UK: St George’s Day ‘rose ban’ attempt at Stockport market

Stockport Market Hall

Stockport Market Place is among the last remaining street markets in northwest England

Officials tried to ban market traders from handing out red roses on St George’s Day, it has been claimed.

Stallholders at Stockport Market said they had been warned the blooms – which are used in the Labour Party’s logo – could breach election rules.

Traders said they have been giving out the free flowers for many years to mark England’s national day on 23 April.

Following complaints, Liberal Democrat-led Stockport Council said the tradition would be allowed to continue.

John O’Mara, from the Stockport branch of the National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF), said the council had initially threatened to “forcibly remove” anyone giving out roses.

‘Customer thank-you’

Traders said that, following their complaints, they were told they would be allowed to distribute them outside, but not inside, the market hall.

But the council has now relaxed those restrictions and allowed the roses to be distributed anywhere on the premises, it is understood.

Trader Mostafa Rezvani, a stallholder, said the council wanted to “keep neutrality” in the market.

“I think the 100 roses that we were going to give out is not going to make a great difference for the Labour Party in Stockport,” Mr Rezvani, a federation member, said.

Mr O’Mara added that the red roses were “a way of saying thank you to our customers for supporting us through the market year”.

The red rose is the symbol of Lancashire, England Rugby and the Labour Party among others

“People don’t associate the red rose with Labour on the day – it’s St George’s Day, and that’s the only reason we want to do it,” he said.

Stockport Market has been running for more than 750 years, with independent traders now selling goods inside a building operated by the council.

A council spokeswoman said: “The council hopes that the promotion is very successful and would encourage people across the borough to make use of Stockport Market on St George’s Day and throughout the year.”

What’s in a rose?

tudor roseThe Tudor symbol incorporates both the white and red rose
  • The red rose is considered to have been an emblem of the medieval House of Lancaster, and has been adopted as the symbol for Lancashire
  • The white rose representing the House of York was superimposed on the red rose as part of the Tudor symbol after the War of the Roses
  • It followed the marriage of Henry VII, who was related to the House of Lancaster, to Elizabeth, the daughter of Edward IV and heiress of the House of York
  • The red rose was chosen in 1986 to replace the Labour Party’s previous red flag emblem and is also the symbol of England Rugby
  • St George is also patron saint of Egypt, Georgia, Lithuania, Romania and Portugal, among other places
  • source: BBCNEWS

Birmingham man arrested for Syria-related terrorism offences bailed – BBC News

A man arrested at Manchester Airport on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences has been released on bail.
The 18-year-old from Birmingham was detained by officers from West Midlands counter terrorism unit on Saturday after arriving in the UK.
His arrest follows that of a man, 24, and woman aged 20 from Birmingham on 4 April who have also been bailed.
West Midlands Police said the arrests were not connected to five on Friday linked to attacks in Europe.

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Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?

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Does God care what we call Him? Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god? These are questions many Christians are asking these days, and for good reason.

For some time now, feminist theologians and a host of others have suggested that Christians should adopt new names for God. One denomination went so far as to affirm names like “Giver, Gift and Giving” in place of the “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” to be used in worship.

Feminist theologians have demanded that masculine pronouns and names for God be replaced with female or gender-neutral terms. But to change the name of God is to redefine the God we reference. Changing the name of God is no small matter.

As a matter of fact, God takes His name very seriously, and the Ten Commandments include the command that we must not take the name of the Lord in vain. We are to use the names God has given for Himself, and we are to recognize that God takes His name seriously because He desires to be rightly known by His human creatures. We cannot truly know Him if we do not even know His name.

Moses understood this. When he encountered the call of God that came from the burning bush, Moses asked God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13).

God answered Moses, “I Am who I Am” (Exodus 3:14). God told Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations” (Exodus 3:15).

As these verses make clear, we are not to tamper with God’s name. We are to use the names whereby God has named Himself, and we are to recognize that any confusion about the name of God will lead to confusion about the nature of God, if not to idolatry.

Christians must keep this central principle from the Bible constantly in mind as we consider some of the most urgent questions we face in the world today. We must certainly have this principle in mind when we think about Islam.

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Roman Catholic Bishop Martinus Muskens , Holland – Let’s call God “Allah”

Several years ago, a bishop in the Netherlands attracted controversy when he argued that Christians should call God “Allah” in order to lower theological tensions. He also argued that calling God “Allah” would be commonplace in Christian churches within a century and that this would lead to a synthesis of Islam and Christianity.

More recently, an Islamic court in Malaysia ruled that only Muslims can use the name “Allah” in print publications. “The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community,” the chief judge ruled. Oddly enough, Christians may well agree with this Islamic judge. To call God “Allah” is to invite confusion.

In the Bible, God reveals Himself to us in many names. These names are His personal property. We did not invent these names for God. To the contrary, God revealed these names as His own.

We have no right to modify or to revise these names—much less to reject them. Jesus Christ made this abundantly clear. In the simplest way imaginable, Jesus teaches us to know God as Father, and to use this name in prayer. The Lord’s Prayer begins with the words, “Our Father, who is in heaven.” By the grace that God has shown us in Christ, we can truly know Him as Father.

Muslims do not speak of God as their heavenly Father. In the Islamic faith, Allah is not only a different name for god; the deity it designates is far more impersonal than the God of the Bible. Father—the very name that Jesus gave us as the designated name for use in prayer—is a name that simply does not fit Allah as depicted in the Quran.

Inscription on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem!

Furthermore, Muslims claim that Allah has no son. This represents a head-on collision between the God of the Bible and Allah. For, as the Bible makes clear, the one and only true God is most perfectly revealed as the Father of the Son, Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus repeatedly teaches that no one has truly known the Father, except by the Son. In one of the most clarifying verses in the New Testament, Jesus declared Himself to be “the way, and the truth, and the life,” adding, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Because Muslims deny that God has a son, they explicitly reject any Trinitarian language. From the very starting point, Islam denies what Christianity takes as its central truth claim: the fact that Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father. If Allah has no son, then Allah is not the God who reveals Himself through the Son. How then can calling God “Allah” not lead to anything but confusion—and worse?

Islam teaches that the doctrine of the Trinity is blasphemous. But the Christian faith is essentially and irreducibly Trinitarian. The Bible reveals that the Father is God, that the Son is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is not merely a prophet, as acknowledged by Muslims, He is God in human flesh. This is precisely what Islam rejects.

The Trinitarian language is the language of the Bible, and it is essential to Christianity. Indeed, the Christian faith points to Christ and announces that we can only know the Father through the Son. Confusing the God of the Bible with Allah of the Quran is not only a mistake, it is a dangerous distortion of the Gospel of Christ.



The Trinitarian nature of God is embedded within the Great Commission. Jesus tells His disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all nations and to baptize them “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Christians are those who bear the names of God even in our baptism, and those names are Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

This has become a matter of significant controversy in recent years as some Christians, including some serving with mission agencies, have argued that Christians can use the name “Allah” in talking about God. In some languages, especially those based on an Arabic source, there is no generic word for god.

In such a situation, it might be necessary to begin a conversation by using this word, but the Christian cannot continue to call God “Allah.” It is hard to imagine that anyone can hear the name “Allah” without thinking of him as claimed in the Quran .

Indeed, Muslims who speak languages other than Arabic use “Allah” as the name of god. But as soon as the Christian begins to explain that the true living God is the Father of Jesus Christ the Son, the Christian is making clear that the true living God is not Allah, but our Heavenly Father.

Continuing to use the name “Allah” to refer to the God of the Bible in such situations invites deep confusion. Some now argue that Muslims who come to faith in Christ can even remain within the mosque and continue to worship God as Allah. It is hard to see how that is anything other than a theological disaster.

We can now see that the name of God is no small matter. The deity we name is the God we believe in. Christians believe in only one God, and He is the Father who sent the Son to save us from our sins. Allah has no son, and, thus, Christians cannot know God as Allah. In this light, Muslims and Christians do not only use different names for God; in reality, these different names refer to different gods.

God takes His name with great seriousness, and so must we. Thankfully, we are not left in the dark, groping for adequate language. God has revealed His names to us, so that we can rightly know Him. We are not called to be clever or creative in referring to God, only faithful and accurate.

We are living in challenging days. One of the most pressing challenges of our times is the task of speaking rightly about God. This is particularly challenging when Christians encounter Muslims, but it is also a challenge when Christians encounter secular people in Western cultures. But this really isn’t a new challenge. It was the same challenge faced by the children of Israel as they encountered the Canaanites, and the same challenge faced by the Apostle Paul at Mars Hill.

Our challenge is to speak truthfully about God, and the only way we can do that is to use the names God gave Himself. The God of the Bible is not Allah, and Allah is not the God of the Bible. Any confusion about that undermines the very Gospel we preach.

Pakistan trial: Evidence blows up in court, injuring two – BBC News

Some reports spoke of a grenade but police said it was a detonator

A device being presented as evidence at a trial in a Pakistani court blew up after the judge asked a police officer to show how it worked.

At least two people were injured, including the policeman, in the blast at an anti-terrorism court in the city of Karachi.

Some reports say the device was a grenade taken from the defendant.
Police later said it was just a detonator with an explosive element that should have been defused.

The incident took place on Monday at the trial of a man accused of extortion and of carrying out a number of grenade attacks.

Police said several devices had been found when they arrested him.

The device presented in court was at the request of the defence. Judge Shakil Haider then asked how it worked.

A part of the device was pulled from it and it exploded, throwing the judge off his chair.

Senior police official Jamil Ahmed said that explosives around the detonator had been made harmless, but added: “We are investigating as to how the detonator was brought to the court without being defused.”

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Afghan Taliban launches spring offensive codenamed ‘Operation Omari’

Afghan security forces are struggling to contain the growing attacks of Taliban insurgentsOmar Sobhani/Reuters

The Afghan Taliban has launched its annual spring offensive in the strife-torn country. This year’s offensive has been codenamed “Operation Omari” after the organisation’s founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, whose death was announced in 2015.

The Islamist insurgent group said its offensive will be directed at American and Nato forces for the 15th consecutive year. Just hours before the formal declaration by the militant group, there were attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar province.

A statement sent out to media by the extremist group reads: “Jihad against the aggressive and usurping infidel army is a holy obligation upon our necks and our only recourse for re-establishing an Islamic system and regaining our independence.”

It added: “The present operation will also employ all means at our disposal to bog the enemy down in a war of attrition that lowers the morale of the foreign invaders and their internal armed militias.”

The Taliban announcement comes alongside the reconciliation efforts which are taking place between Afghan government leaders and Taliban representatives. The quadrilateral talks, which are primarily coordinated by Pakistan, involve members of the US as well.

Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has cemented his total control over the fractious Islamist movement in order to prepare for “decisive” battles during the spring offensive. The group has promised to make 2016 bloodier than the previous year, when as many as 11,000 civilians were killed.

Days before the Taliban announcement, Mansour told his followers: “Let’s prepare for decisive strikes against the enemy purely for the sake of Allah with strong determination and high spirits,” according to the group’s official website.

Afghan security forces are already struggling to contain Taliban attacks in the wake of foreign troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. It is estimated the Afghan government controls only 70% of its territory while the rest of the area is in the hands of extremist forces.

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3 Words Define the Miracle of Jewish History: AM YISRAEL CHAI!

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The Jewish people total around 16 million souls, less than 0.1 percent of the earth’s population. If not for innumerable persecutions over the past 3,500 years, the People of Israel would number in the hundreds of millions.

The Jewish people’s miraculous survival and triumph over baseless hatred and destruction are defined by just three words: Am Yisrael Chai! Which means the People (Am), of Israel (Yisrael), live (chai)!

The great American author Mark Twain said of the Jewish people’s remarkable ability to  defy history.


Mark Twain – 1835-1910

“Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of…He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it.

The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed and made a vast noise, and they were gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have vanished….All things are mortal but the Jews; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

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Golda Meir near the Moscow Great Synagogue in 1948.

Judaism has an answer to Mark Twain’s question. The Torah teaches that no matter how deep the Jewish soul is buried, it retains an unbreakable connection to God which yearns to express itself.

This yearning goes back to the the Book of Genesis in the Bible. After a decades long separation from his family with no news of his father Israel’s welfare, Joseph asks his brothers, “Is my father (Israel) alive?” (Genesis 45:3) Clearly, separation could not break the connection.

This connection survived even in post-World War II Stalinist Russia where Soviet Jewry faced massive religious persecution and Jewish life could only be practiced underground.

In the face of the 6,000,000 Jewish souls that perished during the horrors of the Holocaust, Soviet Jews feared for the fate of their brothers and sisters on the other side of the Iron Curtain.

In a courageous display of solidarity, Golda Meir’s arrival as Israel’s ambassador to Russia on October 4, 1948 was met by tens of thousands of Soviet Jews crowded around Moscow’s Great Synagogue, risking imprisonment or worse to celebrate their Jewish identity and catch a glimpse of this emissary from the newly-born Jewish state.

In 1965, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry asked Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, one of this past century’s most influential Jewish folk singers and spiritual leaders to compose a song to give strength to Russian Jews facing oppression. In response, Rabbi Carlbach wrote “Am Yisrael Chai,” the People of Israel live!

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Am Yisrael Chai became the anthem of Soviety Jewry’s struggle for emancipation from anti-religious oppression and is still sung worldwide by the People of Israel as a rallying cry for Jewish life to continue and thrive.

Am yisrael chai (עם ישראל חי)

Am Ysroel Chai
Kan zo hatora, vekan zo hatfilah
Vekan shokhenet hashkhina
Kan artzeinu hakdosha, asher natata
Lo nazuz mikan le’olam.
Kan zo habrakha, vekan zo havtakha,
Mikan tavo hage’ula
Mashiach Ben-David yavo veyig’alenu,
Lo nazuz mikan.
Eretz shenitna bitnai,
Im tishmeru et khukotai,
Likhyot be’eret ha’avot,
Lishmor ulekayem mitzvot
Lizkor ki im kol hatikvot
Am Yisrael khai!
Kan anu bonim, vekan anu khaim,
Mikan lenetzakh netzakhim
Nekebal aleinu ol malkhut shamayim,
Velo nazuz mikan le’olam
Kan yashavnu zkenim, zkenot ve’ne’arim,
Mikan ve’ad akharit yamim
Nakhon yihiye har bait
HaShem biyerushalaim
Velo nazuz mikan
Kan yakum mikdash, cohen gadol yigash,
Lekol shirat haleviyim
Veshir hama’alot nashir kulanu yakhad,
Lo nazuz mikan le’olam.
Kan yavo go’el, le’eretz Yisrael,
Ve’ish el akhiv yomar:
Khazak khazak venitkhazek kulanu yakhad
Velo nazuz mikan.
Hatora hi khayenu,
Nitna lanu bizkhut avoteinu
Ankhnu kan be’artznu
Lo nazuz mikan le’olam.

English translation:

The people of Israel are alive
Here is the Torah, and here is the prayer,
and here is the divine spirit
here is our holy land, which you gave us
we will never move from here.
here is the blessing, and here is the promise,
from here will come the salvation
the redeemer, son of David will come and redeem us
we will not move from here.
A land that was given in a condition,
“if you’ll obey my laws”,
to live in the fatherland,
to keep and fulfill your commandments
to remember that with all the hopes
the people of Israel are alive!
here we are bilding, and here we are leaving
from here, for eternity,
we will excepet the yoke of Heaven
and we will never move from here
here we sat, old and young
from here and until the end of the days
prepared will be the temple mount
God in Jerusalem
and we will not move from here
here will arise the temple, high priest will approach
to the sound of the Leviyim
and Shir HaMa’alot we will all sing together
we will never move frome here.
here will come a redeemer, to the land of Israel,
and to one another we will say:
Strong and be strengthened, all of us together
and we will note move from here.
the Torah is our lives
that was given to us for our fathers’s right
we are here in our country and we will never move form here.
and will not move from here.

source: United with Israel

Cousin marriage in the Muslim world: The risks

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Many people would find the idea of marrying a first cousin shocking, but such marriages are not unusual in  British Muslim communities.

It is estimated that at least 55% of British Pakistanis are married to first cousins and the tradition is also common among some other South Asian communities and in some Middle Eastern countries.

But there is a problem: marrying someone who is themselves a close family member carries a risk for children – a risk that lies within the code of life; within our genes.

Communities that practice cousin marriage experience higher levels of some very rare but very serious illnesses – illnesses known as recessive genetic disorders.

The practice remains so popular because the community believes there are real benefits to marrying in the family. Many British Pakistanis celebrate cousin marriage because it is thought to generate more stable relationships.

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Babar Khan is a famous and talented Pakistani performer. His first wife died in an accident.The second wife of Babar Khan is his cousin.

Pakistani Celebrities Who Married To Their Cousins

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a popular and talented singer of Pakistan. He was married to his cousin Naheed.

Strong unions

Such unions are seen as strong, building as they do on already tight family networks.

But the statistics for recessive genetic illness in cousin marriages make sobering reading.

British Pakistanis are 13 times more likely to have children with genetic disorders than the general population – they account for just over 3% of all births but have just under a third of all British children with such illnesses.

Indeed, Birmingham Primary Care Trust estimates that one in ten of all children born to first cousins in the city either dies in infancy or goes on to develop serious disability as a result of a recessive genetic disorder.

Variant genes

Recessive genetic disorders are caused by variant genes. There are hundreds of different recessive genetic disorders, many associated with severe disability and sometimes early death, and each caused by a different variant gene.

We all have two copies of every gene. If you inherit one variant gene you will not fall ill.

If, however, a child inherits a copy of the same variant gene from each of its parents it will develop one of these illnesses.


The variant genes that cause genetic illness tend to be very rare. In the general population the likelihood of a couple having the same variant gene is a hundred to one.

In cousin marriages, if one partner has a variant gene the risk that the other has it too is far higher – more like one in eight.

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“Butterfly Children” is a term often used to describe younger patients born with Epidermolysis bullosa (because the skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings),

Myra Ali has a very rare recessive genetic condition, known as Epidermolisis Bulosa.

Her parents were first cousins. So were her grandparents.

“My skin is really fragile, and can blister very easily with a slight knock or tear,” she says.

Myra has strong views about the practice of cousin marriage as a result. “I’m against it, because there’s a high risk of illness occurring”, she says.


According to Ann Cryer ,ex- MP, whose former constituency of Keighley constituency has a large Pakistani population, much of the Pakistani community is inann cryer Capture denial about the problem.

She once told Newsnight that she believes it is time for an open debate on the subject: “As we address problems of smoking, drinking, obesity, we say it’s a public health issue, and therefore we all have to get involved with it in persuading people to adopt a different lifestyle”, she says.

“I think the same should be applied to this problem in the Asian community. They must adopt a different lifestyle. They must look outside the family for husbands and wives for their young people.”

source: Naseeb

REVEALED: Muslim extremist organisation ‘claims south London mosque is its overseas base’

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Khatm-e-Nubuwwat reportedly named the Stockwell Green mosque as its overseas base

A MUSLIM extremist group which calls for the deaths of members of a minority sect has allegedly claimed a south London mosque as its overseas base.

Worshipers at the Stockwell Green mosque have reportedly received leaflets demanding the killing of heretics.

The mosque was being used by Khatm-e-Nubuwwat (KN), a sectarian organisation which targets Ahmadi Muslims, according to an investigation. 

KN held its annual conference at Stockwell mosque last year and even names the address as its overseas office on its website. 

In most cases, KN regards Ahmadi Muslims as heretics who should be killed, according to Human Rights Watch. 

The group does not inflict violence itself, but it reportedly provides the environment for other people to. 


The leaflets found in the building are said to have labelled Ahmadi Muslims apostates, claiming they deserved to die. 

One allegedly said: “All possible efforts should be made to clarify the doubts of someone who abandons Islam, otherwise he should be given the punishment of capital punishment.”

It comes as tensions involving the Ahmadis in Britain grow after a Glasgow shopkeeper was allegedly stabbed to death by a Muslim. 

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Toaha Qureshi MBE said he is ‘very much involved in deradicalisation’

Asad Shah was allegedly stabbed to death for reportedly dishonouring the Prophet Mohammad. 

The BBC investigation discovered the ties between KN and British charity Alami Mails Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat – which runs the mosque. 

But the trustees claimed the group mistakenly claimed the mosque’s address as its office. 

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Lutfur Rehman fears violence seen in Pakistan against minorities could be spreading to Britain

Toaha Qureshi MBE, who is listed as a trustee, reportedly suggested to the BBC that hate CaptureAhmadis may have planted the leaflets.

He told the Times: “I am very much involved in deradicalisation”.

Lutfur Rehman, an Ahmadi living in Britain, fears violence seen in Pakistan against minorities could be spreading to the UK.

He said: “That hate is spreading in the UK. We have seen incidents here and in different areas.

“There have been leaflets distributed in shops, certain hotels have openly announced they will not serve Ahmadis, different clerics inciting in their Friday sermons against Ahmadis.”

source: Daily Express




The Campaign Against Antisemitism will always be apolitical and non-partisan. However, we also must not fear to call out antisemitism wherever we see it.

Jeremy Corbyn hails from the far-left, and whereas far-right antisemitism is anathema to the far-left, Jewish conspiracy myths and Islamist antisemitism are often accommodated.

Why has Jeremy Corbyn failed to distance himself from antisemites and in some cases has even praised them.

For a  Labour Party leader, one would have thought that any proximity to antisemites would be toxic. Left unaddressed, it would surely prove fatal to their candidacy; not so for Jeremy Corbyn, who has since been elected Leader of the Opposition .

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Paul Eisen, left, is a self-professed Holocaust denier who frequently shares anti-Semitic and far-Right content on his blog. Jeremy Corbyn, right, who according to Eisen has attended ‘every single’ one of his organisation’s annual events, appears to sit attentively during one such meeting in St John’s Wood Church in 2013

Paul Eisen, a self-professed Holocaust denier, claims close association with Corbyn over several years and even that Corbyn has donated to his work.

When confronted by the Daily Mail last year, Corbyn’s spokesman condemned Eisen’s views, but declined to comment on Eisen’s claims that Corbyn has attended “every single” one of his events and donated towards his work.

Atzmon has defined himself variously as a “secular Jew”, a “proud self-hating Jew”, an “ex-Jew”, a ”Jew who hates Judaism” and “a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian.”

Several of Atzmon’s statements regarding Jews and Judaism have led to allegations of antisemitism. In 2004 the Board of Deputies of British Jews criticized Atzmon for saying, “I’m not going to say whether it is right or not to burn down a synagogue, I can see that it is a rational act.” Atzmon responded in a letter to The Observer that “since Israel presents itself as the ‘state of the Jewish people’ … any form of anti-Jewish activity may be seen as political retaliation.”

Corbyn wrote to the Church defending Sizer, saying that he was being victimised because he “dared to speak out against Zionism”.

In February last year, the reverend Stephen Sizer, was ordered by the Church of England to stop using social media after posting an antisemitic conspiracy myth that Israel planned 9/11.

While the Church said the material Sizer posted was “clearly antisemitic”, the Mail revealed that Corbyn wrote to the Church defending Sizer, saying that he was being victimised because he “dared to speak out against Zionism”.

Raed Saleh, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

In April 2012, Corbyn warmly praised Ra’ed Salah, a prolific antisemite who claims that Israel planned 9/11 and who has, according to the Court of Appeal, even promoted the antisemitic blood libel that Jews bake bread using the blood of non-Jewish children.

Yet Corbyn has said “Salah’s is a voice that must be heard” and publicly told Salah: “I look forward to giving you tea on the terrace because you deserve it!”

In February 2013, he and his wife travelled to Gaza thanks to a £2,800 gift from Interpal, a British charity banned by the US government as “part of the funding network of Hamas” and as a terrorist organisation in its own right.

In July last year, the Telegraph revealed that Corbyn has accepted thousands of pounds in gifts from organisations closely-related to Hamas.

This was particularly concerning following Corbyn’s 2009 speech to a conference at the House of Commons in which he said: “And I’ve also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well. Unfortunately the Israelis would not allow them to travel here.

The idea that [Hamas] should be labelled as a terrorist organisation by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake and I would invite the government to reconsider its position on this matter and start talking directly to Hamas and Hezbollah.”

In its charter, Hamas openly calls for the genocide of all Jews: “our fight with the Jews is very extensive and very grave, and it requires all the sincere efforts… The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”

The Hamas charter also rejects any form of negotiation intended to lead to a peace deal: “[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement,” it states. Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah has been quoted by the New York Times saying: “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

Perhaps more worrying than Corbyn’s association with antisemites is that this appears not to bother his supporters.


NATO ‘Ally’? : Turkey continues to send arms, ammunition and jihadists to ISIS.

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ISIS terrorist Abdurrahim Xalit İbrahim captured by the YPG stated that Turkey continues to send arms, ammunition and jihadists to ISIS mainly through Jarablus and Til Rai. İbrahim noted that the Turkish aid to ISIS decreased because ISIS-Turkey relations got exposed and the border between ISIS and Turkey got shorter.

Captured by the YPG after the ISIS attack on Girê Spî, ISIS gang Abdurrahim Xalit İbrahim code-named Ebu İslam Xerip spoke to ANF. İbrahim was born in Aleppo, joined ISIS two years ago, stated that ISIS viewed Turkey as an ally. İbrahim said that his main duties were to give ideological and political education, recruit new gangs, and organize the gangs that arrived in Syria via Turkey.

ISIS terrorist Abdurrahim Xalit İbrahim

İbrahim was captured by the YPG in an office building near Siluk after the ISIS attack on Girê Spî.
Regarding the relations between Turkey and ISIS, İbrahim said that the two entities had shared ideologies and goals, and would never fight one another. İbrahim stated that ISIS viewed Turkey as an ally and the two entities collaborated numerous times in the past, so a war between Turkey and ISIS would never break out.


İbrahim highlighted the importance of the Girê Spî border gate for ISIS and said that the majority of supplies entered Syria through here. İbrahim said that ISIS used the Girê Spî border gate and secret underground tunnels to smuggle jihadists from all around the world into Syria, and the border gate served as ISIS’ lifeline because the majority of military and food supply transportation took place through here.

İbrahim emphasized the friendly nature of Turkey-ISIS relations, and said that these relations continue today despite the YPG’s liberation of Girê Spî. İbrahim added that Turkey continues to send arms, ammunition and jihadists to ISIS mainly through Jarablus and Til Rai today, and the Turkish aid to ISIS decreased because the border between ISIS and Turkey got shorter.


İbrahim stated that transportation from Turkey via Girê Spî, Jarablus and Til Ria was carried out officially, and nighttime was chosen in order to avoid coalition warplanes and press coverage.

İbrahim said that couriers led the transportation of jihadists as part of the agreement ISIS had made with Turkey, and ISIS militants welcomed the incoming gangs 1 km away from the Turkish border and took them to Raqqa. İbrahim underlined that the Turkish state turned a blind eye to this route and never caused a problem, and the Turkish intelligence approved all of the border crossings.


Captured ISIS gang İbrahim stated that ISIS sent petroleum, wheat and other materials to Turkey in exchange for arms, ammunition and supplies, and Jarablus became the only border with Turkey after the YPG’s liberation of Girê Spî. İbrahim said that Jarablus and the region to its southwest were open for ISIS, and the gangs have been using this area for logistical purposes. İbrahim noted that the YPG’s liberation of Girê Spî reduced the flow of goods and militants between ISIS and Turkey, but this flow continues today through Jarablus and Til Rai.


The captured gang stated that certain ISIS members were chosen to carry out the trade with Turkey, and hundreds of vehicles crossed the border everyday as part of this trade. İbrahim noted that ISIS gangs responsible for the trade with Turkey were senior administrators and wore civilian clothes, and ISIS sent petroleum, wheat and other materials to Turkey in exchange for arms, ammunition, supplies and the treatment of injured gangs in Turkish hospitals. 

İbrahim added that the trade between ISIS and Turkey became more secretive after the bombardment of petroleum tankers near the border and the exposure of Turkey-ISIS relations.


UK: Labour councillor suspended: Called Hitler ‘the greatest man in history’ in latest anti-Semitic scandal to hit Corbyn’s party

Aysegul Gurbuz Luton Counciler mos web grabs

Luton’s youngest councillor Aysegul Gurbuz’s has been suspended after anti-Semitic tweets were found on her Twitter account

  • A number of Anti-Semitic tweets were posted on Aysegul Gurbuz’s profile between 2011 and 2014.
  • One of the tweets from her account in 2013 said ‘the Jews are so powerful in the US it’s disgusting’. 
  • Vile posts were found by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. 
  • Luton councillor denied tweets and said her sister may have posted them.  

A labour councillor has been suspended for shockingly offensive anti-Semitic tweets, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The discovery of Aysegul Gurbuz’s vile comments is the latest in a series of anti-Semitic scandals to hit the Labour Party.

The 20-year-old student is alleged to have called Adolf Hitler the ‘greatest man in history’ and said she hoped Iran would use a nuclear weapon to ‘wipe Israel off the map’.

Miss Gurbuz, who is Muslim, became Luton’s youngest councillor when she was elected to the High Town ward last year.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism, a volunteer-led grassroots charity in the U.K., has created a new specialist team to monitor anti-Semitism on Twitter

But last night Miss Gurbuz was suspended after the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism found a series of disturbing posts on her Twitter account from 2011 to 2014.

One tweet, written in January 2013, said: ‘The Jews are so powerful in the US it’s disgusting.’

Another post, in October 2012, said: ‘Ed Miliband is Jewish. He will never become prime minister of Britain.’ And Adolf Hitler was praised as the ‘greatest man in history’ in a tweet in October 2011.

Miss Gurbuz last night denied she had written the tweets and claimed her sister may have posted them.

A Labour spokesman said: ‘Councillor Gurbuz has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.’

The suspension is the latest anti-Semitism probe within Labour ranks. Labour peer Baroness Royall is already leading an inquiry after Oxford University Labour Club’s co-chairman resigned, claiming a ‘large proportion’ of its members had ‘some kind of problem with Jews’.

In the past weeks, Labour has twice suspended the deputy chairman of its Woking branch, Vicki Byrne, for posting anti-Semitic tweets, and suspended councillor Khadim Hussain, former Lord Mayor of Bradford, for sharing a Facebook post that said: ‘Your school education system only tells you about Anne Frank and the six million Zionists that were killed by Hitler.’

Louise Ellman, one of Labour’s most senior Jewish MPs, claimed last week there had not been enough done to tackle the party’s anti-Semitism problem. 

Labour’s London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said anti-Semitism was a ‘badge of shame’ in a speech on Wednesday and urged Mr Corbyn to act.

The Labour leader responded that he would immediately investigate ‘any form of anti-Semitism’ and it would be ‘cracked down upon’.

Miss Gurbuz is in her final year at Warwick University, where she is also events organiser for the student union’s Friends of Palestine society. 

She told the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism: ‘It was a joint account I had with my sister so I don’t know if she’s gone out and tweeted that, but I’m absolutely appalled right now.

‘Where I live we’ve got very good cohesion with the Jewish community… I’m absolutely shocked.’

Miss Gurbuz did not respond to our calls for comment last night. Jonathan Sacerdoti, from the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, said: ‘These tweets are anti-Semitic. They appear on Aysegul Gurbuz’s personal account and there is no defence for that.

‘Anti-Semitism is rising in Europe and the UK, and the regular anti-Semitic tweets and opinions emanating from the Labour Party have failed to elicit any meaningful response from Jeremy Corbyn. How many more cases must we see before Labour take action?’

Trevor Holden, chief executive of Luton Borough Council, said: ‘This will be referred as a matter of urgency to the council’s independent standards committee to allow a full investigation to take place.

‘The council expects the highest standards of councillors and will not accept any behaviour which could undermine community cohesion.’


Sadiq Aman Khan is a British politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Tooting since 2005. A member of the Labour Party, he is standing as the party’s candidate to be Mayor of London in the 2016 mayoral election.


US Brings B-52 Bombers Back to the Mideast to Target IS

U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. The U.S. A...

U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United States has deployed B-52 bombers to the Mideast nation of Qatar to take part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, the Air Force said Saturday.

It is the first time the Cold War-era heavy bombers will be based in the region since the 1991 Gulf War, when they operated from neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The Air Force said the B-52s arrived at Qatar’s al-Udeid Air Base from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana on Saturday.

The long-range bombers will join a multinational coalition carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. The U.S....

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. The U.S. Air Force says it has deployed the bombers to take part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group. It is the first time the Cold War-era heavy bombers will be based in the region since the 1991 Gulf War, when they operated from neighboring Saudi Arabia. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force via AP)

Belgium: terror suspect Mohamed Abrini admits to being ‘man in hat’

Mohamed Abrini admitted to Belgian prosecutors Saturday that he was the man seen on video with two suicide bombers who blew up the Brussels Airport. (Belgian Federal Police via AP)

BRUSSELS – The Federal Prosecution Office in Brussels says it can confirm that arrested terror suspect Mohamed Abrini was the third man present at Brussels Airport during the March 22 suicide bombings there.

Authorities have been frantically seeking the “man in the hat” ever since he was filmed alongside the two bombers just before the airport attack that killed 16 people. Belgian authorities recently released more footage of the man leaving the airport in the wake of the bombings, walking down sidewalks and past a hotel.

Albrini was arrested Friday in Brussels in a police raid. The prosecutor’s office said Saturday that Abrini “confessed his presence at the crime scene” after being confronted by investigators.

Abrini was also involved in the Paris attacks and travelled by car with Salah Abdeslam and his brother Brahim – who blew himself up during the Paris attacks – on November 10 last year.

The trio made two round trips between Brussels and Paris to rent hideouts for the Paris attackers.

Abrini then travelled to Paris with the convoy of gunmen and bombers.(see below)

ISIS feared to be planning crude biological attack using rotting animal testicles and excrement

A bomb disposal robot was sent in to check a terrorist’s backpack for explosives – but cops discovered a vile concoction of rotting animal parts and excrement.

Bomb disposal officer

A bomb disposal officer in Brussels

Fears are growing that ISIS is plotting a primitive biological attack after rotting animal testicles were found in a terrorist’s backpack.

Abderamane Ameroud, 38, was shot in the leg by police and then arrested as he lay beside a tramline in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek – where last month’s suicide bombings in the Belgian capital were prepared.

A bomb disposal robot was sent in to check Ameroud’s backpack for explosives – but cops discovered a vile concoction of rotting animal parts and excrement.

In this frame made from video, a bomb disposal robot from the right approaches an injured man laying on the floor at a tram stop in Brussels, Belgium, Friday March 25, 2016. Police again raided a number of Brussels neighbourhoods on Friday in an operation a local official said was linked to both the airport and metro bombings and to the arrest in the Paris suburbs of a man who may have been plotting a new attack in France.

A bomb disposal robot was used to check Ameroud’s backpack, which was thought to contain explosives

Three trams stopped. Bomb disposal team going in.

A bomb disposal team were sent in Brussels during the incident

Toxic material can be used to poison food and water supplies, or to create a deadly concoction aimed at spreading fatal diseases. Fortunately, the terror thugs failed to create a bioweapon.

The Brussels prosecutor issued a statement saying: “The rucksack contents… could at no time have been used to make a biological weapon.

“This has been verified by various tests in laboratories.”

But the dangers of a terrorists creating a primitive biological arsenal have not been ruled out.

In February, 10 terrorist suspects were arrested in Morocco, and jars were seized containing dead rats, vomit, and shredded nails. The concoction was tested on mice and they did not survive.


ISIS terrorists may be plotting a biological weapon attack

chemical and biological weapons

Terrorists may be planning to use chemical and biological weapons. File picture

The known terrorists who struck in Brussels on March 22nd killing a total of 32 people at the city airport, and a Metro station, came from Belgium-Moroccan backgrounds.

All were linked to the Paris Isis cell which murdered 130 people in Paris in November last year.

After the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls raised fears about biological attacks, telling the Paris parliament on November 19th: “There may be also the risk of chemical and biological weapons.”

An injured man lays on the floor at a tram stop in Brussels, Belgium, Friday March 25, 2016. Police again raided a number of Brussels neighbourhoods on Friday in an operation a local official said was linked to both the airport and metro bombings and to the arrest in the Paris suburbs of a man who may have been plotting a new attack in France.

Ameroud, an Algerian national, was jailed in France in 2005 over the 2001 assassination of anti-Taliban Afghan leader Ahmed Shah Massoud

Ameroud, an Algerian national, was jailed in France in 2005 over the 2001 assassination of anti-Taliban Afghan leader Ahmed Shah Massoud.

He has now been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation linked to Reda Kriket, a man arrested in Paris on March 24th and accused of planning a new Islamic State attack.

Jewish family in terrifying anti-semitic attack as gang threaten to kill them and pelt car with eggs


Shomrim released this picture of a Jewish motorist and his car after an alleged racist attack

Four arrested after late-night incident involving family with baby in car.

A gang shouted vile racist death threats at a Jewish family and threw eggs at their car in a sickening late night attack, it has been reported.

Shomrim, a charity that patrols Jewish communities in London, said the men shouted “F***ing Jews” and “Kill the Jews” at the man, his partner and their baby, according to Everyday Antisemitism.

The passengers also threw eggs at their vehicle in the terrifying incident, which reportedly took place at 1.30am today in London’s Blackwall Tunnel.

Officers from Tower Hamlets Police stopped a vehicle and made four arrests shortly after the incident. Investigations are ongoing.

shomrim Capture

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: “Detectives in Tower Hamlets are investigating an allegation of anti-Semitic abuse reported on Friday, 8 April.

“The incident is said to have taken place at 01:30hrs as a 28-year-old man travelled through the Blackwall Tunnel.

“The man became aware of another car driving alongside with four occupants shouting anti-Semitic abuse at him.


Shomrim is a charity that patrols Jewish communities. File picture

“Some of the passengers of the vehicle then threw eggs at the victim’s car. Four men, aged 20, 22, 22 and 20 years, have since been arrested in connection with the incident.

“They remain in custody at an east London police station. Anyone with information is asked to call Tower Hamlets CID on 020 8217 3701, or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Shomrim patrol the areas of Golders Green, Childs Hill, Hendon, Finchley and Temple Fortune. The organisation is assisting the victims.

It was set up in 2009 “because the community feels unsafe due to a spike in street attacks and robberies over the last couple of years”.

source: Daily Mirror

Hate leaflets calling for killing of Ahmadi Muslims distributed across London

Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah

A man confessed to killing Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah for ‘disrespecting Islam’…..Social media

Leaflets calling for members of the Ahmadi Muslim community to be killed have allegedly been distributed in universities, mosques and shopping centres in London.

Followers of the Muslim Ahmadi sect, which preaches a message of peace and tolerance, have long been subject to violent attacks and persecution in Pakistan, where they are branded worse than apostates by hardliners and forbidden by the state to call themselves Muslims.

Now the wave of persecution appears to have spread to the UK, with a man admitting in a public statement that he killed Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah in Glasgow for disrespecting Islam. The unusual statement coincides with the distribution across London of leaflets calling for followers of the religion to be killed.

A leaflet undersigned by the global anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nubuwwat organisation in Stockwell Green, and distributed in several farooqCaptureLondon locations, has been obtained by IBTimes UK.

The group denies spreading anti-Ahmadiyya hate speech.

Entitled “Qadianis [a pejorative name for Ahmadiyya], Difference With Other Non-Muslims”, it asks why “this group is considered wicked [sic] than others?” and declares for Muslims “to have any kind of relation with Qadianis is prohibited”.

Copy of the anti-Ahmadiyya leaflets distributed in

Copy of the anti-Ahmadiyya leaflets distributed in London

The hate literature goes on to describe various categories of “Kufr”, or unbeliever, and brands Ahmadiyya as “dualist infidel” or “one who is bent upon presenting his ‘Kufr’ as Islam” and is “worse than an apostate”. It prescribes the same punishment that is doled out for apostates (those who have renounced their own religion), advocating allowing followers a three-day period to “get back into the Islamic fold. If he does not, he is to be awarded capital punishment.”

The leaflets were distributed on the campus

The leaflets calling for Ahmadi Muslims to be killed were distributed on the campus of University College LondonGetty Images

The leaflets have allegedly been distributed in several London locations over the last few years, sources in the Ahmadiyya community told IBTimes UK:

• In October 2012, the notices were distributed on the campus of University College London at an event held by the university’s Ahmadiyya Students Association in response to the controversial anti-Islam film the Innocence of Muslims. Ahmadiyya student association members claim the leaflets were also distributed on subsequent occasions, but university authorities say they are not aware of this. They have also allegedly been distributed as recently as 2014 on the campuses of Kingston University and Westminster University, where Islamic State executioner Mohammed Emwazi studied.

• The anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda have been allegedly distributed to members of the public in Wandsworth Road and outside Tooting Market, south London, on several occasions in 2014 and 2015.

• They have also allegedly been distributed outside the Khatme Nubuwwat Academy office in Forest Gate, east London on several occasions in 2014 and 2015.

“You can have differences of opinion, but where it leads to hate, or incitement to violence, or promoting violence, it is unacceptable,” Farooq Aftab, vice-president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation, told IBTimes UK.

“[These leaflets] spread misinformation and mistrust, they pave the way for hatred.”

On Thursday, 7 April, Glasgow Ahmadi community leader Ahmed Owusu-Konadu called on all Muslims to condemen the killing of Shah. Aftab said the message of intolerance had even spread to schools, with Ahmadi children bullied and ostracised by their peers. He added that he had been told of incidents in east London schools in which “kids are sitting with friends and are told we are not going to associate with you because you’re an Ahmadi”.

Aftab said that police had been informed repeatedly about the leaflets. “I think the police are slightly clueless, or they don’t want to recognise it because there are deep links to what is going on in Pakistan,” he said.

Abdul Fariq Khan, who ran an Ahmadiyya Students Association group at Manchester University, said that on campuses throughout the country, members of the Islamic Society called for Muslim students to boycott events held by Ahmadiyya students.

“You will always find that there has been an email or somebody important from the society or the Muslim community of that university has said you should never be going to this kind of event, you should never talk to them or engage with them. And that happens very regularly and it is across the country,” Khan said.

Founded in British-controlled northern India in the late 19th century, the Ahmadi are considered heretical by other Muslims because they revere founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who died in 1908, as the saviour.

After Ahmadiyya were prohibited in Pakistan from calling themselves Muslims in 1984, the group moved its headquarters to Morden, south London, where it faced renewed persecution from Muslim hardliners. In 2010, Ofcom penalised an Islamic satellite channel affiliated with Khatme Nubuwwat after it described Ahmadiyya as “liable for death”.

In an email, Khatme Nubuwwat spokesman Akber Choudhry denied all allegations of propagating anti-Ahmadiyya hate speech. “We completely denied these unfounded allegations then, and we deny them now,” he said.

“We believe in tolerance and the sanctity of every human life. Our work is just to counter the propaganda of the Ahmadiyya Qadiani religion, and their proselytisation among Muslim youth. For this work, they hate us and try to use more propaganda.

“Muslims, as citizens of the UK, have the right to associate with whoever they please. Muslims regard the Qadiani Ahmadiyya as a distinct religion, so the association may be limited by personal faith and preference,” he added.

University College London spokeswoman Ruth Howells said that after receiving a complaint about the leaflets “University College London Union acted immediately and the Sabbatical Officers at the time met with those involved”. She added that “the Dean of Students (Welfare) was also advised of the situation and offered to mediate.”

In a statement, Westminster University spokeswoman Chiara Barreca said it was “not aware” of the leaflets, but “would strongly condemn any attempt to incite violence against another individual or community. Should any students be found circulating material which incites violence, they would be subject to the University’s disciplinary procedures.”

Kingston University spokeswoman Anita Gupta said that following an investigation, university authorities had been unable to uncover any instances of the leaflets being distributed on campus.

“Neither Kingston University nor the Union of Kingston Students tolerates behaviour that could be construed as incitement to any form of violence or discrimination,” she said. “All of the Union’s Islamic societies pride themselves on their strong and respectful relationships with each other.”

Metropolitan Police and the Islamic Society have not responded to requests for comment.

source; International Business Times

BREAKING NEWS: Last remaining Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini is arrested in Brussels


The only Paris attacks suspect still at large has been arrested in Brussels.

Mohamed Abrini is believed to have played a major role in the November massacre that killed 130 and the Brussels bombings in which 32 people died last month.

He has been on Europe’s most wanted list since being identified on CCTV video in a car, with recently arrested ISIS logistics chief Salah Abdeslam, two days before the Paris atrocities.

But Belgian federal police spokesman today confirmed that Abrini ‘was in police custody’.

The 31-year-old was described on his international arrest warrant four months ago as ‘dangerous and probably armed’.

The Belgian of Moroccan origin is also thought to have travelled to the UK last year, visiting Birmingham.

He took photographs of an unidentified football stadium while his Islamic State cell began planning the attacks in France, according to intelligence source.

Abrini was a childhood friend of Salah Abdeslam, another Paris attacker caught last month in Brussels and currently awaiting extradition to France.

Their families used to be next-door neighbours in the notorious Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.

Abrini travelled by car with Salah Abdeslam and his brother Brahim – who blew himself up during the Paris attacks – on November 10 last year.

The trio made two round trips between Brussels and Paris to rent hideouts for the Paris attackers.

Abrini then travelled to Paris with the convoy of gunmen and bombers.

This video image from a CCTV camera at a petrol station in Ressons, North of Paris, on 11 November 2015 shows Salah Abdeslam (R) and Mohamed Abrini (C) AFP/Getty Images

In the days before the attacks, he was spotted on CCTV footage at a service station in northern France, buying soft drinks in the company of Abdeslam and at the wheel of the rented black Clio that was later used in the attacks.

He disappeared the day before the gunmen and suicide-bombers attacked the French capital.

It is thought that he may have coordinated the attacks from a distance – his relatives have said he was in Brussels on the night of the attacks.

Abrini is thought to have given up training as a welder aged 18 and begun gravitating towards extremists.

He was known to police for thefts and drug-related offences. In 2014, his younger brother Souleymane, 20, died in Syria while fighting in an Islamist militia headed by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the on the ground ringleader of the Paris attacks who was killed by police in November.

As well as Birmingham, in the year before the Paris attacks, Abrini had travelled to Istanbul and perhaps Syria, as well as UK, Germany and Morocco. 

source; Daily Mail

ISIS doubles in size in Libya to 6,000 fighters as intelligence services fear jihadi group will use new stronghold to carry out terror attacks in Europe and America

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The number of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled in the last year or so to as many as 6,000 fighters, with aspirations to conduct attacks against the U.S. and other nations in the West

  • The number of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled in the last year.
  • As many as 6,000 fighters are now based in the troubled country.
  • Security services fear militants have aspirations to conduct attacks against the U.S. and other nations in the West.

The number of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled in the last year or so to as many as 6,000 fighters, with aspirations to conduct attacks against the U.S. and other nations in the West.

Army Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Africa Command, said that local Libya militias are battling to destroy an ISIS network in Sabratha.

The latest numbers for ISIS in Libya make it the largest branch of eight that the jihadi group operates outside Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. defense officials.

ISIS in Libya have previously beheaded and executed Ethiopian Christians in a vile propaganda video

ISIS in Libya have previously beheaded and executed Ethiopian Christians in a vile propaganda video

The U.S. has conducted two airstrikes in Libya in recent months targeting Islamic State fighters and leaders.

Rodriguez said that airstrieks are limited to militants that pose an ‘imminent’ threat to U.S. interests. He said it’s possible the U.S. could do more as the government there takes shape.

The U.S. and its allies are hoping that a U.N.-brokered unity government will be able to bring the warring factions together and end the chaos there, which has helped fuel the growth of the Islamic State. 

The U.S. and European allies would like the new government to eventually work with them against ISIS.

The U.S., France and other European nations have sent special operations forces to work with Libyan officials and help the militias fight. In February, American airstrikes hit an Islamic State training camp in rural Libya near the Tunisian border, killing more than 40 militants.  

Last November, a U.S. airstrike killed top Islamic State leader Abu Nabil in Libya. He was a longtime al-Qaida operative and the senior Islamic State leader in Libya

Last November, a U.S. airstrike killed top Islamic State leader Abu Nabil in Libya. He was a longtime al-Qaida operative and the senior Islamic State leader in Libya

The U.S. has conducted two airstrikes in Libya in recent months targeting Islamic State fighters and leaders

The U.S. has conducted two airstrikes in Libya in recent months targeting Islamic State fighters and leaders

Last November, a U.S. airstrike killed top Islamic State leader Abu Nabil in Libya. He was a longtime al-Qaida operative and the senior Islamic State leader in Libya.

Rodriguez said, however, that it will be a challenge for ISIS to become as big a threat as it is in Iraq and Syria because of resistance from local Libyan fighters and the population, which is wary of outside groups.

He said the militias in Libya have fought ISIS militants in Benghazi and Derna with some success, and fought hard in Sabratha with more limited gains. 

Efforts to battle the group in Sirte have not worked as well, he said. Their biggest problem, he said, is that often the militias fight among themselves.

‘It’s uneven and it’s not consistent across the board,’ Rodriguez told reporters at a Pentagon briefing. ‘We’ll have to see how the situation develops, but they are contesting the growth of ISIS in several areas across Libya, not all of it.’

Asked if waiting for the new government to form will allow the Islamic State more time to gather momentum, Rodriguez downplayed the risk.

‘It’s going to be a challenge for them to get to that point because of the Libyan population, people and militias that are out there,’ he said. ‘It could be a bigger fight and everything. But again, we’re watching that very carefully and taking action as we see those threats develop.’

ISIS kidnaps 300 cement workers outside Syrian capital Damascus 

The factory is in an area where so-called Islamic State has been fighting pro-government forces

Dozens of people are reported missing after an attack by militants on a cement factory east of Damascus.

Workers were reportedly taken from a dormitory where they were staying on the outskirts of the town of Dumeir.

A factory administrator said no-one had been able to contact the workers since the assault on Monday.

The area around Dumeir has seen fierce fighting between government forces and so-called Islamic State (IS) in recent days.

The workers were employed at the Badiyah factory, just outside Dumeir, about 25 miles (40km) east of the capital.

There are conflicting reports as to the number of those who are missing, or who was responsible.

UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said “dozens” of staff were believed to have been taken by IS to an unknown location.

The factory administrator put the number at 250, while rebel sources said it did not exceed 200.

A local resident told AFP news agency: “We haven’t been able to reach our family members since noon on Monday after an attack by Daesh [IS] on the factory.

“We have no information about where they are,” they added.

Other sources said the factory was attacked by a rebel group called Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham.

Efforts are under way to secure the workers’ release, with indirect contacts said to have been made.

Earlier this week IS said it had launched several attacks around north-east Damascus, including Tishrin power station and Dumeir military airport.

A Syrian military source told Reuters there had been attacks but all of the militants who took part in them had been killed.

It comes almost two weeks after Syrian and allied forces recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from IS, in what was seen as a significant loss to the militant group, which had held the city since last May.

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VIDEO: Al-Nusra Militants Torture Syrian Pilot after Shooting down Jet in Aleppo


VIDEO: Al-Nusra Militants Torture Syrian Pilot after Shooting down Jet in Aleppo

After the capture of Syrian pilot, Al-Nusra Front terrorist group (Al Qaeda) in Syria released a video of him, Al-Alam News Network reports.

In this video the signs of torture are obvious on the Syrian pilot’s face. At the time, the way the pilot responds to the questions shows that he is suffering.

A Syrian warplane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired by militants in the northern province of Aleppo Tuesday.

The jet was targeted while on a reconnaissance mission and its pilot ejected.

The plane was downed over the Talat al-Iss highland near the village of Eis, south of Aleppo, according to news reports.

Al-Nusra Front shot down the plane and took the pilot,” a militant source said, adding that the jet had been hit by heavy machine gun fire.

Footage of the downing of the Syrian Air Force Su-22 jet  that was allegedly shot down by members of the Al-Nusra Front has surfaced.

The video shows a burning Su-22 fighter jet crashing on to the ground and the pilot who ejected via parachute under small arms ground fire.

Unconfirmed reports claim the aircraft was hit by a MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) in the area of southern Aleppo.

source: LiveLeak / YouTube