Reader links for May 18 – 2015

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

27 Replies to “Reader links for May 18 – 2015”

  1. ISIS fighters shaving beards to sneak into the EU as migrants: Group also said to be making £60,000 a boat by taxing people smugglers

    Would-be jihadists told to pretend to be refugees to travel into Europe

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085694/IS-fighters-shave-beards-sneak-EU-migrants-Group-said-making-60-000-boat-taxing-people-smugglers.html

    ISIS supporters post photos of notes showing group’s logo and messages near famous Italian landmarks warning of counting down ’till the zero hour’

    Extremist group claim their fighters are already in the heart of Europe

    Fears that ISIS have exploited the Mediterranean refugee crisis

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085479/ISIS-supporters-post-photos-notes-showing-group-s-logo-messages-near-famous-Italian-landmarks-warning-counting-till-zero-hour.html

    Mutilated bodies litter the streets and corpses are tossed into river: Carnage as ISIS rampage through Ramadi while Iraqi army abandon city clinging to Humvees in chaotic retreat

    Terror group seizes strategic provincial capital just 60 miles from Baghdad

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085486/ISIS-claim-taken-control-Iraqi-city-Ramadi-security-forces-flee-following-series-suicide-car-bombings.html

    White Widow has ‘masterminded 400 murders’: British jihadi allegedly planned Kenyan university attack that left 148 dead after rising fast through Al Shabaab’s ranks

    London University graduate ‘coordinating car bombs and suicide attacks’

    She is ‘offering families £300 to use children/women as suicide bombers’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085770/White-Widow-Samantha-Lewthwaite-masterminded-400-murders.html

  2. BBC -Ramadi battle: Shia militias near IS-held Iraqi city

    Shia militias are assembling east of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to prepare for a counter-attack against Islamic State militants who captured it on Sunday.

    Iraqi state TV described tanks and other military vehicles entering al-Habbaniyah military camp. IS fighters are reportedly moving towards the base.

    The Iraqi government called for help from the Iran-backed militias after the military was routed and fled.

    About 500 people died in the city – only 70 miles (112km) west of Baghdad.

    Shia forces at Habbaniya, about 20km (12 miles) from Ramadi, were “now on standby,” the head of the Anbar provincial council, Sabah Karhout, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

    In a statement, the council said about 3,000 Shia fighters had arrived in Anbar to take part in “the liberation of all Ramadi areas in which IS militants took positions”.

    But IS militants had also advanced from Ramadi to the outskirts of the town of al-Khalidiyah, near the Habbaniyah base, an IS statement and witnesses said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32777138

    pics – Islamic State Anbar – ( Ramadi )

    http://justpaste.it/l6ym

  3. Google, YouTube win heated legal fight over anti-Muslim video

    Weighing into a case fraught with controversy, a federal appeals court on Monday rejected a Hollywood actress’s bid to force Google-owned YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim video that sparked worldwide protests, finding that such an order tramples on free speech rights.

    Reversing a previous ruling, a special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the arguments raised by Cindy Lee Garcia, who pressed her legal fight as a result of death threats she received after she was unwittingly spliced into a 2012 film clip that cast her as disparaging the prophet Mohammed in the “Innocence of Muslims” video. The court backed Google and other Internet companies, with only Judge Alex Kozinski dissenting.

    “In this case, a heartfelt plea for personal protection is juxtaposed with the limits of copyright law and fundamental principles of free speech,” Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the court. “The appeal teaches a simple lesson — a weak copyright claim cannot justify censorship in the guise of authorship.”

    more :

    http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28138854/google-youtube-win-heated-legal-fight-over-anti

  4. Ramadi battle: Shia militias near IS-held Iraqi city (BBC, May 18, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32777138

    “Shia militias are assembling east of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to prepare for a counter-attack against Islamic State militants who captured it on Sunday.

    Iraqi state TV described tanks and other military vehicles entering al-Habbaniyah military camp. IS fighters are reportedly moving towards the base.

    The Iraqi government called for help from the Iran-backed militias after the military was routed and fled.

    About 500 people died in the city – only 70 miles (110km) west of Baghdad.

    Shia forces at Habbaniya, about 20km (12 miles) from Ramadi, were “now on standby,” the head of the Anbar provincial council, Sabah Karhout, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

    In a statement, the council said about 3,000 Shia fighters had arrived in Anbar to take part in “the liberation of all Ramadi areas in which IS militants took positions”.

    But IS militants had also advanced from Ramadi to the outskirts of the town of al-Khalidiyah, near the Habbaniyah base, an IS statement and witnesses said….”

  5. Turkey twin blasts target pro-Kurdish HDP party (BBC, May 18, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32781262

    “Seven people were hurt in explosions at two party offices in southern Turkey, raising tensions in the run-up to next month’s general election.

    The blasts targeted the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Adana and Mersin.

    The government condemned the attacks, but party officials accused ministers of inciting hatred against the HDP.

    The pro-Kurdish party is trying to secure the 10% of votes needed to enter parliament in the 7 June election.

    The ruling AK party is expected to win the vote….”

  6. Nigerian Military: 10 Boko Haram Camps Destroyed in Forest (abcnews, May 18, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/nigerian-military-10-boko-haram-camps-destroyed-forest-31116827

    “The Nigerian military says it destroyed 10 Boko Haram forest camps over the weekend, but the Islamic extremists killed a man and abducted several women as they attacked a recently recaptured town, according to witnesses.

    Soldiers killed many militants and captured heavy weaponry in Saturday’s offensive in northeastern Sambisa Forest, said spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade of the Ministry of Defense. One soldier was killed by a land mine when troops overran 10 Boko Haram camps, Olukolade said.

    This comes after a surge in attacks by the Islamic extremists including suicide bombings, assaults on a business school and villages and a repelled night-time raid by hundreds of fighters on the biggest military base in northeast Nigeria.

    Also Saturday, some militants attacked villages and the town of Sabongari Yandulam in northeast Yobe state, a survivor, farmer James Musa, said Monday. Local official Maina Ularamu confirmed the attack and said one man was killed and six women abducted.

    Olukolade and other Nigerian officials had said Boko Haram’s main fighting force was trapped in the vast Sambisa Forest following a 14-week multinational offensive that drove them out of dozens of towns and villages where they had declared an Islamic caliphate. But some must have escaped to press last week’s attack on Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the biggest northeastern city, 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the forest.

    The forest offensive had destroyed some 20 other camps and allowed soldiers to free about 700 captured girls and women before getting bogged down by land mines and other booby traps, soldiers told The Associated Press. They insisted on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters….”

  7. IS Militants Look for Collaborators After Taking Iraqi City (abcnews, May 18, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraq-official-500-killed-8000-fled-ramadi-fell-31114824

    “Islamic State militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday after capturing the strategic city of Ramadi, their biggest victory since overrunning much of northern and western Iraq last year.

    Some 500 civilians and soldiers died in the extremist killing spree since the final push for Ramadi began Friday, authorities said.

    Responding to a call from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, hundreds of Iranian-allied Shiite militiamen rushed to a military base near Ramadi, the capital of overwhelmingly Sunni Anbar province, to prepare for an assault to try to retake the city, Anbar officials said.

    The order came despite Obama administration concerns that the presence of Shiite fighters in the Sunni-dominated region could spark sectarian bloodshed. Until now, the defense of Anbar has been in the hands of the Iraqi military fighting alongside Sunni tribesmen, who al-Abadi’s Shiite-led government had vowed to arm and support — something it has done only sporadically.

    The Shiite militias have been key to victories against the Islamic State group on other fronts north of Baghdad in recent months. But they have also been widely criticized over accusations of extrajudicial killings of Sunnis, as well as of looting and torching Sunni property — charges militia leaders deny.

    In the face of the Islamic State group’s brutality, some Sunnis appeared ready to accept help even from the Shiite militiamen.

    “We welcome any group, including Shiite militias, to come and help us in liberating the city from the militants,” said Sunni tribal leader Naeem al-Gauoud, who fought to defend Ramadi and criticized what he called “lack of good planning by the military.”

    But Abu Ammar, another Anbar native who owns a grocery store in Ramadi, said he saw no difference between the Islamic State group’s brutal practices and those of Shiite militiamen.

    “If the Shiite militias enter Ramadi, they will do the same things being done by Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for the militant group. “In both cases, we will be either killed or displaced. For us, the militias and IS militants are two faces of the same coin.”

    The fall of Ramadi prompted Iran’s defense minister, Gen. Dossein Dehghan, to make a surprise visit to Baghdad for urgent talks with Iraqi leaders. He met with al-Abadi, who praised Iran’s support for Iraq in the face of the militants……”

    • Visits to the Elder are part of my routine. Trouble is, the news cuts too close to the heart. Not infrequently I’m forced to stop to check my blood-pressure. No kidding.

      But the Elder is very wise.
      ~~ aren’t they all? crafty, ya know… ~~

      No matter what, count on lots of fresh takes on Mideast history, archeological discoveries, stories about Israeli genius applied to Good Works. He’s also first to link some of the best spoof videos and satire from Israel and the Diaspora.

      And art! Judaica, original posters, cartoons, and selections from the Arab press.

      All by way of introduction to today’s treat:
      Al Saud al-Yahud – Iran’s anti-Saudi cartoons
      http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2015/05/al-saud-al-yahud-irans-anti-saudi.html#.VVp_Da7TJ_z

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