Chicago Man Gets 15 Years In Prison For Trying To Join Syrian Jihadists

Drive by shooters in Chicago receive less time.

Via TOI:

A federal judge scolded a former college student from suburban Chicago as he sentenced him to a maximum 15-year prison term Thursday for seeking to join terrorist-linked militants fighting Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, saying he would have given him even more time behind bars if statutes allowed it.

The judge brushed aside arguments by Abdella Ahmad Tounisi’s lawyers who said the then-18-year-old’s plans for Syria in 2013 didn’t neatly fit the definition of terrorism. They insisted he’d been motivated foremost by a sincere desire to help Syrians by fighting Assad’s repressive regime — not by any extremist ideology.

“You traded your opportunity to attend college for a terrorist training camp,” Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan said, addressing Tounisi directly. “You chose to join a bunch of thugs who took pride in cowardly killings.”

He then added sternly: “There are no free passes when it comes to collusion with terrorists.”

The judge said the group Tounisi aspired to join, the al-Nusra Front, wasn’t merely one of many militant organizations seeking to oust Assad — some of which the United States has supported. It was one affiliated with al-Qaeda, which has “openly called for the destruction of this nation,” Der-Yeghiayan said.

Tounisi, of Aurora, Illinois, apologized in a brief statement before he was sentenced, speaking softly and looking younger than his 23 years.

After reflection in jail, he said, he’s now grateful federal agents arrested him at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on April 19, 2013, before he could start his journey to participate in the civil war in Syria.

“Thank you,” he said. “Thank you for saving my life.”

As the hearing began, a child sitting on Tounisi’s father’s lap smiled when he saw Tounisi led into the room and shouted, “Hi Abdella!” Tounisi, standing with his legs shackled, later hung his head when the judge imposed the toughest punishment available under US law. Several of his relatives in court also looked shaken.

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Sick: Syrian Jihadist Uses 7-Year-Old Daughter As A Suicide Bomber…

Translation via Reddit:

Father: [inaudible over nasheed – sorry]

Daughter 1: I’m going to do a suicide mission

F: where?

D1: Damascus

F: Damascus? You’re young, you’re 9 years old, why don’t you leave this to the men? The men escaped? They went on the green buses?

D1: yes
F: You want to surrender so that you’re raped and killed by the infidels?

D1: no

F: You want to kill them, no? We’re a glorious religion, not a religion of humiliation, isn’t that so Baba?

D1: Inshallah

F: Inshallah, [turns to second daughter] Islam my darling, you’re going to carry out Jihad today?

D2: Inshallah

F: You won’t be scared, right?

D2: [nods] inaudible

F: You won’t be scared, because you’re going to God, isn’t that right?

D2: [nods] inaudible

F: Thank god, say Allahu Ackbar

D1 & D2: Allahu Ackbar!

F: Thank god [recites scripture and makes dua]

From last Friday:

(Reuters) – Syrian state television says a girl about nine years old has blown herself up in a police station in the Midan neighbourhood of Damascus.

State-run Ikhbariya news channel on Friday showed blurred images of what looked like a blackened girl’s head in a blanket, and scenes of destruction inside what it said was the police station.

State news agency SANA, quoting a Damascus police source, said there was an explosion in the police station.

A witness in the area of the blast told Reuters a young girl entered the police station and, after asking to go to the toilet, blew herself up.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said there had been an explosion in the Midan area and there were reports of casualties.

Syrian Jihadists Burn Buses Being Used To Evacuate Civilians In Aleppo…


Via Daily Mail:

Activists say militants have burned at least five buses assigned to evacuate 2,000 wounded and sick people from two villages in northern Syria.

The incident could scupper a wider deal that encompasses the evacuation of thousands of trapped rebel fighters and civilians from the last opposition foothold in east Aleppo.

The opposition’s Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that the al-Qaida affiliated Fatah al-Sham Front burned buses assigned to evacuate people from the rebel-besieged villages of Foua and Kfarya.

Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group fighting alongside Syria’s government, says the buses were burned during fighting between the al-Qaida-affiliated Fatah al-Sham Front and a rebel group that supported the evacuations.

Video: Syrian Jihadists Film Themselves Being Shot By A Tank…

Feel good video of the day.

Syrian Jihadist Rebel Group Executes 13-Year-Old Boy For Insulting Allah…

WARNING: Video is graphic.

Video: Syrian Jihadists Take A Direct Hit From An ATGM….


Video: Syrian Jihadist Commander Films His Own Death During Battle With Regime Forces….

2:40 mark for those of you who are impatient like myself.

Via AMN:

The Syrian reporter Shadi Helwe shared a video that was taken by an Ahrar Al-Sham commander called Abu Al-Leith through a Go Pro camera.

The video documented the death of the aforementioned commander during his attack on the Um Al-Qara’ hill south of Aleppo.

Video: Syrian Jihadists Can’t Hide From Missiles…

Jihadists from the group formerly known as al-Nusra Front battling the Syrian Army outside Aleppo.

Video: Syrian Jihadists Triumphantly Screaming “Allahu Akbar” Have Their Celebration Ruined When A Tank Shell Scores A Direct Hit…


Report: Syrian Jihadist Group Al-Nusra Front To Cut Formal Ties With Al-Qaeda…


Obama just found a new ally.

Via AMN:

News broke out earlier that the Shura Council of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, voted to cut ties with Al-Qaeda following increasing reports of an agreement between Russia and the US on targeting the organization in Syria.

The terror organization’s spokesperson declared that it is not sinful if the jihadist group changed its name to avoid unnecessary bloodshed and that such an arrangement would come after many meetings between Al Qaeda’s leaderships in Yemen and Afghanistan.

It is unclear if the rebranding arrangement would remove the group from the list of internationally recognized terror groups or negate the chances of being targeted by the US military.

Video: Syrian Jihadist Rebels Use Obama-Supplied Tow Missile To Score Direct Hit On Regime Forces…

Note the Levant Front’s logo on the top right.

Syrian Jihadist Group Turns Tables On ISIS Fighters, Releases Video Of Them Dressed In Orange Jumpsuits Executing Black-Clad ISIS Jihadis…


The Saudi-funded, armed and trained Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) executed dozens of their jihadi rivals from ISIS in this new video.

Via Daily Mail:

A terror group battling ISIS in Syria has turned the tables on its enemies by capturing and slaughtering dozens of Islamic State soldiers on camera.

Dressed in orange jumpsuits – attire usually worn by ISIS’s victims – the Jaysh Al-Islam soldiers lead 13 shackled jihadis to their deaths.

Jaysh Al-Islam calls itself the ‘Army of Islam’ and reportedly commands as many as 25,000 loyal fighters following the merger of around 60 rebel factions inside Syria.

Islamic State’s captured soldiers are forced to kneel as a commander announces: ‘Allah did not make a disease without appointing a remedy to it.’

The jihadis – dressed entirely in black – are then given something to drink before each of their faces are clearly shown in the 19 minute-long propaganda video. They are then shot in the back of the head at point blank range with shotguns.

Before they are killed, a Jaysh Al-Islam says: ‘The most serious calamity for our jihad today is a group of people who grow at a time of division among Muslims.

‘This group claimed to be the mother state and made Takfir [accused of apostasy] on other Muslims, shed their blood and looted their properties and dignities.

‘They worsened… the ordeal of Muslims by corrupting their religion and livelihood and killing the jihadi leaders who did their best to help our stricken nation.

‘They wreaked havoc on our people in liberated areas and cut the supply route of jihadis. They left… Tehran intact and instead they attacked our mosques.

ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills Leader Of Top Syrian Jihadist Group…


Via Times of Israel:

The head of one of Syria’s largest rebel groups was killed in a suicide bombing alongside many of his leading fighters, activists and state media reported Tuesday night, an attack likely to further weaken the country’s already shaky armed opposition.

Hassan Aboud of Ahrar al-Sham, an ultraconservative Syrian rebel group, was killed in the northwestern town of Ram Hamdan in the Syrian province of Idlib, an activist collective called the Edlib News Network and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

“Twenty-eight heads of the Ahrar al-Sham group were killed in an explosion that targeted a meeting tonight… in Idlib province,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Both groups said that other leading group members were killed after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt in a meeting of Ahrar al-Sham’s leaders. The Observatory bases its information from a network of activists on the ground.

The group previously fought against the extremist Islamic State group, which now holds a swath of territory across Syria and Iraq. Ahrar al-Sham had blamed the Islamic State group for the killing of one of their leaders in February, a man known as Abu Khaled al-Souri.

Ahrar al-Sham advocates the implementation of an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam, but had worked with more moderate rebel groups trying to oust President Bashar Assad.

Syrian Jihadists Behead Christian Man After Forcing Him To Deny His Faith…

Not very religion of peace-like.

Via Christian Post:

A Christian man in Syria recently had his head brutally hacked off by Islamic militants after being forced to deny his faith and salute Mohammed as “the messenger of God”.

The incident was caught on video for the world to see and broadcast as a warning to “everyone like him”.

In the video that was posted to YouTube with translated captions, the helpless Christian man is surrounded by armed militants wearing masks and he is heard reciting as instructed: “There is no God but God and I testify that Mohammed is the messenger of God.”

An apparent leader in the group of militants is then heard instructing the group: “No one will shoot him now, do you understand? He will not be killed by shooting because it is merciful for him.”

“He will be beheaded because he is Kaffir, non-Muslim, sided [with] the government and was not praying at all. Everyone like him will have the same end, beheading,” said the militant.

A militant armed with a machete then grabs the defenseless man by the hair and begins to cut his head from his body as the group cries “Allahu Akbar…there is no God but God.”

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Syrian Jihadist Leader Delivers Rousing Speech To Islamist Fighters With A Hello Kitty Notebook…

Because nothing strikes fear into the hearts of infidels like Hello Kitty.

Via Daily Mail:

An anti-ISIS rebel commander in Syria gave a rousing speech to his assembled men standing behind a Hello Kitty note pad.

The leader, named on the YouTube video as Zahran Alloush implored his men to fight the ‘evil ideology’ of ISIS accusing them of trying to ‘destroy jihad in Syria’.

The video shows Alloush addressing up to 100 fighters on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Syrian Jihadists Vow To “Take Spain Back” In The Name Of Islam…

Keep dreaming.

Via The Local:

Two Syrian jihadists have posted a video in which they have promised to reclaim Spain in the name of Islam.

“Spain is the land of our grandfathers and we are going to take it back,” say the two young men say in Spanish during the brief video.

Much of Spain was in Muslim hands from the eight century to the thirteenth century, but this rule was far from uniform in nature, and changed over time. Monuments including the Mezquita in Cordoba and the Alhambra Palace in Granada are a testament to the cultural richness of this period.

“We are living under the Islamic flag and we are going to do for it (the flag) until we have reclaimed all the imprisoned lands, from Jakarta to Andalusia,” the relaxed-looking men say.

Syrian Jihadist Rebels Kill 40 Government Troops After Tunneling Under Their Position And Detonating Massive Underground Bomb…

Via Al Jazeera:

Rebels in Syria claim to have killed up to 40 government soldiers in Aleppo by tunnelling under their positions and setting off an underground bomb.

The Islamic Front, an alliance of rebel brigades, said on Saturday it had dug the tunnel and set off the explosives.

The rebel group posted a video to Twitter of the explosion, saying it killed at least 40 pro-government soldiers. The video shows the moment of blast, followed by a huge cloud of debris in the air.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group said the blast took place near the Zahrawi market, not far from the citadel in Old Aleppo. It said at least 20 people were killed.

Syrian Jihadists Ban Display of Mannequins In Shops…

Only jihadist cavemen could make Syrians long for the days of Bashar al-Assad.

Beirut (AFP) – Syria’s most extreme jihadist faction issued a ban Monday on mannequins in shop displays and the sale of women’s underwear to male customers, a monitoring group said.

The decision by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in their northern stronghold of Raqa also bans men and women shopping together unless he is her husband, father or brother, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory also said ISIL has decided that traditional garments on sale must be neither “tight, transparent or ornate”.

Raqa is the only provincial capital in Syria to have fallen from the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and it is now completely under ISIL control.

ISIL is believed to be holding some 1,000 hostages in Raqa, rights groups say, many of them peaceful activists, rival rebels or civilians caught committing “crimes” such as heresy or smoking.

The group also carries out frequent public executions, with some victims reportedly crucified in Raqa.

Video: Syrian Jihadists Film Themselves Being Barrel Bombed By Regime Aircraft…

HT: OBcian

Syrian Jihadists Crucifying Christians Who Refuse To Convert To Islam…

Religion of Peace™

Via Human Events:

. . . According to recent Arabic news media, “a Syrian nun testified to the Vatican news agency that some Christians in Ma‘loula were crucified for refusing to convert to Islam or pay jizya” (tribute subjugated Christians are required to pay to their Islamic conquerors in order to exist as Christians, per Koran 9:29).

Incidentally, they were crucified by the al-Qaeda linked Nasra Front (so much for Daily Mail’s portrayal of al-Qaeda “distancing” itself from the apparently “extra-extremist” ISIL for crucifying its victims).

Sister Raghad, the former head of the Patriarchate School in Damascus who currently resides in France, told Vatican Radio how she personally witnessed jihadi rebels terrorize Ma‘loula, including by pressuring Christians to proclaim the shehada—Islam’s credo that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger—which, when uttered before Muslim witnesses transforms the speaker into a Muslim, with the death penalty for apostasy should the convert later “renege” by returning to Christianity.

According to the nun, those Christians who refused to embrace Islam were:

“…killed in atrocious and violent ways that cannot be described.  If you want examples, they crucified two youths in Ma‘loula for refusing to proclaim Islam’s credo, saying to them: “Perhaps you want to die like your teacher [Christ] whom you believe in?  You have two choices: either proclaim the shehada or else be crucified.”  One of them was crucified before his father, whom they also killed.

In fact, according to earlier media reports from October 2013, soon after Ma‘loula fell to the jihadis, one “shaky voiced” elderly Christian man had reported that he heard the invading jihadis shouting, “Convert to Islam, or you will be crucified like Jesus.”

It is, of course, a documented fact that some Christians in Ma‘loula were put to death for refusing to convert to Islam, such as Minas, an Armenian man, while other families succumbed to pressure and converted to Islam.

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