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US Airstrikes Take out 150 Islamist Terrorists in Somalia

Monday, March 7th, 2016

On Sunday, U.S. warplanes killed about 150 newly-minted terrorists at a training facility in Somalia, near Mogadishu.

The airstrikes hit a Shabab outpost at what U.S. officials said they believed was a graduation ceremony, according to the New York Times. The targeted terrorists were “preparing an attack against American troops and their regional allies in East Africa,” which is believed to have been a “large-scale attack.”

The American warplanes dropped precision-guided bombs and missiles on the terrorists who “were outdoors in formation,” according to a U.S. official.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. was watching the site, called Raso Camp, for several weeks. He said it appeared that the training was ending and the operational phase of a suspected attack was about to start.

When a bomb tore through a Somali commercial jetliner in February, Shabab claimed responsibility. The group also claimed responsibility for the mass shooting at the Westgate Shopping Mall attack in September, 2013. More than 60 people were shot to death and over 175 people were wounded in that attack.

Shabab – which means “youth” in Arabic – pledged allegiance to al Qaeda in 2012. The two allied terrorist organizations appear to be in competition with ISIS for title of most horrific source of terror on Earth.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Obama’s ‘Roots’ Journey: I’m the First Kenyan-American to be President of US

Monday, July 27th, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama proudly reveled in his father’s roots on Sunday in a speech he delivered to nearly 5,000 cheering Kenyans at a Nairobi gymnasium.

“I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States. That goes without saying,” Obama declared.

The president was Introduced to the crowd by half-sister Auma Obama, who said he “continues to be very attached to us.” The Kenyan sister told her fellow Africans she could still remember picking up her young brother at Nairobi airport in a Volkswagon Beetle during his first trip to Kenya years ago. Now he returns in a presidential limo, she noted, which is known as “The Beast.”

But, she said, “He gets us. He’s one of us.” Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama, also in the audience, said simply that he was grateful that his brother “finally came to Kenya” as the powerful U.S. president.

“This is an important step in uniting everybody and showing the whole world a true sense of brotherhood,” said Malik Obama.

The president, meanwhile, stayed focused on inspiring young Kenyans to push forward – as he did – and up towards a better future.

“No country can achieve its full potential unless it draws on the talents of all its people,” Obama said.

‘When it comes to the people of Kenya, especially the youth, I believe there is no limit to what you can achieve. You can build your future right here, right now,” he said.

Obama then brought out his laundry list of what the African nation still needs to change. He began with the issue of discrimination against women, using as an example the recent debate in the United States over whether or not the Confederate flag should still be allowed to fly in the American southern states.

“Just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right,” Obama said. “The Confederate flag … was a symbol for “those states who fought to preserve slavery and racial superiority… More and more Americans of all races are realizing now that that flag should come down.

“Just because something’s a tradition doesn’t make it right. is part of your past doesn’t make it right,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that it defines your future…. Treating women as a second-class citizen is a bad tradition. It’s holding you back,” he warned, in an oblique reference to the high incidence of domestic violence, sexual assault and female mutilation.

He then aimed at government corruption, calling it “an anchor that weighs you down.”

Obama told the story of his grandfather, who worked as a cook for the British military. “He was referred to as a “boy” even though he was a grown man,” he said, but added, “What these stories also tell us is about the arc of progress. We have to know our history so that we learn from it.”

The American president urged Kenya to continue its ongoing fight against the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab terror organization based in Somalia.

“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this fight against terrorism – for as long as it takes,” Obama said.

Ultimately, however, he reminded those gathered, “In the end, we are all a part of one tribe, the human tribe.”

Hana Levi Julian

Mall of America Shoppers Told ‘Stay Vigilant’ After Video Call for Terror

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The largest shopping center in the United States — the Mall of America — could be the next target of an attack by al-Shabaab, the Somali affiliate of Al Qaeda. The building has more than a dozen entrances and covers at least 80 acres of land.

Security personnel conducted a “lockdown drill” at 10 am local time and have planned a second one for later in the day. Other security measures – “seen and unseen” – have been put into place as well, officials said.

The moves came in response to a video call for jihad released by the group this past weekend.

The group used the video to recruit Western “Muslim brethren” to hit the Mall of America and shopping centers in Canada and the UK.

In 2013, 67 people died when the group staged a four-day siege at a shopping mall in Nairobi.

Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson told news media on Monday that shoppers are “being warned to remain extra vigilant while shopping.” Calls for jihad are being issued via the Internet, videos and through various publications, he pointed out.

Officials at the shopping center, considered the largest mall in the United States, said, “At this time there is no credible threat associated with the Mall of America. We will continue to work together at all levels to evaluate this and other information with the authorities.”

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing also on Monday the intelligence community is “not aware” of any current plot to attack the Mall of America.

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali immigrant community in the United States. According to Fox News, at least 15 members of that community left last year to join Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization.

Hana Levi Julian

Canadian Jewish Developer Tightens Mall Security After Al Qaeda Call to Jihad

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A Canadian-based business family is not waiting for a terror attack before tightening security: the Ghermezian Brothers have already taken measures to prevent an attack. The four brothers – Eskandar, Nader, Raphael and Bahman – own a construction and real estate empire in addition to the shopping malls developed by the family patriarch, Jacob Ghermezian, who died in 2000.

The preparations came in response to a call to jihad against “American and Jewish-owned” shopping malls made in a video by the Al Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab over the weekend.

The Jewish Iranian-Canadian family is known for having developed some of the world’s largest shopping malls, and is no stranger to the need for security; its West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has already put security measures into place to prevent an attack.

Edmonton Deputy Police Chief Brian Simpson told CTV News, “West Edmonton mall is very safe; I also feel that this community is very safe,” Jewish Business News reported.

In Bloomington, Minnesota, the family’s Mall of America stands out as the largest shopping mall in the United States – which made it one of the top targets for al-Shabaab. The terror group even provided the coordinates for its “Muslim brethren” in the West to more easily be able to find the shopping mall, in order to be able to attack it.

Hana Levi Julian

Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabaab Calls for Attacks on ‘Jewish-Owned’ Malls in UK, Canada & USA

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The Somali al-Shabaab terror group linked to Al Qaeda has called on Muslims in the West to “answer the call” and attack “American and Jewish-owned” shopping malls in the UK, US and Canada.

In the 77-minute video the speaker, whose face was covered, said, “We call upon our Muslim brothers, particularly those in the West, to answer the call of Allah and target the disbelievers wherever they are,” said a speaker wearing a military jacket, face covered.

Suggesting the Mall of America – the largest mall in the United States – the speaker displayed coordinates for the site on the screen. The “twin cities” of S. Paul and Minneapolis are home to the largest population of Somali immigrants in the U.S. More than a few are known to have traveled from there to the Mideast and Africa to fight with radical Islamist terrorists.

The threat has become a raison d’etre for America’s Department of Homeland Security, which was slated for shutdown this week.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that the propaganda video released Saturday by al-Shabaab, made clear “why I need a budget.” The video also called for attacks on Oxford Street in London and two Westfield Malls in Stratford and White City as well as Canada’s West Edmonton Mall in Alberta – the largest shopping mall in North America.

In an interview over the weekend on CNN, Johnson said “It’s absurd that we’re even having this conversation about Congress’s inability to fund homeland security in these challenging times.”

Hana Levi Julian

Pick Your Jihad; Choose Your Infidel

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

{Originally posted on author’s site, FirstOne Through}

The rise of Islamic extremism is not new. It is not a surprise. The mission of jihadists has been clearly broadcast for years:

HAMAS

The Hamas Charter was drafted in 1988. It mentions the word “jihad” 36 times in the charter. Its enemy is spelled out clearly: Jews.

“In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.”

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it”

Jew/s/ish is mentioned 12 times in its charter. “Zion/ism/ist” is mentioned 20 times.

Hamas was democratically elected by the Palestinian people in 2006 to carry out a war against the Jews and to destroy Israel. The attacks against Israel in the summer of 2014 were a consistent part of its mission.

Al QAEDA

Al Qaeda did not suddenly appear on 9/11/2001. In 1998, it stated its goal of killing all Americans:

“we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims: The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it”

Al Qaeda has not backed down on its pledge while the US has enlisted the world support to defeat the group.

BOKO HARAM

The kidnapping of over 200 Christian girls in Nigeria in April 2014 shocked the world. Boko Haram made no secret of its targeted enemy a few years earlier: Christians.

“The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state.”

The world has tweeted its support to bring back the girls and has provided support to find the attackers.

Many extremist groups continue to operate around the MENA region: Al-Shabaab, ISIS and Khorasan are only a few. Their aims are clear. Their path is jihad. Only the name of the infidel changes based on where the jihadists operate.

What is the world reaction to each of these extremist groups? Is the global community clear in its response?

A few years ago, the United Nations established an anti-terrorism unit. Its directive has noble goals for combating terrorism such as stopping the flow of funds and people to these groups. However, the committee has not been clear about who the terrorists are, as it only mentions Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as terrorist groups. These other jihadists could thereby escape sanctions.

Jihad is Jihad. Terrorism is Terrorism. The world must unite to stop it. The goal must be clear and unequivocal.

The Jihadists are.

Paul Gherkin

Devout Muslim Group Vows to Kill ‘Anyone Who Supports the Christians’

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

More interfaith dialogue and tolerance from our religious superiors. Here, again, the very definition of Islamic supremacism from another devout Muslim group:

Al-Shabaab Says It Will Reveal If Westgate Mall Gunmen are Alive ‘in Our Own Time’ PJ Media, February 25, 2014

Somali terror group Al-Shabaab told Al-Jazeera that it wouldn’t be negotiating with the government and would continue its quest to kill “anyone who supports the Christians.”

They also rebuffed Kenya’s claim that the Westgate mall attackers were dead, claiming they’d eventually reveal what happened to their gunmen.

Screen-Shot-2014-02-26-at-3.04.41-AM“The people we are fighting with is because of ideology. They want to colonize us. They want to 

erase our religion, our people and our land. Those people bring a new face every time. Every new person that comes into office works for them. So for that reason, they are no different to us. Whomever the Christians bring, no matter their name or background, we will not negotiate with them because they have no decision-making powers. They have no powers to refuse or accept anything. What you lose by force you return by force. We will not negotiate with anyone. The country is ours,” Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Dheere said, stressing there will be no negotiations with new Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed.

“Anyone who works for the apostate government, no matter where and at what level, they are supporting the apostates and the Christians who sent them. Our stand is clear is on such people. We will fight them and kill them anywhere we see them,” Dheere said in defending their attacks on civilians. “Anyone who supports the Christians, either through the pen or by carrying a weapon, they are the same to us and we will kill them… We don’t kill civilians who don’t work for the apostate government. We protect them. We do not harm them.”

The terror group also has a strong beef with Turkey and with any Turkish nationals working on development aid in the country.

“Them building roads, schools and hospitals is similar to a man who wants to slaughter a goat. If he feeds that goat, is it any good to that goat? He is going to slaughter it anyways. The schools they have built, they teach our Somali children bad behavior; they teach them music; they teach them everything that is bad for them,” Dheere said. “The biggest enemy of the Muslim people is NATO and Turkey is part of NATO. NATO is a union of Christians. They are the number one supporters of that union. NATO uses Turkey as the hammer that’s used to crush Muslims.”

He contended that Muslims in Mogadishu “want to free from the enemy.”

“We don’t just go and blow a place up or fire bullets aimlessly. There is a lot of intelligence before an operation. We only attack a place when we are sure the people in there are the apostates, the Christians and those that support them,” Dheere continued. If there are Muslim casualties, “We pray for that Muslim person and the martyr who carried out the operation to go to paradise. Also we have warned the Muslim people not to go close to apostate bases and where the Christians are. Most of the population has heeded our warning.”

Dheere disputed the Kenyan government’s account that four attackers were killed in the brutal siege of Nairobi’s Westgate mall in September. The U.S. government says it believes Kenya’s official account, while a New York Police Department report suggested that the gunmen may have escaped.

“All that Kenya said, nothing is believable. Nothing of what they said is true. Look at how many times they went back on what they said. They first said there were 18 individuals in the mall. Then they said they were 15. Another time they said they were 4. Another time they said a woman was leading them. They said they were all dead. Another time they said they were alive,” Dheere said.

“Even when people could hear the bullets, they were saying the fighting was over. That shows what they say has no basis. It is not something anyone can believe. In our own time we will say whether the men are alive or not. For the individuals involved and for military reasons we will not disclose now.”

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Pamela Geller

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