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"I call it the McDonald's of terrorism. It's accessible to all," said Olivier Guitta, a London-based terrorism expert who runs GlobalStrat, a risk and security consultancy. "You just have to make a video, name-check the Islamic State, and that's it, you’re part of it."
After an unprecedented wave of jihadist terrorism, since 2015, in France, the UK, Germany, Spain among others, now is the time to reflect on how Western counter-terrorism strategies might miss the point. Indeed, while going after the operatives is a must, the West needs also to have an arsenal to target the ideological terror masters.
More than 500 incarcerated Islamist militants are due to be freed in Europe over the next two years, according to Olivier Guitta, head of the geopolitical risk company GlobalStrat.
“Isis returnees have been in the area, and made plans to attack targets there, especially hotels and churches,” said Olivier Guitta, a French analyst.
Olivier Guitta, head of geopolitical risk company GlobalStrat, said the far right has strong roots in France. "He was obviously radicalised and this [his visit to France] was a field trip, if you will, to basically convince him that his views were right on target," he said.
“Hezbollah as a whole and not just the military wing being designated in the UK is a very important and courageous step,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, an international security and geopolitical risk consultancy. “The UK is sending a strong message to Iran, the main backer of the Shiite terror group, more than any other countries in the world.”
Said Bouteflika, 61, is well regarded by the U.S. and France, Algeria’s key foreign ally. “But his handicap is his last name,” says Olivier Guitta, who heads GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical-risk consultancy.
Of the 22 successful terror attacks in France since 2012, 97 percent were carried out by individuals known to have been radicalized, or otherwise known to police, according to Olivier Guitta, the managing director of GlobalStrat, a risk management firm that studies terrorism.
"The main issue throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.
Mr Guitta pointed out that the Strasbourg attacker did not even follow one rudimentary jihadist practice: he ran away, rather than blowing himself up.He said Isis terrorism abroad was the “McDonald’s of jihad” — anyone could buy into the franchise. “Just the suspicion that they might be behind something or that their ideology was pushing it is enough for it to work,” he said.
“Any country that is a source of financing for Iran is going to see its position fall on Trump’s deaf ears,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, an international risk consultancy. “Iran is for him the main thing. Those states with most to lose are those doing business with Iran.
Olivier Guitta, a former private banker who now advises banks on geopolitical risk at GlobalStrat, has been following developments in Saudi Arabia and Iran for over a decade. He is sure that, in both countries, the hotels favoured by bankers are emptying. Bankers, he continues, have become acutely aware of the renewed risk of dealing with these two markets.
Mr Guitta, boss of consultancy GlobalStrat, said Isis still has around 30,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria — and he said its success was down to its unique “business model”.
“Isis is the McDonald’s of terrorism,” Olivier Guitta, a security analyst, said. “Rather than be an elitist movement, by attracting anyone and everyone it can live on eternally.”
Looking at the dramatic rise of Islamic State from the ashes of al-Qaeda in Iraq, one can see that the US is not the only responsible party but the main factor is the sectarian divide exacerbated by successive Shia-led Iraqi governments.
Issue with unregulated Militias totally uncontrolled by local government
Regional Govt not re-distributing any of the large wealth stemming from oil
Always more expats coming in the region
YTD 19 attacks against foreign civilians resulting in 11 deaths, all in the Oil and Gas sector; 4 attacks against private security contractors resulting in one death
“While the security services are excellent at identifying potential jihadists, the terrible lack of human resources means that they can monitor only a tiny tiny fraction of the suspects,” said counterterror analyst Olivier Guitta, who runs GlobalStrat, a London-based risk consultancy
“Algeria is the country spending the most on defense on the continent and not sparing any expenses really there,” said Olivier Guitta, the managing director of GlobalStrat, a security consultancy in London.
"The obvious pitfall for this likely U.S.-France-U.K. strike on Assad is that the effect of surprise is totally lost but also has given enough time for the Syrian regime, Russia and Iran to get prepared" said Olivier Guitta, managing director at GlobalStrat.
Olivier Guitta, the founder of GlobalStrat, a security consultancy, said “The militias in Tripoli are the ones controlling these areas not Haftar. In fact his whole involvement in politics is to get support to re-establish control over these areas."
"Macron is extremely opportunistic and is filling the void left by the US and the UK in the Middle East, positioning France as a playmaker in the region along with Russia," said Olivier Guitta, the managing director of GlobalStrat, a geopolitical risk consultancy firm.
Olivier Guitta, a leading security expert has spoken of the European Union’s reliance on British intelligence after Theresa May pledged the UK’s commitment to European security.
"It's totally different than Nice and Berlin because it is a much more sophisticated plot involving many more people which is extremely serious and extremely concerning," Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, told CNBC on Friday.
Olivier Guitta, managing director at risk consultants GlobalStrat, told MailOnline: 'Homegrown jihadists have always represented a much larger threat than returnees because they represent a much potential larger pool, are much more under the radar than the ones that travelled to Syria/Iraq that are known to Western security services and would be picked up upon return.
“Many who joined Isil have returned to the UK and they could be awaiting instructions,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical risk consulting firm. “It is very likely that there is communication (between those still in Syria and those at home.)
While just three months ago Saudi Arabia was losing allies rapidly, now the momentum has clearly shifted. This sea of change proves how geopolitical fortune can turn around quickly. The catalyst was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
Olivier Guitta, who runs GlobalStrat, a risk consultancy, said that Isis seemed to want to preserve its operatives. “There is a realisation that if they can keep their operatives alive longer then they could possibly pull off other attacks,” he said.
After the Saudi-led airstrikes on Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, on October 8, pressure on Western nations selling weapons to Saudi Arabia will be mounting. Recently, the United States Congress passed into law the Justice Against State Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) bill, aimed at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
Olivier Guitta of GlobalStrat, a geopolitical risk consultancy, says “to do both operations at the same time is really a stretch.” In Iraq, he says, the anti-IS coalition can “count on the Iraqi army and Shi’ite militias,” but “in Syria there is a different picture.”
In his last address to the United Nations General Assembly, Barack Obama mentioned Syria in passing. It should have been the central theme of his speech but, as Laurent Fabius has said, Obama was never serious about solving the Syrian crisis.
Olivier Guitta, managing director of international security and risk firm GlobalStrat, said the leak was a boost to security services and indicated unhappiness within the group. "This leak shows that there are dissenting voices within the ranks of IS," he told AFP.
Cette fuite de documents «montre qu'il existe des voix dissidentes dans les rangs de l'EI», a dit à l'Agence France-Presse Olivier Guitta, directeur général du cabinet de conseil GlobalStrat. «Comme dans toute organisation d'envergure, il y aura des luttes de pouvoir et on pourrait voir à l'avenir une possible implosion de l'EI en différentes factions», a-t-il ajouté.
In the course of a few days, the United States and France reportedly conducted military operations in Libya against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL. That is not new: Both countries have allegedly been involved in special forces operations in the North African country for the past two years.
Eerder deze week werd bij de Sudanese grens de eerste Belgische Libië-strijder opgepakt. IS'ers trekken van Irak en Syrië naar het stuurloze land, mensen-smokkelaars zullen volgen. Is het hek van de dam?
En outre, le cabinet de conseil spécialisé dans le risque géopolitique GlobalStrat indique qu'il sera plus profitable pour une personne radicalisée originaire du Maroc ou d'Algérie et installée en Belgique ou aux Pays-Bas de se rendre en Libye.
La Libye inquiète depuis longtemps les experts en terrorisme internationaux. "La Libye constitue un danger bien plus grand pour les Européens que la Syrie et l'Irak", a ainsi expliqué Olivier Guitta, CEO de la société de consultance GlobalStrat lors d'une conférence de la European Corporate Security Association.
The extremists have frequently used young children in propaganda videos, said Olivier Guitta, director of the consulting group GlobalStrat.
"They are featured in various videos and interestingly are mostly sons of Western jihadists," he said. "It shows that the new generation is already part of the fight to reclaim the Caliphate."
While recent spectacular terror attacks either directed or inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have mostly taken place against the West and Russia, a new priority for ISIL could be the Gulf.
"Libya for me was the main issue, even more than Iraq and Syria, and it has the potential of being much more problematic for Europe than even Iraq and Syria will ever be, in terms of Western recruits, terrorism..."
After the worst terror attacks in the history of France, now is the time to reflect on how Western counter-terrorism strategies can be made more effective. While going after terrorists is a must, the West also needs to target their ideological mentors.
The siege by gunmen of a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako, which left at least 20 people dead on Friday, underscores a complex set of dilemmas facing France as it ramps up operations against ISIS militants a week after the deadly attacks by the group in Paris...
« S’il y avait des solutions miracles, cela se saurait », tranche Olivier Guitta, directeur général de GlobalStrat, un cabinet de conseil en sécurité. A la question de l’efficacité s’ajoute celle de savoir jusqu’où aller pour se protéger, sans sacrifier sa liberté.
The potential of an American acting as a spokesman for the terrorist group raises anew concerns about ISIS's support in and internal threat to the United States.
“Now we are talking about (ISIS) being able to pull off an attack that, until now, only al-Qaida was able to pull off,”
Indeed, when was the last time Russia send troops in a far-away foreign land in a conflict it wasn’t directly involved in?...
ISIS Social Media Drive Encourages Jihadis to Travel to North African Base
"Depuis le départ, cela ne fait aucun sens d'avoir seulement l'autorisation d'attaquer des cibles en Irak"...
This latest foiled terror attack has shed light once again on the vulnerabilities of the transport system...
Avec au moins huit attentats ou tentatives d’attentat en neuf mois, dont la dernière il y a une semaine, dans le Thalys reliant Amsterdam à Paris, la France est l’une des victimes les plus régulières d’actes terroristes...
While almost everything has been said and written about the consequences of the recent P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, not much has been covered about how the deal will impact the Islamic State.
Olivier Guitta, a terrorism expert, said he had uncovered evidence of 50 terrorist attacks in Tunisia since 2013 and found reports of seven terror training camps in the country. Mr Guitta, managing director of GlobalStrat, a security consultancy, said Tunisia had failed to put in place proper protection, and it did not have the resources to guard all its beaches and all its resorts...
It was tragic, but also sadly unsurprising, that Chad's capital, N'Djamena, was hit by two simultaneous suicide attacks on 15 June 2015, killing at least 34 and injuring over 100...
While Jihad Central is located in the Syria-Iraq, area with the Islamic State (IS) gaining ground daily, other potential hotspots have been forgotten. One of them that has rarely been in the news and would surprise most people is Africa’s behemoth: not Nigeria, but rather quiet South Africa.
"Par comparaison à d'autres branches d'Al-Qaïda", Aqpa est celle qui est la mieux implantée et, "même si Wahishi est une perte, elle peut rebondir rapidement", estime Olivier Guitta, directeur de GlobalStrat, entreprise de conseil spécialisée dans l'évaluation des risques géopolitiques.
According to Olivier Guitta, managing director of security and risk consultancy GlobalStrat, Wuhayshi's death is "another huge blow not only to AQAP" but also to Al-Qaeda's central command.
Counterterrorism police are focusing on the “growing threat” of a chemical weapons attack by British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria, The Times has learnt.
Indeed, the likelihood of a home-grown attack in the West has risen tenfold since the coalition started targeting IS in Iraq last year. Therefore, western security services are eager for anything that will help them but unfortunately, western governments are at a loss when it comes to devising an effective strategy.
When asked after the 9/11 attacks by President George W Bush what he thought about a rapprochement with Iran, French President Jacques Chirac replied: “Don’t even think about it. These people are lunatics! Don’t think there are moderates with whom you can negotiate.”
Remember Al Qaeda? Since the rise of the Islamic State, Al Qaeda as such has started to look like the Eastman Kodak of global terror: an organization that once dominated its market and the popular imagination, but failed to embrace change and now is on the road to oblivion or absorption by smarter, more aggressive competitors.
"The writing was on the wall,"said Olivier Guitta, managing director at security and geopolitical risk firm GlobalStrat. "[IS] has been garnering power and Boko needed to join the strongest group. And al Qaeda is not the strongest any longer, so it makes sense for them to get also a major media exposure to join."