Militant video shows Egyptian armour being overrun

Terrorism & Insurgency
20 November 2014

Militants celebrate their victory by climbing on top of an M60 tank to wave the black jihadist banner. Source: Islamic State Sinai Province

Key Points

  • The new Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State has released a video to claim the 24 October attack on the Egyptian Army
  • The video shows a ruthless and sustained attack that overran a mechanised detachment of at least five armoured vehicles

The severity of the insurgency facing the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula has been highlighted by a video showing the attack that reportedly killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers on 24 October. Continue reading

Transition could weaken U.S. anti-terror efforts


By Mimi Hall and Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Egypt’s role in aiding U.S. counterterrorism efforts across the Middle East — through intelligence assistance, interrogation tactics and more — could be diminished after a new government takes hold in Cairo, intelligence experts say.

  • President Obama listens to Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Sept. 1 in Washington. Experts say a post-Mubarak government could be less of a partner in the U.S. war on terror. 

    By Charles Dharapak, AP

    President Obama listens to Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak on Sept. 1 in Washington. Experts say a post-Mubarak government could be less of a partner in the U.S. war on terror.

By Charles Dharapak, AP

President Obama listens to Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak on Sept. 1 in Washington. Experts say a post-Mubarak government could be less of a partner in the U.S. war on terror. Continue reading

Iran’s Continued Meddling in Iraq


Iranian interference remains a threat to stability in Iraq.

Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani displays an elections application.

Photo: AP

Iraqi Oil Minister and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki‘s political bloc member, Hussain al-Shahristani, displays an elections application, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, 11 Apr 2010

"I think ultimately Iraqi nationalism will trump Iranian meddling."

In recent weeks, there have been reasons to believe the Iraqi people will see a future shaped by their own determination to forge a strong and unified Iraq, and not by those who would deny them the chance for peace, freedom and security.

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Obama Moves to De-link Terrorism from Islam

WASHINGTON D.C: US President Barack Obama has ordered a revision of America’s National Security Strategy to remove terms that link Islam to terrorism, administration officials said.

The officials said the change would remove terms like “Islamic radicalism” from the National Security Strategy, a document that was created by the previous administration to outline the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war.

The US National Security Strategy outlines major national security concerns and the methods to deal with them. Such documents are prepared periodically by the executive branch of the government for Congress. US media outlets often refer to this document for borrowing terms to use in a report.

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Obama Moves to De-link Terrorism from Islam – NAM.

Bombs kill 60 in Iraq days after al Qaeda killings

The Associated Press

Date: Friday Apr. 23, 2010 1:13 PM ET

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People rush to extinguish a burning car moments after one in a series of bombs in the Shiite

stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD — A series of bombings mainly targeting Shiite worshippers killed at least 60 people on Friday, officials said, just days after U.S. and Iraqi forces killed the top two al Qaeda leaders in Iraq in what was described as devastating blow to the insurgency.

The apparently coordinated attack, which occurred in a two-hour timespan, demonstrated insurgents remain a potent force despite U.S. and Iraqi claims that the terror network is on the run.

Officials have warned insurgents remain capable of staging high-profile bombings in a bid to reignite sectarian tensions that pushed the country to the brink of civil war

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Bombs kill 60 in Iraq days after al Qaeda killings – CTV News.

US: Deaths of al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq potentially devastating

20.04.2010 00:59

The killings of al-Qaeda‘s top leaders in Iraq during an overnight operation carried out by US and Iraqi forces are “potentially devastating blows” to the terrorist network in the country, US Vice President Joe Biden said Monday, dpa reported.

US and Iraqi authorities confirmed that Abu Ayyub al-Masri, al- Qaeda’s top figurehead in Iraq, along with senior leader Sheikh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed near Tikrit in Salah al-Din province.

Biden attributed the success to improved capabilities of Iraqi security forces and said the operation was based on intelligence gathered by the Iraqis following the arrest of another al-Qaeda leader last month.

“Their deaths are potentially devastating blows to al Qaeda- Iraq,” Biden said, calling it an “extremely important” development.
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The World in Denial about Hizballah


Posted by W. Thomas Smith Jr. on 3 May 2009 at 5:07 pm UTC

In a May 2 article (published in the New York Post and elsewhere), Kenneth Bandler, communications director for the American Jewish Committee, writes, “The case of ‘Hizballah’s man in New York’ offers a compelling glimpse into the expansive world of 21st-century terrorism, where democratic free-speech rights are exploited by terror groups as part of their war against the West.”

Hizballah’s “man in New York,” as Bandler is referring to, is convicted terrorist-enabler Javed Iqbal, who is presently serving a six year prison sentence after having pled “guilty to aiding terrorists through his activity in America” in December 2008. Continue reading

Iran tests missile that could hit Israel, Europe

The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 6:54 AM

TEHRAN, Iran — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile Wednesday with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe.

The announcement will not reassure the U.S. government, coming just two days after President Barack Obama declared a readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Iran if it shunned U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama said he expected a positive response to his outreach for opening a dialogue with Iran by the end of the year.

“Defense Minister (Mostafa Mohammad Najjar) has informed me that the Sajjil-2 missile, which has very advanced technology, was launched from Semnan and it landed precisely on the target,” state radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. Continue reading

How Islamist Lawfare tactics target free speech

Middle East Forum Legal Project | Apr 29, 2009
By Brooke Goldstein, Aaron Eitan Meyer

Are American authors who write about terrorism and its sources of financing safe? Are counter-terrorist advisors to the New York City Police department safe? Are U.S. congressmen safe when they report terrorist front groups to the FBI and CIA? Are cartoonists who parody Mohammad safe from arrest?Must a Dutch politician who produced a documentary film quoting the Koran stand trial for blasphemy of Islam in Jordan? Is anyone who speaks publicly on the threat of radical Islam safe from frivolous and malicious lawsuits designed to bankrupt, punish, and silence them? These days, the answer is no.

Lawfare is usually defined as the use of the law as a weapon of war [1], or the pursuit of strategic aims through aggressive legal maneuvers.[2] Traditionally, lawfare tactics have been used to obtain moral advantages over the enemy in the court of public opinion,3 and to intimidate heads of state from acting out of fear of prosecution for war crimes.[4] Al-Qaeda training manuals instruct its captured militants to file claims of torture or other forms of abuse so as to reposition themselves as victims against their captors.[5] The 2004 decision by the United Nation’s International Court of Justice declaring Israel’s security fence a crime against humanity, which pointedly ignored the fact that the fence contributed to a sharp decline in terror attacks, is another example of lawfare aimed at public opinion.[6] Continue reading