Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — A leading Hizbullah military commander has been assassinated. Hizbullah said Hassan Al Lakis was shot dead outside his home in Hadath south of Beirut. The killing, said to be the work of a lone gunman with a silencer, took place on Dec. 4 as Al Lakis, head of Hizbullah’s technology [...]
Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com TACLOBAN, Philippines — The great game for power and influence in Asia laps up on the storm-ravaged shores of this devastated city in the form of a Chinese vessel known as the Peace Ark, with 100 doctors and nurses on board and 300 beds for patients in need [...]
Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The Israel Navy has been using its latest electric-diesel submarines for operations far from the Jewish state. Officers said the Navy deployed the Dolphin-class submarines in surveillance operations against distant adversaries. They said the Dolphin could reach every target of Israel in and beyond the Middle East. “There are [...]
A San Diego federal court on Tuesday ordered the Iranian Defense Ministry to pay $9 million in damages to victims of a 1997 double suicide bombing in Jerusalem by Iran-funded Hamas, JNS reports. The plaintiffs, including five U.S. citizens injured in the Hamas attack and four family members of victims, were represented by Shurat HaDin, […]
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The annual Chanukah event of Shomrim NW this week was given a uniquely gratifying twist with the presentation of its first ever Exemplary Citizen Award to Charedi Dairy milkman George Debesay. As Mr Debesay goes about his North West London milk delivery round in the small hours of the night, he occasionally spots unusual or […]
The maker of a popular Android mobile app that turns your phone into a flashlight has agreed to settle charges of deceiving customers with the Federal Trade Commission. According to the FTC, the “Brightest Flashlight Free” app would take note of a phone’s location and the code that uniquely identifies every device on the market. […]
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Officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural field in central Mexico state. The material, which the International Atomic Energy Agency called “extremely dangerous,” was found removed from its protective container. The pellets did not appear to be been damaged or broken […]
MK Menachem Eliezer Moses wants to know why the new law compelling schools to loan books to students instead of compelling them to buy books is not extended to chareidi schools. “There is no reason why my tax money will only funds textbooks for state public schools and not state recognized chareidi schools” stated Moses. […]
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President of Muslim Student Association (MSA) at San Francisco State University Posts ‘..I Want to Stab an Israeli Soldier"
The MSU (Muslim Students Association) is the Muslim Brotherhood on college campuses. According to the US government in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation's history (the Holy Land Foundation "Islamic charity" terror trial).
This jihad group harasses, threatens and intimidates Jewish students across universities campuses nationwide. Instead of being banned after numerous altercations, university faculty cowers and submits to these goosestepping nazis.
President of Muslim Student Association (MSA) at San Francisco State University Posts ‘..I Want to Stab an Israeli Soldier" posted by Sharia Unveiled, December 4, 2013
Muhammad admits to liking ‘..sheep, the color purple and talking to inanimate objects..’ (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur)
It appears the president of a university-funded student group at San Francisco State boasted how much he loved his knife and that it made him want to stab an Israeli soldier. The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a warning to officials at San Francisco State University on Monday, Dec. 2, advising them of a potential threat to Jewish students there. The basis for the warning was the posting on the social media forum Tumblr which appears to be by the president of San Francisco State’s General Union of Palestine Students, Mohammad Hammad.
The photo shows Hammad with a knife, beneath which is the caption, “I seriously can not get over how much I love this blade. It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through everything like butter and just holding it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier.”
The AMCHA Initiative, the co-founder of which has been featured in The Jewish Press for her tireless work in exposing anti-Semitism on California campuses, first found the photo and threatening language. Earlier this month, AMCHA discovered that GUPS was involved in another event at SFSU at which students were encouraged to create art projects using a stencil bearing the image of a notorious terrorist and another stencil that stated “MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS.”
Both AMCHA and the Wiesenthal Center contacted SFSU President Leslie Wong over the past several days, warning her that statements such as the one allegedly issued by Hammad, especially given the other recent event in which GUPS was involved that also glorified killers of Jews, potentially constitute a threat to the university’s Jewish students.
The Wiesenthal Center told Wong and issued a public statement that “it is outrageous and unacceptable that the leader of a university-funded group would invoke a message of death and violence.”
“How can Jewish students feel safe on a campus where the leader of a university-sanctioned and funded student organization, known for its antisemitic activity, has publicly proclaimed his desire to stab an Israeli soldier?
“President Wong needs to take immediate and firm steps to ensure the safety and well-being of Jewish students at San Francisco State,” Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, told The Jewish Press by email.
The photo and violent statement disappeared from Hammad’s account after the two Jewish groups contacted Wong, but a cached version of the picture on Tumblr remains.
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Jihad. Yesterday, The New York Times yesterday used the word on the top left, front page…. jihad. I kid you not. And, no, they weren't referring to their usual narrative, an inner struggle. It was, dear friends, the proverbial pig flying moment.
The NY Times finally, and I mean fianlly, reports on the jihad across the Middle East. Derelict for years in the coverage of the Islamic supremacist revolutions and war across the Middle East and Africa, they instead focused on reframing the issue "islamophobia' and calling those of us writing of such things outrageous. islamophobes or racist-anti-Muslim bigots.
The NY Times is reporting on what I (and rhe few and the brave) have been writing and warning of for years. I don't expect an apology anytime soon – but it is a long time coming
An Islamist fighter roamed through Aleppo, Syria, last December. Infighting among jihadist groups has recently mitigated their threat there, but that may not last.
The new signs of an energized but fragmented jihadist threat, stretching from Mali and Libya in the west to Yemen in the east, have complicated the narrative of a weakened Al Qaeda that President Obama offered in May in a landmark speech heralding the end of the war on terrorism. The leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, raised warnings in an interview on CNN on Sunday when they said that Americans were “not safer” from terrorist attacks than they were in 2011.
The concerns are based in part on messages relayed this year by Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda’s overall leader, indicating that he views Syria — where the number of jihadist rebels and foreign fighters is steadily rising — as a promising staging ground.
Some analysts and American officials say the chaos there could force the Obama administration to take a more active role to stave off potential threats among the opposition groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. But striking at jihadist groups in Syria would pose formidable political, military and legal obstacles, and could come at the cost of some kind of accommodation — even if only temporary or tactical — with Mr. Assad’s brutal but secular government, analysts say.
“We need to start talking to the Assad regime again” about counterterrorism and other issues of shared concern, said Ryan C. Crocker, a veteran diplomat who has served in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. “It will have to be done very, very quietly. But bad as Assad is, he is not as bad as the jihadis who would take over in his absence.”
It is not clear whether or when the White House would be willing to make such an abrupt shift in approach after years of supporting the Syrian opposition and calling for Mr. Assad’s ouster. It would certainly require delicate negotiations with Middle Eastern allies who were early and eager supporters of Syrian rebel groups, notably Saudi Arabia.
One growing source of concern is the number of Muslims from Western countries who have gone to fight in Syria and might eventually return home and pose a terrorist threat. Analysts say at least 1,200 European Muslims have gone to Syria since the start of the war to join the fight, and dozens of Americans.
Across the region, a rising tide of Islamist militancy — fueled partly by sectarian violence and partly by the collapse of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the face of opposition from the country’s military — has contributed to a recent wave of attacks, including deadly bombings in Lebanon and the Sinai Peninsula as well as the daily carnage in Syria and Iraq.
The violence has underscored the continuing disarray across the Middle East in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Above all, it is the chaos of Syria, where foreign jihadis appear to be building to a critical mass and have overwhelmed the Western strategy of support for the moderate opposition, that could drive the Obama administration toward greater involvement, analysts say.
But it is not at all clear what form that involvement might take. American officials are unlikely to open a new front of drone strikes in Syria. Other options carry large risks. In early October, American commandos carried out raids in Libya and Somalia aimed at capturing terrorist suspects. The Libya raid was successful; the one in Somalia was not.
To some extent, infighting among the jihadist groups in Syria has recently mitigated the threat there, but it is not clear how long that will last. Mr. Zawahri sent an envoy, Abu Khalid al-Suri, in an effort to resolve disputes between the two main factions, the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“To the extent that I am concerned about Al Qaeda the brand, it’s that it is clearly expanding its affiliates, both in number and in some cases in capability,” Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview. “We’ve got to watch and determine which ones are local, which ones are regional, and which ones are global, and each requires a different approach.”
Those agendas can easily overlap and change, and one place where that appears to be happening is Yemen, the home to Al Qaeda’s most organized and threatening affiliate. A series of clashes in the past month between Zaydi Muslim militia fighters and hard-line Sunnis in Yemen’s remote northwest has led to calls for a wider religious war, and there are reports of training camps being established for that purpose, Yemeni officials say.
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I told ya so.
The Wall Street Journal finally addresses it on the front page, thankfully. Like I have been saying for months. Obama is working with al qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. This is treason. He should be impeached for giving comfort to the enemy. No good can come from this. All the taljung heads and erudite pundits can bat this bat as rationally as they please, but this is ghastly.
All fortold and predicted in my 2010 book: The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America. The Daily Beast wrote:
Among other morsels, the book accuses Mr. Obama of “damaging the office of the presidency,” “blaming America for 9/11,” “enabling Iran’s Islamic bomb,” “destroying America’s prestige,” and—as the “most anti-Israel president” since that nation’s founding—pursuing “pro-Islamic and anti-Israel policies.”
The only players we should be supporting in Syria is and independent state for the Kurds and religious minorities.
"U.S., Allies Reach Out to Syria's Islamist Rebels" By Stacy Meichtry in Paris, Ellen Knickmeyer in Riyadh and Adam Entous in Washington The Wall Street Journal, December 4th, 2013
Talks Aim to Undercut al Qaeda While Acknowledging Battlefield Gains of Religious Fighters
Islamist fighters march during a graduation ceremony at a training camp near Damascus last month. They were to join the Ahrar al-Sham Brigade. Reuters
The U.S. and its allies have held direct talks with key Islamist militias in Syria, Western officials say, aiming to undercut al Qaeda while acknowledging that religious fighters long shunned by Washington have gained on the battlefield.
At the same time, Saudi Arabia is taking its own outreach further, moving to directly arm and fund one of the Islamist groups, the Army of Islam, despite U.S. qualms.
Both the Western and Saudi shifts aim to weaken al Qaeda-linked groups, which Western officials now concede are as great a danger in Syria as President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Some officials in Western capitals remain wary about courting these groups, whose ultimate goal is to establish a state ruled by Islamic law, or Shariah, in Syria. Throughout the conflict, the U.S. and its allies have balked at sending powerful arms to any Islamists, fearing such shipments could end up in the hands of al Qaeda-backed forces.
The Main Syrian Opposition Alliances
The U.S. and its allies are shifting to talks with some Islamist rebels.
- Free Syrian Army An alliance of moderate rebels led by Gen. Salim Idris. The FSA has lost ground and influence over the past year. Once thought to include up to 150,000 fighters, commanders say it now has about 40,000 men.
- The Islamic Front A new coalition of militias with the goal of establishing a state ruled by Islamic law in Syria. The group, which commands about 45,000 fighters, has recently attended talks with Western diplomats, including the U.S.
- Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham These groups, designated as terrorist organizations by Western powers, have ties to al Qaeda and are shunned by the West. They want to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region.
Source: WSJ reporting and IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre.
The Saudis and the West are pivoting toward a newly created coalition of religious militias called the Islamic Front, which excludes the main al Qaeda-linked groups fighting in Syria—the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, known as ISIS.
Over the past two months, the militias, which command the loyalty of tens of thousands of fighters driving the conflict in Syria, have begun to consolidate their ranks. In late November, they announced they were banding together and forming the Islamic Front.
The more secular groups the U.S. has been backing have lost major ground to that group and the al Qaeda-linked forces, as well as to the Assad regime. Western diplomats estimate the new coalition accounts for about half of the rebels now fighting in the conflict.
The ascendancy of these militias spurred the Obama administration to authorize a senior U.S. envoy to meet with Islamist groups that aren't on State Department terrorist lists, according to a senior U.S. official.
The goal of the diplomacy, according to Western officials, is to persuade some Islamists to support a Syria peace conference in Geneva on Jan. 22, for fear that the talks won't yield a lasting accord without their backing. The outreach aims "to find out whether these people are worthwhile bringing into the diplomatic process," the U.S. official said.
More than two years into the civil war, the shift reveals the West's failure to unite Syria's fractious rebels under the banner of a secular opposition force capable of toppling the Assad regime. It is also a measure of how the West is scrambling to strengthen its hand ahead of the Geneva talks, where the regime is expected to arrive emboldened by military victories on the ground and staunch support from Russia and Iran.
Diplomats said they are trying to allay Islamist suspicions that the Geneva talks are a capitulation to the regime, which has agreed to attend while also publicly rejecting calls for Mr. Assad to relinquish power. However, there is a chance the regime will refuse to negotiate with Islamist groups that it regards as terrorists.
The goals of the Islamic Front militias contrast sharply with the agenda of key players attending the international peace talks who seek a secular framework for Syria's future government.
Throughout the civil war, the militias in the Islamic Front have been sandwiched between moderate rebel forces backed by the West and rebel groups affiliated with al Qaeda, at times juggling allegiances with both sides.
The critical difference between the two camps of Islamists is that al Qaeda's avowed enemies include not just Mr. Assad, but the West and its allies, including the Saudi monarchy. The Saudis and the U.S. fear those fighters could one day come from Syria to attack their governments, as happened after the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
Saudi Arabia, the most ardent state opponent of Mr. Assad and his Iranian and Hezbollah allies, changed its strategy against the regime after spending nearly a half-billion dollars on arming the secular, American-backed rebel group. Saudi officials have said they are now fighting two wars in Syria: One against the regime, and the other against the growing ranks of al Qaeda-allied fighters flocking to the battlefield.
Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi prince overseeing his country's support for the rebels, vowed to kill both Mr. Assad and extremists among the rebels in a conversation with a Western diplomat this fall, according to that official.
<p">For most of the past two years, Saudi Arabia concentrated its support on the more secular, nationalist force of the Free Syrian Army, made up in part of army defectors. During that time, the kingdom spent $400 million on arms and equipment funneled to the force, according to the Western diplomat briefed by Saudis.
The U.S. and other allies joined the Saudis in training a small force of FSA rebels. But funding from other Arab Gulf states such as Qatar as well as from private Gulf patrons for Islamist rebels helped render the Saudi- and Western-backed secular opposition fighters virtually irrelevant, according to Saudi advisers, security analysts and rebels familiar with the situation.
Zahran Alloush, commander of the Army of Islam rebel group. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
They said the Saudis are now pinning much of their hopes in Syria on a strengthening rebel force called Jaish al-Islam, or Army of Islam.
The group is part of the Islamic Front and its leader also commands the military arm of the Front.
One point of contention with the U.S. and Syrian activists is whether the Islamists the Saudis deem moderates really are. Saudi Arabia is a deeply religious and conservative country that follows one of the world's strictest interpretations of Islam.
The leader of Jaish al-Islam, Zahran Alloush, is a Syrian educated in Saudi Arabia whose father is a preacher in the Saudi holy city of Medina. Mr. Alloush pledged allegiance late last month to the Islamic Front.
On his purported Twitter feed and in interviews posted on YouTube, he has called for Syria to be ruled by an Islamic council rather than a democratically elected body. He also has spoken in YouTube videos approvingly of the torture of Shiite opponents fighting for Mr. Assad.
His rebel faction—with an efficient media arm that prominently features Mr. Alloush, usually in closely trimmed beard and tightfitting camouflage—denied it has taken funds from Saudi or any other Gulf state. However, Mr. Alloush has in tweets thanked private donors from the Gulf.
Jaish al-Islam is based in part in Ghouta, the Damascus suburb hit in August by the worst chemical attack of the civil war. At times, it coordinates with the al Qaeda-allied opposition forces on the battlefield, including in fighting this month to try to break regime sieges of Damascus suburbs.
Throughout the conflict, fractures among Syria's opposition forces have bedeviled the U.S. effort.
Western diplomats said they are pressing the Islamists to rein in their criticism of moderate leader Gen. Salim Idris and the Syrian National Council, the opposition's political umbrella group, arguing that tensions between the opposition factions risk undermining the Geneva peace conference.
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American teacher shot and killed near Benghazi international school, Libya declares Sharia law absolute
Obama's foreign policy failures metastasize.After aiding and abetting in the jihad overthrow of Qaddafi, Libya's National Assembly: "Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya. All state institutions need to comply with this."
An American chemistry teacher has been murdered in cold blood while jogging by the now destroyed American consulate. The Obama administration has not yet blamed a youtube video for the slaughter. Not yet anyway.
Obama covered up the well coordinated, well orchestrated attack on our embassy on September 11, 2012. The Obama administration withheld evidence knowing it was not the first amendment that caused the murder of our people nor was it a Coptic Christian youtube user, the only person (an innocent man) to go to jail in the Benghazi slaughter. More evidence here, It was the same jihadis that Obama had assured the American people had been vanquished.
"American teacher shot and killed near Benghazi international school" Washington Times, December 5, 2013
An American teacher at an international school in Benghazi, Libya, was shot and killed Thursday, according to multiple media reports.
Fadyah al-Burghathi, spokeswoman for the Al-Galaa hospital, told the Associated Press that the body of a man from Texas was brought to the hospital on with gunshot wounds. At the time of the attack, the teacher was jogging near the U.S. consulate — where Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a coordinated terror attack on September 11, 2012.
A security official told the AP the American taught chemistry at the city’s International School, a Libyan-owned institute that follows an American curriculum.
“He was doing his morning exercise when gunmen just shot him,” Adel al Mansouri, director of the Benghazi school, told Reuters. “I don’t know why. He was so sweet with everyone.”
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Libyan special forces have been engaged in several skirmishes in the region, fighting against militants with the group Ansar al-Shari. And security officials speaking to Reuters confirmed that three Libyan soldiers were killed in separate attacks on Thursday in Benghazi.
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