Two arrested by anti-terror police in London and Bedfordshire

Police searched a property on Granville Street in Bedford in connection with the Bedfordshire arrest

Anti-terrorism police have arrested two people, including a woman suspected of “preparation of terrorist acts”.

The 25-year-old woman was arrested in Bedfordshire and a man, 32, was held in London on suspicion of “attending a place used for terrorist training”.

Police said the arrests were not connected, but both were “related to Syria”.

The arrests were carried out by the Metropolitan Police’s SO15 Counter Terrorism Command.

Both suspects are being held at central London police stations.

Officers searched two Bedfordshire addresses, including one in Granville Street, Bedford.

An address in west London and another in south-west London are being searched.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Islamist militants stone 18-year-old boy to death in Somalia after he’s accused of raping woman at gunpoint

Al-Shabaab fighters display weapons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia in 2010. Al-Shabaab have been fighting Somalia’s government since at least 2006 in their campaign to establish an Islamic state. Somali government forces, backed by African Union soldiers, have made gains against Al-Shabaab since forcing the Islamist fighters to withdraw from the capital, Mogadishu, three years ago.

Al-Shabaab fighters display weapons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia in 2010. Al-Shabaab have been fighting Somalia’s government since at least 2006 in their campaign to establish an Islamic state. Somali government forces, backed by African Union soldiers, have made gains against Al-Shabaab since forcing the Islamist fighters to withdraw from the capital, Mogadishu, three years ago.

Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia publicly stoned an 18-year-old boy to death after he was accused of rape, the Al-Qaeda-linked group and witnesses said.

The teenager, named as Hassan Ahmed Ali, was accused of raping a 28-year-old woman at gunpoint and sentenced to al shabab stoningCapturedeath by a local judge, Al-Shabaab’s Radio Andalus reported. About 100 people witnessed the killing yesterday afternoon in the main square of Dharuuro, a village in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, Mohamed Dhubow, a resident, said by phone.

“Dozens of masked fighters” threw stones at the teenager, who’d been buried up to his neck, Dhubow said. “No one could help him.”

Al-Shabaab have been fighting Somalia’s government since at least 2006 in their campaign to establish an Islamic state. Somali government forces, backed by African Union soldiers, have made gains against Al-Shabaab since forcing the Islamist fighters to withdraw from the capital, Mogadishu, three years ago.

Somalia’s government expects to liberate areas still controlled by the militants within the next six months after capturing the insurgents’ coastal stronghold of Barawe in early October.

Taxi firm in Rochdale offers white drivers on demand after two of Pakistani origin were jailed for sex-grooming of girls in town

A taxi company in a town tainted by a child sex-grooming gang scandal is offering customers white drivers on demand.

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Taxi company: Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 (pictured) is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town.

  • Minicab firm Car 2000 says customers are asking for white or ‘local’ drivers 
  • Firm bought out Eagle Taxis which was at the centre of grooming scandal
  • Two drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for part in sex trafficking & rape
  • Labour MP Simon Danczuk has branded development ‘extremely worrying’

Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town.

The firm, which bought out Eagle Taxis – a company at the centre of the grooming scandal, has revealed that many customers were asking for white or ‘local’ drivers, it was reported last night.

Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development ‘extremely worrying’ but the council said Car 2000 was doing nothing wrong.

The firm’s boss, Stephen Campbell, manager of Car 2000, told the Guardian: ‘We have had quite a lot of customers requesting what they call a local driver.

‘A bit insane if you consider that most of the [Asian] lads were born in Rochdale. But it’s a business and we have got a duty to do what the customer asks us to.

'Wake-up call': Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development 'extremely worrying'

‘Wake-up call': Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development ‘extremely worrying’

‘I don’t think we can discriminate against the customer in the same way. It is a business at the end of the day. We have a large bank loan to pay back.’

Mr Campbell said around 20 drivers had left Eagle Taxis after the two drivers were prosecuted.

He added: ‘One of them got a knife held to his throat, one of them had his car smashed up.’

Mr Campbell said the exodus cost him an estimated £40,000 – 30 per cent of the firm’s annual profit: ‘It was devastating.’

He said: ‘The Asian drivers are harder working, they do what they are asked and they don’t complain about it.

‘If the public could actually see these [Asian] people close up and see what they are about, I don’t think they would be asking for white drivers.

‘We do get a lot of customers ringing up and asking us for a particular Asian guy as well.’

But he said customers who had asked for a white driver might have to wait as long as 20 minutes -compared with the average wait of three minutes.

Mr Danczuk said: ‘This is extremely worrying and a stark reminder of the impact grooming scandals have had on northern towns. It must act as a wake-up call to politicians who just pretend tensions like this don’t exist and bury their heads in the sand.’

Mark Widdup, of Rochdale Council, said: ‘There is currently nothing in the conditions of their licence which state that they cannot operate such a policy, just as some firms choose to offer customers only female drivers.’

source: Mail Online

South Sudan sexual violence “rampant,” 2-year-old raped -UN

Children run in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp inside the U.N. base in Malakal, July 24, 2014. According to UNMISS, the U.N. base is hosting about 17,000 people who were displaced by the armed conflict in the region. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Rape and other forms of sexual violence by all sides in South Sudan’s civil war have become so widespread that a 2-year-old child was among the victims, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict said on Monday.

“In my 30 years of experience, I’ve never witnessed anything like what I saw in Bentiu,” Zainab Hawa Bangura told reporters about a recent trip to the northern town, one of South Sudan’s regions worst hit by the conflict.

“The IDPs (internally displaced persons) seeking refuge there face a combination of … insecurity, unimaginable living conditions, acute day-to-day protection concerns and rampant sexual violence,” she told reporters.

Fighting erupted in December in South Sudan – which declared independence from Sudan in 2011 – after months of political tension between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy and political rival, Riek Machar. Peace talks brokered by African regional bloc IGAD have yet to bring an end to the bloodshed.

“Survivors and health care workers told me heartbreaking stories of rape, gang rape, abduction, sexual slavery and forced marriage,” Bangura said. “Those who try to fight back against their attackers are often raped with objects instead. Some victims have even been raped to death.”

She said the victims included women, men, girls and boys, with 74 percent of them below the age of 18, according to South Sudanese hospital officials.

“The youngest victim they have treated is 2 years old,” Bangura said.

She said both sides in the conflict have committed sexual violence, adding that orders had been given within the military forces to perpetrate rapes on the basis of ethnicity.

Bangura added that said a radio station in Bentiu called Radio Bentiu FM was used to broadcast appeals for men to rape women and girls based on their ethnic backgrounds and what was believed to be their political loyalties.

At the end of Bangura’s trip to South Sudan, she and the government signed a communique outlining steps that would be taken to put an end to the rapes, adding that the message must be sent across the military’s chain of command, Bangura said.

She was especially concerned about the lack of psychological and medical care for the victims.

“I am also concerned about the lack of reporting of this crime due to the closure of government offices, insecurity in the country, malfunctioning police services, (and) a lack of capacity by the police and medical service providers,” she said.

The conflict in South Sudan has killed more than 10,000 people, caused over 1 million to flee and driven the country of 11 million closer to famine. By year-end, a third of the people could face the threat of starvation, the United Nations said.

Last month the United States warned Kiir and Machar to engage in serious peace talks to end nearly a year of violence in the world’s newest state or face U.N. Security Council sanctions.

source: Reuters

* Videos* Canada hit-and-run jihadi’s friend says he heard Islamic State’s call to jihad “and he did his part here”

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“He became obsessed with practicing his new religion. He prayed constantly.” And yet Western authorities would have us believe that despite his zeal, despite his obsession with practicing Islam fully and correctly, he got his new religion all wrong — and did so in a way that numerous other converts to Islam and lifelong Muslims have also done. We are living in an age of absurdity, in which our leaders and the mainstream media not only spout such nonsense, but demand that we believe it on pain of charges of “bigotry” and “hatred.”

“Martin Rouleau ‘died like he wanted to,’” by Allan Woods, Toronto Star, October 20, 2014

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This is a photo of Martin Couture-Rouleau before his conversion to Islam

MONTREAL—For more than a year they tried. For more than a year they failed to help their friend, Martin Rouleau, see the light of day. —

Whether it was psychological troubles or honest zeal, the young entrepreneur from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the friend to all and father to one young boy was lost to a world of conspiracy theories, hatred and religion-fuelled anger that led to what intelligence and security experts have been fretting about for years: a homegrown, radicalized terrorist acting out on Canadian soil.

“It was a terrorist attack and Martin died like he wanted to. That’s what happened,” one close friend, who asked not to be named, told the Star.

Martin Rouleau adopted the Facebook handle “Ahmad Rouleau,” or the Twitter name “Abu Ibrahim AlCanadi,” or created his account on Ummaland, the Muslim social media site, wearing the face covering of a jihadi bearing his copy of the Qur’an like a trophy.(see above)

Rouleau co-owned an industrial cleaning company that specialized in pressure washing the exteriors of buildings. About a year-and-a-half ago, Rouleau said his company had been robbed and he became enraged by his inability to get the authorities to take action against the culprit, according to the friend who asked not to be named.

He turned to the Internet. He became obsessed by the news headlines.

“It was bizarre and extreme. He was surely depressed,” said Jonathan Prince. “I think he was depressed and that’s what led him to it. It was weird. He was normal one day and then changed the next.”

He became obsessed with practicing his new religion. He prayed constantly. He sprouted a heavy beard, but Rouleau’s friends never considered him to be a threat to himself or to others.

Instead, he spent all his energies during visits with friends trying to convince them about his newfound faith, trying to convert them.

“He thought it was true. He believed it all,” Prince said. “He thought that of all the religions it was Islam that was the truest.”

His Facebook posts stretching back to May 2013 touch on the cause of Palestinians, the righteousness of Islam over Christianity and post several photos of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other world leaders with orthodox Jews. His Twitter account, in which he takes the AlCanadi moniker commonly used by foreigners that have gone to fight with Islamic terror groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, has no posts but follows a number of ISIS-related users whose focus is the attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

Earlier this summer, the two friends said, Rouleau was stopped by authorities while trying to leave the country.

“He did this because he wanted to reach paradise and assure paradise for his family. He wanted to be a martyr,” said the friend who asked not to be named.

But he also defended some of the most despicable acts for which ISIS has been roundly condemned. When ISIS started decapitating hostages, he defended his faith.

“He became an extremist. He wanted to go fight jihad but they wouldn’t let him do it. The caliphate called all the Muslims on earth to fight. He listened to what they had to say and he did his part here.”

The Canadian soldier who died a day after being run down by a suspected homegrown terrorist has been identified as 53-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.

Quebec provincial police confirmed the news Tuesday after a news conference at which they said they believe the attacker, Martin Rouleau, may have been lying in wait for more than two hours before running his victims down with his car.

Police said the investigation into the hit-and-run that killed one and injured another has so far uncovered evidence that Rouleau had been sitting in the parking lot outside of a federal building that offers support to Canadian military veterans and other personnel as early as 9:15 a.m. on Monday. The attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal, occurred around 11:30 a.m.

Rouleau, 25, was shot by police after a brief chase that ended about four kilometres from the site of the hit-and-run and died several hours later in hospital.

“He was sitting in the car in the parking lot,” said police spokesman Lt. Guy Lapointe. “The working thesis is that this was a deliberate act.”

Police also revealed that one of the two victims had been wearing a Canadian Forces uniform. They haven’t released the name of the surviving victim. That soldier’s injuries were described as less serious, but police were not able to provide an update on the individual’s condition.

Quebec provincial police examine the wreckage of car driven by a man suspected of running down two soldiers in the parking lot of a shopping centre  in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Police shot and killed the suspect following a chase. One of the injured soldiers died Tuesday morning.

Quebec provincial police examine the wreckage of car driven by a man suspected of running down two soldiers in the parking lot of a shopping centre in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Police shot and killed the suspect following a chase. One of the injured soldiers died Tuesday morning.

Martin Rouleau, the man suspected in a hit-and-run that injured two Canadian soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., is seen in this undated photo.

sources: Jihad Watch / The Star.com Canada / YouTube

Police in Pakistan Torture a Christian Family Because Their Son Married a Muslim Girl

LAHORE, Pakistan: The family of a Christian boy named Akram Masih, to include the females, were severely beaten and tortured by Policemen and Muslim extremists in Multan, Pakistan. These policemen entered his home by climbing the walls. They arrested the boy and placed him under their custody because he had contracted a marriage with a Muslim girl named Maria Bibi, who is from District Shiekhupura.

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill of Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD was contacted by Moderator Bishop Asher Kamran of the Methodist Church of Pakistan, requesting legal assistance for the boy’s release. He also stated that he had already submitted an application to the IG in Punjab, Lahore requesting dismissal of the false FIR No.1093/2014, that was registered at Police Station Factory Area, Shiekhupura, in which the boy was arrested. The police had also booked one Christian relative of the boy from Lahore.

The Christian boy, originally from Multan and the Muslim girl from Sheikhupura, fell in love with each other over the phone. The girl left her home and went to see her lover in Multan, where they both got married, according to Islamic Sharia law. The boy had changed his name to Muhammad Akram and converted from Christianity to Islam to save himself and his family from police and extremists, but the conversion proved useless on his arrest.

The police took the couple and the other Christian relative arrested, from Multan and locked them up in the Police Station Factory Area, Shiekhupura.

The father of the other arrested Christian man named Kherait Masih also contacted Aric John, Advocate of the High Court, and senior counsel of LEAD, for legal assistance for his son, who is totally innocent.

Mr. Gill, along with Aric John made contact with the concerned SHO and handed over all documents for proof of the couple’s marriage and the conversion of the boy from Christian to Muslim. The SHO said that the boy would be appearing in the court of Mr. Matieon Rehman, Judicial Magistrate, Tehsil Courts Ferozwala, District Shiekhupura to record a statement under section 164 Cr. PC and if the girl gives a statement that substantiates the boy’s claim, the police would release them.

Although, the next day, both of the Christians appeared before the court, where upon pressure from the Muslim extremists developed. Mr. Gill was also instructed and directed by other lawyers of the concerned Bar Association to be careful because two days earlier in a similar case, one man was shot dead in the courtroom during the hearing.

The couple was given a chance in front of the magistrate to talk to each other by ordering the lawyers from both sides to vacate the court room, but the girl betrayed him and recorded her statement against the Christian boy with tears. Both Christian boys were then sent to judicial lockup. The boy disclosed to Mr. Gill that the girl was threatened by her family, that if she gave a statement in his favour, they would kill them both. He satisfied himself by saying that she had actually saved his life by recording the statement against him.

It is forbidden under Islamic Sharia law for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man. Although, a Muslim man is allowed to marry a Christian woman. It is permitted for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian, but only after his conversion from Christianity to Islam. In Pakistan, the level of religious extremism is too high to tolerate the marriage between a Christian man and Muslim woman, even if the Christian converted to Islam.

This is the main reason for the lack of religious liberty, freedom and the grave violations of fundamental human rights in Pakistan.  It is also the main cause of Christian persecution and misuse of Islamic Blasphemy Laws that are used to persecute the religious minorities.

 

Source: shariaunveiled.wordpress.com

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What is extreme?

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Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed a significant shift in government policy, expanding the counter-terrorism strategy to include fighting what she describes as “the full spectrum of extremism”.

The Conservatives have long-argued that they have sought to tackle both violent and non-violent extremism, but existing legislation and the courts have always limited restrictions to those organisations or individuals who it can be demonstrated are concerned in terrorism.

Now Mrs May is proposing a future Tory government introduce banning orders and extremist disruption orders for activities that clear a much lower bar. The model “will reflect the existing proscription system” for terrorist groups, but the criteria will be different.

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So what would constitute an extremist group? There are three kinds of activity listed as reasons for designating an organisation or an individual as extremist:

  • spreading, inciting, promoting or justifying hatred on the grounds of disability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and/or transgender identity
  • proposing to overthrow democracy
  • members of the public, or a section of it, will be harmed

Harm is defined as:

  • at risk from acts of violence or other criminal acts
  • at risk from public disorder
  • at risk from harassment, alarm or distress
  • a threat to the functioning of democracy

This is a very broad definition of extremism. Any group or individual whose activities puts a section of society “at risk” of alarm or distress could fall under its scope.

Might a trade union whose actions alarm or distress employers be regarded as an extremist organisation? What about a newspaper that publishes stories or images that alarm or distress a section of the public? Or a political group that argues against gay marriage or for the abolition of the monarchy?

Of course, the Conservatives deny the proposals are designed to do anything of the sort. They say that a “decision to ban a group would be subject to an immediate review by the High Court to ensure it was not obviously flawed”.

But they also say that “the strategy will aim to undermine and eliminate extremism in all its forms: not just Islamist extremism but neo-Nazism and other forms of extremism too”. The difficulty with such a wide legal definition of what is extreme is that it leaves the door open for attacks on anyone whose views differ from those of the home secretary.

The proposal may be eye-catching, but it faces significant challenges. The legal establishment is likely to raise more than an eye-brow at the notion that “a risk of alarm and distress” is enough to impose court orders banning or limiting the activities of groups and individuals.

The senior human rights lawyer Hugh Tomlinson believes the plans would be massively costly as well as legally problematic. “Wide-ranging banning orders of this sort which involve huge restrictions on freedom of speech and political expression are always going to be legally extremely difficult to justify,” he says.

“Even without the European Convention on Human Rights, English judges would view this kind of measure with the gravest suspicion.”

As well as legal objections, there are already concerns about the principles at stake. Senior Conservatives from the libertarian wing of the party have expressed disquiet at plans they fear limit the right to free speech, and civil liberty organisations argue that the measures are an affront to the long-standing traditions of this country.

Perhaps the most important consideration is whether such ideas would actually work. There must be a risk that banning groups or restricting the activities of individuals simply makes them more attractive rather than less.

However, the home secretary remains convinced that only by extending banning orders beyond existing terrorism legislation can we deal with those that “preach hatred on our streets”.

“It is important if we are going to defeat the ideology that lies behind terrorist activities and deal with extremism of all sorts that we take extra powers,” she told the BBC today. “There is a thread between extremism and violence and we need to be able to deal with it to keep people safe and secure.”

There is a long way to go before these proposals become the law of the land. They are promises for a future Conservative manifesto and would only become government policy in the event of a Tory victory at the general election in 2015. They will inevitably undergo fierce internal party debate and wider criticism.

That said, May, with the backing of the prime minister, expresses herself determined to do just that.

source: BBC NEWS

Tommy Robinson, former EDL leader, recalled to prison

Stephen Lennon aka Tommy Robinson

Stephen Lennon aka Tommy Robinson, tweeted that he had been recalled to prison to prevent him from “exposing the facts” at Oxford Union

The founder and former leader of the English Defence League will not talk at the Oxford Union as he is back in jail.

Stephen Lennon, who calls himself Tommy Robinson, was sentenced in January to 18 months in prison for mortgage fraud.

He was released in June under licence and had been due to debate at the prestigious union on Thursday.

A statement on Facebook from his supporters said: “Tommy Robinson has been recalled to prison for responding to a threat on Twitter.”

‘Police persecution’

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His lawyers said the recall was for a fixed term of 28 days, according to a spokesman for the union.

Mr Lennon tweeted: “I was going to speak this Thursday exposing police persecution and tactics.

“Police are at my house recalling me back to prison for my licence, reason given that I responded to a death threat targeting my family.

“All this to prevent me exposing the facts on Thursday at Oxford Union.”

An email was sent to students which said: “Tommy Robinson has recently been recalled into custody and so is unlikely to be able to speak.”

Lennon had previously been due to talk at the Union in September last year but the event was cancelled amid security concerns.

The institution said at the time it could not afford the security for the events.

Mr Lennon co-founded the English Defence League in 2009 and left last year.

He now works with the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “We do not comment on individuals.

“Offenders on Home Detention Curfew must comply with the conditions of their curfew or release licence. If they fail to do so, they can be immediately recalled to custody.”

The union hopes Mr Lennon will speak later this term.

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What laws currently cover trolling in the UK?

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Internet trolls could face two years in jail under new laws. But how does the British legal system currently police online abuse, asks Tom de Castella.

The sending of rape threats to Chloe Madeley is the latest disturbing case of trolling. Now the government says it will act to put trolls in jail for two years.

Nick McAleenan, a media lawyer at JMW Solicitors, says there are three main ways that trolls are prosecuted at the moment.

In England and Wales, the Malicious Communications Act 1988 covers comments that cause “distress or anxiety”. Similar legislation applies in Northern Ireland. Sean Duffy was jailed under the act for 18 weeks in 2011 after he made “grossly offensive” comments about children who had killed themselves. Then there’s the Communications Act 2003 which applies across the United Kingdom. It covers threats but often overlaps with the 1988 act, McAleenan says. It was used to jail a man who posted offensive messages aimed at the families of Jade Goody and John Paul Massey, a Liverpool boy mauled to death by a dog.

The third Act is the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, which deals with stalking both on and offline. It applies in England and Wales, while Scotland and Northern Ireland have similar legislation. It can be pursued in both civil and criminal courts. It might have been used to prosecute Brenda Leyland, who killed herself after she was revealed to have sent up to 50 tweets a day about the parents of Madeleine McCann. It might be argued that what she did could also have been prosecuted under libel law.

The police are often reluctant to get directly involved in online stalking, McAleenan says. But recently there has been a rise in the police issuing warnings – known as a Police Information Notice – to suspected trolls.

Critics sometimes question the balance between enforcement and the right to free speech. It can be a fine line. When someone on Twitter accused Tom Daley of letting down his dead father by not winning gold at the London Olympics, the police made an arrest, apparently under the 1988 act. And the 2003 act was used to convict a man who made a joke about blowing up Robin Hood airport in 2010. It was later quashed after a campaign backed by comedians. McAleenan believes the current laws are sufficient. The problem is a lack of resources, and the need for further education of the public and police about what constitutes an offence.

The answer

  • Malicious Communications Act 1988 – messages causing distress
  • Communications Act 2003 – threats
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – stalking
  • But no clear definition of trolling

source: BBC NEWS

BRITISH WOMAN, 22, WANTS TO KILL BRITONS AND AMERICANS IN SYRIA

 

KHADIJAH DARE IS FROM LEWISHAM IN SOUTH EAST LONDON, AND USES HER TWITTER ACCOUNT TO SPREAD MESSAGES ABOUT HER JIHADISM…

The 22-year-old woman, called Khadijah Dare, is from Lewisham, south east London, but she moved to the Middle Eastern country in 2012 to join the anti-government fighters there. She is so determined to enact jihad on behalf of Isis that she has expressed her desire – via social media – to kill a British or American person.

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Following the beheading of James Foley, which was shown to the world via a YouTube upload, she tweeted, under the name of Muhajirah fi Sham, which means ‘immigrant in Syria': ‘Any links 4 da execution of da journalist plz. Allahu Akbar. UK must b shaking up haha. I wna b da 1st UK woman 2 kill a UK or US terrorist![sic]‘

Now married to a Turkish-Swedish Isis fighter who goes by the name of Abu Bakr, she has a toddler son there with her. According to The Mirror, she regularly uses her Twitter account to post photos of the heads of beheaded men on railings, and ask how to best teach her son the Koran.

Earlier this year, she called for more Muslims to join Isis in their quest to make an Islamic state: ‘All da people back in dar ul kufr [land of disbelievers] what are you waiting for … hurry up and join da caravan to where the laws of allah is implemented. No one from Lewisham has come here apart from an 18-year-old sister shame on all those people who afford fancy meals and clothes and do not make hirja [the word for Mohammad’s journey]. Shame on you.’

READ MORE: Jihadist Fighters For Isis Are Using Social Media Just Like We Do

Around 500 Britons are believed to be fighting for Isis, with many of them using social media to communicate with others and to send messages back home. One tweeted: ‘Seeing these so called ‘Muslims’ send condolences to James Foley’s family is disgusting. No dignity whatsoever…’

As for plans to combat Isis and their followers, we’re guessing and hoping that David Cameron will have something to say following his‘meetings on the situation in Iraq/Syria’. As for Barack Obama, he has promised that ‘justice will be done’.

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source: The Debrief

Man jailed over anti-Semitic tweet to Luciana Berger MP

A Merseyside man has been jailed over an anti-Semitic tweet to Liverpool MP Luciana Berger.

The Government has welcomed the jailing of a 21-year-old Nazi sympathiser for sending a “grossly offensive” anti-Semitic tweet to Liverpool Labour MP Luciana Berger, reports The Liverpool Echo.

Garron Helm send a tweet showing a Holocaust-era yellow star superimposed on the MP’s forehead with the hashtag “Hitler was right”.

When police searched Helm’s home they found Nazi memorabilia including a flag bearing the SS symbol and material from British extreme right-wing group National Action.

Helm referred to himself online as The Noble Wolf and used a Twitter account called Aethelwulf, which translates from Old English as Noble Wolf.

But in reality Helm was an immature loner who found friends online in extremist groups.

He pleaded guilty to sending an offensive, indecent or obscene message and was sentenced to four weeks in jail – though he is expected to serve half of this. He was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge to Ms Berger after the judge upgraded the offence to one considered racially motivated.

Liverpool Magistrates Court heard that Helm sent the tweet in a state of “anger and political frustration” in the early hours of August 7.

The tweet called the MP a “communist Jewess” and read: “You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually.”

Ms Berger, the shadow minister for public health, was described in court as being “deeply shocked by the entire incident and the link to National Action, which she knows to be an extremist group”.

District Judge Andrew Shaw described Helm’s actions as calculated and “extremely abusive and upsetting”.

He added that the Nazi paraphernalia found in his house showed his true motivation for sending the tweet.

Mark Ellis, defending, described Helm, of Thomson Road, Litherland, Merseyside, as a loner with a troubled past.

The court heard that Helm was one of 11 children but the family had broken apart after his father died in a work accident and his mother had a mental breakdown, leaving him with no one to turn to except extremist “friends” online.

Helm, who was expelled from college in Southport earlier this year, accepted the message was fundamentally wrong. He also sent a handwritten letter of apology to the MP.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said: “We welcome today’s guilty verdict which shows there is no place for purveyors of hate to hide. This ruling sends out a message to all those who use social media to send out antisemitic, anti-Muslim, homophobic and racist comments that it is unacceptable and that we are serious about ensuring that those involved are arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Berger said following sentencing: “This sentence sends a clear message that hate crime is not tolerated in our country. I hope this case serves as an encouragement to others to report hate crime whenever it rears its ugly head.”

A Community security Trust spokesman said: “Luciana Berger MP should be thanked for her role in this important case. CST welcomes the sentence and hopes it serves as a much needed warning to others.”

source: Jewish News

Woman is thrown out of Paris opera after cast refused to perform unless she removed Muslim veil

 

Choice: Security at the Bastille Opera opera house in Paris asked the woman to uncover her face or leave

Choice: Security at the Bastille Opera opera house in Paris asked the woman to uncover her face or leave

  • Cast ‘objected strongly’ to woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil
  • Security guard asked her to either uncover her face or leave   
  • Ban on covering the face in public in France was introduction in 2011
  • The incident has divided opinion in the city’s liberal arts community
A woman was thrown out of a French opera house after cast members objected to her wearing a Niqab  (file picture is not of the woman involved)

A woman was thrown out of a French opera house after cast members objected to her wearing a Niqab (file picture is not of the woman involved)

France’s Socialist government today pledged to toughen up its anti face-covering law after a veiled Muslim woman was ejected from a major Paris opera house.

In an incident which has divided opinion in the city’s liberal arts community, cast members performing La Traviate ‘objected strongly’ to the presence of a woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil.

‘A singer spotted her in the front row during the second act,’ said Jean-Philippe Thiellay, director of the Bastille Opera, which was opened by Socialist president Francois Mitterand in 1989.

‘Some performers said they didn’t want to sing,’ said Mr Thiellay, who confirmed that she was kicked out.

There has been a ban on Muslims covering their face in public in France since the introduction of a law in 2011.

Women living on housing estates on the outskirts of major cities like Paris are regularly criminalised with a fine, but this is the first incident of someone being ejected from an artistic venue.

So far unnamed, she is believed to be a well-off woman from a Gulf State, and was attending the performance with a friend.

Referring to a security guard, Mr Thiellay said: ‘He told her that in France there is a ban of this nature, asked her to either uncover her face or leave the auditorium.

‘The man asked the woman to get up, they left. It was unpleasant getting her to leave.

‘But there was a misunderstanding of the law and the lady either had to respect it or leave,’

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But other opera lovers in a city historically renowned for its tolerance were less impressed.

‘What possible harm could a woman sitting quietly in the audience with face covered do to anyone?’ said Guy Laurent, a regular at the Bastille Opera.

‘The woman would clearly have felt utterly humiliated by what happened – French culture should be more tolerant.

‘It is not the job of theatres to enforce petty laws.’

The incident happened on October 3, but it is only now that it is becoming a national polemic.

Technically the woman now faces a fine of just over £180, although there is not thought to have been any police involvement.

The woman and her friend were not refunded any of their ticket price.

A spokesman for France’s Ministry of Culture today said it was ‘producing a new set of rules’ to make sure the so-called ‘burka ban’ was better enforced in theatres, museums and other public institutions.

France,which is home to some five million Muslims, was the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places.

Belgium followed suit soon afterwards, but there is no veil ban at all in Britain, despite calls by a minority of right wing MPs for one.

source: Mail Online 

Saudi Arabia faces outcry over death sentence for Shia faith leader

Nimr Baqir al-Nimr’s conviction for sedition adding to unrest and promoting sectarian hatred, says Human Rights Watch

Saudi Arabia is facing an international outcry and accusations of promoting sectarian hatred after a Shia Muslim religious leader from the country’s volatile eastern province was sentenced to death.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who led protests in Qatif at the height of the Arab spring in 2011, was convicted on Wednesday of sedition and other charges in a case that has been followed closely by Shias in the kingdom and neighbouring Bahrain.

Shia Muslims make up 10%-15% of the population of Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, which bills itself as playing a lead role in the fight against the jihadis of Islamic State (Isis) in Syria and Iraq. Riyadh has supported Sunni groups fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad but denies backing Isis.

State prosecutors had reportedly asked for Nimr to be crucified. The sentence is thought likely to be commuted on appeal.

Nimr was arrested in 2012 and ill-treated during his two-year detention, much of it spent in solitary confinement. He was denied surgery for bullet wounds suffered when he was arrested. He was charged with “disobeying the ruler”, “inciting sectarian strife”, and encouraging and leading demonstrations.

In Iran, Saudi Arabia’s chief regional rival and the political centre of the Shia world, the foreign ministry warned on Thursday that execution would have “dire consequences”. It called Nimr an ayatollah, giving him the second most senior clerical title in the Shia hierarchy. Iran, like Saudi Arabia, uses capital punishment.

In London the Foreign Office stated that it was aware of the sentencing, adding: “The UK opposes the death penalty as a matter of principle.”

The Saudi authorities have portrayed the cleric as an “instigator of discord and rioting”. But Nimr’s supporters and family have denied that he incited violence.

In a BBC interview, Nimr said he backed “the roar of the word against authorities rather than weapons”. The arrest of his brother and other relatives after sentencing has fuelled anger that is being ventilated on Twitter and other social media.

“Saudi Arabia’s harsh treatment of a prominent Shia cleric is only adding to existing sectarian discord and unrest,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi Arabia’s path to stability in the eastern province lies in ending systematic discrimination against Shia citizens, not in death sentences.”

Amnesty International described Nimr’s sentencing as part of a wider Saudi government crackdown on dissent.

Shia and Sunni groups said they were extremely alarmed by the sentence. “Ayatollah al-Nimr is a respected Muslim figure in Saudi Arabia,” 10 organisations said in statement. “He is a faith leader, reformist and human rights activist, who has campaigned for an end to discriminatory laws against the Shia minority. The sentencing will further inflame sectarian tensions and provide encouragement to extremist groups such as Isis to continue their persecution of religious minorities.”

Toby Matthiesen, a Cambridge expert on Saudi Arabia, said: “In the last two years Nimr has become known by Shia across the world. For many Salafis and Sunnis with anti-Shia leanings he has become a real hate figure. In the context of Isis, the Saudi royal family is trying to legitimise itself in the eyes of Sunnis by being tough. Nimr was a revolutionary who called for non-violent protests and the downfall of the Al Saud, but also for Assad to go. He wasn’t sectarian.”

Yusif al-Khoei, of the London-based Al-Khoei Foundation, said he was “appalled” by the news and with others was considering boycotting a Saudi-organised conference on inter-religious dialogue in Vienna.

• This article was amended on 17 October 2014 to correct the spelling of Toby Matthiesen’s surname and to clarify the quote from him at his request.

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Fears grow that Nigeria ceasefire won’t secure girls’ release amid fresh attacks

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed number of people in two attacks since truce was announced by presidential source.

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Newspaper headlines report the possible release of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters

Fears are mounting that a ceasefire announced by Nigeria’s military could fail to win the release of the more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram after militants suspected to be part of the group killed several people in two attacks.

Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the head of Nigeria’s military, said on Friday that authorities had agreed a ceasefire with the Islamist militant group that would allow for the girls’ release.

Nigeria girls ‘shown’ in Boko Haram video

About 300 students were kidnapped in April while sitting exams in a secondary school in the remote north-eastern town of Chibok, 219 of whom remain in captivity.

But since the ceasefire was announced, security sources and witnesses said that suspected insurgents attacked the village of Abadam on Friday night, killing at least one person and ransacking homes, while another attack on the village of Dzur on Saturday morning left at least eight people dead.

News of the attacks came after a senior presidential source said that the students could be released by Tuesday.

The unnamed source said on Saturday that the federal government was striving to meet its obligations under the ceasefire so that the students could be released “either on Monday or, latest, Tuesday next week”.

The government spokesman Mike Omeri said only that authorities were “inching closer to the release of the Chibok girls”. Military officials were unavailable for comment.

Boko Haram, which conveys messages in videos by its supposed leader, Abubakar Shekau, has yet to comment on the ceasefire.

The Nigerian military has twice claimed to have rescued some or all of the girls in the months since they were captured, only to back-track hours later.

Negotiations with Boko Haram in recent years have failed to achieve a peace deal, partly because it has several rival factions.

Relatives of the schoolgirls were cautiously optimistic about the ceasefire.

The community leader Pogu Bitrus said “people rejoiced, but with caution” given the previous false claims made by the government and military.

Bana Lawan, the chairman of Chibok local government area, said: “We don’t know how true it is until we prove it. We will know the negotiations were successful when we see the girls physically. And then we will know it is true. And then we will celebrate.”

The kidnappings sparked global outrage and a social media campaign under the hashtag #bringbackourgirls that was backed by figures including the US first lady, Michelle Obama.

Campaigners have staged daily rallies in the capital, Abuja, to maintain pressure on the government and the president, Goodluck Jonathan, who has faced mounting criticism for the failure to secure the girls’ release. Jonathan is expected to declare that he is standing for re-election on Sunday, and positive news about the hostages and insurgency could deflect criticism of his handling of the crisis.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in its attempt to establish an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria. Just over half of the country’s 167 million people are Muslim, with most of the rest identifying as Christians.

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Rotherham abuse scandal: Joyce Thacker given £40k payout!

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Joyce Thacker resigned from Rotherham Council after weeks of pressure to step down

Rotherham Council’s director of children’s services was paid £40,000 to leave in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal, it has been revealed.

Joyce Thacker resigned last month after weeks of pressure following the publication of the Jay Report.

It was discovered shortly before she quit that she had been on sick leave.

The council told BBC Radio Sheffield the amount paid to Mrs Thacker was less than the contractual notice entitlement.

The payout came to light following an Freedom Of Information requestfrom the Sheffield Star.

Mrs Thacker left her post by “mutual agreement” in the wake of the report, which detailed the sexual abuse of 1,400 children in the town, mainly by gangs of men of Pakistani heritage, from 1997 to 2013.

‘Reward for failure’Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said he was “astounded” by news of the payout.

He called on Mrs Thacker to resign after she was grilled by the committee, which has now called for an urgent investigation into allegations files relating to the scandal went missing.

He said: “I’m astounded that Joyce Thacker has been given this payment.

“I hope they will think again about this and ask for this money to be repaid, because it would be wrong to be seen to be rewarding individuals for what has clearly been a failure by the council.”

Professor Alexis Jay said in the report that senior managers had “underplayed” the scale and seriousness of the problem and police also failed to prioritise it.

Mrs Thacker said she was “appalled” at the scale of the abuse and offered her “sincere apologies to those who were let down by our services in the past”, adding there were “simply no excuses”.

Her resignation was the last in a series of resignations, including Council leader Roger Stone, council chief executive Martin Kimber, and South Yorkshire police commissioner, Shaun Wright.

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Pope suffers synod setback on gays

Pope Francis has suffered a setback as proposals for wider acceptance of gay people failed to win a two-thirds majority at a Catholic Church synod.

File photo: Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square at the Vatican, 15 October 2014

Pope Francis said the full draft document should still be published

A draft issued half-way through the meeting of senior clerics had called for greater openness towards homosexuals, and divorced and remarried Catholics.

But those paragraphs were not approved, and stripped from the final report.

All other parts of the draft report were accepted by the Synod.

The Pope said the full draft document, including the rejected paragraphs, should nonetheless be published.

Correspondents say the text welcoming gay people and remarried Catholics had been watered down in the final version that was voted on – but it appears that they still met with resistance from conservatives.

Speaking after the vote, Pope Francis told attendees he would have been “worried and saddened” if there had not been “animated discussions” or if “everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace”, AP news agency reported.

Divisive issue

The New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay-rights group, said it was “very disappointing that the synod’s final report did not retain the gracious welcome to lesbian and gay people that the draft of the report included”.

The report was issued at the conclusion of a two-week meeting at the Vatican, attended by about 200 bishops.

The earlier draft had said that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community”.

Progressive bishops and gay rights groups had welcomed the draft, but conservative groups called it a “betrayal”.

The published report will serve as a reference point for Catholics, with the issues to be discussed again at another synod next year.

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Rotherham Abuse Scandal Urgent Investigation Needed Into Files That ‘Went Missing’

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Rotherham Town Hall : Rotherham is trying to restore its reputation following the revelations in the Jay report

An urgent investigation into allegations files relating to the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal went missing has been called for by MPs.

A Home Affairs Select Committee report said a council researcher claimed files detailing failures in tackling abuse were stolen from her office.

The report also calls for new laws to remove failing police commissioners.

It comes after the Jay report found more than 1,400 children in Rotherham were abused from 1997 to 2013.

‘Suspicions of cover-up’

Committee chairman Keith Vaz said the Home Office should do “everything in its power” to locate any missing files in its possession relating to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and other places.

He said: “The proliferation of revelations about files which can no longer be located gives rise to public suspicion of a deliberate cover-up.

“The only way to address these concerns is with a full, transparent and urgent investigation.”

The committee took evidence in private last month from a researcher employed by Rotherham Council between 2000 and 2002, who was working on a Home Office-funded pilot aimed at tackling prostitution.

Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz said some victims could have been spared the ordeal had the council and police not ignored evidence

In April 2002, she submitted information to the Home Office containing severe criticisms of the agencies in Rotherham involved with child sexual exploitation, with the most serious alleging “indifference” on the part of senior managers.

She claimed someone then accessed her office and removed data relating to the Home Office work. She said there were no signs of a forced entry to the key-coded and locked security doors.

‘Victims could have been spared’

In its report, the committee said it was not the first time files relating to child sexual exploitation were alleged to have disappeared.

The committee added that the council and South Yorkshire Police ignored “compelling evidence” about the scale of the abuse.

A central government investigation into whether the council covered up information about child sexual exploitation was launched in September.

And the National Crime Agency will lead an inquiry into outstanding allegations of abuse in Rotherham following a request from South Yorkshire Police last month.

Shaun Wright at a police and crime panel meeting

Shaun Wright resigned as police commissioner after weeks of pressure

Mr Vaz said: “If the council and police had taken these warnings seriously, the abusers could have been brought to justice more quickly and some of the later victims could have been spared their ordeal.”

The Jay report led to a series of high-profile resignations, including including Rotherham’s strategic director of children’s services, Joyce Thacker, and Labour police commissioner Shaun Wright, who was the councillor responsible for children’s services between 2005 and 2010.

The Home Affairs Select Committee report recommends new legislation be brought in to help remove police commissioners when a vote of no confidence is passed by the Police and Crime Panel.

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Does ISIS have an airforce? Terrorist ‘fighter pilots’ are being trained on captured MiGs by Saddam Hussein’s ex-air force officers

  • Witnesses say ISIS are carrying out test flights at an airport near Aleppo
  • Understood to have captured three Soviet-made jets from Syrian Air Force
  • They are using former Iraqi Air Force officers to train prospective pilots 
  • News comes as Al Qaeda looks to mend relations with the Islamic State
  • Statement emerged today calling for jihadists to set aside their differences 0

 

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Fighter: It is not clear if ISIS’ jets are equipped with weaponry nor if the pilots are able to fly long distances, but witnesses said the planes appear to have been seized from the Syrian Air Force (pictured)

Islamic State leaders in Syria and Iraq are training their fighters to fly captured fighter jets in the hope of establishing an air force, it has been claimed.

The terror group are understood to have been carrying out test flights the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, according to a British-based organisation monitoring the Syrian Civil War.

Having captured three fighter jets from the Syrian military, ISIS are using Iraqi pilots who were once officers in Saddam Hussein’s air force to train Syria-based militants to operate the warplanes.

The news comes as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula sought to mend its strained relations with ISIS, urging all jihadist groups operating in the Middle East to unite under the common cause of fighting against Western ‘crusader’ armies.

Power: ISIS has been steadily building a full-equipped military - including large tanks, such as the one pictured here in Raqqa). Much of the equipment in their possession has been seized from Syrian regime forces

Power: ISIS has been steadily building a full-equipped military – including large tanks, such as the one pictured here in Raqqa). Much of the equipment in their possession has been seized from Syrian regime forces

Show of strength: ISIS militants take part in a military parade along the streets of Raqqa earlier this year

Show of strength: ISIS militants take part in a military parade along the streets of Raqqa earlier this year

ISIS’ alleged test flights over the Aleppo countryside are understood to be the first time the terror group – which seized control of vast swathes of Syria and Iraq earlier this year – has taken to the air.

‘They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for Saddam Hussein,’ said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

‘People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back,’ he said, citing witnesses near al-Jarrah military airport.

The airport, which was seized from the Syrian regime earlier this year, is approximately 45 miles from the Turkish border.

It is not clear if the jets are equipped with weaponry nor if the pilots are able to fly long distances, but witnesses said the planes appear to be Soviet-built MiG 21 or MiG 23 models.

Leader: News of ISIS' test flights comes as Al Qaeda - which has previously condemned ISIS for being too brutal - ostensibly sought to repair ties with the group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured)

Leader: News of ISIS’ test flights comes as Al Qaeda – which has previously condemned ISIS for being too brutal – ostensibly sought to repair ties with the group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghda

Declaration: Titled ‘Statement on the Crusader Coalition’, the document is Al Qaeda’s strongest show of support for ISIS since leader Ayman al-Zawahiri denounced the group for the brutal tactics late last year

ISIS’ alleged test flights come despite American and Arab warplanes carrying out dozens of bombing raids against the group in Syria.kurds boast Capture

The terrorists have regularly used weaponry captured from the Syrian and Iraqi armies and have overrun several military bases but this was the first time it had been able to pilot warplanes.

Pro-Islamic State Twitter accounts had previously posted pictures of captured jets in other parts of Syria, but the aircraft had appeared unusable, according to analysts and diplomats.

News of the test flights comes as Al Qaeda – which has previously condemned ISIS for being too brutal – ostensibly sought to repair ties with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s group.

In a statement released today, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – the notorious terror collective’s Yemen-based franchise – urged jihadists throughout the Middle East to put their differences aside, according to Charlie Winter, a researcher on jihad at counter-terrorism think-tank Quilliam

The document is understood to have called for Al Qaeda – who are represented in Syria by the Nusra Front and Khorasan terror groups – to stop fighting with ISIS, adding that the militants should instead focus on attacking Western ‘crusader’ forces and carrying out strikes on American targets.

Titled ‘Statement on the Crusader Coalition’, the document is Al Qaeda’s strongest show of support for ISIS since leader Ayman al-Zawahiri denounced the group for the brutal tactics late last year.

Advance: The Islamic State and its allied Sunni militants seized the Anbar city of Fallujah, parts of Ramadi and large rural areas of Anbar early this year

Advance: The Islamic State and its allied Sunni militants seized the Anbar city of Fallujah, parts of Ramadi and large rural areas of Anbar early this year

Checkpoint: Earlier today, Iraqi officials in the western Anbar province said a curfew has been imposed in the provincial capital Ramadi (pictured) over fears that the Islamic State group might try to advance on the city

Checkpoint: Earlier today, Iraqi officials in the western Anbar province said a curfew has been imposed in the provincial capital Ramadi (pictured) over fears that the Islamic State group might try to advance on the city

Security: ISIS has been making gains around Ramadi in recent weeks against the embattled Iraqi military, despite ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the militants

Security: ISIS has been making gains around Ramadi in recent weeks against the embattled Iraqi military, despite ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the militants

‘We urge all Muslims to back their brethren, with their souls, money and tongues, against the crusaders,’ the Al Qaeda statement reads.

It also urges Muslims to support ‘whoever can weaken the Americans to weaken them militarily, economically, and media-wise.’

Earlier today, Iraqi officials in the western Anbar province said a curfew has been imposed in the provincial capital Ramadi over fears that the Islamic State group might try to advance on the city.

Sabah Karhout, the chairman of the Anbar provincial council, says the curfew began at midnight this morning as part of an effort to limit movement in and out of the city.

ISIS has been making gains around Ramadi in recent weeks against the embattled Iraqi military, despite ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the militants.

Two Iraqi military officials, speaking anonymously because they are not authorized to brief the media, say major operations are underway in Salahuddin province to retake key areas from the Sunni militants around Tikrit and the Beiji oil refinery.

ISIS and allied Sunni militants seized the Anbar city of Fallujah, parts of Ramadi and large rural areas of Anbar early this year.

The loss of Fallujah – where American troops engaged in some of the heaviest fighting of the more than eight-year U.S.-led war in the country – foreshadowed the later loss of Iraq’s second city of Mosul and much of the north.

THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF ISIS NOW REACHES PAKISTAN AS TALIBAN LEADERS PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO BRUTAL JIHADIST GROUP

Six senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a symbol of the terrorists’ expanding influence among Islamist groups.

Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban’s leader Mohammad Omar, the men – made up of the group’s chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and five regional commanders – said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS.

The move is likely to have serious consequences for security in Pakistan, particularly near the Afghan border where all six of the men are based, leaving it open to the kind of violence and brutal oppression ISIS has employed in the vast swathes of Syria and Iraq under the group’s control.

Militants: Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban's leader Mohammad Omar, the men - made up of the group's chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid (centre) and five regional commanders - said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS

Militants: Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban’s leader Mohammad Omar, the men – made up of the group’s chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid (centre) and five regional commanders – said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS

The official announcement of the six men’s declaration of allegiance to ISIS came in the form of an audio recording that emerged on Wednesday. However rumours had been circulating for weeks that several senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban were set to declare their loyalty to al-Baghdadi.

‘I show allegiance to the commander of faithful, Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Qureshi al Hussaini, and will listen and obey every order of you and will follow your orders regardless of what circumstances may be,’ Shahid said in the recording.

There is now concern that other senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban may defect to ISIS, including the group’s overall leader Maulana Fazlullah, who has previously voiced support for the terror group.

Despite several members having declared their ISIS sympathies, the announcement is the first time any senior figure within the Pakistani Taliban has actually sworn allegiance to al-Baghdadi.

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Britons fighting in Iraq and Syria may face treason charges if they return

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond believes offence of treason could have been committed by Britons fighting alongside Isis. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters
British jihadis who go to fight in Iraq or Syria could be tried for treason, the foreign secretary has suggested.

Philip Hammond said such people had “sworn personal allegiance” to Islamic State (Isis) and could potentially have committed the offence.

Lord Haw Haw – real name William Joyce – was the last person to be prosecuted for treason in Britain, and was hanged in 1946 for his Nazi propaganda broadcasts.

The offence remains on the statute books, even though the death penalty has been abolished.

Questioning Hammond in the Commons, Tory backbencher Philip Hollobone said: “Given that, with the assent of this House, Her Majesty’s armed forces are now engaged in military action against Islamic State, given that we have all witnessed on television the beheading by a British jihadist of British and American aid workers, and given that the offence of treason still exists, but has not been used since 1946, will the foreign secretary ensure that British jihadists who return from Iraq and Syria are prosecuted for the offence of treason?

“Their actions are treachery against Her Majesty, and aiding and abetting enemies of Her Majesty is one of the greatest offences a British citizen can commit.”

Hammond replied that there were “a number of offences under English law with which returning foreign fighters can be charged”.

He said: “We have had a discussion about the allegiance question. We have seen people declaring that they have sworn personal allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

“That does raise questions about their loyalty and allegiance to this country and about whether, as my honourable friend rightly says, the offence of treason could have been committed.

“I will certainly draw his remarks to the attention of the home secretary, who ultimately will be the person who needs to look at this.”

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*VIDEOS* ‘We will chop off the heads of whoever you bring': British ISIS fighter dares west to send ground troops in new video rant

  • New ISIS video shows militants speaking in English, French and German 
  • Fighter calling himself Abu Abdullah al-Britani issues threats against West
  • He identifies himself as a British national and has a southern English accent
  • Alleged French and German nationals also rant against West in chilling clip
  • News comes as U.S. and Arab warplanes continue to hit ISIS inside Kobane
  • Increasingly targeted strikes enable Kurdish fighters to force an ISIS retreat

Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq have released a new video showing fighters speaking in English, French and German making threats against Western soldiers.

Saying they look forward to slaughtering any Western ground troops sent to the region, the terrorists threatened to ‘chop off the heads of whoever you may bring’.

None of the men in the clip wear masks, although only three of them speak to the camera. One of the jihadists, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Britani, speaks in a clear southern English accent, while the other two men identify themselves as French and German nationals respectively.

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Briton: One of the jihadists, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Britani (right), speaks in a southern English accent, while the other two men identify themselves as French and German nationals respectively

Briton: One of the jihadists, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Britani (right), speaks in a southern English accent, while the other two men identify themselves as French and German nationals respectively

Threat: Gesticulating wildly, the British Muslim fanatic goes on to say: 'We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring'

Threat: Gesticulating wildly, the British Muslim fanatic goes on to say: ‘We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring’

The Briton: Abu Abdullah al-Britani

Showing chilling bravado, the man calling himself  Abu Abdullah al-Britani urges Western nations to send their troops to the region so that ISIS can ‘kill every single soldier, Allah permitting.’

‘We will take their weaponry as booty and these people will die… You cannot come into Iraq and think that you will take it. No way. We are willing to lay down our blood on this soil,’ he adds.

Gesticulating wildly, the Muslim fanatic goes on to say: ‘We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring.’

He goes on to insist that the Islamic State have no chose of losing the battle against the West because they are backed by God, before saying ‘Know that we are fighting to die… and know that you are fighting for this world and that this is nothing to us.

Referring to Western airstrikes that have targeted ISIS in recent weeks, including those that have forced militants to abandon key locations in and around the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, al-Britani insists that bombing raids ‘will not divert us from our plans’.

He says that strikes ‘only strengthen us, and give us more purpose to be here’ before threatening to take the lives of any Westerner fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Al-Britani appeared in another propaganda video released in August, along with ISIS fighters from America and Finland, called ‘Eid Greetings from the Land of the Khilafah’.

In it he praises life in the territory controlled by ISIS, saying: ‘I don’t think there is anything better than living in land of the Khilafah. You know the rights and you are not living under oppression.

‘You are not living under rule. You are not living under the kufr. You are living by the Qu’ran.

‘As Muslims, that’s what we want and that’s what we need. We don’t need any democracy, we don’t need any communism, we don’t need anything like that. All we need is Shar’ia.’

Terrorist: Showing chilling bravado, the man calling himself Abu Abdullah al-Britani urges Western nations to send their troops to the region so that ISIS can 'kill every single soldier, Allah permitting'

Terrorist: Showing chilling bravado, the man calling himself Abu Abdullah al-Britani urges Western nations to send their troops to the region so that ISIS can ‘kill every single soldier, Allah permitting’

Chilling: Referring to Western airstrikes that have targeted ISIS in recent weeks Abu Abdullah al-Britani insists that bombing raids 'will not divert us from our plans'

Chilling: Referring to Western airstrikes that have targeted ISIS in recent weeks Abu Abdullah al-Britani insists that bombing raids ‘will not divert us from our plans’

The Frenchman: Abdul Wadoud al-Firansi

Once al-Britani eventually stops talking, a man identified as Abdul Wadoud al-Firansi emerges in front of the camera and speaks in perfect French, with English subtitles appearing below.

Addressing his messages to ‘the swine Francois Hollande’, al-Firansi reads out religious passages and accuses the French president of using his country’s wealth to turn people away from Islam.

‘Wait. We are also waiting,’ he says. ‘Everybody knows how much money you and you coalition have spent and lost in your war against Islam.’

The young militant, who appears to be missing several teeth, goes on to say: ‘A great defeat shall befall you because Allah has promised that. You,. the coalition, will become the losers,’ he adds.

Al-Firansi goes on to make references to a 1,300-year-old apocalyptic prophecy that predicted a war between an Islamic army and ‘infidel horde’ in Syria.

Al-Firansi refers to Westerners as ‘Romans’ throughout his rant, in the hope of drawing similarities between the apocalyptic predictions in the hadith, and the modern reality of a coalition of armies aiming to destroy the terrorists that have been raping and the massacring their way around the Middle East.

He finishes he message with the words: ‘The reality is the Islamic State has returned. Victory after victory it gains territory… so die in your rage because this is the era of Islam.’

Addressing his messages to 'the swine Francois Hollande', French national Abdul Wadoud al-Firansi (right) makes references to a 1,300-year-old apocalyptic prophecy predicting war between Islam and an 'infidel horde'

Addressing his messages to ‘the swine Francois Hollande’, French national Abdul Wadoud al-Firansi (right) makes references to a 1,300-year-old apocalyptic prophecy predicting war between Islam and an ‘infidel horde’

Militant: Once al-Firansi finishes speaking, another militant identified as Abu Dauoud al-Almani (centre) steps in front of the camera and speaks in German, which is again subtitled in English

Militant: Once al-Firansi finishes speaking, another militant identified as Abu Dauoud al-Almani (centre) steps in front of the camera and speaks in German, which is again subtitled in English

The German: Abu Dauoud al-Almani

Once al-Firansi finishes speaking, another militant identified as Abu Dauoud al-Almani steps in front of the camera and speaks in German, which is again subtitled in English.

He claims the video is being shot in the Syrian town of Dabiq – where the aforementioned apocalyptic prophecy is predicted to play out – and urges Western nations to send their armies to fight ISIS because ‘We have been waiting for you for over 1,400 years.’

He also urges his fellow Muslims in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to join ISIS.

While up to 10 per cent of French nationals and approximately four per cent of Britons are Muslims, there are only about 1.5 million Muslims in Germany – less than two per cent of the population.

Despite this, Al-Almani is far from the first German citizen to embrace radical Islam.

Former rapper Denis Cuspert spent several years as a major player in the Berlin hip hop scene under the name Deso Dogg before embracing radical Islam and travelling join ISIS in Syria.

It is understood Cusbert now calls himself Abu Talha al-Almani and leads a unit of German-speaking ISIS terrorists operating under the name ‘The German Brigade of Millatu Ibrahim’.

It is not known whether Abu Dauoud al-Almani is a member of Cuspert’s militant unit.

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As ISIS' latest propaganda video begins, German national Abu Dauoud al-Almani chants religious slogans

As ISIS’ latest propaganda video begins, German national Abu Dauoud al-Almani chants religious slogans

Direct hit: ISIS are believed to have lost control of 20 per cent of the neighbourhoods they held in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane as recently last week. Pictured, U.S. and Arab warplanes continue to pound targets today

Direct hit: ISIS are believed to have lost control of 20 per cent of the neighbourhoods they held in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane as recently last week. Pictured, U.S. and Arab warplanes continue to pound targets today

Earlier the dramatic fightback by Kurdish fighters battling against ISIS in Kobane continued overnight as intensified airstrikes once again forced the terrorists to british jihadists death toll Captureretreat in strategic areas of the city.

ISIS are believed to have lost control of 20 per cent of the neighbourhoods they held in the besieged Syrian city as recently last week, with American and Arab warplanes continuing to pound targets.

Last night Pentagon Spokesman Read Admiral John Kirby said ‘hundreds’ of ISIS militants have been killed by airstrikes in Kobane.

There have been 39 strikes in the last two days alone.

The bombing raids have enabled Kurdish troops to reclaim vast swathes of Kobane, as well as allowed several hundred many elderly Kurdish civilians to flee the city and avoid certain massacre

Despite the gains, Kirby insisted the battle for Kobane is far from over.

An increasing number of militants have arrived in the city in recent days, confirming ISIS’ determination for the city to fall.

Blast: A large fire is seen after overnight airstrikes on Islamic State-held targets inside Kobane

Blast: A large fire is seen after overnight airstrikes on Islamic State-held targets inside Kobane

Smoke: Kurdish officials said the YPG fighters are giving the coordinates of ISIS positions to the American and Arab warplanes, which has led to the bombing raids becoming increasingly successful 

Smoke: Kurdish officials said the YPG fighters are giving the coordinates of ISIS positions to the American and Arab warplanes, which has led to the bombing raids becoming increasingly successful 

Offering an unusually detailed description of the fighting, Kirby told reporters there are now only a few hundreds civilians trapped inside Kobane, many of them disabled or too elderly to escape.

He said, however, that despite the deaths of hundreds of militants in recent days, a steady stream of reinforcements means the fighting in Kobane is far from over and the city may still fall.

‘One of the reasons why you’re seeing more strikes there is because there is more ISIL there,’ Kirby said, using an alternative acronym for the extremist group.

‘Their greater numbers are providing more targets for U.S. bombs,’ he added.

Kirby said Kobane remains in danger of falling to ISIS, who are intently focused on the city. ‘These guys want to grab ground. They want territory. Kobani is a territory they want,’ he said.

He declined to confirm or deny rumours that U.S. warplanes are coordinating their raids with the attacks by Kurdish fighters in order to maximise their intensity.

This morning a a Kurdish official in Kobane said US-led airstrikes have successfully pushed ISIS out of from parts of the besieged Syrian town.

‘The international coalition has fought ISIS more effectively during the last few days,’ Nassen told AFP by telephone.

Not involved: A Turkish army investigator uses binoculars to watch fighting over the border in Kobane today

Not involved: A Turkish army investigator uses binoculars to watch fighting over the border in Kobane today

Cheers: The intensified air campaign around Kobani has lifted the spirits of Kurds who have maintained a vigil watching the fighting from a hilltop just over the border in Turkey 

Cheers: The intensified air campaign around Kobani has lifted the spirits of Kurds who have maintained a vigil watching the fighting from a hilltop just over the border in Turkey 

‘Before they were in control of 30 per cent of Kobane and now they control less than 20 per cent thanks to the international coalition,’ he said.terror suspect accused Capture

Nassen said Kurdish forces were ‘flushing out’ IS fighters from the eastern and southeastern parts of the town on the border with Turkey, calling for more military assistance.

‘We need more airstrikes, as well as weaponry and ammunition to fight them on the ground,’ he said.

A monitoring group said the American and Arab airstrikes had recently become much more effective, killing at least 32 Islamic State fighters in direct hits this week alone.

Kurdish officials said the YPG had begun giving the coordinates of ISIS positions to the alliance.

‘The senior people in YPG tell the coalition the location of ISIL targets and they hit accordingly,’ YPG spokesman Polat Can told Reuters, using an acronym for Islamic State.

‘Some of (the militants) have withdrawn, but they regroup and return. But because the air strikes are working in coordination, they hit their targets well,’ he said.

He did not disclose how the YPG fighters were sharing the coordinates.

Joy: The sinister black flag of the Islamic State was torn down from Tel Shair hill near Kobani hill in a symbolic blow against the jihadis. It was replaced by the yellow flag of the Kurdish fighters

Joy: The sinister black flag of the Islamic State was torn down from Tel Shair hill near Kobani hill in a symbolic blow against the jihadis. It was replaced by the yellow flag of the Kurdish fighters

 

A Kurdish fighter plants the yellow Kurdish flag above Tel Shair hill after an ISIS flag that had been fluttering for more than a week was torn down

A Kurdish fighter plants the yellow Kurdish flag above Tel Shair hill after an ISIS flag that had been fluttering for more than a week was torn down

Force: A fighter jet takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf to carry out an airstrike against Islamic State targets in Syria

Force: A fighter jet takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf to carry out an airstrike against Islamic State targets in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one of allied air strikes yesterday had killed a group of Islamic State fighters just 50 metre from a Kurdish position.operation inherent resolve Capture

Another had destroyed a two-storey building used by the militants.

The Observatory tracks the war in Syria using a network of sources on the ground 

Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said seven Islamic State fighters had been killed in clashes with the Kurds yesterday, along with at least six on the Kurdish side.

‘(The air strikes) are more serious than before because the coordination has grown in the last six days,’ Abdulrahman said.

Abdulrahman Gok, a journalist inside Kobani, said the latest air strikes had allowed the YPG to make some gains.

The intensified air campaign around Kobani has lifted the spirits of Kurds who have maintained a vigil watching the fighting from a hilltop just over the border in Turkey.

Dozens cheered as a powerful air strike hit eastern Kobani yesterday afternoon, sending up a plume of smoke.

Despite Kurdish advances, ISIS' flag could still be seen raised over buildings inside Kobane yesterday morning

Despite Kurdish advances, ISIS’ flag could still be seen raised over buildings inside Kobane yesterday morning

Flee: Islamic State militants run for cover in the Syrian town of Kobane during a U.S.-led coalition airstrike

Flee: Islamic State militants run for cover in the Syrian town of Kobane during a U.S.-led coalition airstrike

Gunman: An armed man crouches behind a wall in Kobane yesterday morning. Cars and coaches with severe damage caused by ongoing are seen in the shot with him

Gunman: An armed man crouches behind a wall in Kobane yesterday morning. Cars and coaches with severe damage caused by ongoing are seen in the shot with him

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Militants: Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban's leader Mohammad Omar, the men - made up of the group's chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid (centre) and five regional commanders - said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS

Militants: Withdrawing their loyalty to the Afghan Taliban’s leader Mohammad Omar, the men – made up of the group’s chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid (centre) and five regional commanders – said they will remain members of the Pakistani Taliban, but added they now consider themselves affiliates of ISIS

The official announcement of the six men’s declaration of allegiance to ISIS came in the form of an audio recording that emerged yesterday. However rumours had been circulating for weeks that several senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban were set to declare their loyalty to al-Baghdadi.

‘I show allegiance to the commander of faithful, Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Qureshi al Hussaini, and will listen and obey every order of you and will follow your orders regardless of what circumstances may be,’ Shahid said in the recording.

There is now concern that other senior figures in the Pakistani Taliban may defect to ISIS, including the group’s overall leader Maulana Fazlullah, who has previously voiced support for the terror group.

Despite several members having declared their ISIS sympathies, yesterday’s announcement is the first time any senior figure within the Pakistani Taliban has actually sworn allegiance to al-Baghdadi.

source: Mail Online