by, Caleb Weiss | The Long War Journal
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al Qaeda’s official branch in North Africa, has released a new video that showcases two Western hostages. The hostages, a French national and a Dutch national, both appeal to their respective governments to intervene in order to free them.
The video was produced by Al Andalus Media, AQIM’s media wing, and then disseminated online. The video has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Video courtesy of: KiniTV
The first hostage to speak, Serge Lazarevic, appears to be positioned in a vehicle with al Qaeda’s black flag situated in the background. Speaking to the camera, Lazarevic says: “I seize this opportunity to solemnly call on Francois Holland, President of the Republic of France, to do everything to free me. I am very sick. My stomach hurts. I suffer from high hypertension, asthma, a knee ulcer. I feel that my life is in danger since the French intervention in Iraq. I ask you, Mr. President, to do all you can for my liberation, because you are responsible for all that will happen to me.”
Lazarevic then mentions that five Taliban leaders were exchanged for US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. He notes: “In the past you freed all the French, and I am the last. I hope not to be the eighth on the list of the French killed in the Sahel. Obama liberated the only American soldier in exchange for five Taliban leaders.”
He ends by addressing his family: “I say hello to my family, my mother [unclear], my daughter Diane Nihatovitch, her husband, the children, and my sister. I ask that everything be done for my release. I also ask the French people to help my family for my freedom. Thank you.”
Lazarevic, who holds both French and Serbian citizenship, was seized in 2011 in Mali by AQIM forces there. He was kidnapped along with another French national, Philippe Verdon, who was killed last year by AQIM in Mali.
The second hostage to speak is Sjaak Rijke, the Dutch national. Rijke, who has been held captive for more than 1,000 days, appears to be speaking from location separate from Lazarevic’s. Sitting in front of a white sheet, Rijke identifies the date as being Sept. 26, 2014, indicating that he was still alive as of almost two months ago.
Rijke says his health is deteriorating, and he also mentions the Bergdahl prisoner swap. He states: “I want to send a message to my government and inform them that until now, I’ve not received anything official with respect to the negotiations while at the same time we see that the American government released five Taliban captives to get one American rescued, captive returned. I’m suffering from serious back problems and I’m not well emotionally. I’m in extreme circumstances and a difficult security situation. As of today, I hold my government responsible for any harm that comes to me.”
Rijke ends by appealing to his family and the citizens in Holland, saying, “[P]lace as much pressure to the government so that they take serious steps to come to a quick solution and that they respond to the demands of the mujahideen. Please help me. Please.”
Rijke was abducted by AQIM in Mali in 2011. He was kidnapped at a hotel in the Malian city of Timbuktu along with a German national, a Swede, and a South African. The status of the other hostages is unclear.
AQIM has a history of taking Western hostages
AQIM has a long history of taking hostages to fund its activities. In 2010, Michel Germaneau, a French hostage held by AQIM, died while in captivity. And in 2013, four French hostages were released by AQIM after being held for three years; it is speculated that a ransom of 20 million Euros was paid to free them.
Before that, AQIM was responsible for the kidnapping of Spanish nationals in Mauritania and an Italian and French national in Mali in 2009, as well as many more abductions throughout North Africa.
The al Qaeda branch’s prolific kidnappings have even led senior al Qaeda leaders to tighten their control over the hostage-taking operations.
In November 2010, AQIM emir Abdelmalek Droukdel made a surprising claim in a video that was aired on Al Jazeera. Droukdel said that France would have to negotiate with Osama bin Laden himself to secure the release of several French hostages. [See LWJ report, Analysis: Al Qaeda central tightened control over hostage operations.]
by, Sharona Schwartz | The Blaze
The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society are each registering their outrage over reportedly being designated terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates.
The two American groups were listed alongside the Islamic State group, Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood branches, as well as European Muslim groups in Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Finland, Britain’s Cordoba Foundation and the Muslim Association of Britain. The full list, numbering 83 groups, was approved by the UAE cabinet Saturday and was posted by the official news agency WAM.
CAIR described its inclusion on the terrorism list as “shocking and bizarre” and called on the UAE government to remove them.
“There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion [of] CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list,” CAIR said in a statement Sunday.
“Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists,” the group said. “We call on the United Arab Emirates cabinet to review this list and remove organizations such as CAIR, the Muslim American Society and other civil society organizations that peacefully promote civil and democratic rights and that oppose terrorism whenever it occurs, wherever it occurs and whoever carries it out.”
CAIR said it recently joined other Muslim-American leaders to release an open letter in Arabic “refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and ‘return to the religion of mercy.’”
The Muslim American Society said in its own statement that it was “shocked” to learn of its inclusion.
“The Muslim American Society is a religious community service organization that serves people in the United States. We have no dealings with the United Arab Emirates, and hence are perplexed by this news,” the group said. “Before proceeding any further, we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports. We would also like to seek the help of our government to address this issue.”
CAIR was named by federal prosecutors in 2007 along with about 300 others as an“unindicted co-conspirator” in a Hamas funding case connected with the Holy Land Foundation trial. Hamas has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government since 2007. BuzzFeed noted that a federal judge later ruled that the government should not have included CAIR as a co-conspirator list, and CAIR was never charged with any crime.
CAIR, an Islamic advocacy group, was one of the organizations that sponsored the first Muslim prayer service held at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday.
The Associated Press noted that the UAE’s decision to include the Muslim Brotherhood on its terrorist group list followed similar terrorism designations for the Muslim Brotherhood by Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
by. J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
A video was released on YouTube, social media outlets and covered by several major news networks recently, reportedly showing a Syrian boy pretending to be shot by Islamic militants, then rescuing a Syrian girl pinned down by sniper fire.
Here is the ‘Original’ video, as aired:
Video courtesy of: XZoTV
Looks real, huh? Initially, I thought so to.. although, I had my doubts.
Then, we decided to investigate this story for accuracy and authenticity, prior to publishing, as we do with all of our stories on sharia unveiled.
It’s such a beautiful story, a part of me hoped it was real..
Unfortunately, it’s not.
We discovered that a Norwegian film director by the name of Lars Klevberg filmed this scene in Malta this past summer, with the intention of releasing it as being ‘REAL.’
Yes, the director from Oslo, Norway produced and released this FAKE video, with the intent of deceiving the world.
Here is the REAL unedited version:
I’m sure you can see the difference, to include hearing the directions being given to the actors.
Klevberg said, “The little boy and girl are professional actors from Malta. The voices in the background are Syrian refugees living in Malta.”
When asked if he had a problem producing a film that could potentially deceive millions of viewers around the world Klevberg replied..
‘..By publishing a clip that could appear to be authentic we hoped to take advantage of a tool that’s often used in war..’
I cannot help but wonder now..
Just how many ‘Klevberg Fakes’ are out there already?
In my opinion, Klevberg’s dishonesty has done tremendous damage and a great disservice to the plight of the Syrian children who are truly suffering, by bringing the authenticity of their stories into question.
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.”
A look into the CIA/NGO involvement in color revolutions around the world.
Join Avi Oren and American Empire as we explore the phenomenon referred to by the west as the Color Revolutions that are sweeping the globe. We explore the US/CIA involvement in “spreading democracy” around the world and the negative impact it has on the people’s so desperately wanting change in their home countries.
Are authentic revolutions based in actual human suffering being hijacked by US foreign policy to enact the desires of Washington? What role do NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) play in these revolutions? Is the CIA and White House involved in the practice and spread of revolution as a tool for regime change? Who are the organizations, names and faces of the perpetrators?
Rage Against the Regime: Outing the CIA (Special Report)
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.
by, Oliver Lane | Breitbart London
Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over £200 million.
Rumours of Ebola as a weapon have long circulated among the international intelligence community, as speculation arose over the potential successes of the former Soviet Union’s extensive biological weapons programme in the last century. It is thought that at least one terrorist organisation, the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult has attempted to cultivate the Ebola for attacks. The cult killed thirteen on the Tokyo subway in 1995 with a release of potent nerve agent Sarin gas.
Although Aum Shinriyko and Islamic Fundementalists have an ideological reason for engaging in biological warfare, the communications received by the Czech government last week appear to have been entirely driven by a profit motive. The bitcoin demand, which is worth £210 million in fiat currency terms was demanded in three tranches, one payment on Monday this week, a second on Wednesday, and a third after the blackmailer handed the Ebola material to the government.
The deadline has now passed for the payments and the Czech government has no intentions to cave in. Responding to the communication, which stated: “If you don’t answer this letter, we will send press releases to media and inform people on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to let them know how negligent the Czech offices are”, a spokesman for the Czech authorities said the cold weather would probably stop the infection spreading far.
Although the demand is being investigated as a blackmail case rather than a terrorist threat, the investigation is being retarded by the highly sophisticated techniques used by the extorter. The bitcoin demand and encrypted message delivered by proxy means the true culprit may not be found. Should they be located, the Daily Mail reports the threats carry a jail sentence of up to 12 years in prison.
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Could the recent outbreak of the ebola virus be the result of U.S. government testing?
Did you know…
The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) located at Fort Detrick, Maryland has been conducting research into weaponizing ebola as an ‘offensive weapon’ in Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2006.
Would the U.S. government ever subject innocent, unsuspecting citizens to a known harmful toxin to further their objectives?
I could list 100 cases, although one should suffice…
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.