Tunisia Terrorist: From Breakdance To Jihad

ISIS Executing Gays

From MEMRI:

United States: 30 Americans Arrested For ISIS Involvement

From the Daily Mail:
FBI agents have made at least 30 arrests on US soil this year as they try to combat the murderous reach of ISIS and its warped followers, Daily Mail Online can disclose.

Officials revealed this week that the Islamic terror group has a foothold in all 50 states as it continues to target disaffected Americans through its torrent of online propaganda and slick videos of barbaric beheadings and mutilations.

The stark warning comes days after ISIS-inspired gunman Saif Rezgui unleashed horror on at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 39 vacationers and wounding dozens more.

The FBI has reportedly set up command centers in each of its 56 field officers in case extremists try to mark the July 4 weekend by unleashing similar carnage here in the U.S. American ISIS ‘recruits’ to date have included schoolgirls, a young nurse, a pizza shop boss and even a National Guard soldier who hatched a plan to gun down 120 of his own colleagues.

Some have conspired to travel or send friends abroad to link up with fundamentalist fighters while others have plotted jihad here in the US - with Capitol Hill among the targets for a foiled bombing raid.

Gunmen Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Soofi, 34, came perilously close on May 4 when they were shot dead while trying to storm a controversial 'Draw Mohammed' event in Garland, Texas.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the raid but officials suspect the pair were more likely radicalized over the web.
Another young fanatic, Usaamah Rahim, 26, was killed last month as he lunged at police with a knife in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood.

He was allegedly plotting to decapitate controversial anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, the organizer of the same controversial Texas event.

The deadly incidents are just two from dozens of plots disrupted by police and federal agents since ISIS began to rise from the flames of the Syrian civil war.

ISIS-inspired roommates Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui are accused of plotting a homemade bomb attack on a slain police officer's funeral.

The two friends from Queens, New York stockpiled gas tanks, fertilizer and a pressure cooker in an apparent bid to emulate Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prosecutors allege.

Court documents say their list of potential targets included the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot dead in December 2014 along with his partner Wenjian Liu.

Velentzas, 28, is from said to have told an undercover agent who befriended them in 2013 that they wanted to be known as 'citizens of the Islamic State'.

On another occasion she pulled out a knife, demonstrated how to stab someone - and allegedly asked: 'Why can't we be some real bad bitches?'

Siddiqui, 31, was equally as forthcoming in a 2009 poem she had published in Jihad Recollections, a precursor to the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire.

The warped verse, entitled 'Take Me to the Lands Where the Eyes are Cooled', describes her yearning to 'drop bombs' and 'taste the Truth through fists and slit throats'.

Both women were arrested on April 2 before they could had settle on a target but are accused of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Authorities doubt they ever had direct contact with ISIS but say the pair accessed the terror group's propaganda online...

US Blocks Attempts By Arab Allies To Fly Heavy Weapons Directly To Kurds To Fight Islamic State

From The Telegraph:
The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.

Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.

They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.

High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.

The officials say they are looking at new ways to take the fight to Isil without seeking US approval.

“If the Americans and the West are not prepared to do anything serious about defeating Isil, then we will have to find new ways of dealing with the threat,” said a senior Arab government official. “With Isil making ground all the time we simply cannot afford to wait for Washington to wake up to the enormity of the threat we face.”

The Peshmerga have been successfully fighting Isil, driving them back from the gates of Erbil and, with the support of Kurds from neighbouring Syria, re-establishing control over parts of Iraq’s north-west.

But they are doing so with a makeshift armoury. Millions of pounds-worth of weapons have been bought by a number of European countries to arm the Kurds, but American commanders, who are overseeing all military operations against Isil, are blocking the arms transfers.

One of the core complaints of the Kurds is that the Iraqi army has abandoned so many weapons in the face of Isil attack, the Peshmerga are fighting modern American weaponry with out-of-date Soviet equipment.

At least one Arab state is understood to be considering arming the Peshmerga directly, despite US opposition.

The US has also infuriated its allies, particularly Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf states, by what they perceive to be a lack of clear purpose and vacillation in how they conduct the bombing campaign. Other members of the coalition say they have identified clear Isil targets but then been blocked by US veto from firing at them.

“There is simply no strategic approach,” one senior Gulf official said. “There is a lack of coordination in selecting targets, and there is no overall plan for defeating Isil.”

Britain is moving closer to expanding its role in the war. The Government on Wednesday gave its strongest indication yet that MPs will be given a new vote on whether to bomb Isil in Syria.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said it was “illogical” that British planes were able to hit extremists in Iraq but not across the border.

Any decision to bomb in Syria would have to be approved by MPs. In 2013, the Prime Minister lost a vote for British military action in Syria. However, Mr Fallon said: “It is a new Parliament and I think new Members of Parliament will want to think very carefully about how we best deal with Isil, and the illogicality of Isil not respecting the borderlines.”

Mr Fallon suggested that a bombing campaign could be mounted in revenge for the terror attacks in Tunisia if a link could be proved between the killer and Isil in Libya. Britain would only take military action in Libya “where we think there is an imminent threat, a very direct to British lives or, for example, to British hostages”, he said.

Senior Whitehall sources did not distance themselves from Mr Fallon’s comments but insisted there was no immediate prospect of military action.

The Telegraph understands that Mr Cameron is concerned that Labour might force the Government into another defeat over Syria.

UK: Former Muslim From Pakistan Recounts Violence, Abuse At Hands Of Muslims

From Jihad Watch:
Nissar Hussain, a former Muslim from Pakistan who converted to Christianity in 1996, recently wrote a letter to his local MP recounting some of the violence, abuse, and other attacks that he and his wife and their six children have suffered at the hands of Muslims in the Bradford area where they live. Written to his MP—a Muslim, who did not respond—the letter follows:

Dear Naseem Shah MP,

Can I congratulate you on behalf of myself and family on your stunning victory and we can’t express our delight as our newly elected MP for the Ward of Manningham and wish you every success for the future. On a serious note can I express our utter misery and dire situation as Christian converts from a Mirpuri/Muslim background since 1996 [Mirpuri is a region in Pakistan].

We were forced out of our previous home after over several years of suffering as converts and in short my family and I endured ‘hell’ by my fellow Pakistani young men in the form of persecution which entailed assault, daily intimidation, criminal damage to property: smashing house windows and also 3 vehicles written off whilst the community looked on and even endorsed this. One of vehicles was torched outside my home. Despite witnessing another vehicle being rammed deliberately by a man who I knew, the Police did not even take a statement never mind an arrest. Finally after being threatened to be burnt out of my home these young men deliberately set the neighbours’ house (which was vacant) on fire in the hopes that our house would catch fire. When I had reported it to Police prior to this happening the Police sergeant’s response was: “Stop trying to be a crusader and move out!” In short the Police had wilfully failed us so as not to be labelled racists or seem to cause the Muslim community offence at our suffering and expense.

After being forced to move out in June 2006 we settled in St Paul’s Rd and set about rebuilding our lives, which was going well and had no issues and forged good relations with neighbours until we contributed in a Dispatches documentary called ‘Unholy War’ highlighting the plight of converts from Islam to Christianity in September 2008. Then our problems began, largely posed by the A. family who have been engaged on a campaign to drive us out our home given their bigoted attitude and thoroughly unscrupulous conduct and since last July they have embarked upon criminal damage to my vehicle to the point I have now had my vehicle windscreens smashed for the fourth occasion. The most recent incident occurred on 24 April when I had my vehicle smashed in the early hours of the morning and cannot express the financial impact also as I have to wait 3 weeks at a time for the glass to be ordered from the States as my vehicle is American. And again as in our previous experience the Pakistani community has looked on at our suffering and turned a blind eye whilst others have been openly hostile, while they enjoy freedom and liberty religious or otherwise whilst imposing their will rule and reign upon us and we are treated as second class citizens.

As a result of the latest criminal damage, and after weeks of having no car until it was repaired, I took the liberty of parking my vehicle away from outside my home for peace of mind, as given the misery over the last several years I have been diagnosed with PTSD and my wife and family also suffer stress and anxiety. When I went this morning to get my car I was mortified to discover that my car has been smashed deliberately yet again. Clearly we cannot go on living like this; … our lives have been sabotaged, we fear for our safety and suffer anxiety daily, not to mention the financial costs to all of this wanton criminal damage.

I cannot express in words the Police failure over the years which has led to our suffering and have no confidence in them whatsoever and am desperate for your help.

Kind regards,

Nissar Hussain

Zanzibar: Muslims Target Two Churches

From Morning Star News:
Hard-line Muslims on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania have driven a pastor and father of five into hiding and taken over his church’s rented worship hall, he said.

“I have changed my place of residence four times since 2012” due to threats from area Muslims, said Pastor Philemon, whose full name is withheld for security purposes.

Once a congregation of 100, his New Covenant Church has shrunk to 25 members. Intent on removing his church from the undisclosed area, the Muslims cajoled a landlord into renting the congregation’s worship hall to them before the term of church’s lease ended, the pastor said.

“The church faithful are so scattered,” he said. “Some members are always knocking at my door requesting a place for worship.”

The remaining members now rotate among their homes for worship. At times they discuss joining other churches. 
The pastor said the church has identified a safe place for worship that would cost about $15,000, of which he already has already raised $5,000. Getting land for churches is difficult in Zanzibar, and initially he must purchase it as private property; were he to mention that it will be turned into a church building, the seller on the Muslim-majority island would decline to sell, he said.

While Tanzania’s population is 34.2 percent Muslim and 54 percent Christian, according to Operation World, the Zanzibar archipelago is more than 97 percent Muslim.

The pastor is helping to care for several converts from Islam who have fled their homes because of persecution, he said, and he has been struggling financially to help them and provide for his family. He is married with five children ranging in age from 6 to 16.

“We urgently request financial support from friends so that we can restore back our members to the fellowship,” he said.

Awash in Legal Costs

In Chukwani, outside Zanzibar City, hard-line Muslims have forced another church to incur monthly legal costs for eight years in an effort to take over its property, sources said.

Since 2007, pastor Amos Lukanula of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God has been battling area Muslims who obtained a court order to stop construction of his church building, asserting that the party that sold it to the church was not the rightful owner. The church has legal ownership papers.

The church is spending $100 dollars in legal charges every month for a monthly court hearing.

“The Muslims are waiting for the time when we shall fail to attend the court hearing, implying losing the case and subsequently having to pay a substantial amount of money,” Pastor Lukanula said.

Harun Gikaro Wanzo, a policeman from Musoma, Tanzania, had bought the land from Amina Binti Saleh and Saleh’s son, Sadik, and another relative in 2003, according to court documents. In 2004 Wanzo sold part of his land to the church, and construction of a worship building began immediately. After six months, however, the Muslims demolished the structure, saying it was located in a residential area.

The pastor then erected another temporary church structure despite the opposition, leading the leader of a mosque in Chukwani to tell him, “We do not want to see a church building here in Chukwani.”

The church prayed and fasted as building continued. But in 2007, the area Muslims demolished the structure under construction. 
The pastor went to the land commission and paid the legal fees necessary for construction of a permanent church building, and permission was granted. When construction began, however, the area Muslims took the matter to court on Feb. 15, 2007. On Feb. 21, 2011, the court ruled in favor of the church.

The church continued with the construction, but after the death of Amina Binti Saleh, the seller of the property to Wanzo, the area Muslims and Saleh’s daughter, Jilubai Binti Saleh, filed another appeal to stop construction in 2011. The Muslims claimed that Saleh’s son, Sadik, was not the blood son of her late husband, Abdul Shakar, and hence did not have the right of ownership of the land that was sold to Christians. They held that Saleh’s daughter, Jilubai Binti Saleh, had been the rightful heir.

The church then hired a lawyer from mainland Tanzania, which has become an expensive monthly cost.

In 2009, Wanzo, the policeman who had bought the land from Saleh and sold it to the church, died, leaving his widow, Annah Philippo Barihuta, and seven children. In the church’s bid to show that her late husband had the right to sell the land to the church, the impoverished widow and her family have borne much of the costs of the court case.

Barihuta, a member of the church, risks losing all her land, including the part her late husband sold to the church.

The Muslims claim in court that Barihuta invaded Saleh’s land in 2004 and uprooted 20 coconut trees, then put up a house illegally; that in 2007, Pastor Lukanula illegally put up the church building within a residential area and destroyed trees worth 2 million Tanzanian shillings; that Amina Binti Saleh has been unable to develop the land and should receive 3 million Tanzanian shillings for the alleged losses; and that the church disobeyed a court order to stop construction and should pay 8 million Tanzania shillings to Saleh.

Thus the Muslims are not only seeking the land and the removal of the church building, but 13 million Tanzanian shillings (US$5,670).

The church of 50 members receives no denominational help and has been paying for the monthly legal costs, the pastor said.

“We have been strengthening the members by having home fellowships, which has kept the church spiritually strong,” he said.

Young Israeli Dies From Wounds Suffered In Shooting By Palestinians

From JTA:
The young Israeli man critically injured in a drive-by shooting by Palestinians in the West Bank has died.

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld died Tuesday afternoon, less than a day after the car he was riding in with three other men came under attack on a major West Bank road near the Shvut Rachel and Shiloh settlements. The victims, all in their 20s, were returning to their homes in the Kochav Hashahar settlement after playing basketball.

The driver and two other passengers also were hospitalized with injuries.

Police said that two Palestinian attackers fired on the car after waiting at the side of the road for an Israeli vehicle to pass. At least 15 bullets hit the car, Ynet reported, citing an initial investigation. The attackers fled the scene and are at large.

The road is used freely by Israelis and Palestinians.

Photos of the bloody interior of the car were circulated on social media.

“Attempts to attack us do not halt even for a moment,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday morning at the start of his meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentilloni, adding that the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Defense Forces have foiled dozens of terrorist attacks since the start of the year and over 200 since 2014.

“The fact that up until now, the Palestinian Authority has not condemned these attacks needs to bother not only us, but also the international community as a whole. Those who do not take an unequivocal stand against terrorism cannot wash their hands.”

Two Palestinian terror groups, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Fatah al-Intifada, claimed responsibility for the attack, Haaretz reported.

Rosenfeld underwent surgery Monday night at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. His father, Eliezer, had called on Israelis to pray for his son.

An older son, an Israel Air Force pilot, died in 2002 during a trip in the Judean Desert.

Also Thursday, an Israeli Border Police officer shot a Palestinian man after he rammed through a checkpoint while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is greatest.” The attacker was taken to Shaare Zedek in moderate condition, where he was treated for a bullet wound to his abdomen.

France Has Deported 40 Imams For Preaching Hatred, Jihad

From The Local (France):
France has deported 40 foreign imams for "preaching hatred" in the past three years, a quarter of them since the January terror attacks in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday.

The minister vowed to clamp down on mosques and preachers inciting hatred after a suspected Islamist beheaded his boss during an attack on a gas factory last week.
 
The attack, which had the hallmarks of a jihadist act but is also believed to have personal motivations, was the second in six months in France which is battling to curb radicalisation that has seen hundreds of citizens leave to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria.
 
Any "foreign preacher of hate will be deported," said Cazeneuve, adding that several mosques were being investigated for inciting terrorism and if found to be doing so, "will be shut down".
 
"We have deported 40 preachers of hatred since 2012. Since the beginning of the year we have examined 22 cases, and around 10 imams and preachers of hatred have been expelled," said Cazeneuve.
 
Yassin Salhi, 35, on Sunday confessed during interrogation to killing his boss and pinning his head to a fence of the Air Products factory near the eastern city of Lyon.
 
The severed head was discovered flanked by two Islamic flags and it later emerged he had sent a selfie of himself with the head to a number believed to belong to a French jihadist currently in Syria.
 
While Salhi was known to security services for links to radical Islamists in France, and his crime bore the hallmarks of a jihadist act, sources close to the investigation have suggested a personal dimension after a dispute with his employer two days earlier.
 
"There is no doubt of the personal motivations but there is a symbolism taken from the most atrocious, abject images of terrorism," said Cazeneuve.

Egypt: Jihad Attack In Sinai Leaves Scores Dead

From USA Today:
A wave of simultaneous terror attacks swept across Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, leaving scores dead and prompting hours-long battles.

It was the deadliest battle in the region since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

The Egyptian army said that more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed, Reuters reported. The Associated Press cited Egyptian officials as saying that 64 soldiers, 90 militants and four civilians died in the attacks carried out by an Islamic State affiliate called the Province of Sinai.

The group later claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying it staged three suicide bombings as fighters targeted 15 army and police positions, the Associated Press reported.

Israel's Defense Ministry shut the nation's border crossing into Gaza and another into Egypt in response to the attacks.

​The White House strongly condemned the violence and offered support to the Egyptian government.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and the government and people of Egypt, and wish for a speedy recovery for those who were injured," spokesperson Ned Price said in the statement.

"The United States stands resolutely with Egypt amidst the spate of terrorist attacks that have afflicted the country and, in the context of our long-standing partnership, will continue to assist Egypt in addressing these threats to its security."

The National Defense Council, which includes top military and public officials and is headed by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is to hold an emergency meeting in the coming hours, Ahram Online reported.

Later Wednesday, security officials said special forces killed nine members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including a former member of parliament, Nasr al-Hafi, during a raid on a Cairo apartment. It was not immediately clear whether the raid was related to the assassination or the checkpoint attacks. The Brotherhood denied involvement in the attacks.

The Interior Ministry identified the dead as fugitive Muslim Brotherhood leaders who had been hatching terrorist plots, including two people previously sentenced to death.

Late Wednesday, the Muslim Brotherhood accused the government of "executing" its leaders "in cold blood" and called for a rebellion against el-Sissi.

Sinai has been the site of several terror attacks against tourists and other targets in recent years. In 2012, a militant attack along the Egyptian-Israeli border left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead. The area, which borders Gaza and Israel, became more unstable after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was driven from power a year later.

On Monday, the terror campaign spread to Cairo when Egypt's top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was assassinated. That led el-Sissi to promise a more intense crackdown on militants.

​Police said weapons, cash and memory cards seized in Wednesday's Cairo raid would be used in the investigation of the Barakat's slaying.

​Security forces have arrested 20 people accused of being behind a Facebook page – The Popular Resistance – that claimed responsibility for the assassination, Al Ahram Arabic reported Wednesday.

Province of Sinai was previously called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem), but changed its name in November and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

The group, which was founded after Morsi's fall, had originally targeted Israeli border installations. More recently it has targeted Egyptian forces, killing hundreds of soldiers and police officers.

“Palestinian” Screaming “Allahu Akbar” Attempts To Run Through Jerusalem Checkpoint

From Jihad Watch:
Those who claim that the checkpoints are a violation of human rights want you to ignore the murder and mayhem that many “Palestinians” would sow in Israel were they given the opportunity. Note also that “the suspect was transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center.” How many Israelis receive treatment in “Palestinian” hospitals?

“Palestinian shot after attempting to run through Jerusalem checkpoint shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,'” Jerusalem Post, June 30, 2015:
Israeli security forces Wednesday shot and injured a suspect who attempted to run through the Kalandia checkpoint in Jerusalem while shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Great).

Security forces then initiated arrest protocols, including shooting in the air while warning the suspect to stop. When the suspect refused to comply and continued running, he was subsequently shot by security forces.

The suspect was transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate condition. More details are expected to follow.