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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.

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@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:

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@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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Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee Worldwide Threats hearing...

Testimony from @ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines & @DefenseIntel Dir Lt Gen Scott Berrier
SASC Chairman @SenJackReed on US intelligence sharing in #Russia-#Ukraine war:

"Intelligence officials are understandably cautious about revealing hard-won insights on adversaries, but this strategy has proven highly effective..."
"...This is a great example of competing effectively in the information domain, and I hope we will continue to make use of this kind of creative tradecraft" per @SenJackReed
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#Suez Canal, #Egypt - 11 Egyptian soldiers dead following an #ISIS #terrorist_attack in #Sinai

Yesterday, in one of its most significant attacks in recent times, ISIS-Sinai operatives managed to kill 11 soldiers and officers belonging to the 551st Egyptian Army... (1/4) ImageImage
Battalion, critically injuring another 5.

The location of the attack is also significant - near area el-Qantara, on the east bank of the Suez Canal. Just last month, the Egyptians boasted a record-high montly revenue from the passage of ships, and that is likely why... (2/4)
ISIS Sinai chose to attack an Egyptian outpost near a water station on the banks of the canal.

Despite Egyptian marketing, ISIS Sinai expands its influence outside of its stronghold in the north-eastern part of the Sinai penninsula, moving west.

It's also interesting... (3/4)
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🇵🇰 🇨🇳 ⚡ Pakistani separatists of the so-called ‘#Balochistan Liberation Army’ have released a chilling, #ISIS-style video threatening “Chinese officials and installations” in ‘Balochistan’.

~ 🥭 t.me/mangopress

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Interesting that the fascist terror attack against Chinese people was committed in #Karachi (not Balochistan) against Chinese teachers (not officials or installations).

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🇵🇰 🇨🇳 Leaked emails of Hillary Clinton, released by #Wikileaks, show that the USA planned to “make insurgents” in the Balochistan region, for the explicit purpose of ‘disrupting Chinese oil pipelines’.

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Source: wikileaks.org/clinton-emails…
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NEW: US @DeptofDefense confirms an estimated $7.12 billion worth of military equipment provided to the Afghan security forces prior to their collapse "remains in Afghanistan in varying states of repair"

Total of $18.6 billion had been provided to Afghan forces from 2005-2021
"It is important to remember that the $7.12 billion figure cited in the Department’s recent report to Congress corresponds to ANDSF equipment & not US military equipment used by our forces" per @DeptofDefense spox Army Major Rob Lodewick in statement
"Nearly all equipment used by US military forces in #Afghanistan was either retrograded or destroyed prior to our withdrawal" per @DeptofDefense's Maj. Lodewick in statement
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In this🧵I will expose Journalist #MehdiHasan a rabid Islamist who has been demonizing #Hindus & spreading hatred on international platforms for years.
I will expose his Technique, his Line of arguments & his Fraud
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His latest outburst, in which he falsely insinuates Hindus In India lead by #NarendraModi are planing to inflict genocide in India. Gullible international audience is eating out of his hands !!
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Little do they know only genocide that has happened in Independent 🇮🇳 is committed by Muslims on Hindus of Kashmir where they are a minority.
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Some thoughts on the BLA attack in #Karachi University [Thread]

No doubt, the #Baloch insurgency has been redefining itself since 2011. What is surprising is how Baloch separatists, many of whom define themselves as secular nationalists, have now started following the same
strategy that has been used by hardcore Islamists such as #Bokoharam in Nigeria, Islamic State (#ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Al Qaeda, and #Taliban in #Afghanistan. Use of women as suicide bombers.
This is the fifth rebellion in #Balochistan, and the current one is the longest, which broke out in early 2000. Still, it’s the first time the separatist GROUP #BLA has used a female suicide bomber to attack #Chinese nationals in #Karachi. There are many reasons.
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It's called confirmation bias @davidfrum. Since your question wasn't to learn anything—it was to thrust your assumptions and White privilege onto natives.

That Modi spoke of it means the history is not "excluded." Yes, it carries trauma, much like Yezidi cannot "exclude" #ISIS.
And these narrative peddlers deny current violence against Hindus on their festivals, caught on camera, imagine how easy it is for them to spin events from 500 years ago.

Hindu processions were attacked all over the country. Their spin: they asked for it.
The fact is that totalitarian exclusive ideologies are common to Abrahamisms and the Left. They are simply unable to comprehend plural society which does not hold that "non-believers go to hell." All the Eurocentric concepts they apply are simply false.
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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.

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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.

washingtonpost.com/world/turkey-l…
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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#ISIS’s spokesman, Sheikh Abu Omar al-Muhajir, in a new audio clip published two days ago:
1. Call for more terrorist attacks in #Israel
2. A call to exploit the weakness of the West against the background of the #Ukraine-#Russia war & to carry out revenge attacks in #Europe👇
(stabbing, trampling ...) in memory of #ISIS’ former leader and spokesman.
3. A Promise to continue efforts to release ISIS members from prisons.
4. Praising the rapid pledges of allegiance of ISIS’s members to its leader.👇
5. Praising ISIS’s success to expand along the continent of #Africa

It is probable that the timing of the publication is not accidental and was published near the day of the Badr battle, the first battle in which the Prophet Muhammad and his army defeated the Quraysh tribe.
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🧵Key messages from new #ISIS leadership audio statement on the occasion of Ramadan, delivered on 17 Apr by the group’s new spokesman, Abu Omar al-Muhajir. Again, offers no info on the new leader, Abu al-Hasan al-Qurashi: 👇
1) Declares new militant campaign to avenge deaths of its late leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, killed in US op in Feb, and spokesman. Urges IS militants to wage retaliatory attacks, focusing on high-ranking figures and to not bother too much with “soldiers”, unless killing many
2) IS seems disappointed in the lack of attacks on behalf of the group in the West and refers to the “absence” of such “brave” men – possibly to shame loyalists into action. Urges a “return” to such attacks, calling for car rammings and stabbings, among other methods
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Kriegstreiber(innen) sind Verbrecher(innen).
Warum ziehen nicht all die mit dem Geschäftsmodell US/NATO-Kriegstreiber&Mietmaul, die Waffen &einen Krieg gegen Russland fordern, mit der Waffe in der Hand zusammen mit den NATO-Nazis des Asov-Battaillon an die neue "Ostfront" für den Endsieg der herrschenden Klasse des Westens?
Die Zeiten und die Moral ändern sich, aus grün wird braun, aus Frieden wird Krieg, aus Opposition wird Mitläufertum, links wird rechts...
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Die Menschen brauchen positive, wirkliche, echte Vorbilder und keine künstlichen Feindbilder.

Eine Gesellschaft, die hunderte bis tausende Milliarden für Rüstung und Krieg statt für Soziales und Infrastruktur ausgibt, damit einige wenige immer reicher werden, ist krank. ImageImageImageImage
Eines der wohl verhängnisvollsten Feindbilder der deutschen Geschichte, der "böse Russe" wird vom westlichen US/NATO/EU-Kapital massiv wiederbelebt...Cui Bono?
#Skipal #Skipals #SalisburyAttack #Kriegspropaganda #Feindbild #Ukraine #Putin Image
Welcher Mensch glaubt wirklich daran, dass er folgenlos andere Menschen entmenschlichen und zu Feindbilder machen kann/darf ohne selbst Schaden zu nehmen, zu einem Werkzeug der Herrschenden, zu einem Faschist, Rassist, Kriegsverbrecher, Dieb, Lügner ... zu werden? ImageImageImageImage
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Iran via #Iraq deployed many dozens Warcraft( stuff to us in war like missiles launchers rocket+drone & jets to #DeirEzzor #Homs after the #Russians reduced it’s troops here & at same times dozens of loyal #Resistance from #عراق joins #IRGC here & #Russia wants to keep pressure
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Russia wants to keep it’s pressures on zionizt fake state to not be involved in Ukraine!!

That’s the best option to masterpiece minds #Putin!

Tsw #Russian out of #Homs #DeirEzzor & if isrhell airstrikes #IRGC than #Iran ll answer

Why Iran not wish to finish #Idlib? Continues
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Coz #Sultan_Erdogan ll be happy if #IRGC & #SAA #Hezbollah #AAH #Nujuba #Fatemiyoun getting to have clashes w #ypg #pkk servants of zionizt + #uk #usa but #Turkey not wish see it’s #al_qaeda /#hts #isis getting to be injured😂

Also Iran #Syria wants to face🇺🇸 in #Hadskah! CNTU
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Happening now: @CENTCOM Change of Command Ceremony

Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie handing over command to Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla
#Ukraine "on everyone's mind" per @SecDef Lloyd Austin at @CENTCOM Change of Command ceremony

"#Putin’s invasion of his sovereign neighbor is unprovoked & unjust. And the Ukrainians are fighting bravely to defend their lives, their democracy, & their freedom"
"#Russia’s invasion isn’t just a mortal threat to #Ukraine. It’s a challenge to the rules-based international system" per @SecDef "We’ve rushed them security assistance. We’ve rallied our @NATO allies. & we’ve reinforced @NATO’s Eastern Flank w/more combat power..."
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Mercenaries in #Yemen are a significant factor in what prolonged the war.
It’s the twenty-first century. Corporates have armies.
With as little as a few ID papers and almost no governmental regulation, you can take up state-of-the-art arms and
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uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2022/03/29/mer…
be sent to a war that’s not your war, not your battle, and kill people whose names you can barely pronounce. The trade offer? You receive some $10,000 a week. That’s $40,000 a month. That’s more than 30x the American minimum wage for some honest work. You need not read some
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Veronica Roth, because we’re already living in a dystopian novel.
the United States revived the mercenary industry with Bush’s War on Terror, and continued the venture into the #UAE and Saudi-led war on #Yemen,and now in #Ukraine.
But why mercenaries? One reason is numbers.
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#Chechens in Ukraine: "They have their own little war in there" @vera_mironov tells @TheSoufanCenter webinar on #Ukraine-#foreignfighters

Says Chechen contingent fighting for #Russia includes prisoners, drug addicts, others who say they take orders only from Ramzan Kadyrov
MORE: Chechen units taking orders from Kadyrov "kind of settling their previous scores" but also being kept far from #Ukraine held territory so they don't defect, per @vera_mironov

There's also a group of #Chechens fighting for #Ukraine, she says
.@dbyman tells @TheSoufanCenter he's "worried there is an intersection" between white supremacist movement & foreign fighters in #Ukraine even if the numbers right now appear to be small
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.@POTUS, @DeptofDefense roll out a proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget request of $773 billion - a 4.1% from FY 2022

Includes:
-$34.4 bil for nuclear modernization
-$24.7 bil for missile defense
-$27.6 bil for space based systems
-$11.2 bil for cyberspace
-$130.1 bil for RDT&E
The Pentagon's proposed FY 2023 budget also includes:

-$6.1 billion for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (inlcu. missile warning / tracking architecture)
-$4.2 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative, including $300 million
"We need resources matched to strategy, strategy matched to policy & policy matched to the will of the American ppl" per @SecDef Lloyd Austin in statement

"This budget gives us the resources we need to deliver on that promise"
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This attack follows another attack by an ISIS-tied assailant in Beersheba (though the group did not claim responsibility for it). I personally think this is not a coincidence given the timing.
The attack comes weeks after #ISIS had its leader killed in #Syria, for the second time and after it named a new one (the one the two Hadera attackers pledged allegiance to).
The new #ISIS leader needs to quickly counter-balance the impact of the death of his predecessor and change the dynamic. Although Israel has not been the focus of the group's efforts in recent years, fighting Israel is a popular cause amongst jihadists.
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1. I reported on the first Russo-Ukrainian war starting with the Maidan Jan 2014. After Merkel & Macron's Minsk I and II, I focused on Syria in a belief that ISIS was a Russian and Iranian operation to destroy Syrian Sunnis political unity. I worked to arm and assist the Kurds.
2. The force grew and establishment of the #SDF brought #Sunni #Arabs, #Christians & #Turkmen to join a single umbrella force with US airpower taking back large parts of #Syria. They still hold it much of it but #Putin gave large parts to #Erdogan who folded in ISIS & Al-#Qaeda
3. and along with #Russia, #Turkey, #Iran and #Assad act as a sort of overwatch. With US SOF and Bradleys from the 4th ID there as democracy's last hope.

When the Battle for Raqqa started in 2017, I observed ISIS military leadership made up of mostly Chechens started to leave.
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HAPPENING NOW: @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen. Stephen Townsend & @CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie back on #CapitolHill, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee

Joined by @DeptofDefense UnderSec for Policy Sasha Baker
#China has made a decision, a deliberate decision to compete w/America in #Africa & win that competition" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Townsend

"They compete primarily thru economic means & diplomatic means..."
"The primary thing that concerns me w/#China's military competition in #Africa is that they are seeking, actively seeking a military base on the #Atlantic Coast of Africa" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Townsend

"That would be bad for America's security..."
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HAPPENING NOW: @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie & @USAfricaCommand Cmdr Gen Stephen Townsend testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Chairman @SenJackReed opens up talking abt #Iran missile strike in #Irbil #Iraq...
Intro remarks from ranking member @JimInhofe

"#Iran is the foremost threat" in the @CENTCOM region, he says

"Our partners increasingly doubt America's resolve" he adds, blaming what he calls "Pres. Biden's misguided policies"
"The threat posed by #Iran is graver than ever" @CENTCOM's Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie warns in his opening remarks

"#Russia's invasion of #Ukraine moreover has violently demonstrated its willful disregard for int'l norms just have we have seen thru Russia's actions in #Syria
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#ISIS media campaign showing fighters pledging allegiance to new leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi is growing

Per @siteintelgroup new photo sets show fighters from:

#Syria
#Afghanistan
#Iraq (inclu. #Baghdad, #Saluhaddin)
#Libya
#Nigeria
#Pakistan

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Cont. - #ISIS media campaign posting new photos showing fighters pledges to Abu al-Hassan

#Sahel (#BurkinaFaso #Mali #Niger)

Earlier photo releases showed fighters giving bay'ah from:

#ISWAP
#Somalia
#Yemen
#EastAsia (#Philippines, #Indonesia)
#Iraq (#Kirkuk, #Anbar)
#Syria
Per @JihadoScope, #ISIS has issued 18 photo sets to date showing fighters pledging allegiance to Abu al-Hassan:

#Iraq (4)
#Nigeria (3)
#Syria
#Somalia
#Indonesia or #Philippines (for East Asia)
#Yemen
#Afghanistan
#Sahel - #Cameroon / #BurkinaFaso / #Mali / #Niger
#Pakistan
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1/ TO NEW AND OLD FOLLOWERS:
I thank the few of you who still followed me after i did not post for years. TBH, in the hot phase of the Syrian War reporting here consumed ALL my free time, and it also impacted my work, my family and myself so much, that i just had to stop...
2/ after years of reporting. Not to speak of the mental toll it took, after watching dozens of beheadings, people being crushed by tanks, burned, drowned, crucified, whatever. If you reported in the OSINT community here too when #ISIS was not as diminished as today, you know
3/ exactly what i mean. Plus, when i was 7, my stepfather tried to stangle my sister and mother, which only was the first of several such PTSD inducing traumas in my life. Which made reporting on PTSD inducing shit even more draining than it already is for the rest of us.
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