Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit.
by, Alana Goodman | The Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that the “hatred and bigotry” he encountered when he was booed off the stage at a Middle Eastern Christian conference for defending Israel on Wednesday night was like nothing he has previously seen in his political career.
“I’ve certainly encountered audiences that disagreed with a particular point of view. But this virulent display of hatred and bigotry was remarkable, and considerably different from anything I’ve previously encountered,” Cruz said, just a few hours after his pro-Israel speech to the In Defense of Christians conference was drowned out by shouts and jeers from the audience.
The senator was booed off stage at the conference, which is aimed at raising awareness for the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, after saying that Christians “have no greater ally than Israel” and calling on the audience to support the Jewish state.
“The division and anti-Semitism expressed tonight by some of the crowd is not reflective of the teachings of Christ, and is in fact directly contrary to the tenets of Christianity,” Cruz said.
In a video posted by the Daily Caller, audience members can be heard shouting at Cruz during his keynote address.
“I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate,” said Cruz, before he was interrupted with shouts of “all of us!” from the audience.
“You speak for yourself!” one participant yelled during the senator’s defense of Israel.
“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” said Cruz, as audience members drowned him out with boos and cries of “enough!,” “no!” and “never!”
The Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that several Hezbollah and Syrian regime supporters were scheduled to speak at the conference. Numerous members of Congress were scheduled to attend, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), and Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.).
The speakers included Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raï, who has defended Hezbollah’s right to attack Israel and has called for a meeting with the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Another speaker, Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, boasted on his official Facebook page last week about his Sept. 5 meeting with a “high level delegation from Hezbollah.”
The conference also featured Antioch Church patriarch Gregory III Laham, who has blamed terrorist attacks against Iraqi Christians on a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam” aimed at making Muslims look bad.
“It is actually a conspiracy planned by Zionism and some Christians with Zionist orientations, and it aims at undermining and giving a bad image of Islam,” Laham said in 2010, according to the Daily Star.
Despite the controversial speakers, Cruz decided to speak at the conference because he wanted to bring attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, his office told the Free Beacon on Wednesday afternoon.
He said Wednesday night that he was disappointed he was unable to give the speech he had planned.
“I’d intended to talk tonight about Pastor Saeed Abedini, wrongfully imprisoned in the nation of Iran for practicing his Christian faith. I’d intended to talk tonight about Mariam Ibrahim, wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to torture and death for her Christian faith,” said Cruz. “I had intended to talk about the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas simply because they were Jews.”
“Radical Islamic terrorists do not distinguish between Christians and Jews,” he added. “They hate us both, they murder us both.”
Funding for the conference was provided by top Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, organizers told the Free Beacon on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the conference did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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Here is a video of Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit..
More on this incident can be read here
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by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Let me first say, this comment is NOT directed towards the Middle-Eastern Christians as a collective, but rather towards those individuals in attendance at the IDC Summit, that were hateful and disrespectful. Many of those in attendance were very cordial and respectful and this message is not in reference to them.
Secondly, they invite Sen. Cruz to speak at the IDC summit as their keynote speaker and then, they disrespect him while he is there speaking on their behalf. He just happens to be one of the most genuine defenders of Middle-Eastern Christians, in their plight to end their persecution. Furthermore, Senator Ted Cruz was absolutely and unequivocally correct in his message and the “Christians” that showed objection were merely purveyors of hate and facilitated division.
On a personal note, a substantial portion of my life has been spent working to end the persecution of faith. Being a ‘..voice for the persecuted..’ is an honor and a privileged, of which I am not worthy. I never ‘chose’ to do it, but rather I feel as though I was ‘chosen’ to do it. Having said that, let me be very clear..
To those rude and disrespectful “Christians.” You should be ashamed of yourselves!
I will speak for you, to the extent that “you” speak for the Jews. I will defend your nation and your people, to the extent that “you” defend Israel and the Jewish people.
If “you” do not stand with Israel and the Jewish people, then likewise..
I cannot stand with you.
3 of the 8 Rapists are the son’s of the Chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League
by, Shamsul Islam | The Express Tribune | h/t Trop
FAISALABAD, Pakistan: Police on Friday registered a case against three sons of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Mian Farooq and five other unknown persons for allegedly raping a girl.
According to details, the victim Naz* herself moved a complaint before the Madina Town police in which she alleged that Muazzam Farooq, former chairman Zila Council Faisalabad, his two brothers Saad Farooq, Qasim Farooq and five others harassed her.
The complainant mentioned to have identified the accused Muazzam, Saad and Qasim but doesn’t know the other five persons; however, she claimed that she can also identify them if brought before her.
SHO Madina Town police station Farukh Waheed told The Express Tribune that, “In the medical examination of the victim it was confirmed that she had been gang raped. However, a DNA test will establish whether or not the alleged persons have committed the crime.”
Meanwhile, City Police Officer (CPO) Faisalabad Dr Sohail Habib Tajik has formed a committee under the supervision of SP Madina Town Nasir Sial to probe the incident. “If it was proved that the alleged persons were involved in the gang rape, the police will not hesitate to proceed against them in accordance with law, said Tajik.
Sources privy to the matter have claimed the arrest of one accused, Muazzam Farooq, but police are not confirming it.
* Victims name has been changed to protect her identitiy
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by, Phil Helsel | NBC News
Terrorist group ISIS released a video Saturday purportedly showing the execution of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines.
If confirmed, it is the third time the organization, which has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria, beheaded a captive and released a video of the execution, intending to send a message to Western nations. Britain recently said it wouldsend machine guns and ammunition to Iraq to help that government battle the militants, and it is weighing whether to participate along with the U.S. in possible airstrikes in Syria against the terror group.
Haines, 44, like others in taped executions by the terror group, is forced in the new video to read a script in which he blamed his death on British Prime Minister David Cameron and the British government’s decision to join the U.S. in its battle against ISIS.
A black-clad, masked militant holding a knife then says the execution is in retaliation for Britain’s decision to supply arms to Kurdish fighters battling ISIS in Iraq.
After the murder, another captive is shown and the executioner warns Cameron, “you will have the blood of your people on your hands,” if the U.K. continues to ally with the U.S. in its campaign against the group.
Cameron called the execution “an act of pure evil,” and vowed, “We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”
President Barack Obama said in a statement that the United States “strongly condemns the barbaric murder of David Hains” and offered his condolences to the family and the people of the U.K.
“The United States stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve. We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world,” Obama said in the statement.
A spokesperson for the British Embassy said the government is offering Haines’ family “every support possible.”
Haines did security work for peacekeeping groups in the region when he was reportedly abducted in Syria in early 2013.
ISIS released a video Sept. 2 showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013. Another American journalist, James Foley, was executed in a video released Aug. 19.
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by, Agence France-Presse | The Raw Story
Lebanese police have arrested a man who staged a sick prank by filming himself threatening to behead three Syrian refugee children left in his care, a security official told AFP on Saturday.
The police also briefly arrested the children’s mother, who confessed to enjoying the scene she found when she returned from work.
The video below, which was posted on YouTube Friday and shared widely, shows the three terrified children crying as a man standing behind a camera waves a knife and asks: “Whom do we behead first?”
فديو لشخص شيعي لبناني يهدد اطفال سوريين بالذبح
Adding to the pathos of the incident, the crying children respond by pointing at each other.
A security official said the video proved to be a “sick joke,” and that the children had been left in the man’s care by their mother, his neighbour, while she was out at work.
“The intelligence branch of the Internal Security Forces has detained the man who made the video,” said the police official, adding that the incident had taken place in the southern Nabatiyeh province.
In security forces statement added that the children’s mother was also briefly detained.
“At the very end of the filming, the mother arrived from work and (said she) enjoyed the scene and asked (her neighbour) to send her the video.”
The woman was released shortly afterwards, after pledging to treat her children better.
While describing the incident as “an isolated incident,” the official said the video was yet another sign of the effect of the Syrian war on Lebanese society.
Lebanon hosts more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees, and fighting related to the conflict frequently breaks out in the tiny country.
Last month, jihadists took a number of Lebanese soldiers and police hostage after battles with them. They subsequently beheaded two of the soldiers, and widely distributed images of their corpses.
“We call on everyone to make sure we maintain our awareness, but of course this video shows the depth of the impact of the Syrian crisis,” said the police official.
“People are affected by seeing images of beheadings, and some people will start to imitate them. Poor children; they were terrified,” he added.
Windows at a newspaper office in Spremberg, Germany, were sprayed with anti-Semitic grafitti this month, reading “Jews” and “We’ll catch you all.” Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. Photo courtesy of: Blazing CatFur
by, Frau Katze | Blazing CatFur
BERLIN, Germany: On a recent Monday morning, two police officers stood guard outside the Lauder Nitzan Kindergarten, a white, three-story house marked by a discreet nameplate. Shortly after 9 a.m., a dozen children walked out and headed for the playground, minded by a nervous-looking civilian with a pistol protruding from a belt holster.
Most Jewish institutions in Germany have long had 24-hour police protection. Many, like the kindergarten, also employ private security. But such vigilance, usually intended to stave off neo-Nazis, has taken on fresh urgency amid an upsurge in anti-Semitic acts this year that some authorities and Jewish community leaders blame on Muslims.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will address a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, underlining the government’s concern. But many Jews in Germany are worried their country doesn’t have a clear plan.
This summer, protesters against Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip unleashed a barrage of abuse, calling Jews “cowardly pigs,” “child murderers” and fodder for the gas chambers, according to witnesses and Jewish organizations. On the sidelines, a mob hounded a Jewish couple in Berlin and Jews were beaten in Hamburg and Frankfurt.
Similar incidents were taking place elsewhere in Europe, but in the country that masterminded the Holocaust, they evoked particularly painful memories.
“We haven’t heard these things on German streets for 50, 60 years,” said Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews, sitting in his office on a Frankfurt side street. “The fact that people on German streets are saying Jews should burn, Jews should be slaughtered, Jews should be gassed. It hits a particular nerve for us.”
Through education and prevention, but also repression, successive German governments largely succeeded in banning anti-Semitic speech from the public domain. Yet these efforts focused on the far-right; anti-Semitism in Muslim communities was left unchecked, according to community activists and government officials.
“The protests got a lot of attention, but ‘Jew’ has been used as an insult by young Muslims in schoolyards, on sports grounds, for years,” said Ahmad Mansour, an Israeli Arab who has led initiatives against prejudice and radicalization among Muslims in Germany since 2007. “There is a group of people that Germany’s fight against anti-Semitism passed by.”
Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, said that Islam forbids anti-Semitism, but that some Muslims blur the border between criticism of Israel and hate speech.
“It must be addressed, but community leaders can’t do this on their own,” he said. “The state must step in, too, as it has done against right-wing anti-Semitism.”
In a radio interview two weeks ago, Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, said “we’ve always associated anti-Semitism with national socialism [Nazis], the extreme right. We are now realizing that many immigrants who came to Germany harbor anti-Semitic prejudice.”
Long-term studies by Bielefeld and Leipzig universities show anti-Semitic prejudice in Germany is less widespread today than it was 10 years ago. Police records of anti-Semitic acts show the same trend.
But starting in 2002, the year of the second intifada, bouts of violence in the Middle East have coincided with spikes of anti-Semitism here, according to police, fanning fear among Jews.
“If you look back over 30 years, the statistics haven’t changed that much,” said Daniel Alter, a Berlin rabbi who survived a vicious attack in 2012 and now works with imams on outreach programs. “But anti-Semitism has become more visible, more accepted.”
Mr. Alter now wears a cap over his yarmulke. “There are too many places in Berlin where it would be irresponsible to advertise yourself as a Jew,” he said.
Esther Mizrahi, director of the Lauder Nitzan Kindergarten in central Berlin, said she doesn’t feel comfortable taking her children to the kosher store. A 31-year-old woman from an Orthodox household said Lebanese boys threw a stone through her window last month after arguing with her children over the Gaza conflict.
One obstacle to combating anti-Semitism among Muslims has been reluctance among politicians and the police to stigmatize a community that faces racism itself. Last week, a study by the government’s antidiscrimination watchdog showed far more antipathy in Germany against Gypsies and Muslims than against Jews. A mosque was burned in Berlin last month in a suspected arson attack.
Immigration from the former Soviet Union after the Berlin Wall fell saw Germany’s Jewish community grow to about 130,000 from 30,000 in the late 1980s. That doesn’t count an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Israelis living here.
The spread of anti-Semitic speech, from online forums to schoolyards, risks sending the community retreating in its shell, said Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee Berlin Office.
“Frictions with Muslims mean more and more Jewish families are deciding to send their children to Jewish schools,” she said. “There’s a tendency to seclude. If you can’t send your child to the local school, it’s a daunting challenge for society.”
A year ago, Ms. Merkel said she was ashamed that Jewish institutions still required police protection. Mr. Graumann thinks it will be a long time before the guards become superfluous.
“I wish we no longer needed them,” he said. “But that may have to wait until the Messiah comes.”
*This story has been updated to note that all the sites included in a list of “official Islamic State accounts” have now been suspended by VKontakte
by, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai | Mashable
The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks.
When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading of James Foley, the militants were forced to move on to different social networks like Diaspora and VKontakte (or VK), the Russian equivalent of Facebook, looking for more permissive digital pastures.
But VKontakte, which boasts of 260 million users, has also started to crack down on accounts related to the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).
“We are shutting down all communities and personal accounts that promote ISIS and have been found by our moderators or reported by users,” George Lobushkin, VKontakte’s spokesperson, told Mashable.
Experts who track Jihadists online confirmed that the crackdown has indeed started. “They have just suspended two of their top accounts,” Laith Alkhouri, a researcher with Flashpoint Partners, told Mashable.
J.M. Berger, who writes the influential Intelwire report also confirmed that two popular pages, named “al Hayat” and “Ajnad” — ISIS used both accounts for propaganda and recruiting — had been suspended.
Until Thursday, however, experts were critical of VKontakte’s leniency with ISIS accounts.
“VKontakte is their safe haven for now,” said Pieter Van Ostaeyen, a researcher who’s been tracking ISIS fighters and supporters on the Internet for months. “The main fact for these guys to move there is because they don’t get kicked off all the time.”
In the last three months, as ISIS fighters have carved a bloody path through Syria and Iraq, the group has shown an unprecedented ability among Jihadist groups to use social media to spread propaganda and recruit new fighters. But as large social networks like Facebook and Twitter crack down on their accounts, they have been forced to move to smaller networks with a more limited reach, but also more freedom to operate.
Even after the suspension of “al Hayat” and “Ajnad,” Alkhouri told Mashable that VKontakte is “not doing enough.”
On Thursday morning, Van Ostayen also pointed to a list of VKontakte profiles circulated on Twitter in the last week, titled “The Official Accounts of the Islamic State.”
Of the 16 links on the list, nine were still active at the time this article was written. And four of the ones that are now suspended were still active on Thursday, according to an analysis conducted by Mashable with the help of Dlshad Othman, a Syrian hacker and technologist who now lives in D.C. (After this story was published, VKontakte blocked all the links in the list.)
Vkontakte’s seemd to ramp up its crackdown on the same day a Russian news site Apparat published an investigation into Islamic State activities on VKontakte, revealing that the militants were widely recruiting and fundraising on the site, which Apparat defines as “free” and “comfortable” for the militants.
But VKontakte’s spokesperson Lobushkin rejected the idea that they’ve been too slow in their crackdown. He said the first account of the 62 was blocked on Aug. 7, but he also said that in the last two days, they shut down “about 20.”
For Alkhouri, compared to other social media companies, 62 “is a very small number” that dwarfs compared to others. Even after this fresh round of suspensions, “[VKontakte]‘s standards remain lackluster,” he said.
This story has been updated to note that all the sites included in a list of “official Islamic State accounts” have now been suspended by VKontakte.
Coalition of 10 Arab States join with the United States in war against the Islamic State
by, Agence France-Presse | NDTV
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The United States tripled its estimate for the number of Islamic State fighters as it geared up for a “more aggressive” air campaign and Arab nations rallied behind President Barack Obama’s nascent coalition against the jihadists.
French President Francois Hollande was on his way Friday to Baghdad where he will meet his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum in a show of support.
France has said it is prepared to participate in air strikes against the militants in Iraq “if necessary”, and hosts an international conference on Iraq on September 15.
Ten Arab states including Saudi Arabia “agreed to do their share in the comprehensive fight” against Islamic State, said a statement after a meeting Thursday between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Arab counterparts.
The militants now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria, the Central Intelligence Agency said, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.
“This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence,” CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said.
The vastly higher estimate underscored the scale of the challenge after Obama vowed to expand an offensive against the extremists, a plan which foresees new air strikes against IS in Syria, expanded attacks in Iraq and new support for Iraqi government forces.
Iraq’s new unity government and the Syrian opposition welcomed Obama’s plan against IS, which has seized a swathe of Iraq and Syria and committed horrifying atrocities. But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and powerful ally Russia condemned it.
“Any action of any kind without the consent of the Syrian government would be an attack on Syria,” National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar said.
A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said unilateral action would be a “crude violation” of international law.
Kerry retorted that he was “really rather surprised that Russia would dare to assert any notion of international law after what has happened in Crimea and eastern Ukraine”.
Doubts about Obama plan
Obama said he was sending another 475 military personnel to help train Iraqi forces, but stressed that the campaign would not be a repeat of the exhausting ground wars fought by US troops in the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Instead, Washington is looking to empower partners on the ground such as Iraqi and Kurdish forces, as well as Syrian rebels.
US combat aircraft will soon start flying out of a base in the Kurdish region of Iraq as part of the campaign, the Pentagon announced.
“The kind of support we’re going to be giving to Iraqi forces will be more aggressive from the air,” said Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.
Obama called on Congress to swiftly authorise an operation to train and equip moderate fighters, but several House Republicans said after a caucus meeting Thursday that a quick vote on that was unlikely.
House Speaker John Boehner said they were worried that the broader strategy was insufficient.
“If our goal is to eliminate ISIL, there’s a lot of doubt whether the plan that was outlined by the president… is enough to accomplish that mission,” he said.
Broadening the coalition
Along with the Saudis, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon are Arab parties to the coalition agreement.
A final statement declared a “shared commitment to stand united against the threat posed by all terrorism, including the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”.
The fight will include “stopping the flow of foreign fighters through neighbouring countries, countering financing of ISIL and other violent extremists, repudiating their hateful ideology, ending impunity and bringing perpetrators to justice”.
It will also include humanitarian relief, aiding reconstruction and rehabilitation of communities “brutalised by ISIL”.
On Friday Kerry heads to Ankara after Turkey refused to allow its air bases to be used in the campaign or to take part in combat.
A US official in Jeddah said Turkey had its reasons for staying out of the coalition. IS militants hold 49 Turks hostage, including diplomats and children, abducted from the Turkish consulate in Mosul in Iraq in June.
Meanwhile Syria’s opposition urged Washington to take action against Assad as well as jihadists.
The opposition National Coalition said it had “long called” for action against IS and “warned time and again of the growing threat of this extremist group”.
The US announcement was praised by Baghdad, where a unity government was formed Monday to address sectarian grievances that contributed to the rise of the jihadists.
IS has declared a “caliphate” in parts of Syria and Iraq it controls and is accused of committing savage murders, crucifixions and rapes, as well as selling women into slavery.
Two captive US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, were beheaded by the jihadists in recent weeks.
by, Raymond Ibrahim | Middle East Forum
To understand why the Islamic State not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks their corpses—and all to sadistic laughter—one need only turn to the Koran and deeds of Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The Koran exhorts believers to “Fight them [those who oppose Islam], Allah will torment them with your hands, humiliate them, empower you over them, and heal the hearts of the believers, removing the rage from their hearts” (Koran 9:14-15).
What will “heal” and “remove the rage” from “the hearts of the believers”? Infidel carnage, says the Koran.
As usual, to understand the significance of any Koran verse, one must turn to the sira and hadith—the biography and anecdotes of Muhammad, respectively—for context.
Thus we come to the following account concerning the slaughter of ‘Amr bin Hisham, a pagan Arab chieftain originally known as “Abu Hakim” (Father of Wisdom) until Muhammad dubbed him “Abu Jahl” (Father of Stupidity) for his staunch opposition to Islam.
After ‘Amr was mortally wounded by a new convert to Islam during the Battle of Badr, Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, a close companion of Muhammad, saw the “infidel” chieftain collapsed on the ground. So he went to him and started abusing him. Among other things, Abdullah grabbed and pulled ‘Amr’s beard and stood in triumph on the dying man’s chest.
According to Al-Bidaya wa Al-Nihaya (“The Beginning and the End”), Ibn Kathir’s authoritative history of Islam, “After that, he [Abdullah] slit his ['Amr's] head off and bore it till he placed it between the hands of the Prophet. Thus did Allah heal the hearts of the believers with it.”
This, then, is the true significance of Koran 9:14-15: “Fight them, Allah will torment them with your hands [mortally wounding and eventually decapitating 'Amr], humiliate them [pulling his beard], empower you over them [standing atop him], and heal the hearts of the believers, removing the rage from their hearts [at the sight of his decapitated head].”
The logic here is that, pious Muslims are so full of zeal for Allah’s cause that the only way their inflamed hearts can be at rest is to see those who oppose Allah and his prophet utterly crushed—humiliated, mutilated, decapitated. Then the hearts of the believers can be at ease and “healed.”
This is surely one of the reasons behind the Islamic State’s dissemination of gory videos and pictures of its victims: the new “caliphate” is trying to heal the hearts of every believer inflamed for the cause of Allah.
WARNING INFIDELS: Islam Wants Your Head:
Video courtesy of: abyss9
Koran 96:15-16 also alludes to the fate of ‘Amr and offers more context applicable to the Islamic State: “No! If he does not desist, we will surely drag him by the forelock—a lying, sinning forelock.”
According to al-Alusi’s tafsir, or exegesis, after Abdullah placed his foot on the dying foe of Islam, ‘Amr opened his eyes and recognized him. The once proud chieftain lamented that he was being killed by a common “goat herder,” to which Abdullah replied, “Islam elevates and nothing is elevated above it.” He then sheared his head off. “But he could not carry it, so he made holes in the ears and put thread through them and dragged the head to the prophet. Then Gabriel, peace be upon him, came laughing and saying, “O prophet, you got an ear and an ear—and the head between for a bonus!”
Based, then, on the treatment of ‘Amr bin Hisham (AKA “Abu Jahl”) as recorded in Islam’s core texts—Koran, hadith, sira, and tafsirs—all sadistic acts being carried out by the Islamic State were in fact committed by the earliest Muslims and all to the complete approval of Muhammad (and apparently the “angel” Gabriel, too). They include:
Beheadings and mutilations (e.g., holes in ears of ‘Amr)
Humiliation and gestures of triumph (feet on chest of fallen victim, dragging his body, or head, on the ground)
Laughter, mockery, and celebration (for the hearts of the believers are now “healed”)
Indeed, along with the “healing for hearts” image above, consider some other pictures taken from the Islamic State’s websites and how well they conform to the above accounts describing the slaughter of ‘Amr[*]:
Note how in the beheading pictures and videos, to demonstrate that the enemies of Islam have been brought low, as Koran 9:14-15 promised, Islamic State members make it a point to place their feet atop their fallen corpses, most of which were first decapitated. Note also how the ubiquitous black flag of Islam is always raised above the fallen “infidels”—a reminder that “Islam elevates and nothing is elevated above it,” as Abdullah told ‘Amr, with his foot on his chest, before beheading him.
In short, not only are the members of the Islamic State closely patterning themselves after Muhammad—whom Koran 33:21 exhorts believers to emulate in all ways—but even in the most sadistic of details are they finding support in their prophet.
Nor should it come as any surprise that Muslims are aware of these accounts from early Islamic history. After all, the near hagiographic Battle of Badr, including the story of ‘Amr’s slaughter, is routinely glorified worldwide in mosque sermons, on Islamic satellite stations, and in Islamic texts. It is a source of great pride.
Thus when young Muslims express their anger and frustration at the state of affairs of the Islamic world, their clerics council them to go to the jihad in Iraq and Syria and decapitate themselves an infidel—which, according to the Koran, should “heal their hearts.”
(Perhaps that’s why one former British rock star and convert to Islam is so eager to decapitate Christians? Perhap that’s why a jihadi savagely pulled out and bit into the heart of a fallen Syrian soldier—to heal his own heart by sating his rage against Allah’s “enemies”?)
Such Muslims join the jihad, and not only do they decapitate, but they mutilate, humiliate, and laugh at the disgraced enemies of Allah—in perfect emulation of the Islamic glory/gory stories they grew up on.
This is the true cult of jihad which few non-Muslims can begin to comprehend—and little wonder, considering that their political leaders, professors, and media continue to babble foolishly about how Islam is the “religion of peace.
Iraqi security forces and Turkmen Shiite fighters hold a position in Amerli, which has been completely surrounded by Islamic State militants for weeks, Aug. 4, 2014. (photo by Ali Al-Bayati/AFP/Getty Images). Photo courtesy of: Al-Monitor
Amerli,Iraq: A City Under a 70-Day Siege by ISIS
by, Omar al-Jaffal | Al-Monitor | Mad World & Bare Naked Islam
On Aug. 21, banners were raised in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, pleading for the city of Amerli to be saved from the Islamic State (IS) blockade that has been ongoing for the past 70 days. The youths, activists and intellectuals staged a two-day demonstration to attract the attention of the international community and the Iraqi government to the suffering of the region to the north of Baghdad. Around 20,000 Iraqis from the Turkmen Shiite minority live in Amerli, where the IS blockade affects 36 surrounding villages.
One grim female protester raised a banner reading, “Did the military experts fail to put plans to free our cities where barbarian mobs are wreaking havoc?”
The UN warned that if the IS militants enter the Shiite regions, they will massacre the inhabitants. However, the states that helped the Yazidi minority in Sinjar escape the terror organization have turned a deaf ear to the warnings.
The voice of poet Ahmad Mohammad Fares, who lives in Amerli, sounded tired while he talked about the blockade and the suffering of the people there. Fares told Al-Monitor, “The blockade has drained us. Mortars are constantly falling over the city, and the food is running out.”
On Aug. 25, Fares and his fellow journalists and writers in Baghdad organized sit-ins and urged newspapers to stop publishing out of solidarity and as part of a public campaign to pressure the government and international community to lift the siege in Amerli. Fares noted, “Three women died while giving birth because there were no doctors in the only hospital in the region. The children are also parched due to lack of water.”
Shiite militias fighting alongside the government said that they are close to the region and determined to free it soon. Meanwhile, the government said it was dropping food supplies and arms by aircraft. But retired Brig. Gen. Khaled Mahmoud, who was fighting alongside the youth carrying arms to defend their city, said, “The aid supplies that arrived to the city were scarce.”
He told Al-Monitor, “Everybody is waiting for the army, and the situation is bad,” adding, “The [Shiite militias] might have arrived at the outskirts of the region, but nobody has entered yet.”
Pictures spread of young men carrying light arms and wearing green bandanas on their heads to indicate their Shiism, as well as armed children and old women. The photos awakened deep sympathy in the hearts of Iraqis, who described Amerli as the “Stalingrad of Iraq.”
Fares said, “Amerli’s citizens no longer expect anything from the Shiite National Alliance in the parliament. It is as if we do not belong to this alliance. Under these circumstances, two men must share one small piece of cheese. We are drinking from wells we had covered in the past. Diseases have started to spread and there are no treatments available around here.”
In the region under siege, the situation is made even more dramatic by IS’ increasing attempts to enter it. Marwan al-Biyati, who recently married and was fighting as part of the committees formed to defend the region, told Al-Monitor by telephone that he made a deal with his wife to kill her if IS enters Amerli.
“I will not allow these criminals to sell or rape my wife. I’d rather kill her and fight for the city until my last breath,” he said.
He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword…
Following the 70+ day siege of Amerli, Iraq..members of the Imam Ali Brigade of Iraq (shi’ite) were able to capture several ISIS terrorists as they tried to take the city..
In this video below, the man is sending a strong message to other ISIS terrorists:
“This message is for ISIS. We will chop off your heads. We will crush your skulls. This operation is revenge for the murder of ‘Walid’.. the leader of the Peace Brigade.”
(Note: No ‘actual’ beheading takes place in this video. It’s recorded ‘after the act.’)
by, Cathy Burke | Newsmax | h/t Bare Naked Islam
A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil.
An unnamed U.S. intelligence official told CNN there’s already an indication of ISIS sleeper cells in Europe that could target U.S. embassies and other American interests.
But former CIA officer Bob Baer told the network ISIS is already on this side of the Atlantic.
“I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country,” he said.
Though CNN said two U.S. officials had refuted the claim, they’re worried ISIS militants with passports might travel to the United States to launch attacks on American soil, CNN reported.
One ISIS fighter already has hinted as much.
In several telephone conversations with a Reuters reporter over the past few months, Islamic State fighters suggest their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is planning something for the West – and that attacks could take place through sleeper cells in both Europe and the United States.
“The West are idiots and fools,” one fighter taunted, according to Reuters. “They think we are waiting for them to give us visas to go and attack them or that we will attack with our beards or even Islamic outfits.
“They think they can distinguish us these days – they are fools and more than that they don’t know we can play their game in intelligence. They infiltrated us with those who pretend to be Muslims and we have also penetrated them with those who look like them.”
About 100 Americans are being tracked by the FBI because of their travels to Syria, some to join ISIS, analysts say. And ISIS is actively recruiting Westerners and European Muslims who could easily enter the US.
“Clearly ISIS, if you’re interested in that ideology, that’s the most exciting thing to go and join right now,” CNN analyst Peter Bergen told CNN.
But Haras Rafiq of the Quilliam Foundation told CNN al-Baghdadi is “a narcissistic psychopath” on a barbaric mission.
“He wants to be bigger than Osama bin Laden, and one of the ways he will measure that is how effective and how big the terrorist activities he can carry out in the West are compared to what bin Laden was able to do,” he said.
by, Dan Friedman & Corky Siemaszko | New York Daily News
They’re the potential killers next door learning to become jihadists in a factory of terrorists whose ultimate target is New York City.
More than 100 young home-grown Muslims, including some from Gotham, are being trained to become an enemy within by Al Qaeda-inspired groups like ISIS operating in disintegrating Syria and Iraq, the NYPD’s terror chief estimated.
“I would be hyper-concerned about the people over there from New York City on the presumption they’re going to return to New York City,” John Miller, said Thursday.
Miller said he is just as worried about American jihadists from “Chicago, Minnesota, Portland, you name it.”
“If their mindset is to return to America and to engage in terrorist activities, they’re likely going to end up in New York anyway,” Miller said.
They’ll be fanatics with friendly faces like Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a 29-year-old dad from Minneapolis who personifies “Jihad Cool” and who is learning in Syria to kill so-called infidels.
And they are monsters who could be mistaken for good guys, like 22-year-old Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, a Florida college dropout who was photographed petting a kitty shortly before he died in a suicide attack on Syrian troops in May.
“There’s a factory over there” in Syria and Iraq that turns out terrorists,” Miller said. “The situation in Syria is a cancer and now that has spread to Iraq . . . They’re going over, getting training, getting radicalized.”
Miller laid out the frightening scenario during a meeting with the Daily News Editorial Board — and as President Obama announced he was sending several hundred military advisers to help the hapless Baghdad government stop radical ISIS from gobbling up the rest of the country.
The NYPD’s intelligence chief did not say how many New Yorkers are being schooled in terror by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but he said they have a good idea who they are.
It is very important, he added, to deny ISIS any “sanctuary.”
“Why did we have 9/11? Because Al Qaeda controlled real estate in Afghanistan where they had camps that allowed them to have a logistical infrastructure,” he said. “You don’t want that kind of sanctuary.”
So far, there has been no known successful terror attack on U.S. soil by an American who was radicalized overseas.
The closest thing to that was failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, a Connecticut man who was already infected with Islamic fanaticism before he went to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
“Bin Laden’s ideology of going after the far enemy was never broadly enacted, even by other radical jihadists,” said Paul Pillar, who was the CIA’s chief of analytic units covering the Near East and Persian Gulf.
But New York Sen. Chuck Schumer warned there’s a first time for everything.
“So we’re going to have to readjust,” the Democrat said. “So far we’ve been able successfully to readjust every circumstance. It’s not an accident we haven’t had a terrorist attack in New York, praise God, since 9/11.”
Americans constitute a tiny percentage of the estimated 12,000 to 15,000 foreign fighters from 81 countries who have flooded in to help ISIS try to oust Syrian despot Bashar Assad — and who are now marching toward Baghdad, said experts like Richard Barrett of the Soufan Group, an intelligence organization.
They have been lured into the fight by rap-filled videos that romanticize the “revolution” and help turn middling Muslims into radicals willing to die for Allah.
In recent months, over a dozen young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis and St. Paul like Muhumed have traveled to Syria to join the ranks of ISIS, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“A Muslim has to stand up for (what’s) right,” Muhumed wrote in a Jan. 2 post obtained by MPR. “I give up this worldly life for Allah.”
Muhumed and the others are now being chased by the FBI.
Growing evidence that Britain is a specific target for jihadis looking to exploit fundamentalist Islam
by, Shiv Malik and Sandra Laville | The Guardian | h/t Trop
Networks of radicals are re-emerging in British mosques and elsewhere to encourage and facilitate Muslims wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State (Isis).
Until now most fighters from Britain who are known to have travelled to Syria have been persuaded and helped via online networks where extremists provide advice on crossing the Turkish border and linking up with Isis fighters.
But a combination of a Turkish border clampdown and a focus by counter-terrorist police on taking down online networks has led to recruitment on the ground becoming more important, sources say.
Communities of radicals recruiting young Brits are thought to include preachers, battle-hardened returning fighters and jihad sympathisers.
Examples of on the ground recruitment have been seen in Cardiff and Birmingham – amid wider evidence that the UK is being specifically targeted by those with links to Isis in Europe.
Abdullah, 19, who tweets as @Jihadwitness – and says he is an Isis supporter based in another European country – said the UK was of interest because it has “a large minority of Salafis”. He was one of the first people to put the video of the murder of James Foley on Twitter.
The Salafist strands in Islam tend to promote a fundamentalist outlook, a strict adherence to sharia law and a belief that it is incumbent on believers to fight holy war, or jihad. Abdullah, who declined to give the Guardian his surname, said he believed active recruitment was now taking place in mosques and other centres across Europe following Isis successes and their announcement that they had established a theological state, or caliphate (khilafah) spanning Syria and Iraq.
“We’re really excited to come in and join the khilafah. I know many brothers who have said the recruitment has been booming ever since the announcement [of the caliphate's establishment] was made because this is what all these groups fought for for years and years,” he said.
A steady stream of Britons continue to make their way to Syria, according to counter-terrorism sources. An estimated 500 to 600 individuals are known to have travelled to the country, and 250 have since returned. Anti-terrorism investigators have growing concerns that a minority of those who return might be planning to attack Britain – under the direction of the Isis leadership or in a lone action.
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According to figures from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), Britain has the second largest number of foreign fighters in Syria out of any European country.
In Cardiff, from where three Britons travelled to fight in Syria last year, many in the Muslim community are concerned about extremist messages coming from some preachers in the city.
The imam of the Jalalia mosque, Mohammad Bashir Uddin, resigned last month in protest over radical preaching there. At the time Uddin, the imam, told a local newspaper: “People don’t understand the relationship between Salafism and terrorism.” Women from the same mosque have raised a petition against the use of Salafi speakers and the subjugation of women contained in their teachings, and given it to the mosque committee.
But Muhammed Bashir Ahmed, chairman of the mosque committee, denied extremist teachings were coming from his mosque. He said the imam had not objected to the particular Salafi speaker at the time.Ahmed said he had received the petition but no action was being taken as “there was nothing wrong”.
The Charity Commission carried out an assessment after the imam’s resignation. But a spokeswoman said that after interviewing the mosque committee, the commission had been reassured. But the commission did not speak to the imam who had made the allegations.
The Charity Commission told the Guardian it was also examining another mosque in Cardiff – the Al Manar mosque, where the three men who travelled to Syria worshipped. Nasser Muthana, Assel Muthana and Reyaad Khan from the city travelled to Syria last year. Nasser Muthana subsequently appeared in a propaganda video produced by Isis. It is thought up to six men from the Welsh city may be in Syria.
Sheikh Zane Abdo, imam of the South Wales Islamic centre in Butetown, said many were concerned about speakers with extremist links preaching in Cardiff. “The local Muslim community, the mosques, our leaders need to be working a lot more closely with each other and with the local authority, with the parents, with the police to prevent people from being radicalised, to prevent further heartache,” he said.
In Birmingham a leaked police report published this week reveals that extremists are providing support and facilitation for those wishing up travel abroad to fight. The report, written by former assistant chief constable Sharon Rowe in 2013 and leaked to a local newspaper on Friday, says: “Influential extremists continue to operate in Birmingham, promoting extremist ideologies.” Rowe said they were operating from locations including gyms, restaurants and cafes, which are “used to facilitate extremist activity by allowing key figures to operate and promulgate their message”.
Two men from Birmingham are due to be sentenced this month after travelling to Syria to fight. Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, both 22, pleaded guilty to terror charges at Woolwich crown court.
One parent – Walid el-Araj – speaking for the first time a year after his son’s death, said he still had no real idea as to how his 23-year-old son, Mohammed el-Araj, from Ladbroke Grove, west London, was encouraged to travel to Syria. He is sure that others were involved.
He told the Guardian his son had spun a series of lies in the months preceding his departure for Syria. “I thought that he was at college and he wasn’t. I thought he was already [enrolled] at a course but he wasn’t.
“Always, because I believed him, he gave me a positive answer about any questions [I had]. And I was busy with my work. Any time I asked, when I arrived home, and ask ‘where is he’ … he’d be at the mosque.”
“I don’t know which mosque. I wish I knew the mosque. Because I was seriously angry. I want to catch any of these imams and want to find out how they make these young boys [do this].”
El-Araj is was killed in Syria in August 2013, around the same time as another west Londoner, 22-year-old Choukri Ellekhlifi. The death has left him heartbroken he said. “I lost my son … he was born from my hand but I didn’t know how to control him … my life is destroyed completely.”
ISIS Recruit in UK Manufacturing Explosives:
Video courtesy of: ODN