Weekly Briefing – August 24-29, 2014

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 @ 12:04AM

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Iran’s Strategic Role in the Global Jihadist Movement J. Millard Burr – When the last of the Soviet military departed Afghanistan in 1988-1989, thousands of well-trained “Afghan-Arab” mujahedeen already indoctrinated in Salafist concepts began to return home.  Soon, from Algiers to Jakarta and from Cairo to Khartoum there emerged the backroom and storefront preachers of an Islamist future. In general, they were recognized for their opposition to governments that either did not implement or directly opposed the institution of Islamic law, the Sharia.  And because they tended to congregate in mosques whose leadership held analogous convictions, the returnees were soon watched closely by intelligence services. The more Islamist they appeared in dress, personal appearance and discourse, the more dangerous they were considered. Obviously unwelcome at home, the pariahs lacked a dependable venue where the Islamist cause could thrive. Two venues, Iran and Iraq, were for the moment out of the question. Ironically, while Iraq fought to survive Iran began the funding and foundation of its own Shiite Islamist movements.  The antagonists, who spent nearly a decade at war, had not played much of a role in the long war in Afghanistan.  Nor would they.  Despite nearly a decade of combat with the Soviets, in Afghanistan there was still no unifying political movement around which the surviving warlords could rally.  Iran served as home to nine disparate Afghan Shia mujahedeen elements, but it would have little influence on the outcome of events in Afghanistan.  It sponsored the formation of the Hizb-e-Wahdat (Unity Party) in 1990, but the movement, like the Afghan Shia themselves, was never that significant.  By 1990 Iran’s gaze turned west.  It began to fund with a vengeance its own Shiite Jihadist creation, the Hezbollah (Party of God). Israel would be harried, attacked directly, and in the end, they believed, Jihad would succeed in eliminating Israel, the Muslim bête noire. Iranian interest in the Palestine issue began in 1982 when it created and began to finance the Hezbollah in Lebanon.   The process of inserting the Shiite movement into the international setting followed in January 1986 when Iran sponsored a meeting of radical Lebanese Shiites held in Teheran.  Work was begun to create a constitution for Lebanon based on “the Iranian model.”  It was clear that Iran took the long view, and despite the fact that Hezbollah was yet an emerging jihadist element, it announced the conference aim was to introduce Islamic law (Sharia) to the whole of Lebanon.”…more

Hamas Operative in Turkey Behind Abduction of 3 Israeli Youths Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center – Overview 1.   Saleh Muhammad Suleiman al-Arouri is a senior Hamas operative based in Turkey. On August 20 2014, he told the participants of the fourth conference of the World Union of Islamic Sages (held in Turkey) that Hamas’ military-terrorist wing was behind the abduction and murder of the three Jewish youths in Gush Etzion (June 12, 2014). He read his speech, saying that he was speaking on behalf of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (calling him the “head of this resistance”). He was apparently recorded without his knowledge and his speech was uploaded to YouTube and received much feedback.…more

The Obama Administration’s tutorialsSol W. Sanders – Objectivity is one of the greatest assets in any human intellectual encounter. But no concept can be so easily abused in the white heat of crisis. And it can become a false front for a failure to come to grips with the issues at hand. For it can easily metamorphous into the belief that we are able to see beyond the current issues and put them in a broad historical perspective. That is one of the conceits of the present pseudo-intellectuals of the Obama Administration. The fact is that politicians, even those who graduate to statesmen, are not historians except in some very rare instances. So it is better left to our progeny to determine the longer-term results of the current crises and their outcomes. In terms of national policy, we have enough on our hands in simply meeting the demands of the hour for what clearly can be seen in the here and now as a danger to national security. Even that essential concept is a difficult one to measure at any given moment. To do otherwise has led, in part, to the current incapacity of American leadership to cope with half a dozen threatening geopolitical disasters around the world.…more

Names of Palestinians Killed in Gaza – Part 4 – Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center – The findings to date 1.   This document is the fourth in a series of publications of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), as part of a project examining the names of the Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge. The project’s goal is to ascertain the identity of the Palestinians killed during Operation Protective Edge, to determine which of them are terrorist operatives and which are non-involved citizens, and to examine the ratio between them. 2.   The number of names of those killed, examined by the Information Center to date, is around 600, about 30% of the Palestinians killed to date. The examinations carried out by the Information Center are based on the names on the Palestinian Health Ministry’s lists, despite the reliability problems and deficiencies found in them. From these lists we have removed duplicate names and have added a number of terrorist operatives who do not appear on them (both for technical reasons and as a result Hamas’s policy of concealment and deception). We have examined a total of 667 names of those killed.…more

 

News & Commentary

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border Judicial Watch

Qatar’s Rise and America’s Tortured Middle East PolicyJonathan Spyer 

Has Qatar Surrendered? A Lebanon-based media network report in Arabic seems to point that way. Mordechai Kedar

Hamas: The Middle East’s Other ‘Cancer’. Dealing with the Islamic State will hopefully help U.S. lawmakers appreciate Israel’s fight with Hamas.Lawrence Haas

Enough lies, the Arab body politic created the ISIS cancer. The unimaginable brutality of this latest manifestation of Political Islam in the Arab world is too much to bear for many Muslim ArabHisham Melhem 

Iran supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurdish forces: BarzaniHurriyet

On the Origin of ISIS. Why has a terrorist state blossomed in Syria and Iraq?Hussain Abdul-Hussain, Lee Smith 

Buddhist Cossacks to Restore Tsarist-Era Unit to Fight in UkrainePaul Goble

Limited War Is Back: NATO’s current strategic framework might fail to deter further gains by Russia’s green men.Jakub Grygiel, A. Wess Mitchell  

Uyghurs Fleeing Xinjiang for KazakhstanPaul Goble

Austria: Springboard for Global JihadSoeren Kern

The Mideast’s problems are ours. Obama’s inaction and inattention have helped fuel the current chaos John Bolton

Meet the New Jews, Same as the Old JewsJames Kirchick

What If There’s No There There? Obama’s ‘vision thing.’Jay Cost

Ex-AP Correspondent Exposes the Media’s Israel ObsessionHonest Reporting

GAO Reports

Export-Import Bank: Monitoring of Dual-Use Exports Should Be Improved GAO-14-719: Published: Aug 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2014.

CRS Reports

Stealing Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage: An Overview of 18 U.S.C. 1831 and 1832 Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law – July 25, 2014

Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and IssuesAmy F. Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy August 26, 2014

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. ResponsesTiaji Salaam-Blyther, Specialist in Global Health – August 26, 2014

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