Eye on Extremism, July 06, 2017

The Atlantic: Hundreds of ISIS Fighters Remain in Mosul:
“Around 300 ISIS fighters are being held in a 5,400-square-foot territory in Mosul—the militant group’s de facto capital in Iraq—Iraqi special forces announced Wednesday. The Iraqi government, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, is currently in the final stage of an eight-and-a-half-month offensive to overtake the western half of Mosul. Less than two weeks ago, Iraqi forces recaptured the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, the site where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” in 2014. Immediately following the victory, Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, proclaimed an end to ISIS’s “state of falsehood.”
NPR: U.S. Soldier Killed, 2 Others Wounded In Southern Afghanistan
“19-year-old U.S. soldier has been killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan as he was taking part in counter-terror operations. Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick of Wasilla, Alaska, had been stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. Two other service members were wounded in Monday’s attack in Helmand province, according to a statement from the United States Armed Forces-Afghanistan. The group came under ‘indirect fire,’ according to the military, meaning an attack using rockets or mortars. A U.S. military spokesman in Kabul tells NPR’s Tom Bowman that munitions hit a building while the group was inside it.”
The Independent: Gulf states blast ‘negative’ response from Qatar to demands as
​diplomatic crisis deepens
“The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have criticized the “negative” response from Qatar to their list of demands, prolonging the month-long standoff. The four countries cut ties with Qatar over its close ties to Iran and alleged support for terrorist groups, something Doha denies. The deepening rift has caused concern for Western allies that see the region’s leaders as key partners in both energy and defense. The fact that the group have not imposed further sanctions will come as some relief.”
CBS News: How North Korea’s ICBM test has “Changed the game.”
“CEP President Fran Townsend joined “CBS This Morning” to discuss how North Korea’s ICBM launch was impacting diplomacy, as world leaders prepared for the G20 summit.”
Reuters: U.S. Would Consider No-Fly Zone In Syria If Russia Agrees
“The United States is prepared to discuss with Russia joint efforts to stabilize war-torn Syria, including no-fly zones, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.He added the United States wanted to discuss with Russia the use of on-the-ground ceasefire observers and the coordinated delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians. ‘If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria’s political future,’ Tillerson said in a statement ahead of this week’s Group of 20 summit in Germany. The statement made no mention of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s future. The United States largely blames Assad for the six years of civil war and has called on him to step down. Tillerson also said Russia had an obligation to prevent the use of chemical weapons by Assad’s government.”
Townhall: German Intel Agency: Hundreds of Jihadis Entered Country Among Refugees, More Terror Attacks Coming
“Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV)  acknowledged Tuesday that hundreds of jihadists were among the million-plus migrants that came to Germany over the last two years. There were five Islamic terror attacks in the country last year, while at least seven other attempted attacks failed or were thwarted. This trend will likely continue, the agency argued. ‘We have to assume that we can expect further attacks by individuals or terror commandos in Germany too,’ BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen said at a press conference Tuesday. ‘Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing the BfV and we see it as one of the biggest threats facing the internal security of Germany.’”
VOA: 13 al-Shabab Militants Killed in Joint US-Somali Strike
“Thirteen al-Shabab militants were killed in an apparent joint attack by U.S. and Somali government forces near Kismayo, a Somali official said Wednesday. The U.S. Africa Command released a statement Wednesday saying that “working from actionable intelligence,” American forces conducted “a successful collective self-defense strike operation against an al-Shabab troop cooperation” early Wednesday, Somali time.The statement said the units and assets involved would not be identified to ensure operational security.”
United States
Politico: Trump Urges Qatar Resolution In Call With Egypt’s Sisi
“The president discussed the ongoing dispute between Qatar and its neighbors with Egypt’s president on Wednesday, the White House said, again calling on the involved nations to resolve their conflict. In a readout of an Air Force One call between President Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the White House said Trump ‘called on all parties to negotiate constructively to resolve the dispute.’ The president also reaffirmed his stance that all countries must follow through on their commitments at the Riyadh Summit to ‘stop terrorist financing and discredit extremist ideology.’”
NPR: In Afghanistan, U.S. Senators Urge Trump To Define Policy
“A bipartisan delegation of senators are in Afghanistan, calling for a new strategy from the Trump administration to address Taliban insurgency and define the U.S. role in the country. NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks with Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, about what the strategy should be and what action he believes the administration should do next. A bipartisan group of senators was in Afghanistan this week led by Republican John McCain of Arizona. They went to talk about a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, and they’re calling for President Trump to articulate a clear military strategy and fill diplomatic vacancies.”
The Washington Post: Death Of U.S. Soldier In Afghanistan Highlights The Evolving Role Of Conventional Combat Troops There
“The death of a 19-year-old U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan on Monday highlights the U.S. military’s evolving role in the war there under President Trump’s administration, after years of President Barack Obama restricting the use of conventional combat troops on the battlefield. Army Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, a mortarman with the 1st Armored Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, was killed by indirect fire while outside his base on a partnered operation with Afghan troops, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. The attack, presumably by Taliban fighters, occurred in Helmand province’s Nawa district, and also caused injuries to two other U.S. soldiers who are expected to survive, Davis added.”
Associated Press: US Renews Offer Of Syria Cooperation With Russia
“The Trump administration on Wednesday renewed an offer to cooperate with Russia in the Syrian conflict, including on military matters, ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin later this week. In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is open to establishing no-fly zones in Syria in coordination with Russia as well as jointly setting up a truce monitoring and humanitarian aid delivery mechanism. The statement came as Trump prepared to meet with Putin on Friday in Germany and as the U.S. seeks to consolidate gains made against the Islamic State in recent weeks and prepare for a post-IS group future.”
Newsweek: What’s Trump’s Secret Plan To Destroy ISIS? It’s Literally Obama’s Exact Strategy
“Donald Trump offered an alternative along the campaign trail to former President Barack Obama’s strategy on defeating the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), promising a ‘secret plan’ that would ensure ‘total victory.’ Turns out, his strategy for wiping out the extremist terror group remains exactly the same as Obama’s, albeit with a few slight revisions to the implementation and bureaucracy involved. The military has more freedom in deciding when and where to strike ISIS targets without much oversight under Trump’s plan, which has yet to be made public by the Pentagon. But the operation of reducing ISIS’s influence by targeting local terror leaders and influential members of the group—a strategy developed by the Obama administration over his two terms in office—reportedly remains exactly the same.”
Syria
Newsweek: Russia Military Uses New War Weapon To Fight ISIS In Syria
“Russia’s air force has struck positions held by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria from more than 600 miles away using its most modern cruise missile technology. Tu-95MS long-range strategic bombers departed Wednesday from an airfield in the southern Russian city of Engels equipped with the latest Kh-101 long-range cruise missiles and successfully targeted an ISIS command center and three weapons storage depots in Aqirbat, a town in the western governorate of Hama, according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement cited by Reuters. The aircraft were reportedly supported by Su-30SM fighters based in Syria’s Hmeymim airbase, which has been leased to Russia by the Moscow-backed Syrian government. The operation is the most recent in a series of blows administered to ISIS by separate forces backed by Russia and the U.S.”
Radio Free Europe: Russia, Turkey, Iran Fail To Agree On Details Of Syria De-Escalation Zones
“Diplomats from Russia, Iran, and Turkey have failed to reach agreement on final details regarding so-called ‘de-escalation zones’ in parts of war-torn Syria. However, Moscow’s chief negotiator at a fifth round of Syria peace talks in Astana said on July 5 that the basic framework had been ‘essentially agreed.’ ‘We have not yet managed directly to establish the de-escalation zones,’ Aleksandr Lavrentyev said after two days of meetings in the Kazakh capital. Lavrentyev said that specifics of the zones, such as the territory they cover and what forces would participate, still ‘need finalizing.’”
Iraq
The Daily Beast: In The Rubble Of The Mosul Mosque Where The ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Was Born—And Every Civilian Could Be A Killer
“The soldiers guarding the demolished mosque barely register the high-pitched whistle of the bomb plunging toward them. They are too preoccupied with the Humvees that slowly make their way down the road, dodging rubble as they roll past destroyed houses and deep craters. The screech of the bomb’s tail fin becomes louder, then ends abruptly as a loud explosion shakes the ground and a plume of smoke shoots up into the air a few dozen meters away. The fighters cast a few sideways glances, and then focus their attention on the officers emerging from the Humvees. Some of Iraq’s top brass have come to the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul’s historic city center, where elite counterterrorism troops are fighting to eliminate the last pocket of ISIS resistance in the city.”
Reuters: Mosul Population ‘Traumatized’ By Conflict, Infrastructure Badly Damaged
“The population of Mosul has endured huge suffering in the war to retake the northern Iraqi city from Islamic State and trauma cases among civilians are sharply rising in the last stages of battle, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday. The city’s basic infrastructure has also been hard hit, with six western districts almost completely destroyed and initial repairs expected to cost more than $1 billion, the United Nations said. Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped among the shattered buildings in Islamic State’s final redoubt in Mosul’s Old City by the western bank of the Tigris river, MSF said.”
Newsweek: ISIS Unleashes Dozens Of Female Suicide Bombers In Battle For Mosul
“The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has deployed dozens of female suicide bombers as it fights to hold onto Mosul, in what could be one the largest cases of women carrying out suicide operations in battle. Thirty-eight women have detonated suicide explosives to target civilians and enemy forces in the northern Iraqi city in the past month, and at least 20 of those have done so since Sunday, an Iraqi security official told The Times of London. The toll comes after two female suicide bombers killed at least one Iraqi solider and wounded five more on Monday. On Sunday, a bomber dressed in women’s conservative Islamic clothing blew herself up after hiding among civilians fleeing Mosul.”
Turkey
Reuters: Turkey’s Erdogan Says Loyal To Qatar, Arab States’ Demands Unacceptable
“President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday reaffirmed Turkey’s support for Qatar in its dispute with four other Arab states, saying their demands against the tiny Gulf nation were unacceptable. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and allying with regional foe Iran, charges Doha denies, and have cut diplomatic and commercial ties. At a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday the four nations’ foreign ministers refrained from slapping further sanctions on Qatar but voiced disappointment at Doha’s failure to comply with their 13 demands after the expiry of the deadline.”
Reuters: Exclusive: Kurdish YPG militia expects conflict with Turkey in northern Syria
“The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a ‘declaration of war’ which could trigger clashes within days. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus retorted that his country was not declaring war but that its forces would respond to any hostile move by the YPG, which he described as a small-scale army formed by the United States. The mounting tensions between two U.S. allies in northwestern Syria risk opening yet another front in the multi-sided conflict, in which outside powers are playing ever greater roles. They could also distract the YPG from the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa, some 200 km (125 miles) away. The YPG is spearheading that campaign.”
Reuters: EU Lawmakers Call For Freeze In Turkey Accession Talks
“EU lawmakers called for a suspension of Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union on Wednesday, saying President Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on opponents meant Ankara did not meet the bloc’s democratic criteria. A vote on the proposal is expected to pass comfortably on Thursday, given support from the biggest parties, but the parliament has limited influence on the issue. The European Commission and EU governments have so far ignored calls for a formal suspension of a process already effectively in limbo. ‘We are not calling to stop all dialogue or cooperation, talking about integration is just not realistic at this moment,’ Kati Piri, the lawmaker who drafted the recommendation that will be put to the vote, told reporters before the debate.”
Reuters: Turkey Detains 12 At Human Rights Meeting In Island Hotel: Media
“Turkish police detained 12 people, including the Turkey head of rights group Amnesty International, Idil Eser, and other rights activists at a meeting on an island near Istanbul, media said on Thursday. They had gathered at a hotel on Buyukada island, just south of Turkey’s largest city, when they were taken to a police station on Wednesday, the Hurriyet newspaper said. It was not clear why they were held. Amnesty called for the group’s release, saying it was ‘profoundly disturbed and outraged’ at the detentions during a digital security and information management workshop. Police were not immediately available to comment. Among those detained were Eser and seven other human rights defenders, two foreign trainers – a German and a Swedish national – as well as the hotel owner, Amnesty’s statement said.”
Reuters: Turkey Detains 37 Islamic State Suspects, Syrian Carrying Explosives At Border
“Turkish police detained 37 Islamic State suspects in anti-terror operations in provinces across Turkey, media said on Wednesday, while officials said another suspect was held carrying more than 5 kg (11 lb) of explosives at the border with Syria. The governor’s office in the southern province of Hatay said the Syrian citizen was caught on Tuesday trying to cross illegally into Turkey from Syria with 5.25 kilograms of TNT and nine detonators. Police detained 25 people in simultaneous raids in nine provinces including Istanbul overnight, targeting Islamic State suspects who had been on a security watchlist for the past four months, the private Dogan news agency reported.”
Afghanistan
Voice Of America: Afghanistan Accepts Pakistan’s Offer Of ‘Coordinated’ Anti-Terror Operations
“Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to conduct ‘coordinated, complementary’ security operations against terrorist groups on their respective sides of the shared border, officials confirmed Wednesday. A high-powered U.S. bipartisan congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain mediated the deal during its visit this week to Islamabad and Kabul. ‘The [U.S.] Senators said that the head of Pakistan’s armed forces, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, agreed to joint operations against terrorist groups in the Durand Line region,’ said an Afghan statement after Tuesday’s talks between President Ashraf Ghani and the U.S. delegation.”
Voice Of America: Shi’ite Religious Leaders In Afghanistan Ban Musical Festival
“A council of Shi’ite religious leaders in Bamyan province in central Afghanistan banned a local musical festival, calling it ‘Harram’ or against Islamic law, while many other religious leaders hailed it as art and a cultural event. Local officials say that despite the disagreement with religious leaders, the organizers will go ahead with their schedule to perform the two-day Dombra Music Festival, and the statement of the religious council will not affect their cultural festival. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The Dombra, a lute-like musical instrument, is distinctive in central regions of Afghanistan, although the instrument has different names in various provinces of Afghanistan among varied traditions.”
Reuters: Tajik Police Kill Four Relatives Of Islamic State Warlord – Security Sources
“Tajik police killed four relatives of a former elite police force commander who defected to Islamic State two years ago, two security sources told Reuters on Wednesday, during a raid on a house near the Afghan border. The United States last August offered up to $3 million for information about Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, whom it trained in counter-terrorism before he joined Islamic State. Washington has described Khalimov as ‘a key leader’ of Islamic State, which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq and staged or inspired deadly militant attacks around the world.”
Saudi Arabia
BBC News: Qatar Crisis: Restrictions To Continue, Saudi Arabia Says
“Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar’s ‘negative’ response to their list of demands. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE severed ties with Qatar last month. They accuse it of supporting jihadi groups, and called for major changes in its policies. The diplomats said Qatar lacked ‘understanding of the seriousness and gravity of the situation’.”
Qatar
NPR: Arab Nations Continue Isolation Of Qatar Which Ignores Their List Of Demands
“A crisis in the Persian Gulf showed no sign of abating Wednesday, after four Arab states announced they will continue — and perhaps escalate — their isolation of neighboring Qatar, which they accuse of supporting terrorism. Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates met in Cairo on Wednesday after a deadline expired on a list of demands they had imposed on Qatar. The Saudi-led group announced no new sanctions but indicated that Qatar could be expelled from the Gulf Cooperation Council. They also said the blockade of ports and air space will remain in place, reports NPR’s Jane Arraf.”
Egypt
Reuters: Arab Demands Put To Qatar Non-Negotiable Says Egypt
Egypt said on Wednesday that the demands that it and three other Arab states have made on Qatar are not negotiable. ‘The matter from the beginning was not up for negotiations … there is no middle ground,’ Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told the On television channel. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, which they accuse of supporting terrorism and allying with regional foe Iran. Doha denies the charges. The four states put to Qatar a list of 13 demands and said they received a negative response.”
ABC News: Egypt: Suspected Militant Kills 2 Retired Officers, Soldier
“Egypt’s military says a ‘terrorist’ has opened fire on a toll booth south of Cairo, killing two retired officers and an active duty soldier. A statement says a search is underway for the perpetrators of Wednesday attack’s in the al-Ayat district of the Egyptian capital. A local pro-government television station said the officers were a colonel and a captain. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which could be the work of either the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group or Muslim Brotherhood’s breakaway factions. The Brotherhood was outlawed and declared a terrorist group shortly after the 2013 ouster of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader who was elected Egypt’s president.”
Middle East
The Washington Post: Israel Sues Heirs Of Palestinian ‘Lone Wolf’ Attacker, Seeking Compensation
“Israel’s state prosecutor’s office in Jerusalem has filed a precedent-setting lawsuit against the estate of a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem seven months after the man carried out a car-ramming attack that left four Israelis dead. Fadi al-Qanbar, 28, drove his truck into a group of Israeli army cadets participating in an educational tour of Jerusalem last January. Four soldiers, three women and one man, were killed in the attack, and he was shot to death by a vigilant civilian.  Now, the Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office is seeking compensation from Qanbar’s wife and his four young children, heirs to his estate, for burial costs, such as headstones, loss of earnings and pension benefits it laid out for the victims. The total could be as high as $2.3 million.”
Reuters: Improving Ties Between Egypt And Hamas Unsettle Palestinian Politics
“A series of meetings between Hamas and senior officials in Cairo in recent weeks are showing an improvement in ties between Egypt and the Islamist Palestinian movement, with implications for Gaza, Palestinian politics and the wider region. Ismail Haniyeh, who has recently assumed the post of Hamas’s leader, said in a speech in Gaza on Wednesday that relations with the Gaza Strip’s neighbor to the south-west were warming. ‘We have launched a new chapter with Egypt and the relations have witnessed a big move,’ he said.  For much of the last decade, Egypt has joined Israel in enforcing a land, sea and air blockade of the Gaza Strip, a move to punish Hamas and its armed wing, which seized the territory in 2007 and has controlled it since.”
BBC News: India And Israel Pledge To Combat Terrorism
“India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have signed agreements, including on agriculture and space. The two leaders, who made a joint statement in Jerusalem, also referred to the ‘suffering’ of both countries from terror. Mr Modi said they would work together to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism, including in cyberspace. He is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. The visit is seen by some as a turning point in India’s position on Israel. The two countries established diplomatic relations only 25 years ago. Observers note he will not travel to Ramallah or meet Palestinian leaders, as visiting dignitaries often do.”
Libya
BBC News: Libya Eastern Commander Haftar Declares Benghazi ‘Liberated’
“The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has said his forces ‘liberated’ the eastern Benghazi city after years of fighting with Islamists. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said the city now enters a new era of ‘security, peace and reconciliation’. If confirmed, victory would mark a major advance for the one-time commander in the army of late strongman Muammar Gaddafi. The LNA is not recognised by Libya’s UN-backed government in Tripoli. Libya’s unrest since the 2011 ousting of Gaddafi saw extremist organisations, including so-called Islamic State, gain a foothold in the country.”
Newsweek: Libya: Shell Kills Five Sunbathers On Tripoli Beach As Militia Airport Feud Rages
“Five people have been killed and 32 injured after a shell fired by militia in the Libyan capital of Tripoli fell on unsuspecting sunbathers on a beach not far from the city’s airport. The Ministry of Health from Tripoli’s U.N.-backed government confirmed in a statement the death toll included two adult women, two girls and young boy. All five were visiting the beach Tuesday in eastern Tripoli, where it is common for residents to cool themselves on hot summer evenings. Deputy Interior Minister Abdulsalam Ashour told Libya’s local Al-Ahrar television channel the casualties were the result of clashes between security forces at Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport and ‘outlaws.’”
United Kingdom
BBC News: UK Terror Convictions Rising, BBC Jihadist Database Shows
“More than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences related to Syria and Iraq since 2014, research by the BBC has revealed. The youngest is a schoolboy from Blackburn who was 14 when he incited an act of terrorism in Australia. The figures also show there are growing numbers of women and girls being prosecuted. Police say five terror plots have been foiled since March and 18 thwarted since 2013. For the last two years the BBC has tracked the numbers of people from the UK who have been drawn into the conflict in Syria and Iraq. The most comprehensive online record of its kind, it shows the rapidly escalating number of prosecutions since 2014.”
Germany
The Times Of Israel: Alleged Islamic State Jihadists In Dock For German ‘Terror Plot
“Three alleged Syrian jihadists went on trial in Germany Wednesday accused of plotting coordinated suicide bombings and shootings in the western city of Duesseldorf. The three defendants, identified as per German practice only as Saleh A. and Mahood B., both 25, and 27-year-old Hamza C., were in the dock accused of belonging to the Islamic State group and planning the attacks in the Duesseldorf old town center in 2015. The accused ‘are believed to have plotted to have two suicide bombers set off explosive vests and then open fire on passers-by with automatic rifles,’ the Duesseldorf court said in a statement.”
France
The Times Of Israel: Islamist Who Planned To Attack French Synagogue Jailed
“A Muslim man who said he was planning to attack the main synagogue of Marseille was sentenced to two years in prison. A Marseille court sentenced Mohamed Chebab, 33, on Tuesday, a little over a year after he was arrested for praising the Islamic State terrorist group, l’Express news site reported. He was convicted of supporting acts of terrorism. Counterterrorism researchers monitoring jihadist circles in Marseille, a city in southern France, flagged Chebab, according to the report. After his arrest in May 2016, Chebab told law enforcement that he had been planning to travel to Syria to fight with jihadists there and to Belgium, to the heavily Muslim Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels, to meet ‘brothers’ there.”
Europe
BBC News: Europe Migrant Crisis: EU Blamed For ‘Soaring’ Death Toll
“Amnesty International has blamed ‘failing EU policies’ for the soaring death toll among refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean. In a report, it said ‘cynical deals’ with Libya consigned thousands to the risk of drowning, rape and torture. It said the EU was turning a blind eye to abuses in Libyan detention centres, and was mostly leaving it up to sea rescue charities to save migrants. More than 2,000 people have died in 2017 trying to get to Europe, it said. The EU has so far made no public comments on Amnesty’s report.”
Counter-Terrorism
Dostor: Egyptian expert calls to combat terrorism in four spheres
“Abdel Ghaffar Shaker, Vice President of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), maintained that the formation of the Supreme Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism is not enough. He claimed that the real confrontation is through four aspects – “social, cultural, intellectual and military.” He asserted that currently Egypt lacks these capabilities.”
ISIS
Rudaw: Document: Sale of Yezidi girl to ISIS militant for $1500
“The publication of a document and a subsequent telephone call gave renewed hope to the Kurdish family of young girl named “Nejma.” She was abducted by ISIS and it is now believed she is still alive. Said Isma’il Ali, his wife and their 10 children (seven girls and three boys) fell into the hands of ISIS during its attack on the village of Tal al-Qasab in Sinjar in August 2014. After the Iraqi forces took control of the areas which were under ISIS’s control on the right side of Mosul, many documents were seized. One of them indicated the sale of “Nejma Saeed Ismail Ali” for $1500 to an ISIS militant named “Abu Zubair.” This document, No. 221, was issued by ISIS’s “Court Department” affiliated with Nineveh Province.”
NRT: Iraq: ISIS-owned factory for the manufacture of license plates uncovered in Mosul
“Brigadier-General Saad Maan, Iraq’s interior ministry spokesman, said on Wednesday that security services in Mosul had uncovered a factory owned by ISIS for the manufacture of car plates in the right side of the city. According to Maan, forces belonging to the Iraqi National Intelligence Service and Iraq Counter Terrorism Units in Nineveh carried out a “qualitative operation” which resulted in the seizure of a factory that manufactures car plates in Al-Dawasa district. He disclosed that the factory was owned by the so-called “Nineveh State Traffic Department (of ISIS).” Maan stated that “the factory was used by ISIS to regulate car registration as yet another way to squeeze more money out of citizens.”
Arab Youm: Egypt: 12 who joined ISIS via Facebook remanded in custody
“The Criminal Court of Cairo, headed by Judge Shabeeb Al-Damarani, decided to renew the 45-day detention of 12 persons on charges of joining ISIS in Case no. 148 of 2017. The accused are also suspected of promoting ISIS ideology on Facebook in Qena governorate. During the hearing, Attorney Khaled Al-Masri demanded the defendants’ release due to a lack of evidence. Note that no confessions were made by the defendants.”
Houthi
Yemen Akhbar: Houthi group obtains YR4 billion from vehicle customs fees
“Houthi militia announced on Tuesday, July 4th, that it has obtained YR 4,004,213,000 (roughly $16 million) from customs duties on vehicles until the end of June. Ali Hamid, the Director General of the Sanaa-based Customs Control affiliated with the Houthis, asserted that 9,493 cars were registered up to the end of June. All of the proceeds go to support the war machine of the Houthis and loyalists of ousted President Ali Saleh. This is at a time when Yemenis are suffering from an overwhelming crisis resulting from the non-payment of state employees’ salaries for nearly eight months.”
Tehama Press: Houthi militants blow up house of expatriate businessman after failing to steal his money
“Houthi militants on Tuesday blew up the home of expatriate businessman Mohammed Ozai Majhasi in western Yemen’s Bayt al-Faqih district in the Al Hudaydah Governorate. This came after a failed attempt to raid it and steal his money. A local source disclosed that Houthi militants tried, on Tuesday morning, to ransack the home of Majhasi, an expatriate businessman in Saudi Arabia who returned to spend the Eid holiday in his hometown of Bayt al-Faqih. However, his bodyguards clashed with Houthi militants and killed three of them. The source added that the Houthis left the vicinity after the clash but returned with reinforcements of heavily armed militants. The source disclosed that the Houthis forced women and children to leave the house and blew it up in front of their eyes. The house became a pile of rubble, and the explosion damaged several nearby houses.”

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