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Eye on Extremism October 25, 2016

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October 25, 2016

Reuters: Islamic State Steps Up Counter-Attacks As Fighting Edges Closer To Mosul
“Islamic State expanded its attacks on Monday against the army and Kurdish forces across Iraq, trying to relieve pressure on the militant group's defenses around Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in the country. About 80 Islamic State-held villages and towns have been retaken in the first week of the offensive, bringing Iraqi and Kurdish forces closer to the edge of the city itself - where the battle will be hardest fought. The Mosul campaign, which aims to crush the Iraqi half of Islamic State's declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, may become the biggest battle yet in the 13 years of turmoil triggered by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and could require a massive humanitarian relief operation.”
NPR: Near Mosul, Some Residents Flee ISIS, Others Stay And Fight With ISIS
“The Iraqi military and its allies have been pushing for a week toward the city of Mosul, held by the Islamic State. For people fleeing the fighting, a few thousand so far, it's been an unbelievably frightening seven days. In the Debaga camp for displaced people, about 50 miles southeast of Mosul, which is becoming more crowded, I sit with a family who tell me about leaving the village where they lived under ISIS more than two years. ‘We left at sunrise, around 4 a.m., and there was no ISIS around. The [Iraqi] security forces were on the outskirts, but hadn't gone in,’ said a heavily pregnant woman, surrounded by her cousins and their small children, asleep or listless in the hot sun.”
New York Times: At Least 59 Die As Militants Storm Police College Near Quetta, Pakistan
“Wielding guns and explosives, three militants killed at least 59 people and wounded 120 at a police training college in southwestern Pakistan late Monday, before security forces, who mobilized outside, seized control of the campus, government officials said. Most of the victims were cadets. The college housed 700 cadets and training staff members, most of whom were rescued, according to local news media reports. “Within four hours, we have cleared the compound,” said Mir Sarfraz Bugti, a minister of Baluchistan Province, who added that two attackers had detonated suicide vests and the third had been shot.”
The New York Times: Turkey Barges Into The Mosul Fight
“It’s been clear from the start that the American and Iraqi-led battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State presented a logistical and strategic puzzle — even a possible nightmare — in which the interests of multiple countries and sectarian groups had to be reconciled and their roles carefully coordinated. Without such coordination, the effort to defeat ISIS and liberate thousands of Mosul residents who have suffered horribly under the terrorist group for two years would be severely undermined. The nightmare scenario has now become more likely with Turkey’s decision to pick a fight with Iraq. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is demanding a direct role in the battle that no one had designed for his troops, meanwhile seeming to tread on Iraq’s sovereignty.”
Daily Caller: Taliban Pulls In Record Profits As Afghanistan Slides To Ruin
“The United Nations believes Afghanistan’s opium production will surge 46 percent in 2016, expanding the coffers of an increasingly successful Taliban. ‘Drugs have direct links with corruption, terrorism and development. Without tackling drug problem and elicit economy, in general, it will not be possible to solve other problems facing Afghanistan,’ a representative of the UN Office On Drugs And Crime told reporters in Afghanistan Sunday. The surge in opium production is also tied to bumper crop year for poppy cultivation. Afghanistan is one of the world’s principle sources for the world’s heroin supply, and Taliban rake in nearly 3 billion dollars annually smuggling the drug out of the country.”
Wall Street Journal: Somali Extremists Kill 12 Non-Muslims In Northern Kenya
“Islamic extremist gunmen from neighboring Somalia killed 12 people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya’s northern Mandera County, an official said Tuesday. Somalia’s al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, saying its fighters targeted Christians, according to the group’s radio station, Andalus. The gunmen used grenades and homemade explosives to break into the guesthouse and then stormed in with guns, said Mohamed Saleh, Mandera’s regional commander. Survivor Veronica Wambui, an actor with a group touring Mandera to showcase textbooks in schools, said they were asleep at around 2:30 a.m. when they heard explosions at the main gate to the guesthouse.”
The Guardian: Relatives Baffled And Shamed As Israel's 'Isis Family' Returns Home
“Few Israeli citizens have gone to fight with Islamic State, perhaps a total of 50 in four years. Far fewer still have made it back to Israel to tell their tale. Among that handful is Sabareen Zbeidt, aged 30, and her husband, Wissam, aged 42, who flew back into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport last month with their three children – aged between three and eight – in the knowledge they would face long sentences in jail. Their return marked the end of a year-long journey through the brutalities and poverty of Isis’s self-proclaimed caliphate in both Syria and Iraq, where Wissam fought with the group while Sabareen monitored security cameras in a hospital.”
The New York Times: German Terrorism Case Highlights Europe’s Security Challenges
“The warning came to the German security authorities in early September from ‘our best partners,’ as they euphemistically refer to the American intelligence agencies: A terrorist assault might be in the works. In the weeks that followed, the Germans identified a suspect, a refugee from Syria. They unearthed evidence that he had been casing a Berlin airport for an attack, and they recovered powerful explosives from his apartment, only to see him slip through their fingers. When they eventually captured him, the suspect promptly hanged himself in his jail cell. The case was notable for its dramatic turns. But it also underscored two central challenges facing the Continent: getting a handle on the security risk related to the arrival of more than a million migrants last year, and addressing the continued reliance of European governments on intelligence from the United States to avert attacks.”
The Huffington Post: Hungry And Isolated, Women Who Survived Boko Haram Face New Nightmare
“Yagna Ibrahim is a woman who has a presence that is difficult to ignore. She strides into the room with grace and confidence, pulls out a chair and sits down next to her friend and fellow women’s rights activist Rabia Musa. The two women are part of an informal network of women’s rights activists that is trying to mobilize women in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State to help displaced women and children, providing food, clothes, money and other support. Both are in their fifties, wives and mothers, educated and financially independent. They prefer not to tell their husbands the details of their work in case they think it’s too dangerous. ‘Our society has changed forever and we have to work to limit the damage,’ Ibrahim explains during an interview in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.”
CNBC News: Terrorists Have A Cheap New Weapon That's Surprisingly Simple To Deploy
“The U.S. has been using a drone missile campaign to fight terrorists. Now, ISIS has turned the tables and scored success by using booby-trapped drones as its own weapons. The terror group's ability to innovate and use small aircraft for nefarious purposes underscores how the off-the-shelf drone technology could supply extremists with a potent platform on own soil to deliver explosives. Moreover, there is evidence that international terrorists have looked at other ways to weaponize drones and ‘have been attracted to the high-lethality potential associated with the use of chemical and biological weapons,’ according to a report released Thursday by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.”

United States

Voice Of America: US Scrambles To Contain Flaring Turkey-Iraq Tensions
“U.S. officials are scrambling to contain flaring tensions between Ankara and Baghdad after Turkish officials announced their troops Sunday shelled Islamic State positions near the Iraqi city of Mosul - an artillery barrage, the Turks say, requested by Kurdish peshmerga commanders. A dispute between Baghdad and Ankara over Turkey’s insistence on participating in the retaking of Mosul has simmered for months, prompting Western alarm over yet another complication in a highly complex military campaign involving an unruly alliance of many rival forces to oust IS militants from Iraq’s second largest city. In the run-up to the Mosul offensive, launched a week ago, U.S. officials struggled to resolve disputes between anti-IS allies - Iraqis, Shi’ite militias, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s forces and local Sunni tribesmen.”
NBC News: Iraq Violence: U.S. Denies Attacking Mosque In Daquq, Near Kirku
“The U.S.-led military coalition battling ISIS in Iraq has ‘definitively determined’ that it did not carry out a deadly strike on a mosque last week, an official said Monday. Military spokesman Col. John Dorrian told The Associated Press the coalition had notified the Iraqi government of its findings. Earlier, Human Rights Watch said at least 13 women and children had died during the attack on the women's side of a mosque in the town of Daquq, which is around 19 miles south of Kirkuk. Another 45 people were wounded, the group added. ‘Only United States-led coalition forces in Iraq and the Iraqi air force are known to conduct airstrikes in this region,’ Human Rights Watch added in a statement. Iraqi officials were investigating the incident, according to a statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.”


The Washington Post: The Latest: Lavrov, Kerry Discuss Syria’s Aleppo
“Russia’s foreign minister is calling on US Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure that what he called terrorist groups are separated from so-called moderate opposition fighters in Syria. Sergey Lavrov made the call in a Monday telephone conversation with Kerry, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The call came as fighting pounded the city of Aleppo; the battle resumed over the weekend after a pause in fighting called by Syrian forces and Russia, which is supporting them with air strikes. Lavrov told Kerry that fighters occupying the eastern part of Aleppo fired on civilians during the pause.”
Reuters: Russia Says 'Humanitarian Pause' In Syria's Aleppo Ended On Saturday: Agencies
“Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said an ‘humanitarian pause’ in air strikes on Syria's Aleppo had ended on Saturday and Moscow was not currently considering a return to the ceasefire, Russian news agencies reported. Ryabkov said further extensions of the ceasefire would depend on the actions of opposition fighters on the ground.”


CNN: Mosul Offensive: ISIS Militants Fleeing To Syria, Says Tribal Leader
“Hundreds of ISIS fighters are fleeing Mosul in Iraq and crossing into neighboring Syria as coalition forces close in on the city, a powerful tribal leader in the region says. Sheikh Abdullah Alyawer, a tribal leader in the town of Rabia, on Iraq's border with Syria, told CNN Monday that dozens of ISIS militants and their families were fleeing the city each day, and crossing into Syria at Ba'aaj, an ISIS-controlled crossing point south of Sinjar. The route was entirely along corridors under ISIS control, he said. Fleeing civilians with no affiliation to ISIS usually ended up in the Syrian town of al Houl, which is under Kurdish control, he said.”
BBC: Mosul Offensive: Iraqi Kurdish Forces Besiege Key Town Of Bashiqa
“Kurdish forces taking part in the offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State militants are besieging a key town to the north-east. Peshmerga fighters have surrounded Bashiqa, which lies on a crucial supply route 12km (8 miles) from Mosul, and are preparing to launch a full assault. But the threat of suicide bomb attacks means they are advancing with caution. A Counter-Terrorism Service commander also said its troops had gained ground around Bartella, 10km to the south. Abdul Wahhab al-Saadi told the BBC they had stormed the villages of Khazna, Khazna Tabba and Tob Zawa.”


Reuters: Turkish Army Says Hits Islamic State, Kurdish YPG Targets In Syria
“Turkey's military struck dozens of Islamic State and Kurdish YPG militia targets in Syria over the last 24 hours, depriving both groups of the ability to move around, the army said on Monday, as its operation there entered a third month. Backed by Turkish tanks, special forces and air strikes, rebels fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army crossed into northern Syria on Aug. 24 and took control of the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State largely unopposed. In the latest moves in the operation, dubbed ‘Euphrates Shield’, strikes by ‘fire support vehicles’ hit 27 Islamic State targets and 19 belonging to the YPG, leaving both groups ‘without maneuvering capacity’, the written statement said.”
BBC: Will Turkish Ambitions Complicate Fight For Mosul?
“With the offensive on Mosul well under way, the simmering tensions between the Shia-dominated Iraqi government and Turkey threaten to open up new fault lines that could greatly complicate the operation. They also raise questions about the future battle for influence in Mosul in particular and, more generally, in northern Iraq. From the outset of the operation, Turkey has been itching to play a role. This has been resolutely opposed by the government in Baghdad, and the Americans have had to mount some nimble diplomacy to try to ensure the differences between Turkey and Iraq do not overshadow the early stages of the Mosul offensive. US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter made the point explicitly at the end of last week when, on a visit to Baghdad, he reaffirmed ‘the vital importance of every country operating with full respect for Iraqi sovereignty’. This message was clearly directed at the Turks.”
CNN: Turkey's Complex Reasons For Fighting In Syria And Iraq
“For months, the US has been building up an alliance in the Middle East aimed at dislodging ISIS from its strongholds in both Iraq and Syria. But these efforts have been complicated in recent weeks by one of Washington's oldest allies in the region: Turkey. The Turkish government is lashing out against factions currently battling ISIS. Ankara has been engaged in a very public war of words with the government in Iraq. At the same time, the Turkish military has been bombing US-backed Kurdish militants in Syria. Part of this policy stems from Turkey's unenviable position, living alongside two of the bloodiest, most destabilizing conflicts the Middle East has seen in a generation.”


International Business Times: ISIS In Afghanistan: Islamic State Seeks To Expand Caliphate With Former Taliban Fighters
“The Islamic State group wants to expand its so-called caliphate inside Afghanistan as the militants fend off military attacks in its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the country's top U.S. commander said. Recruits from Uzbekistan and Pakistan are reportedly helping to fuel the effort.  ‘Right now we see them very focused on trying to establish their caliphate, the Khorasan caliphate, inside Afghanistan,’ General John Nicholson said in an exclusive interview with NBC News from Kabul.  The push is ‘principally a non-Afghan movement,’ he added. He said many Afghans oppose the militant group also known as ISIS that took signficant swaths of territory in Syra and Iraq in 2014 as part of its goal of establishing a global Islamic state. Roughly 1,000 ISIS fighters have gathered in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in part because the nearby border with Pakistan remains ‘very porous,’ he said.”
Voice Of America: Afghan Taliban To Brief Pakistan On Recent Meetings With Kabul
“A visiting Afghan Taliban delegation is holding meetings with officials in Pakistan and plans to give them ‘some briefing’ on the insurgent group's recent contacts with the Kabul government, a top official confirmed Monday. The insurgent delegation arrived in the country late last week from the Taliban’s so-called political office in Qatar, but Pakistani authorities had until now publicly declined to acknowledge it. ‘We know that their [Taliban’s] delegation has come and its details have already been published in the newspapers. But, I think it would not be appropriate at this stage for me to disclose details of our discussions with them,’ Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in Islamabad.”
ABC News: Rising Opium Production In Afghanistan Boosting Taliban Insurgency, South Asia Expert Warns
“In what the United Nations (UN) calls a ‘disturbing’ backslide, Afghanistan, the world's largest supplier of opium for heroin, is estimated to boost production by more than 40 per cent this year.  South Asia expert at Washington think tank The Wilson Centre, Michael Kugelman, said the increase in cultivation and yields was a clear security threat because it would further enrich the Islamic insurgent group. Yesterday the UN's Drugs and Crime Office (UNODC) released its annual survey of poppy production in Afghanistan, the world's biggest supplier of opium for heroin. The 2016 results are grim — in excess of 200,000 hectares are under cultivation — the third biggest in 20 years of monitoring.”


Reuters: Yemeni Graffiti Artists Hope Images Will Highlight War Horrors
“Yemeni street artists are daubing the capital's walls with haunting images of war and starving children in an effort to highlight the impact conflict is having on the country's population. The graffiti, including a malnourished child locked in a blood-red coffin, is turning heads in a country where more than two thirds of the population are in need of some form of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations. ‘We came up with this campaign because of the internal and external wars in Yemen, the economic crisis, all of these factors led to famine and poverty in Yemen,’ said participating artist, Thou Yazan Al Alawi. More than 10,000 people have been killed, thousands more wounded and the healthcare and education systems have crumbled in Yemen's 19-month civil war.”

Saudi Arabia

The Daily Beast: Why Saudi Arabian Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir Was Executed
“The execution last week of a Saudi Prince who shot another man dead in a street brawl caused some surprise across the western world. The dramatic punishment—carried out on the direct orders of King Salman—challenged a lazy assumption sometimes made that Saudi Arabia is a corrupt country where the rich, well-connected and the powerful get to do whatever they like. But the beheading execution of Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir has shown that Saudi Arabia’s brand of Sharia justice applies to the wealthy and titled too. According to reports, the Prince admitted to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed in 2012. Although there are conservatively estimated to be some 6,000 members of the extended Saudi royal family, it is definitively not the case that Prince Turki was a particularly minor or expendable royal.”


Voice Of America: Egypt Security Chief Warns Of Attempts To Stir Unrest
“Egypt’s interior minister warned Monday that the country faced ‘unprecedented challenges’ that required a decisive response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of inciting chaos and stoking fears of a popular backlash over rising prices and biting economic reforms. The minister’s comments, which came in an Interior Ministry statement published in state-owned newspapers, was the latest sign of alarm by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s government over possible unrest as a result of worsening economic conditions. In Monday’s statement, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar, who is in charge of the police, said the Brotherhood was seeking through ‘conspiratorial schemes to incite chaos and confusion with the aim of creating skepticism over the ability of the state and its institutions to satisfy popular expectations.’”

Middle East

The Jerusalem Post: Liberman: Israel Doesn't Want A Gaza War But Would 'Destroy' Hamas
“In his first-ever interview with Palestinian media, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman promoted his plan for a two-state solution involving swaps of populated lands. Liberman told the newspaper Al-Quds on Monday what has long been both his diplomatic plan and that of the Yisrael Beytenu party. It calls for the borders of the two-state solution to be drawn in such a way as to exclude the maximum amount of Israeli Arabs, who would become Palestinian citizens, and to include as many Israeli Jews as possible. In the interview, Liberman also said that should another war break out between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, it would be the last.”
Haaretz: Israel Refuses To Sign U.S. Document Regulating Attack Drone
“Israel is concerned that a U.S. State Department document formulated in recent months on drone usage could adversely affect Israeli defense industries. The document includes guidelines on the use and export of armed drones that have been provided to several countries that are considered American allies. The one-page document, titled ‘Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs),’ covers a number of issues, including international legal standards, oversight of arms exports and the sale of weapons to various countries, as well as efforts at transparency. It has been signed by over 40 nations, including Austria, Germany and Italy, but not Israel.”


Reuters: EU To Continue Libyan Coast Guard Training After Attack On Migrants
“The European Union will go ahead with training for the Libyan coast guard this week, days after a coast guard vessel allegedly attacked a boat carrying migrants, causing four of them to drown. The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch recovered the four bodies after an attack on Friday that its members say was carried out by a vessel with the markings of the Libyan coast guard. ‘The aim was to start the training this week, and this week it will start,’ the spokesman for the EU's Operation Sophia, Antonello De Renzis Sonnino, told Reuters. The bodies of the four migrants reached Palermo, Sicily, on Monday aboard the Norwegian rescue vessel Siem Pilot, which carried 1,100 rescued migrants and 13 other bodies.”


International Business Times: 83 'Poorly Equipped' Soldiers Still Missing Following Boko Haram Attack In Gashigar
“At least 83 soldiers are believed to be still missing following an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern earlier in October. Army spokesman Col Sani Kukasheka Usman confirmed that ‘some’ soldiers had gone missing and 13 were wounded during the attack, occurred in the Gashigar village, on the border with Niger, on 17 October. Usman did not comment on the number of the missing soldiers missing, but some reports claimed they were at least 83. On 23 October, officials told AP, on conditions of anonymity, that the soldiers were not able to counter the attack in Gashigar because they were poorly equipped. This seems to be in contrast with a previous statement by Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, who claimed, on 19 October, the army had managed to ‘chase out Boko Haram members from Nigeria.’”

United Kingdom

Time: U.K. Police Arrest Man In Suspected Chemical Attack On London Airport
“U.K. authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man under anti-terrorism laws in a suspected chemical attack that forced the evacuation of London City Airport on Friday. ‘He was arrested on suspicion of using a noxious substance to cause serious damage – an offence under section 113 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001,’ London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Monday. The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested Saturday at his home in east London. He has since been released on bail until he returns to court to face charges in late November, the BBC reports.”
BBC: Arrest Over Chemical Alert At London City Airport
A 25-year-old man has been arrested after a chemical alert that led to the evacuation of London City Airport. It saw about 500 people evacuated from the terminal on Friday - some suffering with breathing difficulties - and the temporary closure of the transport hub. The suspect was held on Saturday accused of ‘using a noxious substance to cause serious damage’. He has since been released on bail until late November. The force said in a statement: ‘The man, 25, was arrested at a residential address in east London and taken to a west London police station. He was arrested on suspicion of using a noxious substance to cause serious damage - an offence under section 113 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.’ Two people were taken to hospital during the alert and 25 others were treated at the scene.”


Sputnik: Germany's New Spy Legislation 'Unconstitutional, Endangers Freedom Of Press'
“In an interview with Sputnik, Frank Herrmann, privacy spokesman for the Pirate Party in North Rhine-Westphalia, slammed German MPs for adopting a law providing for the biggest reform of the country's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in history. According to the new law, German intelligence is subject to more federal government oversight, but at the same time it authorizes the BND to target foreign nationals as well as EU institutions and member states. Apart from this, the BND will still be allowed to work with the US National Security Agency (NSA), but only under certain strict conditions: to fight terrorism or to protect Germany's national security.”
Reuters: Germany Says 35 Turkish Diplomats Applied For Asylum
“The German Interior Ministry said on Monday that 35 Turkish citizens with diplomatic passports had applied for asylum after a failed military coup in Turkey in July that was followed by a crackdown on suspected supporters of the putsch. Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth told a regular government news conference the figure included Turkish diplomats as well as their family members, but did not say if they had all been based in Germany. He said he could not give any more details on the diplomats and their motivation to apply for asylum in Germany.”


Sputnik: ISIS Confiscates Money Belonging To Families In Mosul
“A local source in Nineveh province claimed, on Monday, that ISIS has been stripping families of all their belongings at the gates of the city of Mosul. The source added that "ISIS militants have set up new checkpoints at the entrances to the city of Mosul to inspect families that are being transported by force from villages liberated by Iraqi security forces near the city." The source noted that those "militants stripped families of all their possessions especially gold ornaments or what is left of their money. In addition, they immediately confiscated phones of various kinds.”

Combating the Financing of Terrorism

Azzaman: Kuwait: There Is Still A Lot Of Work To Be Done To Curb Terror Financing
“A Kuwaiti official acknowledged Monday the existence of "a lot of work" that still needs to be done to dry up the funding of jihadist groups, notably ISIS. He made this comment during an ad hoc meeting to discuss this issue. In this context, it should be noted that in the past, prominent figures in al-Qaeda were purportedly from Kuwait, and in recent years there have also been reports of the death of many Kuwaiti militants in Iraq and Syria. {The comments by the Kuwaiti official came on Saturday after} Deputy US Treasury Secretary in charge of combating the financing of terrorism, Adam Szubin, urged Kuwait and Qatar to strengthen their regulations in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism.”
Shorouk News: Egypt: Draft Legislation Regarding "Terrorist Group Funds Committee" Forwarded To Parliament
“Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail forwarded a draft law to Parliament sanctioning the "Judiciary committee to seize, manage and dispose of funds owned by terrorist groups and entities and those belonging to them". The law will be reviewed and prepared ahead of its issuance. Previously, it was approved by the cabinet after being prepared {and submitted} by the Ministry of Justice. The law will convert the current Muslim Brotherhood Asset Freeze Committee into a permanent judicial committee formed through a decision of the Minister of Justice. The legislation is also aimed at preventing any judicial disputes surrounding the seizure of funds in the courts of the State Council (the administrative and supreme administrative courts) and transferring these cases to the courts of urgent matters. In addition, the law disallows the Attorney General from implementing provisions classifying any person or group as being terrorist.”

Muslim Brotherhood

Itfarrag: Egyptian Media Personality: Muslim Brotherhood Pays $5,000 To Each November 11th Protester   
“Egyptian TV host Mohammed Al-Gheity claimed that Muslim Brotherhood activists are transferring money from Qatar to incite Egyptians to go down to protest on November 11th. Al-Gheity, during his show, aired via "lTC" satellite, asserted that there are banks which have received nearly $5 million {from Qatar}. He stressed that investigations indicate that these funds were being channeled to the Brotherhood in Egypt. Al-Gheity added that there are estimates that these funds are designated to be used on November 11th and that each protester will be paid $5000 by the Brotherhood.”
Veto: Yemen: Muslim Brotherhood Officials Refuse To Transfer Oil And Gas Revenues
“Yemeni government sources revealed that Muslim Brotherhood officials have refused to transfer to the Central Bank in Aden revenues from gas and oil produced in the province of Marib. A government official in Aden said, "The Brotherhood ministers refused to transfer any funds from Marib to the Central Bank in Aden, including oil and gas revenues." He stressed that "Marib {province} used to provide such revenues to the Central Bank of Sana'a, which was under the control of the rebels before Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi issued a decision to move the Central Bank headquarters to Aden, the temporary capital of the country." The source accused the Brotherhood of trying to topple the legitimate government and impose an agenda not conforming with the aspirations of Yemenis, who "wish to live in peace after the end of the coup and the return of stability to Yemen.”


Adenghd: Houthi Militia's Sources Are Still Flowing
“The funding sources of the Houthi militia continue to flow from inside and outside {Yemen}. This enables it to continue its war. These sources range from external Iranian support to internal sources such as confiscation of revenues by state institutions, imposition of levies on citizens and merchants, and expansion of the black market for oil derivatives and commodities. The capital Sanaa embraces the largest black market for the sale of petroleum products at a time when government filling stations are empty. On most of the capital's streets, Houthi loyalists have placed containers for the purchase and sale of derivatives at double the official price. Informed sources asserted that oil derivatives-trading on the black market is being run by top-ranking leaders of the Houthi group along with its ally, ousted {president} Ali Abdullah Saleh.”


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