Friday, May 22, 2015

When Muslims Assassinate




When Muslims assassinate Kafirs who offend Islam, they are following Mohammed’s perfect example. Any Muslim is permitted to carry out the death sentence, vigilante justice. This is why there was an attempted assassination at Pam Geller’s Garland, TX event. 

But what is the perfect Sunna on assassinations? There are five examples of Mohammed ordering people to be murdered because of what they said about him. There was a Jewish poet, an Arab poetess, dancing girls who sang satirical songs, a tribal chief who was planning to fight Mohammed and another Jew who offended Mohammed. 

So the next time a Kafir who offends Islam is killed, it is because of Mohammed’s standing orders.

Obama’s Policies to Empower ISIS Exposed

Obama’s Policies to Empower ISIS Exposed

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Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

For months, many Western observers have been closely following the minute-by-minute developments concerning the battle between Islamic State and coalition forces in the hopes that such data will help them discern what the future may hold.

Yet knowledge of the end game has been available for anyone viewing the Obama administration with the eyes of a hedgehog, not a fox.

In an article published over seven months ago, I anticipated the main developments to have taken place since U.S. President Obama declared war (i.e., “airstrikes”) on the Islamic State in September, 2014.  Titled “Does Obama Need ‘Time to Defeat or Forget ISIS?”  I made the following predictions, all of which have come true, and in the same sequence:
Obama’s “it will take time” [to defeat IS] assertion prompts the following prediction: U.S. airstrikes on IS targets will continue to be just enough to pacify those calling for action against the caliphate (“we’re doing what we can”).  The official [U.S. government’s] narrative will be that the Islamic State is gradually being weakened, that victory is a matter of time (remember, “It will take time”)….
[W]e will hear about the occasional victory against IS—this or that leader killed or captured…
Then, just as they “suddenly” appeared in Iraq, we will “suddenly” again hear—probably first from IS itself—that the Islamic State has made some major comeback, winning over some new piece of territory, as the caliphate continues to grow and get stronger.
Now consider how the Obama administration’s actions have fulfilled these predictions, and often in the same sequence.
The official [U.S. government’s] narrative will be that the Islamic State is gradually being weakened, that victory is a matter of time… 
Last February, key Obama administration figures—including Secretary of State John Kerry and retired General John Allen, the president’s special coordinator for the coalition against the Islamic State—triumphantly asserted that, thanks to U.S. airstrikes, “half the group’s [IS] leaders in Iraq had been killed.”

Not long thereafter an investigative report demonstrated that such claims were utterly false and hardly representative of reality.
[W]e will hear about the occasional victory against IS… 
In April, the Pentagon announced that, thanks to U.S. airstrikes and the Iraqi army, “ISIL [Islamic State] is no longer the dominant force in roughly 25 to 30% of the populated areas of Iraqi territory where it once had complete freedom of movement.”  The Pentagon even released a map showing which territories the Islamic State had lost.

Soon, however, it became evident that the Pentagon’s claim and map were misleading and incomplete.  Among other irregularities, the map, while showing territories that IS once held and territories it had since lost, failed to indicate the new territories IS had gained since the coalition effort began—making the 25%-30% claim totally misleading.
[W]e will hear about … this or that leader killed or captured…
Nor was Obama administration grandstanding concerning the killing of “key” ISIS figures wanting.  Most recently, on May 16, U.S. special forces managed to kill Abu Sayyaf.  Although only a mid-ranking leader, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said his killing “represents another significant blow to Isis.” (Read here for an idea of how many times U.S. officials have made the “significant blow” assertion whenever this or that jihadi dies, only for the jihad to spread and conquer more lands.)
Even the New York Times observed that  “Abu Sayyaf is a midlevel leader in the organization — one terrorism analyst compared him to Al Capone’s accountant — and likely is replaceable in fairly short order.”
Then, just as they “suddenly” appeared in Iraq, we will “suddenly” again hear—probably first from IS itself—that the Islamic State has made some major comeback, winning over some new piece of territory, as the caliphate continues to grow and get stronger.
Finally, after the Obama administration had claimed that it had killed half of IS leadership, that it had pushed IS out of 25%-30% previously held territory, that its killing of an IS midlevel leader was a “significant blow”—right on cue, the Islamic State just announced its takeover of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, one of Iraq’s most strategic provinces.  According to a May 17 Reuters report:
Islamic State militants said they had taken full control of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer.
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It was the biggest victory for Islamic State in Iraq since security forces and Shi’ite paramilitary groups began pushing the militants back last year, aided by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition.
The U.S. Defense Department, while not confirming the fall of Ramadi, sought to play down the impact on the broader Iraq military campaign of an Islamic State seizure of the city.
To fully appreciate the significance of this latest conquest by the Islamic State, consider the words of Anbar governor Ahmed al-Dulaimi spoken back in November 2014: “If we lose Anbar, that means we will lose Iraq.”

Of course, none of these developments are surprising for those among us who were able to take a step back—to transcend the distracting noise and nonsense daily grinded out by mainstream media—and look at the big picture.

For those able to read the plain writing on the wall, the end game of Obama and IS was always easy to discern.


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Islam lies in wait for Europe

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Islam lies in wait for Europe

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=12655


The demographic trends are clear: Europe is committing suicide. The fertility rate to maintain a country's population, known as the replacement rate, is generally considered to be 2.1 births per woman. The average fertility rate in Europe is 1.6. In Germany and Italy, it is 1.4. To increase its population, Europe has let in immigrants, to the point that they comprise some 10 percent of the population in Spain, the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. In Austria, their proportion is 15 percent.

A significant number of those immigrants are Muslim. They hail from the lower rungs of society in their countries of origin and decided to leave in search of a life of comfort in the West.

But the influx of millions of immigrants from Asia and Africa is more than just about their socio-economic plight. Islamic thinkers have tried to capitalize on this wave. Although these thinkers are still lying in wait, they hope they can eventually use the immigrants as a means of conquering Europe. This strategy has been propagated by Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi for the past 30 years. Qaradawi has tremendous clout in the Sunni Arab world, to the point that his rulings are considered authoritative by the Muslim Brotherhood. The strategy is terribly simple: Tap into the local Muslim community and lure its teens to the "real" Islam, then go up the rungs of power in the major parties and seize the reins of government through the democratic process.

The late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi talked about this phenomenon in 2006. He essentially partnered with the West by preventing a mass exodus of migrants from his country. But the West threw him under the bus, and it is still reeling from that costly decision: Europe has since grappled with the massive flow of immigrants from Africa. On April 23, the EU's 28 member states held emergency talks on immigration (after the tragic capsizing of several boats), only to emerge with general statements that all but ignored the heart of the matter. One decision, for example, centered on Italy's proposal to hit Libyan boats before they could set sail for Europe (the proposal was rejected).

The "Muslim Brotherhood Strategy" has borne fruit. The fourth generation of European Muslims are more religious than their parents and their grandparents. In the U.K., 40 percent of Muslims said Shariah law should be the law of the land in predominantly Muslim areas. In 1989, just 7 percent of Muslims aged 25 or younger attended mosques once a week. In 2011, the figure stood at 23 percent. Some 90 percent of France's Muslims fast on Ramadan and observe Islamic dietary laws. French President Francois Hollande owes his job to Muslim voters -- he won 85 percent of their votes, which essentially decided the election.

But there is another Muslim entity that considers immigration as a means to take down the West: the Islamic State group. It has two goals. The first is to upset the demographic equilibrium by inundating Europe with Muslims. The second is to send terrorists into the continent and spread fear across Western European nations. Having captured the city of Sirte on the Libyan coast, Islamic State can now go about implementing its plan: 500,000 Libyans will leave on boats toward Europe, which will inevitably result in a humanitarian crisis on the high seas. The West will be forced to intervene and grapple with the ethical dilemma of letting in potential terrorists disguised as immigrants. The second part of this plan was manifested recently, when several Islamic State supporters disseminated pictures of themselves at key Italian landmarks while holding signs that warned of an impending attack.

For Israel, the plan presents danger all around. First, the European Muslim community (especially younger Muslims) is vehemently anti-Zionist with clear anti-Semitic tendencies. As a result, European governments, which need the Muslim vote, may feel compelled to get tough on Israel and boycott Israeli products. Second, because the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State view the Jews as the number one enemy of Islam, Islamists are likely to have Jewish targets in the crosshairs (this has clearly the been the case over the past 12 months in Denmark, Belgium and France). Israel should ask its best and brightest to come up with creative solutions and find ways to increase the West's public awareness of this lurking danger. They have to devise effective plans to scale back the immigration of Muslims to the West. It will help Europe and, by extension, Israel.

Dr. Ephraim Herrera is the author of "Jihad -- Fundamentals and Fundamentalism."


ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for Destruction

ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for Destruction


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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

The great columns and pediments of Washington, D.C. that give it a Roman and Greek air have their origins in a lost city in the Syrian desert. After Robert Wood and James Dawkins visited the ruins of Palmyra in the eighteenth century, the illustrations of the bare columns and broken arches helped inspire neoclassical architecture. Now the city that helped inspire Washington is occupied by ISIS.
It is a historical irony that the classical architecture of our national capital where Islamic terrorists are appeased owes a good deal to a forgotten Christian outpost that surrendered to the armies of Islam.

Some would even say that history is repeating itself.

Palmyra fell when it was besieged by the savage horde of Khalid ibn al-Walid; the Sword of Allah. The Sword of Allah was known for numerous atrocities. One particularly gruesome account describes how he murdered the Arab poet and chieftain Malik ibn Nuweira for returning taxes demanded by Mohammed to his people, telling them, “Your wealth is now your own.” The Islamic IRS was even nastier than ours.

The Sword of Allah cut off Malik’s head and used it to cook dinner before raping his wife. Through such atrocities, that helped inspire the modern crimes of ISIS, the Sword of Allah was able to keep Mohammed’s conquests together after his death. When he came to Palmyra, the Sword swore by Allah that he would conquer it even if it were in heaven and capture its sons and daughters.

Hoping to save their lives, the people of Palmyra surrendered and became dhimmis. Arabic replaced Aramaic, Islam replaced Christianity and the city once founded by King Solomon mostly vanished from history. Those inhabitants who survived the terrible centuries of Islamic occupation, lost their identity, their religion and any knowledge that they were of a nobler kind than their brutal conquerors.

Palmyra falls again with its capture by ISIS. This fall may be its final one. If ISIS has its way, the ruins of the city that helped inspire the rebirth of classical architecture in England and America will be destroyed.

Like the old armies of Islam that destroyed the Library of Alexandria because its books were a threat to the totalitarian writ of the Koran, ISIS destroys the remains of the civilizations that predated Islam. It is not alone in seeking to destroy the histories of more civilized times so that none of the peoples under its rule can ever seek to better themselves by reaching for something higher and better than the Koran.

America found inspiration in ancient civilizations to reach higher. ISIS wants a world where no one can ever know that there were better men than Mohammed and the Sword of Allah, so that its followers will aspire to be nothing better than murderers and rapists, destroying the past to kill the future.

While the archeological mass destruction practiced by ISIS and the Taliban is well known, “moderate” Muslim kingdoms like Saudi Arabia engage in the same practice. Wahhabism began with the destruction of relics. While Europeans were marveling over Palmyra, the House of Saud was massacring thousands and destroying historical artifacts across Iraq and Syria in a manner indistinguishable from ISIS.

The Islamic State’s Caliph has vowed that “After Ramadi, will come Baghdad and Karbala.” ISIS is retracing the path of the House of Saud, which had declared, “We took Karbala and slaughtered and took its people (as slaves), then praise be to Allah… and we do not apologize for that and say: ‘And to the unbelievers: the same treatment.'”

That horrid event took place in the same year that Washington D.C. was incorporated as a city and the Library of Congress was founded. There could hardly be a better contrast between Islam and America.

That is what we are up against, not only in the fight against ISIS, but in the Clash of Civilizations.

Islamists in Libya and Timbuktu, after Obama’s illegal regime change destabilized the region, were left free to destroy mausoleums and shrines. When UNESCO protested, the Jihadists of Ansar Dine, the Defenders of Islam, responded by mocking the helpless international organization, “We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what? [We are acting] in the name of Allah.”

Now UNESCO is appealing to protect Palmyra from the modern Swords of Allah, but it’s equally helpless to do so. The Swords of Allah and Defenders of Islam are savages who thrive on terror. They destroy everything that reminds them of their own cultural inferiority. They cannot be reasoned with.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova calls the potential destruction of Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site, “an enormous loss to humanity.” But we cannot save the ruins of Palmyra until we recognize that the forces threatening it today are the same as those that left it a forgotten ruin in the desert.

The enormous loss to humanity started when the warlords of Islam began the destruction of thousands of years of civilization. ISIS is only finishing what the armies of Mohammed began.
When it burns manuscripts in the Mosul Library, ISIS is following up Caliph Omar’s destruction of the Library of Alexandria. When the Jihad conquered Persia and found “innumerable quantity of books and scientific treatises”, Omar commanded, “Throw them into the water.”

Until we recognize that ISIS is the extension of the Islamic imperative of cultural mass destruction, we will continue losing cultural heritage sites, not only in the Middle East, but in Europe as well, where churches are being turned into mosques, Georg Engelhard Schröder’s Juno is covered up in the Swedish Legislature to avoid offending Muslims and a Mozart opera is shut down in Berlin.

Palmyra is likely to meet the same fate as Aleppo and Nimrud. As have Hatra and Khorsabad.

The ruins of Nimrud were bulldozed and blown up. In Mosul, ISIS savages rampaged through the museum smashing artifacts. Dabiq, the ISIS magazine, explained that, “The kuffar (non-Muslims) had unearthed these statues and ruins in recent generations and attempted to portray them as part of a cultural heritage and identity that the Muslims of Iraq should embrace and be proud of.”

ISIS, like the armies of Islam dating back to Mohammed, has as its core mission the destruction of the pre-Islamic cultures that might inspire people living under Islam to better themselves, to look beyond the black veil of Islam to the past and the future. There is nothing savages hate more than civilization.

What is at stake in the Clash of Civilizations is the destruction of civilization. The ruins of Palmyra inspired our civilization. Their threatened destruction should inspire us to protect our own civilization from the Swords of Allah before all that remains of our cities is the ruins of a lost greatness.

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Bosch Fawstin on Islam and Jihad

Bosch Fawstin on Islam and Jihad

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Bosch Fawstin

Bosch Fawstin is a cartoonist, blogger, and creator of the anti-jihad superhero Pigman. Having won the recent Muhammad cartoon contest, a pro-free speech initiative sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Bosch was in attendance at the award ceremony in Garland, Texas, when two rifle-wielding jihadists arrived to murder everyone there. Fortunately, moments after the jihadists opened fire (hitting only a security guard in the ankle), they were shot dead by a SWAT team.
As readers of The Objective Standard know, this latest assault by jihadists on freedom of speech is one in a long series, from the Iranian government’s fatwa on Salman Rushdie for depicting Muhammad in his novel The Satanic Verses; to the murder of Theo van Gogh for directing the film Submission, which depicted Islamic violence against women; to the attempted assassination of Kurt Westergaard for drawing a cartoon of Muhammad; to death threats against Matt Stone and Trey Parker for depicting Muhammad dressed as a bear; to calls for beheading Geert Wilders for producing the film Fitna, which showed that the Koran calls for violence against infidels; to the massacre of twelve people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo for satirizing Muhammad. Bosch Fawstin and the organizers and attendees of the Garland event are recent additions to this list of infidels who speak their minds in spite of Muslim threats because they know that freedom of speech is the last leg of a free (or semi-free) society.
I recently spoke with Bosch, whose drawing of Muhammad and Jesus covers the Spring 2015 issue of The Objective Standard. Three of his cartoons, including his winning entry, are included with this interview. —Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me, Bosch. It’s an honor to interview you. And congratulations on winning the Muhammad cartoon contest. Your drawing is brilliant and profound, in that it captures so much about the nature of the problem at hand.
Bosch Fawstin: Thank you very much; that means a lot. And I want to say kudos to you as well for publishing an issue of The Objective Standard with Muhammad on it, something very few publishers have done in the West.
Biddle: Let me begin by asking what went through your head when you heard that shots had been fired at the Garland event?

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Police: Yes, there ARE No-Go Zones in Sweden

Police: Yes, there ARE No-Go Zones in Sweden



The issue of whether there are No-Go Zones in Europe or not has been somewhat controversial, mainly because the term has not had a clear-cut definition when applied to civilian cities.

The original term is military lingo for hot areas controlled by the enemy, where it is suicidal to venture without sufficient firepower to match that of the enemy. This describes the situation of police officers pretty well; you have to enter the area in force or stay out, since a lone patrol car WILL be attacked.

Jacob Ekström is a police officer working in these areas. He has this to say in the latest issue of Forsking & Framsteg, the premier scientific journal in Sweden:
“The situation is slipping from our grasp,” he says about infamous enclaves Tensta and Rinkeby. “If we’re in pursuit of a vehicle, it can evade us by driving to certain neighborhoods where a lone patrol car simply cannot follow, because we’ll get pelted by rocks and even face riots. These are No-Go Zones. We simply can’t go there.” [My bold]
The article goes on to chronicle the rapid rise in gun-related violence in a country that was essentially unarmed up until just 15 years ago, the evolution of criminal gangs and clans from the middle east as an alternative societal structure, and how the “exclusion areas” (i.e. ghettos) have grown from 3 in 1990 to 156 in 2006.

The reporter brought the status report by Ekström to Lars Korsell, researcher and head of the organized crime unit att the national crime prevention bureau.
“Yes, it is pretty sensational that there are enclaves where Swedish law no longer applies,” Korsell replied slowly and ponderously.
I encourage you to read the article in full using Google Translate or similar; it is sobering to get a comprehensive overview based on hard, solid facts and statistics.

Then there’s the religious interpretation of No-Go Zones. It is my understanding that parts of London, Paris and other major European cities with large muslim populations have a shadow justice system based on Shariah Law. Posted signs prohibiting alcohol, music, revealing women’s clothes etc. enforced by volunteers patrolling the streets, sometimes even wearing vests bearing the name “Shariah Police”.
   

When I wrote about the police report of 55 No-Go Zones last year, I was referring to the former. To the best of my knowledge, there are no Shariah patrols in Sweden. But there are several essentially lawless areas where the police concedes that they have indeed lost control. There are also a few areas that I’m not certain why they made the list, to be honest. Such as Täby; a well-to-do white enclave outside Stockholm that is hardly known for drive-by shootings. Still, the bulk of the list is accurate in my opinion.

But what has been most striking is that there have been literally hundreds of Swedes popping up in various places claiming it’s all made up. The emails I have received and the forum posts have been so similar in wording it’s tempting to put on the tinfoil hat and suspect some kind of concerted effort. But by whom? And to what end?

Things really kicked off in January, when there was a guy on Fox News that made the ludicrus claim the entire city of Birmingham, the second largest in the UK, was a shariah-controlled No-Go Zone for non-muslims. He has since issued a public retraction and apology.

This, the horde of leftist trolls decided, meant EVERYTHING was a figment of the imagination.

Suddenly there were no clan-controlled areas, no sharp increase of arson, no need for ambulance drivers to wear bulletproof vest and riot helmets, or anything else mentioned in any of the articles that have been published on the matter… All because one guy made a dumb claim.

The well-documented incident in Landskrona last year where two police officers were cornered by a mob of 50+ thugs and the fellow officers were ordered NOT to enter the area due to the risk of riots… Suddenly didn’t happen. Neither did the inofficial courts of Södertälje. Or the spike in rapes that now puts Sweden at #2 in the world. Or the #1 spot in the world for school arsons. All of it, poof, gone.

Anyway. To deflect yet another storm of leftist trolls howling about the fictious nature of No-Go Zones, I’ll round off by adding the list of sources I usually copy & paste in my response. The trolls invariably go quiet or get even more belligerent. The number of factual responses to date: Zero.
Most sources are in Swedish but can easily be run through Google Translate by anyone.
 
Typical leftist Internet troll 
  • National newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, explicitly using the term “no-go zones”:
http://www.svd.se/opinion/ledarsidan/55-no-go-zoner-i-sverige-minner-om-parallellsamhallen_4051399.svd
  • National newspaper Aftonbladet on the rampant ISIS recruitment taking place in these areas:
http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article20427940.ab
  • Dr Magnus Ranstorp on the rapid growth of radicalized Islamists (in English):
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/02/23/from_the_welfare_state_to_the_caliphate_sweden_islamic_state_syria_iraq_foreign_fighters/
  • An article about the police incident deserting their own and ceding control to criminals in Landskrona. They literally use the term in the headline, adding that the police are now pulling out of the area:
http://hd.se/landskrona/2014/07/28/kriminella-far-fritt-spelrum-i/
  • The local police chief explaining why the officers are not to exit their vehicles and make arrests:
http://www.hd.se/lokalt/landskrona/2014/07/28/brottslighet-kan-lagforas-inifran-polisbilarna/
  • More from the police chief on how they now deal with the area:
http://hd.se/landskrona/2014/08/01/polischef-svarar-om-prioriteringar/
  • Also, if these areas do not exist, why is the ambulance union demanding military-grade protection gear to enter them?
http://mobil.svd.se/nyheter/ambulansfacket-kraver-skyddsutrustning_svd-4094045
  • Another article interviewing the ambulance union chief on why they need bulletproof vests, helmets and similar gear:
http://magasinetneo.se/artiklar/det-ar-definitivt-ett-nytt-fenomen-att-vi-ar-sa-utsatta/
As for the police report, it clearly states that there are indeed informal courts and parallel justice systems (page 12, third paragraph (3.4.3)). Anyone who has read about Södertäljenätverket knows how broad the extent of this clan-based influence can be.

http://polisen.se/Aktuellt/Rapporter-och-publikationer/Rapporter/Publicerat—Nationellt/Ovriga-rapporterutredningar/Kriminella-natverk-med-stor-paverkan-i-lokalsamhallet/
The vehicle checkpoints are mentioned on page 15, fourth paragraph (3.5.3).
On page 13, second paragraph (3.4.4) you find the frequent attacks on police. Here is just one of many news stories on how police have to install shatterproof glass on their vehicles because they get rocks hurled at them whenever entering these areas:

http://www.svt.se/nyheter/regionalt/abc/nya-super-rutor-ska-skydda-polisen-fran-stenkastande-gang
There are numerous newspaper articles, police reports and even Youtube videos by the gangs themselves bragging about how they’re chasing off the cops from “their” area, but I think this list should be enough.

But of course, the trolls are free to believe all this is made up. My humble suggestion is merely putting that stance to the test by wrapping yourself in an Israeli flag and taking a walk through Rosengård, Husby or Biskopsgården a nice saturday evening and see what happens. Any takers?

Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq

Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamic-State-takes-entire-border-between-Syria-and-Iraq-34308.html

The terrorists now control of the last frontier zone under the control of the Syrian government. 95 thousand square meters of land, about 50% of the total, now in the hands of jihadists. Military successes also in neighboring Iraq. Washington says challenge of Caliphate "is increasingly difficult to deal with."


Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) – It has emerged in the past hours that the Islamic State militia have now taken the last border point between Syria and Iraq from control of the government in Damascus. The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (Sohr), reported this latest conquest based on information from sources on the ground.

Thus, the Jihadists have achieved yet another military success following the fall of Palmyra, Unesco World Heritage Site and strategic crossroads between the capital and the east of the country.

Commenting on the latest developments of the conflict, the US government stresses that the fight against the Islamic state is proving to be  "increasingly difficult challenge " to deal with.

Local sources quoted by Sohr confirm that, following the advance of the militias, government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fled the border area of ​​al-Tanf, known as al-Waleed in Iraq. Now the Islamic state (IS) controls "over 95 thousand square kilometers" of Syrian territory, which constitutes 50% of the whole country. The militias dominate the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa and have built up a strong presence in Hasakeh, Aleppo, Homs and Hama.

However, according to experts and analysts it must be emphasized that many of these territories in the hands of IS are not of significant importance at a strategic level.

As well as in Syria, the so-called "caliphate" of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has achieved several military successes in neighboring Iraq, with the recent capture of Ramadi after weeks of intense fighting. For the international coalition led by Washington these are significant "backward steps " in the military campaign against IS. However, according to President Barack Obama's war "it is not yet lost."

Over the last two days the US Air Force and its partners in the anti-caliphate alliance have launched at least 18 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Eight of these were aimed tactical units on Syrian territory, as well as strategic locations near Al Hasakah, Aleppo, Raqqa and Kobanî.

Manchester terror suspect 'living freely in Denmark'

Manchester terror suspect 'living freely in Denmark'

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Ahmed Halane

A terror suspect from Manchester who is banned from returning to Britain is living freely in Denmark, Newsbeat can reveal.

Ahmed Halane, 22, a Danish citizen who grew up in Bolton and Chorlton, is suspected of fighting with militant groups abroad.

He is the elder brother of Zahra and Salma Halane, who ran away to Syria to become jihadi brides in June last year.

Sources say Ahmed Halane joined jihadists in Syria and Somalia.

He is now living in the Danish city of Aarhus and appears to be free to travel around the EU, even though the UK authorities have deemed him a security risk.
He is subject to an exclusion order which prohibits him from re-entering Britain.
"Exclusion orders are not a step that's taken lightly by the authorities," says Stephen Grosz QC and chair of the Law Society's human rights committee.
Jihadi brides posing with guns in an Islamic State propaganda picture
Image caption Jihadi brides posing with guns in an Islamic State propaganda picture

From a religious family of Somali origin, Ahmed Halane was a pupil at Burnage Academy for Boys who had memorised the Koran by the age of 13.

Sources have told Newsbeat that he was radicalised after listening to extremist preachers online, including Anwar Al-Awlaki, a US-born radical Islamist cleric and al-Qaeda leader who was killed in Yemen.

A person who knew Ahmed Halane describes him as "two-faced", someone who only showed his "extremist views" to young people.

He was an "inciter" who was "brainwashed by listening to deviant men", says the source.

"He opposes and goes against everything my religion stands for," Newsbeat was told. "He calls to ideologies which result in the killing of innocent people."
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Tracking Britain's jihadists

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A BBC investigation has documented the Britons known to have died in Syria and Iraq, those convicted of offences relating to the conflict there and others believed to be living in territory controlled by Islamic State.
It includes the stories of:
  • 36 who are reported to have died
  • 15 who have been convicted by British courts
  • Many others who we have established are alive and active in Syria or Iraq
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Ahmed Halane's twin sisters, Zahra and Salma, have also been used to promote propaganda online for the self-declared Islamic State.

The girls, who are now 17, married IS fighters after arriving in Syria, but both husbands were killed in fighting.

"His twin sisters were inspired by him, but he didn't tell them to go to Syria," says one source close to the Halane family.

'Don't say that'

We tracked down Ahmed Halane in Aarhus. He told Newsbeat that he had not recently spoken to his sisters because they had not been online for a month.

Myself and a producer tracked down Ahmed Halane in Aarhus. Outside the Grimhoj mosque, we introduced ourselves with the traditional Arabic greeting "Al salaam wa alaykum" which means "peace be upon you". He responded angrily, saying: "If you're not Muslim, don't say that." He declined to answer questions concerning the allegations against him

What happened when we tracked him down

He has been attending a mosque that has been accused of encouraging young people to fight in Syria.
"It's just the last maybe 20 days [that he has attended the mosque]," says Oussama el-Saadi, the chairman of Grimhoj mosque in Aarhus.

The mosque had repeatedly been accused of promoting an extremist interpretation of Islam, but now works with police and social workers to try to reintegrate returnee fighters into society.

There have been mixed results - one person, who was part of the programme, has returned to Syria.

"We give a very clear message to our people here in the mosque, that we are a part of this country," Mr El-Saadi tells Newsbeat.

"We don't accept by any way to destroy this society we live in," he says, denying that the mosque radicalises young people.

Danish authorities say 22 Aarhus residents who travelled to Syria last year previously attended Grimhoj mosque.
Ahmad Halane in a Youtube video
Image caption Ahmad Halane in a YouTube video

We saw Ahmed Halane close to the mosque hanging out with a number of former jihadi fighters who have returned from Syria.

Officials say no returnee fighters in Denmark have been jailed.

"Some of these people have obviously committed crimes, but if we can't prove it we can't send them to prison," Aarhus Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard tells Newsbeat.

"If that's not possible [imprisonment], we need to do everything in our power to make sure they are reintegrating back into society."

A friend of Ahmed Halane told us that he believes he was recently free to travel to Norway.
Newsbeat requested an interview with Danish police about the situation, but they declined to be questioned.

The Home Office says it will not comment on whether British officials have alerted other EU countries about Ahmed Halane's exclusion order.
Ahmed Halane in a Youtube video
Image caption Ahmed Halane was reportedly radicalised online

"It's very likely that the intelligence would be shared within the intelligence community internationally, the fact there's an exclusion order and the reasons for it," says Stephen Grosz QC.

Exclusion orders

  • An exclusion order prohibits a person's admission to the UK
  • The order can be made on the grounds of public policy, public security or public health
  • They can only be made against a person who is outside the UK
  • They can only be made against an EEA national (European Economic Area: made up of EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
  • An exclusion order can only be revoked by the home secretary
Ahmed Halane was born in Denmark and then moved with his family and sisters to Manchester.
He knew a number of Manchester terror suspects, including Nur Hassan and Mohammed Javeed, who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State in late 2013.

He left the UK and travelled to Cairo in Egypt to study the same year, but later went missing.
At around this time Ahmed Halane travelled to Somalia, somewhere he admits he lived. A source close to the family says he joined al Shabaab, a jihadi group linked to al-Qaeda.

A number of sources say he also travelled to Syria and was seen in the northern city of Manbij, where his twin sisters, now widows, are believed to be living.

We understand he denies going to Syria.

"I pray to Allah you come back to us and your homeland. I know evil men brainwashed [you]," says one message, posted on a social messaging site last year, apparently by a family member.

Another message read: "[The] UK government will forgive because they know children get misled."
Zahra and Salma Halane before they left to join so-called Islamic State
Image caption Zahra and Salma Halane before they left to join so-called Islamic State

On a social media site, Ahmed Halane recently commented about his life, writing: "Interesting past."
Newsbeat understands he is now being monitored by the Danish intelligence services.

The Halane family declined to speak to us about the developments.

Newsbeat hasn't named sources to protect their identities.

ISIS have long suicide bomber waiting list - but rich Saudis are allowed to jump the queue

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ISIS have long suicide bomber waiting list - but rich Saudis are allowed to jump the queue

Terrorists are so desperate to martyr themselves for the murderous terror group that they face a backlog of three months or more


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Waiting to die: ISIS militants
ISIS have a lengthy waiting list to be a suicide bomber - but rich Saudis are allowed to jump the queue.


Terrorists are so desperate to martyr themselves for the murderous terror group that they face a backlog of three months or more.


However, some militants are grumbling that senior members are letting influential Saudis strap on explosive vests while others are forced to wait.


Kamil Abu Sultan ad-Daghestani, a pro-Islamic State preacher from Dagestan, Russia, made the accusations in a recent post on the Russian language jihadi website Qonah.


“Those Saudis have got things sewn up, they won’t let anyone in,” wrote Kamil.


“They are letting their relatives go to the front of the queue using blat (a Russian word meaning connections)."
Amir Ahmad Al-Shischani
Preacher: Kamil Abu Sultan ad-Daghestani


One frustrated wannabe suicide bomber was so desperate to slaughter himself and others he moved from Syria to Iraq, where there is a much shorter wait, reports Foreign Policy.


He waited patiently for three months, only to discover senior ISIS members were favouring wealthy and well-connected Saudis.


A British dad-of-two who blew himself up in a suicide bombing previously spoke of the struggle to get to the front of the queue.
Reuters Suicide bomber vest
Primed for destruction: A suicide belt



Kabir Ahmed, 32, from Derby, reportedly drove a truck full of explosives into a convoy in Beiji, northern Iraq that killed eight police officers and wounded 15 others in November.


He was interviewed by the BBC’s Panorama programme last July and confessed to being a jihadist fighting with IS in Syria.
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ISIS: Some militants are frustrated about the wait to be suicide bombers. File picture




The militant said: “Everybody has got their name on the list to become a suicide bomber and everyone is forcing the Amir [leader] to push their name up.


"Everyone wants to fight for the sake of Allah.”


Isis takes control of Palmyra: The ruins and monuments facing destruction

 Isis takes control of Palmyra: The ruins and monuments facing destruction

Militants claim to have complete control of the Unesco World Heritage Site


Isis has taken over the ancient city of Palmyra, threatening the future of irreplaceable monuments and ruins which represent thousands of years of cultural history.

Palmyra was visited by thousands of tourists annually before civil war broke out in Syria four years ago. These are just a few of the monuments at risk of being destroyed by militants.

Temple of Baal

The stone ruins of the Temple of Baal are considered to be one of the most important religious buildings of the 1st century AD in the East, according to Unesco. The temple was integral to religious life in Palmyra and represented a marriage of ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman architecture.
The Temple of Baal at Palmyra has been damaged by
artillery fire

The Temple of Baal at Palmyra has already been damaged by artillery fire

The Great Colonnade

A grand colonnaded street measuring 1100 metres long was the main avenue for Palmyra and linked the Temple of Baal to the West Gate and the Funerary Temple. It was built in several stages throughout the 2nd and 3rd century.
A view of the Great Colonnade in Palmyra 
A view of the Great Colonnade in Palmyra

Roman Theatre at Palmyra

The theatre was built in the 2nd century but work on the building was never completed. The structure was restored in the 20th century and served as a venue for an annual festival in Palmyra.
  A Syrian police officer patrols the ancient city of Palmyra 
A Syrian police officer patrols the ancient city of Palmyra

Palmyra Museum

The archaeological museum is filled with statues and ancient artefacts, many of which have been transferred outside of the city. However, some larger artefacts and stone tombs are too large to move. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s director-general of antiquities and museums, said he was "terrified" by the developments overnight.

A monument in the garden of the Palmyra Archaeological Museum (pic: Mappo/ Wikimedia commons) 

A monument in the garden of the Palmyra Archaeological Museum (pic: Mappo/ Wikimedia commons) 

“The fear is for the museum and the large monuments that cannot be moved," he told the Associated Press. "This is the entire world’s battle."

Isis seizes Palmyra - live updates: Militants behead men as ancient city falls to terror group

 heartbreaking, and the fricking world just does NOTHING!!

Isis seizes Palmyra - live updates: Militants behead men as ancient city falls to terror group

Thousands of years worth of cultural heritage are now at risk of destruction


Isis militants have taken full control of the ancient site of Palmyra in central Syria, activists have claimed.

This is what we know so far:

Isis fighters kill nine children near ancient site
Syria urges international community to save Palmyra
The ancient city that stands for empire and resistance


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The terror group launched an offensive earlier this week and overran the 2,000-year-old Unesco World Heritage Site shortly after midnight, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Palmyra contains world famous artefacts and monuments that Unesco fears will be bulldozed by militants, who have already razed ancient Assyrian and Roman-era sites to the ground.