Newly released FBI interviews have revealed cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s role in grooming the ‘underwear bomber’.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now 30, became known as the notorious ‘underpants bomber’ in 2009 after he attempted to take down a U.S. jetliner by detonating a bomb hidden in his underwear in a warped plan to carry out Islamic jihad.
The plot failed when the bomb did not detonate as planned but burst into flames, setting the jihadi alight.
Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant.
The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident Tuesday night in Bondy. A case report published Thursday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, based on a police complaint by the alleged victims did not specify their medical condition.
The vehicle forced the brothers to stop their car, and they were surrounded by several men whom they described as having a Middle Eastern appearance. The men came out of a hookah café on to the side street, according to the case report published by the news website JSSNews.
TEL AVIV – The New York Times this week continued its month-long campaign against designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization amid reports the Trump administration is debating the possibility of issuing an executive order making such a designation.
Declaring the Brotherhood a terrorist organization would add the U.S. to the growing list of nations to do so, including Muslim countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
An Arlington preschool teacher has been fired over a series of anti-Semitic posts on social media, including a tweet that said “kill some Jews.”
Nancy Salem, who was fired from The Children’s Courtyard, also retweeted: “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!”
Tweets by Salem and several University of Texas at Arlington students were made public after the watchdog group Canary Mission reported that 24 current and former students had made anti-Semitic comments online.
An armed French soldier patrols in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo
“When parents shout at their children, when they want to reprimand them, they call them Jews. Yes. All Arab families know this. It is monumental hypocrisy not to see that this anti-Semitism begins as a domestic one.” — Smaïn Laacher, a French-Algerian sociologist, in a documentary called, “Teachers in the Lost Territories of the Republic.”
One would think that before admitting tens, let alone hundreds, of thousands of Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Americans might look at what bringing in millions of Muslims has done for Europe. One would also assume that American Jews would want to know how this surge in MENA Muslims has affected Jews in European countries.
But one would be wrong.
Such an approach would be rational. But for most people, the rational has no chance against the emotional.
The same applies to our useful idiot virtue signalers in Canada.
Masjid Toronto will not be charged for “hate speech” for two reasons.
1) Our politicians are cowardly vote whores and will happily turn a blind eye to such depravity to appease the Islamists.
2) Our political and chattering classes refuse to acknowledge that Masjid Toronto is not some outlier and that they merely expressed commonly held beliefs within the Muslim community – anything to avoid being called a “racist”.
Authorities in the German state of Lower Saxony said on Thursday that they had arrested a 26 year-old Salafist for allegedly planning a terror attack. State prosecutors said that bomb-making materials were found in his apartment in the picturesque town of Northeim.
Police believe that the young man was planning to target police officers or soldiers. They believe he wanted to lure them into “falling in a trap,” where he would lay the explosives.
The news came one day after Germany’s domestic spy agency (BfV) released some troubling statistics about the rise of radicalization amongst young Muslims across the country. Up from about 100 people in 2013, the BFV announced on Wednesday that some 1,600 Islamists were living in Germany, about 500 of them considered capable of planning a terror attack. The new numbers represent an increase of several hundred in a matter of a few months.
Toronto police say they are investigating not only an anti-Muslim rally that took place on the doorstep of a downtown mosque nearly a week ago, but allegations of hate speech inside the mosque as well.
More than a dozen people converged on Masjid Toronto last Friday, calling for a ban on Islam as Muslims prayed inside. Police said that prompted multiple complaints over the weekend from people in attendance that day, as well as others who were not present.
After a formal complaint was filed Tuesday, the rally is under investigation by the hate crime unit, corporate communications director Mark Pugash confirmed to CBC Toronto.
But less than 24 hours later, police received another complaint — this time for alleged hate speech inside the mosque.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – Two Egyptian Christians were attacked by unknown militants on Wednesday after they were abducted from their home in the Sinai Peninsula.
Sa’ad Hanna (Age 65) and his son Medhat (Age 45) were identified by Egyptian officials as the victims of this gruesome assault in the Sinai.
“The officials said Saad Hana, 65, was shot dead and his son Medhat, 45, was abducted and burned alive before their bodies were dumped on a roadside in el-Arish Wednesday,” Associated Pressed reported.
Swiss police have arrested a man for suspected links to terrorist organisations, the federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. He is one of two suspects, of Turkish origins, being investigated for recruiting people to Islamic State or related organisations.
More than 100 officers searched premises, including a ‘place of prayer’, in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino. The joint raids were part of two separate investigations by canton Ticino prosecutors and the Federal Attorney General’s office.
Thousands of mourners gathered in a small Egyptian town on Wednesday for the funeral of the Muslim cleric known as “the blind sheikh” who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.
Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was also convicted of planning a broader “war of urban terrorism” in the United States, died on Saturday in a North Carolina prison aged 78.
Movements across the Islamist spectrum from the Muslim Brotherhood to al Qaeda issued statements mourning him, and several leaders from Egypt’s Islamic Group, which views the sheikh as a spiritual leader and renounced violence in 1997, attended.
Carrying signs that read “we will meet in heaven” and chanting “we will defend you with blood and soul, Islam,” hundreds of mourners gathered at Al-Gamaliya, his hometown in Egypt’s Nile Delta province of Dakahlia, to wait for Abdel-Rahman’s body as it made its way back from the U.S. via Cairo.
AN ACCLAIMED French blogger has come under heavy criticism after thousands of racist, homophobic and hate-filled tweets he published years ago under a pseudonym resurfaced at the end of last week, triggering a storm of outrage.
For years, Mehdi Meklat, a 24-year-old human rights activist and former Bondy Blog journalist – who, until last week, was hailed as one of France’s rising media stars – published “sickening” tweets under the pseudonym ‘Marcelin Deschamps’, a “provocative” but “fictional” character who, according to the young writer, “does not reflect his personal beliefs, values and morals”.
The journalist is also guilty of apologising terrorism and anti-Semitism: hiding behind his ‘fictional’ character, he praised Islamic terrorist Mohammed Merah, said that he “really missed Osama bin Laden” and that we should “bring back Hitler”.
He also said that he wanted to “rape” former Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief, Charb – one of the victims of the January 2015 terrorist attacks – with a “Laguiole knife”.