ANALYTIC GROUNDING: The Boko Haram terrorist (BHT) group was founded in 2002 by a Sunni Islamic preacher Mohammed Yusuf in Maiduguri, Borno state in Nigeria’s north – east. Yusuf exploited the seemingly conservative nature of Northern Nigeria as reflected in the region’s opposition to or backwardness in western education. Consequently, Yusuf built a mosque and Islamiyah School in Maiduguri (madrassa). At the madrassa that thousands of people, mostly uneducated and poor Muslims and converts from across Nigeria and the neighboring countries of Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger were dogmatically radicalised into Boko Haram ideology. Similarly, the endemic poverty, illiteracy and unemployment in the north – east was also exploited by Yusuf, thereby succeeded in creating a cult like followership. Continue reading
In what has the potential to be one of the most important verdicts in the era of modern terrorism, a federal jury has found the Arab Bank of Jordan liable for “knowingly supporting terrorism efforts” relating to 24 attacks by the terrorist group Hamas that took place during the Second Intifada.
The suit was filed under the American Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows for Americans or their families to sue if they are harmed in acts of terrorism abroad. In the case of the roughly 300 plaintiffs, they sought damages from the Arab Bank, in part, for hosting accounts for members of Hamas. Continue reading
English: Photograph of the Zhawar Kili Al-Badr Camp (West), Afghanistan, used by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Gen. Henry H. Shelton, U.S. Army, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, to brief reporters in the Pentagon on the U.S. military strike on a chemical weapons plant in Sudan and terrorist training camps in Afghanistan on Aug. 20, 1998. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Date – 29th January 2014
By – Andrew Staniforth – Police Oracle
Officers need to understand the law in order to help keep their communities safe, writes Andrew Staniforth.
Over recent years the police and intelligence agencies have increasingly focused upon terrorist training camps. It is important for police officers to understand what may constitute such a place – at home or overseas – to ensure they are keeping their communities safe from contemporary terrorist activity.
On one level, terrorist training facilities can relate to camps in the mountainous border regions of Pakistan or Afghanistan. They may also be located within Iraq, or more recently in Syria, where individuals attend from all over the world to join rebel groups and fight for their chosen cause. These camps are located in secure locations, they are lightweight, very mobile and often move around to avoid identification and capture.
On another level, terrorist training camps may relate to an outward bound centre or paintballing facility located in the UK, where terrorist organisations use the cover of legitimate businesses to conduct training to develop and improve their capabilities, and more worryingly, progress the recruitment and radicalisation of vulnerable British citizens.
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Don Borelli, a former member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, said the terrorist threat in Sochi, Russia, is unique because officials already know terrorists are planning an attack in Sochi sometime during the Olympics.
Experts say that the fight against transnational terrorism should take place within the confines of the law and respect individuals’ fundamental rights.
By Hassan Benmehdi for Magharebia in Rabat – 13/02/12
Members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) met last week in Rabat to examine legal measures for tackling the international extremist threat.
The two-day conference, which wrapped up Wednesday (February 8th), was attended by a range of lawyers, magistrates, and experts from 29 countries, various international NGOs and state officials.
The Arab world is now determined to wage a merciless war on the phenomenon of terrorism, but only within the bounds of law and current legal provisions, according to Ashraf Mohsen, the counter-terrorism co-ordinator at the Egyptian foreign ministry.
“This meeting, held in Morocco, is evidence of the commitment of Maghreb and Arab countries to the fight against this problem, whilst respecting the supremacy of the law and the various international conventions on human rights,” Mohsen said in a press statement.
2011 Review of Terrorism in Africa
The past twelve months have seen increased terrorist activity in Africa leaving some not so pleasant senarios for 2012. In fact, I would say that 2011 saw terrorist groups moving almost at will on the continent despite greater security push back than every before. Sure, Africa’s terrorist groups are an extremely mixed bag, yet they seem poised to continue to reign havoc on citizens in their path.
Nigerian security forces killed and captured hundreds of Boko Haram loyalists in 2009 and 2010, including the summary execution of two of its leaders Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed and Alhaji Buji Foi. Some predicted the end of Boko Haram, yet in the past twelve months Boko Haram has risen to the level of the most active terrorist group on planet Earth carrying out more frequent and deadlier bombings. In the past the Boko Haram terrorists struck mostly in their own neighborhood of northern Nigeria, especially around Maiduguri, in 2011 they struck severe blows at security installations and the United Nations headquarters in the capital, Abuja. They ended the year with the horrific Christmas day bombings.
Al-Shabaab continued to raise havoc and fear in East Africa, particularly in Somalia. The al-Qaeda linked group struck often in southern villages and in Mogadishu during the year. The most notable event was the interjection of foreign countries into the battle against al-Shabaab. Kenya has for years had to deal with al-Shabaab in the Eastleigh district of Nairobi and in the far northern reaches of the country. In 2011 large numbers of Kenyan troops began to cross the border to seek and destroy al-Shabaab operatives after the abduction of tourists and aid workers. The United States re-inserted itself into Somalia through its use of drones, initially for intelligence gathering and later bombing suspected al-Shabaab staging areas. Israel even intimated that it was willing to lend a hand in the battle against al-Shabaab.