1. Islamic State video attempting to extort 200 million of some currency or other, I dunno, Rupees? I’m not sure, by kidnapping two Japanese nationals and threatening to kill them.
Five Russian nationals of Chechen origin have been arrested in southern France on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, according to authorities.
The arrests took place in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Vedas, near Montpellier, and the town of Béziers, around 70km away. Authorities seized weapons during their searches, according to local reports. A cache of explosives was also discovered not far from the Sauclières stadium.
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BEZIERS , France, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Five Chechen nationals were arrested Tuesday in an alleged plot to bomb public buildings, police in the southern French town of Beziers said.
One of the unidentified men is a resident of the town, and caches of explosives were found near the town’s rail station and stadium, the local newspaper Midi Libre reported. It added one man was arrested in Beziers, a town of 71,000 on the Mediterranean coast; the other four were arrested in Montpelier, 42 miles away.
The men are held on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. Prosecutor Yvon Calvet said certain “products” were found in the suspects’ homes.
5. Comment: Channel 4 – Fighting extremism: anger inside British mosques
Canadian special forces clashed with Islamic State fighters in Iraq last week, in the first recorded firefight between Western troops and the Islamic militants.
Soldiers visiting front-line positions with Kurdish Peshmerga forces came under heavy mortar and machine gun fire, Brigadier General Michael Rouleau confirmed.
The Canadians used sniper fire to ‘neutralise’ the ISIS threat without taking any casualties.
He said the troops, whose job it is to train the Iraqi military, fired back only in self-defence, adding: ‘My troops had completed a planning session with senior Iraqi leaders several kilometres behind the front lines.
(Video at Daily Mail linked above)
7. British muslim org figures terrorism and preaching terror in British mosques doesn’t exist and is the problem of the British government. (Not a bad example of the clay-pot logical fallacy)
Thank you Buck, UK Pete, CB Sashenka, M., ML., GoV. and many others who sent in material. Brace yourselves. More to come.