London (AFP) - The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said Saturday.
An activist opposed to both IS and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is well-known to the British business broadsheet, said he had "verified 100 executions" of foreign IS fighters trying to leave the jihadist group's de facto capital.
IS fighters in Raqqa said the group has created a military police to clamp down on foreign fighters who do not report for duty. Dozens of homes have been raided and many jihadists have been arrested, the FT reported.
Some jihadists have become disillusioned with the realities of fighting in Syria, reports have said.
According to the British press in October, five Britons, three French, two Germans and two Belgians wanted to return home after complaining that they ended up fighting against other rebel groups rather than Assad's regime. They were being held prisoner by IS.
In total, between 30 and 50 Britons want to return but fear they face jail, according to researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, which had been contacted by one of the jihadists speaking on their behalf.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Looking for a few good virgins: ISIS agents in London dispatching gullible teenage jihadi brides to Syria
(IBT) Islamic State (Isis) militants, aided by a British-based intermediary, are offering to pay travel expenses to young and possibly good-looking British teenagers interested in joining the extremist group in Syria as jihadi brides.
Reporters posing as two teenage schoolgirls held regular conversations via social media with a jihadist in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, northern Syria, for three months.
Upon showing interest in travelling to the self-styled caliphate, the two purported girls, aged 17 and 19, were told they would be given the money to pay for their trip from London to Syria via Turkey.
The sum was to be delivered via cash transfer to a Western Union branch in Sterling, and picked up by an Isis operative in the UK, who in turn was to hand it to the girls.
The investigation by The Times gave an insight into Isis' use of social media and the extent of its worldwide reach to recruit young Muslim women in the West, with the aim of marrying them off to the group's fighters.
Using mainstream social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Ask.fm, as well as instant messaging systems like Wickr and Kik, an Isis militant calling himself Abu Abbas al-Lubnani vetted and groomed the two purported girls over a three-month period, before finalising the money transfer.
'Mujahideen like a good-looking wife'
The jihadist reassured them about the safety of their journey, claiming that thousands of Sunni hardliners travelled to Syria every month without encountering difficulties.
He also asked the girls to provide him with a series of personal details, including a description of their appearance.
"Sorry but I need to know if ur good looking, the colours of your skin," Lubnani told the undercover reporter. "Usually mujahideen don't request a beauty queen, but they like to have a good-looking wife."
He finally agreed to send over cash to Western Union branch without security cameras in London. The girls were to wait near the premises while an Isis middleman picked up the money for them.
"The brother has a wife they can pick up from a certain place that doesn't have a camera then give you the money in their car," al-Lubnani wrote.
The day of the meeting a white man appearing to be Muslim convert showed up at the given location accompanied by a woman in a burka.
"To check this was the correct couple, The Times reporter changed the exact location of the "girls" several times in the space of a few minutes and set out the details in messages to the Lubnani messenger account. Each time the pair moved to the new location," the newspaper wrote.
Realising they were being watched the pair left, the paper said, adding that Counter-terrorism police are aware of the investigation.
An increasing number of women, including dozens of Britons, are believed to have joined Isis in Syria and Iraq over the last 12 months.
(Fox News) The Israeli military said it had carried out an airstrike on a Hamas site in Southern Gaza on Saturday, in response to a rocket strike from the Gaza strip into Israel on Friday.
The Jerusalem Post reports that there were were at least two strikes by the Israel Air Force, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.
The Israel Defense Forces confirmed a direct hit in a statement.
"The IDF will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardize the well being of the civilians of Israel," an IDF spokesman said. "The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible and accountable for today's attack against Israel."
Residents reported hearing two explosions in the Khan Yunis region of Gaza, in an area that contains training sites for Palestinian militants. It marks the first time the Israel Defense Forces has hit Gaza since the end of a 50-day war this summer.
The military says the airstrike early Saturday on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to the rocket fired from Gaza. The rocket fire caused no injuries, police said.
“@TelegraphNews: Man, 80, jailed for acid attack on girlfriend aged 19 http://t.co/VPFlaAWqYX pic.twitter.com/BEDmggLkr6” Name: Mohammed Rafiq.
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) December 19, 2014
@instapundit @TelegraphNews Muslims and acid attacks. Peanut butter and jelly. Some things are meant to be together.
— Indy Infidel (@RightWingEddie) December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Ever Wonder Who Gets Your Trade-In Car? Texas Plumber’s Truck Traded In, Ends Up in Syria with Terrorists
(Texas) When Texas plumber Mark Oberholtzer traded in his black Ford F-250 pickup truck, he expected it would live a second life in the hands of new owners, but probably not these owners.
Oberholtzer’s Texas City plumbing company, Mark-1 Plumbing, has been inundated with threats after a photo of his old Ford work truck appeared on a terrorist Twitter feed, equipped with an anti-aircraft gun in the bed and still bearing the company logo on the door.
According to Houston’s KHOU, Oberholtzer traded in the F-250 to an AutoNation Ford dealership in Houston last November, but accidentally forgot to remove his business’ decals. A representative at the dealership said the truck immediately went up for auction, and most likely exchanged hands many times before ending up on the front lines of Syria’s civil war, piloted by terrorist fighters.
“To think something we would use to pull trailers, now is being used for terror, it’s crazy,” notes Jeff Oberholtzer, Mark’s son. “Never in my lifetime would I think something like that.”
The company began receiving threatening calls earlier this week from people all across the country that assumed the small town business was aiding and abetting terror. “We have nothing to do with terror at all,” commented Oberholtzer.