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ISIS Richest Terrorist Group, Hamas Comes in 2nd

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Terrorist groups frequently operate as criminal organizations, engaging in activities such as drug trafficking, robberies and extortion, in order to finance their terrorist operations.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the most notorious, barbaric terrorist group at the moment, ISIS, is now officially the richest terrorist group of all time, according to Forbes Israel. Hamas, another Islamist terrorist organization, is in second place.

In addition to their criminal activities, the terrorist groups also raise substantial funds through “charities,” donations, and, incredibly, in some cases by government agencies.

As surreal as it is to be discussing ISIS in terms of a typical business model, the Forbes report also discussed how ISIS acquires and pays for various tasks similar to most other large organizations, including maintenance, salaries, training, acquisition of weapons and vehicles.

Not content with listing the richest men or women in the world, Forbes also provided a ranking of the ten richest terrorist organizations, including their net worth and rankings.

ISIS has an annual income of $2 billion. The terrorists in second place is Hamas, which takes in $1 billion annually. In third place is a non-Middle Eastern terrorist organization, one that has been around for a long time: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – the People’s Army (FARC), which rakes in $600 million annually.

In fourth through sixth place are more Middle Eastern Islamic terrorist groups: Hezbollah ($500 million), the Taliban ($400 million), and Al-Qaeda and affiliates ($150 million).

In 7th place is another Islamic group, the Pakistan-based Lashkar e-taiba ($100 million). This group was behind the deadly Mombai bombings in late fall of 2008.

In eighth and tenth places are two more Islamist groups, both based in Africa. In eighth place is Al-Shabab ($70 million), and tenth place is Boko Haram ($25 million).

In ninth place is what is known as “Real IRA,” with an annual take of $50 million. This group also calls itself the “Volunteers of Ireland,” and is perhaps the oldest and best known of all the groups, at least tracing back to its original version, the Irish Volunteers, established in the early 20th century, later evolving into the Irish Republican Army. Former members formed the RIRA due to dissatisfaction over the IRA’s ceasefire agreement.

According to the Forbes report, Hamas entered “the big league” as the result of its takeover of Gaza in 2007.

Hooray for democracy.

Hezbollah Leader Announces ‘Threat to Israel’

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Lebanon-based Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday in a speech delivered live in honor of the Ashura holiday that it is time for the terror group to “direct [its] gaze toward Israel.”

The address, broadcast live over Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV, focused primarily on the current civil war raging in Syria and how it connects to Israel.

“Southern Lebanon is prepared to fight [Israel], despite the presence of our soldiers in Syria,” Nasrallah proclaimed. “We are capable of aiming at any target in Israel,” he added – making a clear reference to the extended range of the missiles in Hezbollah’s current arsenal.

“We are not afraid of war,” Nasrallah went on. “We are a threat to Israel, not the other way around. Their threats lay in their lost hope, not in their military capabilities.

“The Arab League needs to rise up against the Israeli aggression,” he advised. “Israel exploits changes in the Arab world to attain its goals.”

Referring possibly to the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization, Nasrallah said that his group has been facing “the region’s largest threat.”

His fighters are entitled to the honor that comes with victory over Israel, he said.

“Latest developments in Syria and the region convince us that we have made the right choice in joining the Syrian battles,” he said.

The terror chief has remained in hiding since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, fearing a targeted assassination attempt by Israeli intelligence operatives.

Israel’s northern region has been on alert since early this summer. The defense establishment has maintained a close watch along the entire northern border since the start of Operation Protective Edge.

Peru Foils Hezbollah Plot to Murder Israelis

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Authorities in Peru this week arrested a suspected Hezbollah terrorist who planned to murder Jews.

Lebanese citizen Mohammed Hamden was in possession of explosives and other materials when he was arrested, according to the Peruvian Interior Ministry.

Police found traces of TNT, detonators and other explosive devices in his apartment.

Reports indicate that the suspect may have been wanted to carry out an attack on targets identified with Israelis or Jews. South America is a popular destination for Israeli tourists, many of whom backpack through the region following their military service

Senior Hezbollah Terrorist Dies

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Mustafa Shahada, a founding member of Hezbollah, died on Sunday of an illness, according to Lebanese sources.

Shahada was a senior commander of Hezbollah’s military. His nom de guerre was “Abu Ahmad”.

Shahada was considered one of the most dangerous people in Lebanon.

Battle Ends Between ISIS-linked Fighters and Lebanese Army in Tripoli

Monday, October 27th, 2014

After two days of heavy gunfire, the streets are now silent in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest city.

Lebanon’s army and Islamist fighters linked to Syrian rebels, the Jabhat al Nusra (Al Nusra Front), Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror groups have ceased fighting.

But not until after they had claimed the lives of 11 soldiers and eight civilians.

The two-day battle was the worst Syrian-linked violence in Lebanon since the summer, when Islamist fighters linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, and Jabhat al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) invaded the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

The Syrian “rebels” – actually foreign terrorists, for the most part – took 20 Lebanese soldiers captive in that raid. Three have since been executed.

The mostly Sunni Muslim city has seen numerous battles – overflow from the civil war raging in Syria – over the past three-plus years.

Israel has seen overflow from that war as well, with some of the shelling and missile fire directed into the Golan Heights. Occasionally it becomes unclear who is firing what at whom; on those occasions, the IDF fires back at the source, and the silence on Israel’s northern border returns.

Due to the sectarian nature of the Middle East, Lebanon has had its share of instability. Sunni Muslims have for the most part lined up behind the Syrian rebels, who are themselves a divided group, some having broken away to become jihadists and others having remained moderate.

Shi’ite Lebanese have supported the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, along with the Hezbollah terrorist organization. Both are generously patronized by Iran. Russia has also been an eager participant, supporting Assad with weapons as well.

Since February, Lebanon has been a country without a president. That is when the term of former President Michel Suleiman expired – and none has been elected to take his place.

For now, the army has managed to clear nearly all the positions held by the Islamist gunmen, according to Sunni politician Samir Jisr, who spoke with international media. Almost. There are still a few positions left to clear around the city.

Lebanon Soldier Abducted in Tripoli

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

A Lebanon soldier was reportedly kidnapped by terrorists in Tripoli, Lebanese sources are reporting Sunday morning.

On Saturday, fighting between the Lebanon Army and ISIS-affiliated terrorists in the Lebanese city of Tripoli left at least 14 dead and dozens wounded.

Lebanon appears to be slipping into chaos.

IDF Checks for Terror Tunnel Threat in Northern Israel

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The rumors persist.

Residents in northern Israel remain deeply concerned that terrorists are digging tunnels under the border, preparing for a future attack.

Although the IDF doesn’t discuss it much, the military is not ignoring the problem, and is quietly monitoring activity along the border.

The question is, what’s happening underneath?

Last week (Tuesday, October 14) Syrian Islamist rebels blew up a government military post near Idlib by digging attack tunnels with UN equipment under the rocky terrain, Aljazeera reported.

As happened with Hamas terrorist use of United Nations facilities in Gaza this summer, the United Nations logo is clear seen on equipment used in the attack in a YouTube report posted by Aljazeera on the internet. The rebel group which identifies with Al Qaeda wiped out the army outpost, killing 60 Syrian soldiers and officers. The Arabic-language report showed preparations prior to the attack as well as its aftermath, and said it took 120 days to dig the tunnel.

The geological conditions are nearly identical to those on Israel’s northern border, and the incident made it clear that Hezbollah could – and might – do the same.

This summer, northern Israelis spoke of the possibility that Hezbollah was tunneling as well.

“I live in the house closest to the border, and from my window you can see everything happening on the other side in Lebanon,” said a resident in Zar’it, in August during an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 News Online.

“What I see scares me, and worries me very much. I can see concrete mixers working in secret. I feel, for more than two years now, digging sounds. My entire house moves and shakes, and it’s very disturbing.”

During the IDF’s 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge, the commander of the 769th Hiram Brigade addressed the issue in an interview with Channel 2 News, commenting, “The possibility of tunnels [also] disturbs me, along with other options that might exist here. Any reasonable person should put his eyes in his head and look south towards Gaza and say that if there are tunnels there, then all the more so there is this possibility here.”

Building the kind of complex tunnel network that was found in Gaza, however, takes years of work by a lot of people.

For the past two years Hezbollah was busy helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad combat the rebels in the civil war tearing apart his country. Prior to that they were re-arming following the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel. Who is helping them build tunnels?

Probably the North Koreans.

Hamas also made a deal with North Korea this year to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons. Western intelligence sources said this summer the deal was sealed by a Lebanese middleman linked to Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in eastern Beirut.

The North Koreans have been patrons of Hamas for years — and not only with weapons.

Apparently it was North Korea that taught Hamas how to build its network of tunnels under Gaza.

The Gazans may have had help from Hezbollah, but at best the Lebanese terrorists functioned as North Korean agents, providing secondhand knowhow at bargain basement prices.

Or perhaps Hamas went to Syria to learn the trade. Hamas had its political bureau in Damascus for years. Or they may have gone directly to Iran, the other North Korean partner.

According to a report on The National Interest website last month, North Korea has provided missiles and their technology to all four: Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.

But now there’s even a bigger concern, according to Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, and Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International studies.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-checks-for-terror-tunnel-threat-in-northern-israel/2014/10/22/

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