A close examination of the evolution of the violence in Russia indicates that Islamic terrorists and followers of Al-Qaeda have increasingly sought to co-opt the Chechen Muslim separatist movement as their own.”
CFRThe Chechens are a largely Muslim ethnic group that has lived for centuries in the mountainous North Caucasus region. For the past two hundred years, Chechens have resisted Russian rule. During World War II, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin accused the Chechens of cooperating with the Nazis and forcibly deported the entire population to Kazakhstan and Siberia. Tens of thousands of Chechens died, and the survivors were allowed to return home only after Stalin’s death.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Chechen separatists launched unsuccessful, campaigns for an independent Islamic state, which resulted in two devastating wars and an ongoing insurgency in Russia’s republic of Chechnya. Violence in the North Caucasus has escalated since the ’90’s. Chechnya’s long and violent guerrilla war has attracted a small number of Islamist militants from outside of Chechnya–some of whom are Arab fighters with possible links to al-Qaeda.
Zacarias Moussaoui, who was convicted for his involvement in the September 11 attacks, was reported by the Wall Street Journal to be formerly “a recruiter for al-Qaeda-backed rebels in Chechnya.” Chechen militants reportedly fought alongside al-Qaeda and Taliban forces against the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in late 2001. The Taliban regime in Afghanistan was one of the only governments to recognize Chechen independence.
The most notorious and devastating attack came in September 2004, when Basayev ordered an attack on a school in Beslan, a town in North Ossetia. More than three hundred people died in the three-day siege, most of them children. Since then, violence has generally targeted individual officials and government offices rather than large groups of civilians. Experts say there are several ties between the al-Qaeda network and Chechen groups. Attacks include:
An August 1999 bombing of a shopping arcade and a September 1999 bombing of an apartment building in Moscow that killed sixty-four people.
Two bombings in September 1999 in the Russian republic of Dagestan and southern Russian city of Volgodonsk. Controversy still surrounds whether these attacks were conclusively linked to Chechens.
A bomb blast that killed at least forty-one people, including seventeen children, during a military parade in the southwestern town of Kaspiisk in May 2002. Russia blamed the attack on Chechen terrorists.
The October 2002 seizure of Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater, where approximately seven hundred people were attending a performance. Russian Special Forces launched a rescue operation, but the opium-derived gas they used to disable the hostage-takers killed more than 120 hostages, as well as many of the terrorists. Basayev took responsibility for organizing the attack, and three Chechen-affiliated groups are thought to have been involved.
A December 2002 dual suicide bombing that attacked the headquarters of Chechnya’s Russian-backed government in Grozny. Russian officials claim that international terrorists helped local Chechens mount the assault, which killed eighty-three people.
A three-day attack on Ingushetia in June 2004, which killed almost one hundred people and injured another 120.
Street fighting in October 2005 that killed at least eighty-five people. The fighting was in the south Russian city of Nalchik after Chechen rebels assaulted government buildings, telecommunications facilities, and the airport.
An attack on the Nevsky Express, used by members of the business and political elite, in November 2009 killed twenty-seven people.
In March 2010, two female suicide bombers detonated bombs in a Moscow metro station located near the headquarters of the security services, killing thirty-nine people. Islamist Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the bombing; he had also claimed responsibility for the derailment of the Nevsky Express.
Two days after the metro station bombing in March 2010, two bombs exploded in the town of Kizlyar, in Russia’s North Caucasus, killing at least twelve people.
In new developments the head of Iran’s police, Gen Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam,told BBC reportersthat Man Haron Monis, a welfare parasite in Australia, was wanted in Iran for fraud in 1996 but that he fled to Australia. “Since we did not have an agreement on the extradition of criminals with Australia, the Australian police refused to extradite him,” he said.
NEWS AU (h/t Eric M) Monis arrived in Australia as a refugee from Iran in 1996, and apparently alarm bells were ringing about his dangerous past even before he reached out shores. According to Fars News International, Iran’s government news agency, he had stolen $US200,000 from people applying for travel visas when he was working in a local travel agency, and used that money to flee to Australia. News Corp Australia today reports the Iranian State Department warned Australia about Monis before he arrived in the country almost 20 years ago.
“The psychological condition of the person who took refuse in Australia two decades ago has been discussed several times with the Australian officials,” a spokeswoman for the Iranian foreign ministry said. Australia had denied an attempt extradite Monis to Iran when he had been indicted for fraud in 1996.
When asked to confirm the claim in a press conference this afternoon, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he would not confirm it but not deny it either. Mr Abbott did confirm that Man Haron Monis held a gun license and that he had been on welfare.
These latest revelations the latest in a stream of questions being asked by the community and its leaders in the wake of the horrifying Sydney siege that killed two innocent people and injured dozens of others. As the public learns more and more about the violent history of Man Haron Monis, the demand for answers strengthens.
The self-styled ‘sheik’ a dole recipient, became known to ASIO and other intelligence agencies in the late 2000s. His “extremist behaviour” and long criminal history, made him suspicious to intelligence agencies.
One example of Monis’ behaviour, when he sent offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers in 2010, brought him into the national spotlight. But it was activities separate to this that gained the attention of ASIO, the AFP and the Department of Immigration.
Monis was known to counterterrorism agencies. He was on a national watch list but had “dropped off”, the Prime Minister admitted this morning. Since the terror alert was heightened in September in response to threats from Islamic State, the government has been more closely monitoring the activity of those on national watch lists, but NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard admitted yesterday one fatal mistake had been made by overlooking this man.
Speaking on ABC radio this morning, Mr Abbott said the threshold for an individual to make the watchlist was, “in a nutshell”, someone who “is regarded as at risk of doing violence against innocent people”. Even though Mr Monis had a known “infatuation with extremism” and had publicly declared his support of IS on his website just last month, he somehow didn’t make the cut.
Monis entered the Lindt cafe in the centre of Sydney’s CBD armed with a shotgun just months after a Sydney magistrate decided the case to detain him after he had been accused of assisting in the murder of his former partner was “weak”. The 50-year-old was facing charges of being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, stabbed and set alight allegedly by Monis’ new girlfriend.
Sydney jihadi’s neighbors: he prayed loudly to Allah and threw garbage into their yard
Man Haron Monis, born Manteghi Boroujerdi but known as Sheikh Haron, was identified as the Islamic terrorist who held several people hostage in a café in Sydney, resulting in 3 deaths. He was out on bail on a charge of colluding with girlfriend, Amirah Droudis, to murder his ex-wife, who was stabbed 18 times and set on fire in 2013, allegedly by the girlfriend.
Daily MailOn December 12 last year, Monis, 49, and girlfriend, Amirah Droudis, 34, who is charged with murder, were both released on bail reportedly because the prosecution case against them for the death of Noleen Hayson Pal was considered ‘weak’.
Telegraph The man behind the shocking siege in a Sydney café was Man Haron Monis, a notorious 49-year-old self-proclaimed sheikh and his girlfriend, were well known for multiple crimes including sending offensive letters to grieving families of dead Australian soldiers and allegedly murdering his ex-wife.
In October, he was chanrged with 40 indecent and sexual assault charges, including 22 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 14 counts of aggravated indecent assault relating to six women. In 2002 he faced charges of sexually assaulting a woman and of joining with his current girlfriend to stab his ex-wife to death in Sydney last year.
Sheikh Haron and girlfriend, Amirah Droudis, 34
Monis and Amirzh Droudis were arrested on November 15 last year and charged. Evidence given during a bail hearing in Penrith Local Court last December said a witness saw Ms Hayson Pal having fluid poured on her and set alight by a woman wearing a ‘black cape’ and a headscarf, theDaily Telegraph reported.
The lawyer who acted for both Monis and Ms Droudis last December, Manny Conditsis, told Daily Mail Australia the pair had been granted bail because the charges of accessory to murder and murder were based on ‘circumstantial’ evidence. This is despite the fact that Monis had prior convictions – for writing malicious letters to the families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan – and the outstanding charges over allegations of indecent and sexual assault relating to his career as ‘a spiritual healer’.
He was due in court due in court in February next year for the sexual assault charges which stem from his western Sydney practice as a ‘spiritual healer’ and black magic practitioner. The charges included 22 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 14 counts of aggravated indecent assault against seven women.
In below video, Amirah Droudis admits to being a terrorist.
Hostages were being held inside a central Sydney cafe where a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window, raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic State militants. (LIVE FEED 2nd video below)
NEWS AUARMED men are holding 40 to 50 people hostage at a cafe in Martin Place in Sydney. There are reports that two gunman have taken hostages, some of which are standing with their hands up at the windows in the popular Lindt chocolate shop, which has two or three entrances. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.
Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane told news.com.au he believes there are 40 to 50 people inside the cafe, including customers and staff.
Staff in shop aprons can be seen with their hands on the windows. There are also reports that there is more than one gunman. Police officers have guns drawn outside the cafe.
The chocolate shop is 30 or 40 metres from the Channel 7 offices so they have cameras trained on the building. Channel 7 has been evacuated. There are also reports that nearby Sydney landmarks including the Opera House and Art Gallery NSW have been evacuated.
There are State Government agencies in the same building and police have shut down traffic in a wide perimeter surrounding the incident. Surrounding buildings are also in lockdown.
BNI reader says there are unconfirmed reports that owners of the company just recently refused Halal certification.
Just heard a reporter in the live feed say “it is probably not a terrorist attack because nobody has been killed yet.” HAH!
Sydney catapulted into the horrific realm of Islamo-fascism shortly after 9.30am today when the ugly black flag of barbarism was displayed above the cheery Merry Christmas message greeting passers-by at the Lindt chocolate cafe in Martin Place.
Inside the popular cafe at least one man, possibly two, carrying a bag and a machete had pulled what appeared to one witness to be a shotgun on customers and staff and forced them to line up against the windows facing the central Sydney mall.
The lettering on the detested flag which has fluttered in the background at scenes of medieval brutality across Syria and Iraq are those of a Muslim prayer used by Islamists “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”.
In the Middle East, those who have not accepted this doctrine have been beheaded, sold into slavery, raped and defiled.
Seeing the grotesque message in Arabic script in the heart of Sydney’s CBD refutes the denials of all those who claimed that atrocities such as those which have shattered the peace in London, Madrid, Paris, Brussels and New York were unlikely to occur here.
Whether those who brought the black flag to the Lindt cafe are actually connected to ISIS doesn’t matter. They want to be thought of as belonging to the homicidal cult.
This may well be the “lone wolf” attack security authorities have feared. There are unconfirmed reports that as many as four packages have been located at sites around this city.
Whether this hostage situation is connected to an early morning arrest of a Sydney man on terrorism related charges is as yet unclear but police have confirmed that an individual alleged to be engaged in terrorism financing is in custody.
The impact on the siege extends well beyond the inner-CBD streets surrounding Martin Place. It has shaken NSW and the nation. It has injected a note of fear into all who visit city areas, whether for work or simply to view the Christmas decorations. It has been a propaganda victory for international terrorism.
Just as those who were in Sydney recall the atmosphere of fear and suspicion that pervaded the city 36 years ago when a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel during the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting, so too will those who were in the city today always remember this morning of dread and anxiety.
Innocent lives are hanging in the balance. Christmas has been stolen.
Ray Hadley, a local radio host, says he was called by one of the hostages at the assailant’s demand. According to Hadley, the hostage-takerclaimedto have “devices all over the city” and demanded to “speak with the prime minister live on radio.”
HADLEY confirms he is speaking to a hostage inside the cafe. He says the gunman is listening to multiple radio stations inside the cafe.
He is a suicide bomber with explosives hidden in his underwear, sent by the Taliban, meant to blow up the Kabul police chief.
Though he managed to reach the police chief’s office in the heart of the city’s heavily fortified police headquarters, by chance, the chief was not in his office but his chief of staff was, and he was killed along with 6 other visitors who were injured.
So? Most mosques ARE jihadist/terrorist recruitment centers which is why all mosques in the West should be eliminated.
The Local(h/t Maria J) The cafeteria of Madrid’s M-30 mosque was the base of a network that recruited jihadists to fight for the terror group ISIS in Syria, a Spanish judge said on Thursday. The terror network allegedly headed up by ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner Lahcen Ikassrien used the mosque, Madrid’s largest, as its centre of operations, National Court judge Pablo Ruz said in a ruling as he processed 15 members of the gang dismantled in June.
Mosque of Madrid ISIS Recruiting Center
In a 49-page report, Ruz outlined the activities of the group, which is thought to have been in operation since 2011 and to have operated a training camp near the Spanish city of Ávila. The group, known by its members as the Al-Andalus Brigade — a reference to the Islamic-controlled area of Spain of the Middle Ages — left a trail of evidence including paperwork, videos and social media content outlining how they operated.
One such example is that of Hicham Chentouf, who joined Isis in autumn of 2013. This young man started attending the M-30 mosque in 2010 and became radicalized after contact with the cell led by Ikassrien. He went on to become an imam at the Yunquera de Henares mosque in Spain’s Guadalajara mosque.
Hicham Chentouf”s Facebook profile picture
In 2014, Chentouf posted on his Facebook page a message from the head of operations for ISIS in Homs giving him permission to take a week’s leave from combat. He had earlier posted a photo of himself brandishing an AK-47 rifle, Spain’s El País newspaper reported.
Ikassrien, described by the judge as the cell’s charismatic leader, is now facing 12 years in prison for heading up a terror cell, and has also been accused of falsifying documents after allegedly forging his Spanish residence permit.
Former Guantano Bay terrorist Moroccan Lahcen Ikassrien
However, the main operative for the group was Omar El Harchi who organized financing and recruiting for the group, the judge said. El Harchi purchased plane tickets for two members of the group who died in combat in Syria in 2012.
Thursday’s hearing came on the same day that ten Mediterranean nations — including France, Italy, Algeria and Libya — on Thursday pledged greater cooperation in the fight against Islamic radicalism and illegal immigration during talks in Spain. The vow came at the close of a meeting of defence ministers in the southern city of Granada from the so-called 5+5 initiative set up in 2004 to boost cooperation in security matters among 10 nations from around the Mediterranean.
European-based ISIS jihadists
The 5+5 initiative also includes Tunisia, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal and Malta. “International jihadist terrorism directly affects our nations but it is also affecting countries that are not part of the 5+5 and which have the capacity to influence in our nations.”
Several Islamist extremist groups are threatening the area, including jihadists from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who are active in Algeria and remain a major problem for Morocco.
In the lawsuit filed against the French government, the mother of the 16-year-old Muslim jihadist argues that French authorities should have taken more steps to prevent her son from fleeing France to join ISIS.
IB Times “He told me he was going to sleep over at a friend’s house. The next day, he hadn’t returned and he didn’t answer his cell phone, which was not like him. The other mothers in the neighbourhood told me he had left with friends for Turkey in order to reach Syria,” the mother, identified as Nadine D, told French daily Le Parisien.
The teenager is believed to have reached Syria after travelling via Turkey a year ago. The mother says the authorities failed to ask the minor why he was travelling alone and without a passport.
BELOW: French ISIS recruits burn their French passports in Syria:
“Given current events, the border police should have at least questioned a minor travelling alone to such a destination. Common sense should have led them to ask him why he was going there, if he had family ties there and why he was not accompanied,” she added. Reports suggest he joined the al-Qaeda’s Syrian arm of al-Nusra Front after reaching the conflict zone.
In response to Nadine, the French interior ministry was quoted as saying: “The young man had the right to go to Turkey with his identity card. What were the police supposed to do? Deprive him of his right to free movement, without any legal basis?”
The French rules legally allow minors with a valid identity proof to travel abroad without being accompanied by an adult.
Kenya has been in the crosshairs of the transnational jihadi movement. In the past, the fact that Kenya was seen as being firmly in the western sphere of influence made Kenya a target, with most of the incidents, including the 1998 US embassy attack, targeting western interests. Kenya’s Muslim population is only 11% but the cause of much unrest in the country.
Al-Jazeera(h/t Guy I) However, after Kenya’s intervention in Somalia in 2011, the country itself become a target. Islamic errorism activity in Kenya reached a peak with the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in September 2013, when unidentified gunmen killed 67 people and injured almost 200 others.
THIS IS WHY: Dec. 2, 2014: Bodies of Kenyans lie at a quarry in Mandera County, Kenya. Kenya police said that at least 36 quarry workers were killed in an attack in northern Kenya by suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia who targeted non-Muslim workers, just as they did on non-Muslim bus passengers earlier this year.
As a response to the growing terrorism threat, the Kenyan government created the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in March 2003, following the 2002 attack on an Israeli-owned Mombasa hotel. This was also accompanied by the passage of Anti-Terrorism Act in 2012. As part of the wider counterterrorism effort, the government also began a huge crackdownon the Somali and Muslim communitiesespecially in Nairobi, parts of Northern Kenya and coastal Kenya.
As the crackdown intensified, a number of extrajudicial killings of Muslim preachers took place, some in the coastal city of Mombasa. Most of the victims were suspected of having connections with Somalia’s al-Shabab group.
Dead Muslim terrorist suspect, killed by Kenyan police
While in almost all the cases the police deny culpability, research by human rights organisations reveals the ATPU’s involvement. In its August 2014 report, “Kenya: Killings, disappearance by anti-terror police,” HRW points to ” …evidence of at least 10 cases of extrajudicial killings of terrorism suspects, some of whom were last seen in ATPU custody or had been threatened by the unit’s officers after courts had released them”.
The Kenyan government has accused some of the clerics who were killed of recruiting Muslim youth for terrorism activities through their mosques. However, despite initiating investigations against them, the government never followed through to prosecute the imams.
After public outcry over the killing of Muslim cleric Ibrahim “Rogo” Omar, the government set up a task force to investigate his murder. The director of public prosecution promised in 2013 that he will institute an inquest, but has not done so yet.
One of the commissions established following the 2007-2008 violence to look at the role of the police, was the Waki Commission. Established to look into the circumstances and facts surrounding the violence and provide recommendations, the Waki Commission found that of the 1,500 deaths, the police was responsible for more than 30 percent of them.
As a result several reform measures were proposed including the establishment of a civilian oversight of the police, and many other reforms. However, due to lack of political will, the police reforms have stalled.
The extrajudicial killings by the police in Kenya are anchored in a systemic lack of accountability and deeply entrenched culture of pervasive impunity. While the police undoubtedly face ever changing security challenges, its involvement in extrajudicial killings make matters worse. Effective security sector reform is the only way forward.
FYI: Sweden is considered the most Muslim-friendly nation in Europe and is importing tens of thousands of Muslim criminals and rapists every year. Swedes have recently been asked to welcome 100,000 MORE Muslim refugees from Syria.
An alleged weapons maker for the Islamic State (IS) claimed that a “radioactive device” has been smuggled into an undisclosed location in Europe, according to an intelligence brief released Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Washington Free Beacon “A Radioactive Device has entered somewhere in Europe,” according Twitter user Muslim-Al-Britani, who claims to be a freelance jihadist weapons maker now working alongside IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS), according to tweets captured and disseminated by SITE.
The claim by Al-Britani comes just days after reports emerged that IS could have in its possession a dirty bomb, the elements of which were obtained via earlier IS raids on a university research facility in Mosul that contained uranium. Al-Britani is also responsible for the flurry of reports on the dirty bomb.
Al-Britani, who has disseminated on his Twitter feed “weapon instructions and manuals,” claimed on Nov. 23 that the “Islamic State does have a dirty bomb. We found some radioactive material from Mosul university,” according to the tweets reproduced by SITE.
While it is difficult to assess the veracity of Al-Britani’s claims, U.S. officials have expressed concern about IS potentially smuggling nuclear and radioactive material out of Iraq.
U.S. and Iraqi officialsinked a pact in September meant to step up efforts to combat this type of smuggling, which the United States deemed a “critical” threat. “There’s always a concern about radiological or radioactive sources,” a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon at the time.
While the United States, at that time, was “not aware of any cases of these types of material being smuggled out of the country thus far,” ISIS could potentially use these radioactive materials to create a crude bomb, the official said.
“This is the kind of thing where if ISIS got its hands on enough radioactive sources or radioactive sources of a sufficient radioactivity level and they decided to turn it into a bomb and blow it up in a market, that would be a very unpleasant thing,” the official said.
Iraq reportedlyinformed the United Nations in July that terrorists had seized nuclear materials being housed at Mosul University. Some 90 pounds of uranium were said to have been stolen, according to reports. Former Pentagon adviser Michael Rubin said that intelligence officials should be considering the information disseminated by purported IS confidants.
“Too often, counterterrorism officials plan to prevent replication of the last terror attack,” Rubin said. “Terror groups, however, plan to shock with something new.”
“Maybe Britani is lying, and maybe he’s not. But Western officials would be foolish to assume that just because something hasn’t happened yet, it won’t,” Rubin said. “The terrorist groups have the motivation and, thanks to post-withdrawal vacuum created in Iraq, the means to strike the West like never before.”
The threats also should factor into the ongoing debates about border control, according to Rubin. “Perhaps it’s also time to recognize that open borders and successful counter-terrorism are mutually exclusive,” he said. “It’s a lesson that might fly in the face of Obama’s ideology, but reality will always trump political spin.”