The 'diamond' suit of terrorists: Hamas, Hezbollah and Lashkar-e-Taiba

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The Palestinian territories, India, Pakistan, Yemen and other regions suffer their own independent terrorist organizations. 

The terrorists that appear on the Diamond suit are not members of al Qaeda but members of other terrorist groups. These groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, do not necessarily support al Qaeda, although some have tenuous ties to that group. Some, like Hezbollah, are Shi’ite Muslim rather than al Qaeda’s Sunni sect, and at times actively work against them. Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan is the largest Islamist terrorist organization in Southeast Asia. According to its propaganda, it is focused on “restoring Islam to India” and “making Islam the dominant way of life in the world.”

Diamonds

Ace: Hassan Nasrallah

He is the third Secretary General of the Lebanon based Hezbollah paramilitary organization. He assumed the position after the second Secretary General, Abbas al-Musawi was assassinated by Israel. Under his leadership Hezbollah acquired rockets to attack Israel and lead Hezbollah during the Israel-Lebanon conflict of 2000-2006. In May 2013, Nasrallah announced Hezbollah, founded on Shi’ite Islam, is fighting for Bashir Al-Assad regime. He reportedly survived an assassination attempt in 2008 although he denies such claims. 

King: Marwan Issa

He is a Palestinian militant and currently is the leader of Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Wassam Brigades, the military wing of Hams. The group’s primary objective was to build a coherent military organization to support the goals of Hamas. The brigades have carried out a number of attacks on both Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Queen: Khaled Mashal

Khaled has served as the Palestinian leader of the Hamas political bureau since the assassination of Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi in 2004. He founded Hamas in 1987 and has lived in Jordan, Qatar and Syria before returning back to Qatar at the onset of the Syrian Civil War. He has facilitated prisoner exchanges and has refused to disarm Hamas or end its jihad against the west.

Jack: Sheikh Nabik Qauk

Nabik is Hezbollah’s vice president of the executive council. In April 2013 at the funeral of a Hezbollah soldier who was killed in Syira, advocated that it is Hezbollah’s moral and national duty to help the Lebonese defend themselves against the Syrian militants and the Free Syrian Army.

10. Naim Qassem

Naim is deputy secretary general of Hezbollah and is second in command to Hassan Nasrallah. He is a cleric, politician and an author. He is on poor terms with Nasrallah because Hassan did not step down after his second term as Secretary General, as the constitution of Hezbollah dictates. Syrian Rebels claim that Naim was killed in February 2013 however Hezbollah denies that he was ever injured.

9. Mohamed Dief

Dief is the commander of the military wing of Hamas, a position he inherited after the founder Yahya Ayyash was killed. An expert in assembling IEDs, Israel holds Dief responsible for suicide bombings conducted in 1996 as well as the Jaffa Road bus bombing in Jerusalem. He designed the Qassam rocket and is at the top of Israel’s most wanted list. He is hindered by injuries sustained from 4 Israeli assassination attempts. After an attack in 2005 and a spine injury, he relinquished control as acting commander but retains the role of leader.

8. Ramadan Shalah

Ramadan is the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a militant group that operates though many front groups, including over 50 children’s camps. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is conducted over 30 suicide bombings and vowed to continue their terror campaign in Israel despite Hamas deciding to halt its suicide bombings. Shalah became the secretary general after the assassination of former leader Fathi Shiqaqi in 1995. He was indicted in 53 accounts of racketeering for international terrorist activates by the United States. He is believed to be living in Damascus.

7. Hafiz Muhammed Saeed

He is the emir of Jama’at-ud Da’wah, the political arm of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the organization responsible for the 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks. It is widely believed that he is the leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Saeed claims innocence and lives in a house in Lahore, Pakistan where he is protected by Pakistan. India has attempted numerous times to extradite him to face trial but, because there is no extradition treaty between Pakistan and India, Pakistan is not compelled to comply. Pakistan gives Lashkar-e-Taiba intelligence help and protection from India and the West.

6. Abdul Majeed al-Zindani

A charismatic academic and politician known for his bright red beard, Abdul Majeed al-Zindani is the founder of the radical Iman University and head of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood political movement. The US Treasury states that Abdul was loyal to Bin Laden and served as one of his’s spiritual and legal experts. He serves as a link between Al Qaeda and Kurdish based terrorist group Ansar al-Islam. He denounced the “Innocence of Muslims” video and urged protestors to emulate the protests in Libya on Sept 11, 2012 that killed Ambassador Stevens and 3 others.

5. Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi

Zaki is a top leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, sitting on its General council, and currently serves as the Supreme commander of operations in Kashmir. He has advocated for Lashkar-e-taiba to train operatives for suicide bombings as well as directing attacks in well-populated areas. Oversaw the 2006 bombing of the Mumbai rail network and was named by India as one of four possible planners of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Although in Pakistani custody, it is unlikely a court will deliver justice.

4. Yusef Muzammil

Presumed to be living in Pakistan, Yusef is a senior member of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Yusef is considered the mastermind of the Mumbai Attack carried out in 2008.

3. Hussein al-Khalil

Hussein is the political aid to Nasrallah who occasionally serves as a spokesperson for Hezbollah. He has met with western reporters to speak on behalf of Hezbollah and Nasrallah numerous times.

2. Malika El Aroud

A Belgian Muslim known for her Islamist writings online. She has been married twice, both times to husbands involved in radical Islam. She and her second husband were found guilty by a Swiss court of supporting radicalism via internet. A self-proclaimed female holy warrior for al-Qaeda  she has become one of the most prominent internet jihadists in Europe, recruiting men to fight and women to join the cause.

 


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