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  1. Exclusive – Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves

    Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

    The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State’s previous known utterances on the subject, a leading Islamic State scholar said. It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the sexual slavery of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

    To read the fatwa click here: here

    The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by U.S. Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top Islamic State official in Syria in May. Reuters has reviewed some of the documents, which have not been previously published.

    • ISIS release ‘rape handbook’ to fighters, with 15 sickening new rules revealed

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      ISIS release ‘rape handbook’ to fighters, with 15 sickening new rules revealed

      13:08, 29 Dec 2015
      Updated 14:10, 29 Dec 2015
      By John Shammas

      Document warns fighters not to have sex with sisters at the same time and says “women and children of infidels will become captives of Muslims”

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      Reuters Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014
      Sick: ISIS fighters have been issued a ‘rape handbook’

      Islamic State monsters have been issued new guidance on the rules of rape.

      ISIS militants were issued the new advice following a series of reported “violations”.

      The new rules set out how members of the terrorist organisation, which holds large swathes of land in both Iraq and Syria including major cities Raqqa and Mosul, may treat their “sex slaves”.

      A “fatwa” was issued back in January, according to documents seized by US Special Operations Forces which have only now been released.

      It begins: “One of the graces which Allah has bestowed up the State of Caliphate is the conquest of large surface areas of the country and one of the inevitable consequences of jihad is that women and children of infidels will become captives of Muslims.

    • More slave fatwa-ers. Just keeps on going, and going, 1400 years and counting down…

      Here’s one very detailed, extensive report based on careful interviews of defectors from IS. We’ve read other accounts, but this report is presented in a thorough, systematic fashion. Pretty powerful stuff.

      Two caveats:
      – One of the researchers is Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE), Dept of Psychiatry, Georgetown U Medical School. She doesn’t say “ISIL” – but “CVE” is another 0 euphemism. Lots of “twisted version of Islam,” while ISLAM is exculpated – and then some.

      – The other researcher is a Turk sociologist, careful to avoid incriminating Turkey in any way. Firmly fastened to the MB teat.

      Eyewitness Accounts from Recent Defectors from Islamic State: Why They Joined, What They Saw, Why They Quit

  2. China December official PMI likely to show fifth month of contraction

    BEIJING (Reuters) – Activity in China’s manufacturing sector is expected to have contracted for a fifth straight month in December, a Reuters poll showed, likely consigning the world’s second-largest economy to its slowest annual growth in a quarter of a century.

    The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is forecast to inch up to 49.7 from November’s 49.6, according to a median forecast of 27 economists in a Reuters poll.

    A reading below 50 points suggests a contraction in activity, while a reading above indicates an expansion on a monthly basis.

    The official PMI factory reading will be released on Friday along with the official services PMI.

    Analysts expect only a marginal improvement in the vast manufacturing sector in December from November, when activity fell to a three-year low.

    Chronic overcapacity, sluggish demand at home and abroad and deflationary pressures are expected to continue to weigh on the sector next year.

  3. If the Chinese government is willing to admit to this I have to wonder just how bad things really are? Is China ready to implode like the USSR did? If China does implode this will be the second nuclear armed nation that will self destruct, What will happen to their nuclear, bio and chemical weapons?

    Eventually all command driven economies destroy themselves, and the socialist always find a way to blame the free market.

  4. Special Report: Pentagon thwarts Obama’s effort to close Guantanamo

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama’s goal of closing the prison before he leaves office.

    The foreign officials told the administration they would first need to review Ba Odah’s medical records, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the episode. The Yemeni has been on a hunger strike for seven years, dropping to 74 pounds from 148, and the foreign officials wanted to make sure they could care for him.

    For the next six weeks, Pentagon officials declined to release the records, citing patient privacy concerns, according to the U.S. officials. The delegation, from a country administration officials declined to identify, canceled its visit. After the administration promised to deliver the records, the delegation traveled to Guantanamo and appeared set to take the prisoner off U.S. hands, the officials said. The Pentagon again withheld Ba Odah’s full medical file.

    Today, nearly 14 years since he was placed in the prison and five years since he was cleared for release by U.S. military, intelligence and diplomatic officials, Ba Odah remains in Guantanamo.

      • He’s determined to get his spoilt-child way. If he were simply a meat puppet, he’d at least shuffle-&-jive for show.

        These critters are so bad, their records are so compromising, 0 is dragging his tiny feet like Hillary with her emails.

  5. Pakistan: Suspected suicide bomber kills 22 outside govt. office in Mardan

    At least 22 people were killed and 56 injured, most of them civilians, in a suspected suicide blast outside a government office in Mardan, in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Tuesday.

    Reports say a motorcycle laden with explosives was driven up to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office, which issues government ID cards. The assailant reportedly detonated his explosives when he was stopped by a security guard outside the NADRA office.

  6. Turkey’s Erdogan slams pro-Kurdish Demirtas for “provocation and treason”

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused one of the co-leaders of the pro-Kurdish HDP Party of “provocation and treason.” Selahattin Demirtas has called for autonomous regions for Kurds in the east and south-east of the country. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into his comments.

    The PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party — deemed a terrorist organisation in Turkey, the EU and the US — is also calling for self-rule. Erdogan announced the boosting of operations against the party

    • Turkey’s Erdogan: Demirtas Kurdish autonomy plea is ‘treason’ (BBC, Dec 29, 2015)

      “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned as “treason” a call by prominent Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas for Kurdish autonomy.

      “What the co-leader has done is treason, provocation,” Mr Erdogan said, referring to Mr Demirtas, co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

      At the weekend the HDP and other pro-Kurdish groups called for self-rule in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish south-east.

      Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into those comments.

      The Turkish military has stepped up operations against the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is fighting for Kurdish self-rule. The army says it has killed more than 200 PKK militants in the latest fighting.

      The PKK is regarded as a “terrorist” organisation by Turkey, the US and EU.
      ‘Challenging the constitution’

      The HDP won 59 seats in Turkey’s 550-seat parliament in the 1 November elections. It came third, behind Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP).

      Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan said Mr Demirtas and other Kurdish leaders would be “taught a lesson” by the people and the law.

      He accused Mr Demirtas of challenging Article 14 of the constitution, which bans activities deemed to “violate the indivisible integrity of the state”.

      On Sunday Mr Demirtas backed a declaration by a Kurdish umbrella group – the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) – which called for “autonomous regions” and “self-governance bodies”…”

  7. USA – Democrats Introduce Measure to Condemn Criticism of Islam

    House Resolution 569 was introduced on December 17th by the Democrats and it’s dangerous. It’s self-described purpose is “condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.”

    There is no proof of a war against Muslims in this country. Racial hate and anti-semitism are far worse problems, but that won’t stop leftists from using it as an excuse to put in laws that damage or destroy the First Amendment.

    Democrats have been trying to ban hate speech and now plan to exploit Muslims to achieve their goals.

    The measure panders for votes from the Muslim community, a community of people who are conservative and don’t even belong with these leftists. It’s all a prelude to the death of the First Amendment.

    Resolutions of this nature have a tendency to be reintroduced later as binding legislation to be forwarded to the Senate. The introduction of this resolution is not yet newsworthy, but it will be if it emerges intact from committee to be voted on by the whole House says Edward Cline at the Rule of Reason.

    People behind the resolution include: Keith Ellison, a Democrat and Muslim from Minnesota; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat and chairman of the Democratic National Committee; Charles Rangel, New York Democrat; and Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida.

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently said that she would prosecute hate speech against Muslims though it’s obviously in violation of the First Amendment.[…]

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  8. Belgium arrests two over ‘New Year plot’ (BBC, Dec 29, 2015)

    “Belgian police have arrested two people suspected of planning attacks in Brussels during the festive season.

    Raids took place on Sunday and Monday in Brussels and the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Liege.

    Police seized military clothing and computer equipment in the raids, but no weapons or explosives.

    Belgium has been on high alert since the attacks of 13 November in Paris. Several of the perpetrators are thought to have been based in Belgium.

    However, the latest arrests are not linked to the Paris attacks, prosecutors say.

    One of those arrested is suspected of leading and recruiting for a terrorist cell.

    The suspects are accused of planning attacks against several “symbolic targets” in Brussels, as well as on the police, according to the Belgian broadcaster RTBF…”

  9. Turkish Football Federation fined for sacking gay referee (BBC, Dec 29, 2015)

    “An Istanbul court has ordered the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to pay compensation for sacking a referee on the grounds of his homosexuality.

    The TFF was fined 23,000 lira ($7,900; £5,300) for dismissing Halil Ibrahim Dincdag back in 2009.

    The federation claimed Mr Dincdag was “unfit” for military service and thus unable to work as a referee.

    Mr Dincdag said he would appeal against the amount, but called the ruling “a victory”.

    “Winning this lawsuit means a lot to me,” he said. “I hope this ruling will be a model for similar cases.”

    His lawyer had asked for 110,000 Turkish lira when the case was filed in 2011.

    Speaking to Reuters news agency at the time, the former referee said his right to work had been violated…”

  10. Ramadi: Abadi visits after capture from IS (BBC, Dec 29, 2015)

    “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is visiting Ramadi, a day after the city’s liberation from the Islamic State (IS) group.

    Mr Abadi, who flew in by helicopter, praised commanders and toured the badly damaged city. Earlier, he had vowed IS would be eliminated from Iraq in 2016.

    Mr Abadi said recapturing Iraq’s second city Mosul would be the “final blow”.

    Reports from Ramadi say the centre of the city appears calm, but sporadic clashes are reported in some areas.

    Engineering teams are clearing bombs from streets and buildings.

    The retaking of the city was welcomed by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who said IS had suffered a major blow…”

  11. Saudi Arabia stocks fall sharply on tax rises (BBC, Dec 29, 2015)

    “Saudi Arabia’s stock market has fallen sharply after it announced public spending cuts and rises in tax, fuel and energy prices in 2016.

    The country’s main stock index fell 3% in the opening 15 minutes of trade with petrochemical firms worst hit.

    Saudi Basic Industries, the biggest petrochemical producer, tumbled 8.3% while Saudi Kayan lost 4.8%.

    Saudi Arabia’s budget deficit soared to $98bn (£65.7bn) this year on the back of falling crude prices.

    In the first budget under King Salman, the kingdom said revenues reached 608bn riyals (£108.7bn; $162bn), down 15% on official expectations.

    Spending for the year hit 975bn riyals, some 13% more than forecast.

    To help make up the shortfall, the country’s finance ministry said it would cut subsidies for fuel.

    Petrol prices could in some cases increase by as much as 50%, authorities said, although they will remain low by international standards.

    Diesel, electricity and water prices will also increase.

    King Salman said the budget came “in light of the decrease in oil prices, the economic and regional and international financial challenges – where global economic growth has declined from its previous level – and the lack of stability in some of the neighbouring states.”…”

  12. Syrian Troops Advance in South and Center, Drive Back Rebels (abcnews, Dec 29, 2015)

    “Syrian forces have retaken a key southern military base after heavy fighting with rebels and an al-Qaida affiliate, and seized mountain villages after driving out Islamic State fighters, the government and opposition activists said Tuesday.

    The advances came after the army killed 17 fighters from Islamic rebel factions gathered at farmhouses in the southern Daraa province late Saturday, and also eliminated a powerful rebel leader on the outskirts of Damascus a day earlier.

    On Tuesday, government forces backed by allies captured the base of Brigade 82 in the town of Sheikh al-Maskeen, also in the Daraa area, which rebels had captured last January, the two sides said, adding that the troops also took control of the northern part of the town. The area is some 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the capital, Damascus…”

  13. European Border Guard Agency Sends Reinforcements to Greece (abcnews, Dec 29, 2015)

    “Europe’s border guard agency Frontex says it is deploying 293 officers and 15 vessels to the Greek islands in response to a request from Athens for assistance in managing an “unprecedented migratory pressure.”

    Frontex said Tuesday the deployment began the day before under a new operation called Poseidon Rapid Intervention. Greece has requested more assistance in surveying its borders that are part of the EU’s external borders, the Warsaw-based Frontex said.

    Thousands of asylum-seekers are arriving by boat on the Greek islands from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

    Frontex officers, interpreters and document experts will assist in identifying and fingerprinting the arriving migrants.

    Frontex said it aims to scale up the mission in Greece over time to 400 officers with vessels, vehicles and other technical equipment.”

  14. Officials: Pakistan Detains 13 Alleged IS Supporters (abcnews, Dec 29, 2015)

    “Pakistani counterterrorism forces have detained 13 local militants who were trying to set up an Islamic State affiliate, two officials said Tuesday.

    The men were captured this week during a raid on a home in the eastern Punjab province.

    The officials said authorities seized weapons and CDs from the detained men, who allegedly pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    “Our initial information is that some of the detained men are former members of the Pakistani Taliban,” one official said. The second official said arrests were made after communication intercepts. They refused to share any further details, saying the investigation was still at an early stage.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief reporters.

    They said 9 of the 13 men were brought before a court Tuesday, which allowed them to be held for up to 10 days for questioning.

    Local authorities insist the Syria and Iraq-based IS group has no footprint in Pakistan, which has long battled the Taliban and other homegrown militants.”

  15. Egypt Court Upholds Jail for Man Convicted of Defaming Islam (abcnews, Dec 29, 2015)

    “An Egyptian court has confirmed a prison term for a former TV host and a researcher in Islamic heritage found guilty of “defaming religious symbols, imams and senior scholars.”

    A court of appeals reduced Islam Behery’s prison term to one year from five on Monday night. Behery’s lawyer, Gamil Said, plans to challenge the verdict.

    Before his show was suspended in April, Behery argued that historic Islamic texts, some upheld and deemed sacred by Al-Azhar, the pre-eminent seat of Sunni Islamic scholarship, contain passages that promote extremism. He said such texts need to be reviewed and that in some cases, passages from historic texts need to be discarded.

    Behery’s comments, and his debates with mainstream Islamic scholars, sparked public outrage earlier this year.”

  16. Reports: Turkey Detains 3 IS Militants, Including Briton (abcnews, Dec 29, 2015)

    “Turkish media reports say authorities in Istanbul have arrested a Briton and two Pakistanis suspected of being members of the Islamic State group.

    Anadolu Agency said late Monday the Pakistanis were detained on Dec. 24 in a raid on a home in Istanbul. The information they provided led to the arrest of the Briton at a bus stop a day later.

    The agency said all three appeared in court and were ordered held until trial or deportation.

    Anadolu said the suspects are believed to have links to another Briton, Aine Leslie Davis, who was arrested in Istanbul last month. Authorities say Davis was an associate of Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John.”

    A Turkish official could not be reached on Tuesday for confirmation.”

  17. Qatari royal fleet rushes to Switzerland after former Emir breaks his leg on holiday

    Known as “the Father Emir” in Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is in Zurich undergoing physiotherapy treatment after an emergency landing

    Qatar’s former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has flown to Switzerland for emergency treatment after breaking his leg while on holiday.

    A government statement confirmed that the former ruler, known formally as the “Father Emir” in Qatar, had been flown to Switzerland for emergency treatment following the incident at the weekend.

    “On Saturday 26 December, His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani was flown to Zurich, Switzerland for emergency treatment after suffering a broken leg while on holiday,” read the government statement.

    “Following a successful operation, his Highness the Father Emir is currently in Zurich recovering and undergoing physiotherapy treatment.”

    The royal family were thought to be holidaying at a Moroccan resort in the Atlas mountains, although it is unclear how the sheikh broke his leg.

    ther guardian Qatari royals rush to Switzerland in nine planes after emir breaks leg

    A fleet of jets, including an Airbus, made emergency landings at Zurich-Kloten airport after Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani suffered a fracture

    Unidentified individuals travelling in as many as nine planes belonging to Qatar’s royal family made an emergency trip to Switzerland over the weekend for medical reasons, according to a Swiss official.

    A spokesman for Switzerland’s federal office of civil aviation confirmed local media reports that multiple aircraft made unscheduled landings at the Zurich-Kloten airport overnight from 25 to 26 December and that the planes were part of the Qatari royal fleet.

    He gave no details as to who was on board or who any of the potential patients may have been.

    “The emergency landing clearance was given by the Swiss air force,” he told AFP, explaining that the civil aviation office was closed during the hours in question.

    Qatari authorities later said that the country’s former ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, had been flown to Switzerland over the weekend for surgery after breaking a leg.

    The Qatari government’s communications office said early on Tuesday that Sheihk Hamad suffered “a broken leg while on holiday” and was flown to Zurich on Saturday to receive treatment.

    The office says the 63-year-old sheikh underwent a successful operation and was in Zurich “recovering and undergoing physiotherapy.”

    The government declined to say how or where Sheikh Hamad broke his leg but the royal family had reportedly been on holiday in Morocco at a resort in the Atlas mountains.

    Night landings and takeoffs are typically forbidden at Zurich-Kloten to avoid disturbing local residents.

    Swiss foreign ministry spokesman Georg Farago told AFP in an email that the federation was informed about the “stay of members of Qatar’s royal family in Switzerland”, without giving further details.

    According to Zurich’s Tages Anzeiger newspaper, the first Qatari plane, an Airbus, landed in Zurich from Marrakesh shortly after midnight on 26 December.

    A second flight landed at Zurich-Kloten at 5am (0400 GMT) on 26 December, with a third plane coming 15 minutes later, both having originated in Doha, the paper reported.

    According to Tages Anzeiger, the medical emergency in question was so significant that six more planes linked to the Qatari royal family and government landed in Zurich through the weekend.

    Sheikh Hamad is believed to have been in poor health for years. He ruled the oil-and-gas-rich Qatar from 1995 until handing over power to his son, Sheikh Tamim, in 2013.

  18. BELGIUM – Probe into Brussels lockdown orgy

    Police and soldiers said to have engaged in group sex while Belgian capital was in lockdown.

    Soldiers and police in Brussels held an orgy while their colleagues hunted for terror suspects, according to reports.

    Eight soldiers and two female police officers allegedly engaged in lewd acts at a police station in the neighborhood of Ganshoren, just north of Molenbeek, where officers were hunting for suspects in connection with the November 13 Paris attacks, Belgian media outlets La Dernière Heure and De Standaard reported Tuesday. Brussels was on lockdown at the time of the alleged incident.

    For two weeks in November, the Ganshoren station was transformed into a makeshift barracks for soldiers who were patroling the streets of the Belgian capital after the government raised the threat level to four — the highest level — on November 21. The threat level was lowered to three on November 26. During that time bars were told to close early, and restaurants, museums, shops, schools and the entire metro system were shut.

    Police spokesman Johan Berckmans told De Morgen that 15 to 20 soldiers had been staying at the police station during the two-week period and that an internal investigation had been launched into the allegations.

    The Belgian army has already faced criticism over the conduct of its soldiers during the anti-terror operation. An investigation was launched after a uniformed soldier was pictured with a shopping bag while on patrol in Brussels.

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  19. Saudi Arabia, Turkey to set up “strategic cooperation council” – Saudi FM

    Saudi Arabia and Turkey agreed on the need to set up a “strategic cooperation council” to stengthen military, economic and investment cooperation between the two countries, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday.

    “The meeting produced a desire to set up a high-level strategic cooperation council between the two countries,” Jubeir told a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart after talks in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, between Saudi King Abdullah and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

    He said the council will deal with security, military, economic, trade, energy and investment between the two countries

    Turkey and Saudi Arabia Strengthen Their Anti-Russian Alliance

    the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Saudi Arabia clearly conveys an anti-Russian and even an anti-Putin attitude.

    “In the world there are three countries, whose plans were ruined after we started the counter-terrorist operation in Syria. These are Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. One was making plans for establishing a new Ottoman Empire, the others — a regional caliphate. Russia launched an operation against the ISIL in Syria and to put it mildly, corrected these plans. A day ago, we bombed one of the main terrorists in Syria — Zahran Allyush who is backed by Saudi Arabia. Now, these spiders and “ghouls” will start negotiating to act against Russia. All these countries have been de facto supporting terrorists in Russia. In the 90’s, we fought against them in the Caucasus. Against Turkey, you are aware of it yourself — we are openly feuding against them”, said Satanovsky.

    “Creation of the so-called anti-terrorist alliance led by Saudi Arabia and with the participation of Turkey is clearly an anti-Russian one. However, the fact is that there is no union at all. There is a terrorist alliance between Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar. Moreover, it is working very well, and the results of this work can be perceived in Syria and Iraq. All that is being done by Turkey and Saudi Arabia has always been against Russia, in the past and at present”, said Satanovsky. The expert presumes that “Riyadh and Ankara may begin to coordinate their actions to activate the Caucasian underground movement in Russia and organize acts of terrorism.”

    • Turkey’s Erdogan meets king in Saudi Arabia for Syria talks

      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hours before he arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Syria’s president of “mercilessly” killing hundreds of thousands of people and criticized Russia for backing him.

      Erdogan was speaking to reporters before departing for Saudi Arabia, where he met King Salman for talks focused on the Syrian civil war and energy cooperation. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are strong backers of the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is supported by Russia and Iran.

      Erdogan said his government and Saudi Arabia are working “in solidarity and consultation” to find a political solution for Syria, as both countries push for an agreement that would remove Assad from power.

      The state-run Saudi Press Agency said Erdogan’s talks with Salman were attended by other senior Saudi royals and officials, including the kingdom’s crown prince, the deputy crown prince, and the ministers of finance, foreign affairs and information. Erdogan’s delegation to Saudi Arabia includes the country’s ministers of economy, energy and foreign affairs.

      The two sides were expected to discuss energy cooperation as Ankara works to diversify its supplies following a rift with Moscow over the downing of a Russian plane.

      The Saudi Press Agency confirmed the two leaders discussed the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, as well developments in war-torn Libya and Yemen, where Saudi forces are battling Shiite rebels.

      In comments apparently directed at Russia’s military intervention in Syria, Erdogan said: “You cannot go anywhere by supporting a regime that has mercilessly killed 400,000 innocent people with conventional and chemical weapons.”

      Russia began airstrikes in Syria on Sept. 30, saying it wanted to support the Syrian government and defeat Islamic State militants and other extremists. But many of the strikes have hit Western-backed rebel groups in areas where IS is not present, and Syrian activists say the Russian strikes have killed civilians.

      The U.N. says at least 250,000 people have been killed in the nearly five-year Syrian conflict, and some 12 million people displaced, triggering a massive refugee crisis. What began in 2011 as mainly peaceful protests inspired by the Arab Spring eventually spiraled into an armed conflict pitting rebels against the military, drawing in global powers as well as extremist groups like IS and al-Qaida.

      Though Kurdish fighters are among the strongest forces on the ground in Syria battling the IS group, Erdogan told reporters before arriving in Saudi Arabia that countries backing the Kurds are “adding fuel to fire.” Turkey considers the Kurdish forces in Syria terrorists because of their links to an outlawed Kurdish rebel group in Turkey.

      When Saudi Arabia hosted a meeting of major Syrian opposition groups this month, the main Kurdish militia known as the YPG and the largest Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party or PYD, were not invited.

      This is Erdogan’s third visit to Saudi Arabia this year. He flew to Riyadh in January to attend the late King Abdullah’s funeral and again in March for bilateral talks with King Salman. The two leaders also met at the G-20 summit held in Turkey last month.

      Saudi-Turkish ties were strained under Abdullah, who saw Turkey’s support of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group as a destabilizing threat to the region. Ties between the two countries have since improved under the new monarch Salman, who has worked closely with Sunni countries to stymie the reach of Saudi Arabia’s top regional foe, Shiite Iran.

      Turkey is a member of the 34-nation Islamic military alliance that Saudi Arabia announced this month.

      Turkey’s Erdogan arrives in Saudi Arabia for Syria talks

      This is Erdogan’s third trip to Saudi Arabia this year

      Riyadh: Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, where he met King Salman for talks focused on the Syrian civil war. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are strong backers of the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who in turn is supported by Russia and Iran.

      Erdogan said his government and Saudi Arabia are working “in solidarity and consultation” to find a political solution for Syria, as both countries push for an agreement that would remove Al Assad from power.

      This is Erdogan’s third visit to Saudi Arabia this year. He flew to Riyadh in January to attend the late King Abdullah’s funeral and again in March for bilateral talks with King Salman. The two leaders also met at the G-20 summit held in Turkey last month.

      Ties between the two countries have improved under the new monarch Salman, who has worked closely with Muslim countries to stymie the reach of Saudi Arabia’s top regional foe, Iran.

      Turkey is a member of the 34-nation Islamic military alliance that Saudi Arabia announced this month. The two sides are also expected to discuss energy cooperation as Ankara works to diversify its energy supplies following a rift with Moscow over the downing of a Russian plane.

  20. Found guilty for plotting UK shopping attack.

    Evidence showed Khan, who has a degree in English from the University of Greenwich, in southeast London, had been funding the bomb factory with her wages and by taking out payday loans.

    Mr Badenoch said their secret marriage showed the couple to be ‘deceitful’ and adept at leading a ‘double life’.

    ‘They wanted, this needy couple, to have a sense of purpose and they found one as you have seen,’ he said.

    ‘Given their fragile but purposeful and strong-minded character, given everything they have done, they were cast from religion, living in secrecy, isolated, and disaffected here in the West.

    ‘It isn’t such a surprise they were such fertile ground for violent Islamic extremism.’

    During their trial, neither of the couple gave evidence, but through their barristers accused each other of being the committed Islamic extremist.

    This follows a growing trend of Western-based Muslims living the debauched lifestyles of Moderate Socialists, seeking to regain their honor with family and Allah by killing kufar. This is Islam’s Redemption.

    So, they had done nothing wrong. Sweets should handed out and a fresh start for these victims with a name change so they are not stoned by relatives.

    My only brief surprise was Mrs Badenoch had a degree in English, that beautiful language enriched by the world’s greatest authors, and then quickly realised that from a UK university this was most likely absent of Dead White Heterosexual Christian Males.


  21. Egyptian court sends TV host Islam Behery to jail for one year over blasphemy

    After an appeals court reduced his sentence from 5 to 1 year in jail, Behery wrote ‘Egypt is a land of injustice’ on his Facebook page

    Egyptian authorities put TV host Islam Behery in prison late on Monday after a court reduced an earlier five-year sentence against him over charges of “contempt of religion” to one year in connection with the content of his now-suspended TV programme.

    Behery received the five-year sentence in May. He had been out on an LE50,000 bail.

    In June, he was acquitted in a separate case on similar charges.

    Following the announcement of his one-year jail verdict, he was handcuffed and transferred to the Tora Prison compound in South Cairo to serve his sentence.

    Behery, an Islamic researcher, stirred controversy by providing his understanding of Islamic doctrine and questioning the credibility of some the sources of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, a prime source of Islamic jurisprudence.

    “I was sentenced to a year in jail…Egypt is a land of injustice,” Behery wrote on his Facebook profile late on Monday.

    The verdict can still be appealed.

    Behery said in TV comments late on Monday that the sentence “violates and undermines the law.”

    “Many thanks to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his religious revolution…I am thankful for freedom of expression in Egypt,” Behery added, in a sarcastic tone, in reference to the president’s repetitive calls to fight extremism and extremist Islamic teachings.

    Behery has repeatedly argued that he only aims to contribute to the renewal of religious discourse in order to protect the soul of Islamic theology from dangers presented by ultra-conservative jihadist interpretations.

    The program, With Islam, which aired on the private Al-Kahera wal Nas satellite channel for over a year, was suspended late in April following widespread criticism and calls for its cancellation.

    Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the highest seat of Sunni Islam, had also demanded the show’s suspension saying it entailed a “fierce campaign” against the foundations of Islam and Islamic legacy.

    The show was suspended after the channel said that it “does not encourage debates or programmes that stir divisions among Muslims and lead to tensions and strife.”

  22. Lebanon seizes 5 tonnes of drugs at Beirut airport – security source

    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese customs seized five tonnes of Captagon amphetamine pills and hashish at Beirut airport on Tuesday, concealed in primary school desks that were to be shipped to Egypt, a security source said.

    Meanwhile, security forces in northern Lebanon found two workshops producing Captagon and other drugs during a series of raids, the source said.

    Both events came after a number of drug seizures at Beirut airport in recent months, including one that led to the arrest on charges of smuggling of a Saudi prince.

    Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said Tuesday’s operation at the airport was one of the biggest of its kind, and that the drugs could have been smuggled onto other countries after Egypt, without elaborating.

    “We will not allow Lebanon to be a transit point for drugs,” he said, quoted by Lebanon’s National News Agency.

    The NNA said that the quantity seized was three tonnes.

    There were no immediate reports of arrests.

  23. RT – ‘A game of cards’: Seymour Hersh nails Obama & Kerry’s take on Assad

    RT Correspondent Anya Parampil talks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh about his latest bombshell piece in the London Review of Books. The article, titled “Military to Military” alleges, based on sources within the military, that the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Intelligence Agency advised President Obama against an “Assad must go” policy back in 2013, fearing if Assad fell the country would plunge into utter chaos or into the hands of extremists. When the Obama Administration seemed to ignore the advice, according to Hersh’s sources the Joint Chiefs began sharing intelligence with Russia, Germany, and Israel with the understanding it would be sent to the Assad regime and aide its fight against ISIS and other extremists groups. In the interview, Hersh discusses the implications of his story, the US’s relationship with Turkey, and why the mainstream media is quick to attack him.

  24. The DAILY CALLER – US Mosque Linked To Muslim Brotherhood Has Received Millions In Federal Grants

    A Kansas City mosque owned by an Islamic umbrella organization with deep ties to the U.S. arm of the Muslim Brotherhood has received millions of dollars in federal grants over the past several years, according to a federal spending database.

    The Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City has received $2,739,891 from the Department of Agriculture since 2010, a Daily Caller analysis has found. The money largely went to the mosque’s Crescent Clinic to provide services through the Women, Infant and Children nutrition program, known as WIC.

    The most recent federal payment — in the amount of $327,436 — was handed out Oct. 1.

    Property records show the mosque is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), which acts as a financial holding company for Islamic organizations. It offers sharia-compliant financial products to Muslim investors, operates Islamic schools and owns more than 300 other mosques throughout the U.S.

    Founded in 1973 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Muslim Students Association, NAIT’s most controversial connection is to the 2007 and 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror financing cases. Along with other Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), NAIT was named a co-conspirator in the federal case but was not indicted.

    […]The Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City did not respond to an email from TheDC seeking comment about its relationship with NAIT and for more information about its federal grants.

    Several other Islamic organizations have received grants from the Department of Agriculture, the federal government’s spending database,, shows. One is Ar-Razzaq mosque in Durham, N.C., which received nearly $820,000 in grants from 2011 to 2014. It does not appear to be affiliated with NAIT.

    Fox News reported last year that NAIT itself has directly received $10,000 in farm subsidies since 1998 for all of the land that it owns. The subsidies were put on hold for several years following the organization’s involvement in the Holy Land Foundation case but resumed in 2011.

  25. REBEL MEDIA – 10 examples of the Koran being violent

    Gavin McInnes of talks to expert Robert Spencer about the 10 most violent verses in the Koran (and there are more than 10…)

  26. USA – Police Arrest Suspect in Northeast Philadelphia Propane Tank Thefts

    Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the thefts of several dozen industrial propane tanks from two locations in Northeast Philadelphia.

    Police say their investigation led them to a lot on the 2600 block of Wheatsheaf Lane where they found two vehicles as well as several tanks. One suspect in the thefts is currently in custody. Police have not yet released his identity however.

    Police say they have identified a second suspect in the thefts and are awaiting a search warrant.

    The theft of the tanks, which happened earlier this month, sparked a counter-terrorism probe.

    Police said 43 tanks were stolen December 16 and December 17 from Praxair at 2300 Church Street in Frankford and James Morrissey Inc. at 4720 Pennypack Street in the Holmesburg section of the city.

    The surveillance video of the theft shows a man loading tanks of various sizes into a dark-colored minivan.

    Twenty-four of the tanks are said to be the size and style used to fuel forklifts, sources said. Also taken were nine tanks that hold 100 pounds of fuel, four 50-pound tanks, four 33-pound tanks and two two-pound tanks, according to law-enforcement sources.

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