Friday, May 26, 2017

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi reported teacher at his secondary school for being an Islamophobe because he condemned suicide bombers

Salman Abedi
(The Sun) The Manchester attacker – who slaughtered 22 people at a concert by pop-star Ariana Grande on Monday – studied at Burnage Academy for Boys between 2009 and 2011.

Abedi was part of an Arabic-speaking “clique” during his time at the school, The Times reports.

He is believed to have been part of a group of teens that became upset when one of their teachers brought up the topic of suicide attacks.

The teacher “asked what they thought of someone who would strap on a bomb and blow people up”, according to a source quoted by the paper.

The source said the boys then went to their RE teacher and lodged a complaint, telling them it was “Islamophobic”.

The source added: “[Abedi] was a silly boy, not very serious. He was not smart enough to be a mastermind of anything like that.”

A spokesperson for Burnage Academy said yesterday: “We feel the pain that Manchester feels. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Mancunians against terrorism in all forms.”

Pals of the evil killer yesterday revealed his wild youth of booze and drug-taking – and how he was nicknamed “Dumbo” because of his big ears.

Pictures show him grinning in a bar with three student friends and on a beach in Libya, before he is thought to have been indoctrinated.

Pals described the brainy Manchester United fan as “very jolly”.

But over the past two years he is said to have changed completely after a number of trips to Libya to visit his family.

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The Czech parliament adopts a resolution condemning UNESCO's politicization and the decisions against Israel



(Ynet) The Czech parliament adopted a resolution condemning UNESCO's politicization and the decisions against Israel, and even recommended that the Czech government stop payments to UNESCO.

Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, said in response: "Another welcome decision and another sane voice against the series of delusional decisions regarding Jerusalem. Certainly a beautiful gift from Prague to the people of Israel on Jerusalem Day."

UK: What so called peaceful Muslims are wearing days after that Manchester suicide attack

(Manchester) The other day, an Islamic murderer detonated a suicide bomb at a pop concert full of little girls. 22 people were murdered.

Naturally, the news orgs have dropped into the city and are asking the local Islamic population how they are feeling. CH4 News interviewed this woman - have a butchers at what she is wearing in public on the streets of Manchester days after that bomb attack:

Egypt: 23 Coptic Christians murdered in bus attack


(Cairo) Whilst the Hamas and Hezballah supporting leader of the British Socialist party blames British foreign policy for the terrorist attack which murdered 22 people in Manchester the other day, across the world in Egypt, a country with no such foreign policy addressing Islamic terrorism in other countries has just seen a terrorist attack carried out on a bus load of Christians travelling to Monastery of St Samuel. The attack, carried out in the Minya province of the country, saw 23 people murdered and another 25 injured when faithful followers of Islam opened up with machine guns in which to get their murder death kill fix before Ramadan starts in less than 12 hours time. You know, that time of year when Muslims have to abstain from evil thoughts and acts for 30 days.

The Philippines: Army troops in counteroffensive against ISIS-linked jihadists in Marawi

(MANILA) – Troops began the fightback yesterday in which to drive the Maute terrorist group out of the southern city of Marawi.


At least 44 have been killed in the ongoing fighting in Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said late Thursday night. Thirteen government troops were killed since the gun battle started on Tuesday afternoon. Six soldiers were killed in fresh clashes Thursday, bringing the death toll among soldiers at 11. 18 members of the Maute group were killed in fresh gun battle as government troops cleared two bridges heading towards Bangulo. This brings the fatalities on the terrorist groups to 31.


Terrorist group Abu Sayyaf seized the city on Tuesday night after a failed security forces raid to capture the extremists’ commander and preacher Isnilon Hapilon. Torching the cathedral, they took 14 hostages — including a Catholic priest — and beheaded a police chief whom they had captured at a roadblock.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Russia has a Batmobile?

(Moscow) The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) is the successor to the KGB and as such has a lot of clout. So much clout that it can sanction the building of its own armoured vehicles and so a few years back it wanted and received a brand new armoured vehicles. This vehicle remained off the record until President Putin inspected the ZiL Karatel armoured car, (Aka Falkatus) last February



Developed by the Russian Company ZiL, the vehicle uses a four-wheeled chassis from a Kamaz-4911 truck. The Falkatus can run up to a maximum road speed of 150 km/h with a total weight of 12,000 kg. The vehicle is motorized with a 8 cylinder engine developing 730 hp. The Falkatus provides a ballistic protection against firing of small of 7.62mm caliber. The vehicle can carry a total of 10 military personnel including driver and commander. There is two doors on each side of the hull and one hydraulic ramp at the rear. The driver and commander are seated at the front of the vehicle near the engine compartment. Six seats are placed back to back along the longitudinal axis of the vehicle and two are placed facing backwards in a row between the rear axle.
I also found this video which somebody posted of the Falkatus he came across in a reststop:

Well last week it made it first public début in Dagestan




and today it’s been revealed that a number of them have surfaced in the Crimea .

UK: Hussain guilty of pressure cooker bomb plot

(Birmingham) 29-year-old Zahid Hussain had just been found guilty of preparing for an act of terrorism after a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.


Hussain was arrested by police in August 2015 after they were called about a man acting suspiciously. He was stopped and found in possession of a knife and a crowbar. He also carried handwritten notes detailing instructions for devices. Officers conducted a thorough and complex investigation during which his home was searched again, along with a nearby storm drain which went under the main Birmingham-London rail line that Hussain had been seen entering.
CCTV showing Hussain clambering into a storm drain
It was during these searches of Naseby Road that officers discovered the pressure cooker device and other electrical items. West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit was alerted and Hussain was re-arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related matters.

Kenya: Another 2 policemen killed by Islamic terrorists

(Nairobi) Two police officers have been killed and four others injured after an Improvised Explosive Devise tore their vehicle along the Malelei-Kulan Road in Liboi, Garissa County.


Two of those injured were airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment following the 7 am blast. Police at the scene said the injured had life threatening injuries. The officers were patrolling in a vehicle belonging to immigration department when the incident happened.


The blast comes after 2 police officers were killed in the same area yesterday.

Gaza: Hamas objects to President Trump calling them terrorists

(Gaza) After President Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia the other day where he lumped Hamas in with the likes of ISIS, Hezbollah and the Taliban:
"The true toll of ISIS [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams,"
the peaceful terrorists of Gaza did what they did best - they played the victim card, claiming that the US President had smeared the name of Hamas and so they hosted a parade where they expressed their innocence whilst slandering President Trump as intolerant.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

IRAQ SITUATION REPORT: MAY 6 - 20, 2017

(ISW) The nice people at the Institute for the Study of War have brought out a map which shows the situation inside Iraq as of Saturday the 20th May, 2017:

Iranian backed Shia militias set conditions to disrupt or deny U.S.-backed forces freedom of maneuver near the Iraq-Syria border. Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) forces began clearing territory in western Ninewa Province toward the Syrian border. Iran-backed PMU forces also conducted offensives against ISIS in northern Diyala and Salah al-Din provinces, and defended positions north of the Makhoul Mountains and southwest of Tuz Khurmatu from ISIS ground assaults.


ISIS remains operational in eastern Iraq, particularly in Diyala Province, despite clearing operations led by the Badr Organization since late 2014. ISIS also launched attacks in and around Baghdad in the week prior to its annual Ramadan campaign, anticipated to begin on May 26.

Somalia: Car bomb kills 8 in capital

(Mogadishu) A car bomb, claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has killed eight people and injured 15 more in the Somali capital, was detonated near a police checkpoint outside a restaurant near Mogadishu's port.


Islamic terrorist group al-Shabab has admitted to the murderous attack.

Mali: 2 UN soldiers killed by Islamic terrorists

(Bamako) Two United Nations peacekeepers from Chad have been killed when their foot patrol was ambushed in the Kidal region of northern Mali.
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Strongly condemning "this murderous attack," MINUSMA, chief Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali, said the Mission immediately deployed a rapid response force at the scene and proceeded to evacuate the wounded and the deceased. He also stated:
“Since the establishment of MINUSMA four years ago, Malians have made significant progress towards peace and reconciliation. However, tragically, this progress has not been translated into peace. Violent extremist groups are actively seeking to spoil and halt the peace process. New armed groups have emerged, while some existing groups were divided into different factions. Instability has spread from the north to the centre of the country and beyond the borders of Mali in neighboring countries.”

Indonesia: Suicide bombers kill 3,injure 10

(Jakarta) Two suicide bombers targeted a bus station in the capital this evening killing three police officers and injuring 10 on Wednesday. The blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal,


Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said three officers had been killed, and that examination of the scene had shown that there appeared to have been two suicide bombers, Five officers and five civilians were wounded. 

The strange thing about this bombing is that the suicide bombers targeted police who were escorting a pawai obor parade (Burning torch parade) which the locals carry out in which to welcome in the fasting month of Ramadan which begins in 2 days time.

Puntland: 5 killed in suicide bombing

(Bosaso Islamic State has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia, killing five people at a checkpoint in the Tuesday in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. (Puntland set up its own government in1998, but unlike neighbouring Somaliland, it has not declared full independence.)

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest at a checkpoint late Tuesday in northeastern port city of Bosaso. local police official Mohamed Dahir Adan.
"Security forces stopped the suspect when he approached but he detonated himself leaving five people dead. One of the security officers and four civilians were killed in the blast"
ISIS has claimed responsibly for the attack and boasted that the group carried out its first suicide bombing in Somalia. Bossaso is no stranger to ISIS terrorist attacks. Terrorists attacked a hotel there in February resulting in at least four deaths, including two attackers.

Kenya: Police officers killed in Islamist bomb attack

(NAIROBI) Three police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in northern Kenya on Wednesday.

The officers’ Toyota Land Cruiser is believed to have hit a device planted by al-Shabaab terrorists, eight people were also injured in the incident in Liboi town, which lies around 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the Somali border in Garissa County. The officers who were killed and those who were injured are part of a team sent here to heighten security after two similar attacks in the recent weeks .



The attack takes the toll of police officers killed in similar border attacks in northern Kenya this month to 10.

SYRIA SITUATION REPORT: MAY 10 - 18, 2017

(ISW) The nice people at the Institute for the Study of War have brought out a couple of map which show the situation inside Syria as of Thursday the 18th, May 2017:


Russia, Iran, and Syria redeployed forces to constrain the activities of the U.S. in Eastern Syria. Pro-regime forces reportedly deployed hundreds of fighters along the Damascus - Baghdad Highway in Central Syria at the urging of Russia following several weeks of advances in the area by opposition groups backed by the U.S. and Jordan. The U.S. later conducted an airstrike against a pro-regime convoy advancing against opposition groups at Al-Tanaf on the Syrian-Iraqi Border on May 18. Pro-regime forces also seized the Jirah Airbase in Eastern Aleppo Province from ISIS on May 12. These movements suggest that pro-regime forces intend to insert themselves into the campaigns against ISIS in Ar-Raqqa City and Deir ez-Zour Province - thereby pre-empting long-term expansion by the U.S. in Eastern Syria. ISW has previously recommended that the U.S. refocus the campaign against ISIS towards Deir ez-Zour Province as a long-term base for operations against both ISIS and the Russo-Iranian Coalition in Syria.


The U.S. and Turkey likely failed to overcome their strategic divide during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Erdogan on May 16. Trump reiterated his support for Turkey in the “fight against terror groups” including as ISIS and the PKK but did not address his recent decision to directly arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG. Erdogan condemned the decision as an “absolutely unacceptable” measure that presented a “clear and present danger” to Turkey. Erdogan also reiterated his calls for the U.S. to extradite exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. The White House likely offered greater cooperation with Erdogan against the PKK in Turkey and Northern Iraq to mitigate the risk of an imminent rift with Turkey. These efforts nonetheless remain insufficient to reverse the growing strategic divergence between the U.S. and Turkey.

Philippines: ISIS gunmen take control of Marawi city

(Manila)  Terrorists from a group linked to Isis have stormed a city in the Philippines resulting in thousands of civilians having to flee the area . 


The terrorists from the Muslim group called Maute set about on their “Kill them all in the name of Allah day” following a failed raid by soldiers on Tuesday on a hideout of the terrorist group, in which to capture Isnilon Hapilon, (Leader of the Abu Sayyaf group notorious for piracy, banditry and for kidnapping and beheading Westerners.)which triggered clashes and chaos across the largely Muslim city of Marawi.

Troops are currently trying to contain the terrorists who have taken over large parts of city, setting building ablaze and taking Christian’s hostage in which to use as leverage. Father Socrates Villegas, president of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines reported:
“They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,”
Both soldiers and rebels have set up checkpoints and road blocks on routes in and out of Marawi and streams of men, women and children are fleeing the area.


President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law and a state of emergency in the province of Mindano.