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The Mind of the Terrorist

Emarat Al-Youm – Abdullah Al-Qamzi

More than a week has passed since the sinful and despicable terrorist attacks which struck the governor’s base in Kandahar in Afghanistan, and which killed a group of our countrymen, who have given the most valuable thing they possessed while extending a helping hand to the needy and the vulnerable, and it is several days since I watched the film ‘Patriot’s Day’, about the terrible terrorist bombing which killed and maimed many during the marathon in the American city of Boston on April 15, 2013.

A friend of mine studying Islamic law told me that if a person arrives at a state of religious intolerance or delusion, then it is very rare that he will return to the right path, and when I thought about his words, I found them to ring true. Examples abound, in more than one Arab country, of religious outcasts who returned to terrorism after rehabilitation programmes. I don’t understand these minds, which justify the killing of civilians in the name of religion, nor do I understand how they can be convinced by the recruiters for terrorist organisations.

Terrorism even rouses them to kill parents! What a bold contradiction to the Holy Qur’anic texts, which urge devotion to the parents. As a result, the equation of Islam with terrorism has become a common idea. This is utterly void, and the religion has suffered from this scourge since the days of the Assassins, and their leader, Hassan-i Sabbah. The idea found popularity among so-called intellectuals influenced by the ideas of European Orientalists, who promoted the idea that Islam is spread by the sword. This false idea is contrary to the tolerance of the religion.

But wherever it strikes, this vicious terrorism is conuterproductive, because its aim is sabotage and destruction and nothing more. If it strikes in Europe or America, it rallies the community with Muslims, and causes the spread of cooperation and solidarity among individuals in the community, and this is the biggest proof of its failure to achieve any goal. And if it strikes in any Muslim country, it has the same effect of solidarity against it, and that is because the killing of man is an ugly crime of a wicked and criminal mind, not justified by religion, nor by ideology, nor by logic.

Terrorism is the devil’s work, and it distinguishes no one, nor does it enhance their political or religious goal. It is a warped tool for killing, for vandalism, and for spreading corruption in the land. Its fate is failure. Human nature is charitable love and its diffusion through the community, help for the downtrodden and the needy, and defence of the oppressed. Islam is a religion of this nature.

To conclude: In the film ‘Die Hard 3’, which explores the subject of terrorism, there is a scene featuring the evacuation of a school in New York because of the presence of a bomb. Police officers discover two boys hiding in a classroom after the evacuation, and a policewoman rushes to rescue them. When she realises that there will not be enough time, she decides to take them to the roof of the school, and embraces them. The scene carries profound weight because she is white, and the two boys are African-American, and this reflects community solidarity, regardless of religion or race, in the face of wretched terrorism. In another scene from the film, the villain reveals that the bomb he placed in an area teeming with children is a decoy, saying “I’m a soldier, not a beast.”

The soldier: Fights to achieve political goals.

The beast (the terrorist): Kills people to wreak havoc.


Translated by Conor Fagan

Original article can be found here.

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Jenin: Thousands mourn woman killed in Istanbul bombing

Jenin – Wafa – Thousands of mourners from the towns of Arraba and Kefr Ra’i, as well as neighbouring towns and villages southwest of Jenin, turned out yesterday to accompany the body of Nasreen Hashim Hammad Lahlouh (28), killed four days ago in the Atatürk airport bombings, to her final resting place in Arraba cemetery, after a funeral procession through her home town. The procession became a public march as crowds arrived from Arraba and neighbouring villages to mourn her passing.

After a gathering for friends of the deceased, crowds traveled the streets of Arraba with the body, swathed in a Palestinian flag, on their shoulders, angrily decrying acts of terrorism and the unjust killing of innocent people. Hashim Lahlouh, the father of the deceased, strongly condemned the attacks, saying: “These murderers have destroyed the lives of innocent people, including my daughter in the prime of her youth. They did not act in the name of Islam, and neither can anyone worthy of praise plan to commit atrocities such as that which happened at Atatürk.”

The deceased was the mother of a two year old daughter, and was married to a man from the Melham family of Kefr Ra’i. She had been living in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, working in a computing school, and at the time of her death was pursuing a doctoral degree in Turkey. 


Translated by Conor Fagan

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Infographic: ISIS fighters proliferate in North Africa, Al-Wasat (Libya), 27 November 2014

Infographic: ISIS fighters proliferate in North Africa

The influence of ISIS is gradually expanding from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa to extremist groups which have taken North Africa as their headquarters.

Red: Areas of ISIS influence (estimate)

  1. Egypt: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis – formed in 2011, it is made up of 2,000 fighters; after announcing it joined ISIS in November, it is now known as Wilayat Sina’ (Sinai Province)
  2. Eastern Libya: Extremists in the coastal city of Derna – population 80,000 – announced their alliance with and allegiance to ISIS and the establishment of Wilayat Barqa (Cyrenaica Proince) in October
  3. Tripoli: Since August, the Libyan capital has fallen under the control of the Libya Dawn extremist militia, designated as a terrorist organisation; Mitiga International Airport is used as the centre for thousands of fighters from Europe and Africa seeking to join the fighters in Syria
  4. Tunisia: Birthplace of the Arab Spring, source of the largest number of foreign fighters joining ISIS and al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, estimated at about 3,000 fighters; the cause is believed to be their resentment with the political process in Tunisia
  5. Algeria: Extremist group Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria allied itself with ISIS in September after breaking off from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
  6. Morocco: The terrorist organisation affiliated with al-Qaeda calling itself Salafiyya Jihadiyya may have influenced the recent announcement of loyalty to ISIS by Moroccan fighters in Syria

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Tawadros: God saved Egypt at the appropriate time before it became like Iraq, al-Mesryoon (Egypt), 2 November 2014

Pope Tawadros IIPope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, said that the attacks the Egyptian army is currently being subjected to are being perpetrated by terrorists aiming to weaken its spirit but that everyone is confident that the leaders of the armed forces are leading the military in high spirits. He stated that the lowest soldier in the army is well aware of his role and responsibility.

In his discussion with Russia Today (RT), Pope Tawadros added that confronting extremism and terrorism is the responsibility of governments and officials, indicating that the fire of terrorism will reach everyone in the Middle East and beyond and whoever plays with that fire will inevitably get burned.

The Pope indicated that it will not be easy for the Egyptian army to be defeated because it is completely different from the Iraqi or Libyan armies, or others that were weakened. He added that the Egyptian people always say that “our army is made up of men,” because it is the strongest Arab army, has a very regimented structure, is a prestigious institution in Egyptian history and has always been the voice of truth.

In his interview, the Pope said that after the Russian church showed its kind feelings towards us it was his duty to come to them in order to thank them and strengthen relations between the two churches. The Pope also confirmed that the Russian church is considered the biggest Orthodox church in the world in terms of numbers, making it an influential voice.

The Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church also explained that the dialogue that occurred during his visit to Russia included the situation of Christians in the Middle East, and he pointed out that their situation is dangerous and unacceptable to the Russian church and government. He explained that the situation is almost tragic in Iraq Syria, whereas Libya and Lebanon are on the brink of falling into the same position, adding that God intervened and saved Egypt at the appropriate time before it became like Iraq.

On the other hand, Pope Tawadros confirmed that the church serves society by building schools and hospitals, participating in community events and sending Coptic businessmen in force to the economic arena, in addition to the use of Coptic expertise and personnel in national projects.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

Nabil Naim: Perpetrators of Sinai incident came from Syria and Iraq, Tahrir News (Egypt), 24 October 2014

Nabil NaimNabil Naim, founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, confirmed that the terrorist attack in Sinai today reflects a high-level of training and could only be carried out by elements that have previously participated in wars.

During a telephone interview with journalist Eman Hirsi for the “90 Minutes” programme, Naim explained that the perpetrators of the incident could have come from Syria and Iraq.

Naim indicated that there were main indications proving that the perpetrators trained militarily to undertake such an operation, and not in normal training camps, especially their targeting of paramedics after carrying out the initial operation.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

ISIS issues several new resolutions regarding education and women going out in public, Raqqa is being slaughtered silently (Syria), 19 October 2014

  1. Women are not permitted to go out except while wearing dira’ (an extra dress, similar to a shield, on top of the niqab and Islamic dress).
  2. Private courses are not permitted except in institutes. There is a 500 lira fine (instead of the previous 50 liras) for those in contravention.
  3. Any teacher instructing female students in a private course will face the death penalty.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

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Ansar al-Sharia statements regarding suicide bombing and IED attack in Sana’a, 10 October 2014

More than fifty apostate Houthis killed and dozens injured in Ansar al-Sharia suicide bombing in Sana’a

More than fifty apostate Houthis were killed and dozens of others were injured after Ansar al-Sharia carried out a suicide bombing on a gathering of apostate Houthis in the Yemeni capital Thursday morning.

Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent in Sana’a province explained that the martyred brother, Abu Mu’awiyah al-Sana’ani – God accept him – detonated a suicide belt among a gathering of Houthis during their preparations to rally in Tahrir Square in the capital Sana’a. His explosion left dozens killed and injured among their ranks, although it is difficult to determine the exact number of casualties.

It is important to note that local and international media outlets reported that the suicide attack led to the death of more than fifty Houthis and injured 150 others, most of them with critical injuries.

Ansar al-Sharia statement regarding suicide bombing in Yemen


Houthi leader targeted with IED planted in his car by Ansar al-Sharia

Ansar al-Sharia targeted apostate Houthi leader Ibrahim al-Mahtouri with an IED, blowing up his car Friday around midday in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.

Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent explained that the mujahideen had earlier planted the IED on al-Mahtouri’s vehicle, before exploding the device while he was in the vehicle at 11:30 am in a residential area of the Sa’wan neighbourhood of the capital, Sana’a. Our correspondent indicated that the mujahideen confirmed al-Mahtouri suffered serious injuries from the explosion, but were unable to confirm if he was killed.

It is important to note that Ibrahim al-Mahtouri is the nephew of Murtada bin Zayd al-Mahrouri, a well-known Houthi religious authority.

Ansar al-Sharia statement regarding IED attack in Sana'a


Translated by Kevin Moore.

*Note: Content contained in the above statement is that of Ansar al-Sharia, and is not endorsed by the translator.

Ansar al-Sharia statements regarding recent attacks in al-Bayda, Akhbar Ansar (Yemen), 8 October 2014

Ansar al-Sharia launches broad offensive against military and security centres in al-Bayda – Part One

Ansar al-Sharia launched a broad offensive today (Wednesday) at 1:00 am, targeting several military and security centres in the city of al-Bayda in the al-Bayda province of central Yemen.

A correspondent of “Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia” in al-Bayda explained that the mujahideen attacked the military base of Special Security Forces (formerly Central Security) in the city with a car bomb driven by the martyred brother, Abu Dajana al-Lahji — God have mercy on him; the ocrerspondent indicated that the mujahideen also attacked General Security and rescue police headquarters, a government compound, as well as the al-Zahar and Azza military checkpoints.

In a conversation with him shortly before, the correspondant added that “dozens of army soldiers were killed and injured during the mujahideen’s storming of the military headquarters and clashes are ongoing. Thanks to God, the mujahideen took many war spoils.”

It should be noted that Ansar al-Sharia’s attack on al-Bayda comes on the background of the Houthi apostates signalling their intention to fighting the Ahl al-Sunnah there on the pretext of fighting al-Qaeda. This matter has been realized in the terms of the peace and partnership agreement between the apostate Houthis and the Sana’a regime, which rules that the Houthi’s hold the reins to manage the country.

Ansar al-Sharia statement on attacks in al-Bayda - 1


Ansar al-Sharia launches broad offensive against military and security centres in al-Bayda – Part Two

An Akbhar Ansar al-Sharia correspondent in the al-Bayda province reported that the mujahideen  stormed the leadership building of the Special Security Forces (formerly Central Security) camp in the city of al-Bayda and burnt the contents of rooms in the building and the enemy’s equipment located in the headquarters.

He added that “the mujahideen began their attacks simultaneous attacks on the military, security and government centres in the city of al-Bayda close to midnight; they attacked the gate of the Special Security Forces’ camp to clear the way for the martyred brother Abu Dajana al-Lahji — God have mercy on him — who stormed the base in a Toyota Hilux packed with nearly a tonne of explosive materials before blowing up his car at the building housing the soldiers. Dozens of them were injured or killed. The correspondent indicated that the mujahideen then stormed the leadership building and burnt the contents of all the rooms, as well as the Special Security Forces’s equipment around the building.

On another front, our correspondent explained that Ansar al-Sharia’s mujahideen also attacked the Azza checkpoint in the city, which led to the death of two soldiers, while the remainder fled. The mujahideen plundered two military vehicles, an SUV and two anti-aircraft missiles before taking complete control of the checkpoint.

Ansar al-Sharia statement on attacks in al-Bayda - 2


Ansar al-Sharia withdraws from al-Bayda after launching successful attacks on military and security targets

The mujahideen of Ansar al-Sharia withdrew from the city of al-Bayda at dawn on Wednesday after simultaneously launched successful attacks that continued for hours against military and security targets in the city.

Our correspondent in the al-Bayda province explained that the attack that laster nearly five hours, from midnight Tuesday until dawn on Wednesday, led to major casualties and material losses among the ranks of the apostate Yemeni army. Our correspondent indicated that the attack came after confirmed reports reached the mujahideen about the holding of joint sessions between Houthi apostates and military/security leaders to arrange the surrender of the Special Security Forces’ base, with all of its military hardware, to the Houthis, under direct supervision of the army; just like the army recently surrendered Amran and Sana’a to the Houthis.

Ansar al-Sharia statement on attacks in al-Bayda - 3


Translated by Kevin Moore.

*Note: Content contained in the above statement is that of Ansar al-Sharia, and is not endorsed by the translator.

“Jund al-Khilafah”…ISIS begins to spread into the Maghreb, El Badil (Egypt), 4 October 2014

The Middle East region has recently witnessed a number of drastic changes related to extremist terrorist groups. Last week, an organisation called “Jund al-Khilafah” (Soldiers of the Caliphate) emerged in Algeria and carried out the execution of a French hostage after announcing their allegiance to “Daesh” (the Arabic equivalent to the acronym ISIS). This event raised fears about the spread of this organisation in North Africa, especially since other groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS have appeared recently in the Maghreb.

“Jund al-Khilfah”…ISIS begins to spread into the MaghrebA number of experts have spoken about the dangers of these organisations and the growth of their influence in the region. Ambassador Sayyid Abu Zayd, assistant to the former Foreign Minister, said that the organisation known as Jund al-Khilafah, which recently appeared in Algeria, its not far from the organisations that claim to raise the banner of religion and use it as a cover to carry out their crimes. He stressed that Islam is not a part of these organisations, which analyse it as they please and forbid what they want.

Abu Zayd explained to El Badil that the emergence of groups pledging allegiance to ISIS in Algeria is not surprising, for in every Middle Eastern and African country, these armed groups rely on provoking the feelings of youths by luring them and convincing them that they are following the true belief in order for them to join them in carrying out terrorist attacks and bombings without thinking, with the aim of achieving specific goals, whether political or spreading chaos and instability in the region. He stressed that there are children in these groups who have been trained at the hands of terrorists from a young age to carry out major attacks and bombings in the region.

The former diplomat stressed that the Egyptian view is correct, in that the world is confronting international terrorism, not represented only in certain organisations like ISIS, but rather we are confronting terrorism that threatens the entire world and will sooner or later reach the borders of countries that are fighting it, and from there regional and international areas.

Abu Zayd added that the emergence of videos showing the execution of European hostages by ISIS is meant to terrorise citizens of countries participating in the regional coalition so that pressure can be placed on governments to distance themselves from participation, as well as maintain fear for the safety of other imprisoned citizens. However, the opposite has happened, the tables have been turned, and the cautious states are participating and gathering together to carry out attacks and pre-emptive strikes on this organisation, fearful of the spread and threat of their interests.

For his part, Ambassador Raouf Sa’ad, former Egyptian ambassador to Russia and assistant to the former Foreign Minister, said that the multiplicity of terrorist organisations in the region and some of them pledging allegiance of ISIS demonstrations has a positive and a negative side. He stressed that the negative side is a result of the fluid condition and chaos which have prevailed in the Arab world. This atmosphere was ideal for extremist groups, and we see a new wave of non-traditional terrorism.

Raouf Sa’ad added that the danger in this case is that we cans see that the nature of groups that join these terrorism groups are not the traditional groups that joined them previously, like the poor and the like. Instead they are from the middle-class, distinguished by their social participation in social networking. Additionally, these organisations finance themselves by controlling oil fields and resource-rich areas. Subsequently there are highly trained and well-financed terrorist organisations.

In the same context Ambassador Rakha Ahmed Hassan, former assistant to the Foreign Minister, said that the emergence of other organisations in the region like Jund al-Khilafah in Algeria is not surprising. By looking at the origins of all of these terrorist organisations, including ISIS in Iraq, we notice that they were a branch of al-Qaeda in Iraq but for reasons related to political or ideological differences an organisation rebels against us with a new name, but under one set of principles and with one approach represented in al-Qaeda’s takfiri ideology. Rakha stressed that regional changes effects the naming of these organisations.

Rakha added that what is important is not the names, so much as our recognising the goals that they hope to achieve, and the heinous crimes they commit on a daily basis against civilians and non-combatants. He stressed that in every country, particularly in the Middle East region, you will find a group that supports this radical ideology, citing the so-called “Beit al-Maqdis” group in Egypt, “Ansar al-Shari’a” in Libya, “Jabhat al-Nusra” in Lebanon and Syria. He stressed that these groups were established under the noses of the American administration in order to spread chaos and instability in the region.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

Dismantled terrorist cell adopted the name “Supporters of the Islamic State in Morocco,” Menara (Morocco), 29 September 2014”

Islamic State militantsOngoing research into a dismantled terrorist cell revealed that its members had named themselves ‘Anṣār ad-Dawla al-Islāmiyya fīl-Maghrib al-Aqṣa’ (Supporters of the Islamic State in Morocco).

Research into the dismantled group, which it was active in Nador and Melilla to attract and recruit Moroccan militants with the intent of strengthening ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Iraq, indicated that its members had given themselves the name Supporters of the Islamic State in Morocco.

A statement from the Interior Ministry on Sunday explained that elements of this cell had “recently resolved to join the ranks of ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria, after making contact with Moroccan jihadists who are part of this terrorist organization and have vowed to return to the kingdom to undertake the same brutal and barbaric actions that they are perpetrating against Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, and anyone who stands in their way.”

However, in the wake of intensified airstrikes by coalition forces in parts of Iraq and Syria and the accompanying security restrictions on volunteers for jihad in this region, the statement adds, members of this cell decided to “join the so-called ‘Jund al-Khilafa’ (Soldiers of the Caliphate) in Algeria, which recently announced its allegiance to ‘Islamic State’ after taking responsibility for the execution of French hostage Hervé Gourdel in response to France’s decision to join the aforementioned coalition.”

The same source indicated that research shows that the members of this cell “intended to transport the experience of ‘Islamic State’ by spreading an atmosphere of terror and panic inside the kingdom, as apparent through their circulation of terrible images of the corpses of Iraqi and Syrian soldiers distributed by militants of this terrorist organization.”

The source confirmed that the suspects will be brought to justice immediately after the ongoing investigation, overseen by the competent public prosecutor.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

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