Eye on Extremism: November 14

International Business Times: YouTube Blocks Thousands Of Videos Of Al Qaeda-Linked Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki In 'Watershed Moment'

“YouTube has removed thousands of propaganda videos from late al-Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki amid mounting pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates. For years, hundreds of hours of the jihadist cleric's talks and lectures were easily accessible on the site. As of this autumn, a search for "Anwar al-Awlaki" on YouTube gave more than 70,000 videos ranging from his years as a mainstream American imam to his time with Al Qaeda in Yemen, the New York Times reported. The same search on Sunday (12 November), however, yielded just 18,600 videos, most of which were news reports, documentaries and scholarly material about his life and death.”

KCBS: CEP CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace Discusses The Importance Of YouTube's Decision To Remove The Sermons And Lectures Of Al-Qaeda Operative Anwar Al-Awlaki From Its Platform

“CEP CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace on YouTube's removal of Anwar al-Awlaki content and the Counter Extremism Project's work in pressuring social media and tech companies to do more to combat extremist weaponization of their platforms.”

Military.Com: Four US Troops Wounded By Car Bomb In Afghanistan

“Four U.S. troops were wounded Monday by a suicide car bomb attack near the provincial capital of Kandahar in southwestern Afghanistan, according to NATO. A statement from the NATO Resolute Support mission said, "A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device [or VBIED] detonated in Kandahar province at approximately 2 p.m." local time. "There were a total of four U.S. service members injured, and all are in stable condition in U.S. medical treatment facilities." Qudratullah Khushbakht, a spokesman for the provincial governor's office, said the attack occurred near Kandahar Air Field, where U.S. and coalition troops are based, Stars & Stripes reported. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, the militant group's spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said "heavy losses" had been inflicted in the suicide car bombing.”

Washington Post: Death Toll From Airstrikes On Market In Syria Climbs To 61

“A Syrian war monitoring group says the death toll from airstrikes on a market in northern Syria the previous day has climbed to 61. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there were six women, five children, and three police officers among those killed in the three strikes on Monday on the market in the opposition-held town of Atareb. The Observatory’s director, Rami Abdurrahman, says the rest were male civilians. Yasser Hmeish, a clinician at the scene, says rescuers were still pulling bodies from the rubble on Tuesday morning. The Observatory said it couldn’t determine whether Russia or the Syrian government was behind the attack. The opposition Syrian National Coalition accused Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad’ chief military backer.”

Reuters: Taliban Attack Afghan Checkpoints, Killing More Than 20 Police

“The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing insurgency. Government forces killed 45 insurgents and wounded 35 and none of the police checkpoints was captured in the overnight attacks, officials said. “Our forces resisted until they received reinforcements and air support,” said Zia Durrani, spokesman for Kandahar’s police chief. “The Taliban were defeated.” The Taliban told reporters by WhatsApp that they killed 43 police and members of a militia and destroyed 13 armored vehicles. The insurgents often exaggerate battlefield casualties. The Taliban, fighting to restore Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster by U.S.-led troops, also attacked Bala Boluk, in the western province of Farah, on Tuesday, killing eight soldiers and wounding three, according to the provincial government.”

The Sun: British Jihadis Flee Syria Hundreds Of ISIS Fighters Flee Syria And Spark Fears British Jihadis Could Return To The UK

“HUNDREDS of ISIS fighters have been allowed to evacuate Syria sparking fears British jihadis could return to the UK. Some 250 militants and 3,500 relatives were taken out of Raqqa after local officials arranged a convoy. One unnamed driver claimed that there was “a huge number of foreigners” on the journey. Another said the convoy, which left in October, was more than four miles long and contained almost 50 trucks, 13 buses and more than 100 IS vehicles that contained weapons and ammunition. Lorry driver Abu Fawzi claimed there were three or four foreigners with each driver. He said the foreign fighters beat him and called him names, such as “infidel” and “pig”. The US and British-led coalition to defeat IS have admitted their part in letting the militants escape.”

Sahara Reporters: Latest Boko Haram Video Shows Insurgents Displaying Captured Military Tanks, Casualties

“A new video produced by Boko Haram showing insurgents maneuvering tanks seized from the Nigerian military and graphic images of troops being killed has been obtained by SaharaReporters. The video also shows insurgents in a gun battle with Nigerian soldiers. The seven-minute 48-second video, exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, provides proof of the group's claim that it successfully ambushed Nigerian troops when they ventured into the Sambisa Forest on 10 November. It also provides proof that the insurgents made away with arms and ammunition belonging to the military. Earlier on Monday, SaharaReporters had obtained a screen grab supportive of the group's claim of success against the military, which is carrying out clearance operation in the area. At some point, the video shows a very young Boko Haram commander, who claimed to have led the attack, praising the group's fighters and boasting that they are firmly settled in Sambisa Forest.”

United States

Reuters: U.S. To Fight Islamic State In Syria 'As Long As They Want To Fight': Mattis

“The U.S. military will fight Islamic State in Syria “as long as they want to fight,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, describing a longer-term role for U.S. troops long after the insurgents lose all of the territory they control. As U.S.-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to retake the remaining pockets of Islamic State-held terrain, Mattis said the U.S. military’s longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an “ISIS 2.0.” “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon about the future of U.S. operations in Syria. He also stressed the importance of longer-term peace efforts, suggesting U.S. forces aimed to help set the conditions of a diplomatic solution in Syria, now in its seventh year of civil war. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction,” he added. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed joint efforts to stabilize Syria as its civil war wanes, including with the expansion of a July 7 truce in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan.”

WRAL.Com: Accused ISIS Recruiter Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Tax Charges

“A Fayetteville man who the FBI says was a recruiter for Islamic State forces pleaded guilty Monday to federal fraud and tax charges. Houcine Becher Ghoul, 43, pleaded guilty to lying on his application for U.S. citizenship and two counts of tax fraud. He faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced in February. Ghoul, a native of Tunisia, admitted to lying when asked on his citizenship application whether he supported a terrorist organization, and he also married several women in an attempt to obtain citizenship. The tax charges are for not reporting all of his income and for improper use of the Earned Income Tax Credit. He doesn't face any terror-related charges because court documents show no specific evidence that he he financed or planned to carry out terrorism. The FBI began investigating Ghoul in 2014 after a Facebook post on an account associated with his name indicated support of terrorism.”

The Hill: To Defeat ISIS, America Needs Smart Democracy And Governance Strategy

“The recent military victory against the Islamic State in Iraq by U.S.-backed forces was a rare cause for celebration in an often depressing news cycle. Yet just as quickly as this win was celebrated, ISIS-supported terrorist attacks continued in the region and here at home, underscoring the sobering reality that beating radical Islamists on the battlefield does not put an end to the threat posed by these groups. Some critics argue that it was U.S. meddling in the Middle East that produced ISIS, and reason that now that the influence of ISIS is being rolled back, the United States should stay out of the internal affairs of the region. This view, while superficially appealing, ignores the enduring danger posed by the Islamic State. The question of what comes after ISIS requires a multifaceted approach that must incorporate the building of legitimate governance and resiliency if similar situations are to be avoided in the future.”

CNN: US Military Launches Series Of Strikes In Yemen And Somalia

“The US military conducted a series of airstrikes targeting terrorists in Somalia and Yemen over the weekend, according to multiple military officials. The US military conducted three strikes against ISIS in Yemen on FridaySaturday and Sunday, killing five suspected militants, US Central Command spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told CNN Monday. Jacques said all three strikes took place in Yemen's Al Bayda Governorate, an area known for ISIS and al Qaeda activity. A US military official told CNN that the strikes were carried out by unmanned drone aircraft and that the military is still assessing the results of the strikes. The series of strikes over the weekend are only the third time the US has struck the ISIS affiliate in Yemen. Armed US drones also carried out a series of airstrikes targeting al Qaeda- and ISIS-linked militants in Somalia over the weekend. "US forces conducted five airstrikes in Somalia against al-Shabaab and ISIS from November 9 through the 12, removing more than 40 terrorists from the battlefield," Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.”


Business Insider: US Marines Are Returning To 'Old Stomping Grounds' In Iraq To Fight An Evolving Enemy

“Iraqi forces "swiftly and thoroughly" ejected ISIS fighters from Al Qaim — a city at the western edge of Iraq's Anbar province and the terrorist group's last stronghold on the Iraq-Syria border — in early November. ISIS has lost most of the land it once held and has largely disappeared as an organized fighting force. All that's left of the group's so-called caliphate, which once stretched from northwest Syria to the edges of Baghdad, is chunks of territory along the Euphrates River in Iraq and Syria. For the close to 1,000 US Marines assisting Iraqi forces in the area, the campaign has led them back to familiar terrain to continue the fight against an enemy that appears set to evolve into a different kind of threat. "Marines, in particular, understand western Iraq," Marine Corps. Brig Gen. Robert Sofge told Marine Corps Times this month — an area Sofge called "old stomping grounds" for US Marines. "We spent most folks' career there and there are relationships there that endure," Sofge said. "Even while priorities may shift in and around [US Central Command], that doesn't make what's going in Anbar [province] less important.”


Al Jazeera: Erdogan Calls On Russia, US To Pull Troops Out Of Syria

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested Russia and the US should pull their troops out of war-torn Syria after their leaders - Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump - said there was "no military solution" to the country's long-running conflict. "I am having trouble understanding these comments," Erdogan was quoted by reporters as saying on Monday before he flew out to Russia's coastal city of Sochi for talks with Putin. "If a military solution [in Syria] is out of the question, then those who say this [Russia and the US] should pull their troops out ... and steps for a political solution should be taken," he said. Erdogan's comments came two days after the Kremlin released a statement, issued on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam, in which Putin and Trump agreed there was no military solution to the conflict in Syria.”

Deutsche Welle: Trial Begins In Turkey Over IS Attack On Istanbul Airport

“Members of the "Islamic State" (IS) alleged to have been involved in last year's Istanbul airport attack have gone on trial in Turkey. If convicted, they could face a combined record jail sentence. Forty-six suspects accused of involvement in last year's terror attack on Istanbul's main airport went on trial on Monday. The accused – nearly one-third Russian nationals – face charges of murder, attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and terrorism-related charges, among other offenses. What are the details of the attack? Three gunmen strapped with suicide belts rampaged through Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in June last year before blowing themselves up, killing 45 people and injuring 163 others. Among the killed were 19 foreigners. No group claimed credit for the attack, but Turkish authorities said it was directed and organized by the "Islamic State" (IS). Two of the three attackers were identified as Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov, according to court documents. The third is not named. They are believed to be from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.  Subsequent investigations and raids led to dozens of arrests of suspected IS members who helped organize the attack.  Among those accused of involvement are nationals of Russia, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey.  Four suspects are still on the loose. Chechens are also believed to have played a prominent role. The alleged IS members face life sentences – up to a record 3,342 years - if convicted.


ABC News: Islamic State Claims Suicide Attack In Yemen; 6 Killed

“The Islamic State group affiliate in Yemen claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing early Tuesday that targeted security forces in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six people and injuring scores. The attack took place at a building in the Sheikh Othman district in the central part of the city. Residents several kilometers (miles) away heard a large explosion and saw thick black smoke rising from the area. The attack caused panic in this densely populated area, which is busy with schools, markets and street vendors. Ambulances rushed to the site, where the building was badly damaged, and debris and body parts littered the area. According to medical officials, six soldiers were killed but officials believe the death toll will rise. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the press. The Islamic State affiliate in Yemen claimed responsibility in an online statement, hours after the attack. It named the suicide bomber as Abu Hagar al-Adani, which indicates the attacker hailed from Aden.”

Middle East

BBC News: Iran's Jailed Dual Nationals And Their Uncertain Fate

“The plight of British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, accused of trying to overthrow the government of Iran, has focused attention on other people with dual nationality who are languishing in the Islamic Republic's prisons. There are no exact figures on dual nationality and foreign permanent resident detainees - and given the sensitive nature of the information it may be that the true figure may never be revealed. Estimates vary between 12 to 30 people.”


Vice News: Returning To The Aftermath Of The Philippines’ Clashes With ISIS

“As Trump continues his grand tour of Asia, he’s been cozying up to fellow strongman President Duterte. Trade talks were at the top of the agenda at the 2017 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) this Monday, but Trump also took the opportunity to congratulate Duterte for his strong stance on terror and the liberation of the city of Marawi last month. It began when militants aligned with ISIS took hold of the city in May. But what was supposed to be a two week battle turned into a five month long siege, as the Philippine military — assisted by U.S. intelligence, weapons and funding of 13.6 million dollars — struggled to take down the highly equipped and skilled opposition. And the battle is still far from over. This is a Muslim-majority region that’s been prone to sectarian violence and anti-government sentiment for close to a decade. Now the state will have to rebuild trust within a shaken and fragile community, as residents cautiously return to the outskirts of the city.”


Al-Arabiya: Bin Laden’s Machiavellian Plan And His Coordination With Iran And Qatar In Libya

“Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did not perceive the Arab uprisings of 2011 as a young democratic spring born on Facebook and Twitter; he rather saw it as an opportunity and a major breakthrough for extremists. In his recently published diary, Bin Laden asserts that the uprisings will not stop at its centers, but will expand to include the entire region and the fall of all its regimes. He asserts that he and Al Qaeda and its offshoots, especially the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, must create alliances and coordinate with whoever has the best interest in witnessing the fall of these regimes, especially Iran and Qatar. Bin Laden was following the news of the revolution against Gaddafi with great passion, and saw it as a great opportunity for him and his organization in particular.”


HAARETZ: Genesis Of Jihad: Why Is The U.S. Fighting Cattle Herders Who Turned To Terror In Niger And Mali

“When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as many other ethnic Fulani herders along the Niger-Mali border: to protect his livestock. He had nothing against the Republic of Niger, let alone the United States of America. His quarrel was with rival Tuareg cattle raiders. Yet on Oct. 4 this year, he led dozens of militants allied to Islamic State in a deadly assault against allied U.S.-Niger forces, killing four soldiers from each nation and demonstrating how dangerous the West's mission in the Sahel has become. The incident sparked calls in Washington for public hearings into the presence of U.S. troops. A Pentagon probe is due to be completed in January. Asked by Reuters to talk about Chefou, Nigerien Defence Minister Kalla Mountari's face fell.”

United Kingdom

The Sun: British Man, 22, Killed In Syria Bomb Blast While Fighting ISIS After Lying To His Family About Where He Was Going

“A British man who travelled to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State died from blast injuries, an inquest has heard. Luke Rutter, 22, from Wirral, Merseyside, died in the city of Raqqa on July 5 after joining the Kurdistan People's Protection Units (YPG). An inquest into his death, held at the Gerard Majella Courthouse in Liverpool on Monday, heard he had travelled to the country without the knowledge of the UK authorities and was "more likely than not" to have been killed by IS, also known as Daesh. The brief hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes, was attended by Mr Rutter's mother and father along with other relatives. Coroner's officer Pamela Robbins said a post-mortem examination showed the cause of his death was blast injuries. In a video message released after his death, Mr Rutter had apologised for lying to his loved ones about going to fight.”


Deutsche Welle: Left-Wing Extremism: German Police Step Up Search For Former RAF Terrorists

“German police have released new photos and videos of three former Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorists who are linked to at least nine robberies. The suspects allegedly robbed an armored car last year with a bazooka. After decades of searching for three former members of the leftist Red Army Faction (RAF) militant group, German police published new videos and photos of the suspects on Monday in the hopes of getting a concrete lead. Ernst-Volker Staub, Burkhard Garweg and Daniela Klette are suspected of carrying out nine robberies in northern Germany after years hiding from authorities. Lower Saxony's state criminal police office circulated videos which allegedly depict 63-year-old Staub and 49-year-old Garweg carrying out an armed robbery at a supermarket in the northern German town of Hildesheim last May.”


Express: France MP Warns ISIS ‘Even MORE Determined’ To Wage Terror Two Years After Paris Attacks

“THE French interior minister has warned the country is still facing a very high threat from terrorism as warped jihadis are “even more determined” to launch a harrowing attack. Gérard Collomb said the danger still remains high for France following the attack, which took place on November 13, 2015, but the interior minister added the country is now “prepared” for another jihadi assault. Mr Collomb said: “The terror threat to France remains very high. This is – in part – because Islamic State’s territorial losses in Iraq and Syria have made their France-based followers even more determined to launch attacks on home soil.”  He told Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) a number of “smallish” terror cells were probably planning “violent attacks” in France, but that the fact that the cells were operating independently of one another made it easy for their members to “fly under the radar.”


US News & World Report: Young Dutch Woman Convicted Of Supporting Terrorism

“A Dutch woman who traveled to Syria and Iraq to support her family while her husband fought with the Islamic State group was convicted Monday of supporting terrorist acts and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Laura Hansen, 22, traveled with her husband and two young children to IS-controlled territory in September 2015 and made headlines in July 2016 when she surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters near the IS-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq, saying she had been trying to escape the "hell" she was living in "all the time." But a court in Rotterdam ruled that Hansen knew what she was doing when she accompanied her husband on his journey to join IS and that her support for him and her children amounted to preparations for terrorist acts. Hansen was acquitted of membership in IS. Judges suspended 13 months of Hansen's sentence, meaning she won't have to go to prison following Monday's conviction since she spent a year in pretrial detention.”


Info Security: Muslim Hacktivists Declare All-Out Cyber-War On ISIS

“The hacktivist group known as Di5s3nSi0N said that it will attempt to “wipe them off the internet” on November 17, which is Friday, by attacking all ISIS-related websites and servers in an offensive that it’s calling #SilenceTheSwords. Di5s3nSi0N has already exposed an ISIS mailing list after carrying out cyberattacks against ISIS’s Amaq news agency’s website. The list has 2,000 email subscribers listed, and is no doubt of great interest to Western intelligence agencies. The group tweeted: “Challenge complete—too easy! 2000 email subscribers hacked from Amaq... What is next?? #silencetheswords #AMAQ #opisis #IslamicState #Hacked.” This isn’t the first time the jihadist terrorist group has been targeted with data exfiltration attempts. Last year, a USB stick containing information on 22,000 ISIS recruits, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, places of birth and sponsors into the organization, was sent to Sky News.”

Newsweek: YouTube Hasn't Blocked U.S. Cleric, ISIS Recruiter Who Inspired London Bridge Attack In Its Hate Speech Crackdown

“American radical Islamist preacher and ideologue Ahmad Musa Jibril found Muslim fans all over the Western world from his home in Dearborn, Michigan. His words grew in demand not through radio slots or personal appearances—like a singer on a promotional tour—but social media. In the wake of the London Bridge attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in June, it was revealed that the lead attacker in the three-man cell, 27-year-old Khuram Shazad Butt, watched the Palestinian-American preacher’s sermons freely before he mowed down civilians and launched a stabbing rampage in the popular Borough Market area of the British capital. The video-sharing platform continues to be criticized by experts and governments for its failure to remove a slew of extremist content, or failing to take it down quickly enough. The world’s most popular video company is now taking steps, but not for everyone.”

Daily Mail: Thousands Of Hate Preacher's Videos Finally Removed By YouTube Six Years After He Was Killed In A Drone Strike For Being 'Senior Figure In Al-Qaeda'

“An Islamist hate preacher's videos have been taken off YouTube after the American extremist inspired terrorists in the UK. Anwar al-Awlaki uploaded tens of thousands of clips to the site, all of which were removed by owners Google in the first action of its kind by the tech giant.  This is the first time an individual has been subject to such action and was in response to videos endorsing violence as religious duty - a message taken up by extremists across Greater Manchester. A US government drone strike killed al-Awlaki in Yemen six years ago after he was suspected of being a senior figure in al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the 9/11 attacks. But his speeches remained online, influencing Manchester binman Darren Glennon, who changed his name to Aabid Ali before being jailed in May for five years and four months, according to the Manchester Evening News.”

Washington Free Beacon: YouTube Blocks Top Terrorist Recruiter’s Video Messages

“YouTube has now implemented a policy change to block the vast majority of video messages on the site from one of the world's top terrorist recruiters amid growing pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates. Anwar al-Awlaki, an American cleric and leading English-language jihadist recruiter, has helped inspire a generation of terrorists, including the Boston Marathon bombers, the Fort Hood gunman, and those behind the shootings in Orlando, Fla. and San Bernardino, Calif. A U.S. drone strike in 2011 killed Awlaki, who had ties to multiple hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when he was an al Qaeda leader in Yemen. But Awlaki's online messages still help recruit terrorists to commit violence after his death, and many of his lectures and other videos were on YouTube, garnering many views, until recently.”

Terror Financing

Sputnik: Egypt: Success In Reducing Material And Logistical Resources For Terrorists

“Egyptian parliamentarian Mahmoud Ismail stated that the war on terror in Egypt has entered a new phase, this after Egyptian armed forces were able to lay a siege on "Ansar Beit al-Maqdis" and several other terrorist groups in Sinai. The Egyptian sweep enables its forces to thwart attempts at smuggling weapons and money for financing operations of terrorist groups. In a statement released on Monday (November 13th), Ismail called attention to efforts by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to coordinate positions with Gulf countries on countering all activities in support of terrorism.  To date, anti-terrorism moves have significantly reduced material and logistical resources available to terrorists in a number of countries, primarily Egypt, particularly with regard to financing, he noted.”

Al-Hayat: Suspension Of Saudi Currency Exchange Company For Not Complying With Measures For Combating The Financing Of Terror

“The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) on Monday blocked "Saleh Hussain al-Amoudi Sons Currency Exchange Co." from executing currency exchange transactions.  In a statement, SAMA explained that the reason for the suspension was the company's failure to comply with regulations and regulatory requirements set by the Agency under rules governing the conduct of money exchanges, as determined by the Minister of Finance. This in addition to the company's failure to implement measures— circulated by SAMA among financial institutions—under the banner of combating money laundering and terror financing.”


Al Ain: Algeria Dismantles International Network For Online Recruitment Of Female Students To ISIS

“Algerian security forces specializing in combating terrorism have dismantled an international recruitment network targeting female university students and urging them to join the ranks of ISIS. Recruitment was carried out via the Internet as well as in several Algerian cities. The arrest operation was in response to reports received by Algerian security bodies from female university students. Security forces began tracking the network's online activity and detained at least eight suspects in various Algerian cities, particularly in the east of the country. One of the detainees had managed a social media page followed by at least 1000 users. Computers and unspecified amounts of money were seized as well as publications glorifying terrorism and terrorist groups. According to preliminary information, the international network focused on attracting recruits with hacking expertise so as to hack official Internet sites.”

Muslim Brotherhood

Elfagr: Muslim Brotherhood Turns To The Deep Web In Search Of Funds

“As the Muslim Brotherhood's financing methods become more commonly known, the group is now resorting to a new source—the "Deep Web". Brotherhood activists consider this to be a covert source. The Brotherhood sent a message via a Deep Web site, purportedly from activists based in the US, claiming that training youths in fighting requires money. The message added that there is currently an effort to form a new "Islamic Front" in the United States and in other countries around the globe. The message stressed the lack of available financial facilities in the United States for helping youths defeat the "enemies of Islam." The group also explained that resorting to the net's darker regions is aimed at escaping surveillance. The Brotherhood advised that donations should be sent anonymously via the crypto-currency Bitcoin.”


Yemen Press: Houthis Recruit Children

“Local sources in the Directorate of Automah in Dhamar province disclosed that the Houthis are forcing locals to send their children to battlefronts or be penalized with a hefty fine. The sources asserted that a Houthi leader in charge of recruiting children to the ranks of the militia in Automah is stirring the anger of parents. If a father refuses recruitment of his son, the Houthis impose a fine of YR300k (roughly $1000), this while the country is experiencing a severe economic crisis. The Houthis are exploiting the crisis by imposing new fines and taxes on citizens who, when unable to pay, are subjected to various kinds of abuses.”