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  • The Islamic Rape and Murder of Christian Boys: Another Muslim world phenomenon being imported...

    02/04/2016 8:24:03 AM PST · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | February 4, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    A group of Muslim men recently went into a Christian district in Pakistan, abducted a 7-year-old boy, and took turns gang raping him before finally strangling him to death with a rope. Locals found the child’s body dumped in a field the next day: [T]he body was sent for post-mortem examination which revealed that the 7-year-old was killed after being brutally raped…. Speaking to The Express Tribune, a local said, “The suspects belonged to rich families and were drunk when they kidnapped the child and took him to their dera where they raped him. Interestingly, while the NY Daily News,...
  • Boy, 15, chops off his own hand with a scythe after Muslim cleric accused him of blasphemy

    02/01/2016 11:47:47 AM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/18/16 | Corey Charlton
    Pakistani police have arrested the imam of a mosque for inciting violence after a 15-year old boy who was told by the cleric that he was a blasphemer went home and cut off his own hand. Shabbir Ahmed was delivering a sermon at a village in the east of Punjab province when he asked the gathering if anyone did not love the Prophet Mohammad. Mishearing the question, the 15-year old boy raised his hand. Ahmed quickly singled him out and called him a 'blasphemer' in front of the congregation, police said. After returning home, the boy cut his hand off...
  • NPR illustrative photo wipes Israel off the map [Numbers 23]

    01/25/2016 11:08:00 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/25/2016 | Staff
    In an article published on National Public Radio's (NPR) website Monday, a map of the Middle East failed to include Israel, labeling Palestine in its place. The map was an illustration accompanying the article "What Are You Afraid Of In 2016? Globetrotters Share Their Fears." The article referenced travelers' fears of Islamic radicalization and extremism in the region. Immediately following the publication, the website's comment section was flooded with criticism from readers and journalists who questioned the online publication's decision to use an illustration of this nature. As a result of the abundance of complaints, NPR removed the photo and...
  • India to take up balloon intrusion in Rajasthan with Pakistan

    01/28/2016 1:47:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | 01/27/2016 | Rajit Pandit
    India will take up with Pakistan the issue of air intrusion by a huge balloon which was shot down by a Sukhoi-30MKI after it was detected coming from across the border into the Barmer region of Rajasthan by IAF radars on Tuesday morning. Though the "commercial" balloon manufactured by a US company did not contain any suspicious payload like sensors and cameras or any explosive material, sources said it could have been used to probe Indian air defence capabilities. It's a standard military practice to fly aircraft, helicopters, drones and the like near a border to test an adversary's sensors...
  • Speed up Pathankot probe: US to Pakistan

    01/09/2016 5:14:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    timesofindia ^ | Jan 10, 2016, 02.59 AM IST | Chidanand Rajghatta
    A Senior US administration official said on Friday that Washington expected Pakistan to act fast against perpetrators of the Pathankot terror attack, in an apparent response to a report in this paper that the US was giving Islamabad a wide berth in investigating the assault. ... The damage-control clarification injected a little more urgency, after a briefing on Thursday ... virtually let Pakistan off the hook in terms of expeditiously investigating the Pathankot attack. Such US freehand in the past, despite Washington's enormous leverage, has led Pakistan to virtually bury and sidestep investigation into the Mumbai 26/11 attack where India...
  • Note to US: Pakistan’s insatiable appetite for F-16s

    01/22/2016 5:30:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE, PAKISTAN ^ | Naveed Ahmad | Naveed Ahmad
    The Congress has recently blocked the White House-approved sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The deal is viewed to have no relevance to Pakistan’s war against terror besides being used in offensives against India, Washington’s recent ally with a staunch lobby. Last March, the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs blocked sale of cutter vessels worth $150 million to the Pakistan Navy on the same pretext. Defense purchases from the US have rarely been upfront commercial transactions. The White House never shies away from taking political and diplomatic mileage, thereof. High performance Despite its plan to induct at...
  • Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Bacha Khan University attack

    01/21/2016 11:06:25 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 13 replies
    Dawn ^ | 1/20/2016 | Dawn
    CHARSADDA: A chemistry teacher who tried to protect his students by opening fire on Taliban militants during a deadly attack at the Bacha Khan University has been hailed as a "martyr" and a "gentleman". Lecturer Syed Hamid Hussain, an assistant professor of chemistry at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, ordered his students to stay inside as Taliban gunmen stormed the school near the city of Peshawar on Wednesday, leaving at least 21 people dead. Students told of how he opened fire on gunmen as they rampaged across campus, giving the young people time to flee before he was cut...
  • Militants Kill at Least 19 in Attack on Pakistan University

    01/20/2016 7:18:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    ktla ^ | 01/20/2016 | cnn wire
    Militants raided a university in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, timing their attack to a ceremony at the school to ensure maximum casualties. After security forces combed the campus block by block after the massacre, Mehmood Khan, provincial home minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said 19 civilians were killed, along with four terrorists. He expects the number of civilian deaths to increase. The attack took place at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Peshawar, less than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from where the Pakistan Taliban slayed 145 people, including 132 children, in a school attack in December 2014. It's unclear whether the group...
  • Pakistan Arrests Imam After Boy Cuts Hand Off in Blasphemy Error

    01/18/2016 8:40:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 17, 2016
    SNIP Shabbir ​Ahmed was delivering a sermon at a village in the east of Punjab province when he asked the gathering if anyone did not love the Prophet Mohammad. Mishearing the question, the 15-year old boy raised his hand. Ahmed quickly singled him out and called him a "blasphemer" in front of the congregation, Nosher Ali, the head of the local police station, told Reuters on Sunday. After returning home, the boy cut his hand off, an act welcomed by the boy's father who told police he was proud of his son and did not want the cleric arrested. SNIP
  • German town bans Syrian refugees from public swimming pool

    01/17/2016 9:49:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 17, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Things just keep getting better and better in Germany as they deal with a flood of “refugees” of various stripes. Following the massive sexual assaults in Cologne over the holidays, it seems that increasing numbers of Germans are coming to grips with the changes reshaping their nation as the flood of new arrivals settles in. One town in particular has reacted to the criminal behavior of the immigrants by taking the controversial step of banning male asylum seekers from the public swimming pool. (Yahoo News) A town in Germany has banned male asylum seekers from public swimming pools after complaints...
  • Anti-pedophilia bill quickly rejected in Pakistan; considered ‘anti-Islamic’

    01/15/2016 2:15:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    BPR ^ | 1/15/16 | Jonah Bennett
    A bid to ban child marriage in Pakistan utterly failed, after the Council of Islamic Ideology declared the legislation “anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous.” The bill didn’t even move past the first stage in the legislative process, The Express Tribune reports. It was almost immediately pulled Thursday by Pakistan Muslim League party’s Marvi Menon following condemnation from CII, whose job it is to advise the legislature on whether bills are compliant with Sharia law. In this case, the bill clearly violated Islamic law as tradition holds marriage as acceptable when a girl hits puberty. After CII’s declaration, a parliamentary committee rejected the...
  • Bill aiming to ban child marriages shot down (Pakistan)

    01/15/2016 11:18:48 AM PST · by magellan · 9 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | January 15, 2016 | Maryam Usman
    Another move to ban child marriages in Pakistan has fallen at the first hurdle. The bill to prohibit underage marriages has been withdrawn after the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) declared it un-Islamic. The ruling party lawmaker, who moved the bill, withdrew her proposal on Thursday following staunch resistance from the council, which advises the legislature whether or not a certain law is Sharia-compliant. The CII has already ruled the minimum age stipulated for marriage in the Child Marriages Restriction Act of 1929 does not comply with Islamic laws. In May 2014, amid severe criticism from various quarters, the council...
  • India’s highest-ranking Jewish military officer dies at 92

    01/14/2016 5:02:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Lt. Gen. Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob, an Indian Jew who had a storied career in India’s military, has died at 92. (Some reports said he was 93.) Jacob died Wednesday in New Delhi following a short illness, according to several Indian media outlets. The American Jewish Committee, which in 2013 awarded Jacob with its Global Leadership Award, said in a statement Wednesday that the general was “for decades the most prominent member of his country’s Jewish community” and was its highest-ranking Jewish military officer. Among his countrymen, Jacob was best known for negotiating the 1971 surrender of more than 90,000 Pakistani...
  • Quetta bomb against anti-polio clinic: 14 dead

    01/13/2016 6:36:30 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Asia News ^ | 1/13/2016
    At least 14 people died this morning in the explosion of a bomb near a polio vaccination center in Quetta, Balochistan (south-west of Pakistan). Most of the victims were security guards patrolling the clinic. Another 20 people were injured. Minister of Balochistan province, Sarfaraz Bugti, said that the attack occurred before security officers began patrols around the structure: "We live in a war zone - he added - and I can say nothing about the nature of the explosion. " Pakistan, together with Afghanistan, is the only country in the world where polio is still endemic. Clinics for vaccination are...
  • In Pakistan, They Trust

    01/12/2016 9:44:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January12, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    It is a testament to the precarious state of the world today that in a week that saw North Korea carry out a possible test of a hydrogen bomb, the most frightening statement uttered did not come from Pyongyang. It came from Pakistan. Speaking in the military garrison town of Rawalpindi, Pakistani Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif said that any Iranian threat to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity will "wipe Iran off the map." Sharif made the statement following his meeting with Saudi Arabia's defense minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. According to media reports, Salman was the second...
  • Nisar orders inquiry into 'unacceptable' Rangers raid at home of NYT correspondent.

    01/12/2016 3:04:09 AM PST · by csvset · 5 replies
    Dawn ^ | 12 january 2016 | dawn
    SLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday took notice of a "search operation" conducted by Rangers at the house of Salman Masood, who is the New York Times Pakistan correspondent living in Islamabad. The interior minister ordered an inquiry into "how, why and on whose orders a raid was conducted at Salman Masood's house," read a statement issued from his ministry, adding that an explanation has been sought from police and relevant security agencies. "Such operations and raids are not acceptable at any cost," said Nisar. Earlier, Salman Masood had posted pictures on Twitter, showing several Rangers personnel...
  • A False Start for Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder?

    01/08/2016 7:27:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 09, 2016 | Benjamin David Baker
    Not again. The jointly developed Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder has apparently suffered another false start. As the Diplomat reported last month, Malaysian officials previously indicated that they were considering the JF-17 as a contender to its fighter replacement program. Kuala Lumpur’s interest in the aircraft was signaled last month by its High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr. Hasrul Sani, who, according to the Associated Press of Pakistan, discussed the fighter against the backdrop of boosting the bilateral relationship in general. “I think the Malaysians might be genuinely interested because Pakistan has a respectable defense industry, with the products being considerably cheaper compared...
  • North Korea and Iran: The Nuclear Duo

    01/07/2016 5:32:16 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/07/16 | Joseph A. Klein
    There is no reason to believe that, as a result of the deal Iran is already sidestepping, Iran will suddenly stop all dealings with North Korea with regard to both countries’ nuclear programs North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6th, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb. Despite some skepticism as to North Korea’s claim that it had actually tested a hydrogen bomb, the Obama administration acknowledged that North Korea had indeed tested some sort of nuclear device. The administration condemned North Korea’s latest testing as a violation of a series of past United Nations Security Council...
  • Strike after strike fail to change US outlook on Pakistan

    01/07/2016 9:35:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes ^ | 01/08/2016 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    Individual expressions of support and commiseration over the terrorist attacks on Indian assets in Pathankot and Mazar-e-Sharif has been tricking in from a raft of US lawmakers, but don't hold your breath for the Obama administration to alter the long standing US policy of coddling Pakistan's terrorism-steeped military establishment that has harmed both US and Indian interests in the region. . . ... many senior US lawmakers tweeted and issued statements with the pro-forma expressions of support for India's sufferance. But Washington, which laid out the red carpet to Pakistan's military strongman Gen. Raheel Sharif last November, is showing no...
  • China and Pakistan Join Forces Under the Sea

    01/06/2016 9:32:06 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 7, 2016 | Koh Swee Lean Collin
    While attention has been on the simmering tensions in the East and South China Seas letely, a small event took place in the East China Sea off the coast of Shanghai. Pakistan Navy (PN) guided missile frigate Shamsheer and fleet replenishment vessel Nasr drilled with a pair of PLA Navy Type-054A Jiangkai II frigates, Xuzhou and Yangzhou from December 31 to January 1. According to Chinese reports, the fast-paced, high-intensity exercise involved day and night maneuvers including joint escort, counter-piracy and live-firing. This constitutes a logical progression from the limited scope when this bilateral exercise first began in 2003 as...
  • "Pathankot squad was more lethal than 26/11 attackers"

    01/05/2016 11:25:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 01/05/2016 | Vijaita Singh
    After initially refraining from blaming the country, a top government official said on Monday that the terrorists behind the Pathankot airbase attack appeared to have received training from a "professional armed force in Pakistan." The fidayeen (suicide) squad was more lethal and better trained than the 26/11 Mumbai attackers. They had enough arms and ammunition, including under barrel grenade launchers, for a sustained operation of more than 60 hours against a professional army. An Intelligence official told The Hindu that establishing the identity of the terrorists would be a challenge because Pakistan would certainly not own them up. Security forces...
  • Operation to flush out Indian air base attackers enters second night

    01/03/2016 9:50:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | 01/03/2016 | Mukesh Gupta and Krista Mahr
    Indian security forces battled into Sunday evening to secure an air base near the border with Pakistan, a day after a militant attack that has killed seven military personnel and wounded another 20. As night fell, it was unclear whether two or more militants were still at large after Saturday's pre-dawn raid on the Pathankot air base in northwestern Punjab state. Four attackers have been confirmed killed. ... Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters he hoped the two believed still to be at large would be "neutralized" overnight. Without recovering their bodies they could not be confirmed dead. That contradicted...
  • Angry Protestors Ransack and Torch Saudi Embassy in Iran

    01/02/2016 6:25:46 PM PST · by EBH · 41 replies
    Vice News ^ | 1/2/2016
    Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 47 prisoners — including prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr — triggered unrest across the Middle East on Saturday, particularly in Iran, where protesters stormed and ransacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Photos and video footage posted on Twitter by Iranian journalist Sobhan Hassanvand showed a mob of angry demonstrators smashing windows and setting fire to the Saudi diplomatic outpost in the Iranian capital. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also condemned the executions. "I'm shocked & saddened at Sheikh Nimr's execution by Saudi authorities," he wrote on Twitter. "Peaceful opposition is a fundamental right. Repression does...
  • Agents nab Pakistanis with terrorist connections crossing U.S. border

    12/30/2015 1:27:03 PM PST · by Mariner · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30th, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    he Border Patrol nabbed two Pakistani men with ties to terrorism at the U.S.-Mexico border in September in the latest instance of illegal immigrants from so-called “special interest countries” using the southern border as a point of entry to the U.S. Muhammad Azeem and Mukhtar Ahmad, both in their 20s and from Gujrat, were caught Sept. 20 by agents south of San Diego and just over the international border from Tijuana. When agents checked their identities through databases they got hits on both of them: Mr. Ahmad popped up as an associate of a known or suspected terrorist, while Mr....
  • India successfully testfires Indo-Israeli Barak-8 missile

    12/29/2015 11:50:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2015-12-30
    NEW DELHI, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- India Wednesday successfully testfired a long-range, surface-to-air missile, Barak-8, jointly developed with Israel, from an Indian Navy warship off the coast of the western state of Goa, sources said. "The maiden testfiring of the missile in the Arabia Sea has been successful. It has destroyed an aerial target after being launched from INS Kolkata. The missile was twice testfired onboard Israeli ships and this is the first time that such a test was held onboard an Indian warship," sources said. Indian Navy has described the testfiring as "a quantum jump in Indian air defense...
  • Taliban Faction Claims Suicide Blast at Pakistan Office; 23 Die

    12/29/2015 9:03:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    nbc ^ | 29 December 2015
    A Pakistani Taliban faction claimed responsibility for the attack on a branch of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), which issues government ID cards, in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ... At least 23 people were killed and about 75 were wounded, more than 25 of them critically, said Bilal Ahmad Faizi, spokesman for Rescue 1122 emergency responders. ... Jamaat ur Ahrar, a Pakistani Taliban faction fighting to overthrow the government and establish hardline Islamist rule, claimed responsibility. Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the office was part of the "heathen Pakistan state" and therefore a legitimate target.
  • Pakistan in talks with US to procure latest F-16 jets: PAF chief

    12/28/2015 10:08:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on Monday rolled out the 16th Block 2 JF-17 aircraft and formally handed it over to the Pakistan Air force (PAF). A target of producing sixteen JF-17 Thunder jets was given to the complex, said the spokesperson, adding it has now been decided to expand the production capacity of the PAC Kamra. Meanwhile, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said Pakistan is in negotiations with the United States to procure the latest F-16 fighter jets, but did not specify an exact number, Express News reported. “We are in talks with US defence...
  • 15 Questions in Search of a Democratic Debate

    12/24/2015 10:45:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Larry Elder
    1) Polls show that, by a large margin, Americans feel we're on the wrong track, both economically and as to foreign policy. Yet none of you offers any criticism of President Barack Obama, who has been in charge for the last seven years. Why, then, should Americans believe that four more years, under your leadership, would be any different from the last seven? 2) Sen. Sanders, you've called for a $15-per-hour minimum wage. But even Vice President Joe Biden's economist, Jared Bernstein, considers a $15 hourly rate so high that it would cause an unacceptable loss of jobs. Is he...
  • The Islamic State nuclear doomsday

    12/22/2015 11:22:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-22-15 | FARHAD REZAEI
    The emergence of jihadists known to be searching for nuclear and radiological (NR) material has lent a tone of urgency to the debate about ways to prevent nuclear terrorism. At the same time, the supply side of the equation has grown from inchoate attempts at smuggling to a more organized market in NR material. This combination of factors has arguably increased the probability of spectacular attack in the not so distant future. The reason for this assessment is based on a straightforward calculation: a nuclear or radiological device is the ultimate force multiplier and a NR attack is considered "spectacular"...
  • Al-Qaeda chief commits suicide in Libyan prison, report says

    05/11/2009 11:54:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/11/2009 | Duncan Gardham
    Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, whose real name was Ali Mohammed al-Fakheri, 46, took his own life in his prison cell, according to the Libyan newspaper Oea. Information gained from the interrogation of al-Libi was cited on several occasions by the Bush administration as justification for the war in Iraq. He told his CIA interrogators that al-Qaeda had sent two men to Iraq to seek training in chemical and biological weapons in December 2000. Classified documents added that the men did not return, so al-Libi did not know whether the training took place, and that, in any case, he was probably "intentionally...
  • China's Implication In Nuclear Dealing Brings Germany's Reactor Sale Issue Up Again

    02/17/2004 11:13:34 AM PST · by longjack · 12 replies · 213+ views
    "Spiefel-Online" ^ | February 17, 2004 | Matthias Gebauer
    Aktuell China's participation in atomic smuggling Fissionable material for the coalition by Matthias Gebauer The new dislosures about China's role in the sale ofnuclear know-how has the discussions over the export of the Hanau fuel element plant boiling up again. Some Greens are threatening openly with the end of the coalition if Chancellor Schrder allows the deal to go through. MARCO-URBAN.DE Governing-Team Schrder/Fischer: Looking for a solution without losing face. Berlin - Green party leader Angelika Beer didn't want to say much about the Hanau topic during her press conference on Monday. "There isn't any new position",...
  • Daesh expands Afghan footprint with terror campaign

    12/20/2015 9:40:50 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    gulfnews ^ | December 19, 2015 | N/A
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Rahman Wali's younger brother was one of 10 Afghan men forced by Daesh militants to kneel over bombs buried in the soil in a lush green valley in eastern Nangarhar province. The extremists then detonated the bombs, turning the pastoral countryside into a scene of horror. The August killings were recorded on camera and posted on social media like so many Daesh atrocities across the Mideast - reflecting how the Daesh is exporting its particular brand of cruelty as the group seeks to enlarge its footprint in Afghanistan.
  • As lawmakers clash over refugees, Syrian immigration quietly tops 100,000 since 2012

    12/16/2015 1:13:29 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    President Obama’s proposal raised immediate concerns that ISIS, which vowed to infiltrate refugee camps, could use forged documents to enter the U.S. White House assurances that refugees would be carefully screened met with renewed skepticism after it was revealed that terrorist Tashfeen Malik obtained a fiancée visa despite notable red flags. Malik, who together with her husband killed 14 and wounded 21 in a terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif., Dec. 2, listed a phony Pakistani address and reportedly had a history of posting jihadist messages on social media platforms. Malik’s entry into the U.S., combined with so many Syrians...
  • Obama to meet with San Bernardino shooting victims

    12/16/2015 11:02:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 16, 2015 1:54 PM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama plans to meet with families of victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the White House said Wednesday. The meeting is set for Friday. Obama is adding the stop in Southern California to a long-scheduled trip to Hawaii for Christmas vacation. [...] During a televised address in the tense days after the shootings, Obama said authorities had found no evidence that the American-born Farook and his Pakistani wife had carried out instructions from an overseas-based terrorist organization or that they were part of a broader conspiracy based in the U.S. ...
  • Beyond Strauss-Kahn, to the IMF and Iran

    07/06/2011 12:31:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 5, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    When it comes to selling copy, it’s a good bet that sex trumps multilateral finance. That’s an axiom of human nature. It would be asking too much to expect that the media, or its customers, would be as fascinated by the in-house diplomacy of the International Monetary Fund as all concerned have been by the scandal surrounding the recently handcuffed and dethroned IMF managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Most eyes are now on the prosecutor’s cratering case, the curious past of the maid who alleged the sexual assault, and the media now analyzing its own coverage of these sordid events. But...
  • Ex-teacher sentenced in terror aid case ("Virginia jihad network" , al-Huda school)

    08/25/2006 10:38:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 316+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/25/06 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former third-grade teacher at a Muslim school was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for providing support to a Pakistani terrorist organization. Ali Asad Chandia, 29, who taught at the al-Huda school in College Park, Md., is one of 11 Muslim men convicted in what prosecutors called a "Virginia jihad network." The network involved a group of men who played paintball in the Virginia woods in 2000 and 2001 as a means of training for global holy war. After the Sept. 11 attacks, some group members turned their efforts against the United States, traveling to...
  • Afghan Taliban leader Mansour 'wounded in gunfight

    12/02/2015 8:03:32 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/2/2015
    Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been wounded in a gunfight at a meeting of militants in the Pakistani city of Quetta, reports say.
  • Yep. Tashfeen Malik was talking jihad on social media for years

    12/13/2015 9:20:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 15, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Let’s jump into the Way Back Machine and revisit a message that Barack Obama sent to the governors of our nation when they expressed concerns about plopping Syrian refugees down in our communities. And by “way back” I mean three weeks ago. "In short, the security vetting for this population, the most vulnerable of individuals, is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive," Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson write in letters sent to all state and territorial governors and to the mayor of Washington. D.C. Huh. Our vetting process is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive. And to their...
  • U.S. Visa Process Missed Zealotry on Social Media (vetting fail)

    12/12/2015 9:54:40 AM PST · by DCdude · 12 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 12/12/2015 | MATT APUZZO,
    Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to the United States from Pakistan. But none uncovered what Ms. Malik had made little effort to hide — that she talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad. She said she supported it. And she said she wanted to be a part of it. American law enforcement officials said they recently discovered those old — and previously unreported — postings as they pieced together the lives of Ms. Malik and her...
  • Oregon: Muslim teen arrested after attempted car bomb attack at Christmas tree lighting ceremony

    11/28/2010 2:57:34 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 27, 2010
    Mohamed Osman Mohamud: Misunderstander of Islam He yelled "Allahu akbar" and tried to kick agents as they swooped in to arrest him. DoJ press release here. "Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen in Car Bomb Plot," from the Associated Press, November 27 (thanks to Markus): PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland on Friday, but the bomb turned out to be a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting, federal prosecutors said. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. just...
  • Whistleblower: Feds Shut Down Terror Investigation That Could Have Prevented San Bernardino Attack

    12/10/2015 10:24:07 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 11, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    A former Department of Homeland Security agent says that an investigation he was conducting into a fundamentalist Islamic group operating in the U.S. may have helped stop San Bernardino jihadi Syed Farook had the government not shut down his probe. During an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Thursday, Philip Haney said that in 2012 as an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center, he opened an investigation into a Sunni Islamic group called, Tablighi Jamaat, a subset of the fundamentalist Deobandi movement. But Haney said that just a year into the investigation it was shut...
  • FBI monitors Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat at Masjid Al-Falah Queens New York

    09/15/2009 5:14:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 695+ views
    Bill Warner - blog ^ | July 11, 2009 | Posted by Bill Warner
    SNIPPET: "The Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) name has come up before in connection with terrorism plots, including the October 2002 Portland Seven and the September 2002 Lackawanna Six cases in the United States, as well as the August 2006 plot to bomb airliners en route from London to the United States, the July 7, 2005, London Underground bombings and the July 2007 attempted bombings in London and Glasgow, Scotland. Over the past several years we also have received several queries about TJ from U.S. law enforcement officials who are concerned about the groups presence and activities in the United States. U.S....
  • Islamic extremists ignored contact attempts by wife in California shooting

    12/10/2015 12:50:27 PM PST · by detective · 31 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 10, 2015 | Mark Hosenball
    Islamic militant groups ignored contact attempts from Pakistan-born Tashfeen Malik in the months before she and her husband killed 14 people at a California holiday party probably because they feared getting caught in a U.S. law enforcement sting, U.S. government sources said on Thursday. The number of organizations Malik, 29, tried to contact and how she tried to contact them were unclear, but the groups almost certainly included al Qaeda's Syria-based official affiliate, the Nusrah Front, the sources said. One source said the government currently has little, if any, evidence that Malik or her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, had...
  • Mumbai Court pardons David Headley, makes him approver in 26/11 case

    12/10/2015 1:14:31 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, December 10, 2015 | PTI
    From the order of the US court, which convicted Headley for his role in 26/11 conspiracy, it can be seen that the plan could not have reached its logical end without his involvement, the judge noted, saying this was one of the aspects to be considered while tendering pardon to Headley. Mumbai - A Mumbai court on Thursday pardoned Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley, who had surveyed targets for the 26/11 attacks, and made him an approver in the case, a move that may unravel the conspiracy behind the brazen terror assault. "Accused David Headley is tendered pardon as per...
  • Whoa: More Than 22 Muslim Terror Training Camps On American Soil!?!

    12/07/2015 1:10:17 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 84 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | 12/7/2015 | Tim Brown
    While the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate 1,000 ISIS-tied individuals in the united States, there are at least 22 paramilitary Islamic communities in the US that they know of, but are not doing anything about. Now, the stage has been set for more Islamic jihad attacks on US soil under the watchful eye of the FBI. The groups are operated by Jamaat al-Fuqra, a Pakistan-based group, who main front group is Muslims of the Americas. Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, a Pakistani cleric, heads up the group in Islamberg, New York. The communes operated by the organization are in...
  • California shooter attended Islamic school in Pakistan

    12/07/2015 7:34:25 AM PST · by Skepolitic · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/7/2015 | ASIM TANVEER
    California shooter attended Islamic school in Pakistan MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The woman who carried out last week's mass shooting in California with her husband had attended an Islamic religious school, or madrassa, while living in Pakistan ... While in Multan, she also attended a religious school, which Pakistani intelligence officials on Monday identified as the Al-Huda International Seminary ... Malik spent more than a year at Al-Huda, taking classes six days a week ...
  • Pakistani security seeks to tamp down reporting on California shooter

    12/07/2015 4:30:55 AM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 7, 2015 | Mehreen Zahra-Malik
    Pakistani security forces appeared to be trying to dampen down reporting this weekend on the background of Tashfeen Malik, who mounted an attack alongside her husband that killed 14 people in California. Three professors at Malik's university said they had been advised not to talk to the media, while men claiming to be from Pakistan's security agencies told reporters to drop their investigations into her background on pain of arrest.
  • California shooter studied at Al-Huda institute: teacher

    12/07/2015 3:43:35 AM PST · by csvset · 10 replies
    DAWN ^ | Dec 07, 2015 | AFP
    <p>MULTAN: The woman who, with her husband, shot dead 14 people in California last week attended one of the most high-profile religious teaching centres for women in Pakistan, a teacher at the Al-Huda institute told AFP Monday.</p> <p>Tashfeen Malik, 29, studied at the Al-Huda Institute in Multan, which admits middle-class women and also has offices in the US, the UAE, India and the UK, the teacher at the teaching centre who gave her name only as Muqadas said.</p>
  • Pakistani security seeks to tamp down reporting on California shooter

    12/06/2015 6:03:19 PM PST · by cold start · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6 December 2015
    Pakistani security forces appeared to be trying to dampen down reporting this weekend on the background of Tashfeen Malik, who mounted an attack alongside her husband that killed 14 people in California. Three professors at Malik's university said they had been advised not to talk to the media, while men claiming to be from Pakistan's security agencies told reporters to drop their investigations into her background on pain of arrest. An official at the interior ministry later said this was due to a "misunderstanding". U.S. authorities are treating last Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino as an "act of terrorism"....
  • Isis Invades Afghanistan

    12/05/2015 10:25:17 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 22 replies
    thetimes.co.uk ^ | December 5 2015
    Islamic State fighters have captured swathes of eastern Afghanistan in a drive to establish a new province of the group's self-styled caliphate on territory straddling the border with Pakistan. Up to 1,600 fighters pledging allegiance to Isis are ruling much of four districts south of Jalalabad with the same ruthlessness that characterises the group's regime in Syria and Iraq: public beheadings, strict adherence to Koranic teachings foreign to Afghanistan, and extortion.