Islamic State & North Africa

An Islamic state is a type of government, in which the primary basis for government is Islamic religious law. North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, linked by the Sahara to Sub-Saharan Africa. 5.0/5

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Inphographic: Islamic State (linked activity in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia during July 2015. http…
Could ISIS' foray into North Africa draw another Western intervention in Libya?: The expansion of the Libyan c...
Here's a look at the Islamic State group's reach across North Africa, and how the extremists' growing presence is vi…
A look at the Islamic State group's reach into North Africa
ROME, Jan. 18, 2015 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Italy to discuss threats to Italy's southern flank and get the Italian perspective on the country's security issues, ahead of a two-day NATO meeting in Brussels. The Italians are great military partners who have "stepped up in any number of missions," Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in an interview here today. Dempsey, who arrived in Rome earlier in the day, is to meet Monday with his Italian counterpart, Chief of Defense Adm. Luigi Binelli Mantelli, as well as Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti. The talks with this "key ally" come at an important time, Dempsey said. "There have been approximately 160,000 immigrants from North Africa into Italy, (that) puts a huge burden on them, so they have some real concerns about their southern flank," he said. Dempsey and European defense officials have expressed concern about the possible flow of foreign fighters, via the southern flank. Dempsey lauded the Italians for their contributions to glo ...
France, as part of a NATO-led coalition, has been arming, funding, aiding, and otherwise perpetuating Al Qaeda terrorists for years, beginning, on record in Libya with the overthrow of Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi and continuing until today with NATO's arming, harboring, and backing of Al Qaeda terrorists including the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) within and along Syria's borders. With the recent attack in Paris likely the work of the very terrorists France has been arming and backing across North Africa and the Middle East, the French government itself stands responsible, guilty of the continued material support of a terrorist organization that has now killed French citizens, including two police officers, not only on French soil, but within the French capital itself. In the New York Times article, "Terror Attack on Charlie Hebdo Newspaper in Paris Kills 12," it was reported that: Masked gunmen with automatic weapons opened fire in the offices of a French satirical newspaper on Wednesday in Paris, ...
Facing Threats From ISIS And Iran, Gulf States Set To Join Forces December 14, 2014 A member of the Saudi border guards mans a machine gun at the border with Iraq in July. Since the so-called Islamic State launched its offensive this summer in Iraq, Saudi Arabia has sent thousands of troops to the region. There is now a recognition … that if the problem of ISIS is not solved by the region, then it will reach the doors and the gates of the Gulf. - Faisal Yafai, UAE journalist “We should be at the forefront of fighting ISIS. Our values are at stake. - Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, UAE political scientist Alarmed over rising threats in the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf Cooperation Council is set to launch an unprecedented joint military command, according to regional officials and military analysts. “At the moment, we are witnessing a new spirit,” says Abdulaziz Sager, head of the Gulf Research Center, a think tank that focuses on the GCC, a six-member group of Arab monarchies. The NATO-inspired forc ...
« Breaking News » ISIS sets up training camps in E. Libya next door to Egypt DEBKAfile December 4, 2014, 9:20 PM (IDT) The US military is closely monitoring the training camps the Islamic State has set up in the east Libyan town of Derna, but US Gen. David Rodriguez, head of the Africa Command, said Thursday that the camps are still “very small and nascent.” He ruled out military action. At the same time, experts warn that a number of local factions in Derna have pledged loyalty to ISIS and warn that the Islamists have gained a foothold there. DEBKAfile adds: While the US general tried to play down this development, the new ISIS presence in North Africa has grave ramifications for neighboring Egypt and Israel to the northeast, especially since the Islamist Ansar Beit al-Maqdis of Sinai pledged allegiance to ISIS. Since Qaddafi’s fall, East Libya has been a primary source of illicit arms, which reach the Gaza Strip and other Middle East destinations via the smuggling routes of Sinai.
In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.
Chaos, disillusionment and oppression provide the perfect conditions for Islamic State. Currently, the Islamist extremists are expanding from Syria and Iraq into North Africa. Several local groups have pledged their allegiance.
ISIS comes to Libya By Paul Cruickshank, Nic Robertson, Tim Lister and Jomana Karadsheh, CNN November 18, 2014 -- Updated 2106 GMT (0506 HKT) (CNN) -- The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group's insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya. Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna, population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union. The fighters are taking advantage of political chaos to rapidly expand their presence westwards along the coast, Libyan sources tell CNN. The sources say the Derna branch of ISIS counts 800 fighters and operates half a dozen camps on the outskirts of the town, as well as larger facilities in the nearby Green Mountains, where fighters from across North Africa are being trained. It has been bol ...
The State Department is warning American businesses operating in North Africa of an increased risk of retaliation by militants over the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State.
There are active cells of the Islamic State in Bulgaria, Arabist Kiryak Tsonev told Bulgaria's National Television, Monday. "The threat posed by the Islamic State is great, because the group covers a large area of Central Asia through North Africa, and the Balkans up to Spain," the diplomat added.
Of the world's 192 countries, 121 are electoral democracies. However, only 11 of the 47 nations (23 percent) with an Islamic majority have democratically elected governments. In the non-Islamic world, which comprises 145 states, 110 are electoral democracies (75 percent). Therefore, a non-Islamic state is over three times more likely to be democratic than an Islamic state. None of the 16 Arab states of the Middle East and North Africa is a democracy.
Who is Behind the Islamic State (ISIL) Beheadings? Probing the SITE Intelligence Group. By James F. Tracy, Global Research, September 15, 2014. Image: Foley beheading video. Region: Middle East & North Africa, USA Theme: Intelligence, Media Disinformation, US NATO War Agenda In-depth Report: IRAQ REPORT Since mid-August 2014 major news organizations have conveyed videos allegedly found online by the SITE Intelligence Group. Unsurprisingly the same media have failed to closely interrogate what the private company actually is and whether the material it promotes should be accepted as genuine. [Image Credit: i24news.tv] beheading2The Search for International Terrorist Entities Intelligence Group (SITE) was co-founded by Rita Katz in 2001. In 2003 Katz authored a book, Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America, which she published using the pseudonym, “Anonymous.” In the book Katz explains how she took on the trap ...
Is Bashar al-Assad the “lesser of two evils” in the West’s fight against ISIS? Posted by 5 Pillarz After US airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), will we see a possible alliance between the West and Bashar al-Assad to combat ISIS in two fronts, asks Dilly Hussain. If there is any lesson to be learnt from history, it is that political alliances always shift according to self-interest. This is also apparent in playground politics between children – you change friends and foes according to benefits. The global political arena can be described as a big playground, with strong, powerful and cunning bullies, their economic or military allies, and rebellious, uncontrollable rogue elements. History The term ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is a well known phrase turned principle that has been used throughout centuries of political feuds and warfare: the Persian-Greco wars, Roman-Barbarian wars, Muslim conquest of Arabia and North Africa, the Crusades, Ottoman-Byz ...
In failing to stop the Islamic State, US ignores the lessons of Auschwitz...
It would appear that the Muslims of the so called Islamic state are woefully ignorant of their own history. For they imagine they will recreate the conquests of the Arabs in the seventh and eighth centuries. But they appear to not understand how these were achieved. For one thing the Arabs fought in the typical nomadic style. The Bedouin had a hard life constantly moving around to find pasturage for the animals that allowed them to survive. They were expert horsemen and proficient with the bow. This gave them a considerable tactical superiority over their slower opponents. It is hard to see how ISIS can gain this superiority over their opponents. Secondly the Arabs of the past were favoured by the deep religious divisions in the Middle-East, North Africa, and Spain which saw the citizens of fortified places open their gates to them because they preferred the tolerance of the Muslims to the oppression of their alleged co-religionists. I.e. the Germanic-speaking Arians in Spain who ruled over the Latin-spea ...
By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) A secret document was revealed (see References) which was issued by the Qatari Embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, revealed that Qatar was able to equip some 1,800 volunteers from North Africa to fight in Iraq’s notorious ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the L…
THERE ARE MIXED OPINIONS BY WESTERN POLITICAL ANALYSIS’S AS TO WHAT ISIS’S CALIPHATE MEANS. We are warned that trying to understand it from a Western view using the political science of the Western mind, which was created to understand the national state in the Western society, will not help us understand what is going on there. When the jihadists within the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared a caliphate, or new Islamic state, covering a large swath of territory in the two countries, they were reintroducing a political and theological concept that dates back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. What is a caliphate? ISIS commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, shown here in a U.S. State Department wanted poster, has renamed himself Caliph Ibrahim of the new Islamic State and called on Muslims worldwide to swear loyalty to him. (Reuters) A caliphate, from the word "succession" in Arabic, is an Islamic state that has its roots in the seventh century immediately after the death of Muhammad. He was .. ...
The lost moral of Islam’s divide By: Shajahan Madampat "With the exception of the Quran, there are no religious or historical references that the Sunnis and Shias agree on ... " The Sunni-Shia divide is increasingly engulfing Muslim societies in many parts of the world in spasms of internecine violence. The latest developments in Iraq with the Islamic State of Iraq and [Greater] Syria (ISIS) making rapid advances towards Baghdad are an ominous reflection of the deepening of sectarian animosities within contemporary Islam. The potential impact of the current turbulence will be felt far beyond West Asia and North Africa. The developments also indicate — especially in light of the marginalisation of the Muslim Brotherhood and other mainstream Islamist outfits in Egypt, Syria and to a limited extent in Tunisia — that political Islam or Islamism will now be championed with much more lethal effect by groups that profess allegiance to radical Salafism, such as the ISIS. Islamism, defined broadly, is an ide ...
Takfiris tell Qatar FM they want independent army Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiya recently held a round of meetings with Turkish officials in Istanbul In order to gather support over interacting with Syrian opposition and militant groups and their stances regarding the Geneva 2 talks. Saudi daily al-Sharq al-Awsat wrote in a report on Monday that along with Qatar’s attempts to make a deal with Turkey over its Syria policies, al-Attiye also held meetings with several main Takfiri militant groups fighting to topple the Syrian government. Militant leaders of active groups from nearly all over Syria, including Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Homs and Hama were present in the meetings with Qatari officials. However, the meeting with Takfiri groups did not include al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Nusra Front. According to the paper Syria’s Takfiri groups met to decide about parting from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and form a new armed force. The article cites sources among the militant ...
After Muhammad died, a series of Caliphs governed the Islamic State: Abu Bakr (632-634), Umar ibn al-Khattab (Umar І, 634-644), Uthman ibn Affan, (644-656), and Ali ibn Abi Talib (656-661). These leaders are known as the "Rashidun" or "rightly guided" Caliphs in Sunni Islam. They oversaw the initial phase of the Muslim conquests, advancing through Persia, Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa. Umar improved the administration and built cities like Basra and canal and irrigation networks. To be close to the poor, Umar lived in a simple mud hut without doors and walked the streets every evening. After consulting with the poor, Umar established the first welfare state Bayt al-mal.[3][4][5] The Bayt al-mal or the welfare state was for the Muslim and non-Muslim poor, needy, elderly, orphans, widows, and the disabled. The Bayt al-mal ran for hundreds of years under the Rashidun Caliphate in the 7th century and continued through the Umayyad period and well into the Abbasid era. Umar also introduced Child Bene ...
(R) Counter-Terrorism Article Why Syrian Rebels Have Their Own Internal Civil War The head of Al Qaeda (bin Laden successor Ayman al Zawahiri) has declared the recent merger of the new (since January) Syrian Jabhat al Nusra (JN) with the decade old Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) as unacceptable and ordered the two groups to remain separate. The reason for this was that the merger was announced by ISI without the prior agreement of the JN leadership. The merger formed a third group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). That was the problem, as many JN members then left their JN faction to join nearby ones being formed by ISIL. JN leaders saw this as a power grab by ISI leaders and most of the JN men who left to join ISIL were non-Syrians. Many of these men had worked with ISI before and thought they were joining a more powerful group. But ISIL was apparently just an attempt by ISI (which is having a real hard time in Iraq) to grab some glory, recruits, cash, and power by poaching JN members. JN appeal ...
Grace Evangelistic Ministries 13315 New Kent Hwy. ~ Lanexa, VA  23089 (804) 966-9061  ~  e-mail M.W.Hinesof the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists Endorsed by the North American Mission Board M. Wayne Hines, D.Min.   May  2013 The early church not only existed, but thrived in an environment saturated with false religions and secularism.  We know from the Biblical accounts and the writings of the early church fathers that before the end of the first century, the pure gospel of Jesus Christ had been preached over much of North Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia, and Southern Europe.  Some early church historians credit Thomas with preaching the gospel in India where he was martyred.  Most of us, at least those of us who attended school prior to 1962, were raised in a culture that was based on Biblical morality. Even those who were unbelievers or nominal Christians generally accepted Biblical principles as guidelines for 'decent folks' to live by.   However, something has slithered in ...
Today's Missions News: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– Eight of the top 10 persecutors of Christians worldwide are Islamic states, according to the Open Doors’ 2013 World Watch List. Islamic extremism is the prime persecutor of Christians in the world today, and Islamic extremists, either in government, or in violent opposition to that government, are the sources of that persecution, said Ron Boyd-MacMillan, chief strategy officer for Open Doors. In fact, the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East that began nearly two years ago have resulted in an even greater persecution of Christians. “The Arab Spring has turned into an Islamic Winter for the Christians in the Middle East,” said Boyd-MacMillan. “In every country where a regime has been deposed — such as Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and Egypt — Islam is still in power and putting pressure on the Christian minority.” Saudi Arabia was the worst persecutor second only to North Korea, which practices a cult-like worship of the ruling Kim . ...
THE RESULTS OF ALL US -RAND EFFORTS (4) US Invasion of Iraq, what has it brought?! This idea of Khilafah is picking up steam in the West because now they see the danger of it; they see that the Muslims are going towards that goal of establishing the Islamic State again so we find out that there is newfound interest in it. For some time they forgot about that idea or they kept it on the backburner but suddenly they are all talking about it. For example, Bush said in October 2005,"the militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region and establish a radical Islamic Empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia".He even mentions Spain because he knows about al-Andalus (Islamic Spain). And on September 5th 2006 Bush said,"This caliphate would be a totalitarian Islamic Empire encompassing all current and former Muslim lands stretching from Europe to North Africa, the Middle-East and South-East Asia" and then he said "we kno ...
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