Monthly Archives: May 2019

Did the Saudis know?

Did the Saudis know?

In a leaked ‘urgent, confidential and top secret’ document, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confesses responsibility or at least ‘relation’ to the terrorist attacks that hit Sri Lanka two weeks ago as Christians celebrated Easter Sunday. Obtained by al-Ahed, the paper, which carries …

Minority Alienation – Analysis

Minority Alienation – Analysis

The Easter Sunday carnage in which more than 250, mostly Christians, were killed is the most violent terrorist act in Sri Lanka since the end of the Eelam war in 2009. A terrorist attack on this scale involving the use of high-explosives in coordinated suicide …

A new fault line in post-war Sri Lanka

A new fault line in post-war Sri Lanka

Every few metres in Batticaloa a white poster with the words ‘Kanneer Anjali’ (tribute with tears) appears, tied to trunks of trees, walls of churches, or gates of mosques. Right below the bold letters is an image of a pair of eyes, weeping. Near town, …

ISIS Used Bitcoin to Fund Horrific Sri Lanka Easter Bombings?

ISIS Used Bitcoin to Fund Horrific Sri Lanka Easter Bombings?

Bitcoin played a role in staging the Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Sri Lanka that killed 253 civilians, according to Israeli blockchain intelligence firm Whitestream. The agency revealed that the ISIS used Canada-based payment gateway CoinPayments to convert bitcoins to fiat money. The firm identified …

What Next?

What Next?

Under the nose of a state that took peace for granted, members of two lesser-known radical organizations and sons of a millionaire spice trader conspired to carry out a mass carnage on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, an attack which has now been described as …

Sri Lanka mistook Indian alert

Sri Lanka mistook Indian alert

Sri Lanka had refused to pay heed to India’s alert on possible suicide attacks and the involvement of extremists based on its belief that New Delhi is trying to pit Colombo against Pakistan by pointing fingers at the island’s Muslim community. Senior Lankan officials (defence …

Terror through local proxies, is part of ISIS evolving modus operandi

Terror through local proxies, is part of ISIS evolving modus operandi

ISIS has released the second video of its supreme leader, Abu Bakr Baghdadi on April 29, the first since he appeared in a video delivering a sermon as the Caliph at the Al Nuri Mosque of Mosul in Iraq on July 5, 2014. The focus …