Afghanistan – “Surely Falsehood is Ever Bound to Vanish” an eight minute quasi professional video narrated in English which attempts to show the American tax payers the enormous resources which are poured into the thirty tear war with no end in sight. The title comes from (Qur’anic verse 17:81.)
The video shows militants gunning down soldiers as they escape, even taking one prisoner. The final scene shot from the ubiquitous floating drone shows a HumVee, packed with TNT, oxidise into dust.
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.
On the anniversary of the Brussels attack (wiki) a man, (later named as Khalid Masood, aka Adrian Russell Ajao) has driven a car into people injuring up to 40 people and killing three. The attacker was quickly neutralised however only after stabbing and killing a policeman.
(One of the deceased was later identified as Utah man, Kurt Cochran).
Video below showing the speed the car was travelling, and the person who fell into the river. later identified as Andreea Cristea tourist from Romania.
Update – April 6th 2017 – A 31-year-old Romanian tourist who plunged into the River Thames during last month’s terror attack outside the British parliament has died.
The car used in the attack was rented in Birmingham, where a number of arrests have recently taken place.
Almost a full day later Daesh push out a release through Amaq which has been seen by media as “claiming responsibility”. This is merely an acknowledgement of the act. If Daesh were responsible the notification would have been released minutes after, not nearly a day later.
“authorities will be concerned he may have become radicalised in prison.”
“He had a young child, who I’d think was about five or six years old” (read here)
Update – In Belgium a 39 year old French national was foiled as he attempted to copy the London Attack. (here) Weapons were found in the car.
Update – Further arrests 27th March 2017 (here – Daily Mail)
“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 forty seven minute video released, (originally through YouTube) titled “Hunters of the Shields–Wilayat Ninawa” starts with a historical run through of battle inclusive with battle elephants. This is in an effort to explain the guerrilla tactics as once extolled by Mao Zedong through the paradox, “revolutionary movements are not dependant on complex mechanical devices.” (Youtube)
The context of the video outlines the Islamic States battle with, and success in destroying armoured vehicles and the Abrahms Tank. John Cantlie appears watching the frontline battle videos in what seems like an editing room. No doubt stitching togther the video files received from frontline fighters.
Cantlie then narrates the POV videos showing the mujahideen sneaking up and throwing a grenade into the opening of the tank’s turret. Cantlie calls the “Abrams” tank “the Abrahams” through the dialogue and gives a run down on its cost and capabilities,
Cantlie then takes the viewer on a guided tour of the Al-salam Hospital, which has been almost completely destroyed by ambush on the 7th-8th December 2016, (red marker in map below). The tactic as Cantlie explains, was to allow the Iraqi Division to take the Hospital and then surround it, “like a fish and a lure”. Fox News described this as “a lethal mistake” (here)
Rummaging through the debris Cantlie picks up an Iraqi soldier’s helmet from the 9th Armoured Division, “he won’t be needing that anymore” he quips. He also shows a fragment from a Hellfire Missile which was used in an attempt to re-take the hospital.
The video is complete with a “drone” hovering over the base as a suicide bombers explode in to dust. Cantlie also explains how the ‘mujahideen’ have no fear and see their death as a release from this world to a paradise.
It is interesting to note that during the Gulf War seven Abrams were destroyed due to friendly fire.
More defence spending on Abrams (here)
Below is a Map from the report “The Jihadi Threat ISIS. al-Qaeda, and beyond”
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”
Fourteen minute video under the banner Wilayat Bengal, “And The Disbelievers Planned, But God Planned. And God Is The Best Of Planners ” (Qur’anic verse 3:54) from 23 September 2016 set around the July Dhaka Cafe Attack (wiki). This is not the first time Daesh elements have popped their head up in this region. Four men were arrested in January 2016, after making video media aligning themselves with Daesh. (tangentcode).
The Bengal production could be seen as a gasp for breath as Daesh suffer geographically across Iraq and Syria. One point to remember regarding the Dhaka attack is that the young men were not from impoverished or disrupted back grounds, rather from comfortable middle class families, which provide a nursery for Daesh ideology planted by an extremists elements often disenchanted with their own misunderstandings and spiritual vacuums.
A similar event of push media has also occurred with the reappearance of Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau, thought to have been killed, showing up in video media. (Reuters) in a low quality YouTube video. Below is Abubakar Shekau from the Wing Commander Hedima “Nigerian Pilot Beheading” video (tangentcode) February 2015.
And as seen in the September 2016 YouTube video (below)
Further to this images appear of Nigerian Army attack and Looting .
Seventeen and a half minute Furat video released 16 September 2016 with Somalian Mujahideen out on picnic/prayer session with multi-lingual threat fest. The video is quirky with its rough editing and layers of ‘smudge censor’ in an effort to conceal the groups identities. This seems a waste of time as through the video there are moments when the faces can be made out from under the polyester veils.
Through the dialogue words and the names of capitals cities can be made out, the “get ready brother” and the “if you cannot follow you must have an excuse’ narrative is repeated. The video ends with a camel being slaughtered and skinned.