A REMINDER OF THE REALITY OF THE HORRORS OF WARFARE
Not for the squeamish!!..... but to illustrate what horrors have been endured by both sides in Iraq.....as we sit cocooned and protected with our laptops and computers,whilst others to do our dirty work ....
The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has released another a gory video in which they brutally execute three Assyrian civilians that were taken captive during their winter offensive (February 23rd) in the Khabour River region of the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
In the video, the terrorist group threatens to execute the remaining 280 captives if a ransom of $50,000 per hostage is not paid to them in the coming weeks; this monetary demand aggregates to $14 million (U.S.) in order to release the prisoners.
Following their threat, the terrorist group summarily executed the three Assyrian captives and made another threat to execute more of the hostages if their demands are not met.
The three Assyrian men that were identified in the video are Dr. ‘Abdel-Maseeh Aniyah of Tal Jazirah (Al-Hasakah), Ashur Rustam Abraham of Tal Jazirah, and Bassam Issa Michael from Tal Shamiram (Al-Jazirah).
Assyrian and Christian human rights groups have worked tirelessly to convince the ISIS terrorists to release the remaining 280 hostages; however, the terrorist group continues to ignore these requests.
In August, ISIS released dozens of elderly civilians that were taken captive during their winter offensive in the Khabour River region; unfortunately, this took months of negotiating and convincing to finally secure their release.
The final fate of the 280 hostages will be contingent on ISIS; furthermore, they have expressed no qualms with mass executions, as they have carried them out on numerous occasions.
Seven illegal workers have been arrested following immigration raids on shops in Thornton Heath.
The men were detained after police and Home Office officials swooped on two butchers, a fishmonger and a hair salon in High Street yesterday morning.
Six of the men - three Pakistanis, a Ghanaian, an Indian and a Turkish national - have been transferred to immigration detention and are facing deportation.
A 37-year-old Afghan, arrested at J&J Fish Market on suspicion of entering the country illegally, has been ordered to report regularly to the Home Office while it bids to remove him from the country.
The other businesses raided at about 11.20am yesterday were S&S Halal Butchers, J&J Halal Butchers and Faiz Halon, all metres from each other in High Street.
The shops will face fines of up to £20,000 per illegal employee unless they can prove appropriate checks, such as examining passports or Home Office documents, were carried out.
Three of the men were arrested at S&S Halal Butchers. They were the Turkish national, 23, who had overstayed his visitor visa, the Ghanaian 29, who had overstayed his student visa, and a Pakistani man, 34, who was a rejected asylum-seeker.
A 41-year-old Pakistani and a 49-year-old Indian man arrested at J&J Halal Butchers had entered the country illegally, according to the Home Office.
A 31-year-old Pakistani detained at Faiz Hair Salon was said to have overstayed his visitor visa.
Jill Smith, head of the Home Office's South London immigration enforcement team, said:
"There will be no slow down in our efforts to tackle illegal working in south London.
"Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the Treasury of much-needed funds, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
"There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK. Those who choose to ignore the rules will face the consequences."
A 91-year-old woman who worked at Auschwitz has been accused of complicity in the murders of at least 260,000 Jews during World War II, the German news agency DPA said Monday.
The woman, who worked as a telegraph operator in Auschwitz, would be tried in a court for minors because she was under 21 at the time of alleged crimes, the agency said.
A court in the northern German city of Kiel is to decide whether to proceed with a trial next year, taking both the charges against her and her health into consideration, DPA said, quoting the city's chief prosecutor, Heinz Dollel.
Dollel did not name the woman but said she belonged to an all-female unit that helped the Nazi SS in concentration camps, and that she was accused in connection with events between April to July 1944.
Those three months correspond to a time when huge numbers of Hungarian Jews were murdered in the gas chambers of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
In July, a 94-year-old former SS officer Oskar Gröning, was sentenced to four years in jail as an accessory to murder in 300,000 cases in which Hungarian Jews were sent to the gas chambers between May and July 1944.
Known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", his case was expected to be one of the last Holocaust trials.
Gröning served as an accountant at Auschwitz, sorting and counting the money taken from those killed or used as slave labour, and shipping it back to his Nazi superiors in Berlin.
Some 1.1 million people, most of them European Jews, perished between 1940 and 1945 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp before it was liberated by Soviet forces.
Two Calderdale men have been jailed for nine years each after they both raped a Huddersfield teenager who was left stranded after a night out.
The 17-year-old victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been drinking in Halifax last October, but following an argument with her friend she was left stranded at a petrol station on the outskirts of the town.
A judge today said married father-of-one Mubasher Ahmad had been “cruising” the streets that night looking for someone to prey on.
The 31-year-old, of Kingsbury Place, Halifax, reassured the girl and took her to buy some food, but when she thought he was giving her a lift back to Huddersfield he took her to a secluded area and raped her in his car.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said what followed was even more sordid as Ahmad telephoned his brother-in-law Mehmood Hussain and he turned up in a car so the terrified teenager could be passed on to him.
Father-of-two Hussain, 32, of Hyde Park Road, Halifax, did eventually drop the teenager off in Huddersfield, but not until after he had also raped her in his car.
Judge Durham Hall described the complainant’s evidence to a jury at Bradford Crown Court as “compelling” and he described her as being “frozen with fear” during her two-hour ordeal that night.
The judge said the two defendants had “twisted, wriggled and turned” in their evidence during the week-long trial and he branded their claims that the teenager had instigated the sexual encounters as “rubbish.”
Both men were found guilty of raping the teenager by the jury this afternoon and each received a prison sentence of nine years.
They also have to register as sex offenders with the police for the rest of their lives.
Foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants have executed tens of Syrian government soldiers at an air base they captured from the army earlier this month in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.
Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Saturday that al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front terrorists and militants from allied extremist groups shot dead 56 Syrian troopers at the Abu al-Duhur military airport, located about 45 kilometers (27 miles) southeast of Aleppo, a few days ago.
Nusra Front Takfiris and allied terrorists reportedly overran Abu al-Duhur air base on September 9.
Syria’s counter-terror operations
The report comes as Syrian army soldiers have launched an operation in the country’s western province of Latakia, killing a large number of foreign-backed militants.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 80 militants were killed and seven vehicles destroyed as Syrian troopers raided a gathering of Takfiri militants at an air base near Latakia, located 348 kilometers (216 miles) northwest of the capital, Damascus, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.
The source added that Syrian soldiers also destroyed three vehicles that had heavy machine guns mounted on during an offensive in Dara’a al-Balad area of the southwestern Syrian city of Dara’a, located about 114 kilometers (70 miles) south of the capital.
The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed more than 240,000 lives up until now, according to reports.
The United Nations says the militancy has displaced more than 7.2 million Syrians internally, and compelled over four million others to take refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon.
Pakistani jets killed 16 suspected militants in bombing raids near the Afghan border on Saturday, and police arrested dozens of people, security officials said, the day after Taliban militants killed 29 people in an attack on an air base.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Pakistani jets killed 16 suspected militants in bombing raids near the Afghan border on Saturday, and police arrested dozens of people, security officials said, the day after Taliban militants killed 29 people in an attack on an air base.
The attack on the base on Friday was the deadliest ever militant attack on a Pakistani military installation and is likely to undermine already rocky ties with Afghanistan.
Hours after the attack, Pakistan's military spokesman pointedly noted that communications intercepts showed the Pakistani Taliban gunmen were being directed by handlers in Afghanistan.
Saturday's air force raids targeted militant bases in the Tirah Valley, which straddles the Afghan border and is a main smuggling route between the two countries, two Pakistani security officials said.
"All those killed in the bombing were Pakistani militants," said one security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
On Friday, 13 gunmen stormed the Badaber air base, about 10 km (6 miles) south of Peshawar in an attack a Pakistani Taliban spokesman said was retaliation for bombing raids on their bases along the Afghan border.
Police said they picked up around 50 residents living near the base on suspicion of helping the militants organise the attack.
Shafqat Malik, head of the Peshawar bomb squad, said the attackers carried enough firepower to occupy the base, but that some of their weapons had malfunctioned. Each man had an assault rifle, two improvised explosive devices, and several rocket propelled grenades, but some of the grenades misfired, he said.
"Their mission was occupation of the air base," he said.
For decades Pakistan nurtured Islamist militants as allies against old rival India, and to fight Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
But it has been fighting some militant factions since after it sided with the United States following the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on U.S. cities.
Pakistan launched an offensive to dislodge Pakistani Taliban from their northwestern stronghold of North Waziristan in 2014 and there has been fighting in various places, including the Tirah Valley, since then.
For years Pakistan and Afghanistan have traded accusations of not doing enough to stamp out insurgents on either side of their long, porous border.
Each country has a separate but allied Taliban insurgency fighting to overthrow the government and install strict Islamist rule and security cooperation is seen as vital to defeat militancy.
Last month, Afghanistan blamed Pakistan for not doing enough to counter militants who carried out a series of attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
A dad-of-six from Sunderland has pleaded not guilty to a raft of alleged terror offences over his alleged support for Islamic State in Syria.
Self-employed businessman Mohammed Kahar, 37, from Burnville Road in the Eden Vale area of the city, appeared before the Old Bailey via video link from Wandsworth prison.
He is accused of 11 offences - five of disseminating terrorist publications, one of preparation of terrorist acts, three of supporting Islamic State - a proscribed organisation, one of financing terrorism and one count of the collection of information on a mobile phone.
The charges span a period between November 2013 and February 2014.
Documents allegedly disseminated include The Book Of Jihad and the IS magazine Dabiq 5.
A trial lasting up to four weeks is already provisionally set for October 19.
The defendant spoke only to confirm his name and answer not guilty to each charge as they were read out to him.
Trial judge Mrs Justice Andrews adjourned the case until the trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, has questioned the existence of al-Qaida, and denied that the 9/11 terror attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people were planned in Afghanistan.
On the eve of the anniversary of the 2001 attacks, Karzai, who left office last year after 12 years, used an interview with al Jazeera to express his doubt that the terrorist group led by the late Osama bin Laden was responsible for the operation which prompted the invasion of Afghanistan.
“I don’t know if al-Qaida existed and I don’t know if they exist,” said Karzai. “I have not seen them and I’ve not had any report about them, any report that would indicate that al-Qaida is operating in Afghanistan. It is for me a myth […] For us, they don’t exist.”
Karzai, who had a poor relationship with successive leaders in Pakistan, also claimed in the interview that Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan are “definitely” members of “Pakistani militias”.
The former politician, who was the chosen candidate of the US to take over a new administration in the wake of the collapse of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan following the 2001 war, clashed repeatedly with Washington during his rule.
Appearing on Al Jazeera English’s new weekly show, UpFront, Karzai declared as “fact” that 9/11 was not plotted in Afghanistan, despite overwhelming proof that Bin Laden and close associates such as Khaled Sheikh Mohammed organised the operation while based in camps or houses in the east and south of the country between 1999 and 2001.
In the interview on Thursday, the former president said he had “never come across” al-Qaida.
When asked if he agreed that al-Qaida in Afghanistan had been behind the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington DC, Karzai replied: “I can tell you for a fact that the operation was neither conducted from Afghanistan, nor were the Afghan people responsible for that.”
Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attacks on several occasions, and videoed testaments of participants in the attacks were recorded in Kandahar, where the men trained in al-Qaida camps.
Bin Laden arrived in Afghanistan in 1996, flying from Sudan where he had been living in exile since 1991. He was based first in hills south of the eastern city of Jalalabad before moving south to Kandahar, the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the Taliban.
Many witnesses have described Bin Laden’s movements in Afghanistan during 2001, while vast quantities of al-Qaida-related material was recovered from training camps across Afghanistan by journalists, soldiers and spies.
Only last month an audio tape surfaced including a segment of a speech made in Afghanistan by Bin Laden in the summer of 2001 in which he promises a significant operation in the US soon.
Al-Qaida has since been largely eclipsed by its own offshoot, the Islamic State, which has established a small but growing presence in Afghanistan.
Most analysts and security officials believe the group’s affiliate in Afghanistan is largely composed of disaffected members of the Taliban, but Karzai dismissed any Afghan connection with the group and pointed the finger at neighbouring Pakistan.
“[The Islamic State] … has no ground [in Afghanistan] at all. There is no element, there is no medium, for them to grow, or to rise, or to strengthen,” he said.
“Those who are working in the name of [the Islamic State inside Afghanistan] are definitely Pakistani militia forces,” he added. “Some of them have been captured and ID cards found on them, […] And they are very well supplied. That we know for a fact.”
In recent months, Karzai has repeatedly been accused of attempting to undermine his successor, Ashraf Ghani, but in the interview, he ruled out an attempt to return to the Afghan presidency.
Hamid Karzai's tangled legacy: inept failure or anti-Taliban hero? Read more A daring and bloody operation involving US special forces and the CIA put Karzai back in Afghanistan in the last weeks of the 2001 war and then into power as a supposed consensus candidate.
As the Taliban regime crumbled, Karzai was seen as a the man of the hour. He was the head of a major tribe, of Pashtun ethnicity like around 40% of his compatriots, but moderate, educated and pro-western. Educated in India, with credentials as a “freedom fighter” during the war against the Soviets of the 1980s, he enthused officials in Washington, Kabul and London.
But Karzai quickly proved himself independent and contrarian, not hesitating to launch vitriolic attacks on his backers when they were responsible for civilian casualties during the bitter war against insurgents in the decade that followed or criticise broad western policies.
Officials from the US, the UK, Nato and the UN all repeatedly criticised Karzai for failing to crack down on rampant corruption and the booming narcotics trade in Afghanistan.
By 2009, according to Robert Gates, the former US defence secretary, Washington was so keen to oust the Afghan president that officials connived in delaying an Afghan presidential election and then tried to manipulate the outcome in a “clumsy and failed putsch”.
Pastor James McConnell, who is accused of preaching Islamic slurs, tells supporters outside court that he ‘will not relent one inch
A born-again Christian pastor from Belfast, who denounced Islam as “satanic”, has said he is prepared to go to jail to defend free speech.
Pastor James McConnell told supporters outside a Belfast court hearing on Thursday morning that “either they try me and put me in prison or I am free to preach the gospel”.
The 78-year-old founder of an independent Christian church, based on the shores of Belfast Lough, accused the Public Prosecution Service of being unable to handle the case, which pitches the principle of free speech against alleged hate remarks.
McConnell is being prosecuted under the 2003 Communications Act, after a speech that was streamed live from the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle, in north Belfast. In it McConnell described Islam as “satanic” and “heathen”.
A large crowd of born-again Christian supporters clapped and cheered the preacher as he entered Belfast magistrates court. Some carried placards reading ‘We support Pastor McConnell’ and ‘Evil Sharia law is not welcome in our country’.
In a defiant message, McConnell told his supporters: “I will stand firm for the gospel. I will not relent one inch.”
He added: “This is important, not only for me, it is important for every minister of the gospel of every denomination of freedom of speech and freedom of worship. This is, I believe, a test case.”
Inside the court, one of McConnell’s legal team told the district judge, George Conner, that they had been inundated with scores of potential witnesses wanting to testify on the pastor’s behalf.
His defence lawyers said they wanted the proceedings thrown out of court because of a possible abuse of process.
The judge was told that the case could last up to five days and he later granted an application from the PPS for a four-week adjournment to review the case. The case was adjourned until 1 October.
Among the large crowd of supporters for McConnell, who was the founder of what used to be known as the Church of God ministry, were Democratic Unionist party MPs Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson.
Turkey has announced that its fighter jets have carried out their first air strikes as part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria. A Turkish foreign ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS targets across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey late yesterday. Turkey agreed last month to take on a more active role in the fight against IS. New hi-tech initiative aims to save sites from Islamic State Iraqi prime minister moves to ease access to Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone Islamic State rape policy causes shock, but little action Turkish jets used smart bombs to attack IS positions in Syria, without crossing into Syrian air space. Turkey also granted US jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border. The Turkish attacks that began yesterday were the first launched as part of the US-led campaign and came after Turkish and US officials announced that they had reached a technical agreement concerning their cooperation, which calls for Turkey to be fully integrated into the coalition air campaign. “Our fighter aircraft, together with war planes belonging to the coalition, began as of yesterday evening to jointly carry out air operations against Daesh targets that constitute a threat against the security of our country,” the foreign ministry said, using the Arabic acronym for IS. “The fight against the terrorist organisation is a priority for Turkey.” The statement did not give more details on the targets. IS advance On Thursday, IS militants seized five villages from rebel groups in northern Syria, as they advanced toward the strategic town of Marea near the Turkish border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other groups said IS carried out a suicide bombing on the outskirts of Marea amid fierce fighting in the area. The IS advance was in the northern Aleppo province, near where Turkey and the US have agreed to establish an IS-free safe zone.
The Takfiri ISIL group (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday. The victims, members of the Albu Nimr tribe, were executed on Sunday in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.
“These people who were executed were the fathers and brothers of members of the police, the army… and of tribal fighters who are battling Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.
“Daesh executed them by shooting,” he said.
Hatem al-Gaoud, another clan member reached by phone, said ISIL had trapped dozens of tribe members in the Khanzir area of Tharthar since the Takfiri group launched its major offensive in Iraq last year.
“They gathered them outside Khanzir and shot them all in the head,” he said.
“I don’t know what ISIL did with the bodies, but it is likely they buried them in mass graves near the site of the execution,” he said.
The UN Mission in Iraq’s human rights office said it had been able to confirm the mass execution.
“This is not the first attack on the Albu Nimr, since they have been actively opposed to ISIL,” it said in an email to AFP.
Possibly as many as 300 of the tribe’s members were killed around a year ago, when anti-ISIL forces were still holding out in some parts of Ramadi, which is the Albu Nimr’s main hub.
Between June and August this year, 796 individuals - including more than 300 aged under 18 - were reported to the Government's Channel programme for possible intervention, new statistics obtained by the Press Association reveal.
It comes after new measures were introduced placing a legal requirement on public bodies including schools and councils to stop people being drawn into terrorism, as part of efforts to counter the capacity of groups such as Islamic State (IS) to recruit young Britons.
In July, when the law came into force, there were 349 referrals - a rate of more than 10 every day.
This was a slight increase on the previous month, when there were 327, while the number fell to 120 in August when schools were broken up for the summer.
Some 312 of those referred over the three months were aged under 18 - more than a third of the total.
Channel, which was first piloted in 2007, came under fresh scrutiny last week when it emerged that a 14-year-old boy believed to be Britain's youngest terrorist was referred to the voluntary initiative before he plotted a terror attack in Australia, which was ultimately thwarted.
The new data, provided by the National Police Chiefs' Council following a Freedom of Information request, suggest authorities are identifying potential extremists at a rapidly rising rate.
There were more referrals between June and August than for the whole of 2012/13 - the first year the scheme was rolled out across England and Wales.
The number is more than double the level of referrals recorded in the first three months of 2014/15, while if the current rate were replicated over 12 months, it would mean the annual total has increased by four-fold in three years to surpass 3,000.
Specific details of Channel projects are not made public, but they are aimed at all forms of terrorism, including far-right extremism.
Government guidance states that the programme is "about ensuring that vulnerable children and adults of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those that would want them to embrace terrorism".
Haras Rafiq, managing director at security think tank Quilliam, said the latest scale of referrals comes after "t he lure of extremism has increased over the last year both from an Islamist and far-right perspective".
He added: "There is a symbiotic relationship between the two.
"More effort needs to come from civil society so that we build resilience in our communities so that these numbers come down."
Not all of those referred are subsequently judged as being vulnerable to radicalisation.
Previous estimates suggested that one in five cases were assessed as needing support from Channel programmes, with the rest passed to other more appropriate services.
Hannah Stuart, a terrorism expert at The Henry Jackson Society, said that if the quarterly rate continues for a year it would mean a record annual rise in referrals.
However, she added that it was not clear what proportion of those referred are currently being deemed as requiring intervention.
Ms Stuart said: "Is this public sector workers who have been properly trained but actually these referrals are being judged as needing a different form of support? Or is this over-zealous staff, badly trained and making unnecessary referrals?
"However, if the previous referral to intervention rate of 20% rate continues then in real terms we have a problem."
Security Minister John Hayes said: "As a country, we have a duty to challenge, at every turn, the twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people.
"Since Channel was rolled out nationally in April 2012, there have been over 4,000 referrals and hundreds of people at risk of being drawn into terrorism have been provided with support.
"Referrals to Channel have increased, but only a small percentage of these go on to require specialist intervention support.
"We have dedicated sufficient resources to the programme to cope with demand and we will keep this position under close review."
An alleged Islamic extremist charged with being involved in the destruction of religious buildings in Timbuktu has been arrested and sent to the International Criminal Court to face justice. Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, known as Abu Tourab, is the first suspect in the Netherlands court's custody charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments. He is charged in connection with the destruction of 10 historic buildings including mausoleums and a mosque in Mali's historic city in 2012. Al Faqi was surrendered to the court by Niger based on an arrest warrant issued a week ago and transferred to The Hague. No date was immediately set for his arraignment. He was a member of Ansar Dine, an Islamic extremist group with links to al Qaida that ruled across northern Mali in 2012, the court said in a statement. Timbuktu is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. At the peak of its influence in the 15th and 16th centuries, the city counted 180 schools and universities which received thousands of students from all over the Muslim world. Islamic radicals who overran Timbuktu in 2012 destroyed 14 of the city's 16 mausoleums, one-room structures that house the tombs of the city's great thinkers. The extremists condemned the buildings as totems of idolatry. The militants were driven out after nearly a year by a French military intervention. Fourteen mausoleums destroyed in 2012 have since been restored by the United Nations. Prosecutors say Al Faqi was linked to an Islamic court set up by extremists in Timbuktu and participated in carrying out its orders. Mali's government asked the court in 2012 to investigate crimes committed on its territory. Prosecutors opened an investigation in 2013 and Al Faqi is the first suspect detained. The ICC is a court of last resort that steps in when countries are unable or unwilling to prosecute crimes on their territory.
London's Imperial War Museum has removed an offensive exhibit branding Jewish soldiers who fought the Nazis during World War Two as "terrorists."
The Simon Wiesenthal Center lodged its own formal complaint with the Museum following widespread outrage, after it was revealed that a display on the Jewish Brigade of the British Army was described as "terrorist activities."
A poster of Jewish warriors was captioned: "Terrorist activities: Men of the First Battalion Jewish Brigade during a march past"; adding, "The Jewish Brigade was formed in September 1944 and fought in Italy under the British Eighth Army. Many of its members went on to join the Hagana and other illegal formations."
The Hagana was the largest of several Jewish paramilitary groups which operated during the British occupation of Israel, known at the time as British Mandatory Palestine.
The Hagana took a less active role than more radical resistance groups such as the Irgun and Lehi in fighting the British occupation, focusing primarily on defending existing Jewish communities - though its more elite strike-force, the Palmach, did at times carry out offensive operations against Arab militias and British occupation forces. As the precursor to the IDF it played a central role in fending off the combined Arab invasion during the War of Independence.
In his letter to the Museum, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels noted the apparent double-standard the Jewish Brigade was being subject to.
"The above British Mandate travesty is redolent of the UK's closure of the gates of Mandatory Palestine, which consigned untold fugitives of Nazism to their deaths," Samuels said. "For British Jews, so many of whom served in H.M.'s [Her Majesty's] forces, who later came to nascent Israel as volunteers to repel British-led Arab invaders bent on completing Hitler’s plan of extermination. Would you malign these loyal British Jewish military with the stigma of “terrorism”?"
"Did your recently consecrated Memorial to Indian Muslim recruits, who served in both World Wars, mention “the terrorists” among them who went on to fight for Pakistan against the British Imperial Raj of India – the Jewel in the Crown?”" the letter went on to ask.
The Centre urged the Director-General to "to withdraw this offensive poster, take disciplinary measures against the apparent anti-Semite responsible and make a public apology to the Jewish community."
“The Jewish Brigade under British command were heroes who combated Fascist terrorists in Italy. They were eye witnesses to the annihilation of their people as they joined the liberators of the camps," the letter concluded.
"To call them “terrorists” is the greatest Holocaust revisionism imaginable. This has tarnished your Museum and betrays the cause of British integrity."
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the attack
A day after the deadly Taliban attack on an air force base near here that killed 42 people, Pakistani authorities on Saturday arrested 28 suspects, including eight Afghans.
Police and security forces carried out a joint operation in Ahmedpur area, arresting owners of vehicles used in the brazen attack on the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base at Badaber, six kilometres outside Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
According to sources, the cars used in the attack were brought from Mattani area of Peshawar, a semi-tribal belt.
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Police officials said at least 28 suspects had been arrested including eight Afghan nationals.
The militants had driven to the PAF base in two vehicles.
The arrested owners of the vehicles are also being questioned.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said it will prepare a report of the attack. A three-member FIA team also visited the air force base where they collected evidence and recorded statements of witnesses.
The FIA will investigate how the attack took place and the weapons and explosives used.
An FIR of the attack has been registered and according to the Anti Terrorism Department, the PAF had asked for registration of a case against unknown persons.
Yesterday, a group of 13 Pakistani Taliban militants wearing explosives-laden jackets and armed with rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and automatic rifles had attacked the air base.
The militants, dressed in constabulary uniforms, shot dead 16 air force men who were offering morning prayers at the mosque inside the compound, besides seven others.
Among the 29 people killed by the militants, 23 were from Pakistan air force and three from army – a captain and two soldiers. Three civilians were also killed during the assault that began at 5 AM and lasted for four hours ending with all 13 terrorists shot dead, the military said.
At least 29 people, including eight soldiers and two senior army officers, were injured in the attack.
The military said the attack was planned, controlled and perpetrated from Afghanistan.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack occurred at a site which is surrounded by tribal areas, the scene of a major military offensive against Taliban and other militants over the past year.
The assault could possibly be a fallout of Operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ launched by the army in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out militant bases to end the bloody decade-long Islamist insurgency that has cost Pakistan thousands of lives.
Peshawar has frequently been targeted by militants. Last December more than 150 people, mostly children, were killed by Taliban gunmen in an attack on an army-run school.
Afghanistan president’s spokesperson has rejected Pakistan Army’s findings that the Badaber attack was planned and controlled from Afghanistan, saying that there was no hand of the Afghan government behind the attack.
In a statement issued from President House in Kabul, Afghanistan has rejected all statements regarding harbouring terrorists and reiterated its commitment that its land will not be used for terrorist in other countries.
The statement further said that Afghanistan shares the pain and grief of families of Badaber attack martyrs and condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan.
The Afghan spokesperson emphasized on the need of working together to defeat terrorism.
Pakistan armed forces’ spokesperson Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa had said that the Badaber attack was planned, executed and controlled from Afghanistan.
No details were given on what the women had done wrong to warrant the fine, which is equivalent to the monthly minimum wage.
A Tehran court has fined two women $260 for violating the Islamic dress code by not wearing their mandatory hijabs (headscarves) properly in the street, a judicial official was quoted on Wednesday as saying.
"In recent days several cases have been filed in the court for bad hijabs and, in two of them, the accused were sentenced to pay 9 million rials ($260) in cash," reformist daily Arman quoted the official as saying.
When in public, all women in Iran, even foreigners, are required to wear the loose scarf, which covers the hair and neck.
But since the mid-1990s, there has been a gradual relaxation of the dress code despite continued campaigns by police to enforce it.
In some rich neighbourhoods of northern Tehran, a city of 12 million, it is not uncommon to see women's scarves around their shoulders.
Many young women also wear tight clothes and short coats.
No details were given on what the women had done wrong to warrant the fine, which is equivalent to the monthly minimum wage.
Since his election in 2013, resident Hassan Rouhani has overseen some political and social reforms, but much Iran's political establishment remains deeply conservative.
Earlier this month, a police official said women drivers could have their cars impounded if they are caught driving with a poorly fixed veil or with their heads uncovered.
"If a (female) driver in a car is poorly veiled or has taken her veil off, the vehicle will be seized in accordance with the law," said Tehran traffic police chief General Teymour Hosseini.
In addition to the struggle to make women, and men, observe conservative values in the public, police also interfere in people's private lives.
In the past six months, managers of 73 residential buildings have been "called in" as part of the war against mixed "night parties," Arman quoted the same official as saying.
"The number of night parties has dropped sharply compared to last year," he said.
Parties involving unmarried men and women are prohibited by law.
Reports of hate crimes against Muslims in London are rocketing, figures show.
There were 816 Islamophobic offences recorded across the city in the 12 months up to July this year, compared with 478 for the previous 12 months.
The overall rise was just over 70 per cent, the Met Police said, but some boroughs saw figures from last year more than double.
In Merton the figure rose by 262 per cent, from eight to 29, while in Richmond nine crimes were reported, compared with just one for the previous year.
Fiyaz Mughal, from Tell Mama, an organisation with monitors Islamophobic incidents, said around 60 per cent of victims are women who wear a headscarf or hijab.
He told the BBC: "We also realised quite early on that women who wear niqab, the face veil, suffered more aggressive incidents - there was something about the face veil that in a way brought out the worst in the perpetrator."
The Met attributed the increase partly to a willingness of victims to report crime and an awareness of police staff in being able to identify those particular offences.
The force said events around the world and holy days can also "influence a rise in hate crime incidents" as more officers are on patrol and victims may be more likely to report crime.
Commander Mak Chishty said: "We will not tolerate hate crime and take positive action to investigate all allegations, support victims and arrest offenders.
"Victims of hate crime must be assured that they will be taken seriously by the police. We have more than 900 specialist officers across London working in our community safety units who are dedicated to investigating hate crime.
"We are always seeking ways to increase reporting and work with a number of third party reporting sites, such as the CST, so that victims who feel unable to approach police direct can report crime to non-police organisations and individuals. Victims of hate crime can in addition now report online on the Met's website.
"No one should suffer in silence, so please report hate crime to us as soon as possible so we can act."
The Muslim Brotherhood affiliate enforces strict controls on women, but is more lenient when jihad is concerned, allowing women to train and fight.
This summer Hamas ran its first ever women’s paramilitary training camp in the Gaza Strip. It provided girls with the same mixture of indoctrination and military training hitherto provided for boys in the Hamas run Gaza Strip.
“I joined the first al-Quds Army camp, and I am proud to be part of it” participant Wafaa al-Sharbassi, 16, told Al-Monitor. “These camps grow the seeds of love of the nation and teaches us about our Islamic sanctities that are being blatantly violated, such as Al-Aqsa Mosque. They also strengthen our rights to defend our presence and resist the Israeli occupation.”
She added, “This camp revived our hopes to create a female army to liberate Al-Aqsa from the occupation. We learn about weapons and how to handle them, and we are ready to go through intensive military training for this purpose.”
Other groups in the strip have trained women before. The Nasser Eddin Brigades trained 80 women to be jihadi fighters earlier this year, teaching them how to fire rifles and plant explosives.
In Hamas-run Gaza separation between men and women is strict and women are strongly discouraged from doing anything that might take them away from their role as wives and mothers.
Yet women who train to be jihadis have more rights and can spend time away from their families without suspicion.
Choudary and another man are to stand trial at the Old Bailey next year on charges connected with encouraging support for IS.
Controversial preacher Anjem Choudary, who is awaiting trial accused of inviting support for the terror group Islamic State, is being released from custody.
Choudary 48, has been on remand at Belmarsh high security prison in London since being charged on 5 August.
The East London-based activist appeared by video link at an Old Bailey hearing before Judge Mr Justice Saunders.
It is alleged that Choudary committed an offence related to Islamic State's status as a "proscribed terrorist organisation" - support for the group is banned in the UK.
He is charged, together with Mohammed Rahman, 32, of Whitechapel, east London, who is also accused of inviting support for IS.
Rahman, who has also been on remand since his arrest, appeared alongside Choudary at the same hearing and was also granted bail.
The charges both men face relate to their alleged activities between 29 June 2014 and 6 March this year.
The prosecution claims Choudary and Rahman publicised support for IS and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi through lectures published online.
Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 states that a person commits an offence if they invite "support for a proscribed organisation, and the support is not, or is not restricted to, the provision of money or other property".
The Home Office moved to ban Islamic State, which it calls Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in June last year.
The two men are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey in January next year.
Two people have been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to Syria. West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit made the arrests at an address in Sparkbrook at about 07:30 BST. A 38-year-old man and a woman aged 31 were held on suspicion of "preparation for acts of terrorism", police said. A spokesman said the arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and there was "no immediate threat to public safety".
MIGRANT smugglers are using Facebook to advertise their trade to desperate Syrians and Iraqis to Europe for thousands of pounds
Disguised as a fancy advert for tourist trips with pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the Houses of Parliament, the Facebook pages offer a "safe" passage to thousands of families who are willing to risk their life savings on the hope that they will reach Europe.
Traffickers are now playing on migrants' fears by offering expensive package deals that guarantee "100 per cent" safety after thousands have died crossing the Mediterranean this year.
One page, titled "Safe Journey from Turkey to Greece" claims its clients will board a 130ft yacht, called the Orient Bosphorus, in the Turkish port Izmir - for the extortionate cost of £2,500.
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But migrants are told it is "forbidden" to bring any luggage or wear headscarves in order to disguise themselves as westerners.
They even suggest that their "customers" take laptops and digital cameras to help them look like tourists if they are questioned by authorities.
The site also offers a two-day ride to Austria on the back of a lorry for a staggering £5,500 per person.
Sites offering advice to migrants on how to get into Britain have become increasingly popular, attacking thousands of would-be immigrants.
One, titled Migrating to London, had a shocking 10,276 members.
The site warns members that the routes into the UK have become much more difficult.
It emerged earlier this month that migrant smugglers have doubled their prices for sneaking people into Britain because of the Calais crackdown.
Francois Guennoc, a humanitarian worker in Calais, explained how "getting into a lorry" now costs migrants between £570 and £640 - while just a few months ago it was £350.
He said that smugglers had hiked their prices "because there are so many more police and sniffer dogs" due to a surge in attempts to get across the Channel over the summer.
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