Misrad was born in Tutin Serbia(1) to Muslim parents. In his twenties he became radicalized by Wahhabi (Vehabije) Imams in Saudi funded mosques that have been proliferating throughout Bosnia and the Balkans. (2) He got a Saudi ‘scholarship’ to be further radicalized by Wahhabi fanatics in Mecca KSA between 2002 and 2008. He then went to a Chechen run terrorist ‘finishing’ school in Vienna to study martial arts and weapons training.
Misrad is part of a Wahhabi Salafi ideologue who preaches hatred against Shia, Sufi, Christians and the West in social media. (3)He is also part of a local terror cell based at the Wahhabi dominated Altun Alem mosque in the Viennese district of Meidling (Austria). (4) Vienna is a well-known hub of global Jihadist terrorism, mainly because of Bosnian Muslim activity funded by Saudi Arabia. Misrad does not earn a living. He is on welfare (like so many hate preachers living in the West). Misrad has a pregnant wife and five children, all of whom live on welfare of the Austrian government.
Unlike the Australian PM who called the recent Sydney Siege attack by a Wahhabi madman Man Haron Monis (5) as ‘politically’ motivated, the Austrian authorities are more correct in calling Wahhabi actions of that type ‘religiously motivated’ extremism and terrorism.
Sabina Selimovic and Samra Kesinovic two Bosnian girls (aged only 14 and 16 when they left Austria) who were refugees in Austria and then settled in Austria were lured to their deaths in Syria by Wahhabi propaganda mouthed by Bosnian Ebu Tejma aka Misrad on his You Tube channel. Misrad as Imama of the Altun Alem mosque asked Muslims in the congregation about whether they had “daughters of marriageable age, presumably to entice and reward the jihadists joining the fight under the black banner of Isis” (6).
“Salafism is the fastest-growing Islamic movement in the world. It is rooted in the 19th century where it emerged as a way of combating the spread of European ideas and values. But in recent years, it has come to be associated with the jihad of extremist groups that advocate the killing of innocent civilians. Security services recorded a constant stream of Salafist preachers, often accompanied by Mujahedin fighters travelling up from Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the mosque and the imam has been appearing in online videos revealing that it is every Muslim’s duty to join jihad if an Islamic state is under attack from non-believers. It is not even necessary to ask parents for permission, because even that normally essential parental duty takes second place to the duty to fight.” (7)
When they ran away to join ISIS in Syria, Sabina and Samara left a note, telling their parents: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah – and we will die for him.” (8)
They became the poster girls for ISIS on the internet.
In Syria the girls had to wear a full black niqab and were used as virtual sex slaves for ISIS fighters in an ISIS brothel run by British Wahhabi women pimps in the ISIS ‘capital’ Raqqua Syria before becoming pregnant. They were reported to have regrated their decision and wanted to come home to Austria but it was too late. According to UN official David Scharia one girl has recently been reported as having been killed and the other ‘disappeared’ in Syria. The exact circumstances are not known. (9)
33 year old Misrad was arrested on 28 November 2014 with 12 other Wahhabi Salafi’s in Vienna on terrorism charges. (10)
“Austria has been concerned for years over fears that the country was becoming a hub for terrorist activities after inviting thousands of Muslim refugees into the country during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.” (11)
The Austrian police and national security officers (WEGA) like their counterparts in other countries such as Australia (12) have been conducting mass nationwide raids to weed out Wahhabi extremists who have been funding ISIS and luring hundreds of young Muslims aged between 15 and 30 either as Wahhabi concubines to ISIS fighters or to their death as cannon fodder in Syria and Iraq. There are estimated to be 150 Austrian citizens who have gone to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS fighting or sex brigades.
The Austrian anti-terror sweeps (13) were the culmination of a 2 year investigation and involved 900 police and intelligence operatives in which they allegedly monitored phone calls between Misrad and the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The nationwide raids were the biggest in Austria since WWII. Many centres of Wahhabi extremism were uncovered in mosques, so called ‘prayer rooms’, private homes of Wahhabi’s and Islamic Centres in key Austrian cities like Graz, Linz and Vienna.(14) The raids found proof of recruitment for ISIS, terrorist propaganda, cash and other terrorist paraphernalia. 13 arrests were made.
As a result of the Wahhabi terror grooming, funding and propaganda campaigns by the likes of Misrad, the Austrian Parliament on 10 December 2014 passed wide sweeping Anti-Terror laws (15)that included banning ISIS and AL Qaeda flags as terror symbols and takes away Austrian citizenship from Austrian Muslims who go to Syria to join ISIS. These laws mirror similar laws passed in Germany on 5 September 2014 that were based on the 1960 anti-Fascism laws called Abzeichengesetz (Badge Law)– which outlaws Nazi symbols, flags, uniforms and insignia. Other European countries like Denmark are said to be following suit.(16)
“Austria’s government has announced a new ‘counselling centre for extremism’ and a deradicalization hotline (0800 2020 44), intended to help young Muslims living in Austria from falling under the influence of jihadist recruiters and extremists.” (17)
1.http://www.b92.net/eng/news/crimes.php?yyyy=2011&mm=10&dd=29&nav_id=77084 Tutin (is both a town and municipality of Serbia). Along with Gornja Maoca andSouth-West Sandzak region have long been a hotbed for Wahhabi (aka Jihadist) extremism in Serbia. Since 2008 the growth of Wahhabi extremism in Bosnia has spread throughout the Balkans including Serbia and into Austria. file:///C:/Users/Media-Server/Documents/Articles%20by%20Athos/08(06)KM.pdf. The main instigator of the spread of Wahhabism from Bosnia into Serbia was the former Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric (although he denies this) . He has a working relationship in that regard with the Mufti of Sandzak in Serbia, Muamer Zukoric and Chechen Wahhabists who promote Jihad. Serbian authorities have identified 500 Islamic terror leaders that operate inside Serbia whose activities include drug smuggling, human trafficking and recruiting locally to send Jihad fighters to Syrian war. http://serbianna.com/blogs/bozinovich/archives/1972 In 2011 17 Wahhabi terrorists, including Mevlid Jasarevic were arrested following an attack on the US embassy in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. http://www.thejournal.ie/17-arrested-over-terrorist-attack-in-sarajevo-266870-Oct2011/ The Wahhabis (Vehabije) first started appearing in the Balkans in 1997 http://www.islamicpluralism.org/493/euro-islam.
3.http://www.defenddemocracy.org/content/uploads/documents/facebook_fatwa_low_res_2.pdf “the (Saudi) monarchy relies on the descendants of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab (eighteenth century), the Al al-Sheikh lineage, who preach the ascetic Salafi version of Islam indigenous to Saudi Arabia, now known as Wahhabism. Thus, the Al al-Sheikh and other prominent religious families provide the House of Saud with religious authority, which bolsters its credibility at home and defends it from religious detractors abroad…. In 1962, ibn Saud’s son, Faisal, who became king in 19 6 4, founded the Muslim World League (MWL) to facilitate the global propagation of Wahhabism. Faisal intended the MWL to challenge Shi’a, Sufis, and other “heretical” Muslim sects. To further that objective in South Asia, the MWL backed the Deobandis and other Salafi fundamentalist groups ideologically akin to Wahhabis. Meanwhile, the Saudis sent missionaries and funding for Islamic schools…. From 19 7 3 to 20 0 2, the Saudi government spent more than $ 80 billion on Islamic institutions and activities in the non-Muslim world alone…. construction of more than 1,500 mosques, 150 Islamic centers, 20 2 Muslim colleges, and 2,0 0 0 Islamic schools. 36 As of 20 0 2, Saudi funding produced an estimated 10 0 0 0 Deobandi-run schools in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Other targets for Wahhabi outreach were countries with large Muslim populations like Albania, Kosovo, and Bosnia, where the Saudis have spent more than $ 6 0 0 million alone. As a result of this outreach, nearly 80 percent of all Islamic institutions in the U.S. and Canada are Saudi-sponsored, not to mention mosques and Islamic centers across Western Europe”
10.See December 12, 2014 article http://www.thelocal.at/20141212/custody-extended-for-islamic-hate-preacher
12.In October 2014 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/terror/antiterrorism-police-raid-melbourne-homes-over-jihad-funding/story-fnpdbcmu-1227075758106?nk=3fbccc7f0481beca5a6cad9fe4db4df3
15.See December, 11, 2014 http://www.thelocal.at/20141211/austria-passes-anti-terror-law
16.See December, 11, 2014 http://www.thelocal.at/20141211/austria-passes-anti-terror-law
A Virus Yet to Be Eradicated
Much as everything in this world, human memory knows its limits. Increasingly receding into a background of the past, episodes of our life—be they thrilling at the thought or intensely dramatic—grow faint and fade, as they are gradually eclipsed by latest events and fresh experiences.
On September 11, 2001, I happened to be a first-hand witness to the most heinous terrorist attack in humanity’s contemporary history—the hijacked passenger jets heading to crash into the towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Twenty-one years later, I’m somewhat in doubt that all of this happened to me for a fact: blinding flares of orange against the backdrop of a blue September sky, swirls of smoke and dust slowly blanketing the city’s downtown narrow streets, a high-pitched cacophony of fire-truck and police sirens, crowds of disoriented people having no idea where to run and what the next moment might bring.
In the wake of 9/11, international terrorism has predictably become a thing to bandy about. Like many of my colleagues, I was attending numerous conferences and seminars as well as partaking in various research projects on the subject. Besides, a stroke of fate gave me a rare opportunity to have personal conversations with such heavyweights of world politics as Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Richard Armitage, Thomas R. Pickering, Kofi Annan and others, who made their meaningful contribution to fostering cooperation in countering the terrorist threat. In a way, their efforts have borne fruit as the world has seen nothing similar to 9/11 since 2001.
Still, we have to admit that the war on terror has not ended in a decisive victory. Terrorist attacks no longer claim lives of thousands—however, hundreds have died in the massive attacks in Paris and in Madrid, in Bagdad and in Berlin, in Beslan and over Sinai, in Gamboru (Nigeria) and in Mumbai (India), with new names added to this tragic list every so often. Large-scale terrorist attacks are now few and far between in the United States, but there have been more of them in Europe, let alone in the Middle East. The recent suicide bombing near the Russian Embassy in Kabul is yet another reminder that the terrorist threat is still here. Why, then, is the goal to wipe out terrorism—now dating two decades—not achieved so far?
In the first place, the international community has failed to agree on a common definition of terrorism’s origins, driving forces and character. What some actors explicitly dub as “terrorist” may look like a national liberation struggle for others. Bring up the issue of terrorism in Kashmir in a conversation with Indians and Pakistani, only to see there can hardly be a common denominator in this matter.
Second, any success in the fight against terrorism entails a high level of trust between the interacting parties—simply because they would have to exchange sensitive and confidential information. In today’s world, trust is thin on the ground. An apparent and mounting deficit of this resource is not only present in the relations between Moscow and Washington; it also takes its toll on the relations between Beijing and Brussels, between Riyadh and Teheran, between Cairo and Addis Ababa, between Bogota and Caracas, and the list goes on.
Third, international terrorism is far from an issue that is set in stone. It is gradually changing and evolving to become more resilient, sophisticated, and cunning. Similar to a dangerous virus, the terrorist threat is mutating, generating ever new strains. Ironically, what is especially dangerous today is the kind of terrorism bred by anonymous mavericks and amateurs rather than the sort represented by well-known transnational extremist movements—individualists are the hardest to track and neutralize, while plans of amateurs are harder to reveal.
The current progress in military technology, coupled with other trends in the contemporary international arena, portend a new spike in terrorist activities in the coming years. Modern and increasingly complex social and economic infrastructure, especially in large metropolitan areas, is an enabling environment for hard-hitting terrorist attacks. Besides, international and civil conflicts—like the one raging in Ukraine—drastically heighten the accessibility of modern arms for would-be terrorists.
Add to this a comprehensive setback in the resilience of global economy, which may be fraught with more social tensions and an inevitable rise of pollical radicalism and extremism in a broad range of countries. An obvious foretelling: In this “nutrient broth”, the virus of terrorism, which has not been wholly eradicated, stands all the chances for an “explosive” growth.
It may well be possible that all of us will in the years ahead be lucky enough to avoid a second edition of the events that shattered the world on September 11, 2001. Still, taking terrorism off the agenda is only possible if humanity effects a transition to a new level of global governance. It is either that the leading powers are wise and energetic enough for this, or the tax that international terrorism imposes on our common civilization will be progressively higher.
From our partner RIAC
ISIS Rises from the Dust in the Syrian Desert
Over the last few months Syria’s northeast has been spiraling downwards to chaos amid the surge of violence and terror attributed to Islamic State (IS). After almost five years of dormant existence the terror group is once again making its way to prominence in Syria. With the so-called territorial califate no longer viable, the IS members have switched to hit-and-run attacks on remote outposts and prolific use of improvised explosive devices (IED) against vehicles. These attacks target both US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian army units operating in the northeastern provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. At the same time the terrorists managed to restore afinancial safety net by extorting money from local professionals, including small business owners, doctors and teachers. Those who refuse to pay are subjected to threats and torture. The resulting insecurity enables the terror group to widen the scope of its activities even further.
The deterioration of the security situation in Syria went almost unnoticed by the international community distracted by the Ukrainian conflict. Under these circumstances the U.S. has a window of opportunity to curb the Russian influence in Syria and undermine theimage of power projected by Moscow in the Middle East.
Indeed, the areas held by the Russians and the Syrian army in Deir Ezzor and Homs have witnessed an increase in bloody attacks, supposedly carried out by IS fighters. The terrorists were able to avoid retaliation by retreating to no man’s land in the areas abutting the U.S. bases, namely Al-Shadadi, the Green Zone near Abu-Kemal border crossing and Al-Tanf base. Moreover, previously each IS attack in US-controlled areas had been followed by joint raids of SDF and the US special forces. It is no longer so. Considerable resources that might otherwise have been used for counterinsurgency operations are allocated to maintaining security in Al-Hol camp, where some 12,000 IS fighters and their family members are held. Add to that the imminent threat of Turkish invasion from the north. The SDF was led into a deadlock and is loosing the grip on the region. Meanwhile IS sleeper cells exploit the situation to their advantage and infiltrate territories controlled by the Syrian army.
These suspicions are confirmed by a high-ranking source in the Syrian intelligence. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the source claimed that the U.S. helicopters transported 200 former IS fighters from prisons in Haseke to the 55-km security zone around Al-Tanf. The terrorists will be split up into groups of 10 – 15 people. These groups will be then sent to provinces with Russian presence including Homs, Latakia, Tartus and Damascus with the task of conducting terror attacks with IEDs at the Russian military sites. Most of the selected militants originate from Northern Caucasia or Central Asia and therefore are fluent in Russian.
The source added that the list of the primary targets of the terrorists includes the phosphate mines in Hneifis guarded by Russian security companies as well as Russian military bases in Lattakia, Tartus, Damascus and Aleppo.
Ultimately, the recruitment of IS members to create disturbance for the Russians would only become a logical development of the proxy policy adopted by the U.S. in Syria. After all, Washington is killing two birds with one stone by destabilizing the area of Russian influence and making use of the IS prisoners. However, there is another conclusion to be made: Washington has failed in its initial mission to defeat IS and is now resorting to the use of terror group splinters in its political power games.
Pakistan is a victim of terrorism
A High-Level Ministerial the first Session of the UN Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism was held on 8 September 2022, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s remarks:-
“I am honored to speak today at the first UN Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism. This subject has special resonance for me personally, having lost my illustrious mother, the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan, in a dastardly act of terrorism.
2. The Government and the people of Pakistan pay solemn tribute to all those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists. I express my profound support and solidarity with the victims and families of those who have been affected by this scourge.
3. The international community has an abiding responsibility to protect and support victims of terrorism. This has to be the basic tenant of our efforts to promote peace and security in the world.
4. While waging kinetic efforts to eradicate terrorist groups is imperative, we cannot fully win the fight against terrorism without preserving the rights of millions of innocent, defenseless, and vulnerable people who have suffered immensely because of terrorism. There should be more focus on retribution and rehabilitation and justice. Equally important is the need to work together to prevent further attacks, hold terrorists to account, and adopt a uniform victim-centric approach while addressing the challenges faced in conflict zones.
5. It is also unfortunate that political expediency and real politick have been allowed to dictate international response towards terrorism. Our tolerance for terrorism must not be a function of our foreign and domestic policies. This selective approach toward terrorism is the biggest injustice to the victims of terrorism.
6. For the last two decades, Pakistan has been one of the worst victims of terrorism – with over 80,000 causalities and economic losses exceeding $150 billion. We pay tribute to the families of martyrs of our law enforcement agencies and armed forces, who have rendered invaluable sacrifices while defending our motherland.
7. If we are to chart a way forward for victims, we must look beyond narrow political interests and geo-political agendas. We must examine why, despite global strategies, the terrorist threats continue to proliferate and give rise to the number of victims.
8. To further debate this issue, I would like to make a few points: First, we must address the root causes of terrorism and conditions conducive to terrorism. Second, we must distinguish terrorism from legitimate struggles for self-determination. Third, we must address state-sponsored terrorism, especially in cases of foreign occupation, and reject occupying powers’ propensity to use brute force against occupied people in the name of counter-terrorism operations. Fourth, we must have a consensus definition of terrorism and take into account new and emerging threats. Fifth, we must address challenges emanating from the use of new technologies by terrorists, especially on social media and the dark web. And finally, we must counter disinformation campaigns.
9. Pakistan condemns terrorism in all forms and manifestations including right-wing, Islamophobia, racially and ethnically motivated, and state-sponsored terrorism.
10. Terrorism can only be completely eradicated by fighting extremism and the mindset that breeds violent extremism. I would like to urge that this global problem requires continuing international cooperation without any prejudices or preconceived notions against any particular religion, race, civilization, or country.
11. I would also like to take this opportunity to pay special homage to the oppressed people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and Palestine who deserve our special attention for their continuing suffering as victims of the worst forms of state-terrorism. The international community must hold the perpetrators of such state terrorism, and crimes against humanity, to account.
12. Our inability to address these issues will continue to increase victims and add to their suffering. It will also add to the physical and psychological trauma that may outlive many conflicts. The international community owes it to the victims of terrorism to take effective steps to address terrorism, wherever it may be, in whatever form it exists, without political considerations. This is our moral as well as legal obligation.”
Pakistan’s sacrifices in the Afghan war are much more than the collective damages caused to the 46 nations alliance led by the US in Afghanistan. Pakistan suffered the loss of around 80,000 precious human lives and an economic loss of estimated worth US Dollars 250 billion, in addition to the menace of terrorism, drugs, and gun cultures. The international community should acknowledge Pakistan’s sacrifices and compensate.
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