LIBYA The war in Libya, after months of stalemate, has heated up again. There is some evidence that the troops led by Gen. Haftar have been gaining some ground in Tripoli and other areas held by the Tripoli government. The reason for this turn of events appears to be Russia. The civil war in Syria […]
About Barry Webb
Barry Webb has logged a 25-year career as an Arabic Translator/Analyst for the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies where he held top secret and above clearances. He has worked military intelligence, counter terrorism, diplomatic intelligence, and economic intelligence in both sigint and osint formats and has lived, worked, and studied in the Arab Middle East for half a dozen years. Along with two colleagues he compiled the nation’s first terrorism data base.
He has two MA degrees, one in Ancient History, and the other in Middle Eastern Studies. He has also taught some school along the way. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Washington based “Americans for Intelligence Reform.”
Mr. Webb began studying the Qur’an in Arabic in the mid-70s in Egypt from a Muslim who tried (and failed) to convert him. But, since then, Mr. Webb has continued to study the Qur’an and Islam. He has read the Qur’an front to back numerous times in both English and Arabic.
After retiring he has continued to follow the rise in terrorism around the world, and kept his eye on events in the Middle East via Arabic news sources such as the satellite TV stations of al-Jazeera and al-Arabiyya as well as Arabic print media over the internet. In addition, he has also read countless books and articles in English on Islam and terrorism.
All of these experiences and studies combined with our government’s refusal at all levels to understand the issue have scared the “you-know-what” out of him which in turn inspired him to write his recently published book “CONFESSIONS OF AN (EX) NSA SPY: Why America and its allies are losing the war on Terror,” and his soon to-be-published book “CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS 2.0: The Arab/Islamic View.”
Entries by Barry Webb
TURKEY/SYRIA The Saudi-owned al-arabiyya TV station has reported today that Turkish forces have fired on Syrian forces. (that’s Syrian as in the Assad bunch from Damascus). This comes because of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) whom we allied with during the ISIS war and who were forced to make mends with Damascus upon the U.S. […]
IRAQ This past week, Arab Spring-like protests have been taking place in Baghdad and numerous other Iraqi cities. The protests have been mainly against corruption, which is rampant in Iraq. Other issues mentioned by protesters are lack of jobs, defects in public services, and the excessive Iranian influence. Iraqi Shi’a have been the primary movers […]
Friday, 27 September, al-Jazeera Arabic reported that the call for demonstrations against President as-Sisi asked for the people to hit the streets after the Friday prayers. That has already happened early Friday morning U.S. time. In the meantime the security services blocked off all the streets and bridges leading to midaan at-tahreer (Cairo’s center plaza […]
The number one topic this past week in the Arabic media is the attack against the Abqaiq oil refinery installations in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Immediately after the attack the Shi’a Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility saying that they used ten drones to attack two separate refineries in Saudi Arabia’s eastern region. These claims […]
According to an article on www.aljazeera.net (Arabic version) of 28 July 2019, the Jordanian “artists union” demanded that all Jordanian actors and technicians working on a certain film set in the Petra region should withdraw from the project–even though the producer of the film is himself, an Arab. The reason given for pulling all the […]
ISRAEL-LEBANON Last week we reported that the Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Shaykh Khaled bin Ahmad bin Muhammad Aal Khalifa, tweeted that Israel has a right to defend itself, in response to the flap over the two Israeli drones that violated Lebanon’s airspace, one of which carried explosives and took out an Hizbollah office in south […]
The “sin” in question here is shirk, or the ascribing of partners unto Allah. The first verse quoted below spells this out for Muslims, so as to leave no doubt about the “unforgivability” of that sin. “Verily, Allah does not forgive the ascribing of partners unto him (shirk), but for (sins) other than that he […]
Last December when President Trump promised to pull all American Troops out of Syria and let the Turks keep the peace and take care of ISIS (a promise Trump made after a phone call with Erdogan), I said that this was Trump’s Neville Chamberlain moment. Well now, the chickens have come home to roost. Even […]
The weekend of 02-04 August the Saudi-owned al-arabiyya TV channel’s weekly program sina’at al-mawt aired a show they called “The Muslim Brotherhood’s war in Europe.” Highlights included the following: The program focused mainly on the situation in Belgium where Muslims comprise 1/5 of the population of its capital city of Brussels. Of course, Brussels is […]
A Saudi guest on Sarah Damdhawi’s tafa’alkom program aired on al-Arabia TV on 04 August 2019 said that: “Qatar killed Hamza bin Usama bin Laden as a gift to the U.S.” A little background is in order here. Hamza, the son of Usama bin Laden was the future of al-Qaeda. He was the sole figure […]
On 30 July 2019 www.aljazeera.net reported that in spite of the rising tensions in the Gulf, an Emirati military delegation visited Iran for the 2nd time in two weeks. These visits by delegations from the Emirati Coast Guard had to do with discussing “cooperation” on border issues between the two countries and cooperation concerning “unlawful […]
On July 22, 2019, al-arabiyya TV news reported that a NYT radio cast reported on Qatar’s support for terrorism in Somalia. But, of course, at Americans for Intelligence Reform we have been reporting on Qatar’s (and Turkey’s) support for terrorism since the moment we joined. This is a huge leap for the NYT which heretofore […]
In a previous video interview with we discussed the phenomenon of human sacrifice in Islam as pertaining to the inclination of HAMAS and other Islamist groups (both Shi’a and Sunni) to deliberately put children and other civilians in harms way during wartime, and explained that justification by quoting Islamic jurisprudence (al-Masri, ‘umdat as-Salik pp. 583-584). Then, […]
The Saudi-owned al-arabiyya TV, and their website www.alarabiya.net both reported on a terrorist attack in Libya’s second largest city, and “Capital” of General Haftar’s forces (on 11 July 2019). The information for these reports came from a video interview with General Ahmad al-Mismari, the spokesman for Gen. Haftar’s forces. The circumstance of the attack was […]