Germany Arrests Six Syrians Plotting Christmas Massacre

From Daily-Mail:
German police have arrested six alleged ISIS plotters amid fears they were planning an attack on a Christmas market on the anniversary of last year's atrocity in Berlin.
The Syrian men were arrested during raids involving 500 officers in the towns of Kassel, Hannover, Essen and Leipzig.
Prosecutors say they were plotting a co-ordinated attack using 'weapons and explosives'.
There are reports the target may have been a Christmas market in the north western town of Essen on December 19, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.
On the same date last year, Tunisian ISIS fanatic Anis Amri hijacked a truck to murder 12 revellers at the packed Breitscheidplatz Christmas market.

The six suspects were identified as Syrian citizens aged between 20 and 28 who arrived in Germany as asylum-seekers between December 2014 and September 2015. Their names were withheld under strict German privacy laws.
The men, who are allegedly members of ISIS, are accused of 'having prepared an attack with weapons and explosives on a public target in Germany.'

Police are understood to have acted on a tip off from refugees in the country after they heard of the plot.
Prosecutors refused to give further details, citing the ongoing investigation, but said the men had not yet finished preparing their attack.
Germany remains on high alert after a year of terror-related bloodshed in 2016.

In December last year, 12 were murdered when an ISIS fanatic ploughed a lorry through Berlin's Breitscheidplatz Christmas market.
Concrete blocks have been installed around Christmas markets at several central squares in the capital this year before the festive season opens in a couple of weeks.
In July 2016, a 27-year-old Syrian detonated an explosive device outside a music festival in the southern town of Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 15.
Last month, police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspected of preparing an Islamist terror attack in the country using 'powerful explosives'.
Domestic security officials estimate there are some 10,000 radical Islamists in Germany, with roughly 1,600 among them suspected of being capable of violence.

Salafis Caught Demolishing Tombs In India

From Outlook-India:
The Kerala police have arrested a Mujahid (Wisdom) group member in connection with the demolition of a jaram (dargah or tomb)  in Malappuram district.
Mujahid (Wisdom) group is a puritanical salafi organization known to be against the idea of jaram.
On the night of September 29, the centuries old Muslim tomb of Muhamed Swalih Makham Sharif on the forest area of Natukani Ghat road on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border was demolished and plants of coconut and plantain were planted on the site.

The jaram, which invites people from both the states, was the target of attack on two previous occasions- on September 7 and 19 respectively.  In the last attack, the assailants also left a letter in a bottle that said, “I am going to the Arabian Sea,” as if it was a statement from the late Muhamed Swalih himself.
After nearly two months’ probe into the incident, the police on Sunday arrested a 37-year-old construction worker Aneesh in connection with the case. The police also said that his co-accused 24-year-old Athimannil Shajahan is suspected to have escaped to Dubai on October 9.
Confirming the development, a police officer, who was part of the investigation, told Outlook that the accused are members of the Mujahid (Wisdom) group.
The Muhamed Swalih Makham Sharif is thronged by people cutting across religions from both Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It also sees a number of Hindu devotees worshipping and donating money on their way to the famous Sabarimala shrine during pilgrimage season.
According to the police, Aneesh has confessed that the duo decided to demolish the jaram because they believed that worshipping tombs was un-Islamic. They chose the jaram at Natukani because they found it an easy target as it is located in a forest area.
The incident assumes significance as targeting of tombs is a known agenda of the Islamic State. Kerala has been in news recently for the alleged ISIS recruitment from the state. However, the police officer said that so far there was no evidence to prove any ISIS link in the Natukani case.
According to the police, there had been attempts at vandalism at the Natukani jaram even as early as 2009. Four accused- C.T Noushad, Sameer Navas, Shukkur T.P and Shaji Babu- are facing trial in this case in the Manjeri fast track court.
“The police have conducted searches at the houses of both the accused. We are also probing their financial sources and the possible hands that helped them to carry out the attack. A look out notice will be soon issued against the absconding accused,” the officer said.

At Least Fifty Dead In Suicide Bombing

From Time:
A teenage suicide bomber detonated as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said Tuesday, in one of the region’s deadliest attacks in years.

Police spokesman Othman Abubakar told The Associated Press they were “still trying to ascertain the number of injured because they are in various hospitals.”

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing in Mubi town in Adamawa state, suspicion immediately fell on the Boko Haram extremist group. The group is based in neighboring Borno state and has been blamed for scores of similar attacks over the years.

Boko Haram increasingly has been using teenagers or young women as bombers, many of whom have been abducted.

The police spokesman said the young man detonated his explosives while mingling among the worshippers.

While Nigeria’s military in recent months has flushed Boko Haram from its forest stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim late last year that the extremist group had been “crushed” has proven to be premature.

Boko Haram has been blamed for more than 20,000 deaths during its nearly decade-old insurgency, which has spilled over into neighboring countries and displaced millions of people, creating a vast humanitarian crisis.

Suicide Attack Kills Three Children In Northern Cameroon

From World-Bulletin:
Three children were killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack in northern Cameroon.
The attack occurred Monday morning in the town of Kolofata, in Cameroon’s Far North Region near the Nigerian border.

"The suicide bomber hid the explosive device in a bag of beans which he was carrying," said Gen. Bouba Dobekreo, commander of a joint military operation.

Dobekreo added that the explosion killed four people, including three children and the suicide bomber himself, a man in his forties.

"Several injured were transported by soldiers to Mora Hospital," said Bakari Midjiyawa, the region’s governor.

Cameroon’s Far North has been relatively calm for the past two weeks.

Last month several Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to Cameroonian authorities.

"The return of these former Boko Haram fighters doesn’t mean the end of the war," warned Alfred Fuller, a retired colonel, and analyst.

"It could be a strategy for the group to trick the troops and revive major attacks," he added.

Cameroon has been fighting the Nigerian insurgent group since 2014.

Boko Haram attacks have killed nearly 2,500 Cameroonians between 2014 and 2017, according to Cameroon’s Defense Ministry.

The UN refugee agency estimates approximately 26 million people in the Lake Chad region have been affected by Boko Haram violence, and more than 2.6 million displaced.

Boko Haram Kills Six In Nigeria

From Daily-Mail:
Boko Haram fighters killed six farmers outside the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the civilian militia and the brother of one of the victims said on Monday.

Sunday's attack in Lawanti village, in the Jere area of Borno state, again underlined the threat posed by the group to people outside heavily-fortified towns and cities.

Mohammed Asheik, from the Civilian Joint Task Force assisting the military with security in the northeast, said: "Our people went to the farm to work.

"Seven Boko Haram on two motorbikes met them and slaughtered two, then killed the other four. They killed six people in all."

Asheik's account was supported by Jidda Ahmed, who said his elder brother, Musa Jidda, was "shot and beheaded" as he tried to flee.

Boko Haram rarely claims attacks but the method is in keeping with tactics seen elsewhere in the long-running conflict.

Attacks on isolated rural communities have been a feature of Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in the remote region in recent months after the end of the annual rainy season.

Nigeria's military, with help from regional allies, have succeeded in pushing the jihadists out of territory captured in 2014 and 2015.

But farmers have been forced to try to resume their work to help alleviate chronic food shortages that have left hundreds of thousands starving and dependent on food aid.

Fields and farms have been blighted by eight years of conflict, with locals unable to sow or cultivate crops.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million others made homeless since the fighting began in 2009.

Boston Islamic Seminary Faculty Promote Anti-Semitism

From Algemeiner:
New research by the Middle East Forum has uncovered evidence of extreme antisemitism among faculty members and guest speakers appointed by the Islamic Society of Boston to teach and promote its latest project: the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS).

BIS was established in 2016 to “equip future religious leaders with the intellectual, spiritual and practical training to serve the American Muslim community.” Currently, it offers “continuing education” classes, but it hopes to offer an accredited graduate degree program by 2019, which will “train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts.”

And what exactly will this next generation of chaplains and imams learn at BIS?

Faculty listed on the BIS website include Yahia Abdul Rahman, who is described as an expert on “sharia-compliant” banking. On his social media accounts, Abdul Rahman has posted stories from “The Ugly Truth,” a website that describes itself as “intelligent ‘anti-Semitism’ for thinking Gentiles.” Elsewhere, Rahman has shared claims that any Muslim who fails to oppose Israel is no longer a Muslim, and is afflicted with a “Jewish heart.” Other posts of his claim the Jews were complicit in the 2008 financial crisis.

Another BIS lecturer, Suheil Laher, previously served as head of the (now-defunct) Al Qaeda charity, CARE International. On his old website, Laher published calls to jihad and linked to an Al Qaeda fundraising website. On his current website, Laher refers to homosexuals as “depraved sinners.”

Other current BIS faculty members include Amr El-Fass, who suggests that Jews are to blame for intra-Arab conflict; and Hisham Mahmoud, whom moderate Muslim groups denounced after he likened homosexuality to pedophilia, and advocated that homosexuals should be punished.

Guest speakers are BIS are just as extreme. In June 2016, BIS invited Abdelrahman Murphy to address a BIS audience. Murphy, who is a former employee of the Islamic Society of Boston, works for the Qalam Institute, which hosts a document on its website warning that Muslims who seek “cleanliness” and “purity” should “not resemble the Jews.” Murphy has stated: “There is no such thing as an innocent Israeli.”

Another speaker at the BIS event with Murphy was Yousef Abdallah, who serves as the “East Coast Operations Manager” for Islamic Relief, a prominent Islamist charity. Abdallah has posted jokes on social media about “stinking” Jews, has written that Chris Christie is “down on his knees before the jewish lords,” and has shared a story praising “martyrs” who provide guns to “kill more than 20 jews” and “fire rockets at Tel Aviv.”

The Middle East Forum has uncovered several other examples. We asked the Boston branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — which often talks about other examples of hate speech — for comment, but it did not reply. Curiously, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston also failed to respond.

For many readers, this must all seem like a familiar story. BIS is a project of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which, since its founding over 10 years ago, has displayed much evidence of extremism. Inaugural trustees of the ISB included Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was praised by Bin Laden,; and Abdulrahman Alamoudi, an Al Qaeda fundraiser who was jailed in 2004 for conspiring with the Libyan regime to assassinate a Saudi crown prince.

In 2004, Boston Jewish leaders condemned another mosque trustee named Walid Fitaihi, after he denounced Jews as the “murderers of prophets” and claimed that they “would be punished for their oppression, murder and rape of the worshippers of Allah.” The very same Walid Fitaihi is now listed on the BIS website as a faculty member.

The Boston Islamic Seminary promises to educate the next generation of Muslims in Massachusetts. These chaplains, imams and community leaders will in turn educate Muslim communities all over America for many decades to come. Thus far, none of Boston’s political or religious leaders has expressed alarm over the extremists behind Boston’s newest Islamic institution. The question remains: exactly how much hatred for Jews and other minorities must be revealed before leaders will speak out?

Another Woman Whipped For Adultery In Moderate Indonesia

From Mirror:
Shocking images have emerged of a woman being brutally canned by a masked sharia law punisher for allegedly committing adultery.

The public canning was carried out by an algojo - a sharia law executor - who was dressed all in black with an eerie black and white mask covering his identity.

The woman, dressed in white, was forced to kneel beside the algojo to face her fate.

It is not clear whether there was any evidence of her wrongdoings, or even if a crime had been committed.

It is unlikely that she was given a trial or a chance to defend herself.

The woman and her partner were both whipped 100 times before they were given medical help.

Nine other people were sentenced to a public caning on Friday all on the same charge of adultery in Aceh.

They are thought to have been given less whips, with some receiving eight, and others hit 18 times.

Jhanto's Prosecutor General (JPU), Rivanli Azis, said that the prisoners confessed in front of the assembly and admitted committing adultery.

Mr Azis added that one of the convicted woman was spared the whipping as she was pregnant.

He said: "The pregnant [woman] we will whip after giving birth to her baby."

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which implements sharia law.

Whipping punishment is one form of punishment for those who break the sharia law.

Six Killed In Maiduguri Suicide Attacks

From Premium-Times-NG:
Police in Borno State said at least six person, including four suicide bombers, died during an apparently coordinated suicide attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri on Saturday.

PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported the attacks, citing two persons dead while waiting for further details from the security officials.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isukwu, the police said two different set of attacks occurred, starting from the very early hours of Saturday.
According to Mr. Isukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, the attack also left some other persons with serious injuries.

The statement reads:
“In the wee hours of today 18/11/2017, two female suicide bombers detonated their IED vests in the outskirt of Alakaramtii village in Jere LGA, killing themselves alone.

“Then at about 0650hrs, two other teenage female suicide bombers infiltrated Alakaramtii village. One of them hurriedly detonated her IED vest killing herself, her partner and an innocent boy while four others including the mother of the innocent boy, sustained injuries.

“The corpses and the injured have been evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. The police EOD team promptly rendered safe the unexploded IED and sanitised the area. Normalcy has since been restored to the area.”

Three Persons Of Same Family Killed

From Iraqi-News:
Two persons were killed, while a third from the same family was wounded in an attack launched by Islamic State militants against their house in south of Nineveh, an official was quoted saying on Friday.

“A group of IS members attacked, today, a house in Jahouni village, in Hammam al-Alil. They opened fire against the residents, which caused death of the father and one of his sons and injury of another son,” Khalaf al-Jabouri, head of Hammam al-Alil town, said.

“Security troops headed to the accident spot and transferred the wounded to nearby hospital and took the victims to forensic medicine department,” he added.

Earlier on the day, Jabouri called for opening the floodgates of Mosul dam to force the hiding militants get out of their havens, which they use to attack civilians in Hammam al-Alil.

Despite declaring the victory over IS in Mosul in July, the group’s former bastion in Iraq, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

ISIS Attack Kills Twenty Six Displaced People In Syria

From Channel-News-Asia:
A car bombing blamed on the Islamic State group killed at least 26 displaced people in eastern Syria on Friday (Nov 17), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. 
The Britain-based Observatory said 12 children were among the victims of the attack on a gathering at a checkpoint run by US-backed fighters in Deir Ezzor province.
The militants are losing ground there to two separate offensives that have come close to ousting IS from Syria.

"Dozens of people were wounded, and the death toll could rise because of the number of serious injuries," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
The displaced people had been on their way to neighbouring Hasakeh province, where camps have been set up to house them in Kurdish-controlled territory, Abdel Rahman said.
Syria's state news agency SANA also reported an IS car bombing targeting "a gathering of displaced families from Deir Ezzor", giving a toll of 20 dead and 30 wounded.
IS controls roughly one quarter of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province but is battling for survival on two fronts.

One offensive is by Syrian regime forces backed by Russian air power, while the second is by a US-backed Kurdish and Arab coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The militant group appears to be seeking to prove it still has the capacity to carry out major attacks despite losing much of its cross-border "caliphate" to multiple assaults in Iraq and Syria.

In early November, an IS car bombing killed at least 75 displaced civilians who had fled fighting in Deir Ezzor, the Observatory reported.
IS fighters are now cornered in part of Deir Ezzor province around the border town of Albu Kamal on the frontier with Iraq.
Many civilians have tried to flee the affected areas.

The militant group seized large areas of both Syria and Iraq in a lightning 2014 campaign, but this year has lost much of the territory it once held.
Government forces fighting to flush the group from Syrian territory on Thursday entered Albu Kamal, the last town in the country held by the Islamic State group, the Observatory said.
Losing the town completely would cap the group's reversion to an underground guerrilla organisation with no urban base.
The Iraqi army on Friday retook the last IS-held town in the country, the small Euphrates valley town of Rawa, near the Syrian border.