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