UAE AND SAUDIS NAME AND SHAME TERRORIST GROUPS
... but omit their terrorists of choice
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Last Saturday the United Arab Emirates blacklisted 82 separate organisations, including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State (ISIS) as terror groups in line with Federal legislation denouncing terrorism.
The list, which was published by the state-run WAM news agency, includes the Muslim Brotherhood’s local and regional affiliates, as well as Al-Qaeda-linked groups operating in different parts of the region.
However the blacklist appears far short of complete and does not include Hamas, nor does it include a particularly vicious offshoot of Al Queda by the name of Khorosan, which operates out of northern Syria.
Shiite militant groups figure prominently in the list, including the Gulf States' version of Hezbollah and fighters using the same Hezbollah name in Iraq. But Lebanon’s original Iranian-backed Hezbollah group is not mentioned.
Several groups are fighting against each other in the Syrian/Iraq conflict and Islamist groups in Libya, Tunisia, Mali, Pakistan, Nigeria’s Boko Haram as well as Afghanistan's Taliban account for the bulk of the list.
In late August, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan enacted Federal law No.7, which mandated the list to be published and circulated by the media to increase “transparency and awareness” of terrorist threats.
Curiously, the move follows a similar step taken by Saudi Arabia in March this year but that list is also very selective and also very incomplete as the Saudis are the originators of Al Queda themselves and are currently financing Al Queda offshoots. Hmmmm.
What appears to be happening is that Arab States are blacklisting those who are fighting against those they support, thereby appearing to the West that they are hostile to terrorism in general.
A cunning approach that has the CIA, who is funding the Syrian rebels, scratching their heads as to who exactly they should be shooting.
What is most alarming is the sheer number of fragmented groups that are each determined to form separate caliphates while at the same time slaughtering each other in the process of trying to gain ascendancy.
The groups that can commit the worst atrocities are warm favourites to form an eventual ISIL caliphate. What a mess!
The only tyrant who was able to keep these murderous Islamic mobs under control was Humpty Dumpty, Saddam Hussein. But unfortunately he had a great fall from an American set of gallows where he lost his head and now they wish they could put him back together again.
The Emirates’ list here is missing about 35 known terrorist groups and the question of suspicion that must be asked is, WHY?
1- UAE’s Muslim Brotherhood called Al-Islah
2- UAE terrorist cells
3- Karama organisation
4- Uma Parties in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula
6- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
7- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
8- Yemen’s Ansar al-Sharia
9- Muslim Brotherhood, both the organisation and movement
10- Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyya in Egypt
11- Bait al-Maqdis group in Egypt
12- Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt group)
13- Majlis Shura Al-Mujahedin Fi Aknaf Bayt Al-Maqdis (Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, or MSC)
14- Yemen’s Houthi movement
15- Hezbollah party in Saudi Arabia’s Hijaz
16- Hezbollah in the Gulf region
17- Al-Qaeda in Iran
18- Badr organisation in Iraq
19- Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, also known as the Khazali Network in Iraq
20- Fath al-Islam in Lebanon
21- Osbat Al-Ansar or Asbat an-Ansar (League of the Partisans) in Lebanon
22- Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)
23- Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya
24- Ansar Al-Sharia in Tunisia
25- Al-Shabab in Somalia
26- Boko Haram in Nigeria
27- Al-Murabitoon brigade in Mali
28- Ansar Al-Din movement in Mali
29- Haqani network in Pakistan
30- Lashkar Taiba in Pakistan
31- Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement headquartered in Pakistan
32- Mohammed Army in Pakistan
33- Mohammed Army in India
34- Indian mujahideen in India/Kashmir
35- The Caucasus Emirate by Chechen militants
36- Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
37- Abu Sayyaf Islamist group in the Philippines
38- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
39- Alleanza Islamic d'Italia or Islamic Alliance in Italy
40- Islamic Association in Finland
41- Islamic Association in Norway
42- Islamic Relief Organisation in the UK
43- The Cordoba Foundation in Britain
44- International Islamic Relief Organization belonging to the international Muslim Brotherhood
45- Taliban movement in Pakistan
46- Abu Thur al-Fiqari battalion in Syria
47- Al-Tawheed and Iman battalion in Syria
48- The Green Battalion or Al-Khadraa battalion in Syria
49- Al-Tawhid Brigade in Syria
50- Abu Bakr brigade in Syria
51- Talha bin Ubaidallah in Syria
52- Al-Sarim Al-Batar brigade in Syria
53- Abdullah bin Mubarak brigade in Syria
54- Convoys of Martyrs brigade in Syria
55- Abu Omar brigade in Syria
56- Ahrar Shumar or Free Shumars brigade in Syria
57- Hezbollah brigades in Iraq
58- Brigade of Abu Al-Fadl al-Abbas in Syria
59- Brigades of Al-Yom Al-Mawood (Destined Day in Iraq)
60- Battalion of Omar bin Yasir in Syria
61- Ansar Al-Islam group in Iraq
62- Nusra Front in Syira
63- Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham Al Islami (Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant) in Syria
64- Jaish Al-Islam (Islam Army) in Palestine
65- Abdullah Azzam Brigades
66- Kanvaz in Belgrade, Serbia
67- The Muslim American Society (MAS)
68- Union of Muslim Scholars
69- Union of Islamic Organisations in Europe
70- Union of Islamic Organisations of France
71- Muslim Association of Britain (MAB)
72- Islamic Society of Germany
73- Islamic Society in Denmark
74- Islamic Society in Belgium
75- Sariyat Al-Jabal brigade in Syria
76- Al-Shahbaa brigade in Syria
77- Al-Qa’Qaa’ in Syria
78- Sufian Al-Thawri (Revolutionary Sufian brigade) in Syria
79- Abdulraham brigade in Syria
80- Omar bin Al-Khatab brigade in Syria
81- Al-Shayma brigade in Syria
82- Al-Haq brigade in Syria
Phew, that's a bit of a worry for the West when you consider it is only what the UAE considers competition or personae non gratae.
The Saudis have a different list altogether.