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ISRAEL ALREADY PREPARING FOR END OF UN BAN ON IRAN MISSILE ACTIVITY

 

WASHINGTON – Throughout international talks with Iran over its nuclear program, Israeli leadership offered a common refrain: Ten years may be a long time in the life of a politician, but it is nothing in the life of a nation.

In that spirit, Israel’s government is already planning for the expiration of several critical provisions in the deal that resulted from those talks, including two restrictions on Iran that sunset within the next few years on arms sales and its ballistic missile program.

 

Last month in Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told The Jerusalem Post that he was working with the Trump administration on ways to mitigate the effects of some of the deal’s most challenging sunset clauses. For Israel, Iran is more dangerous if it abides by the deal than if it breaches it, he said.

Asked if he could offer specifics on his strategy, Netanyahu replied, “I could, but I won’t.” But those with his ear tell the Post that discussions have already begun, starting with a clause that lifts a UN ban on Iran’s ballistic missile work in just under seven years.

That ban, in Annex B of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, requires Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.” The provision also bans states from supplying, selling or transferring equipment, technology or training to Iran relevant to the advancement of that missile program.

The decision to include such a provision – which extended for eight years what would have otherwise expired upon completion of the nuclear deal– was opposed by Russia and China during the talks. Moscow has been a top supplier of Iran’s missile programs for several years.

Israel now believes that European nations, whose diplomats supported extending the ban during the nuclear negotiations, will be on board with a creative strategy that punishes Moscow through means outside of the UN should it choose to assist Iran with its continued missile work. The strategy would be to maintain de facto sanctions on Iran by threatening those that might supply it, despite the end of an explicit UN embargo against doing so.

The plan already appears popular in Washington.

“Sanctioning Russia is as popular as it has ever been on the Hill right now,” said one lobbyist with an Israel advocacy organization, discussing the emerging strategy. The lobbyist described the plan succinctly: Threatening new, tough sanctions on Moscow for its potential sale of ballistic missile components to Iran would kill two birds with one stone, targeting two of the world’s most destabilizing forces while gaining broad bipartisan support.

While this particular UN provision expires in 2023, Iran is expected to seek partners for collaboration well in advance. Thus Iran’s adversaries are likely to work backward against an unspecified date some time in the next few years.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is intended to prevent Iran from ever building nuclear weapons, but Israel worries that sunset clauses on its work with fissile material will allow Tehran to build an industrial-sized nuclear program, providing the state with a nuclear capacity that could easily be converted into a weapons program on short notice.

The deal allows Iran to expand the number of centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium, as well as the number of facilities it can use to host enrichment, in nine years. It also allows Iran to upgrade the centrifuges it has in use, from 1970s models to modern state-of-the-art machines. As the size and efficiency of their program advances – with full international legitimacy, under the nuclear deal – Israel fears it will be impossible to stop or even catch Iran should it choose to “break out” and build a weapon.

Furthermore, should Iran instead choose to park itself right before a bomb and remain a nuclear-threshold state, Israel believes that Iran will maintain all of the strategic benefits a nuclear power enjoys without facing the costs that rogue nuclear states endure. Israeli leaders seek to prevent Iran from reaching this threshold stage.

Speaking to the Post, several Israeli officials would only acknowledge that strategizing is under way to prevent these later sunset clauses from lapsing. No further details were provided.

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Preparing for Race War: The South African Bootcamps which are Training Thousands of White Youths

Deep in rural South Africa, the AWB movement is teaching teenagers to rise up in defiance of Nelson Mandela’s failed dream of a Rainbow Nation.

The Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) is training thousands of youths in military-style bootcamps northwest of Johannesburg to fight for a separate white state. By day, they are pushed to their physical limits with assault courses and self-defence lessons, all the while being told of the danger from the millions of blacks trying to kill you.

For Dion Bernard, a 15-year-old boy enrolled on the latest camp, the seeds of white pride are already cemented in his mind.

‘In the Bible it says black people must live with black people and white people must live with white people,’ he says.

 

‘You cannot mix nations. I don’t have black friends. If they come to my side and ask to speak to me, I will say no. Or I will turn my back on them and walk away.’

Dion comes from a deeply religious family, part of a small but determined minority of Afrikaner people who still yearn for apartheid-era politics.

He is one more than 2,000 teenagers who have attend Kommando core, an AWB endurance camp for white youngsters, over the last two years.

The camp is run by Colonel Jooste, a veteran of the South African apartheid era.

‘South Africa is bleeding,’ he tells Journeyman.TV. ‘And this is why we have to train our people to be prepared.

‘There’s millions and millions of blacks around you, smothering you… and killing you.

‘So you have to implement certain systems to survive and that’s why we say the only system we can go now for is not apartheid. That’s second prize. First prize is freedom.’

He tells them: ‘We look different. We don’t look the same as them.

‘They have thick lips. The lips are likely to curl upwards.

‘Okay? We have thin lips. The negroes ears on the inside are totally different to ours.

‘It’s much more sensitive. That’s why us Afrikaners know, hit them against the ears and they’ll fall to the ground. Because their ears are made differently.’

Later, members of the camp are filmed burning the New South African flag while holding the Afrikaner one.

‘No one will force us to stand under this flag,’ they say. ‘We Afrikaners want our freedom. We want our own country.’

(Daily Mail)

Ex-Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev: ‘World Is Preparing for War’

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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned Friday that “it all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”

Gorbachev, who was head of the socialist state when it dissolved in 1991, wrote the comments in an opinion piece for Time magazine.

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“More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe,” the 85-year-old wrote. “NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.”

The 1990 Nobel Peace Prize-winner added: “Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”

Thousands of U.S. troops have been sent to eastern Europe in recent weeks, the largest deployment of its kind since the Cold War.

Gorbachev oversaw an agreement with the U.S. to reduce their nuclear arsenals. President Donald Trump, however, has suggested he could bolster the number of such weapons at his disposal, something that would reverse decades of American policy.

Trump has said he would like to expand America’s nuclear weapons, telling MSNBC’s Morning Joe in December: “Let it be an arms race.”

This proposed reversal of decades of U.S. policy was in part what moved a group of scientists Thursday to move the metaphorical Doomsday Clock to two minutes and 30 seconds before midnight — the time that represents when a catastrophic nuclear event can annihilate the earth.

Trump has signaled he may seek a rapprochement with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, including lifting sanctions imposed by Barack Obama over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Trump has also called NATO “obsolete”, and Russian media said he and Putin were expected to speak on the phone Saturday.

Some expects fear that if Trump undermines NATO and cozies up to Russia, Putin may be emboldened to interfere in other former Soviet countries.

“While state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing,” Gorbachev wrote. “Money is easily found for sophisticated weapons whose destructive power is comparable to that of the weapons of mass destruction; for submarines whose single salvo is capable of devastating half a continent; for missile defense systems that undermine strategic stability.”

Gorbachev urged the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution stating that “nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought,” and said the initiative to sign it should come from Trump and Putin

Palestinians preparing new Security Council draft – report

The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations has reportedly circulated a new draft of a resolution condemning Israel settlements that they hope to bring to a vote before US President Barack Obama leaves office next month.

The draft is reportedly softer than one circulated earlier in the year, but still calls all the settlements, including Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, illegal, Israel Radio reported, noting that Egypt would submit the text for the Palestinians.

The Palestinians pushed for the Security Council to adopt a resolution against settlements in February 2011 but it was vetoed by the United States. The 14 other Security Council members voted in favor of the resolution, reflecting the wide support for the draft which had over 100 co-sponsors.

Palestinians have said that the new resolution would draw from the 2011 text.

There was speculation that Obama would not veto the new resolution, however, the chances of that are thought to have gone down significantly since the election of Donald Trump to succeed him on January 20.

Following a meeting in Washington on Tuesday between a Palestinian delegation and US Secretary of State John Kerry, State Department spokesman John Kirby said that as regards any potential UN action relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “nothing’s changed about our view on that.”

Longstanding US policy has been for years that any resolution to the conflict should come from direct negotiations between the parties and not be imposed from the outside.

However, speaking to the Saban Forum in Washington earlier this month, Kerry did not completely rule out the possibility that the US would support a move at the United Nations.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu said Israel remains concerned that Washington could back a Palestine-related resolution at the Security Council before January 20. “With every passing day that possibility becomes less likely, but until then it’s still there,” Netanyahu said.

FRENCH NOW PREPARING FOR “CIVIL WAR” AGAINST MUSLIMS TO TAKE COUNTRY BACK

 

The Streets Of France Have Turned Into War Zones Thanks To Refugees

Nearly a year ago, Paris, France experienced the worst terror attack in history at the hands of ISIS psychopaths. From that day forward, Europe has been absolutely demolished and taken over by refugees, Islam, and ISIS terrorists hiding and waiting to carry out their next attack.

Since the refugee crisis, France has accepted 13,000 refugees, but many experts argue that number could be much higher given that many are sneaking in and out covertly. Nevertheless, France has been experiencing many problems with refugees, and it has led to officials afraid they are going to lose their country.

They are unskilled, costing a lot in taxpayer funds, they do not work, they are sucking welfare programs dry, and many have been linked to ISIS. French authorities have issued several warnings that they suspect many to have ties to ISIS and are worried another large scale attack is in the near future.

With that, French authorities have begun to prepare for a “civil war” against Muslims in order to “clean up” their country, according to prominent author Éric Zemmour, who claims a high ranking government source told him of the plan.

French Authorities Forced To Militarily Push Back On Refugees Trying To Take Over Their Country

Franco-Algerian Zemmour gave an interview with French radio station RTL during which he revealed details of a program called “Operation Ronces,” developed in coordination with the Israeli Army based on their experiences in Gaza.

The French government has been secretly preparing for a “civil war” against Muslims as a way to “clean up” the country in response to numerous riots and terror attacks in recent years, claims Zemmour, who characterizes the plan as a “new reconquista on their own soil.”

Zemmour’s warning is echoed by Patrick Calvar, who is the head of the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI). Calvar told members of a French parliamentary commission earlier this summer that France was “on the brink of civil war”.

In July, following the Nice truck attack that killed nearly 90 people, Jonathan Miller, an elected council member in the French village, said that the attack had “shaken France to the brink of a terrifying escalation” and that citizens were responding by joining gun clubs as well as historically buying weapons and ammunition to protect themselves because they feared the Government had lost control.

French security forces are also preparing for mass civil unrest and radicalized immigrants taking over entire neighborhoods, according to intelligence sources. Last week, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that new terror attacks in France were inevitable and that 15,000 Islamic extremists who are already living in the country were in the process of being radicalized.

Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris, France, said a growing “Jihad Generation” is likely to continue to carry out terror acts in European cities. “The aim of their terror activity is to both incite hatred towards Muslims and, in doing so, cause further radicalization among young people,” the professor of political science said.

Muslims Are Rioting And Destroying The Streets Of France, Civil War Coming

The civil war will ruin Europe, and then these terrorists will expand their caliphate from the Middle East into parts of Europe. Europe still on edge following a wave of terror attacks in recent months, and authorities are now accepting that they must go to war in order to take their country back before it is too late.

Last night, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that “every day attacks are foiled … (including) as we speak.”

Prime Minister Valls said nearly 15,000 people in France are being tracked because they are suspected of being in the process of radicalization, while 1,350 are under investigation – 293 of them for alleged links with a terrorism network.

‘Today the threat is at a maximum, and we are a target,’ Valls said on Europe 1 radio. ‘Every day intelligence services, police foil attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists.’
Despite the tracking, with plots uncovered, ‘There will be new attacks. There will be innocent victims,’ the prime minister said.

Is this what we want to happen inside the United States? We are benefiting from examining a case study. We can see that Europe is being decimated with refugees and terrorism. There is a civil war occurring between the French government and Muslims. If that isn’t telling enough, there may never be a better example to offer.

If it only took 15,000 refugees to spark a civil war, imagine what is going to happen now that Obama has allowed almost 11,000 into the United States. Or, if Hillary wins this election, she has openly argued that she will accept more than 100,000 Syrian refugees annually.

It only took 19 to carry out 9/11, so imagine the range of possibilities terrorists would have in the United States if 100,000 were allowed in. Or if by 2020, there are 500,000 more if Hillary wins. We will lose our country for good.

The Constitution allows the President to ban immigrants from other countries if they come from a warzone and they would endanger the populace.

If Trump wins, he would also appoint more Conservative Justices to serve on the Supreme Court, so he would be able to temporarily ban Muslims flowing into this country. He would keep us safer, and would not allow millions of refugees and illegals to run wild and carry out terrorist attacks.

We need Donald Trump now more than ever. The future of our country is depending on it.

THE GERMANS ARE CLEARLY PREPARING FOR A WAR ON THEIR OWN SOIL

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There have been several alarming developments in Germany over the past few weeks. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government has told its citizens to begin stockpiling food and water. And not long after announcing that, the government suggested that they maybring back the draft, which was abolished in 2011 after it was deemed to be archaic and unnecessary.

Initially the government was reluctant to bluntly spell out exactly why they wanted to bring back conscription or why their citizens should start stockpiling necessities. But based on some of the reports that have come from the German government since then, it’s obvious that they’re preparing terrorist attacks. And not the kind of run of the mill attacks that Germany has seen over the summer. It seems like Germany is preparing for the kind of terror attacks that could break down their society.

For instance, the German military admitted in August that dozens of Islamic extremists had infiltrated the armed forces. However, that’s nothing compared to what Germany’s interior minister recently admitted.

Speaking in an interview with Bild newspaper, Thomas de Maiziere said there were currently at least 520 “potential attackers” in the country, which has been on edge since two Islamic State-inspired attacks in July.

He said another 360 “relevant” people were known to police because of their close proximity to the potential attackers.

Many Germans fear that fighters belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group could have slipped into Germany with the roughly one million of refugees from Syria, North Africa and Asia who arrived last year.

“The terror threat now stems from foreign hit teams as well as fanatical lone wolves in Germany,” de Maiziere said in the interview ahead of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, which were partly coordinated from Germany.

And when you think about it, 520 could very well be a conservative estimate. The German government allowed over a million refugees into its borders. For all we know there could be well over a thousand of these lunatics lurking in Germany.

In any case, you have wonder what the German government is going to do about this threat. If a dozen terrorists decided to coordinate several attacks in a short period of time, it could disrupt the whole country for days. But if Germany is bombarded with hundreds of terror attacks, it could lead to a total breakdown of society. That’s probably why the German government is getting ready for the day when they may have todeploy their soldiers domestically.

MAINZ, Germany — Germany is preparing to train troops to be deployed within its borders for the first time since World War II amid fears of terrorist attacks.

The country’s armed forces will hold joint drills with police early next year, officials confirmed.

Authorities stress that counterterrorism measures will primarily remain the responsibility of police.

However, the potential for large-scale attacks have made the use of German military assets “conceivable, even probable,” according to Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis, the Bundeswehr’s chief of joint support services.

Obviously, Germany is preparing for something big and messy on their own soil. The only question that remains, is will their society prevail after it’s all said and done?

Major Bank Official: Banks Are “Preparing For An Economic Nuclear Winter”

http://www.renegadetribune.com/major-bank-official-banks-preparing-economic-nuclear-winter/

 

By Matt Agorist

After years of giveaways to megabanks, marketed to the taxpayers as ‘quantitative easing,’ the crutches shoved under the banker-controlled global stock trade are about to snap. Bankers now say they are preparing for the collapse.

In June of 2015, former Congressman Ron Paul predicted that these crutches would fail, and the financial bubbles created by them would send the stock market into a free-fall.

The consequences will not be minor. Surprises will be many, since we are in uncertain waters and the world has never faced the gross misallocation of capital that exists today. The process is self-limiting. It will come to an end, and it’s not going to be far into the future.

Now, as chaos in the EU and weak corporate earnings create a tornado of uncertainty, banks are preparing for the worst. According to CNBC quoting a major lender, banks are “preparing for an economic nuclear winter situation.”
The chaos in the market has major bank officials running for the hills. According to CNBC, European banks, in particular, have had a very tough six months as the shock and volatility around Brexit sent banking stocks south. Major European banks like Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse saw their shares in free-fall after the referendum’s results were announced. In the U.K., RBS was the worst-hit, with its shares plunging by more than 30 percent since June 24.

On Sunday, a source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, due to the fact that revealing this informationcan get bankers killed, a source from a major investment bank told CNBC “that financial services firms have put together a strategy in place that takes into account the worst-case scenario that could happen by the end of this year.”

“This could mean triggering Article 50, referendum in other European nations leading to a break-up of the euro or sterling hitting below $1.20 or lower. The banks are ready for anything now,” the source said.

This grim warning comes after the Royal Bank of Scotland has warned its investors of a “cataclysmic year.” In an eerily ominous note to its clients early this year, the megabank predicted another worse case scenario.

Sell everything except high quality bonds. This is about return of capital, not return on capital. In a crowded hall, exit doors are small.

In the note, RBS’s credit chief Andrew Roberts told investors how Quantitative Easing has failed and was expected to fail.

We have been told for 7 years now since the credit crunch, under QE, to borrow money and invest it in one of 3 things: 1) EM 2) credit 3) global equities. This is a big picture, multi-year bet that has been taken, which has worked fine, and stopped working 10 months ago, (this is NOT NEW).

As the Guardian’s Larry Elliott points out:

Markets have been supported for some time by low-interest rates, stimulus measures from central banks including quantitative easing, and hopes of economic recovery. But with the Federal Reserve raising rates and the Bank of England expected to follow suit, that prop is being removed.

Those who pay attention to the effects of central bankers looting their respective countries have long pointed out the mathematical certainty that is an economic collapse.

The collapse of global markets is inevitable as it is a natural correction to the wholesale fleecing of the citizens through the unscrupulous actions of central banks.

Ron Paul sums up the situation perfectly:

The credit and new money, when created by a central bank, is delivered to the market in a political fashion for which the one percent receive special benefits. It allows the pyramiding of debt to fractional reserve banking, which compounds the long-term problems.

It may be fun while it lasts, but it always ends with a crash.


Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

ISIS may be preparing attacks Sweden – telecoms and infrastructure being sabotaged

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Recently in Sweden there have been several suspicious acts of sabotage. Two telecommunication masts have been damaged, a suspicious computer “glitch” at an airport has grounded planes, and “technical problems” have stopped people booking trains.

Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency held a meeting on May 20th, to discuss these suspicious events, but does not want to say if they are related.

Wilhelm Agrell, a professor of intelligence analysis suggests it is Russian spies testing the Swedish defense system.

If these events are related, rather than playing the “blame Russia” card – but let’s be honest – it’s much more likely to be Muslim militants, because we’ve seen this happen before in majority Muslim areas in Europe, like the Paris attacks, Brussels attack, and London’s 7/11 bombings, etc.

The Swedish politically correct crew don’t want people to turn against the Muslim immigrants they are bringing in, so the only thing they can do is blame Russia . . . or White privilege or some other crap like that.

The EU rulers were so desperate to get rid of all those evil White areas that they welcomed illegal immigration, and for years before 2015/16, they forced us to have open border immigration policies.

In their holy quest for “diversity” they sought to destroy the borders and make Europe a mixed continent. They have failed, and if anything, it has blown up in their faces, as people now start to realize why it is borders exist in the first place.

The anti-Whites are forcing “diversity”, and they hope that it will destroy the White majority societies. They will never force Africa or Asia, or any non-White area to accept this agenda.

That’s why “diversity” is White genocide, because only one group of people is targeted for it, and only one group of people is eliminated by it.

Report: Egypt, Jordan, UAE preparing for Dahlan to replace Abbas

Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates are preparing for the ascent of the Fatah movement’s former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan as next head of the Palestinian Authority, according to the Middle East Eye website.

Dahlan, the 54-year-old former head of the PA security forces in Gaza, has been living in the Gulf since he left the Palestinian territories several years ago. Dahlan has for many years been a bitter rival of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 81, who in 2011 accused of him murdering late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Dahlan fell from grace in June 2007, when Hamas drove Fatah from Gaza after days of fierce street battles, and in June 2011 he was expelled from Fatah’s ruling body and lost his parliamentary immunity, following the allegations of financial corruption and murder. He was tried by the PA on corruption charges in 2014 in absentia, after he failed to show up for the trial.

The Middle East Eye said that it received information on the Egyptian-Jordanian-Emirati plan from separate Palestinian and Jordanian sources. There was no official confirmation of the claims.

According to the report, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed is one of the prime movers of the plan. Zayed reportedly informed Jordan that differences in the Jordanian and UAE attitudes toward Abbas were affecting bilateral relations. The Emiratis at one point sought Abbas’s arrest as well as a ban on him entering Jordan or using Jordan as a departure point for foreign travel.

In this January 3, 2011 photo, Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP/Majdi Mohammed)

“The Emiratis, particularly Mohammed Bin Zayed, absolutely reject Abbas on the personal level, to the extent that they told the Jordanians explicitly that the reason the UAE is negative about Jordan is due to the fact that Jordan did not take a stand against Abbas,” an unnamed senior Palestinian source was quoted by the news site as saying.

“The parties [the UAE, Jordan and Egypt] believe that Mahmoud Abbas has expired politically and that they should endeavor to stop any surprises by Abbas during the period when Fatah will remain under his leadership until the elections are held,” the source was quoted as saying.

The plan reportedly includes reintroducing Dahlan to the Palestinian territories, initially in a role that would not directly challenge Abbas, such as parliamentary speaker.

Dahlan, however, is considered to be unpopular among Palestinians and has been accused of links to Israeli security services. His broken relationship with Abbas is also considered problematic.

Abbas is currently serving as PA president for the 11th straight year, even though elections are supposed to take place every four years.

Here We Go Again: Western Powers Preparing For New Invasion of Libya?

report released by the United Nations in early December 2015 warned about Daesh beefing up its military presence in Libya; indeed, the northern African state is strategically important to Islamists due to its geographical location at the crossroads between the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

The report cited Abu al-Mughirah Al Qahtani, the so-called “delegate leader” of Daesh’s Libyan Wilayat, who said that “Libya has a great importance because it is in Africa and south of Europe. It also contains a well of resources that cannot dry. […] It is also a gate to the African desert stretching to a number of African countries.”

“Daesh in Libya” was formed by Libyan returnees from Syria in spring of 2014 under the banner of the Islamic Youth Shura Council (IYSC) in Derna. The organization vowed alliance to Daesh in October 2014 and declared eastern Libya to be Daesh’s Wilayat Barqa (the Cyrenaica Province).

“In 2014, ISIL announced three provinces in Libya, namely, Wilayat Tripolitania (including Tripoli and Sirte), Wilayat Barqa (Cyrenaica, including Derna and Benghazi) and Wilayat Fezzan (south),” according to the UN analysts.

They added, however, that this division does not mean the notorious Islamist group has maintained control over these territories, but rather demonstrates Daesh’s aspirational vision of its presence in Libya.

The decision by Islamist fighters to create a stronghold in Libya is hardly surprising, since the group has suffered tremendous losses since the beginning of the Russo-Syrian advance in Syria.

“The Islamic State [Daesh] leadership is seeking ways to compensate for the financial losses it has suffered, and establish new backup outposts outside the Middle East. That is why ISIL has been fairly active in plans to take control of Libya, which is particularly rich in ‘black gold,’ as well as Afghanistan, with is home to a profitable narcotics market,” Czech-based freelance journalist and analyst Martin Berger writes in his piece for New Eastern Outlook.

As for Daesh’s actions in Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s December report indicated clearly that the terrorist organization “has progressed from its initial exploratory phase to a point where they are openly fighting the Taliban for the establishment of a safe haven, and are becoming more operationally active.”

The terrorist organization has seized more than 240 kilometer of Libyan coastline. The number of Daesh militants in the area amounts to 5,000.

According to Berger, Daesh’s primary objective in Libya is to establish its control over the country’s oil exports. The only way to achieve this ambitious goal is to seize Libya’s major ports and maintain control over strategically important roads.

Besides the illicit oil trade, Daesh could make huge profits in arms smuggling in Libya: the destruction of the state in 2011 following the NATO intervention has resulted in uncontrolled weapons’ supplies within the Libyan borders and beyond.

“As for the access of ISIL [Daesh] to the banking operations, this problem is greatly simplified for them in Libya in the context of the ongoing dual power in the country: on the one hand — there is the elected parliament, sitting in the city of Tobruk, on the other — pro-Islamic universal national congress, sitting in Tripoli,” Berger notes.

Needless to say, NATO European member states have been increasingly concerned about Daesh gaining ground in Libya.

Alain Barluet, a correspondent for France’s Le Figaro, reported in late December that France is considering a plan for intervention in Libya to eradicate “the cancer of Daesh” as well as its metastases. Citing the French Defense Ministry the journalist pointed out that a six-month military operation would possibly be launched against Daesh in Libya before spring.

Furthermore, in the beginning of January 2016 Chris Hughes of the Daily Mirror reported that the British Special Air Service (SAS) have been deployed in Libya waiting for the arrival of almost 1,000 British military personnel. The journalist added that the upcoming military operation would bring together about 6,000 American and European soldiers, including Italian, British and French forces.

The question remains open as to whether 2016 will bring another all-out NATO-led military invasion of the North African state and what fruit the new war would bear.

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