Ex-NSA chief warns of jihadi wave in India

Sep 23, 2014 at 11:59pm IST

London: A new version of jihad is attracting “small but steady stream” of Indians to join Islamic State movement in Syria, Former National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan warned on Tuesday.

“New version jihad is proving to be highly attractive for its strength is spiritual purity. More and more youngsters find this very attractive,” the former director of Intelligence Bureau said at a lecture.

“As a result of online propaganda, I would say the jihadi wave is achieving new heights today. In India, what we are witnessing today is a small but steady stream of recruits from different states trying to join the ranks of ISIS in Syria,” he added.

Ex-NSA chief warns of jihadi wave in India

Narayanan also highlighted cyber terrorism as another major security imperative before India.

The security expert, who recently stepped down as West Bengal governor, was speaking on the ‘Security Challenges and Strategic Imperatives for India’ at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). Continue reading

NSA chief has regrets on ISIS intelligence collection

September 18, 2014, 4:41 PM

National Security Agency (NSA) Director Adm. Mike Rogers said Thursday that his agency’s collection of intelligence on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) could have been “stronger.”

“If I’m honest with myself, I wish the transition of ISIL from an insurgency to an organization that was now focused on holding ground, territory, the mechanism of governance….in hindsight I wish we had been a little bit – I’ll only speak for me and the NSA – I wish we’d been a little stronger about,” he said.

Rogers, who is also the head of U.S. Cyber Command, spoke at an intelligence summit alongside Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan and Letitia Long, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

ISIS’ quick rise appeared to take the U.S. by surprise as it swept through northern Iraq, taking hold of vast amounts of territory and virtually erasing the border with Syria. Although U.S. airstrikes in Iraq helped to stem the group’s expansion, the U.S. still struggles to collect enough intelligence on the group’s activities.

Matt Olsen, who directs the National Counter Terrorism Center, told a House committee Wednesday that intelligence agencies have very little idea where foreign fighters go and what they do once they reach Syria, so they can’t estimate how many have joined ISIS or other extremists.

Islamic State’s war propaganda for women attracts social media users

Social media becomes a window to a war zone that several women in South Florida say they follow even though they oppose terrorism
Author: Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Sep 17 2014 07:30:22 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2014 11:38:41 AM EDT

August 21st Facebook post defined as a “selfie” by Diary of A Muhajirah user.

MIAMI – A user’s recent social media posts read like a movie: A woman trained as a doctor travels to a war zone. She falls in love and gets pregnant. She suffers the inevitable reality of war in Syria.The social media user posts on Twitter and Facebook links to a Tumbler blog titled “Diary Of A Traveler”. The user has followers from all over the world — including South Florida. Maria Elena Carrillo, 35, a Venezuelan of Lebanese descent, said she has been following the blog since March.

“Her identity is a mystery. She said her legal name was Shams and that she was 26 and was from Malaysia, but no one knows if that’s true,” Carrillo said. “Her English is perfect. It could all be just clever propaganda for all we know. And there could be more than one person posting.” Continue reading

Video claims to show execution of Scottish hostage

Haines, 44, was taken while working for ACTED in Syria in March 2013, having previously helped local people in Libya and South Sudan. Picture: Hemedia

Haines, 44, was taken while working for ACTED in Syria in March 2013, having previously helped local people in Libya and South Sudan. Picture: Hemedia

by SCOTT D’ARCY

THE Foreign Office has said it is “working urgently to verify” a video purporting to show the beheading of Scottish aid worker David Haines.

The 44-year-old was thought to be being held by Islamic militants in Syria after being taken hostage in March last year.

A video was released tonight which appears to show Mr Haines talking to the camera before being murdered.

Prime Minister David Cameron has described the beheading of British aid worker David Haines as “an act of pure evil”.

The Prime Minister said: “This is a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker. It is an act of pure evil.

“My heart goes out to the family of David Haines who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude throughout this ordeal. Continue reading

UK will ‘look at all options’ to aid Scots hostage

A still from the video released by IS showing Steven Sotloff moments before his murder. Picture: Reuters

A still from the video released by IS showing Steven Sotloff moments before his murder. Picture: Reuters

 

by CHRIS MARSHALL

FOREIGN Secretary Philip Hammond declared yesterday that every possible option will be explored to protect a Scottish hostage whose life is being threatened by the same jihadists who have already killed two American journalists.

The 44-year-old aid worker appeared in a video released by Islamic State (IS) extremists on Tuesday. His family has asked for him not to be named.

At the end of the chilling film, a masked knifeman stands above the captive Scot, warning countries entering an “evil alliance” with the United States against IS to “back off”.

Speaking after a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee yesterday, Mr Hammond said the latest video – which depicts the murder of American Steven Sotloff by a jihadist with a British accent – appeared genuine. Continue reading

ISIS leader calls on Muslims in Ramadan message to build ‘Islamic state’

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demands that all Muslims around the world pledge allegiance to him in audiotape.

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Sinan Salaheddin Jul. 1, 2014 | 8:27 PM

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa.

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. Photo by Reuters

AP – The leader of the extremist group that has swept over much of northern Syria and Iraq called on Muslims Tuesday to immigrate to the territory his group has seized to help build an Islamic state.

The 19-minute audiotape from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi comes two days after his organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria unilaterally declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the land it controls. It also proclaimed al-Baghdadi the caliph, and demanded that all Muslims around the world pledge allegiance to him. Continue reading

Ansar-ut Tawhid and the Transnational Jihadist Threat to India

English: The buildings at the main courtyard, ...

English: The buildings at the main courtyard, Red Fort, New Delhi, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 12

June 13, 2014 03:21 PM Age: 8 days By: Animesh Roul

Transnational Islamist terrorist groups have recently made sporadic attempts to lure India’s Muslim population towards global jihad, frequently urging them to fight the democratically elected secular government. India-specific incitements have issued from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri and al-Qaeda ideologue Maulana Asim Umar through audio-visual messages that directly target Indian Muslims. A similar anti-India campaign was unleashed by a hitherto unknown group calling itself Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT – Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India) through its media arm, al-Isabah Media. Its messages highlight the issue of government atrocities against Muslims in India and encourage Indian Muslims to join the ongoing Afghan or Syrian jihads and to carry out attacks inside India.

The AuT has issued at least four videotapes since October 2013, the most recent of them surfaced on May 17, when the group called for attacks against Indian targets worldwide. The ten-minute video featuring AuT leader Maulana Abdur Rahman al-Hindi urges other prominent jihadi leaders such as the Taliban’s Mullah Omar, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Nasir Abd al-Wuhayshi of al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula, al-Shabaab’s Abdi Godane and Abd al-Malik Droukdel of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to come forward to attack Indian Government interests and its economic centers in India and elsewhere as a means of “protecting the Muslims of India.” [1] Continue reading