Concerned about Ebola? You’re worrying about the wrong disease!

Despite the terrifying headlines, almost none of us will get sick from Ebola – our fears often bear little relation to reality

SEASONAL FLU VIRUS

A deadly disease is set to hit the shores of the US, UK and much of the rest of the northern hemisphere in the coming months. It will swamp our hospitals, lay millions low and by this time next year between 250,000 and 500,000 worldwide will be dead, thousands of them in the US and Britain.

Despite the best efforts of the medical profession, there’s no reliable cure, and no available vaccine offers effective protection for longer than a few months at a time.

If you’ve been paying attention to recent, terrifying headlines, you may assume the illness is the Ebola virus. Instead, the above description refers to seasonal flu – not swine or bird flu, but regular garden variety influenza.

Our fears about illness often bear little relation to our chances of falling victim to it, a phenomenon not helped by media coverage, which tends towards the novel and lurid rather than the particularly dangerous.

Villagers in Liberia are made aware of the dos and don'ts when faced with an Ebola outbreak

Villagers in Liberia are made aware of the dos and don’ts when faced with an Ebola outbreak

Ebola has become the stuff of hypochondriacs’ nightmares across the world. In the UK, the Daily Mirror had “Ebola terror as passenger dies at Gatwick” (the patient didn’t have Ebola), while New York’s news outlets (and prominent tweeters) experienced their own Ebola scare.

Even intellectual powerhouses such as Donald Trump have fallen into panic, with the mogul calling for the US to shut off all travel to west Africa and revoke citizens’ right to return to the country – who cares about fundamental rights during an outbreak? Not to be outdone, the endlessly asinine “explanatory journalism” site Vox informed us that “If the supercontinent Pangaea spontaneously reunited, the US would border the Ebola epidemic”.

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Ebola is a horrific disease that kills more than half of people infected by it, though with specialist western treatment that death rate would likely fall a little. It’s unsurprising that the prospect of catching it is a scary one. The relief is that it’s not all that infectious: direct contact with bodily fluids of a visibly infected person is required, meaning that, compared with many illnesses, it’s easily contained.

Even in the midst of the current outbreak – the worst ever – the spread of the disease has not been rapid in west Africa: around 400 new cases were reported in June, and a further 500 or so in July. This is a linear spread, meaning each person at present is infecting on average around (actually just over) one additional person.

Far more worrying are diseases that spread exponentially: if one infected person spreads the disease to two or more on average, the illness spreads far quicker and is a much more worrying prospect, even if mortality is considerably lower.

The 800-plus deaths from Ebola in Africa so far this year are indisputably tragic, but it is important to keep a sense of proportion – other infectious diseases are far, far deadlier.

Since the Ebola outbreak began in February, around 300,000 people have died from malaria, while tuberculosis has likely claimed over 600,000 lives. Ebola might have our attention, but it’s not even close to being the biggest problem in Africa right now. Even Lassa fever, which shares many of the terrifying symptoms of Ebola (including bleeding from the eyelids), kills many more than Ebola – and frequently finds its way to the US.

The most real effect for millions of people reading about Ebola will be fear and stigma. During the Sars outbreak of 2003, Asian-Americans became the targets of just that, with public health hotlines inundated with calls from Americans worried about “buying Asian merchandise”, “living near Asians”, “going to school with Asians”, and more.

Similarly, during the H1N1 “swine flu” outbreak, which had almost identical spread and mortality to seasonal flu, patients reported extreme fear, prompted largely by the hysterical coverage.

In the coming months, almost none of us will catch the Ebola virus. Many of us, though, will get fevers, headaches, shivers and more.

As planes get grounded, communities are stigmatised, and mildly sick people fear for their lives, it’s worth reflecting what the biggest threat to our collective wellbeing is: rare tropical diseases, or our terrible coverage of them.

 

 

Up to twelve Americans could have Ebola: Fears grow in Dallas after first victim of deadly virus to reach US remained at large for a WEEK !

Up to 12 people could be infected with Ebola including five children, it was revealed today, as health officials scramble to contain the deadly virus following the first diagnosis on U.S. soil.

The family of the male sufferer, who recently arrived in Texas from Liberia, could be at risk,
ABC News reported on Wednesday. EMTs who transported the patient were also deemed at risk but had received the all-clear today.

The man, who arrived in Dallas on September 20, is said to be critically ill and has been kept in isolation since Sunday. The patient, has not been identified but is believed to be married and have children. He is ‘awake, talking and asking for food’, doctors said today.

However there are fears of the disease spreading because the man was in the U.S. for almost a week before being isolated.

The patient showed no symptoms of the disease while traveling but began to develop signs on September 24 and sought medical care two days later at Texas Presbyterian Hospital – where he was dismissed with antibiotics.

On September 28 he was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and quarantined before Ebola was confirmed. It raises the frightening prospect that he was mixing freely with others for a full four days while showing symptoms of the virus – the time when Ebola is most contagious.

The ambulance which carried the patient suffering from Ebola has been isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola following the first diagnosis on U.S. soil

An isolated patient inside Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas (pictured) is in critical condition with the Ebola virus, health officials said on Tuesday

CDC ‘disease detectives’ are now going door-to-door to find out who may have come in contact with the man while he was contagious with Ebola.

Ambulance 37 which transported him to the hospital has been cordoned off. There are concerns after it was used to move patients for two days after the Ebola patient but hospital officials have reassured citizens that it was properly sterilized.

The ambulance crew who transported the Ebola patient all tested negative for Ebola on Wednesday but have been placed in ‘reverse isolation’ at their homes for the next 21 days as a precaution.

The man arrived in the U.S. on September 20 from the West African region, where the disease has been rapidly spreading since its outbreak last December.

There is believed to be no risk to anyone who traveled on the same flight from Liberia because he did not have any symptoms at the time. The virus is not contagious until symptoms develop and is then transmitted via bodily fluids.

Health officials are investigating the misdiagnosis and why the patient’s isolation was delayed despite his symptoms and his travel history.

Community leaders are also assisting medical professionals in the hunt for those who need to be tested while trying to quell panic in the local Dallas community.

Stanley Gaye, president of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth,
told MailOnline on Wednesday that he believed the patient was a man in his 50s.

He understood that the man had been visiting his wife or fiancée and the house he had been staying had a lot of children living there.

His identity has not been officially confirmed.

Mr Gaye said at a community meeting on Tuesday: ‘We’ve been telling people to try to stay away from social gatherings.

‘We need to know who it is so that they (family members) can all go get tested. If they are aware, they should let us know. We are very concerned about it’.

Alben Tarty, spokesman for the association, said he was keen to avoid a panic but that he wanted anyone infected to come forward. He said that the patient was a ‘family man’ and was thought to have children.

Mr Tarty said: ‘It’s scary for them’.

The patient was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and isolated on September 28. according to Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden.

The total number of deaths from the Ebola virus in West Africa, using data collected by September 23

The patient is reportedly not being treated with the experimental serum ZMapp – because there is none left.

Dr Frieden said there was no risk to anyone on the airplane because the patient had no symptoms abulance crew tests Captureat the time of the flight.

It is not clear how the patient became infected.

‘From the information that we have now, it does not appear the individual was involved in the response to Ebola, but that’s something we’ll investigate more,’ he said on Tuesday.

The man’s name or nationality have not yet been released but it is understood that he was visiting relatives in the U.S.

Asked how many people the patient may have had close contact with, the CDC Director said: ‘I think a handful is the right characterization.’

The man is not believed to have gone to any other hospitals in the area.

President Obama is aware of the patient’s Ebola diagnosis and the public health investigation, the White House said.

Dr Frieden said he believed the case also marked the first time this strain of Ebola has been diagnosed outside of West Africa.

The unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.

Dr Edward Goodman, epidemiologist for Texas Health Presbyterian, said the hospital had a plan for handling Ebola should a suspected case emerge and was ‘well prepared’ to provide care.

The CDC has indicated which portions of West Africa where Ebola is being transmitted between people

The CDC has indicated which portions of West Africa where Ebola is being transmitted between people

CDC Director Tom Frieden said on Tuesday that the male patient took a plane from Liberia to the U.S. on September 19 and was admitted to hospital on September 28

CDC Director Tom Frieden said on Tuesday that the male patient took a plane from Liberia to the U.S. on September 19 and was admitted to hospital on September 28

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told CBS DFW: ‘We have quarantined both [the ambulance crew that took the patient to the hospital] and the unit itself to make sure that nothing was there that can be spread.’

He added: ‘First and foremost, we gotta have our thoughts and prayers for this man, who is very sick and hopefully he’ll get well. But we’re gonna sure everybody else is safe at the same time.’

The patient’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola.

Specimens from the patient were tested by a state lab and confirmed by a separate test by the Centers for Disease Control, said Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The hospital is reviewing why the patient was initially sent home with antibiotics.

Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health & Human Services, said health officials in North Texas are well equipped to care for the patient.

‘This is not Africa,’ he told Dallas station WFAA. ‘We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak.’

Twelve other people in the U.S. have been tested for Ebola since July 27, according to the CDC. All of those tests were negative.

Four U.S. aid workers who became infected while volunteering in West Africa have been treated in special isolation facilities in hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska.

A U.S. doctor exposed to the virus in Sierra Leone is under observation in a similar facility at the National Institutes of Health.

HOW THE U.S. WOKE UP TO VIRUS THREAT: THE AMERICANS WITH EBOLA

Though the nationality of the man being treated in Dallas, Texas has not been publicly disclosed, four Americans made headlines after they contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Three of those individuals have been released from the hospital.

Dr Kent Brantly

Dr Kent Brantly, a doctor with Samaritan's Purse in Libera, contracted Ebola while treating patients in West Africa. He is pictured being released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on August 21 after being cleared of the disease

Dr Kent Brantly, a doctor with Samaritan’s Purse in Libera, contracted Ebola while treating patients in West Africa. He is pictured being released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on August 21 after being cleared of the disease

Brantly wrote in a Time magazine column that he and his family moved to Liberia, where he contracted the Ebola virus in July.

The Samaritan’s Purse doctor was transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and survived. He was treated with the experimental ZMapp serum.

Nancy Writebol

Nancy Writebol, a missionary colleague of Dr Brantly, was diagnosed with Ebola at the same time and flown to Emory. She is pictured on September 3 following her recovery. Like Dr Brantly, she was also treated with an experimental serum, called ZMapp

Nancy Writebol, a missionary colleague of Dr Brantly, was diagnosed with Ebola at the same time and flown to Emory. She is pictured on September 3 following her recovery. Like Dr Brantly, she was also treated with an experimental serum, called ZMapp

A missionary for SIM and Brantly’s colleague who helped decontaminate medical staff treating Ebola patients, Mrs Writebol developed the Ebola virus in Liberia in July.

She, too, was transported to Emory University Hospital and survived. She was similar treated with the experimental serum.

Dr Rick Sacra

Dr Rick Sacra was treated at Nebraska Medical Center in the isolation unit after contracting Ebola in Libera. He is pictured at a September 26 press conference following his recovery

Dr Rick Sacra was treated at Nebraska Medical Center in the isolation unit after contracting Ebola in Libera. He is pictured at a September 26 press conference following his recovery

Sacra was in Liberia with Samaritan’s Purse when he became sick with Ebola.

He was flown to Nebraska Medical Center, and Brantly provided blood transfusions to help him. Dr Sacra has since been cleared of the disease and released from hospital.

Possible fourth patient
The identity of the exposed American has not been publicly listed. The National Institutes of Health said ‘The patient is an American physician who was volunteering services in an Ebola treatment in Sierra Leone’ and is inside the NIH Clinical Center.

An epidemic of the Ebola virus (seen here in a file photo) has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa

An epidemic of the Ebola virus (seen here in a file photo) has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa

Caution: Ebola is not contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread

The U.S. has only four such isolation units. But asked whether the male patient from Liberia would be moved to one of those specialty facilities, Dr Frieden said there was no need and virtually any hospital can provide the proper care and infection control.

One of the health workers who contracted Ebola, Samaritan’s Purse Dr Kent Brantly, testified to what is ebola virus Capturethe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee about prevention methods earlier this month, The National Journalreported.

‘Many have used the analogy of a fire burning out of control to describe this unprecedented Ebola outbreak,’ Brantly said.

‘Indeed it is a fire – it is a fire straight from the pit of hell. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that the vast moat of the Atlantic Ocean will protect us from the flames of this fire.

‘Instead, we must mobilize the resources… to keep entire nations from being reduced to ashes.’

Just one day before the Dallas Ebola case was publicly confirmed, Bill Gates said at a breakfast meeting that countries should get ready to handle a possible outbreak of the deadly  virus as people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea move across borders.

‘Because of that uncertainty, I am not going to hazard a guess,’ Gates said when asked whether he thinks the massive ramping up of international aid over the past few weeks is enough.

‘We are sorry to learn of the confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas,’ Samaritan’s Purse president Bruce Johnson said in a statement on Tuesday.

‘This person did exactly the right thing – report to a hospital.’

He added: ‘I am grateful for what we have available in the U.S. We have seen the success and survival rate of Americans cared for in a well-equipped medical center. We need to help share this with the people of West Africa.

‘We will be praying for the survival of this patient and that doctors will continue to learn at a quickened pace what will help fight this epidemic across West Africa.’

Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Ebola is not contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.

The New York Times reported traveling medical workers are treated with suspicion, and that they must also deal with ‘a belief that simply saying “Ebola” aloud makes the disease appear.’

Health officials use two primary guidelines when deciding whether to test a person for the virus – whether that person has traveled to West Africa and whether he or she has been near friends or relatives or other people who have been exposed to the virus, said CDC spokesman Jason McDonald.

Since the summer months, U.S. health officials have been preparing for the possibility that an individual traveler could unknowingly arrive with the infection. Health authorities have advised hospitals on how to prevent the virus from spreading within their facilities.

People boarding planes in the outbreak zone are checked for fever, but that does not guarantee that an infected person won’t get through. Liberia is one of the three hardest-hit countries in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The epidemic has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa.

BILL GATES: ‘EBOLA COULD SPREAD BEYOND WEST AFRICA’

Billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates has warned that countries should get ready to handle a possible outbreak of Ebola in case it spreads further as people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea travel across borders.

‘Because of that uncertainty, I am not going to hazard a guess,’ Gates said after being asked whether he thinks the massive ramping up of international aid over the past few weeks is enough.

The World Bank has started working with countries on developing plans should the highly infectious disease spread.

The lesson so far is that countries with strong primary healthcare systems already in place are well Bill Gatespositioned to halt the march of Ebola, as Nigeria and Senegal have demonstrated in their quick response to cases there, Gates said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funneled extra money in July and August towards Nigeria and pledged an additional $50million on September 10 to fight the epidemic, which so far has infected over 6,000 people mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The World Health Organization warns the infection rate probably is three times that number and could reach 20,000 by November. The death rate is over 50 per cent.

The lesson so far is that countries with strong primary healthcare systems already in place are well positioned to halt the march of Ebola, as Nigeria and Senegal have demonstrated in their quick response to cases there, Gates said.

To contain the epidemic, the United States on September 16 announced the deployment of 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to build 17 treatment clinics and train healthcare workers, mostly in Liberia, at a cost of about $1billion.

The United Kingdom and France also are increasing their assistance and the United Nations has stepped forward to coordinate the international effort.

The Gates Foundation has deep expertise in fighting infectious diseases, especially malaria, HIV/Aids, polio and tuberculosis, and has invested billions of dollars in developing countries over the past decade.

Building a healthcare structure in the three countries worst hit by Ebola is critical, otherwise deaths from preventable diseases will quickly outpace those from Ebola, Gates said.

If mothers are afraid to get professional assistance in delivering their babies for fear of contracting Ebola and children cannot get malaria treatments, the long-term impact of the epidemic will be far more damaging, he said.

‘That will be very tragic, and it won’t get the type of attention that Ebola is getting,’ Gates said.

He estimated that it will take 20 years of donor investment in some African countries to build resilient healthcare systems able to control preventable diseases and manage health crises.

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Nigeria and Senegal ‘contain’ Ebola

The Ebola virus may have been contained in Nigeria and Senegal, US health authorities say, after no new cases were reported there for almost a month.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the outbreakcould be declared over in Nigeria next month.

It continues, however, in other parts of West Africa, in particular Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 3,000 people have died of the virus so far, mostly in Liberia.

The current outbreak is the most deadly Ebola outbreak in history.

The outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been far smaller than in other West African countries, with 20 confirmed cases in total between the two countries.

Ebola control “possible”

In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, there have been 19 confirmed cases of the virus and eight deaths since the first confirmed case there in July. The last reported case in Nigeria was discovered on 5 September, the CDC said.

There was also one confirmed case in Senegal in late August, where the infected person survived.

A child at an Ebola unit in Liberia, 27 September 2014

Liberia has been worst-hit by Ebola, accounting for over half the deaths

Ebola has an incubation period of 21 days, the CDC said. After two consecutive 21-day periods have passed with no new cases, a country would be able to declare an outbreak over, it said.

Therefore, both Nigeria and Senegal will be able to declare their outbreaks officially over by mid-October, a CDC official said.

“Although Nigeria isn’t completely out of the woods, their extensive response to a single case of Ebola shows that control is possible with rapid, focused interventions” said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a statement.

“Countries throughout the region as well as Nigeria need to take rapid steps to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in order to prevent outbreaks in their country” he added.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan already declared the end of the virus in his country in a speech last week.

“We can confidently say that today Nigeria is Ebola-free” he said on 24 September, a claim that medical experts believe is premature.

Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Ebola virus
  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Spread by body fluids, such as blood and saliva
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 70%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no proven vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’s natural host

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British special forces join fighters on Isil front line

Exclusive: SAS and American special forces working with Kurdish fighters on the Iraqi front lines as discussions under way to give them dedicated base near the Kurdish city of Dohuk.

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter in Gwar, northern Iraq

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter in Gwar, northern Iraq Photo: AHMED JADALLAH/Reuters

By , Daquq, northern Iraq

SAS and American special forces are working with Kurdish fighters on the Iraqi front lines as part of a major offensive to push Isil jihadists back and relieve pressure on the besieged Syria town of Kobane, senior Kurdish military officers have disclosed.

The Kurdish forces launched attacks just before dawn on three fronts – Rabia, on the Syrian border, Zummar, a town near Mosul Dam, and a number of villages near Daquq, south of Kirkuk.

SAS and American special forces were working along these battle zones as observers on the front lines as well as training Kurdish troops. Brig. Gen. Hikmet also said that discussions were under way to give them a dedicated base near the Kurdish city of Dohuk.

“The [US and UK] special forces have been so effective for us,” Brig-Gen Helgurd Hikmet told the Telegraph. “Their special forces don’t take any part in the fighting. They are only taking a role in training and teaching, and also as observers. As observers they go to the front line, but don’t do any fighting.”

It is believed the British air strikes on Tuesday were part of the battle for Rabia, which is a key supply route for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) between its “headquarters” in Syria and its forces in Iraq.

Large amounts of modern American equipment seized from the Iraqi army during Isil’s push across Iraq in June were taken over the border to Syria across this border.

The villages near Daquq are where the two front lines are closest, with the black flags of Isil flying less than 100 yards across a narrow canal from the Kurdish positions, and a couple of hundreds of yards from the main road to Kirkuk.

Troops there on Tuesday said a force of 3-400 men crossed the river at 4.30am and managed to encircle Isil troops in the forward village of Wahda, seizing the villages of Khalidiya and Saadiya to the north- and south-west. But the centre point of the attack became held up in Wahda, and the whole advance was forced to fall back.

“I was in Khalidiya and the response we met was very heavy,” said Khadir Aziz, a Peshmerga soldier. “We never imagined they would hit us so strongly.”

One of the commanding officers, Lt Col Safwat Mahmoud, said they had tried to call in air strikes in support but had had no response.

Last night as dusk fell the battle was continuing by the canal, with Isil Dushkas – Russian-made anti-aircraft guns – holding the Peshmerga at bay and also targeting a helicopter hovering overhead.

Brig-Gen Hikmet said the aim of the concerted Kurdish push had been to try to draw away Isil fighters and relieve pressure on Kobane, the Kurdish town in Syria near the Turkish border that is all but surrounded by Isil.

“When we were first at war with Isil, we saw our weapons were nothing – most were not working, even our ammunition was old,” Brig. Gen. Hikmet said. “This coalition with western countries is very powerful for us.”

source: The Telegraph

Theresa May’s plans to tackle extremism present a serious threat to civil liberty

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Today, Home Secretary Theresa May announced new plans to deal with “extremism”. The concept of extremism has become rather like fascism: a catchall term for things we don’t like.

That is not to say it does not exist: but the important question is how one defines extremism. The Prime Minister has said he intends that the new powers to tackle extremism to go beyond existing laws on incitement to hatred and incitement to violence. This is where things get difficult – all we really have as a guideline is a know-it-when-we-see-it gut reaction. In other words, would a statement cause a reasonable person to think: “that’s a bit much”? This is far too vague a basis for new the powers of censorship proposed by May, who also used her speech to resurrect the Government’s obsession with greater powers for online surveillance.

The Home Secretary’s stated ambition of “working with Ofcom to deal with extremist broadcasts” has obvious resonance in the banning from the airwaves of the voices of representatives of Northern Irish paramilitary groups in the late 80s and early 90s. That particular prohibition led to the ridiculous scenario where Gerry Adams and other republican representatives had their statements dubbed by actors before interviews were broadcast, as if it were not their words but their very voices that might attract sympathy for terrorism. The only definite gain that ban brought about was for a handful of Belfast actors who made decent pocket money from the voiceover work.

But the direct comparison with that ban does not quite work: that ban was, if not desirable, then at least plausible, in that it targeted specific organisations rather than ideas. It was crucial for IRA and Sinn Féin spokespeople to be identified as coming from IRA and Sinn Féin – the claim to descendance from the original IRA of revolutionary Ireland being all important. But modern terror movements rarely operate as structured, coherent groups with internal rules and regulations.

What is being discussed now is not a ban on specific members of specific organisations, but a ban on ideologies and people who may seek to convince others to follow them.

If we’re to follow the Troubles example, in effect, that means banning Ian Paisley from the airwaves as well as Gerry Adams.

Paisley, like many of the preachers and demagogues of today who trouble the Home Secretary so, knew how to take his rhetoric right to the edge without tumbling into criminality.

In fact, under these proposals, the late Dr Paisley’s own church, with its forthright views on everything from alcohol to homosexuality to the Pope in Rome, could find itself not just banned from the evening news, but completely proscribed.

How many organisations exist that would fall foul of May’s proposed civil powers to prohibit “extremist groups that fall short of the existing laws relating to terrorism”?

If the basis for banning orders on organisations is a reasonable belief that they intend to incite religious or racial hatred or “threaten democracy”, then a whole spectrum of thought, from anarchism to fundamentalist religion, could be proscribed.

The law should be about preventing specific harm to the public, not deciding whose ideas are acceptable and whose aren’t.

In her speech, Theresa May laid claim to free speech and respect for minorities as British (and by implication Conservative) values, and said of the British people that “we cherish our freedom to lead our lives as we choose”. Quite so. These are ideas that every nation should aspire to.

They are not concepts we should allow to be relegated to mere throat clearing as the Home Secretary announces plans for new powers to restrict speech and civil liberties.

source: Daily Telegraph

Belgium tries 46 over jihadist links

Court sketch showing Sharia4Belgium accused

Court sketch showing Sharia4Belgium accused……Only eight of the accused appeared in court in Antwerp

Forty-six people have gone on trial in Antwerp on charges of belonging to a group that sent jihadists to Syria, the largest case of its kind in Belgium.

Prosecutors say the Sharia4Belgium organisation sent recruits to militant groups such as Islamic State (IS).

Only eight of the accused appeared in court. The rest are thought to be on the frontline – or dead – in Syria.

European governments are increasingly worried about the risks posed by their citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq.

IS militants spearheaded an assault across northern Iraq this summer, adding a belt of territory there to the areas under their control in Syria.

The US, and its European and Arab allies, have responded with air strikes on IS-held territory.

More than 3,000 European Muslims are thought to have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight for IS and groups that share its ideology, such as al-Qaeda-allied Jabhat al-Nusra.

European security agencies fear that jihadists who return from those countries could mount attacks on domestic targets.

Armed guards in Antwerp

The trial is being held under tight security

Officials estimate that up to 400 Belgian nationals have gone to fight in Syria. Of these, about 10% are thought to have links to Sharia4Belgium.

The group’s alleged leader, Fouad Belkacem, was among those who appeared at the court in Antwerp on Monday.

Though he is not thought to have travelled to Syria himself, investigators say he inspired others to go there.

If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Defence lawyers are expected to make their statements on Tuesday.

Mr Belkacem has denied the charges against him, saying in an open letter to the press that he had “never recruited, incited or sent” fighters to Syria.

Sixteen of the 46 accused are charged with leading Sharia4Belgium, with the remaining 30 said to be members of the group.

The group was formed in 2010 with the professed aim of introducing Islamic law in Belgium. It disbanded two years later – although the authorities suspect it continued recruiting fighters for Syria.

The Belgian authorities hope this trial will serve as a deterrent for other young Muslims, says the BBC’s Chris Morris in Brussels.

Belgium has the highest number of jihadist recruits per capita of any western European country, according to the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR).

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Muslim Traffic Warden Raped Solihull Pensioner In Her Own Home

Irshad Hussain targeted 71-year-old victim after obtaining her phone number through his job.

Irshad Hussain

A traffic warden who raped a pensioner after forcing his way into her home has been jailed for 13 years.

Sinister Irshad Hussain targeted the Solihull 71-year-old after obtaining her phone number through his work.

He nicknamed her “Oldie” before launching the “premeditated” attack on October 25, 2012, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Hussain, 30, of Flavells Lane, South Yardley, was found guilty of rape.

Passing sentence, Judge Paul Farrer QC told Hussain: “This offence was premeditated.

“You plainly targeted her because of her vulnerability.

“You forced you way into her home.

“You then demanded to see her bedroom and pushed her upstairs and she fell down on to the bed.

“Throughout this she was terrified and felt unable to struggle.

“You then ran from the house and effectively made good your escape.”

The judge said Hussain had counted on the victim not reporting the attack because of her vulnerability.

He went on: “You were right to the extent that she did not phone either the police or any member of the family that evening.

“However the next morning she told her daughter, disclosing what had happened.”

The judge said the attack had a “significant” impact on the victim.

He said she could not bear to return home for six weeks because she was “scared and terrified about being on her own”.

West Midlands Police said Hussain was tracked down by DNA evidence.

A sample taken from the pensioner’s home matched a record logged on a national database after a theft in 2003.

The force said Hussain claimed he had consensual sex with the victim.

“In reality, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Det Chief Insp Dean Young, from the Public Protection Unit.

“From his work in the area as a traffic warden, he became aware of the woman and her vulnerabilities.

“He preyed on her and seized his opportunity to take advantage of her, abusing his position of trust in the community.

“We are satisfied with the sentence handed to Hussain, which reflects the serious nature of this offence.

“The victim has understandably been affected a great deal by what has happened.

“Her health has deteriorated and she has lost her independence, becoming more reliant on family members as a result.

“I would like to commend the victim and her family for the dignity and bravery they have shown throughout the trial.

“I hope the sentence provides some reassurance for them and gives other victims of sexual violence the confidence to come forward and report matters to us.

“While we are confident our inquiries would have led us to Hussain, the speed at which we were able to take him off the streets and prevent him from targeting other vulnerable people, was only possible with the help of DNA profiling.

“In its thirtieth year, this case demonstrates just how important DNA profiling has become in bringing offenders to justice and protecting people in our communities. “

SOURCE: BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Islamic State’s driving force

Image purported to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (05/07/14)

Image purported to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (05/07/14)

On 5 July, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known by his supporters as Caliph Ibrahim, left the shadows and showed his face for the first time, in a Friday sermon in Mosul, Iraq.

While previous pictures of him had been leaked, Baghdadi had not shown himself in the four years since he became leader of what was then the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq (forerunner of Isis, then the Islamic State).

Before April 2013, Baghdadi also did not release many audio messages.

His first written statement was a eulogy to Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

His first audio message was released in July 2012 and predicted future victories for the Islamic State.

Since the group’s resurgence, which began 15 months ago, Baghdadi’s media output has risen. The amount of specific information about his background has also increased.

‘Descendant of the Prophet’

In July 2013, a Bahraini ideologue Turki al-Binali, writing under the pen name Abu Humam Bakr bin Abd al-Aziz al-Athari, wrote a biography of Baghdadi.

A handout picture released by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior in January 2014 shows a photograph purportedly of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

A handout picture released by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior in January 2014 shows a photograph purportedly of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Prior to his appearance in Mosul, there were only two known photographs of Baghdadi

It highlighted Baghdadi’s family history which claims that Baghdadi was indeed a descendant of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s Quraysh tribe – one of the key qualifications in Islamic history for becoming the caliph (historically, leader of all Muslims).

It said that Baghdadi came from the al-Bu Badri tribe, which is primarily based in Samarra and Diyala, north and east of Baghdad respectively, and known historically for being descendants of Muhammad.

Turki al-Binali’s tract continued by highlighting that prior to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Baghdadi received his PhD from the Islamic University of Baghdad, with a focus on Islamic culture, history, sharia, and jurisprudence.

Baghdadi preached at the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal Mosque in Samarra.

Baghdadi does not have credentials from esteemed Sunni religious establishments such as al-Azhar University in Cairo or the Islamic University of Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Nonetheless, he is more steeped in traditional Islamic education than either al-Qaeda’s past and current leaders, Osama Bin Laden and Aymen al-Zawahiri, both laymen and an engineer and doctor respectively.

This has conferred on Baghdadi a higher level of praise, worthiness, and legitimacy among his supporters.

Rise to top

Following the US invasion of Iraq, Baghdadi, along with some associates, created Jamaat Jaysh Ahl al-Sunnah wa-l-Jamaah (JJASJ) – the Army of the Sunni People Group – which operated in Samarra, Diyala, and Baghdad.

Map showing territory under Isis control

Map showing territory under Isis control

Within the group, Baghdadi was the head of the sharia committee. US-led coalition forces detained him from February to December 2004, but released him since he was not viewed as a high-level threat.

After al-Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers (al-Qaeda in Iraq) changed its name to Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin (Mujahideen Shura Council) in early 2006, JJASJ’s leadership pledged baya (oath of allegiance) to it and joined the umbrella organisation.

Within the new structure, Baghdadi joined the sharia committees. But soon after the organisation announced another change to its name in late 2006 to the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Baghdadi became the general supervisor of the sharia committees for the wilayats (provinces) within the new “state” as well as a member of ISI’s senior consultative council.

When ISI’s leader Abu Umar al-Baghdadi died in April 2010, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi succeeded him.

Place in history?

Since taking over the leadership of the Islamic State, Baghdadi has rebuilt and reinvigorated a battered organisation after the Sunni tribal sahwa (awakening) against it, which was then consolidated by the US military surge.

Compared with the Islamic State’s first attempt at governance last decade, thus far, while still brutal, it is doing a better job, though questions still remain about its longer-term sustainability.

Islamic State fighter in Mosul (30/06/14)

Under Baghdadi, the Islamic State has become one of the most formidable jihadist groups in the world

Under Baghdadi, the Islamic State has become one of the most formidable jihadist groups in the world

Part of this is related to augmenting its cruel judicial punishments with a social service regime to create more soft power, but also to have a carrot to its stick.

Likewise, as a lesson from the tribal awakening, the Islamic State over the past couple of years has either assassinated key leaders within the sahwa movement or brokered “repentances” from those that would like to join the organisation.

This, in ways, has helped blunt more of the potential for a large-scale uprising similar to last decade, though there have been calls and rumours that some tribal elements that have not “repented” will take on the Islamic State.

Moreover, if one looks at the locations that the Islamic State has targeted to take over or currently controls, many are along both the Euphrates and Tigris rivers as well as areas that have oil in both Iraq and Syria.

Baghdadi and the rest of the Islamic State leadership realise that if one has a monopoly on the energy (whether for human consumption or electrically powered devices) along with its growing military might, it is a lot easier to consolidate its writ, even if parts of the population disagree with its ideological project.

While we may not know the future of the Islamic State, it is clear that Baghdadi has steered the organisation back to prominence. In many ways, he has eclipsed even the founder of the group Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last decade in prestige, resources, and potential for the future.

His true significance will likely come more to light following his death, since, as we have seen with al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri has had a difficult time replacing Bin Laden.

For now, the Islamic State’s “Caliph” is the new star of the ascendant “Caliphate Project”.

source: BBC NEWS

Missing Bristol girl, 15, ‘may be heading to Syria’

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A missing teenage Somali girl from Bristol may be attempting to get to Syria, police have said.

Detectives have been tracing the 15-year-old’s movements from the moment she left her home to her arrival in Istanbul, Turkey.

Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said there were indications the girl “may have been radicalised”.

“Our priority is to find her before she crosses the border to Syria and make sure she is safe,” she said.

“We must all be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of radicalisation.

“Often, young Muslims who go to Syria can be naïve and don’t recognise that they are being sucked into joining extremist groups.

“This is not about criminalising these young people, it’s about preventing tragedies.”

The girl’s parents reported her missing last Wednesday.

The student, who police are declining to name, travelled to London where she met a 17-year-old girl from London and both are believed to have travelled from Heathrow Airport.

Avon and Somerset Police said the search involved detectives from the Metropolitan Police and their network of international liaison officers

source: BBC NEWS

Poisoning accused ‘beaten by mother’

Kuntal Patel has admitted two counts of attempting to acquire a toxin

A woman accused of poisoning her mother in a Breaking Bad-inspired plot has told a court she was beaten by her.

Kuntal Patel, 37, denies trying to murder her magistrate mother Meena by putting abrin in her Diet Coke drink.

Giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court, Ms Patel said her “controlling” mother “forbade” her from marrying her boyfriend.

She said she “couldn’t understand how or why my mother was behaving like this”.

‘Watched 24/7′

Ms Patel said her boyfriend Niaj Kakad had called her mother controlling, and when she told her this she erupted in fury and beat her.

“I think for her that was a sign of him being disrespectful to her,” she said.

Ms Patel lived with her mother and younger sister Poonam in Plaistow, east London, where her mother kept tabs on her “24/7″, jurors heard.

She said her mother “started slapping” her “on and off”.

When she struck up a relationship with Mr Kakad, her mother quickly turned sour and tried to break them up, she claimed.

The court previously heard the graphic designer attempted to kill her mother by putting poison in a drink in a plot inspired by US TV series Breaking Bad.

Ms Patel was arrested in January when her emails to Jesse Korff asking for more abrin and ricin on the “dark web” were intercepted by the FBI, jurors were told.

The court heard Mr Korff, who made his poisons in a lab at his home, reassured Ms Patel he had sent her real poison and said it had “worked” for his other customers.

She denies trying to murder her mother, who sits on the bench at Thames Magistrates’ Court, and one count of acquiring a biological agent or toxin, but has pleaded guilty to two further counts of attempting to acquire a biological agent or toxin.

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Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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SHARIAH AND CHILD ABUSE – IS THERE A CONNECTION?.

What is Shariah Law? To answer this question, one must understand that Shariah Law stems from the justification of the acts of physical and sexual violence of one man some 1400 years ago.

Mohammed proclaimed himself as the prophet of Allah, one of a pantheon of Gods worshipped in and around the Middle East at the time.  It has been suggested that the pre-Islamic Allah was the Babylonian deity Ba’al, not the Hebrew Yahweh as suggested in the Quran.  There is one huge difference between the Yahweh of Jewish and Christian literature and the Allah of Islamic literature; and that is that whilst Yahweh can and does defend his own holiness, Allah’s holiness (and therefore that of Mohammed’s) has to be avidly and violently defended by his followers.

According to Islam, Muhammad’s first revelation was the event in which Muhammad was visited by the Arch-angel Gabriel who revealed to him a verse from the Quran. The event took place in a cave called Hira, located on the mountain called Jabal an-Nour, near Mecca.

My opinion is that Mohammed used Allah as one might use a ventriloquist’s dummy.  A careful reading of the Quran and hadith leaves us with the impression that when Mohammed wanted something, he would go into a trance and Allah would then respond to Mohammed’s request.  That is why we have a Quran that seems to contradict itself, and why we have the resulting abrogation of the mainly ‘peaceful’ passages, to the much more violent passages as time passes.

Shariah stands or falls therefore upon the behaviour of Mohammed as a man to be emulated, since it is his life and preaching which is enshrined in Shariah (and the hadith).

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Here is one:

Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).

Sahih Bukhari 7:62:64

Do we really need a system of laws that sees nothing wrong with a man in his forties marrying a pre-pubescent child?

It is on the issue of the place of women in society that Shariah is at its most objectionable.   Shariah defines female unbelievers as the property (slaves) of believing males who have no rights at all; subject only to the whim of their owners.

Even female believers are chattel to be passed from father to husband, with no real say in the matter, and if they object they can be killed to save the honour of the family.

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Women fought hard for equality in the West, they therefore need to look hard at where the government’s love affair with Islam is taking us.

To some Muslims, grooming underage non-Muslim girls is totally acceptable within Shariah, and it is this aspect of Shariah that the police and social services – by doing nothing, and by failing to do their jobs – negligently and shamefully allowed to be implemented in Rotherham and other places; all part of the creep of Shariah into our society.

I would like to believe that this creep was allowed to happen unwittingly, but the evidence suggests that it was policy from on high.   Blair promised us that he would be “Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” but the grooming of underage girls was not perceived to be a crime by the relevant authorities in Rotherham.   Obviously the Shariah interpretation of sexual crime against minors held sway there.

Now that this situation is out in the open, we will see if Shariah still holds in Rotherham – if the matter is just swept under the carpet, then we will know that Rotherham is still Shariah compliant.

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There may however be a full enquiry, we will see the laws of the land enacted against those who raped vulnerable children, those who aided and abetted them, those who refused to investigate complaints and were thus accessories after the fact, and those who further victimized the victims saying that the sex was ‘consensual’ (they are all criminals and need to be punished with the full weight of English law, if only to demonstrate to all and sundry that Shariah is not the law of this land).  Failure to do this will send a very loud, and very clear message to every authority in the country, its ok to implement Sharah as an alternative to English law.

I expect however that there will be a few junior ranks blamed, and the real criminals will get off scot free – that is how it works.

SOURCE:http://www.shariawatch.org.uk/articles/shariah-and-child-abuse-there-connection#.VCiwePldWSq

Fired Muslim convert store-worker who beheaded female colleague lost his job ‘in argument over stoning women’

  • Alton Nolen, 30, allegedly killed Colleen Hufford, 54, in Moore, Oklahoma
  • Also ‘stabbed Traci Johnson’, 43, in attack at Vaughan Foods store
  • Followed argument over whether women should be stoned, local media say 
  • During attack Nolen was shot and wounded by firm’s CEO Mark Vaughan
  • Co-workers revealed that Nolen, who has an extensive rap sheet, had recently converted to Islam and had tried to get them to convert as well
  • He apparently celebrated terrorism on Facebook in months before attack
  • Posted image of Pope Benedict XVI, saying: ‘SHARIA LAW IS COMING!’
  • Also uploaded photo of 9/11, writing Statue of Liberty is ‘going into flames’ 
  • FBI is investigating whether conversion to Islam linked to alleged killing
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Islamic convert: Other posts saw Nolen reading the Koran, donning Muslim religious clothing (pictured), praying in a mosque and seemingly performing the one-figure salute of the Islamic State terror group.

By LYDIA WARREN and LAURA COLLINS and SOPHIE JANE EVANS FOR MAILONLINE and KIERAN CORCORAN FOR MAILONLINE….

The Muslim convert who allegedly beheaded a female co-worker was arguing with his colleagues about whether it is acceptable to stone women to death the day he launched his attack, it has been claimed.

Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was trying to convince workers that Islam teaches that the punishment is acceptable on Thursday, shortly before he was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, according to local media.

He returned the same day and lashed out at colleagues Colleen Hufford and Traci Johnson with a knife, police said.

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Salute: Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, attacked Colleen Hufford and Traci Johnson after he was sacked from Vaughan Foods in Oklahoma, police said. Above, Nolen (center) apparently performs ISIS's one-finger salute

Salute: Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, attacked Colleen Hufford and Traci Johnson after he was sacked from Vaughan Foods in Oklahoma, police said. Above, Nolen (center) apparently performs ISIS’s one-finger salute

'Killer': The suspect  reportedly beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, before he was shot and wounded by off-duty sheriff's deputy and firm CEO Mark Vaughan. Above, Nolen reads the Koran

‘Killer': The suspect reportedly beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, before he was shot and wounded by off-duty sheriff’s deputy and firm CEO Mark Vaughan. Above, Nolen reads the Koran

He allegedly beheaded Ms Hufford and stabbed Ms Johnson – and would have continued his rampage had he not been shot by the store’s CEO.

According to Truth Revolt, a family told a local Oklahoma paper Nolen was telling co-workers about an unspecified Islamic teaching which – Nolen claimed – said women should be stoned for committing certain offenses.

Nolen, who has been accused of trying to convert his colleagues to Islam, was shot and wounded by Mark Vaughan, CEO of Vaughan Foods and an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, police said.

He survived the injury and was hospitalized, while Ms Johnson remains in stable condition in hospital.

Now, it has emerged that Nolen apparently celebrated terrorism, promoted Islam and disparaged non-Muslims in a series of posts on Facebook in the months leading up to the alleged killing.  

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Arrest: Nolen, who has been accused of trying to convert his colleagues at the plant to Islam, survived the injury and was hospitalized. Above, in an image posted to Facebook, the suspect is seen reading the Koran 

Under the name Jah’Keem Yisrael, the suspect posted an image of Pope Benedict XVI to the social networking site, accompanied by the caption: ‘SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!’.

In another he uploaded a photo of the Joker from the Batman series alongside a message criticizing the ‘wicked’ U.S. for not helping the people of Gaza against Israel.

Other posts saw Nolen reading the Koran, donning Muslim religious clothing, praying in a mosque and seemingly performing the one-figure salute of the Islamic State terror group.

Earlier this year, Nolen, whose Facebook cover photo appears to show several Taliban fighters, posted a photo of the 9/11 attacks, writing: ‘A future prophecy revelation 18.8. She (the Statue of Liberty) is going into flames. She and anybody who’s with her’,

In prayer: It has emerged that Nolen (seen praying) apparently celebrated terrorism, promoted Islam and disparaged non-Muslims in a series of posts on Facebook in the months leading up to the alleged killing

In prayer: It has emerged that Nolen (seen praying) apparently celebrated terrorism, promoted Islam and disparaged non-Muslims in a series of posts on Facebook in the months leading up to the alleged killing

Posing: Under the name Jah'Keem Yisrael, the suspect posted an image of Pope Benedict XVI to the social networking site, accompanied by the caption: 'SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!'. Above, he poses in another photo

Posing: Under the name Jah’Keem Yisrael, the suspect posted an image of Pope Benedict XVI to the social networking site, accompanied by the caption: ‘SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!’. Above, he poses in another photo

At work: Meanwhile, in another, he uploaded a photo of the Joker with a message criticising the 'wicked' U.S. for not helping the people of Gaza against Israel. Above, Nolen is pictured loading food onto a shelf at work

At work: Meanwhile, in another, he uploaded a photo of the Joker with a message criticising the ‘wicked’ U.S. for not helping the people of Gaza against Israel. Above, Nolen is pictured loading food onto a shelf at work

He also apparently posted images of Osama bin Laden, deadly weaponry, a poster reading ‘Islam will dominate the world’ and children learning how to shoot guns.

The FBI is investigating Nolen’s recent conversion to Islam to determine whether it was connected to the beheading and stabbing at the food processing plant in Moore on Thursday.

The bureau will work in conjunction with the Moore Police Department to chart Nolen’s background as his motives are still unclear, Fox News reported.

Following his sacking on Thursday, Nolen returned to his SUV before smashing it into another vehicle, Moore Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said.

In custody: Over a one-year period, Nolen also apparently posted images of Osama bin Laden, deadly weaponry, a poster reading 'Islam will dominate the world' and children learning how to shoot guns

In custody: Over a one-year period, Nolen also apparently posted images of Osama bin Laden, deadly weaponry, a poster reading ‘Islam will dominate the world’ and children learning how to shoot gun

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Under investigation: The FBI is investigating Nolen’s (pictured left and right) recent conversion to Islam to determine whether it was connected to the beheading and stabbing at the food processing plant in Moore

He then allegedly climbed out and entered the building, before attacking the first two people he saw – Ms Hufford and Ms Johnson – with a knife he had used at work.

On Friday, 911 calls revealed the panic of employees, with a caller telling the dispatcher: ‘They’re in the office, front office of the building. Yeah, we can hear a lot of screaming.

‘We don’t know where the person went and he went through our front office, went through the shipping office and stabbed a woman in our customer service department.’

Nolen could then be heard running, before three gun shots rang out, KFOR reported. ‘Stay down! Stay down!’ the caller told his fellow employees.

Social media user: Following his sacking on Thursday, Nolen (pictured) returned to his SUV before smashing it into another vehicle, police said. He then allegedly entered the building and attacked the two women

Social media user: Following his sacking on Thursday, Nolen (pictured) returned to his SUV before smashing it into another vehicle, police said. He then allegedly entered the building and attacked the two women

Scene: On Friday, 911 calls revealed the panic of employees, with a caller telling the dispatcher: 'They're in the office, front office of the building. Yeah, we can hear a lot of screaming. Above, the scene at Vaughan Foods

Scene: On Friday, 911 calls revealed the panic of employees, with a caller telling the dispatcher: ‘They’re in the office, front office of the building. Yeah, we can hear a lot of screaming. Above, the scene at Vaughan Foods

Yesterday, authorities applauded Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy, for his shooting of Nolen, which was deemed to have saved Ms Johnson’s and other employees’ lives.

‘This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it,’ Lewis said. ‘It could have gotten a lot worse.’

Sheriff John Whetsel with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office added in a statement: ‘These were heinous criminal acts that were ended by the quick response of Oklahoma County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mark Vaughan.

‘I am extremely proud of the actions of Deputy Vaughan and I am convinced those actions saved the lives of several other employees.

‘Mr. Vaughan, who serves as CEO of Vaughan Foods, was at work and when he was alerted that a man was attacking employees with a knife, Mark didn’t hesitate. He quickly responded.

‘Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of a second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect.

‘There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it hadn’t been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions.’

Sergeant Lewis  added that police are waiting until he was conscious before they move forward with charges.

Emotional: Employees and friends wait behind a tape for word of loved ones as police investigate on Thursday

Emotional: Employees and friends wait behind a tape for word of loved ones as police investigate on Thursday

Stopped: Police tape cordons off a black SUV the 30-year-old suspect drove to the store on Thursday

Stopped: Police tape cordons off a black SUV the 30-year-old suspect drove to the store on Thursday

On Friday, Lewis said that Nolen had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam and that local police had contacted the FBI to help investigate the man’s background, KFOR reported.

Co-workers said Nolen himself had only just converted to Islam, according to News9. It is not yet known whether his beliefs played a role in the attack.

There were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism, officials said.

Announcing the FBI’s involvement in the case, police released a statement saying: ‘After conducting interviews with Nolen’s co-workers, information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert several employees to the Muslim religion.

Update: Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said that the women weren't targeted - they were just in Nolen's way. He also praised Vaughan for saving other employees

Update: Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said that the women weren’t targeted – they were just in Nolen’s way. He also praised Vaughan for saving other employees

Sadness: Workers stand in silence outside Vaughan Foods as they wait to leave following the grisly attack

Sadness: Workers stand in silence outside Vaughan Foods as they wait to leave following the grisly attack

‘Due to the manner of death and the initial statements of co-workers and other initial information, the Moore Police Department requested the assistance of the FBI in conducting a background investigation on Nolan.’

Records show Nolen has a long previous criminal record including assault and battery on an officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

In 2010 he was charged with assault and battery of a police officer after being pulled over for having a fake license plate.

He was discovered to be driving with a suspended license and when the officer tried to cuff him he pushed him hard in the chest and bolted.

Overwhelmed: A worker from Vaughan Foods reacts after her colleague was beheaded during the attack

Overwhelmed: A worker from Vaughan Foods reacts after her colleague was beheaded during the attack

Anxious: Employees wait in the parking lot as police continue to look into the incident on Thursday

Anxious: Employees wait in the parking lot as police continue to look into the incident on Thursday

Evacuation: Around 300 employees were in the plant at the time of the attack on Thursday afternoon

Evacuation: Around 300 employees were in the plant at the time of the attack on Thursday afternoon

According to Oklahoma State Court Records, there was ‘a massive manhunt involving four law enforcement agencies, two helicopters… and lasted for over 12 hours.’

As part of his sentence – five years with all but the first two suspended – he was ordered to attend an anger management course. He was last released from jail in March 2013, according to records.

Records also reveal he has a tattoo of Jesus on his chest and praying hands on his arm.

He also has ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ – a greeting often used by Muslims meaning ‘may peace be on you’ – on his abdomen.

Lewis confirmed to KFOR that the type of knife he allegedly used in the attack was the same kind used at the plant, where Nolen had worked as a production line employee.

He added that the suspect and the victims were apparently not involved with each other outside of their work at the business.

‘The victims had no relationship to the suspect. He is just an angry employee that acted out,’ Lewis said.

Police had been called to the store around 4.15pm following a report about a fight inside Vaughan Foods. While en route, officers were told that there had been a shooting, Lewis said.

Investigation: A Moore police officer helps secure a scene at Vaughan Foods. The FBI are also joining the case

Investigation: A Moore police officer helps secure a scene at Vaughan Foods. The FBI are also joining the case

‘When officers arrived they approached the business as an active shooter situation. Once they entered the business they found a female deceased of stab wounds and they had a male with multiple gunshot wounds,’ Lewis said.

He said the building was evacuated and searched and no other danger was found.

Employees returned to work on Friday.

‘On behalf of everyone at Vaughan Foods, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the events of today,’ the company said it a statement. ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the team member we lost and all those affected.’

It added that it will provide support and counselling for those affected.

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National prostitution ring ‘smashed’

A national prostitution ring in which women are believed to have been trafficked to the UK and forced to work in brothels has been smashed, police have said.

Fifteen people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to manage and control brothels after raids on homes in the Midlands and south of England on Tuesday and Thursday.

All have been released on police bail.

Det Ch Insp Ally Wright said it was a “sophisticated and organised” set-up.

The Warwickshire Police officer said the ring was discovered after a property in Nuneaton was investigated.

“Females were, for want of a better way of phrasing it, being rotated on a weekly basis.

“So this raised the prospect that human trafficking or sexual exploitation were the root cause and this led us to other addresses through the country,” he said.

Two homes in Nottingham were raided, two in Warwickshire, and one each in Reading, Slough, Wolverhampton, Torquay and Finchley, in London.

The women suspected of being made to work as prostitutes are believed to be Chinese and Malaysian, a Warwickshire Police spokeswoman said.

‘Threats and violence’
The British Red Cross was involved in advising on the raids and remains on standby to provide support, temporary housing and aid to victims.

A spokeswoman said no such assistance had been requested as yet.

Det Ch Insp Wright said the perpetrators abused vulnerable women “to make substantial profits”.

“They [the victims] come to this country and go through a process of indoctrination, subject to coercion, some intimidation, some threats and violence.

“By the time they are put out to work, effectively under the control of organised criminals, they are so fearful it’s difficult for them to come forward and present themselves as being victims,” he said.

Phones, cash and banking details recovered by police during the raids are now being examined as part of the investigation.

Related article: 

http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/Brothel-hit-police-sting/story-23000189-detail/story.html

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Radical preacher Anjem Choudary released from custody!

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Anjem Choudary was one of nine men arrested aged between 21 and 51

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been released from police custody after being arrested on suspicion of being a member of a banned terrorist group.

He was one of nine men held on Thursday as part of a Met Police inquiry into Islamist-related terrorism.

Mr Choudary, 47, was released on police bail after being questioned at Southwark Police Station in London.

He is the former UK head of the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun or Islam4UK, which was banned in 2010.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Choudary said he had been released on police bail to return in January.

His bail restrictions include a ban on foreign travel and public preaching.

Brother released

He described his arrest as “politically motivated”, in order to silence him on the eve of the Parliamentary vote on military intervention in Iraq.

Mr Choudary said he had been questioned about organisations that he was formerly involved with before they were banned under terrorism legislation. His brother was released alongside him.

The nine arrested men, aged between 22 and 51, were being held at police stations in central London.

They were detained during raids on 18 premises in London and one in Stoke-on-Trent.

The arrests were carried out by Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15).

source: BBC NEWS

Iraq strikes: Pure symbolism or precursor to Syria?

RAF Tornado in flight

RAF Tornado in flight

Six RAF Tornado strike aircraft will once again be in action over the skies of Iraq very soon – in theory as early as this evening but I understand that Saturday night is more likely.

The question today’s Commons vote leaves unanswered is whether these attacks will mark the start of the third Iraq war in the past quarter of a century or what Ken Clarke today called a largely symbolic contribution to the coalition which is already attacking the forces of the so-called “Islamic State”.

The RAF’s promised contribution is modest by historical standards – three times as many planes flew over Libya – and other Western countries – the French, Dutch, Belgians, Danish and Australians – have committed as many or more fighters.

However, what will worry opponents of military action and those who are sceptical about it is the prime minister’s clear desire to extend action to Syria. He has promised MPs another vote before that happens unless there is a need to move swiftly to avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

The Labour leadership have signalled their concerns about extending air strikes to Syria but have not expressed outright opposition.

One well-placed government source told me that what he called “the next step” would be possible if people saw the success of action in Iraq or if IS carried out further murderous attacks on hostages, or targets in Europe.

Nick RobinsonNick Robinson / Political editor /BBC News

 

MUSLIM DEPRAVITY KNOWS NO BOUNDS

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THE 10 MOST DIABOLICAL EVIL TEACHINGS IN ALL HUMAN HISTORY

Unlike David Letterman who starts his Top 10 List from Number 10, we will start from number 1.

Following are the 10 most evil teachings in history that surprisingly are divine teachings of Islamic God Allah. Obviously, Islam’s Allah was not the God, whom the pre-Islamic Arabs used to worship as their God, but was the alter-ego of Muhammad.

Every word of the Quran was Muhammad’s own, which he put on the tongue of his imaginary friend Allah (AKA Muhammad). Islam is out and out fraudulent. (For detailed explanation of each teaching go to islamreform net

Most evil teaching # 1: Islam’s paradise of evil, demented, depraved sexual perversity

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Verse 9:111 – Muslim’s passport to paradise

“Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.”

Islam teaches that if Muslims slay or are slain (kill or are killed) in the service of God, i.e. Jihad, they are guaranteed accession to Allah’s paradise of depraved sexual perversity. Islam’s Paradise is filled with whorish virgins possessing voluptuous breasts and lustrous eyes. Muslims, blessed with an access to Paradise, will have 72 such virgins to engage in incessant copulation. Furthermore, a Muslim’s surest way of getting a passport to Paradise, says Allah, is to get slain while trying to kill the kafirs. The Quran is no more a holy book than Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler are holy books. Indeed, the Quran is worse in that it incites unrestrained murder of infidels.

Most evil teaching # 2: Kill the infidels wherever you find them

Quran 9:5 (the infamous verse of the sword inciting mass murder):

“Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

Verse 9:5 teaches Muslims to commit mass-murder. The kafirs must either convert to Islam, who would keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate (zakat), or be murdered. Command for unconditional slaying of humans, God’s own creations, by other humans – when presented as a sacred teaching of the almighty Creator – becomes a most evil teaching.

It is needless to say that such teachings never came from the God.

Most evil teaching # 3: Extortion Verse 9:29:

“Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”

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Here, Allah the Islamic God commands Muslims to attack and kill the so-called ‘people of the book’ (i.e. Jews and Christians), until they are defeated and submitted to the supremacy of Islam and, in willing humiliation, pay jizya (submission) tax to Muslims. Like verse 9:5, 9:29 is a call to mass murder and extermination. Only Hitler had openly instructed his followers to exterminate the Jews so completely. When such a teaching is presented as a teaching of the Creator of the Universe, it becomes extremely evil.

Most evil teaching # 4: Verse 5:32/5:33 – verse of barbaric cruelty

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In order to portray Islam as a wonderful religion, Muslim taqqiyah tacticians, including President Obama, will always quote the verse 5:32, which says, “We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.

Verse 5:32 is a teaching of mass extermination and genocide. When President Barrack Obama gave his speech in Cairo, he quoted from Verse 5.32 “whosoever killeth a human being, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.”

Isn’t this a wonderful teaching from a wonderful God worthy of quotation by the President? Wait a moment while I grab my handkerchief and clear the tears from my eyes. It is just such a beautiful teaching. “whosoever killeth a human being, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.” Only a true God could create such a teaching of love. Could provide such guidance for mankind. A divine, timeless teaching worthy of a divine, timeless God.

But wait a moment. The President did not quote Verse 5:32 correctly. He left out a most important part of the teaching. God has created in his infinite wisdom two exceptions to his teaching.” whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind,” We can killeth a human being for manslaughter and corruption in the earth and it will not be the killing of all mankind.

And what does the exception “corruption in the land” mean. All human beings who do not convert to Islam have declared war on Islam and Allah, are a danger to Allah, and therefore have created corruption in the land and must be murdered. All Apostates of Islam by rejecting Islam are creating corruption in the land. Muslim women who demand equality with men are creating corruption in the land. All Muslim girls who refuse to obey their fathers by adopting Western culture are creating corruption in the land. And on and on.

President Obama quoted Verse 5:32 in his Cairo speech as a symbol of the wonderful, wonder of Islam. The President quoted a teaching that justifies the mass murder of 305,000,000 Americans who are non-Muslim. This is a teaching of madness masquerading as a teaching of love. And how are the kafirs to be murdered for making “corruption in the land.” Read the following Verse 5:33

Verse 5:33 says:

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“The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom;”

Teachings as contained in this verse – “they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land” – are cruel and barbaric in nature. When those teachings are presented as God’s, it becomes extremely evil, no better than those Hitler had committed.

Most evil teaching # 5: Verse 65.4 — Allah’s teaching of pedophilia

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Quran 65:4 says:

“And those of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the ‘Iddah (prescribed divorce period), if you have doubts (about their periods), is three months, and for those who have no courses [(i.e. they are still immature) their 'Iddah (prescribed period) is three months likewise, except in case of death]. And for those who are pregnant (whether they are divorced or their husbands are dead), their ‘Iddah (prescribed period) is until they deliver (their burdens) (give birth) and whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.”

The most important duty of any species is the care and protection of its young. The prime duty of mankind is to raise children in a safe and caring environment, so they can progress into responsible adults. There is no worse crime than the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. But verse 65:4 clearly approves marriages and sexual copulation with pre-pubescent little girls, who haven’t started menstruating yet. And Muhammad at the age of 50 duly complied with this sanction of Allah by marrying his niece Aisha, only 6 years old.

This is an extremely evil teaching. Allah is a pedophile monster.

Most evil teaching # 6: Verse 33:50 – sanctioning unrestrained slavery and rape for Muhammad by his Allah

Verse 33.50 says:

“O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those [slaves] whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war, and the daughters of your paternal uncles and the daughters of your paternal aunts, and the daughters of your maternal uncles and the daughters of your maternal aunts who fled with you; and a believing woman if she gave herself to the Prophet, if the Prophet desired to marry her – specially for you, not for the (rest of) believers; We know what We have ordained for them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess in order that no blame may attach to you; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful”.

The term “possessions of the right hand” mean slaves. It is expressly stated that Muhammad’s slaves, which he attained as a share of the captives in raiding infidels communities, were actually given to him by Allah Himself. And Allah also makes raping them halal for Muhammad (and his Muslim followers).

The verse also gives a special privilege to Muhammad to marry as many wives as he desires, beyond the restriction of four wives for ordinary Muslims. When God’s teachings encourage a people to wage wars to capture the women for raping as well as encourages His holy prophet to engage in unrestrained marriage for sexual gratification, there can’t be a teaching as evil as this in such matters.

Most evil teaching # 7: Quran’s Sanction of Wife Beating

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Quran 4:34:

“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”

A Muslim woman is the property of her husband. A Muslim husband has the legal right and religious obligation to beat a wife if she disobeys him, is disloyal to him or simply does not please him. The concept of wife abuse does not exist in Islam. There is no concept of martial rape. A Muslim woman cannot refuse sex with her husband. According to Islamic law, a husband may strike his wife for any one of the following four reasons:

She does not attempt to make herself beautiful for him (i.e. “let’s herself go”)

She refuses to meet his sexual demands

She leaves the house without his permission or a “legitimate reason”

She neglects her religious duties

Any of these are also sufficient grounds for divorce. These are evil affronts to the idea of equality and dignity of women – very evil teachings, indeed.

Most evil teaching # 8: Allah takes a shares of plundered booty

Quran 8:41

“And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war), a fifth share is assigned to Allah, – and to the Messenger, and to near relatives, orphans, the needy, and the wayfarer, – if ye do believe in Allah and in the revelation We sent down to Our servant on the Day of Testing, – the Day of the meeting of the two forces. For Allah hath power over all things.”

This verse was revealed about how the booty captured in wars – such as after attacking and mass-slaughtering the Jews of Banu Quraiza – would be distributed. And most horribly the Islamic Allah Himself claims a share of the booty along with His prophet. God is the Creator of everything in the Universe. When that God encourages some people to attack and mass-murder others, so He Himself can take a share from the wealth captured from those murder people – no evil can get higher than this.

Most evil teaching # 9: Verse 24:2 – Allah is a barbarian

Adultery and fornication must be punished by flogging with a hundred stripes

Quran 24:2 says:

“The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, — flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by God, if ye believe in God and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment.”

This verse says that Muslims must not have mercy on people, who commit adultery or fornication, and punish them brutally with 100 lashes in public. However, since other verses in the Quran specifically allow men to have sex slaves, the horrible crime of serial rape against a non-Muslim woman is not considered adultery or fornication and would not be punished as the woman would be considered God-given concubine.

What kind of person could flog a woman 100 times for having sex with the man she loves? On the other hand, Islamic God, evil as He is, allows men to force sex upon their unwilling wives (verse 4:34). Undoubtedly the God of Islam is out and out barbaric to sanction evil teachings such as these.

Most evil teaching # 10: Teachings of torture, enslavement, beheading cruelty, eye-for-eye …..

There is a gigantic tie for the tenth most evil teaching. There are 3,990 teachings of the Quran that are equally evil. All these teachings are immoral depravity. Not being words/teachings of Moral Perfection – the Quran is not Moral Perfection and therefore not from God, therefore Allah is not God but the AntiGod and Muhammad is no prophet. Following is a very small sample of further Quranic depravity.

TORTURE

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Quran 22:19-22: “fight and slay the Pagans, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem” “for them (the unbelievers) garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skin shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods

SLAVERY

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Quran 2.178: “O you who believe! retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the slain, the free for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female, but if any remission is made to any one by his (aggrieved) brother, then prosecution (for the bloodwit) should be made according to usage, and payment should be made to him in a good manner; this is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy; so whoever exceeds the limit after this he shall have a painful chastisement.

You kill one of my slaves, females or free man and I’ll kill one of your slaves, females or free man.

BARBARIC CRUELTY

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Quran 5:38: “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done-a deterrent from God: God is almighty and wise.” 39 “But if anyone repents after his wrongdoing and makes amends, God will accept his repentance: God is most forgiving and merciful.

EYE FOR EYE

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Quran 5:45: “And We prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed such as wrong-doers.

BEHEADING

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Quran 8.12: “Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.

There are 75 teachings of beheading in Quran.

SLAUGHTERING

Quran-8:67: “It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise.” (Allah insisting Prophet to kill all the prisoners, and should not keep any surrendered prisoners alive until He (Prophet) occupied entire Arabia.)

The Quran is a mine of most evil teachings human history has ever seen. Islam is out and out Evil in the name of a God that bears no resemblance to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

Grooming concerns ‘not followed up’

A former employee at a Bradford children’s home where underage girls were allegedly groomed by older men has claimed her concerns about child safety were not followed up.

Louise said she reported girls being taken from the home at least ten times from 1992 to 1993.

The claims come after a 21-year-old woman said she was abused at the home for six years from the age of 13.

Police and council bosses said they were looking into the claims.

An independent report last month found that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, by gangs of men predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013.

Louise, who has used a pseudonym to protect her identity, told the BBC she saw girls being driven off in taxis before returning hours later, often under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“It was not just the fact they were going off with friends, it was more than that. At worst, I assumed they were going off with adults and, yes, possibly, having sexual relations with them.”

‘Shocked and saddened’

Louise said it was routine to contact the police and social services and to log the details in the home’s log book, but she claimed no further action was taken.

She said: “It makes me feel really angry now. I trusted the system… I trusted the people who were senior to myself and I just always assumed that things were being followed up.”

Gerry Sutcliffe, Labour MP for Bradford South and leader of Bradford Council from 1992-1994, said he was “shocked and saddened” by the claims.

He said: “I think there should be an investigation [into] why it did not come to our attention.”

Bradford Council said it was working with the police to protect current victims of child sexual exploitation and investigate historical concerns from the public.

Russ Foster, Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said “The police have no records of any allegations of abuse or exploitation of children at the home from that time. However, we are looking into this matter.”

To hear the full interview with Louise listen to BBC Radio Leeds from 06:00 BST onwards.+

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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*Videos* Three-year war to crush jihadis: Defence minister warns of British commitment as six RAF Tornados lead the blitz

  • Air strikes are expected to start within hours of the 5pm vote tomorrow
  • Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned the campaign was a ‘long haul’
  • FBI said it had identified the British executioner known as Jihadi John
A Tornado taking off at RAF Marham, Norfolk, today. .The planes are believed to be on their way to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to help with the possible air strikes against jihadist extremists in Iraq

A Tornado taking off at RAF Marham, Norfolk, today. .The planes are believed to be on their way to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to help with the possible air strikes against jihadist extremists in Iraq

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By JAMES CHAPMAN and DAVID WILLIAMS and TAMARA COHEN FOR DAILY MAIL

Britain will today commit to a war lasting up to three years against ‘medieval’ Islamist fanatics spreading horror in Iraq.

In an emergency sitting of Parliament, MPs are expected overwhelmingly to back military action for what is already being called the Third Gulf War.

Air strikes are expected to start within hours of the 5pm vote.

The daughter of British aid worker David Haines, beheaded by the so-called Islamic State, last night made an emotional plea to the Government to do ‘whatever it takes’ to destroy the jihadis who murdered her father.

Bethany Haines, 17, said they should be ‘eradicated’, adding: ‘They can’t be doing this to people and get away with it.’

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Six RAF Tornado jets will begin strikes on targets in Iraq from a base in Cyprus within hours of MPs giving their approval

Six RAF Tornado jets will begin strikes on targets in Iraq from a base in Cyprus within hours of MPs giving their approval. British special forces have already deployed to the region to gather intelligence and help identify targets among the fanatics who have seized control of vast areas of Iraq and Syria.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned the campaign was a ‘long haul’ likely to last for ‘two of three years’ at least, while Downing Street said it could take a ‘very considerable time’.

The Government said a request from the Iraqi government for support was ‘a clear and unequivocal legal basis for deployment of UK forces’.

Bethany Haines, 17, the daughter of murdered British hostage David, said ISIS should be ‘eradicated’

After Labour refused to back action in Syria – to the anger of some senior Conservatives – MPs will vote only on hitting targets in Iraq. But ministers are leaving the way open to joining the US in strikes on IS fanatics over the border in Syria following a second Commons vote. In other developments:

The FBI said it had identified the Briton known as Jihadi John seen on propaganda murder videos;

  • Iraq claimed IS was plotting to attack the underground systems in the US and France – the two countries that have so far participated in the air strikes;
  • Officials said a major terror attack in the UK is almost inevitable as thousands of European members of IS return from Syria and Iraq;
  • US and Arab nations launched air strikes against IS-run oil refineries;
  • Military chiefs warned Britain would struggle to mount a long military campaign because the strength of the RAF had been reduced to ‘rock bottom’.

David Cameron – addressing the UN Security Council in New York before flying back to Britain to chair an emergency meeting of the Cabinet yesterday – said IS had behaved with ‘medieval barbarity’.

‘One of the most disturbing aspects is how this conflict is sucking in our own young people, from modern, prosperous societies,’ the Prime Minister said. ‘The threat to our security from foreign fighters is far greater today than it has ever been in previous conflicts.’ He said the UK was ready to play its part in confronting ‘an evil against which the whole world must unite’.

Mr Fallon said Britain had to ‘face up’ to the threat from IS or face attacks at home. He told political magazine The House: ‘This has to be planned, it has to be sustained. (US Secretary of State) John Kerry has estimated two to three years, that looks like a long haul to me. But we have to face up to this. This kind of extremism has been spreading, taking root in democracies.’

A motion to be put before MPs recalled for an emergency session of Parliament today makes clear the Government ‘will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations’.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said another invasion of Iraq would ‘feed’ IS’s anti-Western narrative, and regional forces would take the lead on the ground.

But appearing to confirm special forces are deployed and British troops could take a training role, he added: ‘There will be a ground operation – it’s just that we will not be providing ground combat troops.

US continue airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria

An IS militant fires a rocket propelled grenade  launcher during fighting near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds

An IS militant fires a rocket propelled grenade launcher during fighting near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds

Barrage: An IS militant fires a heavy machine gun during the fighting. Some 140,000 mainly Kurdish refugees have now crossed the border into Turkey after the militants moved on the town of Ain al-Arab

Barrage: An IS militant fires a heavy machine gun during the fighting. Some 140,000 mainly Kurdish refugees have now crossed the border into Turkey after the militants moved on the town of Ain al-Arab

An IS militant firing a cannon mounted on a truck during fighting near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab,

An IS militant firing a cannon mounted on a truck during fighting near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab,

‘We are expecting that the House of Commons will support the Government’s position. I think people do accept that this is a serious threat to Britain’s national security.’

On Syria, Mr Hammond insisted: ‘We haven’t ruled out anything. If we were to decide at a point in the future that it would be right to conduct air strikes in Syria, then we would come back to the House of Commons.’

Labour leader Ed Miliband indicated his party would back the raids on Iraq, but raised concerns about extending them into Syria without specific authorisation of the United Nations Security Council.

One Conservative minister said the Labour leader’s position was ‘incoherent’ and ‘disgraceful’, since he has publicly supported US air raids on Syria. MP James Gray said: ‘These people are the most brutal, foul murderers in the recent history of the Middle East. We’ve got to hit these guys wherever they may be. If they move into Turkey, we hit them there.’
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Colonel Bob Stewart, former commander of UN forces in Bosnia, now a Tory MP, said: ‘You have got to go to the eye of the octopus and the eye of the octopus is not in Iraq, it is in Syria. Actually, we may have to consider action in Syria.’ Conservative MP Mark Field added: ‘Let’s be brutally honest: This is going to be months or years and there will, I think, at some point be boots on the ground.’

Labour MPs are also calling for action in Syria. Former minister Ian Austin said: ‘We supported the Americans when they took action against the terrorists in Syria. So why are we not prepared to do that as well?’

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claimed it would be ‘extraordinary’ if Britain did not join the military alliance against IS.

He also appeared open to widening the campaign to include targets in Syria, telling LBC radio: ‘If we were to decide to play a fuller role beyond Iraq and in Syria, then we would go back to Parliament for another debate and a vote.’

 Six RAF Tornados will lead the blitz

Military chiefs warned Britain would struggle to mount a lengthy air campaign against Islamic State because the RAF has been reduced to the ‘bare bones’ by defence cuts.

Former head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshall Sir Michael Graydon, said the RAF was at rock bottom after years of cuts.

Six RAF Tornados will spearhead Britain’s operations against Islamic State over Iraq with a blitz on carefully chosen targets that is expected to last for many months.

The pilots are already familiar with the way IS moves and have a number of potential fixed targets

The pilots are already familiar with the way IS moves and have a number of potential fixed targets

But Sir Michael, a former Chief of the Air Staff, said the RAF was already committed to defending UK air space as well as operations in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and the Falklands.

‘The lack of combat aircraft is a major weakness,’ he said. ‘This has been raised time and time again and basically ignored. We really are at rock bottom. To sustain this operation is going to be quite a stretch.’

Air Commodore Andrew Lambert added: ‘I think it’s do-able, but we are really scraping the bottom of the barrel, so let’s hope Ukraine doesn’t bubble up into something nasty.’

Six RAF Tornados have been stationed in Cyprus for the past six weeks and have been flying surveillance flights over northern Iraq. They could begin dropping bombs and missiles within hours of the Prime Minister giving orders.

Further Tornados are on standby to be moved to the region

Further Tornados are on standby to be moved to the region

Their pilots are already familiar with the way IS moves and have a number of potential fixed targets such as command and control bunkers and barracks.

Operating from the giant RAF base Akrotiri in Cyprus, the two-seater fighter bombers will be armed with Paveway 500lb, 1,000lb and 2,000lb bombs to target small compounds, Storm Shadow bunker busters and supersonic Brimstone missiles that can hit moving targets such as enemy fighters in cars or on motorbikes.

Further Tornados are on standby to be moved to the region, while an Astute-class Royal Navy submarine carrying Tomahawk cruise missiles is already in place and is likely to be ‘operational’ in the first waves of attacks. Typhoon jets are likely to be moved to the region in the New Year.

Several hundred UK special forces, reconnaissance troops and signals support have spent weeks monitoring IS and are likely to guide bombs on to targets in some attacks. They will also work with four RAF Chinook helicopters taking on the search and rescue role should any planes be shot down.

It is unclear what surface-to-air missiles IS has, or if it has any of the sophisticated Soviet radar that may have been captured from the Syrians, but the SAS and Special Boat Service will be aiming to ‘nullify’ any potential threat.

When the air operation begins, special forces and MI6 will continue the operation alongside the US and Iraqi intelligence to identify where British hostages Alan Henning, 47, and John Cantlie, 43, are being held.

source Mail Online /Sky News