#AceNewsServices – TEXAS:Dec.19 – Ten Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang members and associates were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in the violent ABT enterprise, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.
According to information presented in court, the 10 defendants were admitted members and associates of the ABT, a powerful race-based organization that operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout Texas and the United States.
Along with other ABT gang members and associates, they agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the ABT gang.
ABT gang members met on a regular basis at various locations throughout Texas to report on gang-related business, collect dues, commit disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members and discuss acts of violence against rival gang members, among other things.
An anonymous writer provided a story on the Daily Beast back in 2013 about the rise of and threat of ABT in an extract provided below:
Four people have been killed since the beginning of the year in a series of shootings that appear to be connected to the homegrown jihadists of the Aryan Brotherhood. Mike McLelland, the district attorney of Texas’s Kaufman County, and his wife, Cynthia Woodward, became the latest victims this past weekend. Before that, McLelland’s former colleague Mark Hasse was shot in January. Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements was gunned down in mid-March.
The ABT was established in the early 1980’s within the Texas prison system. The gang modelled itself after and adopted many of the precepts and writings of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that was formed in the California prison system during the 1960’s.
Previously, the ABT was primarily concerned with the protection of white inmates and white supremacy/separatism, but over time, the ABT has expanded its criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit, according to court records.
#AceWorldNews – FRANCE:Dec.15 – French police dismantled a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria in raids across the country early on Monday, AFP reported.
Police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy, a source said.
It was not immediately reported how many people were arrested.
Almost 1,000 French nationals are estimated to have left to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – Nov.23 – Two British men have reportedly travelled to Syria to fight against the Islamic State.
One of them is a former soldier who served in Afghanistan at least three times, while the other has spent time training with the French army.
Sky Correspondent Ashish Joshi said: “They’ve joined the Kurdish fighters and are now in Syria fighting IS in the town of Kobani.
“This is unusual. Since the conflict started, we’ve been covering reports of British jihadis going out to Syria to fight for IS.”
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – At least 550 German citizens have joined Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told German television channel Phoenix.
“We estimate 550. Just a few days ago we had 450,”he said, “These young people… were radicalized in Germany, within this society.
That’s why prevention must be accompanied by suppression
He added that most of them are men, but several women have also travelled to conflict zones.
Source: RT – Phoenix TV – German Media
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – Nov.14 – British Prime Minister David Cameron revealed some details about the nation’s new counter-terrorism bill, which will be officially presented later in November.
One of the measures includes a right to refuse British nationals returning to the UK after being involved in jihadist fighting abroad, Cameron said in an address to Australia’s parliament on Friday.
Other parts of the bill will deal with airlines – such as not allowing certain airlines to land on UK territory if they do not comply with British no-fly lists and security screen procedures.
Britain raised its security threat level to the second-highest in August due to increasing danger posed by returning Islamic State fighters from Iraq and Syria.
“We have to confront this threat at its source,” Cameron said in Canberra.
#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – Nov.13 – At least seven people were hurt when a bomb went off in a Cairo metro carriage on Thursday, AFP reported, citing security officials.
Egypt is suffering a wave of attacks, many of them claimed by Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.
Last week, a bomb on a train north of the capital killed four people, and blasts in the Cairo metro, and near a presidential palace, wounded several others.
#AceNewsServices – LONDON – Nov.07 – Police investigating an alleged Islamist terrorism plot targeting the UK have arrested four men.
Counter-terrorism police detained the men in London and High Wycombe.
The men, aged between 19 and 27, were all taken to police stations in central London after their arrests overnight and remain in custody.
Police said one of the men was arrested in a west London street, with armed officers assisting, but no shots were fired.
The men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
There is no current indication of a link to Syria or the activities of jihadist group Islamic State, BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said.
The Metropolitan Police said a number of homes and vehicles in west London and the Thames Valley area were being searched by specialist officers as part of the investigation.
In a statement, the force said the arrests and searches were “part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism”.
Officers from the Met’s SO15 counter terrorism command are working with the south east counter terrorism unit and MI5.
The arrests – one of which was in High Wycombe and the other three in west London – come after the UK national terror threat level was raised from “substantial” to “severe” in August.
This means a terrorist attack is considered “highly likely”.
AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – October 18 – The Daily Telegraph last week revealed in an interview with Mayor Boris Johnson that he said Britain’s counter-terrorism forces are monitoring “thousands” of potential extremists in the metropolitan area.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper last Saturday quoted Johnson as saying the security forces in the London area are involved in “thousands of operations” every day. He said the number of people being watched is in the low thousands.
Five young men arrested earlier this week for questioning about a possible terrorist plot are still being held and a number of residences have been searched.
Government sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, have said the men arrested this week include one who recently returned from Syria and police are probing possible ties to the Islamic State group operating there.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 08 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public to help identifying a particular terrorist as well as other possible wannabe-terrorists.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the FBI released a video in which an ISIS terrorist is shown speaking Arabic, but then switches into perfect English, spoken with a North American accent.
The terrorist points to Syrians, men he calls “soldiers of Assad.”
The faces of the men are blurred out, but the masked terrorist informs the audience that the men are digging their own graves.
The video, which appears after this article, is part of a new effort by the FBI to elicit the public’s help through the use of social media.
The FBI has also posted online a form for viewers to fill out if they believe they have information about the identity of the ISIS terrorist in the video.
The video ends showing the men who had been digging with shovels lined up, kneeling at the edge of the pit that was dug.
The terrorist is holding a pistol.
#AceWorldNews – Kosovo(Pristina) – September 17 – Police in Kosovo arrested 15 people on Wednesday in the second major operation in weeks to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria, Reuters said.
Among those detained are an influential imam of the Grand Mosque in the capital, Pristina, the leader of an Islamic-rooted political party, and a number of other imams, according to local media.
The charges include terrorism, threatening the constitutional order, incitement and religious hate speech, a police source said.
On August 11, 40 people were arrested on suspicion of fighting in Iraq and Syria or recruiting insurgents RT reported.
#AceBreakingNews – FRANCE (Lyon) – Six people have been arrested near Lyon on suspicions of recruiting young women to join Islamist groups fighting in Syria, France 24 said.
The arrests were made on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Lyon area in central France, according to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
France has today drafted a law aimed at stopping aspiring jihadists from travelling.It includes a ban on foreign travel for up to six months for individuals suspected of radicalisation, and the authorities can invalidate their passports temporarily.
Also and according to the new law, the travel ban could be imposed, “where there are serious reasons to believe that someone is planning to travel abroad to take part in terrorist activities, war crimes or crimes against humanity or in a theatre of operations of terrorist groups and in conditions likely to jeopardize public security upon their return to French territory.”
According to a police source, a brother and a sister were among those detained, with one of the suspects linked to Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), an Islamist extremist group that has called for France to become an Islamic caliphate. The group was banned in 2012.
About 2,000 Europeans are believed to be fighting in Iraq and Syria. Security officials fear they will use their jihadist training to launch attacks on home soil after returning to Europe on their European passports.
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – September 12 – Germany has banned the Islamic State in order to prevent the militants from recruiting young jihadists in Germany or from using fighters returning to Europe to carry out attacks.
“The terrorist organization Islamic State is a threat to public safety in Germany as well,” Reuters quoted Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere as saying.
Over 400 Germans have reportedly joined IS in Iraq and Syria and about 40 have died, some in suicide attacks.
More than 100 jihadists are back in Germany including “some with combat experience who have learned to hate,” the minister said.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – September 01 – Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic extremist group Isis, and have said that British jihadis are “betraying their own societies” by getting involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
’ ISIS Jihadists Rip-Up Passports ‘
The fatwa represents the British Muslim community’s strongest denunciation of Isis yet, calling the extremist group “heretical” and “an oppressive and tyrannical group.”
According to The Sunday Times, the fatwa, authored by Sheik Usama Hasan, a former imam from east London, and supported by six senior Islamic scholars across the country, says it is “religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join” Isis.
Though Muslims have a “moral obligation” to help the Syrian and Iraqi people, they must do so “without betraying their own societies,” the fatwa states.
Baroness Warsi, former Foreign Office minister: “These are substantial figures and I welcome this announcement. The Islamic State is neither a state nor Islamic. I echo the words of these religious leaders.”
#AceNewsServices – May 25 – SYRIA – A British jihadist has been filmed training foreign fighters in Syria, the Sunday Times reported, describing the fighters as “ninjas” as they are seen fully dressed in black in a video uploaded to YouTube. (Will upload later )
In the clip, the Briton, aged 23 according to the newspaper, said: “There is no place better than being out on the battlefield.”
The man, who is believed to have been killed earlier this month, fought under the alias Abu Hafs al-Pakistani, according to the Times, which added that the name is seemingly a reference to his family origins.
Courtesy of Alaribiya
#AceNewsServices – ALGIERS – May 02 – Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility Thursday for an April ambush in Algeria’s restive Kabylie region that killed 11 soldiers.
“On the night of April 19, Mujahideen ambushed an army convoy in the Iboudrarene region… The toll was around 30 soldiers killed or wounded,” said a statement posted on-line.
At the time, a security source said gunmen in the AQIM bastion of Iboudrarene, east of Algiers, had ambushed the convoy and killed 11 soldiers.
The attack was the deadliest on the military in years and came two days after ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected.
The convoy was returning to barracks after helping to secure the election, during which clashes broke out in Kabylie between police and anti-Bouteflika youths. — AFP
AQIM Analysis by Posted by RBoales isvg.org
Of all Al Qaeda’s regional affiliates AQIM has probably garnered the least attention in the United States. A concern about growing synergy between Islamist terrorist groups in North and Central Africa, however, has thrust AQIM to the forefront. AQIM recently swore allegiance to newly appointed AQC leader, Ayman Al Zawahiri, on 7/7/2010, and the group purportedly has nascent ties to Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Somalia’s Al-Shabaab.
On the macro scale, the United States’ interest in North and Central Africa is driven by security as well as energy concerns, particularly as Russia and China seek to expand economic ties to the region. Pham argues that the region has the potential of “being the setting for an explosive mix of Islamist terrorism, secular grievances, and criminality.” Weak military and counter-terrorism forces in Niger, Mali, and Mauritania, coupled with vast desert landscapes, have allowed AQIM to establish footholds in many of the region’s ungoverned areas.
AQIM is undergoing increased decentralization, but despite this fact, at least two of its senior leaders have connections to AQC. In November 2010, the current AQIM leader, Abdelmalek Droukdel, released a tape informing French authorities that they must negotiate directly with Osama Bin Laden to secure the release of French nationals kidnapped by AQIM in September 2010.
Droukdel was also in contact with the late Al Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, in 2004 and 2005, as well as AQC leaders based in Waziristan, Pakistan.
Mukhtar Belmokhtar, an infamous Algerian jihadist who fought with the mujahideen in Afghanistan in the early 1990’s and was a commander of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat’s (GSPC) Masked Brigade in the 2000’s, served as a liaison between AQC and Algerian-based terrorist groups.
He was in contact with AQC when it was based in Sudan in the early 1990’s and continued to serve as a point of contact through the mid-2000’s; while he has notoriously been at odds with the Algeria-based wing of AQIM led by Droukdel, Belmokhtar still provides support to AQIM and is a major player in the Sahel region, leading a brigade of 150 men.
Finally, the recent arrest of former GSPC operative and current AQC external operations committee member Younis al-Mauritani (aka Abdul Rahman Hussein) is evidence of closer ties between AQC and AQIM, assuming al-Mauritani has remained in touch with his North African contacts.
Editor: Will update to present day in next post …………… soon
AFP – SAUDI GAZETTE – ISVG
#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – April 28 – Yemeni forces have launched an operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of southern towns, the military said on Tuesday.
Last week, air strikes killed nearly 60 militants in the area. After being forced out from major cities in Abyan in 2012, Al-Qaeda jihadists established strongholds in the Arabian Peninsula, in the provinces of Abyan and Shabwa.
Government forces clashed on Tuesday with Islamist gunmen in the Lahmar area and near Al-Saeed as militants confronted advancing government forces.
“There has been an official decision to uproot Al-Qaeda from Abyan and Shabwa,” said Hussein al-Wuhayshi, a leader of the Popular Committees armed groups that fought alongside government forces.
AP – AFP – Reuters – Yemeni News
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – April 27 – British counter-terrorism police are appealing to Muslim women to stop their sons, brothers and husbands from fighting in Syria.
The move came as Scotland Yard revealed that 40 Syria-related arrests were made this year so far compared to 25 in total last year.
This is a huge shift in the police’s tone how to deal with extremism and would-be jihadists within British Muslim communities.
On the launch of the campaign, Helen Ball, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism said: “We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict.”
“We want to ensure that people, particularly women, who are concerned about their loved ones are given enough information about what they can do to prevent this from happening,” she added.
Around 20 British fighters are said to have been killed in the Syrian civil war.
However, this new police strategy is seen by Abu Bakr and some other Muslims as a way of spying on their children.
Report by Al Arabiya’s Mostapha Zarou
Contributions from British News and Media Sources – http://tinyurl.com/l3ddrj2
#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – April 27 – An attack against a jihadist convoy by Iraqi army helicopters left eight people dead on Sunday, an interior ministry spokesman said.
“The army struck eight tanker trucks in Wadi Suwab inside Syrian territory as they were trying to enter Iraqi territory to provide the (jihadist) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with fuel,” Brigadier General Saad Maan said.
The attack, which occurred in eastern Syria as the convoy tried to approach the border, was the first time Iraq’s military has said it carried out an offensive in Syria.
Maan said there was “no coordination with the Syrian regime” over the strike and that it was simply protecting its border.
“Our responsibility now is to protect our border and to protect the border from the other side, because there is no protection from the other side,” he said.
The vehicles were travelling to the western Iraqi border province in Anbar, where ISIL has been fighting Iraqi security forces and controls the city of Fallujah.
ISIL first emerged in Iraq after the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003 and later began fighting in Syria.
The brutal methods its fighters used in Syrian areas under their control turned other opposition groups against them, and they were pushed back by other rebel groups into their stronghold in north-eastern Syria, where they still hold territory.
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#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – April 11 – (RT) – Radicalised UK citizens returning from Syria are the biggest threat to national security, official reports claim. With increasing access to equipment and training, there are growing fears Brits are encouraged to carry out attacks on home soil.
The 500 Britons who have gone to fight in Syria over the past three years put the Middle-Eastern country in Whitehall’s sights as a much more dangerous place for radicalization than Iraq. An assessment by the MI5 spells out how alluring Syria has become to UK jihadists.
“The nature of the conflict in Syria and the emergence of Al-Nusra Front, which has declared its allegiance to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, is leading to the country becoming an increasingly significant potential source of future threats to the UK and UK interests overseas,” the text also reads.
Concerns over the grave threat have been confirmed to the Telegraph by an unnamed Whitehall contact.
RT – Telegraph – UK News Sources