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November 19, 2019 Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1485

Qatar's Role In 9/11 And Hosting Jihadi Commanders; Afghan Taliban's Hideouts Move To Safe Haven Of Doha

November 19, 2019 | By Tufail Ahmad
Qatar | Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1485
  May 8, 2003: Qatar's emir Hamad bin Khalifa Aal Thani meets with George Bush in Washington Introduction This report examines Qatar's relationships with jihadi organizations. Right through the 1980s, Afghan mujahideen – backed by the U.S., Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Arab donors – fought against the Soviet troops from their hideouts in the mountainous terrains of Afghanistan. Since the 9/11 attacks on New York, the Pentagon, and other American targets, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban, especially its Haqqani Network) has been fighting and killing American and NATO soldiers from its shelters in Afghanistan and in Pakistani cities such as Abbottabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Quetta.[1] While this situation has not changed, a new dimension has been added since 2013: As part of a highly ingenious plot, which the world is yet to realize, the Afghan Taliban leaders' hideouts have moved to the safe haven of Doha, the capital of Qatar, from where the senior-most Taliban commanders plot, direct, and execute terror attacks on U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. These jihadi leaders execute such anti-U.S. activities while dining with American officials in Qatar's luxurious hotels in the name of peace talks. While American taxpayers bear the cost of the meals that U.S. officials have with the Taliban commanders in Qatar, it is disturbing to learn that three top commanders of the Haqqani Network – Anas Haqqani, Hafiz Rashid, and Haji Mali Khan – may soon settle in Doha, Qatar. Under a U.S. deal with the Taliban, the Afghan government reluctantly agreed to free the three terrorists in exchange for two Western professors of the American University of Afghanistan.[2] The attempt to move the Haqqani Network's commanders to Doha is perfectly in tune with Qatar's long-standing relationship with jihadi commanders, as this report will review. The Trilateral Relationship Between Qatar, Pakistan, And The Taliban A November 13, 2019 report in Roznama Ummat, a pro-Taliban Urdu-language daily, noted that the three Haqqani Network commanders will "be taken to Qatar within a week."[3] The Haqqani Network, founded by late jihadi commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, and now run by his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, is a highly effective terror organization within the Afghan Taliban. On September 22, 2011, Adm. Mike Mullen, the then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Haqqani Network carried out a truck bombing at a NATO post and another attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul earlier that month.[4] Two of the three terrorists being freed are related to Sirajuddin Haqqani: Anas Haqqani is Sirajuddin's brother, and Hafiz Rasheed is their maternal uncle. Of the third terrorist being freed, Roznama Ummat noted: "[Haji Mali Khan] has played an important role in the reorganization of the Haqqani Network and training of its commanders."[5] Qatar and Pakistan are working in tandem to move the Taliban leaders to Doha. This suits Pakistan, which has been under scrutiny by the international community for supporting the Taliban. Further, not only do these commanders work freely from Qatar, but they also help Pakistan escape international scrutiny for its support to them. The Haqqani Network is a terror behemoth with up to 20,000 members.[6] Three Haqqani Network terrorists freed for two western academics In his 2011 testimony, Mullen clearly said that the Haqqani Network executed the terror attacks with the aid of the Pakistani military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), stating: "The Haqqani Network acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency" and "with ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted that truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our [American] embassy."[7] America's top military general added: "We also have credible evidence that they were behind the June 28th attack against the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller but effective operations."[8] In the years after 9/11, Qatar emerged as a preferred host for jihadi groups and their commanders. In 2016, a journalist reported: "In one western district [of Doha], near the campuses hosting branches of American universities, Taliban officials and their families can be found window-shopping in the cavernous malls."[9] The report noted: "Officials from Hamas, a Palestinian militant group, work from a luxury villa near the British Embassy, and recently held a news conference in a ballroom at the pyramid-shape Sheraton hotel."[10] Qatar's critics say: "Doha, rather than the benign meeting ground described by Qataris, is a city where terrorism is bankrolled, not battled against."[11] Qatar is also host to the radical Egyptian cleric Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who radicalizes Muslims by issuing statements such as: "We have the 'children bomb,' and these human bombs must continue until liberation."[12] Qatari Emir's Role In Protecting "The Principal Architect Of The 9/11 Attacks" In 1996, Qatari emir Hamad bin Khalifa Aal Thani helped Khalid Sheikh Mohammed escape. Qatar also has a long-standing relationship with not only the Taliban and Haqqani Network but also with Al-Qaeda commanders and Pakistani jihadis such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. According to Richard A. Clarke, who served as National Coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Qatar was instrumental in foiling the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad (KSM) – the Pakistani terrorist described in The 9/11 Commission Report as "the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks" on American cities.[13] The 9/11 Commission Report observed: "In 1992, KSM spent some time fighting alongside the mujahideen in Bosnia and supporting that effort with financial donations. After returning briefly to Pakistan, he moved his family to Qatar at the suggestion of the former minister of Islamic affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Abdallah bin Khalid bin Hamad Aal Thani. KSM took a position in Qatar as project engineer with the Qatari Ministry of Electricity and Water. Although he engaged in extensive international travel during his tenure at the ministry – much of it in furtherance of terrorist activity – KSM would hold his position there until early 1996, when he fled to Pakistan to avoid capture by U.S. authorities."[14] However, it was the Qatari government that enabled KSM to flee. According to The 9/11 Commission Report, after an indictment against KSM was obtained from a U.S. court in January 1996, "an official in the government of Qatar" warned KSM about it and he successfully "evaded capture (and stayed at large to play a central part in the 9/11 attacks)."[15] It was also from Qatar that KSM wired money to Mohammed Salameh, a co-conspirator of Ramzi Yousef, who had been involved in several other terror plots and was convicted in the U.S. for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.[16] Clarke, who chaired the multi-agency Counter-Terrorism Security Group (CSG), noted that 9/11 attacks could have been prevented if KSM's arrest was not foiled by Qatar. He wrote: "We could not trust the Qatar government sufficiently for us to do what otherwise would have been obvious: ask the local security service to arrest him and hand him over. The Qataris had a history of terrorist sympathies and one cabinet member in particular, a member of the royal family, seemed to have ties to groups like Al-Qaeda and appeared to have sponsored KSM."[17] However, a decision was taken to talk to the Qatari government to arrest KSM. "Within hours of the U.S. ambassador's meeting with the Emir [of Qatar to seek the arrest], KSM had gone to ground. In tiny Doha, no one was able to find him. Later, the Qataris told us that they believe he had left the country. They never told us how," Clarke noted.[18] In 1996, Hamad bin Khalifa Aal Thani was the emir of Qatar, succeeded later by his son Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani. Qatar's Long-Standing Relationship With The Afghan Taliban October 31, 2019: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar Akhund hands over certificates to students at a graduation ceremony in Doha In the years after 9/11 terror attacks, several Taliban commanders moved to Qatar, which was seen by them as a hospitable refuge for jihadis. Taliban leaders like Mullah Abdul Salam Zaif, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan in pre-9/11 years, moved to Doha, whereas some Taliban members arrived as Afghan laborers and businessmen to work in Qatar.[19] Mullah Abdul Aziz, a former first secretary of the Taliban government's pre-9/11 embassy in the UAE, moved to Doha, ostensibly as a businessman.[20]  Tayyab Agha, a former official of the Taliban leadership office in Kabul, emerged in Qatar as the Taliban's lead negotiator, though he resigned in 2015, over internal differences, as the head of the Taliban's Doha-based Political Office.[21] Qatar's hospitality of jihadi commanders was a result of its state policy pursued by the Aal Thani royal family. Around 2010, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Aal Thani, the emir of Qatar till 2013 and father of the current emir, Tamim bin Hamad Aa Thani, was being billed as "the Arab Henry Kissinger."[22] The United States shut its eyes to Qatar's support for the terror organizations operating in and outside the Middle East, especially in Bosnia.[23] According to one report, even before 9/11, Qatar "did have cordial relations with the [Taliban] militants" during 1996-2001 when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from Kabul.[24] Qatar's deep influence among the Taliban was also evident in the release of Canadian citizen Colin Rutherford. For five years to 2016, Rutherford was held captive by the Afghan Taliban. When the militants freed him in 2016, Qatar's envoy to Ottawa Fahad Mohamed Kafoud noted that "instructions" to help free Rutherford came from Qatar's emir, adding: "We received direct instruction from our government and from His Highness the Emir to facilitate and to do our best."[25] According to the Qatari government's website, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a personal telephone call to Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani "in which he expressed deep gratitude and thanks to HH the Emir for the efforts made by the State of Qatar."[26] Arrival In Qatar Of The Five Taliban Commanders From Guantanamo Bay Five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo Bay detention center, from left to right: Mullah Norullah Nori, Mohammed Nabi Omari, Mohammed Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, and Abdul Haq Wasiq. In 2014, the United States Treasury Department's Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen said: "Distressingly, Iran is not the only state that provides financial support for terrorist organizations... Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has for many years openly financed Hamas, a group that continues to undermine regional stability. Press reports indicate that the Qatari government is also supporting extremist groups operating in Syria."[27] However, driven by a strong desire for talks with the Taliban, the Obama White House overlooked the Qatari government's support for terrorist organizations. In March 2009, then U.S. President Barack Obama – motivated by "the success of the U.S. strategy of bringing some Sunni fighters in Iraq to the negotiating table" – said that "there may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and the Pakistani region."[28] In fact, by then he had decided to talk to the Taliban. Speaking on International Women's Day in 2009, then Afghan President Hamid Karzai noted: "Yesterday [March 7], Mr. Obama accepted and approved the path of peace and talks with those Afghan Taliban who he called moderates."[29] In and around 2010, the Taliban leaders had begun arriving "secretly" in Qatar as part of efforts to engage with American officials.[30] In 2013, a report noted that "more than 20 relatively high-ranking Taliban members" lived in Qatar.[31] It was estimated in 2018 that "about three dozen Taliban leaders" lived in Doha with their families.[32] While President Obama initiated the process of talks with the Taliban in 2009, another incident happened in Afghanistan that year. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of the U.S. Army walked away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for several years. The initial series of contacts between the U.S. and the Afghan Taliban involved the freedom of Sgt. Bergdahl in exchange for five top Taliban leaders being freed from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in 2014. Following their release these five leaders went to Qatar. According to a report, "Qatar played a role in brokering" Sgt. Bergdahl's release.[33] The five Taliban prisoners who joined the Taliban's Political Office in Doha are: Mohammed Fazl, the former Taliban army chief; Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former governor of Herat province; Abdul Haq Wasiq, the Taliban's deputy intelligence minister; Mullah Norullah Nori, a close confidant of the late Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar; and Mohammad Nabi Omari, a Taliban communications officer.[34] In 2010, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, a top Taliban leader, was arrested in a joint U.S.-Pakistani intelligence operation and was released in 2018. Following his release he went to Doha where he replaced Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai as the head of the Political Office in early 2019.[35] Mullah Baradar Akhund – who has led delegations to Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Pakistan in 2019 – also holds the post of the Islamic Emirate's Deputy Emir for Political Affairs. Mullah Baradar Akhund, a key terrorist commander until 2018, now acts from his base in Qatar as the head of the state of Afghanistan, rejecting the existence of the elected Afghan government. Qatar's Violation Of Afghanistan's Conditions For Hosting Taliban Leaders In 2013, as the United States was pressing for a dialogue with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan, then Afghan President Hamid Karzai reluctantly agreed with the U.S. to allow for the Islamic Emirate's Political Office to be established in Doha. However, Karzai laid down some conditions: "[The Political Office] would maintain a low profile and work only as a venue for peace talks... [And it would not] be used for other activities, such as the expansion of Taliban ties with the rest of the world, recruitment or fundraising."[36] All of these conditions have been repeatedly violated by the Taliban on the watch of the Qatari leadership. The Political Office opened on June 8, 2013, in Doha. The first condition that it would maintain "a low profile" was violated on the first day. It came as a shock to Afghans and the Afghan government that "an opening ceremony" was organized for this purpose while the Taliban were "yet to renounce" their "known ties to Al-Qaeda."[37] A former Afghan official noted that organizing such a ceremony for the jihadi terror group was "contrary to the careful policy agreements and diplomatic exchanges which had been worked in details between President Karzai, the United States and other relevant parties, including efforts by the Qatari government," yet the main parties, being the U.S. and the host Qatar, allowed for it.[38]   July 9, 2019: Qatar's current emir Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani meets with U.S. President Donald Trump Subsequently, the Political Office did become the venue for peace talks. However, another of the three conditions set by President Karzai was violated routinely as the Taliban began using it for diplomatic outreach with other nations for holding bilateral talks, thereby undermining the role of the Afghan government in international relations. On the watch of the U.S. and Qatar, the elected Afghan government was undermined regularly and repeatedly. From the Doha-based Political Office, the Taliban commanders began acting as the sole government of Afghanistan on the international stage. Since 2013, the Taliban have sent delegations to Japan, Iran, Norway, Russia, China, Germany, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and formally to Pakistan.[39] Their objective was to achieve international legitimacy as the sole representative of the state of Afghanistan. At least one of the five Guantanamo Bay detainees freed by the U.S. had "contact with members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani Network during the past year [in 2015] while in Qatar," whereas "the U.N. acknowledges their sanctions have been circumvented" by the Taliban leaders based in the Doha office.[40] These are not the only violations by the Doha-based Taliban leaders of the conditions set by President Karzai. In November 2019, it emerged that the Taliban run religious schools in Qatar: Abdullah bin Abbas Dar-ul-Huffaz and Abdullah bin Masood Dar-ul-Huffaz. Evidently, a terrorist group, given an office to hold talks with the U.S., is being allowed by the Qatari government and the U.S. to spread its tentacles. On October 31, 2019, the Taliban also organized a graduation ceremony for the students which was attended, according to a Taliban website and a video report, by 20 people, including the Taliban and other Afghans based in Qatar.[41] Some very young students sitting alongside the Taliban leaders in the audience at a graduation ceremony in Doha on October 31, 2019 In recent years, questions have been raised about Qatar's role in facilitating and legitimizing the activities of the Afghan Taliban. In 2018, Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani – Qatar's special envoy for counterterrorism and conflict resolution – was asked specifically about this and, while arguing that it was the U.S. that wanted Qatar to host the Taliban's Political Office, noted: There was "no military solution" to the Afghan situation.[42] It is unfortunate that a terrorist organization, which was operating more like a guerrilla force from its hideouts in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, has moved to the safe haven of Doha. In September 2013, a former Afghan official warned that in addition to deriving legitimacy through the Political Office, the Taliban "hope to kill their way back to power in Afghanistan and help create the same state which gave rise to a safe home to Al-Qaeda."[43] This prescient remark appears more real than ever as the world moves into the year 2020. * Tufail Ahmad is Senior Fellow for the MEMRI Islamism and Counter-Radicalization Initiative   [1] While Quetta has served as the operational headquarters of the Afghan Taliban, it was in Abbottabad that U.S. special forces found and killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. [2] The two professors are U.S. national Kevin King and Timothy Weeks of Australia, whom the Haqqani Network abducted in Kabul in August 2016. It should be noted that King and Weeks were freed on November 19, 2019. [3] Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), November 13, 2019. [4] The New York Times (U.S.), September 23, 2011. [5] Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), November 13, 2019. [6] MEMRI JTTM report, Pakistani Daily: 'Haqqani Network: Another Behemoth In The Making'; It has 15,000 – 20,000 Active Sympathizers, February 14, 2011. [7] The New York Times (U.S.), September 23, 2011. [8] The New York Times (U.S.), September 23, 2011. [9] Nytimes.com (U.S.), July 16, 2017. [10] Nytimes.com (U.S.), July 16, 2017. [11] Nytimes.com (U.S.), July 16, 2017. [12] Nytimes.com (U.S.), July 16, 2017. [13] The 9/11 Commission Report. For further discussion of Qatar's role involving the Afghanistan-Pakistan jihadis, see MEMRI Daily Brief The US-Taliban Negotiations: A Deadly Qatari Trap, by Yigal Carmon, September 1, 2019. [14] The 9/11 Commission Report. [15] The 9/11 Commission Report. [16] The 9/11 Commission Report. [17] Nydailynews.com (U.S.), July 6, 2017. [18] Nydailynews.com (U.S.), July 6, 2017. [19] Bbc.com (UK), June 22, 2013. [20] Thedailybeast.com (U.S.), April 24, 2017. [21] Arabnews.com (Saudi Arabia), August 4, 2015. [22] Bbc.com (UK), June 22, 2013. [23] It appears the Qatari royal family did know of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11 attacks, since his days in the Bosnian jihad. [24] Bbc.com (UK), June 22, 2013. [25] Nationalpost.com (Canada), January 11, 2016. [26] Mofa.gov.qa (Qatar), January 12, 2016. [27] Cnsnews.com (U.S.), June 10, 2014. [28] Aljazeera.com (Qatar), March 9, 2009. [29] Aljazeera.com (Qatar), March 9, 2009. [30] Bbc.com (UK), June 22, 2013. [31] Bbc.com (UK), June 22, 2013. [32] Nytimes.com (U.S.), October 31, 2018. [33] Nationalpost.com (Canada), January 11, 2016. [34] Militarytimes.com (U.S.), October 30, 2018. [35] MEMRI JTTM report Afghan Taliban Appoint Mullah Baradar As Head Of Political Office In Qatar, January 31, 2019. [36] Bbc.com (UK), June 22, 2013. [37] Huffpost.com (U.S.), September 22, 2013. [38] Huffpost.com (U.S.), September 22, 2013. [39] MEMRI JTTM report Photos: Taliban Delegation Led By Mullah Baradar Akhund Meets With Uzbek Officials In Tashkent, Visits Tomb Of Ninth Century Islamic Jurist Imam Bukhari, August 14, 2019. [40] Voanews.com (U.S.), June 1, 2015. [41] Alemaraenglish.com (Afghanistan), November 4, 2019; AlemarahVideo.org (Afghanistan), October 31, 2019. [42] Nytimes.com (U.S.), October 31, 2018. [43] Huffpost.com (U.S.), September 22, 2013.

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Iranian President Rouhani: Protests and Riots Are Two Different Things; If Roads Are Blocked, We Can Identify Cars and Their Drivers; We Can't Export More Oil or Raise Taxes, So We Must Reduce Fuel Subsidies

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At a government meeting about recent protests following the rise of fuel prices in Iran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that since the government cannot raise taxes or export more oil, it has to cut down on subsidies. In a warning to the protesters, he said that his government would not tolerate riots and that the government has monitoring systems and cameras that enable it to identify cars and their drivers if roads are blocked. His statements aired on Channel 1 (Iran) on November 18, 2019.

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Hassan Rouhani: I feel like I should say a few words to our dear public about the events of the past three days. The main goal of the government in its plan to support livelihood under the economic sanctions, and in light of the pressure on the public's livelihood, was to help the middle-class and low-income households. To accomplish that, we have only three options: To raise taxes and use the revenues to pay [the needy], to export more oil and use the money this would generate for that purpose, or to reduce the subsidies to some extent, and offer the money this would generate to the public. The public is aware that under the current circumstances, there are limitations on our oil sales.
 

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In years like 2011, we had a yearly income of $110 billion from oil sales. Things are now very different. In addition, we cannot raise taxes significantly. Due to the economic circumstances of our society, we can only collect moderate taxes from the public.
 

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In 2019, there was an average increase of 9.7% in fuel consumption. This is almost ten percent. If the process continues next year, and since our daily fuel consumption was 97 million liters, the increased consumption this year and next year will force us to import fuel again by 2021.
 

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The public does not benefit from the fuel price in a balanced manner, so we had no choice but to create some kind of balance. In addition, because benzine and other fuels are cheap in our country, we witness the smuggling of fuel in large quantities to neighboring countries. In fact, it was mainly the smugglers who benefitted from cheap fuel.
 

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When we implemented this plan, we saw that some people took to the streets to protest.
 

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What the government did, it did in keeping with the law.
 

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Protests and riots are two different things. Every public has the right to protest, even against the government. Even if this is harsh and bitter criticism, we will welcome it wholeheartedly. They are welcome to say whatever they want, but we must not allow there to be lack of security in our society. I have a car so I can drive it, not so I could block the road. If they block the roads... Fortunately, we have so many monitoring systems and cameras that we can identify the cars, the license plates, and the drivers. I ask the judiciary to act according to the law in this regard.
 

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If anyone wants to abuse this justified protest by the public, and comes with cold weapons, machetes, or even firearms, and attacks banks, police stations, or the broadcast authority – we will not tolerate such a thing in our country. Under no circumstance will the government allow anyone to riot and cause lack of security.

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November 19, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8371

Russian Expert Andrey Baklitsky: Russia's Assistance In Creating A Chinese Missile Attack Warning System Will Affect US-China Relations; The System Will Be Focused On The US

November 19, 2019
Russia | Special Dispatch No. 8371
On October 3, speaking before a Valdai Club conference of foreign-policy experts in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that Russia is helping China develop a missile warning system: "We are now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile-warning system, a missile-attack warning system," Putin said.[1] Commenting on Putin's disclosure, Russian expert Andrey Baklitsky published an article in the Russian media outlet Rbc.ru, titled "China Alerted: To What Will Moscow's Decision to Provide Aid to Beijing Lead." Baklitsky assessed that Russian technical assistance to China in creating a missile attack warning system will not affect Russia-China relations, but it will directly impact US-Russia relations. "It is difficult to imagine a situation in which the developed system will pose a threat to Russia. Moscow and Beijing do not see each other as potential adversaries in the foreseeable future. It is logical to assume that the new system will be primarily focused on the United States," Baklitsky wrote. He then added that the creation of a missile defense system could induce Beijing to develop a national missile defense system, a possible accelerant to the arms race between China and the United States. Baklitsky concluded by stating that while Russia may play an important role in developing a Chinese missile attack warning system, in the current international situation, China would have developed such a system even without Russian assistance.. Below is Baklitsky's article:[2] (Source: Kremlin.ru) "The President of Russia's remarks at the Valdai Forum repeatedly touched on the subject of strategic nuclear weapons. In 2018, Vladimir Putin explained to the audience the concept of a retaliatory strike, he also said that Moscow was helping Beijing create a missile attack warning system (SPRN). This is a logical result of the Russian-Chinese rapprochement and the return of the 'nuclear factor' to the great powers confrontation. This is also the process of gradual formation of new relations between nuclear states, the results of which we have yet to learn." A Different Deterrence "Nuclear deterrence (and possession of nuclear weapons mainly comes down to a deterrence) is based on the principle of a guaranteed retaliatory strike. If the enemy's strategic forces can be easily destroyed, they won't have a special deterrent effect. Therefore, all nuclear-weapon states seek to protect their nuclear arsenals, place warheads on different types of carriers, send them under water, into the air and underground, to increase reliability or quantity. "In the case of Russia and the United States, this race was supplemented by an early warning system for a missile attack. Given the remoteness of the two countries from each other, specialized satellites must mark the launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and ground-based radars confirm the trajectory of warheads, which would leave time for the launch of the state's own nuclear weapons until the moment of the attack (retaliatory strike). In theory, this makes a preemptive attack at the enemy's strategic forces pointless. "Unlike the two nuclear superpowers, Beijing doctrinally refused to deliver a nuclear strike first and proceeds from the assumption that even a small number of Chinese warheads that will survive a nuclear attack will suffice for a retaliatory strike. Such an approach does not require maintaining strategic forces in constant combat readiness; it is believed that the Chinese armed forces keep nuclear warheads separate from delivery systems. "Therefore, a missile attack early warning system was not a priority for China, although the country has deployed several powerful ground-based radar stations. But the general deterioration of relations between Beijing and Washington, as well as the collapse of the arms control system forced China to give attention to strategic forces. At the October military parade in honor of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the Dongfeng 41 intercontinental ballistic missile and the hypersonic glider placed on the Dongfeng 17 medium-range ballistic missile were demonstrated for the first time. It is obvious that the problem of missile attack warning has become more pressing for the country. Russian Footprint "Russia's participation in the development of the Chinese SPRN is an example of the development of two long-term trends in relations between the countries. On the one hand, Beijing has become one of the largest buyers of Russian weapons, including the most advanced ones (Su-35 fighters and S-400 air defense systems), on the other hand, Russia and China are actively cooperating in the military sphere (participation of military personnel of the two countries in military exercises, naval maneuvers, joint patrolling by strategic bombers). The development of the SPRN system combines two areas and allows us to talk about a new level of trust, although not yet about a formal military alliance. "According to the newspaper Vedomosti, a fairly modest contract on developing software has been concluded between the two countries so far, but it is obvious that this is obviously only the beginning. Moscow may offer Beijing assistance in the integration of the already deployed radars, as well as in the construction of new radar stations, for example, the 'Voronezh' series. As far as one can tell, China also does not have early warning satellites, despite rumors regarding the Shijian 11 series of satellites. Here, the advantage of Russia looks less convincing: only this summer the third satellite of the Russian Unified Space System was launched, which allowed covering the entire territory from which missile launches can be expected. But, cooperation in satellite development is also possible. "Finally, the next step, though not in the near future, could be the integration of the Russian and Chinese SPRNs and the exchange of information on missile launches of third countries. Moscow and Beijing are already practicing elements of such interaction in the framework of the annual computer-based missile defense training and military exercises. And if ground-based radars would hardly add anything to the existing Russian potential, a possible Chinese satellite system could be a good addition to Russian orbital facilities. "It is difficult to imagine a situation in which the developed system will pose a threat to Russia. Moscow and Beijing do not see each other as potential adversaries in the foreseeable future. It is logical to assume that the new system will be primarily focused on the United States. And in the hypothetical case of the worst-case scenario in Russian-Chinese relations, the SPRN will not play a key role: the proximity of the two countries suggests that in the event of hostilities short and medium-range missiles will be used first, and not ICBMs, for whose detection the system is tailored." Andrey Baklitsky (Image: Lenta.ru) Chinese Warning "The process that has begun will have the greatest impact on Sino-US relations. In addition to more substantive military cooperation between Russia and China, Washington will have to take into account Beijing's new approaches in the nuclear sphere. The Chinese military and experts have long been talking about the need to put the country's nuclear forces in a state of readiness for launch on warning. The creation of an SPRN system could push the Chinese leadership towards such a decision. "Chinese experts believe that the retaliatory strike does not contradict the principle of non-usage of nuclear weapons first, but recall that the early warning system has repeatedly demonstrated technical failures more than once in its history. Blindly relying on it when deciding to launch a nuclear strike can be dangerous, especially for a country that does not have decades of experience in using a missile defense system. In fact, the development of a warning system does not necessarily mean a transition to the retaliatory strike concept and putting nuclear forces on high alert. The time gained from using the system can be used to disperse nuclear forces, evacuate the leadership, prepare control systems, etc. "Finally, the creation of a missile defense system could induce Beijing to develop a national missile defense system, which could accelerate the arms race between China and the United States. "One shouldn't overrate Russia's contribution to the creation of China's SPRN. In the annual report to the Congress on military affairs and security issues related to Beijing, the Pentagon has repeatedly mentioned China's desire to create an SPRN space tier. Russia may play an important role in the development of the Chinese missile attack warning system, but in the current international situation it will be implemented in any case."   [1] Tass.com, October 4, 2019. [2] Rbc.ru, October 9, 2019.

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November 18, 2019 Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1484

Weapons Confiscated Under 'Red Flag' Law From Suspected Leader Of Washington State Chapter Of The 'Atomwaffen Division' Extremist White Supremacist Terrorist Network – But He Is Not Charged With A Crime; A Review Of Atomwaffen Division's Online Activity

November 18, 2019
Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1484
By: MEMRI Staff Introduction In October 2019, Seattle authorities confiscated five rifles, including an AK-47, and three pistols and other gun components from 24-year-old Kaleb James Cole, an avowed neo-Nazi. The weapons were seized under Washington State's "red flag" Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), which authorities requested to file against him on September 26. The request stated: "Kaleb Cole is a self-admitted member of the Atomwaffen Division and believed to be the cell leader of the Washington state chapter." The judge in the case said that Cole posed "a serious threat to public safety by having access and possession to firearms and a concealed pistol license." A prosecutor said, "This was an individual who had access to firearms and was preparing for a race war." Under ERPO, he is prevented from owning weapons for up to one year.[1] Later, on November 4, Cole was present during the arrest of a suspected Atomwaffen Division member in Post, Texas. Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh, 23, was arrested for possessing firearms while illegally using marijuana and THC oil. Law enforcement seized firearms from Bruce-Umbaugh's vehicle, including a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, an AR-15 rifle, an AK-47 rifle, and another semi-automatic rifle, and at least 1,500 rounds of ammunition. At the time of the arrest, both Cole and Bruce-Umbaugh were wearing tactical military gear, which is commonly worn by Atomwaffen Division members.[2] Bruce-Umbaugh (left) and Kaleb Cole at Auschwitz (Source: Dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7691023/Neo-Nazis-tactical-gear-1-500-rounds-ammunition-arrested.html, November 15, 2019) While Atomwaffen Division, one of the most violent extremist groups in the U.S. which is linked to a series of killings, openly calls for violence against Jews, minorities, the LGBTQ community, and the federal government, and its members undergo military training to actively prepare for a "race war," Cole was not charged with any offense. The confiscated weapons. (Source: Wqad.com/2019/10/18/police-seize-guns-from-avowed-neo-nazi-in-washington/, October 18, 2019) Against this backdrop, this report will review Atomwaffen Division members' online activity promulgating hate speech and calls for violence and also showing means of taking action. The Atomwaffen Division – Background The Atomwaffen Division (Atomwaffen is German for "atomic weapon") was founded by Brandon Russell in 2015, who recruited for it via the now-defunct Ironmarch.org website that was a popular forum for white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and fascists.[3] It originated in the American South but has since expanded to other regions in the U.S. and to other countries, including Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom.[4] Atomwaffen poster circulated on Ironmarch.org, for Atomwaffen Division which was posted on the now defunct website ironmarch.org, stating that a "new order will rise from the ashes of the kike system" and featuring an Atomwaffen slogan, "Join your local Nazis."(Source: Brewminate.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/022318-08-Atomwaffen-Blaze-Bernstein-LGBTQ.jpg, accessed November 14, 2019) The group fetishizes Nazi relics and Third Reich propaganda and as part of its brand of racist, fascist, and white-nationalist ideology it holds that the current world order is coming to an end. Its goal, therefore, is to overthrow the U.S. federal government, carry out ethnic cleansing, and create a white ethno-state. Atomwaffen Division particularly idealizes white supremacist James Mason, author of the 1992 book Siege, who currently serves as an advisor to the group. According to a prosecutor in a 2019 case against Atomwaffen, Mason "may well represent the most violent, revolutionary, and potentially terroristic expression of right-wing extremism current today."[5] An Atomwaffen video uploaded November 12, 2019 and titled "Nuclear Congress 2019,"[6] features masked group members with James Mason. In it, one member reads a text aloud. The following is the transcript: James Mason: "You live and you act your philosophy.. it develops according to need and ability. Our best weapon, and our best shield is truth. We owe it to ourselves and to the truth to wield it most properly." Masked figure: "...our chances of being left alone skyrocket with this practice. So it is of the upmost importance that we establish ways to finance and execute this endeavor before they start using their tools at hand to put us away for what we think, which appears to be a more and more likely scenario as the tension and violence plaguing the system escalates..." James Mason: "What should happen following the turn of the 21st century [is] that more young people should bring forth... the Atomwaffen Division... all of it... outside of my control... but here we are gathered today." This is followed by text reading "More to come soon" and some binary code, and the Atomwaffen motto "Join your local Nazis!" with the address of the group's TOR website, atomyn4ln9oqw5it.onion. James Mason with members of the Atomwaffen Division. Source: "Nuclear Congress 2019" video, November 12, 2019 According to a former Atomwaffen member, the group has approximately 60 members and many more "initiates." He called the group a "Nazi extremist group seeking to spread terror" whose main course of action is through lone wolf activity.[7] The "Nuclear Congress 2019" video also featured a ceremony akin to knighting for promoting "initiates" as full-fledged members. A masked Atomwaffen member, left,  (on the left) places a sword on the shoulder of a masked "initiate." In the background is the Black Sun symbol between two Atomwaffen Division flag; two other members wield. (Source: "Nuclear Congress 2019," November 12, 2019)   The new member stands next to the member who performed the ceremony. (Source: "Nuclear Congress 2019," November 12, 2019)   Like many white supremacist groups and individuals that are inspired by literature on the subject, Atomwaffen bases its ideology on Mason's Siege, which calls for a "leaderless, cell-structured terrorism and white revolution." The book presents the author's belief in the need to establish neo-Nazi terror cells willing to strike at American culture, which is controlled by "the System," comprising Jewish influences[8] (see also MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 1472, The Evolving White Supremacy Ideology And Its Protagonists, September 6, 2019). Atomwaffen's terror activity was revealed in May 2017, after 18-year-old Devon Arthurs, thought to be a co-founder, shot dead two of his Florida roommates and fellow members, Andrew Oneschuk, 18, and Jeremy Himmelman, 22. He said initially that he had killed them because they teased him about his recent conversion to Islam.[9] Arthurs told police that among Atomwaffen Division's potential targets were nuclear reactors, power lines, and synagogues. In the apartment, police found a "bomb-maker's work shop," Nazi paraphernalia, guns, radioactive material, and homemade explosives, as well as a framed photograph of 1995 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.[10] Other Atomwaffen-linked murders include the December 2017 incident in Reston, Virginia when member Nicholas Giampa, 17, shot and killed his girlfriend's parents after they forbade her from associating with him because of his views. Additionally, in January 2018, member Samuel Woodward stabbed the Jewish and openly gay Blaze Bernstein to death.[11] Atomwaffen Division's Online Activity Until July of 2019, Atomwaffen Division was active on social media platforms including Gab and Twitter. Since then, its accounts on social media are terminated almost as quickly as they are opened. At this time, its posters and recruitment videos are posted on sites such as BitChute, which serves as a YouTube-type platform for white supremacists,[12] and the Russian VK, to which U.S. white supremacists barred by Facebook are migrating,[13] and also on the "Atomwaffen" Telegram channel.[14] A pinned poster on the Atomwaffen Division Telegram channel. Hate Speech And Calls For Violence In Videos And Other Content In its videos and posters, Atomwaffen Division promotes Nazi and white supremacist ideologies, recruiting with slogans such as "Join your local Nazis" and showing their members shouting "Gas the kikes! Race war now!" and giving the Nazi salute, for example in a video titled "Zealous Operation" posted on YouTube and the Internet Archive in July 2018.[15] Another video, "The Sword Has Been Drawn," also posted in July 2018 on the Internet Archive,[16] featured founder Russell saying: "To all of those who have abandoned ship since hitting rough waters, woe to you. Adolf Hitler once said there is no room in this world for cowardly people." "#OperationRockwell," another one posted at the same time, included audio of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, saying: "There is only one way to win back for our nation and our race the birthright that was conferred on us by our founding fathers. That way is to fight. You don't win it by talking. You don't win it by publishing newspapers. You don't win it by passing pamphlets and saying: 'Take a look at this, what the Jews are doing.' That doesn't win anything. You go out where the Jews are... And the Jews come up in force and they try to kill you, and in the process people see that they're not [the] love-and-brotherhood people that they're supposed to be. They're pretty vile. This is the way that every single great advance in the history has been written and run. We're getting young people more and more. You can't get them by passing them papers. You can't get them by talking to them. You can't get them by private meetings. You get them by fighting, getting out there in the streets and defying these Jew traitors, and egging them on: 'Come on, you Jew cowards, let's see what you got.'" Atomwaffen Division has 20 videos on the Internet Archive (archive.org); they were all posted in July 2018.[17] They are categorized under "Atomwaffen," "Atomwaffen Division," "AWD," "Ironmarch," "SIEGE," "James Mason," "Nazi, National Socialism," "Fascism," "Revolution" and "Hate." They show the group carrying out "field activities" demonstrating its affinity for violence and its aspirations for fomenting civil and racial chaos, including military-style weapons training, and social activity such as group bonfires where members drink alcohol and burn items such as copies of the U.S. Constitution and the LGBTQ rainbow flag, the UN flag, the Israeli flag, and so on. Showing the group members' brotherhood is aimed at appealing to potential members The videos are titled: "Fire Up The Panzers and Launch the Nukes" "Atomwaffen Visits Texas A&M" "Atomwaffen Visits the University of Washington" "Evergreen State College" "#ResistRacialEclipse" "Left-Right Spectrum" "#OperationRockwell" "James Mason is Back" ":The Lesson of Charlottesville" "Urban Exploration" "Announcement For Our Supporters" "SIEGE – Family" "Doomsday Hatecamp 2017 – Midwest" "Happy Nuke Year" "Zealous Operation" "The Sword Has Been Drawn" "Atomwaffen Division In Germany" "VladislavShootsRifle" "Accelerating Vengeance!" "Nuclear Congress 2019" A video showing the global aspect of Atomwaffen's activity, also posted in July 2018 on the Internet Archive, a member tells potential recruits in Germany: "National Socialism is alive despite the whole world wanting to destroy it. This clearly shows us its deep, unswerving power. Oh Germany freedom fighters, follow the Atomwaffen Division! We are preparing for the last fight in ruins, which is soon coming. The knives are already being whetted! And to our true comrades of Atomwaffen Division in the United States: Greetings from Germany. Also here, we prepare for the last, long fight, soon to come. Sieg Heil!"[18] Video: "Atomwaffen Division" A compilation of Atomwaffen recruitment videos shows the group carrying out provocative and violent acts, including burning flags and a copy of the U.S. constitution, members giving Nazi salutes, and chanting slogans such as "Gas the Kikes!" and "Race War Now!" as they fire weapons during military-style training. To view this video, click here or below: A video titled "Atomwaffen Division in Germany," posted in July 2018 on the Internet Archive, featured the group's activity in Germany. To view this video, click here or below Atomwaffen In Canada It was reported in June 2018 that Atomwaffen has emerged in Canada, and that the group has at least one prominent Canadian member, a figure known as "Dark Foreigner," who has been described as its graphic designer. A Canadian national intelligence agency official said that Atomwaffen is on its radar.[19]  Atomwaffen members in Canada (source: Vice.com, June 19, 2018)     [1] Nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/atomwaffen-kaleb-cole.html, October 17, 2019; Nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-arsenal-seized-neo-nazi-leader-red-flag-law-20191019-bo2ml7mcjfgrjhj5xhkez2n7cy-story.html, October 19, 2019; Cnn.com/2019/10/19/us/kaleb-james-cole-guns-seized/index.html, October 19, 2019; Wqad.com/2019/10/18/police-seize-guns-from-avowed-neo-nazi-in-washington/, October 18, 2019. [2] Dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7691023/Neo-Nazis-tactical-gear-1-500-rounds-ammunition-arrested.html, November 15, 2019. [3] Spiegel.de/international/the-hate-network-an-inside-look-at-a-global-extremist-group-a-1226861.html, 2018. [4] Dw.com/en/what-is-the-atomwaffen-division/a-51106179, November 4, 2019. [5] Bbc.com/news/uk-48672929, June 18, 2019. [6] Archive.org/20/items/atomwaffendivision20nuclearcongress2019/Atomwaffen%20Division%20-%20%2820%29%20Nuclear%20Congress%202019.mp4 [7] Pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/documenting-hate-new-american-nazis/, November 20, 2018. [8] Splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/02/22/atomwaffen-and-siege-parallax-how-one-neo-nazi%E2%80%99s-life%E2%80%99s-work-fueling-younger-generation, February 2, 2018. [9] Apnews.com/222eaf9f330e4cdf812634f0baf3d5ca, August 22, 2017. [10] Pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/documenting-hate-new-american-nazis/, November 20, 2018. [11] Spiegel.de/international/the-hate-network-an-inside-look-at-a-global-extremist-group-a-1226861.html, 2018. [12] Theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/14/far-right-safe-haven-online-white-supremacist-groups, November 14, 2019. [13] Voanews.com/usa/us-white-nationalists-barred-facebook-find-haven-russia-site April 10, 2019. [14] T.me/atomwaffendivision. [15] Vice.com/en_us/article/zmwg38/atomwaffen-division-steam-youtube, February 23, 2018; Archive.org/details/AtomwaffenDivisionVideoArchive, accessed November 14, 2019. [16] Archive.org/details/AtomwaffenDivisionVideoArchive accessed November 14, 2019. [17] Archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Atomwaffen+Division%22 [18] Archive.org/details/AtomwaffenDivisionVideoArchive accessed November 14, 2019. [19] Vice.com/en_ca/article/a3a8ae/atomwaffen-an-american-neo-nazi-terror-group-is-in-canada, June 19, 2018.

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