11:36 AM, Aug 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The killing of James Foley was done, it seems, by someone who spoke with a British accent. This is disturbing, of course, but not surprising. The first of these ritual executions, that of Daniel Pearl, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, was organized by a man named Omar Sheikh who was born in London and educated at the London School of Economics.
This was not an anomaly, as Douglas Murray of The Spectator writes. The Jihadists have infiltrated the west in general but Britain, especially. To the point that:
Perhaps as many as 4,000 people from Britain are thought to have gone to train or fight in Afghanistan. Estimates of the number of British citizens who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq range from just over 500 to 1,500 (a figure from Khalid Mahmood, a Birmingham Labour MP). If the larger figure is correct, it would be significantly higher than the number of Muslims currently serving in Britain’s armed forces.
And the spirit of Jihad is out in the open, unafraid, as:
In recent weeks the black flag of jihad as used by Isis has been flown openly in London — supporters of Isis have appeared on Oxford Street — and elsewhere. Just this week, the imam of a leading Welsh mosque resigned after a pro-Isis guest preacher was invited to speak at his mosque.
12:02 PM, Aug 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Comforting as it is to speak of the world in the language of policy and politics, strategy and tactics, there is this other element. This chord of madness that stirs the enemy as, for instance when, as Reuters reports:
9:30 PM, Apr 21, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
There is still much we don’t know about the Boston Marathon bombers. It will take time to piece together a more complete picture of their backgrounds. But the investigation has taken an important turn since late last week, as U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials are delving into their possible ties to jihadist groups based overseas.
9:31 AM, Sep 7, 2011 • By JONATHAN SCHANZER
When al Qaeda attacked the United States on September 11, the response was swift. Saudi Arabia, home of the Wahhabi ideology that inspired 15 of the 19 hijackers, reacted somewhat more slowly.
Tarek Mehanna is an odd choice of ‘victim’ for so-called progressivesJul 25, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 42 • By SOHRAB AHMARI
In late March, as Boston emerged from winter, so did the city’s protest community. On the 24th of the month I watched as antiwar students joined forces with partisans of the Palestinian cause and Nation of Islam members in their immaculately pressed suits and distinctive bow ties, to gather in Dockser Hall at Northeastern University. The pretext was a community panel on prosecutorial misconduct at the Boston United States attorney’s office.
9:45 AM, May 11, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, the Washington Post ran a four-part series by men and women who had their “lives shattered and transformed by” the terror master. One of the contributors was especially curious: former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg.
“Never surrender”— unless you are sued by jihadists.12:01 PM, Nov 16, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The UK government has decided to award seven former Guantanamo detainees millions of dollars in an out-of-court settlement, according to multiple press accounts. Why? The ex-Gitmo detainees claim that British authorities knew they were being tortured during their detention by the U.S. and other countries. And the Brits reportedly do not want their intelligence officials to become embroiled in costly and time-consuming litigation.
Al Qaeda’s law vs. Western law.7:28 AM, Nov 11, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
“Don’t consult with anyone in fighting the Americans; fighting the devil doesn’t require consultation or prayers or seeking divine guidance.”
So said Anwar al Awlaki in a video released online on Monday. Awlaki is, of course, the notorious al Qaeda cleric who openly claims Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan (aka the Fort Hood shooter) and Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab (who tried to blow up Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009) as his “students.”
7:50 AM, Oct 22, 2010 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
The kingdom of Jordan is widely acknowledged for its internal contradictions. It accepts peace with Israel, and its intelligence service has been praised for its work against al Qaeda.
12:00 AM, Oct 22, 2010 • By ALEXANDER MELEAGROU-HITCHENS and MICHAEL WEISS
One of the problems that Britain has faced in trying to wage a liberal intellectual campaign against radical Islam is that the British catechism of multiculturalism makes doing so all but impossible.
The U.S. still needs a plan to counter jihadist web sites.12:50 PM, Sep 30, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Congress's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade held a hearing yesterday to discuss the U.S. strategy, or lack thereof, for dealing with the proliferation of jihadist web sites. In addition to dozens of sites that are explicitly dedicated to spreading jihadist ideology, al Qaeda and other like-minded organizations have become increasingly adept at using social media and highly-trafficked web sites such as YouTube to spread their message.
The Obama administration points to a “symbiotic relationship” between the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda.4:37 PM, Sep 8, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Ever since the September 11 attacks, some in counterterrorism and intelligence circles have tried to define al Qaeda narrowly, thereby limiting the scope of the organization’s threat. We’ve seen this in the recent debate over the number of al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan, for instance.
The mosque served as a meeting ground for Islamist extremists and terrorists.6:30 AM, Aug 12, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
On Monday, German authorities announced that they closed down the Taiba mosque in Hamburg. The mosque achieved infamy as home to several of the 9/11 plotters under its previous name -- Al Quds.