Terrorism and Civil conflicts
The terms Syrians in Syria search for most frequently on Google show their desperation to leave the war torn country and move to Europe. It also involves terms on how to deal with some medical emergencies. It is just so sad that the war in Syria has dragged on this long, gotten so complicated and left millions suffering.
Al Jazeera in a findings they conducted revealed that the top Google searches coming out of Syria have revealed that Syrians are desperate to flee their war-torn country and many are still planning to seek refuge in Europe.
AJ+ spoke to Google to find out what Syrians are searching for and found that, according to search volumes over the past fortnight, people have been searching for their closest hospitals, how to treat burns at home and how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
But the most popular search terms were about finding a way to Europe, and more specifically, how to reach Germany.
According to AJ+, the top two searches coming out of Syria are
“immigration to Germany” and “asylum in Germany“.
Syrians are also trying to figure out how to get to Germany, firstly by sea, with the terms “Greece map” and “sea separating Turkey and Greece” the next top searches.
They also want to see “maps of Europe in Arabic” and a “map of Germany”.
AJ+ also found that they are also trying to determine which route is the best to take by searching the distance between the Turkish cities of “Edirne and Izmir”, between “Izmir and Istanbul”, then
“Turkey and Greece”. Then, they want to know the distance on foot between “Macedonia and Serbia”.
As Hungary declares a state of emergency and uses force to prevent
people from entering its borders, the Google searches reveal that high volumes of Syrians are also looking for “news of Hungary and “Hungary Syrian refugees”.
Maybe this is a good thing. When murderers decide to murder themselves, even though I doubt this will happen between the world’s two most powerful Islamic terrorist groups.
Al Qaeda is not taking lightly to the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi‘s claim that he is the leader of Muslims worldwide. So why have they kept quiet since and what’s forcing them to speak up now?
A message, released online on Wednesday, Sept. 9, by Al Qaeda leader, Al-Zawahiri said:
“We have endured a lot of harm from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers, and we preferred to respond with as little as possible, out of our concern to extinguish the fire of sedition.
“But Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers did not leave us a choice, for they have demanded that all the mujahideen reject their confirmed pledges of allegiance, and to pledge allegiance to them for what they claim of a caliphate.”
Al-Baghdadi had called on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate in a rare public speech in Mosul, Iraq last year.
He said: “I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me.
“If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey God in you.”
Zawahiri said “everyone was surprised” by al-Baghdadi’s declaration and he had done this “without consulting the Muslims”.
A counter terrorism expert has said the move will ‘irreconcilably’ divide the two militant groups. Note that ISIS was a former affiliate of Al Qaeda but Osama Bin Laden renounced them for being to radical and non compliant.
ABC News quotes National Counter-Terrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen describing the new Zawahiri audio as an “interesting” development.
“Zawahiri until now has not been willing to openly condemn Baghdadi and ISIS. It highlights how deep the division is between al Qaeda leadership and ISIS. It suggests that the differences are irreconcilable,” he said, suggesting that U.S. intelligence operatives could take this opportunity to goad ISIS and al-Qaeda into more
gunfights and assassinations.
Other intelligence analysts quoted by ABC agreed that the split between ISIS and al-Qaeda, and perhaps a growing divide within al-Qaeda itself, should be exploited.
However, it should be noted that while Zawahiri had strong words for Baghdadi, he reiterated the willingness of al-Qaeda to fight alongside ISIS against common enemies such as the United States.
The Boko Haram-ISIS alliance is now a reality. I have once written about how Boko Haram and ISIS are similar and when rumors of the allegiance came up, I also wrote about it and now I’m writing about the reality of the allegiance. It gives me so much sadness to write about this because as I do, I think about all the innocent people these monsters have murdered in the name of Allah.
Boko Haram, imitating their master, ISIS have carried out and released a video showing them beheading a member of the Nigerian military.
The sad video (which you can see screenshots from below) video shows the gruesome beheading of a captured military officer.
In the 10mins video, the sect members are seen engaging the military in a gun battle and then the video shows them standing proudly next to the corpses of the military officers killed and the video ends with the gruesome beheading of a captured military officer.
The man who spoke in the video is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so called ‘Caliph of the Islamic Caliphate and leader of Muslims worldwide’.
“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa. Our caliph has accepted the pledge of loyalty of our brothers of Boko Haram so we congratulate Muslims and our jihadi brothers in West Africa.’
This gives us a lot of cause to worry but that’s not all. Another scary report alleges that ISIS has started sending fighters to North Eastern Nigeria, the operational base of Boko Haram. This allegation was made by a security expert. See his tweet below:
I’m disturbed by these reports and I know that there might be more reports of ISIS fighters arriving Nigeria. This might of course cause the US and international community to step in, as they would not want West Africa to be a safe haven or breeding ground for ISIS.
Since Boko Haram started posing real security threats back in 2009, there have always been the argument of whether to dialogue or not to dialogue with the sect and in the eventuality of a dialogue whether the Government should consider granting Amnesty to the terrorists.
The Government of Former President, Goodluck Jonathan repeatedly called for dialogues with Boko Haram even though eventually no result was seen, no dialogue took place.
During the build up to the Presidential election, President Buhari was quoted to have said that his govt will dialogue with Boko Haram. Now that he is President, the Presidency is reporting that the Government is open to talks with Boko Haram.
The big question therefore is:
SHOULD THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT DIALOGUE WITH BOKO HARAM?
Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face the insurgents rather than considering dialogue option.
“We heard in the media that government was considering a dialogue option with the insurgents following the recent spate of attacks in the North east. Why should the government dialogue with individuals who are only interested in killing and maiming people? Is government saying that it cannot continue with the current anti insurgency war or what? Why must we be talking about dialogue when our neighbours are already dislodging the insurgents from their countries?” Usman said.
I support Usman. I dont see why the government would want to dialogue with terrorists! People who have committed their lives to killing people and unleashing terror.
Malam Goni Yahuza, another scholar said that negotiating with the insurgents was a sign of weakness.
“I do not support the idea of dialogue with Boko Haram because there is nothing to dialogue about. In the first place, I do not think that the group has something to talk about apart from violence. I believe that the Nigerian military has all its takes to crush the insurgents, what they need is proper motivation for the task.
Government must strive hard to ensure that it puts an end to the insurgency in a short while”, Yahuza said.
So, my dear readers I would love to hear your opinion. Do you think it is a wise option for the Nigerian Government to be considering dialogue with the Boko Haram terrorists.
ISIS over the weekend continued with their now frequent series of executions. The terrorist group released a horrific video showing the execution of two media activists in Raqqa, for allegedly being ‘informants’, speaking against them and handing out anti-Shariah leaflets. In the video, the two men identified as Bashar Abdul Atheem and Faisal Hasan Al Habib, who were local residents in Raqqa, were first interrogated before they were tied to a tree and shot dead. ISIS says it’s a warning to other activists working
against them. More photos below:
It hurts me so much when activists loose their lives in the line of their work. They are all just trying to do the right thing and ensure the world is a better place. I pray their souls Rest in Peace despite the cruel nature of their death.
I also pray and hope that the Islamic State will meet their waterloo very soon.