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Systematic pattern of misattribution of Deobandi and Wahhabi terrorism to Sunni Sufis and Shias – by Abdul Nishapuri

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In this post, I provide a few examples of how transnational Deobandi and Wahhabi terrorism is being systematically misattributed to the Shia, Sunni Sufi or all Muslims by the Deobandi Wahhabi apologists, the West-Saudi alliance apologists or denialists (fake liberals), and the Islamophobes.

Example 1

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre of journlaists by the ISIS-inspired Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorists, some “liberals” are digging up Khomeini’s grave in an attempt to somehow hold Shia clerics responsible for the Paris massacre while refusing to see a link between the West-KSA nexus in Syria and elsewhere and the blowback in the West. They are teating the Paris massacre as an isolated incident which has no connection whatsoever to the global acts of terror by the Salafi Wahhabi and Deobandi militants.

None of them is stating how the West enabled and truned a blind eye to the export of radicalized Wahhabi Salafi and Deobadni terrorists for holy Jihad in Syria and Iraq. According to media reports, the Wahhabi Salafi terrorist Amedy Coulibaly recorded a chilling ‘suicide’ video before attacking the Jewish supermarket and killing four hostages. In the slickly edited footage, the 32-year-old pledges allegiance to the Islamic State (IS aka West’s Syrian Rebels until a year ago) and its self-proclaimed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The video emerged as Coulibaly, who also killed a policewoman, was linked to the shooting of a jogger on the same day 12 people were killed in the Charlie Hebdo massacre. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2905302/Calm-stare-Jewish-deli-terrorist-Jihadist-s-ISIS-suicide-video-emerges-confirms-link-Charlie-Hebdo-killers-calls-fellow-vigorous-Muslims-defend-prophet-Mohammed.html)

Patrick Cockburn writes (in The Independent):

“There is a feeling of inevitability about the attack in Paris. The likelihood must be that the killers were Islamic Wahhabi Deobandi fanatics, the murder of the journalists and police underlining the degree to which the ferocious religious war being waged in Iraq and Syria now affects all of the world. Regardless of whether or not those who attacked the Charlie Hebdo office have any direct connection with this conflict, it has provided an ideal seedbed for Islamic extremism. It was culpably naïve to imagine that sparks from the Iraq-Syrian civil war, now in its fourth year, would not spread explosive violence to Western Europe. With thousands of young Sunni Wahhabi and Deobandi Muslims making the difficult journey to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isis, it has always been probable that some of them would choose to give a demonstration of their religious faith by attacking targets they deem anti-Islamic closer to home.”

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However, the above facts and arguments are irrelevant to the Deobandi/Wahhabi apologist and the West apologist “liberals” and the Islamophobes. Of course, in their attribution of Paris massacre to Shias, Sunni Sufis or ALL Muslims, there is no mention of the USA’s lasting alliance with Suadi Arabia and its continual investments in the transnational Wahhabi and Deobandi Jihadist outfits from Af-Pak to Libya and Syria to Bahrain, and the Jihadist training centres in Pakistan (1980s) and Turkey (present). Harder it is to admit that what the West tried to sow in Damascus is being repaed in Paris. They forget that ideology emanating from West’s own allies is responsible for this terrorism. [As Saad Mansoor said: Those who are supporters of the more radicalised versions of ideology dont get to question the ideology. West cannot give crap to everyone while supporting oppressive terror supporting Gulf regimes. Same sactions should be handed over to Gulf as done to Iran and North Korea. Islamic intolerance of blasphemy will die down once these regimes come down and people start focusing on living in this world more than bothering about the next one. It is only natural.]

Academically, Khomeini is as much to be blamed as are Omar the Second Caliph (r.a.) and other historical figures on their opinions or actions on the blasphemy issue. However, all of them are dead since long, we don’t see systematic or organized violence by Sunni Sufi or Shia Muslims nor we see blasphem inspired murders by the followers of Khomeini. Instead we are dealing with the Salafi/Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorism which is sponsored and enabled by none else than the Saudi Kingdom and its Western supporters.

It is inaccurate to describe the Paris massacre as “Islamic intolerance of blasphemy”. It was just another act of global terrorism which is very systematic and connected and doesn’t need a pretext of blasphemy or whatever to murder ‘others’. Indeed, while Wahhabi Deobandi terrorists were massacring journalists in Paris (on the alleged charge of blasphemy of the Prophet), their Deobandi comrades in Pakistan were massacring Shia and Sunni Sufis Muslims in Rawalpindi – their crime: they were praising the Prophet in a Milad. (Of course, there is no hashtag in support of the 8 Shias massacred by Deobandis in Rawalpindi, no columns, no tweets, no facebook statuses etc.)

Islamic, Islamist, Sunni, Terrorists, Extremists etc —- all of these generic and non-specific terms serve to obfuscate the common identity of terrorists worldwide, 99.9% of whom belong to Deobandism or Salafism/Wahhabism.

How many blasphemers of the Prophet have been killed by Shia Muslims who are at least 10-20 % of Pakistan’s total population? How many by Ahmadis? How many people have been killed by Sunni Sufis in Pakistan altogether?

Now compare the above data with more than 80,000 Pakistanis (including more than 45,000 Sunni Sufis and 22,000 Shias) massacred by Deobandi terrorists!

Generic condemnation of all sects and faiths is nothing but a tactic to deflect attention from Deobandi and Wahhabi terrorism. A boring tactic!

Ahmed Raza Khan, Khomeini, Omar ibn Al Khattab (ra) are long dead along with their opinions and fatwas but their Shia and Sunni Sufi followers are not massacring Christians in their churches, Jews in their synagogues, Ahmadis in their mosques, Sunni Sufis in their shrines and Shias in their Imambargahs. Nor are they massacring journalists in Paris or elsewhere.

“Liberals” and “atheists” must not hide behind stale pages of history to obfuscate, dilute or justify Deobandis and Wahhabis’ crimes happening int the world today. Those who are massacring innocent people for the last several decades are reliving the legacies and worlviews of Shah Waliullah, Ibn Qayyim, Ibn Taymiyyah and Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. Treatement is needed where the problem is!

Of course, there are many problems and issues not only within Islam (eg no sane person can support Ahmed Raza Khan or Khomeini’s fatwas on blasphemy etc) but also in other faiths and ideologies worth addressing including within Western democracies and their double standards on free speech, democracy and Jihadism. The West’s unethical sale and export of arms to Gulf monarchies, the use of Jihadist mercenaries for strategic purposes, and the oil-wars and alliances cannot be ingored. However, that is a separate topic which has nothing to do with the inherent violent nature of Wahhabi and Deobandi cults and terrorism in Paris or elsewhere that doesn’t neeed a pretext (blasphemy or no blasphemy) to murder ‘others’.

Indeed, generic Islam bashing and misattributing Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorism to ALL Muslim sects and clerics is nothing but a form of Islamophobia and an attempt to deflect attention from where the problem lies. Aamir Hussaini’s article (in Urdu) on Charlie Hebdo is worth reading: https://lubpak.net/archives/330419

Example 2

Another similar “liberal” recently revealed in a newspaper article that some Shia muftis had declared that Salmaan Taseer was liable to be killed. https://lubpak.net/archives/330377

Example 3

Yet another “liberal” revealed that Taseer’s son was kindapped and being tortured by Sunni Sufis/Barelvis. https://lubpak.net/archives/330403

Example 4

Some “liberals” used the Salmaan Taseer murder to bash Sunni Sufis/Barelvi but they hid the fact that Mumtaz Hussain Deobandi aka “Qadri” belongs to a Deobandi family of Rawalpindi and he was baited by none else than Abad Dogar Deobandi, a PMLN-ASWJ leader who had announced a reward of Rs. 10 million for anyone who would kill Taseer. https://lubpak.net/archives/329352

Example 5

Only a few days ago, the tragic siege and massacre in Sydney by a Wahhabi terrorist was attributed to Shia Muslims. http://www.shiapac.org/2014/12/16/cafe-lindt-how-to-demonize-the-shia-by-laleen-ahmad/

Example 6

Previously another Pakistani “liberal” tried to prove that a notorious Ahrari Deobandi, a known
Shia hater, was in fact himself a Shia. https://lubpak.net/archives/307463

I see a clear and systematic attempt by fake liberals to misattribute Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorism to Sunni Sufis and Shias or/and to deflect attention from the common ideology and construction of the transnational terror machine. Can’t they spend a few minuts to review the Global Terrorism Report 2014 and see which two ideologies are listed as most violent? https://lubpak.net/archives/327362

Deflect, deny, obfuscate, ad hominem, silence, repeat. Long live fake liberals and Deobandi apologists!

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  • Riaz Malik Hajjaji said:

    Circa 2012-2014 June: When the same Wahabi-Deobandi terrorists are slaughtering Kurds, Sufis, Alawites, Sunnis, Shias, Yezidis, Christians, Assyrians in Syria and Iraq, they are supported by Saudi Arabia, Europe, Turkey, Qatar and Jordan as “moderate rebels of FSA”. Post June 2014, they are now referred to ISIS.
    Irony. Hypocrisy. Whats that you say……

  • ‘Not Afraid’
    by Ghassan Hage • 11 January 2015

    ‘Ils sont tous Charlie,’ in all its colonial narcissistic splendour.

    Image by Marine des Mazery
    Image by Marine des Mazery. Source
    There is a close relation between satire and secularism as the latter came to emerge in Europe. Secularism, as is well-​known, gained strength historically as a reaction to an era of European inter-​religious violence and massacres. It was not only a desire for the separation of Church and State as the classical formula has it. It was also an attempt to keep religious affect out of politics. This was in the belief that religion, because it was faith rather than reasoned thinking, produced too much of a narcissistic affect: a belief unable to ‘keep its distance’ from what it is believing. It was thought that this narcissism was behind the murderous intensity of religiously driven conflicts. Being able to laugh at yourself literally means being able to not take yourself overly seriously, which in turn was crucial for both: a) the de-​intensification of the affects generated by the defense of what one believes in and b) the relativisation of one’s personal beliefs, which as Claude Levi-​Strauss argued, is crucial for thinking oneself comparatively and in relation to others (the opposite of narcissism).

    There is no doubt that the Islamic fundamentalists of today represent the worst of modernity’s narcissistic tendencies. They look at the history of colonialism and the relation between the Christian colonial west and the colonised Muslim world and think, quite rightly, that the colonial world has offered them a rough deal, victimised them and treated them as shit. And, as they see it, this is so despite the greatness of their civilisation. So, they think they owe the non-​Islamic world nothing. They are totally immersed in their Islam, take it overly seriously, and defending it in precisely the religious narcissistic murderous way that secularism has aimed to distance us Westerners from.

    So, on the face of it, it appears as if Charlie Hebdo, and the ‘je suis Charlie’ people identifying with it are involved in exactly this kind of struggle against the Islamic fundamentalists. Unfortunately, this is not the case. And when I say, unfortunately, I really mean it. Like many French-​schooled people, I grew up with bandes dessinées and the humour of Cabu and Wolinski was part of the abc of my socially acquired sense of humour. So, affectively, part of me wants to say ‘je suis Charlie’. Like some of my close family members who are infuriatingly Islamophobic, pro-​Israeli and to the Right. They are part of my history and I still love them and love re-​uniting with them. I am seriously devastated by the murders. So part of me wants to believe that to say ‘je suis Charlie’ is not to agree with them but to defend the space from where they have written. But, and once again, unfortunately, I don’t believe that space is what it appears to be.

    It is worth remembering that if the secularists/​satirists were right about the nature of religious political identification and emotions at the time of Europe’s religious wars, they were wrong in thinking that those irrational and murderous emotions were either essential or specific to religion. As the histories of western nationalism and colonialism, and particularly the histories of fascism, show ‘over the top, murderous, let’s take ourselves very seriously’ beliefs could easily be generated by all forms of communal identification. This is even true when ‘secular democracy’ and ‘satire’ become themselves a ‘serious’ form of phallic communal identification.

    The fact is, as I argue in Alter-​Politics—yes I am plugging my new book, here — ‘democracy’, ‘tolerance’ and ‘freedom of speech’ all can become and are increasingly becoming in the Western world a kind of fin d’empire colonial racialised strategies of phallic distinction. They are what westerners ‘flash’ to the racialised Muslims to tell them: look what we have and you haven’t got one or at best yours is very small compared to ours. And this is at the very same time where Western societies are becoming less democratic, tolerant and committed to freedom of speech.

    The same can be said of ‘satire’. Here, paradoxically, ‘satire’ which was precisely, as I have argued above, the means of taking one’s distances from oneself in order to relativise and think relationally about oneself becomes the very means of producing a western narcissism aimed at making of oneself an object of one’s own desire in a period of decline. Charlie Hebdo’s humour with its total obliviousness to the colonial histories and relations of power in which they were dispensing their satire is a prime example of this phallic narcissism: we’re so funny that being ‘satirical’ and ‘funny’ is our identity. And you morons who can’t even take a joke don’t even know what being satirical and funny means. Unfortunately, it is more so in this sense that all those valiant defenders of free speech assembling around the western world holding their ‘je suis Charlie’ sign are totally correct. Indeed, ils sont tous Charlie, in all its colonial narcissistic splendour. So oblivious of the reality in which the Muslim other exists today that they even make a point of valiantly declaring that, unlike the Muslim people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine who are being murdered at varieties of speeds with varieties of techniques by the thousands, they, the ones attacked by three armed militants are heroically looking the murderers in the eyes and telling it to them straight: they are ‘not afraid’.

    Ghassan Hage is Future Gen­er­a­tion Pro­fessor of Anthro­polgy and Social The­ory at the Uni­ver­sity of Melbourne.

    http://criticallegalthinking.com/2015/01/11/not-afraid/

  • George Galloway MP said:
    January 7 at 7:31pm ·

    The terrorist murder of French journalists and police officers in Paris this morning must like all such actions be utterly condemned. Only hypocrites decry some such murders but not others. Hypocrites like among others the French government which has been facilitating exactly such carnage, except daily, in Syria for the last four years. And through the agency of the very same kind of terrorists as murdered the French citizens today.
    The provocative actions of the publication Charlie Hebdo cannot possibly be a justification for murder, mass murder. The idea that God, the master of the worlds, the creator of the universes is in need of “revenge” against a small satirical publication in Paris is absurd and makes a mockery of Islam.
    It was already difficult being a Muslim in France in the teeth of ceaseless provocation and the lash of racism and Islamophobia. Today it just got more difficult. Those who hate Muslims and their religion have been strengthened by these murders. The west in general appears locked on a course of confrontation with much of the Muslim world. Invasion, occupation, bombardment, provocation chase and are chased by Islamist fanaticism ever more savage and dangerous. It is the road to disaster, for all of us. We must turn back before it is too late.
    ‪#‎CharlieHebdo‬

  • JK Rowling attacks Murdoch for tweet blaming all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo deaths
    Peaceful Muslims are no more responsible for terror than I am for Murdoch, says Harry Potter author
    JK Rowling
    JK Rowling responded to Rupert Murdoch’s tweet following the Charlie Hebdo killings. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
    Maev Kennedy
    Sunday 11 January 2015 13.44 GMT

    JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has condemned and mocked the tweet from Rupert Murdoch which insisted that even peaceful Muslims must bear responsibilities for jihadi attacks.

    “I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I’ll auto-excommunicate,” she tweeted on Sunday.

    The News Corp boss’s tweet on Saturday morning said that “maybe most Moslems” were peaceful but all must be held responsible “until they recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer”.

    It was promptly retweeted more than 4,000 times, and marked as a “favourite” by more than 2,000 people. It also attracted much criticism on Twitter, which increased when Murdoch followed it up with a tweet attacking political correctness.

    He tweeted: “Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.”

    In response, Rowling sarcastically offered to take responsibility for the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition: “The Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence.” She added: “Oh, and Jim Bakker” – a reference to the American televangelist, whose New Year message included bitter attacks on “these people” (Muslims) and claims that God had revealed to him that the US military will never win another war, as a result of the US backing abortion, secularisation, and breaking the Ten Commandments.

    In follow-up tweets, Rowling cited a recent study suggesting that eight times as many Muslims as non-Muslims had died in terrorist attacks. She also praised “the courage and compassionate actions” of Lassana Bathily, the Muslim employee of the kosher supermarket that was the target of the second siege in Paris, who hid Jewish customers from the gunman by leading them to a basement chiller room.

    His actions, she wrote, “remind us of what ‘humanity’ ought to mean”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/11/jk-rowling-condemns-murdoch-tweet-charlie-hebdo-harry-potter-news-corp-muslims-christian?CMP=share_btn_fb

  • And when the Algerian civil war of the 1980s commenced – after the Algerian army cancelled a second round of elections which Islamists were sure to win – the corrupt FLN “pouvoir” and the Muslim rebels embarked on a conflict every bit as gruesome as the Franco-Algerian war of the 1950s and 1960s. Torture, disappearances, village massacres all resumed. France discreetly supported a dictatorship whose military leaders salted away millions of dollars in Swiss banks.

    Algerian Muslims returning from the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan joined the Islamists in the mountains, killing some of the few remaining French citizens in Algeria. And many subsequently left to fight in the Islamist wars, in Iraq and later Syria.

    Enter here the Kouachi brothers, especially Chérif, who was imprisoned for taking Frenchmen to fight against the Americans in Iraq. And the United States, with French support, now backs the FLN regime in its continuing battle against Islamists in Algeria’s deserts and mountain forests, arming a military which tortured and murdered thousands of men in the 1990s.

    As an American diplomat said just before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the United States “has much to learn” from the Algerian authorities. You can see why some Algerians went to fight for the Iraqi resistance. And found a new cause…

    Robert Fisk
    Charlie Hebdo: Paris attack brothers’ campaign of terror can be traced back to Algeria in 1954

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/charlie-hebdo-paris-attack-brothers-campaign-of-terror-can-be-traced-back-to-algeria-in-1954-9969184.html

  • Viva free speech

    Will Paris stop the media doing its duty?
    Much of the post-massacre debate in Paris and elsewhere in Europe has revolved around the preparedness – or otherwise – of newspapers to print anti-Islam cartoons or articles sure to infuriate Muslims. Will a new climate of fear prevent the media from its duties?

    I hate to bend the argument, but over the decades, I’ve found that journos and editors across Europe are far more fearful of important and rich people with expensive lawyers who might sue them for slander than any gunmen storming into their front office.

    Paris may change all this. But a lot of true stories have been spiked because of Britain’s absurdly costly libel laws rather than any threat of violence

    Robert Fisk
    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-the-only-point-of-terror-lists-is-to-get-those-named-a-palace-invitation-9971088.html

  • Charlie Hebdo attack and the Syria blowback – by Patrick Cockburn
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    There is a feeling of inevitability about the attack in Paris.
    The likelihood must be that the killers were Islamic Wahhabi Deobandi fanatics, the murder of the journalists and police underlining the degree to which the ferocious religious war being waged in Iraq and Syria now affects all of the world. Regardless of whether or not those who attacked the Charlie Hebdo office have any direct connection with this conflict, it has provided an ideal seedbed for Islamic extremism.
    It was culpably naïve to imagine that sparks from the Iraq-Syrian civil war, now in its fourth year, would not spread explosive violence to Western Europe. With thousands of young Sunni Wahhabi and Deobandi Muslims making the difficult journey to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isis, it has always been probable that some of them would choose to give a demonstration of their religious faith by attacking targets they deem anti-Islamic closer to home.
    One way of measuring the spread of al-Qaeda-type groups is to look at suicide bombings over the last week. Several of them have inflicted heavier casualties than at Charlie Hebdo. For instance, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, today, a suicide bomber driving a minibus packed with explosives killed 33 police cadets. On Tuesday, another suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Sunni tribesmen in a town in Anbar province north-west of Baghdad.
    The day before, gunfire and a suicide bombing killed the general heading the Saudi border control force and two others on the Saudi-Iraq frontier. A week earlier, on 30 December, a suicide bomb blew up outside the internationally recognised anti-jihadi Libyan government building in Tobruk.
    On Friday (9 Jan), a Deobandi suicide bomber massacred 8 Shias and Sunni Sufis in Rawalpind (Pakistan) while they were celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
    In this widening sea of violence, regardless of who carried out the Paris massacre, it would be surprising if Western European states remained unaffected. One of the characteristics of the modern jihadi movement has been to commit highly public atrocities both as a method of intimidation and as a demonstration of the religious commitment of those carrying them out.
    This was a feature of 9/11, suicide bombings in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and the ritualised murder of journalists and aid workers on camera. An added benefit from the jihadis’ point of view comes if they can tempt the government into an overreaction that helps spread their cause.
    Thus George Bush and Tony Blair played straight into the hands of al-Qaeda by responding to 9/11 by sending armies in. The prison wardens of Abu Ghraib, by mistreating prisoners, and the CIA by torturing them, acted as recruiting sergeants. The counter-effectiveness of that strategy is demonstrated by the growth of al-Qaeda-type jihadi movements 14 years after 9/11.
    Can anything be done to reverse the trend towards the spread of Islamic fanaticism? Catching and punishing those responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre is not going to deter people who have martyrdom as a central feature of their faith. But bringing to an end, or even just de-escalating the war in Syria, would begin to drain the waters in which violent jihadism flourishes.
    Such a de-escalation means the US, Britain, France and their allies accepting that they are not going to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and Assad accepting that he is not going to win back all of Syria. There should be ceasefires between government and non-jihadi rebels. Power would be divided within Syria and, for the first time, governments in Damascus, Baghdad and Paris could unite against violent Sunni [Wahhabi Deobandi] jihadism.
    Source; The Indpendent, 7 January 2015
    tags: Charlie Hebdo, West’s support to.,,,

  • Blowback in Paris: how should we respond to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack?
    Nafeez Ahmed 08 January 2015. Posted in News
    The only way forward, says Nafeez Ahmed, is for people of all faith and none to stand together in rejecting violence perpetrated in our name, whether by state or insurgent.

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    Je suis Charlie
    At least 12 people were killed in the shocking terrorist murders in Paris, among them 10 staff at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine whose offices were targeted, and two police officers.

    The Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen, who were also armed with pump-action shotguns, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they entered the magazine’s office to embark on their killing spree, proclaiming “The Prophet is avenged” after the massacre.

    These are the worst attacks France has endured in decades – perhaps the worst in Europe since the 2005 London bombings. In 1995, a Paris commuter train was bombed by Algerian terrorists, killing eight and wounding 119.

    Eyewitness Corrine Rey, a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist, said the attackers “spoke French perfectly” and claimed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda. According to another eyewitness, one of the hooded black-garbed gunmen told a passerby that they were from “Al-Qaeda in Yemen”.

    Terrorists and their motives

    This may not seem much to go on, but if accurate, these reports could be important indicators as to the perpetrators and their motives.

    If the attackers spoke French perfectly, then the probability is that they are longtime French residents. That sort of ability to speak a language with undetectable flaws can only come from the familiarity of time. That means the gunmen, whatever their ethnicity, were most likely French.

    In that case, what about their reported claim to be al-Qaeda in Yemen – a claim which, if it occurred, the terrorists clearly hoped would be broadcast widely? The claim is a reference to “al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP), also known as Ansar al-Shari’ah, which was first formed in 2009 by the merger of al-Qaeda factions in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

    Just one month after US-led airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) targets across Iraq and Syria, and a week after President Barack Obama’s announcement of an extended military campaign, AQAP issued an extraordinary joint declaration of unity with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) – the al-Qaeda network in North Africa. The joint AQAP and AQIM statement called for support of ISIS, and for Islamist factions in Iraq and Syria to unite against the West. Whatever the intentions behind the statement, it proved that the US-led military intervention was already provoking elements of the fractured global jihadist movement to coalesce around the IS insurgency.

    The stated aim of the intervention, of course, was to reduce the threat of terrorism posed by IS which, if “left unchecked” would pose “a growing threat” to the US homeland and countries in Europe. The latter, Obama said justifying the need for military action, could be subjected to “deadly attacks” from American and European nationals returning home after having traveled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS.

    Yet, Obama’s own intelligence assessments were adamant that IS posed “no imminent threat” to homeland security beyond the region. The joint AQAP-AQIM statement in support of IS that emerged a week after the decision to launch an extended intervention showed that the main factor motivating Islamist fighters to begin attacking targets in the US and Europe was the new military campaign.

    Escalating risk

    Sure enough, in the weeks and months after the first airstrikes against IS in August 2014, western intelligence agencies issued alert after alert on the mounting threat of terrorist attacks that, previously, officials had discounted as a likely danger. Rather than ameliorating the danger, the US-led military campaign had accelerated it to the point of making an impending terrorist attack virtually inevitable.

    By late September, senior EU officials portended that a major terrorist attack on Europe linked to IS “is pre-programmed”, and that the risk of an atrocity could “already be out of control” as domestic authorities struggle to cope with the influx of returning European IS fighters. Then IS issued a statement circulated widely on social media, urging its followers worldwide to target the France and French people due to their involvement in the military intervention against IS.

    The next month, the British Foreign Office warned that ongoing threats to Paris from Islamist groups meant there was a “high threat” of terrorism, particularly in the form of “indiscriminate attacks”.

    That warning was prescient. The last weekend of December 2014 saw three separate ‘lone-wolf’ attacks on police and civilians by French nationals supportive of IS, underscoring that the threat to France was fast escalating. Other attacks that had been foiled by French intelligence in the preceding weeks and months were all attempted by “individuals who had returned to France or had never left the country.”

    Military training

    Unlike other attacks, though, the perpetrators of the 7 January Paris massacre were most likely professionals. They executed their operation calmly and with ruthless efficiency, including the murders of two armed French police officers, and the evasion of a comprehensive manhunt by police and intelligence units. The considered use of single and double shots, and the careful timing to coincide with the magazine’s editorial meeting, demonstrated a degree of tactical expertise hinting at people who had received military training, rather than self-radicalised lone-wolf attackers inspired solely by social media.

    But eyewitnesses also said that the terrorists had trouble finding the location of the target, accessed the building by chance and then entered via the wrong staircase – indicating that they had not completed thorough reconnaissance, or fully rehearsed the operation.

    All these facts are most consistent with the conclusion that the attackers were amateurs who had, however, been groomed and recruited by extremists affiliated with a nexus of Islamists connected to AQIM, AQAP and IS – or even all three, and had in that capacity been able to receive ad hoc terrorist training.

    Intelligence failure?

    According to French publications, police sources had by the evening already fully identified the perpetrators as “French-Algerian”, and knew their names and birthdates, before reportedly arresting them in a terror raid in Reims, eastern France, where the suspects lived. Two of the men had according to these reports returned to France from Syria last summer. If true, the French sources show that the gunmen had been on the radar of French intelligence for years. Police officials told Le Point that in 2008, one of the gunmen was tied to an Iraqi network in Paris that had been encouraging young men to join militants in Iraq and Syria. A court trial that year indicated that the network – seemingly linked to Islamist extremists who planted the seeds of what became ISIS – had been extensively monitored by French intelligence. The same man had also previously been arrested in 2005 when he attempted to travel to Damascus.

    At that time, there had been no intelligence suggesting this network linked to “al-Qaeda in Iraq” had any plans to attack French targets, especially as France’s position at that time was opposition to the Iraq War. This, however, changed dramatically last year in the wake of France’s decision to join the coalition against IS. In the wake of the intensifying terror alerts, the internal danger to Paris from the same domestic network linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq should have been an obvious focus for French intelligence.

    The question that will soon be asked as further facts emerge, is how was this network of Islamists – linked to the very group that went on to spawn IS – able to expand on French soil with impunity over the last decade?

    Islamic State is desperate

    But is France’s involvement in the war on IS the only motive for the terrorists? Why not Britain, or the US, which are leading the military campaign?

    The targeting of Charlie Hebdo signifies, along with the trend of recent Islamist terrorist attacks, that the strategy is shifting from symbolic spectacular high casualty attacks, to more frequent and less complex strikes that are easier to organise and execute. But the targeting of Charlie Hebdo is revealing in another way.

    In 2006, the magazine published the notorious Muhammad cartoons that had previously run in Denmark, provoking worldwide protests across the Muslim world. Charlie Hebdo had also run several of its own original cartoons of the Prophet of Islam. The terrorists’ decision to target Charlie Hebdo is thus more than just an attack on France; it is an effort to rally populist support from across the Muslim world for the Islamist cause.

    Successive global public opinion polls across Muslim countries up to 2013 show that overwhelming majorities have increasingly expressed “negative views” about al-Qaeda terrorism, to the point that support for the Islamist terrorist network had waned to an all-time low.

    Given IS’ fantastical messianic ambitions to establish a global ‘caliphate,’ the latest massacre in the name of ‘avenging the Prophet’ can be seen as a sign that Islamist extremists are now recognising the increasing unpopularity of Islamist violence amongst Muslim publics – illustrated once again with the unprecedented mass mobilization of Pakistanis in response to the Taliban’s recent massacre of school children. This is an attempt to turn the tide, and rally Muslims to their support.

    Muslims hate terrorists, too

    Yet it won’t work, and illustrates how out of touch the terrorists are with Muslim public opinion. It is a little-known fact that most victims of Islamist terrorism worldwide are not westerners, but Muslims – which no doubt partly explains why Muslims increasingly hate Islamist terrorists. In the bitter aftermath of the Paris attack, Muslims worldwide have already responded with disgusted outrage, including countless posts on social media. Rather than, enfranchising already overwhelmingly disgusted Muslims to the Islamist insurgency in Iraq and Syria, the latest atrocity will further reinforce its utter religious illegitimacy and moral bankruptcy.

    The danger is that the more reactionary elements of the French and European political establishment see an opportunity to vindicate their anti-Muslim ideologies, while pushing the mainstream further to the far right. But this would only compound the risks.

    Quagmire

    France’s failed policies towards its Muslim minority communities have played a critical role in establishing a groundswell of social exclusion and alienation, that makes some French Muslims vulnerable to recruitment by Islamist extremists.

    This was even acknowledged by Bernard Squarcini, the head of France’s Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI), who recently admitted that the reasons France has faced an increasingly high risk of terrorist attack include the country’s history as a colonial power, its military involvement in Afghanistan, and the widening restrictions on Muslim women’s dress including the banning of headscarves in public service jobs.

    Yet in some ways, Squarcini also misses the point, even noted by private US intelligence firm Stratfor, which is closely linked to the American military intelligence community:

    “France has a significant Muslim minority largely segregated in slums known in French as ‘banlieues’ outside France’s major cities. A significant proportion of the young Muslim men who live in these areas are unemployed and disaffected. This disaffection has been displayed periodically in the form of large-scale riots … which resulted in massive property destruction and produced the worst civil unrest in France since the late 1960s. While not all those involved in the riots were Muslims, Muslims did play a significant and visible role in them… Moves by the French government such as the burqa ban have stoked these tensions and feelings of anger and alienation. The ban, like the 2004 ban against headscarves in French schools, angered not only jihadists but also some mainstream Muslims in France and beyond.”

    In this context, characterising the Charlie Hebdo killings as a despicable “attack on freedom of speech” may well be true, but also obscures the fact that many unemployed, alienated French Muslims justifiably feel that this is a case of double-standards.

    Why should freedom of speech not apply to their freedom to merely practice and express their religious faith? It is here, in the powerlessness to challenge the encroachment on religious freedoms under the French brand of secularism, fuelled by the grievances about ongoing wars in the Muslim world, that vulnerability to radicalisation begins. If we uphold the freedom of speech of Charlie Hebdo to mock religion, and we must, should we not question the withdrawal of this elementary right to France’s Muslims?

    Not in my name

    A kneejerk response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre would be familiar: crackdowns, monitoring and curbs on Muslim communities, including racial profiling; wild promises of “punishing” the attackers and taking decisive action to root out terrorists once and for all; ramping up military intervention in Iraq, Syria, Yemen or elsewhere to increase the heat on the terrorists at source, and teach them a lesson.

    The problem is that these are tried, tested, and failed strategies that serve largely as useful recruiting sergeants for terrorist networks like IS and al-Qaeda. We are so obsessed with these strategies, despite their abject failure, that while getting rightly worked up at the horrifying atrocities against the West like that just committed in Paris, we are incapable of mustering a similar emotional response to the reports of dozens of civilian casualties due to US-led airstrikes.

    Such so-called collateral damage, which includes the “mass destruction of civilian homes” by western bombs according to rebel eyewitnesses on the ground, is not even an accident, but a result of Obama’s deliberate loosening of “near certainty” standards previously adopted to minimise civilian deaths: and is already driving locals into the arms of IS.

    We must not fall into the trap of the terrorists themselves – the inability to recognize the suffering of the Other, their wholesale demonization, the acceptance of their indiscriminate destruction as a necessary means to a “greater good.” The only way forward is for people of all faith and none to stand together in rejecting the violence perpetrated in our name, whether by state or insurgent.

    Recognising that the Paris atrocity is predictable blowback which is likely to worsen as we insist on narrow, reactionary militarised solutions, does not absolve the perpetrators of responsibility for their terrible crimes; but it might help us find a path to safety based on co-existence, renunciation of violence, and unity in adversity.

    Source: Middle East Eye

    http://stopwar.org.uk/news/blowback-in-paris-how-should-we-respond-to-the-charlie-hebdo-terror-attack

  • Blowback In Paris
    Armed Terrorists Kill 12 People

    By Tony Cartalucci

    January 07, 2015 “ICH” – “Land Destroyer”- France, as part of a NATO-led coalition, has been arming, funding, aiding, and otherwise perpetuating Al Qaeda terrorists for years, beginning, on record in Libya with the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and continuing until today with NATO’s arming, harboring, and backing of Al Qaeda terrorists including the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) within and along Syria’s borders.

    With the recent attack in Paris likely the work of the very terrorists France has been arming and backing across North Africa and the Middle East, the French government itself stands responsible, guilty of the continued material support of a terrorist organization that has now killed French citizens, including two police officers, not only on French soil, but within the French capital itself.

    In the New York Times article, “Terror Attack on Charlie Hebdo Newspaper in Paris Kills 12,” it was reported that:

    Masked gunmen with automatic weapons opened fire in the offices of a French satirical newspaper on Wednesday in Paris, the police said, killing 12 people and then escaping in a car.
    President François Hollande said the attack on the weekly, Charlie Hebdo, was “without a doubt” an act of terrorism and raised the nationwide terror alert to its highest status. He said that several terrorist attacks had been thwarted in recent weeks.
    However, despite Hollande’s feigned concern and outrage over the attack, it was the French government who had advocated and presided over the arming of terrorist groups across the Arab World in the West’s bid to overthrow nation after nation and reorder the entire region according to their own geopolitical and economic interests starting with the “Arab Spring” in 2011.

    The Washington Post would report in 2011 in an article titled, “France sent arms to Libyan rebels,” that:

    Image: British-French leaders tour decimated Libya in wake of 2011 NATO
    intervention on behalf of “rebels” composed primarily of Al Qaeda terrorists.
    French officials announced Wednesday that they had armed rebels in Libya, marking the first time a NATO country has said it was providing direct military aid to opponents of the government in a conflict that has lasted longer than many policymakers expected.
    While Hollande’s predecessor, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy would be the one to set foot in decimated Libya in the wake of NATO’s intervention there – which included in addition to French arms sent to terrorists, French planes providing these terrorists air cover as they carried out atrocities and genocide – Hollande would continue policies enacted under Sarkozy, both in Libya, and currently in Syria.

    Attack Was Carried Out By Professional “Gladio-Style” Operators

    Video that has emerged from the recent attack in Paris shows heavily armed militants expertly handling their military-grade weapons with precision and discipline – clearly the recipients of military training. Whichever flavor of “Al Qaeda” they hail from, they are a product of the global network of terrorism the West has purposefully created and perpetuates to this day in order to carry out a war of terror upon their own citizenry, as well as proxy wars against their enemies overseas.

    French complicity in arming militants in Syria especially, has long been a point of contention and fear among critics who have for years warned about “blowback.” However, it is unlikely that France, or its partners amongst this vast network of state sponsored global terror, did not anticipate such “blowback,” and were somehow unable to prevent such attacks if desired. In other words, what the attacks in Paris appears to be, is another of NATO’s “Operation Gladio” style attacks on the European people in an insidious bid to manipulate public perception as well as the regional political landscape.

    Funded by the US, trained in Britain and maintained as paramilitary extremist groups throughout Europe during the Cold War, NATO’s so-called “stay behind networks” were supposedly created to activate in the wake of a full-scale Soviet invasion of Western Europe. Instead, they were used to stage false-flag attacks, killing and maiming hundreds of Europeans with their atrocities blamed on the Soviet Union and their European sympathizers. The attacks and assassinations were used by NATO to manipulate public perception and reverse gains by political groups operating beyond NATO’s control.

    Image: French President Hollande in Saudi Arabia – among the most prolific
    state-sponsors of global terrorism on Earth and an irreplaceable partner in
    NATO’s bid to reorder the Arab World. Likewise, Al Qaeda and its various franchises including its most recent and notorious, ISIS, is being used simultaneously as a domestic menace and a foreign expeditionary mercenary force.

    Indeed, out of one side of President Hollande’s mouth he would condemn the attacks in Paris, and out of the other, continue calling for the arming and backing of the very networks this attack originated from in order to continue the campaign of violence and terror in Syria.

    Regardless of whatever investigation yields whatever conclusion, the fact that NATO has engineered such attacks in the past against the very people it claims to exist to protect, makes NATO and the various political leaders at the head of its respective member states prime suspects – both incapable of conducting an impartial investigation of the recent attack, and incapable of preventing another attack, likely engineered not from enemies beyond Europe’s borders, but exceptionally dangerous enemies within them.
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    Charlie Hebdo – The Chickens Come Home To Roost

    By Moon Of Alabama

    January 07, 2015 “ICH” – “Moon Of Alabama”- Twelve people, including two police, were killed in France when unknown gunmen attacked the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo today.

    Some forty people were killed in Saana, Yemen, today in a bomb attack on people who were hoping to enlist with the police. These forty people and the many more wounded in the attack will get much less headlines than those killed in France.

    Videos (1, 2) from the attack in Paris show the attackers in black clothing and behaving as if they had at least some military training. They were armed with automatic weapons and, according to the police, with a rocket launcher. At least two attackers are still on the run. We do not yet know the motive of the attackers, but I consider the following more likely than a false flag attack.

    In 2011 the magazine Charlie Hebdo was one of those that printed the Mohammed caricatures, a crude and insulting attempt to smear the prophet and all Muslim as terrorists. In 2012 the magazine continued the campaign depicting the prophet Mohammed as naked, attention seeking gnome.

    Unlike U.S. “liberals” most of the world does not consider free speech as an absolute right. Indeed like screaming “fire” in a filled theater, insulting the believe of other people is likely to get you hurt in most parts of the world. To claim such insults should not matter is itself an insult in that it declares one culture, that of absolute free speech rights, to be superior to other values. It is indecent.

    That the Charlie Hebdo satire was indecent and insulting does not justify the murderous attack, but explains the probable motivation of the attackers. It is deeply wrong to kill people for their speech. But it is also wrong to insult others for no good reasons, be it profit or “free speech” worship.

    The attackers in Paris are believed to be militants who pretend to be true Muslims fighting for their believes. The state of France under its presidents Sarkozy and Hollande has empowered and supported such pretenders in their attacks on the people and governments of Libya and Syria. In Syria Jihadi fighters of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra are using U.S. supplied anti-tank missiles. A German air defense regiment is defending their areas of retreat in Turkey against Syrian government attacks. While it supports Jihadis in Syria France is now deploying an air craft carrier to the Persian Gulf to attack the Islamic State in Iraq. The last point could also be the actual motive of today’s attack.

    The fundamentalists were cheered on by “western” politicians when they attacked civilians in Tripoli and Aleppo. When they attack in countries which cater to “western interests” or within “western” countries these attacks are seen as hostile and used to justify another lurch to the extreme right, to war and towards more totalitarian states.

    Unless they push for saner, less aggressive policies the average people in the middle, no matter their believes, are the ones losing in this war.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40647.htm

  • Blowback: Paris Terror Suspects Recently Returned from Syria and Demonstrated Military Training
    Dan Sanchez, January 07, 2015
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    Briefly noted in the third paragraph of a USA Today report about the suspects in today’s Paris terror attack: “Both brothers returned from Syria this summer.”

    What would French radical Islamists be doing in Syria around that time? Quite possibly getting training from the US and its allies to fight Assad. And as Ben Swann reports: “Analysts have said that this attack was carried out by men who had formal military training and was carried out by men who acted like a ‘special forces unit’.”

    However, such training is by no means certain, for as Mitchell Prothero reports:

    “Other evidence suggests they could be linked to a top French al Qaida operative, David Drugeon, who’s been the target at least twice of U.S. airstrikes in Syria over the last four months.”

    Yet, even if they didn’t manage to get past U.S. “vetting,” and instead received training from al Qaida alone, the fact that the war they earned their spurs in was persisting at all was due to U.S. aid to the rebels.

    This is the kind of blowback that is so quick to follow intervention that Scott Horton incisively terms it “backdraft.”

    And once again, just as with Sony and North Korea, the implications concerning empire are getting lost in the hullabaloo over rogue groups allegedly seriously threatening freedom of speech.

    http://antiwar.com/blog/2015/01/07/blowback-paris-terror-suspects-recently-returned-from-syria-and-demonstrated-military-training/

  • by Ali Abbas Taj:

    World’s reaction to free speech appears to be hypocritical when we compare double standards on Charlie Hebdo and Saudi blogger. Many fake liberals refuse to acknolwedge the common link and common ideology that is responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the lashing of Saudi blogger in Jeddah.

    As noted by Jahanzeb Hussain: “The Saudi government ordered a dissident blogger to be lashed in public for insulting Islam. Maybe the West should try to fix this problem by ending its love affair with the Saudis instead of taking pride in insulting Islam. Maybe France should stop selling arms to the Saudis to really protect free speech.”

  • the suspects were known not just to French but also to other European and American authorities; one had travelled to Yemen over a three-year period and another had been convicted of earlier seeking to travel to Iraq; and they were plugged into long-established European jihadist networks.

    , the suspects weren’t unknown quantities. Cherif and Said Kouachi, who committed the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Amedy Coulibaly, who took hostages in a kosher shop, and Hayat Boumeddiene, Coulibaly’s girlfriend, were connected both to each other, and to a large network of extremist organisers in Europe.

    The younger Kouachi, Cherif, had been jailed for seeking to join Iraqi jihadists nearly a decade ago. In prison, he was mentored by the al-Qaeda-linked Djamel Beghal, who himself had spent time at Finsbury Park mosque in London, where he was an associate of the radical cleric Abu Hamza.

    The older Kouachi undertook military training in Yemen in 2011, where he met the influential preacher Anwar al-Awlaki.

    Awlaki was a senior figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the branch of al-Qaeda that has proven most effective at placing bombs on Western-bound aircraft, and which claimed responsibility for the French attacks.

    On top of this, more than 1,000 French nationals – a large proportion of whom would be previously unknown – have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with Islamic State in the last few years. About 200 have returned.

    The Kouachi brothers had succeeded in building up a cache of arms in their apartment. Neighbours discovered that cache, but they were then intimidated into silence. This, however, might represent more a failure of local policing – and poor relations between the local Muslim community and the authorities – than national intelligence.

    Nevertheless, assault rifles and rocket launchers are not easily available in Western Europe, and the French authorities could reasonably be expected to have had a tighter grip on the supply networks.

    We might also ask whether French authorities and their foreign counterparts, especially those in Yemen and the US, shared intelligence that might, taken together, have thrown up insight that the individual portions could not.

    One report suggests that France de-prioritised the Kouachi brothers because Yemen was a US priority, whereas American officials left it to the French. France, it should be remembered, is not a member of the US-led Five Eyes intelligence alliance.

    Did international terror groups play a role?
    We increasingly, but simplistically, seek to place terrorist attacks into one of two categories: low-tech, independent operations by individuals (“lone wolf”) or small groups (“wolf packs”), or complex and large operations resourced and commanded by organisations.

    The last six months has seen a profusion of low-level attacks across Europe and North America, giving the impression that even slightly larger attacks – involving higher-calibre weaponry or better preparation – must represent formal plots by established terrorist groups.

    In this case, the attackers themselves claimed to have been sent by AQAP, which itself claimed to have “directed” the plot.

    But we should treat this claim sceptically.

    As the Australian counterterrorism analyst Leah Farrall reminds us, the al-Qaeda operatives who attacked US embassies in 1998 were given only general instructions to strike Americans. Al-Qaeda’s leadership learned of the targets while the attack was under way.

    This is closer to inspiration or encouragement than direction or command. This may be the model in the Paris attacks, particularly as AQAP’s past plots have been built around advanced bombs rather than the use of gunmen.

    The Paris attacks are not a new kind of terrorism. The use of gunmen, the seizure of hostages, the focus on screen-time rather than death toll, and the role played by complex networks of individuals cutting across different countries and groups have been features of attacks over the past 50 years.

    Charlie Hebdo attack: A French intelligence failure?

    By Shashank Joshi
    Senior research fellow, Royal United Services Institute
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30760656

  • Abdul Nishapuri said

    دیوبندی و وہابی دہشت گردی کا الزام تمام مسلمانوں پر: شرم نہیں آتی جعلی لبرلز کو؟
    جو شخص بھی پاکستان میں دیوبندی تکفیری اقلیت اورعالمی طور پر وہابی و دیوبندی تکفیری اقلیت کی دہشت گردی کی مذمت کی آڑ میں تمام اسلامی فرقوں، تمام علماء یا تمام مذاہب کی مذمت کر رہا ہے، اس میں خباثت اور بد دیانتی کوٹ کوٹ کر بھری ہوئی ہے، وہ اصل میں دیوبندی و وہابی تکفیری خوارج کا مددگار اور حامی ہے اور ان کی ملکی و عالمی دہشت گردی سے توجہ ہٹانا چاہتا ہے، اس کی خواہش ہے کہ دیوبندیوں، سلفیوں اور وہابیوں کے جرائم کی سزا تمام سنی و شیعہ مسلمانوں کو ملے، اسلاموفوبیا اور تکفیری دہشت گردی کا کاروبار خوب چمکے، دیوبندی وہابی اقلیت کے خلاف پوری قوم اور اقوام عالم مجتمع نہ ہو سکیں اور دیوبندی و وہابی اقلیت اپنی دہشت گردی جاری رکھے
    دیوبندیت اور وہابیت اسلامی معاشرے میں ایک سرطان ہے، اس سرطان کو آپریشن کے ذریعے نکالنا ہی اصلی حل ہے، پورے جسم کے آپریشن کی بجائے اس گلی سڑی اقلیت کو اپنے معاشرتی وجود سے نکال باہر کریں اور ان کے جعلی لبرل ہمدردوں کے ساتھ بھی یہی سلوک کریں

  • Syria slams Turkey over entry of Paris attack suspect

    Associated Press
    DAMASCUS, Syria: The Syrian government has accused Turkey of allowing “terrorists” to freely cross the border after Ankara said the common-law wife of one of the Paris attackers entered Syria from Turkey earlier this month.

    Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that the woman, Hayat Boumedienne, arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2 before crossing into Syria on Jan. 8, the day after the attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    Turkey is a strong backer of Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad, whose government views all of its armed opponents as “terrorists.”

    The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Monday that Turkey had aided terrorists who “shed the blood of Syrians and innocent people worldwide” and called on the international community “to stop Turkey’s destructive policy.”

    – See more at: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Jan-12/283826-syria-slams-turkey-over-entry-of-paris-attack-suspect.ashx#sthash.Byyl1v8Y.dpuf

  • Dr Shahid @DR_SHAHID · 1h 1 hour ago
    “@edwardedark: Remeber when France was justifying foreign jihadis in #Syria? Refresh your memory: http://mobile.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2013/06/07/jeunes-europeens-en-syrie-l-europe-prepare-une-replique_3426402_3218.html …”

    European fighters in Syria: Europe is preparing a reply
    The Monde.fr with AFP |07/06/2013 at 6:16 p.m. • Updated 07/06/2013 at 8:03 p.m.

    Manuel Valls, at a European round table on young Europeans went to fight in Syria, June 7 | AFP / Georges Gobet
    The Interior Minister, Manuel Valls , participated Friday, June 7 with its European counterparts to a meeting to counter the threat posed by young Europeans left to fight in Syria in the ranks of radical groups. According to him, over 600 European nationals, including 120 French, visited Syria since the conflict began to fight the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Forty French are now in the country.
    “Not all of the jihadists and terrorists” , but many have joined the radical movement affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the phenomenon is considered “very worrisome in scale” . Mr. Valls drew a portrait -Robot from fighters of Europe :

    “It is men rather young, very humble origin, and for most converted to Islam radical. They have a history of crime, were involved in drug trafficking and sometimes in acts of banditry . ”

    Read our report: ” Belgians, young and committed to the path of Jihad in Syria ”

    MONITORING LEGAL COMPUTERS

    Foreign fighters are “several thousand when adding those leaving the Balkans and Africa of the North ” , said the coordinator of the fight against terrorism in the European Union , Gilles de Kerchove. In a confidential report sent April 29 to the European Council (link subscribers), he advocated an approach “rapid and comprehensive” of the phenomenon, emphasizing its transnational character. Mr. Valls gave more details:

    “We have to be very concrete in our cooperation, which must take a very operational tour. National security is the responsibility of the States, but Europe can bring a plus with its ability to produce legal norms allowing to criminalize the act of from s’ lead to terrorism. ”

    The Spanish Minister of the Interior, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, presented to his counterparts a draft law that would allow a legal intrusion into the computers of people suspected of links to terrorism or organized crime. A method that is not without recalling the controversial methods of monitoring the Obama administration , revealed this week by several media Anglo-Saxon.

    COORDINATION WITH US AND TURKEY

    “It is a proposal to study and we loaded Gilles de Kerchove the watch . The terrorists are still trying to be a step ahead and facing the cyberterrorism, we must better adapt ” , explained Manuel Valls, but stressed the need to “respect the rule of law to reconcile the freedoms and security requirements ” .

    His Belgian counterpart, Joëlle Milquet , has announced a new meeting of Ministers in September and said the project was “to join the United States and Turkey to strengthen coordinated actions ” . Turkey is considered as a transit country for winning Syria.

  • Those who are supporters of the extremely radicalized versions of Islamic ideology (Whabism ^ Saudi Salafism) don’t get to question the ideology.
    Saad Mansoor
    Or in my words, never allowed to educate themselves to the point where they can ask serious questions to lame and ill-conceived doctrines.

  • Militancy draws extreme reactions and not sympathy, especially if there is an understanding that blasphemy was used perhaps, as an excuse to attack the West, which is a dominant pattern in al Qaeda-driven violence. The two Algerian boys were recruited by al Qaeda in Yemen to strike inside the heart of the perceived enemy as it did before. We know that if the intent was to stop the publication of sacrilegious cartoons, then al Qaeda has failed. The cartoons will increase, not stop.
    Unfortunately, these attacks will result in strengthening of the political right across Europe and the Muslim population will be subjected to greater scrutiny, perhaps at times unfairly. The pressure on Muslims in Europe to prove themselves better citizens will increase mostly by demonstrating commitment to Western secularism that they are not prepared for. Indeed, this is a test for both free speech and multiculturalism in Europe.

    Ayesha Siddiqa
    Express Tribune
    15 Jan 2015

  • Waji Ai said:

    اظہار رائے کی آزادی کا دفاع کرنے والوں کے لئے ایک نکتہ:
    یہ مورس سینات ہیں۔ ایک کارٹونسٹ جنہیں چارلی ہیبڈو سے برخواست کردیا گیا تھا۔۔۔۔
    “میں چارلی ہیبڈو میں کارٹونسٹ کے طور پر کام کرتا تھا۔ 2009 میں میں نے ایک مزاحیہ خاکہ بنایا جس میں سارکوزی (نکولس سارکوزی، فرانس کا سابق صدر) کے بیٹے کو پیسے کی خاطر یہودی مذہب اختیار کرتے ہوئے دکھایا گیا تھا۔ ادارے نے مجھ سے کہا گیا کہ معافی مانگو۔ میں نے انکار کردیا۔ چارلی ہیبڈو نے مجھے “یہودیت کا مذاق اڑانے” پر ملازمت سے فارغ کردیا۔”
    بہت سے لوگوں کو یہ سازش لگے گی۔ ان کی دوا (مصدقہ خبر- ٹیلیگراف اخبار سے) نیچے لنک میں موجود ہے۔

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/4351672/French-cartoonist-Sine-on-trial-on-charges-of-anti-Semitism-over-Sarkozy-jibe.html

  • from facebook

    Abdul Nishapuri said:

    Those “liberals” who think that Paris shooting were an isolated reaction to blasphemy only want to hide the systematic pattern of transnational Salafi Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorism that spreads from Pakistan to Europe and from Middle East to North America. The West-Saudi alliance is the biggest enabler of Deobandi-Wahhabi terrorism in the world today which doesn’t need an alleged act of blasphemy to justify its terror.
    I agree with the following analysis.

    Jahanzeb Hussain
    You really need to see the Jihadis from near to know their ugliness. Today these clowns are protesting against France in Pakistan. Our office was closed after 11AM in Islamabad. In my dad’s office in Karachi, they managed to reach the outer fence before the police used teargas to disperse them. Just spoke to my dad and he said that he and the other staff can’t leave before everything clears out. The police presence is heavy in Karachi. When you see these Jihadis, you know that their issue isn’t the so-called disrespect of the Prophet. They themselves are the biggest disrespect to the Prophet. Their goal is to use any window of opportunity to occupy space in society and spread their hideous agenda.