June 11, 2013

Intelligence: Islamic Terrorism Doesn't Exist

I was reading this article on the OODA website. OODA is an open source intelligence group.

State Department 2012 Country Reports on Terrorism: “The al-Qa’ida (AQ) core, under the direction of Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been significantly degraded as a result of ongoing worldwide efforts against the organization. Usama bin Laden’s death was the most important milestone in the fight against AQ, but there have been other successes – dozens of senior AQ leaders have been removed from the fight in the AfghanistanPakistan region. Ilyas Kashmiri, one of the most capable AQ operatives in South Asia, and Atiya Abdul Rahman, AQ’s second-in-command, were killed in Pakistan in 2011. AQ leaders Abu Yahya Al-Libi and Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti were killed in 2012. As a result of these leadership losses, the AQ core’s ability to direct the activities and attacks of its affiliates has diminished, as its leaders focus increasingly on survival.

Leadership losses have also driven AQ affiliates to become more independent. The affiliates are increasingly setting their own goals and specifying their own targets. As avenues previously open to them for receiving and sending funds have become more difficult to access, several affiliates have engaged in kidnapping for ransom. Through kidnapping for ransom operations and other criminal activities, the affiliates have also increased their financial independence. While AQ affiliates still seek to attack the “far enemy,” they seem more inclined to focus onsmaller scale attacks closer to their home base. Both al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have taken steps to seize land and impose their brutal authority over local populations.

While reporting some of the Obama administrations talking points about al-Qaeda being "decimated". The report goes on to list many major and minor terrorist threats.

But sadly they cannot bring themselves to use the term Islamic Terrorist or even use the word Islam at all.

In the report includes a mention Mohammad Merah who gunned down many in in France and has been linked to many Islamists, including those of the group Sharia for France. The report describes him a violent Lone Wolf extremist.

Lone Wolf” violent extremists also remain a concern, as we saw in March 2012, when violent extremist gunman Mohammed Merah went on a multiday killing spree in Toulouse and Montauban, France. Seven people, including three children, lost their lives before he was killed by police. “
As if his actions took place on a vacuum and he had no contacts or relations to French Islamist groups where are sympathetic to al-Qaeda. Nor any mention that his attacks were targeted against Jews.

Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and their sympathizers antisemitism is well known, yet there is no mention of antisemitism in the report. Because, you know, pointing out the terrorists ultimate Islamic goal of genocide against Israel might besmirch their reputation.

By Howie at 10:40 AM | Comments |