(Well some people say its a great thing when you really know what it is you want to do in life)
The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham wants to “blow up your White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower,” its official spokesman said in an audio message Thursday that claimed the ultraviolent extremist group had expanded its reach into West Africa.
AFP/Getty ImagesAbu Muhammad al-Adnani in 2012
In his first speech in two months, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram and listed the cities “we want,” from Paris and Rome to Jerusalem and Kabul.
The 28-minute Arabic-language audio, translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, appeared to be an attempt to rally ISIS fighters and intimidate international audiences amid setbacks in Iraq.
Al-Adnani was also capitalizing on the recent decision of Boko Haram, notorious for its indiscriminate bombings and kidnappings of girls, to align itself with ISIS. He called it “a new door opened by Allah” and directed jihadists to West Africa.
(The real headline is that the Boko Haram is now a part of the IS and subservient to Al Baghdadi. This is significant indeed)
(Well when you put it like that it seems almost rude not to give it to them!)
The ISIS spokesperson directed several threats towards Jews and Christians, saying they faced two options: “Convert to Islam or pay the ultimate price when your armies are expelled from Muhammad’s peninsula, from Jerusalem, and all Muslim lands.”
He warned that if Jews and Christians choose a third way – and insist on their current path – they will soon regret their choice and be unable to stop the surge to the caliphate. “The Jews and the Crusaders are scared and weak,” said al-Adnani.
(“yada yada wuzza wuzza no compulsion in religion etc etc…”)
Children as young as three are being lashed at a Muslim refugee camp in Chad for not reciting the Koran loud enough.
A teenager with a leather whip teaches the holy text to around 30 boys and girls who fled sectarian violence from neighbouring Central African Republic.
The cruel tutor whips the children for not being enthusiastic enough, losing attention for just a moment or even making a small mistake.
On Wednesday, a small boy too young to speak was struck in the eye by a strike meant for another girl.
The class continued to sing as his anguished cries echoed through the room – inspiring a moment of tenderness from the oppressive teacher who tended to the youngster’s injury.
Punished: A three-year-old boy cries uncontrollably after his religious teacher in a Chadian refugee camp accidentally struck him in the eye – but many of his classmates have been punished intentionally for not reciting the Koran loud enough
Murdered: Militants claim the eight men were informers, engaged in military operations against ISIS
The slickly edited video – which appears to take inspiration from violent video games, complete with sickening ‘player profiles’ of each of the doomed men – is thought to have been shot in the Euprhates, which covers Syria and Iraq.
The men, who are both Iraqi and Syrian, are led by their murderers out of a van onto a derelict piece of land, where they are forced to kneel in a row.
The captors, armed with what look like meat cleavers, stand behind their victims.
5. Someone om TV says a few things which are true about jihadism.
6. Germany reverses headscarf ban for grade school teachers.
A Church of England vicar is facing a storm of protest from traditionalist Christians after allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church.
Dozens of Muslims took part in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo in central London, in what is thought to have been the first time a full Islamic prayer service has been held within the Church of England.
The vicar, the Rev Canon Giles Goddard, a prominent liberal cleric, joined in the event, reading a passage from the Bible and inviting the congregation to give thanks to “the God that we love, Allah”.
Canon Goddard, described the service, on Saturday, as “very moving” and said it was simply an expression of the church’s desire to offer people a “place to pray”.
But evangelical clerics were angered by the service which they said marked a breach with canon law which forbids any variation from the official liturgy if it contains “any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in any essential matter”.
(I might argue that saying all Christians should be converted to islam or killed might be a departure from the essential doctrine of the Church. I might argue that)
Thank you M., Wrath of Khan, oX AO and many others. More to come shortly.