Asymmetric warfare, terrorism, and Daesh.

Literally a couple of low level websites were defaced, using well known attack vectors.

I reckon they need a technical advisor. It they throw in some free Arabic lessons and decent accomodation (with a pool, of course), I'd consider the offer.
So long as you're happy paying jizya on top of your pension contributions and income tax. That won't leave you with many figs at the end of the month, subhanallah.

I watched the Flames of War 2 with a real sense of nostalgia, having watched the original when it came out in 2014, I think? There were a fair few stabs at the 'abandoners' but in the end the collapse of their empire was explained that it's all a big test from the big man so keep on keeping on.
 
So long as you're happy paying jizya on top of your pension contributions and income tax. That won't leave you with many figs at the end of the month, subhanallah.

I watched the Flames of War 2 with a real sense of nostalgia, having watched the original when it came out in 2014, I think? There were a fair few stabs at the 'abandoners' but in the end the collapse of their empire was explained that it's all a big test from the big man so keep on keeping on.
Well, they weren't going to blow their jihadcred by admitting it was the biggest religiously inspired disaster since the Jonestown Massacre?
 
In the meantime the sheer cost of 'testing the faithful’, and coping with those who feel it their duty to go out with a big bang and take a whole bunch of strangers with them, has reached huge proportions, let alone the immense tragedy and pain caused.

Technology is still trying to enhance the ability of the security services to detect and prevent the threats presently posed by returnees, homegrown converts, or plain nut jobs with smaller smarter units that can detect guns knives and bombs carried by individuals.

A recent innovative approach is with the deployment of new hi-tech discreet Cognitive Microwave Radar concealed weapons detection system, designed as an effective tool to combat active terrorist threats before they occur. Equipment either fixed place or possibly deployed in a mobile form.
PATSCAN - Patriot One Technologies Inc.

 
In the meantime the sheer cost of 'testing the faithful’, and coping with those who feel it their duty to go out with a big bang and take a whole bunch of strangers with them, has reached huge proportions, let alone the immense tragedy and pain caused.

Technology is still trying to enhance the ability of the security services to detect and prevent the threats presently posed by returnees, homegrown converts, or plain nut jobs with smaller smarter units that can detect guns knives and bombs carried by individuals.

A recent innovative approach is with the deployment of new hi-tech discreet Cognitive Microwave Radar concealed weapons detection system, designed as an effective tool to combat active terrorist threats before they occur. Equipment either fixed place or possibly deployed in a mobile form.
PATSCAN - Patriot One Technologies Inc.

The technology is nice, but if it had been available and rolled out in 1970 would it have been 'testing the faithful' or 'testing the fenian'?
The fact is that we have had terrorism in one shape or another since Victorian times. You could even argue that Guy Fawkes and his Catholic mates were trying to do exactly what IS would dream of.

The current obsession with Islam detracts from the real problem. Islam isn't really very attractive. Given the chance, any Saudi with cash legs it for holidays in Infideland.

So, WHY are thousands of second and third generation followers willingly signing up to a horribly austere and perverse version that their grandparents wouldn't have tolerated?

I don't see the organised global jihad that you do, but I see something much more interesting- a settling of accounts between the various sects, and the battle between the reactionary throwbacks looking for a simpler way of life where their only strength, piety, counts for something, and the progressives looking to take Islam away from its medieval fixations.

When you can answer the question of what these young Muslims aspire to, you might have a solution beyond new detection equipment.
 
When you can answer the question of what these young Muslims aspire to, you might have a solution beyond new detection equipment.
Yes terrorism has existed throughout history.

The fact unfortunately is, that dealing with what is happening right now, takes priority over obscure questions why we have the massive internal fighting between Muslim factions, and their written religious duty towards those who do not agree with them.

The majority of terrorist acts recently, greatest threat presently in the UK, and, subject of this thread remains that posed by daesh, and steps being taken to counter that threat.
 
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When you can answer the question of what these young Muslims aspire to, you might have a solution beyond new detection equipment.
Oh goodness me, stop that pissing in the procurement pool!

Boys need their toys, and it's a lot better than the long term boring linguistic and human terrain work that would actually prevent attacks and support intelligence gathering.

Plus that is a bit of a downer, as that approach needs to recruit and retain staff to gain experience. In our era of healthy churn, that isn't going to work either.

So let's buy some kit.

 
The technology is nice, but if it had been available and rolled out in 1970 would it have been 'testing the faithful' or 'testing the fenian'?
The fact is that we have had terrorism in one shape or another since Victorian times. You could even argue that Guy Fawkes and his Catholic mates were trying to do exactly what IS would dream of.

The current obsession with Islam detracts from the real problem. Islam isn't really very attractive. Given the chance, any Saudi with cash legs it for holidays in Infideland.

So, WHY are thousands of second and third generation followers willingly signing up to a horribly austere and perverse version that their grandparents wouldn't have tolerated?

I don't see the organised global jihad that you do, but I see something much more interesting- a settling of accounts between the various sects, and the battle between the reactionary throwbacks looking for a simpler way of life where their only strength, piety, counts for something, and the progressives looking to take Islam away from its medieval fixations.

When you can answer the question of what these young Muslims aspire to, you might have a solution beyond new detection equipment.
Islamism gives people a community and in some cases, positions of authority or gain within those communities. Just like any other group or community. Seems gash to you or me but if it's the only way you're gonna get married, make money or be in a community then it's worth it.

@Resasi there is a lot more to Islamism than daesh.
 
Boys need their toys,
So what toys on the list for the end of year celebrations then?

That form fitting all organic undetectable extra powerful boom belt, or the GHQ Alexis microphone bulb that can pick up any coversation within the house with built in translator for 5 languages with all regional dialects?
 
Yes terrorism has existed throughout history.

The fact unfortunately is, that dealing with what is happening right now, takes priority over obscure questions why we have the massive internal fighting between Muslim factions, and their written religious duty towards those who do not agree with them.

The majority of terrorist acts recently, greatest threat presently in the UK, and, subject of this thread remains that posed by daesh, and steps being taken to counter that threat.
No. You can either play whack a mole dealing with a never ending supply of self radicalized nitwits with a few dangerous enablers, OR you can try to cut them off at the roots by finding out why their lives are so shit that they listen to the recruiters, and change it.

Take away the motivation, and take away the footsoldiers. Then all you have to worry about are the really dangerous ones-the clever ones who have no intention of blowing themselves up.
 
One root that has been cut is their self proclaimed Caliphate territory.
Which one? They have franchised, remember?
The fact is that the Caliph is still apparently unaccounted for.
Even if he wasn't, now one claimant has come forward, another would step up to claim his place.
Remember that most Islamic countries are still pretty tribal, and personal charisma goes a long way. The most successful warlord/ terrorist would move up the ladder.