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After terrorist atrocity in Tunisia it’s time to face facts: ISIS is a child of US-UK wars

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Lindsey German 

A decade of invasion, occupation and bombing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere has been the seed bed of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Medics stretcher victimMedics stretcher victim of the terror attack on tourists in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse.

THERE IS a sense of shock and horror at the series of terror attacks which took place yesterday.

One can only condemn attacks which lead to the deaths of innocent people, whether praying in a mosque or lying on a beach.

The claiming of these actions by ISIS speaks of a strategy which is not just about fighting in the Middle East but about bringing the war into Europe.

ISIS explicitly stated with the Tunisia attacks that they were in response to members of the coalition at present bombing in Iraq and Syria.

While we can all condemn the attacks we need to also try to understand he reasons why they happen.

ISIS is the child of war, the creation of more than a decade of invasion, occupation and bombing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

It’s brutality was forged those wars, funded by Saudi princes, facilitated by the Turkish government which allowed it to cross its borders, tacitly supported by Middle East despots.

Isis and other terrorist groups have grown as a result of the civil war in Syria, the bombing of Libya and the sectarian tensions fostered by the US in Iraq.

Support for it has also grown in western countries because of the way in which Muslims are treated here. The growth of Islamophobia means that Muslims are repeatedly under attack by government, police, media and the establishment.

The Prevent strategy in Britain is an attempt to criminalise, to spy on and to censor the Muslim community.

The vast majority of Muslims reject terrorism, but they are now being told that even if they are non violent extremists, this leads to violent extremism. The only   Muslim acceptable to them are those who raise no criticism of government policy.

Racism and attacks on civil liberties will only serve to marginalise young Muslims.

All these policies are symptomatic of government failure in its various policies.

The war on terror has created more terrorism. The prevent strategy has not prevented anything but has bred resentment among Muslims.

These are the problems which need to be addressed if we are to stop the tragedies like those on Friday, and the daily tragedies which afflict so many people in the Middle East.

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TUNISIA: Video of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi terrorist attack

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Yesterday an Islamic State-linked Saudi Zio-Wahhabi terrorist attacked the Imperial Marhaba hotel and the Royal Kenz hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, killing 39 people, mainly tourists. German, British, and Belgian nationals were killed in the attack.

Heavy  The video shows mass chaos as gunfire erupts in the background. Dead bodies are seen strewn across various locations, from streets surrounding the resorts to dead beach-goer corpses.

Here is a partial translation of what is being said in Arabic:

0:40 “He died, he died!”
0:50 “He has– He has a bomb; HE HAS A BOMB”
1:00 “Come from here COME AROUND HERE COME AROUND HERE”
1:25 “Come here!” (in quieter voice) “he’s about to give him a gun.. yeah look he’s about to give him a gun”
1:34 “Look.. the [people?] died..”
1:55 “Oh god”
2:03 “Look here, look here she didn’t die; Dad??”
2:33 [breathing heavily] “.. he’s still shooting!?”
2:44 [Yelling to people around] “He’s alone, HE’S ALONE ALONE ALONE”
there was a lot of background yelling and talking that i didn’t hear well or understand, feel free to correct me or add more. really such a tragedy.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi  ISIS-linked Twitter account claims that Abu Yihya al-Kairouni carried out the murders. Although this just may be Rezgui’s nom de guerre. The attacker was killed by police.

And here we have several Muslim men surrounding an injured overweight woman in a pink bikini:

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ISIS Releases Picture of Tunisian Terrorist

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ISIS Releases Picture of Tunisian Terrorist + Horrifying Video of Attack
Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ISIS Releases Picture of Tunisian Terrorist + Horrifying Video of Attack
ISIS have released a picture of the man they say was behind the murderous attack on a Tunisian beach yesterday.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ISIS social media accounts were sharing a photograph of a man they named as Abu Yahya Qayrawani – which could be the Zio-Wahhabi terrorists name for Seifeddine Yacoubi, the gunman killed by security .

A statement accompanying the picture said: ‘Our brother, the soldier of the Caliphate, Abu Yahya al Qayrawani, reached his target the Imperial hotel despite the security measures.’

Eyewitness accounts say Yacoubi was seen laughing and joking among the midday bathers and sun seekers, looking like any other tourist, Mail Online reports.

But this astonishing footage shows the moment terrified holidaymakers fled a beach as a murderous gunman patrolled the tourist spot picking out victims.

In the shaky mobile phone footage, the recorder first runs away from the deadly shoot-out on the beach along with others fearing for their lives.

After fleeing the beach, the person filming the dramatic scene hides behind a rubbish bin on the streets of Sousse.

Here is a partial translation of what is being said in the video in Arabic:

0:40 “He died, he died!”
0:50 “He has– He has a bomb; HE HAS A BOMB”
1:00 “Come from here COME AROUND HERE COME AROUND HERE”
1:25 “Come here!” (in quieter voice) “he’s about to give him a gun.. yeah look he’s about to give him a gun”
1:34 “Look.. the [people?] died..”
1:55 “Oh god”
2:03 “Look here, look here she didn’t die; Dad??”
2:33 [breathing heavily] “.. he’s still shooting!?”
2:44 [Yelling to people around] “He’s alone, HE’S ALONE ALONE ALONE”
there was a lot of background yelling and talking that i didn’t hear well or understand, feel free to correct me or add more. really such a tragedy.

 

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IS claims Tunisia seaside massacre

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The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a massacre in a Tunisian seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people. -AFP/File
The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a massacre in a Tunisian seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people. -AFP/File

PORT KANTAOUI: The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a massacre in a Tunisian seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country’s recent history.

Dozens more were wounded when a man pulled a gun from inside a beach umbrella and opened fire on crowds of tourists at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in the popular Mediterranean resort of Port el Kantaoui.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said 38 people had been killed, revising down an earlier toll of 39 given by the health ministry. An official there told AFP the original figure had included the dead gunman.

Most of those killed were from Britain — implying this could be the biggest loss of British life in a militant attack since the July 2005 bombings in London when 52 died — while Germans, Belgians, French were also among the dead, the premier said.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said earlier five Britons had been killed and he expected the toll to rise, while his Irish counterpart confirmed an Irish woman was among the dead.

The attack, the second against tourists in Tunisia this year, comes on the same day that 27 people were killed at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and a suspected Islamist attacked a factory in France.

IS claimed both the bombing and the attack in Tunisia, which came at the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan and just days before the first anniversary of the group declaring its territory in Iraq and Syria a “caliphate”.

IS said the gunman, who they identified as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani, was a “solider of the caliphate” who had targeted enemies of the jihadist group and “dens [of…] fornication, vice and apostasy”.

Most of those killed were “subjects of states that make up the crusader alliance fighting the state of the caliphate,” the group said in a statement released on Twitter, referring to the group of countries that have been bombarding its positions in the Middle East.

The attack, along with the killings in France and Kuwait, sparked a chorus of international condemnation with the White House vowing to “fight the scourge of terrorism” and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying those responsible for the “appalling” attacks “must be swiftly brought to justice”.

Tunisian Secretary of State for Security Rafik Chelly told Mosaique FM the gunman was a Tunisian student previously unknown to the authorities.

“He entered by the beach, dressed like someone who was going to swim, and he had a beach umbrella with his gun in it. Then when he came to the beach he used his weapon,” Chelly said.

I saw someone get shot

Witnesses described scenes of panic after the shooting at the hotel on the outskirts of Sousse, about 140 kilometres south of the capital Tunis.

“All I saw was a gun and an umbrella being dropped,” British tourist Ellie Makin told ITV television. “Then he started firing to the right-hand side of us. If he had fired to the left I don’t know what would have happened, but we were very lucky.”

The shooting was the worst in modern-day Tunisia and followed a March attack claimed by IS on Tunis’s Bardo National Museum that killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman.

British tourist Gary Pine told Britain’s Sky News television Friday’s attack happened when the beach was packed. He counted 20-30 shots.

“My son was in the sea at the time and of course my wife and myself were shouting for him to get out the sea quick and as we ran up the beach he said: ‘I just saw someone get shot’.”

Briton Olivia Leathley, 24, heard “loud bangs” and when she went to the lobby to find out what was happening, she saw a woman whose husband had “been shot in the stomach in front of her”.

“All she said was that he’d been shot and that he was there bleeding on the beach and he was just saying, ‘I love you, I love you’, and then his eyes rolled back into his head.”

Another woman described how her fiancé was shot three times while trying to protect her and was in intensive care in hospital.

“I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started,” 26-year-old holidaymaker Saera Wilson told the BBC.

By the early hours of Saturday morning, hundreds of tourists were arriving at Enfidha airport in a mad scramble to leave the country, according to an AFP journalist on the scene.

New security measures

Essid on Saturday announced new anti-terrorism measures, including the deployment of reserve troops to reinforce security at “sensitive sites… and places that could be targets of terrorist attacks”.

The “exceptional plan to better secure tourist and archaeological sites” will include “deploying armed tourist security officers all along the coast and inside hotels from 1 July,” he added.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi told AFP that his country cannot stand up to the jihadist threat alone, and urged a unified global strategy. In Cairo, leading Sunni Muslim institution Al-Azhar called the “heinous shooting a violation of all religious and humanitarian norms”.

Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring, has seen a surge in radical Islam since veteran president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in the 2011 revolution. Dozens of members of the security forces have been killed in jihadist attacks since then.

In October 2013, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a botched attack on a Sousse beach while security forces foiled another planned attack nearby.

Even before the latest attack, Tunisia’s tourism industry had been bracing for a heavy blow from the Bardo shooting, but was determined to attract tourists with new security measures and advertising. Tourism accounts for seven percent of Tunisia’s GDP and almost 400,000 direct and indirect jobs.

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Tunisia: 172 nationals held by Libya militia

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Libya Dawn alliance forces
Libya Dawn alliance forces
Tunisia said Monday that it was negotiating for the release of 172 nationals being held by a Libyan militia as bargaining chips for one of its commanders detained in Tunis.

The foreign ministry’s Arab and African affairs chief Touhami Abdouli said the Tunisians had been detained in western Libya by a militia that is part of the Libya Dawn alliance which controls the capital Tripoli and third city Misrata.

“We are going to try to make the effort to resolve this at the political level,” Abdouli told Shems-FM radio. “I am optimistic.”

 

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IS Group Claims Responsibility for Attack on Tunisian Museum

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Police officers and a journalist run outside the Parliament in Tunis March 18, 2015.

IS Group Claims Responsibility for Attack on Tunisian Museum Police officers and a journalist run outside the Parliament in Tunis March 18, 2015.

This was the deadliest attack in Tunisia in 13 years. At least 23 people were killed, 20 of whom were foreign tourists.

The Islamic State extremist group releases a recording Thursday claiming responsibility for the attack at the Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital Wednesday, during which 23 people were killed, including 20 foreign tourists, a local and two of the gunmen, according to Reuters. Over 45 people were also injured in the attack.

The extremists, who have declared a caliphate in large swathes of Iraq and Syria and is active in chaotic Libya, praised the two attackers in an audio recording in Arabic, calling them “knights of the Islamic State” armed with machineguns and bombs.

Tunisians, according to Reuters, make up the one of the largest groups of foreign fighters in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and their country’s young democracy, which has cracked down on militancy at home, was a clear potential target.

“We tell the apostates who sit on the chest of Muslim Tunisia: Wait for the glad tidings of what will harm you, o impure ones, for what you have seen today is the first drop of the rain,” the Islamic State group said in the recording.

Earlier in the day, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi announced nine people have been arrested in connection with the attack on the iconic Tunisian museum.

Four of the detainees, according to authorities, are directly involved in the attack and the other five have alleged ties to a terrorist cell. Tunisian security forces Wednesday killed two of the gunmen, who have now been identified as Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui. There is currently a manhunt for the two or three other gunmen who escaped the security forces.

“I want the people of Tunisia to understand firstly and lastly that we are in a war with terror, and these savage minority groups will not frighten us,” said President Essebsi. “The fight against them will continue until they are exterminated.”

The majority of the people killed in the attack were foreign tourists from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Spain, Australia, Poland and France. Two Tunisian citizens were also killed by the attackers.

This was the deadliest attack on civilians in Tunisia in the past 13 years and has been considered a major blow to tourism, which is one of the main sources of income in the country.

In early 2011, Tunisians overthrew their leader and began a rocky road toward democracy. Last December, even though other Arab Spring nations have devolved into civil war, Tunisia successfully had a peaceful democratic transition of leadership.

The Islamic State group on Twitter were gleeful over the attack and urged Tunisians to “follow their brothers.” There is no evidence that the attackers of the museum were connected with the Islamic State group.

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Eight tourists killed, others taken hostage, in attack on Tunisian parliament

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Seven foreigners among dead in Tunis museum attack, interior ministry says

At least eight tourists were killed and others were taken hostage by militants who attacked Tunisia’s parliament compound, which includes a museum, a spokesman for the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said on Radio Mosaique that only one of the dead in Wednesday’s attack was a Tunisian.

“There are eight victims ‘including “seven foreigners’,” the spokesman told reporters.

The National Bardo Museum is adjacent to the national parliament building, which was being evacuated after the shooting.

The museum is a leading tourist attraction that chronicles Tunisia’s history and houses one of the world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics.

It is unclear who the attackers are. Tunisia has struggled with violence by Islamic extremists in recent years, including some linked to the Islamic State group.

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Eight people reported killed in attack on Tunisia museum

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Seven foreigners and one Tunisian dead, according to interior ministry, after three men reportedly dressed in military-style clothing storm Bardo museum in Tunis

Exterior of the Bardo national museum in Tunis.
 Exterior of the Bardo national museum in Tunis. Photograph: Alam

Seven foreigners and one Tunisian have died after the country’s prestigious Bardo museum came under attack, according to Tunisia’s interior ministry.

The shooting broke out about midday local time (11.00 GMT), according to local reports. Radio Mosaique, a private radio station, reported that three men dressed in military-style clothing may have taken hostages inside the museum, adjacent to the national parliament building.

The museum chronicles Tunisia’s history and includes one of the world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics.

Tunisian security forces were surrounding two militants holed up inside the Bardo Museum that shares grounds with the country’s parliament on Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said.

He said security forces were still verifying local media reports that the militants had taken tourists hostage during an attack on the parliament building.

One local lawmaker said there were injured inside the parliament after the attack.

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Hostage situation, ‘fatalities’ as militants attack museum nr Tunisian parliament

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Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi

At least eight people have died following a shooting at a museum in Tunis, the Tunisian Interior Ministry says. Two militants disguised as soldiers carried out the attacks, while hostages are still believed to be in the building.

Militants dressed as soldiers have attacked the Tunisia Assembly, local journalists say. The parliament, who was in session during the time of the attack, is located in Bardo Palace, which is also home to a national museum.

A spokesman for the Tunisian Interior Ministry, Mohammed al-Aroui has confirmed a hostage situation is taking place at the Bardo Museum.

The Ministry says that seven tourists have been killed and the other victim is a Tunisian citizen. There are has been unconfirmed reports that the foreign tourists were from France, Spain and Italy.

He added that there were at least two armed men in the museum and the parliamentary building had been evacuated as a precaution. The attack focused on the museum.

Lawmakers confirmed to AFP gunfire was heard. However, it is not clear whether shots were fired inside the assembly itself or already in the museum.

Unconfirmed images of hostages circulate the web. According to geotagging, they were taken inside the Bardo National Museum.

View image on Twitter

Reuters say that Tunisian security forces are surrounding the two militants, who are currently holed up inside the museum. Local reports say that 160 tourists have been rescued from the museum via a back door, while around 20 to 30 are still inside the building.

Reuters reports a large police presence outside Bardo as they are evacuating the parliament building after an exchange of gunfire outside the premises.

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Ben Ali Regime Security Chief to be Named as Tunisia PM

 

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Former Tunisian Interior minister Habib Essid
Former Tunisian Interior minister Habib Essid
A top security official of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is to be named as prime minister designate following Tunisia’s first free presidential and parliamentary elections, his party said Monday.

Habib Essid will be formally tasked with forming a government later Monday by President Beji Caid Essebsi, their Nidaa Tounes party said.

He will then have a month, extendable once, to win approval for his line-up in parliament, in which the party holds only 86 of the 217 seats after October’s landmark election.

Essid, 65, was a top interior ministry official under Ben Ali’s iron-fisted regime but was kept on after the 2011 revolution that inspired the Arab Spring.

After a stint as interior minister, he served as security adviser to Islamist Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.

“After consultations, both within the party and with other parties, there is consensus around the name of Habib Essid as candidate for the post of head of government,” Nida Tounes vice president Mohamed Ennaceur told reporters.

President of the Tunisian Assembly, Mohamed Ennaceur (R), and General Secretary of Nidaa Tounes Party, Taieb Baccouche, speak to the press after presenting a paper proposing the name of a new prime minister to newly-elected President Beji Caid Essebsi in Carthage Palace in Tunis on January 5, 2015. The anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party of Tunisia’s new President Beji Caid Essebsi said it has proposed for the post of Prime Minister Habib Essid, a former interior minister under the deposed dictator Ben Ali. AFP

“He is an independent figure… who has skills and experience,” Ennaceur said, singling out his “knowledge of security matters.”

Since the revolution, Tunisia has seen a rise in extremism and tackling it will be one of the main challenges facing Essid’s government.

The prime minister designate will need the support of other parties in parliament for his line-up.

The moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which holds the second largest number of seats, has not ruled out joining a coalition with Nida Tounes.

 

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