When 350 thousand troops from 20 countries join a military exercise that involves over 20 thousand tanks,250 jet fighters and more than 400 helicopters, then there is a lot of thunder. Joint military exercises are seldom this big or complicated.
The article is a discussion based on the piece written by David Ignatius in the Washington Post, ‘The Islamic State Feeds Off Western Islamophobia.’ The article is interesting, controversial, and provoked some lively debate from its readers, some of whose views have been incorporated along with my own into the piece
Many other countries - in the West as well as in the Arab world - should take note of what a small, but evidently influential, country has achieved, principally by taking responsibility for its youth. Read more
On Saturday Australian police arrested four men in Sydney on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. The target was believed to be an Etihad plane bound for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The method of attack was apparently poisonous gas (hydrogen sulphide), which the bomb makers were attempting to hide in a mincing machine. The viability of such a method of attack is one issue, however the level of sophistication required to manufacture a device which would generate the conditions where a poisonous substance could be released in an aircraft in sufficient quantities to overcome its passengers and crew is another.
There was an incident on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where several white-nationalist groups protested the impending removal of a statue relating to the American Civil War (1861-1865) of Confederate General Robert E Lee. They clashed with counter-protesters; eventually, police and the National Guard cleared the scene. Then a Dodge Challenger driven by a twenty-year-old from Ohio drove into the crowd of protestors killing one thirty-two-year–old woman. The driver has been remanded in custody and is charged with second-degree-murder.
The fact which the Israelis believes in more than others is that Israel is an odd entity among a popular environment which rejects it and wishes its demise. For this reason, we see that the issue of security is always at the top of the Israeli political agenda and since the foundation of the Israeli entity, its sponsors do not accept any risk concerning "security of Israel". They always look with great concern for the future and do not wait for events but they deal with them long before they occur.
The dispute between four neighboring countries and Qatar centers in this gap between policies for stopping organization-driven “acts of terrorism” and policies all states need for detecting and preventing radicalization leading individuals to “violent extremism.”
“Islamic Caliphate is false and what is built on falsehood is false."
This comment was not addressed by one of the parties in the Global Coalition against ISIS, but it was posed by the leader of Al-Qaeda in Hadramout Khalid Baterfi during the occupation of al-Mukalla city in 2015, which implies that there was no intention for Ansar al-Sharia (al-Qaeda branch in Mukalla) to achieve Caliphate in the city because of two absent conditions: First, the acquiring of the land, and the second is the consensus of the Muslims!