by, Dan Lamoth | The Washington Post
A group of about 20 nationalists attacked three U.S. sailors in Istanbul on Wednesday, hurling objects at them, chasing them and briefly putting a bag over one of the sailors’ heads.
The U.S. Navy acknowledged the incident, which was publicized in a video online. The attack underscores the volatility in Turkey, a longtime U.S. ally that increasingly is at odds with Washington on foreign policy, especially over how to handle the Islamic State militant group in neighboring Syria.
In the video, one of the Turks is seen saying the Americans looked like members of the U.S. Army. The Turks claimed to be members of the Turkey Youth Union, which is opposed to working with the United States and becoming members of the European Union.
“We define you as murderers, as killers… and we want you to get out of our land,” one man says, seconds before the attack ensues.
The Navy said the sailors were assigned to the USS Ross, a destroyer, and in Turkey for a scheduled port visit. They appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s. They were able to get away without suffering injuries and are back on the Ross, Navy officials said.
“The U.S. Navy is currently working with the Turkish National Police and U.S. Embassy staff to investigate this incident,” said a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa. “The U.S. Navy will continue to coordinate with Turkish authorities to review security procedures for future ship visits.”
In a series of tweets, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey blasted the attack, calling it appalling. The vast majority of Turks are against “an action that so disrespects Turkey’s reputation for hospitality.”
A Navy spokesman, Lt. Timothy Hawkins, said that the Ross already was scheduled to depart Istanbul on Thursday and that the attack had no effect on operations.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a Facebook post that he is certain the vast majority of Turkish people and the Ankara government do not condone the attack.
“We understand that local law enforcement have suspects in custody,” Mabus said. “We commend this swift action and are certain that those who did this will be held accountable.”
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“We define you as murderers, as killers… and we want you to get out of our land” ??
Hmmm.. Well, now you know how WE feel!
WE, the American people, the Israeli people, the English people, the Indian people, the Australian people, the Canadian people, the German people, the Swiss people, the French people, etc..etc..etc..
WE define ALL of you UNINVITED Muslim Bastards as murderers, as beheaders, as child rapists and molesters and female subjugators… and we want you ALL to get the hell out of OUR LAND!
And one day you WILL be out of our land.
By boat or by box… you will be gone!
If you are wise, you will leave NOW on ‘your terms’…
Otherwise, it will be on OUR’S!
CCTV footage of Muslim attacker.
by, Catherine Herridge | FNC
The suspect in the Oct. 23 hatchet attack on two New York City cops had been searching online for jihadist propaganda and foreign terror organizations — as well as information on martyrdom and suicide bombings — in the weeks leading up to the assault, according to a city counterterrorism bureau intelligence assessment obtained by Fox News.
While initial reporting from unnamed sources suggested Zale Thompson may have been motivated by anti-government or black power sentiments, the four-page document provides new details that speak to Thompson’s self-radicalization. They show his online obsession with the “message” of terror groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
The intelligence assessment, further, said he “may have held a long-standing interest in violent jihad.”
“A preliminary analysis by the NYPD of approximately 277 online search terms by Zale Thompson in the weeks leading up to the attack revealed multiple references to ‘jihadist’ materials,” the assessment states. “Thompson used internet search engines to query specific terms including but not limited to ‘lone wolf,’ ‘jihad,’ and ‘jihad against the police’.”
The investigation is ongoing, and the report says “there is no evidence that Thompson conspired with other individuals to carry out the attack” — but it adds that his Internet searches were focused on known terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, its affiliate in Somalia known as al-Shabaab, and the Islamic State. It also documents 58 search terms from Thompson’s electronic records that range from “jihad against the infidels” to “fatwa against americans” to “death to America in Arabic.”
The search history with terms such as “is Saudi Arabia a member of the United Nations” and “Saudi Arabic 69th general assembly un” also suggests Thompson may have considered targeting the annual U.N. conference and Saudi dignitaries.
The intelligence assessment includes an evidence photo from the crime scene where Thomspon appeared to stalk the rookie cops, attacking them with the hatchet — before he was shot dead. A second ax and hunting knife from the suspect’s home were also pictured.
Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, suffered a severe head injury in the attack, and Officer Joseph Meeker, 24, was injured in the arm. Both are rookie officers.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., current member of the House Intelligence Committee and a former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, noted that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the attack was terrorism soon after it happened. King said the assessment was pulled together and shared with police across the country after a similar ax attack in Washington, D.C. He said the document shows “it was not just one deranged person, but he was obsessed with Islamic terrorism.”
“This was jihadist inspired. Plain and simple,” said Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president and director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute of George Washington University. “He had so many search terms in this respect, I think it would be very difficult to suggest that it’s anything but.”
The intelligence assessment says there is no known link between the New York attack and the one in Washington on Oct. 31 — where the suspect swung an ax into the window of a police cruiser — but suggests the pattern of attacks on military and law enforcement, including recently against Canadian soldiers, cannot be ignored.
“As I understand it, NYPD is already instituting new actions, and new steps where instead of patrolling alone, they are going to have group patrols, and stay together even, even simple measures such as having lunch. They are hoping that people will stick together, so you can have two eyes and ears on potential threat,” Cilluffo said.
King said ISIS is recruiting individuals on the margins of society. “It shows the real necessity of having surveillance in neighborhoods,” he said. “It may not have prevented this attack. But the best way for the police to find out in advance about these potential threats is through informants and people in the community.”
U.S. Navy Seal Robert O’Neill
by, Sydney Morning Herald
Muslim militants have threatened to kill a former US Navy SEAL who says he fired the fatal shot that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Robert O’Neill, 38, told the Washington Post on Thursday he shot bin Laden in the forehead.
Jihadists have reportedly issued a death threat against him following the revelation.
In postings on Twitter and the al-Minbar Jihadi Media forum, pictures of O’Neill had been distributed and messages in Arabic and English urging revenge, said SITE, a group which monitors jihadist websites.
“One jihadist wrote in Arabic, for example, ‘We will send the picture to the lone wolves in America, this Robert O’Neill, who killed Sheikh Usama bin Laden…’,” SITE said.
Another posted in both languages said, “To our loved ones among the Muslims in the United States of America, this is your chance for Paradise, the width of which is the heavens and the earth,” SITE added.
The former commando said he decided to come forward ahead of planned media appearances next week when his identity was disclosed by a website operated by former SEALs.
The revelation was in protest at O’Neill’s decision to reveal his role in the raid on bin Laden’s hideout in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad.
The highly decorated Montana native told the Post he was near the head of the column of US soldiers, adding that at least two other SEALs fired shots.
The newspaper said two SEAL team members had corroborated his identity.
O’Neill is set to appear in a documentary on the Fox network next week.
At bin Laden’s compound, O’Neill was located in the number two position for the attack.
Bin Laden briefly appeared at the door but the SEAL in front of O’Neill apparently missed his shot.
“I rolled past him into the room, just inside the doorway,” O’Neill said.
“There was bin Laden, standing there. He had his hands on a woman’s shoulders, pushing her ahead.”
O’Neill said he could clearly identify bin Laden through his night-vision scope, despite the darkness – and fired.
The onetime SEAL said it was clear bin Laden was dead as his skull was split.
O’Neill is the second member of the elite unit involved in the bin Laden raid to go public, in a move which has dismayed military brass and serving SEALS who maintain a fierce, Omerta-like code of silence.
Matt Bissonnette published his account No Easy Day in 2012 under the pseudonym Mark Owen.
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Recent reports confirm that, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an American-born activist is improving in his condition, following the recent assassination attempt on his life by a Palestinian Muslim terrorist. Just over a week ago, Rabbi Glick was shot 4 times in the chest at close range outside of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.
A spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel has confirmed that Rabbi Glick is in the process of being weaned from the respirator and he ‘..has begun to communicate with those around him, responding to questions by answering ‘yes’ and ‘no’..’ The weaning process which began 3 days ago, includes waking him slowly and gradually getting him to breathe on his own, without the assistance of the respirator. The hospital representative went on to state that Rabbi Glick is ‘..expected to be breathing on his own entirely within the next few days, as the rehabilitation process continues..’
Rabbi Yehuda Glick is best known for taking up the plight of the Jewish people worldwide, in their right to pray on Temple Mount, the holiest site in all of Judaism. The assassination attempt on his life occurred following a speech he had just given on this topic. The would-be assassin, a Palestinian Muslim by the name of Mu’ataz Hijazi, was later pronounced dead following a confrontation and subsequent shootout with Israeli Special Forces and Shin Bet.
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We would like to take this opportunity to offer a very heartfelt ‘..thank you..’ to all of the medical staff of Shaare Zedek Medical Center that have been caring for Rabbi Glick. There are most definitely angels among us. Please keep them in your prayers, as we continue to pray for Rabbi Glick and his family. Let us also first, give praise and thanksgiving to the ‘..physician of all physicians and king of all kings..’ who is the true miracle worker and giver of life. May His will continue to be done.
Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
by, Anav Silverman | Tazpit News Agency | the algemeiner
A well-known Temple Mount activist was seriously wounded in a shooting on Derech Hevron Street in Jerusalem late Wednesday night and is being treated for serious wounds in Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital.
Rabbi Yehuda Glick, 49, of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation was shot at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. He had been speaking at a Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement event held at the center annually.
A Jerusalem District spokesman said the gunman was on a motorcycle.
Video courtesy of: FRANCE 24
According to Aaron Adler, a MDA paramedic who arrived on scene, Rabbi Glick was still conscious. “We found a man suffering from a number of gunshot wounds in the upper part of his body. We provided him with immediate medical treatment and admitted him for emergency treatment at the hospital with the victim in critical condition.”
Rabbi Glick is the director of Haliba, which advocates for Jewish civil rights on the Temple Mount. The organization’s mission statement says that its goal is to “bring together a diverse group of Jewish Israeli – secular, haredi, traditional, national religious, men and women – who are united in their concern of the inability of Jews to freely ascent the Mount to pray…”
Israeli Knesset Minister Naftali Bennett responded to the terror attack, commenting that, “an attack in the heart of Jerusalem against a public figure crosses a red line of blood.”
Actual Footage From the Scene of the Attack:
Rabbi Yehuda Glick Speaking Just Moments Prior to Shooting:
Israeli Counter-terrorism Forces Eliminate Muslim Terrorist:
Video courtesy of: Reuters
by, J. Schuyler Montague
What type of a man is Rabbi Yehuda Glick?
He is a great man of honor, courage and compassion. Here is a video of Rabbi Glick praying with Muslims for peace..
הרב יהודה גליק עושה שלום בהר הבית
We are praying for our brother Yehuda and his family. May the will of HaShem be done. Shalom.
The woman is seen pleading for her life before being stoned to death by men, including her father. Photo courtesy of: Daily Mail Online
Shocking footage understood to have been filmed in Syrian city of Hama
Cleric seen ranting at woman and accusing her of committing adultery
Woman told to be ‘content and happy’ at stoning as it is ordered by God
She pleads for her life before asking if her father could ever forgive her
He responds telling her not to call him father, then orders murder to begin
A man was also stoned to death for adultery in a separate incident
by, John Hall | Daily Mail Online | h/t Britain First
Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq have released a sickening video of a young woman being stoned to death by a group of men – including her own father.
The shocking footage is understood to have been filmed in the city of Hama and shows a bearded cleric ranting at the woman in Arabic and accusing her adultery while she pleads for her life.
The woman turns to her father and begs his forgiveness but he coldly rejects her, saying he would rather please God. He then turns to the men to give the signal for his daughter’s murder to begin.
Minutes later, as the men rain rocks down upon the helpless woman, her father steps forward with a large stone and the video fades to black.
It is believed he had been granted the barbaric ‘honour’ of being allowed end the life of the daughter he felt had betrayed both him and her religion.
Video courtesy of: damntub
NOTE: If the video above is removed by the ‘..Google/YouTube IslamiNazis..,’ you can view the original unedited video here.
In a separate incident a man was executed in Idlib province in an area controlled by Islamist groups including the Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence on all sides of Syria’s civil war.
It is the first documented case of a man being stoned to death for adultery since Syria descended into civil war in 2011 and hardline Islamic groups emerged as powerful players in areas that slipped from government control, the Observatory said.
The sickening five-minute video emerged on ISIS-affiliated social media pages this morning. It is not clear when the footage was actually shot and has not been independently verified.
The exact accusations against the woman remain sketchy, although the cleric who appears at the start of mobile phone-filmed clip accuses her of committing adultery.
The militant orders her to be ‘content and happy’ that she is about to be stoned to death because, he says, her death has been ordered by God and is therefore required under Islamic law.
Asking her is she is now willing to ‘submit to God’ and be stoned to death, the young woman replies ‘yes’, before pleading with her father to forgive her.
After initially ignoring her, the man is eventually prompted into responding by the militant.
‘Don’t call me father,’ he tells his daughter, who responds by asking him to pray for her.
At this point her father turns to the ISIS fighters, who help him tie a rope around her neck and drag her to a pit, where the stoning begins.
As the militants rain down rocks on the defenseless woman, her father steps forward and picks up the largest rock before using it to strike and kill his daughter.
The exact moment of her death is not caught on camera as the footage fades to black moments before her father strikes her.
ISIS militants often use stoning to murder women they accuse of committing adultery.
Earlier this year the extremists stoned two women to death in Raqqa after accusing them of having sex outside marriage. Both were placed in holes in the ground before a lorry arrived to dump large rocks for the men to use to brutally murder the women.
‘I’VE BEEN RAPED 30 TIMES AND IT’S NOT EVEN LUNCHTIME’: DESPERATE PLIGHT OF YAZIDI WOMAN WHO BEGGED WEST TO BOMB HER BROTHEL AFTER ISIS MILITANTS SOLD HER INTO SEX SLAVERY
A young Yazidi woman forced into sex slavery by the Islamic State begged the West to bomb the brothel where she was being held after militants raped her 30 times in just a few hours, it is claimed.
The unidentified woman is understood to have been kept as a prisoner of the jihadists somewhere in western Iraq having been captured by ISIS during the Sinjar massacre in early August.
A group raising awareness of ISIS’ persecution of women in the vast swathes of the Middle East under its control said the woman had contacted Kurdish peshmerga fighters by telephone to plead for the brothel to be bombed to put the women held as sex slaves out of their misery.
She allegedly told the fighters she had been raped so frequently that she could no longer use the toilet, adding that the ordeal has been so harrowing that she plans to commit suicide even if freed.
Details of the woman’s brutal experience at the hands of the Islamic State emerged during an interview with Kurdish activists staging demonstrations in London to raise awareness of the plight of women in the Middle East.
During an interview with BBC World Service, a man identified as Karam described how a friend embedded with the peshmerga took a phone call from the Yazidi woman.
Describing the woman as crying on the phone, Karam quoted her as saying: ‘If you know where we are please bomb us… There is no life after this. I’m going to kill myself anyway – others have killed themselves this morning.’
‘I’ve been raped 30 times and it’s not even lunchtime. I can’t go to the toilet. Please bomb us,’ he claimed the woman added.
Pakistan police torture a Christian boy.
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by, Cross Map | Pakistan Christian Post | h/t Frau Katze @ Blazing CatFur
LAHORE, Pakistan: The family of a Christian boy named Akram Masih, to include the females, were severely beaten and tortured by Policemen and Muslim extremists in Multan, Pakistan. These policemen entered his home by climbing the walls. They arrested the boy and placed him under their custody because he had contracted a marriage with a Muslim girl named Maria Bibi, who is from District Shiekhupura.
Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill of Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD was contacted by Moderator Bishop Asher Kamran of the Methodist Church of Pakistan, requesting legal assistance for the boy’s release. He also stated that he had already submitted an application to the IG in Punjab, Lahore requesting dismissal of the false FIR No.1093/2014, that was registered at Police Station Factory Area, Shiekhupura, in which the boy was arrested. The police had also booked one Christian relative of the boy from Lahore.
The Christian boy, originally from Multan and the Muslim girl from Sheikhupura, fell in love with each other over the phone. The girl left her home and went to see her lover in Multan, where they both got married, according to Islamic Sharia law. The boy had changed his name to Muhammad Akram and converted from Christianity to Islam to save himself and his family from police and extremists, but the conversion proved useless on his arrest.
The police took the couple and the other Christian relative arrested, from Multan and locked them up in the Police Station Factory Area, Shiekhupura.
The father of the other arrested Christian man named Kherait Masih also contacted Aric John, Advocate of the High Court, and senior counsel of LEAD, for legal assistance for his son, who is totally innocent.
Mr. Gill, along with Aric John made contact with the concerned SHO and handed over all documents for proof of the couple’s marriage and the conversion of the boy from Christian to Muslim. The SHO said that the boy would be appearing in the court of Mr. Matieon Rehman, Judicial Magistrate, Tehsil Courts Ferozwala, District Shiekhupura to record a statement under section 164 Cr. PC and if the girl gives a statement that substantiates the boy’s claim, the police would release them.
Although, the next day, both of the Christians appeared before the court, where upon pressure from the Muslim extremists developed. Mr. Gill was also instructed and directed by other lawyers of the concerned Bar Association to be careful because two days earlier in a similar case, one man was shot dead in the courtroom during the hearing.
The couple was given a chance in front of the magistrate to talk to each other by ordering the lawyers from both sides to vacate the court room, but the girl betrayed him and recorded her statement against the Christian boy with tears. Both Christian boys were then sent to judicial lockup. The boy disclosed to Mr. Gill that the girl was threatened by her family, that if she gave a statement in his favour, they would kill them both. He satisfied himself by saying that she had actually saved his life by recording the statement against him.
It is forbidden under Islamic Sharia law for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man. Although, a Muslim man is allowed to marry a Christian woman. It is permitted for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian, but only after his conversion from Christianity to Islam. In Pakistan, the level of religious extremism is too high to tolerate the marriage between a Christian man and Muslim woman, even if the Christian converted to Islam.
This is the main reason for the lack of religious liberty, freedom and the grave violations of fundamental human rights in Pakistan. It is also the main cause of Christian persecution and misuse of Islamic Blasphemy Laws that are used to persecute the religious minorities.
by, Elder of Ziyon | h/t Lily
Police opened an investigation Sunday after graffiti was found in the Temple Mount compound depicting a swastika as the equivalent of a Star of David.
The incident came on the heels of a call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for Palestinians to defend the Temple Mount, the location of the al-Aqsa mosque and the site of heated clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces over the past several weeks.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities had opened a probe into the incident after finding at least three instances of the graffiti daubed on the floor inside the holy site.
Pictures posted online by the Israeli news portal 0404 showed two different places where the symbols had been painted in blue, one on stairs leading to the Temple Mount and another in an unidentified location.
On Friday, Abbas called for Jews to be barred from the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and home to a mosque and shrine revered by Muslims as well, and said Palestinians should defend the site.
“It is our sacred place, al-Aqsa [mosque] is ours, this Noble Sanctuary is ours. They have no right to go there and desecrate it,” Abbas said.
“That’s our job!”
A Christian woman who was given the death penalty last year for drinking water from a well reserved for Muslims in Pakistan has had her appeal against the sentence rejected by the Lahore high court.
by, Oliver Lane | Breitbart | h/t Mark Broadbent
Breitbart reported on the original case last year, which arose after Aasiya Noreen, a fruit picker, stopped to refresh herself during the course of her day’s work. After she was caught drinking from the same cup used by Muslim women, the well was declared “Haram”, and Noreen was beaten for the offence, before being arrested.
At the time of her conviction, Noreen said: “I have been sentenced to death because I was thirsty. I’m a prisoner because I used the same cup as those Muslim women, because water served by a Christian woman was regarded as unclean by my stupid fellow fruit pickers”.
It was alleged during the altercation following the water incident, Noreen made negative comments about Islam. Noreen has defended her innocence in the five years since, insisting her comment went no further than “I think Jesus would see things differently than Mohammed”, and her lawyer has argued the charge arose because of “personal enmity” towards the defendant, rather than a genuine grievance, reports the Independentnewspaper.
None of the original witnesses were present in court to testify, but a Muslim “prayer leader” (Imam) who claimed Noreen, an unrepentant Christian, had confessed the crime to him, did. When the Lahore court delivered its verdict to maintain the death penalty in this case, Noreen and her defence team reacted with shock. Her lawyer promised to keep fighting: “I was expecting the opposite decision. We will file an appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a few days”.
If the case is lodged at the Supreme court in Islamabad, the debate over Noreen’s life, which has already lasted five years, could drag out for many more. It has already sparked significant attention, both at home in Pakistan and abroad. U.S. Kentucky Senator and Republic Presidential hopeful Rand Paul has said if Noreen wasn’t released from death row, foreign aid to the country should cease. Lamenting the case, Paul said: “According to her co-workers, she insulted the Prophet. In our country, we refer to such quibbling as gossip. In Pakistan, if you are a Christian, it can land you on death row”.
The matter of religious plurality is an exceptionally controversial one in Pakistan, and as this case continues Aasiya Noreen may have trouble finding backers. In 2011, two senior politicians who spoke out against the blasphemy law that Noreen was charged with and publicly supported her cause were assassinated. The Pakistani minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti was the nation’s only Christian cabinet member until his death at the hands of the Pakistani Taliban.
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by, LIGNET | Voice of America
The Nigerian terrorists who kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and sparked a worldwide demand for their release have agreed to free their captives, Nigerian officials said Friday. The shadowy Boko Haram terrorist group “assured [us] that the schoolgirls and all other people in their captivity are alive and well,” Mike Omeri, a government spokesman, told reporters. “Already the terrorists have announced a cease-fire in furtherance of their desire for peace. In this regard, the government of Nigeria has, in a similar vein, declared a cease-fire.”
However, word of the cease-fire could take days to reach Boko Haram fighters, which prowl in separate gangs on innocent villagers throughout northern Nigeria. Some are suspected of seeking safe havens in neighboring nations in West Africa. Boko Haram, which endorse medieval Islamic law and renounces education for women, kidnapped 276 girls on April 15. The world reacted with outrage, as the kidnapping sparked a global demand for their release and a social media campaign, #BringBackOurGirls. First Lady Michelle Obama was among those who held up the hashtag signs on Twitter.
The Nigerian government says the militant group Boko Haram has agreed to a cease-fire and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants in April.
Nigeria’s highest-ranking military official, General Alex Badeh, announced the cease-fire agreement Friday. He ordered all of the country’s military chiefs to abide by the deal.
The government expects the cease-fire agreement now in effect to lead to the release of the schoolgirls.
There has been no public comment from Boko Haram that any such deal has been reached.
Top Nigerian presidential aide Hassan Tukur tells VOA’s Hausa service that the militants have agreed in principle to free the schoolgirls. He said negotiations in the past had not yet “yielded any positive results,” but he is cautiously optimistic this time.
Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria for the last five years as it tries to turn northern Nigeria into a conservative Islamic state. Bombings, gun attacks and other acts of violence have killed thousands of civilians and police.
The militants outraged the world when they stormed a school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, kidnapping about 270 girls. Fifty-seven managed to escape, but more than 200 are still being held.
The cease-fire talks were held in Chad and involved Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, and senior officials from Cameroon. It marks a possible end to the five-year insurgency in which several thousand Nigerians have been killed.
Nigerian leader criticized
Jonathan has been criticized at home and abroad for Nigerian troops’ inability to quell violence by the militants, seen as the biggest security threat to Africa’s top economy and leading energy producer.
Criticism intensified in mid-April, when dozens of Boko Haram fighters stormed a secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, kidnapping around 270 girls. Fifty-seven managed to escape.
In a video, the Boko Haram leader known as Abubakar Shekau threatened to sell the other girls as slave brides, vowing they would not be released until militant prisoners were freed from jail.
Boko Haram has said it is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Muslim-majority northern Nigeria.
The group has launched scores of attacks in the past five years, targeting markets, bus stations, government facilities, churches and even mosques. Militants recently took over some towns in the northeast for what Shekau said in another video would be an Islamic caliphate.
The Nigerian military says that Shekau was actually an impostor and that the real Shekau was killed several years ago. It says the impostor was killed last month during a battle in the town of Konduga.