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June 25, 2016 / 19 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘JIHAD’

‘Muslims Must Triple Down’ on Countering Inspiration to ‘Islamist Savages’

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A United States Muslim organization has expressed horror and shock in the wake of the Orlando Pulse terror attack this weekened that took the lives of 50 people and wounded 53 more — and determination to counter the ideology that spawned the extremism behind it.

“We at AIFD are heartbroken to learn of the attack,” wrote leaders at the American Islamic Forum for Democracy in a statement released late Sunday night.

‘Our nation and the free world are in a long war that has been declared upon us by global militant Islamists and their Salafi Jihadi ideology,” said the American Islamic Forum for Democracy in a statement late Sunday night.

“It is said that in the month of Ramadan, the ‘devil is in chains,’ as the Muslim community focuses on bettering itself. However, it is clear that evil was behind Mateen’s attack last night,” the AIFD statement continued.

U.S.-born 29-year-old Afghan-American citizen Omar Saddique Mateen was identified as the shooter who entered the nightclub in downtown Orlando, Florida with an assault rifle and handgun and opened fire. After holding 30 people hostage from 2 am to 5 am, a local SWAT team managed to penetrate the club, free the captives and kill the terrorist.

The Islamic State terror organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, just hours after the attacker himself made a call to 911 prior to setting out on his “mission,” swearing allegiance to the terror group and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“We Muslims must triple down on acknowledging the deep reforms necessary and the responsibility of every Muslim in countering the ideologies that inspire these Islamist savages,” AIFD wrote in its statement.

“We will keep the Orlando community and all affected in our hearts and prayers as this investigation unfolds.”

AIFD is a think tank that provides a voice to the American independent Muslim reform movement. The organization is led by M. Zuhdi Jasser, a co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander, and author of the book, “A Battle for the Soul of Islam.”

Hana Levi Julian

Tel Sheva Arab Student Indicted on Terror Conspiracy After Return From Jordan

Monday, February 8th, 2016

A 20-year-old Tel Sheva student, working as a substitute teacher, has been indicted on charges of conspiring with Salafi jihadists from various Arab nations.

The indictment was submitted Monday following a joint investigation by Israel Police and the Shin Bet Israel Security Service.

The Tel Sheva suspect indicted Monday allegedly agreed to help “jihadist activists” infiltrate Israel, according to the Shin Bet. He is also accused of having joined the ‘Salafi Jihadist’ organization.

“Three weeks ago, on January 18, the suspect was arrested upon his return from Jordan and was transferred for interrogation. During the investigation it was found that after leaving for Jordan the suspect made contact with a jihad operative from Tunisia.” The suspect is accused of agreeing to help the operative infiltrate Israel and conspiring to carry out military operations in Israel.

“It was also found that during this period he agreed to join the Salafi Jihad organization,” the Shin Bet said in its statement.

“During the course of the investigation the suspect revealed his connections to the organization and after the evidence was established, the indictment was submitted by the Southern District prosecutor,” the statement continued. The police have requested an extension of the suspect’s remand until the proceedings have been completed.

The Shin Bet issued a warning last year that some Israeli Arab students traveling abroad have been returning with unpleasantly new knowledge acquired outside their classes.

Israeli Arab students are increasingly becoming radicalized while touring or studying abroad, according to the Shin Bet.

Operatives from Da’esh (ISIS) and other terror groups have been recruiting Israeli Arabs while they are attending foreign universities in countries such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Tel Sheva is a Bedouin township in the northern Negev. However, not all those living in the town are Bedouin. Some of the residents have intermarried with Palestinian Authority Arabs and others.

Most of the Bedouin in the northern Negev are Sunni Muslims. Salafi Islam is associated with groups that lean toward the teachings of Al Qaeda. It was the Salafis who were challenging Hamas in a power struggle for control over Gaza, for instance, until Da’esh (ISIS) arrived in the region.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Terrorists Train in Missiles at ‘Jihadi University’

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

ISIS terrorists are learning how to assemble, repair and recondition missiles and other weaponry at a new “Jihadi University” in Raqqa.

A new ISIS (Da’esh) training video on the subject, obtained by Britain’s Sky News, has deeply impressed — and worried — former United Kingdom Special Forces bomb technician Maj. Chris Hunter.

The video shows footage of a weapons lab in the Da’esh terror group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria. The lab appears to have become a “jihadi technical college,” as it is being referred to by the terrorist organization.

The footage shows that the group can now produce key components for advanced weapons, including surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), and refurbish those previously believed to be obsolete or unusable.

Da’esh operatives have produced a homemade thermal battery for use in SAM systems – something that was also believed to be impossible for terrorist groups without any military infrastructure.

But it is now abundantly clear that Da’esh, at least, has managed to create for itself just such an infrastructure. The group has the capability of re-commissioning thousands of missiles previously thought to be unusable.

With these, Da’esh can target passenger and military aircraft anywhere within its range — and since it is creating an air force as well, it may become a menace in the sky sooner rather than later.

“What this video shows is that ISIS is “leagues ahead of its terrorist predecessors,” Hunter told Sky News on Wednesday (Jan. 6). “At first, the images didn’t look very different from the raft of other ISIS propaganda on the internet, but within minutes it occurred to me that this was definitely no ISIS propaganda video.”

Instead, Hunter said he saw “technically adept and highly trained weapons specialists giving expert tuition in how to turn obsolete munitions and ammunition into state-of-the-art weapon systems.

“Without doubt, the most chilling aspect of watching this training video was the unprecedented levels of technical expertise and ingenuity of those weapons engineers,” he said.

“Their advanced knowledge of weapons engineering, coupled with their seemingly limitless ability to reverse engineer and recondition weapons (previously considered by intelligence agencies to be obsolete or beyond repair), kept me awake all night.”

The components whose assembly, repair and refurbishing were painstakingly demonstrated included a missile seeker unit, infra-red homing radar, and MANPADS (shoulder-launched surface-to-air weapons systems). Also included with the assembly of a remote control car bomb – complete with a mannequin capable of tricking the advanced early warning sensors at critical/high security facilities.

Hunter called it “the stuff of nightmares.”

The real fear, at least for him, is “they’re certain to find their way into the hands of jihadi organizations and networks outside Iraq and Syria.”

For residents of Israel, of course, that nightmare began a long time ago.

Hana Levi Julian

France Shuts Down 3 ‘Radical’ Mosques Under Emergency Laws

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The French government has shut down three mosques under emergency laws passed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

Those laws gave police sweeping new authority until February 2016, despite rights groups and politicians who expressed concerns about reports of police abuses of power.

“Measures to close down mosques on the grounds of radicalization … have never been made by any previous government, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted in his briefing with media on Wednesday.

He added that police have carried out 2,235 raids across France since the massacre; 334 weapons were seized, including 24 military-grade assault weapons.

The criticism was dismissed by the Interior Minister, however. “It is terrorism, not the state of emergency, which threatens freedoms,” said Cazeneuve.

The multi-site attack by Da’esh (ISIS) operatives and suicide bombers claimed the lives of 130 victims and wounded 350 others.

One of the mosques that was closed is located in the eastern Paris suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne, according to France 24. During the process, nine people were placed on house arrest. Another 22 were banned from leaving the country.

“Police searches [there] turned up a 9mm caliber pistol, a hidden hard drive, documents and files on jihad and a life insurance policy subscribed in 2012,” Cazeneuve said, according to the RFI news outlet.

“The Council of Ministers will now dissolve these three pseudo-cultural organizations which used clandestine prayer rooms on the premises,” he added. Mosques in Lyon (in central eastern France) and Gennevilliers (near Paris) were also closed on grounds of spreading radicalism as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Rocket Alert

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

6:59 PM Rocket fell in open area. No injuries or damage reported.

6:52 PM Rocket Alert: Gaza Border

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Woman Arrested Trying to Join ISIS

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

An Israeli woman is allegedly heading north to join Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria, according to a report by the Hebrew-language Ma’ariv newspaper online service.

The newspaper quoted officials in an unnamed northern Israeli town.

The woman, reported to be in her forties, allegedly boarded a flight to Turkey Thursday intending to cross the border into Syria to join the terrorist group.

A local source close to the woman’s family said her husband and children notified authorities, saying they feared she was heading to the Syrian region controlled by Da’esh.

“Her husband and children went to the police and also told the Foreign Ministry in the hopes of tracking her down before she crossed the border into Syria,” the source told Ma’ariv.

According to a report by Ha’aretz, Turkish police arrested the woman Friday night as she did indeed attempt to cross the border into Syria.

They allegedly deported her straight back to Israel, where faced a remand hearing on Saturday. She is reportedly being questioned by Israel’s General Security Service, the Shin Bet.

This is not the first case of an Israeli citizen traveling to Turkey in an attempt to join Da’esh, although it may be the first attempt by an Israeli woman on her own.

This past June, a man and wife took their three children from the Galilee town of Sakhnin to join ISIS as well. As have many others, they too traveled first to Turkey, and then crossed the border into the ISIS-held region in Syria. Relatives of the husband notified Israeli authorities after the family left.

Hana Levi Julian

‘Jihadi John’ Vows to Return to Britain and ‘Cut off Heads’

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The Islamic State’s (ISIS) infamous beheader Mohammed “Jihadi John” Emwazi said on a video that he will return to his native Britain to “carry on cutting heads off,” the London Daily Mail reported Sunday.

The newspaper said it obtained the video, which reportedly fell in the hands of the Free Syrian Army and may have been filmed approximately two months ago in Syria, the first time he has been photographed unmasked. . The video shows a man claiming to be Jihadi John, dressed in black and wearing a cap under his hood. He announced in the video, with a clear British accent:

I will carry on cutting heads.

A Free Syrian Army activist told the Mail:

He looks at the camera and says, ‘I am Mohammed Emwazi. I will soon go back to Britain with the Khalifa’ [the leader of Islamic State].

He said something more about cutting heads off, ‘We will kill the kuffar.’ Then the camera shows two masked men that looked like bodyguards.

Jihdi John said that when he returns to Britain to chop off heads, he will spare “believers.”

Jihadi John is one of the world’s most wanted men with a $96 million bounty placed on his head by the United States for the bheading of Americans, the first of whom was James Foley last year.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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