Rebels in Syria say they have captured a major army base in the south of the country.
The Southern Front, an alliance of rebel groups, announced that the base, known as Brigade 52, was “liberated” in an attack on Tuesday morning.
The base, outside the town of Harak, is one of the largest in Deraa province.
Officials have not commented, but if confirmed its fall would be the latest in a string of defeats suffered by the government in the past three months.
3. RT does 8 minute bit on the woman who’s denial of an in flight can of unopened diet coke gets more media time than thousands of raped and murdered Yazidi women by muslims across the Middle east.
(Maybe if they asked for a can of diet coke, maybe then the MSM and RT would start cracking the whip on the Islamic State)
Teenage girls abducted by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets “for as little as a pack of cigarettes,” the UN envoy on sexual violence said.
Zainab Bangura visited Iraq and Syria in April, and has since been working on an action plan to address the horrific sexual violence being waged by IS fighters.
“This is a war that is being fought on the bodies of women,” Bangura told AFP in an interview Monday.
(Think he would say that about the KKK? The Christian right? The Republicans?)
NEW YORK — The nation’s largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.
Under the new policy, the city’s 1.1 million-pupil public school system will close on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, will be observed during summer school in 2016.
(This will likely generate a phenomenon that will require a new name soon. I am going to suggest the possibilities, ‘Blue on blue murders’ or maybe sometimes, ‘blue on red white and blue’)
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is working to recruit more Muslims, and is asking for help within the community to better refine outreach aimed at stifling the lure of overseas terror groups, officials said Monday.
Right now, there are about 800 Muslim uniformed police officers out of about 35,000, according to the NYPD Muslim Officers Society. Of those, only about 20 are higher ranked officials. Lt. Adeel Rana, commanding officer of the community affairs immigration outreach unit, said there has been a slow increase over the past decade, but it has been rapidly changing in the past year and a half.
(But if its extremism and not real islam, then how can tackling it be islamophobic? Surely muslims would welcome those who disenfranchise those who have hijacked their peaceful religion, no?)
From July this year, British teachers will have a legal requirement to report students they believe to be at risk of radicalisation. But Sara Khan of counter-extremist group Inspire toldThe Guardian that many teachers could be too scared to perform their new duty – a fact that the newspaper saved for paragraph 20 of its 26 paragraph report into the monitoring of students.
“Some teachers have told us ‘we’re scared of being accused of being Islamophobic’ … and when some Muslim and Islamist organisations are saying this is Islamophobia, or other teachers say this is spying on Muslim kids, you can see why some feel like that. […] Sara Khan said that many cannot grasp why intelligent students would be attracted to Islamism. “They don’t understand what it is that Isis are calling young people to. Many of them A-grade students,” she said.
Thank you Carpe Diem, Buck, M., Dan F., Richard and many more. And more to come. There are rumors of some new Stephen Coughlin material. If things go well, there could be 2 new parts to a brief available soon.