Islamist Wounds Two Canadian Soldiers in Quebec Terror Attack - Maxime Deland (Toronto Sun-National Post- Canada)
Martin "Ahmad" Rouleau, 25, who ran down two Canadian soldiers in
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday, one of whom was in critical
condition, called 911 to say that he carried out his acts in the name
After police gave chase, Rouleau lost control of his car, which
He crawled out a window with a long knife and an eyewitness said the
man charged at a woman police officer, before being shot and killed.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "there are clear indications
that the individual had become radicalized." A neighbor said Rouleau
had grown out his beard and started wearing a turban after converting to
Islam a year ago.
A Twitter account under the name Ahmad Rouleau featured the banner
of the Islamic State, which called on its followers to kill Canadians
because of Ottawa's role in the anti-ISIS military coalition.
British Police Officers Targeted by Islamic State Terrorists - Tom Whitehead
Four British Islamist terrorists said to have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State have been charged with plotting
to kill police officers or soldiers, possibly in a drive-by shooting on London streets, Scotland Yard
The men had obtained a handgun with a silencer, had images of two police
officers and two police community support officers, and had conducted
"hostile reconnaissance" of a police station and a Territorial Army
barracks in the capital.
Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and
Momem Motasim, 21, were charged on Friday with intending to commit
acts of terrorism or assisting others to do so.
Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said several
terrorist plots were now being disrupted in Britain every year and there
had been 218 arrests in the past 12 months alone.
Britain to Crack Down on Muslim Brotherhood - Robert Mendick and Robert Verkaik (Telegraph-UK)
Downing Street is to order a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and
a network of Islamist groups accused of fuelling extremism in Britain
and across the Arab world.
Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, described the Brotherhood as "at heart a terrorist organization."
A senior source said "an incredibly complex web" of up to 60
organizations in Britain, including charities, think tanks and even
television channels, with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, had been
One expert said that the Brotherhood was now operating from three
major bases - London, Istanbul and Doha, the capital of Qatar.
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- Report: U.S. May OK More Centrifuges in Iran Nuclear Talks - Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
The Obama administration has sweetened its offer to Iran in ongoing
nuclear negotiations, saying it might accept Tehran operating 4,000
centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300, the semiofficial Iranian Mehr
news agency said Monday.
Abbas Araqchi, a deputy foreign minister and nuclear negotiator, told
the Iranian parliament's foreign affairs committee that the U.S. "made
concessions," the news agency said.
Ray Takeyh, an Iran specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations,
said the U.S. sweetener may encourage Iran to drag out negotiations to
see what better offer it might receive after a few more months of talks.
(Los Angeles Times)
See also Report: U.S. Willing to Accept 5,000 Iran Centrifuges
Israel Channel 2 TV reported that the U.S. is willing to accept an
agreement with Iran that would permit it to retain 5,000 centrifuges.
- UN: Iran Not Cooperating with Nuclear Probe - Fredrik Dahl
Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it
had agreed to carry out by Aug. 25, Yukiya Amano, the head of the UN
atomic energy agency, said on Monday, suggesting little headway in an
inquiry into suspected bomb research. The IAEA has been trying for years
to get to the bottom of Western intelligence reports suggesting Iran
was designing a nuclear warhead.
- Turkey to Let Iraqi Kurds Join Fight Against Islamic State in Kobane, Syria
Turkey is to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to
fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, Turkish Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday. "Turkey has no wish to see Kobane fall,"
See also Who Will Help Turkey Help Kobane? - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (Guardian-UK)
See also Turkey Will Let Iraqi Kurds, But Not Turkish Kurds, Fight Extremists in Syria - Sophia Jones (Huffington Post)
- Tribal Revolt in Syria Against Islamic State Fails, 700 Killed - Liz Sly
Over a three-day period in early August in Abu Hamam, in Syria's
eastern Deir al-Zour province,
vengeful Islamic State fighters shelled, beheaded, crucified and shot
700 members of the Shaitat tribe after they dared to rise up against the
extremists. Many of the bodies remain uncollected, offering a chilling
reminder to residents elsewhere of the fate that awaits those who dare
See also Islamic State Seizes Two Yazidi Villages in Iraq - Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim (Washington Post)
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- Israel "Deeply Concerned" over Emerging Iran Nuclear Deal - Shlomo Cesana and Yori Yalon
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday of the dangers a
nuclear-armed Iran would pose.
"This threat is grave to all of us, far more than the threat of the
Islamic State group. Today, we are facing the danger of an agreement
that would leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state, with thousands of
centrifuges with which it could produce material for a nuclear bomb
within a short period of time." (Israel Hayom)
- Ya'alon: Israel Won't Allow Gaza Reconstruction If Hamas Rebuilds Infiltration Tunnels
Israel will not allow the reconstruction of Gaza if Hamas uses
construction materials to rebuild infiltration tunnels to carry out
terror attacks on Israelis, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on
Monday. During a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New
York, Ya'alon said:
"We want the residents of Gaza to live in dignity and prosperity,
rebuild their homes and return to normal life. But, we are very worried.
Just yesterday Hamas representatives said they intend to reconstruct
the infiltration tunnels, instead of rebuilding the homes of Gaza's
residents." (Jerusalem Post)
- No Agreement Seen as Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms - Dennis Ross
Hardly anyone involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations has expressed
optimism about meeting the Nov. 24 deadline for a comprehensive
agreement. A rollback of the Iranian nuclear program in return for a
rollback of sanctions seems increasingly beyond reach.
One possibility would be an extension of the negotiations under
the current terms. Yet this would essentially recognize a new status quo
for Iran's nuclear program, in which Iran is only two or three months
away from being able to break-out to producing weapons-grade enriched
uranium. The writer served as special assistant to President Obama and as a senior director at the National Security Council.
- The New York Times and Israeli Settlements - Again - Elliott Abrams
The New York Times was at it again on Oct. 14. In an editorial about the symbolic vote in the UK parliament backing Palestinian statehood, the Times' editorial board unloaded yet again with a barrage of untruths.
The Times claims that "Israel continues to build new
settlements" and that expansion of existing ones is "shrinking the
territory available for a Palestinian state." Neither assertion is true.
In the last decade the Israelis removed all the settlements in Gaza
and four in the West Bank. The days of building new settlements all
over the West Bank are long gone. And "settlement expansion" has meant
expansion of population, not territory, so their footprint in the West Bank has not changed.
The writer is a Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at CFR.
(Council on Foreign Relations)
- No Connection between Islamic State and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Khaled Abu Toameh
The rise of the Islamic State is one of the by-products of the "Arab
Spring," which began as a secular revolt against decades of tyranny and
corruption in the Arab world. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the
last thing Arabs had in mind when they took to the streets to protest
against decades of dictatorship and bad government.
In fact, the "liberation" of Jerusalem is ranked sixth among the
Islamic State's objectives. Indeed, the group's failure to express
solidarity with the Palestinians or Hamas during the Gaza war drew
strong condemnations in the Arab world.
Will Mahmoud Abbas Reject Israeli Protection? - Steven J. Rosen (Gatestone Institute)
Shortly after the death of Yasser Arafat on November 11, 2004, and
the election of Mahmoud Abbas to the Palestinian Authority [PA]
presidency in January 2005, the U.S. Department of State increased its
security assistance to the PA and began to promote Palestinian security
cooperation with Israeli security services.
Today, security makes up a sizeable proportion of the PA
budget, accounting for 26% of 2013 expenditures. Of the 83,000 PA civil
servants in the West Bank, 31,000 (37%) are "defense workers." There is
now one security person for every 52 Palestinian residents compared to
one educator for every 75 residents.
In April 2010, Israel submitted an official report on enhanced
Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation to the international
Palestinian donors' group. It reported that a mechanism for enhanced
coordination has "been established between the two sides. Priority
requests are now processed within just a few minutes. In 2009,
coordinated operations numbered 1,297, a 72% increase over 2008." A year
later Israel reported that, in 2011, 764 joint security meetings were
held between Israeli and Palestinian security authorities.
In recent months Mahmoud Abbas has been making a series of
threats against Israel, even including the idea that he will terminate
security cooperation with Israel if his political demands are not met.
Abbas, however, has ample evidence that this security cooperation is at
least as important to his security, and to control of the territory by
Fatah and the PA.
Most Israeli intelligence experts believe that withdrawal of
the IDF from the West Bank would quickly lead to the end of the PA and
the rise of Hamas. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said in
September that, if the IDF were not there, Hamas would take over and
other terrorists groups such as Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda and Islamic
State would be able to operate freely in the West Bank.
The writer, former foreign policy director of AIPAC, is now director of the Washington Project at the Middle East Forum.
See also Can the Palestinian Authority Survive Without the IDF? - Elhanan Miller
Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, a former Israeli national security
"Without Israel, Abu Mazen (Abbas) and Fatah cannot survive for even 10
minutes." It "would lead to the end of their regime if Israel were to
withdraw [from the West Bank], which it won't do because of its own
interests." Today, more than 90% of the arrests of Hamas operatives in
the West Bank are carried out by Israel, not the PA, Amidror noted. (Times of Israel)