Schlagwort-Archive: uprising

U.S. Journalist Found Dead In Lebanon

by Florian Flade

UPDATE: Lebanese media is reporting today that U.S. journalist John Redwine died as a result of a hiking incident. The American allegedly fell of a rock while climing the mountains of Central Lebanon and suffered from a deadly injury to his head. His death meanwhile was confirmed by United Nation staff in the country.

Lebanese TV reports U.S. freelance journalist John Redwine went missing last Saturday on a hiking trip in Northern Lebanon. Mr.Redwine´s car was found in the Kesrouan region. Unconfirmed reports say the American journalist was found dead near the city of Baskinta. No word on wether Redwine was killed or died because of an accident or natural causes.

Lebanese soldiers were using two helicopters and trained sniffer dogs to search for the missing journalist. UN staff meanwhile told reporters John Redwine´s dead body has been found.

John Redwine, a U.S. citizen born in 1978 in Sioux City (Iowa), has been living in Beirut for several years, reporting about political events in the country and neighboring Syria. He is fluent in Arabic and traveled the region extensively. In April American TV channel „Fox News“ interviewed Mr.Redwine about the uprising in Syria. In 2006 he worked as an Arabic translator for ABC News during the Israel-Hizbollah War.

Redwine´s death comes admits rising tension in the intelligence community as Lebanese Hizbollah has exposed a CIA spy network allegedly operating in Lebanon.

Al-Qaida´s Abu Yahya Calls For Algerian Revolution

by Florian Flade

In a new video release, Al-Qaida´s Libyan ideologue Abu Yahya al-Libi calls for a Islamist uprising in Algeria to topple the regime of Abd al-Aziz Bouteflika who rules the North African country since 1999. The new 28-minute video speech is titled „Algeria and the Battle of Patience“.

Abu Yahya is seen sitting in front of a curtain, dressed in a white robe, talking about Algeria´s past, the French occupation and the need for the Muslims to get rid of the ruling regime.

„France has withdraw its army but France´s greed remains and her plans in Algeria live on like deadly poison“, the Al-Qaida commander claims. Abu Yahya further says that the revolution that has toppled the regimes of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya has to spread to Algeria in the wake of implementing a Shariah state.

The „Arab Spring“ did in fact not effect Algeria to the extent of a regime change. Eventhough Algerian police admitts there have been about 11,000 protests in the country in 2010, this year the Algerian people were not able to organize a uprising big enough to topple Bouteflika.

One reason might be the very vivid memories of Algeria´s long and bloody civil war. Political unrest and instability for many Algerians means violence, death and suffering. The status quo therefore is seen as a lesser evil.

On the other hand, the ruling Party „Front of the Socialist Forces (FFS)“ has shown signs of adapting to the changing situation within the country. The regime does not leave any space for opposition partys to act and reduced all the political elements in the country to be spectators of the regime´s policy.

„Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose“ – is a slogan shared by many Algerians when it comes to politics.

Even with the Jihadist element of the „Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb“ (AQIM) formerly the „Salafist Group of Preaching and Combat“ (GSCP) the latest Al-Qaida call for a Algerian revolution will not result in any political mass movement.

Jihad in Syria?

by Florian Flade

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A new video is circling through the Jihadi Online forums, allegedly showing Jihadi fighters attacking a Syrian military convoy. If confirmed, the footage is the first appearence of Salafi militants taking part in the current political unrest in Syria.

The video seems to be footage recorded with a mobile phone, obviously being of very low quality. No group or movement has been affiliated with the fighters featured in the short clip.

Up to now – with the exception of Yemen and to some extent Libya – al-Qaida and its affiliated groups have not been able to influence the Arab Spring or play any significant role in the uprising. Jihadi groups were celebrating the fall of the dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt but most experts agree on the fact that the revolutions themselves were a huge blow to the Jihadi ideology promoted by al-Qaida.

Whereever the Islamist movement can get a hold of weapons and are able to recruit fighters they will of course take part in the fight against the „taghoot“ (traitor) regimes, as they call them, of the Arab world.