Islam in the News (August 2012)

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Pakistan: Study shows areas hardest hit by Islamic terrorism get less coverage in the media

The areas hard-hit by terrorism in Pakistan receive the lowest coverage by electronic media, concluded a study conducted by a media development organization, InterMedia, listing Fata, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan as the worst affected but out of TV screens.

In contrast, target killing in Karachi gets the maximum coverage meaning thereby the electronic media is urban-centric and politicised.

According to the study based on monitoring from January to March this year, the print media has relatively covered the conflict far better than the electronic media. However, both have done only event reporting and in-depth coverage of the conflicts is a rare phenomenon.

The study has found that 60% of terrorism-related stories have been reported from Fata and KP alone. Among them, 32% of terrorism related news was related to Fata. The KP follows with 28%, Balochistan 24%, Punjab 8%, Islamabad 6%, Gilgit-Baltistan 2% and Kashmir 1%.

Going by the print media coverage, Fata appeared in terrorism-related stories as many as 161 times during three-month period under examination whereas TV channels flashed only 17 stories from the tribal region.

From KP, print media reported as many as 143 terrorism incidents whereas electronic media gave space to 51 occurrences only. Most of the reported acts of terrorism comprised of bombing incidents carried out by militants.

The print media reported as many as 123 such incidents from Balochistan from January to March this year but on TV, the number of related news items was only 15. Most of the terrorism reported from Balochistan mentioned target killing, armed fighting and skirmishes.
Study shows terrorism-hit areas get less coverage on media
Umar Cheema, The News International, August 31, 2012

Turkey: Islamic feminism? Women cleanses her own honor, beheads rapist, throws head into village square

Nevin, a 26 year old mother of two, was raped at gunpoint and left pregnant by N.G., a 35 year old father of two. Last Tuesday at 10 PM, she killed him with a hunting rifle, and then decapitated him with a knife and put his head in a sack. Shouting, “This is the head of the man who played with my honor,” she threw the head into the village square. Afterwards, she was taken into custody by the gendarmerie and was referred to the court system yesterday.
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In her statement, Nevin explained that she didn’t remember how she decapitated N.G. or where she got the knife. “How many times I shot N.G., how I killed him, I don’t remember that. He was continuously threatening me. He was telling me that he was going to explain to everybody in the village what he did to me. My girl is going to start school this year. Because of the gossip, everybody was going to insult my children. But nobody will be able to insult my children now. I cleaned my honor. Everybody will say ‘they are the children of a woman who cleaned her honor.’”

Explaining that she didn’t want to give birth to the five month baby in her belly, Nevin said, “Come what may, an abortion should be done. I am ready to die.”
The woman who killed her rapist: I don't want his baby (English translation)
Havva Nur Arkan, Hürriyet (Turkish), August 30, 2012

Pakistan: Lawyer says if disabled 11-year-old girl is not convicted, "God will get a person to do the job"

Rao Abdur Raheem, lawyer for the man who accuses Rimsha Masih of blasphemy, said: 'The girl is guilty. If the state overrides the court, then God will get a person to do the job.'

A lawyer representing the man who accused a Pakistani Christian girl of blasphemy has said that if she is not convicted, Muslims could "take the law into their own hands".

Rao Abdur Raheem cited the example of Mumtaz Qadri, the man who last year shot dead a politician who had called for reform of the much-abused blasphemy law.

The apparent hijacking of the case against Rimsha Masih by organised extremists, including lawyers, could be spell great danger for the girl, .further complicate a bitterly contentious

His The lawyer's comments are likely to further complicate a bitterly contentious case that has caused an international outcry and embarrassed the Pakistani government. It could intimidate the court and would put her life at further risk even if she is freed.

The girl, Rimsha Masih, from Mehrabadi, Islamabad, whose family says she is 11, was arrested this month and charged with desecrating the Qur'an after a neighbour, Malik Hammad, claimed that he saw her with burnt pages of the holy text in a bag she was carrying.

Her family had hoped that she would be granted bail on Thursday after a medical report this week found that she was a minor – thus eligible for bail – and had learning difficulties. But those hopes were dashed when Raheem challenged the report and the hearing was postponed.

Russia: Female Muslim suicide bomber kills moderate Sufi leader and six others in Dagestan

The August 28 suicide bombing that killed a respected Muslim leader in Dagestan was the latest in a string of religious killings resulting from the conflict between moderate and radical Islam in Russia, analysts said on Thursday.

Sheikh Said Afandi, an influential Sufi cleric, was killed along with six others in a blast police say was perpetrated by an ethnic Russian woman who converted to Islam and had ties to the Islamic insurgency in the volatile North Caucasus region.

Afandi, 75, was known to have publicly denounced Islamic fundamentalism, and his murder follows the July 19 coordinated attack on two high-ranking muftis in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan, one of whom, Valiullah Yakupov, was killed. Both Yakupov and Ildus Faizov, who narrowly escaped the attack with injuries, were perceived as state-approved religious leaders who attacked radical Islam.

Libya: Mainstream Islam's war on Sufism continues with attacks on Sufi schools and mosques

An estimated 200 heavily armed Islamists destroyed 30 graves at a historic Turkish school in Tripoli's old city early Wednesday and an unspecified number of other mosques also were attacked, further signs that Libya's government is facing a major challenge from extremists less than a month after the first elections in this country in 50 years.

Details of the destruction at the Othman Pasha Madrassa, a boarding school, were sparse, but school staff said the attackers also damaged as many as 1,000 books they found on the premises and destroyed a tree that the attackers said people had been worshipping in contravention of Islamic teachings.

The attack at the school, which was founded in the 19th century by a Turkish official who is now buried there along with members of his family, was another in a string of assaults that have targeted mosques and other sites associated with Sufism, a mystical brand of Islam that some conservative Muslims consider heretical.
Muslim extremists attack Libyan school, mosques
Mel Frykberg, McClatchy Newspapers, August 30, 2012

Germany: "Arab" youths beat rabbi and threaten to kill his six-year-old daughter in broad daylight

A rabbi was attacked in broad daylight by four youths in front of his six-year-old daughter, police in Berlin said Wednesday, apparently because he was wearing traditional Jewish headgear.

Four youths, thought to be of "Arab descent" confronted the 53-year-old in the Schöneberg district of Berlin in the early evening of Tuesday, asking him "Are you a Jew?" according to a police statement.

One of the men blocked his path, while three others stood behind the rabbi and his daughter. The man blocking his path suddenly hit the rabbi repeatedly, injuring his head.

"There were then insults directed towards the man, his beliefs and his mother, as well as a death threat in the direction of his daughter," the police said in a statement.

The youths fled after the attack and the rabbi was taken to hospital. Police said he was wearing "a traditional Jewish head covering."
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Group spokesman Levi Salomon said the victim was "one of the first rabbis to be ordained in Germany after the Holocaust" when six million Jews were murdered by Adolf Hitler's Nazis.

Morocco: Protester handed a three-month jail sentence for eating in public during month of Ramadan

A YOUNG Moroccan protester has been handed a three-month jail sentence for eating in public during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a judicial source has said.

"The youth was arrested by police as he was eating in public in the Old City of Rabat," the source said, adding that the verdict was handed down on Friday.

The court also ordered the man to pay a 250 dirham ($27) fine.

Article 222 of Morocco's penal code states that anyone "breaking the fast in a public place during Ramadan, without a reason accepted" in Islam, can be imprisoned for up to six months and fined.

Abdelhamid Amine, vice president of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, said the young man, who has the right to appeal, had been acting out of conviction when he broke the law.

"During his interrogation, he confirmed that he performed this act out of conviction, and that it was a case of him exercising his personal liberty," Mr Amine said.

Young Moroccans formed an online protest group last month called Masayminch ("We're not fasting") to defend the right of non-believers to eat, drink or smoke in public during Ramadan, which ended earlier this month.

Iran: We'll take back assets blocked by the "Great Satan" United States, even if we have to use force

Iran on Tuesday upped the verbal ante against the US ahead of the NAM Summit, with senior military officers attacking Washington, calling it a "Great Satan" who had unleashed "economic terrorism" on the country.

Commander of the powerful Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, stressed that the world states' strong and wide presence at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit meeting here proved that the US and the West were losing clout.

"Despite all pressures imposed (by the US and West) to prevent a mighty and prestigious NAM meeting, the summit has been held in an orderly and coordinated manner and the countries' heads of state are participating in the summit eagerly," Jafari was quoted as saying by Iran's FARS news agency.

A senior military official said in Tehran that Iran would take back its assets, illegally blocked by the "Great Satan" United States, even if it takes 50 years and it has to use force to reclaim them.

Referring to the fresh blocking of the Iranian nation's assets as "an act of economic terrorism" and stealing financial sources of a nation, Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces Headquarters for Basij (Volunteer), defensive and cultural affairs, Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, said Washington has specialised in various forms of terrorism.
'Great Satan' US unleashed 'economic terrorism' on us: Iran
Snehesh Alex Philip, PTI, August 28, 2012

Saudi Arabia: Call for more monitoring of worship places after Riyadh mosque used for making explosives

A number of religious scholars and academics have stressed the need for the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance to beef up monitoring of places of worship. It followed the recent report of a Riyadh mosque serving as a facade for manufacturing explosives.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it discovered explosive substances and devices at a lean-to of a quiet mosque in Riyadh. Mosques normally use attached rooms to accommodate workers or for library service.

The scholars also demanded deterrent punishments to those who exploit the spiritual atmosphere in mosques to promote chaos in the country, Al-Madinah daily reported on Monday.

"Those who seek to destabilize the country and fight against security forces come under the category of 'those who rebel against Allah and His Messenger' and a country's legitimate government and hence should be punished severely," said Sheikh Abdullah Al-Manie, who is a member of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars and adviser at the Royal Court.

Indonesia: Sunni Muslims attack Shi'ites, 2 dead and 5 injured protecting their women and children

Two people were killed and five were injured in an attack on a group of Shia students and teachers in Sampang, East Java, on Sunday.

Around 30 Shiites, most of them children, were traveling from Nangkernang village on the island of Madura, bound for Bangil in East Java.

Shortly into their trip, they were stopped by about 500 men from mainstream Muslim groups, preventing them from continuing, said Umi Kulsum, who was at the scene.

“Two people died, Hamama and Tohir,” she said. “Five were wounded as they were trying to protect the women and children. I was petrified.
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The children in the group studied at a Shia boarding school in Bangil and had returned to Sampang, their hometown, to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families.

The mob then torched four homes belonging to the Shiite community, including one belonging to Umi and her husband, Shia cleric Tajul Muluk.

The Shia community in Sampang has been the target of violent attacks and incidents of intimidation in the past.

On Dec. 29, Shiites in Nangkernang was attacked by hard-line Muslim groups, who set fire to hundreds of homes and a Shia Islamic school, displacing 500 Shiites from their village.

Police instead charged Tajul with blasphemy, and the Ministry of Religious Affairs office in Sampang said it would “supervise” hundreds of Shia to learn Sunni Islam.
Two Killed as Hard-liners Attack Shia School Group
Dessy Sagita, Amir Tejo& Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta Globe, August 27, 2012

Indonesia: Islamic boarding school suspected of being behind Islamic terrorism in Paris and Toulouse

A terrorist network linked with Al-Mukmin (Ngruki) Islamic boarding school in Surakarta, Central Java, is suspected of being behind terrorism incidents in Paris and Toulouse, France, in March.

The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chairman Insp. Gen. (ret.) Ansyaad Mbai told The Jakarta Post on Sunday that the French police had informed the agency that three French nationals, including fugitive militant Frederic C. Jean Salvi, were planning to take shelter in Ngruki after the planned attacks.

Salvi, according to Ansyaad, spent several years studying with Islamic militants in Indonesia, and is among the country’s most wanted fugitives.

“We are watching the Ngruki boarding school closely and in constant touch with the French authorities. We are investigating how these three French citizens got in touch with the school and the purpose of their planned trips there,” Ansyaad said.

Ngruki was founded by firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, now serving 15 years in prison for organizing a terrorism training camp in Aceh. Many of the school’s graduates have been involved in terrorism, including the first Bali bombing in 2002 that claimed more than 200 lives, mostly foreign tourists.

Salvi is suspected of links with the terrorist network responsible for the shooting that claimed seven lives in Toulouse, in March. Network member Mohamed Merah, 23, was shot dead by the French authorities during a raid.
Ngruki group link with terrorism in France
Margareth S. Aritonang, The Jakarta Post, August 27, 2012

Russia: Moderate “Russian Islam” myth shattered by a string of terror attacks by Islamic militants

A string of violent attacks by Islamic militants has shattered this city’s reputation as a citadel of religious tolerance and unnerved federal officials in Moscow, who have worked for decades to prevent the spread of radical Islam out of the southern borderlands and into places like this city 500 miles east of Moscow.

Officials have long sought to contain Islamic fervor in the Caucasus to the south while insisting that places like the republic of Tatarstan, where Kazan is the capital, were different, representing a moderate “Russian Islam,” said Aleksei Malashenko, the co-chairman of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s religion, society and security program.

But that comfortable assumption began to crumble just before the start of Ramadan in late July, when a senior cleric in charge of education was shot outside his apartment building on Zarya Street. Roughly an hour later, the city’s chief mufti survived a bomb attack that demolished his Toyota Land Cruiser. A previously unheard-of group, the mujahedeen of Tatarstan, claimed responsibility.

On Sunday, a car carrying three men, an automatic rifle and Islamic pamphlets blew up in Zelenodolsk, about a half-hour west of Kazan, in what the authorities described as the inadvertent detonation of a homemade explosive. “That radical direction exists in Tatarstan,” Mr. Malashenko said. “And it’s dangerous.”
Radical Islamic Attacks in a Moderate Region Unnerve the Kremlin
David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times, August 26, 2012

UK: 2 Muslim terrorists who plotted to kill thousands launch "human rights" bid to quash convictions

Two Al Qaeda terrorists, one of whom plotted to kill thousands of people in a bomb attack on a British shopping centre, have launched an attempt to have their convictions quashed on human rights grounds.

The pair have applied to the European Court of Human Rights after claiming MI5 was complicit in their torture by Pakistani security services, a claim that has already been rejected by British courts.

Officials at the European Court have allowed their application to go ahead rather than declaring it inadmissible, as they do with thousands of cases a year.

The Government must now respond to the claims, and if its explanation does not satisfy the court it will order a full hearing which, if successful, would almost certainly lead to the British courts being forced to quash the convictions.

The new development raises further questions about the influence of Strasbourg over British sovereignty, and the way human rights legislation is being exploited by defence lawyers.
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The Sunday Telegraph's campaign, End the Human Rights Farce, has highlighted scores of cases in which criminals have exploited human rights laws.
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In a separate case, three of the failed July 21, 2005, bombers are also challenging their convictions at Strasbourg on a point of law rather than of fact.

One of the extremists in the latest case, Salahuddin Amin, was jailed for life in 2007 for his role in a terrorist cell that conspired to detonate a massive fertiliser-based bomb at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent or at London's Ministry of Sound nightclub.

Amin's lawyers allege the British authorities knew that incriminating evidence against him had been obtained through torture. He claims MI5 were complicit in his torture by Pakistani security agents, whom he alleges used pliers to remove three of his fingernails.

The second convicted terrorist, Rangzieb Ahmed, is the highest ranking member of Al Qaeda yet to be put on trial in Britain. Ahmed, 37, was at the centre of Al Qaeda's global web and had links with every British terrorist cell including the July 7 and July 21 plotters. The first person to be convicted of "directing terrorism", he alleges MI5 allowed him to leave Britain for Pakistan and tipped off intelligence services there so that he could be arrested in 2006 and tortured. Ahmed claims Britain was complicit in his torture.

He also claims he was denied a fair trial because it was "informed by the interrogation undertaken in Pakistan" and he was denied access to material after a public interest immunity certificate was granted in the case.

Amin was one of five men jailed for the fertiliser bomb plot who were described by the trial judge, Mr Justice Astill, as "ruthless misfits who should be removed from society for its own protection".

UK: Muslim victim of honor-based violence is disappointed with soft sentencing of family members

According to the Prosecutor, "This is about honour-based domestic violence. Shamima is the sister of the three defendants. Her family has very strong and traditional Islamic beliefs and they live their lives as a family in accordance with those beliefs. Shamima was not allowed to smoke or consume alcohol. Importantly, she must not have any contact with males of a different culture."

A Muslim woman in the UK was attacked by her siblings for kissing a white boy during her 18th birthday celebrations.

Shamima Akhtar, now a 19-yr-old, suffered a sickening assault by her siblings, sisters Nazira, 29, Nadiya, 25, and brother Mohammed-Abdul, 24, which culminated in her sisters slapping and punching her and hacking off her waist-length hair.

Akhtar now lives with Gary Pain, 23, the work colleague whom she had kissed, after she severed ties with her strict Muslim family.

"Gary is the one good thing to come out of this. I am happy, but at the same time I've lost my entire family and that's hard. I can never go back," the Daily Mail quoted Akhtar, as saying.

Akhtar was the youngest of six siblings raised by a Muslim family, who had immigrated from Bangladesh to the UK.

It was during March last year when Akhtar turned 18, and had gone out with her colleagues to celebrate her birthday, when her siblings saw her kissing Pain and launched an assault on her.

"My brother grabbed Gary by the throat and my sisters dragged me into the car. Nazira punched me in the head as soon as I got in. They put the childlock on so I couldn't escape," she said.

Following the incident, Akhtar managed to text Pain and asked him to call the police, after which her siblings were arrested, the paper said.

Akhtar admitted that she had hoped that her siblings would go to prison, but instead the jury in the case gave them each a conditional discharge and a fine.

"I couldn't have asked for more from the police, but part of me felt like a fool. I wanted the judge to send a message to families like mine," she said.

"I don't want people to feel sorry for me. I just want people to know this is going on behind closed doors. In some ways I'm one of the lucky ones. I've got Gary. But there are hundreds of girls like me out there who have no one to turn to," she added.

US: Muslim terrorist leader sentenced to 18 years for plotting to kill U.S. military personnel

Two men were sentenced Friday to long prison terms for their roles in a North Carolina-based terror ring that aspired to kill U.S. military personnel.

A federal judge in New Bern sentenced accused ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd to 18 years. Boyd is a 42-year-old Muslim convert who lived near Raleigh and pleaded guilty in 2011 to charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and plotting to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad.

In June, a jury found 36-year-old Anes Subasic guilty of the same charges. The Bosnian native got a 30-year sentence.

Prosecutors said the men were members of a terrorist cell that raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained for jihadist attacks against those they considered enemies of Islam. All seven men convicted as members of the plot, including two of Boyd's sons, were either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. An eighth indicted man is believed to be in Pakistan.

Dylan Boyd was sentenced in December to eight years in federal prison and Zakariya Boyd was sentenced to nine years.
Convicted NC Terror Plotters Get Long Prison Terms
Michael Biesecker, Associated Press, August 25, 2012

Egypt: Persecution of Christian Copts on the rise as Muslim Brotherhood consolidates power

There is growing fear among the Coptic Christian community as open violence escalates against them in Egypt. According to reports, this violence is in response to a letter calling on Muslims to kill Copts. Again, the world watches to see if Egypt's new president, Mohammed Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, intends to follow up on his promise to be the president of all Egyptians.

On August 14, 2012, a publication called El Fegr posted a copy of a letter inciting violence against Christians. The title of the letter is "An Urgent and Important Notice." The letter refers to Christians as enemies of Allah's religion and slaves of the cross. It calls for Allah to curse them and for all Muslims to physically attack or kill Christians throughout Egypt until they either convert to Islam or submit to their status as dhimmi in accordance with verse 9:29 of the Koran (Quran 9:29).
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Such things are usually done in secrecy and utilize cryptic language. However, in this instance, they acted as if they had nothing to fear from the authorities.

They made no effort to hide their intentions or conceal their identities. In the letter, they called for violence against their fellow citizens; they promised to reward Muslims who kill any Christian Copt in Egypt; they invited Muslims to a rally meant to incite violence and gave the exact location, date and time; and they distributed the letter, with this incriminating information in it, in public for all to see.

Furthermore, it seems that the letter and the rally have had the desired effect. In an article titled "The serial killing of Copts has begun in Asyut," Menna Magdi reports that violence against the Copts ensued just hours after Islamist groups distributed copies of the letter.

The article tells us about the random killing of a Christian shoe-store owner. The name of the store owner is Refaat Eskander. He did not have any known quarrel with anyone. According to the story, unidentified men stormed into the shoe store early in the morning. He was alone in the store at the time. And they simply murdered him. A witness saw one of the murderers fleeing the scene and claimed that he was dressed like a Salafi.

In another report, F. Talaat of Al Akhbar News, writes that in Al Gallaweya Village, Sohag, Upper Egypt, "Christians are being beaten, their stores destroyed, and their properties plundered. The attackers are declaring that 'any Christian who dares to leave his house will be killed'; and the Copts are complaining that the police only arrive after the damage has been completely done."

Nageh Hozar is one of the victims of this violence. He said that one of the villagers, Mo'tassem Sedky Rashwan, a known felon, came into his brother Fady's supermarket to buy cigarettes. But instead of paying for the cigarettes, he told Fady to pay him a tribute, so they argued and Sedky left without paying. Sedky later came back to the store with a gang of his relatives. Nageh and his brothers, Fady and Thomas, were there at the time, and the gang beat them with clubs.

Then the gang of attackers looted four Coptic-owned stores, set them on fire, robbed their homes, destroyed one car and three motorcycles, and caused minor damage to other Christian homes. They also threatened to kill any Christian who left their home. It was also reported that the village police did not arrive until after the gang had left the area and, except for three Christians, no one has been arrested.

In addition, Al Akhbar News also reported that hundreds of Christians gathered before the Asyut Security Directorate in the Manfalut Municipality on August 14. The protestors were demanding police protection from Muslim gangs attacking their homes and imposing tributes on them, which has become a problem for many Christians in the Middle East.

Just the week before, a gang kidnapped the son of a Coptic Christian and demanded a ransom of 3,000 EGP for his return. In another recent incident, a Muslim gang attacked the home of a Copt named Romani Murad al-Gawli, and they threatened to kill him if he did not give them money.

Norway: Muslim terrorist group threatens country with 9-11 type attack just prior to Breivik conviction

Norwegian news portal VG Nett reported that last week Muslim extremist terrorist group Ansar al-Sunna has threatened the Norwegian government with an attack similar to 9-11 unless part of the capital city of Oslo is not transformed into a Muslim nation.

"We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you," the extremist group wrote in a letter to Norwegian lawmakers and newspaper editors.

"We received the letter on Tuesday and have started an investigation on the letter," Police Security Service spokesman Siv Alsén told VG Nett. "We take it seriously, absolutely."

The terrorist group demanded that a section of Oslo, specifically the Greenland district, become independent from the current government so that they can form an Islamist state.

"We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society," the letter also noted. "And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah's earth belongs to everybody."

The development arose just one week before Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian gunman who killed 77 people in a massacre last summer, was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Breivik said he committed the murders to protest the "Islamization" of Norway.

US: "We Shall never Forget 9/11, Volume II", new coloring book features 'terrorist trading cards'

A year after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a coloring book company has published a new book for kids about terrorism. It's called "We Shall never Forget 9/11, Volume II: The True Faces of Evil-Terror" and, among the black-and-white outlines of memorials and military men, it features collectible trading cards with photos and information about terrorists around the world.

"This is not the type of book that you would give to a pre-Kindergarten child, to put in his backpack and send him off to school," Wayne Bell, the publisher of St. Louis-based Big Coloring Books Inc., told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. (He is quick to point out that it's more of a "graphic coloring novel.") "This is a teaching and learning tool that's rated PG-13."
New 9/11 Coloring Book Features Terrorist Trading Cards
Lylah M. Alphonse, Yahoo! Shine, August 24, 2012

US: Turkey tries to thwart plans for the settlement of Armenian Genocide monument in Pasadena

An official from the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles met with a Pasadena City official in an effort to thwart plans by city to erect an Armenian Genocide monument. The Armenian National Committee of America Pasadena chapter issued a statement Wednesday denouncing Turkey’s brazen attempts to interfere in city government business. writes about this.

Pakistan: Frenzied Eid stampede kills six pilgrims, five women and a ten-year-old boy

Five women and a boy were killed in a stampede on the first day of Eid as they tried to catch a glimpse of their spiritual leader Pir Sahib Pagara at the Dargah Rashdia in Pir jo Goth.

Thousands of followers, including children, have been gathering at the Dargah Rashdia for decades as it is customary for the Pir Sahib to make a public appearance (Deedar-e-Aam) on occasions such as Eid.

According to the in charge at the Dargah, Faqir Jan Muhammad Mangrio, around 0.5 million devotees of Pir Pagara visit the shrine on Eid.

On August 20, the first day of Eidul Fitr, men and women waited in separate sections of the Dargah for the Pir Sahib to appear in the balcony. According to reports, when the management opened the doors, people rushed inside and some fell on the ground.

Norway: Muslim cleric calls for the beheading of all those who fail to fast during Ramadan

On the heels of the Muslim terrorist group Ansar al-Sunna’ demanding a section of the Norweigian capitol be ceded to them as a fundamentalist Muslim nation or face terrorist attacks that would rival 9/11, a Muslim imam is calling for the beheading of all those who fail to fast during Ramadan.

Alarmingly enough, the Norwegian-Pakistani imam Fayed Sarased Ali Bukhari, wants to establish a school for 200 children in the Oslo area.

US: Another promising claim of "Islamophobic" hate dies, bacon was for animals, not for Muslims

A New York City newspaper says it received an anonymous call from a person claiming to have discarded spoiled bacon in a park where Muslims had scheduled Ramadan prayers.

The caller said he was putting it out for seagulls and raccoons to eat, not as an anti-Muslim statement.

The Staten Island Advance ( ) said the message was left Tuesday on a reporter's voicemail.

The caller said "It was not any ... anti-Muslim act, and I did not want to offend anybody."

The NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. It was informed of the call but declined to discuss it.

Iraqi insurgent living in the US pleads guilty to trying to arm more Al Qaeda insurgents in Iraq

An Iraqi man pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 charges of conspiring to send weapons, cash and explosives to al-Qaida in Iraq and two counts of lying to federal immigration agents to get into the United States and stay in the country.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 24, gave simple "yes" and "I plead guilty" answers to questions from U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell in federal court in Louisville. The surprise plea came a week before Hammadi was set to stand trial on the charges in Bowling Green, Ky., where he and a co-defendant were arrested in May 2011 after a federal sting operation.
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The plea came as good news to soldiers who fought near the city of Bayji, Iraq, in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad in 2005, where Hammadi and Alwan told the FBI they worked as insurgents. Six Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers died in that area in August 2005 and Hammadi and Alwan told the FBI and an informant that they were active insurgents there.
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Earlier in the day at a pre-trial hearing, U.S. Justice Department attorney Larry Schneider said the government has "definitive proof" linking Hammadi to insurgent attacks after the American-led invasion of Iraq.

"He was either part of Al-Qaida in Iraq or a group affiliated with Al-Qaida in Iraq," Schneider said during a pre-trial conference.

After the plea hearing, U.S. Attorney David J. Hale noted that Hammadi pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement with insurgent and terrorist groups.

"It speaks for itself, what he admitted to," Hale said.

The U.S. State Department estimated that al-Qaida in Iraq had about 1,000 core members in 2005 and about 10,000 affiliated fighters at its peak in 2010.
Iraqi man pleads guilty in Ky. terrorism case
Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press, August 22, 2012

Libya: Terrorist attack kills 2, Iran say violence in Libya only serves interests of Islam's enemies

The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement deplored the recent terrorist bomb attacks in Libya, and warned that resorting to violence instead of moving towards democracy merely serves the interests of the enemies of Islam.

"While the revolutionary people of Libya have successfully held their first free elections and have started moving towards democracy, resorting to these violent actions is an inhuman measure in direction of the wishes of the enemies of Islam," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Two people were killed by the two blasts near the former military academy for women and the interior ministry. An official of Libya's top security body said the network had been linked to the bombs. It was the first deadly bomb attack since Gaddafi's overthrow last year.

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood attack secular media, crucify opponents naked in front of presidential palace

The cold reality of that so-called centrist thinking was revealed late last week by Jewish newspaper Algemeiner, which reported that Muslim Brotherhood supporters terrorized secular media members, including several Arabic websites, such as Arab News, Al Khabar News, Dostor Watany, and Egypt Now, because they all reported that people opposed to the Morsi regime were being "crucified." A translated excerpt of the violence reads as follows:
"A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others. Likewise, Muslim Brotherhood supporters locked the doors of the media production facilities of 6-October [a major media region in Cairo], where they proceeded to attack several popular journalists."
Muslim cleric Hashem Islam Ali Islam, one of Egypt's top religious leaders, not only refused to apologize for these atrocities, he endorsed them. Characterizing a protest against the regime scheduled to take place on August 24th as an "apostasy against democracy and freedom," he issued a fatwa urging the Egyptian people to confront these people, and "if they fight you fight them." He continued: "If some of you are killed by them, you will go to Paradise, and if you kill them, no 'blood money' will be warranted, because their killing is permissible." Hashem Islam's advocation of violence is nothing new. In a statement virtually ignored by Western media, he also called Islamic martyrdom against Jews "a religious duty."
Death of Democracy in Egypt - and Silence in Washington
Arnold Ahler, Patriot Post‎, August 21, 2012

France: Police recover teen girl beaten during Eid celebrations by her uncle for not observing Ramadan

Saturday, around 9.15 pm, rue François-Cordon, in Kerourien, Brest, police were called by a young woman, 18, who took refuge in her bedroom to protect herself from her violent uncle. The family, originally from Mayotte, is celebrating the end of Ramadan.

But the uncle, who is passing through on the occasion of the celebration, violently rebukes his niece for not having observed this religious fast. He strikes her several blows with his fist and a broom. The police intervene. They are met by around 15 members of the family, mostly men, who try to prevent the police from entering.

After negotiations, the police manage to recover the young woman and bring her to safety in a hotel. She is suffering from injuries requiring two days off work. The uncle, who has left without further ado, is to be interviewed by the police in the near future.

[Source: Brest. Une fille battue par son oncle pour ne pas avoir fait le ramadan - Ouest France, August 19, 2012]

Pakistan: 11-year-old Christian girl with Down's syndrome arrested, faces death for blasphemy

Also in the mainstream news is the story involving uncooked bacon being scattered at a New York City park. Police are investigating it as a possible hate crime against Muslims. This should give you an idea of the disparity between the severity of 'hate crimes' needed against Muslims and the severity of 'hate crimes' needed against non-Muslims before they are deemed 'news worthy' by the Western media.

Apologists often like to point out that no-one has yet been executed by the Pakistani authorities on the grounds of Blasphemy. What they do not tell you is that, as of March 2011, more than 30 people accused of Blasphemy under Pakistani law have been killed by Muslim lynch mobs.

To some, she's an innocent victim, an apparently mentally challenged Christian girl swept up by a rising tide of irrational Islamic extremism. To others, she's God's enemy, guilty of a crime so vile the only suitable punishment is death.

On Monday, Pakistani police arrested the girl, known only by her first name, Ramsha, after accusations that she burned pages of the Koran, Islam's holy book. In Pakistan, it is a crime to utter derogatory statements or insult the Prophet Muhammad or the Koran in any way. Blasphemy convictions carry an automatic death sentence.

The accusations, made by the girl's neighbors in a mixed Christian-Muslim neighborhood, sent area Muslims into a fury, with some police reports suggesting an angry mob of hundreds of men descended on her home demanding authorities arrest her and charge her with blasphemy.

They then allegedly went on a rampage, attacking the girl's family and setting Christian houses on fire. The girl's parents are now in protective custody and, according to reports, several Christian families have left the neighborhood, an impoverished district in the country's capital, Islamabad.

Police officials put the girl in jail for 14 days, but suggested the charges might be dropped for a lack of evidence. When she was brought to jail, she reportedly had a shopping bag filled with religious and Arabic-language papers, but it was unclear whether the papers were pages of the Koran.

Some have said the girl is mentally challenged and suffers from Down's syndrome.
Girl, 11, Could Face Death in Pakistan for 'Blasphemy'
Muhammad Lila, ABC News, August 20, 2012

Islamic warlord whose forces just conquered two-thirds of Mali vows to conquer the Western world

Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs.

He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come to London and conquer the whole world. The banner of Mohammed (peace be upon his head) will be raised from where the sun rises in the east to where it sets in the west."

His threats will be taken seriously because Ansar Dine is closely linked to Al-Qaeda in the Mahgreb, which has kidnapped about 20 western hostages since 2008, including the British tourist Edwin Dyer, who was murdered in 2009 after the government refused to pay a ransom.

The Islamists now control the cities of Timbuktu, Kidal, Tessalit and Gao where Hamaha was interviewed by a local cameraman on July 12. Local journalists and residents say the Nigerian jihadi group Boko Haram is operating in the area. Foreign fighters from Somalia, Pakistan and neighbouring African countries are making northern Mali their base.

"The rest of the world should not just watch - we should be helped, unless they would like to see another Somalia or Afghanistan," said Tiebile Drame, an advisor to the interim Malian president, Diaoucunda Traore.

"The situation in northern Mali is a threat to regional peace and to international security."
Mali's Islamist warlord declares war on the West
Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News, August 20, 2012 Ramadan Bombathon 2012, over 1200 killed during Islam's holiest month

Ramadan Bombathon 2012 Scorecard

2011 In the name of The Religion of Peace In the name of All other Religions By Angry Racists
Terror Attacks
Dead Bodies

The Religion of Peace made it a Ramadan to remember, with over 1200 people losing their lives to the usual orgy of bombings, beheadings, stabbings and shootings that mark Islam's holiest month. (accessed on August 20, 2012)

Pakistan braces itself for Eid by silencing cellphones in order to help avoid Islamic terrorism

Mobile phones in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Quetta and a number of other cities started to go silent from 8pm onwards, which was the peak period for most people to exchange Eid greetings.

In many areas of violence-prone Karachi panic gripped the denizens, particularly those whose families were out for last-minute shopping on ‘chand raat’. However, late in the evening the message started to spread around through television that the problem was not due to any malfunctioning or sabotage, but a result of the government’s counter-terrorism measure.

The suspension will continue during Eid prayer hours on Monday.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the action had been taken in view of security concerns of the governments of Punjab and Sindh.

Talking to newsmen, the minister said cellphone service would be suspended all over Punjab at the request of the provincial government.

“The Punjab government has requested us to suspend cellphone service in some parts of the province, but we think it should also made temporarily inoperative in sensitive areas of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh because terrorists usually use mobile phones in their acts of terrorism,” he said.

Egypt: Women fearful of sexual attacks as the Eid holiday (or the "fear season") arrives

The cafes are crowded early morning Sunday as Egyptians celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, bringing in the Eid el-Fitr holiday with shisha, food and a joyous festival. But not everyone in the country is looking forward to the three-day holiday, especially not the country’s women, who in recent years have seen massive group-style attacks on women in the streets during the holiday.

“I just want to enjoy and relax so I came here this morning because I won’t be going out later,” said Assma, a 23-year-old recent university graduate. She told that she and her friends are “concerned” that this Eid, more attacks against women will come.

“It’s always there, especially after the past year we’ve had that saw women stripped and violated at protests, not to mention that in other holidays in recent years we women have been attacked by gangs of boys and men for simply walking in public,” she added.

June this year saw some of the worst attacks against women, with both foreigners and Egyptians reporting that they had been sexually assaulted in the square take place following the disbanding of Parliament.

“I was walking in the square and was hoping to be part of the calls for the SCAF to leave power when a man behind me grabbed by butt and started saying disgusting things to me,” one woman told

“He asked if I was a slut and then swore at me when I yelled at him,” she added.

Others also reported being harassed on social media networks, highlighting the growing concern facing women in the country.
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But with the Eid holiday arriving, women find it difficult to forget the beginning of the holiday “fear season,” when dozens of young men and boys grobed and mobbed women outside a downtown Cairo theater.

That event, in 2006, highlighted the issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence against women in the country, spurring campaigns and online debate. However, much of that debate and anger over the treatment of women seems to be silenced after a day or two, with many returning to what they call “more important issues.”

The issue of sexual harassment and violence has left many Egyptian women remaining at home during the holiday.

And on Sunday morning, groups of young men were already seen by antagonizing women on downtown Cairo’s Qasr el-Aini street, where they got in the face of two female passersby.

“They just yelled horrible things at us and asked us for sex,” said one of the women. “This is what Egypt has become for us, especially during holidays.”
Egypt women fearful of attacks as Eid holiday arrives
Joseph Mayton, Bikya Masr, August 19, 2012

Guyana: Muslim scholar charged with sexually penetrating & abusing young boys allowed to lead prayers

Members of the Turkeyen Masjid are at loggerheads with clerics following their decision to have Muslim scholar Nezaam Ali, who has been charged with sexually abusing three young boys there, lead them in prayers.

Ali, of Lot 268 Section C 5 South, Turkeyen, appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on February 2 and was charged with sexually penetrating three boys under the age of 12. He was also accused of molesting several other boys …

Iraq: 404 killed in Islamic terror attacks during Ramadan, only 1 day of the month without attacks

A spate of attacks that killed 82 people in Iraq overshadowed preparations on Friday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, amid warnings insurgents would look to carry out deadly strikes.

The violence, the worst in more than three weeks, hit 15 cities across the country and left 270 people wounded on Thursday, just days before the Eid festival that is set to begin on Sunday.

The attacks brought the number of dead nationwide over the course of Ramadan, which began on July 18, to 404, according to an AFP tally. There has been at least one bombing or shooting on every day of the holy month but one.
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On Monday, British security firm AKE Group warned that “terrorists in Iraq may be planning mass casualty explosive attacks against large gatherings of civilians to mark the end of Ramadan later this week”.

“We haven’t received any specific intelligence on the matter but they (insurgents) may be ‘saving up’ their willing bombers for the closing period of the month, due around 17-18 August,” AKE analyst John Drake said.

Official figures put the number of people killed in attacks in July at 325, the highest monthly death toll since August 2010.
Attacks overshadow Eid preparations
Khaleej Times (AFP), August 17, 2012

Pakistan: Terrorists force Shi'ites off buses, twenty-five shot dead in an apparent sectarian attack

Terrorists in northwest Pakistan forced passengers to step out of three buses in the Lulusar area and shot dead 25 of them in an apparent sectarian attack on Thursday, officials said.

The officials said as many as 15 terrorists wearing army uniforms checked the identification cards of the passengers and then opened fire after learning they were Shias.

Officials said the buses were ambushed in the hills of Babusar Top, around 160 kilometres north of Islamabad.

"It is confirmed at least 22 people are dead," said a senior police official.

Pakistan is a Sunni majority state, and most Sunnis and Shias live peacefully together. But the country has a long history of sectarian attacks by extremists.

Sunni terrorist groups inspired by al Qaeda often attack religious minorities such as Shias in Pakistan, a strategic US ally facing a Taliban insurgency.
25 Shias pulled off buses, shot dead
Daily Times, August 17, 2012

Pakistan: 7 terrorists and 1 soldier killed in attack on base believed to house nuclear weapons

A group of terrorists armed with sophisticated weapons and suicide vests on Thursday stormed a key Pakistan Air Force base in Punjab province that is believed to house nuclear weapons, triggering an intense gun battle that left seven attackers and a security personnel dead.

The terrorists, some of whom were reportedly wearing military uniforms, sneaked into Kamra airbase at about 2 am despite a state of high alert at the facility.

The attackers breached at least three barriers and tried to target Saab-2000 surveillance aircraft, news channels reported.

Political experts in the Middle-East concerned over growing alliance between the US and Al Qaeda

The US and Israel and a number of Arab regimes are arming and training and funding terrorist groups in Syria.

Many senior analysts and political experts in the Middle-East are concerned about the growing alliance between the US and the Al Qaeda terrorist group, cautioning that Washington is reviving the group to target security of the region.

In relevant remarks in June, a prominent Jordanian lawmaker mocked the US excuse for its military presence in the region under the guise of war on terrorism, saying that Washington is the main supporter of terrorists, specially the Al Qaeda in Syria.

"…first of all, terrorism is a product of Americans and they were the ones who supported the Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and are now supporting the Al Qaeda terrorism which has targeted Syria, said " Fowad Dabor in Amman at the time.

"These are the Americans are providing terrorists in Syria with all types of military, arms, logistic, training and financial aids. In fact, they are deployed in the region and claim to be fighting against terrorism, while they themselves are terrorists," the Jordanian legislator underscored.

Islamophobia in the US? More New Yorkers are "phobic" against atheists and born-again Christians

Most New Yorkers are biased against atheists and born-agains in politics, a poll released Wednesday found.
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Some 30% of voters reported they would be less likely to vote for an atheist and 27% said they would be less likely to vote for a born-again Christian, the poll found. In each case, 61% of voters say the religious positions would not affect their vote.

A total of 24% said they were less likely to vote for a Mormon, while 70% answered that it wouldn't matter. On the question of a Muslim, 19% said they were less likely to vote for a Muslim while 76% said it wouldn't matter.
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"In our measure of prejudice, only the two ends of the religious spectrum - atheists and born-again Christians - draw significant negatives," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Syria: Sunni Muslim rebels commit terror attack targeting UN monitors' HQ in Damascus, three wounded

Three were wounded when a bomb exploded on Wednesday 10 meters away from the Damas Rose hotel in Damascus, Syria, where UN monitors are headquartered. None of those reported injured were believed to be UN staff.

Faisal Mekdad, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister, toured the area of the blast and said that none of the UN staff was hurt. The explosion occurred as UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos was visiting the Syrian capital, but her team is believed to be headquartered at a different hotel.

The attack was targeted against UN observers, Mekdad claimed, and called on the international community to unite in rejecting this act of terrorism, RT correspondent Oksana Boyko tweeted from the scene of the bombing.

“This is a criminal act that shows what kind of attacks Syria is being subjected to,” Mekdad told reporters. “Such explosions will not affect Syria … I confirm that we are with the UN and we will do all we can to guarantee their protection so that they carry out their role.”

Later in the day, shooting broke out near the Prime Minister’s office and smoke could be seen billowing from behind the Iranian embassy building in Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The regular army were reported to be chasing rebels who had penetrated the capital.

The bomb, which allegedly targeted the UN observers, was attached to a fuel tanker in the parking lot of a military compound near the hotel, Syrian state television reported.

The Free Syria Army (FSA) claimed responsibility for the bombing. Al Jazeera English aired a telephone interview on Wednesday with Abu al-Noor, who claimed to be a spokesperson for the Ahfad Al Rasoul Brigade. The FSA planned the attacks for a month, al-Noor said.

International terrorist groups with roots in Libya, Sudan and Iraq working to take over Sinai Peninsula

International terrorist groups with roots in Libya, Sudan and Iraq are working to take over the Sinai Peninsula, according to a report from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. Efforts to turn the region into a major launching point for attacks are being encouraged by Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, it stated.

The report noted a recent attack near the border as evidence of terrorists’ attempts to take advantage of the anarchy and growing anger in Sinai.

Gaza terrorist groups are heavily involved, it noted. “Palestinian terrorist groups active in the Gaza strip are accessible to local Bedouin organizations in Sinai which affiliate themselves with the global jihad, and have both financial and ideological motives."
Terrorists’ Goal: World Jihad in Sinai
Maayana Miskin, Arutz Sheva, August 14, 2012

Iraq: Al-Qaida's front group claims 28 deadly terrorist attacks that killed 113 people nationwide

Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq has claimed 28 attacks between mid-June and the end of July, including a coordinated assault on an anti-terror department in central Baghdad two weeks ago.

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said it killed 70 people in the July 31 attack, but Iraqi security and medical officials put the total death toll for violence in Baghdad that day, including the attack on the anti-terrorism directorate, at 21.

“A group of believers from the Sunni people launched an operation targeting one of the corners of the Safavid project..."
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It also claimed 27 other attacks, including 19 assassinations of security forces members and officials, between June 17 and July 20, but several of the alleged killings could not be verified by the AFP.

Al-Qaida in Iraq is regarded by Iraqi officials to be significantly weaker than when it was at the peak of its strength in 2006 and 2007, but it is still capable of spectacular mass-casualty attacks across the country.

The group claimed a wave of attacks on July 23 that killed 113 people nationwide, the deadliest violence to hit Iraq in more than two and a half years.

Nigeria: Muslim terrorist organization tells President to convert to Islam or resign

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram is demanding that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian to convert to Islam or resign. In an online video clip, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau demanded that President Jonathan to "repent and forsake Christianity." Speaking in Hausa, Shekau said the president should convert or resign if he wanted Boko Haram to end its violent campaign.

Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati dismissed the demand as attempted "blackmail . When Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for President Jonathan in the 2011 general election, they knew they were voting for a Christian," Abati told reporters.

"He has the mandate of Nigerians to serve his fatherland. Nobody should imagine that he will succumb to blackmail."

The demand is a common tenet of Islam. According to a hadith, the writings and sayings of the prophet, Sahih al-Bukhari has quoted Mohammed as saying, "I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform a that, then they save their lives an property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah."

The incident recalls a similar incident in 2006, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent President Bush a letter inviting him to embrace Islam. Ahmadinejad urged Bush to make "a genuine return to the teachings of prophets, to monotheism and justice, to preserve human dignity and obedience to the Almighty and his prophets."

Boko Haram has targeted Christians in northern parts of Africa's most populous country with bombings and assaults, vowing to cleanse northern Nigeria of Christians.

Boko Haram's name roughly translates "Western education is forbidden," include banning non-Islamic education and extending shari'a (Islamic law) - currently implemented in 12 northern states, across the entire country. Forty percent of Nigerians identify themselves as Christians.

The Obama administration so far has resisted calls by U.S. lawmakers to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization under American law.

Press TV interviews political analyst from Damascus: ‘Turkey support for anti-Syria terrorism to backfire’

Press TV interview with Tahsin al-Halabi, discussing the role of the "US-Arab-Turkish triangle in arming and supporting the al-Qaeda armed gangs in Syria". View the video, which offers the opinions of two additional guests, and read the full interview transcript here.

Press TV: Professor Marandi our guest in Damascus talked about the atrocities that had been committed and that it should be obvious for everyone.

Is it obvious? Let us look at the international community because we know how the mainstream media is projecting this situation and portraying the situation in Syria.

Do you think that the majority of people living in these countries as far as the mainstream media really realize what is going on and I want to look at the role, in general in your perspective, that the media has played in this situation in Syria?

Marandi: Well, obviously the media has been completely one-sided and every massacre that were taking place in Syria before even any evidence being provided, the Western media would immediately blame the [Syrian] government and what was interesting was; after the first massacre that was carried out, which was right before a UN meeting on the country, the Syrian government was immediately condemned and for a long time people were discussing and debating who is behind it and who is responsible.

Not only on the mainstream press, but online and on more investigative websites.

But then a pattern emerged, every time there would be a UN meeting on Syria, there would be a massacre the day before, which worked very well and was very convenient for the so-called rebels. So the fact that the Western media would immediately blame the Syrian government, created this atmosphere where extremists could carryout atrocities and know that the blame would be pinned on the government.

So not only is the Western media completely biased and providing a one sided story but they are also helping atrocities being carried out by blaming the [Syrian] government for things they have no information about and for, basically, keeping silent about atrocities carried out by the opponents of the government.

Press TV: Professor Marandi, talking about these different entities like Qatar, like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, how likely is it, especially Turkey being right there on the Syrian border that is opening a can of worms that may actually backfire on itself.

We have the whole al-Qaeda and the lack of security in general now like instability. How likely is this possibly going to backfire on Turkey itself?

Marandi: Well, upon history, it will most probably backfire. Thirty years ago Pakistan was a country that really did not have such a serious problem of sectarianism that it does today; and in the 1980’s and the 1990’s largely due to American support and money from dictatorships in the Persian Gulf, specially the Saudi regime; sectarianism began to grow in Pakistan for the sake of Afghanistan.

They were supporting the rebels and so on in that country, but gradually this spread inside Pakistan itself and now we see the horrific crimes that are carried out on a very regular basis in the country.

Turkey can not align itself with Saudi Arabia and other sectarian regimes with extreme ideologies such as Wahabis and so on; and not pay the consequences ultimately.

In fact their own population condoning racial, sectarian hatred and religious hatred which is what the Saudis are doing in the other countries.

If one looks at the television stations funded by these Persian Gulf, Arab dictatorships, one can see them clearly…, there are many clips on Youtube, where the so-called clerics in Saudi Arabia say that one third of Syrians can be killed for the other two thirds or where they condone the rape of women and the murder of the children, these are all Youtube clips; these are things that people can see. Or when for example, the grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia says that all Churches in the Arabian peninsula should be destroyed.

This intolerance is something that is spread by petrodollars and Turkey can not remain normal and uninfected when it is involved in perusing such policies in Syria. So Turkey …

Press TV: So, Professor Marandi let me just jump in here, is it something…, you have just talked about that Turkey can not remain normal per se.

Does Ankara understand what they are doing to themselves then? Obviously you have just talked about being allying with the very a extreme Wahhabi government like Saudi Arabia.

Why then would the Turkish government agree to these demands, obviously, that is coming either from the United States or are coming from some regional arab countries or perhaps other countries.

Malaysia gives green light to child rape if offenders have potential for "a bright future"

Anger is on the rise in Malaysia after a court released bowler Noor Afizal Azizan on probation in a case that saw the man plead guilty to statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in the country.

The three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a lower court’s decision to jail the man.

More shocking to many Malaysians was the reasoning behind the release.

The judges were reported to have agreed with Azizan’s lawyer, who argued that “public interest would not be served if Noor Afizal was sent to jail as he had a bright future.”

The Joint Action Group For Gender Equality, which comprises 6 leading Malaysian women’s groups, in a statement on Sunday called on the judiciary to clarify its decision.

“We are troubled that the perpetrator’s potential for ‘a bright future’, presumably derived from his status as a national athlete, was used as one of the grounds for sentencing,” it said.

“On the surface, the judgment appears to hint at the application of a double standard by implying that anyone with the right ‘credentials’ can commit a crime, and get away with a rap on the knuckles,” it added.
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A district court had initially released him on a 25,000 ringgit ($8,000) bond for five years of probation, taking into consideration that the girl had agreed.

But women’s rights activists question the logic of the court, asking if a 13-year-old girl can honestly decide if she is willing to have sex.

“I work all the time with battered women and girls and in my experience there is no way that a 13-year-old young girl can choose to have sex. She was most likely manipulated. The man responsible should be in prison for a long time,” said one social worker in Kuala Lumpur.

The case has once again highlighted what many in Malaysia perceive as a growing divide between the courts, the people and women’s rights.

A number of activists online pointed to the fact that had the case been tried in Europe or elsewhere, Azizan would have been tried for pedophilia and “there would have been no questions about that. But in Malaysia it seems to be different.”

UK: Cleric who was recorded labeling women as “deficient” is accused of sexual harassment at mosque

A CONTROVERSIAL Muslim cleric who was secretly recorded labelling women as “deficient” is being accused of sexual harassment at the Birmingham mosque where he preaches.

Abu Usamah At Thahabi, an imam at the Green Lane mosque in Sparkbrook is named in a website which claims to expose “sexual deviant preachers who prey on our Muslim sisters.”

The site alleges that it has been contacted by at least two female victims of the US-born black convert.

And the Sunday Mercury has learned that Abu Usamah, 48, and born in New Jersey, has been banned from preaching at a mosque in Reading after the allegations came to light.

The website claims that officials at Green Lane mosque have been informed of the serious allegations but have failed to respond.

However last night a spokesman for the mosque, which was the subject of an undercover Channel 4 documentary in 2008, said they were aware of the site but had not been contacted by any alleged victims.
Birmingham mosque cleric accused of sexual harassment
Amardeep Bassey, Sunday Mercury, August 12, 2012

Bangladesh: Imam and 9 others killed after offering prayers, struck by lightning outside mosque

At least 10 people were killed and around 20 injured by lightning at a remote village of Dharmapasha in Sunamganj last night.

The unfortunate incident took place around 9:30pm when devotees came out of a local mosque at Saraswatipur village just after offering Tarabih prayers, said Kabir Ahmed, a member of Joyasri Union Parishad.

Officer-in-Charge of Dharmapasha Police Station Md Bayes Alam confirmed the deaths and injured around 12:10am today.

The deceased were identified as imam of the mosque Keramat Ali, and locals Nurul Islam, Nazrul Islam, Abdul Gafur, Abdus Salam, Manik Miah, Badsha Miah, Hazrat Ali, Muslemin and Ripon, the OC told The Daily Star.
Lightning kills 10 outside mosque
The Daily Star, August 11, 2012

Algeria: Famous Lebanese Christian singer taken to the police by her driver for not observing Ramadan

Lebanese singer Yara was taken to a police station by her driver in Algeria after she refused to stop smoking in accordance with the country’s Ramadan laws, the UAE’s Gulf News on Thursday.

Yara, a Christian, took out a cigarette and began smoking whilst being driven from Setif, east of the capital Algiers, to Constantine, also in the east.

She refused to put the cigarette out after her driver, an Algerian who was fasting, asked her to do so.

Angry with her response, the driver took her to the police station in the city of Chelghoum Laïd to report her to the authorities, accusing her of disrespecting Muslims and the month of Ramadan.

The police informed her that she was not allowed to smoke in public during Ramadan in Algeria, a majority Muslim country, even though she was a Christian. She was asked by the Algerian police to show some respect to Muslims and Ramadan and to refrain from smoking.

Muslims fast in the month of Ramadan every year, during which, they abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and being involved in sexual activities from sunrise till sunset. However, Muslims are permitted to break the fast if they are sick, pregnant, a nursing mother or making a long journey.
Did no one tell Yara it was Ramadan?
Albawaba, August 11, 2012

US: "Moderate Muslim" poster child sentenced to life in prison for planning terror attack on Fort Hood

Hailed as a poster-boy for "peaceful, moderate Islam". A US soldier who converted to Islam at age 17, Naser Jason Abdo was granted conscientious objector status because he claimed his Muslim beliefs prevented him from fighting in Afghanistan. Went AWOL after he was charged with possessing child porn. Like Arsalan Iftikhar, in 2009 he publicly denounced the Fort Hood massacre as running "counter to what I believe in as a Muslim," but in 2011 when he was arrested and found with a large quantity of weapons and explosives materials, he admitted planning another similar attack on Fort Hood. He now vows to never end his holy war, and views Maj. Nidal Hasan (the perpetrator of the Fort Hood massacre) as his "brother".

Naser Jason Abdo sat alone in court with his hands shackled and a white cloth secured over his mouth and neck. The soldier who went AWOL and plotted to kill other troops outside a Texas Army post remained defiant Friday as he was sentenced to life in prison, not asking for mercy and vowing to never end what he considers his holy war.

"I will continue until the day the dead are called to account for their deeds," Abdo said in a low, gravelly voice through the cloth mask.
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Abdo referred to Maj. Nidal Hasan _ the Army psychiatrist soon to be tried in a deadly shooting rampage at that Army post _ as "my brother." He said he lived in Hasan's shadow despite "efforts to outdo him."
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Arguing for a life sentence, [prosecutor Mark] Frazier had said Abdo still presented a threat. The young Muslim's mouth was covered in court, Frazier said, because he had earlier spat his own blood at agents believing he was infected with HIV. That belief turned out to be wrong.

"He felt it was his duty to take lives, even after incarceration," Frazier told the court.

Australia: Muslim responsible for online publication of a "terrorism manual" to be rearrested

Belal Khazaal, a Lakemba man convicted of terrorism offences in relation to the online publication of a "terrorism manual", is expected to be arrested to serve his sentence.

Khazaal, who was convicted of the offence in 2008 and sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison, was freed after he successfully appealed his conviction last year.

But this morning the High Court allowed and upheld a Crown appeal against that decision, which means the original jury decision stands and Khazaal should serve the rest of his sentence.

Khazaal had been convicted of downloading and re-publishing a 102 page e-book called the "Provisions on the rules of jihad ... for fighters and mujahideen against infidels", adding a few extra comments. The documents allegedly incited the assassination of then US President, George Bush, and other senior US officials, and called for the "expulsion of Jews, Christians and infidels" from the Middle East.
High Court rules Khazaal should serve 'terrorism manual' sentence
Geesche Jacobsen, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 10, 2012

UK: Parents urged to report abuse in madrassas after Qur'an teacher found guilty of abusing children

Police in Preston are urging parents of youngsters who attend madrassa to be on their guard against abusive teachers.

The warning comes after man who taught children to read the Quran at a mosque in Blackburn was found guilty of beating two of them.

Staff from Preston’s Police’s diversity unit say they are not aware of any problems at the city’s 20 madrassas but added that parents should “not be complacent.”
Parents urged to report abuse in madrassas
Lancashire Evening Post‎, August 10, 2012

US: Fort Hood terrorist refuses to shave his beard because "he's expressing his Muslim faith"

The court-martial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 20 at Fort Hood, although a ruling is pending on whether to delay the start of the trial until October.
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Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 massacre at the post’s Soldier Readiness Center and if convicted faces either the death penalty or life without parole.

A daylong pretrial hearing was held on post Thursday.

Hasan again watched the proceedings from a trailer equipped with closed circuit TV in which he’s sequestered because of his refusal to shave his beard.

Military Judge Col. Gregory Gross held Hasan in contempt again Thursday and fined him $1,000 because of the beard.

Gross has said last that if Hasan doesn’t shave voluntarily, he will be shaved forcibly before the start of his court-martial.

The beard violates Army regulations, but Hasan's attorneys say he's expressing his Muslim faith.

Gross denied a motion Thursday seeking to move the trial from Fort Hood and heard arguments for delaying the start of the court-martial until October.

Pakistan: Islamic terror attacks have killed at least 3,898 during the first seven months of 2012

At least 3,898 people, including 1,705 civilians, 485 security forces personnel and 1,708 terrorists, have lost their lives in terrorist violence in the country during the first seven months of the year. The months of June and July proved to be the most fatal for civilians and January for the security forces personnel.

According to the data available with this scribe on fatalities in terrorist violence in the country during the first seven months of year 2012, June and July recorded the highest fatalities with 367 and 363 killings respectively of civilians and security forces personnel. 496 terrorists were also killed in the two months. At least 117 security forces personnel were killed in the month of January alone.

In the year 2011, a total of 6,303 persons were killed in similar incidents. At least 4,009 persons were killed in the first seven months of 2011 as compared to 3,898 killings in 2012, registering a slight decline in the trend. According to the data, at least 42,824 persons, including the terrorists, have lost their lives in terrorism-related incidents in the country since 2003.
Terrorist attacks killed at least 3,898 this year
Tahir Niaz, Daily Times, August 9, 2012

Afghanistan: Taliban burn 300 Qur'ans; Afghans protest, but where is the Muslim world's condemnation?

In February of this year American troops working at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan burned dozens of their prisoners Korans.

Though the Taliban was quick to use the event to inspire locals to kill U.S. troops, it now appears the Islamist militant movement burns Korans as well.

Though it is the holy book of Islam, U.S. troops at Bagram prison found inmates were scribbling coded messages to one another in the books margins and destroyed them.
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Khaama Press from Afghanistan now reports the Taliban are not above burning Korans either when it furthers their agenda. In this case, the agenda was burning a local school to the ground in northeastern Nuristan province.
Turns Out The Taliban Burn Korans Too
Robert Johnson, Business Insider‎, August 8, 2012

Pakistan: Taliban agree with Imran K., but threaten to kill him anyway because he calls himself "liberal"

Although the Pakistani Taliban also oppose the strikes, which have killed many of their fighters, spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said they would target Mr Khan because he calls himself a "liberal" – a term they associate with a lack of religious belief. He also warned they would attack anyone who participates in forthcoming elections.

"If he comes, our suicide bombers will target him," Ahsan told The Associated Press in an interview in the militant group's stronghold of South Waziristan. "We will kill him."

The threat could come as a surprise to many in Pakistan who have criticised Mr Khan for not being tough enough on the Pakistani Taliban and instead focusing most of his criticism on the government's alliance with the US.

Some of his critics have nicknamed him "Taliban Khan" because of his views and his cosy ties with conservative Islamists who could help him attract right-wing voters in national elections likely to be held later this year or early next year.
Taliban threatens to kill Imran Khan
‎The Telegraph, August 8, 2012

Egypt launches air strikes in Sinai region, kills more than 20 suspected Islamic terrorists

Egypt launched air strikes in the Sinai region close to the border with Israel on Wednesday, killing more than 20 suspected Islamic terrorists and marking the largest Egyptian military operation in the Sinai since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

The air strikes on positions in the town of Sheikh Zouaid followed the deaths of 16 border guards last Sunday in an attack blamed partly on Palestinian terrorists.

Witnesses in Sheikh Zouaid, about 10 km (six miles) from Gaza, said they saw two military jets and heard sounds of explosions. Other witnesses in a nearby area said they saw three cars hit.

The strikes followed clashes between armed men and security forces at several security checkpoints in the Sinai region.
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One of the checkpoints attacked on Wednesday has been attacked 28 times since the uprising, the state-funded Middle East News Agency said.

A few hours after the eruption of the clashes, hundreds of protesters gathered in el-Arish demanding state protection and chanting "God is Great."

Security forces closed el-Arish's main highway shortly after the start of the attacks.

Earlier on Tuesday, crowds of angry mourners wept at the military funeral in Cairo of the 16 guards killed in what was the deadliest assault in decades along Egypt's tense Sinai Peninsula border with Israel and Gaza.

In reaction to Sunday's attacks, Egypt began to seal off smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip, a security source said.
Egypt bombs 20 suspected terrorists in Sinai
Reuters/Jerusalem Post, August 8, 2012

UK: Brothers convicted of child sex offenses, regularly sold children for sex at restaurants

Gay-rights activists in Lebanon are calling on the authorities to stop performing anal examinations on men suspected of having "sexual intercourse contrary to nature". The BBC's Carine Torbey in Beirut says a recent incident has sparked public outcry.

It started with a raid by police on a cinema in one of the poorest districts of Beirut, following claims on a television show that it was a "gay house".

Thirty-six people were arrested. All of them were subjected to an examination by a doctor at a police station.
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Helem, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group, is stepping up the pressure and calling for a demonstration in protest against the tests. 'Against nature'

There is no law that criminalises homosexuality in Lebanon. But people can be charged under Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code, which penalises "sexual intercourse contrary to nature" - specifically sexual intercourse that includes anal penetration - with a maximum of one year in prison.

Examination results have been used as evidence to charge people with having illegal intercourse, despite the fact that many doctors who undertake the exams are not convinced at all that they hold any medical or scientific weight.
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For the gay community in Lebanon, the message is clear.

"It's rape by doctors upon the request of the prosecutor-general," said Charbel al-Maydaa from Helem. "This is another homophobic practice aimed at intimidating the gay community in Lebanon."

Syria: Western-backed "Arab Spring" rebels hang young Shi'ite child after slaughtering his family

Terrorists in Syria hanged a small Shiite child after killing all his family members in Damascus, human rights activists in Iraq unveiled on Monday.

According to a report by Iraq's Qanon news website, Iraqi human rights activists said that armed rebel groups attacked the house of a Shiite Iraqi family in the Seyede Zainab neighborhood in the capital city of Damascus, killed all members of the family and hanged the last one, a little child.

The footages and pictures of the rebels' brutality which surfaced online in the last few days are revealing the terrorist nature and the war crimes of the opposition fighters in Syria.

The massacre is said to have badly damaged the western-backed rebels and opposition forces' ability to claim the moral high ground in their fight against Damascus and showed their accusations that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces are conducting war crimes are nothing but lies.

Meantime, Saudi Wahhabi cleric Mohammad al-Arifi has called on Syrian armed groups to prevent leakage of the pictures and footages of their attacks against Syrian army and civilians.

In his Tweeter page, Arifi asked rebel groups to continue their attacks and intimidation against Syrian people but do not allow a release of the pictures and footages of their operations.

In a similar crime last week, terrorists in Syria brutally executed 15 civilians in the Northwestern city of Aleppo on charges of supporting the Bashar al-Assad government.

The terrorist members of the so-called Free Syrian Army on Tuesday attacked Al Berri family in Bab al-Neirab neighborhood in Aleppo who are famous for their pro-government stances, and kidnapped 15 family members and executed them in front of a local school.

The turban bomb, the underpants bomb and now the donkey bomb: New trick by Afghan militants kills cop

A new tactic of using an innocent donkey as a bomb carrier in Afghanistan took everyone by surprise on Monday when a blast killed a police officer and injured three others in a western province.

The bombing took place in Charsadda district in Ghor province, 360 km from Kabul, Xinhua reported.

Militants planted a mine on a donkey and tied it near the gate of the district headquarters building. When the district police chief arrived at his office, the mine was exploded by remote control, killing the senior policeman on the spot, officials said.

The new tactic also killed the donkey.

Gaza Strip: HAMAS security on alert after Egypt vows to avenge killing of 16 near Israeli border

HAMAS says its security forces in the Gaza Strip are on the alert after Egypt's army vowed to avenge the killing of 16 guards by gunmen near the Israeli border.

Egypt's MENA news agency has said the gunmen were "jihadists" who "infiltrated from Gaza through tunnels" into the adjacent Sinai. However, Hamas has dismissed the idea that militants from inside its territory were involved.

"The national security services are on a 100-per cent state of alert to maintain common security between the Gaza Strip and Egypt," Jamal al-Jarrah, head of the Hamas security forces, wrote on the interior ministry website.

He accused Israel of encouraging speculation that Gaza Palestinians were involved in Sunday's attack.

Australia: Riot police break up Ramadan festivities turned nasty, two men arrested

RAMADAN festivities turned nasty last night when two men were arrested for offensive language toward police in south west Sydney.

More than a dozen men of Middle Eastern appearance gathered on Waterloo Rd, Greenacre for a barbecue setup on the street for what is believed to have been Ramadan.

Police arrived at the scene about 1am following reports of loud and offensive language coming from the area.

Two males were arrested for allegedly yelling obscene language at officers.

Riot police and the dog squad also attended the incident.

Some members of the crowd were wearing 'Brothers 4 Life' jackets.

Yemen: Suicide bomber kills 35, wounds dozens more, including leader of group fighting al-Qa'ida

A suicide bomber struck at a wake in Yemen's southern city of Jaar overnight, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more including the leader of a local group fighting al-Qa'ida-linked militants, officials and medics said today.

The bomber appeared to have been targeting the commander of the Popular Committees, a group of tribal fighters that fought alongside the Yemeni army during an offensive against Ansar al-Sharia militants in the region. The government had hailed the campaign then as a major victory in June.

"The total number of deaths increased to 35 from 25 last night. Most of them died at the hospital," said a local official, declining to be named under briefing rules. He added that charred bodies of men lay around the site.

India: Investigators convinced serial blasts in Pune executed by outlawed Indian Mujahideen (IM)

Based on a host of factors and indications, investigators now are convinced that the low-intensity serial blasts in Pune on Wednesday were executed by the outlawed Indian Mujahideen (IM). While it may have been executed by some new recruits of the terror outfit, IM leadership that is mostly intact and believed to be hiding in Pakistan may have planned the attack, sources say.

Investigators have ruled out the possibility of Maoists or Hindu fringe groups being responsible for the four blasts and two unexploded IEDs, sources said.

They believe that the bombs failed to explode fully because of the mismatch in the entire bomb circuit and the ammonium nitrate used was old. The intensity of the explosions would have been far bigger had all the charges gone off. Ammonium nitrate used was new or explosives like RDX were used, sources say.

Wednesday's incident is similar to what happened in Surat in 2008, when 22 IEDs were recovered in the town, a day after Ahmedabad was ravaged by serial blasts on July 26 killing 57 people.
Sleuths convinced IM behind blasts
Times of India‎, August 5, 2012

Bulgaria: Interpol arrests 2 Muslim terrorists as they try to enter country with their families

A Chechen and a Turk wanted by Interpol on terrorism charges were arrested on the border between Bulgaria and Romania on Friday.

During a check at a border checkpoint identity documents issued by the authorities in Germany and the Netherlands were seized from the suspects, announced Nadezhda Miteva, spokeswoman for the district prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Ruse, ITAR-TASS reported.

According to her 47-year-old Chechen Mohmad Gadamouri told the border police that he arrived in Bulgaria on a holiday with five children. The check revealed that the person was wanted for a terrorist attack in Ingushetia in 2003. Gadamouri is also charged with illegal trade in arms and toxic substances. In Germany he lives as a refugee.

29-year-old Turk Erkan Polater is arrested on a charge of involvement in a terrorist organization, but the Bulgarian prosecutor’s office does not name it.

The two people will remain in detention until the documents necessary for their deportation are drawn up.

False/exaggerated claims of Muslim victimization used to fund and recruit Islamist groups

Islamist groups in Pakistan are exaggerating the incidences of ill-treatment of Muslims in Myanmar to recruit people for their cause and fund their own agenda, a report has said.

The international community recently raised concerns about human rights abuses against Muslim Rohingyas following their clashes in June with the Buddhist community.

Human rights activists slammed the Burmese government for failing to protect Rohingyas and to stop the violence that left 78 dead.

But on the streets of Pakistan, the rhetoric runs much hotter with protesters claiming ‘thousands’ of Rohingyas are being slaughtered in western Myanmar, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

According to the report, a series of doctored and misidentified photographs are circulating widely in Pakistani social media that show violence against Rohingyas.

It cited one photo posted on a Facebook page originating from Pakistan showing Buddhists dressed in their traditional red robes standing in the middle of two rows of dead bodies, with the caption reading: "Bodies of Muslims killed by Buddhists."

In reality, this picture was from an earthquake incident in China in 2010, where Tibetan monks came to help with the rescue efforts, the report said.

Shahzad Ahmad, the Pakistan country director for the global online activism group called Bytes for All, pointed out that stories of Muslim victimisation around the world are exaggerated in Pakistan by Islamist groups on the Internet.

“They use such campaigns not only to fund themselves but also to gain more political ground and recruit people for their cause,” the paper quoted Ahmad, as saying.

“Our research shows that there are many fake photographs being used to propagate [stories of] atrocities against Muslims on many of the Facebook pages which originate from Pakistan,” he added.

According to the paper, among the groups involved in stirring the activism are Jamat-ud-Dawa, Jamat-e-Islami and Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam, three Islamist groups which hold significant street power in the country.

Sunni Muslim terrorists committed more than 70% (8,886) of the 12,533 terrorist murders in 2011

Note that the figure of 8,886 only covers the deaths caused by Sunni (i.e. orthodox) Muslim terrorists. Therefore, considering they include deaths caused by Shi'ite Muslim terrorists, The Religion Of Peace's count of 9,015 dead bodies in 2011 is very conservative.

Sunni Muslim terrorists committed “about 70 percent” of the 12,533 terrorist murders in the world last year, according to a report by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

The information comes from the 2011 NCTC Report on Terrorism, which is based on information available as of March 12, 2012.

“Sunni extremists accounted for the greatest number of terrorist attacks and fatalities for the third consecutive year,” the report says. “More than 5,700 incidents were attributed to Sunni extremists, accounting for nearly 56 percent of all attacks and about 70 percent of all fatalities.”

The report says that in 2011, a total of 10,283 terrorism attacks across the world killed 12,533 people. Terrorism also is blamed for 25,903 injuries and 5,554 kidnappings.

According to NCTC, of the 12,533 terrorism-related deaths worldwide, 8,886 were perpetrated by “Sunni extremists,” 1,926 by “secular/political/anarchist” groups, 1,519 by “unknown” factions, 170 by a category described as “other”, and 77 by “Neo-Nazi/Fascist/White Supremacist” groups. asked NCTC if it could break down the fatality and incident statistics by religious groups other than Sunni Muslims.

Carl Kropf, a spokesman at NCTC, told that the “only portrayal” NCTC has of terrorism perpetrators in 2011 is what is found in the report.

“We don’t break it down any further than that,” he said. “I thought it was a pretty good treatment of how it is not just Sunni extremists, but there are other elements that conduct attacks, and those are captured as best we can.”

The report showed that the number of terrorism-related fatalities “decreased by 5 percent” from 13,193 in 2010 to 12,533 in 2011, while the number of attacks dropped 12 percent from 11,641 in 2010 to 10,283 last year.

“More than half [6,418] of the people killed in 2011 were civilians and 755 were children,” the report noted.

Coming second after civilians were police: NCTC found that terrorism was responsible for the deaths of 2,423 law enforcement officers, followed by military security forces (1,389), and government representatives (768).

“Muslims continued to bear the brunt of terrorism, while attacks targeting Christians dropped nearly 45 percent from a five-year high in 2010,” stated NCTC.

“In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97 percent of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years,” added the report.

Countries with Muslim majorities such as Afghanistan “suffered the largest number of fatalities overall (in 2011) with 3,245 deaths, followed by Iraqis (2,958), Pakistanis (2,038), Somalis (1,013), and Nigerians (590).”

Al-Qaida (AQ) and its affiliates, considered to be Sunni extremists, were “responsible for at least 688 attacks that resulted in almost 2,000 deaths,” the report showed.

The Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, also comprised of Sunni extremists, “conducted over 800 attacks that resulted in nearly 1,900 deaths,” NCTC said.

According to the report, the second largest category of terrorism perpetrators in 2011 after Sunni extremists was “secular, political, and anarchist groups,” which were primarily identified as Marxist, communist sympathizers.

“Secular, political, and anarchist groups were the next largest category of perpetrators, conducting 2,283 attacks with 1,926 fatalities, a drop of 5 percent and 9 percent, respectively, from 2010,” stated NCTC.

The most active of the secular, political, and anarchist groups in 2011 included the FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC (377 attacks); the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) (351 attacks); the New People’s Army/Communist Party of the Philippines (NPA-CPP) (102 attacks); and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Turkey (48 attacks). added the agency.

The U.S. State Department’s 2011 Country Report on Terrorism describes FARC as a fighting “in support of Marxist goals” and being “heavily involved in narcotics production and trafficking.”

The NCTC did not provide the exact number of deaths from FARC-related attacks. Most of the attacks and deaths related to terrorism that occurred across the world in 2011 involved armed conflict and bombings, according to the report.

There were 5,895 terrorism-related armed attacks resulting in 4,290 deaths that year and 6,724 bombings causing 4,150 fatalities.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) “were the most frequently used and the deadliest weapon employed,” the report said.

The National Counterterrorism Center was created in 2004 to ensure, in part, that U.S. government agencies have appropriate access to and receive the intelligence necessary to accomplish their assigned missions.

There were 6,354 deaths from 3,747 IEDs in 2011.

Spain: Police arrest three Muslim terrorists, find "enough explosives to blow up a bus"

Spanish police arrested three suspected members of Al-Qaeda who had explosives and were thought to be planning an attack in Spain or elsewhere in Europe, the government said Thursday.

“This is one of the biggest investigations which has been carried out up until now against the Al-Qaeda terrorist group at an international level,” Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told a news conference. “There is a clear indication that those arrested could have been planning an attack in Spain or in Europe,” he added.

Police found enough explosives to blow up a bus, in a flat which the men were renting in the southern town of La Linea de Concepcion in Andalucia, where one of the suspects was detained on Wednesday, the minister added.

Syria: Turkey playing fundamental role in supporting terrorism, refugee camps used as military bases

Syria accused Turkey on Thursday of playing a "fundamental role" in supporting terrorism by opening its airport and border to al Qaeda and other jihadists to carry out attacks inside Syria.
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"The Turkish government has set up on its soil military offices where Israeli, American, Qatari and Saudi intelligence agencies direct the terrorists in their war on the Syrian people," the statement said.

Damascus also accused France and the United States of sending rebels communications equipment. U.S. sources have said President Barack Obama signed a secret order authorising U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Assad.

Gulf sources told Reuters that Turkey had set up a secret base with allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar to direct vital military and communications aid to Syria's rebels from the city of Adana near the border.

China: 20 Muslim terrorists jailed for up to 15 years for making explosives, plotting holy war

Courts in China's restive far western region of Xinjiang have jailed 20 people for up to 15 years on charges of terrorism and separatism, state media said on Thursday, as the heavily Muslim area marks the fasting month of Ramadan.

The three courts in the cities of Urumqi, Kashgar and Aksu also levelled charges of making explosive devices, promoting religious extremism and plotting "holy war", Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily said on its website (

While it did not give the ethnicity of those sentenced, judging from their names they were all Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic-speaking people who call Xinjiang home, many of whom chafe at Beijing's rule and restrictions on their religion and culture.

"A vast amount of evidence shows that the accused criminals carried out a lot of preparatory work in planning violent terror activities and set up a formal terror organisation," the report said.

"They bought, produced and copied mobile transmitters, discs and publications which promoted separatism, religious extremism and violent terror and proactively spread them around," it added.

"Some members of the terror organisation made explosives and carried out test explosions."

China blamed violence in Xinjiang - strategically located on the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Central Asia - on Islamic separatists who want to establish an independent state of "East Turkestan".

Commentary: History repeating itself? Iran, Egypt and the Spring of Islamic fundamentalism

Georgy Gounev, PhD, teaches 'The Ideology and Strategy of Radical Islam' and is the author of the book "The Dark Side of the Crescent Moon. The Islamization of Europe and its Impact on the American-Russian Relations," Foreign Policy Challenges LLC, Laguna Hills, 2011.

The ability of the American media to ignore a "politically incorrect" event, regardless of its importance, is familiar. One of the best examples is the invitation issued by President Obama to the President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, to pay an official visit to the United States during the September session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The most frequently asked question in the immediate aftermath of the presidential elections in Egypt is: To what extent should an Islamic leader be trusted when he proclaims his intention to act in keeping with all the requirements of a democratic political system? Also, how much should an Islamic leader be trusted when he promises to respect the principles of religious and political freedom?

What, for instance, is the value of the following statement: "Islamic clerics will help lead the Revolution but then they step aside to let others rule"? Or: "Criticism of the Islamic Government will be tolerated."?

Oops..! Sorry for the mistake! Those were not the words of the newly elected President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi. These encouraging thoughts were expressed by Ayatollah Khomeini on September 25, 1978, just four months before his triumphant return to Teheran.

What Khomeini then did is well known; there is no need to repeat it here. On August 18, 1979, however -- less than a year after his pro-democracy statements -- the thoughts of the powerful dictator of Iran had acquired a different direction. When he addressed the participants in the demonstrations of some disappointed former young supporters, the angry cleric issued the following warning: "I repeat for the last time: "Abstain from holding meetings, from blaspheming, from public protests. Otherwise I will break your teeth."

On February 2, 2011, The American Thinker published an article by this author, exploring the similarities and differences between developments in Egypt and Iran. While the mainstream media was elated by what seemed a sunrise of democracy over the Nile, the article stated: "[T]he demonstrations shaking Tehran at the time and Cairo now have a clearly visible violent and Islamic component." It also emphasized the prominent role the actions of President Obama's administration were about to play in shaping the future political system of the most important Arab country.

As President-Elect, Mohammed Morsi promised to establish a "civil and democratic state in Egypt." He also said he would appoint as Vice Presidents both a woman and a Christian, and assured Egyptian journalists that there would be no Islamization of the cultural life of the country. Morsi added, however, that those journalists who had published articles supporting the peace treaty with Israel would not be allowed to practice their profession.

If one again compares the Egyptian developments with the Iranian precedents, Mohamed Morsi currently is using Khomeini's vocabulary from September of 1978. The question is: What kind of statement will he make if he reaches the degree of power Khomeini was enjoying in August of 1979?

Secretary of State Clinton proudly declared in Cairo that the United States did not have any preferences regarding the participants in the Egyptian elections. Although her announcement followed a well-established pattern of political correctness, at the same time it reflected the completely wrong strategy of the Obama administration. That policy is based on the absurd premise that by exposing Islamic Fundamentalism as the main enemy of democracy and Western civilization, American policymakers are endangering the United States more than are the actions of the Jihadists. It was this "strategy" that contributed immensely to the electoral victory of the Muslim Brotherhood. Twenty-Five million out of eighty million Egyptians preferred not to vote at all; the rest of the votes were almost split between Mohamed Morsi and his main rival – General Ahmed Shafik, a close associate of former President Hosni Mubarak.

American diplomacy had a better path to follow. A definite assurance should have been given to the effect that the United States would respect the choice of the Egyptian people. At the same time, if the new Government tried to change Egypt's political system by imposing an ideology, that discriminated against women and minorities, and that violated its peace treaty with Israel, it should not expect any support from the United States.

One of the many questions Secretary Clinton could have asked President-Elect Morsi was: "If the Brotherhood has so tightly embraced the ideals of political democracy, how is it possible that such a crucial change did not in any way affect the ideology of the organization?"

No one will be surprised that Mohamed Morsi failed to mention to Ms. Clinton that the most essential part of his fiery speech delivered in front of an enthusiastic crowd on May13, 2012 was the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood: "The Koran is our constitution. The Prophet Muhammad is our leader. Jihad is our path. And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration."

Wouldn't it be logical to expect that before issuing an invitation to Morsi to visit him at the White House, President Obama would ask his future guest how, if he believes that the country must be subjected to Islamic Law, he intends to defend the secular constitution of Egypt?

If Jihad is the path Morsi wants to follow, then how can President Obama treat him as his guest? It is understandable: Once he contributed to Morsi's ascension to power, the President has to deal with him on the issues of international politics. This fact does not mean, however, that Mr. Obama should lay down a red carpet for him. A White House reception for Morsi will represent a huge boost to -- and an endorsement of -- the "gathering storm" of Islamic Fundamentalism. Weren't the Jihadists the ones who murdered thousands of Americans, and have openly stated that one of their most important goals has always been to destroy the American political system?

If the occupant of the White House after November 2012 does not know how to say the words 'Islamic Fundamentalism', America will face tough times ahead not only abroad, but at home as well.
The Spring of Islamic Fundamentalism
Georgy Gounev, Gatestone Institute, August 2, 2012

France: Muslims hijack and set fire to a bus in the Pablo-Picasso district of Nanterre in protest


Last night, tensions mounted in the Pablo-Picasso district of Nanterre, a "Sensitive Urban Zone", following the arrest of a 36-year-old man for aggravated theft. To show their indignation about the enforcement of the law in what they presumably expected to be a lawless, no-go area, the "jeunes" stopped a 159 bus, ordered the driver and passengers to leave, spread flammable liquid over it then set it on fire.

Source: Via: Fdesouche
France: Muslims Hijack and Set Fire to Bus to Protest Against Robber's Arrest
Cheradenine Zakalwe, Islam versus Europe, August 1, 2012

UK: Identical twins who raised thousands for "charity" jailed for funding Islamic terrorism in Somalia

Identical twins who raised thousands of pounds for their brother while he was undergoing terrorism training in Somalia have been jailed for three years each.

Transport for London employee Mohammed Shafiq Ali and father-of-three Mohammed Shabir Ali were described at the Old Bailey as being part of a "network of support" who sent money from England to the Horn of Africa.

The 25-year-olds from east London plotted to con members of the public into donating cash by saying it was for charity, the Old Bailey heard. Instead, the money they collected went to Mohammed Shamim Ali, 29, who was involved in a radical jihadist group.

While police say they will never know the exact amount of money they sent over, the twins admitted the charge on the basis it was £3,000, sent to Somalia between August 2008 and June last year.
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In a family telephone call, recorded because the twins believed it may be the last time they spoke to him, their brother spoke of the need for people to "sacrifice life" for their cause.

He also told the twins he was being given automatic weapons training, including training in the use of Kalashnikovs.
Twins jailed over terrorism funds
Belfast Telegraph, August 1, 2012

Bulgaria Bus Bombing: Police release a computer-generated image of the suicide attacker


Bulgarian police on Wednesday released a computer-generated image of the suicide attacker involved in the bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver two weeks ago.

A police statement said the image of the dark-haired man was produced after reconstructing the badly damaged face of the bomber, who was decapitated in the explosion at a popular vacation resort on July 18.

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