Везунчики 2

Рубрики: Судьба Опубликовано: 12-06-2015

"Дайте ему аспирин и пусть возвращается в бой" (с)

Journey to Jihad Why are teen-agers joining ISIS?

Рубрики: Ближний Восток, Европа, Судьба Опубликовано: 28-05-2015

In 2009, a fourteen-year-old Belgian named Jejoen Bontinck slipped a sparkly white glove onto his left hand, squeezed into a sequinned black cardigan, and appeared on the reality-television contest “Move Like Michael Jackson.” He had travelled to Ghent from his home, in Antwerp, with his father, Dimitri, who wore a pin-striped suit jacket and oversized sunglasses, and who told the audience that he was Jejoen’s manager, mental coach, and personal assistant. Standing before the judges, Jejoen (pronounced “yeh-yoon”) professed his faith in the American Dream. “Dance yourself dizzy,” a judge said, and Jejoen moonwalked through the preliminary round. “That is performance!” Dimitri told the show’s host, a former Miss Belgium named Véronique de Kock. “You’re gonna hear from him, sweetie.”

Jejoen was soon eliminated, but four years later, when he least wanted the attention, he became the focus of hundreds of articles in the Belgian press. He had participated in a jihadi radicalization program, operated out of a rented room in Antwerp, that inspired dozens of Belgian youths to migrate to Syria and take up arms against the government of Bashar al-Assad. Most of the group’s members ultimately became part of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, joining more than twenty thousand foreign fighters engaged in the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Today, ISIS controls large parts of both countries. With revenue of more than a million dollars a day, mostly from extortion and taxation, the group continues to expand its reach; in mid-May, its forces captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and, last week, they took control of Palmyra, in Syria.

About four thousand European jihadis have gone to Syria since the outbreak of war, in 2011, more than four hundred from Belgium. (It is estimated that at least a hundred Americans have joined the fight.) The migration of youths from seemingly stable and prosperous communities to fight with radical Islamists has bewildered not only their families but governments and security forces throughout Europe.

 

Индекс террористических атак смертников

Рубрики: Ближний Восток, Судьба Опубликовано: 29-04-2015

Данные проекта Чикагского университета по исследованию проблем безопасности и терроризма.

The person quest behind photo of embracing enemies in Vietnam war

Рубрики: История фото, Фотография, Судьба, Вьетнам Опубликовано: 28-04-2015

Now in his 70s, the former Vietnam News Agency photojournalist still has a clear memory about the photo, which he said was taken in April 1973 at the Long Quang border line in Trieu Trach Commune, Trieu Phong District of the north-central province of Quang Tri. The area was closely watched and guarded by the Vietnamese army in the North and the pro-American South Vietnam during the wartime before 1975. Thanh said he was so moved seeing two enemies, still in their different army uniforms, embrace each other to pose for a photograph that he forgot to note their names after capturing the picture. “It is the image of peace and national concord,” he said. Thanh said he and his colleague, Tran Mai Huong, were “surprised at what was happening” when they were assigned to the Long Quang station. Soldiers of both sides pointed guns towards each other during daytime but the situation was different in the evening, he said.

How to spot a martyr in search of a cause

Рубрики: Судьба Опубликовано: 27-04-2015

The YouTube video is grainy and little more than 90 seconds long. A group of men sit under olive trees on a hill, in a scene that would resemble a cheery picnic were it not for the rifles resting at their feet. Digital pixelation dances across their faces in an effort to keep their identities hidden, though one fair-skinned young man with a reddish beard is clearly visible. He looks directly at the camera, a big smile spreading across his face. His sunny demeanour and chunky frame invoke the strip malls and Dunkin’ Donuts of his native Florida. But when a building in Syria’s Idlib province exploded in a cloud of dust on 25 May 2014, it turned out that this young man might have been responsible. He died, as was his wish, a martyr in a holy war. The Reuters voiceover tells the story from scratch: this joyful American took the Arabic name Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha and set out to die for his beliefs. But why would someone from a middle-class background in the United States, who could have led a tranquil life, sacrifice himself for a cause? In a breakthrough paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology late last year, the psychologist Jocelyn Bélanger and team at the Université du Québec à Montréal identified the personality traits of those with a ‘psychological readiness to suffer and sacrifice’ his or her life for a cause. The result, a Self-Sacrifice scale, could be a boon to anti-terror operatives across the globe, especially in the wake of attacks on sites ranging from Paris and Copenhagen to Peshawar and Nairobi – places where terrorists have this century claimed thousands of lives.

Старички-наёмнички

Рубрики: ЧВК, Африка, Судьба Опубликовано: 26-04-2015

Leon Lotz was once a member of the Koevoet – “crowbar” in Afrikaans – a paramilitary police unit created by South Africa’s apartheid regime to root out guerrillas in what is now Namibia. Thirty years later, something persuaded him to take up arms again in a foreign country. He was killed in March, apparently by friendly fire from a tank in northern Nigeria. Among the most striking facts about Lotz was his age: 59. A wealth of media reports, witness accounts and photos on social media suggest that he is not the only white mercenary who helped turn the tide against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in recent weeks, allowing Nigeria to hold a relatively peaceful election. Whether as technical advisers or frontline combatants, some are said to have come from the former Soviet Union but about 300 are reportedly from South Africa and nearing retirement age. Who are the members of this dad’s army, willing to risk death abroad and prosecution at home to fight someone else’s war? What is their motivation? And are they welcomed by those they are ostensibly helping?

История о двух Америках и магазинчике, в котором они столкнулись

Рубрики: Северная Америка, Судьба Опубликовано: 06-04-2015

Через 10 дней после 11 сентября 2001 года чудовищное нападение в техасском супермаркете покалечило судьбы двух человек: преступника и жертвы. В своём ошеломляющем выступлении Ананд Гирихарадас, автор книги «Настоящий американец», рассказывает историю того, что случилось дальше. Это история о двух путях, которыми может пойти Америка, и впечатляющий призыв к примирению.

Sovereign

Рубрики: Фильмы, Ближний Восток, Судьба Опубликовано: 04-04-2015

Plagued with survivor's guilt, an Iraq war veteran turned mercenary stumbles upon a plot to sabotage America's energy independence. Fighting to free the demons in his head, he sets out to eradicate the traitors amongst us. A film created by military veterans, dedicated to the heroes of Benghazi.

"Вам - особое задание!"

Рубрики: Эксклюзив, Россия/СНГ, Ближний Восток, Судьба Опубликовано: 02-04-2015

С 5 июня 1967 г. начался совершенно новый этап пребывания наших военных специалистов в Египте — этап непосредственного участия в боевых действиях наших людей и техники, что потом будет названо выполнением интернационального долга.

250 ОРТЦ "Спецназ" на "Синайском мини-ТВД"

Рубрики: Эксклюзив, Россия/СНГ, Ближний Восток, Судьба Опубликовано: 01-04-2015

В данной публикации я пытался представить частичную информацию, как непосредственный участник некоторых событий арабо-израильского конфликта. Это касается как роли и участия 313-го отдельного батальона «Спецназ» (РЭБ) - базового подразделения 250 ОРТЦ «Спецназ», так и первого состава центра. О первом составе центра как о «первопроходце», о его роли и значимости, почти нигде ничего не говорится. К сожалению, не мало участников тех событий ушли в «мир иной», но живы их дети и внуки. И им, наверное, хотелось бы знать об участии их отцов и дедов в тех далёких событиях. Но в любом случае, это не должно «кануть в лету».

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