Interview on Syria and Censorship in the US Media

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Brics Post was kind enough to ask me to do an interview on, among other things, the Syrian War and the Western media. It includes some insider details on how my own efforts to report conflicting information on the war in the US media was met not only with censorship, but even blacklisting. As [...]

The Dubious “Mastermind”: Abdelhamid Abaaoud and the Paris Attacks

Posted by John Rosenthal

Parts of the mainstream media appear now to be having their doubts that the Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud was the “mastermind” behind the November 13 Paris attacks, as initially claimed. In fact, Abaaoud, a neophyte jihadist who gained notoriety entirely by accident, had nothing like the makings of a terror “mastermind.” Indeed, there are strong reasons [...]

How Many Euro-Jihadists Have Really Gone to Syria?

Posted by John Rosenthal

How many European jihadists have gone to Syria? EU officials and the Western media continue to cite relatively reassuring figures, typically in the low thousands. But the official statistics are misleading. The real figure must be significantly higher: undoubtedly now in the tens-of-thousands. See my new article at Geopolitical Monitor here.

Is “Global Terrorist” Denis Cuspert Dead or Alive?

Posted by John Rosenthal

On February 9, the US State Department designated German citizen Dennis Cuspert as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Formerly known as “Deso Dogg,” during his days as one of Germany’s most well-known gangster rappers, Cuspert more recently adopted the nom de guerre Abu Talha al-Almani (the German). The State Department designation comes after Germany itself [...]

Mehdi Nemmouche: The Road to the Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting

Posted by John Rosenthal

News that the suspected perpetrator of the Brussels Jewish Museum shooting is a French jihadist veteran of the Syrian war has added to what were already growing concerns about the dangers posed by European fighters returning from Syria. But closer consideration of the Brussels attack and its precedents shows that threats in Europe are not necessarily [...]

Good Jihadist, Bad Jihadist? France’s Selective Struggle Against Jihadism in Syria

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last week, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced with much fanfare the launching of a plan to stem the ever-increasing flow of young French Muslims to Syria to participate in “jihad.” But the comments of a French intelligence officer quoted in today’s edition of the daily Libération suggest that the efforts of French authorities in [...]

European Jihadists Flock to ISIS in Syria

Posted by John Rosenthal

Recent reports in the European press and evidence from social media implicate European jihadists fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in atrocities committed in the vicinity of Aleppo, in northern Syria. The reports, moreover, suggest that European jihadists in Syria are more numerous than official statistics indicate. For the details, see [...]

The Return of Abu-Talha Al-Almani (a.k.a. “Deso Dogg”)

Posted by John Rosenthal

As if resurrected, Abu Talha al-Almani, a.k.a. “Deso Dogg,” has returned to the jihad in Syria. Just a few months ago, the German rapper-turned-jihadist was widely believed to have been killed in an airstrike by the Syrian air force. But now he is back and in new videos, he holds forth on his injuries, the [...]