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  • Hero Texas rabbi threw chair at crazed terrorist to end 10-hour hostage ordeal

    01/17/2022 2:34:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2022 | Lee Brown
    The hero rabbi held hostage in his Texas synagogue has credited active-shooter training for helping him save his congregants — revealing Monday that he threw a chair at the terrorist so they could finally escape. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said the training he got from police and the FBI kicked in toward the end of the terrifying 10-hour standoff Saturday at his Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville. “In the last hour of our hostage crisis, the gunman became increasingly belligerent and threatening,” the rabbi said in a statement of British terrorist Malik Faisal Akram, who “wasn’t getting what he wanted.”
  • British National ID'd as Hostage-Taker at Texas Synagogue

    01/16/2022 3:30:50 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 16, 2022
    Authorities on Sunday identified a 44-year-old British national as the man who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue for 10 hours before an FBI SWAT team stormed the building, ending a tense standoff that President Joe Biden called “an act of terror." Malik Faisal Akram was shot and killed after the last of the hostages got out at around 9 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Beth Israel near Fort Worth. In a statement, the FBI said there was no indication that anyone else was involved, but it didn't provide a possible motive. Akram could be heard ranting on a...
  • British police detain 2 teens in relation to Colleyville synagogue hostage case

    01/16/2022 5:42:01 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 19 replies
    FOX$ KDFW ^ | 1/16/22 | Fox4 staff
    Police in Britain said they have detained two teenagers in relation to the hostages being taken at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville on Saturday. Greater Manchester Police tweeted the information on Sunday that two teenagers were detained in South Manchester by Counter Terrorism Policing North West. They remain in custody for questioning. No further details were released about the suspects.
  • Coronavirus Delays Long-Stalled Trial of 9/11 Mastermind, 4 Accomplices

    09/11/2020 7:31:20 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Sep 2020 | EDWIN MORA
    The Chinese coronavirus pandemic has once again delayed the long-awaited death penalty trial of the self-professed 9/11 mastermind and his four co-conspirators held at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the judge handling the cases revealed recently. Justice remains elusive nearly two decades after the jihadis executed the attack that left about 3,000 people dead and over 6,000 injured, marking the deadliest assault on U.S. soil. U.S. officials charged the late Osama bin Laden’s close ally Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) alongside his nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, accused hijacking trainer Walid bin Attash, facilitator Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and al-Qaeda money...
  • Biden labels Texas synagogue hostage-taking an 'act of terror'

    01/16/2022 1:18:27 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    The hill ^ | 01/16/2022 | Joseph Choi
    President Biden on Sunday called the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue on Saturday an "act of terror." "This was an act of terror," Biden told reporters. "This was an act of terror [that was not only related to someone who had been arrested I might add 15 years ago and had been in jail for 10 years."
  • 'Corrupt' FBI should be 'eliminated' for statement on Texas synagogue hostage taker: Critics

    01/16/2022 1:49:20 PM PST · by Brilliant · 56 replies
    The FBI is facing backlash on social media after an official said that the Texas synagogue hostage taker’s demands were "not specifically related to the Jewish community." "The FBI is now an organization solely focused on destroying the domestic enemies of the Democratic Party," conservative talk radio show Jesse Kelly tweeted Sunday morning. "Any Republican Congress or Presidential candidate who doesn’t loudly proclaim his intention to massively reform or disband this organization should not be considered. Kelly’s tweet came in response to the Associated Press reporting that FBI officials said "the Texas synagogue hostage taker's demands were specifically focused on...
  • Mainstream US Muslim (Cair lobby) groups have called for Aafia Siddiqui's release

    01/16/2022 12:50:11 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 16, 2022 | Jessica Chasmar 
    Just last month, CAIR’s Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter held an event called "In Pursuit of Freedom" at the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas, calling for Siddiqui’s release, claiming she had been "kidnapped, ripped apart from her children, shot at, renditioned to the U.S., and is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence for a crime she did not commit." On Nov. 18, the CAIR chapter held an online fundraiser for Siddiqui’s defense team. Days earlier, multiple Muslim advocacy groups, including CAIR, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ), and the Muslim American...
  • Terrorist shot dead after taking hostages at Texas synagogue is named as 44-year-old from Blackburn: Gunman Malik Akram's 'devastated' brother condemns attack and blames 'mental health issues' as Liz Truss slams 'act of anti-Semitism'

    01/16/2022 10:48:39 AM PST · by knighthawk · 84 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16 2022 | JACOB THORBURN and STEPHEN WYNN-DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE and ALYSSA GUZMAN and RONNY REYES
    The family of the British terrorist who was shot dead after taking four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue have tonight condemned his actions as they admitted to 'liasing' with the shooter during his 10-hour stand-off with police. Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was shot dead by the FBI after holding four hostages for more than 10 hours at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday. His 'devastated' brother Gulbar Akram shared a message on social media in which he revealed he had been working with the FBI and 'liasing' with his sibling throughout the stand-off. He also apologised...
  • Texas Hostage Taker Identified as British Citizen (Malik Faisal Akram) Who Traveled to U.S. in Recent Days

    01/16/2022 10:47:57 AM PST · by karpov · 48 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 16, 2022 | Dan Frosch
    The man who took four hostages at a synagogue in Texas on Saturday is a 44 year-old British citizen, the FBI said Sunday. In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram. Mr. Akram died late Saturday after a standoff that lasted more than 10 hours in the Dallas suburb of Colleyville. Officials didn’t say how he died. An elite FBI rescue team that flew in from Quantico, Va., stormed the synagogue and freed three of the hostages, authorities said. One hostage was released earlier, and none were harmed. A law-enforcement official with knowledge...
  • FBI identifies suspect who took hostages at Texas synagogue

    01/16/2022 10:40:28 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 52 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/16/22 | Caroline Linton
    The FBI identified the suspect who took four people hostage Saturday at a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue as Malik Faisal Akram, 44. Authorities said Saturday night that Akram had died, while all four hostages made it out alive. Akram was a British citizen, the FBI said. It's unclear when he came to the U.S Four hostages were held inside the synagogue for hours, with one male hostage being released around 7:30 p.m. ET. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the remaining three hostages were "out alive and safe." Authorities said shortly afterward that the suspect was dead. Authorities...
  • What we know: Colleyville’s Beth Israel hostages freed, hostage-taker dead

    01/15/2022 7:50:35 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 94 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 15 January 2022 | Matt Leclercq
    A man entered the Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, a suburb of 26,000 people about 17 miles northeast of Fort Worth, on Saturday morning during services. He took four people inside the synagogue hostage and claimed to have bombs in unknown locations; one, a man, was released around 5 p.m. Around 9:15 p.m., Star-Telegram reporters at the scene heard a bang and what sounded like gunfire at the scene. Witnesses reported seeing increased police activity around the synagogue. At 9:30 p.m., Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, “All hostages are out alive and safe.” The hostage-taker is dead, Rep. Beth Van Duyne...
  • Call the hostage-taking at Colleyville synagogue what it is: evil terrorism

    01/15/2022 9:50:46 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 35 replies
    But in one sense, it doesn’t matter. Any complaint he has about the U.S. government, the case in question or even Israel doesn’t involve the individuals whose lives he has violated. Throughout the tense hours, the priority was the safe rescue of the hostages. Officers heroically stormed in and rescued them late Saturday, for which we should all be grateful. Now, it’s important to reflect with righteous anger, to acknowledge the evil done, name it and identify where it comes from. The innocent Colleyville congregants have nothing to do with the case of Aafia Siddiqui, whom the hostage-taker reportedly mentioned....
  • Hostage-taker at Texas synagogue calls for the release of Pakistani national from US prison, authorities say

    01/15/2022 6:15:20 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 15, 2022 | Alaa Elassar and Michelle Watson
    Hostage-taker at Texas synagogue calls for the release of Pakistani national from US prison, authorities say By Alaa Elassar and Michelle Watson, CNN Updated 8:40 PM EST, Sat January 15, 2022 article video (CNN)The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting a hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas, where authorities say the suspect may be motivated by the desire to free a Pakistani scientist who was convicted of attempting to kill US officers in Afghanistan. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told CNN there were believed to be four hostages, including a rabbi, at Congregation...
  • Prayers for Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage Situation: IN THE NAME OF JESUS, LET THOSE HOSTAGES GO!

    01/15/2022 5:49:56 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 24 replies
    Patriot777
    Father God, I ask in The Name of Your Beloved Son, Yeshua, Jesus our Lord and Savior, that the monster holding Your People, Jewish families as they went to honor You Father God at Shabbat services in their synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, that You Almighty God set them free from him. Lord Jesus please station Your guardian angels roundabout each person and family within that synagogue, and also around all First Responders and Texas law enforcement, as well as any other entities. Let this filthy attempt by the evil one come to naught, and in The Name of Jesus I...
  • White House: Biden has been briefed about hostages

    01/15/2022 3:21:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 65 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/1/22
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "POTUS has been briefed about the developing hostage situation in the Dallas area. He will continue to receive updates from his senior team as the situation develops. Senior members of the national security team are also in touch with federal law enforcement...
  • Suspect in hostage situation at Texas synagogue is demanding to have convicted terrorist sister - once dubbed 'Lady Al Qaeda' who planned chemical attacks on Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge - freed from prison

    01/15/2022 2:23:03 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 Jan 2022 | Daniel Bates and Alyssa Guzman
    • The suspect claims his sister is Aafia Siddiqui, a known terrorist who is incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth Siddiqui was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 by forces who found her with cyanide and plans to attack the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building • The Al Qaeda operative dubbed ‘Lady Al Qaeda’ bragged to her student friends at the age of just 21 that she would be proud to be on the FBI’s Most Wanted list • Siddiqui, who was a biology major at MIT, said in 1993 she wanted to do ‘something to help...
  • Texas synagogue hostage taker demanding release of imprisoned sister

    01/15/2022 1:34:18 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 50 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/15/2022 | JACOB MAGID
    The suspect in an apparent hostage situation at a Texas synagogue is identified as Muhammad Siddiqui by ABC News, which reports that he’s holding the rabbi of the congregation and three others hostage. Siddiqui claimed during the livestream to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national who was convicted in 2010 by a New York City Federal Court of attempting to kill US military personnel. She is currently serving an 86-year sentence at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. ABC, citing a source at the scene, says Siddiqui is demanding his sister’s release.
  • Texas SWAT team responds to hostage situation at synagogue: 'I'm going to die' [hostages SAFE]

    01/15/2022 1:14:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 105 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 January 2022 | Adam Sabes
    A Texas SWAT team responded Saturday afternoon to a hostage situation at a synagogue near Dallas. The Colleyville Police Department said on Twitter that they are conducting SWAT operations "around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd." All residents in the immediate area of the incident are being evacuated, according to the tweet.
  • Colleyville synagogue apparently held hostage during livestream service (Texas)

    01/15/2022 11:56:36 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 33 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | January 15 | Jessika Harkay
    Colleyville police are conducting SWAT operations in the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road this afternoon around a synagogue, police said on social media. All residents in the immediate area are being evacuated, and people are asked to avoid the area.
  • Donald Trump To Hold Rally In Conroe Jan. 29 (Texas)

    01/14/2022 2:36:58 PM PST · by conservative98 · 28 replies
    Patch ^ | Fri, Jan 14, 2022 | Jeffrey Perkins
    CONROE, TX — Former President Donald Trump has scheduled a "Save America Rally" at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, according to his website. Trump is hosting a rally in Florence, Arizona, on Saturday, and the Conroe rally is next on his schedule. The fairgrounds, located at 9333 Airport Road, open at 2 p.m., according to the website. Trump is planning on holding two rallies per month leading up to the 2022 midterm elections, an advisor for the former president told Politico reporter Meridith McGraw. Trump's team has secured the fairgrounds for use on the published date,...