[SPECIAL REPORT] A $1 Billion Agenda 21 Ghost City Is Being Built In New Mexico

By The Sleuth Journal

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Imagine if you would, a sprawling city in the middle of the desert with technologically advanced roads, buildings, homes, street lights, and cars that drive themselves, without humans. A sustainable living project, of course without such a label, known as CITE (Center for Innovation and Technology Evaluation) is being built in the New Mexico desert.

The project is being financed by Pegasus Global Holdings, which is in bed with government agencies such as the Department of Defense, Marine Corps, and White Sands Missile Range.

Also involved in this advanced Ghost City, is the Department of Homeland Security.

The first of its kind real life Sim City, will have drones, driver-less cars and will include tall office buildings, narrow alleys, parks, houses, churches and, a simulated interstate highway. The project is a live testing ground of a city with a population of 35,000 people. Is there more to this than meets the eye?

Screenshot of CITE Website.

In short, Agenda 21 is a “non-binding” action plan developed and run by the united nations, implemented at the local level. It is sustainable living where humans have no freedoms or rights, and must conform to a living structure straight out of George Orwell’s 1984. A technocrats dream, where our energy output can be taxed and regulated, and mega cities are jam packed with humans in a technologically advanced city that is controlled. Quite literally. — Will it ever come to fruition? Let’s hope not. (Note: This description is Agenda 21 at it’s worst, pulling in to the plan all other programs with Agenda 21, this what you would get at as a result.)

CITE-CITY, could very well be the first real world laboratory where the technocrats get to test their dream of a techno-controlled city that is nearly fully automated. Looking into the ghost city planned for New Mexico, it is hard to find in-depth descriptions and plans on exactly what scientists are looking for in terms of specific studies and research, other than the ability to test cities of the future in a controlled environment. The experiments could revolve around intelligent transportation systems (such as AI-enabled traffic management and roads filled with driver-less delivery vehicles), alternative energy power generation such as solar and geothermal, smart grid technologies, or experiments in the areas of data collection, sensors, public monitoring, security, and computer systems.

From the CITE website: 

The planned initial core user application areas envisioned to be tested and evaluated within CITE include, but are not limited to:

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Green Energy: Alternative Energy Power Generation (e.g. Geothermal, Solar)
  • Smart Grid Technologies
  • Telecommunications
  • Resource Development (e.g. Desalinization)
  • Security

As a privately-owned, privately-operated test and evaluation center, CITE is open and accessible to a wide array of public and private customer segments – domestic and international. The structure and policies in place at CITE are specifically designed to remove legal, cultural and budgetary impediments as are currently prevalent in the process of moving beyond basic research and development activities.

At its core, CITE is about the establishment of developmental partnerships, bringing researchers from federal, university, commercial, international and other sources together to collaborate, forge relationships, and channel funded research and development into new  products and partnerships.



The CITE project has received relatively low media coverage, which is suspicious for such an ambitious project that the DHS has a hand in. According to Pegasus Global “Homeland security is a key component of the plan for CITE, which will include a secure testing area for first responder technology with the benefit of proximity to the civil and commercial infrastructure.”

An Agenda 21 test city would look just like this. Although Agenda 21 has received some push back from citizens across the country, it is still a program most people know nothing about. With the public-private type approach Pegasus Holdings/CITE is using, it is much easier to get around certain restrictions a full-on government project would be subject to. Not far from the projects location, is the White Sands Missile Range, which is interesting considering CITE plans to simulate what would happen to a city if an EMP attack were to occur.

The “ghost city,” will also have a sort of central nervous system, where data can be collected, or data mined, and analyzed in the Lab. Is this what we can expect in the near future for all cities?

Is this an Agenda 21 trial run? That is up to you to decide.

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Investigation Exposes AMP Leaders’ Ties to Former U.S-Based Hamas-Support Network

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Federal investigators shut down a massiveHamas-support network in the United States between 2001 and 2008, prosecuting some elements and freezing the assets of others.

But the Investigative Project on Terrorism finds that many of the same functions – fundraising, propaganda and lobbying ­– endure, now carried out by a group called American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). The IPT investigation identified at least five AMP officials and speakers who worked in the previous, defunct network called the “Palestine Committee.” It was created by the Muslim Brotherhood to advance Hamas’ agenda politically and financially in the United States.

Last year, AMP joined a coalition of national Islamist groups in forming the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is among the other founding members (for more on that coalition, click here). CAIR and its founders appear in internal Palestine Committee records admitted into evidence during the largest terror financing trial in U.S. history.

Several Palestine Committee entities were created by Mousa Abu Marzook, whoremains a top Hamas political leader. One branch, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), was convicted in 2008 along with five senior officials, of illegally routing more than $12 million to Hamas. HLF’s role in the Palestine Committee was the chief fundraising arm for Hamas in the United States, prosecutors say.

“The purpose of creating the Holy Land Foundation was as a fundraising arm for Hamas,” said U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis during a sentencing hearing.

A flow chart of other Palestine Committee entities includes the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) and a Northern Virginia think tank called the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). IAP served as a propaganda outlet, organizing rallies and publishing magazines with articles supporting Hamas. CAIR was added to a Palestine Committee meeting agenda shortly after its 1994 creation.

UASR published an academic journal and, prosecutors say, was “involved in passing Hamas communiques to the United States-based Muslim Brotherhood community and relaying messages from that community back to Hamas.”

Today, AMP routinely engages in anti-Israeli rhetoric, sponsors conferences that serve as a platform for Israel bashers, and openly approves “resistance” against the “Zionist state.” One AMP official acknowledged the goal is to “to challenge the legitimacy of the State of Israel.”

An April 2014 AMP-sponsored conference in Chicago, for example, hosted Sabri Samirah, the former chairman of IAP, as a speaker. There was little to no talk about how to achieve peaceful coexistence.

“We are ready to sacrifice all we have for Palestine. Long Live Palestine,” Samirah said. “We have a mission here [in the U.S.] also to support the struggle of our people back there in order to achieve a free land in the Muslim world, without dictators and without corruption.”

The U.S. government had earlier deemed Samirah a “security risk” and he was barred from reentering the country for several years following a trip to Jordan in 2003. While in Jordan, he served as a spokesman for the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, the Islamic Action Front. The charges against Samirah were subsequently dropped and he returned to the U.S. last year.

The AMP event also applauded Palestinian terrorist Rasmieh Odeh as “a great community member, a great member of the Palestinian cause, a great activist for the Palestinian cause.” Odeh was under indictment, and later convicted, on federal naturalization fraud charges for failing to disclose her conviction in an Israeli court for her significant role in a 1969 terrorist bombing at a Jerusalem grocery store that killed two university students. Those charges, the AMP claimed during an April 2014 event, were “politically motivated” so as “to hurt the active Palestinian solidarity movement and to hurt all strong Palestinian activists that are standing for the just cause of Palestine.”

AMP board member Osama Abu Irshaid has close affiliations to both the IAP and UASR. Abu Irshaid formerly served as editor of IAP’s Arabic periodical, Al-Zaitounah, a mouthpiece for pro-Hamas propaganda. The magazine also publishedadvertisements by terrorist-tied charities, including HLF, the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), and the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF).

Abu Irshaid served on the board of the American Muslim Society (AMS), which served as another name for the IAP. He is listed as “Research Fellow at the United Association for Studies and Research” in a 1999 article published in the Middle East Affairs Journal, a UASR publication, titled, “Occupied Palestine or Independent Israel: ‘The Right to Existence’ After More Than Fifty Years of Occupation.”

In the article’s conclusion, Abu Irshaid argues against past peace agreements with the “Zionists” including the 1993 Oslo Accords: “The most unfortunate aspect of these agreements is that they put an end to the zero-sum game of ‘occupied Palestine or independent Israel,’ in favor of the latter, an independent Israel.” He adds, “The PLO effectively traded Palestinian historic and religious rights in its pursuit of a legacy for Yasser Arafat, the PLO Chairman. One motivation was its envy of the resistance, because the intifada earned greater admiration among the Palestinian people, who have consistently shown their support for the resistance by electing resistance candidates to various elected positions in lieu of PLO candidates. Perhaps Yasser Arafat and his cronies felt that the only way to stay in power and to defeat the resistance was to sell out the people and become a collaborator with the Zionists who promised them power, money, and peace.”

In addition to being formed by Marzook, UASR was headed by Ahmed Yousef who now serves as senior political advisor to the former HAMAS prime minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniya. In 1998, while serving as UASR’s executive director, Yousef gave an interview to the Middle East Quarterly in which he defended Hamas. When asked, “Is Hamas a terrorist group?” Yousef responded, “No. Hamas was founded during theintifada and it operated within the confines of the Geneva Convention. It later became a charitable and social service organization in the West Bank and Gaza, helping Palestinians forced off of their land and into unimaginable suffering, humiliation and poverty.”

Abu-Irshaid’s affection for Hamas continues today.

In a December Facebook post in Arabic, Abu Irshaid openly applauds Hamas war tactics against Israel and bashes the Palestinian Fatah party led by President Mahmud Abbas, alleging it “has grown old after deviating from the creed of liberation and resistance upon which it was established.” He writes: “There is a difference between those who resisted and those who compromise; between those who constitute an army for liberation, and those who ready battalions of lackeys; a difference between those who rise up for the blood of martyrs, and those who spill it in the wine glasses of Israel.” He then adds there is “a vast divide between those who hurt Israel and shattered its insolence and aggression in Gaza three times, and those who have conspired with Israel and are complicit with it.”

In a Feb.28 tweetAbu Irshaid condemns Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization and refers to Sisi’s government as “Cairo Aviv” as a rebuke to existing close relations between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

Other AMP board members with “Palestine Committee” ties include:

Salah SarsourA 2001 FBI reporttalks about Sarsour’s involvement with Hamas and fundraising on behalf of the Hamas charity, HLF. A 1998 Israeli police reportrecounting an interrogation of his brother Jamil Sarsour substantiates these claims, stating that Salah Sarsour was an HLF employee and “collected funds for this organization.”

Sarsour was arrested by Israeli authorities in the mid-1990s and sentenced to eight months in prison in Ramallah, allegedly for support to Hamas. While in prison, he became “very good friends” with Adel Awdallah, a former leader of Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades, who was killed in an Israeli attack in October 1998. He also sent money to Awdallah “several times” through his brother Jamil Sarsour, who pleaded guilty to aiding Hamas and served a multiple year sentence in Israel before being deported to the U.S. in 2002.

Sufyan Nabhan (also Sufian Nabhan) – served on IAP’s Board of Directors. During a May 2010 event commemorating the Palestinian “Day of Catastrophe” (also known as “Al-Nakba”), Sufian criticized the “Israeli occupation of Palestine.” He was reported saying, “Occupation is apartheid, occupation is segregation. Massacres are going on daily.”

Abdelbaset Hamayel – Formerly served as IAP executive director and secretary general. Hamayel was also a representative of the Illinois and Wisconsin offices of the terror-tied charity, KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development.

The U.S. Treasury froze the assets of KindHearts in 2006. The charity that wasdissolved in January 2012 has made contributions to Hamas-affiliated organizations, including significant donations to Sanabil Association for Relief and Development, a Lebanese charity that was designated a Hamas front by the Treasury Department in 2003.

KindHearts was called “the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, which attempted to mask their support for terrorism behind the façade of charitable,” by then-Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey.

A 2002 U.S. Treasury Department press release announcing the designation of the Global Relief Foundation alleged it “has connections to, has provided support for, and has provided assistance to Usama Bin Ladin, the al Qaida Network, and other known terrorist groups.” The press release further stated that GRF had received $18,521 from HLF in 2000.

Yousef Shahin – Identified in a feature article in Al-Zaitounah’s May 1997 issue as president of IAP’s new branch in New Jersey. “Then Yousef Shahin, president of the [IAP New Jersey] branch, spoke and thanked all who shared in the success of this project, and asked the sons of the community to support the project materially and morally,” a translation of the article in Arabic states.

Shahin has countered allegations against former British MP George Galloway for raising funds for Hamas: “He’s not taking money for terrorists,” Shahin was reportedsaying. “He’s buying medical supplies for the hospital. He’s not dealing with a terrorist organization. We were assured by him; he’s going to give everything to the hospital.”

Galloway’s now-defunct charity Viva Palestina claimed to “break the crippling siege of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid” to Palestinians. During the first Viva Palestina convoy to Gaza in 2009, Galloway stated, “I personally am about to break the sanctions on the elected government of Palestine…” because, “[We] are giving three cars and £25,000 cash to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Here is the money. This is not charity. This is politics. The government of Palestine is the best people where this money is needed. We are giving this money now to the government of Palestine.”

Shahin was also listed as a point of contact for an AMP banquet that included Galloway and Osama Abu Irshaid as speakers.

Hatem Bazian – AMP’s chairman spoke at a number of IAP events. According to IAP’s Al-Zaitounah, Bazian was a guest lecturer at an IAP event at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on April 13, 1998. The event was titled, “Fifty Years of Despair and Punishment for the Palestinian People.” An article in IAP’s Al-Zaitounahmagazine summarizes Bazian’s lecture: “During the lecture he [Bazian] spoke on the practices of the loathsome Zionist entity [against] the rights of the Palestinian people.”

Bazian has called on Americans to create a violent uprising at home in 2004 similar to the Palestinian intifada.

“Are you angry? …Well, we’ve been watching intifada in Palestine, we’ve been watching an uprising in Iraq, and the question is that what are we doing? How come we don’t have an intifada in this country,” Bazian said. “It’s about time that we have an intifada in this country that change[s] fundamentally the political dynamics in here. And we know every – They’re gonna say some Palestinian [is] being too radical – well, you haven’t seen radicalism yet.”

Further, at an AMP event at the University of California in Santa Cruz in November, Bazian provided the “victimization argument” to justify Palestinian violence. “Palestine is the victim that is being victimized once again by actually blaming them for the fact that they respond. Palestinians’ response to settler colonialism has been identical to every colonized people’s response when they are confronted by the colonization process,” Bazian said. He also failed to openly condemn Hamas, and instead held Israel responsible for the ongoing conflict in the region: “So the question—is Hamas good or not good for the Palestinians –it’s a question that is superficial because it does not address the context within the specificity of what is occurring on the ground of the Palestinians and how Israel is running a massive jail, shifting its powers and resources from one group to the other in order to manage an occupied colonized population.”

At an April fundraising dinner in Chicago, AMP National Media and Communications Director Kristin Szremski announced the recent opening of the organization’s Washington, D.C. office to advocate for the Palestinian cause. While claiming “we don’t lobby,” Szremski said that “for years the American Muslims for Palestine has been calling for an end to aid to Israel. Now Alhamdulillah (Praise to God) we are in a position to do something about it. Now the American Muslims for Palestine is in Washington, D.C., actually beginning the work with legislative staff in Congress to identify specific military units who receive foreign military financing from the United States.”

Szremski also named partnering organizations in its “educational and advocacy work in Congress” that included the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations and U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

There is no indication AMP is routing money to Hamas. But its rhetoric and ideology, emphasizing “resistance” – a coded reference to armed jihad – and the significant representation of leaders tied to an old Hamas-support network, raise serious questions about its true objectives. This is not a mainstream organization seeking a peaceful settlement to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Lawsuit: Al Jazeera America Misogynistic, Deliberately Pushing Anti-U.S., Anti-Israel Biases

by IPT News

In a federal discrimination lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Thursday against her former employers at Al Jazeera America (AJA), High-Bassalik starts by saying the network quickly abandoned its stated mission of providing “unbiased, fact-based, in-depth stories of U.S. and international news.”

Her experience shows a network “where truth and objectivity are set aside to cater to the Company’s pro-Arabic prejudices,” the lawsuit says. “As ratings failed to live up to the expectations of management, Al Jazeera openly decided to abandon all pretense of neutrality in favor of putting the Arabic viewpoint front and center, openly demanding that programs be aired that criticized countries such as America, Israel and Egypt.”

The government in Qatar bought the cable news out let to bring “the Arabic viewpoint to America,” employees were told. Concerns about the reporting bias were turned away, often angrily.

The network dismissed the lawsuit’s allegations as “unfounded.” But some of the allegations are supported by internal emails obtained by the National Review just after the January shooting massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdoby radical Islamists taking revenge for the magazine’s depictions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Al Jazeerah employees questioned whether it amounted to an attack on free speech and criticized the public’s “Je Suis Charlie” signs offered in solidarity with the dead.

An earlier lawsuit by another former employee also alleged discriminatory and politically-driven management.

High-Bassalik says producers were instructed to treat conspiracy theories about a CIA role in the 9/11 attacks – popular among some in the Arab world – seriously. The head of the network’s investigative unit allegedly likened Israelis to Adolph Hitler. Statements by network senior vice president that “Anyone who supports Israel should die a fiery death” went unpunished, while people who complained were fired.

Al Jazeera America “systematically favored its Arabic and male employees,” the lawsuit alleges, while women and non-Arabs were treated “as second class citizens who are constant targets of abuse and degradation.”

Internally, Arab employees received better performance evaluations and promotions. The marketing department hired a manager whose resume topped out with a position at a Sunglass Hut.

High-Bassalik was AJA’s senior vice president of programming and documentaries before she was fired, in what she claims was in breach of her three-year guaranteed contract and the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit also targets Interim Al Jazeera CEO Ehab al Shihabi, who also serves as its international operations chief.

Women were given inconsistent directions, belittled and left out of important meetings. High-Bassalik says her firing was an act of retaliation after she complained about AJA’s “misogynistic and racist treatment of its employees.”

The news bias is “often at the expense of Jewish people” especially during last summer’s Gaza war between Hamas and Israel, when employees were “explicitly instructed” to “cast Israel as the villain” and the network aired anti-Israel programs.

Al Shihabi screamed at people who raised concerns, and said he was steering news content to please his bosses in Doha.

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Taliban Seeks Better Relations with Surging Islamic State in Afghanistan

by John Rossomando

The Taliban reached out to Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi calling for unity between the two jihadist factions, a letter posted online Tuesday by a Taliban supporter shows. IS victories have translated into increasing appeal for its brand even in Afghanistan where the Taliban has been the leading jihadist group for the past two decades.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar refused to recognize Al-Baghdadi’s caliphate after he announced its formation last year, but this letter likely comes as a result of Omar’s realization that the Islamic State poses a threat to the Taliban.

IS established a base in southern Afghanistan under the leadership of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mullah Abdul Rauf and promised good wages for anyone willing to fight on behalf of IS.

IS fighters have engaged in their trademark brutality in Afghanistan since the terrorist group announced the establishment of its Khorasan province in January. An April 18 suicide bombing by IS terrorists at a bank in Jalalabad left 35 dead, including several children, and wounded 125. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the attack, calling it “an evil act.”

Disenchanted Taliban members and other jihadist groups have been seduced into joining IS by the latter’s slick online propaganda. IS also has attracted foreignjihadists from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Caucasus to its Afghan fight. Local Afghan officials say these fighters are even more brutal than the Taliban.

“Until now the Islamic Emirate has successfully eliminated all Fitnas (temptations) of disputes, conflicts and division by having unity,” Mullah Omar’s deputy Alhaj Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor wrote, suggesting that IS was dividing the forces of jihad in Afghanistan.

He added that “…unity of lines is a need, necessity and obligation, [e]specially when we are in war with American crusader Kuffar (Unbelievers). Therefore Jihad in Afghanistan against Occupier American Kuffar and Allies should be under [a] single banner and [a] single leadership.”

Mansoor called on Al-Baghdadi to get into direct contact with Taliban leaders to resolve their disputes rather than rely on rumors passed along by sources with an ax to grind against the Taliban. He referred to Al-Baghdadi as a “brother in Islam,” noting that the Taliban had not interfered in IS affairs and that Osama bin Laden had recognized the authority of the Taliban’s emirate.

“We hope the same from you and [wish] you only goodness from your side due to our brotherhood relationship of Islam,” Mansoor wrote.

Al-Baghdadi reportedly holds a dim view of Mullah Omar and referred to him as “a fool and illiterate warlord” who “does not deserve spiritual or political credibility.”

IS-related Twitter accounts accuse the Taliban of being “apostates” under Pakistani control. Accusing fellow Muslims of apostasy is tantamount to saying they should be killed.

IS follower @ISIS_Medtweeted on May 22, “Taliban dogs attacked Islamic State bases in Afghanistan and killed some brothers. Caliph promised to wipe out Taliban apostates.”

This letter shows the Taliban takes this threat seriously amid the rising popularity of IS among jihadists.

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Tough on Terror, Short on Nuance: Identifying the Use of Force as a Basis for Excluding Resisters Seeking Refugee Status

Amar Khoday1

The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees3 (as modified by the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees4) defines a refugee as one who, “owing to [a] well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country …”.5 However, neither this definition nor the benefits of the Convention extend, pursuant to Article 1F(b), “to any person with respect to whom there are serious reasons for considering that … [h]e has committed a serious non-political crime outside the country of refuge prior to his admission to that country as a refugee”.6 Implicit from this language and absent any other disqualifying criteria, a person who has committed a political crime (e.g. an act of resistance involving the use of force against a violent totalitarian regime) may still qualify as a refugee. That is, until several legislatures reacting to the 9/11 attacks intervened.

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Saudi Officials Linked to Jihadist Group in WikiLeaks Cables

WSJ\By SAEED SHAH

Documents purport to show high-level contact between Saudis and Haqqani network

Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, had high-level contacts with America’s most deadly adversary in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network, according to purported Saudi diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

The documents, which couldn’t be independently verified, say the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan met in 2012 with Nasiruddin Haqqani, the chief fundraiser for the jihadist group who has been on a United Nations terrorism watch list since 2010.

In the meeting, Mr. Haqqani requested medical treatment in Saudi Arabia for his father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the terrorist organization, the diplomatic correspondence says. The documents indicate the elder Haqqani carries a Saudi passport.

The Saudi embassy in Islamabad wasn’t available to comment, and Afghan officials didn’t immediately respond to the allegations. Senior U.S. officials said they were reviewing the reports but they had no immediate comment. Earlier this month, Osama Nugali, a Saudi foreign ministry spokesman, said that many of the documentspublished by WikiLeaks “have been clearly fabricated.” But he also said that the documents “didn’t give any information other than that formerly announced by the ministry” on international or regional issues.

Washington’s ties with Saudi Arabia have been strained for years over U.S. concerns that funding for the Afghan insurgency and other terrorist groups in the Middle East comes from donors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. Successive U.S. administrations have been careful not to accuse Gulf governments of complicity in sponsoring terrorism, however.

A document dated Feb. 15, 2012, and signed by the then-Saudi envoy to Islamabad, Amb. Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Saleh Al Ghadeer, says the diplomat met with Nasiruddin Haqqani, who asked the ambassador to convey to the Saudi king his father’s wish to be treated in a Saudi hospital. The cable also mentions Jalaluddin Haqqani’s Saudi passport.

In a separate document, dated Feb. 25, 2012, a senior official from Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry recommends treating Jalaluddin Haqqani in a Saudi hospital. It was unclear whether the treatment ever took place.

The Haqqani network is believed by U.S. and Afghan officials to be responsible for carrying out the most brazen attacks in the Afghan capital over the last decade, including a September 2011 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. This month, Afghan officials blamed the Haqqani network for an unsuccessful attempt to storm the parliament in Kabul.

The network traces its origins to the 1980s, when the U.S. and Saudi Arabia backed Afghan mujahedeen factions fighting the Soviets with the assistance of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf described the Haqqanis as “our champions of the uprising against the Soviet Union.”

Jalaluddin Haqqani, pictured in 1998.
Jalaluddin Haqqani, pictured in 1998. PHOTO:MOHAMMAD RIAZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The U.S. broke off support for the mujahedeen after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, but Saudi Arabia and Pakistan maintained active links with various mujahedeen factions. After the Taliban government was ousted by the U. S-led invasion in 2001, the Haqqanis became a key military ally of the Taliban, who have waged a deadly insurgency against the U.S.-backed government of Afghanistan following the collapse of their regime.

Jalaluddin Haqqani’s listing on the U.N. terror watch list is supposed to bar his international travel and impose a financial freeze on him. Nasiruddin was placed on the same U.N. list in 2010. The U.S. designated the Haqqani network as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” in 2012.

“It just shows how acceptable it is to the Saudi hierarchy that the ambassador thought nothing of reporting this in an official cable, and indeed meeting them, or needing to seek instructions before doing so,” said Zafar Hilaly, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Yemen.

Official U.S. anger over support for the Haqqani network has largely focused not on Saudi Arabia but on Pakistan, where the group had a base for years in the North Waziristan tribal area along the border with Afghanistan. In 2011, U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the Haqqanis as “a veritable arm” of the ISI, a characterization Islamabad has disputed. A Pakistan army operation launched last year has driven many militants out of North Waziristan.

The Afghan government has also considered the Haqqanis an irreconcilable foe. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai often addressed the Taliban as “brothers,” when urging them to end their armed opposition — but didn’t extend the same courtesy to the Haqqanis, according to his former spokesman, Aimal Faizi.

“They killed a large number of Afghans, civilians and military,” Mr. Faizi said.

Simbal Khan, a security analyst based in Islamabad, said that Afghanistan was part of the proxy war being waged across the Muslim world between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which has alsosupported insurgent groups in Afghanistan, including parts of the Taliban.

“The Saudis cannot not support the old Taliban, the ones they at least had good relations with,” said Ms. Khan. “If they gave them up, and Iran kept funding their elements, how does that make sense for the Saudis?”

Nasiruddin Haqqani was assassinated on the outskirts of Islamabad in November 2013, a shooting that Pakistan says was orchestrated by Afghan intelligence. It isn’t clear whether Jalaluddin, who is known to have been ill for years, is still alive. Another one of his sons, Sirajuddin, is currently the group’s military commander.

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ISIS Attacks in America Are Coming

COMMENTRY

By its own depraved standards, last Thursday and Friday were gruesomely successful days for ISIS. On Thursday, a suicide squad of ISIS fighters infiltrated Kobani, the Syrian town it had previously lost to Kurdish militia, and killed 145 residents. Then, on Friday, ISIS was linked to two massacres at different ends of the Middle East: in Tunisia a gunman armed with an Ak-47 killed at least 47 vacationers at a beach resort, while in Kuwait a suicide bomber killed at least 24 Shiites at a mosque. ISIS may also be connected to the French Muslim attacker who beheaded the manager of an American-owned chemical plant in France and tried to blow up the entire facility. All this only a few days after ISIS released another of its patented snuff films showing prisoners being drowned alive in a cage.

The exact connections between ISIS and the foreign attacks remains to be determined but the fact that ISIS claimed credit for the Kuwait and Tunisia attacks suggests that it is expanding its attention, from Syria and Iraq toward a more international wave of terror designed to better compete with Al Qaeda, which has long been focused on the “far enemy” (i.e., the U.S. and its allies). Already ISIS sympathizers have been linked to attacks in the U.S. such as the thwarted attempt to shoot up an exhibition of Mohammad cartoons in Texas. It’s a safe bet that the U.S. will not be exempt from ISIS’ growing foreign focus, and that some future attacks will succeed.

How should the U.S. respond? There will be calls, of course, for greater international cooperation against the ISIS threat, and that’s fine as far as it goes. But no amount of international policing can stop every nutcase who, inspired by ISIS’s example, decides to kill some of his neighbors. There is only one way to dispel the appeal of ISIS, and that is to destroy its self-styled caliphate. Even suicide bombers are reluctant to fight in a losing cause. ISIS has been so appealing of late, especially to foreigners (more than 1,000 of whom flock to join its ranks every month), precisely because it has been so successful.

But dispelling that aura of success will require doing a heck of a lot more than the U.S. is doing at present. Michele Flournoy, a former under secretary of defense in the Obama administration, has just co-authored an op-ed with Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security, which offers some sensible suggestions. They suggest, among other steps, providing arms directly to Sunni tribes and the Kurdish peshmerga, without channeling all aid through Baghdad as the U.S. is now doing; allowing Special Operations Forces and forward air controllers to accompany Iraqi forces into battle, intensifying air strikes, and increasing support to the non-jihadist Syrian opposition.

These are all sensible ideas, which echo suggestions long put forward by many other analysts (including me). But they all have one thing in common: They haven’t been implemented by the Obama administration, because is putting his non-interventionist ideology ahead of the need to destroy ISIS (a goal that Obama explicitly set for the U.S. armed forces).

I hope that President Obama pays greater attention to the advice offered by one of his own erstwhile high-level appointees than to the views of the rest of us, but I’m not terribly optimistic. Obama, despite sending 350 more personnel to Iraq recently, appears to be in a holding pattern with ISIS, doing some damage but not doing enough to defeat it. That’s a recipe for disaster because as long as ISIS appears secure in its caliphate it will be free to extend its international reign of terror.

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Massacre And Media: ISIS And The Case Of The Sunni Arab Shaitat Tribe

By: Alberto M. Fernandez*

Introduction

Since it burst on the scene as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the organization now known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, has cut a wide and bloody swath through the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq. Many of its most notorious, high-profile actions involve ethnic and religious groups that ISIS has declared fair game: numerous massacres of every type against Iraq’s Shi’a population, culminating in the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre; targeting Iraq’s Yazidi population for extinction, including the August 2007 Qahtaniya bombings; and multiple attacks against Christians, including the October 2010 attack on the Syrian Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad and the total expulsion of historic Christian communities in Mosul and Nineveh Plains in 2014.


Screen capture of ISIS video, originally from Twitter, August 2014.

But the violence perpetrated by ISIS against the Sunni Arab Muslim population, ostensibly its most important core constituency, is sometimes less well understood or known, even though evidence exists in abundance. The recent mass killings of Anbar tribesmen in 2014-2015 and the mass slaughter committed in 2014 against the Shaitat[1] tribe in Eastern Deir Al-Zur, Syria are particularly noteworthy because of their sheer scope. The massacre of almost a thousand members of the Shaitat by ISIS is particularly interesting because of the video and social media material existing on it and because of strenuous media efforts by ISIS, continuing well after the act, to justify its actions.[2]

ISIS’s Slaughter Of The Shaitat

The 90,000 strong Shaitat tribe’s traditional strongholds lie south of the city of Deir Al-Zur, along the banks of the Euphrates in the towns of Abu Hamam, Al-Kashkiyah, and Ghranij. This is a solidly Sunni Arab Muslim area, with no ethnic or religious minorities to speak of, and the Shaitat reside near the valuable Al-Omar oil fields. During the anarchy and confusion of the Syrian Civil War, the region was seized by Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN) and localized FSA units in November 2013 from Assad regime forces only to lose it to ISIS in early July 2014.[3]

The ISIS takeover was initially easy, prepared by months of spadework among the Arab tribes of the region, including building relationships with younger members of local tribes, providing support and money. Some JN and Mujahideen Shura Council fighters seem to have switched sides. ISIS went as far as supposedly naming an Amir for tribal affairs, a Saudi named Dhaigham Abu Abdullah,[4] who if his name is any guide may be connected to the important Shammar tribal confederation found in Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq.[5]

Among the Shaitat, something went wrong in late July 2014.[6] Whether it was a generational struggle, tribal unhappiness with Islamist strictures against things like smoking, or a naked fight for power and wealth, after the arrest of three tribal members by the Islamic State, the well-armed Shaitat rose up – alone and unaided by any other FSA unit or tribe – and killed at least 11 ISIS fighters, five of whom were Shaitat themselves, including a local ISIS leader named Abu Ali Al-Shaiti.[7] Video of the Shaitat brazenly boasting of their deed was an irresistible challenge.[8] The much better-armed ISIS, flush with the military windfall of the fall of Mosul and its four Iraqi Army divisions, responded rapidly.

ISIS now extracted a terrible vengeance with hundreds of men and boys over the age of 15 shot or beheaded on April 13. Supposedly, this was retribution modelled on the destruction of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe at the time of the Prophet Muhammad, with ISIS considering the tribe to be entirely in apostasy. The video of the mass beheadings, taped live with no cutting away of the camera, is among the most terrible ISIS has made.[9] This is no slick production, but raw, immediate savagery. The video is filled with laughter, as the killers seem giddy and hysterical with their slaughter. A bound man is asked whether he wants to die by the knife or gunfire, he answers “by gunfire,” and is beheaded anyway. A decapitated head is placed next to a bound, living man to terrify his last seconds. The victims are repeatedly taunted and cursed. Although ISIS supposedly used some Shaitat members to kill the Shaitat, one can also hear Saudi and Egyptian accents. The cameraman reassures the slaughterers that he is not filming them but only their “infidel apostate agents of the regime” victims. A slightly different video from around the same time shows former German rapper Deso Dogg (Denis Cuspert, aka Abu Talha Al-Almani) beheading different Shaitat.


Screen capture of ISIS video, originally from Twitter, August 2014.

Incredibly, just as the slaughter was occurring, the paramount Sheikh of the Shaitat Rafaa Aakla Al-Raju, interviewed in Istanbul, noted that the battle was going well and that the hit and run operations against the “Nusayri Iranian Safavid” ISIS continued.[10] He did ask for urgent support from other tribes and regional powers. In another video, tribal members were less upbeat, and pledged their loyalty to ISIS and asked for “innocent” tribal youth who were not involved in fighting to be released.[11] Many Shaitat who were not slaughtered fled, hundreds were imprisoned, and other Sunni Arab tribes eventually asked “Caliph” Al-Baghdadi for the Shaitat to be forgiven.[12]

ISIS Formally Forgives The Shaitat

Selections from the slaughter video were used repeatedly by critics of ISIS, including in a U.S. government video.[13] By the fall of 2014, ISIS deigned to formally forgive the Shaitat and thousands were allowed to return to their lands in November. ISIS commanders told tribal elders that the Shaitat were not allowed to assemble in large gatherings without permission, were prohibited from carrying weapons for any reason, must hand over all weapons, reveal weapons caches, turn over any traitors, and “admit that anyone who opposes the Islamic State is an apostate.”[14]

The conditional forgiveness of the Shaitat would be documented in a much more polished ISIS video than the raw August 2014 slaughter footage. In January 2015, ISIS Wilayat Al-Khayr (Deir ez-Zur) media office issued the 12:48 long production titled “Except for Those Who Believe.”[15] The high-definition video opens with combat footage from captured cellphones showing tribal leaders calling for an uprising against the “Nusayri Daesh Organization.” Lines of defeated young men being led to their death are then shown, with one taunted that “this guy rejected the Sharia of God in a demonstration.” ISIS leaders and “some of the sons of the Shaitat” go on to explain where the problem came from: There were four groups among the Shaitat that opposed the Islamic State: “oil thieves” and merchants, highway robbers who made “corruption on earth, Assad regime (“Shabeeha“) agents, and Sufis who follow “obscurantist practices” and never did anything to oppose the Assad regime.

The rest of the video documents the return of the repentant tribe lining up to receive repentance documents, turn in weapons, and dig up weapons caches. They are admonished to be loyal, while boys and young men praise Al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State.

The videotaped killing of the Shaitat is probably the most detailed mass killing of Sunnis by ISIS. The similar, roughly contemporaneous, mass killings of the Albunimr in Iraq’s Anbar province are not nearly as available. ISIS would continue to return to the issue, as if it felt the need to explain itself over and over in the coming months.

In March 2015, the same press office of Wilayat Al-Khayr released a video showing the repentance of Mansur Al-Shaiti, last seen leading tribal fighters against ISIS in captured video used in the previous ISIS production on the Shaitat.[16] Mansur blamed “gangs who do not fear God,” who came to the mosques and told people that ISIS would take the women, kill the children, and destroy the houses of local people. This had not been true. He had made a mistake, repented, been forgiven, and now things were fine between ISIS and local people.

One of the reasons that ISIS seems to have continued to produce material on the Shaitat is that at least some tribal elements have continued fighting. Mansur is shown with an AK-47 to underscore that at least some trusted Shaitat need not be disarmed. But in May 2015, still another ISIS video showed a Kosovar Albanian fighter killing Shaitat tribesman Ibrahim Shraideh with an RPG.[17] Shraideh had killed two ISIS fighters with an RPG. Still other Shaitat were killed after ISIS seized the historic Syrian town of Palmyra in late May.[18]

ISIS went once more to the well in June 2015, with a short video showing the return of more Shaitat, this time to their village of Abu Hamam.[19] One tribal elder repeatedly admonished Shaitat who are still fighting to “return to their religion” and said that he was ready to fight them even before ISIS does. Still another returnee called on all Sunnis to unite to fight their enemies and conquer Damascus.

An Object Lesson In Raw Terror

ISIS’s use of mass, graphic violence against the Shaitat was an object lesson in raw terror, but it has felt the need to explain itself and to bring some sort of closure to an Arabic-language audience. As Haian Dukhan and Sinan Hawat have noted, this violence “subtly invites recruits either to choose the winning horse or die.”[20] While the initial grotesque slaughter of the first video has not been repeated, the concept of punishment has been hammered home in repeated ISIS video productions seeking to address an ongoing problem among a population – i.e. Sunni Arab Muslim tribesmen in Syria – that is of supreme importance to the burgeoning Islamic State. The Shaitat, at least on video, keep repenting, being forgiven, returning home, dying, and evidently still fighting the Islamic State.

 *Alberto M. Fernandez is Vice President of MEMRI.

Endnotes:

[1] Al-Shaitat can also be transliterated Al-Shu’eitat.

[2] English.al-akhbar.com, December 18, 2015.

[3] Globalpost.com, August 11, 2014.

[4] reddit.com/r/syriancivilwar/, February 2015.

[5] Youtube.com/watch?v=ZeApAxB_VYU.

[6] Youtube.com/watch?v=u_r8HDwLamE.

[7] Youtube.com/watch?v=urFs6x9jlME.

[8] Lbcgroup.tv, July 31, 2014.

[9] “ISIS massacre against the Shaitat Clan in Dairzzor-13.8.2014,” Youtube.com/watch?v=IWUtFkXlmlQ&bpctr=1434837297.

[10] Youtube.com/watch?v=Mp27mADEqjs.

[11] Youtube.com/watch?v=BoMAaILw2SM

[12] Youtube.com/watch?v=MgvWNS_e7go

[13] Youtube.com/watch?v=DVLMlhIPTsg

[14] Syriahr.com/en, November 26, 2014.

[15] Jihadology.net, January 11, 2015.

[16] Youtube.com/watch?v=8Jvc-bjIlfA

[17] Dailymail.co.uk, May 21, 2015.

[18] Telegraph.co.uk, May 21, 2015.

[19] “Return of the Residents of the Village of Abu Hamam,” Jihadology.net, June 2015.

[20] Haian Dukhan and Sinan Hawat, “The Islamic State and the Arab Tribes in Eastern Syria,” E-International Relations, Dec 31, 2014.

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Afghanistan’s Natural Resources under the sight of Islamic State

KHARMA PRESS

The TTP Taliban must have funding from various sources. The TTP Pak Taliban charge a PER TRUCK TAX at quarries and mining sites operated locally by district villagers. It their livelihood. The Taliban as a Criminal Enterprise Operates, extorts the tax because they can. Trucks operating in Afghanistan carry USD specifically to pay Taliban “Road Tax” or be killed. ISIS/L or DAESH in Afghanistan is really ROGUE TTP TALIBAN operatives that want to be King Pins in their Territory instead of taking orders from Khost or Quetta. Its about Money NOT Religion. In the East (Nangarhar) they are given money and DAESH kit by Pakistan ISI. The kit has a Black flag, Black shirt, 3 hole Mask (so you can tell front/back) 2 how to be scary guy video. After museum quality art, poppy harvest drugs, minerals, Pakistan monetary support to replace their now rivals TTP Taliban. Yes ISIS/L is destroying aancient artifacts, on TV. They are selling what you don’t see on black market. Many Items never before for sale are, purchased by reputable and not reputable.

Pentagon in a new report says that Islamic State group is eyeing on the Natural Resources of Afghanistan.
Citing the Pentagon report, The Diplomat an online international news magazine that also writes analysis says that even though it is unknown if Islamic State would be able to hold swaths of land in Afghanistan but it is obviously possible that the group will seek to beat the country’s poorly monitored mining industry to fund their operations in Iraq and Syria.
The Diplomat further states that the majorities of the estimated $3 trillion worth of mineral resources of Afghanistan are undeveloped, abandoned, awaiting new contracts or excavated by local community members (Especially warlords).
According to the Diplomat the Islamic State is attempting to gain a toehold in Afghanistan and the worsening security situation could pave way for the group to enhance operations.
The Diplomat further states that due to the widespread corruption and lack of coordination between various Afghan ministries and security agencies Afghanistan’s Natural Resources remain open to illegal extractions.
It also states that the ongoing fighting has caused a significant rise in illegal extraction of mines and that several international investors have stepped back from contracts or expressed concern over the insecurity, which is a major blow to the mining industry in the country.
The Diplomat citing a report issued by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in April says that illegal extraction of mines cost Afghanistan at least $300 million annually since the fall of Taliban in 2001.
The Diplomat further states most of Afghanistan’s illegally extracted mines are going to Pakistan, adding that the leadership of Daesh’s Khorasaan province is predominantly comprised of former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders which makes the smuggle of Afghanistan’s illegally extracted mines to Pakistan easy.
Islamic State of Daesh was operating in Iraq and Syria for years but it emerged in Afghanistan months before.
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‘Assessing The Computer Network Operation (CNO) Capabilities Of The Islamic Republic Of Iran’ – A Study Review

MEMRI

Introduction

The MEMRI Cyber Jihad Lab (CJL) has received an exclusive copy of a report released May 25, 2015 by the cyber-security organization Tenshi, “Assessing The Computer Network Operation (CNO) Capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The report includes an analysis of the cyber threats posed by Iran, including its use of academia as a hotbed for cultivating future hackers, as well as a review of the most prominent and active Iranian hacker groups. The following is the CJL’s review of this report.

“Iran’s Interest In Further Developing Its Asymmetric Warfare Potential Has Never Been More Vigorous”

The report first assesses the current state of the cyber threat posed by Iran, noting that “Iran’s interest in further developing its asymmetric warfare potential has never been more vigorous” and that the country is currently trying to break out of its “catch-up mode” and attain parity in Network-Centric Warfare. Iran, it says, is already experienced with measures regarding censorship, surveillance, and control of Internet and other data networks, and the country’s thriving academic community focuses on topics such as software development, cryptography, and the localization of English-language materials into Farsi, which is a “major driving force behind the technological rise of Iran’s understanding” of various forms of cyber warfare.

According to the report, the Iranian government has long tolerated the existence of a civilian hacking infrastructure, in which private Iranian citizens engaged in cyber warfare and shared knowledge, software exploits, and code, and in effect created a “closely nurtured ecosystem” stemming from the regime’s desire to build the nation’s offensive cyber capabilities along with cultivating the patriotic notions of civilian heroism on the cyber front.

Academia As A Farm System For Cyber Warriors

The report sets out how the Iranian regime utilizes the academic infrastructure that it controls to create nurturing environments for the development of cyber warfare capabilities. Iran’s main academic incubators for the next generation of cyber warriors, it says, include the Iranian Scientific Society of C4I, the Iranian Society of Cryptology (ISC) along with its Student Branches of Cryptology, and the Student Branch of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (SBC4I). It states: “Using a well proven methodology of solicitation of academic ‘know-how’ through invite-only events, and close nurturing of established connections among the academic community,” the regime cultivates “the next generation of cyber warriors.”  For example, the ISC hosts a yearly conference on Security and Cryptology (ISCISC) which deals with topics such cryptography, infosec, steganography, and attacks on cryptographic algorithms. The Iranian Scientific Society of C4I also holds conferences and workshops on a variety of cyber topics.

Iranian Hacker Groups
Ashiyane Digital Security Team

The Ashiyane Digital Security Team is, according to the report, Iran’s main hacker group, capable of conducting cyber-attacks against foreign adversaries, including the U.S. The group has already compromised thousands of servers around the world in order to spread Iranian propaganda, and utilizes hundreds of novice members to strengthen its position. Members of the Ashiyane Digital Security Team have appeared on Iranian TV and have hosted and participated in local conferences. They successfully train hundreds of new members on the basics of offensive cyber-capabilities (the group publishes an e-zine targeting novice users to become potential group members) and closely cooperate with the regime.


Ashiyane Digital Security Team leaders Behrooz Kamalian (Behrooz_Ice) and Nima Salehi (Q7X) on Iranian TV

Iranhack Security Team

Another prominent hacker group, the Iranhack Security Team, is known, according to the report, for its tens of thousands of successful attacks. Some of its prominent members are known to have actively participated in other noted Iranian hacker groups, which helps create cross-pollination of technical know-how and knowledge bases. The group is known to have created custom client-side exploits for web-based services as well as offensive hacking software.


Members of Iranhack Security Team at a 2012 exhibition event

Iranian Datacoders Security Team

The Iranian Datacoders Security Team includes members from the Iranhack Security Team, according to the report, and also releases custom vulnerability exploits targeting web-based platforms.

Iran Security Team (SEPANTA Team)

The Iran Security Team (SEPANTA Team) engages in the creation of custom exploits for web-based clients, according to the report. Several of its members are also members of another hacker group, the IDH Security Team.

IDH Security Team

The IDH Security team is known, according to the report, to have actively defaced hundreds of websites and possessing various offensive cyber capabilities.

NOPO Digital Security Team

The NOPO Digital Security Team engages in versatile cyber-attacks and website defacements, according to the report. It includes members also tied to Iranhack Security Team.

Other Hacker Groups

Other hacker groups mentioned in the report are Bastan Security Team, Shekaf Security Team, Mafia Hacking Team, Iran Black Hats Team, DiaGram (Advisor Security Team), Delta Hacking Security Team, Digital Boys Underground Team, and IrIst Security Team.

Conclusion

“Assessing The Computer Network Operation (CNO) Capabilities Of The Islamic Republic Of Iran” concludes with a summary of its main thrust – that Iran is actively developing its offensive cyber capabilities by creating academic incubators for future cyber warriors, and by nurturing and often collaborating with civilian hacker groups who themselves cross-pollinate members, knowledge, and tools so as to create an extensive and decentralized ecosystem of cyber knowledge and ability.

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