Profiling of ISIS Terrorist – The Guide for Counter-Terrorism

The average Joe would have thought with all the PhD and Havard graduated experts out there, we would at least have a realistic proven way to profile ISIS terrorists. Instead, we have heard how individuals on Government watch lists have passed through and committed horrible acts of terrorism.

The terror and evil of ISIS have spread far and wide during the term of President Obama. Their terror has butchered innocent civilians from Iraq, Syria and in the past two years, we have witnessed this terror being exported around the world by lone terrorists. They are attacking anyone who has not given their support to them, including Muslims, Christians and pretty much anyone that calls them crazy or even make a joke about them. Yes that’s how screwed up they are.

I have spoken much about where ISIS comes from and who support them in my other posts. However today we are looking at profiling those that are willing to carry out attacks for them, their sympathizers as well as those who might dress like a terrorist but is actually far from it.

As the world governments failed to educate humanity on the right way to profile ISIS supporters, it has also failed to educate and protect the world civilians who never asked for these wars in the Middle East, to begin with. Hence now I know that it’s time for me to do what others could not do for the past years. It is time for everyone to understand exactly how to effectively profile ISIS militants and it’s sympathizers.

Most civilians in the Western or non-Muslim majority nations have limited idea and knowledge on Who is ISIS. Due to this, the crimes ISIS has committed has been generalised by right-wing politicians in the West who have very similar bigotry characteristics as ISIS. Their hate for others and pride in their own self does not leave any room for logical reasoning. In reality, all these members of Parliament or Congress who talk big against ISIS has no clue on how to really profile a potential terrorist.

In reality, all these members of Parliament or Congress who talk big against ISIS has no clue on how to really profile a potential terrorist. Even many of those in the US, UK and European intelligence do not really understand how to actually profile today’s potential pro-ISIS terrorist or even a lone cell that has no known link to ISIS, but supports carrying out terror attacks for the group even against his home country.

Now what happens with all this misinformation is that, all the good and worried civilians in these countries are then fed with generalised bigotry against the religion of Islam. Instead of really spending time to gain some knowledge about what is happening in Syria, they have payed right into the hands of ISIS. The goal of ISIS and those who supported them have always depended on the growth of hate in Western countries against Islam as a religion. Why? You can read more about that in my next post – ISIS strategy and goals. So far what I can say is western governments and politicians have all fallen right into this trap.  the extreme right politicians have actually welcomed this new found hate against Islam as it has been the easiest way for them to get elected to power.

In the beginning, the extreme right politicians of US, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand and Europe have actually welcomed this new found hate against Islam as this has been the easiest way for them to get elected to power. In a time of confusion between different races, religions, people and cultures, it is the best time for greedy politicians to grab populist power.

All the elected government’s of the above-mentioned countries had actually ignored this threat from the far right in their own home. They only saw it as a political problem and not a real threat to its national security or the peaceful way of life which majority of Western populations support. Hence instead of going hard against the rise of the far-right, these countries allowed the far-right to have the freedom of movement, freedom of speech and any other freedom they wanted to have to spread their hateful propaganda. What these elected governments should have done is to treat the far-right in their home, the same way as they would deal with Islamic far-right radicals which are creating terror around the world. They accepted the western far-right movements just a small but growing populist movement without any real threat.

All of them failed to see the populist movement as it is, a threat to the peaceful western way of life under a democracy where all faiths, people of colour and backgrounds are accepted and protected by law. Politicians were scrambling to try and get a portion of this far-right populist vote for themselves during local and general elections, without understanding that they themselves were fueling this growing hatred by doing so. In UK, the Brexit was the first evidence of this growing out of control. Even then, the people were in denial. Only when Donal Trump was elected was it a wake-up call for those politicians around the world that were lost in their own bubble. Even though a large portion of Donal Trump’s supporters are peaceful individuals who are rightfully just tired of the corrupt establishment politics, there is also a sizable portion that has the right-wing bigotry & white nationist KKK mentality. This is the exact way that ISIS became who they are today and how Hitler became who he was before.

Now to understand how to profile ISIS terrorists, one must understand there is a wide range of factors and characteristics that need to match for each category. There are 3 categories of in the profiling guide. These are the three which everyone has failed to study, understand and analyze effectively.

I will mention the 3 categories below:

Red Colour – Extreme Danger (Radicalized to extreme level)
Orange Colour – Moderate Danger (Moderate radicalization, Sympathizers & potential indirect or long-term threat to Muslims & Non-Muslims through their promotion of ISIS/Nusra Front type of hatred ideology. Should be monitored and considered as long term potential threat. More of an ideological threat, but easy to recruit by various terrorist groups. The approach to defeating their sympathy/support to ISIS ideology is through open and transparent education challenging this hatred ideology from an Islamic point of view. This is something that only Western Muslim scholars can do a lot of help with.)
Green – Completely safe and no risk to anyone if all characteristics are within the green category.

I know that the FBI recently released some information about a list of 40 plus questions they ask to profile potential terrorists. What I can say is that list is nearly 90% inaccurate under the category of easily finding out who are potential terrorists and who are already terrorists. I strongly urge them to take this valuable information on this article seriously without politicizing anything in it. These are very straight forward facts and categories that the FBI and European intelligence services could not come up with for the next five to ten years. The fact that the German intelligence report recently claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany (who are related to the political movement in Egypt) are somehow Salafists, shows uneducated/misinformed they are on this matter. With all the big fat cheques on security spending, why have they not actually taken the time to get information from actual Muslims who understand what is going on? Instead, they try to refrain from the truth since the establishment politicians need war and chaos in order to control Oil fields in the Middle East, support actual Salafist countries like Saudi Arabia who is important business partners to the US govt, UK govt and EU nations. Nevertheless, keeping politics a side, all you need to do is follow the categories mentioned below and described above as the most important guide on profiling ISIS terrorists. I could go into much more details, but I have no time for it and the idea here is to give an all-in-one outline that anyone could follow. See Below:
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Red Colour – Extreme Danger
Orange Colour – Moderate Danger
Green – Completely Safe
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Known to have terrorist links
Have traveled to Syria & Iraq
Known to have terrorist training
Known to support violence against Shia Muslims
View Shia Muslims & other non-Sunni Muslims as non-believers
Openly speaks against Shia Muslims labeling them enemies of Islam
Fail to publicly criticise Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE for its war crimes in Yemen, but talk openly against Syria & Iran just because it is not a Sunni Muslim country.
Criticize Dictators who are not Sunni Muslim, but stays silent against Arab Sunni dictators
Listens/Watch mainly Arabic political lectures from religious speakers
Listens/Watch regularly to lectures, videos or audios that talk against Shia Muslims that promotes hate against non Sunni-Muslims
Listens/Watch to a mixture of Arabic and English religious and political lectures
Listens/Watch to lectures, videos, and audios on the situation of Palestine
Listens/Watch to mainly English speaking religious lectures
Openly hates Israel for occupying Palestine
Hates Jews who supports Zionism (Far Right religious and political views), but loves non-zionist jews
See the US military invasions in the Middle East as a campaign to control oil & natural resources in the region
Supports Boycott Israel Movement
Hates the Washington Establishment politicians, but love American people
Has a beard (men) / Wears a headscarf / Wears a face veil / Islamic Dressing
Reads Quran regularly
Prays 5 times obligatory prayer under Islamic teaching
Speaks Arabic
Follows the religion of Islam

 

 

 

Syrian War, ISIS & The Rebranding of Terrorist Organisations

Talk about a tectonic shift in the world of public relations. We are all used to big corporations and business figures as well as celebrities highering PR firms to manage their image and branding to the public, especially in times of crises. It clearly looks like public relations have now been applied to the world of terrorism.

In a world where we have so many terrorists with each group having their own base of supporters, which itself can be broken down into:
hardcore, sympathizers and soft supporters – that drift from one view to another based on what’s happening in the world each day that relates to each one’s self concept of right & wrong.

Every terrorists group that can afford to buy thousands of weapons or other military spec equipment for their fighters always has a wealthy and globally connected funder – be it a foreign state, political NGOs, local or foreign wealthy individuals.

One might think that it must be ruthless dictators that are supporting these types of groups. Believe it or not, nearly half or more of these terrorists are either supported directly or indirectly by the US or British government-sponsored initiatives to influence their corporate-led military policies in various regions. If International Law did not allow them to sell deadly weapons to terrorist groups directly, they would easily sell these weapons to their allies such as Saudi Arabia and others, knowing very well that the end user of these weapons will be some terrorists in one of the many countries in the Middle East. With all these money flowing from one country to another to avoid violating international sanctions, we can imagine the amount of money that flows

If International Law did not allow them to sell deadly weapons to terrorist groups directly, they would easily sell these weapons to their allies such as Saudi Arabia and others, knowing very well that the end user of these weapons will be some terrorists in one of the many war torn countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

With all these money flowing from one country to another just to avoid violating international sanctions, we can imagine the amount of currency that flows into it. Basically, this is done with the support and backing of the establishment politicians in the US (including Democrats & Republicans) are all a part of it. While in the UK, the British Labour Party politicians knows as Blairites and their counterparts the Conservative Party are all part of this corrupt swamp that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders talks so much about.

So again with all these connections, power and wealth behind these terrorist groups fighting as proxies for their funders, it is no wonder they would one day move to the area of public relations. Especially in a time where online propaganda is thriving like it had never before.

Every group who was fighting against Assad, even if they did not like each other from the begining, they all had help from third parties in creating online propaganda against the Assad government, portraying the Syrian dictator as someone worse than Hitler if ever possible. One thing they did manage to do is convince thousands of young frustrated Muslims from around the world that it is their obligation to fight in this sectarian war, even more so than the long standing conflict that the Muslim and Arab world has had with Israel. Hence their online propaganda had managed to use religious scholars from mainly Arab countries or Arabic speaking backgrounds to successfully create their terrorist recruitment propaganda.

Do you know of this group called Al-Nusra Front? They were the first ISIS style terrorist group in Syria. Nusra Front went around killing anyone that disagreed with their type of strict conservative Islam. Their targets were Christians and Muslims alike that did not agree to follow their strict form of Shariah Law.

It is very well known in the political and security circles that Nusra Front is sponsored by Saudi Arabia. When Nusra Front started, every Sunni Muslim that had the sectarian racism in their hearts against the Shia Muslims flooded to join this group because they openly called to fight against Iran, their Shia Muslim neighbors who are also the arch enemy of the Saudi Monarchy.

Eventually, Nusra Front and other Syrian opposition groups supported by their neighbouring Sunni government states, had strategised to shift the support that Iran had gained over the decade before this in the Muslim world – the support Iran received with their public stance against Israel, who is every Muslim’s number one enemy. This support that Shia-Muslim majority Iran gained in the Muslim world, including much of the Sunni Muslim communities in Asia and Africa was hated and despised by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is the second closest ally of the US and UK establishment next to Israel. Both countries have sucked the money of US and British tax payers money dry. The majority of the 9/11 attackers were from Saudi Arabia, but guess what, Bush wanted to attack Afghanistan instead since Bush had excellent side business relations with the Saudi Monarchy. When it comes to Israel, the US is giving over $3 Billion of US Tax Payers money free to protect Israel, a country that by law puts Judaism before Christianity and other religious followers. That’s over $9 Million tax payers dollars a day. When Donald Trump came to power, many would have hoped that he took the same stance against Israel as he did with the Muslims. However, due to the immense control that the Israel-backed Washington-based political lobbies have over the Republican Party’s establishment politicians, even Donald Trump is not able to stop giving US tax payers money to Israel for free, as it has been done by Bush and Obama administration.

Going back to the Syrian civil war – With all these political and strategic policies being played out, one thing that terrorist groups did not foresee was the role of Russia. Many, including Saudi Arabia, US, UK and some EU nations tried to force Russia into a corner for its support of the Assad government in Syria.

As I had predicted from the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Russia will come in when the time is right and they will use the legal road since they are strong allies with the Syrian government. This is similar to the method which Saudi Arabia’s military used to legally be invited by Bahrain monarchy to squash peaceful democracy protesters during the Arab Spring. Hence the Syrian government invited their long-term military ally, the Russians. The Syrian government sent a formal request to the Russian government to help them fight the armed terrorist rebellion which they had always claimed to be filled with Islamic terrorists sponsored by Saudi Arabia.

Of course, the Russians could not go into Syria from the beginning. Especially when during the first year of the war, all of the Western and Sunni Arab media were sending out propaganda claiming that groups like Nusra Front were all peaceful rebels. Politicians like John McCain from the Republican Party visited these terrorists while they were being trained under the US-sponsored Free Syrian Army initiative to overthrow the Syrian regime. Eventually, all these US military trained Syrian rebels went to join Nusra Front and ISIS. I am sure these terrorist groups are very grateful for John McCain and other US politicians for the hundreds of millions of US Tax payers money that was spent in training them and arming them. It sounds very similar to how the US establishment has been fighting drugs all these decades. A planned disaster there, just as a planned disaster in the Middle East just to profit the elite in Washington.

I am also sure that these terrorist groups are very thankful for John McCain and other US politicians for the hundreds of millions of US Tax payers money that was spent in training them and arming them. They could not have succeeded in so much of butchery of human beings without this significant help which Obama and Hillary supported them with.

So what do these terrorists do later to thank the US government? Well does not take a genius to figure it out. ISIS who had now grown even stronger due to defections of fighters from other US-trained groups were now sending weapons and terrorists to strike Europe, US and Muslim countries that did not support their strict form of Islam.

This false notion that existed of the Free Syrian Army and other groups being moderate Sunni Muslims were now being exposed by independent news medias like RT. With these few independent media leading the way to countering terrorist propaganda, it opened up the chance for Russia to slowly get more involved in compliance to international law. Hence later taking an active role in defeating not only Nusra Front, but also driving ISIS from Aleppo – something Saudi Arabia and the US worked very hard to block through the UN and other venues. Everyone claimed Russia and the Syrian military could not defeat ISIS, just as the Bush and the Obama Administration has not been able to defeat terrorism in Iraq, Lybia and other places for over a decade now. However, Russia proved its critics wrong eventhough western media failed to report on the success of Russia in its capture of Aleppo in Syria.

Within the time frame of this sectarian war in Syria, the terrorist group Nusra Front was exposed to be from the same terrorist ideology as ISIS. Nusra Front’s support in the Muslim world was fading away, even amongst those traveling to Syria to join this war.

Al Nusra Front Vs ISIS.

One might ask what is the difference between Nusra Front and ISIS? Well ISIS got so much more popular and was able to get much more money from rich individuals connected to the Saudi and other Gulf country monarchies and business individuals. They were able to completely go independent from their previous funders once they got control of some of oil-rich regions in Iraq and Syria. Hence countries like Saudi Arabia that fed them before were now getting their hands bitten from one of their most successful terrorist groups they created.

When ISIS went rogue, these Arab Gulf countries had many smaller groups left under their control still. From these groups, the biggest was Al Nusra Front. However, there was a big problem! Nusra Front is now known to have committed similar war crimes as ISIS has and this did not help in their recruiting and brainwashing campaigns online. They understood that Muslims today are even questioning the fatwas and religious calls given by Muslim scholars in support of terrorist groups in Syria. 99% of today’s 1.4 Billion Muslims have a more independent mind than in the 1990s. It was now common in Asia, the West and some African countries to openly question Islamic scholars who call for violence. In the old days, it was hard to do this because of the blanket authority religious scholars had given to themselves by discouraging Muslims from going against their scholars, even if their scholars might be doing wrong. It was very similar to the old Christian Church teachings where it is best to not question the Church and if you question the church, it can be sometimes counted as pretty close to blasphemy.

With all the public relations problems being faced by Nusra Front, the first plan by the US establishment and its Arab Gulf allies was to try and minimize the damage caused to the public image of Nusra Front as a group. Al Jazeera even sent a memo to their jounalist to not refer Nusra Front as a terrorist group in their reporting. Instead use the words rebels to associate with Nusra Front. This and many other tactics were tried by everyone who hated the Syrian government. This was done in order to try and give some type of legal credit to Nusra Front. In fact, it was a desperate move by Obama and his Middle East allies.

When all this failed, on July 28, Jabhat al-Nusra announced it was severing all ties with its parent organization, al-Qaeda, and changing its name to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. Whatever they could claim and state were done, but the people in the terrorist group all remained the same, their funders and their policies all remained the same.

The best part of this was that, unlike all these other countries that were a part of this global corrupt establishment, Russia was not going to give an atom of importance to any terrorist group in Syria. Russia was there to do a job, to kill off and defeat all forms of terrorists in Syria, especially those that were supported by Saudi Arabia which started this sectarian-led war for their own long-term strategy for the region. Russia’s Putin did not care if Nusra wanted to rename itself to Gandhi or Mother Theresa. Putin knew the true face of terrorism and he was not there to play soft diplomacy. He was there to rid the world of these extremist forces and give a clear message that Russia cannot be bought by this global wealthy establishment.

If Putin and Russia joined forces, we can imagine the success it will have against sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East. No public relations name changes or other tactics can fool the Russians, or deter them from their objectives. However, we are yet to see if Trump can seriously get the backing he needs to independently make decisions to fight terrorism. Especially when Iran is an important ally of Russia in fighting terrorism in the Middle East. While Russia helped in air-strikes, it was Iranian forces joined with the Syrian military as well as Hezbollah from Lebanon that were fighting ISIS, Nusra Front and hundreds of other terrorist groups on the ground every day. This will be a problem for Trump since his Republican Party politicians are very anti-Iran and anti-Hezbollah. Why? Simply because Iran and Hezbollah are enemies of Israel for a long time now. Will Trump be able to ignore the powerful pro-Israel politicians in Congress and Washington DC? Will he really be able to tell Israel to hold on because US needs to work with Russia who is working with Iran and Hezbollah to fight ISIS that is sending fighters to bomb cities across US and Europe. Will Trump be able to tell Israel that America’s interest comes first? As it has shown in the past, Israel will take its own interest before the safety of US citizens. It will be an interesting area to watch and see how Trump maneuvers this.