1. An amusing look at what one trucker in Europe did to ward off muslims in Calais from jumping on his truck on his way through
The radicalized San Bernardino gunman clashed with a Jewish co-worker over religion just two weeks before he and his Pakistani wife stormed an office holiday party where they massacred 14 people.
Syed Farook, 28, got into a heated argument with colleague Nicholas Thalasinos, a Messianic Jew who was identified today as one of the victims of Wednesday’s rampage.
Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the port city of Sirte, located in northern Libya, are learning to fly planes using at least one flight simulator according to military officials in the strategically situated North African state.
The sources were quoted by the London-based Arabic Asharq Al-Awsat as saying they aren’t sure how a civilian plane simulator, and apparently a fighter jet one as well, got into the jihadists’ hands in Sirte, the birthplace of Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi who was deposed in 2011.
“It’s a modern simulator, which apparently arrived from abroad,” the sources were cited as saying, noting that it was roughly the size of a small car. The simulator is replete with a steering wheel to practice take-off and landing, a radar screen, and communications devices to contact the control tower.
(Now this is an interesting article)
Some 27 Sudanese Muslims are standing trial in a Khartoum court accused of apostasy, risking the death penalty if they are convicted, their lawyer told AFP on Thursday.
The men are accused of taking the Koran as the sole source of religious legitimacy and rejecting other Islamic texts.
“The court in Kalakla in south Khartoum has started the trial of 27 defendants brought before it under Article 126 of Sudanese criminal law, apostasy from Islam,” defence lawyer Ahmed Ali Ahmed told AFP by telephone.
If convicted of apostasy, the defendants could face the death penalty under the Sharia Islamic law that has been in place in Sudan since 1983.
They are also charged with disturbing the public order, Ahmed said.
Ahmed said investigators told the court that police arrested five of the defendants on November 2 inside a market in the southern Khartoum neighbourhood of Mayo “when they were talking to people about their conviction in the belief in the Koran and how they don’t recognise” other religious texts.
He said that the remainder were arrested the next day for the same reasons.
Here’s what Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoub said on Friday:
“All of the oil was delivered to a company that belongs to the son of Recep [Tayyip] Erdogan. This is why Turkey became anxious when Russia began delivering airstrikes against the IS infrastructure and destroyed more than 500 trucks with oil already. This really got on Erdogan and his company’s nerves. They’re importing not only oil, but wheat and historic artefacts as well.”
While we’ve yet to come across conclusive evidence of Bilal’s connection to ISIS, we would note that the Turkish port of Ceyhan is state-run and given Turkey’s extensive experience in smuggling KRG crude, it seems entirely fair to suggest that sneaking in 40,000 or so barrels of ISIS oil each day wouldn’t be that difficult a task. Indeed, given that Kurdish oil is, like ISIS crude, technically undocumented, Turkey will always have plausible deniability on its side (unless of course the oil is being moved into the country straight from Syria which is what Putin seems to be suggesting).
(Seems like about 1/2 of one percent of what they should remove from the convicted ones)
Australia has enacted laws that enable dual national suspected terrorists to be stripped of their Australian citizenship.
The government estimates that up to half the Australian militants who have gone to the Middle East to fight are dual citizens.
The Senate passed laws late Thursday that would strip citizenship from suspects aged 14 years or older for a range of terrorism-related offenses even if there was no conviction.
The husband and wife shooters who shot 36 people in San Bernardino in Wednesday had been acting suspiciously in recent weeks, neighbors claim.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were apparently working late at night in their garage and receiving numerous packages to their home in Redlands, California.
But according to nearby residents, they did not report them for fear of racial profiling.
It has since emerged the couple had 12 pipes bombs, a stock pile of tools to assemble explosives, 2,000 9mm rounds, and over 2,500 223 rounds in their suburban home.
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Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov suggested that Turkey should return Hagia Sophia to the Greek Orthodox Church as a gesture of good will, in light of the refugee issue and the Turkey-Russia diplomatic episode.
“The Russian side considers it possible to remind of Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest Christian holy places and the ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is now situated in Turkey. We expect from the Turkish side a friendly step – to return the Cathedral to the hands of the Orthodox church of Constantinople. The Russian side is ready to provide financial assistance and enlist the best Russian restorers and scientists’ aid in the restoration of the ecumenical Christian artifact. Such step would help Turkey and Islam to show that the good will is above politics,” Gavrilov said, according to Russia‘s RCB TV.
The Swedish government is considering closing a world-famous bridge linking Malmo with Denmark which featured in a hit TV crime thriller to thwart record numbers of migrants arriving in the country.
However, the plan, which could see the Oresund bridge closed has been branded ‘a disaster’ by the South Swedish Chamber of Commerce president Stephan Muchler.
The structure features in the hit BBC4 series, The Bridge, starring Sofia Helin, who plays Malmo police detective Saga Noren.
Thank you M., ML., Oz-Rita, Shabnam, Wrath of Khan, and all. No shortage of worthy information these past weeks. For a more complete picture, please read the links under the daily links post. There are a great deal more links there, many of which are significant but did not make the main posts.