Should one laugh or just cry at the Islamic State’s latest social media missive? On Wednesday, the group distributed photos of men and children in Syria destroying hundreds of boxes of U.S.-made chicken while millions in the country go hungry.
Amid the humanitarian catastrophe of Syria’s civil war, some 9.8 million people require food assistance, according to U.N. estimates. Nonetheless, the Islamic State crowed on social media that it had set fire to boxes of chicken that had been “slaughtered unlawfully,” according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online jihadi activity. The boxes bear the logo of Illinois-based Koch Foods, and according to their labels, the chicken was halal.
(Wait, why did the US send millions of halal chickens to the Islamic State? Someone needs to look into this)
In 2005, two of the 7/7 bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, were photographed white water rafting at the National Whitewater Centre in Bala, North Wales.
Five years later, three would-be terrorists from Cardiff were arrested as part of an Al-Qaeda inspired gang who plotted a ‘Mumbai-style’ series of terror attacks on Britain.
Link: Michael Adebowale, left, one of the men convicted of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby, is understood to have studied Arabic at the former European Institute of Human Sciences at Highmead, near Llanybydder
Omar Latif, 28, Gurukanth Desai, 30, and Abdul Miah, 25, were photographed holding a series of secret meetings with Mohammed Chowdhury and Shah Rahman in a country park in Wales.
(We need a name for this route. Tard trail? Sunni Brick Road? fast track to hell? I’m sure someone can come up with a name for the route that thousands of muslims are taking monthly to join the psychos and murderers and slavers in the Islamic State)
The nine are among a spate of recent cases of British citizens heading to Syria through Turkey, some successfully, some not. Last month, in two separate incidents, a 21-year-old woman and three British girls were detained after arriving in Turkey.
Three British schoolgirls traveled in February from the U.K. to Turkey, from where they are believed to have crossed into Syria.
(People going to Somalia and claiming refugee status…. )
Dozens of Yemenis have crossed the Gulf of Aden in small boats to get to Somalia, Djibouti and Somaliland to escape fighting and Saudi air strikes, the UN refugee agency has said.
The UNHCR said it was looking for a possible site for the refugees in Djibouti in case the fighting worsens.
At the same time Somali refugees are still continuing to arrive in Yemen to escape violence and poverty at home.
Yemen hosts more than 238,000 Somali refugees, the UNHCR says.
The UNHCR said that at least 32 Yemenis “fleeing conflict” landed on Somalia’s northern coastline after crossing the treacherous Gulf of Aden and landing in the semi-autonomous regions of Somaliland and Puntland.
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Islamic State (IS) militants have entered the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Damascus, activists and Palestinian officials say.
Clashes erupted between the militants and groups inside the camp, with IS seizing control of large parts of the camp, reports said.
The UN says about 18,000 Palestinian refugees are inside the camp.
IS militants have seized large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and across northern and western Iraq.
But this is the group’s first major attack near the heart of the Syrian capital.
6. VICE Video: Under siege by the Islamic State in Ramadi
Thank you M., Wrath of Khan, and all who added links and comments. Busy news day. And more to come.