Birmingham, England.

A report on the website CSO Online said the drone strike took place on Tuesday near the Syrian city of Raqqa.

US and European government sources told Reuters earlier this year that they believed Hussain was the leader of CyberCaliphate, a hacking group which in January attacked a Twitter account belonging to the Pentagon, though the sources said they did not know if he was personally involved.

Hussain moved to Syria sometime in the last two years. He was 21 years old, the Birmingham Mail newspaper reported.

Cyber security experts have said they believe that Hussain and other hackers working for Islamic State lack the skills needed to launch serious attacks such as ones that could shut down computer networks or damage critical infrastructure.

"He wasn't a serious threat. He was most likely a nuisance hacker," said Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence with cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. "It was his involvement in recruitment, communications and other ancillary support that would have made him a target."

In 2012 he was jailed for six months for stealing former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's address book from an account maintained by a Blair adviser.

Hussain pleaded guilty to putting details of the address book online and making hoax calls to a counterterrorism hotline.

US government sources said that in his role as Islamic State's cyber chief, Hussain recently had become a subject of considerable interest to US security and defence agencies.

However, the sources denied a recent British news report that said he was No. 3 on a US list of drone targets, saying other operational Islamic State commanders were regarded by US authorities as far more dangerous than Hussain.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Video: When An Irish Christian Tourist Takes On 15 Muslims In Istanbul....

Is the al Qaeda vs. ISIS Feud Heating Up?

The other day I put up how al Qaeda and the Taliban have formed a new alliance while the forces of ISIS are already butting heads with the Taliban - well, now we see ISIS forces in Libya putting out "Wanted Dead" posters on al Qaeda leadership.

Like I said before, this is gonna be lots and lots of fun to watch.

The story comes from The Long War Journal.

The Islamic State’s supporters want Mokhtar Belmokhtar dead

Update: According to some Islamic State-linked accounts, the “wanted dead” poster for Mokhtar Belmokhtar was not officially issued by the group. This statement comes after a number of Islamic State supporters and members spread the image seen above on social media. Interestingly, as can be seen below, other “wanted dead” posters have targeted pro-al Qaeda jihadists linked to Belmokhtar. This includes the “wanted dead” poster for Al Murabitoon leader Hisham Ali Ashmawi, who allegedly has “ties” to Belmokhtar. Thus far, the poster for Ashmawi hasn’t been disavowed.

The Islamic State’s supporters in Libya have continued their “wanted dead” campaign by targeting Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an al Qaeda leader who has long been loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri. The Islamic State’s loyalists have released an online poster for Belmokhtar (seen above), just as they have done for dozens of other pro-al Qaeda jihadists in North Africa. Some senior Islamic State figures on Twitter quickly disavowed the poster, saying it wasn’t an official production.

Not all of the posters are bluster, however. The “caliphate’s” arm in North Africa has specifically targeted some of the individuals identified in previous posters, including leaders of the Mujahideen Shura Council (MSC) in Derna, a jihadist coalition that has been engaged in heavy fighting against Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s fighters.

Indeed, in June, Baghdadi’s forces killed two veteran jihadists in Derna. The MSC then quickly routed the Islamic State’s branch from its strongholds in the city, pushing most of the fighting to Derna’s suburbs.

The Islamic State is attempting to strike back. The Islamic State says its opponents in Libya and elsewhere are part of the “awakenings.” This term is used to disparage its jihadist rivals, including the MSC, lumping them in with the American-backed tribes and fighters who battled al Qaeda during the height of the Iraq War. In reality, the MSC has nothing in common with America’s allies in western Iraq.

The Islamic State’s supporters say Belmokhtar is part of the “awakenings,” too.

Belmokhtar leads Al Murabitoon, an al Qaeda group that operates in North and West Africa. Al Murabitoon recently released a statement saying that Belmokhtar had been selected to serve as its emir. The statement’s authors added “Al Qaeda in West Africa” to Al Murabitoon’s name. But online operatives quickly clarified that it should have simply read “Al Murabitoon – Al Qaeda,” dropping the “West Africa” part while still emphasizing their connection to Zawahiri’s international insurgency and terrorist organization.

Al Murabitoon’s decision to underscore its connection to al Qaeda was undoubtedly influenced by the uncertainty caused earlier this year when another leader in the group, Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi, swore allegiance to Baghdadi. Sahrawi claimed to speak on behalf of the entire Al Murabitoon group, but this was quickly proven false. Belmokhtar and his men remain firmly in al Qaeda’s camp.

The one-eyed Belmokhtar has been reported killed on at least several occasions, only to reemerge. According to Al Murabitoon and other al Qaeda-linked jihadist groups operating in North Africa, including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Belmokhtar survived a June airstrike by the US in Libya. The US bombed a jihadist meeting hosted by the Ajdabiya Shura Council (ASC), which is led by Ansar al Sharia, yet another al Qaeda-linked group.

Interestingly, local press reports out of North Africa claimed that Belmokhtar was expected to attend the meeting, which was part of his effort to coordinate the opposition to the Islamic State’s presence in Libya. However, this and other details concerning the meeting cannot be easily verified.

Regardless, members of the Islamic State’s Libyan arm clearly see Belmokhtar as a threat.

As The Long War Journal reported earlier this month, one of the “wanted dead” posters (seen on the right) put a former Egyptian special forces officer named Hisham Ali Ashmawi in the Islamic State’s crosshairs. In late July, Ashmawi was featured in a video posted online by “Al Murabitoon,” which is either part of Belmokhtar’s operation or an allied entity in Egypt. The video makes it clear that Ashmawi is loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri.

Egyptian officials allege that Ashmawi has been involved in a string of assassinations, including a car bombing that killed Egypt’s chief prosecutor in June.

According to Baghdadi’s loyalists, Ashmawi “joined the awakenings council” (the MSC) and “participated in the war on the Islamic State in the city of Derna.” The Islamic State has other reasons for its animosity, too. Ashmawi became a member of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (ABM), a Sinai-based group that pledged allegiance to Baghdadi in November 2014 and was then rebranded as the Islamic State’s “Sinai province.” Ashmwai joined ABM after returning from the jihad in Syria in 2013. But Ashmawi did not join his ABM comrades when they switched allegiance to Baghdadi. Instead, he is part of an ABM cadre that remained in al Qaeda’s network.

The “wanted dead” poster for Ashmawi, which was disseminated by the Islamic State’s supporters, says he has “ties” to Belmokthar. If true, then this is a strong piece of evidence that the two “Al Murabitoon” groups (Belmokhtar’s and Ashmawi’s) are indeed connected.

Another graphic (seen on the right) identifies one of Ashmawi’s alleged colleagues. The jihadist is Imad al Din Ahmad Mahmud Abdul Hamid, a “close friend” of Ashmawi who was also a member of the Egyptian armed forces before joining ABM. Abdul Hamid then broke from ABM and supposedly joined the “Apostate Awakenings Council” (MSC) in Derna.

The poster describes Abdul Hamid as Ashmawi’s “right hand man” and as the “mastermind” of Ashmawi’s plans. He supposedly attempts to hide his identity, which the Islamic State’s supporters have now gladly shared.