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1/ According to pro-#AQ channels, the new leader of the #IslamicState is Professor Zaid, also known as “Haji Zaid” (See photo).
His name is Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaida'i.


@ColinPClarke @ToreRHamming @NihadJariri @hxhassan @colebunzel @Minalami Image
2/ Also according to pro-#AQ channels, al-Sumaida'i was previously a member of Ansar al-Sunna and joined #ISIS in 2013, in the city of #Mosul, #Iraq
3/ After the organization took control of #Mosul, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani appointed him as the head of the Court of Justice and Claims over the city of Mosul.
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NEW: Latest @SIGARHQ report finds overall violence in #Afghanistan is down since US forces left BUT...

"significant violence persists, including mass-casualty attacks by the #IslamicState-#Khorasan (#ISIS-K); civilian disturbances from abusive Taliban forces and others" Image
.@SIGARHQ reports calls #ISIS-#Khorasan the "current greatest security threat" to the #Taliban

ISIS-K attacks killed at least 90 ppl from October-December 2021 in #Kabul #Kundiz #Kandahar
#ISIS-#Khorasan attracting new members

"A violent organization with a significant bankroll, IS-K often appears as the last & most extreme option for disaffected individuals or groups" per @SIGARHQ
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An internal official note of @CPIMKerala under the heading 'minority communalism' says "efforts are on to lure educated young women into extremism in professional colleges in Kerala" In simple words "Islamist radicalization"! Has #Kerala govt finally woken up to an old reality? Image
For years #Kerala's professional college campuses have been hot-beds of #radicalisation! From Popular Front to off-shoots such as Campus Front & SDPI the narrative has been wonderfully woven around dalit-muslim upliftment which a sure attraction for the educated thinking student!
Students of dental, medical & engineering self financing colleges have been the target! Once a bridge is laid highlighting social issues the more virulent narratives are fed slowly ranging from claims of Islamophobia to alleged persecution of Muslims in India & abroad!
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1. US invaded #Afghanistan after #Taliban refused to hand over Bin Laden after 9/11 attacks.
2. US invaded #Iraq based on tortured “confession” of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi that AQ was working with #Saddam to get WMDs.
3. But, just like AQ, there no WMDs in Iraq - until invasion.
4. Abu Musab al-#Zarqawi left Afghanistan to set up AQI in Iraq to fight US.
5. His tactics were so brutal than even AQ central tried to curb them.
6. Shia and Sunni groups who’d both fought occupiers turned on each other while US back one against the other.
7. Abu Ghraib abuse images shocked the world but Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (#torture) first used in Kandahar, Bagram and #CIA ‘black sites.’
8. Alleged AQ & Taliban captives sent to #Guantanamo where General Geoffrey Miller applied US approved torture methods.
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#Mali: Unofficial #JNIM video captioned: "This is what happens between Support of Islam [JNIM] and the Kharijites [#ISGS] (Kawaridiakobe in Fulfulde)", fighters including visibly child soldiers are seen beheading ISGS members/sympathizers in the area of Arabanda (Malian Gourma)
#Mali: An assassination campaign was carried out by Ansaroul Islam (#JNIM) during the first half of July in the areas of Kobou and Boulikessi, #Mopti
#Mali: Paradoxically, the video is accompanied by a signature #IslamicState nasheed, namely Qariban Qariba.
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#Sahel: Today, #JNIM released the video "If they fight you, fight them". It's been almost three years since JNIM released their last full-length video with combat footage, namely "And the Battle Continues".
#Sahel: This could be explained by several factors: First, the focus has been on the political line; second, JNIM's official media presence has declined significantly, and this is against the backdrop of several key media figures (in #Algeria and #Mali) being killed
#Sahel: The decline is particularly relevant when compared to #ISGS, which received major boost from its formal integration into #IslamicState's organizational infrastructure & media apparatus. However, this last video marks the effective recovery of #JNIM media wing Al-Zallaqa.
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Faces behind #Kashmir Intel #Thread

Let us know, what's the motive and who are/were some of the people running handles like Kashmir Intel (@Kashmirosint), which claim themselves to be voice or source of information of #Kashmir.
NIA in Sep 2020 filed a charge sheet against 5 operatives of #IslamicState Khorasan Province, including the #Kashmiri couple who were running Kashmir Intel for allegedly conspiring to utilize the anti #CAA protests to instigate #Muslims against #Indian government & provoke riots
Here is how the couple, Jahanzaib Sami Wani & Hina Bashir planned to exploit gullible Muslim youth
They were conspiring to create unrest during anti #CAA protest by coining seditious slogans & making graffiti at public places, highlighting the same on social & international media
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Foreign fighters and the trajectory of violence in northern Mozambique.

Happy to see our latest with @EColumbo2019 (@CSISAfrica) in @WarOnTheRocks!…
Foreign fighters aren’t new to this conflict. But the attack at #Palma--the latest in a streak of operational successes for ASWJ--& the group’s affiliation with the #IslamicState have elevated the profile of the insurgency, raising concerns of greater FF involvement in the future
What do foreign fighters mean for #ASWJ & the conflict in #CaboDelgado?

BLUF (part 1): Foreign fighters’ influence is likely to be mixed. In the immediate term, foreign recruits offer #ASWJ a reliable means of boosting their battlefield effectiveness & regional prestige.
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The tragic events in #Palma, #CaboDelgado #Mozambique, over the last few days have major implications for peace and security on the Swahili coast of East #Africa. Herewith some thoughts in a mega thread -->
This is an insurgency that has been snowballing since October 2017. It started attacking in the form of small groups of young men, brandishing mainly blunt weapons, and attacking remote security posts. It has evidently now grown into something much more serious.
Recently the U.S. sanctioned the group and called it an affiliate of #IslamicState. By doing so, the group has now been elevated into a box where policy solutions designed to deal with this problem will now be partially framed or qualified by that designation.
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Defining moment for my parents was the #1947partition of India into 2. India & #Pakistan. For me the defining moment was #India going to war w Pakistan in 1971 to stop the genocide of #BengaliMuslims by #PakArmy & creating Bangladesh as a separate nation. Kudos to
Kudos to India 🇮🇳, @narendramodi & @DrSJaishankar for protecting the secular legacy of #MujiburRehman, & actively protecting Bangladesh from Pak forces (#PakArmyWithoutUniform) that are, once again, trying to replace secular democracy w an #Islamic State.
Founding father of #Bangladesh #SheikhMujiburRahman was assassinated by #Pakistani #Islamists in 1975, just 4 years after #India created Bangladesh. Pak supported Islamists are once again trying to destabilize Bangla’s secular democracy & impose an #IslamicState. @DrSJaishankar &
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Unfortunately what was bound to happen happened today: 3 attacks against #France: #Nice, 3 killed in knife attack in a church, terrorist arrested; #Avignon, man shot dead after attacking police with knife; #Jeddah, #SaudiArabia citizen wounds guard in attack at #French consulate
#France: The attack in #Nice again targeted a church where the jihadist constantly yelling "Allahu Akbar" beheaded one woman & mortally stabbed to death two other people. The jihadist in a man in his twenties that speaks #French; that's all we know so far.
Thé jihadist behind the #nice attack at Notre-Dame church is a 21 year old Tunisian that arrived in #Europe through #Lampedusa, #italy at the end of September and made it to #France a few days ago. Once again the refugee issue is central to a jihadist attack on the continent.
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The arrest of an alleged #IslamicState terrorist is only the tip of the iceberg.A @UN report speaks of Islamic State terror & its Indian arm (Hind Wilayah) having 180-200 terrorists, several active in Kerala & Karnataka (Sri Lanka #Daesh terrorists came here) @arvindojha has more Image
The arrest of #AbuYusuf from #UttarPradesh with 15 kgs of improvised explosive devices/explosives should be a wake up call. From #Kashmir to #Kerala #Karnataka crackdown not just on radicalised terrorists but more dangerous elements radicalising them at madrasas/mosques elsewhere
Another major problem is creating the fake victimhood narrative. Those creating this narrative for political ends are frankly doing great disservice to the nation. India is the only country in the world where followers of all sects of many religions live in harmony. Build on it.
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After the #AgrimaJoshua incident, most of my #NorthIndian friends (some are left-leaning) mocked me for criticising her & asked me what’s the big deal in addressing him as ‘Shivaji’.

This #Thread is for all of them who don’t know much about #ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj.

Around 230 BCE, #Maharashtra came under the rule of the #Satvahana dynasty for 400 years.

It was also ruled by the Western Satraps, the #Guptas, Gurjaras-Pratiharas, Vatakas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, #Rashtrakutas and the Western #Chalukyas before finally, the #Yadava Rule.

In short, #Maharashtra was ruled by #Hindu Kings.

Unfortunately, in the early 14th century, the Yadava Dynasty was overthrown by the Islamic Invader #AlauddinKhilji, who was then, the Sultan of #Delhi. This marked the beginning of #Islamic Rule in Maharashtra.

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1/5 What does it mean to mainstream gender across counter-#terrorism research and practice? (note that gender is not synonymous with women) A thread on ICCT's recent publications on male supremacism and the need for gender-sensitive analysis.
2/5 Our perspective on the Hanau terror attack explores the links between male supremacism and #FarRight violence, and notes how these links should not be trivialised by labelling attackers as incels:…
3/5 More generally, how has male supremacism contributed to terrorist attacks? @alexdibranco argues that it is a distinct form of right-wing extremist ideology that has only recently entered public awareness:…
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#Pakistani doctor indicted in the US for providing material support to the #IslamicState. Educated or not, terror is in the DNA of #Pakistanis. What is the difference between this Pak origin doctor in US, #HafizSaeed #MasoodAzhar or those giving terror intellectual cover fire?
US President @realDonaldTrump needs to see the true face of #Pakistan. A Pakistani Air Vice Marshal's son #Shahzad was arrested for attempting to bomb #TimesSquare in New York. Read what he had to say after being convicted about his religion & his actions.…
Also read about #Pakistan born terrorist #DavidColemanHeadley (Daood Gilani, related to former Pakistani prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani) convicted for terror plots in #Denmark & 26/11 #Mumbai. I covered his trial in the Chicago Federal court. #PakTerror…
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Polish Internal Security Agency #ABW have detained on May 7 four 4 #Tajiks on charges of attempting to recruit Muslim converts to carry out militant attacks. The suspects were inspired by the #IslamicState terrorist organization but are not members of the group.
This is another terrorist plot in Europe with citizens of Tajikistan in recent days. On April 15 German authorities detained 5 Tajiks suspected of forming an IS cell plotting attacks in #Germany.
Two individuals in this Tajik cell in Germany were alleged to have traveled to Albania with plans to carry out a contract killing. Around two weeks later, authorities in Albania said they arrested a Tajik citizen sought by Germany for suspected membership in an IS cell.
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#Sahel fin officielle de l’exception de « tolérance » entre #AlQaeda & l’#EI, combat au #Mali et au #BurkinaFaso à l’initiative d’#AQMI l’EI envoie un kamikaze contre les jihadistes d’#AQ // End of the Sahel exception #AQMI & the #IslamicState fighting and #IS used a kamikaze Image
#Mali l’#EI revendique l’attaque qui a mené à la mort d’un légionnaire de #Barkhane « suite à l’activation de plusieurs IED contre un convoi qui essayait d’intercepter un groupe suivi depuis les airs » Image
#Sahel bcp de détails ops sur 3p l’#EI accuse #JNIM #AQMI de « participer à l’effort militaire aux côtés des armés et des croisés [la #France] dans la zone des 3 frontières et de protéger les frontières de l’#Algérie et de la #Mauritanie, #Kouffa & #Ghali qualifiés d’apostats » Image
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Confirmed by multiple sources that two former #IslamicState women from #Belgium & #France have managed to escape from the #SDF detainee camp in #Roj, #Syria. It has happened two weeks ago, and both fugitives have been recaptured and imprisoned since (1/6)…
The Belgian is Cassandra Bodart, a convert from Jemeppe-sur-Sambre who joined IS in 2013. After two years, she wanted to leave - but she had to wait until the death of French-Algerian husband Abdel Hamid Derguiani in August 2017 to turn herself in (2/6)…
The French woman is Saïda El Ghazi from the Lunel region - long known as a hotspot of jihad in France. She made headlines after she accepted to be separated from her two children in June, so they could be repatriated (3/6)…
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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: On Thursday 26 March, ICCT will host @ColinPClarke and @Julie_Coleman live on Zoom for a briefing and Q&A on #alQaeda and #IslamicState in the Western Africa. Image
In recent years—as IS’ regional affiliate, Islamic State in Greater Sahara has risen—the Western Sahel has experienced an unprecedented rise in terrorist violence, with more than 4,000 deaths reported in 2019. But, al-Qaeda’s presence remains strong... Image
Now—with both groups vying for resources, support, and territory in West Africa—will al-Qaeda and the Islamic State compete or cooperate? Register here:…
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Being in #Berlin while the preparations for the #Libya Peace Conference were under way, I gave an interview to the excellent @SumangaliS @dwnews about the possible outcomes of Sunday's meeting plus the assessment o the players including #IslamicState.
@SumangaliS @dwnews My Two cents on #BerlinConference on #Libya:
1- Interesting that a major player, #Morocco, was not invited, while it was instrumental in the accords of #Skhirat.
2- Invited though: #Tunisia, #Algeria and #Qatar, countries favourable to the #GNA.
3- Like in #Moscow, the two #Libya-n parties the #GNA #Serraj & the #LNA #Haftar did NOT meet in #Berlin. Last time they met in an international-sponsored conference was in #France under the leadership of President #Macron.
4- Telling that the photo-op did not include any Libyans
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The last few days of #US military build up make a lot of sense now. The killing of #Iran Quds Force commander Suleimani cannot be overstated as an escalatory event, even if US will have intended it as ultimate show of force.
Suleimani was the most visible face of Iran’s fight against #IslamicState and US in the region. A huge loss of knowledge and expertise for IRGC and humiliating for #Khamenei after his tweet taunting #Trump. The question now must be what an Iranian response will be.
Iran can not afford not to respond to this level of attack, but does not necessarily have to respond immediately. They will understand how vulnerable Trump is going into the electoral period. US military and energy assets across #Iraq are at high risk of rocket and mortar attack.
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#LEAs defused an #IED planted in #Talap near #Iran border in #Balochistan . Image
#BLF released claiming killing 8 Pakistan Army soldiers in #Mashkay , #Balochistan.
#UBA released statement claiming attack on Army checkpost in #Kohlu and killing of 3 Soldiers.
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News from #Balochistan, rebels attacked Security forces in #Panjgur.
#BLF released statement claiming attack on Army in #Buleda area of #Kech district.

#BLF claims 4 Pakistani soldiers lost life.

As always #GHQ, #GHQ controlled media never reports it !
#BLF released statement claiming attack on Army convoy in #Awaran #Balochistan today .

The statement also claims 5 Pakistan soldiers lost life in the attack.

As always #GHQ or #GHQ media never reports it !
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We have seen ISIS level of horror and brutality in Kashmir, 30 years before the West was even introduced to the brutalities of radical Islamic terror: @sunandavashisht

My grandfather was ready to kill me to save me from worse: recalls the Kashmiri Pandit…
"Where were they (so called) (human rights activists) on the night of January 19, 1990, when there were voices blaring from all mosques in Kashmir that they wanted Kashmir with Hindu women but without Hindu men?" columnist @sunandavashisht talking of forced Hindu migration in J&K
''My people (Hindus in Kashmir) were given three choices by the (Pakistan State backed Radical Islamists) terrorists: flee, convert or die on the same fateful night." @sunandavashisht. (There is no difference between ISI & ISIS acc to @AmrullahSaleh2). Hindus in Kashmir suffered
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