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  1. Labour councillor suspended after claims she called Hitler ‘the GREATEST MAN in history’ (express, Apr 10, 2016)

    “A LABOUR councillor has been suspended after claims she made a string of anti-Semitic tweets and called Hitler “the greatest man in history”.

    Aysegul Gurbuz’s disgusting comments saw her reportedly call for Iran to use nuclear weapons to “wipe Israel off the map”.

    The 20-year-old from Luton became the youngest councillor when she was elected last year.

    But Miss Gurbuz, a student at Warwick University, has now been suspended by the party after the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism uncovered the shocking tweets from 2011 to 2014.

    The shamed councillor has strongly denied ever writing the tweets and claimed her sister may have posted them….”

  2. Sick Al Qaeda terrorists face FIRING SQUAD after brutal assassination of journalist (express, Apr 10, 2016)

    “TWO jihadis of the Al Qaeda splinter terror group al-Shabaab have been executed by firing squad after the brutal assassination of a local journalist.

    In a strong act of high profile justice, the two members of the East African terror cell were tied to posts and gunned down after appealing their life sentences.

    But instead of reducing the sentence like the killers had hoped, the barbaric pair saw their punishment increased to execution.

    Abdulahi Hussein Mohamed, deputy judge of the supreme military court in Somalia said: “Both of them were found guilty of murdering journalist Hindiyo Haji Mohamed whose car was blown with explosive device.”

    They were led out to the be gunned down at Mogadishu police academy, with both jihadis’ heads covered by bags.

    But the blindfolds were removed before the punishment was laid down, forcing two terror assassins to stare down their imminent fates.

    Abdirisak Mohamed Barow and Hassan Nur Ali both admitted to being members of the sick terror group in court.

    The two were found guilty of assassinating national television journalist Hindiyo Haji Mohamed, who was killed last December at the hands of a car bomb as she travelled home from a university class….”

  3. Ex-jihadi says clerics are brainwashing young Muslims to build an Islamic state in BRITAIN (express, Apr 10, 2016)

    “RADICAL Muslim clerics are brainwashing impressionable youngsters with their extreme views in a bid to build an Islamic state in Britain.

    The chilling warning has come from a recruit to a feared terrorist organisation who explained how he was radicalised in the UK.

    As a teenager, Adam Deen joined Al Muhajiroun, which threatens jihad on the West, lured by the “idea that every Muslim should want an Islamic state”.

    He says the group, which has been linked to half of the terror attacks carried out or plotted in Britain, carefully tailored its message to have maximum impact on vulnerable youngsters.

    The reformed jihadi, who now runs the outreach programme at Quilliam Foundation, told “They made Islam seem relevant.

    “As a young Western Muslim, I was captivated.”

    Attempting to explain his decision to join the radical Islamist group, he said: “I was in my teens, I wanted to learn about my faith and this group intrigued me and sparked my curiosity.

    “They were young, I could relate to them and they spoke a language I could understand.

    “They spoke of Islam in a way that made it come alive, presenting an intellectual version that was worlds away from the abstract and distant concepts I had previously been subjected to.”

    The 7/7 attacks in London and the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby are among more than 20 planned terror attacks carried out by members of Al Muhajiroun in the UK.

    Security expert Raffaello Pantucci, who has written a book on the subject, said the group were not just “outcasts or losers” but serious gangsters “who are good at drawing people in and giving them these very aggressive ideas”.

    Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby in as he walked down the street in Woolwich, south-east London, in 2013, both attended events organised by Al Muhajiroun.

    At least one of the bombers who carried out the 2005 London bombings, which left 52 dead, had met with Omar Khyam, a terrorist at the heart of a fertiliser bomb plot who had connections to Al Muhajiroun.

    Al-Muhajiroun, which was founded by the Syrian-born cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad in1983, operated in the UK from 1986 until it was banned in 2005.

    The group relaunched several times under different names, including Islam4UK and Need4Khalafah, to circumvent the law.

    Mr Deed explained it wasn’t poverty that drove him or others like him to extremism, but a failure by the Muslim community to engage young believers in a tolerant, non-extremist reading of the Koran.

    He said: “The media and various academics have perpetuated the narrative that socio-economic conditions are the most prominent driver in association with an extremist ideology.

    “However, the predominant factor in radicalisation is the ideology – it is the ideas that move people. I didn’t come from a poverty-stricken background or a broken home.

    “I went to university, I didn’t feel angry and I was apolitical.

    “Yet, I was indoctrinated with a radical Islamist ideology and became impassioned with the idea of an Islamic state.

    “It was the intellectual side of Islam that made the radical ideology so appealing.

    “Al-Muhajiroun made it sound smart and intelligent. The point is, the extremists were doing something that no one else in the Muslim community was doing.

    “Their success is based on a dialect that made me and so many others like me feel part of something bigger than myself.

    “I was part of this global struggle and challenge to re-establish my true identity, which could be born through an Islamic state.””

    • This is happening in all nations and the left has indoctrinated the public so much that way too many refuse to believe in the danger. During the Cold War they succeed in make many believe that the communists weren’t working for world domination and now they are doing the same with the Moslems. The big difference is that the communists weren’t sending trained fighters into the west to run massive terror campaigns (except for the few small groups in the 1970s) while the Moslems are openly stating they plans and what they have done to achieve their goals.

  4. Migrants Stuck in Limbo in Serbia After Balkan Route Closure (abcnews, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Walking a winding path inside a thick oak forest at the border between Serbia and Croatia, Jiyan Ali cannot believe his misfortune: he barely made it to Europe across rough seas and rugged mountains, only to be abruptly halted just meters away from his dream destination — the European Union.

    The 20-year-old Kurd from Rojava, Syria, has been stuck on the Serbian side of the frontier together with some 200 of his fellow refugees since early March when Balkan countries suddenly shut their borders for migrants escaping wars and poverty in their home countries.

    Now there is no legal way for the group to move forward to the heart of Europe, or backward toward Greece or Turkey, and they are stuck living in a rundown former psychiatric hospital in a country that cannot offer them work or other opportunities they desperately seek….”

  5. Migrants Clash With Macedonian Police at Greek Border (abcnews, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Migrants clashed with Macedonian police Sunday after trying to scale the fence separating Greece from Macedonia in the border town of Idomeni.

    Macedonian police used tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to keep the migrants at bay and they responded by throwing rocks at the police. Greek media reported that plastic bullets were also used. Greek police were standing by, not interfering.

    Volunteer doctors were treating several migrants with respiratory problems, Achilleas Tzemos, deputy field coordinator of Doctors Without Borders told The Associated Press.

    The clashes began soon after some 500 of the more than 11,000 migrants stranded at a camp on the Greek side of the border responded to rumors the border was about to open by gathering close to the fence. A delegation of five migrants asked Macedonian police whether the border was about to open. When Macedonian police denied the rumors, spread by activists since Saturday, over a hundred migrants, including several children, tried to scale the fence.

    Macedonia and other Balkan countries to its north have shut their borders, closing what was the busiest migrant route to central Europe. The European Union has since put an end to the hopes of many migrants, saying it would only accept war refugees from Syria and Iraq as well as people from other countries who are considered in need of asylum.”

    • Greece: Clashes erupt as refugees try to break through Macedonian border

      Refugees clashed with Macedonian police near Idomeni, Sunday, after refugees tried to dismantle the border fence and cross into the Macedonia.

      Police fired teargas and stun grenades at the refugees, who responded by throwing rocks at officers. Dozens of injuries have been reported from the scene.

    • Greece: Dozens injured as police and refugees clash on Macedonian border

      Refugees clashed with Macedonian police near Idomeni, Sunday, after refugees tried to dismantle the border fence and cross into the Macedonia.

      Police fired teargas, rubber bullets, stun grenades and fired water cannons at the refugees, who responded by throwing rocks at officers. During the clashes Macedonian police repeatedly entered Greek territory to fire projectiles at the refugees. Dozens of injuries have been reported from the scene.

      SOT, Representative of the Macedonian border police (Macedonian): “You cannot go to any country north from Macedonian, including Macedonia. So, it is not only this border, any other border other than this -you cannot go.”

      SOT, Representative of Macedonian border police (Macedonian): “We are aware that you are fleeing from the violence but also you should cause violence here neither.”

      SOT, Refugee, representative of refugees in Idomeni (English): “But the problem is that we cannot control 10,000 people, and we are the same, we are just refugees like them. So, we hope there is a solution to that.”

    • It seems that German activists are responsible for the leaflets in Arabic calling for the attack on the Macedonian border
      Idomeni: Griechische Polizei sucht Deutsche, die für die Flugblätter verantwortlich sind

      Ein neues Flugblatt hatte zuvor die Sicherheitskräfte in der Grenzstadt Idomeni in Alarmbereitschaft versetzt. Die mehr als 11.000 Flüchtlinge und Migranten des Flüchtlingslagers wurden darauf in arabischer Sprache aufgefordert, sich am Sonntagmorgen um neun Uhr zu versammeln, um über die Grenze nach Mazedonien zu marschieren, wie der griechische Radiosender Athina 984 berichtete. Wer die Flugblätter verteilt und an Strommasten aufgehängt habe, sei nicht bekannt.

      Idomeni: Griechische Polizei sucht Deutsche, die für die Flugblätter verantwortlich sind

    • Greece condemns Macedonia tear gas and rubber bullets against migrants

      Dozens of migrants and refugees were wounded on Sunday when Macedonian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds on the Greek side of the border, aid workers said, an act Athens called “dangerous and deplorable”.[…]

      “Indiscriminate Force”

      In an unusually strong statement, George Kyritsis, a spokesman for migration coordinators in the Greek government, said the use of force was unacceptable.

      “The indiscriminate use of chemicals, rubber bullets and stun grenades against vulnerable populations, and particularly without reasons for such force, is a dangerous and deplorable act,” Kyritsis said.

      “We urge the authorities of FYROM to comprehend the potential risks the use of violence against refugees and migrants entails,” said Kyritsis, referring to the official name of the neighbouring country, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

      In addition to more than 30 treated for rubber bullet injuries, over 30 had open wounds and 200 had respiratory problems from tear gas exposure. “Among those with breathing difficulties were quite a few women and children,” he said. [oh yes ... widows and orphans ]

      Greek authorities have been trying to convince the people to move to reception camps, but migrants have been refusing to move.

    • DAILY MAIL – Battlefield Europe: Police fire tear gas at migrants desperate to storm razor wire barricade at Macedonian border

      Police fired tear gas at migrants as they tried to break through a border fence from Greece into Macedonia
      Incident took place near the Idomeni border crossing in Greece, where more than 11,200 people have been stranded
      Greek police said hundreds of migrants gathered near the border to demand the opening of the frontier
      260 migrants were badly injured in the clashes at the border, according to medical staff at the scene

      PICS –

        • Somebody has set up the script for this and the Moslems are following it to the letter. It won’t be long before the script calls for open violence and setting up small Islamic state enclaves. ISIS would then use the enclaves to spread out and try to control larger areas.

  6. Philippines Vows to ‘Destroy’ Militants Who Killed 18 Troops (abcnews, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Philippine military officials vowed Sunday to “destroy” the Abu Sayyaf extremist group with more offensives after fierce fighting over the weekend left 18 soldiers dead in the government’s largest single-day combat loss so far this year.

    Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and top military officials flew to the south to meet most of the 53 soldiers who were wounded in fighting with Abu Sayyaf militants that raged for nearly 10 hours Saturday in the hinterlands on Basilan island. At least five militants, including a Moroccan fighter, were killed, the military said.

    The large number of casualties were reported as the Philippines marked the Day of Valor Saturday to remember Filipino veterans who died in World War II.

    “After we grieve for our soldiers, we shall continue the fight,” Gazmin and the military said in a joint statement.

    Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano said the military aims to “finally destroy the Abu Sayyaf, especially now that we have found the exact location of the group.”

    A major offensive on Saturday targeted Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon, who has publicly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and has been hunted for years for his alleged role in several terrorist attacks, military officials said.

    Washington has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to Hapilon’s capture and prosecution.

    The Abu Sayyaf militants, however, managed to reinforce their ranks as the fighting dragged. While scouring a rebel area, the troops were met by heavy weapons fire and hit by explosions that may have been caused by bombs, Ano told reporters.

    Among the slain militants was a Moroccan identified as Mohammad Khattab and a son of Hapilon, Tan said, adding that about 20 other gunmen were wounded.

    Khattab, a bomb-making expert, had been in the Philippines for about three years and was trying to link up the Abu Sayyaf with Middle Eastern terrorist organizations possibly including the Islamic State group, Ano said.

    While the Abu Sayyaf has been considerably weakened by more than a decade of U.S.-backed Philippine offensives, the large number of military casualties Saturday underscores the militants’ resiliency and the complexity of addressing the decades-long security problems in the south, homeland of minority Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines…”

  7. Thousands of protesters storm Downing Street calling on David Cameron to quit amid Panama Papers row

    Thousands of protesters storm Downing Street calling on David Cameron to quit amid Panama Papers row

    It came as Mr Cameron admitted he should have handled the row over his tax affairs “better” and told activists at the party’s local election launch that he “will learn the lessons” of the past week.

  8. Spain police find hidden weapons cache, Islamic State flag

    MADRID (Reuters) – Police said on Saturday they had discovered a hidden weapons cache and a home-made Islamic State flag in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, and are investigating a possible connection to Islamist militants.

    The cache of four pistols, including an air gun modified to shoot live ammunition, two Scorpion sub-machine guns, ammunition and variety of knives, was found in perfect condition and buried on wasteland on Thursday, Spain’s Interior Ministry said.

    Spanish police have detained 15 people with suspected links to Islamic State militants so far this year and 102 people on the same charges last year after police stepped up security measures following attacks in Paris.

    Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s other north African enclave, have been a focus of Spanish anti-militant investigations.

  9. Syrian PM says Russia to back new Aleppo attack; opposition says truce near collapse

    BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian air force and Syrian military are preparing a joint operation to take Aleppo from rebels, the Syrian prime minister was quoted saying on Sunday, and an opposition official said a ceasefire was on the verge of collapse.

    With a U.N. envoy due in Damascus in a bid to advance struggling diplomatic efforts, the “cessation of hostilities agreement” brokered by Russia and the United States came under new strain as government and rebel forces fought near Aleppo.

    The ceasefire came into effect in February with the aim of paving the way for a resumption of talks to end the five-year-long war. But it has been widely violated, with each side blaming the other for breaches. The fighting south of Aleppo marks the most significant challenge yet to the deal.

    Diplomacy has meanwhile made little progress with no compromise over the future of President Bashar al-Assad, his position strengthened by Iranian and Russian military support.

    A top Iranian official, in comments to Iran TV, rejected what he described as a U.S. request for Tehran’s help to make Assad leave power, saying he should serve out his term and be allowed to run in a presidential election “as any Syrian”.

    Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaki told a delegation of visiting Russian lawmakers of preparations to “liberate” Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city and commercial hub before the conflict that erupted in 2011. Aleppo is divided into areas controlled separately by the government and opposition.

  10. German spy chief says Islamic State wants to attack but no specific plot known

    BERLIN (Reuters) – Islamic State wants to carry out attacks in Germany and the security situation is “very serious”, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) told a Sunday newspaper, adding that he knew of no concrete plot to strike.

    The militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West after the Brussels bombings and Paris attacks, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets.

    Hans-Georg Maassen told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag the group wanted to carry out attacks against Germany and German interests, but added: “At the moment we don’t have any knowledge of any concrete terrorist attack plans in Germany.”

    He said Islamic State propaganda was aimed at encouraging supporters to take the initiative to stage attacks in Germany.

    Maassen said there were several cases linking Germans returning from Syria to attack plans and warned that the danger posed by jihadists from Germany remained “virulent”.

    The newspaper cited a response from the German government to an inquiry from the opposition Greens as saying arrest warrants had been issued for 76 suspected Islamists believed to be prepared to use violence.

    Of the more than 800 people security authorities know have travelled to Syria and northern Iraq from Germany in recent years, around 130 have died, it said.

  11. U.S. defense secretary visits India on mission to draw militaries closer

    GOA, India (Reuters) – U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter began a three-day visit to India on Sunday, seeking to advance a relatively new defense relationship with a country Washington sees as a counterweight to the growing power of China.

    In a sign of the importance Carter places on improving defense ties with India, the visit is his second in less than a year, and it kicks off in Goa, the west coast home state of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

    For India, closer U.S. defense ties would bring greater access to American technology, and it too has been alarmed by China’s naval forays in the Indian Ocean. But India has been historically wary of drawing too near to any one country.

    “India’s very reluctant to be seen as too close to the United States, but the Pentagon is very bullish on this relationship,” said Shane Mason, a research associate at the Stimson Center in Washington.

    It is also a favored initiative of Carter, who established a special cell within the Pentagon last year to promote cooperation with India.

    “There’s no question about where the United States-India relationship is going,” Carter said on Friday, at a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. “We can control and influence the pace, and I want to do that.”

    The U.S. military has made clear it would like to do more with India, especially in countering China’s moves.

    • As is reported in the article India has been very careful to avoid getting too close to any one nation, during the Cold War they were as close to neutral as any nation can achieve. Now they are facing a resurgent and aggressive China who is looking to take territory for mineral resources and places to get their restless men women. This places India in a difficult position, they want to have powerful friends without having anyone major power having enough influence to semi dictate to them. Under ordinary times they could play Russia against the US to get help but maintain their independence, now that is difficult. Putin is moving to expand Russian influence and probably territory in the middle east. And Obama has been destroying the US military and has proven that when the Democrats are in power the US allies will be stabbed in the back.

      This leaves an alliance with South Korea Japan, Nam, Malaysia and the Philippines while praying that there is a major shift in power in the US. The problem with the latter is that it is looking like the organic animal byproduct is going to hit the air circulatory system before the election and the change in administration

      We are sailing a leaky boat in uncharted waters in the middle of a hurricane. .

  12. Poland: Thousands of nationalists march against refugees in Warsaw

    The protesters burnt a mock Islamist flag, while chanting slogans such as “Poland for Polish people,” “Belgium is crying, France is crying, this is the end of tolerance,” as they marched through the Polish capital.

    SOT, Robert Bakiewicz, protest organiser (Polish): “As a state we must say that we will not accept any migrants because we can see
    the resulting consequences. Neither the Polish state, nor any other state in Europe is currently able to guarantee the safety of its own citizens.”

    SOT, Krzysztof Kobylas, protest organiser (Polish): “The Polish government currently says ‘no’ to immigrants, that it does not agree with the amount of migrants sent by the European Union. However, we prefer to check, we prefer to control it. We want them to feel the power of our breath on their back, to feel our breath in their neck.”

  13. Obama defends Clinton over emails

    US President Barack Obama says Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton never jeopardised national security in the handling of her emails as his secretary of state.

    Obama, in an interview broadcast on Fox News Sunday, said Clinton had recognised a carelessness on the email issue in which she used a private server for Government business.

    “But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective,” Obama said.

    “This is somebody who has served her country for four years as secretary of state, and did an outstanding job.”

    Obama on Hillary Emails: ‘She Has Not Jeopardized America’s National Security’

    President Obama finally appeared on Fox News Sunday for the first time as president today and kicked off his interview with Chris Wallace by tearing into the Senate GOP’s obstruction on his Supreme Court nominee.

    The president seemed somewhat encouraged by how some of those Republicans are meeting with Merrick Garland already.

    When Wallace pointed out that there’s a “fair amount of hypocrisy here,” given Obama’s own push to filibuster Samuel Alito ten years ago, the president acknowledged that both parties have turned the confirmation process into a tit-for-tat. He did add that no Republican president’s nominee has ever not received a hearing.

    He said if the GOP’s precedents hold, then “it is almost impossible to expect that the Democrats… wouldn’t say the exact same thing.”

    • Obama Comments on FBI Investigation in Clinton Email Scandal Discussed

      This week the Fox News Sunday Panel comprised of Karl Rove, Anne Gearan, George Will, and Bob Woodward, react to Obama’s interview with Wallace

  14. Top Saudi Cleric Reiterates Support for Ban on Women Driving (abcnews, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric has reiterated his support for the kingdom’s ban on women driving, arguing it is “a dangerous matter that exposes women to evil.”

    The kingdom adheres to an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam and is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licenses.

    Women’s rights activists have faced detention for trying to defy the ban.

    Speaking on the religious satellite channel al-Majd, Mufti Sheikh Abulaziz Al Sheikh said men with “weak spirits” who are “obsessed with women” could cause female drivers harm and that family members would not know the whereabouts of women. His comments were published Sunday on the state-linked Sabq news website.”

  15. Islamic State Launches Syria Offensive, Captures 2 Villages (abcnews, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has launched a major offensive along the Turkish border, seizing two villages near a border town captured by Western-backed rebels two days ago.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on activists inside the country, says IS militants seized Sheikh Reeh and al-Bal on Sunday.

    The activist-run Azaz Media Center, based in a northern town of the same name, says the extremists exploded seven bombs around Marea and other villages and towns, calling it the fiercest IS offensive in a year.

    The IS-linked Aamaq News Agency claims the capture of the two villages and says a suicide operation targeted rebel fighters in opposition-held Kafr Shousha.

    The Western-backed Free Syrian Army captured the border town of al-Rai from IS on Friday.”

  16. Islamic State Expands to East Africa With New Allegiance Pledge
    A new group calling itself Jabha East Africa in Somalia pledged allegiance to ISIS and called on other Somali jihadi groups to do the

    A new terrorist group in Somalia has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State styling itself “Jabha East Africa” (The East-African Front).

    In a statement the group recognized the Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the “rightful Khalifa (leader) of all Muslims.”

    “We in Jahba East Africa are advising all East Africans to leave al-Shabaab and their sponsor groups, like Al-Muhajiroun, Al-Hijra and Ansar Islam,” the statement said.

    “Like Al-Shabaab the sponsor groups have not understood the binding obligation of the Khalifah (caliphate).

    “We are telling the mujahideen in East Africa that al-Shabaab has now become a psychological and physical prison.

    “To pledge bayah to Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is freedom for the mujahideen in East Africa and opportunity to wage jihad according to the Sunnah against the enemies of Allah.”

    Despite rumors circulating that Somalia’s primary jihadist group Al-Shabaab was considering pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, the group has not yet done so. The Islamic State has accepted pledges of allegiance from terrorist groups around the world. The most notorious of the Islamic State’s vassals is Boko Haram, now styling itself the Islamic State in West Africa. Boko Haram reportedly has a higher body count than the Islamic State’s main army in Syria and Iraq.

  17. Germany: Resident arrested after refugee centre arson attack

    Fire consumed a residential refugee centre in Winsen on Sunday, following a suspected arson attack by one of the centre’s residents.

    Police arrested a 17-year-old asylum seeker in connection with the fire, after he was allegedly seen by the centre’s caretaker starting the blaze.

    • Winsen (Luhe) – 17-jähriger Asylant legt Feuer: Flüchtlingsunterkunft an der Eckermannstraße ausgebrannt

      […]Der 17-jährige Afghane wurde vorläufig festgenommen und in das Polizegewahrsam eingeliefert[…]

      Der Spiegel – Winsen an der Luhe: Feuer in Flüchtlingsunterkunft gelegt – Bewohner festgenommen

      Brandstifter aus Rheinland-Pfalz gesteht Tat

      Bei der Brandstiftung eines auch als Flüchtlingsunterkunft genutzten Hauses im rheinland-pfälzischen Bingen hat ein festgenommener Mann aus Syrien jetzt die Tat gestanden. Bei dem Brand des Gebäudes waren in der Nacht zum Donnerstag vier Bewohner und zwei Feuerwehrleute verletzt worden.

    • In Bingen und Winsen: Flüchtlinge zünden Flüchtlingsheime an

      In Bingen wird ein Flüchtlingsheim mit Hakenkreuzen beschmiert und in Brand gesteckt. Über die mögliche Tätergruppe gibt es zunächst keinen Zweifel. Doch nun gesteht ein syrischer Bewohner die Tat. Ähnliches ereignet sich in Niedersachsen.

      Nach der Brandstiftung in einem auch als Flüchtlingsunterkunft genutzten Haus in Bingen hat ein festgenommener Mann aus Syrien die Tat gestanden. Als Motiv habe der 26-Jährige die beengten Wohnverhältnisse in der Unterkunft sowie eine fehlende Zukunftsperspektive angegeben, teilten Polizei und Staatsanwaltschaft am Sonntag in Mainz mit. Das Amtsgericht erließ Haftbefehl wegen schwerer Brandstiftung. Der Mann wurde ins Gefängnis gebracht. Bei dem Brand des Gebäudes waren in der Nacht zum Donnerstag vier Bewohner und zwei Feuerwehrleute verletzt worden. In dem Mehrfamilienhaus wohnten neben Deutschen und Saisonarbeitern auch Flüchtlinge.

      Die Mainzer Kriminalpolizei hatte den Syrer am Samstagabend festgenommen. Von Bewohnern waren Hinweise gekommen, dass der Mann für die Brandstiftung und die Hakenkreuz-Schmierereien an dem Haus verantwortlich sei. Der Syrer stritt die Tat zunächst ab, gestand sie dann aber. Er hatte seinen Angaben zufolge den Brand allein im Keller gelegt. Auch die Hakenkreuze seien von ihm angebracht worden, um von der Tat abzulenken. Nach Polizeiangaben wohnte der Syrer etwa seit einem halben Jahr in der Unterkunft.

      Im niedersächsischen Winsen brannte am Sonntag ebenfalls eine als Flüchtlingsunterkunft genutzte ehemalige Turnhalle. Auch hier hat vermutlich ein 17 Jahre alter Bewohner selbst den Brand im Schlafraum des Gebäudes gelegt, teilte die Polizei mit. Die Beamten nahmen den Jugendlichen fest. Schon kurz nach dem Ausbruch des Feuers war der Hausmeister aufmerksam geworden und versuchte den Brand zu löschen. Die Flammen griffen aber schnell auf das ganze Haus über. Die 25 in der Unterkunft untergebrachten Jugendlichen blieben unverletzt. Die Löscharbeiten dauerten zunächst an, es gab eine starke Rauchentwicklung.

  18. Excerpt from a new book on the origins of modern jihad in today’s Wash Free Beacon. Nice summation, I’d read the whole thing if it were free.

    1979: Annus Horribilis—Modern Jihad Goes Global
    Book excerpt: Sebastian Gorka, ‘Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War’
    Three momentous events mark 1979 as the year in which modern jihad, having evolved over the course of the century, emerged as a global movement: the establishment of a theocratic regime in Iran, the siege of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. While the conditions for an Islamist explosion had existed for a long time, these events were the spark.

  19. 17 Muslim men in Apple Valley desert, California, detained after firing guns at campers. They were then released.

    17 Middle Eastern men detained in CA desert after firing shots at campers:

    Police scanner report of Islamic men in Apple Valley desert of CA 3/29/16 , later released.

    Report from SuperStation 95 which includes sheriff’s report that appears to imply FBI collusion. All men were released after being detained.

    Last tip: Another report from SuperStation 95 that includes sheriff’s report. Thanks for investigatin.

  20. Sweden: Officer almost hit by getaway car of Arab school arson attack in Malmo

    A police officer was reportedly almost run over at the site of an alleged arson attack at the Al-Salamah Arab school in the Jagersro area of Malmo, Saturday, as he tried to stop a suspect’s car from leaving the site shortly after the fire broke out.

    A police patrol is said to have been passing nearby just as a suspect’s car was leaving the site, shortly after the fire started. One of the officers aboard the patrol stepped out of the vehicle and reportedly attempted to stop the car by firing shots in its direction. The getaway car then allegedly tried to run the officer down before driving off. No injuries were sustained in the incident.

    Skane county police spokesperson Mia Sandgren stated that an investigation was launched to establish the motives and identities of the perpetrators, who are still at large.

  21. Greece: Police prevent far-right protesters from attacking refugees at Piraeus port

    A group of far-right activists, most linked with the anti-refugee LEPEN group, clashed with Greek police next to the port of Piraeus, Sunday. The protesters were attempting to enter the port to reach the refugees.

  22. USA – Director Brennan: CIA Won’t Waterboard Again — Even if Ordered by Future President

    CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh “enhanced interrogation” practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president.

    “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,” Brennan said.

    Two of the remaining Republican candidates for president have said that they are open to use of the technique, which was banned in 2009.

    Donald Trump has gone as far as saying said he’d definitely bring back waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse” to extract information from potential terrorists.

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has said he does not consider waterboarding to be torture under the strict definition of the law. He said he would “not bring it back in any sort of widespread use” by rank and file soldiers and agents, but as commander-in-chief he would “use whatever enhanced interrogation methods to keep this country safe.”

    ( link : Trump Needs His ‘Own Damn Bucket’ to Waterboard, Ex-CIA Chief Says )

    The CIA used waterboarding and other techniques on terrorist suspects after the 9/11 attacks. But, in January 2009, President Obama banned the practices in his first few days in office with an executive order.

    When asked specifically about waterboarding Brennan could not have been clearer.

    “Absolutely, I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again,” he said.

    More of the NBC NEWS exclusive interview with CIA Director John Brennan will be broadcast on NBC Nightly News Monday

    • Bull, this is the far left saying that nothing will ever change from the situation they created. It will take rehiring people that Obama and his ilk forced out but we will return to fighting the war so we can win.

  23. Syria war: IS group killed 21 Christians in al-Qaryatain, says patriarch (BBC, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Reports are emerging of the killing of Syrian Christians by Islamic State militants in the town of al-Qaryatain.

    The town was retaken by Russian-backed Syrian forces and their allies earlier in the week.

    Some 21 Christians were murdered when almost 300 Christians remained in the city after IS captured it last August, said the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

    They included three women, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II told the BBC…”

  24. Turkey asks Germany to prosecute comedian for insulting Erdogan (DW, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Turkey has requested Germany criminally prosecute a comedian for insulting Turkish President Erdogan. Prosecutors are already looking into the case.

    Turkey’s ambassador in Berlin on Sunday sent a diplomatic note to the Foreign Ministry requesting Germany criminally prosecute comedian Jan Böhmermann for reading a poem insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Böhmermann, an award winning comedian and host of late-night talk show Neo Magazin Royale, added gas to a diplomatic spat between Germany and Turkey over free speech with his March 31 show on public television.

    On the broadcast, Böhmermann, seated before the Turkish flag and a portrait of Erdogan, accused the president of, among other things, sex with goats and sheep. Böhmermann also charged that Erdogan loves to “repress minorities, kick Kurds and beat Christians while watching child porn.”

    Böhmermann aired the poem after Turkish officials called in Germany’s ambassador to protest a satirical song aired on NDR, another public broadcaster, that had lampooned Erdogan in much tamer language. That two-minute clip, “Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan,” took aim at the president for his alleged spending excesses and his government’s crackdown on civil liberties.

    While the German government defended freedom of expression in the case of the satirical song, Angela Merkel criticized Böhmermann poem as “deliberately offensive” and discussed the matter with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

    After officials removed Böhmermann’s clip from the air and internet, the comedian said he and his employer had “demonstrated the limits of satire in Germany – finally!” Although the clip can still be found through Google, ZDF has combed YouTube to remove links.

    German prosecutors have started an investigation into whether to start criminal proceedings against Böhmermann under laws that criminalizes insulting foreign institutions and representatives.

    Such an investigation could only be launched if Erdogan requests it and German authorities find enough evidence to pursue prosecution….”

  25. Afghan MP Hanafi under fire for controversial interview about rape (khaama, Apr 10, 2016)

    “A video purportedly showing parts of an interview with the Afghan MP and Cleric Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi has put him under fire as the video has rapidly gone viral on the internet.

    The video shows a female foreign reporter asking questions from Qazi Hanafi regarding violence against women.

    The reporter apparently faces a harsh response from Hanafi as she asks ‘What if a husband rapes his wife? Is that domestic abuse? Should the man be punished or should the woman be punished?’

    In response, Hanafi asks the reporter to clarify rape and the reporter responds saying ‘If he forces sex upon his wife’.

    The remarks apparently infuriates Hanafi as he responds saying ‘There is a kind of rape you have and another kind we have in Islam.”

    Hanafi harshly asks the reporter to stop and continues to his remarks saying ‘Maybe I should give you to an Afghan man to take your nose off’.

    However, Hanafi has rejected that he has harshly behaved with the reporter and told Radio Free Europe in an interview that the video could have been manipulated.”

  26. 25 killed in separate drone strikes in South of Afghanistan (khaama, Apr 10, 2016)

    “At least 25 suspected militants and drug smugglers were reported killed in separate drone strikes in South of Afghanistan, local officials said Sunday.

    Provincial police spokesman for southern Kandahar province Zia Durani said the airstrikes were carried out by coalition forces two nights ago in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

    Durani further added that the suspected militants and drug smugglers were targeted in Maiwand district of Kandahaar and in the bordering regions of Helmand with Kandahar province.

    He said the suspected militants and drug smugglers were travelling in three different vehicles when they were targeted by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)…”

  27. 26 militants, 11 soldiers killed in latest wave of violence (khaama, Apr 10, 2016)

    “At least 26 militants were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the past 24 hours.

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 8 militants were also wounded during the same operations conducted in Khost, Takhar, and Kapisa provinces.

    A statement by MoD said at least 11 of the militants were killed in Alisher district of Khost province and 4 others were killed in Darqad district of Takhar province.

    The statement further added that 3 militants were killed during a separate operation in Kohband and Nejrab districts of Kapisa province.

    According to MoD, at least 11 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) lost their lives during the same operations.

    “The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan,” the statement by MoD said, adding that 11 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.

    The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.”

  28. ‘Worst mistake as president’: Obama admits he had no plan after Libya regime change (RT, Apr 10, 2016)

    “Failing to plan for the aftermath of the US-led military intervention in Libya was President Barack Obama’s worst mistake during the eight years in the White House, Obama himself confessed to US media.

    When asked in a quick Q&A preview for an interview with Fox News Sunday what his “worst mistake” as a president had been, the US leader answered: “Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya.”…”

  29. Many Iraqis Believe US Promotes Terrorism, Says US Report (sputniknews, Apr 10, 2016)

    “A new report released by the State Department reveals a chunk of Iraqis don’t share very favorable views of the US, nor the multinational coalition it’s leading against the Islamic State. Some even go as far as to accuse the US of engaging in “terrorism.”

    About a third of Iraqis say the US promotes terrorism “in general” while the black-clad, head chopping militants of Daesh — also “ISIS” or “ISIL” do so “specifically.” The statistics come from a recent report released by the State Department Inspector General…”

  30. Daesh Earned $200 Mln Selling Artifacts From Palmyra (sputniknews, Apr 11, 2016)

    “Militants from the Daesh terrorist group have made around $200 million from selling unique Palmyra relics.

    Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) extremists didn’t just demolish the World Heritage site, the city of Palmyra that they seized last year, they had been successfully trading the city’s unique relics while in control of the territory.

    The terrorist group has garnered around $200 million, Fox News reported citing Russian investigators…”

  31. DAILY MAIL – Brussels terror suspect who was shot by police at tram stop had rucksack containing animal testicles and faeces, prompting fears ISIS is planning crude biological attack on food supplies

    Fears of a primitive biological attack from ISIS have intensified in Brussels
    Rotting animal testicles and faeces found in bag of Belgian terror suspect
    Such material can be used to poison food supplies or spread fatal disease
    Found in district of Schaerbeek, where the Brussels attacks were planned


  32. Vlad & his Komandos .. just incredible !! The volume of this blog
    is daunting. Man O’ Man . listen to Vlads voice every tuesday
    on blog talk radio. Tim Burton & Kel Fritzy . You will delight at the sounds
    comming from Vlads voice.

    One more thing. Tommy Robinson has nothing to be a-shamed about, nothing
    to “bury”. as Tommy is one of the bravest, most exciting people I’ve ever seen ..
    Kevin too. Payin’ attention (after) the EDLs notorious ‘Balaclava & Barrel Burning’ vid.. EDL marching over the Tower Bridge (very powerful) and the infamous Rabbi T Robinson .. ESQ & the ‘Great London Bus Escape’. No apologies Tommy, as these were some of the most exciting days of our lives.

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