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 […]
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
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 […]
Arab news entities are heavily covering the air attack on a migrant camp in Tripoli. The migrants in this camp were mostly black Africans who had made their way across the Sahara desert, and survived, and were waiting in the camp until they could find passage to Europe. But after surviving the Sahara desert, death […]
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 […]
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 […]
ENERGY NEWS MBS-Egypt TV talk show host Amru Adeeb, in his show al-hakayya (the story) aired on MBS- Egypt on 15 June, reported that Egypt is becoming an “energy hub for Europe as well as Africa.” In this context he noted that Egypt has signed a deal to deliver natural gas to Europe, and plans […]
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 […]
SUDAN Events in Sudan continue to dominate the Arabic news media. After the last round of violence last week leaving hundreds dead, the military junta’s “supporters” the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the United Arabic Emirates (UAE), and Egypt have backed away somewhat from their open support, and have freely reported on the live fire […]
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 […]
One of the myths that Muslims are brainwashed with from birth is that the Qur’an was always pre-existing in heaven long before the universe was created. In other words the Qur’an is co-equal with Allah, is Allah’s very word, and in fact, in a sense, is Allah himself since by definition the Qur’an is “uncreated” […]
Robert Mueller concluded his “probe” of Trump, the Trump campaign, and of everyone who knows Trump, and even of some who knew people who knew Trump . . . way back in March. He effectively resigned at that time and became a private person just like you and me. So, why is Mueller coming back […]
SUDAN The vice president of the military junta now controlling Sudan, General Muhammad Hamdan was recently interviewed by a correspondent from Egypt’s al-ahram newspaper. During the interview General Hamdan thanked Egypt for its role in terms of siding with the “revolution.” Based on this interview, and a host of other news items that have come […]
On 20 May 2019 President Donald Trump held a rally in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Montoursville. This raises the obvious question of . . . why? Trump is famous for basking in the adoration of huge crowds of 20,000-30,000 for his rallies. Montoursville has a total population of 5,000. In the special election held […]
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, […]