#Terrornoia Update: Mar. 26, 2014

Danny Benavides
March 26, 2014

 

This week, the empire runs amok in Syria with little indication of progress or peace — just as the neocon-inspired destabilizers prefer.

Speaking of destabilization, terrorist threats cast a shadow over upcoming elections across Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan — right on cue. Additional links about Pakistan’s ISI and other regional “allies” make for some very interesting reading.

Hell, those interventions went so swimmingly, the U.S. continues to ramp up the same, failed strategies across the “Dark Continent,” even as the blowback sprays burning ash and bullshit right into America’s collective face.

I’ve compiled quite a number of links this week, and I’ve been a bit behind schedule recently, so without any further ado…

 

Absolutely essential journalism from this week

Al-Qa’ida’s second act – the full five-part series via Patrick Cockburn @ The Independent [mandatory reading here]

Al-Qai’da aid project shows the way in Afghanistan via Patrick Cockburn @ The Independent [dollars also die at the graveyard of empires, while militants seize influence by picking up the pieces]

War In Syria Set To Intensify Eric Margolis @ EricMargolis.com [Washington, D.C., Israel, and Riyadh show no signs of stopping this regime change operation]

Invasion of the Data Snatchers via Catherine Crump and Matthew Harwood @ TomDispatch [not just a really clever title, but a revealing look at "smart" tech and the "internet of things" that has captured us within the world wide web]

A Lifetime of War—Explained via Kirkpatrick Sale @ LewRockwell.com [war is the health of state, and a blight on the society]

Eyes on Syria

The Northern Storm Brigade: It’s History, Current Status, and Why It Matters via Chris Looney @ Syria Comment [a profile of John McCain's jihadist buddies]

‘American’ jihadist in Syria pictured with dangerous ISIS commanders via Bill Roggio @ The Long War Journal

Syrian opposition leader denies being a war profiteer via Richard Spencer @ The Telegraph [still doesn't hold a candle to Lockheed, et al.]

French parents alone against Syria jihad recruiters via Nicholas Vinocur and Pauline Mevel @ Reuters

Al Qaeda official in Syria was extremist preacher in Australia via Thomas Joscelyn @ The Long War Journal

ISIS enforces strict religious law in Raqqa via Hadil Aarja @ Al-Monitor

Chechen commander for Al Nusrah Front reported killed in fighting against Syrian forces via Bill Roggio @ The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front official confirms senior al Qaeda leader has been killed via Thomas Joscelyn @ The Long War Journal

Turkey downs Syrian plane it claims violated its airspace during border fighting with rebels via Mitchell Prothero @ McClatchy News

NATO’s Turkey Providing Air Support for Al Qaeda in Northern Syria via Mimi Al Laham @ Land Destroyer Report

With al Qaida’s Nusra Front leading, Islamists seize control of Syria-Turkey border crossing via Mitchell Prothero @ McClatchy News

Al Nusrah Front video features veteran al Qaeda military leader via Thomas Joscelyn @ The Long War Journal

Syria’s Islamist rebels force Christian activist to wear veil via Edward Dark @ Al-Monitor

Qaeda Militants Seek Syria Base, U.S. Officials Say via Eric Schmitt @ The New York Times

Terrornoia and electioneering across the Middle East

Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer @ Der Spiegel

After DNS change fails, Turkish government steps up Twitter censorship via Sean Gallagher @ Ars Technica

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden via Carlotta Gall @ The New York Times [a revealing story, and definitely worth closer examination]

Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden’s Hideout and Protected Him, NYT Reporter Confirms via John Glaser @ Antiwar [read alongside the above NYT piece]

Afghanistan frees 77 prisoners despite UK, coalition warning via Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni @ Reuters

Gunmen Attack Luxury Hotel in Kabul Weeks Before Afghanistan Elections via Azam Ahmed and Matthew Rosenberg @ The New York Times

Suicide bombings kill at least 17 in Afghanistan via Sayed Salahuddin @ The Washington Post

Jeish Al-Adl Executes One of Five Iranian Border Guards Abducted Last Month via Jim White @ Emptywheel

Blowback and backfiring across Africa

Nigeria Market Bombing Kills At Least 20, Boko Haram Suspected” @ Reuters/Al Jazeera

Gunmen kill 6 in attack on Kenyan church via Joseph Akwiri @ The Washington Post

U.S. sends Osprey aircraft, more Special Operations forces to hunt Ugandan warlord via Karen DeYoung @ The Washington Post [KONY2014? The Empire will find any excuse to intervene abroad and sell weapons to its client states and proxy armies]

Libyan port rebels demand tanker back before any negotiations via Feras Bosalum, Ayman al-Warfalli, and Ulf Laessing @ Reuters

Egyptian judge sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death via Nancy A. Youssef @ McClatchy News

How Egypt is Stopping the Next “Syrian War” via Tony Cartalucci @ Land Destroyer Report [a clear-headed assessment with much-needed context]

U.S. Special Ops Planning for Action in Globe’s ‘Dark Areas’ Mark Thompson @ Time

Recommended media and podcasts

National Summit To Reassess the U.S.-Israel “Special Relationship” @ NatSummit.org [the audio and video of this impressive and important event from earlier this month are now available for download]

ClandesTime episode 024 – The Intelligence Industrial Complex via Tom Secker @ SpyCulture.com [with James Corbett]

De-Manufacturing Consent- “Business as Usual: The CIA-Senate Committee Shell Game & Mexico’s New Order” via Guillermo Jimenez @ Boiling Frogs Post/TOR [interview with Narco News investigative journalist Bill Conroy]

BFP EyeOpener Report – The Psychology of Cognitive Dissonance via James Corbett @ Boiling Frogs Post [Corbett addresses the dreaded "C" word again in this exceptional installment of BFP's "EyeOpener"]