Periodic Table Of Terrorists

The ‘Periodic Table Of Terrorists’ Puts America’s Enemies Into  Perspective

Michael  Kelley|Feb. 27, 2013,  5:07 PM

The Department of State currently labels 52 groups  as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs), and strategic  communications firm Navanti has put together a  handy graphic to illustrate America’s view of the global terror  threat.

Drawing from State Department and academic sources, Navanti presents the  periodic table of terrorist groups, which details the size, scope, and level  of activity of each group:

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A few things jump out at  us:

Jabhat  al-Nusra — the radical  Sunni group comprised of  the best  frontline fighters of the Syrian opposition —is not listed since it was designated in  December, but it’s  parent al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is. (Also, members of the Commander  Nazir Group in Afghanistan were  deemed terrorists on  Tuesday.)

• In September the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq (M.E.K), or People’s Mujahedeen, successfully  lobbied to be removed  from the FTO list.

In  April Philip  Hersch of The New Yorker reported that U.S.  Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) trained  members of M.E.K.  in communications, cryptography, small-unit tactics and weaponry at a  secretive Nevada site from 2005 to at least 2007.

• Chris Hedges— the main  plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the indefinite detention provisions contained in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — says he has “had direct  contact with … 17 organizations”  considered FTOs.

Hedges  (along with other journalists and activists) are suing the government  because that section of the 2012 NDAA — which gives  the president the authority to detain anyone  who provides “substantial support” to the Taliban, al-Qaeda or “associated  forces” — is  vague and doesn  not include a provision to exempt journalists from being indefinitely  detained.

Joby  Warrick of the Washington Post reports that Hezbollah has recently been  linked to two high-profile operations — a surveillance mission in Cyprus and the July  bombing in Bulgaria that killed five  Israelis — that indicate the Iranian proxy  group’s increasingly global reach.

“I was just collecting information about the Jews  [in Cyprus],” Hossam Yaakoub, a  24-year-old Lebanese-born Swedish citizen recruited by Hezbollah, told  police. “This  is what my organization is doing, everywhere in the world.”

All-in-all,  the graphic is a helpful representation of organizations the U.S. government  currently considers as enemies in the never-ending  war on terror.

(h/t David S.  Maxwell)

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