1. Islamic State fighters destroy priceless Iraq antiquities
(Reuters) – Hardline Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures dating to the ancient Assyrian era, according to a video published online.
The Islamic State video showed men attacking the artefacts, some of them identified as antiquities from the 7th century BC, with sledgehammers or drills, saying they were symbols of idolatry.
“The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him,” an unidentified man said in the video.
The articles destroyed appeared to come from an antiquities museum in the northern city of Mosul, which was overrun by Islamic State last June, a former employee at the museum told Reuters.
The militants shoved statues off their plinths, shattering them on the floor, and one man applied an electric drill to a large winged bull.
2. Three men wanted to fight with ISIS, attack US figures.
(CNN reporter actually refers to them as wannabe jihadis. I wonder what she thinks of the unemployment line)
3. Egypt: Series of Blasts in Cairo Kill 1, Wound at Least 7
A series of blasts in Cairo on Thursday killed one person and wounded at least seven, Egyptian security officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks using homemade explosives that authorities blame on Islamist militants.
The officials said four bombs exploded in the residential districts of Imbabah and Mohandiseen in the Egyptian capital, which is home to some 18 million people. Later, a blast outside a police station in the nearby Warraq district wounded four people, including a police conscript.
Associated Press video footage from the site of the Imbabah bomb blast showed a large pool of blood on the ground and a badly damaged car with debris covering a large area. The blast took place outside a fast food restaurant.
4. France targets ‘radical’ islam in prisons.
5. German Jewish Leader: Don’t Wear Kippa in Muslim Areas
Germany’s top Jewish leader suggested on Thursday that Jews shouldn’t wear the traditional skullcap, or kippa, in areas with large Muslim populations but also said that hiding isn’t the right approach to concerns about anti-Semitism.
Security worries among European Jews have been stoked by recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. Jews in Germany generally feel safe, though security measures need to be evaluated frequently, Josef Schuster, the head of the Central Council of Jews, told rbb Inforadio.
One of Schuster’s predecessors last year suggested that Jews in Germany should make sure they’re not recognizable as Jews.
6. Paris attacks: Coulibaly siege video transcript emerges
Details have emerged of footage filmed by Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly during a bloody rampage inside a Jewish supermarket, a French website says.
He delivers an anti-Semitic rant and shouts “Stand up or I’ll kill you” at hostages, according to a transcript obtained by Le Nouvel Observateur.
During the seven-minute video he shoots dead three of his four victims.
7. Two-thirds of Quebecers polled say NO to mosques being built in their neighborhood
(A third and FOURTH mosque in Quebec is being closed or investigated now for the usual reasons. I will post the details as soon as i get the translations, hopefully sometime today)
8. The Jihadi John apologists: Outrage as human rights group describes ISIS executioner as a ‘beautiful, extremely kind and gentle young man’ – then blames BRITAIN for radicalising him
The group who helped name Mohammed Emwazi as ISIS executioner Jihadi John caused outrage today after blaming MI5 for pushing him towards his killing spree in Syria.
Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE, described the world’s most wanted man as ‘extremely kind, extremely gentle and the most humble young person that I ever knew’.
At a press conference today Mr Qureshi was close to tears as he said Emwazi, who is linked to a string of executions of ISIS prisoners, ‘was such a beautiful man’.
Mr Qureshi said he was radicalised after the security services harassed him and alienated him because ‘the man I knew would never hurt a single person.’
He said: ‘When are we going to finally learn that when we treat people as if they’re outsiders, they are going to feel like outsiders and they will look for belonging elsewhere.’
(If they had just been made to stay outsiders none of this, and I mean none of this, would ever have been a problem.)
9. US citizens warned not to shop in Jordan after ‘credible’ terror threats
The US embassy in Jordan’s capital, Amman, has warned American citizens against visiting the country’s posh shopping malls after receiving “credible information” that they may be targeted by terrorists.
“Extremist groups have repeatedly expressed interest in attacking so-called soft targets, such as malls and restaurants, in Jordan,” the US embassy said in a statement. “The US Embassy has received information of a potential threat against high-end malls in Amman.”
Amman has recently stepped up its role in the US-led military campaign against Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL) in Syria after the jihadists burnt alive captured Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh and released a video showing his grisly death.
10. Jihadi John’s old university was a ‘hotbed of radicalism where students celebrated 9/11’, claims ex-pupil – and hate preacher was even due to speak there TONIGHT
Jihadi John’s former university was a ‘hotbed of radicalism’ where students ‘celebrated 9/11’, it has been claimed.
A former student has lifted the lid on his time at the University of Westminster – as it’s also revealed a talk by a Muslim hate preacher has been postponed due to ‘security concerns’.
Haitham al-Haddad was set to speak tonight, but the event will not go ahead as planned after it was revealed ‘Jihadi John’ studied computer programming at the university.
Today, the terrorist was named as a university graduate from London who was able to flee to Syria despite being on an MI5 terror watch list.
Thank you Draculea, M., and all who sent in material including Wrath of Khan and many others. More to come.
I believe that my email server is under attack so I am getting emails sporadically or not at all or sometimes after days. Once I have established a new email address I will post it for people here but for now, I have redirected comments on the site to go to a new one I am trying out. This means that I should be getting any comments reliably, but if you send me an email directly for the moment I may not have gotten it.
This problem goes back a few days now. So for those of you that have anything important you want me to see or post and sent me directly or, until this morning, in the comments, please re post in comments if it hasn’t appeared or you expected an answer and didn’t get one. As a consequence, I am more disorganized than even usual recently and losing track of who sent what when. But over the course of the next 48 hours I hope to sort all that out.
Thank you again for your patience and patronage of this site.
Testing new email for comment redirect
Emergency responders investigating possible Ebola case in Virginia: local media
The WH will do anything to distract attention from Iran-POTUS foreplay.
Very true, the question is have they let Ebola in the US or not?
http://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/patient-discharged-from-virginia-hospital-center/Arlington resident discharged today from Virginia Hospital Center…The person was being monitored by Arlington County Public Health Department (ACPHD) officials under the statewide Virginia Department of Health Arriving Passenger Monitoring Program.
http://patch.com/virginia/arlington-va/possible-ebola-patient-taken-virginia-hospital-center UPDATE Thursday 5:30 p.m The Arlington resident who was taken to Virginia Hospital Center with Ebola-like symptoms Thursday morning has been discharged from the hospital, the county announced in a news release late Thursday afternoon…. The county workers who come in contact with the patient were decontaminated Thursday morning at Virginia Hospital Center, Marchegiani said. That includes taking off their clothes in an ordered manner and being sprayed down with a bleach solution.
@1 – I have been afraid of things like this happening, we can expect more of this to happen in areas controlled by ISIS and affiliated groups. I really wish we could get all of the Egyptian artifacts our of Egypt but know this is impossible.
It’s remarkable any of that stuff has survived as long as it has. Unless it was something they knew they could loot and sell, Muslim Egyptians couldn’t have cared less what happened to antique Egypt before Napoleon arrived to start digging it out of the sand. It’s little more to them even now than a vehicle for ripping off tourists and cadging baksheesh. The Egyptian Museum is a shambles. Al-Sisi would be smart to quietly replace the most priceless things with replicas and ship them to Japan.
Sisi’s reliable. Plus so many Egyptians depend on tourist revenues, even the Salafists have held off over the centuries.
You know I’m not so sure about this generation of Salafists? The MB didn’t hesitate to wreck Egypt’s tourist industry when they got power, and at least one museum was trashed at that time. I seem to remember another library going up in smoke as well, it’s hard to keep track. Maybe they’ve learned from that in Egypt at least, that they need to keep Muslims who depend on the idols for a living onside.
I agree with Don on this, Sisi and others want to protect their incomes and in some cases their history but the current generation of fundamentalists are out to force everyone to obey Sharia and starve if necessary.
Yep, if they buy into the End of the World, they do.
I wonder how many actually do. I mean they may argue for it and all, but would they burn all their bridges?
I think they would, look at what they are doing in Iraq, Syria and other places in the Middle East, for that matter talk to some of the Christians who are saying this is the end times. Granted the latter aren’t going to be running around killing and destroying but their actions show that the Moslems who believe this is the end times may well decide to burn all of their bridges.
BANGLADESH – Muslims hack to death writer Avijit Roy, wife injured
Unidentified assailants have hacked to death writer Avijit Roy and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Banna.
Police said the couple came under attack at Dhaka University’s TSC intersection around 9:30pm on Thursday.
They were returning from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the time.
Doctors declared him dead during an emergency surgery at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), the hospital’s police outpost Inspector Mozzamel Haque told bdnews24.com.
Avijit, an engineer who was working in the US, had been threatened before by Islamist fundamentalists. He had suffered a deep gash on his head.
He has been a regular bdnews24.com columnist and the founder of popular blog Mukto-mona.
Banna has lost a finger and suffered cut wounds.
Two machetes were recovered from the spot, police said.
Avijit Roy is son of well-known physicist Ajay Roy who has taught at Dhaka University for a long time.
Avijit is well known for his books ‘Biswaser Virus’ (Virus of Faith) and ‘Sunyo theke Mahabiswa’ (From Vacuum to the Great World).
His writing and blogging had evoked the ire of Islamist fundamentalists and he had been regularly threatened.
Turkish Teacher: Get ‘Harassment Teams’ to Intimidate Girls
He doesn’t like the length of their skirts and wants to make them wear longer skirts.
Just jealous ’cause he can’t wear his mini-skirt in public.
testing email again cause proton mail seems to be totally useless along with scryptmail
MEMRI – Gazan Women Train in Military Wing of Popular Resistance Committees
8/ They can’t stop playing the victim even when it’s as bad an idea as it is here, when it gives their victim game away. Maybe some useful idiot somewhere this morning is having second thoughts about carrying water for Islam.
Jihadid Johns youtube channel. The number 1061658 is his student registration number at Westminster university…
The thing about taking our time and procrastinating and having some more meetings and thinking about it some more is that horrible stuff like this is happening on a daily basis as the West dithers. One day it’s a museum, the next day it’s an obscure Christian sect. ISIS needs to be defeated right now before they do more damage and before they grow, not somewhere way down the road…
Youtube pulled. I guess Google doesn’t think there’s any urgency.
Channek 4 – Asim Qureshi talks to Jon Snow about Mohammaed Emwazi – named as the Islamic State ‘executioner’ Jihadi John – saying he was a “beautiful man” who was radicalised partly due to his treatment by British security services.
BBC goes inside Gaza tunnels
Don’t let them out!
Wouldn’t that be considered pollution?
Hermetically seal the cave.
Works for me.
Suspects of dog slaughter arrested in Egypt
Three Egyptian men were detained by police on Wednesday pending investigations into the brutal killing of a dog after a video of its slaying caused outrage on social media websites.
The dog was reportedly killed as part of a deal to drop charges against its owner, after it bit one of the three attackers.
The three suspects, aged 28, 29 and 32 – two of whom are butchers – are currently being investigated by police.
The video showed the brown dog leashed to a poll before being struck by machetes and sticks by the three attackers until it died.
The incident took place in Qaliubeya govenrorate’s Shubra district.
Egyptian animal rights advocacy groups condemned the incident and called for the punishment of the perpetrators.
According to Egypt’s penal law, anyone who kills a pet on purpose a pet owned by someone else could face up to 6 months in jail.
I’ll pass on this one. ^v^