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Ukraine Army Promises To Keep Out of Emerging Civil Conflict

Ukraine Army Decay Checks Egypt-Like Option as Rift Grows


By Leon Mangasarian, Kateryna Choursina and Daryna Krasnolutska

Photographer: Koerner/Getty Images
While the president’s inability to staunch a wave of popular protests in the city’s main square echoes the final days of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Russian-born Alexander Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev has said the Ukrainian army won’t get involved on either side.

As Ukraine looks to solve its escalating crisis, the nation’s military has so far been out of the equation.

Two decades of budget cuts have left the army a shadow of its post-Soviet-breakup self. Even with loyalists across the top of the command structure, the poorly trained and ill-equipped military is unlikely to be an option for President Viktor Yanukovych. Soldiers also loath getting involved in politics, unlike in other hotspots including Egypt.

“Morale is low,” Susan Stewart, the deputy head of the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, said in an interview. “They are relatively poorly trained and their equipment is inadequate.”

While the president’s inability to staunch a wave of popular protests in the city’s main square echoes the final days of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Russian-born Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev has said the Ukrainian army won’t get involved on either side.

Yanukovych and the opposition are at an impasse after concessions by the government failed to end the spreading protests that turned deadly last week. With the cabinet’s resignation not enough to placate activists, the two sides are bracing for escalating tensions.

‘Urgent Steps’

The Ukrainian president, who went on sick leave yesterday, denounced opposition leaders and accused them of putting their political interests “above the existence of Ukraine itself.” The European Union warned that the conflict threatens to escalate into a civil war that may break Ukraine apart.

The country’s 182,000 military personnel have so far stayed in their barracks throughout the crisis.

The Defense Ministry today called on Yanukovych “to take urgent steps, within the limits of law, to stabilize the country.” Ministry staff members at a general meeting yesterday expressed “support” for Yanukovych and spoke of the “threat” to the territorial integrity of Ukraine if the crisis worsens, it said in a statement on its website.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a phone call with Lebedev last month called for restraint against civilians. Hagel cited the potential damage of any involvement by the military in breaking up demonstrations, while Lebedev said Yanukovych’s position is not to use the army against protesters, the U.S. Department of Defense said in an e-mailed statement.

Reduced Size

The size of the military pales in comparison with the 800,000-strong army the ex-Soviet republic inherited after independence in 1991, Yevhen Lupakov, head of the Union of Officers in Ukraine, said in a phone interview.

Since then, Ukraine transferred 4,400 nuclear warheads to Russia, according to David Cortright and Raimo Vayrynen in their book, “Towards Nuclear Zero.”

Plans to overhaul the armed forces have been “hampered by inadequate funding,” according to The Military Balance 2013, published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. The military is capable “only of providing limited territorial defense” and “aging Soviet-era equipment increasingly needs to be replaced,” according to the report.

Joerg Forbrig, senior program officer for Central and Eastern Europe at the Berlin bureau of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., said the military’s position in society doesn’t compare to that in Egypt and Turkey, where it has played a decisive role in times of crisis, he said.

Golden Eagle

Throughout the protests, Yanukovych has relied on Interior Ministry forces, police and the troops of the elite unit Berkut, the beneficiaries of budget allocations under the president.

Soldiers earn 2,500 hryvnia ($295) a month and officers get 3,000 hryvnia, Lupakov said. Personnel in Berkut, or Golden Eagle, earn about 4,300 hryvnia a month, about 50 percent more than regular police.

As the crisis escalated, Yanukovych started working on shoring up army loyalty, pledging to double soldiers’ pay. Soldiers were ordered to show their allegiance at special gatherings, according to Anatoliy Hrytsenko, defense minister in 2005-2007.

“The defense minister is loyal, but the troops may not be,” Stefan Meister, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, said in a phone interview.

Yanukovych is grappling with unrest that’s spread across the country criss-crossed with pipelines taking Russian gas to Europe. The crisis, sparked by the president’s rejection of a European Union integration pact, escalated last weak, leaving as many as eight people dead.

Bigger Berkut

If deploying soldiers is taboo, Yanukovych’s means are limited as Berkut numbers about 4,000 in the nation of 45 million.

“The opposition’s tactic is to spread the protests nationwide because Yanukovych doesn’t have enough Berkut forces,” Meister said.

With the government unable to count on the army, a possible avenue would be expanding Berkut. The weekly newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli reported Jan. 27 that there’s a government plan to increase the personnel of Berkut and a similar unit called Grifon to 30,000. The report said Grifon currently has 1,000 members. The government denied having such plans.

“I wouldn’t rule out that Yanukovych could resort to the violent route,” Stewart said. “It’s not the most likely scenario but it cannot be ruled out if he’s desperate and pushed into a corner.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Leon Mangasarian in Berlin at; Kateryna Choursina in Kiev at; Daryna Krasnolutska in Kiev at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at; Balazs Penz at; James Hertling at

There Is No “Al-Qaeda In Iraq,” Only An Official Cover Story for US Army Covert Actions

[There is no AQ In Iraq, no ISIL, nor any “Islamic State In Syria (Sham)….there are only secret military operations needing a name, an excuse to be, most of all, a real leader.  Today, the state of Iraq, Interior Ministry released the following photo of the man who is known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.]

Iraq releases rare ‘ISIS chief’ photo

Agence France Presse

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Iraq int photo

A handout picture released by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MOI) shows a photograph purportedly of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, an Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Iraq and Syria. AFP PHOTO / MOI/ HO


[This is the man that is currently pretending to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleged to be leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, the guy who is supposedly leading the insurrection against the Free Syrian Army.  Would that make him a “terrorist” or an “actor,” since he is playing a role in this grand production?  In the performance, we see a weird, unintended script twist, where life imitates art, meaning that the Baghdadi guy is much like the “Mandarin” character from “Ironman 3,” played by Sir Ben Kingsley. 

The actor playing a role to cover military action.  Perhaps “Al-Qaeda In Levant” is a “Sham,” existing only on video (SEE:  U.S. Military: ‘Islamic State of Iraq’ Fronted by Imaginary Leader).  

“Baghdadi” was allegedly the man in charge of the Iraqi group, after original leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed. 

As for Zarqawi himself, he was allegedly killed in Chechnya, long before the second Iraq War, according to respected Jordanian/Chechen terrorist leader, Ibn al-Khattab. 

abu-musab-al-zarqawi  This is an early photo of Zarqawi.   Is the guy who was killed as “al-Zarqawi” the same guy? ]
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BAGHDAD: The Iraqi interior ministry Wednesday published a photograph purportedly of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, an Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Iraq and Syria.

The photograph, the first of its kind published by an official source, provides a rare glimpse of the man leading a militant group blamed for killing countless Iraqis, as well as fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The black-and-white picture shows a balding man with a beard wearing a suit and tie.

“Intelligence forces have obtained a recent portrait of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and they also got three handwritten letters,” said the statement accompanying the photograph, published on the ministry’s website.

“The security forces call on the people to provide any information that helps lead to the arrest of this criminal.”

Baghdadi’s group has been blamed for a litany of attacks across Iraq in recent months, and ISIS has been involved in a deadly standoff with government forces in western Iraq’s Anbar province.

In Syria, ISIS has also been fighting not only forces loyal to Assad but also fellow rebel groups. The ISIS leader has, however, reached out to other rebel groups in a bid to curb the infighting.

ISIS, which was previously the Islamic State of Iraq, was formed in April 2013 when Baghdadi sought to merge his group with Al-Nusra Front, but they rejected the alliance and pledged allegiance directly to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Since then, the two groups have functioned separately.

Turkish Army Bombs ISIL Inside Syria To Assist Beseiged FSA Fighters

[Turkey is the source of the bombing ISIL story, as well as the Turkmen fleeing FSA/ISIL fighting in the north (SEE:  Thousands of Turkmen flee to Turkey amid ISIL-rebel clashes).  If Turkey really did bomb an ISIL “convoy,” then it was done bailing-out the outgunned Free Syrian Army losers.]

Turkish army bombards Isil convoy in Syria

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Incident is first pitting Turkey against jihadist group which has been fighting the Al Assad regime

Istanbul: The Turkish army said on Wednesday it had opened fire on a convoy of vehicles in northern Syria belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadist group. The army said the attack, carried out on Tuesday, came after two Turkish military vehicles had been fired upon at the Cobanbey border post in the south [should be north–ed.] of the country.

“A pick-up, a truck and a bus in an Isil convoy were destroyed,” read the statement, published by Turkish media. There were no casualties on the Turkish side. The incident is the first pitting Turkey against the Syrian jihadist group, which has been fighting forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad as well as fellow rebel groups in the north of the country since January.

Turkey, a fierce opponent of Assad’s regime, has been accused of supplying arms to several rebel groups fighting to topple him since March 2011. Ankara has categorically denied the accusation. The Turkish army has fired into northern Syria several times in retaliation for shelling from on Turkish villages.

Saudi Economy to Run on Empty by 2020

Saudi Economy to Run on Empty by 2020

Petrified of Petroplex

energy and capital


I have to tell you something: I love it when OPEC — and especially Saudi Arabia — is in full-blown panic mode. And that’s exactly what’s happening as you read this.

In fact, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a report that the spoiled Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal — the 26th richest man in the entire effing world — was scolded in public for his remarks to a Canadian rag a few weeks ago.

If you missed it, here’s what he said…

“The new shale oil discoveries are a threat to any oil-producing nation in the world,” he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “Definitely it is a worry and concern… It is a matter of survival.”

This follows an open letter he wrote last May to the Saudi oil minister begging him to realize the danger the U.S. oil boom poses to the Middle East and pleading with him to help diversify the Saudis’ oil export-dependent economy.

It’s unclear what options are available to them (if any). But we do know one thing: He’s right to be sweating in his keffiyeh.

After all, how would you feel about America’s current oil boom if you were part of a ruling family whose power rested on its ability to corner almost 20% of the world’s proven oil reserves?

Or maybe he’s actually fretting about his own country’s finances. He’s already admitted publicly that, thanks to the shale revolution, any country that gets 92% of its budget from oil exports is in for a grim day of reckoning.

Or he could be fixating on another number: seven million. That’s how many barrels of oil per day the U.S. is now producing, up two million since 2008.

Though if I were him, I’d be worrying about the scariest number of all…


That’s the year the United States is projected to surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer, according to the IEA.

It must make their heads spin. Just five years ago, no one had ever heard of fracking. By 2010, the U.S. had already become the world’s largest producer of natural gas. And just four months ago, we began to produce more oil than we import for the first time in decades.

This comes just as OPEC itself reveals demand for its oil fell by a half million barrels per day last year. It expects a similar decline for 2014…

Make no mistake: Thanks to the shale oil revolution, OPEC is on the run.

A perfect storm of improved U.S. fuel efficiency, rising renewable energy capacity, and — most of all — fracking technology is bringing forth the day when the Middle East is just a pile of sand and we can get enough of that black goo without them — more cheaply and terror-free.

And it all begins with a 70-square-mile area in Western Texas…

Karzai Claiming US Staging “False Flag” Attacks

Karzai reportedly suspects US hand in recent Afghanistan attacks



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    January 25, 2014: Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)


Afghan President Hamid Karzai reportedly believes that the U.S. government and military have been a hidden force behind recent insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, such as an attack earlier this month that killed 21 people, including three Americans, in Kabul.


The Washington Post, citing an Afghan official who it said was sympathetic to Karzai’s view, reported that the Afghan leader believes that dozens of attacks blamed on the Taliban have been planned by the U.S. to weaken his government and foment instability in the country. The official did acknowledge that Karzai had no concrete evidence of American involvement in any attack.

The report is another sign of the deepening rift between the U.S. and Karzai, who has continued to refuse to sign a tentative security agreement allowing for American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014, preferring to leave the issue for his successor following Afghanistan’s April presidential election.

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham told the Post that Karzai’s reported suspicions represented “a deeply conspiratorial view that’s divorced from reality … It flies in the face of logic and morality to think that we would aid the enemy we’re trying to defeat.”


Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan added, “We have spent 12 years trying to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan in the face of threats from terrorist and insurgent networks . . . to suggest otherwise does a grave disservice to those who have sacrificed for the people of Afghanistan.”


According to the Afghan official quoted by the Post, Karzai’s theory is based on suspicions that the attacks are intended to draw attention away from civilian casualties caused by U.S. airstrikes. In addition, the official contends that attacks like that on the Kabul restaurant were “too sophisticated to be the handiwork” of the Taliban.


For their part, the Taliban have rejected any possibility of the U.S. playing a role in their attacks, with spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid telling the Post, “Whatever claims [of responsibility] we make, those are attacks that have genuinely been carried out by our forces.”

Saudi Cleric Begs Syrian Islamists To Honor Zawahiri’s Authority

[Baghdadi’s little rebellion against the old Egyptian doctor will undermine the intended storyline being adapted to the Syrian script.  Hopefully they will just kill each other off, but it is more likely that the Al-Qaeda in Iraq stance will radicalize the situation even further.]

Saudi cleric’s reconciliation initiative for jihadists draws wide support, then a rejection




Dr. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, as pictured on his Twitter feed. Muhaysini spearheaded a reconciliation initiative to end the jihadist infighting in Syria. The proposal mirrored a message from Ayman al Zawahiri that was released hours earlier.

On Jan. 23, Dr. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, a popular Saudi cleric who has relocated to Syria, announced a new reconciliation plan to end the jihadist infighting in Syria. Over the days that followed, Muhaysini’s plan, called the “Initiative of the Ummah,” garnered widespread support from jihadist groups.

Among the groups that supported the plan were the Al Nusrah Front, which is one of two official al Qaeda branches inside Syria, and the Islamic Front, a coalition of rebel groups that includes the al Qaeda-linked Ahrar al Sham.

The Al Nusrah Front was, in fact, quick to support the initiative, issuing a statement the following day from the emir of the group, Abu Muhammad al Julani. The initiative is “in our hands, and we call upon it, bless it, and support it,” Julani said, according to a translation of his Jan. 24 statement by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The Islamic Front also endorsed Muhaysini’s plan. The Saudi cleric even Tweeted the Islamic Front’s message supporting the initiative.

But not all groups agreed to the proposition.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), which is the source of much of the infighting, eventually rejected the initiative. The group appears to have left some wiggle room in the process.

ISIS finally issued a statement on the proposal today, Jan. 27. In its rejection, ISIS complained that Muhaysini’s initiative did not draw a firm line between the jihadist rebels seeking to impose sharia and other rebel groups. ISIS also called for a clear policy with respect to jihadist groups that receive support from foreign nations throughout the region. (Several Gulf States reportedly support factions within the Islamic Front.)

It appears, according to The Long War Journal’s review of the statement, that ISIS is at least willing to consider resolving its differences with the other groups in a common sharia court — the key element of Muhaysini’s proposal — if these issues are addressed. ISIS says it will continue to fight anyone who fights it, but the group prefers to focus on Bashar al Assad’s forces, as ISIS emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi set forth in his last message addressing this issue.

ISIS has previously rejected other efforts towards reconciliation.

Muhaysini cited al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri in his initiative

Muhaysini released his reconciliation initiative just hours after al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri issued own his message concerning the infighting on Jan. 23. Although Zawahiri did not address any specific groups by name, his words were clearly aimed at ISIS, which has disobeyed Zawahiri’s orders.

Zawahiri called on all of the Syrian jihadist groups to submit to a common “sharia arbitration committee” capable of ruling “among different factions on all the accusations leveled by any group against its” jihadist brethren. This committee should also have “a mechanism to enforce” its decisions, according to Zawahiri.

On his official Facebook page, Muhaysini posted a link to Zawahiri’s message shortly after it was released. Muhaysini praised Zawahiri’s message in that post, as well as subsequent ones.

Muhaysini also then referred to Zawahiri’s message in the video announcing his new initiative. The video, which was posted to You Tube, contains English subtitles.

“In the morning, the Mujahid Sheikh Doctor [Ayman al Zawahiri] gave a speech in which he called to the same cause to which we have been intending to call,” Muhaysini said. The Saudi cleric says he interpreted Zawahiri’s words as “good tidings.”

Muhaysini claimed in the video that the disputing parties were not that far off from reconciling their differences. “Today, I have met with all conflicting parties and I heard them to find their views close to each other in [one] way or another,” Muhaysini says. “They all agree to resort to Shariah to solve the conflict.” (Again, the rejection by ISIS at least conceivably leaves the door open for such a sharia court.)

Muhaysini set forth the details of his plan point by point. He first called for an “immediate cease of fire” throughout all of Syria. The Saudi cleric then called for the “establishment of a legitimate court formed of independent judges agreed upon by all parties.” All of the parties that sign the initiative “shall guarantee” the “implementation of the decision by the Syrian court.”

Thus, Muhaysini’s proposal mirrored Zawahiri’s message. Other influential jihadists, including senior al Qaeda operative Abu Khalid al Suri, who is a founding member of Ahrar al Sham, have in the past called for ISIS to submit to common sharia law.

Muhaysini went on to name the groups that he thinks abstained from the infighting. And if candidates from these groups are not picked to staff the sharia court, then others can be selected because Syria is “full of qualified personnel either as scholars or students among the migrants and supporters.”

The cleric said he hoped that by today, Jan. 27, ISIS and other affiliated groups would declare their intentions one way or the other with respect to the initiative. Muhaysini also called on the Al Nusrah Front to clarify its stance or “support it verbally,” which Al Nusrah’s emir did shortly thereafter.

And now ISIS has issued a statement rejecting the proposal, just before Muhaysini’s deadline was set to expire.

It is not surprising that Muhaysini’s latest initiative was consistent with what much of al Qaeda’s network seeks inside Syria. In the past, Muhaysini has praised Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, saying that they are proper role models for the Syrian jihadists. His efforts have also been praised by a senior al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) official. [See LWJ report, Popular Saudi Cleric endorses Islamic Front, calls for cooperation with al Qaeda.]

At the end of his video, Muhaysini warned that if the jihadists do not resolve their differences the infighting will lead to “great troubles” in Syria. Ayman al Zawahiri, the Al Nusrah Front, and other al Qaeda-linked factions want such a resolution. ISIS continues to hold out.

Bashar al-Assad Using Abu Musab al-Suri To Undermine FSA?

[Are backdoor deals with intelligence agencies sufficient to manipulate mad-dog militant Islamist armies?  Much fuss has been made lately in the Arab press over the claim: “Al-Qaeda” works for the Syrian Govt.  If both sides did manipulate the international and national terrorists to their own ends, then who would be responsible, and for which Islamist groups?  The dividing line between groups like al-Nusra or Al-Qaeda in Iraq (ISIL) is so thin as to be indistinguishable.  Lines between these groups and Islamist Front are equally unidentifiable.  Other invisible lines between the terrorist organizations and the individual intelligence agencies which sponsor them make it impossible to trace the terrorist paymasters, except on a case by case basis.  Ties to the “Deep State” should make them easily manipulated by those who possess enough insider information and money.   Those Saudi apologists, who argue that Assad’s release of Abu Musab al-Suri proves his connection to the Syrian Govt, allegedly connecting Assad to “al-Q.”  It seems more likely that this particular Islamist was released into the boiling cauldron of discontent in Damascus because he was a troublemaker.  He would have naturally started working to subvert the Free Syrian Army effort with a big dose of mad-dog radical Islamism.   Suri seems to have been right for the job, since he has proven himself as an agitator in the past, even chewing bin Laden and Zawahiri’s asses for dissing Mullah Omar at least once, before 2001.]

Abu Musab al-Suri

Sources in Aleppo , Syrian ‘s Net : Syrian regime released from Abu Musab al-Suri and his assistant Abu Khalid , and observers see it as a threat to Washington

December 23, 2011

Mustafa Setmariam

Aleppo Syrian Forums:

“Sources relevant in Aleppo ‘s Syrian Forum for the release of the Syrian regime for the leader of the jihadist Abu Musab al-Suri , “Mustafa Setmariam ” a close associate of al-Qaeda with the help of Abu Khaled days ago and that he was arrested in May / May of 2006 in the Pakistani city of Quetta by the ISI and handed over to the CIA and Syrian intelligence , and holds Abu Musab al-Suri , known as one of the ideologues of the armed Islamic groups in Afghanistan and the Arab world Spanish nationality ..
And put the timing of his release in these days a lot of questions and observers believe that his release may signal from the Syrian regime to stop security cooperation with the Americans and thus releasing all of Washington considered a threat to her and their interests , while observers believe others that may fall within the knowledge of the power of these groups the anti- Syrian regime take the pulse of his ties with the militants in Syria before the situation explodes armed in Syria and the Syrian regime thus unable to deal with the militants ..”

Free Radical


Bashar al-Assad appears to have let one of the world’s most prominent jihadist ideologues out of jail. He’s playing with fire.

An old face appears poised to play a new role in the jihadist movement. On Feb. 2, plugged-in online jihadists confirmed that one of the jihad’s most original and respected theoreticians, Abu Musab al-Suri, had been released from a Syrian prison.

While not a household name like Osama bin Laden, Suri enjoys a burgeoning influence on the global jihadist movement, and particularly those based in the West. The veteran Syrian jihadist, whose real name is Mustafa bin Abd al-Qadir Sitt Maryam Nasar, is best known for his 1,600-page treatise Dawat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah al-Alamiyyah (Call of Global Islamic Resistance), which articulates a strategy of decentralized jihad, rather than one that depends on clandestine organizations. If there is an architect of the jihadists’ post-9/11 line of attack, it’s Suri.

Suri’s ideas have been popularized in jihadist circles over the past few years. They have been taken up by prominent figures like the head of al Qaeda’s media department, Adam Gadahn, and Yemeni-American jihadist Anwar al-Awlaqi, as well as being featured by Samir Khan in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire Magazine.

Rumors about Suri’s status had been flying around online since Dec. 23, when, a Syrian opposition newspaper, published a story saying Suri and his assistant Abu Khalid had been released. It is surprising that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would release a man who is not only a confirmed enemy of his regime, but that of his father Hafez as well. By releasing a major jihadist figure, Assad is playing a dangerous game with the West, which is already debating whether to intervene in the bloody uprising in Syria.

Suri is a divisive figure, quick to pick a fight even with his fellow jihadists. In his biography of Suri, Norwegian scholar Brynjar Lia describes him as “a dissident, a critic, and an intellectual in an ideological current in which one would expect to find obedience rather than dissent.”

If Suri has indeed been released, al Qaeda’s current leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, will not welcome him back into the fold with open arms. Suri, who quit al Qaeda in 1992, has feuded with the jihadist organization over their differing strategies regarding global jihad. Suri criticized the 9/11 attacks because he believed that Afghanistan, which was being used as a base by the Taliban, was crucial to the global Islamic resistance. “The outcome [of the 9/11 attacks] as a I see it, was to put a catastrophic end to the jihadi current,” Suri noted. “The jihadis entered the tribulations of the current maelstrom which swallowed most of its cadres over the subsequent three years.”

Suri’s involvement in the jihadist world traverses the Middle East, South Asia, and its bases among Muslim communities living in the West. In 1980, at the age of 21, he dropped out of the University of Aleppo to join up with the militant offshoot of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, which was calling for a jihad against the Syrian regime. As Hafez al-Assad’s security force cracked down on the group, Suri fled to Jordan and remained there until 1983.

Suri later moved to Spain, married a Spanish woman, and obtained Spanish citizenship. In the late 1980s, toward the end of the anti-Soviet jihad, he made his way to Peshawar and became a military instructor for one of Palestinian jihadist Abdullah Azzam’s training camps. That is where he first came into contact with bin Laden. In his work the Call of Global Islamic Resistance, Suri recounted that he worked as a military instructor as well as provided lectures on politics, strategy, and guerilla warfare at al Qaeda’s training camps until 1991.

After shuttling back and forth between Madrid and Afghanistan for several years, Suri moved to London in the mid-1990s. It is believed he moved because he was under pressure from Spanish security, which suspected that he was connected to terrorist attacks by the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA) in France in 1995. In Britain, Suri became deeply involved with the “Londonistan” jihadi underground. He helped produce and wrote articles for the GIA’s magazine al-Ansar, but quit the magazine in 1996 as a result of the organization’s over-the-top and sadistic tactics.

Suri returned to Afghanistan a year later, and maintained a loose affiliation with the Taliban. He is also known for having facilitated Peter Bergen’s famous CNN interview with Bin Laden in 1997.

In 2000, Suri opened his own training camp — called al-Ghuraba (“The Strangers”) Camp, located in Kargha, near Kabul. It was not affiliated with al Qaeda’s camps, and Suri did not have a large following. He stayed there until the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, when he fled along with many other jihadists. He wrote his 1,600-page treatise in Pakistan before his arrest.

It is hard to determine Suri’s intentions or capabilities now that he has reportedly been released. After being imprisoned for the past six or seven years, his psychological state remains a mystery. And even if he wanted to, it is not clear whether Suri could muster a large base of supporters in Syria. He has not lived freely in the country since the early 1980s — his following may be larger online than in the real world.

But Suri does have a number of advantages working in his favor if he wants to once again play a role in the jihadist world. The fact that so many of the old guard — such as bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Mohammed Atef, and Atiyyatullah Abu Abd al-Rahman — are dead or captured would bolster his status instantly, especially since his ideas have become more accessible and popular through translations of his work.

Additionally, his lore will grow in light of an alleged vision he had this past August, which was relayed by online jihadist Jundi Dawlat al-Islam (“Soldier of the Islamic State”), a member of the important Shamukh al-Islam Arabic Forum. “I have been informed that the Shaykh [Suri] saw in the past days a vision that he will have an important role in Bilad al-Sham (Syria), we ask Allah that it becomes true,” the jihadist wrote. Suri’s release will be seen as a vindication of that vision by his supporters, and no doubt boost his influence.

Just because he’s reportedly out of Syrian prison doesn’t mean Suri is out of danger. The Spanish government may try to extract him from Syria due to his believed involvement in 2004 Madrid train bombings. Suri may also seek refuge in Yemen, which he has written is the best location for jihad and establishing an Islamic state other than the Taliban’s Afghanistan.

The past 5 years has seen a rise, especially in the West, of Suri’s leaderless jihad strategy. But while attacks such as the 2009 Fort Hood shooting have proven traumatic, solo attacks, by and large, have had a low success rate. Upon his release, Suri may well reevaluate this strategy and offer new thoughts on how to implement it. Whatever the case, his release will only re-energize his followers and provide new motivation for individuals to join the global jihad.

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The Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al-Qaeda

The Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al-Qaeda

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By John Loftus

Jewish Community News


Wednesday, October 11, 2006


I had an unusual education in the Holocaust. When I was working for the Attorney General, I was assigned to do the classified research about the Holocaust, so I went underground to a little town called Suitland, Maryland, right outside Washington, D.C., and that’s where the U.S. government buries its secrets — literally.


There are twenty vaults underground and each vault is one acre in size. Anyone see the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”? The last scene of that movie is what the underground vaults are really like, only not as organized as they are in the movie. And in those underground vaults I discovered something horrible.


I learned that many of the Nazis that I had been assigned to prosecute were on the CIA payroll, but the CIA didn’t know they were Nazis because the British Intelligence Service had lied to them. What the British Intelligence Service didn’t know was that their liar was Kim Philby, the Soviet communist double agent — a little scandal of the Cold War. But our State Department swept it all under the rug and allowed the Nazis to stay in America until I was stupid enough to go public with it.


What do you do when you want to go public with a story like this one? You call up “60 Minutes.” We had a great time. Mike Wallace gave me 30 minutes on his show. For a long time, it was the longest segment that “60 Minutes” ever did. When the episode about Nazis in America went on the air back in 1982, it caused a minor national uproar. Congress demanded hearings, Mike Wallace got the Emmy award, and my family got the death threats. It was a great trip.


Then a funny thing happened. Over the last 25 years, every retired spy in the U.S. and Canada and England all wanted me to be their lawyer, for free of course. So I had 500 clients, they paid me $1 apiece. So I am the worst paid lawyer in America, but among the better employed.


Let me give you an example. This year a friend of mine from the CIA, named Bob Baer wrote a very good book about Saudi Arabia and terrorism, it’s called Sleeping with the Devil. I read the book and I got about a third of the way through and I stopped. Bob was writing how when he worked for the CIA how bad the files were.


He said, for example, the files for the Muslim Brotherhood were almost nothing. There were just a few newspaper clippings. I called Bob up and said, “Bob, that’s wrong. The CIA has enormous files on the Muslim Brotherhood, volumes of them. I know because I read them a quarter of a century ago.” He said, “What do you mean?”


Here’s how you can find all of the missing secrets about the Muslim Brotherhood — and you can do this, too. I said, “Bob, go to your computer and type in two words into the search part. Type the word “Banna,” B-a-n-n-a. He said, “Yeah.” Type in “Nazi.” Bob typed the two words in, and out came 30 to 40 articles from around the world. He read them and called me back and said, “Oh my gosh, what have we done?”


What I’m doing today is doing what I’m doing now: I’m educating a new generation in the CIA that the Muslim Brotherhood was a fascist organization that was hired by Western intelligence that evolved over time into what we today know as al-Qaeda.


Here’s how the story began. In the 1920s there was a young Egyptian named al Bana. And al Bana formed this nationalist group called the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Bana was a devout admirer of Adolph Hitler and wrote to him frequently. So persistent was he in his admiration of the new Nazi Party that in the 1930s, al-Bana and the Muslim Brotherhood became a secret arm of Nazi intelligence.


The Arab Nazis had much in common with the new Nazi doctrines. They hated Jews; they hated democracy; and they hated the Western culture. It became the official policy of the Third Reich to secretly develop the Muslim Brotherhood as the fifth Parliament, an army inside Egypt.


When war broke out, the Muslim Brotherhood promised in writing that they would rise up and help General Rommell and make sure that no English or American soldier was left alive in Cairo or Alexandria.


The Muslim Brotherhood began to expand in scope and influence during World War II. They even had a Palestinian section headed by the grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of the great bigots of all time. Here, too, was a man — The grand Mufti of Jerusalem was the Muslim Brotherhood representative for Palestine. These were undoubtedly Arab Nazis. The Grand Mufti, for example, went to Germany during the war and helped recruit an international SS division of Arab Nazis. They based it in Croatia and called it the “Handjar” Muslim Division, but it was to become the core of Hitler’s new army of Arab fascists that would conquer the Arab peninsula from then on to Africa — grand dreams.


At the end of World War II, the Muslim Brotherhood was wanted for war crimes. Their German intelligence handlers were captured in Cairo. The whole net was rolled up by the British Secret Service. Then a horrible thing happened.


Instead of prosecuting the Nazis — the Muslim Brotherhood — the British government hired them. They brought all the fugitive Nazi war criminals of Arab and Muslim descent into Egypt, and for three years they were trained on a special mission. The British Secret Service wanted to use the fascists of the Muslim Brotherhood to strike down the infant state of Israel in 1948. Only a few people in the Mossad know this, but many of the members of the Arab Armies and terrorist groups that tried to strangle the infant State of Israel were the Arab Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Britain was not alone. The French intelligence service cooperated by releasing the Grand Mufti and smuggling him to Egypt, so all of the Arab Nazis came together. So, from 1945 to 1948, the British Secret Service protected every Arab Nazi they could, but they failed to quash the State of Israel.


What the British did then, they sold the Arab Nazis to the predecessor of what became the CIA. It may sound stupid; it may sound evil, but it did happen. The idea was that we were going to use the Arab Nazis in the Middle East as a counterweight to the Arab communists. Just as the Soviet Union was funding Arab communists, we would fund the Arab Nazis to fight against. And lots of secret classes took place. We kept the Muslim Brotherhood on our payroll.


But the Egyptians became nervous. Nasser ordered all of the Muslim Brotherhood out of Egypt or be imprisoned, and we would execute them all. During the 1950’s, the CIA evacuated the Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood to Saudi Arabia. Now when they arrived in Saudi Arabia, some of the leading lights of the Muslim Brotherhood like Azzam, became the teachers in the Madrasas, the religious schools. And there they combined the doctrines of Nazism with this weird Islamic cult, Wahhabiism.


Everyone thinks that Islam is this fanatical religion, but it is not. They think that Islam — the Saudi version of Islam — is typical, but it’s not. The Wahhabi cult was condemned as a heresy more than 60 times by the Muslim nations. But when the Saudis got wealthy, they bought a lot of silence. This is a very harsh cult. The Wahhabiism was only practiced by two nations, the Taliban and Saudi Arabia. That’s how extreme it is. It really has nothing to do with Islam. Islam is a very peaceful and tolerant religion. It has always had good relationships with the Jews for the first thousand years of its existence.


For the Saudis, there was a ruler in charge of Saudi Arabia, and they were the new home of the Muslim Brotherhood, and fascism and extremism were mingled in these schools. And there was a young student who paid attention – – and Azzam’s student was named Osama Bin Ladin. Osama Bin Ladin was taught by the Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood who had emigrated to Saudi Arabia.


In 1979 the CIA decided to take the Arab Nazis out of cold storage. The Russians had invaded Afghanistan, so we told the Saudis that we would fund them if they would bring all of the Arab Nazis together and ship them off to Afghanistan to fight the Russians. We had to rename them. We couldn’t call them the Muslim Brotherhood because that was too sensitive a name. Its Nazi cast was too known. So we called them the Maktab al Khidimat il Mujahideen, the MAK.


And the CIA lied to Congress and said they didn’t know who was on the payroll in Afghanistan, except the Saudis. But it was not true. A small section CIA knew perfectly well that we had once again hired the Arab Nazis and that we were using them to fight our secret wars.


Azzam and his assistant, Osama Bin Ladin, rose to some prominence from 1979 to ’89, and they won the war. They drove the Russians out of Afghanistan. Our CIA said, “We won, let’s go home!” and we left this army of Arab fascists in the field of Afghanistan.


Saudis didn’t want to come back. Saudis started paying bribes to Osama Bin Ladin and his followers to stay out of Saudi Arabia. Now the MAK split in half. Azzam was mysteriously assassinated apparently by Osama Bin Ladin himself. The radical group — the most radical of the merge of the Arab fascists and religious extremists — Osama called that al Qaeda. But to this day there are branches of the Muslim Brotherhood all through al Qaeda.


Osama Bin Ladin’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, came from the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the results of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad.


There are many flavors and branches, but they are all Muslim Brotherhoods. There is one in Israel. The organization you know as “Hammas” is actually a secret chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood. When Israel assassinated Sheik Yassin a month ago, the Muslim Brotherhood published his obituary in a Cairo newspaper in Arabic and revealed that he was actually the secret leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza.


So the Muslim Brotherhood became this poison that spread throughout the Middle East and on 9/11, it began to spread around the world.


I know this sounds like some sort of a sick fantasy, but go to your computer and type in the words “Banna,” B-a-n-n-a and the word “Nazi,” N-a-z-i, and you will see all of the articles come up. Those are all the pieces of information that the CIA was trying to hide from its employees. It did not want them to know the awful past. So, in 1984, when I was exposing European Nazis on the CIA payroll, at the same time they were trying to hide from Congress the fact that they had Arab Nazis back on the payroll to fight the Russians — a stupid and corrupt program.


So, when Bob Baer studied his files, he was just stunned. A whole generation: the current CIA people know nothing about this. And believe me, the current generation CIA are good and decent Americans and I like them a lot. They’re trying to do a good job, but part of their problem is their files have been shredded. All of these secrets have to come out.


So, of course, my clients in the intelligence community said, “Well, what are you doing?” They gave me an example. They said, “Here’s how the Saudis finance these groups. The Saudis have established a group of charities on a street in Virginia. It’s 555 Grove St., Herndon, Virginia.” So I said, “OK the Saudis are terrorists, so what?” These charities fund Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda. The Saudis are getting tax deductions for terrorism. They have set up front groups so all the terrorists groups in the U.S. and the front groups get the Saudi money as a charitable donation.


I said, “You’re kidding me.” Nope. And they told me that right near where I lived in Tampa, Florida was one of the leading terrorists in the world. There were these two professors at the University of South Florida. One had just left — and he was now in Syria — and he was the world head of Islamic Jihad. His number two, the head of Islamic Jihad in the Western Hemisphere, was Dr. Sami al-Arian, who is still employed as a professor at the University of South Florida. You’ve got to be kidding. This can’t be true.


Yes, these guys are raising money all across America and shipping it to Syria to go down to Palestine, the Palestinian areas, and hire suicide bombers to kill Jews. They sent me the videotapes. There was Professor al-Arian on stage and one of his friends gets up and says, “Now, who will give me $500 to kill a Jew? There are people standing by in Jerusalem who will go out in the street and stab a Jew with a knife, but we need $500.” And he said, “All of this money will go to the Islamic committee for Palestine.” And that is the front group in the United States for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.


So I had all my friends in the FBI and CIA send in these files. I said, “Why haven’t you prosecuted this guy? You’ve known about him since 1989.” “We’d love to. We’ve tried to prosecute him but we were told we couldn’t touch him because he gets all of his money from the Saudis, and we are all under orders not to do anything to embarrass the Saudi government.”


I said, “I don’t mind embarrassing them.” You know what I did? I donated money to the charity that was the terrorist fund, because under Florida law, that gave me the right to sue the charity to find out where my money was going. It was hilarious.


In early March, 2002, I drafted a long lawsuit exposing Professor Sami al-Arian, naming all the crimes he’d committed, all the bombings in Israel, the fundraising in America with terrorism. I mentioned how his money got to him from the Saudis and how the Saudis had convinced our government not to prosecute him for political reasons. Because of my high-level security clearances, everything I write is sort of classified material and has to be sent back to the government before publication, for censorship. So I sent my long lawsuit complaint to the CIA, and they loved it. They said, “Oh, great. We don’t like the Saudis either. Go sue them.”


Three days later two FBI Agents showed up at my door, saying, “You know, there are only 21 people in the U.S. government that knew some of this information, and now you’re 22. How did you find out?” I said, “I’m sorry, I can’t tell you, attorney-client privilege.” That’s why my clients pay me $1.00 each.


The day before I went to file the lawsuit, I got a frantic phone call from the United States Department of Justice. They said, “John, please don’t file the lawsuit tomorrow. We really are going to raid these Saudi charities. We’re going to close them down. Just give us more time.” “Oh yeah, you’re going to raid them. That’s what you told me in January – – and again in February, and now it’s March. You want more time? I’ll give you until 4:00 o’clock tomorrow. I’m filing my complaint at 10:00 a.m., so that at 4:00 p.m., I’m going to release the address of the Saudi charities. Back tomorrow. I filed my lawsuit at 10:00 o’clock, and told the press I was going to hold something back for a little bit.


At 10:15, the U.S. government launched Operation Greenquest, a massive raid on all the Saudi charities in homes and businesses, and in one hour we shut down the entire Saudi money-laundering network in America.


From March 20, 2002 to the present, the government has found more and more evidence seized in those archives on that single raid that day. The evidence was so compelling that Professor al-Arian is no longer giving his speeches. He is now in federal prison awaiting trial. His accomplice, Hammoudeh, has also been indicted. Some 32 different people have been indicted in the United States as a direct result of these efforts.


But not the Saudis — not the Saudis.


A month after I filed my lawsuit against al-Arian, I did it: I caused some trouble. I invited some 40 of the top trial lawyers in America to come down to St. Petersburg, Florida. Boy, did I have a deal for them. I wanted them to put up millions of dollars of their own money — I’m poor, I had no money to give them — but I wanted to do something for America.


These are lawyers like Ron Motley that had won billions of dollars in their lawsuits against the tobacco industry and the asbestos industry. I said, “What I want you to do is look at the evidence I’ve collected. It’s the same Saudi banks and charities that funded Sami al-Arian that also funded al Qaeda.” I said, “I want you to bring a class action in Federal Court in Washington on behalf of everyone who died on Sept. 11th. I’m going to work for free and collect all the evidence, introduce you to the experts, provide all the exhibits and documents . . . and we have to do this for America.”


The lawyers studied all the documents I collected, and on August 15, 2002, they filed the largest class-action lawsuit in American history in the Federal District Court in Washington D.C., asking for one trillion dollars damages against the Saudis. The lawsuit said essentially that all these Saudi banks had one thing in common. They were bribing Osama bin Ladin 300 million dollars a year to stay out of Saudi Arabia and go blow up someone else.


Well, on 9/11, we found out we were someone else, and the Saudis had to pay for their negligence. So that lawsuit is coming along very well.


And more and more people in the CIA and FBI are sort of using me as a back channel to get our information. So, believe it or not, they’ve actually given me my own TV show now on Sunday mornings on FOX TV nationwide. I’m on at 11:20 eastern standard time. And ABC Radio has given me a national radio program, but I’m on at 10:30 at night and it’s past your bedtime.


What I’ve become in my old age is a teacher. Twenty-five years ago I was a lot younger, a lot thinner, but now every day I get 500 to 1,000 e-mails from honest men and women around the world from the intelligence community.


And we have to end the evil in this world. We have to recognize that al Qaeda simply didn’t spring up on its own. The evil route was Nazism. The al Qaeda Doctrine is the same as the Arab Nazis held. They hated Jews, they hate democracy, and they hate Westerners for Western culture. Al Qaeda is nothing more than the religious expression of Arab Fascism. We allowed this branch of the Nazi trunk to survive, to flourish, and it has come back to haunt us.

No Data Is Safe From Our Intrusive Police State

NSA spying through Angry Birds, Google Maps, leaked documents reportedly reveal


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The NSA and its British counterpart are tapping popular smartphone apps such as Angry Birds to peek into the tremendous amounts of very personal data those bits of software collect — including age, location sex and even sexual preferences, according to new reports from the New York Times and The Guardian.

Citing confidential documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the reports detail efforts to supplement data collection from cell phone carriers and smartphones by tapping into “leaky” apps themselves.

“Some apps, the documents state, can share users’ most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger,” the Guardian said.

That information can come from a user profile, which may contain martial status — options included “single,” “married,” “divorced,” “swinger” and more, the report said.

Both spy agencies showed a particular interest in Google Maps, which is accurate to within a few yards or better in some locations and would clearly pass along data about a phone owner’s whereabouts.

“It effectively means that anyone using Google Maps on a smartphone is working in support of a GCHQ system,” reads a secret 2008 report by the NSA’s sister spy agency, according to the New York Times.

More surprising is the wide range of apps that the agencies cull for data, including innocent-seeming apps such as Angry Birds. One document in particular from GCHQ listed what information can be extracted from which apps, citing Android apps but suggesting the same data was available from the iPhone platform.

Angry Birds maker Rovio said it had no knowledge of any NSA or GCHQ programs or mechanisms for tapping into its users’ data.

“Rovio doesn’t have any previous knowledge of this matter, and have not been aware of such activity in 3rd party advertising networks,” said Saara Bergstrom, Rovio’s VP of marketing and communications. “Nor do we have any involvement with the organizations you mentioned [NSA and GCHQ].”

Mobile photo uploads appear to be a particularly rich source of information for the spy agencies as well. Metadata in the photos — which is often ultimately stripped from pictures by social media sites like Facebook and Twitter — is briefly available.

The NSA and GCHQ are able to tap into that metadat to collect a wealth of key data points about a person’s life, including age, gender, marital status (“Options include single, married, divorced, swinger and more,” The Guardian said), income, education level and more.

“NSA does not profile everyday Americans as it carries out its foreign intelligence mission,” the agency told the Times in response to questions about the program.

During a Monday press conference, White House press secretary Jay Carney stressed that same position.

“As the president said in his Jan. 17 speech, to the extent data is collected by the NSA, through whatever means, we are not interested in the communications of people who are not valid foreign intelligence targets and we are not after the information of ordinary Americans,” he said.

Libya Disintegration Consistent With Western Pattern Set In Iraq

Libya Dis Integrated by Western Onslaught – Al Qaeda’s Safe Heaven

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Residents walk on sand dunes in the Libyan desert oasis town of GhadamesJNN 20 Jan 2014 Tripoli : Swathed in a white turban and robes, Eissa Abdel Majid sits in his militia barracks on the edge of the desert describing a losing battle to stem the flow of armed militants with suspected links to al-Qaeda – who use it as a freeway across northern Africa.

He says he’s fed up with trying to guard borders and oil installations in a power vacuum left by the fall of Moammar Qaddafi: “They are getting weapons and building their strength,” he says, “because the government is weak.”


In the rocky mountains and dune-covered wastes of southwestern Libya, al-Qaeda’s North African branch has established a haven after French and West African forces drove them out of their fledgling Islamic state in northern Mali a year ago. Now, according to interviews with local soldiers, residents, officials and Western diplomats, it is restocking weapons and mining disaffected minorities for new recruits as it prepares to relaunch attacks.


It’s an al-Qaeda pattern seen around the world, in hot spots such as Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and increasingly here in North Africa: seemingly defeated, the terror network only retreats to remote areas, regroups and eventually bounces back – pointing to the extreme difficulties involved in stamping out the threat.


Mohmamad, an officer in the Libyan army based in Ubari – the last major town in the south before the Saharan sands reach the borders of Niger and Algeria – said that his soldiers frequently run into SUVs filled with armed bearded men from Mali, Algeria and Libya coming here to buy weapons and supplies.


“There are occasional clashes with them but their forces are stronger than ours,” said the officer who wore surplus U.S.-style digital camouflage with Libyan army patches sewed on. He asked that his last name not be used for fear of being targeted by jihadists. Momhamad said many people in Ubari are active sympathizers or at least trade with these militants, whom he described as linked to al-Qaeda.


“Most people know who they are but without a central government, you can’t really do anything,” he said. “We can do little on the borders and sometimes we just let them through.”


U.S. officials have confirmed the existence of al-Qaeda-linked camps in southwest Libya, and a U.N. official based in Sebha, Libya’s main southern city, described the extremist group as being “all around” the area. A high-level Algerian army officer based in the Saharan city of Tamanrasset also confirmed al-Qaeda’s presence in Libya and said his forces were remaining vigilant along the Mali border despite plans for a new African force once the French pull out.


From desert bases, experts and Western officials say, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, is building up links with like-minded jihadists in northern Libya, especially in eastern coastal cities such as Derna and Benghazi, as well as militant groups in Nigeria, and preparing for new attacks on Western targets.


One prominent Morocco-based al-Qaeda expert, who has interviewed former and current leaders of AQIM in Mauritania, said there are even signs the group is preparing to recapture lost territory northern Mali once the French leave.


“The strategy that people told me in Mauritania was that they always withdraw to Libya where they can hide and wait for the French to leave,” said Djalil Lounnas, an Algerian researcher at the University of Montreal’s Center for International Peace and Security Studies.


The growing al-Qaeda presence in southern Libya has raised concerns in the West, with one British official describing the security situation in the region as potentially more dangerous than before the French intervened. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about security matters. Since the French intervention in Mali, at least two deadly attacks on Western targets in nearby Niger were launched from southern Libya.


While the al-Qaeda militants move throughout this desert region, their camps are mostly hidden in the valleys of the Akkakush mountains north of the town of Ghat, on Libya’s border with Algeria, said Claudia Gazzini, the Libya-based analyst for the International Crisis Group, who based her information on Tuareg military commanders based there.


The Tuareg are a nomadic desert people spread across the Sahara throughout Mali, Niger, Libya, Algeria and Mauritania. With no state of their own, they have mounted revolts for independence numerous times over the past decades. While their rootlessness and grievances make them receptive to al-Qaeda’s message, their deep knowledge of the terrain make them an invaluable resource for a terror network seeking to rebuild in hiding.


In a Sebha slum filled with thousands of displaced Tuareg, members of the nomadic people say al-Qaeda often provides the best shot at a decent future.


“We have seen (Tuareg) go up to eastern Libya and return with beards, Islamic-style outfits and talking about religion – they pay money so anything is possible,” said Abdallah Sherif, a Tuareg doctor and social worker, who said he has witnessed al-Qaeda recruiting attempts first hand.


Next to him, Ali Suleiman, a Tuareg who says he fought for an independent state in northern Mali last year, speaks of despair in the slums: “If you leave someone in such conditions,” he said, “they will join extremist groups like al-Qaeda or become drug smugglers.”


In a November conference on border security in this desert region, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said disenfranchised groups like the Tuareg have to be helped economically in order to reduce the incentive for them to become al-Qaeda allies. “In Libya we need to involve the minorities living across the borders and they need to have legal status,” he said. “This calls for the economic development of the region.”


Intermarrying with the Tuareg has given al-Qaeda the support of these tribal people and allowed them to move quickly across Africa through the desert.


“Some members of the Tuareg community are acting as support staff, bringing food and water into these valleys,” Gazzini said, noting that the same region once supported a desert safari industry. “It’s the same setup as when the tourists were in these areas.”


According to the men guarding the borders and patrolling the desert, al-Qaeda militants take their four wheel drive vehicles east across the country and then north up to Benghazi and Derna – the intellectual heart of Libya’s jihadism.


It was in Libya’s coastal areas that the anti-Qaddafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was formed in the 1990s, some of whose members later joined al-Qaida, while others became part of the new Libyan government. It’s also the home of the Ansar al-Shariah movement that has been linked to the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other diplomats last year.


While al-Qaeda seeks new friends in southern Libya, it is also exploiting enmities between the area’s dominant Arab tribes – who long controlled the region – and the Tuareg and Tabu peoples who have created their own militias since Gadhafi’s fall.


In Sebha, there are already 27 militias vying for power, leaving little hope for any concerted push against al-Qaeda. Pitched battles have flared several times in the last year, especially between the Tabu and Arab tribes.


Al-Qaeda has developed ties with several different militias and keeps a low profile while the different factions clash, several militia leaders and smugglers told AP on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.


It’s a situation that allows al-Qaeda to operate at will: Abdel Majid, the militia leader in Sebha, describes witnessing a constant flow of jihadists between Ubari and Derna.


“Arabs from Derna came down to join the battle in Mali and then headed back in the other direction,” he said.

Lebanon Mufti accuses US of stirring Mideast strife

Lebanon Mufti accuses US of stirring Mideast strife

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Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Mohammad Qabbani accused the U.S. Monday of dividing the Middle East with battle lines based on sectarian differences in order to strengthen Israel.

“To achieve this plot [‘The New Middle East’ project] … the United States studied the instincts and ways of thinking of the groups that make up our communities and has succeeded in sowing strife in eight Arab and Muslim countries … and was able to trigger fighting among fellow citizens,” he said in an address.

Qabbani said a second method used by the West for implementing their alleged scheme was through the U.N. failing to recognize Israel’s widely suspected nuclear and chemical weapons arsenal.

The mufti said the West aimed at dividing the region into “weak, feuding, mini-sectarian states under the so-called foreign scheme ‘The new Middle East.’”

The West, according to Qabbani, also aims at putting an end to the Arab’s denunciation of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

The overall objective of the so-called plot was to ensure that Israel is the “dominant country and the strongest in the Arab region.”

But the mufti said the United States would fail.

“Conflicts taking place in Lebanon and Arab countries are very serious disputes and are very worrisome,” Qabbani warned.

Qabbani warned that the continuation of unrest in the region “threatens more horrible killings, destruction and fragmentation that the foreign [powers] are plotting to weaken the Palestinian, the Lebanese and the Arab resistances against Israel.”

He blamed the growth of extremism in Lebanon on the lengthy detention of Islamist prisoners without trial and the systematic campaign against the moderates in Dar al-Fatwa.

Qabbani also condemned the wave of car bombings in Lebanon and referred to suicide attacks as a sin.

Russia Backs Idea of Anti-Islamist Alliance in Syria – Lavrov

Russia Backs Idea of Anti-Islamist Alliance in Syria – Lavrov

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MOSCOW, January 26 (RIA Novosti) – Official Moscow supports a proposed alliance between the Syrian regime and moderate opposition against the Islamists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Prominent Syrian Islamist groups such as the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “have no place in negotiations,” Lavrov said on NTV television.

“Our goal is to facilitate some political agreement between the [Syrian] government and sane, secular, patriotic opposition and parallel to political reconciliation to help them unite to fight these terrorists,” Lavrov said in the interview, broadcasted Sunday.

Syrian opposition and the government of President Bashar Assad are currently locked in high-tension talks at the Geneva-2 conference in the Swiss city of Montreux.

Assad’s government has called for an anti-Islamist alliance shortly after moderates in the opposition clashed with Muslim radicals on the ground earlier this month, leaving hundreds dead.

The majority of radical Islamist groups in Syria have rejected Geneva-2 and threatened violence against participants.

The conference is the first time since the outbreak of civil strife in Syria in 2011 that warring parties are engaged in negotiations.

UN and Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Saturday that progress at the first day of the inter-Syrian talks was minimal, but vowed to continue.

The sides have so far only discussed humanitarian issues. A source at the negotiations told RIA Novosti on Saturday the matter of a transitional government is not on the agenda through Monday.

The talks are tense in the extreme: The delegations, though sitting at the same table, only converse through Brahimi, while Syrian journalists with differing political affiliations attack each other verbally and physically behind the scenes.

All Foreign Militants must leave Syria

Militants must leave Syria: Iran’s Zarif


Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged the withdrawal of all foreign-backed militants from Syria, saying the Syrian people should be allowed to determine their own destiny without foreign interference.

“I can ask all foreign forces to withdraw… to allow the Syrian people to decide their own future,” Zarif told a panel discussion held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday.

Foreign forces should stop funding and supplying weapons to militants in Syria, said the top Iranian diplomat.

He also stated that any military option to end the Syrian crisis should be off the table.

Zarif further dismissed claims by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of preparing the ground for terrorists to enter the country.

“Extremism is a product of foreign intervention and product of short-sightedness. Those who created the Taliban [in Afghanistan] ended up paying their blood for what they have created. The flames that have been created in our region will engulf everybody,” Zarif said.

He emphasized that those who are calling on President Assad to step down are responsible for the crisis in the Middle East region, which has caused innumerable deaths.

Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Swiss TV station RTS on the sidelines of the WEF that the fate of Syria needs to be determined solely by the Syrian people, rejecting any foreign interference in the future of the Arab country.

“I believe that only Syrian people are allowed to decide and nobody else can pass a judgment on the future of Syria,” President Rouhani said.

“Decision-making is for the Syrian people to do and they are the ones who should determine their own future, and in doing so, the first condition is that bloodshed be stopped and certain countries give up supporting terrorism,” the Iranian president added.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly crisis since 2011. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

The UN says more than four million Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country that has killed more than 100,000 people and displaced millions so far.

February Trial of Saudi Royals Who Are Accused of Aiding Hezbollah and Sunni Terrorists

Apex Global Management Ltd v (1) FI Call Ltd (2) Global Torch Ltd (3) HRH Prince Abdulaziz Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (4) Emad Mahmoud Ahmed Abu-Ayshih (5) HRH Prince Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 

When? February 2014, 25 days

Where? Chancery Division, judge TBC

This top-drawer spat will see Saudi royalty appear in a London court to defend claims of gross misconduct.

Prince Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son, HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Al Saud, who both claim to be close to the Saudi Royal Family, have already attempted to have the case heard in camera. Clifford Chance partner Ian Roxborough led the High Court case before being replaced by Irwin Mitchell at the Court of Appeal hearing. Both applications were refused.

They are alleged to have colluded with fellow shareholders to fund terrorists such as Hezbollah as well as being responsible for smuggling about $3.5bn-worth of precious stones out of the Congo.

The Saudi defendants vigorously deny the allegations which, they say, have been brought by a notorious fraudster who has forged emails and other allegedly incriminating documents as well as stealing monies belonging to Global Torch.

This five-week case will no doubt generate headlines at home and across the Middle East.

For the claimant Apex Global Management Ltd

Blackstone Chambers’ Robert Howe QC and Maitland Chambers’ Matthew Collings QC leading Serle Court’s Daniel Lightman and Maitland Chambers’ Oliver Phillips, instructed by HowardKennedyFsi’s partners Steven Morris and Louise Bennett

For the defendants (1) FI Call Ltd (2) Global Torch Ltd (3) HRH Prince Abdulaziz Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (4) Emad Mahmoud Ahmed Abu-Ayshih (5) HRH Prince Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 

Wilberforce Chambers’ John Wardell QC leading 4 New Square’s Daniel Saoul, instructed by Irwin Mitchell’s Jeremy Marshall


Evans v the Attorney General & Ors and Evans v The Information Commissioner & Ors

When? February 2014, 3-4 days

Where? CoA, Judicial panel TBC

This high-profile case has already created several headlines on its journey to the CoA. Guardian journalist Rob Evans is fighting for the release of correspondence between the Government and the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and to see lists and schedules of the correspondence.

Evans’ request has already been refused by the Government, prompting him to go to the Information Commissioner, which also rejected the request in 2009.

A further appeal to the Upper Tribunal was more successful for Evans, after it ruled the information should be released. However, in October 2012 the Attorney General exercised the veto power under the Freedom of Information Act to prevent release of the correspondence.

Evans brought a judicial review of the decision and lost, but the Lord Chief Justice Sir John Thomas and Lord Justices David and Globe granted permission to appeal the ruling.

A cross appeal is being brought by the Government against the Upper Tribunal decision to allow the lists and schedules to be published.

Not only will this be a high-profile case because it concerns royalty, it will also allow the court to examine the Attorney General’s right to exercise a veto to avoid complying with an order to disclose information.

For appellant Evans

Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC leading One Brick Court’s Aidan Eardley, instructed by Guardian News and Media in-house lawyer Jan Clements

For the respondent HM Attorney General

11KBW’s Jonathan Swift QC and Julian Milford instructed by The Treasury Solicitor

For the intervener Information Commissioner

11KBW’s Timothy Pitt-Payne QC, instructed by the Information Commissioner’s Office

Saudi preacher who ‘raped and tortured’ his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying ‘blood money’

[SEE:  Saudi Authorities Rush To Quiet Global Outrage Over Child-Rapist/Murderer/”Preacher,” Hold His Sorry Ass In Jail]

Saudi preacher who ‘raped and tortured’ his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying ‘blood money’

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A ‘celebrity’ Saudi preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay ‘blood money’.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi had been accused of killing his daughter Lama, who suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken back, broken ribs, a broken left arm and extensive bruising and burns. Social workers say she had also been repeatedly raped and burnt.

Fayhan al-Ghamdi admitted using a cane and cables to inflict the injuries after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity and taking her to a doctor, according to the campaign group Women to Drive.

Rather than getting the death penalty or receiving a long prison sentence for the crime, Fayhan al-Ghamdi served only a few months in jail before a judge ruled the prosecution could only seek ‘blood money’.

Albawaba News reported the judge as saying: “Blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment.”

Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who regularly appears on television in Saudi Arabia, is said to have agreed to pay £31,000 to Lama’s mother.

The money is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid had Lama been a boy.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s famously strict legal system, Women to Drive say fathers cannot be executed for murdering their children in the country. Equally, husbands cannot be executed for murdering their wives.

Formal objections to the ruling have been raised by three Saudi activists, and the twitter hashtag #AnaLama (which translates as I Am Lama) has been set up.

Local reports say public anger over the settlement is growing across Saudi Arabia, with authorities planning to set up a 24-hour hotline to take calls about child abuse.


Reaping the Fruits of American Pseudo-Democracy In the Middle East

[The pseudo-democracy that the US State Dept. has managed to sell to the desperate masses of the Middle East is the cause of the bloodbaths.  We sold them “HOPE,” wrapped-up in a pretty package, while allowing the Qataris to pump millions into the Brotherhood, without creating a reciprocal support structure for the real Democrats of Egypt.   The same methodology for destabilization was previously perfected Gaza and Iraq, with the same results.  The fact that the Saudis have chosen to pour vast amounts of their fortune into reversing the damage done by this process in Egypt by undermining the pseudo-democracy after the fact, is just another way to prolong the bloodshed and to discredit real “Democracy” in the Arab world.  By allowing the Saudis to salvage their puppets in Egypt at the price of destroying Big D “Democracy,” while doing the same to Syria, we are ensuring that the Big D we pretend to defend never has a real chance to undermine the most insidious regime of them all…the one sitting in Riyadh.]

Collapsing colossus

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Police officers inspect the site of a bomb attack in front of the damaged Cairo Security Directorate building, which includes police and state security, in downtown Cairo January 24, 2014.  (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Police officers inspect the site of a bomb attack in front of the damaged Cairo Security Directorate building, which includes police and state security, in downtown Cairo January 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

The bomb attacks targeting Egypt’s capital Friday represent a disturbing development for the country’s stability, and highlight the presence of a growing segment of society which feels completely negated by the current system.

Those who care about the region had tried to convince themselves Egypt was immune to the type and scale of violence that has befallen Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria, among others, but worryingly, it looks as though this is not the case.

The region’s giant, Egypt seemed too big to fall, and while attacks targeting security forces have grown increasingly frequent in the Sinai and other provinces, these are the first major incidents in Cairo.

Certainly, all the ingredients for widespread violence are there: extremely high levels of poverty and unemployment, a lack of education, and a hangover from decades of an often cruel and oppressive military dictatorship. The population has grown enormously over the last 50 years, but without the needed economic, urban and social planning.

Stability is needed, badly. A climate of confidence and calm must be nurtured if these violent attacks are going to cease any time soon.

After winning the first free elections, the Muslim Brotherhood neglected its opportunity to govern fairly, but depressingly, it appears that their form of dictatorship has been replaced by an army dictatorship, not unlike the era of Mubarak.

But if this new regime is going to have any hope of lasting in place longer than its predecessors, it must choose to embrace its enemies, rather than remaining in permanent confrontation with them. Those Brotherhood supporters, not an insignificant minority, must be made to feel that they have a place in this new Egypt.

Duma demands foreign politicians stop inciting Ukrainian crisis

Duma demands foreign politicians stop inciting Ukrainian crisis


January 19, 2014. (Reuters)

January 19, 2014. (Reuters)

Russia’s lower house has passed a unanimous statement that the ongoing aggravation of the political and social situation in Ukraine should be blamed not only on radical opposition, but also on certain foreign political circles.

The statement ‘On aggravation of the situation in Ukraine’, prepared by the parliamentary Committee for CIS Issues and Eurasian Integration, was passed unanimously on Wednesday morning.

The document blasted Ukrainian protesters, saying their actions were growing in scale and becoming more aggressive.

In essence, there are attempts to forcefully overthrow the legitimate power institutes in the country,” the Russian MPs stated.

The pro-opposition rioters are launching unsanctioned rallies, occupying and blocking various administrative buildings, and destroying historical monuments, including those erected in memory of the heroes who perished in WWII. Law enforcers who try to maintain order are attacked by organized groups of people using weapons and petrol bombs, the statement reads.

It is regrettable that all these events are provoked and used by representatives of the political opposition who cynically call themselves supporters of democracy,” it states.

The responsibility for the current crisis should be shared by the Western politicians, who rudely interfere with Ukraine’s internal affairs and voice threats towards authorities at opposition rallies, the MPs claim.

The State Duma again warns that the external pressure on Ukraine and artificially imposing the geopolitical choice of EU association are unacceptable,” the statement reads.

In addition, the MPs stated that they highly approved of the agreements sealed by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents in December 2013 – the stabilization credit and the drop in natural gas prices offered by Russia, without any political conditions, in order to support the Ukrainian people.

The State Duma expressed readiness to boost the cooperation with the Ukrainian parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – in order to further develop the partnership between nations.

However, no moves aimed at overcoming the financial and economic crisis, at restoring and developing the national economy, would be effective in the conditions of growing civil standoff and systematic violations of the law, the Russian legislators stated.

The State Duma called for foreign political circles to stop violating the international law by interfering into Ukraine’s domestic affairs. It also again addressed the Ukrainian political opposition with a call to abandon all forms of violence, immediately stop the violent standoff and start a constructive dialogue with the authorities.

Arrested terrorists in Iraq reveal its ties with Saudi Arabia

Arrested terrorists in Iraq reveal its ties with Saudi Arabia


Members of the Islamic State of Iraq terrorist group and the Levant (EIIL) affiliated to Al-Qaeda, captured in Iraq, confessed to having direct links with the government of Saudi Arabia.

A channel of the Iraqi public television network showed images of the prisoners on Friday (17) which confirmed the links between Riyadh and the terrorist group.

The arrested terrorists revealed that they were supported by the Saudis and received orders from Riyadh to execute terrorist attacks in Iraq, besides informing that Saudi Arabia had provided weapons and car bombs to create chaos.

The revelations have occurred on the same day that the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Adnan al-Asadi Iraq, warned Saudi Arabia on its interference in Iraq’s internal affairs.

“The problems with the western province of Al-Anbar is a national issue and it is not about tribal issues, contrary to some opinions,” said Al-Asadi, prompting Riyadh that Iraq will be the graveyard of those who interfere in their affairs internal.

Recently, the Iraqi intelligence services managed to arrest a large number of armed men in various operations in the city of Karbala, 110 kilometers south of the capital, Baghdad.

A terrorist leader revealed support and intelligence from the Saudis to the members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other armed groups operating in Iraq services, especially in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, located in the province of Al-Anbar.

Royal Hypocrite Turki Demands Withdrawal of Foreign Militias–Shiites Only

Davos 2014: Saudi prince says foreign militias must leave Syria


Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, gestures during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Jan.24, 2014. (Reuters)

“A senior member of the Saudi royal family attacked the United States on Friday over its policy on Syria, and called for a United Nations resolution to pull ‘Iraqi and Lebanese Shi’ite militia’ out of the war-torn Middle Eastern country.”


“Geneva Surrender Talks” Fail When Assad Refuses To Surrender Syria To International Terrorist Invasion

[One side believes that it is under siege by an international army of foreign terrorists and their secular sympathizers, while the other side, under collective authority of the international majority, demands that Assad surrender his authority as Syrian Commander-In-Chief to the internationalists as a precondition to “peace talks,” which should really be called “surrender talks.” The absolutely unreasonable circumstances that have been forced upon all of the Syrian people because of the campaign of political agitation, followed by military hostilities, that has been carried-out by the international coalition invested in the overthrow of Bashar al-Asad represents great crimes against humanity of the First Order. The powerful foreign interests who have engineered this democratic-revolutionary war in Syria, as well as other regional conflicts, are responsible for the deaths in this war, as well as the terror used in inflicting those deaths. If Bashar has chosen to repel the international invasion by foreign terrorists by meeting “terror with terror,” then where does the the responsibility lie? Were US authorities guilty of war crimes when they tortured terrorists to death? Were they more guilty than the terrorists’ sponsors?]

Assad’s envoys threaten to quit peace talks

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In this Jan. 22, 2014, photo, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, speaks during a joint news conference with UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Montreux, Switzerland. Syria's government and the Opposition refused to come face to face at the peace talksscheduled for Friday in Geneva to end the three year-long civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East.
AP In this Jan. 22, 2014, photo, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, speaks during a joint news conference with UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Montreux, Switzerland. Syria’s government and the Opposition refused to come face to face at the peace talksscheduled for Friday in Geneva to end the three year-long civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said that his delegation was prepared to walk out if efforts to secure a face-to-face meeting with opposition representatives fail.

Syrian government envoys threatened on Friday to leave a peace conference on ending the conflict should efforts to secure a face-to-face meeting with opposition representatives fail.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told U.N. and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi that his delegation was prepared to walk out of the talks if the historic meeting doesn’t happen by Saturday, the Information Ministry said.

Mr. Brahimi held talks with government representatives, and is expected to meet opposition leaders separately later on Friday.

The main point of contention is the future of President Bashar al-Assad. The opposition says he must go, and the government insists the issue is a “red line” that is not up for discussion.

Information Minister Amran Zoubi said in a statement before the meeting with Mr. Brahimi that the regime had not agreed to the formation of an interim government, the cornerstone of a blueprint agreed at an international conference on Syria in 2012.

The opposition said it was committed to the talks, as long as a discussion of a political transition is on the agenda.

Mr. Brahimi wants the sides to meet at the UN’s offices in Geneva, Switzerland, where it is believed talks will centre on the release of prisoners and detainees and the possibility of opening besieged towns and villages to humanitarian aid deliveries.

The two sides clashed openly over the conference’s focus at a launch ceremony Wednesday in the Swiss town of Montreux.

Mr. Assad’s representatives insisted the gathering be devoted to tackling the threat of “terrorism” from extremist groups in Syria.

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) demanded that negotiations open with discussions on the formation of an interim government and the departure of Mr. Assad.

On the eve of the face-to-face talks, SNC chief Ahmad Jarba dismissed the Assad regime as “dying” and “criminal.” Syrian officials questioning the legitimacy of the coalition.

Nevertheless, opposition delegates remained hopeful that progress could be made toward finding a solution to end the violence that has claimed more than 130,000 lives.

“We know that the road to an agreement over a political solution is a long one, but every journey starts with a first step,” Burhan Ghalioun, an opposition delegate, told DPA.

Should the initial two-day talks prove a success, opposition delegates and mediators expect the negotiations to stretch on from several weeks to six month, rotating to different European cities.

3rd Egyptian Police/Intelligence Building Bombed, Clearing Path from Cairo To Sinai

[DAMN…nailed this one…[SEE:  2nd Egyptian Security Center Bombed North of Cairo]

The Mansoura bombing was in Daqahliya (7), Sharqiya province (23), Ismailia (12)

“Look for the Egyptian Security building in Ismailia to be hit next, since this security zone is now the only path from Cairo to the Sinai with a fully intact security organization.”

UPDATE 6: Cairo hit by three bomb blasts on Friday, killing 5

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the Cairo security headquarters
Wrecked building of Cairo Security Directorate after Friday blast, Cairo, Egypt, January 24, 2014 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Large blast at central Cairo police headquarters on Friday morning is followed by smaller explosions in Dokki and Talbiya

Five people have been killed in three separate bomb attacks in Greater Cairo on Friday morning.

A large blast ripped through a security building in central Cairo early on Friday, killing four and injuring 76 others, according to the health ministry.

The explosion at the Cairo Security Directorate in Bab El-Khalk district blew out the windows of the building and stripped off parts of its façade, state TV reported.

According to a statement by the interior ministry, a car packed with explosives was passing in front of the directorate and stopped suddenly in front of the gate before exploding. The attack took place at around 6:30am local time and was heard across several parts of the capital.

TV footage showed wrecked floors of the multi-storey building and a damaged facade of the nearby Museum of Islamic Arts. The minister of state for antiquities told journalists in a statement after touring the site that “some artefacts” inside the museum had also been damaged.

Police have cordoned off the area and ambulances rushed to the scene to transport the wounded

Large crowds of onlookers chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, including: “the people want the execution of the Brotherhood. Execution for Morsi.” The Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by the cabinet in December.

An Ahram Online reporter at the scene an hour after the blast said she saw a badly mangled vehicle stained with blood parked in front of the police compound. Some of the building’s walls have collapsed.

The attack has also caused water pipes in the area to explode, and vacuum excavators were sent to remove the water pooling in the street, the reporter added.

Later on, one person was killed when a primitive bomb exploded after being thrown at a police vehicle near a metro station in Giza, deputy Giza security chief Mahmoud Farouk told state TV.

TV footage showed a police cordon around El-Behous metro station in Giza’s Dokki district.

At least 11 others were reportedly wounded in the attack.

A third bomb also exploded later on Friday morning at a police station in Talbiya district in Giza. The interior ministry said the bomb was small and had caused no casualties.

“It’s a vile, desperate attempt by evil terrorist forces to disrupt the success Egypt and its people have achieved in the [transitional] roadmap and the passing of the new constitution,” Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi commented, in reference to the Cairo bomb.

The attacks came only one day ahead of the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, raising the spectre of further violence.

“They don’t want the people to celebrate,” interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim told reporters while inspecting the explosion site in Cairo, adding that he was certain that “millions would take to the streets” on Saturday to celebrate the revolution nonetheless. He added that the “despicable attack” would not hamper police “in their war against black terrorism.”

A spate of recent explosions in densely populated areas has raised fears that militant activity in the border Sinai Peninsula, which has spiked since Morsi’s removal, would take its toll on other parts of the country.

But the Brotherhood has repeatedly denied any links to the attacks.

In one of the deadliest attacks, a December bombing of a security headquarters the Nile Delta city of Mansoura killed 16 people, mostly policemen.

A bomb also exploded outside a Cairo court just before polls were to set to open in last week’s constitutional referendum, leaving no casualties.

An Al-Qaeda-inspired group, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks in which scores of policemen and soldiers were killed. The group says the violence is in revenge for the killings and arrests of Islamists as part of a broad security crackdown. But there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s attack.

The group also claimed a failed assassination attempt on the interior minister in Cairo in September.

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Have the Mystery Snipers of “Spring” Appeared In Kyiv?


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The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has confirmed reports on two people who died from gunshot wounds in the center of Kyiv. 

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has confirmed reports on two people who died from gunshot wounds in the center of Kyiv.

“An unidentified man called 102 [police] at 0626 to say that there was a man’s corpse in the National Academy of Sciences library [the parliamentary library on Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv]. The caller, who did not provide any information about himself, said the corpse was first brought to the Trade Unions House, and then it was relocated to the library,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement.

Policemen uncovered the corpse of a man with gunshot wounds to the head and the chest in the library hall. There were a passport and personal belongings on him.

Another man with gunshot wounds was brought unconscious to the library at about 0900 and died later, the Prosecutor General’s Office said.

by Interfax-Ukraine 

The Kyiv city police department denies that law enforcement officers used firearms during the protests on Hrushevskoho Street in the center of Kyiv.

“The police didn’t use firearms,” the department told Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office confirmed earlier on Wednesday that at least two people died from gunshot wounds during the protests. The circumstances of these deaths have yet to be determined.

Earlier reports from Kyiv indicated that the law enforcement used tear gas, flash bang grenades, and rubber bullets against the protesters on Hrushevskoho Street.











Pak Army Always Blames Uzbeks–36 Out of 40 Bannu Bombers Were Allegedly IMU

40 rebels killed in Waziristan include 36 aliens


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KABUL (PAN): Up to 36 foreigners were among 40 Taliban fighters killed during air strikes by Pakistani forces on Monday night and Tuesday in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, media reports said on Wednesday.

Security officials told the Pakistani media 33 Uzbeks and three Germans were among those killed in the air strikes which appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to Taliban-claimed bombings in northwestern Bannu town and the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

The report said important Taliban commanders, including Wali Mohammad, Asmat Shaheen, Maulvi Farhad Uzbek and Shaheen Betini, were among the dead.

Carried out on the basis of intelligence reports, the blitz also left another 15 insurgents injured and led local residents to flee for safety to nearby settled areas.

The coordinated operation by Pakistan’s Armed forces, including Air Force, involved gunship helicopters and jet fighters that pounded militant hideouts in North Waziristan and adjoining tribal areas on Tuesday.

The bomb in Bannu killed 23 people and the suicide attack in Rawalpindi killed 13 people, including eight army persons.

Biking for Dummies 101–Stay Out of War Zones

Six of Spanish cyclist’s 12 guards killed in Pakistan’s wild west


By Gul Yousufzai

QUETTA, Pakistan. (Reuters) – Gunmen on Wednesday shot dead six guards protecting a Spanish cyclist in a violent and remote area of western Pakistan where a bus bomb killed 24 Shi’ite pilgrims a day earlier, police said.

The cyclist, who suffered minor wounds, had crossed into Pakistan’s western province of Baluchistan from Iran, they said. Six guards were wounded.

Police said they did not know why he was cycling through such a dangerous area. He was assigned the escort by security forces because the province is plagued by kidnappers, Taliban militants, a violent separatist insurgency, sectarian killers, paramilitary death squads and drug traffickers.

Two young Czech women taking the same route by bus were kidnapped in March and are still being held.

The cyclist and his guards were travelling through Mastung district when gunmen attacked.

“Six of our security men have been killed trying to save the Spanish cyclist, who has suffered minor injuries,” said Shafqat Anwar Shawani, the assistant police commissioner for Mastung district. One attacker was also killed, he said.

In the same district on Tuesday, a bomb targeting a bus killed 24 Shi’ite pilgrims, many of them women and children. Such sectarian attacks are increasingly common in Pakistan, where Shi’ites make up 20 percent of the 180 million people.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Shi’ites protested against the bus bombing by sitting in the road alongside the bodies of the dead in the provincial capital of Quetta.

The community held similar protests demanding protection after bombings in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan, killed around 200 people, mostly Shi’ites, last year.

(Reporting by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Nick Macfie)

4 Dead in Haret Hrek Suicide Bombing, Jabhat al-Nusra Claims Responsibility

4 Dead in Haret Hrek Suicide Bombing, Jabhat al-Nusra Claims Responsibility



A suicide bombing rocked on Tuesday Beirut’s southern suburbs for the second time this month, leaving at least four people dead, the health ministry and the state-run National News Agency reported.

Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra claimed responsibility for the attack.

The al-Qaida linked group said via twitter that the attack was aimed at retaliating to Hizbullah’s alleged massacres in Syria and the Lebanese northeastern town of Arsal.

The health ministry said four people were killed and 46 were wounded when according to NNA a suicide bomber in a silver Kia Sportage blew himself up in the Haret Hreik district.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said the Kia was stolen in Kfarhbab last year. Its owner is Khallas Youssef al-Kallas.

TV footage showed black smoke rising from the area of the explosion.

Firefighters rushed to the district to douse a fire that engulfed several cars and gutted the facade of a residential building in the busy al-Arid commercial street.

Ambulances, their sirens wailing, also transported the wounded to hospitals in the region.

The authorities and the Lebanese army have not yet confirmed whether the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber as in previous attacks.

Red Cross Operations Director George Kettaneh said human remains were found in the area.

An eyewitness also told Hizbullah’s al-Manar TV that the person inside the vehicle, who was driving recklessly, blew himself up even before parking the car.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr tasked military police to investigate the blast, which the army said in a communique that it was caused by a car bomb.

An investigation is underway to determine whether the human remains belonged to a bomber.

Wadi Khaled resident Qutaiba Mohammed al-Satem was the suicide bomber who blew himself up also in Haret Hreik in early January.

Tuesday’s bombing was the fifth attack to hit the Hizbullah bastion since the group announced its intervention in Syria last year.

Less than a week ago, a car bomb exploded in Hermel, a town in the eastern Bekaa valley, also a Hizbullah stronghold.

The attacks are apparently in retaliation for the group’s fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad’s troops.

The Traffic Management Center asked residents to clear the area of the blast to allow rescuers to help the wounded after hundreds of people flocked to the scene of the blast.

Hizbullah MP Ali Ammar was quick to point the finger at Israel.

He told reporters that the explosion aimed at undermining the country’s security, unity and civil peace.

Saudi Royals On the Run from Real “Islamists,” Look To Rawalpindi for Salvation (UPDATED)

“The Russian airstrike hit a building near Misraba district of Eastern Ghouta, where major rebel commanders of al-Islam Army were holding a meeting, including the prominent leader of the group Zahran Alloush.”

© New Syria

[SEE:  Jaish Al-Islam: The Saudi funded al Qaeda ally ; Pretending That Reviving the CIA/ISI Muj Training Program Is Riyadh’s Doing]

[Fearing a repeat of the Grand Mosque Takeover in 1979, the Saudis are starting to wise-up to the revolutionary nature of the “Islamist” fire that they are playing with in Syria.  The choice to weaponize “Islam,” in order to raise their nightmare pipe dream of an “Islamist NATO” of “holy warriors,” was always a very great dangerous gamble for the royals.  The great risk was that the Arab royals might accidentally raise an army of true “militant Islamist” believers, who fight for “Allah,” rather than an army of mercenary pseudo-Islamists.  A true Jihadi Army would recognize that the corrupt Wahhabi regime was an even greater evil than Bashar al-Asad and direct their fire at Riyadh.  

The Islamist fighters of Juhayman al-Otaibi and his “Ikhwan” (Muslim Brotherhood) seized the Grand Mosque because they believed it was being corrupted by the Saud regime.  The seige was a first step in a global “Holy War.”  Seizing the mosque was intended to bring-down the corrupt regime in Riyadh.  Had the tenacious Muslim fighters (who had no fear of death) been able to hold-out against the royals’ countermeasures, then the sacred Jihadi fire would have been ignited in Saudi Arabia, instead of in the mountains of Afghanistan, where Riyadh managed to safely deflect it, with the help of Pakistan.  If truth would be known, we would now understand that Islamabad provided much more strategic aid to Riyadh in 1979 than just providing the special forces soldiers who flushed the militants out of the web of tunnels underneath the Kaaba area.  Pakistan provided Riyadh an “Islamist relief valve” along the Durand Line.  Without that “safety valve,” to channel the wave of militant “weaponized” Islam, it would have exploded all over the Sunni Muslim world.  It would have been like it is now, with revolutionary jihadism popping-up everywhere that social tensions have built up.  The Pentagon war plan for its terror war has produced this result, basically creating the circumstances required to bring-about the “global caliphate” that it had been warning us about (SEE:  The War To End Terror Has Multiplied Terrorism 65 Times). 

The Pentagon Paradox…it dreams-up an impossible danger, then makes it become real.

Riyadh is once again looking to Pakistan to save it from the Frankenstein monsters that it has created (SEE:  Bolstering ties: Riyadh seeks enhanced security collaboration ; Saudi Arabia failed to inform Pakistan on alliance).]  Pakistan, with assistance from the US, helped Riyadh to channel the militant “Islamists” fever of Juhayman and the Brotherhood into an anti-communist “Jihad” in Afghanistan.  The Saudis foolishly thought that they could control another army of “holy warriors” with money, even though they only fight for Islam, do the same against another Muslim government without exposing themselves as the true “Enemy of Islam.”]

Saudi Arabia’s Shadow War


The Kingdom is turning to Pakistan to train Syria’s rebels. It’s a partnership that once went very wrong in Afghanistan. Will history repeat itself?

BY David Kenner

BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia, having largely abandoned hope that the United States will spearhead international efforts to topple the Assad regime, is embarking on a major new effort to train Syrian rebel forces. And according to three sources with knowledge of the program, Riyadh has enlisted the help of Pakistani instructors to do it.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, along with the CIA, also supported the Afghan rebels against the Soviet-backed government during the 1980s. That collaboration contains a cautionary note for the current day: The fractured Afghan rebels were unable to govern after the old regime fell, paving the way for chaos and the rise of the Taliban. Some of the insurgents, meanwhile, transformed into al Qaeda and eventually turned their weapons against their former patrons.

While the risk of blowback has been discussed in Riyadh, Saudis with knowledge of the training program describe it as an antidote to extremism, not a potential cause of it. They have described the kingdom’s effort as having two goals — toppling the Assad regime, and weakening al Qaeda-linked groups in the country. Prince Turki, the former Saudi intelligence chief and envoy to Washington, said in a recent interview that the mainstream opposition must be strengthened so that it could protect itself “these extremists who are coming from all over the place” to impose their own ideologies on Syria.

The ramped up Saudi effort has been spurred by the kingdom’s disillusionment with the United States. A Saudi insider with knowledge of the program described how Riyadh had determined to move ahead with its plans after coming to the conclusion that President Barack Obama was simply not prepared to move aggressively to oust Assad. “We didn’t know if the Americans would give [support] or not, but nothing ever came through,” the source said. “Now we know the president just didn’t want it.”

Pakistan’s role is so far relatively small, though another source with knowledge of Saudi thinking said that a plan was currently being debated to give Pakistan responsibility for training two rebel brigades, or around 5,000 to 10,000 fighters. Carnegie Middle East Center fellow Yezid Sayigh first noted the use of Pakistani instructors, writing that the Saudis were planning to build a Syrian rebel army of roughly 40,000 to 50,000 soldiers.

“The only way Assad will think about giving up power is if he’s faced with the threat of a credible, armed force,” said the Saudi insider.

A State Department official declined to comment on the Saudi training program.

Saudi Arabia’s decision to move forward with training the Syrian rebels independent of the United States is the latest sign of a split between the two longtime allies. In Syria, Saudi officials were aggrieved by Washington’s decision to cancel a strike on the Assad regime in reprisal for its chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburbs this summer. A top Saudi official told the Washington Post that Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was unaware of the cancelation of the strike. “We found about it from CNN,” he said.

As a result, Saudi Arabia has given up on hopes that the United States would spearhead efforts to topple Assad and decided to press forward with its own plans to bolster rebel forces. That effort relies on a network of Saudi allies in addition to Pakistan, such as Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and France.

As Sayigh laid out in his Carnegie paper, Saudi Arabia is attempting to build “a new national army” for the rebels — a force with an “avowedly Sunni ideology” that could seize influence from mainstream Syrian opposition groups. In addition to its training program in Jordan, Saudi Arabia also helped organize the unification of roughly 50 rebel brigades into “the Army of Islam” under the leadership of Zahran Alloush, a Salafist commander whose father is a cleric based in the kingdom.

Given the increased Islamization of rebel forces on the ground, analysts say, it only makes sense that Saudi Arabia would throw its support behind Salafist groups. These militias “happen to be the most strategically powerful organizations on the ground,” said Charles Lister, an analyst with IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre. “If Saudi Arabia does indeed follow such a strategy… it could well stand to become a major power player in the conflict.”

In calling on Pakistan to assist in toppling Assad, Saudi Arabia can draw on its deep alliance with Islamabad. The two countries have long shared defense ties: Saudi Arabia has given more aid to Pakistani than to any non-Arab country, according to former CIA officer Bruce Riedel, and also allegedly helped fund Islamabad’s nuclear program. In return, Pakistan based troops in Saudi Arabia multiple times over three decades to protect the royals’ grip on power.

The current Pakistani government, in particular, is closely tied to Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted from power in 1999 by a military coup – the Saudis allegedly brokered a deal that kept him from prison. Sharif would spend the next seven years in exile, mainly in Saudi Arabia. “For the Saudis, Sharif is a key partner in a key allied state,” said Arif Rafiq, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute.

But despite close collaboration in the past, Saudi Arabia may find its old allies chafing at the sheer scope of its ambitions in Syria. One Pakistani source with close ties to military circles confirmed that Saudi Arabia had requested assistance on Syria over the summer — but argued that Pakistani capabilities and interests were not conducive to a sweeping effort to train the rebels.

Pakistan is already grappling with its own sectarian bloodshed and must mind its relationship with Iran, while its foreign policy is focused on negotiations with the Taliban over the future of Afghanistan and its longtime rivalry with India. “They have their hands full,” the source said. “And even if they want to, I don’t think they’ll be able to give much concrete help.”

Jordan is also reportedly leery about fielding a large Syrian rebel army on its soil. The ambitious Saudi plan would require a level of support from Amman “that is opposed within the security and military establishment and is unlikely to be implemented,” according to Sayigh.

As the Saudis expand their effort to topple Assad, analysts say the central challenge is not to inflict tactical losses on the Syrian army, but to organize a coherent force that can coordinate its actions across the country. In other words, if Riyadh hopes to succeed where others have failed, it needs to get the politics right — convincing the fragmented rebel groups, and their squabbling foreign patrons, to work together in pursuit of a shared goal.

It’s easier said than done. “The biggest problem facing the Saudis now is the same one facing the U.S., France, and anyone else interested in helping the rebels: the fragmentation of the rebels into groups fighting each other for local and regional dominance rather than cooperating to overthrow Assad,” said David Ottaway, a scholar at the Wilson Center who wrote a biography of Prince Bandar. “Could the Saudis force [the rebel groups] to cooperate? I have my doubts.”


Greek Govt Prevents Refueling of Syrian Plane Carrying Delegates To Geneva and UN Peace Talks

Plane of Syrian delegation delayed in Greece


The delay might force the cancellation of a planned meeting between Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem – who was on the plane – and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. (Reuters)



A plane carrying the Syrian delegation to the Geneva peace talks was “prevented from refueling” after it landed at Athens airport, the state television reported.

The delegation’s plane landed at Athens international airport and was prevented from refueling,” Syrian television said, adding that all airspace permissions had previously been granted for the flight.

An official Syrian source confirmed to report to AFP. “The plane carrying the official Syrian delegation has been blocked for three hours at Athens airport because the Greek authorities refuse to provide it with fuel,” the source said.

Greece’s Foreign Ministry spokesman also confirmed that the plane had been temporarily detained but had now been cleared for take-off, although Greek air traffic controllers said the plane was still in Athens.

Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Konstantinos Koutras told Reuters: “The issue has been settled, there was a small delay over formalities.”

“Everything is OK, it has been cleared for take-off,” he added, without giving details on the reason for the delay.

The delay might force the cancellation of a planned meeting between Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem – who was on the plane – and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, state TV said.

Negotiations between President Bashar al-Assad and opposition figures to try and end a three-year conflict are due to start on Wednesday in Switzerland following several days of disarray as world powers bickered over who would attend.
(With AFP and Reuters)

Iraq Army Offensive Begins In Ramadi

Iraqi Army Launches Operation in Ramadi





The Iraqi army launched a major operation Sunday on the crisis-hit city of Ramadi, swathes of which have for weeks been controlled by anti-government fighters, officials said.

Troops were backed by helicopter cover and imposed a ban on movement within the city, military spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told state television.

A police lieutenant colonel in Ramadi city, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the operation had begun.

“The Iraqi army launched a large operation with helicopter cover against Daash, al-Qaida and terrorists in Ramadi,” Askari said, according to Iraqiya TV, referring to terms frequently used by Iraqi security forces to describe militants.

The police officer said those taking part in the operation included policemen, tribal fighters, and SWAT forces. He said helicopters were also firing on targets in the sprawling militant-held Malaab neighborhood in the center of the city.

An Agence France Presse journalist confirmed seeing helicopters firing on targets in Malaab.



American, German and French Presidents Attempt To Embarass Putin For Banning the Teaching of Homosexuality To Children

Putin downplays planned no-show of key Western leaders at Sochi Games

the daily star  Agence France PresseRussian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to Russian and foreign journalists in Sochi on January 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / POOL/ ALEKSEY NIKOLSKYI

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to Russian and foreign journalists in Sochi on January 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / POOL/ ALEKSEY NIKOLSKYI

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin downplayed Sunday the planned no-show of key Western leaders at the Sochi winter Olympics and stressed gays were welcome as he prepared to host one of the most controversial Games in modern history.

“The Olympics is not a competition of politicians. It is a competition of athletes,” Putin told foreign reporters in a televised interview, adding that mixing sport and politics was “absolutely inappropriate.”

US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have said they will not attend the top sports event seen as Putin’s pet project.

Putin also reiterated that Russia will welcome all athletes and visitors at the Games that begin at the Black Sea resort on February 7, regardless of their sexuality, seeking to deflect criticism that his policies were anti-gay.

“People have different sexual orientation. We will welcome all athletes and all guests of the Olympics,” he said.

Gay rights activists have repeatedly criticised the Russian strongman for a law banning the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” to minors.

Russia has over the past years spent billions of dollars to build modern sports infrastructure in the Soviet-era resort of Sochi to host the world’s most prestigious sporting event.

But Putin has come under huge criticism abroad for Russia’s dismal rights record and many have called on world leaders to boycott the games.

In an apparent bid to touch up his record, Putin pardoned the Kremlin’s most famous critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky after a decade in prison on humanitarian grounds.

Two jailed members of Pussy Riot punk band were also released two month early under a Kremlin-backed amnesty.

Thirty foreign and Russian Greenpeace activists also won an amnesty following their prosecution after an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling by Russian natural giant Gazprom.

Putin said on Sunday the amnesty was not related to the sporting event, denying he was seeking to improve his image in the West.

“It was not me but parliament that made the decision on amnesty,” he said.

Bomber, Allegedly Taliban, Kills 22 Pakistani Army Troops

bannu blast


22 Pakistani soldiers killed in attack on Army convoy

The Hindu

At least 22 security personnel were killed and 38 others injured when the Pakistani Taliban attacked a military convoy in the country’s restive northwest on Sunday.

The convoy, heading to North Waziristan, was attacked by a remote-controlled bomb in the cantonment area near Aamandi Chowk, Razmak Gate on Bannu-Miranshah Road in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu.

The blast is suspected to have occurred in a rented car, part of private vehicles hired to transport the soldiers.

It was not immediately clear if it was a suicide attack. The Taliban have claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Security forces have cordoned off the area while rescue and relief operations continued. Sources said the death toll might increase.

Geo TV, quoting hospital sources, reported that 22 security men were killed while 38 have been injured.

The injured, including Frontier Corps and army personnel, were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital. Ten of the injured are in critical condition.

Bannu, which stands at the gateway to the semi-autonomous Waziristan tribal region, is 150 kilometres southwest of Peshawar.

The town has witnessed a number of attacks and was the scene of a massive jail break in April 2012, during which 384 prisoners escaped from its central prison.

President Mamnoon Hussain strongly condemned the blast that resulted into loss of precious lives.

Such cowardly attacks can never weaken the resolve of law-enforcing authorities and the nation to continue pursuing their struggle against the scourge of militancy and terrorism, the President said in his message.

ISIL militants confess to direct Saudi links

ISIL militants confess to direct Saudi links



Members of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have confessed to having direct links with Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi channel Afaq TV on Friday aired confessions of a number of the ISIL militants admitting to having relations with and taking orders from Riyadh.

In the broadcast, the members of the militant group also confessed to Saudi Arabia’s role in terrorist attacks in a number of Iraqi provinces, along with transporting weapons and booby-trapped cars into Iraqi cities.

One of the captured ISIL leaders said a Saudi military official ordered him to carry out several attacks.

Iraqi Federal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate in Karbala has arrested a large number of terrorists in several operations it has carried out recently.

The revelation comes as the Iraqi army and Sunni tribesmen continue their battle to drive out ISIL militants in the western province of Anbar.

Iraq is experiencing its worst cycle of violence since 2008, with al-Qaeda-linked militants flexing their muscles on Baghdad’s doorstep.

Earlier in January, Iraqi security officials said a senior ISIL commander, identified as Shaker Vahib al-Fahdavi, had met with a top Saudi intelligence official in Anbar, just weeks before he was killed by Iraqi forces.

An unnamed al-Qaeda commander recently arrested by Iraqi forces also said that the ISIL has received USD 150 million and 60 vehicles in aid from Saudi Arabia one day before an anti-government camp was dismantled by Iraqi forces in Ramadi last month.

The removal of the camp, which Baghdad says was being used by terrorists operating in the country, sparked protests from Sunni lawmakers. But the army’s withdrawal from the city paved the way for ISIL militants to overrun the provincial capital and the neighboring city of Fallujah.

Turkish spy agency denies link to Paris Kurd murders

Turkish spy agency denies link to Paris Kurd murders


France 24


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Text by Charlotte OBERTI


Turkey’s intelligence service has rejected allegations contained in an online audio recording linking it with the murders of three Kurdish activists in Paris in 2013.


One year after the three female members of the separatist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) were shot dead in central Paris, the new evidence appears to support claims that the assassinations were ordered by Turkish officials.


The audio recording, posted on YouTube on Sunday, January 12, featured an alleged conversation between chief murder suspect Ömer Güney and his purported handlers at the Turkish intelligence agency MIT.


Güney, 30, has been charged by French prosecutors with the murder of Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the PKK, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez at a Kurdish centre in the heart of the French capital on January 9, 2013.


The conversation is alleged to have taken place before the attack and revolves around potential targets among Kurdish militant leaders as well as tactics to be used by Güney.


“After hearing this recording, we can affirm with certainty that this is the voice of Ömer Güney,” the Federation of Kurdish Associations in France (FEYKA) said in a January 13 statement.


The PKK had previously identified Güney as Sakine Cansiz’s driver and assistant in Paris. French police arrested him shortly after her murder.


‘Premeditated political murder’


FEYKA has drawn its own conclusions: “The crime was premeditated. The murderer did not act alone, and he had political intent,” the Kurdish organisation said in its statement.


Several Turkish media outlets picked up on the recording, prompting the Turkish intelligence service to deny any involvement.


“The reports are an operation aimed at tarnishing our organisation which has played an active role in the peace process” with Kurdish militants, Turkey’s spy agency said in a rare public statement released on Wednesday, January 15.


“An internal probe concerning the claims has been launched”, MIT added.


Earlier in the day, another report linking Turkish intelligence to the killings appeared in the Turkish press.


The opposition newspaper Sol published a document purporting to be a November 2012 mission order issued by MIT.


It identified Güney as an agent code named “Legionnaire” operating on behalf of the spy agency.


“We have given him instructions to be on his guard when communicating with us, to get the equipment required for the mission and to make the preparations related to the designated persons,” the document said, adding that 6,000 euros had been sent to agent “Legionnaire”.


Pressure on Erdogan


If confirmed, MIT’s involvement in the killings would put considerable pressure on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a close friend of Hakan Fidan, the head of the intelligence service.


On Monday, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag publicly complained about a “smear campaign” designed to further damage the government at a time of political crisis.


In recent months, Erdogan’s government has carried out a vast purge of the security services aimed at routing out the Gülen Brotherhood, a powerful Islamic organisation.


The Brotherhood is thought to have widely infiltrated the police and the judiciary, but to have so far failed to gain a foothold in Turkey’s spy agency.


“The control of the intelligence service is at stake,” wrote Guillaume Perrier, Le Monde’s Istanbul correspondent, in the French daily on January 16th.


According to the French reporter, Erdogan may not be the only one concerned by the latest allegations regarding the murder of the Kurdish activists.


The audio recording also points the finger at French security services by suggesting that the suspected killer may have murdered the activists while under heavy surveillance in Paris.


“French intelligence officers are following me every second,” the man presented as Ömer Güney told his alleged MIT handlers in the recording.


While the audio recording has gone largely unnoticed in France, it may yet sour the mood for French President François Hollande’s official visit to Turkey, scheduled for January 27 and 28.

Libya declares state of emergency

[Libya is splitting down the middle, with one side prepared to declare statehood.  This is just one of the inevitable stages in the regime-change strategy.  The psy-warriors who are in charge of dismembering Libya have relied upon a psychological defect in human nature that is common to all human beings–our reaction to stress, trauma-induced psychological breakdown.

The mega-manipulators have the knowledge and capability to manipulate the psychology of entire Nations.  They have replicated the bizarre psychological process of traumatic stress induced personality splitting (a.k.a., schizophrenia) on a grand scale. 

They have learned to replicate revolutionary ideologies, using them as the second phase in their regime-change behavioral science/strategy.  After the ground is “softened-up” in the first phase, where the national audience is driven by fear to a point where many people experience a psychological breakdown of beliefs.  With the right incentives are identified, they are used to introduce the new idea of Western-style democratic-revolution into the national psyche, using apprentices who have been trained by the US Govt.  These American agents agitate in the direction of division, seeking to entice the locals into splitting their own nations apart.

We see the process at work in the ongoing national crisis in Libya, where American doctors prescribed a good dose of “democracy,” as the cure to every complaint about Gaddafi. 

Behavioral science has become a weapon in the hands of the right people, the people who have their own armies and media networks.  Using those tools, the ultra-powerful have taken over the paths of Nations.  They have convinced themselves that they know what is happening next, even though they have so far been wrong about every war that they have created, unless it was their original intention to unleash out-of-control bloodshed in all of those wars all along.  Whatever it takes, the oil and gas must keep flowing into our veins.  We suffer a collective addiction like nothing the world has ever seen.]

Libya declares state of emergency


The move came after gunmen stormed an air force base near southern city of Sabha, which has experienced days of clashes.

Libya has declared a state of emergency as the air force attacked gunmen in the remote south to end unrest between rival armed groups that have been clashing for days.

The General National Congress, Libya’s highest political authority, took the decision on Saturday during an “extraordinary session” after the parliament put the army on alert as gunmen stormed the air force base, Tamenhant, near the southern city of Sabha, an official said.

“A force was readied, then aircraft moved and took off and dealt with the targets,” Abdul-Raziq al-Shabahi, defence ministry spokesman, told reporters in Tripoli.

He said the army was tracking the attackers after they fled into the desert.

Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said a small group of gunmen had entered the air force base outside Sabha, 770km south of the capital Tripoli, but the government was in control of the town and its civilian airport.

“This confrontation (at the air base) is continuing but in a few hours it will be solved,” the prime minister told a televised address, without elaborating.

Zeidan said he had sent his defence minister to Misrata to instruct troops based there to move to the south.

“The troops from Misrata have been commissioned by the government to conduct a national task … to spread security and stability in the region,” he said in the address.

Tribal clashes

Local sources said the clashes that started last week were sparked by the death of a rebel chief linked to the Awled Sleiman, adding that the tribe accused the Toubou of murdering him.

The Toubou are black oasis farmers by tradition who also live in southern Libya, northern Chad and Niger, who have repeatedly said they were being marginalised.

Western powers fear the OPEC producer will slide into instability as the government struggles to contain heavily-armed groups and tribesmen who helped topped Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but refuse to disarm.

Russia draws up plans to destroy Saudi Arabia over latest Terror Attacks in Volgograd

Russia draws up plans to destroy Saudi Arabia over latest Terror Attacks in Volgograd




Vladimir Putin of the Saudi link to the Volgograd massacre. 

Russian intelligence has now reportedly obtained solid proof that Saudi Arabia was directly involved in the twin terror attacks on the city of Volgograd.

The attacks killed more than 32 people and injured over 100 others. Most of the victims were civilians.

According to an informed Russian official source, reported by RT, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has informed President Vladimir Putin of the Saudi link to the Volgograd massacre.

This will come as no surprise to Putin. The Russian leader was warned by the Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan during a heated four-hour private meeting back in July that Wahhabi-sponsored terrorists based in the North Caucasus region of Russia would be targeting the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Sochi Games are due to open on February 7. Volgograd is a key transport hub linking Moscow with the southern Russian territory and the Black Sea resort city of Sochi in particular, where the Winter Olympics are to be held.

The double bombings on Volgograd’s transport system on 29-30 December were therefore unmistakably an assault on Russia’s hosting of the Olympics. The atrocity caused the deaths of several women and children, and in the aftermath President Putin was livid in his disgust at the attacks. He said there was no justification, whatsoever, for the killing of innocent civilians and he vowed to “destroy the terrorists” behind the bombings.

This raises the onerous question: What will Putin do next if he has, in fact, been told that the authors of the Volgograd crime against humanity are connected to the Saudi rulers? This could be construed as an act of war.

There are unconfirmed reports that Putin and his senior intelligence officers have already drawn up plans to “destroy Saudi Arabia” over its systematic sponsoring of terrorism on Russian territory.

The Volgograd atrocity is just the latest in a long series of terrorist acts connected to Saudi-sponsored radicals in the North Caucasus. Back in October, another suicide bomb on a packed bus in Volgograd left six dead.

The group believed to be behind these attacks is known as the Caucasus Caliphate, led by Doko Umarov. Saudi Arabia is a major source of funds for the Caucasus Caliphate, which espouses the same fundamentalist ideology as the Saudi-sponsored Takfiris operating in Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Yemen and Iraq.

Based in Chechnya and Dagestan, Umarov has publicly stated that “all means necessary would be used to derail” the Sochi Olympics.

Previously, the same network carried out suicide bomb attacks on Moscow’s metro system in 2010 and 2011, which caused dozens of deaths.

The Caucasus extremists are known to have close logistical connection with both American (CIA) and Saudi military intelligence.

Indeed, from the early 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Americans and the Saudis redeployed their Afghan Al Qaeda tactics into the southern Russian territories as a way to further destabilize Moscow. One of the architects of this plan was former CIA chief William Casey. This US and Saudi covert operations fuelled the two Chechen wars of 1994-95 and 1999-2000.

Although Moscow has since managed to subdue the large-scale violence, the Caucasus Caliphate remains a potent source of terrorism and sabotage, as the latest horror in Volgograd all too grimly attests.

Saudi spy chief Bandar’s earlier threat to Putin that the Sochi Games were at risk of attack from the Caucasus-based terror groups was thus no idle threat.

In retrospect his words amount to self-indictment. Bandar reportedly boasted to Putin: “We control them (the Caucasus militants).” This implies that Saudi Arabia can turn on and off the conduct of these terror groups. That places Saudi Arabia as the ultimate author of a catalogue of crimes that Russia has endured for the most part of 20
years, the latest being in the city of Volgograd.

It is not known what precise evidence Russian intelligence has lately uncovered that allegedly pinpoints Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Volgograd massacre.

But there is already copious circumstantial evidence, as well as Bandar’s own braggadocio.

One of the suicide bombers in the Volgograd double attack has been identified as Russian national Pavel Pechyonkin (32). He reportedly traveled to Syria last year and fought in the ranks of Saudi-backed extremists trying to topple the government of Bashar al Assad.

Many other Russian nationals have also been recruited by Saudi Arabia’s terror sponsors to wage regime-change war in Syria. Perhaps it was in Syria that the Volgograd bomber was recruited for that specific mission.

If the Russians have acquired hard evidence of Saudi collusion in terrorism on their soil, there is firm legal ground for Russia to exact retaliation under the doctrine of self-defense.

In a second meeting between Bandar and Putin, the Russian leader reportedly told the Saudi in no uncertain terms that his support for terrorism was “a double-edged sword” that would eventually inflict damage on those who wield it. (c) RT

Washington/Riyadh’s Terrorist Invasion Driving Moderates and Syrian Govt. Together

Syrian Government Offers Alliance to Moderate Opposition

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Walid al-Moallem with Sergei Lavrov

MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) – Syria’s government is ready to join forces with its current opponents to combat Islamic terrorists, the country’s Foreign Minister said Friday.

“The foremost goal of the Syrian people is resisting and defeating terrorism. We are ready to work with the other party to achieve this goal,” Walid al-Moallem said after talks in Moscow with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Radical Islamists and moderates in the Syrian opposition clashed in recent weeks, with hundreds reported killed in the fighting.

President Bashar Assad’s regime is also ready to exchange prisoners with the opposition, Moallem told a press conference.

Syria’s top diplomat also accused the United States of endorsing terrorists in Syria.

Moallem reiterated that Damascus is ready to participate in the Geneva-2 peace conference on Syria, tentatively set to start on January 22 in Montreux, Switzerland.

The conference should aim to “end bloodshed…and preserve Syria as a sovereign, territorially integral, independent secular state,” Lavrov told the joint press conference.

The goals and possible preconditions of Geneva-2 remain a subject of hot debate. US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier this week that the conference should lead to the creation of a transitional government for Syria.

Syrian opposition groups remain split over Geneva-2. A number of Islamist groups have refused to attend and are threatening violence against participants, while the prominent Syrian National Coalition has called for the conference to be postponed.

The Syrian opposition delays its decision on participation in Geneva-2 due to “internal squabbles” between various fractions with different foreign backers, Lavrov said.

The US and some Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been accused of supporting Assad’s enemies since the start of the conflict in 2011.

Russia, meanwhile, has backed Assad, selling him weapons and blocking several UN resolutions on Syria which it regards as biased against the regime in Damascus.



Al-Nusra Bombing Today Reminds Hague Tribunal That Killing Rafik Hariri Was Their First Terrorist Act

Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claims
responsibility for Hermel bombing


Hermel blast site. (AFP)

BEIRUT – The Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon on Thursday claimed responsibility for the deadly car bombing that hit the northern Beqaa town of Hermel earlier in the day.

“By the grace of God, the headquarters of Iran’s party [Hezbollah] in Hermel was shaken by a martyrdom operation [carried out by] one of Al-Nusra Front’s lions in Lebanon in reply to the party’s crimes against Sunni women and children in Syria,” a statement issued by the group on Twitter said.

“We call upon Sunnis in all parts of Lebanon to close ranks to face Satan’s party, for we have found [the party] to be foolish and cowardly, foolish in its criminal estimations and cowardly as it puts its headquarters among civilians.”

The suicide car bombing earlier in the morning targeted a crowded area near Hermel’s municipal headquarters, leaving three people dead and over 40 injured.

The Al-Qaeda-linked organization announced its presence in Lebanon when it claimed responsibility for a rocket barrage on Hermel on December 17.

Days later, Al-Nusra Front leader Abou Mohammed al-Jawlani said in an interview aired on Al-Jazeera that the group is active on Lebanese soil in order to help the Sunnis of the country face the “injustice” of Shiite Hezbollah.

Two other Al-Qaeda-linked groups have claimed responsibility for the previous suicide bombings to rock Shiite-populated areas of Beirut.

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the January 2 suicide bombing in Beirut’s southern Dahiyeh area that killed four people.

Their statement came on the same day that the Lebanese army announced the death of Abdullah Azzam Brigades chief Majid al-Majid in their custody.

Majid’s Al-Qaeda offshoot terror group claimed responsibility for the November 19 twin bombings outside the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut that killed at least 20 people.

Shiite-populated areas in Lebanon have been the target of a series of terror attacks after Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in May announced that his Shiite party was fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad in the civil war raging in neighboring Syria.

Takfiri Groups Using Saudi Petrodollars to Kill Muslims

Senior Lawmaker: Takfiri Groups Using Saudi Petrodollars to Kill Muslims



TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iranian legislator called on the international community to confront extremist groups in the region, warning that Takfiri terrorists are killing Muslims with the help of Saudi petrodollars.

“The Petrodollars of some regional governments are in the pockets of the Takfiri, Salafi and extremist terrorists and the (recent) capture of the Saudi citizen Majed Al-Majed and his suspicious death is indicative of many problems in the region,” Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Monday.

He pointed to the antagonistic efforts made by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, and said, “What Prince Bandar Bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia pursues is a cause of concern for the entire region and the international community should confront these moves.”

Naqavi Hosseini described the Saudi support for the Takfiri groups in Syria, terrorist acts in Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Russia and even some European countries such as Serbia and Bosnia as a big threat posed to the entire region.

The senior lawmaker pointed to Saudi Arabia’s role in making the region insecure, and said, “The role of the Saudi Arabia in creating tension and crisis in the region cannot be denied; Majed Al-Majed is a Saudi national and many Al-Qaeda terrorist groups are supported by the Saudi government.”

On Sunday, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi stressed the necessity for the creation of a global coalition against the threat of Takfiri and Salafi terrorist groups.

“The world has come to realize that a global movement need to be started to confront Takfiri terrorism in a bid to fight against this ominous, inhuman and anti-Islamic phenomena,” Alavi told reporters on Sunday.

He reiterated that the westerners made a mistake by supporting the Takfiri groups on the wrong assumption that the terrorism of Takfiri groups would only threaten Iran’s interests, and they have now come to realize that these groups will eventually turn against them and strike their own interests.

In October, Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, a senior Iranian religious leader, deplored the massacre of innocent people by Takfiri terrorists in the Muslim states, particularly in crisis-hit Syria.

“Unfortunately the… murder of Muslims… and the flames raging in Muslim countries are due to the presence of these Takfiri currents,” Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said.

The cleric described the extremists as a tool in the hands of colonial powers that save them the trouble of direct military intervention in Muslim countries.

“When the enemies find Islam against their illegitimate interests, they pitch Muslims against each other through these Takfiri groups to undermine and uproot Islam,” he stated.

The cleric further called on all Muslim leaders to join hands to shed light on the nature of Takfiri extremism and inform the public that the militants are a small population with an incorrect interpretation of the Holy Quran.

Hariri to Feltman–Give me a chance, and I will f *** Hezbollah

Hariri to Feltman: Give me a chance, and I will f *** Hezbollah


CABLE DATE:  21 August 2006

Hariri: There is a need for «different rules of the game» in the south (Archive Haitham Moussawi)

No. Telegraph: 06BEIRUT2706
Date: 21 August 2006 5:40
Thread: Lebanon: Hariri wants «Marshall Plan» Lebanese
Workbook from: Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman


1. During the difficult meeting on 20 August at his palace Baqratm with Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman and a political officials at the embassy, ​​pressure Saad al-Hariri in a manner unusual about him, towards the immediate opening of the ports and airports of Lebanon. In response to the counter, the ambassador said that until the Lebanese government do more in the context of strengthening its control over the border crossings, in a resolution, pursuant to the 1701, the United States will not be able to convince the Israelis to break the siege. During the meeting, contact President Saad Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to ask him (in a roundabout way) the transfer of military officers sympathetic to the Lebanese Hezbollah charging station at Rafik Hariri International Airport.
2. As part of his call to «Marshall Plan special Lebanon», Saad said that the U.S. administration should help to strengthen the institutions of the Lebanese government, especially the Lebanese army. When the ambassador was finally issued a statement criticizing the army commander Michel Suleiman’s support »resistance», Saad saw that the international community left the Lebanese army in a weak position, subjecting what made him act in the face of Hezbollah. The ambassador said that, in terms of providing help, no one will be able to help Lebanon until the Lebanese government project provides a clear reconstruction. Saad and display the latest project for the Lebanese government, which includes securing financing through a new Arab Fund for Lebanon, and promised to pay the Prime Minister Siniora to provide project solutions in tomorrow, August 21. With regard to b »Special Tribunal of an international character» that would try those accused of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, Saad said that the draft framework work has been certified in the Lebanese government, and it now needs only because comes Nicolas Michel of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs to sign it before that takes into account all of the Lebanese parliament and government.
(End summary)

Change the rules of the game

3. Sitting in his office in the lower-style funeral, and surrounded by pictures of his late father, and an engine rosary prayer beads nervously, Saad said that there is a need for »different rules of the game» in the south. In response to grumbling Ambassador of «command operations» issued by the army commander Michel Suleiman on August 17, which stated that the army will deploy «in addition to resistance», in tacit approval from the presence of Hezbollah militants, he replied Saad that Solomon in a difficult situation prevents him from say something different from that in the current situation. He stressed that as long as the army militarily weaker than Hezbollah, he will have to maintain the status are less likely to be threatened. But, in the words of Saad, what becomes of the Army «some teeth and some sentiment», has promised Saad b »hit Hezbollah and drop». With intensified (and clearly demonstrated that he hopes to record his words literally), said Ambassador Saad «Give me a chance, and sa … Hezbollah »(Give me a chance, and I will f *** hizballah). Saad also grumbling – as did others, including Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Parliament Speaker Berri – that the Israeli attacks such as those that took place on August 19 on the north of Baalbek, serve only to strengthen Hezbollah.
4. Expressing his dismay at the failure to meet the U.S. administration some requests that had previously made by – said Saad specifically machine guns and helicopters – to supply the army and security forces out, stressed Saad on the need for the administration’s more to help strengthen those institutions. Ambassador replied that we are, indeed, we are increasing the pace of our support for the Lebanese army and internal security forces. But he pointed out that it is difficult to find eager ears to this matter in Washington, when he continues to Lebanese officials like General Solomon Key (do not even mention President Lahoud) Isdhon the benefits of resistance. It would also be difficult for us to convince the Israelis seriously Lebanese army to contain Hezbollah. In the context of the population of a number of letters issued since the statement of Solomon, which depend tone different from the tone of the army chief (Letters Hariri and Prime Minister Siniora, Walid Jumblatt and Defense Minister Elias Murr), hinted Saad to be ambassador to overestimate the importance of the statement of Solomon. He said that all that is required is to press the administration on some Arab countries – Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – for the delivery of military equipment to the Internal Security Forces and the Lebanese Army. Saad and supplicate saying «Please, just tell the Arabs to help the army». He added that the UAE has provided 50 million dollars to the Internal Security Forces immediately after the administration asked them to do so. Now the U.S. administration to ask the same thing for the Army.

Control of border crossings

5. In reference to the data released by the tepid Lebanese ministers, asked the ambassador why the Lebanese government to deal with the resolution 1701 Lamb of heavy instead of being a blessing to help Lebanon to secure its sovereignty. Why, for example, does not intend to request from the Lebanese government, UNIFIL assistance in harbors, airports, and on the Syrian – Lebanese border to prevent Iran and Syria from insurance arms to Hezbollah and other parties? It’s a key point. Saad replied that these issues of sovereignty, explaining that it is shocking «There is no difference between UNIFIL and Syria» (certainly in reference to the attacks on the sovereignty of another unintentionally). Saad told the Ambassador that this answer will not be enough to lift the siege imposed by Israel, though the Lebanese government want to accomplish this goal, it must provide effective control of its border crossings.
6. Having said «We are the party that controls the port and airport», grumbling Saad passionately that U.S. policy led to a «ban throttle revolution rice for a month». This prohibition does not harm Hezbollah, but paralyzing March 14. Saad assured the ambassador that 99 percent of the weapons smuggled into Lebanon comes from the Syrian border. Only a fraction of it enters through the port and the airport, and the Lebanese government has finally real changes in the security of Beirut International Airport. When he told the ambassador, Saad, that the Director General of the Internal Security Forces Ashraf Rifi told us that the charging station in Beirut’s international airport is still under the influence of officers loyal to Hezbollah in the Lebanese army, raising Saad handset and His Prophet Barre direct contact. As he was speaking to him in Arabic, clearly lied Saad Barre, telling him that «the United Nations asked him to replace the exclusively Shiite officers in the cargo terminal at the airport», but «it would be the end of the matter, and will solve the problem». Later in this meeting, Saad said that he will solve the issue of charging station with Nabih Berri «Today». «If I did that, then open the airport». Ambassador did not provide assurances that the Israelis would agree to consider this step is sufficient, and urged, once again, Saad to ask the Prime Minister Siniora to ask quietly from UNIFIL to come to the airport to provide assistance. (Comment: It was remarkable throughout this meeting Saad total disregard for the powers of the Siniora government).
7. When he asked the ambassador what the Lebanese government intends to do to secure its borders, Saad complained that the army is exhausted, but he has enough of responsibilities between his hands in the south. «We ask the army to do everything at the same time!». He said that the international community take the position of (the issue) border. When asked by the ambassador for his purpose, Saad suggested that the United Nations impose sanctions on Syria.

Reconstruction project is taking shape

8. Ambassador asked whether the Lebanese government close to the development of a clear project for reconstruction. Saad replied Confidence b »We will build all the houses that were destroyed by money from the Saudis and Qataris and Emiratis and Kuwaitis». The first step will be to determine the size of the destruction and estimate the costs of reconstruction in each village, which track the ongoing work on it. Process will be conducted under the supervision of the Council of damages guess the south’s Nabih Berri (which the Council, which serves as a financial sink, which will not have any control over the project funding, but will have a lot of «credit» in reconstruction). Donor countries, in accordance with the Lebanese government, will determine the time of any villages you want to rebuild, in addition to the selection of building contractors. According to Saad, will finance projects of «new Arab Fund for the reconstruction of Lebanon».
9. In response to the ambassador’s insistence on the need for the Lebanese government to launch a public relations campaign to promote more effective for all that you do for the reconstruction of Lebanon, Saad replied that Siniora will visit later in the day (August 20) to put points on the last project. After that, there will be an official announcement of the efforts of the Lebanese government. Saad also pointed out that Prime Minister Siniora and Parliament Speaker Berri Zara together (finally) the southern suburbs this morning, and that he himself will visit in the next few weeks. Saad and the pressure again in the direction of Neil American help in mobilizing international support – «Please helped Lebanon! They gave everything for Lebanon! We need a Marshall Plan particularly in Lebanon ». The ambassador said that, in order to determine the degree of commitment of the international community towards Lebanon, must be secured coordination with the Lebanese government, to be all of us have the same idea about the quality of work to be done, any state of any project will be implemented. Saad and promised to inform the President Siniora invited ambassadors soon to provide them with Regulation of «reconstruction needs that billion dollar». He said that the new coordinator for relief Ghassan Taher began work today, and he has previously been involved in negotiations for the 2003-2004 exchange of prisoners between Hezbollah and Israel, which was sponsored by the German.


10. In the context of referring to Bashar al-Assad’s speech on August 15, was «the best thing he could have done», Saad said that the Saudis «lost their senses» after the violent rhetoric against Lebanon. The ambassador asked him how things are going in regards to the establishment of «Special Tribunal of an international character» to try those accused of assassinating Hariri. Saad replied that the Lebanese government, specifically the Minister of Justice Charles Rizk, offered a draft agreement with the court, prepared by the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, and has some adjustments to put it. And Nicolas Michel of this office that the next step through coming to Lebanon to agree on a final text and sign it. (Note: Here we come to the hard part, which is to secure the approval of the government and parliament, while avoiding the breakup of the Council of Ministers. Ended the note).


11. As was Habassa himself in his palace, appeared «Sheikh Saad» strange mood. Vadeaah that the failure of the administration to provide the necessary equipment to the Lebanese army does not leave Michel Suleiman choice but to say that the army will deploy «in addition to resistance», is simply the very absurdity. He Ambassador Saad to consider that it was incumbent upon Suleiman simply not mention the phrase «resistance» final. (It seems that Solomon understand the message relating to obscene remarks, as he tries to straighten these statements – which was delivered last Thursday – an attempt has been interpreted as meaning that the army will stand alongside «heroic people in the South», a dubious interpretations). In addition, we were shocked ignored completely expressed by Saad about Siniora, specifically in contact with Speaker Berri, and when he lied to him, asking him bluntly «change Shiite officers» without consulting Siniora in this step. Saad and tried to communicate with the acting Interior Minister Ahmad Fatfat after dial conducted with Berri likely to inform him of his decision. During the meeting, Saad talked about the steps taken by the Lebanese government in the past week (since returning from Paris) as if it is decided, not Siniora. One wonders whether Siniora, Saad prefers to stay out of Lebanon to lead what he calls the «resistance diplomacy» its own.
12. The Notes Saad for the reconstruction project and the court, at least suggest that things are going in the right direction. Looks reconstruction efforts coordinated manner that allows donors and the Lebanese government to work in a transparent and accountable manner. This is without doubt, thanks to the cautious approach to Siniora. In addition, through the development of Barre Foundation (Council of the South) in the interface, without allowing them to finance constipated, you give impetus required for a popular alternative to secular Shiite Hezbollah without filling the pockets of Randa Berri at the same time. Strongly hope that we will get a clearer idea in the coming days about the specific needs of Lebanon’s reconstruction.
Framework for the work of the Court, it is already ready to sign it, and we have urged the United Nations to send Nicolas Michel to Lebanon as soon as possible, perhaps – as suggested by Marwan Hamadeh – to accompany Kofi Annan during his visit to Syria next week.

No. 1372 Friday 25 March 2011

Rafik Hariri’s Business Dealings More Relevant Than Beirut Phone Records

Saad Hariri: One Year Leading by Remote Control


Saad Hariri appears on a giant screen during a televised speech in Biel Center, Downtown Beirut. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

By: Hassan Illeik

Published Saturday, May 19, 2012

Scene One: Saad Hariri put a piece of property up for sale in the Barbir area. According to sources close to the Saudi embassy in Beirut, the property forms part of a plot of land the Saudis want to turn into housing projects for the people of Beirut.

The sale of the land is not particularly noteworthy. Its value is merely pocket change for Hariri. The surprise lies in the names of those who stepped in to buy it.

They are the president of Riyadi (Sporting) Club, Hisham Jaroudi, the “republic’s contractor” and businessman, Jihad al-Arab (brother of the head of Hariri’s personal security detail), and the former head of Future TV, Nadim al-Munla.

All three had built or expanded their wealth under the Hariri family mantle. Ultimately, the land went to al-Arab for around US$37 million.


Riyadh Dumping Another Hariri, But Keeping Beirut

[SEE:  RAFIK HARIRI–Would they tell us if he was murdered over a business deal? ]

Saad Hariri: One Year Leading by Remote Control


Saad Hariri appears on a giant screen during a televised speech in Biel Center, Downtown Beirut. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

By: Hassan Illeik

Published Saturday, May 19, 2012

Scene One: Saad Hariri put a piece of property up for sale in the Barbir area. According to sources close to the Saudi embassy in Beirut, the property forms part of a plot of land the Saudis want to turn into housing projects for the people of Beirut.

The sale of the land is not particularly noteworthy. Its value is merely pocket change for Hariri. The surprise lies in the names of those who stepped in to buy it.

They are the president of Riyadi (Sporting) Club, Hisham Jaroudi, the “republic’s contractor” and businessman, Jihad al-Arab (brother of the head of Hariri’s personal security detail), and the former head of Future TV, Nadim al-Munla.

All three had built or expanded their wealth under the Hariri family mantle. Ultimately, the land went to al-Arab for around US$37 million.

KSA’s Lebanon Dossier

In the Saudi Kingdom, something has changed. People close to the Saudi embassy [in Lebanon] speak about a committee set up by Riyadh to oversee the Lebanon dossier. It includes the Foreign Minister, a representative of the Interior Minister, the King’s son Abdulaziz, the current Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, the former ambassador Abdulaziz Khoja and someone from the secret service.


The president of the National Security Council Bandar Bin Sultan sometimes attends or sends a representative. The committee presents its recommendations about Lebanon in general and the conditions of the Sunni sect to the Saudi king.Someone who knows most committee members says that none of them like Hariri or trust his ability to run Lebanon and Sunni affairs. They receive dozens of reports from “sources” in Lebanon. Most complain about Hariri’s performance and absence.

Some in the committee trust Siniora’s handling of affairs. Those who know his relationship with Riyadh say he might be the only person who does not speak ill of Hariri in Saudi Arabia.

This should not mean that Riyadh will abandon Hariri, especially after it provided him with some financial stability. There is a reality that cannot be ignored; people are still drawn to Rafic Hariri’s son, in spite of the recent “Salafi mutiny” in the Tripoli.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

(updated)–RAFIK HARIRI–Would they tell us if he was murdered over a business deal?

[The following French video shows the utter shock of the scene, with one of Hariri’s beloved helpers dragging his naked, still burning corpse from the Mercedes.]


Rafik Hariri2 RAFIK HARIRI



Iraq produces evidence showing Riyadh was behind Fallujah crisis

[The Sunni terrorist coalition known as “al-Qaeda,” was all but finished until Saudi/Qatari money saved them, giving them new life as foot-soldiers in Riyadh’s relentless march towards a Sunni “superstate, a.k.a., “global Caliphate.”]

Iraq produces evidence showing Riyadh was behind Fallujah crisis

tehran times


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has provided evidence to foreign ambassadors in Baghdad showing that Saudi Arabia was behind the deadly acts of violence perpetrated by al-Qaeda in al-Anbar.

Iraqi MP Ali Al-Shalah of the State of Law Coalition (SLC) said on Monday that the Iraqi government has produced evidence that showed Saudi Arabia and several other countries were behind the recent terrorist attacks in al-Anbar Province, Al-Alam reported.
He said the documents were given to the ambassadors in a Thursday meeting in Baghdad.
Shalah said the government has asked the foreign diplomats to adopt proper stance against al-Qaeda terrorists in the international communities.
“Iraq is attempting to hold a conference for denouncing terrorism, especially as Russia has also recognized Saudi Arabia as being responsible for recent terrorist movements,” he said.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that Iraqi leaders should address the underlying causes of a protracted surge in violence plaguing the country.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Monday for Iraqi leaders to address the “root causes” of a surge in bloodshed as security forces clashed with gunmen in violence-wracked Anbar province.
“I would urge the leaders of the country … to address the root causes of the problems,” Ban said during a joint news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
“They should ensure that there is nobody left behind. There should be political cohesion” and “social cohesion, and political dialogue, inclusive dialogue,” he said.
“The security situation in Iraq is undoubtedly a source of great concern,” the UN chief said, adding that he is “deeply concerned by this escalation of violence in Anbar governorate.”
Ban noted that civilian casualties were at the highest level since 2008, and said that “the government and people of Iraq must unite in addressing this terrorism.”
Ban arrived in Baghdad Monday for talks with senior Iraqi officials on the war in neighboring Syria, as Iraq grapples with its own deadly crisis, AFP reported.
His visit comes ahead of peace conference next week on the Syrian crisis in Switzerland dubbed “Geneva 2” which is aimed at engaging regime and opposition members in their first direct talks.
The violence in Anbar broke out on December 30, 2013, when the army removed an protest camp in Ramadi, believed to be a nest for al-Qaeda elements which the government said were making plans to destabilize the volatile country.
The fighting later spread to nearby Fallujah in Anbar province.

The “Sunni Awakening”—Grand PsyOp Revived In Iraq

Iraq’s Maliki to revive Sunni militia role against al Qaeda



Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad January 12, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani

(Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in a striking change of course, is embracing the Sunni Muslim tribal fighters whose role in combating al Qaeda he had allowed to wither after U.S. troops left two years ago.

Al Qaeda-linked militants, feeding off widespread Sunni resentment at perceived mistreatment by his Shi’ite-led government, swept into the cities of Falluja and Ramadi two weeks ago in an embarrassing setback to Maliki.

His chances of a third term after a parliamentary election in April hang partly on his ability to project an image as a strong national figure who can impose security and stability.

Maliki has used al Qaeda’s resurgence to muster foreign support for his government, which has otherwise disappointed the United States and allies by moving close to Iran and its failure to forge consensus with the once-dominant Sunni minority.

International engagement was evident on Monday with a visit to Baghdad by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“We are happy that the whole world stood by us in an unprecedented way,” the 63-year-old Maliki, who has been in office since 2006, told Reuters on Sunday.

But as security unravels in Falluja, Ramadi and other parts of Sunni-dominated Anbar province, Maliki appears to have heeded U.S. and other voices urging him to do more to enlist Sunni tribal support against al Qaeda and its allies.

He is turning the money taps back on to try to quench an insurgency by al Qaeda’s latest incarnation in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose rise has helped drive violence back to the worst level in five years.

The Sahwa (Awakening) militias that joined forces with U.S. troops to combat, if not defeat, al Qaeda in 2006-07 when Sunni-Shi’ite violence was at its peak can once again expect full support and recognition from the state, Maliki says.

“Those people contribute to achieving security and the government has to take care of them,” he said, briskly fielding questions at an ornate, flag-decked reception room in his three-storey palace in Baghdad’s heavily guarded “Green Zone”.

Any tribesmen fighting alongside the Iraqi army against al Qaeda would be considered part of Sahwa.

“They will get regular salaries and will be recognized by the government as security personnel and will get all the benefits of the security forces members,” he said.


Maliki said there would be “no limit” to recruiting, arming and equipping Sahwa fighters, whose monthly wages were more than doubled a few months ago to 500,000 dinars ($430).

Money was not a problem, said the prime minister, since all such expenses would be met outside the state budget.

“Because security is the priority in such circumstances, the cabinet last week approved keeping security (costs), including weapons, salaries and other equipment out of the budget.”

Iraqi troops and armed tribesmen regained control of Ramadi, Anbar’s provincial capital last week. The army is surrounding Falluja, but Maliki ruled out any frontal attack on a city which endured two devastating U.S. assaults in 2004.

“We want to end the presence of those militants without any bloodshed because the people of Falluja have suffered a lot,” he said, insisting the people of the city must expel al Qaeda.

“There is a good response from Falluja’s sons and tribes,” he said. “We do not care how long this takes.”

Whether Maliki can or will address the underlying grievances of the Sunni minority, which lost power when Saddam Hussein and his Baath party were toppled by U.S.-led forces in 2003, and give it a real say in Iraq’s affairs remains doubtful. Sunni Arabs account for up to 30 percent of the population.

Relentless bombings aimed at the security forces, Shi’ite civilians, pro-government Sunni fighters and others had complicated reform efforts even before the Falluja crisis.

For now an anti-terrorism law and “de-Baathification” provisions seen by Sunnis as discriminatory seem likely to stay on the statute books at least until the April 30 election.

Meantime, Maliki envisages a military campaign against ISIL in Anbar and beyond, drawing strength from newly supplied U.S. Hellfire missiles, intelligence and satellite imagery, as well as recently delivered Russian attack helicopters.

He said Iraq would eventually require combat fighters and long-range missiles to defend its sovereignty, but the immediate need was for light and heavy infantry weapons to fight al Qaeda.


“This is not a battle of armies, it’s a guerrilla battle, street fighting,” Maliki said, adding that troops and tribesmen needed anti-aircraft guns to use as infantry weapons against foes amply supplied with arms smuggled from distant Libya.

The Iraqi leader said the Anbar campaign would be followed by a “clean-up” against al Qaeda in Mosul, Salahaddin and Diyala provinces. “We started in Anbar and won’t stop until we finish off the last cell in this sinister organization,” he declared.

ISIL is also on the frontline of the civil war in Syria, where it is battling President Bashar al-Assad’s troops as well as rival rebel groups incensed by its ruthless behavior.

Maliki said internal fighting between ISIL and the Nusra Front, another al Qaeda-linked group in Syria, was weakening both organizations and reducing pressure on Iraq.

He asserted that most weapons used by militants in Iraq were coming from Syria – although fighters and arms move both ways across the porous 605-km (378-mile) border, including some Iraqi Shi’ite militiamen who are fighting on Assad’s side.

Maliki said Iraq was neutral in the Syrian conflict and frowned on any meddling by foreign fighters or outside powers.

“We believe that aligning with any of the parties in the crisis is very risky. We absolutely refuse to be involved in the crisis in any way. No weapons, no supplies and no fighters.”

Maliki, whose government has been accused by Washington of allowing Iranian flights to deliver weapons to Assad’s forces across Iraqi airspace, said only negotiations could end the war.

“We support Geneva 2,” he said, referring to next week’s planned peace talks in Switzerland. But he made clear the conference, tasked with arranging an agreed political transition in Syria, had no right to force the Syrian leader to step down.

“His future will be decided by his people and the ballot box,” said Maliki, who spent years in exile in Syria and Iran as an underground leader of the Shi’ite Islamist Dawa party.

Syria has become a pawn in a fierce regional power struggle between Shi’ite Iran and Sunni heavyweight Saudi Arabia, which was aghast when the U.S. occupation after Saddam’s fall brought about the elections that empowered Iraq’s Shi’ite majority.

Maliki criticized Saudi Arabia, which supports rebel groups in Syria, noting Riyadh itself had suffered al Qaeda attacks.

“We tell the Saudis absolutely frankly: ‘Do not support in other countries what you are fighting in your own’.” ($1 = 1165.2750 Iraqi dinars)

(Writing by Alistair Lyon; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

US Drone Kills German/Taliban/Agent…CIA Mistake or Intentional Elimination Of German Asset?

Revealed: US drone attack in Pakistan killed German ‘security contact’


The Triton unmanned aircraft system Reuters Bob Brown The Triton unmanned aircraft system.(Reuters / Bob Brown)

A German national died in a US drone strike in Pakistan, a report revealed on Monday. The 27-year-old convert to Islam claimed to have close links with German authorities and even to be in contact with security officials.

The strike occurred on February 16, 2012, some 35 km south of the Pakistani town of Mir Ali, which itself is about 30 kilometers south east of the Afghan border.

However, it is only now that details have begun to emerge. The man in question has been identified as Patrick K., from Hesse, central Germany, according to the German paper, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the NDR broadcaster.

An entry at a jihadist forum, which also produced video evidence of his death, stated the man’s full name was Patrick Klaus. Two separate German-language video messages (Part one; Part two) posted by German Islamists show Klaus smiling at the camera as he calls on his compatriots with the same beliefs to: “Follow me”.

The German national apparently switched to Islam at the age of 14, reports Die Welt. In 2011, he moved to Waziristan, a mountainous region near Afghanistan’s border back in 2011 to live with his wife, who is thought to be a Pakistani national.

The reports state that at the time of the strike Patrick K. had been travelling in a pick-up truck alongside several Uzbek fighters. They were heading in the direction of South Waziristan when a MQ-1 Predator drone missile hit the vehicle. Nine others died alongside Patrick K., and the vehicle itself was left completely burnt out.

“He says that he was in close contact with an official from the BKA [Federal Criminal Police Office] in Hesse, who allegedly recruited him successfully,” claims the SZ paper, a link to which can be found in German.

It is also thought that an official from the domestic intelligence agency – the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution – had made efforts to communicate with him.

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Patrick K. had previously been arrested in Bonn in 2011, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, in the run-up to the Social Democrat’s German Festival to celebrate 150 years of the party’s existence. Security services were on high alert and feared a possible attack. However, suspicions about him were quickly dispelled and the possibility of an attack was dismissed.

Patrick K. travelled to Pakistan a few days afterwards, according to the paper, and subsequently lost contact with the officials that he had allegedly been in contact with. Whilst in Pakistan, he was in contact with the notorious Chouka brothers – Yassin and Mounir Chouka – two German militants of Moroccan descent, who are part of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, deemed a terrorist organization by the UK, US and Russia.

At the time of the 2012 attack’s occurrence, there had been over 260 US drone strikes in the previous eight years. A week prior to the strike, several senior leaders were also killed in an attack in North Waziristan. The area is known for high militant activity, and the US government deems the strikes a necessary and carefully considered part of the struggle against militant groups in its “War against Terror” operation.

Pakistan has repeatedly condemned US drone strikes in the country, with a high court ruling in May last year that strikes in the tribal belt should be considered war crimes. Demonstrations against strikes have also taken place, with a former cricket star-turned politician, Imran Khan, leading a road block demonstration in November against the practice, of which he is a harsh critic.

Saudis Create New Secret Sunni Militia To Replace Hariri’s Secret Militia

[How many recent attacks upon Hezbollah centers are really just cover, intended to hide fights between Sunni groups vying for dominance?  If the Saudis have managed to provoke war within the Sunnis of Lebanon, then all Hezbollah has to do is bide their time and ride-out the storm, allowing the Sunni radicals to reveal their bloodthirsty natures as their fight for dominance plays out.  Saad Hariri may have been living/hiding in Saudi Arabia for more than a year, but the Saudi royals have thrown him to the wolves.  Hariri is broke and deep in debt, trying to hold up his end of the bargain.  His intrigues and business adventures with Prince Turki have failed to save him from his own, extravagant excesses. 

These Sunni militias are serving the will of the fat old Saudi king, as he pays thousands of extremist, greedy fools to assert his ownership over all of Lebanon.]

Ashraf Rifi  Lebanon: Former Police Chief Establishes Militia in Tripoli

Ashraf Rifi, director of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF), created “Ahrar Tripoli” with Saudi funding and under the direct supervision of the kingdom’s intelligence chief, Bandar bin Sultan


Colonel Amid Hammoud  Leb. Army Col. Amid Hammoud, the commander of Future Movement Militia

“I wish I could establish a group as well-organized and professional as Hezbollah. I do not deny this, provided that this group would be in the service of my community and my country only, and not a Persian or Syrian scheme…Hammoud speaks at length about his drive and enthusiasm for fighting what he calls ‘the holy battle’ against Israel.”

Abu Ibrahim al-Masri, the Egyptian Govt. Agent, Defects from Imaginary Terror Group…”Al-Qaeda-In-Iraq”

Abu Ibrahim Al Masri defects from Daesh in Hama

Abu Ibrahim Al Masri

Abu Ibrahim al-Masri, said ISIS had erred by disregarding the orders of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, who last year tasked the Nusra Front, another Al-Qaeda group, with responsibility for Syria.


Ayman Al-Zawari referred to Abu Ibrahim al-Masri as ‘the traitor.’

“One set of documents [from Zawahiri’s computer captured in Afghanistan] discusses the case of Abu Ibrahim al-Masri, colorfully known as ‘the traitor.’ He was operating out of Yemen and sold out to Yemeni security, but an al Qaeda sympathizer in the state security service informed his terrorist leaders. He was caught, escaped, caught again, interrogated, and confessed. A prolonged debate ensued as to his fate, and in the end, remarkably, he was set free. It was believed that ‘his shame before the rest of the organization was sufficient,’ and other terror groups were cautioned against having any dealings with him. Masri wandered about before winding up in Afghanistan, a religious teacher at a school for the children of ‘Arab Afghans’ (i.e., members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan). It was reported last month that

He was in fact an Egyptian double agent,

who had fed back key information from the terrorist stronghold.”


The Islamic State of Iraq is a ‘front’ organization”

—Brig. Kevin J Gen Bergner.

Ayyub al Masri inner circle

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“To further this myth [of the Islamic State of Iraq], al Masri created a fictional political head of ISI known as Omar al-Baghdadi.”–Gen. Bergner

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi Revealed

The first “Baghdadi”—deceased

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Current “Baghdadi,” a.k.a., Abu D’ua, Abu Dumont

It is only fitting that a dead terrorist ringleader (abu Musab al-Zarqawi)

Head a non-existent international terrorist group

(Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalaylah (deceased), a.k.a., Abu Musab al-Zarqawi--Interpol, 23/09/2003),

that is waging war against the elected government of Iraq, while serving as an active counter-intelligence front for “al-CIA-da” and other  intelligence agencies.

Abu Musab, from Zarqa, Jordan, killed in Botlikh, Dagestan, Aug. 1999, according to testimony given by legendary Chechen Islamist leader, Ibn-ul-Khattab in an interview with Islamist website 

In those operations, the Vice Military Commander, Hakeem Al-Madani, was martyred as well as Sheikh Abu Musab (Arabian Peninsula).” 

It is then even more fitting that that imaginary terrorist progeny of a dead terrorist leader, move half of its insurgency operations to Syria, under the command of its non-existent leader, to provide cover for foreign intelligence agency operations against another elected leader of a second Arab government.

The absolute absurdity of what comes next is almost beyond description, no matter how sarcastic the description…

In Syria, the established cover story of the non-existent terrorist group (AQII) is used to hide a corrective covert war which is allegedly being waged between various Islamist factions and the Free Syrian Army.  This terrorist “split” is providing cover for Special Forces/CIA actions that are currently underway, to regain control over the Syrian resistance.  All Islamists in Syria are Saudi/Qatari sponsored, supposedly working together for one goal, the overthrow of Bashar al-Asad.  CIA agents are there redirecting the most radical proxies into war against the uncooperative, using the foreign terrorists to undo the damage done by Qatar’s guiding hand, within Syria

The battle in the great psywar is allegedly between the new Saudi Sunni terrorist creations, Islamist Front and Army of Muhahideen (“al-Qaeda lite”) and old Saudi Sunni terrorist creations, al-Qaeda in Iraq.  Both variants on the Sunni terrorist theme operate on the same principles, enforced “Shariah” and the killing of the Shia “unbelievers.”   The intra-Islamist conflict is being waged between militant groups comprised mostly of criminals and military deserters, which are controlled by undercover Western Special Forces and intelligence operatives, who push their “jihadis” to fight against the Saudi intelligence operatives in the newly created “armies,” intending to restore Pentagon/CIA control over all of the anti-Syrian and anti-Iraqi players and their networks of hardcore radicals who have associated themselves with the name “Abu-Musab.”

Peter Chamberlin

No Greater Friendship Than This, That One Friend Lay-Down His Life To Save Others

Aitzaz braveheart: KP police chief recommends top civilian award for Hangu student

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Police Chief Nasir Khan Durrani has written to the provincial chief miniter to recommend Aitzaz Hasan Bangash for a top civilian honour, according to a police statement issued late on January 9.

“The suicide bomber tried to enter the school where hundreds of students were studying. Aitzaz Hasan sacrificed his life and stopped the bomber with bravery and courage,” read the police statement.

“He saved the lives of hundreds of innocent students with his extreme valour and bravery,” it added.

On Thursday the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government declared Aitzaz Hasan Bangash a ‘great hero’ for sacrificing his life to stop a suicide bomber at a school in Hangu on Monday.

Hasan, 15, was with friends outside school when they spotted a man wearing a suicide vest.

Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided to confront and capture the bomber who then detonated his vest, his cousin said.

Aitzaz is being hailed as a hero in an outpouring of praise on social media.

There have even been calls for him to receive the army’s highest honour awarded to those who have sacrificed their life for their country, though it is unclear if he would be qualified to receive it as a civilian.

“We the citizens believe that State of Pk must award Nishan-i-Haider to Pk’s brave son Shaheed Aitezaz,” journalist Nasim Zehra tweeted on Thursday.


The incident took place on Monday in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated region of Hangu. There were almost 2,000 students in attendance at the time of the attack, media reports say.

“My cousin sacrificed his life saving his school and hundreds of students and school fellows,” his cousin Mudassar Hassan Bangish said.

“The suicide bomber wanted to destroy the school and school students. It was my cousin who stopped him from this…destruction.”

He then described the sequence of events as related to him by witnesses at the school.

Aitzaz’s friends had urged him not to confront the suicide bomber but he ignored their pleas and decided to confront the man with the intention of halting him.

“So he told them ‘I’m going to stop him. He is going to school to kill my friends’. He wanted to capture this suicide bomber. He wanted to stop [him]. Meanwhile the suicide bomber blasted himself which resulted in the death of my cousin,” Bangish said.He described Aitzaz as “brave” and a good student. “He always used to say ‘I am always ready for my country’.”

His family insist that rather than focus on the sorrow brought about by his death, they want to focus on their pride in his actions.

“He is a shahid [martyr]. A shahid of his whole nation,” he said.

His family have also spoken of Aitzaz’s actions.

“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children,” Mujahid Ali, Aitzaz’s father is quoted as saying.

According to Bangish, people in the area would like to see the government give Aitzaz an award to recognise his bravery, and compared him with celebrated Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai – a comparison being echoed across social media.

On Twitter, users are paying tribute to Aitzaz using the hashtags #onemillionaitzaz and #AitzazBraveheart echoing the language used online around figures such as Malala and the Delhi rape victim, whose death galvanised Indian public opinion and prompted changes in rape laws there.

Former Pakistani ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman tweeted: “Hangu’s shaheed Aitzaz Hasan is #Pakistan’s pride. Give him a medal at least. Another young one with heartstopping courage #AitzazBraveheart.”

Iraqi MP threatens filing legal suit against Saudi Arabia

MP threatens filing legal suit against Saudi Arabia

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 BAGHDAD/ Aswat al-Iraq: Free Iraqiya bloc MP Alia Nsaif called the Iraqi government to file a legal suit at the United Nations against Saudi Arabia for anti-humanity crimes committed in Iraq.

In a statement today, she added that all evidences are available to file the case at the United Nations.

She quoted ex-US ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill saying that Saudi Arabia was involved in financing terrorism in Iraq.

“This information is not new, but was proved by the presence of Saudi convicts in Iraqi prisons”, she added.


Palestinians scoff at Kerry

“Kerry’s efforts ‘benefit the Zionist occupation and its schemes in Jerusalem and liquidates the cause of the refugees by settling them in Australia and other countries.‘”

[Kerry is trying to pull-off some dialectic diplomatic “ju-jitsu,” figuratively turning himself into Netanyahu, then effectively turning his new self inside-out.  If you measure his efforts by the results that he may eventually produce, forgetting about how things might appear now, then you see that Kerry is trying to give the Zionists everything they want through a simple lawyerly deal, which seems to give the Palestinians everything they need (even their own country).  If the Palestinian Arabs will only accept a “land for peace” deal, perhaps one which they had not ever imagined, then “Palestine” can become an instantly realized Nation. 

This “New Palestine” would begin life as a high-priority protectorate of the United Nations, provided with all of the land, money, international support, military protection and civil assistance needed to build Palestine and to improve the lives of the Palestinian people, if only they will agree to Kerry’s deal, even if that meant that “New Palestine” had to be built somewhere else, such as Australia, or Jordan. 

If Kerry is really offering to buy a big piece of the Australian outback for the Palestinian people, then that would represent a warped mirror image of the original Zionist proposal for a “New Palestine,” which was to be built for the German Jews in East Africa.  This perfectly serious proposal was submitted to Kaiser Wilhelm by Herzl, the “father of Zionism,”  (SEE:  Herzl, The Jewish State).] 

Palestinians scoff at Kerry


What was supposed to be a nine-month peace talks process between Israel and the Palestinians under US stewardship appears to have all but failed.

Ahmed Al-Sayed– Gaza.

Palestinians scoff at Kerry
Kerry in Tel Aviv (photo: Reuters)

“We are now at a point where the choices narrow down and the choices are obviously real and difficult,” this is how US Secretary of State John Kerry described the outcome of his 10th round of talks with the Palestinians and Israelis.

Negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis resumed last July, following a three-year hiatus because of Israel’s settlement activities.

Initially, officials were hoping to reach a conclusion within nine months, but now it seems that the talks will last for much longer.

The talks failed to make much headway, as Kerry’s bundle of proposals, which he called a “framework”, was deemed too biased to the Israelis.

During four days of shuttle diplomacy that saw Kerry meeting Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Saudis, the top US diplomat strove to come up with a final settlement deal addressing the whole gamut of outstanding issues, including borders, security, Jerusalem, and Palestinian refugees.

Kerry speaks of his plan in sanguine terms, calling it “fair” and “balanced”. But the Palestinians say that the plan undermines their basic rights.

Not only does Kerry ask the Palestinians to recognise the “Jewishness of Israel”, but also his plans allow the Israelis to maintain presence on the Palestinian-Jordanian borders.

Kerry’s ideas for land swaps and for shared control of Jerusalem were also dismissed as unfair by Palestinians from across the political divide.

Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil commented on Kerry’s plan by saying, “This is a cursed plan that aims to liquidate the Palestinian issue and undermine basic Palestinian rights regarding Jerusalem, land, and refugees.”

According to Al-Bardawil, Kerry’s plan aims in particular to eliminate the most important component in Palestinian rights: the right of six million Palestinian refugees to go home.

“Kerry wants also to settle the Jerusalem question by placing it practically under Zionist control, despite claims that the Jordanians will have control of some holy places, and even Palestinian land,” Al-Bardawil stated.

Kerry’s plan would confer legality on Israeli settlements and allow settlers the right to have dual Israeli and Palestinian nationality, Al-Bardawil argued.

Meanwhile, the same plan opens the way for the displacement of “1948 Palestinians” (Arabs who are now citizens of Israel), he added.

According to Palestinian sources, the Greater Jerusalem proposal would allow Israel to annex nearly 10 per cent of the West Bank, including settlements near Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Rabah Mehanna, member of the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), said that Kerry’s efforts “benefit the Zionist occupation and its schemes in Jerusalem and liquidates the cause of the refugees by settling them in Australia and other countries”

Mehanna warned the Ramallah government against “accepting a scheme that reinforces the Zionist presence in the Aghwar region, while allowing Israelis to settle freely in the West Bank.”

Fatah Central Committee member Mohamed Ashtiya, who has resigned from the Palestinian negotiating team, also voiced his disapproval. According to Ashtiya, Fatah cannot possibly agree to the presence of one Israeli soldier or settler on Palestinian territories.

Speaking in Bethlehem on the 49th anniversary of Fatah’s foundation, Ashtiya said that “East Jerusalem and its holy places must be the capital of our state, and we do not agree to having our capital shunted to any other place.”

Reacting to Israel’s demands of security assurances, Ashtiya stated: “Is it fair to ask the prisoner to reassure the prison warden?”

Ashtiya said that the Palestinians cannot possible recognise the “Jewishness of Israel”, as this would undermine Palestinian rights on numerous levels.

By asking for recognition of its Jewishness, Ashtiya said, “Israel is trying to settle three accounts at once: a future account by blocking the return of the refugees, a present account by displacing the 1948 Palestinians, and a history account by imposing the Torah account of Palestine and denying the Christian and Muslim accounts.”

Since negotiations resumed nearly five months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s rightwing government has been trying to procrastinate or steer the negotiating process to its advantage.

With every round of talks Kerry holds, Israel came up with ideas for building settlements, the most recent of which entails the annexation of the Aghwar region, which is nearly 27 per cent of the West Bank.

Questioning the Palestinian commitment to peace, Netanyahu insisted that, “peace means recognising Israel as a home of the Jewish people.”

The Israeli premier added that he could not agree to evacuate Israeli settlements situated outside the settlement constellations in the West Bank, because of their “importance” to the Jewish people, referring especially to the settlements near Hebron.

Israel’s hardline foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, while addressing the annual conference of Israeli ambassadors, said: “When I speak of a swap of land and people, in the triangle (of Arab villages in northern Israel)… this is not displacement. No one will be evacuated or forced to go. But the borders will be moved to Highway 6 (running from south Israel to its north).”

Israel is proposing to offer land in the triangle area to the Palestinian Authority in exchange for its control on settlement constellations in the West Bank.

If the Palestinians agree, this would allow Israel to rid itself of nearly 300,000 Arab Palestinians living in this area, thus reducing the number of Arab Israelis under its control.

There are nearly 1.6 million Arab Israelis living in the country, equivalent to 20.7 per cent of Israel’s total population of eight million.

Lieberman said that he “will not support any peace deal allowing the return of one Palestinian refugee to Israel”.

Furthermore, Israel wishes to maintain military presence on the borders with Jordan. The Palestinians have told Kerry that they cannot allow any Israeli soldiers to remain in their future state. Instead, the Palestinians said they don’t mind having an international force deployed along the borders to keep the peace.

The Netanyahu government has demanded the deployment of advanced defence and early warning systems on the borders between the West Bank and Jordan.

Israel’s defence minister, Moshe Yaalon, said that withdrawal from the West Bank could compromise the security operations of the Israeli army. The withdrawal, he warned, could also lead to the collapse of the Mahmoud Abbas government.

The Hebrew website Walla! cited Yaalon as saying that Israel must not “repeat the scenario from the withdrawal from Gaza in the West Bank.”

Israel “disengaged” unilaterally from Gaza in 2005, under Ariel Sharon. Two years later, Hamas took control of the Strip.

Now that peace talks have stalled, it is likely that American peace brokers will ask both sides to continue negotiations until the end of 2014.

The talks were originally scheduled to end April 2014.

Hezbollah is a stabilizing factor in the Levant unlike Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Hezbollah is a stabilizing factor in the Levant unlike Saudi Arabia and Qatar

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Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker


Gulf and Western intrigues in the Levant are collectively creating chaos and spreading sectarianism. In Lebanon the Hezbollah movement is trying to contain these dark forces by maintaining strong relations with powerful Christian leaders like Michel Aoun. At the same time Hezbollah is supporting the rich religious mosaic in Syria. Therefore, while Gulf and Western powers alongside Turkey have tried to crush the secular government in Syria; it is clear that the Russian Federation, Iran, and Hezbollah, are not for changing.

The Syrian armed forces are multi-religious in line with the nation of Syria and clearly the only sectarian angle belongs to the enemies of this nation. Indeed, Syria took in vast numbers of Sunni Muslims fleeing Palestine and Iraq. Therefore, when outside nations were meddling throughout the region the nation of Syria was open to all refugees irrespective of religious affiliation. This reality meant that Christians fleeing Iraq, after the destabilization of this nation, fled to Syria in order to escape sectarianism and terrorism. Sadly, the intrigues of Gulf and Western powers now means that vast numbers of Syrians from all faiths are fleeing the destruction which follows in the wake of outside meddling.

Sunni Takfiri fanatics and militant Salafists are entering Syria from many nations and clearly NATO Turkey is an open conduit for the vilest of jihadists to be found on this planet. After all, the so-called Islamic jihad in Syria is just based on terrorism, sectarianism, beheading, destroying the economy and doing the bidding of outside forces. Note, so-called Islamic jihadists are not fighting NATO Turkey in the north or Israel in the south; instead, they are going to Syria to slaughter and indoctrinate. In other words, Islamic jihadists are not only “blind pawns” based on being funded by wealthy Gulf states but these hypocrites are also the enemies of the Levant because they desire to sow wars based on sectarianism.

Once more, the governments of America and the United Kingdom have helped to cleanse Christians just like they did in Iraq and Kosovo. Indeed, President Obama of America even supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt despite this movement being anti-Christian and anti-secular.  However, the masses in Egypt woke up to the dark threat of the Muslim Brotherhood and similarly the armed forces of Syria refuse to abandon their homeland.

In Syria the forces of Hezbollah are fighting for the richness of the Levant despite the mass propaganda being espoused in the media towards this movement. After all, when Sunni Takfiri Islamists take control of mainly Alawite and Christian villages then both communities flee. The same happens when the brutal Free Syrian Army (FSA) enters either mixed areas or villages belonging to various minorities. Yet, when Hezbollah assists the armed forces of Syria, then this movement only engages itself in fighting various sectarian and terrorist forces.

Hezbollah is not interested in enforcing their faith on anyone. On the contrary, it is clear that Hezbollah supports the mainly Sunni Palestinians, just like this movement is working closely with powerful Christian forces in Lebanon under the leadership of Michel Aoun. Indeed, the modern day movement of Hezbollah resembles many aspects of the secular government of Syria and this applies to supporting the religious and ethnic mosaic of the Levant. This reality highlights the clear sham of sectarianism being thrown at Hezbollah and the government of Syria.

However, in the opposite direction you have the brutal sectarianism of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are supporting many militant Salafi and Takfiri movements in various nations. Of course, in Syria both feudal Gulf powers are supporting terrorism and sectarianism openly. Also, Gulf petrodollars are doing much in the shadows throughout the world based on spreading an ideology based on supremacy and hatred. Like usual, Western powers care zilch about the Christian faith because in Saudi Arabia not one single Christian church is allowed and apostates face death.

Saudi Arabia is now trying to spread dissent in Lebanon by funding the armed forces of this nation. Despite this, many powerful regional religious leaders fully understand the evil deeds being done throughout the Levant based on the intrigues of Gulf and Western powers. Therefore, Hezbollah will continue to fight against outside nations who seek to alter the indigenous dynamics of the Levant.

Bandar Flips the “Chechen Switch,” Followed By the “Al-Qaeda In Iraq Switch”

Syria: Army of the Mujahideen Challenges ISIS Gains


Fighters from the Free Syrian Army buy AK-47 bullets from a weapons seller in Idlib province on July 4, 2012. (Photo: AFP)

It seemed that many actors wanted to take advantage of ISIS’ retreat to bolster the Free Syrian Army (FSA), with renewed attempts in recent days to resurrect the latter. But what is the story behind the Army of the Mujahideen? How did it advance rapidly at the expense of ISIS, which until recently was the “bogeyman” threatening to devour everyone?

Speaking to Al-Akhbar, a field source from the Syrian opposition explained that the nascent Army of the Mujahideen did not emerge overnight. He said, “Efforts to create the army began in conjunction with the formation of the Islamic Front. There seemed to be an urgent need to merge the armed groups that do not want to take the form of an Islamist army, and which insisted on the idea of the endangered FSA, together.”

The source added that the delay in forming the army in question was due to many reasons, most notably the fact that no outside power had sponsored the move, whether politically or financially. As a result, the source said, there was no outside pressure put on the various factions to force them to unite.

Formation, Components, and Spheres of Influence

The Army of the Mujahideen was formed out of the following factions: the 19th Division of the FSA, the group known as Fastaqim Kama Umirt, meaning “Be Upright As Ordered,” the Nur al-Din al-Zanki Islamic Brigades, and al-Noor Islamic Movement.

In turn, the FSA 19th Division consists of the Liwaa al-Ansar, whose influence is concentrated along the Aleppo-Damascus highway in Aleppo’s western countryside; Liwaa Amjad al-Islam; Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa; al-Quds Brigades; Khan al-Assal Free Brigades; al-Shuyukh Brigade; and Liwaa al-Mujahireen.

Fastaqem Kama Umirt is made up of the Aleppo City Battalion; Liwaa Halab al-Shahbaa; Liwaa al-Islam, and the Abu Amara Brigades, which refused to join the Army of the Mujahideen, and subsequently split from Fastaqem Kama Umirt. The militants with Fastaqem are concentrated in the districts of Salah al-Din, Seif al-Dawla, Sheikh Said, Bab al-Nairab, Jeb al-Jalabi, Jisr al-Haj, Ansari, and Mashhad of Aleppo.

These brigades have been deploying the so-called “hell cannon,” which fires explosive gas cylinders at the Western neighborhoods adjacent to the areas they control, killing many civilians.

Meanwhile, the influence of the Nur al-Din al-Zanki Brigades covers areas in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo, such as Anjara, Hour, Mansoura, and Kafr Dael. These brigades are believed to be the strongest among the constituents of Army of the Mujahideen.

They are led by Sheikh Tawfiq Shahabuddin, who some reports alleged was the leader of the new army. However, sources inside the group denied this, and told Al-Akhbar, “There is no one leader, but a joint leadership including Sheikh Tawfiq Shahabuddin; Lt. Col. Abu Bakr commander of Liwaa al-Ansar; and Captain Mohammed Shakerdi, commander of Liwaa Amjad al-Islam.”

The source also stressed that the Army of the Mujahideen relied on local resources for funding, and did not receive any external financing.

The Situation on the Ground on the Eve of the Battles

ISIS had offices and outposts in the areas mentioned earlier, which started as preaching centers before they were turned into military garrisons. Some of the FSA-affiliated brigades in these areas had also pledged allegiance to ISIS, such as the notorious Abdo Zamzam group in the town of Bashqatin, strengthening ISIS’ presence.

After ISIS took control of a given area, it would leave a small group of militants behind, numbering no more than a few dozen, or no more than 200 in vast regions like Dana in Idlib. ISIS then put increased pressure on the towns of Atareb and Orme (west of Aleppo), following its habit to isolate and attack FSA groups one by one, as it had done in some districts of Aleppo and the towns of Aazaz and Bab.

ISIS’ attack on Atareb and Orme coincided with the Army of the Mujahideen going public. The Army of the Mujahideen’s first mission was to repel an attempt to storm the area. The army benefited from popular anger against ISIS, although the latter was previously cheered and seen as a savior from the “thieves of the revolution.”

According to Army of the Mujahideen sources, the number of people from the area who enlisted has exceeded 5,000. The sources said, “For the first time, ISIS forces faced fierce resistance from the people of the region, who rushed to expel it after they suffered from its excesses.” Since ISIS militants in the area were scattered and distributed into small groups, according to the same sources, “the residents were able to easily rout the small groups.”

Other sources familiar with the inner workings of the armed groups told Al-Akhbar that Liwaa al-Tawhid, one of the groups that make up the Islamic Front, took advantage of these developments, and began supporting Army of the Mujahideen forces away from the media. Similarly, the notorious brigades that were under siege from ISIS, such as the Free Syria Battalion led by Ahmad Afash, and the Badr Martyrs Battalion led by Khaled Hayyani, attacked ISIS forces in the town of Andan, north of Aleppo, and the Bani Zeid district within the city.

In the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, militants from Fastaqem Kama Umirt attacked ISIS’ posts in Jisr al-Haj. The fighting spread to Kallaseh Square, while battles in the countryside quickly spread north, to Haritan and Tel Rifaat, all the way to Azaz, in an effort to expel ISIS from there.

In the eastern countryside of Idlib adjacent to the border with the Aleppo governorate, Dana, Bab al-Hawa, and the town of Atma were put under siege, the latter being ISIS’ reception point for jihadist arrivals from all over the world via Turkey. A villa compound housing ISIS foreign fighters and their families near the town or Orme al-Kubra was also placed under siege.

Faced with these developments, ISIS was forced to pull some of its troops from the front lines with the Syrian army in southeast Aleppo and Raqqa. This could give the Syrian army an opportunity to advance and take advantage of the vacuum.

Causes Behind ISIS Retreat

There are many reasons behind ISIS’ sudden retreat. In addition to the dispersion of its militants, and the Army of the Mujahideen successfully taking advantage of the popular mood, another fundamental factor has made a great impact, namely, the absence of Chechen jihadists from the battle. Indeed, the Chechen fighters are known to be a formidable strike force.

Several Chechens have split from ISIS. Saifullah al-Shishani defected with 400 of his men three months ago, followed by Sheikh Salah al-Shishani with 800 of his men. Things culminated two weeks ago with Sheikh Omar al-Shishani leaving with a large group of his fighters to Deir al-Zour, a move that sources told Al-Akhbar was meant to distance himself from ISIS’ conduct in Aleppo and its countryside.

The sources said, “From what we know about Sheikh Omar, we can affirm that he hates injustice, and is not satisfied with ISIS’ actions. However, he cannot defect. Given his fondness of the project to establish the caliphate and impose Sharia, defection would ruin this project.”

But another informed source believes Sheikh Omar al-Shishani’s move was essentially motivated by the temptation of controlling oil wells in Deir al-Zour. Giving his take on why ISIS is on the retreat, the source said, “God will not allow an unjust state to survive. The infidel state can endure if it is just. I believe ISIS has two main problems: the foolishness and arrogance of the Tunisian, Libyan, and Iraqi members; and the disloyalty of Syrian supporters.”

Al-Nusra Front: Schadenfreude

On the afternoon of January 5, reports surfaced that al-Nusra Front had seized the town of Dana, taking advantage of the disarray in ISIS’ ranks. But Al-Akhbar’s sources denied that al-Nusra had taken full control of the town, saying that an agreement was reached whereby ISIS hands over its posts to al-Nusra Front.

Either way, al-Nusra Front, which is designated by many as a terrorist group, has rushed to take advantage of the situation, calling on foreign jihadists who had defected to ISIS to rejoin its ranks. Al-Nusra has proposed itself as a mediator, when it is actually on the side of Army of the Mujahideen.

In the same vein, an opposition source told Al-Akhbar, “It is a known fact that the Chechens would rather die than hand themselves over to the FSA, while al-Nusra Front represents an acceptable party for them to surrender to, in preparation to be reabsorbed into its ranks.”

It is also worth noting that ISIS’ ultra extremist brand has helped promote among some the notion that al-Nusra is a moderate Islamist front, when this is definitely not the case. Interestingly, jihadist sources reported on January 5 that Abu Mohammed al-Golani, emir of al-Nusra Front, has proposed an initiative to ISIS whereby the two groups would unite under one banner and one leadership, in a formation to be called al-Qaeda in the Levant.

Profile: Sheikh Tawfiq Leader of Nur al-Din al-Zanki Brigades

The Nur al-Din al-Zanki Brigades are considered the strongest component of the Army of the Mujahideen. The militia’s leader is Tawfiq Shahabuddin, born in 1973 in the region of Sheikh Salman near Qubatan al-Jabal. Since he formed the brigades, he has become known as Sheikh Tawfiq.

Before the start of the Syrian crisis, the illiterate Shahabuddin worked as a camel-meat butcher. At the start of the armed insurgency in the Aleppo countryside, he sold all his properties for about $150,000, which he donated to Riad al-Assaad, to support the FSA. In return, Assaad appointed him as commander of the FSA in his home region, and in a short space of time, the armed group Shahabuddin formed was able to control Sheikh Salman.

Recruits to his group have since increased continuously. He took part in the battle to enter Aleppo, and positioned his group in the Salah al-Din district under the banner of Liwaa al-Tawhid. In early December 2012, Shahabuddin split from Liwaa al-Tawhid, and decided to operate independently.

Locally, the Nour al-Din al-Zanki Brigades are not seen as engaging in looting and theft, despite having confiscated private properties and factories belonging to residents of Aleppo. The brigades have also kidnapped people and released them for ransom.

Army of the Mujahideen: We Will Not Fight al-Nusra Front

Army of the Mujahideen sources were keen to stress that they are not an “extremist group,” while a number of media outlets sought to portray the army as a moderate faction “similar to the FSA.” But this is inconsistent with the message carried by a January 4 statement.

Signed by the political bureau of Army of the Mujahideen, “Statement Two” said: “We distance ourselves from any confrontation with our brothers in al-Nusra Front, or any other jihadi faction, whether through direct fighting or in coordination with any faction against them.”

The statement then added, “We call on the honest ones among our brothers the mujahideen in ISIS to defect and join their brothers in Syria against the Nusairi [derogatory term for Alawi] Assad regime.”

The Saudi dynasty and the ghost of Jouheiman

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By Ghaleb Kandil

The behavior of Saudi Arabia in the region is the focus of attention and a specific monitoring after the Saud dynasty has become the main source of escalation and violence carried lately by Takfirist-terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and even in some regions of Russia.

Saudi Arabia is angry and wants consolation prizes in the region. It seeks compensation for major confrontations that are taking place and allies with France. Paris tries to sabotage agreements between the United States and Russia, which pass through the recognition of the West defeat in Syria and Iran’s status as a regional power. All these statements illustrate the impasse is the Wahhabi kingdom after the collapse of its regional influence due to Syria’s resistance facing the universal war led by Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and Turkey.

Relevant changes have shaken the foundations of the Saudi role, which dates back over half a century. The rise of Iran is not the only change, although it is the most pronounced. This factor has been felt even within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is the first circle which carries Saudi influence. Developments in Bahrain and Yemen also lay the foundations for a dramatic change in the kingdom. Possible establishment of a constitutional monarchy in Bahrain, the consecration of the political diversity in Yemen, or the resurgence of South Yemen, are all serious challenges that will undoubtedly impact even within Saudi Arabia, where the social and political anger is spreading. These last three years, the protests are strongly expressed on social medias, where millions of young from Gulf express their anger and thirst for freedom.

The determination of Saud to use and support Takfirist groups throughout the region, as part of a global campaign threatening the world with a new generation of terrorists, not only explains the anger and disappointment Saudi Arabia after its defeat in Syria. This same terrorist card had been operating for 40 years through a partnership between the United States and the Wahhabi kingdom, before the decline of American influence. One of the main causes of Saudi behavior is explained by internal factors. Indeed, spreading extremist aims to divert the attention of the Saudi youth not to question the dynasty, an ally of the West which controls all the country’s wealth while leading a lifestyle characterized by extreme opulence and debauchery without limits.

We almost forgot the incident of the occupation of the Kaaba in Mecca, November 20, 1979, by the first insurrection led by a takfirist group coming from the heart of the Wahhabi institution. The movement was led by Juheiman al-Oteiby, who came from the ranks of the National Guard and studied with his comrades in the official Wahhabi religious institutes. We almost forgot this rebellion crushed in blood, which was a protest against decay and injustice of the Saudi system. Al-Oteiby’s appeal to consider apostate Saudi regime has a large impact among the Saudi youth, and rebels have recruited hundreds of young people ready to take arms to assault the Kaaba. Saudi security forces have failed to controle the situation, and Riyadh had to hire the services of the French special forces to crush the uprising.

One year after the Al-Oteiby movement, the ruling Saud family, in cooperation with the United States, launched the first wave of terrorism in Afghanistan, and funded arms for the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in their war against the Syrian state, which was resolutely opposed to the Camp David peace agreement. Riyadh and Washington had legitimized the first nucleus of Al-Qaeda networks, fruit of cooperation between the West and the Saudis. The terrorist network was assigned to missions in Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Syria and elsewhere. All these wars, financed by Saudi Arabia, served the U.S. strategies. At the same time, they have helped divert attention of thousands of young Wahhabi sent to practice Jihad in distant lands. Palestine obviously was not among these lands.

Majed al-Majed, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader, an Al- Qaeda branch that has claimed the double suicide attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut on November 19, is a symbol of these Saudi young men. The circumstances of his capture and death in Lebanon are very suspicious. The Lebanese Army waited nine days before officially confirm his arrest, before announcing, the next day, his death for kidney failure.

Afraid that he might reveal the names of Saudi princes and sheikhs who fund and give him orders, Saudi Arabia has lobbied hard for his extradition.

Reports from the Lebanese press warned against the possible elimination of Majed al-Majed on his hospital bed to forbid him making embarrassing revelations. They were right. After the announcement of his death, the Iranian MP, Mohammad Hassan Asghari, said his confession pointed to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis are still haunted by the ghost of Juheiman Al-Oteiby, who protested with weapons against a dynasty that shamelessly exploits religion to submit and blind the poor to take advantage of the immense oil wealth.

The Saudi dynasty and the ghost of Jouheiman

By Ghaleb Kandil

The behavior of Saudi Arabia in the region is the focus of attention and a specific monitoring after the Saud dynasty has become the main source of escalation and violence carried lately by Takfirist-terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and even in some regions of Russia.

Saudi Arabia is angry and wants consolation prizes in the region. It seeks compensation for major confrontations that are taking place and allies with France. Paris tries to sabotage agreements between the United States and Russia, which pass through the recognition of the West defeat in Syria and Iran’s status as a regional power. All these statements illustrate the impasse is the Wahhabi kingdom after the collapse of its regional influence due to Syria’s resistance facing the universal war led by Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and Turkey.

Relevant changes have shaken the foundations of the Saudi role, which dates back over half a century. The rise of Iran is not the only change, although it is the most pronounced. This factor has been felt even within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is the first circle which carries Saudi influence. Developments in Bahrain and Yemen also lay the foundations for a dramatic change in the kingdom. Possible establishment of a constitutional monarchy in Bahrain, the consecration of the political diversity in Yemen, or the resurgence of South Yemen, are all serious challenges that will undoubtedly impact even within Saudi Arabia, where the social and political anger is spreading. These last three years, the protests are strongly expressed on social medias, where millions of young from Gulf express their anger and thirst for freedom.

The determination of Saud to use and support Takfirist groups throughout the region, as part of a global campaign threatening the world with a new generation of terrorists, not only explains the anger and disappointment Saudi Arabia after its defeat in Syria. This same terrorist card had been operating for 40 years through a partnership between the United States and the Wahhabi kingdom, before the decline of American influence. One of the main causes of Saudi behavior is explained by internal factors. Indeed, spreading extremist aims to divert the attention of the Saudi youth not to question the dynasty, an ally of the West which controls all the country’s wealth while leading a lifestyle characterized by extreme opulence and debauchery without limits.

We almost forgot the incident of the occupation of the Kaaba in Mecca, November 20, 1979, by the first insurrection led by a takfirist group coming from the heart of the Wahhabi institution. The movement was led by Juheiman al-Oteiby, who came from the ranks of the National Guard and studied with his comrades in the official Wahhabi religious institutes. We almost forgot this rebellion crushed in blood, which was a protest against decay and injustice of the Saudi system. Al-Oteiby’s appeal to consider apostate Saudi regime has a large impact among the Saudi youth, and rebels have recruited hundreds of young people ready to take arms to assault the Kaaba. Saudi security forces have failed to controle the situation, and Riyadh had to hire the services of the French special forces to crush the uprising.

One year after the Al-Oteiby movement, the ruling Saud family, in cooperation with the United States, launched the first wave of terrorism in Afghanistan, and funded arms for the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in their war against the Syrian state, which was resolutely opposed to the Camp David peace agreement. Riyadh and Washington had legitimized the first nucleus of Al-Qaeda networks, fruit of cooperation between the West and the Saudis. The terrorist network was assigned to missions in Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Syria and elsewhere. All these wars, financed by Saudi Arabia, served the U.S. strategies. At the same time, they have helped divert attention of thousands of young Wahhabi sent to practice Jihad in distant lands. Palestine obviously was not among these lands.

Majed al-Majed, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader, an Al- Qaeda branch that has claimed the double suicide attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut on November 19, is a symbol of these Saudi young men. The circumstances of his capture and death in Lebanon are very suspicious. The Lebanese Army waited nine days before officially confirm his arrest, before announcing, the next day, his death for kidney failure.

Afraid that he might reveal the names of Saudi princes and sheikhs who fund and give him orders, Saudi Arabia has lobbied hard for his extradition.

Reports from the Lebanese press warned against the possible elimination of Majed al-Majed on his hospital bed to forbid him making embarrassing revelations. They were right. After the announcement of his death, the Iranian MP, Mohammad Hassan Asghari, said his confession pointed to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis are still haunted by the ghost of Juheiman Al-Oteiby, who protested with weapons against a dynasty that shamelessly exploits religion to submit and blind the poor to take advantage of the immense oil wealth.

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Silencing al-Majed Before He Exposes the Saudi Connection To 9/11

[Here is an outstanding piece of analysis from Belgium, which makes the first efforts towards tying together several leads concerning “Saudi intelligence/terrorists,” professional Saudi intelligence killers who serve Riyadh as terrorist leaders.  The idea of an “intelligence/terrorist” is not a new concept, but up until now it has been restricted to Pakistan in discussions in Western media. 

Discussion of the phenomenon “intelligence agent/terrorists, must begin in Pakistan, where all known Sunni terrorist organizations had their origins in ISI intelligence, with agents serving both as terrorist trainers and as militant leaders.  The majority of the most notorious of all famous Pak terrorists were military men (men like Omar Sheikh, Amjad Farooqi, “Dr. Usman,” Ilyas Kashmiri. etc.).  Extending the concept from Pak ISI to Saudi intelligence is a natural progression in the analysis of Sunni terrorism….One short step away from the concept of “CIA-TERRORISTS.” 

The capture, interrogation and subsequent death of Saudi national, “Majed Mohammed Abdullah al-Majed,” is surrounded in mystery.  Unraveling his entanglement with Saudi intelligence will solve most major controversies concerning the true nature of the “war on terrorism,” beginning in the present with the shenanigans of the “Abdullah Azzam Brigades.  Working backward, to discover the terrorist pedigree of this dead Saudi, uncovers his connections with Al-Qaeda In Iraq, Fatah al-Islam, al-Nusrah, al-Qaeda and the anti-Assad terrorists who have frequented Lebanon since the murder of Rafik Hariri in 2005 .  Majed’s period in hiding in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon, which is officially off-limits to Lebanese authorities, provides the cohesion in the narrative now being generated.  

The speculation about American military involvement in the Lebanese Army capture of this key Saudi agent, revolves around the fine line that separates the CIA from “military intelligence.”  This all comes at a particularly troubling juncture of Saudi-American relations, when the 911 lawsuit against the Saudi royals has just been given the GREEN LIGHT.  In hindsight, Bandar and Abdullah must be questioning the wisdom of their own council in making their grab for the entire “Greater Middle East,” at this time in the struggle.  It is not yet apparent to the royals the ultimate price of their treachery, becoming the next target for regime change.  Bandar’s idiotic activation of the old “al-Qaeda” network will definitely blow-up in his face, whenever his “holy warriors” realize that they will not be allowed to liberate Jerusalem and Palestine.  The war that they have been duped into volunteering for is not to be against the Zionist oppressors, but against their fellow Muslims, in a Saudi vanity war to settle old scores against the secular Assad dynasty. 

All are left to ponder the question that is now haunting half of all intelligence agents in the Middle East–Is it possible to prosecute the Saudis as the world’s primary sponsor of all terrorism without exposing everybody’s secrets, most of them implicating THE CIA, the Saudi royal family’s official sponsor?]

The liquidation of Majed and 9/11

Initially, there is the importance and the various mysteries of the “arrest” (quotes required), 24 or 26 December 2013 in Lebanon by the Lebanese army, it seems, Majed al-Majed, important figure of Saudi nationality, terrorist leader of a close al-Qaeda (AAB or Abudullah Azzam Brigade group, linked to the ISIS group or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, linked to al-Qaeda or so to say and so on …), but maybe, even probably, a prominent member of the Saudi SR with important information. And then there is his mysterious death, January 3, 2014 probably while he was hospitalized, according to an “official” version because it would have succumbed to severe illness from which he suffered, according to other versions speculative but based on the extreme importance of the character, when he was interrogated and even tortured, or even more steeply because it was “just” liquidated …

The importance of character, especially one reads the text of Ibrahim al-Amin, editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar English, a Lebanese daily “pro-resistance” of 4 January 2014 . The text was written while Majed was supposed still living under the title “We must prevent Majed be wound” with a notice of “update” last minute “Majed al-Majed died while in custody on January Lebanese 4 “. Some excerpts from the text with the emphasis we (underlined bold) on what is important to us to highlight.

“As security officers Closely Involved In His case attest, Majed is a strong face Among His supporters and followers. The security sources say Majed That’s associates-have the carried out acts That Demonstrate Their conviction and faith in him, to the extent of Being willing to sacrifice for Their Lives Majed. […]

“Majed, According To experts on extremist groups, is privy to the secrets of a long era spanned at least That 10 years of live action. Took him His journey from Saudi Arabia to Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, and Afghanistan and Pakistan aussi, falling on All which he Became Acquainted with quite a Few Individuals Have you would go on to join al-Qaeda. Majed aussi Review: had a key role to play in helping jihadists grouped in Decentralized frameworks Following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and the Dismantling of al-Qaeda’s leadership.

“The information supposedly in His possession covers a wide number of operatives, operational details, the form of sleeper cells and targets, and Introduced amendments to the modus operandi of jihadi groups partner after the US-led invasion of Iraq and Then the Syrian crisis. Majed Also has intricate knowledge of how the group’s leaders and members are Financed, Where the funds are Spent, and aussi Many of the group’s political, security, military, and Economic contacts That Helped it operate in several countries, Including in Lebanon … […]

“More importantly, Majed, DESPITE His illness, Remained in touch with the cells tasked with attacking Hezbollah and the Lebanese army across Lebanon. Possibly the man knows everything about the database of targets His group intends to attack, aim above all, he holds the Most Important secrets about ties to Arab and Western Governments and agencies, Especially Saudi’s shadow men in the Levant and Iraq.

“Yet as much as Majed Was a high-value target That Many agencies in the area and the world Were tracking down, and as much as His arrest Was a major achievement – Regardless of how and why it succeeded – his case is shrouded in mystery , prompting one to infer His capture That Was a difficulty matter for Those Who Decided to do it, and now That He Has Become a burden.

• The circumstances of the arrest, various mysteries and unknowns appear clearly according to sources. DEBKAfiles, announcing the news on January 1, 2014 , is fairly eloquent speculative and contrary to his habits, sticking to operational information type plunging into the multitude disorder terrorist organizations, Islamists, etc.., Syria. Al-Akhbar, again, gives the 3 January 2014 , from the pen of one of its journalists, Razdwan Mortada various indications substantivant the mysterious and complex nature of this arrest. At this time point, so one day before the item indicated above its editor-in-chief, Mortada stands by the version of the disease but involves interesting sources as a basis for operation, making its “Arrest” nothing less than an emergency medical intervention to try to save Majed Again, a little stressed in bold …

“Nothing about this operation WAS ordinary, as Majed himself WAS no ordinary man. He is one of the emir of the international jihad’s Most prominent and mysterious organisms. Ten days ago, U.S. military intelligence feels an urgent cable to the Strategic Security at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, Majed was in. That revealing a mountainous area near the Lebanese border town of Ersal Branch year. Later, He Was Moved to a house inside the town due to His critical health conditions. Two days later, indicating indication Reviews another cable arrived there WAS talk of Majed Transporting to a Beirut hospital to Undergo an urgent dialysis. On December 24, an ambulance Took Majed from Ersal to Makassed Hospital in Beirut, and Another cable confirmed the transfer.

• Then there is the Saudi intervention and pressures and Iranian issues. On this last point that is justified by the claim that Majed conducted the attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut, the demand for an Iranian parliamentary joint autopsy Majed (, supported by the agency Trends.News the 5 January 2014 ) following the Iranian interventions to meet Mejed prisoner, together with the Saudis who had initiated this procedure, and the refusal of the Saudis Iranian presence. Finally, the Saudis have agreed to an autopsy, but because the only Saudi, that being justified by nationality (Saudi) of death. (According to Now, the Lebanese daily on 5 January 2014 .)

• Meanwhile, Iranian sources said that Saudi had offered $ 3 billion to the Lebanese government for the extradition of Mejed. (A long text FARS agency on January 4, 2014 , Majed links to Saudi intelligence Prince Bandar, recalling the various adventures and intrigues of Bandar, particularly vis-à-vis the Russians and on Olympic security Sochi.) A dispatch from the FARS reported January 4 2014 intervention of an Iranian member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on this aspect of the case Mejed, adding that Iran is entitled to file a complaint with the UN against Saudi, because of the bomb attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut on 25 November.

“Earlier today, senior parliamentary Officials in Tehran Saudi Arabia Disclosed That HAS to pay $ 3bln offert to the Lebanese government in return for the extradition of Al-Majed, the Suspected head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades Ziad al-Jarrah â Battalion, that ‘Claimed responsibility for the November attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut All which killed 25 people. “The Saudi government HAS Considered $ 3bln for the extradition of the individual behind the Iranian embassy blast in Lebanon, indicating indication That the remarks he might make are vitally significant for the Saudi government,” Vice-Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour Told FNA on Saturday. “Saudi Arabia HAS Demanded Lebanon to extradite Majed in return for $ 3bln,” he reiterated. Underlined Haqiqatpour aussi That Tehran is Entitled to file a lawsuit at the UN against Saudi Arabia Because the mid November attack WAS Conducted on the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

• Finally, on 5 January 2014 , Lebanese TV al-Jahud relayed by the Iranian agency FAS, and in this case, the website says a Saudi diplomat visited Majed shortly before death of the prisoner. This tour is presented in the umbrella title text as “the kiss of death” to Saudi Majed (“Did Saudi diplomat Majed give the kiss of death?”): “The Lebanese al-Jadid TV channel reported about That A Saudi embassy attaché in Beirut puts Majed at the hospital Where He Was Kept dialysis for 24 hours before His death.

• We see that there is enough evidence to immediately arrest and interpret this death very fast, of course oh so suspicious next claims that Majed had been “arrested” for emergency rather be treated as more dramatic element in a case that mixes many entanglements, some important, concerning the situation of various terrorism, Saudi, and in particular, in the background, links to Saudi Arabia with the U.S. … For it is this latter aspect that chooses MK Bhadrakumar to write a very short note, the January 5, 2014 , on his blog (Indian PunchLine) under the title ambiguous enough considering the content of his text “Majed won ‘t talk but Obama shoulds worry.

Bhadrakumar is generally well informed on these complex cases in the Middle East, involving Iran and Arabia, and the multiple ramifications of terrorism largely funded by Saudi. In addition, as a former respected diplomat, he has no sensationalism or so-called “complotistes” theses … The reference he mentions about the new situation in Washington where the U.S. Justice allowed the examination of the possible involvement of Saudi in the attack of 11 September 2001 (see December 26, 2013 ) in various trials being from families of victims of the attack, is the main point of interest to us in terms of what would be “double-hatting” of Majed (AAB terrorist leader but also a member of the Saudi intelligence informed ” Most Important secrets about ties to Arab and Western Governments and agencies “). Here is the excerpt from Bhadrakumar we actually interested text also focuses on the potential impact the fate of Majed Lebanon, with the risk of a new civil war …

“The Saudi intelligence Feared That Would Have Majed e-Majed might spill the beans about the AAB’s links with Al-Qaeda. The Point is, AAB is backed by the Saudi intelligence, altho it is listed by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. The Saudi doublespeak is typical – Majed Al-Majed is in Riyadh’s list of wanted terrorists aim AAB enjoys covert support. In short, he HAD beens left alive, There Was the dangerous possibility That The U.S. Would Have Been Compelled to examine Saudi Arabia’s links with the al-Qaeda. Recently the U.S. Appeal Court ordered That the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks shoulds bear scrutiny.

“All this once again highlights the U.S. That’s ties with Saudi Arabia need a Careful think by the Barack Obama administration. The thesis That if the U.S. antagonized saudi Arabia, the lathing might look for new alliances is an ingenuous argument. The core issue is Whether it is in the U.S. ‘and the Western world’s (the Middle East’s gold) Interests if Saudi Arabia is allowed to get away with icts links with Al-Qaeda groups. Syria Becomes the test case. The Continued U.S. ambivalence on this score only the suspicion That Strengthens Washington too might-have HAD uses of Al-Qaeda groups as instruments of regional policies icts: such as Afghanistan or Iraq.

It is unclear what exactly Bhadrakumar means when he writes in his song “Obama should be worried.” Are the implications of the USA-type al-Qaeda terrorism financed mainly by Saudi, where the US-Saudi antagonism become extreme, with revelations that may arise on these implications, voluntarily or not disseminated by Saudi who would have replaced complicity with the U.S. by the confrontation? No doubt, but does it then go to the heart about watching these implications with terrorism, combining U.S. and Saudi, can go up to 9/11 when the U.S. Justice has authorized the ongoing trial to investigate the possibility of Saudi involvement in the attack – at a time, in 2001, where the triangular connections US-Saudi terrorist-type al-Qaeda gave full? These issues today all have their meaning in the light of Majed case-terrorist intelligence officer supposed to know a lot about the relationship between Saudi and Western SR (U.S., of course) compared to terrorism such al-Qaeda, and that while sources indicate that it was the U.S. military-intelligence (DIA?) that would have “fixed” Majed to designate the Lebanese army. (The latter also also ambiguous with given accuracy, connecting military [U.S.] Military [Lebanese] may very well be independent of other intelligence forces involved [U.S., Lebanon, Saudi Arabia] or purposes antagonism with them, for example “save” Majed who knows-as-of-things.)

It is impossible to extract all this a solid conclusion on the case as a complex framework of type-a-Qaeda terrorism and Saudi operations, otherwise to engage in a variety of speculations and for us free, since by substantivées nothing. For cons, the direct reference to a commentator of the caliber of the new MK Bhadrakumar examine the involvement of Arabia in 9/11 in light of the deterioration of US-Saudi ties possibility, under Majed the case has a significant implicit meaning. In general, we understand that the present tension between Saudi and the U.S., if it becomes stronger and structural, carries many different effects in current affairs, fighting, conflicts of interest, etc.., But also it now covers a key point that is extremely strong possibility, through an incident or another, a revelation either of which would seize the U.S. justice to revisit the “official version” of the attack of September 11, 2001 – now “officially” in doubt (the intervention of two U.S. parliamentarians in this sense, in the House, as reported in our text December 26, 2013 ). We must therefore confirm that this is indeed a new chapter as a result of the 9/11 attack which is open, where, indeed, the “complotisme” is no longer an argument of controversy and communication Lounge in one direction, as it was previously used by a well-oiled press system, but a concrete hypothesis and unpredictable in its effects, both operational and linked to interest (U.S. and Saudi Arabia) now antagonists, both in the strict legal proceedings of the U.S. justice.

Saudi Diplomat Meets Infamous Terrorist before Death

[Did Saudi diplomat give Majed the kiss of death?]

Saudi Diplomat Meets Infamous Terrorist before Death

Saudi Diplomat Meets Infamous Terrorist before Death
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Saudi diplomat has met Majed al-Majed, the mastermind of the November 19 bombing attack on the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, before his death, Lebanese media reported on Sunday.

The Lebanese al-Jadid TV channel reported that a Saudi embassy attaché in Beirut met Majed at the hospital where he was kept for dialysis 24 hours before his death.

The TV channel didn’t reveal any further details about the meeting.

On Tuesday, the Lebanese security forces said they have arrested Majed al-Majed, the Saudi ringleader of Abdullah Izzam Brigade which has claimed responsibility for the November 19 bombings in front of Tehran’s embassy in Beirut, which left 23 dead, including cultural attaché Ebrahim Ansari.

On Saturday, a Lebanese army General, who spoke on the conditions of anonymity in line with regulations, said Al-Majed died in custody in Lebanon. The General said Al-Majed died on Saturday after suffering kidney failure.

Political analysts believe that the supporters and financers of Abdullah Izzam terrorist group have killed Majed for the fear of the possible revelations he could make against the Saudi Takfiri groups.

Also, other observers say that the Lebanese security forces had started interrogation of Majed before his death, but refrained from disclosing any information upon Riyadh’s request.

Al-Majed, a Saudi citizen was detained in Lebanon late last month and had been held at a secret location. According to Islamist websites, al-Majed was announced as leader of the Brigades in 2012.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades was formed in 2009 and is believed to have branches in both the Arabian Peninsula and Lebanon, but may have been active as early as 2004.

On Thursday, Lebanese sources disclosed that Majed had taken orders from Saudi Spy Chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Lebanese information sources said that they have found information linking Majed al-Majed, the Saudi commander of the al-Qaeda affiliated group Abdullah Azzam Brigades who claimed responsibility for the attack to the Saudi spy chief.

A few hours later on Thursday, the Iranian embassy in Beirut requested access to the investigation into the double suicide bombing.

“The (caretaker) Foreign Ministry received a memo from Iranian authorities in which they asked to stay informed about the investigation with al-Majed, considering that the explosion took place on an Iranian soil,” caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told LBCI television.

For its part, the Lebanese news site Naharnet reported that Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Qazanfar Roknabadi announced that an Iranian intelligence delegation participated in inspecting the scene of the explosion near the embassy in Beirut’s Southern suburbs.

“Both Lebanese and Iranian authorities agreed that Iran will take part in the investigation,” the Iranian ambassador said.

In 2009, Lebanon sentenced Majed in absentia to life in prison for belonging to a different extremist group, the Al-Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam.

Earlier today, senior parliamentary officials in Tehran disclosed that Saudi Arabia had offered to pay $3bln to the Lebanese government in return for the extradition of Al-Majed, the suspected head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades – Ziad al-Jarrah Battalion, that claimed responsibility for the November attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut which killed 23 people.

“The Saudi government has considered $3bln for the extradition of the individual behind the Iranian embassy blast in Lebanon, indicating that the remarks he might make are vitally important for the Saudi government,” Vice-Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour told FNA on Saturday.

“Saudi Arabia has demanded Lebanon to extradite Majed in return for $3bln,” he reiterated.

Haqiqatpour also underlined that Tehran is entitled to file a lawsuit at the UN against Saudi Arabia because the mid November attack was conducted on the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

US/Saudis Attempt To Build A Kinder, Gentler “Al-Qaeda” To Battle Against Big “Bad Al-Qaeda”

[The new kid on the Syrian bloc, “Army of the Mujahideen,” is another offshoot of Abu Musab Zarqawi’s “Al-Qaeda In Iraq,” as was the second incarnation of the “Abdallah Azzam Brigades.”  Army of Mujahideen is another Sunni Iraqi terrorist outfit.  This one fought a blood-feud with Zarqawi’s Al-Qaeda in Iraq, before he was removed from power and eventually killed.  The Iraqi Muj group was associated with the Ikhwan, Muslim Brotherhood.  The feud fought was over Zarqawi’s brutal murders of Sunni officials and policemen, breaking-out into the open over the murder of Anbar tribal leader Sheikh Naser Abdul Karim al-Miklif in Feb. 2006.  The fact that they have relocated to Syria to continue that feud is unimpressive.  All of this is just the latest slant on Bandar’s war against Bashar, which is now moving into Lebanon.]

New Syria rebel alliance declares war on al-Qaeda’s ISIL

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Fighters of  al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant parade at Syrian town of Tel Abyad  

Photo: Fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tel Abyad. Syrian rebels’ uneasy co-existence with the hardline IsiL has turned to outright hostility. Photograph: Reuters  

A newly formed Syrian Islamist rebel alliance has declared war on the powerful al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and joined other opposition groups in battling the extremists. For its part, Syria’s main opposition National Coalition says it backs the rebel fight against al-Qaeda.

“We, the Army of the Mujahideen, pledge to defend ourselves and our honor, wealth and lands, and to fight ISIL, which has violated the rule of God, until it announces its dissolution,” said the new alliance of eight groups, in a statement published on Facebook Friday.

As the statement was issued, it fought in fierce clashes with the ISIL in the Aleppo and Idlib provinces of northern Syria.

The Islamic Front, the largest rebel alliance, which is made up of several powerful Islamist groups, and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, another major rebel bloc, also battled ISIL on Friday, Agence France-Presse reported.

On Saturday, rebels battling jihadists in northern Syria killed or captured scores of the militants loyal to an al-Qaeda affiliate in two days of fighting, a watchdog said.

“At least 36 members and supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been killed since Friday in Idlib and more than 100 have been captured by rebels” in Idlib and Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“The Syrian Opposition Coalition fully supports ongoing efforts by Free Syrian Army elements to liberate towns and neighborhoods from the authoritarian oppression” of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the group’s presidency said in a statement.

“The Coalition stands in full solidarity with all Syrians rising up against al-Qaeda’s extremism and calls upon the international community to recognize the importance of supporting revolutionary forces as partners in the fight against al-Qaeda’s extremism and Assad’s sponsorship and encouragement of extremist forces,” it added.

For its part, the Army of Mujahideen, a newly formed group made up of eight brigades, demanded that ISIL fighters join the ranks of other rebel groups “or hand over their weapons and leave Syria,” earlier on Saturday.

The alliance reproached ISIL for “spreading strife and insecurity… in liberated [rebel] areas, spilling the blood of fighters and wrongly accusing them of heresy, and expelling them and their families from areas they have paid heavily to free” from Assad’s forces.

A Arabiya