Experts Just Revealed A Terror Threat That May Be Even Greater Than ISIS That US Is ‘Ignoring’

A report released last week by two Washington, D.C., based think tanks concludes there is a jihadist group more dangerous to the United States in the long term than ISIS.

The report, published by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the American Enterprise Institute, was authored by a group of experts, some of whom were involved in planning the 2007 troop surge in Iraq.

The report finds al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, poses “one of the most significant long-term threats” of any jihadist group.

“This al Qaeda affiliate has established an expansive network of partnerships with local opposition groups that have grown either dependent on or fiercely loyal to the organization,” the report said. “Its defeat and destruction must be one of the highest priorities of any strategy to defend the United States and Europe from al Qaeda attacks.”

As the U.S. strategy and assets have been focused on defeating ISIS in Syria, it has allowed al-Nusra to gain in strength. “Jabhat al-Nusra has weakened the moderate opposition and penetrated other Sunni opposition groups in Syria so thoroughly that it is poised to benefit the most from the destruction of ISIS and the fall or transition of the Assad regime,” the report said.

“The likeliest outcome of the current strategy in Syria, if it succeeds, is the de facto establishment and ultimate declaration of a Jabhat al-Nusra emirate in Syria that has the backing of a wide range of non-al-Qaeda fighting forces and population groups,” according to the report. 

“We are so focused on ISIS that we are not looking at the second threat,” Kimberly Kagan, a former adviser to Gen. David Patraeus and president of ISW, told Business Insider.

Still, Kagan warns that groups like al-Nusra intend to attack the West whether they are acting like ISIS right now or not. 

“U.S. policymakers are underestimating Jabhat al-Nusra because Jabhat al-Nusra wishes to be underestimated,” Kagan said.

“ISIS is, in fact, overt about its presence and Nusra is covert about its presence,” she added.

“Defeating ISIS inside of Syria is likely to increase the capability and strength of Jabhat al-Nusra,” Kagan said. “It’s waiting in the wings for ISIS’ demise in order to establish itself more firmly in key terrain and to present itself as the only reliable ally for the Sunni population.”

The report concludes both groups must be targeted and offers a clear shot across the bow of President Obama’s current strategy:

The argument for caution, passivity, and delay is easy to make. The desire to turn away from so vexing and complicated a problem is strong. Nothing about the situation in Syria, Iraq, or in the Middle East generally inspires optimism. But inaction is also action, and refusal to choose among bad options is a form of decision.

Drifting along the current path in order to avoid dangerous and unpleasant action will almost certainly fail to achieve vital American national security interests and will put the safety of the American people and their allies in greater danger.

h/t: Reuters

BREAKING: Terrorists Storm University With AK-47s… At Least 19 Dead

Terrorists killed at least 19 victims Wednesday morning in an attack that a Taliban leader said was retribution for increased Pakistani efforts against the militant group.

The attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Peshawar, Pakistan, came during a ceremony at the school, named for a liberal, anti-Taliban leader.

“We’ve seen consistent operations by the Taliban up in this area,” said CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd. “I see this as simply as retaliatory, that is the Taliban saying, ‘If you’re going to bring Pakistani special forces and the army up into our turf, you’re going pay a heavy price.’”

The attackers threw grenades, pushed their way onto campus and opened fire, army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said.

Mehmood Khan, provincial home minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said 19 civilians were killed, along with four terrorists. Initial media accounts said 17 people were wounded. Khan said the number of civilian deaths is likely to increase.

“The attackers were like us — they were very young. They carried AK-47 guns. They wore jackets like the forces do,” said a student, who added that many of his fellow students were still asleep in their rooms when the attack took place.

One professor tried to fight back.

“He was holding a pistol in his hand,” geology student Zahoor Ahmed told Sky News. The professor was identifed as Syed Hamid Husain. “Then I saw a bullet hit him. I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall.”

“We saw three terrorists shouting, ‘Allah is great!’ and rushing towards the stairs of our department. One student jumped out of the classroom through the window. We never saw him get up,” another student told local TV.

Taliban leader Khalifa Umar Mansoor made a statement that read, “Our four suicide attackers carried out the attack on Bacha Khan University today.” Mansoor said the attack was in retaliation for a military offensive against extremists near the border with Afghanistan.

Mansoor was the leader behind a December 2014 attack on an army-run school that killed over 150 people, 144 of them children.

h/t: CNN

New Horrific Terrorist Attack That Kills Mother Of Six Shocks Israel

A new horrific terrorist attack shocked Israel Sunday and led politicians across the political spectrum in the country to express their horror.

A Palestinian Arab terrorist who was working as a construction worker in the Jewish town of Otniel, south of Hebron, in Judea entered a home Sunday afternoon and stabbed a 38-year-old mother of six to death in front of three of her children.

The children reportedly tried to help their mother fight off the terrorist but to no avail. The oldest daughter told security forces the terrorist intended to stab her as well, but he did not succeed in pulling the knife from her mother’s body.

The terrorist then fled the scene and managed to escape in the direction of the Arab village of Khirbet Karma. Soldiers of the IDF Givati Brigade launched a manhunt that has yet to find the suspect.

The victim, Daphna Meir, was taken to a hospital in Beer Sheva where she worked as a nurse, but ambulance personnel were not able to save her life.

It was the first time an Israeli citizen was murdered in her home since the outbreak of the terror war in September.

The deadly attack took place on the same day three Arab terrorists tried to carry out a stabbing attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem. The attack was foiled and the assailants were taken into custody. The three young terrorists carried homemade knives that were made of sharpened kitchen tools.

In November 2014, two Arab terrorists murdered four worshippers at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue, close to the spot where the three terrorists were caught Sunday morning. Seven others were badly injured during that 2014 attack which took place during morning prayers.

A couple of hours after the foiled attack in Jerusalem another stabbing attack was thwarted south of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria. The terrorist was shot and critically injured.

Monday, a 15-year-old Palestinian Arab terrorist stabbed a 30-year-old pregnant woman in her chest as she was shopping in a clothing warehouse in the Jewish village of Tekoa in Gush Etzion. The woman, Michal Fruman, was moderately wounded in the attack but her unborn baby remained unharmed. The terrorist was shot and critically wounded. Both were taken to hospitals in Jerusalem. Following the attack, the local IDF commander ordered the expulsion of all Palestinian workers from Jewish towns and villages in the area, Israel radio station Reshet Beth reported.

 

 

IDF soldiers guard the body of the terrorist who stabbed a pregnant Jewish woman near Tekoa today

IDF soldiers guard the body of the terrorist who stabbed a pregnant Jewish woman near Tekoa  –  Screenshot CCTV

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a report Sunday showing an increase in terrorist activity over the last two weeks.

Since Sept. 27, a total of 105 stabbings, 37 shootings and 22 vehicular attacks were carried out by Palestinian Arabs and Arab Israeli citizens. The attacks began on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and spread from there to Judea and Samaria and the rest of Israel.

Almost all attacks were the work of lone-wolf terrorists who were incited to kill Jews by Islamist organizations, Palestinian leaders, and media.

According to Israeli First Aid organization, 28 people have been killed and 280 wounded – 25 of them seriously – over the period of Sept. 13 through Jan. 2.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a shocking breakdown of the attacks that contained images and details of every serious terrorist act. The list left out rock and fire bomb attacks.

The Israeli Security Agency Shabak kept track of this type of attack and reported 483 Molotov cocktail attacks in October alone. In November, the number went down to 249 and in December ‘only’ 181 firebomb attacks were carried out by Arab terrorists.

Yossi Kupperwasser, one of Israel’s best-informed security experts, reported last week the current terror war is a ‘national campaign’ encouraged by the Palestinian leadership. He gave unreported examples of recent statements in Arabic by Palestinian Authority officials and PA President Mahmoud Abbas that — Kupperwasser says — deliver the evidence the PA actively encourages the terror in Israel.

For example, Kupperwasser wrote that Abbas recently said “the security situation in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is worse than in Gaza or Ramallah; that the popular intifada will go on until the end of the occupation, and there will be no return to negotiations without recognition of all the rights of the Palestinians; that progress toward an agreement must be achieved by international intervention; that the intifada would have been peaceful if the soldiers of the occupation had not killed Palestinian demonstrators, but now for every terror attack, for every knife and for every shooting by a Palestinian there is an explanation and the Israeli government is responsible for the bloodshed on both sides.”

PA official Jibril Rajoub said after the funeral of 17 terrorists whose bodies were returned by Israel on Jan. 1 that Fatah regards them as martyrs and heroes. He also said Fatah encourages other young Palestinian Arabs to ‘follow their path’. Rajoub reported the issue was discussed during a meeting of Fatah’s Central Committee, which is headed by Abbas.

Kupperwasser suggests that while the PA leaders perhaps might not have launched this current wave of terror, they are now taking responsibility for it.

“No longer can the terror attacks be presented as an assemblage of individual acts. It should be recognized that this is a national campaign whose fighters, the knife-wielders and the car-rammers, are acting openly according to the directives of their leadership, which has no need to formally organize or direct these acts to ensure public response.

The lack of security brought about by their actions in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is the tool by which the leadership expects to rack up achievements on the diplomatic level,” Kupperwasser wrote.

“Anyone who tries to sell the Israeli public the false picture that there is a partner for true peace on the Palestinian side does not know the Palestinian mindset. Abbas is prepared only for an agreement that does not contradict his strategic aim of bringing down Zionism. Those who present the achievement of such an agreement as Israel’s supreme objective should not be surprised when most of the public does not trust them. If the Israeli left and center awaken from this illusion, condemn Palestinian policy and call on the Western countries to do likewise, support for them will increase, and there may be a chance that Palestinian aims will change. Meanwhile, Abbas is leading his people to a perpetuation of suffering, because there is no chance that Israel will give in to terror,” the former director general of the Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry and head of research for IDF Intelligence, concluded.

h/t: Times of Israel

 

This Man Registers At Refugee Agency, One Week Later He Does Something Horrifying…

Turkey is now reporting that the suicide bomber who killed 10 Germans in Istanbul Tuesday had registered as a refugee days before the attack.

Through fingerprints provided at the time he registered at the refugee agency on Jan. 5th, Nabil Fadli was identified. He was born in Saudi Arabia, contrary to previous reports that stated he was a Syrian with links to ISIS.

He also was not on any terrorist watch lists. And Turkey has thrown out a dragnet in order to capture anyone connected to the crime. There are at least 14 suspects that have been arrested, but it’s not clear yet that any of them are firmly connected to the suicide bombing that apparently targeted Europeans and Westerners. The attack, the latest in a series of tourist-related attacks, is sure to damage the Turkish tourism industry that brings in $30 billion to the Turkish economy.

In the week leading up to the attack, in an apparent effort to prevent terrorist attacks, some 220 ISIS suspects were detained. German and Turkish officials will be meeting next week in Berlin to discuss the migrant crisis as well as security issues the latest suicide bombings have raised.

For the moment, Germany is not barring travel to Turkey; but its Foreign Ministry is advising Germans to avoid crowded places like tourist sites. It is unclear whether or not Germans specifically were targeted in the blast, or if tourists in general were. Germany has been aiding Kurdish forces with supplies and training in an effort to combat ISIS in northern Iraq, a move that is sure to upset Turkish authorities, as the Kurds are an enemy of the Turkish state.

h/t: Fox News

Alert: 2 Refugees Just Caught Doing Something Terrifying – Feds Immediately Take Action

Two Middle Eastern refugees were arrested Thursday, one in Texas and one in California, and charged with deceiving federal officials about their connections to terrorist organizations. Officials said the two men — both Palestinians born in Iraq — were in communication with each other.

“Based on the facts, as we know them, today’s action may have prevented a catastrophic terror related event in the making and saved countless lives,” said Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Officials said Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, of Houston, was charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacramento was charged with making a false statement involving international terrorism.

“Who else is there? What are they planning next?,” said Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz when learning of the arrests. Cruz repeated his call for a ban on Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. and urged a “systematic and careful retroactive assessment” to determine if refugees already in the U.S. have terrorist ties.

 

The criminal complaint against Jayab said he communicated with a Texas man other sources identified as Hardan regarding weapons and training in Syria.

“I need to learn from your weapon expertise,” the Texan wrote to Jayab, according to the complaint.

“We will make your abilities very strong,” Jayab allegedly replied. “Our concern now is only to arrive there. When you arrive to al-Sham (Syria) you will be trained.”

The complaint also captured an exchanged from 2013 in which Hardan allegedly wrote to Jayab, describing his inexperience with a type of Russian-made rifle.

“Do you know that I have never sprayed fire with a Kalashnikov?,” Hardan wrote.

“God willing, you will have your chance to shoot,” Jayab replied.

Hardan, who entered America as an Iraqi refugee in November 2009, was granted legal permanent resident status in August 2011, the Justice Department said.

Jayab entered the U.S. as an Iraqi refugee in October 2012, the Justice Department said.

h/t: CNN