Seventeen minute video release from Sanya (Sinai peninsula of Egypt), which shows POV sniper shots in much the same fashion as “Arrow of the Monotheists” (tangentcode).
Eleven people are dead and more than fifty hospitalised after an early afternoon, terror attack. A home-made nail bomb detonated on the St Petersburg metro coinciding with a city visit by the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
A second explosive device disguised as a fire extinguisher was found and defused in a nearby station and police issued a search warrant for two suspected terrorists.
Below – Akbarjon, born in Central Asia
2010 – Suicide bombers attacked the metro in Moscow (wiki) killing forty one and injuring more than one hundred people, almost seven years to the day.
December 2013 – Volgograd
UPDATE – Further arrests (here)
UPDATE – ‘Intelligent, sportsman, didn’t pray’: St. Petersburg bomber ‘showed no signs of radicalization’ (RT)
UPDATE – The man accused of masterminding the Saint Petersburg train bombing that killed 14 people has denied the accusations pressed against him. Eight people suspected of involvement in the St. Petersburg terrorist attack have been detained in April, according to the Russian Investigative Committee. Six were arrested in St. Petersburg and two others in Moscow.
UPDATE – Further arrests with the brother Akram arrested in possession of a grenade.
“The Evil Plot” from South Governarate Lebanon Wilayat al-Janub is a twelve minute guide to assassination. The silenced small arms surprise attack has taken a viral turn as it has become the tactic of choice by and as a tool of war.
ISIS behead captive Lebanese soldier, (here)
ISIS Leader, Security Official, Killed In Lebanese Army Raid…April 2016 (here)
ISIS leader’s wife captured..December 2014 (here)
“Free Us or Kill Us” is a seven minute video featuring David Wataari who has been in previous releases after being taken captive by Somalia’s al Shabaab militants. (tangentcode)
The pleas are directly to the people of Kenya not to forget the soldiers who were only following orders to not be forgotten.
Seventeen minute video from Furat media which shows the fire fight attack on the Ain Assad Air Base from 13th February 2017. (CBS News Link)
The image below shown in the video is the moment the VBIED detonates. In another segment an armoured vehicle is destroyed by small arms fire.
There is also a reference to a soldier, (below) who was executed after iy was revealed a family member appeared in a Jordanian training video.
“Confronting ISIS” from 2016 with reporter Martin Smith explains in detail the emergence of the Islamic State through a well presented and detailed timeline.
The video is presented here in three parts for users convenience.
Part One 611MB
Part Two 232MB
Part Three 292MB
“The Procession of Light“, a forty one minute video from Ninawa, Iraq cataloging suicide VBIED attacks that have plagued the region in recent months.
Daesh have prepared for counter offensives and as their grip on Mosul slowly erodes, their adaptability to take the fight to another area, to gather ammunition or weapons is shown in this video. Small lightly armed mobile groups with a suicide VBIED leading the assault with ‘drone follow vision’ of the explosion. It seems an expensive effort as personal are concerned, and in some cases the damage is often minimal. The tactic of sending in the exploding vehicle shocks the target long enough for the ground assault to unfold. This technique of overwhelm, capture and loot is used in a number of routines and variations throughout the video. One well used method is to approach with RPG followed by heavy calibre machine-gun fire, or small truck mounted canons and relentlessly fire on the post for hours until there is no return fire. The Coalition have in recent weeks destroyed Daesh ability of manufacturing VBIED, as can be seen some vehicles are ‘nailed’ together, while others are quiet professional.
The video ends with the beheading of one man followed with a man drowned in a clear tank.
The World Bank MENA Economic Monitor from the Chief Economist’s Office of the Middle East and North African Region report, “Economic and Social Inclusion to Prevent Violent Extremism” (pdf).
The report splits up by region and in one aspect, points out what has become apparent that the Daesh and Foreign Fighters come from a educated and wealthy sector of a society. This was particularly of note with the Dhaka attack where five young man from stable and well supported and financially stable backgrounds perpetrated a terror attack. It is also noticeable from the ‘teen terror arrests’ that these radicalised young men come from comfortable backgrounds. (Operation Rising)
“foreign recruits from the Middle East, North Africa and South and East Asia are significantly more educated than what is typical in their region”
Two slides of interest shown below show the ‘average age’ of Daesh and Foreign Fighters and the ‘Schooling attained”. The report makes shows how macroeconomics and oil prices in the different regions have crashed in commodity prices, pushing economies into deep recession.
“The Syrian war has ravaged the economy, output has shrunk between 50 to 60 percent, the Syrian Pound has lost 80 percent of value, the population has fallen by 23 percent, 12.4 million are displaced internally (7.6 million) and externally (4.8 million) since the start of the conflict, and education is on hold for many of the children living inside and outside of the country.”
“The 18-month civil war in Yemen has resulted in 10,000 civilians killed, 2.8 million people displaced and most Yemenis suffering from shortages of food, water, sanitation and healthcare”
The outlook for each of the regions is projected.
“as projected oil prices trend upwards and production rises, growth is expected to pick up in the medium term. Tight fiscal policy will hold back government expenditure growth while simultane- ously developing new revenue sources, thereby reversing the fiscal deficit”
John Cantle reappears on the internet through Amaq media reporting on the coalition bombing of Mosul and the money exchange in Raqqah. Aside from the obvious changes to Cantlie, and the missing orange prisoner garb, the dialogue revolves around the efforts of the Coalition forces to disrupt the Islamic State. With the same dramatic pathos of raising his arms summoning a drone attack in earlier releases (tangentcode), Cantlie takes the viewer on a guided tour of the bombing sites refering in the video to the April 2016 bombing of Mosul University which was targeted as part of action against a bomb making factory and the administrative controllers.
The bombing of the money changing offices in Raqqa was not just an indiscriminate bombing of a shopping centre, as Cantle describes it, the money exchange and forwarding services play a vital part in the day to day operations of Daesh, who are all about the money.
The site which Cantle stands in front of, drone camera buzzing, is the same site Daesh have used for public executions and other war crimes.
The reality of life in Raqqa can be seen in the last frames of the video, the drone turns and the viewer can see the armed, masked thugs who stands guard as Cantlie records. (The same armed thug that guard the executions and make the people attend.)
Video released June 21st through the new “Wilayat The Philippines” on “just paste it” listing various upload venues, some of which have been scrubbed from the internet, calling on the Philippines, Malaysian and Indonesia jihadists to terrorise non-Muslims and especially Catholics.
The video starts with the Abu Sayyaf jungle outposts showing “Bayan” or allegiance to Islamic State. The vision is cobbled together from previous releases, including the April 2016 attack on the Philippine army patrol which is celebrated showing the cache of stolen weapons.
The video continues with a change of background, no longer is the viewer in the jungle, but on the beach with a finger pointing vermin who spews dialogue like a ruptured autobot, AK-47 lazily resting on his skeleton like shoulder.
This is n’t the end of the artillery rant, a second and then a third vermin repeats the rat-a-tat-tat dialogue. Finally, and in English, the classical knife pointing “O Obama” Jihadi John-esque rhetoric culminates in the beheading murder of three orange clad men. The beheading is slow as the blunt knives rips through the unfortunates throats, screams all gargled and muffled, in possibly one the cruelest beheading murders to date.