Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, mastermind behind 1993 World Trade Center attack, dies in prison

(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.

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.


Germany: Police intimidated by over 100 Africans after they make arrest

(Hamburg) The other day, police in the German city of Hamburg were called to a betting shop in the St.Georg, Steintorweg area of the city after staff there were threatened by an 18-year-old Somali man. It transpires that the man was already banned from the shop, and when staff pointed this out to him, he threatened to cut their throats, complete with an example he gave by drawing his finger across his throat in a drawing motion.

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.

The Somalian was taken away, but later released due to a lack of evidence.

Nice to see multiculturalism at its best.

WTF is this geezer up to?

Ok, anybody know just what the hell this nutter is up to? (That's the Kurdistan flag on the right)

Gaza: Hamas Rejects Israeli Offer to Invest in Gaza

(Gaza) Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman offered Hamas a solution to the current standoff between Israel and Gaza. He offered to turn the Gaza Strip “into the Singapore of the Middle East” by building a seaport and an airport in Gaza, as well as creating industrial zones that would help create 40,000 jobs in the strip, if Hamas agreed to demilitarization and to dismantling the tunnel and rocket systems it has built up.
“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

Pakistan: In response to Taliban attacks,100 Terrorists killed in raids

(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.

Migrants seek asylum in Canada to escape Donald Trump

(Canada) It appears that due to the election of President Trump, migrants in the US have decided that now is the time to relocate to Canada. In recent months, hundreds of refugees have trickled across the US border into Manitoba, which lies above North Dakota and Montana. Normally, only 40 to 60 cross each year.  The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC), a non-profit organisation in Winnipeg that provides food, shelter, paralegal services and helps refugees file their asylum claims, has seen an unprecedented spike in refugees seeking their help. Rita Chahal, the executive director of MIIC stated:
"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:

Turkish President Recep Erdogan reiterated that the “ultimate goal” of Turkey in Operation Euphrates Shield is the establishment of a five-thousand square kilometer ‘safe zone’ that includes Al-Bab, Manbij, and Ar-Raqqa City in Northern Syria during a speech on February 12. Erdogan stated that the proposed “terrorist-free zone” would require the implementation of a no-fly zone, noting that he had discussed the issue with both the U.S. and Russia. The statement came after pro-regime forces supported by Russia and Lebanese Hezbollah effectively completed the encirclement of ISIS in Al-Bab in line with a predetermined agreement between Russia and Turkey. Meanwhile, preparations continued for the next round of Geneva Talks on the Syrian Civil War scheduled to begin on February 23. The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) approved a watered-down delegation to the talks that replaced several key armed opposition representatives with civilian members of the exiled political opposition as well as delegates from domestic opposition factions backed by Russia that lack legitimacy on the ground. The potential for successful talks also remains muted amidst continued calls by armed opposition groups for the full implementation of a nationwide ceasefire, humanitarian access, and prisoner releases agreed upon at the Astana Talks on January 23 – 24.

These graphics mark the latest installment of our Syria SITREP Map made possible through a partnership between the Institute for the Study of War and Syria Direct. The graphic depicts significant recent developments in the Syrian Civil War. The control of terrain represented on the graphic is accurate as of February 16, 2017.

UK: Muslim voters are warned they will go to HELL unless they vote Labour

(Stoke) On the 23rd of February 2017 the city of Stoke-on-Trent will have a by-election. There are numerous candidates of which the socialist Labour party will be fielding Gareth Snell. There will also be a couple of Islamic candidates - Zulfiqar Ali for the liberals and Mohammad Akram as an independent. However, to numerous so called pious Muslims that is 2 Muslims too many, which will result in the 7% Islamic population in Stoke not fully supporting Gareth Snell.

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:

Baghdad witnessed serious breaches of security from February 11 to 16 due to both escalating protest movements and ISIS attacks. A large Sadrist-led protest, demanding electoral reforms, tried to move from Tahrir Square into the Green Zone on February 11, but security forces repelled the protesters with force, resulting in casualties. Soon after the protesters withdrew, unidentified attackers (Now believed to be pro-Iranian proxies) launched three rockets at the Green Zone from eastern Baghdad, resulting in no casualties. The Sadrist-affiliated militia denied responsibility for the rockets, however the attack may have been the act of Iranian proxy militias which have carried out rocket attacks against U.S. infrastructure before. ISIS, meanwhile, continued carrying out spectacular attacks in the capital, including a bombing on February 16 that killed upwards of fifty people, the deadliest of 2017 so far. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi called an emergency meeting on February 16 in order to issue procedures to ensure security.

The increased intensity of the Sadrist demonstrations could escalate ongoing intra-Shi’a competition in Baghdad and southern Iraq. Sadrist Trend leader Muqtada al-Sadr retains the momentum to continue mass protests, busing in and mobilizing thousands on February 11, then again on February 14, and calling for another protest on February 17. Sadr had similar momentum in early 2016, when protests spread from Baghdad to the southern provinces. Sadrist protesters are historically undisciplined, however, and in 2016 they attacked political offices in southern Iraq, including Dawa Party and other pro-Iran party headquarters. Similar attacks now as political parties gear up for both provincial and national elections could inflame a greater intra-Shi’a conflict in the southern provinces. Basra will likely be a significant flash point as there have already been attacks related to election violence in the past month. Baghdad will need to move quickly to quell Sadr’s protests before they instigate a greater conflict between armed political groups in the capital and southern provinces.

Interlude: Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Israel threatens Lebanon with mass destruction if Hezb-allah targets Nuclear reactor

(Jerusalem) The otherday Hezb-allah’s leader in hiding Hassan Nasrallah (For some very strange reason Nasrallah never shows his face in public and only makes televised appearances) stated that he (Hezb-allah) now had the means to target anywhere in Israel including Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor situated in the south of the country.
“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.”
(Last Sunday, an Israeli court ordered Haifa Chemicals to empty an ammonia tank at Haifa’s port. The move came after a report warned that an attack on the ammonia tank would “cause a disaster whose effects could exceed that of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

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.

Iraq: Car Bomb in Baghdad kills 51

(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.

Pakistan: Bomb attack on Islamic shrine kills 72, 250 wounded

(Sehwān)  For all the talk of ‘Islamophobia’ which permeates the media the fact remains, Muslims suffer a lot more intolerance at the hands of their Islamic brothers and sisters, than they do from Non-Muslims.

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?

Venezuela bans CNN for exposing passports for cash racket at its Iraqi Embassy

(Caracas) Venezuela's Socialist government has suspended CNN in Spanish, shutting off the news channel after it aired a report on fraudulent passports being sold to cash from its Iraqi Embassy. Not only that but the story implicated the Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami as directly linked to the granting of 173 passports, including to members of the Lebanese group Hezbollah. The very same El Aissami who this week had sanctions imposed on him by the US for allegedly trafficking drugs. He was described by the US treasury as a drug "kingpin" who worked with traffickers in Mexico and Colombia to ship drugs to America.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and his vice-president Tareck El Aissami
In response, he accused the US of "imperialist aggression", and President Nicolas Maduro demanded a public apology.

Spain: Two jihad suspects arrested

(Madrid) Police in Spain have arrested a 41-year-old Moroccan man and a 36-year-old Spanish woman after intelligence-led operations A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the man had returned to Spain from Syria where he was trained by fighters from al-Qaeda off-shoot al-Nusra but fell out with his mentors and joined ISIS. The suspect was in charge of radicalising and recruiting young people in the Tolosaldea region of Spain. He has been targeting disaffected teenagers, preferably of Moroccan origin, and forging close relationships with them.

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.

US to NATO: Pay more or we will reduce support

(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.”
He told the alliance's 27 other defence ministers to  set dates for their governments to meet a military funding goal of two percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Mattis's message to his counterparts in Brussels follows years of demands by the US for allies to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defence, a goal that only a handful meet despite agreeing on it at a summit in 2014. Spending by NATO countries is as follows:

Israel: Latest batch of IDF officers pass out of training

(Jerusalem) You can always tell how professional a military force is, by the amount of effort they put into training their Officers and Soldiers. Chaim Laskov Officers Training School, Training Base 1 aka Bahad 1 (Bahad is the acronym for “Basis HaDracha” = Training Base), is where the Israeli Defence Force trains its future leaders.

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