Entries by Barry Webb

HOT FLASH: New York Times Reports Qatar Supporting Terror in Somalia

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 […]

Martyr Ideology

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, […]

Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

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 […]

INTEL REPORT: Interview with an ISIS leader, Libya and Turkey with Analysis

ISIS LEADER INTERVIEW The sin’at al-mawt (industry of death) program carried on the Saudi-owned, Dubai-based al-arabiyya TV on 28 June featured an interview with a top-ranked ISIS individual.  His name is El-yass Aaden, and his movement name was abu ‘Ubaydah at-Turki, indicating he was from Turkey.  Though Turkish, he spoke decent Arabic.  He was described […]

INTEL REPORT: Egypt, Algeria, Iran/Africa, Turkey’s Dead Body Problem, The Saudi View — plus Analysis

EGYPT The host of the sin’at al-mawt (Industry of Death) program on the Saudi-owned al-arabiyya TV channel interviewed an Egyptian Counter Terrorism expert on 21 June.  The Egyptian guest claimed that ISIS leader al-Baghdadi has recently urged his supporters and cells to escalate their attacks. In this context, the Egyptian CT expert, in answer to a […]

Muhammad’s Night Journey

What it is:  The basis of the story is that one night while Muhammad was sleeping in Mecca, the angel Gabriel came and woke him and had him mount the mighty steed Buraq, usually described as a steed with supernatural powers.  Buraq took Muhammad to Jerusalem where he found Abraham, Jesus, and other prophets.  There […]

INTEL REPORT: Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, France & Algeria.

SUDAN After weeks of more or less peaceful demonstrations by the quwa al-horeeya w-at-tagheer (Freedom and Change forces) with the exception of an unknown individual(s) shooting at the demonstrators, which was blamed on “deep state” holdovers from the al-Basheer regime, this past weekend saw the regular Sudanese armed forces open up intense fire on crowds […]

May 2019 Middle East Intel Report

On 17 May the al-arabiyya TV program Sin’at al-Mawt interviewed two experts on Iranian affairs.  The topic of the program was the attack against the oil tankers off the coast of the U.A.E. near Fujairah. The Gulf-based expert believed that the operation against the oil tankers required the technologies and techniques of a state actor, […]