Islamic terrorism – Capperi http://capperi.net/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:36:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://capperi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-01T215521.666-150x150.png Islamic terrorism – Capperi http://capperi.net/ 32 32 Ex-Istanbul governor and police chief acquitted of terrorism charges in retrial over links to Gülen https://capperi.net/ex-istanbul-governor-and-police-chief-acquitted-of-terrorism-charges-in-retrial-over-links-to-gulen/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:45 +0000 https://capperi.net/ex-istanbul-governor-and-police-chief-acquitted-of-terrorism-charges-in-retrial-over-links-to-gulen/ A Turkish court has acquitted a former governor of Istanbul and a police chief in the same city of terrorism charges in a new trial for their alleged links to a faith group targeted by the government, Turkish minute reported. Former Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu was jailed for 18 months, while former Istanbul police […]]]>

A Turkish court has acquitted a former governor of Istanbul and a police chief in the same city of terrorism charges in a new trial for their alleged links to a faith group targeted by the government, Turkish minute reported.

Former Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu was jailed for 18 months, while former Istanbul police chief Hüseyin Çapkın was behind bars for six months following an attempted coup in Turkey in 2016.

They were charged with terrorism because of their ties to the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accused of orchestrating the coup attempt despite the movement’s strong denial.

While Mutlu was sentenced to three years and one month in prison, Çapkın was sentenced to two years and one month in prison at the end of their trial. Their convictions were overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeals in 2021.

Following the retrial, held before the 30th High Criminal Court in Istanbul, the former governor and police chief were acquitted of charges of belonging to a terrorist organization.

The Turkish government also labels the Gülen movement, inspired by the views of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, as a terrorist organization. The movement denies any involvement in acts of terrorism.

İzzet Özgenç, professor of criminal law, tweeted that it was good that the court ruled on Mutlu’s acquittal; however, the court’s decision does not eliminate an embarrassing situation for the Turkish government, namely that the governor of Istanbul was tried for belonging to a terrorist organization.

The indictment against the former bureaucrats sought three consecutive life sentences for each.

Mutlu and Çapkın were working in Istanbul when a corruption investigation was made public in the week of December 17-25, 2013, involving senior government officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The AKP government has called the corruption investigation an “attempted coup” by the Gülen movement, although the movement strongly denies any involvement, and has arrested dozens of police officers who carried out the investigation.

In his testimony, Çapkın said he had no prior information about the December 17-25 corruption investigation.

He was fired after the corruption investigation became public at the end of 2013.

Following the failed putsch, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and carried out a massive purge of state institutions under the pretext of an anti-coup struggle. More than 130,000 civil servants, including 4,156 judges and prosecutors, as well as 24,706 members of the armed forces have been summarily dismissed from their posts for membership or alleged relations with “terrorist organisations” by emergency decree laws subject to a neither judicial nor parliamentary control.

A total of 332,467 people have been detained and 101,305 arrested in operations against supporters of the Gülen movement since the attempted coup, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced in June.

According to figures provided by Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ in July, 117,208 people have been sentenced, including 1,366 to life in prison and 1,634 to aggravated life without the possibility of parole for links with Gülen since the coup attempt.

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No punishment for 11/26 terrorists https://capperi.net/no-punishment-for-11-26-terrorists/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 08:23:41 +0000 https://capperi.net/no-punishment-for-11-26-terrorists/ By Samuel Baid November 18: For 14 years, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) showed no courage to compel Pakistan to punish the men of its armed forces and non-state actors who planned and executed the terrorist operation in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. The attack killed at least 166 people, including Indians, Israelis […]]]>

By Samuel Baid

November 18: For 14 years, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) showed no courage to compel Pakistan to punish the men of its armed forces and non-state actors who planned and executed the terrorist operation in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. The attack killed at least 166 people, including Indians, Israelis and Americans, in addition to destroying property worth millions of rupees. It is insane how the world’s greatest powers in the UNSC fail to pressure a country, which is often on their doorstep with a begging bowl, to help eliminate terrorism by punishing those who have made it a lucrative profession in the name of Islam.

At a special UNSC meeting on counter-terrorism held in Mumbai last month, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar criticized members for failing to act against the main plotters of 26/11 due to political considerations. This was a clear indication of China’s defense of Pakistani terrorists who are mainly against India.

It is a political consideration which is obviously not felt by the members of the UNSC. It is also for political and economic reasons that Pakistan does not hold it against China for equating Islam with terrorism or its efforts to de-Islamize. China has blocked a proposed UN ban on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Sajjid Mir, who was giving instructions from Pakistan via mobile phone about who should be shot.

India’s problem with Pakistan is that terrorist acts like the one on November 26, 2008 are planned and staged by the armed forces with the help of non-state actors, but the defense of this terror must be done by a powerless and distraught civilian government as instigated behind the scenes by the bosses of the armed forces. The terror of 26/11 occurred when the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had just seized power and was enthusiastic about normalizing relations with India. The wish for normalization ended here.

That the normalization of relations with India is a poison for the Pakistani armed forces which, because of their distrust of politicians, will not allow democracy to take root in the country, does not need to be emphasized. They find terrorism to be the most effective weapon to keep their distance from India while making the civilian government repeat to the world that Pakistan is a peace-loving country and itself a victim of terrorism.

Certainly, Pakistan is a victim of terrorism. But what terrorism? It is not external terrorism like Pakistan is inflicting on India and even Iran. Pakistan suffers from terrorism which it designs for foreign and domestic targets. During the time of General Ziaul Haq, terrorist acts in the country were complicit like Jihad for Kashmir. But sensible people felt that these terrorists would eventually retreat from the country. It turned out very correct. But the army, represented by General Zia, did not bother. On the contrary, General Zia created an anti-Shiite organization called Sipah-i-Sahaba. The organization killed Shias and stirred up anti-Iranian feelings in Pakistan. Worse still, Zia made changes and additions to school textbooks to indoctrinate young minds into adopting a jihadist mindset. After the shooting of children at the Army Public School in Peshawar by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the then Nawaz Sharif government tried to change the school curriculum, but was rejected by the mullahs.

So Pakistan is producing thousands of young people who are eager to give their lives in what their masters tell them is jihad. But it is not only former students of madrasas or public schools who are being brainwashed. A research article in Newsline (Karachi) from August 2010 writes,

“More young people, especially among relatively affluent segments of society, are embracing greater religious identity and the conservatism associated with it.”

This makes Pakistan an ideal country for global terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. In fact, as Pakistani journalist Salim Shahzad reported in September 2014, Al-Qaeda has great influence in the Pakistani Armed Forces. Salim lost his life for this revelation. He was beaten and drowned by ISI men.

Khaled Ahmed, a Pakistani authority on the armed forces’ links with non-state actors, quotes Salim in his book “Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism In Pakistan” (Penguin 2016) to say that Al-Qaeda had perpetrated the 26/ 11 Attack on Mumbai with the help of Pakistani radicals including Ajmal Kasab and David Headley. Headley was a Pakistani Muslim who moved to the United States with an English name to fool people.

His real name was Daud Gilani. His and Kasab’s confessions pointed to the role of Pakistani armed forces in the Mumbai carnage.

Pakistan has so far ignored the UNSC order to punish the culprits of 11/26. He also ignored all the evidence that India provided to him. How can Pakistan punish those who have accomplished the mission assigned to it? Before his ousting in 2017, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif loudly protested why these culprits were not being punished? Dawn reported it. The journalist was immediately put on the exit checklist as punishment and the prime minister was widely denounced as a traitor. When India caught Kasab shooting at people during the Mumbai carnage, Pakistan immediately disowned him as it disowned its dead soldiers in Kargil. But Sharif insisted he was a Pakistani from South Punjab.

The Pakistani army would like its terrorists to be called mujahideen. About a year and a half ago, the former Pakistani army chief and president, General Pervez Musharraf, told an Indian Hindi channel that Hafiz Saeed might be a terrorist for you, but for us, he is a mujahid,” he said in response to a question “when will Pakistan hand over Saeed to India for his role in the Mumbai carnage?”

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Iran supports UN efforts to find peaceful solution to Ukraine conflict https://capperi.net/iran-supports-un-efforts-to-find-peaceful-solution-to-ukraine-conflict/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:49:14 +0000 https://capperi.net/iran-supports-un-efforts-to-find-peaceful-solution-to-ukraine-conflict/ TEHRAN — Amir Saied Iravani, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, on Monday stressed Tehran’s support for United Nations efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine. In issuing a statement on the draft UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine, Iravani expressed Iran’s clear, consistent and unwavering position regarding the ongoing conflict […]]]>

TEHRAN — Amir Saied Iravani, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, on Monday stressed Tehran’s support for United Nations efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine.

In issuing a statement on the draft UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine, Iravani expressed Iran’s clear, consistent and unwavering position regarding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“As a founding Member of the United Nations, the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly supports the fundamental principles of international law and the purposes and principles of the United Nations as enshrined in its Charter.

“In the same vein, Iran has long upheld the Declaration on Principles of Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and reaffirms the basic principles contained therein, emphasizing in particular that all States must refrain in their international relations from any form of military, political, economic or any other form of coercion directed against the political independence or territorial integrity of any State.

“Unfortunately, the same countries which emphasize ‘the importance of maintaining and strengthening international peace based on freedom, equality, justice and respect for human rights, and of developing friendly relations among nations , regardless of their political, economic and social systems or levels of development, ‘have been and continue to be at the forefront of the violation of these same principles elsewhere,’ he said.

The ambassador suggested that the UN should maintain “objectivity and impartiality” in order to settle the conflict in Ukraine.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the continued efforts of the United Nations to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine. The United Nations must maintain its objectivity and impartiality in order to play a responsible and constructive role in the political settlement of this conflict,” Iravani noted.

He continued: “Draft resolution A/ES-11/L.6 contains languages ​​that are not within the competence of the General Assembly, because according to Article 39 of the Charter, the General Assembly does not has no authority to determine the existence of an act of aggression. Furthermore, GA resolution 3314 of December 14, 1974, based on the same article of the Charter, asks the Security Council to find the existence of an act of aggression. We must not tolerate the misuse of the General Assembly to serve the narrow interests of a group of States by reducing the role of this august organ to a mere buffer, for that would have the effect of further undermining multilateralism and the rule of law at the international level. If accepted, the proposed mechanism would make no real contribution to the peaceful resolution of the conflict; rather, it would only serve as a political tool in the hands of a group of states.

The ambassador also expressed Tehran’s dissatisfaction with applying double standards to problems in other parts of the world, such as the conflict in Yemen or the suffering of people in Afghanistan and Syria.

“The problem here is that the main sponsors of this draft resolution, in a blatant double standard, apply different criteria in other conflicts around the world, such as Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Yemen, etc.” , lamented Iravani.

Iravani added: “We share this view that if an international mechanism is to be established to investigate violations of international law caused by wrongful acts of the state and assess its reparations, it should be a mechanism with a broad mandate that could deal with any cases of international wrongdoing. by any state and deal with all incidents and claims for redress, including those arising from international responsibility for military aggression, blockades, pillage, unilateral sanctions and occupations, apartheid, as well as the provision of ‘WMD, including chemical weapons, to brutal regimes like Saddam Hussein. ”

The ambassador reiterated Tehran’s fierce opposition to any mechanism that could undermine the principle of international law.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran insists on the inviolability of jurisdictional immunities of States and their property, which are generally accepted as a principle of customary international law. The Islamic Republic of Iran hereby expresses its firm objection to any mechanism that could undermine this well-established principle of international law. We would like to record that any acts or decisions that may arise from the mechanism mentioned in OP3 and OP4 of the draft resolution will have no legal status and will therefore be null and void,” the Ambassador concluded.

The United Nations General Assembly will for the first time consider a draft resolution on Afghanistan

Iravani also issued a statement on the situation in Afghanistan, calling the US withdrawal from the war-torn country “irresponsible”.

“This year the General Assembly will consider the draft resolution on the situation in Afghanistan for the first time since the irresponsible withdrawal of foreign forces and takeover of the Taliban and the debate comes at a critical time in the current situation in Afghanistan, which now faces a number of interconnected and overlapping crises,” Iravani said, adding, “The humanitarian situation is particularly dire. Millions of people today live in poverty. Food insecurity is worsens and human rights continue to be violated, especially against women and girls, who are still denied access to education. Meanwhile, the de facto authorities have yet to fulfill their international obligations.
After the September 11 attacks, the United States invaded Afghanistan to fight terrorism and bring democracy to the country. However, after 20 years of occupation, the United States was forced to leave the country in disgrace.

The diplomat added: “The current situation in Afghanistan reminds us that military intervention in other countries under the pretext of fighting terrorism while claiming to bring democracy, peace and prosperity not only degrades these common values, but also harms those States and their people. . This catastrophic situation entails responsibilities and obligations for the foreign forces that illegally invaded and occupied Afghanistan under the guise of fighting terrorism and left nothing but havoc in their wake.

Iravani noted: “Today my delegation will vote in favor of draft resolution L.11 to send a strong message that all members will remain firmly united with the people of Afghanistan in our efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous and self-reliant country. resilient country This was the fundamental principle that guided our approach to the negotiations.

Iran’s top UN diplomat also reiterated Tehran’s long-standing policy for an inclusive government in Afghanistan to ensure the rights of all Afghans, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion. .

“The future of Afghanistan depends primarily on the restoration of the country’s Constitution and a strong commitment to it. An inclusive government based on an established constitution is the only way to guarantee and protect the rights of all Afghans, including women and girls, as well as linguistic, racial and religious minorities. In a multi-ethnic and diverse society like that of Afghanistan, no single group, party or faction can claim power alone. The Taliban must be aware of the repeated calls by the international community for the formation of such a government that faithfully reflects the multi-ethnic society of Afghanistan. The formation of an inclusive government based on an established constitution is a prerequisite and an essential element of international recognition.

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The Islamic emirate denies the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan https://capperi.net/the-islamic-emirate-denies-the-presence-of-terrorist-groups-in-afghanistan/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 16:55:19 +0000 https://capperi.net/the-islamic-emirate-denies-the-presence-of-terrorist-groups-in-afghanistan/ The Islamic Emirate again denied the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, saying there was no evidence showing that there is a threat to the world from Afghan soil. This comes as representatives of India and Pakistan at the UNGA plenary meeting on Afghanistan expressed concern over the existence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan. “There […]]]>

The Islamic Emirate again denied the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, saying there was no evidence showing that there is a threat to the world from Afghan soil.

This comes as representatives of India and Pakistan at the UNGA plenary meeting on Afghanistan expressed concern over the existence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

“There is no evidence or documentation to show that there is a threat from Afghan soil to the national interest of other countries. So, it is clear that the concerns that existed in this regard are based on inaccurate information. We hope the realities of our country are understood,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

Representatives of India and Pakistan at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly have expressed concern over the presence of Jaish Mohamad and Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tahrik-e-Taliban groups in Afghanistan.

“We need to develop a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy. To do this, a dialogue with the de facto government is essential. Pakistan will support counter-terrorism efforts while respecting Afghanistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Muhammad Aamir Khan, Pakistan’s acting permanent representative to the UN.

Some political and military analysts have expressed varying opinions on the matter.

“If there are groups in Afghanistan, they are trained by these countries which are now accusing Afghanistan. They may now be reaping what they have sown,” political analyst Mohammad Saleem Paigar said.

The Islamic emirate has repeatedly denied the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, saying Afghan soil will not be used against any other country.

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Why does Hamas arrest fighters who fire rockets at Israel? https://capperi.net/why-does-hamas-arrest-fighters-who-fire-rockets-at-israel/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 21:06:36 +0000 https://capperi.net/why-does-hamas-arrest-fighters-who-fire-rockets-at-israel/ (November 9, 2022 / JNS) Hamas recently arrested two men for firing rockets into Israel, demonstrating the terror group’s pragmatism but not moderation. Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has ideological red lines, but it is also trying to find practical solutions to its plight in the face of a far more powerful Israeli […]]]>

Hamas recently arrested two men for firing rockets into Israel, demonstrating the terror group’s pragmatism but not moderation.

Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has ideological red lines, but it is also trying to find practical solutions to its plight in the face of a far more powerful Israeli army.

“It’s clear that Hamas is no longer interested in a conflict with Israel,” Ido Zelkovitz, head of the Middle East studies program at Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, told JNS.

He added that one of Hamas’ top priorities is a deal that would see its prisoners released by Israel.

“Such an agreement would be a political victory and give it a boost in its competition with the Palestinian Authority,” said Zelkovitz, who is also a researcher at the Chaikin Chair in Geostrategy at the University of Haifa.

Hamas security forces arrested two Palestinians on Sunday after firing four rockets into Israel on Thursday, violating the ceasefire and prompting a retaliatory attack by Israel, a source in Gaza said. AFP.

“The Palestinian factions have nothing to do with these rockets, which aim to give the occupation [Israel] an excuse to continue the assault,” the source said.

The rockets were fired just hours after Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu won the November 1 Knesset elections and just days after Israeli forces killed an Islamic Jihad leader in Nablus, Samaria.

Kobi Michael, a senior fellow at the Israel Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University, agrees, saying it’s no surprise Hamas isn’t interested. by a war for the time being.

“Hamas wants to take advantage of the calm to continue improving the economic reality and standard of living in the Gaza Strip,” Michael said.

“Hamas also wants to rebuild its military capabilities that were dramatically damaged during ‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’,” the air war with Israel in May 2021, he added.

Moreover, continues Michael, “Hamas is interested in seizing the opportunity and continuing to weaken Islamic Jihad, its main political adversary. [in Gaza].”

Pragmatism, not moderation

Meir Litvak, a Hamas expert at Tel Aviv University, wrote a newspaper article giving examples of how Hamas’ ideology of jihad and martyrdom is counterbalanced by its desire for tactical victories.

“Like most other Sunni movements, Hamas relegated the messianic elements of Islam to a secondary level, as it was much more interested in establishing an Islamic state here and now,” he wrote in “‘Martyrdom is Life’: Jihad and martyrdom in the ideology of Hamas”, published in Conflict and Terrorism Studies in 2010.

“The only exception is the eschatological meaning that Hamas gives to jihad against the Jews, which it says is a prerequisite for fulfilling God’s promise to establish His rule over the earth,” Litvak explains.

For example, he continues, then-Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said in 2008 that his agreement to a brief ceasefire (tahdi’a) in hostilities with Israel was not meant to signal a transition from a “phase of resistance and fighting to a phase of calm”.

On the contrary, according to Hamas’ “concept of managing this conflict”, the tahdi’a is a tactical means. It is a step in the resistance and she is not detached from it,” Litvak wrote.

Therefore, while Hamas’ long-term goal is to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state, it realizes that this is not currently possible and that it must achieve small incremental victories at the expense of a continuous self-destructive jihad that Israel’s overwhelming power would crush.

The Muslim Brotherhood movements tend to avoid uninterrupted jihad and prefer a patient strategy of building grassroots support through their social services and educational institutions.

While the end goal of creating a global caliphate is no different from that of other jihadist groups like the Islamic State, it prefers to play the long game instead of insisting on constant unrestrained attacks regardless of force. of their enemy.

The recent arrests of those responsible for firing rockets into Israel do not signal moderation but rather that this is not the right time for such attacks in the opinion of the Hamas leadership.

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The United States did. The EU could. Why Canada won’t put Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on its terrorist list https://capperi.net/the-united-states-did-the-eu-could-why-canada-wont-put-irans-revolutionary-guard-on-its-terrorist-list/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/the-united-states-did-the-eu-could-why-canada-wont-put-irans-revolutionary-guard-on-its-terrorist-list/ As Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warns against cracking down on street protests, the European Union and Germany debate whether they should join countries like the United States in officially designating the militia as a terrorist organization. The protests, sparked by the Death of Mahsa Aminiwho died Sept. 16 after being detained for allegedly […]]]>

As Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warns against cracking down on street protests, the European Union and Germany debate whether they should join countries like the United States in officially designating the militia as a terrorist organization.

The protests, sparked by the Death of Mahsa Aminiwho died Sept. 16 after being detained for allegedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code for women, prompted Canada to take action against Iran and condemn the IRGC.

The federal government has branded the IRGC a terrorist organization, described its leaders as terrorists and announced measures to make some members of the group inadmissible to Canada. Additionally, the government continues to list a branch of the IRGC, its Al-Quds Expeditionary Force, as a terrorist entity.

Yet despite calls from the federal Conservative Party, activists and the Association of Families of Victims of Flight PS752, the government has refused to designate the entire militia as a terrorist entity under the Criminal Code of Canada.

“It’s a valid question what the reluctance is. I don’t know what’s going on in the mind of the foreign minister, the public safety minister or the prime minister,” said Phil Gurski, a former terrorism specialist at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. . “I mean, if anything, it’s really a no-brainer.”

“The IRGC definitely meets these criteria.”

Protesters in Toronto organized by the Flight PS752 Families Association joined others across Canada on Saturday in solidarity with Iranians’ continued protests against the regime. (Tyler Cheese/SRC)

CBC News explains the actions taken by the government, its reasons given for not listing the IRGC as a terrorist entity and other potential motivations for its reluctance.

What is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps?

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was formed following the 1979 Iranian revolution, created to protect the new government. Since then, according to the Council on Foreign Relations website, which has become one of the most powerful paramilitary organizations in the Middle East. It runs its own intelligence services and reports directly to Iran’s supreme leader.

It is a branch of Iran’s armed forces, but it operates independently from the regular army and has extensive economic interests across the country. The US estimates it could control or have significant influence over up to 50% of Iran’s economy, including non-military sectors like banking and shipping.

But he has also been accused of orchestrating a number of state-sanctioned terror attacks around the world, while offering support to terrorist organizations, charges Iran denies.

What is Canada’s terrorist list?

The list was created following the September 11 terrorist attacks under the Anti-terrorism Act, which amended the Criminal Code in 2001.

To be on the list, which now includes 73 groups, there must be “reasonable grounds to believe that an entity knowingly participated in or facilitated terrorist activity, or knowingly acted on behalf of, at the direction of, or in association with a such entity,” according to the Government of Canada website.

If designated, banks can freeze a group’s assets and the police can charge anyone who financially or materially supports such a group.

The list includes al-Qaeda, Boko Haramand the proud boys.

What has Canada said about the IRGC?

In June 2018, the federal Liberals supported a House of Commons motion put forward by the Conservatives that sought to “immediately designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code of Canada.” But since this motion, the IRGC has not yet been appointed.

There was a new surge last year after a The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that the shooting down of flight PS752 by the IRGC was an intentional act of terrorism and constitutes “terrorist activity”.

In response to Amini’s death, the federal government announced last month that it would take action under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) to return key members of the Guardian Corps to Islamic Revolution (IRGC) – potentially 10,000 people – inadmissible to Canada.

And it was during this announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland called the leaders of the IRGC “terrorists” and the IRGC a “terrorist organization”.

Yet Canada has not taken the additional step of listing it as a terrorist entity.

So why doesn’t Canada list the IRGC as a terrorist entity?

At a press conference last month, Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti explained that since the IRGC is part of the Iranian military and military service is compulsory, there are fears that the Penal Code is a “brutal instrument” for dealing with the group. He said the government needed to target the real “bad actors without also catching innocent people”.

Including the IRGC in these terrorist lists could unfairly capture Iranians in Canada who oppose the regime and have fled it, but who have been conscripted into the IRGC.

“We don’t want to punish innocent people or those who oppose the regime,” he said.

Thomas Juneau, who majors in Middle East politics at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, agreed that the problem with the IRGC is that in more than 40 years of the Islamic Republic, there are more than “hundreds of thousands of people, mostly men, who have served in the IRGC, in many cases conscripts.

“They were cooks. They briefly held administrative or clerical positions in the 1990s or 2000s. Do you really want to punish them? In some cases they are innocent.”

Are there other reasons why the government might be reluctant?

Implementing the IRGC’s listing as a terrorist entity would require enormous resources, Juneau said. The demand such a list would place on agencies like the RCMP, CSIS, the Canada Border Services Agency and FINTRAC, the financial intelligence unit, would be massive, he said.

WATCH | Canada bans key members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard under new sanctions:

Canada bans key members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard under new sanctions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, barring the top 50% of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from entering Canada.

“It’s not just about hiring five summer students. Hire people with very technical skills in financial intelligence and border security. You have to train them. They must obtain a security clearance, usually at the top secret level. ,” he said.

But there is also a legal issue that the government has not discussed that may be the most significant obstacle to including the IRGC on the list.

Andrew House, who specializes in national security law and was chief of staff to former public safety minister Vic Toews, said that under Stephen Harper’s government there had been a debate about the legal categorization on the type of entity to include in this list.

Under the Criminal Code, an entity is defined as “a person, group, trust, partnership or fund or unincorporated association or organization”.

This means that the IRGC, as an arm of the Iranian government, might technically not fall into this category; arguably, it is a state actor, which is liable to sanctions, but which would not be registered on a terrorist list.

That’s the purist legal position,” House said. “The judges give a lot of importance to these types of differences. So, from a technical and legal point of view, the advice that was always given by the system itself was: “Hey, make sure you classify these things correctly”. You may have to fight this in court someday.'”

But in 2012, the Harper government wanted to send a signal that the IRGC’s conduct was terrorist in nature, despite objections from officials who wanted to maintain purity in legal categories, House said. A compromise was reached to include a branch of the IRGC, the Iranian Quds Force, on the list, the logic at the time being that it was more of a loosely affiliated militia, House said.

WATCH | Canada seeks to ban members of the Iranian regime from the country:

Canada seeks to ban members of the Iranian regime from the country

In addition to adding other Iranian officials and entities to its sanctions list, the federal government is pursuing measures that would prevent members of the Iranian regime from entering Canada and could deport their family members from the country.

In the cold light of history. I don’t think that argument is any more defensible,” House said. “The Quds Force as we understand it is run by uniformed members of the IRGC. They are an integral part of the state. »

Still, House said that despite technical legal definitions, symbolic messages are important and he thinks the IRGC should be on the list because “we’ve already crossed that bridge”.

“Let’s go all out,” he said.

House points out that the Taliban, for example, are on the list and form the de facto government of Afghanistan.

“If you want it to be legally pure about it, you should take the Taliban off the list. And I don’t know anyone who would support that.”

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US native Allison Fluke-Ekren sentenced to 20 years in prison for aiding ISIS https://capperi.net/us-native-allison-fluke-ekren-sentenced-to-20-years-in-prison-for-aiding-isis/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 20:37:30 +0000 https://capperi.net/us-native-allison-fluke-ekren-sentenced-to-20-years-in-prison-for-aiding-isis/ Fluke-Ekren waged violent jihad in Libya, Iraq and Syria for eight years, prosecutors said. She trained women and children in the use of AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts. Fluke-Ekren’s attorneys argued she deserved a shorter sentence after the trauma and loss she suffered. WASHINGTON – A Kansas woman who admitted support the terrorist […]]]>
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Vladimir Putin’s use of shadowy mercenaries from the Wagner Group in Ukraine in the face of a terrorist investigation https://capperi.net/vladimir-putins-use-of-shadowy-mercenaries-from-the-wagner-group-in-ukraine-in-the-face-of-a-terrorist-investigation/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/vladimir-putins-use-of-shadowy-mercenaries-from-the-wagner-group-in-ukraine-in-the-face-of-a-terrorist-investigation/ Russia should be classified as a state sponsor of terrorism for its use of the private mercenary company the Wagner groupParliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee will hear on Tuesday. The parliamentary committee’s inquiry into the use of proxy private military companies (PMCs) focuses specifically on the Wagner Group’s active role in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, but […]]]>

Russia should be classified as a state sponsor of terrorism for its use of the private mercenary company the Wagner groupParliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee will hear on Tuesday.

The parliamentary committee’s inquiry into the use of proxy private military companies (PMCs) focuses specifically on the Wagner Group’s active role in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, but will also examine Russia’s use of the group. during conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and South America.

The group, which is linked to the Russian government, has been accused of committing human rights atrocities, including mass executions, arbitrary detentions, torture during interrogations and forced displacement of the civilian population.

In an evidence session scheduled for Tuesday, Jason McCue, a partner at law firm McCue Jury and Partners, is expected to argue in favor of classifying Wagner as a terrorist organization — and Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.

Write in the I he said the Wagner Group was simply “a terrorist arm of the Russian state posing as a private security contractor”. A point he intends to make before the committee.

McCue, a lawyer specializing in conflict resolution, human rights and counter-terrorism, litigates against terrorists and dictators bringing charges against some of the most notorious actors including the IRA, Islamic State , Gaddafi, and recently represented victims of Myanmar’s genocide against the Rohingya. Muslims.

McCue argues that “the precursors to terrorism have long been apparent in Putin’s actions”, but “the Wagner Group is perhaps the best example of Russia’s use of terror as an entrenched state policy”.

Following McCue’s oral testimony, the committee will also hear from Professor Jason Blazakis, executive director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, as well as Mikhail Khodorkovsky – the businessman Russian exile and former political prisoner of the Kremlin. .

Three Russian journalists working for Mr. Khodorkovsky’s investigative outlet, The Center for Investigation, were killed in an ambush in 2018 while trying to cover Wagner’s operations in the Central African Republic.

This session will seek to explore the challenge posed by states’ use of PMCs as proxies in conflict and to destabilize fragile countries, and the UK government’s response.

While the committee will focus on the Wagner Group’s activity in Ukraine, it will also examine evidence that its operations extend to other countries, including the Central African Republic, Libya, Mozambique, Syria, Sudan and Venezuela.

The Wagner Group began operating in Syria in 2015, fighting alongside pro-government forces and guarding oil fields, then supporting forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Libya where he was accused by the United States of planting landmines and other improvised explosive devices in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

In 2017, the Wagner group was invited to the Central African Republic (CAR) to monitor diamond mines. The United Nations and the French government accused Wagner’s mercenaries of committing rapes and robberies against civilians in the CAR, and the EU imposed sanctions accordingly. The US Treasury also placed them under sanctions in 2020, saying Wagner had “acted as a cover” in countries for mining companies owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin – the alleged founder of the Wagner Group.

More recently, the Wagner Group was asked to provide security against militant Islamist groups by the government of Mali, West Africa. A US official said that the security situation in Mali had “considerably worsened” after the arrival of the Wagner group, which had played a decisive role in the withdrawal of French troops from the region.

The survey is part of the Foreign Affairs Committee’s work program on the “rules-based international order” – the international laws, rules and standards that affect our daily lives.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, MP Tom Tugendhat, said: “This inquiry will ask what is currently known about the ‘proxy’ private military companies, in particular the Wagner Group. It will explore international law in this area and ask what more can be done to identify, track and sanction members of private military companies.

It’s time to call Wagner what he really is – a terrorist organization at the disposal of Vladimir Putin

Late last month, amid reports of Russian military unrest in eastern Ukraine, the man known as ‘Putin’s leader’ Yevgeny Prigozhin visited the site russian social media CV to confess what many had long suspected: that he was the mastermind behind the secret Russian mercenary organization, the Wagner Group.

Until recently, Prigozhin had denied that he or the Wagner group had any ties to the Kremlin. “I cleaned old guns myself, examined body armor,” he wrote, clearing up any confusion about his role. “From that moment… a group of patriots was born.”

The Wagner Group has long been an integral part of Russia’s aggressive foreign policy. From supporting dictators in Africa and exploiting its natural resources to ruthlessly training militia in Crimea. My experience in suing the IRA, Islamic State, Gaddafi and recently representing victims of Myanmar’s genocide against Rohingya Muslims, helps me see the Wagner Group for what it is – a terrorist wing of the Russian state posing as a private security. service provider.

On Tuesday I will make this point in Parliament before the Foreign Affairs Committee as part of its inquiry into the Wagner Group and proxy private military companies and talk about how the precursors to terrorism have long been apparent in the actions of Putin: the bombing of Ukrainian nuclear power plants; the inhumane opening and closing of gas and grain supplies – holding Europe and the world at ransom – and the state sanctioned use of torture, murder and rape as standard tools of war against the Ukrainians. But the Wagner Group is perhaps the best example of Russia’s use of terror as an entrenched state policy.

In recent months, Wagner has played a central role in the destruction of Ukraine. Their fearsome reputation, cemented in Crimea, was used to terrorize ordinary Ukrainians into fleeing the country ahead of February’s invasion by Russian forces. Putin acknowledged that by minimizing the number of civilians in the country, he could reduce civilian “collateral damage” and reduce the risk of NATO engagement.

Wagner has been linked to significant war crimes that range from targeting civilians to torture, to using rape and pillage as weapons of war.

It was Wagner who allegedly planted explosives around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility when regular forces refused to do so. They also initiated many atrocities in Bucha and are also publicly central to Russia’s policy of recruiting Category A prisoners – the worst of the worst in Russian prisons to Russian forces in Ukraine.

The group’s activities are the very definition of terrorism. It’s not controversial. What is controversial is that Wagner has not been designated as a terrorist group – or even Putin himself as a terrorist – or that Russia has not been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. So that we can begin to understand realpolitik around the latter, the same cannot be said of the former.

While millions of people have been terrorized to evacuate their homes and seek refuge elsewhere, it is incredible that this lie at the heart of Putin’s kleptocracy has not been qualified by the UN or foreign governments for what it is. Putin and his kleptocrats conspired with Wagner in a conspiracy of illegal means to deploy terrorism to further his illegal war.

This current war is not the old Cold War issue of East vs. West, nor is it a matter of ideology or culture – it is the pure pursuit of power through the use of terrorism by a dictatorship. Calling it what it is will begin to debunk the myth that Putin weaves about the Russian people: that this war is about romantic historical ideals or about defending and rebuilding the integrity of the Soviet.

Putin, the Gaddafiesque terrorist sponsor, on the other hand, whose financial and personal interests are aligned with employing his friend’s paid mercenaries – to do his dirty work, will be abhorred by ordinary Russian people. It is time for this lie to be exposed and for the world to recognize that it must come to terms with the reality of this kleptocratic regime and treat it as it does any other state sponsor of terrorism.

Exposing the Wagner Group and holding its members to account for their crimes in the same way as other terrorist organizations is an essential first step in this process.

Jason McCue is a founding partner of McCue Jury and Partners, specializing in conflict resolution, human rights and cross-border litigation

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Biden’s energy tailspin continues https://capperi.net/bidens-energy-tailspin-continues/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 13:39:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/bidens-energy-tailspin-continues/ One of the main arguments people made when voting for president Joe Biden was that he was a seasoned foreign policy professional (the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, no less) and would command the world stage, protect American interests, and mend relations with our allies. That argument largely died out after the Afghanistan […]]]>

One of the main arguments people made when voting for president
Joe Biden
was that he was a seasoned foreign policy professional (the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, no less) and would command the world stage, protect American interests, and mend relations with our allies. That argument largely died out after the Afghanistan debacle in August 2021, and it breathed its last breath earlier this month when OPEC+, at the urging of the Saudis, voted to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day.

Biden angered the Saudis, then he tried to woo them, and now he’s threatening them again for refusing to help Democrats pull off an election-year coup, with Sen. Robert Menendez (D -NJ), the current President of the Senate. International Relations Committee, demanding that Congress “immediately freeze all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including all arms sales and security cooperation beyond what is absolutely necessary to defend the personnel and American interests”.

Thanks to his
Green New Deal
-esques policies, Biden has abandoned the American leadership on energy. Thus, Saudi Arabia, not to mention some of our enemies such as Venezuela and Iran, now has influence over the United States.


WORLD IS EXPERIENCING ‘FIRST TRULY GLOBAL ENERGY CRISIS’, SAYS IEA DIRECTOR

What have Democrats done in response? They stretched olive branches to the
iranian regime
the main sponsor of Islamic terrorism, and in Venezuela, which exports communism to our hemisphere, while threatening our ally, the Saudis, with limited cooperation.

Biden also decided to sell off part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is there to protect Americans in the event of a severe supply shortage caused by war or disaster. It’s now at a 40-year low thanks to Biden, who had to offset his horrendous energy policies and keep gas prices low to help Democrats win in November. Asking for electoral assistance from a foreign government in exchange for favors and using American assets to help his party win the election? Presidents have been impeached for less.

Oil markets see the folly of this strategy, so prices are on the way up.

Rising gas prices mean higher costs for families and virtually every business. And the more businesses have to pay, the more customers have to pay — which is a big reason why inflation is nearly six times higher than it was when Biden took office.

At the very least, you would think the Biden administration would delay some of the regulations limiting household energy production. You would be wrong.

Just as OPEC+ announced its production cut, Biden’s Interior Department announced it was considering a plan to ban all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the United States. He is already dragging his feet on offshore permit decisions after a federal judge in Louisiana blocked officials from using new, higher estimates of the costs of damages caused by global warming.

And last winter, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates pipelines, proposed a new regulatory change requiring pipeline companies to file environmental impact statements along their pipeline runs – including the cost and the complexity would have forced the pipeline companies out of business. .

This caught the senator’s attention.
Joe Manchin
(
D-WV
), the state of which is crossed by a number of natural gas pipelines that carry natural gas to the northeast. He convinced the administration to suspend that crippling regulation, but agency president Richard Glick seems determined to bring it back.

But none of this should come as a surprise. Biden warned us on the campaign trail that he would end home power generation, and he’s proving that’s a promise he intends to keep. He warned that we must go through a “transition” to create a better and greener future, that transitions are difficult and costly, and that we will simply have to endure it.

The problem is that we are moving from reliable, reasonably priced sources of energy to green technologies that simply cannot meet our needs. We have abundant sources of energy and clean ways to extract it and bring it to market. Indeed, the environmental standards of our energy industry are the most stringent in the world, so why are we begging the biggest environmental polluters, like Venezuela and Iran, to produce more when we could do it ourselves?

California
power outages offer a window into our future if we continue down this path. We have almost unlimited access to energy. We know how to get it. But Biden prevents us from using it except when he wants to empty our stockpiled oil reserves for national emergencies just before an election.

Our next president better have a very different day 1 on energy policy than this one. The country depends on it.


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Mr. Rick Santorum is a former United States Senator from Pennsylvania.

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Terrorism: Serious concern for presidency as UK and US list next target points in Nigeria https://capperi.net/terrorism-serious-concern-for-presidency-as-uk-and-us-list-next-target-points-in-nigeria/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 08:54:08 +0000 https://capperi.net/terrorism-serious-concern-for-presidency-as-uk-and-us-list-next-target-points-in-nigeria/ There are new security risks in the vicinity of Abuja as declared by the UK and US Embassies on Sunday 23rd October. The United States Embassy, ​​in its security advisory, warned that terrorists were plotting to attack crowded places in the nation’s capital soon. In a similar vein, the UK government has called on Britons […]]]>
  • There are new security risks in the vicinity of Abuja as declared by the UK and US Embassies on Sunday 23rd October.
  • The United States Embassy, ​​in its security advisory, warned that terrorists were plotting to attack crowded places in the nation’s capital soon.
  • In a similar vein, the UK government has called on Britons in Abuja to remain vigilant and only move around when necessary, with their ears glued to the ground for security information.

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Abuja – The governments of the United States and United Kingdom have sounded the alarm to warn their Nigerian citizens of possible attacks by terrorists in Abuja.

A security advisory from the United States Embassy in Nigeria on Sunday, October 23, informed that there was is “a high risk of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, especially in Abuja”.

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According to the embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States, the next targets of the terrorists are in Abuja (Photo: Aso Rock Villa)
Source: Facebook

Among the target spots listed by the embassy are the following places:

  1. Government buildings
  2. worship centers
  3. Schools
  4. Markets
  5. Shopping centers
  6. Hotels
  7. Bars
  8. Restaurants
  9. Sports gatherings
  10. Transport terminals
  11. Law enforcement facilities
  12. International organisations

Actions to take

In view of the consideration, the US government has urged its citizens in the Nigerian capital to do the following henceforth:

  1. Avoid non-essential travel or movement
  2. stay alert
  3. Avoid the crowds
  4. Review personal safety plans and
  5. Keep your cell phone charged in case of emergency
  6. Bring proper ID

For this reason, the embassy in the notice announced that it will offer reduced services until further notice.

UK Embassy calls on citizens to be security conscious

Similarly, the UK Embassy in Nigeria noted that “there is an increased threat of terrorist attack in Abuja”.

The the embassy urged citizens to “remain vigilantstudy movements carefully, follow local news and the advice of security authorities.”

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IGP orders tight security in Abuja as residents panic over possible terror attack

Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, had ordered a beef in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to fortify the nation’s capital against terrorists.

FCT residents have been living in fear since the invasion of Kuje prison by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Tuesday, July 5.

Around 800 detainees, including all Boko Haram suspects in custody, were released during the invasion.

Source: Legit.ng

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