Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Unidentified "three American teenage girls" planned to join ISIS in Syria

(ABC) The FBI has tracked down three American teenage girls in Germany while they were en route to Syria to join militant groups, a law enforcement official told ABC News today.

The girls, who are from the Denver area, were trying "to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media campaign" by radical groups in Syria, including ISIS, the official said.

The girls have not been identified.

This is part of a worrisome trend of "disaffected youth" who are being radicalized, the official said, pointing to the wider phenomenon of foreign fighters converging on the conflict in the region.

While these girls were 15 or 16 years old, there are other cases of high school age kids trying to get to Syria that haven't been made public, the official said.

The girls were persuaded to travel overseas and were in contact with someone in Germany, the official said, noting that someone close to them notified authorities.

They were turned around and sent back to the United States, the official said, noting that because they are minors it remains unclear whether they will be charged with anything or be "arrested."

"FBI Denver Division is aware of the situation and assisted with bringing the individuals back to Denver. The juveniles are safe and reunited with their families," FBI Denver spokeswoman Sue Payne said.

Islamic State jihadists advance against Yazidis on Iraq’s Sinjar mountain

Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.

The attack is the latest threat to minority Yazidis, thousands of whom have shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by IS militants, who regard them as devil-worshippers.

The IS militants originally attacked the area around Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, in August. A renewed assault began at dawn on Monday, when militants driving Humvees and civilian vehicles attacked several Yazidi residential compounds, forcing the Yazidi to retreat up the mountain.

“We are outnumbered and outgunned. We don’t know how long we can hold them off,” said Ali Qasem, a Yazidi volunteer on the mountain.

Qasem said most families had already fled by the time IS arrived, but some could not leave and remained trapped in residential complexes to the east of the mountain.


Canada: Convert to Islam hits 2 soldiers with his car, killing one

Canadian officials call a spade a spade: "Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack"
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec — A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect was shot dead by police after a chase in the Quebec city of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. A second soldier suffered minor injuries in Monday’s attack.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the attack “clearly linked to terrorist ideology.” Quebec Police spokesman Guy Lapointe said the act was deliberate and that one of the two soldiers was in uniform. Lapointe said there were no other suspects at this time.

An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case identified the suspect as Martin Couture-Rouleau, 25.

The suspect was known to authorities and recently had his passport seized, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said. He was one of 90 suspected extremists in the country who intend to join fights abroad or who have returned from overseas. However, it was not known whether the suspect had any ties to Islamic militant groups.

“He was part of our investigative efforts to try and identify those people who might commit a criminal act travelling abroad for terrorist purposes,” Paulson said.


Apartheid: Abbas toughens law against Palestinians selling land to Jews

Good thing he's a "moderate".

Following East Jerusalem acquisitions, Palestinian Authority ups penalty to hard labor for life; Fatah spokesman calls land solicitors ‘traitors destined to die a humiliating death’.

But, in the "through the looking glass" perspective of the anti-Israel crowd, only Israel can practice apartheid.

It's kind of like how only older white guys can be racist but even worse because most of the rest of the Middle East so obviously and blatantly practices apartheid and Israel so obviously does not.
(Times of Israel) Reacting to a number of high profile sales of Palestinian homes to Jewish organizations in East Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has toughened the penalty for citizens selling property to Israelis.

According to the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Abbas on Monday imposed a sentence of hard labor for life on “anyone diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state or one of its subjects.”

Jordan’s penal code number 16 article 114, applicable in the Palestinian territories, previously subscribed “temporary hard labor” to perpetrators of the crime.

Palestinian government and civil society reacted angrily to the recent acquisition of 26 apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan by Elad, an Israeli foundation dedicated to the settlement of Jews in the historic City of David.

On Sunday night, Jews entered 10 apartments in two buildings bought by another Israeli nonprofit, Ateret Kohanim, in a different part of the neighborhood.


UK: Terror suspect Haroon Aswat is extradited to the United States

Haroon Aswat, who was once dubbed Abu Hamza's deputy, is extradited to the United States, where he is alleged to have set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
(Telegraph) A British man, Haroon Rashid Aswat, has been extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for terror related offences, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

The 40-year-old from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, who was once dubbed Abu Hamza's deputy, is alleged to have travelled to the US in 1999 with the intention of setting up a Jihadist training camp in Oregon.

Aswat, who suffers from mental illness, was taken from Broadmoor hospital to a UK airport where he was met by representatives from the US authorities, who accompanied him on a flight to America.

Israel: Intern at Barzilai Medical Center joined Islamic State, killed in battle

(Ynet) Othman Abu al-Qiyan, an intern at the Barzilai Medical Center who recently disappeared, has joined the Islamic State, the hospital said on Sunday. Al-Qiyan' family said he was killed in battle.

Al-Qiyan came to Israel after finishing med school in Jordan. He passed the ordination exams and received a temporary license to practice medicine in the country. In February, he started interning at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, according to the hospital.

In May 2014 he was supposed to start a one-month internship at the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, but he failed to show up at the hospital and disappeared.

"Security forces turned to us in their investigation of his disappearance and then we found out he joined the Islamic State," the hospital said.

"He studied in Jordan for many years and then came back," al-Qiyan's older brother said. "One morning, the neighbors told us Athman and another guy went to Turkey. At first we thought they were just going, a lot of people go to Turkey on vacation.

"My uncle and myself, as well as two of the other guy's brothers, went to search for them in Turkey. We located the hotel they were staying in and found their belongings there. At the hotel we were told they hired a car and just left. We waited for them but after two days when they didn't come back we went back to Israel.

"Police told us that they probably left Turkey for Syria," the brother said.

The family could not understand why Othman joined the Islamic State, and opposed it vehemently.

"I'm sorry for what has happened. We all are, the entire family. My father and mother are in mourning since he left, even before we heard he was killed.

"They called us from a blocked number and told us what happened. They called my father but they didn't even tell him what happened and how Othman got killed," the 34-year-old brother said.

The al-Qiyan family has 10 sons and three daughters. The family said one of the brothers was arrested on suspicion he aided Othman.

Othman's uncle told Ynet of his nephew: "He was an intelligent young man. He went to school in Jordan, maybe that's where he got it. No one knew where he went. Othman said he was going on a trip. If we had known, we would've broken his hands and feet, just to stop him from going. We don't know what he went through there. Maybe he was brainwashed."

Another relative said the family is a normal family, "they all went to school and are working normal jobs. We don't know how this happened."

Security forces were familiar with the case and were following up on any developments.

Al-Qiyan is not the first Israeli-Arab suspected of joining the Islamic State. Some 30 Israeli-Arabs left for Syria through Turkey in the past two years to join different organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda in order to fight against President Bashar Assad. According to the defense establishment, more than half of those 30 combatants have joined the Islamic State. Some 18 of them have been arrested, interrogated and legal procedures against them have been put into motion.

Leaders in the Arab sector have bemoaned the fact the punishment for those convicted of joining the rebel forces in Syria are too light, and do not deter others from joining them.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Condell: Boo Hoo Palestine

Tower of London Poppy fields

(England) In order to commemorate the Great War of 1914-18 and to pay homage to the 888,246 of British and Commonwealth people who gave their lives, the Historical Royal Palaces commissioned artist Paul Cummins to hand make 888,246 ceramic poppies and plant them in the moat at the Tower of London. We visited this last Saturday, wow, I've never seen so many people at the Tower. Absolutely fantastic and poignant. If you wish to visit, you have until the 11th of November to see them. Here are a few photos we took:

Here's one from the media which shows you the full scope of the project.

Finally, here's the video behind the story:

Taiwan upgrades submarines to launch Harpoon missiles

(Taipei) Taiwan has a big problem, a bloody big problem that is... China. You see, while Taiwan is an independent country, China doesn't think so and has openly stated it is prepared to use force in which to subsume the tiny Island back into China.

Currently, not only has China thousands of missiles aimed at Taiwan, in which to saturate the Island with high explosives, but more than enough assets in which to take the Island. The problem is, do the mandarins in China have the will to do so? The Taiwanese will make China pay a very heavy price, and in the aftermath of any invasion, the people who launched it, will no doubt be made to pay the price for their foolish endeavour. (By a bullet to the back of their head and their families fall from grace.) But that will only be half the story. The political fallout from the rest of the world will be even greater. So it is in Taiwan's best interest to make China suffer heavy losses.

Which is why they have upgraded their 2 ageing submarines to use the American sub launched Harpoon anti-ship missile. Which, if used against any invasion fleet correctly, would inflict crippling losses. This is on top of the Harpoon's fitted onto its F-16s and Frigates, and its own indigenous missile program.

Muslim woman who flew black Islamic flag outside her home in UK fears for her safety

(Wales) 35-year-old Shazia Ramzan presumably thought it would be a good idea to fly a black Islamic flag outside her home in Newport, Wales. However, she claims to be shocked and now fears for her (and her family's safety) after people reported her to the Police for doing so.

The thing is, Mrs Ramzan, as a Shia Muslim, does not subscribe to the tenets of Islamic State who have made the black flag infamous, and actually, it is Shai Muslims who have borne the brunt of ISIS hatred.

Yet for all that, you'd think Mrs Ramzan would have known better, but she didn't, and after the locals mistook her flag, which honours Islamic martyr Al-Abbas with white lettering on a black background, for the ISIS one, she is now terrified that her house may be targeted after disgruntled locals reported her to the Police. What more can I say?

Russians not impressed with Indians buying French fighter jet

(India) A few years back, India put out a tender for a new fighter jet to replace its ageing fleet of MiG-21, 23 and Jaguar jets. After they whittled the competitors down to six finalists, in Jan 2012, they selected the French Dassault Rafale which, to be honest, is a pretty good combat aircraft (kind of helped that the Rafale is logistically and operationally similar to the Mirage-2000, which the Indians already operate).
Dassault Rafale
Anyway, this sale didn't go down well with the Russians who for years have been the major provider of weapons to the Indians who in this instance rejected the MiG-35 (just the MiG-29 in new clothes) for the much better French one. But seeing as the Indians have operated the MiG-29 since 1980, its something they know only too well and possibly was the reason why they rejected it for the newer plane.
Well, this hasn't gone down well with the Russians who have seen their cash cow (India) buying their military kit from elsewhere (US/Israel) and even itself. So it has come as no surprise to see the Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin openly lambasted the Indians by claiming that the Su-27 as used by China is far superior to the Rafale. A very strange thing to say, seeing as the Rafale isn't meant to take on the Su-27 (I'd say the French jet is the better jet). No for taking on the Chinese Su27, the Indians would fall back on their Sukhoi Su-30MKI which they have developed to be the major backbone of their Air-force fighter fleet and is reported to be a generation ahead of the Su-30 used by China.
Alexander Kadakin then berated India for purchasing weapon systems from the US, claiming that Washington had transferred no technology across, unlike the Russians had. All in all, the Russians have only to look in the mirror to find somebody to blame. They did themselves no favours by increasing the price of weapons sold to India after the sale had been agreed upon. Selling arms to China and Pakistan hasn't helped either.

Funny enough, Russia is losing out on all fronts to everybody else when it comes to selling weapons. I wonder if they are hoping that Pakistan will make up for the shortfall.

Muslima thrown out of Paris opera after cast refused to perform unless she removed her veil

(Daily Mail) France's Socialist government today pledged to toughen up its anti face-covering law after a veiled Muslim woman was ejected from a major Paris opera house.

In an incident which has divided opinion in the city's liberal arts community, cast members performing La Traviata 'objected strongly' to the presence of a woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil.

'A singer spotted her in the front row during the second act,' said Jean-Philippe Thiellay, director of the Bastille Opera, which was opened by Socialist president Francois Mitterand in 1989.

'Some performers said they didn't want to sing,' said Mr Thiellay, who confirmed that she was kicked out.

There has been a ban on Muslims covering their face in public in France since the introduction of a law in 2011.

Women living on housing estates on the outskirts of major cities like Paris are regularly criminalised with a fine, but this is the first incident of someone being ejected from an artistic venue.

So far unnamed, she is believed to be a well-off woman from a Gulf State, and was attending the performance with a friend.

Referring to a security guard, Mr Thiellay said: 'He told her that in France there is a ban of this nature, asked her to either uncover her face or leave the auditorium.

'The man asked the woman to get up, they left. It was unpleasant getting her to leave.

'But there was a misunderstanding of the law and the lady either had to respect it or leave,'


Vile image of baby girl being 'beheaded' found by Kurds on phone taken from dead ISIS jihadists in Kobane

A new low for Islam.
(Daily Mail) An horrific image has emerged of a baby girl moments from being beheaded by IS.

The picture is among several recovered by Kurdish soldiers from the mobile phones of dead fanatics in the Syrian town of Kobane.

It shows the child being pinned to the floor, in clear distress as a knife is held to her throat.

It is feared she may have been beheaded along with her family for being an Alevi Muslim, a branch of Islam whose followers have been targeted by IS.

Other pictures show beheadings and jihadis playing football with the severed heads of victims.

They were found by Kurdish YPG fighters defending the besieged town, where more than 1,100 are thought to have been killed since last month.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Map of Baghdad showing every car explosion since 2003

Israeli MK: We have votes to strip Zoabi of her Israeli citizenship

MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu) said that legislation to strip MK Hanin Zoabi of her Israeli citizenship would soon be introduced.
(INN) MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu) said Sunday that legislation to strip MK Hanin Zoabi of her Israeli citizenship would soon be introduced. Ilatov slammed Zoabi for her equation of the IDF with ISIS, the Islamic State, which has conquered large portions of Iraq and Syria.

In an interview Sunday on Channel Two, Zoabi said that the IDF was actually worse than ISIS. “The Islamists kill one person at a time with their knives, but the IDF kills dozens of Palestinians with the push of a button.” IDF pilots who flew over Gaza and “pushed a button that released missiles that killed hundreds of Palestinians is no less a terrorist than those who behead others,” she said.

Zoabi has been extremely outspokenly critical of Israel and its institutions on many occassions, and has raised the ire of Israelis and their political leaders many times. Over the summer, Zoabi said that the kidnappers responsible for the abduction of murdered Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha'ar are "not terrorists. They have seen no other way to change their reality and they have to resort to these measures until Israel sobers up a bit and feels the suffering of others." Zoabi also participated in the 2010 Gaza flotilla, and was videotaped standing in front of armed militants and trying to prevent injured Israeli soldiers from being evacuated.

Numerous proposals have been made to ban Zoabi from the Knesset, throw her off Knesset committees, and the like – but Ilatov said that his proposal has the votes needed to throw Zoabi out of Israeli society altogether. “Zoabi continues to ally herself with Israel's enemies,” he said.

“She will not remain out of reach of the law forever. Our proposal will remove her citizenship from her when it is passed. Until then, I will do everything in my power to ensure that this traitor will have to find another job,” he added.

Israeli Aid Agency Delivers Emergency Relief to Kurds in Iraq

IsraAID provides desperately-needed supplies to refugees from ISIS, including baby milk and blankets, as winter misery intensifies.

Well, someone has to do it, and it sure isn't the Obama-led US Government.
(INN) Israeli humanitarian workers have joined the effort to provide desperately-needed supplies to displaced victims of the brutal Islamic State terrorist group in northern Iraq and Syria.

IsraAID supplied beds, blankets, and food to over 1,000 families in the Kurdish city of Duhok, in northern Iraq. The Israeli aid agency worked with Canadian ONEXONE to deliver a convoy to a 14,000-strong refugee camp carrying 2,000 blankets and mattresses, as well as enough powdered milk for all the 1,015 babies under one year of age.

The emergency supplies could not have come soon enough. Many of those at the camp arrived with only the clothes on their back and are living in nothing more than tents or makeshift huts. As winter approaches their misery has increased still further, with recent rainstorms and cold weather just a harbinger of worse to come: some parts of the region receive a meter of snow on average amid subzero temperatures.

IsraAID's Founding Director Shahar Zahavi told Arutz Sheva that the Israeli team were warmly received by the Kurdish residents of the camp.

"They were aware that we were Israel, and they received us very well. The Kurdish people really love Israel," he said.

Indeed, the Jewish state has good - if somewhat covert - relations with the Kurdish Regional Government in particular, and many Kurds and Israelis see eye-to-eye on crucial issues such as the wave of Islamic fundamentalism sweeping the Middle East, which threatens both nations.

IsraAID has provided aid to disaster zones across the world, from Haiti to Japan, and from the Philipines to South Sudan. But Zahavi explained that the mission to help Kurdish victims of ISIS resonated particularly strongly with them. As the Middle East's only full democracy, Israel has a special duty to aid the Kurds - who are the largest stateless nation in the region - in their struggle for freedom against Islamist forces, Zahavi said.

The mission - which was the first of its kind by an Israeli aid agency - went smoothly enough, and was coordinated with the KRG. But aid workers soon witnessed the extreme conditions faced by refugee when a massive storm tore through the camp, flooding the entire area and destroying many of the tents.

Duhok is part of the autonomous Kurdish region run by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), where nearly two million refugees - including Christians and Yazidis - have fled ISIS's genocidal military campaign.

Although most refugees there were originally from parts of Iraq under attack or occupied by ISIS, as the battle for the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria rages on, roughly 1,000-1,500 refugees from the city are arriving at the camp each day via Turkey, placing even more pressure on already-overstretched aid efforts.

The thrill is gone: People walk out on Obama while he is speaking at campaign event in Maryland

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, who is running for governor, and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, who is running for re-election. Obama plans to appear at an event for Quinn later in the evening.

"You've got to vote," Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.

Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.

"There are no excuses. The future is up to us," Obama said.

A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.

But wait, there is more:
As President Obama tried to rally Democrats in Maryland, the crowd began to leave. "Remarks are open press, but one unusual thing that fellow veterans of campaign rallies confirm: some in the crowd started leaving as soon as Obama started speaking and by the time he was about 10 minutes in, there was a traffic jam next to the pool's tables as folks tried to exit the gym," reports the White House pool reporter.

Via the pool:
Remarks are open press, but one unusual thing that fellow veterans of campaign rallies confirm: some in the crowd started leaving as soon as Obama started speaking and by the time he was about 10 minutes in, there was a traffic jam next to the pool's tables as folks tried to exit the gym. As that was going on, a young man started shouting. Pool couldn't tell what he was saying but as he was taken out of the room, we could see his sign, which read "#not1more," a reference to the deportation of immigrants. As the man screamed, the crowd drowned him out, chanting, "Obama! Obama!"

So what has Britain been up to lately?

Rather that prevent 1,400 children from being raped by Muslims or worry about returning ISIS members, Britain is doubling down on doing evil and is planning on... jailing Internet trolls for 2 years.
London (AFP) - People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile cases of abusive and threatening behaviour on Twitter.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "This is a law to combat cruelty -- and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob."

There has been increasing concern in Britain about the growing scourge of Internet "trolls" who post hate-filled messages on social media, often threatening their targets.


Lebanon Pulled Into War With Islamic State

BEIRUT (AP) — With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country's border with Syria.

The U.S. has been speeding up delivery of small ammunition to shore up Lebanon's army, but recent cross-border attacks and beheading of Lebanese soldiers by Islamic State fighters — and the defection of four others to the extremists — has sent shockwaves across this Mediterranean country, eliciting fear of a potential slide into the kind of militant, sectarian violence afflicting both Syria and Iraq, and increasingly prompting minorities to take up arms.


Caroline Glick: There Should Be No Palestinian State

(NYT) When Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced his decision to recognize the non-existent state of “Palestine” earlier this month, he inadvertently gave the game away.

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful coexistence," Lofven said. "Sweden will therefore recognize the State of Palestine.”

The Palestinians refuse to recognize or peacefully coexist with the State of Israel.

Like his coalition partner, the Hamas terror master Khaled Mashaal, and despite his sweet talk to Western audiences, the P.L.O. chief Mahmoud Abbas has pledged, repeatedly, over decades that he will never, ever recognize Israel as the Jewish state, meaning he will never recognize Israel. During his speech to the U.N. General Assembly last month he reverted to P.L.O. language from the 1970s, referring to Israel repeatedly as “the occupying Power,” and “the racist occupying State.”

So when Lofven recognized “Palestine,” he joined the Palestinian campaign to destroy Israel. He used the language of the “two-state solution” to reject the Jewish state.

The former British foreign minister, and Labor member of Parliament, Jack Straw went a step further this week as he addressed his Parliament before its lopsided 274-12 vote to recognize “Palestine.” The vote, he explained, was not about advancing peace. It was a straightforward bid to harm Israel. In his words, “The only thing that the Israeli government…understands is pressure.”

Lofven, Straw and their colleagues throughout Europe aren’t stupid. They know what they’re doing. They know that Gaza, which Israel vacated nine years ago, is a terror state run by the jihadists of Hamas. They know that if Israel succumbs to their political and economic warfare and cedes its capital city and historic heartland to its enemies, it will be unable to defend its remaining territory. And they know that like Gaza, those areas will quickly be taken over by Hamas, which will use them to launch a war of annihilation against Israel in conjunction with its jihadist brethren in surrounding states.

In other words, they know that in recognizing “Palestine” they are not helping the cause of peace. They are advancing Israel’s ruin. If they were even remotely interested in freedom and peace, the Europeans would be doing the opposite. They would be working to strengthen and expand Israel, the only stable zone of freedom and peace in the region. They would abandon the phony two-state solution, which as Straw and Lofven revealed, is merely doublespeak for seeking Israel’s destruction and its replacement with a terror state.

With strategic blindness and moral depravity now serving as the twin guideposts for European policy toward Israel, Israel and its supporters must tell the truth about the push to recognize “Palestine.” It isn’t about peace or justice. It’s about hating Israel and assisting those who most actively seek its obliteration.