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Major Airbase Falls to Rebels, Syrian Troops Driven from Idlib Province

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Syrian government troops have lost control over a major military airbase in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The troops pulled out of the Abu al-Duhur base after a two-year siege by Islamist-led rebels, according to a news flash broadcast Wednesday on Syrian state television.

The rebels have now secured control over nearly all of Idlib province – but it is still not entirely clear which faction controls the province.

It is believed the fighters who seized the base are members of the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) group.

A number of cities in the province are already under the control of the opposition forces, including Idlib and Jisr al-Shughour, according to the BBC.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the airbase has fallen and the Syrian military has been entirely driven from Idlib province, except for the primarily Shi’ite villages of Foua and Kfariya.

Hezbollah guerrillas and the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who both are also Shi’ite, may be defending that territory.

Visitors Allowed at Temple Mount Despite Arab Violence

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Israel Police allowed visitors to continue their tours of the Temple Mount Sunday morning despite efforts by Arab extremists to prevent their entry with renewed violence.

Palestinian Authority teens wearing masks began hurling rocks at the security personnel on the Mount Sunday morning.

The violence appeared to have been a repeat of a familiar tactic aimed at manipulating police into again cancelling visits by Jews and other non-Muslims to the site.

As they did last week, however, Israel Police again instead moved the perpetrators into the Al Aqsa Mosque, where the security forces created a physical barrier to protect visitors from the attackers.

Tours of the site – considered the holiest in the world in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam – continued through the morning hours as usual.

The strategy is a new one: in the past, it was the visitors to the Temple Mount whose rights were abrogated and the rioters whose violence was given priority.

Last week, however, Israel Police changed direction and instead began protecting visitors to the site by blocking the violence perpetrated by Arab rioters. The attackers were moved by security personnel when they began hurling projectiles, and remained contained within the mosque so that non-Muslim tourists could visit the site safely.

Report: ISIS Leader Seriously Wounded in Aerial Bombing in Iraq

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources told the London Guardian Tuesday.

He was injured enough that he is not in control of daily operations of the terrorist organization. His wounds are not life-threatening, and he is recovering.

The newspaper’s diplomatic source in Iraq reported that a March 18 aerial attack in western Iraq, near the border with Syria, hit Baghdadi and set off plans to replace him in case he died.

This is the third time Baghdadi has been reported wounded or killed. Two previous reports last year proved false. One of them was a near-miss, when one of his close aides was killed by a missile shot from a plane.

The air raid in March struck a three-car convoy and may have killed three people.

Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi official who advises Baghdad on ISIS, told the Guardian: “Yes, he was wounded in al-Baaj near the village of Umm al-Rous on 18 March with a group that was with him.”

He added that Baghdadi intentionally was in an area that he knew the Americans had not mapped in the war in Iraq.

Even if Baghdadi were to be killed, there are other leaders who have taken more authority for strategic decisions, while Baghdadi remains the religious leader of the radical Islamists.


British Posters Warn Muslim Voting in Elections Violates Islamic Law

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Radical Islamists in the city of Cardiff, Wales have posted messages warning Muslims that the Muslim version of democracy means they should not vote in upcoming elections.

The posters were in response to a local Muslim council campaign to urge people to vote, which the radicals consider blasphemous.

The posters read:

Democracy is a system whereby man violates the right of Allah and decides what is permissible or impermissible for mankind, based solely on their whims and desires….

Islam is the only real, working solution for the UK.

It is a comprehensive system of governance where the laws of Allah are implemented and justice is observed.

A Welsh parent told the London Daily Mail he saw 20 posters as he walked his 2-year-old child to nursery and said, “It was quite chilling and threatening to see these posters.”

The Cardiff Council ordered the posters removed.

Muslim Council of Wales official Sahar al-Faifi told the newspaper, ‘The reason behind these posters is we have had such a successful voter registration campaign across mosques in Cardiff. We have been doing it every Friday for three months to encourage worshippers in an un-partisan way to participate in their civic duties.

“Most mosques were on board and the hateful people behind these posters do not represent us.”



German Police Detain Islamists in Security Threat

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Police in the northern German city of Bremen swooped down on Islamists Friday night in the wake of reports of a planned terrorist attack at a soccer game on Sunday.

Security also has been heightened for Jews in the city.

“The Bremen police department has increased its presence in the city and stepped up protective measures in public areas,” said a Bremen police spokesman.

At least one suspect was arrested and several others were detained for questioning. Police also searched  an Islamic cultural center.

Heavily armed police were deployed at public markets and at Jewish institutions.

Fears of Islamic terror in Germany have increase recently, and police canceled a carnival parade in a northern city two weeks ago.

The Muslim population in Bremen has soared to nearly 10 percent, and the city has recognized Islam as an official religion, prompting initiatives by some Muslim groups to demand Sharia law superiority.

The port city of Bremen was an important point of transit for Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in their emigration from eastern Europe to the United States. After the Holocaust, few Jews remained, but Soviet immigration later boosted the size of the Jewish population to well over 1,000.

France Forces City to Allow Burial of Charles Hebdo Terrorist

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

French officials overrode objections of local officials who were forced to allow a secret burial Friday night for one of the radical Islamic terrorists who murdered a dozen people at the Charles Hebdo magazine offices two weeks ago.

The mayor of the city of Reims, Arnaud Robinet, said last week he would “categorically refuse” to allow the family of Said Kouachi to bury their terrorist son in the city where he lived before police killed him and his brother.

“I don’t want a grave that serves to attract fanatics. I don’t want a place that promotes hate,” he a French radio station on Thursday.

City officials backed down in the face of orders from the national government. “Given the risk of disturbance of the peace and in order to quickly turn the page of this tragic episode, it was decided to do the burial quickly,” the city said.

The terrorist’s wife did not attend the burial because she did not want to be followed by journalists.

Two other terrorists killed by police in a gunfight following the Islamic terror spree in Paris have not yet been buried. Kouachi’s brother Cherif will be buried in his native Gennevilliers, outside Paris in an anonymous grave. City officials said they will “avoid all risk of disturbance to the peace and to preserve the town’s tranquility.”

It is not yet known what will be done with the body of Amedy Coulibaly, who killed five people, including four hostages, at a kosher market in Paris.

France still is reeling from the terror spree, trying to maintain a posture that will not offend Muslims or label all of them as radical Islamists.

A  Paris administrative court ruled that Paris police were in their rights to ban an “Islamists out of France” rally planned for Sunday.

One of the organizers, “Secular Riposte,” announced it will hold a press conference instead of a rally, but Resistance Republicaine, a co-sponsor of the banned demonstration, said it will hold anti-Islamist rallies in southern France.

Jews in France and Belgium have been thrown back 70 years to the Nazi era. French Jews prayed in a private home Friday night because they could not be guaranteed safety to worship in a synagogue.

Police in Belgium were deployed in areas that could be targeted by terrorists, especially the Jewish quarter in Antwerp.

Approximately 150 paratroopers guarded synagogues and the Jewish Museum in Brussels after Jewish schools closed their doors Friday because of warnings of possible attacks.

Suspects Identified in France Terror Attack, Demonstrators Tell Victims: ‘We Are Charlie’

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

French security personnel  are searching for three terrorists — all French nationals — who murdered 12 people and wounded a dozen more at the offices of a satiric magazine in Paris that had previously published cartoon depictions of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammed.

The suspects have been identified as two brothers from the Paris region, approximately age 32 and 34. The third man is approximately age 18, not related and is from the northeastern city of Reims, police said. All three speak a fluent, colloquial French.

French police said the elder brother was previously tried on charges of terrorism. He was a member of an Iraqi terrorist network in the Paris area that was dismantled by security personnel, Fox News reported Wednesday night. The group had ties to Algiers, Yemen and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), authorities said.

The elder brother and his co-terrorists carried out a massive, methodical attack Wednesday on specific journalists at the offices of the satirical weekly magazine, ‘Charlie Hebdo’. The editor of the magazine and two police officers who responded to the attack were among the dead.

A young female cartoonist at the magazine who arrived with her small daughter was grabbed by the terrorists and ordered to tap in the security code allowing the attackers to enter the building. She and her daughter raced to cover, huddling under a desk, as she watched with horror while the men quickly but calmly fired AK47 assault rifles to kill her co-workers, first asking each his or her name, one by one. At the start of the assault, at least one of the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is Great! in Arabic) and while leaving the building, one allegedly proclaimed, “The prophet is avenged!”

After completing their bloody mission the attackers – suspected radical Islamists – raced out to a getaway car. They are still at large at this time, with security personnel across Europe. There are currently five million Muslims in France, comprising approximately eight percent of the total population in the country.  Moreover, the suspects may have a head start due to the fact that France is part of the European Union, with its borders wide open, without any security or border checkpoints between EU member nations.

Thousands of French citizens have gathered in cities around the country to show their solidarity with the victims of the attack, waving signs that read (in French) “I Am Charlie.” A huge neon sign proclaimed the same message from a billboard above the crowd: “Nous sommes Charlie” (We Are Charlie.)

France has raised its security level to the highest alert possible nationwide, and other countries have tightened security measures around vulnerable targets as well.

In New York City, police officers were posted outside the French Consulate. NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton said, however, there appears to be no sign of any direct threat to the city at this time.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/suspects-identified-in-france-terror-attack-demonstrators-tell-victims-we-are-charlie/2015/01/08/

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