In a riveting revelation, Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder, has shed light on the ominous parallels between Hamas and ISIS, asserting that the former is a more formidable adversary. In an exclusive interview on “FOX & Friends,” Yousef voiced his concerns that mainstream media outlets, out of fear for igniting a religious conflagration, are hesitant to brand Hamas as a genocidal religious movement.
“It’s their own comparison to say Hamas and ISIS because I think Hamas is a lot more dangerous,” Yousef declared, sounding a dire warning about the gravity of the Hamas threat. He pointed to the global confusion and division caused by the group, attributing it to their sheer brutality, which he contends transcends the bounds of ordinary brutality. According to Yousef, Hamas is not just a terrorist organization; it is a religious movement fueled by virulent hatred for the Jewish people and the state of Israel. He posits that the mainstream media refrains from calling it as such due to their apprehension about provoking a religious conflict, though he firmly believes that such a conflict is already underway.
Yousef’s unique perspective is borne out of his own experiences. He broke ties with the terrorist organization and became an informant for Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet, in the 1990s. He unequivocally asserts that Hamas cannot be engaged through diplomatic means, as it lacks the attributes of a conventional national or political entity, instead being driven by a profound enmity towards a specific race and nation.
In contrast, ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, once held sway over territorial domains in Syria and Iraq during the tumultuous 2010s. It gained infamy for its acts of terrorism and egregious human rights violations but has since receded from the international spotlight.
On the other hand, Hamas has maintained a stranglehold on the Gaza Strip ever since Israel’s withdrawal in the early 2000s. This May, tensions reached a boiling point when Hamas launched an audacious attack in southern Israel, staging an invasion and ruthlessly targeting Jewish civilians. The ensuing conflict captured global attention, with Hamas taking more than 200 hostages back to Gaza, a region under its rule.
Yousef also underscored Hamas’s cunning use of “human shields” as a calculated tactic to withstand potential ground offensives by Israel. Their extensive tunnel network, funded through international aid, further complicates efforts to counter their activities. He contends that Hamas militants display a suicidal mindset and appear to embrace martyrdom as part of their creed.
Yousef is unequivocal in his belief that Hamas can be vanquished, but doing so will necessitate a multifaceted approach. This strategy involves the dismantling of their infrastructure, robust intelligence gathering, and the imposition of a suffocating siege. Notably, Israel’s renowned security agency, Shin Bet, recently established a new unit, dubbed NILI, to track down and eliminate those responsible for the recent attacks, with a specific focus on members of a specialized Hamas commando unit within the group’s Nukhba wing.
Yousef’s revelation underscores the perilous and intricate challenge posed by extremist groups on the international stage. His stark warning serves as a clarion call, shedding light on the continued threat posed by Hamas and the urgent need for a comprehensive strategy to counter this ominous adversary.
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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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