Report: Islamic State Affiliate Abu Sayyaf Expanding Operations

Abu Sayyaf pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

Abu Sayyaf pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Back in August of 2014, a senior leader of the Philippine Jihadist terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Not surprisingly, now there is evidence that the organization is expanding its operations in the Pacific Rim area…

As the rest of the world grapples with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), their latest attacks on Paris, and what some commentators are calling the Global Jihad Insurgency, Philippines-based Islamic militant group the Abu Sayyaf may be spreading its own unwanted tentacles.

That message was clear following a leaked memo from within the Malaysian police published by the news portal Malaysiakini detailing how the Abu Sayyaf has established cell networks in East and West Malaysia, which were prepared to carry out terrorist-styled attacks.

This is unusual as the Abu Sayyaf – who have been widely, and justifiably, vilified as thugs – have largely kept their operations in Basilan, Jolo  and surrounding islands, spilling into the Sulu Sea and only sometimes into nearby Sabah, since the group’s inception in 1991. Operational cells in Kuala Lumpur would indicate a major expansion of its operations.

If the Abu Sayyaf is spreading its wings as an ISIS proxy into Malaysia, a Muslim country with secular pretensions, then fears that the militant insurgency — which dominated the region’s political landscape in the first decade of this century — is making a resurgence will be realized.

Just last week Malaysia’s defense minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said he and other Malaysian leaders were on an ISIS hit list.

As a paramilitary group, the Abu Sayyaf has sworn allegiance to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has outlasted its contemporaries, is well armed, and can make bombs. And that is exactly what ISIS needs if it is to pick-up from where JI and JAT left off in the push for a Southeast Asian caliphate, not unlike the one it seeks in the Middle East.



Details on the Demise of Adnan El Shukrijumah, Al Qaeda Jihadi from Florida

Killed by Pakistani Army in December 2014

Killed by Pakistani Army in December 2014

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Adnan El Shukrijumah was one of America’s most wanted terrorists until he was killed by the Pakistani army almost a year ago.

Linked below is an article outlining what led to his demise–he was essentially turned in by another Jihadi.

What we would like to point out as particularly interesting is the fact that his father was the imam at a local mosque in Miramar, Florida and claims to have no idea how his son could have found his way to Al Qaeda.

This is a recurring theme and one that we ignore too much in the U.S. Shukrijumah finds his way to Al Qaeda  and his father, the Imam, has no idea how it happened?

The same thing happened in Daphne, Alabama, where Omar Hammami found his way to Al Shabaab, where he too was killed. His Dad was the imam at the Islamic Center in Daphne and claims that he has no idea how his son, the former president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at the University of South Alabama, found his way to Jihad.

More recently, back in August of 2015, Muhammed Dakhlalla, son of the Imam at Islamic Center of Mississippi in Starkville, was arrested on terrorism-related charges for seeking to join the Islamic State Jihad. Once again, the father claimed to be totally shocked that his son became involved in Jihad.

We don’t believe in coincidences and we have studied too much Islamic doctrine to believe that all of these sons of Imams became Jihadis without any knowledge of their fathers…



Thanksgiving 2015


by Christopher W. Holton

It’s Thanksgiving Day 2015 and, despite hollow assurances from a president who is increasingly regarded as cavalier about the national security of the United States, the country is on edge.

America is on edge because the Islamic State has been allowed to metastasize and spread over the past two years after President Obama dismissed them as the “JV” team.

Nor is the Islamic State “contained.”

Here is a list of the Jihadist entities stretching from the Philippines to North Africa, that have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Among them is Boko Haram of Nigeria, which kidnapped and forced into slavery 300 Christian school girls over two years ago and continues to carry out savage attacks in west Africa…h/t Intel Center:

  • al-I’tisam of the Koran and Sunnah [Sudan]
  • Abu Sayyaf Group [Philippines]
  • Ansar al-Khilafah [Philippines]
  • Ansar al-Tawhid in India [India]
  • Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) [Phillippines]
  • Bangsmoro Justice Movement (BJM) [Phillippines]
  • al-Huda Battalion in Maghreb of Islam [Algeria]
  • Heroes of Islam Brigade in Khorasan [Afghanistan]
  • The Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria [Algeria]
  • Jundullah [Pakistan]
  • Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) [Pakistan]
  • Islamic Youth Shura Council [Libya]
  • Jaish al-Sahabah in the Levant [Syria]
  • Faction of Katibat al-Imam Bukhari [Syria]
  • Jamaat Ansar Bait al-Maqdis [Egypt]
  • Jund al-Khilafah in Egypt [Egypt]
  • Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek [Lebanon]
  • Islamic State Libya (Darnah) [Libya]
  • Lions of Libya [Libya]
  • Shura Council of Shabab al-Islam Darnah [Libya]
  • Mujahideen Indonesia Timor (MIT) [Indonesia]
  • Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSCJ) [Egypt]
  • Tehreek-e-Khilafat [Pakistan]
  • Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion [Tunisia]
  • Mujahideen of Yemen [Yemen]
  • Supporters for the Islamic State in Yemen [Yemen]
  • al-Tawheed Brigade in Khorasan [Afghanistan]
  • Supporters of the Islamic State in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques [Saudi Arabia]
  • Ansar al-Islam [Iraq]
  • Leaders of the Mujahid in Khorasan (10 former TTP commanders) [Pakistan]
  • Boko Haram [Nigeria]
  • Jund al-Khilafah in Tunisia [Tunisia]
  • Jemaah Islamiyah [Philippines]
  • al-Murabitoun [Mali]
  • Mujahideen of Tunisia of Kairouan [Tunisia]
  • al Shabaab [Puntland region of Somalia]

Moreover, the Islamic State has now carried out multiple attacks in Europe and inspired multiple attacks here in the U.S. The FBI reports that they have open investigations into Islamic State supporters in all 50 states.

No wonder America is on edge.

Some will lament that the article linked below from the New York Times has images that show the unnecessary militarization of police forces in the U.S. And, while we agree, when one considers the Kalashnikovs, RPGs and hand grenades that the Jihadists have attacked civilians with around the world, can one really fault the police for taking steps to protect themselves and give themselves a fighting chance in a gunfight with Islamic barbarians?

If it was my son or daughter standing watch over a Thanksgiving Day parade, I’d want them to have body armor and firepower too.

So consider that when you wince at the sight of cops looking like soldiers.

Maybe if we got off our ass as a country and decided to take the fight to the Islamic State in earnest, our cops could go back to carrying revolvers and billy clubs…



Incidentally, we are less worried about the prospect of an attack on Thanksgiving Day than we are about an attack on Black Friday. The Jihadists tend to focus more on days that are important to them than on days that are important to us. Black Friday this year falls on 27 November, which happens to be the same date on which Pope Urban II launched the first Crusade to defend Christendom from centuries of Jihadist onslaughts …

Anonymous Hackers Take Aim at the Islamic State


by Christopher W. Holton

We are glad to see the hacker community taking aim at the Islamic State, but we can’t help but suggest that it is quite possible to overstate the effectiveness of their efforts.

The article linked below suggests that some in the hacking community want to attempt to disrupt Islamic State operations and others want to monitor them and report intelligence to authorities.

It is unfortunate that this was even discussed publicly because the Islamic State has a worldwide network that uses social media and the internet as a convenience, not out of necessity. Once they know they are being monitored and attacked online, they can resort to old methods of communication. Moreover, to the extent that some hackers are not familiar with counter surveillance techniques, the Islamic State can also use methods to disguise their communications online. Even if they are discovered, it may not be easy to decipher the actual messages.

We wish the hackers luck in their campaign, but don’t believe that you can ultimately defeat 1,000-year old doctrine and 7.62 X 39 rounds, RPGs and IEDs in cyberspace.



Pew: Millions of Muslims Support Islamic State

By Christopher W. Holton

A new, scientific poll conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center indicates substantial support for the Islamic State (often incorrectly referred to as ISIS or ISIL) across the Islamic world.

Now Pew touts the poll by pointing out that the overwhelming majority of Muslims profess a negative view of the Islamic State, but what is more ominous are the raw numbers of Muslims who have a positive view of the Islamic State or claim to not know what their opinion of the Islamic State is…


For instance, just about one in ten Muslims in Turkey, Nigeria, Malaysia, Senegal and Pakistan have a “favorable” view of the Islamic State. Substantial numbers claim not to know what their opinion of the Islamic State is. One in five Turks, Nigerians and Indonesians “don’t know.” One in four Malaysians and Senegalese “don’t know.” And a whopping 6 in 10 of Pakistanis claim to not know what their opinion of the Islamic State is. Less than 1 in 3 Pakistanis have an unfavorable view of the Islamic State.

Conspicuously absent from the polling are Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two nations whose populations have provided Jihadist groups with substantial financial support and who have seen numerous members of their young, military age male populations join Jihadist movements.

What this translates to in raw numbers amounts to millions of Muslims around the world with a favorable view of the Islamic State.

Islamic State Threatens: America is Next


By Christopher W. Holton

No surprise here. The FBI claims to have had leads in investigations in all 50 states associated with the Islamic State. There are supposedly 1,000 such investigations coast to coast.

The Islamic State is here. Al Qaeda is here. Al Shabaab is here.

If America gets hit hard, none of us should be surprised.

ISIS has issued a chilling new video warning that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria will suffer the same fate as Paris and claimed they will attack Washington D.C. next.

The specific threat against the US capital emerged as CIA director John Brennan warned that more atrocities will be committed against the West by the Islamist terror group.

Mark Steyn: The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates


Posted by Christopher W. Holton

The latest from the brilliant Mark Steyn…



Andrew McCarthy: The War That Hasn’t Ended


posted by Christopher W. Holton

Excellent and sobering analysis by Andrew McCarthy, author of multiple books on Jihad and prosecutor of the Blind Sheikh…



Paris is Burning…Again

French soldiers patrols at the Eiffel Tower after a shooting at a French satirical newspaper, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. France reinforced security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

By Christopher W. Holton

Paris has become the top Western target for Jihad.

It can no longer be denied that France is in the throes of the global Islamic insurgency. Today, a coordinated, multifaceted attack eerily reminiscent of the 2008 Mumbai, India attack by Lashkar e Taiba, resulted in the deaths of at least 160 people.

The attack involved small arms and grenades and nearly simultaneous attacks in 7 different locations around Paris.

What most people do not realize is that these attacks are but the latest in a string of attacks going back to the infamous Charlie Hebdo attack 10 months ago. Everyone remembers Charlie Hebdo, but few in America realize that there have been several small-scale Jihadi incidents across France both before and after Charlie Hebdo, all of which are indicative of a revolutionary Jihadist atmosphere developing in the country.

France has been targeted because it has been the most active nation fighting Jihad in recent years, effectively decimating Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali and carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

It is absolutely imperative that the West stand with France with more than just symbolism. Now is not the time for candlelight vigils and peace rallies. Now is the time when NATO must take the threat from the Islamic State seriously. France is a NATO nation and has been attacked by a foreign power. That means that the North Atlantic Treaty must be invoked and activated.

It is time for the full weight and force and the North Atlantic Alliance be brought to bear to end the caliphate once and for all–no matter what it takes to do so.


The Historical Significance of November 13th in Islam


On November 13, 1918 the Allied troops occupied Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was the Caliphate, the Islamic State of its day.


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