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The Clarion Project Newsletter for Friday August 18, 2017

Video: ‘US Created ISIS to Distort the Image of Islam’  Watch Syrian cleric Mohammad Basem Dahman in Istanbul.  Watch
Opinion: Forced to Resign for Calling Out Rape Gangs  MP Sarah Champion was excoriated for telling the truth.  Read
Audio: Why Identity Politics Exacerbates Extremism  That is the impact of growing identity politics on extremist organizations? Listen
News Analysis: ‘Unprecedented’: Iranian Military Chief of Staff in Turkey  What’s behind this stepped-up alliance?  Read more
News: Report: Muslim Brotherhood Paying People to Protest in Europe  Anti-Muslim Brotherhood activists claim the movement is back in action. Read
Readers Write
State Dept. Hosts Muslim Brotherhood Coalition

“This is one thing that really bothers me about Tillerson–that he supports the Muslim Brotherhood. If he is so pro-American, how can he do this? If he is so intelligent, how can he do this?”


Iran Bans Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis

“I hope they were their best players”


The Clarion Project Newsletter for Wednesday August 16, 2017

News: Dallas ISIS Recruiter Encouraged Ariana Grande Bomber  Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim told him to “show no mercy.”  Read
Analysis: Canada May Cancel $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal  Saudi Arabia’s National Guard allegedly used Canadian equipment to kill civilians.  Read
Podcast: Publisher Too Afraid to Print Controversial Imam’s Book  Imam Mohamad Tawhidi had a deal with a publisher until it was cancelled.  Listen
Video: Muslim Blasts Gay Ex-Muslim as ‘Far Right’ on Live TV  Is it Islamophobic to say that gay people shouldn’t be killed in the name of Islam?  Watch
Feature: Iran Wary as Opposition Meets With US Senators  The meeting delivers a significant blow to Tehran.  Read
Feature: Water Is Iran’s New Weapon Against Its Ahwazi Minority  The mullahs are trying to drive out indigenous Arabs from the oil-rich land.  Read
News: Muslims Pushing For Women’s Rights Globally  More Muslim campaigners are fighting for women’s rights within the faith.  Read
Readers Write
State Dept. Hosts Muslim Brotherhood Coalition

“He is an oil man after all. I bet over the years he made lot’s of money from them.”


After Charlottesville: Reject All Extremism

“The average American is not involved in these groups. The events are purposely being set up to further divide the country.”


The Clarion Project Newsletter for Monday August 14, 2017

Video: Horrific ISIS Video: The Child Executioner  Radical Islam at its worst  Watch
Analysis: Silence as ISNA Kicks Out Gay Muslims From Conference  Where are the progressive condemnations, petitions and protesters?  Read
Opinion: What Real Islamic Reform Would Look Like  Why is it that we choke over the words ‘Islamic reform?’  Read
Poll: Should the U.S. Strike ISIS in the Philippines?  Read the pros and cons and answer our poll.  Vote
News: Bomb Threat Made by Suspected Terrorist From Jail  Jihad Darnell Ramadan was awaiting trial on terror charges.  Read
Opinion: After Charlottesville: Reject All Extremism  Promote national harmony and individual excellence to stop extremism.  Read
News: Iran Bans Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis  It’s just one of a litany of attacks on young Iranians.  Read
Readers Write
More than One Anti-Semitic Imam in California

“Color moi with a surprise crayon.”


Linda Sarsour: Feminist, Islamist or Delusional?

“This woman is using and in the process of hijacking the Liberal Left to support her Islamic agenda to establish Sharia law in America.”


The Clarion Project Newsletter for Friday August 11, 2017

Video: Mauro on Fox: If North Korea Has Mini Nukes, So Does Iran  Clarion brings the story that the media was missing.  Watch
Video: Tortured in Egypt for Converting to Christianity  Majed el Shafie tells of his miraculous survival.  Watch
Audio: Linda Sarsour: Feminist, Islamist or Delusional?  Muslim activist Shireen Qudosi talks tough on the podcast ‘Polite Conversations.’ Listen
Opinion: Is Jihadism a Cult?  What can counter-radicalization programs learn from cult deprogramming? Read
Feature: Strides Made Against FGM, But Just Tip of Iceberg  Get educated so we can eradicate this together  Watch & Learn
Infographic: What is Jihad?  What, how and why  Understand
Readers Write
Help Us Remove the Davis, Ca. Imam

“Same party, shorter hat.”


Report: U.S. Mulls Bombing ISIS in Philippines

“Funny the world watches as ISIS invades a country and their way of life, a decent country. And say, do nothing but clamor about Russia, six transgender people in the military???”


What the Crisis Means: North Korea, Nukes and Islamists

Reported By Ryan Mauro Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A North Korean military parade

A North Korean military parade (Photo: Stefan Krasowski/Flickr)

North Korea is officially a communist, Stalinist dictatorship, but that hasn’t stopped it from crossing the ideological divide to embrace Islamist regimes and, reportedly, even jihadist groups. The latest crisis between North Korea and the U.S. appears separate from the war with Islamism, but there are 10 ways it overlaps.

The U.S. and allied intelligence services now believe North Korea has miniaturized its nuclear warheads to fit onto its intercontinental ballistic missiles and has the potentially up to 60 nuclear weapons.

This was seen as an undeclared “red line” and prompted President Trump to threaten to bring “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if North Korea’s verbal threats continue; a benchmark North Korea immediately crossed by announcing it was considering a nuclear strike on the U.S. territory of Guam, where 6,000 U.S. troops are stationed. Another 28,000 U.S. troops are in South Korea and 49,000 in Japan.

North Korea threatened to attack Guam in 2013 and its bombastic rhetoric is practically a daily occurrence, but North Korea’s aggressive attacks have increased in recent years including sinking a South Korean ship in 2010, an artillery barrage on a South Korean island that same year, a cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014 and a bold assassination of a political rival in a Malaysian airport using the VX biological weapon earlier this year.

  1. The Iranian and North Korean WMD programs should be seen as a single entity. We must now assume that Iran likewise has the ability to miniaturize nuclear warheads onto ICBMs.

    Iran and North Korea have shared virtually everything when it comes to ballistic missile and nuclear technology. One Iranian opposition group claimed that Iran continued its nuclear program in spite of the nuclear deal by simply outsourcing it to North Korea. The nuclear and missile tests are widely seen as being on done on behalf of Iran with Iranian scientists on the scene for their occurrences.

    Both North Korea and Iran helped the Syrian regime pursue nuclear weapons, resulting in the Israeli airstrike on Bashar Assad’s nuclear reactor in 2007. Various reports indicate that Syria’s nuclear program continued thereafter, albeit on a smaller scale.

  2. North Korea’s Links to Hamas, Hezbollah and reportedly Al-Qaeda-tied terrorists in the Philippines. In 2003, the government of the Philippines said that it captured documents showing that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, an Islamist group that has had a relationship with Al-Qaeda in the past, paid $2 million to North Korea for guns, ammunition and grenades and was looking to buy mini-submarines. Another sale was reported in 2005 of 10,000 rifles.

    In 2006, a federal judge ruled that North Korea is liable for damages caused to American-Israeli citizens due to its material support for Hezbollah. Iran sponsored North Korean assistance to help the terrorist group by providing rockets and missiles and guidance on building its sophisticated network of tunnels and bunkers. It said that Hezbollah terrorists have been traveling to North Korea for advanced training since the late 1980s.

    In 2009, the UAE intercepted over 2,000 detonators for Hamas’ 122mm Grad rockets and associated equipment. Later that year, Israel intercepted 35 tons of rockets, RPGs, shoulder-fired missiles and equipment for surface-to-air missiles from North Korea to Iran for delivery to the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups in Thailand.

    In 2014, it was reported that Hamas was negotiating an arms deal with North Korea worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for missiles and communications equipment and a down payment had already been made. It is strongly suspected that North Korea helped Hamas build its sophisticated tunnel system that was used to attack Israeli civilians and wage war in 2014 against the Israeli military.

    The Hamas terrorist group openly thanked North Korea for its political support against Israel this year. The North Korean regime (DPRK) pledged to “mercilessly punish” Israel for its leaders’ accurate description of the ruling leader as a “crazy.” The DPRK said it “fully supports” the Palestinian jihad to have an independent country and to seize Jerusalem, a vague statement that seems to imply material support.

    We should expect such sales to increase as sanctions force the North Korean regime to look for more revenue, as well as ways to retaliate against the U.S. and its allies. The North Korean regime has no problem selling arms to Islamists and is not a target of the jihadists, so we shouldn’t be surprised if North Korea goes so far as to directly sell weapons and expertise to groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

  3. North Korea has threatened to sell nuclear weapons to other countries and even international terrorist groups. It now has up to 60 nuclear weapons, a number that could grow to 100 by 2020.In 2005, North Korea threatened to sell its nuclear weapons to terrorist groups “if driven into a corner.”

    North Korea has a surplus of nuclear weapons. It can afford to sell off a few if it feels confident that U.S. intelligence will be unable to identify and intercept the shipment; a fair assumption given our recent underestimations of their capabilities.

    Past customers for Iranian missiles and arms include Iran and its puppet Assad regime in Syria; Yemen, which is now working with Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood; Pakistan; Eritrea, which has supported Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia; the Somali government; Cuba and possibly Venezuela.  There are suspicions that Turkey is looking to build nuclear weapons, as an imam close to President Erdogan is encouraging this.

  4. Joint cyber warfare programs with Iran. Both Iran and North Korea have launched cyber attacks on the U.S. and its allies with minimal consequences. There is strong evidence that the two rogue states’ programs are interconnected and they are even launching joint cyber attacks together.
  5. Radical Islam will seep into an unstable North Korea. As soon as a closed society begins opening up, the promoters of Islamism get to work. A relevant example is how Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are in a mad dash to lead the Muslim community in Cuba.In 2010, Pew estimated there are 3,000 Muslims in North Korea, a 300% increase from 1990. It projects that number will stay about the same until at least 2030, but that is doubtful as globalization inevitably penetrates North Korea and exposes more citizens to Islam.

    The most jihad-prone forms of Islam in North Korea are already leading the way. In 2013, North Korea allowed Iran to build the country’s first mosque, located at the Iranian embassy.

    The extreme anti-Americanism and anti-democracy thought that is instilled in the population means this Muslim population will probably be inclined towards radicalism.

  6. Regime instability will be a gold mine for terrorists, criminals and rogue states. The regime is bound to become more unstable over time and that could increase as international tension rises and the U.S. potentially tries to undermine Kim Jong-Un. North Korea is armed to the teeth with deadly expertise, conventional weapons and WMDs, all of which will be sold off by their hungry protectors or abandoned in the event of extreme upheaval.

    All kinds of black market criminals, terrorists and governments will be trying to snatch up whatever they can. For Islamists, they will look to the Muslim population for logistical support. Iranian operatives are already in the country, as may be Hezbollah terrorists.

    ISIS is on the rise in the Philippines, the Islamic terror threat is increasing in South Korea and it’s only a matter of time before China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang Province becomes a jihadist front. North Korea is isolated now, but don’t assume that Islamists won’t be able to enter the country and make contact with its black market as the regime becomes unstable.

  7. Reported plans for a two-front war by Iran, Syria and North Korea. There have been intelligence reports since the early 1990s indicating that Iran, Syria and North Korea had a deal to force the U.S. into a two-front war if any one of them came into military conflict with America. Since then, these countries have only grown stronger, we have grown weaker, and their friendships have grown tighter.Of course, we do not know if such an agreement exists today and we also do not know if they are loyal enough to honor it if it exists. However, the reported historical precedent must be taken into account and it is certain that Iran, Syria and North Korea will at least take limited measures to assist each other in the event of military conflict. And if Iran and North Korea have aspirations to commit aggression, there’s no better time to act than when the U.S. is preoccupied on another front.
  8. Bogging down the U.S. If the situation escalates, then the U.S. military—already suffering from the sequestration—will be hard pressed for resources to maintain its operations against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, not to mention more limited efforts in places like Yemen, Libya and the Philippines.
  9. North Korean Terrorists Could Target U.S. Soil It is not out of the realm of possibility that North Korea will try to launch saboteur/terrorist attacks on American soil, particularly against those seeking to undermine Kim Jong-Un.Earlier this year, Kim Jong-Un used two assassins to murder a political rival using the VX biological weapon in a Malaysian airport. Think about how much of an escalation that is: A biological terrorist attack inside an airport in a foreign country. That means North Korea has loyal operatives who can sneak such deadly substances into other countries and are willing to risk their lives to commit murder on Kim Jong-Un’s behalf.

    And the target was another North Korean from the top of society. Such operatives would have even less qualms about targeting Americans.

    North Korea could collaborate with Islamist terrorists or criminal elements for an attack in America. After all, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps hoped to hide behind Mexican drug cartel members in its plan to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington D.C. by blowing up a diner.

  10. The Worst of All Scenarios: EMP Watch this Clarion Project short film from 2012 about the threat posed by a potential Electro-Magnetic Pulse attack by Iran. North Korea has the same capability. A top expert on nuclear weapons and EMPs, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, has been sounding the alarm that he believes North Korea is actually practicing carrying out such an attack on the U.S.Should that happen and the attack succeed, North Korea will cripple the U.S. and perhaps win its war against America. And even if the U.S. destroyed North Korea in response, the jihadists will have won their war against America as the country struggles to survive as Islamists rampage across the planet.


Ryan Mauro is’s Shillman Fellow and national security analyst and an adjunct professor of counter-terrorism. He is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

The Clarion Project for Wednesday August 9, 2017

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News Report: U.S. Mulls Bombing ISIS in Philippines  Approval is thought imminent.  Read
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Readers Write
Why Do Foreign Fighters Join ISIS?

“ISIS recruits are disillusioned in a life without purpose and become enamored (to the cause) of the Caliphate. So in the name of Islam and Allah they are quite willing to carry out terror and barbarism (crucifixion & beheading) because they are told of a greater afterlife especially with martyrdom.”


California Hate Preacher’s Record of Extremism

“I have been livid since realizing his full speech can no longer be found on the internet and has been reduced to that part quoted in this article. He spoke at length about the need to exterminate Jews everywhere around the globe. As is, he almost sounds tame when he was angry and yelling throughout the better part of it. The disappearance of the full speech tells me the media and govt is working together to cover for this man. An outrage.”


The Clarion Project Newsletter for Monday August 7, 2017

Feature: Uncover the Toxic Connection Between Drugs and Jihad  Find out the real connections between extremism and addiction.  Learn & Comment
Video: GRAPHIC VIDEO: Meet ISIS’ Latest Child Executioner  The barbarism just doesn’t stop.  Watch
Audio: Why Do Foreign Fighters Join ISIS?  A new UN study asked ISIS foreign fighters directly.  Listen
101s: Where Does U.S. Law Stand on Hate Speech?  At what point should extremist preachers be punished by the law?  Read and sign peition
Readers Write
Minnesota Mosque Firebombed During Prayers

“This is totally unacceptable, especially in the United States. Just tragic. Violence is no answer to differences in beliefs, either religious or political beliefs. Where are people’s heads????”


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