1. Yemen: At least 31 killed as multiple bomb blasts rock Sanaa *GRAPHIC*
2. Global conflicts ‘cost 13% of world GDP’
Conflicts around the world cost $14.3tn (£9.1tn) last year, 13% of world GDP, says a survey on global peace.
That amount is equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, the report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) said.
The divide between the most peaceful and the least peaceful nations was deepening, the annual report added.
3. FBI agent attacked (with a knife) during ISIS investigation
Staten Island Man Allegedly Tries to Attack FBI Agents With Knife in ISIS-Related Home Search: Sources
The FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested a Staten Island man who allegedly tried to attack FBI agents with a knife Wednesday as they attempted to search his home in an ongoing ISIS-related investigation, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation tell NBC 4 New York.
A scuffle ensued, but there were no serious injuries, law enforcement officials said.
Criminal charges are expected to be filed against the man later Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn.
The arrest comes one day after it was reported a 20-year-old college student from Queens was arrested for allegedly scouting possible targets for an ISIS-inspired attack. Prosecutors in Brooklyn charged Munther Omar Saleh with providing material support for terrorism.
(This will be the summer of our discontent)
4. ‘America has taken on a foe 5,000-strong. It has killed 10,000 of them. There are only 20,000 left’
[…] There is something alarming, however, about the boasts of success.
For all the deaths and injuries of top leaders, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State now control more territory than they have ever done. The hydra has simply grown more heads.
The civil war in Yemen, between the Iran-backed Houthis and the western-backed recognised government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has allowed Wuhayshi’s Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to extend its control.
Al-Qaeda – through its local affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra – and Isil control more than half of Syrian territory, in terms of raw geography (population is a different matter). Isil controls western Iraq, and parts of Libya.
Last month, a senior US state department official defended America’s conduct of the various “wars on terror” by claiming that 10,000 Isil jihadis had been killed since last summer.
5. Islamic State sympathizers online claim Yemen bomb attacks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Supporters of the Islamic State group have posted an online statement claiming its militants detonated four car bombs targeting two Shiite mosques and two Shiite rebel offices in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
Security officials had said Wednesday’s bombings were carried out by suicide attackers against offices of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who control Sanaa. But the statement online suggests the cars were booby trapped. The Health Ministry said “preliminary” reports indicate the blasts killed four people and wounded 60.
6. 1981 Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti’s Chapter Title, from “Crowds and Power”—“Islam as a Religion of War”
Elias Canetti (1905-1994) was a German-language novelist, playwright, and non-fiction writer, of Sephardic Jewish descent. Canetti—whose works examined the emotions of crowds, the predicament of individuals at odds with their surrounding society, and the psychopathology of power—was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981, “for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power.”
He referred to Islam as “The Religion of War”—the title of a chapter in Canetti’s Crowds and Power—“Islam as a Religion of War”—describing Islam’s “religious war”, the jihad, as follows (on p. 142):
The faithful and the unbelieving are fated to be separate for ever and to fight each other…[as] a sacred duty and thus, though in a less comprehensive form, the double crowd of the Last Judgment is prefigured in every earthly battle.
As the holy month of Ramadan approaches on June 18, 2015, Muslim families across the country will be gathering together in the evenings for iftar, the traditional breaking of the daily fast. And they want you to join them.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada is launching a national campaign this week dubbed “Fast with a Muslim Friend” to encourage non-Muslim Canadians to participate in Ramadan alongside their Islamic compatriots.
In a statement, the organization said they hoped that by sharing the Ramadan experience “the community also hopes that this campaign will help remove any misconceptions about Islam, and bridge gaps that may exist amongst Canadians.”
8. ‘Living with fear’: Syrian refugees recall IS-ruled Tal Abyad
“It’s horrible to live under sharia rule, which bans pretty much everything,” said Halil el-Ahmed, 55, who fled to Turkey with his family of 15 after spending three nights in the open.
“It’s horrible to live with fear, dreading it every time the doorbell rings. I hope this war is over soon, but I don’t want to go back to a country ruled by Kurds,” he said.
“We were not happy with IS, but we at least knew their rules and learnt how to play by their rules,” he said at a park near the Akcakale border point where they crossed over.
(Not quite sure what the message is there)
9. Muslims kissing the feet of a Mullah in Bangladesh
(I thought you had to be the Beatles to do this)
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4 – Yesterday on Fox I saw one of the retired officers say that the number of ISIS fighters was at least 60,000 and probably closer to 80,000.
Pay close attention to the fighting in Yemen and elsewhere since it is coming to a town near us a lot faster then most people realize
2 – I wish the reporters would realize that this is one big massive war being waged by fundamentalist Moslems not a lot of scattered wars. Saying the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq are separate wars is as stupid as saying that in WWII the war in Italy and the war in France were separate wars.
Surprised they can find the places on the map.