ISIS and other mid-east terror groups will soon attack Europe and the States, Saudi king says

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In this Friday, June 27, 2014 file photo, Saudi King Abdullah speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at his private residence in the Red Sea city of in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia”’

by: Abdullah Al-Shihri And Sameer Yaacoub, Associated Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah’s statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against ISIS and its supporters in the region. Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al-Qaida group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom.

“I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America,” he said at a reception for foreign ambassadors Friday.

Official Saudi media carried the king’s comments early Saturday.

“These terrorists do not know the name of humanity and you have witnessed them severing heads and giving them to children to walk with in the street,” the king said, urging the ambassadors to relay his message directly to their heads of state.

ISIS in Iraq

ISIS has been fighting moderate rebels, other extremists and Assad’s forces in Syria for nearly three years. Iraq has faced an onslaught by the Sunni extremists and their supporters since early this year, and the country continues to be roiled by instability.

While providing arms and support to Sunni militants in Syria, Saudi Arabia has denied directly funding or backing the Islamic State group.

UK THREAT LEVELS

British officials raised the country’s terror threat level Friday to “severe,” its second-highest level, because of developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. The White House has said it does not expect the U.S. to bump up its terrorism threat warning level.

Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally in the region, has taken an increasingly active role in criticizing ISIS. Earlier this month, the country’s top cleric described ISIS and al-Qaida as Islam’s No. 1 enemy and said that Muslims have been their first victims. State-backed Saudi clerics who once openly called on citizens to fight in Syria can now face steep punishment and the kingdom has threatened to imprison its citizens who fight in Syria and Iraq.

Hours later, a roadside bomb targeting an army patrol killed two soldiers and wounded five in Latifiyah, a town 30 kilometres south of Baghdad

A decade ago, al-Qaida militants launched a string of attacks in the kingdom aimed at toppling the monarchy. Saudi officials responded with a massive crackdown that saw many flee to neighbouring Yemen. In the time since, the kingdom has not seen any massive attacks, though it has imprisoned suspected militants and sentenced others to death.

Meanwhile Saturday, police in Iraq said a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in the town of Youssifiyah, killing 11 people, including four soldiers, and wounding at least 24 people. Youssifiyah is 20 kilometres south of Baghdad.

Hours later, a roadside bomb targeting an army patrol killed two soldiers and wounded five in Latifiyah, a town 30 kilometres south of Baghdad.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

Yaacoub reported from Baghdad

Man charged over George Galloway assault

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This picture, released by Respect via Twitter, was taken before George Galloway went to hospital

A man has been charged with religiously-aggravated assault after MP George Galloway was attacked in a west London street.

The Respect MP for Bradford West was posing for pictures in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, when he was assaulted on Friday evening.

He suffered bruising to his head and is believed to have had some ribs broken.

Neil Masterson, 39, of Camden Hill, will appear at Hammersmith Magistrates Court on Monday.

He has also been charged with common assault against a man in his 40s who came to the victim’s aid, police said.

Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in the west London street when a man “leapt on him and started punching him”, a spokesman for the MP said.

The assailant also made reference to the Holocaust, the spokesman said.

Mr Galloway was interviewed under caution by police earlier this month over remarks he made about Israel.

source: BBC NEWS

George Galloway hospitalized with possible broken jaw after street attack

George Galloway

A picture, released by Respect via Twitter and taken before Mr Galloway went to hospital, shows the extent of his injuries

George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.

The Respect MP was posing for pictures with people in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, when a man allegedly set upon him. Police were quickly at the scene and arrested a man.

The MP’s spokesman said he had bruising and was in “a pretty bad shape”.

He said the alleged attacker had been shouting something about the Holocaust.

“George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” the spokesman said.

“It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.”

Mr Galloway was interviewed under caution by police earlier this month after he made controversial comments about Israel.

The MP for Bradford West said in a speech that Bradford had been “declared an Israel-free zone” and urged people to reject all Israeli goods, services academics and tourists.

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His spokesman said he did not know whether the attacker was an Israeli, an EDL-supporter, or whether he had another motive.

Actual bodily harm

He said Mr Galloway also suffered a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to the head and face in the attack, which happened on Friday evening.

The MP was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, following the incident and is expected to remain there overnight.

Meanwhile, a Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed police had been called to Golborne Road at around 19:40 BST after a man was assaulted in the street.

“Officers attended. The suspect was found a short time later and stopped,” the spokesman said.

“He was arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and taken to the south London police station.”

A man was arrested and cautioned in 2008 in connection with an attack against Mr Galloway.

The politician needed medical treatment after he was pelted with a rubber stress ball while campaigning in an open-top bus in London.

An earlier version of this story reported that a man had been cautioned by police and that Mr Galloway was given medical treatment without being taken to hospital. However, this was based on information about an entirely separate attack on Mr Galloway in 2008 by a different man.

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Police hunt for an ”Arabic looking” man with broken front tooth after Harlesden rape

Appeal: police would like to speak to this man as part of their investigation (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Detectives investigating a rape in north west London today released this image of a man they want to trace.

Police said the 38-year-old victim went to a property in Church Road, Harlesden with a man in the early hours of Wednesday, January 15.

She was later raped and she reported the crime to police later that day, Scotland Yard said.

Detectives investigating the attack have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to as part of their enquiries.

They are searching for a man who is described as being of Arabic appearance with shaved eyebrows and a short beard.

Pictured in CCTV on a bus, the man is described as having shaved eyebrows and a broken front tooth.

He was wearing khaki trousers, a grey or red shirt, a black and white striped scarf with brown leather shoes. He is described as having a soft speaking voice.

Detective Constable Stuart Coutin, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to speak to the man in the photograph in connection with this matter. If anyone knows who this man is or if they have any information regarding this incident they are asked to call me directly.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Coutin on 0207 1619791 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

source: London Evening Standard

George Galloway ‘badly bruised’ after being punched by a man shouting about the Holocaust

Respect MP George Galloway gives a speech at the Ulster Hall in Belfast as part of a book promotion tour

The Respect MP was attacked after talking to residents on a street in Notting Hill, London, and a man has been arrested.

Controversial Respect MP George Galloway was badly bruised after he was attacked in the street tonight, his spokesman said.

Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, London, when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and laid into him, the spokesman said.

Police were quickly on the scene and made an arrest.

Mr Galloway was making a statement at Notting Hill Police Station, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said: “George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.

“It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.”

The spokesman had no idea whether the attacker was an Israeli, an EDL-supporter or had some other motivation for attacking the Bradford West MP.

Mr Galloway was interviewed earlier this month by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israeli-free area.

The spokesman added: “George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in a pretty bad shape.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 1940 hours this evening to Golborne Road, W10, after a man was assaulted in the street.

“Officers attended. The suspect was found a short time later and stopped.

“He was arrested on suspicion of ABH and taken to the south London police station where he remains.”

In 2008 Mr Galloway was pelted with a rubber stress ball as he was campaigning in an open-top bus in London.

The firebrand politician received medical treatment but was not taken to hospital.

A man was arrested and cautioned by police over the incident.

source: Daily Mirror

 

DOGS FEAST ON EBOLA VICTIM CARCASSES IN LIBERIA

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Packs of Liberian dogs have been eating the remains of dead Ebola victims in Monrovia, according to multiple witnesses. Many have contacted the government health ministry, but no measures were taken to stop the packs of dogs pulling dead bodies from their graves, The New Dawn reported.

The report states:

…the remains of dead Ebola victims were reportedly seen, eaten by dogs, something reminiscent of the brutal civil war here, when dogs ate dead bodies on the streets. The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, buried some unaccounted-for corpses, suspected to have died from the Ebola Virus in that township few weeks ago. The burial was done in a hurry at night following a standoff in the day between residence and the Ministry of Health burial team. The former had refused to grant the authority a piece of land to carry out the burial. The dogs, in their numbers, were seen pulling the bodies out of the shadowed grave and hastily eating them.

Dogs can act as a transmitter of Ebola, but canines do no development symptoms from the virus, according to medical experts. A medical doctor told News24, “this means that dogs won’t get sick but they still could carry a potential risk through licking or biting.”

One resident complained that the government — by letting dogs rip apart the dead carcasses — was disrespecting the citizens they are supposed to serve, and also were showcasing gross negligence in efforts to contain the virus. “The government took an oath to defend and protect us; to see them act in such manner is unacceptable and we’ll never allow the government come to bury any longer,” he said.

Separately, Liberia’s president has fired all of his Cabinet ministers that refused an order to return to their country to help combat the deadly virus.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson told the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, “It is unlikely we are yet at the peak of Ebola’s spread.” Ebola has killed over 1,400 people in Africa, with Liberia being hit hardest, accounting for almost half of the deaths.

source : STLloyd / Breitbart

THE YOUNG VICTIMS OF ROTHERHAM COUNCIL’S ANTI-RACISM POLICIES

Written by Paul Austin Murphy / posted in Liberty GB.

According to the latest enquiry into Muslim sexual grooming gangs in Rotherham, at least 1,400 children were subjected to sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013.

Rotherham Borough Council’s report is the third of three inquiries. The other two were in 2002 and 2006. Both previous enquires explicitly stated that the council and the police were fully culpable and that the extent of the problem “could not have been clearer”.

As yet, no one has been sacked. Council leader Roger Stone has just resigned; he wasn’t sacked.

Think about that. At least 1,400 victims in one northern English town in a period of 16 years. The same kind of thing has of course happened in dozens of other cities and towns throughout England. And in virtually all these cases, the perpetrators were Muslims.

THE ENDLESS FIGHT AGAINST RACISM

The newspapers are telling us that staff at Rotherham Council feared to identify the fact that the perpetrators were Pakistanis. Yet many people have known that for over twenty years – certainly since 2004. So all we have here is a new acknowledgement of the reality by an English council, not a new acknowledgement of the reality itself.

Many of the newspapers which are now keen to point the finger at Rotherham Council were once part of the problem. National newspapers (as well as regional ones) – on the whole – hardly ever featured these cases. And even when they did, they too would never say that virtually all the perpetrators were Pakistani – never mind that they were Muslims.

The Daily Mail, for example, continues the problem by failing to mention the fact that the perpetrators were overwhelmingly Muslim. How can this – or any – newspaper castigate Rotherham Council when it’s committing the same wrong? The Daily Mail says that it was wrong for councillors, police and social workers to have been afraid of saying that the perpetrators were Pakistani. So why now is this newspaper afraid of saying that they were nearly all Muslims?

The thing is, most sexual groomers in the UK are of Pakistani heritage simply because most Muslims in the UK are of Pakistani heritage. If most Muslims in the UK were Arabic (or north African), then nearly all the offenders would be Arabic (or north African). I’m willing to acknowledge that there may be – in theory at least – slight differences of degree between different Muslim ethnic groups. However, since there is a problem with north African, Somalian and Arabic sexual grooming in Sweden, Norway, France and other European countries, I doubt that the differences between Pakistani Muslims and Arabic/ north African Muslims would be that large.

And this points to one obvious conclusion: the problem is not one of race. It’s one of religion (i.e. Islam) and the culture generated by that religion.

The other important point is that Rotherham Council’s confessions (or self-criticisms) – and even the retroactive actions of the police and newspapers – have all been the result of external outrage. What I mean by that is that councillors, newspapers and the police came to realise that the public at large – at least in the areas affected – was well aware of what was happening and very angry that nothing was being done about it. And only when that outrage (partly as a result of EDL demos and various independent investigations) reached a certain critical mass (roughly in 2010) did councils, the police and newspapers begin questioning their various positions on the massive problem of Muslim grooming gangs in England.

The report’s author, Professor Alexis Jay, says that there had been “blatant” institutional failings by the council’s leadership and that senior managers had “underplayed” the sexual grooming of young girls in Rotherham. In addition, South Yorkshire Police had largely dismissed the problem.

The failings of the council, the underplaying by council managers and the dismissals of the police were mostly to do with politics and little to do with the degree of severity of the problem. More correctly, nearly all of the players were scared stiff of being classed as ‘racist’ by other councillors, police bodies and leftist activist groups.

As the report put it:

“Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”

In other words, it was deemed to be far more important to fight against possible and often fictional racism than to fight against the systematic and widespread exploitation of literally hundreds of young girls. All these young girls were sacrificed to the battle against racism; or, more correctly, their suffering was deemed to be a lesser evil than the racism which could have been unleashed by highlighting – or even mentioning – the ethnicity or religious affiliations of the sexual groomers. Thus anti-racism achieved the highest possible rank in the scales of justice.

The fact that all the girls – it can be argued – were selected because of their ethnicity (or race) appears to have bypassed the self-styled anti-racists of Rotherham and beyond. Or to put that another way: racism against Muslim sexual-groomers was deemed a worse crime than racism towards young white females.

The Left, as usual, tied itself up in knots. And those non-leftists who passively swallow the many Marxist/ leftist theories about racism – as many non-Leftists do – did the same.

PIOUS ANTI-RACISM

Sections of the Left will attempt to hide the truth, however it’s offered.

For example, if the Pakistani heritage of the perpetrators is mentioned, the word ‘racism’ will be used. If, on the other hand, the fact that all the offenders were Muslims is mentioned, then – yes, you guessed it – we’ll get the debate-stopper, ‘Islamophobia’, from leftists.

Such people are far more culpable than Rotherham’s councillors (the non-leftist ones). Many councillors simply feared the accusations of racism, whereas these kinds of leftists are the ones who did and still do the accusing. Not only that: many councillors, police and social workers have seen the error of their ways, whereas Trotskyists/ communists/ ‘progressives’ want the situation to remain exactly as it was in the period before 2010 – one of complete and total inaction on Muslim sexual-grooming gangs. Why is that? Because many leftists believe either that action against Muslim grooming gangs is itself racist, or that such action will ‘encourage racism’ (as it’s often put).

Thus the young victims of such sexual grooming were – and still are – very low on the list of worthy leftist causes. At the top of that list is the permanent revolution against often fictional and possible racism.

source:http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/home/root/news-libertygb/6547-the-young-victims-of-rotherham-council-s-anti-racism-policies

*Video* Hannity Gets in Epic Shouting Match with London Imam Anjem Choudary

Sean Hannity got into an epic shouting match Wednesday night with a London-based imam who believes in the worldwide implementation of Sharia law. Hannity repeatedly grilled Anjem Choudary over whether he believes in a “convert or die” philosophy. Choudary kept turning the tables and arguing that when Americans bomb and murder and torture, “obviously this would have repercussions.”

Choudary denied “convert or die” is happening in Iraq, and the two of them proceeded to shout over each other over who’s the one spewing lies. Choudary kept accusing America of double standards, and Hannity fired back, “If you shut up, I’ll give you an answer!”

Hannity went down the line and grilled Choudary on the tenets of Sharia. He asked what the punishment would be for a women dressing immodestly. Choudary did not answer directly (though he did say “women are not slabs of meat in Islam”) and Hannity shouted, “Are you that dumb and ignorant?!”

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South Yorkshire Police face fresh crticism in child abuse scandal

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A report published on Tuesday said at least 1,400 Rotherham children were sexually abused between 1997 and 2013.

The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal is still failing to record crimes against children properly, a report has said.

South Yorkshire Police’s public protection unit spent a “great deal of time” trying to “disprove” allegations, said HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

It said the force’s public protection unit showed “a disregard for victims”.

A separate report on Tuesday found a “collective failure” by the authorities to stop child abuse in Rotherham.

That inquiry, by Professor Alexis Jay, said at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited from 1997-2013, mainly by gangs of men of Pakistani heritage.

The new investigation, which saw HMIC inspectors visit South Yorkshire Police in February, threatened to put more pressure on police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright.

He has so far resisted calls to resign as commissioner, with Nick Clegg the latest to call for him to go, but he has quit the Labour Party.

Shaun Wright PCC for South Yorkshire

Shaun Wright has so far resisted pressure to resign from his post as police commissioner

Shaun Wright has so far resisted pressure to resign from his post as police commissioner

The HMIC report said the force’s public protection unit (PPU) had a cultural “disregard for victims”.

It criticised the unit for under-recording crime, highlighting the impact this had on vulnerable children who had been victims of sexual assault.

The HMIC looked at 117 crimes that should have been recorded, but found that only 89 had been.

Of those, three were wrongly classified. The report highlighted “a serious need for improvement in the accuracy and timeliness of crime recording decisions”.

It said: “There is an inherent risk that a significant number of reported offences of a serious nature have not been recorded and that vulnerable victims have, as a consequence, been left unprotected or at risk of further offending.”

The force welcomed the HMIC report, but it said it was important to note it was about the recording of crime and not the way it was investigated.

“We recognise that systems need improving and there is a programme in place to do so, including IT and the force’s public protection unit stand-alone system,” the statement said.

South Yorkshire Police is already under scrutiny after Professor Jay’s report criticised police for not making child sexual exploitation (CSE) a priority and “regarding many child victims with contempt”.

Thanks should go to the EDL who have been instrumental in bringing these matters to the forefront and into the attention of the mainstream media…….love them or loathe them ,it cannot be denied that they speak the truth!

The EDL march makes its way round Rotherham town centre.

The EDL march makes its way round Rotherham town centre.

Rotherham abuse scandal: Who was in charge?

A general view of the Town Hall in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

A general view of the Town Hall in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Revelations of child abuse on a massive scale in Rotherham have prompted calls for resignations among those who ran the council at the time. Who was in charge?

Rotherham Council’s leadership have been accused of “blatant” collective failures in a report that detailed the sex abuse of hundreds of childrenbetween 1997 and 2013, mainly by gangs of men of Pakistani heritage.

Report author Professor Alexis Jay said senior managers had “underplayed” the scale and seriousness of the problem and police also failed to prioritise it. She insisted that, given her findings, “nobody could say ‘I didn’t know'”.

Who are some of the people who held key posts at the council and the police at the time of the abuse?

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Shaun Wright, Labour councillor in charge of children’s services, 2005-10

Undated file handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright

Shaun Wright was appointed cabinet member for the newly-created department of children and young people’s services in April 2005.

He resigned in 2010 when the scandal first surfaced, saying this week “I… take full responsibility for my part in the collective failures which took place at Rotherham Council during the time I was in office and indeed to that end I resigned in 2010.”

In 2012 Mr Wright was elected as South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner.

He has insisted he will stay in that post despite facing increasing pressure to step down following the report’s publication. He has resigned from the Labour Party, which had threatened to suspend him.

Mr Wright has said he had no idea about the “industrial scale” of abuse that took place during his tenure.

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Joyce Thacker, strategic director of children and young people’s services, 2008-present

File picture of Rotherham Council's strategic director of children and young people's services, Joyce Thacker, from May 2012

Joyce Thacker joined the council as senior head of services for children and young people in 2006 and began her current post in 2008.

She is not named in the report, other than being among a list of interviewees who were spoken to as part of the research.

Mrs Thacker was made an OBE in 2006 for services to young people.

In November 2012, she drew criticism for her decision to remove three foster children who were “not indigenous white British” from a couple who were members of UKIP.

Last year she faced questions from the Home Affairs Select Committee over the abuse scandal, telling MPs: “I don’t think we’d fully accept we’ve failed dismally to deal with the issue.”

She was quoted in the Daily Mail this week, saying: “Protecting young people from harm is not the responsibility of any single agency and as a community we need to continue to work together to tackle this horrific crime.”

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Dr Sonia Sharp, director of children’s services, 2005-2008

Sonia Sharpe, who started work as Rotherham’s first director of children’s services in April 2005, said in a statement this week: “You can’t be a director of children’s services and not take responsibility for what happens to children.

“I am sorry that these children and young people suffered terrible abuse and I wish we could have done more to prevent the abuse of children and young people in Rotherham.”

She has worked for the Australian state of Victoria’s department of education and early childhood development since 2012.

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Roger Stone, council leader, 2003-14

File photo of Roger Stone, former leader of Rotherham Council, from January 2009

Roger Stone, a Labour councillor since 1988, was elected leader of the council in 2003.

Last year he announced the independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, apologising “unreservedly to young people who had been let down by safeguarding services that, before 2009, “simply weren’t good enough”.

Mr Stone resigned with immediate effect following the report’s publication, saying: “I believe it is only right that as leader I take responsibility for the historic failings described so clearly.”

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Paul Lakin, cabinet member for children, young people and families’ services, 2010-present

Paul Lakin

Former steelworker Paul Lakin has been a Labour councillor since 1999. He was made lead member for children, young people and families’ services in 2010.

The council website says his current role is to oversee the provision of education and social care to children and young people in Rotherham.

“I can categorically say that until I came into children’s services in 2010 I was not aware of the depth and breadth of child exploitation in Rotherham,” he told BBC News.

Mr Lakin, who is also deputy leader of the council, has said he will not resign from the authority.

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Martin Kimber, council chief executive, 2009-present

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Martin Kimber became chief executive in October 2009.

He has said he accepts the report and the recommendations made and has apologised to the victims of abuse.

Mr Kimber has said no council employees will face disciplinary action, as there is not enough evidence to prosecute.

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Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive, 2001-03

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During Ged Fitzgerald’s three-year tenure, the inquiry found that a report detailing the growing problem of child abuse in the town was suppressed and the researcher who wrote it disciplined.

The inquiry concluded: “If the senior people concerned had paid more attention to the content of the report, more might have been done to help children who were being violently exploited and abused.”

Mr Fitzgerald, who was among former staff interviewed as part of the report, is now chief executive of Liverpool City Council. The council has said neither it, nor Mr Fitzgerald, has any comment to make.

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Matt Jukes, policing commander for Rotherham, 2006-10

 

Matt Jukes is now Deputy Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

South Wales’ police and crime commissioner, the former Labour minister Alun Michael, said: “His involvement at Rotherham was at a time which the report states the police became more proactive, better liaison was established and child sexual exploitation became a priority and I am satisfied that there is nothing in the report that in any way undermines the confidence we have in DCC Jukes as a leader. “

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The report lists in full the interviewees it spoke to, including more than 50 current and former council staff, and current and former elected members, along with 11 members or former senior police officers.

source: BBC NEWS

Tory MP Carswell switches to UKIP

Tory MP Douglas Carswell has defected to the UK Independence Party and will stand down as MP for Clacton to seek re-election in a by-election.

If he wins the by-election he will be the first UKIP MP to take a seat in Westminster.

The maverick Eurosceptic backbencher said he wants to “shake up” the cosy Westminster “clique”.

He unveiled his surprise announcement at a news conference in central London.

He told reporters he did not believe Conservative leader and Prime Minister David Cameron was “serious about the change we need”.

He said the decision to jump ship from the Conservatives had given him “sleepless nights” but he wanted to see “fundamental change in British politics” and UKIP – a party he believed belonged to its members rather than a “little clique” of political insiders – could deliver it.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who this week was selected to fight South Thanet at the 2015 general election, said it was the “bravest and most honourable” decision he had ever seen in British politics.

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Christian Defence League BlogTalk Radio: Dr.Bill Warner talking to Jan Rennie

Listen to the archived radio show of Jan Rennie,President of the Christian Defence League.

Bill Warner

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During the show there were a few technical difficulties which interupted the show with some totally unconnected musical jingles!

Please don’t let them spoil your enjoyment of what turned out to be a very enlightening interview.

Bill Warner holds a PhD in physics and math, NC State University, 1968. He has been a university professor, businessman, and applied physicist.

He was a Member of the Technical Staff in solid-state physics at the Sarnoff Princeton Laboratories in the area of integrated circuit structures. During the energy crisis of the 80’s he founded and ran a company that specialized in energy efficient homes. For eight years he was a professor at Tennessee State University in the Engineering School.

Dr. Warner has had a life-long interest in religion and its effects on history. He has studied the source texts of the major religions for decades. Even before the destruction of the World Trade Center he had predicted the war between Islam and America. The day after 9/11 he decided to make the source texts of Islam available for the average person.

Dr. Warner’s training in scientific theory and mathematics shaped how he analyzed Islamic doctrine. The first step was realizing that the Islamic texts had been made deliberately difficult to read and comprehend. A program, the Trilogy Project (see below), was created to strip away the confusion in the texts. It became clear that Islam is not constructed on the same civilizational principles as the rest of the world. Simple statistical methods revealed that dualism and submission were the foundational principles of Islamic doctrine.

Statistical methods applied to the Islamic texts showed that:
· Islam is far more of a political system than a religion.
· There is no unmitigated good in Islam for the Kafir (non-Muslim).
· Islam’s ethical system is dualistic and is not based on the Golden Rule.
· Islamic doctrine cannot be reconciled with our concepts of human rights and our Constitution.
· The great majority, 96%, of all Islamic doctrine about women subjugates them.
· The Sunna (what Mohammed did and said) is more important than the Koran in a Muslim’s daily life.

Dr. Warner coined the term, Foundational School of Islamic studies, which holds that Islam is found in the Trilogy of Koran, Sira and Hadith. All evaluation of Islamic history and current activity is caused by the doctrine found in this Trilogy. Therefore, it is impossible to understand any Muslim or Islamic action without knowing the doctrine that is its cause.

Dr. Warner postulates that there are three independent views of Islam that are not reconcilable. The three views are believer-centric, apoligist-centric and Kafir-centric. The believer-centric view is the view of a Muslim. Apologist-centric is based upon the apologetic view of non-Muslims. Kafir-centric is the view of the non-Muslim. A comprehensive knowledge of Islam must include all three. These views cannot be resolved, but each must stand-alone.

Dr. Warner founded the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) and is its director. He has produced a dozen books, including a Koran, a biography of Mohammed and a summary of the political traditions of Mohammed. He also developed the first self-study course on Political Islam. He has given talks nationally and internationally about Islamic political doctrine. He writes articles and produces news Bulletins that record the suffering of the victims caused by Political Islam.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE:- http://www.blogtalkradio.com/christiandefenceleague/2014/08/24/cdl-interviews-dr-bill-warner

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The Trilogy Project

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The Trilogy Project was developed to make Islam’s three sacred texts, Koran, Sira and Hadith understandable. It was based upon scientific principles and objective methods, so that any independent person could achieve the same results if they used the same methods.

All Islamic doctrine is based on words of Allah and the Sunna (words and actions) of Mohammed. Allah is found in the Koran and Mohammed is found in the Sira (biography) and the Hadith (traditions). All of Islam is based on Koran, Sira, and Hadith. If it is in the Trilogy, it is Islam. If it is not in the Trilogy, then it is not Islam. To know Islam, know the Trilogy.

The problem in knowing the Trilogy is that the Koran, Sira and Hadith were designed to be difficult to understand. There is only one way for them to be understood-they must be viewed as a systemic whole, not three separate books.
The books had to be fact-based and self-authenticating. In a sense, each book had to be a map to the original text. Nearly every paragraph in the CSPI book series has a reference number that allows the reader to go to the source text and verify what is written. If you don’t believe it or want more details, you can go the reference number and read the original.

Here is an example from Mohammed and the Unbelievers, the Sira:

I552 The assassins’ wounded friend lagged behind, so they carried him back with them. When they got back to Mohammed, he was praying. They told him they had killed the enemy of Allah and their attack had terrorized all the Jews. There was no Jew in Medina who was not afraid.

Here is the source text: Ishaq margin note 552:

552 Our friend al-Harith had lagged behind, weakened by loss of blood, so we waited for him for some time until he came up, following our tracks. We carried him and brought him to the apostle [Mohammed] at the end of the night. We saluted him as he stood praying, and he came out to us, and we told him that we had killed God’s enemy. He spat upon our comrade’s wounds, and both he and we returned to our families. Our attack upon God’s enemy cast terror among the Jews, and there was no Jew in Medina who did not fear for his life.

The Hadith, collected by Bukhari, has over 6800 traditions. The text is confusing since there is so much repetition. The same tradition may be repeated a dozen times. Only about a quarter of the traditions relate to politics, the rest are purely religious. The first step is to collect all the traditions that deal with Kafirs. The Kafir material is political, since it deals with those outside of Islam. Then all of those that are similar, or nearly identical, are summarized into a single tradition. This method makes all of the political traditions easily understood. The remaining traditions apply only to Muslims and are of little interest to Kafirs.

Collecting those traditions that apply to Kafirs and summarizing the repeated ones clarifies the text and makes Political Islam simple to understand. This work resulted in The Political Traditions of Mohammed.

The Koran is made readable by reproducing the historical Koran of Mohammed’s day. This is accomplished by arranging the Koran in the original order (the one in the bookstore is arranged in order of chapter length). Then the similar sections are combined (for instance, the story of Moses is told 39 times). The final step is to take Mohammed’s life from the Sira and integrate it into the Koran verses to give the verses context. These steps reproduce the historical Koran. The resulting document is now easily read, A Simple Koran.

Anyone can take these same steps and produce similar versions of the original Trilogy.

People assume that you must understand Arabic or have a university degree in Islam to understand Islam’s texts. However, look at these scholars’ history. After 1400 years they have produced scholarly papers for presentations at scholarly meetings, but they have not made the material available to the common person.

The work stands on its own. The only person that matters in discussing Islam is not the “expert” but Mohammed. Every paragraph of our books is referenced to what Mohammed did and said (his Sunna). Each paragraph can be verified by the use of the reference numbers. Our books are fact-based knowledge, not opinion. Mohammed is our expert. We quote him in every paragraph.

Bill Warner is the nom de guerre of Bill French.

Muslims Sympathizers are Wrong. THIS is the REAL History of the Crusades.

 

Muslims Sympathizers are Wrong. THIS is the REAL History of the Crusades.

If you’ve ever tried to have an intellectual debate about Islam, chances are the Crusades are brought up. Many still believe that the Crusades were a series of self-righteous holy wars perpetrated against innocent Muslims.

Too often the Crusades are blamed as the cause of the turn of Islam, when Muslim extremism was born to combat religious intolerance.

But what were the Crusades really and why would so many, Christian or Catholic, go along with such drastic measures?

Thomas F. Madden, medieval historian and expert on the Crusades, believes that the world could use a refresher course, starting with the undeniable facts:

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics.

They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general.

A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins.

Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. When Mohammed was waging war against Mecca in the seventh century, Christianity was the dominant religion of power and wealth.

The Christian world, therefore, was a prime target for the earliest caliphs, and it would remain so for Muslim leaders for the next thousand years. With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed’s death. They were extremely successful.

Muslims had already conquered all of North Africa and Spain by the eighth century, and in the eleventh century, Asia Minor was overtaken as well. Christian culture was being dissolved, and Christians were forced to leave behind their faith and convert or die. At this point, the emperor in Constantinople called for help from fellow Christians in western Europe, thus, giving birth to the Crusades.

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Multiculturalism has brought us honour killings and Sharia law, says Archbishop – Telegraph

Former Archbishop of Canterbury says multiculturalism to blame for Britons joining Isil, as David Davis issues call to deny.”

Multiculturalism has resulted in honour killings, female genital mutilation and rule by Sharia law, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed, as he called for Britons fighting with Isil to be “banished” from the country.

Lord Carey of Clifton said Muslim communities must “discipline” their young people or see them “banished” from Britain after leaving to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Islamic leaders in Britain have failed to clearly denounce religious fanatics in the wake of the murder of James Foley by a suspected British jihadist, he suggested.

Britain must “recover a confidence in our nation’s values”, Lord Carey wrote in the Mail on Sunday.

“For too long we have been self-conscious and even ashamed about British identity. By embracing multiculturalism and the idea that every culture and belief is of equal value we have betrayed our own traditions of welcoming strangers to our shore.”

 

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American ‘fighter’ dies in Syria battle

Image from Twitter purported to be of Douglas McCain. 26 Aug 2014

Image from Twitter purported to be of Douglas McCain who was reportedly killed in a battle in Syria

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria, has been killed, a family member has told the BBC.

A cousin of Douglas McCain said the US government called his mother to confirm his death on Monday.

McCain was found dead by Free Syrian Army fighters after a battle at the weekend, according to NBC.

The US government believes a small number of Americans have travelled to Syria to fight for extremist groups.

Senior US officials told broadcaster CNN Mr McCain was fighting for Islamic State (IS), which now controls large areas of Iraq and Syria.

“My family is accepting the confirmation that was given to us by the government,” his cousin Jocelyn Smith told the BBC. “I am really shocked.”

Ms Smith said the family had not been surprised when McCain converted to Islam a decade ago, but had no idea he had travelled to Syria or was potentially fighting for militants there.

“He was a beautiful person and whatever thoughts that were going on that made him make this decision were not out of hate,” she said.

“I thought he was in Turkey and why he was in Turkey was unclear to us.”

McCain was born in the US state of Minnesota and had moved to California with family, she added.

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Americans killed fighting in Syria

This undated frame grab from video provided by the Manara al-Bayda, the media arm of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, 25 July 2014

Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha was the first American to carry out a suicide attack in Syria

Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha was the first American to carry out a suicide attack in Syria

Hundreds of foreign fighters have gone to Syria in recent years. Two of them, Nicole Lynn Mansfield and Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22 were killed last year.

Mansfield, 33, was a Muslim convert. She died in May 2013, apparently while trying to attack Syrian government forces.

Salha, who is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, died in an explosion on 25 May during an attack on the Syrian army.

He had joined a rebel group, Nusra Front, and became the first American suicide bomber in the Syria conflict.

Nicole Mansfield

Nicole Mansfield

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Western officials have warned of foreign fighters returning to the US and Europe after receiving training in Syria.

The US ordered air strikes against IS in Iraq and Mr Obama has called the militant group a “cancer”.

After the killing of journalist James Foley by the group, they are demanding more than $6m (£3.6m) for the ransom of a female foreign aid worker, US media report.

The 26-year old woman was working for a number of humanitarian organisations in Syria when she was kidnapped last year.

The US government and the woman’s family have requested she not be named because of fears for her safety.

The woman is one of at least three known hostages currently held by IS militants.

Another is the US journalist, Steven Sotloff, who was seen alive at the end of the footage that showed James Foley’s execution.

The militants have also demanded the release of the Pakistani neuroscientist, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is being held in a Texan jail after she was convicted in 2010 of planning to attack US officials.

Deadly bombing hits Baghdad district

A car bomb in a mainly Shia district of Baghdad has killed at least eight people and wounded around 20 others.

The blast in the Iraqi capital comes a day after a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in the same area.

There has been a spate of attacks on Shia after at least 68 people were shot dead at a Sunni mosque on Friday.

Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, a moderate Shia, is trying to form a more inclusive government after the resignation of Nouri Maliki.

Tuesday’s attack occurred when a car rigged with explosives detonated during the morning rush hour close to outdoor markets, according to police speaking to the Associated Press.

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Afghanistan: The death list that names 5,000 victims

Portraits of those who were executed

Portraits of some of those who were executed

A year ago, a Dutch prosecutor published a list of 5,000 names, which immediately led to scenes of public mourning in Afghanistan. These were the names of people killed after a communist coup d’etat in 1978 – and some of those with blood on their hands are now living in Europe.

According to Dutch prosecutors there is enough evidence to charge several Afghans living in the Netherlands with war crimes, and a number living in other European countries – though some countries are pursuing the cases more vigorously than others.

The suspects do not know they are being investigated and it was only when one died before he could be brought to justice that the list was published.

This man was known in court papers only as “Commander O” but his full name Amanullah Osman can now be revealed.

Part of the death list

An extract from the Afghan death list

In the Netherlands, he made no secret of his past as a secret policeman in Afghanistan, believing that it would assist his application for asylum. He reasoned that if he disclosed it, he could not be returned to Afghanistan, where his life would be in danger. He did not imagine he would end up facing trial as a war criminal instead.

When asked if anybody had been maltreated in his custody, he said: “Of course, and I was responsible for that maltreatment. That is how things go in Afghanistan.”

A mass of evidence was collected in preparation for his prosecution, including original documents signed by Commander Osman, transferring people for torture and execution.

After Osman’s death, State Prosecutor Thijs Berger published part of his evidence online as a public service to the relatives of the victims – a list of around 5,000 names of people executed in 1978 and 1979.

Among the names are students, traders, shopkeepers, teachers, farmers, a bus driver, a postman and a retired judge – some of those killed are pictured at the top of this article.

Thijs Berger

State prosecutor Thijs Berger examines some of the documents

The publication of the death list had a huge impact in Afghanistan. There were immediate ceremonies of remembrance for those who died.

Some on the list had in fact survived. Those with powerful friends had been quietly released instead of being murdered – among them a man who would later add the name “Sayyaf”, meaning “skilled swordsman”, to his name Abdul Rassul.

Sayyaf went on to become a notorious guerrilla leader. It was he who invited Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan, and although he has denied involvement in war crimes in the 1990s, he has been accused in several authoritative investigations. He was a failed candidate for president this year.

Afghans wait outside the Kabul central Pul-i-Charki prison 14 January 1980

Afghans wait outside the Kabul central Pul-i-Charki prison 14 January 1980

Aerial shot of Pul-i-Charki

Aerial shot of Pul-i-Charki

Pul-i-Charki gaol

Pul-i-Charki gaol as is is today

But others who survived by chance were simply overlooked in the chaos of mass executions. One of the people on the death list, Habib Rahman, says he has lived most of his life on borrowed time. He was arrested and tortured in the chaos that followed the Saur revolution in 1978, named for the Afghan month of Saur when it took place.

“I was asleep. They smashed the door and entered the house. They told me you have to go with us. When we walked out of the door there were about 20 military cars and even an armoured tank. They took me to the investigation department of the secret police.”

For eight days and nights he was beaten and electrocuted, before he was taken to Pul-i-Charki prison near Kabul. He was held there for more than a year.

After his release, Rahman emigrated to Australia, where he became a successful businessman. When he saw his name on the list published on the internet, he returned to Pul-i-Charki for the first time since 1979.

Habib Rahman

Habib Rahman’s name appeared on a list of those who had been executed

“Every midnight they would come, call the names and kill them. From midnight, if your name was not on the list, you had a chance to live for another 24hours,” he says.

Those named were taken out and shot on a patch of waste ground outside the prison known as the “polygon”, their bodies bulldozed into mass graves. From inside, the other prisoners could clearly hear the shots. “They were doing this on purpose to frighten the others,” Rahman says.

Relief came in the depths of winter in 1979. The prisoners heard the sky fill with helicopters and felt the ground shake with heavy armoured vehicles. A knife cut through the plastic sheeting the prisoners had wrapped around the bars of the prison, and a blond Russian head came through to announce that they would be freed.

When freedom came a few days later, Rahman was shocked because no family members had come to see him.

“There were 10,000 people getting out of the jail and everybody was received by their families or loved ones. When I walked out of the jail I couldn’t see any member of my family… I was very upset, very depressed.”

When he finally made his way home he found his brother who started to cry – the family were in mourning as Rahman’s name had appeared on a list of those executed.

The new regime imposed by Moscow had publicly displayed the list to demonstrate the tyranny of the regime they had overthrown. But it was taken down again after only a few days. It was a partial version of that list that would emerge as part of the Dutch criminal investigation.

Patti Gossman, who has been investigating Afghanistan for many years forHuman Rights Watch, says that original documents from conflict areas are very rare. But what made the evidence in the Dutch case so vital was that it humanised the victims.

Afghan anti-Soviet resistance fighters in the early 1980s

Afghan anti-Soviet resistance fighters in the early 1980s

“It has been very hard to get hold of any kind of paper trail, which is why this list being published was so important,” she says.

The violence in the year before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 is not as well known as the horrors that came later. But Gossman says the scale of this orgy of murder is unique. “There was nothing quite like it in the years that followed,” she says.

The Dutch death list represents only a small fraction of many tens of thousands who died, she points out. In an effort to keep control as they imposed radical reforms, the communists carried out mass murder, particularly in the countryside.

“Their approach was not to put these people on trial as traitors or anything but just to get rid of them,” she says.

But those responsible have never faced justice, nor have the mujahideen who defeated the communists, or indeed the Taliban who followed them for any of the excesses committed during their periods of rule.

First anniversary of the Afghan communist revolution 1979

The communist regime had been in place for more than a year before the Soviets stepped in. —First anniversary of the Afghan communist revolution 1979

Far from investigating the record of the warlords, the post-Taliban government suppressed an exhaustive report into the crimes of the past, that mapped all of the conflicts during more than three decades, village by village.

Nader Nadery, who wrote that report, faced death threats and was dismissed from running the Afghan Human Rights Commission by President Karzai for daring to look into past war crimes. And the Western powers which had defeated the Taliban did not prevent the cover-up.

Nader Nadery said that the moment for action was in 2001 when the US-led forces were all powerful. He said that “the strongest man in this country” would not have stood up to them, believing them capable of anything.

Afghanistan's war crimes museum

The war crimes museum in the north-east of Afghanistan documents three decades of atrocities

Britain’s Foreign Secretary at the time, Jack Straw, wrote that warlords were a “fact of life” in Afghanistan.

He said that things had to be taken one step at a time. “In this kind of situation you are always in an area of acute moral hazard, which is why I am sure I made the point that we had to deal with the warlords. At the time it was better to deal with them than to have them contributing to the chaos.”

He said it was never too late for justice. But the warlords, particularly the former mujahideen from the 1980s and 90s, have reclaimed much of their power. It was they who pushed through immunity from prosecution for past crimes.

Afghanistan’s rampant corruption, and the weakness of its democracy are intimately connected to its failure to deal with war crimes. The communists at the beginning of the long war and the Taliban at the end were both brutal. But many of those entrenched in power now are conservative rural powerbrokers who have blood on their hands too.

And apart from a few isolated examples, such as the prosecutors in the Netherlands, painstakingly building cases with elusive documents, the world has preferred to look the other way.

For technical reasons, Afghanistan is not covered by the International Criminal Court for any war crimes committed before the fall of the Taliban, and a controversial law approved by President Karzai conferred immunity from prosecution inside Afghanistan.

But countries have an obligation to pursue war criminals if they come into their jurisdiction.

“We’re talking about over 30 years of war crimes being committed by all sides,” Thijs Berger told the BBC. “And nothing is really being done about it.”

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Help identify ‘aspiring terrorists’ – Scotland Yard

James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, on 5 November 2012

AC Rowley said “every reasonable person” had been touched by Mr Foley’s “pitiless” murder

The UK’s head of counter-terrorism has appealed to the public to help identify people who have travelled to Syria or are showing signs of being radicalised.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley made his appeal after the murder of US journalist James Foley in Syria.

“Significant progress” has been made towards identifying an Islamic State militant with an English accent seen in a video of the killing, said AC Rowley.

Counter-terrorism arrests are running at five times last year’s levels.

This is because of the threat posed by would-be jihadists travelling to and from Syria, said AC Rowley of the Metropolitan Police, the National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism.

He also described the growth in numbers of dangerous individuals as challenging, as nearly half of those going to Syria were not previously known as being potential terrorists.

London and the West Midlands have seen the biggest growth in Syria-related investigations.

Ten people a month are being stopped from travelling out to Syria or Iraq by being referred to the government’s anti-terrorism Prevent programme, which targets individuals who are at risk of being radicalised.

AC Rowley said: “We are appealing to the public, family members and friends to help identify aspiring terrorists.

“They may be about to travel abroad, have just returned or be showing signs of becoming radicalised.”

He asked for people to watch out for any suspicious change in behaviour, such as selling their possessions or raising money to travel abroad.

AC Rowley said progress was being made in the investigation to find the man seen in the video that showed the moments before and after the apparent beheading of 40-year-old Mr Foley, but would not go into further details.

He said: “Every reasonable person in the country has been touched by the pitiless murder of James Foley at the hands of Islamic State terrorists, and the murderer’s apparent British nationality has focused attention on extremism in the UK as well as the Middle East.”

‘Warped narratives’

Addressing the rise in arrests, he said that in the first six months of this year, 69 suspected extremists who planned to travel to Syria or fund terrorism there were arrested.

He added: “High priority operations, especially against those involved in attack planning or on the cusp have increased greatly.

“Port stops, and cash seizures have grown by over 50% as we strive to disrupt terrorists.”

Scotland Yard is removing about 800 pieces of terrorist content linked to Syria and Iraq removed from websites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

In the last four years, more than 40,000 pieces of extremist content has been taken down.

“There is a lot at stake,” said AC Rowley. “In addition to the public assistance in identifying potential terrorists we all need community and religious leaders to continue to speak out against warped narratives and we need everyone to ensure that public debate does not give oxygen to the terrorists by giving them the publicity they seek.”

‘Generational struggle’

Earlier, the prime minister’s spokeswoman said the threat posed by Britons fighting with IS militants would be a “generational struggle”.

People who went to Syria and Iraq would be investigated by police, she added.

The spokeswoman had no comment to make on progress in efforts to identify the masked man who appears in the footage, which shows the moments before and after the apparent beheading of the 40-year-old.

The Foreign Office and Home Office have so far refused to comment on remarks by Britain’s ambassador to the US that the UK is close to identifying the suspected British jihadist.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Council of Britain’s deputy secretary general has said the Prevent strategy is having a “negative impact”.

The scheme seeks to lessen the influence of extremism but Harun Khan told BBC Radio 5 live it alienated young Muslims and pushed them towards radical groups.

Prevent, which is part of the government’s broader counter-terrorism strategy, aims to “stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism”.

source: BBC NEWS

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

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A long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

The truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people dead, was brokered by Egypt and began at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT).

Hamas deputy political leader Moussa Abu Marzouk said the deal represented a “victory for the resistance”.

Israeli government officials said it would ease its blockade of Gaza to allow in aid and building materials.

Indirect talks on more contentious issues, including Israel’s call for militant groups in Gaza to disarm, will begin in Cairo within a month.

The breakthrough came as both sides continued to trade fire.

A last-minute volley of mortar shells from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian and wounded six others in Eshkol Regional Council, medics told the BBC.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least six Palestinians were killed in a series of Israeli air strikes in Gaza, Palestinian officials said.

Shuttle diplomacy

Palestinian officials said Egypt’s ceasefire proposal called for an indefinite end to hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza’s crossings with Israel and Egypt, and an extension of the territory’s Mediterranean fishing zone.

Palestinians look at a high-rise building in Gaza City that targeted in an Israeli air strike on 26 August 2014

Before the breakthrough, high-rise buildings in Gaza were bombed and more rockets hit Israel

A Palestinian boy is comforted during the funeral for his father Mohammed Abu Ajwa, a Hamas militant, who was killed in an Israeli air strike (26 August 2014)

Mourners at the funeral of a Hamas militant – Israel said the group had been dealt a “devastating blow”

Mourners at the funeral of a Hamas militant – Israel said the group had been dealt a “devastating blow”

A month later, the officials added, Israel and the Palestinian factions would discuss the construction of a seaport and airport in Gaza and the freeing of about 100 prisoners released in exchange for Gilad Shalit in 2011 who were recently rearrested in the occupied West Bank.

Israel and Egypt were also said to be demanding guarantees that weapons would not be smuggled into Gaza.

The ceasefire announcement was greeted by celebratory gunfire on the streets of Gaza City.

Sirens warning of rockets reportedly continued to sound in southern Israel. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was checking whether any rockets had landed.

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Analysis: Kevin Connolly, BBC News, Jerusalem

The ceasefire deal combines elements of possible agreements which have been under discussion for weeks.

At the core of it will be an end to hostilities in return for an easing of border restrictions on Gaza, which will allow in humanitarian supplies and desperately-needed materials for reconstruction.

Longer-term issues like the Hamas demand for an airport and a sea terminal will be pushed back to later in the talks process, perhaps by a month or so.

It is a formula that allows the violence to end without a full resolution of all the issues which have divided Israel and the Palestinian militants for many years.

Earlier ceasefires in this conflict have collapsed – the diplomatic hope now is that a kind of mutual war-weariness will give this deal a better chance of success.

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A spokesman for Hamas, which dominates the territory, told a news conference: “We are here today to declare the victory of the resistance, the victory of Gaza, with the help of God, and the steadfastness of our people and the noble resistance.”

A senior Israeli official told the BBC: “Israel accepts the Egyptian initiative for an unlimited ceasefire in Gaza.

“The proposal does not include Hamas demands regarding a port, an airport, prisoners and funds. The sides will discuss their demands through Egypt within a month.”

The official said Hamas had been dealt a “devastating blow”, with 5,200 “terror sites” targeted and 1,000 “terrorists” killed.

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on 8 July with the stated aim of ending rocket fire. It was later expanded to include the destruction of tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks.

At least 2,140 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

The Israeli authorities say 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed, along with three Israeli civilians and a Thai national.

‘Terrorist infrastructure’

Early on Tuesday, Israeli jets bombed two high-rise buildings in Gaza City. The Basha Tower, containing flats and offices, was flattened and the Italian Complex, with homes, shops and offices, was severely damaged.

Israeli soldiers outside a house in Ashkelon that was hit by a rocket (26 August 2014)

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on 8 July with the stated aim of ending rocket fire

Israeli soldiers near the frontier with Gaza (24 August 2014)

Israel’s prime minister said on Sunday the military operation would “continue until its aims are achieved”

No-one was reported killed as residents managed to flee both buildings after the Israeli military warned them to leave.

However, 20 people were injured in the attack on the Italian Complex, and at least six others were killed in Israeli strikes elsewhere, medics said.

Hamas, the militant Islamist movement that dominates Gaza, accused Israel of an “unprecedented act of revenge” against civilians.

But Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner told the Associated Press that the strikes were “a direct result of Hamas’ decision to situate their terrorist infrastructure within the civilian sphere, including schools, hospitals and high-rise buildings”

source: BBC NEWS.

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