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Afghanistan: Statement by Global Coalition

Brussels 31.08.2021 “The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS strongly condemns the attacks that occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. We grieve for the loss of Afghan and British civilians, and American service members at the hands of Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The tragic loss of life is only compounded by the fact that those killed were endeavoring to evacuate or working to conduct that humanitarian mission” reads the Statement by the Global Coalition to defeat Daesh/ISIS.

“The Coalition and its partners continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, as we did when we fought to achieve the territorial defeat of Daesh/ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Daesh/ISIS remains a determined enemy and we will continue to take necessary action to ensure its enduring defeat. To that end, we are focused on leveraging the Coalition’s expertise and the efforts of its working groups to counter Daesh/ISIS’ global branches, including Daesh/ISIS-Khorasan, and to identify and bring their members to justice”.

“We will continue working closely together under the auspices of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS to effectively counter this dangerous threat. In that effort, we will draw on all elements of national power—military, intelligence, diplomatic, economic, law enforcement—to ensure the defeat of this brutal terrorist organization. We will continue to apply robust counterterrorism pressure against Daesh/ISIS wherever it operates”.

EU committed to defeat Da’esh

Brussels 28.06.2021 “The EU remains firmly committed to the Global Coalition against Da’esh. The job is not yet finished in Iraq and Syria, where the core of Da’esh is still active, even if gone largely underground. Stabilisation and reconstruction are key to prevent its resurgence. We also see a growing influence of Da’esh in areas already made vulnerable by conflict, including West Africa and Mozambique. The pandemic and its impact on local economies are also creating new opportunities for Da’esh to exploit” the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell said, while addressing in Rome the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Da’esh.

“This is why our collective action remains crucial to ensure sustainable progress” the diplomat continued.

“In Iraq, the EU has invested over €1.3 billion since 2014 in development, humanitarian and security assistance. Since 2017, we support civilian Security Sector Reform through an EU Advisory Mission (EUAM Iraq), with a team of up to 80 international staff. The mission works very closely with the Ministry of the Interior and will soon extend its presence also to Erbil.

“When I met with Foreign Minister [of Iraq, Fuad] Hussein last week, I also announced the deployment of an EU Election Observation Mission for the October elections.

“On Syria, we continue to push for a political solution in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. We insist on the importance of non-normalisation with Syria in order to maintain pressure on the regime to engage in the UN process. In March, the EU co-chaired the 5th Syria Conference in Brussels to mobilise the international community in support of the Syrian people.

“The EU also supports the stabilisation of the North East with projects to build resilience against radicalisation, prevent violent extremism, and in support of vulnerable children and youth.

[The humanitarian and security conditions in the camps remain difficult. The EU visited the region last week and will launch new stabilisation assistance, including for camps and prisons.]

“Turning to Africa, I warmly welcome the new Coalition members from the African continent who join us for the first time today.

“In Sahel, we have to pay closer attention to the region: in Central Mali we see every day two grave security incidents causing deaths or injuries. This is of concern to all of us. For this reason, the EU is committed to keep up its military and civilian engagement. We have three [Common Security and Defence Policy] CSDP missions in the region, with around 1,000 staff to support host countries in the fight against terrorism. The EU also supports the G5 Sahel Joint Force and stabilisation efforts in support of local populations.

We again welcome a role for the Coalition in the Sahel region. A role that has to be played in close coordination with international efforts in the framework of the Coalition for the Sahel.

Finally, on Mozambique. The humanitarian and security situation in Cabo Delgado is rapidly deteriorating. At the request of the Mozambican government, the EU is finalising the planning for an EU military CSDP mission aimed at providing human-rights compliant training and capacity building to selected units of the Mozambican armed forces.

The EU is further engaged with humanitarian, development and stabilisation assistance adding up to nearly €60 million for projects to build confidence between security forces and local communities.

“Two years after the defeat of Da’esh by Coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, it is clear that there is still much work to do. The EU will continue to do its part, together with the Global Coalition and its partners”.

Leyen condemns Vienna attack

The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen offered her condolences to the Austrian people, following the Vienna attack by the terrorist group Islamic State. The EU top executive has spoken to Austria Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to express the determination to “relentlessly fight terrorism”, and stand by Austrian people in this tragic circumstances. At least one assailant killed four people and seriously injured more than a dozen of others before being shot dead by police in an attack in Vienna, that officials assessed as radical Islam terrorism.

“I offered my deepest condolences to the Austrian people following the Vienna attack by “Islamic State” terrorists. I condemn this despicable attack in the strongest terms possible”, von der Leyen wrote on her Twitter micro blog.

The president of the European Parliament David Sassoli reacted with “sadness and horror” on Vienna attack, adding that Across our continent, the Europeans “stand united against violence and hate”.

At least four people were killed and 15 others injured in a series of shootings that started near the Stadttempel synagogue in central Vienna on Monday night, on November 2, the attackers, according to the Interior Minister Karl Nehammer were connected to the ISIS terrorist group.

The shooting began at about 20H00 local time at six different locations by multiple gunmen armed with rifles, according to local authorities. Police shot and killed one of the suspects, whom authorities later described as an Islamic terrorist, who was wearing a fake explosive belt.

EU focus on counter-terrorism in Iraq

The Minister of foreign affairs discussed the latest developments in Iraq. The diplomats have been assessing the consequences of the recent escalation of tension and major security incidents in Iraq and its impact on the entire the region. They also considered the impact of these developments on the international coalition engaged in the fight against Da’esh.

Ministers have exchanged views on possible ways to de-escalate tensions both in the short and long term.

Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, invited to the Council has assessed the discussion with Foreign Ministers as important.

He expressed the opinion of a profound need to continue to support Iraq, fighting  international terrorism, and stay united in face of the threat.

Iraq: French jihadists sentenced to death

Three French Daesh members sentenced to death in Iraq. (Image above: Baghdad).

Kévin Gonot, Léonard Lopez and Salim Machou – they are among the 12 French jihadists transferred to Iraq to for a trial.

French jihadists face trial in Iraq

Iraqi courts will prosecute 13 French citizens captured while conducting jihad for the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria, President Barham Saleh confirmed.

The jihad fighters, who were turned over to Iraq after being seized by Kurdish forces in Syria, “will be judged according to Iraqi law,Saleh told at Paris news conference after talks with President Emmanuel Macron.

“Those who have engaged in crimes against Iraq and Iraqi installations and personnel, we are definitely seeking them and seeking their trial in Iraqi courts,” he continued.

An Iraqi government source informed that 14 French citizens engaged in jihad had been brought to Iraq by the US-backed forces trying to remove them from their last bastion in Syria.

Uzbek refugees charged with terrorism in Sweden

For more than a year, the three men from Central Asia  planned a terrorist attack against Sweden, according to the prosecutor,  Expressen newspaper reports.

They have bought hundreds of kilos of chemicals that can be used to make explosives and put pictures on terror targets in Stockholm.

At the same time, they and another three men have sent money to the Islamic state.

Expressen has close up of the suspects.

On July 5, 2017, 46-year-old construction worker David Idrisson  writes a chat message to an acquaintance who is in Syria, in an area controlled by the Islamic state: We need a car mechanic.” The answer: “Big brother, the best mechanics are with you. Or do you need someone who can decorate the car when to go and undergo marriage? Big brother, if you want, I can send you a video that teaches about how to decorate the car and I will also contact some brothers who are involved in decorating cars before the wedding if God wants.

May God reward you,” writes Idrisson.

This is one of many conversations included in the evidence that the prosecutor invokes for David Idrisson and his two co-defendants Atabek Abdullaev, 39, and Bakhtiyor Umarov, 30, for more than a year to prepare a terrorist act in Sweden.

David Idrisson (46) Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation for terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Was the one who bought the chemicals as the prosecution applies. Also charged for small drug offenses after police found 49 grams of cannabis in his car. Citizen of Uzbekistan.  Registered in the Stockholm area but lives according to their own declaration in Strömsund in Jämtland. Divorced, state that he has eleven children.

He arrived to Sweden under refugee quota and received a residence permit in 2008. The Migration Board stated that he was harassed by the Uzbek authorities because he was a practicing Muslim. Has changed its name in Sweden in the meantime. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

Bakhtiyor Umarov, 30 Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation of terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Also charged for having used a false Greek passport when he transferred money to a recipient in Turkey. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered home address  in Stockholm. Married, his wife and children live in Turkey. Arrived in Sweden the first time in 2011. Returned in 2012 to Uzbekistan and then lived in Russia and later Turkey. On December 30, he traveled from Istanbul to Sweden and applied for asylum. Has told the Swedish Migration Board that he has been harassed by the Uzbek security service.Has written in a chat that he lived together with the man who carried out the terrorist attack against the nightclub Reina in Istanbul New Year’s night 2017. During the investigation, he suggested that he confused the assassin with someone else. In a chat he said that he is watching videos with decapitations with his two-year-old son. Propaganda of the Islamic state has been found in his phone and computer. He has admitted that his voice is heard in a propaganda video for Islamic state. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

Atabek Abdullaev, 39 Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation of terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Also charged for having invoked a false employer certificate when he tried to become a customer of HandelsbankenCitizens of Kyrgyzstan, speak Uzbek. Written in Stockholm. Missing residence permit in Sweden. Came to Sweden in August 2017 according to your own words. He has applied for a work permit in Poland to get the right to stay in the EU. Stated that he has a wife in Kyrgyzstan who has two children. In his computer and phones, investigators have found material that shows that he supports the Islamic state. In social media he has posted pictures on, among other things, the T-center and Mall of Scandinavia, which prosecutors interpret as possible terrorist targets. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

All men deny any allegations of terrorist offenses.

According to David Idrisson, the “wedding” and “car mechanic” chat is about plans for a real wedding. The chemicals were part of a larger batch of different products, including color, which he bought from a company that went bankrupt. He was interested in the color but not the chemicals, he claims. When it comes to the chemicals, which are in the center, he has provided a full and detailed explanation of how they have come into his possession. It has happened involuntarily, says his defender.

Man, 34 years from Uzbekistan. old Arrested on May 28. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in the Stockholm area. Arrived to Sweden the first time in 2008. Searched asylum but failed and was expelled. In 2011, he applied for work and residence permits, which he was granted. He has wife and three children in Sweden. Denies the charges.

Man, 39 years old from Uzbekistan. Arrested on October 18th. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State.  Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in Östergötland, he himself said that he lives in Stockholm. Denies the charges.

Man, 24 years old from Uzbekistan. Arrested on September 5. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in Jämtland. The only one of the suspects who is not detained. Denies  the charges.

 

 

 

IS militants families ordered repatriation to Belgium

A Belgian judge has ordered the relevant government offices to repatriate six children of Islamic State (IS) militants and their mothers who have been detained in a camp in Syria, the national news agency Belga said reported.

Tatiana Wielandt, 26, and Bouchra Abouallal, 25, both Belgian citizens, and their children have been held in the Al-Hol camp in since the defeat of Caliphate in nearly all territory it once held in Syria and Iraq.

Belga quoted the court ruling as ordering the government to take all necessary and possible measures to ensure the six Belgium citizens and their mothers can return home.

After a series of terrorist attacks Belgium has changed the rules, ordering anyone returning from the Levant a pre-trial detention and a three–five-year (and sometimes longer) prison sentence. In jail, these individuals are spread among the general prison population with individual security measures and monitoring, as well as constant assessment of radicalisation behaviour by trained staff and special units.

Furthermore, inmates are offered tailor-made disengagement programmes and probation measures to facilitate their return to society. The security services and local agencies receive relevant information from the prison authorities to ensure continued monitoring and adequate counselling.

Belga news agency did not inform about the further procedures concerning the group of IS members of the family.

Putin approves of US troops removal from Syria

Vladimir Putin said that agrees with the assessment of Donald Trump that the terrorist group, the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) was in general  defeated.

As for the victory over the Islamic State, I agree with the US President in general,” Putin said at annual news conference. “We’ve achieved considerable transformation in the struggle against terrorism in these territories and caused severe damages to the Islamic State in Syria.

The  presence of the US troops in Syria is “not necessary” Putin added. “Let us not forget that the presence of US troops in Syria is not legitimate” he continued, poiting that  there is no UN Security Council resolution to justify it. A military contingent can stay there only under a UN resolution or at the invitation of Syria’s legitimate government. “We are in Syria at the government’s invitation” the President concluded.

The United States has neither”, so pulling out the troops if a “right decision” Putin said.

 

 

 

EU supports Nobel Prize winners projects

The European Commission has announced an additional €5 million in support of concrete projects of the two 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege maintaining its commitment to women who are victims of sexual violence.

This new support was announced  in Brussels as the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Development, Neven Mimica, met with Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege. The two winners were invited to discuss the eradication of violence against women and its impact on development, together with EU development Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council.

“As the European Union, we admire the immense courage and tireless work of Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege, who often put their own lives at risk. We have a duty to support their work and all the people they represent, as we are doing, and this is also the best way to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” Mogherini said.

“Violence against women and girls is one of the most horrendous crimes, one of the greatest injustices of our time, and an obstacle to the development of any society. I am very pleased to be able to strengthen our support for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates. This is how the European Union can help put an end to sexual violence, once and for all, everywhere in the world”, Commissioner Neven Mimica added

The EU plans to strengthen its ongoing stabilisation and reconstruction efforts in the Sinjar region in Iraq through a €1 million contribution to Nadia Murad’sSinjar Action Fund” initiative. European development cooperation in the liberated areas of Da’esh in the country supports in particular the needs of displaced populations, vulnerable groups and local communities.

A further €4 million will support Dr Mukweges work to ensure the continuity of support programmes for victims of sexual violence and women suffering from gynecological conditions at the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This initiative for the reconstruction of Sinjar will create infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and encourage the return of displaced populations to their homeland.

Since 2014, the European Union’s development cooperation in Iraq amounts to approximately €310 million. Part of this funding is specifically dedicated to the stabilisation and the socio-economic reconstruction of the areas liberated from Da’esh. EU support helps create the conditions for sustainable return of displaced people, including by clearing contaminated sites, restoring basic services and providing livelihoods. Since the beginning of the crisis, more than 1.7 million displaced people have returned to their homes.

The European support for the two 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates is part of its broader commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment globally. The EU has established an ambitious partnership with the United Nations by launching the “Spotlight Initiative” in September 2017. This programme is supported by €500 million to fight all forms of violence against women and girls.

Following the South-East Asia programme of the Spotlight initiative launched in November 2017 and the Latin America programme launched in September 2018, the Africa programme will be officially launched in early 2019. With €250 million in funding, the Africa programme will focus on combating harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation and forced child marriage.

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