Eye on Extremism, July 05, 2017

July 05, 2017
BBC News: IS Suicide Bomber Dressed As Woman Kills 14 At Iraq Camp
“A suicide bomber disguised in women’s clothing killed 14 people at a camp for displaced Iraqis on Sunday evening, security and medical sources say. The bomber struck Kilo 60 camp, near the town of al-Wafa, which is housing civilians from areas of Anbar province held by so-called Islamic State. Most of the victims were children and women, but two policemen also died. An IS statement said it had carried out the attack, which it claimed had targeted an Iraqi army position. Iraqi forces have driven the jihadist group out of much of Anbar, including the cities of Ramadi and Falluja. But it still controls territory near the border with Syria.”
Politico: Nonprofit Urges Multinational Companies To Shun Qatar
“A U.S. nonprofit is warning businesses to avoid getting entangled with the Qatari government, alleging that the tiny Gulf state, currently embroiled in a regional diplomatic dispute, harbors terrorists and is a funder of extremist groups. The letter is evidence of the extent to which the blockade imposed upon Qatar by the governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates has implications far beyond the borders of the involved nations. The U.S., which has called for an end to the dispute, has close ties with Qatar as well as the countries blockading it.”
NBC News: ISIS Militants Live Among Liberated Civilians In Mosul, Say Residents
“Residents of ISIS’s former Iraqi stronghold of Mosul have warned that extremists were still living among civilians in parts of the city liberated by U.S.-backed troops. ‘There are at least 30 ISIS terrorists in my neighborhood. We know them very well,’ said Mohammed Sinan, an unemployed businessman who lives in the Al-Andulus area in eastern Mosul that was recaptured in January. Zuher Al-Juburi, a government-appointed city councilor in Mosul, told NBC News there were hundreds of ISIS members living throughout the city. NBC News could not verify these accounts.”
Arab News: Counter-extremism nonprofit urges multinationals not to do business with Qatar
“BAGHDAD, Iraq — Residents of ISIS’s former Iraqi stronghold of Mosul have warned that extremists were still living among civilians in parts of the city liberated by U.S.-backed troops. “There are at least 30 ISIS terrorists in my neighborhood. We know them very well,” said Mohammed Sinan, an unemployed businessman who lives in the Al-Andulus area in eastern Mosul that was recaptured in January. Zuher Al-Juburi, a government-appointed city councilor in Mosul, told NBC News there were hundreds of ISIS members living throughout the city. NBC News could not verify these accounts.”
The Mirror: ‘Crying’ ISIS recruiter Sally Jones denied return to UK by jihadis claiming she is ‘trapped’ as military wife’: ​
“ISIS recruiter Sally Jones is reportedly distraught and has been left crying as her desperate pleas to return to the UK have been denied.Jones became the leading female recruitment officer for IS after moving to Raqqa and marrying a now-dead jihadist in 2004.Jones, 47, has remained at large since her husband, Islamic State recruit Junaid Hussain, was killed in a US drone strike in 2015.Now, according to another military wife, known only as ‘Aisha’ – the former punk rocker is desperate to return home.”
i24 News: Iraqi army says the caliphate is defeated in Mosul:
“CEP Researh Director Julie Shain says that despite recent setbacks, ISIS’s ability to publish violent propaganda and direct and inspire attacks has not diminished.”
Washington Post: G​ermany tells social media companies to erase hate — or face fines up to $57 million:
“BERLIN — Social-media companies will face stiff penalties under a new German law for failing to swiftly remove hateful content. The measure, which cleared Germany’s Parliament on Friday, stipulates fines of up to $57 million if companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google do not delete posts containing racist, defamatory or otherwise illegal speech within 24 hours. The measure is seen as a test case in the battle against fake news and online hate, problems bedeviling governments across the West. But Germany’s muscular approach has human rights groups worried about a chilling effect on free expression. “This law does not solve all problems, but it is an important step in the fight against hate crimes and punishable fake news in social networks,” said Germany’s justice minister, Heiko Maas. “Our experiences have clearly shown that without political pressures, the social networks will not change.”
The Jerusalem Post: IDF Strikes Syrian Targets After Two Projectiles Hit Israel Within An Hour
“The IDF struck a canon belonging to Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria in retaliation for errant fire from the internal fighting in Syria that spilled over into Israeli territory twice on Saturday, the military confirmed. The target that was hit is situated in the northern Golan Heights on the Syrian side. The army’s response comes after a projectile landed Saturday evening in Israel’s northern Golan Heights, believed to be from fighting between the Assad regime and rebel groups near the city of Quneitra. Less than an hour later, a second projectile hit Israeli territory between Quneitra and the Valley of Tears in what the IDF described as spillover from the Syrian civil war.”
Politico: EU Anti-Terror Chief Warns Of ‘Virtual Caliphate’
“Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s counterterrorism coordinator, warned that a ‘virtual caliphate’ could outlast the Islamic State and emphasized the need to ‘try to reduce the propaganda on the internet and develop a counternarrative,’ Le Soir reported Tuesday. According to de Kerchove, Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, employs a team of 20 specialists working round the clock to flag radical content. “They have already reported 30,000 sites,” he told the Belgian daily.”
United States
Breitbart: NGO: ‘There Is Precedent’ For Trump, U.S. Companies To Cut Ties To Terror-Linked Qatar
“The nonprofit Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is calling on international companies and U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to repudiate any business dealings with the Qatari government, arguing that the Gulf country willingly shelters Islamic terrorists and funds jihadist organizations. ‘There is precedent in the U.S. for both government and private action to pressure states that engage in threatening and destabilizing behavior,’ David Ibsen, the executive director of the U.S.-based non-governmental organization (NGO), told Breitbart News. ‘Qatar’s history of support for extremist groups is clear and it, therefore, would not be surprising if the US administration, as well as private citizens, began demanding that companies reconsider their Qatar business activities.’”
NBC News: Pentagon Weighs More Aggressive Role In Afghanistan
“The Pentagon is considering an expanded and more aggressive role in Afghanistan, one that would include the American military once again targeting both Taliban and Haqqani network fighters, according to four U.S. defense officials. Both Pentagon and White House officials have been considering the expanded authority for several months as they have worked through a strategy review for Afghanistan. The new strategy will also focus heavily on the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan and terror networks throughout the region.”
The Washington Post: U.S. Denies Visas For Afghanistan’s All-Girl Robotics Team
“It’s not easy to get robotics equipment through customs in Afghanistan, but that didn’t deter this plucky bunch. For months, a team of six teenage girls has been scrambling to build a ball-sorting robot that will compete in an international competition. Other teams received their raw materials in March. But the box sent from America had been held up for months amid concerns about terrorism. So the young engineers improvised, building motorized machines from household materials.”
The New York Times: Senators, Visiting Afghanistan, Warn Trump Over Diplomatic Vacancies
“A delegation of United States senators visiting Afghanistan issued a stark warning on Tuesday to President Trump to fill vacant embassy and State Department positions here in order to better address the country’s mounting military and political crises. Led by Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, the American delegation in Kabul voiced what has been a concern for months now in the absence of a permanent American ambassador. The civilian diplomatic mission here has been led by a chargé d’affaires, Hugo Llorens, who was called in from imminent retirement to help as a stopgap during a time when the Afghan government has faced political storms.”
Radio Free Europe: U.S. Senator Mccain Says No Peace In Afghanistan Without Pakistan Involvement
“Influential U.S. Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona) says peace in Afghanistan or elsewhere in the region is not possible without the involvement of Pakistan. McCain, a former U.S. presidential candidate, said on July 2 during a visit to Islamabad that ‘we will not have peace in the region without Pakistan.’ The comments come after Reuters news agency quoted two U.S. officials last month as saying the administration was considering hardening its attitude toward Islamabad because of the ease with which Pakistan-based militants have been able to launch attacks across the border in Afghanistan.”
Syria

Reuters: Syrian Army Announces Ceasefire In South Ahead Of Astana Talks
“The Syrian army said on Monday it would suspend combat operations in southern Syria until Thursday ahead of a new round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana, but rebels said the army had already violated the ceasefire by striking areas under their control. The army general command said in a statement carried on state television the ceasefire began at midday (0900 GMT) on Sunday and was to support ‘reconciliation efforts’, in the second such unilateral ceasefire in the last two weeks.”
The New York Times: U.S.-Backed Forces Close To Trapping ISIS Holdouts In Raqqa
“Forces backed by the United States have nearly sealed off the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, trying to trap as many as 2,500 hard-core Islamic State militants defending the capital of their self-proclaimed caliphate. The fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, are made up of Syrian Kurds and Arabs, and they have received crucial support from the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The coalition has already destroyed the two bridges that lead south from Raqqa, which is on the northern bank of the Euphrates River. The coalition also helped the forces establish control of two nearby dams.”
BBC News : Syria Conflict: Damascus Bomber Strikes After Car Chase
“A suicide bomber has launched an attack in the Syrian capital, with reports saying at least 19 people were killed. Syrian police had been chasing three suspected car bombers that were trying to enter the capital, state TV said. Police stopped and detonated two of the vehicles, but the third driver entered Tahrir square in the east and blew himself up after being surrounded. Syria is in the midst of a six-year-long civil war, with Damascus still mostly under government control. At least 12 people were injured in Sunday’s blast, reports said.”
Reuters: Syrian Government Dismisses Report On Sarin Attack
“The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked ‘any credibility’. Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun which killed dozens of people. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons. The attack prompted a U.S. missile strike against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike. The report into the attack was circulated to members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, but was not made public.”
Iraq
The Wall Street Journal: With ISIS On The Run, An Unexpected Leader Emerges In Iraq
“Three years ago, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the existence of an Islamic State caliphate and proceeded to sweep his forces through northern Iraq and toward Baghdad, threatening the viability of the fragile country. Today, the leader declaring an end to the caliphate is someone few would have imagined in the position, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. A man seen as the favorite of none but acceptable to all, the Prime Minister. “
Reuters: Islamic State Cornered In Mosul As Iraq Prepares Victory Celebrations
“Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, making a doomed last stand in their former Iraqi stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back into a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 by 500 meters beside the Tigris river, according to a map published by the military media office. Smoke covered parts of the Old City, which were rocked by air strikes and artillery salvos through the morning.  The number of Islamic State (IS) militants fighting in Mosul has dwindled from thousands at the start of the government offensive more than eight months ago to a mere couple of hundred now, according to the Iraqi military.”
Turkey
Reuters: Two Ruling Party Officials, 13 Militants Killed In Southeast Turkey
“Kurdish militants shot and killed two officials from the ruling AK Party in southeast Turkey over the weekend, while the Turkish military killed more than a dozen militants in air strikes, state authorities said on Sunday. Orhan Mercan, the AKP’s deputy head in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province, was shot in front of his home on Friday night and died of his wounds in hospital, the provincial governor’s office said. Militants killed Aydin Ahi, deputy head of the AKP in the Ozalp district of Van province on Saturday night, the governor’s office said. Security sources said the gunmen seized Ahi from his home at gunpoint and killed him nearby.”
Reuters: Turkey Says Electronics Ban On U.S. Flights To Be Lifted On July 5: Anadolu
“An electronics ban on flights from Istanbul to the United States is due to be lifted on July 5, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency quoted the transportation minister as saying on Tuesday. Anadolu quoted Transportation Minister Ahmet Arslan as saying U.S. officials would come to Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport on Wednesday to carry out inspections on the security measures taken, adding that contact with U.S. authorities and the steps taken by Turkey had led to the lifting of the ban. ‘With this confirmation inspection, the ban will be lifted from Ataturk Airport and Turkish Airlines…the fact that it didn’t last too long is an advantage for us,’ Arslan said.”
Reuters: Turkey’s Opposition Leader Launches Court Challenge As He Marches To Istanbul
“Turkey’s main opposition leader launched a European court appeal on Tuesday over an April vote that granted President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers, stepping up his challenge to the government as he led a 425 km (265 mile) protest march. Erdogan accuses the protesters, marching from Ankara to Istanbul, of ‘acting together with terrorist groups’, referring to Kurdish militants and followers of a U.S.-based cleric who Ankara says was behind last year’s coup. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), hit back on Tuesday, defending his ‘justice march’ and accusing the government of creating a one-party state in the wake of the failed putsch on July 15.”
BBC News: Turkey Protesters Stage Long March Against Erdogan
“At 08:00, the motorway tarmac was radiating heat. There was no shade from the 30C heat, just the exhaust fumes of passing cars. Not the most pleasant route for a walk. But spirits were high. ‘Adalet!’ chanted the thousands gathered – ‘Justice!’ Their white T-shirts emblazoned with the word rapidly became soaked with sweat on day 19 of a 450km (280-mile) march from Ankara to Istanbul. The movement began when Enis Berberoglu, an opposition MP from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), was arrested for allegedly leaking documents purporting to show the Turkish government arming jihadists in Syria, which he denies. But it has become a wider uprising against what participants see as an erosion of democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
Egypt
Reuters: Egypt’s Parliament Approves State Of Emergency Extension
“Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to extend a nationwide state of emergency for an additional three months, said Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdelaal. ‘The reasons for which the state of emergency was declared are still in place and therefore it must be extended,’ Abdelaal told lawmakers. Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, broadening the power of authorities to crack down on what it called enemies of the state after two church bombings killed at least 45.”
Reuters: Egyptian Court Sentences 20 To Death For Killing Policemen
“An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld the death penalty for 20 men charged with killing policemen in the violence that followed the military’s ousting of an Islamist president in 2013, while changing the sentence for many others to hefty prison terms. The verdicts can again be appealed. The case involves 156 people on trial and is known as the ‘Kerdasa incident’ in reference to the pro-Muslim Brotherhood neighborhood where the violence took place in the Giza province adjacent to Cairo. Islamist gunmen fired rocket propelled grenades at a police station in Kerdasa on Aug. 14, 2013, and slit a policeman’s throat before burning the building down, hours after security forces violently dispersed two protest camps, killing hundreds.”
Reuters: Egypt Says Foreign Minister Discussed Qatar With U.S. Secretary Of State
“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by telephone with Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry on Monday to discuss the Qatar crisis, Egypt’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The statement did not give any details of the call. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism, meddling in their affairs and cosying up to Iran, all of which Doha denies. The foreign ministers from the four countries will meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss Qatar. They threatened further sanctions if Qatar did not comply with a list of 13 demands presented through Kuwait 10 days ago, which Qatar rejected. Kuwait has been acting as a mediator since the beginning of the crisis.”
Middle East
U.S. News: What’s Next for Qatar?
“DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar faces further isolation and possible expulsion from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if its response to a list of demands made nearly two weeks ago is not satisfactory, state-backed Gulf media said on Wednesday. The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab emirates, Egypt and Bahrain are due to meet in Cairo to discuss Qatar’s reply to 13 demands they sent to Qatar in return for the lifting sanctions imposed last month.The dispute revolves around allegations that Qatar supports Islamist militants, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. Qatar denies it supports terrorism and says Arab countries want to control its foreign policy.”
Haaretz: Israel Issues Families of Palestinian Terrorists Preliminary Demolition Notices
“The Israeli military issued demolition warning orders on Monday night to the homes of two terrorists, who killed border policewoman Hadas Malka in Jerusalem last month. In addition, the family of the terrorist who killed Israeli soldier Elichai Taharlev at the Ofra junction in April also received a demolition notice for the home in which he lived. According to the army, the demolition orders issued in the West Bank villages of Abu Mash’al and Silwad mark the first stage of the demolition process, and the families have the right to appeal the orders.”
The Times Of Israel: Return Of Gaza Power Crisis Puts Hamas, And Israel, Back In The Hot Seat
“Just a couple of weeks after the Gaza electricity crisis seemed to have been averted, taking — it was hoped — the threat of a summer war off the table for the immediate future, emergency supplies are set to expire, raising once again the possibility that Hamas will ignite a cross-border conflagration. For the last several days, the Gaza power plant has been able to make up for electricity cut off by Israel — at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s request — and then some, giving Gazans five hours of electricity for every 12 without.”
Libya
Voice Of America: UNHCR Calls For Sanctions On Smugglers, Traffickers In Libya
“The U.N. refugee agency is calling on the U.N. sanctions committee to extend international sanctions on the sale of weapons to Libya to include financial and travel bans on human smugglers and traffickers responsible for gross violations against refugees and migrants. ‘We need absolutely to take radical action,’ said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean. A new UNHCR study issued Monday documents the abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants in Libya that push them to make the journey in smugglers boats across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.”
Nigeria
BBC News: Buratai: Boko Haram Defeated But ‘Not Eliminated’
“Terrorism is ‘resilient’ but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been defeated militarily, Nigeria’s army chief Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai has told BBC Hardtalk. Speaking last Thursday he told Stephen Sackur his army had succeeded in pushing back Boko Haram although they had not been completely eliminated. When Muhammadu Buhari became president of Nigeria in 2015, he vowed to eradicate Boko Haram and bring security and stability to his country.”
United Kingdom
Daily Mail: Three Men Are Arrested On Suspicion Of Preparing Terror Acts
“Detectives have arrested two men in Essex and a third in East Sussex on suspicion of preparing terror acts. Sussex Police officers and detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command arrested the three men yesterday on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. The men – two aged 28 and one 31 – were arrested at around 6pm. They are being held in custody under the Terrorism Act in a south London police station. Detectives have also executed search warrants at one address in East Sussex, and three addresses in east London. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Germany
Reuters: Germany Must Brace For More Attacks By Radicalized Muslims: Officials
“Germany should brace for further attacks given growing numbers of potential Islamist militants, top security officials warned on Tuesday, vowing to step up efforts to prosecute, convict and deport suspects. Germany was hit by five Islamist attacks in 2016, including a December attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people, while an additional seven attacks failed or were thwarted, Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency, told reporters. ‘We must expect further attacks by individuals or terror groups,’ Maassen said, citing growing evidence and over 1,000 expressions of concern from the general public about growing risks.”
Reuters: Far-Right Violent Acts Up 14 Percent In Germany In 2016 – Report
“Violent acts by neo-Nazis and other far-right groups in Germany rose 14 percent to 1,600 in 2016, reflecting a steady increase in anti-immigrant sentiment triggered by the arrival of large numbers of migrants since 2014, an intelligence report said. The annual report by the BfV domestic intelligence agency estimated that some 12,100 people with far-right views in Germany were considered ready to commit acts of violence, an increase of about 300 people, or 2.5 percent, from 2015. ‘We see a clear radicalisation in both substance and rhetoric regarding asylum matters from far-right extremists,’ the report said, adding that the use of social media sites had sharply increased the proliferation and impact of such groups.”
Deutsche Welle: Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel Calls For Deal To Halt Terrorism Financing In Gulf
“Visiting Saudi Arabia, Germany’s top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday that an agreement to prevent terrorism financing in the Gulf region would be the best way of solving a crisis that has seen Qatar shunned by four Arab states. Speaking at a press conference with his Saudi counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir, in Jeddah, Gabriel added that he did not have the impression that Qatar’s sovereignty was being called into question by its Gulf neighbors. He also praised the Gulf Cooperation Council, to which Qatar belongs along with all Arab states of the Persian Gulf except Iraq, as a stabilizing force in the region and called on it to remain unified.”
France
Associated Press: Macron Says He Will Lift France’s State Of Emergency
“French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday to lift a state of emergency that has been in place since 2015, but also to harden permanent security measures to fight Islamic extremism and other threats. Laying out his political, security and diplomatic priorities at an extraordinary joint session of parliament at the chateau of Versailles Macron said his government ‘will work to prevent any new attack, and we will work to fight (the assailants) without pity, without regrets, without weakness.’”
CNN: Shooting Near French Mosque Not Terrorism-Related, Police Say
“A shooting by masked gunmen near a mosque in southern France late Sunday had nothing to do with terrorism, according to French police. Eight people were slightly wounded in the attack outside the Arrahma Mosque in the district of Grange-d’Orel in the city of Avignon, French newspaper La Provence reported. ‘The mosque was not targeted; the actions took place in the same street as the religious establishment but without connection with the latter,’ the French news agency AFP reported the public prosecutor’s office as saying.”
Newsweek: Far-Right In France: Police Foil Plot To Assassinate French President During Trump Visit
“Police in France have arrested a 23-year-old man over an alleged plan to assassinate French President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day, 14 July. Officers in the capital arrested the young man, who lives in the northern outskirts of Paris, at his home last Thursday, after being alerted when he inquired online about purchasing a Kalashnikov assault rifle. French media reported that upon his arrest, the man threatened a police officer with a kitchen knife. Police charged the man, who called himself a nationalist, on Saturday, with ‘planning to commit a terrorist act.’ They released details of the case Monday.”
Europe
The Daily Caller: Number Of Islamist Extremists In Sweden Grows Tenfold In Seven Years
“The number of Islamist extremists in Sweden has grown from 200 in 2010 to around 2,000 seven years later, the country’s security police (Säpo) said Monday. Out of 3,000 violent extremists currently in the country, two-thirds are believed to have Islamist motives. Säpo chief Anders Thornberg describes the rise in extremism as ‘an historic challenge’ that’s become the ‘new normal.’ ‘The terror threat has gone up since 2010. This means an attack can take place in our country, and it did,’ Thornberg said Monday, referring to the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm. ‘Violent Islamist extremism is the biggest threat for the time being.’”
Associated Press: Portugal Suspects Terrorists Behind Theft At National Armory
“Portuguese authorities suspect international terrorists and arms traffickers are behind a ‘very professional’ theft last week at the country’s national armory, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday. The suspicions have prompted the attorney general’s office to broaden the scope of its investigation into the theft of hand grenades, 9mm ammunition and possibly other weapons, a statement said. The armed forces have not made public a full list of what was stolen from the arsenal last Wednesday at the Tancos Air Base, 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Lisbon. At the time, Defense Minister Jose Alberto Azeredo Lopes called the theft a ‘very professional’ job. He said criminals broke in by cutting a hole in a perimeter fence and that he had informed Portugal’s European Union and NATO partners of the theft.”
Terror Financing
Parlmany: Egypt: Four committees manage funds of terrorist groups
“In 2013, the Court of Urgent Affairs issued a decision to ban the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, including its leaders, members and supporters, and to seize its funds. Accordingly, the Egyptian Ministry of Justice formed a committee to oversee the {seized} properties of this group. However, most of its decisions have been appealed since it is an administrative, rather than a judicial, committee. Then, the Criminal Court set up a new committee which divided the handling of the Muslim Brotherhood properties between a committee that manages the Brotherhood’s assets, on behalf of the Court of Urgent Matters, and another committee that oversees the properties of those included on terror lists, on behalf of the Criminal Court. There is a third committee, proposed by MP Mustafa Bakri, a member of the Legislative and Constitutional Committee in Egypt’s Parliament. He submitted a new draft law to set up a committee called the “Judicial Committee for Seizure, Administration and Disposal of Funds belonging to Terrorist Groups, Entities and their Affiliates”. It will be headed by the Attorney-General. In addition, the Minister of Justice, Hossam Abdel Rahim, proposed a draft law to form a new judicial committee to seize, manage and dispose of the funds of terrorist groups and affiliated persons. The Egyptian cabinet approved the draft law and forwarded it to the Legislation Department at the State Council, which sent it on to parliament for approval. In this way, the funds of terrorists are being handled by all these committees.”
ISIS
Alufuq News: Morocco: ISIS recruiting loyalists in Al Hoceima
“Moroccan Intelligence Services are racing to identify suspects on the outskirts of Al Hoceima who have links to ISIS. It is suspected that the terror group recently recruited them. Sources disclosed that security services received information indicating ISIS’s exploitation of events in Al Hoceima and its environs several months ago in order to recruit loyalists in sleeper cells. This came especially after the tightening of the siege on the group in Ceuta and Melilla. The sources explained how ISIS had exploited recent protests in Al Hoceima and the distracted preoccupation of the various security agencies to communicate with certain individuals and recruit them to its ranks. According to the same sources, the recent arrest of two suspects in Spain was what had exposed ISIS’s plot in Morocco. These two are in addition to three Moroccan nationals from the suburbs of Al Hoceima, who allegedly initiated contact to recruit Moroccans in the region from sleeper cells, in preparation for further instructions from Syria-based ISIS leaders.”
Elmihwar: Algeria: Cell recruits youth for ISIS through the social media
“The Criminal Court of the Algerian capital yesterday reviewed the case of a seven-member terrorist group active abroad. Two of the seven are on the run, likely in Syria within the ranks of ISIS. However, they continue to communicate with Algerians via Facebook and Skype. These two terrorist fugitives communicated with the other five charged in this case. The five are young men in their 20s and 30s from the capital’s provinces and from Sétif, who were targets of recruitment to the ranks of ISIS. As stated at the court hearing, the defendants’ arrest was based on information that reached Algerian security agencies concerning individuals who were trying to establish a network to recruit young Algerians into ISIS. This network was headed by M. Faris, also known as Abu Dajana al-Batar, who traveled to Syria on January 8th, 2014.”
Ennahar: Algeria: 500 Euros for every young man joining ISIS
“The Criminal Court in the Algerian capital reviewed a serious case yesterday involving the largest terrorist cell in the country: 39 ISIS members, including 14 fugitives, such as the cell leader M. Muhammed aka “Abu Maram Al Jazairi.” The defendants are accused of trying to set up an ISIS cell in Algeria. They received intensive military training in a summer camp in the Boudouaou region of Boumerdes province before joining the terror group in Syria or Iraq. Investigations revealed that the suspects were lured into joining ISIS by being offered girls, marriage and money. Each received 500 euros in their personal bank account before joining the training. Investigations revealed they received training in military weapons and combat sports during their stay at the summer camp.”
Muslim Brotherhood
Elbalad: Egypt: Lawsuit filed with Commissioners Authority demands expropriation of Muslim Brotherhood leaders’ property in Sinai
“The Administrative Court ruled to forward the lawsuit filed by Attorney Dr. Samir Sabry to the State Commissioners Authority, demanding issuance of a resolution regarding the expropriation of property, land and farms owned by Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The previous Egyptian government of Hesham Qandil had permitted them to buy these properties in Sinai, under the banner of agricultural reclamation. The Authority is expected to prepare a report with its legal opinion. Lawsuit file no. 43911 for judiciary year 71 sues both the Prime Minister and the head of the Brotherhood Asset Freeze Committee. The lawsuit claims that the Committee uncovered documents confirming the Brotherhood’s ownership of large land territories and farms. Brotherhood leaders used these properties to commit terrorist operations against state institutions, the lawsuit added.”
Almogaz: Egypt: Founders of new party turn down funding from Muslim Brotherhood
“Egyptian human rights activist Khaled Ali retreated from his plan to take a loan from the Muslim Brotherhood for the benefit of his soon-to-be political party. The founder of “Bread and Freedom” changed his mind in response to the growing anger among party members at the possibility of receiving funds from the group. Activist Ghada Naguib, the wife of actor Hisham Abdullah, who runs the Brotherhood’s media arm in Turkey, offered Ali help in obtaining the funds from the Brotherhood for his new party. This produced an internal dispute. According to informed sources, Khaled Ali had agreed to accept funding from the Muslim Brotherhood, albeit secretly. However, after the news leaked, party members harshly opposed this, ultimately forcing Ali to turn down the {Brotherhood’s} loan offer.”
Akhbar Alaan: Arrest of six Muslim Brotherhood members who exploited the rising fuel prices in Egypt
“Egyptian police arrested six Muslim Brotherhood members after they exploited the new increase in fuel prices to incite public opinion and “fabricate crises in the labor and public sectors.” The Interior Ministry announced on Sunday that it had detained the six in the province of Dakahlia when they were preparing to “exploit the current crises, especially with regard to increasing fuel prices, to inflame public opinion.” The Interior Ministry added in its statement that it found in the suspects’ possession “several computers and documents issued to them by the group’s leadership, including the upcoming moves by the group to implement its scheme.”
Elyom New: Muslim Brotherhood incurs heavy losses due to Egypt’s June 30th Revolution
“The Muslim Brotherhood incurred huge financial losses following the June 30th Revolution in Egypt. This is indicated in reports prepared by Brotherhood youth and disseminated among the group’s members to prove the failure of its leaders. The major financial losses were caused by the seizure of funds, properties and assets belonging to the Brotherhood. In addition, the group was forced to spend money on setting up entities in Qatar, Turkey and London, along with the launch of five TV channels, to date. It is estimated that the Brotherhood’s losses come to several billion dollars. This figure includes roughly $200 million lost through the embezzlement by a Yemeni businessman affiliated with the organization and another $200 million spent by the group on United States PR companies as part of the campaign to prevent the banning of the group’s activities.”
The Seventh Day: Expert: Muslim Brotherhood carried out terrorist acts to harm Egypt’s prestige
“The President of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), Mohammed Fayek, affirmed that Egypt is facing a wave of terrorism. It used to be concentrated in northern Sinai until around mid-2013, and thereafter the terror extended even further after the June 30th Revolution following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood rule and the dispersal of the sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda Squares. Fayek stated, during a speech at the International Conference of the National Council for Human Rights, that the Muslim Brotherhood had launched a series of terrorist acts, including assaults on security installations, to harm the prestige of the state. It attacked churches to impair national unity, he asserted, adding that the attacks were also aimed at killing the highest possible number of members of army and police forces, Christians and judges. These attacks were also aimed at destroying public installations such as electricity stations and tourist sites. According to Fayek, the state has taken a series of measures, including designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, putting its leaders on trial and seizing its funds. He emphasized that in order to counter terrorism, the state is keen on implementing a comprehensive program and compensating terror victims.”
Mosaique FM: Egypt: Arrest of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s daughter and son-in-law on charges of financing the Muslim Brotherhood
“Egyptian prosecutors decided to detain for 15 days the daughter of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Ula and her husband, Hussam Khalaf, a leader in al-Wasat Party (Center Party). They will be investigated for allegedly financing the Muslim Brotherhood. Previously Ula al-Qaradawi and her husband faced several charges, including joining a terrorist group established in contravention to the provisions of the law, in order to prevent state institutions and public authorities from carrying out their work.”
The Seventh Day: Muslim Brotherhood journalists in Turkey manage electronic page to incite against Egypt
“Herak Misr Office” is the name of a suspicious page run by media personalities affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey. They use it for incitement against Egypt, its army and police, probably under the guidance and funding of the Turkish Intelligence. The page’s managers have not missed any opportunity to call attention to the decisions to raise fuel prices, which are part of the economic reforms being taken by Egypt. The page sought to incite Egyptians to attack the regime and urged them to demonstrate. Under the slogan “Stop your car,” the page called on Egyptians to block roads and bridges, with the aim of wreaking havoc and chaos in the country.”
Shorouk: Egypt: Dissolution and closure of 22 NGOs affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood in Luxor
“Ahmed Obeid, Head of the Social Solidarity Directorate in the Luxor governorate, confirmed that 22 associations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood had been dissolved and shut down. This came after the Directorate detected that the NGOs were being funded by the group. The Undersecretary of the Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that this move was compatible with the decision taken by the Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Wali, to dissolve “terrorist associations.” The Minister’s decision was adopted based on the ruling of the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters concerning the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood. A committee formed to implement this ruling decided to ban all activities and seize the property of associations affiliated with the Brotherhood. The decision also called to dissolve associations that have no headquarters or board of directors, or that have not carried out activities since their inception. This is backed by the opinion of the General Federation of Associations and NGOs.”
Houthi
Tehama Press: Sources: Houthi militias attempt to transfer money from Tihama region to Sanaa
“Houthi militias and loyalists of ousted President Saleh are transferring money they embezzled in several governorates of Tihama region to the city of Sanaa. This is in anticipation of the possible advancement by forces of the National Army and the Popular Resistance in the coming days. Hajjah’s provincial representative Nasser Daqin and the official in charge of supporting the Popular Resistance in Tihama maintained that Houthi militia stepped up the looting of state revenues in the region after the replacement of the supervisor affiliated with the militia in Al Hudaydah, including its port. This is in addition to the sale of state-owned lands and properties and the transfer of the profits to Amran and Sana’a. Daqin noted that, although the money-smuggling from cities of the Tihama region began after the liberation of Mocha, they have intensified significantly in recent weeks.”
Yemen Press: Houthi government divulges information on its revenues
“The Sanaa-based Houthi government has disclosed for the first time the amount of its revenues, which the Aden-based government is demanding to be supplied to the Central Bank of Yemen to pay the salaries of state employees. At a meeting of the so-called ‘Supreme Economic Council’, Abdelaziz Saleh bin Habtoor, premier of the Houthi-affiliated government, revealed that the total amount collected until now in areas under its control does not exceed YR7 billion ($28 million), according to the Houthi-affiliated news agency. The meeting confirmed that this sum constitutes only 1% of the actual commitments for state salaries in the northern and western governorates, which is in excess of YR400 billion ($1.6 billion) in total. Bin Habtoor claimed that the provinces under Houthi control account for more than 80% of the total Yemeni population.”
7adramout.net: Houthis demand that Yemenis working in Saudi Arabia back their fighters financially
“Sources revealed that Houthi militants in Dhamar province raided three houses belonging to the Al-Asadi family in search of the youngest family member, Mohammed Abdullah al-Asadi, who is working in Saudi Arabia. He recently came home on vacation with his family. The sources disclosed that the militiamen could not find him but warned his family not to help him hide. Sources close to his family claimed that militants demanded the young man hand over YR300k ($1,200) to support Houthi fighters. They threatened to arrest him in case of non-payment, on charges of working in a ‘hostile state’.”
Counter-Terrorism
Alnabaa: Egypt: The cost of the war on terror
“Statistics and figures related to Egypt’s war on terror indicate that the cost of arming one aircraft used in the aerial bombardment of militant camps in Libya totals more than $13k. Each warplane carries six bombs, and the cost of each bomb comes to over $2k. Thus, the total cost of arming six aircraft is $72k. Meanwhile, the cost of fuel of one plane is $ 56,285. A warplane’s journey takes two and a half hours, while the cost of fuel for one flight hour is $22,514. Egyptian sources claimed that the cost of fuel alone for the flight of the six warplanes used in a recent military strike on Libya by the Egyptian Air Force amounted to $337,710.”
Islamic Group
Alwafd: Egypt: Commissioners Authority to review lawsuit demanding dissolution of Building & Development Party and confiscation of funds
“The Political Parties Commission at Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court, presided over by Justice Mohammed Saad, the Chief of State Council, forwarded the lawsuit calling to dissolve the Building & Development Party to the Commissioners Authority. The Party is the political arm of the Islamic Group (Al Jamaa Al Islamia). The lawsuit demands confiscation of the Party’s funds, and now the Commissioners Authority will have to prepare a report concerning its legal opinion. The Supreme Administrative Court ordered the Lawsuits Authority to submit all relevant documents to the next meeting of the Political Parties Committee, which will review the proposed dissolution of the Islamic Group-affiliated party. The Court also ordered an investigation, before July 12th, by the Public Prosecution into charges against the party. The Political Parties Commission had previously sent an urgent memorandum to the Attorney General, requesting the investigation and preparation of the necessary report on the violations by Building & Development Party of the rules stipulated in Article IV of the Political Parties Law. The Attorney General’s report to the Commission concluded that the Party had violated the terms of incorporation set by Egyptian law.”
Hezbollah
LebanonDebate: Saudi sources: Qatari financier of Hezbollah exposed
“As part of the surveillance by Saudi authorities of individuals from the Gulf states, in general, and Qatar, in particular, who finance terrorist organizations around the world, they compiled two files containing evidence regarding several businessmen who are financing Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Saudi sources revealed the identity of one of the most prominent Hezbollah financiers. He is a Qatari businessman, identified only as A. L., who for 20 years transferred large sums to finance Hezbollah in Lebanon. He took advantage of his many trips abroad to deliver part of this money in cash. The remainder was transferred through the banking system in Qatar to an intermediary country and from there to Hezbollah’s accounts in Lebanese banks. The sources added that the full name of A. L. will be added within days to the list of terrorism in Saudi Arabia.”
Only Lebanon: Lebanon did not succeed in stopping the draft sanctions against Hezbollah
“In recent months, representatives of the Amal movement, along with deputies from the Future Movement, have met with Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. The aim of their meetings was to discuss ways to apply pressure to block the draft sanctions the US Congress is preparing against the funding of Hezbollah. The efforts {in Washington), although they stressed Lebanon’s message and its concerns about the consequences of the sanctions on the Lebanese economy, did not succeed in stopping the draft. According to reliable sources, the draft bill will be presented to Congress within days, shortly after US lawmakers return on Monday July 10th from their current leave. The draft, according to these sources, which is entitled “The Law against the International Financing of Hezbollah”, will affect any person, bank, economic entity or company that finances Hezbollah and its political, economic and military network, including the Amal movement and affiliated banks. The draft enjoys strong bipartisan support in the Senate and House of Representatives.”
Al-Qaeda
Radar: Algeria: Schemes of ISIS and Al Qaeda thwarted
“An Algerian security source said that the traditional extremist organizations ‘are living their last days in Algeria’, and the rest of North Africa. This is after the painful and severe blows directed at the remnants of the extremist organizations by the Algerian army and the rest of the armies of the region. Although ISIS tried several times to establish itself in Algeria, its attempts were unsuccessful, the source added. Once the terror organization declared its allegiance to a new Emir in the “State of Algeria”, the Algerian army acted to eliminate its presence. The source explained that “the level of fear has declined significantly vis-à-vis the possible spread of activity by extremist groups in Algeria, especially during the last two years, after reaching its peak in 2014. The slaying of the French hostage, Herve Gourdel, by a group affiliated with ISIS led to the popular and military mobilization in Algeria, fueled by the fear of expansion by extremist groups in the countries of the Maghreb region, from Libya to Tunisia through Algeria, Egypt, Mali and Morocco.”

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