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Facebook is used to recruit militants

The war in Syria requires new victims. Jihadists recruit supporters from British Muslims through social networks. London is puzzled by this dangerous trend. The rebels in the SAR finally got an American anti-tank weapon. Analysts are sure: deliveries go through Saudi Arabia. The radicals are successfully arming despite the dismissal of the chief defender of the Syrian militants, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, from the post of chief of intelligence.

The International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at Kings College (London) analyzed materials posted on social networks from 2012 to the present. A new wave of recruitment has been discovered. In the ranks of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” and “Dzhebhat an-Nusra”, there are about 11 thousands of foreigners fighting, of which 1900 Europeans: from the UK - 366, Belgium - 296, France - 412, Germany - 249, and also from the Scandinavian countries writes the Guardian. In winter, the Europeans were there around 700. Social networks Twitter and Facebook allow you to maintain contact with those who left the British Isles in the SAR. Pages in social networks abound in photos of teenagers with weapons calling their friends to join them. Skype is used for the exchange of experience between recruits and experienced terrorists.

Prominent Islamic religious figures are engaged in online agitation - American Ahmad Musa Jibril and Australian Musa Serantonio, a former Catholic who converted to Islam. 12 Thousands of Muslims enjoy listening to Serantonio's sermons and exchanging messages with him. Djibril 145 has thousands of followers. Some ask if it is possible to participate in jihad with my wife and one-year-old child, others in which place is best to cross the Syrian-Turkish border.

British researchers note that the Syrian conflict was the first in stories the battlefield where fighters are attracted through social networks by the forces of “virtual preachers”. It was possible to trace the path of young British men and women who went to war from Bradford, Manchester, London, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Crowley. Some argue that the reasons for leaving the war were exclusively humanitarian motives of deeply religious people: helping the oppressed Syrian people, the war with the infidels ... Others left at the behest of friends or brought along by romance of adventures.

UK police since the beginning of 2014, have arrested some 30 militants who have returned from Syria or were heading there. Since April, the British secret services block the passage of British suspects in the desire to go to the SAR. 14 of these citizens had their passports confiscated.

The help to radicals is growing not only by people, but also by heavy weapons. The first evidence of jihadist use of American-made anti-tank weapons appeared. Militants of the movement "Hazm" from the Free Syrian Army received 20 anti-tank missile systems (ATGM). And already applied in Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia.

Earlier, intentions to provide the insurgents with MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems) and anti-tank systems declared Saudi Arabia. Moscow warned about the regional danger of hitting these types of weapons to jihadists. US Secretary of State John Kerry assured Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: The United States will not deliver MANPADS and anti-tank systems. Reuters reports that American missiles are everywhere: in the north, south and southeast of the SAR. Publication analysts believe: American ATGMs are most likely shipped from warehouses in Saudi Arabia. But the United States is aware of the transfer, as stipulated by the contract.

Armed militants Riyadh goes, despite the resignation from the post of the head of Saudi intelligence Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a major supporter of the Syrian radicals. His dismissal is associated with failures in an attempt to manage the Syrian crisis, said NG Theodore Karasik, head of research and development at the Military Analytical Institute of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. A number of officials in the kingdom believe that Bandar was expelled as having failed in his task: “Riyadh wanted Assad to be eliminated, but chaos occurred instead. Today, Saudi Arabia’s international policy is more centralized. This does not mean that the assessment of the future of the SAR is the same for Riyadh and Washington. A recent meeting between US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah demonstrated the continuation of political differences. " But this does not interfere with the supply of weapons to sworn enemies of Assad.
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  1. industries_88
    industries_88 April 17 2014 13: 23
    Do not you say! Social networks and the Internet are used to grow thugs and degenerates. The discovery of America is straight)))
    1. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB April 17 2014 14: 07
      Nothing, social networks will help gather militias to fight for the independence of Texas or some other state ... the boomerang will return!
  2. Arh
    Arh April 17 2014 13: 24
    Maybe our special services are there !!!)))
    1. Alex_Popovson
      Alex_Popovson April 17 2014 14: 44
      Maybe our special services are there !!!)))

      Of course, FSBuk!
  3. Apollo
    Apollo April 17 2014 13: 25
    To the name and content of the branch.
    And why be surprised, for example, I am not surprised. Where the creators of Facebook, Twitter, Istagram etc. sit and live. That's right in the USA. That's just it. By the way, it could not have done without the help of the US special services. I am completely silent about total control.
    1. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith April 17 2014 14: 13
      Meanwhile, in Damascus over the weekend and Monday, government troops liberated 6 villages.
  4. konvalval
    konvalval April 17 2014 13: 26
    We assume that this is the cost of technological progress.
  5. Zelen
    Zelen April 17 2014 13: 29
    All social networks can be used for recruitment.
  6. mamont5
    mamont5 April 17 2014 13: 31
    And Facebook was created as a help for the Amer special services. They have a storehouse of information, a recruiting office and a bulletin board.
  7. ArhipenkoAndrey
    ArhipenkoAndrey April 17 2014 13: 31
    The recipe for healing from paranoia of mercenarism is to outlaw mercenaries and destroy them on the spot without trial and investigation; no international rules should apply to them - people from countries that are not at war but are illegally killing for money in someone else’s territory, were caught immediately palm by the neck, you see the followers come to their senses.
  8. Morgan
    Morgan April 17 2014 13: 32
    Why are recruits fighting in real life, and not in social networks? Why do they need rockets? Their weapons should be spam, flood and trolling. These are the 7th generation wars bully
  9. bubalik
    bubalik April 17 2014 13: 35
    Online agitation ,,, it's all a lie ,,, laughing
  10. Giant thought
    Giant thought April 17 2014 13: 41
    If there is recruitment on the Internet, then you can monitor and, accordingly, take preventive measures.
    1. from punk
      from punk April 17 2014 13: 50
      Quote: Thought Giant
      If there is recruitment on the Internet, then you can monitor and, accordingly, take preventive measures.

      remove from friends laughingat Avakov it’s really in the army’s network, and in Lugansk and Dnepropetrovsk. You’ll go into the network and grab it. They liberated the SBU buildings there and scouted
  11. Krsk
    Krsk April 17 2014 13: 44
    and what did you expect from the resource with the name of the facebook
  12. Pacifist
    Pacifist April 17 2014 14: 02
    Of course, I can be mistaken in the context of international politics, but the supply of MANPADS and anti-tank systems to militants should remove any restraining mechanisms of support for President Assad and the people of the ATS, legally elected by the people of the SAR. Those. we can safely supply Syria with any weapons they need.
    1. Sadikoff
      Sadikoff April 17 2014 15: 32
      So far, the solution to the Ukrainian problem is holding us back, which is why it was created.
  13. Alex_sw4
    Alex_sw4 April 17 2014 14: 07
    What is most sad, all those people who fight for democracy produce a huge number of murderers and terrorists. When they get tired of fighting Syria, where will they go next? In which country will they kill? They will not disappear.
  14. Good cat
    Good cat April 17 2014 14: 07
    That’s straight without even reading the plus. Social networks, the development of a zombie, and Facebook specific bullshit
  15. Mhpv
    Mhpv April 17 2014 15: 37
    And here is how ukrFeature works:

    Kolomoisky set a reward for the capture of Russian saboteurs: 10 000 cu for each and 1 000 cu for the machine

    Deputy Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Region Boris Filatov proposed new methods of combating terrorists.

    He wrote about this on his Facebook.

    Filatov continued: "I thought a lot about the events in Donetsk and Luhansk. The only conclusion is that this is the revolution of poverty. The revolt of the tired, desperate and unheard of the authorities. Yanukovych's clique, which plunged our fellow citizens into an abyss of hopelessness, today provokes them into separatism, distributing money stolen people and promising a future in a neighboring unfriendly state. "

    He turned to the residents of Donbass: "Our Russian-speaking brothers from Donbass. Confused. Lost landmarks. Bought for the sweet promises of villains. We have an offer. For each returned barrel, a reward is paid for a machine gun of 1000 US dollars, a machine gun - 1500 US dollars, a grenade launcher - 2000 US dollars.

    For each transferred "green man", he is also a mercenary who set foot on our common land and tries to push us in a fratricidal war - a reward of 10 US dollars. For each vacated building transferred to the LOCAL authorities and under the protection of the special company "Donbass" of the "Dnepr" battalion - a reward of 000 US dollars (and the territorial community retains free access at any time)

    All details, places of transfer of money, contact numbers tomorrow in a special message from the Headquarters of National Defense ".
  16. kelevra
    kelevra April 17 2014 17: 46
    And someone doubted ?! My profile was tracked because of my counter American publications. I was found, threatened, my friends who live in America, left all my social networks and stopped calling. Then they deleted my profile from Twitter and Facebook from interpretation of violation of the laws of the US Department! Many questions, but the answer is one damn Yankee shove hands everywhere!
  17. voliador
    voliador April 17 2014 22: 55
    I hope that Assad will survive.