Global Jihad’s New Leadership Presents Challenges for the West
By WILLIAM MAYER
June 30, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – As outlined in a just published Institute for the Study of War [ISW] report, The Threat of New Al-Qaeda Leadership - Syria's Abu Mohammed Al-Joulani , the DC based think tank notes that the top rank of al-Qaeda’s upper level leadership is in a state of near constant flux, as important command individuals are either killed or become incapacitated.
Such is the case with Nasir al-Wahayshi, who was KIA in Yemen sometime early in June. Outside of his duties in that country, Al-Qahayshi led al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] with considerable success.
The dynamic nature of al-Qaeda’s leadership presents a strategic choice for the group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Though he could select AQAP’s new emir from the cadre of al-Qaeda’s long time elite, a more daring option has emerged which might prove more threatening to Western interests would be to advance younger potential generals who are already battle hardened and have proven themselves adept at field command.
“These individuals do not qualify for leadership in al-Qaeda according to historic paradigms because they were not companions of Osama bin Laden. They may nonetheless provide Zawahiri with new options to replace Wahayshi or otherwise absorb his death if Zawahiri is willing to depart from past traditions. Even though these commanders do not have the same set of credentials as typical al-Qaeda leaders, many of them fought U.S. forces during the 2003-2008 Iraq War or in Afghanistan after bin Laden’s initial resistance in Tora Bora. These individuals offer Zawahiri a promising source of future leadership within al-Qaeda because of their battlefield experience and, in many cases, their demonstrated commitment to fighting the U.S.”
The study continues on pointing out that many in this second echelon bring other advantages, aside from proven effectiveness, to the equation. They already have established “extensive regional networks,” thus giving them a distinct advantage over the traditional core followers who are not as intimately familiar with current battlefield conditions.[Read More]
Irish Pastor James McConnell to be Prosecuted Under UK Hate Speech Laws
“Anti-Islam” Sermon Lands Cleric in Star Chamber
June 29, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On May 18, 2014 Pastor James McConnell delivered what has come to be seen in some quarters as a controversial 30 minute sermon devoted to the proposition that, “There is but one God.” His homily referenced 1 Corinthians 8:6, “yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him.”
The event took place in Ireland at the “Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast” church, from which McConnell retired, at the age of 78, last year.
The majority of the sermon was devoted to an explication of traditional Protestant theology, the centerpiece of which resounded with the theme, “for there is one God,” but early into the delivery the pastor entered a space where few public figures go, defining Islam as a heathen cult.
McConnell intoned before a church filled to overflowing, that [paraphrasing], the God we worship tonight is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…the Father, he is not Allah.[Read More]
Islamic Terror Update - Huge Increase in Threat Level
June 22, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – According to government statistics, jihadist activities pertaining to the West have dramatically increased recently.
1. There have been 24 ISIS-linked plots or attacks against Western targets in the first half of 2015, up from 19 in all of last year.
2. The number of homegrown terror plots since 9/11 has reached 116, tripling in just the past five years.
4. Foreign fighters continue to flow into Syria and Iraq. There has been an 80 percent increase in fighters traveling to the conflict zone since ISIS declared its “caliphate” one year ago.
5. More than 200 Americans are believed to have traveled - or attempted to travel - to fight in Syria, a 33 percent increase overall since the beginning of this year.
This portrait, certainly not all inclusive, nonetheless indicates that jihadist movements are rapidly growing in numbers, complexity and confidence.
English Summary of Important New Book On ISIS
By EMERSON VERMAAT
June 22, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Emerson Vermaat is a gifted Dutch researcher and author who has, over a long period of many years written a dozen books about the threat posed by the ideology of Islamic jihadism as well as providing analysis of topics dealing with the Third Reich.
We consider ourselves lucky to serve as the publisher of his English language, feature journalism.
Mr. Vermaat recently wrote a book on ISIS entitled, "Hatred Must Not Spill Over Into Our Streets-The Terror Threat Posed By Islamic State."
What follows is a brief summary of the book [which as of this writing is only available in Dutch].
I first saw Osama bin Laden’s name in the Spring of 1996:
Back in 1996 the foreign editor of a current affairs program on Dutch TV directed me to make a shortened version of the British TV documentary Sudan – Are They Training Terrorists? This 40-minutes documentary, dated April 15, 1996, had been made by Journeyman Pictures in London. It was in this documentary that I came across Osama bin Laden’s name for the first time. The wealthy Saudi terrorist, described in Journeyman’s documentary as ‘a banker for jihad,’ was still in Sudan at the time, but Journeyman had been unable to interview him there.[Read More]
Iran Supporting 100 Shia Terrorist Groups
June 22, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – A recent article published by the Clarion Project [see, 'Iran Supporting More than 100 Shiite Terror Groups'] provides details gleaned from Egypt’s Al-Hayat newspaper, generally considered authoritative within an Arabic context, which believably alleges that Iran is engaged in a massive campaign of support of Shia terrorist groups.
Iran has the deserved reputation of being the world’s leading source of terror funding, but this is the first time to our knowledge that a respected Middle East news source has provided this level of detail.
We were recently party to a briefing by ex Director of Central Intelligence, in which Mr. Woolsey drew the same conclusion, however he expanded the indictment against the Ayatollocracy, mentioning that Iran is not only funding Islamic terror on a world-wide basis but that it already has effective control of 4 state capitols outside of its own borders. [see, James Woolsey’s Frontal Assault on Iranian Regime ].
“They are clearly imperial, they control four international capitals counting Baghdad which they effectively control…they are reaching to be more and more imperial, to extend their influence against Saudi Arabia down the Arabian peninsula [and] Houthi Iranian instrumentalities essentially control Yemen now.”[Read More]
Team Ass Clown – Obama’s JCS/DOD
June 18, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – General Martin Dempsey, Chair of O’s JCS appears to be the reincarnation of George B. McClellan, one of many Union generals who was always able to find an excuse not to fight, hence his being relieved from command by president Lincoln.
Dempsey drove that point home yesterday in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee where his demoralizing message was:
"I would not recommend that we put U.S. forces in harm's way simply to stiffen the spine of local forces. If their spine is not stiffened by the threat of ISIL or their way of life, nothing we do is going to stiffen their spine."
Dempsey even inferentially referring to “spine” or moral courage makes one retch.
Carter Ham, who runs DOD, had much the same message, but we are inclined to give him a pass since he’s primarily a policy wonk and does what he’s told. If the generals and the CIC don’t want to kill people and break things then it would be silly to expect him to contradict those running the failed ME military strategy.
Another bit of wisdom from Dempsey, who thankfully will be retiring soon:
"Enduring stability cannot be imposed from the outside in. Stability must be cultivated from the inside out."
James Woolsey’s Frontal Assault on Iranian Regime
June 16, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – We were recently honored to attend a briefing on the Iranian crisis delivered by R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence [1993-1995] and current Chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
The forum was provided by the Clarion Project, a think-tank dedicated to “exposing the dangers of Islamic extremism while providing a platform for the voices of moderation and promoting grassroots activism.”
Never one to waste words or pull punches, Mr. Woolsey was quick to propose that the discussion begin with an understanding of the nature of the Iranian regime which he characterized as “theocratic, totalitarian, genocidal, imperial liars.”
Fleshing out and justifying the use of such harsh rhetoric:
Theocratic: Iran is a one party state led by a ruthless Shia religious figure [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] with unlimited executive power and operating under a fundamentalist interpretation of the Shari’a.
Totalitarian: “Very much like the pigs in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, they wish to manage every aspect of the lives of those they are over.”
Genocidal: “They threaten genocide against the United States and Israel all the time, it’s no longer even considered newsworthy, it’s brutal, ugly [and] it’s Hitlerian.”
Part II - Why Is Anyone Still Listening to Maajid Nawaz?
By WILLIAM MAYER
June 15, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Maajid Nawaz - a British citizen - calls himself a Muslim reformer despite having had a very long history of Islamist activities, some of which were so serious that he was jailed for years in Egypt due to his recruiting efforts for a terrorist group.
A flurry of activity a number of years ago first brought him to our attention. In the following period of time he became less publicly visible. Now, however he’s in the news again, having run [Liberal Democrat party] and lost a campaign for Parliament to represent North London.
His candidacy made him a saleable commodity once more and his recently tweeted comment calling it a “bit insane” to compare ISIS to Israel - though certainly a non-controversial position to take - was nonetheless seized on by the “find moderate Islam at any cost” crowd as evidence of his bona fides as a “reformer.”
We first became aware of Mr. Nawaz and his MO a number of years ago, so let’s turn back the clock a few years.
In a 2008 article Why Is Anyone Listening To Maajid Nawaz?, we characterized him rather harshly as an Islamist pretending to be moderate so he could cash in on the gravy train associated with the halal rubber-chicken lecture circuit which has grown up around the idea of promoting questionably “transformed” radical Muslims as spokesmen on behalf of “a kinder, gentler” Islam.
That such activity also served to further cloak Nawaz’ Islamism wasn’t coincidental.[Read More]
Fate of Key Syrian City of Hasakeh Unresolved
June 13, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – With the historically significant and strategically important Syrian city of Palmyra firmly in its grasp, ISIS has turned its efforts in the country towards taking Hasakeh, also considered vital to the regime.
For two weeks now the city has been pounded by jihadist forces, elements of the Syrian army along with a few air strikes by the U.S.
Despite claims made a week ago that the Syrian army had retaken the city, the evidence we have seen demonstrates that the area continues to be contested.
We never accepted the Syrian assertion that Hasakeh was in any way under its control, as we wrote on June 5:
“Under assault for almost a week, the strategic Syrian city of Al Hasakeh is in danger of falling to ISIS. The two most recent reports we have suggest that Assad’s troops are fleeing as ISIS fighters continue their push.
Adam Pletts of News24 France states, “The Islamic state group has been able to enter the southern side of the city,” adding that residents are evacuating towards the north which is controlled by the YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units] which has made the decision not to formally engaged ISIS until it closes on their sector.” [source, Syrian Troops Flee As ISIS Enters Key City Of Hasakeh , PipeLineNews.org]
The International Red Cross/Red Crescent is currently attempting to assist over 10,000 refugees which continue to flee the fighting in the area:[Read More]
HAMAS Linked Group – CAIR - Attacks Ted Cruz
June 10, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The Tennessee based, Times Free Press, published a hit piece yesterday directed at Republican candidate for president, Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX]. It was written by one of the organization’s staff writers, Andy Sher, for whom we left two voice-mails, neither of which were returned as we go to press.
The text of the article infers that Mr. Cruz is an “Islamophobe” because he hired Kevin Kookogey as his Tennessee presidential campaign chair, whom the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] claims is anti-Muslim as well as being “Islamophobic.”
“…Ted Cruz has named former Williamson County GOP chairman Kevin Kookogey, a critic of Sharia law, as his Tennessee chairman. Now, the U.S. senator is drawing fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations which on Tuesday urged Cruz to drop Kookogey because of what the group called "his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes." [source, Andy Sher, Update: Ted Cruz's pick for Tennessee chairman draws fire from Islamic activists , Times Free Press]
CAIR is a known quantity, and as we recently wrote in a feature piece - Islamic Jihad, Cultural Marxism and the West - closely associated with the Arab terrorist group HAMAS according to Federal Court documents.
“Our analysis begins with one of the most consequential [though little known] legal cases of this era, the landmark federal terror prosecution, "United States of America v. Holy Land Foundation For Relief And Development, et al," Case No. 3:04-CR-240-G, November 30, 2005. Also see 2004 DOJ announcement Holy Land Foundation Leaders, Accused of Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization .
It was a long and complex undertaking, uncovering the funding structure established in the United States which channeled at least $12 million directly to the "Palestinian"1. terrorist group, HAMAS. After being unable to render a verdict in the first trial, a streamlined case was prepared for the second prosecution. The result of which found all of the defendants guilty on a combined total of 108 charges. Of note, one of those convicted was Ghassan Elashi. Elashi had helped found the Texas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and was already serving a long prison term, having been convicted in another terror-related case, U.S. v. InfoCom, when the Holy Land decision was handed down.
The sheer volume of evidence submitted by the government at trial was overwhelming to the point of being intimidating, but for terror researchers and national security professionals it was a treasure trove of critical new information. For the first time it became possible to understand the dimensions of a paradigm shifting new player in the game, a process whereby the jihad could be carried on without a shot being fired.[Read More]