Eye on Extremism: June 13

The Wall Street Journal: Yemeni Forces, Backed By Saudi-Led Coalition, Launch Assault On Country’s Main Port

“Yemeni forces, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, launched an assault on Yemen’s most important port early Wednesday, despite efforts by the United Nations to broker a deal to avert a battle it said could trigger a massive humanitarian crisis. Its forces have “started a military operation to liberate the city of Hodeidah,” Yemen’s government media office said in a statement. The ground attack on Hodeidah and its surrounding areas was being supported by intensifying strikes from the air and sea by coalition forces, according to one person there and local press reports. A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. Mohammed al Jabir, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen, said on Twitter that “Hodeida will be liberated, and the Yemeni people will gain back a major artery of life. An essential lifeline that was previously plagued by the Iranian backed Houthi militia.”

Jerusalem Post: Hezbollah To Be Outlawed In Britain

“The United Kingdom Home Secretary Sajid Javid plans to outlaw all of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah in Britain later in 2018, according to a report in the London-based Jewish Chronicle on Tuesday. According to the The Jewish Chronicle article, Javid pleded to take “decisive action” against against the Iranian-regime sponsored Hezbollah organization. The paper cited a senior Conservative Party source for the full-blown proscription of the Lebanese Shi'ite entity. The Jewish Chronicle said Javid made his decision to crackdown on Hezbollah "ahead of last weekend’s Quds Day march in London, where Hezbollah flags were once again flown." "Sajid is a very different beast to the Home Secretary he has just replaced," said a Tory source to The Jewish Chronicle. The source added: “Amber Rudd spoke repeatedly about taking action over Hezbollah – but for whatever reason was not able to get around to doing anything.Sajid has vowed to take decisive action on the matter. He will make this very clear over the forthcoming weeks.”

The Sun: Almost 400 British Jihadis Free To Roam UK After Return From Fighting With ISIS In Syria As Just ONE IN TEN Prosecuted

“Almost 400 Brit jihadis who fought for bloodthirsty ISIS in Syria are now back in the UK - but just one in ten have been prosecuted. Ministers have now been told to ‘urgently toughen our terror laws’ after the explosive figures were revealed in Parliament. There are currently around 400 Brits who have returned to the UK from the Middle East where they fled to fight for ISIS. But just 40 of these have been prosecuted for ‘direct action they've carried out in Syria.’ Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, who had pressed for the figures, told the Commons: ‘So, only one tenth of people have been successfully prosecuted.’ ‘That does not mean the others are innocent of terrorism charges, if they have been over to Iraq and Syria, if they have been aiding Daesh in whatever form and they are British citizens, they have been aiding enemies of the British state.’”

Express: Iraq Confirms ‘Refugee’ Granted Political Asylum In France Had Key Role In ISIS Massacre

“The Islamic State (ISIS) chief who posed as a refugee to get political asylum in France took part in the 2014 slaughter of some 1,700 soldiers near the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit, a senior Iraqi government official said on Monday. Hundreds of mainly Shia soldiers were killed after they fled Camp Speicher, a former US military base, and were rounded up by the Sunni Islamist fighters on June 12, 2014. Videos and images of the unarmed cadets being beheaded, shot and choked before being dumped into unmarked graves were posted online by the jihadists, and quickly came to symbolise ISIS’ senseless brutality. ‘Ahmed Hamdane Mahmoud Ayach El Aswadi was being held at Tikrit’s Tasfirat Salah Eddine prison on terrorism charges, but was freed by Islamic State jihadists after they took control of the town and of its prison in June 2014,’ the interior ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the AFP news agency. The ISIS ‘emir,’ he said, ‘took part in the Camp Speicher massacre.’ The Iraqi official added that witnesses had told prison officials that the ISIS leader has ‘personally’ executed some 103 soldiers that day.”

Anadolu Agency: Violent Extremism In Africa Caused '33,300 Fatalities'

“A total of 33,300 people have been killed in Africa between 2011 and 2016 due to violent extremism, according to a UN Development Programme-sponsored study released on Tuesday. The study titled ‘A journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment’ was launched in capital Addis Ababa. Poverty, lack of basic services, and repression of rights have been pinpointed in the study as some of the main drivers of extremism in Africa. ‘Violent extremism in Africa is setting in motion a dramatic reversal of development gains and threatening to stunt prospects of development for decades to come. From 2011 to 2016, it caused 33,300 fatalities as well as widespread displacement, creating situations of pronounced and critical humanitarian need,’ it said. It listed key extremist groups in the continent as: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Jama’at Tawhid Wal Jihad fi Garbi Afriqqiya (Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West Africa, MUJAO), Jama’atul Ahlus Sunnah Lidda’awati wal Jihad (Boko Haram) and Ansaru in Nigeria and Cameroon, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab) in East Africa; and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa.”

United States

U.S. News: Man Charged With Arson, Terrorism In City Hall Fire

“A man has been charged with arson and terrorism in fires that damaged the entrance of a Pennsylvania city hall and a nearby vehicle last month. Dwain Stewart London Jr., 29, is charged with two counts of terrorism, two counts of arson, reckless burning or exploding, institutional vandalism and conspiracy. Authorities consider the May 23 blaze at the Lancaster City Hall not merely property damage but an "act of intimidation," Lancaster police chief Jarrad Berkihiser told reporters Tuesday. London has told police he was home at the time of the fires. Court documents don't list an attorney representing him, and a message left at a number listed in his name wasn't immediately returned Tuesday. Berkihiser said surveillance video showed London purchasing gas hours before the fire and an unidentified passenger emerging from his vehicle, entering the store, and then carrying a small red container that appeared to be a gas can. Police said his gait matches that of a man seen on video before and after the fire. That person is being sought.”

The New York Times: The U.S. Spends Billions in Defense Aid. Is It Working?

“Body armor and helmets that were the wrong size. Bright orange life jackets that are of little use for tactical units that require camouflage. Vehicles that partner nations do not have the parts to maintain. These are just some of the issues that have plagued the Pentagon’s multibillion-dollar Global Train and Equip program, which bankrolls training, supplies and weapons to militaries of foreign nations, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. With $4.1 billion allocated to the program from 2009 to 2017, it is the United States’ third-largest security-assistance effort — behind those that fund the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Pentagon considers these partnerships essential to its global counterinsurgency efforts, but the G.A.O. found that only eight of 21 projects evaluated in 2016 and 2017 showed improved capabilities in the local military forces that the programs are meant to help.”

NBC News: What Really Happened That Night At Pulse

“When the world awoke two years ago to the news that a gunman had killed 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, one immediate question was: Why that place? During the attack, gunman Omar Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to the leader of the virulently anti-gay Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a group that releases propaganda videos of gay men being thrown off buildings. The reason he chose Pulse seemed obvious: he hated gay people. Four days after the attack, on June 16, 2016, President Barack Obama visited survivors in Orlando and delivered a statement. ‘This was an attack on the LGBT community,’ the president said. ‘And hatred towards people because of sexual orientation, regardless of where it comes from, is a betrayal of what’s best in us.’…But during the trial of Omar Mateen’s widow, Noor Salman, all forensic evidence suggested that up until the moment he turned into the Pulse parking lot, Mateen had been considering other venues, rejecting them because they were more heavily guarded. In their closing statement, government prosecutors admitted that there was no evidence to suggest that Mateen knew that Pulse was a gay club. Which leaves another question: How could the Pulse attack be a hate crime against gay people if the perpetrator chose it randomly?”

Syria

Haaretz: U.S.-Led Coalition Denies Syrian State TV Report Claiming Civilian Deaths From Air Strikes

“Syrian state television said on Monday an airstrike by a U.S.-led coalition had killed 18 Iraqi refugees at a school in eastern Syria, but the coalition denied it. The state television report said the strike took place in a village in Hasaka province between the Euphrates river and the Iraqi border, an area where a U.S.-led coalition is supporting local fighters against Islamic State. A spokesman for the coalition, Col. Sean Ryan, said the report was false, adding ‘we are not tracking any coalition strikes today in Hasaka injuring or killing civilians.’ A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the U.S.-backed fighters had captured the village in fighting, but did not know if civilians had been killed by a strike there. Last week the rights group Amnesty International issued a report saying there was evidence the U.S.-led coalition broke international humanitarian law with some of its strikes in Raqqa last year by endangering the lives of civilians.”

Afghanistan

Reuters: Taliban Assure Afghans Of Bright Future Once U.S. 'Invaders' Leave

“The Taliban told ‘American invaders’ to leave Afghanistan in an announcement marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, assured the people of a bright future under Islamic rule and said it had already liberated ‘vast areas’ of the country. The Taliban, who announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday, except against foreign forces, also denounced the U.S. relocation of its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, which ‘further exposes the absolute hatred of American officials towards Islam.’ Taliban leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada said in the statement that Afghans’ salvation lay in ‘American and other occupying forces’ leaving and repeated a call for talks with the United States. ‘If the American officials truly believe in a peaceful end to the Afghan imbroglio, then they must directly present themselves at the negotiation table,’ Akhunzada said. ‘We also assure our nation (of) a bright future for our country accompanied by peace and prosperity, Allah willing,’ he added.”

Al Jazeera: Taliban Kill Afghan District Governor Despite Truce

“Taliban fighters have killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan while clashes are ongoing elsewhere, despite the start of a government ceasefire, officials said. The governor of Kohistan district in Faryab was killed along with eight others in an ambush overnight, provincial governor spokesman Javed Bedar confirmed to Al Jazeera. Bedar said that Taliban had successfully pushed into the district's centre. ‘If the Taliban attack us, we need to defend ourselves,’ he told Al Jazeera. ‘The battle is ongoing as we have asked for immediate reinforcements.’ Intense fighting was also reported between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the northern provinces of Faryab and Sari Pul, with officials reporting an unspecified number of casualties on both sides.”

Euronews: Abdullah: The Ballot Box, Not Bombs, Will Decide Afghanistan's Future

“It’s been 17 years since the fall of the Taliban here in Kabul and Afghanistan. Billions of dollars have been spent, thousands of soldiers and civilians have died. And Afghanistan is synonymous with bombs, suicide attacks and conflict. Where is the country heading to? Is there any chance for the establishment of the security and peace with Taliban? These are the questions we asked Afghan officials…”

Deutsche Welle: Hamid Karzai: Former Afghan President Hopeful For 'Permanent Peace' With Taliban

“Former Afghan President Karzai has hailed the ceasefire agreement between Kabul and the Taliban at DW's Global Media Forum. He also said the West, including Germany, must admit their failure in the war-torn country.  It was Hamid Karzai who set up a peace commission in 2010 for talks with Islamist insurgents. The Taliban, however, did not reciprocate the gesture and instead intensified their attacks on NATO forces, Afghan soldiers and civilians. But a recent week-long Eid truce between President Ashraf Ghani's government and the militant group has raised hopes that the 16-year-old deadly conflict could finally be resolved. It was the first time since 2001, when US forces ousted the Taliban regime, that the group has shown a degree of flexibility in their dealing with the Afghan government, which it considers a ‘US puppet.’”

Yemen

The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Deepens Role In Yemen Fight, Offers Gulf Allies Airstrike-Target Assistance

“The U.S. military is providing its Gulf allies with intelligence to fine-tune their list of airstrike targets in Yemen’s most important port, one sign of the Trump administration’s deepening role in a looming assault that the United Nations says could trigger a massive humanitarian crisis. While the U.N. is working furiously to broker a deal to avert a United Arab Emirates assault on a Red Sea port, the U.S. is helping the Gulf nation develop a list of targets meant to be off limits for airstrikes, American military officials said Tuesday. “The intent is to minimize the number of civilian casualties and the harm to critical infrastructure,” said one U.S. military official. The expanded U.S. military help comes as the Trump administration is giving the U.A.E. cautious backing for its developing efforts to seize the port of Hodeidah from Iranian-backed Houthi forces.”

Reuters: Saudi-Led Alliance Set For Battle In Biggest Yemeni Port

“A Saudi-led coalition geared up on Tuesday for a military assault on Yemen’s main port, preparing to launch by far the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Houthi movement that controls Yemen’s capital. The United Arab Emirates, a member of the Western-backed alliance, set a Tuesday deadline for the Iran-aligned Houthis to withdraw from the port of Hodeidah under U.N.-led talks. ‘These are the last and final hours to get unconditional guarantees that the Houthis will leave the port,’ UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told Reuters, but declined to discuss military operations. ‘If the current situation continues we will have a stalemate politically,’ he said. ‘The last thing we want is to prolong the war in Yemen.’ It would be the first time since the foreign armies joined the war in 2015 on behalf of Yemen’s exiled government that they have attempted to capture such a well-defended major city. Hodeidah, Yemen’s biggest Red Sea port and the only one under Houthi control, serves as the lifeline for the majority of Yemen’s population, which lives in Houthi territory.”

Arab News: Coalition Destroys Al Houthi Missile Base

“Arab Coalition Forces have destroyed a ballistic missile base belonging to the Iranian-backed Al Houthi militias on the outskirts of the Al Garahi district. Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia, and supported by the UAE Armed Forces, targeted several positions and military machinery belonging to the Al Houthi militias, resulting in killing 47 militia and dozens of casualties. Yemeni resistance forces have succeeded in securing the coastline stretching from Khawkhah to Ad Durayhimi districts south of Hodeidah, while eastern areas of the coastal strip continue to be cleared of Al Houthi militias as part of intensive efforts to liberate the governorate on the Red Sea Coast.”

Al Arabiya: Saudi Ambassador To US: Yemen’s Houthis Have Attacked Saudi, UAE And US Ships

“Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman on Wednesday said the Houthi militia in Yemen have attacked commercial and military ships, including ships belonging to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the US, using advanced anti-shipping systems smuggled into Yemen. In a series of Twitter posts, Prince Khalid cited the importance of liberating the Houthi-held Hodeidah, Yemen’s main port. ‘The liberation of Hodeidah is critical in light of the growing threat that the Iranian backed Houthi militia poses to the maritime security of the red sea, a vital waterway through which about 15% of international commerce passes,’ the ambassador said. ‘The Houthi’s continued obstruction with regards to Hodeidah is due to their use of the port to raise revenues through looting, extortion, and illegal taxation imposed on commercial ships to finance and sustain their military aggression against Yemen and neighboring countries,’ he added.”

Arab News: Yemeni Army Foils Major Terrorist Operation Targeting Hadramout

“Yemen’s army foiled a major terrorist operation targeting several sites in the southeastern Hadramout region on Wednesday, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported. In a statement to the Yemeni Ministry of Defense’s official site, ‘September Net,’ Hadramout’s governor said that Al-Qaeda was prepared to attack several sites in Mukalla by the end of Ramadan and during Eid. The official said military, security, and intelligence forces raided terrorist cells and confiscated several weapons including 28 explosive devices, two thermal rockets, three bags of high-grade C4 explosives and large quantities of ammunition.”

Israel

Fort Worth Star Telegram: Israel: Social Media Monitoring Nabs Would-Be Attackers

“Israeli authorities have foiled over 200 Palestinian attacks by monitoring social media and sifting through vast amounts of data to identify prospective assailants ahead of time, according to Israel's public security minister. These pre-emptive actions put Israel at the forefront of an increasingly popular — and controversial — trend used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world that use big data technology to track would-be criminals. While the technology appears to be effective, its tactics drew angry Palestinian condemnation and have raised questions about civil liberties. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who oversees the national police force, said Israel's use of algorithms and other technology has been an important factor in lowering the number of knife and shooting attacks in Israel in recent years. He planned on sharing Israel's knowledge with counterparts at an international security conference he is hosting that begins Tuesday. ‘The experience we now have, we can help other countries deal with this kind of terrorism,’ he said. He said working with allies ‘can lead us to a much better result in fighting lone wolf terrorists.’”

Libya

Arab News: Casualties As Twin Suicide Attack Hits Eastern Libya

“Two suicide bombers on Tuesday hit forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar who is leading an offensive against extremists in an eastern town, a spokesman for his forces said. The explosions were heard across Derna as the bombers hit the Chiha district in the south of the town, spokesman Khalifa Al-Abidi said. Abidi did not give a toll for the attacks but said civilians were among the casualties as the roof of a family home collapsed. On Monday night, another suicide attack killed two fighters of Haftar’s Libyan National Army and wounded three, the spokesman said. Over the past month, the self-styled LNA has been engaged in an offensive to take Derna, the only eastern town outside Haftar’s control. Derna is held by a ragtag alliance of extremists militias, including groups close to Al-Qaeda, hostile to both Haftar and the Daesh group.”

Somalia

Suna Times: New Details Emerge In Attack That Killed US Soldier In Somalia

“New details have emerged about an attack by al-Shabab militants that killed one U.S. soldier and injured four others in southern Somalia last week. Somali officials say the attack occurred just before 2 p.m. local time Friday as U.S., Kenyan and Somali forces set up a combat outpost two kilometers north of the town of Sanguni, in the Lower Jubba region. Mukhtar Abdiweli Moahmed, a unit commander with the Somali forces in Sanguni, told VOA Somali that the soldiers were in the outpost when the militants fired a series of mortars at the camp. "They fired about four mortars rounds from the other side of the [Jubba] river, and one of them hit the U.S. soldier," he said.The Pentagon has identified the deceased soldier as Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, 26, of Arizona. The military’s Africa Command said the four wounded service members received medical treatment and were in the care of the U.S. embassy medical team in Kenya.”

North Korea

Fox News: CEP Senior Advisor And Spokesperson Tara Maller Joins Shepard Smith To Discuss The Outcome Of The Meeting Between President Trump And North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un.

United Kingdom

Defense One: The Secrecy Surrounding The John Doe-ISIS Case Is The Real Threat

“An American was captured in Syria and imprisoned anonymously nearly a year ago. He’s accused of joining and aiding ISIS, but those accusations remain untested. There has been no trial, and now it appears that there will never be one because the government has consistently deferred addressing itself to politically inconvenient policy questions. That surrender is a moral, legal, and security failure, apparently arisen from President Trump’s zealous preference for treating suspected terrorists outside the norms of law and civil society. Though uncompromising rhetoric may impress on the campaign trail, putting it into practice often solves problems only at the expense of creating more later. As this case shows, respecting the regular order of law is essential to our national security. Although President Trump presents himself as a hardliner against terrorism, it appears that his eagerness to punish extraordinarily may in fact lead to a suspected terrorist going free.”

Independent: National Action Trial – Live: Court Hears Evidence On Alleged Neo-Nazi's Plot To Murder Labour MP

“A group of alleged neo-Nazi terrorists wanted to wage what they called "white jihad" and claimed "Hitler was right", a court has heard. Six defendants on trial at the Old Bailey are accused of continuing preparations for a race war as National Action members after the group was banned by the government in 2016. Former member Robbie Mullen, who later turned informant, told the court they wanted to achieve a “white Britain by any means necessary...war, anything". Asked what National Action was against, Mr Mullen said: “Basically everyone...Jews, blacks, Asians, every non-white race.”

Germany

Albawaba: German Authorities Arrest 18-Year-Old Iraqi On Suspicion Of Being ISIS Member

“Federal prosecutors said Aqram A., whose full name was withheld on privacy grounds, was preliminary detained Wednesday in the southwestern Rhine-Neckar district. Prosecutors said that the man is suspected of joining ISIS in 2014 in the Iraqi city of Mosul where he completed military training for approximately four weeks. During the ensuing period, he worked as a guard and prepared fighting positions for the extremist group. In the summer of 2015, the suspect took part in fighting near the Iraqi town Beiji. He allegedly left Iraq in late 2015 and entered Germany in February 2016. Four Iraqis were arrested in Germany on similar charges last week. German police have been on high alert over potential militant attacks, particularly since December 2016 when a man hijacked a truck and ploughed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.”

Technology

The Jerusalem Post: Israeli Minister Demands Twitter Shutter Hamas, Hezbollah Accounts

“Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan implored Tuesday that the CEO of social media giant Twitter cut off the mouthpieces for groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah. The three organizations are deemed to be terrorist groups by not only Israel, but also by the European Union and the US. ‘I am certain that you do not wish to be responsible for supporting and enabling terrorist organizations who are actively engaged in inciting and executing attacks against innocent civilians,’ Erdan wrote in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. ‘Enabling terrorist organizations to operate freely and spread their messages via your platform may be a violation of existing Israeli law regarding providing support to terrorist organizations.’ Erdan noted that unlike other social media networks – like Facebook and Google – Twitter hasn’t been so willing to cooperate with Israeli government requests to remove questionable content. Israel often requests that social media companies remove content which incite and promote violence and terrorism.”

The Sun: Terror Groups Are Taking Advantage Of Tech Firms’ Lack Of Cooperation With Authorities

“Terror groups are exploiting Google and Facebook’s lack of cooperation with law enforcement agencies to drive up illegal drugs trafficking across the world, an ex US drugs enforcer boss has warned. Derek Maltz, a former special agent to the US Drug Enforcement Agency, presented fresh evidence to Parliament yesterday exposing how terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah are increasingly turning to the booming illegal drugs industry as their main source of funding. And he said all the incriminating information and coordination was on the servers of the tech giants but authorities lacked enough powers to seize it. Mr Maltz said Hezbollah, whose existential aim is to destroy Israel, is trafficking cocaine throughout Europe like never before. And Mr Maltz said its reliance on cash meant ‘suitcases of euros’ were increasingly found at airports and train stations across Europe. Speaking to the Conservative Middle East Council in Parliament yesterday, he warned: ‘They’re making all this money to radicalise and buy more explosives.’”

Combating Terrorist Financing

The Seventh Day: Egypt: Financial Regulatory Authority Cancels "Bearer Shares" In An Effort To Combat Terrorist Financing

“The Board of Directors of the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) has recently issued several measures and regulations aimed at combating money-laundering and terror financing. The most important of these regulatory procedures is the decision to cancel the "bearer shares" by converting them into "registered shares." It's noteworthy that there are two basic types of shares: registered shares, which are made out to the owner by name, and bearer shares, where the shareholder in the company is unknown. These capital market amendments are not only credited positively by the international rating agencies but also contribute to fighting money laundering and terrorism financing, FRA stressed.”

Terrorist Financing

Al-Arabiya Net: Detention Of Ola Al-Qaradawi And Her Husband On Charges Of Financing Terrorism In Egypt

“The Cairo Criminal Court decided to detain Ola Al-Qaradawi, the daughter of the notorious Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yousef Al-Qaradawi, along with her husband Hosam Khalaf, a leading member of the Islamist Wasat Party. The couple were detained for 45 days pending investigations on terrorism financing charges. The Egyptian Public Prosecution is accusing Al-Qaradawi and her husband of multiple crimes including plotting terrorist attacks that target security forces in an attempt to overthrow the regime by force; joining a banned group, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood; and providing funds to terror cells for weapons purchases.”

ISIS

Albawabh News: Iraq: ISIS Imposes Royalties On Fallujah Residents

“A security source in Anbar province in western Iraq disclosed that some cells affiliated with ISIS have returned and regrouped in the city of Fallujah. The source added, in statements published by the Iraqi media, that the terrorist group has recently imposed royalties on wealthy residents of the city. In addition, its militants have carried out kidnappings to finance their attacks. "The organization is extorting the population of Fallujah, either by text messages on mobile phones {demanding money} or by kidnapping people {for ransom}." In a related matter, Anbar province police announced last week that more than 50 explosive devices planted by ISIS, south of Fallujah, have been defused.”

Baghdad Post: Iraq: Arrest Of ISIS Activists In Charge Of Internet Networks And Real Estate Revenues

“Iraqi security forces have arrested ISIS's Internet and wireless network expert as well as the man in charge of collecting property royalties in Mosul's right side. A security source said: "The security forces managed to arrest Anan al-Hafiz, a Syrian national who worked as an ISIS Internet expert who was also in charge of monitoring the movements of Iraqi forces." The source added: "The arrest of al-Hafiz was carried out while he was escorting Ali al-Jahish, ISIS's official for real estate assets in the right side of Mosul in the Ayadiyah area within the district of Tall Afar, northwest of Mosul." "The security forces took them to Nineveh Operations Headquarters after confiscating the weapons in their possession," the sources claimed.”

Muslim Brotherhood

Albawabh News: Expert: Muslim Brotherhood Has Vast Sums Of Money In Europe

“Journalist Abdel Rahim Ali, President of the Middle East Center for Studies in Paris and the Chairman and Editor of Albawabh News website, disclosed that some of the mosques in Europe are being visited regularly by individuals who are influenced heavily by the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. These people pay monthly and annual membership fees to the outlawed Islamist group, which, on its part, channels these funds into its own hidden 'charitable associations' and companies, Ali went on to say. He estimated at 500 the number of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated charitable associations operating in Europe. Ali mentioned further that the blacklisted organization possesses large sums of money valued at $12 billion in the Old Continent and $60 billion across the globe.”