What Do You Know About Syria

It’s been five years of a brutal war and almost every day the international media has carried some Syrian related story, from revolution to refugee and while most of Europe is now cowering under its bed in fear what can you really tell me about Syria and its brutalized population? For a future blog post I would like to try and paint a picture of Syria before the war but with your help and contribution.

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What Do You Know About Syria

So tell me:

It’s been five years of a brutal war and almost every day the international media has carried some Syrian related story, from revolution to refugee and while most of Europe is now cowering under its bed in fear what can you really tell me about Syria and its brutalized population?

For a future blog post I would like to try and paint a picture of Syria before the war but with your help and contribution:

Did you have the chance to visit Syria?

Are you Syrian or have friends and family who have or are living there?

What do you think Syria was like as a country before the conflict?

Do you know where it is?

Please post your thoughts, your questions and experiences, I would like to avoid turning this is into another place of conflict so let’s not get…

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Extensive Network of Jihadist Training Camps in Afghanistan Still Operational

Stills from video showing Taliban ‘Omar ibn Khattab’ training camp in Kunduz – long operational – not touched – why?

Claimed as cleared by Afghan National Army & drone strikes in 2014 and 2015. Camps in Jawzjan, Zurmat, Paktia & Ayyubi still also host jihadists in Afghanistan.

Harakat Ul Mujahideen, Imam Bukhari Jamaat, Uzbek jihadist groups operating in Syria & Afghanistan and moving into Iraq and also the Islamic Jihad Union train at these and other Afghan camps.

Haqqani Network, a powerful subgroup of the Taliban, recently released a video from its Salahadin Ayyubi camp someplace in eastern Afghanistan.

The Turkistan Islamic Party, an Uighur jihadist group within al Qaeda’s international network, showcased a training camp reportedly in Afghanistan last year also.

At the end of the video Mullah Abdul Salam the Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Kundûz swears allegiance to new the new Taliban Emir Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.

Is the Metadata Based US Drone Program, State Sponsored Terrorism?

Is #US #drone program overseas state sponsored #terrorism? #Skynet #NSA #CIA #RandomForestAnalysis #BigData #surveillance #OverFitting #FalsePositives #MassSurveillance

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Yes it is. By the rules of international law an intervention on foreign soil is an act of war. If there is not a declared war between the two countries then it is a unilateral decision to attack another without the “correct” mandate. In any other case that is referred to as “terrorism” when carried out by a proscribed organization or a nation.

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Former CIA and NSA Director, Michael Hayden

Over 3000 Pakistanis have been killed in US drone strikes targeting a few dozen or so “known” terrorists. Obama has been under heavy scrutiny for authorizing drone campaigns that result in gross mistakes, killing a great number of innocent people while targeting “confirmed terrorists.”

Since 2004, there have been 401 US drone strikes in Afghanistan, alone, killing 3,058 people total. In Pakistan, hundreds, including children, have died in pursuit of a mere two dozen declared terrorists.

In 2014, the former director…

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Terrorist Technology: The NSA & “Asrar Al­Ghurabaa’“

The new service was an NSA front and was to be found at asrar006.com. It allowed the input of text which was then encrypted or decrypted, as required. Simply put, rather like the google translate service it applied the required encryption keys to inputted text strings resulting in a “translation”.

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In late 2013, following on from the general panic surrounding the reliability of previously trusted technologies – as a direct result of the revelations made by Snowden and Greenwald – ISIS “declared” that they had launched a new encryption service called Asrar Al­ Ghurabaa’.

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It was described as being the first website for secure communications. A forum used by jihadists called Shabakat Al Iraq Wal Sham announced the launch. The announcement declared that the new resource for jihadis would be a rival to Asrar AlMujahideen (Mujahedeen Secrets which was launched circa 2007).

The new service was an NSA front and was to be found at asrar006.com. It allowed the input of text which was then encrypted or decrypted, as required. Simply put, rather like the google translate service it applied the required encryption keys to inputted text strings resulting in a “translation”.

It did not allow for message transmission but was more “accurate, secure, and user friendly than Asrar Al­Mujahideen” according…

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Terrorist Technology: “Amn al-Mujahid” (Security of the Mujahid)

In December 2013, the FTC launched the first version of the encryption program. This version of their software was the evolution of several other encryption programs that were previously deployed for use by jihadis.

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On June 7, 2014, the Al­ Fajr Technical Committee (FTC) released an Android version of its ‘Amn Al­-Mujahid’ encryption program. The FTC also announced the launching of its new website – alfajrtaqni.net (now inaccessible).

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The FTC was established in September 2012. It is comprised of an unknown number of individuals with various technical backgrounds. In December 2013, the FTC launched the first version of the encryption program. This version of their software was the evolution of several other encryption programs that were previously deployed for use by jihadis.

Commenting about its new Android app, the FTC wrote on its website:

“Your brothers in the Technical Committee, which belongs to Al-Fajr [media] center, were able to write the ‘Amn Al-Mujahid program. The ‘Amn Al-Mujahid program is characterized by a strong encryption, and it is the best aid for the brothers since it follows the technological advancements [in the field]. The encryption scheme of the program [can…

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#OpCanary & #OpAfrica Comeback

The campaigns seek to highlight abuses committed by corporations with and without government collusion.

The #OpCanary and #OpAfrica Anonymous campaigns, which had been dormant for some time, sparked into life recently with hacks of the Ugandan Ministry of Finance, a Rwandan government controlled IT company, a Tanzanian Telco and a South African jobs portal.

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The campaigns target corporations engaged in the use of child labour, human rights violations and corruption. #OpCanary targets multinational corporations with the #OpAfrica component focussing on African entities. The campaigns seek to highlight abuses committed by corporations with and without government collusion.

A Canadian mining company’s website was recently defaced. Last week, Anonymous hacked Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited a subsidiary of Essar Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate holding company with investments in steel, oil & gas, power, ports, shipping, telecoms, real estate and technology outsourcing companies.

Essar has been accused of human rights abuses, is caught in a government corruption probe in India and is also being investigated for massive tax evasion using offshore shell companies, amongst other notable activities.

Mass-Hack of Angolan Government Sites

In a separate hack, Portuguese hackers targeted twenty Angolan government websites in response to the jail sentences given to members of a Luanda-based book club.

In total, seventeen Angolan activists were sentenced to between 2 and 8 ½ years on charges of plotting a “rebellion” against the government – for simply reading a book.

In response to the outrageous sentences Amnesty International said the matter was “an affront to justice,” and pressed for the immediate release of the activists

Amnesty spokesperson Deprose Muchena said “Angolan authorities use the criminal justice system to silence dissenting views. The activists have been wrongly convicted in a deeply politicised trial. They are the victims of a government determined to intimidate anyone who dares to question its repressive policies.”

You Are Not In Safe Hands

With every additional reduction in personal freedoms or intrusive piece of surveillance or data collection legislation the citizen’s concerns are salved by the oft used mantra that the data is in “good hands” and will be treated with the respect required and used only for the purposes outlined.

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The way sensitive information was handled by Hillary Clinton and her staffers at Foggy Bottom during her tenure as Secretary of State is indicative of the lack of respect shown by even uber-senior government officials to data collected by governments by legal and illegal means.

With every additional reduction in personal freedoms or intrusive piece of surveillance or data collection legislation the citizen’s concerns are salved by the oft used mantra that the data is in “good hands” and will be treated with the respect required and used only for the purposes outlined.

How hard it is to accept those type of assurances from state actors in the normal course of events is obvious with even a cursory knowledge of the antics of the NSA and GCHQ under the PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora surveillance programs.

How much harder it is when juxtaposed with the reckless abandon with which senior state department officials…

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