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  1. Egypt Police Kill 15 Sudanese Migrants at Israel Border (abcnews, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-police-kill-15-sudanese-migrants-israel-border-35214987

    “Egyptian officials in the Sinai Peninsula say police killed 15 Sudanese migrants and wounded another eight who were trying to jump the border fence into Israel.

    The officials say police opened fire on the migrants Sunday after they ignored warning shots and sprinted toward the fence. The security forces arrested another eight Sudanese migrants who were not wounded.

    Israel’s Interior Ministry says more than 45,000 African migrants and asylum seekers are in Israel. Many say they are fleeing conflict and persecution and are seeking refugee status. Israel says they are economic migrants whose swelling numbers threaten the country’s Jewish character.

    All Egyptian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.”

  2. Turkey: Suicide Bomber Wounds 5 Turkish Police During Raid (abcnews, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkey-suicide-bomber-wounds-turkish-police-raid-35214750

    “A suicide bomber opened fire on Turkish police and then blew himself up during their raid on a suspect Islamic State militant hideout near the border with Syria, injuring five police officers as G-20 leaders were gathering for a summit, authorities said Sunday.

    The Gaziantep governor’s office said the suicide bomber died in the raid late Saturday on the fifth-floor apartment in Gaziantep city. Two women were detained while three children were being placed in protection.

    Police seized explosive materials and several machine guns during the raid, the statement said.

    The raid came hours after Turkish soldiers clashed with IS militants who fired at them near Gaziantep. Four militants were killed.

    It was not clear if the two incidents were connected…”

  3. Afghan Official: Drone Strike Kills 12 Taliban in Southeast (abcnews, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/afghan-official-drone-strike-kills-12-taliban-southeast-35214751

    “An Afghan official says a drone strike killed 12 Taliban fighters in a volatile district bordering Pakistan.

    Ahmad Zai Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said Sunday the dead included three Afghans and nine foreigners, usually a reference to Pakistanis.

    The strike late Saturday took place in Khogyani district, where insurgents have been active for months. Abdulzai says the Taliban’s shadow governor for the district was among the dead.

    The region is also known for the presence of fighters loyal to the Islamic State group, who have fought with Taliban and government forces this year.

    Abdulzai says 150 IS fighters were killed or wounded during a two-week military operation to clear them from the Achin district. He says checkpoints have been established to ensure they do not return.”

  4. Paris attacks: Weapons found in ‘getaway car’ (BBC, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34825080

    “Several Kalashnikovs have been found in an abandoned car believed to have been used by some of the Paris attackers, French judicial sources say.

    The black Seat car was found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil on Sunday, suggesting some of the attackers got away.

    Earlier, the first of the seven dead attackers was named as Ismail Mostefai. Six people close to him are in custody.

    France is in three days of mourning for the 129 people killed in the attacks.

    A special service for the families of the victims, the 350 people who were wounded, and the other survivors will be held at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral later on Sunday…”

  5. LIFE IMITATES ART….Recognizing the US current-occupant-of-the-oval-office will NEVER identify the enemy and therefore can never develop an appropriate objective which would require an appropriate strategy.
    Check out this video by the Center for Security Policy which posted their briefing on Middle East and North Africa on November 13, 2015 ===>ff 23:43 to pick up where
    Elliot Chodoff, http://tinyurl.com/oobbkeh an Israeli political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists discusses the complications of Syria’s war(s).
    Partial transcript:

    Elliot Chodoff: “…That was the good news, now we can talk about the bad news, right? In many ways, Syria is Libya on steroids ~ for a few reasons. Before I talk, let me go into the Syrian aspects of it. Syria, I think, is maybe the only place where ~ from an Israeli perspective ~ you can stand on a spot on the Golan Heights and the sweep of 120 degrees see Hizballah, al Qaeda, al Nusra, and some 50 jihadi organizations with the Syrian army in the mix in the middle. It’s quite a menu.
    Frank (Gaffney) mentioned before, I think the Congressman (Pete Hoekstra) did as well, that there is no strategy. I think there is a good reason for that, & you touched on it.THERE’S NO STRATEGY BECAUSE THERE IS NO OBJECTIVE. THERE IS NO OBJECTIVE BECAUSE THERE IS NO DEFINITION OF WHO THE ADVERSARY IS OR WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

    **************compare & contrast that video segment against a recent clip from the HBO’s hit series “Homeland” http://tinyurl.com/no22mgx in a scene in which the character Peter Quin, a black ops officer is asked if our strategy in Syria is working.
    *************
    Primary characters in this scene from “Homeland” are:
    Dar Adal (played by F. Murray Abraham), a black ops specialist who had been a friend of
    Saul Berenson, director of the CIA (played by Mandy Patinkin) for 18 years He is the handler of
    Peter Quin, a black ops officer (played by Rupert Friend)
    Senator Andrew Lockhart, nominee for director of the CIA to replace Saul (played by Tracy Letts)

  6. EU should not give in to base reactions after Paris attacks -Juncker

    European Union countries should not give in to base reactions of rejecting refugees after the Paris attacks because the shooters were criminals, not asylum seekers, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday.

    Top Polish and Slovak officials have poured cold water on the EU refugee relocation plan right after the attacks late on Friday that killed 129 people, saying the violence underlined the concerns of Europeans about taking in Muslim refugees.

    “We should not mix the different categories of people coming to Europe,” Juncker told a news conference on the sidelines of a G20 summit of world leaders in the Turkish coastal province of Antalya.

    One of the attackers in Paris has been identified as having entered the EU through the Greek island of Leros on Oct. 3, 2015, with other refugees. On entering, he was identified and fingerprinted according to EU rules.

    “The one responsible for the attacks in Paris… he is a criminal and not a refugee and not an asylum seeker,” Juncker said.

    “I would invite those in Europe who try to change the migration agenda we have adopted — I would like to remind them to be serious about this and not to give in to these basic reactions that I do not like,” Juncker said.

    Poland’s new Europe minister Konrad Szymanski said on Saturday his incoming government did not agree with Poland’s commitment to accept its share of an EU-wide relocation of immigrants, and now, “in the face of the tragic acts in Paris, we do not see the political possibilities to implement (this).”

    On Saturday Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said: “We have been saying that there are enormous security risks linked to migration. Hopefully, some people will open their eyes now.”

    But Juncker said there was no need to change Europe’s plan to relocate 160,000 refugees around Europe, as agreed earlier.

    “I see the difficulty but I don’t see the need to change our general approach,” he said.

    Donald Tusk, the former Polish prime minister who chairs meetings of European leaders, said the 28-nation EU would call on G20 leaders to develop a coordinated response to the migration crisis, which is expected to bring a million people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe this year alone.

    “We do not ask our partners to do more than Europe does, but we ask the international community not to do less. All G20 countries share responsibilities associated with this crisis. Solidarity should be at the core of our decisions,”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/15/g20-turkey-migrants-eu-idUSL1N13A0AI20151115

    Turkey: EC’s Juncker slams refugee policy backlash after Paris attacks

    President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker underlined the difference between the asylum seekers and those who committed Friday’s Park attacks during a joint press conference with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, ahead of the G20 summit in Antalya, on Sunday morning.

      • Obama vows effort to eliminate Islamic State as G20 seeks common Syria strategy (reuters, Nov 15, 2015)
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/15/us-g20-turkey-idUSKCN0T409Y20151115

        “U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State in Syria and prevent it from carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.

        Speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Turkey, Obama described the killings in Paris claimed by Islamic State as an attack on the civilized world and said the United States would work with France to hunt down those responsible.

        The two-day summit brings Obama and fellow world leaders just 500 km (310 miles) from Syria, where a 4-1/2-year conflict has transformed Islamic State into a global security threat and spawned Europe’s largest migration flows since World War Two.

        “Traditionally the G20 has been a forum primarily to discuss economic issues facing the globe … (but) the sky has been darkened by the horrific attacks that took place in Paris just a day and a half ago,” Obama said in a statement after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan…”

  7. Germany: Massive blaze engulfs planned refugee centre in coastal town

    A building set to be used as refugee housing burned down in the German seaside town of Trassenheide early on Sunday morning. The exact cause of the blaze remains unknown, although local police have not ruled out arson.

    • They admit the shooter attended mosque, then suggest they haven’t seen him, then admit they haven’t seen him since 2013. No reason to question their integrity at all…./sarc

  8. CAIR: ISIS Launching a ‘War’ on Muslims

    Officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations offered their condolences to those killed by recent attacks by the Islamic State, calling their actions a ‘war’ against the Muslim population.

  9. Paris attacks not a fight between west and Islam, says NATO chief

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday the deadly attacks in Paris highlight a fight between extremists and supporters of democratic values rather than one between the Islamic and western worlds.

    In a brief telephone interview with AFP, Stoltenberg said the attacks would only strengthen the resolve of supporters of democracy who will ultimately win the fight because they have “superior values.”

    Islamic State jihadists on Saturday claimed a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris that killed nearly 130 people in scenes of carnage at a concert hall, restaurants and the national stadium.

    “The important thing now is to underline how much we condemn the atrocities and the attacks on innocent people in Paris last night,” Stoltenberg said after his office proposed the interview to AFP and other media.

    “All NATO allies stand united in the fight against terrorism and stand united in solidarity with France,” the head of the 28-nation transatlantic alliance said.

    “The attack is not only an attack on innocent people in Paris and on France but it is also one on our core values of freedom and democracy and our open societies,” according to the NATO secretary general.

    “The aim of this horrific terrorist attack is to scare and intimidate us but this will only strengthen our resolve,” the former Norwegian prime minister added.

    “We will continue to stay vigilant, determined and united in our defence of democracy and open societies,” he said.

    The battle will be fought using intelligence, military means, police work and an ideological push for open societies based on trust, he added.

    “It will take time, but we will win because our values are superior to (those) the extremists are standing for,” the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said.

    He also said Muslims are now leading the fight against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIL, in the Middle East and north Africa as they have suffered most of the casualties.

    “So this is not a fight between the Islamic world and the western world. This is a fight between extremists, criminals and people who believe in the fundamental values of freedom and the respect for human rights,” he said.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20151114-paris-attacks-not-fight-between-west-islam-says-nato-chief

  10. France: Lennon’s classics sang in Republic Square as mourning continues

    Hundreds of people gathered is Paris’ Republic Square, Sunday, to commemorate the victims of the attacks that took place across the French capital on Friday night. The crowds sang John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and ‘Let it be,’ while were waving their hands in the air, many of them crying.

  11. US arrests Pakistani money-changer Altaf Khanani (tribune, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/991803/us-arrests-pakistani-money-changer-altaf-khanani/

    “US authorities said on Friday Altaf Khanani, a well-known money-changer, was arrested for involvement in laundering funds for designated terrorist organisations.

    Claiming Khanani was arrested in September, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a statement, “DEA Miami Field Division Special Agent in Charge Adolphus P Wright stated, ‘DEA arrested Altaf Khanani on September 11, 2015 pursuant to a grand jury sealed indictment.’”

    The statement added, “The Khanani Money Laundering Organisation (MLO) is a TCO composed of individuals and entities operating under the supervision of Pakistani national Altaf Khanani, who the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested this September.”…”

  12. Lal Masjid cleric vows to continue ‘Sharia law’ campaign (tribune, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/991972/lal-masjid-cleric-vows-to-continue-sharia-law-campaign/

    “ISLAMABAD: The infamous cleric of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid has rejected a warning issued by the district administration against his recently launched campaign for implementation of ‘Sharia Law’ across the country.

    Maulana Abdul Aziz and his wife Umme Hassan rallied to push for their campaign on Friday despite a warning by the local administration that the former’s activities could put him behind bars.

    “Pakistan was created for the Islamic system but has been far away from Islam since birth,” Aziz said in a video released on Sunday, adding he would go ahead with his plans…”

  13. Chomsky: Syrian al-Nusra main recipient of Turkish aid (todayszaman, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://www.todayszaman.com/anasayfa_chomsky-syrian-al-nusra-main-recipient-of-turkish-aid_404345.html

    “World famous linguist Noam Chomsky has claimed that the Syrian extremist group al-Nusra has been a major recipient of Turkish aid and accused Turkish intelligence of selling out US-trained moderate Syrian forces.

    “Turkey is the main supporter of jihadi organizations, which are merely distinguished by the Islamic State [the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)],” Chomsky told a packed group of students, journalists and activists at Boston College on Saturday. Chomsky’s speech was part of a conference on press freedom in the Middle East organized by the Peace Islands Institute.

    Chomsky is not the first to accuse Turkey of what many have called implicit support for radical groups in Syria opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkish authorities have been the subject of much criticism for the porous and loosely inspected border that has been a major transit route for Syria-bound foreign fighters.

    Chomsky said Turkey has been very resistant to attacking ISIL, despite a recent deal between Turkey and the US on the use of Turkish airfields for US warplanes. He added that the US claimed or believed that Turkey would join the fight against ISIL after the deal. “But they didn’t,” Chomsky said, recalling that Turkey instead attacked Kurds in Iraq and Syria…”

  14. Syrian refugees brace for backlash after Paris attacks (france24, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://www.france24.com/en/20151115-syrian-refugees-brace-backlash-after-paris-attacks

    “Carefully shielding a lit candle against the cold pouring rain, Syrian refugee Ghaled, 22, had come to the French embassy in Berlin to pay tribute to victims of the Paris attacks.

    “We are with them right now, just to help them with this crisis. What’s happening to them is happening every day in Syria, 100 times per day for five years, so we know what that means,” he told AFP.

    Ghaled was a student in dentistry in Damascus, but decided to leave the Syrian capital after seeing no end to the violence engulfing his homeland.

    Like tens of thousands of his fellow countrymen, he first risked his life crossing the Mediterranean in an inflatable boat, before trekking for 17 days to get to Germany five months ago.

    But just as he began looking forward to rebuilding his life with German language classes which he hopes would help him return to dentistry school one day, Friday’s attacks that killed 129 people in Paris have raised fears of a backlash in Europe.

    French police’s discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of one attacker in particular has sparked concerns that some of the assailants might have entered Europe as part of the huge influx of people fleeing Syria’s civil war.

    “It’s a problem,” said Ghaled, who urged against victimising his countrymen, saying the attackers “are not Syrians” and that the passport link was simply make-believe.

    “I think it’s a big lie because all the area is destroyed, and just the passport is still ok? That’s silly, really silly,” he said, suggesting that the passport was either fake or had been planted “because they hate refugees… so many people hate Syrians”.

    Another Syrian refugee, William, 24, who had also arrived in Germany five months ago, was equally anxious.

    “Many news speak about Syrians, police find Syrian passport. Of course I’m worried. It’s not good,” said the 24-year-old tourism student from the northern town of Hama.

    “Syrians are not terrorists. we need life and peace for work,” he said, adding that he wanted to return home once the war is over.

    Mouhanad Dawood, who had reached the EU through Italy before eventually seeking asylum in Germany 11 months ago, said his host country has been “very welcoming”.

    “People here understand not everyone are terrorists, a lot of people are running from terrorists, especially from IS,” said the trained architect.

    But he conceded that he was “a little bit” afraid that attitudes could change. “I have my family here now, I want to start my life here.”

    To those who have doubts about Syrians after the French attacks, Dawood said: “A terrorist is a terrorist. It doesn’t matter where they come from.”

    In Germany, where a debate had already been raging before Paris attacks over the influx of asylum seekers expected to top a million this year, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came out quickly to counter any attempt at drawing a link between terrorists and migrants.

    “I would like to make this urgent plea to avoid drawing such swift links to the situation surrounding refugees,” de Maiziere said on Saturday following a crisis cabinet meeting.

    He said authorities would watch far-right extremists closely, noting there have already been in recent months “appalling scales of attacks against asylum seekers and asylum seeker shelters”.

    On Sunday, the interior minister confirmed that security would be stepped up at asylum seeker shelters.

    – ‘Bombs falling like rain’ –

    The anxiety was also palpable on social media among asylum seekers in Europe.

    “Will yesterday night’s attacks in Paris affect our lives as refugees?” asked one user on “Bus Stop for the Lost Ones”, a Facebook page that is extremely popular among Arabic-speaking migrants taking the Balkan route to Europe. “Of course,” replies another member.

    “Curse the guy who blew himself up… Did he have to take his passport with him? He should have put it away somewhere and gone to hell,” wrote Jalal Abazid on Facebook, a Syrian refugee in Germany.

    In France, Ayham al-Khalaf, a Syrian journalist who fled from his home city Raqa soon after it fell under IS control, told AFP : “If some French people already mistrusted Arabs, now that hate will increase.”

    “The situation will get harder for us here for sure.”

    But others who were still on the road and battling to enter the European Union are undeterred, saying any animosity that they might face from the Europeans could not be worse than the bomb shells that are falling daily at home.

    Cradling a sick child in her arms as she queued up to be registered at Macedonia’s border with Greece, Kalaham, a 32-year old who fled from the Syrian capital with her husband and child said: “I just wanted to leave Syria. I hope for better.”

    “I have no fear. It’s chaos in Syria so it couldn’t be worse.”

    Likewise, Malek Rozhdan, who is travelling with his wife Jusak and three children, said: “It’s very very bad these days in Damascus, where we are coming from. Bombs are just falling like rain.”

    “Of course it’s not good at all what had happened, but Europe is good for living… This I think is not going to influence our trip in any way.””

    • “Curse the guy who blew himself up… Did he have to take his passport with him? He should have put it away somewhere and gone to hell,” wrote Jalal Abazid on Facebook, a Syrian refugee in Germany.

      Doesn’t condemn the act, just forgetting to dispose of his ID.

  15. “French” man believed directly involved in Friday’s attacks in Paris is on the run and the subject of a manhunt, French security officials say; man, 1 of 3 brothers believed involved in killings, rented the black Volkswagen Polo used by group of hostage-takers, official says

    1 man, probable attacker, on the run after Paris attacks, French officials say

    Abdelslam Salah not French .... Belgian

    https://twitter.com/PNationale/status/665939383418273793

  16. Was Paris attack planned by a Belgian terror cell in the ‘Jihad capital of Europe’? Police investigating links between killer gang that included THREE BROTHERS, a homegrown terrorist and ‘refugee’ suicide bomber who used a Syrian passport (dailymail, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3318765/Paris-terror-suspects-arrested-Brussels-car-given-fine.html

    “An eight-strong ISIS cell who murdered 129 people in Paris included three brothers who may all have gathered in a Belgian suburb called the ‘Jihad capital of Europe’ to collect their AK-47s and suicide vests.

    The killer gang, containing a number of Frenchman living in Belgium, two others carrying Syrian passports after sneaking into Europe disguised as migrants and a female accomplice, are believed to have travelled together from Brussels to Paris in rented cars.

    Three brothers are also believed to be involved in the attack with one killed, the second arrested and the third now on the run.

    French and Belgian police are investigating links between the cell and the Molenbeek area of Brussels known as a ‘den of terrorists’. Seven people have been arrested in connection with the France attacks in Belgium in the past 24 hours and five were held in Molenbeek.

    Three suspects were held after a discarded parking ticket found in a Volkswagen Polo rental car used by the terrorists in Paris led them to the same street where a gunman who opened opened fire on a high-speed train in August had lived.

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said today that ‘those in Belgium who prepared the attacks were not known to the French intelligence services’ and said the attack on Paris was ‘planned from abroad’…”

  17. Far-right demonstrators storm candlelit vigil being held for Paris victims chanting ‘Out the Muslims’ and ‘Throw out Islamists’ after Front National leader claims the French are ‘no longer safe’ (dailymail, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://dailym.ai/20V6Nuk

    “Anti-Islam protesters armed with flares and banners reading ‘Throw out Islamists’ descended on a quiet vigil being held for the victims of the Paris terror attacks in northern France.

    Far-right demonstrators pushed their way through the congregation which had gathered in Lille to pay their respects to the 129 people who were killed in a string of terrorist attacks in the French capital.

    They chanted ‘Out the Muslims’ and set off flares into the crowd of mourners after Front National leader Marine Le Pen declared French people ‘are no longer safe’ and called for France to take back control of its borders.

    Despite causing widespread disruption to the peaceful vigil, the protesters ended up being chased away by members of the Human Rights League who told them ‘get out fascists’.

    The protesters launched their disruptive attack yesterday afternoon as people across France turned out to pay their respects to those killed in Friday evening’s atrocities in the capital.

    While people around the world also held candlelit vigils near major landmarks, the congregation in Lille was disrupted by the far-right Anti-Islam protesters who declared: ‘Expulsions les Islamistes’, which translates to ‘Throw out Islamists’.

    The silent vigil had begun at 3pm but within just 15 minutes demonstrators spilled into the city’s main square shouting ‘Expel Islamists’ and setting off firecrackers…”

    • LiLLE – France –

      “Anti-Islam protesters ….. being chased away by members of the Human Rights League who told them ‘get out fascists’.

  18. Questions for French security services after it emerges three major intelligence failures may have let the killers get through (dailymail, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3318859/Questions-French-security-services-emerges-three-major-intelligence-failures-let-killers-through.html

    “Vital clues were missed that could have averted the Paris atrocities, it was feared last night as it was revealed that:

    A heavily armed suspect was stopped on his way to the French capital more than a week ago but German police who uncovered an arsenal of weapons in his car did not tell anti-terror chiefs.
    At least one of the terrorists was a Parisian who had been on a terror watch list for five years, but was not being monitored closely enough to be stopped before he took part in the murderous attack.

    Greek authorities believe that two of the gunmen sneaked into Europe posing as a refugee from Syria – heightening fears that not enough security checks are being carried out on migrants.
    As details of the killers’ identities began to emerge yesterday, Corinne Narassiguin, spokeswoman for France’s ruling Socialist Party, admitted: ‘Obviously there was a failure of intelligence.’

    She said the French government had recently voted through new measures to improve surveillance of terror suspects, with 2,000 new posts being created, but added: ‘Unfortunately all these measures are not yet fully operational.’

    French intelligence and security services had been reorganised in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacres, which left 16 dead in January. It emerged that the brothers behind the killings, Cherif and Said Kouachi, were well known to the authorities and were being watched – but surveillance was called off just six months before they launched their attack.

    Since then counter-terrorist forces say they have thwarted several plots and in August passengers overpowered a gunman who opened fire on a high-speed train bound for Paris.

    But it is feared there was a fatal breakdown in communication between European law enforcement agencies earlier this month. During a routine check of a VW Golf on the Salzburg to Munich autobahn on November 5, police discovered a ‘professionally built’ secret compartment crammed with weaponry and munitions…”

  19. Britain on terror alert: Special forces on the streets of London as security experts warn ISIS is using a secure ‘cyber caliphate’ to plan attacks (dailymail, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3319279/Britain-terror-alert-Special-forces-streets-London-security-experts-warn-ISIS-using-secure-cyber-caliphate-plan-attacks.html

    “Special forces have been deployed to some of the capital’s landmarks and busiest spots in the biggest security response since the 2005 London bombings.

    It comes after the sickening attacks in Paris on Friday night – the deadliest in Europe since the Madrid bombings in 2004 – that left at least 129 people dead.

    Eighty-nine people were killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took hostages before security forces stormed the hall.

    People were shot dead at restaurants and bars at five other sites in Paris. At least 352 people were injured, of which 99 are critical. ISIS has claimed responsibility.

    It is believed two of the bombers were carrying Syrian and Egyptian passports. At least two others are thought to be French while several could also be Belgian.

    At least one of the attackers is believed to have passed through Greece as a refugee.

    It has been revealed that around 250 jihadists have returned to France from Syria – but the number coming back to Britain is almost double that.

    Experts have also said there are as many as 2,000 people ‘of interest’ in the UK to MI5 and security services.

    Speaking on Newsnight, BBC Correspondent Richard Watson said: ‘In France, ten people per week for the last five months have travelled to Syria and many of them have come back.

    ‘In the UK, 760 people are assessed to have travelled out to Syria. Sixty people are assessed to have died fighting in Syria and half are back in the UK already.

    ‘There are 2,000 people of interest in the UK to MI5 and security service. The question is how do you keep tabs on 2,000 people?’

    He also explained how the ISIS fanatics were using a ‘cyber caliphate’ – protected by their own encryption software – where they plan their next attacks…”

  20. Iraq warned U.S.-led coalition countries of imminent assault before Paris attacks

    BAGHDAD — An Iraqi intelligence dispatch sent to coalition countries warned of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week’s deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people.

    Iraqi intelligence said the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia, “through bombings or assassinations or hostage taking in the coming days.”

    Six senior Iraqi intelligence officials corroborated the information in the intelligence dispatch, and four of them said they warned France specifically of a potential attack.

    An Associated Press reporter was shown a copy of the note Sunday.

    The officials all spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/iraq-warned-u-s-led-coalition-countries-of-imminent-assault-before-paris-attacks-1.2659452

  21. Austria: Police arrest counter-protesters as far-right protest ‘open border policy’

    Police arrested numerous pro-refugee protesters after opposing demonstrations nearly clashed, near the Slovenian border, at the border crossing for refugees in Spielfeld on Sunday.

    • Turkey: Bomb blast injures four officers during raid on suspected IS cell in Gaziantep

      Four police officers were reported as wounded after a militant, allegedly linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), detonated explosives as his flat was being raided by security forces in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, Sunday

  22. US carries out fresh delivery of ammunition by land, instead of air drop, to Syrian Arab coalition forces in Syria, US official says

    REUTERS – Exclusive: U.S. delivers ammunition to Syrian Arab fighters battling Islamic State

    The United States has carried out a fresh delivery of ammunition to fighters from the Syrian Arab Coalition battling Islamic State in northern Syria, pushing ahead with a strategy that initially unnerved ally Turkey, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

    The delivery of ammunition represented only the second time the United States has moved to arm the Syrian Arab Coalition, a collection of about 10-12 groups numbering about 5,000 fighters. They are working with Kurds and others to claw back land from Islamic State.

    In a shift in approach, the latest U.S. resupply operation was completed on Saturday by delivering the weaponry by land, the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    It was not immediately clear who transported the ammunition into Syria, but the official said American troops did not drive them into the country.

    Further details on the operation were not immediately available.

    The first U.S. delivery of ammunition to the group on Oct. 11 was carried out through an air drop. That triggered questions about how the United States could be certain the weaponry reached the right people, despite reassurances from the Pentagon.

    NATO ally Turkey, which is wary of further advances by Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, registered its unease after the first air drop. It called in the U.S. ambassador to express concern that Washington’s arms drops were aiding Syrian Kurdish militias.

    Turkey, which has its own large Kurdish minority, objects to empowering those militias, although they have been the most effective U.S.-allied force against Islamic State in Syria.

    The U.S. official said the United States was certain that the latest delivery reached the intended individuals.

    The U.S. military declined comment on the operation. Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said only that the United States had signaled its intent to support Syrian Arabs battling Islamic State, and continued to do so.

    Washington’s strategy in Syria has shifted from trying to train fighters outside the country to supplying groups headed by U.S.-vetted commanders.

    The United States has also announced it would send dozens of U.S. special operations forces in the coming weeks to northern Syria to advise those opposition fighters combating Islamic State.

    The U.S. military, when it carried out its first air drop of ammunition last month to the Syrian Arab Coalition, said it was going to make sure the weaponry was used correctly before providing additional arms.

    The U.S. military later expressed confidence that the ammunition helped the Syrian Arab Coalition as they and other forces branding themselves collectively as the Democratic Forces of Syria took back a big swathe of territory around the village of al-Haul.

    The U.S. official said the new delivery of weapons would help the fighters push further south into Islamic State-held territory.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/15/us-mideast-crisis-ammunition-exclusive-idUSKCN0T412O20151115

  23. Police questioned, released fugitive suspect hours after Paris attacks: sources

    Four French officials have told The Associated Press that police questioned and released the fugitive suspect hours after the Paris attacks.

    The questioning came when police pulled over a car near the Belgian border, hours after authorities had already identified Saleh Abdeslam as the renter of a Volkswagen Polo that was abandoned at the scene of the attack.

    Abdeslam is now the focus of an international manhunt. One of his brothers detonated a suicide vest in central Paris and another was ultimately detained in Belgium.

    He was one of three people in a car stopped by police Saturday morning, hours after the attacks that left at least 129 dead, the officials said.

    Three French police officials and a top French security official confirmed all that officers stopped Abdeslam and checked his ID and then let him go.

    The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose details of the investigation.

    + video :

    http://pix11.com/2015/11/15/police-questioned-released-fugitive-suspect-hours-after-paris-attacks-sources/

  24. DAILY MAIL – Kindergarten kitsch: A fascinating photographic tour of North Korea’s colourful and bizarre interiors which resemble Wes Anderson movie sets

    Architecture critic Oliver Wainwright visited North Korea over the summer and captured the unusual interiors
    He snapped kindergartens with flowered carpets and complexes with government approved haircuts on the walls
    His tumblr is dedicated to showcasing the fascinating colours and designs from the Soviet-era fittings

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3315772/Kindergarten-kitsch-fascinating-photographic-tour-North-Korea-s-colourful-bizarre-interiors-resemble-Wes-Anderson-movie-sets.html

    more pics :

    http://northkoreaninteriors.tumblr.com/

  25. VICE news – France Is Bombing Raqqa, the Islamic State’s Stronghold in Syria (Live Updates)

    https://news.vice.com/article/paris-attacks-live-updates-2

    RT – French jets bomb ISIS command center, other targets in Raqqa

    France has carried out a massive airstrike on an Islamic State stronghold in Raqqa, Syria. It struck dozen’s of targets including a command and control center, training camp and munitions warehouse, the country’s defense ministry announced.

    The strike, coordinated with the United States, was carried out simultaneously from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, according to Reuters.

    “The first target destroyed was used by Daesh (a derogatory Arabic acronym for IS) as a command post, jihadist recruitment center and arms and munitions depot. The second held a terrorist training camp,” a ministry statement said, adding that in total some 30 targets were struck in the raid.

    https://www.rt.com/news/322211-france-airstrike-isis-raqqa/

  26. PlayStation 4 was used by Paris attackers from IS for communications

    […]Not only the attacks show that the terrorists had advanced arms and munitions, but also high level logistical support they received. To coordinate such a mass terrorist effort needs a powerful communicating device which is hidden from the authorities monitoring the IS communications 24×7. From the primary reports it seems that the IS terrorists have used one of the most popular gaming console in the world, Sony ’s PlayStation 4.

    […]Belgian federal home affairs minister Jan Jambon said that the PS4 is by used ISIS agents to communicate, and was selected due to the fact that it’s notoriously hard to monitor.

    […]PlayStation’s IP-based voice systems are difficult to monitor compared to traditional forms of communication such as mobile phones and computers. And terrorists could send messages to each other within PlayStation games without speaking or typing a word. However, it remains unclear how the PS4 actually helped the terrorists in Paris during the fateful night

    http://www.techworm.net/2015/11/playstation-4-was-used-by-paris-attackers-from-is-for-communications.html

  27. CBC – CANADA – Peterborough mosque set ablaze in suspected hate crime

    Provincial fire marshal asserts blaze set deliberately, police say

    Peterborough police are investigating a case of arson at the city’s only mosque, an act that the president of the local Muslim association says was a “clearly a hate crime.”

    The fire broke out at the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association’s mosque around 11 p.m. Saturday, police said. No one was inside the Masjid Al-Salaam Mosque at the time.

    But association president Kenzu Abdella said members of the congregation had been inside 784 Parkhill Rd. just an hour before the fire broke out there, celebrating the birth of a new baby.
    ‘Uneasiness’

    “The scare for people is that what if this had happened while we were in there?” he said Sunday. “So there’s a bit of uneasiness in the community.”

    Abdella said the Muslim congregation was devastated by the arson as members have placed roots in the community and integrated into the surrounding neighbourhoods.

    The mosque holds regular open houses that are attended by churchgoers and politicians. They also make regular donations to the local food bank, according to Abdella.
    ‘Out of nowhere’

    “So to us, this is out of nowhere,” he said. “Even when we were hearing all the things that are happening around the world, it never occurred to us that this could happen in our community.”

    There have concerns that the terrorist attacks Friday in Paris could incite a rise of Islamaphobia or retaliatory violence around the world.

    Abdella said since the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association was founded in 1994, it has only been targeted by criminals once before. After the 9/11 terror attacks, the previous building had its windows smashed out.

    But Abdella noted local churches raised funds to replace them, something that was already happening again Sunday. A community group has also begun a crowdfunding campaign that had raised $1,440 by Sunday afternoon.

    “So it’s very positive in that way,” he said.
    Fire set intentionally

    The community does not know where they will go for their prayers, which they observe fives times each day.

    Initially, Abdella said they had hoped to open the building by the afternoon, but quickly realized that the $80,000 in smoke damage would make that impossible in the near future.

    “It doesn’t look good at all, it’s all smoked out,” Abdella said after walking through the building Sunday morning.

    The provincial fire marshal ruled that the blaze was set deliberately, according to a Peterborough police spokesman.

    Sgt. Tim Millard said police will not be releasing more information until the fire marshal’s office finishes its probe.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/mosque-peterborough-fire-1.3320013

    • But association president Kenzu Abdella said members of the congregation had been inside 784 Parkhill Rd. just an hour before the fire broke out there, celebrating the birth of a new baby.

      I’d like to think it was Canadians who did it but there are your prime arson suspects right there holding the baby.

  28. IRAN – Unveiled women drivers in Iran to have cars impounded

    Iranian women who fail to wear the veil when driving will have their cars impounded for a week and are likely to be fined, police warned Sunday.

    In the past week, about 10,000 motorists have received warnings, with 2,000 facing further action for breaking “social norms”, but the new measure to confiscate cars will come into force nationwide.

    Deputy police chief Said Montazer-ol-Mehdi said officers had been authorised by prosecutors to take such steps.

    If traffic police spot an unveiled woman driver or passenger, “their car will be taken to a police compound for a week”, he said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

    Some owners will be fined but other offenders will be referred to judicial authorities for further investigation, he added.

    The steps are part of a wider traffic police crackdown that could also see male drivers targeted for bad conduct.

    Violations could include “removal of veil inside the car, driving recklessly, parading in the streets and harassing women,” IRNA said.

    When in public, all women in the Islamic republic, including foreigners, are required to wear at least a loose scarf, known as hijab, which covers the hair and neck.

    Since the mid-1990s, however, there has been a gradual change in the dress code.

    Many women wear stylish and colourful coats and headscarves and often tight trousers instead of the traditional one-piece, head-to-toe black chador.

    Police patrols have continued campaigns to enforce the law and the authorities also use a network of “trustees” to identify transgressors.

    But in some upmarket neighbourhoods of northern Tehran, a city of 12 million, it is not uncommon to see women’s scarves wrapped around their shoulders.

    “A number of officials, army and government chiefs and covert police agents have been given access to a system set up to report the violations,” Montazer-ol-Mehdi said of the latest campaign.

    “These trustees will report the license plate of violators and the cars will be flagged for further investigation.”

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused fast-driving wealthy youngsters in April of creating “psychological insecurity” on the streets after two high-speed accidents killed five people.

    “I hear that young people from the generation of wealth, a generation intoxicated by their money, are driving luxury cars and parading in the streets, making the streets insecure,” he said, quoted by his website.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20151115-unveiled-women-drivers-iran-have-cars-impounded

  29. Paris attacks: Police seek ‘dangerous’ Salah Abdeslam (BBC, Nov 15, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34826117

    “Police have issued a photograph of a French national wanted in connection with Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead.

    The man, named as Salah Abdeslam, 26, is described as dangerous.

    Seven attackers, two of whom had lived in Belgium, died during a series of assaults in the city, officials said.

    Late on Sunday, French aircraft struck the IS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, hitting four targets, France’s defence ministry said.

    Ten fighter jets operating out of French bases in Jordan and the UAE dropped dropped 20 guided bombs on a command centre, recruitment centre for jihadists, a munitions depot and a training camp for fighters, the ministry said.

    The attack was carried out in co-ordination with US forces.

    President Francois Hollande had described Friday’s attacks in Paris as an act of war – and promised that France’s reaction would be pitiless…”

  30. Brit woman arrested over beauty salon ‘ban on Muslims’ after Paris terror attacks

    POLICE have arrested a woman suspected of saying Muslims were not welcome at a beauty salon in light of the Paris terror attacks.

    The 43-year-old has been detained after racist messages were posted on the Blinks of Bicester Facebook page, which said people of “Islamic faith” were no longer welcome.

    An avalanche of people on social media condemned the posts, which said it was “time to put my country first”.

    The posts read: “Blinks of Bicester are no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with passport or not.”

    Another said: “Sorry but time to put my country first”.

    The woman, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, is being held by Thames Valley Police.

    A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “We have arrested a 43-year-old woman in Bicester today after a number of complaints about a racially abusive post on social media.

    “The woman was arrested under section 19 of the Public Order Act which relates to the display of written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting with the intention of stirring up racial hatred, and for producing malicious communications.

    “We take all such complaints seriously and will investigate.”

    Among those to condemn the posts was Laura Burt, who wrote: “Thank God you have been arrested! Foul woman you deserve all you get!”

    Victoria Alice Brady posted: “Fantastic news TVP! In the light of the attacks on Paris.”

    Scott Woods said: “Can put fake lashes on ignorance but you can’t educate it. You’ve a LOT to learn…racist and ignorant.”

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/475794/Bicester-Paris-terror-attacks-ISIS-132-dead-shootings-explosions-racism-Muslims-banned

  31. CANADA – Don’t let Paris attack dissuade acceptance of refugees: French ambassador

    http://www.cp24.com/news/don-t-let-paris-attack-dissuade-acceptance-of-refugees-french-ambassador-1.2659797

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    Don’t let Paris terror ‘stop us from opening our arms’ to refugees: French envoy

    Nicolas Chapuis urges hearts not to harden towards millions of legitimate refugees fleeing war

    […]”Certainly there will be individuals who are going to try to take opportunity to mix with the refugees in order to spread chaos, but let there be no be mistake: This should not stop us from opening our arms and helping those who are seeking our help. It is part of our humanity.”

    The eloquent remarks could have the effect of stiffening the Trudeau government, which faces renewed concern and questions about the planned resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the year[…]

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/dont-let-paris-terror-stop-us-from-opening-our-arms-to-refugees-french-envoy-350030721.html

  32. The Guardian – Paris attacks: anti-terrorism raids across France after Syria airstrikes – live

    France’s iTélé reports that at least three people have been taken into custody in the Toulouse raids

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/nov/16/paris-attacks-france-airstrikes-isis-raqqa-syria-live

    DIALY MAIL – BREAKING NEWS: French police launch series of anti-terror raids in cities across the country with at least three people held in Toulouse

    French police launch coordinated anti-terrorism raids across country
    Raids reported to be taking place in Toulouse, Grenoble, Calais and Paris
    Comes just hours after French fighter jets carried out air strikes in Syria
    ISIS claimed responsibility for terror attacks in French capital on Friday

    French police have launched a series of coordinated anti-terrorism raids across the country and have arrested at least three people.

    Raids are reported to be taking place in Toulouse, Grenoble, Calais and in a suburb of Paris.

    A huge manhunt is under way for surviving members and accomplices of the Islamist group that killed at least 128 people in Paris on Friday night.

    Pictures taken from the scene of a raid currently under way in Toulouse this morning appears to show dozens of police vans carrying out the pre-dawn raids.

    France’s iTélé reports that at least three people have been taken into custody in the Toulouse raids.

    Meanwhile the Guardian reports a further police operation is underway in Jeumont, close to the French border with Belgium.
    The raids come just hours after French fighter jets carried out a series of ‘massive’ air strikes on Raqqa, destroying a key ISIS command centre and a training camp in Syria.

    The heavy bombing raid comes just two days after the militant group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 128 people, the defence ministry said.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3319981/French-police-launch-series-anti-terror-raids.html

  33. USA – ALABAMA – state will refuse Syrian refugees in wake of Paris attacks

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley: ‘After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way’

    http://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2015/11/governor-bentley-refuses-syrian-refugees-relocating-alabama/

    USA – MICHIGAN – GOVERNOR STOPS EFFORT TO SETTLE ‘REFUGEES’

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Halts Acceptance of Syrian Refugees After Muslims’ Massacre in Paris

    Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement Sunday that the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees until federal officials fully review security clearances and procedures. He added that Michigan is “proud of our rich history of immigration” but that Michigan’s “first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/15/michigan-gov-rick-snyder-halts-acceptance-of-syrian-refugees-after-muslims-massacre-in-paris/

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