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IDLIB 7/11 - Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) a modification of Al Qaeda launched provocations with UK-incubated White Helmet organisation in response to undesirable rapprochement between #Damascus and #Ankara. Image
Russia's Syria Reconciliation Center Deputy Head Oleg Yegorov warned that a provocation was prepared for the 6th November. Intelligence information had been received during the night of the 5th November.

#WhiteHelmets #Syria
Yegorov said: "We have information that the Al-Nusra Front (Heyet Tahrir al-Sham) is planning a provocation in the Idlib region together with the so-called "White Helmets" human rights organization.

#WhiteHelmets #AlQaeda #Syria
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George Friedman, stichter van #Stratfor, maakte in 2015 op lucide wijze de Amerikaanse realpolitik begrijpelijk voor wie het niet begrijpt: 'Cynisch en immoreel, maar het werkt!'

1e punt: Europa bestaat niet voor de #VS; er bestaan enkel Europese landen.
Is islamitisch extremisme een bedreiging voor de #VS?
Friedman: 'Het is een probleem, maar geen existentiële bedreiging. We hebben een veel groter probleem, namelijk de relatie tussen #Duitsland en #Rusland. Daar hebben we 2 wereldoorlogen en een Koude Oorlog voor gevoerd.'
Verenigd zijn #Duitsland en #Rusland de enige macht op aarde die de VS kan bedreigen: Duits kapitaal en technologie gekoppeld aan Russische grondstoffen en arbeidskrachten is een combinatie die de VS al eeuwen bang maakt.
Wat gaan de Duitsers doen? Ze weten het zelf nog niet.
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@MarinSanna #Polish trucks carried heavy foreign #warmachines on #Helsinki Ring I Oct 15 at 8:02 am
- According to a reader, there were six Polish trucks in the queue and they were heading east. The caravan that attracted attention was not known to the Helsinki police…
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Today, the @JoeBiden admin released its National Security Strategy. I’ll summarize its major points & put some thoughts on #terrorism & #Afghanistan specifically in this THREAD. 1/n
@JoeBiden (You can find the full text of the document here:…) 2/n
@JoeBiden The strategy exists in 5 parts: (1) overview of the problem; (2) sources of US strength (solutions); (3) global priorities; (4) strategy by region; (5) conclusion.

Oddly, part 1 starts on page 6. Nitpicky, I know, but still weird--who counts the cover as page 1? 3/n
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NEW #Africa File | #BurkinaFaso’s latest coup on Sep. 30 indicates that the governance and security crisis in West Africa’s #Sahel region continues to deepen. @liam_karr @brian_cartr @EmilyCEstelle… 1/5 Image
Salafi-jihadi groups linked to #alQaeda and the #IslamicState have exploited cyclical violence and anti-government grievances to root themselves in local communities and steadily expand in the Sahel over the past decade. 2/5 Image
The fallout from the Burkina Faso coup, like the 2020 and 2021 coups in Mali, will likely further reduce counterterrorism pressure and worsen the conditions that lead to Salafi-jihadi expansion. 3/5
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Offensiva contro al Shabaab. “Elimineremo il terrorismo dalla #Somalia "
Questa volta andiamo in Somalia, per seguire quello che sta accadendo da due settimane.
Nelle ultime due settimane il governo, attraverso l’esercito nazionale somalo (Sna) ha avviato nelle regioni centrali del Paese la più vasta offensiva contro #AlShabaab di sempre. Le milizie legate alla jihad hanno lasciato sul campo centinaia di corpi di militanti ma alla fine
hanno ripreso il controllo di #Booco, nella regione di #Hiran. Il fatto eclatante consta nel fatto che per la prima volta in 13 anni, la loro roccaforte è stata violata. Il governo, attraverso le parole affidate all’agenzia “Sonna”, afferma di aver ripreso il controllo della
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How much is #Ukraine similar to #Syria?

Back in 2016. power of Bashar Al-#Assad was on his last legs. Insurgents took over the almost entire country, leaving him with roughly 15% of land under government control.

by Slavyangrad
All big cities were lost or heavily contested. The enemy was as close as two kilometers to the center of #Damascus.

#Syria #ukraine
Then #Russians came. Slowly but methodically, they started to bombard insurgents, which we can call a conglomerate of various ideological and interest groups, including designated terrorists such as Jabhat Al Nusra and #ISIS.

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The regime of #Iran, like virtually all in the #MiddleEast, is vile and we hope one day it’s citizens will be free. But what the international #msm is doing right now with its coverage is essentially trying to aid the US government in another regime change attempt.
1/ #Iran was a democracy in 1953, but unfortunately its Socialist-leaning government nationalized its oil industry which was a no-no for the Imperialist #USA and #UK so the #CIA & #MI6 collaborated as they often do to overthrow its government and install a bloody dictator. #Shah
2/ the US plays lip-service to wanting democracy in the #MiddleEast, but what it demands is FIELTY to the US Empire. Egyptian people bravely and at great cost overthrew a bloody dictator and established the Arab World’s biggest democracy. The new govt wasn’t pro-US and in 2013…
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How fake news has been deployed by the Pak and Islamists in #Leicester to generate the victim-hood narrative, while simultaneously unleashing violence on others over the past few weeks.

Leicester: A case study
First Claim: The narrative of how ‘Racist Hindus’ provoking Muslims, was widely shared on social media by several Islamist handles.

Fact: Videos circulated on social media were of a mob shouting ‘Allah hu Akbar’.

Second Claim: Racist Hindu mob raised anti-Islam slogans on streets was widely shared by Islamists & local media (without any evidence).

Fact: Mob was shouting slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ & ‘Jai Shri Ram’ to protest the violence against them, indicating no communal angle.

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#US #senators started the #EnergyWar against #EU and #Russia'n #NordStream2, after their #LNG production exceeded the demand, the production costs were too high and #GasPrice collapsed in 2019.
#EnergyCrisis and #sanctions halts the #EU countries?
- Russia Exports to #US was US$17.75 Billion during 2021, according to the #COMTRADE database on international trade.
- data, historical chart and statistics - was last updated on September of 2022.…
#US planned the #war and the #EnergyCrisis in #Europe | Sep 13
- In what appears to be an exceptional internal leak from the close-to-gov think tank #RAND Co., known among other things to have been behind American strategy for foreign and defense policy…
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1) Official wire of #alQaeda in #Yemen has just released a plea for freedom by @UN official kidnapped with 4 colleagues in February. It's emotional. Some is scripted, some clearly not. Begs for #AQAP demands to be met or "get the body bags ready" Image
2) Incredibly bizarre ending appears to implicate #China:
Captive reads from script, saying his message was recorded on 9 Aug following🇬🇧Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. He says that #China warned there would be consequences.
#AQAP #Yemen #alQaeda #Kidnapping
3) Other points of note
-We do not see or hear the other 4 captives
-Conditions clearly stressful (no daylight, no fresh air)
-Mentions mental & physical health issues
-Warns of same fate as Luke Somers
-No actual demands included
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NEW REPORT | Salafi-jihadi groups linked to #alQaeda and the #IslamicState are spreading in #Africa, posing new threats to countries that have either suppressed or not yet experienced significant and sustained jihadist violence, warns @EmilyCEstelle. 1/5…
This proliferation and expansion of African Salafi-jihadi groups will fuel regional disorder, humanitarian crises, and a persistent and likely increasing global terror threat. 2/5
Identifying risk factors and tracking them over time can allow analysts to forecast potential Salafi-jihadi insurgencies and better understand the dynamics leading to worst-case security scenarios and the policies that can avert them. 3/5
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Η προσπάθεια αποσταθεροποίησης των ΔΒ, υποκινούμενη από τις δικτατορίες της Ασίας, θα πρέπει να βρει ως απάντηση μία αστραπιαία, χειμαρρώδη και τόσο πρωτοφανή, από την 🇬🇷, αντίδραση, που να μην αφήνει περιθώρια για εφαρμογή Plan B
#Σερβια #Kosovo #Balkans…
Η αδράνεια στην δεκαετία του 20′, θα αντιμετωπιστεί από τους ιστορικούς του μέλλοντος σαν προδοσία!

#Σερβια #Taiwan #Balkans #Albania #Greece #NATO #Χο_Τσι_Μινχ #AlQaeda
Η Ελλάδα είναι η μόνη χώρα που διαθέτει όλα εκείνα τα απαραίτητα εργαλεία/μέσα ώστε να τραβήξει τις χώρες των Δυτικών Βαλκανίων «πίσω» στην Ευρώπη, σε αντίθεση με γεωπολιτικούς μας ανταγωνιστές, που μόνο κοντύτερα στον αυταρχισμό της Ασίας μπορεί να τα φέρει.
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#Kabul .. this is one of two locations struck Sunday morning.. this seems to be the house where #Zawahiri was killed #AlQaeda #Afghanistan
Shattered windows in house next to it #kabul #Zawahiri #AlQueda
House now covered with plastic screens . Workers nearby tell us they thought house was empty . #Zawahiri #AlQaeda #Kabul
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As I think about the strike on #alQaeda’s Zawahiri, we know what the “finish” portion looked like: a drone strike in Kabul. What about the “find & fix” portions though? 1/n
We don’t *know* anything about that yet, though surely the Biden admin will release details to keep this in the news cycle as the midterms approach, so we’ll learn more. Still possible to speculate on the possibilities now, though. 2/n
First they had to *find* Zawahiri. Analysts like @asfandyarmir have argued for a while that he was likely in #Afghanistan somewhere. And there have been steady reports from Afghans of US drones flying over AFG post-withdrawal, to include over Kabul. 3/n
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Wow -- #Zawahiri killed in a U.S. drone strike in the #Kabul area over the weekend -- the 1st strike since the #Taliban's takeover of #Afghanistan in August 2021.

BIG blow for #AlQaeda's central leadership, but huge questions about how he was located (or who sold him out).
In Nov 2020, I wrote about #AlQaeda's looming "succession crisis" -- as the group's most likely No.2 (Sayf al-Adel) is based in #Iran, a location that for most AQ affiliates, has resulted in deep distrust.…

AQ's decentralization will only increase now.
For years, #AlQaeda has been under a self-reinforcing process of decentralization (& localization) -- whereby the central leadership remained a key guide, but an increasingly irrelevant source of strategic command.

More on that, in this lengthy piece:…
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I think the #Alqaeda existence in #Afghanistan highlighted by #UNSC needs unpacking:
- Some Arabs who moved to AFG to fight soviets never left. They married into Afghan and #Taliban families so their presence in the county should not be a shock 1/
- Other Arab fighters that fought under the Taliban today have given up fighting. What does the international community expect the #Taliban to do with them? Will their home countries ever accept them back?
- Does AQ have an active military presence in Afg? 2/
I just feel like there has been a constant failure in establishing metrics for meeting the vague agreed upon clauses in the #US #Taliban peace deal. #Afghanistan should never be used as a launchpad for terrorism again.
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"The Age of Political Jihadism"

- This is an excellent in-depth look at #HTS by @azelin, a group that's changed markedly over the past 5-7yrs & represents an entirely different challenge than its #AlQaeda-aligned predecessor.…
@azelin I've been studying #HTS (& JFS & Nusra before it) closely for 11yrs & as @azelin makes clear, it's existed in its current form for longer than its previous, #AlQaeda-aligned Nusra days.

That evolution dates back to at least early-2015, when I wrote this:…
@azelin For an #AlQaeda affiliate born out of #ISIS to become a de facto governing entity that maintains ties to nation states & cooperates with INGOs is no insignificant thing.

Within its NW zone, #HTS has arguably been the most successful anti-#ISIS & AQ actor in #Syria -- but...
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Disturbing & disappointing developments in continued assaults by #Turkish military in #Syria + #Iraq , particularly Turkish claim that this has been coordinated with Iraq/KRG authorities, which has serious implications for #Yezidi #Yazidi in #Sinjar; and many others.

In this @washingtonpost article, it implies that cooperation exists among various authorities to green light #Turkey airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. This has serious implications for the so-called "Sinjar Agreement", which has failed to help Yezidis there.…
The situation is extremely grave. ALL authorities throughout #Iraq , including Iraq govt & KRG govt, have a solemn duty to protect citizens in their territories. The deliberate targeting of #Yezidi #Yazidi in #Sinjar is an abominable human rights violations that is ongoing.
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Finally, we have clarity on the status of the leader of #AlQaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. He has appeared in a video today talking about an incident that happened in Feb 2022 in India on the subject of women’s hijab code /1
The latest al-Qaeda video shows al-Zawahiri in seemingly good health and in a setting not seen in previous al-Qaeda videos, another sign suggesting it's new. In late 2020, he was rumoured to have died or been incapacitated /2
Despite AQ putting out multiple videos featuring Zawahiri since rumours of his death or ill health emerged in Oct 2020, they had all shown him discussing historical events & ideological topics that failed to prove his present condition & enhanced speculation about his status /3
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Last Thursday (s. ; or for the full live stream, s. ), @SevimDagdelen from #DieLinke has discussed with @RaniaKhalek & @EugenePuryear esp. the recently decided & billion-dollar rearmament of the German #Bundeswehr... a result of the #RussianFederation's military invasion of #Ukraine, as officially justified by the #GermanFederalGovernment. A recommendable interview! Besides her opposition to such rearmament & the associated fundamental departure...
...from the so-called „#Entspannungspolitik“ established by #WillyBrand & #EgonBahr for #Germany's relationship with the #USSR (& also its territorially largest & politically strongest successor state in the form of the #RussianFederation),...
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Amid rising anti-#US+#EU rhetoric in #Pakistan post-#Ukraine invasion & PM's #Russia visit, it is important to refocus on rising terror incidents in the country and the linkages to #Afghanistan #Iran and #India and the easily exploitable local actors. /1
The waves of organized terrorism in Pakistan since 1980s and through 2000s have been linked to elements in #Afghanistan. It accelerated with the #India-#Iran nexus in that country. Made easier by local extremism, easy & gullible Pakistani recruits, and regional sponsors. /2
#Peshawar mosque carnage targeting Pakistani Shia Muslims is particularly worth a closer look. It indirectly targeted the #Australia cricket team visit after 23 yrs and tried to revive sectarian conflict. Both objectives have wider linkages to #India #Iran #Afghanistan /3
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Finally had the time to listen to this @TheRedLinePod on #Syria, which I had the pleasure of speaking in -- it's a good listen that covers a lot over 1hr 40mins.

I'd be remiss though if I didn't highlight significant issues with claims made by another -- so here's a thread:
@TheRedLinePod In his section, Joshua Landis says (1) the revolution "quickly" became one of #Syria's Sunnis against Christians & Alawites' & (2) that #AlQaeda "quickly" dominated armed opposition.

Absolute nonsense -- simply re-voicing the #Assad regime's self-fulfilling sectarian framing.
@TheRedLinePod Landis then turns to #ISIS, claiming:

- US helped Maliki fight #ISIS & #Russia helped #Assad "destroy" #ISIS (NO)

- US & #Assad were "allies" -- and that "helped Shiites in the US" (WHAT?)

- As a result of that alliance, the US decided in '13 not to overthrow Assad (DATES!)
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