Teens Beaten Outside Mosque May Have Sexually Assaulted Man’s Girlfriend

From New-York-Post:
The Brooklyn DA’s office is investigating allegations that the two teens beaten to a pulp by an enraged boyfriend outside a Brooklyn Mosque were​ ​sexually assaulting his girlfriend, The Post has learned.

The probe was launched after the unnamed woman claimed that the teens were taunting and molesting her when her boyfriend, Christopher Vallaro, ran to her rescue.

Vallaro first made headlines after photos of the 16 and 17-year-old’s battered faces surfaced, along with allegations that the 31-year old had called the boys “f—king terrorists.”

But investigators with the DA’s office have scheduled a meeting with Vallaro and his girlfriend to look into the accusations that the teens reached through the car window and groped her breasts and body, sources said​. Vallaro ​came to her rescue when he heard her screaming for help from floors above in his apartment, which is located adjacent to the Sunset Park mosque.

The July 2 beating was originally investigated as a hate-crime, but police later concluded the teens’ Muslim faith was not a motivating factor.

During a brief Wednesday appearance, defense attorney Sal Strazzullo submitted 20 letters from his client’s neighbors, mostly Muslim-Americans, in Vallaro’s defense.

“I’m glad that the District Attorney’s office is taking a look at the entirely of the situation, and not just what the alleged victims said happened,” Strazzullo said.

Vallaro declined comment as he left court.

Seven Hundred Christian Girls Forcefully Married To Muslims Each Year

From Daily-Times:
The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance has released its annual report for 2015 and showed serious concerns over the minorities' situation in Pakistan, especially the issues pertaining to the country's blasphemy laws.

The intergroup comprises like-minded members of the European Parliament dedicated to ensuring that the EU, in its external actions, promotes and protects the right to freedom of religion or belief. In December 2014, the European Parliament Conference of Presidents formally established the intergroup, which is non-partisan, being composed of MEPs from almost all political groups in the European Parliament.

The intergroup, in its report titled "The State of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the World", while referring the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, has claimed that due to such laws, Ahmadis suffer 37 percent of accusations and Christians 14 percent, despite constituting only two percent of the population respectively.

Giving reference of the assassinated Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti for raising their voices against the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, especially in Asia Bibi case, the report expressed that although the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a positive development has expressed its concerns about widespread misuse of blasphemy laws and issued a detailed judgment warning against false blasphemy accusations and stating that in Islam a false accusation can be as serious as blasphemy itself, but unfortunately, criticising the reforms to blasphemy laws in public was still dangerous in any Pakistani society.

The report said that Pakistan has a population of 196 million, in which 95 percent are Muslim; 75 percent Sunni and 20 percent Shia, while the other five percent comprises of Hindus, Christians, Zoroastrians, Bahai, Sikhs, Buddhists and others, with a very small Jewish minority, and 0.5% listing no religious affiliation.

According to the intergroup report, during the 2014-2015, five individuals were sentenced to death on blasphemy charges and one to life in prison, bringing the total number of blasphemy prisoners in Pakistan to 38. The report further stated that terrorist groups like Taliban have continued to severely persecute religious minorities, especially the Christian community, considering it an agent of the west and in revenge of the western intervention such as US drone strikes in Pakistani areas. The report also gave the reference of blasts and firing in churches in Youhanabad and Iqbal Park on the eve of Easter celebrations.

The intergroup report further disclosed that around 700 Christian girls were abducted and forcibly married to Muslim men and converted to Islam each year in Pakistan while due to religious persecution, around 11,000 Pakistani Christian were asylum seekers in Thailand. The report stated that in the months of April and May 2016, it was also reported that as many as 18 Christian girls were kidnapped and forcefully converted in Punjab.

About the other minority groups, the report said that Hindus, Ahmadis and Shias were also facing and suffering grave non-governmental violence. As in May 2015, a Hindu parliamentarian claimed that 5,000 Hindus emigrate from Pakistan every year due to discriminatory treatment, forced conversions and fears for their safety. While in October 2015, a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi suicide bomber targeted a Shia shrine in Bolan, Balochistan, killing 11. As well as in November 2015, Sunnis attacked and burned down a factory in Jhelum following rumours an Ahmadi employee had desecrated the Quran. Further, numerous shops in Lahore display signs with statements like "Ahmadis are not allowed".

It is pertinent to mention that in the annual report of the intergroup, highlighted discrimination with minorities was observed at large level in India as well, while Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen were declared as failed states, as they remained failed in protecting religious minorities due to absence of the rule of law, strong internal political, social or economic pressures, violence, almost no legitimate authority to make collective decisions and inability to provide public services.

Al Qaeda Calls For Attacks At Rio Olympics

From Breaking-Israel-News:
Al Qaeda is using social media to call on its followers to execute lone-wolf attacks on athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. The terror organization urged its followers to attack American, British, and French athletes, but especially targeted athletes representing Israel.

The site associated with the terror group proudly announced, “Your chance to take part in the global Jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!”

 The Foreign Desk , news site, reported that the jihadist site wrote, “One small knife attack against Americans/Israelis in these places will have bigger media effect than any other attacks anywhere else In Sha Allah [if Allah wills it].”

“Your chance to take part in the global Jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!” the sites said, citing the easy process of obtaining visas for travel to Brazil as well as the wide availability of guns in “crime-ridden slums.”

The call for murder singles out Israeli athletes.

“From amongst the worst enemies, the most famous enemies for general Muslims is to attack Israelis. As general Muslims all agree to it and it causes more popularity for the Mujahideen amongst the Muslims,” they state.

The site also calls for attacking spectators. Some techniques suggested are to use small toy drones with explosives attached, poisoning food.

They can also carry lubricating oil to pour on highways, the posts says, and pouring oil on sharp curves in roads in order to “see Israeli Jews flying with their vehicle by the will of Allah.”

Another strategy suggested by Al Qaeda was to kidnap Israelis to be used as bargaining chips, forcing Israel to release Palestinian terrorists.

The Al Qaeda sites also suggest making a scheduled post on Facebook or via email announcing the attack.

The Foreign Desk also noted that some Islamist terror groups have expressed frustration at having their attacks labeled hate crimes by Western Media.

“Recently, some jihadi groups have expressed concern over terrorist attacks being misinterpreted by the media as in the Orlando shooting being referred to by some as a possible hate crime targeting gays,” the news site wrote.

The threat is real.  On Thursday, Brazil’s police department announced they arrested 10 people and are still seeking two more for connections to the Islamic State (ISIS) via social media. The group had allegedly discussed plans to execute attacks during the Olympics next month.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes announced the arrests to the press.

“Today was the first operation against a supposed terrorist cell in Brazil,” he told a news conference. “Brazil was not part of the coalition against IS but, because of the upcoming Olympics and because it will receive many foreigners, Brazil has become a target.”

Moraes stressed that the group was amateurish, but Brazilian security was taking no chances. In light of the recent truck attack in Nice France that killed 84, caution is necessary.

This call to violence at the international games was a disturbing reminder of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972. The Palestinian terror group, Black September, kidnapped eleven Israeli members from the national Olympic team. In an attempt by German police to free the hostages, the terrorists killed all the hostages and one German policeman. The terrorists received logistical help from local Germans in setting up the attack. Five terrorists were killed and three were captured. The terrorists were released a few months later as part of the negotiated resolution to a hijacking of a Lufthansa airliner.

There will be a candle-lighting ceremony at the Rio Olympics in memory of the slain Israeli athletes.

Germany: Shooting Attack At Mall Leaves At Least 10 Dead, Terrorist's Motives Unclear But He's Of Iranian Origin

From KITV:
(CNN) -- The shooter who killed nine people in Munich, Germany, was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in the city for more than two years, Munich police said early Saturday. The shooter killed himself and 21 people were injured, police said. The assailant's motives are unclear and he was not previously known to police, Munich's police chief said at a news conference.

Boko Haram: Mother Was Forced To Watch Beheading Of Her Son

From Ask NAIJ:
Communities of Northern Nigeria know what terrorism means. They saw horrific amputated dead bodies and the scream of agony was perpetuated in their memory by Islamic terrorists, Boko Haram.

Attack of Boko Haram

The normal fishing community of Baga in northern Borno State lived peacefully. Boko Haram attacked them, killed locals and security operatives in a horrible way. People who managed to flee away, arrived to camps and told different stories of what they saw. These stories can shock everybody…

Shocking story

Jummai Ibrahim fled from her house, but she lost everything including her 21-year-old son. Her story is shocking since Boko Haram insurgents forced her to see how her son was beheaded. [...]

Jihad Attack In Nice France Well Planned And Islamic Jihad

Turkey's Parliament To Give Erdogan Sweeping New Powers As Crackdown Widens

From NBC:
Police with an arrested Turkish soldier at police headquarters in Mersin on Wednesday. 
Turkish lawmakers convened Thursday to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that would allow him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week's failed coup.

Nearly 10,000 people have been arrested while hundreds of schools have been closed in the crackdown. In addition, 58,881 civil service employees have been dismissed, forced to resign or had their licenses revoked as of Thursday.

Turkey's 550-member parliament is set to approve Erdogan's request for a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan's Justice and Development Party account for 317 members in the chamber.

In an address to the nation late Wednesday, Erdogan announced a Cabinet decision to seek the additional powers, saying the state of emergency would give the government the tools to rid the military of the "virus" of subversion. He didn't specify exactly what the state of emergency would entail.

Under the Turkish Constitution, the emergency measures allow the government to "partially or entirely" suspend "the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms," so long as it doesn't violate international law. Lawmakers can sanction a state of emergency for a period of up to six months.

Before the vote, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that once emergency measures are invoked, the country would suspend its participation in the European Convention of Human Rights. He said the move was justified under a convention article allowing for such a suspension in times of emergency.

A state of emergency has never been nationwide — though it was declared in the restive southeast of the country between 1987 and 2002. Martial law was imposed across the country for three years following a successful military coup in 1980.

The measure would give Erdogan the authority to extend detention times for suspects and issue decrees that have the force of law without parliamentary approval, among other powers.

Meanwhile, Turkish state media said a further 32 judges and two military officers have been detained by authorities during the crackdown since last week's coup.

A soldier allegedly linked to the attack on a hotel where Erdogan had been vacationing during the foiled coup was arrested in southwestern Turkey, the state agency Anadolu reported Thursday.

In Greece, a court sentenced eight Turkish military personnel who fled there aboard a helicopter during the coup attempt to two months in prison for illegal entry into the country.

Turkey has demanded their return to stand trial for alleged participation in the coup attempt. The eight, who deny involvement, have applied for asylum saying they fear for their safety if they are returned.

Countries around the world are keeping a close watch on developments in Turkey, which straddles Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday the state of emergency should only last as long as it's "absolutely necessary."

Teens Beaten Outside Mosque May Have Sexually Assaulted Man’s Girlfriend

From the Jihad Watch:
The case of two Muslim teens who were beaten to a pulp outside a Brooklyn mosque was originally investigated as a hate crime. But now Brooklyn’s DA office is investigating the possibility that the boys may have sexually assaulted the man’s (Christopher Vallaro) girlfriend, before he came to her rescue.

While the investigation is ongoing, fake hate crimes have long been big in the “Islamophobia” business: Robert Spencer wrote about 2014’s top anti-Muslim hate crime hoaxes, and the mass media is always in a hurry to jump to report them without any evidence.

Vallaro’s defense attorney said he’s “glad that the District Attorney’s office is taking a look at the entirety of the situation, and not just what the alleged victims said happened”. Shouldn’t all law-abiding citizens be glad? It is absurd that a hate crime was immediately assumed to have taken place on the word of the two Muslim victims before any investigation.

“Teens beaten outside mosque may have sexually assaulted man’s girlfriend”, by Emily Saul, New York Post, July 20, 2016:
The Brooklyn DA’s office is investigating allegations that the two teens beaten to a pulp by an enraged boyfriend outside a Brooklyn Mosque were​ ​sexually assaulting his girlfriend, The Post has learned.

The probe was launched after the unnamed woman claimed that the teens were taunting and molesting her when her boyfriend, Christopher Vallaro, ran to her rescue.

Vallaro first made headlines after photos of the 16 and 17-year-old’s battered faces surfaced, along with allegations that the 31-year old had called the boys “f—king terrorists.”

But investigators with the DA’s office have scheduled a meeting with Vallaro and his girlfriend to look into the accusations that the teens reached through the car window and groped her breasts and body, sources said​. Vallaro ​came to her rescue when he heard her screaming for help from floors above in his apartment, which is located adjacent to the Sunset Park mosque.

The July 2 beating was originally investigated as a hate-crime, but police later concluded the teens’ Muslim faith was not a motivating factor.

During a brief Wednesday appearance, defense attorney Sal Strazzullo submitted 20 letters from his client’s neighbors, mostly Muslim-Americans, in Vallaro’s defense.

“I’m glad that the District Attorney’s office is taking a look at the entirely of the situation, and not just what the alleged victims said happened,” Strazzullo said.

Vallaro declined comment as he left court.

Turkish President Suspends, Arrests 50K-Plus People After Failed Coup Attempt

From Breitbart:
The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has either suspended or detained nearly 50,000 people as part of a purge of the army, police, and the courts that expanded to universities and schools in the wake of a failed military coup attempt, according to the country’s intelligence service and religious authorities.

“Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria’s chaos and is a Western ally against Islamic State [ISIS/ISIL],” reports Reuters.

The news agency did not breakdown the 50,000 figure.

Last Friday’s revolt to overthrow Erdogan’s government was led by several factions of the Turkish army, which sees itself as the guardian of the country’s secular constitution.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, “all terrorist elements” behind the attempted coup “had been suppressed nationwide, announced Turkey’s military in a written statement released Tuesday morning, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

“The necessary response had been given to the snakes in our midst,” noted the statement.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus denied claims that 14 naval ships were missing and their commanders were seeking to defect, according to Reuters.

The deputy PM noted that “9,322 people were under legal proceedings in relation to the attempted coup,” notes the news agency, adding “Eight soldiers have sought asylum in neighboring Greece and Turkey says they must be handed back or it will not help relations between the neighbors, which have long been uneasy.”

Citing official government figures, AP reports the coup attempt resulted in the death of 232 people, adding that another 1,541 were injured. [...]

Mali: Islamist Militants Kill 17 Soldiers In Attack On Mali Army Base

From Reuters:
Islamist militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and wounded 35 when they attacked an army base in the center of the country, firing on troop positions, burning buildings and pillaging shops, the government said.

The attack is the biggest for months on the army in Mali, a country that faces a growing threat from Islamist groups based in the desert north.

"We lost 17 men and unfortunately 35 were also wounded and these have all been transported for medical care in the region of Segou," Defence Minister Tièman Hubert Coulibaly said on state television.

"We will make sure that this coordinated terrorist attack ... is met with an appropriate response," he said, adding that the army controls the town and is hunting the militants.

Army spokesman Souleymane Maiga told Reuters the raiders briefly took control of the base in Nampala, which is set in semi-desert scrubland close to the Mauritanian border. He said Malian troops retreated to nearby Diabaly to regroup.

Maiga said three groups staged the raid: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb attacked from the north, the Macina Liberation Front linked to Ansar Dine waited outside the town to ambush military reinforcements and an ethnic Peul group attacked from the southeast.

His comments tie in with a claim of responsibility by Ansar Dine, which said its Macina Battalion staged the raid. A Malian intelligence source told Reuters the militants took seized weapons and vehicles to a forest.

Mali is awash with guns and is home to rival armed groups nursing local grievances. The country has seen a surge in violence since a 2015 peace agreement, which has failed to prevent violence between different ethnic factions.

French forces intervened in 2013 to drive back Islamist fighters who had hijacked a Tuareg uprising in 2012 to take over the desert north. Despite 11,000 U.N. peacekeepers deployed since, militants launch attacks across Mali and its neighbors.

Militants also killed 20 people last November in a high-profile attack on a hotel in the capital.

Earlier, a donor-funded national radio station, Studio Tamani, said it had received a phone call from a new militia defending the ethnic Peul.

The station said the call came from The National Alliance for the Safeguarding of Peul Identity and the Restoration of Justice (ANSIPRJ), headed by Oumar Aldjana.

If confirmed, it would be the first time the group, which was set up last month and includes some who fought alongside the Islamists, has launched an attack.