Is ISIS the richest & most powerful terrorist organisation of all time?

Unknown but likely on both counts.

Hamas have received billions of dollars in aid for civic projects and reconstruction and used same to purchase weapons and construct defensive and offensive structures to wage war on Israel.

ISIS make millions (made millions before the drop in oil prices) per day illegally refining and selling contraband oil and oil by-products to Turkey. The illegal trade in tobacco and heroin has also been a source of large amounts of income, while nearly one billion dollars was looted from the Central Bank in Mosul when that city fell to them in 2014.

Add to that the billions from Saudi Wahhabi supporters and if they are not the richest of all time then they are in the top 5 IMHO.

Regarding their “power” – their influence and actions are global. Their campaigns international. Their recruits – cell based and lone wolf – are pervasive. And their ideology still gains traction.

The declaration of the caliphate made a universal call for Jihad beyond national and regional politics and as such created a global movement and an organisation and ideology with a reach not previously matched by any legacy terrorist organisation.

Regardless of the attitude to the declaration of the caliphate – it acts as a new departure in how radical Islam organizes and dispels with national and regional politics in favour of an over-arching unifying call to all Muslims in the context of the Mahdi and “end of days” concept.

As such its power is fundamental and has traction across all shades of Muslim opinion.

However, there are conflicting views.

Brian K. Price a twenty year and two war military veteran wrote on QUORA in response to the question that many sources do agree that ISIS is the richest terrorist organization of all time.

Here’s How The World’s Richest Terrorist Group Makes Millions Every Day

ISIS Is the World’s Richest Terror Group, But Spending Money Fast

ISIS – Annual Turnover $2 Billion – In Photos: The World’s 10 Richest Terrorist Organizations

There are many, many other sources which compare the dollar values of every terrorist organization. ISIS’s control of oil fields in eastern Syria and norther Iraq gives it unprecedented wealth.

Is it the most powerful? That’s a tougher question to answer. As far as deadliest, most sources claim that Boko Haram is deadlier:

The World’s Deadliest Terrorist Group

Boko Haram overtakes ISIS as deadliest terrorists: Study 

Though the title switches back and forth (and Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIS, so there’s that…)

The 5 Deadliest Terrorist Groups on the Planet

But does highest kill count actually mean “most powerful”? Is the point of terrorism to kill people or to achieve one’s goals?

Both groups control large swaths of territory. So that could be considered a form of power and success. Al Qaeda successfully dragged the world into Afghanistan and led to the US invasion of Iraq.

These wars have cost trillions of dollars, beyond the economic down turn that occurred in the aftermath of 9/11, the Madrid bombings, and the London Underground bombings.

Financially, I think you could argue, AQ has still done the greatest amount of damage to the world. However, AQ achieved none of its goals (Brian K. Price’s answer to Did Osama bin Laden succeed in his mission?)

Achieving political goals and gaining enduring successes should be the measure of power. And in that case, it would appear that nationalist terrorist groups have been far and away far more successful than AQ or ISIS or Boko Haram are likely to be.

Their approach has left no room for compromise which means they either win everything or they lose everything. Nationalist groups were able to force their opponents to the negotiating table and to earn concessions that continue to exist well after their violent efforts. See How Successful Is Terrorism?

Terrorist groups associated with Algeria, Cyprus, and Palestine achieved their goals of mobilized populations and varying levels of independence. Other groups such as the ETA and the IRA have attained major objectives in the form of concessions from the governing powers.

So I would argue that ISIS is not the most powerful terrorist group. It has temporarily seized a considerable amount of territory but I do not expect this will last. It will be pushed back and eventually dispersed.

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ISIS: Jihadi European Operatives’ Structure & "Endgame"

No one can claim to have a unique insight into the “endgame” of ISIS as far as Europe is concerned. I am not sure that ISIS “leadership” could give a well-rounded response to that query either. The stated aim of ISIS and its self-declared “caliphate” is the dissemination of their brand of radical Islam across the globe, to obviously include the “Islamification” of Europe.

The ISIS apparatus organises itself in a fashion that does not concern itself with national and regional politics but rather is in favour of an over-arching unifying call to all Muslims in the context of the Mahdi and the “end of days” concept. It is an apocalyptic creed.

The ISIS plan in Europe, if one can call it that, is characterised by opportunistic and ad-hoc activities which can therefore not necessarily be considered strategic or centrally planned and therefore are incredibly difficult to effectively predict and prevent.

Despite the ISIS cell structures exposed after the Hebdo, Bataclan, Zaventem and Maelbeek atrocities – the previous MO and likely future continued approach of the group will be to appeal to “lone wolf” (LW) type operatives for the majority of their “ops”.

The el Bakraoui Brothers & Abdeslam 

The Zaventem and Maelbeek attacks were allegedly fast-tracked in response to the arrest of Salah Abdeslam and his apparent co-operation with the authorities. The decision to accelerate the schedule was made unilaterally by the cell, not ISIS leadership, if correspondence later found on a laptop apparently belonging to Ibrahim el Bakraoui can be believed.

Sven Mary, Abdeslam’s lawyer, will try to have his eventual sentence reduced on the grounds that he is/was (before the Brussels attacks) acting as an informant – although obviously nothing he told interrogators prevented the Brussels atrocities.

While ISIS cells will carry out “spectaculars” like Brussels and Paris again, the intervening periods are more likely to consist of types similar to Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein in Copenhagen (Feb 2015), Rafik Mohamad Yousef in Berlin (Sep 2015) , Tarek Belgacem in Paris (Jan 2016) and several other LWs who have carried out attacks in France, Serbia, Hungary, Denmark and Poland in the last twelve months which were later explicitly claimed by ISIS or which individuals were later found to have been affiliated or sworn allegiance to the group or carried out the attacks in support of ISIS objectives.

Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein

 Rafik Mohamad Yousef
Tarek Belgacem

Despite the LW nature of these attacks they can be just as devastating. And act as a constant reminder of the ever-present threat that now exists from radical Islamists across the continent.

ISIS of course has its origins in the Sunni insurgency following the invasion of Iraq by the George W. Bush administration. This initially gave rise to Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, which eventually split from core Al Qaeda, in part because of its shocking violence towards other Muslims.

In “The Management of Savagery” a book published over a decade ago by AQI leaders a strategy was laid out that suggested the use of spectacular acts of brutality and displaying them across media platforms in order to goad Western powers into ground wars in the Middle East.

ISIS, like AQI before it, includes in its highest ranks former Baathist members of Saddam Hussein’s military apparatus, who joined the militant group after the Bush administration’s de-Baathification policies and after the U.S.-backed sectarian regime in Baghdad proved unwilling to include Sunnis in government.

This took notice of the jihadi lessons learned in the guerrilla war against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. By employing the tactic of high impact terrorism in Europe some observers suggest that ISIS is seeking to galvanize opinion that will ultimately result in European powers taking a hardline interventionist approach in the Middle East.

ISIS believe that the resulting intensified air war or ground invasions to battle ISIS in their heartlands, as reaction to attacks in Europe, would be incredibly costly for any coalition and has a high likelihood of yielding counterproductive blowback and unintended consequences for Europe.

Furthermore it plays to the ISIS narrative of the Anti-Islam Crusader mentality that they claim is prevalent in Europe and as such increase recruitment to their cause locally and internationally.

At present the ISIS aim in Europe is to intimidate, disrupt and demoralize and in the process recruit more operatives – cells or LWs. Increasingly spectacular attacks followed by reprisal will attract further disenfranchised recruits.

Whatever way you choose to describe ISIS actions in Europe – opportunistic, tactical, strategic – the intended result is the same – polarize opinion in Europe resulting in the further marginalization of Muslims and Muslim communities. This can only be good for their “cause”.

Didier Leroy, is a leading terrorism researcher at the Royal Military Academy of Belgium and an adjunct at the Free University of Brussels. When asked what did the Brussels attacks reveal about the aims of ISIS in Europe he said:

“The Brussels attacks have been, without much surprise, claimed and celebrated by ISIS supporters. Ideologically, the symbolic dimension of the targets—the Brussels international airport, less than 5 kilometers away from NATO headquarters, and the Maelbeek subway station, near the main institutions of the European Union—reflects ISIS’s dual view of the world: the struggle of a Muslim oppressed world against a Western oppressing world.

At the level of the modus operandi, we find several common features shared by the French and Belgian commandos: relatively small cells of determined individuals hitting as many “soft” (civilian) targets as possible. Historically there are almost no links between Belgium and Syria or Iraq. I am still rather skeptical about the depth of structural connections between these young jihadi candidates and ISIS, which is a Middle Eastern phenomenon in the first place (and the so-called Caliphate has regional priorities before global ones).

I see ISIS as a “heterarchical” organization, characterized by an undisputed leader—the self-proclaimed Caliph Ibrahim—but also by a shared decisional process. The ISIS central command in Rakka could be regarded as a vertical entity, which becomes more “horizontal” when it reaches the external layer of foreign recruits. There certainly is a central, top-down policy calling on fighters to hit enemies of the “Islamic State project” wherever possible, but the when, the how, etcetera, are left to the initiative of individuals or small groups—it’s up to them to decide the best way to proceed. Most of these recruits obviously know their countries of origin well, have grown up with the Internet and the images of 9/11 in their minds, and are determined to “do better” than old-fashioned al-Qaeda.”

Marc Trevidic: “ISIS using lone wolf attackers in Europe as smoke screen for larger plots”

In another take on ISIS plans for Europe the following article appeared in The Telegraph on 29 MARCH 2016 • 1:39PM.

ISIS is flooding Europe with low-level, unsophisticated attack plans to swamp intelligence agencies while larger atrocities are secretly plotted, a senior counter-terrorism judge has warned. The terror group has had Europe in its sights for up to four years, it is feared, and sent dozens of jihadists back to carry out lone-wolf attacks. “It served to put all of our agencies on edge. Just like a smoke screen, it allowed them to calmly prepare,” said Marc Trevidic, who retired as France’s chief counter-terrorism judge last year. The offensive was orchestrated by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian mastermind behind the Paris atrocity in November, which left 130 dead.

Abaaoud, who was killed in the weeks after the attacks, is feared to have been at the head of a 90-strong cell of jihadists spread across Europe. It has also emerged he has persuaded some fanatics to return to attack Europe by convincing them it is better that facing the horrors of the war in Syria, according to files seen by the New York Times. Prior to his death, he was a senior figure in a unit within Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, tasked with directing attacks on European soil. Fighters are sent back and told to decide their own targets so limit the chances of plots being traced back to the unit.

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Ireland – Radical Islamists Love the Irish Legal System

Ireland is not overrun with Radical Islamists. Salafi Jihadist preachers are not spouting hate and intolerance in the majority of Ireland’s mosques. Apart from some small pockets in Dublin there is not the same level of Islamic ghettoisation in Ireland as opposed to say Sweden where so called no-go areas are widespread and the city of Malmö is infamous for radicalisation and general anti-Western sentiment (radical Islam has an irony bypass).

The Dublin Mosque – South Circular Road, Dublin, Ireland

What is notable about Ireland’s attitude to Islamic radicals is the ad-hoc and amateur approach that is taken to the matter by law enforcement and the judiciary. This is mirrored by a general lack of interest and awareness amongst the Irish public.  

Military Intelligence & the Garda Special Detective Unit’s Middle Eastern Desk 

These bodies are tasked with monitoring potential jihadists in Ireland and Irish citizens who fight abroad in war zones – specifically Syria and Iraq – for Muslim extremist organisations such as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”.

Their activities are obviously covert and their objectives and methods are clearly not publicly available or discussed – and rightly so. However, despite numerous attempts by associates it seems that there is no specific publicly available over-arching and non-compromising strategy document (heavily redacted or otherwise) that is available via the FoI Act.

It would be helpful and indeed, in the public interest, to see such a document to determine what level of significance is given to certain potential threats or what the attitude of these units is to the ramshackle approach to some key issues that the public sees via the Irish Court system.

Free Movement for Radical Clerics 

The questionable choices of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland and their hosting of several ultra-radical clerics in the past is a matter of record and this blog has covered that in previous posts. The “Centre” is run by Sheikh Hussein Halawa (who will not speak English when interviewed (18 years in Ireland)), wants Sharia law, insists on Halal food in all Irish schools and separate buildings and gymnasiums for his followers.

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI), Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland

Many Muslims in Ireland speak of the ICCI as the “Ikhwani” mosque, an Arabic-language reference to the Muslim Brotherhood. In the past the ICCI has hosted Egyptian cleric Wagdy Ghoneim (or Wagdi Ghoneim or Wajdi Ghunaim) a supporter of suicide bombing. The UN list of people associated with al-Qaeda includes two people in Ireland both of whom worship at the Clonskeagh mosque.

Egyptian cleric Wagdy Ghoneim

The ICCI has attempted once again recently to host Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The 84-year-old Egyptian is head of the European Council of Fatwa and Research and is infamous for issuing fatwas that sanction violence and stoke sectarian and religious hatred.

Radical Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

The Cancelled Visit to Ireland of Dr Othman Alkhamees 

A Muslim conference that was due to take place this weekend in Dublin was cancelled at the last minute after Dr Othman Alkhamees, the keynote speaker, pulled out. Alkhamees is a Kuwaiti Islamic scholar who was previously banned from travelling to Holland following objections about his radical rhetoric and extremist views. He is known for his efforts to radicalise Muslim youths.

Kuwaiti Jihad Preacher Dr Othman Alkhamees

Alkhamees was due to address the two-day Dublin Muslim Conference 2016 at the Dublin Mosque. But according to mosque administrator Mudafar Altawash, the so-called “giant within conservative Salafi Islam” cancelled his appearance last Thursday night without giving a reason. Alkhamees has been to Dublin on two previous occasions it seems.

The conference was organised by the Irish Kuwaiti student group Thabat Ireland and hosted by the Islamic Foundation of Ireland, which is based at the mosque on the South Circular Road, Dublin.

Tip-off from Imam Ali Al Saleh 

The conference drew the attention of the Gardaí after Ali Al Saleh, the imam at the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre in Milltown, south Dublin, warned them of the impending visit. He claimed that Dr Alkhamees and fellow Kuwaiti scholar Dr Khaled Alotaibi, an expert in Sharia law, are both jihad preachers.

Ali Al Saleh, the imam at the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre in Milltown

Sharia “expert’ & Jihad Preacher Dr Khaled Alotaibi

Muslim leader Imam Umar al-Qadri has also expressed his concerns over “radical” scholars preaching to young students in Ireland. “My concern would be that such people and their ideas radicalises young Muslims. I believe that foreign preachers coming to Ireland should sign an agreement that they respect and abide by certain guidelines in order to preach here,” he said.

Police Tip-Off – Imam Umar al-Qadri

He spoke about signing a statement denouncing Islamic terrorists, their teachings and the elevation and praise of figureheads like the late Osama bin Laden while promising to show respect and tolerance for the LGBT community and respecting the laws of the land and its culture.

The Ali-Charaf Damache Debacle 

This man was an Algerian born Irish citizen. He was wanted by US authorities on international terrorism charges while living in Ireland.  He had been living in Ireland for more than a decade and the US authorities wanted him to face charges relating to conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

Damache celebrating in Ireland after his release & with his doting solicitor Caroline Egan (recipient of an unknown amount of Irish tax-payers money under the Free Legal Aid system to defend Damache & issue numerous spurious counter-claims and human rights abuse actions against the Irish state)

He had been also accused in Ireland of sending a menacing text message to the US Muslim activist Majed Moughni in January 2010. He pleaded guilty to the charge on day six of his trial. He was subsequently sentenced to four years imprisonment with the final 12 months suspended by Judge Donagh McDonagh.

Damache in 2010 in his “Black Flag” Days 

Minutes after he had pleaded guilty to the charge, he was arrested in Waterford Courthouse on foot of a High Court warrant relating to the US extradition proceedings. In May 2015, Ireland refused to order his surrender to US authorities and Damache walked free.

In a statement issued to RTE Prime Time through his solicitor Caroline Egan, Mr Damache said he ”was very happy with [the] ruling” and Ms. Egan added: “He said he always had faith in the Irish legal system. He thanked his legal team and said he was an Irish citizen and after more than five years in jail was looking forward to moving on with his life here.”

In refusing to order Mr Damache’s surrender, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly, said there were “substantial grounds for believing that Mr. Damache will be at real risk of being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment if extradited to the USA.”

Appeal by the Attorney General of Ireland

The Attorney General appealed the High Court’s refusal to surrender Damache and the appeal was listed for mention in the Court of Appeal in mid-December 2015. However, counsel for Damache, Mark Lynam BL, told the Court of Appeal that his client had been arrested in Barcelona on foot of an “international alert” and he was due in court in Madrid earlier in the day – despite his statement a few months earlier after his release that he just wanted to get on with his life in Ireland.

Damache’s Arrest in Spain 

Spain Approve US Extradition Request

On the 27th February 2016, Spain approved the request from the US to extradite the alleged jihadist. They cited a belief that he was to have conspired with a woman known as “Jihad Jane,” to recruit people to carry out terror attacks in Europe and Asia.

The Spanish reached this decision after less than three months. In Ireland the process was ongoing for more than five years before Damache decided to take himself off to Barcelona during his latest set of proceedings in the Irish courts.

Police in Spain were alerted to his presence in the Spanish city as a result of a telephone tip-off to the country’s emergency 112 number, Spanish media reported.

A Rookie Error by La Bandera Negra 

The roughly translated statement by The Minister of Interior of the Generalitat de Catalunya explains the details of the arrest of Damache and was carried on a video statement in El Mundo:

A rookie mistake, unbecoming of an international fugitive, on Thursday allowed the Catalan police arrest in Barcelona Damache Charef Ali, an alleged jihadist claimed since 2011 by the US and Interpol. The suspect himself registered with his real name and provided documentation in one of the hostels in the city where he was “hiding” for a week.

According to sources familiar with the case, that was the unexpected error that allowed his name to blow up alerts after cross-referencing the files received daily from the Mossos d’Esquadra hotel complexes customers against Interpol reports.

From that time agents began tracking to confirm that it was Damache. They confirmed his identity and the validity of the search warrant and an international arrest warrant on him. The agents then proceeded to arrest him on Avinguda Meridiana.

That same night he was taken to the Civil Guard barracks in Sant Andreu de la Barca and then taken to the National Court in Madrid, where he remained imprisoned pending the extradition order to the United States for providing false documentation to members of Al Qaeda.

The dual Algerian and Irish national and known as The Black Flag [La Bandera Negra] is Damache who is accused of being part the al-Qaeda recruitment apparatus in the Islamic Maghreb. The Minister of Interior, Jordi Jané, said yesterday at a press conference that the US accuses Damache of having tried to form between 2009 and 2010, five terrorist cells designed to organize attacks across Europe and elsewhere.

One of these cells, said the minister, was be dedicated to three missions for Al-Qaeda namely providing logistics, funding and recruitment. Damache was also part of the terrorist cell command that attempted to organize, with Colleen LaRose (Jihad Jane) the murder of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks.”

The Spanish government ruled in favor of granting the US extradition case and if Damache is found guilty, he could face up to 45 years in prison. The cornerstone of the Damache’s Irish defence teams argument not to extradite Damache to the US was that if convicted in the US Damache could face up to 45 years in jail, a term his lawyers said would be “a lot more” than could be imposed in Ireland.

The High Court had also heard from Damache’s lawyers that convictions for terrorism crimes were claimed to be sufficient reason for transfer to the maximum security ADX Supermax Prison in Florence, Colorado, where prisoners can be held in solitary confinement for up to 22 hours a day and where conditions were described by a former warden as a “clean version of hell”.

Spain it would appear did not hold the same concerns.

Spurious Appeals, Vexatious Litigation & Avoidance of the SCC 

As well as the criminal cases against Damache in 2010 and the US extradition hearings, Damache’s Irish legal team issued a blizzard of appeals and litigation during their six year tenure. All of which was on the Irish tax payers dime.

In Ireland, there is a cosy industry of highly paid lawyers – solicitors and barristers – living off the hard pressed Irish public. Do not dare to question their motives or you will be accused of being opposed to allowing the proper defence of individuals accused of a crime or denying the civil liberties and basic human rights of defendants.

Such objections do not, it would seem, apply though to the highly dubious activities of the Special Criminal Court through which none of these jihadi accused seem to pass. That kangaroo court seems exclusively to favour rail-roading alleged home grown terrorists and so-called gangland members.

The Special Criminal Court in Ireland has been criticised by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Amnesty International and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, for its procedures and for being a special court, which ordinarily should not be used against civilians.

Among the criticisms are the lack of a jury, and the increasing use of the court to try organised “ordinary” crimes rather than the terrorist cases it was originally set up to handle. Critics also argue that the court is now obsolete since there is no longer a serious terrorist threat to the State.

Under the law, the court is authorised to accept the opinion of a Garda Síochána chief-superintendent as evidence that a suspect is a member of an illegal organisation.

It was also recently, cynically and quite illegally used in General Election 2016 to damage the electoral prospects of Sinn Fein with the hugely “coincidental” timing of the Thomas Murphy case and the glee with which the Denis O’Brien dominated Irish media saturation reported on the case side by side with swipes at Sinn Fein.

Appeals, Judicial Reviews & the Usual Interventions from Meddlesome Externals 

Not including interventions by The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Damache’s team took his case all the way to The Supreme Court of Ireland and engaged in no less than three separate Judicial Reviews prompting appeals and counter proceedings from the Attorney General of Ireland.

The cases and the rulings are available on An tSeirbhis Chuirteanna (The Courts Service of Ireland) website:

1. Damache -v- Director of Public Prosecutions & ors 13/05/2011
THE HIGH COURT JUDICIAL REVIEW 2010 1501 JR

2. Damache -v- Director of Public Prosecutions 23/02/2012
THE SUPREME COURT [Appeal No: 253/2011] Denham C.J. Murray J. Hardiman J. Fennelly J. Finnegan J.

3. Damache -v- Director of Public Prosecutions & ors 31/01/2014
THE HIGH COURT JUDICIAL REVIEW Record No: 2013/670 J.R.

4. Damache -v- Director of Public Prosecutions & ors 28/02/2014
THE HIGH COURT JUDICIAL REVIEW Record No: 2014/112 J.R.

5. Attorney General -v- Damache 21/05/2015
THE HIGH COURT [2013 No. 51 EXT.] IN THE MATTER OF THE EXTRADITION ACT 1965 AS AMENDED

Appeal of Original Sentence after Guilty Plea

The Irish lawyers for Damache also told the Court of Appeal last year (2015) that despite their clients guilty plea that they intended on his behalf to appeal the sentence imposed on him in Waterford Circuit Criminal Court for sending the menacing message to Majed Moughni.

Following the High Court’s refusal to order his surrender to the US on foot of the extradition request, Damache, who had been in custody up until that point, was discharged and walked out of the High Court on the afternoon of the 21st May 2015.

“Not Permitted to Practice his Religion” 

Damache’s legal team also attempted to sue several Irish institutions claiming that he was not permitted to practice his Muslim religion while being held in a Cork prison in 2011. On his behalf they brought proceedings against the governor of Cork Prison, the Irish Prison Services, the Minister for Justice and the Attorney General.

They claimed he was subjected to abuse and insults from both staff and inmates at Cork Prison and was prevented from practicing his religion. He further accused the prison of having alleged Guantanamo-like conditions of detention and abuse as opposed to say – the luxurious conditions of prisons in his country of birth – Algeria.

His testimony stated “The conditions of Muslims are similar to the conditions of the native South Africans at the time of the Apartheid regime. This is how I can describe the conditions of the Muslims in Irish prisons” – Ali Charaf Damache (aka Abu Nabil).

In a letter sent from Cork Prison in 2011, Ali Charaf Damache described his treatment, explaining that Muslims’ “religious human rights (were) purposely violated”. Besides being deprived of halal meat as well as not being granted access to an imam for religious counselling and assistance, he reported incidents where the Qu’ran was desecrated.

Support from Trinity College Dublin Academics

His complaints were highlighted by Muslim Ireland, a site dedicated to news and opinion on matters concerning Muslims in the Republic of Ireland. Started in April 2012, the forum was administered by Craig Considine, PhD. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. It seems to have discontinued its activities in 2014.

Of course Trinity College Dublin is also the stomping ground for the “good Dr.” Ali Selim – Muslim Brotherhood Mouthpiece & Arrogant Pedant who is a lecturer in Arabic at the university and a senior member of staff at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (by his own words on his LinkedIn profile).

The Latest “Jihadi” Running Rings Round the Irish Legal System 

This unnamed man is fighting an attempt to deport him after the Irish State claimed that he was involved with Islamic terrorists. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons (know one really knows why this anonymity was granted) has been living in Ireland with his family since 2000.

The fact is that his family do not in fact live with him in Ireland. His Irish born son – the basis of his residency visa – has been living overseas with his mother for the last number of years. He coincidentally returned to Ireland after his fathers residency visa was refused.

The man is supported by his Irish Muslim convert buddy Khalid Kelly who in 2014 on an FM104 phone show expressed support for the Islamic State. Over the course of a subsequent interview Mr. Kelly suggested that Irish peacekeeping troops serving in the Golan Heights should join ISIS militants. He claimed that “then they would be on the right side”.

He also claimed during the broadcast that journalists who were beheaded by the militants were ‘spies’. Kelly was arrested by Gardai in 2011 for making threats against the life of US President Barack Obama. He has previously said his ‘heart feels comforted’ every time he watches footage of the 9/11 attacks.

Irish Muslim Convert Khalid Kelly

Resident, Refugee or Asylum Seeker – Which One Would Sir Like?

The unnamed jihadi accused has brought proceedings arising out of a decision taken by the authorities last year not to renew his residency permit. He was then informed that the State wanted to deport him to Jordan. He does not want this as he fears that he will be tortured because of his political activities.

He secured residency in Ireland in 2000 because his son is an Irish citizen (born in Ireland). However his residency permit was not renewed over a year ago because his son had been living overseas. He applied for asylum which the Minister for Justice and Equality refused to make a decision on.

He denies claims that he has consulted with senior violent extremist leaders outside Ireland, made travel arrangements for, and is involved in recruiting members for the Islamic extremist group ISIS. He also denies claims that he has acted on behalf of ISIS or that he represents a threat to national security.

He seeks an order compelling the Minister for Justice and Equality to accept his application for asylum as well as a declaration that he is entitled to apply for refugee status without needing the Minister’s consent. He wants the decision to deport him set aside.

“ISIS Recruiter” Lodges Injunctions, Appeals & Bemoans Human Rights Abuses
(Informed mainly from an article in the Independent)

The hearing opened before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys with the Minister opposing the application on grounds including that it is an abuse of process. The matter was previously before the court when the man obtained a temporary injunction in preventing his deportation.

On December 28 last (2015), the State had that injunction set aside by the High Court on the basis the man represented a risk to national security and is “the foremost organiser and facilitator of travel by extremists prepared to undertake violent action on behalf of ISIS and the “main recruiter” in Ireland for ISIS”. The man had been told he must leave the Irish State before December 30 and, failing to do that, must report to the Garda National Immigration Bureau by January 5 for deportation.

That decision was appealed to the Court of Appeal. As the appeal hearing before Mr Justice Michael Peart, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice Alan Mahan was drawing to a close in late December 2015 Remy Farrell SC, who appeared with barrister Anna Courtney for the State, asked the court to rise briefly so the parties could consider a significant development in the proceedings.

There was apparently an intervention by the European Court of Human Rights. It asked the State not to deport the man until his legal proceedings challenging the planned deportation are concluded. The State agreed to the request.

Following the adjournment Mr Farrell said the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights had made a temporary order preventing the deportation of the man from Ireland where he has resided for the last 15 years. That order will stay in place until deportation proceedings have concluded.

Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Prohibiting Torture

The European Court’s injunction, Mr Farrell said, “changed the landscape” of the matter before the court. He asked the court to continue to hear the case and give judgment later. Michael Lynn SC, who appeared with barrister David Leonard and Conor O’Briain solicitors for the man, said the application to the European Court had been made by the deportee because there was no automatic stay on a deportation order in Irish law whenever an issue under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, prohibiting torture, is raised in a case.

He said the man’s legal team had made the application to Europe for an interim order but had not believed a decision would have been made so soon. After hearing the conclusion of submissions from both parties the court adjourned.

Ignoring Intelligence & Common Sense

A senior Department of Justice official had told the High Court earlier in proceedings, based on intelligence amassed by Gardai and their counterparts in other jurisdictions, that the Irish State believed the man was consulted by and gave directions to senior violent extremist leaders outside of Ireland.

Yet the case continues and this mans anonymity is guaranteed by the Irish authorities.

ENDS.

Reference & Sources

The Irish Times
The Independent
The Irish Mirror
The Daily Star
BBC News
The Herald
RTE News
The Belfast Telegraph
Jihad Watch
The Times
The Observer
El Mundo
France 24
The Washington Post

The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas & Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Canada

The federal government in Canada is coming under increased pressure to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terror outfit, as more evidence piles up that the group has tentacles in Canada.

Its two main offshoots, Hamas and Egyptian Islamic Jihad, are listed as terrorist organizations in Canada. The last Canadian organization to be added to the list is the alleged Hamas fundraiser IRFAN-Canada, which has worked closely with the Brotherhood, according to an RCMP warrant.

A source has stated that the Brotherhood itself, long considered the ideological godfather of Islamist terrorism, has also been under close watch by security officials. A QMI investigation found that top Brotherhood leaders have lived in Canada for decades. They have led pro-Sharia organizations and sent money and resources to groups that the RCMP and the Canada Revenue Agency say are owned or controlled by Hamas.

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Brotherhood-linked facilities have invited extremist speakers to Canada who defended child suicide bombers, amputation for thieves and stoning for adulterers.

A U.S. terror financing trial heard a secret Brotherhood plan for North America calling for a “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.”

Stockwell Day, who served in Stephen Harper’s cabinet for five years, told QMI that Islamist ideology is being propagated in Canada by Brotherhood “sympathizers.” “The government really has to drill down and look at statements from the Brotherhood,” the former public safety minister said from Vancouver, where he works as a consultant. “If they find in fact that there’s a preponderance of evidence that shows that they are actively promoting, encouraging, glorifying, killing of Canadians … then they should be labelled as a terrorist group.”

Coptic Christians, whose churches have reportedly been torched by Muslim Brotherhood backers in Egypt, asked the Harper government last year to ban the Brotherhood.

School teacher Hassan Al-Banna founded the Brotherhood in Egypt in 1928, calling for a global Islamic caliphate. Its intellectual leaders have gained worldwide renown as preachers, scholars and activists but Brotherhood supporters also have a long history of violence dating back to the 1948 assassination of Egyptian prime minister Mahmud al-Nuqrashi.

The Brotherhood creed, shared by Hamas, is: “Allah is our objective, the prophet is our leader, the Qur’an is our law, jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

While Brotherhood analysts say the group is unlikely to launch attacks on Canadian soil, there’s evidence the group is spreading extremist messages in Canada, aside from its alleged financing of terror abroad. Documents tabled at a U.S. Hamas financing trial indicate the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) played a key role in spreading the Brotherhood message.

The Brotherhood lists ISNA U.S.A. as one of its 29 key North American affiliates. While ISNA’s Mississauga, Ont., office claims to be independent from the Indiana-based umbrella group, it shares board members both past and present with ISNA U.S.A., as well as a name and a logo.

QMI Agency found extremist materials at two ISNA locations in Canada. A book advocating Palestinian terrorism and suicide bombings was displayed at the ISNA-owned Muslim Community of Quebec mosque in Montreal. U.S. prosecutors at the 2007 Holy Land terrorism financing trial also tabled a phone directory, seized from a Brotherhood operative, which lists five Canadians among the top Brotherhood leaders in North America.

One of them, Dr. Jamal Badawi of Halifax, is a noted Muslim scholar, speaker and television host. His name appears three times in evidence at the Holy Land trial, the largest terrorist financing case in U.S. history. Badawi has publicly preached nonviolence and tolerance. However, a compilation of his teachings on jamalbadawi.org makes it clear he believes establishing an Islamic state is a duty for Muslims. “The Qur’an is full of indications that are direct, indirect, explicit, implicit that show without any shred of doubt that the establishment of Islamic order or rule is mandatory that Muslims must establish,” the website reads.

QMI Agency reached Badawi at his Halifax home, at the same phone number listed in the Brotherhood directory tabled at the Holy Land trial. He insisted his links to the Brotherhood are “a myth” and that “there’s no Muslim Brotherhood in Canada.”

The longtime Haligonian described his own views as “no fanaticism on one side or no looseness on the other side.”

The Prime Minister’s Office wouldn’t name the Muslim Brotherhood when asked for its official position on the group. “Our government is taking strong action to protect law-abiding Canadians from those who wish to harm us,” PMO spokesman Jason MacDonald said in an e-mail. “The Criminal Code terrorist entity listing process is an important tool in preventing terrorist attacks from being carried out.”

OTHER FIGURES IN CANADA LINKED TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

Dr. Wael Haddara, intensive-care physician, London, Ont. – Key adviser to Egyptian president and Brotherhood stalwart Mohamed Morsi in 2012. Denies Brotherhood membership. – As president of the Muslim Association of Canada in 2011, Dr. Haddara endorsed the Brotherhood and the teachings of founder Hassan Al-Banna. – He was a founding director of IRFAN-Canada, and a board member until 2002. IRFAN was audited in 2004 and banned in 2011 for allegedly donating millions to Hamas. – When contacted by QMI Agency, he said he had no knowledge of IRFAN sending money to Hamas.

Rasem Abdel-Majid, fundraiser, Mississauga, Ont. – General manager of IRFAN-Canada and its predecessor, the Jerusalem Fund for Human Services (JFHS). – Attended a secret Brotherhood meeting in 1993 at which Hamas funding was discussed, says an RCMP warrant. – U.S. officials say IRFAN was part of the “the Global Hamas financing mechanism.” – Calls to Adbel-Majid were not returned

CHARITY ENDS AT HOME 

Aside from IRFAN, two other Canadian charities with links to the Muslim Brotherhood have had their status revoked, or been denied charity status:

World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) was a donor to Brotherhood-linked groups in Canada. It was delisted in 2012 for alleged ties to Saudi-based organizations that funnelled money to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

ISNA Development Foundation (IDF) was delisted in 2013 for allegedly giving more than $280,000 to an agency linked to Jamaat-e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamist group that’s an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Republished in its entirety from Toronto Sun