Re: IsisJan 24th, 2018
More from Anthony Furey
January 23, 2018
January 23, 2018 5:56 PM EST
Police investigate the scene where a car crashed into a roadblock in Edmonton on September 30, 2017.Jason Franson / THE CANADIAN PRESS
By Anthony Furey
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows little concern over the threat posed by battle-hardened jihadists returning to Canada. He even argues they can be rehabilitated. But documents unearthed from CSIS – some of them marked “top secret” – reveal alarming information about how Canada’s spy agency views the jihadist threat, what they’re doing to track it and their concerns about future attacks on home soil. Anthony Furey reports in part three of this three-part series.
Canada’s top spies believe terrorism will continue in Canada, according to a threat assessment report from CSIS.
It notes that “domestic extremists are likely to continue to target Canadian uniformed personnel and related installations in neighbourhoods that are familiar to them (such as police stations and military recruitment centres).” Earlier words in the sentence that may offer further context have been redacted.
The report was compiled by the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC), which operates from within CSIS headquarters, in January 2017. It was obtained via access to information and provided to the Sun. The document looks at the ways terrorists, particularly homegrown ones, may attack Canada in the future.
The two terror attacks in October, 2014 – one in Quebec and one on the Ottawa Parliament buildings – resulted in the deaths of two Canadian Forces members. The Edmonton vehicular ramming and stabbing attack that occurred last September was against a police constable.
But according to ITAC, these attempts may not be behind us. The document marked ‘secret’ notes that groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda “continue to pose a persistent threat to Canada and Canadian interests globally” and adds that “of further concern is the ongoing threat from extremists in Canada who continue to aspire or plot violent acts of terror.”
It’s unclear if ITAC is referring to known specific extremists or if they are speaking hypothetically. CSIS and the Canadian government officially state that there are around 60 terrorists who have returned to Canada from fighting abroad.
However part one of this feature reported on an internal CSIS document that stated those numbers “fluctuate constantly”. And part two of this feature disclosed how the CSIS assessments branch was at one point producing weekly reports on the numbers of terrorists who are still abroad and the number who have returned to Canada. While the actual numbers were redacted, security experts told the Sun this suggests there are changes occurring frequently enough to warrant writing weekly reports.
The game is also changing, making matters more complex. According to the report, “ITAC notes an ongoing shift in DAESH (an alternate acronym for ISIS) rhetoric since the last iteration of the (National Terrorism Threat Levels), which has intensified the call in supporters and followers to instead join the ‘virtual caliphate’ by remaining in the West and carrying out domestic attacks on behalf of DAESH.
“Guidance on plotting and conducting a lone-actor attack goes as far as to provide systematic steps to reduce the chances of detection by security agencies such as employing ComSec [communications security] measures and dressing in the style of a Westerner).”
The report reveals Canada’s spies were also nervous about Canada 150 celebrations. Writing in advance of the sesquicentennial celebrations, they note that such events “remain attractive targets for groups to amass large casualties in a very short period of time, and with relative ease.”
One specific potential attack they warn about that would involve Canadians isn’t actually on Canadian soil. Citing an October 2016 pro-jihad book, they state it “recommends an explosive laden-sea vessel, driven by suicide bombers, against targets including the Suez canal where Canadian flagged vessels are likely to port.” Over the past several years, ISIS leaders have repeatedly named Canada in their roll call of countries to attack.
The silver-lining is that ITAC does not predict large scale and complex attacks in Canada. They note that “while domestic extremists may seek to conduct a copycat attack such as [Aaron] Driver’s suicide-IED attempt, the primary terror-related threat to Canada is single firearm, or a vehicle.”
The language in this report – which is not publicly posted on the ITAC website – contrasts with the more sanitized language used in the Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada. The latter is something of a public version of the ITAC document, released annually by the Minister for Public Safety.
While Minister Ralph Goodale, in the foreword, notes that the report “takes a clear-eyed view of the dangers to Canada posed by terrorism” none of the blunt observations in the ITAC report make their way into the public one.
For the most part, the public text – which was released just before Christmas last year – looks back on Canada’s past challenges instead of discussing the likelihood of future threats.
“As the threat from terrorism continues to evolve, Canada’s response must continually adapt and change to keep Canadians safe,” notes the executive summary. “The Government’s role is to respond to a terrorist threat or incident through a coordinated effort by multiple federal departments and agencies, and all levels of government.”
The public version also echoes the approaches to deradicalization and rehabilitation favoured by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “A key approach to countering radicalization to violence in Canada is establishing programming within communities,” the report notes, going on to detail various counter-radicalization endeavours.
There is no mention of any such programs in the ITAC report.
Part one of this series can be found here and part two found here.
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Ex-bouncy castle salesman from London now chief executioner for ISIS
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January 23, 2018
January 23, 2018 10:53 PM EST
Siddhartha Dhar is seen holding his son and an AK-47 in this photo he posted to Twitter.
A former bouncy castle salesman from England is now the chief executioner for ISIS, according to reports out of the U.K.
Londoner Siddhartha Dhar has taken over the killer gig from another Brit, Mohammed Emwazi, who was known as Jihadi John. Emwazi was killed by a drone strike in late 2015.
Dhar, who also goes by Abu Rumaysah, has been put on the U.S.’s global terrorism list, according to the Daily Mail.
“He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John’,” the U.S. State Department said the Daily Mail report. “Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners ISIS accused of spying for the U.K.”
Dhar, a former Hindu who converted to Islam when he married his wife, Aisha.
He bolted for Syria in 2014 after being arrested in the U.K. for suspicion of belonging to Al-Muhajiroun, a banned group. He had just been released on bail — he’d handed over his passport — and was banned from traveling.
“What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to (ISIS),” he said in a Twitter post. The accompanying photo showed him holding his newborn son and and AK-47 rifle.
Before becoming ISIS’s hand of death, Dhar sold inflatable bouncy castles that are popular with kids’ birthday parties.
A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliaments Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Konika Dhar, sister of Siddhartha Dhar, as she gives evidence to a British Home Affairs Select Committee in London on January 16, 2016. (Getty Images)
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Al-Qaeda chief urges Muslims to 'kill every Jew'
More from Brad Hunter
January 23, 2018
January 23, 2018 3:21 PM EST
Khalid Batarfi, head of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is urging Muslims to kill Jews and Americans.GETTY IMAGES
Former terror big daddy Al-Qaeda is trying to win back fans with a new slew of slurs against Jews, Americans and other infidels.
Since leader Osama bin Laden was taken off the board by U.S. Navy Seals in 2011, the terror organization lost its lustre to Islamic State psychos.
Now, one of the group’s senior leaders is vowing hellfire on infidels and calling on Muslims to murder.
US Vice President Mike Pence visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
New kid on the terror block Khalid Batarfi slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel.
Batarfi described the move as “a declaration of a new Jewish-Crusader war”, the SITE Intelligence monitoring group reported.
Blah, blah, blah… infidels. Al-Qaeda has lost popularity and power since the death of leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The No. 2 in terror released an 18-minute video called Our Duty Towards Our Jerusalem, adding that every Muslim has a duty to liberate the ancient city.
He said: “No Muslim has the right to cede Jerusalem no matter what happens. Only a traitor would give it up or hand it over. Let them (Muslims) rise and attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere.”
The latest outburst follows Trump’s announcement on Dec. 6 outlining his plan to move the embassy.
Batarfi dismissed concerns voiced by US allies protests as disingenuous “dust thrown in the eyes.”
He added: “The greatest responsibility lies upon the Muslims in America and the Western countries in the world. The Muslims inside the occupied land must kill every Jew, by running him over, or stabbing him, or by using against him any weapon, or by burning their homes.”
Al-Qaeda chief urges Muslims to ‘kill every Jew’ | Toronto Sun