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An American’s Experience with Islamic Apostasy | Raymond Ibrahim

An American’s Experience with Islamic Apostasy | Raymond Ibrahim | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

At a recent dinner party, the death sentence of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim for the crime of apostasyby a Sudanese Islamic court came up as a topic of discussion.  Not surprisingly, the progressive elements of the group did their best to defend Islam, claiming that her sentence to die by hanging was handed down by religious fanatics (not Muslim fanatics) who don’t understand the peaceful nature of Islam.


With my wife by my side, I firmly disagreed with them, stating that my three years’ experience working in the Middle East has taught me that Meriam’s hanging sentence fits perfectly well within the Islamic culture.  To further my point, I mentioned a past interaction I had with a group of Sudanese Muslims who wanted to kill my wife for leaving Islam.

This event occurred a few years ago while I was working as an ESL instructor in a Saudi Arabian University.  Many of my colleagues were Sudanese Muslims and my first impression of them was very positive.  I admired them because they were hardworking and forward looking.  They were in Saudi Arabia to earn enough money to either start a family, buy a home, or invest in a business.  For many months, we shared stories regarding our families and dreams.

Knowing that I have a Thai wife who remained in Thailand while I worked in Saudi Arabia, my Sudanese co-workers would regularly ask me why I didn’t bring her to live with me in Saudi Arabia, to which I always responded, “She doesn’t like the idea of wearing the hijab in the Saudi heat nor the idea of remaining in our apartment all day while I am at work.”

To that, they would reply, “She must live that way in Saudi Arabia; that is our culture,” to which I responded, “She doesn’t like that aspect of this culture which is why she refuses to move to Saudi Arabia.”

One day, to get them of my back for good regarding that issue, I told them the whole truth about my wife not moving to Saudi Arabia.  I confided in them that my wife was a Muslim and that she converted to Buddhism in her early twenties, years before I met her, and that Saudi Arabia could be dangerous for her.

Considering these men my friends, I was hoping they would be understanding and change the topic of conversation.  After a long minute of silence, one of Sudanese looked at me and said, “Your wife must be put to death!”

I could not believe that the man whose desk was in front of mine and with whom I had numerous great conversations would say that to my face.  So, I burst out laughing and said, “You can’t be serious!” to which he replied, “Our culture requires us to kill her.”

While this exchange went on for another minute, I noticed that the other six Sudanese teachers remained very quiet.  I wondered whether they agreed or not with their colleague.  The next morning, my question was answered.  While shaking hands with all my co-teachers, I refused to shake the hand of the Sudanese who threatened my wife. He felt insulted and was furious, so I said, “How can I shake the hand of a man who wants to kill my wife.”

He replied: “But they all think like me—so why do you shake their hands.”

I responded: “They were smart enough not to say it to my face, but in your defense, you are the most honest among them.”

They stared at me in shock and awe and from that time, I rarely spoke to them.  A month later, my contract was over and I left Saudi Arabia.  From Saudi Arabia, I moved to another Muslim country and asked a female co-worker if the country would be safe for my wife because she left Islam.

She looked at me and said, “Do not bring your wife here.”

After finishing my story, I looked at the progressives at the dinner party and said, “That is what Muslims do to apostates because it is their religious duty to do so.  My friendship with my Sudanese co-workers meant nothing to them once they found out my wife left Islam.  So Meriam’s verdict and eventual hanging, if the West does not interfere, should come as no surprise to anyone who understands Islam.”

They looked at me with infuriating eyes.  I dared to break their PC rules regarding Islam and they couldn’t fight back with my wife, a potential victim, by my side.


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Iraq War Casualty Pictures..WARNING ! IMAGES HERE ARE EXTREMELY GRAPHIC !!! XXXXX

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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 ....

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How a North Korean cyber attack could cripple Britain

How a North Korean cyber attack could cripple Britain | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
GUY WALTERS imagines what would happen if North Korea successfully launched a full-scale cyber attack on Britain, bringing the nation to its knees.
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Anti-terror police deny scaremongering as Manchester visitor attractions are warned over possible pre-Christmas attack

Anti-terror police deny scaremongering as Manchester visitor attractions are warned over possible pre-Christmas attack | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

The boss of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit insisted ‘we are not trying to scare-monger’ as the security services prepare for a ‘highly likely’ attack.

The Trafford Centre, The Arndale Centre, United’s Old Trafford and City’s Etihad stadiums have been told be on alert over a possible pre-Christmas terror attack.

Other popular visitor attractions including the Printworks, Piccadilly and Victoria railway stations, and major cinema complexes are also among the venues counter terrorism police have warned to be on guard.

It has led to allegations of scare-mongering.

But Detective Chief Superintendant Tony Mole, the head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, insisted police were simply ‘being realistic’.

So far this year 271 people have been arrested nationally on suspicion of terror-related offences, 104 of them connected to the continuing tensions in Syria where the so-called Islamic State have taken a stronghold.

Of those 271 arrests, some 29 were held in the north west.

Dozens of would-be jihadists are believed to have travelled to join ISIS from Manchester, including Zahra and Salma Halane, 16, from Chorlton.

Security experts believe such radicalised Britons will pose a threat when and if they return to the UK.

The threat level from terrorists is currently assessed as ‘severe’ meaning an attack is considered ‘highly likely’, one below the highest rating of ‘critical’ when an attack is ‘imminent’.

The M.E.N. understands that the Trafford Centre is among the city’s most likely targets for a pre-Christmas attack.

Last night bosses at the centre said they were receiving regular intelligence updates from security services and that staff had been given regular security training.

And Metrolink said it was sharing intelligence with GMP while ‘remaining vigilant on the ground’.

The security manager at The Printworks in the city centre added that its staff had received updated ‘counter terrorism awareness training’.

Mr Mole told the MEN: “We’re not trying to scare-monger. We are being realistic. But the threat is severe. We’re trying to be honest. That’s what it is, an attack is highly likely. Lee Rigby is just one example.

“Just look at the number of arrests and you can see our workload has gone up. But I have no intelligence to say that in the morning there will be another attack.”

The M.E.N. revealed last month how police seized £250,000 in cash from travellers suspected of trying to fly out of Manchester to fund terror group Islamic State. The bulk of the haul was confiscated from Syria-bound passengers intercepted before boarding flights from Manchester Airport.

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20 jihadists killed in failed east Syria airport attack

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Beirut (AFP) - At least 20 Islamist State (IS) group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said Sunday.

"The IS tried, starting late Saturday, to storm the air base. A total of 20 jihadists were killed in the attack, as well as two regime soldiers," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Nineteen of the IS members were Syrian, while one was Moroccan.

They were killed in fighting and heavy army shelling.

"The withdrawing jihadists seized and took with them several anti-aircraft missiles," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

The attack was the second recent attempt by IS to take over the Deir Ezzor military air base, one of the last remaining regime positions in the eastern province.

Deir Ezzor is located on the border with Iraq, where IS also controls large swathes of territory.

The IS group emerged in Syria's conflict in the spring of 2013. Since then it has declared a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq.

Activists say it rules the people under its control through a reign of terror.
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Lindt cafe manager was executed by gunman with a single shot to head

Lindt cafe manager was executed by gunman with a single shot to head | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson was killed from a single shot to the head fired by Man Haron Monis as other hostages fled for their lives, news reports said.
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France busts cell recruiting Syria fighters

France busts cell recruiting Syria fighters | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

French police have arrested about 10 people in an operation to dismantle a network sending would-be fighters to Syria.

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, said four of those detained on Monday were already jailed for unrelated minor crimes and that most of the arrests occurred in the south of France.

The prosecutor’s office said it does yet not know how many people the network had recruited.

European officials fear that radicalised fighters will return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and attack at home, and France has made it a crime to recruit or be recruited for fighting abroad.

Earlier in June, a Frenchman linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group was accused in adeadly shooting at a Brussels Jewish museum that killed three people.

Authorities estimate around 1,000 French nationals have taken part in the conflict. According to figures published in the French Le Monde newspaper in November, about a quarter of those who left to join armed groups were converts to Islam. France holds Europe's largest Muslim population.

France is currently using nine Rafale jets based in the United Arab Emirates as part of a US-led coalition to provide air support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting the ISIL.

 

 

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UK foreign aid millions helped Iran hang 3000... including women and children ... - Daily Mail

UK foreign aid millions helped Iran hang 3000... including women and children ... - Daily Mail | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
The campaign group Reprieve says millions of pounds from British taxpayers can be linked to ‘control’ operations and hangings carried out by the hard-line Islamic regime.
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Supreme Court Justice Scalia backs torture of terror suspects saying it's 'facile' and 'absurd' to rule out brute force in interrogations

Supreme Court Justice Scalia backs torture of terror suspects saying it's 'facile' and 'absurd' to rule out brute force in interrogations | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has said it would be absurd and facile to ban interrogators from torturing terror suspects.

His controversial declaration comes amid outrage over a Senate report into CIA torture tactics, which found no life-saving information was extracted using brute force.

Speaking to a Swiss radio station, Scalia, 78, said American and European liberals who say such tactics may never be used are being self-righteous. 

He said: 'Listen, I think it's very facile for people to say, "Oh, torture is terrible". You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions of people. 

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Former CIA chief defends the use of 'rectal hydration'

Former CIA chief defends the use of 'rectal hydration' | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
US spymaster John Brennan admitted Thursday that some CIA interrogators had used unauthorized and "abhorrent" tactics in the past decade and said he believes...
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West Midlands Police refuses to deny it ordered officers back to base

West Midlands Police refuses to deny it ordered officers back to base | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Reports on Sky News suggest that there is a 'credible security threat' and a 'fast-moving situation'

West Midlands Police has refused to deny reports that officers were ordered back to their bases due to a security threat.

Sky News said “officers have been called back to return to base, and also that they’ve been asked to watch out for each other when they are actually out on patrol.”

It added that police were involved in a “fast-moving situation” after receiving a “credible security threat”.

West Midlands is the country’s second largest force with 7,442 officers.

ITV News political reporter for the northwest Daniel Hewitt said on Twitter: “Being told West Midlands Police officers got call around 10pm to return to stations. No officers being allowed to go home but not told why.”

 

 

West Midlands Police refused to comment.

ITV News later reported that West Midlands Police officers had been stood down and allowed to return home.

It added that officers were back responding but have been told not to use public transport to go home tonight.

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Lord Mayor walks out of Islamic charity lunch

Lord Mayor walks out of Islamic charity lunch | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
A source at the Leicester event said Lord Mayor John Thomas had ‘insulted’ guests by walking out of the lunch, which was held to celebrate raising more than £732,000 for disadvantaged children.
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Afghan police shoot dead bird carrying equipped with suicide vest

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Afghan police  shot dead a bird which had been equipped by the Taliban with an explosive pouch, GPS tracker and detonator.

Alert officers spotted the suspicious bird in the Faryab province in the north of the country, near the border with Turkmenistan. 

The bird had several wires protruding from its feathers, a mobile phone detonator and a specially designed 'suicide vest'. 

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Students' event cancelled over UKIP

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 political discussion featuring speakers from UKIP was called off after more than 1,100 people signed a petition opposing it.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) debate on Thursday was due to include UKIP's parliamentary candidate for Norwich South Steve Emmens.

But it was postponed by the student union, which said certain procedures had not been followed.

A rival petition has now been set up to call for the event to be rescheduled.

The original petition, initiated by UEA student Timea Suli, called for the event to be withdrawn and organised at "a location away from the university campus".

She said the university was home to thousands of international students and was known as "an advocate of diversity, integration, and tolerance".

Ms Suli wrote on the website presenting the petition: "This is about ensuring UEA students are on a campus where they feel safe, secure and respected."

After the cancellation was announced, Ms Suli said: "To call this an assault on freedom of speech is an error.

"We fully support and insist that the PSI (Political, Social and International Studies) Society reschedule this event, but to a site away from campus."

Student Haylie Pallister, who organised the meeting, said she was hoping to reschedule the event at the university.

"Politics is controversial and you may not agree with opinions, these do not mean they should be silenced," she said.

A UKIP spokesman said the decision was "the worst kind of political censorship".

'Boost turnout'

Eric Masters, UKIP's Norwich South branch chairman, said his party's door "remains open".

He said: "If the political society can sort out the internal issues at UEA, we are still willing to go along and speak to the students, so they can make up their own minds about us."

The students' union said it was yet to decide whether the event could go ahead.

"We will now meet the PSI society to discuss the postponement of this event," a union spokesman said.

UKIP MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, tweeted to say "UEA student lefties have banned UKIP from speaking on campus. (Should) boost turnout when I speak there in the New Year. #FreeThinking".

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Pakistan orders arrest of cleric

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A judge in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for a cleric at a radical mosque in Islamabad who has refused to condemn the massacre of children at an army-run school.

Imam Abdul Aziz has been accused of threatening protesters outside the Red Mosque.

The cleric said the charge against him was insignificant.

Last week, Taliban fighters attacked the school in Peshawar, killing 152 people, including 133 children.

Mr Aziz said that the authorities should focus on arresting people accused of more serious crimes.

"My case is very small and even a sub-inspector can grant me bail," he said.

The BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan says that Mr Aziz is well known for his pro-Taliban views.

Earlier this year, a school run by the cleric renamed its library in honour of the former al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden.

A spokesman for the Red Mosque said they would resist the arrest of Mr Aziz.

Civil society activists had lodged the complaint against Mr Aziz, saying that they had been threatened by mosque employees during a protest about his refusal to condemn the school massacre.

The demonstrators are also being investigated for holding an unlawful protest.

Pakistan has stepped up its anti-terror operations since the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on 16 December.

Earlier this week, the government announced new measures to tackle terrorism, including the establishment of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that there was a "changed Pakistan" since the tragedy and that there would be "no place for terrorism, extremism, sectarianism and intolerance."

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Now Egypt joins Morocco to ban Hollywood bible epic Exodus

Now Egypt joins Morocco to ban Hollywood bible epic Exodus | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Egypt has banned 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' starring Christian Bale because film suggested the Pyramids were built by Jews and an earthquake caused the parting of the Red Sea.
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War ravages Syria heritage sites

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Beirut (AFP) - Nearly 300 sites of incalculable value for Syria and human history have been destroyed, damaged or looted in almost four years of war, the UN said Tuesday, citing "alarming" satellite evidence.

From prehistoric settlements and ancient markets to world-famous mosques and Crusader castles, Syria is home to countless treasures.

But since the country's brutal war erupted in 2011, heritage sites have been plundered by all sides -- regime loyalists, anti-government rebels, jihadist fighters and even desperate residents.

After a major survey, the United Nations said that detailed analysis of satellite images from several hundred sites had unearthed the full scale of the damage.

Of the 290 sites, 24 had been destroyed, 104 severely damaged, 85 moderately damaged and 77 possibly damaged.

The UN said the report was "alarming testimony of the ongoing damage that is happening to Syria's vast cultural heritage", and called for efforts to scale up their protection.

The satellite images were put together by UNOSAT, a Geneva-based UN institute.

They focused on 18 areas, six of them listed as UNESCO world heritage sites: the Old City of Aleppo, Bosra, Damascus, the Dead Cities of northern Syria, the Crac des Chevaliers castle and the Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra.

"It is very sad for Syria as well as the world that this is happening," UNOSAT director Einar Bjorgo told AFP. "Humankind is losing hundreds and thousands of years of heritage."

Aleppo, Syria's former commercial hub where settlements date back 7,000 years, has been especially hard hit in fighting between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The 11th century Great Mosque of Aleppo saw its minaret reduced to rubble in fighting, and the famed Carlton Hotel has been pulverised, leaving behind a huge crater, the images show.

- 'An immeasurable loss' -

"Every time the regime or the rebels would take the mosque, they would deploy a sniper in the minaret. In the end, it was hit by an air raid," Cheikhmous Ali of the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology (APSA) told AFP.

Ali added that Aleppo's ancient souk, the largest market of its kind in the world, had been seriously damaged as well.

The UN images also show serious damage to Palmyra, known for its spectacular Roman colonnade, with the Syrian army building a road that cuts through the necropolis, damaging several tombs.

Ali said the road is used by tanks and that their firing is also weakening the site's structures.

In the city of Raqa, a bastion of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, the Sufi Muslim Uwais al-Qarni Mosque and a shrine to Ammar ibn Yasir, one of the companions of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, have mostly been destroyed.

Ali said IS has also destroyed ancient Assyrian statues in the northwestern province of Hasakeh.

In Dura-Europos, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, the UN said looting has rendered "unrecognisable" a site previously known as the "Pompeii of the desert".

Byzantine statues, pots and beads have been stolen from the site, APSA said.

The magnificent Apamea site near Hama in central Syria -- a Roman archaeological jewel -- has also been largely looted.

APSA has documented some 14,000 illegal excavation sites across Syria.

In Homs province, the once rebel-held Crac des Chevaliers has lost some of its facade and roof after coming under regime bombardment.

Rebels in the northwestern province of Idlib have also turned Ebla, seat of one of ancient Syria's earliest kingdoms, into a training site.

"The danger in Syria is even greater than in Iraq. Here, sites have been turned into military barracks and battlefields," Ali said.

"It's a catastrophe, an immeasurable loss for humanity."
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Is this ISIS dungeon where beheaded US and Brit hostages were caged?

Is this ISIS dungeon where beheaded US and Brit hostages were caged? | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
ISIS caged hostages including James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines in the underground dungeon for three to four months until December 2013, former fellow prisoners have claimed.
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EXCLUSIVE: UK funding Korean tyrant! Kim Jong’s spin doctors trained at OUR expense

EXCLUSIVE: UK funding Korean tyrant! Kim Jong’s spin doctors trained at OUR expense | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

BRITISH taxpayers are footing the bill for training “spin-doctors” to peddle propaganda for North Korea’s ruthless dictator Kim Jong-un.

A group of 46 North Korean “journalists” are on a UK study course in media skills funded by the Foreign Office.

Critics say they are propagandists who risk execution if they publish anything critical of their tyrant ruler. Lord Alton of Liverpool, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, accused the Foreign Office of “investing in people who are official mouthpieces of the regime”.

He added: “In our parlance they’re spin-doctors. They’re there to promote the public relations of the government. It’s a pointless exercise.”

Andy Silvester of the TaxPayers’ Alliance told the Sunday Express: “Even if these journalists receive a damascene conversion to the merits of a free and fair press, they’re unlikely to have many chances to practise their new skills when they get home.”

The project, thought to be costing around £70,000, began with a 10-day workshop in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, in October.

The 46 North Koreans are being taught “international reporting practices and the development of technical skills to build websites, using a variety of international sources,” Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay revealed in a Lords written answer.

The participants will arrive here early next year “to see how multimedia websites work at British media companies”.

The Foreign Office, which claims the scheme will help open up the country’s brutally repressive political system, is paying the Thomson Foundation, an independent UK charity, to run the training sessions, based around “international standards of journalism”. A United Nations commission of inquiry report earlier this year found that in North Korea “the exercise of the right to express facts and opinions critical of the state or its official ideology is not tolerated”

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Flag in Martin Place siege belongs to extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra

Flag in Martin Place siege belongs to extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
The flag displayed by hostages inside the Lindt cafe in the Martin Place siege has written in Araabic 'There is only one God. The flag belongs to extremist Syria based group, Jabhat al Nusra
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ISIS: Enslaving, having sex with 'unbelieving' women, girls is OK *Videos*

ISIS: Enslaving, having sex with 'unbelieving' women, girls is OK *Videos* | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS.
Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist extremist group.
Can you sell them or give them as gifts to others? The answer is yes, once again.
People in Mosul -- the Iraqi city now under control of the group calling itself the Islamic State -- got these and other messages loud and clear after sunset prayers Friday, when armed men handed out a color-printed pamphlet "Question and Answers on Female Slaves and their Freedom," three residents told CNN.
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Britain pays £400,000 to silence Libyan dissident demanding an apology over claims he was delivered to Gaddafi's torturers by MI6

Britain pays £400,000 to silence Libyan dissident demanding an apology over claims he was delivered to Gaddafi's torturers by MI6 | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Abdel Hakim Belhadj, an Islamist militant fighter, says he was subjected to ‘extraordinary rendition’ to Libya on the basis of MI6 intelligence and tortured with the help of British spies.

He would settle for a token payment of £1 along with an admission and apology, but Government lawyers have spent £372,632 trying to stop the case coming to court. 

They argue that a full hearing could damage relations with the US. Campaigners reject this, saying the Government simply wants to conceal its involvement in the case.

Ministers lost the argument at the Court of Appeal, which ruled in October that a British judge could consider the case even if it covered alleged wrongdoing by government agents.

They are appealing against that judgement, meaning the legal bill will rise even further next year when the case comes before the Supreme Court.

If the case does eventually come before a judge, ministers face having to reveal in full the extent of Britain’s involvement with Mr Belhadj and his wife Fatima Bouchard, who is also claiming compensation.

Legal campaigners said it was indefensible for the Government to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds to stop the public hearing the facts of the case.

Donald Campbell, of Reprieve, which is representing Mr Belhadj, said: ‘Surely a case involving such serious issues as rendition and torture deserves its day in court.

‘Mr Belhadj and Miss Bouchard have even offered to drop their case in return for an admission, an apology, and a token payment of £1 from each defendant.

‘Yet instead, the Government is spending staggering amounts of public money trying to ensure it is never heard at all. Sadly, this is all part of a bigger picture of obfuscation by the Government, which only emphasises the importance of holding a proper, independent inquiry into UK involvement in torture.’

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400 critics of Erdogan expected to be arrested, says Twitter user

400 critics of Erdogan expected to be arrested, says Twitter user | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
As many as 400 critics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to be arrested today in sweeping raids across the country after a well-known but anonymous Twitter user, who is thought to be a government official, warned his followers of the imminent raids.
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Theresa May exiles British-born family accused of being extremists

Theresa May exiles British-born family accused of being extremists | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
They are believed to be the first British family to be stripped of their citizenship since Theresa May (shown) took over in 2010. The Newcastle-born father said the decision was 'tearing our family apart'.
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Police are given more time to quiz terror suspects

Police are given more time to quiz terror suspects | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

Police have been given more time to question five terror suspects, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Two men, aged 33 and 43, were held as they tried to leave the UK at Dover port on Sunday.

A further two men, aged 24 and 40, were arrested in east London early on Monday, and a 28-year-old man was held in Dover later that same day.

All five are being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

It is understood the police operation is in connection to Syria-related terrorism.

Four addresses in east London and one in south London are also being searched as part of the investigation, as are a further two addresses in north Wales.

The news came as another man arrested at Dover on Sunday was charged with people-trafficking offences.

Substantial to severe

The 37-year old, whose name was given by police as Laurentia-vasilica Zahria, of no fixed abode, was charged with facilitating non-European Union travel to a member state, the Met Police said. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

At the same time as Mr Zahria's arrest, a further 12 men and one woman who were also stopped in the same vehicle, were also arrested on suspicion of immigration offences by Home Office immigration enforcement officers.

The Home Office said the group were believed to be from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Algeria and Morocco, and have been detained pending further inquiries.

The terror threat level in the UK was raised from substantial to severe in August.

Fears of a terrorist attack on the UK have been heightened in the wake of the rise of Islamic State (IS), the extremist group that has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

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Report: ISIS kidnaps Canadian-Israeli, former IDF soldier who went to fight with the Kurds

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Gilli Rosenberg,the Canadian- Israeli woman who joined the ranks of Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State earlier this month has been kidnapped by the organization that she went to fight, Syrian jihadi websites reported on Sunday.   The blogs and websites are associated with the Islamic State.

One of the sites, thought to be a mouthpiece for IS, said several female fighters were captured along with the Israeli. The site reported that the IS fighters carried out three suicide attacks before capturing the women.

Rosenberg, 31, from Tel Aviv, said in an interview with Israel Radio earlier this month she had decided to join the fighters for humanitarian and ideological reasons and “because they are our brothers” who are fighting the evil of Islamic State.

Rosenberg,  on Facebook last week, wrote that she was no longer updating her page because she was headed to an area without internet.

Earlier on her Facebook page she posted several pictures, including of Tel Aviv and the Old City in Jerusalem, that she took prior to leaving for Kurdish Iraq and Syria.

“My last day in Israel – seems like way more than a week ago. YPG [Kurdish army] uniform pics coming soon! Once the tailor finishes my customized uniform,” she wrote on one of the pictures.

Israel Radio said Sunday that Kurdish rebels told one of its reporters that Rosenberg was not in Kobani, so they doubted that she was captured and thought it was likely IS propaganda.

The Shin Bet has no details about Rosenberg's capture.

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British fighter killed in ISIS suicide bomb mission in Iraq 

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Abu Hajar al-Britani reportedly killed a number of Iraqi security forces in the strategic Iraqi town of Baiji. ISIS claims he also destroyed tanks and artillery equipment in the martyrdom mission.
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