Category Archives: Spain

Mexican woman arrested in Spain was fervent promoter of jihad, police say

A 38-year-old Mexican woman living in Spain has been arrested and charged for cooperating with the jihad cause and allegedly helping in the recruiting efforts of her husband, Aziz Zaghnane, a Moroccan national captured 10 months ago.

Officers with the Spanish Guardia Civil said they were able to confirm the woman’s role in the terrorist cell after analyzing the electronic devices seized to her husband and four others.

Islamist Terrorist Truckers Are Targeting Spain

The ISIS offensive is Europewide. These are some lessons to be learned before the next attack.

MADRID—The center of the city is swarming with police and there have already been several moments when the streets were emptied by false alarms. The most serious came on Dec. 8, a holiday here, when the cops cleared the Gran Via, the epicenter of tourism and Christmas in the capital of Spain, in the face of a bomb threat that originated with an abandoned suitcase.

Spain: 4 Muslims arrested in plot to smuggle “refugee” Jihadis into Europe

SPANISH police have arrested four suspected people traffickers accused of helping to smuggle Islamic State jihadis into Europe.

Spain’s interior ministry said ISIS was using the group to sneak fanatics into Europe via Turkey among migrants fleeing Syria’s civil war.

Officials also said they may have links to the Paris terror attacks last November.

The four are under investigation for links to two people detained in Austria last year with suspected connections to the Paris attackers.

Ban memes? Spanish Twitter alarmed with PM party’s plan to curb online ‘defaming’ images

don-quixoteA plan by the Spanish conservative PM’s party to introduce a bill that would crack down on online images “infringing the honor of a person” when posted without consent has Twitter abuzz with many interpreting it as a direct threat to… memes.

The reform proposed as a motion by the Popular Party (PP) to the congress on Tuesday aimed to update a 1982 anti-defamation law to restrict “spreading images that infringe the honor of a person” without consent. The amendment is meant to bring the law up to date with modern technology, its text stressed.

The measure, according to the MPs, should be included in the Citizens Security Law, which was introduced in July 2015 and dubbed “gag law” by critics, who slammed it for imposing restrictions on public protest and social media activism.

Four Muslims arrested suspected of trying to recruit ‘brainwashed’ child soldiers for ISIS

POLICE in Spain have arrested four people suspected of trying to recruit “brainwashed” child soldiers as young as 12 for terror group ISIS.

The three men and a woman were held in Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta.

Authorities say their immediate goal was to create “sister cells” in other European countries and recruit disciples who also focused on recruiting children dubbed Caliphate Cubs.

Armed migrants stage 10 hour stand-off after breaking out of detention centre

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The gang ran amok for some 12 hours after breaking out of the Immigrant Detention Centre (CIE) of Madrid.

Some 39 migrants, 38 Algerians and one Moroccan, tore through the facility, smashing dining room benches and the diorite the roof, where they holed up all through the night.

Hooded migrant held placards saying “freedom” and “dignity”.

Explosions in Spain

An explosion at a cafe in southern Spain injured 90 people at a local festival, five of them seriously, authorities said Sunday.

The Saturday night explosion occurred at around 7 p.m. in downtown Velez-Malaga, a small town neighboring Malaga, a popular tourist destination in Spain’s southern Andalusia region.

A spokeswoman for the Andalusian emergency service told The Associated Press that preliminary reports indicate a gas leak caused the blast. She spoke on condition of anonymity due to her agency’s requirements.

The blast caused some of the La Bohemia cafe’s walls and counters to collapse, injuring people inside. Chairs and tables were strewn about in the street Sunday, along with exploded glass from the cafe’s windows and doors.

Mayor Antonio Moreno Ferrer said the city will open an investigation.

Jihadists Target Spain

“The actions of your ancestors are the reason for our actions today.”

Islamic militants are stepping up a propaganda war against Spain. In recent months, Islamic State and other jihadist groups have produced a flurry of videos and documents calling on Muslims to reconquer al-Andalus.

Al-Andalus is the Arabic name given to those parts of Spain, Portugal and France occupied by Muslim conquerors (also known as the Moors) from 711 to 1492. Many Muslims believe that territories Muslims lost during the Christian Reconquest of Spain still belong to the realm of Islam. They claim that Islamic law gives them the right to re-establish Muslim rule there.

Two Muslims held in Spain for plotting terrorist attacks

Spain’s interior ministry said they had arrested two men of Moroccan origin who were working together on plans to carry out a terrorist attack.

One of the men had recently travelled to Turkey in an attempt to cross the border into Syria to join the so-called Islamic State in order to receive training before returning to Europe to carry out an attack.

Spanish Jihadist chatter on the rise say experts, with sights set on Spain

Spanish counter-terrorism authorities have issued an alert about “the increase in mentions of our country” in recent propaganda material produced by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), including text documents, videos and graphs.

Jihadists are now writing in Spanish, and even analyzing the political situation in Spain through written reviews of election results.

This is raising Spain’s profile on ISIS’ communication networks. “The progressive increase of texts and releases translated into Spanish is giving our country growing relevance from a propaganda point of view, and increasing the possibility of action by an autonomous terrorist working on our territory,” terrorism experts say.

Book review: The Fairy Tale of Al-Andalus

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Fernández-Morera remarks another verbal sleight-of-hand in contemporary discourse about Spain under the Muslims: that discourse tends to treat the invasion, conquest, and exploitation of native wealth and resources of Spain as a non-event — something that casually happened — perhaps during a collective blink, after which the Muslims were mysteriously and benevolently there — but without a motive and without an agenda and meanwhile lacking any context, things that might permit an assessment of it. Fernández-Morera addresses the dodge by emphasizing the actual context of the original cross-Gibraltar incursion and its sequels, so disastrous for Spain: It belonged to Islam’s violent jihad across North Africa and took place simultaneously with Islam’s campaigns of terror and conquest in Christian Anatolia. “Muslim and Christian chronicles tell us,” Fernández-Morera writes, “and archeological evidence corroborates, that, in the second half of the Seventh Century, the Islamic Caliphate’s armies from Arabia and the Middle East swept through North African coastal areas held by the Christian Greek Roman Empire.” These regions had been bastions of Christianity since the Third Century and, like Spain itself, productive provinces of the Empire. The Muslim armies that marched out of newly-subdued Egypt under the banner of theirprophet set the pattern of jihad by besieging and capturing cities, killing all adult males who refused conversion, and taking women and children into slavery; they burned and demolished churches and synagogues. Such grabuge, rapine, et saccage honored the commands of Allah and venerated through imitation the life of the “perfect man.” As Fernández-Morera writes, “Jihad was so widely understood as Holy War in Islamic Spain that the famous work on jihad as Holy War by Abu Ishaq al-Farazi… remained popular in Spain long after it had ceased to be edited in other lands.”

That last quoted sentence points to another recurrent feature of Fernández-Morera’s exposition: His reliance on Spanish-Muslim sources for indications of how the conquerors and hegemons of Spain understood their own offices and functions. While it is possible to find a few mitigating discussions of jihad in Islamic religious discourse elsewhere than in Spain — among Sufis, perhaps, or other mystics — in Spain nevertheless the centuries-dominant Maliki school of religious commentary entertained no ambiguities with respect to the term. Thus, as Fernández-Morera writes, “extant letters from Islamic Spain that use the word jihad display no other meaning but Holy War (‘al-jihad’).” Thus again, “in Islamic Spain, Muslim clerics regarded as particularly worthy the combination of personal virtue and a willingness to make war against the infidels — jihad.

…As Fernández-Morera writes, “The daily realities of al-Andalus bear little relation to the fashionable mythology.” The realities express themselves in a single word: Sharia, or Islamic Law. The copious details that Fernández-Morera marshals in this chapter exclusively support the conclusion that Sharia never has and never will, and certainly never did in Spain constitute anything like a convivencia of Muslims and dhimmis… The ulamas issued edicts against drinking wine, making music in public, or enjoying any kind of entertainment. The chapter on “The Myth of Islamic Tolerance” amasses an encyclopedia of atrocities and oppressions that are entirely consistent with the picture that Fernández-Morera paints in the chapter on “The Daily Reality of Life in al-Andalus.”

Police arrest four Muslims suspected of recruiting for jihad in Madrid

Police arrested four people in the Madrid area suspected of spreading pro-jihad propaganda on the internet and recruiting followers, according to a statement released by Spain’s Interior Ministry.

It said the group made contact with hundreds of people through social media, chat rooms and via messaging apps and then selected some to be radicalized and indoctrinated.

The men will be taken before an investigating magistrate.