Monday, September 18, 2017

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: Islamic State jihadis from Malaysia waging jihad against Myanmar government

About Robert Spencer

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Coming in November 2017 is Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.

Islamic State jihadis from Malaysia waging jihad against Myanmar government

The international media is only interested in one side of the story in Myanmar. But there is another side.
“Malaysian IS members carrying out ‘holy war’ against Myanmar government,” Bernama, September 18, 2017:
MELAKA: A number of Malaysians backed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group is engaging the Myanmar government in a “holy war” purportedly to defend the oppressed Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
Federal police Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said in reality, the IS is employing the Rohingya issue as a platform to recruit new members to carry out its terrorist acts.
Ayob said IS also shared images of oppressed Rohingya people online to evoke sympathy and lure people to be part of the terror group.
“At the same time, we have intelligence information on the possibility of Indonesians involved in militant activities in their country,” Ayob told reporters after the launch of the ‘IS Threat to Youths Awareness Seminar’ here yesterday….
Ayob said Myanmar’s proximity to Malaysia was an opportunity for IS to spread their influence in Rakhine.
“Myanmar is closer to Malaysia than Syria and the southern Philippines. And now Rakhine has become their latest destination to carry out their ‘jihad’.”
Ayob revealed on Sept 10, a cendol seller from here was arrested on suspicion of promoting IS militancy through the printing and distribution of IS flags. The 38-year old man was also planning to take part in IS activities in the Philippines and Rakhine….
He said as of now there were four Malaysians in Syria believed to be actively recruiting Malaysians.