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  • Shunned for saying they're Muslims: life for Ahmadis after Asad Shah's murder

    04/19/2016 10:14:10 PM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 Apr 2016 | Libby Brooks
    Some of Samia Sultan’s neighbours don’t greet her any more, and sometimes it’s hard for her to understand why. Sultan, a dentist, lives in Glasgow, in an area of the city that is – like most Muslim populations in the UK – majority Sunni. But Sultan isn’t Sunni: she is Ahmadi. And that is the source of the problem. “My neighbours were fine, but when they came to know I was Ahmadi, their attitude changed,” Sultan explains....“They would no longer reply to my greeting As-salāmu ‘alaykum [peace be upon you]” with Wa’alaykumu s-salām [and upon you peace].” When Asad Shah,...
  • It was a childrens soccer game. Of course he knew he was going to kill children

    04/10/2016 6:17:00 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/08/2016 | Liz Sly
    The suicide bomber who blew up a youth soccer match late last month left barely a dent in the hard, dry earth, and only a faint scorch on a concrete wall nearby. But he gouged a chasm of grief in the heart of the small community that lost more than two dozen of its sons in a single moment, at 6:15 on the evening of March 25. A total of 43 people died in the bombing at the game, according to figures provided by the local government. Of those, 29 were boys younger than 17 who had either been participating...
  • Muslim Public Schools Prove that Islamic Extremism is Mainstream

    04/07/2016 8:11:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | April 7, 2016 | Onan Coca
    A recent blockbuster expose on the Pakistani public school system has some eye-opening news for the non-Muslim world. In the wake of the Easter bombings in Lahore, Pakistan the people of the world complained that the Pakistani government wasnt doing enough to push back against the Muslim extremists in their country. In response, the government has promised to crack down on militant terrorism that has entrenched itself in certain corners of their country. Heres the problem with these promises the extremism isnt just found with the radical terrorists. In Pakistan, radical Muslim extremism isnt actually that extreme. In fact, its...
  • Not Destroying ISIS: The true reason there are no "moderate" Muslim armies killing ISIS terrorists

    03/25/2016 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Nonie Darwish
    Obama and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Western media, President Obama, all Muslim countries, and myriad groups and individuals have been telling us that ISIS does not represent Islam. Muslims, especially in the West, insist that their beloved faith has nothing to do with the terrorists who are embarrassing the good and peaceful Muslims and who are giving Islam a bad name and dishonoring the real Islam. It is a fact that Arab/Islamic culture highly values honor and pride and has little tolerance for those who dishonor Islam and Islamic "family values." Because honor is so vital in Islamic culture,...
  • DID THE CRUSADES INTENSIFY THE JIHAD?

    03/10/2016 3:28:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 10, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    One of the more pernicious and prevalent post-9/11 myths is that one of Islams most fundamental concepts, jihad, has been distorted by violent extremists who have hijacked the religion. In this fairy-tale view, jihad is above all a struggle for self-betterment that al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, Boku Haram, and others have twisted and deformed. Mourad of Smith College and Lindsay of Colorado State University provide an excellent antidote to this ahistorical nonsense by offering a serious primer on the historical codification of jihad and its subsequent application in response to the Crusaders.
  • New issue of ISIS magazine Dabiq calls for war on ...Muslims

    01/21/2016 3:51:58 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2016 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The latest issue of Islamic State's online magazine targets the terror group's fellow Muslims even more than the West. Dabiq, as the English-language publication is called, devotes a majority of the 56 pages in the latest issue to justifying the killing of Shia Muslims. In numerous articles, the magazine goes to great lengths to give a theological basis for killing members of the minority Muslim sect that controls Iran and Iraq and has been at odds with Sunni Muslims for over a millennia. "The magazine spends so much time justifying the killing of innocent Shiites that it suggests that ISIL...
  • In Sinai, ISIS Grows with Iran’s Help

    01/11/2016 9:32:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    The Tower ^ | 01/08/2016 | Arik Agassi
    Most people assume that the Sunni terrorist group ISIS is the natural and mortal enemy of Shia Iran, but this is not always the case. In fact, in at least one part of the Middle East, Iran has become a crucial, if indirect, sponsor of its supposed enemy. As the world's eyes are focused on ISIS terrorism in Europe, the Middle East, and even the U.S., the group's branch in the Sinai has become one of the most powerful, dangerous, and effective in the region. Recent reports indicate that Iran, through the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, is primarily responsible for...
  • Kuwait recalls ambassador from Iran as Sunni-Shiite face-off escalates

    01/05/2016 5:46:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    timesofisrael. ^ | 01/05/2016 | ap
    Sudan and the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain said Monday they would sever ties with Iran, as Saudi Arabia did late Sunday. The United Arab Emirates announced it would downgrade ties to Tehran to the level of the charge d’affaires, while other nations issued statements criticizing Iran. The concerted campaign by Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia highlights the aggressive stance King Salman and his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have adopted in confronting Iran, a longtime regional rival. "What we have seen during the last 24 hours is unprecedented... It shows you Saudi Arabia has had enough of Iran and...
  • 3 Sunni-Led States Join Saudi Arabia’s Diplomatic Feud Against Iran

    01/04/2016 8:35:05 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 4, 2016 | THOMAS ERDBRINK and SOMINI SENGUPTA
    Three Sunni-led countries joined Saudi Arabia on Monday in severing or downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran, worsening a geopolitical conflict with sectarian dimensions in one of the world’s most volatile regions. The diplomatic protests from the three countries — Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates — came as Iran accused Saudi Arabia of using an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran two days earlier as a pretext for diverting attention from its problems. Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the embassy on Saturday, along with the Saudi Consulate in Iran’s second-largest city, Mashhad, after the Saudis executed...
  • Khamenei: Hand of God will take vengeance

    01/03/2016 3:15:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/16 | Raphael Poch
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continued his diatribe against Saudi Arabia following the execution of of prominent Shi’ite Cleric Nimr-Al-Nimr. “The hand of God will take vengeance against Saudi leaders,” Khamenei said on Sunday morning. Khamenei told Iranian national TV that “for the unjust spilling of blood of this holy man, who suffered and was downtrodden, there will no doubt be heavenly vengeance taken upon Saudi politicians.” Khamenei also said that it was “a political mistake” taken by the Saudis, who are the greatest political and religious rival to Iran in the Persian gulf. Additionally, Khamenei’s website published an...
  • CNN Republican Presidential Debate (kiddies at 6:30ET, main event at 8:30 post 1001 ) LIVE THREAD

    12/15/2015 2:31:26 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 4,079 replies
    CNN ^ | December 15, 2015
    GOP candidates debate for first time since terror attacks.
  • Cameroon Army kills 100 from Boko Haram, frees 900 hostages

    12/02/2015 2:12:13 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | December 02, 2015 | Reinnier Kaze
    The Cameroon army claimed Wednesday to have dealt a major blow to Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists, killing around 100 fighters and freeing 900 hostages in a three-day operation last week. ... The sweep enabled troops "to release almost 900 hostages, seize large supplies of arms and munitions as well as black-and-white Islamic State flags", the statement added, without providing details on the identities of those freed. Boko Haram swore allegiance to IS in March 2015. The minister attributed the success of the raid to cooperation between Cameroon security forces, a new multinational force being set up to fight Boko Haram...
  • Speaking Honestly About Islam

    12/01/2015 11:12:33 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 22, 2015 | Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The laws of several western countries, besides the Islamic ones themselves, do not permit anything critical to be said of Islam. Such laws forbid what is called "hate speech." They often include other sub-groups like homosexuals, women, or race. Such laws and customs have practically reduced responsible freedom of speech to a dead letter. Fines and jail sentences are meted out if such laws are violated. Such laws are generally based on a civil peace idea rooted in Thomas Hobbes. That is, violence is caused by religious and philosophical controversy. The only way to prevent it is by a civil...
  • Sunni cleric says 'women only fit to deliver children'; gender equality 'un-Islamic'

    11/29/2015 6:49:37 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 26 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliar's controversial remarks against gender equality have triggered a strong reaction from parties and activists who demanded that he withdraw them and apologise. Opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and ruling Congress lashed out at the Islamic scholar over his "anti-women" remarks. Marxist veteran and state Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan alleged that Musliar's remarks were equal to the "anti-democratic" stand of Sangh Parivar and they should be withdrawn. "His remarks amount to insulting even his (Kanthapuram's) own mother. The statements were equal to the anti-democratic stand of Sangh Parivar. He should withdraw it and...
  • Paul Vallely: Kick Turkey Out of NATO for Downing Russian Jet

    11/24/2015 4:40:35 PM PST · by xzins · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Turkey should be kicked out of NATO for downing the Russian jet near the Syrian border Tuesday because the country "is trying to establish their own Ottoman Empire again," retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely told Newsmax TV. "They're moving very much to the Islamic State — and they've been no help in supporting the opposition forces against Assad," Vallely said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview. "They've been hitting a lot of the Kurds, as you know, up north in Syria and the northern part of Iraq." Despite the downing of...
  • The Truth About Islam and Jihad (Pt. IV in Series)

    11/21/2015 3:38:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Tim Staples Blog ^ | March 12, 2015 | Tim Staples
    Islamic attitudes toward non-Muslims are determined by many factors of which two are most necessary to consider. The first is Jihad or Holy War. The second is the concept of Dar Al Harb (Arabic for "House of War") and Dar Al Islam ("House of Submission") in Islamic tradition. "House of War" refers to any territory or people who are not living in submission to Islam. "House of Submission," or Dar Al Islam, refers to any territory or people living in submission to the message of Muhammad. The concept of Jihad (Arabic for Struggle) has been given two interpretations, which...
  • How Islamic Are Islamic Terrorists?

    11/21/2015 1:06:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 44 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/20/2015 | EDWARD PENTIN
    According to experts, the fundamentalist jihadists who carry out murderous attacks are Muslims whose beliefs are rooted partly in longstanding Islamic teachings. ROME - President Barack Obama refrained from describing Nov. 13's Paris attacks as "Islamic terrorism" or even radical Islamic terrorism, continuing his policy of distancing such atrocities from the religion. But that nonetheless leaves open the question: How Islamic are Islamic terrorists? To equate the attacks with "views of Islam" creates "stereotypes" that are "counterproductive" and "wrong," Obama told reporters at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Nov. 16. "They will lead, I think, to greater recruitment into...
  • Politics for women is Haram: Sunni scholar

    10/25/2015 1:18:31 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Monday, October 26, 2015 | V. R. Jayaraj
    Kochi - In Kerala, where 50 per cent of the seats and positions in local self-Government institutions are reserved for women and where hundreds of Muslim women are contesting in the current civic poll, a prominent Sunni scholar-orator has pushed Muslim outfits into confusion by issuing a 'reprimand' that women's entry into politics and election battles is "Haram before Allah" according to Islam. The 'reprimand' has caused a huge headache for outfits like the Muslim League, second biggest constituent of the Congress-led ruling UDF for which Sunni Muslims are a major vote-bank. But the speech of the scholar of Samastha,...
  • ISIS executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraqs Anbar

    10/07/2015 11:56:22 PM PDT · by amorphous · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 7 Oct 2015 | By AFP | Baghdad
    <p>The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday.</p> <p>The victims, members of the Albu Nimr tribe, were executed on Sunday in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.</p>
  • The Terror Masters Revisited

    08/16/2004 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 668+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8-16-04 | Michael Ledeen
    Saturday's Washington Post had an article which quotes the usual unnamed intelligence sources saying that they are surprised to discover that al Qaeda has "reconstituted" itself. This surprise derives from, inter alia, the computer data found recently in Pakistan, intelligence sources (both ours and friends'), and simply looking at the range of activities in which the terrorists engage. This surprise is, as usual, unsettling, since it has been quite clear for some time now that al Qaeda and the other major terrorist groups Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Jamaa, etc. are all working together, and have been ever since...
  • Greek island overwhelmed by stranded migrants, despair

    09/07/2015 10:03:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    ap ^ | September 7, 2015 | Hamza Hendawi,
    After perilous sea voyages from neighboring Turkey, they have been stranded here for days, some for nearly two weeks, running out of money and desperate to get to mainland Greece and continue their route. The island of some 100,000 residents has been transformed by the sudden new population of some 20,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and the strain is pushing everyone to the limit. ... "Why, man? Why?" one municipality worker, pointing to bottles in the sea, yelled at some young Iraqis sitting by the water throwing bread to fish. ... It doesn't help...
  • Jihadi coup: How the Islamic state crippled al-Qaeda

    06/10/2015 11:01:21 PM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 June 2015 | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman and Mustafa Khalili
    ..the man US terrorism analysts call the most influential living jihadi theorist has turned his ire toward Isis and emerged, in the last year, as one of the groups most powerful critics. Soon after the Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of a caliphate last June, Maqdisi released a long tract castigating Isis as ignorant and misguided, accusing them of subverting the Islamic project that he has long nurtured. Maqdisis war of words with Isis is emblematic of the new fratricidal split within violent Islamic radicalism but it is also a sign that al-Qaida, once the...
  • WHERE DO PEOPLE LIKE ME GO NOW?

    05/24/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by unlearner · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 5/24/2015 | Joseph Farah
    Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the refugees Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi refugees from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called refugees from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there. Whats behind this madness? If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, Im all for it. But thats...
  • America and Iran to join forces in counter-attack on Ramadi

    05/18/2015 9:47:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 May 2015 | Richard Spencer
    America and Iran on Monday took another step towards direct military co-operation in Iraq as pro-government forces prepared a counter-attack to retake the key western city of Ramadi. Irans defence minister, Hossein Dehghan, flew into Baghdad for talks with the government after the Iraqi army fled from a concerted attack by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Ramadi, the capital of the majority-Sunni Anbar province.
  • Vanity: Obama a Shiite in Sunni Clothing

    04/03/2015 9:13:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 57 replies
    4/3/15
    We talked before about whether Obama is a Sunni or Shiite Muslim. Recent revelations about Obama's father being a Shiite Muslim. Obama hired Valerie Jarrett.. an Iranian operative to run his Administration. Now he's essentially given the green light for Iran to make nuclear weapons. Obama used the Sunni group ISIS to knock out dictators. Once they are in power.. Shiite groups, which outnumber them, will wipe them out and fill the power vacuum. And today he says he would like to visit Iran before the end of his Presidency. The cat's out of the bag folks. The US has...
  • Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes on Houthi Rebels in Yemen

    03/26/2015 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/25/2015 | FELICIA SCHWARTZ in Washington and HAKIM ALMASMARI in Yemen
    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states launched airstrikes against rebel forces in Yemens capital and across the country in defense of what Riyadh called the nations legitimate government. The attacks began Thursday morning, hours after Yemens president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, fled the southern port city of Aden by boat when Iranian-backed Houthi militants closed in. The decision by Saudi Arabia and the regions Sunni monarchies to intervene on Mr. Hadis behalf raises the stakes in their rivalry with predominantly Shiite Iran, which has raged in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. The raids also risked further inflaming sectarian...
  • Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen who just plundered US intelligence files

    03/26/2015 4:18:01 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-25-2015 | Armin Rosen and Pamela Engel
    Yemen's crisis is getting worse and then some. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have started bombing rebel positions inside Yemen. The Sunni Kingdom added that it would do "anything necessary" to deter the Iran-backed Shiite rebels who are taking over Yemen and trying to oust US-backed President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi. A Saudi source told Reuters that ground troops might be needed in Yemen to "restore order." Saudi Arabia is reportedly contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the campaign against the Houthis.
  • Saudi Arabia and Sunni Coalition launches WAR on Houthis in Yemen; Egypt declares OFFICIAL SUPPORT

    03/25/2015 6:00:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 52 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/25/2015 | The Right Scoop
    This is big news. Saudi Arabia and a Sunni coalition (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait) has now begun bombing Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen: AL ARABIYA Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed the positions of Yemens Houthi militia and destroyed most of their air defenses, Al Arabiya News Channel reported early on Thursday. Arab Gulf states had announced that they have decided to repel Houthi aggression in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the countrys President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda...
  • Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials

    03/25/2015 8:59:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2015 | Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick
    Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle Easts top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi'ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
  • 137 killed, 345 injured in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques

    03/20/2015 8:09:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 78 replies
    The Record ^ | 3-20-2015 | Ahmed Al-Haj, AP
    A television network owned by Yemen's Shiite rebels says a total of 137 people were killed and 345 injured in quadruple suicide bombings that hit a pair of mosques controlled by the rebels in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. Al-Masirah TV raised the death toll on Friday hours after the attacks, making it the deadliest violence to hit the fragile war-torn country.
  • Suicide bombers kill 14 people outside Pakistani churches

    03/15/2015 5:31:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 16, 2015
    LAHORE, Pakistan –  Pakistani Taliban suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing 14 people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the increasingly fractured country. In the tense aftermath, angry mobs lashed out at people they suspected of involvement in the attacks -- including one person who was burned to death --  and Christian crowds set fire to cars in a show of defiance in the country's second largest city and the prime minister's seat of power.Life in Pakistan is increasingly fraught with...
  • ISIS (Sunni) vs Iraq(Iran)Shiite in Tikrit

    03/15/2015 3:07:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    All this, ISIS (Sunni) vs Iraq (Iran-Shiite) mortal enemies from Islam's earliest days have fought this same battle for centuries. The enmity for each other is so intense, they consider each other more abominable than Jews. As an illustration, Iran announced that the first order of business once their nuclear aspirations have been realized was to nuke Saudi Arabia's oil fields, their number one Sunni arch enemy. Notice, Israel is not their first target. The 'Law of Unintended Consequences' is an unforgiving maiden .George Bush was warned of the genocidal miasma to come if he dared remove Saddam from power....
  • Iraqi Sunnis join feared Shiite militia to battle ISIS [The enemy of my enemy is...]

    03/14/2015 10:34:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2015 | By W.G. Dunlop
    Wearing a camouflage uniform with militia patches and a green headband, Nawar Mohammed is the image of an Iraqi Shiite fighter except for one detail: he is Sunni. Mohammed is one of some 250 Sunni residents of Al-Alam who joined Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia with a fearsome reputation for kidnappings and killings targeting their community, to battle the Islamic State group after it seized their town. It would once have been all but unthinkable for a member of Iraq's Sunni Arab minority to join a Shiite militia, but opposition to ISIS, which overran large areas north and...
  • Shiite victory in Tikrit over ISIS would cement Irans influence in Iraq

    03/13/2015 10:20:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The State ^ | 03/13/2015 | Mitchell Prothero
    IRBIL, IRAQ Iraqi security forces and Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militias appeared Thursday to be on the verge of victory in a two-week effort to recapture Saddam Husseins hometown from the Islamic State, which has held the symbolically important city since June. But the seemingly certain triumph of a force with little Sunni Muslim participation in the center of Iraqs Sunni heartland has raised another troubling issue: the extension of Irans influence in a country where the Shiite Muslim neighbor is already the most significant outside player. The forces that appeared Thursday to have cornered the last Islamic State fighters...
  • Iran blinds man in 'eye for an eye' justice

    03/09/2015 5:45:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/2015 | Ralph Ellis
    On Tuesday, a man convicted of blinding another man in an acid attack was himself forcibly blinded in one eye, according to Amnesty International and Tasnim News, a semi-official news website. The punishment is believed to be Iran's first case of Qasas, meaning retribution in kind, Tasnim News said. Amnesty International denounced the sentence. "This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran's justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities' shocking disregard for basic humanity," said Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International's Iran researcher. "Meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice. Blinding, like stoning, amputation and flogging, is a form...
  • Chad president tells Boko Haram leader to surrender or face death

    03/05/2015 6:43:02 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 4, 2015 | Madjiasra Nako
    President Idriss Deby of Chad said on Wednesday he knew the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, and called on him to surrender or risk being killed. Chad's army has waged a series of battles against Boko Haram as part of a cross-border military campaign and has re-taken territory the militant group held in northeastern Nigeria. ... The Chadian army is considered one of the best in the region, backed by a strong air force. It first deployed to help Cameroon fend off Boko Haram and is now pressing southwest into Nigerian territory...
  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraqs fight to retake Tikrit

    03/04/2015 6:25:32 PM PST · by BeauBo · 51 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 4 March 2015 | Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State... Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched an aerial bombardment.
  • Is Obama a Sunni or Shia Muslim Plant?

    03/04/2015 12:30:26 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 78 replies
    We know Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim. He has said he'll stand with the Muslims with things get ugly in his book. He has said the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohammed. He has said Muslims built America. He has threatened to shoot down Israeli jets. He has given the Muslim "one finger in the air" sign last summer. Obama has justified ISIS actions by saying "The Crusades" just as ISIS has done in many videos. He has a ring that says there is no God but Allah. But what kind of Muslim is...
  • ( Sunni Moslems ) Taliban storm Pakistan Shiite mosque, killing at least 16

    02/13/2015 8:33:56 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 13 February 2015
    Three attackers with grenades, Kalashnikovs and explosive suicide vests struck at the Imamia mosque in Peshawar, the main city in Pakistan's restive northwest, around the time of the main Friday prayers. The attack comes two weeks after a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan killed 61 people ... violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent years, most of it perpetrated by hardline Sunni Muslim groups against minority Shiite Muslims, who make up around a fifth of the population. The suicide bombing at a mosque in southern Sindh province on January 30 was the deadliest...
  • The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State (Video)

    02/12/2015 3:15:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Vice News ^ | 2-12-2015
    Last summer, the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept from Syria into northern Iraq, routing Iraqi security forces and seizing the city of Mosul. Soon afterward, the group declared the establishment of a dubious "caliphate" in the area it controls and rebranded itself the Islamic State. With Iraq's army weakened and radical militants advancing on Baghdad, the country's Iran-backed Shia militias which have their own history of sectarian abuses fought back, halting the Islamic State's progress. The militias have successfully combated Islamic State fighters on the ground with the assistance of air...
  • The Hezbollah Connection

    02/10/2015 11:28:35 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 10, 2015 | RONEN BERGMAN
    1. Ahmad Abu Adass In 2005, the last year of his life, Ahmad Abu Adass was 22 and still living with his parents in Beirut, Lebanon. He was kind and liked people, his friends later told investigators, but none of them thought he was very sophisticated. The best way to describe him was simple, one said. He was generous and a little nave. He was very weak, physically. A Sunni Muslim of Palestinian descent, Adass had become interested in religion and now spent many hours at the Arab University Mosque near his home. It was there, after a prayer session,...
  • Norway Islamic Leader: Every Muslim Wants Death Penalty for Homosexuals'

    02/04/2015 12:37:26 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Michael W. Chapman
    Fahad Qureshi, who founded Islam Net and is considered an Islamic leader in Norway, told a large group of Sunni Muslims that, contrary to media claims that it is only radicals and extremists who support barbaric punishments for those who violate sharia, regular Muslims support such things, including the death penalty for homosexuals and stoning for adultery. Fahad Qureshi, who founded Islam Net and is considered an Islamic leader in Norway, told a large group of Sunni Muslims that, contrary to media claims that it is only radicals and extremists who support barbaric punishments for those who violate sharia, regular...
  • Egyptian Sunni Reaction to ISIS.

    02/04/2015 6:28:41 AM PST · by paolop · 17 replies
    Corriere della Sera ^ | Corriere della Sera
    Translation of part of article (para 2) "Meanwhile, Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the most prestigious center for Sunni teaching, has asked for the killing and Crucifixion of ISIS terrorists, expressing disdain for the barbaric murder of the Jordanian pilot. In a very tough statement broadcast after the video in which Maaz al-Kassasbeh is seen burned alive, the religious authority has asked for, 'The killing, the crucifixion and the mutilation of the ISIS terrorists' "
  • Norfolk speaker criticizes response to Islamic threats (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    02/04/2015 2:54:56 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 4, 2015 | Philip Walzer
    NORFOLK Ayaan Hirsi Ali stood before a slide of the caged Jordanian pilot about to be set afire by Islamic State group extremists. That, she said at Chrysler Hall on Tuesday night, will be the norm if they are not defeated. "You are going to see people beheaded, their hands and legs cut off, the mass enslavement of women," warned Hirsi Ali, a sharp critic of Muslim leaders and radicals and an advocate of women's rights. "We have had over a long period of time... even before the Reagan administration, so many warning signs that we have ignored," Hirsi Ali...
  • Erdogan Launches Sunni Islamist Revival in Turkish Schools

    02/02/2015 5:42:21 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 16, 2014 | Alexander Christie-Miller
    When Hasan Erol and other parents learned that their children’s school would be converted to specialise in Islamic education, they hit the streets. Yeşilbahar Middle School is among five in Istanbul’s staunchly secular district of Kadıköy to have been earmarked for conversion into imam-hatips, religious schools in which 20% to one-third of hours are dedicated to Sunni Islamic study. “They want to transform this area into something else,” says Erol, whose 13-year-old son goes to the school. “They want to make it more conservative by bringing imam-hatips here.” Yeşilbahar was spared. Authorities relented in the face of protests and a...
  • ( Shia ) Iran Offers to Help African Union Against Boko Haram ( Sunni Moslems )

    02/01/2015 7:22:30 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Feb 2015 | John Hayward
    The absence of strong Western leadership against the Boko Haram terror state has created an opportunity Iran seems ready to exploit. The Premium Times of Nigeria reports that Iran is stepping forward to offer assistance to the African Union against the savage caliphate spilling out of northern Nigeria into Cameroon and menacing the entire region: ... Abdollohian said the activities of the Boko Haram militants and that of Al-Shabaab in the Somalia were similar to that of Al-Qaeda and the ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East. ... Iran was willing to share its experiences on terrorist activities...
  • Man shot dead at Malm shopping centre

    02/01/2015 5:52:54 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    The Local ^ | 01 Feb 2015
    Two hooded gunmen opened fire at a man in a kebab restaurant at one of Malms largest shopping centres on Saturday afternoon, in full view of several families and their children. Their victim, thought to be Ashkan Moayed Abedi, a member of the Wolfpack Brotherhood criminal gang, escaped into the carpark where he was then gunned down in front of shocked shoppers. He died later in hospital. They fired perhaps ten or twelve shots," ... Abedi, 30, was a key player in the gang war which took place in Sweden's third largest city between 2007 and 2011, leaving at least...
  • Shiite militia sets deadline to unravel Yemen crisis

    02/01/2015 5:29:18 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb. 1 , 2015
    Sanaa - A Shiite militia on Sunday set a three-day deadline for political parties to resolve the power vacuum in Yemen since the president and prime minister offered to resign last month. The Huthis and their allies urged parties "to reach a solution and fill the vacuum" within three days or "the revolutionary leadership" would "take care of the situation of the state". ... The militia, which overran Sanaa in September, seized the presidential palace and key government buildings on January 20, plunging the country deeper into crisis and prompting President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his premier to tender their...
  • Sunni vs. Shia: The religious rivalry behind the Middle East turmoil

    01/25/2015 10:52:12 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Yahoo Global News .. Daily Brew ^ | 24 Jan, 2015 | Steve Mertl
    the split began during a power struggle of who would lead Islam after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 AD. A conflict developed between those who wanted the growing religion headed by qualified leaders and those who believed authority belonged to the direct heirs of Mohammed. The Prophets son-in-law, Ali, ruled as caliph for five years before being assassinated. His sons, Hassan and Hussein, were excluded from the succession and both were later killed. Their adherents evolved into the Shia, whose name derives from the term shiatu Ali, Arabic for partisans of Ali,... Shia devotees would see the...
  • Anti-Shiite tribes seize army tanks in Yemen

    01/02/2015 5:40:11 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2015 | AHMED AL-HAJ
    the seizures came after clashes broke out Thursday night in the eastern city of Marib between tribesmen and army troops. They say the tribesmen suspected that the soldiers were heading to join the Shiite rebels who have been gathering outside of Marib for several weeks ... The Shiite rebels known as the Houthis are backed by ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. They have overrun the capital and other cities in a power grab that has plunged Yemen into turmoil. ... Sunni al-Qaida has recently intensified its attacks against the expansionist Shiite Houthis, especially in Yemen's predominantly Sunni central region.