Eric Leaks

Eric Leaks

Half a lie, philosophically
Must, ipso facto, half not be
But half the lie still got to be
A vis-a-vis the truth you see?

There are a number of images circulating online that incorrectly identify various individuals as the Ukraine call leaker Eric Ciaramella. In the example shown below, the person identified as Eric is actually Rostyslav Pavlenko. Eric and Jennifer Perino were present at this meeting as well, but opted out of this group photo.

False Eric Ciaramella ID
Image 1: False identification of Eric Ciaramella

The source of the image above is USUF. The following is the catalog of the participants in the Washington, DC, November 9, 2015 meeting titled “Representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations meeting with Obama Administration officials”.

The Hit Team
Image 2: Catalog of meeting participants (including some absent from the photo)

If you are looking for a confirmed Eric Ciaramella’s photo, you can find it in the Mechanics of Deception (one of the links), as well as the image below.  All images have been deepfake verified.

Erci Ciaramella Urii Stets and Yaroslav Brisiuck
Image 3: Erci Ciaramella with Urii Stets and Yaroslav Brisiuck

Sources and References
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object detection
Poem Inspired by Eric The Half A BeeWritten by: Eric Idle and John Cleese
Religious Leaders of Ukraine Deliver Appeal for Aid to President Obama – USUF

 

© Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

Every Dog has its Day Qassem Soleimani

Qassem Soleimani

Though the mills of G-d grind slowly,
Yet they grind exceeding small
Though with patience he stands waiting,
With exactness grinds he all.

Finally earth has vomited you,
An AGM Hellfire was your farewell
Good riddance once and for all,
For eternity may you spend in hell!

Qassem Soleimani Rings
Image 1: Many rings of terror, numerous rings of violence, dozen rings of hostage takers, and one master ring to rule them all and bind them

Sources and References
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object detection
Ring Verse – J.R.R. Tolkien
Retribution – Henry Wadsworth Longellow, p. 616

© Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

Turkey’s 1914 Worldwide Jihad

Turkey’s 1914 Call for Jihad

Turkey entered World War I on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary (Central Powers). On November 13, 1914, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V Resad declared war on the Allies and called for a worldwide jihad (Holy War) against them. Some western scholars refer to this proclamation as the “Berlin Fatwa”, arguing that it was instigated by German Kaiser Wilhelm II’s government with the objective of inciting an Islamic uprising by the Arab population of the Ottoman empire against British and French colonial holdings, in the hopes of syphoning military and logistics resources from the European theater of operations.

Kaiser Wilhelm II. in Turkish marshal uniform
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: Kaiser Wilhelm II in the uniform of a Turkish field marshal

The argument that Germany was Turkey’s puppet master and that Turkey was just manipulated into making the 1914 holy war proclamation has been around for decades but this argument has a number of weaknesses. For starters, Turkey’s declaration was based on a long historical tradition of such proclamations. It was also an integral part of their domestic divide-and-conquer and foreign policies. If the 1914 jihad was indeed architected by Germany, it is unlikely that the large number of Turkish publications that followed it and the never ending stream of religious propaganda. These religious publications aimed at improving soldier morale and cultivating an Ottoman identity and continued throughout the war, even after the effects of the initial jihad proclamation wore off.

In lieu of the German origin theory, it is more plausible that the 1914 Turkish call for jihad should be viewed as a political rather than religious tool and classified as standard operating procedure designed for imperial pan-Islamic military mobilization. This is evident through messages as such as:

People of Islam! Whatever your nationality, whatever your language, the Lord has declared all of us brothers and sisters.”

Questioning the reasons for the 1914 jihad may seem academic, but it’s not. When filtered through the prism of international politics, the answers can help illuminate Turkey’s current persistent use of jihad language, ideology, and tactics in addition to their tacit support for organization like ISIS, Hamas, and Hezbollah. 

A Sampling of 250 Years of Turkish Calls for Jihad
During the period from the 1770s to 1900s, the Ottoman state issued several official jihad declarations. In 1773, they declared jihad during the war against Russia that led to Russia’s annexation of the northern Black Sea region. This was followed by a 1809 declaration against the Serbian population. In 1829 Turkey declared another jihad against Russia for its support the Greek revolt and its demand for independence. This call for ‘holy war’ against Russia—which was non-direct belligerent—was justified on the grounds that the ideological Russian support for the Greek cause was a hostile act towards the Islamic faith. Turkey repeated the call for jihad again during the one-month-long Greek-Ottoman war of 1897. In 1914, the jihad declaration targeted the allied powers of Britain, France, and Russia, and their allies. In 1919, the Turkish religious leader Mustafa Kemal and his resistance movement declared another jihad against Greece and then in May 1919, he followed with another call for jihad against the British-controlled government in Istanbul.

Controlling and Fine Tuning the Jihad
Historically, Turkey exercised a high degree of control over the jihad spigot, turning it on and off opportunistically and regulating its flow. Mustafa Aksakal, in his analysis entitled: “The Ottoman Proclamation of Jihad” makes the following observation about this strategy:

Those at the helm of the Ottoman state were well aware of the self-destructive potential built into instrumentalizing Islam. Sultan Abdülhamid ii (r. 1876–1909) sought to use jihad as a diplomatic lever, not as an actual military policy; “the threat of cihad,” as one historian put it, “was more effective than the call itself.” Islam could be the sword that united Muslim Ottomans from the Balkans to Arabia but it could at the same time be the sword that sliced into the Ottoman body politic cutting out Christians and Jews.

In moments of violence against Christians the state rushed to punish the alleged transgressors, often summarily without adequate investigation, in the effort to calm European diplomats and, gradually, European public opinion. Thus the commander on whose watch inter-communal violence broke out in Lebanon in 1860 was put to death alongside two aides. Similarly, about 30 participants were swiftly executed for the gruesome slaying of the German and French consuls by a mob in Salonica in 1876, murders that had been prompted by the conversion of a young Bulgarian woman to Islam and the woman’s subsequent detention and concealment by her relatives. In the ensuing chaos, according to reports, the ringleaders demanding the woman’s release claimed that “the holy war is about to commence.”

When in full jihad mode, the Turkish military distributed pamphlets to army chaplains with stories intended to fortify religious fervor and impart lessons of courage and necessary martyrdom and sacrifice. This jihad propaganda always conflated and mixed religious and secular concepts such as one’s political duty to the motherland with personal religious obligations to Islam. In some of these pamphlets, jihad meant unity, fulfilling sharia law, contributing to the health of the nation, protecting the dignity and glory of the state, building up the empire, bringing aid to the umma (Muslim nation), and defending the homeland from the infidels. In other publications, the focus was on the virtues of the warriors of Islam (Mujahideen) and their romantic affinity with the conquest of the likes of Saladin.

One example of this mixed genre of political and religious propaganda can be found in a fictional booklet about a young Ottoman soldier published in 1910 entitled: “Little Halil”. The book’s plot revolves around Halil who ‘voluntarily’ goes to the recruitment office to join the army. However after an interview with the recruitment officer, Halil is rejected and sent back home when the officer learns that Halil left behind an elderly mother and unmarried sister, and that his father fought many glorious Ottoman campaigns and died in service. Halil refuses to go home and explains that it was his mother who sent him to join the army to fight in the glorious jihad.

The interesting point about the plethora of these publications is that they are written by both the Sultan’s religious authorities and the political commissars from the secular Young Turk Committee of Union and Progress, the same one that in 1908/9 deposed Sultan Abdulhamid II and seized power in a coup in 1913. So, it does seem that for the Turkish government—both the old guards and the Young Turks—imperial colonial expansion and anti-western colonial struggles, were framed as a continuous jihad.

The Bipolar Turkish View of Jihad
In Islam (based on the Koranic references), jihad is defined as (1) the internal struggle carried on by the individual believer to fulfill certain divine expectations, and (2) as the mandatory external, violent warfare that must be waged against non-Muslims. The internal, peaceful form is referred to as “greater jihad,” whereas the external, violent form is referred to as “lesser jihad.” Keeping these definitions in mind, it is noteworthy that the Ottoman government’s 1914 declaration of war against Britain, France, and Russia (as well as Serbia and Montenegro) used the term “greater jihad” (cihad-ı ekber). This misnomer suggests either ignorance of classical jihad doctrine on the part of the religious authorities who issued the document or a deliberate act.

To try and solve this puzzle, we must look closer at the official 1914 jihad proclamation. According to several western sources (including Henry Morgenthau, the US ambassador to the Constantinople), the document was first deliberated upon on November 11th and then it was read in public three days later on November 14th. But there seem to have been several other dates for the this proclamation. Gottfried Hagen, who published a collection of 1914 Turkish Islamic pamphlets from a collection at the University of Heidelberg, showed that the first publications of the fatwas ruling on a point of Islamic law actually appeared as early as November 7th, and even possibly earlier on November 3rd. This date coincides with the Ottoman surprise attack against the Russian Black Sea ports on October 29 and the Russian declaration of war on Turkey on November 2nd. 

Gottfried Hagen Islamic Jihad Pamphlets
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: Gottfried Hagen’s Islamic pamphlets referencing the Turkish call for world-wide jihad

Other supporting evidence for the earlier publication date is that during the first week of November, the Istanbul daily newspaper İkdam, already reported that “the declaration of jihad against these states who are the enemies of Islam” had now become a “duty for all Muslims.”

So, the likely explanation for the use of the term “greater jihad” wasn’t religious ignorance but rather an intentional act that was designed to erase the line between the individual’s jihad and the state’s political war effort. Thus, retrofitting the old and obsolete concept to the new age of total industrial war and consolidating the personal struggle and the state belligerence into one great jihad. This was a new type of call for war, a politicized and secularized political version upgraded for use by a modern quasi-secular state.

This synthetic version of the new form of holy war now became the leading strategy in the service of  imperial objectives (both German and Turkish) and anti-colonial struggles against England and France. The politicization of Islam paradoxically also lead to the inverse process of the Islamicization of politics as is demonstrated by the 1914 jihad against the allies.

Both of these inverse trends lead to the convergence of politics and religion. This new concept of secular holy war, which never before existed in Islam, was now fueled by a German  industrialization of the Turkish war effort and the mandatory national military conscription. This large scale mechanized effort became the main reason for the success of the mass Turkish genocides that followed the 1914 proclamation and became the blueprint for another large scale jihad 15 years later, the one that we now know as the ‘final solution’.

So, it seems that the Turkish jihad is an age old, well lubricated political machine that functioned efficiently long before the Germans got into the picture. If German machinations in the 1914 proclamation played any significant role, it may have been just to try to align it with their colonial objectives.

Morgenthau and the 1914 Proclamation of Holy War
Henry Morgenthau, the US ambassador to Constantinople (and the grandfather of the historian Barbara Tuchman), described in detail the Armenian genocide, the persecution of the Albanians, Jews, and Greeks that followed the 1914 call for jihad. He wrote that “the great massacres and persecutions of the Armenian race”  were to be kept secret in order to complete the annihilation of the Armenians before the Allies could intervene to stop it.

Morgenthau based his opinion that Germany was the architect behind this holy war’on several meetings he held with Baron von Wangenheim, the German ambassador to Constantinople. Morgenthau became convinced that Germany’s objective was to unleash millions of Muslims against the English and French worldwide through a steady campaign of assassination and terror and that this ultimately would be the quickest means of forcing England to sue for peace.

Mehmed V Reşâd Red Sultan AKA the Great Assassin
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: The architects and actors of the Turkish jihad against the Armenians. Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sultan Mehmed V Reşâd the “Red Sultan” AKA the “Great Assassin”, Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi the “Sheik al-Islam”, and Baron von Wangenheim the German ambassador to Constantinople  

Morgenthau describes one such meeting where Wangenheim explained Germany’s rationale for forcing Turkey into World War I:

“Sitting in his office, puffing away at his big black German cigar, he [Wangenheim]  unlolded Germany’s scheme to arouse the whole fanatical Moslem world against the Christians. Germany had planned a real “holy war” as one means of destroying English and French influence in the world.  Turkey herself is not the really important matter, her army is a small one, and we do not expect it to do very much. For the most part it will act on the defensive. But the big thing is the Moslem world. If we can stir the Mohammedans up against the English and Russians, we can force them to make peace.”

The 1915 Turkish Jihad Leadership
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: The 1914 Turkish jihad senior leadership team

The “big thing” that Wangenheim was referring to became obvious on November 14, 1914 when the Sultan Mehmed V Reşâd issued his declaration of war and an appeal for a jihad against the infidels. Soon afterward Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi, his Sheik al-lslam (top religious cleric) published a fatwa summoning the whole Muslim world to rise and massacre their Christian oppressors. The fatwa was followed by the statement by the top Turkish military commander, Enver Pasha and then by a few comments by the publication’s director, Halim Sabit. 

he-sheikh-ul-islam-proclaiming-the-holy-war-in-istanbul-after-the-turkish-government
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: The 1914 reading of the jihad fatwa by Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi the “Sheik al-Islam”

The Details of the 1914 call for Jihad 
The jihad fatwa was drafted in the form of five linked legal opinions. The document was a collaborative effort endorsed by 29 senior Turkish religious authorities. It was blessed formally by the sultan, accepted by the members of the Ottoman chamber of deputies, and on 11 November presented in a closed pre-publication ceremony to political, military and religious dignitaries such as Talaat Pasha (the leading mastermind of the Armenian Genocide). Then, with great fanfare on Saturday, November 14, it was read out publicly by the custodian of the fatwa (Fatwa Emini), Ali Haydar Efendi, to a large crowd assembled outside the Mosque of Mehmed the Conqueror in the Fatih neighborhood of Istanbul.

Several days later, Ali Haydar Efendi instructed the Ottoman governors to distribute the jihad fatwa and orders were issued to display it in all city shrines. The Mujtahids (a person of religious authority in Islamic law) churned out a plethora of fatwa editorials in a short period of time and the local Ottoman telegraph offices sent copies of these fatwas to every major town in the region. These publications helped the Ottoman authorities recruit militia and strengthen the local resistance against the advancing British army. In the meantime, the Ottoman Minister of War, Enver Pasha, dispatched Süleyman Askerî, the director of the Ottoman National Society of Defense responsible for the tactical execution of the document’s strategy to Iraq and other major cities with orders to create a universal local resistance movement.

A day before the official declaration of the global jihad, meetings were attended by all leading mujtahids of the shrine cities of the Ottoman empire. One such meeting in Najaf Iraq was attended by an audience of > 40,000 worshipers, local sheikhs, and tribal leaders. The Mujtahids told the crowds in fiery Arabic language that they must actively participate in the jihad and promised those who would die in the process direct entry to paradise. Following the initial presentations, the Ottoman sub-governor of Baghdad organized a jihadi militia force of 5,000-6,000 men to be followed later by a new army of volunteer reinforcements.

The 1915 Turkish Fatwa calling for Jihad
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: The 1914 Turkish Fatwa calling for worldwide jihad against the infidels. The left side contains the 5 sub-fatwas that form the master fatwa. The right side contains the verbiage of the proclamation

The Language of the Jihad Fatwa
The following is the translation of the 1914 jihad fatwa:

“O brothers of the Religion! The time has come when you should know that the great Holy War has become a most imperative duty, and you ought to begin it and not to lose a single moment of the
time, for the time is very short, and the life of Islam is on the verge of being swept away as by a flood. And let every one of you choose one of these kinds of war, each one according to his condition and the manner of his life and the geographical and intellectual conditions of his country.

… “It is necessary to consider well, differentiating and distinguishing between the enemy from these peoples, and the one who is not an enemy, and the decrees of the Islamic law in this respect must be the guide for you to follow, and this honored verse is to be placed before you as a direction, and it is the saying of the Most High:

They wished you to become infidels as they are infidels and that ye should be like them. Therefore, take no friends from among them until they flee their country in the path of Allah.

And if they turn back, take them and kill them wherever you find them, and do not take from them any friend or helper except those who are allied with one of your peoples by covenant between you and them, or those who come to you, their hearts forbidding them either to fight you or to fight their own people; if Allah pleased, he would have made them rule over you, and they would have fought you; but if they depart from you, and do not fight against you and offer you peace.

Allah doth desire to enter into confidence with you, and to preserve the confidence of their people, as often as they return to sedition they shall be subverted therein, and if they do not depart from you and offer you peace and restrain their hands, take them and kill them where-so-ever ye find them. Over these we have granted you manifest power.”

The Jihad Proclamation
Once this proclamation was sent out, local religious leaders read it as a legally binding order to the congregations in every mosque; the newspapers printed it; and it was distributed outside the Ottoman empire to countries which had large Muslim populations like India, China, Persia, Egypt, Algiers,Tripoli, Morocco, etc. In all these locations the assembled multitudes were ‘strongly’ encouraged to obey the mandate.

1914 The Illustrated London News reported that Turkey had declared a “holy war” against the Allies
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A 1915 cartoon showing Turkey’s Sultan, Abdul Hamid, praising Kaiser Wilhelm II (who seems to be doing all of the work for Turkey) slaughtering scores of Ottoman Christians and brandishing a sword dripping with blood

Morgenthau observed the that the Turkish newspaper Ikdam, published in Constantinople and which up to that point primarily focused on spreading anti-Allies propaganda, now changed its tone and was inciting the masses to wage holy war with articles like:

“The deeds of our enemies, have brought down the wrath of God. A gleam of hope has appeared. All Mohammedans, young and old, men, women, and children, must fulfill their duty so that the gleam may not fade away, but give light to us forever. How many great things can be accomplished by the arms of vigorous men, by the aid of others, of women and children! The time for action has come.

We shall all have to fight with all our strength, with all our soul, with teeth and nails, with all the sinews of our bodies and of our spirits. If we do it, the deliverance of the subjected Mohammedan kingdoms is assured. Then, if God so wills, we shall march unashamed by the side of our friends who send their greetings to the Crescent. Allah is our aid and the Prophet is our support.” The Sultan’s proclamation was an official public document, and dealt with the proposed Holy War only in a general way, but about this same time a secret pamphlet appeared which gave instructions to the faithful in more specific terms. This paper was not read in the mosques; it was distributed stealthily in all Mohammedan countries-India, Egypt, Morocco, Syria,

Oh, Moslems! Ye who are smitten with happiness and are on the verge of sacrificing your life and your goods for the cause of right, and of braving perils, gather now around the Imperial throne, obey the commands of the Almighty, who, in the Koran, promises us bliss in this and in the next world; embrace ye the foot of the Caliph’s throne and know ye that the state is at war with Russia, England, France, and their Allies, and that these are the enemies of Islam. The Chief of the believers, the Caliph, invites you all as Moslems to join in the Holy War!”

The Secret Pamphlet  
Following the proclamation of jihad by leading Muslim cleric Ürgüplü Mustafa Hayri Efendi, the fatwa was then followed by a detailed pamphlet in Arabic written by Sheikh Shawish, who was described by British Intelligence as “an incredibly venomous opponent due to his unreasonable fanaticism, his overwhelming egoism, and his malignant perversion and disregard of truth”. The document was distributed outside of Constantinople and provided detailed ‘how to’ instructions for waging the upcoming war. In April 1915, the American consulate in Cairo managed to obtain a copy of the the pamphlet, Ambassador Morgenthau had it translated and analyzed. In his memoirs, Morgenthau described it as:

“This paper was not read in the mosques [in Constantinople]; it was distributed stealthily in all Mohammedan countries–India, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, and many others; and it was significantly printed in Arabic, the language of the Koran. It was a lengthy document–the English translation contains 10,000 words–full of quotations from the Koran, and its style was frenzied in its appeal to racial and religious hatred. It described a detailed plan of operations for the assassination and extermination of all Christians–except those of German nationality.” 

Kill them the best way you can Turkish 1915 How To Jihad Guide
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: Translation of sample of 4 pages by the US consulate in Cairo of the “Kill them the best way you can”, the 1915 Turkish pamphlet describing how to wage the jihad

The pamphlet called for a war against Christians and Jews in Muslim lands worldwide and included instructions for starvation, mass expulsions, massacres, and the confiscation of property. The pamphlet provided the ideological justification for acts of murder as well as a detailed plan of execution. The following excerpt illustrates some of the messaging:

And let every individual of the Muslims in whatever place they may be, take upon him an oath to kill at least three of four of the ruling infidels, enemies of Allah, and enemies of the religion.”

“You will find that you are forbidden to have friendship with the Jews and the Christians, you will find that you are denied to have social intercourse with those who deride your religion…”

It is necessary that they should know from today that the Holy War has become a sacred duty and that the blood of the infidels

They must know that the killing of the infidels who rule over the Islamic lands has become a sacred duty, whether it be secretly or openly, as the great Koran declares in its words: (Take them and kill them whenever you come across them, and we have given you a manifest power over them by revelation.)

To whoever kills even one single infidel of those who rule over Islamic lands, either secretly or openly, there is a reward like a reward from all the living ones of the Islamic world.”

Turkish Theaft of Armenian Property
Image 8: Letter from the US consulate in Turkey describing the 1915 proclamation calling for the confiscation of property and mass expulsion of the Armenian citizens of Turkey

1915 Turkish Armenian Death Proclamation
Image 9: The actual Turkish government proclamation of the confiscation of all Armenian property prior to their deportation to concentration camps. This identical strategy and tactics were used 15 years later by the Germans against the Jews in Europe. It is worth noting that as a teenager, George Soros used to hand deliver similar deportation and properly confiscation notices to the Jews of Budapest on behalf of his father Tivadar. Tivadar Soros was a ranking civil servant in the pro-German Hungarian administration and worked closely with SS commander Kurt Becher.

The execution plan for carrying out this holy war included these phases:

  1. “There shall be a “heart war”–every follower of the Prophet, that is, shall constantly nourish in his spirit a hatred of the infidel; a “speech war”–with tongue and pen every Moslem shall spread this same hatred wherever Mohammedans live; and a war of deed-fighting and killing the infidel wherever he shows his head. This latter conflict, says the pamphlet, is the “true war.”
  2. There is to be a “little holy war” and a “great holy war”; the first describes the battle which every Mohammedan is to wage in his community against his Christian neighbors, and the second is the great world struggle which united Islam, in India, Arabia, Turkey, Mrica, and other countries is to wage against the infidel oppressors.”

Armenian Genocide by Turkish Muslims
Image 10: 1915-1923 – Images showing the results of the jihad against the some of the Christian groups and minorities of the Ottoman Empire

In addition to the ideological justification and strategic phased plan for the violence to come, the document also provided the following tactical instructions on how to ‘properly’ assassinate the infidels:

  1. First–Wage individual war with knifes, daggers, and other cutting and sharp killing instruments. Following the examples of “one of the faithful made against Peter Galy, the infidel English governor, like the slaying of the English chief of police in India, and like the killing of one of the officials arriving in Mecca by Abi Busir (may God he pleased with him).”
  2. Second–Form killing bands and go forth and kill as many Christians as they can find. These bands should be organized and operated in secret. “It is hoped that the Islamic world of to-day will profit very greatly from such secret bands.”
  3. Third–Organize and coordinate campaigns by trained armies to handle large scale exterminations.

Armenian Children Victims of Genocide
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: Images of Armenian children starved and murdered by Turkish forces. Source: photo collection of Armin Wegner and John Elder

Auction Of Souls
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: Ravished Armenia, the story of Aurora Mardiganian, one of the Armenian survivors of the Turkish genocide. The movie details some of the actions of the jihad including: crucifixion of young girls, wide scale rape, murder, and the sex slavery of tens of thousands of Christian Arminian women

To highlight the extent of this premeditated and systematic extermination campaign, let us point out that prior to the the 1914 jihad, there were close to 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire but by 1923 when the massacres ended, over 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead. It is poignant that even today it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians and Greeks during World War I.

Contemporary Turkish Calls for Jihad
On October 25, 2019, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the Friday prayers at the Great Çamlıca Mosque in Istanbul. He was accompanied by Istanbul’s governor Ali Yerlikaya, mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, Istanbul’s chief of police Mustafa Çalışkan and the head of the Istanbul branch of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Bayram Şenocak. After the prayers, the hafiz of the mosque recited the Koranic Verse Al-Fath, which means “victory, triumph, conquest”. Then, Erdogan took the microphone and recited a part of the verse first in Arabic and then in Turkish. He told the crowd:

Our God commands us to be violent towards the kuffar (infidels). Who are we? The ummah [nation] of Mohammed. So [God] also commands us to be merciful to each other. So we will be merciful to each other. And we will be violent to the kuffar. Like in Syria.”

Erdogan then referred to another Koranic verse, As-Saff-13, in Arabic:

Inshallah, God has promised us in Syria: ‘Nasrun minallahi ve fethun karib ve beşşiril mu’minin.’ [‘Victory from Allah and an imminent conquest; and give good tidings to the believers’]. We see it is happening right now. With the permission of Allah, we will see it even more… I will meet some presidents of foreign countries [Russian and Iranian] at the Dolmabahce Palace today. I ask for your permission now to go there.”

The congregants then cheered Erdogan on, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is great).

Turkish president Erdogan call for Jihad
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: October 2019, Turkish president Erdogan delivering the jihad proclamation “Our God commands us to be violent towards the kuffar (infidels).”

What in 1915 started as a cynical German exercise in realpolitik reflecting their belief that they could leverage the Turkish call for holy war, ended up unleashing a worldwide jihad Jin that resulted in the murder of millions of people in the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide and of the Greek Genocide, with the consequence that we are still paying the butcher’s bill 100 years later.

So, in retrospect it seems that instead of Turkey being manipulated by Germany to enter the war, Turkey in fact manipulated Germany to provide it with military training, economic and military support, and a diplomatic umbrella so it could cleanse its empire once and for all from unwanted ethnic elements like the Armenians, Greeks, Jews, and other minorities. And in the process created the prototype of the modern political jihad.

After the war and under British supervision, Turkey quickly recovered while Germany took the full brunt of allied retribution. The net-net result for Turkey’s holy war was a smaller imperial territory, but a homogeneous one and plentiful western post war support for modernization. In World War II, they again played both sides and only joined the war in February 1945 on the allied side, when the allied victory was guaranteed.

Not surprisingly, since 1914, Turkey continues to repeat the same jihad gambit over and over again. In the 1970s, they used their membership in NATO as a shield to invade Cypress and annex parts of it. In the 1990s, they helped Saddam Hussein break the oil embargo by being one of his largest black market customers. During the Arab spring, they blackmailed Europe to gain full EU membership by flooding it with refugees. In 2010, they waged a jihad against Israel. In recent years, they tried to extort the US by holding hostage the US nuclear weapons and demanding a leadership role in post-Gaddafi Libya. The latest Turkish game of playing everyone against each other, which mirrors the Turkish German league of 1914, is their close military and economic alliance with Iran and Russia; this includes joint military exercises and the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system. Turkey also continues to purchase Iranian oil despite US sanctions on these transactions. In 2018 and 2019, they again launched another formal jihad against the Kurds and invaded Syria.

Turkish Jihad 2019
Image 13: Turkish government publications calling for worldwide jihad against Israel

Anti-Christian, Jewish billboards in Turkey’s central Konya province
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: October 21, 2019: Turkish government sponsored jihad posters in wide public circulation. Central Konya province Turkey: Billboards feature Koranic Verse (5:51) admonishing Muslims not to befriend Jews And Christians. “…Do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.’’

To all of you post-modernists and intelligentsia who still think that the current Turkish or other calls for jihad only apply to ‘radicalized extremist’ or that they are just bygone byzantine concepts that have no bearing on your hip lifestyle, think again. You may want to put down the NYT literary section for a minute, get another triple-venti-soy-no foam latte and take a few minutes to actually read the 1914 jihad proclamation and the ‘how to kill infidels’ guide in its entirety (the full text is at the bottom of this post). You are in for a big surprise. These fatwas and proclamation of holy war that were published by Turkey in 1914 are identical in language, content, and methods to the ones issued just recently by the likes of Ayman al‑Zawahiri, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Abu Musab al‑Zarqawi.

So, the next time a Muslim Brotherhood operative like Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Keith Ellison, or the Turkish president Erdogan talks about waging jihad, rest assured they are not using a figure of speech or metaphor. Today’s most violent Islamic groups such as ISIS, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Hezbollah use the same exact fatwas and operational templates. They are talking about doing to you and your family exactly what they have done to millions of minorities during WWI and they are counting on the fact that now, just as then, they will get away with murder.

The fact is that the Turkish recipe for waging jihad has not changed in the past 300 years. It continues to use the same mixture of political and religious elements to be served today to perpetuate attacks against the west including those used on 9/11.  Despite the MSM working overtime in an attempt to rehabilitate Turkey and whitewash it as a moderate western country, it is not. Turkey and its axis of influence is no more extremist nor radicalized than the one that executed the latest Armenian and Greek genocides. They are just doing their job in the best way they know how using an age old proven formula for playing one power against another, targeting minorities, and killing the infidels via the same traditional 1914 methods that include:

  1. Personal terror action using lone wolf targeted attacks
  2. Bands of murderers like in international terror cell operations
  3. Large organized armies such as in ISIS/ISIL and their ability to wage a widescale war

Ilhan Omar and Erdoğan 2017
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: 2017 Ilhan Omar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chilin at the UN. Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood (via Qatari funding) are a major funders and logistics supporters of Ilhan Omar’s election campaign and worldwide political activity

The Modern Jihad Against Christians
Image 16: Contemporary sampling of jihadi murder (with the full support of Turkish intelligence) against various Christian groups and other minorities in the Middle East

References
To our Great Detriment”: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad – Stephen Collins Coughlin
Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story – Henry Morgenthau Sr.
Jihad And Islam in World War I – Edited by Erik-Jan Zürcher
A Universal Proclamation To All The People Of Slam – Published by the Ottoman National Society of Defense The Seat of the Caliphate 1333 (1915 AD)
A Peace To End All Peace – David Fromkin

Chapter 24 of Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story – The murder of a nation

Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs of Turkey 1919-1929
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: Records of the Department of State Relating to the WWI Turkish jihad against the Christians, Jews, and other minorities

Ikdam Newspaper
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The front page of the November 4, 1918 Turkish newspaper Ikdam reads: “Their [the jihad leadership] response to eliminate the Armenian problem was to attempt the elimination of the Armenians themselves”


The 1915 jihad pamphlet
Due to its vile and violent language and most likely in order not to ‘offend’ Turkey and other middle eastern allies, the 1915 jihad pamphlet remained hidden in the State department archives for nearly 50 years and was only declassified on March 21, 1961. This lengthy composition is a comprehensive religious legal document that cites multiple Koranic, Hadith, and Sunna sources (see text in quotes and parenthesis). The following English translation was produced by the American Agency consulate in Cairo Egypt.

IN
THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MERCIFUL, THE COMPASSIONATE

Praise be to him who ordained brotherhood between all the believers by his saying (the believers are brothers) and grace and peace be upon our Lord and our Beloved Mohammed who said (No one of you believes until he loves his brother as he loves himself) and then, Oh Company of the House of Faith and Oh Moslems from whatsoever people you may be and in whatever language you may speak, Allah (Let Him be praised be and exalted) has made us and you brothers and has revealed that to us by His saying (Oh ye who have believed, fear Allah a true fear and do not die except as true Moslems) and be bound together by the covenant of Allah all of you and do not be separated, and remember the Grace of Allah upon you when you were enemies and he made friendship between you and joined you together as brothers by His grace, when you were on the verge of the pit of fire and he delivered you from it; in like manner Allah reveals to you his verses the ye may be converted.

Allah enjoined upon you four things in these honored verses and informed you of four things. He commanded you the fear of Allah, and the being bound by the covenant of Allah. And that ye avoid the causes of separation and difference, and that ye remember His grace towards you. And he informed you of the hatred and enmity which existed among you before Islam, and that He after it had graciously bestowed upon you grace and love and friendship, and that He by His grace joined you together as brothers. And there is no doubt that we the Muslims believe this precious verse and give credence to its contents, for without doubt we ought to hold the doctrines that all the Muslims from all peoples and nations are brothers, and as this brotherhood has been knitted between peoples as also between individuals of these peoples, every one of whom is to be reckoned as a true brother from other nations as he suffers in the affliction of his brother from his own mother and father or from his own tribe which shelters him.

It is the duty of every people of the people dignified by the religion of Islam that their sympathies towards others of the Islamic peoples should be the same as their sympathies towards their own people and families, and it is incumbent upon their individuals and their communities to strive and put forth every effort to deliver any people of the peoples of Islam and any nation of the nations which believe in the Unity of Allah if they have fallen into the grasp of the infidels who are idolaters, and of the oppressive enemies.

Yea, it is an important duty of all the Muslims that they should despise all difficulties and exert their utmost power to help those of them who have fallen under the rule of the infidels and to deliver them from oppression with all their power and whoever violates this duty is guilty of a great iniquity and whoever denies it deserves from Allah painful punishment in hell continually. And this is the case if the hostility falls upon a people of a tribe of the Moslem communities, and how will it be if the oppressive infidels should, by their enmities, attack the center of the Caliphate, and if they erect enmity toward the Caliph and apostle of Allah (May Allah be gracious to him and give him peace!), and if they spread from their mouths hatred toward him, although he is the great example to all Muslims spread abroad on the face of the earth, and the one who descends from them like the descent of the spirit from the flesh! There can be no doubt that it is an imperative duty in the case upon all the people of the Faith in this case that they should vie with one another in striving for his victory, and for defending the whiteness of Islam with all the power that can be put forth.

Therefore, every Muslim without exception must be considered as a soldier, and therefore it is an imperative necessity that everyone who is able to bear arms should learn the military duties, and be ready for the Holy War in case of need. And these duties are incumbent upon all individuals, and communities, and peoples; for they are called to that and responsible for it in accordance with the saying of the Most High (And oppose to them all that you can command of forces.). For this speech includes all of them.

And it is the duty of every Muslim whatsoever his race and birthplace the he should be ready to rise up for the purpose and expend the utmost effort to accomplish it, considering that this message is addressed to him personally. For the Muslim world had arrived at a condition in which it is not fitting that anyone should consider his personal advantage of bodily repose or any private consideration, but it is the duty of every Muslim that he should leave his own amusement and part with his own pleasure and that he should cast all worldly business behind his back and that he should occupy himself completely with the deliverance of his religion and his nation from the wiles of the enemies.

It is the duty of the whole Muslim world today to gather all its resources at one point and interrupt every work temporarily except the work of the rescue of the religion of Allah and Holy War in the path of Allah. A very holy office is presented today to every people of the peoples of Islam, the inspired Holy War.

THE STAGE OF DEGRADATION TO WHICH THE WORLD OF ISLAM HAS ARRIVED

O people of Faith, and O beloved Muslims, and O true brothers, consider, though it be but for a little, the condition of the Islamic world. For if you consider this little, you will weep long. You see before you an important matter. You see a bewildering condition which causes the tear to fall and prolongs the thought and causes the fire of grief to blaze. You see the great country of India which contains hundreds of millions of Muslims has fallen on account of the divisions and the weakness of religion into the grasp of the enemies of Allah, the infidel English. You see forth millions of Muslims of Java shackled in the fetters of captivity of and of affliction under the rule of the Dutch, although these infidels are much fewer than they in number and they are not much more elevated than they in their civilization and knowledge. You see Morocco and Algeria and Tunis and Egypt and the Sudan groaning from the extremity of suffering in the grasp of the enemies of Allah and of His Apostle.

You see vast Siberia and the great Turkestan and Khiva and Bakhara and the Caucasian and the Crimea and Kosan and Kaderhan and Kosakastan, their Muslim peoples who believe in the unity of Allah ground under the conquering power of the oppressors who are of the enemies of the religion. You behold the Land of Dairan in preparation for division and you even see the center of the Caliphate which has not ceased since long ages to combat the enemies of the religion breast to breast, has become the target for oppression and violence by means which its enemies renew every day in new form.

And, in brief, you see that the enemies of the religion, and especially the English, the Russians and the French have gone to great lengths in the oppression of the Islamic world and the invasion of its rights, and in injuring it to a degree that cannot be enumerated and that passes all limits, by which they desire to destroy Islam and the Muslims from the face of the earth. But let them beware! They will not be able to accomplish their purpose whatever tyranny and obstinacy they may put forth and in whatever numbers they may appear, and with whatever implements.

The Most High (may His name be praised!) will perfect His light and will manifest His religion and will cause a word to Islam which is the highest according as the precious Koran has said in His saying (“They desire to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah is perfecting His light in spite of the abhorrence of the infidels. It is He who sent His apostles with guidance and the religion of the truth that He might make it manifest over all religion in spite of the abhorrence of the idolaters.”)

We hold perfectly to this doctrine and we are determined that Islam shall be elevated greatly whatever happens, but it is the duty of the Muslims that they should exert their utmost effort in this path also for the Pride of all creatures (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) along with Allah’s bestowal on Him of dazzling miracles fought the greatest fight for the elevation of the dignity of the revealed religion, until His honored companion assisted in the digging of the ditch by His noble self in the day of the confederates, and He alone clearly manifested himself to the infidel world in the day when he was in Mecca.

Then he invited the idolaters to the true religion when the word of the Most High descended upon Him from heaven in the verse (Expound what you are commanded.). And after the Hegira he fought for several years more than fifty times between campaigns and bands, and his successors, the followers of the Right Way adopted his noble example and they spent the days of their Caliphate to the utmost of their ability of lift up the

work for truth, and in a word, the generation in which the word of Islam was manifest above all religions and the Muslims were rulers over the rest of the nations that was the generation in which the fighters of the Holy War of the Muslims assailed with all violence and fought in Allah a true fight for the elevation of His Word and the defence of His Law.

And therefore Allah firmly established them in the land and caused their word to be the highest, and the words of those who denied the Faith to be the lowest. But when possessions and their own selves became dear to them, and they turned aside to rest, and were immersed in the temporary pleasures, there settled upon them a malaria, and they began to sink down from the height of their glory and misfortunes increased greatly among them until they turned the edges of their sword which they were using on the necks of their enemies against the chests of their brothers in the religion as if there did not remain upon the face of the earth an infidel to fight or an oppressor to be pushed away, until they gave up their weapons to the enemies as the weakest of women do. And they forgot what Allah commanded them in His holy book in His word: (and oppose in them all the force that you are able) and they magnified every weakness and were terrified by the illusory power of the infidels.

When this befell, the Muslims began to pass from misfortune to misfortune and the Islamic world began to tumble down in the pit of degradation and to go backward from one distress to another until its moon set and its lights were put out on every side and until the Muslims became the most humiliated captive in the hands of the blamed infidels.

The Muslims labored and toiled wearily and bore hardness of life that they might gain something with which to satisfy their needs, and the oppressive conquerors of the Christians subdued them and robbed them of that which was in their hands of the means of living. And they spend this booty in the West upon the churches and upon the priests and places of shame and iniquity, in short, the Muslims work and the infidels eat, the Muslims are hungry and suffer, and the infidels are satiated and live in luxury. The Islamic world sinks down and goes backward, and the Christian world progresses and is exalted; and the sum of it all is, that the Muslim is enslaved and the infidel is the grand ruler. This is the sum of the humiliation and the bitterness in which the Muslims live since they left the plan of their great book and turned aside from the way of the Holy War which their honored prophet prescribed to them, and in which his successors followed in other times and in other climates.

And now, O people of Islam, and O beloved brothers, is it not enough what has come upon us of shame, rise up, awake, this weakness and this subjection has reached its limit, and this humiliation and this belittling has arrived at its end. The bonds of the Islamic world have been out and His word has been spread abroad. The Muslims have awakened under the feet of shame. Their honor has been reduced and their nobility has been put to shame, and their places of worship are in ruins, and bells and crosses have been placed on their minarets.

Today the Holy War has Become a Sacred Duty for Every Muslim.

Arise, awake, and know that today the Holy War has become a sacred duty for all the people of the Faith. And it is enjoined upon all the peoples of Islam who are spread abroad upon the face of the whole earth that they should unite among themselves and hasten to run for the deliverance of their native lands from the hands of the infidels, and that they should hasten to use every means and every plan for this purpose. The host of the Islamic Caliphate is prepared today for the Holy War, and thousands of Muslims who surge to and from on the borders and the sides of it delight in praising and in reciting the Tekbir and they are expecting the raising of the flag of the Holy War.

Know then that the Holy War has today become an especial duty for all Muslims and the time has come when every means must be used for the deliverance of the native land of Islam from the power of the oppressive infidels.

It is necessary to form secret and public unions in the land of Islam

The time has come when every people of the peoples of Islam should form secret and public unions and stand up in the face of the enemies who rule over them, proclaiming the Holy War against them that they may preserve their native lands from the extremity of extermination and that they may obtain the grace of independence, and they should know that afterwards there will not come to them an opportunity in which it will be possible to do this.

It is necessary that they should know from today that the Holy War has become a sacred duty and that the blood of the infidels in the Islamic lands may be shed with impunity (except those who enjoy the protection of the Muslim power and those to whom it has given security and those who are confederate with it).

They must know that the killing of the infidels who rule over the Islamic lands has become a sacred duty, whether it be secretly or openly, as the great Koran declares in its words: (Take them and kill them whenever you come across them, and we have given you a manifest power over them by revelation.)

To whoever kills even one single infidel of those who rule over Islamic lands, either secretly or openly, there is a reward like a reward from all the living ones of the Islamic world.

And let every individual of the Muslims in whatever place they may be, take upon him an oath to kill at least three of four of the ruling infidels, enemies of Allah, and enemies of the religion. He must take upon him this oath before Allah Most High, expecting his reward from Allah alone, and let the Muslim be confident, if there be to him no other good deed than this, nevertheless he will prosper in the day of judgment and we ask the Most High to extend the People of the Faith by the favor of their Lord.

O people of the Faith, and O brothers, we are suffering greatly because of your afflictions, we the company of Islam in the world of the Caliphate, Dar ul Khalifat, are greatly grieved because of your subjection to a small number the infidels and your obedience to them without opposition. Yes, the enemy is powerful, but that does not form a pretext for you which can be allowed. Remember the raid of Badr, one man, and the rest of the prophetic raids for the power of the infidels appeared greater than the power of those fighting the Holy War, but the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and given Him peace!) and his honored companions did not attach any importance to that apparent strength and did not consider it, but they acted in accordance with the word of the Most High. (Those who believe, fight in the way of Allah, and those who are infidels fight in the way of the demon. Then fight the friends of the devil, for the force of the devil is weakness.) And they were reciting this verse with perfect faith.

You know that the Muslims who live in the boundaries of the world of the Caliphate have fought the Holy War against the enemies in these last years at another time, and that they still are bearing arms expecting the Jihad, all of them from the youth who does not show his beard to the old man whose head is crowned with white hair. You know that our brothers the Sinnoussiya in Africa are fighting the Jihad against a nation of the strong nations of Europe, that they have been pushing them back from their native land for years, that these are the times of the arising of Islam. Yes, this generation is the generation of the Jihad. This is the day of the exaltation of the word of Allah.

In truth, if you do not rightly esteem all this, and if you do not awake from the state of carelessness, and if fear and timidity causes you to draw from arising to deliver your native lands, and you remain given over to the infidels who rule over your native lands, dread lest the wrath of Allah should light upon you and Allah should take away what remains of the light of faith in our hearts. Dread lest Allah (Let His name be praised and exalted) should cause you to be of those concerning whom he has informed us in his saying.

Why do you not fight in the path of Allah since those who are the weakest both of men and of women and of children say (“Our Lord take us out from this village whose people are oppressive and send to us from before Thee a defender, and make to us from before Thee a helper.”) Have you not remarked those to whom it was said (“Refrain you hands and offer prayer and bring alms, and when the battle was written upon them, behold a company of them dreaded men like the dread of Allah, or even a greater dread and they said, “Our Lord, why was battle written upon us unless our end to eternity is near.” Say, the enjoyment of the world is little, and the last day is the true good to him who is pious, and do not darken the lamp when death shall overtake you although you may be in strong towers.)

O brothers, beware of that which shall overtake you if you do not rightly regard all this, and do not arise for the deliverance of your native lands at the proclamation of a Holy War in A proper manner against the enemies of religion who have robbed you of your independence and who have trodden under foot your rights. Yes, beware of what shall overtake you, for he who believes in Allah and the last day neither the mind nor the sacred law nor the precious Koran permits him to be in any way whatever given over in subjection to the enemies of Allah and His Apostle or a friend of them or conforming to their commands. And it is easy to judge that one who is in this condition is weak in faith in spite of his prayers and his fasting.

Yes, and he who is in the condition is not allowed to call himself a believer if we regard the meaning of the saying of the Most High (You shall not find a people who believe in Allah and the last day who spare from the service of Allah and of His Apostle even their fathers and their children and their brothers or their relatives. They have written in their hearts the faith and they have themselves by a Spirit from Him. And He causes them to enter into a paradise from under which flow rivers eternal, and in it Allah is gracious to them, and the host of Allah is gracious to them, and the host of Allah they are who shall prosper.)

And we see that you have understood from this precious verse the judgment of those who make friendships with the infidels. A you have understood who are the party of Allah and who are those who it is expected will be in this world and in the last day the prosperous one, it is not possible that we, when we read this verse, should not be sorrowful and pity the condition of those who make friendships with infidels who trust in them.

These will say, “We do not love the infidels and do not incline toward them.” But we say to them, “If we accept that as it appears what will you say when you are asked why you continue under the rule of these infidels and consenting to their governments.” Would that I knew what excuse will avail you in the last breath better than his who knows the unseen world and the Testimony. Believe that there is no excuse for you that will heal the breast o will be a cause for escape in the day of dread. If there is in your heart a grain of faith and if you are in any doubt in regard to this, hear the word of the Most High.

(O you have believed do not take the Jews and the Christians as friends. They are friends to one another and he of you who becomes a friend to them is of them and Allah does not guide the people of oppressors.) And the saying of the Most High, (O true believers, take not such of those to whom the Scriptures were delivered before you, or of the infidels, for your friends, who make laughing stock and a jest of your religion, but fear Allah if ye be true believers). O brothers have you considered carefully these precious verses? Look and meditate, you will find them as if they were sent down in you by inspiration.

You will find that you are forbidden to have friendship with the Jews and the Christians, you will find that you are denied to have social intercourse with those who deride your religion so that Allah Most High has said that he who makes friends of the Jews and the Christian, let him become of them, and there is no doubt that the command and the prohibition in the verse points to this duty, as the saying of Allah Most High guides to it: (And if they believed in Allah and the Prophet and in what has been sent down to him they would not have made friends of them, but many of them are impious.)

If we carefully consider this verse how can we assent to the faith of those who do not desire what constitutes a part of the trust, the withdrawal from the friendship of the infidels and the lordship of the enemies, and do not strive for the release from their hands and do not arise to drive them out from their native lands, even if we hesitate to say that they are not believers (14) without doubt we may not hesitate to say that they are impious, and near to infidelity, for the Most High has clearly named them impious. O brothers, think and see and deliver yourselves from this difficult time while the bow of hope is still:(O you who believe, do not make friends of your fathers and brothers if they have sought the friendship of infidelity against faith, and whoever of you makes friends of them, they are oppressors.) See, O brothers, the strictness of the prohibition in this verse which you must believe from your whole heart.

And if you do not melt with dread before the strictness of it, and if you do not give the importance that due to its contents, then know that your hearts over which the ideas of the infidels have increased in influence have become steeped by that in hardness which has no end. And if there is doubt lest the Creator of all creatures and the Ruler of the day of retribution should apportion to you that you are unjust if you remain in this condition.

O brothers, seize the opportunity and strive to deliver yourselves before it pass, and read the following verses with all carefulness and consideration: (They who take the infidels as friends, rather than the believers, do they desire from them strength? All strength belongs unto Allah.)

O you who believe, do not take the infidels for as friends rather than believers. Do you wish that Allah should place over you a revealed ruler? It may be that your perseverance in the friendship of the infidels, and your slowness in driving them out of the land of Islam grown out of your fear of the passing away of the repose and pleasure which you falsely think are found in your country, or the glory and honor which you imagine for yourselves in your native lands, but be perfectly assured this your condition is in truth shame and disgrace and that is has no other meaning than delight in captivity and submission to servitude, for the glory belongs to Allah and to the party of Allah. And in any case, you must know truly that this your sitting down in this condition is greatly abhorred of God the Most High.

And if you shall continue ensnared in the meshes (ukn) of delusion and dazzled by the violence of cowardice, then know that there is before you nothing else but that the word of punishment should be verified against you by the Lord of Lords and that the afflictions of torture will begin to be poured upon your heads, and that this outpouring will increase day by day. And it will in a gradually increasing measure and you are not conscious of it.

Beware lest you be of those in whom carelessness has thrown a veil over their eyes and their ears, and they do not see and they do not hear. Allah, Allah is in yourselves! Do not be confirming by your works and your negligence the word of the Most High: (Allah has decreed a dullness upon their hearts and upon their hearing and upon their sight, and there is for them great torture.) And we will conclude our discourse by citing the following verses: (Let not the believers take the infidels as friends rather than the believers, and he who does that is not of Allah in anything, on the contrary you should abstain from them completely, and Allah himself warn you, and to Allah belongs the victory.).

Continue to look at the strictness of the prohibition in this honored verse, and remember that in it the Most High has clearly expounded that he who makes friends of the infidel is not of Allah in anything. Now go your way thinking, and if there be in your hear the with of a grain of faith (and it absolutely exists) no doubt that there will open before you a wide road to the Holy War. And your consciences and your faith will reveal to you the obligation to the Holy War, and call you to begin the work.

And if you desire to be established in your faith, and not to be driven out from the assembly of the Mohammedan nation, then answer this call immediately, and fight in the path of Allah with your substance and with yourselves, and know that there is not possibility of deliverance today or tomorrow or after that from the divine warning, which refuses all exception in His word: (You must abstain from them completely.)

For the world of infidelity today is in a condition of weakness and retrogression, especially the English, the French and the Russians, who are most oppressive to the Islamic world and the most covetous of its lands, and the most persecuting to its people. Or these infidels are busy now with themselves and think about the matter of their life and possessions. Therefore it is the most imperative duty of the Islamic kingdoms whose geographical position aids them that they should proclaim the war absolutely in the face of the oppressive rulers. Seeing that the condition greatly aids the Muslims who are in the lands of India and Java and egyuupt and Morocco and Tunis and Algeria and Caucasia and Khiva and Bokhara an Turkestan and Iran to drive out the Infidels who have obtained rule over their lands and to gain deliverance from captivity. But if this opportunity passes them by or if they neglect it, no-one but Allah knows there will come to them a like opportunity.

Therefore it is the duty of those who truly profess Islam in those countries that they should proclaim the war immediately, and that they should drive out those weak ones, of those who are corrupt, who have sucked the life of the Islamic world, and have expended its treasures and dispersed all its good things. And let every one of us be confident that if the Islamic peoples in its Holy War is sufficient for driving out all infidels and casting them out of all its lands.

And let us be firmly confident that if the Islamic peoples unite in taking up weapons in the face of those enemies who have no connection with the countries of Islam, except by the most brittle of causes, you shall scatter them without delay hither and thither and disperse them completely. And let us be confident that if the united war is proclaimed, the Islamic peoples are enough to drive out these infidels who have seized the rule in their countries and to take the trenches and fortresses and weapons and essentials of war which they possess in these countries.

Then will they be driven out by their own power and killed by their own weapons without necessity of any other expense. Believe O Muslims, and if you do not believe, then the great Lord who is all-powerful has sworn to you that the situation of the Dutch in Java and the situation of the Italians in Tripoli and the situation of the Russians in Iran and Bokhara and Caucasia; the situation of all these governments in these lands is greatly weakened.

It is necessary that we know this truly and believe it, for the evidence which point to it are more than can be mentioned, and there is nothing back (above it) of it in the establishment of the true knowledge except inspiration. And it has been decreed, as you know, and you must believe and resolve and unite and determine, for in every kingdom of the Islamic kingdoms there are five hundred thousand or six hundred thousand at least of native Muslims, and it is not a strange thing that Allah Most High should prosper them to purify their lands from these infidels. Indeed there is no doubt if they are resolved and patient, that He whose name is praised will extend to them an unchangeable good fortune, and it is sufficient for this blessed movement that there should lead in it a company of those whose faith is strong and whose resolves are sound and whose command is intelligent and who have taken the protection of Allah as their support.

THE RIGHTS OF THE MUSLIMS

From this time on it must be the purpose of the Islamic peoples and their target at which they aim, to release the Islamic kingdoms and the native lands of Islam from the infidels who have usurped the rule over them. There can be absolutely no partnership in the native lands of Islam, for the rule of Infidels over Muslims is not lawful, and it is not allowable that the Muslims should be judged by a non-Muslim at any time whatever, and he cannot be patient under the rule of infidels, and the honor of the Muslims is that they should not be subjects to others, and it is their glory that they should have lordship, and that they should always be allowed by others.

This is what Islam requires. And Islam will be completed and perfected in the Muslim if he knows it and practices it. Since we are in a day when war has risen with the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms and who do not cease to put to shame Islam in enmity and who wish evil against it, it is the duty of Muslims that they should not comply with the commands issued by them, that they should buy nothing of their goods, since compliance with their commands is compliance with their rule, and we have before shown the strictness of the prohibitions of this and the abhorrence of it. And since the buying of any of their goods, though it be but a little, is reckoned as assistance to infidelity and an assistance to the victory of infidelity, and Allah (May His glory be exalted!) says (Give no help to iniquity and enmity.)

And in summary, dealings with these people in any respect whatever, even giving taxes to them, and customs, is considered as a help to infidelity and contributing to its victory, and this no Muslim will assent to, meaning except the land-tax, it is an important necessity that Muslims should not be bound by it, for they cannot endure this land-tax which implies a meaning of humiliation and shame: for the Muslim who accepts the land-tax imposed upon him on the part of the infidels is impious, crazy, and degrades the honor of Islam – ignorant of the height of the Faith.

So he must dread the decree of evil against him and the loss of the protection of Allah Most High. The sacred law, which is the attachment of Mohammedans, has decreed that they should lay aside a portion of the alms which are due for the local necessities and the local war, and they should send the rest to the center of the Caliphate to be placed in the treasury and to be expended by the Caliph for the elevation of the word of Allah.

Therefore we have seen fit to direct to all the people of the Faith the following proclamations concerning the following matters:

  • That the buying of anything although it be a trifle from the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms and who continually manifest enmity to the Muslims is absolutely interdicted.
  • Compliance with the commands issued by the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms and who are openly hostile to the Muslims, is absolutely interdicted.
  • That the giving of the taxes to the infidels who have usurped the rule over the Islamic countries and who are hostile to the assembly of the Muslims, is absolutely interdicted.
  • The duty of sending the lawful amount of pious gifts to the center of the Caliphate is enjoined.

Otherwise the condition of the Muslims which has been spoken of above does not harmonize in any way whatever with the spirit of Islam. And in truth the question of the Islamic kingdoms, for which infidels employ the name of colonies is exceedingly difficult. For it is not correct to describe kingdoms as the Dar-ul-Islam (World of Islam), since the designation Dar-ul- Islam does not fit it because of its lack of any bond with the seat of the Caliphate, and because of its being under the rule of the infidels.

Neither is it correct to describe it as Dar-ul-Harb (The World of War), for all its inhabitants are Muslims. Therefore the prayers of the assembly are not true prayer in it, according to the traditions which have been delivered concerning them. But whoever of their peoples is satisfied with this condition, he is absolutely impious, as may be understood from the verses Mentioned above. And it is more fitting that these countries should be called the World of Impiety (Dar-ul-Fesak) than that it should be called Dar-ul-Islam or Dar-ul-Harb.

But let the Muslims wake up. Is it not necessary that they should arouse themselves from the slumber of carelessness, must we not repent to Allah and return to Him seeking forgiveness for his political crime of which we have become guilty? And we should hasten to the deliverance of all the Islamic kingdoms from the hands of the infidels.

Yes, the time for that has come, and it is incumbent upon us, the company of the Islamic peoples, that we should rise up as he rising up of one man, in one of his hands the sword and in the other the gun, and in is pocket balls of fire and annihilating missiles and in his heart the light of the Faith, and that we lift our voices to the utmost, saying –India for the Muslim Indians, Java for the Muslim Javanese, Algeria for the Algerians among the Muslims, Morocco for the Moroccans, Tunis for the Muslim Tunisans, Egypt for the Muslim Egyptians, Iran for the Muslim Iranians, Turan for the Muslim Tureks, Bokhara for the Bokharians, Caucasus for the Caucasians, and the Ottoman kingdoms for the Muslim Turks and Arabs.

Such must be the aim of all Muslims from now-on, and they must strive for this end and fight with their goods and their selves for this end, seeing that the Holy War is a duty laid down for this object. And we hope that the native land of Islam will be saved after this from being called the World of Impiety, and that it may be closely bound to the seat of the Caliphate, and it may rightly be called the Dar-ul-Islam in all the meaning of that name; and that likewise may be of those whose faces are white in the last day between the hands of the All-Knowing and All-Wise, and that we may escape from the reproach of the honored Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!)

THE KINDS OF HOLY WAR

Oh brothers, it has before been said that the Holy War is a duty enjoined upon us and that the hosts of the Caliph are in universal conflict; and know that the Holy War like the prohibition against denial should be of three kinds.

  • The heart-war — and that is the lowest form of the war. And it is that the Muslim should believe in his heart that the infidels are enemies to him and to his religion, and that he should desire their disappearance and the destruction of their power.

    And no Muslim can be imagined who is not under obligation to this degree of the war. Verily all the people of the Faith are under obligation to this amount without any question whatever, in whatever place they may be and in whatsoever condition they may be found. And that those concerning whom the exception made in the verse presented in the saying of the Most High holds good (You should abstain from them completely) to these it is permitted that they should be satisfied with this degree of the heart-war. Otherwise it is not lawful today for any of the Muslims to content himself with the heart-war while we remain in this condition. The contentment of the people of the Faith today with the heart-war, has no other meaning than that impiety, as has been established, and therefore let no one deceive with false interpretation.

  • The war of speech, and that may be with the tongue and the pen, and that in the condition of some of the Islamic kingdoms before this date. This applies in times like those of the Muslims of Caucasia which were before in a condition which did not admit of there being under obligations to do more than the war of speech, because their condition did not aid them to do more than this. And if there do not exist an excuse which permits contentment with the heart-war, the war of speech is strictly enjoined upon all Muslims, and it is the duty of the masters of the pen to dissipate the darkness of the infidels and of infidelity with their pens, and the people of eloquence with their tongues; and the war of speech today is a duty decreed on the Islamic world in its entirety. Not one is excepted from it, not even the Muslims who dwell in the interior of the land of Russia. But this kind of war is strictly enjoined upon all of them.
  • The true war — and it is fighting and killing in very deed as it is known to every Muslim.

    (a) The little Jihad is the local Jihad which some of the Islamic peoples are compelled to proclaim against their enemies of he infidels without needing to call to their assistance any other Islamic peoples.

    For example, the war of the Sennousiya against the Government of Italy. But all Muslims ought to aid their brothers in the little Jihad materially or spiritually as much as they are able, and if it is permitted to any people of the Muslims that they should not take part materially in the little Jihad for any hindrance whatever, it is not lawful to them to refrain entirely from helping, but they must certainly help although it be only spiritually. And since this is so, the proclamation of the Egyptian government which it issued in the Ottoman- Balkan war, and in the war of Italy, in subjection to the commandment of the English infidels must be reckoned as a gross crime against Islam, and therefore our Egyptian brothers did not give heed to this decree of their government, and did not consider themselves bound to obey it, but they helped the World of the Caliphate with material and spiritual assistance through both of these two wars. The little Jihad may be proclaimed alone from the presence of the local Muslim chiefs, but it is in accordance with the Islamic political code of morals that it should also be presented to the center of the Caliphate, as the late Sheikh Waday presented to the seat of the Caliphate his proclamation of the war against the French.

    (b) The Great Jihad It is the war which the Islamic world unitedly wages against the lords of infidelity from the enemies of Islam. And since the proclamation of the Jihad is one of the rights of the Caliph, it is strictly enjoined upon every one of all the people of the Faith who are scattered over the face of the earth to whom this invitation comes, that he should take part in it by deed. And an example of this is the Jihad which the Caliph has proclaimed today. And this is also named the Holy Jihad.

MARTYRDOM

To those who participate by deed in the Jihad, whether it be the little of the great, there is great reward. And if they die they are without doubt martyrs. And we ask you, O God, the All-Powerful, that the nation of Mohammed (May God be gracious to Him and give him peace!) may know by Thy power the greatness of the reward of martyrdom and that their hearts may be inspired with the degree of its merit and of its greatness, O God! Amen.

FORMS OF THE JIHAD

The Jihad may be of three forms:

  1. Personal Jihad — First the individual Jihad, and it consists of the individual personal deed, and it may be by the use of cutting, killing instruments like the Jihad of the late Wurdanee who killed with his “musdis” Peter Galy Pasha the infidel, the English governor, and like the slaying of the chief of the English Police in India by one of our brothers there, and like the killing of one of the officials arriving from Mecca by Abi Busir (May Allah be pleased with him) in the age of the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) and in like manner a similar thing took place when the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) commanded Abdullah the son of Atik that he and four of his companions should go to kill Abi Rafi, the chief of the Jews of Khaibar, well-known for his enmity to Islam, and they went against him by night in the fortress in which he had taken refuge, and killed him. And the killing of Asir the son of Razim, of the chiefs of the Jews, by Abdullah the son of Rahet and his companions was of this kind.

    O Lord, what is incumbent upon the Muslims today also, if there be found in the Islamic world those who fight like this fight? What will be the event if there shall go out from them some of the deliverers, and kill one of those who belong to the Triple Entente of the infidels who are known by their hostility to Islam, and so purify the face of the earth from his existence. O Allah, O our Lord, be a helper to us and cause the spirit to the jihad to live in our souls!

  2. The Jihad by Bands — It may be described as a Jihad by bands known in our time by the name of Brigands, and it is know that the formation of bands or brigands was well known and notorious in Islam and the benefit of these bands was magnified in consideration of the fact that the power of Islam was weak and the power of its enemies great. And it is enough for you that the Prophet (May Allah Most High be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) began the Jihad by bands when permission was given to him for killing in the word of the Most High (Fight in the path of Allah with those who fight against you), and He (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) was sending bands, when it was necessary, composed of private soldiers of those who were fighting the Jihad under the guidance of he leaders of good repute to combat some of the enemy. And He took great pains to choose the leaders of a band from those who were distinguished by their military endowments. And those who He sent (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) increased in this way to more than fifty bands.

    And among the first of them was the band of Tomzah the son of Abdoul Mutlib, and the band of Obeidan the son of Harith, and the band of Sa’ad abi Wakas, and among the most distinguished of them was Abdullah the son of Hajesh, and the band of Zeid the son of Haritha and the band of abi Muslima, and the band of Asim the son of Thabit, and the band of Mundhir the son of Omir, and the band of Abdurrahman the son of ‘Auf, and the band of Ali the son of Abi Talib. Andtehn it was the duty of the Muslims to take advantage of the formation of bands when it was necessary; and the greatest benefit is to be expected from them now, and especially in the lands of Causasia and Turkestan and in Java and Hindustan, although the continual annihilation of the commerce of the enemy is more profitable than the formation of bands.

    The formation of bands in our time is of different kinds, and the most profitable of them is that which makes use of secret formations, and it is hoped that the Islamic world of today will profit very greatly from secret bands, and therefore it is in the degree of duty to him who wishes to participate in the Jihad that he should take council with people of experience in the formation of secret bands and gain profitable information of this kind. And these formations may take the oath of excess in which the Prophet (May Allah be gracious to Him and Him peace!) participated before sending them out originally.

  3. The Jihad by Campaigns — and the meaning of it is War upon well known principles, but the leadership is either for the Caliph alone, or for a Muslim Emir whom he shall appoint from before him. The Pride of all creatures (May Allah be gracious to Him and give Him peace!) was leading the host in many of he campaigns Himself, as took place in the campaign of Badri and in the campaign of Abdul-Ahad and others; or the leadership may be by means of an appointed deputy as befell in the Ottoman-Balkan war, where the deputy of the Caliph was the leader of the host. O brothers of the religion! The time has come when you should know that the great Holy War has become a most imperative duty, and you ought to begin it and not to lose a single moment of the time, for the time is very short, and the life of Islam is on the verge of being swept away as by a flood.

And let every one of you choose one of these kinds of war, each one according to his condition and the manner of his life and the geographical and intellectual conditions of his country. Now the time has come for action indeed, and you know that the center of the Caliphate cannot send out hosts in every direction, for that is impossible, and therefore it is imposed upon you that you should perfect the necessary formations even thought it may be by the introduction of some foreign elements when it is necessary.

and you should begin the matter of the Jihad by yourselves on the condition of the observance of The Islamic was customs continually, and you may refer to the center of the Caliphate also when it is necessary, for counsel in certain political questions, and among the things to which you must give heed is that it is absolutely unlawful to oppose any of the peoples of other religions between whom and the Muslims there is a covenant, or those who have not manifested hostility to the seat of the Caliphate of those who have entered under the protection of the Muslims and their guaranty.

For the high precepts of Islam decree the prevention of hostility against these classes of those who differ from us in religion, and because it is not the purpose of the Holy War in which we are engaged to fight all the nations of infidelity. But it purposes the duty of fighting those who have usurped the rule over the Islamic kingdoms without any right, and who have shown hostility to the Caliphate; therefore we repeat the saying in this respect, and we say, “It is necessary to consider well, differentiating and distinguishing between the enemy from these peoples, and the one who is not an enemy, and the decrees of the Islamic law in this respect must be the guide for you to follow,” and this honored verse is to be placed before you as a direction, and it is the saying of the Most High:

“(The wished you to become infidels as they are infidels and that ye should be like them. Therefore, take no friends from among them until they fly their country in the path of Allah. And if they turn back, take them and kill them wherever you find them, and do not take from them any friend or helper except those who are allied with one of your peoples by covenant between you and them, or those who come to you, their hearts forbidding them either to fight you or to fight their own people; if Allah pleased, he would have made them rule over you, and they would have fought you; but if they depart from you, and do not fight against you and offer you peace, Allah doth desire to enter into confidence with you, and to preserve the confidence of their people, as often as they return to sedition they shall be subverted therein, and if they do not depart from you and offer you peace and restrain their hands, take them and kill them where-so-ever ye find them. Over these we have granted you manifest power.)”

And let us conclude this address of ours by citing the following verse; and it is the saying of Him (let Him be praised and exalted!)

(O you who have believed, if there be among you those who deny their religion, Allah will bring a people whom He loves and who loves Him, humble toward the believers, proud toward the infidels. They fight in the path of Allah, and they fear no blame from anyone. This is the favor of Allah. He accords it to whom He will, and Allah is generous toward them.)

God and His Apostle are your friends, and those who believe, who offer prayer, and who present pious gifts, and who prostrate themselves in devotion, and who are friends of Allah and His Apostle, and who believe; for the party of Allah are the victorious ones!

Praised be your Lord, the Lord of Glory above all that can be described, and peace be to His messengers, and praise be to Allah, the Lord of all creatures.

FINIS

Sampling Statistics of 2019 Jihad Related Death
Sampling of the last 30 days of jihadi attacks world-wide. The total for 2019 is 12,288 killed and 15,277 injured. The site TheReligionofPeace.com is a the source for these figures and also contains attack stats that go back to 2001.

Date

Country

City

Killed

Injured

Details

2019.12.18

Pakistan

Lower Dir

2

0

Militants attack a polio vaccination drive, killing two guards.

2019.12.17

Chad

Kaiga

14

18

Fourteen residents of a peaceful fishing village are murdered by Boko Haram.

2019.12.17

Kenya

Fafi

2

0

Two construction workers are killed by al-Shabaab.

2019.12.17

Afghanistan

Alisher

10

18

Three women and two children are among ten bus passengers purged by the Taliban.

2019.12.17

Afghanistan

Shiberghan

1

5

A mine planted by ‘insurgents’ kills a passerby.

2019.12.17

Iraq

Saida

1

1

Terrorists shoot at a couple, killing the husband and wounding the wife.

2019.12.16

Syria

Idlib

3

20

An attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham leaves three dead.

2019.12.16

Iraq

Abi Saida

1

0

A farmer is aerated by ISIS explosives.

2019.12.15

Iraq

Kirkuk

2

0

Two Iraqis lose their lives to ISIS gunmen.

2019.12.15

Iraq

Ayadiya

2

0

Two civilian lives are claimed by ISIS explosives.

2019.12.15

Iraq

Maqdadiyah

6

4

In attack by the Islamic State leaves six dead.

2019.12.15

DRC

Kamango

10

9

Ten innocents are shot and hacked to death by ADF Islamists.

2019.12.15

Afghanistan

Herat

3

0

Religious extremists kill three local cops in a shooting attack.

2019.12.14

Nigeria

Fuhe

19

0

Boko Haram kill nineteen in clashes related to attacks on villages.

2019.12.14

Afghanistan

Qara Bagh

23

1

A Taliban infiltrator machine-guns two-dozen sleeping Afghan soldiers.

2019.12.14

Indonesia

Salubanga

1

0

Islamic extremists open fire on a rival mosque, killing a guard.

2019.12.14

DRC

Beni

22

11

Thirteen women are among twenty-two farmers brutally slain by ADF.

2019.12.13

Iraq

Baqubah

2

3

Muslim terrorists lay out two civilians with a hail of shrapnel.

2019.12.13

Yemen

Sirwa

22

30

Ansar Allah fire rockets into a rival mosque, killing twenty-two.

2019.12.13

DRC

Beni

6

0

A pregnant woman is among a half-dozen murdered by ADF Islamists.

2019.12.13

Pakistan

Tank

2

4

Fundamentalists machine-gun two local soldiers.

2019.12.13

Afghanistan

Jaghatu

10

6

Four women and a child are among ten exterminated by roadside bombers.

2019.12.13

Iraq

Fallujah

643

0

A mass grave is found containing the tortured remains of over six-hundred Sunni men and boys executed by Shia militia in June, 2016.

2019.12.12

Yemen

Masaqira

5

24

A woman is among five villagers murdered after refusing to join a Shiite militia group.

2019.12.12

Nigeria

Magumeri

15

0

Boko Haram pump anti-aircraft fire into a small town, taking down fifteen.

2019.12.12

Iraq

Samarra

7

3

A Shahid suicide bomber takes out seven Shiites.

2019.12.12

Afghanistan

Shahr-e-Safa

7

0

A Taliban protégé in police uniform shoots seven unsuspecting officers to death.

2019.12.12

Iraq

Samarra

4

0

A second suicide bomber strikes the site of an earlier one, killing four first responders.

2019.12.12

Yemen

Abyan

2

3

Ansar Allah is suspected of an attack that leaves two dead.

2019.12.12

Iraq

Shirqat

3

0

Mujahideen bombers take out three children on their way to school.

2019.12.11

Afghanistan

Taraqen

4

6

Four worshippers are left dead after a shooting at a mosque.

2019.12.11

Afghanistan

Parwan

2

73

A woman and one other civilian are blown to bits by suicide bombers.

2019.12.11

Iraq

Yarmouk

1

0

A civilian is shot to death by suspected ISIS.

2019.12.11

Pakistan

Mingora

1

0

A secular-leaning politician is shot to death by radicals.

2019.12.11

Pakistan

Lakki Marwat

1

0

A Shia religious leader is assassinated by rivals.

2019.12.11

Somalia

Hilweyne

4

0

Two women are among four civilians murdered by al-Shabaab.

2019.12.10

Afghanistan

Ghazni

1

0

A government official is assassinated by militants.

2019.12.10

Mali

Inates

71

12

At least seventy are left dead when Islamic hardliners overrun a local security base.

2019.12.10

Nigeria

Benisheikh

3

0

Sharia proponents release a video showing the execution of three severely tortured captives.

2019.12.10

Somalia

Mogadishu

3

6

At least three guests are killed when Islamist gunmen storm a hotel.

2019.12.10

Cameroon

Werwack

5

0

Five people are put down during a Boko Haram attack on a ranch.

2019.12.09

Afghanistan

Toor Pul

8

2

Eight Afghans are sent to Allah by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.

2019.12.09

Mali

Agando

3

0

Three are left dead after an attack by Muslim ‘rebels’.

2019.12.08

Syria

Aziziya

1

1

Sunni radicals send rockets into a neighborhood, killing an adult and injuring a child.

2019.12.08

Iraq

Karbala

1

0

A prominent Shia activist is assassinated by suspected Sunni militia.

2019.12.08

Egypt

Rafah

1

2

A young police officer is cut down by extremist gunmen.

2019.12.07

Afghanistan

Baghlan-e-Markazi

7

0

Seven are killed when the Taliban storm a security checkpoint outside a market.

2019.12.07

Pakistan

Lahore

1

4

Extremists set off a bomb near a rival mosque, killing a passerby.

2019.12.07

Iraq

Danadish

2

3

An ISIS attack leaves two dead.

2019.12.07

Nigeria

Marte

1

0

Boko Haram set off an IED near a passing police patrol, killing one officer.

2019.12.07

Iraq

al-Azim

1

0

A farmer in his field makes easy pickings for Islamic State warriors.

2019.12.06

Iraq

Baghdad

25

103

An Iranian-backed Shiite militia is suspected of firing on anti-government protesters, killing two dozen.

2019.12.06

Kenya

Kotulo

9

0

Nine Christian bus passengers are murdered after refusing to recite the Shahada.

2019.12.06

USA

Pensacola, FL

3

8

A Saudi national shoots dead three students at a naval air station.

2019.12.06

Iraq

Kirkuk

1

2

A local cop is aerated with Jihadi shrapnel.

2019.12.05

DRC

Kolokoko

3

0

Three people are murdered by Islamists – one by beheading.

2019.12.05

DRC

Oicha

3

0

Three villagers are murdered by ADF Islamists.

2019.12.05

Pakistan

Charkhel

2

3

Tehreek-e-Taliban attack a local security base and kill two members.

2019.12.05

Afghanistan

Kandahar

1

0

A man is shot to death by two terrorists on motorcycles.

2019.12.05

Iraq

Nasr

2

0

Two brothers are vaporized by ISIS explosives.

2019.12.05

Iraq

Nineveh

1

0

Terrorists gun down a service employee for an education department.

2019.12.05

Afghanistan

Imam Sahib

10

0

Ten Afghans lose their lives to two separate Taliban attacks.

2019.12.05

DRC

Mantumbi

14

0

ADF Islamists slaughter fourteen villagers.

2019.12.04

Afghanistan

Kandahar

1

0

Taliban shrapnel claims one life.

2019.12.04

Syria

Kaljibrin

10

13

Eight children and a woman are among ten disassembled by a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham mortar round.

2019.12.04

Afghanistan

Jalalabad

6

0

Six aid workers are machine-gunned by Religion of Peace advocates.

2019.12.04

Iraq

Diyala

3

4

An Islamic State attack produces three Kurdish bodies.

2019.12.03

Iraq

Baghdad

1

0

Militia kidnap a young Kurdish activist and shoot her in the head.

2019.12.03

Syria

al-Wadihi

1

3

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham hit a 6-year-old boy with a rocket.

2019.12.02

DRC

Orototo

11

0

Eleven villagers are massacred by ADF radicals.

2019.12.02

Mali

Diougani

2

7

A local security patrol is hit with a Mujahideen bomb blast that kills two members.

2019.12.02

Afghanistan

Alishing

1

3

A fundamentalist group sends a mortar round into a neighborhood, killing a resident.

2019.12.02

Afghanistan

Kabul

2

3

Terrorists open fire on a passing vehicle, killing two occupants.

2019.12.02

Chad

Lake Chad

4

3

Four border guards are cut down by Islamists.

2019.12.02

Cameroon

Zangola

3

1

Militant Muslims loot a village, killing three residents in the process.

2019.12.01

Afghanistan

Chahardara

5

21

Religious radicals send a shell into a police station, killing five inside.

2019.12.01

Cameroon

Kotserehé

4

3

Muslim gunmen open fire on a Christian funeral, bringing down four mourners.

2019.12.01

Iraq

Islah

1

6

The Islamic State attacks a small village, killing one resident.

2019.12.01

Iraq

Jalaway

4

16

An ISIS attack on an oil facility kills four guards.

2019.12.01

Yemen

Aden

1

0

A criminal investigator is assassinated by al-Qaeda.

2019.12.01

Burkina Faso

Hantoukoura

14

3

A barbaric attack on a church leaves fourteen dead, including five children.

2019.11.30

Iraq

Silo

1

0

A local cop is gunned down at his post by Islamic State loyalists.

2019.11.30

Afghanistan

Marjah

1

3

A journalist is among the casualties of a Taliban bomb blast.

2019.11.29

DRC

Kukutama

14

0

ADF Islamists hack to death or behead fourteen innocents at a small village.

2019.11.29

Pakistan

Chauburji

0

12

Ball-bearings rip into passersby as a bomb goes off on a rickshaw.

2019.11.29

Iraq

Garmiyan

3

8

Two children are among three liquidated when ISIS sends shells into a small town.

2019.11.29

Afghanistan

Sar-e-Pul

0

13

A Taliban car bomb goes off in a residential neighborhood.

2019.11.29

England

London

2

3

A radical Muslim stabs two young people to death on the London Bridge, one a woman and the other a graduate student.

2019.11.29

Iraq

Shuhada

2

0

Two village guards are smoked by ISIS gunmen.

2019.11.28

Afghanistan

Darqad

8

10

Eight defenders are killed during a Taliban attack on a local security base.

2019.11.28

DRC

Biakato

4

6

Four health workers are killed by suspected ADF.

2019.11.27

DRC

Maleki

28

0

Twenty-eight civilians are killed and mutilated by an Islamist group. Some were beheaded.

2019.11.27

Nigeria

Babbangida

1

2

Boko Haram fire randomly into a village, killing a toddler.

2019.11.27

Afghanistan

Imam Sahib

15

2

Fundamentalists hit a wedding party with a well-placed bomb, killing fifteen members – including a dozen women and girls.

2019.11.27

Iraq

Daquq

2

0

A man and wife are assassinated by ISIS gunmen.

2019.11.26

India

Badasgam

2

7

Islamists throw a grenade into a meeting, killing two civilians.

2019.11.26

Iraq

Abi al-Khasib

1

0

Suspected Shiite militia shoot a civilian to death.

2019.11.26

Iraq

Baghdad

6

9

Six innocents at a market are blown to bits by a Religion of Peace motorcycle bomb.

2019.11.26

Iraq

Bayaa

2

6

Two people bleed to death following a Mujahideen bomb blast.

2019.11.25

Pakistan

Tank

2

0

Islamic militants target a passing car with a bomb, killing a man and his son.

2019.11.25

Iraq

Uhlila

2

0

Two victims of sectarian violence are discovered tortured to death.

2019.11.24

Afghanistan

Teora

1

2

A group of religious radicals fire on a group of police, killing one.

2019.11.24

DRC

Beni

8

0

Eight civilians are massacred by the ADF.

2019.11.24

Afghanistan

Makrorayan

1

5

A grenade hurled at a UN vehicle kills an American aid worker.

2019.11.24

Iraq

Islahiyah

5

8

An ISIS attack kills two civilians and three first responders.

2019.11.23

Syria

Ain Issa

4

22

Four villagers are killed during an attack by an Islamist group.

2019.11.23

Afghanistan

Daykundi

8

4

A group of fundamentalists storm a security post and kill eight members.

2019.11.22

Iraq

Rasheed

2

1

Two local cops are ambushed and killed by the Islamic State.

2019.11.21

Burkina Faso

Sahel

3

0

Three lose their lives in two separate attacks by militants.

2019.11.21

Algeria

Tamanrasset

8

0

The Islamic State claims eight kills over a 24-hour period.

2019.11.21

Syria

Aleppo

7

33

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members send rockets into a city, killing seven civilians.

2019.11.21

Burkina Faso

Tabankort

13

0

Thirteen more al-Qaeda victims are discovered.

2019.11.21

Pakistan

Wahi Pandi

1

0

A 10-year-old girl is stoned to death after a jirga authorizes the honor killing.

2019.11.20

Burkina Faso

Arbinda

1

7

An attack by armed fundamentalists leaves one victim dead.

2019.11.20

Nigeria

Tor-Musa

1

1

A woman is shot off a motorcycle by Muslim militia.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Nimroz

1

0

A border guard is picked off by radicalized snipers.

2019.11.20

Syria

Kah

8

4

Eight refugees are killed when Shiite militia send rockets into their camp.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Kunduz

13

5

A Taliban attack on a local security base leaves thirteen dead.

2019.11.20

Iraq

Abi Gharq

1

0

A former official is assassinated in front of his home.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Kabul

1

0

Jihadists on motorbikes shoot dead a journalist.

2019.11.20

Iraq

Zgheitoun

3

1

ISIS members ambush and kill three local cops.

2019.11.20

Afghanistan

Khost

1

3

A bomb set off at an intersection by fundamentalists claims a crossing guard.

2019.11.19

Egypt

Sheikh Zuweid

1

4

The Islamic State kills one person with a roadside bomb.

2019.11.19

DRC

Mavete

3

14

The lives of three villagers are claimed by ADF Islamists.

2019.11.19

DRC

Beni

7

2

Seven people are cut down by Islamic terrorists.

2019.11.19

Iraq

Mosul

1

0

A village mukhtar is assassinated by Mujahideen.

2019.11.19

Turkey

Diyarbakir

1

0

A Christian evangelist is stabbed to death on the street.

2019.11.19

Cameroon

Tourou

1

0

A 12-year-old Christian boy is hacked to death for refusing to join Boko Haram.

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Attorney Mark Zaid, The Superhero Fortune Teller

Mark-Zaid-The-Fortune-Teller.jpg

It is a little known fact that Mark Zaid, the Ukraine call whistleblower’s maverick attorney, has a number of superpowers. These talents go far beyond his uncanny ability to squeeze money and fame from the dead, instantly teleport to the CNN studio, and provide a never ending pseudo-legal narrative that supports President Trump’s impeachment and the justification for general Flynn’s persecution. Zaid himself, as well as his sizable fan base have compared him to hybrid of Clark Kent and James Bond.

Mark Zaid Bond
Image 1: Mark Steven Zaid and his alter egos of Clark Kent and James Bond

Mark Zaid and Princess DianaImage 2: Squeezing money and fame from the dead: Mark Zaid, the attorney of Mohamed Al-Fayed, promoting the conspiracy theory that Princess Diane was murdered by the Crown because she was pregnant

But in addition to these superpowers, Zaid has some additional skillz that haven’t been made public until now. It turns out that he is psychic and a fortune teller as well. In March 13, 2017 using what can only be attributed to divination, Zaid’s partner, John N. Tye, reinstated a 4 year defunct company called Values United DBA Whistleblower Aid.

Tye described this reborn organization as:

“a pioneering, non-profit law firm that helps patriotic government employees and brave, private-sector workers report and publicize their concerns” with legal advice that “is confidential, but never ideological or partisan.”

Mark Zaid Whistleblower Aid John Tye
Image 3: Mark Zaid, the founding legal partner and John Tye, the CEO of Whistleblower Aid

Shortly after their 2017 re-formation, Tye donated $1.5 million to the organization (oddly, in 2015, he had difficulty paying $13K in legal fees) and launched a media blitz in Washington D.C. to publicize their services. The $$$ advertising campaign included ads on the D.C. Metro, people on street corners handing out branded red and blue whistles, posters, and mobile billboards that drove 8-10 hours a day circling the White House, the Capitol, the Pentagon, the CIA HQ, and the the National Security Agency HQ.

Whistleblower Aid Signs
Image 4: Sample Whistleblower Aid advertisement blitz on the D.C. Metro, mobile billboard, street signs, and John Tye personally handing out flyers soliciting leakers of classified government materials

Currently, Whistleblower Aid advertises the following services:

Whistleblower Aid seeks to lower the barriers for courageous patriots to step forward. As a human and civil rights organization headquartered in the District of Columbia, in some cases we hope to provide clients with additional support including:

  • Media & public relations coaching
  • Dedicated, Secure Devices for clients’ use in communicating with us about their case
  • Employment claims under the Whistleblower Protection Act
  • Transition Assistance
  • Temporary rent or mortgage support and networking to help find new jobs, in case of loss of employment
  • Psycho-social counseling and treatment

The 5 star pampered treatment they offer (i.e. PR coaching, psycho-social consulting and treatment, temporary rent and mortgage support, and job placement), suspiciously looks more like a luxury spa/resort service than a legal aid service. Even more noteworthy is their mysterious business/revenue model. For example, it’s a puzzle how this little altruistic law firm (with > 12 employees) provides all of these expensive services pro-bono. Or, how using GoFoundMe to finance their legal fees is not violating the gift prohibition to federal employee and the following American Bar Association’s rules for avoiding conflicts of interest?

“lawyers may not subsidize lawsuits or administrative proceedings brought on behalf of their clients, including making or guaranteeing loans to their clients for living expenses, because to do so would encourage clients to pursue lawsuits that might not otherwise be brought and because such assistance gives lawyers too great a financial stake in the litigation.”

Whistleblower Aid -2017 Taxes
Image 5: Whistleblower Aid 2017 taxes

Whistleblower Aid specific language and statements also suggest that they are not your average non-partisan non-profit. In an 2017 interview with WaPo, Tye stated:

“This is not a partisan effort, at the same time, yes, the rule of law starts with the office of the president. Like many other people, we are definitely concerned about things that are happening in the administration. The decision to fire [FBI Director] James Comey. The lack of transparency. A lot of people have questions about whether this administration respects the rule of law.”

and

“We want to advise people what to do, whether it’s going to Congress, or an inspector general or Robert Mueller,”

These statements echo Evelyn Farkas’s partisan call in late 2016 to all federal agency employees to “get as much intelligence [about Trump] as you can”  and then publish/leak it as fast as possible, and John Brennan’s recent call for all available whistleblowers to carpe diem and step forward. All of these complementary activities suggest that we are witnessing some sort of a mystical political crystal alignment with all of the dark litigative energy emanating from Mr. Zaid and Co.

Evelyn Farkas Leaking
Video 1
: Evelyn Farkas confirming her call to collect intelligence on the Trump team and publish/leak it

John Brennan calling all whistleblowers
Image 6: John Brennan calling all whistleblower

It’s possible that all of these people and aggressive calls for leakers are unrelated and that they just somehow converged. But, Occam’s Razor suggests that it’s more likely that the formation of Whistleblower Aid organization was a political coordinated effort to stand-up a factory style assembly-line in order to deliver a steady supply of political hits.

The timeframe for their re-activation (52 days after President Trump’s inauguration), Zaid’s January 2017 fortune teller style proclamation that the “#coup” against president Trump has started, and his commitment in July 2017 that “we will get rid of him”, also supports the argument that Whistleblower Aid is in fact part of the “#rebellion” and that the only real service they provide is fuel for the “#impeachment” furnace.

Mark Zaid the Coup has Started
Image 7: Mark Zaid’s proclamation that the coup against president Trump has begun

Scary Zaid
Image 8: July 2017, Mark Zaid sharing his plan to “get rid of” President Trump

Mark Zaid
Image 9: Examples of various linkages between Mark Zaid, his anti-Trump targeted media appearances, ‘the resistance’, his on-line activity, and his social network (POI-ED is a person of interest that is related to him).

Zoltar (another well known psychic-fortune teller) once said, “Lucky at cards, unlucky in love”. From analyzing Zaid’s social and professional profile (Image 9), it certainly looks like Zoltar was right on the money about Zaid’s career. But what still remains a financial puzzle is how does John Tye’s salary of >$200K per year balances against Whistleblower Aid’s income of about $22K? And in this vein, who has been covering their losses since their inception (over $619K USD in 2017 alone), …and why?

Some Final Words from Zoltar
Dear Mr. Zaid, Tye, and Bakaj, Whistleblower Aid’s practice of using obscurity for security like aliases to create on-line accounts, burner phones, and private email communications to store and transmit government secrets only works in the movies. In the real-word, every piece of classified information your clients remove from the SCIF and transmit to you via your super-duper ‘dedicated secure devices’, can be easily intercepted by every hostile foreign state actor that is monitoring your traffic. Also, I hate to break it to you guys, but TOR is just an anonymizer, it’s not an end-to-end encrypted platform (and even if it was, it would still be insecure). If you don’t understand the difference and the fine nuances, maybe you shouldn’t be providing paid cyber security advice and data services to federal government employees. Back in Craplikistan (where Zoltar used to practice law without a license before becoming a fortune teller), providing such advice and services would be considered negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, or breach of contract by a lawyer and could be considered grounds for a legal malpractice action. 

In fact, Zoltar would be positively shocked if your little aid society isn’t one of the biggest waterholes of foreign intelligence gathering operations. But, considering Mr. Zaid’s awesome psychic powers and his proclaimed cyber security expertise, I expect that none of this is news to you.

Mark Zaid Cyber Security Keynote
Image 10
: Mark Zaid delivering keynote on the topic of cyber security

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object detection

Maine Lighthouses Near Ogunquit
Image 11
: An example of using the Sentinel AI to discover a hidden linkage between Mark Zaid and POI-ED (a person of interest related to him). Both have independent images of shared objects such as photos, paintings, a cat, articles of clothing, and household items that the ML classifier was able to identify independently, match, and link

Evelyn Farkas. and her Burisma Atlantic Council linkage
Image 12: 2016-2018 Evelyn Farkas saving US democracy one leak at a time, her mega $$$ Burisma consulting gig, and her 2019 bid for US Congress 

© Copyright 2019 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

The Rise of the Shadow Data Brokers

Real Fake
A number of internet researchers and reporters have asked me to evaluate some of the imagery and files that are being distributed by one George M. Nasif through his Twitter, Facebook, and website. Nasif claims to possess vast amounts of proprietary DOJ, diplomatic, intelligence community, and law enforcement records, in addition to donor credit card payments and a variety of classified emails. Nasif, who promotes himself as a network security specialist has significant presence and engagement on SM. His Twitter network alone has over 17K followers and its growing.

George Nasif Profile
Image 1: George Nasif’s Twitter Profile

George Nasif, AKA George Michael Nasif, makes a lot of bold claims about the esoteric sources of his data and his deep knowledge and insight into current events. These claims seem to resonate well with his followers and influence network. A typical posting that promotes his content includes statements like:

“My Server files on the gangsters of the Obama admin. over 2 million documents. 3 Terabytes of information. Has now more than doubled to over 6 TB of files”

George M Nasif Claim
Image 2: George Nasif’s cave of data wanders

Running the sentinel AI on Nasif’s depositories (some of which are housed in a public DropBox archive) reveals that almost all of his data and images were scraped from various forums, websites, and social media outlets. None of the examined data is proprietary in any way nor was it obtained recently. Also, contrary to his claims, his data set doesn’t even come close to 6 TB or millions of files.

The following image illustrates the data sources found on Nasif’s site. This screenshot is a Nasif snippet from a flight log on Jeffery Epstein’s Boing 727-31 TN N908JE showing Bill Clinton on the passenger list. This document was originally disclosed as part of the Epstein v. Edwards lawsuit in 2009, it was collected by Nick Bryant and published through John Cook via Gawker.com.

Bill Clinton Travel Log Entery
Image 3: Nasif’s snippet of the flight logs to Epstein’s private island

Nasif however, doesn’t provide a direct link to the source document nor does he credit John Cook and Nick Bryant. Instead, as can be gleaned from his tweet below, he implies that his depository may just be the only remaining source for this information, which is clearly not the case.

Nasif Last Document Source
Image 4
: “This might be the only archive left in existence.” Nasif, obfuscating the real sources of the data in his ‘proprietary’ archive or claiming that he (Team George) is the source.

Bill Clinton Travel Log
Image 5: One example of the source of George Nasif’s “proprietary” data depository (this is the source of of Nasif’s snippet seen in Image 2)

Beside the misattribution and hiding the real sources of his data, many of the images in his depository show evidence of touch-ups and post editing (it’s unclear by whom). The images have the wrong authorship attribution and their labels have misleading descriptions of the content. Many of the screenshots of the documents also exhibit font type and resolution mismatches, suggesting that the text on some of the images was retyped after they were produced.

George Nasif SC-1
Image 6: Some of the ‘proprietary’ content advertised by George Nasif

The logistics behind Nasif’s > 6TB cloud based archive raise questions about his ability to float such an enterprise as a non-revenue service. IBM CDN cloud storage goes for $0.02-$0.085 per GB. Doing a quick math, shows that at these rates, Nasif could be spending an upwards of $100-$700 USD a month on storage alone and that doesn’t include the bandwidth cost for streaming all of the conspiratorial video files.

His claims about having pedophilia related images and records (the AI flagged several) are problematic to say the least. Beside the moral issues with possessing, posting, trading, and directing others to access this content, there is also the small problem of breaking federal and sate laws. His references to having personal and company financial data such as passport numbers, credit card numbers, bank accounts, and other PII data, could result in multiple felony charges for him and for anyone who has a copy of these records. Also, publishing this information (as he claims to have done) could be prosecuted under state doxing laws. If his public records do indeed contain names, addresses and phone numbers of federal employees, he and whomever downloads this data could also be potentially prosecuted under 18 USC § 119.

In terms of Nasif being a subject matter expert and uber-communicator, his writing style exhibits habitual poor grammar, punctuation errors, spelling, and capitalization issues—the hallmarks of an author not accustomed to technical writing. His claim of being an “IT Internet Network Security Specialist Certified White Hat NSS” is also dubious as his professional career mostly revolved around house painting. He has a zero industry security footprint, he has very limited technical vocabulary, and he exhibits a poor grasp of even basic computer security concepts. His professional network and background also fail to show any traces of InfoSec or IT experience to back up many of the cybersecurity interpretive claims and ‘big’ statements.

George Nasif Painting & Construction Services
Image 7
: George Nasif’s linkage

Based on Nasif’s lack of technical proficiency and a reasonable explanation of how he has gotten access to the ‘proprietary’ materials, it seems that he is just an opportunistic shadowy data broker who scrapes dubious content from 3rd parties, tags with provocative titles, and makes sensational headline style claims about its meaning. It may also be relevant that him becoming a purveyor of ‘secret’ intelligence suspiciously coincides with the 2017-2018 GoFundMe launch of his web hosting service (re-selling IBM hosting) which, interestingly, also uses similar bombastic claims such as:

“The Most Secure Cloud Storage Server in the World. Secure Hosting- Secure High Speed 1Gig Internet- Secure Chat- Secure Photo and Video Storage”

If you need further evidence about the nature of this depository, read Nasif’s Read First NOTICE TO ALL VIEWERS

“…Please do not publish any of my evidence documents in public or private forums without my written permission. Please do not try to “share” a link to my evidence file folders from this drop box folder to social media pages, groups, or news publications. If you publish anything labeled “Secret” in public, I cannot protect you from legal or criminal prosecution that may follow.

If you want to invite someone to view “George Global” please make that request by email to g.nasif@yahoo.com and make sure that person has followed protocol by first making a donation to the new server so I can give them access. Posting many of these documents is what got me banned 15 times from Social Media, Twitter and FB. Remember this when RT or sharing on FB. Think before you act. Be responsible. All Documents have been vetted as factual and true evidence from the source.”

So, there you have it. You shouldn’t publish any of Nasif’s documents without his permission because he scraped them from other sites and now claims them as his IP. But if you do re-publish anything labeled “Secret” from his publicly accessible DropBox archive, he won’t be able to protect you from “legal or criminal prosecution”. Also, don’t forget to ‘donate’ to his business venture in order to get access to the ‘full’ content of this magical archive (which previously was in the public domain). And finally, Nasif himself assures you that he “vetted as factual and true evidence” over 6 TB of data and millions of records.

If you are still struggling with the classification of the content in Nasif’s depository/postings as real or fake, the highly technical illustration below may be of some help.

How Nature Says, “Do Not Touch”
Image 8: How Nature Says “Don’t Touch”
Credit: Gary Larson’s Far Side Cartoons

The Maginot Line of Cyber Security

Hype Hope

Hacking and exploit techniques evolve every minute, this is frequently demonstrated through the formulaic news headline of ‘X got hacked resulting in the disclosure of Y accounts’. As its evident from the Table 1 and charts 1-2 below, getting hacked can effect all market verticals, both small and large companies, the military, law enforcement, and the government, no one is immune.

Victim

Date

# Accounts

What was Breached

MySpace

2006

360 million

User account records, email addresses, usernames, and passwords

TJX Companies

2007

90 million

Driver’s license numbers, credit and debit card numbers, names, and addresses

 

One of the biggest thefts of consumer data in the United States, affecting the parent company of several major retail brands, including Marshalls, T.J. Max and Home Goods

National Archive & Records Administration

2008

76 million

Names, contact information, and Social Security numbers of U.S. military veterans

Heartland Payment Systems

2009

130 million

User account and credit and debit cards details

Lincoln National Financial Securities

2010

1.2 million

User account database including user names and passwords

Sony online entertainment services

2011

102 million

US user login credentials, names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses

The credit-card data of approximately 23,400 SOE European users

Epsilon Marketing

2011

250 million

Email addresses of customers ofmajor retailers, banks, hotels and other companies including Best Buy, JPMorgan Chase, Capital One Bank and Verizon

LinkedIn

2012

165 million

Passwords, user names, account details 

Dropbox

2012

68 million

User IDs and passwords

Yahoo

2013

3.5 billion

Names, dates of birth, email addresses, security questions, and answers and passwords.

Target

2013

110 million

Contact information, full names, physical addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, credit and debit card numbers

Tumblr

2013

65 million

User ID, passwords, and email addresses

Evernote

2013

50 million

Email addresses, usernames and passwords

LivingSocial (an Amazon Company)

2013

50 million

Names, email addresses, birth dates, and passwords.

Sony Pictures Entertainment

2014

> 45K

Social Security numbers and scanned passports belonging to actors and executives, internal passwords, unpublished scripts, marketing plans, financial and legal information and 4 unreleased Sony movies affecting the company’s 6,800 employees plus an estimated 40,000 other individuals the company had paid over previous years.

Rival Hollywood studios got a detailed blueprint of Sony Pictures’ accounts, future plans and internal workings

Home Depot

2014

56 million

Customer credit and debit cards

Rambler

2014

98 million

Email addresses, user details, and passwords which had all been stored in plaintext

Anthem (formerly WellPoint)

2015

80 million

Entire customer database including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and employment histories

FriendFinder

The FriendFinder network, comprising Adult FriendFinder, Penthouse.com, Cams.com, iCams.com and Stripshow.com

2016

412 million

Entire user database, including names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers.

This was a similar breach to that which affected the “Have an Affair” Ashley Madison dating service in 2015

LinkedIn

2016

117 million

The 2012 breach only discovered in 2016. Names, emails, passwords, complete user professional profiles

Equifax

2017

145 million

Names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, street addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers

Marriott/Starwood Hotels

2018

500 million

Names, mailing addresses, email addresses, credit-card information, dates of birth, passport numbers, and Starwood Preferred Guest accounts

Capital One 2019

106 million

Credit card applications from consumers and small businesses, credit score, SS numbers, names, addresses, ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates and self-reported income
Evite 2019

100 million

Names, email addresses, passwords, and IP addresses
American Medical Collection Agency 2019

20 million

Social Security numbers, dates of birth, payment card data, and credit card information

Table 1: Sampling of successful cyber attacks and the resulting data breaches from 2006-2019

Increasing number of data breaches
Chart 1: Data Breaches by verticalsSource Jefferies, Identity Theft Resources Centre

Cyber Attack Incidents Reported by Federal Agencies
Chart 2: Incident of cyber attacks against the Federal governmentSource: GAO Analysis of the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team and Office of Management and Budget

The paradoxical end result of these data breaches is that every year organizations increase their cyber security budget without any assurances that the expenditure will yield a return on the investment. To an outsider, this ritual must appear similar to the practice of throwing a virgin into a volcano in the hopes of quieting its rumbling. It seems that information security, as opposed to other types of technology spending, is just a budgetary black hole.

So why is it so difficult to prevent or even slow down cyber attacks? I think that it boils down to these two reasons:

  1. Lack of executive and BOD accountability and legal consequences for a data breach
  2. Use of outdated cyber defense models like concentric fortress security

Point 1 is a regulatory issue that should be addressed through legislative channels, so I’m not going to elaborate on it here. My take on this problem is that if legal enforcement worked properly, then it is likely that the first CISO that gets handed a hefty prison sentence for negligence, would also be the last CISO to allow his company to get hacked (the same also applies to the rest of the C officers and the BOD). 

As far as point 2, the problem is a little more complex, but also easier to remedy. The issue with using an outdated static fortress models is that they overly abstract military practices that were developed/honed over thousands of years for a specific set of war scenarios and contort them to fit our virtual information security needs. This includes embracing defensive concept that utilizes multiple concentric-overlapping-sequential layers of protection akin to a moat, a drawbridge, a portcullis, a guardhouse, bastion walls, guard towers, ramparts, a keep, a treasury, and a well trained, armed, loyal garrison.

InfoSec Fortress Metaphor
Image 1: Information security R&R and the traditional fortress and sentry analogy

A fortress is an intuitive analogy for the enterprise but it is an overly hyped and misleading one. Beyond a few shared objectives such as parameter security, surveillance, and physical access to a facility, cyber defense has little in common with traditional military fortifications. This is because information security deals with virtual threats and its attack vectors have a few equivalents in the physical world (see Table 2). 

#

Contemporary Assets & Threats

Traditional Assets & Threats

1

Contraband (weapons, alcohol, drugs, etc.)

Contraband (mostly weapons)

2

Unauthorized individuals

Unauthorized individuals

3

Infrastructure (power, water, Telco, etc.)

Water and food storage

4

Malware and Ransomware

 

5

Financial data

 

6

Intellectual property and trade secrets

 

7

Computing, network, and storage resources

 

8

Insider and trade information

 

9

Strategic plans such as M&A

 

10

Litigation information

 

11

Customer and partner data

 

12

PII (i.e. SS, BOD, driver license, address)

 

13

R&D plans

 

14

Medical and genetic data

 

15

Biometric data

 

16

Opposition and political research

 

17

Business operations data

 

18

Credentials and authentication data

 

19

Credit card, PIN, and chip data

 

20

Account details

 

21

Patient information

 

22

Banking and financial data

 

23

Classified military, defense, and intelligence data

 

24

Academic information

 

25

Insurance and claims information

 

26

HR, compensation, and, employee data

 

27

Financial donor information

 

28

public health and safety information

 

Table 2: Threats and targets in the counterparty enterprise vs. the legacy fortress

Traditionally, fortresses were besieged and breached via one or a combination of these 7 methods:

  1. Scaling the walls (with assault ladder or a movable tower)
  2. Punching through the walls (with a battering ram, trebuchet, or cannon)
  3. Entering the surreptitiously or Trojan style
  4. Bringing the wall down by digging a tunnel underneath and setting the shoring timber on fire
  5. Inflicting damage on the fort structure and on the inhabitants via catapults or other projectiles
  6. Spreading disease by catapulting infected animals or bodies into the fortress
  7. Stopping the food and water supply (or poisoning it), and using psychological warfare against the inhabitants

This same doctrine that made massive layered fortifications synonymous with impregnability was used by France in the Maginot Line and proved to be a huge tactical and strategic disaster. Between 1929 and 1936 the French built a massive line of concrete and steel forts and tunnels along the German border with France between Switzerland and Luxembourg. It was constructed to defend France from any future WWI style attacks from Germany. So instead of attacking the heavy fortifications, the Germans simply went around them and invaded France through Belgium, exactly as they had done in 1914.

All the motorized artillery turrets, tank traps, bunkers, periscopes, and other gimmicks designed to impede the advance of the German army turned out to be useless when a million soldiers and 1,500 tanks led by Guderin and Rommel flanked this supposed impenetrable chain of forts and blitzkrieged their way to some renowned Parisian fine dinning and cabaret entertainment.

The Maginot Line-2The Maginot LineGerman soldiers attend a nightclub cabaret
Image 2:
The Maginot Line fortresses system and some Parisian cabaret entertainment

Today, many of the leading cyber security vendors continue to sell the same fortification concept using flowery language such as “impregnable defense” or “defense in-depth” or “multitier lines of defense”. The promise of all of these protective marvels is that increasing the number of your defensive lines is guaranteed to shield your enterprise from threats and the latest cyber attack.

Fortify Your Castle Q2
Image 3: The Multi-Layered Security Fortress – Source Digital banking software Q2

Legal Workspace Castle
Image 4: The Data Fortress – Source Legal Workspace

A Dynamic Threat Theater
The cyber threat landscape evolves daily, but the enterprise defensive architecture continues to rely on countering ancient seige techniques. The hacker skill set and the resources needed to penetrate a high valued target no longer require highly specialized expertise, lengthy planning, or expensive zero day exploits. A simple phishing technique can now do the job just as effectively.

The prevalence of social media platforms in our daily lives and their use as line-of-business applications (i.e. LinkedIn for HR and recruiting), enables attackers to quickly conduct reconnaissance and exploit their targets directly and in real-time. The use of personal devices in the workplace provides payload delivery vectors and allows the attacker to use them to bypass external facing security measures like firewalls and pivot to the internal network. The use of Bluetooth to connect mobile devices allows an attacker to collect the contents of address books and capture phone conversations. Free Public Wi-Fi offers ample opportunities for attackers to collect credentials from corporate users while they are commuting to work or are off-site, and a glut of mobile apps provides an endless source for spyware and malware distribution channels. 

Yes, democratization has finally reached Hackerdom. These days, you don’t even need to write your own malware; you can just download a free fully functional phishing kit from various depositories, customize it, and launch your campaign in minutes. All this gives an attacker the ability to cruise into the enterprise with relative ease, completely bypassing all of the layered security controls en route. 

Behold! The Adaptive Secure Architecture For the Enterprise (SAFE)
The majority of the current cybersecurity models are still based on the erroneous game-theory arms race assumption that continuously bulking up your defensive elements (like upgrading to an ASA device or endpoint security client) will stop an intruder. The concept is not dissimilar to using the club to secure a Lamborghini. However, these models incorrectly rely on idealized assumptions about the decision making process of the attacker and their ability to find and exploit the endless number of vulnerabilities in your enterprise.

The traditional approach of adding additional security strata to the already tangled web of unmanageable layers is unruly and unsustainable. If you are still not convinced, the root cause analysis of the breaches in table 2 shows that all of the platforms breached had up-to-date antimalware, segmented networks, rule bases access control, multi-factor authentication, firewall, IDPS, etc. The hacking statistics clearly demonstrate just how ineffective these defensive strategies are against an Advanced Persistent Threats

Thunderbolt and Lightning Very, Very Frightening
So, instead of succumbing to more security by fear and continuing to throw more good money after bad into the security furnace, I propose an alternative to the static fortress defense doctrine. This concept is based on adaptive security. It relies on continuous monitoring, active threat quantification and assessment, traffic anomaly detection, response prioritization, and real-time remediation. I call this design reference the Secure Architecture For the Enterprise (SAFE) framework.

At the heart of the SAFE framework is the assumption that the security of the enterprise can never be up to par and that most organizations can’t afford the latest and greatest in cyber security services. The model also accounts for all of the typical IT and InfoSec vices, sins, and transgressions found in your day to day workplace such as weak and reused passwords, usage of personal devices at work, unpatched systems, buggy software, etc.

The SAFE framework doesn’t focus on traditional defensive elements like malware protection, but rather, it leverages real-time AI based monitoring, a decision support system, and autonomous  identification o risky areas requiring immediate attention. At a high level the SAFE framework is comprised of a real-time BI dashboard that analyzes and reports patterns of inbound and outbound traffic in your systems and users. This dashboard, in turn, is powered by real-time RBE, CEP, and a BigData engine that detects and flags anomalies on your network (such as uncharacteristic use of encrypted traffic). The decision support system (DSS) integrates feeds from various internal IT system such as patching, upgrades, VPN logs, firewall logs, event logs, etc to give you a current situational awareness of your security posture. The DSS then uses an expert system to flag and prioritize remediation actions as they apply to the various vulnerabilities or exploits in progress.

When building a security solution using the SAFE framework, you don’t have to fix/upgrade/sunset all of your systems at once. You can instead rationalize your security priorities and concentrate on the areas with the highest risk of attack. The good news about using the SAFE framework is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on over-hyped preparatory protection services and commit to one vendor or another. You can easily build your security architecture with a relatively small in-house team using mostly COTS and open source components.

Due to the modular and loosely coupled nature of the SAFE framework, you don’t even have to own all of the inventory of the building blocks. You can start small and expand over time. This approach also allows you to customize your solution to your industry vertical and business needs. Finally, because the SAFE model uses concepts from the software development life cycle (SDLC) such as iterative development, feature prioritization, bug tracking, etc., it allows you to prioritize and gradually adapt and move iteratively between the 10 elements that comprise the framework.

SAFE Enerprise Model

Image 5: The SAFE life cycle security model focuses on the evolving threat matrix

Cyber attacks don’t just mysteriously materialize out of thin air; they follow a specific life cycle of reconnaissance, planning, vulnerability assessment, exploit, and post exploit steps. Far from being helpless, we can intercept and circumvent most of these attacks during any of those steps. Integrating the concept of a cybersecurity kill chain into the SAFE model could even further enhance your ability to prevent, disrupt, or stop any attack on your enterprise in near real-time.

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Is You is or is You Ain’t Ilhan Omar?

Is you Is, or Is You Ain't Ilhan Oma

I’ve been asked by a number of people if the images seen in the video of the October 11 Minnesota riots that took place during President Trump’s rally show Ilhan Omar, Tim Mynett, and Isra Hirsi. Running the video footage through face recognition (FR) came back inconclusive with the following match rates:

Face recognition for Ilhan Omar = 52%
Face recognition for Tim Mynett = 71%
Face recognition for Isra Hirsi (Ilhan Omar’s daughter) = 56%

The reason for these low scores is that the Persons Of Interest (POI) that resemble the three individuals have key facial features such as the nose, mouth, lips, chin, either obscured or distorted. That said, several other video analytics did find multiple partial matches on general personal characteristics such as ethnicity, body size, face build, hand size, and scarf wrapping style. Tim Mynett’s glasses for example, matched at 94%.

Face Cover and Proximity
Evaluating the appearance of the various POIs in the footage shows that they didn’t cover their faces at all times. In several instances, POI-1, who resembles Ilhan Omar took the scarf of her face. POI-4, an accomplice of POI-1 (of the same ethnicity), didn’t cover her face at all and was wearing her head scarf in a casual non-traditional Somali wrap. POI-2, who partially matched Tim Myentt also periodically removed his face cover. This suggests that at least some of the participants didn’t have extreme privacy concerns or believed that alternately appearing without a face cover wouldn’t be detrimental. From the spatial awareness point of view, POI-1-4 repeatedly moved in and out of the Field Of View (FOV) and operated at a very close proximity to the photographer. In at least 2 occasions reaching as close as 18-36 inches from the camera.

Minnesota Roits 2019 POI-1 and Accomplice
Image 1: POI-1 and her accomplice POI-4 frolicking with uncoverd faces in front of the camera

Motion Dynamics
Following the FR, I also performed motion analysis of the four POIs identified. Motion pattern analysis examines the movements of individual objects in a field of view and classifies them according to their trajectory, velocity, and movement pattern. In a typical public gatherings such as demonstrations, airport/subway passenger traffic, sport events, street traffic, etc. individuals and crowds tend to exhibit certain patterns of motion like loitering, flowing at the speed of traffic, coordination, queuing, pacing, etc. The results of this analysis flagged the following anomalies:

  1. POI-1 who resembles Ilhan Omar didn’t move organically within the FOV as did the other demonstrators. She loitered around the camera with another female accomplice (POI-4 of the same ethnicity) and seemed to be more interested in being observed by the camera and less in joining the demonstration at the police bicycle barricades a few feet away from them, where the action was taking place.
  2. At one point in the footage, POI-1 that resembles Ilhan Omar turned to walk away towards the camera, she noticed the camera, and quickly turned around and used both hands to adjust the scarf on her face. She then did a 180 degree pirouette and walked right back in the same direction towards the camera. Typically, this would not be the pattern of motion for a person who is trying to avoid being seen. Rather, one would expect her to turn her back to the camera and walk to either side or straight ahead into the crowd to avoid being identified (see Video 1).
  3. POI-1 who resembles Ilhan Omar exhibited coordinated motion with POI-2 (they frequently shared the FOV). Both moved fluidly, slowly, and deliberately as if to provide image capture opportunities.
  4. POI-2 who matched Tim Mynett also interacted with the camera on multiple occasions in the same way as POI-1 did. On at least one occasion, he walked right across the FOV with a clear profile shot and at one point deliberately pulled down his scarf exposing his face and faced the camera. He was aware of his action because he made direct eye contact with the center off the lens (Video 1).

Omar Look-Alike
Video 1
: POI-1 and POI-2 coyly promenading in front of the camera

Omr and the Minnesota Riots
Image 2: The Minnesota riot video POI match analysis details

Linkage and Geospatial Analysis
Running a linkage analysis on several entities involved in this video shows a direct relationships between the actors and Ilhan Omar. For example, Andy Mannix, who recorded the video of the riot is a MinPost reporter that knows Ilhan Omar and Tim Mynett.

Mannix, also knows Cory Zurowski from his days in the Minnesota City Pages newspaper. In 2016, Zurowski published a fictitious biographical piece about Ilhan Omar (he didn’t verify any of Ilhan’s bio claims) and in that article had a little Freudian slip and fall and identified Ilhan Omar’s real family name as Elmi, but then promptly changed it back to Omar. Andy Mannix also happens to be married to Briana Bierschbach, a former AP reporter who currently works for Minnesota Public Radio as a political correspondent. Bierschbach interviewed Ilhan Omar on multiple occasions and wrote several supportive articles about her. The Bierschbach Omar stories are political puff pieces that are light on investigative facts and heavy on personal aggrandization and read like a press release written by Tim Mynett (who is Ilhan Omar’s PR manager/latest romantic interest). The common theme in all of these writings is to highlight Omar’s heroic qualities and whitewash the dubious details about her and her family’s history.

From the geospatial point of view, having Mannix, Mynett, Hirsi, and a crypto Omar within a radius of 10 feet of each other, without either one of them being aware of the others is suspicious to say the least. This act reminds me of the plot line in the P. G. Wodehouse’s novel “Jeeves Takes Charge”. In it, Jeeves’s makes the following observation to Bertie Wooster:

“Any undertaking that requires the presence of four people all in one place, all at the same time, while two of them are unaware of the fact, is fraught with the possibility of mishap sir.”

Andy Mannix and Briana Bierschbach Linkage
Image 3
: Andy Mannix, Briana Bierschbach, Cory Zurowski, and their Ilahn Omar linkage

Prophetic Visions of Fake News
Mannix’s social media activity prior to the rally may also be relevant to this discussion. On October 10 at 11:40 AM, almost a day before the riots started, using what seems to be a prophetic vision, he twitted the following prediction for the upcoming event:

There will also inevitably be a lot of fake [news] or unsubstantiated claims…

Suspiciously, the only viral fake news story that came out of this event is associated with the footage that he recorded.

Prophetic Fake News
Image 4: Andy Mannix’s prophetic tweet about future fake news relating to the Minnesota Trump rally

It certainly seems that the whereabouts of Ilhan Omar, her daughter Isra Hirsi, and Tim Mynett during the riots fit into the debate about ‘unsubstantiated news claims’.  What is not clear though, is what role did Mannix and his progressive reporter network played in engineering this event.

Conclusion
My take on this is that based on the positive match for Tim Maynett and Isra Hirsi and the multiple partial matches for Ilhan Omar there is a strong possibility that this was a publicity stunt with a look-alike done for the purpose of crowd sourcing a false identification. One possible reason for doing this might be to use this incident to discredit the ‘conspiracy theorists’ by showing that Omar was at a different location at the time this video was shoot. This would then allow her PR team to leverage the false match and use it to repudiate other successful searches that positively confirmed her second husband as her brother.

This also suggests that someone on the Omar team seems to be concerned about the previous usage of video analytics to identify her dubious family linkage and is trying to develop some counter narrative to address it.

References and Sources
Ilhan Omar Talks About Her Life – Interview with Briana Bierschbach
‘Your story will be written’: Ilhan Omar’s stormy rise – Briana Bierschbach
lhan Omar’s had a week: Here’s what it means – Briana Bierschbach
Ilhan Omar, marriage, and Somali culture – Ibrahim Hirsi (Bierschbach’s collaborator)
Ilhan Omar’s improbable journey from refugee camp to Minnesota Legislature – Cory Zurowski

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