Primed by Saudi Money and Influence, the ISIS Diaspora Reaches the Philippines

Saudi Arabia’s spread of jihadist ideology has reached past the Middle East and Southeast Asia and penetrated deep into the Asia-Pacific, drawing in extremist groups reeling from recent losses in Syria and Iraq.

Two suspected Abu Sayyaf militants Hood Abduallah, left, and Jimmy Bla wait to be presented to the media by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre in a news conference at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters Monday, March 12, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. In the Justice Department press statement, the two were arrested two weeks ago in Zamboanga, southern Philippines and allegedly were involved in kidnappings in 2001 and 2002 including that of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (Analysis) -- ISIS’ inevitable decline in Iraq and Syria, the credit for which is almost always wrongly bestowed upon the Trump administration, has provided windows of opportunity for the global terror group to spawn insurgencies in other locations. On December 20, 2017, MintPress News reported how this foreseeable ISIS

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Ultimate Hypocrisy: Saudi Crown Prince touts Religious Tolerance in NYC

Saudi Arabia is not religiously tolerant. It is religiously intolerant in ways that contradict Islam and give the religion a bad name.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington, March 22, 2018. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s charm offensive in New York allegedly involved meeting Oprah Winfrey, which may be the only canny thing I’ve ever heard of him doing. He also had some religious leaders over to his condominium in NYC to stress the importance of religious tolerance. MbS may be sincere, but here is an area where he has to

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Salafism Vs. Wahhabism: Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War Rages In Syria Thanks To US Militarism

Salafi jihadist scholar Abdullah al-Muhaysini is one of many agents working on behalf of Qatar to combat Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabist ideology. Their battleground is Syria, where a so-called “civil war” is covering up a silent fight between competing political movements.

Abdullah al-Muhaysini, a member of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of jihadist factions that includes the al-Nusra Front.

BEIRUT (Op-Ed)-- Qatar’s main man operating in Syria is Saudi Arabian Abdullah al-Muhaysini. He is a PhD, having received his doctorate in Islamic law from the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. On June 16, 2017 al-Muhaysini survived an assassination attempt while leaving the Abu Thar al-Ghafari Mosque in Syria’s Idlib

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Libya’s Link To The Manchester Tragedy

Whenever a horrific terror attack hits the West, the media/political etiquette rejects any linkage between the atrocity and the West’s wars in the Arab world, a blackout now applying to the Manchester bombing, notes John Pilger.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj

The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this: The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy. Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist “assets” in Manchester and why the

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We Know What Inspired The Manchester Attack, We Just Won’t Admit It

The US and UK governments will look in any direction except Saudi Arabia when seeking the causes of terrorism, lest they risk their lucrative relationship with the Gulf monarchy.

Saudi Arabia Salafist top cleric, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, listens to a speech of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Consultative Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of the aims of those who carry out such atrocities is to provoke the communal punishment of all Muslims, thereby alienating a portion of them who will then become open to recruitment by Isis and al-Qaeda

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Islam, ISIS & Buzzfeed: What You’re Not Being Told

In this episode of ‘Behind the Headline,’ Mnar Muhawesh dives into the 1,300-year history of Arbaeen, a Muslim tradition steeped in resistance and sacrifice, and explains how the continued observance of this tradition is a direct defiance of groups like ISIS.

An Indian Muslim man holds a banner during a protest against ISIS, an Islamic State group, and Friday's Paris attacks, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

MINNEAPOLIS --- We hear it every day: “Why aren’t Muslims speaking up against terrorism?” “Where are the Muslims denouncing ISIS?” The people asking these questions tend to ignore a major fact: Muslims are the primary victims of terrorism driven by Wahhabism, an extremist, politically motivated perversion of Islam held by groups like

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