When the evidence of Turkish complicity with the Islamic State reaches these screaming proportions, (See item 10) certain questions need to be asked of NATO and the USA. Given the severity of the consequences of related issues, a non-answer should be looked at as nearly as problematic as the worst case answer I would think.
A young woman who falsely claimed she had been hauled into bushes and raped twice by the same man in the same park five months apart has been jailed for two years.
A court heard former Edinburgh Academy pupil Naima Shereen Mirza, 21, ‘spun a web of lies and deceit’, causing police to waste hundreds of hours investigating her malicious allegations.
Officers became suspicious when Mirza named her attacker as a man from Perth, who was actually in jail at the time the alleged offences took place, which was when she was a pupil at Edinburgh Academy.
After searching her property, they found a journal where she documented her increasingly alarming thoughts and fantasies, including the names and offences of rapists and sexual offenders from around Scotland.
She later told detectives she concocted the attacks to explain her poor exam results after failing to get in to Strathclyde University, in Glasgow.
As Russia deepens its involvement in Syria, it risks more than a military quagmire. Its intervention exacerbates a growing domestic threat, one that could destabilize the whole country. A new brand of radical Islam is rising in Russia, fueled by Russian fighters eager to perpetrate acts of terror at home.
Even a decade ago, the scope and depth of this emerging terrorist network would have seemed inconceivable. While Russia has suffered its share of domestic terrorism, those crimes were largely perpetrated by Chechen fighters based in the North Caucasus region. When Moscow declared victory in Chechnya in 2009, it suggested that the threat of radical violence had been largely contained.
But militant Islam didn’t disappear. In fact, the fundamentalist teachings have spread from Chechnya throughout central Russia. They’re propagated by Russian imams trained in the Middle East and are finding new audiences among the country’s native Muslims, as well as Central Asian migrants in Moscow. Even some younger and seemingly long-assimilated believers are becoming radicalized. Like their counterparts across Europe, they’re turning to Internet videos and social-media messages aimed at arousing anger at Western “crusaders.”
3. Sdrja Trifkovic Discusses European Immigration Fears on RT International
(The best thing then should be that 20,000 migrants go live in the Vatican instead of working class areas of Europe and the Pope can be the most re-payed man on Earth, Francis talks a good game but I notice that there are pretty much no muslim migrants near him and the few families he allowed are likely very carefully vetted unlike all the rest of the migrants)
Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace agreements for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praising the countries that have taken in their refugees.
Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis issued a plenary indulgence for Catholics in hopes of spreading the church’s message of mercy in a world torn by war, poverty and extremist attacks. The sun-soaked St. Peter’s Square was under heavy security, as it has been since the Nov. 13 Paris attacks by Islamic extremists that left 130 dead.
5. Syria: Russian MoD release footage of ISIS oil tankers at Turkish border
6. (Related) Syria: Russian airstrikes destroy suspected ISIS oil tankers
7. Germany: Christmas Eve arson attack hits planned refugee centre
The under construction refugee hostel in Schwabisch Gmund, at the Baden-Wuerttemberg state was massively damaged after a suspected arson attack hit the facility on Thursday night.
8. Abdullah Kurdi, the man who’s dead son on a Greek beach is not the very icon of the migrant/Hijra crisis in Europe today, gives an ‘alternative Christmas message’ on Channel4 UK
(I am confident that had be been a Canadian doing what he did into the USA he would be in Jail in one country and wanted for extradition by the other)
The undercover agent went from working at an Ottawa paintball supply shop to making top dollar by wearing a wire against suspected jihadis — including twin brothers Ashton and Carlos Larmond, their paintball colleague Suliman Mohamed and suspected ISIL fighter Khadar Khalib.
The undercover agent also worked as a referee at a paintball battlefield. And for a time, he was on a military simulation team that included a handful of Canadian soldiers he trained with on the paintball battlefield.
He is considered a prized police agent in a terrorism case anchored in wiretap evidence. If he was new at the job, it didn’t show. He never blew his cover, not even when one of his Ottawa targets suspected he was wearing a wire and patted him down, according to police.
The informant allegedly captured a key pre-dawn meeting in the parking lot of the Ottawa main mosque on Nov. 25, 2013. It was at this meeting that police allege Ashton Larmond gave the undercover agent $1,300 to cover the agent’s airfare to get to Syria and join the fight. Larmond allegedly advised him on which route to take, and what to bring, right down to warm hiking boots.
(We covered Suliman’s arrest when it happened)
10. Someone let them cross borders’: Messages from Turkish intelligence found in ISIS phone
The post on the 24th had a headline which read that the UK had declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. Comments on that post offer clarity. While it is safe to say that the prime minister of the UK has indeed made a statement of significance in which he said they were, this may not be the same, at least yet, as passing legislation adding them to groups which will be treated as a terrorist group, in which case for the first time, security services will be able to act against various groups and organizations which are the problem.