Eye on Extremism: March 20

Associated Press: West Mosul Battle Looks To Be Deadliest Yet For Iraqis

“As Iraqi forces pushed into southwestern Mosul, four Islamic State fighters moved into Omar Khudair's home and took up positions on the roof. The 17-year-old, his parents and siblings took cover in his aunt's house next door, and for the next half hour they huddled in a back room as the battle raged overhead. Then the airstrikes came, blowing up a cluster of houses, killing not only the fighters, but 18 members of Khudair's extended family. The teen was one of the few to survive, left covered in burns and shrapnel wounds. The fight for the western half of Mosul could the deadliest yet for civilians. Iraqi forces have increasingly turned to airstrikes and artillery to clear heavily populated, dense urban terrain, and residents running out of food and supplies are fleeing their homes at higher rates than previously seen in the Mosul operation.”

AFP: Iraq Says 180,000 Displaced From West Mosul

Some 111,000 have sought shelter in 17 nearby camps and reception centres while many others have stayed with relatives, the ministry of displacement and migration said. Iraqi forces backed by an international US-led coalition launched a drive to retake west Mosul on February 19 after seizing the city's eastern side the previous month. They have since taken control of several districts including parts of the densely-populated Old City. The Iraqi government says it can accommodate a further 100,000 displaced people in camps, but the United Nations says the numbers could rise way beyond that. "Humanitarian agencies are bracing for the possibility that an additional 300,000-320,000 civilians may flee in coming weeks," the UN's aid coordination agency OCHA said.

The Daily Beast: Monster Machines: ISIS’s Armored War Jeeps Are Professional Grade

ISIS is getting better at making armored vehicles, if one tricked-out Jeep Cherokee is any indication. And that could mean a tougher fight for U.S.-led coalition forces as they evict the so-called Islamic State from Iraq and then begin their long-awaited advance on the militant group’s self-declared “capital” in Ar Raqqa, Syria. Coalition forces recently captured the heavily-modified, 2015-model Jeep in Mosul, where the coalition is inching closer to finally defeating ISIS forces in Iraq after six months of bloody fighting. The truck is remarkable for its "professional-grade," add-on armor, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend, commander of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, told The Daily Beast. The engineering of the truck shows both the level of skill ISIS has been able to attract since it seized large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria—and the level of skill ISIS may be able to export back to parts of the Mideast, Africa, and the West.

BBC: Syria War: Damascus Sees Fierce Clashes After Rebel Attack

“Syrian security forces have engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Artillery shells and rockets landed in the heart of the capital as part of a surprise rebel attack launched in the Jobar district. The assault began early on Sunday with car bombs and suicide attacks, activists said. State media said secret tunnels were also used. The military says it managed to push the rebels back. Government warplanes launched more than 30 air strikes on rebel positions, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group of activists monitoring the conflict.”

USA Today: Afghan Soldier Shoots, Wounds 3 U.S. Troops

“Three U.S. soldiers were wounded Sunday when an Afghan officer opened fire at a base in Helmand province, a U.S. military spokesman said. Coalition security forces at the scene returned fire ‘to end the attack’ and the officer was killed, Navy Capt. Bill Salvin said. The soldiers were receiving medical treatment after the shootout at Camp Antonik, Salvin said. Afghanistan's TOLO news reported that the incident happened during a military training exercise. TOLO, citing military officials, said the attacker deliberately fired on the U.S. forces. Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an Afghan army spokesman, told the Associated Press that the soldier made a ‘mistake’ and had not fired deliberately.”

Vocativ: Al-Qaeda Calls On Members To ‘Kill Americans’

Al-Qaeda is calling on its members to “kill Americans” in retaliation for an airstrike last week that allegedly destroyed a mosque. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 49 Syrians were killed in the Thursday night bombing, initially describing it as a “massacre.” The Pentagon confirms it carried out the strike, but denies it hit a mosque. The terror group Al-Qaeda, which was the stated target of the bombing, released an official statement on the message app Telegram, titled “Kill the Americans without consulting anyone.” It blames “America and its damned president Trump” for the killing and wounding of “more than 300 worshipers” in a mosque in al-Jinah west of Aleppo, north Syria. (The terror group has a history of overstating casualties.)

CNN: Israel Threatens To Destroy Syrian Air Defenses

“Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned Syria that Israel will destroy its air defense system if Syria fires an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft again. Speaking on Israel public radio Sunday morning, Liberman said, ‘The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our airplanes, we will destroy all of them without thinking twice.’ His threat comes after Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli military jets overnight Thursday into Friday. The Syrian military said the jets struck a military site near Palmyra, while Israel says they targeted a weapons shipment to Iran-backed Hezbollah. Syria claims their missiles downed one Israeli jet and hit another, which Israel rejected as ‘absolutely untrue.’”

Business Insider: Google Met With The UK Government To Explain Why Ads Keep Appearing Next To Extremist Youtube Videos — Here's What Happened

Google was summoned to appear in front of the UK's Cabinet Office on Friday after the government discovered its ads — and ads for other taxpayer-funded services such as The Royal Navy and the BBC — were appearing next to extremist videos on YouTube, following an investigation from The Times newspaper. A Cabinet Office spokesperson told Business Insider that senior executives from Google attended the meeting and apologized to senior civil servants representing the government. Google also pledged a review of its advertising systems. The government spokesperson said: "It is totally unacceptable that taxpayer-funded advertising has appeared next to inappropriate internet content – and that message was conveyed very clearly to Google. The Cabinet Office has told Google it expects to see a plan and a timetable for work to improve protection of government adverts to ensure this doesn’t happen again. YouTube advertising remains on hold while that work is carried out."

Deutsche Welle: Twin Bombings In Taj Mahal City Of Agra In India Following IS Threats

“Just one day after a group aligned with the so-called ‘Islamic State’ threatened to attack the Taj Mahal in Agra, two explosions struck the popular tourist city. Two crude bombs exploded on Saturday - one near the Agra Cantonment Railway station and another on the rooftop of a nearby house. ‘The blasts took place in the Shahganj area - one was at a garbage dump. No one was injured,’ deputy inspector general of police Mahesh Mishra said, news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported. ‘No terror angle has been established yet. Investigations are on,’ Mishra said. Local users posted images of the attack on social media.”

The Times Of Israel: Islamic State Claims Israel Bombed Its Members In Sinai

“Israeli jets bombed Islamic State targets in the Sinai Peninsula Thursday, killing several people, including two children, the jihadist group’s official news outlet claimed Saturday. The Amaq news agency report said that Israeli planes struck the targets in the northern Sinai, near the cities of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. There was no independent confirmation of the report. The reported airstrike came the same day Israeli Air Force jets struck two Hamas installations in the north of Gaza in response to rocket fire from the territory at Israeli communities. In that incident a rocket landed in an empty field in the Sdot Negev Regional Council near Netivot.”

The New York Times: Mask Of Normal Nigerian Life, Young Lives Scarred By Boko Haram

“Boko Haram has abducted many hundreds, if not thousands, of girls and boys across the region, forcing them to fight, to cook, to clean and even to bear children. To much of the world, the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from their school dormitory in the town of Chibok three years ago was the seminal moment in the crisis, followed by another horror: children, as young as 7 or 8, being used as suicide bombers. The Nigerian military has made recent gains, pushing into the forests where Boko Haram hides and recapturing areas once under its control. But throughout the war, now in its eighth year, hundreds of thousands of people have fled here to Maiduguri, the battle-weary capital where the conflict began.”

Fox News: Paris Airport Attack: Prosecutors Say Attacker Was Monitored For Suspected Islamic Extremism

“The 39-year-old suspected attacker killed at Paris’ Orly airport on Saturday after trying to wrestle away a soldier’s weapon had already crossed authorities’ radar for suspected Islamic extremism. Paris prosecutors said the suspect's house was among scores searched in November 2015 in the immediate aftermath of ISIS-led suicide bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 people in Paris. Those searches targeted people with suspected radical leanings. The alleged attacker said that he was there ‘to die for Allah’ and dropped a bag on the floor containing a can of gasoline, according to prosecutors.”

United States

The New York Times: Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks To Avoid Big Ground Wars

“From Yemen to Syria to here in Central Africa, the Trump administration is relying on Special Operations forces to intensify its promised fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups as senior officials embrace an Obama-era strategy to minimize the American military’s footprint overseas. In Africa, President Trump is expected to soon approve a Pentagon proposal to remove constraints on Special Operations airstrikes and raids in parts of Somalia to target suspected militants with the Shabab, an extremist group linked to Al Qaeda. Critics say that the change — in one of the few rejections of President Barack Obama’s guidelines for the elite forces — would bypass rules that seek to prevent civilian deaths from drone attacks and commando operations.”

Syria

Reuters: Russia Says Syrian Government Officials Will Attend Geneva Peace Talks

“Syrian government representatives will attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva, Russia's state RIA news agency reported on Monday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. Bogdanov said Moscow hoped that Syrian armed opposition would be able to attend the peace talks. Bogdanov also said the United Nations' Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, would visit Moscow ahead of the Geneva talks. De Mistura is trying to mediate a political agreement between Syria's warring sides, and after a procedural round of talks in Geneva ended on March 3, he plans to bring the negotiators back for in-depth discussions on March 23.”

Haaretz: War Against ISIS And Syrian Kurds Aspirations Could Spark Another Civil War

“Amid the chaos of the Syrian civil war, the Kurdish website Ekurd Daily found time to report on an unusual event: a fashion show that took place last week in the town of Qamishli on the Turkish border in Syria's Kurdish zone. Young women strolled down the runway wearing traditional Kurdish outfits with a Western twist – jackets adorned with embroidery and gold chokers around their necks. There were no hijabs; colored ribbons took their place. The musical accompaniment was Kurdish music reworked in a Western style.”

Iraq

Radio Free Europe: Iraqi Forces Push Forward In Mosul As Residents Flee Fierce Fighting

“Iraqi federal police and the elite Rapid Response Force continued their offensive on IS targets, including with rockets and mortar rounds, as they closed in on the important Al-Nuri Mosque in west Mosul. Residents of the city continued to flee the area as the battle for the western part of the city moved into its second month. ‘Federal Police and Rapid Response forces resumed their advance after halting operations due to bad weather. The troops have a target of retaking the rest of the Old City,’ a police spokesman was quoted by Reuters as saying on March 19. The operation to recapture Mosul, the last IS stronghold in Iraq, was launched in October, with Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air support and artillery.”

Turkey

Reuters: Turkey's Erdogan Says Jailed Journalist A Terrorist Agent

“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused a jailed Turkish-German journalist of being a terrorist agent in comments likely to cause further unease in Berlin over the incident. Erdogan, who was speaking at a meeting of an Islamic foundation in Istanbul, said the reporter, Deniz Yucel of Germany's Die Welt newspaper, would be tried by Turkey's independent judiciary. Authorities arrested Yucel, a dual Turkish and German national, last month on charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and inciting the public to violence. He was initially detained after he reported on emails that a leftist hacker collective had purportedly obtained from the private account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey's energy minister and Erdogan's son-in-law.”

Afghanistan

The New York Times: Gunfire In Kabul? It’s Not The Taliban — It’s The Politicians

“Heavy gunfire echoed down Darulaman Road, in the vicinity of Parliament and President Ashraf Ghani’s private home, for more than an hour very early Fridaymorning. Police units mobilized and rushed to the area. Shekaba Hashimi, who was up late helping her children study for their university exams, was convinced it was the Taliban. ‘I thought, ‘Oh, God, there is another attack in this area,’she said. Half of the city seemed to have the same fear, as sleepy Kabulis piled onto social media to share notes on the gunfire as it moved through town.”

Radio Free Europe: Russia To Host Talks On Afghan Conflict

“Russia plans to host international talks on the conflict in Afghanistan on April 14, a high-ranking Afghan official said. Hanif Atmar, the Afghan president’s national security adviser, told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan on March 18 that 12 countries, including the United States and the five Central Asian nations, have been invited to attend. Atmar, however, pointed out that ‘no invitation’ is being sent to the Taliban. ‘There is no agreement about the Taliban’s participation in any conference,’ Atmar said, adding the conference in Russia ‘is a meeting between states.’ Russian news agencies quoted Atmar as saying Kabul was prepared to engage in direct negotiations with the militant group.”

Yemen

Deutsche Welle: After Refugee Attack Near Yemen Port, Saudi-Led Coalition Calls For UN Supervision

A Saudi statement released on Sunday said placing the port under UN control would: ‘facilitate the flow of humanitarian supplies to the Yemeni people, while at the same time ending the use of the port for weapons smuggling and people trafficking.’ ‘We are also aware of allegations that the attack was carried out by a helicopter and naval vessel belonging to the Saudi-led coalition,’ the Saudi-led alliance said in the statement. ‘We can confirm the coalition was not responsible for any attack on a refugee boat on Friday and [...] there was no firing by any coalition forces on Fridayin the area of Hodeida,’ the statement continued. It did not address a call by Somalia to investigate the incident. Somalia itself is a member of the coalition fighting against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.”

Egypt

Voice Of America: Egypt Struggles To Counter Insurgency In Sinai

“The Egyptian government is struggling to counter an increasingly violent insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula targeting Egyptian police, security forces and Christians. Several militant groups, including Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, are controlling large swaths of Sinai, which borders the Gaza Strip and Israel, and have established rule separate from the government in Cairo. ‘The insurgency reflects a breakdown in fundamental relationships between a portion of the people in Sinai and the Egyptian government,’ David Des Roches, a professor at the National Defense University in Washington, told VOA.”

Middle East

Haaretz: Palestinians Urge EU To Stop Holding Official Meetings With Israel In Jerusalem

“The Palestinians have called on EU nations to stop holding official meetings with Israel in Western Jerusalem, the part of the city held by Israel before the Six Day War. The demand was voiced in a letter attained by Haaretz and sent by senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini. In the letter, Erekat voiced anger at the EU for accepting Israel's closure of Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem, and he called on the EU to end its ‘passive policy’ on the issue which, he claimed, allowed Israel to ‘perpetuate and impose its illegal policies.’”

Voice Of America: Israel Returns Fire After Rockets Launched From Gaza

“A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip Saturday exploded near the Israeli city of Ashkelon, drawing a response from Israel. No one was injured by the rocket, which landed in an open area, the Israeli army said. Israel responded to the rocket attack by targeting two Hamas outposts with tank and aircraft fire. One was a military training facility north of Gaza City and the other an observation post close to the Israeli border. No casualties were reported. A similar rocket launch last month drew a response from Israel that targeted a different Hamas training facility. Four Palestinians were slightly wounded in that attack. Israel and Hamas have clashed three times since 2008, with the latest armed conflict ending in 2014 and the two sides agreeing to a cease-fire.”

Libya

Reuters: East Libyan Army Takes Rivals' Final Holdout In Southwest Benghazi

“East Libyan forces said they captured the final holdout of Islamist-led rivals in the southwest of Benghazi on Saturday, ending weeks of resistance by fighters camped in a cluster of apartment blocks. The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has been waging a campaign in Libya's second biggest city for nearly three years and still faces pockets of resistance in two northern neighborhoods, despite making big gains since early last year. Milad al-Zwai, spokesman for the LNA's special forces, said the siege at the ‘12 blocks’ site ended when rival fighters tried to escape at dawn. He said 23 were killed and six arrested while seven LNA troops were killed and at least six wounded.”

Nigeria

Voice Of America: Nigerian Suicide Bombers Kill 4

“Officials say three suicide bombers attacked a village in northeastern Nigeria Saturday, killing four people and wounding eight. Authorities say the bombers — a man and two women — targeted the village of Umariri, near the city of Maiduguri, the heart of the seven-year-old insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group. Victor Isuko, Borno state police spokesman, said the the bombers ‘detonated the IEDs [improvised explosives devices] strapped to their bodies while running to different directions.’ Officials say a vigilante and a woman with her two children were among the dead.”

Newsweek: How Africa Can Win The War On Islamist Militants

“By any measure, Africa’s fight against terrorism has been a failure. Since it launched the fight in earnest nearly three decades ago in 1992, in the aftermath of a wave of violence from Islamist groups in Algeria, there has been a dramatic rise in incidents and fatalities perpetrated by militant groups. From 2009, for example, there has been a fourfold increase in the number of attacks by such groups, and an 850 percent increase in deaths. Meanwhile, the footprint of militant groups has expanded in a broad arc from the Horn of Africa to northeast Nigeria, encompassing much of North Africa and the Sahel in the process.”

United Kingdom

The Guardian: Hundreds Of Armed Police Stage Terror Drill On Thames Tourist Ship

“More than 200 armed police have practised their response to a terrorist attack on a Thames ‘pleasure boat’ in the first drill of its kind on London’s main river. A sightseeing ship became the scene of a fierce mock gun battle between armed officers and police posing as terrorists shortly after 11am on Sunday. The exercise, close to the London Docklands area, marks the first time the Metropolitan police have staged a live, waterborne exercise like this. Armed officers boarded the ship in a hail of gunfire just over two hours after five officers posing as armed terrorists hijacked the vessel. At least one ‘body’, played by a volunteer, was thrown overboard.”

France

Bloomberg: Terrorism Back In Focus In French Election After Foiled Attack

“Terrorism returned to the forefront of the French presidential election on Sundayafter a foiled attack at Orly airport.  The assailant snatched a weapon from an officer in the south terminal on Saturday before being shot and killed by a special army patrol. The incident, which is being probed by an anti-terrorism prosecutor, prompted the candidates to address security in a country that’s seen multiple attacks in recent years. Front-runner Emmanuel Macron, who at 39 is the youngest candidate, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that he would bolster security forces by 10,000 positions and make military service mandatory. The leading contenders hold a debate on Monday night and may turn on Macron over security to erode his support.”

Politico: France Investigates Terror Link To Orly Attack

“French anti-terrorism authorities are leading the investigation into the Saturdayincident at Paris Orly Airport that left an alleged attacker dead and shut down two terminals. The man, identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old French national of North African origins, was killed after he assaulted a French female soldier, tried to grab her rifle and shouted, ‘I am here to die in the name of Allah … There will be deaths.’ Two other soldiers shot him dead. The suspect had been imprisoned several times on various offenses and was flagged to authorities as having been radicalized in jail in 2011-12, Paris Prosecutor François Molins said at a press conference late Saturday. French terrorism investigators will lead the inquiry into his attack, he added.”

Technology

Business Insider: Google Summoned To Appear Before The UK Government To Explain Why Ads Keep Appearing Next To Extremist Youtube Videos

“Google has been summoned to appear in front of the UK government to explain why taxpayer-funded ads are appearing next to extremist content on YouTube, The Times reported. The Times found government ads — and also those from the BBC, The Royal Air Force, and The Royal Navy — appearing next to videos from American white nationalist David Duke, a pastor who praised the killing of 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub, and videos from Michael Savage, who the newspaper describes as a ‘homophobic shock-jock.’”

Iran

Basnews: Iran Finances Iraqi Al-Hashd Militia Factions

“According to documents surrounding the organizational structure of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (an armed Shi'ite faction in Iraq), this militia is made up of 66 different factions and units, almost entirely supported by Iran. What is revealed in these documents is that each faction or unit within al-Hashd militias is led and supervised by different individuals and entities. A member in the economic and investment committee of the Iraqi Parliament, who asked not to be named, claimed that many of these militias control buildings and offices on sites that belong to the former regime. Over the past few years they have stayed in these facilities without paying fees estimated at billions of dollars. According to this parliament member, there are some 600,000 properties belonging to the Iraqi state which were seized by al-Hashd militias and turned into their offices and headquarters in Baghdad or the southern provinces. Some of these properties are being rented out for huge sums of money to finance the {militias'} operations and activities.”

ISIS

Voice Of Iraq: ISIS Devastated The Economy Of The City Of Mosul

“ISIS has destroyed the economy of the city of Mosul. In a statement by a member of the Nineveh Provincial Council, Ali Khudair al-Jubouri said that the scope of destruction of the infrastructure in government and service organizations has reached 90%. This is a result of ISIS blowing up these institutions or of military strikes by the international coalition after ISIS turned them into its headquarters. In addition, the terror organization destroyed the North Badush Cement and Hammam al Alil Cement plants. ISIS moved their machinery, in addition to electricity-production equipment, to the Syrian city of Raqqa. Meanwhile, a Mosul pharmaceutical plant was completely destroyed as a result of military operations in the district of Tel Keppe. ISIS also turned Mosul's ready-made clothing plant into its base, which attracted airstrikes by the coalition.”

Terrorist Financing

Albawabh News: Uganda: Crackdown On Terrorist Organizations

“Dr. Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar, President of the African Economic Council, said that the adoption by the Ugandan Parliament of amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering law is aimed at cracking down on terrorist organizations and draining the sources of financing {acts of} violence. Abdul Ghaffar emphasized, in a published statement, that progress was being made with regard to the draft law presented by the Ugandan government in November 2016, when the Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Funding was appointed to determine tariffs and compliance with the law. The Committee was also assigned to unify the basic concepts and definitions used in the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2013.”

Muslim Brotherhood

24: Egypt: Arrest Warrant Against Muslim Brotherhood's Deputy Supreme Guide In The Financing Of Terrorist Entities Case

“South Cairo General Prosecution issued arrest warrants against Mahmoud Ezzat, Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, along with three other prominent group leaders. They are wanted for investigation in the case known in the media as the “Terrorist Entities' Financing" case. The prosecution disclosed that the individuals for whom arrest warrants were issued are: Mahmoud Ezzat, Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Al-Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood Shura Council Member, Bahaa Al-Shater, brother of the Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Supreme Guide Khayrat Al-Shater, and Khaled El Beltagy, brother of the jailed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed El Beltagy.”

Dostor: Egypt: Tightened Controls Over Seized Muslim Brotherhood Companies After Uncovering Violations

“Chaired by Dr. Mohammed Yasser Abu El-Fotouh, the Muslim Brotherhood Asset Freeze Committee has formed several qualitative committees to tighten its supervision and control of seized Muslim Brotherhood schools and companies. This comes ahead of submitting performance reports to the {Egyptian} cabinet. A committee source revealed that the decision to form these committees came after receiving several complaints and reports concerning fraud and violations in some of the seized schools and companies. The alleged violations were committed by employees supportive of the ex-Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated management. Their aim was to tarnish the Committee's reputation and show its {supposed} inability to manage the seized assets properly.”

The Seventh Day: Source: Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Exploit Internet Search Engines To Make Money

“Dr. Gamal Al-Minshawi, a former official in Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya (the Islamic Group), asserted that some Muslim Brotherhood leaders abroad are using Internet search engines, especially Google, to earn thousands of dollars by uploading their videos and earning revenues from advertising. Dr. Al-Minshawi added that the Muslim Brotherhood leaders abroad post these videos for two reasons: first, to spread their ideology and, second, for financial gain.”

Elaph: Report: Muslim Brotherhood Seeks To Infiltrate Scandinavian Countries

“In a new development concerning the stance of European countries towards the Muslim Brotherhood, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), which is affiliated with the country's Defense Ministry, said the group was urging Islamists in Sweden to infiltrate local organizations. It warned that the group is striving to create a society within the Swedish society. A recent study explained that the Brotherhood has been working secretly to pressure Islamist leaders to infiltrate civic associations in Sweden, whether organizations or political parties. Dr. Mohammed Al Rifai, an expert on affairs of Islamic groups, claimed the Brotherhood believes that Scandinavia represents a 'safe haven' for them following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump in January, heralding the {possible} rise of the extreme right in Europe. For his part, Sheikh Nabil Naim, another expert on Islamic groups, noted that the group has received donations worth millions of dollars from Scandinavian countries and has been working to infiltrate them under the banner of Islam and human rights. The Egyptian expert pointed out that the group's infiltration efforts are helped by the sympathy of the Scandinavian public.”

Elrdar: Egypt: Proposal To Eradicate Muslim Brotherhood Control Of Remittances From Egyptian Expatriates

“Mohammed Al-Banna, an Egyptian global banking consultant, suggested that the National Bank of Egypt should purchase a money transfer company to promote remittances to Egypt. He stressed that the aim of this proposed deal is to eliminate the 'currency mafia', affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which currently controls the remittances of Egyptians abroad. Al-Banna explained that thanks to its presence in London the National Bank of Egypt would be able to open branches for money transfer in New York and New Jersey, offering a lower-cost service via smartphone or home-delivery technology. This would be especially feasible due to the Bank's widespread geographical presence in Egypt and abroad.”

Hamas

Voice Of Iraq: Iraq: 220 Billion Dinars Given To Hamas, Somalia And The Houthis

“A new financial scandal was uncovered by Iraqi MP Haitham al-Jabouri, a member of the Finance Committee in the Iraqi Parliament. He revealed that Iraq had made a financial donation worth 220 billion dinars ($186 million dollars) to Hamas and {terrorist organizations} in Somalia and Yemen. The MP claimed that "Yemen" means the Houthis, whereas Somalia is controlled by Sunni terrorist movements. Al-Jabouri emphasized that this means that Iraq has been providing money to terrorist organizations. He noted that Hamas is classified internationally as a terror group.”

Hezbollah

Lebanondebate: Powerful Blow To Hezbollah's Financing Network

“Hezbollah's largest financial network collapsed following confirmation of the news of the arrest in Casablanca Airport {last week} of Lebanese businessman Kassim Tajeddine (aged 61) whose name was included on an international wanted list. The network was composed of financial projects and {managed by} transcontinental companies. A Moroccan source confirmed the news of Tajeddine's arrest, claiming it was carried out after Interpol had issued a search warrant against him. Officially, Moroccan authorities did not provide any information about this case, including Morocco's Ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammed Grine, who refused to answer a question about the news which was circulated by Lebanese media outlets. Tajeddine served as the financial front for Hezbollah, thanks to {multiple} companies and contracting projects run by him and his brothers. These businesses maintain branches in the African continent.”