Islamic leaders in Baltimore weren’t shy about their proselytization when Obama spoke at their mosque last week.
Islamic leaders in Baltimore weren’t shy about their proselytization when Obama spoke at their mosque last week.
Via Washington Post:
As a journalist based in northern Iraq for the past six years, I’ve seen the war with the Islamic State closer than I’d like. In the summer of 2014, my best friend, a man I’d come to love and respect during my time reporting here, was taken prisoner by the militants. We were more like brothers than friends, and I haven’t heard from him since.
I was filming about 180 miles away on the evening he disappeared. I drove through the night to join a group of his friends and family in a rescue effort. While the militants stormed west across Iraq, we worked exhaustively to find him. (I can’t say more about him, because doing so could put him in further danger.) We were driven by rage and desperation.
Months later, Diji Terror, a Kurdish counterterrorism unit based in Sulaymaniyah, granted my request to interview an ISIS fighter I’d heard they had captured. Finally, a small chance to press the Islamic State for answers about its tactics. A chance for some catharsis.
Ali was seized during a nighttime raid caught on film: In the footage officials showed me, Diji troops handcuffed, blindfolded and bundled him off on a helicopter. Ali had beheaded prisoners, they told me; I couldn’t help but think of my friend.
When I met him, Ali wore an orange jumpsuit and plastic sandals. He sat hunched in his chair as a guard lit a thin cigarette and passed it to him. He took it with both hands, his wrists cuffed together, and inhaled deeply. (In Islamic State territory, smoking is forbidden.) This sight was a far cry from a propaganda photo I saw of him dressed in black, standing commandingly behind a Kurdish peshmerga soldier he says he subsequently executed.
Ali was born in 1995 and joined the Islamic State in 2008, at the age of 13, he told me. He was trained as an assassin and given his first mission two years later. He and three friends were sent to kill four Iraqi police officers in Mosul. The group tracked the men down, executed them with shots to the back of their heads and buried them where they fell. Ali said he had killed eight or nine men in battle, not including the five he’d beheaded. […]
The Islamic State commits despicable acts of cruelty, but the men who carry out these crimes are not the two-dimensional caricatures they’re painted to be. They are human beings, many indoctrinated at the most impressionable age and coerced into service.
A few weeks after the interviews, I saw a photo taken after a battle between the Kurds and the Islamic State near Sinjar, Iraq. In the lower left-hand corner is the body of a militant, his head just out of the frame, blood pooling by his left shoulder. His name is Abdul Aziz Faraj Yusuf, age 16. I’ve seen a lot of photos of dead Islamic State fighters, but as I reread the boy’s age, I felt something different. Gone was the sense of retaliatory satisfaction. This was a dead child. I wasn’t angry anymore. I was heartbroken.
Via Free Beacon:
Hillary Clinton has struggled to win over female voters in New Hampshire and trails her competitor for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), among this demographic.
Sanders currently leads Clinton among female likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire by five percentage points, according to a University of Massachusetts Lowell/7 News poll released Monday, one day before the Democratic primary there.
Bill Clinton has harassed more women than rape fantasy Bernie could even dream of doing.
Via NY Times:
MILFORD, N.H. — Bill Clinton uncorked an extended attack on Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, harshly criticizing Mr. Sanders and his supporters for what he described as inaccurate and “sexist” attacks on Hillary Clinton.
“When you’re making a revolution you can’t be too careful with the facts,” Mr. Clinton said, deriding Mr. Sanders’s oft-mentioned call for a political revolution.
The former president, addressing a few hundred supporters at a junior high school here, portrayed his wife’s opponent for the Democratic nomination as hypocritical, “hermetically sealed” and dishonest.
He even likened an incident last year, in which Sanders staffers obtained access to Clinton campaign voter data, to stealing a car with the keys in the ignition.
Mr. Clinton discussed the race for nearly 50 minutes, and his comments took on a harder edge the longer he spoke. What began as a testimonial to Mrs. Clinton’s leadership and a statesmanlike lecture on her approach to issues evolved into an angrier recitation of grievances against Mr. Sanders and his fervent supporters.
Her husband’s organization has also donated 1.5 million to Black Lives Matter organizations.
Via Daily Mail:
Beyonce issued a strong political statement with her halftime show at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with backing dancers dressed as members of armed rights group the Black Panthers.
The superstar brought the dancers on for her new single Formation which is being widely touted as a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
At one point during the song, the supporting performers formed an ‘X’ on the field – thought to reference black rights campaigner Malcolm X – and then raised their arms in the air in a gesture referencing the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Damn, everyone else is very lucky.
Via NY Post:
A passenger was sucked out of a gaping hole in an airliner after an explosion from a possible bomb rocked the jet 10,000 feet over Somalia yesterday.
The charred remains of the tragic flier were discovered in a town north of Mogadishu after the blast forced the Daallo Airlines Airbus A321 to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu, according to CNN.
The explosion took place shortly after takeoff as the plane, en route to Djibouti was ascending to 30,000 feet.
When it landed back at Mogadishu International Airport, about 75 people were evacuated and there only two minor injuries among the remaining passengers.
As officials tried to account for all of the people on board, reports from a small town north of Mogadishu said a person may have been sucked from the jet in the apparent blast.
Update: Worst. Terrorist. Ever.
Via NY Post:
The suicide bomber who was sucked to his death from an airliner over Somalia may have hidden a bomb inside a laptop computer, according to a report.
The explosive contained military-grade TNT, CNN reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation.
Meanwhile, Somali and international investigators have confirmed that the man ejected from the Daallo Airlines Airbus A321 was the suicide bomber, an official briefed on the probe told The Wall Street Journal.
Authorities have identified the man as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle, 55, from the breakaway region of Somaliland in northern Somalia.
He used a wheelchair to circumvent security measures at the Mogadishu airport, the Journal reported.
A security officer at the airport said the wheelchair-bound man did not appear suspicious, just sick.
“He seemed like someone ill, and as officers we usually help elderly people with those wheelchairs when they come to get to flights,” Saida Bare said. “He was a quiet man and nothing seemed wrong there until the flight took off.”
The explosion blew a hole in the fuselage of the Djibouti-bound plane and forced the pilot to return to the Somali capital for an emergency landing. Two people were injured.
On Friday, an official told the Journal that TNT residue had been found on the man’s remains, which landed near the town of Balad, 20 miles from Mogadishu.
Kunta Kinte begs to differ.
Whoopi Goldberg is reportedly displaying “antagonistic” behavior behind the set of The View, with some believing the actress is provoking the bosses of ABC to fire her.
An insider reportedly told Page Six that 60-year-old Goldberg gets a $5 million annual fee to lead the show’s panel, but the comedienne is said to be “at war with the management,” and that she is not putting in a lot of effort in her work nowadays
Goldberg, who is now on her final year of a five-year contract, caused a stir last year when she allegedly paraded around, ranting how the network has treated her like a slave. “I’s a work for ABC, who is my master. I’s a slave to ABC. It’s ’12 Years a Whoopi’ at ABC,” referring to the film 12 Years a Slave.
“Whoopi has been so antagonistic, she’s constantly at war with management,” said the source. “It’s so bad that some execs think she’s daring them to fire her so she can go off and do other things, particularly after her ‘slave’ outburst.”
Now under arrest in Germany for being an ISIS operative.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of being an ISIS terrorist after entering Europe claiming to be a Syrian refugee.
The 34-year-old man was arrested at a refugee centre after police raided a number of locations in Germany this week.
Here, he is pictured surrounded by a cache of heavy weaponry including automatic rifles and grenades [seen above].
The picture shows the suspect knelt next to his haul of Ak47s , possibly loaded magazines, hand grenades, camouflage and protective gear.
He smirks as he holds a hand gun towards the camera.
Police believe the man, who hasn’t been identified, was planning to massacre civilians in Germany after receiving training from IS thugs in Syria.
The proposed attack comes as a top German spy warned ISIS was planting fighters disguised as refugees in Europe.
Tip of the iceberg.
Via Fox News:
Spanish police arrested seven suspected members Sunday of a jihadi cell linked to Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids in the eastern provinces of Valencia and Alicante and in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta.
In a statement, police said the cell was well-organized and coordinated by a ringleader who ran a business that enabled him to ship containers with technological supplies, weapons and military equipment from Spanish ports to armed groups in operating in Syria and Iraq. The cell is suspected of also supplying funds for IS and Jabhat al-Nusra and of money laundering, the statement said.
The ringleader was also contacted on several occasion by IS urging him to supply women for combatants in Syria and Iraq to marry, “following guidelines set down by the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the statement said.
No comment necessary.
HT: Cristina Laila
Via Chicago Tribune:
The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un went ahead with the launch just two hours after an eight-day window opened early Sunday, and a month after the country’s fourth nuclear test. He ignored an appeal from China, its neighbor and important ally, not to proceed and in another slap to Beijing, he chose the eve of the Chinese New Year, the country’s most important holiday.
Since its Jan. 6 nuclear test, which the North claimed was a powerful hydrogen bomb but experts believe was not, China and the United States have been negotiating the text of a new Security Council sanctions resolution.
The U.S., backed by its Western allies, Japan and South Korea, wants tough sanctions reflecting Kim’s defiance of the Security Council. But diplomats say China, the North’s key protector in the council, is reluctant to impose economic measures that could cause North Korea’s economy to collapse.
The 15-member Security Council strongly condemned the launch and pledged to “expeditiously” adopt a new resolution with “further significant measures” — U.N. code for sanctions. The word “robust” referring to the measures was in an initial draft, but was dropped in the final statement.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told reporters that “it cannot be business as usual” after two successive North Korean acts that are “hostile and illegal.”
Another war Obama lost.
SANGIN, Afghanistan, Feb. 7 (UPI) — An Afghan army commander says the Taliban are once again on the verge of overrunning the Sangin district of southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
The BBC quoted the commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying the Taliban now control a majority of the district and have in recent days attacked the remaining government-controlled positions, killing dozens of Afghan military personnel.
The commander reportedly said eight soldiers were killed and nine captured at a base known as “Sahra Yak,” which fell late last week. The militants confiscated ammunition and weapons, including an armored vehicle, and are now threatening two other bases that “will have the same fate” if not given the proper support.
“It is the fourth day that one dead body is with us, and four wounded in the past week,” he said. “It is the tenth day that we eat only dry bread, borrowing it from the local police.”
Afghan military officials have downplayed the Taliban assault in Sangin, saying the district is secure despite admitting the presence of jihadists.
Guess it wasn’t so top secret.
Three elite British troops were hurt under fire from Islamic State thugs during a top-secret mission in Iraq.
But the heroes’ bravery has not been officially acknowledged as Tory ministers lean on defence chiefs not to acknowledge the secret ground war being fought by our special forces in Iraq and Syria .
The SAS and SBS soldiers suffered blast and fragmentation injuries as 30 ISIS thugs fired on them during a 25-strong allied special forces patrol in northern Iraq.
It is believed these are the first major military injuries of Britain’s shadowy war.
The British, German and US special forces mission was to hunt out terrorist positions outside ISIS-held Mosul and spot weak areas in the network’s defences.
During the patrol in pick-up trucks last week the crack troops wore local scarves and hid assault weapons in the floor of the trucks so as not to alert IS spotters.
But 10 miles south of the city’s airport the militants opened fire with 50-calibre guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
The terrorists blasted the soldiers from mounted machine gun positions on American-built armoured Humvee vehicles, stolen from the Iraqi army.
Within seconds a firefight broke out as the special forces men dived out of their relatively unprotected cars and fired back hundreds of rounds of ammunition with high-powered assault weapons.
To buy time an eight-man German commando team then obliterated one ISIS position with armour-piercing missiles, killing several enemy gunmen.
A source told the Mirror: “The enemy were up to 30 strong and heavily armed. An air strike was needed to resolve it.”
Tainted water caused by a Democrat majority government.
Via Daily Mail:
Squeezing ahead of Bernie Sanders in Iowa, Hillary Clinton continues her desperate quest to appear relatable.
And so as she visited crisis-plagued Flint, Michigan, on Sunday, the former First Lady made a point of going into a Dunkin Donuts.
Flanked by her right-hand-woman Huma Abedin, the billionaire politician squinted at the menu, apparently enthralled by the options.
The publicity stunt came shortly before Clinton boldly slammed the water crisis in Flint as ‘immoral’, saying Congress should approve $200 million in emergency aid for the city grappling with lead-contaminated water.
candidate trailing in polls against rival Bernie Sanders in the first primary state.
Clinton hopes to use a narrower-than-expected loss in Tuesday’s primary as a springboard into contests later this month in Nevada and South Carolina.
Clinton said she was making a ‘personal commitment’ to help Flint in a message delivered not only to the congregants at a local Baptist church but also a more heavily-minority electorate in Southern contests that could help her build a foundation for a delegate-by-delegate drive toward the nomination.
Actually, it is.
Friday from the White House briefing room, President Barack Obama said it is dismissed the notion that “immigrants and poor people,” are taking jobs from the American middle class.
Obama said, “As far as I can tell, those who are running down the economy and adding to the anxiety don’t seem to have any plausible coherent recipe other than cut taxes for the folks who have been doing the best in this economy and somehow magically, that’s going to make other folks feel good. Or alternatively, they argue that the reason you’re feeling insecure is because immigrants or poor people are taking more of your paycheck, and is just not true. The facts don’t bear that out. That’s not where the weaknesses in the economy are. That’s not what’s depressing wages for middle class families or making them more vulnerable to disruptions in this economy and I want to keep on making that argument during the course of this year.”
Learning what it’s all about…
Via The Blaze:
A group of Israeli high school students say they have gained new perspective after walking in the shoes of their school’s cleaner one night.
Students at the Amit Kfar Ganim religious school in Petah Tikva in central Israel told Israel’s Channel 2 that it all began last month when their 10th grade class had some money left over from a barbecue they had organized and decided to use it to surprise Natan — the man who cleans their school after they go home every day — with a gift.
Beyonce just released a Black Lives Matter homage which she performed at the Super Bowl. But that didn’t stop her from taking advantage of a highway-clearing police escort to the Super Bowl. Hypocrisy they name is Bey…
Finally, some pushback.
Via The Local:
A march by Germany’s anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the eastern city of Dresden on Saturday on a day that saw rallies across Europe in support of the movement.
Pegida supporters took to the streets of a number of other European cities, including Prague and the northern French port of Calais, home to the infamous “Jungle” refugee camp for migrants seeking passage across the Channel to Britain.
Pegida and fellow anti-Muslim groups called the rallies following last month’s signing of an agreement to create a “Fortress Europe” coalition against a backdrop of Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.
Several thousand Pegida supporters turned up in Dresden under clear blue skies in the early afternoon to march along the banks of the River Elbe, which flows through the city, to protest against mass immigration and the “islamisation” of Europe.
Absent was Lutz Bachmann, the movement’s founder, owing to illness, organisers said.
Police, who deployed around 1,000 officers for the occasion, said Thursday they expected some 15,000 marchers to show up.
An AFP reporter said several thousand had answered the rallying call an hour after the event began at 1400 GMT.
Many held aloft banners criticising German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in the firing line for her liberal stance towards refugees, now increasingly coming in for criticism after Germany took in more than a million migrants last year.
Around 2,000 people — less than the 10,000 expected by police — meanwhile joined an anti-Pegida rally at which participants urged tolerance towards migrants.
And no, that’s not how you hold a football.