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Islamic State presence growing in Kashmir

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posted by Christopher Holton

Now that the Islamic State caliphate has been crippled in Iraq and Syria, Jihadis loyal to the Islamic State are cropping up elsewhere in the world.

There has been fairly extensive coverage of the Islamic State’s activities in the Philippines.

Now comes the news that the Islamic State is rearing its ugly head in Kashmir, aimed India…

“Sharia or Shahadat” (implementation of Sharia Law or martyrdom) is the new slogan. The black flags of ISIS which shocked with their appearance in the Valley a few years ago are no longer a huge anomaly. Originally, the ISIS flags were dismissed by intel agencies and the administration as misguided youthful exuberance. Then the men carrying them and others wielding guns declared their allegiance to dreaded global terror groups.

https://defenceaviationpost.com/isis-growing-presence-violence-kashmir/

 

 

What is Being Preached in Mosques?

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by Christopher Holton

Here is a sample of what is being preached in some mosques these days.

From a recent sermon in Sydney, Australia:

“This nation [Muslims] should know that it was […] created to spread Allah’s religion and lead the nations, and this could only be achieved by Jihad for the sake of Allah!”

These words were not said somewhere in the war ravaged Middle East by a supporter of ISIS or other extremist groups. They were not whispered in a dark room, hidden from public sight. This call for holy war, or jihad, was voiced loud and clear to a large crowd in a Sydney mosque just a few months ago.

http://www.aijac.org.au/news/article/jihad-in-the-suburbs-redux

 

Recommended Reading: A Few Vital Web Sites

by Christopher W. Holton

For anyone concerned about the threat from jihad there are a few web resources of which readers may or may not be aware and which we consider required reading on a regular basis to stay informed of the threats.

Here are just a few of those resources that we follow regularly:

Jihad Watch

http://www.jihadwatch.org

Robert Spencer is not just a national treasure, he is a true hero of Western Civilization. For years he has been writing and saying the things that need to be said, that few others have been courageous enough to write and say. As a result, he has been on the receiving end of unwarranted criticism and outright attacks, primarily from the global Jihadist movement, the politically correct Left and our corrupt, so-called “mainstream” news media.

You should visit Jihad Watch daily and you will also want to sign up for their daily email bulletin.

Understanding the Threat

https://www.understandingthethreat.com

John Guandolo is another American hero. John has gone toe to toe with Jihadis, both as a US Marine officer and a special agent in the FBI. When you hear about former Attorney General Eric Holder and former FBI director Robert Mueller purging the FBI training materials of any reference to Jihad and Islam, what you’re actually hearing is that they purged the FBI’s training on the global Jihadist movement that John Guandolo created. In fact, Mr. Guandolo was both praised and decorated for his work, until Holder came along and decided he didn’t want it taught anymore. (Mueller dutifully complied, just like a lapdog.)

Today, Mr. Guandolo and his team are dedicated to teaching state and local law enforcement what federal law enforcement is forbidden from learning. He produces terrific videos and has an informative blog as well. Be sure to sign up for his daily e-mail alert when you visit his site.

The Center for the Study of Political Islam

https://www.politicalislam.com

Dr. Bill Warner has introduced the scientific method to the study of Jihad and Shariah. His groundbreaking work has provided a scholarly perspective in such a way that everyday Americans can readily grasp what heretofore have been mysterious concepts about a foreign belief system.

Warner has a bookstore on his site. His books are short and inexpensive and you should buy every book he has for sale. He breaks down the threat through the prism of the scientific method and also provides a history of shariah and jihad that cannot be obtained anywhere else.

Warner’s YouTube videos are excellent, especially his series on the history of jihad and the civilized world’s response, the crusades.

The United West

https://www.theunitedwest.org

The United West’s Tom Trento is a Christian scholar that has dedicated his life’s work to defending Western Civilization from shariah and Jihad. Mr. Trento goes to the places where no one else is willing to go to confront our adversaries ask them the questions they don’t want to hear.

The United West’s web site contains a wealth of resources and is frequently updated with news reports to keep the reader on the cutting edge.

The Center for Security Policy

https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org

My employer, the Center for Security Policy has been playing a leadership role in warning America about the threat from shariah and jihad since well before 9/11. Founded and led by Frank Gaffney, who served under President Ronald Reagan in the Department of Defense, the Center’s mission is to promote peace through strength. In addition to analysis of shariah and jihad, you can find analysis of the Iranian nuclear threat, the North Korean threat, Russia and Communist China, among other topics.

The Center also has a large bookstore and many of the books can be read for free online. Here is just a small sample of the titles that the Center has available:

• Islamist Influence in Hollywood
• HAMAS, CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood
• Modern Islamic Warfare: An Ancient Doctrine Marches On
• Shariah: The Threat to America
• CAIR in HAMAS
• Gateway to Jihad: Tablighi Jamaat
• Jihad! Understanding the Threat of the Islamic State in America
• Ikhwan in America: An Oral History of the Muslim Brotherhood in their Own Words
• See No Shariah: Countering Violent Extremism and the Disarming of America’s First Line of Defense
• The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jihad on Free Speech
• Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America
• Shariah in American Courts

Jihadi prisoner tries to kill warden

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posted by Christopher Holton

Here we have a vivid illustration of just how fanatic and committed our enemies in the global Jihadist insurgency can be.

This incident also speaks to the need for a terrorist registry in America modeled after the successful sex offender registry.

A jihadi named Fazliddin Kurbanov serving a 25-year prison sentence for a terrorist plot, tried to murder the warden of the federal prison in which he has been incarcerated.

The warden was severely wounded but, fortunately, is expected to make a full recovery.

Kurbanov was previously sentenced to 25 years in prison by a federal judge in Idaho for conspiracy to provide material support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and and for procuring bomb-making materials to execute a terrorist attack on American soil.

The silver lining in the latest unfortunate event is that, when he is convicted of attempted murder, Kurbanov will be sentenced to another 15 years in prison to be served consecutively. That likely means that Kurbanov will die in prison, which is what should have happened in the first place.

But let’s take a moment to examine the original sentence. Think about this for a moment:

A man in post-9/11 America was tried and convicted of conspiracy to support a designated foreign terrorist organization AND for procuring bomb-making materials to carry out a terrorist attack here in the U.S.

One would think that for such crimes, Kurbanov would be sentenced to life behind bars, but, what most Americans don’t realize, sentences for terrorism offenses are actually ridiculously short. So, Kurbanov was sentenced to a quarter-century in prison. He was 33 years old at the time of sentencing.

So, IF Kurbanov served the entire 25 years, he would be 58 years old upon release.

If, after 25 years in prison, Kurbanov had mellowed, perhaps he would not be a danger to society.

But would he have mellowed? What if he had been able to associate with other like-minded individuals while in prison, other jihadis? What if he had continued to study the doctrine that led to his involvement in jihad in the first place? At 58 years old, he certainly could pose a threat to society.

Now, here’s the other aspect of this that few talk about…few federal prisoners ever serve their full sentence. Fazliddin Kurbanov would likely have been released from prison well before he turned 58…had he not tried to slit the throat of a federal prison warden.

Ask yourself a question: if a man like Fazliddin Kurbanov, upon release from prison, moved into your county, wouldn’t you like your local sheriff to know about it?

Here are the latest details of Fazliddin Kurbanov’s case:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-prisoner-attempted-murder-20180313-story.html

 

The Case for a Terrorist Registry in America

 

by Christopher W Holton

Since the 1990s sex offenders in America have been required to register with their local sheriff so that law enforcement can be aware of their residence.

This program has worked very well.

The time has come for a similar registry for those offenders who have been convicted of terrorism offenses.

If someone who has been convicted on terrorism charges or material support for terrorism charges moves into your community, don’t you want your local law enforcement authorities to know about it?

This scenario is not as far-fetched as you might think.

As the Associated Press reported back in August, dozens of convicts serving time in U.S. prisons for terrorism-related offenses are due to be released in the coming years.

https://apnews.com/0d08df6f540f4dc291314396534fcf31/Should-springing-of-US-terrorism-convicts-alarm-Americans?&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top-stories

Almost all of these convicts are individuals involved with Islamic jihad who were convicted since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

You’d be shocked at how lenient the federal sentences for terrorism and material support for terrorism are. For instance, the subject interviewed for the AP article is a guy named Ismail Royer (formerly Randall Todd Royer). He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison back in 2004, but you’ll notice that he is now already a free man working for a think tank in Washington DC.

Royer claims that he is a good guy and the Washington Post did a fluff piece on him claiming he is now fighting “radical Islam.”

Excuse me if I am more than a little skeptical. As far as I am concerned, a Jihadi who has been convicted on terrorism-related charges will always be a Jihadi where our safety is concerned.

Ismail Royer should have to check in with the local sheriff where ever he lives. He should have to register as a convicted terrorist just like a sex offender has to register with the sheriff.

I guess Royer will maintain that he learned his lesson while in prison and is no longer a threat to society.

But there is ample evidence to indicate that what goes on in prisons could just as easily encourage Jihadis to stay Jihadis and network with other Jihadis.

Take for example Ahmad Khan Rahimi who was convicted in the bombings in New York and New Jersey in September 2016.

Since he has been in prison, Rahimi has “provided inmates with copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches by Osama Bin Laden and the late militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, bomb making instructions, books on jihad and issues of the al Qaeda-backed magazine Inspire…”

http://myfox8.com/2017/12/24/man-convicted-in-2016-bombing-in-new-york-that-injured-30-people-is-trying-to-radicalize-other-inmates-and-is-currently-on-a-hunger-strike/

Now, Rahimi is unlikely to ever see the outside of a prison again, but the point here is that he is an example of how the Jihadists have used our prisons to recruit and proselytize for years.

What that means is that a person sent to prison on material support for terrorism charges for sending a few thousand dollars to Al Shabaab, HAMAS, Hezbollah, ISIS or Al Qaeda may very well emerge in a few years a more hardened Jihadi than he was when he entered prison.

That’s why legislation will be introduced in several states in 2018 to require terrorist convicts to register with their local sheriff in much the same way that sex offenders have done for decades.

 

Is Europe Under Siege? The British Foreign Office Seems to Think So

by Christopher W. Holton

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Over the past few weeks several threatening messages from the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have appeared in social media and elsewhere. The threats have primarily been directed at European cities during the holiday season.

President Trump and Prime Minister May have entered into a pointless Twitter battle over the threat from Jihad and their respective views on how to address it.

Against this backdrop, the British Foreign Office has issued travel bulletins for its citizens traveling to the following 10 countries:

• Czech Republic

• Denmark

• The Netherlands

• Austria

• Germany

• Italy

• Belgium

• France

• Switzerland

• Sweden

The Foreign Office issued the exact same bulletin for each country:

“There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds; you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities”

We find it ironic that, given the number of Jihadi attacks–vehicle jihad, knife jihad, and bombings–in Great Britain over the past 2 years or so, that the British wouldn’t add their own country to the list of nations for which they have issued travel bulletins.

We’d say that London and other parts of Britain are at least as dangerous as places in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

What all this adds up to is what the British government is telling travelers, but won’t come right out and say it, is that there is a severe threat of Jihad all over Europe.

If you want to feel safe this holiday season, head to Tahiti for that white Christmas experience.

Daily Mail: Pro-Islamic State Jihadist Org Calls for Attacks on Western Children

posted by Christopher W. Holton

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The Daily Mail in the UK is reporting today on a new threat from a Jihadist organization calling on Muslims to attack children in the West.

Of course, Jihadi attacks on children are nothing new. The victims of the Manchester bombing in Great Britain were mostly teen age girls.

A pro-ISIS jihadist group has called for Muslims to murder children in the West, an anti-extremism organisation has warned.

The terrorists – calling themselves the all-Qastantiyyah Foundation – called for the slayings through the Telegram app.

They singled out the US, Australia and Europe as targets.

Earlier this year, a different jihadist group – also pro-ISIS – called for children to be murdered in the West.

ISIS, however, enslaves, tortures, rapes and murders children as a matter of principle, according to the United Nations.

The Islamist group also forces children to fight its battles, and often records videos of youngsters murdering prisoners in gruesome ways.

Earlier this week, ISIS terrorists operating on the Afghan-Pakistan border forced child soldiers to cut off the arms of a man they said was a spy.

He was then beheaded by a boy no older than 10.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5133229/Jihadist-group-calls-attacks-Western-children.html

 

 

More on the Jihad Threat this Christmas and New Year’s Season

by Christopher W. Holton

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Both the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have issued audio, video or online threats to attack the West this Christmas.

These threats focus on European population centers, such as Paris and London, and New York City in America, though the possibility of Jihadi attacks in other places in the West can certainly not be discounted. History has shown that places as diverse geographically as Brussels, Berlin and San Bernardino have all been targeted, especially at Christmas time.

Lone Wolf or Individual Jihad?

The possible attacks in the West could take the form of organized, planned attacks directed from Jihadi leaders overseas or inside Europe or America, or they could be carried out by individuals “inspired” by Jihadist ideology.

Ironically, very often, Western media and officials seem to take some form of weird comfort when a deadly attack ends up being the work of an individual jihadi, as opposed to an organized cell or affiliate of a known terrorist group.

In reality, the opposite should be the case.

First of all, none of the Jihadist groups–Islamic State, Al Qaeda, HAMAS, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Lashkar e Taiba, Ansar al-Sharia, Abu Sayyef, Jemaah Islamiyeh–issue membership cards or wear uniforms. So a case can be made that classification of an attacker as “inspired” or “directed” could be a distinction without a difference.

But there is a difference between a cell such as the 19 hijackers who carried out the September 11 attacks after training and planning conducted by Al Qaeda’s leadership and infrastructure, and the husband and wife team who shot up a Christmas party of people they knew and worked with in San Bernardino. (Though it is vital that we understand that their acts are based on the same Islamic doctrine and they are tied together by the same Jihadist ideology.)

So which flavor of Jihadi is more dangerous?

If you’re on the receiving end of an attack, it makes no difference to you, but by casualty count, the cell would appear to pose a greater threat. On the other hand, the inspired attacks seem to happen much more frequently.

A case can be made that individual Jihadis pose a greater challenge for our intelligence and law enforcement communities.

Cells have to be organized, trained and communicated back and forth with. All of this provides opportunities for detection and even infiltration.

Individual jihadis don’t offer any of these potential vulnerabilities. One can infiltrate a cell, especially one in which members are using cell phones and email to contact each other and leaders elsewhere. How does one infiltrate one guy, like the Chattanooga, Tennessee shooter, the Orlando shooter or the Uzbeki vehicle jihad attacker in New York City?

If the individual jihadi isn’t communicating with others and no one is aware of his or her plans, how are our intelligence and law enforcement assets supposed to detect them “left of bang” (before the attack)?

Unfortunately, here in the West, and the U.S. in particular, we have failed to even properly identify the nature of the threat. A popular term in Western vernacular to describe the threat of individual jihad is the term “lone wolf.”

The term “lone wolf” does not appear in Islamic doctrine, nor is it part of any Jihadist group ideology.

What is part of Islamic doctrine and Jihadist ideology is the concept of Jihad as an individual obligation. So what we have been seeing around the world are acts of individual jihad based on Islamic doctrine and Jihadist ideology. Given the basis for these attacks, they are not “senseless violence.” We can explain and understand these attacks based upon Islamic doctrine and Jihadist ideology.

Most importantly, the wave of individual jihadi attacks in recent years is all part of plans articulated by Jihadi ideologues:

Successful jihad will only happen within an ummah [Islamic nation or community] in which the fighting creed is firmly established and clarified. This must happen in order to attain the “Revolutionary Jihadist Climate” that will spontaneously give rise to instruments of resistance.

 Violent jihad is as an individual duty obligatory upon every Muslim. All the ulema have said this…”

The Call to Global Islamic Resistance
Abu Musab al-Suri
Al Qaeda propagandist
Captured in Pakistan 2005

We are now seeing this “Revolutionary Jihadist Climate” in the West as evidenced by the rise of seemingly spontaneous acts of Jihad carried out by individual Muslims with no known direct contacts with Jihadist organizations.

It is this threat that we are most likely to see this Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Local Jihadi

Warnings in Jihadist literature and on Jihadi social media aren’t meant to give us a heads up. They are meant to inspire individual Jihadis to rise up and attack, in this case during the Christmas season. If recent history is any indication, we will see an act of deadly jihad somewhere in the West as a result of these communications.

The Christmas and New Year season is a particularly high-risk period as it offers unusually large numbers of potentially high-value and high-casualty targets, not just in places like New York, London, Paris and Berlin, but in just about every major city in the West.

The holiday season brings large crowds at sporting events, Christmas celebrations and ceremonies, churches, parks, restaurants and other gathering locations. In addition, the holiday season is also characterized by high volumes of leisure travel leading to large numbers of travellers in airports and train depots. The vast number of potential targets makes it virtually impossible for homeland security and law enforcement agencies to deploy enough personnel to successfully prevent every possible attack.

The Western holiday season is particularly attractive to Islamic jihadists because any successful attack, even a minor one, becomes a propaganda victory that can inspire others to follow suit and aid in Jihadist organization recruitment (despite what the U.S. government has said, Jihadis don’t recruit based on the prison at Gitmo; they recruit based on their successful attacks).

Jihadists have repeatedly demonstrated their will and capacity to plan and execute attacks during high-profile events. The Nice (July 216), Berlin (December 2016) and Manchester (May 2017) attacks show how individual jihadis and small cells can successfully carry out mass-casualty attacks. Despite their resounding defeats in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State continues to benefit from supporters in the West, which means there is a greater risk of terrorist attacks in the West during the holiday season.

We are most likely to see vehicle jihad using large trucks, knife jihad (stabbings) and shooting attacks, but improvised explosive device (IED) attacks are certainly also a possibility using pressure cookers (Boston marathon bombing), fertilizer and diesel fuel (1993 World Trade Center bombing) or propane tanks (failed Time Square VBIED attack).

This is why intelligence services and foreign service offices continue to issue bulletins almost on a daily basis for Europe. As Christmas nears, we should expect to see such alerts issued for major events in the U.S. as well.

British police arrest two Jihadis, disrupt “significant plot”

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by Christopher W. Holton

Late yesterday British counterterrorism police arrested two Jihadis who were reportedly planning attacks in London and Birmingham.

Details are scarce but it has been reported that the two suspects were 20 and 21 years old and were “inspired” by the Islamic State.

More to follow as information comes available.

The Muslim Brotherhood: the Grandfather of all Sunni Jihadist Groups

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posted by Christopher W. Holton

The Muslim Brotherhood is the forerunner of all modern Jihadist terror organizations: HAMAS, Al Qaeda, the Islamic State all can trace their origins to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In the case of HAMAS, it is in actuality THE Muslim Brotherhood in the West Bank and Gaza.

Islam provides the doctrinal basis for the Muslim Brotherhood and its modern offspring. But it is largely the Muslim Brotherhood and its ideologues–Qutb, al Banna and others–that provided the ideological underpinnings for Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and others.

Arab media is increasingly addressing the insidious role of the Muslim Brotherhood. The article excerpted and linked below would have been unheard of a dozen years ago.

The fight to uproot terrorism and extremism begins at its Muslim Brotherhood roots, with that organisation’s structure, doctrines and ideologues.

The US government has recently released to the public a large batch of documents that were recovered in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. What strikes one immediately, in these documents, is how the terrorist ideology that obsessed Bin Laden was rooted in Muslim Brotherhood ideology. The Al-Qaeda leader was steeped in the literature published by the Muslim Brotherhood’s founders and ideologues…

This phenomenon is hardly unique among prominent terrorists and their organisations. The Muslim Brotherhood had always served as the “incubator” and the primary school in which terrorists take their first steps towards embracing extremist thought and its violent applications. Leaders of such organisations as Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and the Islamic Jihad in Egypt emerged directly from the folds of Muslim Brotherhood thought and practice. Among the star students were current Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahri, Mohamed Ata, who led that terrorist attack against the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001, and the mastermind of the whole operation, Khaled Sheikh Mohamed. Although some of those individuals and organisations had their differences with the Muslim Brotherhood at some later juncture, their collective “jihadist” thought had its origins with the founders of the Muslim Brotherhood, whether in its first edition (Hassan Al-Banna) or its second edition (Sayed Qotb). While Qotb is always regarded as the father of contemporary terrorists, his ideas and outlooks can be traced to Al-Banna and the birth of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928.

Read the rest of this important article…

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/23056.aspx

 

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