Tuesday, 2 August 2016


"Israel might get problems": What does the state want from the Lebanese village?

Since IDF withdrawal from the neighboring country, Rajar village is divided: its northern part belong to Lebanon and the southern to Israel. And yet, while lately it was settled that the residents will be given back the lease fees paid to the administration, the regional planning committee demands the northern part's residents to act under Israeli law. "This is a casus to Hezbollah to attack".

Sunday, 31 January 2016

West Bank facts:

The "Seperation Barrier":

  • 90-95% percent of the seperation barrier is a multi layer fence system while about 6% of it is a 8 meter high wall. 

Barahona, Ana (2013). Bearing Witness - Eight weeks in Palestine. London: Metete. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-908099-02-0.

  •  The 6% wall part is used in places with sniper threat, for example, the Trans-Israel-Highway (Route 6) 

Monday, 25 January 2016

How many active millitant Islamists are there today?

Al Qaeda: 19,865-28,050
Islamic State: 52,600-88,500
South and Central Asia
Taliban: 60,000
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (part of the Taliban): 25,000
Haqqani network: 4,000-15,000
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: 500-1,000
Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (part of the Lashkar-e-Taiba): 50,000
Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin 1,500-2,000
Al-Badr 200-300
Dukhtaran-e-Millat: 350
Hizbul Mujahideen: 200
South East Asia
Jemaah Islamiyah: 5,000
Abu Sayyaf (Islamic State): 300
Jaysh al Islam (part of the Islamic Front): 17,000-25,000
Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya (part of the Islamic Front): 10,000-20,000
Northern Storm Brigade (part of the Islamic Front): 500
Ansar al-Sham (part of the Islamic Front) 2,500
Jaysh al-Mujahedeen: 5,000-12,000
Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union: 15,000
Syrian Islamic Front: 25,000
Harakat Sham al-Islam (part of the Jabhat Ansar al-Din) : 500
West Bank and Gaza Strip
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (part of the Hamas): 30,000-50,000
Islamic Jihad Movememnt: 8,000
Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem: Unknown
Jayish al-Islam (Gaza Strip): Unknown
Tawhid al-Jihad: Unknown
Jund Ansar Allah (Gaza Strip): 500
Jaljalat: 750
Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigade: 200
al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades: Unknown
Rest of the Middle East
Jundallah of Iran: 700-2,000
Kata'ib Hezbollah: 40,000
Abdullah Azzam Brigades: Unknown
Ansar Dine: 500-2,000
Ansar al-Sharia of Tunisia: 1,000
Ansar al-Sharia of Libya: 4,500-5,000

TOTAL: 379,715-484,200

-sources collected in 25 January 2016