Who bankrolls Islamic terrorism? David Cameron knows but his lips are sealed

The Guardian \ Owen Jones

Britain’s allies are up to their necks in complicity with terrorism, but as long as there is money to be made and weapons to sell, our rulers’ lips will remain stubbornly sealed.

The so-called war on terror is nearly 13 years old, but which rational human being will be cheering its success? We’ve had crackdowns on civil liberties across the world, tabloid-fanned generalisations about Muslims and, of course, military interventions whose consequences have ranged from the disastrous to the catastrophic.

And where have we ended up? Wars that Britons believe have made them less safe; jihadists too extreme even for al-Qaida’s tastes running amok in Iraq and Syria; and nations like Libya succumbing to Islamist militias. There are failures, and then there are calamities.

But as the British government ramps up the terror alert to “severe” and yet moreanti-terror legislation is proposed, some reflection after 13 years of disaster is surely needed.

One element has been missing, and that is the west’s relationship with Middle Eastern dictatorships that have played a pernicious role in the rise of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism. And no wonder: the west is militarily, economically and diplomatically allied with these often brutal regimes, and our media all too often reflects the foreign policy objectives of our governments.

Take Qatar. There is evidence that, as the US magazine The Atlantic puts it, “Qatar’s military and economic largesse has made its way to Jabhat al-Nusra”, an al-Qaida group operating in Syria. Less than two weeks ago, Germany’s development minister, Gerd Mueller, was slapped down after pointing the finger at Qatar for funding Islamic State (Isis).

While there is no evidence to suggest Qatar’s regime is directly funding Isis,powerful private individuals within the state certainly are, and arms intended for other jihadi groups are likely to have fallen into their hands. According to a secret memo signed by Hillary Clinton, released by Wikileaks, Qatar has theworst record of counter-terrorism cooperation with the US.

And yet, where are the western demands for Qatar to stop funding international terrorism or being complicit in the rise of jihadi groups? Instead, Britain arms Qatar’s dictatorship, selling it millions of pounds worth of weaponry including “crowd-control ammunition” and missile parts. There are other reasons for Britain to keep stumm, too. Qatar owns lucrative chunks of Britain such as the Shard, a big portion of Sainsbury’s and a slice of the London Stock Exchange.

Then there’s Kuwait, slammed by Amnesty International for curtailing freedom of expression, beating and torturing demonstrators and discriminating against women. Hundreds of millions have been channelled by wealthy Kuwaitis to Syria, again ending up with groups like Jabhat al-Nusra.

Kuwait has refused to ban the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, a supposed charity designated by the US Treasury as an al-Qaida bankroller. David Cohen, the US Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, has even described Kuwait as the “epicentre of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria”. As Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, an associate fellow at Chatham House, told me: “High profile Kuwaiti clerics were quite openly supporting groups like al-Nusra, using TV programmes in Kuwait to grandstand on it.” All of this is helped by lax laws on financing and money laundering, he says.

But don’t expect any concerted action from the British government. Kuwait is “an important British ally in the region”, as the British government officially puts it. Tony Blair has become the must-have accessory of every self-respecting dictator, ranging from Kazakhstan to Egypt; Kuwait was Tony Blair Associates’first client in a deal worth £27m. Britain has approved hundreds of arms licences to Kuwait since 2003, recently including military software and anti-riot shields.

And then, of course, there is the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia. Much of the world was rightly repulsed when Isis beheaded the courageous journalist James Foley. Note, then, that Saudi Arabia has beheaded 22 people since 4 August. Among the “crimes” that are punished with beheading are sorcery and drug trafficking.

Around 2,000 people have been killed since 1985, their decapitated corpses often left in public squares as a warning. According to Amnesty International, the death penalty “is so far removed from any kind of legal parameters that it is almost hard to believe”, with the use of torture to extract confessions commonplace. Shia Muslims are discriminated against and women are deprived of basic rights, having to seek permission from a man before they can even travel or take up paid work.

Even talking about atheism has been made a terrorist offence and in 2012, 25-year-old Hamza Kashgari was jailed for 20 months for tweeting about the prophet Muhammad. Here are the fruits of the pact between an opulent monarchy and a fanatical clergy.

This human rights abusing regime is deeply complicit in the rise of Islamist extremism too. Following the Soviet invasion, the export of the fundamentalist Saudi interpretation of Islam – Wahhabism – fused with Afghan Pashtun tribal code and helped to form the Taliban. The Saudi monarchy would end up suffering from blowback as al-Qaida eventually turned against the kingdom.

Chatham House professor Paul Stevens says: “For a long time, there was an unwritten agreement … whereby al-Qaida’s presence was tolerated in Saudi Arabia, but don’t piss inside the tent, piss outside.” Coates Ulrichsen warns that Saudi policy on Syria could be “Afghanistan on steroids”, as elements of the regime have turned a blind eye to where funding for anti-Assad rebels ends up.

Although Saudi Arabia has given $100m (£60m) to the UN anti-terror programme and the country’s grand mufti has denounced Isis as “enemy number one”, radical Salafists across the Middle East receive ideological and material backing from within the kingdom. According to Clinton’s leaked memo, Saudi donors constituted “the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”.

But again, don’t expect Britain to act. Our alliance with the regime dates back to 1915, and Saudi Arabia is the British arms industry’s biggest market, receiving £1.6bn of military exports. There are now more than 200 joint venturesbetween UK and Saudi companies worth $17.5bn.

So much rhetoric about terrorism; so many calls to act. Yet Britain’s foreign policy demonstrates how empty such words are. Our allies are up to their necks in complicity with terrorism, but as long as there is money to be made and weapons to sell, our rulers’ lips will remain stubbornly sealed.

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Who bankrolls Islamic terrorism? David Cameron knows but his lips are sealed

The Guardian \ Owen Jones

Britain’s allies are up to their necks in complicity with terrorism, but as long as there is money to be made and weapons to sell, our rulers’ lips will remain stubbornly sealed.

The so-called war on terror is nearly 13 years old, but which rational human being will be cheering its success? We’ve had crackdowns on civil liberties across the world, tabloid-fanned generalisations about Muslims and, of course, military interventions whose consequences have ranged from the disastrous to the catastrophic.

And where have we ended up? Wars that Britons believe have made them less safe; jihadists too extreme even for al-Qaida’s tastes running amok in Iraq and Syria; and nations like Libya succumbing to Islamist militias. There are failures, and then there are calamities.

But as the British government ramps up the terror alert to “severe” and yet moreanti-terror legislation is proposed, some reflection after 13 years of disaster is surely needed.

One element has been missing, and that is the west’s relationship with Middle Eastern dictatorships that have played a pernicious role in the rise of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism. And no wonder: the west is militarily, economically and diplomatically allied with these often brutal regimes, and our media all too often reflects the foreign policy objectives of our governments.

Take Qatar. There is evidence that, as the US magazine The Atlantic puts it, “Qatar’s military and economic largesse has made its way to Jabhat al-Nusra”, an al-Qaida group operating in Syria. Less than two weeks ago, Germany’s development minister, Gerd Mueller, was slapped down after pointing the finger at Qatar for funding Islamic State (Isis).

While there is no evidence to suggest Qatar’s regime is directly funding Isis,powerful private individuals within the state certainly are, and arms intended for other jihadi groups are likely to have fallen into their hands. According to a secret memo signed by Hillary Clinton, released by Wikileaks, Qatar has theworst record of counter-terrorism cooperation with the US.

And yet, where are the western demands for Qatar to stop funding international terrorism or being complicit in the rise of jihadi groups? Instead, Britain arms Qatar’s dictatorship, selling it millions of pounds worth of weaponry including “crowd-control ammunition” and missile parts. There are other reasons for Britain to keep stumm, too. Qatar owns lucrative chunks of Britain such as the Shard, a big portion of Sainsbury’s and a slice of the London Stock Exchange.

Then there’s Kuwait, slammed by Amnesty International for curtailing freedom of expression, beating and torturing demonstrators and discriminating against women. Hundreds of millions have been channelled by wealthy Kuwaitis to Syria, again ending up with groups like Jabhat al-Nusra.

Kuwait has refused to ban the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, a supposed charity designated by the US Treasury as an al-Qaida bankroller. David Cohen, the US Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, has even described Kuwait as the “epicentre of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria”. As Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, an associate fellow at Chatham House, told me: “High profile Kuwaiti clerics were quite openly supporting groups like al-Nusra, using TV programmes in Kuwait to grandstand on it.” All of this is helped by lax laws on financing and money laundering, he says.

But don’t expect any concerted action from the British government. Kuwait is “an important British ally in the region”, as the British government officially puts it. Tony Blair has become the must-have accessory of every self-respecting dictator, ranging from Kazakhstan to Egypt; Kuwait was Tony Blair Associates’first client in a deal worth £27m. Britain has approved hundreds of arms licences to Kuwait since 2003, recently including military software and anti-riot shields.

And then, of course, there is the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia. Much of the world was rightly repulsed when Isis beheaded the courageous journalist James Foley. Note, then, that Saudi Arabia has beheaded 22 people since 4 August. Among the “crimes” that are punished with beheading are sorcery and drug trafficking.

Around 2,000 people have been killed since 1985, their decapitated corpses often left in public squares as a warning. According to Amnesty International, the death penalty “is so far removed from any kind of legal parameters that it is almost hard to believe”, with the use of torture to extract confessions commonplace. Shia Muslims are discriminated against and women are deprived of basic rights, having to seek permission from a man before they can even travel or take up paid work.

Even talking about atheism has been made a terrorist offence and in 2012, 25-year-old Hamza Kashgari was jailed for 20 months for tweeting about the prophet Muhammad. Here are the fruits of the pact between an opulent monarchy and a fanatical clergy.

This human rights abusing regime is deeply complicit in the rise of Islamist extremism too. Following the Soviet invasion, the export of the fundamentalist Saudi interpretation of Islam – Wahhabism – fused with Afghan Pashtun tribal code and helped to form the Taliban. The Saudi monarchy would end up suffering from blowback as al-Qaida eventually turned against the kingdom.

Chatham House professor Paul Stevens says: “For a long time, there was an unwritten agreement … whereby al-Qaida’s presence was tolerated in Saudi Arabia, but don’t piss inside the tent, piss outside.” Coates Ulrichsen warns that Saudi policy on Syria could be “Afghanistan on steroids”, as elements of the regime have turned a blind eye to where funding for anti-Assad rebels ends up.

Although Saudi Arabia has given $100m (£60m) to the UN anti-terror programme and the country’s grand mufti has denounced Isis as “enemy number one”, radical Salafists across the Middle East receive ideological and material backing from within the kingdom. According to Clinton’s leaked memo, Saudi donors constituted “the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”.

But again, don’t expect Britain to act. Our alliance with the regime dates back to 1915, and Saudi Arabia is the British arms industry’s biggest market, receiving £1.6bn of military exports. There are now more than 200 joint venturesbetween UK and Saudi companies worth $17.5bn.

So much rhetoric about terrorism; so many calls to act. Yet Britain’s foreign policy demonstrates how empty such words are. Our allies are up to their necks in complicity with terrorism, but as long as there is money to be made and weapons to sell, our rulers’ lips will remain stubbornly sealed.

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The true story of Mark Paslawsky, the ‘only’ American fighter with Kiev forces

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Ukrainian servicemen are seen at their position during fighting with anti-goverment fighters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk August 26, 2014 (Reuters / Maks Levin)

Ukrainian servicemen are seen at their position during fighting with anti-goverment fighters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk August 26, 2014 (Reuters / Maks Levin)

On Tuesday, August 20, a US army veteran named Mark Paslawsky was killed during a battle in Ilovyask, near Donetsk, which is currently held by anti-Kiev rebels.

Fighting on the side of pro-government forces, the American had sprung to prominence because of his Twitter feed (@BruceSpringnote), often sharply critical of Ukrainian politicians, and a fawning video interview with Vice News’ Simon Ostrovsky shortly before his death.

The 55-year-old West Point graduate, who was also a former investment banker, mainly focused on Moscow, Kharkov and Kiev, claimed he had changed his nationality to Ukrainian to enlist in the Donbass Battalion.Paslawsky fought under the pseudonym ‘Franko’ and served in the US army until at least 1991, when he was described as a captain in a New York Times op-ed.

His death inspired uncritical and shoddy obituaries in the popular American press. The NYT, under the headline “An American Voice on Ukraine’s Front Lines Goes Silent” used employees of Euromaidan PR as sources, and Vice, rather ridiculously, claimed he was “The Only American fighting for Ukraine.”The only small nod to the soldier’s background came via a quote attributed by Ostrovsky to a colleague, going by ‘Lex’: “He really hated the Russians. We all hate the Russians.”

There was a very good reason for Paslawsky’s use of a nom-de-guerre like ‘Franko’ and the social media handle ‘Bruce Springnote’ and for the soft soap in the US media.

Paslawsky was not an “ordinary Joe” from New Jersey with benign family connections to Ukraine who suddenly decided to help defend the motherland, he was the nephew of the notorious Nazi Mykola Lebed – who incredibly was employed by the CIA from 1949 to possibly as late as 1991. There is no insinuation that Paslawksy also harbored fascist or anti-Semitic beliefs, but family influences surely played a significant role in the formation of his world view.

Lebed began his terrorist career in 1934 when he was sentenced to death for the murder of Polish Interior Minister Bronislaw Pieracki – later commuted to life imprisonment – but he escaped in 1939. He would go on to lead the genocidal ethnic cleansing of Poles in Eastern Galicia and Volhynia (the area around Lutsk and Rivne in modern-day Ukraine).

Instead of facing trial for his vicious war crimes after his fellow fascists in Germany were defeated, Lebed was spirited to America where – based in New York – he gathered information on the Soviet Union for the CIA (a scheme known as Operation Aerodynamic).

Despite harboring him for decades, the Americans were fully aware of his past and their intelligence services described Lebed as a “Ukrainian fascist leader and suspected Nazi collaborator” and a “well-known sadist and collaborator of the Germans.”

Of course, sheltering Nazis was a common US practice after the war, as bizarre as it seems today, with the primary reason being their potential usefulness in the fight against the Soviet Union. The best known example is Klaus Barbie who they helped to escape to Bolivia, and later Argentina, but according to a 2009 National Archives report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War” there were dozens of similar cases. Among them was Rudolf Mildner, who was“responsible for the execution of hundreds, if not thousands, of suspected Polish resisters” and was also involved in the deportation of 8,000 Danish Jews to Auschwitz. The Americans helped Mildner to settle in Argentina. Another was Hans Scholl, a member of Einsatzgruppe B in Belarus, which was blamed for the execution of more than 45,000 people, most of them Jewish.

Mark Paslawsky. Image from facebook.com

Mark Paslawsky. Image from facebook.com

The report goes into great detail about the hideous crimes of Paslawsky’s uncle. One man extensively quoted is Moshe Maltz, a Jew living in Sokal, a town about 85 kilometers north of Lviv: “When the Bandera gangs (a name inspired by the chief Ukrainian Nazi leader, Stepan Bandera) seize a Jew, they consider it a prize catch. The ordinary Ukrainians feel the same way… they all want to participate in the heroic (sic) act of killing a Jew. They literally slash Jews to pieces with their machetes.” Lebed trained at a Gestapo center in Zakopane.

Later, with the Soviet Union’s counter-offensive driving their German foes westward, Ukrainians serving as auxiliaries for Hitler’s regime joined the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (from which groups in the current Kiev government like Svoboda and Pravy Sektor claim lineage). Maltz continues:“The Bandera men… are not discriminating about who they kill; they are gunning down the populations of entire villages… Since there are hardly any Jews left to kill, the Bandera gangs have turned on the Poles. They are literally hacking Poles to pieces. Every day… you see the bodies of Poles, with wires around their necks, floating down the River Bug.”

On a single day, July 11, 1943, the UIA attacked some 80 localities killing around 10,000 Poles, according to Timothy Snyder in his 1999 “Journal of Cold War Studies.”

Interestingly, in 1985 the US Government Accountability Office in Washington mentioned Lebed’s name in a public report on Nazis and collaborators who settled in the States with help from US intelligence agencies. The Office of Special Investigations (OSI) in the Department of Justice began investigating Lebed that year.

The CIA shielded Lebed and, as late as 1991, it dissuaded the OSI from approaching the German, Polish, and Soviet governments for war-related records about Ukrainian fascists. Lebed, Bandera’s wartime chief in Ukraine, died in 1998. He is buried in New Jersey.

Leded married Sophia Hunczak, the sister of Taras Hunczak, a professor emeritus of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he lectures in Ukrainian, Russian and European History. He also teaches at the Taras Shevchecnko University in Kiev. Despite being a child during World War II, his Ukrainian language Wikipedia entry, judging by the links and tone, an official bio, lists his service as a courier for Bandera’s forces during the war.

Hunczak has written articlesfor Ukrainian journals whitewashing Roman Shkukhevych and his Nachtigall Battalion, including some heavy duty eulogies obviously intended for internal consumption in the Ukrainian language. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles claims that between June 30 and July 3, 1941, the Nachtgall and their German comrades kidnapped and killed 4,000 Jews in Lviv. In 2007, the pro-NATO Ukrainian government of Viktor Yushchenko issued a postage stamp commemorating Shkukhevych.

So how we do know Paslawsky is the nephew of Lebed after his extensive efforts to hide his true identity? His Ukrainian-language Wikipedia entry refers to him as being the nephew of Hunczak and also mentions a brother, Nestor.

In the September 13, 2009, edition of the US newspaper The Ukrainian Weekly, there is a death notice for Sophia Lebed (this page has been removed from the PDF copy on their website as of August 28, but copies are in circulation, one pictured above) lists all her living relatives, including her brother, Taras Hunczak, and her nephews Nestor and Markian (Mark in English) Paslawsky. While it mentions Nestor’s family, it doesn’t for Mark – he told Ostrovsky in the Vice interview that he was a single man.

A second death notice for Sophia, at the Union Funeral Home in New Jersey, describes her as the“beloved wife of the late Michael (the English form of Mykola) Lebed.” Interestingly, this page was removed on August 27 after Ukrainian violinist Valentina Lisitsa questioned the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty about it on Twitter – it now exists as a cached version only.

Somebody has been trying to hide the true story of Mark Paslawsky in recent days and western media have shown no interest in telling it.

The German language has a word for coming to terms with the past: Vergangenheitsbewältigung. English has many but the US press refuses, once again, to use them.

 

 
 

 

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Der Spiegel report claims extensive US, British spying on Turkey

Intelligence Report

Germany is not the only Western country whose intelligence agency has spied on Turkey, according to documents from the archive of US whistleblower Edward Snowden seen by German magazine Der Spiegel — the US, as well as Britain, have been revealed to have spied on Turkey too.

According to the documents, Turkey was both a partner of the United States — with Washington closely cooperating with Ankara in its fight against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — and a leading target for spying. Indicating the depth of the cooperation, Der Spiegel wrote: “The NSA even delivered its Turkish partners with the mobile phone location data of PKK leaders on an hourly basis. … The US government also provided the Turks with information about PKK money flows and the whereabouts of some of its leaders living in exile abroad.”

The National Security Agency (NSA) was instructed by the US political leadership to gather information about the “intentions” of the Turkish leadership and to monitor Turkey’s operations in 18 other key areas, according to a lengthy Der Spiegel report on Sunday.
One NSA document seen by Der Spiegel calls Turkey both a “partner and target,” the report said. “The very politicians, military officials and intelligence agency officials with whom US officials work closely when conducting actions against the PKK are also considered legitimate spying targets by the NSA,” it read.

According to the report, the US has two secret branch offices that are operating Special Collection Service listening stations in both İstanbul and Ankara.
And Turkey is placed at the level of Venezuela, even ahead of Cuba, in terms of US interest in intelligence gathering, according to a US document that establishes US intelligence priorities, called the National Intelligence Priorities Framework (NIPF).

This document is updated and presented to the US president every six months and an April 2013 edition of it lists Turkey as one of the countries most frequently targeted by Washington for surveillance.

According to the NIPF, information about the “leadership intention” of the Turkish government is given the second-highest priority while information about the military and its infrastructure, foreign policy goals, and energy security are given the third-highest priority rating.
Conducive to this aim, the NSA began a broad surveillance operation in 2006, called the “Turkish Surge Project Plan,” to infiltrate the computers of Turkey’s top political leaders. “It took six months for the team to achieve its goal. One document celebrates the discovery of the ‘winning combination’ and reports that collection had begun: ‘They achieved their first-ever computer network exploitation success against Turkish leadership!’,” according to the report.
The Turkish embassy in Washington and Turkey’s UN representation in New York were also the target of spying: A classified document from 2010 states that the NSA surveilled the Turkish Embassy in Washington under a program codenamed “Powder.” A similar project for monitoring Turkey’s representation to the United Nations carried the name “Blackhawk,” according to Der Spiegel.
“Analysts had access to the telephone system in the Turkish Embassy and could tap content directly from computers. In addition, they infected computer systems used by the diplomats with spyware. The NSA also installed Trojan software at Turkey’s UN representation in New York. According to the NSA document, it even has the capability of copying entire hard drives at the UN mission,” read the report.
British spying

The NSA shared many of its spies’ insights with four other partners — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. But Britain already had developed its own access to Turkey, with its GCHQ spy agency monitoring political targets in Turkey as well as elements in the energy sector.
According to a classified British document cited by Der Spiegel, GCHQ tasked agents in 2008 with improving access to the Turkish Energy Ministry as well as enterprises including the Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAŞ), the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) and the energy company Çalık Enerji. Thirteen people were also on the list, including then-Energy Minister Hilmi Güler.
“In 2008, GCHQ analysts began reviewing satellite images of the rooftops of ministries and companies to assess what types of communications systems they were using and the possibilities for infiltrating them. The documents do not indicate whether those efforts bore fruit,” the report said.
“Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek is also explicitly named as a GCHQ ‘target,’ despite the fact that he is a dual Turkish-British citizen. Nevertheless, a surveillance order against him includes, among other things, two mobile phone numbers as well as his private Gmail address,” Der Spiegel wrote.

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FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism

Free Beacon \ Bill Gertz
Internal report labels white supremacists, black separatists, militias, abortion extremists main domestic extremists

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.

They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.

“Domestic extremist violence continues to be unpredictable and, at times, severe,” the report states.

A copy of the unclassified, 60-page National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism, dated Aug. 14, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. It warns that the threat of domestic-origin extremism was moderate in 2013 and will remain so for this year.

“Domestic extremists collectively presented a medium-level threat to the United States in 2013; the FBI assesses the 2014 threat will remain close to this level,” the report said.

On black separatists, the report warned that “high-profile racially charged crimes or events” could lead to an expansion of black separatist groups. The report identified three such groups as the New Black Panther Party, the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, and the Black Hebrew Israelite group as extremists under FBI scrutiny.

An alternative assessment section in the report warned that radical black activists could “reinitiate violence at the historically high levels seen for the movement during the 1970s, when bombings, assassinations, hijackings, and hostage-takings occurred.”

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“Such a scenario could occur as an extreme response to perceptions of devolving racial equality or perceptions of racially-motivated police brutality, or racially-biased injustice, oppression, or judicial rulings,” the report said. “Indicators include increased weapons procurement, reports of sophisticated plots, and development of an explosives capability.”

Black extremist groups may also seek “stronger ties to foreign governments in exchange for financial resources,” the report said.

The report was written before the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo. However, it mentions that black separatist extremists stepped up threats against law enforcement officers, the U.S. government, and non-blacks following the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012.

“FBI investigations reveal black separatist extremists engaged in financial crimes, and drug and weapons trafficking, possibly to finance activities and maintain access to weapons,” the report said.

FBI intelligence sources reported that domestic extremist groups “aspired” to carry out violent attacks. “Of a sample of 50 credible violent threat intelligence reports analyzed for this assessment, nearly 60 percent expressed lethal violence as an ultimate goal,” the report said, noting militias seeking the overthrow of the U.S. government, sovereign citizens, white supremacists and black separatists were among those seeking to conduct deadly attacks.

“Lone actors and small cells will continue to present the greatest threat in 2014,” the report says. “Some of these individuals will engage in lethal violence, although it is most likely the majority of violent criminal acts will continue to be characterized as serious crimes, such as arson and assault, but which are not, ultimately lethal.”

The Bureau anticipates an increase in activity by animal rights and environmental extremists, such as releasing animals and damaging property, as both movements began expanding in late 2013. Additionally, a similar level of activity is expected this year for anarchist, anti-government militias, white supremacy, and sovereign citizen extremists.

For abortion extremism, the report says violence prone groups fall into two categories, “anti-abortion” and “pro-choice,” but notes the primary threat of abortion extremism comes from lone individuals, not groups.

Puerto Rican nationalist extremists were described as “followers of Marxist-Leninist ideology,” have targeted the U.S. government for destabilization, and are seeking to create an independent island nation.

The FBI estimates domestic extremists caused more than $15 million in financial loses in 2012 and 2013, mainly through animal rights and environmental activities that targeted U.S. agriculture.

“It is highly likely extremists will continue to exact financial losses in 2014, with the agriculture, construction, and financial sectors serving as the most probable targets.”

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the issue of not identifying Islamist-origin terrorism in the report “has more to do with how the FBI, from an organizational standpoint, distinguishes [domestic terrorism] and [international terrorism].”

“The intended audience of this bulletin understands how we make that distinction,” Bresson said in an email, adding that the FBI does not define domestic terrorism “the same way the media does.”

The Bureau has limited its analytical description of domestic terrorism to groups and people connected to the eight subgroups outlined in the report that use force or violence to coerce or intimidate the population, he said.

“The FBI categorizes Islamic extremists and individuals inspired by Islamic extremist groups as International Terrorism,” he said. “Even though Ft. Hood and Boston were domestic incidents, the ideology and motivation of those behind them had international elements.”

He did not elaborate on why the FBI has split local Islamist extremism from other forms of domestic extremism.

However, the report links Puerto Rican nationalists to the foreign ideology of Marxism-Leninism and mentions that black separatists have foreign ties.

Another explanation for the omission of Islamist extremism in the report is provided in a footnote to a graphic describing an “other” category of domestic extremism not included in the report. “The ‘Other’ category includes domestic extremist [sic] whose actions were motivated by beliefs which fall outside the eight designated [domestic terrorism] subprograms,” the footnote stated.

The footnote indicates the FBI has separated Islamist terrorism from other domestic extremism.

The Obama administration in 2009 adopted a new policy that substituted the vague term “violent extremism” as a replacement for terrorism.

The graphic showed that domestic extremists killed 43 people from 2003 to 2013 carried out by five categories of terrorists—abortion extremists, black separatists, sovereign citizens, white supremacists, and “others.”

The report left out all references to the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured some 264 others. Two brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who were motivated by Islamist extremist beliefs, carried out the bombing. They learned the techniques for the homemade pressure cooker bombers from an al Qaeda linked magazine.

The FBI had been warned in advance of the attack by Russian security services that the brothers may have links to Chechen terrorists but failed to act.

The FBI report also made no direct reference to the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, by radicalized Army Maj. Nidal Hasan. The mass shooting left 13 dead and more than 30 injured.

Former FBI Agent John Guandolo said he was not surprised the report did not include any reference to domestic-origin Islamic terror.

“It should not surprise anyone who follows the jihadi threats in the United States that the FBI would not even include ‘Islamic terrorism’ in its assessment of serious threats to the republic in an official report,” Guandolo said.

“Since 9/11, FBI leadership—as well as leaders from Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, CIA, Pentagon, and the National Security Council—relies on easily identifiable jihadis from the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas, al Qaeda and elsewhere to advise it on how to deal with ‘domestic extremism.’”

Patrick Poole, a domestic terrorism expert, also was critical of the report’s omission of U.S. Islamist extremism, blaming “politically correct” policies at the FBI for the problem.

“At the same time we have senior members of the Obama administration openly saying that it’s not a question of if but when we have a terror attack targeting the United States by ISIL, we have the FBI putting on blinders to make sure they don’t see that threat,” Poole said.

“These politically correct policies have already allowed Americans to be killed at Fort Hood and in Boston,” he added

Guandolo said the failure to recognize the domestic Islamist threat had allowed domestic jihadist groups and their sympathizers to shape U.S. government create policies that do not acknowledge jihad as the root cause for the current global chaos.

An example, he said, is that the FBI has appointed a domestic Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support organization leader to an FBI advisory council at the Washington headquarters.

Additionally, the FBI is failing to train agents and analysts on the Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States, Guandolo said.

“The FBI, no matter how diligent its agents are in their pursuit of ‘terrorists’, will never defeat this threat because its leaders refuse to address or even identify it,” he said. “This level of negligence on the part of the FBI leaders and their failure to understand the jihadi threat 13 years after 9/11 is appalling.”

Poole said the failure of the FBI to understand the domestic Islamist threat led to the U.S. government categorizing the 2009 Fort Hood shooting Army Maj. Nidal Hasan as “workplace violence.”

“In the case of Fort Hood, the FBI was monitoring Maj. Hasan’s email communication with al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki but the FBI headquarters dismissed it because they were talking about ‘religious’ subjects,” Poole said.

“In the Boston bombing case the FBI cleared Tamerlan Tsarnayev with nothing more than a house visit after receiving a tip from Russian intelligence, and never making the connection that he was attending a mosque founded by an imprisoned al Qaeda financier and previously attended by two convicted terrorists,” Poole added.

As a result “we have more than a dozen dead Americans killed here at home because of these politically correct FBI policies, and with threats emerging from all corners this doubling-down on political correctness when it comes to Islam is undoubtedly going to get more Americans killed,” he added.

The domestic threat assessment is the latest example indicating the FBI has been forced by Obama administration policies from focusing on the domestic terror threat posed by radical Islamists.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) said in a 2012 House floor speech that the FBI was ordered to purge references to Islam, jihad, and Muslims in its counterterrorism “lexicon” guidelines for its reports.

As a result, the FBI is hamstrung from understanding the threat of terrorism from groups like al Qaeda that have declared jihad, or holy war, on the Untied States, Gomert said.

Guandolo, the former FBI agent, said the vast majority of U.S. Islamic organizations were identified in recent U.S. terrorism trials as part of the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent group for the Palestinian terror group Hamas. Thus, these groups are aligned with the same objectives as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, al Qaeda, and others, he said.

“Our FBI is not teaching their agents and analysts this information; they are not sharing it with local and state law enforcement officials; and they are not investigating and pursuing the very individuals and organizations which are supporting and training jihadis in America,” Guandolo said.

Guandolo said former FBI director Robert Mueller testified to Congress that he was unaware that the Islamic Society of Boston was the organization behind the radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers. “That tells you all we need to know about the FBI’s leadership about the threat here in America from the Islamic Movement—they are clueless,” he said.

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The Golden Crescent And The Economics Of Terrorism

By Nasurullah Brohi (Research Fellow in Strategic Vision Institute Islamabad, Pakistan)

It is a well known trend that without the external support and huge finances none of the terrorist organizations and their insurgent activates could ever survive. The terrorist organizations also receive money in the name of donations as mostly in our countries the donations are taken in the name of trusts and religious institutions.

We often see small transparent plastic boxes fixed with the stickers containing the names of some unfamiliar religious trusts are kept in the shops for the collection of charity and donations. And people blindly put their money for thinking about some good reasons without knowing where the money will actually go?

The financial support of the militant groups does not always come through the collection of such small donations or any online fund transfers by some wealthy persons, but in fact, the mighty agencies of powerful states create a framework for supporting the terrorist organizations and organized crime groups. The aim behind such types of support of terrorist organizations and separatist groups is to destabilize the internal situation and create chaos inside the opponent states.

The past role of intelligence agencies of various countries, especially the great powers further worsened the situation when they deeply became involved in the patronage of gigantic drug trafficking groups. These agencies through the illicit drug traffickers generated huge revenues and supported the militant groups as their proxies to fight for their interests.

During the Cold War, for the prevention of the Soviet influence in the Western parts of the Europe, the secret services of the Super Power intervened in the internal politics of almost all the states in the region. For instance, the Sicilian Mafia was facilitated through a mechanism of drug trafficking and generating revenues for the underworld Corsican gangsters to battle Communist strikers and to limit the political gains of the Italian Communist party.

Consequently, with the defeat of Communism and the end of the Cold War, the Sicilian Mafia and the Corsican underworld notably dominated the heroin trafficking not only in Europe, but most of the heroin smuggled into the United States for many years.

Following the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet troops, the United States supported the Afghan resistance and spent more than $2 billion. The mujahedin guerrillas gradually started gaining control over the territory inside the Afghanistan. The local peasants were encouraged to plant the poppy crops as a revolutionary tax and within a couple of years, hundreds of heroin laboratories were created across the border.

Today, despite the efforts of the Afghan government and the ISAF forces, over 200,000 hectares of Afghan fields grew poppies and remained at the highest level followed by Myanmar, which devoted more than 51,000 hectares for the poppy cultivation.

According to the World Economic Forum, the global trade of heroin and opium in 2013 worth more than $60 billion. And for sure it will grow following the withdrawal of ISAF forces by the end of 2014.

In the post Cold War era, the region where Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan are located became more vulnerable and termed as Golden Crescent because of the geographic location of these three states. The Golden Crescent countries are exceptionally facing the peril of illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs.

Each country has a diverged dilemma, in Afghanistan, the mighty warlords who exercise their power within the government and in the local population have the monopoly over the narcotic-drug trade. In Pakistan the so-called Sardars, Malaks and to some corrupt politicians have their share in the business. Unlike these two countries Iran’s case is quite diverse where the ordinary people mostly living in the slums of Sistan and Baluchistan are involved in drug trafficking and the narcotic business. These three states are also considered one of the biggest smuggling routes of illicit opium and narcotic drugs to the rest of the world.

Moreover, the drug traffickers, instead of using the Southern routes through Pakistan mostly rely on Northern routes via Central Asian States. Particularly, the route through Central Asian States has turned out to be very important in the global drug trade. This is mostly because of the poor border controls and large-scale migration among the former Soviet States.

Apart from that, normally there is also a natural nexus between terrorism and organized crime, including drug trafficking. Linkages between the terrorist organizations and the drug traffickers is multifaceted, providing each other with facilitation, protection, and hauling. This dirty connection between the drug traffickers and terrorist organizations benefit both sides. The drug traffickers benefit from the armed skills, weapons supply, and relationship to covert groups or mafia through the terrorist organizations. Both groups also exploit the services of corrupt officials who provide them greater access to fake passports and customs credentials.

Moreover, the terrorist organizations have more expertise and are conscious about the security agencies and they have very sound networks to mobilize the drugs and get real time intelligence and information. The outcomes of international drug traffic on society are very hazardous because the whole mechanism consequently yields in money laundering, creating internal instability and promoting corruption in the countries.

The illegal usage of drugs and its negative consequences are considered as universal issues since they have affected countries over the globe throughout the years. Most of the separatist movements and terrorist organizations either use drug trafficking or kidnapping for ransom as a source of their revenue generation.

Drugs and terror have a relationship that is much symbiotic because these both have commonly controlled networks which allow them to receive huge revenues to carry on their insurgency and pave a mode of means for non-state actors to free themselves from the influence of state sponsorship.

Illicit trafficking of narcotics and drug abuse is also a gargantuan challenge for Pakistan. The country is encountering the nuisance of drug traffickers due to its extraordinary geographic position of being at the gateway to the South Asia and the rest of the world and its location in the immediate neighborhood of the source of production.

Pakistan is one of the most victimized countries at the hands of terrorism and is still suffering from the curse. Realizing the fact and keeping in mind the nexus between the narcotic-drug traders and the terrorist organizations Pakistan’s Anti Narcotics Strategy has outstandingly proven successful and vigilantly checks up on and cracks down not only the trade and trafficking, but also the funding by the illicit drug traders to the terrorist organizations.

The complex relationship between the drug traffickers and terrorist groups demand further need of an analytic framework and counter-narcotic strategies by the agencies responsible for the enforcement of drug laws. Ultimately, the bottom-line of successful prevention of whether organized crime, terrorism and the drug trafficking lies in the accuracy of real time information, technological advancement and the willingness to stop the twofold menace. The collective effort by regional and global states is the need of the hour in countering this menace. It is the utmost responsibility of the regional states in particular and the international community in general to stop this hazard and its harmful consequences to reach the people.

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AL-QAEDA PUBLISH CAR BOMB ‘SHOPPING LIST’ AND SUGGEST UK TARGETS

RT

Al-Qaeda this week published an online magazine featuring instructions on how to build homemade car bombs and an appeal to Muslims to attack UK and US targets in the vein of the Boston bombers.

The English-language magazine, entitled ‘Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem’, urges Muslims in the West to assemble pressure cooker bombs like those used to attack the Boston marathon last year.

In a list of “examples of targets,” the magazine suggests attacks on the UK’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, MI5’s Thames House and Marks & Spencer department stores during Friday prayers, so as to avoid harming Muslims.

The list features US targets including Times Square, casinos in Las Vegas, Georgia Military College, the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the General Atomics headquarters in San Diego. It also suggests attacks on Israeli, British and American company headquarters and holiday destinations abroad, oil tankers and busy train stations.

A nine-page spread offers instructions on how to “make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,” step-by-step photographs, a shopping list, and admiring words about Boston bombers the Tsarnaev brothers.

“This recipe gives you the ability to make a car bomb even in countries with tight security and surveillance,” one article reads, before providing a list of supplies including cooking gas, oxygen gas, a barometer, decoration lamps and matches.

“My Muslim brother: we are conveying to you our military training right into your kitchen to relieve you of the difficulty of traveling to us,” it reads.

“If you are sincere in your intentions to serve the religion of Allāh, then all what you have to do is enter your kitchen and make an explosive device that would damage the enemy if you put your trust in Allāh and then use this explosive device properly.”

A timeline of terror attacks, including 9/11 and the Boston bombings is concluded with a blank entry marked ’201?’ implying a terror attack on American or British soil is planned for the near future.

“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack – implying that it is coming soon,” Steve Stalinsky, of the Middle East Media Research Institute, told Fox News.

“Both AQAP [Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsular] and IS [Islamic State], as well as every other al-Qaeda branch and offshoot, is relying on US social media companies including Twitter and YouTube for their cyber-Jihad efforts,” Stalinsky said.

“There could be some envy by AQAP that IS is now getting all the headlines.”

The magazine is a supplement to the terror group’s Inspire magazine, aimed at encouraging Muslims in the West to carry out lone-wolf terror attacks. “Inspire Magazine’s goal is to empower Muslims. And what is empowerment without being strong, powerful and intelligent?” the publications reads.

“In this section, we give you strength, power and intelligence. Believe me, using car bombs gives you all that.”

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AL-QAEDA PUBLISH CAR BOMB ‘SHOPPING LIST’ AND SUGGEST UK TARGETS

RT

Al-Qaeda this week published an online magazine featuring instructions on how to build homemade car bombs and an appeal to Muslims to attack UK and US targets in the vein of the Boston bombers.

The English-language magazine, entitled ‘Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem’, urges Muslims in the West to assemble pressure cooker bombs like those used to attack the Boston marathon last year.

In a list of “examples of targets,” the magazine suggests attacks on the UK’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, MI5’s Thames House and Marks & Spencer department stores during Friday prayers, so as to avoid harming Muslims.

The list features US targets including Times Square, casinos in Las Vegas, Georgia Military College, the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the General Atomics headquarters in San Diego. It also suggests attacks on Israeli, British and American company headquarters and holiday destinations abroad, oil tankers and busy train stations.

A nine-page spread offers instructions on how to “make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,” step-by-step photographs, a shopping list, and admiring words about Boston bombers the Tsarnaev brothers.

“This recipe gives you the ability to make a car bomb even in countries with tight security and surveillance,” one article reads, before providing a list of supplies including cooking gas, oxygen gas, a barometer, decoration lamps and matches.

“My Muslim brother: we are conveying to you our military training right into your kitchen to relieve you of the difficulty of traveling to us,” it reads.

“If you are sincere in your intentions to serve the religion of Allāh, then all what you have to do is enter your kitchen and make an explosive device that would damage the enemy if you put your trust in Allāh and then use this explosive device properly.”

A timeline of terror attacks, including 9/11 and the Boston bombings is concluded with a blank entry marked ’201?’ implying a terror attack on American or British soil is planned for the near future.

“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack – implying that it is coming soon,” Steve Stalinsky, of the Middle East Media Research Institute, told Fox News.

“Both AQAP [Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsular] and IS [Islamic State], as well as every other al-Qaeda branch and offshoot, is relying on US social media companies including Twitter and YouTube for their cyber-Jihad efforts,” Stalinsky said.

“There could be some envy by AQAP that IS is now getting all the headlines.”

The magazine is a supplement to the terror group’s Inspire magazine, aimed at encouraging Muslims in the West to carry out lone-wolf terror attacks. “Inspire Magazine’s goal is to empower Muslims. And what is empowerment without being strong, powerful and intelligent?” the publications reads.

“In this section, we give you strength, power and intelligence. Believe me, using car bombs gives you all that.”

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WND EXCLUSIVE: SAUDIS PAYING OFF ISIS NOT TO ATTACK?

King’s bombshell warning to West neglects to tell whole story

Following Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud’s bombshell warning that the next target of the Islamic State, or ISIS, will be Europe first and America a month after that, one Middle East source is suggesting the Saudis may have paid ISIS extortion money not to attack the kingdom.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous but is close to officials in the governments of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, said that the Saudis years ago did the same thing when Prince al-Turki, then Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, traveled to Afghanistan to meet with al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

In that meeting, Turki reportedly paid millions of dollars to bin Laden to refrain from attacking the Saudi kingdom, even though bin Laden had turned against the Saudi monarchy for hosting U.S. forces on Muslim soil to fight against then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

In expressing concern that such an event may be happening, the WND source pointed out there had been concern about a month ago that ISIS was preparing to attack the Saudi kingdom, with a number of ISIS fighters saying publicly the jihadist group would capture Mecca and Medina – two of the most holy Muslims cities in all Islam.

Until recently, ISIS forces were known to be approaching the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, with some cells having penetrated the kingdom before being captured.

In his most recent comments to new ambassadors to the Saudi Kingdom, however, Abdullah only warned that the West, including Europe and the U.S., would be the next targets unless there is “rapid” action.

“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” Abdullah was quoted as saying in the daily Asharq al-Awsat.

“Terrorism knows no border, and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” Abdullah told the new ambassadors.

The king’s prediction sent shockwaves through the international media, even garnering the top headline on the widely popular Drudge Report.

But with no similar concerns from Abdullah about a possible attack on Saudi soil, WND’s source questioned whether Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan may be working negotiations behind the scenes to keep ISIS at bay.

Bandar is a nephew of Abdullah. For years, he was the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., becoming close friends with former U.S. President George W. Bush. Following that stint, he returned to Saudi Arabia and became the chief of the Saudi intelligence service and Saudi national security council.

From the time the U.S. created the Sunni Mujahedeen to fight against the then Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the early 1980s, Bandar played a key role in operations to dispatch jihadist fighters and helped provide financial, military and human support.

WND’s source said that given his close association with jihadist groups over the years, Bandar may have the necessary contacts to pay extortion money to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, just as Turki did years earlier to bin Laden.

The source said Bandar has a history of such activity, referring to his efforts in Syria to buy fighters to go against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is allied with Iran.

The Saudis, who are Sunni, are concerned that Iran – which is Shia – will extend its influence in predominantly Sunni Gulf Arab countries. The Sunnis and Shia have been at odds since the death of Mohammad in 632 A.D.

Today, Iran and Saudi Arabia are engaged in proxy wars from Bahrain and Iraq to Syria and Yemen. The Saudis are concerned that the Shia in countries such as Iraq and Syria and even Lebanon will have more influence over what the Saudis believe are Sunni regions in the Middle East.

All the jihadist fighters from such prominent groups as Jabhat al-Nusra, Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Islamic State are extremist Sunnis who seek to make all lands dominated by Sunnis into a caliphate that will be subject to strict Shariah, or Islamic law.

Bandar was known to have been working for a time in northern Lebanon and then in Jordan to pay fighters to join various Islamist groups. The fighters would be trained in Jordan, many by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, then transferred through Turkey and into Syria.

Many of the fighters whom the U.S. trained and Bandar financed belonged to jihadist groups that not only took over from the opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army, but later peeled off to join ISIS.

As a consequence, many of the ISIS fighters display many of the tactics and fighting techniques employed by U.S. Special Forces, a development which has raised mounting concern in Washington should the fighters who survive the battlefield return to their homeland, including the U.S.

In a display of Bandar’s relationship with jihadi fighters, he had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin late last year in the hope of getting the Russian president to switch his support away from Assad and Iran and back the Syrian opposition, which by then had thoroughly infiltrated the opposition and had control over larger weapons.

Bandar reportedly told Putin that he controlled like a “light switch” the Sunni Chechen fighters who had been attacking Moscow’s subway and international airport and were threatening to attack the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Putin not only refused Bandar’s request to Putin to give up his backing of Assad and Iran, but reportedly grew angry with Bandar for what amounted to a threat on the Russian homeland by jihadist fighters who are under the control of Saudi Arabia.

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CBS DENVER: Al Qaeda Reportedly Targeting The Air Force Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)- Al Qaeda is reportedly targeting the Air Force Academy. An online Al Qaeda magazine is threatening more attacks on the U.S. and Colorado Springs could be a target.
It’s parents weekend at the Air Force Academy. Each car entering the campus was inspected for any possible sign of a threat.

The Al Qaeda English language online magazine is now suggesting targets for Lone Wolf terror attacks. Among them listed are Times Square, Las Vegas and the Air Force Academy.

Even the CBS4 news vehicles drew attention, “They told me to tell you guys to go back into the parking lot area. It’s a security issue,” one Air Force Academy security officer said.
The academy is a place of learning but it’s also an important symbol, according to University of Denver terrorism expert Dr. Ved Nanda.

“When you talk about the U.S. power and U.S. policy and U.S. strength they would like to create that type of impression that they are citadels of that kind of strength,” said Nanda.
The terror group’s magazine details how to create a bomb.

Two years ago the magazine gave instructions on how to create firebombs and suggested attacks on U.S. forests in the West.

A month later the Waldo Canyon Fire broke out in Colorado Springs, killing two and destroying some 300 homes. Although no connection has been made with the Al Qaeda threat, no cause has been determined.

The Air Force Academy issued a statement, “We remain vigilant and maintain all the appropriate protocols of a military installation to include force protection and being cognizant of existing and emerging threats.”

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