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August 28, 2015 / 13 Elul, 5775
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‘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.

IDF Attacks Syrian Positions

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The IDF Spokesperson announced that the IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in the central Golan Heights region late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force. The IDF strikes were in response to the Syrian attacks that hit Israel earlier Thursday afternoon.

The initiating attack was done by an Islamic Jihad group, which is funded by Iran. The spokesperson said the attack was an infringement on Israeli sovereignty.

The IDF views the Syrian (Assad) government responsible for what goes on in its territory, and won’t countenance any attempt to harm Israel’s sovereignty or the security of its inhabitants.

ISIS Tortures, Beheads Chief Archaeologist of Palmyra

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists have beheaded the chief archaeologist of Palmyra after interrogating him for more than a month.

The venerated scholar, 82-year-old Khaled Asa’ad, had worked for more than 50 years as the head of antiquities in the ancient city which the terrorist group captured from Syrian government troops in May.

Asa’ad was executed Tuesday in a main square of the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. His body was then hung from one of the 2,000-year-old columns, his family said.

Asa’ad was known for several scholarly works published in international archaeological journals on Palmyra. The site flourished in antiquity as an important trading hub along the Silk Road. The site includes Roman tombs and the Temple of Bel.

“Just imagine that such a scholar who gave such memorable services to the place and to history would be beheaded … and his corpse still hanging from one of the ancient columns in the center of a square in Palmyra,” Syrian state antiquities chief Ma’amoun Abdulkarim said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

“The continued presence of these criminals in this city is a curse and bad omen on (Palmyra) and every column and every archaeological piece in it.” Syrian officials – led by Asa’ad – moved out hundreds of the ancient statues that were in Palmyra but were not part of its Roman-era structures before its capture by Da’esh terrorists.

A Syrian source told Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, that Da’esh had interrogated Asa’ad about the located of the treasures from Palmyra. The terrorists murdered him when he refused to cooperate, the source told Doyle, according to a report by The Guardian.

The SANA news agency reported that Asa’ad had discovered several ancient cemeteries, caves and a Byzantine graveyard in the garden of the Palmyra museum. He was also a scholar of Aramaic, the local language before the rise of Islam in the seventh century.

Da’esh makes millions of dollars on sales of plundered antiquities stolen from the various sites it captures. The money is used to finance its worldwide activities.

Netanyahu: Israel is ‘Ready for Any Eventuality’ Posed by Iran

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, accompanied IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot on Tuesday (August 18) to tour the northern district and scan the Lebanese border.

The prime minister and defense minister then visited the IDF Northern Command headquarters, where they were briefed by GOC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

Speaking with media, Netanyahu addressed the ongoing threat to Israel posed by Iranian proxies in Lebanon and Syria. “The ruler of Iran, [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, said yesterday, and I quote, ‘We will take all measures to support all those who fight against Israel.’

“Iranian Foreign Minister [Javad] Zarif said in Beirut a few days ago, at a meeting with the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and I quote, ‘The nuclear agreement has created an historic opportunity to stand against the Zionist entity.’

“What we have said all along is being seen as correct and accurate. The money that will flow to Iran in the wake of the nuclear agreement will serve it to strengthen the terrorist organizations operating against us, in its name and under its auspices, in the avowed goal to destroy Israel.

“The IDF is strong. The State of Israel is strong. We are ready for any eventuality. Those who try to attack us – we will hurt them,” Netanyahu warned.

Defense Minister Ya’alon concurred. “I would like to commend IDF soldiers and commanders in general, and those of Northern Command in particular, for safeguarding our borders and maintaining quiet along them, despite what is happening on the other side, for their professionalism, which is allowing thousands of tourists to travel throughout the north.

“On the Golan Heights it is not quiet and those who do not want quiet are the Iranians, who are trying to use proxies to carry out attacks against us.

“Representatives of the Revolutionary Guards are currently waiting for the implementation of the bad agreement that is being formulated with the major powers in order to send more money to Hezbollah and the other terrorist organizations, both on the Golan Heights and in the Palestinian arena.

“Of course, the IDF is prepared; it will continue to not allow violations of sovereignty on the Golan Heights.

“In Judea and Samaria as well, as you have seen, it is not quiet. There are attempted knife attacks on an almost daily basis.

“Again, I would like to commend IDF soldiers and Border Police personnel for responding quickly and professionally against all those who try to raise a hand or a knife against IDF soldiers or civilians.

“We will continue to not allow any terrorist element to attack our soldiers and civilians. Moreover, we will continue to take various steps against terrorism.

“This week I approved the demolition of more terrorists’ homes, terrorists who already committed their crimes, as part of our deterrent moves to prevent terrorism,” he added.

UN Security Council Passes Resolution on Peace Plan for Syria

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on Monday calling for a political solution to end the savage civil war in Syria.

It was the first time in two years the UN Security Council has agreed on any statement regarding Syria, where at least 240,000 people have died since the start of the 4-year-old war.

At least 12 million Syrians have become homeless, the Council noted, expressing “grave alarm that the Syria crisis has become the largest humanitarian emergency crisis in the world today.”

Although the future of President Bashar al-Assad was not specifically mentioned in the statement, it was clear that any “transition” would involve his exit at some point.

Venezuela dissociated itself from parts of the statement due to its strong ties with Syria.

The 16-point peace plan drafted by France was been under discussion since last month, when it was presented to the Council by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. The statement came a day after Assad government troops attacked a town near Damascus, killing nearly 100 people in one of the most brutal assaults of the war.

The plan calls for a “Syrian-led political process leading to a political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.”

It includes “the establishment of an inclusive transitional governing body with full executive powers which shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent while ensuring continuity of governmental institutions.”

French Deputy Ambassador Alexis Lamek pointed out that progress on creating a new government for Syria would also strengthen the campaign against Da’esh (ISIS).

“We will not defeat Da’esh without an organized transition in Syria,” Lamek said.

As with everything else at the United Nations, the gap between discussion and action is wide: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to report back to the Council on the next phase of consultations led by his envoy within 90 days.

ISIS used Mustard Gas on Kurds, Likely Obtained from Syria

Friday, August 14th, 2015

U.S. officials said on Thursday, Aug. 13, that Islamic State terrorists this week used mustard gas against Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is a type of chemical warfare agent that is not found naturally in the environment and which today has no medical use. It blisters the skin and may lead to blindness, adverse effects to the respiratory and digestive tracts and bone marrow abnormalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No antidotes currently exist for mustard gas exposure.

And where did ISIS get that mustard gas? They probably obtained it from Syria, Wall Street Journal reporter Adam Entous said he was told by U.S. officials.

CBS is reporting that a senior Department of Defense official said the mustard gas was either “leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles” or “were brought over from Syria.” Of course, it could be the same chemicals from both sources, as Hussein was believed to have whisked stockpiles of chemical weapons from Iraq and hid them in Syria.

In 2013, Syria’s Bashar Assad’s government admitted having caches of mustard gas as well as other chemical warfare agents.

At that time, U.S. President Barack Obama claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin removed Syria’s chemical weapons, but U.S. intelligence now admits Syria was able to hide some chemical weapons reserves from international inspectors.

Saddam Hussein also used mustard gas against the Kurds in 1988.

The Kurds claim that ISIS used chlorine gas, another chemical weapon, against them in a Jan. 23 suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq.

2 Israeli Arabs Nabbed Attempting to Join ISIS

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Cleared for publication: Two Israeli Arabs were indicted Thursday after they traveled to Turkey and attempted to join the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization in Syria, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

Over the past two years, more than 40 Israeli Arabs have joined the terrorist organization, the Shin Bet reported. The indictment filed this week noted the rising trend with concern and commented there is a “real possibility the ideological and military training could be exploited for the purpose of terrorist activity against Israelis.”

Of three wannabe Da’esh fighters who had apparently planned to join the terror group in May, one was caught and arrested, but his two companions succeeded in reaching Syria.

Feras Sheritach, 19, a resident of Akev near eastern Jerusalem was arrested earlier this year after he had already returned to Israel. Sheritach failed to reach Syria because his passport was expired when he arrived at Istanbul airport along with his brother and cousin, according to the indictment documents.

He decided instead to return to Israel to renew the document – and was arrested in a joint operation by the Shin Bet and Israel Police. He has been charged with attempting to join an outlawed organization. His brother and cousin remained in Turkey, meanwhile, and successfully crossed the border into Da’esh-controlled areas of Syria. Their identities have not been released.

A second Israeli Arab, 21-year-old Hamis Adnan Hamis Salameh of Ramle, was arrested last month after arriving in Ben Gurion International Airport on an extradition order executed together with Turkish authorities. He too was indicted Thursday, in Lod District Court, on charges of contact with a foreign agent and attempting to enter an enemy state.

According to the Shin Bet, Salameh confessed to interrogators that as with Sheritach, he also planned to join Da’esh after watching recruiting and propaganda videos on the Internet, later making contact online with one of the group’s recruitment members via Twitter.

Salameh was arrested by Turkish police in the border town of Adana just a few hours before he was scheduled to cross the border into Syria, according to a Shin Bet statement.

Last month, the Shin Bet announced the indictment of six suspected Da’esh (ISIS) members from the Negev Bedouin town of Hura. Five of the six were teachers and allegedly used their positions to spread the ISIS philosophy and propaganda among students and teachers.

All six were accused of sharing the Da’esh doctrine with their family members and associates. They were charged with distributing materials for an illegal organization; support for a terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit a crime and illegally exiting the country. Those who were teachers were brought to a hearing at the Education Ministry and their teaching licenses were revoked as well.

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