While world leaders and mainstream media commentators continue to insist that Boko Haram, the Congregation of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad, have nothing to do with Islam, the only people not to have gotten the memo are the members of Boko Haram itself.
“Massacre survivor describes Nigerian terrorists,” CNN, May 10, 2014:
Baghdad, Reuters—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq took partial control of a water dam and military barracks guarding it in the western Anbar province after fierce fighting through the night that continued on Saturday, security sources and witnesses said.
The Iraqi government announced a new offensive this month to recapture parts of Anbar, Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland, from Islamic State, in an attempt to build on an earlier victory against the group in the central city of Tikrit.
But the hard-line Sunni militants struck back by attacking Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, prompting thousands of families to flee. They also hit Baiji, Iraq’s largest refinery last week.
Late on Friday, the insurgents attacked the security perimeter at al-Thirthar dam with explosive-laden vehicles and then battled army forces in clashes that continued on Saturday, police and army sources told Reuters.
Dozens of Iraqi troops were killed in the fighting, but poor communications in the area made it difficult to confirm a precise figure, said Athal al-Fahdawi, an Anbar provincial council member. Army sources said two senior officers were among the dead.
Officials from Iraq’s defense and interior ministries could not immediately be reached for comment.
Security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries have regained some ground in Iraq since ISIS proclaimed a caliphate straddling the border of Syria and Iraq, but core Sunni territories such as Anbar remain under ISIS control.
A video posted online on Saturday by ISIS’s official media organization appeared to show its fighters moving about freely at al-Thirthar dam, which serves as a flood control for Baghdad and other cities.
A black flag commonly used by the militants is seen flying from a radio tower. Two bodies apparently belonging to Iraqi forces also appear in the footage.
A former teacher at Al-Taqwa College in Melbourne wrote to government ministers accusing the school's principal of believing "that if females run excessively, they may 'lose their virginity'".
The letter continued: "The principal believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if girls injure themselves, such as break their leg while playing soccer, it could render them infertile."
Australia's The Age newspaper published a letter purportedly sent by the college cross-country team to principal Omar Hallak challenging his decision.
It said: "Just because we are girls doesn't mean we can't participate in running events.
The letter's writer added that the decision was "really offensive to all the girls that were going to participate".
"It also doesn't say that girls can't run in the hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammed). As long as us girls are wearing appropriate clothes we can run."
The local education regulator is now investigating the principal's alleged comments.
LONDON (Reuters) - Some technology and communication firms are helping militants avoid detection by developing systems that are "friendly to terrorists", Britain's top anti-terrorism police officer said on Tuesday. Mark Rowley, the national police lead for counter-terrorism, said companies needed to think about their "corporate social responsibility" in creating products that made it hard for the authorities to access material during investigations. "Some of the acceleration of technology, whether it's communications or other spheres, can be set up in different ways," Rowley told a conference in London. "It can be set up in a way which is friendly to terrorists and helps them ... and creates challenges for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Or it can be set up in a way which doesn't do that." Ever since former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the extent of surveillance by U.S. and British security agencies in 2013, intelligence chiefs have said the authorities' ability to monitor terrorism suspects had been severely degraded. Documents leaked by Snowden showed spies had harvested data from the likes of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, leading some other firms to create new encryption and privacy products that make it hard for agents to intercept communications. "Snowden has created an environment where some technology companies are less comfortable working with law reinforcement and intelligence agencies and the bad guys are better informed," Rowley told Reuters after his speech. "We all love the benefit of the internet and all the rest of it, but we need their support in making sure that they're doing everything possible to stop their technology being exploited by terrorists. I'm saying that needs to be front and centre of their thinking and for some it is and some it isn't." He declined to identify which firms he was referring to. Rowley's comments echo those made in January by John Sawers, the former head of Britain's foreign intelligence service, who said trust between technology firms and governments had been shattered and needed to be rebuilt. Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to give the security and intelligence services new powers to monitor Internet communications should he win an election on May 7.
A child rapist grinned in police custody after he sexually attacked a 14-year-old girl.
Arman Nejad dragged his victim from the street and into a house in Moss Side, where he raped her.
The crime dates back more than five years, to October 2009, but GMP failed to initially investigate and bring Nejad, now 23, to justice.
Supt Simon Retford, from GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “There were unacceptable delays in bringing the case to court after the initial complaint was made.
"The victim received a service that I believe fell below the level which we strive to offer to victims of rape and other sexual abuse.”
Nejad, of Caythorpe Street, Moss Side, was found guilty of rape after a trial at Manchester Crown Court and on Friday, April 17, he was jailed for five years.
In October 2009, the victim was walking along Caythorpe Street, Moss Side, with her friends.
Nejad called her over to his house on false pretences, separating her from her mates. He then dragged her into a house and raped her.
The matter was reported to police in February 2010, and the girl was video interviewed by officers from the south Manchester division.
In June 2013, officers from GMP’s ‘Protect’ team - a multi-agency initiative set up to tackle child sexual exploitation - visited the girl on an unrelated matter and became aware of an apparent lack of progress following her initial complaint.
The matter was then fully investigated by officers from the Protect team and Nejad was arrested, charged and subsequently convicted.
As soon as GMP’s Professional Standards Branch became aware of the apparent delay in this case, it was referred to the IPCC who returned it back to the force to investigate locally and this investigation is ongoing and a formal complaint has been made by the girl.
Det Insp Debbie Oakes, from GMP’s Phoenix Protect Team, said: “Greater Manchester Police’s Protect Team was first made aware of Arman Nejad’s appalling crimes in 2013.
"As a result, a full and thorough investigation was completed that resulted in this matter being brought to court and which aided in bringing Arman Nejad to justice.
“While the Force absolutely accepts the failures in this case, we should also stress that the work of Protect and the Phoenix partnership over the last few years that has made huge strides towards protecting vulnerable people who are at risk of child sexual exploitation.
"Working with our partner agencies, we can make use of legislation at our disposal to disrupt premises where we suspect CSE may be taking place, shut those premises down and also arrest and investigate suspects so we can put them before the courts, as we have done with Arman Nejad.
“With the launch of the ‘It’s not Okay’ campaign we are increasing public awareness of how to protect children at risk by increasing people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs of CSE.
"Together, we will continue to tackle CSE and continue to pursue people like Arman Nejad and expose them for the criminals they really are.”
Supt Retford added: “An investigation is underway to establish the reasons and circumstances around our initial response and apparent lack of action in progressing this case.”
A new video published Sunday by the Islamic State terror group claims to show two mass executions in Libya. In the video, reportedly shot in Libya, a group of Coptic Ethiopians is executed by a firing squad and another group by a knife to the throat.
The video shows ISIS operatives marching their victims, who don the group's now infamous orange jump suits, along a coastline, presumably in Libya; the second group is dressed in black jump suits and was marched and executed in the desert.
According to ISIS, the first group being executed was "adherent of the Ethiopian church" – a possible reference to Coptic Christians – and the execution purportedly took place in Libya's Fezzan region.
The second mass execution reportedly took place in the Barqa region. The group failed to name their victims, whose throats they proceeded to cut.
Throughout the long and graphic video, ISIS terrorists are seen taking down crosses and replacing them with Islamic State group flags. It is possible the second group consisted of Egyptian Copts, similar to a previous video in which the group murdered 21 of the faith's adherents in Libya.
"Despite the cross, we have returned," the ISIS narrator said with guns pointed at the first group.
According to the video, the execution is a message to Christians in the region according to which, if they fail to convert to Islam they will have to pay with their lives or face execution at the hands of ISIS. A similar fate befell the Christian community of Raqqa, Syria.
ISIS has gained a significant foothold in Libya, posing a clear and imminent threat to both Egypt and Italy.
Merciless beating and abuse is a tool used by the police to extract confessions. All those who are imprisoned continue to be subject to torture.
The ones who have been set free claim that, “A lot of times we were beaten to a pulp and left on the door step in a bloody mess. The purpose of this was to extract confessions out of us.”
International persecution watchdogs like the International Christian concern are holding conferences to curb persecution of Christians in Pakistan. The ICC has stated in one of the press conferences that most of the people are innocent. The Christian community condemns the lynching of the two Muslim men in retaliation for the Taliban’s bombings of the two Christian churches, the broad sweep and detention of innocent Christians is uncalled for. This shows the presence of a banana republic in Pakistan. Indeed justice should be served for the public lynchings but an incompetent police force beating confessions out of detainees is not the way it should be done.
In the press conference the extent to which the Christian community is marginalized in Pakistan was also discussed with major cases like Nouman Masih, Aasia bibi, Shahzad and Shama. But these are still the tip of the iceberg. The list of grievances inflicted upon the Christian minority is limitless.
Human zoos containing ‘freaks’, dwarves, albinos and black people existed in Manchester as recently as the late 19th century, MM can reveal.
And last week two Norwegian artists hit headlines when, as part of celebrations to honour the country’s 200th anniversary of the constitution, they were awarded government funding to re-enact one to highlight the country’s racist past.
In 1885, the ‘Scramble for Africa’, the annexation of vast swathes of African territory by European powers, was well underway.
Voice of America More polio cases confirmed in Syria, WHO says CNN (CNN) -- Additional polio cases have been confirmed in two new areas in Syria: near the capital of Damascus and in northern Aleppo, near Turkey, the World Health Organization said...
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi security forces have foiled a terrorist attack by militants affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Interior Ministry spokesman announced.
The “terrorist operation” would have seen seven car bombs target different sites across the Kingdom, with Riyadh also announcing that one of the suspects arrested later admitted to killing two police officers at a checkpoint in the Saudi capital earlier this month.
In comments carried by the state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki announced that 23-year old Yazid Mohammad Abdulrahman Abu Nayan was arrested in connection with the death of Pvt. Thamer Omran Al-Mutairi and Pvt. Abdulmohsen Khalaf Al-Mutairi, describing the attack as a “heinous crime.”
“When interrogated and confronted with the evidence, he [Abu Nayan] admitted that he carried out the shooting and said he was executing instructions he received from the terrorist organization ISIS,” Maj. Gen. Turki said.
Nayan had been working with another suspect, said to have a Moroccan accent, and received orders to attack the security patrol on film, while the two men had also received assistance from other alleged ISIS members.
“ISIS instructed them to carry out the attack,” Maj. Gen. Turki said.
Abu Nayan was arrested at a farm at Al-Awained Center in the Huraimela district north of Riyadh, the SPA report said. The Interior Ministry spokesman affirmed that “intensive investigations” are ongoing, and that Saudi security forces have confiscated arms, ammunition and explosives from the scene.
Saudi security authorities also confirmed that seven vehicles were uncovered at the farm, three of which were already in the process of being booby-trapped for the terrorist operation.
As for evidence of ties to ISIS, outside of Abu Nayan’s confession, Saudi authorities discovered cell phones at the scene including text messages between the suspects and ISIS in Syria.
“Of these messages, once includes confirmation of the attack. Another message instructs the perpetrators [in Saudi Arabia] to hide and stay out of sight,” Turki said.
Saudi authorities are still on the lookout for Nawaf Sharif Al-Anzi, who was implicated in the terrorist operations. Riyadh has placed a one million riyal bounty on the alleged ISIS member.
The evil organisation are said to be working to stop females receiving dental treatment in the city of Tabaqa, in Syria, on the grounds of preventing mixing between men and women, which is against the extremists' rules.
Dentists in the area were said to have been given a deadline by which to end all their treatment commitments with female patients.
An IS campaign was then launched to ensure the new rule is enforced - resulting so far in the whipping of two dentists by affiliates of the terror group.
A dentist in Syria explained that there are not enough female dentists to accommodate all the women in Tabaqa - meaning many were being left without dental treatment as they are forbidden from being seen by male dentists.
The number of female dentists inside Tabaqa is relatively little, and these doctors can not address all women of the city A dentist in Syria He told human rights campaign group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RSS): "The number of female dentists inside Tabaqa is relatively little, and these doctors can not address all women of the city.
"But that did not prevent the group from the implementation of this resolution, which significantly affected the work of dentists because 70 per cent of the patients are women because they care about this subject more than men.
"Therefore dentists’ income decreased, as work hours also decreased to less than 3 hours per day, which led to the closure of some clinics and go to other areas in search of a livelihood with dignity."
The number of dentists in the area was thought to have dropped to less than 10 over recent months after IS stormed clinics to search for any irregularities.
However, dentists in Raqqa will still be able to treat female patients, unless otherwise instructed by IS.
The doctor continued: "Currently I started thinking about travel to Turkey or to [the Syrian government] regime’s areas in search of a job away from the state of tension and stress imposed by the group during the past months."
In other strict IS rules, the terror group have also previously banned Mother's Day cakes and have threatened to jail men for wearing skinny jeans.
A never-before-seen picture of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was shown in court today - and it's an image that just might get him killed.
Earlier this month, the 21-year-old was found guilty on all charges related to the April 15, 2013 attacks at the Boston Marathon finish line, and Tuesday marked the beginning of the penalty phase of the trial.
Over the next several weeks, jurors will hear more evidence and testimonies as they decide whether to sentence Tsarnaev to life in prison or the death penalty.
Prosecutors gunning to send Tsarnaev to the execution table punctuated their emotionally-charged opening statements this morning by releasing a new picture of Tsarnaev, taken three months after his arrest.
In the picture, Tsaranev wears an orange jumpsuit and puts on a cocky image, offensively flipping off a video camera and puckering his lips in his cell on the day of his arraignment.
Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terrorism. The 17-year-olds were detained at their home addresses in Coventry by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at around 6am today. The arrests were pre-planned and there was no immediate risk to the public, West Midlands Police said. The boys are currently in custody in the West Midlands area, the force added. They have been detained under Pace legislation, giving officers a maximum of 36 hours before charging, releasing, bailing or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention.
A British Muslim father who police fear is travelling to Islamic State with his four young children was a member of a banned extremist group, it has emerged. Police are hunting Asif Malik, his partner Sara Kiran and their family who have gone missing and are feared to be travelling to Syria. The parents and daughter Zoha, seven; son Essa, four; son Zakariya, two; and one-year-old son Yhaya - have not been seen for nearly two weeks.
Anjem Choudary, the radical Muslim cleric, confirmed Malik had been a member of the banned group al-Mujahiroun and described him as a "champion for shariah" who regularly attended the group's events and demonstrations.
As fears were growing for the safety of Malik's four young children, Choudary said Malik remained "very influential in the community" after al-Mujahiroun was banned five years ago.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) conducted interviews of 11 women and 9 girls who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS. They include Yazdid and other minority members. The women have given horrifying details of their accounts of slavery, sexual and physical abuse and being beaten up and tortured.
It has been widely reported that women and girls are abducted and sold in sex slave markets in Northern Iraq. This includes children as young as 8. ISIS holds captives in farm lands, hotels, prisons, military bases, and schools etc. In an interview with HRW girls said that there were we were taken to marriage halls and there were about 60 other girls waiting to be married to militants.
“From 9:30 in the morning, men would come to buy girls to rape them. I saw in front of my eyes, ISIS soldiers pulling hair, beating girls, and slamming the heads of anyone who resisted. They were like animals,” a 20-year-old escaped ISIS captive said. “Once they took the girls out, they would rape them and bring them back to exchange for new girls. The girls’ ages ranged from 8 to 30 year. Only 20 girls remained in the end.”
Rashida another escaped captive narrated her story of being in a sex slave lottery where militants drew the names of the girls he wanted to take home. She remembers trying to kill herself and drank something she assumed to be a poison. She didn’t die, but was taken by a man who won her in a lottery.
Girls as young as 8 are raped for days at a stretch, after the militants examine their bodies and tie their hands and legs. The gruesome stories of these women and children continue to come in as ISIS keeps on rampaging across the world.
A dozen Christian asylum seekers drowned in the Mediterranean after they were thrown overboard by Muslim migrants in a furious row fueled by “religious hatred” on a smuggler boat sailing from Libya to Italy. Italian police last night were investigating the deaths, which emerged from testimony provided by the 100 other asylum seekers on board the vessel. The boat was rescued by Italian ships and brought to Palermo in Sicily. Fifteen Muslim migrants, believed to be from Senegal, Ivory Coast,and Mali, were arrested, accused of having thrown the Christians from Ghana and Nigeria into the sea after the fight broke out. They are suspected of being responsible for “multiple aggravated murders, motivated by religious hatred”, police said. “The threats then materialised and 12 people, all Nigerian and Ghanaian, are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean,” they said. The attackers were identified by other refugees, some of whom were in tears as they recounted the story to Italian authorities.4
Once again we see the true evil behind Islamic supremacists who relentlessly pursue jihad and sharia in this country. What is most disturbing is that these imams, religious leaders, and Muslim Brotherhood group leaders are in positions of influence. Their deception (taqiya) is sophisticated. Their “interfaith” rhetoric is distinctively similar, but so is their motive, …
By Stephen Castle The New York Times GATESHEAD, England — Before winning power, Prime Minister David Cameron once called them “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists,” and a cabinet minister, Kenneth Clarke, dismissed them last year as “clowns.” But the U.K. Independence Party is showing that it cannot be laughed off.
Polls suggest that the party, which emerged from the right-wing fringes of British politics to call for sharp limits on immigration and for exiting the European Union, will perform strongly in the European Parliament elections that start on May 22. It appears poised to outpoll Mr. Cameron’s Conservative Party, and it may even vie with the Labour Party for first place in Britain.
Iran will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf should a war between the two countries ever break out, the naval chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Tuesday as the country completes work on a large-scale mock-up of a U.S. carrier.
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