Sweden’s Islamic Rape Epidemic: Almost Half of Victims are CHILDREN

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Rapes are rampant in Sweden, following years of Muslim immigration. An alarmingly high percentage of the victims are children.

10News Update  7/8/17       

Rapes in Sweden has been soaring since the country started to take in large numbers of Muslim migrants and refugees. According to statistics, 92 percent of all severe rapes (violent rapes) are committed by migrants and refugees. 100 percent of all attack rapes (where victim and attacker had no previous contact) are committed by that same group.

The top-10 list of rapists’ national background shows only one non-Islamic country (Chile). Most rapists have Iraqi background, followed by refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Gambia, Iran, Palestine, Chile and Kosovo. Migrants and refugees from Afghanistan are 79 times more likely to commit rape than Swedes.

Also read: Danish Police: Merkel’s and Sweden’s Refugee Policy Endangers Neighbours

The same pattern is seen all over Western Europe, and in many places, it has an impact on demographics in public spaces. Just like in Islamic countries, many countries with a high number of Muslim migrants have fewer women than men on the streets.

A Swedish survey shows that over the past year 34 percent of Swedish women, out of fear of abuse, have chosen to take an alternative route or chose another means of transportation. 12 percent say they have stayed home from something they otherwise planned because they were afraid. And 23 percent find that their quality of life is affected by increased insecurity, up from 13 percent the year before.

48 percent of German women say that they are afraid of walking in certain areas in their own neighborhood. 44 percent of them believe that their personal security is threatened by immigration from “Islamic countries”.

Borwin Bandelow, Professor of Psychiatry at Göttingen University, claims that the women’s fears are “well-founded”.

Also read: “Allah will take revenge on you and will make it count”

New data from Sweden’s national bureau for statistics, BRÅ, shoes that 3,430 rapes were reported during the first six months of 2017, up 14 percent compared to the previous half-year. In all, 9,680 sexual crimes were committed from January to June. According to a BRÅ report from 2013, only 23 percent of sexual crimes in Sweden are reported, which means that the real number of sexual crimes committed over the past six months in Sweden amounts to around 42,000 incidents. With a female population of approximately 5 million, a woman’s risk of becoming a victim of sexual crime during a lifetime in Sweden is significantly high.

BRÅ’s report also shows, that not only women, but also children, should be aware of the increased danger of rape and other sexual crimes.

According to BRÅ, 43 percent of rape victims are children.

Due to the enormous amount of rapes in Sweden, music festivals are now planning gender separated events, just like in Islamic countries.

Denmark experiences similar problems with rampant rapes committed by Muslims. Since the country caved to EU and UN pressure in 2015 and started taking in asylum seekers from Islamic countries, rapes soared 163 percent in just one year.

Effects of Centuries of Extreme Inbreeding Among Muslims: Low IQ, Violence and Terrorism

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Taboo: Almost half of Muslims are inbred. How does that affect intelligence and health? And is there a connection to terrorism and violence?

By Nicolai Sennels, Psychologist

Lise Egholm, long time school leader in the Muslim dominated area of Nørrebro in Copenhagen, Denmark, recently warned against not talking about the widespread practise of inbreeding among Muslims“”A study shows that infant mortality doubles along with a high risk of congenital malformations, also that increased birth defect rates and inheritance of recessive traits are more common in consanguineous marriages. I think it’s time to express concern. We must talk about this problem. All parents want healthy children. Fortunately, we live in a society where our health system does much to ensure that a pregnancy ends with a viable child. What amazes me and has made me wonder for years is why we do not talk about, maybe they even ban, the many cousin marriages?”

While health systems in otherwise less developed countries in the Muslim world are openly discussing and warning against consanguineous marriages, it is considered politically incorrect in the West to problematize the vast genetic and societal problems resulting from this religious-cultural practise.

Prevalence

Statistical research on Arabic countries shows that up to 34 percent of all marriages in Algiers are consanguineous (cousin marriages), 46 percent in Bahrain, 33 percent in Egypt, 80 percent in Nubia (southern area in Egypt), 60 percent in Iraq, 64 percent in Jordan, 64 percent in Kuwait, 42 percent in Lebanon, 48 percent in Libya, 47 percent in Mauritania, 54 percent in Qatar, 67 percent in Saudi Arabia, 63 percent in Sudan, 40 percent in Syria, 39 percent in Tunisia, 54 percent in the United Arabic Emirates and 45 percent in Yemen (Reproductive Health Journal, 2009 Consanguinity and reproductive health among Arabs.). In Pakistan 70 percent of marriages are consanguineous and in Turkey the percentage is 25-30. There seems to be no national data on Indonesia, but there are reports on 17 percent consanguinity on East Timor and a high level of consanguineous marriages in some areas of Java.”

Except for a few exceptions like Indonesia and Albania, roughly half of the population in the Islamic world is inbred, in most cases for generations.

Religion

The reason is partly religious. Muhammed himself married his cousin and according to the Quran, Allah allows sexual relationships between cousins (Quran 4:23-24).

According to Islamic law, Sharia, family honor is dependent upon the ability to control family members, which is another reason for keeping daughters inside their own blood-related family when marrying.

Also read: An Invasion of Refugees

Sharia law’s extreme restrictions on women’s freedom of movement and contact with men probably also makes it more natural to marry one of the few men they are actually allowed to interact with.

Health and intelligence

A long list of mental and physical complications are related to inbreeding between cousins. These include an increased risk of depressionschizophrenia, and mental retardation. Mental retardation (less than an IQ of 69)
in children of consanguineous marriages is five times more frequent than in normal marriages. On average, cousin marriages results in children with 10-16 points lower IQ. Social abilities, including empathy, are also less developed with inbred people.

The cognitive consequences of Muslim inbreeding might explain why non-Western immigrants are more than 300 percent more likely to fail the Danish army’s intelligence test than native Danes. When it comes to the production of scientific work, the Islamic world produces less than 1/10 of the world average. Low average intelligence in the population and prioritizing faith over knowledge may also be the reason why fewer books have been translated into Arabic over the last 1,000 years than there are books translated in Spain every year.

On top of these mental complications comes the increased risk of many diseases related to genetic disorders leading to severe syndromes, handicaps, painful diseases, and decreased life expectancy.

Terror and violence

According to the Danish police, cousin-marriage is a cause for criminal behaviour because of low intelligence. This claim is confirmed by criminology research that long has established a connection between violent criminal behaviour and low intelligence.

It is also likely, that it is easier to convince people with low intelligence to follow the Islamic scriptures’ hundreds of invitations and direct orders to harm, terrorize and wage war against people – including fellow Muslims, even family members – who do not following a literal interpretation of those scriptures.

Also read: Extreme cruelty to animals in Muslim ghetto: heads pulled off cats, kittens cut up and intestines pulled out

Another link between Muslim inbreeding and terror concerns handicaps and mental diseases. Yusuf Yadgari of the Medical University of Kabul has autopsied the remains of suicide bombers and his findings support this theory. Yadgari found that close to ninety percent were suffering from severe illness such as blindness, cancer, missing limbs or leprosy. Many Muslim societies, including that of Afghanistan, have a low social acceptance of handicaps and severe illnesses. According to Yadgari, being physically handicapped or mentally retarded often leads to exclusion in a society like Afghanistan, and becoming a martyr might be the only chance of achieving social recognition and honour — if not just a way to end the pain of being socially isolated (which is especially traumatizing in collectivist cultures like Islam). Al Qaida’s use of people with Down’s syndrome to commit terrorist attacks might be another unpleasant side effect of the many chromosomal illnesses that result from inbreeding between first cousins.

Ban cousin marriages?

A ban on consanguineous marriages is a win-win policy.

It will save million of future children and their families from suffering. School leader Lise Egholm gives an example:

“One second grade class had a reading test. Fortunately most children did very well. However, a small Turkish boy only had two correct answers out of 40. The teacher was very concerned and asked me to attend the a meeting with the mother. I looked at the student card and wondered that the family apparently only had one child. The mother said there had been three, but two died as infants because ‘we have bad blood’. She explained that her husband was her cousin, his parents were cousins ​​and her own parents were blood related too. She also said, ‘You can not teach my boy much, but it’s good that he lives.’ Soon after he was referred to a special school. This mother also told me that it was the men who were stupid because they want that ‘we marry our cousin, so we get bigger pieces of land, but they do not understand what we women know: that it is dangerous for the children if their parents are blood related.’ These two examples are from Turkish families, but I have encountered similar problems with Pakistani people and in Arab-speaking families.”

On top of these issues, tax payers would save billions from not having to handle the many costly societal challenges related to consanguineous marriage. Integrating into advanced cultures with our high-tech work market is not easy with an IQ of 75 and decreased social abilities.

Finally, it is likely that such a ban would decrease the amount of violence in our countries.

Similar benefits would come from banning migrants with consanguineous background who apply for residence.

Bay Area ISIS Supporter Wanted to ‘Redefine Terror,’ Kill 10,000

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PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, July 25, 2017:

A 22-year-old  man from Oakland, California, man was indicted Friday on charges related to material support for ISIS.

His case represents the 130th ISIS-related arrest in the U.S. since March 2014.

According to the Justice Department, Amer Sinan Alhaggagi opened up social media accounts on behalf of ISIS and was willing to commit a suicide bombing.

Even more disturbing, according to the indictment, Alhaggagi said he wanted to “redefine terror” and kill 10,000 people here in a domestic terror attack.

The indictment also states that Alhaggagi discussed selling poison drugs and attacking a gay club in San Francisco.

“The whole Bay Area is going to be up in flames,” he reportedly said.

He had also spent time in Yemen, and had planned to flee the country through Mexico following his attacks.

Alhaggagi was arrested in November 2016 and held on unrelated charges until last week’s indictment.

Regarding the case, the Justice Department announced:

According to the indictment, Alhaggagi, 22, of Oakland, California, is alleged to have knowingly attempted to provide services and personnel to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), between July and November of 2016, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B. ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment alleges that the services Alhaggagi attempted to provide included opening social media accounts for the use, benefit and promotion of ISIS, and that the personnel he provided was himself.

But the indictment reveals more stunning details about Alhaggagi’s plans.

ABC News 7 in San Francisco, which has been following the case for months, reported:

The 22-year-old was born in Lodi and grew up in the East Bay. He attended Berkeley High and was living an apartment complex in West Oakland at the time of his arrest. Prosecutors say by the time he was arrested, he had been communicating with a confidential source working for the FBI and they allege Alhaggagi spent months planning attacks and discussing his willingness to kill and be killed for ISIS.

The government says this was only one of several violent plans Alhaggagi discussed […]

In that December 2016 court hearing, prosecutors revealed Alhaggagi talked about plans to sell cocaine laced with rat poison in Bay Area nightclubs. The undercover agent says he was looking for information on the exact mixture of strychnine and cocaine to use in that scheme. He showed the agent an ISIS bomb-making manual he downloaded on a computer and he sent the agent photographs of guns he said he obtained.

“He then told confidential source number one, ‘I live close to San Francisco, that’s like the gay capital of the world. I’m going to handle them right, LOL,’ meaning laughing out loud. ‘I’m going to place a bomb in a gay club, Wallah or by God, I’m going to tear up the city.’ And I quote, ‘The whole Bay Area is going to be up in flames,’” the federal prosecutor explained to Judge Westmore in his argument to have Alhaggagi detained.

He also told the court how Alhaggagi took the undercover agent, posing as an ISIS supporter from Salt Lake City, on a tour of the Bay Area including the Cal Berkeley campus. The feds say he wanted to plant backpack bombs at the dorms and went along with the undercover agent to set up a storage unit where he would store supplies for his plans.

The FBI’s investigators say one sign of how serious he was about his support for ISIS came when he showed up at a meeting with the undercover agent at the storage unit with three backpacks to be used to carry bombs.

Alhaggagi’s lawyer released a statement Friday saying, “Amer is not anti-American and does not support ISIS or any other terrorist organization. He is completely nonviolent and he took no actions to harm anyone.”

His family gave the following statement to local media, saying he had never been radicalized:

We were shocked to learn of the accusations involving Amer. Amer is not and has never been radicalized in any way. He grew up in this country and loves it here. He is peaceful and kind. He was very young and immature when he got involved in the online conversations that are the basis for these accusations. He did not think those conversations were serious and he never had any intent to harm anyone. We love him and continue to fully support him.

In another ISIS-related case I reported on here at PJ Media earlier this month, a U.S. soldier stationed in Hawaii and arrested for supporting ISIS has now been charged, federal officials said Saturday.

 

Ikaika Erik Kang is accused of offering classified documents and military training to the terror group.

Federal prosecutors also presented images of Kang swearing allegiance to ISIS, including kissing the group’s flag.

“Allah will take revenge on you and will make it count”

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“Palestinian” Muslim murderer’s Facebook last words: “Allah will take revenge on you and will make it count”

Facebook removes the pages of foes of jihad terror, or shadowbans them as it has done with Jihad Watch, such that our referrals have dropped 90% since mid-February. But jihad murderers are free to post with no problem.

“West Bank terror: A killer’s last testament on Facebook,” by Eytan Halon, Jerusalem Post, July 22, 2017 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Less than two hours prior to the terror attack that claimed the lives of three Israeli citizens and seriously wounded one more, 19-year- old Omar al Abed from the West Bank village of Khobar wrote what he presumed would be his final words on Facebook.

With these final sentences, and expecting to die, he walked the short distance from his village to the West Bank settlement of Halamish and stabbed four people in their home.

“I am writing my last testament and these are my last words,” wrote al Abed.

“I am young, not even twenty-years old, I had many dreams and many aspirations. But what life is this in which our women and our young are murdered without any justification? They are desecrating the al-Aksa mosque and we are sleeping, it’s an embarrassment that we are idly sitting by.

“You, those who have a gun and who are worn out, you who only bring out your gun at weddings and celebrations, are you not ashamed of yourselves? Why are you not declaring war for God? Here they are closing the al-Aksa mosque and your gun is silent.

“All that I have is a sharpened knife, and it is answering the call of al-Aksa. Shame on you, you who preach hatred. God will take revenge on you and will make it count. All of us are the sons of Palestine and the sons of al-Aksa. You, sons of monkeys and pigs, if you do not open the gates of al-Aksa, I am sure that men will follow me and will hit you with an iron fist, I am warning you.”…

How Donald Trump Orchestrated ‘the Greatest Land Deal in History’

By: John Grayson.

“Psychological operations” campaigns, or psy-ops, are “planned operations designed to convey selected information and indicators to audiences, to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

What President Trump did at the UN on December 23, 2016 was on a whole other level. It wasn’t just a “call to arms”. It was a layman’s psy-op, from September to April. The best stories, however, always start in medias res.

With one phone call, Donald Trump gained control over the Israeli/Palestine peace process, effectively destroyed the legacies of Obama, Clinton, and Carter, started up the (eventual) Muslim ban, banked (future) favors from Egypt, and stumped the UN into (again) showing their true anti-Semitic colors.

Here’s how he did it.

 

Friday, December 23:

Egypt was planning to submit a resolution to the UN that would’ve declared the West Bank as occupied territory, including the Western Wall.

Donald phoned Egypt, whom promptly canceled their plans. New Zealand, Senegal, Malaysia, and Venezuela therefore decided to submit the Resolution instead. The Security Council, which has 15 members, voted 14 – 0 in favor of the resolution. The United States (under Obama) however, abstained, whereas previous American foreign policy had dictated a veto.

While Obama claimed that he had nothing to do with the resolution, this was one of the few times the United States had failed to support Israel. Of the 226 anti-Israel Resolutions passed previously, only 17 were abstained from by American foreign policy, making this a significant event for all sides.

The UN Resolution 2334, thusly adopted, “reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity.” As well, the resolution also condemns acts of terrorism, provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric – heavily implied against the Palestinian side. “Settlements” include anything annexed after the 1967 war with Jordan.

So on the face of it, it would appear that Obama’s abstaining is in line with his administration’s policies – as a means of supposedly punishing Israel for building the settlements while providing a condemnation of rhetoric that leads to conflict – but not in line with American foreign policy.

Yet while this was the opposite of long-standing American foreign policy doctrine with regards to the two-state solution and the inherent borders therein, this course of action was the best thing possible for Israel, and while it looks like Donald was finally stumped, he’s really just playing the part.

During the Primaries, Marco Rubio mentioned that Donald’s stance of neutrality was anti-Israel in nature. Rubio would be right in that regard, if he were dealing with any other situation wherein one’s anti-war pacifism would only serve to support the inflammatory rhetoric of the opportunity-stealing opposition. However, Donald always has another trick up his sleeve.

 

Donald’s nimble navigating:

The thing to remember is that Donald is pro-Jewish even though he puts on the guise of being indifferent. After all, his daughter’s Jewish, his grandchildren are Jewish, he grew up in New York City and entered the Real Estate Business. Simply put, he has always been pro-Israel:

“You know, you have both sides, really, but one side in particular growing up learning that these are the worst people these people are the worst people, etc. etc.,” he said. “I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day, he says it’s impossible because the other side has been trained from the time they’re children to hate Jewish people.”

As evidenced by his Facebook message a day before the UN vote, despite claiming he’d be neutral, Donald really plays all sides in pursuit of the greater goal. And with the Facebook post and the phone call, Donald changed the game:

“As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position, and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

First off, in even commenting on the matter, he solidified the fact that Obama would abstain purely on the principle of the matter, and ensured that the Democrats would only double-down on their support (due to their irrational hatred of Donald himself).

Previously, the Obama administration wasn’t sure how they’d vote, and were virtue-signaling to gauge liberal reactions. Donald forced them to choose on his terms. Thus, whichever side he took, Obama had to take the opposite. The US Government only ever had two options; abstain, or veto. An Agreement would never be on the table as long as Israel maintained relations diplomatically, and Donald advocating for a “veto” ensured that Obama only had one option left – to abstain.

More importantly, Donald united even more GOP establishment Republicans to his cause. He now had a carrot to dangle over them, as they need Israel to exist to fulfill their religious “End Of Days” prophecy as foretold in the Book of Revelations:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a statement, “[T]he consequences of this disgraceful U.N. resolution should be severe. I look forward to working with Sen. Graham, and with the incoming Administration of President-elect Trump, to significantly reduce or even eliminate U.S. funding of the United Nations, and also to seriously reconsider financial support for the nations that supported this resolution.”

Now we know Donald was responsible for the immediate result, but is this detrimental to his incoming Presidential policy? A reversal of campaign terms (like Obama did to Israel several times over, much to Alan Dershowitz’s chagrin)?

No.

See, Donald isn’t sabotaging his own platform, he’s sabotaging everyone else’s by only appearing to destroy his.

And he’s played people before.

He did it at the Colorado Convention, when he threatened to go 3rd Party if the GOP chose Cruz. He made both himself and Ben Carson into “media victims/underdogs” in highlighting how Cruz stole votes from Carson, as well as in how Cruz was playing by unfair voting rules with Delegates. The same happened with “Pussygate” and his pre-emptive public apology.

He didn’t attack the issue head-on, he made it seem like he was vulnerable. It’s classic misdirection on his part, and while the liberal media was focused on the superficiality of how Donald presents himself, he’d already advanced three, four, five steps ahead.

Trump is no stranger to priming worldviews; he’s working overtime to combat Obama’s policies at every step. After Obama helped pass the UN Resolution, Trump again started enforcing the worldview that everything Barack Obama does turns out terribly. He was, of course, doing this before, but he really ramped up the rhetoric afterwards.

One of his latest Tweets at the time was very dramatic:

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The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!

He was actively hammering home the point that Obama was a failure as a President, and that this is simply another one of his terrible decisions.

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not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!

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Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!

As petty as it sounds, he’s even resorted to taking the legacy of Obama’s catchphrase.

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The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index for December surged nearly four points to 113.7, THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS! Thanks Donald!

Imagine that tweet later being appended with “Obama tried and failed to bring peace to the Middle East for 8 years. I did it in 8 months. Sad!”.

In the media landscape, Donald might appear to have “lost”, but it’s all posturing.  In fact, shortly after, Trump was already considering inviting Israeli PM Netanyahu to the White House as well as moving the American Embassy to West Jerusalem (a section of land even Palestinians officially admit is Israeli territory).

Of course, this isn’t to say that Donald has ensured his victory in a peace deal, but he completely defined the narrative of things to come. A false sense of (Obama’s) security, and people start to believe the lie.

But what’s most important is that Donald just dragged the Palestinian Authority kicking and screaming to the table they’ve always shouted about wanting a seat at:

“Well, Iran has done it again. Taken two of our people and asking for a fortune for their release. This doesn’t happen if I’m president!”

This nutshell of a foreign policy will (now) also extend to “Palestine”, which has kidnapped plenty of Israeli civilians and soldiers before, demanding the release of thousands more Palestinian terrorist prisoners in an exchange.

Now that Donald is our President, this Islamic sabotage will no longer be an acceptable option under a Trump administration.

What also won’t be acceptable are Islamist terror cells in Israel. You know, things Obama never cared to mediate with in his weak eight years as a mediating President…

 

It’s like playing football and scoring on your own team (Obama BTFO):

Obama is really, really bad at foreign diplomacy, as “he has alienated the Saudis, the Egyptians, the Jordanians, the Emirates and other allies by his actions and inactions with regard to Iran, Syria, Egypt and Iraq”. As a contrast, Donald appointed David Freidman as Israeli Ambassador.

For those unawares, David Friedman believes that Palestinian mayhem, rather than the settlements, are to blame (to put it lightly). The Palestinian Leadership considers David’s opinion to be a “green light” to Israeli “extremists” and “racists”.

Bit of an odd reaction to take, isn’t it? Everyone I don’t like is an extremist and racist? Where have we heard that before?

Weird, since if Israel were an apartheid, as Palestinians claim, one wouldn’t be able to vote, work, gain citizenship, reside in, marry, etc. if they weren’t Jewish – everything they can do in Israel. The crux of it is that the “minority” feel they are oppressed, when the reality highlights everything differently. Simply put, they are professional victims, and because no one challenges their narrative, they remain as such.

Obama’s Resolution calls for a two state solution. This is incredibly impractical because the thing we have to understand about the Palestinian Authority is that calling for a two-state solution is more socially acceptable than calling for Israel to not have one at all. For the Palestinians, it’s never been about “settlements” or “UN Statehood recognizance”. It’s all Taqiyya (professional Islamic lying) designed to cripple the stance of the Israelis as much as possible, until all the land is sequestered away.

And this was the official Obama administration policy as well:

“The United States acted with one primary objective in mind: to preserve the possibility of the two state solution, which every U.S. administration for decades has agreed is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Kerry said Friday. “Two states is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors, and freedom and dignity for the Palestinian people.”

See, the Palestinian Authority rejects the Holocaust wholesale (even though they actively participated in it). Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel in their Charter, and the PLO (Fatah’s predecessor) was responsible for the terrorist attacks in the 70s and 80s – the most famous of which was the Munich Massacre – when an Israeli Olympic team was murdered. Not to mention everything else, like the frequent hijackings in the 60s and 70s of Israeli commercial planes.

Additionally, after an earlier attempt to overthrow the Jordanian kingdom (referred to as Black September), the Palestinians realized they were running out of legitimacy in terms of their status as a “victimized” people. This is actually why the Oslo Accords (based on the 1978 Camp David Accords) happened, since Israel didn’t want to govern a hostile population and Jordan and Egypt definitely didn’t want to take them either (the three places considered in the British Mandate of Palestine and the Sevras Treaty). Funny then, how the First Intifada (or, “uprising”) only came to an end after the paperwork was signed. Was it a peace accord, or a ransom negotiation tactic?

As /u/high4power (an Israeli Redditor) states:

Even after the existential wars. We were faced with daily bombers and attacks during active negotiations in the early 90s, and again later by suicide bombers in the early 2000s, and again later when we took those settlements out of gaza with no conditions (Hamas was voted in, sworn on Israel destruction) So we received tens of thousands of rockets in exchange. Consider that anyone who is 21+ lived through those backstabs.

The narrative that jews are subhuman and should be ethnically cleansed from the land of our forefathers is the norm in the palestinian society, which western media often fails to report. We’ve been fooled, especially when we reached out our arm to peace.

Simply put, reality does not have a Palestinian bias. Through Taqiyya, the Palestinians subvert and destroy – and the media and “inter-governmental organizations” / “activism industry” helps them amplify such actions.

And Obama is definitely practicing Taqiyya, as he did with the Iran Deal wherein he gave Iran nuclear capabilities with the Deal in order to build up the country as an excuse for a future invasion.

A sweet side-benefit for Obama was the inherent delegitimization of Israel, a country he’s never respected. It was all Taqiyya, and it would have worked here if it hadn’t been for Donald.

So how did Obama extraordinarily mess up (something Donald has taken full advantage of)?

He passed the UN Resolution under the wrong Chapter!

UN Resolution 2334 was passed under Chapter VI, rather than VII. The former is for resolutions meant for peaceful negotiation and mediation, whereas the latter is for resolutions that require the use of the Security Council’s military forces.

If this deal truly was about peaceful negotiations between two nations already hostile towards each other, then the matter would have been referred to under Chapter VII because the end goal in that format is always to prevent war. Or as VP Mike Pence states, “Peace through Strength”.

In fact, Chapter VII is always a better fit to actually maintain anything more than a courtesy ceasefire – which Hamas uses to stockpile up on food and weapons – if one is truly looking for long-lasting peace. That Chapter allows the Council to “determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression” and to take military and nonmilitary action to “restore international peace and security”.

The Obama administration was thus fully aware that since this resolution was passed under Chapter VI rather than Chapter VII of the UN Charter, there is no enforcement mechanism required to implement it, that it is not necessarily binding and UN military presence isn’t granted.

Obama’s aim was to give the Palestinians a boost in support and blame the (eventual) breakdown in the peace process on the Trump administration…

Therefore, the entire resolution either highlights that the Palestinian intifadas don’t matter, or they very much do. In this scenario, where there’s been 70 years of war, you only pass something in Chapter VI if you’re angling for UN Statehood in an otherwise purely symbolic gesture with no intent of actually following through. Because it’s evidence that “mediation” is never going to work without military force backing it.

But this Trumpian strategy only works if Palestine is pressured into actually accepting Statehood status, instead of just whining about it. Trump defined any weaseling of Arab nations as a “put up or shut up” moment. Fortunately, given the change of circumstances in which this Resolution was passed, an educated guess can be made as to how it will all end… in Cairo.

What’s extremely telling is that Egypt wanted to pass the UN Resolution first – despite being the long-standing ally of Israel. It’s nothing personal, just incredibly long-term business. It’s not that Egypt is trying to de-legitimize Israel as Obama did, it’s that they’re trying to end the Palestinian “cause” once and for all. They’re tired of playing “politically correct” at the expense of Egyptian lives.

See, Egypt also instituted a blockade after too many Palestinians were utilizing state services (like construction companies and ambulances) to smuggle in weapons for the jihadi cause.

Egypt’s end goal was to recognize Palestine so the next skirmish that occurred would mean Palestine (and all their leadership) were committing acts of war, “justified” for retribution (not necessarily on behalf of Israel).

If necessary, some could be tried for War Crimes, and that is why the Palestinian Authority would previously shout about being accepted, but always shirk away from actual state recognition. It’s like a restaurant owner who yells about being up for certification, saying their kitchens are the cleanest, but never goes through with the inspection because the Health Inspector would find rat excrement in the soup.

Donald, however, understood what Egypt was going for, and framed it accordingly by making that phone call.

While the reversal in Egypt’s opinion is odd (in submitting a proposal and then rescinding it), it revealed a deeper thinking of Donald’s – the resolution couldn’t be passed by Egypt because they needed plausible deniability, they needed diplomacy. The proposal’s rescinding only happened because Donald asked them to do so.

The importance of the phone call in the decision-making process  was actually confirmed by the Sissi government.

To that end, recognizance of Palestine (and the legacy of the brokerage regarding the Suez Canal) has been important for ex-President Jimmy Carter, and he, in championing the Palestinian cause, just got played.

 

Donald’s proposal to ban all Muslims (Jimmy Carter/Bill Clinton BTFO):

The Resolution was ultimately sponsored by countries that have no interests strategically in Israel – Venezuela, Malaysia, Senegal and New Zealand. Deeply, deeply misinformed countries with no dog in the fight.

As Reddit User UWarchaeologist explains why:

The most NZers ever hear about these things is “settlements on occupied Palestinian land breaking international law”. They don’t stop and ask ‘what is a settlement’, what is ‘occupied’, what is ‘Palestinian’ and how do we know whose land it is, or what law applies to it. Most people would just accept that statement at face value, especially when they see ostensibly “neutral” people & countries who ought to know the complexities of the situation agreeing with the UN resolution, and that’s it – the Israel govt must be in the wrong, case closed. My impression is that NZers believe they took a moral and idealistic stand against “illegal settlements”, they want to stick up for the underdog and don’t see themselves as part of some big conspiracy against Israel or Israelis, even though they are justifiably pissed off at how Mossad was using NZ passports. So yeah, that’s not really a sense that there is even another side and an historical basis to the settler argument… so “what we have here is a failure to communicate” – among many other failures of course 😦

As Carter mentions (who, remember, is the anti-war pacifist ex-president whose personal morality enabled the Ayatollah Khomeini to revolutionize Iran):

“I am convinced that the United States can still shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a change in presidents, but time is very short, ” Carter wrote. “The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine.”

Carter’s sentiment is exactly what Donald wanted, because both Obama and Carter unwittingly played into Trump’s hands. Now the Palestinians have to actually follow through for once in attaining UN Statehood! So how does that affect them (in ways it didn’t before)? Why will Palestinian resistance finally matter, in following the rules of warfare?

 

The Fourth Geneva Convention:

First, let’s do away with any notion that the UN is some bastion of morality and peace in the conflict. In 2015 alone the UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism — and only 3 resolutions on the rest of the world combined. This is despite the Palestinian Authority still paying terrorists salaries, and “losing” over 1.6 billion in aid money

The views of the Palestinian populace are not much better.

The UN has never been neutral (even though they proclaim to be):

The Jewish state is the U.N.’s scapegoat for anything and everything,” Greenfield continued. “These days, the United Nations is a forum for Islamist powers and the rotting remains of the Communist front to continue its war against the free world while seducing weak-minded nations into going along.”

UNRWA schools are turning out students who want to fight for ISIS.  The UN’s email system has been used to distribute child pornography. UN staff members have smuggled drugs, attacked each other with knives and pool cues, not to mention a tractor. This month the UN marked Anti-Corruption Day despite refusing to fight its own corruption. The former President of the UN General Assembly was arrested on bribery charges last year. He had also headed UNICEF’s executive board. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is battling accusations of bribery.

So why is the Fourth Geneva Convention so important?

The Convention essentially makes it illegal for nation-states to either move populations, or establish settlements on occupied land. While violating the Fourth Geneva Convention offers no sanctions, there are talks of this new resolution justifying cases to be sent before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Basically, there is a code of conduct that both nations must adhere to in order to not be accused of committing war crimes in the first place).

Remember the rhetoric within the UN Resolution, which “reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity”?

the resolution makes it possible to file lawsuits against Israel and Israeli officials as well as Israeli citizens involved in settlement activity at the International Criminal Court and for sanctions to be imposed on Israel both by the UN and by individual countries”.

The Palestinian Authority has been maneuvering to gain the status to take the State of Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

However, neither Israel nor the U.S. are signatories to the Rome Statute which created the ICC, and entities must have the status of states in order to have standing at the ICC.

It’s a double-slap to Palestinians, because not only does it superficially blame Israelis (as is UN tradition), but deeply within, the clause’s existence ensures that the Fourth Geneva Convention is forever intertwined to the Palestinian cause. It doesn’t matter if Palestinians aren’t facing accusations of building settlements, both nations now have to follow the code of conduct set out in the “War Crimes” legislation.

But to the Palestinians, it’s really never been about the “settlements” (which comprise 3% of actual land in the West Bank), it’s always been about the land Israel won in their existential wars after 1967.

 

Those Settlements:

So why are the settlements important to Israel? Because they were de facto spoils of war. And why are the condemnations of violence important to the Palestinians? Because it “undermines their right” to Statehood.

This Resolution may not have been legally binding, but Donald made it spiritually binding. He’s forced the hand of the Palestinians (just as Obama inadvertently did in filing the resolution under the wrong Chapter).

In fact, the argument regarding the settlement’s legality is based on Fourth Geneva Convention, an international treaty governing the treatment of civilians in a war zone or in territory occupied in the course of a war. It was adopted in 1949 as a humanitarian measure in reaction to the annexation of Czechoslovakia by Hitler’s Third Reich. Article 49 of the convention forbids the transfer by an occupying power of its civilians into the occupied territory. Note that the annexation of the West Bank by Jordan occurred in 1947. No one claimed it was illegal.

That’s why the UN is so hypocritical. The Fourth Geneva Convention / Article 49 was always passed as an act of collusion, similar to what we’ve seen last month. The UN is a mouthpiece for the will of the Arab Nations – it always has been. Just as it was during the League of Nations.

Extraordinary tolerance has been granted towards Islamic Nations by those suffering from white guilt, and only now is it so drastically showing. It is no different than the Democratic National Party standing for Progressivism yet promoting Islam which kills gays and stones women.

According to Forward.com:

The territory was slated under the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan to become an Arab state alongside the Jewish state of Israel. When the Palestinians rejected the partition plan and refused to set up their state, Jordan captured the territory and annexed it. Only two countries, Britain and Pakistan, recognized Jordan’s annexation of the West Bank as valid and legal.

Israel maintains that the Geneva Convention doesn’t apply to the West Bank. The treaty states at the outset, in Article 2, that it addresses situations in which one signatory state captures the territory of another signatory state in the course of war. Israel captured the West Bank in 1967 from Jordan, which had no legal claim to it, so it didn’t capture the territory “of” another state.

The issue has been a source of frustration for U.S. administrations ever since Arabs attacked Israel in 1967, only to lose the West Bank and Gaza and then demand the return of the territories. Israel gave back Gaza but its government maintains the tiny Jewish state needs to retain the West Bank and allow settlers there in order to maintain a buffer zone against terrorists and any future invasion.

This is actually a great thing, because according to Foreign Policy:

“British and U.S. diplomats, as well as the American and European press, may be fooled by Palestinian and Peace Now complaints that Bibi is gobbling up Palestinian territory, but the settlers live in those places and know better — construction is slowing down.”

Here’s the official settlement activity report, as released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Note that how the only reason we hear about “settlements being built” is by the “activist” groups on the ground (the exact same thing we’ve seen in Syria) – many funded by Soros with the clear goal of delegitimizing Israel’s status in the world stage.

You know what the “activist groups on the ground” don’t report (because it’s not in their interest)?

War Crimes (of the 4th Geneva Convention, again, the very charge the Palestinians try to pin on the Israelis).

The Palestinian Authority is no stranger to those accusations, especially during the last (third) intifada!

Here’s the admission of the Palestinian Authority stating it is intentional and religious in nature.

Here’s a report on schools teaching students to hate Jews.

Here’s a bus driver being stabbed by palestinian children passengers as part of the stabbing intifada.

Here’s a random civilian being stabbed by two palestinian teenagers as part of the stabbing intifada.

Here’s another video of palestinian teens trying to stab a Jewish civilian.

Here’s a video of a woman stabbing an Israeli security guard civilian.

Here’s a video of a Palestinian children being taught stabbing games.

Here’s a story about a 19-year old Palestinian killer whose name now bears a stadium in honour of killing 2 Israelis and wounding a mother and her baby.

And who could forget the lovable Farfur, Hamas’ Mickey Mouse – in this episode martyred by the Jews?

None of this will be tolerated by Donald’s administration. When Palestine is granted official UN Statehood, they will be finally held accountable for war crimes, with the “authority” coming from the very institution they thought had finally stumped Trump.

The 4th Convention applies to non-combatants, members of armed forces who have laid down their arms, and combatants who are hors de combat (out of the fight) due to wounds, detention, or any other cause shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, with the following prohibitions:

(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) taking of hostages;

(c) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment

(d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

All of which the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have violated in recent years.

And here’s the best part: it’s a good pretext for Arab nations to declare war, due to “a violation of UN law”.

Because of the incorrect Chapter filing, and the peer pressure to become signatories to conventions and ratified resolutions they’d rather not be a part of, eventually the UN Resolution will have to be voided by the Palestinians. The filing of the Resolution under the wrong Chapter means that if they want to pursue anything other than peace (and have military strength to back it up) they themselves will have to do the very thing they blame the Israelis of.

And while it is possible that the Arab nations could convince the UN to deploy troops against Israel, on behalf of the PLO, regardless of the logistics of its possibility, it would still look really, really bad diplomatically. Even though they’ve performed such actions before against Israel, they’ve never been held accountable like they will be since the Resolution passed. If it were to happen that the very organization that demands its members follow the UN Resolutions was working back-room deals to violate their own decrees, well, that level of collusion would be completely contradictory in its nature. The UN would become redundant overnight.

In fact, the only nation (and terrorist proxy group) that could really go to bat for the Palestinians is Iran and Hezbollah. And even that relationship will be tenuous (if it’s even possible) as Iran is comprised of Shia Muslims, and Palestinians are majority Sunni Muslims, embroiled in their own religious sectarian war.

As for the other usual suspects, as Alan Dershowitz previously mentioned, Iraq still hasn’t recovered from Bush era (through actions led by Obama), Egypt and Jordan are steadfast allies with Israel, Libya was destabilized, Syria’s undergoing a civil war, and Saudi Arabia is busy fighting ISIS/won’t be able to get America to do their dirty work.

Indeed, thanks to the boost of confidence they received from the previous Obama administration, they’re now officially a threat. If fact, it is questionable if another reason the Iran Deal was made was specifically to help the Palestinians as their ally in the long run.

The beautiful part about giving the Palestinians Statehood also means that any historical arguments regarding the logistics of war are then completely off the table. Should Palestine start a war with Israel (both being recognized by the UN), the outcome of that war then sets the precedent. To lose in 1967 is one thing. To lose in 2017 will be another.

It’ll be fair game, a clean slate. Not only for the evidence of previous war crimes committed by the Palestinians, but also for actual “land takeovers” and “hostage takings”.

Because you cannot pretend to be for peace and then commit acts of kidnapping, rocket launching, knifing attacks, van attacks, school bus attacks and then claim to be a victim.

And this, of course (if it happens), will only strengthen Donald’s proposal to completely ban all Muslims (rather than those from specific countries). Donald’s been wishy-washy in public about the exact requirements for the ban – first claiming that a full and complete ban would be in place until they could figure out what was going on. Then adjusting his views to include extreme vetting (albeit no contradiction in grammatical terms actually exists).

But why re-invent the wheel to keep out dangerous radicals, when Carter showed us how he did it (a guideline for Donald to follow, no doubt)?

During the hostage crisis, Jimmy Carter banned Iranian students as a result of the Iranian turmoils, an event bolstered heavily by his anti-war pacifism. If there’s an uptick in Jihadi Palestinians, Donald will be ready.

As Carter did to block Iranian immigration:

“The Secretary of Treasury [State] and the Attorney General will invalidate all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly.”

Indeed, the past six presidents have all used the executive power to bar different classes of immigrants:

“Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 states: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

The funny thing is that had Carter not gone on a crusade of pro-Palestinian advocacy, he’d be remembered as a great leader in the region.

Carter maneuvered the Israeli-Egyptian landmark peace treaty. Israel gave the Sinai peninsula back, Egypt agreed to station no soldiers in the Sinai without Israel okaying it, and Egypt and Israel both got the most military weapons and funding from the US amongst American allies. And it wasn’t even equipment that we were going to use, it was obsolete equipment that our own Army wouldn’t buy back from the paramilitary organizations we contracted out labor to!

Egypt and Israel have been peaceful since 1978, and Carter was a large part of that. And that is why Egypt “betrayed” Israel – they both have the same Palestinian problem. Israel and Egypt are allies and both have border enforcements and blockades in place against Gazan/West Bank terrorism. If Carter had understood this and not sided with the Palestinians in spirit, he would have furthered Middle Eastern relations even more!

But he didn’t, and in doing so trashed his legacy.

Funnily enough, even at the “failed” Camp David Summit, hosted by none other than Bill Clinton himself, a man Donald has raked over the coals (in every stance possible) for the last 2 years, he’s been given congratulations by Liberals and Republicans alike for at least recognizing his errors. Bill saw that the problem wasn’t the Jewish negotiating side, but the Palestinians.

In reference to Yasser Arafat congratulating him on trying at the Summit, Clinton replied, “I am not a great man. I am a failure, and you have made me one.”.

In pulling off this deal, Donald trashed the final vestiges of what remains of the legacies of Clinton, Obama, and Carter – all the while setting up the machinations to not only support his Muslim ban (should the need arise), but also to deal with the Palestinian (and by proxy, the Saudi Arabian) problem that both Israel and Egypt were having. With one phone call.

4D Chess, folks. 4D Chess.

The best part of all this? This UN mishap occurred under Obama’s administration, meaning if anything went wrong at that stage, Obama’s tenure would have been to blame.

But Donald was giving so much of himself to this deal, what did he get out of it? Why go through with it in the first place, and what were the ramifications if he didn’t?

Well, Donald’s got a strengthened relationship with a fresh “prince” of Egypt – a man who had only been in power since 2014 – himself fighting the Deep State of the Middle East.

 

Abdul al-Sissi, the “Prince” of Egypt: 

Whatever happened in their meeting, it must have been a pretty big deal for the humanitarian aid worker to be released, from a President who had formerly, and formally, stated “Aya Hegazy is a judiciary matter, as a president I don’t have the authority to intervene”.

We are very happy to have Aya back home,” President Trump remarked, “It’s a great honor to have her in the Oval Office with her brother.”

A senior administration official told the Washington Post that behind the scenes, President Trump told top aides, “I want her to come home.’ More importantly, the official said there was “no quid pro quo offered for her release,”  i.e., it was not a trade off.

However, Antony Blinken, the former deputy Secretary of State under President Obama, said thatwhile he’s pleased Hijazi has been released, he’s skeptical that al-Sissi received nothing in return for her freedom.”

 

Who is Aya Hegazy?:

Aya Hegazy (the American aid worker imprisoned for three years in an Egyptian jail) was released by Abdel Fattah al-Sissi’s government late April. The deal was brokered at the White House on April 3rd. She was released two weeks later. Her trial acquittal came on the 17th after her trial charges were dropped on the 16th.

The Background Story: On March 23, the Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the hearing of the case against the Belady Foundation for the Care of Street Children to May 21, 2016. The special committee summoned to review the evidence has claimed it was not qualified to do so. This is the sixth time the trial has been postponed. The eight defendants, including Egyptian-American Aya Hegazy and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, have spent nearly two years in pretrial detention. They face charges ranging from running an unlicensed organization to sex trafficking and child abuse.

Basically, Aya was facing trumped up charges, and Trump lobbied al-Sissi for her release behind closed doors.

So who is al-Sissi? Al-Sissi helped orchestrate the Egyptian coup – and in the aftermath of the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood and labeled the group a terrorist organization. Reasons for demanding Morsi’s resignation included accusations of increasing authoritarianism and his pushing through an Islamist agenda disregarding the predominantly secular opposition or the rule of law. Prior to Morsi, however, Hosni Mubarak had been in power for 30 years. He was ousted in the 2011 protests.

Just before the meeting, however, Trump was being criticized for giving the appearance of not taking “human rights” seriously. The New York Times said that al-Sissi’s government has persecuted “violent and nonviolent Islamist groups with equal zeal and without due process. It has maligned and harassed human rights activists, rendering their work all but impossible. And it has smothered what remains of the political opposition.” Obvious bias of the NYT aside, even Tim Kaine lobbied against Trump for better awareness of Egypt’s treatment of jailed NGO workers:

“We are alarmed by the repeated delays in the trial and verdict for Ms. Hijazi,” a bipartisan group of senators, led by Tim Kaine (D-Va.), wrote in a letter to Trump on Monday. “She has been unjustly imprisoned since May 2014 and held on unsubstantiated charges related to her nonprofit’s efforts to educate and rehabilitate street children.”

This extended as far as the Middle East, where Trump was criticized for granting Sissi any kind of audience at the White House:

It was hard enough for human rights organizations to get former President Barack Obama to speak up about Hegazy’s case during his second term in office. Today, under President Trump, a man that has called the most brutal dictator in modern Egyptian history, a “fantastic guy”, Hegazy’s chances for freedom have been dashed.

As he welcomed al-Sissi to the White House, Trump unsurprisingly put aside concerns about Egypt’s human rights abuses. And so, Aya Hegazy, an American unjustly detained and blatantly persecuted by a foreign government, did not make the agenda. It seems, then, that Trump’s ‘America First’ principles are little more than empty rhetoric.

Note how this is after The Washington Post ran an op-ed in June 2016 stating that “the Obama administration was ignoring an American imprisoned in Egypt”!

 

The Secret Meeting:

Cairo appeared eager to push for a stronger bilateral relationship that it perceived would do more to benefit its interests than its strained relationship with the Obama administration.

The April 3rd meeting was publicly diagnosed in having four aims:

  1. securing U.S. support for Egypt’s counterterror interests,

  2. pressuring the United States to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization,

  3. promoting Egypt’s economic reform program, and

  4. presenting Egypt as a leading regional power.

Clandestinely, however, Al-Sissi felt the US was involved in what he refers to as the “fourth generation war”, U.S.-backed subversion intended to destroy the anti-Islamist movement within Egypt, and to relinquish control once again to Hosni Mubarak’s pro-Muslim Brotherhood forces.

Fourth-generation warfare, Sissi once explained to cadets at Egypt’s military academy, occurs when “modern communication channels, psychology and the media are . . . deployed to create divisions and harm Egypt from within,” according to the website Mada Masr.

The reason why Aya Hegazy was jailed under al-Sissi’s reign is because she was pro-Muslim Brotherhood (which is not good), working against al-Sissi’s anti-Islamist agenda. This is why al-Sissi didn’t want to release her.

Aya Hegazi was attempting to give “street children” a better life. She was attempting to lift children living in poverty out of their socio-economic class, something that is taboo in the Middle East.

It has long been known that the entirety of the Middle East has been a huge boon to human trafficking. Muslims literally invented the slave trade down in Africa.

Aya was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time…but how does “fourth-generation warfare” work exactly?

 

“The Press Is The Enemy”:

Donald has long decried the “all-talk, no-action politicians” of yesteryear, therefore his fulfillment of proving a solution to al-Sissi’s aforementioned Palestinian/UN problem meant that Egypt could now re-establish diplomatic ties on better terms, with a base level of trustworthiness between the two.

In Egypt, after two revolutions, there’s an information war going on for their minds, and it affects Americans too! The Washington Post and the New York Times are usually a conduit in “determining” the outlook on the Middle Eastern region.

“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” [Rhodes] said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.

The easiest way for the White House to shape the news, he explained, is from the briefing podiums, each of which has its own dedicated press corps. “But then there are sort of these force multipliers,” he said, adding, “We have our compadres, I will reach out to a couple people, and you know I wouldn’t want to name them — ”

I can name them,” I said, ticking off a few names of prominent Washington reporters and columnists who often tweet in sync with White House messaging.

Price laughed. “I’ll say, ‘Hey, look, some people are spinning this narrative that this is a sign of American weakness,’ ” he continued, “In fact it’s a sign of strength!”

“And I’ll give them some color,” Price continued, “and the next thing I know, lots of these guys are in the dot-com publishing space, and have huge Twitter followings, and they’ll be putting this message out on their own.”

This is something different from old-fashioned spin, which tended to be an art best practiced in person. In a world where experienced reporters competed for scoops and where carrying water for the White House was a cause for shame, no matter which party was in power, it was much harder to sustain a “narrative” over any serious period of time. Now the most effectively weaponized 140-character idea or quote will almost always carry the day, and it is very difficult for even good reporters to necessarily know where the spin is coming from or why.

The reason why the Deep State wants Egypt so badly is because it serves a crucial strategic role within the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Al-Sissi has positioned himself as a bulwark against religious extremism and as a strong leader who can maintain stability in Egypt, even as neighboring countries like Libya, Yemen, and Syria have collapsed under civil wars fueled by foreign intervention. On the other hand, the importance of Egypt’s relations with the Gulf allies should not be understated, as the security of the Gulf region is a part of Egypt’s as well.

For Trump, time is of the essence because in November 2016, when Obama was still President, Egypt signed a three-year $12 billion agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that aimed to help the country achieve macroeconomic stability and promote inclusive growth. Egypt has also been negotiating funding agreements to fulfill its ambitious commitments in the IMF program with France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and other G8 member countries.

According to The Nation, “the economy is on the brink of collapse, with skyrocketing inflation, massive debt, and austerity measures that recently helped secure a stringent new IMF loan”.

But that’s not to say that Egypt is only having problems outside its borders or within its economy, they’ve plenty of problems with jihadi violence right at home.

For example, al-Sissi and his government are major targets of ISIS-related terrorist attempts. Cairo has been battling militants in the Sinai since 2013; in late 2014, the militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledged loyalty to ISIS. Days later in Amman, Jordan, at the 28th Arab summit, al-Sissi (having already faced enough plots to round up 292 conspirators) called for a “comprehensive” approach – religious reformation.

Whether such reformation is possible is another story, but come to thing of it, the only ones who have a problem with al-Sissi are literal terrorists:

“We’re giving $1.5bn to an autocrat who has killed thousands of people, who has imprisoned tens of thousands of people, including Americans,” said Mohamed Soltan, an American who was jailed in Egypt for nearly two years. “We’re here to shed light on their plight.”

“We need to tell the world what kind of man Trump is bringing to the White House,” Soltan, who was jailed after attending a sit-in against Morsi’s removal in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square, told Al Jazeera.

Hundreds of people were killed as security forces dispersed the protest on August 14, 2013. Soltan’s father, a Muslim Brotherhood official, was also arrested and imprisoned.

Mass trials have since been held for thousands of Brotherhood supporters [when someone is a “Brotherhood supporter, they’re literally ISIS”], and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms.

No wonder Trump was able to strike a deal with al-Sissi, both are under constant threat of islamist extremism!

But now that Aya’s free, her saga is mostly over.

What remains is why Trump was able to orchestrate what he did at that time.

In later leaving for his trip to the Middle East, as well as simply not tweeting out derision against Fake News, he gave the liberal media enough rope to hang themselves. Each and every day the media rails against Trump, more and more people feel they’re being unfair against the President unconditionally.

This, however, wouldn’t be the first time a President railed against the media machine. The difference is that when JFK was railing against the Press, he was actually congratulating them. JFK was the Obama of his time, charming and beloved – they also covered up his sexual impropriety.

JFK knew the media was in his pocket given how hard he defended Nixon from the very same liberal slurs that could have befallen him:

“You have no idea what he’s been through. Dick Nixon is the victim of the worst press that ever hit a politician in this country. What they did to him in the Helen Gahagan Douglas race was disgusting.”

Unfortunately, in their haste to feel smug and superior, the liberal media is finally pushing out their last memo from the Deep State – to fire Kushner and blame Ivanka. It’s not because of the “Russian connection”, but because Trump consensually made him out to be his political pinata. Specifically, Donald left Kushner in charge of the “Israel-Palestine” peace-process, and since the Israel-Palestine peace process is considered the bulwark of the interventionist, globalist, Deep State, ShareBlue has had an initiative to get rid of Jared at all costs.

The “problem” is that Trump’s detractors don’t realize that once again, they’re playing into his hands.

As a member of the president’s family, Kushner had to retain a law firm to navigate him through potential legal obstacles to working for his father-in-law– specifically, an anti-nepotism law which states that “a public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.”

But his legal counsel, WilmerHale, concluded last month that precedent was laid for Kushner by Trump’s former rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won a court case in the 1990s in her fight to chair a national task force on health care reform for her husband, then-president Bill Clinton. That case found that existing law bans appointments to agencies and departments, but not within the White House itself.

Indeed, by focusing on a non-existent Russian connection, by focusing on the son-in-law’s identity as a Jew (which is actually somewhat racist – the idea that only a Jew could solve the problem), he’s buying time he doesn’t even need to once again solve problems behind closed doors.

Since he started planning for Middle Eastern peace in September, took the beginning steps in December, and went head-on in April, he’d laid the framework before he’d even left America for his “goodwill” tour between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

People keep assuming things that are valuable to them are valuable to Trump. In harping on his “legacy in the making”, in slandering him for a Russia connection, they fail to realize that Trump doesn’t necessarily have the same goals as everyone else. His primary goal is to “fight for the American people”.

Either way, it looks like this is the continuation of a beautiful friendship.

Cutting Ties with Qatar

Qatar Awareness Campaign LogoSaudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt & UAE ban immigration from Qatar and cut diplomatic ties.

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement saying it is suspending diplomatic relations “in order to preserve its national security.” Bahrain blames Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities, and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain.”

Egypt has accused Qatar of taking an “anti-Egyptian course” by supporting “terrorist” organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s state news agency reported.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have given Qatari nationals two weeks to leave their territory, Reuters reports.

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This move comes just weeks after President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Statement of Extraordinary Summit of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the United States of America |May 23, 2017

 

Saudi Journalist, Hamoud Abu Taleb published May 27th, 2017 Qatar Emir’s speech and the art of political suicide

“There was no justification for what the Qatari ruler, Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani, said in his speech on Wednesday morning because the name of Qatar was not mentioned by summit speakers or in its final communiqué. The Emir might have been the victim of his subconscious mind in an attempt to raise suspicion about the conference and its discussions.”

[…]

“Sheikh Tamim went on to say that he was aware of the reason behind this alleged campaign and emphasized that it would not succeed because of “judicial investigations into the president’s violations and abuses.” Hats off to the Emir for his political knowhow and wisdom!”

 

QATAR HAS STRONG TIES TO CLINTONS

Hillary has received substantial campaign donations from Qatar. According to the the WSJ

“Qatar’s government committee preparing for the 2022 soccer World Cup gave between $250,000 and $500,000 in 2014. Qatar’s government had previously donated between $1 million and $5 million.”

Julian Assange: Isis and Clinton Foundation are both funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Hillary Clinton wikileaks emails reveals she knew of Saudi & Qatar government funding for ISIL (ISIS) by August 2014

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Ramadan begins in Afghanistan: Muslim murder 18 with jihad suicide car bomb

“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties, for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed.” (Qur’an 9:111)

Afghanistan Car Bomb

“Car bomber kills 18 in east Afghanistan on 1st day of Ramzan,” AFP, May 27, 2017:

KHOST: A suicide car bomber killed 18 people in the eastern Afghan city of Khost today, officials said, in the first major insurgent attack at the start of the holy fasting month of Ramzan.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the bombing, which provincial authorities said targeted Afghan security forces working with American troops in Khost province.

The attack is the latest in a series of assaults on Western-backed forces as the Taliban step up their annual spring offensive and the insurgency expands more than 15 years after they were toppled from power in a US-led invasion.

“A suicide car bomb in Khost province has killed 18 people and wounded six others, including two children,” said interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

“The target was a public bus station which was hit by the bombing. The victims were in civilian clothes and it is difficult to verify their identities at this stage.”

But provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat said the victims were civilians and members of the elite Khost Provincial Force (KPF) working with US troops.

“The bombing took place early morning when KPF members were heading to work,” Ghairat told AFP.

The brazen attack comes just a day after at least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters attacked their base in Kandahar, in the third major insurgent assault this week on the military in the southern province.

The assault in Shah Wali Kot district followed insurgent raids earlier this week on military bases in the same area and Maiwand district, bringing the death toll among Western-backed troops to around 60.

The battlefield losses mark a stinging blow for NATO-backed Afghan forces and have raised concerns about their capacity to beat back the resurgent Taliban.

Afghan forces are beset by unprecedented casualties and blamed for corruption, desertion and “ghost soldiers” who exist on the payroll but whose salaries are usurped by fraudulent commanders.

During another deadly Taliban attack on security outposts in southern Zabul province on Sunday, local officials made desperate calls to Afghan television stations to seek attention because they were unable to contact senior authorities for help.

The pleas for attention, a major embarrassment for the Western-backed government, highlighted the disarray in security ranks.

The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive in late April, heralding a surge in fighting as the US tries to craft a new Afghan strategy.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last month warned of “another tough year” for security forces in Afghanistan.

The United States and several NATO allies are considering sending thousands more troops to break the stalemate against the resurgent militants.

List of Islamic Terror: Last 30 Days

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This is part of the list of Islamic terror attacks maintained by TheReligionofPeace.com.

During this time period, there were 166 Islamic attacks in 26 countries, in which 1070 people were killed and 1034 injured.

 

(TROP does not catch all attacks. Not all attacks are immediately posted).

Date Country City Killed Injured Description
2017.05.27 Afghanistan Khost 18 6 A Shahid suicide car bomber slaughters eighteen at a public bus station.
2017.05.26 Egypt Minya 29 23 Christians on their way to a monastery make easy pickings for Islamic gunmen, who massacre twenty-eight – including ten children.
2017.05.24 Somalia Bari 5 12 Five people are exterminated by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2017.05.24 Indonesia Jakarta 3 10 Two suicide bombers detonate outside a bus terminal, killing three guards.
2017.05.24 Iraq Mosul 23 0 An ISIS booby-trap takes out a family of twenty-three taking shelter. The victims include pregnant women and children.
2017.05.24 Philippines Marawi 9 0 Nine Christians are captured by Islamic militants and shot to death.
2017.05.22 England Manchester 22 119 Children are among twenty-two young people blown up at a concert by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2017.05.21 Iraq Mosul 6 4 A half-dozen Iraqis are disassembled by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2017.05.21 Iraq Najjar 3 0 A Fedayeen suicide car bomber takes out three others.
2017.05.21 Iraq Mosul 8 9 Two separate ISIS suicide blasts leave eight others dead.
2017.05.21 Afghanistan Shah Joi 20 10 At least twenty local cops lose their lives to a series of Taliban ambushes.
2017.05.21 Syria Tal Touqan 14 24 An ISIS suicide bomber blows up fourteen rival Islamists at a meeting place.
2017.05.21 Syria Deir Ezzor 15 63 Children are among fifteen civilians picked apart by Islamic State shrapnel.
2017.05.20 Afghanistan Gardez 3 31 Five suicide bombers storm a bank, killing three inside.
2017.05.20 Afghanistan Kohat 4 0 Four police officers are machine-gunned point-blank in their vehicle by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
2017.05.20 Iraq Hawija 4 0 Four civilians are brutally executed by caliphate members.
2017.05.20 India Nowgam 2 0 Two border guards are murderd by Islamic terrorists.
2017.05.20 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 Two locals are shot to death by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
2017.05.20 Syria Jazrat al-Boushams 19 0 Two children and two woman are among nineteen Shiites executed in their village by the Islamic State.
2017.05.20 Afghanistan Kabul 2 1 Islamists storm a humanitarian group’s guest house, behead the guard and murder a German woman.
2017.05.20 Nigeria Dalori 4 2 Four displaced persons are beheaded by Boko Haram Islamists.
2017.05.20 Nigeria Mussa 7 40 Islamic terrorists open fire on villagers, killing at least seven.
2017.05.20 Pakistan Kohistan 2 0 A young couple is hacked to death on suspicion of sexual activity.
2017.05.19 USA Tampa, FL 2 0 A recent convert shoots two people to death for disrespecting Islam.
2017.05.19 Iraq Baghdad 19 25 Two suicide blasts leave nineteen Iraqis dead.
2017.05.19 Iraq Sadra 30 32 Thirty pilgrims on a bus are pulled into parts by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2017.05.19 Iraq Rumaila 3 2 A Fedayeen suicide bomber detonates at an oil field, killing three guards.
2017.05.19 Libya Suluq 6 11 Six people are blown up by Muslim terrorists while leaving a rival mosque.
2017.05.19 Nigeria Maiduguri 0 4 Three male suicide bombers attack a female hostel.
2017.05.19 Syria Zuwyinah 22 0 A suicide bomber plows into a formerly liberated town, massacring twenty-two others.
2017.05.19 Syria Maskanah 1 0 A man is tortured and beheaded for being an ‘infidel’.
2017.05.19 Afghanistan Mohammad Agha 11 3 Five children and five women are among a family of eleven blown into shreds by Sunni bombers while traveling to a wedding.
2017.05.18 Afghanistan Marko Bazar 5 0 A religious extremist in uniform poisons and then shoots five colleagues…
2017.05.18 Iraq Kirkuk 2 15 An ISIS attack on Kurds leaves two dead.
2017.05.18 Syria Deir ez-Zor 3 3 Three residents are pulled into pieces by ISIS shrapnel
2017.05.18 Afghanistan Herat 1 2 Islamists fire on a bus, killing one occupant.
2017.05.18 India Gadoora 1 0 Islamic militants murder a 45-year-old man.
2017.05.18 Syria Salamiyeh 52 0 A horrible assault by the Islamic State on several Shiite towns leaves over fifty dead, including women and children who were de-limbed and beheaded.
2017.05.18 Iraq Marir 5 8 A wave of Islamic State suicide bombers take out five Iraqis.
2017.05.18 Iraq Tuz Khormato 9 11 Nine people at a market are sent to Allah by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2017.05.18 Iraq Abu Ghraib 2 8 Jihadis set off a bomb at a popular market, killing two patrons.
2017.05.18 Iraq Baghdad 1 5 Suspected ISIS bomb a store, killing one passerby.
2017.05.18 Italy Milan 0 3 A militant Muslim stabs three people at a train station.
2017.05.17 Iraq Mosul 16 0 Sixteen civilians are executed for attempting to flee the caliphate.
2017.05.17 Iraq Mosul 2 0 An ISIS bomb planted in a family home disintegrates two occupants.
2017.05.17 Afghanistan Jalalabad 6 16 Five employees and a guard are murdered during a suicide assault on a TV station by Religion of Peace proponents.
2017.05.17 Somalia Wadajir 3 0 An Islamist car bomb takes out three sappers.
2017.05.17 Iraq Rawa 4 0 Four civilians are brutally shot to death by Islamic State members.
2017.05.16 Afghanistan Dar-e-Tapa 2 2 Two children are reduced to pulp by a Taliban IED.
2017.05.16 Afghanistan Kandahar 1 10 Fundamentalists kill one civilian with a planted bomb.
2017.05.16 Iraq Madaen 1 2 A bomb blast at a grocery store leaves one dead.
2017.05.16 Iraq Rutba 2 3 Islamic militants open fire on a group of border guards, killing two.
2017.05.16 Nigeria Konduga 2 6 Three female suicide bombers kill two sleeping brothers at a refugee camp.
2017.05.16 Kenya Liboi 4 0 Four are left dead after a family vehicle hits an al-Shabaab IED.
2017.05.16 Saudi Arabia al-Masoura 1 5 Suspected Shiite radicals take out a local cop with an RPG.
2017.05.16 Afghanistan Asad Abad 2 0 The Taliban fire a rocket into a market, killing two patrons.
2017.05.16 Afghanistan Laghman 2 3 Two woman are killed and three children wounded by Sunni shrapnel aerating their home.
2017.05.15 Nigeria Taraba 12 0 At least a dozen people are massacred by Muslim terrorists in attacks on five communities.
2017.05.15 Somalia Qasahdhere 0 7 Islamists detonate a bomb at a restaurant.
2017.05.15 Iraq Haditha 2 4 Two innocents are blown up in their own home by suicide bombers.
2017.05.15 Iran Ahvaz 2 4 Sunni ‘separatists’ murder two local cops.
2017.05.15 Syria Rukban 6 12 At least six refugees are blown apart by two bombs planted at their camp,
2017.05.15 Syria Deir Ezzor 1 14 One person is killed by a well-placed ISIS shell into a neighborhood.
2017.05.15 Syria Daraa 2 0 Two Syrians are beheaded by Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid
2017.05.15 Kenya Omar Jillo 1 0 Islamists burst into a family home and kill the father.
2017.05.14 Iraq Maliya 7 0 Seven civilians are vaporized by a Sunni rocket.
2017.05.14 Mali Aguelhok 2 0 A young couple is put in the ground and stoned for having unmarried sex.
2017.05.14 Syria Mayadin 2 0 A man and woman are stoned to death for adultery.
2017.05.14 Iraq Shaanoun 8 0 Eight victims of a suspected ISIS execution are found in a mass grave, including five women.
2017.05.14 Iraq Baghdad 4 8 Two Mujahideen blasts claim four lives.
2017.05.14 Pakistan Walicheena 2 0 A politician and his driver are riddled with bullets by Islamic extremists.
2017.05.14 Afghanistan Zazi Aryub 4 2 Two civilians and two border guards are leveled by a fundamentalist bomb blast.
2017.05.14 Egypt Sheikh Zuweid 3 8 Three Egyptians are killed in two attacks by Islamic militants.
2017.05.14 Afghanistan Mehtralam 6 0 Six children between the ages of 6 and 12 are disassembled by Sunni shrapnel.
2017.05.13 Nigeria Maiduguri 1 1 Three suicide bombers detonate at a university, killing a security guard.
2017.05.13 Afghanistan Kabul 3 0 Suspected Taliban murder two women and a small child with a sticky bomb.
2017.05.13 Iraq Mosul 9 3 Suicide bombers murder nine Iraqis.
2017.05.13 Syria Bokamal 2 0 A child is among two people executed by the Islamic State.
2017.05.13 Nigeria Amarwa 11 0 At least eleven villagers are shot and hacked to death by Islamists.
2017.05.12 Saudi Arabia Awamiya 2 0 A 2-year-old child is among two innocents cut down by Shiite gunmen.
2017.05.12 Chad Kaiga 9 0 At least nine others are killed during a surprise Boko Haram attack.
2017.05.12 Pakistan Mastung 27 37 A massive suicide bomb blast snares over two dozen souls.
2017.05.12 Kenya Nyeri 2 0 Two laborers are murdered by al-Shabaab…
2017.05.11 Iraq Salahuddin 3 0 A young family of three is obliterated in their own home by Islamic shrapnel.
2017.05.11 Iraq Baghdad 2 4 Jihadi bombers vaporize two civilians.
2017.05.11 Afghanistan Adraskan 7 0 Two women and three children are among a family of seven exterminated by Taliban bombers.
2017.05.11 Iraq Sallamiya 64 0 Sixty-four bodies wash up on the shore after snipers open fire on familes crossing a river to escape the caliphate.
2017.05.10 Egypt Rafah 13 2 Islamic extremists machine-gun thirteen tribesmen point-blank.
2017.05.10 Bangladesh Benipur 1 1 A firefighter is killed by a suicide bomber.
2017.05.10 Iraq Abu Ghraib 1 0 A civilian is dismantled by Mujahid shrapnel.
2017.05.10 Nigeria Buruku 4 0 Militant Muslims slaughter four more villagers.
2017.05.10 Yemen Duaan 1 6 An al-Qaeda suicide bomber kills one other person at a checkpoint.
2017.05.10 India Kulgaon 1 0 Hizbul Mujahideen kidnap a 22-year-old man from a wedding and brutally execute him.
2017.05.10 Afghanistan Spin Boldak 2 3 A bomb planted by Sharia activists leaves two dead.
2017.05.09 Afghanistan Kandahar 1 0 A cleric is cut down by Religion of Peace rivals.
2017.05.09 Afghanistan Arghandab 1 0 A civilian succumbs to Taliban shrapnel.
2017.05.09 Iraq Hawija 40 0 Forty people are executed by the Islamic State.
2017.05.09 Afghanistan Parwan 9 0 At least eight children and a teacher are sent straight to Allah by a bomb planted in their seminary classroom.
2017.05.09 Syria Raqqa 1 0 A Russian captive is beheaded by Islamic State members.
2017.05.09 Thailand Pattani 1 62 Children are among the casualties of two Muslim bomb blasts at a shopping center.
2017.05.09 Somalia Goofgaduud 17 0 An al-Shabaab attack leaves at least seventeen dead.
2017.05.09 Iraq Mosul 5 8 Five people are killed in a series of ISIS attacks.
2017.05.08 Egypt Nasr City 3 0 Suspected fundamentalists open fire on police in a drive-by, killing three.
2017.05.08 Somalia Mogadishu 8 25 Islamists stage a suicide bombing and a shooting attack on an Italian coffee café, killing eight patrons.
2017.05.08 Bangladesh Mymensingh 1 0 An Ahmadi imam is hacked to death in his own mosque by three seminary students.
2017.05.08 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A girl is murdered by her father and brother for unIslamic activity.
2017.05.07 Iraq Kirkuk 2 3 Two Iraqis are cut down by an Islamic State suicide bomber.
2017.05.07 Iraq Mosul 4 9 Four innocents are blown to bits when ISIS members fire a rocket into a grocery store.
2017.05.07 Iraq Wadi Akkab 9 0 Nine Iraqis are laid out by four Fedayeen suicide bombers.
2017.05.07 Nigeria Logo 15 6 Fifteen villagers are massacred by Fulani terrorists.
2017.05.07 Mali Almoustrat 7 7 At least seven others are killed in a suicide bombing and rocket attack.
2017.05.06 Egypt Rafah 3 0 A father and two sons are found beheaded a few days after being kidnapped by the Islamic State.
2017.05.06 Afghanistan Qala-e Zal 4 0 At least four others are left dead after a massive Taliban attack.
2017.05.06 Iraq Abu Ghraib 2 3 A Mujahideen bomb blast cuts down two civilians.
2017.05.06 Egypt al-Arish 1 0 A Coptic minority is shot to death by radical Muslims at a barber shop.
2017.05.06 India Kulgam 4 0 Three civilians and a cop are laid out by an Islamist drive-by.
2017.05.05 Chad Kaiga 9 28 Nine border guards are slain by Boko Haram.
2017.05.05 Chechnya Grozny 1 0 Authorities learn of a 17-year-old pushed off a 9th floor balcony by an uncle for being gay.
2017.05.05 Pakistan Rawalpindi 1 0 A teenage girl is shot to death by her family for turning down a marriage proposal.
2017.05.05 Iraq Haditha 5 8 Eight Iraqis are sent to Allah by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2017.05.04 Nigeria Konduga 5 6 Two Shahid suicide bombers murder five others, including a young girl.
2017.05.04 Pakistan Hub 1 0 A 10-year-old boy is killed when a mob attempts to lynch a Hindu man for blasphemy.
2017.05.04 India Kellora 1 2 A civilian succumbs to Islamist gunfire.
2017.05.04 Israel Lakiya 1 0 A young woman is honor killed by her conservative family.
2017.05.03 Nigeria Maiduguri 3 0 Boko Haram strap bombs onto three teenage girls.
2017.05.03 Pakistan Rahim Yar Khan 1 0 A 63-year-old Ahmadi religious minority is brutally gunned down by Sunni radicals.
2017.05.03 Iraq Abu Ghraib 1 2 A teacher at a secular school is murdered by ISIS.
2017.05.03 Mali Timbuktu 1 9 One person is killed when “The Group to Support Islam and Muslims” send a rocket into a UN camp.
2017.05.03 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 An al-Qaeda linked group shoots a politician to death in his car.
2017.05.03 Syria Azaz 4 4 A car bomb outside a rival mosque leaves four dead.
2017.05.03 Afghanistan Kandahar 1 1 Two suicide bombers take out a young child.
2017.05.03 Iraq Mosul 1 12 Islamic terrorists fire a missile into a high school, killing one student.
2017.05.03 Afghanistan Kabul 8 25 Eight civilians are torn limb from limb by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2017.05.02 Iraq Mosul 1 1 A child is vaporized by an Islamic State projectile.
2017.05.02 Syria Rajim Salibi 46 34 A 3-month-old baby is among forty-six refugees proudly massacred by Islamic State suicide bombers.
2017.05.02 Iraq Mosul 9 0 A suspected Shiite suicide bomber blows up nine Sunni militants.
2017.05.02 Iraq Anbar 10 6 Islamists with machine-guns slaughter ten Iraqis point-blank.
2017.05.02 Iraq Kirkuk 2 0 An oil company executive and his driver are assassinated by sharia advocates.
2017.05.02 Mali Nampala 9 4 A Jihadist attack leaves nine others dead.
2017.05.02 Iraq Samarra 2 3 Two Shiites are blown up by a Sunni suicide bomber.
2017.05.02 Egypt Yamit 1 3 A woman is murdered during a home invasion by Islamic State members.
2017.05.02 Pakistan Nishtar 2 0 A married couple is shot to death by conservative Muslims in the name of ‘honor’.
2017.05.01 Afghanistan Ghormach 5 4 Five local cops are murdered by fundamentalists.
2017.05.01 Afghanistan Chaparhar 3 0 A 9-year-old girl is among three civilians who lose their lives during an ISIS attack.
2017.05.01 Egypt Cairo 3 5 Islamic extremists open fire on a group of police, killing three.
2017.05.01 Iraq Rifai 5 0 Islamic militants open fire on five young children searching for food, bringing down all five.
2017.05.01 Iraq Mosul 4 0 A family of four is exterminated by an ISIS rocket.
2017.05.01 India Kulgam 7 0 Hizbul Mujhadeen slaughter five police and two bank employees.
2017.05.01 India Poonch 2 0 Pakistani terrorists kill and mutilate two border guards.
2017.04.30 India Khanyar 1 5 Terrorist throw a grenade into the street, killing a civilian.
2017.04.30 Afghanistan Mazar-e-Sharif 2 5 Taliban bombers pick off a family on their way to a wedding.
2017.04.30 Syria Daraa 1 0 An alleged ‘sorcerer’ is beheaded by caliphate members.
2017.04.30 Iraq Mosul 46 0 Forty-six civilians are executed by the Islamic State and hung from telephone poles.
2017.04.29 Iraq Jurf al-Sakhar 1 10 One other person is killed when a suicide bomber detonates outside a market.
2017.04.29 Germany Prien am Chiemsee 1 0 A woman is stabbed to death in front of her two children over her decision to leave Islam for Christianity.
2017.04.29 Iraq Bab al-Toub 14 20 Fourteen Iraqis are blown to bits by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2017.04.29 Yemen Lahij 1 8 An al-Qaeda attack leaves one dead.
2017.04.29 Iraq Rifai 5 0 Four women and a child are executed for trying to flee the Islamic State.
2017.04.29 Iraq Mosul 3 2 Three humanitarian workers are blown to bits by an ISIS rocket while distributing food.
2017.04.28 Saudi Arabia Qatif 1 0 A 33-year-old man is kidnapped from a café and executed by suspected Shiite radicals.
2017.04.28 Iraq Baghdad 3 8 A suicide bomber detonates in a police station, killing three bystanders.
2017.04.28 Nigeria Manguzum 5 40 Five Nigerians are taken out by a Shahid suicide car bomber.
2017.04.27 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 A man is gunned down in front of his home by al-Shabaab.
2017.04.27 Pakistan Faqirabad 2 0 Two people are gunned down at a rival mosque, one of whom was a cleric.
2017.04.27 India Kupwara 3 0 Three security personnel lose their lives to an attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad.
2017.04.27 France Reunion 0 2 An Islamic radical shoots two police officers.
2017.04.27 Iraq Mosul 3 5 A suicide bomber kills three policemen tricked into trying to help him.
2017.04.27 Thailand Narathiwat 6 0 Muslim ‘insurgents’ murder six security personnel with a roadside bomb.

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Philippines Declares Martial Law, Duterte’s call with Trump Transcripts

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Philippines: Martial law declared as Islamic State jihadis storm city and battle national army

In Mindanao. This is a global war, and of the most curious type imaginable: no one in authority wants to admit that it is actually going on, and Western governments generally treat each enemy attack in this war as a separate and discrete criminal incident.

 

“Philippines soldiers battle Isis-linked gunmen on Marawi city streets,” by Gabriel Samuels, Independent, May 23, 2017:

A group of heavily-armed militants from a group linked to Isis have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army.

Residents of Marawi City, in the south of the country, were urged to remain indoors as at least 15 gunmen from a Muslim rebel group called Maute stormed the streets brandishing assault rifles.

The group, which is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, have reportedly received support from Isis.

Troops and a special police force were deployed to the city after residents in a nearby village raised the alarm and appealed for help.

President Rodrigo Duterte then declared martial law and a state of emergency in the province of Mindano [sic]. General Eduardo Ano, the military chief of staff, said at least one police officer was killed and eight soldiers were wounded in the fighting.  More here.


It was enormously controversial that President Trump placed a friendly call to Philippine strongman Duterte on April 29. Now, we can read what they said. In short, Duterte has been on a killing rampage and frankly has called the United States all kinds of nasty names. Humm…. Then there was the part of the phone call that included North Korea’s nuclear program.

Read all about it with the transcripts here.

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Duterte Lands in Russia for Visit Cut Short After Martial Law Declaration

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has landed in Russia for what was planned as an extensive visit including one-on-one talks with President Vladimir Putin, but the trip has been cut short following a jihadist attack in the Philippine’s south.

Breitbart: Duterte alluded to this trip as the month began, following a personal invitation to the White House, saying he could not confirm travel to America because he is “supposed to go to Russia.”

Duterte arrived in Moscow Monday night for a four-day visit, accompanied by a large Filipino business delegation. While Duterte will seek more Russian business investment in his country, a key objective of his visit will be signing a defense cooperation agreement expected to provide the Philippines with more weapons to use in the ongoing war against drug traffickers that has become a staple of the Duterte presidency.

Duterte had previously claimed Putin had offered him a “buy one, get one free” deal on firearms.

The Philippines is also facing jihadist attacks by Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State affiliate in the country, which has become increasingly aggressive in the Muslim-majority south of the country, where Duterte is from.

Abu Sayyaf ultimately led to Duterte’s decision to leave Russia early to address the jihadist threat. Duterte declared a 60-day period of martial law in his native Mindanao island and will return home. According to the Philippine Star:

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said at the same press conference that the president will be cutting his visit to Russia short because his presence is needed in the country.
 The signing of bilateral agreements with Russia will push through but the meetings with Russia President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were postponed. Cayetano said Duterte may just speak with the two leaders via phone.

“The agreement on military technical cooperation will pave the way for the Philippines to explore a possibility of military procurement from Russia,” Foreign Assistant Secretary Maria Cleofe Natividad told reporters before Duterte left to Russia. The agreements would also reportedly create an extradition agreement, which the two countries had not previously had, and allow for “information sharing, training, and technical cooperation,” according to the regional news outlet Rappler.

Officials have also expressed a hope that Duterte’s visit will help end the propagation of negative Russia stereotypes in the country. “There’s been a lot of stereotypes in the Philippines and I don’t really blame it. I mean, growing up watching James Bond movies, the villains were either an evil Russian scientist or some beautiful nubile Russian assassin,” Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said on Monday. “The reality is we have not had a deeper exchange with Russia even though we’ve had good relations, so we’re 40 years. And that’s going to change.”

Sorreta hoped the Russian visit would expand the “kind of independent foreign policy [they are] trying to achieve.”

Before his departure, Duterte emphasized the need to expand cooperation with Russia. “Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy,” he said. “Overdependence on traditional partners has limited our room to maneuver in a very dynamic international arena. This is a strategic oversight that has led to many missed opportunities for our country. I am determined to correct this.”

Duterte has repeatedly stated that he would like to diminish the role of the United States in Philippine foreign relations, at one point declaring, ” You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I would be the first to join.”

Prior to Duterte, the government of Benigno Aquino kept close ties to the United States and maintained a distance from Russia. The Philippine Star notes that a head of state from that country has not visited Russia since President Gloria Arroyo did in 2009, and prior to that, no visit is on the record since 1997.

Duterte has eagerly expressed his fondness for Putin. “I like Putin. … We have similarities. When it comes to girls,” Duterte said in August 2016, in anticipation of their first meeting. Following that meeting, Duterte gushed that Putin had a “wide laugh” and had reserved a gun as a present for him in Russia. Neither country has confirmed whether Putin will hand over the present during this visit.

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Yet Another Jihad Massacre in UK; May Should Apologize and Resign

She did it. You could put her whole political career, and Britain’s entire political class, on trial.  latest in FrontPage:

Source: Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Yet Another Jihad Massacre in UK; May Should Apologize and Resign

Here we go again. 19 people are dead and 50 wounded in a suspected jihad-martyrdom suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, a target that the jihad murderers apparently chose because of its concentration of pre-teens and tweens, so as to maximize the potential to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). But don’t be unduly concerned: Britain’s criminally feckless Prime Minister Theresa May is on the job, saying in a statement: “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”

 

As canned responses go, that one is particularly packaged, processed, and colorless. How grand that she is thinking about the victims and their families. And the police are on the job! Marvelous! Britons can go back to sleep, knowing that selfless public servants such as May are working tirelessly to protect them.

 

But there was one key element that May left out of her statement: an apology.

 

One of the things she should apologize for is the routine aspect of her response to this latest jihad massacre. There was nothing she said about this jihad attack that could not have been said about ten jihad massacres before it, and will not be said about the next ten. The Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said after the jihad bombings in New York City in September 2016 that such attacks were “part and parcel of living in a big city” and that people would just have “to be prepared for these sorts of things” to happen, and May is behaving as if she has thoroughly internalized these instructions.

 

In reality, no one in a big city or a small one, or out on the farm, should ever accept jihad terror massacres as “part and parcel” of living there. Sadiq Khan’s statement was a declaration of his inability or unwillingness to do anything effective to counter the jihad threat.

 

And that brings us to the second and more important reason why May should apologize: because she and the political establishment she represents have allowed this to happen.

 

If it weren’t for the immigration policies that May and her Conservative Party, in collaboration with the other British establishment parties, have pursued for well over a decade, the jihadis who perpetrated this massacre may not have been in Britain at all. Of course, it may yet be discovered that they were “homegrown terrorists,” born and raised in the UK. But here again, the British political establishment has accommodated and appeased the Muslim community at every turn, allowing for the establishment of Sharia courts and partnering with numerous “moderates” who turned out, surprise surprise, really to be “extremists.”

 

Meanwhile, the full wrath of the British government has been unleashed upon those British citizens who have dared to dissent from this madness and to declare publicly their support for the preservation of British national security, as well as the national character and culture. All too many of these people have been hounded and persecuted, arrested and prosecuted on the flimsiest of pretexts. Others who were in a position to prosecute Muslim rape gangs hesitated for fear of being branded “racist.” May has, meanwhile barred foreign foes of jihad terror from entering the country at all (including me), while allowing the most hair-raising preachers of jihad violence to enter the country and preach all over it with impunity.

 

As she implemented these policies, what did May think would happen? What did Britons? Did they really think that by coddling their Muslim population, winking at the crimes Muslims committed in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings, and muzzling all dissent from these policies, that it would make Muslims feel welcome in Britain, and that Muslims and non-Muslims would march arm-in-arm together into the glorious multicultural future?

 

In other words, did they really think that being nice to Muslims would make Muslims forget the jihad imperatives of the Qur’an and Sunnah? Did they really think that if they appeased their Muslim community, that they would be spared further jihad deaths?

 

They won’t. Manchester was “only the beginning,” said an Islamic State jihadi in a video released just after the massacre Monday night. And that is true: Manchester is only the beginning, thanks to Theresa May. If a modicum of sanity prevailed in Britain, she would be forced to apologize and resign in disgrace.

 

Instead, she is looking to be overwhelmingly elected to the Prime Minister’s office in her own right in the coming elections. Britons should enjoy that election, because they won’t be enjoying very many more of them.

UK: Muslim responsible for Manchester jihad attack identified as Salman Abedi, known to authorities

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They thought wrong. Why? Because they don’t have the first foggiest clue about what motivates these people, and what their goals are. So how can they possibly evaluate who is an “immediate threat” and who isn’t? They have to discount so much evidence that someone may be an “immediate threat” because to acknowledge the importance of that evidence would be “Islamophobic,” they’re left with nothing to go on.

 

“Manchester suicide attacker ‘was known to security services but not thought to pose immediate threat,’” by Justin Davenport, Benedict Moore-Bridger, and Martin Bentham, Evening Standard, May 23, 2017:

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester was known to security services but they did not believe he posed an immediate threat, sources said today.

About 59 people were injured when the terrorist detonated an improvised explosive device in a foyer packed with fans and families at the Manchester Arena last night.

Police said the atrocity was carried out by a lone male bomber, who died at the scene. He is not included in the death toll.

Today Theresa May condemned the killer’s “warped and twisted mind”.

In Downing Street, after chairing a Cobra emergency committee, the Prime Minister said: “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

General election campaigning has been suspended. Mrs May said police knew the identity of the attacker and were working to establish if he was acting alone or as part of a wider group.

It is thought he had been known to the security services but sources said he was not thought to be an immediate threat….

FRANCE: Facebook lies about why they shut down 30,000 pro-Marine Le Pen accounts right before the presidential election

Facebook (aka Fascistbook) says it has targeted 30,000 “fake” (aka pro-LePen/anti-Islam) accounts linked to France ahead of the country’s first round presidential election on April 23rd, as part of a worldwide effort against “misinformation.”

By “misinformation,” Facebook means accounts that expose the truth about the far left fascist “Antifa” thugs as well as all the rioting, rape, and crime directly related to the massive invasion of Muslims. Like this: Anti-Islamization ‘Front National’ party member uses Facebook to reveal locations where Muslim invaders are being housed, warning “There could be terrorists among them”

ABC News  The company said Thursday it’s trying to “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts.” It said its efforts “enabled us to take action” against the French accounts and that it is removing sites with the highest traffic.

This is banned

Facebook and French media are also running fact-checking programs in France to combat misleading information, especially around the campaign for the two-round April 23-May 7 presidential election.

This is NOT banned

European authorities have also pressured Facebook and Twitter to remove extremist propaganda or other postings that violate European hate speech or other laws.

Last week, it launched a resource to help users spot false news in 14 countries including the U.S., France and Germany. It’s a notification, available for a few days, that leads users to a list of tips for spotting false news and ways to report it

This is the kind of thing happening in the streets of Paris that Facebook doesn’t want you to see:

Truman State University in uproar as Thought Criminal Robert Spencer set to speak on campus

Truman State Entrance
APRIL 11, 2017 BY ROBERT SPENCER

Note the title of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article. If I am “anti-Muslim,” then foes of the Nazis were “anti-German.” People find it hard, if not impossible, to believe, but it is nonetheless true: character assassination is a primary weapon of the enablers of jihad terror nowadays. For years they have defamed opponents of jihad terror as “hatemongers” who are “anti-Muslim,” such that by now a “journalist” such as Ashley Jost of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch repeats it as if it were axiomatically true. It seems impossible that the object of so much hatred and contempt could be a perfectly innocuous individual with innocuous opinions that are inconvenient for a powerful and well-heeled machine, such that this innocuous person has to be the recipient of a fire hose of defamatory propaganda, with the goal that people of good will turn away without giving him a hearing, right? That kind of thing never happens, right? At least not in America…right?

Note also that only evidence that anything I say is actually “controversial” is the the SPLC has put me on its list. No quotes from me. Of course, Ashley Jost of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as these Truman State University students and parents who are supposedly “concerned” because I am set to speak on campus, would be hard-pressed to come up with any quotation from me that is actually hateful. And of course Ashley Jost of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did not bother to reach out to me for comment.

Much more below.

“Truman State grapples with controversial anti-Muslim speaker,” by Ashley Jost, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 11, 2017:

Truman State University students and parents have expressed concerns on social media this week ahead of the arrival of controversial speaker Robert Spencer, who comes to campus Thursday.

Spencer is an author who runs the website “Jihad Watch.” The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies Spencer as an extremist and anti-Muslim “propagandist.”

What evidence does Ashley Jost of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch adduce to show that the SPLC is a neutral, trustworthy arbiter of such matters, rather than the hard-Left propaganda mill that it has shown itself to be? Why, none. None at all.

The Truman State College Republicans received just more than $3,000 from the university’s student-led Funds Allotment Council to bring Spencer to campus. The Council is an organization funded by student fees that accepts applications from all other student-led groups on campus for funding for activities such as speakers….

Campuses nationwide have struggled recently with how to handle controversial speakers. Some schools have decided to revoke invitations after campus uproars. In other cases, protesters have interrupted events, making it difficult or impossible for speakers to make their remarks….

“Controversial,” i.e., not reflecting the far-Left line that prevails on campuses everywhere. Note how it doesn’t occur to Ashley Jost, or to the student protesters, to engage the “controversial speakers” in discussion and/or debate of the relevant issues. University students today generally aren’t interested in thinking or engaging difficult or unfamiliar ideas. They’re only interested in reflections of the same propaganda they’re fed in their classes. Critical thinking? Pah! “Islamophobia”!

Spencer said in a guest column on a conservative college blog that an invitation for him to speak at a private school in New Hampshire was revoked because “officials caved to pressure from Muslims who played the victimhood card to shut down those who air inconvenient truths about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat.”

Indeed.

Truman State doesn’t plan on shutting down Spencer’s talk. Instead, spokesman Travis Miles said the public university is hoping to create an essay contest and create “an educational experience” around Thursday night.

Spencer speaks in a campus auditorium at 8 p.m. That same evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Muslim Student Association is bringing in Faizan Syed, executive director of the Council on American-Islam [sic] Relations in Missouri. Syed is based out of St. Louis.

I plan on attending Faizan Syed’s talk. I doubt he will attend mine, although he is most welcome to do so, and indeed, I invite him to do so. I fully expect that I will either be prevented from attending his speech, or will be subjected to insults and abuse while I am there. If he attends my lecture, he will be welcomed and no one will treat him with anything but courtesy. I also expect that his lecture will be filled with deceptions, distortions, half-truths, and ad hominem attacks against me. My address, by contrast, will be carefully buttressed with specific citations from the Qur’an and Hadith, and contain no ad hominems at all.

I also hereby invite Syed to a public discussion or debate of the relevant issues, either at Truman State University or at any other venue. He will either contemptuously refuse or ignore the invitation altogether. This is because Leftists today, and their Islamic supremacist allies such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, wish only to smear, demonize and marginalize those whom they hate. They have no interest in honest, equitable discussion and dialogue. That should tell the students at Truman State University something. However, students today are so used now to that kind of treatment being meted out to those who are dissenters from the establishment line that they will probably welcome it, and cheer Syed on.

In separate statements on Facebook, the College Republicans and Muslim Student Association both called for peaceful dialogue around both speakers Thursday, despite some controversy about comments made on Twitter about Spencer’s visit.

“We appreciate the solidarity for people who would like to speak against Robert Spencer but we’d also appreciate it if there won’t be any disruptive protests,” the Muslim Student Association wrote on Facebook. “We do love the support and believe there’s a lot of genuine concern. We’d like to be part of the conversation. So please use your energy wisely. Because we will.”

In a Facebook statement, College Republican leaders said “unsafe practices will not be tolerated” at Spencer’s speech.

“[The Muslim Student Association has] called for civility and discussion in this issue, and we couldn’t agree more,” the group wrote on Facebook. “We would like to parrot them as we have done before, and stress to everyone on and off this campus that our ultimate goal is the safety of those who attend our speaker. We urge all people to attend these events in a civil manner that is productive to dialogue and does not put anyone else in harm’s way.”

But not all dialogue has been conciliatory. On Twitter, one student posted about Spencer’s visit. Another student responded, saying “PUNCH! HIS! FACE!” which Spencer wrote about on his blog. Spencer’s writing then generated hostile comments from readers, some of which have been deleted.

In individual messages to some students and parents on social media, Truman State leaders made a point of saying Spencer’s speech isn’t sponsored by the university, and doesn’t “reflect the values of Truman State University.”

Indeed. And that’s quite an indictment of Truman State University, that it can’t get behind opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, non-Muslims, gays, etc. But that’s par for the course in American academia today.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (February 2-8, 2017)

ITIC

  • In Al-Raqqah, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria,and in Al-Bab, ISIS’s last stronghold west of the Euphrates River, ISIS is under increasing pressure from the attacking forces (the Syrian Democratic Forces with US support, the Free Syrian Army with Turkish support). In the other areas in east Syria, ISIS continues its local offensive initiatives against the Syrian Army, so far without either of the parties gaining the upper hand.

    Following is an overview of the situation in the fighting zones in Syria:

  • The Syrian Democratic Forces announced the opening of the third stage ofthe campaign to takeover Al-Raqqah. The objective of the current stage is to cleanse the area east of the city as a preliminary stage prior to its encirclement and takeover.
  • The Free Syrian Army, with Turkish and Syrian Army support, increased the pressure on the city of Al-Bab. The Syrian Army reportedly cut off the supply line between Al-Bab and Al-Raqqah, thereby completing the encirclement of the city.
  • In the city of Deir ez-Zor and to its south, fighting continued between ISIS and the Syrian Army. Currently, ISIS continues to retain its achievements (the encirclement of the military airfield south of the city and takeover of some of its southern neighborhoods).
  • On the supply route between Aleppo and Hama, which ISIS is trying to cut off, clashes between ISIS and the Syrian Army continued. The two fighting zones are the areas of the towns of Ithriya and Khanaser, near the route.
  • In the Palmyra area, the Syrian Army managed to take over the oil and gas fields and large areas south of the T-4 airfield. However, ISIS continues to retain itsmain achievements from the attack on Palmyra.
  • In the Al-Sin (Sayqal)military airfield, east of Damascus, the Syrian Army succeeded in countering local ISIS initiatives. The fighting in this area is not over yet.
  • The Iraqi Army continued its preparations to take over Mosul’s western part. These preparations included the reinforcement of its forces, intelligence surveillance on ISIS forces in the west of the city, and firing mortar shells at ISIS targets. In the Tal Afar area west of Mosul, the Shiite militias and the Iraqi Army are trying to cut off ISIS’s supply route between Mosul and Tal Afar, and from there to Syria, thereby completing the encirclement of Mosul and facilitating the fighting in the west of the city.

Main developments in Syria

The Al-Raqqah region

  • On February 4, 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the beginning of the third stage of Operation Euphrates Wrath. Its objective is to take over the area east of Al-Raqqah, a further move towards the takeover of the city which is ISIS stronghold in Syria. The SDF took over a number of villages north and northeast of Al-Raqqah. They are now reportedly at a distance of about 23 km north of Al-Raqqah and 30 km northwest of Al-Raqqah. They are about 4 km from the Euphrates Dam which is close to Al-Tabqa (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, February 4, 2017).
  • The Syrian Democratic Forces receive massive air support of the US and the coalition countries. On February 3, 2017, coalition fighter planes bombed two bridges that connected the south of Al-Raqqah to the southern bank of the Euphrates River (the “New Bridge” and the “Old Bridge”). They also bombed other bridges on the Euphrates Riverto cut off ISIS’s supply routes from its stronghold in Al-Raqqah (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, February 4, 2017); Al-Mayadeen, February 5, 2017). The coalition planes also attacked ISIS targets in and around Al-Raqqah. This attack destroyed three tunnels, artillery, a car bomb, and several ISIS headquarters (centcom.mil, February 5, 2017).
The Al-Bab region
  • The Free Syrian Army, in collaboration with the Turkish Army (operating north and east of Al-Raqqah) and the Syrian Army (operating south of Al-Raqqah),increased their pressure on the city of Al-Bab. According to the news agencies and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian Army cut off the supply route between Al-Bab and Al-Raqqah, thus completing the encirclement of Al-Bab.

 

  • Clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the Turkish Army on the one hand and ISIS on the other continued this week in the rural area east and southeast of Al-Bab. The center of the clashes was the village of Baza’a, east of Al-Bab. ISIS planted IEDs on the routes leading to Al-Bab and hit APCs of the Turkish Army and the Free Syrian Army.
  • The Syrian Army, with Syrian / Russian air support, continued fighting with ISIS south of Al-Bab. According to ISIS reports, the fighting took place about 8 km south of Al-Bab. ISIS reported that it had detonated a car bomb in a Syrian Army staging zone in the village of Aran. ISIS also reported that it had hit a Syrian Army T-72 tank by an anti-tank missile (Haqq, February 4, 2017).
  • The Turkish Air Force continued its massive airstrikes of ISIS targets in Al-Bab and the battle zones around it. This week, Turkish planes reportedly attacked and hit 85 ISIS targets. A total of 51 ISIS operatives, including ISIS Al-Bab governor (emir), codenamed Abu Khalid al-Urduni (i.e., the Jordanian), were reportedly killed. According to Turkish media, the Turkish Air Force destroyed in its airstrikes 83 buildings, ten booby-trapped vehicles, two arms depots, and two artillery pieces (milliyet.com, February 2, 2017).
Deir ez-Zor
  • In the southern suburbs ofDeir ez-Zorand the airport area, fighting continued between ISIS operatives and the Syrian Army, with no significant change in the situation on the ground. Syrian TV reported that the Syrian Army took over dominant areas in the vicinity of Mount Tharda, south of Deir ez-Zor, and cut off several supply routes of ISIS (Syrian TV, February 4, 2017). In addition, the Syrian forces reportedly repelled an ISIS attack in the cemetery area, south of Deir ez-Zor (Dimashq al-Aan, February 5, 2017). Currently, ISIS still retains its recent achievements (the takeover of several of Deir ez-Zor’s southern neighborhoods and the encirclement of the airport).
  • The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Russian Tu-22M3 long-range planes carried out an airstrike on ISIS targets close to the city of Al-Mayadeen, southeast of Deir ez-Zor. The planes took off from a Russian Air Force base and crossed the airspace of Iran and Iraq. They were accompanied by Sukhoi Su-30SM and Su-35S planes that took off from the Hmeymim base in Syria. The Russian planes attacked terrorist targets and hit ISIS operatives (Russian Defense Ministry’s website, February 3, 2017).
Clashes around the route between Aleppo and Hama
  • In late January 2017, ISIS operatives attacked Syrian forces deployed in the areas of Khanaser and Ithriya, with the intention of cutting off the supply route connecting Aleppo and Hama. This week, clashes continued between ISIS and the Syrian Army in the area southeast and east of the town of Khanaser, so far without either of the parties gaining the upper hand. Clashes also took place in the Al-Sheikh Hilal area, on the route leading from Ithriya to Hama (about 90 km southwest of Ithriya).
The Palmyra region
  • This week, fierce battles took place between ISIS and the Syrian Army in the area of Jahar Junction (about 18 km east of the T-4 airfield). The junction is situated 38 km west of the city of Palmyra, and Road 45, which heads north to the oil and gas fields in the region, starts from it. The Syrian forces, with Russian air support, reportedly took over vast parts of the oil and gas fields Jahar and Hayan (Khotwa, February 5, 2017). According to the Syrian regime, the Syrian forces are now in control of vast areas south of the T-4 airfield (Syrian Army Spokesperson’s office, February 1, 2017).
The region east of Damascus
  • On February 4, 2017, the Syrian Army reportedly restored control of three outposts east of the Al-Sin (Sayqal) military airfield (about 90 km east of Damascus). ISIS reportedly sustained many fatalities, and some of its weapons, including a tank, off-road vehicles and four vehicles with heavy machine guns, were destroyed (Syrian TV, February 4, 2017; Al-Watan, February 5, 2017).
  • According to ISIS, On February 4, 2017, two Syrian soldiers were wounded by an armed drone northeast of the Al-Sin airfield. ISIS claimed that it moved its use of armed dronesfrom Iraq to Syria. According to ISIS, those drones were previously used successfully in Mosul and Tal Afar (Haqq, February 4, 2017).
Southern Syria
Power struggles between ISIS and its rivals
  • The power struggles between ISIS and other rebel organizations in southern Syria continue. On January 31, 2017, the ISIS-affiliated Khalid bin al-Walid Army announced that its operatives had stopped an advance attempt of a force belonging to the Free Syrian Army, on the Sahem Al-Jawlan Dam route (about 26 km northwest of Daraa). According to ISIS, the attacking force sustained 12 dead and 20 wounded, and lost many weapons.
Jordanian attack in southern Syria
  • On the evening of February 3, 2017, Jordanian warplanes attacked ISIS targets in southern Syria.The attacks were carried out on the second anniversary of the murder of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh by ISIS.The targets that were destroyed included: ammunition depots; a workshop for assembling car bombs; ISIS bases and a Syrian Army outpost occupied by ISIS. Unmanned aircraft and guided bombs were reportedly used in these airstrikes. According to an announcement issued by the Jordanian Army, the airstrikes were carried out in memory of the Jordanians who fell in the war on terrorism.
  • An Al-Jazeera reporter in Amman said that according to “military sources,” the area that was bombedis controlled by the ISIS-affiliated Khalid bin al-Walid Army. The targets were attacked in the wake of intelligence indicating that ISIS operatives were using this area to carry out attacks against the Army of Free Tribes, which is handled by Jordan and defends its borders, including its border with Syria in the Syrian desert[1] (Jordanian Army website, February 4, 2017; aljazeera.net, February 4, 2017; Arabi21, February 5, 2017; Al-Arabi al-Jadid, February 6, 2017).
  • According to Jordanian media reports, the Jordanian airstrikes on ISIS targets in southern Syria were carried out directly and had no connection with the US-led international coalition. According to the daily Al-Quds al-Arabi, the airstrikes are an expression of cooperation between the Jordanian regime and the Syrian regime, which was manifested in the recent talks and meetings held by the two sides. The reasons for this, according to the Jordanian daily Al-Ghad, are ISIS’s growing influence in southern Syria following the establishment of the Khalid bin al-Walid Army, and the terrorist attacks in Jordan that ISIS carried out and claimed responsibility for (Al-Quds al-Arabi, Al-Ghad, Al-Dustour, February 6, 2017).

Main developments in Iraq

The campaign for the takeover of Mosul
Iraqi Army activity
  • The Iraqi Army continued its preparations to take over Mosul’s western part after having completed its takeover of east Mosul. The army reinforces its forces and monitors ISIS activity in the western part of the city, mainly through the use of observers and drones. The Iraqi forces also fired mortar shells at ISIS outposts in west Mosul (Russia al-Youm, February 2, 2017; Al-Ghad Channel, February 4, 2017; Al-Jazeera, February 4, 2017).
  • According to assessments published in Russian media, the Iraqi Army is expected to encounter more difficulties when trying to take over the western part of Mosul. This is because of the many tunnels; the narrower streets and alleys in the west of the city, which heavy machinery will have difficulty passing through; and population density that may lead to mass killing of innocent civilians. In addition, the destruction of the bridges connecting the eastern part of the city to its western part will make it difficult for Iraqi forces to move to the west side of the city. According to estimates, about 750,000 inhabitants remain in the western part of Mosul (Russia al-Youm, February 2, 2017).
ISIS’s response
  • ISIS continued its guerrilla warfare and terror attacks in the Mosul region and in other sites around Iraq. This week, ISIS operatives reportedly attacked outposts of the Iraqi security forces west of Mosul. A total of 13 Iraqi police officers and Shiite militia operativeswere killed in the attack (Al-Jazeera, February 4, 2017). In addition, ISIS operatives activated an IED against an Iraqi Army vehicle north of Mosul, and ISIS snipers shot at Iraqi soldiers (Haqq, February 4, 2017). On February 5, 2017, ISIS fired mortar shells in the Sumar area, east of Mosul, killing 21 civilians and soldiers (Al-Mayadeen, February 5, 2017).
Tal Afar region
  • Fighting continues in the Tal Afar rural area, where ISIS’s supply route leading from Mosul to Syria is located. The Shiite militias and the Iraqi Army, supported by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, are working to cut off the supply route between Mosul and Tal Afar (Anatolia, February 1, 2017). If this route is cut off, the encirclement of Mosul will be completed, and it will facilitate the campaign for taking over the western part of the city.
  • On February 5, 2017, ISIS announced that it had taken over outposts of the Shiite militias about 45 km southeast of Tal Afar, and killed the operatives deployed there (Aamaq, February 5, 2017). In addition, ISIS announced that it had attacked Iraqi Army outposts by a drone in the vicinity of the Tal Afar airport (Haqq, February 4, 2017). Shiite militia operatives reported that their members had shot down an ISIS drone in the Tal Afar area (Facebook page of the Popular Mobilization, January 31, 2017).
Attacks on other sites throughout Iraq
  • At the same time, ISIS continued its attacks on other sites throughout Iraq:
  • Tikrit: ISIS claimed responsibility for attacking three outposts of the Shiite militias east of Tikrit. According to ISIS, the outposts were taken over and set on fire (Haqq, February 3, 2017).
  • Baiji-Haditha road: According to an Iraqi “security source,” on February 5, 2017, the Iraqi Army thwarted an ISIS suicide attack by a car bomb. Iraqi soldiers launched a Kornet anti-tank missile at the car bomb and blew it up (Al-Sumaria, February 5, 2017).
  • Baghdad area:An IED exploded at the vicinity of stores in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Furat. Four people were wounded (Al-Sumaria, February 4, 2017). That same day, an IED exploded in the neighborhoodof Al-Suwaib, in the southwest of Baghdad. One man was killed, and five others were wounded (Al-Sumaria, February 4, 2017).

Counterterrorism and preventive activity

Turkey
  • On February 5, 2017, the Turkish Police counterterrorism unit carried out a series of raids in 29 cities. The objective was to arrest ISIS operatives and prevent attacks. A total of 763 suspects were arrestedin these raids, in Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa, Şanlıurfa, Konya and other cities in Turkey. Four rifles, two pistols and propaganda and training materialswere found in the suspects’ possession. Police reported that ISIS had planned to carry out showcase attacks, with Turkey being the preferred target (haberturk.com, February 7, 2017; haberler.com, February 5, 2017).
  • Most of those arrested are foreigners.They include two Germans from Hamburg and Bremen. Turkey is reportedly holding at least 780 people suspected of having ties with ISIS, including 350 foreigners. Some of them have already been tried and convicted (Reuters and other news agencies, February 5, 2017).
Egypt
  • The spokesman for the chief prosecutor in Cairo reported that a Russian national by the name of Abdul Hamid Roslan was detained in Egypt on suspicion of membership in ISIS.A search of his apartment revealed camouflage fatigues, e-mail correspondence, and evidence of phone calls with ISIS leaders. Evidence of money transfers and orders to carry out attacks was also found. His interrogation revealed that he was trained in ISIS camps in Syria, having arrived there via Turkey. He returned to Egypt and began planning a terrorist attack in Egypt. Russian diplomats have confirmed the arrest (TASS News Agency, February 2, 2017).

Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 22-28, 2016)

Global_JihadWeekly Report on the Global Jihad being waged by Islam against infidels (all non-believers) from The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC).  Download PDF report which contain maps, photos and illustrations

Main Events of the Week

  • The city of Aleppo is now under full control of the Syrian forces, with the assistance of a Russian Military Police battalion which arrived in the city. The Syrian and Russian forces are now engaged in removing mines and IEDs, keeping order and providing medical care. Some of the residents reportedly began to gradually return to their homes. However, in view of the massive devastation, it can be assumed that it will not be a large-scale return.
  • This week, there were no significant changes in the fighting in Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods. It seems that the Iraqi attack is “stuck” mainly due to ISIS’s fierce resistance. ISIS’s main “weapon,” also employed this week in east Mosul and throughout Iraq, was the detonation of car bombs by suicide bombers.
  • The perpetrator of the vehicular attack in the Christmas Market in Berlin was discovered and shot dead in Milan, where he arrived from Germany (through France). ISIS released a video where he is seen pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and calling for revenge on the Europeans due to their attacks against the Muslims.

Main developments in Syria

Evacuation of Aleppo completed
  • On December 22, 2016, the Syrian News Agency reported that after the evacuation of the last remaining residents from east Aleppo, the entire city is in control of the Syrian regime forces. The Syrian forces are engaged in removing mines from the taken neighborhoods (Al-Manar, December 23, 2016). Concurrently, a Russian Military Police battalion of 400 soldiers arrived in Aleppo. Their missions include securing and keeping order in the city, assisting the Syrian forces, and securing the Russian coordination center and medical care personnel operating in the city (Sputnik, December 23, 2016).
  • According to Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy to Syria, the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo and delivering humanitarian support are now on top of the priority list. He added that many of those evacuated from Aleppo had reached Idlib, and warned that Idlib might become the next Aleppo (Al-Arabiya; Sky News, December 22, 2016).
  • Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoiguupdated President Vladimir Putin on the completion of the operation to evacuate the people from Aleppo. According to Shoigu, at the first stage, close to 110,000 civilians left [the eastern part of] the city, and about 9,000 rebels laid down their arms. At the second stage, close to 34,000 people, including women and children, left east Aleppo. The Russian defense minister also reported that 115 neighborhoods in the city had been liberated (the Russian Defense Ministry website, December 23, 2016). At the same time with the completion of the evacuation, some of the residents of Aleppo reportedly started gradually to return to their homes (Al-Hadath, December 24, 2016).
Reorganizing after the loss of Aleppo
  • Arab media reported that for the time being, attempts to establish a new umbrella organization composed of 14 rebel organizations failed. According to estimates, the failure is mainly due to the refusal of the rebel organizations, with Ahrar al-Sham among them, to include the Fateh al-Sham Front (the former Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda branch in Syria) in the united organization. According to “sources in the Syrian opposition,” pressure has been exerted on the rebel organizations both in the regional as well as the international scenes to reject the unification of the forces (Al-Sharq al-Awsat, December 23, 2016).
The Palmyra region
  • This week, clashes took place between the Syrian Army and ISIS operatives in the area of the village of Al-Sharifa, about 9 km west of the T-4 military airfield. The Syrian Army and militias supporting it reportedly sustained 13 fatalities. Thus, the number of fatalities among the Syrian Army and militias supporting it reached 62 since December 19, 2016 (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, December 25, 2016). Russian (or Syrian) fighter planes attacked ISIS positions in the area of the T-4 airfield and the entire Palmyra region.
Incidents in other locations
  • Following are incidents in other locations in Syria:
  • Al-Raqqah: The major fighting between ISIS and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) moved this week from the area of Ain Issa north of Al-Raqqah to the area of Al-Tabqa, west of Al-Raqqah. The battles focused on the area of Jabar, about 5 km north of Al-Tabqa. The SDF managed to occupy the historic castle of Jabar. ISIS reported that thirty SDF operatives died when entering a mine field at the fighting area (Orient, December 25, 2016). ISIS sustained casualties as a result of coalition planes airstrikes in the Al-Tabqa region (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, December 27, 2016). ISIS senior operative codenamed Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti reportedly was killed (Hossein Mortada, December 27, 2016).
  • Al-Bab:Free Syrian Army forces, as well as a Turkish Army force, continue to wage battles on the outskirts of Al-Bab. Turkey continued this week to carry out airstrikes against ISIS targets in Al-Bab and its environs (Anatolia, December 22, 2016). The Free Syrian Army sustained fatalities mainly due to mines laid by ISIS operatives (Akhbar al-Aan, December 26, 2016). Sixteen Turkish soldiers were killed in ISIS suicide attacks (one of the perpetrators of the suicide attacks was a Palestinian codenamed Abu Osama the Gazan). The Turkish minister of defense said that three Turkish soldiers had been captured by ISIS (Halab al-Youm, December 23, 2016).
  • According to Turkey’s Minister of Defense Fikri Işık, during Operation Euphrates Shield (that started on August 24, 2016), an area of 2,000 km2 in north Syria has been liberated so far. Speaking about the losses of the parties, he said that 1,005 ISIS operatives, 299 Kurdish operatives and 35 Turkish soldiers died so far (Reuters, December 22, 2016). İbrahim Kalın, the Turkish president’s press secretary, called on the international coalition countries to support the fighting in Al-Bab (Al-Arabiya, December 26, 2016).
  • ISIS’s Aleppo Province released a video entitled “Cross Shield” (alluding to “Euphrates Shield,” the Turkish operation to liberate the region west of the Euphrates). The video denounces Turkey’s activity against ISIS and its support of the West. A Turkish-speaking ISIS operative threatens that the Turkish government will pay a heavy price for its attacks, describing Turkey as a “territory of jihad.” At the end of the video, two Turkish captives are seen imploring Turkey to withdraw its forces. They are then seen burned alive by ISIS (Aamaq News Agency, December 23, 2016). According to ISIS, the two soldiers were executed by burning the same way Turkey burns Muslim civilians, including women and children, by its airstrikes in Al-Bab (Haqq, December 23, 2016).

Main developments in Iraq

The campaign for the takeover of Mosul
The military effort in the east
  • The Iraqi Army continued its slow advance in Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods. There were no significant changes on the ground this week. According to several reports, the Iraqi Army stopped its activity in the city for several days in preparation for a massive attack that it is planning (Facebook page of the Nineveh Information Center, December 24, 2016; Al-Sumaria, December 21, 2016). The Iraqi Army also reinforced its troops northeast of the city (Al-Aan Channel, December 24, 2016).
  • According to Iraqi sources, ISIS delivers reinforcements and equipment to east Mosul from the western part of the city using boats to cross the Tigris River. Each of these boats carries 5-7 operatives. ISIS makes use of boats to escape the airstrikes of the coalition countries and as an alternative to the bridges on the Tigris River destroyed in the airstrikes (Rai Al-Youm, December 26, 2016).
ISIS’s guerrilla and terrorist activity in east Mosul
  • ISIS continued its guerrilla and terrorist activities in east Mosul:
  • In the east Mosul neighborhood of Kawkajli, three car bombs exploded, causing casualties (Al-Jazeera, December 22, 2016). ISIS claimed responsibility (Aamaq News Agency, December 22, 2016). The Iraqi government declared a curfew in the area and vehicle traffic was not allowed on the streets (al-Arabiya, December 22, 2016).
  • In the northeast Mosul neighborhood of Al-Falah, an ISIS suicide bomber codenamed Yusuf the Russian detonated a car bomb among a crowd of Iraqi Army soldiers. As a result of the explosion, a tank and three vehicles carrying Iraqi soldiers were destroyed (Haqq, December 24, 2016).
  • In the east Mosul neighborhood of Al-Intisar, a suicide bombing was carried out by a terrorist codenamed Amar the Iraqi. A car bomb was detonated near a house where Iraqi soldiers were staying (Haqq, December 26, 2016).
  • According to UN officials, four Iraqi welfare employees and seven civilians were killed as a result of mortar (or rocket) fire at a humanitarian aid site in an area liberated by the Iraqi Army in Mosul (Reuters; Al-Hayat, December 22, 2016).
ISIS’s guerrilla and terrorist activity throughout Iraq
  • ISIS operatives continued to carry out terrorist attacks throughout Iraq:
  • In the city of Baghdad, three IEDs were detonated, reportedly killing and wounding 19 people. The Aamaq News Agency reported that ISIS operatives detonated two IEDs against two cars of the Popular Mobilization forces in southwest Baghdad.
  • Seven people were killed as a result of the explosion of a car bomb in Ramadi (Al-Jazeera, December 24, 2016). ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and reported that eleven members of the Iraqi security forces were killed in the explosion.
  • South of Tal Afar, an ISIS operative carried out a suicide attack using an armored vehicle against operatives of the Popular Mobilization forces.
  • On December 24, 2016, a suicide attack was carried out in the city of Al-Khales, about 60 km northeast of Baghdad. The attack was carried out by a car bomb which included about 200 kg of explosives. Four Iraqi policemen were killed (Al-Sumaria, December 25, 2016).

Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula

  • Issue no. 60 of ISIS’s organ Al-Naba publishes a rare interview with Abu Hajer al-Hashemi, the leader of ISIS’s Sinai Province. Following are highlights from the interview:
  • At the beginning of the interview, Abu Hajer speaks about his predecessor, Sheikh Al-Ansari, who was killed by the Egyptians. By speaking about that, he actually confirms that he has been appointed as his replacement after he was killed. According to Abu Hajer, the actions of the Egyptian security forces against ISIS intensified the capabilities of his men, and they now have about 170 caches of weapons and ammunition.
  • Hajer al-Hashemi claims that so far, Israel has intervened by airstrikes and this is how Israel sought to eliminate ISIS’s presence [in the Sinai Peninsula]. According to Al-Hashemi, the Jews are in a state of confusion. Although they are making use of the best weapons and technology, they suffer from lack of knowledge as to the real situation in Sinai. The Jews, he says, are spending too much money to protect their “fake border,” which is due to disappear (Al-Naba, December 21, 2016).

The global jihad in other countries

Libya
Sirte
  • Following the announcement by Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord, on the termination of military operations in Sirte, the US Army Africa Command announced the termination of American air support for the Government of National Accord. According to the announcement, since the air support began, on August 1, 2016, US planes carried out 495 airstrikes against ISIS targets in Sirte (AFRICOM website, December 20, 2016).
  • Now that the takeover of the city has been completed, forces loyal to the Government of National Accord are carrying out extensive searches in the area south of Sirte. The searches are carried out with air support by Libyan Air Force planes (Facebook page of the information center of the campaign over Sirte, December 20 and 22, 2016; Al-Wasat, December 24, 2016). In the area of Al-Sawawa, east of Sirte, the forces killed an ISIS operative who was attempting to carry out a suicide bombing attack with an explosive belt (Al-Jazeera TV, December 26, 2016).

Counterterrorism and preventive activity

Perpetrator of vehicular attack in Berlin killed (update)
  • The perpetrator of the vehicular attack in Berlin (December 19, 2016) was killed after a five-day manhunt. The fugitive terrorist, Anis Amri, was shot dead by police officers in Milan, Italy. Italy’s interior minister confirmed that the man killed was undoubtedly the perpetrator of the vehicular attack in the Christmas Market in Berlin. The German authorities announced that the dead man’s fingerprints matched those found in the truck used for the vehicular attack.
  • Anis Amri was caught in a Milan suburb after two police officers approached him and asked him to show them his papers. Amri had no papers (he had left them in the truck). He claimed that he had come to Milan from southern Italy. The police insisted that he produce an ID. He took out a pistol and shot one of the policemen. The other policeman returned fire and hit him. The terrorist died of his injuries a few minutes later. Amri apparently came to Italy from Germany via France. At the same time, the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior announced that security forces had arrested three suspects associated with Anis Amri. The suspects include his nephew, who was in contact with him on social media, sent him money and spoke with him about his pledge of allegiance to ISIS (BBC News, December 24, 2016).
  • On the day Amri was caught, ISIS released a video showing Anis Amri pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and calling for revenge on the “Crusaders”because of their attacks against Muslims: “I call on my brothers everywhere, those in Europe, kill the Crusader pigs, each according to his ability (Aamaq News Agency, December 23, 2016).
Counterterrorism and preventive activity around the world
Russia
  • According to a report by ISIS’s Caucasus Province, several operatives exchanged fire for two days with security forces in central Grozny, Chechnya, and then carried out a suicide bombing attack. Members of the security forces were killed and wounded in these incidents (Haqq, December 21, 2016).
  • ISIS’s Caucasus Province has claimed responsibility for two attacks on two Russian police checkpoints in Dagestan. According to the announcement, the attacks killed at least four policemen and wounded others. The ISIS operatives reportedly returned to their base unharmed (Haqq, December 26, 2016).
  • This week, a Moscow court sentenced Varvara Karaulova, a 21-year-old college student from Russia, to 4.5 years in prison for attempting to join ISIS. According to the court ruling, Karaulova tried to join ISIS and carry out a suicide bombing attack in Russia in the name of the organization (RT, December 22, 2016).
  • Ilyas Umakhanov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council, told Russian media that according to information they obtained, ISIS and other terrorist organizations are preparing a hit list of Russian diplomats. Umakhanov called for increased security around Russian diplomats, their staff members and their families around the world (Sputnik, December 23, 2016).

The battle for hearts and minds

ISIS continues to call on its supporters to carry out attacks

  • ISIS continues to call on its supporters to carry out attacks against targets affiliated with the international coalition countries, especially the United States.An ISIS operative codenamed Abu Maraya the Iraqi posted a message on ISIS’s social network claiming that ISIS intends to deploy lone wolf terrorists on New Year’s Eve. ISIS has also used social media to publish instructions for lone wolf terrorists on making weapons and explosives, along with details of thousands of places affiliated with Christianity in the United States. In view of these calls and the attack in Berlin, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about the intentions of terrorist groups that support ISIS to carry out terrorist attacks in crowded places during the holidays (ibtimes.co.uk, December 24, 2016).