(Fox News) Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind firebrand Islamist cleric behind the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, has died in federal prison, Fox News has learned. He was 78.
Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian radical who maintained a global following even while imprisoned for more than two decades, died Saturday morning at Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina, where he was serving a life sentence.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that Abdel-Rahman died at approximately 5:40 a.m. Saturday of natural causes after a long health battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease.
His son Ammar told Reuters that his family had received a phone call from a U.S. representative saying his father had died.
Abdel-Rahman was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks throughout New York City, targeting the United Nations and other New York City landmarks. He was also linked to the 1993 World Trade Center attack in which six people died and more than 1,000 others were injured.
Known as “The Blind Sheikh,” Abdel-Rahman lost his eyesight when he was 10 months old. By the time he was 11 years old, he had memorized the Braille version of the Qur’an and was sent to an Islamic boarding school.
He went on to study at Cairo University’s School of Theology and later earned a doctorate in from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Abdel-Rahman went on to become one of the country’s most prominent and outspoken Muslim clerics to denounce Egypt’s secularism.
In the mid-1980s, Abdel-Rahman made his way to Afghanistan, where he built a strong rapport with former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden once credited Abdel-Rahman as the inspiration and justification for the September 11 attacks which destroyed the World Trade Center.
Adbel-Rahman was the spiritual leader of Al-Gama Al-Islamiyya. The Islamic group was believed to have been behind other terror attacks such as the 1997 killing of tourists in Luxor, Egypt.
He remains revered in his native Egypt, and his supporters had demonstrated throughout Cairo for his freedom in the past.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hundreds Of African Migrants With Weapons Storm And Break Through The Border Wall Of The Spanish Enclave of Ceuta
(DW) Spanish authorities said 11 guards in a territory in North Africa were injured when some 500 people forced their way through a border fence. The rush came as Morocco threatened it could let more migrants through.
Almost 500 migrants broke through the border of Spain's Ceuta enclave from Morocco on Friday.
A group of 700 people simultaneously rushed a gate in the 6-meter (20-foot) fence, with 498 making it into Spanish territory, the Spanish Civil Guard said. The mass entry was one of the largest since the fence was erected in 2005. Over 1,000 people stormed the border fence in January. For many, an attempt to reach a Spanish territory is safer than trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, a route to Europe that saw a record number of deaths in 2016.
A Ceuta government official told The Associated Press two migrants were hospitalized due to injuries they sustained in the assault and 11 Spanish police were also hurt. A Civil Guard spokesman said at least 10 members of Morocco's armed forces were also injured.
Ceuta's Red Cross emergency response team reported more than 30 migrants were treated at a migrant center for bone fractures and other injuries.
Well, the police arrived and on arresting him, he played the victim card, protesting to the crowd, and within minutes, faster than you can utter “Allahu Akbar”, the 3 policemen found themselves surrounded by a gang of around 100 Africans who made sure the police were made aware they objected to one of their own being arrested. The police in turn had to call for reinforcements, which resulted in riot police being drafted in and the whole Steintorweg area of Hamburg was locked down.
Polizisten in St. Georg bedrängt - In St. Georg ist es erneut zu Protesten von Afrikanern gegen Polizisten geko... https://t.co/oF3oCUKD3i— HAMBURG ONLINE ® (@HAMBURGonline) 15 February 2017
Nach der Festnahme eines 18-jährigen Somaliers in St. Georg sind am Dienstagabend drei Hamburger… https://t.co/lWUKsjsihk NUZZL pic.twitter.com/imKn76hhTE— Rekonquista ✠ (@Europa_1492) 16 February 2017
The Somalian was taken away, but later released due to a lack of evidence.
Nice to see multiculturalism at its best.
Ok, anybody know just what the hell this nutter is up to? (That's the Kurdistan flag on the right)
"Fuck modern medicine I'm gonna suck a bearded dude's finger, let him hit me & spit on my face while reciting quran"pic.twitter.com/apTm63EGVa— Anon (@dontcarebut) 12 February 2017
“There is no reason for the residents of Gaza to live in the 21st century under lesser conditions than in Judea and Samaria or in the Arab world. The Gazans must understand that Israel, which withdrew from the Gaza Strip to the last millimetre, is not the source of their suffering — it is the Hamas leadership, which doesn't take their needs into consideration. The moment Hamas gives up its tunnels and rockets, we’ll be the first to invest.”What a fantastic idea — Israel offering to make Gaza into an industrial partner which would better the lot of the poor Gazans who for the past 12 years have lived off aid from the outside world.
Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar on Friday rejected the offer, demanding that Israel hands over all the Palestinian prisoners it holds in return for the remains of 2 Israeli soldiers it claims to hold.
“This is a prisoner exchange. If we wanted to turn Gaza into Singapore, we would have done it ourselves. We do not need favours from anyone.”I wonder why the world's media (and the ethical latte crowd) haven't picked up on this story?
Friday, February 17, 2017
(Islamabad) After a number of bomb attacks across the country these past few days,
Pakistan has gone into action against the miscreants who feel that murdering others in the name of Allah is the thing to do. So hours after the latest bombing which saw 81 people murdered, the Pakistani army went knocking and in the process just happened to kill 100 idiots who feel that the bullet and the bomb is much better than the ballot box. The only issue is, a large number of these Pakistani terrorist groups started off being funded (And still are) by the Pakistani government.
IBOs and combining ops across the country including Punjab. Over 100 Ts killed besides sizeable apprehensions during last 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/hVrzRFTSrr— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) 17 February 2017
"There were 21 people who crossed the border since last weekend, in January alone, we had 40 refugees]and since October to the end of January, we had 118 refugees. Those are huge numbers because in an average year we would normally see generally between 50 and 60."
(ISW) The nice people at the Institute for the Study of War have brought out a map which shows the situation inside Syria as of Thursday the 16th, February 2017:
So just like the followers of ISIS and radical Islam they have decided to play the 'Pious Muslim' card in which to galvanise the masses and sent out text messages to the city's Muslims in which to condemn them to eternal hell-fire if they don't vote Labour;
There lies the reason why so many political parties bend over backwards in which to garner the Islamic vote. They will vote on mass on who they are told to vote for. The problem here is, this method is open to abuse, just look at Tower Hamlets and the removal of its first Muslim Mayor to see what I mean.
(ISW) The nice people at the Institute for the Study of War have brought out a map which shows the situation inside Iraq as of Thursday the 16th, February 2017:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
“I call upon the Israelis not only to evacuate the ammonia tank from Haifa, but also to dismantle [the] Dimona nuclear facility,” Hassan Nasrallah said. “The Israeli nuclear weapon that represents a threat to the entire region, we will turn it into a threat to Israel.”
Yisrael Katz, Israel's Minister of Intelligence gave a very simple reply aimed at the people of Lebanon:
"If Nasrallah dares to fire at the Israel homefront or at its national infrastructure, all of Lebanon will be hit,"No doubt reminding them all of what transpired to Lebanon the last time Hezb-allah came out to play.
(Baghdad) It appears that ISIS have a thing against car dealerships which is why they drove a vehicle IED into the middle class Bayaa area of the Iraqi capital where people go to buy a car and detonated it.
Killing 51 people and injuring another 50. whilst ISIS claim they targeted Shia Muslims, the fact remains Bayaa is plural neighbourhood, and home to various ethnic sects of Iraqi society.
To be honest, there's actually is some form of logic behind this bloody madness. Up north in Mosul , ISIS are on their last legs and the ISIS leaders there are attempting to alleviate the pressure against the so called faithful, by trying to get the Iraqi government to relocate some of the forces against, back down south to protect Baghdad, so as to allow enough blood thirsty ISIS thugs to escape into Syria.
Which kind of explains why this blast is the third one this week, and as it is Friday today (The Islamic holyday) expect a few more murderous blasts during the day.
Today in Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated himself in the midst of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. The resulting explosion saw 71 people murdered and another 250 people injured. Maybe these so called political activists who love to scream 'Islamophobia' every chance they get in which to try and paint the West as intolerable and inhospitable places for Muslims should be asking why so many Muslims leave their so called Motherlands in which to try and seek asylum in the West. Could it be, because of the intolerance they face at..home?
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Police are also questioning Dolores Hidalgo (the widow of an ISIS thug) who was detained near Alicante as she attempted to travel to Islamic State territory on the Syria-Iraq border with her four children in which to join the bloodthirsty terror group. Investigators state she carried out propaganda work through social networks, where she used very aggressive slogans, jihadist emblems and published extremely violent videos edited by herself showing a radical Islamist ideology in favour of the Palestinian cause. She collaborated with ISIS through a contact she had with a well-known recruiter in Syria.
(SHAPE) The new US Defence Secretary James Mattis has told fellow NATO members to increase military spending by the end of the year, or risk seeing the US curtail its defence support. The ultimatum came during Mattis' first visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels, since he was sworn in last month.
“America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defence.”
Congratulations to our newest combat officers! 💥 pic.twitter.com/PmgLXCRDLx— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 15 February 2017
The first IDF Officers Training courses were held in Pardes Chana and later at the Sirkin Base. On May 27, 1968 the permanent Officers Training School was opened near Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev. This was the first military base built by the IDF; prior to Bahad 1 all IDF bases were installations that had been built by the British during the Mandate.
Until the year 2000, training of women officers was separate from that of the men, at a different base. Beginning that year, the courses were combined and now men and women officers are trained together at Bahad 1.
IDF Officers are taught to act with responsibility, obligation, mission, and professional pride. They serve not only as leaders in the IDF, but as role models in wider Israeli society. They must of course be skilled in warfare and military strategy, knowledgeable in their professional area, and have the ability to command those who serve under them and to earn their respect and loyalty. They must be able to make rational professional decisions and implement them successfully.
At the end of the officers’ training course each graduating cadet receives a pin consisting of a sword symbolizing defence of the homeland and an olive branch symbolizing the hope for peace. IDF officers wear this pin proudly, and lead their troops as directed in the Book of Judges: “Whatever you see me do, do likewise”. The latest tranche have just passed out of training:
|The latest group of combat soldiers to have finished the IDF 7 month officers course|