Salafist Suspected in Belgian Mosque Attack

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last night, a Shia mosque in Brussels was the target of an arson attack. The 46-year-old imam of the mosque died of asphyxiation during the fire. While the wire services have reported the attack, most of the reports have ignored a salient detail: according to eyewitnesses, the perpetrator was a Salafist who shouted slogans regarding [...]

Al-Qaeda and Caliphate Flags in Rebel Syria

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Obama administration has conceded al-Qaeda’s involvement in the Syrian rebellion, suggesting last month that the terror group had “infiltrated” the opposition to Bashar al-Assad. But video evidence emerging out of Syria suggests that “infiltration” is not the word. At least three such videos depict anti-Assad forces or demonstrators with al-Qaeda’s black flag. Numerous other [...]

Syria: The Salafist Who Launched the Rebellion?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Earlier this month, the French daily Libération published an interview with Sheikh Louay al-Zouabi, a self-avowed Salafist imam from Daraa, Syria, who claims to have issued a fatwa that sparked the uprising against the rule of Bashar al-Assad. A radical fundamentalist current in Islam, Salafism advocates the emulation of the Salaf: the earliest generations of [...]