Jihad Threat Continues in New Theaters as Well as Old

by Christopher W. Holton

The UAE publication “The National” has published an article on 2019’s deadliest terrorist groups. It seems rather odd that it took so long to publish such an article about 2019, but perhaps the Wuhan virus pandemic is responsible. The article ranks terrorist groups by the number of reported deaths they caused during 2019.

Body count is a poor metric for measuring the activity of Jihadists because body count can be largely a matter of chance. A bomb detonating just an hour after rush hour somewhere might kill just a few victims, whereas the same bomb in the same place detonated an hour earlier could kill scores or even hundreds. Nevertheless the National article does illustrate one important thing: As we have been reporting for several years, Africa has become the primary theater of operations in the global Jihadist insurgency.

2 of the 4 most deadly Jihadist groups in the world operate exclusively in Africa. A 3rd, ISIS, also has major operations in Africa, particularly in Mozambique.

Boko Haram, notorious for kidnapping hundreds of Christian schoolgirls in 2014 (nearly half of whom were never recovered), operates in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Burkina Faso.

Al Shabaab operates mainly in Somalia and Kenya but has also carried out operations in Uganda and Ethiopia. Al Shabaab has a support network in the U.S., particularly in the Minneapolis region among the Somali expatriate community there. There have been multiple convictions of Somalis on material support for terrorism charges in the U.S. and they have threatened the U.S. in the past.

Another Jihadist group not mentioned in this article is Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). They have been active in Algeria, Mali, Libya, Niger and Mauritania. AQIM recently named a new emir, Abu Ubaidah Yusef al-Annabi. Al-Annabi replaced Abdelmalek Droukdel (Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud), who was killed in June in Mali by French military operators under the Commandement des Opérations Spéciales.

We ignore what is happening in Africa at our peril. As the now deceased leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Anwar al-Awlaki said: “Jihad is global. Jihad is not a local phenomenon, jihad is global and is not stopped by borders or barriers.”

That is why we point out that we are on the receiving end of a global Jihadist insurgency.

Boko Haram is based in northern Nigeria, yet clearly they are funded by oil-rich Muslims in regions over 3000 air miles away–supporters who probably have never been to Nigeria and probably never will go to Nigeria.

Al Shabaab is based in Somalia, yet they have received support from Minnesota, more than 8,000 miles away:

https://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2016/01/02/the-enemy-within-al-shabaab-makes-video-of-american-jihadis-killed-in-somalia/

Historically, when Jihadists are allowed a safe haven, they simply use it as a base of operations to spread jihad elsewhere. The example of the Taliban in the National article is instructive.

It is generally–and falsely–assumed that the Taliban were strictly local to Afghanistan and have no interest in global jihad. This has never been the case. First of all, the Taliban weren’t even formed in Afghanistan, they were established by the Pakistani ISI (Pakistan’s intelligence organization) in neighboring Pakistan out of students in madrassas (Islamic schools). (Taliban translated into English actually means “student.”) When the Taliban subsequently seized power, long after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, they invited foreign fighters who had fought the Soviets in the 1980s to come back to Afghanistan to make it a “launching pad for global jihad.” It’s no accident that 9/11 was hatched from Afghanistan.

We are now seeing much of an entire continent engulfed in violent jihad. This never seems to end well.

Brutal year: 2019’s deadliest terror groups

ADL: 50% Increase in U.S. Homegrown Jihadi Arrests

by Christopher W. Holton

Before we explain this report, we should mention that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) did not use the term Jihadi in their report. We inserted that term because it is the proper term that everyone should use to describe Islamic terrorism.

For some time now we have heard over and over that the biggest domestic terror threat in the U.S. is from “white nationalists” or “white supremacists.”

The ADL report would seem to indicate that there is still an active Jihadi network in the U.S. plotting terrorist attacks and providing material support for terrorist organizations.

Read more at The Jerusalem Post…

https://www.jpost.com/international/adl-50-percent-increase-in-us-arrests-linked-to-domestic-islamist-extremism-628526

Another Caliphate

posted by Christopher W. Holton

For some time now we have pointed out that Africa has become the central front in the global jihadist movement. Organizations such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Shabaab in Somalia have grabbed headlines with horrible, barbaric acts of jihad. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda and the Islamic State have carried out jihad campaigns in places like Mali, Libya, Algeria, Cameroon, Niger, Kenya and Tanzania.

More recently, the jihadist insurgency has come to the southeastern African nation of Mozambique, where jihadists recently seized a coastal town of 30,000 people.

The Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) has now declared their intention to take control of all of Mozambique.

Their stated goal? It’s the same goal as EVERY jihadist group in the world:

We hear them again lay out their ultimate objective: the establishment of an Islamist state regulated by Shari”a rule.”

Despite the fact that this goal has been repeated over and over again by jihadists from the Philippines to Western Europe, western security services–including the U.S. military, intelligence apparatus and the FBI–refuse to acknowledge this simple, but hard, reality.

MI5: 43,000 Suspected Jihadis in the UK

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Back in 2017, British intelligence disclosed that they believed that there were 23,000 suspected Jihadis in the UK.

At that time the number 23,000 was shocking to almost all observers and illustrated that there was no physically possible way for the various security agencies and services to track and keep tabs on anywhere near that number.

Well, as it turns out, the number 23,000 was a very low estimate. The UK government now reports that it is “aware” of 43,000 terrorist suspects. That includes 3,000 suspects that are described as being “actively investigated.”

Read more at BreitBart…

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/04/14/mi5-aware-of-43000-terrorist-suspects-nearly-double-than-previously-disclosed/

Federal Bureau of Prisons failing to properly monitor terrorist inmates

posted by Christopher W. Holton

This is nothing short of infuriating.

If the federal authorities can’t even properly monitor terrorists who are in their custody in prison, can they be expected to keep track of terrorist suspects who are at large?

This is yet another reason why the U.S. needs a Terrorist Offender Registry modeled after the sex offender registry so that state and local law enforcement, who tend to be more accountable, know when a convicted terrorist is living in their jurisdiction.

Federal prisons aren’t properly monitoring terrorist inmates, Justice Department IG report says…

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/federal-prisons-aren-t-properly-monitoring-terrorist-inmates-report-says-n1168616

Jihad Continues Despite Wuhan Virus

by Christopher W. Holton

While the overwhelming majority of the world is captivated by the Wuhan virus pandemic, not everyone is focused in that direction.

That was brought home forcefully in the past 24 hours by two significant Jihadist attacks in Africa which have received scant attention in the news media.

We’ve been pointing out for a long time that Africa is becoming the new ground zero in the global Jihadist insurgency.

It’s easy to dismiss Africa, mainly because Americans and Europeans have been dismissing Africa for centuries. But jihadist insurgencies are raging to various degrees in no fewer than 14 countries on the Dark Continent. Should Jihadists be successful in taking control of even half of those countries, it could threaten natural resource commerce and produce a humanitarian refugee crisis that dwarfs what we’ve seen so far.

Allowing Jihadists to have a safe base of operations anywhere in the world is a proven loser.

We must not forget that Al Qaeda’s war against the US pretty much started in Africa in 1998 when Osama Bin Laden was based in Sudan and launched attacks against US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

In the past 24 hours, Islamic State jihadists have struck in Nigeria and Mozambique with two major attacks.

In Nigeria, ISIS jihadis ambushed a Nigerian army unit and killed 70 Nigerian soldiers…

https://thearabweekly.com/isis-rejoices-epidemic-offshoot-group-kills-70-nigerian-soldiers

In Mozambique, ISIS jihadis captured the port city of Mocimboa de Praia in a night time amphibious raid…

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-24-mozambique-jihadists-capture-strategic-port-in-major-victory/

Houthis in Yemen use Wuhan Virus Fears to Impose Sharia

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Many people are ignorant of just who the Houthis are and what their goals are. Some casual observers in the US have assumed that the Houthis only oppose Saudi interference in the internal affairs of Yemen. They are often referred to as “rebels.”

That just isn’t the case. The Houthis are outright jihadists.

The Houthi movement’s official name is Ansar Allah, which means Supporters of Allah. The movement originated in northern Yemen in the early 1990s and they are called Houthis because their founder, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, was from the Houthi tribe. They are now led by his brother, Abdul Malik al-Houthi.

While the Houthis have gone to some lengths to portray themselves as an anti-corruption movement seeking to create greater economic opportunity for Yemenis and to resist Saudi influence, a closer examination shows that the movement is called Ansar Allah for a reason. They are trained, funded, and armed by Hezbollah and its sponsor, Iran.

Ansar Allah’s slogan is, “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam.”

One tell-tale sign of just what the Houthis are up to can be seen in this news article linked below. The Houthis have raided beauty salons in the name of fighting the Wuhan virus. Given that they have harassed such establishments before the virus ever appeared, what they’re clearly actually doing is imposing sharia, which is of course the goal of every jihadist group in the world…

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2195151/women’s-beauty-salons-raided-yemens-houthis

US air strike takes out 15 Al Shabaab Jihadis

posted by Christopher W. Holton

The Voice of America (VOA) is reporting that U.S. airstrikes in Somalia last week killed more than 15 al-Shabaab jihadis.

The U.S. has conducted 31 air strikes against al-Shabaab so far in 2020.

https://www.voanews.com/africa/africom-tells-voa-us-kills-15-al-shabab-terrorists-latest-somalia-airstrikes

Iranian man confesses to planning jihad in Germany

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, 35, confessed this week in British court to inciting terrorism in Germany and plotting to provide explosives for attacks.

According to The Guardian newspaper, Abdullah “bought more than 8,000 matches, fireworks, fuses, explosives precursors – or substances that could be used to manufacture explosives – and a remote control detonator. His intention was to help Omar Babek and Ahmed Hussein commit acts of terrorism in Germany. He encouraged others to commit terror attacks in the country, including by driving a car into a crowd, attacking people with a meat cleaver and setting off bombs.”

Read more at the Jerusalem Post…

https://www.jpost.com/International/Iranian-national-admits-to-planning-terror-attacks-in-Germany-621714

Justice Dept Seeks Lengthy Sentences for Two Convicted Illinois Jihadis

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison sentence for Edward Schimenti and a 17-year prison sentence for Joseph D. Jones, two Zion, Illinois men convicted in June 2019 on terrorism charges, including conspiracy for provide material support for the Islamic State (ISIS).

Read about the details at the Chicago Sun-Times…

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/3/20/21188436/feds-seek-prison-time-zion-men-convicted-terrorism

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