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How to defeat ISIS

Alexander Athos

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Show them ‘humiliation and degradation’ at their strongholds and so God’s judgment of their apostasy and inhumanity.

The agenda of ISIS:
The stated objective of ISIS apart from imposing a Caliphate based on their version of Sharia law is “enmity and hatred for the ‘cross worshippers (Christians), the apostates (Shia), their crosses, their borders and their ballot-boxes and pledge allegiance to the Khilafah” enforcement of strict Sharia law.” (see magazine Daqiq Issue 3 1435 Shawwal)” https://ia801401.us.archive.org/11/items/Dabiq03_en/dbq03_en.pdf

The greatest fear of ISIS:
The greatest fear of ISIS apart from bombs is to be seen as illegitimate on the wrong ‘path’, committing ‘Kabira’ (gross sin), to be exposed as “dogs of hellfire”, Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadi or the “Horns of Satan” as Mohammed described them and the sect from Najd, modern day “Khawarij” Arabic: خوارج‎ The Wahhabi movement has been referred to as the modern Khawarij by 18th century Hanafi scholar Ibn Abidin. Kharijites insist that any Muslim could be a leader of the Muslim community and had the right to revolt against any ruler who deviated from their interpretation of Islam. The Kharijites believed that the act of sinning is analogous to Kufr (disbelief) and that every grave sinner was regarded as a Kāfir (disbeliever) unless he repents. Kharijite’s like ISIS have a strong desire for martyrdom and dying for the sake of their cults beliefs. ISIS are modern day Kharijite’s. Continue the bombing but concentrate it on their military and spiritual leadership and strongholds on the ground.

What the world needs to do:
Call them out for what they are:
A heretical bloodthirsty sect on their own murderous path, apostates, not true Muslims, “dogs of hellfire”, Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadi or the “Horns of Satan”, “Khawarij” so the Muslim youth are not brainwashed to support Satanic cult as they surrender to Shaytan and their suicide sends them straight to hell as their deeds are sinful (Kabira ) and evil.
The Muslim communities are already having the courage to speak this out (no doubt as most of ISIS supporters have left for the battlefield unable to harass and physically intimidate the Mosque leaders). The recent Fatwa issued by the Islamic Council of UK’s in a statement issued on 31 August 2014, by mufti Abu Layth along with 5 other Muslim leaders.  

To defeat ISIS we must psychologically target their ideological strongholds and those physical places that have ideological significance. Beat them like the Red Army beat the Nazi’s at Stalingrad. Utterly destroy their will at key strongholds. Attack them at places that mean so much to them ideologically and destroy their power and so discredit them in the eyes of the Ummah. For example take them out in key cities and regions that they hold dear like: Dabiq in the northern countryside of Halab which they see as central to their fight against the West (al-Malhamah al-Kubra). Deal with them at their strongholds so the Ummah sees that Allah has abandoned them as apostates and not ‘brothers’. The Muslims will see Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi as a self-proclaimed false Caliph, someone who does not submit to Allah but arrogantly sets himself up as God murdering innocents in His name and so is a minister of ‘Shaytan’ and a false Messiah and the ideology of ISIS as ‘shirk’ and heresy. Destroy them ideologically so the Islamic world sees ISIS destroyed ‘like salt melts into water’ so too evil will be cleansed from the earth. Destroying ISIS is commanding the good and forbidding the evil that they do wherever their black flags stain the desert with the red blood of innocents.
ISIS described the beheading execution of journalist James Foley as “ a cooling balm for the believer’s hearts.” Anyone who felt that can only be described as “apes and swine”…the worst of people. They will be cast out. Allah will hate them. Allow the Muslims to execute Allah’s judgment on their gross sin, expose their leaders as apostates. ‘Arm’ the true Muslims, equip them to fight ideologically and militarily.

Learn about ISIS plans by studying ISIS heroes?
Abu Dujana al-Khurasani aka Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi aka  Homam Khaleel Mohammad Abu Mallal aka  (25 December 1977 – 30 December 2009) is praised in the recent ISIS magazine Dabiq.

In 2009, this Kuwaiti born suicide bomber terrorist murdered 9 Western, Jordanian and Afghan intelligence personnel at Camp Chapman Eastern Afghan city of Khost, which is about 10 miles northwest of the Pakistani border.
al-Khurasani trained in Istanbul as a doctor of medicine and married a Turkish journalist. He trained and was radicalized at the Islamic Brotherhood’s University of Jordan hospital in Aman Jordan. He worked at a clinic for Palestinian refugee women and children in the Marka refugee camp near Amman, Jordan He was a contributor to al-Hesbah, an online forum run by Islamist extremists.
He was a known associate of Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh aka Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (“Emir of Al Qaeda in the Country of Two Rivers” )as the two were from the same Jordanian town of Zarqa. al-Zarqawi  grew up as a drunkard and thug in Jordan before experiencing a religious conversion to Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri Jihadism, al-Zarqawi then was enlisted by the Wahhabi Salafi Takfiri’s to run terrorist (Jund al-Sham , al-Tawhid wal-Jihad later named AQI now called ISIS)  camps in Herat Afghanistan and Iraq. He was said to be behind the hotel bombings in Amman Jordan in 2005 Hotel Radisson). Zarqawi also helped plan a series of deadly bomb attacks in Casablanca, Morocco and Istanbul, Turkey in 2003. This terrorist, organized the February 2006 attack on the Al Askari Mosque in Samarra., On 7 May 2004, he beheaded American civilian contractor in Bagdad,  Nick Berg .  

Zarqawi stated :
“We have declared a bitter war against democracy and all those who seek to enact it…Democracy is also based on the right to choose your religion [and that is] against the rule of Allah.”

He died when a US F-16 500 pound bomb was dropped on him on 7 June 2006 in Baqubah Iraq (Baqubah is a Sunni stronghold http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baqubah  and also part of the story of the Assyrian genocide by Ottomans Sunnis and Kurds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_genocide ).  
On June 23, 2006, Al-Jazeera aired a video in which Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, stated that
“Zarqawi was “a soldier, a hero, an imam and the prince of martyrs, [and his death] has defined the struggle between the crusaders and Islam in Iraq.”

al-Khurasani had been invited to FOB Chapman after claiming to Jordanian secret service (as their supposed double agent) to have information related to senior al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
 Instead he detonated explosives sewn into his vest. The Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, saying they helped al-Khurasani with the attack…. Out of the 9 people murdered, 7 were CIA personnel. It was the second largest single-day loss in the CIA’s history, after the 1983 United States Embassy bombing in Beirut, Lebanon killed eight CIA agents.
ISIS in their magazine Dabiq Issue 3 praise al-Khurasani as someone whose love for Jihad should be emulated. He left his home Kwait, travelled extensively for Jiad ( a call to hijrah) .Featuring  al-Khurasani may also be code for the way in which Wahhabi Salafi Takfifi Jihadi’s may be encouraged  to commit lone wolf suicide (fi sabilillah) attacks on Western targets when returning to their Western cities (bombs sewn in vests or Burkas) after their ‘Hijrah’.

So this is how one defeats ISIS.
Learn from history. How were the Nazi’s defeated in WWII? How could they have been defeated earlier before killing millions? How were the Japanese fanatics defeated in WWII? Follow the lead of The Association of British Muslims, encourage similar statements by Muslim leaders in every country. Show up the Kharijite nature of ISIS. Attack their ideological strongholds and discredit their heroes. Defeat them heavily in the places they think they are strongest and thus humiliate them.  They laugh and joke as they behead, play soccer with heads or bury alive Christian children. They are not human. Take out their Chechen military leadership. Switch off their twitter accounts. Isolate them. Support all Counter Terrorism laws from UN to nation states. Prosecute every ISIS member who survives the battlefield for War Crimes and prosecute everyone who supports them directly or indirectly. Support all Muslim groups who oppose them but be careful whom you arm. Not even the Kurds can be trusted. Learn from history and remember the Assyrian genocide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_genocide. The only people the West should arm are the Christians, no one else can be trusted given their historical track record. Consider allying for limited military defeat of ISIS with ISIS enemies, the Shia in Iran who have in the past helped Christian communities from genocide. Encourage transition in Iran to democracy for long term stability in the Middle East. Allow Turkey a greater role in leadership of Islamic countries conditional on their abiding by International Law, including a U N Security Council unanimous resolution 2170 (2014). Perhaps a joint military operation between Turkey, the Kurds, Iraq and Iran with NATO air support but under UN command could quickly and effortlessly destroy ISIS and conduct War Crime Tribunal hearings on the ground as soon as towns are liberated so as to thwart insurgency.

https://ia801401.us.archive.org/11/items/Dabiq03_en/dbq03_en.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khawarij
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Berg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humam_Khalil_Abu-Mulal_al-Balawi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Chapman_attack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Musab_al-Zarqawi
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-06-23-zarqawi_x.htm?csp=34
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyrian_genocide
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2014/sc11520.doc.htm

Alexander Athos is a writer and businessman.He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (European History) Personal background Alexander was christened Orthodox brought up Catholic and now Evangelical Christian with an acceptance of the best in Christian tradition and a respect for genuine people of faith from other cultures. Political inclinations: Christian intellectual who has an eclectic predisposition to understanding global and national political and social trends and seeking to influence them for good by thoughtful and persuasive discourse.

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‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

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The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented” rise in terrorist violence across the region.

“The region has experienced a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets,” Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), told the Council in its first formal meeting of the year.

“The humanitarian consequences are alarming”, he spelled out.

In presenting his latest report, Mr. Chambas painted a picture of relentless attacks on civilian and military targets that he said, have “shaken public confidence”. 

A surge in casualties

The UNOWAS chief elaborated on terrorist-attack casualties in Burkina Faso Mali and Niger, which have leapt five-fold since 2016 – with more than 4,000 deaths reported in 2019 alone as compared to some 770 three years earlier.

“Most significantly,” he said, “the geographic focus of terrorist attacks has shifted eastwards from Mali to Burkina Faso and is increasingly threatening West African coastal States”.

He also flagged that the number of deaths in Burkina Faso jumped from about 80 in 2016 to over 1,800 last year.

And displacement has grown ten-fold to about half a million, on top of some 25,000 who have sought refuge in other countries. 

Mr. Chambas explained that “terrorist attacks are often deliberate efforts by violent extremists” to engage in illicit activities that include capturing weapons and illegal artisanal mining.

Intertwined challenges

Terrorism, organized crime and intercommunal violence are often intertwined, especially in peripheral areas where the State’s presence is weak.

“In those places, extremists provide safety and protection to populations, as well as social services in exchanged for loyalty”, he informed the Council, echoing the Secretary-General in saying that for these reasons, “counter-terrorism responses must focus on gaining the trust and support of local populations”. 

The Special Representative outlined that governments, local actors, regional organizations and the international community are mobilizing across the region to respond to these challenges.

On 21 December, the ECOWAS Heads of State summit “adopted a 2020-2024 action plan to eradicate terrorism in the sub-region”, he said.

Calling “now” the time for action, Mr. Chambas drew attention to the importance of supporting regional Governments by prioritizing “a cross-pillar approach at all levels and across all sectors”.

Turning to farmer-herder clashes, which he maintained are “some of the most violent local conflicts in the region”, the UNOWAS chief highlighted that 70 per cent of West Africa’s population depend on agriculture and livestock-rearing for a living, underscoring the importance of peaceful coexistence.

The Special Representative also pointed to climate change, among other factors, as increasingly exacerbating farmer-herder conflicts.

“The impact of climate change on security also spawns a negative relationship between climate change, social cohesion, irregular migration and criminality in some places”, he upheld.

Stemming negative security trends

The UNOWAS chief noted that in the months ahead, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Niger would be democratically electing their leaders and maintained that “all-too-worrying” security trends must not distract from political developments.

“Unresolved grievance, incomplete national reconciliation processes and sentiments of manipulation of institutions and processes carry risks of tensions and manifestations of political violence”, he warned.

In the months ahead, Mr. Chambas stressed that UNOWAS would continue to work with partners on the national and regional levels to promote consensus and inclusiveness in the elections. 

“As UNOWAS’ mandate is renewed, we count on the Council’s continued full support”, concluded the Special Representative.

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New Report Proposes Global DNA Synthesis Screening System to Counter Biotech Terror

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Rapid advancements in commercially available DNA synthesis technologies – used for example to artificially create gene sequences for clinical diagnosis and treatment – pose growing risks, with the potential to cause a catastrophic biological security threat if accidentally or deliberately misused.

A new World Economic Forum and Nuclear Threat Initiative report, “Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction: A global Framework for Accessible, Safe and Secure DNA Synthesis,” gathers opinion from a group of global public- and private-sector experts who propose standardized screening practices to counter the threat.

Since scientists demonstrated the means to create a full viral genome in 2002, DNA synthesis technologies have become increasingly available and frequently used by scientists and engineers around the world. These technologies support myriad advancements in synthetic biology, enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of industries including energy, food, agriculture, health and manufacturing. Further advances in technology hold great promise for sustainable development and a safer and more secure society.

At the same time, new approaches to DNA editing and synthesis have made it easier to manipulate biological agents and systems, increasing the risk of a catastrophic accidental or deliberate biological event. These technologies make it possible to create pathogen or toxin DNA that could be misused. For example, in 2018 researchers published work detailing the synthesis of horsepox virus, an extinct virus related to smallpox, using synthetic DNA fragments purchased from a commercial provider. This demonstrated the potential for creating other viruses via commercially available technologies.

Although many DNA providers practice screening procedures, this approach is voluntary and is becoming increasingly expensive. As access expands and the cost of DNA synthesis declines, more DNA is likely to reach the market via additional providers, significantly expanding the user base. In the next two to three years, a new generation of benchtop DNA synthesis machines, enabled by enzymatic DNA synthesis methods, could become available without guidance or norms to prevent misuse.

This report, endorsed by an international expert Working Group, recommends a global system for synthetic DNA screening practices by developing an international, cost-effective, and sustainable mechanism to prevent illicit practices and misuse. The new framework improves the existing voluntary guidelines because it standardizes screening processes, is accessible to new players in the market, and provides valuable feedback data to evaluate the screening – all at lower cost.

“Biotechnology is at the centre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To deliver on the promise of the biotechnology revolution, we must seize opportunities to develop and deliver life-advancing innovations while simultaneously and urgently addressing potential risks associated with a growing and democratized bio-economy,” said Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Shaping the Future of Health and Health Care at the World Economic Forum.

The report also proposes that companies, international organizations and governments should explore options for the sustainable oversight and the maintenance of this proposed DNA sequence screening mechanism. DNA synthesis capabilities, in addition to other emerging technologies, can benefit from a larger system of common global life-science norms overseen by a globally recognized entity.

“Global DNA synthesis screening can be a critical tool to reduce the risk that life-science technologies could be deliberately misused to carry out biological attacks or accidentally result in a high-consequence or catastrophic biological event. The time is now,” said Ernest J. Moniz, Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

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Pensacola Rampage, Counter-Terrorism and Power Over Death

Prof. Louis René Beres

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“’I believe’ is the great word against metaphysical fear, and at the same time it is a promising avowal of love.”-Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West

On December 6, 2019, Mohammed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force deployed at a US Naval air station in Pensacola, Florida, opened fire with a 9-millimeter handgun, killing three service members, and injuring eight others. Although the shooter’s precise motive and ideology have not yet been fully established, there is tangible evidence that only hours before his murderous rampage, Alshamrani had railed against the United States for its support of Israel and also for stationing troops in Saudi Arabia. Also plausible is that he fully expected to be killed during the shooting melee, a welcome expectation that suggests a sought-after status of “martyrdom.”

More than likely, recalling certain earlier insights of Oswald Spengler, “I believe” was integral to the shooter’s core Jihadist ideology, a presumed avowal of God’s anticipated grant of immortality or power over death.  Hence, Alshamrani’s slaughter of certain “others” was actually an “avowal of love.”

Going forward, what matters most in this violent episode is what can be learned from the standpoint of improved US counter-terrorism practice. Above all, the lesson is as follows: There can be no greater form of power in world politics than a divinely promised power of immortality. Until now, this always preeminent form of power has remained essentially unrecognized by both scholars and policy-makers. In effectively all Jihadist terrorism-vulnerable countries, counter-terrorist strategies remain tangibly detached from what is most important.

There will be various pertinent concepts and theories to be systematically pondered. For Jihadist terrorists, the ultimate rationale of every operation must concern a presumed power over death.  Without such a core presumption, prima facie, there could be no rational purpose in ever launching “martyrdom” operations. This means, inter alia, that any government interested in more effective counter-terrorism must first learn how to suitably obstruct such a far-reaching terrorist presumption.

Whatever particular answers may be reached in these complex matters, the task involved must always be approached as an intellectual one. Or, as the ancient Greeks and Macedonians wrote about the art of war, it is always, necessarily, a multilayered task of “mind over mind” rather than just “mind over matter.”

Here, too, there will be certain corollary and convergent considerations of legality. Without exception, those Jihadist insurgents who would seek to justify willful injury and execution of noncombatants (e.g., American, European, Israeli, etc.) in the name of “martyrdom” are defiling authoritative international law. Even if the murderous terrorist calls were somehow grounded in jurisprudence –  that is, they would have recognizable elements of “just cause” – these criminals would still be guilty of wrongdoings.

Absolutely egregious and unjustifiable wrongdoings.

To wit, under binding law, insurgents, even those with a more-or-less defensible “just cause,” must nonetheless satisfy assorted jurisprudential limits on permissible targets and permissible levels of violence.

In all such law-based matters, the ends can never justify the means.

Never.

There is more. Under international law, even the most presumptively “sacred” rights of insurgency exclude the intentional targeting of civilians and/or a use of force designed to inflict gratuitous suffering. Whatever else might be said of any particular insurgent resort to force, it is always an impermissible insurgency (i.e., terrorism) when fighters choose to murder individuals in their homes or automobiles by stabbing and shooting. It is also always terrorism when such “martyrs” more systematically deposit nail-filled bombs in hotels, airports, buses or school playgrounds, or when they choose to heighten their odds of achieving immortality by opening fire at allied soldiers “on base.”

Sometimes, more or less explicitly, Jihadist insurgents have advanced a long discredited legal argument known as tu quoque. This formal argument maintains that because the other side (e.g., “infidels,” “apostates,” “blasphemers”) is allegedly guilty of an equivalent or greater criminality, the Jihadist side is free ipso facto of any consequent legal wrongdoing. Such a disingenuous argument is always more-or-less inventive, but it is also always invalid.

Apropos of this unchanging invalidity, one need only be reminded of the postwar judgments rendered by the Nuremberg and Far East (Japan) international tribunals. Both landmark tribunals refused to accept any defense of tu quoque.

There is more. Regarding conventional armies and insurgent forces, the residual right to use armed force can never supplant the peremptory rules of humanitarian international law. Such utterly primary or jus cogens rules are correctly referenced as the law of armed conflict orthe law of war.

Today, especially in parts of Asia and the Middle East, supporters of terror-violence against selected noncombatants insist wrongly that the ends somehow justify the means. Leaving aside the ordinary ethical standards by which any such specious argument must be regarded as indecent, the ends can neverjustify the means under binding international law. Appropriately, for more than two thousand years, conspicuous legal principles have specified that intentional violence against the innocent is prohibited.

Always.

In law, such violence is malum in se, or “evil in itself.”

Always.

In law, one man’s (or woman’s) terrorist, can never be another man’s (or woman’s) “freedom-fighter.” Although it is true that certain insurgencies can sometimes be judged lawful or law-enforcing, even such presumptively allowable resorts to force must still conform to the longstanding laws of war.

Always.

Jurisprudentially, it comes down to this: Whenever an insurgent or insurgent group resorts to unjust means, these actions constitute terrorism. For example, even if now ritualistic Palestinian claims of a hostile “occupation” were to be accepted as reasonable and lawful, any corollary claims of entitlement to “any means necessary” would nonetheless remain false.

International law always displays variously specific and determinable forms. Accordingly, it cannot be casually invented and reinvented by individual terrorists, terror groups or their state patrons in order to justify selective interests. This is especially true where terror violence intentionally targets a designated victim state’s most fragile and vulnerable civilian populations.

National liberation movements that fail to meet the test of just means are never correctly described as lawful or legitimate. Even if authoritative law were to accept the questionable argument that PA, Hamas and assorted sister groups had fulfilled the accepted criteria of “national liberation,” they could still not satisfy the equally relevant legal standards of discrimination, proportionality, and military necessity. More precisely, these critical standards were applied to insurgent or sub-state organizations by the common Article 3 of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, and (additionally) by the two 1977 Protocols to these Conventions.

Standards of “humanity” are also binding upon all combatants by virtue of certain broader customary and conventional international law, including Article 1 of the Preamble to the Fourth Hague Convention of 1907. This rule, commonly called the “Martens Clause,” makes all persons responsible for the “laws of humanity,” and for the associated “dictates of public conscience.”

There is more. Under international law, going back to the “classical” writings of Hugo Grotius and Emmerich de Vattel (legal scholars embraced by the American Founding Fathers in writing both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution), terrorist crimes always mandate universal cooperation in apprehension and punishment. As punishers of “grave breaches” under international law, all states are expected to search out and prosecute or extradite individual terrorists. In no conceivable circumstances are governments ever permitted to treat terrorist “martyrs” as legitimate “freedom fighters.”

This is emphatically true for the United States, which incorporates international law as the “supreme law of the land” at Article 6 of the Constitution, and which was formed by its Founding Fathers according to timeless principles of Natural Law. Although generally unrecognized, even by US lawyers, core legal authority for the American republic was derived from Blackstone’s Commentaries.

There is more. In law, rights can never stem from wrongs. Even if American or Israeli Jihadist adversaries continue to insist on identifying themselves as “martyrs,” such treatment can have no exculpatory or mitigating effect on subsequent terrorist crimes.

 Ultimately, Jihadist insurgents are in search of the most plainly supreme form of power on earth – power over death. Derivatively, counter-terrorism policy-makers in the United States, Israel, or Europe ought never lose sight of immortality as a prime driver of terrorist crimes. Though not usually apparent or self-evident, it is the incomparable promise of power over death that could soon drive Jihadist operatives to certain “higher-order” or WMD forms of destruction.

At that point, which could become nuclear and/or biological, the key counter-terrorism struggle of “mind over mind” will already have been conclusively and irretrievably lost.

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