Saturday, 15 February 2014

Updates from CAR, Syria and Egypt

France has approved and sent 500 additional troops to Bangui in the midst of the fleeing civilian and violence carried out by the Anti Balaka rebels against CAR Muslims. Many civilians have continued to remain sheltered at Bangui National Airport or flee to other towns around the capital or part of the country. French and CAR troops alongside the African Union troops are still keeping the peace. What little peace remains for Central Africans who have to move or shuffle around Bangui and CAR to keep themselves alive and safe.

Egyptian children have been arrested by the military during protests to shock of parents and human rights organizations alike who have condemn fully torture and violence aimed at the children for the actions of the adult protesters.

Generation Jihad BBC Part 1


First British suicide bomber, 41 year old Abdul Waheed Majed, a father of three children from Crowley, Sussex in England died during a premature explosion. The Jihadist/Takfiri group he'd linked up with after arriving in Syria, recorded his last minutes as he nervously waited for instructions to ram his assigned truck into the walls of Aleppo Prison. The martyrdom video has been posted online. While a couple of feet away from Aleppo prison's wall, Majed's improvised armoured truck exploded killing him without demolishing any parts of the wall. A week prior, Majed's family had filed a missing person's report after they lost contact with him. Majed and other fighters mentioned as Chechens seen in the video are only a handful of thousands of foreign fighters linking up with Jihadist/Takfiri groups and organizations in Syria fighting against Assad government and Syrian army. The Takfiris have overshadowed the secular and unified Free Syrian Army to become the prime opponent against Assad. The Takfiris have vowed not to rest until Assad is completely removed from office or captured like Gaddhafi or Saddam.

Thousands of Westerners such as Majed and younger fighters from Belgium including women, France, UK, Netherlands and other European countries have been crossing the border in Turkey to join the Syrian war. Foreigners are also coming from Tunisia Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt as well as Turkey and apparently Chechens. Many fighters who are videotaped in Syria often give the alibi that they are going to Syria for humanitarian work which some are doing humanitarian work such as providing aid to refugees. A British doctor Abbas Khan also a father of young children was killed by Syrian prison guards while providing medical help and treatment to Syrian civilians. Western and North African governments are horrified of many of the young foreign fighters' return back to their home countries who could recruit and convince other youngsters to follow in their footsteps to Syria. Not to mention that the returned fighters could pose a security threat as a potential terrorist or link up with home based Takfiri groups. One Belgian father has been on a nonstop search to Aleppo, Syria to find his young son who left but never returned to Syria. His  son hasn't contacted him in months. The father said his son was radicalized prior to going to Syria through online videos (English to appeal to an international audience) and chat rooms similar  to Boston bombers Tsarnaev brothers in the United States. He won't rest until his son is found. Radicalism has long been a fear throughout Western Europe in France, Netherlands and UK. The three countries are home to diverse multilingual and first generation born Muslims who often feel marginalized and alienated from their home countries by society's ignorance, discrimination/racism and the massive security measures and policies set in place throughout the War on Terrorism. The mainstream media's labeling and stereotyping of Islam and Muslims as undercover menacing terrorists does little to ease the fear on both sides. Some of the European born Muslims live in suburbs on the outskirts of small towns and large cities. Others are Middle Class and well traveled who go about life normally going to work or school to mention keeping busy. The Syrian Jihadist/Takfiri groups take their inspirations from Al Qaeda in Syria-Iraq in its actions and terminology. By Al Qaeda's own standards, many such groups ie ISIS or Nusra Front are regarded as more violent and unafraid of the consequences than Al Qaeda who even denounced the Takfiris' violence to chagrin of the media. Videos below complements of Euronews and Deutsche Welle.

Former Dutch Soldier Yilmaz 

lays its down the multiple factors that sent him to Syria in the first place


Belgian Families' fear for their children as foreign fighters in Syria


Life of Brian, young fighter in Syria


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