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A few thousand of the Ikhwan supporters and members who trained into Cairo for the “Million-Man March.”  Worth Noting:  Figuring 4 people per square meter, Tahrir Square at 50,000 square meters can accommodate only 200,000.  (Unmarked photo from a source.)
By Tom Wyld On Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
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Muslim Brotherhood Threatens Terror Attack on U.S., Israeli Embassies as Obama Foreign Policy Continues to Unravel

On Monday, supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi threatened to storm the embassies of nations “that assisted or supported the military coup.”  Specifically threatened with a terrorist attack More...

U.S. Embassy Beirut was attacked in April 1983 by a suicide bomber who killed 17 Americans.  Both bombings were militant responses to the multinational force that intervened to restore stability in Lebanon.  As the inscription on the Beirut memorial at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune states:  “They Came In Peace.”  Above at Andrews Air Force Base, the Reagans honored the victims of the embassy attack.  (Public domain photo.)
By Tom Wyld On Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
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Mainstream Press Bamboozled by Hezbollah Yarn that CIA Aided Terrorist Group

An IED attack was mounted against a 2-vehicle Hezbollah convoy earlier today. The bomb injured 4 in one vehicle, and both SUVs came under fire as they sped away.  The attack occurred at a border crossing in the More...

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By Tom Wyld On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Will Obama-Backed Islamists Crush Egypt’s Last Hope for Democracy and Minority Rights?

As Americans prepare to celebrate independence, our counterparts in Egypt wonder if their freedom will be crushed tomorrow. Millions of democracy advocates flooded the streets of Cairo this week, demanding the ouster More...

The Syrian Coastal Massacre of May 2013 – Syria’s Guernica.  One of my most trusted sources in Syria said at least 400 were killed in a 3-day, “village by village” extermination in which entire families were slain.  Note the defensive wounds on the arms of men, presumably the fathers and brothers of murdered children.  The slaughter was reminiscent of Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, a painting widely recognized by art historians as “genocide on canvas.”  
(Unmarked photo snapped by a Syrian source.)
By Tom Wyld On Thursday, June 13th, 2013
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Bill Clinton: History Will Judge Obama the “Fool” Over Syria Inaction

On Tuesday night in New York, former President Bill Clinton took aim at Barack Obama’s inaction in Syria by contrasting it with his intervention in Kosovo.  History, he suggested, will not treat Mr. Obama kindly More...

In this grab from a 17 January video, Mokhtar took credit for the devastating attack on the Algerian gas plant and made an offer America refused:  He would swap his American prisoners for “World Saber” Omar Abdel-Rahman (a.k.a. “Blind Sheikh”) and “sister of forebearance” Aafia Siddiqui.  Abdel-Rahman led the notorious Egyptian terror group Jama’at Al-Islamiya before he was convicted of plotting the mass murder of Americans and sentenced to life for seditious conspiracy, the first such conviction since the Civil War.  On 30 August, Jama’at Al-Islamiya ordered the storming of U.S. Embassy Cairo on 9/11 to demand his release.  Convicted of assault with intent to kill, Siddiqui figured in a string of plots until her capture in 2008.
By Tom Wyld On Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
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“Prince of the Desert” in the Global Jihad Movement

Emir Al-Sahara, “Prince of the Desert.” Amidst correspondence between terrorists unearthed in Mali recently was a letter of condemnation of North Africa terror leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar signed by the Shura More...

Is This “Our Man in Turkey?”  The ARB reported that the Benghazi mission’s de facto security provider was Libya’s February 17th Brigade.  Why did the ARB fail to mention its leader?  Perhaps because Ismael Al-Salabi was a former commander with Libya’s Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Fighting Group who claims to have been “rehabilitated” from militancy.  Perhaps ARB was mum on Salabi, because he may have had a hand in weapons shipments.  Ismael Al-Salabi was last seen in December 2012 in Turkey.  Was he in Turkey on vacation, or was he coordinating the receipt and distribution of weapons and fighters shipped from Benghazi?  (Unmarked photo from a Libyan source.)
By Tom Wyld On Monday, June 3rd, 2013
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Is the U.S. Counterterrorism Policy On The Path To Defeat?

“Al Qaeda … is on the path to defeat,” President Obama announced last week. “From Benghazi to Boston … the threat has shifted and evolved.”  When examining Benghazi and U.S. strategy in the Middle East More...

(Illustrative.)  Three F-16i Sufa strike-fighters are shown loaded for bear or, perhaps in the case today, the Lebanese variant of Persian Leopards.  The aircraft on the right is carrying Python 4 air-to-air missiles and SPICE 2000 guided bombs.  The F-16i amidships has Derby and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and Paveway II laser-guided bombs.  The aircraft on the left is carrying Sidewinders and Paveway variants.  (Photo courtesy of the Israeli Air Force.)
By Tom Wyld On Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
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Israeli Strike Planes Fly Low Over Lebanon Sunday, Message to Hezbollah

Israeli Air Force strike planes made low, slow passes over key regions of Lebanon Sunday morning, flying over southern Lebanon, Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley adjacent to Syria and the capital city of Beirut. Adnan More...

Iran’s Press-TV chose this caption for the photo:  “Hawkish US Senator John McCain poses with infamous kidnapper in Syria Mohamed Nour (seen with his hand on his chest and holding a camera).”  Are we talking “kidnappers” as in Criminal Minds and Castle, or “captors” as in warfare?  In war, combatants capture enemy forces as a matter of course who become “Prisoners of War” regulated by the Geneva Convention, not hostages, with news media played by Iranian  propagandists.   (Photo courtesy of Mouaz Moustafa and the Syrian Emergency Task Force.)
By Tom Wyld On Friday, May 31st, 2013
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Iran Spins Hezbollah Operatives As “Kidnapped Pilgrims”

“Kidnapped Pilgrims” are Hezbollah operatives | POW issue shows that Tehran is Damascus’ decision-maker | “Hell on Earth” on Lebanon frontier | Time to kill Geneva talks until we strengthen rebels Lebanon’s More...

The sheer breadth, ferocity and brazenness of an attack mounted by just 10 men made the 2008 Mumbai Massacre unique.  The attack began 26 November, Wednesday, 2115 local, at the Chatrapati Shivaji Train Station (above), one of the world’s busiest, where two LASHKAR-E-TOIBA (LET) gunmen killed 58 and wounded 104 in minutes.   For the next 2 hours, 10 terrorists launched a major assault every 15 minutes against 10 total targets.  The Mumbai Massacre lasted four days and claimed nearly 200 lives.  Concern about a Mumbai-style attack in the U.S. homeland has been a continuing concern for years.  An example from a report I wrote 3 May 2010:  “Our continuing concern is a Mumbai-style frontal assault stateside … that … would be pulled off by fidayeen” (militants who fight until dead). “Suicide attackers (Istishhad) [might] … be employed in a raid led and dominated by Fidayeen, as suicide bombers can be helpful in breaching fortified entrances, etc.”  (Istishhad serve as artillery for Jihadi attackers.)  Another example from a report dated 18 December 2010:  In one of the most infamous Mumbai-style attack plots, Al Qaeda master tactician Ilyas Kashmiri planned to assault the Copenhagen offices of Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten or “JP,” the Danish paper marked for extermination for publishing cartoons of the prophet in 2005.  (Still prime for attack, the “JP” is a desirable Jihadi target, because its 5 or 6 floors and street-corner location offer press coverage opportunities militants desire (photo).  Fidayeen planned to storm the “JP” and parade hostages to either the upper deck or a blown-out side window on the top floor.  Once the news media gathered on the street just 6 floors below, the terrorists would behead a “JP” staffer or guest, one by one, and drop each severed head to the street below.  The terrorists calculated that they would need to drop 25 heads to build enough frenzy to trigger a kinetic raid by Danish Special Forces in which the brave Fidayeen would be “martyred.”  (Mumbai police evidentiary photo.)
By Tom Wyld On Friday, May 17th, 2013
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National Security Leak Botched a Major al-Qaeda ‘Mission Kill’

National Security Leak Botched a Major Al Qaeda “Mission Kill” Political Ambition Sustains a Radical Cleric’s Deadly Legacy Beyond the Grave The Department of Justice netted months’ worth of Associated Press More...

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By Tom Wyld On Saturday, May 11th, 2013
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VIDEO: Spill-Over in Syrian Civil War, Multiple Blasts Hit Turkish Bordertown

Spill-over in the Syrian civil war has left as many as 25 dead today in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, not a mile from the border with Syria. Soon after the explosions, civil unrest broke out in the streets with More...