Friday, November 11, 2016

Eye on Extremism November 11, 2016

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November 11, 2016

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War On The Rocks: How Will Jihadist Strategy Evolve As The Islamic State Declines?
“Later, an al-Qaeda cleric whom Suri influenced would fuse the leaderless and leader-led jihad models. Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official and propagandist whose YouTube sermons frequently cite Suri’s teachings, called for individual attacks even as AQAP organized centrally-directed terrorist plots. Awlaki seemingly received a greater response to his calls for lone wolf attacks than any other al-Qaeda leader. According to the Counter Extremism Project, Awlaki has influenced as many as 88 known extremists in the United States and Europe.”
CNN: Sources: Top ISIS Commander Killed In Mosul
“A senior ISIS commander has been killed in the battle for Mosul, the terror group's last major stronghold in Iraq, Iraqi military intelligence sources tell CNN. Mahmoud Shukri al Nuaimi, a senior figure in the militant setup who also is known as Sheikh Faris, was killed Tuesday in an Iraqi-led coalition airstrike in western Mosul, the sources said. ISIS confirmed his death in a video montage, referring to him as "the martyr of the battle.”
Washington Post: Iraq Troops Slow Mosul Advance As They Clear Neighborhoods
“Iraqi troops fired at positions held by the Islamic State group in and around the northern city of Mosul on Thursday but did not advance as they regrouped and cleared neighborhoods once occupied by the extremists, military officials said. Troops are screening residents fleeing from Mosul, searching for any IS militants trying to sneak out among the more than 34,000 civilians fleeing to displacement camps and host communities in nearby provinces. Amnesty International reported allegations against security forces of arbitrary detention, forced disappearances and ill-treatment of prisoners, including an account that up to six people were “extrajudicially executed” in late October over suspected ties to IS.”
Human Rights Watch: Fleeing ISIS Forces Fired Toxic Chemicals
“Forces of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) launched at least three chemical attacks on the Iraqi town of Qayyarah. The use of toxic chemicals as a means of warfare is a serious threat to civilians and combatants in and around the embattled city of Mosul and is a war crime. The attacks hit the town of Qayyarah, 60 kilometers south of Mosul, in September and October after Iraqi government forces retook the town on August 25, 2016. The attacks caused painful burns to at least seven people consistent with exposure to low levels of a chemical warfare agent known as “vesicants,” or blister agents, a chemical weapons expert told Human Rights Watch.”
New York Times: Tajik Police Commander, Trained In The U.S., Appears To Rise In Islamic State Ranks
“In a propaganda video released last year, an Islamic State militant wearing a black bandanna and cradling a sniper rifle made the usual grim threats against the United States. Now, there may be a new twist to his warnings. The militant, Gulmurod Khalimov, a former police commander from Tajikistan, boasted of his extensive American military training — truthfully, it turns out. But some news accounts say he was subsequently promoted to military commander of the Islamic State.”
Fox News: Lost Boys: Yazidis Fear Boys Brainwashed By ISIS Will Never Heal
“A driving storm had just swept through a sprawling refugee camp in the small Iraqi-Kurdistan border town of Zakho, and while the other children his age squealed as they played in the puddles outside, 8-year-old Zed sat with his back against his family's tent wall, arms folded, eyes angry.  "We are trying to convert him back to Yazidi,” his mother, Seve, told “But sometimes he does not agree. When he gets angry, he recites verses from the Koran. "And he yells we should never have escaped, we should never have come back here," she added.”
Afghanistan: Fatal Attack On German Consulate In Mazar-E-Sharif
“Gunman attacked the building after the blast, in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, battling with German and Afghan forces. The Taliban said it carried out the attack in retaliation for air strikes last week in Kunduz province. Local police said at least one suspect had been arrested in connection with the bombing. A Nato spokesman said there was "massive damage" to the consulate. At least one car packed with explosives was rammed into the wall surrounding the compound, the spokesman said. Officials were also investigating whether a second car bomb was involved.”
Aljazeera: Israel: Iran Should Not Base Itself Militarily In Syria
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will not allow Iran to turn neighbouring Syria into a base of military operations and vowed to limit the Islamic Republic's influence in the war-ravaged country. "We are determined to ... prevent Iran ... from establishing itself militarily in Syria, on the ground, in the air or at sea," Netanyahu said as he held talks with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Jerusalem on Thursday.”
Al-Qaeda In Yemen Threatens UAE-Enlisted Forces
“In a new video, al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has threatened to escalate attacks against forces recruited by the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition against the Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis.The video obtained Thursday, titled "deterring aggression," accused the UAE of waging an "immoral war" in which its warplanes undertake airstrikes under the banner of fighting terrorism while allegedly slaying civilians.The UAE has recently formed a new force in southern Yemen dubbed the "Security Belt" led by the ultraconservative Salafists. With better armaments and financing compared to regular army units, it carries out raids and arrests among suspected al-Qaeda militants.”
Africa News: Nigeria: 3 Female Suicide Bombers Neutralized In Maiduguri
“The Nigerian army shot and killed three women strapped with explosive device on their bodies while attempting to invade Maiduguri in the early hours of Friday, an official said. Explosions were heard across the Borno State capital when two of the bombs went off on the assailants, killing all three of them. Local media portals quoted the police spokesperson in the state, Victor Isuku, as having confirmed the incident.”

United States

Defense One: White House: $11.6B More Needed For ISIS Fight, Afghanistan
“The White House told Congress Thursday that it needs an additional $11.6 billion to pay for the campaign against Islamic State militants and the war in Afghanistan. The request raises the price tag for both wars to $85.3 billion in 2017. The money “is vitally important for our national security, and I strongly urge Congress to adopt it,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement Thursday evening. Some $5.6 billion would go toward military operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. has been carrying out the bulk of the coalition airstrikes, and has been training and advising Iraqi security forces. Some of the funding would also help support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.”


Associated Press: Food Running Out In Syria’s East Aleppo
“A U.N. official says the last food rations inside besieged eastern Aleppo will run out by next week. Speaking in Geneva, Jan Egeland, the special adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria, said the last time the over a quarter of a million people inside east Aleppo received any humanitarian aid was at the beginning of July.”
Associated Press: Russia Says Militants Used Chemical Weapons in Syria
“The Russian military says its officers have found evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian militants. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Friday that ministry experts have found unexploded ordnance and fragments of munitions containing chlorine and white phosphorus on Aleppo's southwestern outskirts. Konashenkov said the discovery proves the militants have used chemical weapons against civilians and Syrian army soldiers.”


Iraqi News: US Coalition: 1363 ISIS Fighters Killed Since Launch Of Mosul Battle
“The United States-led military coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said Thursday that 1363 fighters from the militant Islamist group were killed since the coalition and joint Iraqi forces launched a campaign to liberate the city of Mosul in October. Iraqi joint forces, assisted by US aircraft and popular Iraqi militias, continue a weeks-old campaign to liberate the city of Mosul, ISIS’s last stronghold in Iraq, regularly reporting successes towards the clearing of the whole city. On Wednesday, Yan Kubish, UN special representative to Iraq, said during a UN Security Council briefing that the UN mission had recorded 58000 deaths in Iraq since ISIS took over Mosul in 2014 and until September 2016.”
Rudaw: Nineveh Mps To Visit Ankara After Meeting Iraqi Pm Over Mosul's Future
“Iraqi members of parliament representing Nineveh province met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday to discuss the future of Mosul and the mainly Sunni province after ISIS.  Khasro Goran, a Kurdish Iraqi MP who also served as Mosul's deputy governor in the past, told Rudaw the lawmakers will hold similar meetings with top Turkish officials in Ankara in the coming days to reach a possible consensus about post-ISIS Mosul and its governing structure. "There are no political deals as yet, but there is a security agreement and coordination between Erbil and Baghdad about Mosul's ongoing liberation," Goran said.”


Associated Press: Bahrain Opposition Leader Fears 'Whitewash' Of Crackdown
“Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla began wrapping up their trip to Bahrain on Friday, as a leader in the island's secular opposition warned their visit could "whitewash" an ongoing crackdown on dissent. Ebrahim Sharif of the Waad Party, who himself has been detained by the island's Sunni rulers, said he hoped the Prince of Wales brought up human rights issues behind closed doors with leaders here. "The government may listen," he told The Associated Press. "They need friends." Bahrain, a small island off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, put down Arab Spring protests in 2011 with the help of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”


Daily Sabah: Turkish Jets Not Participating In Airstrikes In Syria
“Turkish jets have not been participating in airstrikes against terrorist organizations under the scope of Operation Euphrates Shield for the past two weeks, official Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday. According to the report, the last time Turkish jets participated in airstrikes against terrorists in Syria was on October 23, three days after around 200 PKK/PYD terrorists were killed. As part of Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched in August to rid the Syrian border area of terrorists, Turkey has been supporting the FSA against Daesh in northern Syria. The campaign has seen both Daesh and the PKK/PYD targeted by the FSA and Turkish tanks, artillery and aircraft.”


Pakistan Asserts Leadership Of Haqqani Network In Afghanistan
“Pakistan says recent killings of Haqqani Network leaders in Afghanistan show that allegations Islamabad is harboring the terrorist group are misplaced. Afghan and U.S. officials have long alleged Haqqanis use sanctuaries on Pakistani soil with the help of the neighboring country’s spy agency for plotting deadly cross-border attacks in support of the Taliban insurgency. Pakistan's government has consistently rejected the charges.”


The Daily Star: 14 Injured In Saudi Arabia By Projectiles Fired From Yemen: Civil Defense
“Fourteen civilians were injured on Thursday by projectiles fired by Yemen's Houthi group into Saudi Arabia, Saudi civil defense reported, the latest in a series of cross-border attacks by the Iran-allied group. State news agency SPA quoted a civil defense spokesman as saying that 13 Saudi citizens and an expatriate from Bangladesh were injured in the attack in Dhahran al-Janoub province in the Asir region, near the border with Yemen. "The victims suffered various injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment," the agency said, quoting the civil defense spokesman, Colonel Mohammed al-Assemi.”

Saudi Arabia

ARA News: Iranian Kurds Deny Being Supported By Saudi Arabia
“Iranian Kurdish officials have denied renewed allegations by Iranian authorities that Kurdish armed groups received a Saudi armed support with the blessing of the Kurdish president Masoud Barzani. Top Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq of allowing Saudi Arabia to arm Kurdish groups.”


Reuters: Egyptian President Upstages World Leaders To Congratulate Trump
“Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi was the first world leader to call to congratulate Donald Trump on his US election victory on Wednesday, in a move welcomed by many Egyptians who shrugged off the president-elect's anti-Muslim rhetoric. Sisi, who held a friendly meeting with Trump during a visit to New York in September, said he hoped the business magnate's election would breathe new life into US-Egyptian ties. "The US president-elect Donald Trump expressed his utmost appreciation to the president, pointing out that his was the first international call he had received to congratulate him on winning the election," a presidency statement said.”


Reuters: East Libyan Factions See Possible Boost In Trump Victory
“Allies of Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, the dominant figure in the divided country's east, have welcomed Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. election, betting on more support for their anti-Islamist stance. The result could boost pro-Haftar factions with strong ties to Egypt and increasingly to Russia, while diluting Western support for a U.N.-backed government in Tripoli that Haftar and his allies have opposed, analysts say.”


Reuters: Germany Extends Detention Of Syrian With Links To Islamic State
“Germany's highest court has approved the extended detention of a 19-year-old Syrian man who was arrested in March for links to the Islamic State militant group, saying he had scouted out key tourist sites in Berlin for potential attacks for months. In its decision, the Federal Court of Justice said the man, who was not identified by name, could be held for three more months to allow investigators to continue their work, and given the high risk that he could flee the country. It said prosecutors expected to file formal charges soon.”
RT: Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag In Berlin Were Among Possible ISIS Targets – Court Data
“A Syrian man, 19, arrested in March on suspicion of being a member of Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group, plotted to carry out terrorist acts near Berlin’s major tourist attractions, a report released by a German court says. The suspect chose Berlin’s central Alexanderplatz square, which is a major sightseeing area and a transport hub, as well as the Brandenburg Gate and the area near Reichstag – Germany’s federal parliament building – as targets, the report released by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) on Thursday says.”
Associated Press: German Lawmakers Keep Planes In Turkey In Anti-IS Campaign
“German lawmakers have approved plans to keep reconnaissance and refueling aircraft at a Turkish base in the campaign against the Islamic State group, despite tensions with Turkey's government. Parliament approved a one-year deployment extension Thursday by 445-139 with two abstentions. German-Turkish relations have been tense since Germany's Parliament voted in June to label killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago genocide. Ankara had refused to let German lawmakers visit personnel stationed at the Incirlik base, but relented after Germany stressed the resolution isn't legally binding.”


Associated Press: Belgium Freezes Assets Of 15 People Linked To Terrorism
“Belgium has frozen the assets of 15 people allegedly linked to terrorism, including a Belgian man identified as being a possible organizer of the deadly attacks on Paris and Brussels. A royal decree announcing the freeze says the 15, including alleged organizer Oussama Atar, are "suspected of committing or attempting to commit terrorist acts; to aid or participate in them." The decision, which took effect Wednesday, also imposes a ban on directly or indirectly providing funds or economic resources to them.”


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